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

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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

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

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

Return to Blogging/Change of Plan

Hi guys,

Not sure if anyone’s around to carry on reading posts, but I’m here! Sorry for the prolonged absence. As you know I was going through a very difficult few months and I just felt totally overwhelmed. Unfortunately, something had to give, and that just happened to be blogging and generally looking after myself. So, I am kind of fresh back from my holidays, where I ate a lot of food. Fortunately I didn’t put any weight on (it was Florida after all!). Unfortunately I put a bunch of weight on before I went.

So, I’m back, ready to get back into it. I have decided to have a little change though. I decided to join Weightwatchers as I kept going off the rails a bit with Slimming World and thought I could do with a bit more structure to kick myself back into gear. I have to admit that I didn’t have great first impressions at group and the first week was a big mess. This week has been exam week and so I’ve not been counting (Daily PPs: 34, Weekly: 49) but doing WW’s version of SW – filling and healthy. Though I did have a moment the day before the exam and went to Mcdonalds >.< Well, Rome wasn't built in a day I suppose.

I weighed in on 11th May at 15 stone 12lbs. My last weigh in was 18th May and I lost 2lbs (though I had only really been counting for about 3 days due to a massive feck up online). This week isn't boding too well at the moment but my exam was yesterday and I'm going to make sure the rest of this week is up to scratch.

Although I'll be following WW for the foreseeable future (unless something goes horribly wrong or I just decide to go back to SW), I hope you'll carry on following my journey. I will be blogging my food once again and hopefully will be able to squeeze a few shopping posts in. At the end of the day, I feel that WW and SW are fairly similar in that they both advocate healthy eating and so far, it just seems (in my eyes) that WW is more controlled in regards to portion size and at this moment in time, I think that's what I need. I'm sure my food will still largely resemble a SW diet so hopefully you'll get some inspiration and just double check it's SW friendly 🙂

OK, so I think that's all for now.

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!)