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Ultimate Coffee Date: August 2016

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I completely missed July’s Ultimate Coffee Date for some reason, so I have a couple of months to get caught up on. You’ve been warned – it’s a longish one!

Over coffee, I’d tell you about the week off I had in July. My last week off was back in March, so I was definitely ready for some time off. We didn’t have anything planned as such, so we stayed at home and went out on day trips. First stop, we had a day out to Lynmouth and came back via the Doone Valley.

Lynmouth - Beyond the Sofa

It was the best day, weather wise, of the whole holiday. The sunshine was absolutely gorgeous and it really felt like summer was just coming. We walked around Lynmouth, then up the hill (which is so ridiculously steep) to look at the Cliff Railway and I was reminded that I don’t think I could have done that walk about 6 months ago because of my weight. Don’t get me wrong, I was hardly sprinting up it, but I lumbered slightly more gracefully than I would have done previously.The climb was definitely worth it for the view though!

Lynmouth Cliff - Beyond the Sofa

One of the highlights was seeing wild Exmoor ponies. I’m quite used to seeing Dartmoor ponies roaming around Dartmoor. As a family, we have spent loads of time on Dartmoor, but not much time of Exmoor.  They’re so lovely. A little further up the road, there was a mare and her foal – so adorable!

Exmoor Ponies - Beyond the Sofa

On the way home, we stopped off at the little chapel in Doone Valley. Apparently Lorna Doone was the Devonian Romeo and Juliet. I don’t remember the story at all, so Matt’s Nan dug out her copy and sent it down to me (which I still haven’t read…).

The rest of the week, we weren’t blessed with good weather, though that didn’t stop us making the most of our National Trust membership. We visited Cotehele and took Matt’s nan to Tyntesfield. That was probably one of the more rewarding days. Nan doesn’t get to go out on day trips all that often, as she isn’t so mobile these days, but we offered to take her out for the day. I never realised how hard pushing a wheelchair around all day is. I definitely got a good sweat on, going up the hills. It was totally worth it though – she enjoyed herself and we were pleased to be able to do something with her too.

Cotehele House - Beyond the Sofa

If we were having coffee, you might notice I’m a bit stiff. I’ve finished my 6 week introduction to Mysore style yoga course, and have since signed up to do one class a week. I’ve got part way through to the seated poses and it’s really challenging me. I’m enjoying it though, but I also need to make sure that I get into a better routine for some home practice.

If we were having coffee, I hope you’d see that I am quite a bit thinner than when I started the year. This is my February to July progress:

Beyond the Sofa - Feb 2016 to July 2016

My Whole 100 is going really well still. I am actually on Day 90 today, and will do a weigh in post tomorrow, but at Day 60, I was 40lbs down. I still have a long way to go, but I’m pretty pleased with how it’s going. I really thought I was going to have some food boredom but now, but I’m not feeling it at all.

If we were having coffee, we’d probably be having coffee from a paper cup at Gatcombe Horse Trials right now. As part of my birthday present, Matt bought us tickets to Gatcombe. We went a couple of years ago but I felt we didn’t make the most of it. We’d gone, not really knowing what to expect, having never been to a big horse event before. We got absolutely soaked and didn’t really get round to seeing what we wanted to.

Gatcombe 2014 - Beyond the Sofa

This year, knowing what to expect, we’re going to try and squeeze a bit more in. I’m also hoping to get to play with my camera a little bit more this time. I definitely feel like I am able to tackle the hills with relative ease now so I’m hoping to get out onto more of the cross country course.

So, that’s where I’ve been. How is life with you?


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.

15 thoughts on “Ultimate Coffee Date: August 2016

  1. Well done, as always. I can’t believe that it’s been 90 days! Enjoy Gatcombe, although I expect most of the tyop riders will be in Brazil.

    • Thank you! Yes, I think the top riders are out there but there will still be some good ones to watch (and I’d be lying if I didn’t say that the Shetland pony grand national and scurry were high on my list of things to watch!) xx

  2. Great progress, you should be proud! I love the vacation pics- beautiful!

  3. Wow your vacation photos are gorgeous! Looks like a beautiful place to visit. Your hard work has certainly paid off I can really see the difference and I bet you feel amazing too. nice job! Thanks for joining us for coffee today!

  4. It looks so gorgeous over there! I miss horseback riding! ❤

    Great job on your progress! :]

  5. Congrats on your progress and it looks like you had a beautiful vacation!

  6. Those pictures are gorgeous! And Gatcombe sounds amazing. I used to go to riding events with my Mom when I was a kid. You definitely need a schedule and some good boots to keep the mud out!

  7. Congrats on your weight loss, you look great! I’ve been curious about Whole30, I didn’t realize you could do Whole100…good to know that it’s been a success! All of your photos look amazing, I would have loved to see the ponies!

  8. I love trips like this where you go and visit beautiful sights around Britain. I need to do more of it!

  9. Love your pictures ! How beautiful. And congrats on the weight loss. Are you feeling better too ?

  10. Beautiful pictures! I love seeing the wild horses out in the New Forest. Well Done on your weight loss, it’s evident from your photographs that you’re doing really well.

  11. Such gorgeous pictures from your time off! Looks like you had some really good weather for it. I love going to cross-country days of horse trials. We live fairly close to Burghley, although I haven’t been for quite a few years now.

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