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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 31

Current weight 13 stone 2.5…which is roughly 83.69kg or 184.5lbs

So a lovely surprise this morning to wake up to a 2lbs loss! I am quite happy with the slow way I have been losing weight over the past 7 months, yes it took 6 months to lose a stone but I do believe that is the healthy way, and I already feel great for it, and if I lose another stone over the next 6 months I will be even happier.

Things to consider, as I mentioned the first 3 months of the year I am very motivated, which is good at the moment, but life can throw spanners at you, I had a sort of promotion last week and a few ‘issues’ shall we call them in my personal life which landed on my door (metaphorically speaking) on Sunday. For me it is how I deal with this whilst continuing to stay on top of what I eat and my healthy choice. The next month or so is going to be interesting shall we say!

So, money spent in February I did actually get it down to £140.40 (according to YNAB). Which for the first time was under budget! I have continued I should add to avoid fizzy drinks, crisps and chocolate, well buying chocolate that is! I am taking a snack, popcorn and a banana every day with me as well as lunch and have continued to just be very motivated. 

So, money spent on actual food for breakfast, lunch dinner and snacks:£98.38

Waitrose £36.21 Tesco £51.26  Canterbury Wholefood £3.96 Thais R Us £6.95 

I have switched to shopping more in Tesco, but some things I am still buying in Waitrose, and no news agents spending at all. Some of what I bought was spices to be used over a long period of time and came from Waitrose as they cost no more than Tesco to get them. Despite this, there is a reduction in this section since November when it was £116.20, I spent £17.82 less for food shopping!!!

However, as it was my birthday this month, money spent on meals out, some of which was budgeted for elsewhere: £112.64

Ossie’s Fish bar £24.20 (I buy mini me and partner dinner with me every Thursday, so actually less than a 1/3 of that is mine so £8 at most)

Beano Cafe £19.60 (I take mini me to breakfast on a Sunday)

Bill’s £31.19 (I treated mini me to breakfast here as I saw I had money left in my budget and they were quite low and it was a way to get them out.)

Ask Italian £11.50 (student meal, I had forgotten they were here and it was the eve of my birthday.)

Korean £15 (My niece took me out for my birthday but I couldn’t let her pay the whole amount.)

Poundland £2 (chocolate for a homeless guy.)

Old Gate Inn £5.25 (hot drinks for mini me and I.)

University £3.90 (forget breakfast and forgot 2nd lunch on a Wednesday when I cycle and need more carbs.)

So total spend:£211.02 (£195 wish if you take off the chips). However, if you take off the meals out which were budgeted elsewhere along with the Old Gate Inn I actually spent £98.38 on food! So I am very happy with this. As I may have mentioned before February was my birthday month and so I had some meals out some of which I paid part for and some of which I did not pay for at all.

So, what is my secret you ask, how did I get down from £288.74 to £211.02 (and let’s be honest it would have been less had I not eaten out so much!) My secret, not a secret at all but batch cooking and meal planning. That is it.

Oh and ensuring I take breakfast (I am a get up and go rather than an eat at home and go kinda person, this doesn’t make me lose more weight!) and lunch into work every day, know what I am having for dinner that morning (so I remember to take it out the freezer if needed) and only buying stuff when I need it! I am also building up a range of meals so I do not get bored, but still have garlic bread once or twice a week when running short on time.

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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 18

Current weight 13 stone 10.25…which is roughly 87.2kg or 192.25lbs

A gain of 1lb but I am happy with that, I am surprised I have not gained all the weight I lost, and am slightly fearful now of this month, as December is a month that people can end up some times overeating or use it as an excuse. Maybe next week I can look at that in more detail. This week the focus is back on money again!

Now just like August, for November I managed to keep every single receipt that I spent on food. I allocated myself £250 to spend as I felt £200 was just not an option having tried for the previous 2 months to no avail. In addition I am also feeding mini me twice a week and so the extra takes that into account.

So, for November, I did actually get it down to £288.74 (according to YNAB) which is again over my budget so what did I actually spent that much money on? Unlike August when I was home on leave for two weeks, in November I was actually ill for over a week, and have a house guest who cooks some of my meals which leads me to contemplate, where did I spend this money!

Money spent on actual food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks: £116.20

£48.63 – Waitrose, £35.03 – Tesco, £20.28 Oaten Hill, £5.24 – Thai shop, £7.02 – Aldi 

As we can see am spending less now in Waitrose, but Oaten Hill is a newsagent, where I have spent a lot of that £20.28 on drink…

Money spent on meals out some of which was budgeted for: £126.68

£50 – Ghurka Dine (my friend and I alternate dinner once a month, this is budgeted separately to my food)

£30.60 – Beano Cafe (I take mini me for breakfast on a Sunday morning),

£6.68 – McDonald’s, (I am impressed as fast food is not healthy!)

£54.55 – Chips from Chippie (the chips are for me, mini me and mini me’s partner).

Money spent on Fizzy Drinks and other not needed items: £80.71 (yes that is over £20 less than last time!!!)

£14.54 – Oaten Hill newsagent, £2.80 – Boots, £33.25 – University at work (sadly that was mostly fizzy drinks). £15 – Cash Point (spent on food and drinks only). £15.12 – Various supermarkets for alcohol.

Now this does add up to £323.59 but that is automatically £50 less as that was budgeted separately. So for once I have managed to accurately keep track and am down to £288.74. Not quite the £200 I would like (although £54.55 was chip for 3 over the month and realistically about £15 of that was spent on me. If that so, that actually makes it £250 ish) but with December now upon us…well the budget will be carefully watched shall we say, but with extras I can’t see it staying that low. I will next visit this in February, a shorter month and the opportunity to really take stock of food purchased.

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