Holiday in St. Ives

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A couple of weeks ago we went down to St. Ives in Cornwall. We had rented an apartment in Carbis Bay, about a mile walk away from St. Ives along a Coastal Path.

This was the view from our apartment:

This is one of the best views we've had whilst being on holiday. It honestly felt like we were in a different country, I don't know about you but being by the sea just instantly relaxes me!
On our first day down there, we went and explored the area. It is very hilly there, especially walking to St. Ives down the coastal path - I mistakenly wore sandals, and wished I had put my trainers on. St. Ives is full of little cafes and pubs (not to mention numerous cornish pasty and ice cream shops), and many art galleries which are lovely to look around.

 I didn't put any sun cream on, and I got quite badly burnt. Being by the coast, it was quite windy and I just didn't realise how hot it was!
When in Cornwall, one must have a Cornish Pasty.

On Monday we went and had a look around Penzance, and went to St. Michael's Mount.

There's a castle on the top, and gardens surrounding it which you can have a look around. It is looked after by the National Trust. When the tide goes out it unveils the footpath which you can see in the above picture so you can walk across. If the tide is in, you can pay a small price to go over by boat.

We saw dolphins swimming from the gardens, I wish I had a pair of binoculars on me!

Later that evening we had tickets to go watch "She Stoops to Conquer" at the Minack Theatre, which is also known at "The Theatre in the Cliffs"

The view was unbelievable, and I would really recommend this to anyone who is visiting the South of Cornwall.

During the performance we saw dolphins again (not sure if it was the same pod from earlier). I saw them swimming to the left around the cove, and they slowly made their infront of us. I felt a bit bad for the performers because the whole audience by this point was like "wow dolphins" and were taking pictures. But I guess it's not something you see everyday, it was really an unforgettable moment.

The next day we went for a Spa Day at St. Ives Harbour Spa. We both had treatments and Laiten got in touch with his feminine side ;)

We had a glass of Pimms and strawberries with cream up on the terrace

We stumbled upon a National Trust property called Godrevy, when I was looking on Trip Advisor to see where was good to go for lunch. It was lovely place to go for a walk, you can see loads of people out surfing the ways. This sea was a lot choppier than the beaches at St. Ives and Carbis Bay, so was a perfect place to go surfing.

You can walk along a coastal path which has beautiful views, and reach a small cove where seals are. It was so nice to see seals & dolphins out in the sea in their own habitat. 

It was our last night and we decided to stay on Godrevy and have a BBQ on the beach whilst watching the sunset.  

 We some picked mussels, and bought them home and we cooked them in butter and garlic, they were delicious!

We also went on a boat trip to Seal Island, went and watched the new Jurassic Park film, spent the day at Carbis Bay beach and went kayaking, and also went body boarding - which is so much fun but surprisingly tiring!

I had such a lovely time, and would definitely go back. There are so many things to do and other places to explore in Cornwall. And it was so nice not having to deal with flights and airport transfer!

We were lucky with the weather as well, and both came back with a nice tan!

"Muscle weighs more than fat"

Friday, June 19, 2015

I felt like I wasn't getting anywhere with my weight loss and it was really starting to get to me, so I decided to ask Nick for his advice and he designed a food plan for me.

In 2 weeks I lost 4.5lbs, which I'm really pleased with! It's been hard, but nothing is easy - it's just about getting your body used to the change! And most importantly - sticking to the plan!

I think the above image really highlights the difference in volume between fat and muscle. You may have heard the saying "Muscle weighs more than fat", which is kind of confusing because one pound of msucle is going to weigh the same as one pound of fat. Actually muscle takes up less space than fat; one pound of muscle occupies less space than one pound of fat, as muscle is about 18% more dense than fat (this is where the confusion comes from).

Five Things Friday!

Friday, May 29, 2015

First things first - YAY to it being Friday!

Apologies for not blogging in a while, as I've been doing a lot of resting-  I haven't really had much to talk about.

I thought I would do a "Five Things Friday" post, as I enjoy reading these on other people's pages/blogs.

My five favourite things of the past week are:

1) This has been my first full week back at the gym, where I have managed to do all my working sets and accessory work since pulling something in my back.

2) Monday was a Bank Holiday, I spent the long weekend out painting my fence. It wasn't exactly "fun" but it's something I've been meaning to do for ages - and it also takes aggesss (still haven't finished 'sob').