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.


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
Onwards and Downwards, the Slimming World way :)

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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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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Weigh In Week 9 + 10

Sorry I'm so late with posting this!! The Christmas madness has hit and time is just flying by!!

Two weeks ago, I was up 1 pound and was very disappointed, its a total cop out but I'm blaming my jeans for giving me a gain that night!!

Last Thursday night I was down 1 pound, another excuse for this one, (I was hoping for a bigger loss) I weighed in on a different scales!!

The last 2 weeks weigh in's have left me feeling very disappointed BUT I refuse to give in, I feel great and I feel like I've lost wight even tho the scales hasn't confirmed this in the last 2 weeks!!

Weight lost to date: 8.5lbs
Onwards and Downwards, the Slimming World way :)

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Monday, 1 December 2014

Slimming World Overnight Oats & Weigh In Week 8

How do I make my Overnight oats is a question I'm asked almost weekly on my Instagram account. its such an easy breakfast to prepare and surprisingly filling also.

So I've finally decided to write a "How To" post on it

35g Quick Oats   (Healthy Extra B)
Mullerlight Yogurt (Free)
Fruit (fresh or frozen) (Superfree)

Slimming World Overnight Oats

 1. Add scoop of Oats to glass, 1 scoop = 15g Oats,

2. Next add in yogurt to cover the oats ( I used Mullerlight Vanilla with chocolate sprinkles)

3. Add in your fruit (I use frozen raspberries)

4. Repeat step one, by adding another scoop of oats (1 scoop = 15g Oats)

5. Add in the remaining yogurt

6. Top with fruit

Slimming World Overnight Oats

7. Place in Fridge overnight

8. Remove from fridge, grab spoon & enjoy
(I have to take mine out at least 30mins before I eat because its too cold, but that's just my preference)

Slimming World Overnight Oats

This is a lovely breakfast even if your not following the Slimming World Plan.
The recipe says you can use 35g of Oats, I personally just use 30g grams, because my scoops is 15g a go and its easier.

This breakfast is surprisingly filling for the size of it, I eat with my eyes and at the start thought this was tiiiiiny.. BUT... I've been proven happily wrong :)

Have you tried Overnight Oats? Or do you plan to now?
Let me know how you get on if you do try them :)

This week, I weighed in on Thursday evening, at my own group. I was  down 2.5lbs

Weight lost to date: 8.5lbs
Onwards and Downwards, the Slimming World way :)

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Making Slow Progress & Weigh In Week 7

I tend to be surprised of late when people comment that I’m “looking well” it doesn't happen a lot, but when it has done I scoff and retort with “Eh no I’m not, I’m up a stone since this time last year!”
In my mind I haven’t done anything other than buy clothes in a bigger size for the last 12 months, so I can’t conceive the fact that I could be “looking well” 

BUT I haven’t given up either!! I joined Slimming World 2 weeks before I moved out of home, now if that wasn't the perfect chance to go back to my binge eating and secret eating ways, than I don’t think I’ll ever have one.
I was thrilled to be moving out but fretting and fearful that I would fall into the trap of take away’s and unhealthy habits and gain a fortune of weight.

So my Slimming World Journey to date has been sloooow, super slow if I’m being honest and that’s down to me also, but I haven’t given up. I turn up every Thursday night to see how everyone else is and how they’re doing and I can see how far they've come since we all started in April.
They compliment me, ask how my week was, and cheer when I have a loss on the scales. They don’t judge me if I’m up or down, they support me because they understand that loosing weight isn't as straight forward as we’d like it to be and sometimes life/ bad moods/ crap weather get in the way of having a “perfect week food wise”

So at the moment, I’m loosing pebbles rather than stones, but I’m feeling determined, I’m hoping that all the little pebbles that are 0.5lb & 1lb will slowly add up and my clothes will become a little looser and I’ll start to feel a little bit better about myself and a little bit more confident about facing the outside world this Christmas.

So the next time someone gives you a compliment, Smile and thank them; take it, I bet it will put an extra pep in your step.

Because people don’t say these things lightly, clearly they like what they’re seeing and can see something noticeable for them to comment and compliment.. (Or they desperately want to know where you got that dress/ scarf/ foundation / boots)

I know deflecting the comment is the way “us Irish” are programmed (and it needs to stop) so why not try to make a new and better habit and where possible return the gesture (who doesn't like getting a compliment)

This week, I weighed in a day early and at a different group.. I was down 0.5lbs

Weight lost to date: 6lbs
Onwards and Downwards, the Slimming World way :)

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