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Whole 30 Days 19 to 21: on the up!

After a pretty miserable few days, I feel like I am on the up again! And about time too! It isn’t (cringe) the “tiger blood“/superhero feeling, but I am feeling more together.

Day 19

Breakfast: Diced bacon, hard boiled egg and sweet potato

Lunch: Chicken in Matt’s amazing tomato sauce and veggie couscous

Tea: Steak with onions and sweet potato

How I’m feeling: I am glad it’s Friday, that’s for sure! It was one of the busier days in the office again today, and I didn’t end up eating my lunch until nearly 4pm. I had planned to have it earlier, but a meeting overran and then I had a couple of others to go to. One thing that I was pretty glad of was I didn’t get ravenously hungry (or grumpy). Yes, I was hungry, but I wasn’t chew-on-your-arm kind of hungry. I also noticed I seemed to keep a better concentration level going. All in all, it’s been a pretty good day.

Day 20

Breakfast: French omelette

Lunch: Ham and a juice

Tea: Chicken stir fry with sweet potatoes

How I’m feeling: Refreshed! Finally! I woke up, having had nearly 9 hours of sleep and felt good. Over breakfast, Matt and I were talking about what we wanted to do in the day. His nearly-Whole-30 is going really well, and he decided his treat would be a new Xbox 1 controller (how it’s different from the other one, I’m not entirely sure, but I’ve been told it is MUCH better than the other). Unfortunately the only place that had it was an Argos in Plymouth (which is about an hour away). We’d also been talking about rejoining the National Trust, so decided to do it today and stop by Saltram House on the outskirts of Plymouth on the way back from Argos.

Saltram House

It was a really murky day, but the weather is clearly confusing the plant life – the daffodils, snowdrops and crocuses were all out in force. We didn’t get to go around the whole house, as only the east wing is open at the moment, but it was a nice way to spend a couple of hours. We’re going to go back in the spring (when hopefully the sun is shining!) so we can go around all of the house and gardens.

Gardens at Saltram

Around 3:45pm, we headed home, stopping at Tesco to see if they had a magazine that Matt was looking for. Because we hadn’t had lunch either, we picked up a couple of things to munch. I picked up ham and a juice. It wasn’t the best thought out meal, but it filled a hole until tea time. This evening, I’ve put in a big Muscle Food order, which will hopefully be here on Wednesday. I’ve included a couple of their paleo snacks to see what they’re like. If one thing that this Whole 30 has told me is that I can’t be prepared all the time, so having a back up plan is a good idea.

Anyway, it’s been another pretty good day today – the Whole 30 goodness is beginning to come through!

Day 21

Breakfast: Banana, melon, apple and orange juice

Lunch: French omelette with ham, followed by dried apricots and pistachio nuts

Tea: Prawn stir fry with carrot noodles

How I’m feeling: Another good long sleep, and I’m feeling good! We decided to get a juice for breakfast in the Guildhall in Exeter rather than eat at home. I realised that the smoothie I usually like (Banana Boat) has yoghurt in, so I asked for one without the yoghurt. It wasn’t quite the same, but it was a nice change. It wasn’t an exciting shopping trip (conditioner, deodorant, lip balm), but it was nice to get out the house for a bit. I definitely think I am procrastinating a bit less than I have done in the recent past.

Fancy catching up on my January Whole 30 so far? Here you go:

 


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Whole 30 Days 15 to 18: Riding the struggle bus

 

I am wondering how bad my diet really was before my Whole 30, as I seem to be getting a bit behind in the timeline now. I know the timeline is just a guide though, and actually, looking back on my previous Whole 3o experiences, I think these few days are probably the worst in terms of mood for me.

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Day 15

Breakfast: Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and mixed nuts

Lunch: Pina Colada Chicken from Well Fed 2 and some cashew nuts

Tea: Beef stew

How I’m feeling: Woohoo! Made it half way! After the gross-ness of yesterday’s tummy trouble, I’m glad to report that there has been no reoccurrence. I have felt a bit out of sorts today though with food, as I haven’t been as prepared. Luckily, we have a couple of frozen meals left, but I do need to have a couple of productive evenings cooking stuff up. Today has been the first day that I’ve really felt “look at all this food that I can’t eat”. Going in to Tesco to pick up some bits and pieces (more sweet potatoes!) probably didn’t help that, as the Easter chocolates are now out, and suddenly all I can see is crackers, breads, and so much stuff that I can’t have. I’ve tried talking myself out of it and concentrating on all the food I can have, but I’d be lying if I had said it worked. I think I’m in mourning.

Day 16

Breakfast: Two poached eggs with ham

Lunch: Pina Colada Chicken

Tea: Bacon braised cabbage from Ministry of Food with sweet potato

How I’m feeling: The mourning hasn’t stopped yet. I’m tired, a bit cranky and feel like I have regressed a bit. A friend got a KitKat in the post today from a supplier (yes, random), and I could have given up there and then. I didn’t. I don’t even want want it (it isn’t a specific craving). It’s like my brain has cottoned on that certain foods are off limits and suddenly, I want ALL THE FOOD. To counter all of that though, a friend said that she thought my face was looking thinner, and I have noticed my trousers have got a little longer, though I don’t think I look thinner.

Day 17

Breakfast: Two poached eggs and a slice of bacon

Lunch: Egg and potato salad from M&S, cashews, grape and blueberry pot and a berry smoothie

Tea: Bolognaise with sweet potato

How I’m feeling: First off this morning, I was a bit annoyed. I’d made breakfast last night to bring in to work today, and left it on the side. After having had a fair few days of not being organised, I was looking forward to that. Two poached eggs later and I was okay. It turned out to be an absolutely manic morning at work anyway and I didn’t get out for lunch until gone 2:30pm. I decided rather than struggle through trying to find something compliant in our canteen at lunchtime, I would walk down to our local petrol station which has an M&S Food. Yeah. Turns out that all of the cold meats for sale in this M&S had some sort of sugar in them. I spotted a plain salad and picked it up with a load of fruit. Lunch was rescued! It was also good to get out of the office for a walk which I definitely need to do more of when it isn’t so wet outside.  In other news, I’m feeling a bit “can’t this be over yet”. It’s tinged with some grumpiness too and I am definitely still on the struggle bus. I’m definitely not swinging from the rafters, full of joie de vive that’s for sure!

Day 18

Breakfast: Sweet potato, two hard boiled eggs and some ham

Lunch: Bolognaise with cauliflower rice

Tea: Chicken in tomato sauce with sweet potato

How I’m feeling: I really do feel like I’m flip-flopping between feeling pretty good and a miserable “can’t I have a brownie” state of mind. The thing is, physically, I think things are going pretty well. I cut my nails back after I took my Shellac nail polish off on the 5th January, and they’ve grown really well, they’re shiny and strong. My hair is getting to the point of being too long for me anyway, but it feels a little longer. My manager said to me this morning that she can see that I have lost weight (though I still don’t see it right now). As for my sleep, I’m not a bad sleeper anyway, and I’m trying to get into a more consistent bedtime habit (which is going well so far), but I’m sleeping well with no problems. Anything mental though? That’s a different story. I’m struggling to concentrate, my levels of motivation waver from total productivity and efficiency to couch-dwelling slob (there is no happy medium), my moods are ebbing on the higher side but with some crazy grumpiness (which is usually for totally pointless reasons). I was talking to a colleague though, who is “cutting” for a competition and eats largely low carb, higher fat, and he said that sometimes it will take longer than a month to feel like you’re firing on all cylinders. It’s all just a case of bearing with it I suppose!

On the plus side, I am not absolutely sick and tired of eggs at the moment, which does usually hit me at half way. That said, I do like some of the recipes in Whole 30’s eggless breakfast post – food for thought for the weekend.

The plan for the next few days is just to ride it out, and hopefully I’ll get to the consistently good feeling. Anyway, want to catch up on my previous days? Here they are:


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Whole 30 Days 10 to 14: Going strong

I’m through the first third! It’s going well, I’m not hungry or feel like I am missing out (too much – just cups of tea still!), and at the moment, I think it’s going to be a relatively smooth ride to Day 30. That said, I’m conscious that I still seem to be running a few days behind “the timeline“. Here’s how I’ve got on over the last few days:

Day 10

Breakfast: Hard boiled egg, chicken, cucumber and tomato with some balsamic vinegar

Lunch: Left over chicken stir fry with veggie couscous

Tea: Cincinnati chilli with butternut squash noodles

How I’m feeling: Productive! As I’ve mentioned before, when I come in after work, I quite often literally flop down on the sofa and call it a day. Not tonight, no! I cracked on with making Pina Colada chicken for later in the week, and also did the marinade for the green chicken, which smells absolutely amazing when you’re whizzing together all the ingredients. The chicken needs to marinate for at least an hour, but longer is better, so that’s tea for tomorrow sorted.

Day 11

Breakfast: Banana and apple with almond butter

Lunch: Left over Cincinnati chilli

Tea: Fiona’s Green Chicken (from Nom Nom Paleo)

How I’m feeling: Apparently most people feel the strongest urge to quit their Whole 30 at day 10 or 11. I can’t say this is something that I have felt over the last couple of days. Actually, it has been really nice to come home of an evening, eat proper food (not a ping meal in sight!) and get ready for the next day. I love the green chicken recipe, and would definitely recommend it. I used chicken breast instead of thighs as we don’t have thighs in the freezer. I feel good though – energy is improving day by day, I don’t have any all consuming cravings and don’t seem to be feeling any ill effects right now.

Day 12

Breakfast: Banana and apple with cashew butter

Lunch: Left over green chicken with veggie couscous and roasted med veg

Tea: Bacon braised cabbage (from Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food) with sweet potato chips

How I’m feeling: I am very glad it is Friday and this week is over. It’s been a bit mad at work. I’ve weathered it well though – my energy and concentration levels have been good, though I have been more irritated than normal with silly things (trying to get through to a human being at one of the government agencies is the devil’s own job and saw me shouting at the stupid automated woman on the other end of the phone!).

Day 13

Breakfast: Banana and apple with cashew butter

Lunch: Left over green chicken with sweet potato

Tea: Steak with root veg chips and stir fry veg

How I’m feeling: I went to bed too late last night and didn’t sleep brilliantly. I think I spent too much time looking at a screen before bed, watching some of the gubbins on my Netflix. It was a relatively slow start to the day, and I ummed and ahhed about going in to work today or tomorrow. I needed to go in when no one else was there as I just needed some quiet time to concentrate on the fiddly stuff. I decided to go today, and turns out that it was time well spent, which was a load off my mind and will allow me to enjoy the rest of the weekend. I cooked up the chicken and sweet potato before I went. I absolutely love this recipe – it’s pretty easy to do too which is always good! After popping to work for a few hours, I stopped at Tesco and picked up some steak for tea. It wasn’t on the plan, but I really fancied it. Matt cooks steak better than me, so he was the chef of tea.

Whole 30 Days 10 to 14

I feel pretty good still. No super energy (though my energy is better than pre-Whole 30) and no vivid dreams about food as the Whole 30 timeline suggests. I do feel a bit more positive generally though.

Day 14

Brunch: Two fried eggs, followed by cashew nut butter on apple and banana

Tea: Pina Colada chicken from Well Fed 2 with butternut squash noodles and stir fry veg

How I’m feeling: I didn’t get up early enough to consider breakfast and lunch two separate events. Instead, I settled for waiting a little longer and having lunch. After lunch, Matt and I decided to go on an explore around town. We googled some walking routes, and came up with two that we combined. It’s been a really murky day, light drizzle and grey. Cold too – the wind has a real bite. There has been snow up on Dartmoor, but we haven’t had any that has settled (yet).

January Walk around Cullompton

We walked a reasonable distance before my stomach started to get a bit sore. It is getting close to that time of the month, but it wasn’t a period pain soreness. Nope, this was one of the delayed side effects of the Whole 30 – the bad tummy time. Delightful! I will be backing off the nut butters, just in case they’re anything to do with it though, as almond and cashew butter have become a near daily thing. Anyway, that aside, I slept really well last night, and the vivid dreams appeared. They weren’t about food, but they were vivid all the same. My energy levels are pretty good, no obvious crashes, and it isn’t taking me so long to get round to doing things (I remember on my last Whole 30, my procrasination levels reduced quite a bit).

All in all though, I am pleased with how it’s going. The only thing I regret not doing before this was a proper “before” picture, as I feel like I have lost some weight, but I’m not 100% sure. Matt definitely has though – his t-shirts are fitting better, and his face looks a little thinner which is really great. He had a great non-scale victory today too – a coat that he hasn’t fitted into for ages, he did up. I’m so pleased for him!

Want to read my previous days? Check out:

 


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All the (literal) rage: My Whole 30 Days 5 to 9

Carrying on from my first four days, the short story of this Whole 30 for me is that I have been mostly “negative symptoms” free until quite recently. At the moment, I think I am about 4 days behind “The Timeline” that Whole 30 put together as guidance.

Day 5

Breakfast: Egg and sweet potato

Lunch: Beef meatballs with tomato sauce and roast carrot and parsnips

Tea: Bacon braised cabbage (from Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food with modifications to go paleo)

How I’m feeling: Glad that the weekend is here! I’m still sleeping well, but the lie in tomorrow will be very much appreciated. It’s not been a particularly interesting day in terms of food or how I’m feeling. It’s going well, I feel fine. I’m not bored of the food, I’m not in the kitchen for hours, which is good.

I went out to see my friend this evening. She and her husband have just moved house too (and are waaaay more sorted in their unpacking than we are!). Ordinarily we meet up and put the world to rights over cider and Malteasers while the husbands play skittles. Sadly, neither cider nor Malteasers are paleo-friendly, so it was dates and apple juice for me.

Day 6

Breakfast: 2 eggs, seasoned, whisked and then cooked in the pan (does this count as a French omelette?)

Lunch: Didn’t have lunch

Tea: Meatloaf and sweet potato

How I’m feeling: I slept in quite late, though I think it was just because I was nice and toasty in bed. After doing some meal planning, I got out for a bit to go shopping and collect some bits and pieces for a cook up on Sunday. I got hungry in the evening, which I suspect is because of a lack of lunch so I had a banana and almond butter. Other than that, no hangover, no adverse feelings or effects. It really has been a quiet day.

Meal planning

Day 7

Breakfast: Bananas with almond butter

Lunch: kind of didn’t have lunch

Tea: Meatballs in tomato sauce with sweet potato

How I’m feeling: This is the first day that I’ve had a headache and haven’t been able to shift it all day. Otherwise, I’m feeling okay – not on top of the world, not hit by a bus. Annoyingly, the meat I got out yesterday hadn’t defrosted, so there was no batch cooking as I had planned to do. I did pop some beef and veggies in the pot and made a stew which smelled amazing. Mum and Dad popped by for a visit. It was nice to see them, and definitely broke up my Sunday boredom. Headache aside, I’m a bit tired, but nothing shocking, and nothing unexpected.

Day 8

Breakfast: Bananas with almond butter (so quick, easy and tasty)

Lunch: Leftover meatballs in tomato sauce with roast veg

Tea: Chicken stir fry

How I’m feeling: My headache is still dully throbbing away in the background and I have a couple of breakouts too. I think “the hangover” may be in force. I feel much more tired today, and I’m struggling to concentrate on anything. I’ve also started remembering things that happened early last year and thinking that they happened last week. Clearly I’m going mad. I definitely think that brain fog needs adding to the timeline on Whole 30, as I’ve seen a couple of people mention this on the blogs I’ve been reading. On the plus side though, I am much more on top of my water intake today. I struggle (though manage) to get 8 glasses in when I’m not at work.

Stir Fry

Day 9

Breakfast: Chicken with sweet potato and boiled egg

Lunch: Leftover chicken stirfry

Tea: Beef stew

How I’m feeling: Well, after I wrote my little write up for yesterday,  suddenly…

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…“Kill all the things” set in at an alarming rate and I got really angry for absolutely no reason. Matt hadn’t put the bins out? RAGE! Matt was trying to help me cook tea? RAGE! Poor Matt. Sometimes I wonder why he married me. I suspect last night, the same thought crossed his mind.

Thankfully, today I feel much more in control and less ragey. It’s been a fairly quiet day in terms of “reportable Whole 30 feelings”. A friend asked what I was going to do at the end of the 30 days which gave me something to think about. I’m not entirely sure what I am going to do yet. Literally the only exciting and remarkable thing was trying to boil an egg a different way. Instead of just plopping the egg in boiling water and leaving it until I remember it’s been in the pan for a while, I followed Nom Nom Paleo’s instructions, and actually, the finished egg was nice and orange inside, no smell, no black lines. Yes, Whole 30 really can be mile-a-minute levels of exciting.

 

Given that I seem to be a few days behind, I think I have a couple of days of headaches and general blurgh to get through before I start to feel more energetic and better again. Roll on those days!


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My Whole 30 so far – Days 1 to 4

I thought I’d cluster a few days of what I’m eating and how I’m feeling on my third round of Whole 30. In short, it’s going pretty well. In my last post, I said that I wasn’t doing a huge batch cook of 20+ meals. It creates too much mess in the kitchen, I am stuck in there all day on a Sunday, and I still have to prep lunch and breakfast so I wasn’t gaining much from my preparation. Plus I have the chance to inject some good variety in to my meals.

Going in to my third round of Whole 30, I wouldn’t say I felt terrible, but I just want to curb the bad habits and focus on getting into a healthier place. The short of it is that I am actually doing okay. Nothing hurts, I don’t have much in the way of cravings aside from a cup of tea!

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Day 1

Breakfast: Chicken and tomatoes

Lunch: Chicken with rosemary and garlic roasted carrots and parsnips

Tea: Sirloin steak with sweet potato

How I’m feeling: Pretty good so far. It was the first day back at work, and I am pooped. I swear it was like getting up in the middle of the night to get ready. Food wise though, with the exception of a rubbishy steak, today has been good. I wanted something sweet after tea, but watched some YouTube videos to distract myself. I think I probably became a bit grotty during the sweet craving part of the day (sorry Matt!).

New Year return to work

Day 2

Breakfast: Left over chicken and tomatoes from yesterday (added a splash of balsamic vinegar as the chicken was very dry)

Lunch: King prawns with salad and balsamic vinegar

Tea: Steak hache with sweet potato and salad

How I’m feeling: Again, still pretty good. I slept well (which is no surprised given how tired I felt yesterday). I’ve tried to make sure that I’m drinking a lot, and while I’ve been a bit hungrier today, it hasn’t been too bad. Normally “the hangover” kicks in now, and certainly that has been true for me in the past, but I really do feel okay right now.  I prepped breakfast and lunch for tomorrow, and rescued tea from the freezer. I also managed all the washing up and some budget work (a goal for 2016) and some other bits and pieces, so it was overall a very productive evening (which is VERY unusual for me – I’m not often very productive in the evenings).

Day 3

Breakfast: bacon with half a baked sweet potato and boiled egg

Lunch: King prawn with lots of salad with balsamic vinegar (again – really loving the at the moment)

Tea: Cincinnati chilli (from Well Fed 2) and butternut squash noodles

How I’m feeling: The hangover stage definitely still hasn’t kicked in yet. I’m sleeping well (though I’m tired, but I think that’s more the return to work after Christmas than anything else!). Breakfast kept me full until lunch, and I started to get hungry around 4:30pm in time for tea at 6:30ish. The only thing I really would like is a proper cup of tea.

I prepped breakfast and lunch for Day 4, and also roasted some more veggies as they’re good to pair with lots of things. I was hungry still after tea though, so made myself a little egg omelette thing which helped.

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Day 4

Breakfast: turkey with half a baked sweet potato and a boiled egg (not my finest breakfast)

Lunch: leftover chilli with some roast veggies

Tea: beef meatballs, butternut squash noodles and a tomato sauce

How I’m feeling: I got new winter pyjamas for Christmas, which I wore last night, and they are so warm and fluffy that I am crediting my good sleep to them. In the interest of balance, I then had an awful breakfast. I don’t know why I cooked the turkey really, as I don’t like it plain (it needs a sauce to be edible). Thankfully my lunch made up for it. I think I could probably live off that chilli if I had to. I’m still “hangover” free and I’m not at the “kill all the things” stage (I don’t think). I have had a bit of a breakout of spots, which is annoying, but nothing makeup doesn’t fix. I have broken out in my past two Whole 30s around this time, so it isn’t a massive surprise.

That’s my first four days done and dusted. I am wondering whether I am going to get stung massively with some bad feelings/temper problems/sleep issues later down the line, as I really have had a pretty good ride of it so far. I’m even considering adding some exercise in. I’m not entirely sure what sort of exercise at the moment, and I’m thinking to add it in after I’ve passed Day 14, but I’m definitely giving it some thought.

How has the start of January been for you?


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Starting my third Whole 30

I’ve been giving my diet some thought recently. While it has improved massively since we moved out of our flat and into our own house, there is still a lot of work to be done. I can also feel some old bad habits beginning to sneak back in. While my takeaway consumption has reduced drastically since September 2015, I have been lazy and swapped the takeaways for microwave meals for tea and canteen fodder for lunch. It’s time for a reset!

Beyond the Sofa | Whole 30 Round 3

Whole 30 is a strict framework in which you cut out all processed food, dairy, refined sugars, grains and legumes. You can read more about it here if you’re interested.

Why am I doing this again?

Part of me feels like it hasn’t worked – I’ve done this before, lost weight, gone some way to improving my habits, only to fall back into old ones and pile all the weight (and more) back on. I’ve given this round a lot more thought about whether I should do it, bouncing from “I don’t want to be so restricted” to “it’s just 30 days”.  Then I’ve got to thinking – what’s the worst that can happen?

What would you do if you knew you could not fail

I could go back to old habits at the end of the 30 days and put on even more weight. I could really kick start my focus on health and make 2016 the year of healthiness. I know which I prefer!

Any changes?

I have a couple of changes in mind. In January last year, I logged everything in My Fitness Pal. Looking back at this now, I think it was the wrong thing for me to do. It took away the intuitive “am I hungry” foundation and was replaced by “how many more calories/macros can I have today”. That said, it was interesting to note that the days that I was lower on my calories tended to be followed by a more hungry day. Anyway, there will be no My Fitness Pal in my Whole 30 this time.

I’ve also identified that Nakd bars, while I do love them, aren’t very good for me psychologically and give me a crutch to lean on when I think I want something sweet. The reality is that I don’t need anything and that these lovely little bars can trigger a binge behaviour (I don’t care what food is in front of me, if it’s in front of me, I’ll eat it). I’m not buying any at the start. The same applies for juice. Juice will be much more moderated this time – no sweet fixes from liquids!

I’m also going to limit my weighing in. In both of my previous Whole 30s, I weighed in a lot. I became more obsessed with it I think, especially in my second one. This time – there is a scale fast going on, which also means no Weigh in Wednesdays until February.

What about prep?

I haven’t cleared the house of non-Whole 30 foods (Matt is kind of joining in, but will be more flexible). I have re-read the programme rules. Muscle Food deliveries that we’ve stored are going to be used up first. Aldi is my friend (one of the worst things about Whole 30 is the sudden rise in food bills).

I’ve spent the afternoon today making up batches of Cincinnati chilli from Well Fed 2. This is an absolute favourite of mine, and while it takes a long time to cook, it is worth it. I’ve also made up some braised cabbage, and roasted some parsnips and carrots with rosemary and garlic. The fridge is stocked with cold meats for Matt, and there is a large amount of salad going on. The kitchen doesn’t look like a bomb site, which it usually does when I batch cook for nearly a whole month.

In the past, I’ve tried to make as many meals as possible so that nearly the whole month of evening meals is planned out. This has made breakfasts and lunches quite stressful because they’re much less planned. This time, I’ve gone for a couple of main meals, cooked up some more versatile ingredients and will do leftovers.

I absolutely do not want to be stuck in the kitchen every night prepping for breakfast, lunch and snacks the following day. Left overs will be fine.

When?

I’m starting tomorrow, 4th January. It’s my first day back at work and there are two birthdays in the office this week, and I’m off to see my friend on Friday for cider and Malteasers (which will be sparkling water and maybe some dates if I want them for me). Nothing like the present though!


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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.