Day Ninety Eight – A Massive Cheat Day

Today we visited Mimi’s Bakehouse (a family run bakery in Edinburgh) to celebrate Brandon’s Mum’s retirement. I had never been before but it was a cake lovers paradise. I think I may now actually be a converted cake lover. I think about cupcakes on a pretty much daily basis nowadays! I didn’t hold back at brunch either – I’m nearly there, right?

My intake was:

  • Ciabatta Roll w/ Pork and Caramelised Onion Sausages
  • Mars Bar Chocolate Cake (this was out of this world!)
  • Chinese (I gave in to the cravings!)

After brunch we went into town shopping but I could hardly move from being so full so it was good to walk it off. I am coming towards the end of my challenge but I don’t feel overly guilty as I’m allowing myself a treat whilst eating healthily 90% of the time. We then had a Chinese for dinner which I did regret immediately afterwards. I wasn’t even really that hungry and I allowed my cravings to take control of my choices. I also wolfed it down at 9pm, so I’m off to bed feeling full and awful. I need to get back on it tomorrow (and stay on it this time). I’ve been far too lax and I feel like I’ve let myself down right at the end.

L x

 

Days Ninety Four To Ninety Six – Bedridden

I feel exceptionally guilty about abandoning my blog this week but I have a good excuse. I have been bedridden with either a sickness bug or food poisoning – I’m not sure which. It’s been total hell for me the last two days. I got home from my class and I was absolutely fine, had my dinner, watched some TV and went to bed. Then I woke up at ridiculous o’clock on Wednesday morning and that was me up the entire night being sick. Up and down, up and down. I got no sleep that night and I ended up having to take Wednesday off work. I spent the day in bed with no energy and no appetite. I could barely keep down water. In 2 days all I managed to eat was some toast and an ice lolly.

I also missed out on Brandon’s sister’s birthday lunch on Thursday, at a restaurant I’ve been desperate to go to so I was pretty gutted. I still couldn’t face any food and only began to feel hungry later on on Thursday evening. I ended up having an awful meal – a packet of Pasta N Sauce as it was all I fancied eating at the time. It was stodgy and sat in my stomach making me feel even worse! Bad idea.

Needless to say I haven’t been in the gym and it’s been driving me mad. I woke up this morning and I knew that evening going to work would be a struggle given how little energy I have had, so I didn’t even attempt to go work out. I’ll get back in the gym next week once I’m eating properly again, get my strength back and I’m feeling 100%.

My intake for this not-so-fabulous Friday was:

  • Nutrigrain Granola Bar
  • Graze BBQ Pistachios
  • Salad w/ Chicken
  • Salmon w/ Couscous and Asparagus

I’m glad to be feeling semi-normal and can’t wait to get back to my training. I’ll be taking it easy this weekend as I’m working tomorrow and have some plans with family on Sunday. It’s a great chance to give my body the opportunity to recover fully and I’ll bounce back pretty quickly from this I hope!

L x

Day Ninety One – The Wrong Kind of Sunday Session

So I went out for lunch today with Brandon to celebrate our offer being accepted on the flat and things quickly escalated. We ended up at a day party and I had far too much to drink.

Our lunch destination was lovely. We dined at newly opened The Printing Press, in the centre of Edinburgh. It was grand and the interior was a stunning setting for our little romantic meal. We both had Sirloin Steaks (with chips, sorry!) and shared a bottle of red wine. The food menu was amazing and the dessert menu was completely irresistible. I had a Dark Chocolate Tart (it’s healthy because it was dark chocolate, right?) and Brandon had Apple Pie that looked equally as delicious as mine.

After the day party and a few more drinks down, I knew I had to go home as I had to get up for work. Unfortunately by this point (around 9pm) I was hungry again and we opted for pizza. I hate making bad drunk decisions but it was really good pizza!

My intake for the day was:

  • 2 Slices White Toast w/ Jam
  • Sirloin Steak w/ Chips
  • Diavola (Spicy Sausage) Pizza

Let’s hope I make it to the gym hangover-free tomorrow morning! Wish me luck.

L x

 

Day Ninety – Saturday Shift

As I type ‘day 90’, I’m in shock. I cannot believe that in 10 days I will have completed the first leg of my journey in the world of fitness and health. I’d never truly believed in the beginning that I could come this far and keep it up and I’ve proven myself wrong, which means a lot to me. I now have a different level of confidence and do not ever doubt myself before trying something. I’ve achieved so much in this time and it just keeps getting better. I’ve shaved down my running times, ventured into the weights section, discovered new classes and tried lots of new, healthy foods and recipes. Things have changed and it’s been for the better. I have never been happier and now feel so at ease in my skin.

I was working today and the gym doesn’t open until 8am on a Saturday morning which frustrates me a lot. I find it too rushed to get a good workout in before starting work at 9.30, so I took another rest day today. I do only tend to go to the gym 4 times a week when I work on a Saturday, which is still a lot better than nothing. My shift went by pretty quickly as I was really busy. I was so eager to get home and relax.

My intake for the day was:

  • Nutrigrain Granola Bar
  • Graze Apple, Cinnamon Almonds and Raisins
  • Minestrone Cup a Soup
  • 2 Home-made Enchiladas w/ Tortilla Chips

It wasn’t the best day in terms of nutrition but I was happy enough with my intake and enjoyed a delicious meal cooked by Brandon’s Mum for me getting in from work; a lovely treat.

Time for the usual Saturday night movie (if I can stay awake) and I also have to get organised for tomorrow. It’s our first Sunday without having to go round open-viewings to find a flat so we’re off out for lunch to celebrate!

L x

Day Eighty Eight – Sweet Tooth

Today was a rest day for me as I was off work and had a pretty busy day planned. It was also a good chance to let my knee and hip (it’s giving me problems now too) recover so I’m not overly disappointed about not going to the gym.

I ran lots of errands in town; returning clothes, picking up birthday presents for family, picking up my prescription from the doctors and attending an appointment at the bank. This was all before it even hit midday. I was in the zone and super productive after an early start! I wanted to get everything done before I went to my hair appointment and I did! This meant I could get there and not have to worry or stress about having to run around afterwards trying to get things done before the shops closed. I’m never able to plan much around my hair appointments as I have so much hair and I’m usually in there for around 3 or 4 hours. I got lots of blonde put through the ends of my hair as I’m trying to get it lighter for the Summer. I was really pleased with the result, as always! My hairdresser is amazing.

My intake for the day was:

  • 2 Small Slices of Seeded Toast w/ Jam
  • Leftover Turkey Bolognese w/ Wholemeal Fusilli (this was actually lunch at 5pm!)
  • Onion and Chive Bagel (Dinner)
  • Carrot Cake – Brandon’s Mum made this for a bake sale at work and I couldn’t say no!

After my big lunch, I had a little sleep and when I woke up we watched an episode of Grey’s Anatomy. There was so much drama and I now can’t wait for next week’s episode.

I’m back to work tomorrow so I’d better get myself organised.

L x

Day Eighty Four – Sunday Lunch

What a truly lovely day I’ve had. I woke up pretty much hangover free which was a good start to the day. I had a lazy morning in bed with Brandon, having breakfast and catching up on some of our TV programmes. After a bit of tidying, we got ready for our lunch reservation and headed out to squeeze in some flat viewing beforehand. We saw 3 flats in total, one of which caught our attention in particular. It was bright and spacious with a great big kitchen. Brandon and I spend quite a bit of time cooking together and I could really see us in this flat together. We’ll have to just see what happens. Our property hunt has not been too successful so far.

My intake for today contains some treats:

  • 2 Small Slices Seeded Toast w/ Raspberry Jam
  • New York Onion and Chive Bagel
  • Haggis, Turnips and Potatoes (a small starter portion)
  • Ribeye Steak w/ Chips and Peppercorn Sauce
  • Chocolate Fudge Cake w/ Cherry Meringue Ice-Cream (this was unreal!)

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We dined in Monteiths, one of our favourite Scottish restaurants in Edinburgh. As we sat down at around 3.30/4pm, it was a sort of late lunch/early dinner. I was so full afterwards that I went home and slept the evening away. This was a bad idea; I’ll never sleep tonight!

I’m off to get myself ready for the struggle that is Monday mornings.

L x

Day Eighty Three – Saturday Socialising

As normal, I used my Saturday as a rest day after working out 5 times during the week. However, Brandon and I took his dog, Molly for a walk in the morning. The route we took was beautiful; sunny and varied in gradient. We walked for around an hour and it was the perfect opportunity to enjoy the nice weather and each others company. I much prefer being outdoors on the weekend than being stuck inside not really doing anything with my days off.

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After our walk we had a pretty busy day! We went to Sainsbury’s and did our weekly food shop. This is one of my favourite parts of the week; it’s so therapeautic and I love knowing that I’m prepped and ready for a week of eating well! I was also hunting around clothes shops for something to wear to go out in the evening. I’d had a bit of a disaster earlier in the day whilst trying things on for my friend’s birthday night out. I just felt like none of my dresses fitted me properly since my body has changed in size and shape. I haven’t actually worn any of them in quite a long time so this was a little bit of a shock. In the end I settled for a skirt and top – always a safe bet. I don’t really go out drinking that much anymore so I haven’t bought any new dresses that fit properly. I’m 100% happier in my gym clothes and I never thought that would be the case. I used to love getting glammed up more than anything, and now I absolutely hate it.

My intake for the day was:

  • Bran Flakes w/ Semi-Skimmed Milk
  • Baked Potato w/ Low Fat Cheddar Cheese
  • Chicken Stir Fry w/ Mushrooms, Spring Onion and Beansprouts
  • McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets and Chips

Despite the outfit drama, I had a really good night in the end. It was lovely to catch up with friends I haven’t seen for a long time; something I need to make more of an effort with. I only had around 4 drinks so I got home nicely merry. However, I did make a very bad choice and ended up with a McDonalds on the way home. Oops!

Let’s hope my hangover isn’t too bad in the morning!

L x

 

 

Day Eighty – DOMS

I literally could not move when I woke up this morning after last night’s Body Pump class. I had every intentions of going to the gym but it just wasn’t going to happen so I slept in until 7am instead. I was so out of sync having broken my morning routine and I just wasn’t ready for the day so I won’t be doing that again in a hurry. I hate rest days. FACT. If I could work out 7 days a week without my body shutting down, I would.

My intake for today was pretty similar to days I do work out as I now have a much larger appetite. I need a lot more food to satiate me, particularly in the mornings; so I used today to refuel and recharge my batteries:

  • Apple
  • Muller Light Yoghurt
  • Nutrigrain Granola Bar
  • Nutrigrain Raisin Bar
  • Salad w/ Chicken
  • Salmon w/ Couscous and Broccoli

Despite my morning getting off to an unfamiliar and unproductive start I had a great day. Work was fun, the sun was shining in Edinburgh and after my shift I went for a well overdue sunbed. There’s nothing better than a tan to boost your mood and confidence a little. I am also starting to see my abs coming in which I’m totally elated about. My hard work is paying off. Now I need to start a mini-cut to increase the definition even further!

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We’re over the hump that is Wednesday.. Here’s hoping the next two days fly by. I’m looking forward to my weekend off.

L x

Day Seventy Six – Leaving The Other Half In Bed

I find it so difficult to get out of bed in the morning when Brandon is off at the weekends. Thankfully, I only work every second Saturday so I only have to go through the torture twice a month. My bed this morning was cosier, comfier and far more appealing than a full day in the office. However, I did wake up hangover-free which was a delightful surprise. I thought I’d at least have a little bit of a headache but I felt absolutely fine; most likely due to the amount of food consumed which clearly soaked up the alcohol. I’m certainly glad I went home when I did and also forced myself to drink a lot of water before bed and when I woke up during the night in an attempt to re-hydrate my body; and it worked! I feel great and I won’t fall off track by eating badly trying to cure a hangover.

I didn’t get up in time to go to the gym this morning before work, as I was preempting feeling worse than I did so I’m going to try and squeeze in a workout tomorrow instead. 3 days a week of exercise just doesn’t cut it anymore. That said, it’s my only day off with Brandon before he goes away for the week so it may just be a quick Kayla workout at home. But something is better than nothing!

My intake for today was:

  • Nutrigrain Granola Bar
  • Chicken w/ Moroccan Couscous
  • Nutrgrain Raisin Bar
  • Spicy Chicken w/ Cashews and White Rice
  • Small Summer Fruits Sorbet Lolly

I got home from a long day at work and had a nice night in with Brandon. We finally finished watching Spectre (3rd time lucky as I kept falling asleep) and I really enjoyed it! We then went out to collect his Granny and Grandad from an event they go to on a Saturday night. I always love seeing them! All in all, my Saturday hasn’t been too bad but I’m looking forward to a nice relaxing Sunday.

L x

Day Seventy Five – 3/4’s Of The Way There

My knee was still too sore to run today and it’s killing me (not running that is). If you’d told me 75 days ago that I’d be upset and anxious every day that I couldn’t run or took a rest day from working out, I’d have laughed in your face. I went from being unable to run because I was overweight and unfit to being unable to run because I was under-eating and too weak and now here I am, fueling my body properly and it shows in my performance. There truly is no secret to weight loss and fitness; eat well and work out. It’s as simple as that. No magic tea is going to get rid of cellulite and no pill is going to enable you to run forever and the sooner this is realised by the mass of people who fall victim to the FAD’s; the better.

I still went to the gym this morning and managed a weights session (but no legs!) I focused on my upper body, training my arms and my abs. I am absolutely determined to achieve my goal of having a six pack. I’m not under any illusion that this will be easy or easy to maintain when I get there but I just want to prove to myself that I can – and anyone can do it if they want to!

My intake for the day was:

  • Apple and Grape Snack Pack
  • Nutrigrain Granola Bar
  • Graze BBQ Smoked Cashews, Peas and Corn
  • Salad w/ Chicken

I then went out for dinner after work with a friend whom I hadn’t caught up with in ages. We went to a really cool new bar that has just opened up in the centre of Edinburgh, Badger and Co. I highly recommend it! We got given a voucher for 2 for 1 at lunchtime and I am already planning when I can go back! I ended up going for 3 courses – which I never do, as the menu was just so tempting. I had:

  • Scallops wrapped in Bacon
  • Aberdeen Angus Bavette w/ Chips
  • Apple and Caramel Tart

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There was also a couple of glasses of red wine and a cocktail involved, so it was quite an indulgent evening but I really enjoyed myself. I am in such a good place mentally with regards to eating and working out that I no longer stress out in social situations where food and drinks are involved. I’m happy to treat myself and I appreciate it a lot more as well because I know I’m working hard.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

L x