7lbs off in 3 weeks……….half a stone

Week 3.  I lost 1lb this week giving me a total of 7lbs weight loss so far.

My 3 week journey could seem to others as easy, as I am working in fitness, but to be honest it is very challenging.  Balancing the food intake against the amount of exercise I do, listening to my cravings and figuring out how to satisfy them without grabbing an unhealthy snack.  Getting enough rest in the day and week to allow my body to recover, has been challenging to get the right balance. But I am getting there slowly.

The thing that I really enjoy is cooking.  Making meals using fresh ingredients, with each meal bursting with flavour and feeling fuller for longer is making me enjoy this journey even more.  The funny thing is other people smelling my food in the office and asking me for a taste cos it smells so good……….priceless.

Have you tried cooking a roast chicken without the skin on? Try it you might be surprised at how good it tastes.

Lost 3.5lbs…….without exercise

First week of 2014 and I am happy to say I lost 3.5 lbs this week.

I decided to work on my diet first as I knew my eating habits was getting out of control. So I made some lovely low fat meals from Slimming World and tired…..yes tired my hardest not to eat the cakes, biscuits, sweets that was left in the office…….but I failed. If you are like me it feels like they are calling you to eat them especially the M&S Shortbread biscuit LOL.

This week is all about adding fitness and I started today with Bootcamp.  What an awesome session today at Mayesbrook Park with #MindBodyCoaching. It made me feel so alive as it woke up those muscles that have been resting over the past few weeks.

2014 is all about new beginnings and making the right choices.

Below is Spiced Red Lentil Dhal Soup

Serves 4
Takes 30-35 minutes

Ingredients
110g no soak red lentils
low calorie cooking spray
1 large onion, peeled and roughly chopped
1 large garlic clove, peeled and crushed
2cm piece root ginger peeled and crushed
2 tbsp tikka masala curry powder
450g sweet potatotes, peeled and finely diced
450g swede, peeled and finely diced
400g can chopped tomatoes
1.2 litres vegetable stock
salt and freshly ground black pepper
a small handful chopped fresh mint, to serve

Method
Cook the lentils in boiling water for 12-15 minutes, drain and set aside. Meanwhile spray a large saucepan with low calorie cooking spray, add the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, curry powder, sweet potatoes, swede and tomatoes. Stir well, cover and cook over a low heat for 5-6 minutes.

Add the stock and lentils, stir well and simmer for a further 10-12 minutes. Season to taste and serve scattered with chopped mint.

Happy New Year!!

2014

1st January is here and it’s 2014!!!

Time to put our New Years resolutions into action and work on getting the ‘New You’ for Spring and Summer!

Zumba classes in Goodmayes start back on Tuesday 7th and Thursday 9th January

Pilates classes in Barking start back on Monday 6th and Wednesday 8th January

Are you ready to get a healthier, leaner you in 2014……cos I am. Lets work at it together!!