Day 37; 6am start

For my job at M&S I work in the Food Hall, which means that we all get in at 6am (yes…. it’s still dark outside at that time!) to get the shop ready for when we open at 8am. You’d be surprised at how many people come in first thing in the morning because who wouldn’t want to wake up early and get their shopping in? EVERYBODY. These people are lunatics! Some people who come in just buy all the food we’ve reduced as it’s today’s date so they end up with a really random assortment of food, but oh well, each to their own. It wasn’t fun waking up at 5am today, and although I’d got a fair amount of sleep in for a work day I always feel a bit groggy when I’m throwing my uniform on and simultaneously brushing my knotty hair. Plus, the added bonus today was leaving the flat and being presented with a car that resembled a block of ice. Yippee, looks like the weather is taking a downward turn again. I can’t be one to complain though, I’ve booked a few days off so I’m not in work for a while and I get a 3 day weekend with Dom!

The one benefit of my job though is being on my feet for relatively long periods of time. You may be thinking… hang on? You consider that a benefit? Well by midday I’d already clocked about 8,500 steps and I’m almost at 12,500 now. Given that I’d planned to go to the gym and completely flaked because of the rubbish weather I don’t feel quite as guilty any more for getting my steps in. I do a fair amount of lifting and pushing at work too which means I can consider it a workout, right? I also do a bit of dancing around the living room at home to old-school Justin Timberlake like any ‘normal’ 22 year old does…. Not too sure I’ll lose much weight this week if at all given the lack of gym and I’ve actually been eating a few hundred more calories than usual. I put it down to loneliness. Woe is me.

On the days I work I can either eat breakfast at about 5:30am before I leave the flat or I have to wait until my break which can be anywhere from 9am to 11am depending on how busy it is on the shop floor. I opt for the 5am breakfast, I’m one of these weirdos who cannot function without a little bit of food in my tummy. I don’t eat heavily though, just a Skyr Protein Pot yoghurt thing, which is about 20g of protein per 150g! And surprisingly it fills me up until my break-time. They aren’t cheap though, only 3 pots for £3.00. I pack my own lunch for work nowadays as it makes me drink more water and eat a bit better. The canteen does a really nice fry up of sausages, bacon, poached eggs, beans etc and I used to have it every day but now I opt for a few homemade chicken wraps with veggies. It helps me feel more in control of what I’m eating, and I save time given that I only get 15 mins to get to the breakroom, eat, pee, tidy up and get back downstairs to work!

Dom is still in the Netherlands and I’m missing him like mad. He’s been having a rough time of it from what he’s been telling me in our brief evening phone calls, everything that they’d planned to get done seems to be going wrong and his colleagues have to stay for an extra two nights. Not him, thankfully! So he should be back in a few days which I am very excited for. He’s been sending me photos of the food he’s been eating, and it looks so delicious. Here’s last nights contribution from him. Is he trying to make me jealous?

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Today he had a pizza and I just got an update that he ‘demolished it in 5 minutes’. How I want to be him right now! I treated myself to a chicken korma last night, but it was homemade so not as naughty as a takeaway. With the rice included it came in at around 700 calories which is quite hefty for me. It tasted nicer than it looks, FYI.

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I nipped to the shops to get some food to keep me going for the next few days and, guess what, I forget to take my shopping list and my bags. Typical. Also, I still haven’t eaten dinner yet and the more I’ve been typing the more hungry I’ve been getting so I’m wrapping it up here. I’m either having chicken fajitas (but I guess that’s yet more wraps for today… so maybe not?) or chicken with pesto sauce and veg. Pesto it is then.

Day 163-167; Breaking the silence… finally!

Well it has been almost a week since I posted on this blog! And for good reason – I have had the busiest week ever since I started this blog up in January. If you’ve been keeping up to date with my previous posts then you will know that my cousin Bella came down to see me on Tuesday. She arrived in the morning so I met her at the train station. We had a wonderful day shopping in town followed by dinner at a restaurant called Giraffe. Now, as a side note for all of the slimming world readers out there, I wasn’t on plan this week. I wanted to live a little – I had nights out and meals with friends so it was difficult to not go a bit wild. But from today (i.e. Sunday) onwards I will be back on track. Anyway, it was absolutely delicious; I had a prawn linguine and Bella had a risotto. We both had our eyes on several dishes on the menu so we agreed to go to Giraffe again at some point together! We’re off on our holiday on the 22nd and we conveniently found out that there is a Giraffe restaurant at the airport! So we are planning on having lunch there before we fly. Here is what our meal looked like; IMG_0742 After our meal we went to the cinema. We went to see that new film called Spy. Yep the one with Jude Law in (ahhhh so dreamy) and it was actually hilarious. Highly recommend it – I laughed so hard at parts. We then headed home to get some sleep for our festival the next day…. Well it didn’t quite go as smoothly as we planned. The festival was ran by a company called Entourage Project which, in essence, host all of the big nights out in Reading. Me and Bells didn’t want to arrive early as it was meant to be an all-nighter and the drinks were very expensive so we planned on getting there at last entry. However, we started hearing from people who were there early and everyone was saying how awful it was. Gross toilets, expensive food and drink, no grass to sit on, you weren’t allowed in the water (it was a lake festival….) so we just made the decision to not go. My housemates still went but they got back at 11 apparently, so it was a bit of a flop. It didn’t matter anyway because me and Bella and one of my course friends called Imogen went to the Union on campus. We actually had a good night! The only problem was that we didn’t start drinking until half an hour before we had to leave so we got a bit silly and started downing drinks. I handled it reasonably well, I just got happy drunk. Unfortunately for Bella she had quite a bit of gin so she spent a fair portion of the night with her head in the toilet bowl. Oh well, we all said we had a better time on the toilet floor than at that Waterworks Festival! Here are a few photos from before we all got a bit too…. messy. IMG_0750 IMG_0760 IMG_0768 IMG_0772 The next day was the Thursday when Bells was meant to be getting a train home. When we were out Bella had booked a train for Friday instead so we had another day together! We went shopping yet again – is that all I do?! I bought quite a few bits and pieces, like shorts and new tops. The tops were crop tops as well, I would never have dreamed of buying a crop top before now! We went out for an early dinner too at around 5 o’clock to Jamie’s Italian. In Reading, the restaurant overlooks the canal so we asked for an outdoor table on the upstairs terrace. The weather on Thursday was absolutely stunning too so we didn’t regret it. I was in a vest and shorts and was still too hot. Given how delicious my linguine was at Giraffe I opted for it in Jamie’s Italian too! I don’t know which I preferred; Jamie’s was a hotter garlic kick which I love but Giraffe’s had a nicer sauce. I still enjoyed the meal all the same. IMG_0775 So that brought us to Thursday evening. We’d decided to use our extra night together in yet another club because why not! We went to one in town though this time. We managed to convince Joe and James to join us so we had fun with drinking games before we left. It was a shame that it was a bit dead in the club, presumably because a lot of people were tired after Waterworks the day before. We had a good boogie regardless. I wore a crop top too and I was confident, what a dramatic change from just a few months ago. 11391647_386387568238752_7472331170445479768_n We left quite early in the end, probably at around 2am. Friday came around all too soon and it was a shame that the weather took a turn for the worse. We’d decided to go to the cinema (again) as it would be a good time waster before Bella had to catch her evening train back to Birmingham. We went to see Jurassic World this time. It was a good film, I just was expecting something amazing because it had been so hyped up! I think the boys in my house want to go and see it so I may just go and watch it again, contemplating 3D this time too. Dinosaurs running out of the screen at you? Sounds like a laugh, doesn’t it? After the cinema I took Bella to the station and we said our goodbyes, but it wasn’t too sad because I’m going back to Birmingham on Tuesday! When I got back, I started packing up my room in preparation for move out day. All of my life is now in a pile of boxes and suitcases – only to move 2 doors down the road! *sigh* Bella, if you are reading this, I just wanted to let you know that it was a pleasure to have you and you are welcome to Reading whenever you please! Next time I will have to come visit you at Cardiff Uni!! And that brings me to the biggest event of any student’s year at Reading Uni….. The Summer Ball!! We had pre drinks at our house with some friends down the road as well as our neighbours so we ended up with quite a full house! All of the boys were dressed up in their suits and all the girls were dolled up to the 9s in dresses and makeup and curly hair and nice shoes…. It was definitely a photo occasion! James has a proper camera so he got most of the pictures. When I get hold of them I will post them because they will have turned out lovely. I got a really nice one of me with all of the lads who came (maybe 8 or so) and I must look like I stick out being the only girl in their with them! I wore a dress I bought a while ago from New Look, and I actually felt really pretty. You know one of those days where your makeup just seems to go on perfectly? My tights didn’t rip all night either! When we first arrived at about half 10 everyone seemed to run off in separate directions. The queues for the toilets were absolutely ridiculous so it felt like I spent the first few hours just waiting to pee. But once that was all done with I went and danced in the main tent and had a great time with my friends. It was a shame that so many of the group left really early. The whole event went on until 6am but all of my housemates had left by about 3am. I still had fun without them, and I wasn’t left on my own so it was all good. There were fairground-type rides there too but the queues were too long so I just didn’t bother. I do regret one thing though, I had chips and a beef burger from a shack whilst I was there! But I was quite drunk (sorry Mom) and it was a one off so I let loose. I walked home at 6am in the rain, it was light outside and I even saw some people leaving their houses to go to work. All in all, the summer ball was amazing and I had a fabulous time. I wouldn’t change even one bit of it! I even managed to wake up this morning earlier than some of my housemates which just shows how lazy them lot are! IMG_0837 IMG_0843IMG_0822IMG_0827 Apologies for this obscenely long blog post but like I said it was a very busy few days and I have loved every second of it. I am now going to finish off watching the new series of Orange Is The New Black, curl up with my cup of tea and maybe have a nap.

Day 160; Diet coke chicken

I planned on doing a chicken tray bake but then I realised I had loads of spare diet coke from my night out on Thursday. So I thought it would be the perfect time to use some of it up in a slightly more…. productive way? I did alter the recipe from the slimming world website ever so slightly. I used tons of vegetables rather than just sugarsnap peas – I used courgettes, mushrooms, red peppers, asparagus, broccoli, green beans and petis pois. It really bulked it out and made it very filling (and really tasty). I don’t have any passata either so I used chopped tomatoes, but I suppose the main difference between the two would be the lumpiness of chopped tomatoes which I like! I used double the amount of garlic too….. I made my own wedges which (you guessed it) I smothered in garlic. I cooked enough for 2 portions so I am looking forward to dinner tomorrow! Maybe instead of wedges I will have a bit of rice, as that would soak up the extra sauce which I seemed to have. Here’s a picture of it: IMG_0725 Me and Joe are the only one’s in the house tonight so we are watching a film. We settled on the Karate Kid – the original one from the 80s! I’m missing bits of the film so I’ll stop blogging now 🙂

Here is the slimming world recipe: http://www.slimmingworld.com/recipes/diet-cola-chicken.aspx

Edit: I think I had the most ‘free foods’ in one day I’ve ever had! No syns either.

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