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Craving Results: Skating on Thin Ice

Hello. Hope your weeks been okay. I’ve had the kind of week that started off with the best of intentions, but ended up crashing and burning a little bit.

I went to the gym twice this week – 1 cross trainer session by myself and 1 super set session with Matt. I had a hella busy working week and to top it off, decided to develop a cold on Thursday which is currently making me feel like my head is under water, so I didn’t think I would be able to go to the gym without passing out! My step count has taken an embarrassing hit as well, though again, there were times where I didn’t carry my phone with me, so I’m sure there were a few more steps then I have counted. The overall total was: 63,389.

Skating on Thin Ice

I did go ice skating with my sister and niece last Sunday which was an interesting day out. I remembered in the car on the way that I hadn’t actually skated for 12 years, so when my sister asked me if I could actually skate, my response was ‘let’s find out’ with a shrug. The answer at first was no, I really couldn’t without clutching the side!! I did end up finding my feet again and didn’t brick it once (you’ll be sad to hear, I’m sure). It felt like an excellent leg workout as my thighs were killing me by the end and ached all of Monday…

This week was always going to be difficult diet wise, as I had 2 social dates in the diary. On Thursday I went to a wine tasting evening which was good fun and I ended up testing 8 different wines. On Friday I went to a work party which involved a 3 course dinner, wine and a lot of dancing. I’ve stuck to the food diary right up until Friday, where I shamefully haven’t completed it for the next 2 days. I will try better next week I swear! I do find that “dieting” all the time can be exhausting and it doesn’t take much for old habits to push their way back in (I’m not using this as an excuse, just a mere observation). My measurements are:

  • hips 97cm
  • waist 101cm

For my meal this week I cooked a Boef Bourguignon in the slow cooker (yes, I know I really must cook a recipe that actually involves cooking at some point!!) It was really delicious and rich. I served it with potatoes (had no time to mash them, but that was my intention). It seemed to go down well with the in-laws. The macros (which are insanely low) were:


  • Calories – 276
  • Protein – 33.1g
  • Fat – 9g
  • Carbs – 5.9g

On a side note. I was given a freebie curry base set made by The Spice Tailor and it was pretty damn impressive. It comes with spices, a base sauce and a main sauce and a 10 minute recipe. Unlike other ‘quick recipes’, this literally took 10 minutes to cook, all you need to add is your meat (chicken) and 10 minutes later you have a curry that actually tastes like a takeaway at a fraction of the calories! All I can say is well played Tesco because I will definitely be buying this for a quick midweek dinner!


P.S. – Matt here, what I absolutely love about these blog posts from Sammy is how completely honest they are. I’ve read many fitness blogs that paint the picture of perfection when it comes to diet and exercise. Something that also occurs on Instagram and Facebook. Either these people are much more dedicated than the majority of people or they are glossing over the details. That’s what is so refreshing about these blogs. People get ill, people go to parties, and have weeks where they don’t exercise as much as usual. Results come to those of us who can deal with all of this and keep going. Which is why I know Sam is going to get there. Also, Ice skating sounds really fun!

About the Author Matt Smith

Matt Smith is the owner of Beer N Biceps. He has a degree in Sports Science, 10 years of experience working in the fitness industry, and has written for hundreds of fitness websites. He is a lover of good quality beer and believes that drinking in moderation can form part of a healthy lifestyle.

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