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Insomnia,Sugar Withdrawal& Realisations

It’s Friday morning, 03:30am and I’m up…. I’m currently going through my Body Coach 90 Day SSS Plan and really reading it through. I went to bed last night around 21:00 and when I do that, I generally wake at this time before getting back to sleep again around 5am. Not good when you have a small child to look after and the school run to do but hey ho… it’s probably temporary.

I had a bad first day I of the plan, or should I saw half day? Yes, half day. I got up before my alarm and then did my HIIT with the dog as my faithful work out partner. I came home, had my build up bagel and then went for a sleep after prepping some pancakes.

About an hour later, I went to bed for a few hours as I was really tired which meant that I missed lunch and before I could have it, I needed to go and do the school run. I was “hangry”. It was then that I just started feeling dreadful… I found a group on Facebook and they kindly let me join and answered some questions that I had.

It seems that despite not having sugar much in my diet, I may be going through a bit of a withdrawal but also a codeine one as I was using it a lot due to pulling my back a few wks ago. This lightbulb moment only occurred to me a few mins or so ago.

My skin feels itchy, I feel like I have the flu, my anxiety levels are high, I have a sore head and I just feel generally like shit.

However, I have thought a lot about my goals and what I want to achieve and why I signed up for this. In hindsight another revelation was that I achieve most of my goals because I’m an incredibly driven person and I fear failure. The things that I have set my mind to have been incredible and things I have put myself through both mentally and physically …. well there’s been a lot, but one thing I haven’t been able to master is my weight.

My weight gain came after my daughter was born and I was experiencing post natal depression. I did manage to lose a bit and I was doing well but the depression took over as did the increase of alcohol (I wasn’t an alcoholic but consumed probably more than I would normally), and with that, the poor food choices and the lack of energy to be active. I see this clearly now for what it is.

When my Dad suddenly passed away 3 years ago, the same thing happened… alcohol and food to numb out the feelings… also the so called “fun nights” with bad choices and what I thought to be self confidence. As I write this, I am shedding a few tears because things suddenly start making sense… I can and I will do this… I’m in the frame of mind and although I know there will be some “hiccups” along the way, it’s not going to be any worse than the rock bottom that I have experienced in the past.

So just to wrap things up before trying to get to sleep…

• I can do this, there is enough food (poss too much) and anyone reading this, YOU can do this!

• Sugar withdrawal is a bastard

• Food prep is good but don’t get the fear if you can’t! Even if it’s just a breakfast or snack, it does help.

• Swap! use the tool that allows for this because life is too short to be eating things you don’t want to eat!

• You will achieve your goal, and sometimes it takes some sugar withdrawal and insomnia, for clarification

• We are controlled by our emotions when making food and alcohol choices, more than we might want to admit.

• If you know that you don’t like a certain food, swap the ass out of it! I made a salmon ball thing and it was rank. To me. I fucking hate salmon with a passion. The dog got that.

So that wraps up day 1… I may not blog everyday but you can find me and my ramblings over on Instagram! I’m now off to wax the tache, shave my legs and go back to sleep!

Lake of Menteith  Hotel:A review

Last night , my husband and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary in the beautifully set , Lake of Menteith hotel.

I had been looking for a hotel which wasn’t far from home but long enough away that made us feel like we were far enough from the city and we could breathe!

I was on Twitter and someone had mentioned it when asking for suggestions not to far from Glasgow , and after viewing their site I liked where it was and it looked stunning. I contacted them via Twitter and called them the next day to make further arrangements (we booked the Lake Superior room)including dinner.

We set off a bit later in the evening once we dropped the kids and dog off, and arrived shortly before 7pm. We were shown around the hotel before going up to our room and I do believe after seeing how lovely it was, that we chose appropriately.
  
We loved the huge bed and the beautiful bathroom which made me quite glad that we decided to take some bubble bath with us and I’m sure you’ll agree! I also loved the small touches to the room such as the tunnocks tea cakes and tunnocks caramel logs, and coffee machine.

  
After relaxing for a bit before dinner which was booked for 8pm,we headed down to the lounge and had a drink before being seated. I didn’t take pictures of the food because it was packed and I felt it wasn’t appropriate to do so. We both had a starter and main, both were super delicious and so filling that we couldn’t have a desert. I should also mention that the staff kindly brought us a complimentary glass of prosecco!

We then went to the bar area where there was a roaring fire and it was a perfect way to end a very relaxing evening.  

 
When we went up to our room, I fully utilised the lovely roll top bath tub and poured myself a bubble bath whilst my husband relaxed and watched some TV.

  
 I could have stayed  in it forever but I needed to get up and go downstairs to get some wifi to check up on the kids. I used this opportunity to order another glass of prosecco and enjoy the fire. It was then my husbands turn to enjoy the bath tub and he did stay in it for ages 

 This morning , we got to admire the beautiful view whilst we ate breakfast and despite the rain,I found it very atmospheric. Later on it decided to snow which made it even more beautiful.  


We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will certainly be back. The staff were extremely accommodating and are a credit to the hotel. 
*A special thank you to Jean for arranging our stay and generous discount.  

Beefeater Does Christmas!

I received an email asking me  to review The Castle Beefeater’s, new Full On Festive menu and being a fan of all things Christmas, I thought “why not”? It’s possibly going to be one of the few nights out that I have due to work and study and it gave me a chance to catch up with a friend and my cousin.

Our reservation was booked for 7:30pm and although it was a horribly stormy night, I’m very glad that we ventured out to the restaurant over in Newton Mearns for what would be a lovely evening with gorgeous melt in you mouth food and such wonderful and accommodating staff. We had already emailed with our choice of food and I think on reading it, I was already salivating at the choices!

We were greeted by Alastair – one of the managers, and he showed us to our table, took our orders for drinks and explained that our food which was pre ordered, was ready for us when were were. Our waitress for the majority of the evening was the lovely Kirsty and we also spoke with Chris who helped us when we had a tiny issue with one of our steaks… Now, when I say issue- this is not a negative, it was a minor detail as to how one of the steaks would be cooked. I have been in many restaurants and this one really exceeded my expectations on many levels. When we asked for the steak to be returned for further cooking, we had the full plate replaced with all fresh items and offered food in between it being cooked as well.

  
For our starters, two of us had the crispy garlic and herb breaded mushrooms and the other had tomato soup with roasted red pepper. Both were very well presented and also incredibly tasty. I have to admit when agreeing to sample their menu, I wasn’t expecting the food to be so fresh and tasty and  thought it was going to be your usual pub/chain type of choice where everything is deep friend in a gallon of fat and oil. There was so many different things to choose from and I think I need to go back to try it all!

  
After our starter, our main arrived – Fillet Steak Rossini –  oh my word, It was amazing! The steak was one of the best that I have ever tasted, it was cooked exactly how I liked it and the meat was very tender. Being a fan of steak myself and often cooking Fillet Mignon for the family, this was better than anything that I have produced and I’m pretty good at cooking! Along with the steak which was served on top of toasted ciabatta, it was topped with a smooth chicken liver pate.  It was served with Dauphinoise Potatoes and slow roasted tomato and mushroom and beef jus.

  
At this point, we were stuffed to the brim and thankfully asked by Kirsty if we had wanted to wait a bit before our desert was brought out. We chatted for some time and then decided to see what was next, which was Chocolate Melt in the Middle Pudding, and for the other, Sundae with Orange Matchmakers. Spoiled was the theme of the night and spoiled was certainly what we experienced which is why I will be recommending this restaurant to my friends, family and anyone else who will listen! There are also many lovely items on the menu different to what we chose, such as the traditional turkey with all of the trimmings, cod loin with champagne sauce, mushroom and brie wellington, and a double steak festive burger.. See what  mean about being spoiled for choice?!  The children’s menu is also quite varied and will satisfy their taste buds with a choice of soup, poppin chicken, cheesy garlic bread, roast turkey, cod cubes, chips and peas, macaroni and cheese, and a 4oz flat iron steak. Also, note that kids under 3, eat free!

I have never considered going out for dinner on Christmas Day but after having this meal, in this particular restaurant and with such lovely staff, I do believe next year might actually be that first for us as a family. The atmosphere, friendliness and good quality food was enough to change my mind. For us, food is obviously the decider on where to go but to feel so welcomed by the staff .. they deserve to be highly praised. If you want to book with them, pop in and get a menu, place your order and let them take care of everything because you won’t be disappointed.

  • Thank you so very much, to Kirsty, Alastair, and Chris, along with  The Castle Beefeater , for having us and many thanks to the chef for producing such amazing food!

 

Story Fest : St Enoch Centre

  
Last week M and I were invited along to the St Enoch’s Centre in Glasgow, to be part of “Story Fest”, to meet and hear Author Lyn Nicol , read from one of her “Badger The Mystical Mutt”, books. We both had a great time hearing about Badger and she engaged really well with the other children who also attended. It was so lovely to be part of this event, its a magical experience to not only meet an author but to also hear them read one of their books aloud. We had some photos taken with Lyn at the end and she signed M’s book as well. We have since purchased more of her books, they tell a story but they also deliver messages within.

   
We loved how the St Enoch’s centre was transformed into a pop up library with comfy bean bag chairs and fake grass. It certainly drew in the children who were round about, shopping with their families as it was half term. I think to have a “library” to stop at, read for a little bit, should be a permanent fixture as it does encourage children to do more reading and adults to sit and spend time engaging with our kids rather than be distracted by our phones etc.

I love that the St Enoch Centre has events like these, this was in conjunction with Glasgow City Libraries,  and it wasn’t just our event that was run but there were creative workshops, other author appearances, the lending library and readings of books. All of these events were free, and its exciting to see how the Children’s book festival will develop throughout the years. I’m a huge advocate for families spending time together and reading to one another because not only does it help children with learning, vocabulary, and expanding their minds, it also means finding that hour or so a day/night in a busy and hectic life that we all seem to be living these days.

   

 As part of our experience, we were kindly gifted with a goody bag, which was very special as it had something for all of us in it.. From the Chocolate, from Hotel Chocolat, A HUGE stuffed Olaf from Debenhams , and a very kind gesture from the St Enoch Centre which will come in handy for Christmas shopping, a £50 voucher . We also received a Voucher from Optical Express for £50 and my husband will be using this as he needs new glasses – will help him with reading to the children at night! I have to say that Optical Express is amazing, I had my laser eye treatment from them and their service is absolutely fantastic!

We had a lovely experience, my daughter is so keen to get her books out at night and if you haven’t already got a library card, I highly recommended that you go to your nearest one. There’s a whole new world out there waiting for you, filled with adventure, learning and entertainment. The whole family can get involved! Go on, choose your own adventure!

 

 

James Bond Giveaway!

 

It’s nearly time for one of our favourite film series to release a new installment! “Spectre” will see Daniel Craig return in October, as 007 – personally my fav actor so far to have taken on the role in the history of James Bond apart from Sean Connery of course! What better way to celebrate the release than with a competition! Discount Supplements are offering you the chance to win a fabulous ‘Bond Kit’.

 

The kit consists of everything an adventurous and sophisticated Bond wannabe would need including:

Pitrok CRYSTAL deodorant for men – the 100% natural deodorant with Aloe Vera and Grapefruit Seed Extract with a masculine fragrance.

Health Aid Interfresh Capsules – these capsules freshen breathe after any meal and aid digestion.

Green People Organic Scrub- with shea butter, bamboo and grapefruit this organic scrub will attract the ladies.

 We have three kits to giveaway! All you need to do is click on this link a Rafflecopter giveaway

Prize supplied by Discount Supplements,specialists suppliers of protein powder.

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