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

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

A Day in the Life – 14.08.16

Hi guys,

I really enjoyed reading “A Day in the Life” posts (as well as watching them on YouTube) so I thought why not try it myself?

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7am: My alarm goes off. I’m super tired from the night before as I got in from work at midnight. Cue the snooze button.

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8am: I finally drag myself out of bed. It’s my friend’s son’s Christening today so I’m travelling back to my hometown to spend some time with my old friends from sixth form college. I’m going to do the whole make up shebang and wear this lovely pale pink dress which I picked up from New Look

9:35am: I’m running late and rushing around to find all the things I wanted to bring with me. As I didn’t do the organised thing and pack the night before, I had to run back into the house three times as I forgot my car key, my phone and the present. Doh.

10am: I’m now setting off properly after fueling the car and getting a cheeky McDonalds for breakfast. Hopefully if the traffic’s good I’ll arrive in about an hour and a half.

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12:15pm: I arrived on time at 12pm and the Christening at the church is already over. It seemed super speedy. All went well with no crying except the vicar nearly set my friend’s partner on fire with the candle – oops.

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1pm: Now at the party venue and they’re serving one of my most favourite things – a Carr’s pasty. Just so you know, the cheese ones are just awesome. If you ever get to try one, grab it with both hands! I think they deliver all over the UK now. I would’ve taken a photo but I was too busy eating it and playing peek-a-boo 🙂

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4pm: I’ve left the party to meet up with one of my friends from school. She’s been really ill recently and we haven’t seen each other in a few years so we both thought it’d be good to get her out of the house. We head to Coast2Coast where I have some delicious ribs and she has the buffalo wings. Nom.

7:30pmI’ve said my goodbyes and heading off to my Dad’s restaurant for a business meeting of sorts and what ends up to be another little snack.

9:45pm: Everything’s wrapped up and I help close the restaurant. Finally on my way home!

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10:45pm: I’m absolutely pooped. Quick face wash and brushing of the teeth and I’m in bed.

Hope you enjoyed a day in my life 🙂 I had a really good catch up with old friends, although the early start and over 4 hours of driving tired me out! If you liked this type of post, let me know. Maybe I’ll do a regular thing once a month or so 🙂

Until next time.. x

PS: this isn’t a sponsored post. I just like my food and thought I’d share it with you.

Changes

Hi guys,

You may have noticed that there have been a few little changes here and there on my blog. I’ve officially changed my blog back to its original name – Life & Times of YzzyBella (that’s what the YB stands for!).

I’ve been getting in a bit of a blogging rut lately. Life is crazy as usual but I’ve been finding that I don’t just want to blog about food and trying to lose weight. My thoughts seem to be floundering and gathering dust in my head and I haven’t felt motivated to write a post.

That changed today. Last week I was really down in the dumps. Really down. I genuinely thought I was going to have a nervous breakdown. Funnily enough I found a blog by a lady going by the name of Asian Pear. She’s awesome and down to earth and made me have a good think about life. I find a lot of similarities to myself despite not knowing her, but her blog has inspired me to do a little change around on mine so I can go back to doing it for fun rather than because I have to.

So, my weight loss blogs will still be coming but less often. I’ll be doing more lifestyle based posts – I really enjoyed reading a Day in the Life and budget type posts from Asian Pear so I thought I might give them a go.

For those who follow purely for my weight loss blogs, I hope I don’t lose you. It’ll be less focussed on it but hopefully with more regular postings. My URL of aspiringskinnyminnie.com will be in place until November, redirecting you here, but make a note of my new (or rather old) URL too 🙂 My new instagram will be yzzy.bella so I’ll see you over there 🙂

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