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Monday, August 26, 2013

Week one weigh in!

So week in and it looks like this:

Weight: 56kg (yay, lots 3kg)
Chest: 36 inches (still)
Waist: 31 inches (lost 1 inch)
Hips: 35.5 inches (lost 0.5 inches)
Thighs: 20.5 inches (lost 0.5 inches)

So I was hoping so more inches would come off, especially from my waist. But given that's where I seem to carry my weight so it's not surprising that I have only lost an inch!

Today has been incredibly hot so I spent most of the day in the park running after my little one. I've walked 5 miles which felt more like 10 in the heat!

Dinner tonight was pork with ratatouille cooked in the slow cooker however I overdid it a tad and made it a little chewy (ooops!)

Tomorrow is a long day at work and I am prepared for the fact I may not get much exercise done! 

The day in pictures...

I ate...slightly overdone pork with ratatouille 

I applied...Leighton Denny nail colour in Forbidden Territory

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Dear, oh dear...

Yes, that is chocolate pictured below. Although I will mention I am still below my calorie target for the day.

I've worked all weekend, work was crazy busy and I have to confess that exercise is the last thing on my mind. However I've promised myself I am going to keep at this. 

It now2 hours since I started writing this post and I've managed 30 minutes of interval training and a quick 2.5 miles on my bike, add in a long bath and I feel much better. I have to thank you- if I wast for the thought of having to write this and tell you I'd let myself down today, I wouldn't have bothered to try and turn things around. I'd still be sat on the sofa eating chocolate!

The great news today is that my sister is out of hospital- what a relief! She's not 100% yet but it's great she's over the worst. 

Tomorrow is my weekly weigh in (oh no!) and I am super keen to keep up the hard work and improve my fitness levels:

Here is the day in pictures:

I ate...some Cadbury Dairy Milk with Oreo (only because I had 320 calories left!) 

I applied...No 7. Intense Volume Mascara in Brown/Black. I've been using this for a few days now and I am really pleased that so far, it seems to be smudge-proof, even after exercise! 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Get well soon Lisa!

Today I had a work from home day, great because I can work in my pyjamas. Not great because the postman delivered two parcels and I was in my pyjamas. 

Breakfasts continue to be a challenge, today I made a mango and raspberry smoothie and upped the protein content by adding protein powder. Lunch was salad and dinner was chips with cheese (well I am allowed a treat once a week!)

Exercise was a brisk walk to the optician to collect my new glasses, getting back to interval training before work tomorrow.

The "side-effects" of high protein appear to be kicking in. I have a headache and I feel a tad grumpy (sorry)! On the plus side this means the diet is working, on the minus side, it feels pretty rough.

The day has ended on a great note with a gin fuelled chat with my ultra stylish, ├╝ber fun friend Heather (hi if you're reading this!)

Here's the day in pictures...

I ate...well drank, a mango and raspberry smoothie with added protein powder.

I applied...Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick in shade 230 and puckered up to support the Teenage Cancer Trust. Available in 24 gorgeous new shades and enriched with Fair Trade Marula Oil, the Body Shop York will donate £0.50 to the Teenage Cancer Trust for every kiss they recieve in store. Simply let one of their makeup artists apply your choice of tester shade, pucker up and sign your name on the card. A treat for you and support for a great charity! For more info visit your local Body Shop to see how you can get involved, also visit:

I new work related purchase. A leather satchel handcrafted using artisan techniques. See

And finally...a huge Get Well Soon to my sister Lisa who is in hospital with complications following a nasty riding accident where she broke her collarbone. Love you lots sis! Xxx

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Okay, forget the bum, today everything hurts!

The title says it all really, I've spent all day walking like John Wayne something which hasn't been improved by the 4 hours driving I clocked up in the car.

Not to be deterred, I donned my exercise gear and got through a warm-up and one circuit. Then I gave up because I was frankly knackered! 

In terms of diet, I felt pretty sick when I woke up- am I adjusting to lack of carbs?! I managed to force down a protein shake (balk!) which made me feel full until lunch and I had (yet another) salad for lunch. Rounding off the protein fest was tonight's Portuguese Lamb which is pictured below. We cooked it in the slow cooker to save time after work.

Today's good news is that I have lost 2 kilos- yaaaay! I still can't fit into the trousers that kicked this health kick off however I shall not be defeated!

I'm off to do some yoga, slather myself in arnica gel then have an early night (I will have more than 5.5 hours sleep eventually...)

The day in pictures:

I ate...Portuguese Lamb with steamed Kale

I took...Perfectil Hair Skin and Nails in an attempt to bag myself a glossy mane!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

My bum hurts...

No really, apparently it happens when you haven't been on a bike for years! I think frozen peas may be deployed!

It's been a good day diet wise, stuck to my high protein and although tempted to reach for the chocolate (hard day at work!) I have resisted thus far. One thing I must say is its really hard to grab food on the go, I went into looking for snack and a trip to the small Co-op next door landed me some prawns and dip, not entirely satisfying with a cup of tea!

Going to invest in the Hairy Dieters cookbook (thanks Alison!) and am considering a foray into the world of protein powder- any advice welcome on this subject. 

So here's the day in pictures:

I ate...lamb with Mediterranean vegetables which would have been better with a side of mashed potato. I managed to injure myself by dropping the phone on to the plate whilst taking the picture and spilling hot veg on my leg. 

I applied...Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain in Honey. Very well used, very much like a certain brand beginning with C, very very much cheaper.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Missing: Bread.

After the worst nights sleep in a long time (up 3 times- thanks teething child!) I wasn't full of enthusiasm at the prospect of a low carb breakfast.

I did manage a home made smoothie (with more yoghurt than fruit) and a protein bar and felt pretty full up. I was at a training day today and the later start meant I could do the 30 minute walk to the station.

Lunchtime proved more difficult as the gods had situated the training venue in the same place as a Krispy Kreme shop. I spent my lunch time eating a tuna salad which perched on a bench opposite the obit shop. Like a vulture circling, I could smell blood (well, chocolate frosting but you get the idea) and had to tear myself away and look at expensive handbags (which I had no intention of buying) in John Lewis.

Tonight I cycled to yoga instead of taking the car so I've had plenty of exercise today- 30 mins walking, 30 mins cycling, 90 mins of yoga.

I'm trying to man up enough to do some before and after shots but its just too depressing to post them at the moment! Watch this space and I'll see what I can do.

The day in pictures:

I ate...sausages and ratatouille. At first I thought strange combination but I am loving this high protein combo, filling and 1 of your 5 a day.

I applied...Clinique Thirst Relief Gel Cream which is providing me with great moisturisation and acts as a fantastic base for make-up.

I tips from the lovely Jane. Check out her blog Janes Juggle which tells the tale of a working mum and competitive horse rider.

Monday, August 19, 2013

The blog is back, and this time it's, erm, blobby...

Last week, we had a holiday in the Lake District. I had been looking forward to it for sometime and spent the week walking, then eating cake, taking my daughter to the park, then having more cake, putting my daughter to bed, then having a 3-course meal with wine (and cake obviously!)

The result, well I can no longer fasten the trousers I intended to wear to work tomorrow and I am tipping the scales at 59kg. It's the heaviest I have ever been. Ever.

So I've decided to resurrect my little corner of the Internet as I try to slim down and (more importantly) get fit!

I've decided to go low carb (which means no cake- humph!) and exercise as much as I can.

Now, taking a deep breath, here are my vital stats on day one.

Weight 59kg
Chest 36 inches
Waist 32 inches (whaaat?!! Really?!)
Hips 36 inches
Thighs 21 inches

How easy will it be to go low carb when I love carbs and can't stand the thought of eggs for breakfast? Will I ever fit back into the cocktail dress I wore once before I got pregnant? And, will the cellulite cream I bought actually work?!

Here is day 1 in pictures:

I ate... Salmon with sundried tomatoes and garlic alongside steamed spinach and carrots.

I applied...Soap and Glory Sit Tight which promises to slim when used as part of a healthy lifestyle.

I admired...the abs of Jillian Michaels whose DVD I am currently completing.

Wish me luck!