Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Summer Holiday in Marmaris

I have spent the last 2 weeks relaxing and exploring Marmaris, Turkey.

My cousin,T, and I stayed in a cute, all inclusive hotel called the Ideal Pearl. The staff were super friendly and the food that was on offer was to an excellent standard, with unique and freshly cooked dishes at every meal time.

Most of our time was spent at the pool or walking around the touristy shops, however on a few occasions we went on some very interesting excursions! The first was a 'Jeep Safari'.
This started quite early in the morning, and it was the first time we actually made it to breakfast! (we ate oranges with beans... the fun that buffets bring!)
We saw some beautiful sights, my favorite was a place called Jesus Beach, where the sea barely got deeper than waist high.

A couple of days later, we joined an outing to the Dalyan River and Turtle beach. The soft sand of Turtle beach is a prime spot for the laying of Loggerhead Turtle eggs! It's not their season yet, but we did get a glimpse of a turtle while sailing on the River Dalyan. We also got to bathe in mud baths and see some beautiful historic sights!

The next week, we ventured into something, that frankly scared the hell out of us both!
Scuba diving!
We got piled up with the kit and delved into the deep! 

Lastly we went quad biking! Being silly me, I went dressed in white.... safe to say that top is ruined! I can't believe T let me drive the quad bike the whole time, being the person without an actual driving licence. ah well, we only crashed once.

As well as all of these outings, we had a blast at a water park, went jet skiing, ate amazing food and had some well deserved spa time!

I could write in detail everything we saw and did, but it would take me a week to write! we had a blast and would thoroughly recommend the hotel!

I hope you've enjoyed reading all about our trip!
I hope to get writing again more often now that I have graduated from Uni!


Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Training Day 42!

Hello reader!

It is day 42, of my Tough Mudder training. Read my last training post here.

Over the past few weeks I have struggled to get into a fitness routine that will not result in my death mid-august. I've had a couple of weeks where I haven't tried as hard as I should, and a couple of weeks where I've tried too hard. I think I'm finally getting to a point where I know my limits and I like to push myself just that little bit further each time.

So, what do I actually do?

To start with I do 40 minutes, or more, of cardio, this could be just one or a mixture of running, cross training, rowing or cycling. The Tough Mudder course is 12 miles long, so I'm hoping to get to a point before the event where I'm able to run comfortably for 12 miles. This may be a long shot, but I have 6 months to make it happen! Currently I'm able to run (on a treadmill) for 2 miles in 20 minutes, and not feel like I'm going to pass out! Treadmill running is, in my opinion, a lot easier than road running and cross country running, but its a start.

After that I have a toning/strengthening routine set out by my fiend NG, who is a fitness nut! This girl is bonkers about exercise and I love it because she motivates me to do better!
The routine starts with various stomach crunches, follows with a variety of squats and ends with a gym ball... I have to do it twice, but I haven't quite got there yet! once I'm used to those I'll edge some arm strengthening stuff in there too! I've said before that strength is my down fall, but after just 2/3 weeks of doing it about 3/4 times a week I'm already finding them much easier to do; soon i'll be doing it 2 or 3 times over!!
BUT, just exercising isn't enough!!

So, what do I eat?

To start with I ate whatever I wanted, so long as I kept to the calorie intake, set in place by the 'My Fitness Pal' app on my iPhone; this meant I would starve myself all day and then binge and eat all my calories in one meal. Not the healthiest way to eat.
Then I started being so strict with myself, I would refuse to eat things because they weren't healthy enough!
I've now reached an equilibrium where I don't even really use the app, I know when I've had enough and I automatically reach for the healthier foods.

The results?

I'm already a stone lighter than I was at Christmas! I can't notice it just yet, but you're always your own worst critic.
I feel fitter, people have noticed it, and I like being healthier!
Also I tried a size smaller in some jeans the other day and I'm only an inch from them fitting perfectly!!

However lets not forget why I'm changing my life!

TOUGH MUDDER! click the link to see their website.

Myself and a team of wonderful, caring and crazy individuals are risking our lives to raise money for Brain Injury Group is BIG. If you would like to join us in our quest and not get electrocuted, feel free to go to our fundraising page to donate!

Thank you so much for reading, I appreciate your support!
my "I'm making progress, Russell Brand is on my boobs, procrastinating writing my dissertation" selfie!