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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

End of week 2

BHere is a summary of the latter part of week 2 and my stats...It was hard over the weekend as it was my husbands birthday. Which meant food and treats.

I was still much better than I would usually be, remaining to calorie count to keep track of the damage.

Thursday 12th November

Breakfast
 
  • Glass of Water
  • 2 x Black coffee with sweetener
  • 30g of Multigrain Porridge made with 200ml soya milk and topped with 4g Milled linseed and 4 chopped almonds 
Mid Morning
  • Peppermint tea
  • 2 Medjool Dates
Lunch
  • 125g Fat free greek style coconut and vanilla flavoured yogurt topped with 1 chopped pear and 50g of chopped red seedless grapes
Afternoon
  • Rice cake with yogurt coating
  • glass of water
Dinner
  • Protein World Slender Blender Protein shake
  • 1 Chicken breast seasoned with Cajun Spice mix and pan fried in coconut oil.
  • Steamed mixed vegetables
  • Homemade coconut frozen yogurt
Exercise
  • 40 minutes spin class
  • 40 minute back and bicep weight training




Friday 13th November
Breakfast
 
  • Glass of Water
  • 2 x Black coffee with sweetener
  • 30g of Multigrain Porridge made with 200ml soya milk and topped with 4g Milled linseed and 4 chopped almonds 
Mid Morning
  • 2 Medjool Dates
Lunch
  • One diced chicken breast (leftover from Dinner Thursday)
  • 0.5 cup cucumber , 1 cup lettuce and 1 tomato topped with 10g Tzatziki
Afternoon
  • 1 x foodie market - Awesomely Mighty Oaty Flapjack
Dinner
  • 2 slice of wholemeal bread topped with Marmite
  • 2 soft boiled (dippy) eggs



Saturday 14th November
Breakfast
  • 30g Bran flakes
  • 200ml semi skimmed milk
Mid Morning
  • Fruit and Barley juice
  • 1 x bottle of sparkling water
Lunch
  • For Goodness Shakes - chocolate protein shake (475ml)
  • 60g Raspberries
Dinner
  • KFC Rice box and corn cobette
Snack
  • Coffee with semi skimmed milk
  • 40g sweet and salted popcorn
  • 1 cadburys mini heroe
Exercise
  • 4o minutes spinning
  • 30 minutes les mills grit training
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Sunday 15th November 
 
This isn't the best day food wise but if I didn't share you would all think I am an angel :D
Breakfast
  • Toasted giant crumpet topped with butter, marmite cream cheese, 1 slice of grilled bacon and a poached egg.
  • 1 cup of tea
Lunch
  • half a pint of spiced cider
  • Lamb roast dinner
  • 2 glasses of red wine
  • White chocolate creme brulee
Evening snack
  • 40g salt and sweet popcorn





Halfway through this week I really feel like I hadn't made much progress compared to the vast difference in week one...but I guess the stats don't lie:
 
start wk 1 wk 2 Loss this week Total loss
Weight 9s 6lb 9s 1.6lb 9s  1.6lb 6lb
Bust 36.5 inches 35 inches 34 inches 1 inch 2.5
Chest 30.5 inches 29 inches 28 inches 1 inch 2.5
Waist 28.5 inches 27.5 inches 26.5 inches 1 inch 2
Midway 32.5 inches 32 inches 31 inches 1 inch 1.5
Hips 39.5 inches 38.5 inches 38 inches 0.5 inch 1.5
Thigh 22 inches 21.5 inches 21.5 inches None 0.5
Upper Arm 10 inches 10 inches 10 inches None None
Forearm 9.5 inches 9.5 inches 9.5 inches None None
I think this week just goes to show that you can't judge everything based on your weight....Although I have lost a tiny amount I have still toned up most of my body and feel amazing in my clothes again.
That's the beauty of tracking your progress like this...even when you feel like you are not getting anywhere the results don't lie.
 

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Breakfast of the week!

Here is a fantastically simple breakfast taken from Mireille Guiliano, author of French Women don't get Fat.

I have tried it out this week and absolutely love it.....yummy flavour, simple to prepare and very filling.

It contains fresh Lemon which has detoxifying properties and flaxseed which is rich source of nutrients and dietary fibres.

Here is the Recipe sourced from Elle - the method is easy, quite simply add all these ingredients to a bowl and mix.

1/2 Cup of low-fat yogurt
1 tsp flaxseed oil 
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp honey
2 tbsp oatmeal
2 tsp Walnuts - finely chopped

I don't actually have flaxseed oil at the moment but I do have a packed of milled flaxseed I sprinkle into the yogurt mixture instead. Enjoy :D
 
 

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Wise words Mr Body Coach...the Myth that eating carbs after 6PM will make you fat.




I just had to share this link today, as women in particular always seem so scared to eat carbs...myself included....here is a bit of clarity from a professional!


http://www.thebodycoach.co.uk/blog/busting_the_myth_that_eating_carbs_after_6pm_will_make_you_fat_40.html

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Week 2: Monday - Wednesday

Here's a quick update on what I have eaten and how I feel this week.
I usually plan my meals out on a Friday for the following week. This week all my meals were planned but I was thrown a few curve balls, on Monday my step-mum (who is Thai) gave me some lucious food to take home. It would have been rude...plus she wouldn't let you say No. It was still all fairly healthy, boiled rice and pork, egg and tofu...I didn't feel that guilty. 
Then Tuesday a good friend of mine surprised me with the loveliest house warming gift, a steak pie with potatoes and vegetables. I was V.good and didn't eat the pastry, loaded up on veg and only had a measured portion of potatoes.
I don't feel like I have made as much progress this week but Wednesday (today) is the first day I have felt back on track and much more structured with my eating! Let's hope I can keep it up until Sunday when I am going out for a roast dinner for my husbands birthday.
The thing I am most proud of so far is that I haven't succumb to crisps or chocolate...I would say I am about 90% clean looking at my food over the past week and a half. 
Here are my screen shots from my fitness pal app of my past few days. According to the App my goal is to hit 1330 calories a day. If I exercise I tend to have more to compensate, but the app does that for you anyway! The key to getting into shape is not to starve yourself! Its all about changing your mindset!
 
Monday 9th November
                                   
Tuesday 10th November
                                
Wednesday 12th November
                                       

Exercise wise I did 40 minutes spin on Monday (482 cals burned) and 60 minutes circuits training (462 cals burned). 
The advice my friend gave of having your protein shake within 60 minutes of working out has really worked wonders and curbed that next day starving feeling! I can't wait to tell you all about my circuit class later...so much fun but an absolute killer. 

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Simple Tuna Crunch Lunch

 
This is such a quick and simple lunch mixture I usually throw together towards the end of the week with some store cupboard items and leftover vegetables from the fridge. 
 
 
All you need to do is chop up all the veg, drain the tuna and mix it all in a bowl with some light mayo. 
One batch makes 3 servings (equivalent to three sandwich fillings), but I also like to eat mine with raw apple for a bit of a sweet kick or scoop with celery or other vegetable crudites.
 

A week in the life of....

I am a woman on a mission, a mission to shed 10lb by the time the christmas period hits (that's how much I have put on since the big day).

To help motivate me and keep myself on track I have started calorie counting again via the my fitness pal app and also keeping a diary of how I feel each day to try and capture where I was going wrong.

The Sunday evening, before the start of week 1 (Monday 2nd November) I took some pictures and also weighed and measured myself.

The aim is to stay as clean as I possibly can for 25 days in a row, and give up the second big love in my life.....chocolate and sweets.

This is going to be a hefty post so I will try and update you every couple of days.

Start of week one:
 
Weight
9s 6lb
Bust
36.5 inches
Chest
30.5 inches
Waist
28.5 inches
Midway
32.5 inches
Hips
39.5 inches
Thigh
22 inches
Upper Arm
10 inches
Forearm
9.5 inches
Monday 2nd November
  • Breakfast 
      • fizzy water when I got up
      • 125 g fat free greek yogurt, lemon flavour
      • 24g raspberries
      • 20g blueberries
      • 4g milled linseed
      • 1 black coffee with a sweetener
  • Mid Morning
      • 25g mixed fruit and nuts
      • cup of green tea
      • 500ml lemon water
  • Lunch 
      • mushroom soup with a rice cake
      • glass of water
  • Afternoon
      • 4 almonds
      • 1 carrot raw
      • 20g strong spreadable mature
      • glass of water
  • Dinner
      • Gammon steak
      • Green beans
      • Chestnut Mushrooms
      • Camomile tea with honey
  • Exercise - 40 minutes spinning
I felt hungry so hungry when I woke up but I think that was the amount of bad food I ate the day before. Glugging water really helped me keep the hunger at bay all day.
 
Tuesday 3rd November

 
  • Breakfast - same
  • Mid Morning
      • 25g mixed fruit and nuts
      • Medjool Date
      • 500ml lemon water
      • fizzy water
  • Lunch 
      • green skinny soup with a rice cake
  • Afternoon
      • 100g almonds and 20g mixed nuts
      • 1 carrot raw
      • 20g strong spreadable mature
      • glass of water
  • Dinner
      • Cod wrapped in parma ham
      • Couscous with peas
      • Protein Shake
      • glass of water
  • Exercise - 60 minute circuit training
The day after I have been to a spinning session I really feel hungry for the whole day, I spoke to a friend who recommended having a protein shake within an hour of a work out to curb this. I have just started to try this as I usually have my shake in the morning.
Wednesday 4th November (Rest Day)

 
  • Breakfast 
      • 1 slice of brown toast
      • half an avocado
      • 20g blueberries
      • 1tsp milled flaxseed
      • 2x black coffee and a sweetener
  • Mid Morning
      • 25g mixed fruit and nuts
      • 500ml lemon water
  • Lunch 
      • 125 g fat free greek yogurt, lemon flavour
      • 24g raspberries
      • 20g blueberries
      • 4g milled linseed
  • Afternoon
      • 1 carrot raw
      • 20g strong spreadable mature
      • glass of water
  • Dinner
      • Aubergine Ratatouille
      • homemade coconut frozen yogurt
  • Exercise - Nada
I am already feeling less bloated and also wasn't craving my snacks like I usually am, I had them anyway to keep my metabolism going.
I did fancy a little something sweet so had a very small portion of my coconut frozen yogurt.
Thursday 5th November 
  • Breakfast - same as Monday
  • Mid Morning
      • apple and 25g almonds
  • Lunch 
      • leftover Ratatouille with half an avocado
  • Afternoon
      • 1 yogurt crispbread
      • 1 carrot raw
      • 20g strong spreadable mature
  • Dinner
      • Grilled harissa sardines (jamie oliver recipe) with asparagus and new potatoes
      • camomile and honey tea
  • Exercise -  60 minute circuit training
I really didn't drink enough water which made me feel much hungrier in the evening.
Friday 6th November 
  • Breakfast 
      • 125 g fat free greek yogurt coconut and vanilla flavour
      • mixed nuts
      • flaxseed
  • Lunch 
      • Tuna Crunch
      • an apple
      • half a slice of brown bread
  • Afternoon
      • 2 yogurt crispbread
      • 1 carrot raw
      • 20g strong spreadable mature
      • 1 x viennese whirl
  • Dinner
      • chicken kebab
I was working from home and gave into something sweet...oooops! I may need to start giving myself one treat a week...for motivational purposes obviously :)
Saturday 7th November 
  • Breakfast 
      • 125 g fat free greek yogurt coconut and vanilla flavour
      • mixed nuts
      • flaxseed
      • cup of tea
  • Lunch
      • chorizo beans on granary bread
      • 2 x black coffee with sweetener
      • Diet coke
      • 1 x medjool date
  • Dinner
      • one slice of chicken arrabiata pizza
      • rocket salad 
      • low fat caesar dressing
  • Exercise - 15 minute HIIT and 30 minutes yoga
Sunday 8th November 
  • Breakfast 
      • 1 x coffee with sweetener
  • Lunch - trip to Wagamama
      • clean green juice
      • edamame beans
      • Lamb teriyaki
  • Snacks 
      • strawberry fruit bar
      • Organic elderflower water
      • 20g Metcalfes popcorn
  • Exercise - 20 minute cross trainer and 30 minute core blast and lunges.
It's hard to be quite as structured at the weekend, my aim is to be as good as I possibly can but still go out and enjoy myself, life is for living after all. So at the end of week one here is my stats:
Start
Wk 1
Loss
Weight
9s 6lb
9.1.6
4.4lb
Bust
36.5 inches
35 inches
1.5 inches
Chest
30.5 inches
29 inches
1.5 inches
Waist
28.5 inches
27.5
1 inch
Midway
32.5 inches
32
1 inch
Hips
39.5 inches
38.5
1 inch
Thigh
22 inches
21.5
0.2 inch
Upper Arm
10 inches
10 inches
 Same
Forearm
9.5 inches
9.5 inches
 Same
There's all the motivation I need to carry on with this next week!!



 

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Give me strength!!

The last few months have been so busy for me, I have finally eased myself back into the gym!
My usual week looks something like the following....
Monday _ Spinning
Tuesday - Circuit Training
Wednesday - Rest
Thursday - Circuit Training
Friday - Rest
Saturday - Les Mills Grit
Sunday - Rest
My only problem is I need to get back on track with my diet! I don't know if it's the change in seasons or something but I just can't stop eating crap! My Breakfast, lunches and dinners are fine but I am just eating lots of unhealthy sugary things in between! 
Exercise is 10% exercise and 90% Diet
I have managed to give up alcohol for most of october...my mission next month is to sort out my diet (before Christmas sneaks upon us).
I haven't put on a ridiculous amount of weight but I could do with shedding half a stone...I  will share with you a before and after pics! 

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