Eating our way through Lockdown

Usually by November each year, I have the whole next year planned out… as far as racing, travel and how I’ll use all my holiday days is concerned anyway. Last November we were on our honeymoon gallivanting around Philippines, Vietnam and Laos thinking that this year, we’d be racing the Manchester Marathon, traveling to Miami for Alexandra’s Bachelorette, Saint Petersburg over Easter, home for Patrick and Alexandra’s wedding, a birthday surprise for my Mom’s 60th in August, and a reserve of holiday days saved to move house.

Race – Home – Travel – Buy a house. That was the 2020 plan. But as we all know, 2020 had different plans for us all.

On March 13th we started working from home full time. On March 23rd, England declared a nationwide lockdown which had all non-essential business close. There was limited ability to socialize/get out of the house all the way up until the 4th of July.

As many people did with so much time at home – we cooked/baked/ate our way through it. So, here are my favourite food moments during lockdown!

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Summer Solstice I do’s!

Weddings are amazing. It’s such a rare thing to have all the people you love together in one spot. Everyone is so happy for the couple. There’s nothing but support for them and well wishes for their future. Buzzing on all of that, people are quick to keep the energy high and get on the dance floor. It’s just the best. I love going to weddings – especially when the couple getting married are close friends or family.

Being the couple actually getting married, hosting the wedding, and having all of our close friends and family together in one spot to celebrate OUR future. Wow. It was the most intense feeling of love and support I have ever experienced. And it is impossible to put it into words.

We are just so thankful for everyone who helped us celebrate, who helped us get to where we are today, and who continue to support our future. Especially thankful to our parents and our wedding party who go above and beyond. We love you!!

We have so many memories we’ll treasure… I mean, there were blood, sweat and tears before the day even got started!

Here are some of my favourite moments: Kellie (MOH) walking the Best Man down the aisle because Age-girl’s heels were too epic for grass – Giuliano’s reading – Billy’s tank top MC intro – Bike rides and kilts – Ash’s surprise song for Dallison – The speeches ❤ – Grandpa doing grace – Dan sang O’Canada – Jayce got the party started – SV high jacked the staff golf cart – late night poutine and bond fire moments – almost burning down the tent from a sparkler incident and then getting kicked out of the hotel after-party because we were belting out Alanis Morissette isn’t it Ironic WAY too loud.

Everything was amazing. And it was the unplanned bits that were my favourite.

During the planning phase I was looking all over the internet for wedding timelines and vendors etc. So to pay it forward, here’s the planned stuff…

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A family trip to Sicilia

I would go back to Sicily in a heartbeat. Great food… Friendly people… Amazing weather… Beautiful and diverse scenery… History all over the place… Not overpriced… It’s got it all. Our travel itinerary focused more on the great food and amazing weather side of things.

It was the first time Dan, Tayl and I have been to Sicily, and it was my Dad and Jan’s first time in Italy all together. The rough plan was spend time in Cefalu, Taormina, and Mount Etna. Big shout out to Dan’s Dad, Tony, for the recommendations!

Highlights of the trip:

  • Sicilian Cooking Class in Cefalu
  • Boat tour in Taormina
  • Hiking Mount Etna

Must Try:

  • Granita for breakfast
  • Arancini for lunch
  • Pasta alla Norma for dinner
  • Etna wine all the time

More below on our day-to-day itinerary …

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Life Update – 4 months, 18 flights + a new flat !

Over the past four months, I’ve neglected the Live Loosley blog. I grew tired of posting about training and talking about me on Instagram all the time. This summer I just focused on trying to fit everything in and enjoy the present moment… rather than worry about an instagramable post every day. Between unexpected work trips and planned holiday’s, this Summer has been one for the books… I’ve traveled to Majorca, Barcelona, Amsterdam, home (Canada),  Turks and Caicos, Frankfurt, Northern Ireland, New York, Dublin, Dubai and back home again. Yup. I’ve never been in transit so much in such a short space of time. Oh and managed to move house in between all that…

It has been an unbelievable journey but one that’s been a little disruptive to my active lifestyle.

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Eat Sweat Play – Why our twenty-first century obsession with exercise is all wrong

Anna Kessel’s book, ‘Eat Sweat Play’ covers everything from gender stereotypes and the societal view of women in sport to common sporting taboos such as periods, pregnancy, motherhood and menopause.

It is jam-packed with facts; to the point where I found myself flagging pages that had interesting viewpoints and writing down athletes names that are mentioned throughout the book so I wouldn’t forget to follow them on Twitter and read more about them afterwards. Eat Sweat Play covers so many different angles and aspects of women in sport but the topic that resonated with me most discussed why our twenty-first century obsession with exercise is all wrong.

The twenty-first-century notion of exercise being the whole #fitspo fashionista image where expensive juice bars, gyms and classes result in picture perfect toned legs, arms and abs.

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Pumpkin Muffins

These muffins are quick to whip together and they are so nice and warming as the cool weather settles in. Spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, its like the best part of a pumpkin pie is in muffin form making it totally acceptable to eat for breakfast. Prep: 10 minutes
Bake: 25 minutes

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Live Loosley Takes Over The Performance Kitchen!

The Performance Kitchen; Live Loosley Take-over

As you know, I am a big advocate of people pushing their limits and getting out of their comfort-zone. For those who know me well, you know that I never feel more out of my comfort-zone than when I am the center of attention. So filming a 20 minute cooking show was massively pushing my limits! But when The Performance Kitchen asked if I’d be interested in doing a Live Loosley takeover episode, there was no way I could pass up the opportunity. Even though I hate being the center of attention and can be known for blushing when someone just looks at me too long, I always get a sense of satisfaction after spending some time out of my comfort-zone.

The Performance Kitchen is a YouTube channel that focuses on professional athletes, their sport/training and how their cooking impacts their performance. What better way to learn about fueling your body than from some of the best athletes in the world – straight from the source.

My episode was filmed right after World Champion Swimmer, Katy Sexton and right before Professional Basketball Player, Tayo Ogedengbe. The call sheet for filming that day also included: Sophie Papps, Chris Gregory and Vanessa Raw. All amazing athletes in their own right.

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Life in between goals…

This Summer, I set myself a bit of a vague goal:  Approach training with a ‘healthier balance’. I set this goal to avoid over-consuming myself in training and to make sure I don’t compromise too much from other important aspects of life.

But what exactly is a ‘healthier balance’? Was I not healthy before?

For 10 years, I have consumed myself in specific functional goals in preparation for “Race Day”. It is something I’m really proud of, but sometimes I struggle to find enough meaning behind it all… a reason to dedicate so much time to it.

So this is what I was trying to accomplish by training with a ‘healthier balance’… less compromise to train and more time with friends and family.

It almost backfired! … I started questioning things way more than before.

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