Wednesday, March 18, 2015

My 2015 Health Journey: Update 2


In which I kind of, sort of, somewhat....grind to a bit of a halt.

Last month I had plenty to update you on, but this month the progress has stopped.  Entirely.  I haven't gained any weight (WOOT!) but I haven't lost any either.  For a month.  There are myriad reasons for this, some my own silly fault, others less so, but it's clear I need to return to the drawing board and rejig a few things.  Namely:

1. Getting back on the My Fitness Pal track.  The logic is simple.  When I track my food I am more mindful of what I'm eating and make smarter choices.  When I don't it's all too easy to sneak in extra food, or just to make stupider choices.  In Jan and early Feb I was tracking every day and getting on or below my calories 19 times out of twenty.  I need to return to this.

2. Getting my steps back on.  Hitting that 10k a day is a vital piece of the puzzle.  I'm hitting it more often than not, but I'm going to aim for 70,000 a week again (that way I can still have a rest day if I squeeze in a couple of 15k days earlier in the week).

3. Daily weigh ins are back.  They are not for everyone but the work for me and help me to observe changes and trends.

4. More exercise.  As well as the walking I'm going to build in a couple of rowing and cross-training sessions.  I feel so much better when I do!

5. More water, less wine, less sugar, more sleep.

I'll be back in a few weeks, hopefully with some new stats to share!

Weight: no change (2015 total: -15 pounds)

Body Fat: no change (2015 total: -1%)

Bust: no change (2015 total: -6cm)

Waist: no change (2015 total: -9cm)

Hips: no change (2015 total: -9cm)

If you have any top tips for staying motivated, or healthy snacks you love, I'd love to read them in the comments!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Lately: Extra-Curriculars

It's been busy and fun here in London. Work as ever keeps me on my toes and spending time with lovely folk is always near the top of the list. I've also been trying to keep up with a few TV shows, music happenings etc.. Here are a few of my recent 'extra-curriculars'.


I have been cooking with avocados.  A lot. I never really used to particularly enjoy them or seek them out, but now they are a constant craving.  Catching them when they are just right is a delight!  What's your favourite way to enjoy them?  I'd love some new recipes to try.


Last week Shona & I (along with a huge swathe of UK country fans!) went to the annual 'Country to Country' festival.  It was amazing; such a great oportunity to enjoy some of the best that Nashville has to offer.  Not everyone on the bill was quite my taste but there were plenty of acts who I adored, and it was lovely to see favourites like Lee Ann Womack and Lady Antebellum rock the o2!


I also saw a couple of newer acts who I enjoy.  The Shires are a UK country duo I've been following for a while and they did a few smaller gigs over the weekend.  I bought their album Brave too, it's a delight!


Striking Matches are an amazing duo from Nashville who Shona and I first heard last year at the same festival. They were back to do a few gigs and were splendid - I'm very excited to receive their debut album (Nothing But The Silence) next week.


When I haven't been working or gallivanting, I've been rocking the Netflix.  I'm working through Season 3 of House of Cards - I find it so involving and interesting I'm always loathe to binge.  Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are immense.


One thing I did binge-watch, however, is Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  I'm a huge Tina Fey fan and love Ellie Kemper and Jane Krakowski too so I was always going to be on board, and I really enjoyed it.  Witty and silly, it was the perfect way to spend a rare lazy day. PJs rule!


I've also been reading a lot of home decor magazines, gaining ideas for a few changes we have in mind for our house.

And last but not least, lots of walking.  The Fitbit has inspired me to walk (and walk and walk).  Now that spring has arrived it's a gorgeous way to see more of the city.  I'm averaging about 9k-11k steps a day and am keen to nudge this number ever higher.

So that's what I've been spending my time on.  How about you?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Happy birthday, P!

The family, original remix, January 2015

Happy birthday to my lovely 'little' brother Peter, who now towers above me by a good half-a-foot and change!  I hope your day is full of fun, pirates and rum and that we'll see you and Julie soon - you're always welcome here in London.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Life Lately (According to Instagram)

Has been fizzy and whizzy and fun.  Visiting friends, enjoying London, getting my fibit on, Junior League adventures, writing and working and cooking....the whirl is real.

Here are a few recent insta snaps to share.


I love these pencils!  I was gifted some 30 Rock ones last Christmas, and as a payday treat I bought myself some with Heathers quotes and the phrase "Haters Gonna Hate," because T-Swizzle.


Last Saturday Matthew and I had the funnest evening working on honeymoon plans!  I'm so excited for Vegas and Hawaii.  Homemade martinis with Tanqueray 10 (a fave) helped the creative process immensely.


Leela has been such a cuddle bear recently.  She's a big Vanderpump Rules fan, it turns out....


I've been walking lots, aiming for 10,000 steps each day.  Some days that's a big ask, on others it's a breeze.  The gorgeous spring weather we're having is certainly helping!


Fry *loves* when the heating comes on!


FaceTime with Miss Christy always improves an evening.


This past weekend I had a super fun time at the 'Country 2 Country' festival with Shona.  Such a great atmosphere and some amazing acts.  Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, Striking Matches, The Shires and Lee Ann Womack were my top five, for sure!


The little quips my Human app gives me make me giggle!


This girl makes me smile!


And this is Poppet's happy place.  Her purr when Matthew gets in from work is something to behold (or should that be be-hear?).



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