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MBFR: The food

September 13, 2017
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Thinking about the super delicious, super nutritious food we were treated to on the MBFR week in Verbier makes my mouth water BIG TIME! We were completely spoiled with a very talented chef who never failed to keep us very happy and fuelled with superfoods so we could maximise our performance when it came to training. Think fresh, hot, crunchy coconut and almond breads for breakfast, eggs, avo, chia seed puddings, porridge, fruit, smoothies – the health foodie DREAM! Lunch was packed for us and contrary to the usual sarnie and chocolate bar lunchbox, ours looked like this… As for dinner… As you can see from this small taster (pun intended) of what we ate, the food was wholesome and we weren’t deprived.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Health, Travel

MBFR: The workouts

September 13, 2017
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Come wind, rain, sunshine or snow we were always on the go! Verbier did not gift us with sunshine each day despite us visiting in peak summer. But the range of weather actually made the experience richer and certainly more memorable! Verbier was, however, kind enough to welcome us with bright sunshine and vivid blue skies for our first day, which helped to make it one of the happiest days I can remember. And the two days when the temperature dropped and we hiked through rain and snow was refreshing and atmospheric. It was wholesome to experience all weathers and warm up in a mountain restaurant trying with all our might to resist the enticing smell of mulled wine and melted cheese fondant…!… Continue reading...
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Magic in the Mountains: A week with MBFR

September 12, 2017
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“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” John Muir, The Mountains of California. This was no ordinary fitness retreat. Mountain Beach Fitness Retreats offer a range of breathtakingly (in every sense of the word!) beautiful destinations for their week-long fitness retreats and Verbier, (although I’m obviously biased having been and had an absolute blast) has to be the most sparkling jewel in its crown.… Continue reading...
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Mad To Live: The Stoking of the brains …

June 23, 2017
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So in my last post I told you that founder of MTLR’s  Sophie’s mission is to “stoke your brains out”. Wanna know what this means? Scroll down… http://poppycross.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_6072.m4v And this my friends, is a flash of what it means to get your brains stocked out. We rode, ran, swam, surfed, hiked, biked, bended, stretched, jumped and it all made us feel PUMPED! I think the best thing about it all – as well as being able to do it all in nature – wast the fantastic, unbeatable feeling of physical capability. Being able to use and move our bodies in so many different ways and to master uncertainties, grow stronger in mind, body and soul – there is nothing like it.… Continue reading...
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Mad To Live Retreat: The Destination

June 19, 2017
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“My aim is to totally stoke your brains out” says an impassioned Sophie spiritedly, her eyes sparkling brightly and mouth stretched into a wide smile. The force of life that sits opposite me is Sophie Everard, child of the universe, master of all sports and founder of Mad To Live Retreats. This girl has got something that no city slicker possesses. In fact, I’ve never met anyone quite like her. I first heard about Sophie’s retreats through my lovely fierce fitness friend Carly Rowena (who I’m sure you’ve heard of and she also features in my previous post on Kefalonia). Carly travels a lot with her work and is a notable fitness retreat connoisseur.… Continue reading...
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F Zeen Retreat, Kefalonia

May 26, 2017
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This was a very  special trip. Early one May morning four fitness bloggers including myself gathered together at Gatwick Airport for the first time, unaware that it would be the start of a beautiful friendship between us all. Not to mention the start of four days in paradise. (Scroll to the bottom of this post to find out who these girls are and where you can follow them! They are a true inspiration.) A three and a half hour flight took us in Kefalonia, the largest island of the Ionian Sea and remarkably untarnished by tourists. Its land is lush and its many beaches exotic, uncrowded and completely breathtaking.… Continue reading...
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Surrey Hills Escape

March 24, 2017
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When you live in a city like London regular time-outs where you can slow everything down and just enjoy the simple pleasures are a must. And for me, the most simple way to do this is to escape to the country. I can never resist the call of long walks in the rolling hills and crisp clean air, cosy log fires, long breakfasts with the weekend papers, and just generally being in nature. Having recently got back from Cape Town I was missing hiking in the mountains (and a lot more!) so I decided to book a weekend with my bestie in the Surrey Hills to get my hiking fix.… Continue reading...
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Cape Town Living

March 24, 2017
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  This is the third and final instalment of my stint in Cape Town. So far you’ve  seen me hiking up mountains, paragliding off  them and  running, playing and being a yogi on the beach. It’s been action packed and it’s been utter bliss! You’ve also followed my trips through the breathtaking landscapes of the infamous winelands. Cape Town has SO much to offer and it ain’t over yet! Below you’ll see me  supping down the canals, biking in the hills, partying in the natural wonder that is Kirstenbosch botanical gardens and showing off the sights that make Cape Town one of my favourite places in the whole world.… Continue reading...
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Cape Town WINELANDS

March 20, 2017
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Cape Town is famous for its wineries so any trip to the mother city requires a visit to the vast, breathtakingly beautiful winelands. Stellenbosch (a 45 minute drive  from the city) and Franschhoek (slightly over an hour) are the closest  and serve up an abundance of charm and character along with their world class wines. I made a day of it, stopping off in Stellenbosch for lunch then continuing on to Franschhoek for some wine tasting (with one or two pit stops along the way). StellenboschDelaire Graff Estate Nestled between majestic mountains and overlooking the vineyards of Stellenbosch lies this gem.… Continue reading...
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Take a Hike: Cape Town Mountain Series

March 15, 2017
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Cape Town is surrounded by mountains which makes for dreamy (not so) city slicker living. The two most popular hiking trails are Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. Both offer easy and more taxing routes but whichever one you pick – I’m telling you – the views are out of this world! Table mountain will take you longer. I did the toughest most taxing route in just under an hour with some very fit friends. You basically climb massive boulders non-stop. SUCH an epic workout and it sure beats Barry’s Bootcamp or any indoor city workout any day. As for Lion’s Head – there are two routes to choose from when you get further up.… Continue reading...