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My Plan Has Arrived

Yaay!!! I was so excited to hear the “ping” of my emails yesterday and the arrival of my BodyCoach Plan… It’s here, it’s here!!!

I couldn’t really get a good look at it when it first came through because I was doing my training for Oncology Massage, in the West End, so I emailed it to my husband and asked him to download and print it out. He actually hole punched it and added it to a folder which made it even easier to look through.

So, I had decided to go for the vegetarian option. I’m not completely veggie but I wanted to keep costs low and get as much nutrients into me as possible and I think that this is a really good way to do it. I will miss chicken most and there’s different types of fish that I wouldn’t normally eat but I knew this before I signed up, so it’s not at all a shock or disappointment. I did have my friend Jo send hers over and some of her meat recipes look great, but I know I made the right decision.

I like that there are a lot of amazing recipes to choose from, and I mean a lot in cycle 1. I was nervous that there wouldn’t be but safe to say that there is no chance that I’ll be lost for ideas. The only thing that I have to say is that there isn’t a lot of snack ideas but as it’s only cycle 1, I’m not going to complain and moan about it!

Now, the whole idea is 3 main meals with two snacks in between and at least 3 litres of water.. on rest days, all meals are low carb and in training days, I have a refuel meal at least 60-90 mins after my HIIT session. This is more than I am used to eating in a day but I think this is also one of the reasons why I have gained weight.

We decided last night that I could have a last take away and a bottle of fizz! Here’s what we had… chicken fried rice, chick balls, chips and egg rolls! Oh, and a bottle of prosecco.

Tonight I will go shopping and pick up the things that I will need for the next 4 days recipes. I’ll do my first HIIT in the morning and I’ll probably head on over to Instagram and YouTube for my very first impressions.

I have done a lot of HIIT in the past with @Gymguymark so it won’t be a shocker for me although I’m really not all that fit at the moment! I’m also used to having 1 hr sessions so 30 mins is going to seem really odd and almost incomplete for me. I do love exercise, but I just got so busy studying and caught up with starting my own business as well as having two young kids, that I lost myself.

I’ll post my “before” pics, and measurements, tomorrow… well maybe not the pics but my weight reading. I hope to achieve a lot in the next 4 weeks… it’s almost 4 weeks to the day that I turn 40!

Yikes!

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Count Down To BodyCoach

I’m planning and plotting… hoping and wishing… that things will be different this time…

What am I talking about? Fitness and weight loss! I know that they will be because I am ready to take on the challenge with the help of my friend Jo over at Mummy’sKnee (who will already be a week ahead by the time I receive my plan). We have discussed and supported one another a lot this week, positivity seeping from our pores and building a camaraderie that even Spider-Man could not penetrate!

In the picture above, you’ll see my “Fit Book”, which my husband bought for me last year and I have yet to use. I plan on using this to plan my weekly meals and chart my exercise that I will do over and above the HIT given by my BodyCoach Plan.

I did a practice run of meal prepping last wk, using some vegan recipes from one of my favourite cook books, made by “The Happy Pear“. I LOVE this cook book and I love how they started their business and healthier lifestyle. I would highly recommend it and watching their YouTube videos because some recipes are so quick and easy, not to mention nutritious!

Here are some of the meals that I made;

They helped me to balance my macros and make sure that I was getting everything that I needed nutrition wise. I didn’t find myself dipping in sugar levels and therefore I no longer needed to have the cup of coffee or chocolate biscuit in the afternoon which has been my norm for longer than I care to admit.

I am also finding that food prep makes me less inclined to crave other foods, like take aways as a treat and I don’t feel the need to say “ach, I’ll just have 1 treat night “. I don’t need to because no take away is going to measure up to homemade “fakeaways”. I don’t have that bloated feeling and I know exactly what’s going into my body, plus saving money at the same time.

So I go to bed now and eagerly await my emails coming through tomorrow… I shall dream of weights, vegetables and all things healthy! Actually, no.. I’m not that bad… yet! I just can’t wait to get the plan through!

BodyCoach

Well… the time has come and I have researched and looked into it for a few months now. I’ve decided to go with Joe Wicks and do his 90 day 90 day sss plan

I turn 40 on the 16th of November and since qualifying and studying to become a Complimentary Therapist and losing my Dad, I’ve let my body go. I’ve turned into a tired hot mess with very little motivation and I’ve packed on the pounds.

I signed up after a fellow blogger did the same and we are going to motivate one another! I’ve added a YouTube channel but not sure if I’ll publish that on the blog just now… maybe when I start seeing results?

I plan on utilising the superb personal trainer known by most on twitter, as @gymguymark who will keep me on my toes with the HIIT stuff. This is possibly the best trainer in Glasgow, and he works from @WesternTennisClub in Hyndland. He trains some pretty high profile folks and with his agreement he may even allow me to film one of our sessions!

So why The Body Coach? Well…. he’s motivational, knows his shit and let’s people eat and not restrict themselves. We all know what restriction does to our bodies and I’m living proof of that! I think some of my difficulties might be bread and wine. I generally have toast every morning so I think I might need to get myself into the habit of trying oats because it’s quick, easy and nutritious.

Also, the thing I like about Joe is that he really does encourage people. You have a bad day? That’s ok and normal! Just start again. He understands that people have real life to deal with and he allows for that. I have a lot of time for someone who “gets it”.

Could I do this on my own without the help from BodyCoach and their supporters? At this point in my life, not very well. We can all do these things but I’m of the mindset just now of needing more encouragement and support. I’ve already had that the minute I signed up. I received emails and a tweet from Joe himself, congratulating me on being in board and seeing my progress.

I’m going to do this, I’m going to achieve and I’m going to encourage others who feel similar about themselves, to grab their fitness and eating by the balls!

I’ve started prep….

I will get into his hall of fame and maybe even meet the fella!

Holiday Count Down

It’s that time of year when I always get homesick and as I started a new path in life this year, I had told friends and family that I was going to stay home this year and concentrate on building my new business. However, when the nights get lighter,we have a glimpse of the sun and I see regular updates and picture of things taking place at home… I want to return home. So I might if finances allow and I do think it will.

This year though,my best friend is coming over from Canada with her daughter and I will have my little bit of Canada at home, We plan on going to London,one of the Islands,camping and various other things which will make the 11 days that they are here,pass by very quickly but with memories to last a lifetime. I’m really lucky that I have friends in my life that I do as different ones have visited over the years and have taken time out not to mention spent a lot of money coming over. so I am very grateful to them for their efforts.

Since we are going to be doing differen’t things, I thought that after passing my diploma, and gaining a second income that I would treat myself to a new wardrobe.I haven’t shopped much for myself as this past year studying has been so busy and with working and family life, it meant that I didn’t really look after myself much and weight has piled on but I am addressing that.  So on one nightshift,I was looking through the usual websites and found something new , and I started spending money.. This is my first choice for our dinner in London,will be this “Self Portrait Black Dress”

I chose it as it’s slightly differeren’t to what I would normally choose for myself but that is what the next year will be about for me now that the presure is off and I no longer have to worry about loads of assignments needing to be handed in. I might actually learn howto finally apply make up .. better late than never! I want to get healthier as I really have let myself go and I don’t feel healthy at all. I am going back to my clean eating and getting the kids and husband involved again. It feels good to have made that decision and if the kids help out in making dinners and lunches,they will be more inclined to eat healthier with me. Don’t get me wrong,they are pretty good with fruit and veg but ideally, I’dlike to eradicate sweets altogether.

As for new and healthier lifestyle, I reckon I can get back down to my previous weight and I think my goal will be a night away with my husband,hotel,dinner and theatre wearing this dress :)

Image 1 of Needle & Thread Voluminous Tulle Embellished Dress

It’ a color that I don’t usually go for and I hope it suits membut teamed with some lovely shoes and jacket,I might be able to pull it off! What do you think?

For now,its time for a walk and to be on count down to my best friend coming and to start my healthy eating regime again. I will be updating my health and fitness part of the blog in the next few days and its great to be blogging again after what seems forever.  I do hope that my progress will motivate some of you who feel stuck in a rut and want to make that first step.  You owe it to yourself,first and foremost!

 

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!

 

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