Gung Ho!

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IMG_8092A few months ago I saw an advert for Children In Need Gung Ho event. If you are not familiar with this (I’d never heard of it) it’s a 5k giant inflatable obstacle course.
I have never done anything like this before but thought it looked fun and that lots of other people would agree and we would do it as a group whilst also raising money so I purchased my ticket and was looking forward to it.
However, not as many people were as interested as I thought and those that were didn’t end up booking on. Fortunately my sister signed up too.
I lost count of the amount of times I watched the videos from previous years as I worked out which obstacles would be ok and which would cause some problems.
The morning of the race arrived and I woke up at 5am as I had been dreaming about a particular obstacle convinced I wouldn’t make it over ๐Ÿ™ˆ
I had heard you could bypass any obstacles if you wanted to so that made me feel ok but after a few texts from my friend I realised that if I was doing it then I was doing it all. She kept telling me to enjoy it-I couldn’t even enjoy breakfast I was that nervous!
We were in the 12.30 ‘wave’. When I had picked our race packs up I was told the average time to do it was 50 minutes so I decided to give myself 90!
We did our warm up then made our way to the starting line where I was seriously wondering what the hell I had let myself in for!
The countdown was on ‘Gung ho!’ was shouted and off we went….
Once over the first obstacle it didn’t seem as daunting as I first thought and lots of people were walking so there was no pressure to run it all. The next couple of obstacles were ok and I started to enjoy it!
We then came across an obstacle that we had to jump over and it was about 8ft high! The Marshall said run don’t stop then jump and over! I eyed it dubiously thinking that it was never going to happen. I ran, I jumped, I landed on the top of it and then I felt myself start to slide back down…my brain was saying ‘no no no, you are not doing it again!’ So with all my strength I desperately clawed and scrabbled (must have looked a right state ๐Ÿ˜‚) until I got over it!
We carried on mixing walking and running-although we sprinted like athletes when we passed our family support as though we hadn’t strolled around any of it…๐Ÿ˜‰
There were 10 obstacles in total and number 8 was the one that had had me awake since 5am. It was a wall with holes in and logic was telling me it wasn’t going to happen especially when I put my foot in one hole, hand further up then thought ‘what the hell do I do now?!’ Until I heard a voice from above saying ‘grab my hand’ I looked up to see a Marshall sat on top of the wall with his hand held out to help me up. Once at the top I wasn’t sure how to get down to just slid down the wall and hoped nobody saw my tshirt roll up to flash my fetching sports bra and belly!
The next obstacle was one I hadn’t seen before so was an unknown. It was bloody massive and I slipped a few times but made it through it.
Then the last one. A HUGE slide. No idea how tall it was but it was tall!
The Marshall at the bottom was brilliant and when it was your turn to go just shouted ‘GO GO GO GO GO!!’ until you reached the top.
Once at the top I was the most nervous I had been. It was so high and there was water all over the slide but I thought I can’t go back now so off I went! Down the slide and into the foam.
It took us 57 minutes (including waiting for our turn on the obstacles).
I am so proud that we did it. I would never have done anything like this before losing weight with Weight Watchers and I fully intend to do it all over again next year!

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Feeling The Pressure

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Confessions Of A Weekend Away

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We visited friends in Gloucester this weekend. We left early afternoon on Friday and I could have made sandwiches to take with us-actually I could have eaten before we went after all it’s only a few hours in the car. But no, road trip equals eating in the car doesn’t it? Which means when we stopped at the garage before we left I didn’t just fill the car with diesel but also bought sandwiches, drinks and chocolate!

In addition to my sandwich I also ‘picked’ at my daughters when she decided she had had enough.
When we were about 40 miles from our friends house we heard a loud bang, which can never be a good thing! Clearly something was wrong with the car but with some concentration and careful driving from my husband we got to our friends house. By the time I had spoken to our breakdown people and arranged for them to come on Sunday morning before we left to fix or recover the car it was nearly 7 o’clock and I was grateful for the nice cold glass of prosecco that was placed in my hand!
My friend had done a lovely big salad with cheese in and had also bought a mushroom and spinach quiche for me as I wasn’t eating whatever meat dish everyone else had. I had half the quiche. I’ve no idea how many points it was and to be honest before I went I decided that I wasn’t going to point but I would be mindful of what I was eating and not overdo it on portion sizes.
Later that night we had some cheese and crisps as nibbles plus more prosecco. I don’t know what it is about me and crisps but I really can’t digest them so I just shouldn’t have had any but I did and suffered with a poorly tummy the next morning.
Breakfast on Saturday was boiled egg however it was on 2 slices of normal size brown bread which isn’t a huge deal in the grand scheme of things.
We went to a play area with my daughter and there was a little zip wire there. In the past I wouldn’t have gone on it for fear of either breaking it or looking ‘too big’ however not only did I do it but I went on a second time just so I could get my husband to video it! ๐Ÿ˜Š
BBQ was on the menu for later on and I’m pretty pleased at what I ate:
3 prawn and vegetable skewers
1 mini corn on the cob
1 medium sized jacket potato
There was also a salmon fillet I could have had but I was full so didn’t have it. So far the Angel is sitting pretty ๐Ÿ˜‡
However, we had been to a vineyard earlier in the day and I had bought some lovely goats cheese crackers and date and hazelnut ‘toasts’ (and as it was a vineyard obviously I bought wine too!). Later on out came the wine-and the crackers.
This resulted in horrendous stomach ache Sunday morning as I was bloated not just from the crackers but I think also from the bread.
A big Sunday breakfast was cooked and this is where being a vegetarian really has an advantage because I don’t need to eat a big plate of bacon and sausage or politely refuse it. And to save messing around with different frying pans so my fried eggs were cooked separately I asked for poached instead. So breakfast was:
2 poached eggs
2 pieces of toast
Couple of tablespoons beans
Mushrooms (cooked in butter I think)
It was still a bigger breakfast than I usually would have had but it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.
The breakdown man fixed the car we said our goodbyes and off we went. We got half a mile down the road before the problem happened again so we headed back to our friends to await recovery. This took several hours and a cheese barm was consumed whilst we were waiting.
I went to the shop to ‘stock up’ for the journey home-after all the truck was on a speed limitation of 50mph, add to that miles of roadworks and people either returning home from weekends away or commuting to work ready for Monday morning and who knew what time we would get home!
Food consumed in the truck not out of hunger but boredom plus because ‘it was there’
Half a packet of Walkers crisps
4 finger kitkat
1 twirl
3 babybels
So there I was sat in the back of the tow truck feeling bloated and horrible with my jeans having a bit of a dig into my tummy but already planning on eating when I got home-and it wasn’t WW friendly!
However, I was also planning my ‘pull it back’ meals so it’s not all bad ๐Ÿ˜‰

All The Fun Of The Fair

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Last Sunday was Prestwich Carnival. We go to this every year-come rain or shine. It has dwindled over the years but I think it’s a great local community event and as a child was in the carnival numerous times.
After the parade had passed us, as usual we made our way to the park and fair where it finishes.
My sister and I went on the carousel with our munchkins. We wanted to sit in the horses but they wanted a carriage so we settled on that and planned our rides. Our favourite ride is the waltzers and we realised that it wasn’t there!
After putting the girls on a few rides we bought them some chips-I pinched a few too ๐Ÿ˜‰
We then went on to the Twister-again an old school favourite. My sister and her teenage daughter in one car with my other sister and I in one facing them. The thing about this ride is that the person on the right ends up getting pushed into the person sat on the left next to the car door as it gets faster. Due to this -and as my sister is smaller-I sat down on a sign that said ‘biggest person here’-nice!
The ride started slowly and I realised that it had been over a year since I had been on a fairground ride!
The music pumped out loud and as the lights blurred in front of me and the wind whipped across my face and hair I got a ย wonderful tickling in my stomach. I couldn’t stop laughing as I screeched ‘it’s getting faster!’ and my sister was laughing as she said ‘what did you expect?!’ We laughed all the way around the ride and when we got off looking like drunken pirates as we tried to get our balance I was hit with a sudden realisation that I hadn’t felt that light and carefree and laughed like that for AGES!
We got the girls an ice cream afterwards and I wasn’t going to have one until I discovered that I could have nuts on my ice cream with sauce and a flake which I’ve not had probably since I was a child, so I had one-although Scarlett dropped hers on the floor so I gave her the rest of the mine without even batting an eyelid (in fact I was secretly a little bit pleased as I didn’t have to eat it all)-now if you’ve read my I Don’t Share Food blog you will appreciate what a massive transformation this is!
When I got home I didn’t feel guilty about the few chips I had eaten-I could have eaten a full portion, or the ice cream-I could have bought Scarlett a new one and finished it off myself but I didn’t.
What has stuck in my mind was how free I felt on that ride and although I’ve had a tough emotional week (I’ve lost 2 family members in 10 days, both sudden unexplained deaths) and my food hasn’t been great, I have held onto that feeling and how it would feel even better to not be sat on the ‘biggest person’ seat.
I ended up losing 2lb this week and I honestly believe it was down to holding on to that positive feeling which has stopped me going completely off the rails. I even messaged my leader this week to say I needed a kick up the bum as I thought my choices weren’t great but it turns out it wasn’t as bad as I thought.
When I start to feel down I’m going to hold back onto the feeling of elation when I came off that ride and all the fun of the fair!ย 

An Unexpected NSV (non scale victory)

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I went to a workout class tonight thatย I’ve not been to for a few months. It’s non impact which is perfect for me as I have issues with my feet which mean impact exercise such as running, step ups etc leave me in a lot of pain.

This class is not about that although don’t be fooled into thinking that it is an ‘easy’ workout as we focus on balance and strength and it is tough.
I have been working out a lot in the gym doing weights and more recently focusing on my stretching as I hold a lot of tension in my calves-my personal trainer gave me an impromptu sports massage a couple of weeks ago in the gym to help with this and the woman next to me said I sounded like I was having a baby-I think having a baby was less painful to be honest and I punched the floor and screamed my way through my massage (much to the bewilderment of the people in the gym) however my legs felt wonderful afterwards-even if they were covered in bruises the next day! I was given strict instructions to stretch more to help with the tension which I have been doing.
I have been pleasantly surprised tonight in class as I managed to reach further than I had a few months ago. My flexibility and strength has markedly improved. I even managed to lie on my front grab both legs with either arm behind me (see the featured image-although no that is not me and I didn’t get quite that high!)) and start to lengthen my legs-I have never been able to hold both legs at the same time so I was very pleased ๐Ÿ™‚
So even though the cheese and wine monster has been out this week and I was starting to beat myself up about spending the last 12 months getting to a certain point then blowing it instead I’m going to celebrate the fact that my gym sessions are certainly paying off and the unexpected NSV that has come with that

NSV

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On the back of my last blog where we talked about the scales not being the only way to measure our successes I have been thinking about my NSVs ( non scale victories).

Here are mine from the last week:
Feeling fitter and my fitness levels have improved
Flexibilty-instead of my stomach getting in the way when I’m doing stretches I can actually reach further
I have my ‘gym buzz’ back-I know exercise isn’t for very one and plenty of people lose weight without it but for me exercise and food choices go hand in hand. If I’m not exercising I’m not eating well
People commenting that I look smaller
Being mindful of food choices. I’m very conscious of portion size (even cheese-although I do still have the odd sneak into the kitchen like a mouse and nibble on cheese from the fridge) plus I’ve started reading a book about sugar which I’ll share once I’ve finished it
Drinking low alcohol wine-followers of this blog will know that wine is a big weakness of mine and eats all of my weekly points away-oops
Ordering my Christmas Pjs-yes I know I’m a adult but I still get Christmas Pjs from my mum to wear on Christmas Eve and that’s a confession I don’t mind sharing, I love my Christnas traditions. I was discussing with my sister what size to order and said my size 16 pjs were loose but pjs are supposed to be loose so that’s fine-I then checked the label and realised that they were actually size 14 (and loose) so this year I’ll be in size 14 pjs for Christmas
Wearing heels for more than an hour without my feet hurting! This is my favourite NSVs. Walking in heels makes me feel confident and attractive. When I was slim I used to stand up delivering training courses in heels all day, then as I put on weight it went from starting the day in heels and I’d switch down to flats for the rest of the day to wearing flats all day. I stopped wearing heels although when I was about 5 months pregnant and I didn’t attempt to put heels back on until over 7 months later-seriously my feet swelled up so much they looked like they belonged on a baby elephant!
Even then the heels were only 2 inch max and my feet hurt within around 30 minutes of putting them on.
Recently I have started training in heels again-although for some reason I have lost the ability to walk in shoes that just slip on. I literally need strapping in to be able to walk in them! It occurred to me today that I have worn heels for 2 days on the run now and even though I’ve not been constantly stood up or walking around in them my feet are doing just fine ๐Ÿ™‚
So those are my NSVS from this week. I have just done my inches so I’ll see how many inches I can loss before Christmas
Heels are on and I’m struting towards a smaller me