Where am I going

Hi Lovelies,

Just bear with me on this.

I started this blog as a means of becoming accountable for my weight loss, almost as a way of keeping me on track with my progress.

Through the past few years, this blog has been a constant and although I haven’t always posted on a regular basis in recent times, it has always been there at the back of my mind as a measuring tool and reminder.

As this point in my healthy journey, there are no real goals to get to and no all-important stone bracket to fall into; mainly because I’m not looking at it that way anymore.

When I started this journey, it was to lose weight and get fitter, but that term ‘lose weight’ is now a difficult one for me. I don’t get on the scales anymore mainly because I never liked the fact that they could either make or break my day and my emotions were so tied to that little (or big) number staring back at me.

Now I just try to see it as a whole and live healthier overall, with a more balanced lifestyle. But that means the measurable goal kinda goes out the window. I don’t want a goal weight, I don’t have a goal body shape and I don’t have a goal fitness to get to, which makes this whole process a lot harder.

I don’t really know where I’m going with this but I guess I just want to get it all out there to help me understand it.

Here’s what I know for definite:

  1. I’m still trying to eat healthy and enjoy cooking
  2. I’m still trying to build my fitness and enjoy challenging myself
  3. I love feeling healthier and lighter and it has changed my life

So those are all really good things.

But I suppose this blog was never designed to capture the end of my journey, of course, my journey will never be over, as its a constant process I have to work at every day. But for me, because of that, it makes it hard to know what path to go down when writing my posts.

So I’ve decided to try and stress less about what you might want to read, and just write about what I want, whether its interesting or not. (sorry haha)

At the end of the day, this is my blog and writing it makes me feel good. Knowing this is my corner of the internet makes me feel better and puts a warm blanket around me to tell me that everything’s going to be ok.

So, this year, I am going to focus more on what’s best for me instead of pandering to other people, which I’m sure you lovelies would want me to do anyway. There’s no point in doing anything if its not what you really want to do.

So here goes!

Off to the gym later for a good sweat!

Speak soon lovelies! xx

 

Veggie Frittata Recipe

I make this veggie frittata all the time, in one variation or another.

NOM with salad, because I’m greedy 🙂

This one has a layer of sliced potato on the bottom, so it’s more filling. 🙂

Ingredients below are for a one person serving in a ceramic oven dish ( I got mine from Poundland). You can double up this recipe for 2 or quadruple it for 4 if you like. 🙂

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • dash of milk
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 medium mushroom
  • half a potato thinly sliced
  • Half a red bell pepper
  • half a medium red onion
  • sprinkle of mild grated cheese
  • half a tomato sliced
  • smoked paprika (literally my favourite spice after garlic)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees ( fan assisted).
  2. Add the thinly sliced potato to an ovenproof dish and put in the oven for 10 minutes.
  3. Fry off the onion,mushrooms & bell pepper until soft
  4. Take the potato out and transfer the veg to the dish.
  5. Whisk the egg, milk, salt & pepper, paprika and grated cheese and pour over the veg
  6. Lay the sliced tomato on top
  7. sprinkle some more paprika and a little cheese on top
  8. Put in the oven and cook for 25 minutes

TIP: I find that cooking the frittata covered with foil for about 15 minutes stops it from burning on top while the middle cooks, then take the foil off for the last 10 minutes.

Also, deep filled frittatas can sometimes be softer in the middle, so make sure you test it by putting a knife into the middle and seeing if it comes out clear (just like a cake). Just cook it a little longer if it’s not ready.

You can add meat to these too like cooked chicken or bacon, and you can have them at any time of day. I think they’d be lovely on a morning if you have the time. You could always make it the night before and reheat it too!

I’d love to know what variations you make with your frittata because I like to change my recipes up all the time. 🙂

xx

 

Exercise for the Lazy!

Right, this sounds counter-intuitive, but hear me out.

Before I lost weight, I was massively LAZY (and still am really). Exercise was the last thing on my mind.

And to be perfectly honest, I still struggle to motivate myself to go to the gym.(I’m only human)

But here are a few tips that I’ve found help keep me on track.

Exercise in the morning

Before my brain knows what it’s doing, I love to get to the gym before work and bash my workout out. That way, when I finish work, I can just leave with a big smile on my face and toddle off straight home to do whatever I like.(watch Ru Paul’s Drag Race)

Learn a few circuits

At the beginning, I really benefitted from a gym instructor who knew the right circuits to give me an all over workout, and I still do them to this very day. There’s all sorts on the internet with free fitness plans that are easy to figure out. Just have a search around. To get you started, there’s a good one on Popsugar’s website here. 

Have a plan for those days you REALLY CANT BE BOTHERED

On days like this, I swim. A great thing about swimming is it takes all the weight off your limbs and you can go at your own pace. So if you want to speed up, you can. If you’re especially lazy, go for a 10 minute walk. It’s on these lazy days, that you really need to get your body moving, to keep up the routine.

Workout with a friend

Go for a swift walk with your friend or relative, go for a bike ride, or a zumba class. Research shows, working out with a friend is better than lone workouts ( as long as you don’t spend the entire time talking; you’re here to exercise remember.)

Build exercise into your day

Every time you go to the loo, do 10 or 20 squats. Or skip 100 times. Do step ups on your stairs at home. This way you won’t even feel like you’re exercising but you get the benefit of those endorphins. Chase those endorphins!

Some of these tips might not work for everyone and you do need to have a certain amount of determination to start any exercise regime, but no one said it would be easy.

It’s all about making that start into fitness as you get such a buzz when you do something for the first time and then build on it.

Just this morning I was chuffed with myself for doing 100 stomach pulses in a circuit that I did 3 times. I hadn’t done that many for a while all at once, so I had a little victory yay in my head when I’d done 🙂

Just try and make a start with exercise; it’s not big and scary and you can reap huge rewards from it, such as improved cardio-vascular health and better all round fitness.

If I can make a start, ANYONE CAN!

 

Hairy Bikers Fish Curry

Ooooooo I wish I could take myself back to when I made this and eat it all over again! 🙂

This is the Hairy Dieters Fish Curry from their Fast Food book and I have to say it was mouthwatering!

The ingredients and recipe is below:

The only thing I did differently is I used veg stock instead of fish (personal preference, plus I didn’t have any fish stock).

The way I like to make recipes is to try to make them as near as possible, even if I don’t have all the ingredients. Most of the time I won’t go out with a new recipe in mind and spend a load of money on things when I have a cupboard full of ingredients I can substitute in.

Guaranteed this doesn’t always work BUT mostly it does. 😀

Let me know if you try this recipe and how it goes!

TIP: When you add the fish, DO NOT STIR THE CURRY, as the fish will just break up and turn to mush, you want big meaty fish pieces so lightly place the fish in and try to spoon the sauce around & over it.

Also Tamarind paste is really easy to find; I got mine from Asda. think it was only £1. BARGAIN! 🙂

Good Luck!

SIMW

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Breakfast filled Omelette

I change this recipe every time I make it depending on what I have in the fridge.

But the general gist is a breakfast omelette filled with meat and veggies with some hot sauce and eaten for breakfast.

And it definitely wakes you up, that’s a promise!

In this one I’ve stir fried courgette, mushrooms, red onions and green bell pepper with a bit of Frylight (you can use any of them).

Then I’ve whipped up a 2 egg omelette with a dash of milk with a little salt and pepper, then transferred to a plate.

I then added the stir fried veg on one side of the omelette, along with some pulled apart chicken breast and some sriracha (hot sauce), then folded it over and there ya go!

Some times I like to add a sprinkling of cheese for an extra naughty twist for my tastebuds.

This is one of my favourite breakfasts because it’s really easy but also super filling for greedy buggers like me. 🙂

SIMW

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