Sunday, 4 October 2015

What 1200 Calories Actually Looks Like

Over the last couple of months I've put on a bit of weight. My lean body mass dropped and my body fat % rocketed. I'm not sure how much exactly (I asked my PT not to tell me!) but it was enough to need a dress size up in my work uniform and not be able to squeeze my ass into my old faithful jeans. ("These sweat pants are all that fit me right now!") I wrote back in July about trying to find a healthier balance in my lifestyle but not tracking my diet meant that I just didn't stop eating! I'm a comfort eater and a serial (sometimes cereal!) binger, and I really let things get on top of me.

After the SFN Expo I was ready to get back on track, so I booked a sesh with my PT and got myself back in the gym. The training isn't usually something I struggle with as I actually really enjoy it - I like getting sweaty and building my strength, along with the social aspects of the gym/exercise classes. Plus, feeling like a bad ass after you smash your workout and leave the gym high on endorphins!

As part of the plan to get back to my usual body composition my PT reset my calorie/macro goals... To 1200 calories (You mean breakfast?). Yep I've gone from a 1700-3000 calorie carb cycling plan to 1200 calories per day on a 40/40/20 macro split. In all fairness, I wasn't sticking to my original plan anyway (it worked when I did!) - I was working more of an eat as much as you can til you feel sick kind of method. Which resulted in that extra dress size, naturally.

Anyway, 1200 calories. I bitched and moaned from the second he announced this idea and adjusted MFP on my behalf. While I wouldn't normally advocate such a low calorie diet, especially for an active person, it's only temporary and drastic measures were needed! To lose weight you need to be in a calorie deficit and I was overeating and under training. If you are going to drastically reduce your calorie intake, you have to be clever about it. You can either have one cheeseburger meal for the whole day (if you're lucky) or you can have 3-6 well planned, tasty, nutritious meals spread throughout the day to stop you going hungry! Good nutrition will also help you drop fat rather than muscle mass and/or water weight. Here's what my 1200 calorie diet has looked like so far...

(1213 Calories - 42% carbs, 40% protein, 18% fat. Circuits & kettlebell class.)
(1194 Calories - 42% carbs, 40% protein, 18% fat. Weight training.)
(1191 Calories - 40% carbs, 42% protein, 18% fat. PiYo.)
(1202 Calories - 41% carbs, 37% protein, 22% fat. Weight training.)

It isn't as bad as I thought it would be! I'm not starving! I think I'm just used to eating a shit load of calories so I was eating them even when I wasn't training, despite the fact that I wasn't hungry and my body didn't actually need that much fuel. Although I have to admit to feeling weaker in the gym and especially at my kettlebell class, In the first week I lost almost 2lbs and that was entirely body fat, so I feel it's worth it! I did fuck up slightly the next couple of weeks but I'm back on it, sticking to my 1200 calories, hitting my macros and timing my carbs around my training... Wedding body here I come!

Could you survive, happily, on 1200 calories a day? What would you eat?

Monday, 28 September 2015

Team SAMH: The Banchory Beast Race 2015

Some of you may already know I've been raising money for the Scottish Association for Mental Health this year, along with my fiance, my sister and her friend. Between us we've ran the Colour Me Rad 5k, raced the Ythan Challenge and swam 3 miles in the Great Scottish Swim. My latest challenge was to complete the Prime Four Beast Race in Banchory... yep, I tamed the beast for the second year in a row!

The Beast Race is a 10k obstacle course set in the gorgeous surroundings of Knockburn Loch, with lots of uphill running and 25 obstacles. You can see some photos and my GoPro video from the day below!! The whole day was well organised and the course was fantastic, even though we were in the last wave of the day and the ground was pretty wrecked by then! The silent disco warm up is my favourite, and I love their wooden medals and the t-shirt, which is now included in the entry fee. It's fab quality and a good fit - one of the best I've received at a race. I was also impressed by the marshalls this year - there was plenty of them on hand and they were really encouraging, giving an extra boost of motivation to those that needed it. One of them even gave away his own boots to a runner that lost his trainer in the mud!

We ran, swam, crawled and climbed our way through the course, completing it in 1 hour 47 minutes - especially impressive when Gordon had done zero training, bar two or three 5k runs!! Some of the obstacles are absolutely disgusting and the water is freezing but you just have to grit your teeth and go for it. The Beast is one of my favourite races and I'd recommend it to anyone who fancies a challenge - physically and mentally! We will definitely be back next year. 

I've raised £512 for SAMH so far and would love to make it to £600 so please, if you can spare even £1, dig deep and text "CBMH83 £amount" to 70070!

Sunday, 20 September 2015

A New Home

I can't believe it's almost a month since Gordon and I picked up the keys to our new home! It still hasn't really sunk in that we're officially homeowners. To be honest, buying a house wasn't in our plans for this year. Don't get me wrong we'd been saving for a deposit and browsing online but didn't expect the right house to come along so soon. It's the only one we ever viewed in person! Most people will probably think we're mad but it just ticked all the boxes and we couldn't get it out of our heads. We definitely would of regretted it if we'd missed out! We're still waiting on furniture arriving so I don't think it'll feel real for a while - I feel like I'm just sleeping over at somebody else's house! It's the most grown up thing I've ever done and is both exciting and scary all at the same time. 


The kitchen was one of the main reasons I fell in love with the house. I'm a total foodie and love spending time in my kitchen; cooking, eating, just sitting around a table with family and friends... There's plenty room for that here. We bought the fridge freezer, stools and a couple of recliners from the previous owners and they also left their dishwasher and wine fridge! There's a pantry off to the side, a double oven perfect for my big cook offs and an island in the middle. At the moment we eat at the island and have the recliners in front of the TV to make a relaxing wee family area. Eventually I'll get a great big dining table to fill that space so we can do dinner parties and a big family Christmas! Although we did also consider how good a corner sofa would look there... Our one bedroom flat had a tiny kitchen with no room for a dining table, so this is a big step up!

 Hanging Heart - Next (similar)

Master Bedroom

Our bedroom is also a serious upgrade from the flat! There we shared a double wardrobe, one bedside table and barely had enough room to walk around the bed. Now we have built in mirrored wardrobes right across the room, plenty space for a kingsize bed, two bedside tables and a chest of drawers... and still a decent amount of floor space! Our bed is on order and will hopefully be here in the next week or two, but for now I'm just enjoying the wardrobes.

 Carrie Bradshaw print - Etsy
 My Kardashian inspired fitness wardrobe ;)

Living Room

I can't wait for cosy winters in front of the fire place!! The granite brickwork actually goes further along the wall and then sticks out slightly to create a little corner where our TV will probably go. I'm a bit unsure of that extra bit but love the fireplace itself as it's a really great feature to have in a room. Both Gordon and I love the copper homeware trend at the moment so that's a boost too! We've ordered a French Connection sofa from DFS which will hopefully arrive next week and make our house start to feel more like a home. The back of the house has been extended quite a lot so there's a step up to another space in this room. It's a little bit random and we're not really sure what to do with it to be honest. The last owners had their dining table there but I feel like I'd miss out on all the fun if my guests were seated there while I'm cooking in the kitchen. So far all it's been used for is overexcited new homeowner somersaults... "So much room for activities!"

Before ---> After. (Dulux Feature Wall in Urban Obsession)
Metal jug - B&Q // Personalised dog print - Gift // Globe lamp - ASDA

We were fairly lucky that the house doesn't need much done to it at all, just cosmetics. And even then there's not actually anything wrong with it, it's just the odd bit of colour that isn't our taste. The lime green back porch was painted white on day one! Our living room was second in line for a mini makeover and the spare rooms are next. Gordon's already painted over the floral wallpaper in the box room but I'd like to change the blue carpet at some point down the line as well. We'd better paint over the Celtic themed spare bedroom before my brother comes to visit! 

I'll maybe post some home updates as we go along, if anybody would like to see them? Also, let me know your favourite places to shop for homeware. My love for marble plant pots and copper light shades is growing fast!!

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Breakfast at Tribeca, Glasgow

There is no place I love more than New York, and it seems like someone in Glasgow feels the same way. Tribeca bar & grill is "a little slice of the big apple in the heart of your neighbourhood". Well if you can't go to New York, why not bring New York to Glasgow? The Giffnock restaurant is a popular local haunt, filled with memorabilia, with their very own yellow cab & NYPD car outside, serving up traditional "New Yoik" brunch and "cwafee"!

We arrived early on a Sunday morning to an almost empty restaurant, a warm welcome and a big pot of green tea. They have a huge selection of pancakes, French toast, eggs, sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, American cereals (Lucky Charms!), and their famous Snow Blizzard ice cream shakes. Gordon went for the Varick breakfast - a full Scottish served with French toast and Canadian maple syrup! I very nearly had French toast with Reese's peanut butter and banana but decided to go down the slightly healthier route, and chose the Little Havana omelette. A 5 egg monster stuffed with ham, pulled pork, jalapenos and cheese - it was bigger than my face! I didn't eat again until supper time. Tribeca 1, Christy 0. 

You can find the the original New York kitchen at 3 locations throughout the city and a new one in Edinburgh too! Well worth a visit.
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