Wednesday, 8 June 2016

It seems that every single time I try to restart my blog, I only even manage to write up one blog post before I manage to talk myself out of making a commitment to this page. I'm not entirely sure why I find it so hard to commit to write on a regular basis, but I think that it might have something to do with the fact that I suck at writing and I lack the motivation to do so. So, since it's been a while since I last checked in I thought I'd catch you all up on what's been happening since my last post - which coincidentally has a lot to do with what I'm about to write about.

When I wrote my first post I was about to embark upon a weight loss journey that would effectively change my life. Like I've previously mentioned, I've always had issues with my weight and it's always been something that has bothered. After years of yo-yo dieting and never getting anywhere I decided to try to things the proper way - eat healthier, exercise more and think more positively. So I'm 22 weeks into trying to better myself for me and I haven't gotten as far as I'd hoped I would but I'm willing to accept that these things take time and effort - something that I don't always have. However, after 22 weeks of perseverance, I've managed to lose a total of 28lbs (yep 2 stone), now that might not seem that much considering the amount of time it has taken but I'm super proud of myself. Not only have I managed to lose more than 10% of my original weight but I also feel fitter and a lot more confident. Below I've attached a photo comparison the image on the left is way back in february and the image on the right was taken yesterday before I headed out to the gym.

Images like these are what keep me going when I'm not feeling like there's any change in my body. Even though the changes are small it really motivates me to keep on going and become the fittest I can be. 

Obviously self-love is really important and as long as you're happy with yourself it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks so I'd just like to I'm in no way doing this for anyone else. I do love my body but like I said I'd like to become the fittest that I can be. So this summer inbetween working I'm hoping to further my weight loss journey even more and get closer to becoming the healthiest I have ever been. I'll try to keep you all updated as often as I can. Hope you are all well! 


Monday, 18 January 2016

operation get healthy week 1 (week ending 17/1/2016)

So first of all at 20 years old, I can't remember the last time I was happy with the way I looked. No I'm not looking for attention here, I've just always been a bigger girl and it's never sat well with me. I've yo-yo dieted for a good couple of years. And a few years ago I managed to lose quite a bit of weight and I was getting to be happy with how I looked. But then I moved away from home and everything went south. Since moving to university, I have found it extremely difficult to keep my binge eating under control. Living in halls in first year, there was a lot and I mean a lot of temptation. It was always horrible eating something healthy whilst everyone was having a calorific takeaway and most of the time I conformed and bought one too, just so I wasn't left out. Looking back to last year, I know that I was a bad idea, but now I'm so determined to change my lifestyle completely. I'm aiming to lose weight and get healthy. Even if it takes forever and a day, I'm ready.  

This first week has been both a challenge and a blessing, I've just started semester 2 of my second year of university, so understandably I have been stressed and it's been extremely difficult not to return to my bad habits of binging on junk food. Yes, a few times I did have a small portion of chocolate, but nothing extreme like I used to eat. Even after a week, I do feel a lot happier. But a bit more tired. I need to work on adding more iron into my diet or picking up some supplements! 

Monday was the hardest of the days. I was hungry and cranky, and truth be told, I ended up eating plain bread at 10pm at night because I felt so hungry and drained. I'm eating the recommended amount stated in one of my recipe books and am not in any way starving myself. I'm guessing my body just hadn't adjust to going from eating constantly to eating at normal meal times with just tiny snacks in between meals. However, I did enjoy making up some homemade minestrone soup and chilli con carne from The Hairy Dieters first cookbook, my diet companion for the time being.

Tuesday was a lot easier. I bought myself some fruit and made up some healthy dip to pair carrots with. I didn't feel like I wanted to eat as much and I snacked a little in between meals but with healthy snacks! I also walked into university which is very unlike me! Hopefully things keep going this way! For lunch I had some of the minestrone soup I made on Monday and for dinner I had tuna pasta salad, which was amazing!

Surprisingly Wednesday went very, very well. I had no hiccups in my eating plan. Admitedly I skipped out on breakfast that morning because I got caught up with the brand new episode of Pretty Little Liars and had to rush off to Aldi for some bits and bobs right after. However I did enjoy what I ate: lunch consisted of golden vegetable soup and dinner chicken salad with potato wedges and homemade chive dip. I also enjoyed a lovely 30 minute walk to and from Aldi, it was rather chilly though!

Thursday was average in terms of eating healthily. I didn't overeat, infact I under ate. I skipped out on Lunch because I didn't have enough time to eat before I rushed off to walk to uni and then I felt pretty rubbish all day. Not sure if this was because I'm getting back into a routine of going to both uni and work again or if it's because I didn't eat as well as I should have. Hoping that things improve over the next few days whilst I'm at work. I mixed things up foodwise and had an omelette for breakfast and a cod dish with roasted vegetables and baby potatoes for dinner!

On Friday I had both uni and work so it was impossible for me to make a freshly home cooked meal for dinner so I ended up taking some leftover tuna pasta for a snack on my break. Although I did have some of my daily porridge for breakfast and a refreshing chicken salad before work. I definitely think I get the most exercise when I'm at work. I'm always running around like a mad woman!

Again on Saturday I was at work so I made sure I had a decent breakfast before heading out (porridge again, I love it!) and took a healthy-ish ham salad sandwhich with me for lunch. My favourite part of the day was making a fake-away! Yep, a fake takeaway! A while back, I picked up one of The Hairy Dieters sauce packets (Korma - my fave!) and threw in a couple of chicken breasts and voila, I had some pretty amazing, low calorie curry! And I still had a portion to freeze for at a later date!

Admittedly, I had a Nando's for dinner on Sunday, but I know that it's healthy to have a treat once in a while. Plus, I hadn't really eaten much, scrambled eggs for breakfast and a packet of the new Sun Bite Pitta Bakes as a snack during the day, so it was almost justifiable.


Friday, 1 January 2016

New Year 2016

Without a doubt, every single year I set myself unrealistic goals and every December 31st I feel crappy about the fact that I seem to have failed myself yet again. I'm going to try to make this year different. Setting realistic goals, one's that will improve my happiness and perhaps make me a better person. 

1. Read 52 books - the past few years I've definitely let my reading habits go to crap. I love reading but finding the time to do so is just so difficult for me. So this year I'm aiming to read at least one book a week. Even if it's re-reads of my favourite books, it's still a step in the right direction for me. Less Netflix, more flicking through books! 

2. Get healthy - ideally I'd like to lose weight but if in the next 366 days I can improve my health and lose a tiny bit of weight I'll be super happy. I'm not saying I want to achieve a complete change, I just want to kick start the change and hopefully improve my life and health for the better. 

3. Travel somewhere, anywhere - I have a bit of a reputation for being boring. Summer holidays are usually spent chilling in the back garden or the local park with a book I've read a thousand times. This year I want to go somewhere different, and try new things. All in the name of broadening my horizons.