Monday, 23 February 2015

Setting Goals



I'm struggling big time at the moment, I think that much is pretty obvious, I've fallen back into my old trap of eating well Mon-Thurs and then doing the dog Fri, Sat & Sun!  Which means that when I face the scales I'm praying for a maintain rather than a loss! Because I'm not giving myself a fighting chance to loose weight at the moment. More like I'm giving myself extra padding on my ass and enough sugar to send myself into a coma!!

The plan hasn't changed, but my mindset has too.. someday's I'm on it 100% and it feels great, but if I break at all, that's it, game over and it can take me a few days to get back on track!!

So I think/ know I need to stick to my weekly meal plans, get off my bum and start exercising, stick to my syns (especially at the weekends)

These 3 little changes would make a hell of a difference!!

I know that there isn't a magic wand that can be waved, I know that it can be difficult, but its worth it, I see people at group every week making fab progress and getting closer to their own personal goals and the difference it make to their every day lives, walking up the stairs without being breathless, being able to bend over to tie up shoes, not being a sweaty all the time. Its all these little things that make a difference everyday that keep them going and keep them on plan.
Of course putting on your jeans to find that you can pull them up and down without unbuttoning them is a great feeling too, but it takes a while to get to stage, so its definitely the little things at the beginning that keep people going and I need to take that on board.
For some silly reason I've decided (well my brain has) that if my jeans aren't falling off me after five good days, then its ok to eat crap.. Now you and I both know that this isn't rational thinking. I'm not rational at the moment at all.. I'm a mess, playing mind games with myself.. promising myself that I'll do better and at the same time sticking my hand into the biscuit tin





So I've been thinking a lot lately about my behavior and attitude towards food and weight loss, I'm talking the talk... and eating the cake, biscuits and chocolate.. So I've sat down and made a plan, a realistic one.... Its not a secret nor a shocker that I need to eat better and move more






As of today I have 66lbs to loose to put me in the healthy/ not obese/ over weight category.

I'm a visual type of gal, so I put my measurements into modelmydiet to see my before and after photo


modelmydiet


66lbs is a lot to think about as a whole, so I will be breaking this down into easier bite size chunks and aiming to loose 7lbs followed by another 7lbs etc... hell loosing one pound a week will get me where I want to be eventually....

But short term, its 6 weeks to Easter and then 4 weeks to my holidays, so I plan to be going on holidays at least one stone lighter than I am today....



January 2015
Week 1 = + 8.5 (post Christmas gain)
Week 2 = -1.5
Week 3 = -1.5
Week 4 = -3.5
Week 5 = +1.5 (mystery gain?)

February 2015
Week 6 = + 5.5 (post birthday weigh in)
Week 7 = -1.5
Week 8 = +2
Week 9 =


Weight lost to date: +0.5lbs
Onwards and Downwards, the Slimming World way :)



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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Pancake Tuesday

I tried this recipe for Pancakes a few month ago from Lovely Girlie Bits Blog (Link here)
and decided that I would give these Magic pancakes another go for Pancake/ Shrove Tuesday.

I also bought a mix in Tesco's, one of the “just add milk” and if you use the milk as your Healthy Extra A, the mix makes 10 pancakes, each with a syn value of 5 syns, and that’s before you add any toppings!! 


5 syns PER PANCAKE
Blend until it looks like a batter (I put mine in the fridge for 40 mins, while I had dinner)


For these magic pancakes, you can have them for free if you count the 35g oats as your Healthy Extra B or syn the oats at 6 syns.. all the other ingredients are free.. so you can make a good few pancakes from the batter with a total of 6 syns before toppings.
Definitely the way to go I think


So all you need is 35g porridge oats, any free Mullerlight (I used Vanilla) Sweetener & 2 eggs






Place your 35g of porridge oats in a bowl, mix with half a Müllerlight yogurt, add 2 tbsp of sweetener & 2 eggs into the mixture..









Pre heat frying pan and spray with fry light


Use a desert spoon and measure out roughly *12* small pancakes(I made 6 small & 1 large)







Fry one side for about 4-5 minutes until it stops bubbling



Flip over and cook for further 3-4 minutes until golden brown/ burnt like mine





If you wanted to have these for a total of 6 syns ((or free if oats are your HEB,)) then serve these with lovely free/speed fruit & the other half of your Mullerlight


If you've saved all your syns to have these as your treat (I know I have) then here are the syns for other toppings that you might want to top your pancakes with.

Other toppings
Lemon = Free
Sweetener = Free
Sugar = 1 level Tablespoon = 3 syns
Choc Shot – 1 level Tablespoon = 2 syns
Jam (reduced sugar)  =  1 level Tablespoon = 1 syn
Nutella  = 1 level Tablespoon = 4 syns
Peanut Butter = 1 level Tablespoon = 4.5 syns
Maple syrup = 1 level Tablespoon = 2 syns

Golden syrup = 1 level  Tablespoon = 2.5 syns


For ahem research purposes for the blog, I decided to try a few of the toppings on my little experiment... All of the below came in at 13.5 syns (including 6 syns for the oats) 
Which isn't bad at all










For any of you lovely ladies that are banana fan’s, check out this link to the Skinny Doll’s blog for banana pancakes
Skinny Doll Banana Pancakes >>> here <<<

Slimming World Ladies beware that mashed banana is 6 syns, so these are not free


I hope where ever you are today that your enjoying a pancake or three :-)



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Monday, 9 February 2015

January Update

There’s something to be said about being a weight loss blogger who's kind of crap at losing weight. It’s embarrassing, and that’s why I haven’t been blogging all that much in the last few months.

I feel like my blog posts have become whingey and full of excuses, they’re aren't as positive or as progress-full (is that a word?) as I would like them to be….

But I think that this is ok? I’m not perfect, no body expects me to be and sometimes life gets in the way of things.
Also I’m like a bad penny, I might be down but I’m certainly not out. I refuse to give up. I’m not making much progress being a yoyo, but I’m refusing to give in and stay like this.
Because I’m not happy and I’m not comfortable, and I’m refusing to settle.. I've only got one body and I've been treating it like crap for years! Its taken me 30 years to realise this and now I’m sorry I've treated myself so badly!



Here’s a little update as to how I've been doing, January went well for me, I was eating good, cooking from scratch, trying a few new recipes, and not going berserk at the weekends (in my head weekend = food party/ all you can eat style! WHY!!!)
So facing the scales after non-food partying weekends was making me feel smug (& also expecting huge losses… why do I decide that 4 days in a row of good eating should equal half a stone gone?)
I was down, 1.5, 1.5, 3.5 and then I had a gain of 1.5.. which I wasn't expecting and I wasn't happy about. Shit happens eh? Yes it does, but what did I do? I ate my disappointment....literally!



Also the following week was my birthday week, so I had a night out, a hangover day/binge, followed by 2 dinners out for my birthday and wait for it….. 5 different kinds of cake for my birthday celebrations… yes, you read that correctly FIVE. .everyone is aware of my love affair with cake and all my lovely friends and family bought me cake for my birthday.. Sure it was my birthday and I was celebrating!!  So the 48 hours before facing the Slimming World weighing scales I had 2 dinners out and ate A LOT of cake
So there was no surprise when I jumped on the scales and had a gain of 5.5LBS

Yip, I managed to undo all of January's good eating and hard work in less than 7 days… But it didn't end there, Oh no, the birthday celebrations weren't over just yet!!
I was out with the lovely Slimming World ladies on Friday night for drinks and pizza slices, I was away on Saturday Night for my Birthday and we had car snacks (yes it’s a thing) and a 5 course dinner that evening followed by drinks (I don’t regret it, it was AMAZING.. and the Breakfast the following day… OMG **drooling just thinking about it**) All the photos are on my instagram page. Click HERE 


So here I am, its Monday AGAIN and I’m back on plan today.. my first day on plan is over 10 days, I’m guessing I’m back to the start again with my numbers... that wont be made official until Thursday night, so the next 4 days I am going to try to do a little bit of damage control and get the scales moving in the right direction again!!  I’m back in control again, I made my speed soup last night and that’s a baby step in the right direction at least…
I’m disappointed with myself but I enjoyed every single day of being off plan… but I’m ready to stop eating crap and treat my body properly, it won't thank me for the binge eating!!!
I don’t know what kind of penance would be recommend after that synful confession, but I  will definitely try harder. I have to if I want to start seeing results…..



January 2015 StatsWeek 1 = + 8.5
Week 2 = -1.5
Week 3 = -1.5
Week 4 = +1.5
Week 5 = + 5.5


Weight lost to date: 0lbs
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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

New Year, Same Me


I think the title of this post says it all.. Yes it is a new year, but I'm still me.

Here's a little update on whats being going on with me this month so far....

I purposely didn't post for the last few weeks as I felt that the net has been over saturated by weight loss motivation and resolutions.

Really?


But that's not to say that I haven't been back on the wagon. I HAVE...Really...

Feeling determined to get rid of the bloat ASAP, I went and had my post Christmas weigh in on New Years Day.
I took my gain of 8.5lbs on the chin (I may have been crying inside) and decided that I would give myself a clean slate, given that it was the new year. So I'm starting from scratch, that number on 1st January was my new start number, the only way is down..


I'm still the same me, still want to loss my muffin top/ cake shelf (as Sarah Millican calls it) and all my other wobbly bits. I still want to feel better about myself and look better. And for now this is all for vanity reasons, but it could become a health issue if I allow it too!! I just want to feel nice.. ( but that's a whole other post)






This year there will be no resolutions from me. Just a promise that I will become a better, fitter, happier, slimmer version of me.
2015 is going to be my year to stop being a yoyo and be a loser, in the nicest possible way :-)


yip.. this is me 



I took some photos of me last week, so that I would have something to compare myself too as the year moves on. When I was uploading them to my laptop I found photos from last January when clearly I had the same idea!!  D'oh

So I thought I would compare those. Since I'm going for full disclosure!!
If I'm honest I don't see any difference, (it doesn't help that I have different clothes on...) but you can see the belly in both







I was also surprised to receive an email summary from Map My Walk with a record of my exercise during 2014. If you asked me I would have said that I did very little exercise in 2014, my food was ok, but my motivation for exercise just wasn't there. (we moved out... I had to break in the new couch & watch all the box sets that I could  #Justified #Lazyass)
According to this summary, I went for 55 walks and covered 131.75 miles, it just shows that all the little 20 minute walks do add up... I KNOW...

Turns out I did exercise in 2014


So the plan is to loose weight following the Slimming World  healthy eating plan and to get back into exercising regularly.


January Stats
Week 1 = + 8.5
Week 2 = -1.5
Week 3 = -1.5


Weight lost to date: 3lbs
Onwards and Downwards, the Slimming World way :)



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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

The Christmas DRESSES & Final Weigh In 2014







Happy Christmas to each and everyone of you that take the time to read my blog :) 

So the "12 weeks to Christmas Challenge"" that The Skinny Doll organised is over, can you believe it? 
It flew by I thought. To see how every one got out, check it out here 


So when I wrote my guest post for the Skinny Dolls Blog, it was about feeling confident for Christmas in a nice dress.. >>> post here<<< 


I decided that I would show you that I did go out over Christmas and I enjoyed the parties.
I tried not to be self conscious (tough to break the habit of a life time) and I didn't hide in the corner minding the handbags :)

This purple dress is from New Look and I wore this to my work Christmas party. It was nice and bright and not black for a change


Work Xmas Party


Not the best photo here, but this was the dress I wore for my mums 50th birthday party and I don't think I've ever gotten such a fab reaction being out, my family were full of compliments on how great I was looking, it was such a confidence boost I can tell you :) I could have kissed the lot of them, I took them at their word and accepted the compliments :)
Not sure where this dress is from, its been in the wardrobe at least 2 years!! 


Mums 50th Birthday



I know my nail post have been lacking this year, but it doesn't mean that I haven't been painting my nails. 
I have :) (you'll see them on instagram)  so below is a photo of my Christmas nail art attempts

Christmas nail art



Christmas nail art


My last weigh in for the year was this morning and I was up 2.5lb

My plan is to enjoy the holidays/ break.. Accept whatever the scales give mes on New Years Day and start fresh 

Weight lost to date: 8.5lbs
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Sunday, 21 December 2014

#IrishbbloggersSS14 Big Reveal Day

Let me start by saying a HUGE thank you once again to Aisling from Total MakeUp Addict for organizing this fabulous Secret Santa extravaganza :) 
It was so exciting last month waiting to see who I would be shopping for and following the hastag #irishbbloggersSS14 (Irish Beauty Bloggers Secret Santa 2014) on twitter. I've found loadsa new fab blogs to follow since this has started :) 






I was so excited to come home for work and find a package waiting for me :) My lil niece and nephew were as excited as I was to open them, luckily I managed to take a pick before the 2 and 5 year old let loose :) 




My secret Santa was Michelle  from Michellealice and she sent me two gorgeous presents :)
I'm a HUGE Soap & Glory fan, so I  was delighted with this S&G set :) 



Inside was Hand Food hand cream, (my fave) Scrub & happiness dry hand smoothing scrub,
a nail file and 2 nail polishes, well one colour and a top coat. 




Very Berry nail polish is a beautiful berry/ wine/ red / burgundy colour, there was a lovely light catching shimmer and it was a two coater.. very Christmassy and it got plenty of attention :) 



Soap & Glory Very Berry

Soap & Glory Very Berry

My other present was a set of 3 very pretty make up bags, who doesn't love make up bags, my 2 year old niece was very fond of these.. but luckily I won in the end.. lol 



I want to say a huge thank you to Michelle for the lovely presents :) Love them :) 

I got Bernie from Beauty Minx Blog as my secret santa, click over to her blog to see what I sent her :) 

I can't wait to see what everyone got in their posts. Aisling has posted a list of everyone that was involved over on her blog today.. link here 

Friday, 19 December 2014

Christmas and me & Weigh In 11





I’ve always been a “Christmas Person” I own more Christmas jumpers and earrings than I’m willing to admit too.. I love getting the Boots/ Argos/ Smyth/ Littlewoods Xmas books in September and pouring over it to see what’s coming in and choosing special presents for people and for me (sure why not.)
I love driving around to see the lights people put up outside their houses, with the Christmas tunes on (obvs) Me and my friends even take photos of our Christmas tree’s as soon as they go up to show each other, before we go to visit each tree (yes, this is a thing) 
I could talk Christmas stuff all day, the toy show, the children singing, the carols, the songs, the Santy hats, the decorations on houses and in shopping center, people everywhere and I mean everywhere, wrapping paper, presents, bows, cribs, baubles, nights out, lotsa booze and lotsa over eating….

Yip, I think of all of the above when I think of Christmas but I also think of the food, the Roses/ Celebrations that will be hanging around the office, the pies, cakes & biscuits that will be on offer in every house and shop that you visit and this is all in the build up to the big day.
This is before all the boxes and tins that you’ve been buying since last Halloween make an appearance and are cracked opened, enough food to feed you for months, yet we (I) take it upon myself to have an eating competition and see how I get on (I can assure you, these never end well) but I never break the cycle, I tell myself that I enjoy it. And to a degree I do, I enjoy allowing myself a “day off” to “eat whatever I want” but I don’t enjoy the other aspect of it, the belly ache, the bloated feeling, the guilts. Because for me these come hand in hand. But once I get a taste of the sugary goodness, I’m weak and I keep going, I just don’t know when to stop! I’m making myself out to be a savage and to a certain degree that’s how I behave on these days!!

All this for ONE DAY, but the eating can go on for up to 10 days!

Then I face the scales, say all the prayers possible and hope that the crazy eating won’t show up in the numbers, but of course it does and then I feel sorry. But I wasn’t at the time. At the time I was too busy enjoying stuffing my face.
I’m always very sorry after the face, but hindsight is 20/20.. I swear to myself that it will never happen again….

My Christmas Tree



I do intend to enjoy my Christmas, but I am also going to plan to be off plan if that makes sense. I am going to keep doing what I’m doing for now until my weigh in on Christmas eve.
I then plan to loosen the reins a little bit on myself and have some treats and enjoy them.
It is Christmas after all…

This year I want to break my own cycle, I don’t want to gain a stone over 2 weeks that will take me 6 months to shift (the story of 2014 for me)
I’m hoping that being aware of my self destruction button, it will help me to make wiser choices.


Weight lost to date: 11lbs
Onwards and Downwards, the Slimming World way :)






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