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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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

 

 

 

Weigh In Week 4

Hey lovelies, so week 4 has already arrived and as expected I had a gain.  It was only 1/2lb but it was a gain nonetheless.

Having been super hormonal at the end of last week, I knew I was due on anytime soon, turned out I was paid a visit from the princess of pain herself today!  Not the best time to get your period but hey what’s a girl to do!

So I kinda knew I was going to have a gain, luckily not anything too devastating so I know I can come back from this over the coming week.

I tried a few new recipes this week, I shan’t post the pic as it admittedly looked pretty pants but tasted good.  As midweek see the cupboards getting light I remembered I had a little Butternut Squash leftover from a previous meal so I decided to make Slimming world version of Butternut Squash Alfredo which I found on Facebook  whilst the original is filled with all things fatty and good, I made mine without butter, cream or anything naughty, just some herbs, stock and seasoning plus spinach for a boost. I was too lazy to blitz and ended up with more of a pulp which was fine for me as I like a bit of bite in my food.  If you’re curious to see what the end result looked like head over to my Instagram account but don’t say I didn’t warn you!

So what’s the plan for the week ahead?  I need to sit down tonight and start planning my meals. This week I was a bit lax and pretty much winged it by ensuring I ate loads of greens with every meals and wasn’t that adventurous to be honest.

I found some great lunch ideas on Pinterest which I shared in group today, one of which was a fantastic take on the oh so convenient noodles… in a cup!

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These noodle cups remind me of Pho – A Vietnamese noodle soup which is very trendy in the “street food” circles and also filled with goodness and deliciousness.

I’m also going to have a stab at prawn curry and Thai fishcakes – I’ll let you know how I get on.

I’ll leave you with 5 tips for those who have had a gain when you’re trying to lose weight:

  1. Go easy on yourself – Look at the week just gone, was there anything you could have done differently?
  2. Plan for success, take 10-15mins to plan a few meals to help increase your chances of a successful week.
  3.  Get creative – have fun with your food, try at least 1 new recipe and mix things up – don’t play safe with meals you already know, I find getting creative inspires me to try more and do more things right in the kitchen.
  4. Don’t forget to treat yourself…DON’T go mad, but whatever your favourite treat is (wine and gin for me!) have something nice.  Your changing your lifestyle for the better not serving a prison sentence!
  5. Don’t give up! If you are part of a group, share your bad days as well as your good, don’t be afraid to reach out whether it’s someone you know or in a forum or group there are many of us on the same journey!

That’s it for today lovelies, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading today’s post.  I’m surprisingly optimistic about the week ahead and you know how I love a challenge!

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”

Vincent Van Gogh

Have a fabulous week lovelies.

Miss Naddy

xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

Weigh In Week 2

Hey lovelies,

So I’ve survived my 2nd week and bar 1 day I was on plan.  I spent Sunday evening planning most of the weeks meals and ordered my weekly shop. The fridge was filled to the brim full of greens, veg and fruit.  Hubby wasn’t so impressed as I failed to add choccie or treats to the list (oops!)

I popped in to my local SW group now my new home group actually dreading to get on the scales as my midweek weigh showed I had a gain.  It was a little discouraging but I decided not to worry about it too much but in the back of my mind I kept thinking did one night off plan really sabotage my week?

I gave a couple of recipes from the magazine a whirl.  I had Lamb and chickpea tagine, which was amazing, Steak and sweet potato fries served with salad, all were tasty and left me feeling full.

So what  was the outcome of today’s weigh in?  1/2lb off.  Making it 4.5lb total loss for 2 weeks. It wasn’t as much as I’d hoped but it’s a loss so I’m taking it as a win.

As I’m a new member you are encourage you to complete a food diary for the first few weeks. Before submitting mine I could see my speed food (mainly veg and some fruit) wasn’t as much as I thought I was having which is key to losing the weight.

So what’s my goal for this week?  I’m aiming to add speed foods to every meal and see what the week brings (hopefully a few more lbs off!)

How’s you’re week been? What recipes have you tried recently? Why not comment with your favourite meal in minutes.

If you’d like to see what’s on my plate or need some food inspo for make sure you follow me of instagram.

Until next time lovelies.

N

xoxo

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