Thursday, 31 October 2013

NSV Thursday!

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So my NSV this week? The fact that after falling off track at the beginning of the week I’ve spent yesterday and taking steps to get myself back on track. I’ve visited the sports shop more times than I care to admit buying and exchanging trainers, but I finally have the ones I wanted without getting bullied into buying something else (which happened the first 2 times, d’oh!). They are a tad larger than I would like as they don’t do half sizes, but other than that I know they are the right choice for me.
Yesterday I also visited the super-market on the way back from the sports shop, and bought more Halloween candy. Not only did I go for malteasers (malt balls) which are a lighter option so that I can indulge without it being a big deal but also aside from 1 treat sized pack it’s still all there! I made a huge pot of soup for my lunches and a game plan for dinners.
I don’t want to give the impression that its been all doom and gloom around here, so I’m going to share an incident from the weekend that has had my loving friends and family laughing. On Saturday we were trawling around all the  outdoors shops for some walking sandals for my parents holiday (we aren’t a family of forward planners). Anyway we were in the fancy outdoor shop, and I got  excited by a children’s backpack made to turn children into a crocodile (can we just take a moment to appreciate how awesome that is?). Anyway one of the employees came over and showed me the ladybird version that had a hood attached with eyes and antennae!!! And then he was telling me about other options, including ones with wings, I continue to be supremely disappointed it doesn’t come in adult sizes. Anyway as we were leaving mum said you do realise he liked you right? I dismissed her, but dad said oh no he definitely like you, as my dad is universally acknowledged to be clueless it is especially bad that he noticed. SO I’m not sure what the most awkward part of this story is, the fact that I’m the only one that didn’t notice or the fact he was hitting on me in-front of my parents?


Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Weigh in wednesday confessional

Weigh In Wedneday
 
OK so I wasn’t going to post today, let alone join this link-up but then I realised that defeats the purpose of blogging entirely, how can it be an accountability tool if I’m not completely honest? SO here goes. I slept badly (which is always the start of things going wrong for me, this girl needs at least 8hrs sleep to function properly). So I woke up Monday and it wasn’t off to a great start. Also My parents disappeared in the wee hours of the morning to sunnier climes for a break..... so we have the beginnings of the conditions required for a perfect storm. It took me a while to get the day and going and didn’t start to get ready for my run until after lunch. As soon as I put the new running shoes on I knew something wasn’t right, I forgot to take my toe-toe socks shopping with me so I just tried them on with normal trainer socks, I thought the 6 would be fine but I knew the moment I tried them on with my weird toe socks I could actually do with an extra half size. And as my froggy shoes have completely  fallen apart I couldn’t go out in them. I thought about returning them immediately but there is a severe weather warning in the area and I didn’t fancy driving out to town in it (I’ve only got a little car and it tends to get buffeted around by the wind). And obviously the only response was to eat all the candy we had in for Halloween, bad but not tragic, as I was still within MFP calorie allowance. Then work wise things didn’t go for very well and I was feeling sorry for myself so I went to the shop and bought MORE chocolate. Which I followed up with a full fry-up. I felt terrible afterwards, my body did not appreciate all the junk.
And I woke up on Tuesday weighing more, after another bad nights sleep, weighed in at an extra 1.5lbs. I decided to do some research on the running shoes I bought, turns out they probably aren’t quite what I need. So then I started to do some research into shoes to exchange them for and got all over-whelmed and stressed out. And then because I’m irrational and I already weighed an extra 1.5lbs obviously means that I should throw in the towel and eat with abandon.
But enough is enough. Today I haven’t made the best choices, lots of processed food, but still within my calorie allowance. After I hit the post button I’m going to shower and go into town and exchange my shoes. And tomorrow I will just start with a clean slate.
One day I will over-come this emotional dependence on food that leads to binging, but it is taking less time for me to recognise my destructive behaviour and stop it.
SO my goal for this coming week, to un-do the damage and maybe a little more. And to get back to cleaner eating habits, which means I need to plan my meals ect.
I hope everyone had a better weekend!

Friday, 25 October 2013

Brain dump Friday!

So excited that it’s the weekend folks!
 

·         I went to the fancy pants running shop but came away without any new friends. I have normal feet (the only time I’ve been called normal! They said I have a slight over-pronation on my left foot but as I’ve been running with vibrams for so long and haven’t had any problems he would recommend sticking to a shoe with light support. Which is what I already figured, also confirmed that I wanted a lightweight shoe with a low profile and a low heel to toe drop. I guess its good to know that I was definitely on the right lines but they only had 1 shoe that fitted those requirements and I wasn’t 100% sold on them and as they cost £100 (c. $160) I decided to give it a miss. Now I know that I don’t need any special support I might just hit-up the high street and see if I can find something there. Although I am tempted to just buy more froggy shoes but I’m worried that further down the line I’ll be wishing I had a tad more cushioning. Curses on the local council for closing my trail route, this would all be so much easier if I wasn’t running on the road!!

·         Oh and I had to run on a treadmill, we did not get along apparently I looked like bambi on ice, except less co-ordinated!

·          A friend of mine is dieting at the moment and she sent me a text yesterday to say it was fish and chip night but that she’d removed all the batter from her fish. I’m sure she was telling me so I could congratulate her on the MASSIVE amount of willpower that must have taken, but all I could think was what a waste of perfectly good batter :s .  I could be missing the point.

·         Went to a pub quiz last night with a bunch of folks form church. I wore my new blouse and new cardigan, mustard and navy stripes go right????

 
 
·         Also look I have actual froggy shoes on. Have you guys ever come across a brand called irregular choice, I love alot of their stuff, its lipstick but its so high maintenance, after it’s worn off I can never be bothered with the re-application/up-keep required #lazygirlproblems!

·       I love the look of bold lipstick but its so high maintenance, after it’s worn off I can never be bothered with the re-application/up-keep required #lazygirlproblems!

·         Said pub quiz was £1 entry and came with a free sausage bap, I tried so hard to resist but at 10.30pm the smell was over-whelming and it was soooooo good!

·         My obsession with frozen yoghurt continues un-abated, I may or may not have finished an entire 750ml tub in a week. Maybe, I’m admitting nothing!

·         I have no idea what pie to do this week :s

·         I still have a massive bruise on my arm from donating blood! Its been over a week, fade already!

·         What does everyone think about organ donation? I was watching Emily Owens MD the other day and it was a bit of a theme on the show (btw slightly obsessed with that show). Anyway it got me thinking about it, I know its a great thing to do, but the thought of it makes me feel........icky. I’d love to know what you guys think!

Right a spot of work and then a run is on the cards for me today. I hope you all have a fantabulous weekend!

 

Toodles!

Thursday, 24 October 2013

NSV thursday!

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Eh up folks its NSV Thursday, when we celebrate the victories that the scale doesn’t always appreciate.
 
So after re-reading yesterday’s post I’m willing to concede that I may be overly attached to my running shoes. A regular person would be concerned by this, me, I’m making it my NSV. If you had told me 3 years ago (the first time I attempted to get into running) that I would grow to love it and become so attached to a pair of running shoes I would have laughed so hard I would have burnt a gazillion calories! So yeah my attachment to my froggy shoes may be a little weird but I’m OK with that because it just goes to show how much I have changed since I first started down this road of living a healthier life.
 Also I have been tracking like a boss! Tracking is always something I struggle with, as an intrinsically lazy person it seems like alot of effort! But using MFP has really helped, sure when I try out a new recipe and have to log each individual ingredient I want to scream in frustration, but once its recorded as one of my recipes it makes life so much easier!
 
And I may still be obese but I’m definitely noticing changes in my body and the way clothes are fitting which is a nice NSV too.
 

All in all this week has been pretty awesome!
How did everyone else do?
 
P.S tonight I’m off to a fancy pants running shop where they are going to record me jogging on a treadmill and then tell me what shoes to buy. Last time I bought shoes from a fancy pants shop like this they became a very expensive pair of dust collectors as they hurt so much so let’s hope it works out better this time! 

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Weigh in wednesday and a goodbye to a faithful companion

Weigh in Wednesday!!!
Weigh In Wedneday
 
Sooooooo I was all excited about this. I thought getting down to 189 meant I no-longer had an obese bmi, and that I was just over-weight. I have no idea where I got that theory from though because it is completely and utterly wrong, I need to get all the way down to 185, I’m really bummed about this, I was so super excited to think I was just over-weight. Oh well, I’ll get there eventually its just not this week. However, this morning when I weighed in I was only 188, which means a 3lb loss this week, which totally makes up for still being obese lol! I NEVER loose 3lbs, most weeks I loose 1, if its been an especially good week I’ll loose 2 so I am over the moon with this loss. All this pie must agree with me ;)

 
Moving on as well as this awesome news, I have some sad news to share. My beloved froggy shoes (known to normal people as vibram 5 fingers) are dying. They are currently holding onto life by a hairs breath, they have recently had to have emergency surgery, the material on the Big toe split, and several of the toes (4 to be precise) have been worn through and have been patched up with puncture repair kits. Some people would say that this means that they are well past being due to be replaced but I’m emotionally attached to them. I think it may be time to say goodbye, but letting go is so hard.

Switching to these shoes was a turning point for me, I actually started to enjoy running. We’ve been together for 3 years my frog shoes and I and in that time we’ve been through a lot together. They’ve forgiven me countless times when I have broken up with running only to come crawling back later, they never held a grudge for the months of neglect they suffered. They’ve been there for me through disastrous lab incidents, emergency funding meetings, these shoes were there to help me burn off some energy. They have stood by me when we were ridiculed by well meaning members of the public, farmers, dog walkers, cyclists, it didn’t matter because we knew we were the perfect match. We have run dirt bike race courses together and have a shared love of mud. I mean sure you are a bit hazardous in the rain due to your amazingly smooth soles but that’s OK no-one is perfect. I wrote a love letter here declaring my love for them and why we go together like apples and  cinnamon. Then we hit a rocky patch when trail running was no-longer available and we had to venture out on the roads, there was even our first ever injury but we’ve worked through it. I’m just not sure I’m ready to let you move on to that shoe closet in the sky.
I have this fear, this nagging suspicion that if I say good bye to you now that we’ll be forever parted. You see running on the road isn’t your forte, and if that’s what I’m going to have to do for 6 months or so then maybe I need to try out a different shoe. Sure you’ll be dead, but I can’t help but feel that even from beyond the grave this will feel like a huge betrayal. So I’m sorry frog shoes, I just don’t know what to do for the best, just know that whatever happens you’ll always hold a special place in my heart as the shoes that taught me how to love running.
 
So this weekend I will be saying goodbye to my beloved froggy shoes and venturing out into the big wide world in search of a new running companion, it’s all a little bit daunting but it’s time. So if anyone has any suggestions for my new running bff feel free to let me know.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Pie Tuesday!!!

It’s pie Tuesday again!

I like pie. And now thanks to pie Tuesday I like Tuesdays, win! Oh and just a heads up your definition of pie may be different to mine, as long as it says pie in the recipie title I’m sold, also if I think it resembles pie, like hot-pot does. Anyho, I love this pie so much. And the way I make it works out at 589 calories (I reduce the potatoes and meat down to 3 peoples worth but keep everything else the same because mmmmm veg), but I suspect if you make it properly it’ll be even less! But whatever way you make it this pie tastes soooo good you’ll soon be wandering how you ever lived your life without it!

Bacon and vegetable pie (makes 4)
794g potatoes (the floury kind which makes good mash)
198g carrots, finely chopped
100g green beans, finely chopped
100g courgettes, finely chopped
100g celery, finely chopped
283g lean bacon, all visible fat removed and roughly chopped 9again I'm talking about bacon medaions or canadian bacon here folks)
1 large onion
3 eggs
511g Ham, roughly chopped
4tsp parsely
198 fat free onion and chive cottage cheese
100g frozen peas
 
-       Boil and mash the potatoes

-       Boil carrots, beans, courgettes and celery

-       Stir-fry bacon and onion

-       Whisk the eggs, parsley and cottage cheese

-       Mix veg with above then add in potatoes and spread into oven-proof casserole dish.

-       Sprinkle with grated low fat cheese (100g ish) and bake for 35-45 @180

Stuff your face with the ridiculously generous portion this gives and then drift off into a pie induced food coma!
Also I apologise for being the world's worst blogger and forgetting to take photos. Especially as I only remembered after this fail of an attempt at dishing-up!
 

If anyone else has healthy pie recipes they think deserve a spot on pie Tuesday let me know. There is no such thing as too much pie!
 
Toodles!

Monday, 21 October 2013

Monday catch-up

Eh up!

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend?

Mine started off disastrously. Majorly so. I burnt dinner in a big way. I was making the chicken cacciatore, and I added thickener too early (I was attempting to have dinner ready for when my parents came home) and it burnt. The house reeked. Actually I can’t smell at the moment (stupid cold) but I have been reliably informed the house stunk. Whoops! Which meant another takeaway and not eating until nearly 9pm, I get cranky if I’m not fed regularly folks!
Saturday started off very lazy, with me staying in bed for a ridiculously long time to finish my book. I eventually surfaced and went into town to buy new glasses as mine are falling apart, epic fail on that front folks! Anyway whilst in town i visited H&M my very favourite cardigan source as some of my cardis are falling apart and are in desperate need of replacement. Anyway I did get 2 new cardis a grey and a mustard (branching out woo) still in need of a navy. I also got a blouse in a UK 16 which the label informs me is a US 12! Which is exciting!


By the time I got home it was dark so no run for me, which was a blessing in disguise as I think the extra rest time is probably good for me. I hate running with a cold, breathings harder and you can’t blow your nose effectively  whilst moving!
 
My shopping spree inspired me to come home and clear out my wardrobe not just of things that no-longer fit but also stuff I don’t enjoy wearing or don’t think I’ll want to wear again. I came across 4 pairs of jeans all the same size, US 12 UK 16 and 2 of them were too big the other 2 were too small, how does that happen!!!! I ended up getting rid of all of them, even if I could shrink into the remaining 2 they just aren’t my style anymore.

Also can we take a moment to acknowledge the awesomeness of frozen yoghurt. I know its been a thing in the states for a while but its a fairly recent thing in UK supermarkets. For someone who has a real icecream addiction its a life saver, I had what felt like a huge bowl of icecream on Sunday night and it was only 124 calories. Happiness, actual happiness in a bowl.
 
Well I just want to leave you with this photo, there was a torrential downpoor as I was driving home on Saturday and all of a sudden, it dried up and the sun came out. This photo really doesn’t do it justice.
 


Toodles!

Friday, 18 October 2013

Brain dump friday and a cheat sheet


Brain dump Friday!

·         Yesterdays run was rubbish! My legs just felt so tired from the get go. They felt so heavy and it felt like I had to work really hard to maintain a ridiculously slow pace. I was supposed to be running for 30 mins but stopped at 25 because I was so tired and that’s with multiple walking breaks. Sucks! I’m hoping its the result of giving blood and that things will return to normal.

·         I made creole beef hotpot last night, its not technically a pie, but hot pot is practically pie, so it may be making an appearance on pie Tuesday at some point.

·         Work kinda sucks. Less said the better.

·         I decided to do a cheat sheet for you guys, I realise sometimes I use random phases that you may not be familiar with so I present you with a guide to Kirstyisms!

            -       crivens, crikey........ exclamations of surprise

-       eeee, by gum....... usually when I’m at a loss for words, or when I’m tired it’s a good all purpose phrase

-       eh up chuck...... hi, how are you?

-       chuffed..... happy/pleased

-       fiddle sticks....... I probably use this when other people would swear, mostly when things go wrong lol

-       lurgy....... flu/illness

-       naff..... when things are rubbish/un-cool

-       nitwit....... used when talking about the guys in the office..... basically a plonker, wait do you even know plonker, a bit of a doofus?

-       Numpty..... same as above but a bit nicer...........the guys are nit wits, children in my Sunday school class are numpty’s

-       Pants........ when things are rubbish/not good

-       be reet........ good general phrase, everything will be OK, it’ll all work out

-       Skinny malinky......... someone thin and lanky

-       Bahooky........... backside as in get off your bahooky and make me a cup of tea!!! Manky/mingin.......... dirty/grubby

-       Peely wally....... some one whose pale..... sooooo I’m peely wally but also I would maybe describe someone who is looking a bit green around the gills as looking peely wally

-       Bonnie...... pretty/beautiful, (nb all little girls are bonnie lasses)

 Any other phases I’ve used that you want translating?
Ok I’m off I’m absolutely pooped today even though I haven’t really done anything! I hope you all have a fantastic weekend.

Toodles!

Thursday, 17 October 2013

NSV thursday

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Sorry for being awol yesterday, I was scheduled to give blood and it threw out my whole day, there just didn’t seem to be enough time to get everything done. And after I’ve given blood I’m no use to man nor beast, it completely knocks me for six. I may have rewarded myself by eating way too much chocolate :s .


So first things first, as I missed weigh in Wednesday I thought I should let you know I still weigh 191. Which is my NSV. I think this is the first time I’ve visited family and not come back weighing more! Also asides from the weekend with family where it genuinely wasn't feasable I've been tracking like a boss!

Moving on my run on Tuesday was odd. It wasn’t a great run in that I kept randomly getting a stitch in my side which seriously hampered my progress., my pace was miles slower than it has been. But it was the perfect evening for a run. It was unusually mild for October, my legs felt good, and the scenery was so lovely I stopped to take a couple of photos. And I just felt so blessed. Blessed that I had the good health to be able to be out for such a lovely run and blessed that I get to run in such a lovely area.




So there we go I’m off to make some soup for lunches the rest of the week.
 
Toodles!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Pie Tuesday!!!


So its back to the grind for me. I went on a late night super market trip last night armed with a meal plan for the week and my dads card (the fool). I came back with oodles of fresh produce, lean meat and a new running outfit and t-shirts, whoops! Oh and new running headphones, so there is nothing to stop me getting back on track! Moving on:

It’s pie Tuesday!!!!

Everyone loves pie. Pie brings happiness to peoples lives. It just doesn’t always bring the same happiness to the number on the scales. This lemon meringue pie addresses this problem at approx 200 calories (tracking down UK ingredients on recipe calculators can be a nightmare). I used a HUGE flan tin and I think we ended up cutting it into 10-12 pieces! Its loosely based on this recipe.

 

The Base

70g butter

250g digestive biscuits (graham crackers are a good substitute)

1 ½ tbs water

 

Filling

1 egg (whisked)

1 cup sweetener

 ½ cup sugar

½ cup lemon juice (I think I ended up using a lot more!)

¾ cup corn flour

2 cups water

 

Meringue

5 egg whites

1/8tsp cream of tartar

1 cup sweetener

¼ cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

 

Grind biscuit. Melt butter and mix with biscuit and water and line pan. Bake for c.10mins @ 180.
 

For the filling:

Combine splenda, sugar and corn flour. Add water and stir until dissolved.

Slowly heat over a water bath, stirring frequently. It will thicken but it will take a painfully long time.

Stir in whisked egg. Again it will thicken more, but it will feel like it takes a millennium, it will happen so don’t start to panic (I may or not have panicked). Finally add in the lemon juice.
 

Pour into base and allow to set.

 


Meringue

Combine egg whites with cream of tartar and beat until light and fluffy. Gradually add in sugar/sweetener. Continue to beat until it forms stiff beaks (save yourself and use an eclectic mixer), finally add in vanilla.

Cover pie and bake for 10-12mins.
 

Then attempt to limit yourself to 1 slice.
Enjoy!
 

Monday, 14 October 2013

Monday catch-up


Well I’m baaaaaack!

I had a BRILLIANT weekend. There was lots of cooking, eating, yelling and arguments (which I won, obvs) whiskey and midnight trips to Glasgow.

Saturday started off incredibly lazy, and I fully intended to go for a run (I mean I was still in my Pjs at midday because I didn’t see the point of getting dressed before my run) but then my Uncle offered to take Linley and I to the club for lunch, and never one to forgo a free meal I agreed! Then in the afternoon I had to finish baking desserts for dinner, in between dodging missiles launched at me by my little brother. Linley and I  were late to dinner (d’oh) which earned us alot of abuse, but David, Linley’s wee brother who was also late was allowed to slip in without comment being passed, blatant favouritism!. There was soooo much food folks. Pie, and lamb and stew and pasta and dozens of potato accompaniments. I was reasonably good, I only had a small piece of steak pie. But then the puddings came out and my resolve which started off great, a small piece of my reduced calorie pie dissolved as the night went on, they just continued sit there calling to me! Then after that there was some amazing whiskey (David shared the good stuff, now I know why he’s the favourite) and the trip into Glasgow to deposit David and his pal.

Sunday I spent a ridiculous amount of time attempting to locate my dropped contact lens, but no joy. So I comforted myself by having a proper Scottish cooked breakfast. Then took the pup for a long walk, which thanks to some good Scottish hills felt like an amazing work-out!



 

Oh and this is Titan and I want to steal him.



Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for pie Tuesday!