Saturday Summary: Oops I did it again…

I forgot my Friday Round-Up again! So in penance, I’ve created the Saturday Summary category, for those times I miss the fr-u but hopefully it won’t be too regularly!

So here goes…

Whilst my exercise has been on point this past week, my eating has been more 60/40 than 80/20 in terms of balance vs excess.
I’m talking a plethora of vegetable crisps (not so healthy, who knew?), chocolate chip shortbread and M&S millionaires bites.

My tea tonight was a delicious spiralized courgette, shredded Brussels sprouts and fusilli lungho with chilli flakes, roule and topped with crispy parma ham – OMG Sublime!
If I remember, I’ll post a recipe soon!

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You’re lucky you got this picture, I’d already dug in!

Accompanied by a fantastically crisp sancerre from M&S in a HUGE wine glass!

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Not pictured – sone sweet butterkist popcorn and galaxy minstrels.

I bought new trainers for Zumba and they’re really comfortable and stylish. The adidas supercloud.

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Sending big love to everyone xoxo

Friday Round-Up: 200 posts

This week I hit 200 posts on this little old blog, so I’m continuing the theme of last week’s round up of being grateful to everyone whose been following me for a while and the newbies!

I’m celebrating with  wine (of course) and curry. I’ve got chicken tikka, alloo gobi and a paratha.

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The wine is a Gruner and it’s delicious!

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We’ve also booked s family holiday to Ibiza in September! Whilst I don’t like the ‘bikini body’ philosophy  (did you see the Protein World fiasco) but a holiday when you spend 80% of the time in a swimsuit is good motivation to stick to the healthy eating and exercise!

I’ve done zumba twice this week and did a 3km run one lunch time. I’ll go for another run tomorrow too.

Weight today: 160.5lb

Happy weekend everyone!
Xoxo

A dry summer

And no, I don’t mean the weather (this is England after all), but a sober summer!

This weekend I went out with a few of the girls and somehow got terribly drunk, ended up actually being sick and suffering from a MAJOR hangover all day Sunday. Not only that, but it also meant that I ate crap all day Sunday, and didn’t lose any weight this week so I’m still at 160lb (even through I was at 159lb on Friday, damn you empty calories)!

So, I’ve decided that from now (July 26th) to 21st August I’ll be staying sober. No more wine, no cheeky G&Ts, no sparkling cider.

Wish me luck
xoxo

As Waterboy’s mum would say “Alcohol is the DEVIL!”

 

 

When it comes to losing weight, alcohol can be the difference between reaching your target or staying bloated, wobbly and unhappy with your body image. For me, I really struggle with choosing between having a couple of drinks on a Friday night and then having the motivation to get to the gym and eat healthily for the rest of the weekend.

 

 

Here is how alcohol affects my weight loss:

  1. Alcohol is basically just empty calories so I might have stuck to 1500 calories throughout the day, but come 9pm on a Friday night and that figure could be a good 1000 calories bigger just from a few glasses of wine!
  2. Alcohol makes me hungry – after a few glasses of cider I have hunger pangs. This is a mix of dehydration and the munchies. I reach for whatever I can find in the fridge or end the night in the local pizza takeaway with a full-sized garlic bread with cheese all to myself.
  3. Alcohol makes me incredibly hung over! I used to be able to party the night away, having multiple drinks throughout the night and wake up the next day feeling great. Now, I wake up with a headache, really tired and often feeling rather nauseous. Not only does this mean that I can’t get out of bed to go to the gym, I also tend to reach for the nearest fatty food like McDonalds and full-fat coke.

All in all, alcohol = epic fail when it comes to weight loss. But then we come to another problem…I don’t necessarily want to stop drinking alcohol. I like a gin & tonic, a glass of wine and a vintage cider when the mood takes me. I just don’t have that switch in my brain that tells me I have had enough and maybe now would be a good time to switch to water or soft drinks.

Does anyone else have this problem?

I mean, don’t get me wrong, I am not a raging alcoholic and only drink once or twice a week at the most, in fact, I can go for weeks at a time without a drop of alcohol passing my lips! I just need to find the right balance between letting my hair down and getting a hangover!

xoxo