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Posted on May 22, 2017

Weight loss plan – please join me.

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I ran my half marathon on the 14 May, it was painful and I’ve spent the last week recovering. I had a few days where I was in pain, blisters on my feet and my hip. Then at the back end of the week, the muscle in my leg started hurting so I took a rest week.

I’m hoping my leg will be better as now the marathon is out of the way, I’m going to be focusing on losing weight.

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I want to lose 11.5 lbs by the time I go no holiday on the 24th August. That might be an odd number, but it’s the one that takes me to a round stone.

I was hoping to lose weight during the marathon training, but I only lost around 3lbs.

I’ve been really struggling to lose weight while being on the pill. I know the reason I’ve not lost during the marathon was my diet, though. I been doing half arsed attempts at being healthy, but not doing it properly. It’s too easy to have a cooked breakfast at work when it’s in front of you.

I’ll be weighing in on a Friday morning as I spend weekends at my boyfriends. I’ve calculated that if I lose a pound a week, I’ll be at my goal weight by 11th August, which is not an unrealistic goal.

There are some events I have that will make it hard to diet and exercise, but I’ll have to work extra hard the weeks before and after so I can still enjoy myself.

Some commitments:

Diet.

  • Meal prep for work and take salads/fruit.
  • Have cucumbers, carrots and cuppasoups in for snacks when hungry.
  • Cut down on cheese.
  • No more cooked breakfasts at work!
  • Track calories to be honest about portion sizes.
  • Cut down on alcohol.

Fitness.

  • Book spin classes.
  • Get back into weights.
  • Gym Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at least.
  • 2 upper body days, 1 lower body days.

I must get back into this dress:

Do you have any weightloss goals? Let me know if you have any posts about it. I need motivation.

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Posted on May 17, 2017

Easy chicken for busy fitness fanatics

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Since I started watching American fitness YouTubers last year, I was always jealous of all their high protein food they got sent to their door. I did have a look for a company that provided something similar in the UK but couldn’t find anything.

It’s hard to be healthy when you are struggling for time – I find that I’m so busy, I just go for the easy option of cheese on toast rather than making something low fat and high protein.

Enter Gold Standard Nutrition, a company that contacted me and offered to send me some frozen cooked chicken and sauces.

The chicken has 30g of protein per breast which is great for those wanting to eat more protein, or just eat well. They’re also simple – you can defrost them and eat cold, or put in the oven for 20 minutes to warm up.

They’re great for meal prep for work, I’ve been making salads and getting a piece of chicken out on an evening to defrost and then I’m good to go in the morning to take it work.

You can find out more, or buy for yourself here.

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uk food prep high protein

uk food prep high protein

uk food prep high protein

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Posted on May 5, 2017

Pulsin Energy and Protein Bars

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Pulsin Energy and Protein Bars

Pulsin’s products are packed full of natural ingredients and organic goodness, and are free from all sweeteners, flavourings, preservatives or colourings. I love products like this, so when they offered to send me some I was like YES PLEASE.

The range includes protein powder, protein bars and brownies. There are products tailored for all dietary needs including vegetarian, vegan, soya free, paleo, gluten free, dairy free, lactose intolerant and organic.

Perfect for a pre-workout snack or just something to put you on until your next meal – the orange one was my favourite as I’m a sucker for orange chocolate.

I’ve seen these in the free from section at the supermarket – so the next time you see them, give em a go!

Pulsin Energy and Protein Bars

Pulsin Energy and Protein Bars

Pulsin Energy and Protein Bars

Pulsin Energy and Protein Bars

Pulsin Energy and Protein Bars

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Posted on May 1, 2017

Fitness Update // Last few weeks

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I’ve been a terrible person at updating this site. I am sorry. Well, not really. Maybe a little bit. I’ve just been so busy.

I’ve still been running though! Hurrah! I’ve hardly been going to the gym, but I’ve been getting out running.

I’ve got 2 weeks until my half marathon. The longest I’ve run is 10 miles. I know I’ve not trained as much as I did the last time I ran a half, but I’ve been finding it hard to fit the longer runs in. I would have ran on Friday, but I had an event to go to so couldn’t. I spent Friday hungover instead. I plan to do an 11 mile run next Friday and that will be it for my long runs. I did 11 miles last time as my longest run and was okay.

My fear is that my pace isn’t as fast. I’ve not been going to the gym as much to do sprints on the treadmill. But what can you do.

My aim has always been just to get around the course and finish the 13.1 miles.

Runs I have planned up until my half are:

Tuesday: 3 miles.
Friday: 11 miles.
Sunday: 4 miles
Tuesday: 3 miles
Friday: 6 miles
Sunday: half-marathon.

Pray for no rain so I can complete these.

How are you doing?

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Posted on April 10, 2017

Fitness Update // 9 miles!

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I only had two workouts last week. A 3 mile run on Wednesday and a 9 mile run on Friday. Sunday was out for me as I went to watch my boyfriend in a bike race in the morning instead of doing training.

The 3 mile run was harder than it should have been. It felt hard which was annoying, but the 9 mile run felt great. It’s the easiest long run I’ve had yet and my pace was an amazing 10.39 per mile. Which isn’t fast for some, but I was doing about 12 min miles on my pervious long runs! That’s also faster than the pace of my last half marathon, I did that in 10:51 per mile so I’m feel a lot more confident for the half marathon than I was the days running up to this long run.

I was doing intervals on the long run. First of all, I’d run the last 10th of a mile as fast as I could. Then after a couple of miles I’d up the speed every half a mile. It seemed to not only help my overall speed, but it made it seem quicker as rather than thinking ‘5 miles to go’ or whatever, I was just looking towards the next half mile.

I don’t know when my next long run will be now, probably next Friday as I have plans this Friday. Doom on life!

How was your week?

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Posted on April 7, 2017

Fitness clothes

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Newline are not a brand I’ve heard of before, but they recently contacted me to see if I would be interested in reviewing some of their running kit.

As I have a half marathon coming up, I was happy to accept!

They sent me this tee and tights to try out.

The first thing I must mention is that the sizes run very small. As a size 10/12, I found the large that I ordered to be slightly small on me. I always hate it when companies do small/medium/large instead of standard sizes as you never know what you’re going to get!

That aside, the kit itself was brilliant quality. I love the detail on the pants and the embossed graphic looks fantastic. The material is stretchy and the tights have my favourite thing – a back pocket!

The tee is made from soft cotton and feels great on the skin. It has moisture management to keep you comfortable on those long runs.

Check out their shop, they have some lovely things in plenty of different colours and patterns!

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Posted on April 3, 2017

Fitness Update // 23 mile bike ride

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I’ve had a busy week this past week. I was off work and instead of having a load of time to work out and blog, I’ve actually been having a life instead.

I went to London at the start of the week so didn’t get any workouts in until Thursday. I went to the gym and did a 45 minute spin class. On Saturday, I went on a 23 mile bike ride with my boyfriend which wasn’t actually as bad as when he took me on a 10 mile bike ride in October and I almost died. So that was great.

Then on Sunday I went on a run. I had hoped to go further but my legs could not carry me. It was a very slow run. I think my legs must have been tired from the bike ride the day before.

I need to get another long run in this week for the half marathon. I’m getting a bit disheartened about how rubbish my pace has been this time around compared when I last trained for a half marathon. I just don’t have it in my to up my speed. Boo.

How was your week?

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Posted on March 29, 2017

Degustabox March 2017

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Degustabox March 2017

I was so happy to get my Degustabox this month as I was craving some treats! I wasn’t let down when I saw what was inside.

Degustabox March 2017

Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Oreo

I’ve heard so much about this and can’t wait to try the new Oreo delights, especially the peanut butter ones!

£1.49 each

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Weetabix on the go.

To be honest I’m getting fed up of these. I’d rather eat my breakfast than drink it. They’re a good idea but they’ve been featured so many times in Degustabox before!

£1.99 each.

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Westons Cider

I love it when there’s booze in the box! More booze please! These two ciders sound delicious. Pure hopped cider which has a hoppy aroma with well-balanced smooth taste and Caple RD Dry Cider Blend No 5 which is a dry cider matured up to 18 months for a crisp and complex cider.

£1.99

Degustabox March 2017

Heinz Seriously Good Sauces

This tomato and garlic sauce will add a finishing touch to your meals. It’s creamy and smooth and I can’t wait to try it with chicken!

£1.99

Degustabox March 2017

Rebel Kitchen Chocolate Mylk.

I love chocolate milk and this diary free alternative is perfect for lunch boxes.

£1.89

Degustabox March 2017

Maldon Smoked Sea Salt Flakes

I’ve always wanted to try smoked salt and I can’t wait to add this to some of my meals!

£1.50

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Gusto Organic Lemon Energy

This adult soft drink sounds amazing. Sicilian lemons, Amazon guarana, Siberian ginseng and wonder herb astragalus would also make a great mixer for alcohol!

£1.50

Degustabox March 2017

Pipers Crisps

Why do I open this? I ate nearly the whole bag right away. If you’re a fan of salt and vinegar you’ll love these. They’re packed through of flavour and delicious.

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Degustabox March 2017

The Jelly Bean Factory

Who doesn’t love jelly beans? I’ve never tried this brand of beans but it’s so fun trying all the flavours.

£1.49

Degustabox March 2017

£onepounders Chocolate Eclairs

Oh my god, chocolate eclairs remind me of childhood! This brand has 65 different types of sweets and chocolates!

£1

Degustabox March 2017

Naturelly

These are a fun and refreshing jelly snack. They’re great for a dessert or sweet treat. They’re suitable for children over 12 months, too. They have no added sugars or sweeteners!

£1.19

Degustabox March 2017

Whitworths

These bars are full of cacao, almonds, coconut, chia seeds, golden flax seeds, quinoa and acai. They’re basically every superfood in a bar!

£1.50

You can get a whopping £7.00 discount, which means the first box will cost £5.99 with the code FAZHX at Degustabox.

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Posted on March 27, 2017

Fitness Update // 8 miles

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Things are getting serious now! I’m up to 8 miles on my runs!

This week I went to the gym Tuesday and Thursday after work and did 40 minutes cardio. Friday I ran 8 miles and as usual, it was hard.

I know I keep saying this, but I feel like I forget how hard it is when the run is over until the next time I run and I’m like ‘oh no, this again, why am I doing this to myself?’.

I weigh a stone and a half more than the last time I was doing a half marathon and I can really see the difference in my times and feel the difference running. It’s hard to lug the extra weight around. I’ve not weighed myself in ages but I’m hoping I’ll lose some weight. I just need to get the courage to step on the scale!

I also ran 4 miles on Sunday. It wasn’t the fastest pace, but 20 seconds per mile faster than my last 4 mile run a few weeks ago. So that’s something, I guess.

I’m going to London today, I’m hoping to run 9 miles on Thursday morning when I’m back and then go out for another run across the weekend.

How’s your week been?

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Posted on March 22, 2017

Training plan for my half marathon.

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I wrote this post at the start of the month but for some reason it didn’t publish. Doom on WordPress. I still wanted to post it. Since writing this post, I’ve been training and I’m not up to 7 mile runs and I ran my fastest 3 miler in ages last week! There is hope 🙂

 

1st March 2017

I’ve signed up for a half marathon on the 14th May.

I’ve been really struggling running and just had almost 2 weeks off doing any exercise whatsoever.

I am in severe need of training and in an attempt to motivate myself into believing it’s possible to run a half marathon in 2 and a half months, I’ve pulled off my training runs for the one I did two years ago to see if I am on track.

I’m heavier now, which is causing me issues.

At the time I was also going to the gym and doing some interval work on the treadmill. I intend to train similarly for my next half marathon.

Another thing that’s making me not want to run is where I live. I have a massive hill to climb either at the start or the end of my run. I’m going to alternate between having the hill at the end as a cool down and getting in my car and running by the canal. I do need to do some hill runs for my training, but not these type of hills! They’re ridiculous.

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In Feb 2015:

I ran 3 times and was running 3 miles.

In March 2015:

I ran 8 times. The most I ran was 8 miles.

In April 2015:

I ran 7 times. The most I ran was 11 miles.

So these are my goals, basically. It’s 28th Feb as I write this and I am going to go out for a run.

Then over March, I need to increase my distance to 8 miles.

Over April, increase to 11 miles.

It seems a lot more doable when I look at it like this. I’m hoping that through the half marathon training I’ll naturally lose weight. I’m going to eat well but not track and obsess.

Right, I better get ready for a run now.

Wish me luck.

*edit* Just got back from a painful 3-mile run! It took me 35 minutes, so only a few seconds longer than I ran three miles in February 2015. Maybe there is hope?

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