Food and Drink

Salmon!

Yesterday lunch time involved one of the easiest salads I have ever experienced. Lightly

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fried salmon, red & yellow peppers, and cucumber topped with a teensy bit of honey mustard dressing made a delicious and filling meal.

I couldn’t eat it all, mainly because the crunchy peppers were hurting my wisdom tooth that has decided to push through again, but there was also a lot of it.

And the salmon!

Why don’t we eat salmon 24/7? It’s so, so good and so easy to eat. It’s one of those foods that I don’t care what it goes with – pasta, salad, chips, sandwich, anything!

As we mentioned before in some feeble diet posts, this is one of the healthier meals that I enjoy.

To update you on the ‘diet’ I’ve started a yoga DVD which I try to do every day where possible for an hour and I’m pretty sure it’s working. I don’t feel slimmer yet. In fact, I just feel in pain from using muscles I didn’t know were there BUT I think I look more defined. We will see anyway. The point is, I’m enjoying it, so there’s that.

Please eat salmon and put it with whatever you want. I’ll be trawling through foodie blogs and Pinterest boards looking for more scrumptious ideas!

Peace x

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‘Diet’ Update

I’ll be honest.

I haven’t stuck to the ‘diet’ I gave myself. I ate some pizza last night and the night before that? Southern fried chicken.

Part of me cares, part of me doesn’t. I hear myself say ‘this isn’t good for you, spit it out!’, but I never do.

I always knew I could never go cold turkey at the start, because I’m stubborn and I would get mad (which I already have been doing – no sugar has made me cranky).

I am trying, though. I’ve swapped sandwiches for salad at lunch time and have yoghurts for breakfast rather than nothing. I’m making a push for cooking fresh where possible,  rather than being lazy and buying ready meals. I also drink green tea instead of Yorkshire tea and have swapped fizzy pop for squash with no added sugar. Go me.

The changes are small, and probably won’t make that big of a difference seeing as my job involves sitting at a desk  a l l  d a y.

Movement is key, obviously, but while I’m not actually tracking my weight because there is a spider attached to the bathroom scales right now, there’s no way of telling if I’m actually doing something right. I feel better in myself at least, if that counts (which it does, I am told).

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10, 12 or a 14?

I haven’t got a New Year’s Resolution as such; and I find it hard to come up with a specific goal because I have never, ever stuck to them. I’ve always become bored with sticking to the new rules, or circumstances have changed that have made the resolutions irrelevant or pointless.

But for 2016, I have decided to make a couple of changes to my lifestyle, with the idea of getting a little bit healthier and fitter! At the moment I’m an asthmatic, jelly-fied 23 year old between a UK size 10, 12 and 14, who can’t walk down the street without getting a sweat on. I’ve always been conscious of my body (as far too many women are) but after the food I’ve consumed over Christmas, it has really hit me how unhealthy I actually am.

The plan is to start small, and it helps me that Sam is also on board; so last night we went to Morrison’s and got a load of vegetables and some fish,

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Lots of mash (I couldn’t eat it all)

chicken and mince. For dinner yesterday we enjoyed salmon in parsley sauce, with mashed potatoes and green beans. Tonight, we’re going to make a puff pastry tart bejewelled with colourful vegetables and tomato puree (there will perhaps be a photo of that later as well). And for my lunch today at work, I’ve got carrots and houmous.

I don’t have a goal weight, and I don’t really understand calories or how to work out effectively, but I just want to be able to walk into a clothes shop and be 100% sure that a size 10 top will fit me. I want to be able to run up the stairs and not be out of breath – as far as asthma will allow. And I want to not be so bloody reliant on Galaxy chocolate on an evening!

I think what is important, is that I don’t focus on a specific goal, and I don’t force myself to be super healthy all at once, because my psychology will kick in and I will dig my heels in. I’m not going to give myself a time limit and I’m not calling it a New Year’s Resolution to get fitter; I’ve just taken the beginning of 2016 as a marker to alter my lifestyle and maybe see some confidence benefits.

So as I sit here, drinking cranberry green tea instead of Yorkshire tea, wishing to some extent that I didn’t really sit down all day, I’m looking forward to 2016 and I’m going to try really REALLY hard not to scoff all of that chocolate I got for Christmas in one sitting…

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It’s Always a Good Time

It’s been quite a busy weekend in the realm of Holmes and I’m feeling good. There are two days left of this internship and let’s be honest…it’s about time. I’m ready for the next chapter (I have been since January, but we’ll skip over that) and I feel like something important is on the horizon. I could be very wrong, but for the first time in a while I feel reasonably positive about the upcoming weeks.

I was invited to a Macmillan Night In on Friday evening which turned out to be a truly excellent event; not only were more than £100 raised, but it was also highly enjoyable, excluding the very sore head that I had in the morning 😦

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Props for the Macmillan night in
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Aaarrhhh
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Fish pie with homemade chips and vegetables

After recovering on Saturday morning, Mum and Dad brought me back to York for a lovely pub lunch and a spot of shopping in the city centre, which is always nice because I never see it anymore, with working in Castleford for the last year. I didn’t buy anything, except a bathroom bin (loving adulthood, by the way) and a pasta bake for dinner. Then Lisa arrived at my house! This girl disappeared off to London to live the high life and we never get to see each other but nothing ever changes when we actually do; it’s like she’s never been away. So together with Sam we enjoyed nice night in with some cider and movies rather than going out on the razz which I’m pretty sure I would not have managed..

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Fools. (Lisa and I)
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Movies, cider and PJs

Yesterday (Sunday) Lisa and I took a trip into town again for some shopping (shampoo and nail polish this time) and then a nice relaxed afternoon in a coffee shop. What’s been especially great about this weekend is that it’s gone quite slowly at a nice pace. I think it’s because I know this whole ordeal is coming to an end. I’m planning on writing a long honest piece about my experience here because I think it’s changed me. It needs analysing; was it really that bad of a time (probably)?

Here’s to the next two days of – hopefully – quizzes and random DVDs in lessons. 🙂