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Life Changes Often Involve Lots Of Changing Your Mind…

One thing when planning life changes, is to be forgiving of yourself. Instead of thinking I failed at that, how embarrassing, I went on & on about it only to fail…No! life changes, life evolves, ideas evolve, learning what works, taking what works, then discarding the rest…

I have had a few major tweaks & kept quite a lot of my original plan. I am still eating healthy meals cooked from scratch, I feel so much better for it. I am more pain free. I feel more energetic, though I’m hoping to feel more energetic once I lose more weight. I feel more motivated. Of course I have my moments, but I do feel empowered to keep going, keep evolving, forgive myself more often…

I have stopped picking through out the day, which is a huge calorie reduction & I no longer pick all evening, into the night when I can’t sleep. So why aren’t the lb’s dropping off me…Hmmm? You would think I would be losing weight, by cutting drastically down on sweet junk food…

So I decided that something more needs to be done. Or undone…I can go all day just drinking water, black coffee, calypso sugar free spring water & have a small lunch, but the food I ate for lunch was more habit then needing to eat…Now I am drinking 3x meal replacement shakes, breakfast, lunch, supper…& having my usual dinner. No sweet treats. I like milk shake, I like sweet foods. The shakes satisfy both my need to drink rather then eat & it satisfies my sweet tooth…

By drinking 3 low carb/high protein shakes. I am also getting all my nutrients. Which I would not get by just drinking water, black coffee & sugar free spring water. They are quite tasty, filling & only 200-calories each. Which means I eat a maximum of 2000 calories if I have takeaway. On average I eat under 1700-calories…

Another tweak to my plan. I am giving up on my garden & creating an indoor garden instead. I love the bohemian style, I love plants. I hate all the weeds, the non stop watering, the burning sun, the noisy neighbours. If I create my dream bohemian style indoor jungle, I will be in my element…

At the moment I am deciding what plants can come indoors & survive. My eucalyptus. Bamboo. Dwarf bamboo. Can I bring my euonymus{s} in? & my hebe{s}? I need to get researching. I want to spread my fish out as well. At the moment they are in one 90L container. I want to divide them into smaller containers & grow aquarium plants. I also want a separate container to keep some fancy fan tail fish…

My sub life is on hold for a while. Until I can get my head around it. I am still reading lots of journal/writing in Fetlife…

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Day Twenty One – End Of Week Three – Self Hypnosis – Four Golden Rules ‘I can make you thin’…

“Yaaay!” A successful diet day twenty. It is the dreaded week three weigh day tomorrow. As usual I am dreading it. Though I have been eating a lot less, a lot healthier & doing more exercise. I will weigh & measure myself tomorrow, with out putting any high expectations on myself…

Stay the same ‘happy I never gained’…Lose 0.25 lb ‘happy I am going in the right direction’. Any loss will be fantastically, fabulously, amazing. There will be NO! disappointment, noooo! feeling disheartened. NO! I know I am doing the right thing for my health & fitness. I trust my body to eventually balance itself & catch up. I am basically maintaining my ideal weight/size in advance…

Mum, 37, sheds five stone thanks to hypnosis app: ‘I never dreamed it would be so easy’

Really? I need to read this article…

Personally I think it come down to the power of her own mind. She really wanted to drop the weight & she believed the hypnosis was helping her. It probably took away the self doubt, which can lead to self sabotage…

“I would recommend Easy Loss to anyone – but I think you need to really want to do it. If you have that goal and really want it to work, then it will…”

I do listen to self hypnosis. I also follow the Paul McKenna ‘I can make you thin’ 4 golden rules. I eat when I am hungry, but use intermittent fasting as a safety net. By the time 13pm is here, I am truly hungry, but not famished…I am finding that I no longer feel the need to eat after 20pm. Eventually I will change my intermittent fasting times to 18:6…At the moment I am 14:10, but I don’t always want to eat after 20pm…

I feel in control of my eating. I am taking full responsibility for what goes in my mouth. I do not need to stuff my face all day long, into the early hours. Last night {Well this morning} I went to bed at 4am, feeling ‘Ugh!’…I had a really dry throat, even though I drank a glass of water, my stomach hurt & I felt nauseous…but I think it was more being over tired then actual hunger. Just emotional ‘Change the way I feel’ hunger. I did not give into it, I went to bed & eventually fell asleep {Groans!} I need to sort my sleeping out, but I have had this since I was born, all through my childhood, basically forever…

The second golden ‘I can make you thin’ rule, is to eat what you want to eat, not what you think you should eat. In other words listen to your body, when you listen to your body & trust it will make healthy choices. It is quite liberating. Yesterday I went to buy my daily sugar treat, but I didn’t fancy it, I fancied soup with bread. Thai carrot soup. It was scrumptious…& healthier. The second golden rule was a sticking point for me in the past. After all ‘Of course I want sweets, cake, chocolate, biscuits, takeaway, etc…’ Not anymore…

I want to be healthy, slim, fit, feel more attractive; a lot more then I want to eat sugar junk all day & have take away instead of a healthy home cooked meal from scratch..I realised how crappy the takeaway food was anyway. You cant beat home made chips, using fry light. I don’t see how people can think the fried cardboard & salty, greasy tasteless food, which cost LOTS! of money can be better. Mind you gourmet burgers…Yum! That reminds me. Minted lamb burgers. I can make my own…

Maaaybe it was the self hypnosis which changed my mind ‘For the better’ about food. Its like someone flipped a switch inside me & I saw the light, in the light was lots of healthy, tasty, satisfying food. Constantly eating sugar, so my blood sugar level spiked high, then dropped low, was keeping me fat. My body needed to produce insulin all the time, to deal with the sugar. Of course it stored the sugar as fat…

The third rule, eating slowly & consciously. I know of course you’ll conscious…but are you? When you are mindlessly speed eating, whilst watching tele. I have slowed my eating right down. I do chew my food right down before swallowing…but…The tele is on in the evening. I still concentrate on my food though. Especially when I can savour every mouthful & not just taste greasy, salty nothingness, which is processed food. It opens your taste buds as well as your mind…

The fourth rule. Which is pretty much ‘Duh! Common sense’…Has not always been ‘common sense’…especially with the mindless eating…Rule # 4 ‘STOP!’ eating when you feel full. Satisfied full. Not bloated. stuffed, feel nauseous full. Just that first twinge of fullness. I can leave food on my plate. My parents aren’t there to lecture me & make me stay at the table until I have cleared the plate…I have never forced my kids to clear their plate, or to eat food they don’t like…I no longer have a bloated feeling after eating. When I look down, now I see my boobs, not my stomach protruding like I am 9 months pregnant with tripplets…

Oops! Its 14 minutes into my eating time. I thought I felt hungry. Actual hunger. Hunger to nourish my body. No mindless stuffing. I am not a dustbin. I don’t need a constant supply of sugar to get me through the day…

Lunch time…

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Day Fourteen – End Of Week Two – So Many Changes For The Good In Just Two Weeks…

“Yeesss!” The end of another successful week. Week two weigh day tomorrow. I have got the usual feeling of dread…but…I will not give up, or change anything. Because I am confident I am doing the right thing with my diet. I just need to keep going…

Persistence! That is the key to success…

The intermittent fasting is really helping me a lot. It allows me {My mind} to focus on ‘I can eat now’ & ‘I can’t eat now’ instead of obsessing about food…For 14 hours I can’t eat, so I focus on other things to do with my weight loss journey. I feel in control of what I am eating…

Last night I had a slight twinge of ‘I want to eat’…but I just thought ‘No! I am not giving up on this diet, I am determined to succeed’…I also had one of my night terror’s last night, well this morning. I woke up ‘SCREAMING!!! hysterically. My night terrors started when I was 10 years old. I am 48 years old now…They are a lot fewer & in between, but still there…

Why? Why did I have a night terror. I don’t even remember dreaming, I usually have vivid dreams which I can remember. Other times I would see a black figure looming over me, it felt like I was being attacked. I know that is a common phenomena…

Anyway…Back to my weight loss journey…

Time flies by. Its like one night we’re watching Dr Who…Zooooom!…Ohh! Its Dr Who night again. Where did that time go? Maybe time travel, lol…Seriously though. Time flies. So this time when I look back over the time between now & Christmas…Yes Christmas is coming soon…I am going to see the amazing results from May 10th ‘The start of my weight loss journey’ to December 10th…7 months, which is my guestimate of how long it will take me to drop 14 inches from my waist/tummy. 2 inches have gone already & that is in 2 weeks…

I believe in the power of our own mind…Apparently you should set your mind a time frame, give your mind instructions {Or words to that effect} I am not leaving the time limit to reach my desired 30 inch waist out there in the wind. It could end up taking me years to reach that destined goal…Sounds crazy, I know…

I am going to drop at least 0.5″ off my waist/tummy each week. Though so far I have dropped an inch off my waist/tummy ‘Woooo!’…I am going to keep on eating the way I am eating. Intermittent fasting 14:10. Cutting right down on the sugary junk food. I am eating a healthy, balanced diet of real food, not junk food…

Mind you. Its hubby’s turn to pick dinner tonight…He is still in healthy eating training. I bet he want’s cheese, onion & tomatoe omelette, with home made chips. His favourite healthy eating meal…

As I was saying about the power of our own mind. You do have to believe what you are thinking. I believe that I can drop at least 0.5″ per week. I believe that cutting out the sugar & processed junk is the key to improving my health. I am right. It is…I have less pain & I am less breathless; the inches are dropping off. I am getting fitter & healthier every day…

I am no longer willing to allow myself to hold myself back. YES! dieting does not work…but ‘Healthy eating!’ does. Literally with in day’s. I felt the benefits of cutting out picking on high sugar junk food, with in days. Its not like your body has to wait for months of effort to change…

That also goes for semi starvation diets. Your body goes into famine mode. You have to eat calories to burn fat, but healthy calories, not so called empty calories. How many nutrients did I get from the twirl I ate with my coffee? Ohh! Cocoa beans…A minute amount, plus a few teaspoons of sugar. So my blood sugar went up, gave me a short ‘Very short’ buzz, then ‘Plummeting blood sugar’ & a NEED! for another artificial fix. All the while my body has to deal with the excess sugar…My poor digestive system…

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All day long. Literally into the early hours, I was eating sugar & fat…Never again! I just don’t want to eat that way anymore. It was slowly killing me. Now I am taking care of my body. The weight loss will catch up, as I maintain my ideal weight/size…

Just by fasting for 14 hours, my digestive system is getting a rest, so the extra energy to digest the constant onslaught of sugar & fat can go to repairing, healing my body. Water fasting would be a more speedy way to do that, but more extreme…

 

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Baked potatoes in the oven by ‘cooking with out limits’

I forgot how easy & tasty baked potatoes are. A cheap, healthy, filling meal too…

Cooking Without Limits

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I love to bake unpeeled potatoes in the oven. Crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, you get a perfect baked potato served cracked open and still steaming. You can have it with butter and salt, cheese, baked beans or chili sauce. Any filling is good, vegetarian or not.

You can baked them when you come from work. Put some potatoes in the oven and then just carry on with your after work routine.

The best potatoes for baking in the oven are Russets. The skin is thicker and the interior is starchy.

Ingredients:

  • Russet potatoes (the same size)
  • Salt
  • Fresh ground pepper

Instructions:

Heat the oven at 200 degrees C. Turn on the oven while you are washing the potatoes. Sprinkle salt and pepper on each potato. Prick the potatoes in a few places with a fork. Bake the potatoes on the oven rack or place them…

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“Woooo!!!!” I reached week two. Week one I done so amazingly well. I am one happy chubby, fluffy bunny…

 

 

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My start weight was 15st4.25lbs, so in my first week I lost 2.5 lbs. Which I am very pleased about, considering my body is a stubborn bint, which clings onto fat like a limpet. I think I may have found the answer to my stubborn weight loss…

Cortisol & something I have never thought about, but realised last night…Fecking water retention. I notice how swollen my feet were in a before photo I took. So the healthy eating & drinking enough water should help. I looked at natural herbal remedies, but they are for mild water retention. I have not got extreme oedema, but it is not exactly ‘Just when I’m menstruating’ either…

So I looked up diuretic foods. I eat these foods…

Diuretic foods can include the following: beverages containing caffeine and alcohol, which have a diuretic effect, and several other diuretic foods including celery, onion, eggplant, asparagus, and watermelon are said to have a diuretic effect. In addition, the herbs hawthorn, corn silk, and parsley can be used as diuretics in natural medicine. Of these, hawthorn, (crataegus oxycanthus) is the most powerful.

 

Another reason to eat a healthy diet. A big cause of water retention is too much sodium in the diet. By cutting right down on processed food I am reducing my sodium in take a lot. I just need to wait for my body to catch up…

As for the cortisol. That will correct itself with a anti inflammatory diet…eg- Healthy eating, cut the processed food. I enjoy eating healthy home cooked meals. It takes a little more effort, but it is well worth it, just to improve my health & feel so much better…

Last night I had a few moments wrestling with myself not to break my diet, just to eat a sandwich, after my 23pm food curfew…No! I’m sorry body, I am going to heal you if you like it or not. The pleasure of giving in to eat a sandwich, would have lasted as long as it took me to eat it. Then that feeling of failure…Obviously one sandwich does not damage my whole weight loss journey. It would have just been a minor glip…

I am trying to reprogram my mind to not have that typical ‘Diet mentality’ which is soooo! debilitating & can actually cause weight loss catastrophes…There is not good foods, or bad foods, diet foods & off a diet foods. There is healthy, nutrious food, which keeps me happy, healthy, slim, energetic, motivated, there for my family, which I love with all my heart, so why would I not want to take care of my heart…& the rest of me…

One thing I have noticed. Two people I know who lost lots of weight following a diet. They done really well, reached their target weight, look great. Then they were in hospital with gall bladder issues. I have read about this with other dieters. Also one of the women is now struggling to keep the weight off…So STOP! dieting, start healthy eating that is now my diet. The slimming world extra easy plan is a good healthy eating plan…

Starting this Friday I will be shopping daily. Walking to Aidi’s, which is a 15 minute walk away. I’ll plan the recipe I want to cook the night before. There was a time I would have thought ‘Home cooking is so bland’ & tastes nothing like I expect it to taste, but now my home cooking tastes yummy!

I love meat, poultry, fish, egg’s, cheese, potatoes, rice, bread, cream, butter……On a low carb diet I can eat cream & butter, but no bread, rice or potatoes & it is a tempory fix, you lose lots of water, then you regain said water. Okay so that is very low, low carb. Eating meat, poultry, fish, eggs has got protein, our bodies need protein. They have also got lots of other nutrients…

Nuff said for now…I need more coffee…

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Overnight Oats…

I like porridge, so I know I will like these recipes for overnight oats. I got the list from the site ‘ Two chubby cubs slimming world recipes

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I will be buying oats & Muller light vanilla yogurt, ready to give overnight oats a try…

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Day Six Syn’s Update – Looking At Weight Watchers Healthy & Filling…

I went for a 12 minute walk {7-calories per minute…1 syn per 20 calories} I just started to feel breathless, achy & weak…I used to go for long hilly 2 hour walks, I want to get to that level of fitness again…

My syn’s update is…41 syn’s – 4 syn’s = 37 syn’s + 4 syn’s = 41 syn’s

I have got 41 syn’s + any earned fitness syn’s {My version of syn’s} to last today Monday, tomorrow Tuesday. Then Wednesday is a new week. That is a lot of syn’s. I won’t purposely binge on syn’s & I won’t carry the syn’s over to next week…

I am going to tweak my syn’s in week two…I am going to have my 105 syn’s 15×7 flexible syn’s. Then I am going to have a separate activity syn’s. My aim is to use the 105 flexible syn’s first, then the activity syn’s if need be. If weight watchers can have activity points, why can’t slimming world have activity syn’s…

I am going to do my 30 minutes Wii fit + in a mo…

I am also going to look into weight watchers smart points & the healthy filling version of weight watchers…

I am creating my eat lifestyle to maintain my ideal weight/size forever. So I will look at other healthy eating plans as well…

15 minutes brisk walk earns 1 fitness point…15 minutes brisk walking burns about 105 calories 5 syn’s give or take a quarter…

It makes more sense for me to follow the healthy & filling version of weight watchers, where fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, pasta {WM} rice {Brown} potatoes, light bread, eggs, herbs, spices, skimmed milk etc..is free…Other foods have a point value. You have 35 weekly points & can earn activity points…I don’t like brown rice, or wholemeal pasta, so I will stick to what I eat now…

I will do some more research to work out which is best for me…

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Day Five – Dinner Time – Syn’s Update…

I done my 30 minutes Wii fit + on an empty stomach ‘No pain!’…Hot & sweaty, yes…I done island view Wii cycling, which is 27 flags. The chicken flapping wossy, advanced, I warmed up with the calculator game, as usual. I also done jogging, over took my doggy guide, so had a new guide which took me off on a different route. I opened a new route as well…

I am just cooking dinner. Turkey mince, onion, peppers, mixed veg, Spanish chicken cooking sauce, with rice. All free except the sauce, which is 4 syn’s per quarter jar, I am having a third of the jar, so I’m counting it as 5.5 syn’s…

My syn update is…

83.5 syn’s + 7.5 = 91 syn’s… – 7 syn’s = 84 syn’s – 5.5 syn’s = 78.5 syn’s – 27 syn’s = 51.5 syn’s – 2.5 syn’s = 49 syn’s – 8 syn’s = 41 syn’s

…It is red wine evening this evening…

 

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Day Five – I leapt Over My First Obstacle…

Whew! an amazingly fantastically successful day four…There was a time when it could have been a unsuccessful day on my weight loss journey, but I got myself through it. I am so proud of myself {Gives myself a pat on the back}

 

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My last mistake was to not PUSH! myself hard enough to get over the obstacles…Which are always going to be there…After regaining all the weight I had lost on my last successful weight loss diet, I stopped trying, because I believed it was pointless even trying, after all, I gained extra weight, extra inches & changed shape, so was worse off then before…Now I am pushing myself forward, facing those fears, crashing through those obstacles…Doing something different…Making the changes which can improve my life, surely that is far better then a cupboard full of snacks…

 

 

I remembered all the reasons I started this journey, I remembered my commitment to improving my health. I read other blogs, which was quite helpful, that ‘synchronicity’ thing…

Mind you it doesn’t help that I went to bed at 7am & got up at 10.30am…Not good!…I am going to carry on fasting to 13pm & do my 30 minutes Wii fit + exercise on an empty stomach…

“Huh! Mum’s having 3 dinners tonight”…Feck off!…NOT HELPING! I get that maybe there is a touch of insecurity on his part, after all I might turn into this gorgeous cougar, out every night man hunting…FFS!

I am losing weight to improve my health, so I have a better quality of life. Dieting to lose weight does not involve starvation. I had free food & my healthy B choice, with the rest of my healthy A choice, skimmed milk allowance…Get over it. Or better still keep the comments to yourself, I don’t need the sabotaging digs, joke or no joke, it is not funny to me…Or maybe he would rather I stayed unhealthy…

That narrow minded view that fat people must be lazy, because all you have to do is eat less & move more…If only! There are pesky hormones, our body fighting us…’There is no famine!’ FFS! Then there is cortisol…OMFG! give me a break. So ‘digs!’ at my eating 3 dinners…REALLY! NOT HELPING!!!…Not forgetting the unhelpful, thoughtless comments…

Hmmm! Maybe I should sit my husband down & describe how the slimming world extra easy diet works. Free food, healthy A&B choices, syn’s & that I am intermittent fasting. So my chili, which was made of free lean beef mince, onion, peppers, tomatoes, syn counted chili cooking sauce, free homemade potatoe wedges, two small portions…& porridge, I counted as a healthy B choice, banana ‘free’, skimmed milk a healthy A choice…

Why let it bother me? Because I heard the tone, the context it was said in & it made me feel ‘Ugh!’…I am trying to improve my health, to improve my quality of life. If that makes him feel insecure that I will somehow start going out meeting other men & replace him. What does that say about our 25 year marriage…It is a little glitch in time, but still hurt…

Nuff said about that…

So day four was a virtual rainy ‘splash in the puddles’ gloomy dark cloud day,on my weight loss journey…but…I distracted myself. I actually quite like rainy day’s. I love the sound of rain, especially when I am all warm & dry inside. There are going to be plenty of rainy days on my weight loss journey. I am just going to put up my pink brolly, put on my bright flowery wellies & go for a splash in the puddles, eventually the sun will come out from behind the clouds & give me a beautiful rainbow…

I know. What the feck am I on about…

Seriously though. I am going to embrace the challenges on my weight loss journey, I will see them as an opportunity to learn new tactic’s for the future. I wanted to give in & eat, but if I done that, what would be the point of me starting this journey…I might as well just start planning my own funeral…Because if I don’t do something about my weight & health, I am at risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc…etc…etc…

On that morbid ‘reality check’ note…

I thought I would research cortisol…I will start a new blog post on what I find…

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Dinner time Day Four – 83.5 Syn’s…

I’m just cooking my dinner. Chili with home made wedges. I was just working out where I am with my syn’s…

86 syn’s starting today, day four…30 minutes Wii fit 150-calories = 7.5 syn’s…86 + 7.5 = 93.5…3 minutes jogging on my mini trampoline {My right hip was hurting to much to do more jogging, I don’t want to over do it, but I do want the health benefits on my lymphatic system} Anyway 21-calories = 1 syn…93.5 + 1 = 94.5 syn’s…

Minus the chili cooking sauce 5.5 syn’s = 89 syn’s…Minus the Mikado milk chocolate biscuits 10 syn’s = 79 syn’s…

I like this way of doing syn’s. Otherwise I felt deprived of any sweet food. Just 15 syn’s each day is enough, but not when you want to keep red wine in your life. Its like ‘I used 27 syn’s, now I’ve blown it, I might as well give up, because no I am not giving up the red wine, what’s the point of living longer if you’re deprived of all the good things in life, like wine, chocolate, cake, biscuits’…Yeah! I’m alive, I’m healthy, I’m there for my loved ones, but……’

Actually red wine has got health benefits. In moderation of course. Ideally I should have 1-2 glasses each night, but I have 4-6 glasses twice a week…One thing though. When I had full blood work done a few years ago, my blood work came back fine. No cholesterol issues, or diabetes issues, or iron deficiency issues. I put that down to the red wine & otherwise healthy diet…The sugar addiction is where I have issues…

Ohh! Hang on…I have been having 8 syn’s when eating my milk chocolate Mikado…So I can have 6 syn’s back…79 + 6 = 85 syn’s…I have take more syn’s from the chili cooking sauce, because I had a 3rd…I’m counting it as 7 syn’s…85 – 1.5 {extra syn’s} = 83.5 syn’s…I have got 3 days left before my syn count starts again…

Syn count 83.5…