Sunday, 20 October 2013

Eye of the storm

We woke up to a crack of thunder and flash of lightning this morning - a bit of drama for 7:20am on a Sunday! But that's about as high octane as this weekend got, and that's fine by me after my birthday shenanigans.

We've both loved having a weekend at home, with no more on the agenda than a rendezvous with our parents to eat cake. A rare treat - the weekend at home and the slab of cake!

It all started with my usual, sacred, Saturday morning promenade along the seafront. The waves were crashing in and tempted me down to the shore, where I looked back and saw this threatening sky. Luckily, it didn't rain on my parade.

Hello, Mr. Birdy!
In the other direction, it was all sunshine and smiles. Got to love the British weather. I was listening to AM, the new Arctic Monkeys album as I crunched along. Particularly loving Fireside at the moment - perfect to listen to looking at a brooding sky. Maybe I do like a bit of drama after all! I'm getting SO excited about seeing them live next week. Eeeeeeeeeee!

It was quite warm and sultry out, and by the time I got back from my walk and trip to the butcher, I was pretty warm. All warmed up for Jillian Michaels' Blast Fat, Boost Metabolism in fact. Approximately one hour later, I was a hot mess! Who says at home workouts are inferior?

A little later on the sun was shining and we strolled to Palmerston Road for some shopping. I bought coconut dark chocolate shards from Coco Chocolatiers and we headed to our favourite beverage stop, Southsea Coffee Co. I love, love, love that this local independent is so busy and getting the custom it deserves. I heart their Japanese iced drip coffee. So, so smooth, you can easily drink it black. But I was in an odd mood, so also had some soy milk with some of it. Luckily they indulged me and gave me two glasses.
Andy enjoyed a butternut squask and coconut sponge of which I had a very tasty smidge, but I was saving myself for my choccy treat later...

A little poke about in John Lewis followed, but I wasn't tempted by anything. The curse of having a voucher to spend, burning a hole in my pocket! I did like this message, though:

After tucking in to a so-so slow cooked lamb curry back home (tried a new recipe, it was fine, but not wow and not worth sharing), I waited a decent amount of time (at least five minutes) before breaking in to my choccies. A delicious treat, and I managed to leave half the bag for round two!

After the storm woke me this morning, I went downstairs in search of comfort in a bowl. And I went for it - the triple nut supreme. Oh yes. Chopped banana, one dessert spoon of porridge oats, two dessert spoons of ground almonds and a splosh of Alpro almond milk. Nuked for two and a half minutes and topped with cinnamon, homemade berry jam and a teaspoon of Meridian almond butter.

After the thunderstorm, the sun came out, and I couldn't resist a blustery seaside walk. Real motive? Storing up a calorie deficit...
Tea and cake at the Tenth Hole were on the schedule you see, and it tastes even better after putting the miles in and a morning of chores. I went for apple and blackberry sponge and rooibos tea. What a combination. Look at those fresh chunks of apple in there. One of your five a day, surely!

It was also a chance to catch up with our parents, which is always a win.
Later my sweet tooth, having been very much awoken, demanded a top up, and I remembered I had these Clearly Scrumptious cranberries from the Flavourly box. A nice hit of sugar to keep me going while I napped on the settee after a hectic day. Sigh. I may also have 'tried' one of Andy's dark chocolate dairy free buttons from Coco.

And now it's time for chicken soup and Homeland. What a wonderful weekend! Like a warm, fleecy blanket of calm.
Diet update
For those of you who've followed my experiments and struggles with finding a sustainable way of eating healthily, feeling good and having the odd indulgence without going on a crazy binge...
I've now gone about three weeks having stepped away from strict Paleo, which was starting to lead me back to my bingeing behaviour. As a safety net, I started eating whatever I fancied, but tracking it using My Fitness Pal (MFP), mainly to reassure myself that I wouldn't start eating way too much given free reign. I've talked about how MFP links with my Fitbit to show how many extra calories I get to eat after exercising - a great motivator! Well, I haven't binged for three weeks and I'm feeling very relaxed about what I eat, and being moderate. In short, I'm feeling good. So good, I'm feeling ready to ditch MFP and, quite literally, go with my gut. Not sure when,  but watch this space.
I'd say I'm still about 80% Paleo, because it just seems to suit me, but easing up on that other 20% has made all the difference and was what I needed to get back to a healthy relationship with food and my body.

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