Cambridge Weight Plan v2.0 

So hey there! I feel I always need to start my posts with an assurance that I’m still alive and well- this obviously means I don’t post enough right?

I’ve been silent because I’ve not had much to post. No progress reports, no new recipes. I have been hiding away still in my own little world.

Following on my previous blog post, I have spent time doing a lot of things:

  • thinking
  • reading
  • sleeping
  • eating

The past few months have seen me totally regress back to using coping mechanisms I am desperate to replace with healthier habits. I won’t lie- I have been comfort eating in such a big way that I have gained the majority of the weight I had lost last year.

It took me a while to figure out why I was doing it and it’s never one straightforward reason but I’ll list a few things here- just a little brainstorm- maybe you will read this and think “Yes, me too!”, or maybe you’ll just think “I’m unsubscribing now!”

  • Fear– the fear of losing weight and what it means- What if I lose weight, become super skinny and am still crap at life? I’ll have just confirmed that I’m just a failure at life!
  • Resignation– I’ve gained a chunk of weight, I’m always going to be the fat person, who am I kidding I might as well just stay fat.
  • Security–  my fat is my physical comfort blanket and armour.
  • Comfort– I still have some toxic friendships/relationships in my life that I didn’t actually see as being toxic. In my own way I’ve just been comfort eating because it’s been bothering me a lot.
  • Laze – in the words of my hangry mum “Sod the diet”. Mate, I like food. I like the taste, the feel, the smell, the nice warm feeling I get when I eat something. So it’s HARD to do this diet. And sometimes I have really not had the inclination.

The toxic relationship aspect was a new revelation- I have worked really hard to get rid of negative people in my life, and the realisation that there were still a few lurkers was surprising as it wasn’t the people I thought it would be! It’s given me a fresh perspective on how I handle the situation and how to ‘protect’ myself from it and not let it affect me. Sometimes you can’t just erase something from your life, but once you know what you’re dealing with, it makes it a whole lot easier to handle.

So that’s what I’ve been up to lately- working, thinking and getting FAAAAT.

Last year, I started this blog a few months into my weightloss journey- and today, I am starting over. My amazing consultant has been there for me- listening, scolding, supporting! And last week she said the thing that made me really REALLY focus:

Bring me back your rosettes

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Readers- my face was a picture. I felt like we were in a cop movie when the Captain says “I need your badge and your weapon!”

So this week I returned my rosettes. I need to earn them again, we are starting over- new card, new starting weight.

And I am happy to report that my first entry was a 2lb loss and 5 and 3/4 inches lost!

Lets get cooking again- and don’t forget to check my instagram @charliekilosugar where I try to post my meal for the day on a regular basis.

Thank you so much if you got to the end of this post and a big thank you for sticking with me! The journey is never ever straightforward is it!

C xx

 

 

Interview! 100 Days of Cambridge Weight Plan with Chrissie E!

Well hello there beautiful!

First of all- many thanks to all the new subscribers that have followed this blog. It’s really nice to know that people are actually interested in what I have to say and want to follow new recipes!

This week has seen me mostly at work, it’s been a busy one and I’ve kept it simple with my meals. The cheese omelette and fauxtato salad have both featured- and one night I did the worlds hottest chickpea curry with vegetables (I put a whole red chilli in it… it was obscenely hot for once! Let’s just say it’s a good job I had a decent amount of yoghurt left to eat!).

Before I knew it, weigh day was upon me and I have good news- 3lbs off bringing my grand total loss to 87lbs (or 6stone 3lbs). I celebrated with a Rosemary and Lavender bubble bath and a warm chocolate and fruits of the forest mixed shake (half and half). My life is so rock and roll right now!

I haven’t got any new recipes posted this week but I couldn’t leave you fine people without some yumminess. Today, for your viewing pleasure, I am very excited to introduce you to a fellow CWP-er who is magic in the kitchen and was challenged to create 100 Step 2 meals at the start of her journey with CWP.

The amazing Chrissie has kindly answered some questions and allowed me to share her Pinterest board which contains every meal she has made…

Who inspired you to do ‘100 days’?

When I got back from my initial meeting with my consultant I was prepared to spend the whole journey on nothing but tins of tuna or chicken salad. When I told my friends this, they looked at the food list and challenged me to make something different everyday for 40 days (fully expecting me to crack after the first week). Then when I reached 40 meals my lovely consultant Katie challenged me to continue up to 50. From there it became a long standing joke, at every 10th meal I would say “Just 10 more, ha ha ha!”. 100 meals seemed like a nice number to stop at.

How do you come up with meal ideas?

My meal ideas are usually reliant on what I have in the fridge at the time. I then take the ingredients and decide what I fancy. Sometimes I use recipes I have tried in the past, and amend them for step 2. Although I admit the height of my cooking before CWP consisted of microwave dinners or toast. Other times people have suggested ideas, and I have thrown stuff together and hoped for the best.

What are your top three star ingredients?

My 3 star ingredients:

  1. Chickpeas, these are so versatile, I had never tried them before CWP, but they can be used in so many ways they are a must.
  2. Celeriac, for similar reasons to the chickpeas. I miss chips, and mash so much, but celeriac makes a fairly decent substitute for both.
  3. Chives – I love, love, love chives, they give everything a sweet oniony taste (which helps to make up for the lack of salt in all the dishes) plus they make the plate look pretty!

Could you pick a top 5 of your meals?

5 – Harissa Baked Cod on a bed of Cambridge style colcannon

4 – Tandoori chicken sandwiches

3 – Chicken & Asparagus cheesy roll up

2 – Spinach, Broccoli & Chicken tartlet

1 – Moroccan Chicken Tagine

These were by far my favourites to eat, but I have to give a special thumbs up to my Cambridge style McDonalds which was the most fun to make!

[Ed: And we can see why!]

How has doing the 100 days of different meals helped you on your CWP journey?

I worried that I wouldn’t be able to stick to the plan, and I really thought everyday would be a horrendous struggle. However, knowing that I had to find something new to cook each day took my mind off everything else. Having that cooking goal each day helped to keep me focused and determined. Also by sharing them with the CWP  [Facebook support] groups and receiving some lovely feedback from people helped to keep me totally motivated.

How important is meal presentation to you?

I am self confessed OCD-ish, presentation is important (even when I am not sharing the recipes). I like keeping things neat and organised. I tell myself that I do it to make the limited amount of food we are allowed to have look interesting and appealing. (Though it may just be I need a therapist ha ha ha!)

Any words of wisdom/tips on making your recipes?

The biggest piece of advice I would pass on would be “Preparation Is The Key!”

Decide what you are going to make early in the day (before work etc) and have the vital fiddly stuff, like ground chickpeas, or grated cauliflower measured and ready before you go out. Saves so much time later on. Always have lentils and chickpeas in the cupboard, they come in so useful for coatings; make friends with your spice rack …… you are going to be needing it!

Advice from a non food perspective: get rid of your bathroom scales, the only ones that matter are the consultants (although I confess to the odd sneaky peek in the week). Also, if you have any questions ask on the Facebook groups, there are no such things as stupid questions and there is a huge chance that whatever problem you are having, someone on there has had the same at some point. It’s a vital support network!

Thank you so much Chrissie for taking the time to contribute to this weeks blog post. I really do urge you all to browse her Pinterest board and follow for any future updates- I am in actual awe of those meals!!

If you want more information about any of these recipes, feel free to leave a message on Chrissie’s Pinterest board. The Facebook support groups referred to are closed groups on Facebook that are there to help you with your CWP journey. There are many groups available; for those totally focused on the plan search in Facebook for Cambridge 100% Support Group and send a request to join.

That’s a wrap for this week folks, I hope you enjoyed this feature and as always- keep cooking!!

C xx

 

Weightloss and New Recipe!

Hello my lovelies,

I had my weekly weigh in with the lovely Karen and I’m very happy to report that I have lost 3lbs and even better my arm and thigh measurements decreased- feeling like successkid! Check out the site in my image below- strangely motivating!

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In other news I have a new recipe, yummy Prawn Cakes with a Chutney! I would love to be able to say that I sit here and create fabulous menu items to suit the summery weather that has deigned to make an appearance. In all fairness this dish would be perfect for an evening meal out on the patio (with a glass of sparkling water thank you!), but it was created more in a “I have 160g prawns with todays date on them and I don’t think I can handle anymore cauliflower rice!” atmosphere.

These can be made up to one day in advance and also go well as a party food item, try serving these and the devilled eggs and see if anyone guesses it’s “diet” food!

Happy cooking and thanks for reading!

C x

 

Welcome to the Recipe Directory

Well here we are folks, I have finally collected all my recipes and photos and put them in some sort of order.

Please take some time to read my introduction as it contains some information about my cooking methods and various not so yummy bits and pieces.

I’ll post when new recipes are available but I hope for now you will enjoy the ones I have shared and I welcome your comments and feedback!

C x