Sunday, 20 October 2013

Golden, but Grumpy

After being the laziest of all lazy girls yesterday I was looking forward to doing something today. The day didn't start very early though, as Hague wasn't working until 11.30 we had a bit of a lie in. I had my day all planned out, with a wander into town, and to Asda before maybe getting in a swim before heading out for some birthday didn't go totally to plan though!

Obviously the first thing I did was come downstairs and feed the animals, who as normal, greeted me as if their throats had been cut despite all having dry food left in their bowls. Fussy little moogs the lot of them! I got myself a cuppa and then sorted myself out some breakfast.

Once again I'm doing my best to get that 1/3 superfree on my plate, alongside my wholemeal roll, scrambled eggs and beans (superfree)! I followed it up with one of the gorgeous Danio yogurts thanks to Asda as they're on offer at 50p at the moment! I was almost a victim of sofa glue after breakfast though as I found back to back to back to back....etc episodes of Homes under the Hammer on one of the Sky channels and it was only Hague texting me asking when I was leaving to pop in and see me that wrenched me off the sofa. So up I got, and out I went, a brief visit to see Hague followed by a visit to town to see if there was anything I fancied in JD Sports to spend my vouchers on - I was part of the winning team in my work step competition in August and so won £50 of vouchers. I do seem to be on a competition winning streak at the moment, perhaps I should enter more? Anyway, I left there with a new purple bag to take swimming, some new running leggings - in a sz16 no less - and some sweat bands, as I do tend to get a bit warm when I do this running malarky....speaking of my running malarky, I have discovered that there is a new version of the Couch to 5K app, this one is aligned to the Change4Life campaign and lets you listen to your own music whilst still having the coaching tips from Laura (from the original podcasts) as you run. I reckon that's worth a try...go on, you know you want to ;)

Anyway, got a bit diverted there...I was also on a mission to find Hague a nice shirt for the birthday drinks as he's shrunk out of all of his and everywhere we've looked the shirts have been hideous. I found him a nice one in Debenhams in the end and then scurried off to Asda to find him some hemp seeds, which apparently are very good for you, they don't look too appetising though. I also grabbed an enormous freezer pack of wholemeal rolls for £1 and some mango fingers for 50p. Lovely job. 

I then headed back to see Hague at The Elizabethan House, shared my mango bargains and then mooched around with him as he locked's truly a beautiful building.

With the museum nice and secure we headed home, and made a joint decision to leave swimming until tomorrow. All that walking was enough to get me my Gold Body Magic award though. An award I genuinely never thought I would achieve, even after getting my Silver. It seemed impossible to do so much, and find the time, but here I am, 8 weeks later having achieved it! I'm properly proud of myself.

We were both starving when we got in though and so both made our own creations out of a tin of chickpea dahl.

Hague had a boy curry, with lots of chilli's added, I put some tomatoes, butternut squash, peppers and spinach in mine as I'm a bit of a wuss :o) Hague then put on a rather poo horror film that neither of us were really watching and so the rest of the afternoon passed by in a blur of much facebooking, checking my SW progress online (not good), and fundraising....fundraising? Yep, as I may have mentioned Hague is lobbing himself out of a plane, all in the name of charity, and some of the wonderful passengers aboard our Purple Bus have been generous enough to donate today. If you are feeling generous, and would like to donate some money to Shine, the charity that do so much to help Hague's youngest son Leo, then just click on the link HERE.  Literally anything you can spare would help, so thank you.

I've got diverted again....sorry. After such a busy afternoon we got hungry again, I rooted through the cupboard and sound some Ainsley cous cous, a relic of a SotW basket I'm sure. I added in some cherry tomatoes and peppers (good girl with the superfree again) and topped it with Feta. 

I really enjoyed it actually, and think I'll probably splash out a syn and a half on it again, lots of flavour, very nice. I followed it up with my HeB and the obligatory couple of plums for me to chuckle at ;o)

Whilst Hague watched some UFC, I kept myself busy reading Karl Pilkington's new book and munching some more of my 5p pineapple lollies.

I then got itchy feet. I wanted to do...something...but didn't know what, I think it's because I had planned to swim, but didn't end up going, and so I got myself upstairs and on the cross trainer for 15 minutes. I also discovered that my iPad sits perfectly on the display, so can watch TV whilst I work out. Brilliant! 

As the evening is drawing to a close, it'll soon be time for a bath and bed, I still have a HeA to have, and plenty of syns, so shall be treating myself to a lovely milky hot chocolate before I settle down. Tomorrow may be Monday, but neither of us are at work, so have a whole, entire, lovely day to spend together! Yay!

Food Diary

Free Food
baked beans
Asda chickpea dahl
chopped tomatoes
butternut squash
cherry tomatoes

Healthy Extras
A - 45g Feta cheese
A - 250ml semi-skimmed milk
B - 60g wholemeal roll
B - 2 Benefit bars

Danio blueberry yogurt                         3
Ainsley Harriott Moroccan couscous    1½
Indulgence Options                              3

Total syns                                            7½

So not a bad day, Gold Body Magic achieved, lovely new things bought with a voucher I won and quite a lot of time with Hague, so why grumpy? I had a look at my progress chart on the Slimming World website, and was quite disheartened by what I saw. On 6th May I weighed in at 17st 4lbs, I now weigh 15st 3lbs. So in 5 months I've lost 2st. That seems horribly slow for someone who is genuinely on plan 99% of the time don't you think? I know I've upped my exercise, but at this rate I'll be looking at another year before I get to target, if that. *sigh* I really shouldn't moan, I know I've come a long way, and 10st isn't to be sniffed at, but after the yoyo-ing appearing again I'm feeling a tad grumpy tonight. I know it'll pass, but this blog is all about me being honest about my journey, and right now, I'm a bit of a grump-a-saurus at seeing slow progress like this for all my hard work.

Ah well, onwards and hopefully downwards eh, all I can do is stay on plan and hope that I reap the rewards sooner rather than later. I WANT to be in the 14st bracket, and I WANT that 11st award for Christmas. I just have to keep swimming right?

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