November Do over

So following my last update, I pretty much  failed at starting over properly.  I’ve no excuses, but as we enter a new month (and yet another step closer to Christmas parties and beyond) I’m feeling I really need to get my shit together.

I’m beginning to feel old demons finding there way back and I know none of it is good for my mind or soul.

So here’s to a new month, new week I’m committing myself by planning my meals so let’s do this :

Monday

B – Baked Oats with Blueberries

L – Tuna Salad Sandwich

D – Pasta with roasted vegetables

 

Tuesday

B – Scrambled eggs with toast

L – Jacket Potato  with Beans and Salad

D – Salmon and steamed veg

Wednesday 

B – Beans on toast

L – Mugshot, apple and mini babybel

D – Steak, salad, homemade chunky chips

 

Thursday

B – Sausages, beans and grilled tomatoes

L – Squash and red pepper soup

D – Chicken, pasta with med veg

Friday

B – Ruby Grapefruit followed by Granola

L – Last nights Pasta

D – Healthy chicken fake-away and Home made Chips

 

I know I need to get back in the habit of drinking water so I’m going to start the week with at least 1.5l and work my way up.

I’ll post shots on my social channels, so keep an eye out and as I now can’t make group I will make Monday’s my weigh in day so I’ll update you guys as I go along (I’ll try not to bore you all to tears)

 Now I’m working I’m going to need so food inspo for lunches on the go… please do share your pinterest pages, or share any suggestions you may have –  any support is greatly appreciated.

Until next time lovelies.

 

N

xoxo

 

 

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Back To The Drawing Board

So I have to start from scratch, yes the All Inclusive got the better of me, Bulgaria was amazing and I know it was only a week, but when you book a holiday like this you seem to be like a hamster stuck on it’s wheel.  All your meals become 3 course meals(!!) To think I was more concerned about the amount of alcohol I was going to consume, turns out I had more control than I thought… that and being in that heat  clearly knackered me out.

I’m finally going to see the consultant regarding my back and leg so hopefully we work towards getting fitter. Before the holidays my GP did offer me Xenical (Alli to us in the UK) which I did try but further research and experience led me to give them a pass for the time being.

So schools back, routines are firmly in place and I’m back to being on plan (as best as I can)  I’m not sure if I need a fresher approach with a dose of self discipline. But for now whilst I am unable to attend my group I’m going to follow SW eating plan for now.

So today’s food diary was :

Breakfast – 35g Muesli with Almond Milk (HeA and HeB)

Lunch – Bacon salad sandwich  with side of sliced tomatoes(6 syns)

Dinner – Stuffed peppers with side salad

Drinks 2 x Coffees with milk and sugar (4 syns)

Orange Juice (2 syns)

Low sugar blackcurrant carton

Total syns for today 12 syns

I know there’s not a lot going on here, but I just needed to make a start.  I’ll be hitting up Pinterest later so if you have a favourite Pinner you think would be worth a look or you have a board with great healthy and quick recipes, leave a link below.

Til next time lovelies

 

N

xoxo

 

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Long time no speak…Update!

I know its been a while and I’m sorry lovelies…but its been for good reason, a few changes in life and left me with less time to blog, BUT I’m not going anywhere I just need to move things around and make a little extra time.

So what’s the skinny?

Well not me for starters…jokes aside as many of you know my weightloss journey has been rocky so decided to take a time out from group and go see the doc. I just found it difficult to accept that having been on plan since April that just under half a stone was an acceptable loss. As it turns out some of my meds are messing with the weight loss. But we’re trying some alternatives and I’m still on plan, but I’m not returning to SW for a little while. I am however geared up with my fitbit, fitness pal and a low fat diet and it seems my new motivation is helping as of the start of July I’m noticing a loss in inches – my jeans are so much a squeeze and I’ve found myself reaching for my belt which is a positive sign!

Another great motivator is I have a new job!!! Yep after months of unemployment and a slow fall back into depression, the fates have dealt me a better hand for the next half of the year! It’s nothing glamorous but for me – it’s great, I’m learning an entirely new industry and have a new focus.

In between all this I’ve been trying to work on how to fit blogging in as I’ve always been in the lucky position of either working from home and having the time whilst I was out of work. So I’m still trying to figure out what’s going to be best for me and for you guys.

I have been trying all kinds of hair and beauty products and also trying out new recipes in the kitchen too all of which I’ll be posting up over the coming days. So if you’re still with me, hang in there I’ve lots of great things to share with you. If you need a quick fix remember you can always catch up on all my thoughts and shenanigans over on my other channels.

Have a great week lovelies

xoxo

 

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Pushing Through The WeightLoss Lows

Hey lovelies, So as you know my weightloss came to a halt despite my efforts, well I’m back:

I couldn’t weigh in last week so paid a flying visit to another group on Saturday morning and much to my surprise I was 1lb down, a small loss but a victory nonetheless.

So how did the last week go, I found myself more focus and more happier.  I planned my meals so the food shop was easier and only bought what I needed plus a few healthy treats.

I also found myself posting up pics of my food (yes I’m one of those people!) as more of visual food diary, I found it quiet cathartic and really helped me focus on the day. I also found a wealth of inspiration in other Slimming world slimmers on Instagram by using hashstags like #swfamily #slimmingworldfriends there’s literally loads of different hashtags – go check it out now.

I got to spend time with my beautiful niece for 2 days this week, which whilst was so much fun, it was one hell of a fully body work out hehe! My little nugget is an amazing little girl, but boy is she fast!

So what have I eaten this week? Well I’ve treated myself to Bacon and Tomato butties for breakfast, with yoghurts and fruits as snacks.

I  tried out Duck L’orange from the Mediterranean cookbook, which was so lovely I can’t even tell you!  I also rekindle my love for Galia and cantaloupe melons, served up with some delish meats like Serrano – yum!

Lunches have been leftovers and salads, and meals have been a mixture of pastas, noodles, vegetable salads and omelettes! I should add I did make a beautiful Thai red curry packed with spinach, peppers and aubergine, which felt like such a treat.  Oh and so did the 3 large glasses of wine I had last night – what can I say, It’s been a long week!

So this brings us to today’s weigh in  – For once I didn’t check my scales and much to my surprise…. I lost 2lb it looks like I’m over the slump!

I’m feeling super positive and am just going to keep going and hope that the weight loss continues.

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In case you were wondering, this what 2lb of fat looks like! ( Image from Pinterest – @sarz_connor)

So the next week will be really interesting as I start a new job, so my routine will change but I’m going to stick to the plan and go to work prepared for success and I’m definately going to be using the slow cooker heaps this week too!

Wish me luck lovelies!

Miss Naddy

xoxo

 

Weightloss Update….Struggling!

I know it’s been a few weeks since I gave you all an update so I figured I’d give you a little round-up of the weeks past.

It’s not been a very positive start for me, in fact I’m not quite sure why I decided to start my journey before 4 birthdays, a first holy communion, 2 bank holidays and a mad weekend in Brighton!  It’s clear I was destined to struggle.

To date I’ve had a gain a and a few maintain weeks, so last week my SW buddy and I decided to give each other the support we needed(more of a virtual kick up the bum!) and keep each other in check.  For me I swore I wouldn’t drink at all for the week and would stick to plan 100%.

So mornings we’d check to see what was for breakfast, send each other food pics etc or message if we felt like caving – Throughout the week I enjoyed planning and cooking different meals, ensuring I was hydrated with plenty of water rather than coffee. The weekly shop was filled with fresh fruit and veg.  Then Thursday came, I was dreading getting on the scales, I don’t know why but I felt like nothing had changed for me despite all my efforts and I was right another week and I’d stayed the same.

I was truly gutted this week, I worked bloody hard and there was no reward. But I didn’t run, I stayed for group and talked it through, I found it really tough to hear how one lady literally lost 12lb in her first week another lady lost a stone within her first few weeks and I’ve not even reached half a stone!  I feel so disappointed! It’s true what they say about how hard it is to lose the weight as you get older. I know we are all in the same boat and everyone’s journey is their own, we lose weight at different rates, but can I get a break here please?

I guess at this stage I have to just continue what I’m doing, will next week prove to be a better one on the scales?  Let’s hope so.

OK so enough of my pity party what can I do?  well I picked up a new cookbook which is all Mediterranean cooking from all over the Med and North Africa, so I’m excited to try some new recipes.  The weekend will prove a challenge as I’m out and about plus it’s fathers day so other than the actual events I’ll be sure to keeping it green!  Hubs thinks I should use the 5:2 rules as well as stay on plan. So I may well try fasting on some days, but we’ll see. I also need to think about measuring myself, whilst the weather has been rubbish I’ve been living in jeggings and tops but I know that even if the scales don’t show it sometimes the inches do!

How’s your week gone?  Did you make anything interesting this week? If you want to see what I’ve been making over the last week, head straight over to my Instagram account.  I always love hearing from you guys, what’s been your highs and lows of the week?  Leave a comment and let me know.

Here’s to being less of us next week!

Miss Naddy

xoxo

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Fast Forward to Week 7

Hey lovelies,

Well it’s been a whirlwind 2 weeks, now we are on the other side of the “Birthday apocalypse” and my weekend away to Brighton with my blog squad, it’s time to get my life in order and back on plan.

I didn’t weigh in on week 6 mainly because it was the day before my birthday and I’d already been out for celebratory drinks, plus with siblings birthdays 3 days apart after mine, it was just all too much, coming off plan, then on plan, I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind.  So I made an executive decision…. I’m a big girl – a grown up pretty sure I can handle coming off plan, enjoying myself for a week then getting back on the wagon and that’s what I did!

Ideally if it was the one off night out I’m normally pretty good, if it’s drinks then it’s a GnT (slimline of course) or a Voddy and diet coke.  If it’s dinner, well I try to be good, but save my syns just in case there’s a baked camembert or if we’re going out for pizza.  I think balance and prep is always the best way.  If you know you’ve got an event, then think about how you will survive it rather than being the “I can’t… I’m on a diet”  girl. I seldom tell friends when I’m out.  If it’s dining out I always check the menu ahead and plan what I’m going to have, that way I’m less likely to make poor choices, but sometimes there’s just no avoiding it- but don’t stress, 1 meal isn’t going to ruin a whole week and 1 meal isn’t a free pass to go off the rails either (I know easier said than done, but stay strong lovelies!)

After my amazing and crazy 24hrs in Brighton with Tania, Orla, Kirsty and the beautiful peeps at Revenge, I made a promise do some damage limitation, realistically I was talking about 4 days to get it done.  I weighed myself at home and was +3lb so I needed to lose all and some or at least get back to what I was before I left.

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So 4 days of crudities, low syn/no syn dinners and loads of water (lord knows I needed the hydration!) I gave banana pancakes a try which was delicious – at 5 syns per banana used it was well worth it!

I’m pleased to say I managed to maintain my 4lb loss, but this week I need to really kickstart that weight loss.

So what will I be doing differently?

  • HYDRATING – for 3 days everything I drank tasted like Tequila, which isn’t normally a problem, but not so good when it’s your morning coffee!
  • Trying at least 3 new recipes from the new SW mag
  • Going green – Eating as much veg as I can with every meal!

So that’s the plan.  Tonight I can’t decide on courgette and bacon risotto or Chicken and mushroom pasta… I reckon it might just be the latter.

With the weather getting warmer, I feel like I’m restricted on time as I’m trying to avoid buying clothes as the aim is to lose weight which means I won’t be this size for too long, so it’s baggy tees n jeggings for me til then.  But if you have any fab style solutions for those losing weight I’d love to hear.  At the mo I seem to be rocking more hobo than boho.

That’s your lot for today lovelies, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post, if there’s anything you’d like to see me post, please do say and I  can always incorporate it it my future posts.

How’s your weight loss journey so far?  I want to hear from you, high or low let’s support each other.

Take care for now.

N

xoxo

 

 

 

Weigh In Week 5

Despite last nights pre weigh in anxiety I managed to make it to weigh in, unfortunately I couldn’t stay for the group session as B Boy had a day of school for the Mayoral Election.

So I managed to stay the same, which I was surprised and relieved about which means my total loss stands at 4.5lbs lost.  I seriously thought I’d gained this week, not for cheating but I guess my hormones made me feel like I’d put on.

This week will most definitely prove to be quite the challenge as we enter what my 2 sisters and I call “Birthday Apocalypse” which kicks of with my birthday tomorrow followed by theirs next week. (we’re 3 days apart…way to go with the planning mum!) I think birthdays are always a free pass when it comes to weight loss.  If you can’t treat yourself then when?  The trick is to pick up the slack when you’re not celebrating.

The greens are in the fridge, I’ll be picking up some speedy fruits and the essentials are ready for the taking… so I’m armed and ready.

Keep an eye out on my Instagram as I’ll be posting the celebrations over on my channel, I can tell you there’ll be cocktails and most definitely desserts!!

I’ll be back to norm on Sunday, ensuring I protect my weight loss I’ll be starting the day with a hearty breakfast, this week I’ll be trying out Baked Egg & Sweet Potato Hash a la SW style (just needs a few tweaks to make it SW friendly and I’ll be good to go!)

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Recipe found on  www.thelittlegreenspoon.com

Right that’s all from me today, hope you all have a wonderful week.  If you’re on your own weight loss journey I’d love to hear from you, especially if you have any tips on surviving  a hectic social life!

Have a great weekend lovelies.

 

N

xoxo