Hello remember me? Yep I am gonna defo do a blog EVERY DAY. Ooops. … that didn’t last long. Any hoo. … just a quick one the last 12 weeks have included a trip to Cape Town:
A trip to Canada (brrrrrr):
A trip to Copenhagen: mmmm no photos there. Oh well.
…. and EIGHT bloody exhibitions. Thank goodness that month of March exhibition madness is over.
The countdown to wedding-gate is getting lower and lower and lower only 76 days to go now. I don’t know where the time is going. I have my heart countdown in the office where I colour a square in every day. I can’t believe how far we have come from 309 to only 76 days…. eek.
But the primary reason for my check in at this juncture is what can only be described as an epic achievement for me. My 100 repetitions of Hell scores are in … and …drum roll please. … check these digits out:
Yep. Read it and weep (with joy and proudness! ) my last test in January was a time of 18:10 .. I have shaved another 6 minutes off my time!!!!
First things first 100 repetitions of Hell. ..The scores are in:
That there is a time FOUR MINUTES FASTER than last week!! How do you like them apples?!
It was my birthday this weekend (Friday) so we took a trip up to London and stayed in Westminster. It was fab!
We were right opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament..
We had such a lovely day and visited the Tower of London, which was really interesting and totally not what I was expecting!
As well as a spot of wedding shoe shopping at a lovely boutique called Aruna Seth… I bought my wedding shoes!! I may have to take out a second mortgage to pay for them but they are worth every single penny!!
Food wise I was really really good and had a lovely salmon salad for lunch and for dinner I managed to stay on track too… but…. we did share a bottle of red wine (naughty, naughty!!) AND a cocktail back at the hotel. I have to admit it did go straight to my head…!
…. oh yea. .. and a double cognac (well it was my birthday!!)
All in all things are going ‘okay’ I am waiting for amazing results but I know it takes time. I have put my scales away and will see how I have done at the end of these 28 days. I am just hoping and praying for more than the token 6 lbs I got last time – because I know I could have done so much better!! My lasting motivation has to be this picture:
Look at me major chubby from chubbsville! !… this was the morning after my birthday at the hotel. I said to Paul when I showed it to him .. in a few months I am going to show you this photo and say ‘look how far I have come!’
I have to admit one last thing before I sign off … this happened:
…and trust me that’s not gluten free!! My lovely Muma made me a birthday cake 🙂 .. and I just felt that I had to have a piece. I know that sounds like a really crappy excuse (and it was a really small piece!) But she had gone to so much trouble I couldn’t just not have any! So I now need to offload it to my work colleagues. I’m sure that shouldn’t be tooooo hard! ….
Didn’t go to the gym tonight. It’s an official rest day (woop woop) so instead I raced home after a day of back to back meetings (yawn!!) and got my PJs on pronto.
Got an ace new cook book for my bday so used one of the recipes for a dessing from it for my beef and broccoli stir fry. It was yummy and even got a thumbs up from Paul. Blimey!
Was really naughty and at 9:50pm opened my box of granola and started picking. I wasn’t hungry I was just being plain greedy, and now I feel really guilty. Well done fattie!!… The evenings are the worst for food… I must renew my motivation when I get home somehow….. !
Tired tonight so it’s all about the bullet points.
Feeling fat and bloated, but keep saying this is just the beginning. You feel after 5 days that some miracle should happen and you wake up a size 8 and the world has become peaceful. Oh well it took a long time to get fat… its gonna take a long time to get thin.
Gym was a running sesh tonight. I survived. My highlight is catching glimpses of myself in the mirrors…. eugh…. why why why do they need so many bloody mirrors in the gym. Basically torture.
My big problem at the moment is scoffing too much when I get home. I do really well at work during the day and am pleased to have cut out the daily Nakd Bar I was eating and have replaced it with home made hummus… but when we have dinner I am still eating portions that are way too big. Eating the right foods is one thing (and I am hitting this out of the park) but eating sensible amounts …. Mmm I’m not so good at.
Today’s takeaway: Smaller portions fattie.
Goodnight cruel world.
The first 4 days have been a walk in the park (well apart from chocolate cake – gate) …. I am motivated and enjoying the change of pace. My only concern right now is keeping the momentum and the focus 100%.
I made it to the gym after work and did my HIIT session. Altho it wasn’t as much fun as the last two sessions have been. It was quite a tough set of exercises and my wrists are starting to hurt and my muscles ache from beating myself in the last two work outs. I think tomorrow is a running day (hated running, my worst thing) but at least it will change up the pace for me. I watched a very slim, young blonde girl taking selfies of herself working out on the stepper so I couldn’t resist taking my own ‘selfie’ whilst cooling down on the treadmill.
Once things start to become routine that’s when I need to renew the enthusiasm and remind myself to stick with it. I already thought tonight… meh better write my blog I suppose…. but I will be pleased with myself once the post is done.
Any hoo moving on. I have eaten the most delicious food today, and not been hungry. Had my granola with a blended banana and almond milk for breakkie, my home made hummus as a snack, lasts nights left overs for lunch and chicken casserole for dinner was yummy!!
So today has been busy, busy, busy back to work tomorrow after the Christmas break, and I am ready for a change of scene. I am sure within an hour of being back at work I will wish I was back at home sofa bound working my way through netflix! .. but for now I am looking forward to getting back to it.
Tomorrow is the official start day of the 28 day fat loss challenge and I spent a lot of time this morning scouring pinterest and Facebook for recipes to get me kicked off.
Shopping list drawn up I managed to keep the food bill at a reasonable level (not easily done!!) and picked up a 100 ton of nuts from the local health food shop in Aylesbury (saving more pennies obvs!).
When I got home I was starving (and so was Paul!) so I had to whip something up quite quickly and when you are following a new and unfamiliar recipe is never easy! Anyway I made something called chicken and cauliflower egg fried rice. It was quite a faff cooking bacon, then eggs, then onions and chicken, blending cauliflower for the ‘rice’, then cooking that… and finally (finally!!) combining it all together. The end result was actually very nice and I have got left overs for lunch tomorrow.
I did my usual trick of going mad and making about 50 different things…. so I also knocked up some coconut granola (bake in the oven nuts/seeds/shredded coconut/coconut oil and agave), some hummus, a weird sweet potato and nut soup and the beginning of our chicken casserole for dinner tomorrow.
The kitchen looked like a bomb had hit it by the time I had finished, I had used pretty much every utensil available!! But I am pretty stocked up on a few things to keep me out of trouble … well for a few days anyway!!
So… in other news…. literally EVERY muscle in my body hurts. Every. Single One…. which must mean the two workouts I have done really hit the spot! So I am very pleased. Tomorrow is first day back in the office and enforced exercise. I can’t decide whether I want to go to the gym before or after work yet. To start of with I am going to go after… I will see how well this fits into things.
Links for the recipies I knocked up today are below:
Carrot and nut soup
Chicken egg fried cauliflower rice
Coco nutty granola
Garlic and chili flake hummus
We had a trip to John Lewis today to pick our wedding gift list and we were delighted to receive a voucher for free tea and cake for two! …. well…. imagine how delighted I was!! Having promised myself no not even a taste I have to admit I succumbed.
Paul picked two cakes one of which was a huge chocolate number that was literally calling my name “come here fattie…. you know you want to eat me”… so of course it would have been rude not to… Except when I had a mouthful and looked at this huge dark chocolate beauty it just didn’t met my expectations. No way near… For it to be worth a cheat it needs to blow me away, and it totally WAS NOT WORTH IT. So fork went down and I passed the baton of the two cake challenge to Paul.
P.s…. I wasn’t that virtuous I had picked up some chocolate covered rice cakes… which tasted so much better than the mouthful of cake, SO much better!!
These special occasions are going to keep cropping up and I need to have my action plan in place. The key thing to remember is….. it never ever ever tastes good enough to make it worth eating. Remember this Lucy… (AGAIN!!) …
On a separate note I am currently sat outside the gym waiting for Paul to finish his session off. I have managed two days now …. which doesn’t sound that impressive… but its just the beginning.
Out for dinner tonight ( a healthy chili I am promised!! ) …. no booze allowed so have resorted to a scented candle as our gift to the host. Well what else is there other than booze or chocolate?!