A roundup of 2013 & what to expect in 2014!

So 2014 is here… honestly 2013 I blinked and practically missed it! What a hectic but incredible year!

Firstly I completed my CAM Diploma in Marketing Communications – whilst thinking I may go slightly mad! We had a wonderful family holiday in Egypt, I got to travel to some amazing places for work (Chicago and Bangkok) and topped it off by creating an amazing new extension on the house that included a brand new kitchen (can you believe my husband almost made me keep the old one)! There’s a few pictures at the bottom of the post so you can have a nosey!

The downside to the latter half of 2013 is that my healthy eating and regular exercise took a massive hit – we had no kitchen for the best part of two months and my husband was also doing a lot of work himself on the house which meant I couldn’t get to my regular gym classes or do exercise at home as I had the kids to take care of and when we had free time it was to plan for the renovations or sleep. This was topped off with my husband getting made redundant at the beginning of December and us just thinking sod it let’s enjoy Christmas before we embark on the chaos of 2014!

We certainly enjoyed it – although my waistline certainly hasn’t and the last quarter of 2013 really ripped apart all my hard work that I had done with my diet (healthy eating) and ‘regular’ exercise.

As of now I weigh 64.8kg – at my lightest in 2013 (back in June) I was 60kg! I honestly cannot believe I have put almost 5kg (11lbs) on in that time!

Getting back into the swing of things has already started – I’ve already been to the gym 4 times this year and I start personal training tomorrow! Be sure to follow my blog to get some hints and tips if you are planning on beginning a fitness regime! The diet since the 2nd January is already much better (check MyFitnessPal), the amount of protein being consumed has increased whilst the fat and carbs has decreased (along with the alcohol)! So I am sure in no time at all things will be back to the way they were and more! I’m actually struggling with eating enough right now and trying to keep my macros and micros in check – if anyone has any input they can give on this it would be much appreciated!

Generally with a New Year come resolutions – I don’t tend to make them, I guess mine is the same each year… ‘try and be a better me’ that way I can focus on what I have achieved rather than what I haven’t. I feel that it is a much more positive way to think as it keeps you away from focusing on the negatives. If you have to set goals set smaller, more realistic ones that can be achieved slowly over time and gradually increase them.

My overall goal will be achieved through getting back into the swing of it eating and exercise wise and additionally I have signed up to complete a further CAM diploma – this time in Digital Marketing with a focus on Metrics and Analysis. I just love putting myself under pressure! BUT I’ve done it before and I can do it again and interestingly I came across a book called Spark that highlights the benefits of exercising whilst studying in order to retain information – it might explain why I got an A on my last and final assignment of my previous diploma!

The husband will also have a new job (yet to be confirmed where) but it is likely that he will need to undertake commuting which will be a big change for all of us – I expect we’ll get cranky with each other whilst we adjust, but we’ve been through much worse so this will be nothing in comparison!

2014 is also a significant year for us as it marks our son’s 10th birthday. I honestly can’t believe 10 years have passed since we lost him part way through my pregnancy so this year I want to do all I can to raise awareness as to babyloss along with raising funds for my chosen charity, Tommy’s! My husband will also be taking part in a ‘ScumRun‘ in May across Europe of which the beneficiary for the whole event is Tommy’s! So if you are a brand aimed at men who fancy providing some products to pop in some goodie bags or are interested in sponsoring the car please get in touch. Otherwise, if you are a reader of my blog and fancy sponsoring my husbands team it would be very much appreciated!! You can find the link here!

So here’s to 2014, I’m looking forward to taking you on!

kitchenKatrina Room

Katrina Beams

Katrina Room 2



It’s been a while…

I want to apologise to all my regular readers for being quiet of late but I have good reason for being so.

Since returning from holiday, where I managed to eat healthily and maintain my weight, we have come back to a major renovation project on our house which you may already be aware of.

We have an open plan kitchen, dining room and sun lounge of which we have extended the sun lounge and dining area to almost double the size and installed bi-fold doors – which look totally amazing!

We returned from holiday to the extension build phase complete but have since then been planning where we want electrics, stripping wallpaper, laying floors and ripping out the existing kitchen.

During this time I have also been away with and absolutely crazy busy with work which has left me working a number of evenings too, all of which has impacted upon my health and fitness regime!! Don’t worry I’m not getting lazy, as soon as things are in order I will be back on it!

Since we have had no kitchen I have struggled to cook healthy meals, most of which I generally do from scratch and instead we have been opting for eating out, takeaways and my idea of hell… microwave meals. I have tried to eat healthy where possible, but we have a lack of storage at the moment (pretty much just the fridge and freezer!) You will not believe the emotional turmoil I went through to actually put microwave meals through the till, not only for myself but my children too. I just don’t think they shouldn’t eat them unless absolutely necessary i.e. in our case of not having a kitchen. I have to say though our girls are used to home cooked food and have mostly turned their noses up at these unhealthy options.

I’ve also struggled to make time for the gym as when John get’s home from work he is making a start on DIY so I can’t exactly ask that he watches the kids instead so it’s a small sacrifice I have had to make for getting the room done at both a cheaper cost and before our eldest daughter’s birthday. Plus it will be absolutely amazing and we even have exposed steel work which will be great for chin ups… when I finally master them.

So over the last 3 weeks whilst this has been going on I haven’t weighed myself, the batteries ran out thankfully! However, once I am back on track I plan to do so, I haven’t measured myself either, although I know my the lack of healthy eating and exercise is taking a massive toll on my body and here is why…

  • I am getting spots… I’ve had the odd one or two in my adult life but not to this extent
  • I look and feel bloated constantly
  • My nails are weak and brittle
  • I feel tired
  • I constantly crave crap food which is a never ending cycle
  • My clothes feel tight & don’t (well I don’t think) look as good!
  • I am grumpy because I am not eating well and don’t have that time during the week to unwind, de-stress and have fun whilst exercising!

I have established during these last few weeks that I am an all or nothing girl and that I cannot wait to get back to my healthy lifestyle. Healthy eating and exercising just go hand in hand and the positive changes I put in since the beginning of the year have certainly become engrained and had a massive impact on my life moving forward. So, once this kitchen is installed any remaining junk food will be going and a massive healthy shop will be undertaken.

At this time I will also be embarking on my personal training finally! It really didn’t make sense to undertake it if I was fuelling my body with junk!

So upcoming blog reviews will be coming soon, these include…

For now though I shall leave you with some pictures of the renovation! Although I can’t wait to share with you the finished look! Expect plenty of new recipe posts cos I can’t wait to show off my new kitchen!

Dining area, sun lounge & kids chill area

Kitchen removed!

Dining Room / Kids chill out area / Sun lounge plastered

Kitchen plastered

Sun Lounge - tiles going in