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Life changes

Life changes

Life changes

A while back I ended up in an awful car accident. This saw me ending up being cut free from the car, hospitalised for just under two weeks and paralysed down my left side due to nerve damage. I was in a wheelchair for a while and had to learn to walk again.

With not being very mobile this saw the lbs pile on which at the time I was just glad to have survived the accident and it couldn’t have been further from my mind.

Life changes

Once I was more mobile thanks to the intense physio sessions and reflexology treatment I had on a weekly basis I started to gradually build myself back up again. Once more mobile I signed up to attend our local Slimming World group. Back then I managed to lose 3 stone and I was so proud of myself as I had gone through so much and had come such a long way. I had the determination which was amazing and I felt so much better and confident in myself.

My aim back then was to lose about 5 stone, I was over half way there but then life had gotten in the way. Things happened and I ended up suffering from depression due to certain issues. This is where comfort eating kicked in then yes you guessed it, the weight piled back on.
No I am not proud but hey what can I do but pick myself back up and start again. Now I am starting to feel better in myself again I feel that I am in the right mind-set again to try again. I have amazing support around me from Ian, my 3 beautiful boys, work colleagues and even neighbours.
Ian is my rock and said he will help support me in any way he can as he knows it means so much to me to get this weight off and my confidence back.

I have now joined Slimming World again, this time round it is a different group as we’ve moved house since my last journey. I am now 2 weeks into my new journey and I’m currently 6.5 lbs lighter already. I am so happy to be on my Slimming World journey again, I was so happy last time until I sadly suffered with depression.

This time round I am not going to be so hard on myself, I am going to set small goals along the way and little Interim goals. My first little goal is to try and lose 1 stone by my birthday (7th August). This is purely set as a birthday gift to myself. I still have a few weeks to do it in, I feel like I can do it so I’m going to give it my best shot. If I don’t do it then no harm is done I am just happy at the moment with any loss.

To help myself get up and moving I have signed up to do a 5k run. Well they say run but you walk, crawl, skip even hop just as long as you complete the 5k. I done a 5k run a few years back and completed it within 36 minutes. By the time I completed the run yes I did crawl over the finish line and no I couldn’t even talk for 10 minutes but I did complete it and it felt amazing.

All I need to do now is stay as focused as I can and keep telling myself to keep thinking positive.

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Finding myself again

Finding myself again

New group new start

So today saw my first weeks weigh in at my new Slimming world group. Was I nervous? yes. Was I excited? yes. Was I pleased with my result? hell yes. Any weight off in my opinion is good and all I hope for.

I am taking a new approach to my weight loss this time round, I am setting myself small goals rather than one big one. My aim at the moment is to lose one stone by my birthday (7th August) but if it doesn’t happen it doesn’t matter it is just something to aim for at the moment. Today was my first weigh in and I am very excited to say that I am now 5 lb lighter. Next week I am aiming for my half stone award…..I can do this!

Small steps…small steps!

Ian has been a huge support to me, I sat down and explained to him that I am not happy with my weight and sadly haven’t been now for a while. I am kicking myself big time for putting my weight back on that I lost before our move but I only have myself to blame.

I sat and chatted with Ian and we have both agreed to get back into meal planning and batch cooking again. I found this a huge help last time. He is now on board and has agreed to learn new and healthier recipes with me. We both work long days so it isn’t just one of us cooking it is both of us which is why it is best we both learn this together so it helps to keep me on plan.

Diet coke chicken is something different I had heard mentioned a few times in my old group. I recently made it for us all to try and we all enjoyed it. Meal prep plays a huge part for us, with working such long days and not getting home until late, gone 9 pm most nights the last thing we want to be doing then is chopping and dicing vegetables but yet we want a nice homemade meal.

Finding myself again

Batch cooking meals in the only way so far I have found helps us to stick to healthy home cooked meals. Now Ian is on board and is willing to learn this makes it all the more easier to stay on plan. Ian is normally a lover of using his takeaway app to order in when I am out working late. Yes I enjoy the odd takeaway but I’d much prefer a nice healthy home cooked meal. Ian is a good cook and just needs reminding of that.

What we are currently doing is looking at healthy slow cooker recipes and also have a change about with our current eating habits. What I would like to do is find nice recipes that we can all enjoy. I may be out some nights until gone 9 pm but I certainly don’t expect Ian and the boys to wait for me before having their meal, certainly not at that time. Fingers are crossed for a minimum of a 2 lb loss for next week so it will then take me to half stone.

What is your favorite family meal?

 

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Feeling Good

Feeling Good

Feeling Good

As you may already know I am currently on a Slimming World journey in a bid to lose five stone, I have so far managed to lose just over three stone. I hit the three stone loss a while back now and have comfortably sat at this loss now for the past few months. Lately I’ve been wanting to push myself to lose the other two stone and start feeling good about myself.

I am due to attend an awards evening, this is a carer’s awards night for work. It is a Champaign four course dinner, with a formal dress code…..yikes!

I am not really a dress wearing person, due to my previous size before my slimming world journey I’d often be found in baggy trousers with a big baggy cardigan for comfort, all of which will be dark colours.

I have recently been on panic overdrive about what to wear to the awards night. I looked online at different outfits and saw this dress that I fell in love with straight away and knew that it was the dress for me. With the dress ordered – I ordered a size smaller than previously bought in the past, I done this in a bid to help keep me motivated and on track.

Due to my previous size, dresses never seemed to hang right on me, I like dresses that give you a shape and feel comfortable to wear. Unfortunately in the past this hasn’t happened. Since losing three stone my confidence has started to shine through and I now feel like I want to try different styles and actually go out in nice bright colours cardigan free.

The dress has been ordered – And has arrived……Yikes!

The table is booked, time and place to meet with colleagues is sorted…….Double yikes!

Now to find a nice bag, shoes and some accessories to go with my outfit – No backing out now.

I am really looking forward to the awards night but for me this is a BIG step out of my comfort zone. This will hopefully be a big step to a new me – One that is also back on plan and ready to lose the rest of the weight I so desperately want to shift.

 

Weight loss

Challenge update

Challenge update

Challenge update

Well I set myself a challenge a while back and that was to lose five stone by my birthday, I have just had my weigh-in and thought I’d give you a challenge update and let you all know how I’m getting on.

I can now safely say that unfortunately I didn’t quite make the five stone loss I would have liked to have had by my birthday but I am still happy and I now weigh-in a whooping 3 stone lighter. Ok it’s not the five stone wanted, yes I am gutted but I am also extremely pleased with how far I have managed to get so far.

I am still going to keep up with my weight loss, I still want that five stone off that I set back in October last year, I want to get to target. My weight loss is still going in the right direction, it may be taking me longer than planned but I am healthy, I am happy, I am enjoying losing the weight so I have told myself there is no rush. I have been to weigh-in and put on, I have been to weigh-in and maintained but I have also been to weigh-inns and lost but I always attend group and face whatever the result may be. Not every week has been a perfect week with a loss but I’m only human after all.

Ian has also joined Slimming World, he joined back in March and he has lost a massive 2 stone so far, we attend group together when Ian is not on night shift at work, we support each other and help to keep each other on the right track and heading in the right direction. Our home is a Slimming World home, we still have the odd naughty treat but I can say those treats are truly enjoyed when we do have them now and they really are a treat!

Challenge update

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Overnight Oats

overnight oats

Overnight Oats

Slimming World has been a big part of our family meals for a year now, myself and Ian are members, both wanting to lose a few stone. We have found that we are both currently stuck at our current loss. I am currently stuck around the 3 stone loss, I will attend weigh-in and have put on 1-2lbs or get told I’ve either maintained or lost 1-2lbs, admittedly we are now very frustrated/bored with being stuck at this weight. Ian does shift work and is unable to attend every week so his gains or losses are much bigger, he is currently stuck at the 2 stone loss. We have recently had a chat and have decided we want to try different meals to see if that helps boost our losses, we have decided our breakfast this week is going to be the first to change and will be Overnight Oats.

We have been trying Overnight Oats so far this week and have found them to be so filling that the picking between meals had stopped (bonus). We also like the fact that it is a breakfast that you prepare the night before so it is also a time saver in the morning, you just get it out the fridge ready-made and ready to eat, you can eat it at home or simply grab and go (perfect).

Our overnight oats ingredients:

A glass jar to make the oats in

Strawberries – Unlimited amount

35g unflavored Porridge Oats

1 pot of 175g Muller Light Yoghurt

How we made our Overnight Oats:

We washed and sliced our strawberries, measured our oats out, chose our yogurt and then was ready to make our breakfast.

We covered the bottom of our glass jar with strawberries, spread one tablespoon of yoghurt over the strawberries, we then added some of the oats, enough to cover the yoghurt. The process was then repeated, we continued to layer our ingredients until the ingredients had gone, we did not mix the ingredients together we left the oats to soak in the yoghurt and the fruit as it was layered.

Once the Overnight Oats was made we then put it in the fridge until breakfast (10-12 hours). We then mixed the ingredients together then added some more fresh fruit on the top.

This is what ours looked liked once it came out of the fridge the next day.

This looked amazing, we couldn’t wait to tuck in.

overnight oats

So delicious…

overnight oats

The ingredients above is per person.

You can also add different fruits.

overnight oats

This is our mixed berries Overnight Oats.

overnight oats

We will be continuing to make our Overnight Oats and will also be trying it using different fruits mixed in. We will also be getting more active, we are going to take up swimming again and getting out more on our bikes.

Do you attend Slimming World? have you been wanting to join? here is a free 7-day Slimming World meal plan for you to try.

Please do come back a let us know if you give the Overnight Oats a try, we’d love to know your thoughts.

Weight loss

Getting back on track

getting back on track

Getting back on track

I have been a slimming world member since October and have only ever missed one or two meetings in that time. I have recently found myself slowly getting back into my old ways again of eating all the wrong foods. Admittedly I do enjoy the odd bit of chocolate and a nice take-away but it has started to become a more regular habit again rather than just the odd enjoyed treat once in a while. I am now in a situation of needing to break out of that habit yet AGAIN and start getting back on track.

I don’t know how or why I’ve ended up over the past two or three weeks back in my old bad habits again, I could really kick myself at the moment.

To help me try and find my motivation again I have written myself a for and against list, I have written this as a way to help me understand why I wanted to lose weight and why I wanted to join slimming world in the first place.

My for list is:

loosing weight will hopefully help improve my health.

Hopefully help my energy levels.

I will be less breathless.

My confidence will hopefully improve.

I will feel more happier within myself.

Loosing weight will be something I want, it will be something I can achieve by myself and will be something I have done that’s just for me.

This will be something my boys will know I’m doing and I can make them proud. It will also show them that once you set your heart on something that you really want it can happen as long as you work hard at it and put 100% into it.

Bringing slimming world into my home life will also help my boys to understand about how to make better/healthier choices.

I will have more energy to have more active fun and adventures with Ian and the boy’s.

Enjoy new healthier food’s.

My against list is:

I am scared I am going to fail and will not be able to stick with it.

I am scared everyone will think I am useless.

I love my food too much to give it up.

It will be easier to just stay as I am.

I am scared that loosing weight will change me as a person, meaning personality wise.

Ian may not like/love the new confident, skinnier me.

Other people may not like the new me.

I started slimming world to achieve a goal set by me for me, refreshing my memory of the reason I started this challenge has really helped. Writing this has taken me back to my old feelings of my pre slimming world days and this was so needed.

I don’t know how or why I ended up back in my old ways again, this has definitely shown me how easy it can be done.

To help me start to try and get focused again I stayed behind after group to speak with my slimming world consultant, our chat helped me and I now feel as if I’m slowly getting back in the right frame of mind again.

I was doing so well and was starting to feel good about myself, I will shift the weight gained by those treats eaten, I’ve only myself to blame for my gain.

I have told myself “not to give up, pick myself back up and keep going, everyone has bad day’s” so this is what I’m going to do!

Here is a picture of how I’ve done so far.

getting back on track

Have you ever set yourself any challenges recently?

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New me is now in sight

3 stone loss

New me is now in sight

Yikes! guess what? I only went and weighed-in at my 3st loss. Yes there was tears, silly I know but this means so much to me. A new me is now in sight!

This now means I need to lose another 2st and then I will be at my target, I am so excited. My weight-loss journey so far has been fun with lost of ups and downs along the way. I don’t feel as if I am on a diet, with Slimming World we still get to have our treats (limited of course).

To be honest all I have done is make a few food changes (healthy swaps), watch my food intake (Doing a food diary) and exercise (Body magic)…..Oh yes and not consume the amount of alcohol I once used to have. Before attending Slimming World I could have quite easily had a good few glasses of wine once opened, now I can happily have just the one or two glasses.

Admittedly my weight-loss journey has not been a loss every week, I have been to weigh-in before and put on 3.5lb….Whoops! when this happens I just give myself a good talking to rather than let it get me down, this helps and makes me more determined to get that loss the following week. I just reminded myself why I joined Slimming World in the first place.

new me is now in sight

I am loving that the new me is now in sight, I have now started to notice body changes, I now fit in clothes two sizes smaller than I once used to wear, I am now feeling much healthier, I have more energy, I don’t get half as breathless as I once use to, confidence in myself is starting to come back, but the one thing that is making me smile most out of it all is having the energy to do things more with my boy’s.

I do hope to reach my target for my birthday in August but to be honest I am not fussed when it happens as long as it comes off that is all I wish for. I did set out to do it for my birthday as a birthday gift to myself, but being close to it will be good enough for me!

 

Me last June

New me is now in sight

  Me today. A new me is now in sight.

A new me is now in sight

Here is to the next 2st!

One thing I will admit to not doing before I started my weight-loss journey was keep an eye on my weight and BMI. I never actually checked to see what my healthy weight should be. Is this something you keep an eye on? I keep a very close eye on mine now….Admitedly I am not happy with mine but it is something I am working on using this hight/weight chart from the NHS.

new me is now in sight
Chart credit to NHS

 

The Musing Housewife

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10 Happy Things

10 happy things

10 Happy Things

I was recently sat thinking of a few things that we have going on at the moment, they are all happy things so I thought I’d put them into a post and share them with you. Here are 10 happy things we have going on at the moment.

1) Ian is a finalist at our Slimming World group, he is one of the two men in the final where one of which will be chosen to be man of the year. I am so proud of him, he has currently lost an amazing 1 stone 12lb and is still going. We are both currently concentrating on slimming down this year.

2) Danny has now happily moved into his own flat and is settling in nicely. He is happily looking to his future.

3) Our holiday is getting closer. We are off to a beautiful tranquil woodland holiday park where we have a beautiful log cabin. There is so much on offer to do there, we are now counting the days.

4) We are getting closer to buying our home.

5) We are soon to be celebrating our crystal wedding anniversary.

6) Plans are now being made for my massage business, I am currently in discussions.

7) Bradley has attended a casting, he is now awaiting to see if he was successful or not.

8) Lee is working on a list of items he needs to get/pack, he’s off on a field trip with school.

9) Our home gym is now in place and we are getting a nice collection now of equipment.

10) Ian has had a lovely promotion at work, he is now a deputy team leader.

As you can see from my list above there is so much to smile about. We are currently thinking of a fun and exciting way to celebrate our crystal anniversary, I fancy doing something exciting/daring, do you have any suggestions?

 

A Cornish Mum
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A few words

A few words

I have recently been having a few words with myself since my last weigh-in, you may or may not know that I have been attending Slimming world since October 2014, since then there have been good weeks and there have been bad weeks. Last week saw a gain and I felt awful, I guess it was to be expected but I still felt bad and have since had a few words with myself.

I am thinking this gain came from a few naughty treats or possibly the past few weekends catching up with me…..Whoops! well it was needed and I really enjoyed letting my hair down for a while.

After having a few words with myself I have made a promise to myself to get back on track and get focused again. I would love to get to target for my birthday in August, this would be awesome and the best gift to myself ever, this would mean that I would need to lose 2 lb a week between now and my birthday (if no gains get in the way). This may sound easy for some and harder for others but all I can and WILL do is try my best, after all this girl loves a challenge.

My losses have been lowest 1/2 lb and my highest  5 lb in a week.  There have also been gains in-between these losses on the odd week here and there.

I have now been using my syn box a lot more as this slipped a bit. This is a box that I have been using to put all my daily allowance treats in (measured), when the box is empty I would then know that I was at my daily allowance of syns, I find this really helps me to keep track of what I have had that day.

So far I have lost 2 st 8 lbs and I really don’t want to ruin my weight loss by putting it back on. Since I have lost my weight that I have lost so far I already feel more healthier, happy and confident in myself and this is with only loosing half of what I want to lose.

So since I have had a few words with myself I made a promise to myself to get back on track, I went back to treating my weight loss like it was a first week again, used my syn box a lot more, I even put pictures on the fridge of before my journey and a more recent one, now I see these pictures everyday and see how far I have come so far, I also remembered my reasons for wanting to join Slimming World and that feeling of my first loss and how amazing I felt.

Moving forward a week and my weigh-in night, guess what it has all paid off I have gone and lost 4 lb this week and I feel amazing, yes I beat myself up a little over last weeks gain but I needed that kick up the bum to get me fully focused again.

The challenge is now on, I am going to try my best to get a minimum of 2 lb loss every week between now and August so I can be at my target weight for my birthday…..Fingers crossed!

This was me last June.

A few words

This was me this week. I’ve still a long way to go but I’m feeling much more healthier, confident and happy in myself, this is after 25 weeks.

A few words

 

The Musing Housewife

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Goodbye weight loss

 Goodbye weight loss

 

All I can say right now is “WOW” It is just amazing, I am now two and a half stone lighter than I was when I started my weight loss journey back in October, goodbye weight loss, goodbye two and a half stone.

This is madness, I never in a million years had thought I’d get this far….But I have and I am doing a happy dance right now!

I have been sticking to plan as much as possible, yes I have had the odd what I call “naughty night” where a nice take-away or night out would be enjoyed, but how boring would my journey be if I didn’t.

I have been making a few changes to my day-to-day life since my last post:

Leaving the car at home and walking to work when I can.

I have been feeling more active so I have been having more active fun with the boys, this is something I am really enjoying.

Still going to the gym but spending that bit longer there.

Now the weather is better I have been enjoying bike rides with the kid’s.

Enjoying long walks.

The biggest help of all has been meal planning. Preparing meals in advance and freezing them has been a great help to me with being a working mum and not having a great deal of time for meal preparation.

I have made myself a little treat box called “syn bin” I would fill this up with my daily allowance of treats, once the box was empty I was then aware I was at my daily allowance, anything eaten after that I was then over that allowance. I find this helps me a great deal to help me keep on plan.

Lots of little changes that have helped me to continue my journey and receive this last night at group.

Goodbye weight loss

All these changes have helped me get to where I am at the moment along with attending group every week, everyone in group is so friendly and supportive whether it be a loss that week or even a gain, I have never felt judged or made to feel bad. Every week I have walked away from slimming world group feeling positive and with fantastic advice to help me through the week.

Some weeks I would get weighed and think oh no I have only lost 1 lb this week, but when I saw this at group I now think differently.

This is what lb of fat would look like.

 Goodbye weight loss

 I will no longer say “only a lb loss this week” again after seeing this.

I am really enjoying my journey with Slimming World (link added for anyone who may wish to search for a group local to them). I am now half way to reaching my target and would never of got anywhere near where I am now without their help. I am hoping to reach my target by my birthday in August, this would be my birthday gift to myself. How great would that be, saying goodbye weight loss, goodbye 5 stone for a birthday gift to myself, it would be amazing!

When I set myself this challenge to loose 5 stone it was something I thought would have taken me forever to achieve, so to get this far already has amazed me. Have you ever set yourself any challenges?

The Musing Housewife

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Two stone weight loss

Two stone weight loss

 

Well this is something I never thought I’d see, I never thought I would ever get this far on my weight loss journey but I have made it, I am here, I am now at my two stone weight loss and it feels bloody awesome. It took me longer than planned but hey I am here and that is all I should worry about, it is not a race and they say “slow and steady wins the race”

I wont lie not every week has been a good week, there has been the odd week where I have had a gain, nothing big but I did put on or even maintained and stayed the same, not every week can be a perfect week now can it, what can I say this girl loves chocolates and the odd biscuit now and then.

My weight loss journey started back on the 8th of October last year when I was not feeling happy with my appearance and I knew I was over weight so I decided it was time to do something about it before it caused any health problems. My goal is to loose minimum of five stone and I am nearly half way there now, so close but still yet so far but I will get there eventually.

I have recently made some changes to help me with my weight loss journey, I have recently joined a gym, I really did not want to add to our monthly out goings but I knew I would need help with exercising as I don’t have any exercise equipment at home so I took out a gym membership.

I have been attending keep fit classes such as:

Zumba

20/20/20

Hi/Lo

Leg’s Bum’s and Tums

Synrgy

I have also been using the swimming pool and taken advantage of the fab exercise equipment on offer in the gym. Going to the gym with friends is rather fun, we have been challenging each other and we also push each other to do that bit more. What I have been finding difficult is time to go to the gym, I work and some nights I don’t finish until late, but when I am able to get there to use the equipment I love it and really feel great after a good work out….Even if I am knackered!

What we are looking into getting is some exercise equipment at home so I can then look into not needing the out lay of the gym membership, I can then exercise at home with out the rushing about after work to get to the gym, this would be a better and a more relaxed approach to exercise for me after a day at work.

All in all I am enjoying loosing weight and noticing my body/health changes.

Two stone weight loss

 

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January weight loss update

 January weight loss update

 

January weight loss updateI said I would keep you all updated on my weight loss, so here is my January weight loss update. Well I have surprised myself, I am still going, admittedly in the past I would have given up by now but I am surprisingly still going. I started my weight loss back in October, I started because I was looking at pictures of myself and hated what I was seeing, I looked and felt like one bit fat lump and if I admit it to myself I just did not feel good about myself. I was feeling down due to health problems and being in pain a lot of the time so I took to comfort eating.

Three months on and I am still going, I started my weight loss journey on the 8th October and on the 20th October I was awarded my 1/2st award and that felt amazing and gave me the drive to carry on. I was then awarded my 1stone award on 12th November and I will admit it brought a tear to my eye as I never in a million years thought I would keep this up. On the 22nd December my christmas came early and I was awarded an award for 1&1/2stone weight loss and words can’t describe how I am feeling at the moment.

My aim at the start of my weight loss journey was to loose about 4-5 stone, my dream is to be able to fit back into my wedding dress as I keep scaring Ian that if/when I fit in it again I would love to renew our wedding vows as the kid’s keep asking for us to do it as they would love to see us get married, they say they want to walk me up the aisle.

So if there is anything I would love to happen this year for me it would be to reach my dream weight as I have never really stuck it out before when dieting, so here goes, lets see if I can do it.

This was my January weight loss update, more diet updates to follow soon!

january weight loss update

 

 

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