1 Week In.

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(From an evening walk just before Christmas).

Hello all. TGIFT (tomorrow).

As the title suggests, I am now one week in to my training and it has been a cracking week of that. Although I have been at placement working like a horse, I have managed to force myself out into the cold and get shit done!

Thursday: 3miles. Was very stop start as didn’t know the route and included the longest gigantic hill ever. (Had a great run down the other end though).
Friday: 5 mile walk. Had a lovely walk around Hampstead Heath as previously posted and made a delicious sugar free vegan cake also as previously posted.

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Saturday: 3miles. A bit better than Thursday as was a different route but still had to walk up a steep incline.
Sunday: 13mile power walk. Used to do these near enough every Sunday but since I have moved to London it has been every so many months. As it was me, my mum and my uncle I didn’t want them to think I was a slacker and so kept up their pace. Safe to say I nearly threw up at the end. I was knackered by the 5 mile mark.
Monday: No workout. Ridiculously achey from Sunday. A bird crapped on my bag.

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Tuesday: Run around the track. No idea how far it was in miles but they were quite quick 6 laps. Wasn’t the best running ever as was still achey AND I don’t like running in circles. My body says to give up once I see the finsih line so it is always hard for me to continue going after 1 lap.
Wednesday: 3 miles. Me and my friend decided to go on a random run wherever our legs took us. This in turn helped us find an amazing route packed with hills, long flat stretches a canal and general great scenery (not to mention not that busy which is a God send for central London!). We did run walk it.
Today: 3 miles. Same route as yesterday but we ran 90% this time. Despite still feeling achey we definitely pushed ourselves more. As we knew the route now we set ourselves mental checkpoints which helped no end. Lovely sunset.

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After one week I can feel an improvement in my stamina. It may not be much or to how it used to be but it is definitely something and a great start. I can’t physically see any changes but hey I’m not expecting miracles. Here’s to week 2!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Warning! This is not a drill.

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This is what I have been up to.

Hello dear fitness world.

My how I have missed you. Has it truly been 8 months since my last post? You know what that also means? 8 months of slacking. S-L-A-C-K-I-N-G! Yes I admit it, I have been slothing around horrendously, working out every now and again, binge eating then crash dieting and not to mention drinking excessively. I knew exactly what I was doing at the time I was doing it and the repercussions of those actions (mainly being added weeks/months of grueling workouts). Yet I chose to ignore those thoughts and carried on abusing my body. I feel like I have just been experiencing my fitness ‘teenage years’ in 8 months. Rebelling against my own ‘sensible’ self.

You know where these 8 months of rebelling have got me? 1 stone heavier and back to square 2 (not quite square 1) with my running. 3 miles seems like pure hell on Earth and half of my energy that I should be using to run is wasted on expressing my emotions using only uterrly foul language. I even think I have made up some new ones in the process.

Thankfully, my brain kicked in and decided enough is enough. It told me the only way I could overcome this turbulent phase was to do something drastic; a real kick up the arse. So I did just that. I signed up for a half marathon. This may not seem much to those of you who run more marathons than have showers but to me, this was the best, most achievable yet challenging goal I could aim towards. After all, the most I have ever ran is 6miles. Signing up for the half marathon has helped me regain focus and direction. I have something I HAVE to work towards. If I am to run 13 miles, I will run the whole thing not just jogging a bit then walking the rest. Signing up for the half marathon also forces me to make healthier choices in regards to my eating habbits. There is no way that my knees would be able to endure running with my current weight for the bus let alone 13 miles.

I don’t know about how you are in regards to healthy eating and general fitness but the only way I have found that I can suceed is by ‘forcing’ myself to do/eat things that I genuinely do not want to. I have to get way out of my comfort zone and in the end I start to enjoy aspects that otherwise used to repel me. Heck, I came so far so why can’t I finally finish my weightloss journey this time? Maybe these past 8 months were a long, unintenional rest that I needed to finish what I set out to initially achieve. The process is going to be damn right challenging and will sometimes seem impossible but I reackon I have now regained the midset to accomplish my goal.

Currently, I am back in London at uni. Exams are over and we are back at placement. There is tonnes of work that I have to do but I am no longer using that as an excuse and I shall be back blogging more regularly once again. Watch this space!

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My waistline will be this small again.

 

 

Crispy Sage Pork with Apples and Veg.

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So me and my girlfriend made this the other day and I must say, it was fucking ace. Not only was it tasty but it was also easy and relatively quick to make.

What you need:

  • Pork loin
  • Parsnips
  • Red onions
  • Carrots
  • Apples
  • Sage
  • Garlic
  • Orange Zest
  • Sea Salt
  • All spice
  • Black pepper
  • Butter

What to do:

  • Before doing anything, I tend to prepare all my ingredients. Peel the parsnips and carrots and slice them into sticks. Quarter the red onions. Remove the garlic cloves. Grate the orange. Measure out 4 teaspoons of Sage and 3 teaspoons of Allspice. Cut 3 or 4 slits on the top of the pork loin. (Remove any excess fat to your liking.) Core your apples. Measure out 150g of butter.Pre heat the oven to gasmark 7.
  • Season your loin with the sea sat and black pepper./li>
  • Pre-boil your parsnips, onions and carrots in water with a pinch of salt for 5 minutes.
  • Get your Sage, Allspice, 1 clove of garlic, orange zest and use a pestle and mortar to grind them altogether.
  • Mix the herbs in with the butter and fill the apples with it. Any excess can be spread on the pork loin.
  • Place the apples, veg and the last few clothes of garlic in a roasting tray. Place the pork on top of the veg.
  • Place the tray in the pre heated oven. After half an hour, remove the pork and stir the veg around. Place the pork back on top and place back in the oven. Turn the oven down to gas mark 4 for another half an hour.

Then voila, the dish is complete. You can adapt the dish how you like. Make some crackling to go with it, add spice, add more veg or whatever else you would like to do. Enjoy 🙂

Confessions of a Fat Girl

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Yes, you have probably guessed it, i fucked up. I haven’t written a post for like 3 weeks. The first one of those weeks I literally did no exercise, just my daily walking to work routine. The second week I did 2 days of my ‘regime’ and last week I finally kicked my arse back into gear and boy, is my dad making me pay for it.

He has now upped a notch in our workout. No minute breaks in between areas and no half hearted punches/kicks during the boxing. 45 minutes non stop, intense exercise. As well as this I am now going Zumba with my mam every Tuesday after my workout. Not only is it great exercise but it’s also fun and a bit of extra quality time with my mam.

Even though it has only been 2 weeks since I started this next level workout, I can certainly feel the difference. Although I am still knackered and on the floor after every session, I dare to say its getting slightly easier each time. It will soon be time to go a step further. ( I may not say anything for a couple of weeks though. )

The break in my new lifestyle was my own lazy fault but now, having that break and realising how shitty I felt during it, has only made mentally stronger to perceiver with everything. I have cut down a lot but could do better. Food is my arch enemy and is the hardest part of it all. However, I have found great websites that have healthy, nutritional, quick food that isn’t boring at all. When I see my friends or family and if they comment on how I’ve lost weight really gives me a boost of motivation to keep going. Another thing that I’ve found that motivates me is talking to people in similar situations or have been through it themselves. Getting tips and jotting down ideas and seeing how far they have come along.

Initially I wanted to drop a dress size by the beginning of August but I think that may have been wishful thinking. I now have a target to be at least a size 14 by May next year for one of my best friends wedding. I want to turn up, in a dress, with my legs out and not look like Miss Piggy. I think that is do-able?

So yes, I have been naughty but I’m now back on track and more focused than ever. If any of you are doing the same please get in touch. I’d like to hear your stories and advise!

1 Week On

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Just over a week has passed, and I must be honest, I haven’t been as strict as I should be on myself.

Originally I wanted to do my exercises 5 times a week but due to work commitments I haven’t managed that. In the past 9 days I have only done them 5 times. The next time I work until late I will push myself to do some before I go work like running, hula-hooping and sit ups. When I get back my dad said he will help me with a short and fast boxing workout. I will be knackered but it will all be worth it.

Food wise I am doing fairly well. I have exchanged my white bread sandwiches, crisps, chocolate bar lunch for a salad, 2 pieces of fruit and yoghurt every day. I must say I’m not even slightly bored of it yet! I do still have the occasional piece of chocolate just so I don’t crave it and stuff my face as I normally would. Dinner wise, I have been having my normal dinners and experimenting with more. (See my 15 minute fiery prawn post).

With the help of my mam, I measured all of my major wobbly chunks today:

Waist – 40″
Hips – 49″
Bust – 42″
Thighs – 25″

I have decided that I am going to measure myself every few weeks as it is hardly worth doing weekly and seeing little results. This goes for weighing myself too and taking side photos.

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Weight wise I have gained, which was expected seen as I am turning fat to muscle. At least, I bloody hope so.

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Side wise I can’t see any difference. The picture is slightly more close up than last time. But I have to give it time.

Overall, I am going to keep at it but won’t be posting up update posts for at least another 2 weeks. I will also knuckle down on my exercise. Although I dread doing it, afterwards, I feel fantastic. My sessions have just got a bit longer which will push me that little more and, not to forget, sweat like a bitch.

If you have any tips that could aid me then please don’t be shy and comment below. Thanks.