Weekend Binge will NOT Threaten me!

Ok, so its Friday and that weekend binge is threatening to rear its ugly head.

I need to tell myself that I DO NOT WANT TAKEAWAY…Well I do but IT’S NOT WORTH IT!

I have eaten all of this beautiful food whilst on my journey…

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…and I have made it all in a healthy way, so there is no reason to hit Just-Eat and order takeaway (I purposely haven’t linked to their site!). That’s Lazy.

I can make awesome food so tonight I plan on making some chicken tikka pittas so they’re like a healthy kebab. Here’s hoping Lee will like my idea and will enjoy them too.

Have a fab weekend lovelies and remember a treat is good but make sure it is of REASONABLE proportions and you can balance it out with exercise or healthy foods.

Bye for now!

SIMW

Inspiration has struck!

Today I met the first other person who has had extreme weight loss.  I say met but I mean spoke to, as he has been attending my gym for longer than I have. He used to weigh around 26 stone and at his lowest was around 12 stone. Now at around 13 stone, his smile shines further than his stomach sticks out and he has an infectious enthusiasm for being healthy.

He has cut out alcohol and caffeine and has drastically reduced his portion sizes to get fit and healthy.

This man is my inspiration to stay the course and keep reaching for that healthy body I so wish for.

He echoed my thoughts about weight loss and spoke how he used to be a grazer who enjoyed food and drink a little too much. He has drastically cut his portion sizes down and also said how lovely it was to be able to go into a normal shop and buy normal sized clothes.

He has been living his new life for around 5 years now and seeing his happiness has really spurred me on to keep going. I’m not as healthy as I could be and my portions are still quite big but now more than ever I’m determined to change for the better.

It just goes to show that both men and women struggle with weight loss and we can all help each other take the next step on that journey.

I’m at the stage now where I need to cut my food intake down because I am doing enough exercise. It’s going to be hard as I love eating ALL THE TIME but I need to get my stomach to the size it’s supposed to be so I am satisfied with smaller portions. I see the amount that fills other people up and I am easily eating double that and more.

So thanks to this amazing inspirational guy, its time to rank it up a notch!

Happy Thursday guys, make it count!

SIMW

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Weigh Day Wednesday 24/6/15

Good Morning everyone!

I knew this week wouldn’t be brilliant, partly because I felt my weight loss last week was flawed somehow, but also because I knew I was going out for a meal with my mum. We went out on Friday and had a gorgeous meal at Aroma Cafe; this included crayfish and prawn starter, sea bream fish with vegetables and a massive piece of After Eights chocolate cake for dessert.
The food was AMAZING and I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. It’s not everyday I get to take my mum out so this was a welcome change, which I definitely made sure I enjoyed.
Then on Saturday, I had been craving a takeaway all day as it had been a while since we had one. So me and Lee ordered a tandoori main (chicken tikka, tandoori chicken and seekh kebabs), along with a chicken balti with chips and a naan. That was to share though. We only had the tandoori bit with salad that night and then shared the curry a few days later (see that’s progress!).
The point of this post is that I am trying not to obsess about that weight every week because it’s not healthy. I am on the right track and shouldn’t be in a rush to get to a certain weight because when I do get to that weight, the rest of my life will be spent trying to keep it off and maintain it.

So I figure I may as well enjoy myself a little on the way but still do my exercise and eat healthily 90% of the time.
There’s no point denying yourself the treats if you’re miserable. For me, food is there to be enjoyed and savoured, not just for fuel. I don’t care what those health mad looneybins say.

Enjoy your food, just make sure you don’t eat badly ALL the time.
Anyway, I was leading up to this week’s weigh in, which is……3lb’s on….PAHAHAHAHAHA! That’s why I was cushioning the blow for both you and me there. I thought it would make you chuckle! I now weigh 14 stone 9.5 lb’s.

I see it like this; in two weeks I have managed to lose 3lb, which is sustainable and I am happy with that. I am also pushing myself even further now at the gym with my running and also with my weight exercises.

This is my journey, my life’s journey, so I can’t get all the weight off straight away because then you guys will have nothing to read! 😉

Speak soon lovelies and remember, enjoy your treats but in moderation! Not every week will be an indulgence.

Keep Shining!
SIMW
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Why won’t my loose skin tighten??

Hi Guys, hope you’re all doing well on this miserable Monday (It’s raining here).

Thought I would do a quick post to ask some advice.

I am at the point now where I feel I want to start focusing more on tightening my loose skin but am not entirely sure how to do it (if it’s even possible). I’ve never had this problem before as you can imagine. Is there a set regime I should be following to tighten my skin as much as possible without killing myself?

I know I still have weight to lose but I thought my skin would have shrunk a bit more as my weight loss has been gradual. I have lost nearly 7.5 stone but that has been over 18 months, so I feel that is a healthy, consistent weight loss.

My stomach hangs weird at the bottom and is very loose around that point.

If you’re easily put off then don’t look at the pics below but I am showing you because I am comfortable doing it. Here are a few pics of my concern areas:

My permanent stretch marks (I haven’t had any kids).
My bingo wings-though these have gone down, they don’t seem any more toned.

I know I will always have loose skin and stretch marks but is there a way I can get more toned while still losing weight?

I do weights every week but don’t really have a plan in place and just do what I feel I need to. Last week, I did some arm, shoulder and leg weights but not so much as to cause me agony. I’m still doing a lot of cardio as I still want the weight loss to happen but I wonder if I need a proper routine put in place for toning?I don’t really have issues with my legs; it’s my arms and my stomach. I don’t have a lot of upper body strength but am testing myself to do more weights but I don’t want to do too much so I end up hating it. That would suck.

My partner Lee says that people don’t see me with my clothes off and it doesn’t matter but I want to feel comfortable in myself.

Any help and advice will be greatly appreciated as I really don’t know how to make my stomach look more tight and less wobbly!

Speak soon lovelies!

SIMW

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Weigh Day Wednesday 17/6/15

Hi guys.

Today’s post is a bit of an odd one because this week by some divine miracle, I have managed to lose 5lb and a quarter…

  I don’t really know how this has happened to be honest! I have no idea what to think.I sent my mum the following message:IMG_7892

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So  you can see how unsure I am to believe these.I know from last week’s Weigh Day Wednesday I said I was going to try to not obsess about the scales but this has thrown it all up in the air. Last week I was on my period, so was bloated, I danced like mad on Friday when I went out with some friends (but technically the alcohol should’ve cancelled out those calories burned), I ate a massive burger and chips in a drunken stupor when I got in (bad move Tash) and went swimming on Sunday with my mum (because I didn’t go to the gym Thursday). These are the only things that I have done differently to other weeks.

All I can think is maybe last week my weigh-in was higher because I was bloated and this week with the swimming, my bloating has gone and I have lost a bit….This is me over-analysing when I should just take what I can get and be happy.

So let’s just say I feel healthy, I have eaten better for the majority of the week and have had a few comments to spur me on. Now I think I really need to focus on toning up because my stomach in particular is a war zone of loose skin and stretch marks. I know the marks won’t go but I need to pull it all in if possible. Any ideas will be welcome.

Have a fab day everyone

SIMW

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