Monday, July 15, 2013

Still over 200lbs, but not by much

This week started off a bit dodgy, over a busy weekend and careful eating (and a bit of sickness!) I've pulled a 1.2lb loss though, whoop.

previous weight - 202.6 BMI 34.8
current weight - 201.4 BMI 34.6
Loss - 1.2lb
% loss - 0.49%

Easier/less busy week ahead now, looking forward to really getting this weight shifted. 

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

7lbs less.

Had a good week, not perfect, but good.

previous weight - 209.6 BMI 36
current weight - 202.6 BMI 34.8
Loss - 7lb
% loss - 3.34%

Feels good to be back out of 'severely obese' - just 28lbs to get me back out of obesity at all. Would like to manage it for my anniversary. Need to run more to get there. ;)

Life seems really busy right now, which is fine, but means I'm often left trying to scrape myself back together to get up and do the next thing. Looking forward to the summer hols and a chance to catch up with myself a bit.

Sam's sister had her baby last week, went to visit the next day and met my gorgeous niece ^_^ 

Other than that we had a day out at Richmond park seeing deer and climbing fallen trees, went to the zoo, went to the local fete, went to Tulleys farm to see Rachael and saw Seth invested at cubs. 

Tonight is jake dog's final puppy class, where he will (hopefully) graduate, and I will be able to switch to a more local training club to continue his bronze award thing.

I have go ape, Rachael's birthday scavenger hunt and color run this week. Much excitement. Need to clear space on my phone for pics!

Monday, July 01, 2013

Holy fudge..

209.6 o_0

That's AWFUL. 40lbs on since March. seriously. Terrible.

Have used mfp to track my calories today. Am sticking with it, it's free, it's easy. Weightwatchers plan works, but I was in the habit of using the points for rubbish. Seeing the breakdown of carbs, proteins, fats etc is a good push.

I had 1240 cal today. I have lost 2lb. It's a start.

10 days until go ape.
2 weeks until color run.
8 weeks until the spartan race.
14 weeks until gorilla run.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Cough, splutter

Off rails completely. At least food/exercise wise. Oddly, for the first time, the rest of what I'm up to is going great. Feel on top of things. Have been doing some great home ed stuff with the brood, getting out and meeting lots of people, enjoying dog ownership greatly, looking after home is fine - usually I'd be in an even more chaotic zone than standard.. My training for scouts is going well, paperwork is filed, bills are paid, I feel fairly balanced. 

It's odd not to have my entire existence and self worth depend on the scale number.

Still, I don't want to keep eating madly, or coach-potatoing.

Knew I'd gone over 200 - was 201 last week, and that was after fasting for 30 hours. (Oh, yeh, I did it. Wow it hurt!!) Nasty, but done.

I've already guzzled breakfast this morning, but will weigh again tomorrow and go from there. :)

Yunno, after I finish all the caffeinated sugar friends hanging in my kitchen...

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Participate in a Protest

On March 25th I was in Westminster freezing my tootsies off, to support and protest for Independent Midwives.

Currently Independent Midwives are campaigning hard to save this form of midwifery which will disappear in October unless the Government changes course-

I met Elaine (and Jasper) on the bridge, and we spent an hour at Westminster, lots of photographers were there
which is a good sign, and the speakers were fantastic. Photos on demotix -

After a shivery hour, we marched to Downing Street to hand in the petition.

Before heading to go grab a cup of something warm! - video from the day - please support our midwives!!

The two month catch up

After stopping running mid march, I haven't been out again. I spent March struggling to eat properly, feeling cross and hungry and binge-y. I went to the midwives protest march, got on with organising home ed trips for the kids, met with friends, looked after our cup of caterpillars and carried on with my beavers training, but couldn't get a handle on eating right again.

On the first weekend of April, I got a car! Had a terrified first few drives in it, and comfort ate my way through it. That Monday I weighed 184 at weightwatchers, up a stone from a month before. (This is going to be a theme..)

A busy week followed, landlord inspection, 3 separate maintenance days with strangers in the house, planning meetings for summer scouts programmes, and the kids got a virus. Lots of cleaning, and clearing and washing, and eating.

When summer term started mid April, I tried to 'reboot' the first Monday I went along with Seth to forest school, and dashed up to aquafit after beavers in the evening. Then ate a bunch of chocolates to celebrate. The virus resurfaced for a couple of days, and we finished the week with a fab trip to the Roman Villa at Crofton, which meant me driving through teeny squiggly country lanes. And relaxing after with cake. 

At the weekend I had St George's day parade to do with the boys. It was very depressing having to buy my smart uniform in size 16 when I had been just into a 12.

That evening I went and got our PUPPY!!!

(I've wanted a dog FOREVER, so has Sam, but we had assumed we'd not be allowed one. Finally the broodiness got too much and I asked our landlord, got a message back saying that he gave us permission to have a puppy as we were 'rather special' heh! 

He is a tri colour border collie, Sam's dream dog since I've known him, 9 weeks old and GORGEOUS.

Of course, he wasn't vaccinated, and so the next day I walked him round to the vet for his first jab, meaning that there would be three weeks until he could go out for walks. Three weeks of being stuck at home with a destructive clingy toddler. Oh yay. More cake.

Sleepless nights didn't last too long, but had an effect. I was so tired by the end of the first week. Thursday was a busy day, I took the kids over to Bromley for the second in the series of history sessions with Seth's HE group. We had to sit in the car with the puppy while Seth was in the museum. By the time we got home I was tired, then found my ticket to a Frank Turner gig I'd totally forgotten about! It was fab, but I was swaying through exhaustion to the music..
On the Saturday I had a full day training course for first aid, and having that much time to sit and not puppy watch was blissful!
I avoided weighing in the next Monday, I felt really grotty and run down, and hid at home feeling sorry for myself, before getting to beavers in the evening. 
The first week of May was not great. I realised that I'd put on another 10lbs. My clothes would not fit, I was eating rubbish and not exercising. Getting the dog to the vet on the same day that I went to Brighton was the most active I managed. 

Seeing Eddie was great, although Rachael was a lot more ready for Eddie than I was! The rest of the week was good too, I volunteered at moonwalk, got Seth to forest school, went and mummified oranges for the 3rd history session, saw Elaine and spent a fun day mooching around the West end, and validated over a third of my modules I need to complete my scout training. Oh, and put on another few lbs. huh.

The girls turned five last Wednesday and had a WONDERFUL day. They went to see StarTrek and went swimming, then had both families over for cake and presents. Mountains of. On Saturday we went to Brighton for a birthday visit, and to see their 'germy' aunt Rachael, we spent the afternoon outside and the kids (and dog) s-l-e-p-t the next morning. 

Sunday I took the girls and Jake for a decent longish walk to find bluebells for their nature detectives challenge. Felt so good to get out and move, that night is at down and promised myself, I'd weigh in the next day and shake off the last couple months of rubbish. I can still achieve all I set out to in 2013, the timing has just changed a little. 

Hauling myself back from the edge

The edge being all the way back to 199.8lbs. A donut more and I'd be over the 200 line.

I've been eating TERRIBLY. Seriously badly. Have had lots going on, and have kept up with life stuffs well, not becoming a hermit, getting kids out to groups and trips, and making progress with my training etc. but the healthy living? HA, No.

I broke my toe, sulked, stopped running. Got out of the habit of going to the gym, even though I now have a car to get me there. Stopped tracking and just ate WHATEVER I fancied. Not good.

After posting two weeks back, I went and grabbed some chocolate and sat on my bum. Not so motivated.

The girls birthdays have been and gone, every day since I've been berating myself for getting bigger. None of my clothes fit - and I've cleared out the bigger stuff. So I'm living in dresses (brr, and the puppy wants to EAT them) and joggers ( which are fine dog walk wear, but would fit better if I were to be more of a walker...)

So, yesterday I tracked. I walked the dog and kept off my bum. I'm down 3.2lb this morning. I have promised myself to get some catch up posts done here today so I feel like coming back to regular blogging, but first I'm off to walk a very (im)patient pup!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Walk The Walk

I'm sat on my sofa, in my pyjamas, dog napping at my feet. It's Sunday afternoon and I'm aching after spending the night stood on The Mall (outside Buckingham Palace) marshalling walkers for the marathon distance MoonWalk.

After feeling not very well all week, I perked up a bit yesterday morning. Spent the day looking out at the rain and feeling very unexcited at the idea of standing in freezing soggy London overnight.
Made my way up to Battersea Park at around 8pm, wearing Sam's huge waterproof paintball gear, after spending a couple of hours being briefed and getting ready our team was sent over to mile 13-14. I was deployed with a partner halfway along Constitution Hill, on the edge of Green Park.
The first walker came charging through just after 1am, and by 2am we had a steady flow of walkers. I was clapping and hollering encouragement for 2 hours straight - my palms feel bruised now!

Around 4.30am my partner started to flag. She had taken some painkillers for her ankles, and where she'd been peppy and happy, she was quiet. Then a walker was brought up to us unable to weight bear. She had tendonitis, but had thought she could do the walk anyway (despite having ended up in A&E after a 20 mile training walk!) her calf was swollen and her knee injured from her having overcompensated for the 13 miles she'd done. I spent the next 1.5 hours marshalling alone, doing basic first aid for the pair of them and shouting done the phone to control to get a crew out to pick them up. About 5 minutes after the last walker came through the section I had a crew from the green park medical centre take them in. I walked with the last walkers round to Victoria and jumped on a train home at 7am! Never seen London so quiet!

I'm really glad I didn't flake, it was amazing to see 17000 women (and men) marching through the dawn in their bras. I would love to do it again next year. Fully intend to take Sam's coat again though, not being cold made doing the job a LOT easier!!

Tuesday, May 07, 2013


It's been a while, eh?

Have been meaning to do a round up/catch up for a couple of weeks now, wrote a novella of a post a fortnight ago only to lose it somehow..

Lots been going on, and mostly good *but* I have chucked weight on, eaten really awfully and NOT been heading out to the gym/run.

The Good

  • Butterflies were raised (yes, this is TOP NEWS)
  • Sam has set up his own business and is really happy to be working for himself.
  • I bought a car, a big blue tardis car 
  • And a puppy. I haz collie dog.
  • I've been and done the first aid course.
  • I renewed my gym membership.
  • I've been given a spot stewarding the moonwalk next week.
  • Went to protest at Westminster for independent midwives.
  • Seth started Forest school.

The Bad

  • I've put on over a stone
  • By eating crap
  • And going to the gym about 3 times in 6 weeks
  • And not running due to a 

My smashed ankle healed, but foot still hurt. Then I realised that my 'bruised' toe wouldn't move. And hurt. Manipulated it straight (as a kid I routinely had my toes manipulated to correct the deformity in them caused by my talipes, it hurt then, it hurt now) and it healed slowly. I'd say it was about 10 days ago that the ache stopped.

I've put on a lot of weight. I can feel it, see it and my clothes don't fit. I went to weightwatchers about a month ago and had gone up to 184, yesterday I was 194. Only 49lbs over my goal for today. Oops.

Yesterday I tracked, and went to the gym, and today I feel sore and hungry. I'm aiming to be back under 180 for June (yes, a stone in 3 weeks, but lets be realistic - I *can* do it) which will mean that I'm still in with a chance to be at a 'healthy weight' before my 30th.

I have dog vet appointment today, and trip to sunny Brighton to see Rachael (and Eddie) this evening, but still intending to head to the gym today too. Tomorrow I have Kettlebell class to get to, as well as a mentoring session for scout training and a history HE trip in Orpington in the afternoon. Our broadband is playing up, so I still can't use the PC to post here, but enough is enough. I need to get back on things, looking after me needs to be made a priority again, and (bizarrely) blogging seems to be very strongly tied into how well I manage that.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

RIP Laptop

It's blue screened it's last.

Have hijacked the husbeast's PC to update the blog, although I have the app on my phone,
I HATE IT. And refuse to use it.

It's been a busy/tiring/full week.

Thursday was a fairly easy going day. I tracked, bleached and dyed my hairs, ran and went to kettlebells to further stretch out my bum muscles. Being March 14th, we had steak. Tuna steak recipe from those hairy dieters went down REALLY well. Husbeast was off work for the day, it was a GOOD DAY.
My mile for Thursday was run partly downhill, and so I managed it in 9:26 - even with waiting for traffic while crossing the road.
The only crappy point came as I walked home after kettlegirls, I managed to fall down the kerb as I stepped back away from a turning car, and skineed/bruised my ankle. Ouch.

Friday I was okayish. Felt hungry and wanted to munch all day long. Felt really crash-y all day. Craving sugar and feeling totally shattered. Towards late afternoon I went very weak on my right side, and my vision was wobbly. Realised I had a migraine coming, and started panicking. LOTS. I had plans set for the next 3 days that couldn't be moved and I *needed* to be well for.
Came back 'up' again fairly quickly, on Saturday afternoon. Meant that I'd missed getting to the big bang fair, and I was gutted. Think the trigger was the ammonia in the bleach on the Thursday. It'd been 3 months since I last bleached, and I'd gotten some on my skin. Guh.
The violet grrrrl is back. And brought pain with her.
Gorgeous starbaby
Sunday morning we were all up and out by 7.30am to get up to Bermondsey for a special celebration. We dodged the rain quite well, and got to church in time to see my friends' little girl get baptised, and to have the INCREDIBLE honour of standing by them as they gave thanks for their youngest son.

I'd made the rice salad from the Hairy Dieters book to take with. Made loads of the stuff, excited to be able to use it for the shared lunch. Sam had tried some the night before and said it was good. I trusted him, all the recipes have tasted lovely.

It was GRIM. Seriously nasty. I nearly cried for my poor mouth when I ate some. Totally hilarious cooking FAIL. The shame!

Got home, ate chocolate on the way back as we were all tired and cold. My feet were dying in my New Rock boots. My blister plaster came off and I had no spare, my ankle was re-shredded and I could barely hobble by the time we got home. 

Monday morning I woke up ready to spend the day getting prepared for my module validation at Beavers that night. Didn't go to weight in as I wanted to spare my feet the pain! I had prepared the activity for the evening, wrote out instructions/plans for the other leaders, learnt the policy, fundamentals resource lists of by heart. Got down to the hut an hour early to set up, and had everything ready to go for when the kids arrived.

The session went really well - even my boys, who'd spent the week watching me try the experiments over and over for best results, enjoyed it.

The discussion/questions after were so much less formal/scary than I'd feared, and I was home and validated on the essential modules before I knew it.

Yesterday I went to the gym, and felt good for it. Spent the day catching up on housework a bit, and washing up. Dishwasher has died again, and almost every single thing in the kitchen was used. Yuck.

Spinning 15m 7km

Shoulder press 25kg 3x6
Fly  55kg 3x6
Pulldown 50kg 3x6

Russian twists w/medicine ball 16 taps in all 3 sets
Reverse curls 3x16
Plank 3x45s
Renegade rows 3x16
Tricep Dips 3x16

Today I'm feeling lots better, my cold is nearly gone. The kitchen is clean. I've hoovered and cleaned out the reptiles, am back on top of the housework. Have nothing hanging over my head freaking me out. My eating has not been great, but it's not been terrible. I need to get back to things. Again. Still, I'm good. My feet are healing up, and I'm aiming to get on with the 10k training this weekend.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Snow and Butterflies

After weighing in and facing the gain on Monday, and deciding that the worst of the rye gas had blown, I went out in the snow with the girls, and ran 2 miles to make up for the missed day before. Running in wind and snow is FUN and HARD. The girls did really well - it's bang on a mile to Sainsbury's cutting across the village green, so we ran there and back with a 5 minute break to buy Breaking Dawn part 2 in the middle!

Next to the horses field, just 5 minutes up the road there was huge snow drift where the wind had pushed the snow over the empty field onto the roadside. It was up past my knees and blowing into our faces. Considering, I thought 2 miles in 25 minutes was pretty good, especially for the teeny legged two.

Beavers was good and busy, though the walk down was really cold. Felt very tired out physically by the time I got home.

Tuesday morning I had wanted to get out and run, but my bed was too warm and body too tired to get up before 8am. Spent the slow morning planning for my Beavers activities next week, revising modules, and getting meal planning and some cooking done. Asda shop arrived and I got on with making up compote, granola, some soup and chewy fruit slices. Feeling back on track a bit after 2 days together eating well and running again. Did my mile just before the girls' bedtime, meaning they came with me again. They've both run 5 miles in the last 5 days!

This morning I got up and out early to start humpday with a gym visit.

Xtrainer 15min l8 2.10km

Shoulder press 27.5kg 3x5
Fly  55kg 3x5
Pulldown 50kg 3x5

Plank 45sx3
Russian twists w/medicine ball 3kg 16 taps in all 3 sets
Reverse curls 3x16
Renegade rows 3x16

I saved my legs, as I'm hoping to get a long run in tonight, and then have run and kettlegirls tomorrow evening.

Day One

Got home to exciting post - my caterpillars have arrived! A few short weeks and we'll have raised some butterflies!!! I'm extremely excited, and amazed at how tiny the caterpillars are right now.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Fresh Fruit Compote with Home-Made Granola

I don't like plums. Am a bit scared of them, won't eat them. Leftover fussy eater symptom from only having been offered banana, apple and grapes as 'fruit' as a child. I remember vividly my first try of a strawberry, aged 9 years old. That was very exotic.

Obviously I've managed to broaden my fruit eating a bit - I like berries lots, and like a bit of kiwi and some citrus. But compared to my kids (who've eaten mango, pineapple, and two types of melon today) I'm very much stuck in a fruit rut.

So, I was excited and a bit scared to make the fruit compote today.

SO yummy! And there's more in the fridge for tomorrow. Whooot!!

Home-made granola
300ml apple juice (we prefer the cloudy type)
150g jumbo porridge oats
15g flaked almonds
50g mixed dried fruit
Fruit compote
2 Bramley cooking apples (about 150g each)
4 fresh ripe plums, stoned and
cut into quarters
75g golden caster sugar
200g strawberries, hulled
200g raspberries
200g blackberries
6 tbsp low-fat natural yoghurt (optional)

1 To make the granola, preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Line a large baking tray with baking parchment.
2 Pour the apple juice into a medium saucepan and bring to the boil. Continue boiling until the liquid has reduced by two-thirds and is syrupy. It’s really important to get this bit right, as the apple syrup needs to be thick enough to lightly coat the oats.
3 Add the oats and almonds to the pan with the apple syrup and stir until well combined. Tip everything on to the baking tray and spread out thinly. Bake in the centre of the oven for 15 minutes.
4 Take the tray out of the oven and scatter the dried fruit over the top. Turn and mix everything with a spatula or spoon and put the tray back in the oven for another 5 minutes or until the oats are crisp and lightly golden. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the tray, then tip the granola into an airtight tin or jar. This mixture is best eaten within 2 weeks.
6 To make the compote, preheat the oven to 190C/Gas 5. Peel the apples and cut them into quarters. Remove the cores and slice the apples thinly. Put the apples with the plums and half the sugar in a shallow ovenproof dish – a lasagne dish is ideal. Cover loosely with a sheet of foil and bake for 30 minutes.
7 Take the dish out of the oven and add the whole berry fruits to the dish. Sprinkle with the remaining sugar and toss lightly together. Cover with foil and return to the oven for a further 15 minutes or until the fruit is soft and juicy but still holding its shape – it will continue to cook once you’ve taken it out of the oven.
8 Leave te compote to cool, then tip it into a bowl and cover with cling film. It will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
9 Serve the compote in bowls, topped with a couple of spoonfuls of the granola and some low-fat yoghurt if you like.


Tasted so good, I really wanted more, even though it was very filling. Not too sweet, and absolutely bursting with flavours. I'm drooling at the thought of more for breakfast tomorrow.

The granola was 25 ProPoints for 6 servings, and the Compote 8 (extra for yoghurt).

With yoghurt it worked out at 6 ProPoints for a HEALTHY, FILLING, SWEET breakfast. Totally non-guilty pleasure.

Golden Vegetable Soup

I love my zero point butternut squash soup, but it can taste a bit bland, and I often end up adding bacon to taste. This soup is lovely, just 1 ProPoint a bowl and tastes good all on its own.

Preparation time - 10 minutes
Cooking time - 45 minutes
Serves 6

  • 1 small butternut squash (850g)
  • 4 medium carrots (375g)
  • 2 medium parsnips (325g)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp sunflower oil
  • 1 litre boiled water
  • 1 chicken or vegetable stock cube
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • low-fat natural yoghurt and chives, to serve (optional)
  1. Peel the squash, cut it in half, then scoop out the seeds. Chuck the seeds away and cut the squash flesh into rough 3cm chunks. Peel the carrots and parsnips and cut them into 2cm slices. Peel and roughly chop the onion and the garlic.
  2. Heat the oil in a large non-stick saucepan and gently fry the onion and garlic for 10 minutes until softened and lightly coloured, stirring occasionally. Stir in the squash, carrots and parsnips. Pour over the just-boiled water, crumble the stock cube on top and bring to the boil. Turn down the heat and simmer the vegetables for 25-30 minutes or until they are completely tender, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and blitz the soup with a stick blender until smooth - or leave it a little chunky if you prefer. Warm the soup through, then ladle it into warmed bowls. Season with some black pepper and top with a swirl of yoghurt and a few chives if you want.

I used spray oil again, to take the ProPoints down to 7 for the whole recipe. 1 ProPoint a bowl with fat-free yoghurt. Yum.

Prawn and Chive Omelette

WHY had I not chucked prawns in an omelette before now? And the chives? Om nom nom nom.

Preparation time - 10 minutes
Cooking time - 10 minutes
Serves 1

  • 3 medium eggs
  • 1 tbsp chives
  • 100g prawns
  • 1/2 tsp sunflower oil 
  • flaked sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  1. Break the eggs into a bowl and beat them with a large metal whisk. Season with a little salt and pepper, then stir in the chives. Drain the prawns in a sieve, then tip them on to some kitchen paper to soak up any excess moisture.
  2. Brush a small non-stick frying pan with enough oil to lightly coat the base and place it over a medium heat. Pour the eggs into the frying pan. As the eggs begin to set, use a wooden spoon to draw the cooked egg toward the centre. Do this 5 or 6 times, working your way around the pan. As the cooked egg is moved, the uncooked egg will run into the gaps and begin to cook.
  3. Scatter the prawns over the omelette and cook for a further 2-3 minutes or until the eggs are just set. Season with a little more pepper then carefully loosen the sides with a heatproof palette knife and fold the omelette over. Slide it onto a warmed plate and serve with a large, lightly dressed salad.

I used spray oil to save a ProPoint, meaning this *lush* brekkie was 7 ProPoints. Yummy.

Monday, March 11, 2013

a pound of rye...

Hardly surprised to see a gain today. Although considering how much time I've spent in the bathroom, it's scary that I'm bloated enough to *still* have a gain. :s

previous weight - 173 BMI 29.7
current weight - 174 BMI 29.9
gain - 1lb
% gain - 0.6%

The snow meant no gym first thing, my bloating and rye cramping on top of the period cramps I've had already meant I hid in bed and sulked until late. Given that I'm still smelling like a dead farm animal, I chose NOT to go to weightwatchers meeting.

Have stuck to my planned food for breakfast, which is a start. Hoping to get out for a run in a bit, in the snow. Need to make up for yesterday's mile too!

I want 5lb off this week, take me back under the lowest weight I've managed so far, and it'll mean that with a 2lb loss the next week, I'll be out of the 12 stones for Easter. Not the milestone I wanted, but I'll take it.

Have a busy weekend coming up, and I need to spend some time this week preparing for my module validation for Beavers next Monday. I do not need to be in pain because of what I've eaten, or feeling crabby or tired. I know how good I feel when I eat right, and I know that this 'blip' in motivation or willpower is something that won't last forever, I can ride it out.

Rye-bloat for Mother's Day

I missed my run today - I have run a mile for the last 2 nights, with both girls. After cooking a big Mother's Day meal for the in-laws, I realised that my Mum's Day present (wheat-free cakes) contained enough rye to leave me gassy, running to the loo every 10 minutes, and in pain. :( Stayed up until midnight before sending myself to bed.

Had a good weekend otherwise, found a local Forest School for Seth and I to join on Monday mornings. Means more local HE connections for Seth (and me), and more time spent outdoors, being active. I've offered myself as parent helper, as Monday is my 'free' day (as far as having Sam about for the other children) Being every other week, it means I could only be at meetings every other week, so I really need to get back on track and stop messing about.

Lunch with the inlaws was good. I made a huge batch of the Hairy Dieter's chicken stew, and a few swiss rolls with popping candy chocolate filler, served with custard. Halfway through cooking the door went, and my present arrived - a pair of PURPLE New Rock boots. LOVE!

Later on my parents came over for coffee, and so we could give my mum her card too. Spent the hour sat feeling very glad I was wearing a dress, felt like I was puffing up like a balloon! I felt bloated and cross, and know eating 'treats' is to blame.

Trying to beat the laundry monster into submission, I went through my cupboards again, and found anything size 16 and bigger to sell/donate. On a whim I pulled out some size 12 jeans to see how far I had to go, expecting them to be an inch or two away from doing up.

They fit! It's been 3.5 years since I last got these on.

Sure, they are tight, and bending over I get a lovely muffin top effect. But to know that in a few lbs time I can chuck out the 2 pairs of size 14s I'm currently wearing to death is such a boost.

With the waistband of those jeans digging into my rye-bloat tummy, I'm tracking and planning all my foods for the next week. Determined to get out of the 170s, and stay out. My goals for being a healthy weight by the beginning of May are *really* pushing it now, but I CAN aim to be around 150, with these jeans so baggy they're near falling down.

Planning a gym trip first thing in the morning, and hoping this nasty toxic gas has all gone by then, or I'm going to be alone working out.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Happy International Women's Day!

Hadn't realised until this morning that it was, so have nothing planned to do 'for' it. I did listen to (and buy) the song 'One Woman' from UNWoman though, and I have pledged to participate in a Protest at the end of the month, for Independent Midwives. I do appreciate the work being done for women's freedom and choice, even though it's sad it's still necessary.


Did go to the gym again Wednesday night, and took it s-l-o-w, did a gentle cycle/elliptical, and some leg work.

Spinning L10 10min - 3.65km
Elliptical 10 min - 1km

Leg press 105kg 3x5
Leg extension 65kg 3x5
Adductor 42kg 3x5
Abductor 63kg 3x5

3 assisted pull ups. 35kg

Woke up yesterday ready to go for my run, but my legs just would.not.go. Got about 0.2 miles in and stopped dead. Decided I would attempt to get to the gym early for kettlebells, and force a mile out on the treadmill then.

Which I did. Ugh. Slow and hard and head totally bashing me. Then the level 2 class full of LUNGES. Ouch.

Today I am tired and have used all my weekly ProPoints (not just today.. but so far) and just want to hibernate with a cuppa and a book. Trying to figure out if running a long run tonight would be sensible, before tomorrow when the DOMs could hit. Really do feel ok though, and only used a 5kg weight, so hoping I can get away with a 1 miler tonight, before doing the bridge training tomorrow/Sunday.

So, tired. And overeaten. And ugh. Feeling stuck a bit in a cycle of maintaining, gaining, losing these same few lbs. But then, trying to not get bogged by the scale, and keep the bigger picture in mind. I've lost 4 stone, I'm doing well with the gym, running, etc. The eating I am doing is not total junk, but it is sugar a lot of the time. Need to plan out all of next week, buy ONLY what I need to make the meals planned, and avoid baking!!

But, good things! The post arrived, and with it our tickets for The Big Bang Fair next weekend.

We'd booked to go Sunday, but now cannot go that day so booked on Saturday as well, but meant we had tickets to booked out events we couldn't attend. I posted on Facebook and found a friend going as a party of 6, who was very glad to take them all. Yay!

Our Insect Lore butterfly raising kit arrived too! Looked it over quickly with 4 very excited smalls, and ordered our caterpillars to arrive next Wednesday. :) We should have butterflies to release at the end of April. Another of my 30by30 items getting done. (I'll have to check, but I believe that it's looking like they'll all be done for September, pretty bloody good for a procrastinator).

Got the kids caught up with their Nature Detectives challenges (well worth joining up if you have kids - £20 for a year for up to 6 children, lots of resources/ideas for nature/based activities) after they got the bug back now we've been outdoors a bit more. We've been for a muddy stomp and written about it, dyed daffodils, and are pressing flowers to make a big wall print/collage thing.

Looking forward to more sunshine and warmer days to spend out, walking and finding places, and not staying home and baking myself into temptation every week!

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Masala-Marinated Chicken with Minted Yoghurt Sauce

I have never cooked a whole chicken before. Ever. Sam always does a roast here. Before I lived with Sam, I was vegetarian. Before that I was something like 10 years old, and the most vivid thing I remember about cooking a bird was seeing my dad boil a carcass for broth.

So I was a little nervous.

Vegetarian-me was very squeamish when preparing the thing. Felt a little better for having bought a free-range chicken, and it certainly tasted good.

Overnightpreparation time

30 mins to 1 hourcooking time

Serves 4-5


For the marinade
For the chicken
For the minted yoghurt sauce

Preparation method

  1. To make the marinade, split the cardamom pods and remove the seeds. Put the cardamom seeds in a dry non-stick frying pan and discard the husks. Add the cumin and coriander seeds, cloves and black peppercorns and place the pan over a medium heat. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring regularly until the spices are lightly toasted – you know they’re ready when you can smell the spicy aroma.
  2. Tip the toasted spices into a pestle and mortar, or an electric spice grinder, and pound to a fine powder. Transfer to a mixing bowl and stir in the fenugreek, turmeric, paprika, chilli powder, cinnamon and salt. Add the garlic, ginger and yoghurt, then mix well and leave to stand while you prepare the chicken.
  3. Place the chicken on its breast on a sturdy chopping board and cut carefully either side of the backbone with good scissors or poultry shears. Chuck out the bone and cut off the foot joints and wing tips.
  4. Strip all the skin off the bird apart from the ends of the wings (which are easier to remove after cooking). You’ll find this simpler to do if you snip the membrane between the skin and the chicken flesh as you go. Cut off and discard any obvious fat – it will be a creamy white colour. Open out the chicken and place it on the board so the breast side is facing upwards.
  5. Press down heavily with the palms of your hands to break the breastbone and flatten the chicken as evenly as possible. This will help it cook more quickly. Slash the meat with a knife through the thickest parts of the legs and breast. Place the chicken in a shallow non-metallic dish – a lasagne dish is ideal – and tuck in the legs and wings.
  6. Spoon over the marinade and really massage it into the chicken on both sides, ensuring that every bit of bird is well coated – get your hands in there and really go for it. Cover the dish with cling film and put the chicken in the fridge to marinate for at least four hours or ideally overnight.
  7. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Take the chicken out of the dish and place it on a rack inside a large baking tray, breast-side up. Squeeze over some juice from the lime and season with ground black pepper.
  8. Roast for 1-1¼ hours until the chicken is lightly browned and cooked throughout, tossing the lime quarters on to the rack for the last 20 minutes to cook alongside the chicken. They’ll be good for squeezing over the meat later. The juices should run clear when the thickest part of one of the thighs is pierced with a skewer. Cover loosely with foil and leave to rest for 10 minutes before carving.
  9. While the chicken is resting, make the sauce. Spoon the yoghurt into a serving bowl and stir in the mint sauce until thoroughly combined. Transfer the chicken to a plate or wooden board and carve into slices, discarding any skin. Serve with the sauce and some watercress or salad and enjoy!

Worked out the ProPoints to be 56 for the chicken I had, and another 4 ProPoints for the yoghurt used. I took the skin off, so the values are probably lower by a fair bit, but I'm struggling to find the correct nutritional information for a whole skinless chicken. So I'll point it as if it's with skin (and next time I will just leave the skin on because it's LUSH and it'll save my hands getting covered in dead chicken membrane!!

Had good fun using the new pestle and mortar Sam bought me this week. Good arm workout getting those roasted seeds powdered down!!

After spending the night in the fridge marinating, the chicken only needed a squeeze of lime, and 50 minutes in the oven to be done! Deffo a good recipe to remember for family - if I can do most of the work the day before, it makes cooking for 12 + in my little flat much easier!

10 ProPoints for a 1/4 chicken with some minty, creamy sauce. Erm. YES. Best part is, there's another 3 servings in the fridge. Wahey!

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Hump Day

This was me first thing -

Actually, that's not really true. After 5 days running, and gym and back on track eating, I felt sore, but not tired..

I just did not want to get out of bed at 6.30am and head to the gym for more.

Of course, once I'd been to the bathroom, I had an understanding of why my legs felt so knackered. How does the month come around that fast?! Decided to be kind to my poor self, and aside from the mile run needed, I'd leave my legs alone today.

Treadmill mile 11 mins

Shoulder press 27.5kg 3x5
Fly  55kg 3x5
Pulldown 50kg 3x5

Tricep dips 3x16

Russian twists w/medicine ball 16 taps in all 3 sets
Reverse curls 3x16
Renegade rows 3x16
Static plank 3x45 seconds

Those planks are getting less totally unbearable. I can begin to believe that I may recover my abdomen some day if I continue to work hard.

Spent the day pottering about, clearing the garden a bit so the kids could play out on the trampoline. Asda order arrived and made me smile. I like a full fridge and cupboards.

Got on and made up batches of flapjack (with banana in, and I left the mix alone, phew) Got a chicken marinating ready for later this week. Cooked up the thighs left from yesterday and made the Spanish Style Chicken Bake again, but with breast instead of thighs, and butternut squash rather than potato. Took the ProPoints from 37 to 18!

I've been offered another lift to the gym tonight, but what with my workout this morning, cramps and knowing I have to run first thing tomorrow (and then do kettlebells in the evening) I'm wondering if a night in might be a plan! I could, like, sit and read or something! ;)

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Running woes.. or the grump strikes

Good day yesterday. Sam weighed in at home and hit his 5% from his top weight. He's down 15.5lbs now, another 5.5lbs to be out of the obese bracket. Think he has another 4-5lbs to drop to hit 5% at meeting, but he should hit both that and the BMI < 30 for Easter. Whoot.

Gym yesterday, put the weights up and reps down again. Really felt those muscles work doing these, making sure I did them with proper form, and breathing. Need to stop those bad habits forming!

Treadmill - 1 mile 9:54

Shoulder press 30kg 3x5
Fly  55kg 3x5
Leg press 105kg 3x5
Leg extension 65kg 3x5
Adductor 42kg 3x5
Abductor 63kg 3x5
Pulldown 55kg 3x5

Static plank 3x 45 seconds
Russian twists w/medicine ball 16 taps in all 3 sets
Reverse curls 3x16 
Renegade rows 3x16

I'd realised the day before that I would have to do my run at the gym, and sulked about it. I hate running on the treadmill. So much.

But I did it. Set the pace to 9.7 km per hour, and put it up for the last minute, meaning that I did a mile in 9:54. Under 10 minutes, wahey! Getting there.

Had a busy night at Beavers, and was very ready for my bed when it got to 11pm. Need to be careful that I'm getting as much sleep as I can, pretty sure crappy late bedtimes and sluggish mornings have not been helping me the last couple months.

At 6.30am I was out to the gym again. Trying to see if earlier start and getting going first thing will work better for my body clock. Didn't do much cardio as I'm hoping to get out and do a longer run tonight, so warmed up with a 6kph 5 minute walk on an incline before doing the weights.

Treadmill - fit test vo2 35

Shoulder press 27.5kg 3x5
Fly  55kg 3x5
Leg press 105kg 3x5
Leg extension 65kg 3x5
Adductor 42kg 3x5
Abductor 63kg 3x5
Pulldown 50kg 3x5

Russian twists w/medicine ball 16 taps in all 3 sets
Reverse curls 3x16
Woodchops 3x16

The sun was SHINING, and outside felt ok, not too cold, could go without a hat even. We decided that meant we had to hit the park. Was so goos to spend 3 hours outdoors with the kids, we went over to the shops and grabbed bits for dinner tonight, and the freefrom stuff I need that Asda don't stock.

Once back home I did some meal planning for the next week. I noticed today that after starting the day with a workout I feel less hungry, want real food rather than 'treats' and feel more awake/less on edge. It could be a fluke, but I really think that morning workouts, as unlike 'me' as I think it would be, may be a plan. At the end of the day, the habits that made 'me', made me ill.

Knew that my run tonight had to be a longer one. I was so nervous. I've not run 5k in ages, and my last 10k training run was 2 weeks ago. Add to that the daily runs, gym workout this morning, and 6-8 mile walk today... I was ready for a night on the sofa with a book.

Then I saw this pop up on facebook. Reposted it, and chucked my gear on.

It wasn't an easy run. It wasn't awful, but it wasn't easy either. And I ran the last 10 minutes uphill. Ugh. Or, rather, I ran/walked them. Still, managed 4.05 miles in 50 minutes (including 10 minutes walking) which works out at 5k in 35:26, so my pace wasn't worse than usual. My head can STFU!