I did it!

 

 

Dry January

So, I survived the whole of January without a single drop of alcohol! As a previously dubbed ‘wine fiend’, I am very proud of this achievement!

I do want to make it clear though – I am in no way some kind of alcoholic (although it does sound as if she doth protest too much!), but I do love a glass of wine on the couch after a long day. I think what surprised me the most about this little venture of mine, was how easy it actually was.

I had plenty of temptation – birthdays at the pub, wine in the house and catch ups with friends but I stayed strong and proved to myself I could do it!

Now what? Well, I have to say that I have physically felt a lot better not drinking anything and I know cutting out alcohol comes with a load of health advantages. So, I will most definitely keep the home ‘booze-free’ going forward and then have the occasional tipple when I’m out with friends, which I think is a good balance. There is something magical about a good bottle of red wine, so unfortunately I don’t think it’s something I’ll be able to give up for good.

picIn conclusion, I now know that by really putting my mind to it, I have the willpower to achieve something if I really want to. So I think my next goal for February will be to lose at least 5kg…….God knows that if I can give up the vino for a month a can do this! 

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12 days later….

Well, my biggest achievement this week is that I got through my first 5-day work week in a month!

I really thought I’d struggle more, but got through a very long, very busy week in one piece. Mainly, I think it’s due to getting loads of sleep and being a little healthier.

On January 1st, I published a post ‘2014 – The Blank Page’ in which I laid out 5 objectives for the new year and 12 days in, I can honestly say that I’ve stuck to them.

I’ve discovered a farmers market not far from home, which has some amazing produce. I bought Jerusalem artichoke, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, delicata squash, butternut and more which has given me an amazing opportunity to experiment with recipes. Some have been a success and others still need a little work!

Having really concentrated on eating well, I had a little slip-up on Friday with surprising effects. Well, I’d had a really long day, the boyfriend was out with friends and I didn’t have the energy to cook anything so popped into the shops and bought a microwave pasta meal. Bad, I know! About an hour after having eaten it, I started feeling really unwell to the point where I was physically ill. Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but in a way my body was rejecting this food because it wasn’t healthy. So, I’m keeping to fresh produce and will keep you all posted on progress!

The most surprising development has been the fact that I haven’t had any alcohol at all in 2014. I know this probably makes me sound like a borderline alcoholic, but if you know me, you know I love a glass of vino in the evening, so this really is a major feat for me. I’ve also come across this article stating the benefits of cutting out booze for – makes for interesting reading. I even went for drinks after work the other day and only had a few soda and limes. Can you believe it?! ‘Dry January’ is something really important to me, because I guess I’m trying to prove to myself that I have the willpower to stick with something so watch this space!

The one thing I’ve struggled with is the fact that I’m still unable to get to gym after a chest infection over Christmas and New Year which I’m still trying to get rid of. This is really frustrating because through simply eating better, I’ve lost 2kg over the last few weeks, and this number could possibly have been more had I been able to go to gym. Hopefully next week will see things take a bit of a turn so that I can get back in shape.

Lastly, I’ve had a few television-free evenings this week and have slept a little better as a result (also due to no booze in the evenings!), so it’s something I really want to keep up with.

Well, that’s that for now. I’d love to hear about anyone doing something similar, so do send me a message!

xx

The Lurgies. Again.

I spent the whole of last week struck down with some severe “lurgies”! I was not happy. It meant I couldn’t do my usual gym routine, I didn’t eat properly, I felt terrible and I even had to miss a friend’s birthday party. Very uncool.

What bothered me the most, was the fact that when I told people that I was ill, a lot of people responded with the following: “Sick? Again?” This really got me thinking, and it’s true, I’m constantly sick. This time around it was a throat infection and when I asked the doctor what could’ve caused it, he told me that it was probably caused by stress or just a low immune system. Well, if that’s the case, I’ve seriously got to start doing something about it. I don’t want people to think I’m this sickly weakling….

So, I’ve been googling some stuff (you know, as you as do….DIY Diagnosis), and I found the following article…..

http://victoria-anisman-reiner.suite101.com/10-ways-to-boost-immune-health-a8274

It’s 10 ways to boost your immune system and I really think I should give it a go. There are some interesting points, for example, cutting out sugar & coffee. Now I know I can cut out sugar, but not the coffee, so I might only have one coffee a day, but with no sugar?! Perhaps if I even just pick a few of the things, I might start feeling a little better.

It seems as if every time I start out really healthy and exercising regularly, there’s always some kind of ailment that stops me in my tracks, and I’m done with it! Another question might be….is it my subconscious that’s creating these illnesses so that I don’t have to exercise? Or maybe it’s fate telling me that I should really be a fatty! 😉 But that’s a whole other discussion!

In the meantime, I’m going to make a concerted effort to try these immune boosting tips…

Hopefully the first of many!

It was with a fair amount of trepidation that I walked into my first ever Weight Watchers meeting this evening. I genuinely did not know what to expect from it and I felt completely out of my comfort zone. As I mentioned in my earlier post, I decided to join the meetings instead of simply using their online tools. I just felt that it would force me to tackle things from a bit of a different angle, and besides, I can’t hide behind a computer screen forever!

Well, I felt really nervous going in, but our Team Leader – a lovely lady called Sandy – really put me at ease. I did my very first “weigh in” (I clocked in at 86kg – excuse the boxing lingo!) and was a little relieved that I hadn’t really picked up any extra weight over the past month or so. The actual weigh in wasn’t so bad…..there’s a whole bunch of ladies queuing to get weighed (no cattle references intended! Heheheheee), but it’s done in a pretty confidential manner, so I never felt embarrassed about it. Besides, we’re all there for the same reason, right?

After this, the actual meeting started. It only lasts for about 20mins and only consisted of Sandy and about 10 other attendees. It’s just a bit of a group discussion and everyone encourages each other and listens to what they have to say. However, I did really like the message of the meeting tonight…..

THE HARDER SOMETHING IS TO DO, THE GREATER YOUR SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT WILL BE ONCE YOU COMPLETE IT. 

What I'm aiming for! 🙂

Nothing in life is easy, but the things really worth doing will quite often be the hardest. But those things you’ve worked the hardest for, will be the things you’re most proud of. We also spoke about how easy it is to quit when you lose motivation. The difference between failure and success is that even if you fall off the wagon, you have enough courage and strength to get back on and soldier forth. All you have to do is keep sight of the light at the end of the tunnel. That it success. Well, those were our main points of discussion. It really hit home, especially recently with my epic will power struggle!

All in all, I feel really good about tonight. Not only do their eating plans seem simple and achievable, but I like the sense of accountability of getting weighed every week. It just adds extra incentive to work extra hard. I’ve got to start working on some menus for this week which I’m excited about. It’s always interesting and fun trying new recipes and ideas.

In closing, I think what I liked the most about the meeting this evening was the sense of community. Now, I’ve never been one for overly “soppy” gestures and being all “pally-pally” with people I don’t know. But I loved the fact that we were all there for one reason. Nobody tried to skirt the issue and all the women (of all ages, might I add!) were just open and upfront about how they felt. It all just felt simple and honest. Nobody felt ashamed or embarrassed to be there and I think to me, that was the best bit.

Week One…….Commencing!! 🙂

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Firmly pointed in the right direction.

I have some exciting news…..I’ve lost 7kg so far. Yay! I know this isn’t a lot, and it’s also taken me a really long time to do it, but I’m getting there. That’s the most important thing.

I was really happy yesterday, because I had to go to the doctor for some medication and that’s where I found out about my weight loss. They do the usual blood pressure checks, etc. and you also have to get yourself weighed. I always dread this part, because in the past my weight has always hovered around the same mark and I always tell the doctor or nurse that I’m intending to lose weight and I never do. Well, yesterday was different. I hopped on the scale and had my fingers crossed for a “not too horrible” result. To my surprise, the needle quivered for a little while before finally settling on 86kg. The nurse nodded approvingly and even commented on my weight loss. I probably didn’t hear most of what she was saying as jubilant cheers were resounding in my head!

I’m finally in the frame of mind where I WANT to eat healthy and exercise more. I find that I like the way my clothes are starting to fit me and I want to keep it that way. So, even if I’m not necessarily in the mood to go to they gym, I make myself go and am always happy that I went. My hard work is really starting to pay off and I’m getting results, which are spurring me on even more. Don’t get me wrong though, I have good weeks and bad weeks, but I’m working on it and am improving all the time.

Running is also starting to get strangely addictive. I’ve been keeping my eye out for more runs to do and have signed up for the Adidas 5K Women’s Challenge in September and also the Run Richmond Park 5K in October. I’m not quite sure if I’m ready for another 10K just yet, but after the British 10K, I know I can do it.

I’m definitely pointed in the right direction. There are a couple of things that still need tweaking, but that’ll come with time. In the meantime, I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing.

xxx

New Developments…..

Hi All,

A couple of new and exciting things to tell you about……

1. As much as I’ve hated doing this in the past, I’ve realised that I’m probably going to have to start calorie counting again. Nothing major, but I just want to make sure that I’m within my calorie range limit every day. I’ve been eating really healthily & I can feel the benefits of that, but I think it’s time to take it to the next level. I’m going to give it a go for a while and will let you guys know how things go….

2. I’m going to start a separate blog just for my recipes. I know I’ve been lagging with that a bit lately, but I just feel that the current layout doesn’t allow me to get really into the recipe side of this. If I start a separate recipe blog, it’ll be better categorized and easier for you guys to use too. I’ll just have a link to it on my current recipe page, so not much of a mission to get to. Please keep your eyes peeled for this, as I’m hoping to have it done by the end of the week! 🙂

3. Last, but not least……I’ve signed up to do various charity runs this year, which I’m super excited about. It’ll be really good for me to have things to aim towards, so here’s my running schedule for 2011 (so far):

  • 20th March – Clapham Common 5km with a friend of mine
  • 3rd July – Clapham Common 5km with a friend of mine
  • 10th July – British 10km for Dogs Trust (10km….Eeeeek!)
  • 17th July – Race for Life 5km in Hyde Park with a friend of mine
  • 17th September – 5km Tree-Athlon in Battersea Park

Well, that’s the plan so far. I will update you guys on any additional developments. Also, if there’s any runs/events anyone’s doing and they need a partner, just give me a shout. If I can, I will! 🙂

Let the training begin!

xxx