Tracey Harding

Freddo cravings & fitness weekenders

Apologies MC&L family I am writing this feeling rather jaded but also buzzing from a fab weekend away at a fitness convention.

So, if I was a football commentator I would say it has been a fortnight of 2 halves, the first half being in pretty good shape and looking to score, the second half settling for a draw!!  Basically what I am trying to say is that I have had a relatively good 2 weeks and I am maintaining.

First half - In my recent blog I mentioned I was attending a good friends’ wedding and wanted to fit into a tighter than usual dress.  I had originally bought the size up (I am still finding it hard to convince myself I have lost all this weight) but Chris told me that whilst it looked nice (very diplomatic) it would look better if it was a bit tighter!!  Wow, he was awarded extra brownie points for that remark.  I bought the lower size praying that I could still fit into it a few weeks later after hen do’s etc. With this in mind I focussed on eating clean and sticking to the original 21 day plan (the first 7 day part until the big day) but unfortunately I had a shocking cold and felt under the weather so couldn’t exercise as much as I had hoped but eating was clean.

Chicken creamy pasta

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I tried Evie Chicken Creamy Pasta - despite a little accident with the courgette, won’t go into details but Chris nearly lost his finger with the new julienne peeler I bought for the cause - it was absolutely delicious, so recommend this and also all of Evie’s recipe’s as the variety helps you keep on track. Whilst I am not a Masterchef in the making, I do like my food and so enjoy the challenge of trying new recipes so I urge everyone to check them out and join the website to give you some fresh ideas.

I was also taken to Langan’s during the week by one of my clients and managed to eat clean, having calves liver with bacon and spinach. Whilst I ate clean, unfortunately I didn’t manage to “drink clean” and suffice to say I had the same trouble as I always do these days after a bit too much to drink and woke up wide awake at 3am tossing and turning and so when the alarm went off for work at 5.30 I felt terrible!  No sympathy required, I never learn!  I managed to fast the next 2 days to get me back on track and the rest of the week passed without any hiccups (of the sober or drunken variety).

The big day arrived and I was so pleased that the dress fitted nicely and had lots of nice compliments from people who I hadn’t seen for a while and we had a lovely lovely day, congrats to Mr and Mrs Cox. I even managed to eat clean at the meal until the dessert came out but it was Saturday and cheat day after all. I also had quite a lot to drink but it was a special occasion so just decided that I was going to enjoy myself, and I certainly did that as I didn’t feel particularly lively on Sunday but it was worth it!

So now it’s the second half, and things have been a little bit wobbly and have to say whilst I am eating clean mostly, I have been giving myself a few treats here and there but nothing out of control ie Freddo’s are back in the cupboard within reach and a few glasses of wine here and there. I went for tapas last week with colleagues and clients and whilst normally I would love that, it didn’t love me and so not sure I will be having that again in a hurry.

Stephanie & Tracey in Fight Klub class

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I have still had a bit of a cold (meh) and so not ventured to the gym much and work has been extremely busy with long hours (this is a usual thing) and so it was with apprehension I travelled to Bristol Friday for a fitness weekend.  I have to say it was fantastic and I took part in lots of classes with some fabulous presenters (our very own Jo P) and had a fab time.  

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Whilst I have been doing these events for a number of years, since being MC&L I have found I have so much more energy and focus to take part in the classes and my concentration on the choreographed elements is pretty good, even if I do say so myself and at my age!!

Michelle and Tracey

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The final whistle is about to go, so will sign off by saying that it has been a busy 2 weeks with some good results. I am also at Day 29 of the squat challenge!  Looking in the mirror I cannot see that my butt looks likes J-Lo as yet and so I can but dream, however, I am going to give myself a pat on the back as I managed to do 240 today after the whole weekend of exercising. I am walking rather gingerly and think it might take a stannah chair lift to get me to bed!

This is a tired T signing off BUT I have signed up for the 7 day Autumn Awakening starting this week and I am sure that this will have me feeling energised again very very soon...the cupboards have been cleared of Freddo’s because I ate them all when I got back from today oops!!

Catch up in 2 weeks and hope will see some of you on the group soon

T xxx

Back to reality & back in the rat race

So the holiday is well and truly over and I’m back in the rat race again.  No chance of easing myself back in to the work place, blackberry flashes to say I have 630 emails eek....and here we go again...

It’s been a manic few weeks and I feel like my feet haven’t touched the floor.  There have been meetings galore and work to catch up on as well as lots of client entertaining.  

In my recent holiday blog I said that I struggled to get my head around the eating and portions in the US and so it was a relief to get back to a routine of eating clean and lean and the gym, oh spinning how I missed you whilst I was away, my first class back after nearly 3 weeks off was pretty hideous and by the end it was like there was a swimming pool at my feet, and I had the look of a killer tomato!!

I put on 2.5lbs whilst I was away so my first priority was to shift this and so I went back to eating clean all week, exercising and the gym and I managed to shift it quite easily so am really chuffed about this.  

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I took a giant leap forward and decided that I am NEVER going back to my old weight and finally threw out all my “fat clothes” it’s quite liberating, but also quite scary as I think we all have some “fat day” clothes and keep just in case, but actually getting rid of them means that there is no going back!!  4 black bin liners full of clothes were taken to our local charity shop and they were chuffed to bits, it also means I can do some skinny mcninny shopping for new stuff woohoo!

I signed up to the recent Beach Ready plan and have to say it is fantastic, it is easy to follow and the exercises are great, they are pretty hard, but you can certainly feel it working the belly, butt and bingo wings.  I love being part of a group, it is great to have the banter and support and morale boosts from our Fern and Jo P every day.  I find that when I am in a group it is easier to keep on the straight and narrow and also seeing how others are coping and get to hear about some lovely recipe ideas.  

I0 days goes so quickly and I have managed to stick to it despite having to attend 3 client lunches in 1 week, I just make sure that the restaurants we go to are MCL friendly so we went to a Turkish restaurant, fish restaurant and steak restaurant, and I didn’t even bat an eyelid when everyone was drinking some lovely chilled wine and I had my sparkling water....I was in the Zone!!!  

Halfway through the beach body I attended a fitness day and met up with Char our bikini blogger and Jo P and it was lovely to see them.  They couldn’t believe how much I had lost since the last time I saw them in April and it gave me a boost to see that the good work is continuing despite holidays and nights out.  

On Sunday I went and saw Rihanna at Twickenham and whilst on the train journey there was chatting away to my friend about my recent plan and a lovely lady next to me apologised for interrupting our conversation.  She was really interested in what I was saying so I explained all about it, and gave her the website details and I have just found out she has contacted Mission Clean & Lean.  Spreading the word by rail now....

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It’s been a hectic couple of weeks and I have been working ridiculous hours but I have had so much energy thanks to the plan and I have managed to switch back into work mode (unfortunately) quite easily.....I weighed in on Wednesday after 9 days on the plan as I had the pleasure of attending Royal Ascot Wednesday and there was no way I was gonna miss out on some fizz!!! After 9 days I have lost 6.5lbs and 4.3 inches on the beach plan, I am now 2lbs away from 3 stone weight loss and I am so excited and hope to hit this in next week if I can.  There were some fantastic results from the group too, well done gang!!

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Check out my picture below from Ascot last year and I hope you can see the difference as much as I can...this is motivation in itself....

I have another hectic few weeks coming up with work conferences, Henley Regatta and a mini break to Devon and Cornwall so will catch up in another couple of weeks....I hope I break the 3 stone mark but looking at the next couple of weeks this might be a struggle hmmmmm

Tracey x