Monday Motivation – Thank Yourself

On Saturday I broke my #Dry100 and had a drink (or five) and woke up yesterday with a very sore head! 31 days dry and my alcohol tolerance was definitely depleted, and given the fact that I hadn’t eaten anything it wasn’t surprising I’d feel a bit under the weather.

Today I decided I needed to kick it up a notch and went for a run. Well not ‘really’ a run, more a wog (walk/jog), and only 3kms, but it was something – better than nothing, and I ran along the walkway and listened to the waves. It was good, even though it was bloody freezing!

I’m also going to try and get some of my ‘100’ items going too, will try and get out of bed early tomoro but it’s not easy when it’s so cold in the house!

Found the below on Pinterest and thought it was perfect for today’s MM

3 months from now

I Am 100 Update 1

A week in, and I am down 3kgs #kapow

Haven’t thought about drinking in terms of really wanting a drink. I’ve had the old ‘A glass of wine would be nice right now’ thought, but that’s quickly gone with someone flight of fancy #oohshinythings

Macros have been killing me smalls! My sugar has been out of control, even though my calories are sitting at an average of 620 calories per day – my sugar was 77 grams on Monday! Gah!

Managed to pull it back in the last couple of days, but clearly have to be more vigilant – so easy to let those things slip even when calories are in control.

Tomorrow night will be my first real test with a visit to a pub with work. Will have to avoid food and booze. Not an easy ask but it’ll be so worth it at the end of the day (well 92 days now) 😉

Happy thirsty Thursday to y’all, don’t forget those of you who are Dry Julying this is your last weekend before it starts.

cheers

 

Golden Globes 2014

Golden Globes fashion always sets the tone for the fashion for the coming year, and this year is no exception.

There are always fabulous gowns, completely clangers, and then a few stunners.

This year I have to say I loved what Guiliana was wearing, the dress added a bit of ‘body’ to her and there was lovely movement, and I thought her gorgeous bob really set the dress off.

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Margot Robbie,in Gucci, wore my absolute favourite dress. What a stunner!

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I’ve never been a fan of dresses that don’t offer ‘support’, such as the dress Amy Adams wore, and personally I don’t think the two tones go well together.

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My girl crush, Sofia Vergara, wore another stunner, seriously she would look fabulous in a sack.

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Hair was an mix of both gorgeous up-do’s and casual down. I think I least liked Hayden Panettere, looks like she didn’t have time to dry it. I did love Julia Roberts’ up-do (although the pic doesn’t do it justice) and I thought Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting’s hair was very blah – too ‘everyday’ for my liking.

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Jewellery was it’s usually major bling! I did notice that many of them were wearing their rings on the exterior fingers, first and little mostly. Glad to see I’m still rocking that trend.

All  images courtesy of goldenglobes.com

Wednesday Weigh-In and a few ?’s

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Oh Yeah it’s the first weigh-in for 2014 and the first week has been kind to me, with a 2.5kg loss, taking my total loss closer to my first weight goal for the year – getting back to 30kgs lost. I’m at 29.1kgs, so 900gms to go to hit that first marker.

I also wanted to answer some questions that have come up over the week.

Why do I weigh everyday?

I know a lot of people do weigh everyday and many choose to only weigh weekly, and some even longer. I guess it depends on why you weigh. For me there’s no way I could wait a week to see if I had lost, especially if there was no loss I’d feel like I’d wasted a week! I also use the weigh-in to my advantage. If it’s good, then I carry on as usual, if it’s bad it makes me resolve to try harder.

Another reason to weigh more often for me is the mental ‘let off’ which you get when you weigh in weekly, you know you have a whole week before you need to be accountable again and that tends to make me allow myself a treat (or two) because I know I have time to  ‘fix’ it. If I weight daily there’s not let off, I’m accountable every. single. day. Far better for me.

Why don’t I believe on ‘starvation mode’

There’s a whole blog post about this but fundamentally it’s because our bodies are smart. It doesn’t deliberately hurt itself until there is no alternative and for most of us that’s a loooooong way off. Unless you have next to no body fat (around 6%) and are actually starving yourself (not eating at all) your body will call on your fat reserves long before it starts to do anything detrimental to your muscles, organs, etc. At present I feel like I have at least 5kgs, maybe 10, of excess ‘fat’. Based on 5kgs that’s some 38,500 calories to spare, excluding eating any food. Based on a BMR of 1355 (my current calculated daily) it would take me 4 weeks of not consuming one calorie (yeah that’s not happening!) just to use my existing fat stores and even then I know I have plenty in reserve.

What do I eat?

At the moment I’m going for the lowest calorie option, which clean being the secondary consideration. Pea protein in the form of protein shakes & puddings. Low calorie, high nutrient soup. Tuna. Salad, salad, and more salad! I chuck chickpeas and chia seeds into my salads for added protein, and nutrients. High calcium, low fat dairy. Beef and lamb. Cheese!

What don’t I eat?

Pasta, rice, bread, potatoes. Processed food. No alcohol until mid February and then it’ll be low carb all the way.

I know this isn’t for everyone, but it works FOR ME. I lose weight, I feel good, I look good, and I learn how to be healthier along the way. Yes, I went backwards and ate processed crap, I drank too much, I didn’t track my calories. I gained. That’s the fundamental basis of weight loss. My intake was more than my out put the scales went up. Right now my intake is less than my out out and voila, weight loss! #seewhatididthere

There’s no magic, it’s basic science. The tricky part is getting your mind to control your body and not the other way round. That’s the HARD bit!

Feel free to hit me up if you have any questions!

Motivation Monday – Don’t

I spent the best part of Sunday trawling through Pinterest getting inspiration for this year’s Christmas, yes I do mean the Christmas that is 353 days away! I’ve decided that as it’s such a busy time at work for me I need to have a plan to ensure my Christmas is how I want it this year. So each room has a theme, I have an ideas list, a things to buy list, and most importantly – a ‘things to make’ list. These Things To Make will be a fundamental part of my Handmade Christmas.

During my browsing I came across some great inspiration including crafts, Christmas decor ideas, fabulous things to make, and of course diet and exercise motivation. The below quote really struck me as it can relate not only to the things you think you’ll want to give up such as exercising, or your weight loss regime, but also those other little things that might not be as easy as we would like them to be and the ‘CBF’ thought goes through our mind.

So this is the first Motivation Monday for the year and I want you to take it with you throughout the year and when you hit a wall remember the quote, and keep going!

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Bookcase Advent Calendar – 2014

Today is the 12th day after Christmas and is traditionally (and superstitiously) the last day to remove ‘Christmas’, so I took down all the decorations, lights, decor, and trees. At present they aren’t actually packed away as I want to go through all the boxes in preparation for this year. I’ve started a Christmas 2014 List that outlines the themes, ideas, and also what I would like to make for each room this year.

While I was planning the foyer space I wondered what I could do with the rather large and dark bookcase and realised it has 12 sections to it which could easily fit two bags or boxes in it to create a big advent calendar, so project number two was born! (Project number one is knitted bunting which is in trial stage at present but looking very promising, and of course I’ll be blogging about that).

So my plan for the Bookcase Advent Calendar is to use a range of boxes and gift bags that I come across during the year, and each one will have a small gift, chocolate, a ‘to do’ card, and the very last one will be Hartleigh’s ‘A Night Before Christmas’ box. This traditionally contains a pair of pyjamas, a Christmas book, some popcorn, chocolates, and a small gift. I usually also put the plate we put Santa’s food on in there to remind us to do this.

As December is such a busy month and I know I won’t be able to blog each day we open the advent, I’m very tempted to blog as I create each number,that way I can share the calendar and not stress about keeping up to date during the busiest month of the year.

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Goals, Resolutions, and other Good Stuff

It’s the brink of 2014 and, as I’ve done for many a year, I’m setting goals and making resolutions for the New Year. I know making resolutions for many is just lip service, but I like something to strive for. For me it’s a positive way to start the year. I forgive myself for the things I didn’t achieve and resolve to achieve new things.

I also have some rituals I like to do on New Year’s Eve to start the year the right way. This is why I don’t tend to go out on NYE. I like to be in my comfort zone, doing the things I want to, with the people I want to. This year it’s going to be at Cervidae Castle with Mr 8, and a bottle of Moet! A fabulous way to start the New Year I think!

For me, goals are those that I can achieve through hard work and determination, resolutions are those things I would really like to achieve but that may not be possible due to circumstances and events outside of your immediate control.

As I’ve also blogged I do intend to print out some of these goals and resolutions and have them posted around the house as a daily reminder. I know this really worked for my weight loss and I will start that reminder again too.

So enough of all that, let’s get into it!

Firstly, I still feel that weight loss is my main focus for 2014 in terms of personal goals.

Weight Loss Goal

Goal 1 – Get back to 30kgs lost – Achieved 15/1/14
Goal 2 – Reach my original GW
Goal 3 – 35kgs lost
Goal 4 – Reach UGW
Goal 5 – To fit into single digit size clothing (yes, that means size 8 or less) – Achieved 30/1/14 – wore a size 8 skirt to work today!

(I intend to notarise these as I achieve each goal).

I do think UGW will take the best part of the year but I’m in this for the long haul so I’m comfortable with that long range forecast.

Mini-Goal

From 1st January until 14th February I intend to be alcohol-free. I lost a tonne of weight this year whilst being alcohol free for 4 weeks, and as I have BIG goals to reach this year I want to kick it off with some really good losses.

Organised House

I did pretty good in 2013 and having to move twice did make me declutter quite a bit but I do still have a lot of things I don’t use often enough to really warrant keeping them. There are still a lot of things I can let go and as I keep unpacking I’ll also keep decluttering.

I’m also going to have a really organised house. As this house is so old there are many modern conveniences that I don’t have so being clean and tidy all the time will be important to keep the house in a ‘good place’.

Organised Work

After a year in this job, I’ve experienced all of our different race days, and now feel like I have some knowledge behind me in terms of how I can create an even better experience for our race day guests, our sponsors, and the public. 2014 will be the start of some new strategies and systems in order to maximise the experience of each guest on each race day.

2014 offers plenty of scope to develop existing race days and build on the new events from the past twelve months.

Bigger, better, and more beneficial is my aim for 2014.

Oh, and of course there is also that secret project!! < Yes it’s a two exclamation project 😉

Handmade Christmas

Christmas was little underdone this (despite having 5 trees) as I felt like I didn’t get the benefit of the whole experience a) because we moved house so late, b) the trees didn’t go up until December!, and c) I worked so much! So Christmas 2014 starts in January with the handmade Christmas project. Look out for blogs about fabulous handmade items (and no doubt terrible disasters too!).

First on the agenda is knitted bunting (if I can remember how to cast on lol).

Bucket List / Things I Want To Do

2014 will be time to tick some of these off, and I will create a separate blog listing them and write separately as I tick them off, but here are just a few:

– Photography course
– Buy a Grabone ticket to a destination I’ve never been to before
– Blog, blog, and more blogging

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