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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watching the documentary on sandwiches and how wraps were higher calories I went onto flatbread…which is now mouldy and out of date…am going back to wraps, they have been my staple for months, more calories or not!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 16

Due to illness, there is no weigh in this week but check out my chicken and sausage gumbo recipe found under Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

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