The Scales Can Sometimes Lie, Mirrors Don’t.

Today, whilst at work I weighed myself. I haven’t weighed myself in months. Possibly even since before Christmas.

What I know is that the last time I weighed myself, I was heavier than I had been in a while. Just under 16st. Looking down at the scales today I was given a huge shock – a crash landing back to Earth. 115kg … 18stone!! What the actual fuck?! I don’t think I’ve been that heavy in my life. I knew I’d put some on but didn’t think it was that much.

This was quite possibly the kick in the teeth that I need. As you know, I’ve started going walking where I can again and eating better. But I could do more. This is where that happens.

A few years ago I posted my start pics. Today I shall post them again, I’m pretty much back to that point or even beyond it to be honest. I hope to then post an updated pic of my progress every month from then on. It may spur me on when things start getting tough and I feel like caving in and eating my weight in crap. The prospect of the hard work to come is daunting and, honestly, upsetting. It took months and months and months of blood sweat and tears last time. Torture to start with until I finally started to enjoy it. However, it’s my own fault and I just have to suck it up and focus on my health. After all, if we didn’t know already, these strange times have certainly reminded us that health is everything.

So, without further or do, here are my current pics. 18stone! My goodness. No wonder my back and knees hurt. Let’s see how things go from here.

Keep safe all,

S

Just a Quick One

Yesterday was a milestone for this year. Yesterday I walked the furthest that I have done all year. Well, since September even. Yesterday I walked 4miles.l!

It wasn’t in a picturesque setting and my goodness it was so boring but I did it regardless. 4 miles from my doorstep around the town and back home.

I’m mega achey today and tired but feel better for it. I’m trying to get rid of my post Covid frustration of not being able to do what I used to and just getting on with it. By beck, there’s a bloody long way to go but it’s a start.

4 miles! Let’s try and do more by the end of the month.

Stay safe,

S x

PHD Protein

At the start of the year I decided to try out meal replacement protein shakes…. 10 years late to the party.

I had a good look around at the various options and PHD Protein stood out as a decent whey protein meal replacement option with good flavours to choose from.

I ordered 3 bags: vanilla, strawberry and salted caramel. All came promptly with scoops and a shake bottle and filter. I got 40% off of the order along with free postage (bargain!).

For the entire month I substituted my breakfasts and dinners for these shakes. It was hard to curb my cravings and hunger at first but I soon got over them. The shakes themselves were fine – decent tasting and surprisingly filling.

You have to make sure to read the labels for these protein shakes. Originally I thought substituting one meal was fine when in fact it states that you have to substitute two.

Sure enough, the end of January comes and I have lost over half a stone in a month. Not bad after all. It also meant that I hit my target of losing 7ibs in the month.

Feb comes and I have two days of normal dinners… weigh myself and I’ve put on around 7ibs again. This only says to me that using the whey meal replacements is not sustainable. I don’t want to drink shakes for the rest of my life? The moment you have dinners .. bam! Weight goes back on.

Obviously this is only my experience after a month. I’m sure using whey in general for extra protein rather than meal replacement is much different.

I’ll be carrying on until the end of the bags but won’t be buying any more meal replacement shakes. Don’t get me wrong – if you want whey – I highly recommend PHD, great tasting shakes and brilliant customer service. They also have some good deals on.

Have any of you been on these meal replacement shakes before? If so, what was your experience?

Keep safe.

S x

Gousto Review

During the Black Friday period, my social media pages kept popping adverts for Gousto up at me. Even AI knows I’m fat! “50% off your first box and 30% off your next 3” I thought that sounded quite decent and so clicked.

Looking through the menu I could have selected at least 10 meals that I fancied so I decided to give Gousto a go.

Now my girlfriend is very fussy when it comes to food so I decided to select the 4 meals for 2 people per week plan but have my half for dinners and save the rest for lunches.

I signed up and downloaded the app, selected my 4 meals, opted what day I’d like my delivery (which is free) and that was that. All very simple.

The delivery day came, in the morning I received a text to tell me an hour time frame to expect my delivery. Always helpful when planning my day. On schedule, the driver came and delivered my Gousto box. Inside there’s a separate cold box with the meat inside and ice, packets of sauces and other small bits numbered to correspond with the chosen recipes, loose veg/fruit etc and your recipe cards. It felt like Christmas.

All the meals come with recipe cards with easy broken down stages that make the meals simple to make even for a novice like me. You can also order a free recipe folder to keep all of your recipes in.

The Gousto App is extremely simple to use. Every week they release the weeks worth of recipes to choose from for the following week. There is always lots to choose from and have so many options for vegetarians/vegans/gluten free/ lactose free etc.

Here are some of the meals I’ve made so far (please excuse the sketty baking trays – we are in the process of moving so waiting to buy more when move house).

If you want to try Gousto let me know. Use my code SOPHI42091647. Use it to get 50% off of your first box and 30% the rest of your months boxes! You can cancel at any time! Visit the link here to start up: https://www.gousto.co.uk/.

And as if all of that isn’t enough to get you to try Gousto … most if not all the packaging is recyclable and my cats LOVE the boxes!

I am definitely loving Gousto thus far – 4 weeks in. I’m not over spending buying lots of excess food and wasting it. Im not snacking as much as I used to be and I’m also not stressing about what meals I should have and make. Give it a go and see if you like it as much as we do!

S x

Weekly Weigh In: Wk 2

Happy Sunday folks. After a week of Gousto lunches and protein shake dinners (bar one day) I’m down 3ibs according to the scales.

Bit more optimistic about the shakes and much closer to my half a stone goal by end of Jan. I know there’s more to be done and trying very hard not to keep feeling depressed about having to lose 3st just to get back to my weight when I was ‘fat’. Don’t get Covid twice folks! Esp of you have PCOS.

Hope you all have a good week. Stay safe,

S x

Covid Update

I thought I’d do an update on my current Coronavirus experience.

I’m currently going through Long Covid. Still off of work (since 2nd Oct). Still fatigued. Have random bouts of palpitations. Dry cough. Major headaches in exactly the same place (left side of head) every single day. Sometimes that writes the day off. Earache and tinnitus. Sore lymph nodes. It’s better than it was at least!

In terms of my period , I was on it from 3rd Nov to the 31st of December. I was prescribed Norethisterone (progesterone pill) which stopped my period (but made me put on a stone in a week along with being an absolute monster). Now my ten days are up and I’m no longer taking them – I’m back on my period, let’s see if it eventually stops!

I’m aiming to go back to work on phase return next week if my GP signs me off. I probably shouldn’t but staying inside all day alone bored/doing house chores is making me seriously depressed.

Anyone else having lingering affects?

S x