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Week 46

Current weight 12 stone 11 lbs…which is roughly 81.18 kg or 179 lbs

So, the issues continue on again for another week! But it has been quite enlightening shall we say despite the fact in 3 weeks I have gained 4 lbs…

So last week I talked about stress and the impact it was having on my diet, and literally the following day last week I suddenly thought about sleep and how I had not been sleeping well, and the impact on that is quite marked. So, you do not sleep well, so you are tired (I fell asleep 3 times in front of the TV last week before 10pm). You are tired so you do not make your breakfast in advance, you haven’t planned or made lunch and your evening meal is an afterthought, snacks what are snacks…

So tiredness and craving the wrong type of foods is quite key. In addition June is a receipt keeping month, and wow, is all I can say having spent over £200 already on food this month and we are not 2 thirds in yet. So, a little bit of stress and tiredness can actually have quite a vast impact on things (and that is without mentioning the weight gain!)

So (fourth sentence starting with ‘so’ note) we can see what the issues are, and we know to a certain extent part of what was causing them, now it is how do we deal with this. I have been given a couple of suggestions, of what to eat and how to keep busy to avoid snacking, nothing seems to be helping. I also thought let us just ride this out until I am back to normal again, but, well, I feel perfectly normal (apart from wanting to eat constantly that is ha ha).

So (5th time) changes I am making. I starting this week am ensuring my breakfast is prepared every morning, and there is no excuse and no need to spend money I have everything needed for this already in the house, back to overnight oats for a while, keeps me full, and is relatively easy to make. If I forget, just use granola (already in the house) with the yogurt instead.

Lunch is a bit more difficult…after watching the documentary on sandwiches and how wraps were higher calories I went onto flatbread…which is now mouldy and out of date…am going back to wraps, they have been my staple for months, more calories or not! I have food in the cupboard to put in them, I need to find the drive to overcome being too tired, and remind myself healthy food will probably help me feel more awake! My current diet is perhaps partially to blame for making me feel tired…

Evening meals…well I still have a selection of pre-cooked in the freezer and the ingredients for another set of pre-cooked food, when I reach Saturday, I need to cook. I should say the past 2 weekends have just been somewhat busy, and as I have been tired when in the house cooking has really been low down on the mood scale! But I feel a veggie chilli with lentils is definitely on my menu now!

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Week 38

Current weight 12 stone 11 lbs…which is roughly 81.193 kg or 179 lbs

This is quite a long blog, a week off works wonders for clarity of thought, and…well I started writing this a few days earlier as I was thinking about difference things!

There is no hiding from the weight gain this week, (although I am impressed it is only 1lb knowing what my weight was over the week) but having had a quite relaxing week (including the wedding of Mini Me) and taken some me time for the first time in a while it is/was time to take stock of what I had done with not only this blog, but also my life since last August. I did start out at 14 stone 5 in case you had forgotten and regardless of today as of last week had lost 23lbs through merely changing what I ate, note not dieting. I also started out getting paid every month when I had about £10 left in my account, the past few months I have had over £500 in my account when I got paid. This shows how much money I am saving through changing my eating habits. Through using ynab that £500 is not savings it is money pre budgeted, so for instance come August I can pay my car insurance in one hit due to already having the money there. I do recommend you give it a go, it comes with a 30 day trial and is well worth the £45 a year I now spend on it. If you decide to trial it just click HERE. Yes, I do get a free month if you sign up, but to be honest this does not work for everyone and it took me over 6 months to be able to use this effectively (I am in my 3rd year now).

So, a very interesting week when I learnt a lot about myself and my eating habits. I have discovered I eat better when my day is structured. The impact of this can quite easily result in me under eating as it is quite unusual (but not impossible) for me to actually feel hungry. Tracking of my calories was introduced back in January to ensure I ate enough food, but some friends seem to think I was tracking my calories to ensure I didn’t eat too much! That was an eye opener! Under eating over a couple of days can result in a 2lb weight gain, that didn’t totally surprise me but I know it has impacted on this week

We are now well and truly in the time where my will power is no longer on overdrive like it is for the first 3 months of the year, biggest noticeable change, fizzy drinks! Not on the scale of before I should add, but they have creeped back in on a couple of days and so I need to keep an eye on that as it is just wasted money, and I do not wish to after all that hard work waste money on a fizzy drink. But it does make me wonder how long New Years resolutions actually last, and how many people get to April still being able to follow their resolution. This was part of the reason I should add I started my blog in August.

Finally, I know you will all be excited I have added a new snack and lunch. The past few months have been manic and although I have worked hard to switch off from work, doing the blog equally was a struggle as when I switched off I wanted to do nothing at all, so hopefully I can now get back on top of the recipes again. So the new recipes this week was GF Chocolate Oat Muffins and Spicy Red Lentil Curry, the latter of which was so damn nice I could have eaten it all in one go!

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Week 35

Current weight 12 stone 12.25lbs…which is roughly 81.76 kg or 180.25 lbs

Now, it is interesting to look at this weeks weigh in for me, as I am happy to have lost another lb. Any weight loss is great when I consider how much I am eating each day. The right choices make all the difference and we shall try not to think about the fact I am eating out Wednesday evening (already picked from the menu what I want) and Friday evening I am out for an Indian (thinking of the left overs I shall be eating over the weekend so long-term saving money).

What really made me laugh this week though is I normally copy and paste the top bit from the previous week and no one noticed I had put 12 stone 1.25 lbs which would actually have been over a stone lost! To be fair I never noticed that until today. The past week I had gone back to one of my favourite meals which was homemade pizza. I am also on the look out for new meals to make and add to my cheap but healthy list of recipes. I particularly am looking for meals which can be frozen as they are financially the best way to go and also mean you only need to batch cook every few week. So if you have any batch meal ideas especially for breakfast or dinner please le me know.

Finally, it is wrong that I am so looking forward to being 170 something lbs and 70 something kgs. I thought dropping below a stone line was exciting but actually dropping those also are exciting as sometime we need a bit motivation and half a lb will see me below 180 lbs, a bit more for the kgs but I can wait for a couple of weeks to get past that, trust me!

 

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Week 29

Current weight 13 stone 5…which is roughly 84.82kg or 187lbs

A 3/4lb gain, but after a birthday weekend which included eating 2 breakfasts out, two evening meals out and receiving 2 birthday cakes (one of which came with extra thick double cream courtesy of mini me!) I think I will take a 3/4lb gain.

I have just made another large bulk recipe of veggie chilli for future consumption and have made another batch of breakfast burritos, check them out if you haven’t tried them before. I have had a few new meals as well, but have just struggled to find the time to add them, hence today being a day when I am spending the morning working on the site. You may notice it looks a tad different, it will continue to change over the next week or so until I am happy I should add. I am looking also at how it looks on phones and tablets as well as on a normal computer screen. If I am searching for a recipe I tend to use my phone but spend more time on here on a computer itself and sometimes forget to check how it looks on other devices.

I do have to say I have become very organised at the moment planning not only my evening meals in advance but also my breakfast and lunch and snacks. I also have to say as we only have 9 days left in the month, for the first time in forever I may actually come in under £200 how cool is that! I have all of the receipts for February and am keeping them to report on at the end of the month. I also think I may start a page of healthy and cheap choices to choose from the restaurant menu!

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Week 25

Current weight 13 stone 11…which is roughly 87.54kg or 193lbs

Well, although I am happy that I finally managed to lose a lb, I am still somewhat frustrated as late last week I had in fact lost 2lbs. But onwards and upwards!

I am now on day 22 of no fizzy drinks, crisps or chocolate and actually despite my lack of weight loss I actually feel great at the moment. I would love more sleep, but hey wouldn’t we all. I made another batch of the 3 breakfasts from last week at the weekend again, this time with the correct size muffin tin and have shared them around to rave reviews, I do suggest you try these if only for a healthy, cheap, low-calorie snack. They are here, here and here. The 3 ingredient oatmeal chocolate chip breakfast cookie is probably the quickest and easiest to make!

Have been working my way through my freezer food left overs from batch cooking this month, which means I am on target for a very low shopping spend.

Finally, I have a challenge this Friday in that I am at a graduation, that may seem a strange challenge to worry about but, actually there are snacks available after the event and…well they are really nice snacks sweet and savoury and I normally eat rather a large amount of them, and I know I can’t do that this Friday and so if people could send strong vibes to help me through that hour I would really appreciate it

 

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Week 24

Current weight 13 stone 12…which is roughly 87.99kg or 194lbs

Well have had a really interesting week where in the last 7 days I only spent money food shopping and have spent no money at works at all! Not sure why it is that I am still holding at the same weight though…

In addition I tried 3 more breakfast recipes made in advance and frozen, they can be found here, here and here. Now you have to click to see what they are. Very healthy and using a number of items from the store cupboard, yes that really does exist.

I am also now on 15 days without fizzy drinks, yes that does say 15 days and I am surprised how much I am not yet missing them. I have replaced them at home with lime cordial, just need to watch that and find the cheapest and lowest calorie as the one I am drink really isn’t lowest in either of those categories!

I also ate out last Friday, I planned ahead of the meal what I was going to choose and chose a low calorie dish, unfortunately because it worked out cheaper I had a starter with it, hummus and pitta bread. Be wary here though, I was going for the cheapest option, but at the end of the meal I had clearly eaten too much food and that was because after my starter was about the size of my normal evening meal. Be aware of looking at low calorie meals as part of a deal when you end up eating more than you normally would, massive fail there by me. 

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Week 23

Current weight 13 stone 12…which is roughly 87.99kg or 194lbs

Well am in a state of shock my weight stayed the same, especially as I was out for dinner last night and know what I ate. But, well this isn’t about dieting it is about eating the right food at a low cost. Sometimes we go out to eat and choose accordingly. I must add though I did only eat a breakfast burrito yesterday as well as I went swimming and had no time to eat when I came back as it was too near to going out. I don’t recommend skipping meals it just happened that way yesterday!

Other news…actually as of today I have gone 8 days without any fizzy drinks! Yes, cheapest solutions may actually be to just stop drinking them! Who are we kidding, I am doing this for a month to see if I can, I found over Christmas my will power was working well and decided this was the time to see if I could stop for a spell, and I can.

I came across another article recently, as I know some of you enjoyed the last one. This one is about 8 Food Which are Surprisingly Good for Weight Loss and the reason why I added this, is you may be surprised at what is in that list and perhaps stop feeling guilty and not avoid these, although, moderation is probably key as well!

Finally, there is a new recipe added under breakfast in case you haven’t seen it yet, the Breakfast Burrito, and I know I say this about a lot of the recipes I find, this really is one of the best I have come across, oh and cheap to make too!

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Week 22

Current weight 13 stone 12…which is roughly 87.99kg or 194lbs

Wow, from Christmas Day until News Years Day I actually lost 2lbs! My secret? Actually on this occasion pure will power!

So, can you believe I have been doing this for 22 weeks??? I can’t believe it has been that long, but I intend now to start this year as I intend to go on, time to crack this diet thing, and no excuses now as work is quieter (if there is such a thing) my lodger has gone (although I do miss them!) and finally after 18 days my sore throat has finally gone.

So, last week I added another lunch to the recipes, this time I dabbled with a vegan dish (although when you read it you will realise I did actually include meat in the first version). You can go directly to it by clicking on Mushroom Pasta if you like mushrooms you will not be disappointed and this one was not only a £1 to make it took 10 minutes!

I have also trialled, but took no pictures a breakfast burrito recipe I came across, low in calories, apparently freezes well (will let you know how that goes when I defrost the first one) and reasonably cheap to make! Perfect for those mornings when you want something filling but have not got the time to make it. Watch this space.

Finally, mini me has asked for some help with menu planning and budgeting and so I created this shopping list – menu planner from one I had used myself before that works providing you use it! Mine was laminated and so this can be printed and laminated or just create your own version to use with this to get you going. It can be downloaded Shopping-List.

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Latest breakfast

So, I decided to give the overnight oats another try this morning and thought perhaps if I add in blueberries as well as bananas maybe that is what is making the difference. It tasted quite nice and so now the clock is ticking before I feel the need to eat again.

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Breakfast choices so far:

Slice of granary bread and soft (or hard) boiled egg.

Porridge (this can be pre-made in a pot or just made normal).

Yogurt with blueberries and banana.

Overnight oats with banana.

I would love to add your choices to my list so please comment so I can see what you have tried and what works for you (and what didn’t!)

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Overnight oats or not…

So, moving from milk to yogurt was clearly the way to go, adding a little peanut butter and honey with a banana also helped and so I could say this was quite a tasty breakfast.

I didn’t use the half a cup measurement, I instead added 40g of oats (as recommended on the packet of oats for a portion) then added the same amount of yogurt into my jar eyeballing it to be honest.

We have the last night, this morning, with the banana and stuff and whilst eating it photos to see below…

It did keep me full but the question is I am not sure if  would make lunch. Today I am back at work you see, and there are not many people here and boredom is a trigger for me to eat.

The jar in case you wondered was £3.50 from Wilkos and no you don’t need to use this, any tub with a lid would do but this one looked nice. In case you wondered my yogurt pot with bananas and blueberries came from Wilkos also a steal for £1 although the web says £3…

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So in preparation I did bring a slightly better try of the ‘oaty bar’ as we can see and had that at about 10:45 (breakfast at my desk was about 8am). To be honest my lunch (we haven’t discussed that yet!) was eaten at 12:15 along with popcorn as an afternoon snack 3 hours early…so based on that and despite it being yummy am not sure this breakfast works for me, would be interested to hear what others find though. Feel free to comment below.

 

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