Monday, December 31, 2012

Last weigh in of 2012 - 25% start weight lost.

Oh 2012, how well we have done.

Stepped on the scale this morning, knowing I'd done as well as I could, and *hoping* I'd hit that 175lb goal.

Wooohooo. 59lbs GONE.

previous weight - 178 BMI 30.6
current weight - 175 BMI 30.0
Loss - 3lb
% loss - 1.69%

59lbs gone in 6 months, oh yes I'll take that! That's just over 25% of my original body weight lost, and I have a BMI of 30, right on the border of overweight/obese. I'm going into 2013 shedding obesity. I LIKE this feeling.



I lost my pedometer last night, which sucks :( Going out to NYE fireworks tonight and have planned/tracked my days food. Got out to the gym first thing for the last workout of 2012. X-Trainer aerobics and weights felt hard after yesterdays run and walk. I've stuck to 2 weeks out of 3 weeks of 'focus' and shown myself how to enjoy Chrimbo season without hurting myself. Am very pleased with my progress over these weeks, but am ready to be back in routine of 'normal' life.. and a little less full-on 'challenge' type fitness stuff!

X-trainer aerobics 15 mins - 2km

Shoulder press 25kg 3x12
Fly 50kg 3x12
Leg press 75kg 3x12
Leg extension 50kg 3x12
Adductor 35kg 3x12
Abductor 56kg 3x12
Pulldown 45kg 3x12

Also, frocking Fridays aside, am very ready for JEANURY. I want to wear my size 14s!!


Sunday, December 30, 2012

I RAN 5K!!!!

Woke up ACHING. Got preparations for Kew done (ticket printing was a total faff) and now have easy take-along food for Sam and the kids, that won't tempt me. (Banana flapjack and Coconut banana loaf).

Decided to switch around my planned days, run tomorrow and do dips today, as my legs still felt wobbly after the triathlon.

Week 3 Day 3 Level 3 : Total Reps - 155
Sets - 28, 39, 26, 26, (36+)
performed +4 on last set - Total Reps - 159


Sat watching LOTR with T-Rex arms. Beinning to feel excited/nervous for weigh in come Monday. Glad for an easy day of fun planned for Sunday - lots of walking at Kew, and a run in the evening (aiming to run a full 5k, however long it takes). Then *hopefully* come the morning I'll have lost 3lbs, and have hit all four of my minigoals!!

Saturday -
27/27 ProPoints
2 litres
1 mile

Had a lovely day at Kew gardens, though it was cold, it stayed dry. We walked around looking at amazing plants and enjoying outdoors space, and riding a carousel.

I avoided the many (Starbucks, Bagels, my mum's packed bag of chocolates! the Cafe, crisps) food temptations, and really enjoyed my dinner (gluten free chippolatas and five bean baked beans) once I got in.

I had been psyching myself out all day about tonight's run. I knew it was my last chance to run 5k in 2012, and without doing so, I'd be not hitting one of my goals made a while ago, when completing c25k seemed 'easy'.

But after dinner had settled, I went. I really struggled around. My head was not oping with how far I had to run, and I was arguing against myself the whole way. I did not stop running the whole way around though, and finished with a sprint. Once in I mapped the run and found I'd run further than I had thought. I did 5k in around 35 minutes, but ran for 38 minutes. Fantastic. ^_^


Sunday -
27/27 ProPoints
2 litres
9.5 miles

Friday, December 28, 2012

Super Sprint Triathlon Test day

Gym last night after nearly a week with no gym was fun interesting not as easy as it had been. Haha! Was good to get back though, especially as I was planning to do my super sprint triathlon test tonight, and then won't get to do cardio & weights again until Monday. Was pleased at how it didn't feel particularly hard after a week off. Though I guess that means I could push it all a bit, I'm happy to focus on running and incorporating kettlebells in a few weeks.

Cycle lvl 5 around the world - 15k in 30 min

Shoulder press 25kg 3x12
Fly  45kg 3x12
Leg press 75kg 3x12
Leg extension 47.5kg 3x12
Adductor 35kg 3x12
Abductor 56kg 3x12
Pulldown 45kg 3x12

Got home and cracked on with my dips. Am really glad I set myself a 3 weeks plan for over the holidays, it's keeping me on track. Halfway through the 'danger zone', and feeling fine. (More importantly, am enjoying the seasonal food/company, without being unhealthy, whoot).

Week 3 Day 2 Level 3 : Total Reps - 128
Sets - 26, 32, 19, 19, (32+)
performed +3 on last set - Total Reps - 131

Thursday -
27/27 ProPoints
2 litres
13 miles

Today I had planned to do my super sprint triathlon distances, back to back, at the gym. I made 4 resolutions 8 weeks ago, that I wanted to achieve BEFORE the New Year. I am 3lbs off the first, a couple of runs of the second, have achieved the third.. Completing a 10km/2.5km/400m Super Sprint was the last of them. I was a little worried at how I'd do.

Took the ride at an easy pace, though after doing 15km last night, and having done NO cycling for the week before, I struggled to get my 10km in a good time, then ran the 2.5km at just over 7min per km. The swim was actually the easiest part (though the water was COLD!) i could have kept going quite happily.

10km bike - 19:50
2.5km run - 18:00
400m swim - 15:00

Super Sprint Triathlon in 52:50. Whoop. Nicely under the 1 hour goal I'd set myself.

Going to focus on running for a bit, and getting distance up to 10km. As well as continuing to gym, and taking my kettlebells class. Once I feel settled with the running, I'll look at increasing distance ready to do a sprint Triathlon next autumn. ^_^


Friday -
27/27 ProPoints
2 litres
10 miles



Thursday, December 27, 2012

size 14

Sam is back at work again today, back to regular routine here (missing the binmen, having bizarre substitutions on the Sainsburys order, forgetting cat litter...)

I'm still doing Dressember, and have on my 27th dress in 27 days ^_^ Aside from when I'm in bed/exercising, I've been in dresses and so not sure of what will fit me trouser-wise, come January.

I had wanted to get the wardrobes back in the bedroom since selling my Tegu (his old vivarium meant there was no room in the bedroom for wardrobes, so we've been living with them in the lounge/kitchen area of the flat. Annoys me lots.

Decided to crack on and get it done today, as the kids are still on a Chrimbo come-down and happiest bickering over the xbox, it was too wet out to do anything else but housework and I had no big cleaning jobs to do.

Moved over all the clothes, and went through them as I did, found LOADS of size 14 trousers and tops - about 20 different tops, not just baggy tees, 6 pairs of jeans, some joggers, a skirt and some smart flared trousers. THEY ALL FIT. ZOMG. Wow. Have made piles of stuff to sell, stuff to donate, and have now got a load of LOVELY hardly worn/unworn clothes to wear next week. Like hitting the sales but SO much better. ^_^


Off to the gym tonight after 6 days off - it's not going to be easy. But today is just what I needed to keep me certain that it is worth it!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

LOSING weight over Christmas...

Oh wow. Food EVERYWHERE.

No wonder we find it hard to eat properly around this time of year.


Christmas Day -
27/27 ProPoints
2 litres
0.8 miles. 0_0

Week 3 Day 1 Level 3 : Total Reps - 103
Sets - 18, 23, 18, 18, (26+)
performed +1 on last set - Total Reps - 104

Woke up after a few hours not-great kip and did my dips before we took the smalls downstairs to do presents. Avoided chocolates and lattes and sugary cereal and toasts and spreads. Instead ate my snack a jacks and satsuma that I'd packed and drank tea with my skim milk.

We barely moved all day long. I did very much enjoy my 'tea' of a cuppa with iced mince pies!

Ate my planned food, and felt so tired because it was much higher carb than usual. Was really glad to get home and out of the calorie laden environment, though we had fun and I stuck to my plan, I do find doing not much and having all the junk around hard to manage still.

Boxing Day -
27/27 ProPoints
2 litres
4.5 miles.

Decided it made sense to get out and run this morning while I knew I could, and it wasn't raining. Was the last run of week 7, 3 more runs until I compete the c25k this time. Did 8 minutes walk and 27 minutes running and covered just over 5k. :) Woohoo. Am very hopeful that my goal to run 5k next Saturday is totally possible.

Had the in-laws plus Sam's godpaents over for an hour, then my parents and brother came for Boxing day lunch. Made pulled pork, sweet potatoes and salad, and ate my tracked, planned amounts. Am pleased that I have a) enjoyed all the seasonal fare I wanted and b) stuck to plan at the same time.

Got on the scales after my run, and saw I'd dropped weight from Monday. Fairly pleased with that...


Now for the maths: 3500 kcals = 1 pound of fat. There are an average of 14 indulgent days over the entire six-week period. The average person consumes 4500 kcals + of excess food PER DAY during this period.
14 days x 4500 kcals = 63,000 surplus calories = 18 pounds of fat.


Over the last 3 days I've not eaten the excess 13,500 kcals, and so have avoided 4LBS of weight gain. Wowza.
My brother, not so much. He's 'not tracking over Christmas'. The reindeer. (Chrimbo version of an ass, no?)




Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The night before Christmas

and all through the house, children were playing because it was so exciting that we were all staying over at Gran's house...

I've had my planned (in a bag, portioned) chocolates, gone for a 2.5 mile run and drunk my water.

It's midnight, the kids are HYPED and we've just got them into beds (in what was Sam's old room) with us. Not sure how much/if we will get sleep, so very glad I ran tonight!!


27/27 ProPoints
2 litres
4.1 miles

Monday, December 24, 2012

4 stone GONE

Happy Christmas Eve! Stepped on the scales, feeling bloated and sluggish and not like I'd lost weight, to see....


previous weight - 180.5 BMI 31.0
current weight - 178 BMI 30.6
Loss - 2.5lb
% loss - 1.39%

I *may* have had a feeling last week that I'd hit this weight, and got my 4th butterfly tattoo done ready, as there's no way otherwise of me getting there before January.. then my period hit and bloat, and I've been a little bit scared that I'd jumped the gun. Phew.

Packing to go over to mum-in-law's tonight, for our sleepover and Chimbo gathering. I've packed my bag of satsumas and running gear, and have a pint of skimmed milk to take along too. I'm so rock and roll, ha.

Spent the morning dancing around to NOW That's What I Call Christmas on Spotify, dyeing my hair APPLE GREEN to be festive, getting presents and clothes and bathroom stuff together for overnight, cleaning and feeding animals to be left overnight.. then asked Seth to take todays Dressember pictures. Kai stood with me while Seth took a photo, and I realised that it was an EPIC photo to have, as I have now lost *over* his weight. He's 54.5lbs, I've lost 56. Whoa.


Green


Are your muscles bound by ropes? 
..........................................
Are you gonna stand around till 2012 A.D.? What are you waiting for, a certain shade of green? I think I grew a gray watching you procrastinate. What are you waiting for, a certain shade of green? 

(A Certain Shade Of Green - Incubus) 


I chose this song in November... 2011! I assumed that I would have lost my 4th stone before 2012, and was mocking myself at my messing about taking SO long.

Over a year later, and yes. Seems I WAS waiting for 2012, the very end of it. What a motivator to keep on track over the next few days!!

It's been well worth the wait. I am at the very edge of obesity, and heading the right way. I have learnt much in the last year, and procrastinating the important stuff is something I have learnt to NOT do. My muscles are not bound, they are the strongest they've been. I feel great. This is the certain shade of green I was needing to find.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

#HolidaysAreComing

Went down to Brighton to see Rachael today, who looked noticeably skinnier when I spotted her. (I may have spent a couple minutes gawking and saying so not-very-quietly at the clocktower...)

 The trains are all messed up after a fire near Preston Park, and massive signal box damage. Meant I had to change at Haywards Heath and knew the journey would be longer as I left in the morning, feeling 'bored' at the wait I went to WHSmiths, fully intending to grab a chocolate bar. Instead I bought a couple of books, and read one over the course of the train journey in and out.

Had a lovely day, even with the train mess. We went for a mooch about the (not horribly crazy busy) shops, had a coffee and chat while people-watching in Starbucks (free tall drink when you load a card with £20 until tomorrow) and lunch at Nandos. I'd pre-tracked both and so could forget about the plan and just enjoy the day.

We saw the Coca-Cola holiday truck, met a friend of Rachael's and they exchanged gifts (was ace to watch their faces as they opened their VERY cool pressies) then packed her up for Chrimbo with her parents before she dropped me back at the station *just* in time for a train back to Gatwick.


I know that I'm not going to beat her % weightloss this week, she'd lost an epic 4lbs this week!

I'm hoping for 2.5lb for tomorrow, though I am bloated with cramps and yuck and just feel like I'm holding water weight, total pain. I *should* have a good loss, I've run, worked out, and eaten 'right' all week. Covered 56 miles and not eaten any earned or weekly pp, so if it doesn't show I'll know that next week will be a good one.

28/28 ProPoints
2 litres
6.85 miles

Saturday, December 22, 2012

25 minutes ^_^

Haha! I ran 25 minutes today! Looked at the run for week 6 day 3, and it was 15 minutes, 3 minutes walk, and 10 minutes run. I *hate* having to start running again, knew I could run 20 as I had on Thursday and figured I should just tell myself I was running 25, and do it. And I did.

2.2 miles in 25 minutes. 11:20 a mile, but I'm moving! In a few more runs I'll be able to add that extra 11-12 minutes needed to cover 5k. Whether I'll manage it by New Year, I'm unsure, but I'll be close.

This weekend, the Saturday dressember theme was 'wedding dress' day - I won't fit into mine for another 4 stones yet, but I found a bargainous Cherlone dress (brand I wore to go sledding 2 years ago!) that I nabbed for today. It was a size 14 and fit. That felt so, so good!



After fitting that, I thought it could be fun to try on my New Year goal jeans - a size 14. They went on, and did up. Wheee!

Day of last minute prepping for the next 5 days - went to Sainsburys with the kids, and got last few bits needed until the 27th. Ready to have a day of mooching and relaxed 'me' time tomorrow, before the business of Chrimbo. Will be fab to see Rachael too, with just 1 week left of our Biggest Loser Challenge, we've done so well. ^_^

28/28 ProPoints
2 litres
6.5 miles

Friday, December 21, 2012

Crampy, but still here ^_^

Ugh, woke up crampy and aching. Glad the run last night wasn't with these legs! Still, got on with the day happily, considering the world had not ended.

Being that I have never dressembered during Apocalypse before, I figured I needed to wear something appropriate. I'd already worn my zombie dress last Sunday. Then I remembered my beautiful petal pink version of the same print, bought in a smaller size a couple years ago, but never worn as I've never fit it.

Tried it on, and YAY. Perfect pink 'pocalypse dress.

snack a jacks, my doomsday snack of choice..
My throat is a bit sore, and I have a slight cough. I knew I was meant to do dips today, but figured the dress was on, I'd do them after the gym that night. Wasn't sure if my dad would go, but decided that I'd go by train to the partner gym if not.

Started cooking the pork for over this weekend, made soup for myself and a tray of flapjack for the others. The post arrived and with it came a certificate for me from Rachael, for week 10 of our biggest loser challenge! 2 weeks left to go, and I've really enjoyed having my friend to work alongside. It's been a real motivator, got to work out what we can do next. Oh, just had an idea then actually... we're off to see Eddie Izzard in May, gives us around 4 months to 'Get ready for Eddie' haha! I'll have around 30lbs to be a healthy weight, losing around 1.6lb a week would get me there. Epic.

Late afternoon my mum came up quickly to give me this CUTE stainless steel water bottle - perfect for at the gym, I love it. Had planned to get myself one as a 4th stone present next week, she beat me to it!!


While we were chatting outside a van pulled up, and my kettlebell was handed to me - woohoo. Had the email today confirming my sessions in January. Am glad I chose to go for the 6kg and not 8kg straight away, did a few swings and am sure 45 minutes of that will be plenty enough to start!!


My dad was up for the gym, despite also having the voice-stealing throat bug, soon as Sam was in the door I was off to go lift things. Even while ill and crampy, I feel so, so much better for the workout.

Cycle lvl 5 around the world 30mins 15.06km

Shoulder press 25kg 3x12
Fly  50kg 3x12
Leg press 75kg 3x12
Leg extension 47.5kg 3x12
Adductor 35kg 3x12
Abductor 56kg 3x12
Pulldown 45kg 3x12

and then, as my dad was still finishing on the treadmill, I thought I might as well get those dips done then and there...


Week 2 Day 3 Level 3 : Total Reps - 98
Sets - 21, 20, 16, 16, (25+)
performed +2 on last set - Total Reps - 100


oh my jelly arms. Home and feeling very good about working out, despite the period cramps, and the sore throat.. I will sleep well.

28/28 ProPoints
2 litres
10.6 miles

Thursday, December 20, 2012

20 minute run. ^_^

Today was interesting. When I woke up I thought it would be a slog of a day. I've been feeling a bit aware of the amount of routine we've NOT had the last two weeks, and the kids have begun to get a bit antsy.

It looked to be a wet, miserable day, and to top it off my period arrived. Again.

Potentially the last day of the world, I get my bloody period. Fantastic.

Popped onto Facebook while flipping the pancakes I was making in an attempt to let the kids have a 'fun' day. And saw a post from my friend, sharing a status from Lush at covent garden.


Special treat alert! If today, you and more than four friends come in store and sing 'we wish you a merry christmas' as loud as can be, there will be prizes galore for you...

I faced a day of whiney kids, I was grumpy from not running/gymming for 48 hours. I posted that we were in and got started getting ready.

It was such a good idea. I love seeing Elaine anyway, I love Lush, I love Covent Garden. Just a good solid plan.

We went and sung at Lush, and got lovely Christmas soap bars, then I took the smalls to the Moomin shop *which is flipping awesome but a bit pricey for me*, we followed Elaine to Cyber Candy, and the kids looked at the most sweets they've ever seen, and picked a lolly each.

I got my secret santa bits posted, and after Elaine left to do school runs, we headed to McDonalds, as per the kids' request. Manky, but cheap, once every 18 months shouldn't hurt... and I knew there'd be no way I'd be tempted to nibble at their food. If I avoided the gorgeous homemade mince pies in the market, I was not going to end up eating crappy meals!

Got in and set about getting our dinner ready - tonight was the test batch of yorkshires and stuffing I have ready for Christmas day. I had a small window tonight of 2 hours that Sam would be in, and knew I needed to run, but would not run after a heavy meal. At 7pm I set it in the oven, gave Sam instructions for when to take out stuffing and put on puds and veg, and headed out for my run. Week 6 day 2 meant a 20 minute run, I was a little nervous, but knew mind over matter would be key. As it was it felt GREAT. I could have done 25 I think, and the next run is 15 & 10, I am going to just run 25 as I think I'm ready. Awesome feeling. Covered 1.8miles in that 20 minutes, meaning at that pace my 5k would be 35 minutes. Bang on what I'd be hoping for. Wahey!


Home to a scrummy dinner, then blogged (hi) before settling for a movie and some well earned kip.

Hope we all wake up tomorrow. Happy Doomsday!!

28/28 ProPoints
2 litres
7 miles

3 weeks of FOCUS

After I left the meeting on Monday I was feeling good (about the 5lb loss) hopeful (that I'd make my goal) and a little wary (at the 3 week gap until next weigh in, and the Christmas/New Year in the middle!)

I know that attending a meeting, and standing on a scale there keeps me focused. I know that in the past skipping a week meant losing the plot a bit. I know that my head is in a better place now, I have good habits forming. I also know how quickly things can disintegrate.

Yesterday was fine - I stuck to plan, saw my friend. Got outdoors with the kids, got odd jobs done and felt good.

28/28 ProPoints
2 litres
3.75 miles

Week 2 Day 2 Level 3 : Total Reps - 86
Sets - 16, 20, 15, 15, (20+)
performed +6 on last set - Total Reps - 92

I also bought in two big tins of biscuits for the kids over the holiday season (I'm safe from those, they all contain wheat and so my brain now categorises them as non-food) and a big tray of Thornton's love milk for Sam, Kai and little old me, to share.

I stuck them up on top of the cupboard, and am still feeling ok about not going to attack all that 'treat' food, but know that I can be triggered and mindlessly eat *so* easily. I need a plan in place so I can just not think about things, get on and enjoy these weeks, and hit my goals.

I need to plan out the 3 weeks, so I can avoid falling into letting those new habits die, and be eating impulsively and not getting enough exercise. I want to run 3x a week, gym 2-3x a week, keep up with my 150 dips program, and stay on my daily ProPoints throughout the period.

I am making myself a fairly rigid timetable to stick to. Each day I can check here, do as it says and then not think about it. Doing all the organisation work now, and knowing what I'm up to means I can relax and enjoy this time.

Daily plans to stay on track and hit that goal of being 'overweight' for 2013.

17th - (Sam off) gym cycle, weights. + 28pp
18th - (Sam off) gym run w6d2 and weights + 28pp
19th - Sam away, have Shel over, company and a latte = no boredom eating 28 pp + w2d2 dips
20th - run w6d3 once Sam gets in from work (I *can* run 20 minutes, I can) + 28 pp
21st - 28 pp + w2d3 dips. If world does not end, head to gym once Sam is home. Cycle and weights.
22nd - run w7d1 once Sam is home + 28 pp
23rd - (Sam off) Brighton to see Rachael - planned and pre-tracked Nandos. 28 pp + rest day :)

24th - run w7d2  + 27pp - go to MIL's
25th - (Sam off) At MIL's - 27pp (pre tracked Chrimbo day FTW)+ w3d1 dips 
26th - (Sam off) gym shut - lunch with parents and kids, run w7d3 + 27pp
27th - gym (cycle) and weights + w3d2 dips + 27pp
28th - gym - do super sprint triathlon + 27pp
29th - Dips w3d3 + 27pp
30th - (Sam off) Go to Kew gardens + run 5K!! + 27pp

31st - (Sam off) gym, weights  + 27pp (out for NYE, eating at Nandos (yay!)
1st - (Sam off)  Run w8d1 + 27pp
2nd - gym, weights + dips w4d1 + 27 pp
3rd - Run w8d2 + 27pp
4th - dips w4d2 + 27 pp
5th - Run w8d3 + 27pp
6th - Wii Fit 30 minutes (instead of gym) + dips w4d3  + 27pp and be pleased and a bit proud I stuck to my plans!!

3 days out of 21 stuck to so far. The gym being shut a few days is going to mean I can't get 3 visits in over Christmas week. I can go in, and my arms may whine at the break of a few days, but I WILL do it. I want to keep up the feeling of progress. I want to go to meeting on January 7th, and have lost 6lbs or more. I want to show myself that outside factors like Christmas do not get to make me fat ever again.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

13 in 13

JOIN US. It's going to be an EPIC year.

Want to have a fantastic year in 2013? Sign up HERE.

January 1st 2013 - GOALS

  1. Run a Marathon in January - January theme - Make A Plan
  2. Perform 150 dips - February theme - Fundamentals.
  3. Complete level 1 kettlebells - March theme - Renewal
  4. Run 10km
  5. Have a Healthy BMI
  6. Work up to Sprint Triathlon distance
  7. Swim in the Sea
  8. Compete in a Spartan Race
  9. Gorilla Run
  10. Lose 50% of my start weight
  11. Have Graduated to Kettlebells circuits
  12. Half Marathon
  13. COMPLETE 30by30 LIST








December 19th -

Wahey! My 13 by 13 welcome email arrived, I am so easily excited. A couple of weeks back I saw Rebecca post about this challenge and decided I wanted in. It's a long haul thing, not too intense, stuff I can work into life and not let 'interfere' with what I *need* to be doing.
  • Set yourself 13 challenges for 2013, they will have a theme each month for you to focus on.
  • Each month, within your theme you will set a mini goal or two for just that month.
  • The thirteenth challenge will work slightly differently and that will be explained when you sign up!
  • You get to chose which months you participate or don't participate but if you take part in all 13 challenges you will be entered in to a prize draw.

Each month of 2013 I will set myself a SMART goal, based on the theme that will be sent to us all days beforehand. I like this. It will give me a fresh boost each month, without me being tied in to someone else's idea of *exactly* what to do.



Come January I will already be nearly at the end of c25k, have just finished Dressember (which should be easy, I know, but I find thinking about clothes challenging, therefore it is a CHALLENGE) and have completed my super sprint triathlon test.

I'll be ready for a new goal to aim for, to break up the (smaller, but still substantially) large amount of weight I have to shift.

January - Make A Plan.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

End of term

Officially our 'end of term' today, with Kai's last rugby session before the winter... Well, actually, ever. I have not booked him on for next term, and he is now a full year over the upper age limit, *and* beginning to refuse to go because it's not pushing him any more. Kind of sad to leave, he's been doing Rugbytots on and off since he was a few days over 2. In a month he will turn 6. My baby, *sob*.

Just too scrummy for words...
(Haha, yes, SCRUMmy.)

Woke up this morning with my alarm and my LEGS HURT so bad. Drinking bloody aspartame last night, wasn't I. Thicko. Headed off to the gym and was debating just doing weights, but beat myself around the head and got on the treadmill to do my c25k run. 30 minutes on there and covered 4km. Ran for 20minutes (split into 12 and 8) at 9.2kph. Fairly pleased with that ^_^

And then my legs did not hurt.

Treadmill c25k w6d1 5walk/12run/5walk/8run - 4km

Shoulder press 25kg 3x12
Fly  50kg 3x12
Leg press 75kg 3x12
Leg extension 47.5kg 3x12
Adductor 35kg 3x12
Abductor 56kg 3x12
Pulldown 45kg 3x12

Got home, sorted shop and bins etc, before getting ready to head over to Reigate. Had to take the boy to his rugby, and then head to mum-in-law's to decorate her big tree ready for next week. On the spur of the moment I decided to take over the new (replacement, ahem) boxes of gluten free mince pies that had arrived in the shop. Keep them 12 miles away, I shouldn't be able to eat them in a daft moment.

Rugby today was a good one, lots of parents involved, as only 6 of the class turned up. Kai LOVED having me play rugby games with him, I loved not sitting in a cold hall on a crappy plastic chair. Awesomes.

taking the 'winner' thing and running with it...
or not.

Spent the afternoon watching the kids decorate the tree before heading home.

Seth is having a hard time, all the changes to routine, the decorations and dark evenings, me being away, then Sam, and again tonight. Am going to be *very* mindful that I don't eat in frustration tomorrow, Sam is away again until late tomorrow night. I've invited Shel over in the afternoon for company so I can chat and giggle and not reach for 'food' company. Got to spend the morning doing cleaning, baking etc, then have an easy afternoon. Should keep me occupied on a day where I might otherwise feel 'stuck' (not able to go run, or gym, or... blah)

Wanted to attack the kids' lindt Santa collection when we came in, but did bedtimes instead, then sat and blogged with a couple satsumas and a cuppa. Now I can hear sleepy breaths from the kids, and I feel calm. I may grab a book and a bath instead. Yays.

28/28 ProPoints
2 litres
6.95 miles

Monday, December 17, 2012

5lbs off! Wahey week before Chrimbo!

Oh I had the most rubbish night for sleep. Stayed up to see if the Free Tickets for Kew would go on 'sale' at midnight. They didn't. I had fallen asleep on the sofa, and woke feeling really wobbly, big headache and nearly being sick.

Downed some Anadin and went to bed. A couple hours later I woke when Seth came in, and could not settle back at all. Until 7.30am, then had an hour before I had to get up and out for weightwatchers.

previous weight -185.5 BMI 31.8
current weight - 180.5 BMI 31.0
Loss - 5lb
% loss - 2.7%


MUCH better. I've now passed my 50lbs loss at meetings too. Woohoo. Back in the 12 stones ^_^

This was our last meeting until January, at which point I will be overweight and not obese!!

Our leader gave us the 'little gift' - some coloured stones to put in our 'hotspots' over the break, to remind us to stay on track when we see them. I have two - one to put in my purse to remind me not to buy the impulse 'treats', and another to keep out over Christmas day at mum-in-law's, to keep my goal in mind.



Got in and made a pre-gym omlette, and got our Kew tickets booked for 30th December. Going to be another way to keep this winter/Christmas active! Have thought about it and realised I need to properly plan each day for the next 3 weeks, keep me busy and away from sofa + Radio Times + bag of nuts dangers...

Cycle lvl 5 around the world 30mins - 16.02km

Shoulder press 25kg 3x12
Leg press 75kg 3x12
Leg extension 47.5kg 3x12
Adductor 35kg 3x12
Abductor 56kg 3x12
Pulldown 45kg 3x12

Got Rachael's certificate for last weeks biggest loser challenge win printed out and sent off, finally! Then got ready to head out with my friend Shel for a few drinks and a natter. ^_^ Good, good day.

28/28 ProPoints
1.5 litres
14.35miles

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The night before the last meeting of the year

Haha! Sam was very hungover. When he hadn't come in by 3am, I went to sleep figuring he must have ceashed at a mates.
He made it home at 3.30pm, too late for me to get out to the gym, but I tacked week 5 day 3 instead. Loved that I could run 9 minutes straight, feeling really good and like I could keep going. 15 runs ago I could barely manage 9 minutes broken into 45 second bits!

Got some more Chrimbo prep done today - our yorkshire puds. Mum-in-law is making a roast, but simply won't have the oven room for an extra tray of puds and one of stuffing for us, so I'm making them, and will heat them through on the day.

Never made yorkshires before, but they look ok. Had a quick google for 'easy gluten free yorkshire pud recipe' and one of my fave GF blogs was a top hit.
http://www.glutenfreestudentcookbook.co.uk/tag/easy-gluten-free-yorkshire-pudding-recipe/

Made a dozen and bagged them into two batches of six. Going to try some this week to see that they are ok! Two are 5 propoints, not bad ^_^




Got another teaser text from my leader this afternoon.

It's the last meeting for 3 weeks (!!) tomorrow - no meeting held on Christmas Eve or New Years Eve, fair enough! Am hoping that won't mean I lose the plot, I feel like I have enough incentive to work hard and make sure I've hit my 175lbs goal for the meeting on Jan 7th.

After the 2lb gain last week, and staying *firmly* on track this week, I'm hoping for a 4lb+ loss. If I pull 4.5, I'll hit 50lbs off at meetings. I'd *love* to manage 5.5lbs, putting me back at needing 2.5lb off each week for the next fortnight to hit my interim goal. I've done everything I can, if last weeks gain was water weight, it will come off. *crosses eyeballs*

29/29 ProPoints
1.5 litres
3.5 miles

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Christmas food battle begins..

Oh.  My. Goodness.

Alone at home with the kids all day, Sam is out at Chrimbo party in London with his paintball team.

THIS arrived here at around 5pm.


It's the Christmas loot for my kids from their great-grandma (my dad's mum)

Oh. My. Gosh.

I have hidden it away. I am pretending it does not exist.

I have stayed on plan today, eaten really, really well. Feeling good, hoping Sam doesn't have too bad a hangover tomorrow as I want to go to the gym.


Week 2 Day 1 Level 3 : Total Reps - 80
Sets - 18, 18, 13, 13, (18+)
performed +2 on last set - Total Reps - 82


29/29 ProPoints
1.5 litres
1.65 miles

Friday, December 14, 2012

Day of feeling content ^_^

Today was a Good. Day.

We're two weeks into Dressember, and I'm loving it. Wore a dress I've loved for ages, but never worn. It's Laura Lees, it's WHITE. WHITE. I have 4 children, and various pets. It's white.



It survived craft time (with a little help from my apron) and making Bubble and Squeak, and cooking sausages for dinner.

Was a really good feeling to be able to comfortably wear a dress that is NOT made for plus sizes.

After 4 days not really doing ANYTHING to push my body, I went to the gym tonight. Whoa, did I feel those days! Did a 30 minute cycle, but lost a kilometre in speed since Monday. Weights felt heavy (ha!) too.

Cycle lvl 5 around the world 30mins
15.21km

Shoulder press 25kg 3x12
Fly  50kg 3x12
Leg press 75kg 3x12
Leg extension 47.5kg 3x12
Adductor 35kg 3x12
Abductor 56kg 3x12
Pulldown 45kg 3x12

Got home to help Sam wrap a bunch of presents he and his paintball mates have bought for one of their team, who's just become a dad. Lots of beautiful wooden toys, big box of Lush for mama, and some Vodka and a daft book for him.
Sam had bought me a present too - a tablet. Whee! My laptop is really dying, and I hate blogging/reading from my phone (spoilt brat!). This is ace. Means I can let the lappy rest a bit, and save up for a new one eventually, while still being able to browse the web each day. Very happy me.

Going to watch some TV with a cuppa and a satsuma. Oh, the Friday nights I have... ^_^

29/29 ProPoints
1.5 litres
10.5 miles

temptations...

Oh the week of trying to keep on it despite a sugary weekend, and a gain, and no gym buddies, and it being *that* time of year.

On Wednesday I got lots done about the house, but just felt off most of the day. Had it confirmed that no-one was going to be going to the gym that evening, and thought maybe I'd head over to Oxted alone. When it came to it though, I got caught up making flapjack for the next weeks' breakfast, and finishing the filing that I had to do then and there. By the time I was free, it was too late.

I did stay on track though, and decided that I would head to the gym on Sunday, no matter what, as Sam is off. Monday is going to be a lot less manic than usual as there's no Beavers, and I can't get to/from Aquafit in the evening. Plotting to go see my friend instead.

29/29
1.5 litres
2.5 miles

Thursday I had to brave late night shopping Croydon with the snotty smalls. It wasn't so bad, we went to buy some baby/christmas gifts for friends, and I treated myself and each of the kids to £4 each to spend in Lush. Then we met Sam and all went to grab dinner at Nandos. Easy to track, good grub, kids like it. Got home around 9.30pm, again too late to gym, too cold for me to risk running myself into cystitis again. Instead I got off my bum (just) and did day 3 of the 150 dips.


Week 1 Day 3 Level 3 : Total Reps - 73
Sets - 14, 19, 12, 12, (16+)
performed +4 on last set - Total Reps - 77


I had an oops with a mince pie or two, but it was a tracked thing. I am noticing that this time of year being 'time for treat food' is a learned thing, and am trying to unlearn it... as a kid I remember my mum used to really struggle with the darkness, and morning she called me, asking me if I wanted anything from Sainsburys as she was going, "not even Bounty bars for the kids?" No, they do not need them, and there will be, as usual 'something for me' too.

"Oh and I have a tin of biscuits dad bought for you, because of the tin... (it's a lovely tin, the word 'Joy' and christmassy, and yes, I can see why) ... the wheat isn't good for you though, do you want them, or shall I keep the biscuits for dad?" Yes, I said, please keep the biscuits.

Mum came up a while later, with the tin. The FULL tin. Of ALL wheat containing, chocolate biscuits.

Kai saw them and sobbed. I divided them between the other 3, and fetched down a box of 4 gluten free mince pies for me and the sobby boy to share. All was well. It made sense, in retrospect, to check they weren't totally vile, or we'd be stuck on Christmas day with nothing much to nibble on in the afternoon.

Still, am keeping my wits about me a bit now, I know my mum has food issues too, and winter is a not-easy time for her. Must be alert about keeping head on myself...

29/29
1.5
3.5 miles

Today has been good, made good food, had lush baths, stayed warm. Intending to gym with my dad tonight.   I *will* have the December I planned for. ^_^

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Planning for the BEST Chrimbo/New Year

It is usually this time of year (or by now, really) that any progress I have made, backslides. I start eating more, tracking it less accurately. Going out less, not doing any real exercise. Drinking less water and more calorific hot drinks..

Last weekend showed me how very easy it is to make those choices, and to watch the weight creep back up.



I don't want that for myself. And while a couple days 'off' was nice, I did miss the activity, and being in control of my foods.

On Monday neither my brother or mum would go to the gym. My mum actually left the weightwatchers meeting (she joined this week, after my brother did last week) without saying goodbye, and instead text messaged me to say she wouldn't go to Aquafit in the evening, and wasn't intending to again until next year!

Again today, no-one was entertaining the idea of going to work out.

I saw it coming, and *know* I can't really on others' habits to keep my healthy lifestyle jogging along, so I had put a plan B in place.

Until the start of term (early-mid Jan) I am going to run three times weekly, as well as go to the gym (either with a family member, or alone by train to the partner centre) three times. Tomorrow morning I will run the last day of week 5. Then I have 9 more runs left to do before the c25k is completed. I should be able to cover 5k jogging by the end of the month.

Once January hits I will start going to Park Run on a Saturday morning, and then run Tuesday nights trying to get my speed up. Thursdays from mid-Jan I will be attending a kettlebells class for 7 weeks, as well as attending gym three times weekly and (hopefully?) swimming on Sundays with Kai.

All of the planned Chrimbo foods are stored out of sight. I have gluten free mince pies, crackers, stuffing and yorkshires to take to mum-in-law's. Otherwise we've not bought stuff in. I'm yet to succumb to a selection pack/tin of roses.

As well as paying for my kettlebells course, I've booked our new years' travelodge (without breakfast) and we'll eat Nando's in the evening - Starbucks for breakfast. No tripping over unknown menu items.

Once 2013 hits, I will be taking part in the 13 for 13 challenge - looking forward to finding out more soon.



I feel motivated, I feel good. I am ready to enjoy this Christmas, without damaging myself!!


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

#13 Ice-skate at Christmas

We went!



Went over to Priory Park before Rugbytots today to take the smalls skating. We were all a bit rubbish, but had fun anyway.

Have felt hungry today, my stretched out stomach is having to get used to smaller meals/less sugar than it had last week, but feel really good anyway.

Took Malachi to his last-but-one Rugby session, then headed to the tattoo studio to continue work on my 80's sleeve. Spent a prickly hour getting Cheer bear etched into my skin ^_^

Have just spent a couple hours sorting baby gifts for a friend of Sam's, and have booked us a hotel for New Years' eve so we can spend the night in London. (#22 here I come!) Good day all in!

29/29 ProPoints
1.5 litres
3.3 miles

Monday, December 10, 2012

blip

I got exactly what is was expecting at weigh in -

previous weight -183.5 BMI 31.5
current weight - 185.5 BMI 31.8
Gain - 2lb
% gain - 1.09%

Now want to knuckle down and shift 4.5lbs this week to get into the 12 stones, and hit 50lbs off at weightwatchers.

I need to pick it up and get moving to lose my 10.5lbs in the next 3 weeks! Only one week left at Monday meetings before the holidays, then when they start back on January 7th, I need to be under 175lbs to have reached my goal.

Went to the gym alone today, and really threw myself into a bike workout, managed a fantastic 10 miles in under 30 minutes, I was so, so pleased.

Cycle lvl 5 around the world 30mins - 16.26km

Shoulder press 25kg 3x12
Fly  50kg 3x12
Leg press 75kg 3x12
Leg extension 47.5kg 3x12
Adductor 35kg 3x12
Abductor 56kg 3x12
Pulldown 45kg 3x12

Have a fairly easy run of it this next week - last Beavers group was tonight, and aside from Rugbytots tomorrow I have *no* outside commitments at all this week. Really need that so I can focus on eating/activity and make sure the weekend blip, stays a weekend blip.

29/29 ProPoints
1.5 litres
17.35 miles!

Sunday, December 09, 2012

The WEAK end

MANY ProPoints eaten. Including the 44 activity points I earned this week.
A few litres of water, and a fair bit of bourbon, drunk.
13.6 miles walked/danced/hobbled...



I am hoping for a maintain tomorrow, but would not be shocked at a small gain. And that is OK. It was my friends' 40th, I saw mates I don't see for years at a time, there was much socialising, I was medicating myself for period/cystitis pain, and one week of a blip is not the end of the world. Weekend over, back on track. ^_^

I am a little disappointed that I didn't stick to my plans, but then I am pleased that I didn't eat compulsively, or eat wheat, or not eat good foods. I had too many high carb drinks, and too much sugar, but that's easily done at a party, and being away from home/travelling.

I *am* going to meeting tomorrow, though my usual habit would be to skip and 'fix' the weight. That is not going to happen, this is normal life and I have to be ok with eating more on occasions, and putting on a little. I am hoping not to put much on though, as I only have 3 weeks left to lose it plus the other 8.5lbs for New Year!!


Saturday, December 08, 2012

#26 Plant a tree

Our Holly tree baby arrived this morning. We were hoping it would be here in time to plant over National Tree Week, but the kids weren't worried. Mostly bothered that they got it done inside 2012, so it could count towards one of the 6 million native trees being planted for the Diamond Jubilee. For Seth especially, he wanted to be able to have it recorded in the Royal Record.

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Woke up feeling a lot less worried about flapjackgate, realised that actually, I have stuck to plan. I'm worried about the eating because it reminded me of my disordered eating. That's ok.
I still feel run down, but that doesn't have to control what I'm doing.

Have had a good day catching up on Nature Detectives challenges with the kids, including decorating our outdoors Spruce. Malachi chattering away about flying reindeer coming to visit him because he'd decorated his tree so beautifully, sweet boy.



Made a big soup for dinner once Sam got in, and packed for the weekend. I'm setting off at 6.30 in the morning to get up to Leicester. Decided to get a run in tonight too, as I can't check in until 3pm tomorrow, leaving little time to go for a run before I meet T, R & K for dinner.

Really enjoyed the run tonight, week 5 day 2 on the app I'm using is run 6, walk 1, run 4, walk 1 run 6. In those 18 minutes I covered 1.7 miles, which is not too bad a pace, considering. 

28/28 ProPoints
1.5 litres
3.6 miles



Thursday, December 06, 2012

The day I ate all my weekly points. But didn't binge :/

Weird day today. I am still feeling weird about it.

I am ill. I have cystitis, and it hurts. It's meaning I get less sleep, and my body is not properly relaxed.
I am tired. Less sleep + busy week + basic job of being a mum.
I am cold. Because it IS cold. And instead of eating hearty pies and casseroles and chocolates and roasted EVERYTHING. I am tracking and eating high protein and working out 5-8 times a week.

So. Mid morning I had not yet planned lunch, and decided that, actually, I really wanted a big bowl of flapjack mix. I had oats left from making the family's weekly traybakes, and so I made it. Then sat and ate half of it.

At lunchtime I ate more, with an apple. Instead of my planned lunch.

At 5pm I realised that I needed to track having eaten the amount I had, before I ate the last 1/4. I worked out the ProPoints value of it. 58 for the whole mix. 0_0

So I ate the last 1/4, and decided that was dinner. I had gym later, so could feed the family whatever they wanted (Roast chicken it turned out) and then head out to gym earlier.

OK, so I ate a large amount. But it wasn't a binge. It didn't feel like a binge. I didn't mind sharing it with the girls. I didn't hide it. I measured it and made a mindful choice to eat it. I put it away when full each time. I noted feeling physical hunger before I ate, and no hunger once finished. I didn't feel any desire to find any other foods to eat as well, even though I have ingredients to make cakes/bread etc in. Didn't cross my mind until going through my binge behaviours just now.
Also, the volume of food was not bigger than a regular days' volume of food. It was just VERY high carb (so high propoints) for me.

I have felt like I should be cross with myself, or guilty. But am not, not quite. I feel better for eating it, my energy levels are back up. I went to the gym and worked out, my body is battling this infection.. and that's *why* weightwatchers plan has weekly points. Using them is fine. I am doing *fine*. In fact, I am losing a little too fast the last month, a slower week would not be a bad thing.

I was very tempted to not blog about this. Now I have I am feeling the guilt dissipate. That would have been a dodgy behaviour holding me back.

Gym was ok. Felt really weak for cardio. Just didn't have the fire there to push with. Hoping in a few more days I'll be better and able to crack on. Going to attempt to get out for a run over the weekend too, Leicester is good for flat and interesting routes. Am also planning to not drink alcohol at the party. Aside from the weightloss stuff, I can't take the risk that it'll make the pain that much worse if I dehydrate, and after spending the time/money to get to be there, I'd like to stay reasonably sober and catch up with people I don't get to see nearly enough of.

Cycle lvl 10 cascades 70rpm 5min 1.75km
Treadmill hill 5 15min 1.55km
Cycle level 5 cascades 100rpm 10min 4.6km

Shoulder press 25kg 3x12 
Fly  50kg 3x12
Leg extension 47.5kg 3x12
Adductor 35kg 3x12
Abductor 56kg 3x12
Pulldown 45kg 3x12


28/28 ProPoints (and ALL 49 weeklies)
1.5 litres
6.2 miles

When plans for unplanable things don't go to plan..

Woke up to SNOW. Grumped a bit, because snow = no early morning run for me, can't hazard falling and hurting myself when Sam needs to get to work, and also snow could jeopardise me getting to Greenwich to see Florence + The Machine later on.

I had in mind to get myself a HUGE* eggnog latte, sit in my seat and feel totally blissful. So spent the day eating carefully to make sure I had the 12 ProPoints left for my lovely Starbucks.

*Although the Grande is 'large' and 12 propoints for a *drink* is obscene, it's a one-off treat. I was planning to sit in a not-so-warm Arena and really enjoy the latte while watching the support, and using those carbs/caffeine to BOUNCE for FaTM! Also, I now pick a Small for 6 PP maybe 1-2 times a fortnight, pre weight-watchers I would have ALWAYS  picked a Venti - 16 PP, 2-3 times a WEEK. 0_0

Plan was to avoid the trigger food lust, by having *something* yummy for me. The dome area is full of pubs, and restaurants and quick food grab places. Inside the arena itself I am safe, because all the food outlets are NOT safe for me, gluten wise. All Fish & Chips, hotdogs, burgers, breaded chicken etc. The vending machines are all Nestle too - so though the food being everywhere makes me think 'food, food, food' - I'm not in immediate danger of grabbing any of it.

Made good time to the o2. Wandered around to where I know the Starbucks was. No Starbucks. Walked slowly back along the strip, past Nandos, Wasabi, Las Iguanas, Harvester, Slug And Lettuce, Costa... no. No Starbucks. Checked my app for location. Apparently I'm stood on it. Grabbed a chocolate bar, a satsuma and bottle of water from the corner shop type place, and made my way to my seat.

It Was A Great Gig. I bounced and sang to FaTM and the support 'Haim' were great, so I didn't need/miss my eggnog buddy, I felt the lack of caffeine though!

On the way back home, I started working out what to 'do' with the 6 ProPoints I had left - when I'd chose the snacks at the o2, I'd worked out to leave 6 in case I stumbled across Starbucks somewhere else in the dome, and could grab a small eggnog (yes, I know, I am ADDICTED to the red cups). Walking through Croydon, I had gone into 'hedonic' hunger mode, and REALISED that's what it was. Stopped thinking about which chocolate bar I could find. And wondered what my body needed.. decided that if once I got home I still felt really hungry, I would have some propointed ham, cheese and fruit as a late night snack. Once decided I stopped having to fight myself/use willpower.

It was easy. Walking past Sainsburys took no effort or willpower. Because there was nothing there that I felt I needed.

Being mindful, stopping, making a good decision, and carrying on.

Rinse and Repeat.

28/28 ProPoints
1.5 litres
5 miles

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Staying 'on plan' when being able to plan is not easy..


It's a good week to have the WeightWatchers New Approach fresh in mind.

They're imlplementing new tools into the plan.

1. Track - be accountable for what you eat, and be able to make healthy, filling food choices.
2. Managing Places - having plans for making your environment one in which you are not triggered to eat.
3. Routines - putting together new habits, that mean you will eat well, sit less.

I have a week full of places that could take me a bit off plan..

As I was planned to be out Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights, I'd miss aquafit & swimming, and 2 of my 3 weekly gym sessions. I was also going over to Mum-In-Law's for dinner Tuesday. And Saturday morning - Sunday night I am away, travelling to Leicester for a party.

Ahahahahahaha. Yes, setting myself up well there. Ahem.

So. Had to do some serious planning to keep on track. I can enjoy myself and have a great time, without letting myself be opened up to being caught in a trigger trap.

Monday night, I worked out with my brother to get to Aquafit just after the Christingle service. He met me after the service and took Seth home from the church for me, so I had time to get myself to the gym. That meant an hour of Aquafit and 20 lengths done that I would have missed. I explained to my mum that I wasn't going to be able to gym Weds/Fri, and she offered to gym Tues/Thurs with me instead. We went to the gym this morning, and I'll get my 3rd session done on Thursday night, so I won't miss out on any workouts at all.
 I was prepared for the dinner tonight to be not friendly for ProPoints. Sam found out that dinner was jacket spuds, cauliflower cheese and sausages, and asked his mum put on a mountain of 0 point vegetables for me, so I stayed within my ProPoints.
 I'm intending to run on Saturday while in Leicester, and eat a Nandos' dinner before the party. I am going to set aside daily points for booze for both Friday and Saturday nights, and pre-plan my eating at the weekend, before I go. Take away decisions in the moment, and I can't make the wrong decisions in that moment.

I am hopeful that despite two nights out and a weekend away this week, I will have a GOOD week, both life-wise, and at the scale.

Got out early to the gym this morning, didn't push too hard on the cardio, as yet again the monthly bag of woe is visiting. (Monthly? Fortnightly...)

Cycle lvl 5 spin 10min 3.66km
Treadmill hillwalk 10min 1km 29meters
Fit test 5.5kph 0.45km 32.5

Shoulder press 25kg 3x12
Fly  50kg 3x12
Leg press 75kg 3x12
Leg extension 47.5kg 3x12
Adductor 35kg 3x12
Abductor 56kg 3x12
Pulldown 45kg 3x12

Went over to Reigate with Sam and the kids, to take Kai to his Rugbytots (only 2 sessions left after today!) Then go down to Priory Park to look around at Skating In The Park and visit brother-in-law, Tim, at his Mobile Pizzeria. We're hoping to go back next week and skate - which will help me tick off one of my '30 things!'.

Enjoyed dinner, got home LATE, by the time the kids were in bed and everything settled it was, well, now. After midnight and I am tired. Ready for a good sleep and a quieter day tomorrow before my night out to see Florence!!

28/28 ProPoints
1.5 litres
9.45 miles