Day 39; Dom is coming home!

Sorry for not blogging yesterday, my evening was spent back at home with my family. I decided to rock up uninvited (it is still my house after all..) to go through my wardrobe. It needed a good organise, plus I had suitcases full of old clothes in the loft from university, most of which I was able to either donate to charity or throw away. I had dinner there too, but instead of having smoked salmon with them I made my own chicken pasta type meal. It was really nice and less than 500 calories! I’d have had the salmon if it wasn’t smoked, I’m just not keen on it. Because I’d had such a low calorie dinner I was able to have a little yoghurt for pudding and I was still under 1000 calories – MyFitnessPal tells you off if you don’t eat at least 1000 calories a day – so I had a little bowl of cereal when I got back to the flat to bring me over that limit.

I didn’t go to bed until gone 10pm either which is  late for me! I got woken up by my mom ringing me at 9am this morning telling me to get ready as we’d planned to go to M&S to grab a few bits and bobs. We started off in the cafe where Mom had a latte and some shortbread biscuits which looked so yummy but I resisted and just had water and my yoghurt for breakfast. The weather has been lovely so far so we sat near the windows to enjoy the brief sun while we could. We had a mooch around homeware but didn’t find anything we liked so we headed down to women’s wear. As per usual, I found a few things I liked and came away with a few new pairs of tights, some jeans, and a backless jumper (don’t ask how it works, it looks nice though). We quickly nipped into the food hall so mom could buy her friend a few birthday gifts. We settled on a nice box of flowers with a mini bottle of Prosecco. We considered chocolates but she’s given them up for Lent so we didn’t want to scupper that on Day 2 of Lent because that seems a little cruel. We also bought my nan a few little treats like cakes and tarts. She hasn’t been very well and she’s going in for some major surgery next week and her eating will be affected so we thought we’d let her have some tarts and cakes while she can still eat solid food!

Speaking of lent, I haven’t officially given anything up, so that can be something for me to consider. Most people go for alcohol or chocolate but I don’t consume either of those so I’ll have to be a little more creative.

On to the amazing news, my boyfriend gets home today! In fact, he’s already landed and I’m writing this post as he is driving home from the airport. It’s the longest we’ve been apart and I can confirm that absence really does make the heart grow fonder. I’ve already made a dash to Morrisons to get supplies for dinner – his favourite meal at the moment is venison burgers with brioche buns and lots of veggies. It will be interesting getting him back on the health kick since he’s had some pretty high calorie days since going away. I guess he’s been more active though, running around installing things in a factory all day must burn a heck of a lot of calories.

I’ve tidied the flat so he can’t complain that I’ve destroyed it while he’s been away. Now to go and get myself ready so I can run and greet him when he arrives back! And we’ve already made plans to go to one of our local parks for a cute walk. Exciting!!

 

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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 192; Some interesting news…

The last week has been a bit odd if I’m honest. Since getting back from holiday I’ve been much better with my eating and I have lost 3lbs! Just goes to show that you can get back onto healthy eating despite eating copious amounts of ice-cream and cake the week before. Mom has been experimenting with some ideas on recipes to try, so I’m having heaps of veg and lovely meat in new and interesting ways. As always, delicious. Here are a few of my meals from this week; an egg salad (lettuce, cucumber, mushrooms, ham, carrots, peppers…), an egg and butterbean stew with loads of veg (courgettes, broccoli etc) and then my favourite of them all; pepper and ham salad with chickpeas and a garlic and basil dressing. Continue to be jealous, go on.

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Plus, I am a happy bunny because the tennis is on! Who doesn’t love Wimbledon? I went about 6 years ago and had the best day, so watching it on TV isn’t quite as spectacular but I do love watching it nonetheless. As always, I’ll be cheering on Federer and Murray – I can’t STAND Djokovic. Not sure why, maybe it’s because he comes off arrogant but I just can’t bring myself to support the guy.

I went to Snobs [nightclub in Birmingham, FYI] last weekend with my friends from school. We used the first letters of our names (well, L for me because nobody actually calls me Olivia unless I’m being told off!) so we refer to our little group as LAMA. We made it up a few years ago and it just stuck. We also invited our friend Nishith who is moving to Melbourne today to study abroad for a year! So it was nice to see him before he disappeared to the other side of the world for a while. An odd coincidence too was that we saw some people who went to our school/sixth form in Snobs, one of which is an old best friend of mine. I haven’t seen him for about 2 years other than the occasional snapchat which really doesn’t count, so it was great to see him too. I went to my local gym on Sunday but I didn’t work out, I had a nice swim instead. I did about 25 lengths in the end, and the pool was reasonably quiet so I nabbed the ‘quick lane’ for some proper swimming. I didn’t have to dodge around the slow people that way, or splash anyone in the face.

So given the title of this post you can guess that this week has been more eventful than just watching TV, eating, swimming and going out. Well, a woman from the Slimming World press office got in contact with me about my application for my story to feature on their website. Unfortunately, it didn’t get picked to go on their official website but she did refer me to the major student online newspaper called The Tab. It’s a pretty big deal, a lot of students read it! They ran my story which you can read here:

http://tab.co.uk/2015/07/03/i-put-on-five-stone-at-uni-by-going-out-and-eating-in-secret/

Yes, I know. Not the catchiest headline. He did make some exaggerations about my story, but I’ve just accepted that it’s just journalism! Oh, and I didn’t gain 5 stone in one term (IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE!?), it was one year + one term. So about 16-17 months.

At first I was really upset about the article, given that he’d twisted my words and made some pretty big exaggerations in the name of entertainment. But I realised that my story is out there now, and I’d heard back that a lot of other people had got the courage to tell their stories too! That made me feel a lot better about it all, and I haven’t had any negativity towards my story either. Not long after the story got published, I got offers from TWO other NATIONAL MAGAZINES wanting to run my story as well! Who’d have thought I’d be sought after? I am still considering it rather than jumping at it because, although it’s all out there now, I don’t want to feel like I’m selling my soul or something! Haha, now who’s exaggerating?

That’s not even the best bit – I got some flowers delivered to my house. I didn’t think that they were for me originally, I thought maybe my sister’s boyfriend had been adorable and sent them but noooooo, they were for me from the Slimming World Press Office! They were sent in congratulations about my weight loss and my article in The Tab. I was so happy when I got them, all my worries/nervousness about the story being in the public eye went away and it felt like I’d got recognition for my achievements. I didn’t think I’d get this much attention whatsoever. Oh, here’s me posing awkwardly (makeup free too) with my flowers.

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I may be going shopping to Merry Hill later on today if all goes to plan. I was meant to be going to a pub quiz but it was later than I originally thought, so I may struggle to get home. The joys of living somewhere with no public transport within a reasonable walking distance!