Does Apple Cider Vinegar Work?

A colleague told me today to take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with water a day in the morning. She told me to eat as you would and dont do any more exercise than you would and you notice the difference in 2 odd months.

Well lady..you’re on. Lets see if this isn’t just any old wives story and find out if it does help along the way.

Anyone else tried this before? Notice any difference? Let me know!

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When in Doubt – Walk

(Walk in the vineyard hills)

I got back into my running properly just before the start of June but since then have had numerous gaps of 3+ days. This is due to the fact that I’m about to start my real ‘grown up’ job in July and wanted to fit in some fun things before I start work. 

I had three days at Download – a music festival. Followed by a 3 day conference. Followed by 4 days in Switzerland (all bloody brilliant!) During these, I did not do any running but I did do TONNES of walking. 

I was quite anxious to go for my runs after each of these as I thought it’d feel like I was starting again every time. Turns out, it felt like I hadn’t missed any! I think the amount of walking I was doing was enough to keep my endurance levels up not to mention enough to stop my legs turning to flab again. 

Morale of the story – if you are away on your holidays or anywhere else and can’t go for your scheduled runs, go walking! Guaranteed you won’t feel like you’re starting again once you get back! 

S x

June – Let’s Be Having Ya!

Happy June everyone! Anyone else think it still feels like it should be January? Where’s 2017 gone?!

Just back from my 1st run of June and second since I realised I needed to get back on it on Wednesday. I am currently slumped on the ground in a wet pile whilst typing this post on my phone (yes, I am aware that’s gross and I shall wipe it after). That run was tough. I thought I was going to have to stop and walk at least twice but I convinced my mind to keep going no matter how much my calves felt like they were going to explode. I just slowed down a touch and kept going. When I say convinced I mean having an explicit argument with my brain that I couldn’t possibly mention on here. 

There is still a long way to go but I know I am on the right tracks. Once more I am overcoming my fear of running by myself. Anyone else feel that? 

Once more, one other thing I have learnt today is that I need to invest in a new sports bra….. I couldn’t even hear the sound of myself gasping for breathe over the noise of my tits clapping.

Anyways, have a great Friday everyone! 

Another Beginning?

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I don’t know about you but it’s nearly June and I am -100000 steps where I wanted to be at this point in the year. Forget summer body ready, hell I am winter body ready…again. So, here I am again writing yet another blog post on ‘it’s been a while but I am back’. Only this time, I have no excuses not to be officially back.

I recieved an email this morning from WordPress saying that today is my 4 year anniversary with them. Looking back, I have achieved a lot and so little at the same time. The first year blogging on here I lost around 4 stone. A year later, I started university and managed to put on half of what I lost over those three years. You could literally use my chins as a hiding place in hide and seek. Today not only marks 4 years on here but also my first day of freedom from univeristy. IT IS OVER! I start my new job in a month and have June to do whatever I want – cheaply. This means that I have the next month to get my body and my brain back into gear and overcome the barrier of starting again.

Not only has my weight increased drastically but I have found that my mental health is starting to become effected aswell. My anxiety levels are through the roof. I don’t want to see family members or friends that I haven’t seen in a while as I know they’ll comment on my weight gain. I feel hatred towards myself for allowing it to happen. All very unhealthy stuff and I do not want it to spiral any further. I have a lot of social events coming up in June and over the summer, all of which I am excited for but also dreading so I really need to stop whining and feeling sorry for myself and actually do something about it.

Today, I took my verys first step – I went for a run. It was only two miles but it was a run. I haven’t been for one in a couple of weeks what with placement and exams (usual excuses). It felt like absolute hell I am not going to lie. 2 miles? More like sodding 10. My shins felt like snapping, my ankles felt like they were going to pop, my back felt like it was going to break, everytime I swallowed my saliva it felt like I was suffocating, my head felt like it was a tonne. I got home and needed a good amount of time sprawled across the garden floor trying my best to gain my breathe back and not to vom. Recovered, I felt a sense of hope. I did in no ways feel good, just glad that the very very first step was now over. I have booked another half marathon in October which I hope will push me to continue with my running along with maintaining some what of a healthy diet as I do not want to injure my knees like last year.

I’m not going to promise to do x amount of runs a week or two stick to a certain diet or even to write a blog post daily/weekly. All I am going to do is to try to stick with it.

So, here are to new beginnings no matter how many you may have. Be proud to keep having to start over – at least we haven’t completely given up just yet.

S.

 

Curbing The Sick Feeling


Here are 5 tips for trying to curb that horrible sick feeling when you’re trying to cut down your food intake.

  1. EAT! If you’re that hungry that you feel sick- eat. However, don’t stuff your face with whatever you find in the fridge or cupboard, instead make the sensible choice of fruit, nuts, veg  or meat. Or if your next meal isn’t for a while, have a small meal now and then again later.
  2. Drink water. A big glass of cold water will fill you up no end and keep you going until your next meal. 
  3. Brush your teeth and tongue. The minty taste will satisfy your body for a while.
  4. Chew sugar free gum if you are out and can’t brush your teeth. I do this all the time and has helped me stop snacking throughout the day when at work or uni.
  5. Keep yourself busy. If you feeling nauseous because you’re hungry and  can’t do my if the above or want to… start a task and don’t stop until you’re finished. Keeping occupied will take your mind off of feeling hungry. 

Does anyone else have any other tips they use to curb the sicky hunger feeling? Post in the comments! 

S 🙂 

2 Ingredient Pancakes 


The other day, a team member in a Facebook group that I am in posted a video of 2 ingredient pancakes. They looked amazing and so I thought I’d try them out.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 banana.
  • 2 eggs.
  1. Cut up the banana and mush it up.
  2. Add the 2 eggs and whisk.
  3. Heat up a pan and add the mixture.
  4. Flip pancake over as you would normally.
  5. Once golden brown and not slightly burnt like mine – serve. Add almond butter or peanut butter (I tried it with crunch peanut butter).

Voila. Easy pancakes. Unfortunately, I did not like them. Maybe that was just me or maybe I messed up the easiest recipe in the world (please excuse my poor visual presentation). You, however, may like them!

Try it out and let me know what you guys think! 

S. 

Week 2 – Staying Focussed

So it’s Blue Monday. The most depressing day of the year and we are only 16 days into it! Although the weather is grim, I see no reason to be depressed, today I’m feeling quite optimistic despite it being day 1 of my exam week.

Honestly, in the past week the only proper exercise I have done is one run. I went to do 3 miles but my chest (which is still no better) just wouldn’t play and so I had to finish at 2.5 miles. I decided not to do any more to give my chest time to try and recouperate which I think has helped. I feel less congested today and ready for the week ahead.

In terms of eating, I’ve done very well. I’ve not smacked on crap throughout the week and had Saturday as a ‘cheat’ day in which I had champagne and cupcakes at a baby shower I attended in the evening. 

Weekly weigh in – I am down an extra 3ibs from last week. Totalling to 5ibs so far. This is great, however, I am looking forward to when I can start seeing the effect. 

With this week being exam week, I am going to be 100x more stressed than I am usually and (as most of you know) I am a major emotional eater. Therefore, focus is my main goal this week. I want to remain focused on my eating and not feed my emotions crap, otherwise I will end up feeling even crapper. After all, you are what you eat. 

Have a great week everyone! Stay focussed! 

S.