Mission: Damage Limitation

Well, as you may or may not have noticed, I’ve been away from the blog for a LONG time.  This is partly down to me getting a promotion and getting my head around my new role.  But it’s largely down to the fact that I haven’t been prioritising my own health and fitness.  The result is that my weight has gradually been creeping up for the last few months.

I can't wait to be back here!

I can’t wait to be back here!

I have felt really annoyed at myself but I’m choosing not dwell on it as that’s not going to get me anywhere.

I’m now on holiday from work for 7 weeks (just over 6 left) and so my plan is to get my fitness and diet kicked back into shape.

Well, that was my plan but, as we all know, the only sure thing in life is change:

Originally, we’d planned to go to Tunisia for 10 days in the middle of the holidays.  I felt that I’d have enough time to get my prep for September done before going then have a couple of weeks when we got back to get back on track.

So, we’re now not allowed to go to Tunisia so are instead going to Mexico at the end of the holidays.  It gives me only a few full days to get back on track between coming home and going back to work.  AND where we are going is a Gourmet Inclusive hotel.  We’ve been before and the food and cocktails are absolutely to die for.  Now, we’ve paid a lot of money for this holiday so I don’t want to feel like I’m missing out BUT I also don’t want to have to pay for an extra seat to accomodate my backside on the return flight!

So, I’ve come up with a new damage limitation plan:  I’m working really hard to eat really well and exercise daily to enable me to be in as good a position as possible when I go on holiday.  We’re going to make use of the gym facilities at the hotel (if my sister is reading this, “Ssshh! It’s my holiday, I’ll do what I want!”).  I’m going to do some energetic swimming whenever I need to cool off (this really helped when I was in Turkey a couple of years ago and worrying about not fitting into my wedding dress) and I also really wnat to try the yoga classes that are available at the hotel.  I’m going to enjoy the food on offer but will make sure I make sensible choices and don’t go overboard.  When I get back, I’m getting straight back on track.

Sorry for the long post but it feels good to be back!  I’ll write a couple of shorter posts over the next couple of days with more info on my exercise plan etc.

If anyone’s got any suggestions for how to keep focused on making sensible food choices and how to motivate themselves to exercise on holiday, please share!

Thanks for reading


Planning To Succeed

Mr FFF (who is ex-military) is always telling me, “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail”.  So in the spirit of that, and due to my recent lack of motivation  and focus as evidenced here and here, I’ve decided that the best way to ensure that I have a success at the scales this week is by planning on how I’m going to achieve that success.

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The teacher in me likes to be ordered and logical so I’ve decided to frame this as an action plan.  I’ve thought about the week a day at a time and decided what positive steps I’m going to take that day to achieve my goal.  I’ve also added in a risk assessment for the things I think might challenge me.  This has allowed me to factor in strategies for minimising said risks.  And yes, I am a geek though I don’t yet have the t-shirt to prove it I do have a ‘Geek’ onesie.


What I’m going to do food-wise

What I’m  going to do exercise-wise


Ways to reduce risks



Tuna & ham   Warburton’s Thins (make on Wednesday evening)

Chickpea Curry

Take stairs to 4th floor instead of lift at   college

Cake/chocolate at college

Take only enough   money for a cup of tea and car park

Take a low-pointed graze snack with me

Question whether I’m hungry or just want to eat out of   habit



Ham-topped crumpets (make at work)

Tomato & Bacon   Arrabiata

45min spin class

Can’t be bothered to cook after exercise class

Temptation to pig out on wine/chocolates to celebrate the   arrival of the weekend

Quick, easy, tasty recipe chosen

Plan in one glass of chocolate Bailey’s to satisfy both alcohol   and chocolate craving

Plan to complete   parkrun on Saturday morning to reduce desire for alcohol



Spicy Bean Soup

Chicken &   Vegetable Biryani

5km parkrun

Temptation to pig out on wine/chocolates/cakes to   celebrate ‘being good’ for the last few days


Distract myself by: reading book, writing a block post,   creative writing, working on photography project, drinking herbal tea, tidying   an area of the house

Plan in 2 treats: Glass of Bailey’s & new recipe for   vegan/Weight Watchers friendly chocolate bites


Banana oatmeal pancakes

Banana & Peanut Butter on Toast

Roast Dinner

60min boxfit class

Temptation to pig out on chocolates/cakes/biscuits to mourn   being back to work tomorrow

Distract myself by: reading book, writing a block post,   creative writing, working on photography project, drinking herbal tea, tidying   an area of the house

Plan in 2 treats: Caramel   Latte, chocolate oaty bites made yesterday



Ham Warburton’s Thins

Pitta Pizzas

No exercise – Weigh in

Temptation to pig out on chocolates/cakes/biscuits to mourn   being back at work/mark it being the ‘no-man’s land’ that follows my weekly   weigh in

Plan in to have one standard-sized bar of chocolate –   enjoy in bed while reading book.




























Going through that process has left me feeling very motivated and determined to stick to my plan.

I’m also going to be trying to make more use of a weight loss/dieting app that I bought a couple of weeks ago. So far the only influence it has had on my weight loss journey is that I’ve had £2.99 less to spend on chocolate but it has some features that look as though they could be really helpful so I’ll let you know how I get on with it.