Breakfast Time without Mistletoe and Wine.

A day off means I got to do breakfast properly!

2 pancakes with strawberries and a banana. Combo of natural and not so natural sugars helping me keep full until lunch time with my sweet tooth kept well and truly sweet (a way to help me get amd keep my cravings under control).

My new fave 1st meal of the day and one that I am going to try and make time for before work….or I could take it to work…

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Breakfast Club

Breakfast – the most important meal of the day. It’s the one I most struggle with. I’m one of those people who would prefer an extra 15 minutes in bed than get up and make a good breakfast and sit and eat it. So previously I’ve just grabbed something out of the cupboard and eaten it at work.

Now, however, I have found something thats quick to make (either at home or at work) and doesn’t require me to sit down and eat it like a Full English.

Here’s how to make it…

Tablespoon of Hemp seeds.Add half a cup of chocolate soya milk. Top it up with hazelnut milk and give it a stir. Cover with a layer of flax seeds. ‘Decorate’ with strawberries.

Voila! A seedy, chocolatey, nutty and fruity breakfast. It is much more filling than you may believe. Try it and see what you think!

Does Apple Cider Vinegar Work?

A colleague told me today to take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with water a day in the morning. She told me to eat as you would and dont do any more exercise than you would and you notice the difference in 2 odd months.

Well lady..you’re on. Lets see if this isn’t just any old wives story and find out if it does help along the way.

Anyone else tried this before? Notice any difference? Let me know!

On A More Serious Note…

In most of my posts, I make a joke about my weight and constant struggles lowering it. This post, however, is just something a bit more serious that I would like to share with you all.

Of course, I would like to lose weight to enable me to feel good about myself. Be able to look in a mirror without utter disgust. Be able to look good in clothes that are a bit skimpier than a bin bag. The main reason I would like to lose weight, however, is to improve my health. Here are some of the observations that I have made recently with my rising BMI:

Mind:

Hardly exercising, drinking and eating constant crap is really having a detrimental effect on my mind. The main thing it is playing on is my anxiety. I have not been going with my family to see other family members because of my anxiety. Worrying about what they will think/say about my increasing weight – how disappointed they will be in me. Not only family members, but cancelling on friends too for the same reasons.

I have also noticed myself growing more and more depressed. I, honestly, have no nice things to say about myself. I can not look at myself in the mirror at all. A constant feeling of tiredness accompanies my little to no drive.

Hair:

My hair is ridiculously thin, constantly breaking and falling out quicker than North&South Korea.

Periods:

As some of you who have followed this blog from the beginning will know, I have Poly-cystic Ovaries. Before I lost weight a few years ago, I hadn’t had a period in over a year. When I lost the weight, my periods came back to being monthly and light. However, since gaining back the pounds I have noticed my monthly periods becoming less regular and even skipping months. This is not something that I would like to start happening again as it effects so much more than just my menstrual cycle.

Skin:

My skin is growing whiter by the day, massive circles around my eyes and I look generally unwell all of the time. I believe this is due to not having the right amount of vitamins through not eating properly and not exercising regularly.

General Health:

I’m not going to lie, in the past two months I have been seriously worried that I was going to have a heart attack – on more than one occasion! I have been feeling tight chest pains, unusual heart rhythms/flutters and experiencing very high blood pressure, something that I NEVER get. I have caught a bad bad cold more times in the past six months than ever before and I find it hard to breathe if I lay on my back due to my neck fat and humongous boobs crushing down on my trachea.

So there you have it folks, these are the main reasons why I am incredibly focused in losing the weight that I have accumulated and put back on over the past year or two and even more if I can. It’s not about how you look it’s all about health. I don’t want to get diabetes or risk dying young all for the sake of a few precious moments with some chicken nuggets, pizzas and chocolate etc.  I want to live life and live life full. As Renton said in Trainspotting “I choose Life”.

S.

Day 1 Of A Not-So-New Me

Happy 2017 everyone!

 Today is the day I start getting back on track with trying to get to my optimum weight. As I said in my previous post, I have not set any resolutions as I will break them within the first month. I am only going to be setting challenging but do-able monthly goals.

January Goal: This month my goal is to lose 5-7ibs and not run over 3 miles. Since running the half marathon in October, my knees haven’t been the same and I strongly believe this was due to me being too heavy to run that distance. Therefore, I want to ease my knees back into it alongside my weight loss. This is going to be a particularly hard goal to achieve this month, not only as it’s the first one but also because I have a tonne of exams, essays and presentations to do and stress makes me eat – a lot! Emotional eating is a huge problem for me so if I achieve my goal this month, I’m sure I can start to curb my emotional eating. 

So let’s start off with some hard truths, mainly being my current weight. Knowing that I have been needing to get back on the healthy eating and fitness hype, I did the ultimate thing you shouldn’t do and gorged myself silly for the past month. I had avoided the scales for the whole of December so when I went to weigh myself (just now) I was a tad angry at myself (by tad I mean incredibly)…..15 stone 8!!!! And that’s not even my real weight, everyone knows that in the morning you weigh like 3ibs less. So basically I am 15st 11! Almost back to where I was originally 3 years ago. 

Now if that isn’t motivation to kick my arse into gear, I don’t know what is! 

Plan of action for today: 20 boxing and a 1.5 mile run. Choose food wisely. Snack, if needed, on anything other than cake, chocolate, crisps, biscuits or pastry items. 

Best of luck on your endeavours if you have set out on any. I will keep you posted on mine. S

No Sugar Chocolate Banana PB Cake (Did I mention it’s Vegan too?)

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Hello all.

So I experimented last week and came up with this creation. Safe to say my spot on the bake off is well and truly out of the window but, despite appearances, this was delicious!

Ingredients:

150g self raising flour.
50g sweetener.
30g coco powder.
100ml vegetable oil.
Generous amount Crunchy Whole Earth Peanut Butter.
1 banana.

Method:

Mix flour, oil, sweetener, coco powder and peanut butter together until creamy.

Put in a preheated oven (180°C) for 20 minutes.

Take out the oven and leave to cool. Once cooled, apply a layer of peanut butter and add sliced banana on top.

Voila and enjoy!

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