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HM2014: Day 2

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20140103-212124.jpgDay 2, complete! Maracattack was much harder today because my muscles were aching so much from yesterday, especially when it got to the abs section. The side planks are an absolute killer! But I made it through to the end again, kind of. Because the steps in the routine change so quickly, it’s hard to keep up with what you should be doing. And sometimes they don’t show Miranda’s modified version until you’re already supposed to be halfway through, which isn’t ideal! But when I get lost, I just improvise, any movement has to be better than none!

After tea tonight I went for a quick walk down to asda and back. I say quick, it really was. It was lashing down with rain and very windy so I couldn’t wait to get back inside. It didn’t help that part of my route was down a long dark alley, which was populated with a group of what I shall politely call ‘youths’. As I started walking down the alley, they started following me, so I upped my speed to get away from them and back to streetlights as quick as possible!

Not a bad day in all though, stuck to my diet plan again, with space for 2 of my lovely thorntons chocolates that I got for Christmas. The box is going to last ages at this rate!

Oh, and in case you were wondering, the picture today is of my maraca substitutes, the Zumba toning sticks which came with my Zumba DVDs. They sound just like maracas and are slightly weighted, perfect for the job!

Stats for today
Calories eaten: 1,583
Calories burned: 3,253
Steps taken: 5,083
Active Minutes: 53

HM2014: Day 1

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Well after a chat with my boyfriend, I’ve actually decided to blog daily instead of weekly. I just feel that if I blog weekly, there’s loads of chances for me to deviate from the track, whereas if I’m blogging every day, it keeps me accountable. I think blogging on a night before bed will be better than morning, cos I have been known to stay in bed quite late on weekends, and I’d probably forget!

20140102-210817.jpgSo here’s today then!

I’ve just finished my first attempt at Miranda Hart’s Maracattack. On the DVD, there’s a 5 minute warm up, 20 minute cardio session, 5 minute high intensity session and 10 minutes each for arms, core and legs & bums. I did all of it except the high intensity section, since it involved a lot of jumping, and my room is in a creaky attic above the bedroom of my sleeping dad!

At first I thought I was going to hate it because I couldn’t keep up with the moves in the cardio section, but I think that’s probably because it was the first time I’d done it and I didn’t know what was coming next. I thought the legs and bum section was bad with all the squats and lunges, but the core section was killer! I had to take a breather halfway through the crunches, when I didn’t think I’d be able to keep my legs in the air any longer! All in all though, it was a good workout. I’ll carry on with it this week and see if I get any more coordinated at the cardio section!

Stats for today
Calories eaten: 1,531
Calories burned: 3,130
Steps: 2,827
Active Minutes: 42

Review: Miranda Hart – Is It Just Me?

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Miranda Hart - Is It Just Me?Anyone who knows me will know that Miranda is my favourite comedian. I can’t watch her show without laughing hysterically, and it doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen it, it’s still the same. So it was kind of surprising that I waited so long after this book came out to actually read it. I had it on my Christmas list last year, but when no-one bought me it, I didn’t fancy paying hardback prices and so I waited til it came out in paperback before I ran out and merrily handed over my money.

As I expected, I wasn’t disappointed. The book was a conversation between Miranda and her teenage self, with a comic but realistic outlook on all things life – weddings, birthdays, technology etc. I’m so glad that I read this book in the privacy of my own home, as if I’d read this book in public (i.e. on the bus), I would have had many strange looks for my constant bursts of laughter.

The book was written in the same style as her tv show and her previous radio show, so I couldn’t help but read the books in her voice and imagine her in all these hilarious situations (such fun!). This was brilliant though, it just made the book funnier! There was a sense of comradery through the book, being adressed as ‘My dear reader chum’ makes it all seem very personal and pulls you in in such a way that I almost read the book in one sitting, I had to keep forcing myself to put the book down so I didn’t race through it.

If you like Miranda’s tv show, you’ll absolutely love this book. And if you don’t, well what’s wrong with you?!

Highly recommended.

5/5