It’s Been a While – Fresh Start

Hi everyone,

Apologies for not really getting started on the blog. I did join a Slimming World group again and have been ambling along. I lost 5lbs in my first week but since then I’ve been gaining and losing the same 2lbs or maintaining. Unfortunately, the exact reason why is known. I have been inundated with work and on a personal level, it’s been stressful as my partner’s been quite ill. Writing this now, I’ve managed to get the snuffles and a horrible sore throat so bear with me – I’ll try not to moan and groan too much!

Also, a lady who has been helping me in group since I started has just had a mini-stroke 😦 I think it’s kickstarted me again. As you know I have my own illnesses which have the possibility to become life threatening and it’s really given me a kick up the backside. This lady has lost over 4 stone in the last year and is no longer threatened with diabetes and high blood pressure and has never felt healthier and I feel that the amount of help she has provided me means that I should be doing more than just maintaining and losing the same couple of pounds over and over.

So.. it’s a new start today. Since I wrote last there’s been a fair few changes. I’ve gone back to college two evenings a week to finally complete my AAT as well as I’m now volunteering for the local Council and got my first class beginning on Monday evening. As well as all this, whilst on holiday in September, my other half proposed 🙂 So I guess I also need to kick start this whole wedding “diet” malarkey. I’ve meal planned this week though it’s slightly gone awry as OH decided to cook and as he’s not been too enthusiastic about life at the moment, I firmly pushed him into the kitchen and ate whatever he made (chicken red curry)! I weighed in last night and maintained at 15 st 10.5lb. I’m really hoping to start the losses again from next week. Also, I love my new consultant. She is amazing. Plus the group I go to is quite small so it’s been nice to actually get a chance to speak to people.

I’m planning on doing EE throughout the week with flexible syns as I am going to a bonfire night event on Friday. I’ve planned until Sunday (as I will be doing a food shop on Monday) but will post throughout the week and update the syns I’ve used.

Meal Plan

Thursday
Breakfast/brunch – 3 egg omelette with spinach, mushrooms, 35g grated red leicester (HEA & 1 syn) and spicy baked beans (was massive, so tasty, felt like a pig afterwards)
Dinner – SW lamb hotpot (1 syn) with blanched broccoli, green beans and roasted sweet potato
Snacks – muller light mango & passion fruit, 2 clementines, 1 pear, grapes
Syns – 2

Friday
Breakfast – 40g Weetabix Bran Flakes (HEB) with a muller light and 125ml semi skimmed milk (1/2 HEA)
Lunch – SW lamb hotpot (1 syn) and microwave veg
Dinner – SW Teriyaki salmon (1 syn) with stir fry veg
Snacks – muller light, 2 clementines, grapes, tea/coffee with sweetener and 125ml semi skimmed milk (1/2 HEA)
Syns – 2 (Going to a school bonfire night so may have one or two goodies there)

Saturday
Breakfast – 2 slices 400g wholemeal toast (HEB) with tin of spaghetti hoops and fried egg
Lunch – SW Teriyaki salmon (1 syn) with salad
Dinner – Mushroom and vegetable risotto with 30g parmesan cheese (HEA)
Snacks – muller light, 2 clementines, 2 boiled eggs
Syns – 1

Sunday
Breakfast – 3 egg omelette with spinach, mushrooms, 30g grated red leicester (HEA)
Lunch – Mushroom and vegetable risotto
Dinner – slow roasted lamb shank with mint, sprouts, roast carrots, roast sweet potato, mashed swede
Snacks – muller light, 2 clementines, 2 boiled eggs
Syns – 0

OK folks, sorry for the massive post! I WILL post again, very very soon!

Until then.. x

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Day One

Hi guys,

So today was the start of something new. A brand new way of life.

I woke up feeling sick and then fell down the stairs so not a great start! Food wise, I did alright. Not perfect with a slip up or two but not too crazy.

  • Breakfast: 2 apricots, 1/2 flapjack square (103 kcals)
  • Lunch: Roast pork on a white bap with apple sauce and stuffing (bad I know!) (425 kcals)
  • Snack: Toasted olive bread with 1tsp Lurpak butter (363 kcals)
  • Dinner: Honey and soy roasted salmon and sweet potato (488 kcals)
  • Snack: 1 big chocolate button, 2 medium carrot’s worth of batons, 1/7 pot of hoummas (240 kcals)
  • Total: 1618 kcals; Carbs: 39%, Fat: 45%, Protein: 16%

It’s actually been ok. I need to be a bit prepared with meals as if I don’t, I tend to snack on whatever is near me and what with working in a supermarket, there’s a lot of unhealthy stuff out there! Think I may need to bring the protein up and fat down – we shall see how it goes!

I also had my personal fitness consultation today. My trainer is called Steph and she is just lovely. We had a chat about what I want to get out of the sessions and I was pretty happy with trying all the equipment and exercises. I did tell her that my fitness levels were pretty much at zero. We had a mini session within the consultation and I nearly died twice. I think I was extremely keen to try and keep up with the level she set which meant I had two dizzy spells. The final one was a bit scary as I think my blood sugar levels dipped and my vision went blurry which was terrifying! I think the level of exercise is way higher than I have done in so long my body was just in a state of shock.

  • Rowing machine: 500m @ level 5 resistance
  • “Arm bike”: 45s horizontal @ level 5; 30s rest @ level 2; 45s horizontal @ level 5; 30s rest @ level 2; 45s vertical @ level 5; 30s rest @ level 2; 45s vertical @ level 5; 30s rest @ level 2
  • Recumbent cycle: 5 minutes @ level 4; 1 min 30 secs @ level 2
  • Stretches

After coming home and having a nap and a bath before going to a business appointment I had, I felt much better. I have my first proper session tomorrow which I am dreading slightly as today’s “mini” session nearly killed me. However, I think Steph will try and push and motivate me as much as possible yet she was so understanding when having a break after my first dizzy spell, I did say it was hard to not be able to do as much as I know I could do previously (even though it’s been a few years since I last went to the gym properly!). I know I won’t be at that level for a while but it’s so frustrating mentally to see how far I’ve fallen!

I’m actually looking forward to seeing what other exercises I can try. I know that my body will feel so much better and my sleep will improve so I can’t wait to put in the hard work in so I can begin to reap the benefits. The possibility of just collapsing at the gym is a scary one but I’m sure Steph will be keeping an extra eye on me tomorrow and making sure I have my breaks. I think the hardest thing for her is to see where my breaking point is as when I’m on the equipment, I feel fine. It’s when I stand up is the problem! Today has definitely been a lesson in exercise don’ts.

Well, I think that’s all for today. I’ve just been finishing some bits for a friend’s website and caught up with Great British Menu (I love my food shows! Which could be part of the problem!) so I’m ready to hit the sack and see what tomorrow brings 🙂

Until next time.. x

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