Friday Round-Up: I didn’t stay dry for long!

I had planned on completing Dry January again this year, after staying sober all January in 2015. However, thanks to a crappy day at work, I cracked on the 11th and had a gin and tonic, then again on the 12th and 13th.

My lack of restraint combined with pulled muscles in my back and an apparent obsession with chocolate, my January health kick didn’t get off to the best of starts.

So as I haven’t been able to give up alcohol, I’ve decided to start Lent early and will be embarking on a chocolate ban. I started my ban on Monday 18th and it will run throughout February and most of March to Easter Sunday on the 27th. Although its only been 5 days, I haven’t been tempted too much to, and have found that my raging sweet tooth in general has calmed down.

In another attempt to stay accountable, I’ve also started tracking my food and exercise through My Fitness Pal again (sarahbcollett) to help bring my portion sizes back under control.

Since my last weigh-in, I’ve gained a pound and then lost 2, so I’m down 1lb total at 162lb.

Last night was my first time doing any strenuous exercise in weeks as well with a Zumba class. Although my back felt a little bit stiff and my stamina had declined, it felt great to be back in class and working out.

I’ve registered for the Salford 10k in September and will try and get one booked in for the summer to give me something to aim towards.

Does anyone else need a goal or challenge to help motivate them? Or does anyone else feel like their New Year’s health kick will be starting in February rather than January?

I’m really looking forward to the weekend, happy Friday everyone!
xoxo

163lb

That was the number on the scale this morning, and that’s OK.

3lb heavier than I was the Monday before Christmas, but with a whole lot of memories to show for it.

I didn’t stick to my plan to be active as I had hoped I would, but with so many friends and family visits, I’m glad that I spent my time with them, rather than slogging it out at the gym or going running.

I also ate rather mindlessly, and am guilty of saying “I’ll start again in the New Year” rather than taking responsibility for my eating then and there. A few bottles of prosecco and Gin & Tonics might also have been consumed!

One of the reasons why I don’t feel too bad about this weight gain and my behavior over the past two weeks is because of this quote…

“What matters isn’t what you eat between Christmas and New Year, what matters is what you eat between New Year and Christmas”

Next year, I won’t be worried about eating more and moving less during the festive period, as I’ll have committed to a consistently healthy approach to eating and exercise throughout the rest of the year!

I’m going to start a monthly photo progress diary, so here’s my January photos.

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I’ll post photos at the beginning of each month to track how my body changes as I get back on track with eating a more balanced diet and exercising regularly.

Are you using photo diaries to track your progress?
xoxo

A new goal…

My last race was the Blackpool promenade 10 Miler and considering that my training plan wasn’t as thorough as I would have liked due to a niggling ankle injury, I still achieved my goal time of sub 1:40 (< 10 min miles).

That race was back at the end of May, and since then, I’ve been trying to decide what my next goal should be. I thought about entering the York half marathon, but life at the moment is fairly full and I can’t dedicate the training hours required to get a good time. So instead, I’ve decided that my next goal will be to beat my 10km record ( 55:51 at the 2014 Blackpool Autumn Breaker).

So…I’ve entered the City of Salford 10km on September 6th. My goal is to crack 55 minutes so there will be interval, speed and hill climbs in my training over the next few weeks.

And finally, I’ve lost 1lb this week, phew! After stalling for the past few weeks at 160lb, it’s nice to be back in the 150s. I thought giving up alcohol would produce a bigger loss, but I may have substituted with peanut butter and I definitely didn’t drink enough water this weekend. But hey, a pound is a pound and it’s in the right direction!

Happy Monday Everyone, do you have any new goals?
xoxo

A new week, a new recipe!

Happy Monday, I hope you all had lovely weekends and are ready for the week ahead. I’ve got a new recipe for you today, and my oh my it’s delicious!

My dinner last night/ lunch today was a bit like Liz’s in Eat Pray Love when she eats asparagus, prosciutto and boiled egg on the floor of her apartment in Rome. So satisfying, so simple and packed full of flavour!
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I had boiled egg, yellow courgette, sourdough with Boursin and asparagus wrapped in prosciutto with even more Boursin! There is very little that doesn’t go nicely with Boursin:-)

Ingredients (makes one serving):

  • 3 slices of prosciutto (or serrano or parma ham)
  • 6 spears of asparagus
  • 1/2 large Yellow courgette
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 slice of sourdough bread
  • Boursin cheese

Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 Celsius
  2. Cut the 1/2 courgette into strips approximately 1/2 cm thick
  3. Lay out the ham and spread the Boursin in a thin layer, covering most of the slice
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  4. Roll 2 spears of asparagus into each slice of ham
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  5. Place the courgette and the ham rolls onto a baking tray
  6. Spray olive oil (or your preferred cooking spray) onto the courgette and sprinkle with dry chilli flakes
    Courgette and parma ham asparagus rolls
  7. Put them into the oven and roast for 10 minutes
  8. Bring a pan of water to the boil and add your egg
  9. After 2 minutes, turn the heat off and leave the egg in the warm water until the vegetables are cooked
  10. Run the egg under cold water and peel
  11. Toast the sourdough and spread with a think layer of Boursin
  12. Remove the vegetables from the oven and plate everything up
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I enjoyed my meal with a glass of Pinot Blanc from Alsace and it felt light yet satisfying, I think it was all the Boursin:-)

Monday weigh-in = Still 160lb but I’m starting to notice that I’m definitely less bloated and my belly is looking less rounded, wahoo!

xoxo

Friday Round Up – Have I become properly balanced?

Quick Summary: EEEEEEK! I STILL haven’t eaten chocolate, that’s over 2 weeks of being a cocoa-free body! And I’ve lost weight without doing a whole load of exercise!

This week I have felt as through I have really adopted the balanced eating way of life. I haven’t felt as though I’m missing out on any foods, I feel full and satisfied with the good foods I’ve been eating, so I haven’t felt guilty when I have indulged in the 20% of food that isn’t as nutritious.

I’ve only exercised twice with one short run on Monday (about 1.5 miles) and then 6.8km last night in 39 minutes. I need to kick my bum back to the gym on a lunch hour, but work is crazy busy. I’ve recorded some kettlebell and yoga stuff from the Fitness channel so will try to squeeze a couple of those in at the weekend as well.

Plus… my resolution for lent to give up chocolate for 40 days is well underway and I’m proud to say that I didn’t crack this week, even though yesterday was the kind of day when I thought I needed chocolate (men at work can’t handle a young/female/marketing person managing them). I have found the ultimate no-chocolate sweet treat – two meringue nests stuck together with a spoonful of Fluff. OMG, so delicious, and all those egg whites make it healthy, right??

Current Weight (Friday 6th March 2015): 155lb

Happy Friday Everyone!
xoxo

Friday Round-Up – Still no chocolate!?!

It’s Friday 27 February and I haven’t eaten chocolate for 10 days!

That’s right people, I’m sticking with my chocolate ban for lent and haven’t touched the stuff in 10 days, that must be some kind of record for me! I still have cravings every now and again, usually mid-afternon at work when I want a coffee and something sweet to nibble on.

I’ve substituted chocolate with sweet rice cakes and Fluff, both of which are low fat and I can easily stop after 1 rice cake/1 spoon of Fluff, so I still get a sweet kick without all the sugar, fat and calories!

I’ve lost 2lb since last Friday, weighing in at 154 this morning! I haven’t been at 154 in YEARS! Definitely not since the beginning of 2013 (to be fair I was pregnant/had a baby) but even before than I was probably over 154. So happy!

Also, on Wednesday I was in London for a conference and dropped into H&M for a browse whilst waiting for my train. I picked up a size 12 pair of jeans which fit great, and a jersey top in stripes, which is super flattering, size M.

Can you tell that I’m feeling great? I feel great!
xoxo

Photo Progress

Use progress photos to measure your accomplishments, not the number on the scale (or as well as).

People say that you should use progress photos to really see how your body changes when you adopt a healthy lifestyle and want to lose extra weight. And I mostly agree. If you are building strength then it is likely that additional muscle will counter-balance fat loss, so you may not see the scale move as much as you want to, but your body composition will change. With that said, I do use the scale to track my weight loss as well as progress photos.On Friday (13th February) I weighed in at 156lb, and this weekend I took some progress shots.

Comparison July 2013, Aug 2014, Feb 2015

On the left was a couple of months after having my baby, and I weighed about 175lb. In the middle was Aug/Sep last year and I weighed somewhere between 157 and 159 pounds. The photo on the right is from February 2015 and I weighed 156lb. I know there is no major difference between the second and third pictures, but I am definitely slimmer in the stomach and my posture has improved.

Do you take progress photos to track how a healthier lifestyle is changing your body?
xoxo