Wow, the 3rd month of the year! How quick is this year going already? Its crazy!

For the past 2 years I have done a “month off March” period to cull my poor eating habits and just challenge myself. This year I wasnt planning on doing anything, but after Matt & I saw the British Heart Foundation advert for dechocx and we decided that actually lets do it.

So for the past few days we both have been Chocolate free, however I have also been sweet, biscuit AND crisp free.

In my slimming world group 2 weeks ago I made the decision to go back to basics AND challenged myself to have my 1.5 stone award BEFORE we go to Cuba in May!

Matt & I both encourage each other witb naughty eating habits so I know this month will be a challenge BUT it will do us both some good and I know it will help me stick to plan and get me closer to reaching my goal!

My aim is to have at least my 1 stone award by the end of March!

Have a great March xxx

74 Miles!

Can you imagine being sat on a bike for 74 miles? I can’t and dont think I would ever want to, but one of our good friends Lee decided to do it for charity (check out my previous blog post here!) and what a great thing to do!

Matt took Lee to the starting point in London for 6am Saturday morning. Helped him do the finishing touches and waited with him until he set off, before heading back home to pick us girls up and head down to Brighton!

Matt was driving the van down to Brighton and to say we were sceptical about if we could fit into a car park would be an understatement. I think we all held our breath on several occasions as we drove around the car park. After a quick wee and cash point stop, we decided to hit the lanes and see what goodies we could stumble across and that we definitely did!

After spending the weekend in Brighton for Lee’s stag not that long ago, the boys kept raving about a cocktail bar called Twisted Lemon that we just had to try, both myself and Hayley were up for it but after Matt walking us in the wrong direction for about 10 minutes we finally found it and took another 10 minutes deciding on what we were having. Unfortunately as Matt was driving he could only have a mocktail, but myself and Hayley were going for it & they were delicious!

As neither of us had eaten much earlier in the day, both myself and Hayley were feeling a bit boozy once had finished and made a sensible decision to head to the pier for some more fun, but when we stumbled across a bar called Dirty Blonde, we just had to stop for photos!

Finally we hit the pier and enjoyed the arcades and Hayley even won a Sven Reindeer on the Racing Dolphins ride…..for those of you that are wondering we were tracking Lee every 20 minutes to make sure we didn’t miss him finish – we hadn’t forgotten the real reason why we were in Brighton…..Promise!!!

After spending a couple of hours on the pier, we decided to head down the finish line ready to meet Lee as he finished. By the time we were at the end point Lee had just done the last climb and was 8 miles from the finish starting the decline down to the seafront. We took advantage of the wait and had some chips, before taking our place a the finish and watching the cyclists before Lee arrive.

After a few “is that Lee?” “what was Lee wearing this morning?” we spotted him and cheered him over the finish line!

Poor Lee looked so tired after we managed to reach him, but once he managed to get his breath back and after his massage he soon looked ok and was happy to pose for photo’s, whilst we giggled at the unfortunate placement of the mud on some peoples shorts!

 It was such a lovely day & walking back to the van as the sun was setting over Brighton Seafront was lovely, even though there was a chill in the air. I definitely captured the best photo of the day though!

Love Emma xxx

8 Hours On A Bike?!

I could not imagine anything worse than being sat on a bike for 6-8 hours, my bum got sore when we rode over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and we were on and off our bikes for about 2hrs!

However, one of our good friends Lee has decided to ride from London to Brighton on 26th September to help raise money for The British Heart Foundation. Lee and his fiance Hayley are big charity supporters, they already do a lot of work for a South Coast based Charity called Football For Cancer so it was no suprise when I had heard that Lee had signed up to help out for another charity. They are both such selfless people, always ready and willing to help out others expecting nothing back in return.

Lovely Couple!

Lee’s target is to raise £150 and at the point of writing this his just giving page (Check It Out Here) is already at £115! It would be fantastic if we could get Lee over and above his target. I asked Lee to fill me in on why this bike ride as I know he enjoys getting out on his mountain bike but this is a long challenging route. Lee has told me that although the 6-8 hour bike ride probably wont be enjoyable, but is looking forwards to the distance and the heights that he will be experiencing especially as the route is graded it as a 4, which is considered one of the most difficult routes and are suitable for experienced riders with above average cycling skills and fitness. Having said that Lee is looking forward to the sites that he is going to see on the way. The route itself starts off in Roehampton taking the riders through Richmond Park into Kingston on Thames and Surbiton. They will travel through parts of Surrey and the South Downs National Park before ending up on Hove Beach!

I am hoping the weather takes a turn for the better towards the end of September so that Lee doesn’t turn up at the finish line soaked to the bones! Lee has said it will be a really good challenge for him and will give him something to really push himself, Matt is going to be taking Lee to the starting point on that Saturday and myself and Hayley are going to make sure we are at the end (after some shopping in Brighton) to see him finish!

An After Shot From A Different Race This Year!

So keep your eyes peeled in a few weeks as I will keep you all updated with Lee’s progress, in the mean time why not donate the price of your morning coffee on Lee’s Just Giving Page and make sure you gift aid your donation too!


Emma xxx