Skinny Rebel Workout with Train Dirty London

I had such a fun experience a couple of weeks ago (I can say fun now but it wouldn;t have been how I described it at the time, but cool none the less). I had a training session with Skinny Rebel UK in the swanky Conrad St James Hotel in London, through Train Dirty London. I love the brand idea of strong not skinny and that the workout is for women rebelling against skinny – hence the name.

You might have seen a few of these pictures floating around on social media of people exercising with Bane / Hannibal masks on – altitude training my friends! The sessions was an hour long and it included you wearing the altitude training masks for as much of the workout as I could. It feels a bit strange at first, kind of when you go snorkelling (if that makes sense) and takes a few minutes to get your breathing right and feel happy with it. The point of the mask is to reduce the amount of oxygen you can breath is, as if you were training at altitude. This then affects your muscles as less oxygen gets to them to recover and affects your body in that your heart rate increases quicker, making you overall work harder, burn more fat and get fit.

You don’t need lots of room for the workout but it really puts you through your paces. A mixture of body weight exercises like squats, as well as kettlebell workouts, boxing and plyometric work (who knew crawling back and forth across the room on feet and hands would hurt so much)?! It is a bloomin’ good workout though and really made me aware of how much I don’t push myself when I exercise, and with the mask, made me really aware of how much I need to work on my breathing too – so essential, particularly for running which is how I exercise the most.

My training session was with Dean and he was brilliant. I’m sure I was the most unfit person he will have trained at one of these types of sessions but he was really encouraging and kept me going. He adapted the session to me as well, after seeing what I could and couldn’t do and was really professional and made me feel at ease.

If I lived in central London I would certainly consider doing these sessions again regularly. It really mixes up your exercise and it is so helpful having someone to report to and be accountable too – I think personal trainers are definitely worth the money. A full 6 week skinny rebel package includes 12 x 45 minute, high intensity, full body altitude workout sessions and is £420 per person (1 x skinny rebel session is £40 per person).

What do you think to this training idea? You would certainly see results. I felt so good afterwards too as I rarely work this hard when I’m left to my own devices!

Rebecca x

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*I was offered a session in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Blogging To Jogging

Cooking with Blend Bros. Protein Sauces

My family and I have been trying out some cooking sauces from Blend Bros. over the past few weeks. As a rule, I cook from scratch and make my own cooking sauces so these high protein powders, that you mix with water, are perfect to add into the things that you are cooking, for an extra protein boost. Protein helps you to keep full up for longer so is a bonus in my eyes! These powders are cheaper than getting more protein through eating more meat or fish too.

The sauces are a blend of herbs and spices, combined with 20 grams of pure pea protein in every serving. Savoury range, including flavours like Tomato & Chorizo, Mexican Stew and Thai Curry, help to turn any recipe into a healthy, cost-effective, protein-rich meal. You mix with water, microwave and add to your meal (or you can mix with boiling water and you’re good to go!)

I have tried adding the that curry sauce to a stir-fry and it tasted just like our stir fry normally does – everyone was happy to eat it. I have also tried adding the Mexican version to a taco soup recipe, for added protein.

IMG_1115High Protein Mexican Taco Soup Recipeserves 6


  • 500g lean minced beef
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli, seeded and finely chopped (optional depending how spicy you like it)
  • 2  x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 portion of Blend Bros. Mexican Pibil Stew
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 3/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tin of sweetcorn
  • 2 tins of beans (your choice – black beans or pinto beans work well), drained and rinsed


  1. Cook the minced beef in a large along with chopped onion, stirring occasionally until browned and adding the red chilli and garlic during last few minutes of browning. Drain excess fat.
  2. Stir in the tinned tomatoes, Blend Bros, Sauce, chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover pot with lid and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add in corn, black beans and pinto beans and cook until heated through. Add 1/2 cup water to thin soup if desired.
  4. Serve warm topped with any toppings, if desired, such as avocado, tortilla chips and cheese.

I think these sauces are really good and will carry on using them. They don’t make the food taste strange or anything but piece of mind knowing you are getting a protein packed meal. If you exercise quite a lot, I would recommend these, instead of always having cold protein shakes. Now you can get the protein boost but in the form of a meal.

You can buy the sauces online from Amazon & MuscleFood – a 990g tin is £19.99.

Rebecca x

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*the samples were gifted in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.


Win a Twirlywoos DVD

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How about another fantastic giveaway for one of you lucky ones? The new DVD of Twirlywoos – There’s Someone At The Door is up for grabs!

Laugh along with the adorable antics of hit CBeebies comedy pre-school series Twirlywoos in their first collection of DVD tales. Twirlywoos features the fun-filled adventures of four, fruit tea loving bird-like characters: Great Big Hoo, Toodloo, Chickedy and Chick. Home to the Twirlywoos is the Great Big Boat, manned by the Hooter and the three Quacky Birds. The Big Red Boat has a plentiful supply of their favourite fruit tea, and a host of secrets and surprise visitors.

Silly, fun and full of surprises Twirlywoos is made by children’s TV specialists Ragdoll Productions and devised by Anne Wood (Teletubbies, In The Night Garden) and Steve Roberts (Dipdap), and is narrated by Linda Bassett.

Combining stop-frame animation and live-action sequences set in the real world, the series uses fun and laughter to encourage pre-schoolers to think for themselves and gain confidence in their perceptions of the world.

To be in with the chance of winning, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and complete as many entries as you would like.

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Good luck!

Rebecca x

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Competition Terms & Conditions:

  • The giveaway will run from 6am on 4th October 2015 and run until 11.59pm on 18th October 2015, GMT.
  • The prize is for one Twirlywoos DVD.
  • Open to UK residents aged 18 and over.
  • Entries can only be completed through the Rafflepcopter widget.
  • All entries will be checked and verified.
  • The winner is chosen at random, from all valid entries.
  • The winner will be announced 20th October 2015 and the winner will be emailed, as well as announced through AAUBlog’s social media pages.
  • The winner will have 72 hours to respond with their details, otherwise a new winner will be picked, following the same procedure.
  • The prize will be sent direct from Abbey Home Media.

Photography Tips for Bloggers

I have been blogging ‘properly’ for nearly two years now. I don’t think that you don’t need lots of equipment to blog, as long as you have a laptop or computer you can get on with it. Though, a good camera is pretty essential. In the early days, a lot of my pictures were using my camera phone – oh dear (particularly as it was a really rubbish phone). You don’t need a super fancy DSLR or anything but an actual camera, rather than a phone camera, will make the world of difference on your blog. The quality of your pictures will improve (just like it would if you were to upgrade your TV from HD to a 4k TV).


I am by no means an expert but just sharing what I have learnt along the way.

I think if you are a food blogger in particular, then it is all about the lighting!

  • Take photos under natural light. Do not use the built-in flash. Basically ever. Can make things a little awkward when cooking to make sure you do it in daylight hours but hey ho, life as a blogger ;)
  • Move around to find the best light. Don’t feel like you can only take photos in your kitchen. I quite often take photos outside with tablecloths and props as my kitchen can be quite dark, even on a sunny day.
  • Try taking photos from multiple angles. Some food pictures look far better from above, some from the side, others at a different angle. Having lots of photos is key so that you can choose your favourites later.
  • Minimize clutter. I really like simple, clean (if that makes sense) photos. If spoons or cloths aren’t adding anything to the picture then remove it. Big believer in less is more, particularly in food photography.
  • Take it easy with editing. Again, I think less is more. If you’ve got a fairly decent camera, plus got the lighting right, then I don’t think much editing will be required. Keep it simple.

South African Pear, Parma Ham and Rocket Pizza

As for lifestyle shots, overall I think that you shouldn’t over think it all. Styled shots are great (as is the case with food photography generally), but I think that photos are the best when they show genuine emotion. I love it when photos capture true emotions and capture that exact moment – it makes for a much better way at capturing memories. Having said this, it isn’t easy but with some trial and error, plus taking a lot of pictures, you’ll get there.

What tips would you add? What do you find works best for your photos?

Rebecca x

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