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Hula girls and a healthy regime

This weekend was one of my very best friends' hen weekend, which started with me hopping on a train to Brighton early on Saturday morning and meeting the rest of the group in Southampton.  They weren't difficult to spot as they were all dressed as hula girls in grass skirts and bikinis (because I'd spent some of the journey on my own I instead opted for hawaiian print leggings and lots of lei garlands instead!) The activities that were organised for the do were a two course dinner at Vodka Revs, followed by a 'party bus' - essentially a bus strung with bunting and balloons and equipped with an amp for cheesy music - which took us from venue to venue and then rounded us up at the end of our slot in each place (a very handy service when you have 17 inebriated hula girls scattered around a nightclub!) The next day was spent mooching around Brighton and soaking up the sunshine before getting the train home in the evening.  I only had my iPhone with me so I'm afraid I don't have any particularly good photographs but here are a small selection....


When I arrived home I felt sufficiently grotty; probably due to the combination of bad food (chips for lunch, dinner and on the way home after the night out... and a fried breakfast in the morning!), drinking and not having much sleep.  As I don't go out as much as I used to, and I almost never go to nightclubs until the early hours of the morning, I felt like my body was really unhappy with me!  I was even more horrified when I weighed myself and discovered I'd managed to put 3lbs on in two days! Since I came off the Jenny Craig diet I've made a real effort to eat better and be more conscious of the quality of food that I eat and I decided on Sunday night that I'd try and make my body better (and shed those extra lbs!) by picking this up again and having a super healthy week.  We've started ordering Abel and Cole boxes so we can base our meals around organic veggies and I also did a food shop on Monday full of lots of good things to eat this week.  Whilst off on Monday (I took Monday off work to recuperate and catch up on sleep!) I also found this Tumblr, which intersperses photos of slim/fit girls with workout routine tips and other fitness related stuff and it made me feel quite motivated to start doing exercise this week along with trying to eat healthily too.  I'm on dog walking duty this week which means that before work I have to take Bodhi for a quick walk and we usually take him around the school field round the corner from us.  In my bout of motivation on Monday afternoon I decided to lace up my running shoes and take him for a run round the field instead and it felt really good! I did the same yesterday morning and this morning before work (I was out there at 6.30am - ouch!) and I am aching so hard today.  I've been using the Nike Running app which I highly recommend as you can set up playlists and it maps your route and gives you lap times and so on so it's going to be really useful to measure my progress.  I did a mile and a half this morning of running three sides of the field and walking the fourth several times (I don't think the Olympics athletics team will be quaking in their boots when I reveal it took me 12 minutes to run a mile; though then again they don't normally have to do their runs with small white dogs darting around their legs).

I joke about my 12 minute mile but at the same time I actually feel good about it because it's better than the 0 minute nothing I was doing last week when I was still asleep in bed at 6.30! Also, as I said on the phone to my Mum last night, however slow you run, or however many times you have to stop, you're still lapping everyone on the sofa or still in bed!

[1] Zaggora Hotpants  [2] Dirty trainers
[3] Pea, asparagus and feta salad  [4] Granola and blueberries
I'm not going to get smug about it or extoll the virtues of running because I've only been doing it three days but what I will say is that I feel really good about it and I'm looking forward to carrying it on.  I'd love to be a bit fitter and more toned for our holiday in September and being the competitive little person I am I'm excited about carrying on using the app and being able to beat my time as I improve my stamina.  I know it's going to be harder next week when Tom takes over dog walking duty again and I'm not forced to be out on the school field at silly o' clock but at the same time it will probably be easier running without having Bodhi trying to trip me up or show me up by bounding off ahead of me!

Do any of you run and have any tips you want to share with me? Have you had any blowouts and feel like getting healthier?

16 comments

  1. Massive well done!I feel like I need a dog to keep my motivation up running!Or maybe I could take Inara?!I find the couch25k app motivating, it pushes me to run intensely for the time period,even though it's short,i seem to b interested in actually doing it more,whereas before I felt like I was failing.Unfortunately I now live in a more built up area so am a bit self conscious about doing it here!looks like you had a fab time here and what a bunch of great looking people!Party bus and nightclubs sound a bit like he'll to me tho!xxx

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  2. the photos are amazing,you girls are so pretty!

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  3. oh rosie you make such a lovely hula lady. and you should wear this forever more!
    i also should stop saying oh rosie, everytime i comment! paha.
    looks like you had such a lovely time too :) x

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  4. Looks like you had a great time with the ladies, love the sound of the party bus! xx

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  5. I don't run, but I like to walk every where when possible and do a range of toning exercises as soon as I get up.
    I think it's easier for me not to eat the "bad" things, as I recently discovered I have a wheat intolerance. Bye bye cookies! But I've lost half a stone right before my holiday and that makes me happy. Best of luck for you new healthy lifestyle.
    R xx

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  6. I'm tempted to get the nike app but I fear my fingers frantically typing in my password will be as far as I get with the exercise! The hen do looks great, way more wild than my own spa day effort that I'm yet to have - too old for nights out nowadays!

    xx

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  7. I'm working through the nhs couch to 5k podcasts at the moment and find them a great motivator and are really helping me build my stamina! Good luck with the running! And thanks for the tumblr links - I love things like that :)

    xx
    rococ0.blogspot.com

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  8. oooh that tumblr looka good, now following. Keeping a food diary really helps me xx

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  9. Go WITH Tom once he takes over - that is bound to keep your competitive spirit alive! Aha. If competition keeps you going, that app sounds perfect. I'm not sure if it would work for me - I wish it would, as my boyfriend is so get-up-and-go, and keeping up with him would have me looking like an Olympic athlete myself! I spend so much of my days working and sitting on my bum at the moment (the sad truth of relying on computers for employment), whilst last year I walked around a huge school all day and practiced Bikram yoga 4 times a week (I literally feel as if I do not know that person, she sounds like a NUTTER). I just feel as if I need an exercise niche! Good luck with the running though, it sounds as if it might be for you!

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  10. Looks and sounds like you had a brill time! I went through a phase of running a while back-I really need to get back into it! X

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  11. Looks like you had an amazing time. I cant wait for my friends to start getting married so that we can have epic hen nights ha! Im really interested in starting running myself so would be great to see how you get along xx

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  12. I definitely wouldn't call myself a runner. I've been running on and off for just over a year now and I absolutely love it. I was training for the great north run but had to drop out due to injury :(. I think I tried too much too fast! If you have an iphone you can get great apps like endomodo which track your run, pace and tell you how many calories you've burned. Tumblr is the best inspiration for me, I look at it and I'm just like man, time to get out there!
    I live by this advice:
    1) Don't forget to warm up (I walk 5 mins before I start running) and stretch when you get back home
    2) If you ever find yourself falling out of love with running make a new playlist and take a different route.
    Ooooh, I have to share this website with you too http://jog.fm/ . Input your mile speed, so 12 mins and then it churns out a bunch of songs that are the perfect beats per min for you to run to. You can change genre and stuff with the sliders down the side!!
    Happy running!

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  13. I started doing Couch to 5k about six weeks ago and have been enjoying it, but find motivation really hard on dark cold nights! I'm hoping to book a beach holiday later in the year which will hopefully spur me on a little more!

    Sounds like you are doing great so far! xx

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  14. WHEEEEEEEEEE Running. I just stopped my nasty horrid drugs last week, and as soon as I've kicked the cold and cough I have acquired, I cannot WAIT to get my trainers back on. I get a MEGA high from running, even though sometimes I have to make myself get out the door.

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  15. How are you finding your zagoora hotpants? i'm thinking about getting some of them but wasn't sure if they were any good? :) looks like you had a fun weekend :)

    Jo. x

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  16. Brighton looks like lots of fun, love the idea of the party bus! I need to start eating healthier again.. seem to have lost all willpower and living off rubbish lately.

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

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