Big Progress Announcement

Good Afternoon all!

Today is Weigh Day Wednesday and I have a progress update to inform you all of. But first, let me tell you about this last week. Last Wednesday I was gutted at my weight gain, purely because the week before I gained as well. I was not a happy bunny in the slightest.

So I told myself off and said I would have a good week; I checked myself on my portion sizes and cut them back a bit. I also realised that too much of my plate was meat, so shifted to have mainly veg on it with a smaller meat portion (taking a leaf out of Slimming World’s book).I went for a walk with my mum and auntie on Thursday and went to a gig on Friday night but only had one drink (this was helped by the fact that I was skint).I did a lot of jumping about so probably burned some calories!

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Me and Marcia at the gig.

Then on Saturday, I had a big breakfast in the morning and went over to my mum’s house for the evening. I had a lot to drink on Saturday night (a lot of wine) so this wasn’t brilliant.On Sunday, I made a meat & veg dinner that was awesome and totally healthy! I allowed myself Yorkshire pudding as a treat though.Then Monday and Yesterday I went to the gym as normal but stayed longer yesterday and kicked it up a notch.

I felt like I had gone easy on myself since my friend started, purely because I get a lift home and so get a bit lazy. So I’ve decided to go back to staying for an hour at the gym as I need to step it up because my body has become used to my current exercise routine and I think this is partly why I’ve not been getting the results I wanted. So yesterday I did 20 mins on the bike, 20 mins on the treadmill doing the 300 calorie burn, 20 mins on the cross trainer (this was especially difficult for me) and then 1000 metres on the rowing machine. I walked home after so got another 20 mins of exercise.

This week I have cut my portions down and exercised more but I have also checked myself mentally when I go to the fridge to grab something to snack on and I think this has made a difference. I have still had a drink and enjoyed myself though and this is an important thing to remember.

Anyway, for the reveal….

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Ignore the chipped nail polish…A loss of 5lb and a quarter means I hit my 5 stone!!

 

I finally hit my 5 stone loss! Through bleary eyes and a bloated tummy, I thought, ‘there’s no chance I’ve lost’ and to be honest, I don’t know how I would’ve felt if I had gained weight for a 3rd week.So this week I have lost 5 lb and a quarter but more importantly, for the first time in about 9 years, I am in the 16’s.This is massive for me; so massive that when I saw the weight, I burst out crying. Yep. I actually cried at 6 o’clock in the morning at the number I saw on the scales.

This has motivated me massively, as you can imagine. So after work today, I will be getting off the bus early and walking home. It should take me about an hour and a half so but its an extra day’s exercise, which is the main thing.

This next week I am going to try to exercise more often because I think my body needs that now. Hopefully this 6 stone loss for Christmas may still happen. I have 12 lb to lose to achieve this so fingers crossed!

I will get healthy!

SIMW

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Today’s breakfast is…

Good Morning all. Just a short post for you this fine morning. I’ve been getting fed up of cereal so this morning decided to go a different route. Ryvita Crispbreads with Asda garlic and herbs cheese spread, tomato, beetroot and cucumber! What a mouthful!

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I call them my little rectangles of good morning happiness. These are so satisfying and the crispbreads are only 19 calories each, basically thin air! So all in all, a successful and satisfying breakfast.

If you’re getting fed up of the same breakfast, I definitely recommend you try something new, just to get your taste buds tingling again. Yes, eat healthily but there’s no need to eat boring is there?

Have a fab Tuesday all!

SIMW

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Weight loss stressing you out?

I was reading this article this morning and thought I would share it with you. I get regular emails from this website called Spark people which help brighten my day.I get all sorts coming through like how to reduce stress and foods to eat to boost your metabolism. Some of the articles are quite interesting. This morning I came across this:

‘Is Weight Loss Stressing You Out?’ 

and instantly thought, ‘yes!I feel like I’m just going through the motions lately.’ So on I clicked through to read the article.

It contained a quiz about weight loss expectations and the way you see your weight loss and what you are doing to achieve it. I completed the quiz and got 6/12. If you read through the article, it says that if you got 7 or more, then your weight loss expectations are realistic and you are on the right track. I,however am slightly on the unrealistic side as to what I expect. From this quiz, I got that, although I am very proud of my weight loss this year, I wanted more out of it. Also I answered true to the question about believing that when I hit my target weight is when I will feel successful.

I know this isn’t right as I should feel like I have achieved by now because I have.

I also scored a 0 on question 6 about believing that weight loss will solve other problems because I felt at first it did. It solved a lot of issues I had with my body and moving about but I need to remember that weight loss is not the be all and end all of my life. It’s difficult sometimes because I feel that unless I am on it ALL THE TIME, then I will slip up and put the weight on. It has taken almost a full year to lose 5 stone; that’s a lot of hard work to just put it all back on and its that which I am afraid of really.

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The article goes on to talk about how seeing weight loss as the solution to all life’s problems is an issue in itself because that puts pressure on every little occurrence that threatens to throw you off pace. Things such as a weight gain or having chips instead of salad or feeling guilty as sin because you feel you haven’t worked as hard as you could have in the gym; all these are issues I face. All this extra stress about the daily issues is not helpful for weight loss and also is not really worth stressing about in the first place.

Then I read this;

‘The belief that you have to lose weight before you can start living the life you want only keeps you from creating that life right now.’

It’s right!I know common sense dictates this but for someone who is on a lifelong weight loss journey, it is easy to lose sight of what you are put on this earth for.

The article ended on the perfect note,explaining how healthy eating and exercise should be just a small part of how you look after yourself as a valued human being.

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‘A big part of making a successful lifestyle change is putting your weight in meaningful perspective—and you can start doing that right now!’

This article reminded me that, although I’m having small weight gains currently and may not be operating with maximum effort, the bigger picture looks good. I am a lot healthier than this time last year, I go to the gym 3 times a week and sometimes go walking too and I feel a lot happier in myself.

It’s all about reducing the impact that occasional slip ups have on you mentally. Looking at weight loss being the chalice of happiness is wrong. Happiness is a journey not an end point where we feel successful from what we see on the scales and I think I had lost site of that. So do the quiz and see where you come out; you may be surprised. I was!

SIMW

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Cauliflower and Lentil Curry

Good day to you all!

Last night I tried out a recipe for Cauliflower and Lentil curry that I found here because I have a bag of lentils at home that I’ve been wanting to use for ages and just never got round to doing anything with. I followed the recipe to a T apart from coconut milk as I had none so substituted natural yoghurt which worked just fine.

Now, I like a ton of spice and bite so this recipe was a bit too bland for my taste really. So I added garam masala, some chilli powder and more cumin to give it more of a kick. I halved the recipe in the link to make enough for 2 meals for me as the other half isn’t really a veg/lentil curry fan.

I would say though that I thought the lentils would make up more body of the curry but was surprised when they didn’t get much bigger.So in future, I would use more lentils and maybe less cauliflower but that’s just to my taste.

Anyway here is my finished effort:

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Cauliflower and Lentil curry

Not too shabby really and with my added spiciness, it tasted much better because I tailored it to my funky taste buds. I definitely recommend trying this recipe as it was so easy to make even after a long day at work. It’s also good for vegetarians and you don’t have to add the yoghurt because I felt it didn’t add much to the curry anyway.

I think next time I make this curry, I will be more adventures with other vegetables and make it super spicy!

Let me know how your versions go!

SIMW

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It’s that day again…

Good Morning all. Well I bet some of you were thinking that due to last week’s gain, I will have had a good loss this week due to my determination to turn it around. WRONG! I put on 3/4 of a lb;so basically 1lb. My heart sunk. I hate that the way you feel can be dictated by a stupid little number on those scales. It shouldn’t have an effect but sometimes it just gets to you. So this week I weigh 17 stone 2 1/4 lb.

I thought I would have a loss from last week so have now decided to write absolutely everything down in MyFitnessPal to see what I’m eating. I know I am a snacker. As soon as I get home from work, I go straight to the fridge (one of the habits I hadn’t changed) and look for something to eat. It’s human nature and all the members of my family have always done it. I had swapped to healthy snacks like crabsticks and grapes but the idea of snacking is still ingrained in my head and that is not necessarily a good thing if it isn’t in moderation.

It’s hard not to be annoyed at myself because at the end of the day, I have known all week what I’ve been putting in my mouth and the possible consequences, and I’ve done it anyway. At the weekend, we had my nephew Zachary and went for KFC so that’s no good. It’s daft because I’m good all week and then it gets to the weekend and I go into relaxation mode. I don’t completely go off track but I allow myself treats that I shouldn’t really allow just because it’s a weekend. I need to start taking my own advice and prepare for the weekend. I’m not blaming him but my other half tends to say ‘It’s ok,it’s a lifestyle choice not a diet’ whenever I say how guilty I feel having had KFC or every time we’re thinking of eating something bad.It irritates me because I think what’s the point in having a lifestyle choice if I keep putting on the weight? It’s not his fault though; he’s just being supportive.

He works a physical job and so he wouldn’t need to do any more exercise to lose weight but he basically eats crap and enjoys a beer so he has a belly too. I realised at the beginning of this year that there’s no point expecting other people to lose weight with me, because then I will never be doing it for myself.

So, to sum up, this week is all about being aware of everything I eat, including snacks and putting it on My Fitness Pal app, as well as continuing with the gym because there isn’t really an issue there. I need to eat mindfully and watch the portion sizes, as well as how often I eat and hopefully (fingers crossed) next week I can tell you that I’ve lost half a stone and it was fab (I wish).

I won’t allow it to get me down, despite how p****ed off I am with myself right now. This time last year,any amount of weight gain would just push me deeper into comfort eating. However, my outlook now just means that my weight gain spurs me on to get it off quick and keep it off. I am still aiming for 6 stone for Christmas and really hope I get there. It will take a miracle but I believe I can do it if I try hard enough.

Here’s a little motivational quote for your day.

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Every little step counts towards a healthier life.

SIMW

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