Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Life Lately: According to Instagram

Life has been busy.  And changeable.  And exciting.  And has kept me on my toes.  It's Easter break now, however, and I'm looking forward to getting back to more of an even keel.  I have plans to walk and read and blog and generally get back into the swing of the things.  More posts to follow over the next few days and weeks, but for now here's a glimpse of life lately.

Shona and I went to a Silent Disco way up in Millbank Tower.  It wasn't my favourite one I've attended (with three channels of DJs I was expecting more variety and killer tunes, rather than songs being repeated - we heard 'Boogie Nights' three times within a couple of hours on one channel!), but the views were stupendous!

End of term means thank you cards - these are a few of my haul.  I love them - mispellings and me correcting dance moves caught in cartoon form and all!

End of term also meant time in town with these lovelies.  I'm so lucky to have colleagues who I like so much - there is such a lovely crowd at my work!

Human and Fitbit continue to motivate.

Poppet is very pleased it's holiday time, as she tends to get spoilt rotten! My 'go to' holiday lunch is chicken or tuna with salad.  The cats, of course 'help' me with any leftovers.

The Easter Bunny dropped off lots of treats for my boys - and some bunny ears for me!

We had a Junior League pub quiz last week....and our team won (I'm not strictly sure how - luck, I guess!).  Such fun, and my knowledge of 1990s pop and r'n'b totally came in handy!

Well, I must close now.  It's a lovely sunny day here in London and I have a trio of cats to hang out with while I read.  Life is good!

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.

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