Sunday, 12 August 2012

Mo Farah - 'Anything is possible, it's just hard work and grafting'

Mo and Usain - Mobots and Lightning
Last night Mo Farah won the 5,000m race at the Olympics, completing an amazing double, adding to the Gold Medal he won for the 10,000 metres.

During the post match interview Mo said 'Anything is possible, it's just hard work and grafting'

Whenever I am struggling with training or my eating, I will think of this amazing man and that inspirational statement. (I might even do the 'Mobot'!).

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Golden Post Boxes and Inspiration

I hope you are all enjoying the Olympics. I am loving it! I would watch it 24/7, if I could. I have enjoyed sports I have not really watched before and have been moved by the passion and dedication of all of the athletes, so much so that it has inspired the next phase of my weight loss. (I'm due to update you on Saturday about how it has gone this week - I am enjoying it so much and am hoping for a loss this week!)

So in the UK, whenever we have a Gold Medal winner, the Royal Mail will paint a post box gold in the winning athlete's home city! In my home town, we are very lucky to be celebrating Ed Clancy's win in the cycling Team Pursuit! I feel very proud that we have a Gold Medal winner who trains down the road from where I live and am proud of all of Team GB. Last night Chris and I decided to visit the golden post box and take a picture for posterity.
Ed Clancy - Amazing Gold Medalist!

There are golden post boxes popping up all over Great Britain and it seems that I am not alone in being inspired. Everywhere I look there are new joggers, people blowing the dust off their bikes, unpacking long-forgotten swimming costumes and the gym is constantly rammed. The message of this Olympics is 'Legacy', to inspire future generations, and encourage everyone. It certainly seems to be working!

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Every Picture tells a Story

I love buying magazines and I especially love the magazines where there are stories of people who have lost weight. The stories usually start with a trigger, something that made them want to lose the weight and in a lot of instances it is a picture. Maybe they hadn't quite realised how much weight they had been gaining. (I can tell you I have been pretty creative in the past about avoiding mirrors). So when a picture comes along that shows every ripple of fat in glorious technicolor, it is often a wake up call for most people.

For me this was a holiday picture. I had been on holiday to Barbados. I had, had an amazing, relaxing time and when I got the pictures developed, there was one that... well... was bloody awful. We had been out for a wildlife tour of the island which was an amazing day and during the tour, were taken high up onto a cliff to look at a spectacular bay. My mum in law to be, Christine had decided to stay behind in the jeep and as we were walking back took a picture of me, my other half Chris and my father in law to be, Rick. 

I remember shopping for clothes for the holiday and feeling a bit low that nothing fit very well. I didn't want to display my body as I knew I had put on a lot of weight, but then because it was so hot, I didn't want to be wearing heavy, cover up clothes. When we booked the tour, we were all given a T-Shirt (I had to have the largest size as nothing else fit and wore my short leggings.) I look really hefty in the picture. Seeing that, I realised how much weight I had actually gained and there was a bit of a jaw dropping realisation. I knew something had to be done. I began to research the best way to lose weight, but just needed that final push over the edge. (By the way the holiday itself was proper awesome and I had an amazing time! - my top tip never play pool with Christine)

That final push came when my lovely other half proposed. I want to spend as much time as possible with this wonderful man and be able to live our lives together to the fullest. By being overweight I was hampering chances of that. I'm not going to fib there is also a healthy dose of vanity, (I want the option of as many wedding dresses as possible!)

And so the journey began. At the start of the year, I wanted to lose 2 and a half stone. Up stepped Chris to support me and Kate to help me with the diet and exercise, and so we are off. My last photos are the latest photo of me taken today. I have a long way to go as you can see, (Kate Moss won't be quaking in her boots yet!) But I already feel healthier and fitter and am really enjoying it. I am getting great support from family and friends and it is always fab to hear 'Have you lost weight?'

My hair weighs at least 10lb
By the way, Can I just say, I had just washed my hair and had not had chance to straighten it (hello frizz-ease!). Also Chris is about 7 ft tall and took the photo standing on a chair by the look of this. I look hobbit-sized! (I'm actually 5ft 9!)

So that's my story. I hope you like the blog. xxxx

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Christine's Tuscan Bean Soup

At the weekend, I was lucky enough to visit my parents in law to be, Rick and Christine. It was a lovely relaxing time with a visit to the spa, a Reiki, lots of alcohol and lovely food. They are always great company and we have many giggles and after a weekend with them I always feel refreshed!

Chris' Mum and Dad believe in having organic good food, made entirely from scratch and have an allotment to grow their own fruit and vegetables.And boy can they cook! The recipe below is Christine's Tuscan Bean Soup which she has adapted from an old Delia Smith recipe. It is really hearty and warming, but is full of the good stuff. I hope you love it as much as we do!

To make Tuscan Bean Soup: (Makes 6 portions)

1. Fry a chopped onion in a little oil
2. Add 2 cartons of chopped tomatoes plus fresh Basil and Oregano
3. In a seperate pan, boil/steam 2 chopped carrots. (Keep the water in case you need to thin the soup)
4. Add the carrots into the tomato mix and add 2 tins of beans (we used Baked beans, but you can use any type of bean)
5. Cook 6oz of wholewheat macaroni or other wholewheat pasta
6. When cooked mix the pasta in with the tomato mix
7. Add Tomato Puree and parsley
8. If the soup looks too thick add the water from the boiled carrots
9. Serve and enjoy.

Yum Yum