Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Whole 30 - Week 1

So I have decided to give the Whole 30 a whirl for October and I am excited (I know this will not last too long – the excitement that it!!).  My friend did it last month and loves it.  She feel so much better and for once feels like she is in control of food instead of food being in control of her.  As a bonus she has also lost 9lb.
I have been wanting to try the Whole 30 for a month or so now but wanted to get the Great North Run and our holiday out the way.  I have heard such good things about it and I think the thing I am going to find the hardest to cut out is sugar and wine.  I love wine and chocolate on a Friday night to relax.  It will be fizzy water and frozen grapes instead!

I have decided to try and keep a daily diary of how it goes and hopefully not bore you all senseless!  I am also interested to see if it keeps in with the Whole 30 time line.
Day One

As predicted from the time line, I am feeling good and enthusiastic.  I did some batch cooking on Sunday as I have a busy week planned so feeling organised and ready.

Breakfast is a tasty (although slightly over cooked) breakfast casserole made with eggs, grated butternut squash, GF sausages, onions and peppers.  I have four portions for each day.

I have had a pre-run snack today of nuts, seeds and banana (little amount of each).

Lunch is a portion of Turkey Chilli made with loads of veg.

Pre swim snack is a nakd bar.  I really need to sort out a better pre exercise snack

Dinner was a slow cooked chicken casserole.  I added extra chicken portions for later in the week.  I totally forgot to take a picture.

So day one has gone well. I have missed sugar all ready but I was expecting that.  I am just hoping and praying I don’t get a migraine later this week as I did the last time I tried to cut sugar out.

Has anyone done the Whole 30 and how did you get on?

What was the hardest thing you have ever cut out?

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Swimming Costumes or Bikinis

Over the years I have always worn bikini’s when out in the sun and never would have worn a costume.  I always felt that old people wore swimming costumes.  So this summer I wasn’t happy with any bikini that I tried on so I ordered an array of bikini’s and costumes to try on.  I didn’t like any bikini I tried on as the bottoms were far too low for my pot belly and reluctantly tried on a swimming costume and the minute I put it on, I loved it. 
I got these two  from Next in the sale. 
It has opened a whole new world to me and I feel so much more comfortable and confident (something I never feel) in them.  I still have a couple of bikini’s that I have from our honeymoon that I really like but all in all I am so surprised at home good I feel in them.  I especially the first red one.  I feel all grown up for once, or maybe I am just getting old!!

Are you a bikini or costume girl?


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The Great North Run

Half Marathon, done!  I am so happy and proud of myself. 

I have done it my first ever half marathon.  I was told that I would love it and that the atmosphere would be amazing and they were right.  I really loved it all.

We set off nice and early on a bus organised by the running club.

Before Selfie waiting for the bus
We got there in plenty of time.

Anyone need a wee?  This is Natalie my running friend

Pre -race fun
We went to our start point and although were far back and had to wait for a good 30 minutes to get over the start line it was fab.  I was running with a friend from the running club.  We had plans on how we would get each other through if we hit the wall and a bag full of jelly beans!

We started off and it was amazing, there were people all around shouting and cheering.  Going over the Tyne bridge was great and then we were at the under passes and everyone was shouting uggie, uggie, uggie – oi, oi, oi.  I was told it was one of the best parts and it truly was.  It was amazing.  The weather was not great for running as it was so hot but we took water and got more at each station.

I wish I could do a milage break down but I can’t as they flew by so fast. Before we knew it we were over half way and approaching 8 miles.  I knew that mile 10 – 12 was hard bur we were fine. In fact we didn’t even see the 11 mile marker and was soon going over top of the hill and seeing the sea.  The downhill section was very hard on my knees but we then turned onto the sea front and crowds of people hit us. 

I can honestly say that I felt very emotional and overwhelmed.  I had only 800m to go and I had done it.  I honestly didn’t think I had the mental ability to do it.  I knew I had put the miles in and trained hard but my doubts where overwhelming.  Everyone kept telling me I could do it and I did.  I have never been very confident about my ability and it has helped my confidence no end.  I had a time in my head that I wanted to try and do it in and I managed to finish in 2:34:50  I am so happy.

post run selfie, Can't believe i didn't get a post run pic.
This year has been a year of achievements for me.  I have completed my first Triathlon and Half Marathon.  I am so proud of myself.
Need to get this bad boy on!

post run heaven!
What are you proud of so far this year?