I recently blogged about my amazing trip to Belfast over my birthday weekend but also hinted that my birth-day had turned into a birth-week!
I managed to squeeze a lot into my week off work but most of it was not healthy at all…
Starting with the good, I actually managed to fit in some exercise which is a win for me during any holiday!
On Monday I did a 5km run, it was beautiful weather but I struggled with the cold on my throat and teeth. Having done most of my running this year in milder weather this is just something I’m going to need to get used to.
On Tuesday I was visiting my beautiful but crazy nieces (aged 1 and 3) so there was a lot of running about and climbing involved, definitely some calories burned!
Wednesday to Friday I went away with my mum on a lovely trip to Lochearnhead. We managed to fit in a 10 mile walk with amazing scenery as well as 50 lengths of the pool on our spa day to Forrest Hills.
On Saturday I did an approx. 10km walk. This was meant to be a 5km run but my hip was feeling a bit wonky so I increased the distance and slowed the pace way down instead.
There was also the discover of a new ‘healthy’ and so delicious snack, Metcalfe’s cinnamon sweet skinny popcorn. I tried to stick to porridge for breakfast in the hotel and at the spa day the lunch provided was a very healthy bento box.
The Bad (but oh so delicious)
Healthy eating was for the most part completely out the window this week. On my trip with mum we enjoyed; macaroni cheese, sausage and mash, wine, beer and cocktails.
I also had a birthday dinner with my best friends Vivi and Jordan when I was back in Glasgow on Friday night in Bar Slouch where the portions were humongous…I actually can’t believe how many chips I ate.
On top of that last night I went to a ‘Come Dine With Me’ night with the girls from my old work. Such a brilliant idea everyone bringing a dish, the food was all amazing but likely not too light as we enjoyed beef chili nachos, tomato and olive bruschetta, steak and chicken fajitas (and we’ll come back to the desserts!).
Oh has anyone tried the new Marks and Spencer Winter Berry & Prosecco crisps?! I’m not a crisp person and I easily demolished half a bag of these before asking my mum to take them from me. Dangerously good!
The Ugly (Pum’s sugar rush)
So I’m not actually sure what came over me this week but the least healthy part of my birthday week off was definitely how much sugar I consumed.
On Monday my gran had made her wonderful birthday cake (an annual request) of which I enjoyed a generous slice.
On Tuesday before I headed up to Lochearnhead with mum she remembered she had a voucher for afternoon tea at Lodge on the Loch (which was on the way conveniently) so we booked in and tucked in to Prosecco, sandwiches, scones, brownies, strawberry tarts and lemon drizzle cake!
Wednesday to Friday on our trip away I managed to have dessert both nights (apple pie with custard and sticky toffee pudding with ice cream) and convince myself that a post 10 mile walk hot chocolate (with cream and marshmallows) was allowed.
Saturday was ‘Come Dine With Me’ night and I was on the desserts. I didn’t want to disappoint so went completely over the top baking a ridiculous chocolate fudge cake with a nutella cream icing centre, a chocolate fudge icing coating, mars bar towers, milk chocolate pretzels and white chocolate buttons.
How completely unnecessary, but if you’re looking for something sweet, decadent and impressive it does the job!
So it’s safe to say I overindulged this week and I’m sure Monday’s weigh-in will reflect that. I had such a brilliant week though and am hoping over the next few weeks I can get my act together and enjoy some healthy recipes and up my exercise to balance things out.