Training has been going well; I've had 8 hours on my planner this week and I've ticked off all the sessions. My weight has stayed the same despite increasing the volume and intensity - which I think is shock!! Apparently this is normal when you really 'up' your exercise as there's a little internal panic going on but I have been assured it will pass. I've been told that regularly over the last few years, once I hit my plateau following my big weight loss and I'm still waiting; although I'd like to lose my last bit of weight I'm also really pleased that I've held my weight quite steady for over a year and not yoyo'd back up (plus some) like I have done with every other diet I've been on during my life. I really have made good changes this time and embedded them. Eating lots of great food and choosing well is now hopefully my new default position so I should steadily get to where I want to be to make the IM a little easier and not have to cycle with an extra 10kg on my hips. I also know that if you want a decent tri suit you have to be about a size 4 and that's labelled as XL. I just ordered a medium Assos cycle top and it comfortably fitted Hope (age 10) I wrote on the returns/exchange label "XXXXXXL" ...but I'm not holding my breath. I'm sure my lack of sleep isn't helping but we're off on holiday this week and I am hoping to try and get a lot more rest; although our last stop in the US is in the "City that never sleeps" so maybe not! I'm already shocked by the US and we haven't actually landed yet. Luckily I checked first but there was actually corn syrup in my fizzy water???? I knew I'd struggle eating anything on the plane so I brought fruit, seeds, goji, avocado etc. but I'm now on a mission to eat it all as you can't take any food into the country. The nice lady at check-in was explaining that they have 'fruit-sniffer' dogs at security in Miami. Heaven forbid that an organic apple or some raisins should contaminate American soil ...you couldn't make it up really. I'm going to have to be very vigilant over the next few weeks to make sure I don't ingest a load of toxins by accident eating a GMO, corn syrup injected tomato or something mad like that. I'm reading an excellent book at the moment by John Joseph 'meat is for pussies'. He explains the meat v plant based diet really well ( with a few expletives for added drama) but as it's designed for sceptical, iron-pumping paleo guys - it's a very easy read and some of the facts are mind blowing in respect of the whole diet, nutrition, illness, pharmaceutical industry conspiracy thing. Obviously my views are unpopular with my trainer, family and bacon-eating buddies at the crossfit gym but as they say, 'the proof if the pudding is in the eating' and I've never felt so good eating, training and meditating the way I am at the moment so I'll give it a bit longer and see how it goes over a few more weeks and whether it's a huge struggle to find organic, plant based food as we travel around. I've packed my portable blender just in case!