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Weigh in Wednesday 12: The return

Weigh in Wednesday 12

Given that I weighed myself at the weekend, I wasn’t expecting to lose anything at all, and true to form, I have stayed the same. I’m pretty pleased about that, as my eating has been a bit sporadic over the last couple of days with my lunch being whatever I can find at whatever time I can take it. I need to make sure I carve out a bit of time to eat at a sensible time, and not the 4pm that it has been.

Good news is though, that our fridge freezer is now repaired and I can start batch cooking again. After my last batch cook, the freezer started to go on the blink (again – third time it has happened, and it’s only 7 months old), and we lost most of the meals I’d prepared. The ones we had were pretty tasty, so I am hoping to spend some of the long weekend doing a batch cook so we can get back to some sort of normal.

I’ve been giving the Whole 30 another good think. I am planning to do another one in July anyway, and I was considering sneaking another one in before then. I don’t think that my diet has gone totally awry but I do need to tidy it up a bit. Bread has snuck back in, along with microwave meals. Foor has definitely needed to come under the “convenience” category recently, as my working hours have been quite long. I’ve decided for the time being to hold off on another Whole 30 as I have a couple of evenings out and I am travelling with work (to the exotic location of Bradford…).

Anyway, other notable events this week were giving blood. I successfully gave my 11th donation. I would like to say that I am catching my mum and sister up, but that would be a massive overestimation – they’re both charging ahead in the 30s! I do wonder if losing weight will make my veins easier to find or get in to, as I seem to have problem veins.

I am very much looking forward to the bank holiday weekend. We don’t have loads planned, but I am looking forward to just taking a rest from work (says the girl who had a week off at the start of the month!).

Have you got any plans for the Easter weekend?


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Weigh in Wednesday 11: Progress

Weigh in Wednesday 11

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I feel much more chipper this week compared with last week. I think partly it’s because I had a great weekend, which always helps to smooth things out. Not only was it a good weekend, but I’ve done something right this week too in terms of weight loss. My weight loss this week was much more in line with what I was hoping for. I am now 20 lbs down from my last weigh in of 2015, losing just under 4lbs this week. Perseverance has paid off.

One thing it hasn’t been the week for is my Fitness Blender workouts. I ended up binning off Friday in the thought that I would pick it all back up on Sunday. Sunday rolled around, and I don’t think I realised quite how tired I was going to be, and my legs were still sore from sumo squats earlier last week. This week, I didn’t complete the video on Monday as I was really late home from work. Tuesday wasn’t much better as Matt had booked two tickets to see Deadpool. I have to admit, I’m not a great lover of the cinema. I like being able to get up, make a cup of tea, fidget etc. The trade-off was going out for tea before the film. Matt wanted to go to Giraffe, which I am always happy to go to. Ever since Anna posted about some absolutely amazing ribs she’d had, I had a bit of a hankering for them. Matt isn’t keen, so they aren’t something that we have at home. This was my chance! I chose the half rack of ribs and swapped my skin-on fries for sweet potato fries. So good! The ribs were really tender and meaty. If we had the time, I would have liked a hot chocolate, but we needed to get a wriggle on to make it to the cinema on time.

Arriving at Vue, the smell of warm sweet and salty popcorn nearly made me plunge face first into the counter. The struggle was real while we both contemplated pudding from the cinema (pick ‘n’ mix or popcorn for me, Ben and Jerry’s for Matt). The hard-headed budget reasoning came in to play, and we decided that it was too expensive and we didn’t actually need it, being comfortably full from dinner. I was glad we didn’t. As for Deadpool, I’m not really a big comic book/movie fan, but this had me in stitches – any film that references Mama June from Honey Boo Boo (my absolute guilty pleasure of trash TV) is going to get my vote!

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Anyway… I need to get my Fitness Blender grove back on and get sweating again. This is my third week, so I think I’ll probably take some mid-way point photos at the end of next week to see if I can see a difference. I am enjoying most of the workouts, though I’m not a massive cardio/kickboxing fan. I just can’t do the arms and the boxer shuffle at the same time. It’s a mess. Limbs flail everywhere, with no real direction in mind. Perhaps it’s something I’ll get a bit better at over time. On the plus side, I think I’ll be ready to upgrade my weights soon as my little dumbbells aren’t causing the same muscle burn that they did when I first started.

What was the last thing you saw at the cinema?


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Weigh in Wednesday 10: Danger Zones

Weigh in Wednesday 10

It’s my first proper Weigh In Wednesday of 2016! Obviously, I had weighed in at the start and end of my Whole 30, but they weren’t Weigh In Wednesdays.

Since finishing my Whole 30 last week, I’ve stuck to a mostly paleo way of eating. There have been two notable exceptions. The first was a pizza at Comedy Club on Friday night which I had pre-ordered the week before. When it arrived, I looked at it and really didn’t fancy it. I thought that (as had been the case with my previous Whole 30s) I would definitely want it, and it would be the best pizza in the world. I even ordered my favourite – pepperoni. I cannot tell you how disappointed I was – I’d “wasted” my non-paleo meal on that. It was greasy, tough and just disappointing. Within about 15 minutes, I had tummy ache too. So uncool. I could have forgiven the pizza if the comedians had been hilarious. Sadly, only the final act was.

The second non-paleo meal was pancakes. I love pancakes, but try to restrict how often I have them otherwise they just become an everyday food. Pancakes are special. Much like hot cross buns and mince pies. Ordinarily, I make the batter and Matt cooks them. Last night, I gave making the batter a go, and while it was a good batter, my arms were… well… battered! I’d done my Fitness Blender video, which was upper body focused. I literally couldn’t whisk and had to concede defeat. Matt valiantly took over and produced some excellent pancakes, so it turns out I wasn’t all that necessary to the process!

Fitness Blender Home Set Up

Anyway. Danger zones.

This week, I lost half a pound. It isn’t a great result, though it is a loss which is always welcome in my house. I am frustrated. I have eaten mostly paleo (of the 7 days of meals, only two meals haven’t been, though yes, one of them was last night). I have worked out more than I think I ever have, and certainly worked out more in terms of using weights than ever. To combine both the exercise and the eating, I feel a bit cheated with a half-pound loss.

Looking at the more holistic view rather than just the exercise and food fronts, it hasn’t been a good week for me in terms of sleep. I’ve somehow managed to be really late to bed and not slept brilliantly when I have eventually got there. That’s something to work on. I’ve also not kept as well hydrated as perhaps I have in recent weeks. Also, it’s that time of the month.

I’ve tried to think more proactively about it, as I know this is where I am likely to throw the towel in on everything and huff and puff and declare that NOTHING WORKS, and I’M GOING TO BE FAT FOREVER. I will then get more miserable as I console myself with some sort of comfort food. Probably Reese’s PB cups. Probably not pizza. Looking back, I think this is why I haven’t stuck at an exercise programme for longer than a couple of weeks, as the scale doesn’t budge, or worse, has gone up. In those cases, I may not have had my food down to pat (the “I’ve been spinning, I can eat whatever I like today” syndrome).

This is my danger zone – giving up and stropping about too soon because I am not seeing the results I want as quickly as I want. All that being said, I think this is the first time that I have been aware of it. Now that I am aware of it, I can decide to ignore it and just keep on going. So that’s what I’m going to do!

Are you a pancake fan? What’s your favourite topping?  Mine is lemon and sugar (more lemon than sugar thanks!)


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Weigh in Wednesday 9: A quick weigh in

Weigh in Wednesday 9

Only two more Weigh in Wednesdays before Christmas! Woo! I can’t wait!

It’s a pound off for me this week. I am sure it was because of my activities on Sunday.

A couple of years ago, I ran the Cracker 10k in Weston-Super-Mare. I signed up again last year, but gave the place to my sister (who did me very proud), and this year, I signed up again. I’ll cover it properly in another post, but I ended up pulling out, though I walked around a lot. I think that probably helped with my loss this week, as otherwise, it has been completely unremarkable.

Well. The amount of biscuits and stuff is quite remarkable, and I am trying to say no regularly. It’s a hit and miss strategy. Give me pens and post it notes, not chocolate and biscuits! Ah the perils of office work.

Just a short one today, as I haven’t really got much to say for this post.


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Weigh in Wednesday 8: Return of the biscuits

Weigh in Wednesday 8

This is going to be a brief one!

I put back on 2lbs this week. While I’m not thrilled, I know what has happened – the Christmas biscuits are back with a vengeance! We work with quite a few other companies in my department, so we always get lots of gifts, usually chocolate related, in the run up to Christmas.

I’m one of these people that is fine if things aren’t opened. Open them though, and I turn into the biscuit eyed monster, off on a sugar coated rampage, mindlessly eating all manner of chocolate, sweets, cakes and biscuits.

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This is so me.

I need to rein in my December munchies. Thinking back to last year, there were days where I ate nothing savoury (or with any real nutritional value) because I was stuffed with sweets. Actually, thinking back, that is quite terrifying. I think I managed to execute a large project at work, purely fuelled by Celebrations, Miniature Heroes, Quality Street, Roses and assorted chocolate boxes. I can’t remember what I weighed (I’m guessing I’m blanked that bit out!).

My plan of attack? Keep up with the water. I got to thinking about it today, and realised I a) hadn’t been to the loo since I got up until tea time (camels ain’t got nothin’ on me!), and b) I’d drunk half a cup of tea and a bottle of Diet Coke.  I definitely get more nibbly when I’m not drinking enough. The second tactic – being more mindful – basically, being more aware of what I’m eating rather than just shovelling it in mindlessly.

How do you handle the influx of chocolates and sweet stuff at this time of year?


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Weigh in Wednesday 7: Achieving

Weigh in Wednesday 7

Hello hello! Time is flying for me right now – things are busy and I feel really energised at the moment, and…

Christmas is coming

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I am actually really looking forward to Christmas this year. I’ve made the decision not to blow the budget (though this will be tested when I go Christmas shopping this weekend), and to enjoy the decorating. Normally Matt will put up the tree, and when we were in the flat, that was pretty much the sum of our Christmas decoration effort. Oh no. Not this year! We need to get a new tree, as we’re a bit tight on space in the living room, but we’ll definitely be making up for lacklustre Christmas decorations over the last few years. Anyway, more on that later (maybe).

After last week’s wonky floor issues, I made sure to take a best of three. The result? Another 2lb loss. Chuffed, chuffed, chuffed. That takes me to 8lbs I think, properly into my new stone. It’s been a pretty good week generally, and I definitely think I’m reaping the benefits of it.

I’d set myself three challenges last week – go for a good walk, get some yoga in, and accept and complete all my Smart Coach challenges on my UP.

On Saturday, Matt and I were focused on the housework and getting more boxes shifted. It was really good to have a clean through, as we don’t have quite as many obstacles to negotiate now. Mum popped over in the afternoon. It was nice to have a catch up as I hadn’t spoken to her much in the week. I think Saturday was the first day that is has felt really wintery here. I hung the washing out (I know, optimistic!), and the wind had a real bite to it. Sunday wasn’t quite so chilly as the wind had dropped off quite nicely. The sun was shining, we didn’t have much left to do at home, so Matt and I headed out for a bimble. I opted for a bridleway that I wanted to know where it went. It’s just around the corner from us, and goes off in a steep and relatively long hill. We were “labradored” about half way up by this lunatic yellow Labrador who was just so pleased with life and thought everything was marvellous. We made a fuss and chatted to her owner, who then apologised profusely when the dog jumped up with muddy feet. I didn’t mind – our old dog did worse I’m sure!

Sunday autumn walk

We stopped a couple more times as Matt found some things to photograph. It really was such a gorgeous day. Eventually the bridleway came out at a farm with a stable yard. The track was quite muddy so we didn’t carry on exploring north, and so with a big inhale of the lovely smell of haylage (one of my favourite smells, which reminds me of pottering around the yard when I used to ride), we headed back towards the town. We found the road, town cemetery and primary school, which were previously unknown to us.  It wasn’t a long walk, probably two miles maximum, but it was so nice to be out in the fresh air.

I managed to fit in a very short yoga session, which felt great for my shoulders after being hunched over my desk all week.  I accepted all my UP challenges too, and I’m pleased to report that I aced most of them too. I think I am getting into a good bedtime habit now, and I’m conscious of keeping my steps up during the day.

My plans for this week are:

  • Survive the Christmas shop on Exeter high street. Good luck to me!  I’ve done a little bit of online shopping, but not much. A plan of attack is being formulated and may involve breakfast in the city.
  • Explore a different part of where I live.  So much to explore!

Do you go all out on the Christmas decorations? When does your tree get put up?

 


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Weigh in Wednesday 6: Wonky floors

Weigh in Wednesday 6

I love our house. It’s got quite a lot of original features, including exposed beams and not-so-smooth walls. With the not-so-smooth walls comes the slightly wonky floors.

This morning I dragged my being out of bed and headed into our spare room where the scales are. I stood onto them and had to do a double take. Ten whole pounds down?! Never, surely? I would absolutely love to be able to say that this was the true result. Not quite believing my eyes, I moved the scales to a different part of the room. This time, my weight loss wasn’t quite so impressive – 4lbs. Now while that is much more feasible, I know my efforts probably haven’t equalled a four pound loss either. In my sleep dazed state, the scales and I moved to a different (and seemingly much flatter) part of the room. This time, I was in for a 1lb loss. Best of three in the same area confirmed the 1lb loss.

The silver lining? I at least know where to put the scales if I am having a “this weight isn’t shifting” kind of day!

I’m really pleased with the 1lb loss for a couple of reasons. Firstly – it’s a new stone that I haven’t seen for a while! It’s kind of nice to be able to tick off milestones. A few more to go yet, but this is all heading in the right direction!

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I’m also pleased as it wasn’t a super active week. Actually, according to my UP, it was quite bad for my step count which makes it the second week in a row. The food hasn’t been too bad though, which is where I am guessing the loss is coming from. I did go out for a really lovely Thai with friends on Friday. It’s a new restaurant that has just opened in Newton Abbot. The service is really good and the food is fantastic. I don’t think anyone had a mediocre meal. I’d love to go back, but Matt isn’t so keen on Thai food, so it’ll be a while before I go back I think.

I did achieve my goals that I set last week pretty much. Batching cooking continues into this week, but it has been great to just pull something already cooked out of the freezer. I am going to roast a pork joint this weekend for pulled pork, and I also need to make some chilli up. I left work mostly on time, and certainly nowhere near as late as I had been doing. It has given me much more of my evenings back, which has been good for helping to switch off.

Coming up this week, I would like to:

  • Get out for a good walk at the weekend

We still haven’t explored too much of our new town. I’ve spotted a bridleway just up the road that I am itching to see where it goes. It doesn’t have to be very far, but some fresh air and exercise would be great.

  • Accept all the UP Smart Coach challenges this week

I had a FitBit, but it got lost in the move, and I bought a Jawbone UP3 last month. While I liked the FitBit and its app, I am really enjoying the UP a lot more. As part of the app, there is a “Smart Coach” which looks at what you’re logging and makes suggestions. Some of the challenges have been to beat the average daily step count, get to bed earlier, drink more etc.

  • Complete one session of yoga

I feel the need to get back on my mat. This weekend, I will run through what I learnt at the Ashtanga Yoga Workshop back in October. It’s going to feel tough, and I am going to feel stiff and rubbish, but I want to spend some time practising.

That’s my week so far, and hopefully coming!

If you could pick any cuisine, what would you choose? I think mine would probably be Mexican. It’s a tough call between Mexican and Thai.


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Weigh in Wednesday 5: Surprise

Weigh in Wednesday 5

 

I am really chuffed to be reporting a 5lb loss this week. What is even better is that I was very much expecting a gain, as I didn’t think my choices this week had been too good (turns out they weren’t so bad after all!).

One thing I have noticed and have tried to change this week is that I have been giving myself choices over stuff that doesn’t really require a choice.  For example, does the canteen food sound better than my packed lunch? Why yes, canteen food it is then! I suppose the real mental shift has been to try and stop doing that. I’ve recently downloaded a free trial of YNAB (You Need A Budget; I’m still not all over this adulting thing and need help), and am trying to be much more conscious in my spending decisions. So why am I buying lunch (in so far as I have to buy the ingredients to make a packed lunch), and then buy another lunch too, potentially binning option 1? Yeah, there’s no reason other than I have given myself the choice to do so. There are probably a fair few more examples that I can come up with if I turn some thought to it. As I come across them, I’m going to try taking the choice out of it and see where that gets me.

So, despite that, over the next week I have two things I want to really concentrate on:

  • Getting away from work on time

This makes such a difference to my evenings (durrr… Well done Captain Obvious), but when I don’t get home until gone half 7 some days, it is gone 8pm before I’ve eaten, and then I end up faffing and wasting time online, reading things that pique my interest (whatever my fleeting interest is at that moment), until I struggle to switch off completely and end up in bed late. My perfect weekday evening? Leaving work on time, getting home just after 6, eating around 6:30pm, which then leaves so much more time for me to do stuff. What that “stuff” is, I’m not sure yet, but the possibilities are endless.

  • Batch cooking

I received a delivery from Muscle Food a couple of weeks ago, most of which I popped into the freezer. I kept a whole chicken out though and left it to cook in the slow cooker. I also kept the mince out and did a meatloaf, which turned out well. I should probably have done a bit more with the meat, but haven’t felt too enthusiastic about cooking lately. I have another delivery from Muscle Food coming on Friday, so my plan is to batch cook that lot, which will help me get fed around 6:30pm most days.

Well that’s all for this week – have you had any nice surprises this week?


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Weigh in Wednesday 4: Early nights?

Weigh in Wednesday 4

 

How quickly the last week seems to have passed by! It’s been a reasonably eventful 7 days (compared to normal anyway!). I am recording a 1lb gain (again, groan). It isn’t a huge surprise as have eaten out a bit over the last week (1 takeaway and 2 lunches, plus Halloween sweets and an anniversary meal). Over the last month I have net the same weight, which I am okay with in the grand scheme, as for a long time, my weight has increased month on month.

My two tasks last week were to get to bed before 10:30pm each day, and get in a 10k walk.

It is very fair to say that I failed abysmally at getting to bed for 10:30pm, with one notable exception. I really struggled to sleep on Thursday night, clocking literally a couple of hours. To say that Friday I functioned as effectively as a zombie would probably be an exaggeration. I’m not usually one for nodding off on the sofa, so on Friday night, as my neck lost the ability to keep my head up, I flopped in to bed and slept from 9pm until about 5:30pm, uninterrupted. It was all born out of stress I think. There is a great saying on one of our director’s walls:

Don't over think

The reason I was up so late on Thursday night was completely because of this, and I felt like I needed to take action on the thing that was causing me some stress. This resulted in a bedtime of 2am, but the little sleep I did get was much more rested than it would have been had I not sorted the issue out.

Aside from one evening, I have not managed to get to bed before 10:30pm. This one stays for the next week. I’ll be aiming to get to bed every “school night” by 10:30pm.

I also said I would walk 10k. I managed about 6 or 7k. I’d walked from my parents’ house to the station, then along from the station to where my mum picked me up. Originally Dad and I were meant to be going to Bournemouth. The event was cancelled, so he stayed at work and I spent some time with Mum. It was a very nice afternoon/evening. While I was maybe 3 or 4k short, I felt it was a good walk nevertheless. I’m debating whether to pull out of the Cracker 10k and offer my place to someone else. My ankle isn’t really showing any signs of being happy for a run any time soon, and I am fast running out of time (running out of time… har har) to finish Couch to 5k.

I’m down to one thing to work on this week because it is going to be a long week at work. For that reason, I don’t want to overload, so I’ll be trying to get enough veggies in, drink my water, keep moving as much as I can during the day, and trying my best to switch off in time for an early (well, 10:30pm) bedtime – basically, looking to build on what I have done over the last four weeks.


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Weigh in Wednesday #3: Return of the Veggies

Weigh in Wednesday 3

I am very pleased to report that “drink all the water, pee all the time” has finally settled. Otherwise, I feel that it has been a pretty bad week for achieving my goals.

I’m still not sorted for a yoga space. I will, absolutely sort that this week. It needs to happen now, as it is just dragging on.

My Couch to 5k fares as well. I have been trying to get my walks in, and I’m finding that I still have discomfort in my right ankle. Earlier this year, I managed to roll my ankle at work. I swear I am the only person who can find safety issues in safety boots! After rolling it, I limped around to finish my task, and cried as I tried to get the boot off. The next day, it had swollen up badly and clicked. A quick trip to A & E determined it was a nasty sprain. In retrospect, I think I should have rested it for much longer, as 6 months on, it still isn’t right. My plan is to strap it up a bit and see how I get on.

My last task for last week was to eat more fruit and veg. I haven’t kept a total on it, but I think I’ve done pretty well at that. My number 1 find this week was veggie couscous – “couscous” made of veg. I teamed it with toasted macadamia nuts, roasted veggies and some cheese.

This week’s weigh in result saw me gain 1lb. I am not too bothered as I usually gain a little around my period. I do need to be a bit more mindful of my food though. While I have been getting the veggies in, I haven’t been too careful on portion sizes or pudding.

So this week’s focuses are:

Go for a 10k walk. I want a benchmark to see where I am for the Cracker 10k. We don’t have much going on this weekend, so this shouldn’t be too much of a problem. I need to charge my Garmin for the event.

Get to bed before 10:30pm (with faffing about on my phone). I’ve got a busy few weeks ahead, and one of the best things I think I can do for myself is get to bed at a reasonable time. At the moment, I am getting to bed at gone 11pm, having had too much screen time in the run up to bedtime so I struggle to nod off.

Any tips on establishing a better bedtime routine?