Monday, 23 February 2015

Setting Goals

I'm struggling big time at the moment, I think that much is pretty obvious, I've fallen back into my old trap of eating well Mon-Thurs and then doing the dog Fri, Sat & Sun!  Which means that when I face the scales I'm praying for a maintain rather than a loss! Because I'm not giving myself a fighting chance to loose weight at the moment. More like I'm giving myself extra padding on my ass and enough sugar to send myself into a coma!!

The plan hasn't changed, but my mindset has too.. someday's I'm on it 100% and it feels great, but if I break at all, that's it, game over and it can take me a few days to get back on track!!

So I think/ know I need to stick to my weekly meal plans, get off my bum and start exercising, stick to my syns (especially at the weekends)

These 3 little changes would make a hell of a difference!!

I know that there isn't a magic wand that can be waved, I know that it can be difficult, but its worth it, I see people at group every week making fab progress and getting closer to their own personal goals and the difference it make to their every day lives, walking up the stairs without being breathless, being able to bend over to tie up shoes, not being a sweaty all the time. Its all these little things that make a difference everyday that keep them going and keep them on plan.
Of course putting on your jeans to find that you can pull them up and down without unbuttoning them is a great feeling too, but it takes a while to get to stage, so its definitely the little things at the beginning that keep people going and I need to take that on board.
For some silly reason I've decided (well my brain has) that if my jeans aren't falling off me after five good days, then its ok to eat crap.. Now you and I both know that this isn't rational thinking. I'm not rational at the moment at all.. I'm a mess, playing mind games with myself.. promising myself that I'll do better and at the same time sticking my hand into the biscuit tin

So I've been thinking a lot lately about my behavior and attitude towards food and weight loss, I'm talking the talk... and eating the cake, biscuits and chocolate.. So I've sat down and made a plan, a realistic one.... Its not a secret nor a shocker that I need to eat better and move more

As of today I have 66lbs to loose to put me in the healthy/ not obese/ over weight category.

I'm a visual type of gal, so I put my measurements into modelmydiet to see my before and after photo


66lbs is a lot to think about as a whole, so I will be breaking this down into easier bite size chunks and aiming to loose 7lbs followed by another 7lbs etc... hell loosing one pound a week will get me where I want to be eventually....

But short term, its 6 weeks to Easter and then 4 weeks to my holidays, so I plan to be going on holidays at least one stone lighter than I am today....

January 2015
Week 1 = + 8.5 (post Christmas gain)
Week 2 = -1.5
Week 3 = -1.5
Week 4 = -3.5
Week 5 = +1.5 (mystery gain?)

February 2015
Week 6 = + 5.5 (post birthday weigh in)
Week 7 = -1.5
Week 8 = +2
Week 9 =

Weight lost to date: +0.5lbs
Onwards and Downwards, the Slimming World way :)

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Pancake Tuesday

I tried this recipe for Pancakes a few month ago from Lovely Girlie Bits Blog (Link here)
and decided that I would give these Magic pancakes another go for Pancake/ Shrove Tuesday.

I also bought a mix in Tesco's, one of the “just add milk” and if you use the milk as your Healthy Extra A, the mix makes 10 pancakes, each with a syn value of 5 syns, and that’s before you add any toppings!! 


For these magic pancakes, you can have them for free if you count the 35g oats as your Healthy Extra B or syn the oats at 6 syns.. all the other ingredients are free.. so you can make a good few pancakes from the batter with a total of 6 syns before toppings.
Definitely the way to go I think

So all you need is 35g porridge oats, any free Mullerlight (I used Vanilla) Sweetener & 2 eggs

Place your 35g of porridge oats in a bowl, mix with half a Müllerlight yogurt, add 2 tbsp of sweetener & 2 eggs into the mixture..

Blend until it looks like a batter (I put mine in the fridge for 40 mins, while I had dinner)

Pre heat frying pan and spray with fry light

Use a desert spoon and measure out roughly *12* small pancakes(I made 6 small & 1 large)

Fry one side for about 4-5 minutes until it stops bubbling

Flip over and cook for further 3-4 minutes until golden brown/ burnt like mine

If you wanted to have these for a total of 6 syns ((or free if oats are your HEB,)) then serve these with lovely free/speed fruit & the other half of your Mullerlight

If you've saved all your syns to have these as your treat (I know I have) then here are the syns for other toppings that you might want to top your pancakes with.

Other toppings
Lemon = Free
Sweetener = Free
Sugar = 1 level Tablespoon = 3 syns
Choc Shot – 1 level Tablespoon = 2 syns
Jam (reduced sugar)  =  1 level Tablespoon = 1 syn
Nutella  = 1 level Tablespoon = 4 syns
Peanut Butter = 1 level Tablespoon = 4.5 syns
Maple syrup = 1 level Tablespoon = 2 syns

Golden syrup = 1 level  Tablespoon = 2.5 syns

For ahem research purposes for the blog, I decided to try a few of the toppings on my little experiment... All of the below came in at 13.5 syns (including 6 syns for the oats) 
Which isn't bad at all

For any of you lovely ladies that are banana fan’s, check out this link to the Skinny Doll’s blog for banana pancakes
Skinny Doll Banana Pancakes >>> here <<<

Slimming World Ladies beware that mashed banana is 6 syns, so these are not free

I hope where ever you are today that your enjoying a pancake or three :-)

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Monday, 9 February 2015

January 2015 Update

There’s something to be said about being a weight loss blogger who's kind of crap at losing weight. It’s embarrassing, and that’s why I haven’t been blogging all that much in the last few months.

I feel like my blog posts have become whingey and full of excuses, they’re aren't as positive or as progress-full (is that a word?) as I would like them to be….

But I think that this is ok? I’m not perfect, no body expects me to be and sometimes life gets in the way of things.
Also I’m like a bad penny, I might be down but I’m certainly not out. I refuse to give up. I’m not making much progress being a yoyo, but I’m refusing to give in and stay like this.
Because I’m not happy and I’m not comfortable, and I’m refusing to settle.. I've only got one body and I've been treating it like crap for years! Its taken me 30 years to realise this and now I’m sorry I've treated myself so badly!

Here’s a little update as to how I've been doing, January went well for me, I was eating good, cooking from scratch, trying a few new recipes, and not going berserk at the weekends (in my head weekend = food party/ all you can eat style! WHY!!!)
So facing the scales after non-food partying weekends was making me feel smug (& also expecting huge losses… why do I decide that 4 days in a row of good eating should equal half a stone gone?)
I was down, 1.5, 1.5, 3.5 and then I had a gain of 1.5.. which I wasn't expecting and I wasn't happy about. Shit happens eh? Yes it does, but what did I do? I ate my disappointment....literally!

Also the following week was my birthday week, so I had a night out, a hangover day/binge, followed by 2 dinners out for my birthday and wait for it….. 5 different kinds of cake for my birthday celebrations… yes, you read that correctly FIVE. .everyone is aware of my love affair with cake and all my lovely friends and family bought me cake for my birthday.. Sure it was my birthday and I was celebrating!!  So the 48 hours before facing the Slimming World weighing scales I had 2 dinners out and ate A LOT of cake
So there was no surprise when I jumped on the scales and had a gain of 5.5LBS

Yip, I managed to undo all of January's good eating and hard work in less than 7 days… But it didn't end there, Oh no, the birthday celebrations weren't over just yet!!
I was out with the lovely Slimming World ladies on Friday night for drinks and pizza slices, I was away on Saturday Night for my Birthday and we had car snacks (yes it’s a thing) and a 5 course dinner that evening followed by drinks (I don’t regret it, it was AMAZING.. and the Breakfast the following day… OMG **drooling just thinking about it**) All the photos are on my instagram page. Click HERE 

So here I am, its Monday AGAIN and I’m back on plan today.. my first day on plan is over 10 days, I’m guessing I’m back to the start again with my numbers... that wont be made official until Thursday night, so the next 4 days I am going to try to do a little bit of damage control and get the scales moving in the right direction again!!  I’m back in control again, I made my speed soup last night and that’s a baby step in the right direction at least…
I’m disappointed with myself but I enjoyed every single day of being off plan… but I’m ready to stop eating crap and treat my body properly, it won't thank me for the binge eating!!!
I don’t know what kind of penance would be recommend after that synful confession, but I  will definitely try harder. I have to if I want to start seeing results…..

January 2015 Stats
Week 1 = + 8.5
Week 2 = -1.5
Week 3 = -1.5
Week 4 = +1.5
Week 5 = + 5.5

Weight lost to date: 0lbs
Onwards and Downwards, the Slimming World way :)

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