Friday, 23 August 2013

Week one done

I've done both of my fasting days for this week, and am so glad to be able to eat normally over the weekend.  I've definitely noticed a difference in my appetite, I'm getting full after smaller portions which is always a blessing.

Now I'm on track with the food side I need to look at the exercise aspect. I was hoping that a Pole Dance class would ignite some kind of passion for it and it would see me become obsessed with practicing, WRONG! I did find it to be an amazing workout, with my body still aching days later but I just wasn't feeling the instructor and the way the class was taught. If anyone from the Manchester area knows of any other instructors please let me know.

For now however I am looking for ways to ease me back into the gym, and this watch seems perfect.  Not only is it a pink gadget which always catches my eye, but it monitors the calories burnt which I feel would spur me on to push myself harder.

Has anyone else got this watch, or do they recommend any other brands/styles?

Michelle x 

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

I'm Back

Wow, can't believe it's been over a year since the last post, I may as well confess now my weight is exactly the same.  Whilst I'm glad I've not gained, it is disappointing to see I haven't reached my goal weight, however this year has seen some big changes health wise.  Soon after the last post I underwent a laperoscopy and found I have stage 4 endemetriosis, as well as meaning I spent close to 2 months in bed it has also affected my general fitness.

 Side boob, double chinnage and arms that could lift off if I flapped

Anyway stopping with the excuses I've decided it's time to get back on the diet, and my weapon of choice is the 5:2 Fast Diet. My initial reason for choosing this was it was an easy to follow plan, and it didn't require me spending (and wasting) money, aside from the initial download cost of the book the rest is free - might even end up saving you money since you fast for a couple of days per week.

The premise is simple, eat normally for 5 days (within reason and no binging) and then 'Fast' for 2 days (a quarter of your daily calories, so 500 for women and 600 for men.)  Today was my first day and I'm surprised to say I did well and didn't struggle too much.


I decided to make the most of my calories and fix a meal that was as filling as possible without splurging all of the 500 calories in one go.

I came up with Tomato Soup and Matzo Pizza, which was delicious and super filling, I didn't manage to finish all the soup at lunch so saved some for after my Pole Dance class (which was horrendous and clearly not right for someone as uncoordinated as myself.)


To make the soup 

Tin of chopped tomatoes 74 calories
Pepper, Onion Salt, Paprika, Crushed Chillies, Tabasco Sauce

Add the tomatoes to a pan, heat lightly then blitz with a hand blender until smooth.  Add seasoning to taste (I went a bit OTT with the chillies, but it definitely warmed the tummy!)

Matzo Pizza

Matzo Cracker 78 Calories
2 Tablebespoons Tomato Puree 28 Calories
Baby Plum Tomatoes 6 Calories
Cheddar Cheese 20g 83 Calories
Italian Herb Seasoning

Spread the puree, top with the tomatoes and cheese, sprinkle with seasoning and grill until the cheese melts. EASY PEASY!

There you go, all that yummy food for less than 270 calories, I also allowed myself a pack of quavers (88 calories) with the soup leftovers later on in the evening.

Hopefully I will keep on top of the diet posts now, and if you have your own diet blog send me the links!

Michelle x