Thursday, 20 April 2017

Vino & Vinyasa @ Foundation Coffee House

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I did something new this week. Well actually, I did two things that I have done many times before but I did them together for the first time.

Vino & Vinyasa! An hour of vinyasa yoga followed by (not accompanied by) a large glass of wine. It's a new event held at foundation coffee house. Have you been to foundation? It's one of the most northern quarter-ey places in the northern quarter and is rapidly becoming one of my favourite spaces. While the nearby Aflecks is the fabulous pinnacle of sensory overloaded alternative culture, foundation is the calming epitome of a newer bread of Scandinavian inspired minimalistic style combined with a menu to match the meticulous d├ęcor. Their fruity kale smoothie is a personal favourite for virtuous days and their gin selection is for the other days!

I am usually more of a pilates kind of gal being a scientifically person and prone to the giggles at silly names. However, this time I think yoga was what I needed. Marley from Vida Yoga guided us through some fairly dynamic yoga which I found myself concentrating quite hard on! I like to push myself in most things so I found myself pushing to be as flexible as the person in front of me and as balanced as the person next to me. My mind has been pretty full recently and the combination of being fairly lousy at yoga and a brain full of thoughts created a little bubble of clarity - why do I have to try so hard at everything? Doing the basic triangle pose is fine, I don't need to extend into the bound version. Likewise with what was in my head. Once I stopped trying to extend into mental bound triangle pose it got a lot calmer and more enjoyable.


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

CLRCFF - I'm excited

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Is your newsfeed full of clear coffee? Because mine is, and if yours isn't then I am slightly concerned about what google knows about me. If you have missed it it's THIS. So Jesus may have turned water into wine but CLRCFF has created a way to make coffee look like water. Apparently the idea came from the coffee addict owners being annoyed at coffee stained teeth. This is an issue, combined with a healthy red wine habit, which is apparently costing me £300+ at the dentists to remedy - not that I've quite got round to it yet. I might have to swap bleaching my hair for bleaching my teeth. What is it with modern beauty standards with changing colours of things? Hair lighter, teeth whiter, skin tanner, brows darker, eyelashes darker, cheekbones lighter! Gah what's wrong with my natural blotchy pink complexion and my mouse hair? 

Back to coffee. Already articles have popped up in cosmopolitan, the independent, the huffingtonpost, and even a slightly scaremongering article in the sun. They are selling to UK at £5.99 for 2 200ml bottles or £14.99 for 5. Some of the articles comment that it seems expensive but at £3* a bottle and free delivery for the 5 pack seems a good deal. Starbucks is more than that, as is a large red bull (equivalent caffeine content and that comes with all the added sugars and gas in the world). So I've ordered some. The 2 pack for now but I'm excited. I will let you know when it arrives!


* a previous version of this post stated £2 - that was my math fail

Sunday, 16 April 2017

In the name of freedom - Water Challenge Week 3

So in my first post in this series I described my skin as "the epitome of combination skin with oily lagoons and dry dessert both represented within a few square inches. Mostly I'm covered in blackhead craters or minizit bumps creating something akin to the surface of the moon." I think that might be improving!

While energy levels and snacking behaviour have stayed constant I think my skin might be improving due to the increase in fluids. The very dry and flaky patches have cleared and the very oily patches are now just oily. I still have a healthy shine at the end of each day regardless of foundation/ powder. I think I just am an oily person. However, this week it seems less likely that the USA will invade my face in the name of freedom.

Blackheads have been at a minimum with only my reoccurring ones an inevitable constant and I only have two minizit bumps at the moment - one of which lies in the middle of the bridge of my nose behind my glasses so I suspect that ones a constant while I am at work and wearing my glasses for the majority of the day. The other is on my cheek and is very red but I suspect it is all talk as it hasn't developed any further than threatening. This is definitely progress!


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Nothing Noticable - Water challenge week 2

This week passed fairly non-noticeably. I'm still trying to drink at least 3 litres a day but for a couple of days I only managed 2. Energy levels are the same, snacking is the same, skin hasn't broken out but is still as combination as ever. I wasn't hoping for a miracle but I was potentially looking out for smaller pores or less flaky dry patches.

In summary, nothing noticeable happened this week.


Sunday, 2 April 2017

Water Water Everywhere - Water Challenge Week 1

An article appeared on my Facebook feed and although initially skeptical by the end the author claims that drinking a gallon of water a day for a month prevented migraine, removed acne, prevented snacking, and improved energy levels! Sounds too good to be true right? Well given that I am afflicted with sluggish spotty munchy headache syndrome I thought I'd give it a go because at best I'd feel fantastic and at worst I'd just pee a lot.

Handy hint; it is possible to drink too much water. It messes with your organs and flushes out vital vitamins. The girl in the post says she drinks a gallon and, despite the Web address, mentions New York so I'm going to assume she drank a US gallon (3785ml) not an imperial (4546ml). Now I know I drink less than the 2000ml suggested guide and probably only consume 1000-1500ml each day. I'm busy and am not always near a loo but I've never been a big drinker for the sake of water consumption. I remember as a child being told off for not drinking so maybe I've never been so hydrated as I'm about to be!

So the challenge I am setting myself is to drink at least 3000ml every day for a month. All beverages will count so a mug of tea will still contribute to my daily consumption. I'll keep a running log of how I feel and I'll review skin, energy, headaches, and snacking behaviour and post each week. 

Day 1
I plop out of bed with my usual lack of elegance. My energy levels have been worse but I find mornings slow to get going and evenings hard to maintain. This morning is no exception. I have the choice of getting up immediately to get to work at 8:30 or dozing in bed a bit more and arriving at 9. Today the doze wins. Putting on my makeup I frown at my skin. My skin isn't behaving itself recently. I've had acne since a young teen and now in my mid 20s my once pustular skin has turned cystic and the epitome of combination skin with oily lagoons and dry dessert both represented within a few square inches. Mostly I'm covered in blackhead craters or minizit bumps creating something akin to the surface of the moon.

Initially I feel smug as I go to the water fountain for the first time today but that's short lived as I spend the rest of the day peeing every 5 minutes. We'll not quite that often but it feels very disruptive to my day. I don't snack deliberately (trying to shift some relationship weight) but when I get home I devour as much healthy crap cruel sensible weekend me bought at the supermarket. Snack prevention fail. No headache though.

Day 2
Still peeing a lot. It woke me up in the night. I hope my bladder stretches or something. I planned to go to the gym and therefore consume another 500ml but the sofa was too comfy.

Day 3
Today I woke up thirsty?! Perhaps my body has just been waiting for me to drink a lot and now I am it's jumping on the bandwagon. I made it to lunch without snacking but I did count a flapjack as breakfast. It's oats so it counts right? Determination got me through the afternoon not snacking but mostly because of a long meeting rather than not wanting to snack.  I went to a ceilidh tonight so drinking lots of water was easy as it got so hot and sweaty.

Days 4&5
Getting into the habit of constantly having a water bottle with me so it's already easier to hit my target. Still having to get up in the night.

Days 6&7
Both Friday and Saturday night I went out. This doesn't usually happen but there was a friends party and a theme night I wanted to go to. Both nights I drank more than is recommended in one sitting, but both mornings all I felt was sleep deprived not hungover! Perhaps being fully hydrated before drinking prevents that desert inside feeling post night out? Also I think my bladder is adjusting because I managed to avoid peeing in one dodgy bar's loos despite drinking 750ml while there. I also managed to sleep through the night both times without needing to get up and go to the bathroom. I am definitely adapting.

However I had a terrible eruption of zits appear on my chin so it hasn't improved my skin much as yet. Likewise my energy levels aren't significantly different and my food cravings are still very much with me. I haven't had a headache this week though! Hopefully some improvements next week.