Thursday, 1 May 2014

Life Update

In my last post i mentioned that i thought 2014 was going to be an exciting year and boy was i right!

On 15.2.2015 my lovely Boyfriend asked me to marry him and of course i said YES!!

who wouldn't say yes to a ring like that ;)

 Getting engaged has not helped with my goal of losing 15-20lbs and my weight has remained stagnant as i have become a bit of a Lazy Lizzy.

However that is about to change (i hope!!)
A wedding means a wedding dress so i need to whip my love handles into shape.
I plan to do this by
 starting the new Bikini Body Mommy challennge 2.0 on Monday,
 cutting down on sweets, 
not indulging in starbucks quite so often!

They can't even get my name right :/

continuing to try new  recipes like this cauliflower pizza crust.

And keeping myself accountable by writing regular blog posts.

Speaking of blogging, my domain name was sadly snapped up by a random online store before i could renew it *sad face* so i think it might be time for a re vamp, and a re name.
  any suggestions on a catchy name for my blog?

Sunday, 12 January 2014

New Year Same Resolutions.

Happy 2014!!
This is going to be an exciting year. I can feel it in my bones!
And with so many important events coming up, hen do's, my best friends wedding I know I need to get back on track with my fitness.
Christmas really did a number on me and the scale jumped up back into a number I promised myself I would never see again.

However I refuse to let that get me down so I have embarked on a free 90 day challenge called the bikini body mommy challenge, now obviously I am not a mommy so I have renamed mine the bikini body bridesmaid challenge instead!

So my half year resolutions are as follows.
Lose 15-20lbs
Stick to the BBM challenge
Eat as 'cleanly' as possible
Enjoy my rest days and don't feel guilty for a cheat day now and again!

Do you have any New Years fitness resolutions?


Sunday, 26 May 2013

Learning to Love Running

I dislike running with a passion!
seriously the whole time I am running I am trying to convince my brain to keep my feet moving, I hate the way it makes my nose run, and my lungs hurt. I hate that my boobs are practically hitting me in the face every other step.
With that being said, it would be safe for you to assume that I wouldn't have any desire to run, but you would be wrong. I long to love it, to be one of the many many Norwegians out at all hours of the day pounding the pavement. I want to be one of those annoying people who says "running is so relaxing" "running makes me feel free".
 So I decided the best way to force myself to become a runner would be to enter myself into a race!
I have entered myself into the iFormLøp 2013 in Bergen. and I am excited as well as scared.

It is 2 weekends away eek!

I started off thinking I could train on the treadmill and that would be enough, I completed my first test 5k in 44.58 minutes and was pretty pleased.

But then I started to get a niggling worry at the back of my head, Would I really be able to do this outside? 
Then I got a lucky break and Norway decided, enough with this winter sh*t! and skipped right over spring into glorious summer weather!

I took full advantage and yesterday got myself all ready for a jog around the lake near my apartment. I was going pretty well... until half way round the lake I suddenly felt like I was either going to throw up, pass out, or even worse BOTH!

The run ended there and I spent the rest of the time resting by the water and trying to find the strength to walk home!
Now, In the past that would have been that! okay I failed, end of that experiment. But this morning as the sun shone through the curtains, I was determined to try again. 

 I finally did it! I still don't enjoy running yet but at least at this pace I think I will be able to manage the 5k!!
no snazzy nike+ flag for my fastest 5k because the annoying gps crapped out and didn't log my run properly! thank God for Endemondo.

The 5K I am doing is still open for entrants, so if any of you Bergensers want to come join me please do!!!

Friday, 10 May 2013

Still truckin'

Despite a strong start at the beginning of the year, my weightloss came to a bit of a stall in April and I found myself losing and gaining the damn 5lbs over and over again.

 It was hard and my motivation has not been forthcoming but i have finally pushed through and seem to be back on track.

January (200lbs) to May (173.6lbs)
 I posted this progress picture on my facebook the other day and I can't believe how much my body has changed in a matter of months.

May in Norway is a crazy time with public holidays left, right and centre which is great as it means lots of breaks from working and lots of time to chill out but it also means lots of sitting inside watching TV (seeing as its still raining rivers in Bergen) or lots of drinking/party time.
so my main goal for this month is to enjoy the parties and celebrations on the long weekend, which includes the Norwegian national day, my dear friend Katharines birthday, my 25th birthday, and then the party for my birthday. and then get back down to business seeing as my holiday is now only 38 days away!!!!

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Summer Wishlist

So the big trip to the US is fast approaching and in a mere 39 days me, my boyfriend and my sister Alice will be hanging out in America!!

I am planning on doing a TON of shopping while I am there, and can't wait to buy some summery things, although I must remember that Bergen's summer tends to last only a day or two so I can't buy too many summer dresses ;)

That doesn't stop me thinking up loose flowing summer outfits for hanging out on the beaches of Southern California, like the one below!

summer hols

I am completely obsessed with that skirt <3 p="">

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Eating Clean - Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk

I have seen so many different posts floating around Tumblr and Pinterest on how to make your own almond milk, but honestly I have never been a big milk drinker so I always just scrolled past and didn't pay a great deal of attention

But then this weekend I was suddenly hit with the desire to try almond milk and seeing as I had a bunch of almonds in my cupboard  thought why not.

I didn't use a specific recipe to do this I just went with what I remembered from the posts I'd seen, so here's how I made it.

I soaked about a cup of raw almonds in a cup and a half of water overnight in the fridge.
note, in most of the recipes it says to use filtered water, but the water in Norway is pretty clean so I just used tap water.

The next morning I threw the nuts and the water into the blender.
Okay, so since going back and looking at some of the recipes I did notice that it says to replace the water with new water, which I didn't do but mine turned out fine so I figure it's not biggie, and when I do my next batch I will use clean water to see if it really does make a difference.

Then you blend it all up on a high speed.

I blended it until I couldn't really see many brown flecks from the skins.

Then I used some clean thin cotton material  to squeeze out the almond milk into a Kilner jar
Most recipes recommend using muslin or a nut bag (hehe)

Be prepared this can be a messy job, I probably should have put down a tea towel first because I had almond milk everywhere!!

Once that Is done you are left with a jar full of yummy, creamy almond milk and a cloth full of almond mush, which can be used if you want, but I just binned mine seeing as all of the nutrients are in the milk anyways.

To make mine vanilla flavoured, I used half a vanilla pod, and scraped out the seeds into the milk, before letting the pod steep in the milk, to give it an extra luscious vanillery flavour.

There are so many yummy thing you could  flavour the milk with, I want to try cardamomme, cinnamon, dates, agave and honey.


Almond milk has a TON of health benefits and it's so easy to make. 
if you want to read more about the amazingness of almond milk you could have a look at some of these great websites.

Monday, 8 April 2013

NSV - Non Scale Victories

Now let me start off by saying
  even when it shows me a number I don't like
for me stepping on the scale in the morning is the best way to get myself ready for the day. If it shows me a loss I feel fantastic, if it shows a gain, it reminds me to stay focused and to work my ass off!

However sometimes it can be incredibly gratifying to find some NSV's or non scale victories.

Like this comparison picture

When I was originally putting together this picture I did not realise just how different I looked, and while the weights aren't hugely far apart it really shows me how much my body has changed!!

another NSV has been fitting into all three pairs of jeans that my mum bought me for Christmas,
When I got them and tried them on I was gutted to realise that not one pair of them fit well, and I almost send them back but a mere two months later and they all fit perfectly!! (now they are even getting a little loose after being worn all day!)

I recently bought this dress online

In a size a lot smaller than I am today and I am hoping that this will be one of my future NSV's!!!
hopefully in time for my 25th Birthday!!

What are your latest NSV's???