The morning after the day before

Christmas is a hell of a time to be watching what you eat. I hope you have all had a fabulous time with family and friends and there was no need to open those buttons!

Soooooooo, I decided to allow myself 1 day off to enjoy the festivities without having to worry too much about what I ate. I definitely did not want to be the party pooper! 😊

A Jamaican breakfast was my contribution to the day of eating. The national dish (ackee & saltfish) was being tried for the first time by some but not all. All plates were cleaned and I had a blast eating away! Yummmmmmm (I am still licking my lips).

Ackee & Saltfish with fried dumplings and avocado

As breakfast was more of a early afternoon affair, I did not overdo it too much for dinner. I was still full!  It made it so much easier to say no to cakes and puddings.

Okay, so one of the many drawbacks of this holiday season is the need everyone feel to give chocolate. I now have waaaaaaaay too many in my house. Just look at this size of that Lindor Chocolate!  HELP ME…….. Please!!

They are now stashed in a cupboard to be ignored for a while. I still have a way to go yet to reach my final target so chocolate is totally off the table. My challenge?  I will see if they last until I have lost all the weight.

Overall, the day was a lot of fun with some fascinating and great gifts. Thought I would mention that my final prezzie from my ‘not so’ secret santa was MDWAP! I am now reading away and killing myself laughing. 😂😂

Honestly, if you have not yet listened to the podcasts please do!!

I am now off to eat my dinner and I am being a good girl. Today is boring old steak and salad!

Then it is off to bed as I am feeling a bit under the weather today. Lack of sleep over the last couple of days and coming down with a cold is not helping. 😭

Well goodly people, here’s to bringing in the 2017 healthy and happy.

Just fell short

Soooooo, I had my final weigh-in before Christmas today and have lost a total of 1 stone 11 lbs (25 lbs / 11.3 kg) so far. I am not sure if it is a ‘just fell short’ moment,  as I am 3 lbs short of my goal, but that is definitely how I am going to see it.   I am, totally, not even feeling a little bit down.  I HAVE LOST 25 LBS!!!  RESULT!!  Throw your hands up in the air like you just don’t care and celebrate with me here. I have not yet stopped grinning this afternoon! Can you imagine how much fat that is?  Well, here goes the 20 lbs……

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……aaaaand, here goes the 5 lbs!

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I am seriously proud of myself today (back pat and all).  Now I just need to make sure that I do not gain any of the weight back over Christmas.  I will be royally pissed with myself if I do go up when I stand on the scale on January 05!  Any oooooh, if I do lose some weight over the holidays, I will be doing my best Futterwacken (for those Alice in Wonderland fans) dance on my next weigh-in (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dosfiJdr0g).  On to practicing, I say!

All that’s left to do, is to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas!  Eat! Drink! Be Merry!  For those of you drinking have one for me as I am going to do my best to stay away from the Jamaican Rum Punch!

 

How do I resist temptations

A friend recently asked me how I resist the very many food temptations out there and suggested I wrote a blog about it.

Before I started my journey I found any excuse to eat something crap – I am, or should I say was, a total emotional eater .  It was so easy to eat unhealthily too with having a supermarket (flipping Marks & Spencer) at both of the stations I use on a regular basis (Charing Cross and Cannon Street).  I found myself buying things I did not even eat (imagine me eating a bag of Percy Pigs on my train journey home).  When I made the decision to lose weight once and for all (I have tried numerous times before), I can honestly say that it was damn hard at the beginning to resist going into M&S and tucking into some sugary goodness.  I have not always been successful at ignoring the sugary treats at the early stages, but now I can easily walk by and not be tempted to buy anything.  Totally just mentally high-five myself.

How did I change my habits?  I literally had to change the way I think about food.  This is still a daily struggle but I am definitely getting stronger and saying no is becoming that little bit easier.

What I started doing

  1. I now prepare breakfast and lunch, either the night before or quite early in the morning, and take these with me to work.  This prevents me from going out at lunch to buy food.  The decision of what to eat?  Already made! Before preparing my own lunches, do you know how hard it was to think about what to get for lunch daily? It was such a pain sometimes. I went to Crussh so much that the staff all knew me! How sad is that?  I do sometimes still go out (when I am way to lazy to cook) but I try to chose a healthy options when I do.  Not easy at all!! 
  2. I don’t buy any unhealthy snacks when I go grocery shopping so there is nothing in the house to grab but fruits and veggies when I feel like eating. If I have the munchies (which happens more than I would like), I have to get in the car and go to the supermarket and, to be honest, I cannot be asked to go shopping.
  3. Being at home is the definitely my hardest.  If I feel like binge eating, I go for a walk and usually by the time I get home I no longer feel the need to eat.  I also keep myself super busy over the weekends.  Busy mind….less boredom, way more less time to constantly think about food.
  4. I drink lots and lots of water. LOTS!
  5. Finally, I exercise at least 6 times per week.
  6. Oh….. and I, of course, started my blog so that I am accountable to friends!

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I find inspiration online, through friends and now with the results I am seeing, I really do not intend to go back to what was which means “forwards always backwards never!”

 

Perfect Prezzies…..

It’s the season of good cheer and the biggest challenge I am likely to face to date.  What to do when you go to family and friends who are preparing massive spreads of food, not only for Christmas but for the entire week?  I may just hide!  I am not sure if my usual tricks will work as I will be trying to resist not just my mind but also the various pressures to eat more!

I think I might walk around with the best Christmas card received EVER and place it next to me at each dinner table!!  The perfect motivation to keep myself in check over the holidays.  I will be saying a lot of NO’s……

Should be interesting living up to the card!

I have to admit it is going to be really hard ignoring all of the yummy food and the Jamaican Sorrel and Rum Punch (way, way, waaaaay more rum than punch) and I don’t even like alcohol! Tradition is as tradition does though. The thing is….. The rum punch is so sweet that if you are not careful you will end up totally drunk and filled with sugar. It is always fun watching family do really funny things when guards are let down. I do taunt them when they sober up.  Evil, right?  Pfft….. I don’t care – it is very entertaining to see their faces when I recall the shenanigans the next day. The good thing is I can record it all – cue the evil laugh – HAHAHAHA!!

Sadly, I don’t think I will make my 28 lbs target. I will be close, I think, but not at the target. The past 2 weeks have been slow in the weight loss department with me gaining a couple of pounds week before last. I have one more weigh in this Thursday before the holidays and then we have a tiny break.  The next weigh in will be after the holidays (Thursday 05 January).  I am totally not looking forward to standing on the scale scale during the first week of January! I’ll let you in on what my final weigh in is later this week.

Following on from my perfect Christmas card, my ‘not so’ Secret Santa got me some very fitting (get it?) gifts!

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My Fit Board

Sorry, I did not add my weight and target when the pic was taken.  I have now, so will add an updated image when I get to my ultimate goal next year.

I also received a menu food planning chart!  I have gotten into planning my meals so that I eat well, so this will help a lot.

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The Christmas week meal plan has now been added.  Am I dreading Christmas? Nuh huh (she says with a doubting smile). I am not dreading it at all! Really, really really.  I AM NOT! Not sure if I convinced myself yet, but I may have convinced you?  The plan is to only be naughty on Christmas Day and of course a glass of Champers on New Year’s morning.

I hope you are all planning to have a wonderful Christmas and will be bringing in 2017 in style!

Laytaz people.

 

The ups and down of my weight loss journey

So far my weight loss journey has been fraught with incredible highs and some whopping lows.  I have lost massive amounts of weight and I have, on occasions, gained a pound or two here and there.  Mentally, this journey has been quite a challenge, especially at the beginning.  I knew I wanted to lose weight and I knew what had to be done, but thinking and doing are very different things.

Today, I am proud to say that I am 21 lbs lighter (1 stone 6 lbs / 9.5 kg).  I am looking forward to reaching my first target of 28 lbs (2 stones / 12.7 kg).  With 18 days to go before Christmas and my deadline, I certainly do not have that much time to meet my target.  I know I can do this.  I CAN DO THIS! I just need to focus and turn a blind eye to all the treats going around for this season. Come to think of it, I will have to turn to 2 blind eyes! Today is mince pies day! Man, I really like a good mince pie.

Christmas is going to be a right pain in the katoosh when it comes to my diet! The challenge will be to not gain any weight over the festive period. Should I start crying now?  Just think of all the deliciousness I may have to say no to.

Silver lining? I am now fully into my strides when it comes to exercise and absolutely loving it.  However, when it comes to food? I have had brilliant weeks (like last week) and I have not so great weeks (like this week).  The scale tomorrow will not be what it was last Thursday at all. I can already tell. I have had one of those weeks where I just wanted to eat. Although for the most part, I did eat healthily just way too much.

Over the past few months, I had days when I got up feeling on top of the world and there were days I wanted to chuck my alarm out the window (except it is a DAB radio so chucking it may be a bit of a challenge, especially through a closed window). There were weekends when I jumped out of bed and got on with starting a Saturday or Sunday morning with exercise but there were also weekends when I just wanted to have a lie in even if I still did push myself to get up and get my exercise on.

It has certainly not been a smooth sailing journey so far.  I find that it has been a rather emotional one at times. It has also been very rewarding journey so far.  When I hear from friends, family and my trainer that they can now see the difference, it gives me the motivation to continue and get that little bit closer to my goal.  I know I still have a way to go yet, but I am committed to this journey even when I have had my bad days or weeks.

A great thing that has happened so far?  I am way more conscious of what passes through these lips of mine.  I am more aware of the health benefits of some foods and of course the reasons not to eat others. Bring on the mince pies!!

As Porky Pig say – “Th-th-th-that’s all, folks!”

 

 

The holiday countdown begins

I had a weigh in today and now I am all smiles.  Guess what being totally good with my food for a week has done to me getting closer to my Christmas weight loss target?  I lost a whopping 7 lbs!  Surely, this means I can indulge in a little chocolate now, right?  ‘Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la la la la la and all that jazz. Any oooooh…..  I was awarded a Club 10 Certificate today for losing 10% of my body weight. RESULT (lots of finger snaps)!!!  I am now on 21 lbs weight loss since the start of my journey. Another 7 lbs to go.

I have to admit that in addition to eating so much lettuce you would think I have swapped species to a rabbit,  I am still exercising like a crazy person and Chris has upped the anti and has been pushing me extremely hard during the sessions we have together twice per week.

An update on the competition between the bum and tum?  The competition is totally hotting up!  My bum is looking way more toned but the tum is now lagging behind.  The tum will catch up, right?  Apparently losing weight on the tummy is the last to happen.  It better do so too! I cannot imagine working so hard and at the end of it all, I still look just a little bit preggus!  You would seriously find me in a corner weeping. No need to worry yet.  That day is definitely not today.

What will the next week bring, I wonder?

 

 

 

Bad food week

Since the weekend and the yummy chocolate bomb, I have had a really poor diet week. All my own damn fault! I know. 😭

I could have left the chocolate cake. Sam did say not to, but did I listen?   Nope. I had the cake and not only 1 slice, I had 2 slices (greedy little so and so). I could have left the mini muffin, Alison warned me that she would remind me that I said I didn’t care as it was only small when the scales show me losing nothing! I could not have gone out and buy the hot chocolate (extra hot with almond milk) but I did.

The trouble with having a bad week is the feeling of letting myself down after enjoying the sugar dumped into my body for the few seconds or minutes it takes to eat or drink the unhealthy choices. It also means only seeing a 1 lb difference on the scale.

I really need to make conscious healthy food choices for the next 5 weeks! This is the time I have left for meeting the target I set myself. Oh dear God! My discipline totally went for a run and left me.

Oh man. I am totally disappointed. 😔 I need a right slap upside the head and kick where the sun does not shine. Crikey, I am giving myself a right lashing at the moment.  I  cannot even blame having no support. As you can tell, my peeps care!  So now?  I also  feel like I am letting friends down too.

OK. OK. OK..I am shaking off this week and refocusing (channelling Rocky Balboa). I kind of caught up to my discipline that took a hike this week.

I am making the change right now!

My week in exercise

Sooooooo, enough about food, right?  After all, the saying goes ‘80% food and 20% exercise.  My posts so far have mostly been about food (greedy foodie that I am). Yes! I love to eat. I do exercise.  Promise! A friend, who is now starting her own weight loss/get fit journey, asked me what I normally do in the gym.  To give a full picture, I waited until the end of the week for my full workout week to be completed.  I have to say I think I have it arse ways round at the moment with 80% exercise and 20% food!  Anyoooh….. I logged my sessions daily so I did not forget. This is my typical week in and out of the gym (I am not good at taking selfies and I think I would look like a right plonker doing it anyways, so photos of the equipment instead). 🏋

Monday 14 November:  I was up at crazy o’clock (4 am) and it was raining cats and dogs (so not the best weather)! My bags were packed from the night before so I only needed to get ready and catch my bus at 4:50 am.  Today is a PT session with Chris (this man can push me like no else can)……

  • Warming up was intervals on the treadmill (I only did 5 mins because I was kind of bored with running – usually 15 mins)
  • Pull ups (8 reps) / push ups (10 reps) = 1 set. Did 4 sets
  • The Tyre (my nemesis) – Push down & flip back up the gym / Jumping squats (15 reps) / Kettle bell swings (20/2 arms reps) = 1 set.  Did 4 sets
  • Weighted front lunges (up & down gym) /burpees (10 reps) = 1 set. Did 4 sets

The Nemesis

I was dying by the end of today’s session.  It was then on to stretching and getting ready for work.

Tuesday 15 November:  Numpet that I am, I still woke up at 4 am (because my body is now use to this time) even though I could have had a lie in.  I had the day off work and had all intentions of having a lazy day.  Did I have a lazy day?  Nope!!  I am finding that I need to move. Sleep woman! Sleep!  (Trust me, I was yelling at myself). My living room and the outdoors were my gym for the day…..

  • Hip Hop Abs – Fat burning cardio (30 mins)
  • T25 – Speed 1.0 (well it is in the name – 25 mins)
  • Hip Hop Abs – Ab Sculpt (25 mins)
  • A nice walk along the Thames for 2 hours (leisurely)
Love a bit of Sean T!

Wednesday 16 November:  I was back in the gym.  As I have set myself the mad target of 28 lbs weight loss by Christmas, I do work really hard in the gym with or without a trainer. Today’s session was all me……

  • 45 mins on the spin bike (to Soca music and at varying intensity levels)
  • Vipr-20 kg (10 reps) / kettle bell swings-16 kg (10 reps) / Slam Ball-10 kg (10 reps) = 1 set.  Did 4 sets
  • Low Chest pull-12.5 kg each arm (10 reps) / mountain climbers (40 reps) = 1 set. Did 4 sets
  • High Chest pull down-12.5 kg each arm (10 reps) / Burpee and front kick (10 reps) = 1 set.  Did 4 sets.

This morning was an hour and half. Yikes!  I am totally knackered but loving it.  Today was hard for me on the snack front.  I seriously felt like I wanted to eat all day. 😯

Thursday 17 November:  Grooooooan! Swear like a sailor! I did not want to get up this morning after very little sleep last night.  My mistake was falling asleep on the sofa before my shower last night. Anyway, I am up at my usual 4 am and I am dragging my feet – literally! My session today……

  • 15 mins on the treadmill (intervals – 20 sec sprint/40 sec rest)
  • The Tyre (my nemesis) – Push down/flip back/lift and carry/ 10 dead lifts (with tyre) = 1 set. Did 3 sets
  • 10 Burpees & Front kicks/30 mountain climbers/20 hop & uppercuts = 1 set. Did 2 sets
  • 45 mins on watt bike (The Pack in Cycle Class) – Amawzing!
Cycle Studio

Tonight was netball night! I really, really need to sleep. Give me strength.

Friday 18 November:  Last day of the 4 am wake up for the week.  Woohoo! Nutter that I am, I still went to the gym this morning even though I had the day off. I had another session with Chris who I forced to be my photo-videographer (thought I should show me tackling my nemesis). 😂

  • 15 mins on the treadmill (intervals – 20 sec sprint/40 sec rest)
  • The Tyre (my nemesis) – Push down/ flip back /Slams (10 reps) / Kettle bell swings (10/2 arms reps) / Burpees (10 reps) = 1 set.  Did 3 sets
  • Pull ups (8 reps) / push ups (10 reps) = 1 set. Did 3 sets
  • Abs for 5 mins

The set with my nemesis was so hard! I have no idea how I got through that session. Chris was particularly hard with me today after I made the mistake of telling him about my bad food week! 😭

Trust me when I say I was so done. I. WAS. SOOOOO. DONE! My poor legs. Thanks to the asthma specialist I can now breathe, so at least I only need to worry about the limbs. Can you imagine what I would be like if I was still trying to cough my lungs up? I would not be standing for sure.

I then had a rather lazy rest of the day. I was so knackered that I kept falling asleep!

Saturday 19 November: My eyes opened at 3:45 am. My body has obviously not gotten the memo that today was not a 4 am day! I did stay in bed until 6 am though watching a Christmas movie (Home Alone 3).  I have things to do and places to go and want to get my workout in, so up I get .  One thing I am looking forward to after all this workout and weight loss?  The body part that finally wins the competition – Butt or Tum!

This is how I got my workout on today……

  • Hip Hop Abs – Fat burning cardio (30 mins)
  • T25 – Cardio (still in the name – 25 mins)
  • A nice walk along the Thames. The last mile became a sprint interval (sprint 20 secs/walk 50 secs)

Today is laundry and cleaning day. I could have done all this yesterday but, after my workout, I could not be asked to move too far from my sofa unless it was to get under the duvet. Nice.

Sunday 20 November: Again with the early morning wake up! 😭 Come on body, is 6 am not early enough for you on the weekend? It is also raining like mad outside. The plan was to do very little but I deviated a tad……

  • I did a slow 10K run this morning (it was actually nice running in the rain)
  • T25 – Stretch (still in the name – I know. The joke is getting old – 25 mins)

Once I was finished,  I had scrambled eggs with a large tomato for breakfast and then ironed for the week.

I met with a friend in Central London for a visit to the Sky Garden and lunch today. I don’t think I have ever seen my train station so empty! It was eerie.  Also, the service today was so damn poor!  They did not have the usual Sunday service at all.  Trains were running every 20 mins.  I had such a lovely time.

As I only have 5 weeks left to meet my challenge, I know I have to push more in the gym and have nothing but good food passing through these lips of mine from now on.

I have so much to do!😭 Bring it on Mind! Bring it! I sound like a nutter talking to myself, but …… C’est la vie!

Desert or no desert? That is the question

Oh! My! God!! We went to The Orange Tree for tea today and, even though I knew I should have resisted, I did not. Let me repeat. I. DID. NOT! I had the scrupmtious chocolate bomb for desert. 

Dear God! It was like having a party in my mouth. There were poppers too, so a true party it was. I haven’t tasted anything so delicious in a long time. 

Now, all I can think about is the work I am going to have to put in this week at the gym. Do I regret it? Nope (with a total popping ‘p’ going on here). It will be soooooo worth it in the end. 😆

A short time on the lips……a lifetime on the hips? Crikey… I may have to spend an extra half hour tomorrow burning the calories. 

Eating with friends

I am spending the weekend with my friends, Rav and Stelios with their lovely kiddies, Athen and Lukas. This weekend reminds me that I need to keep my friends close. Friends form my little network of family I formed in the UK and after my summer from hell, I am feeling great today. I only have a very small number of my blood family in the UK with most still in the land of wood and water – Jamaica – and few in other parts of the world.

Rav is a fantastic cook and, talk about using healthy products!  Jeesh. We had a late lunch yesterday – 2 different types of lasagne (vegetarian and meat). Yummmmm……. Of course there a salad too. 😄

I spent the day reading books, playing Jenga and just literally running around. By the end of the night I was delightfully knackered. I have discovered I am not as fit as I would like to think. Running around after 2 kids under ten? Yup….. I have some work to do.

Dinner was a nice chicken broth. Food! Food! Food!

Breakfast this morning is a soft boiled egg, bacon, baked beans and toast. I haven’t had such a rich full brekky in ages. Again….. Yummmmm! 😊

All in all a wonderful weekend catching up with friends, getting my fill of my niece and nephew, watching Gladiator and eating yumscious food!

What will this weekend means for the butt/belly competition? The scale will tell.