Slimming All Over the World

So I keep talking about Slimming World but I haven’t actually said much about it.

I thought I would share some of the changes and my recipes. It took me a couple of days to get it but I think I kinda have it down now. Any experts please correct me if I am wrong.

You can eat as many of the free foods as you want, which is meats (under 5% fat), veg, fruit and pasta?

One of the top things I now look for is the fat percentage, I never really checked the facts on food before but now I am conscious of it.

My typical diet is now: 

Breakfast: Special K with semi skimmed milk or scrambled eggs

Lunch: Salad with grilled chicken or Quinoa wrap with grilled chicken and salad

Dinner: Grilled meat with salads, home made curry or turkey meat balls.

We have been grilling alot of meat on the BBQ and have swapped all carbs for a nice big salad.

I have been synning slightly with a dribble of garlic and herb salad dressing from Tesco, which is soo lovely and the taste is so strong you would literally just need a small dribble.

The Curry I made was lush, possibly needed a bit more water to make the sauce a bit more saucy but I found the recipe on this helpful website:

http://pinchofnom.com/recipes/syn-free-creamy-chicken-curry-slimming-world/

My new favourite sweet snack is 0% Fat Free Strawberry Yoghurt poured over chopped banana. This is genuinely delicious and trust me I have a massive sweet tooth!

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I have only had one weigh in so far and managed to lose 6lbs! I am naughty and do keep weighing myself, I seem to lose a few then add a few and lose again! Fingers crossed I stay on a steady decline.

Ideally I would like to lose around five stone, I would be happy getting back to my curvy size 10-12.

If anyone of you out there have any great tips or recipes please feel free to send them over!

Love Lucy xx

Gruffalo Hunting

Hey all,

We have had a really busy week this week, we finally found a cheap bike trailer for Archie to join us on our bike rides, I have been cracking on with Slimming World and hunting for Gruffalo.

We thought what better way to test out the new trailer or in Archies words his bike roller-coaster!

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We headed up to Wendover Woods in Aylesbury for some Gruffalo hunting on what turned out to be a beautiful Summers Day!

Wendover is great for a family day out, parking is usually £6 for the day but we got very lucky as their payment machines were down we got free parking! Made our day even cheaper!!

We parked up near Go Ape (another great reason for a day out there!) and headed off towards the cafe for our Gruffalo pack! The Cafe has loads of seating and offers a great selection of food. There are clean toilets and even an ice cream hut!

Across from the Cafe and before you start the trail is a great big park with an assault course for the little ones. There was a lot of work going on so hopefully they are adding to it.

As Archie was playing in the park, I called him over and told him that I had just seen the Gruffalo and he told me he is going to hide! He asked if Archie can find him! So off we set on our adventure!! This is a great trail with loads of clues hidden along the way, we found loads of look out spots for clues. Archie kept spotting them hidden in the bushes. You will also find a spinning disc with hidden pictures to give you a little clue of what animal you might be close to.

Eventually you will find a sign with a coloured circle on it, make sure you download the app as you will need to scan the circle and this is when the magic begins! It will slowly reveal who you have found and then they pose for a picture. This blow Archie’s mind!! He loved this and couldn’t believe Mummys’ magic phone!

Now where is the cycling I hear you ask?

Well I think I am still trying to catch my breath! Dwayne forgot to mention how hilly Wendover is, it’s VERY high!!! We got a bit lost on one of the tracks and stupidly cycled from the top all the way down to the bottom only to realise that we had to get back up to our car!!!

We managed about halfway before we got off our bikes and walked back up, not one to miss out, Archie decided he’d get out and walk with us before giving up after about 20 metres with a “dad I think i’m knackered” and climbing back into his roller-coaster.

Here are the stats for my ride:

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Look at the hill!!!! My phone recorded that I also walked 5 miles this day as well!! I am feeling slightly chuffed that I am breaking all my records. It was really lovely to be out and enjoying cycling. This was a really tough ride and I thought I could not go on. Dwayne turned all American Coach on me, lovingly encouraged me with some great sayings like “Pain is just laziness leaving the body”.

Wind it in Sergeant Bilko!! Seriously…

It really has started to change me, I used to put make up on just to go to the shop but now I am out riding in my fitness clothes with not a scrap on and loving it! I really think this is going to be a positive change in our lives.

The views up there were stunning! It is a great place to stop and have a picnic. They also have BBQ’s you can use.

I will do a Slimming World blog soon to update you on what I’ve been eating and how much I have lost.

Speak soon,

Love Lucy xx

 

Iron Mum

Hello all,

Drum roll please…

 

 

Today I did an Iron Man… no seriously I did! Stop laughing!!!

Well, “ish”. I have had quite an active day today. I have walked, swam and had a bike ride today and let me tell you I am a big red, sweating, puffing mess.

I have struggled today, my knees seem to be the worst. They feel like they just turn to jelly and don’t want to move.

Since my last blog the weather has been horrific and we have been searching for a bike trailer for our son to join us and make this a family journey.

20170607_170548Archie loving his new bike roller coaster 

I wish I could have recorded his giggles and cheers as we rode along, it was brilliant!

Here is a proper rundown of my active day:

I am really proud of myself today, I have been meaning to walk to Archies’ school for the past year now but have always had to run off to work. Luckily I have a few days off before starting a new job. The weather was nice today so I thought why not. I met a school mum who lives close by and we enjoyed a lovely walk down.

We had a quick stop off at the park on the way home before Archie announced he needed a wee-wee and would only go on a proper toilet. He clearly has my standards and not his Dads! lol

We headed home and Daddy followed not long after, quick change and we headed off to the swimming pool. We tried to do a few laps but struggled as we have a daredevil of a son who insists on jumping in at the deep end!!!

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After teaching him a few laps, we had a splash around, chilled in the jacuzzi and headed home so I could make my first Slimming World weigh in.

We came home, hopped on our bikes and headed off to my weigh in. As I said above I struggled BIG TIME on this bike ride. After not doing much for a few days, I really regret it as my legs felt like jelly and I got off quite a few times. I looked like an old drunk heading home trying to keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep pushing my bike!

Even my lovely phone got in on the act and was ever so encouraging. It kept yelling out “workout stopped” every time I got off!!! Cheers Samsung!!!

Slimming World

My weeks been going really well and I managed to lose 6lbs this week!!! I am really impressed with myself. Slimming World is really good as it is basically just eating healthy and maintaining it. My biggest mistake is skipping breakfast and lunch and then snacking like mad in the afternoon, so I have made sure that I have been planning out my meals and ensuring everything is ready.

I have cut out pretty much all carbs this week trying to fill up with salad. 9 times out of 10 I have been enjoying it but I did have a down day and craved McDonald’s. Mainly my besties fault as she said it isn’t going to go away so just have some! lol

Even with that naughty indulgence I am still really proud of my weight loss being much more fitter. I hate just sitting around indoors and wasting days away but once you finish work and get home there isn’t much you can do in the UK.

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I have had the joys of having my hormones crash this week and starting to get back to normal. Whilst I am over the moon to finally get back to normal and have this process finished, my god am I emotional at the moment! Everything makes me either want to cry or punch it/them/him (hubbie mainly). I hope my hormones settle soon as I have just been offered a dream job.

Anyway, I think that is enough talking for now!!

Speak soon, Lucy xxx

 

 

Blood (well bruised), sweat and gears….

Hello all,

Firstly, I want to say a massive thank you for all the support with this blog. It has been amazing. I wrote the Ectopic page in tears and honestly, I’ve felt better for it.

The messages I have been receiving from loads of you out there have been such a great support. It is horrible to think that we are all going through similar experiences but most, if not all are struggling in silence. I hope I can help you heal along the way, as you lot have with me. I am always here.

Now even I am surprised in writing this but I have continued with the cycling and am somehow still alive! I am genuinely enjoying it even if I am struggling and have to stop every now and then.

We are sticking to the same route at the moment whilst I try and build up my strength. The hard part about my route and any route I go on is that I live on a hill.

A.very.big.hill.

Didn’t I mention how steep it is and no matter what way I go I have to return up hill!!! I hear your cries for me! lol

Belly & I before we heading out! I literally look 9 months pregnant!

I had a lot more confidence on this ride. I knew where I was going and also to appreciate a good gear change. Going down a hill fast helps you go back up the other side quicker. Who knew?

I literally had no idea about changing gears and stayed on no 1 using the same 5 gears. Dwayne explained after seeing my legs peddling like mad that I actually had 15 gears! After a change to a lower gear, it was much easier to ride along and I actually felt like I was going somewhere.

We beat our previous ride this time round and got to the half way stop in 14 minutes compared to the 25 minutes before. I was feeling a bit chuffed with myself even though I knew the hard bit was still to come.

For those of you who follow me on Instragram, this is when the live video was filmed. I had to get off the bike and walk up the hill a bit as my knees had gone to jelly! I made it home and the standard of dying on the living room floor is now my new routine!

Can I also say, my god my bum hurts!!! (Enter your own dirty joke in here). Wow just inside my thighs feels like they have been bashed with a steak hammer! When I got back on the bike it really hurt, you know when someone sees a bruise on your arm or something and pokes it? Yeah like that, but constant! Because of this new found thigh bruise dilemma, I have been and treated myself to a new saddle today! In the shop I asked where the bike seats were before I was corrected and directed to the “saddles”! I will be a professional one day! lol

How professional, or more importantly comfortable does it look?

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Other News

I really do feel like I have woken up again this week. I have avoided people for a few months and have now started to get out and about again. One of the nice things is people telling me how well I look. I feel that this is mainly down to me putting an end to the mourning and hiding away. I want to be me again. I want to be the sassy and somewhat bitchy diva that I am known for and to stop being a victim.

In between cycles I have been swimming, not massive workout but still ensuring I am out and about. I have also joined Slimming World, now I went at the end of the meeting so the leader didn’t have the time to explain it to me so I am little confused what I need to do. If anyone has any good tips then PLEASE send them to me!!!

I hope you’re all continuing to enjoy my journey with me! For those that want to leave a comment, the comment button is now located at the top of this post.

Speak soon, Lucy xxx

 

 

Omg My First Post!!

Firstly thank you for stopping by my newbie blog! I hope you all join me on my journey to get healthy and find me again.

The last few years I have had every excuse under the sun to not be healthy and get fit:

  • I’ve had a baby
  • I don’t have time
  • I can’t afford it

But I am lying to myself, I was healthier and lighter during my pregnancy and got straight back into my jeans, I do have the time I just need to organise myself properly and working out is free. You just need to get up and move!

I have also placed a lot on my ecptopic pregnancies, which to be fair have knocked me for six but I will talk more about my experience in the separate tab above.

So tonight, first blog and first bike ride. I have been saying for ages I want a bike as I have amazing memories of bike riding whilst growing up and I used to ride around all day so how hard can it be?

Well omg was I wrong, I thought I was going to die 5 minutes after heading off and hitting a hill straight away.

Hubbie had already planned a 6km so called beginners route, this did not feel like a beginners route.

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Dwayne waiting patiently for me to catch up lol

I will admit I struggled, I struggled bad and on many occasions I had to get off and walk for a bit as I felt like my legs were turning to jelly.

The route was beautiful and through the lanes around Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead. Perfectly planned was a gorgeous little pub halfway where we stopped off for a quick drink and frankly time to try and breathe again.

The Three Horseshoes Pub

After a very quick stop it was time to try and get my legs working again and head home, this was the hard bit. Home was now mainly up hill and ouch ouch ouch my legs felt like stone.

Eventually after stopping and walking some bits I made it home and although I ached and felt like I was going to collapse, I also felt energised and ready to go again. I genuinely enjoyed it and it was nice to have something to do with the hubbie as after six years we have done the dinners, movies, clubbing and standard dates this was a great opportunity to get out, get healthy and in between panting have a good chat.

 For those interested here is my route details:

The last picture is at the end and back home, the bike is keeping me up! I really do not recognise the girl in the picture and do not know who she is.

Hopefully in time I will be back to me and healthy.

Lucy x