Friday, 1 August 2014

Double Blog and Clear Head?

For me, this is a pretty small catch up! I didn't blog last night, as I was rather weary and we headed up to bed nice and early...and were both still wide awake at 5am...So not the best of nights had by either of us as we were both up pretty much all night, snatching and dozing at sleep rather than actually having a proper sleep. Ah well...that was last night, and I need to whizz back a bit earlier don't I?

I made Hague get me up "early" and so we were out of bed by 10.30. It's early for us, honest, and of course had to pop a pill immediately to try and calm down the pain in my head, I really am unimpressed at the longevity of this bloody head that's for sure. I've never had one this bad, never, and I've definitely not had one that's lasted this long. Not good. However, I wanted to get out into the fresh air and with Hague with me I knew I'd be okay, so we both had our breakfasts before we headed out.


Strawberries, blueberries and a pear, along with some toasted couscous and yogurt, topped with cinnamon (of course). The weather was nice again, and because Hague was concerned about my concentration on a bike, it was for a walk we headed. To make the walk more rewarding we decided to hunt down some geocaches too. The sun was shining, we found 5 geocaches and as I'd come all prepared I had a bit of a picnic too.



Hague hadn't brought anything, but he was brave enough to try and apple....


He wasn't impressed, and my head was starting to pound and he was starting to get hungry so homewards we headed - failing to find a couple more geocaches, but succeeding in finding a low syn ice cream.


Funny Feet are just 3½ syns, and it was lush, just what I fancied...although this photo is giving me Father Ted flashbacks hehe! Safely home, it was time for more tablets and lunch, well, just a snack for me really.


Quorn red onion burger with a yogurt just to tide me over after my little picnic. With my head suffering it was definitely time to relax. For a while. The local theatre was having a street food / music festival and so we wandered down there. I like to go along and support things like that to keep them going, and although we only stopped for a cuppa - resisting delicious looking pizzas, tacos and waffles on sticks it was nice to pop along. We then came home and tried futilely to find our local shotputter, Sophie McKinna on the TV, red button or internet. I did however manage to make dinner.

It was a potato salad, topped with eggs and cheese. Very nice and summery and not long after that we headed out once more to see the fireworks that are a weekly event in Yarmouth in the summer. We sat on the beach, all snuggled up and enjoyed them before heading home, where I had a snack before taking the ever present tablets and heading up to bed. And you all know how that worked out...



Food Diary (Wednesday) - Green

Free and Superfree
toasted couscous
fat free natural yogurt
blueberries
strawberries
pear
apricots
banana
Quorn red onion burger
eggs
potatoes
lettuce
pepper
beetroot
tomatoes
asparagus
grapes

Healthy Extras
A - 40g reduced fat Cheddar
A - (split) - 20g reduced fat Cheddar & 175ml skimmed milk
B - 2 Alpen Lights
B - 60g wholemeal roll

Syns
Cheese Curls                3
Funny Feet Lolly          3½
½ tbsp ketchup            ½
½ tbsp mustard           ½

Total syns                    7½

I may not have managed to blog, but I did manage to get 3 positives up on my Facebook Page...

1) Beautiful sunshine again in Yarmouth. 
2) We found 5 geocaches today - lots more smiles on our geocache map!


3) I have been totally on plan for 7 days, the first time in over 2 months! 

As I said at the start, last night was shockingly bad sleep wise, and we were both going to give up the ghost of sleeping at 9ish, then again at 12ish (when we had finally got a wee bit of sleep) and despite me trying to get a bit more sleep it just wasn't happening and so downstairs I headed, and guess what? Despite being awake most of the night, I hadn't taken a tablet since about 3am, and by 2pm I still hadn't take a headache tablet...I hadn't needed to. Oh the relief...honestly. I've spent 3 weeks feeling like my head is being stabbed, tourniqueted, squashed, poked and generally trying to kill me and to realise that that was finally, finally easing off was amazing. Just wish I'd have been a wee bit awake lol! It took a while for me to get hungry and even then it was only a light breakfast I managed.


Muesli, yogurt, blueberries and an apricot, which I washed down with the first of my many cups of Chai tea of the day. No coffee, as you may have noticed it's been over a week since I've had any caffeine either, such has been my desperation to get rid of this headache! After breakfast something very strange happened. I felt a strange urge, one that I don't get often, and I'm quite good at ignoring...I wanted to tidy.

I know.

It scared me too, but tidy I did, sorting out the dumping ground of crap that is sometimes a dinner table, tidying up bits of the kitchen, tackling more bits and bobs in the small bedroom including a couple of loads of washing and even dusting. Scary. It scared Hague too and he was quite adamant that I should sit down sooner rather than later! Of course I was hungry by then, and so didn't mind too much.


Hague had had pasta for his lunch, and had overcooked, and so I had some left for a salad. I mixed in a can of mixed bean saladd, lettuce, tomatoes and peppers and then added in a couple of tablespoons of the Tesco healthy living honey and mustard dressing. I then got on with creating a playlist for my Dad's birthday celebration, and nattering about TOK's wedding and Hen do's, whilst finally succumbing to some pain relief. Once Hague had headed off to kickboxing, I headed to Tesco to get the shopping bits we can only get there on Margot and then met him at the gym.

Dinner followed shortly after, along with still trying to update, sync, add songs to the iPad! I'd never plugged it into the computer, so you can imagine the fun that was!



Dinner was something a bit different, and rather lovely too. I created as sort of stroganoffy type thing with Quorn chicken, mushrooms, spring onions and pepper with soft cheese stirred in and then topped with blue cheese, plonked it on a bed of (reduced) watercress, rocket and spinach salad, and had it with chips. Dessert was simply a banana and yogurt. I do have an experiment in the freezer after picking up some 75p lolly moulds though, I shall see how those have worked tomorrow....

Food Diary (Thursday) Green

Free and Superfree
fat free natural yogurt
blueberries
apricot
lettuce
peppers
tomatoes
mixed bean salad
pasta
Quorn chicken
mushrooms
spinach
watercress
rocket
potatoes
banana
Shape 0% pineapple and coconut yogurt

Healthy Extras
A - 350ml skimmed milk
A - 75g reduced fat soft cheese
B - 40g Dorset Cereals simply fruity muesli
B - 30g Stilton

Syns
2 tbsp Tesco Healthy Living honey and mustard dressing       2
25g reduced fat soft cheese                                                2

Total syns                                                                        4

Another low syn day, and that's deliberate. With my Dad's do coming up on Sunday I want to be in the best place possible to still get that 2lb loss next week, so I'm keeping low syn as much as possible, so the drinking on Sunday doesn't cause too much damage.

I'm feeling so much better today it's fantastic. I've been making lovely plans for TOK's hen night, got out on Margot again and my head, the normality in my head is just priceless, it really is! I'd forgotten how light and carefree I could feel, it's literally been that bad!

So....positives for today...let's see...
  1. My head is SO much better! A positive I've been waiting for for chuffing ages!
  2. Riding home earlier I fancied an ice-cream, knowing that I could get one and no-one would ever know. I resisted and so have now managed 8 days on plan.
  3. I managed to break the 1,000,000 barrier on Bejewelled Blitz, I've played that game for years and this is the first time I've ever done it! Go me!


Here's hoping I wake up tomorrow with my head still on the mend, I've just had the two lots of ibuprofen today, and up to yesterday I was having them every 4 hours with co-codamols every 2 hours inbetween just to get to an almost functioning level! I shall leave today's wafflings there as it's once again rather later - something I'm hoping will lead to sleep today, rather than restlessness and frustration. Bring on Day Nine!

x


Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Another Award Bites The Dust!

After the stress of yesterday I perhaps shouldn't have been surprised when my body reverted to its usual way of dealing with it, by sleeping way too late, and I mean LATE. It was 3pm when I woke up, and Hague is under strict instructions to wake me up when he gets up tomorrow! Anyway, just for a change, I digress! I woke up, popped my tablets and figured as it was weigh in day I wouldn't bother with breakfast and so just relaxed with Hague for a little while before heading to group.

I was expecting a big gain, and I wasn't let down. 7½lbs on. I was gutted. I mean, I know I've had a lot of off plan days, but today marks 6 on plan, and that does feel an excessive gain for the amount of off-plan-ness I've had. Still there is nothing at all that can be done about it, nothing at all, and so, for now, it's goodbye to this award too....


So now I'm heavier than I was 10 months ago. What a depressing thought. Still there is only one person to blame, me. Yes, I may gain when I shouldn't and gain a lot when I should, but I could have stuck to plan, and I could well have been closing in on target now despite my hideous plateau back in Spring. It's my fault I'm not, simple as that. I stayed to group, and it was a good one. Both of Claire's "Biggest Loser's", myself and Helena are struggling at the moment, and so we had a good natter after group, trying to pin down the why's....

  1. We look and feel tons better than we did before, we've both lost around the same amount of weight and so it's still marvellous to be "normal", have we lost that determination and drive not to be fat anymore?
  2. Perhaps we were too strict before, we were both 100% on plan girls, 100% of the time, perhaps we've lost the ability to do things in a reasonable way? It's either 100% on or 100% off?
  3. Ice cream is evil
  4. Despite losing the weight, neither of us are happy with how we look, focusing hugely on the saggy, baggy bits we don't like.
  5. We both know that we can do this, and are both determined to get there.
So there we go, some little nuggets that we can take away and digest, I know I most definitely will, as I really have come too far to give up, and I also have 6 on plan days under my belt as a good start to losing the 2lbs I need to next week to re-gain that award. I do have one stumbling block, a party for my Dad's 65th birthday on Sunday, but I will eat a large dinner before hand and maybe sneak some SW friendly snacks with me on the day. For the rest of this week I'll also keep lowish on the syns where possible to limit the damage. Plans are in place, no excuses.

Obviously I was peckish at group, and so ate whilst I was there.



My newly found lower calorie alternative to the Costa Mint and Lime cooler, the Starbucks Lime Refresha, just 4½ syns for a venti, and lovely on a warm day, plus cherries. I was a bit late heading back from group, mainly as I was nattering to Helena for ages and so came home to a perfectly cooked jacket spud that Hague had put in the oven for me, which I dolloped up with a huge salad and some cottage cheese and Cheddar.


Just what I'd fancied! After I'd eaten I decided to get some more activity under my belt and so took Margot to meet Dan after kickboxing, I got there early and so got to see him sparring, he really is good at his sport, and I'm so proud of him for chasing that dream of his :o) We walked home with another fighter, Danny, chatting about the sport before I left them to cycle the long way home, beating Hague home and so cycling a bit more to go find him! It was good to get back onto Margot too, and not have too much trouble from my head.

We got in and I had a dessert whilst Hague had his dinner.


Strawberries, vanilla prunes, yogurt and cinnamon. Delish. I then whinged a bit online whilst popping pills and wondering why I wasn't getting hungry! In the end it was gone midnight by the time I got peckish again, so I rustled up something quick and light, also followed by a quick dessert.



 A mix of meatballs, tomatoes, onions and mushrooms topped with cheese, with a dessert of a HiFi bar and a couple of apricots to round off my day. The HiFi bar did taste rather similar to the Haagen Dazs ice cream that has me under it's spell, so hopefully having those in the house will help to wean me off the synful deliciousness! It certainly can't hurt!

Food Diary (Green)

Free and Superfree
cherries
Aldi salad bag
beetroot
pepper
tomatoes
potato
cottage cheese with onion and chive
strawberries
Activia 0% vanilla yogurt
Quorn meatballs
chopped tomatoes
onion
mushrooms
apricots

Healthy Extras
A - (both) - 40g reduced fat Cheddar
B - 70g Whitworths vanilla prunes (you're allowed 75g, but the bag is 140g so I tend to just have 70!)
B - HiFi bar

Syns
Starbucks Venti Lime Refresha      4½

Few syns saved for Sunday there, and also some food for thought for this week. I'll be honest, walking to group today, I pondered buying some crap food on the way home. I knew I was in for a gain and just felt my mind turning that way. Despite a good group, and some good advice my mind was still wavering that way, but I made it home without caving in and have enjoyed my food tonight anyway. 

I want to be back to that 11½st lost inspiration, I want to get back into the clothes I was wearing then that are now too small. I want to get to target, whatever that may look like with (probable) Lipoedema to contend with. My journey has never been easy, and right now it's seeming harder than ever, but I've managed 6 days now, I can manage 6 more, and more and more and more right? 

So positives from today...
  1. The support from group, and my friends including all the Purple Bus passengers and especially Helena, Donna and Sam at group tonight
  2. I resisted crap, I resisted good.
  3. I got out on Margot again - one of my favourite feelings.
So that's 3 days of positives! I'm quite impressed with that as the days haven't felt overly good, but you can always find the good things if you try hard enough. So here's to day 7 on plan, a full week under my belt and hopefully a nice loss next week.

x

Monday, 28 July 2014

The Day That Should Have Been A Night!

I should have been working nights this week, but as I had to stop at my GP's surgery to pick up my note for my migraine last week before going back in tonight, and was then told I was signed off until the end of the week to ensure that I was totally recovered. Slight spanner in the works there in my plans to return to work :o( Not a great start to the week really.

The week had started about an hour earlier when I got up and wolfed down a quick breakfast before we headed out.


After eating that and getting the news that I wasn't going back to work it was radio time. I'd already planned to go in to do the show after missing last week's, as obviously I'd planned to go to work! After my phone call to my manager, which wasn't pleasant, after all my absence is already too high without another week off, it was on the air we went, and despite the show going pretty well, it was obvious that my GP was correct in her evaluation that I wasn't ready to return to work, as despite taking my tablets as normal, and even wearing glasses for the computer work my headache returned with a vengeance, I really struggled through the show and was desperate to get home by the time we finished.


Hague, being all fabulous as per usual rustled up my dinner for me and so ensued a very quiet evening, as the phone hurt my eyes, the laptop hurt my eyes and pretty much everything hurt my head :o( Dinner was lovely though, even if it was nothing out of the ordinary.


Cheesey pasta with lots of lovely veggies. I'd told Hague to just put lots of green veggies in, and he was almost mean enough to put a green pepper in, but went with yellow instead. After that, it was time to relax and do not a lot, although we did try something we'd spotted in Asda...


...tropical flavour grapes! Not quite sure how that works, but they really were rather tasty. They still tasted like grapes, but with a hint of sweet tropicalness to them. Very nice. They also do a strawberry flavour, and apparently a candy floss flavour too. Not too sure about that one though, might be a bit too sweet, even for me!

The evening has been spent watching more of the Commonwealth Games, and feeling decidedly crappy, both in my head and about letting work down - not the best combination, didn't stop me feeling peckish again though, and as I'd had no syns I decided to splash out on a white bap to surround my syn free Quorn burger.


I also had 4 Laughing Cow blue cheese triangles and some lettuce in there, and followed it up with an old favourite that we haven't had in a while - mostly as our Aldi seems to have misplaced their Benefit bars again.


Alpen lights and some good old whoopsie pineapple at just 40p. With that eaten, my head still hurting and it closing in on midnight, I shall leave it there for today....although somehow I have to think of some positives first O.o

Food Diary (Green)

Free and Superfree
eggs
potatoes
tomatoes
mushrooms
courgette
spinach
pepper
broccoli
asparagus
pasta
grapes
Quorn red onion burger
lettuce
pineapple

Healthy Extras
A - (both) - 60g LowLow cheese spread
B - 4 blue cheese Laughing Cow triangles
B - 2 Alpen Lights

Syns
Tesco Baker's Soft white bap                     12

Not the best of day's then, for obvious reasons, but as I'm trying to keep positive, I shall try and drag 3 out of the day...

1)  Once again I've managed a totally on plan day.
2) My £15 bargain, beautiful, stunning, purple TUK shoes arrived today and they are fabulous and they fit.
3) Tropical grapes are rather yum.

There we go, 3 positives out of a not so great day. I can do it if I try! Tomorrow shall be another hard day, as it's weigh in day, and I know full well I'm facing another large gain after falling off plan for over half of the month. I have no-one to blame but myself though, so it's onwards and upwards - or downwards preferably - time shall tell, as I've now managed 5 days on plan, and I can't remember the last time I did that!

I've also been pondering a challenge the ever wonderful WeightLossBitch is taking on next Spring, a 100km bike ride, at night, around London....clogs are whirring....are me and Margot up to the challenge? Maybe, just maybe....

It's Only A New Blog From The Slimming World Files!

Ah...hello there...remember me? (Again). I've been slightly AWOL from blogging (again), and this has partly been due to tiredness (again) and party due to off planny ness (again). I've also been suffering from a hideous headache from hell which has only just started to disappear after close to 3 chuffing weeks, the finale of which led to me being off work for practically a whole week whilst I fed myself painkillers every 2 hours. On my GP's advice of course, it wasn't quite so bad I wanted to end it all - although it came close at times O.o

Anyhoo, here I am once more, ready to regale you with the oh so exciting tales of a SW girl trying to get herself back on the bus after a rather wayward few months. I really am starting to think that calling target wasn't my cleverest idea, but you can't undo what is done, and so I'll just have to keep plugging away to get rid of the excess weight I've gained since then, which, according to my scales is now perilously close to 2 stone. Yuck. I gain SO easily it's insane, all the more reason to stay on bloody plan eh? I do wish my head would co-operate....

....but I digress slightly, you know the issues I've been having, but guess what? Today (Sunday) marks FOUR days on plan, and it's been a long time since I managed that! So how has today shaped up...let's have a looksie shall we... (I really wish I could make one of those swirly, timey, whimey things they have on TV when going back in time).


(or nick one off t'interwebz....apologies for the rather epilepsy unfriendliness there)

Today started pretty late really, for me anyway. Hague was up and out by 9.30 to go and kick people in the head and so I took the opportunity to sleep some more, setting my alarm for midday (I'm on nights next week), and then again for 12.30 before realising that if I wanted to see Hague's fight in his skills bout today I'd better get my butt up, fed, dressed and out and so out of bed I got, and downstairs I headed to feed the animals and then myself.


A five minute breakfast there of scrambled eggs on toast with tomatoes. Whilst eating I found this wonderful picture on the magical interwebz and immediately shared it with TOK who needed cheering up. Impossible to be sad after seeing this methinks.


:o)

I then got dressed and headed out to see Hague do his kickboxing thang, via Starbucks where I decided to splash out 7 syns on a Chai latte (they're 13 in total, but I've knocked off 6 for a HeA of milk). Mind you, it was fun finding that out as the SW mobile website was having a bit of an off day, hopefully it's sorted now! I arrived at Legends and found Hague watching the littlies fighting, so got myself a seat and made myself comfy. I'd been advised by himself that he'd be fighting at around 2ish, and so didn't bring my tablets. Unfortunately, lots of extra bouts had been added, and so despite keeping my fluids up, and having a nice healthy snack...


My head had still took a turn for the worst by the time Hague got into the ring. I still managed to video him though, and take a few pics, mostly as I knew it was nearly over and I could get home and pop more pills!


That's my man with his trainer, Dave *proud* 

Getting home, also meant getting fed, as by now it'd been hours since he'd eaten and not quite as long, but still long enough since I had and so we got a Quorn roast in the oven and whilst we both had broccoli, he had roasties and I made a potato salad with leftover boiled potatoes from yesterday.


Is it wrong to really, really enjoy your own food? I do adore my potato salad, and it's so easy, I use half extra light mayonnaise and half fat free natural yogurt (2 tbsp of each in that lot), a wee bit of mustard powder, spring onion and seasoning and it really does taste rich and delicious! I was a bit full after that, but after a natter with TOK I decided to get some oats soaking for some magic pancakes whilst we watched some of the Commonwealth Games boxing before headed out to see the fireworks. 

I don't think either of us realised quite how far away the end of Great Yarmouth is when we started out. I thought that leaving at 9 when the fireworks were at 10 was rather early, but after one aborted start when Bayleigh started playing up so we took her home again, we got there at 9.57! I even took us a little picnic!


We found a little grassy patch where we could sit on our own, snuggled up and watched the fireworks whilst having a lovely old chat and some munchies. It was a bit of an off the cuff thing to do, but it was so lovely, even with the 5 mile or so round trip to get there and back!


Excuse the faces, think this was about the 4th attempt to take a selfie!! You'd have thought I'd be an expert by now eh? ;o) By the time our weary little legs reached home we were both peckish again, and so I turned my porridgy yogurt mix into pancakes, whilst Hague made possibly the garlickiest garlic bread in the universe!


Yes, this is in fact diet food! I'd forgotten how lush magic pancakes were! With those eaten, and a bit of relaxing done after our busy day, well, mostly Hague's busy day but I did walk a lot...it was time for bath and bed. I'll be honest, I wasn't going to blog, I was all relaxed in the bath when I just felt really awful about not blogging again, and so here I am, at gone 2am, sitting in bed telling you what I've eaten...oh the glamour hehe!

Food Diary (Sunday) Green Day

Free and Superfree
eggs
tomatoes
cherries
Quorn roast
broccoli
potatoes
spring onions
spinach
fat free natural yogurt
banana
grapes
black forest fruits
0% Activia vanilla yogurt

Healthy Extras
A - 350ml skimmed milk (in latte)
A - 40g reduced fat Cheddar
B - 2 slices wholemeal  bread (400g loaf)
B - Oatso Simple multigrain porridge sachet (fruity muesli flavour)

Syns
Starbucks Chai tea latte                      7
2 tbsp extra light mayonnaise              1
Cheese curls                                      3
tbsp honey                                         2½

Total syns                                          13½

So there we have it, my first blog in bloody ages, but hopefully I'll get one done more regularly now. I'm feeling a bit more secure on plan, my head isn't trying to murder me and even 12 hour shifts shouldn't really stop me from letting you all know how my day has been eh? 

There have been other nice things happening whilst I was all missing...me and Hague rode up to Hembsy (9 miles up the coast) and  back on a glorious day during my week off. My Nan celebrated her 97th birthday and we had a family meal which meant time with my lovely nieces, whose Sport's Day we also managed to attend during my week off. I've had a girlie night in, and have even managed to bath the JadeyPuss, alas, all things that will be missing from my blogging history :o( Must do better Karen!

I will sign off with my 7943098520th attempt at a list of positive things/happy days as I seem to start and stop them rather regularly. I figured that if I signed off my blog with 3 positives a day it might encourage me to do the positives, and also to blog, so here goes with today's, well Sunday's....you know what I mean!

1) I've managed a blog!
2) Jadey is now incredibly soft, fluffy and pretty.
3) Sitting on the grass, smelling the sea air and watching the fireworks with the man I love.

Not too shabby for a starter :o)



Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Up's, Down's and Everything Inbetween!

I've been SO tired today. My body clock is still suffering from trying to return to normality after two weeks of nights and so despite going to bed last night utterly shattered I woke up at just gone 6am and couldn't get back to sleep. I tried, I really did, but in the end gave up in favour of coffee and breakfast.


Big ol' coffee there with breakfast of toasted couscous, black forest fruits, blueberries and yogurt. It was really filling, not a bad thing when I woke up really hungry! I spent the next few hours sitting, feeling rather glum before finally feeling tired again and heading upstairs to bed. I tried to sleep some more, and managed a bit of a doze before Hague came upstairs to wake me up as today it was the turn of the Mail Online to publish my story....I hadn't known about that one! So of course, much as I then wanted to sleep more, it didn't happen, so more coffee, and more food it was, whilst watching Godzilla battle various (bloody noisy) thingums on the telly. Awesome :o)


Obviously nothing too heavy as weigh in was looming - something I'd managed to miss last week, and as once again I'd been slack with the plan to say the least, not something I was overly looking forward to, in fact I was pondering getting myself another book to have a proper new start (without losing all my history). As it was, I only gained 1lb, got off lightly there, and sat in on the new members talk to get my head back in the zone. It was nice to stay at group for the first time in ages, especially as several of my friends there have lost even more weight since I last saw them and the difference really is amazing! I did feel a tad embarrassed to be held up as a SW poster girl though, I'm still over a stone heavier than I was before Christmas after all! 

As I'd only had fruit and cereal bars for lunch, I picked my way through some noms during group...


Thank you Aldi and your super six! I was still hungry when I got home though and so once I'd dropped Hague at kickboxing I sorted myself out a low effort dinner whilst more sitting commenced.


Pasta, LowLow and veggies (butternut squash, sweet potato and spinach). Job done in less than half an hour! It was then pretty much time to get Hague, where I then decided to whinge quite a bit about being tired before being informed that Sharknado was on the telly, at which point I woke up enough to thoroughly enjoy that whilst eating my dessert.


I shall leave it there for now, as the shatteredness is returning as Sharknado draws to its utterly fabulous conclusion, and once this is done I'm heading for bed, with a head back on track, oh and finally a Platinum Body Magic award to my name!

Food Diary

Free and Superfree
toasted couscous
Activia 0% vanilla yogurt
frozen black forest fruits
blueberries
apricots
sharon fruit
cherries
pasta
butternut squash
sweet potato
spinach
banana

Healthy Extras
A - 350ml skimmed milk
A - 60g LowLow
B - 60g LowLow
B - HiFi bar

Syns
2 Benefit bars                        5
Tesco iced dessert caramel    5½

Total syns                             10½

It's definitely been a long day, an odd one too as my moods have been all over the place, mostly due to being tired. It's funny how you can go from one extreme to the other, with the excitement of the article, nervousness about weigh in, guilt about being a rather crap role model and then excitement again about my first SW award of 2014...yes, I've been that rubbish this year!!


Hopefully I'll lose the 1½lbs I need next week to re-gain my 10½ stone award, and then I can start chiselling away on the remaining 14lb's I've managed to put on since I called target back in April....

One rather lovely thing about all these news articles is that we finally have some rather nice pictures of us...looking all slim and stuff! So I shall end this blog on a high with a picture of the pair of us showing off a loss of nearly 18 stone between us :o)






Monday, 14 July 2014

Monday Madness!

After heading to bed early last night with yet another migraine, it was quite pleasant to wake up reasonably early, and feeling quite dandy. A quick check of my phone to see tons of various notifications was enough to remind me that today was the day my article was printed in the Daily Mirror! So exciting! 

Amongst the notifications was one for a missed call from someone from Good Morning Britain, so I might have yet more excitement coming my way...we shall wait and see! After much checking of phones we then scraped together some pennies from various coppers jars to go and buy a couple of copies of the paper before heading back home to get ourselves bathed and fed ready for the day ahead.


After a weekend of much excess I really HAD to be on plan again today didn't I?? In fact I really don't have any excuse for falling off plan if I'm going to be seen in the paper and in magazines as a weight loss success story! After we'd eaten, we headed off into town as we wanted to pick up a few bits and bobs and then head to the radio station as we were doing an extra hour on the show today due to Keith not being able to make his show. We had rather a lovely mosey, along the seafront and popping in and out of shops before we settled for a quick Starbucks after being informed that Costa no longer sell iced Americano's....oddness indeed as it's now summer! 


It meant I could go for the lower syn option of the Cool Lime Refresha though, at just 4½ syns for a large. Lovely stuff. With our drinks drunk we headed to Harbour where we nattered away about my article and other bits and bobs for 3 hours! By that time of course we were both starving and so headed home sharpish to get some dinner down us, and in a strange turn of events we both had exactly the same thing!


There is in fact a Quorn peppered steak hiding under all that cheese. Can't go wrong with steak and chips though eh? Dessert followed quite a bit later as we were both distracted by cheesey Godzilla-ness as we're revisting the old 1950's versions :o)

A simple, but yummy dessert.


Next up for us is Godzilla vs King Kong whilst I peruse la t'interwebs and maybe partake in more snackage as the evening progresses :)


I do have to thank Hague once again for persuading me to try new fruits, as it was apricots for the first time last week - fresh ones that is - which are delicious, and along with a peach, sharon fruit and my benefit bars did for my last meal of the day before bed.

Food Diary

Free and SuperFree
eggs
tomatoes
potatoes
Quorn peppered steak
onions
mushrooms
strawberries
Activia 0% vanilla yogurt
peach
apricots
sharon fruit

Healthy Extras
A - 250ml semi-skimmed milk
A - 3 Asda lighter cheese slices
B - 2 slices wholemeal bread (400g loaf)
B - 2 Benefit bars

Syns
Starbucks Venti Cool Lime Refresha            4½
tbsp ketchup                                                1

Total syns                                                    5½


I'm hoping the excitement of today reminds me just how great it feels to be on plan. I almost felt guilty when I read the article as I seem to have failed so miserably to keep on plan recently. Although I didn't weigh in last week I know the scales will probably be showing another gain this week. I've only got myself to blame though, I've just found it far too easy to fall off plan, and it's taking me further and further from where I want to be.

I guess the very fact that I haven't yet given up shows that I will do this. Previously I'd have stopped going to group by now, and would be well and truly off the wagon. Although I was off plan at the weekend, the rest of the week I was solidly on plan, I just need to stay strong and fight harder when I'm tempted off plan, otherwise I'll never reach target! 

Onwards and downwards as they say, with each new start comes a new chance to make it THIS time that I get 100% back on the wagon, and after all, I will only fail when I stop trying. Here's to a full week on track, and a good loss next Tuesday! 


As always, thank you all so very much for all the support and love you've sent my way today. It's appreciated probably more than you ever know, and it means so much.

Thank you xx