Hello April!!

April is here! The weather is finally starting to perk up from the constant rain in Northumberland and I personally can’t wait to break out the summer wardrobe!

Yesterday was the last day of my 6 week challenge and… I didn’t lose a stone. I lost 5lb however, the gym instructor says I didn’t lose the rest of the weight as I’ve built up my muscle but I’ve actually lost a total of 19 inches around my body! So regardless of my weight I feel SO happy!

I’m going to carry on the gym and hopefully lose more inches in time for my holiday at the end of May. Time to smash those gym classes and start stocking up on holiday clothes!

A Lot Can Happen In A Week..

Happy Monday everyone – it’s the start of a new week and I, for one, have no idea what to do with myself after how busy last week was!

Last week started off quite chill by not having much to do other than attend my usual gym classes on Monday and Tuesday morning – with an added shopping trip into town with my mum on the Monday afternoon.

Wednesday was slightly more hectic and nerve inducing as I went to college for an interview for the fashion retail and enterprise foundation course. I had prepared a mood board with an upcoming trend and with summer on the horizon, I opted for a boho chic trend and stated how it develops from year to year. I’m so incredibly proud to say I received an UNCONDITIONAL OFFER ON THE SPOT! I’m so so happy as this means I can officially cross off something on my 101 in 1001 list!!

Not my best work, I’ll admit but it did the trick!

Bounce to Thursday and my boyfriend, James, surprises me with a 2 night stay in luxury spa and hotel, Slaley Hall. The room was lovely, the food absolutely amazing and for once the British weather was beautiful which made our stay even better. On Friday we even had a little trip out to Hexham for some lunch at the Little Angel’s Cafรจ and a wander around the Sele. Our time at Slaley Hall was absolutely magical and perfect for our first little getaway together.

View from our room at Slaley Hall, looking out onto the golf course

Tomato and red pepper soup from The Little Angel Cafรจ, Hexham

Me and James before a few drinks and a meal

Saturday morning we arrived back in Morpeth just in time for a quick shower and change before heading off to my Gran and Grandad’s golden wedding anniversary (you have have seen my previous post about the place cards I had written out for the day!) It was great being able to celebrate their 50 years of marriage around family and friends with James – though my dad may have talked his ear off a tad.

Now, finally, to Sunday. Mother’s Day. Another beautifully sunny and warm day, perfect for our little walk along the river before heading to our favourite Italians for lunch! I love my mum and think you shouldn’t just wait until one day of the year to show her how much she means to me but still, you have to join in with the tradition of spoiling her on this day! 

My gift to my mum on Mothers Day; watercolour painting in silver frame

As you can see, I’ve had quite a busy week! Thank goodness I had decided to take some holiday from work or I don’t know how on earth I’d of fit everything in! However, after such a fabulous week comes the week after.

This week is the last week of my six week weight loss challenge – and as it stands I’m not looking forward to seeing the results. After all the meals out last week I am dreading to think what the scales will say but I have a week to try and turn it all around!

Fingers crossed and time for lots of soup and gym classes! As I’ve said, a lot can happen in a week!

3/6 Weeks & A 1001 Day Challenge

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know I’ve been taking part in a 6 week weight loss challenge. Today I went to the gym for my half way through weigh in and…

I’m 6 pounds lighter!!

So I’m roughly half a stone lighter, which I am so thrilled about as I am bang on target to reach my goal of losing a stone. Fingers crossed that the next six weeks are just as successful.

And now I’ve started a new challenge as well as my weight loss challenge!

Today marks the start of my ‘101 things in 1001 days’. I have written a list of 101 things which I am to complete in the next 1001 days, ending in December 2019!

I felt inspired while reading another blogger’s list and decided to give it a go for myself!

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Feel free to click the link below and have a read through my list, and hopefully I inspire you to make your own!!

https://rebeccageorginax.wordpress.com/101-in-1001/

Bex x

5 Days In..

If you’ve given my previous blog post a read, you’ll know I’m doing a ‘6 week weight loss challenge’ during which I have to aim to lose a stone in weight.

For someone who adores food and is somewhat of a pig, I thought I was about embark on a huge struggle of craving burgers and donuts nonstop and struggle to come to terms with the fact I need to shift my bum from watching Loose Women to getting out and going to get some exercise.

I’m now 5 days in – not far, I know – but so far I’ve not dove into a bag of sugared donuts or ate a million bars of chocolate and I’ve actually not wanted to! Though I’ve mainly eaten chicken and salads this week, I’m actually enjoying eating healthier!

With the 6 week challenge I am on, I am supposed to calorie count and stick to around 1200-1400 a day and go to at least 3 exercise classes a week; one HiiT class, one toning class and one cardio class. 

So far I’ve been on the lower side of the calories, sometimes a little below so I need to work out how to make my meals and snacks stretch out to at least 1200 calories. I’ve managed two classes this week; legs, bums and tums (toning) and piloxing (a mix of standing pilates and boxing, cardio) and completed an at home HiiT session.

Honestly, I’m feeling exhausted but healthier! Sometimes a panic Slim Fast shake and spag bol are purchased as a quick work break meal – but that’s okay! I just need to get in the swing of balanced meals and exercising!

5 more weeks to go!

2017’s Trial Month is Over!

Hello February!
Now that January (what I call the ‘trial month’ of each year) is over I can really start to focus on reaching for my goals for the year!
I welcomed January with illness, little body confidence and a clear mind. I set out goals, had fun and reached some smaller goals – like helping set up a window display at work!

The ‘How to do smart. casual.’ window display at Crew Clothing Co., Morpeth

But now it’s time to start buckling down and figure out how I’m going to go about my year. 
This month, saving money seems like the impossible with nights out for birthdays and leaving dos, Valentine’s day, a year of being with James and so much more. However, I’m going to really start with eating better, hopefully more exercise if my back will ever allow it and maybe even the purchase of my provisional driving license!

Me and James after a date night at Miller and Carter Steakhouse 

Here is to February!


Spaghetti Bolognese with Butternut Noodles

As you may know, I’m on a little bit of a(n unsuccessful) health kick. I’ve been exercising more and trying to eat better so that I can actually feel more confident when I look in the mirror.

 
After a month of no wine (plenty of gin and tonics, though), less chocolate and sugary snacks and many Weight Watchers ready meals, I’m feeling a tiny bit healthier. But I want to make a change to the meals I cook too. I LOVE carbs so cutting down on pasta and potatoes is proving to be a struggle.

 
As I was browsing my local M&S salad and veg section for some health kick inspiration, I caught my eyes on the butternut noodles.ย I’ve always like the idea of spiralised veg as a dupe for spaghetti ever since it became a craze but have never gave it a go until tonight.

 

I thought I’d keep it simple and do my take on a spaghetti bolognese.

I used:

  • 400g lean mince
  • Red, green and yellow peppers, half of each
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 mushrooms, chopped
  • 400g passata
  • Teaspoon of Lazy Chilli flakes
  • Teaspoon of Lazy Garlic
  • 2 veg Oxo cubes
  • 1 beef Oxo cube
  • Sprinkle of Moroccan spice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 packs of butternut noodles
  • Grated cheese, to top

 

Once the mince has browned with the garlic and chilli (if you are a lazy chef like me, I seriously suggest you check out the Lazy range! It’s available at most supermarkets!), I throw in the veg and crumble one of the veg oxo cubes. After I’ve given that a stir, I add in the passata. I mix in the other veg oxo cube and the beef oxo cube in a mug with some boiled water – just as if it were a cup of tea – and throw that in the pan after about 3-5 minutes and let it boil down a little. I then add the pasta to the sauce when it’s done and top with a bit of grated cheese (I refuse to give up the cheese).

 
This was the first time I had swapped pasta for a veg substitute and, I must say, it was fairly successful. Though the slight crunch at first was a bit strange, I sharply got used to it and enjoyed my meal.

 
The butternut noodles were tasty and tricked me into thinking I was getting those naughty carbs when I wasnt! I think the trick is what you eat with these noodles, as I don’t think it would’ve tasted as well if they had been paired with a sauce without a tomato base.

 
Think the courgette spaghetti is the next one on my list to try! Who knows, I might even invest in my own veggie spaghetti maker.ย If you have any tasty recipes I can pair with veg spaghetti, let me know! ๐Ÿ™‚

‘Rustic’ Cheese Scones

After a morning of doing HIIT via a YouTube instructor – I literally couldn’t be bothered with the gym today – I felt like today was a day to do a spot of baking.

I just wanted to do something small which required minimal effort so what better than cheese scones!

Scouring an abundance of websites for a recipe that was straight forward and didn’t add extras such as a ‘fine English mustard’ or some kind of smoked meat, I opted for a simple BBC recipe (link at the end of post)

They’re quite delicious, but not that cheesy. I may have needed to use a stronger cheese to be fair, or maybe just add more to the recipe as I thought it seemed a low quantity. 

I must admit I didn’t follow the recipe exactly to factor in the issue of being unable to find the cheese grater so I ended up finely chopping the cheese – I prefer to say I used a ‘rustic’ method, just to make it sound better. Also, I decided to cut the scones into triangles with a knife rather than use the round cutter as suggested.. Rustic.

Next time I make these I’m definitely going to make them a bit more cheesy but as I said before, they are still delicious.
Hope everyone has had a happy Tuesday x

(Cheese scone recipe: www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/cheesescones_1287)