Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Update.. I'm still here

I’ve been blog dodging for far too long and I think that by getting this all out there, it will be a step in the right direction.

Its nothing that you haven’t heard me say before, but it helps to just let it all out I think.. so here we go




I’ve a lot going on at the moment….. this is true, BUT I’ve been hiding behind it and coasting for way too long this year!

  • I went on holidays in May and the lazy ass in me came home from holidays and moved in
  • We booked our Wedding -  Church and Hotel are booked for  Oct 2017
  • Loads of houses have gone up for sale in our area and we’ve been going to a LOT of viewings
  • I got to season 4 of The West Wing and then my one episode a night rule went out the window ( I’m half way thought season 6 at the moment…)
  • Bank Holidays and good weather = ice cream and lounging… don’t they?
  • I bought a Fit Bit to motivate me.. I have yet to hit 10,000 steps in any given day!!



Something needs to change and that change has to come from me, being asked to take a break from Slimming World has certainly helped to put things into perspective this week!!
I have made no progress in the last 12 months and still weigh the same, so my consultant took me aside and suggested I take a break from the scales for the couple of weeks, I’m welcome to attend the meetings but not to weigh in, I will also no longer be a member of the social team and will revert back to being a regular member.





However, this happening to me just as I feel like I’m gaining control and doing better (even if the scales don’t agree)  is not going to derail me and make me eat all the crap and blame it on being fired taking a break from Slimming World (it could be) But I’ve decided that this is my time to step up and put on my big girl pants and take responsibility for my well being, my health, my weight and my hand to mouth movements…

So I’ve made a plan, after some lovely kind words from super supportive friends I’ve decided that I can do this, I need to do this for myself and I WANT to do this for myself.
I WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT.
I want to feel better in myself
I want to be happy with how I look in the mirror
I want my clothes to fit again (And in time be too big)
I want to stop making excuses for myself
I want to start getting results
I want to be happy in my own skin
I want to gain some confidence in myself
I want all this things for myself, no one else





Like I said at the start, nothing new in any of the above, but I feel the better for getting it out there..
Plan for this month:

  • I’m still following the Slimming World Extra Easy food Plan (similar to H&F on WW)
  • I’ve bought a 10 class gym pass (groupon bargain) that has to be used within 6 weeks of starting. I’m starting this today with the intentions of doing 2 classes a week
  • I’m not going to binge eat come the weekend
  • I will get my fitbit to over 10,000 steps per day







So there you have it, my excuses and my plan of action.. I hope this doesn’t come across as whingey.. I am feeling pretty positive and also determined.

We all fall down, its getting back up and trying again that’s important… isn’t it?






Is anyone else struggling or is it just me? I'm considering a daily diary to keep me on track, would that be of interest to anyone other than me?



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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Slimming World Lunch Options


Hey All,

After the success of my breakfast post, I decided that I will do a little series of what I like to eat.
Those of you that follow me on Instagram & Facebook will be familiar with my meals as I do post them everyday, but its nice to see them all in one place too. Oddly enough it is my lunch that people comment on the most! Looking at the photos I can see that they do tend to be my most colorful meal of the day...

So I've picked a few different lunches that I pack and bring to work with me regularly, at work we have a kettle, microwave, toaster, fridge and small George foreman grill.... so that definitely helps/ makes a difference for me as to what I can and can't bring to work with me, but as with all things Slimming World planning is key...


This post is mostly photos of lunches I've been eating.. no recipes or anything but if there is anything that you'd like more information about, leave me a comment....

The majority are syn free but some are low syns



Ham Salad with Mugshot




SW mini quiches with Salad




Ham Salad Sandwich



Beans on Toast with Salad
Spaghetti Hoops on Toast





Baked potato with beans & salad


Passata with Pasta & ham salad


SW Soup with Ham, tomato, beetroot on ryvita


Tuna pasta with side salad

Chicken Salad




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Monday, 23 March 2015

Slimming World breakfast options




When I first joined Slimming World, I wanted someone to sit down with me and tell me what I could eat and what I should eat. now I know that this varies for everyone with lifestyle, personal likes and habits, but all I wanted people to do with me at the start was to tell me exactly what they were eating.

So I've put together a few posts of what I eat for Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
Those of you that follow me on Instagram will be more than familiar with what I eat on a daily basis, but I kind of like seeing it all together like this and this was the type of post that  I was looking for when I first joined Slimming World.


On work days, I go for the quickest breakfast possible as I leave getting up/ getting ready to the last possible second, so breakfast is ALWAYS a rush job. So I have 3 brekkies that I alternate between


Number 1. Old reliable Weetabix. 
You can have 2 x Weetabix's as you Healthy Extra B (HEB) choice, I only ever eat 1.5 and its enough for me, I still count it as my HEB... I also only eat these hot from the microwave...
350ml Milk (skimmed) is my Healthy Extra A (HEA) every day, as I could not live without milk in my tea. 

Weetabix



Number 2. Bran Flakes
35g Brans Flakes (always weighed) (HEB) & skimmed Milk (HEB)
SIMPLES...

Always weigh your HEA & HEB


35g Bran Flakes & skimmed milk




Number 3. Overnight Oats
These feel like a treat breakfast to me and are my favorite because I make them the night before, so in the morning time all I need is my spoon at the ready to eat. If you want to know how to make these, click here to find my "how to" post.
30g Oats = HEB
Mullerlight Vanilla with chocolate sprinkles = Free
Frozen Raspberries = Speed
Blueberries = Speed


Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats




Weekends however are a different story, I have time to think about what I'd like to eat and time to make it also... So at the weekends I do like to have a hot breakfast, as it tends to be brunch rather than breakfast (cause I do like to sleep in.....)



Boiled Eggs
Eggs = Protein
Milk in tea =  Healthy Extra A
2 syns for butter on eggs



Bacon Toastie
Brennans Be Good Wholemeal Bread = Healthy Extra B
Bacon Medallions = Protein
Milk in tea =  Healthy Extra A
2 syns for butter & 2 syns for ketchup



Beans & eggs on Toast with Speed
 Brennans Be Good Wholemeal Bread = Healthy Extra B
Bacon Medallions & eggs & beans = Protein
Tomatos & Mushrooms = Speed
Milk in tea =  Healthy Extra A




SW Fry


 Brennans Be Good Wholemeal Bread = Healthy Extra B
2 syns for butter
Bacon Medallions & eggs & beans = Protein
Mallons Gluten Free Sausages = Free
Tomato's & mushrooms = Speed
Milk in tea =  Healthy Extra A


Whats your favorite breakfast? I'd love to hear what you like to eat and get some new suggestions..


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Monday, 9 March 2015

February Update




February.. February... February has been a great month for me personally but a crap month for weight loss I'm sorry to say!! Following on from last months performance report/ confession, things didn't improve for me... I had a good week food wise after my last post and even went on the Operation Transformation Walk with my mother, we walked it in 51 mins and really enjoyed it, it was great to see so many people out supporting the leaders



OT 5k

Then something life changing happened to me.. my boyfriend proposed.. it was a total surprise to me, but needless to say I said yes and we are thrilled, I'm still on cloud 9..... and he done it on cupcakes.... I KNOW.. he knows me so well :-) 


The proposal

So all things slimming world and food related went out the window as we shared our good news with family and friends all weekend long... I went to work on Monday and they surprised me with cake (can you see a theme here..lol) so we had this gorgeous fresh chocolate cream sponge at work to celebrate and I took the rest home for the mister :) 


Work celebrations




Last Wednesday night we went to Dublin to see Noel Gallagher and at check in the hotel upgraded us to the BRIDAL SUITE, it was a total conscience that we were upgraded, (I smiled and flashed the ring AFTER the fact.. lol) So it was a lovely break away that involved car snacks, eating out and vodka, for two days..



Noel Gallagher


I didn't make it to weigh last Thursday night, but I'm pretty sure I would have seen a gain of happy pounds/cake pounds... 




Two things are helping me get back on plan..

1. A proper food shop that included visits to Iceland, Dealz, Aldi & Tescos... €80 later....I'm ready to eat clean and proper

Slimming World Friendly buys from Iceland



2. This weight loss magnet that I bought from ebay here... (I emailed Leanne about the postage & paid €12.67 total for mine) I bought the magnet version, and its stuck on the fridge as a reminder of what I WILL ACHIEVE.. How cute is it :) 





Weight Loss Magnet


So I'm definitely living in a happy bubble for the last 2 weeks and will be for a while yet, but its time for me also to start eating better and get those scales moving....



Weight lost to date: 0lbs
Onwards and Downwards, the Slimming World way :)



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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

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..



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





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

Weight lost to date: 0lbs
Onwards and Downwards, the Slimming World way :)



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