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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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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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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

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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

 
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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?

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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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Winters Day Outdoor Fun

A Winters Afternoon

There is nothing quite like a lovely afternoon bike ride and some winters day outdoor fun, the dinner was cooking away in the slow cooker, the kid’s had been to their sports clubs, it was cold out but dry so we thought why not get the bikes out and have a lovely afternoon bike ride.

Ian was at work so it was just me and the boy’s, we done a safety check to make sure the bike’s was safe to use as they had not been used for a while then away we went. We started off along the river looking at the boats, we then moved along stopping along the way to climb trees, feed the duck’s and just having as much fun as we possibly could on a winter’s day.

We stopped at the park and the big kid in us all came out, well how could I resist all of this fun, the park is not just for kid’s……Right?

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Now To Warm Up

Following all that fun, we all needed to warm up so it was hot chocolate all round upon our return….of course you can’t have a hot chocolate without some cream on the top….A little Sunday treat!

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We are a family who loves outdoor fun and the winter day’s do not stop that as you can see. We had an amazing time. Did I embarrass the kid’s in the park, yes of course but what are mum’s for, I am a fun embarrassing mum and the kid’s was too busy laughing at me to even care.

We had a fantastic day of making funny memories, we are all worn out now from our fun day, I am so pleased that I had put the dinner in the slow cooker before heading off out as we are all shattered.

After all that winter’s day outdoor fun we are now snuggled under our blankets watching a film whilst our dinner is cooking away in the slow cooker…..Perfect day!

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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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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BP3T Blood pressure monitor, health, Ozeri, review., wellbeing

Ozeri cardio tech premium series BP3T blood pressure monitor

Blood pressure monitor

I have recently been reviewing the Ozeri cardio tech premium series blood pressure monitor.

The monitor has a automatic hypertension indicator using an intelligent graphical display, it has push-button access to average blood pressure calculation, it has irregular heartbeat ( Arrhythmia ) detection, it has the clock, date & time stamp for each reading, it requires 4 AAA batteries these come with the unit and it also comes with a adult sized arm cuff ( 8.7″ – 16.5″/22-42cm ).This blood pressure monitor is portable, accurate and simple to use, it comes with a arm cuff design with clinically proven technology, it has advanced one-step operation, it is fully automatic on inflation and deflation, the monitor is designed for 2 users and stores 120 blood pressure readings ( 60 per user ).

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Here is a picture I took from the user manual that explains the reading

Applying the cuff

  1. Make sure the air plug is securely inserted into the main unit.
  2. Apply the cuff to your upper left arm with the tube running downward along your inner forearm, the base of the cuff should be approximately 1″ above your elbow.
  3. The cuff should be snug but not tight, you should be able to insert one finger between the cuff and your arm.
  4. Sit comfortably with your arm resting on a flat surface and the cuff level with your heart.
  5. Be careful not to rest your arm on the air hose as this could restrict the units airflow.
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The monitor weight is approx. 10.6 oz ( 300g ) excluding batteries.

The main unit external dimensions approx. 7″ (L) x4″ ( W ) x 1 1/2″  ( H )  ( 180mm x 100mm 39mm )
Measurement range. Pressure: 0-300mmHg(0-40kPa)
Pulse value: (40-199) times/minute

Setting the date and time was very easy to do, with the unit off press and hold the SET button for 3 seconds until the YEAR begins to flash, you will then need to press the MEM button to advance the year, once you have set the correct year you then press the SET button to save it, the unit will then go on to the same process with setting the date and time, we found the process rather easy to follow.

To use the monitor you would choose if you are going to be person ( A ) or person ( B ), apply the cuff, press start, wait a few seconds and then you will have your reading.

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This blood pressure monitor is a nice handy size and it comes with this great bag with handle.

Monitoring your own blood pressure

Monitoring your own blood pressure at home is a really useful way of monitoring your blood pressure in your daily life, it is convenient, you can also look back through the saved/previous readings, keep a close eye on your previous readings, if need be you can also take it to the GP and show them your previous readings if you have any concerns, if like me and you find it very stressful having your blood pressure checked at the surgery and find your readings are up and down, you can do the readings at home and show the GP, my GP never knows if my blood pressure reading is due to the stress of having it done, my medication or if that is my blood pressure so we have been keeping a close eye on our blood pressure since having this monitor, we have had peace of mind, we can check our blood pressure day or night, we find this monitor to be compact, portable and simple to use, it is not a big machine, it is of a nice size and can fit nicely in a draw or cupboard when not in use.
If you would like to purchase one of these Ozeri CardioTech BP3T Monitors to keep a close eye on your blood pressure, the RRP is £119.99 but there is a sale on at the moment so if you hurry you may be in luck and could purchase one at £49.99.
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Disclaimer : We was sent a Ozeri cardio tech premium series BP3T blood pressure monitor in exchange for our review, all thoughts and opinions are our own.
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