Day 184; Gran Canaria

So the holiday finally came around and it has been and gone. I have had an AMAZING week (I haven’t blogged in a few weeks now, I will probably only blog once a week tops during summer) and I have to admit that the diet has gone completely off track. Who wants to stay on a diet when they’re on an all inclusive holiday? Nobody. Nobody is the answer. So, considering I’d paid for it all, I just ate it all. I won’t lie, at times I thought I should stop, or I got a wave of guilt for getting another piece of cake. But a holiday is a holiday and I just wanted to enjoy myself. I’ve already got back on track today though, not on the Slimming World track but on the ‘healthy eating’ track. My slimming world subscription ends today and I’ve made the decision not to renew my membership. I have learnt a lot from doing Slimming World but a low-fat diet with unlimited portion sizes isn’t for me.

Whilst I think Slimming World is a perfect option for people with big appetites and a need to lose a lot of weight, it no longer suits me. I’m not going to revert back to my old ways by any means, but I want to just eat well without being under a brand name. Know what I mean? I’ll keep eating my vegetables, I promise! So to anyone reading this who is a slimming world worshipper, keep going. You WILL get results and you WILL lose weight if you stick to the plan. I’ve been on it for 6 months now and I couldn’t be happier, but I think I need to break away from the support of SW if I can realistically keep the weight off indefinitely.

From now on I won’t weigh in every week (publicly anyway) but I will continue posting pictures of my meals, even writing the recipes if I’m feeling particularly ambitious. Plus I’ll keep this blog updated with pictures and my life in general.

Right, now that all the boring stuff is over I can tell you about the holiday! I have, for the first time, not burned my whole body to a crisp and I have actually tanned. Turns out all you need to do is lotion up and not sit in the sun for too long. Who knew, eh? 😉 It was a very relaxed holiday, with most days spent either on the beach or by the pool. The hotel was lovely and clean, the food was good and I had the best week with my cousin. And the irony of it is that I’ve arrived back in England in the early hours of this morning and I am in a bikini yet again – the weather here is not too far off the temperature there! I did eat an obscenely large amount of bread, ice-cream, cake, muffins and I drank a fair share of cocktails etc etc whilst I was away but I am determined to get some of that weight off before I go to Spain in exactly a months’ time.

I’ll add on a few of my holiday snaps for good measure.

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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; Summer has officially begun!

Second year of university is finally over and it doesn’t quite feel real yet. It’s flown by so fast and it has been a life changing year. My last exam went pretty well; I thought it would be really difficult given all of the past papers I read that were vile but some nice questions came up and I gave them my best. Walking out of the exam felt awesome! Plus it was really sunny so I had a nice walk home. Me and Bella booked our holiday as well! The price had gone down by about £30 from when we looked at it the day before so we were pretty chuffed. All of the plans falling apart months ago must’ve been for a reason and I think we’re going to have a great time. Only 16 more days now until we leave!!

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The beach near where we are staying. I cannot wait!

I went out Thursday night in celebration. We did the army bar crawl (crawl of duty) and my outfit came together quite well. By the time we got to the end of the crawl (i.e. a club) we’d mostly split up and gone to different places. I ended up having a great night though so I didn’t mind that we didn’t stay as a big group. I probably drank more than I realised because we were going from bar to bar so it would all add up pretty quickly. I didn’t really count because it was a celebration and I didn’t want to worry the whole night, but I stuck to low syn spirits and diet coke mixers.

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Considering it was my first day of complete freedom yesterday it was quite uneventful. I still had to get up for a dissertation at 10am which thankfully only lasted an hour. I have to decide what topic my dissertation will be on; it is based on Muscular Dystrophy, but I am not allowed to post anything about specifics as I had to sign an NDA! Afterwards, I went to the main eatery on campus with my friend Imogen for a chat. She left to go to Budapest today with some of her housemates and friends so I won’t see her for a while! In the evening, our neighbour (who is my housemate’s girlfriend) had a BBQ which I fully intended on going to. I was pretty exhausted and fell asleep at about 6 o’clock through to gone 8! I felt quite ill too because I have a cold and a sore throat – not the best start to my summer after all. I managed to whip up some dinner (no burgers and hot dogs for me 😦 ). Lots went into it (manage 7 or 8 veggies) but I can’t remember the specifics. It’s basically a chicken stirfry with chopped tomatoes, veg and spices thrown in. I did get a pic though!

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I’m still sat in my pjs despite it being almost 3pm. The life of a student eh! I’ve not long had lunch which was a tomato, mushroom, mangetout and pepper omelette with cucumber and baked beans. Yes, my go-to lunch as per usual. I don’t have any sliced meat so I had the beans to bulk it out a bit and keep me full until dinner. I plan on doing some sort of a chicken tray bake with roasted potatoes and tomatoes, courgettes too! I think I will have to ring mom to get a recipe or some sort of timings for doing it. I can cook things I’m used to but attempting anything else and it can all go wrong very quickly.

IMG_0724I might have overdone the omelette just a tad but it was seriously yummy. I can’t believe I used to dislike omelettes; what would I possibly eat for lunch now otherwise!!! 

I’ve got a few chores done like tidying and my laundry, but now I need to start preparing for Bella’s arrival for Waterworks fest in a few days. I should probably start that now…..