All posts filed under: Body and Shape

Why I’m Getting Rid of Weight Loss Guilt

Losing weight is a tricky one. There’s the actual ‘losing of the weight’, then keeping it off and finally, not getting to caught up in the numbers game and letting it take over your life is a different ball game. In short; it’s exhausting. I joined Slimming World in June 2017 when I knew my clothes were a little too tight and I saw an awful photo that shamed me into losing weight. That shouldn’t have been the case cos it was me, just me. But I didn’t like the look of me in that photo. So every Tuesday for the next 12 months I totted along to group and got weighed. Every week. Rain or shine, no matter how ‘good’ I’d been that week, I saw my weight in black and white. And then again written down in my book. Over that year I lost one and a half stone. Not all in one go and I’ve not even kept it off but in August 2018 I hit target. No-one tells you how exhausting …

Blogmas // Bedside Table Essentials

I’ll admit, I can be quite a nosey person. I love watching programmes like Cribs and Through the Keyhole (lolz) cos I like to see what’s inside a person’s house. The segment on Come Dine With Me when they go and nosey around to find incriminating stuff is my fave. So, I thought why not let you all have a peek at my bedside table during Blogmas! I love reading this posts so I find it really interesting and wonder how much of the stuff is actually used or merely placed for show…I’m think the latter. So, without further ado, here is mine! First up, you’ll notice I don’t have any books or anything to read cos who are we kidding, I’m watching Insta Stories before it’s lights out or a quick YouTube video on my phone. Whilst I lay next my boyfriend who’s doing the exact same..but watching X Box reviews or Marvel/Star Wars trailers. You’ll see that my half of the dresser/bedside table is skincare. I picked up this copper basket in Primark …

Beauty //  Stocking Fillers for Her

I’m still not quite sure how it’s happened but this year I’ve managed to buy all my presents and get them wrapped with two weeks to go to the big day. I think it helps that this year I had an idea of what I wanted to get people and after a bit of saving beforehand I can treat my friends and family this year. Seeing as I had the big gifts covered from  quite early on this month I thought I’d create a smaller gift guide focusing on stocking fillers. The little presents that we forget about but appreciate just the same, however, big or small. These are perfect for every girl/woman in your life whether it’s a treat for your Secret Santa, your mum, sister, mother in law or best friend! When I’m picking out stocking fillers I tend to head straight for Superdrug as they’ve got everything under one roof. Simply Pure Hydrating Serum from Superdrug I don’t think you can go wrong with skincare essentials for anyone. Whether you pick up …

Reality // Weight-Loss Diaries

I rarely blog about my weight as I often feel a bit daft and try to keep it as private as possible. But seeing as I blog about food so much I just wanted to write a diary entry style post today about my attitude to weight loss and dieting in general.  I think I still think in my head that I’m bigger than I am. During my time at university 2006-2010 I steadily gained weight thanks to a bad diet that consisted of pints of cider, pasta for every meal and takeaways about 3/4 times a week – after a night out.  I felt concious of my size but I still dressed how I did before I gained the weight. Once I’d moved back home it was time to change. When I compare the two blocks of images below, I can see a physical difference in my shape and my face. But in my head, and when I look in the mirror, I’m still that girl. I still beat myself up over food, I …

Pescetarian Food Diary – Week 1

I’ve never been a huge meat eater but last weekend over the bank hol I decided to go pescatarian. To find out why, read this post. So, how have I found it? Quite alright tbh. The key was preparation. On bank holiday Monday I went to Aldi and planned my meals for the week. I’ve eaten out and faced the ‘can’t be bothered to cook, what do I eat dilemma’ and it’s been ok. I stocked up on courgettes to make courgette spaghetti, sugar snap peas, sweet potatoes, avocados, sweet peppers and feta cheese. Breakfasts have stayed the same, shredded wheat with milk. Although on Sunday I opted for muesli and spelt bread with peanut butter and fruit. Lunches are really easy as my work has a veggie-friendly salad bar so I can pile my plate with salad and I added a can of tuna and an avocado for protein. At the weekend I decided to have a pita with hummus, sweet peppers and feta. So tasty and full of flavour. Courgetti was a huge …

Getting fit 

I’ve blogged previously about my attempts to get fitter, eat healthier and generally live a happier life. So a couple of weeks ago I took the next step and signed up to my local gym. They’re currently offering an 8 week membership for just over £40, including classes. I’ve been a member before, over a year ago, and I really enjoyed taking advantage of the classes and using the equipment in the ladies only room. I’m feeling so much better, slightly fitter and I’m enjoying the Pilates class that’s ran every Monday night. Will I keep it up after the 8 weeks is up?  I’m not sure, but I am enjoying varied work outs and working my way through the class timetable. Watch this space I guess….

The one where I ran the Race for Life

A couple of Sundays ago I pulled on my running trainers, attached my number to my chest, grabbed my bum bag and gave the 5k Race for Life a go.       After 6 weeks of steady training, I think I might have just managed to transform myself from a complete non-runner to someone who can jog for around 3k. A small feat to some but huge for me.  Running is such a great form of exercise as it’s free, there’s no competition and you can go at your own pace.  Once I commited to the Race for Life I knew I had to give it a serious go. Before I started, I did zero exercise. Like none.  So to complete the race on the day in 43 minutes 45 seconds is something I’m seriously proud of!  The atmosphere on the day was amazing and as it was for such an amazing cause, I’m so glad  I took part. I’m trying to keep at it and I can’t wait to take part again next year! 

Foodies: Healthy Lunchbox Snacks

We are now half way through the year and the summer holidays are well under way. That said, I’m not one for crash diets and trying to lose weight in the quickest way possible or cutting out all my favorite things – I like carbs far too much! days. However, I’m quite laid back when it comes to my body image (read lazy) and would rather make small, yummy changes to my meals than starve for the sake of an instagram picture. I take my lunch to work each day as it stops me heading to the on-site canteen and indulging in chips and lots of other naughty but nice treats. I like to try and mix it up each day with salads, soup, wraps and bagels taking preference. I also like to round my lunch off properly with a packet of crips and some kind of snack bar. But lately I have been switching up my usual kit kat for a nakd protein bar. Nakd bars come in a variety of flavours from choc …

The unspoken pressure to be a dress size smaller 

After watching Plus Size Wars on telly last night, part of me has been left wondering, who am I dieting for? Watching a handful of my favourite bloggers speak so passionately, honestly and truthfully about weight and dress size, it’s left me doubting myself.  I’m nearly 27 years old and I’m a shapely size 14. The only way to hit the magical 10 would be a life overhaul. But I quite like eating out, wine and crisps too much to bother with that malarkey.  So it’s time to accept the dress size. Yes lately I’ve started to follow the mantra, eat less move more. But as it isn’t really an issue and I quite like my wardrobe of pretty clothes, we need to stop being so hard on ourselves.  Go for that run, eat that salad but make sure you enjoy it, rather than because you feel like you should.  So with that as soon as my train arrives, it’s homeward bound. And I do plan to go for a run. To the shop to …

Why I’ve decided to Race for Life 

About a month ago I decided it’s the time to start looking after myself and that meant one thing – exercise. At the start of the year I overhauled my diet so upping my fitness levels was the next issue to tackle. Now I’m not a runner. At all. Despite for the bus or occasionally, the last time I ran was at school. Over 10 years ago. So on Easter Monday I pulled on a pair of old gym leggings, invested in new running shoes, from Aldi no less and fully commited to the Cancer Research UK race for life. Il be taking part on the 14th June.  Cancer Research is such a worthy cause, affecting many of us at one time or another and I’m so excited to be involved. It’s a 5k and I’ve set myself a personal goal to beat. Training has been going well, running around twice a week so far and I’ve banked a couple of 2k run/jogs and a 3k once. As I want to keep it up after …

Healthier lifestyle

It’s been a while since I blogged about my plight to live a healthier lifestyle, so I thought Bank Holiday Monday is a good a time as any for an update. To be honest, I fell off the wagon. In spectacular fashion. So two weeks ago I began to reign it back in. Following SW without the added extras and I can report from this very morning, those seven pesky pounds are nearly gone. That said I loved the Easter roast yesterday, the dinner and drinks with my nearest and dearest on Saturday night and the two Easter eggs sat looking at me on my dressing table will be demolished very  soon, but I’m back on the ‘all in consideration’ way of thinking. This morning I took myself out for my first ever run outside, instead of on the treadmill. And you know what? It wasn’t that bad. I might have actually enjoyed it! So the plan is to eat less and move more. They say it’s that simple, so let’s put it in practise!

Slimming World update – Week 3

I’m now three weeks into following the Slimming World plan. Ive decided to do it myself, attending the class to get weighed to ensure it’s accurate but skipping the group chats as I feel I’m doing well on my own. I decided to blog this to keep me on track and simply to highlight, it is that easy. I’ve still enjoyed desserts and alcohol, on moderation and within my syns. But upped my fruit and veg intake, cutting out snacks but enjoying meal prep and home cooking again. Three weeks in I’ve lost 5lbs. A nice slow but steady start. Showcasing it is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix. My friends, family and bf are really supportive and it hadn’t felt like too much of a transition. Hopefully this is just the start of a healthier me….

Preparation is the answer…

If you fail to prepare, you’re preparing to fail – a little saying that rings true when you’re trying to lose weight. Temptation is everywhere and this past week I’ve been away with work. That meant a cooked breakfast here, glass of wine there and one kitkat chunky later, the scales are refusing to budge. I have a set routine meaning I’m a Tupperware queen, taking my breakfast and lunches to work with me and having my evening meals planned out. But like I say, this week I relaxed, enjoyed myself and recognise now is the time to reign it back in. One of my guilty pleasures lately is stalking recipe ideas on The Body Coach’s Instagram page and then taking my weekly trip to Aldi to stock up fresh ingredients for the following seven days. Noodles, curries, risotto, pasta dishes and salads shall all appear on this very blog soon. Showcasing how quick, easy and, most importantly, cheap meal prep can be. So keep your eyes peeled for some recipe inspo heading your way…..

Celebrity workout DVDs: Worth the investment?

Charlotte Crosby, known best for her residency in the Geordie Shore household often makes her way into the weekly mags,but recently she has been hitting the news for a totally different reason – her epic weight loss. Now, before I get into this post I must stress my opinion doesn’t come from that of a keyboard warrior. More from a bemused point of view, following the trend of celebrity workout DVDs hitting the shelves every January and whether they are selling us unattainable results or a path that should be followed. Viewers of the MTV show will know that Charlotte’s weight has fluctuated over the past couple of years but in December, Charlotte unveiled her petite size 6/8 body and her new 3 minute belly blitz DVD to boot. Her exercise plan and food swaps have been provided in many of the weekly magazines, but is this a realistic representation of achieving a healthy lifestyle? The old saying goes that it takes one months to make a habit and one month to break. Celebrities such as …

Easy peasy breakfast ideas

Last Wednesday I took the plunge and joined my local Slimming World group. A couple of friends of mine have joined over the last six months and I thought I would give it a go. In terms of my weight I would like to lose half a stone ideally, nothing too drastic. But, I want to find healthy alternatives to many of my favourite meals and redefine my eating habits. Currently I’m about a week in, having followed the free 7 day plan on the website from last Sunday. I’m really enjoying incorporating more fruit and veg into my daily routine and breakfast is fast becoming my favourite meal of the day. The plan is simple to follow and I have been enjoying Weetabix minis which are classed as one of my two Healthy Extra options. Topped with blueberry and cranberry linseed and fresh blueberries, it does keep me full till lunch. I enjoy it with a 20g helping of semi-skimmed milk, my second Healthy Extra. I buy all my ingredients from Lidl and Aldi, …