Tahini And Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

I made these cookies for my bestie Venetia’s birthday on Friday and as someone that makes cookies a lot, they were very well received and potentially my best yet. I usually make tahini cookies with ground almonds but when coming to make these late on Thursday night I discovered I didn’t have any so I improvised and used oats and coconut. The coconut gives such a nice texture and the oats actually make them less heavy than when I use almonds. I’d been to an event that night too and had a bar of Lindt sea salt dark chocolate from it in my bag so decided to break up some of that and mix it in too and therefore ended up with my best cookies yet. The key is not to over bake them and to allow them to completely cool before handling them. It’s hard to resist but worth it! We enjoyed them with booja booja ice cream and it was heaven. 

My Current Outlook On What Being Healthy Means

lottiemurphyhealth

I’m quite relaxed when it comes to my choices around food nowadays and would say I have a balanced approach to health and my lifestyle in general. I try not to be too hard on myself anymore. Although perhaps to others it’s still a very conscious outlook and I guess that’s where we need to remember that everyone’s idea of balance is going to be different and dependent on so many factors. I come from a once extreme view where I was obsessed with eating ‘clean’, with performing my absolute best day in day out as a ballet dancer and even since then having moved into a progressive and fast paced health and fitness industry where my early twenties were surrounded by juice cleanses, the rise of avocado on toast and whole lot of abs inspo! I’m happy that I realised that taking care of yourself is not just about lycra and protein shakes. 

Foodie And Fitness Hotspots In New York

ludlowcoffeesupply_newyork_foodie_hotspots_lottiemurphyblog.jpg

So I’ve recently had the best week of food in my life in New York, we were visiting my aunty and Sam’s friends who live there and also having a little holiday for ourselves. I’d last been as a teenager with my family and Sam was there for work in his early twenties and told me he spent pretty much every day at Soho House, eye roll, so we definitely wanted to make the most of it this time and of course both being foodies, we had a huge list of foodie spots to get through.

The Oh Dear My Holiday Is In A Week Plan

summer countdown, lottiemurphy, sports edit

So here it is, the plan that will change your life and turn you into a body confident, oozing sassiness, glowing skin goddess. What everyone wants pre holiday right? Well I’m sorry but that was a little bit of fake news. Unfortunately I can’t make those promises and no plan or person should however I do hope this little 7 day reset will help you feel the bestest version of yourself before your hols. It’s all my top tips and feel good gems thrown into a weekly schedule that will hopefully give you the confidence boost we all want pre jet setting. It’s definitely not about crash dieting or trying to change your body shape entirely, it’s about self respect, a little more rest, a little more movement and just a bit more daily consciousness around the decisions you make.  

Do I Drink Alcohol?

lottiemurphy decaf coffee alcohol blogpost

Since I’ve started to openly talk about drinking and not drinking I’ve had a lot of responses from girls saying they loved the fact I was talking about it and they felt more confident to say they weren’t drinking in social situations so I wanted to do a little update.

A friend once told me when I think of you I literally picture you with a glass of red in your hand. Red magazine once wrote an online piece of me which described me as being just as likely to have a green juice or a glass of wine in hand (wine from https://hauslerwines.com.au/).

At the start of this year I wanted to stop drinking. 

An Active Escape With Sam To Feel Viana In Portugal

Processed with VSCO with f2 preset

Sam and I went on our first run together about 3 weeks into dating and a huge part of what I love about our relationship is that we can be active together and we value that so much. We spent his birthday rock climbing, we’ve cycled in Sweden last Summer and we regularly do Pilates and runs together. Our love for movement is shared and it’s a daily part of our lives so our perfect getaway would of course involve a lot of movement which is why we were so excited to spend 5 days at Feel Viana in Portugal with the Healthy Holiday Company. Feel Viana really did exceed my expectations and I’m very excited to share with you all the reasons why. I can’t recommend this hotel enough not only for the amount of activities on offer but for the hospitality, the food, the location, the rooms and the calming atmosphere that you can’t help but melt into from the moment you walk in to the serene spa and yoga area to the stunning walk down to the beach. A few days of peaceful paradise with a lot of fun movement, good food, wine and a cheeky espresso martini thrown in. 

lottiemurphyblog, springreset, yogapilates, lydiacollinsphotography, fitnessblogger, londonblogger, pilatesblog, lottiemurphypilates, lottiemurphypilatesblog, lottiemurphywellness, wellnesblog, levelsixpeckham, peckhamyoga, yogainpeckham

My Spring Reset

lottiemurphyblog, springreset, yogapilates, lydiacollinsphotography, fitnessblogger, londonblogger, pilatesblog, lottiemurphypilates, lottiemurphypilatesblog, lottiemurphywellness, wellnesblog, levelsixpeckham, peckhamyoga, yogainpeckham

Well hello Spring, lovely of you to finally arrive. I know it’s not exactly shorts weather but the fact we are not wrapping ourselves up in 100 layers anymore is just wonderful. It’s crazy how much you can appreciate a little bit of sunshine and blue skies after what feels like the longest Winter ever. I’m so excited to start swapping my morning bowl of porridge for yummy smoothies and to swap lazy afternoons watching movies on the sofa to picnics in the park with fresh fruit salads. I’m excited to feel lighter in my body and mind, a little bit sun kissed and more energised. Spring and Summer are my seasons. The Winter has dragged a little and I feel it’s taken it’s toll on my health more than usual this year- so I’m starting a little Spring reset. I’m not going to make any drastic changes but it feels like a good time of the year to hit refresh and remind myself of all the ways to feel amazing, glowing and alive. 

nikereacttrainer, lottiemurphy, runningblogpost, nikerunning, lottiemurphyfitness, fitnessblogger, runningblogger, londonblogger, greenwichparkruns, nikereactepicflyknit, rewardstylepost

Getting Motivated To Run This Spring | 10k Training

nikereachtrainer, lottiemurphy, runningblogpost, nikerunning, lottiemurphyfitness, fitnessblogger, runningblogger, londonblogger, greenwichparkruns, nikereactepicflyknit, rewardstylepost

My Mum, the perfect example of a “non runner” perhaps even “non mover” at one stage set a goal to complete the couch to 5k last year and she did it. I hate to say that as though I’m surprised but she hasn’t really stuck to something fitness related ever. She stuck to the guidelines and schedule even during our family holiday in Portugal. Mum even continued to get her trainers on post the set 9 weeks and I went to a couple of Saturday morning 5k park runs with her near our home and it made me so proud seeing my mum cross the finish line. Since then, we’ve had a chat and realised that she needs a focus and new challenges to keep her motivated. Post Christmas she completed Race At Your Pace, receiving a little medal through the post as a sign of how she’s improved her fitness. After taking on my first fitness challenge last year and cycling 45 miles for the Princes Trust Palace To Palace Race and seeing Mum’s motivation recently I decided it’s time I signed up to a running challenge. 

bath, societycafe, coffeeshot, matchalatte, bathlife, lottiemurphy, lifestyleblogger, travelblogger

Discovering ALL The Cute Coffee Shops And More In Bath

bath, societycafe, coffeeshot, matchalatte, bathlife, lottiemurphy, lifestyleblogger, travelblogger

Oh Bath where have you been my whole life. Following on from my blog post last week about my very cosy stay at the new hotel spa No.15 Great Pulteney, I thought I’d share with you where we ventured to when we did leave the hotel- it mainly involves food and coffee but with the sun shining we also couldn’t resist wandering the streets of Bath city and taking an early morning dip in the rooftop pool at Thermae Bath Spa. Of course Natalie and I hunted down all the cutest coffee shops and foodie spots in 24 hours. So here’s a list of where we went; if you know you’re just like us and find yourself in Bath craving a matcha latte and a long lunch at the best vegan restaurant then save this post now…