Quick Update

Hi guys,

Sorry I’ve been MIA lately. Work had gone crazy hectic which I wasn’t expecting (so much for January blues!) so the 60-70 hour work weeks have pretty much ground my life to a standstill. 

I’ve had a consultation at the hospital and been prescribed a new drug which has a side effect of weight loss. It’s only been about a month and although I look a bit skinnier, my scales have stayed the same. Not sure if this is due to me recently taking up swimming again or the lack of home cooking (I’ve unfortunately had a few weeks where I’ve eaten out for every single meal – ridiculous I know!). 

Leading onto my budget. I’ll be honest, I haven’t really had one the past six or seven weeks. Everything has kind of been ticking over and my eating out bill has been considerable but my credit card bill (I put everything on it) is less than expected and I’ve just booked a mini break away at the end of March so it can’t be too bad. I’m hoping for things to die down a little bit so I can focus on myself before the rush of Mother’s Day and Easter so I can blog a bit more and take a closer look at my finances. 

On the whole, I think I’m ok. The long weeks are dragging me down and for some crazy reason I decided this was the best time to start a CIMA unit so all in all, I’m surviving. I hope you’re all well and I’ll see you (hopefully!) soon.  

Until next time.. x

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Weigh In Tuesday : 06.12.16

Hi guys,

So it’s been a long while since I’ve done a weigh in. Since my hours got upped at my second job, weight loss has flown out of the window – I was getting really unhealthy, not eating for 9-10 hours and then having a massive meal late at night when I had time and drinking full sugar drinks to get me through 13-15 hour shifts on my feet with a 5 minute break here and there.

Not fun at all. My hours have been cut back a bit to allow for a day to work from home. This means that I have four days at home and three days away. Things have settled a little now so I have to get back on the wagon and what better time than just before Christmas :/

Anyhow, I haven’t weighed myself since July. Even my scales had died, it has been that long! I remember I had just been ill and I managed to get to 14st 12lb. I have since, over the last 4 and a half months, put on 4lbs to weigh in at 15st 2lb. Not bad I suppose, considering I was getting to a point I was so exhausted, I was permanently eating out or bringing takeaways home.

So, onto bigger and better things. I’m going to try and stay away from the mince pies at work and try and eat healthier at the restaurant. Drinking more water is key and eating more regularly so I lay off the full sugar lemonade. I’m so lethargic and suffering from insomnia at the moment so a regular schedule would probably do me the world of wonders. I need my energy and spark back!

Goal for next week: 1lb loss (let’s start small to begin with!).

Until next time.. x

Meal Plan 01.12.16 – 04.12.16

Hi guys,

It’s been a while since I’ve done a meal plan and I’ve had a crazy start to the week so I have a half week meal plan until Sunday 🙂

Breakfasts:
– scrambled egg with spinach and cherry tomatoes
– granola and yoghurt
– poached eggs on toast

Lunches:
– Leftover pizza (not the best, I know!)
– Stir fried broccoli and rice
– Steamed fish and vegetables

Dinners:
– Dinner out with my sister on Thursday
– Sushi
– Poached chicken and Chinese leaf
– Steamed fish and vegetables

Snacks:
– Fruit
– Honey almonds

I’m going to try very very hard to get back into the swing of things with my food log. I’ve become such a lazy blogger but I’m back on it!

Until next time.. x

Hospital Update – November 2016

Hi guys,

Hope you’re all well. As I mentioned in my last post, I was referred to the hospital by my diabetes nurse and I had the appointment last Thursday. Originally, I didn’t quite understand why I was being referred – my nurse mentioned that “there might be a third type of diabetes” – I can say that after this appointment, I’m pretty sure she was wrong.

I headed up to the hospital and they took my blood pressure, current blood sugar levels, weight and height. I then saw the specialist diabetes nurse who then explained that the reason why I was referred was because I wasn’t exhibiting classic diabetes symptoms. I have also been diagnosed with high blood pressure and she had asked if either had been fully investigated, which I was honest and said I had a bunch of tests done when I was about 18/19 but all I remember being told was that I had PCOS and when I wanted to try for kids, I should be re-referred back to them.

Having this appointment was actually really useful. Since my diagnosis about 4 years ago, I hadn’t actually had everything fully explained to me and what the tests were and what the preferred number ranges were and how I compared. After going through my health history (though they didn’t seem to have any details before my move in 2011, which is when I did all those tests – very reassuring!), she then explained that because I didn’t have all the symptoms and my results didn’t seem consistent, she thought that maybe I didn’t have full on diabetes – that it was possible that something else was causing my blood sugars to rise to look similar to it but that it was a symptom rather than the cause.

She then asked the endocrinology nurse to come see me and basically because I have had eczema since I was a baby and had been prescribed steroid cream (e.g. hydrocortisone, elocon) to help during flare ups and infections (more so when I was younger; I tend not to use them that often now), I may have something called Cushing’s Syndrome. This is basically a build up of cortisol in the body and my symptoms seemed more in line with that.

This made sense and so I’m going to be under investigation and hopefully will have a better idea if I’m affected by this or not in about a month or so. I have done a few blood tests and I have to do two 24 hour urine tests (not fun, I can tell you) and submit those to my GP this week. I will probably do a more detailed post on Cushing’s Syndrome as it is something that I hadn’t heard of until last week and on reading about it, it seems difficult to diagnose.

So all in all an eventful appointment. I have a follow up appointment with the diabetes nurse in January. She has asked me to do blood sugar readings twice a day (rather than just before I drive) so she can see how I’m doing as when I took the monitor in last week, the readings were a little sporadic. I was really nervous to go but I’m glad I did as the hospital nurse seemed to have a lot more time for me and was willing to go through everything I wasn’t sure of and reassuring me that what I was doing was right. It was a nice change from the blind panic of my annual check up at the doctor’s a couple of months ago.

So, until next time.. x

Health Update – October 2016

Hi guys,

Sorry for the standstill in posts. I’ve been working my butt off (unfortunately at work rather than at the gym) and barely had a minute to myself.

Today I thought I’d give an update on my health situation, especially as I am due a hospital appointment early next month. My weight has been pretty steady the past two months, despite the eating of junk/restaurant food when I’ve been working 12-14 hour shifts so I’m guessing being on my feet for most of that time has put it on an even keel. The diabetes nurse I saw in August said my weight has dropped since I last saw her about 15 months ago – I think I was about 15st 8lb and now I’m around 15st.

My blood pressure is good but unfortunately due to the aforementioned bad eating, my blood sugars have gone up despite the good news everywhere else. So she has upped my Metformin to two tablets twice a day and after speaking to a specialist at the hospital, she has also prescribed my gliclazide tablets. Unfortunately this and a blood glucose monitor was prescribed to me over the phone so then I had to wait for another appointment to actually show me how to use it and the side effects as I have to ensure that my bloods don’t fall below 5 or I’m not able to drive.

So, I have been trying to remember to take them. On days where I work my second job, I find this a lot harder as I’m forever running about and next thing I know it’s bedtime so trying not to be patchy so when I go for my appointment next month, they don’t try and prescribe me more medication as they don’t see an improvement because I’ve been too busy to make sure I’m caring for myself. Yes, I know it takes a few minutes but I suck at it for some reason.

Hopefully it won’t be too much bad news when I go and see the specialist at the hospital. I’m going to try and kick start my healthy eating (starting with trying to stick to 3 meals a day rather than 1 humungous meal just before bed) and drinking lots of water. Two basic goals I’ve really been struggling with but it needs to be done. The amount of tablets I take is actually quite worrying and forgetting to take them isn’t going to help decrease the amount so it’s back on the wagon for me.

On another note, any handy tips for someone who doesn’t have time to food prep anymore? I work between 70-90 hours a week at the minute and barely have time for laundry, never mind a nice lie in. Any hints would be much appreciated!

Until next time.. x

What I Ate – 19.08.16

Hi guys,

A late what I ate in a day due to my crazy schedule – apologies!

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Breakfast was some dry curiously cinnamon cereal (trying to clear out the cupboards a bit!) with a ham sandwich.

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Lunch was half of this stewed aubergine dish and white rice (shared it with my sister) and a clementine.

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Sorry for the dodgy lighting! Snack was this ham salad from Asda and a flat peach (not pictured) as I was having dinner made by my ex and he wasn’t home until quite late.

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Dinner was nachos with jalapeños, salsa and cheese. I ate about a quarter of this and was absolutely stuffed!

So overall, not really a fantastic day. Will definitely strive to do better in my next What I Ate post! I’m really struggling to find a balance of healthy eating and working 70-80 work weeks at the moment. If you have any tips, please leave them below!

Until next time.. x

Meal Plan : 22nd – 27th August 2016

Hi guys,

Just a quick meal plan for next week. It’s a bit loose-y goose-y as I’ll be visiting a friend Thursday/Friday and on the weekend I just eat at work as I work 12+ hour shifts. On another random note, I have decided not to follow a certain diet plan and try and eat healthy without the counting. Not sure how it’s going to turn out, but we’ll see!

Breakfasts:

  • Cereal, semi skimmed milk & bacon sandwich
  • Spinach and mushroom omelette
  • Porridge with blueberries, chia seeds & agave syrup

Lunch/Dinners:

  • Chinese pork belly stew with mooli, carrots and yam with brown rice
  • Baked salmon and roasted vegetables

Snacks:

  • Fruit: donut peaches, nectarines, clementines & strawberries
  • Crudities and hummus
  • Ham & cucumber roll ups

Those who have been following my blogs for a while know that when I have a strict meal plan, my mind loves to rebel and I never feel like eating what’s on the menu! So I like to have a few meals planned and prepped so I can eat it if I fancy – less waste that way. If I have time on the Monday when I’m meal prepping, I’ll see if I can photograph the process of the pork belly stew. It’s so delicious and reminds me of my Grandma 🙂

Until next time.. x