Friday, 29 August 2014

Pre holiday Weigh In 2014

I'm sorry to report that I didn't get my one stone award last night at group!!
In fact I was up 1.5lbs, not the post I wanted to write just before I head away on my holidays.

I was full of good intentions and determination but sometimes life just gets in the way and that's what happened me this week. I wasn't as on it as I should have been! I guessed a few syn values of things, had a few slithers of peoples birthday cakes, and all these "little  tastes of things" add up & I think that's what caught me.

I was of the attitude that I  was being sooooooooooooo good and I was... with my main meals, but my snacking was my down fall, (as usual) small slice of birthday cake on Monday, shared a bit of cake on Tuesday, had a few Milk Tray sweets on Weds (sure they're only small) & we won't speak of the bars of Milka that were in the canteen at work!!!
Once I get a taste for sugar at all, I'm a divil for it and turn into the girl that "can't say no"

Say NO to Cake

Not that its a good enough excuse, I gave into it, I know my behavior is not rational when there's cake to be had and I was sorry afterwards but not sorry enough that it was a once off!!
I done it 3 days in a row and still thought that "it'd be grand" silly me!! I know I'm only fooling myself but it was just one of those weeks for me. I'd like to blame the weather, mother nature, god, the government, the voices in my head that you can't reason with BUT not myself because i had the best of intentions so that exempts me from blame!!! (I wish)

So there you have it. cake/ my greediness is the reason I failed why to meet my holiday target and it all my own fault!
I'm a little disappointed but it's showing me that I cant have my cake and a good weigh in, so after my holidays I'll have to give up the cake for a bit!!
Something will have to go and it needs to be my muffin top.

Muffin Top

Weight lost to date: 9.5lbs
Onwards and Downwards, the Slimming World way :)

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Woman of the Year & Weigh In

So I never mentioned in last weeks post that I was nominated for Woman of the Year in my Slimming World Group. I was very surprised to be nominated, but its not all about who has lost the most weight, its also about people that inspire and help other people in group. So it was  nice thing to be nominated really.

7 of us were nominated 2 weeks ago, so at last Thursdays meeting after the weigh in's the 7 of us had to talk for 2 minutes about how Slimming World now fits into our lifestyles, then the others in the group got to vote for the winner. I didn't win, but that's ok because the girl was won I was thrilled for, she's 16 and received her 2 stone cert that night, so she was definitely a worthy winner. As a nominee I got a bunch of flowers, which was a nice touch I thought, I also won the raffle, which was SW cupboard staples, so I was happy.

I post all my photos of my food and exercise daily if you want to see what I'm eating here on instagram & here on Twitter

Thursday night was also Taster night, where all the members make a slimming world friendly dish & share the recipe. Its a great way to try new things and also get new ideas. I brought mini quiches & mini smash pizzas, which went down really well.. I tried SW friendly brownies & SW ferrero rocher.

I was down 0.5lbs at weigh in, which is ok (I got my appetite back after being sick, but 5lbs in 2 weeks is good in my opinion)
So this week I'm going to aim high, get extra Superfree into me and be down 3lbs before I go on my holidays and get my one stone cert

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

Saturday, 16 August 2014

When the vomiting bug is a good thing!!

Hey All,

I don't have a lot to report! I didn't manage to put any of my new goals into action yet...
I was minding my niece (1.5) and nephew(4.5) last weekend, so that kept me busy, but not really as "on plan" as I would have liked, there was a lot of eating out and fun and ice cream!!!
Then on Monday I wasn't feeling great and the next 3 days were awful, I had caught the vomiting bug, I ate very little and slept A LOT. Thankfully I'm over it now and my appetite has returned, (just about)

The only good news about being sick this week is that it showed on the scales on Thursday and this week I was down 4.5lbs, (which was great especially after my 2.5lb gain last week)
So this loss puts me back on track for my one stone award before my holidays. 2 weigh in's and 3.5lbs to go

Weight lost to date: 10.5lbs
Onwards and Downwards

**pics from Google images

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Setting Goals for August 2014

Hey All,

Hope ye enjoyed the long weekend! I'm blaming that for me not posting on Monday (ahem or Tues or Weds!)

I'm happy to report that at my weigh in last Thursday night, I was down 1.5lbs woo hoo :):)

Setting Goals

So I've been thinking that maybe I should set a few goals for myself for the month of August to keep me motivated and focused

1. Stay within my syns everyday and on the Slimming World plan  (not just on work days, very bad habit)

2. Get out and walk AT LEAST 3 times a week (I used to get out 5 days a week!)

3. Look for a circuit class/ boot camp or spinning class in my area and book in (I think I need the structure of booking in back in my life)

4. Download Couch to 5k AGAIN and get past week 3 (I've signed myself up for the Cork mini marathon on 28th Sep 14 so that's a motivation)

5. Get my stone Cert before I go on my holidays (4 weigh in's to go)

OK, so numbers 2,3 & 4 are all exercise related but I think that I feel better in myself when I'm more active and I'm also less likely to have the time or the inclination to sit in and eat crap/ poorly if I'm going to classes and feeling my boobs hitting my belly and belly slapping off my thighs (yes this does happen even with a sports bra) So I'm hoping that the walking will lead to running and if I get out and do that 3 times a week, then I can easily book into a class for at least one night a week...

I think I'm being realistic with these mini goals, every little helps as the famous slogan goes, and hopefully achieving these 5 goals this month will boost my self confidence before I go on my holidays and wear a bikini, but also get me back into exercising full time again.

Do you set yourself mini goals?

Weight lost to date: 8.5lbs
Onwards and Downwards

Say No

Monday, 28 July 2014

Slimming World & me

Hey Guys,

I've been very slow to write a post about Slimming World, even tho I really think its amazing and the results speak for themselves, check out their magazine or website, but even in my group, the ladies are doing so well. I'm delighted for them every week as I share in their success.

I however have been playing the yo-yo game, up and down every single week since I joined in April (not exactly a poster girl for the programme) So I decided that until I got a cert to stick on my fridge then I would not be writing a post about it.
However if you follow me on instagram or Twitter you will be sick of seeing my daily posts of all my meals (sorry not sorry!). I find that taking photos of the food helps me to make better choices.
I also think instagram is great for getting food ideas and recipes. (I'm told that pinterest is too, but I can't get a handle on it.. showing my ages*ahem*)

So last Thursday night... it happened for me.. I lost 1lb and got my half a stone cert.. FINALLY :) I was delighted to get it and the clap I got from my group, it was lovely :) I think my clap was the loudest of the evening ,the girls knew its been a long time coming for me.

Half  Stone Award

So I have a lovely shiney sticker on the back of my book and I have the certificate on my fridge at home to remind me to choose wisely when I open the fridge.

So I'm sorry for the long (not planned) absence, but as I said, I wanted to wait until I had a progress report before I came back on here, otherwise this would be a confessional post about all the bad food I've been eating.

Thankfully tho I'm loosing,  its taken me 3 months to get off the 7lbs but that's ok because I know they are now gone forever and also it means that I didn't fall into the trap of "move in with the boyfriend and gain a stone" that was a big fear of mine.

So I'm back and I'm a total Slimming World convert, so I will be back to posting my weigh in's weekly and letting ye know how I'm getting on. I'll also post some recipes if ye like (the easy ones that is, cuz I'm not the best chef)

Do any of you following the Slimming World plan?  how do ye find it?

Wednesday, 2 July 2014


Hangry.... Yes it’s a “thing”….

1.   Urban Dictionary: Hangry
Hangry. When you are so hungry that your lack of food causes you to become angry, frustrated or both.

I’ve experienced this a few times I must admit, but it was when I “suffered” from it last night that I had to stop and think about my behavior.

Yes this happens to all of us at one stage or another I’m sure!
But just because your hungry, does that give you the right to be angry and emotional and possibly take it out on who ever is around at the time? Is it someone else’s fault that you are hungry and now angry?
I don’t think so!

I thought that I had this little issue of mine under control, because I find that if I don’t eat regularly, I get too hungry and don’t know what I want and also because if I let myself get that hungry, then I eat the wrong food.

Yesterday however it kinda crept up on me!
Yesterday for me was what I would call a Hungry Day… the kind of day where I could eat every 30 minutes and never be full or satisfied! I realised this around lunch time, so I was eating extra fruit to try and get me through. Thankfully I knew that my dinner only had to be microwaved to be ready when I got home, for this I was thankful, I got home, put my Bolognese in the microwave and put spaghetti in the pot to cook….. in less than 10 minutes I was sitting and eating my dinner, it was lovely, but I ate way too fast and there was definitely a taste of more from it. I told myself tho, that once the food went down that I would be grand, so I tidied up, made myself a cuppa and sat down for 20 mins to let said dinner hit my stomach, so that I would feel full….. I’d still be waiting I’d say!

So I got up, changed and got ready to go for my walk, we got to the half way mark and I asked could we turn back!! I probably should have gone for the walk on my own, because I couldn't even speak, I was like a demon… I was on the verge of crying.. FOR NO REASON at all!!! I was angry with myself for feeling angry with myself!! It was madness!! So we cut the walk short, went home.. I sat down and was trying to figure out what the fudge my problem was and then it hit me… I was HANGRY!! D’oh!

BUT at least now that I knew what the problem was, I could fix it! Thankfully I had left over Slimming World chicken Curry and rice in the fridge ready for my work lunch the following day… That went into the microwave and 5 minutes later I was eating and I felt calmer, my emotions calmed and I could think straight and see how crazy I had been acting for the previous 2 hours!! It was a relief to myself too! I thought I was going mad! I really thought that I’d have to go to bed and write the evening off as a bad day!!!
So being hangry caught up with me and won!!!

It was awful tho and now I feel so guilty for my behavior, I wasn't far off a spoilt child throwing themselves on the floor and having a tantrum (if I thought I’d get away with it, I would have)

Has this ever happened to you?  This isn't the first time that this has happened to me, but its been a while and I forgot about it temporarily.

I really should come with a warning sign!! 

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Lazy lazy and going crazy

I’ve written this post in my head a couple of times over the last few days! When I do this, then I know that a blog post is brewing J It’s a good thing for me because in the last 2 months I have noticed that I have become LAZY and not just in the ‘watching my bum grow’ sense.

I’m lazy at work (era I’ll do it later), I’m lazy at home (I’ll clean at the weekend/ unpack tomorrow night, the couch is calling) Lazy with regards to exercise, in that the only exercise I do is walking to my car!!
I can feel the lazy taking over everything!!
I’m dropping food on myself (ick & a wasteful), not changing my nail polish very often (whaaaat), not making plans cuz I can’t be arsed (lazylazy) I haven’t blogged in god knows how long (probably because I‘d have to admit to being lazy!….)
I’ve been going around in a lazy daze… yawning my way through my days, having no interest in anything at all… for no particular reason… and its not fun or good for me really!!! I’m not sure how this has happened but I have an idea and now its time for me to get back up off my arse and grab life by the  balls and get back on the weight loss wagon 100%

On top of the move (which happened quite quickly once we found the right place for us) I was in the process of switching banks and also trying to teach myself how to run so I had a busy & stressful couple of months. Shall I elaborate? OK so……

1.  The Move
So in big news, I moved out of home last month J Yip me and the boy are now renting a lovely apartment not too far away from home.. It’s a BIG change for both of us and it has taken us a while to find a new routine and get used to living together 24/7 (its not the same as hols) but its been brill so far and I’m really enjoying it. But as I say, a BIG change for me… I’ve been living at home forever (bar a brief 9 month escape to Oz 6 years ago) and my mum is fantastic, as all mums are but…. she had me ruined… She done all my washing and ironing, and my dinner was on the table everyday when I came in from work and I had no clue how to use the washing machine!!! My cooking skills were limited to say the least!!! So moving out for me (or anyone) was/is a BIG HUGE DEAL… there was lots to do/ organise and buy J (we didn't own a tea towel between but we've done it and now I feel like a proper grown up, finally moving out of the family home at the age of 30… lol

Moving at any time in ones life is very stressful and time consuming and it took priority in my life…. So eating well and exercise took a back seat for some unknown/ crazy reason!!! Everyone warned me that moving out of home means gaining at least a stone! And although I swore I would be different and this wouldn't happen to me (yeah right) I can see how it happens!! Oh so easily!! I could feel myself falling into the trap of it and was very slow to resist..
Doing my very own food shopping and being able to buy ANYTHING I wanted! WOW (not sure why this was such a novelty, but it was)

2.       Switching Banks
I thought this would be straightforward and easy! I thought I’d fill out the forms and the bank would do the rest and that would be it. I.WAS.WRONG.
This ended up taking over 4 weeks, endless phone calls where I had to “verify” myself every.bloody.time before I could ask/ answer a question.. very frustrating I must say, and all the paperwork that was involved, you’d swear I was buying the bank, not just switching my accounts over!!
But I got there and only this week is everything finally sorted… I have all my cards and accounts in order!! Phew

3.       Learning to run
After my holidays and Easter, I downloaded the couch to 5k app and decided that it was time for me to start moving and with the change in the weather I thought I’d give running a go. (sounded like a good idea in my head) So I puffed and panted my way through the first 3 weeks of the app and I was doing ok.. not great by any means, but I could almost run for 2 minutes without stopping… Around this time at work there was talks of putting a relay team together to run the Cork city marathon… The lads at work convinced me that if I kept at it that I would definitely be able to run 5 miles non stop within 2 months!!! I got caught up in the hype and agreed to try my best to do it… This was all in April when I was browsing more than facebook, seeing if there were any nice places to possibly rent in the future… about a week after that I viewed an apartment, really liked it, took the boy to view it, he really liked it and the wheels were in motion for us to rent said apartment, once we jumped through all the hoops, filed all the paperwork and got the bank issues sorted.

This all happened when I was suppose to be focusing on running for longer and getting fit enough to be able to run in a race… IN JUNE….   Around this time getting 30 minutes to myself to go for a run/ walk just wasn't happening, so when I did get to go I didn't bother with my C25K app and decided to just run for as long as I felt I could, get my breath back and go again.. (sounds straightforward enough) during the 2nd time trying this way of running (I was in panic stations with less than 3 weeks to the race and I still couldn't run 1 k without stopping)  I went down heavy on my left foot, tried to shake it off and kept going, I was attempting to run/hop/ limb along my route, telling myself that I was looking for another excuse to stop…. But after 5 minutes I knew I had done something to my foot, so I stopped and sat on a wall!! I even had to ring and get someone to collect me to bring me home because I couldn't have limbed/ hopped back!!!  And that was the end of my running!!
 I went into work the following week and told them that I wouldn't be running the race with them! I felt bad, but in reality, I hadn't given myself enough time to be physically able to run any race, let alone a leg of the marathon!!

I did go to the marathon and cheer everybody on, regardless if they were doing the relay, half or full marathon… they all did brill in my opinion J So now when I drive passed people running the roads I have a new found respect for them, because it isn't easy at all.
My leg was fine afterwards, I was limping for about a week ,but ice packs and elevating it helped… We had moved out during this time also and the new bed was a killer for me, it was 2 weeks before I got a full nights sleep and the bed is so low that my back was broken up during this time too (see didn't I tell you I’m the queen of excuses and you must know by now that there’s ALWAYS something wrong with me)

So these have been my excuses/ reasons as to why I’ve been so off track with weight loss, healthy living, exercise and life in general.. There’s never a good time to do any of these things but doing them all at the same time… well its madness really but I’ve gotten through it, although I do have a larger bum and  a spotty face (and possibly a bald patch…)

The only good thing I can report is that I didn't stop going to my slimming world meetings!! I went and took the gains that were coming my way!! Was this a good idea or bad idea? I don’t know!! Good I would think because I’ve still been keeping track of my weight, even tho its been going in the wrong direction…

There’s been a lot of changes in my life in the last 6 weeks, but there are still more to come and I think I’m ready to pop my lazy bubble and get on with it…..

 **Photos from Google Images**