• Mindful Progression

    The past couple of weeks have gone quick haven’t they? It’s nearly November?! Sheesh.

    At the start of this month right after returning from holiday I got a nasty stomach bug. I haven’t had one for years. It’s pretty scary sometimes when you just can’t stop being sick, but thankfully it didn’t last longer than 24 hours and ever since I’ve somewhat unintentionally made massive changes to my diet that seem to have made a huge impact.

    Firstly, I decided to participate in Go Sober for October, so I haven’t had a drop of alcohol all month. I don’t miss it, and it’s been an easy thing to cut out but I never did drink a lot with the exception of nights out, which are usually few and far between.

    Since having the bug, I have also managed to cut out cakes and most sweets. I’ve had the odd few on occasion but nothing close to the levels I was consuming. It’s the same with gluten. Actively cutting out those foods has helped me feel better and my digestion!

    I’ve cut way back on soda. I’ve had a couple of glasses of coke or lemonade, but overall I’m drinking coffee (not more than 1 or 2 a day), lemon tea (with manuka honey so I don’t come down with some illness as the weather turns colder), and water (either with squash or without, but lots of water going on).

    The other notable change I’ve made to my eating habits? Smaller meals. Lunch now consists of Heinz cup of soups (seriously, they are AMAZING) and maybe a GF bagel on the side. I do have a snack or two during the day, but trying to keep the portion sizes down is easier.

    I find I’m eating less for dinner mostly, too. It’s possible this is due to eating later. Most nights if Hubby is working in the office he’s not home until after 8pm, so we don’t eat until nearly 9pm. Who wants to have a big meal at that time of night?

    All of this has resulted in actual weight loss. It had been so long since I saw any real results from any changes I made that I had nearly forgotten how good it feels to see any results!

    I kept 2lbs off after my stomach bug adventures and have lost a further 3lbs in the 2 weeks since then. Since we moved house in June I’ve lost 8lbs (and most of that this month!).

    Sufficed to say I’m feeling very motivated and confident in my body. Now if I could just get that feeling to impact other areas of my life… but that is a post for another time!

  • Back to reality (AKA I don’t wanna)

    After arriving home yesterday afternoon I’ve been in a bit of denial at my holiday being over. I had a nap, being awake since 5am (4am UK time) doesn’t do me any good, and the one thing we managed to accomplish is buying food.

    After a proper night’s sleep (finally!) we wandered out for our last “holiday” meal and treated ourselves to breakfast at Dean’s Diner. (Seriously, I love this place.)

    That was the last bit of holiday bliss. The rest of today has been spent cleaning the house top to bottom and cooking food in preparation for the week. In an effort to make things as easy as possible this week I’ve pre-made turkey mince w/ taco seasoning, salads in a jar, granola for yogurt and fruit parfaits, oats w/ almond milk and fruit, and cut up fresh pineapple for smoothies. Oh, and I have a stew in the slow cooker. I was going to do pork meatballs too, but forgot to leave the meat out so need to let it thaw and I’ll prep those tomorrow night!

    So it’s pretty much back into the full swing of things. If I learned anything over the last week away it’s that I definitely need to try to steer clear of gluten if I can, so that’s my main dietary focus for the time being. After daily walks down the beach and back and up and down 4 flights of stairs, I’m most certainly keeping up with exercise now too and am going to try P90x3 which should take me to the end of the year!


  • Final Preparations

    This weekend I had no plans for what felt like the first time in months. In reality it’s only been about 3 weeks, but they’ve been a busy few weeks! With nothing planned I was able to take time on Saturday to tidy the house and relax a bit.

    Something about having all the clean washing put away properly just makes everything better, doesn’t it?

    Today was a different story. We wanted to go try a new place in Trowbridge, Dean’s Diner – an American 50′s style diner – but we weren’t in the mood so postponed.

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  • Beautiful Fridays: A Hair Raisin’ Idea (& LOTS of pics!)

    I started getting grey hair when I was in middle school, so about 12 years old. My natural hair colour is very dark brown, so it was quite noticeable and everyone would comment on it.

    I used to tell the other kids it was Halloween hair spray that hadn’t washed out…

    Jump ahead to 16 year old me, and my dad finally caved and let me dye my hair – as long as it was close to my natural colour. Before he could change his mind me and a friend were at the shop buying hair colour. I haven’t looked back since!

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  • Vanity Wednesdays: Confidence

    I think I’ve finally hit my stride.

    My early 20s were full of (somewhat) reckless abandon and not caring about what anyone thought about what I was doing or how I looked. I took that confidence for granted.

    My late 20s/early 30s were more sedate, especially in the confidence department. I didn’t care about what others thought and still did my own thing, but I toned it down quite a bit. Partly because of being uncomfortable in my own skin and partly because I was kind of starting over. Moving to a new country at 25 does take a toll.

    Coming up to my mid-30s now and I’m finally starting to not only walk with my head held a bit higher, but also gain the confidence I had in my 20s but seemed to let fall away over the last decade.

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