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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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Diet Coke Chicken

Finding myself again

A new family meal – Diet Coke Chicken

With recently re-joining Slimming World I have been taking a look at some of our family meal times. I can safely say that whilst I have not been attending group our eating habits have slowly gone back to our old ways. When it is Ian’s turn to cook when I am working late he mistakenly thinks that the takeaway apps the oven. Accidentally on purpose of course. This is even done when there is a pre made dinner in the fridge that just needs to be put in the oven so it is ready for when I get home from work.

I re-looked at some of our meals and thought perhaps a change is needed and we needed a change and to mix things up a little to help bring back the love of cooking from fresh food again. In our house time plays a big part in our eating habits. Admittedly we love any dish that can be cooked using the minimal amount of pots and pans and is also quick to make. Slow cooker recipes are a favourite in our house.

With us both out working 12 hrs of the day preparing food and a nice family meal can become a problem if we are not prepared in advance as all we want to do when we get in is kick our shoes off and enjoy a nice long soak in the bath.

Batch cooking is something we used to do a lot and is something we need to start getting into again. We moved house since last attending Slimming world, we are now settled and have re-joined at a different group so hopefully this will all fall into place again very soon.

Slimming World was re-joined again on Wednesday and so far the plan has been stuck to so fingers crossed results will show next week at group. One of our new meals we have enjoyed is Diet Coke Chicken….Yes Diet Coke Chicken!

Diet Coke is one ingredient we have never used before for cooking, have you?

This was one meal we had to try, I must say it was delicious. It was enjoyed by all of us, the teens even asked for more so we can’t complain. Lots of veg was added and it was extremely filling. It had been spoken about in group at our old group and new so I just had to try it out with my boys and see if it’s a possible new recipe that can be made and enjoyed again. The answer from my teens was a big yes. I am so pleased to be finding family meals that can be enjoyed by myself who is currently wanting to lose weight and meals that also fits into meal times that family will also enjoy to.

Ingredients used was:

  1. x 4 skinless Chicken breast
  2. Low calorie spray
  3. x 1 red pepper & x 1 yellow pepper
  4. Can of Diet Coke
  5. Chicken stock – 200 ml
  6. Cup of frozen peas
  7. Kale x 2 handfuls
  8. x 1 onion – diced
  9. Mixed herbs 1 tbs
  10. 8 tbs Passata
  11. 4 tbs Tomato puree
  12. 2 tsp Worcestershire
  13. x 1 tbs dark Soy Sauce
  14. x 2 chopped Carrots

How we cooked Diet Coke Chicken:

We heated the pan and then sprayed the pan with my low-calorie spray.

All the vegetables and chicken was then added until lightly browned.

Once browned the stock was then added, diet coke, passata, tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and then mixed herbs.

This was then continuously stirred whilst bringing to the boil.

A lid went on the pan, the heat was turned down and it was left to simmer until the chicken was cooked through and the sauce had thickened.

This was so quick and easy to make, all in the one pan too – extra bonus!

This took us 15 minutes to prepare and roughly 40 minutes cooking time and most of that was simmering on its own.

This meal fed four of us and we all very much enjoyed it. This meal made a lovely change and will certainly be being made again. I enjoyed this meal with cauliflower rice Ian and the teens had rice.

diet coke chicken

Do you have a favorite family meal?

 

 

General post

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 Champagne 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

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?