Update – It’s Been a While!

Hi guys,

I’m sorry, I’m sorry! I promised I wouldn’t ditch you guys and then I did. Life got a bit crazy as usual.

So what’s new? So. Big News. I decided to shake the anonymity of my blog and instagram and venture into YouTube. I uploaded my first video detailing my journey so far tonight and just pressing publish took me around ten minutes! Hopefully I will be able to postย  on my blog concurrently and it’ll keep me on track. Watch my video here.

As you may or may not know if you’re following my instagram, December and January have been a bit of a write off for me. I had my epiphany at the end of January and kicked my own ass to get back on the low carb train. It’s been hard. I’ve found it difficult to not snack and indulge in the odd biscuit or chocolate that are forever loitering in the office at the minute! It’s not helping my weight or my skin. Eek.

So the week (31st Jan) started off shaky but it’s day 4 now and I’m feeling pretty good. I’ve had the weekend off (rare and such bliss!) and it’s helped to keep busy and not having bad snacks at home has curbed the sweet tooth. I’m feeling a lot brighter eyed and busy tailed. Plus, I’m filming a What I Ate this week plus a weigh in at the end so keep an eye out. AND 9 months after we moved, I’ve finally unpacked at the flat >.<

Next thing on my list is to get back to the gym. Since October, I’ve injured my wrist. I started seeing a physiotherapist at the start of January but the pain is still so great that we can’t actually do any exercises yet. I have a type of RSI called de Quervain’s syndrome which I’ve found is a million times worse than carpal tunnel. It means swimming is off the menu (which SUCKS) and I’m losing the will to live trying to get myself to run. I have booked to see an acupuncturist on recommendation from the physio. It isn’t for a couple of weeks yet but hopefully that will sort the pain. Last week it was so relentless, I barely slept all week and you can imagine how cranky I was!

That’s all my news for now. I’ll be posting a weight update soon and hopefully it won’t take too long to edit the food diary down.

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

How I’m Feeling About Tomorrow’s Weigh In – 31.05.15

Hi guys,

It’s been a while since I’ve had pre-weigh in thoughts so figured I’d tell you how my week went.

As you know I’ve been counting this week and bizarrely enough, I’ve found it easier than Filling and Healthy. I’ve definitely opened my eyes to portion size this week, especially with my Saturday night meal where I more or less made enough for two meals (but it was worth it). I don’t necessarily think I’ve eaten very healthily – I’ve not gone over on my weekly points or anything but I’ve definitely had more than my fair share of treats! I have noticed that I tend to eat under my daily points in the beginning of the week and the closer and closer I get to weigh in, I just want to stuff my face. I’ve only had to venture into my weekly points about half way which is good I suppose but all of them were used in the last two or three days before weigh in.

Exercise wise – I’ve not broken any barriers but I definitely have been more active this week. I’ve walked home from work a few times and oh my, I tried toย cycle to work on Saturday and nearly died. If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen that it was my first time on my bike since the Winter before last – pretty much a year and a half ago! Although I can walk the 2 odd miles with only a few aches, cycling nearly killed me. I think I cycled about halfway and walked with my bike the rest and walked home with my bike as I wasn’t sure if I would make it home otherwise! Definitely want to try and build myself up and try and use the bus/car less.

I am hoping for a loss this week. I’d like to say another 2lbs but I’m not sure if upping my exercise will mean I stay the same or gain. I couldn’t make weigh in last week as my group was cancelled due to the Bank Holiday, so I took a cheeky jump on the scales and scared myself back off! We shall see, we shall see…

Until next time.. x

Quick Update – 09.03.15

Hi guys,

Sorry I’ve been a bit AWOL again! I appreciate your patience. Just a quick update into life at the moment and hopefully you’ll understand why I’ve taken a little step back from blogging.

As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, OH has severe depression. It’s been really hard coping for both of us and on top of that there’s been some family issues so I’ve been all over the place to be honest. I’ve not been sleeping properly for a few weeks and I just seem to be worrying non stop. Add into that 42 hours of work and 6 hours of college after work as well as trying to fit in SW and blogging it’s been really tough. Plus OH has been having difficulties breathing and we found out last week he had a lump on his lung. It’s been checked out today and he had a scan and everything and luckily it’s not cancerous. They think he tore a muscle and there’s a lot of fluid build up pressing on a nerve. I wish I was making all of this up but it’s been a seriously stressful few weeks.

Anyway, as you may or may not have imagined, it has meant that I’ve not been looking after myself as I should (I mentioned in my post a couple of weeks ago). I’ve literally been either forgetting to eat or comfort eating really badly. There’s been a lot of headaches, lethargic moments and just general restlessness and lack of sleep. I booked an appointment last week to see the doctor and ended up with a nurse practitioner who I feel, wasn’t listening to me and didn’t seem to know what she could do so I’ve rebooked another appointment on Thursday to see an actual doctor so hopefully he can help me get a handle on things. I’ve also started seeing a therapist just to help me get my thoughts in order. It’s been helpful but after each session so far it’s felt really draining. Hopefully it will help and I can start getting my life back on track a bit.

Sorry for the ramble. My plan of action at the moment is just to try and get back into having three meals a day and a couple of snacks and just trying to not eat junk and being relatively healthy. Also get back into drinking water and lots of it! I’m not sure if I’m going to be 100% on SW at the minute but I will try and get back onto getting my meals blogged even if it’s not necessarily SW-friendly. Just small baby steps for now I think. I hope you can bear with me whilst I try and get my head back into things (I seem to be repeating that a lot!).

Until next time.. x (and hopefully it will be soon!)

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 ยฃ53.41.

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s to a good week next week ๐Ÿ‘

Until next time.. x

Monthly Round Up – 6th Nov – 6th Dec 2014

Hi guys,

I’ve not really been doing a daily thoughts posts and I realised I’ve just hit the one month mark of when I decided I was going to commit properly to SW after messing around since August. So I figured I should write down how I feel for future reference.

As you saw in my last weigh in post, I have lost 5lbs this month and have been very happy with my progress. Before I restarted my blog I had one gain and three maintains so I was really happy to get back on the wagon. Plus I had bought the 12 week countdown and didn’t want it to end up being a total waste of money!

How are you feeling?

Well, I haven’t noticed much difference in terms of my moods. I think I’m less grouchy when I’m hungry but that may be more down to the fact that I’ve planned my meals more and there’s less chance of me not eating and then eating the entire contents of the fridge. I haven’t been too bored with the meals I’ve planned which is good and apart from this week, I haven’t really fallen off the wagon which is quite incredible. I’m trying to move mentally past the whole “weigh in’s nearly a week away, I can get away with eating this and just eat good Mon-Wed”. I thought I was doing quite well and then this week has been a shambles since Wednesday so now I’m not too sure. It makes me determined to see a loss (however small!) on the scales on Wednesday.

Have you noticed any changes in your body?

I think I’ve lost a few inches this month. My work pants are getting gradually looser and I now fit into my smaller work pants (size 16, rather than the size 18s) quite comfortably which is nice. I haven’t actually looked at my measurements yet but just going off general “does it feel tight?” formula. I may do my measurements in the next monthly post. If I remember. My sleeping pattern is still a bit all over the place with some nights I’m in bed for 9pm (last night) and others I’m still up at nearly 3am (like tonight)! I really would like to get this under control and I think if I start some exercise it’ll really combat that.

Goals for the next month?

I’d really really like to hit 14 stone something. I’m not sure if I will but I would really like to try. I also want to start exercising again but saying that, the weather is forecasting snow this week >.< I may have to see if I can dig up my gym wristband and build up the courage to go back now that my OH has bought me some lovely support trainers. I have 5 meals out planned for the next month with family and friends and 1 meal that I’m cooking for everyone. I’m going to try and choose the better options so that I don’t get a gain especially next week as I’m going out 3 times in the space of 7 days. I think I’ll be happy with a maintain next week. Maybe. I’ll just have to be extra good the other days and stick to plan 100%. I have 5.5lbs until I hit 15 stone exactly so I would like to lose at least 6lbs by my next update on 6th Jan. Fingers crossed.

Until next time.. x

Day Zero

Hi guys,

So today’s the day where I decide to make a major change in my life. I want to lose all this excess weight.

It’s a decision that’s been mulling in my head for quite a while. One of the major reasons is that I have a couple of health issues which would essentially disappear should I lose the excess flab. I managed to lose around 20lbs on my own last year but to my horror and sheer laziness, I’ve pretty much piled the majority of it back on in recent months.

I have been diagnosed with high blood pressure for around six years. Yes I’m young and I shouldn’t have this, let alone for this long, but I was on the contraceptive pill which stemmed this but I haven’t yet managed to get rid of it. For my blood pressure, I take 3 medications for it daily. I was also diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about a year and a half ago. It was originally diet managed but for the last six or seven months I have been on Metformin to keep my blood sugar levels down.

The main reason why I want to lose the weight is because I have lost confidence in myself. I have always been the “big one” in my family. My parents and sisters are all skinny minnies; eating whatever they want and how much they want without seeing any weight gain. It’s never really bothered me until recently and I saw some photos of myself at Christmas a couple of years ago. I just looked so huge. Since then, I’ve avoided photos like the plague. Another thing is that I no longer feel comfortable around my other half. We’ve been together for nearly five years and lived together for four. I think he’s noticed how unhappy I am with myself and he’s not quite sure how to deal with it. I’m just bummed out because he shouldn’t have to and I know that all he wants is for me to be happy.

So I’m taking the first steps. In previous diets, spurts of exercise, I eventually lack all motivation so from tomorrow, I’m off to the gym (which I’ve been a member of for about 3 months now) and I’m going to see a personal trainer for the initial consultation. I’m hoping they will keep me on track with all the exercising and I will be tracking my meals with MyFitnessPal (which I love; when I remember to fill it in!).

Initial measurements:

  • Weight: 219lbs
  • Bust: 46 in
  • Waist: 42 in
  • Hips: 43 in

Well, until tomorrow then, I guess! Until then.. x

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