Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Friend Makin' Mondays: Fall Favourites

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

Fall Favorites


1. What is your favorite thing about this time of year?  I love when it's all wild outside and I can snuggle up and get all cosy with a blanket and curl up on the sofa with my husband. I also don't feel quite so bad for eating homely/ comforting food like veggie shepherds pie etc. I made spiced carrot cupcakes yesterday and it made me feel all warm and fuzzy....I also like Halloween- I guess I like a lot about this time of year really! 
2. What do you hope to do again before Summer is officially over?  Have a drink outside, maybe in a nice beer garden or something...they may need to have a heater nearby but still it would be nice. 
3. When did you last go on a hay ride?  I've never been and don't actually know what a hay ride is?
4. What is your favorite pumpkin dish?  I think the only pumpkin dish  had was soup, it didn't have much flavour if I remember rightly. Pumpkins are not used so much over here in the UK, but I'd definitely like to try more dishes with them in it.
5. Do you decorate your home for fall?  No, but maybe some day. Think I need some inspiration first though.
6. Do you have any hobbies that are seasonally specific? If so, what are they?  Not really. I used to do a fair bit of scrapbooking which could sometimes be seasonal.
 7. Apple cider or hot chocolate?  Neither, but if I had to choose probably the apple cider. I don't like anything chocolaty that isn't a chocolate bar.
8. Are you a fan of football?  If so, who is your team?  Nope.
9. Share a fond Fall memory.  Going to an impressive fireworks display in Glasgow with my husband, back in 2010 when we lived there.
10. It’s not Fall until…The leaves are all orange/yellow and brown and everyone wears scarf and gloves.
 Now it’s your turn to answer this week’s questions.  Don’t forget to come back and link up in the comments!  Happy Monday!

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Gym 4 times this week?

In answer to my post title...YES! 

I'm going to head to the gym for the fourth time this week. First was my class, my legs ached so bad after that. Then I went Friday and Saturday...I made sure I burnt at least 500 and 400 calories consecutively. It was so strange during my Friday workout because I had one of those moments where I realised just how much things are changing for me. I almost always aim to workout for 1 hour  but on Friday while I was on the treadmill I glanced down at my watch and realised I'd been there for an hour already...there was this little voice I didn't recognise in my head saying "I don't want to go yet"...THIS IS NOT ME...or should I say the OLD me. I really surprised myself with this so I decided to stay an extra 20 mins. I'm not saying this will happen all the time, or even again...but the fact that it happened at all is so opposite to how my old attitude to exercise was. Soooo the plan is for me to go again today. 

I'm a little worried that I've not lost any weight since me last weigh in as my scales have been all over the place...I don't know whether to trust them (right now I don't want to). So that's why I'm trying to do as much walking as I can on top of going to the gym. I want to lose as much as I can before I go home in 12 days. I think I've been reasonably good food wise but over the last couple of weeks I've gone out a couple of times. My friend Teresa came to visit me which was sooooooo lovely. You know when it doesn't matter how long it's been since you last saw someone because it might as well have been yesterday- well that's us! :)

Here's a couple of photos of when she came to visit:


We went for a drink at this studenty pub called "Spanky Van Dykes"...or "Spanky's" as I'm told it's called by locals is as wacky as it's name suggests!




                                           

We love cocktails so I took Teresa to my favourite cocktail bar in town, Coco Tangs. I really love this last photo, I have no idea what was so funny but I love how natural it is :)


Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Too cute

I just saw this on facebook and thought I'd share it as it really made me laugh out loud...he's so content and happy with himself. Simple pleasures and all that...



Hope it makes you guys smile too :)

Boy did I feel that!

I went to my circuit and strength training class tonight. And it was hard! 

I missed it last week as I had a chesty cold, though I did go to the gym a couple of times last week as I felt kind of guilty for not going to the class. This week it was the weight/strength training that really knackered me rather than the aerobic/cardio side of things. The weights my group were given were (in mine and couple of other ladies opinions) a bit too heavy for us- but we did it! :) It just reiterates that I should really work more on my arms, I want to feel strong in my upper body (I'm not talking muscly or anything like that though). Our instructor seems to LOVE squats so we did a heap of them, he got us to go as low as we could, hold them (for agggges!) and then speed it up and do them super quick. It was tough but I felt it working my thighs straight away!

I have a feeling my arms and legs are going to ache sooooo bad tomorrow, but it's ok that'll remind me how hard I worked :)

Friend Making Mondays (or Tuesday in my case...)


Ok a day late but here's my FMM:

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic! 

 Blog Stuff


1.  Have you ever met anyone through your blog that led to an in-person friendship/relationship? Nope
2.  Most bloggers have a specific niche.  What would you discuss if it didn’t seem inappropriate on your blog? This isn't inappropriate at all but before my weight loss journey began I used it as a blog for scrap booking. I keep meaning to get back into it but seem to have lost my mojo for now. 
3. If you could meet three bloggers, who would they be? I think we answered this not too long ago, so my answer is pretty much the same. I feel really encouraged by Bailey WheelerJessica Martinez and Brandie Minnig (Brandie's not been able to blog in a while due to computer problems so I'm looking forward to reading her posts soon!) They all seem like lovely ladies and I feel like I could learn a lot from them. :)
4. If you had to choose between Facebook or Twitter which one would you choose?  Probably facebook because I only use twitter for celebrity gossip.
5. Do you vlog (video blog?) Nope never. I don't think I'd think I'd like to see myself on a video.
6. How many blogs do you read on an average day? I'm not sure, probably between 4-10, it just depends how much time I have. I had a 'reading blog list' kull a few weeks ago as I realised there were blogs I'd followed that I wasn't getting anything from, I would just scroll past them. It also bothers me when you spend time reading someones blog, comment and don't even get an acknowledgment, I just think it's rude and see it as if you said something to someone in 'real' life would it be ok to blank you? 
7.  What is the coolest thing that you’ve seen online recently? It's not weight related at all, but I've recently been looking up honeymoon destinations. My husband and I think we've decided on Morocco and Marrakesh looks so cool, I've always wanted to go and feel pretty excited at the prospect of going. We're planning on going next March so that we can spend our first anniversary on honeymoon.  
8. If you gave your blog a new name what would it be? Oooow tough one! I'm really not sure :/
9. Have you ever attended a blog conference like Fitbloggin?  If not, would you? No I've not. I don't know how common they are in the UK and am not sure I'd have enough to contribute, I feel like I have a long way to go before I could do anything like that.
10. In the past I have asked why you blog.  Now I want to know why you read blogs?  What do you take from it?  I read blogs to inspire me, whether that's weight loss, scrap booking (not done this so much lately...) or for recipes. I think it's cool to read and learn about people who are at a stage where I want to be in the future. I just don't think you get the same feel for someone's journey if you read it in a magazine for example.  
Now it’s your turn to fill out this week’s questions! Don’t forget to come back and link up in the comments! Happy Monday!

Thursday, 13 September 2012

23 lbs down!!

Soooooooo it's been a while! 

I had my weigh in on Tuesday and it turns out I lost another 4 lbs, bringing my total to 23 lbs! I was very surprised to have lost anything to be honest! I'd been on a couple nights out and had a few meals out (we all know how much this messes up our calorie/fat/carb tracking) Then to top it off I got a cold last week and decided to not go to the gym while I was feeling chesty and wheezy. I read on another blog that having a break from your normal gym routine occasionally can help.Maybe it's just a coincidence though as I don't know if I believe that this would help loose weight. Anyhoo, I'm not going to argue with it, those 4 lbs can stay away! 

So as I'd had nearly a weeks break from the gym I was a little apprehensive about going back. I wanted to take it easy so spent my hour there on the bike and using the weight machines. After my workout my knees were aching pretty bad. I was pretty disappointed as I knew I hadn't even pushed myself. But I'm still glad I went and have to say I actually missed it a lot (I still can't believe that I'm THAT person and feel like this...I was a total exercise phobe before, like seriously) On the plus side I have my appointment for my MRI scan next monday, so hopefully they find the root of the problem. 


Seeing as I never get round to adding photos, I thought I'd pop one up of me and my friend Rosie from one of our nights out. It gave me a little boost when my mam said she could tell I'd lost weight from the photo.