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Stepping Into 2019 Healthier

Stepping Into 2019 Healthier

I can do this!

Ok hands up who has been on a diet and given up on it? I am not happy to admit this but I have.

A few years back following my car accident I decided that it was about time I looked into trying to lose a few stone. My Aunt at the time had been a member of Slimming World and she was doing amazing so I thought why not join up and give it a try.

My journey began

I looked up to see where the local group was to me and contacted the Slimming World Consultant who welcomed me to come along. My journey then began. To cut a long story short I went on to lose 3 stone in weight. I felt amazing and also shocked that I had managed it. I felt so much healthier and happier in myself.

But sadly Christmas came along and so did the mince pies, cheese and wine. I then fastly learnt at how quickly and easily the weight goes back on at next weigh-in day. This left me feeling so ashamed with myself and embarrassed that I let this happen to the point I didn’t return back.

Stepping Into 2019 Healthier

But since then I have been left kicking myself – if only I had continued going and just drew a line under my Christmas gain and carried on. I am sure I would have lost it all again and probably more. And I am sure I am not the only person to have a Christmas weight gain.

Back to square one

2018 see me back to square one with my weight and I haven’t liked it. I have not felt confident or happy with myself and the only one who can change that is me. So 2019 has seen me take control of my lifestyle and start the new year as I mean to go on – healthier and happier!

We are now just over two weeks into a new year. Week one saw me joining up at Slimming World again and getting used to everything again. It also saw me going through everything in our cupboards, fridge and freezer, all of which are now filled with healthier food options.

Stepping Into 2019 Healthier

I am determined

Ian has seen my determination in my health kick that he has also said he wants to join me. Ian isn’t going to be joining Slimming World to weigh but will be eating more healthily and exercising more.

Week two see us both out walking with Coco and Hunter our two dogs. We spent most of our weekend walking, which we both enjoyed and loved being out in the fresh air, it made a lovely change. We walked along the river and round a local park, we walked to a dog agility course and done some training with our dogs.

We also walked around a lovely lake. When we got back home we realised then that we had walked a good few miles and been out a good few hours. With Coco being a Husky she helps to keep me active as she could just walk and walk.

I am focused

As I now head into week three I am finding myself meal planning more. I plan meals for the week ahead and then do a food shop online, only getting food that is needed for thoes meals. I find this helps me to stay in control of my food intake and helps me to stay on plan. I have also been drinking more water.

Stepping Into 2019 Healthier

Making small changes every week

I have also been online and ordered myself some exercise equipment. I plan to start week 4 doing some light exercise. I suffer with Endometriosis and Fibromyalgia so I have to be careful what I do.

With these conditions I never know how I am going to wake up feeling, whether today is going to be a good day or a bad day pain wise.

Take each day as it comes

So all I can do is take each day as it comes and do what I can when I can. This is why I have opted to set up a home gym as I couldn’t gaurantee getting enough use out of a gym membership.

So here I am, 17 days into 2019 and I have already lost 10.5 lbs. I am so pleased and absolutely loving a healthier new lifestyle.

Stepping Into 2019 Healthier

How has your 2019 been so far?

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One pot breakfast in 90 seconds

One pot breakfast in 90 seconds

Can you spare 90 seconds

Are you like me and want to eat healthy but also hate having to use loads of pots when preparing a meal? How does breakfast in 90 seconds sound? and even better still it’s all done in one pot.

Breafast is the most important meal of the day and I will be first to admit that I often skip this meal as the mornings can sometimes be hectic. Is this a meal you skip too for the same reason?

Making breakfast easier

I have been currently looking at ways to overcome this problem. With the time of year and the mornings being cold, damp and sometimes frosty, a cold fresh fruit shake just isn’t as inviting at the moment. For me they are more for the warmer days. A nice warm breakfast is more needed at the moment.

One breakfast I have been currently enjoying and that is this loaded egg in a dish breakfast. A breakfast made using just the one dish and is ready in just 90 seconds. Breakfast has never been so easy.

How to make this tasty breakfast in 90 seconds

Ingredients:

  • Eggs x2
  • 1 tablespoonful of skimmed milk
  • Lean ham – I used one slice.
  • Parsley

Method:

  1. Chop the ham into small peices and place in the dish.
  2. Crack your eggs into the same dish.
  3. Add the milk.
  4. Add the seasoning. As much or as little as you like.
  5. Mix the ingredients together.
  6. Place in the microwave for 90 seconds.
  7. Enjoy.

Add any fillings of your choice

This loaded egg breakfast makes a perfect quick breakfast. The ingredients can be played about with and you can add any filling of your choice. Ian likes his loaded with more fillings and likes mushrooms, peas, cheese and other fillings added to bulk his out more.

This also makes a perfect breakfast for kid’s like Bradley who struggle to get out of bed in the mornings. He is now in college and still hasn’t changed from his school day’s – he still isn’t a morning person and ALWAYS needs reminding to have breakfast before darting out the door to get his train to college.

A perfect way to start anyones day. All you need is eggs, milk and any fillings of your choice.

We do enjoy cooking and baking – check out our food section to see what we have been making.

Enjoy!

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Overnight Oats

overnight oats

How To Make 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?

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

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Chicken Shish Kebab

chicken shish kebab

Homemade Chicken Shish Kebab

Me and Brad was sat discussing some summer time recipes, as it is now getting too hot to want to eat let alone even be standing around cooking. The boy’s enjoy eating wraps so we thought we’d make a nice tortilla recipe and make a chicken shish kebab with a salad for dinner. Instead of using pitta bread we thought we’d use tortilla wraps for a change.

We decided on what we would like to put on our skewers, ingredients being:

Chicken breasts cut into small pieces

Peppers

Pickled onions

Tomatoes

chicken shish kebab

Method:

We started off by cutting our ingredients to size to make it easier when loading our skewer.

Seasoned our chicken with a chicken seasoning.

We then got loading the ingredients on, pepper, chicken onion and then repeated until we had no room left on the skewer.

Bradley really enjoyed doing this, it was a great team effort, I done the chopping and Bradley done the loading of the skewer. I done the first one to show him how to do it and then Brad took over and finished the rest off.

Once the skewers was made we then placed them in a dish, covered them in cling film and then popped them into the fridge until we was ready to cook.

We then prepared a salad to go with our chicken shish kebab, we got washing and chopping to create a lovely choice of salad. We really enjoy creating a fakeaway, Bradley wanted to create a kebab shop, even naming it “Brad’s kebab’s”.

The boy’s was wanting wedges with their kebab so we then chopped up some potatoes to make our own wedges to have on the side.

Once the salad was prepared and everyone was ready to eat we then cooked our chicken shish kebabs under the grill.

A Perfect Summer Time Recipe

chicken shish kebab

We placed the skewers on a grill tray and then put them under a medium grill heat turning to make sure they cook through thoroughly.

When ready we then placed them on a bed of salad inside a tortilla wrap and added the wedges on the side.

Prep time: This meal was very much enjoyed by all, it took about 15-20 to prepare and about 12-15 minutes to cook.

chicken shish kebab

This meal can be enjoyed as an indoor meal or even enjoyed outdoors at a lovely BBQ.

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Homemade Breakfast Shake

Shake-up Your Breakfast!

Did you know that this week was breakfast week (25th-31st January), in our house we all enjoy our breakfast….Well why wouldn’t we it is a good way to start the day.

With the weather being cold we have been enjoying a nice variety of hot breakfast’s such as Porridge, Shredded wheat, Weetabix etc. I have mine with a nice cup of tea, Lee and Bradley enjoy theirs with a nice hot chocolate. This week we have gone through so much milk, especially with it being so cold lately we have been having extra hot chocolate drinks.

We enjoy our breakfast as it gives us a good start to the day and with the weather being so cold it is nice to have something warm inside us for venturing outside to brave the cold.

One morning we was all in a rush so we experimented by making a homemade breakfast shake to have on the go.

Ingredients:

Breakfast shakeOne cup of natural yoghurt

One cup of milk

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

One banana

One cup of oats

We combined all the ingredients together and mixed in a blender, it was so quick and easy to make. We are lucky as the boys love their fruit and they enjoy experimenting with the fruit to make all different types of shakes. This was our first attempt to make a homemade breakfast shake and the boys loved it, they said it see them through until lunch time at school so that was a bonus.

We will definitely be making this homemade breakfast shake in the future as it was so filling and it makes a healthy breakfast to have on the go.

We love letting the boys experiment with foods and flavours, we feel it is important to let them, we also think it is great that they take an interest in what they are eating, we enjoy watching them try different flavours as they don’t like all foods and spices and when they come across something they don’t like trust me they soon let us know.

Do you have kid’s that like to experiment with food’s and flavours, do you think you would try out this homemade breakfast shake?

Disclaimer: We was compensated for the milk used for the purpose of the post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% our own. 

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Stuffed Aubergines

Cooking With Aubergines

I am on week one of my diet, one thing I have been doing is looking at our family meals and yes I admit we was not eating very healthy, but all that is to change from now on, we will have the odd naughty meal but only on the odd occasion here and there. Tonight I have made stuffed aubergines, I will admit I have never cooked with aubergines before and wanted to give it ago and introduce it to my family meals.

The ingredients needed are:

2 large aubergines.

2 garlic cloves.

1 small diced onion.

150g extra lean minced beef.

3 vine tomatoes, chopped small.

2 tbsp passata.

2 tsp dried oregano.

Salt and freshly ground black pepper.

100g cooked white rice.

Freshly chopped parsley.

Method:

To start with I put the two aubergines in the oven whole and baked for about 15 minutes to soften them, I then left them to cool. Once they was cool I cut them in half horizontally, I then scooped out the middle and put the middle to one side ready to add to the mince shortly.

I then browned my mince and drained away the fat. I then added the garlic, onion, tomatoes, the middle of the aubergine, oregano, passata and a pinch of salt and pepper.

I left the mince simmering with the ingredients in a saucepan uncovered for about 10 minutes while I cooked the rice. Once the rice was cooked I then added the rice to the mince and vegetables and mixed it well.

Once I had added the rice I then added the mixture to fill the aubergines, covered with foil and baked in the oven at 200c removing the foil for the last 5 minutes. Once cooked I dished up and garnished with freshly chopped parsley and we had this with side salad and a stuffed mushroom.

stuffed aubergines

The stuffed aubergines was enjoyed by all of us, the kids even asked for more and if we can have this again another day. So it was a big hit with them and a thumbs up all round, this will now be on our new family menu.

Do you like Aubergines?

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Beef and vegetable stir fry

Beef and vegetable stir fry
Being working parents spending time in the kitchen is very limited but we still like a nice healthy family meal in the evening, one of our favourites is a nice beef and vegetable stir fry as it is very quick to prepare and best of all it is all done using just a wok so not all the dreaded pans to wash up after.
What we done was pre heat the wok, put our beef strips in the wok with a drizzle of sunflower oil to brown off, chose our ingredients and washed them, we all got stuck in by chopping it all up while the beef browned, when the beef had browned off enough we started adding our chosen sauce, the one we like is the Chinese stir fry sauce then we started adding our vegetables Starting with the carrots and potatoes that have been diced, as these will need just that little bit longer to soften and cook, then we added the green beans that have been thinly chopped, after about 5 minutes, we gave them a few minutes then we added the rest of the ingredients that have also been chopped/sliced small and left simmering for about 10- 15 minutes for the last 5 minuets we added fresh egg noodles for the last 2-3 minutes we added the kale.
The vegetables we chose was
x4 Carrots
Handful of Greens
Handful of fine Green beans 
x1 Red onion
x3 Red rooster potatoes
1/2 White cabbage
x1 Tin chopped tomatoes
x1 Courgette
1/2 Red cabbage
Handful of kale
Meat used
 
350G Beef stir fry strips
Sauce used
180G Chinese stir fry sauce
Prep time
Five to ten minutes
Cook time
 
Twenty to twenty-five minutes
 
Herbs & Spices of your choice can be added if you wish
This is a recipe that can be adjusted to suit your taste
The meal dished up ready to eat  the kids enjoyed it and ate all their dinner even asking for more.
 
beef and vegetable stir fry
                           A nice tasty dish full of goodness !
What is your favourite family meal ?
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