Anything is possible!…..I did it!!!!

I honestly can’t believe it…..I’ve done it…..it’s been 7 years and 10 months but I actually done it…..From 18 stone, I am now 10 stone something!!!!!!! (69.8kg = 10st 10lbs)

 

These last 7 years have not been plain sailing.  There have been many emotional challenges such as, age, relationships, work, food but the one thing I did not do is let those challenges consume me and give up.  When you know what you want and decide that you really want it, nothing should get in your way.  We are human and things in your life do set us back, but the key is to stop, take a moment and take that one step forward again.

I know a lot of you want to lose weight yesterday but believe me the slower and more consistant you lose weight,  the more you will keep it all the weight you lose off your body.  The last few weeks has been a steady 2lb a week and today, 7 years on I have done it!!

I am on cloud nine!!!  I am proud to say I am 10 stone!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It’s been an amazing journey and I don’t know what is going to happen next but what I do know is that I am happier than I have been in my 42 years of life.  It’s going to be a great weekend as I am going to celebrate with a glass and my favourite Hortus Rhubarb and Ginger Gin liquer and attend the amazing Instructor only Pilates session with JPilates team.

OMG I going to need new clothes too…shoes LOL…it is so great reaching your goals….cheers everyone! 😉

 

I love treating myself……..holiday is over…

Hopefully I am not alone with feeling fat after a holiday?  Two weeks of fun in the sun, plenty of food and alcohol and all those wobbly bits have come back, bigger and giggling more than before LOL.   If this is you and you are thinking the same as me, it’s time to get started.  So if you are looking for food or workout ideas, I am going to start sharing what I am doing to help get ourselves back on track.

First I got on the scales and weighed myself.  As you can see I gained 4.5kg during my holiday (just under 10lbs), the next I took a picture of myself.  It’s worth seeing what you look like at the start of a fitness journey/transition so you can look back and see how far you have come.  This is also a great way to keep yourself motivated when you get those fat feeling moments.  Next, I went food shopping and got some fresh vegetables.  As a vegan/plant based eater the meal ideas that I will be posting will be plant based so if you are a meat eater, please do subsitute any tufo or soy protein ingredients for meat.

Then I picked a day to start.  I choose today, 31st August as I wanted to start as soon as I got home as it is so so easy to make excuses…….I mean we love to delay things and wait until Monday or the 1st of the month…..but what’s wrong with today??

Finally I signed up for the September challenge of Race at Your Pace to complete 25 miles within the month.  For me, doing this challenge gives me a reason and a focus to do my own exercise……plus I like being outside jogging and looking at nature instead of being in a sweaty gym all day.

Good luck everyone…..let’s get our bodies moving again!!

Stop Eating late…..

….is my next target.  After last weeks heart attack, finding out that I gained nearly 2 stone, I needed a new focus and my cousin suggested I should sign up for the ‘Get Fit for 2018’ challenge with her.  So the challenge we are doing is to run or walk 50 miles in January which can be done at your own pace.  So far in my first week I have clocked up 15.5 miles and lost 4 lbs which has made my week.

However next week is going to be a bit more difficult to get my mileage in, as I will be back teaching my fitness classes as they all start back this week and I drive everywhere.

Eating snacks late at night is another one of my biggest weaknesses as I have a massive sweet tooth, and it is going to get harder as when I teach in the evenings, I do get quiet peckish when I get back home.

It is said that you gain weight if you eat more calories than you burn and eating crisps, biscuits and drinking alochol like I have been doing late at night will make you gain weight.  These high calorie sugary foods and drinks are calorie-dense, nutrient-poor and more likely to add pounds to your bodyframe which it certainly did for me. Regularly eating late can also throw off your internal clock. When you eat during your body’s normal “sleep” time, you may be more likely to store the calories as fat. Researchers surmise that your body reacts differently to food depending on the time of the day, because of body temperature, biochemical reactions, hormone levels and physical activity.

So planning my meals and going to sleep on time is going to be a priority.  Not just preparing my main meals but also making healthy snacks.  Making sure my meals contain ingredients that will give me enough energy not only to teach and move but also to be healthy and nutritious…….so no pressure.

Thankfully I found a lovely recipe for Vegan Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies by Detoxinista.  Let me tell you for a nut free, dairy free, gluten free, grain free cookies they taste absolutely AMAZING and are filling and satisifed my sweet craving.  Buckwheat is a grain that is not related to wheat and contains no gluten.  So if you are like me an have a number of intolerances Buckwheat is a grain that you should check out.

Good luck to everyone who is also changing their habits whatever it is beacuse every step you take is a step further to achieving your ultimate goal.

Stop Making Excuses and get moving!!!……

….is what I told myself on Saturday morning, and I finally got on those scales and weighed myself.

Disappointment was not the word I screammed when I saw my weight, but it made me stand up and look.  Gaining nearly 2 stone in 8 months did not please me.  For the first time since my original weight loss in 2011, I decided to measure myself. Waist, hips, bust, thighs and arms, as although we all focus on the numbers on the scales I wanted to get a better idea of how I am doing and this time by also watching my measurments.

So I put on my trainers, running clothes and finally went out and moved.  I thought do a quick run around the park to the shops and walk back home.  I can’t lie I struggled big time.  Only managed one lap of the park (about 2.5k) and stopped about 5 times, but I came home with 2 bags of fresh vegetables which also doubles as a bit of strength training LOL.

As the New Year is fast approaching I looked back on 2017 and feel really grateful to the events of 2017.  I met some lovely people within my Pilates and Zumba classes, collaborated with some great fitness companies, teaching Pilates to young children, got involved in another car accident and met another great physiotherapist.

Shockingly I know, I am grateful to the car accident. Not because I couldn’t work for 3 weeks, gained weight, but because it showed me how much I appreciate my body and my mind.   Going through a trauma can have some big sideaffects on your mental health.  For me teaching my classes kept me going as it gave me a focus on how much my fitness classes help people and how the people in the class help me. With the choices of music to the movements I use, fitness plays a massive role in supporting mental health.

So, 2018, I am really looking forward in what you have in store for me as I am ready to be stronger, mentally and physically, and get my body moving again.

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

Diet starts today……gained 4kg (9lbs)

Don’t you just love going on holiday?  The excitement of being somewhere hot and sunny, the last minute clothes shopping, the last workout to lose those precious final pounds and finally travelling to the airport and boarding your flight.   You have the best vacation ever, sunbathing, eating in resturants, drinking cocktails, partying untill all hours……..yep…that’s the life.

You return home, view your pics, jump on the scales and to see the damage all that excessive eating and drinking has done to your body………and you let out a deafing scream!!

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I gained 4kg which is just under 9lbs during my holiday and seeing it on the dashboard was such shock….I nearly had a heart attack.  Then I realised my eating habits over my 9 day holiday wasn’t my usual.  So I am now ready to take control, get myself back in the kitchen and work those extra pounds off.

With my love of food, today is batch cooking day.  Buying fresh ingredients with my prepared shopping list, I will batch cook my meals, portion them out for the week.  This will keep me focused and stop me from buying quick and easy preprepared meals from the shops.

With 16 weeks until Christmas, 13 weeks until feastive party season starts…..I am on a mission to get my body back into shape and into that party outfit.

To keep me focused and motivated I am going to share my plans and update you on my progress.  To start, here are two of the meals that I will be making this week  Eggplant (Aubergine) Bolognese Sauce  and Lentil, Sweet Potato & Coconut Curry.

So let the healthy eating, exercise regime, positive mental attitude start today and not tomorrow.  Who’s with me???

Tomorrow Starts Today

 

Farewell Slimming World……

After 3 years, 2 months and 6 stone lighter I have decided to ditch the Slimming world scales.

This decision was not easy, believe me, as I have enjoyed the food and recipes, consultants and the motivation from the groups, but I need to stop focusing on the numbers on the scales and focus on what got me here in the first place to ensure I don’t go back……tackling the emotional side.

Unfortunately these diet programmes do not look at our emotions in too much depth as it is the area that we all refuse, one way or the other, to deal with because it’s too hard or painful. This is the hardest part of dieting, not changing the food or the way we eat, it is looking at the true cause of why we use food so badly that we gain weight.

This next part of my journey is not going to be easy but I know it would get me where I want to be……happy in my own skin.

My blogs will update you on my progress and what revelations I have.  My first is my love of avocados. I did not realise how refreshing and filling they are on their own in a meal. I have only eaten them as guacamole LOL. I am now eating them at least once a week LOL.

A big huge thank you to Slimming world for giving me my life back. I would not have achieved this weight loss without your programme. #SixStoneLighter

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.

Overindulged………10lb gain

OverindulgeIf you are feeling like me, stuffed and heavy after a wonderful Christmas dinner, attending all those Christmas parties and visiting friends and family for drinks nibbles. Don’t worry you are not alone.

I braved the scales this morning and found that I gained 10lbs……….yes really 10lbs but I am determined to get myself back on track. I’ve opened my recipe book this morning and started to plan my meals for the week, found a bootcamp to attend in January which will give my body something different to do in 2014 and there is no more temptations like chocolates in my kitchen. LOL

If you gained over the festive season too, don’t worry it was our once a year blowout. So let’s draw a line and start again and get our goals written down for 2014.  Let’s start as we mean to go on.

Making healthy snacks

Autumn is approaching and at this time of year all the chocolates and cakes come out in the offices as Christmas approaches and it is always hard to say no.  So why not make your own snacks?

I made Guacamole and it only took a few minutes

1 Ripe Avocado
Juice of half a lime
2 Cloves of garlic
1 tbsp of fresh coriander finely chopped
4 spring onions finely chopped
Fresh ground pepper
1/4 mild chilli deseeded

Then blend it in a blender……so nice with raw veg….lush

Guacamole