Goals for August 2016

Hi guys,

Yep, I know there’s just about 3 weeks of August left! I’m a bit slow on the blogging side as I had a heavy work week but that’s no excuse, right?

So! August goals. I have a few meals out & a visit to Newcastle to see one of my school friends I haven’t seen in around a decade as well as our usual family meal out on the bank holiday Monday at the end of the month. I’m not expecting miracles but I’m hoping to lose at least 4lbs. I’ve been sitting pretty at 14st 12lb since the beginning of August which I’m happy with as I’ve eaten so bad recently but we need to get a shimmy on now!

Goals

  • Lose 4lbs by 31st August
  • No juice, no fizzy drinks – just 2-3L of pure H20
  • Try walking home at least once a week (will be a struggle with hayfever and heavy work bags but we’ll try!)
  • Draw up a monthly budget for September and update bank totals
  • Start planning my next adventure away

I’ll give you a goal update at the end of the month. Hopefully I’ll hit them all 🙂

Until next time.. x

The Last Start-Over

Hi guys,

It’s been a long time. Hope you’re all well! I’m finally back (again!), hopefully for the last time. It’s been a horrible few months culminating with my ex attempting suicide and my Uncle passing last week.

However, it has taught me that life is short. Goals I want to achieve, I need to stop putting off as time flies by so quickly. So I am back, motivated and am going to try my hardest to get to my goal weight. The closest I’ve gotten in the past few months is 14st 2lb when I was seriously ill and hadn’t eaten for about 2 weeks and I’ve just returned from Hong Kong after my Uncle’s passing at 15st 5lb. I will be back on smart points on WeightWatchers so hopefully I’ll finally get my brain into gear and get my losses piling up.

I started off yesterday with a good day but today I’ve been feeling a little sluggish and not really wanting to drink much liquid which isn’t good. I’ve gone over my points slightly as I couldn’t resist a bowl of ramen (the one from the Fire Noodle Challenge on YouTube.. delicious!) but nothing that has taken me totally off the rails.

My Uncle’s funeral is next week so I think I would like to set myself a 2lb target. I’ve been really struggling with my energy levels (also possibly in part due to jet lag) so if you have any good tips to feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed; let me know!

Also I am back on Instagram – follow me @aspiringskinnyminnie

Until next time.. x

Weigh in Friday

Hi guys,

As you know I’ve been eating like a horse the first two-thirds of the week so it’s not a surprise I didn’t lose this week. However, the big surprise was that I didn’t gain! Who would have thought it? A maintain. Fifteen stone exactly.

So I’m here still on the precipice of fourteen stone. I really really want to get there. This weekend is a bit of a write off as I will be in Scotland with my sister who eats every two hours (she’s a growing child) and so as much as I will try not to cave in, I will (try) and set an example of healthy eating instead. (I may regret this when it comes to my food posts on Instagram in a day or so…..)

However, after said weekend I’m going to try and be 100%. I’ve not had a 100% day for a while now so I’m going to have my juices and possible small snacks of either green vegetables or lean protein (if really needed) and a small meal in the evening.

Ideally, 3lbs off next week will be very nice. On the other hand, I think I’m losing inches as my watch has started spinning round my wrist like a small catherine wheel. Next week I’ll do measurements as well and see where I am. I think the last time I measured myself was back in December so at least if it’s now showing on the scales maybe it’s showing physically.

Until next time.. x

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

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

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

Pre-Weigh In Thoughts + Re-strategising

Hi guys,

This week has been terrible. I’m not going to come up with a load of excuses but basically I fell off the wagon immensely. I definitely need to get my mind into gear and focus on what I’m aiming for. I definitely think I’m up for a gain (again!) this week. I’m going to re-strategise and I’ve decided that I’m going to point for the first half of the week and do filling and healthy for the second half. I’m really struggling with the weekends at the minute and I just go totally overboard. I think if I do F&H at least it will give me a little flexibility whilst hopefully getting me to eat the right thing rather than endless junk and then going over my points!

My aim for last week was to work on my sleeping pattern – major fail there. I’m going to try extra hard this week. Also OH has politely asked me to clear the freezer and cupboards so I’m going to try and forego my weekly shop (big emphasis on try) and use bits I already have. I’m not sure how well that’s going to work for fresh fruit and veg but I do have some frozen I think and some bits left over from my veg box. We shall see.

Until next time.. x