Tuesday, 20 September 2016

The Big Journey: Weekly Update

How has it already been a week since THAT post.

I am so ridiculously overwhelmed by the response it got from everyone. If you haven't read it and have no idea what I'm rambling on about, you can read it here. I just want to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who commented on the post and messaged me directly giving me support, tips and advice. If anything it's motivated me even more than I was before. It's starting to sound like I'm accepting an award, so let's move on...

In light of the response I got, I'm going to be writing little weekly updates - these will just be very short posts because I know people wanted to keep up with how I was doing. 

So... this week? It's been alright! Could have gone better, but could have also gone a LOT worse! 

EATING

My eating habits have changed massively already! Most days this week, I have eaten a bigger breakfast (usually cornflakes/rice krispies with milk, or scrambled eggs on toast - I know a lot of people advised me to cut out semi-skimmed milk and bread completely, but both I love way too much... ALL IN MODERATION PEOPLE!)

The majority of this week I have been able to get through from about 9am when I eat breakfast, to around 3-4pm when I get home with eating just an oat and raisin cookie and drinking water. I have found out that water really does take away the hunger - loads of people told me that but I never thought it'd have that much of an impact. Also, side note - are oat and raisin cookies okay to eat on a diet? I have no bloody clue, but they're delicious!

For dinner, it's pretty much just chicken and veg every night. I bought breaded chicken in all sorts of shapes and sizes in Aldi - I would buy just plain chicken breasts but I have a weird thing about chicken when it's just a white lump on your plate.. it's N-A-S-T-A-Y. I fill up mostly on veg for dinner - broccoli, carrots, that kind of stuff. For someone who despises vegetables, I think I'm doing a pretty good job. I crush garlic and boil it in the water with the veg - god knows if this actually makes any difference but I think it tastes nicer!

If I'm still hungry, or feel peckish at all between dinner and going to bed, I'll have a small bowl of greek yoghurt with strawberries and raspberries. I do a naughty with this and sprinkle a tiny bit of caster sugar over the top because otherwise I'm pulling a sour lemon face constantly. Sugar just makes it way more enjoyable!

Now for the naughties of this week... I have not built up enough will power to say no to the foods I absolutely love. On Friday, I went into McDonalds with three other people and sat there for the majority of the time not eating anything. I eventually gave in and had a cheeseburger, but that is all I had. I know it sounds really weak of me, but I would usually completely pig out and have a meal, and sometimes a cheeseburger on the side. It will take some time for me to be able to go into McDonalds and say no to absolutely everything. Naughty naughty. 

After the memory walk I did (read the post here), we went into the pub to celebrate our triumph! I had a meal (southern fried burger with chips), and I went for a desert too (caramel apple crumble). I know this is VERY bad of me when I'm on a diet, but I'm going to make up for it this following week by doing more exercise and eating even more healthily. 

I'M SORRY!!!

EXERCISE

Another positive note, exercise is going smashingly *Nigel Thornberry reference*. My friend Jack is being a good sport and coming with me on my runs (mostly because it's starts to get dark when I run so I need some support in getting through the pitch black without being absolutely petrified I'm going to get murdered). I'm still building up my stamina - I know it's going to take so much time to get to the point where I can continuously go for the duration of my run without stopping, but I want to be at that point one day.

I have been on two runs this week, and pairing that with the amount of walking I do for my job means that I've done a decent amount of activity. It's better to start easy and slowly increase the amount you're doing - if I jumped in and ran every other day I would be easily put off of it and I would probably give up on going. 

During one of the runs I did this week, we cut the actual running time short and instead climbed up St. Catherine's hill. If you know the Winchester area well, you will know that climbing St. Catherine's hill is an absolute trek, especially for someone who is as fit as me - aka not fit at all. 


Via: Look how pretty it is... that little winding path up the middle of it is the steps

The hill (according to this website) stands 70 metres above the river valley with over one hundred steps climbing up the side of it. 100 steps doesn't seem all too bad, but it's the complete uneven-ness of them that make it even harder to climb. But the view when you get to the top is incredible, so it kind of makes it all worth-while (aw... soppy).



I also did the memory walk this week (I mentioned this earlier in the post), which was another form of exercise - I walked about 6.5km (11.5km in total for the whole day), and just under 16,000 steps. I'm going to say this excused the cheeseburger I had in McDonalds...

And there you have it! My 'little' update. I promise these will be shorter and shorter every time I write them so you don't have to spend too much time reading them! I know I'm entertaining and what not, but I know you all have other things to be doing *winky face*... side note: is it actually acceptable to use emojis in blog posts? You don't see it that often...

Are you trying to lose weight too? Get in touch with me on any of my social media, I absolutely love talking to other people about this 'issue'!
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