Pre-Weigh In Thoughts

Hi guys,

Well, I will tell you now that if I have a maintain, I will be very happy with that!

Chinese New Year has just been so as is tradition, I have eaten aplenty and although my pants aren’t digging in, I definitely feel a little more rotund than usual! I’ve been back on the wagon since Wednesday but not much damage control there I’m afraid!

I start my juice diet today and hopefully day 1 won’t be too bad. I’ve decided to make it similar to step 2 on Cambridge so I will be doing my juices and a small meal in the evening.

(Un)fortunately back in November, I booked a trip to Stirling for this weekend so I’m not sure how it’s going to work! I think there will be a couple more meals here and there during the Sunday and Monday I’m away (plus snacks for the 4 hour drive!) but then I’ll be back on track.

Target for this week: maintain.
Target for next week: -1lb

Until tomorrow guys.. x

Future Plans

Hi guys,

Just a quick one today as I want to explain the change in types of posts in the next couple of months.

My plan is from Thursday I will be doing a juice diet for a week to prepare me for going back onto Cambridge. As much as I have enjoyed my food and still losing weight, my work schedule is going to be more crazy than usual so not having to think through meal planning and meal prep will be one less thing to worry about! Having the meal replacement will just be extra speedy for me and hopefully help me get the pounds off a teeny bit faster.

I’m going on holiday just after my 26th birthday in April so I would like to have lost at least a stone to a stone and a half by then. Obviously as I will be doing Cambridge, there will be less of a focus on food shops as there won’t really be many. I am expecting to go back to Step 2 which is what I was on which involves a small meal each day of protein and vegetables but nothing major apart from that.

I’ll be restarting Cambridge next Friday. I still have quite a few sachets left from last time so I won’t be getting too many I don’t think. Hopefully the juice diet will give me a good boost for Cambridge as I do find it difficult to stick to. Hopefully combined with my heavy workload and being less of an emotional wreck will help!

Posting Schedule
Monday: Food Shop
Tuesday: (Small) Meal Plan
Wednesday: Miscellaneous post
Thursday: Pre-Weigh In thoughts
Friday: Weigh In & Products bought
Saturday: What I ate last week
Sunday: Rest day

Until next time.. x

Food Diary : Mon – Wed (1st-3rd Feb ’16)

Hi guys,

I’ve been a bit all over the place with my whole documenting my food but I’ll try and fill in the gaps!

Monday

Breakfast: Mcdonalds (I know!) bacon and egg bagel with hash brown and bottled water

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Lunch: half a pack of smoked salmon trimmings with 2 Laughing Cow lighter triangles on wholemeal sandwich thins

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Dinner: salt and pepper ribs x4 (not pictured)

Tuesday

Breakfast: (an odd one!) lean corned beef hash with roast carrots, potatoes, sprouts, peas, pickled onions and pickled beetroot.

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Lunch: ham and light sandwich spread on wholemeal sandwich thins x2 and a Dairy Milk oat crunch.

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Snack: handful of wasabi peas (not pictured), 6 squares of Dairy Milk fruit and nut, half a container of homemade tomato soup with a Pepsi Max2016-02-02 14.19.342016-02-02 16.14.17

Dinner: half a chicken kebab – I know this week is going to pot already!

Wednesday

Breakfast: homemade fried rice with eggs, Chinese chives, cha siu, brown and jasmine rice and peas.

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Lunch: lean corned beef hash with roast carrots, potatoes, sprouts, peas and pickled beetroot (not pictured)

Snacks: handful of wasabi peas, three slices of dried mango and 3 squares of Dairy Milk fruit and nut (not pictured)

Dinner: Sainsbury’s bangers and mash

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So yes, not the greatest start to the week – actually it’s been pretty bad. I’m going to have to buck myself up for the rest of the week if I want to get into the next stone bracket which I really would love to do next week.

Until next time.. x

Food Shop – Asda – 01.02.16

Hi guys,

As promised (albeit a little late! Sorry!) here’s my food shop. Went a little off the shopping list and got a few bits which added up.. Ah well. I was running on no sleep and absolutely starving!

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Fresh items: Cathedral City lighter, honey roast ham, jalapeño humous, unsmoked lean diced bacon, continental meat selection, smoked salmon (not pictured) and semi skimmed milk.

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Dry items: chicken stock pots, worcestershire sauce, light sandwich speed, Red’s BBQ rub, lean corned beef, garlic granules, 9pk wholemeal sandwich thins, pickled onions and pickled beetroot.

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Vegetables: carrots, new potatoes, mushrooms, sprouts and frozen peas (not pictured).

I’ve subsequently lost the receipt (this is what happens when you have no sleep and put things away for “safe keeping”) but my total was just a smidge over £28.

Until next time.. x

Week 3 Update

Hi guys,

I know it seems like every time I have my “I’m back!” blog, I disappear for anything up to a few days to a few months – I’m sorry!

This last week has been insane! I didn’t think my schedule would have totally been thrown out of the window. I’ve been working 10am – 1am this week and today is my first proper day off in three weeks so I hope you understand.

Anyhow, I didn’t do a weigh in last week as I was a bit swamped with work but I did an early weigh in this morning and I lost 1lb so I’m officially 15 stone exactly. I have to admit I’m very lucky to have not put weight on as I’ve been eating non stop junk – had several meals out and just eating when and as. Some meals have included shepherd’s pie, chips, steak, kebabs, ribs, mac and cheese – it’s been a horrible week! So I’m a very lucky this week.

I have another busy week ahead so I did a bit of a meal prep today making (not strictly healthy) fried rice and some tomato soup for lunches. The tomato soup got a bit depleted as I hadn’t eaten all day and ended up having about 3 bowls at 5 o’clock along with some green tea and a Pepsi Max.

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The only other meal I’m thinking of making later in the week is a skinny corned beef hash. I use Dollybakes recipe but add roasted carrots to the mix too for extra yumminess. Breakfasts are going to be a mix of porridge and vegetable omelettes. Dinner-wise I’ve been eating a lot at my parents’ so I’m keeping the evenings open for the minute.

I’ll be doing a food shop in the morning nice and early so I’ll have a food shop post tomorrow afternoon.

Until next time.. x

Meal Plan : 18.01.16 -23.01.16

Hi guys,

Two days in a row – I’m doing ok so far 🙂

I’ve not done a strict meal plan as I usually do. Instead what I’ve been doing recently is looking at how many meals I need and writing down what meals I fancy cooking and matching it up to the numbers. This gives me a bit more flexibility if I “don’t fancy it” that meal/day. It’s been working so far so big thumbs up.

I needed 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 dinners which is 15 meals altogether (There’s quite a few dinners out this week!).

Breakfasts
– Porridge with half milk, half water, banana and berries (maybe a teaspoon of peanut butter
– Omelet or scrambled eggs with a toasted bagel thin, bacon, mushrooms and half a tin of baked beans

Lunches/Dinners
– Beef stew with carrots, new potatoes, peas, onions, celery
– Mince stuffed bitter melon with homemade black bean sauce with wholegrain rice
– Mushroom risotto

Snacks
– Ryvita with Laughing Cow light triangle, cherry tomatoes, crushed black pepper
– Bananas/Berries
– Kimchi
– Milk chocolate coated rice cake thins
– Peanut butter and banana bagel thin

Hope that’s been helpful. It’s a lot easier for me to be a little less rigid and I’m more likely to stay on plan. I haven’t strayed too much – there may have been a snack here or there that’s not the best but my meals are pretty much on point.

Until next time.. x

Grocery Shop – 20.01.16

Hi guys,

As promised, here is my grocery shop for the week. I still have some bits and pieces from the week before so it isn’t a great massive shop.

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Dry things: Tilda wholegrain basmati & quinoa microwave rice, Tilda wholegrain basmati microwave rice, Tetley tropical green tea, Tetley mango and passion fruit green tea, Ryvita Mediterranean herb crisp bread and Asda’s milk chocolate rice cake thins.

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Fresh things: cherry tomatoes, Laughing Cow light triangles, blueberries, bananas, strawberries, 2x mini fruit platter.

Total: £15.97 – not too bad. I was in and out of Asda within 15-20 minutes which is quite rare for me! I’ll be posting my meal plan in the next couple of days – I’m having a horrible time remembering to take photos of my food so there won’t be a food round up quite yet!

Until next time.. x

Update

Hi guys.

It’s been a while. I promised I was back a few months ago and since then my life got a load of crazy. I’ve been working super hard setting up a business for a friend so all my free time has been taken up and my ex moved to Thailand so it’s been a mix of exhaustion and up and down emotions.

So I am officially back. I’m setting out time in my schedule to blog and I’m going to officially commit. I’ve been quite good recently – I didn’t overindulge over Christmas and I’m currently two pounds off my lowest weight in the last three years. Last time I posted I was following Cambridge and I decided just before Christmas to try and relax so I’m currently not following any plan and just healthy eating.

I’m trying to snack less and kind of following Slimming World I suppose but not strictly. I’ve had a few meals out and some snacks but making sure I’m drinking lots of water. In the past two weeks I’ve lost 5 pounds so I guess something’s working! I’m trying to relax a lot so not counting syns, points, calories and just trying to use my best judgement. Really trying hard to get more sleep (not working out too well) but I’m getting there. Plus I’m going to try and get myself back in the habit of snapping my meals again 🙂

I’ve also been making strides with my comfort eating which is amazing (even to me!). Despite some really emotional events happening (including tonight!), I’ve not immediately gone to eat a takeaway. You’ll be pleased to know that I’m a month takeaway food free – whoop! It’s the small things, right?

OK, so I’m going to leave it here for now as it’s becoming quite lengthy! I’ll be back in the next couple of days. I’ll be doing my food shop hauls again, especially as I’m trying to save up for a house deposit so keep an eye out!

Until next time.. x

Back to the Blogging World

Hi everyone,

It’s been quite a while since I last posted – hope you’re all well and well on the way in your weight loss journey.

Quite a few things have been happening in my life at the moment. As my last post mentioned, me and OH broke up and I have since helped a family friend start up a company so it’s been quite hectic on the life front. I’m also back in therapy as OH is leaving the country early December and there’s still stuff that needs to be resolved on that front.

So, the reason I’ve made an appearance is that I decided that I don’t want to end 2015 at the same weight I began so I am kicking myself back into gear. As you may know when I last posted I was on WeightWatchers and kind of getting there when I felt like it. Due to my schedule over the next few months, I decided to give the Cambridge Weight Plan a try after watching Elaine Jones on YouTube.

I know the plan can seem quite controversial and I will explain the plan in a little more depth once I’ve finished my first week. The reason I chose it was because I’ve had many days where I’m working 9-midnight and not had time to prep meaning I’m just eating whatever is around me (in other words – junk!) so I’m hoping that because most of the meal replacements are just there and waiting, I’m less likely to throw my hard work away because I’m tired.

I met up with my Cambridge consultant today and she is really lovely. She went through all the plan with me and she seemed to have every single product in stock so win win. Had one and a half products so far today consisting of the mushroom soup (so-so) and half the malt toffee chewy bar which is OK. I think I just need to get used to the products. I’m on step 2 so along with 3 products a day I’ll also have a meal consisting of protein and green veg which will pacify my need to chew!

I will update with further information in the next few days but I’ll have a few days settling in and see how I am 🙂

Until next time.. x

MIA

Hi guys,

It’s been a bit of an emotional week so I’m going to be a little MIA for a couple of weeks. OH and I split up this week and I’m just trying to reacclimatise and readjust. It was a mutual and friendly split but still it’s knocked me mentally, especially as we are still living and working together for the foreseeable future.

On top of that, I’ve been having bad dizzy spells and migraines – a quick trip to the doctors (an appointment the same day – shock horror!) diagnosed me with a virus 😦 It’s not my week!

So I’m just going to take a couple of weeks to myself and hopefully I’ll be back soon more mentally focussed to getting skinnier.

Until next time.. x