Food Shopping – Asda – 23rd February

Hi guys,

This post is a bit late and without photos but better late than never, right?

Fruit & veg: 2 bunches of celery, a punnet of peaches, nectarines, leeks, grapes, honeydew melon, 2 punnets of strawberries, clementines, carrots, a grapefruit, pears, fine beans, mangetout, spinach, basil, chives, red pepper and passion fruit.

Other: 2 packs of 5% beef mince, almond milk, roast peppers in brine, chickpeas, mackerel in spicy tomato sauce, WW cumberland sausages, frozen black forest fruit mix, quark, cottage cheese, fromage frais and a loaf Kingsmill Great White.

Total came to £53.41.

I’ve tried the houmous recipe on the SW website and it’s not for me which I’m a bit upset about as I was looking forward to a syn free dip! I might just stick to synning the shop bought stuff. Similar views on the leek and potato soup but it’s more edible than the houmous!

I’ve not been totally following my meal plan either but it’s been nice to spend some quality time with my sisters and trying to throw myself back in college life. The past few days have been getting better and I’m taking some time off next week just to catch up on some rest and organise my life a bit more so hopefully I can get back into the blogging swing of things 🙂

Until next time.. x

Small Update

Hi guys,

As you may have noticed I’ve not posted in the last couple of days. My workload has gotten so big in the run up to my next exam so I’ve been trying to revise as much as possible which isn’t leaving me enough time to write up my blog posts for you.

I’ll be posting up my week’s menu and food shop (which still hasn’t been done yet) on here in the next day or two but what I’ve decided to do instead of writing up my meals is to post on Twitter instead (follow me @yzzybella or check the side bar for my latest tweets) for the next couple of weeks whilst I get this exam under my belt and then it will be back to normal until the next one!

On another note I made my first round on DietBet 10! I’m not sure if I can make weigh in tonight (plus I’m a bit nervous as I’m currently on my star week so I’m feeling really bloated) but if not I’m going to try and make one of the others this week.

I think that’s it for now!

Until next time.. x

Meal Plan Tues – Mon (27th Jan – 2nd Feb) & Pre-Weigh In Thoughts

Hi guys,

So it’s been nearly a week since weigh in and surprisingly, I think I’ve done alright 🙂 I’ve been trying to go to sleep earlier and I think it’s done me a world of good and I’ve been trying to increase my water consumption back to 3L but I’m struggling a bit. Hopefully I’ll see a nice loss on the scales as although I was expecting it, I was gutted for a small gain last week. It’s definitely got me back on track and to commit myself (even more – eek) I signed up for a 4 week DietBet to make sure I get a shift on this month!

Tuesday – EE
Breakfast: 30g granola (HEB) with 250ml semi skimmed milk (HEA) with banana and strawberries (s)
Lunch: savoury mince cabbage parcels with 5% beef mince, carrot (s), celery (s), onions (s), mushrooms (s) wrapped in savoy cabbage (s) with roast new potatoes
College: jacket potato with cheese (6 syns) and baked beans
Dinner: beef stew with carrots (s), mushrooms (s), celery (s), onions (s) and baby corn (s)

Wednesday – EE
Breakfast: bacon, mushroom (s) and spinach (s) omelet
Lunch: savoury mince cabbage parcels with 5% beef mince, carrot (s), celery (s), onions (s), mushrooms (s) wrapped in savoy cabbage (s) with roast new potatoes
Dinner: Having dinner out with OH at a local Polish restaurant

Thursday – EE
Breakfast: scrambled eggs with cherry tomatoes (s) and mackerel in spicy tomato sauce with 2 tbsp ketchup (2 syns) and 2 slices of 400g wholemeal toast (HEB)
Lunch: beef stew with carrots (s), mushrooms (s), celery (s), onions (s) and baby corn (s)
College: jacket potato with cheese (HEA) and baked beans
Dinner: ramen noodles in chicken broth with chinese leaves (s) and fried egg

Friday – SP
Breakfast: bacon, egg and mushrooms (s) on a wholemeal bap (HEB)
Lunch: chicken mince stuffed in bitter melon (s) in HM black bean sauce with cauliflower (s) rice
Dinner: soy salmon with veggies and courgette spaghetti

Saturday – EE
Breakfast: scrambled eggs with cherry tomatoes (s) and mackerel in spicy tomato sauce with 2 tbsp ketchup (2 syns) and 2 slices of 400g wholemeal toast (HEB)
Lunch: soy salmon with roast sweet potato and carrot (s)
Dinner: spaghetti bolognese with cheese (HEA)

Sunday – SP
Breakfast: ham and cucumber sandwich on 60g wholemeal roll (HEB)
Lunch: bolognese with courgette spaghetti with cheese (HEA)
Dinner: BBQ slow cooked chicken with roast carrot fries and coleslaw

Monday – EE
Breakfast: scrambled eggs with cherry tomatoes (s) and mackerel in spicy tomato sauce with 2 tbsp ketchup (2 syns)
Lunch: BBQ pulled chicken on a wholemeal bap (HEB) with carrot fries
Dinner: out for dinner after weigh in with OH to an Indian restaurant

Until next time.. x

It’s Been a Crazy Week…

Hi guys,

Sorry for the lack of posts. There have been some personal issues combined with what I talked about in my previous post that’s kind of knocked me sideways and I just had to just take a little break and a time out for myself. I’m feeling a lot better now though so ready to get on with the show!

I’ve had a change in days at work so my weigh in will be Mondays now which will better reflect my meal plans and confuses me a little less! I haven’t really taken photos of my meals last week but I will be getting back on it today. My meal plan will be up later today or early tomorrow. I haven’t really done a food shop as such – there’s a lot of food left over from last week that needs using up but I did buy a couple of bits from Costco yesterday.

So hopefully there will be a lot more positive posts from me and I went to class yesterday to help me focus my head and it’s so amazing the support you get from group. Just to see how far they have come and if they can do it, why on Earth can’t you?!

Until next time.. x

Coping with Loved Ones During Your Weight Loss Journey

Hi guys,

This post is quite off topic from my usual posts as you will soon see. It mainly stems from some stuff that’s been happening the last couple of weeks that I’ve wanted to get off my chest and I’m just wondering if anyone’s having the same experiences as me.

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned in my previous blogs but I’m the eldest of three kids and my whole family is pretty much super skinny. I’ve never fit in and my parents have always been worried about what I’m eating and how much I’m eating. I’ve never really stuck to a diet before Slimming World and it’s been quite novel to lose some weight instead of gaining it.

As you can see from my food photos that I eat quite often in the day. I’ve found that I’m more likely to stay on track when I’ve eat quite often and I’m less likely to binge. One of my Dad’s friends has been helping us out at work lately and he mentioned the other day that he always sees me eating (I tend to spread out my lunch over an hour having a bite here and there as I’m working) and asked me how many times I eat a day. As it happened to be a college day, I said I had planned 3 meals and 3 snacks and him and my Dad went on for around 15 minutes on how I’m eating too much and there’s no way I would lose weight.

I can be quite pedantic when it comes to little jibes like this and so (although SW is not calorie counting, I just wanted to make a point) I went on MyFitnessPal and logged my planned food for the day. It came to around 1800 calories. Both him and my Dad tend to have 2 meals a day, with one being a pot noodle. I tried telling them it’s not the amount but the quality. The pot noodle came to just under 600 calories whereas my lunch (which I was eating at the time) came to about 275 (4 ryvita, Philadelphia lightest, ham slices & cherry tomatoes).

Anyhow, it wasn’t this that really upset me. Yesterday, as you know if you caught up on my blogs, I weighed in at 3lbs less and I was really happy as it was what I was aiming for. When I told them and that’s what worked for my body, I was greeted with the words “3lbs? That’s wrong – your scales must be broken”. There was a lot of eye rolling on my part – but what hurt me the most is what my Mum said as she walked past (knowing how difficult I’ve found this journey and the struggles I’ve grown up with) “3lbs is nothing – I can p*ss 3lbs! It can’t be that hard!”

It just made me think how ignorant people who are close to us can be. I briefly chatted about it to my sister and she was like “oh, she probably just doesn’t realise it – no need to get all upset”. I think if it was anyone else, like my Dad or his friend, I wouldn’t of given a toss. It was the fact it was my Mum who knows my journey almost better than myself. She is fully aware I’m an emotional eater as she is one as well. She has been struggling with a recent weight gain and I’ve been trying to get her to come with me to class (though she’s having none of it) and so it does hurt when I feel like she should know where I’m coming from.

I’m very lucky to have a very supportive OH. I can’t imagine how difficult it can be when you don’t have someone there behind you and those close to you (probably not deliberately) have jibes about you and your weight loss. I know if I didn’t have that support, it would have probably set me back a couple of weeks. I would have binged and spent my evening thinking how my weight’s coming off so slow I shouldn’t bother and clearly it’s not making a difference by the way people are talking to me. That’s not to say I didn’t have a little more chocolate than I should have today but baby steps, right?

So I am more determined than ever to shift this weight. As my sister and OH said – these 3lbs add up and hopefully I’ll be half my size by the end of this year and I’m going to make sure I have a good week. I’m sorry for the long post and the dreariness. If you’re reading this and not actually in need of losing weight, if you do have a loved one who is, encourage them on their journey. Give them a compliment and it will make them more motivated that what they’re doing is working.

Until next time.. x

Tuesday Thoughts & Wednesday Weigh In

Hi guys,

Sorry I didn’t post yesterday. By the time I had finished college and came home I was absolutely shattered so didn’t get a chance to blog.

It’s weigh in day today and I’m feeling quite positive. My meal plan (as you will see) has been thrown out of the window a bit. I’m eating SW (more EE days as I’m craving carbs as it’s so ridiculously cold at the moment!) but just whatever is quick and to hand. I think despite the more frequent EE days, I have had a loss but we’ll see. I’m kind of really hoping for 3lbs as that means half of the weight I put on during Christmas and New Year is gone and I can get back on track.

In general I’ve been feeling better. The headaches and bloatedness have mostly gone. I’m still drinking around 3L of water and feeling a bit better for it. I think maybe in the upcoming week I will focus more on EE days as at the moment I’m just craving roast new potatoes and corn on the cob.

Oh, I did have dinner out with my sister on Monday night. She’s currently trying to move out of my parents’ house and getting all stressed out so we went out for pizza (*shakes head*) – next time I’m choosing the restaurant! The food was really good though and I tried to stay vaguely healthy by having a veggie pizza with a thin crust and lighter cheese though I’m not sure if that made too much of a difference.

I’ve also enjoyed walking quite a bit this week. My feet aren’t hurting too much and although I’m achey it doesn’t seem as bad as it was. I’m starting to speed up a bit too – I think I’ve managed to shave at least 5 minutes off my walk home so trying to stay positive with the little victories.

Weigh In Wednesday
So I’m very happy with weigh in this week. I weighed in at 15 stone 6lbs so a 3lb loss! Definitely feel like I’m back on track now 🙂 Here’s to a good week next week 👍

Until next time.. x

Weigh In Wednesday (7th Jan)

Hi guys,

So weigh in was yesterday. I was feeling apprehensive beforehand as I’d upped my exercise from pretty much nothing to walking 2.2 miles 4 times a week. Alongside this I’ve been doing Extra Easy SP most days and pretty much increased my water intake to 3L (usually I drink 0.5-1L).

As I mentioned in my blog post yesterday or the day before I was feeling really rubbish and bloated. Weighed in today and I hit 219lbs with a 1lb increase.

I admit I’m a bit bummed but I’m hoping my body will settle and I can get going with this weight loss. It’s only eight months away until my wedding so I need to get a shimmy on 🙂

Until next time.. x