The Dreaded Weight Gain….

Is it just me, or did anyone else find that it was literally a case of 30 strikes, and weight sticks!

I know I’m hardly the most sporty of people, but I walk to work Monday to Friday, which works out at about 5 hours of walking a week (plus whatever walking is done at the weekend), plus I do yoga once a week. Yet, it Healthy Eatingbarely seems to have an impact! Can I hear you say ‘frustrating’! I stand on the scales and the pounds stick there stubbornly – determined not to budge – more likely to gain than lose anything. I know you’re not supposed to go by what the scales say, especially when I am naturally on the curvy side, but it is hard not to get frustrated when you see no benefits.

So, I’m attempting to eat healthier; more vegetables and salad – well this week I am – eating less carbohydrates and trying to fill myself up with meals that have plenty of vegetables in. So if anyone has any healthy recipes that are filling and healthy, I would really appreciate them – especially as the countdown is on until I have to be seen in a bikini on holiday and I would very much like to not have such a bloated stomach.

Moan over!

A Little Update

I did a little update the other week and I said my aim was to pamper myself more. I’ve got myself slightly into a routine of using different moisturisers each night; I’ve been leaving them on the side to make sure I remember – it’s kind of working.

I managed to keepIMG_0794 my food and weight diary going for just over a week and could still not figure out what is the cause of me putting weight on. If I ate pasta and drank cider, it didn’t seem to play any part in the couple of extra pounds gained. I’m still making sure I’m eating plenty of vegetables and salad while it’s just me here. I am finding I’m missing having the vegetable boxes delivered (pictured) so I’ve been making sure I’ve been going out and buying more – you just can’t beat the taste of fresh tomatoes from a fruit and veg shop, they have so much flavour compared to tomatoes bought in a supermarket!

On the exercise front, I am still failing badly. I truly only have myself to blame on this one as I’m too tired at the moment, but know that if you do more exercise you do have more energy. My friend Paula has told me about a zumba class her and her sister are going to on a Tuesday night that is pretty much on my doorstep and said I ought to go. This will really be challenging myself as I have no rhythm what so ever when it comes to things like this. I think I’m more worried about embarrassing myself than anything.

So that leaves me with the writing. I’ve actually edited 12 chapters now and they have been sent to two friends to have a look at. One friend just likes reading and is happy to point out any obvious mistakes, the other friend I did Creative Writing with at Bath Spa, so I’ve asked her to pick apart and comment on anything she wants. It’s not her normal style of writing with it being chick lit, so I hope she’s not hating me too much for this!

Aims for the week

Saying one of my goals is to Blog more, I’m doing a totally shoddy job. So in an attempt to make an effort, here’s what I plan to do this week……

One thing I said I would do is pamper myself more, so this week is about me – seems a little selfish I know. I started today by getting rid of my roots  (finally) and redying my hair red and just having a totally chilled out day – much needed I should add. Another thing I started was a food diary; I’ve put on more weight than I’m happy with lately and as I’ve actually been eating better, I want to try and work out what is causing me to pile on the pounds. I think the plan is also going to be thinking about the fact that other than walking, I am completely failing on the exercise front – I need routine. Wish me luck!

I’m also hoping to get a bit more writing done this week, but on that front I really don’t want to make empty promises – not good I know!

21 days of vegetarianism turns into 24

I didn’t quite know how I would get on with doing 21 days of vegetarianism; as I said previously, I’m not a huge meat eater, but I wouldn’t want to give it up completely. Anyway, I completed it – a173nd easier than I thought I would, especially as I’ve eaten out so much. I’ve actually done 24 days in total as I didn’t actually fancy eating any meat – although there is now bacon in the fridge as I do love my bacon.

I may not have been very adventurous with what I’ve eaten, but it has certainly done me good eating a lot more vegetables and salad that I have ever done. I do feel more healthy for being more considerate about what I’m eating. I haven’t actually lost any weight when I stand on the scales (not that I am a big one for going by what it says on the scales due to me being so curvy), but I would say there is certainly less of a ‘bloat’ to my stomach – unfortunately not enough to make me bikini ready for my Turkish adventure! That’s my own fault for that though – I’m not exactly what you call motivated when it comes to exercise (something that does need correcting if I intend to to the 5k that’s on this list).

A favourite I’ve been cooking is doing rice with loads of different vegetables and chopped tomatoes through it. I switched it between adding quorn pieces and adding kidney beans; I cooked it in bulk and freezed it – or had it for lunch the next day adding 196extra bits like feta through. It’s my own version of ready meals when I cook in bulk – there’s always things like pastas, bolognese (often a vegetarian version where I’ve had a sauce to use up) and chili in the freezer.

To bulk out meals a bit I’ve been adding feta and mozzarella through – two cheeses I like anyway – and a huge reason I could never be vegan. One of the meals with feta was adding it with tomatoes to pasta and then putting coleslaw through it – a very filling meal – cheap too.

As I said, I have eaten out quite a bit over the last three or so weeks and have only found once I couldn’t eat anything off the menu as it was all mushroom based – which I don’t like and quorn food – I didn’t see the point in paying for quorn pieces when I had them in the freezer already. Other than that, I found plenty to chose from; from vegetable lasagne, to pasta, salad and jacket potato. I often opt for vegetarian meals when I’m out – especially in pasta and pizzas – I a203lways have preferred vegetarian pizzas to meat pizzas – a way to actually get vegetables into me.

I’ve tried to make sure that I haven’t gone for easy foods all the time – sure nothing I’ve had was complicated, but I’ve certainly chopped more vegetables than I have ever done. Although I am going to go back to eating meat, I do want to do meat free Mondays so that I don’t completely abandon chopping all my veg and create a filling meal that way.  I know that I didn’t create any different recipes, but when you’ve just got in from a long drive, you don’t want to cook properly – which is why roasted veg is pretty good as once you’ve chopped it all up, you just whack it in a dish and you can get on with other things around the house.