Saturday, 31 August 2013

Nagging Gets You Everywhere

A little later than advertised maybe, but as I'm heading off plan tonight via the medium of alcohol, I figured it best to get you up to date. I may also have been nagged slightly by Her Lovely TOK-ness who isn't feeling well and wanted a blog to read :p

Friday started in a very similar vein to most other days this week, waking up at around 11 and wandering downstairs in search of much coffee. I had woken up quite hungry and wasn't quite sure what to have for dinner. My choices were narrowed down by the distinct lack of clean forks, and so breakfast had to be something I could eat with a spoon whilst I got the dishwasher going! I am such a domestic goddess ;)


Mango and pineapple, topped with coconut yogurt, very quick and very simple. Well, it is when you have Hague chopped pineapple and ready chopped mango anyway! I then settled down to watch some Come Dine With Me and chat away to Hague and TOK whilst I waited for my Doctor's appointment. With not long left to go, I realised I was hungry and so did myself a very quick lunch.


A sort of open sandwich kind of thing, with light cheese slices, Linda McCartney sausages and mustard, along with a banana. It was a lot tastier than it looked, honest! With that finished I headed off to see my Doctor about my gammy foot. 

I hurt it originally over 5 years ago, when I drunkenly tried to climb over a baby gate, went arse over tit and got my foot caught in the gate as I hurtled backwards towards my hallway floor. Not my most sophisticated moment, but I didn't realise I'd still be in pain 5 years on. As I'm getting more active, walking more, my foot is aching more - although the support in my trainers means that I'm fine doing my C25K! Anyway, off I went, to see my brand new GP to see what she advised.

She diagnosed me with very flat arches, and feels the pain may be caused by lingering ligament damage or a touch of arthritis caused by the extreme pressure my feet have been under lugging myself about. I have been referred for physio, and given some advice on what to do when it hurts. Whilst I was there, I also got another gym referral letter as I'd lost my original one, and asked about my chances of getting corrective surgery for the loose skin I will be left with when I reach target. I was rather uplifted by her response.....she has said she will do everything she can to get me the help I need when I get to target, as my local NHS trust don't really have a policy - it was good to hear. She was also incredibly supportive of my weight loss so far and my efforts at fitness. I like her, which is a rather good thing in a GP I think. By the time I left the surgery it was more or less time for Hague to finish work so I headed down to see him so we could wander back home together. He had some dinner, and then we had to head out again to get our shopping, and to pick up a weight bench that he has treated himself too. As our local Argos was out of stock, we headed a bit further afield to Lowestoft, and decided to do our food shopping over the border too. Asda - not so great, Aldi was much better than ours!

Finally, after spending way too much on shopping (again) we got home, and I pretty much headed straight back out again to start on week 5 of C25K! Today's run involved 5 minute blocks of running, 3 of them, so less total running than last week, but longer blocks. I managed it though, and I even managed to run a bit faster for my final minute. The 20 minute run is looming large though - and the thought terrifies me! Anyway, I finished up the run the same way I always do....


Can't beat it! After I jumped out, Boo was dumped in as she is a tad fragrant at the moment, and with that job done I could finally sit down and get some dinner inside me! 


Now, sometimes you want to cook, but sometimes you just want food inside you, and you want it now. Yesterday was one of those days. It was nigh on 10pm by the time I sorted dinner and I really didn't want much faff, so I chopped mushrooms, courgettes and asparagus and fried them off, then I lobbed in a tin of macaroni cheese. quorn roast style fillety bits and some spinach and once it was heated up, it was dished up, then topped with cheese. Very quick dinner, but it did the job.

We were never going to have an early night though, and as Hague was watching Mortal Kombat (yawn) I went for the very sociable option of watching Celebrity Masterchef on my iPad with my headphones on :) Of course, whilst watching, I wanted nibbles. How's this for inventive?


5 syns worth of popcorn from my latest Graze box topped with a HeB of All Bran chocolate crunch. I'd seen TOK eating it and as I spotted it in Asda I thought I'd give it a go....Oh it tasted good - so very naughty! Perfect picky munchies!

Food Diary

Free Food
mango 
pineapple
LM sausages
banana
courgette
mushrooms
spinach
asparagus

Healthy Extras
A - 3 slices Asda light cheese slices
A - 30g extra mature Cheddar
B - 2 slices wholemeal bread (400g loaf)
B - 30g All Bran chocolate crunch

Syns
Activia creamy coconut yogurt               2½
tbsp Asda american mustard                  ½
Asda smart price macaroni cheese         3
Quorn roast style fillet slices                   ½
Graze popcorn                                      5
milk in coffee (2)                                   1

Total syns                                              12½

Today, well tonight, shall bring with it much alcohol, but on plan food. It's how I compromise when I have friends round. I stay on plan all day long, and have a drink in the evening, but have on plan food ready to munch on when the inevitable munchies strike. One saving grace for my syns this evening is the fact that I have to deliver some Slimming World leaflets tomorrow, and do my C25K run, so I can't get absolutely trollied. Add to that the fact that Monday brings with it a 4.30am start and a 12 hour shift, I really, really can't get utterly rat-arsed. 

I really can't....

Let's wait and see eh? 




Friday, 30 August 2013

Rest Day?

I had another rather lovely lie in today, waking up at just gone 11am, and then shocking the postman by being awake when he knocked on the door with yet another bundle of parcels. Poor guy normally sees me barely awake and in my dressing gown! 

I had decided to have a rest day today, a proper one, with no exercise at all, and so plonked myself in front of the telly with a large coffee and my feet up whilst I waited for my breakfast to soak. As so many people have asked about the toasted couscous, I thought I'd take a picture of it for you today :)


I just soak it for about half an hour, drain it off, and today I mixed in some bananas, strawberries and an Activia banofee yogurt.


With that eaten, I got to the main business of the day, chatting to TOK and the conversation turned to exercise clothing, and my perceived need for new running shoes. This is mainly due to the fact that mine are white, and most of the things I've bought are black or pink. Obviously this is terrible and so I've been pondering new trainers. TOK was also perusing as she wants to start the C25K and we have made a pact to run a Race for Life together next year, so obviously we shall both need new trainers. Being frugal girlies it was to the Sports Direct website that we went and I spotted a pair I liked, however I'm too tight to pay for delivery and so decided to walk to my local one instead. Which is two miles away. On my rest day. I know.

When I got there, I got talking to the salesbloke and he advised me on what were good/bad/indifferent running shoes and so I decided to not plump for some cheap ones to replace my perfectly good (and very running shoe-esque anyway) current trainers. I'll wait and save up for some decent ones and get them when I actually need them, so my running shall remain unco-ordinated in more ways than one for now :)

When I got home, covering the 4 miles in just an hour, I was starving and so got lunch ready.


A sausage sarnie, with chips and stuffed peppers. Bloody handsome it was too! Whilst eating it, I was talking to Hague, and once again he had to relay the news that he was going to be late home, as once again East Coast trains were buggered. The last three times he's gone to Barnsley he's been delayed by at least an hour on the way home, each time it was a fault with the East Coast part of the journey. Fecking ridiculous! There was the teeniest of silver linings (for me anyway) as with Hague not due home until after 10pm, I could make it to one of the local aqua aerobics classes. Only one thing stood in my way, a swimsuit. Now, when you're over 25 stone, swimsuits are not something you enjoy buying. I only had two, and haven't bought once since I'd lost weight. I tried them both on and they were both baggy - not the look you really want in a swimsuit, especially if you'll be bouncing about eh? I had a delve about and found a size 16 swimsuit that I have never actually fitted into. I bought it last time I lost weight, but never quite got there. It's still tight, but it had to do! Hoarding does have its uses after all.

So tightly wrapped in my swimsuit, I headed to the swimming pool nice and early, as the class is usually busy and had myself 15 minutes or so of swimming before the class began. I've not done aqua for a while, and I'd forgotten just how much hard work it can be if you're really going for it. I certainly felt like I'd done plenty of strength work - so that's this week strength exercises done already for my Gold award!

I then headed home and got myself a snack to keep me going, as I was going to wait for Hague to get home before I had dinner.


I only had 45 minutes or so, but after the aqua I was rather peckish. At just after 10 I headed out and got to the station just as Hague's train was pulling in. Being the awesome girlfriend that I am, I had some rice in the rice cooker practically ready for him as he walked through the door. He had his with a chickpea dahl, whilst I had a sort of vegetable egg fried rice thing.


It was rather yummy :) With a quick dessert afterwards, my "lazy" day is drawing to a close.


Food Diary

Free Food
toasted cous cous
strawberries
banana
potatoes
sweet peppers
grapes
rice
pepper
mushrooms
courgette
garlic
ginger
spinach
egg
blueberries

Healthy Extras
A - 6 laughing cow extra lights
B - 2 Benefit bars
B - 2 slices wholemeal bread

Syns
milk in coffee (2)                 1
2 Activia yogurts                 5
3 Cauldron sausages           1½
tbsp ketchup                       1
2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce      3

Total syns                           11½

What a day! So much for resting! So far this week I've already got 4 hours of exercise under my belt and I still have two C25K runs to fit in, week 5 beckons. A scary thought, but I'll be doing my best! Time for this rather weary person to get herself up to bed now though.

Night night!

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Going For Gold!

I really, really hope that there is a stupidly cheesey theme tune whirling around your head now ;)

For some reason I woke up stupidly early again yesterday. 6am this time, I spent the time very productively watching Secret Eaters until Hague woke up. Much as I enjoy Secret Eaters the programme frustrates me - how on earth can you be in such denial about what you eat? They all claim to eat heathily and have no idea why they can't lose weight, and are then all filmed having several take aways over the course of the programme. Bizarre. Are they just in extreme denial? Who knows. I DO know that I didn't need to be filmed for 5 days to figure out why I reached 25 stone. Far too much of the worse kinds of crappy foods!

Anyway, with Hague packed off to work I headed downstairs. Normally I am in bed for most of the day on weigh in day on my week off and so don't really eat, but as I woke up at 6 that couldn't happen, and so I got myself a large coffee and breakfast and caught up with yet another programme, this time it was Fat: The Fight Of My Life. I love this show, and Sarah, who was shown on the one I watched was just amazing, she went from saying she hated herself to completing an Olympic level triathlon. Just so inspirational, and I'd love to know how she's getting on now! My newly discovered inner fitness freak was also piqued by the idea of a triathlon too....maybe something to go on my to do list? Anyway....breakfast!


Natural yogurt with some muesli and blueberries, just something light to keep me going for my television marathon ;)

Which didn't actually last that long, as once Hague set off for work I decided that it was a good a time as any to get started on my Gold Body Magic award. Gold entails 2½ hours of exercise over the week, including two strength exercises. The time is mostly covered by my Couch to 5K runs, but I needed to find another hour of activity, mostly strength building, and so I took some time to work out a 15 minute routine using my exercise ball and kettle bells. It might not sound much, but boy does it hurt! I guess that means you're doing it right! After that it was off for a soak and then out to pick up Hague as he had to be at the station 15 minutes after finishing work, so I needed to drop him. After breakfast I hadn't planned on eating again, but hunger got the better of me and my Graze box came to the rescue, just 2½ syns for munchies to keep me going.


With Hague safely on his way to Barnsley, I popped into Asda to treat myself to some running leggings. I had tried them on on Monday, but wasn't sure - but practicality won out and so I went back and got them. I then decided to walk to group as the weather was so nice, although I had a minor issue when I pulled on my little faithful black skirt, and it fell right back down again....this exercise lark really does work on the old inches!

On the way to group I stocked up on the toasted cous cous and grabbed a cucumber for SotW, racking up more steps for the work challenge! The scales were kind, with another 1lb dropped, but I was far more excited about a non-weight award, my Silver Body Magic.


So proud, I really am. Bring on Gold now :)

Once group was done I was rather hungry, and couldn't wait to get home. I'd been discussing meal ideas with my friend Vicki whilst at group, and I think all the talk of cheese tempted me....


I had originally decided to forgo superfree completely, but was a good girl in the end :) Under the mountain of LowLow and mustard blobs are some sweet potatoes, along with roasted onions and mushrooms and a couple of Asda burgers. It all tasted so naughty, but the only syns are in the burgers and mustard. It was followed up a bit later with some dessert.


Then it was off to bed, as after being up for 16 hours, I was knackered!

Food Diary (Tuesday)

Free Food
blueberries
fat free natural yogurt
sweet potatoes
mushrooms
onions
pineapple
strawberry

Healthy Extras
A - 2 x 60g LowLow cheese spread
B - 35g muesli
B - 2 Benefit bars

Syns
Graze salsa fresca                    2½
2 Asda meat free burgers         2
tbsp Asda american mustard    ½

Total syns                                5

I had spend part of the evening looking into what activities are included in strength training for the Gold award, and on noticing that aqua aerobics counted I had looked into where local classes were and saw there was one at 9am, well, as I've been getting up at stupid o'clock all week I thought that maybe I'd get my C25K done and then head for aqua, and with these plans whizzing around my head I drifted off to sleep nice and early at about 11pm.....

I did wake up just before 4am, but even I'm not that insane, and so after an hour or so I got back to sleep - and didn't stir again until around 11.30 when the postman knocked on the door.....so much for the best laid plans eh? As I was thwarted in my attempts to exercise, what else to do but hit the sofa and get comfy? I had my usual coffee and then got breakfast sorted.


Hiding under the eggs and beans are a couple of slices of bread, and there are also mushrooms and cherry tomatoes mixed in with the beans. I then got myself up to date with a few things on the Sky+ box, letting sofa glue well and truly claim me, but I felt rather guilty about lazing about when it was such a beautiful day and eventually freed myself and walked into town, catching up with a neighbour on the way, who was highly complementary about how I was looking :)

In a strange turn of events I found myself in Trespass, an outdoor clothing shop....I also bought myself a long sleeved running top in there. Although now I look highly unco-ordinated as all of my running gear is black, and my trainers white. How very awful. My trainers are just fine though, and so I'm wary of picking up new ones just yet, although they'll now obviously have to be black! I carried on my walk to Asda, to pick up some headphones as mine are buggered after their altercation with the candle the other day and then got myself home. MapMyRun recorded the walk at just over 4 miles in an hour and 15 minutes, not too bad, especially as that included me being in and out of shops, and all good Body Magic.

After a chat with Hague, food was high on the agenda again, and after a chat with TOK I decided to give the Asda Smart Price macaroni cheese a go today, as it's only 3 syns a tin!


I had originally planned on stuffing the macaroni cheese into the peppers, but it overflowed a bit! I had mixed in spring onions and american mustard then topped it with my HeA of cheddar, I also had some Cauldron lincolnshire sausages at ½ syn each and a salad. Something a bit different, but very tasty! Once that had gone down I donned my new running leggings and top (and my mismatched trainers) and headed out to do my C25K, the last run of week 4. I had struggled with my run on Monday, but found tonight's just fine, so I'm not feeling quite as worried as I was about moving onto week 5 - even though the third run is scaring the life out of me - 20 solid minutes!!!!

As per usual, after my run, I headed straight for a bath. Time has really gotten away from me today, and it was closing in on 11pm by the time I was back downstairs, I blame TOK as she was making me laugh my head off via the medium of text - not sure that laughing whilst alone in the house is something I want to make a habit of! I didn't want anything too heavy for dinner though, and so had a fruit salad, followed up with the rest of my HeA of milk and my Benefit bars.



With the time now whizzing away, it's past 1am as I type this, I'd best get myself up to bed! After racking up an hour and 45 minutes of exercise today, I think tomorrow might just be a total rest day, as I'm aching in places I didn't even know muscles existed. It feels good. That sentence scares me.

Food Diary (Wednesday)

Free Food
eggs
baked beans
mushrooms
cherry tomatoes
peppers
mixed salad
beetroot
mango 
pineapple

Healthy Extras
A - 250ml semi-skimmed milk
A - 30g Cheddar
B - 2 slices of wholemeal bread (400g loaf)
B - 2 Benefit bars

Syns
Asda Smart Price macaroni cheese                   3
3 Cauldron lincolnshire sausages                       1½
tbsp Asda American mustard                            ½
Activia creamy coconut yogurt                          2½

Total syns                                                        7½

With eyes closing, and muscles aching, I shall now bid you all a farewell for now. Hopefully I won't bore you with tales of buying more running clothes tomorrow - stand by for a day of much sofa glue whilst my body recovers from this exercise thing that it's still getting used to.


Monday, 26 August 2013

Today's Blog is Brought To You By The Colours Silver and Purple

Once again my attempts to sleep last night were thwarted, I have no idea what by, but I was still awake when Hague got up to go downstairs as he couldn't settle at 4am, and woke up again at 5.30am and then couldn't get back to sleep. As I laid there, getting more and more frustrated at my lack of sleep I could feel myself leaning towards getting myself out early to do my Couch to 5K again. So once again I was pounding the promenade at stupid o'clock and getting my second run of week 4 under my belt, it was a lot warmer today than it has been for a week or so, and my legs were still a bit weary from all the walking on Saturday, so I found it a bit hard, but I kept on going and completed the run. I even went a bit further this time, almost 3 miles in total. It does feel good once it's done ;)

I had something to eat before getting myself into my usual bath though, as I was a lot more hungry than usual - however, the cupboards are pretty much bare and so I had the last of the fruit in the house, along with a yogurt.


With that run, a milestone was passed, as I may have mentioned a few times over the last week, my Silver Body Magic award was looming, well it's looming no more, as I have achieved it. A hugely proud moment for this reformed couch potato that's for sure. Roll on tomorrow and a real certificate, but for now, I have screen shots :)



So it was a very happy Karen that got herself a nice soak in the bath before heading back to bed, where I chatted away to Hague whilst he got himself ready for work and then nodded off quite quickly once he'd left just before 11am. I did set an alarm for 1pm, thinking that was plenty of sleep, but obviously my body had other ideas as I slept straight through the alarm and didn't stir until my man was back indoors at just after 2pm. I really am buggering up my body clock royally this week (for a change). With Hague home, I got up and we sorted ourselves out some lunch before finally going out and getting some shopping. 


Another No Food In The House Special there, a pasta n sauce, with the last of our cherry tomatoes thrown in and topped with my HeA of Feta. We really needed to go shopping! Luckily, most people seemed to be under the impression that the shops closed at 4pm on the Bank Holiday and so we breezed through Aldi and would have done the same in Asda if it wasn't for the lure of running clothes...yes, you read that right....running clothes....we would have been out a lot quicker. In the end I did treat myself to a new running top and sports bra, but I'm not entirely sure about the tight running leggings just yet....maybe in a month or so?

Anyway, soon we were home, the shopping was away and we could relax, which meant our minds turned to dinner. I fancied something simple and TOK helped me decide between a Big Mac in a bowl or egg and chips.


Exactly what I fancied, it went down an absolute treat, especially as Asda finally had the Quorn sausages again. I like the LM ones, but sometimes you just want something sausage flavoured :) Of course, with cupboards and fridge heaving with SW foods, dessert was fruit.


Although with a distinct lack of vegetarian coconut yogurts in Asda this week, I shall have to get used to no coconutty lushness atop my Mango, how very terrible :( 

A lovely, lazy evening ensued, our last together until Thursday, as Hague is heading oop North to see his boys, with much telly watching and cat snuggles - which aren't a weird twee snuggly thing we do, I just had Jadey glued to my side most of the night. As I had Healthy Extras of both the A and B variety left a milky coffee and much purple food finished up my food for the day.


Hopefully I won't have a Violet Beauregarde moment!

Food Diary

Free Food
apple
peach
Activia 0% yogurt
wholegrain pasta n sauce (creamy tomato and basil)
cherry tomatoes
potato
eggs
mango

Healthy Extras
A - 250ml semi skimmed milk
A - 45g Feta
B - 2 slices wholemeal bread (400g loaf)
B - 4 Bear yoyo's

Syns
tbsp ketchup                    1
3 Quorn sausages             3
Activia creamy yogurt       2½
Danio yogurt                    3

Total syns                         9½

Seemingly, today's blog is also brought to you by much yogurt :) Tomorrow brings with it saying goodbye to Hague and my weigh in, which I haven't thought about much this week to be honest, I have no weight award looming, and so am quite relaxed about it, although if I shift 2½lbs I will be down to 15½ stone. Not too shabby!

I'll just be excited to be getting my hands on my Silver Body Magic award, and then.....onto Gold? Can't hurt to try, it's only another hour of exercise a week after all. Jeez I've changed O.O


From One Extreme To Another....

I've been so lazy today I barely know where to start :) I really shouldn't smile, my lack of activity has been, quite frankly, shocking. Remember yesterday? Over 10 miles covered by these little legs, shall we see what I managed today?


How bad is that?? Hehe!

My weird week of shifts last week, and my early starts on Friday and Saturday have screwed up my body clock slightly, and I found myself awake before 8am again today, I tried to get back to sleep, but failed miserably until Hague went off to work at 11, when I went back to sleep. Until 4.30pm. Oops. Hague hadn't taken his keys as I would be indoors, and it was only him banging on the front door that woke me up. What can I say? I obviously needed that sleep, and I have felt better today because of it. We also managed to miss most of the Truckers Convoy, as we thought he was heading down the seafront at 6.30, but we only managed to catch the last 10 or so trucks...I feel rather sad about that, as it's become a bit of a tradition for myself and Hague to go down and wave happily at all the trucks and children as they go by. Such a shame, but at least it got me out of the house, albeit very briefly. Even after our brief walk I didn't feel hungry until around 7ish though, and went for a nice roast dinner.


With shopping a couple of days overdue, we are a bit lacking in the fresh veg, hence the eclectic mix of brussels, carrots and onions :) I had roasted the carrots in honey as well for a bit of a change. I thoroughly enjoyed it though, as it has been ages since I've had a roast dinner.

I then spent my evening very productively, trawling through page after page of Qwertee t-shirts to vote on any that I must have in my life, end result was me finding far, far too many! We've also been watching The Deer Hunter, which I haven't seen before, and which apparently lasts about 7 months....

So whilst that was on I decided on dinner, a risotto, and I tried cooking it in the rice cooker, obviously a lot more stock is needed than for usual rice, so I had to top it up a couple of times. Whilst it was cooking I fried off some bits and bobs to mix in as well. Quorn chunks, asparagus, mushroom (just the one, it's all we had left...) and onion.


It made a lot more than I thought, especially as I only used a single one of the rice cooker cups, which should have been one serving! When everything was mixed together, I stirred in both my HeA of reduced fat soft cheese and then topped with Stilton.

There really was rather a lot there, and it did fill me up, maybe a smidge more than was comfortable, but not stuffed, in fact after an hour or so I managed to squeeze dessert in too.


With The Deer Hunter finally finished, all I have left to do is wish you all a good night, and promise you all that tomorrow will be much more active! Well, I'll be doing C25K and the shopping, so I'll be doing more than today (which isn't hard, let's be honest).

Food Diary

Free Food
Quorn Fillets
potatoes
onion
brussel sprouts
carrot
risotto rice
asparagus
Quorn chunks
mushroom
knorr stock pot

Healthy Extras
A - 2 x 75g reduced fat soft cheese
B - 30g Stilton
B - 2 Benefit bars

Syns
Quorn sausage                    1
tsp honey                            1
Activia creamy yogurt         2½
milk in coffee (2)                1

Total syns                          5½

I guess it's time for this very lazy girl to sign off, best get some rest before my jog tomorrow right? ;)



Sunday, 25 August 2013

Burns, Bangs and a Bloody Lot of Steps

What a day! I feel like I've haven't stopped all day long! Even if I did manage to squeeze a nap in along with everything else ;) 

For some reason I woke up at 7am. I have no idea why as we didn't got to bed particularly early, but once I woke up, I felt awake and bizarrely, I decided to get up and do my Couch to 5K run rather than turning over and going back to sleep. Many theories have been put forward for such behaviour, the most likely being that the Body Snatchers have somehow swapped me for an fitness freak. Makes sense to me! So before half 7 on a Saturday morning I was walking and jogging my way along 2.6 miles of Great Yarmouth seafront to complete the first run of week 4 of the plan. The first week where you run more than you walk, with running for 5 minute blocks. I was scared of this week, but I managed it! I'm still enjoying it as well. Afterwards, it was the usual routine of a nice soak in the bath, I had breakfast whilst in there too.


With Hague called into work early to cover sickness I made the difficult decision to head back to bed :) I couldn't be too lazy though and set my alarm for midday, giving myself a couple of hours to nap as I had to get the house looking a little bit less like student digs, and go and get some money as my wonderful hairdresser was due to make me look like a human being once more.

She managed it :) Well, she managed to make my hair look good anyway - my lack of sleep can be blamed for the less than flattering look on my face!


I then managed to set fire to my headphones, so had to order new ones and also had to feed myself as I'd reached the point of being bloody starving as it was gone 3pm and I'd gone nearly 8 hours without eating....oops.


Sometimes superfree goes out of the window, I just really fancied cheesey chips with mayonnaise and so that's what I had. Purple chips no less :) Not long after that Hague was home, and after getting himself some dinner we headed out to Great Yarmouth stadium for the greyhound racing. Perhaps normal people would drive the 3 miles from our house to the venue, but not us....we walked it! We also managed it in less than an hour which I thought was quite impressive. 

We had a fabulous time whilst we were there, getting winners in 5 out of the 13 races, but more importantly just having fun together. It's been a hell of a long time since we've had the money to have an evening out, and so it made a wonderful change. I quite like the fact that I still get excited over spending time with my boyfriend after 5 years :) As you may have noticed, I had once more gone way too long without eating, as by the time we had got ourselves home it was close to midnight.....not the cleverest thing I've ever done, but at least I didn't succumb to the highly synful food on offer at the dogs, just a couple of sachets of sugar in my coffee.

Once indoors it was definitely something quick that was the order of the day, so I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear that it was cheesey pasta that I made for myself.


Broccoli, asparagus and spinach were mixed in, as well as a tub of LowLow, minimal effort for a very tired girl!

I then needed something sweet, so went for a Muller Light Dessert, swiftly followed by another one as it was bloody lovely ;)


Food Diary

Free Food
grapes
potatoes
pasta
spinach
asparagus
broccoli

Healthy Extras
A - 2 x 60g LowLow spread
B - 2 Benefit bars
B - 30g extra mature Cheddar

Syns
2 tbsp extra light mayonnaise                     1
2 sachets sugar                                         2
milk in coffee (1)                                       ½
2 Muller light fudge desserts                      9

Total syns                                                12½

Quite an odd day really, with not much food being eaten, but a ridiculous amount of exercise done. Over 10 miles walked in fact, no wonder my little legs are aching.


So much exercise means that I'm just one more day, and 15 minutes of activity away from gaining my Silver Body Magic award. So excited about it! With another C25K run to complete on Monday, that'll be me all shiny and silvery at my first proper attempt :)

Best get my tired little legs to bed! Got a day of absolutely nothing to prepare for tomorrow, and I can't wait!


Friday, 23 August 2013

All Over The Place

The last few days have been a bit mad. My working hours have been here there and everywhere and so food has just sort of slotted in inbetween!

Wednesday started pretty normally, although I was really tired and so stayed in bed for far too long, dinner therefore, was a minimal effort attempt.



A cheesey spud with some salad, so two lots of healthy extras and a syn for a tablespoon of Kraft thousand island dressing. Perfect to fuel me for a night at work. The shift at work wasn't too bad, it improved massively with the news that we probably wouldn't be needed for Thursday!






My work food was pretty standard, including yet more of my fritatta and more blueberries with lemon yogurt...just SO good! The shift ended with the confirmation that we weren't needed on night shift, and to instead come in and work from 6pm to 10pm. Not too shabby! I celebrated such awesome news by heading out for my final Couch to 5K run of week 3 and then having some mango chunks with a coconut yogurt and a cuppa in the bath.



I then failed miserably to sleep, finally dropping off at around 9.30am. Not the best idea when I had to be up at 2.30!

Food Diary (Wednesday)

Free Food
potato
fat free cottage cheese with chives
spinach
beetroot
cherry tomatoes
clementine
banana
eggy fritatta
blueberries
grapes
mango

Healthy Extras
A - 30g extra mature cheddar
B - 30g extra mature cheddar
B - 2 Benefit bars

Syns
2 Activia creamy yogurts                      5
Crispy Fries                                         3½
tbsp Kraft 1000 isl dressing                  1

Total syns                                            9½

I was shattered when I got out of bed, but encouraged myself with the thought of just 4 hours to get through at work and a nice dinner to get me started.



Got to love a diet plan that involves burgers and chips :) Purple chips at that! Under the cheese are two of the Asda meat free burgers. I just nommed on the third cheese slice :) So off to work I went, and as I got there early I managed to stock up on some diet Tango for Hague who has had a huge craving for it over the last few days and was thwarted by the lack of diet fizzies in our local shops! I had hoped that the 4 hours would be easy, maybe doing some cleaning or break cover, or even some computer work. However, I was put on a machine that has been a bugger all week, and continued in that vein for the entire four hours. I was totally at the end of my tether by the time I got my one and only break at 8.30.



I had absolutely had enough by 10pm and so couldn't wait to escape, thank goodness that marked the end of my working week, in fact the end of work until September, which sounds rather fabulous! Of course after that, I needed cheesey gnocchi!



This time mixed with light soft cheese and some stilton, plus mushrooms and spinach. Delish. I followed it up with a big bowl of strawberries as we've had them in the fridge since Monday and I haven't touched them. Not quite sure how the little moth I found in there managed to survive it.....Yes, a moth, in my strawberries. Me, being me, it didn't put me off though, I just helped him on his way and gave Boo the strawberry he'd been nestling on. Happy moth, happy Boo, happy me :)



We were then planning on an early night, but managed to spend over an hour yapping away in bed rather than sleeping..Ooops.

Food Diary (Thursday)

Free Food
potatoes
sweetcorn
mushrooms
gherkins
cherry tomatoes
banana
grapes
spinach
strawberries

Healthy Extras
A - 75g soft cheese
A - 3 slices Asda light cheese slices
B - 2 Benefit bars
B - 30g Stilton

Syns
2 Asda meat free burgers               2
250g gnocchi                                 5

Total syns                                      7


Finally, Friday! I told you it was all over the place this week, and rather than having me a bit of a lie in after not much sleep I was woken up at 7.45 with a kiss. Which is always most welcome, but being told to go back to sleep just doesn't work with me and so I stayed up. Which was a bit silly really, nonetheless, I ploughed my way through a couple of coffees, and an espisode of Fat: The Fight Of My Life as well as The Men That Made Us Thin whilst chatting to TOK. It was nearly midday before I got around to breakfast, unless of course the coffee counts. It did have milk in it which pretty much makes it food right?



Actual breakfast was some of the toasted cous cous with an Activia yogurt and strawberries, which kept me full for ages, good job really as I then headed into town. For some reason I figured I'd wear heeled wedges to walk nigh on 4 miles, I really am a nugget at times, so precariously I walked into town, via The Tolhouse to visit Hague, then off to the Post Office to pick up a parcel and home again. I had a quick pit stop at the library, where I spent a rather pleasant half an hour or so in the sunshine, watching butterflies whilst enjoying a coffee.



The biscuit stayed in the saucer :) The lack of sleep was telling by this point though, even after much, much caffeine, so another quick visit to Hague (he's literally about 10 steps away from where I took the picture) and off home I went for a sneaky nap. Which turned into four hours in bed....

Obviously on waking up I was rather hungry, and so when Hague said he was doing a curry, I merrily went along with it.



He had chips with his though, and less tomatoes. I also did something I'm starting to do a bit more often. I only dished up what I wanted and left the rest. I had done this with my pasta the other day too. Before, I would quite happily dish everything up and then feel close to stuffed, but not anymore, I have enough to satisfy my hunger, and I'm getting better at judging that now :) It's a good feeling!

The evening has been mostly spent watching The Shawshank Redemption whilst chatting away to friends, always a pleasant way to spend time, but with all my Healthy Extras left, there was only ever going to be one thing on the menu for my late night tea :)



Food Diary (Friday)

Free Food
toasted cous cous
strawberries
rice
Asda chickpea dahl
chopped tomatoes
mushrooms
spinach
eggs
gherkins
cherry tomatoes

Healthy Extras
A - 2 x 30g extra mature cheddar
B - 2 x 2 slices of wholemeal bread (400g loaf)

Syns
Activia creamy yogurt                        2½
Milk in cofffee (3)                             1½
tbsp brown sauce                              1

Total syns                                          5

An odd few days that's for sure! I'd had many, many amazing comments about my latest award and my skirt picture, every one of them gives me such a huge boost, I hope you all realise just how much I appreciate it when you take the time to post something, or even just like a picture. It means so much, and helps to keep me going :)

I've got another Couch to 5K run planned tomorrow, this will be the first run of week 4, and the prospect of running for 5 minutes at a time is rather scary - but I'm going to do my damndest to get through it, as that run will mean I've achieved my Silver Body Magic award. Something that will mean a huge amount to me, as I have really felt I've made a lifestyle change this time - exercise is definitely part of my life now, and I am already making plans on how to fit in Gold Body Magic levels of exercise into my daily routine. Such a huge step for me, as just a few months ago the only exercise I did was at work! Seems things like this that I used to scoff at are true. Who knew! ;)