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Thursday, 20 October 2011

The Christmas countdown begins and my diet is ever-improving!

So 9 weeks to Christmas eh?! Cue hysteria! I'm still unemployed so Christmas is total panic-stations with money! Luckily I don't have many presents to buy but the social aspect doesn't come cheap. It really doesn't help that two weeks beforehand I'm going to Holland for 5 days to visit my sister who's studying there! Do NOT have a clue how I'll do this. I've a grand total of €60 saved! Oh well- I'll do it somehow, I'm sure!
I've also got a Christmas panto to look forward to (in January for some reason)! I was badgered into auditioning for a singing part but really nervous about the thought of singing solo, though I love singing at home and when I'm drunk! I think it's a little different to the karaoke I'm used to from my Korea days! So while it'll be exciting if I get the part, it'll also reduce me to a nervous wreck! I'm enjoying being involved regardless!
As far as health goes, I have another cold this week! >:( I've a huge appetite when I'm sick and I comfort-eat like a mo-fo! I was under the illusion that exercising while ill was, ahem, ill-advised! :P However, a spot of googling has informed me this is not strictly true so I'll be hitting up the gym later and then making Jamie Oliver's Chicken Madras (with a few adaptions, such as adding potatoes- LOVE a spicy curry with potatoes)! This will probably be followed by an Aero mousse (new addiction and around 100calories each) or two!!
9 weeks to my deadline for the 10stone mark. I doubt I'll be there but just gonna keep plodding on. The goal-setting is really just to keep myself in the mindset. End goal is still 9stone 12 or maybe 10 but once I'm around 10 stone I'll be chuffed to bits. As it is I'm doing well. I'm getting into size 10s (sometimes).
The pictures are from a HILARIOUS Friday night out a couple of weeks back. I'm wearing a size 10 dress from ASOS with an ASOS belt that in hindsight did not fit right! Such a fun night- they were playing 'back in the day' tracks. The highlight was undoubtedly Eiffell 65 'Blue Dabadee'! Hilarity!
Also, hit up Hop House, Parnell St, Dublin last week and had some mad good Korean food and booze with a friend from my Korea days! Soju and Hite! Eating Korean again after making MAJOR diet changes was such a revelation. I was at the height of my unhealthiness back in Korea and I missed out on so much yummy food because I was ridiculously picky. That was why my weight just ballooned- 90% of the time I ate the Western food that was available which was mainly fried or cheesy or both!
I'm still a fussy eater but I've come so far- I'm much more adventurous with food now and I'm really pleased with myself for that. I spent a year in Korea and the smell alone of kimchi put me off. Last week I ignored that and tried it. I can't say I loved it but it was ok and I ate bits of it throughout the meal just because! Major progress!
I'm now at a stage where I'm introducing new foods to my diet all the time. For example, a year ago I hated onions in any shape or form and now I use onion in my cooking almost daily! I've a long way to go to being a true foodie but I cook more and am waaay more open to trying things. I'm not always overly concerned with the calorie content of foods because, I think, the true path to healthy-eating lies in variety and openness and that's what I'm striving for! Onwards and upwards! I know I'm a healthy weight now and goal is inevitable whether it be sooner or later. For now I'm embracing new, ever-expanding varied diet!

Friday, 14 October 2011

Diet Myths debunked

 I found an interesting piece on diet/fitness myths on Livestrong. To read it click here.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

A to Z

A. Age: 26
B. Bed size: double
C. Chore you dislike: anything involving grease
D. Dogs: nope
E. Essential start to your day: something healthy
F. Favorite color: Purple
G. Gold or silver: both
H. Height: just a little under 5'6
I. Instruments you play(ed): I learned bits and pieces but never got any good at them and lost patience
J. Job title: currently none!
K. Kids: None
L. Live: West of Ireland
M. Mothers name: Helen
N. Nicknames: none that have stuck long term
O. Overnight hospital stays: Yeah- twice- when I'd my tonsils out and when the stitches burst a week later (was horrible)
P. Pet peeves: People who don't say please thank you or excuse me- simple words that are just common courtesy!
Q. Quote from a movie: none spring to mind.
R. Righty or lefty: Right
S. Siblings: 5 sisters
T. Time you wake up: usually 11pm-ish- gotta love not workin!
U. Underwear: I love french knickers and boy shorts. t-shirt/ plunge/ lace bras
V. Vegetables you don’t like: lettuce, turnip, parsnip and some other ones. I tend to like veg people like to cook eaten raw- eg raw carrots, raw mushrooms, raw broccoli. Think that's why I eat most my veg stirfried so it's just barely cooked.
W.What makes you run late: my total lack of organisation!
X. X-rays you’ve had: my broken front tooth and my busted ankle
Y. Yummy food you make: salt/chilli chicken, spag bol, butter chicken, chicken madras- yeah I like chicken-ha
Z. Zoo animal favorites: meh, dunno. elephants and monkeys are quite cool. havent been to a zoo in yeeeeeeears!

Moving the right way :)

Last weigh-in, on Thursday, I weighed 10stone11lbs! Woooo!!! Since then, however, I've been fairly relaxed about my healthy-eating and I'm away all week minding Finn which means I can't hit the gym and also means I will inevitably eat badly! Case in point= the last two nights I've had really bad indigestion which I attribute to white bread- which I dont even particulary like! So lets just see what the next weigh-in brings. Ten stone by Christmas- gonna aim for 9stone 12 but 2lbs out is acceptable! Ha! You always hear that the last stone is the hardest but think I've been doing really well of late (excluding the last couple of days obviously). Think I can do it?!!