Diet Change

Hi guys,

I have to apologise for me leaving you guys again. After my second job finished, I’ve been trying to put as many hours as I can at my first job so I have a bit of money coming in! Next week I’m working 8 days in a row >.<

But anyhow, I wanted to update you on how I’m doing. The past month has been quite stressful with worrying about money and family. I’d fallen off the wagon a bit and generally feeling quite crappy and sorry for myself. The thing is, I wasn’t bothered enough to do anything about it. Then, I just happened to want to go to Costco as I hadn’t been in over a year/two years and I saw a diabetes cookbook. Don’t ask me what drew me to it, especially as it focussed on the story of the author’s type 1 diabetic child (I’m type 2), but it really resonated with me.

I decided I was going to go low carb. I’m on day 3 so far and I’m feeling generally OK. Yesterday was the “new diet blues” where you’re constantly ravenous despite eating (I blame my body craving sugar) but I’m already seeing results which is nice. My blood pressure is down a bit, my blood sugars have fallen slightly and I’ve lost a kilo (though I did put 3 on in a month and I know that weight fluctuates daily but it’s just nice to see the scales go down!).

One thing that has confused me though, is what macros to actually use. I know I wanted to go low carb, but not enough to go into ketosis (I struggled really badly on the Cambridge Weight Plan which focussed on staying in this) so I knew I wanted to start on about 90g carbs. The hardest part after was trying to figure how much protein and fat to eat. A lot of advice leads to having higher fat consumption, which I have really struggled to get my head around. I’ve used a couple of macro calculators and some were telling me to eat 100g of fat! Personally, I would prefer to focus more on protein but there are warnings not to go too high or you won’t lose weight. What’s a girl to do?

So I’m going to experiment. I’m using MyFitnessPal to log my foods and macros (username is YzzyBella if you want to be friends). My current macros are: protein 30% (115g), fat 47% (82g) and carbs 23% (90g) with my calorie goal at 1558. It might be all wrong, any dietician looking at it might think I’m crazy but I’m going to see how I go for the next week and adjust if necessary. Obviously if my blood sugars, weight and blood pressure are rising, then it’s not working for my body and I’m going to have to look again at my macro distribution. Luckily I’ve got the equipment to monitor it daily so also if it falls too rapidly, I know to visit my doctor and look at my medication too. I have to admit that I haven’t done an insane amount of research on macros and this diet. I previously have dabbled low carb before about 4 years ago and I think it worked well for me but then I went to start Slimming World and forgot all about it. If you have any advice, please leave me a comment as knowledge is key, right?

Until next time.. x

I’m back! Update

Hi everyone,

It’s been a long time. A really long time. I apologise! My life has been quite the rollercoaster with work going a bit insane, moving & just being crazy disorganised.

So what’s new? Well, I’m very nearly discharged from the hospital for my diabetes. With work, I was just grabbing food whenever I could, binge eating as I had no idea when I would have time to eat next and drinking an awful lot of sugary drinks to give me energy, which was then followed by massive sugar crashes. I know I was burning myself out but when you’re working with family, sometimes you don’t know how to say no. So the result of this was at my yearly check up in June 2016, the nurse was really worried about my HBA1C (blood sugar level over the past few months) as it had increased rather than decreased. I was given gliclazide, a blood sugar monitor for the first time and a referral to the diabetes clinic. My blood sugars were ranging from 4.2 to 15 and I was all over the place. Though my blood sugars came down, I was a bit of a mess to be honest!

When I visited the clinic in January 2017, the nurse I was with suggested that maybe I try the newest diabetes drug (SGLT2 inhibitors) Farxiga, which prevents the kidneys from reabsorbing the sugar and instead is passed through urine. I recently posted on my instagram that this medication has suited me so much better. Instead of my blood sugars jumping all over the place, I’m now usually around 5-7mmol/L and my energy levels are so much better.

To give you an indicator of how bad it is, the target for HBA1C is 48. In September last year, my result was 98, which is scarily high and more than double the target figure. The gliclazide lowered me to 78 and in May, I hit 60. I have also lost around 4kg (all my doctors now weigh in kilograms opposed to stones and pounds so I’m trying to make the conversion!) which is around 9lbs. My total weight loss from my original start weight is currently at 1st 5lb which is about 8.5kg. It’s been really slow progress but this scare has given me a huge kick up the backside.

I saw my diabetes nurse at the GP the other week and as my blood pressure is now at around 102/77 (before it could hit 147/112 – 120/80 is ideal I think) so she said we’ll monitor my blood pressure as I lose more weight as my medication will need to be adjusted. I literally can’t wait as at the minute I’m taking around 7 tablets for my diabetes and blood pressure, 1 for my hayfever and 2 supplements for hair and energy (I have had quite a lot of hair loss recently due to stress) so less tablets would be more than welcomed.

Current stats:

CW: 93.4kg or 14st 9lb
BMI: 35
Body Fat: 43.4%

Alongside that, in a couple of weeks I will be down a job. I’m now preparing myself for the drop in income by tightening my belt and so I’m getting full swing into meal prepping and researching my shopping list first – so these will be back! I will be looking at weight loss on a budget and keeping tabs back on here to keep me accountable.

So, 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

Back to the Blogging World

Hi everyone,

It’s been quite a while since I last posted – hope you’re all well and well on the way in your weight loss journey.

Quite a few things have been happening in my life at the moment. As my last post mentioned, me and OH broke up and I have since helped a family friend start up a company so it’s been quite hectic on the life front. I’m also back in therapy as OH is leaving the country early December and there’s still stuff that needs to be resolved on that front.

So, the reason I’ve made an appearance is that I decided that I don’t want to end 2015 at the same weight I began so I am kicking myself back into gear. As you may know when I last posted I was on WeightWatchers and kind of getting there when I felt like it. Due to my schedule over the next few months, I decided to give the Cambridge Weight Plan a try after watching Elaine Jones on YouTube.

I know the plan can seem quite controversial and I will explain the plan in a little more depth once I’ve finished my first week. The reason I chose it was because I’ve had many days where I’m working 9-midnight and not had time to prep meaning I’m just eating whatever is around me (in other words – junk!) so I’m hoping that because most of the meal replacements are just there and waiting, I’m less likely to throw my hard work away because I’m tired.

I met up with my Cambridge consultant today and she is really lovely. She went through all the plan with me and she seemed to have every single product in stock so win win. Had one and a half products so far today consisting of the mushroom soup (so-so) and half the malt toffee chewy bar which is OK. I think I just need to get used to the products. I’m on step 2 so along with 3 products a day I’ll also have a meal consisting of protein and green veg which will pacify my need to chew!

I will update with further information in the next few days but I’ll have a few days settling in and see how I am 🙂

Until next time.. x

Weigh In Tuesday – 16.06.15 – 2.75lb off! – 5% lost

Hi guys,

Super excited to update you this time round. I hit another loss this morning weighing in at 15 stone 2.75lb – a 2.75lb loss 🙂 I was a little worried I was going to lose less or stay the same this week as I was indulging a lot outside of meals (but within points) and had KFC and nachos yesterday as well as not exercising at all. I’ve definitely been in a bit of a funk this week with some anxieties which have been stopping me from sleeping. BUT it’s now given me a big boost to try and make the most of this week despite the meals out as I’ve hit 5% of my body weight in about 4 weeks. How mad is that. Usually I can’t stick to anything properly for a solid month so to consistently lose each week is remarkable to me as I usually have at least one gain a month. My daily ProPoints have dropped to 33 so my meal plan won’t be 100% correct but I’ll be sticking to 33pp when actually tracking my food.

I think one big difference between SW and WW is that it focuses more on portion control and means I have more flexibilty to eat what I want. I know I shouldn’t be eating junk but sometimes you just crave it and to still lose is just gobsmacking to me. Obviously if my weight loss slows down, I will definitely know where to start cutting out but I’m enjoying having the flexibility at the moment.

Until next time.. x

Weigh In Monday – 8th June 2015

Hi guys,

Just a quick one today. Weighed in yesterday morning at 15 stone 5.5lbs which means a 2.5lbs loss! I went for dinner with a friend last night instead of Wednesday so although I was still within daily and weekly points I feel a bit heavier today but I shan’t be touching the scales until next week!

I’m definitely starting to feel like I’m getting used to counting and it feels almost natural to me now. It’s just a little frustrating sometimes when some items are not in the database and as a lot of Asian foods don’t have the nutritional values on the product, it’s hard to work out. There has been a lot of guesstimation this week though I feel I have overestimated to be safe. What do you guys think?

Until next time.. x