Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Wednesday Weigh In, Week 3

There's a great pin that does the rounds quite a lot on pinterest, talking about the 'more' and 'less' of getting healthy.  More veggies, less sugar.....more sleep, less get the picture?  The one that really stuck with me was the "more action, less words" - as happy as I am that I've started this change, I think gearing up for a long weekly post is me trying to spend more time thinking  about getting healthy....and less time actually getting healthy!  It was ever thus.  I do like the accountability factor of a weigh-in though, so I'll be updating fortnightly with progress and details of high points and low points, as well as any pertinent pictures!

High points of this week:

Finally I can hear again!  I took myself back to the docs and a second course of meds is working wonders.

I have been much better with portion control when eating at home.

My water consumption is pretty much perfect.

Yesterday, after lots of faffing and a healthy whack of fear, I actually made it to the gym!  I picked up my card and did a very fun hour-long dance class.  By the end I was shattered and beet red, but happy to have completed the class!

Low points of this week:

Eating out is an issue, so I want to make wiser choices.  It's hard not to have burgers or cakes when others are indulging.  I'm going to try to be better with my planning so I can have an occasional meal of without feeling guilty.

Gym fear!

And now, the data!

Start weight: 263 pounds (119.5 kilos; 18 stone 11 pounds)
19.8.15: 258 pounds (117 kilos; 18 stone 6 pounds)    
26.8.15: 257 pounds (116.5 kilos; 18 stone 5 pounds) TOTAL LOSS 6lbs
2.9.15: 258 pounds (117 kilos; 18 stone 6 pounds)  TOTAL LOSS 6lbs

Start measurements (bust, waist, hip, thigh):125cm, 105cm, 127cm, 74cm ( 49 inches, 41 inches, 50 inches, 29 inches)
19.8.15: 124cm, 104cm, 124cm, 73cm          
26.8.15: 122cm, 102cm, 123cm, 73cm            TOTAL LOSS 11cm
2.9.15: 121cm, 102cm, 122cm, 70cm             TOTAL LOSS 16cm

Start BMI and Body Fat %: BMI of 43.8, Body Fat % of 31.9
19.8.15: BMI 42.9, BF% 31.3
26.8.15: BMI 42.8BF% 31.3
2.9.15: BMI 42.9, BF% 31.3

I'll check in again in a fortnight, hopefully with good news!  I'm aiming for lots of fruits and veggies, catnaps aplenty, and regular exercise becoming a feature.  Onwards.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Our Honeymoon, Day 8: A Helicopter Tour of Big Island and the Majesty of Mauna Kea

Fair warning, this post is likely to be picture heavy, because we saw so much!  On day 8 of the honeymoon we set off for a two hour helicopter tour of Big Island, taking in black sand beaches, lava floes, mountains, valleys, waterfalls....then we took a quick break and headed up to Mauna Kea, the highest point in the Hawaiian islands with a 13,000 foot elevation for a beautiful sunset and some spectacular stargazing.  Some of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen!

Rocking that headset!

As was Matthew!

Pre-requisite picture next to the helicopter.  Ready for this look to be my 'before' picture for the healthkick, I have to say! #motivation  I was quite impressed with how we got on with the many modes and manners of transport on the honeymoon, I have to say - boats and aeroplanes and helicopters, oh my!

Kona from the air.

Trees and houses and clouds as we flew over the leeward side of the island.

Crashing waves on the south coast.

Loved the 'layers' of rock.

Forests replete with tall grey trees, their leaves and branches stripped by acid rain.

We circled right above fresh lava floes - that tiny glimmer of orange is a fresh eruption, pushing lava up.

I couldn't stop snapping away!

Fields and macadamia groves on the east side of the island as we set off from Lihue after a brief stop to refuel.

The valleys on the north side of the island were breathtaking.  About 80% of the island can only be viewed from the air or by boat/on foot, and these valleys were amazing to fly over and through.  So luch and verdant!

There were thousands upon thousands of waterfalls.

Looking out from a valley to the beautiful blue Pacific.

These cliffs were over 4,000 feet high!


Flying over the foothills around Mauna Kea.

The Waikaloa Resorts from the air.

After being whisked back to the hotel we had time to grab a quick bite and then pick up provisions for our evening excursion - a minibus trip to the summit of Mauna Kea.

Already above the clouds at 9,000 feet.

Stunning.  After a brief pause at 9,000 feet, we were off and up the dirt road to 13,000 feet, to the same spot where all the major Hawaiian telescopes are.  As Hawaii is so apart from other landmasses, with little light pollution, the views are exceptional.

I got a wee bit of altitude sickness (nothing major, just dizziness/shortness of breath), so Matthew snapped away.

The photographer in action!

The sunset here was like nothing I'd ever seen.


The colours were sublime as we farewelled the setting sun.

Smiling at the top of the world :).

After pictures and a beautiful sunset, we descended to 9,000 feet where our guides set up telescopes.  It was amazing - we saw Venus, Jupiter & Saturn, as well a constellations and the most amazing views of the moon.  Standing on a mountain, sipping hot chocolate and looking up at a star-filled sky is a memory that will never leave me.  I feel so lucky to have seen so much beauty.

After that very long day, it was time to head home.  Where we slept like rocks!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday Funday, Monday 31st August

Happy Monday, all!  Here in the UK it's a Bank Holiday, so many people will be starting their days later and enjoying the unique bliss that is a three-day weekend!  The weather here in London is a little grey and grim, so it'll be movies and cosiness agogo.  No complaints here!

And now, it's time for Monday Funday....the weekly collection of the things which have been distracting, delighting, or diverting me online.  Videos, articles, gifs, blogs, name it, I'll list it here.  If you'd like to link up, please add your link below for a little Monday laughter, learning, or fun.

It's really odd to not be prepping for a new school year, but I'm sending all the best to my friends in education, and hoping their training days are as cool as this: 

This article made me smile: 45 Life Lessons as written by a 90 year old woman.

If you've been reading here for a while, you'll know I'm a sucker for a good quote, with a whole Pinterest board devoted to them.  So this list of quotes to motivate was very much up my alley!

My iTunes has been on FIRE with classic tunes this weekend.  Here are just three of Sunday afternoon's selections:


Now I'm spending more time at home I'm keen to make it neater and prettier.  So articles on the same are a good lunchtime read!

This bicycle is SO clever.

As the healthkick continues I'm always looking for yummy, nutritious breakfasts.  I can't wait to try this smoothie.

This listicle is making me want to watch Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion all over again!

Speaking of movies, this is what I'm watching later while I catch up on ironing and letters: 

Amazing film.

Last but never least, I've been craving lemon drizzle cake for ages, so this recipe is in the crosshairs for later this week - I think I'll make it on Wednesday for Shona and I to enjoy in front of The Great British Bake Off!

Have a great week, all!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Our Honeymoon, Day 7: Exploring Waikaloa, beach fun & a sunset cruise

We woke up bright and early and headed down to the orientation meeting at our hotel.  It was a great way to get our bearings, scope out a few places for dinners, and confirm that Matthew had done brilliantly on booking us lots of fun excursions.  The local guide was incredibly knowledgeable and clearly loved the Big Island!

After the meeting we decided to hit the beach for a couple of hours.  As we were in and out of the water I didn't have my camera for this portion, so there aren't any pics, but we had a whale of a time.  After plonking our stuff down on a lounger we decided to try paddleboarding, which was great fun (and quite the workout!).  I managed to do pretty well paddling along while kneeling, but the minute I got a little confident and tried to stand?  SPLOOSH!  I was straight in the water!  I have to say they, having grown up swimming in the rather chilly Moray Firth and North Sea waters, the lukewarm embrace of the crystal clear Pacific waters was a lovely change!  We played out on the paddleboards for an hour or so, with plenty of dunkings in between.  Then we sat out on the beach for a little while (the Marriott has a great big slice of white sand just by it) and feasted on refreshing shaved ice - so yum!

After our beack fun we washed up and headed to our main trip for the day - a sunset cruise in the waters to the west of Big Island.  The pictures speak for themselves - absolutely stunning.  I've never seen sunsets like we did in Hawaii!

Boat based badgers!  Below are a few pics from the trip - forgive the slightly wonky ones, the boat was a little bouncy in parts.

We spent a lovely few hours enjoying the ocean, sipping on Bikini Blonde beer and snacking on crudite and chips.  As we came back into port we all raised a glass to the evening, and to toast the anniversary and the two honeymoons being celebrated by couples on board.  A beautiful, beautiful evening.
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