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Ultimate Coffee Date – May 2016

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It’s that time again! I would say let’s have a coffee, but it’s getting a bit late now, so caffeine probably isn’t the best idea! I have just got in from my day out, so I have a glass of water by my side.

If we were having a drink, I would probably have said that motorsport season is now upon us. So far, Matt and I have managed to get out to Brands Hatch for the British Touring Car Championship, and to Silverstone for the World Endurance Championship. Matt won tickets to Brands, which isn’t a circuit we had been to before, so that was quite nice. The weather was absolutely gorgeous on the Saturday, but a bit nippy on the Sunday.

Ginetta GT4 Supercup Brands Hatch April 2016

Silverstone was very similar. It is the first time that I haven’t marshalled that particular meeting in about 6 years, and it felt quite nice to just be a spectator and walk around. I definitely got my steps in on the first day that we were there, but then I discovered the beanbag lounge (or wife crèche as I like to call it). The Sunday brought quite a cold wind, so as I opted to stay inside a bit more, I ended up taking less steps. The highlight of Matt’s weekend was meeting Mark Webber while he was having a meeting in one of the media suites. I was sat on the free bus, taking a ride around the circuit. Typical!

Dane Train 95 AMR World Endurance Championship Silverstone Aprl 2016

If we were catching up, you’d probably notice I am not much thinner than when we last met! Weight loss has not been my strong suit this month – with three busy weekends and manic working weeks, I’m not beating myself up about it. I think I’m actually about half a pound up from my Ultimate Coffee Date in April. I’m not too worried though – I’m about to start my Whole 100 (a Whole 30, but 100 days instead of 30… Eek!).

If we were having a drink, you would probably know that the stress that I have from work is about to ramp up quite a bit as my friend and colleague resigned. She leaves in a week (where has the time gone!?). I’m still not ready for her to go, but I’m actually doing quite well on what I promised myself I would do. I took some time out last weekend to do a huge amount of batch cooking, partly in preparation for my Whole 100, but also to prepare myself for work demanding a bit more from me.

Whole 100 meal prep

I also took some time off to have a good run through the house in terms of housework which felt good. I’m never sure quite how we manage to generate so much laundry between the two of us, but I was definitely glad of the nice weather when I had my day off so that I could put my washing out to dry (with help – this lovely little cat always comes over to say hi when I put the washing out.  I’m sure the neighbours think I’m mad for talking to her).

Washing Line Help

I’m also trying to get a bit more fresh air while I’m at work, though this, along with getting to bed by 10:30pm are proving to be areas for improvement. Overall though, I’m feeling quietly confident that I won’t emerge in July as a complete nervous wreck.

If we were having a catch up, what would you tell me?


Thank you as always to Lynda, Coco and Deborah for hosting Ultimate Coffee Date.  Thanks as always to Deborah, Lynda and Coco for hosting Ultimate Coffee Date each month! I think it’s a lovely way to catch up with and discover new blogs.

Author: Steph

Blogger learning to live a healthier life, losing weight and starting to run.

13 thoughts on “Ultimate Coffee Date – May 2016

  1. Wow, that’s an impressive amount of meal prep! I try to cook a few things ahead on the weekend, but i could do more to make my weeknights better. Thanks for joining us for …. wine? 😉

  2. I’m terrible at meal prep, so I’m very impressed. I also admire your ability to do the Whole 30. It’s Paleo inspired, if I’m thinking of the right thing, isn’t it? And whilst I love some of the paleo recipes I’ve tried, I am pretty rubbish at cutting out carbs. I LOVE THEM. But they are also my major downfall and explain much of my inability to drop the lbs/kgs… So props to you, for finding something that works for you. 🙂

    • Thank you! I have to admit, I’m not always so “on it” when it comes to meal prep, but I’d taken some time off on the Friday to get a load of housework done and knew I wanted to get a huge amount of cooking done. I hear you on the carbs front! I don’t give them up completely – you can have potatoes (sweet potatoes are my favourite), but other stuff like bread and pasta is out.

  3. I’ve never been to a car race event looks like a fun time! Good luck with the whole 100. You are def well prepared! thanks so much for joining us for the coffee date

    • Thanks Deborah! If you get the chance to go to a race one day, I’d definitely recommend it! My husband was invited over to Austin, last year for an event and he said that America is so great for car racing. I swear he’s pining to go back. Thank you for hosting!

  4. Oh my gosh, the kitty!!! Sorry, I love cats, especially black cats! I would probably do the same thing. I can’t imagine doing a Whole100 challenge, wow! I hope it works well for you. I just don’t have that kind of dedication, lol!

  5. You are the queen of meal prep!! I tend to make two salads Sunday evening ready for the week ahead and then have to make them again Tuesday night… but this is mainly because I only have two decent-sized boxes! Though that said, to make a whole week’s worth would just kill my Sunday 😉 But I think if it was actual cooking rather than salad assembly I’d be more excited about it. Nothing screams boredom than throwing lettuce leaves about…

    • Haha! Thanks! Yes, tossing lettuce around isn’t quite as inspiring. I literally treat it as a conveyor belt. It is boring but quick.

  6. Wow impressive meal prep! I tend to have easy lunches on Monday and Tuesday (hummus and ryvita- no real prep required) and then on Tuesday night after our shopping comes I make salads for the other 3 days, but it always seems to take ages!

    • Thanks! I love hummus on the Cracker black pepper ryvita – so good! I prep my salad in a production line which seems to make it quite quick.

  7. Yay for all the batch cooking! I’m planning to do that when I’m moved into my new apartment so I’ll always have something healthy to grab for a meal/snack, even when it gets super busy! 😀

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