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Friday, 29 July 2011

7 Links

I was really excited when Sarah @ Every Day's a Picnic tagged me to write my 7 links, I think it's a great idea which has been floating around the blogosphere for a while now!

To unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavour to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.

Blogger is nominated to take part
Blogger publishes his/her 7 links on his/her blog – 1 link for each category.
Blogger nominates up to 5 more bloggers to take part.
These bloggers publish their 7 links and nominate another 5 more bloggers
And so it goes on!
We’ll be sharing the best posts from participating bloggers on our blog and everyday on Facebook and Twitter at #My7Links

1. Most beautiful post – Meet Roxie

Roxie doesn't feature on this blog as much as she should! I need to take more pics of that crazy pooch!

and Crazy Snow Run

The snowy run post, well that was just crazy but we took some amazing pictures!

2. Most popular – Boxing Terms for non Boxers

A simple picture post explaining basic terms I throw about on here! Half of which meant nothing to me two years ago... This post makes my rambles easier to understand but it gets so many hits every week so it must help others too! Or at least I hope it does!

3. Most controversial – To Box or not to Box

This post was written after I seriously considered quitting boxing after an incompetent coach allowed sparring to happen where Mike got his eyesocket fractured... You all know how it ends now hehe couldn't stay away! (although seeing that picture again does make me feel a little queasy)

4. Most helpful – Core Challenge

I ran a core challenge last year which I thought was really fun! To get people started I posted lots of core exercises with poses to help people do them!

5. Surprise success – Manny Pacquiao Workout

I think this one is probably just so successful 'cause that man is so fit so people want to train like him, doesn't stop it being a kick arse workout though!

and Homemade Sugar Free Granola

A tasty (if I do say so myself) recipe which although it's scrummy I never expected it to still be getting regular hits today!

6. Not enough attention – Why I Box

This post is fairly old which is probably why it hasn't had much attention but it gives a bit of background into how I got into boxing.

7. Most proud – Good Friday Hill Race

My first ever race. I came last but I finished haha!

Now to nominate 5 other bloggers to tell us their 7 links:

I can't remember who's done this and who hasn't so I'm tagging anyone who comments who hasn't already been tagged!

Well that was quite an emotional journey going through all my old posts.. There were some I would have included had I done this a while ago like my first half marathon/engagement post but those things aren't really happy memories anymore.. It's strange to see how much my life has changed over the last 6 months I'm a lot less happy than I was when I first started this blog, my eating disorder has resurfaced and I feel totally out of control with it but at least I'm back boxing again and had my life stayed on the same path I wouldn't have been able to go to Ibiza and have such a great holiday so... Let's try to see the positives!

By the way, I'm sorry I've neglected my blog this past week or so... finding it hard to get back into my routine...I've been boxing about 5 times since I was back, the best being last Wednesdays session.... What a workout!! It involved several sprints with a boxing bag over my shoulder... an amazing core circuit and general arse whooping! Usual service to return next week, promise! I'm doing a sponsored tire push (300lb) on Sunday, am half excited and half terrified!! It's to raise money for kit for the team if anyone wants to sponsor me via paypal I would be so grateful! Let me know and I'll give you the details!

Wednesday, 20 July 2011


Well I'm back on UK soil wishing I was still on Ibizan sands! I had a brilliant time... Far from a healthy living bloggers lifestyle though!! Detox begins now! Apart from breakfast it was very hard to eat healthily over there, if I went again I think I'd go self catering in an apartment so I could be more in control of my food... Being vegetarian over there involved a lot of cheese toasties and chips! Oddly all the cafes seemed to have the same menus so where ever you ate you got the same choice, which for me was a cheese toastie!! Oh well, could have been worse! I hope you guys like pictures 'cause this post is full of them!

Day 1
At the airport at about 5am having been up already for around 24hrs!

Pretty sunrise over the runway

The view from our hotel bar, was a perfect location!

Still going on the first day, at a beachside cafe, least I could wear sunglasses now to hide the dark circles haha

First trip to the beach outside the hotel <3

Exploring on our first night, we found a cute market near the West End.

Me posing by the fountains... feeling a bit worse for wear by this point had been up for about 42 hours by this point! Excitement kept me going I think!

Day 2
Going for a walk on the seafront, I couldn't believe how mountainous and beautiful Ibiza was!

This was a cool little outdoor performance area, we never got to see anything there but I bet it would have been good!

Coronita! Sneaky mid day beer :-p Well when you're on holiday....

In Itaka bar, this place was cool, it had a live saxophonist playing to background music. Loved listening to him, he was doing a jazzy version of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake at one point!

Day 3
View along the waterfront

In the hotel bar drinking a Capitan Morgan... a cocktail with rum and I forget what else....

View from the hotel bar <3

Our room, basic but clean!


The strangest cheesecake I've ever had... come on guys make an effort with the biscuit base it's the best bit!

Gorgeous sunset from the hotel bar

Slightly blurry waitor bringing me a tequila sunrise


We got picked on by the entertainment... Oh no!

He kept telling me 'no haha' cause I got the giggles... the tequila sunrise might have had something to do with that....

Salsa dancing (badly)

This guy was so strong!

I didn't capture it on camera (was too busy gawping) but at one point he had her above his head with one arm and was spinning her round!!


At Ibiza Rocks bar (my favourite place!)

Ibiza rocks bar again... yuck shiny suncream face!!

Day 4
This boat was abandoned outside our hotel, apparently it had been part of a drugs deal...

Our hotel from the beach

Me in the sea

And again.. think I'd just gone a bit deeper judging by my body position, looks like I'm thinkin oooh this is cold haha

Went on a boat trip to Es Vedra Island

View of some of the clubs and fun fair, the pyramid is Es Paradis which I went to later in the week.

Our hotel

A cave

Boat going in said cave!

Pirate watch tower from the 1700's

Me in front of some cool rock formations, there were lots of these just jutting out of the water.

Es Vedra Island

Getting back on the boat after swimming in the sea, friend tried to get me in the water but she wasn't fast enough before we all had to get back on the boat :-(

Couldn't resist another sunset shot!

Es Paradis, Eden and the slingshot..
Day 5
Me in front of all the boats, you can't really tell but our hotel is in the distance too.

bendy palm tree

Ibizan cat

Hot, hot, hot!


Ohh more sunset pics...

Ibiza rocks again! HedKandi pre party

At HedKandi in Es Paradis

Day 6
Sunset near Cafe Mambo

Weird sunset glow picture!

Heading to Ibiza rocks bar for our last night :-(

Am I really a healthy living blogger.... I don't look like one here but who am I to turn down free shots :-p

Cherry popper cocktail, this was really yummy! Vodka, amaretto, cranberry juice and I forget what else....

Judge Jules' dancers

This was a really funny dance off, was so good to watch, a really young looking guy blew the other guy out of the water!

Day 7
Sunrise for a change... from the hotel balcony

bye bye hotel...

bye bye Ibiza :-(

Woahhh you made it to the end!! Well done!