Sunday, 7 February 2016

Slim Down Sunday: Week 39

Let's call this what it was, a week off plan again.  I struggled last week and once again I've not been on it again this week.  I've had all good intentions but I feel like the pressure I put on myself has worked against me and I tend to crack and go back into my old ways.   Every now and again I worry about losing my control over food again and ending up back at nearly 20 stone.  Now of course, worrying wont help matters and like I've said quite a few times, it's realising that I am actually in control of this is the thing that will make the difference. 
 

This week has been somewhere between managing to just about stay within my calories and then most days I would then lose my control and binge eat.  I just think it's because I've gotten close to my next goal, hitting the 13 stone mark so I've started adding in a double dose of self sabotage to make things difficult for myself.

 


One meal I have been enjoying is actually a lamb dish which I don't typically like.  My friend Alex introduced me to Asda's Shepherd's Pie Rosti which is delicious and only 233 calories.  I did buy the fish pie from the same range at Asda but it was water and fairly disgusting to the point where as I just actually put it in the bin.
 

When I'm in the right mind set I don't even give unhealthy food a sideways glance but I can see that my mind isn't on it because this week I have found myself literally forgetting I'm meant to be losing weight which is absolutely terrible. 

 
I don't want to make excuses for anything but any sort of emotion and I tend to crack and throw healthy eating out of the window and I truly need to pack it in.  I just need to focus on my goals and realise that this is within my grasp and capabilities.
 
As I've said from the start, this is my weight loss journey, I run the show so I decided to not weigh myself this week because there is literally no point, I know I've put on weight.  The truth is I couldn't have weighed in this morning anyway but I figured that I could get my focus back as of tomorrow morning and look to work off this temporary gain to reduce whatever it is by next Sunday.  Now these posts have always been 100% honest so I will tell you that I was going to consider taking Orlistat which was prescribed to me which I was at my heaviest and I still have quite a few tablets left.  They would be good as if you know their side effects, you get a terrible 'slap on the wrist' if you misbehave with them but as the day has wore on I have decided that I am strong enough to start fresh in the morning without them.  I am incredibly busy this week so I believe this will help me have a successful week.  I'm not going to say 'fingers crossed' or anything for this upcoming week but I shall be entering it with positivity, I have a bikini body to achieve (I'm joking really, those days are over but it would be nice!) 
  • Every day we have a choice, it's a fresh start and the most important part from any healthy eating plan is to just try and make as many days, good ones.
  • Losing a pound a week is still over three and a half stone in a year.
  • If you're feeling particularly down about your weight, remember that if you stick to a balanced diet then by this time next week you could have dropped quite a few pounds, just the kick start you need to get going!  Even just by cutting down on treats you could make a difference, how good would that feel?!
Why not come and be my friend on the My Fitness Pal app - search for 'liverpoollashes'
If you have a FitBit then why not be my friend on that and send me a challenge? click here.
 
If you want to read my previous Slim Down Sunday posts - click here.
If you want to read my explanation of Slimming World - click here.
If you want to read my explanation of calorie counting and basic weight loss methods - click here. 



Friday, 5 February 2016

NOTD: Valentine's Nails

Once again my nails were chosen based on my mood.  I wanted something a little bit... well how do I say it without you spitting your drink out? a little bit sexy and valentines ish.  The truth is I adore red so any excuse to incorporate it, I will.  I love CND Shellac in Wild Fire but I decided to go for a newer favourite red which is Tartan Punk and worked everything around a black and red theme.


 
To create these nails I used:
  • CND Shellac in Tartan Punk and Black Pool.
  • Red holographic lined foil
  • Lecente Firework Glitter in Spark
  • MoYou London Bridal Plate 07
liverpoollashes shellac valentines day nails

I love the combination I chose, you know when you just look as your nails and think 'ahhh that was exactly what I was going for' ?  If you want to see more NOTD posts - click here.  Don't forget to follow my Facebook Page for future posts and search for me on Instagram and Twitter - @liverpoollashes

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Slim Down Sunday: Week 38

I've said it time and time again, food is definitely more a psychological thing than people give credit for.  All week I have known that I was going to the amazing Smuggler's Cove restaurant on Thursday (It's a pirate themed restaurant in Liverpool) so for some reason, I just almost wrote off the fact I could lose weight this week because of it.  Yes it was almost certainly an excuse, of course one meal wouldn't have made a different if I had have been good all week but I wasn't. 
 
 
I go through weeks like this and I never know what to do for the best.  Call it hormones or just a greedy week but no matter what I did or how many times I would tell myself I would wake up and have a better day, it didn't happen.  I feel like when you're losing weight, you have to have weeks like this and they don't concern me.  I tell myself that it doesn't mean I've lost the weight loss battle if I don't lose, it just means it's on pause for that week.

 
I constantly overate this week and I have to be honest and tell you that or my weight loss posts wouldn't be true.  The odd thing is, the moment I do that I literally feel like I'm back at my heaviest weight again and I swear my face even looks fatter.  I know that sounds crazy but if you've lost a large amount of weight I think that many experience this.
 


One positive that came from this week was that I found myself in Matalan taking back a pair of pants that I had bought a few weeks ago.  They still had the tag on them but I needed to swap the size 16 to a size 14.  Now I'm not a 14 in everything, these in particular are super stretchy but it felt amazing to need to swap them!
 

 
Apart from all of the rubbish I've eaten this week, my food staple was potatoes which I typically had as a jacket potato.  When I have these weeks I try to go for really filling foods to try an curb the amount of bad stuff I eat.

 
I think by the time it actually got to Thursday I decided to cancel my weigh in.  I had once again had the scales hidden but I decided to keep them hidden until next week so that I've burned off whatever temporary gain I've had.  Some people would need to know exactly what the scales say but I'm fine with writing this off as another week that I enjoyed being over five stone down and right back on it to be in the 13 stone mark next week. 
  • Every day we have a choice, it's a fresh start and the most important part from any healthy eating plan is to just try and make as many days, good ones.
  • Losing a pound a week is still over three and a half stone in a year.
  • If you're feeling particularly down about your weight, remember that if you stick to a balanced diet then by this time next week you could have dropped quite a few pounds, just the kick start you need to get going!  Even just by cutting down on treats you could make a difference, how good would that feel?!
Why not come and be my friend on the My Fitness Pal app - search for 'liverpoollashes'
If you have a FitBit then why not be my friend on that and send me a challenge? click here.
 
If you want to read my previous Slim Down Sunday posts - click here.
If you want to read my explanation of Slimming World - click here.
If you want to read my explanation of calorie counting and basic weight loss methods - click here.