This has been a pretty packed February with a lot of exciting things going on. We celebrated two years of being together, did some crazy workouts and yoga, ate some great food and even squeezed in a mini trip!
We celebrate our anniversary on February 12th and last year we decided to write a CrossFit style workout that we will do every year on our anniversary (a benchmark of sorts, plus a slightly different way to celebrate!). This workout is based on the CrossFit Hero WOD ‘Seven’ – which happens to be Emilio’s favourite number! However, we have changed things up slightly! This is an extremely long workout, and one that is definitely deserving of a super delicious meal after! (Read on for recipe!)
The Seven Goofy Style
7 Rounds for Time
7 Overhead Squats 15/40kg
7 Toes to Bar
7 Handstand Push Ups
7 Deadlifts 65/80kg
7 Pull Ups
70 Double Unders
This workout is long and extremely difficult! Emilio performed all the movements strict and I kept weights down this year as I had not been training weights for a couple of months! It is an amazing workout, but I am happy we only do it once a year!!
We have also been doing a lot of yoga this month. We have been trying out a style called Dharma Yoga. Dharma Yoga is a graceful, yet challenging form of yoga developed by Sri Dharma Mittra. It includes a progressive series of vinyasa sequences. The postures include stretching, twists, balancing poses, backbends and some inversions. It is a style that allows yogis of all levels to practice together and work according to their skills.
Food Glorious Food
We have been experimenting a lot with food lately, I am still trying to perfect my hummus and broaden our vegetarian dishes. Emilio cooked me an absolutely amazing meal on our anniversary and I wanted to share it here!
Mr Rebenga’s Superb Spaghetti
1 onion, finely sliced
Cherry tomatoes, chopped
Tomato sauce (the thicker the better, alternatively use diluted tomato paste)
Oregano, salt and pepper
Start by softening the onions. Once browned pop in the cherry tomatoes and the mushrooms, mix everything together and simmer until the tomatoes become squishy. Add the tomato sauce and seasoning, and let it simmer until it thickens.
Best served with egg Pappardelle.
Emilio made the pasta as a ‘Primo’. Traditionally, in Italy a meal is composed of:
1) Antipasto (appetisers)
2) Primo (usually a pasta, risotto or soup)
3) Secondo (meat, fish, generally some protein with salad or veggies)
4) Dolce (sweet stuff, from naughty pastry to fruit)
He then grilled some steaks and served them with salad. We have found that this is the best way to enjoy pasta. 😊
My mother’s birthday is mid-February and to celebrate I wanted to take her to an island called Aegina where the majority of Greece’s pistachios are grown. (She is a serial pistachio eater!) Aegina also happens to be one of the closest islands to Athens, making it perfect for a day trip! I had previously been to Aegina by boat, and had lunch at a taverna on the beach, but never managed to explore the island. We were fortunate enough to have fantastic weather! Highlights of the day included:
· Visiting the Temple of Aphea – almost like a mini Acropolis. There are phenomenal views of Aegina from here and very few tourists, we were pretty much alone, and it was breath taking!
· A fantastic lunch right on the water’s edge – check photos 😉
· Lots and lots of pistachios, pistachio butter, pistachio pesto, pistachio ice cream…
· We were there for the last day of Carnival and the whole town was celebrating! This was a fun way to end the day!
Other Fun Stuff
· Emilio is now working full time as a coach at Fitness Art, doing what he loves most, and what he is best at! If you happen to be in Greece check the Mind Body App to see when he is teaching!
· Went for a nice Sunday walk on the beach and enjoyed a sneaky little ice cream at Bufala Gelata!
· This past week I have been feeling a little under the weather, so we have enjoyed some very lazy days at home!
· We finally started watching Breaking Bad and are quickly understanding why everyone was so hooked on it!!