It’s been a good week

I have news! Great news! Fantastic news!

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Yes, your eyes do not deceive you-after 160 days of being on Step2 I received my 6 stone loss badge! 84 flipping lbs! That’s…. almost a person!

This week has been rather lovely in that I’ve also received many compliments about my weight loss. I have generally been feeling positive and just so bloody healthy!

After last weeks super post, I’m keeping it short and sweet for you all (hallelujah) but of course as always, the kitchen has been open and this week I tried two new recipes out. For the veggies and anyone wanting to experiment with new ingredients, why not try the chickpea and lentil burgers– my recipe page shows two ways to serve and both are as yummy as each other. I also realised I hadn’t done a meatballs meal….ever!

Obscenely filling!
Obscenely filling!

So check out the turkey meatballs recipe- herby and spicy and served with a paprika yoghurt sauce to mix it up a bit and keep it interesting.

That’s a wrap for this week folks, keep focussed, enjoy life and never give up!

Happy Cooking!

C xx

 

 

Life on Cambridge Weight Plan- when you’ve lost 6 raccoons

Well hello there!

Happy Friday to you all. I am writing whilst sipping my water and trying not to panic at the fact that there is no more coffee in the house apart from decaf (oh the humanity!).

Things have been ticking along this week. I lost 2lbs, bringing my grand total loss to 82lbs which is the equivalent of 6 raccoons. Also half an inch off my thigh- I’m more happy about this than the 2lbs!!

I was asked a very interesting question this week: “How do you keep going?“. Sometimes I ask myself this very same question. Unfortunately I don’t really have a simple answer. I have many reasons that keep me going and they change on a daily (even hourly!) basis.

When I first started, I made a list of what life would be like if I lost the weight and another list of what life would be like if I didn’t lose the weight. It really helped me think about my reasons for doing this (aside from looking amazing!). It also made me admit to my fears as I realised I was scared of the unknown and also that without having this comfort blanket of fat I would be exposed as a total failure and everyone would laugh at me and say I was actually useless and I would end up old and alone and living with 20 cats and one day I would die but no one would discover my body for a further 2 years after I’d been eaten by said cats and it would be very sad. Ok. Deep breath. I’m pretty sure that’s not going to happen (…).

I also take a LOT of photos. This isn’t (purely) about vanity before you wonder! I regularly compare my progress and check in with myself about how I’m feeling about the diet, life and things in general.

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When you feel disheartened after a weigh in, or just feel completely fed up- these pictures are an amazing tool. Above is my 10 week comparison and me after 21 weeks- wearing HEELS. For the first time since 2011. 2011!!!!! THIS is progress. Also note how nicely those CWP bars slip into ones purse 😉

However, just like staying on plan, even working on motivation takes some willpower and determination. I am lucky in a way that I have used things I’ve learnt in life to help me keep on track. Over the course of my weight loss I’ve found some brilliant blogs, people, books and articles that helped me think things through and build myself a little support network and mechanism. Although you know you’re going a bit insane when you need to motivate yourself to motivate yourself..

In the spirit of motivation, I am dying to share this particular blog with you that I have recently started following. Skinnie Annie is a fabulous blog by another fellow CWP-er and I highly recommend you take some time to have a browse. In particular, the 52 Day Motivation Challenge. Anne has kindly made up a document of 52 challenges to help anyone who is trying to get or stay motivated and trust me- they are good!! There is a Facebook group for anyone wanting to share their challenges and Anne is blogging about her own challenges too. It’s a fun read and anyone on CWP will definitely relate!!

I urge you to try it, or make your own list of motivations and motivators. Different days need different approaches and having a range of ways to stay on plan and maintaining that focus is invaluable. Sometimes it’s enough to say to yourself “You got this, you GOTTA do this, you are DOING this!”. But when that isn’t cutting it, how do you keep going?

My motivation mood board. I see it when I wake up and just before I go to bed.
My motivation mood board. I see it when I wake up and just before I go to bed.

So, now we have asked some heavy questions (to achieve our lighter selves… geddit?) why don’t I treat you all to a giggle? Another week and another online purchase. This week my weighted hula hoop arrived! Honestly, when the lovely Karen (worlds best consultant ;)) mentioned hula hooping as a way to tone my tummy I naively thought it meant get a lightweight hoop and delicately spin it around my waist.

Not quite. After many baffled searches and conversations about hooping, I bit the bullet and bought myself a rather spiffing 1.5kg weighted padded hoop. Then I proceeded to bruise myself and caught the humiliation on camera for you loyal readers. This is an exercise on how not to hula… and the end was a fluke!

If you are interested in hooping, please please please look up some beginner tutorials for tips! It’s hard at first, but once you actually know what you’re doing then it’s just a case of practice makes perfect! This particular video on Youtube was super helpful.


Now that I have motivated AND amused you, I shall let you go on to have fabulous weeks, and fabulous meals! Your reward for reaching the end of todays post is THREE new recipes! I was missing my mum’s curry, so I made a “pretty decent” (this came from Mummy’s own mouth!) turkey keema (still sad about no peas..) one evening. I also popped my ‘cloud bread’ cherry with a rosemary cloud bread Cajun chicken burger– definitely one to try! If you are looking for something yummy and not too spicy, I present to you my spring onion and chive crustless quiche with fauxtato salad.

I bid you adieu, keep going, keep cooking, eyes on the prize!

C xx

Practicing what you preach?

Hello my lovely readers and visitors.

So, some of the more eagle eyed amongst you noticed that I missed a post last week. A few things made it hard to post, one of them being a terrible weigh in! Last week…. I…… gained a pound.

This describes my feelings best.
This describes my feelings best.

I was in a mood. I was angry. I was HANGRY. I was upset. I wanted to buy the entire menu at McDonalds. I wanted to cry. I wanted to do a poo and then get re-weighed. I gave myself an hour to sulk and then commanded myself to build a bridge and get over it.

What actually happened is that I stopped bitching about it, and reminded myself that the past 4 weeks had seen a 12lb loss. Which helped.

I know I’d been ill the previous weekend and my routine had gone to pot so I tried to think what I would say to someone in the same situation as me, and then promised myself to take my own advice. So even though the following week was spent slightly subdued, I stuck to it. I felt crap anyway, might as well feel crap whilst on the plan than eat junk and definitely ruin my mood.

I was a woman on the edge.
I was a woman on the edge.

After an unsettling week- I was also house and cat sitting for a friend, which was fine but I never thought I’d miss my own toilet quite so much- I think I did ok- I survived intact and carried on being nice to myself (probably a complete bitch to others but that’s by the by!).

Today was another weigh in, and I am happy to say I lost 4lbs this week. This brings my grand total weight loss to 80lbs. In 21 weeks. How can I feel upset at that?!  It is very easy to say “Don’t let the scales dictate your mood” but it’s extremely hard to live by that. Right now, my main focus is sticking to plan, losing weight and becoming healthy (and slim obvs!). So it was a little galling to feel that my weeks worth of effort was in vain (but the real question is: was it??).

What I learnt from this experience was that IT’S OKAY to feel this way! A feeling is just that- a feeling. It’s not an action. It’s not permanent. Let yourself stew a bit, but for goodness sake do NOT self sabotage. Keep Calm & Carry on indeed.

Now I have had some time to digest and accept that sometimes you just can’t control everything, I felt ready to post. This is an honest account of my personal weight loss journey so I wanted to blog about this properly, but I don’t think I’d have been as rational last week!

If you’re feeling peckish after my little novella, why not check out my new meal: Lahmacun, a type of Turkish style pizza (please please do not send me hate mail for that description!). Obviously, there is no tomato, or dough (or authenticity some may say…) but it did make a pleasant change and was quick and simple.

After being slightly MIA, I’m looking forward to updating the site with new meal ideas and reviews. Keep fighting the good fight and happy cooking!!!

Much love

C xx