Monday, November 05, 2007


Weigh-in 263 (total loss since last Monday is 6.4)

Baked beans, mashed cauliflower and bacon. (There's is a photo here which you probably don't want to look at because the beans and cauliflower got all mixed together, because it was the final leftovers and they were in a pot together, which doesn't look so lovely, however it tasted great!)

Jelly with ricotta, and then a spoonful of peanut butter. Just got a craving for the peanut butter so went with it - had one little spoonful and then put the jar away.

I panicked a bit because I suddenly realised I felt cold and wanted something warm rather than lettuce etc, and all the beans are gone. I aimlessly looked in the fridge a couple of times and then realised I could do another stir-fry for myself. This one has onion, carrot, courgette, red pepper, mushroom, pine nuts and soy sauce. Note to self - come up with more simple but warm things to eat for lunch.Dinner
Cashew nut curry (which contains sultanas, so that was my fruit for the day!) and brocoli.


Baked beans, mushrooms and bacon
(forgot to take the picture until after I started eating!)
Stirfry with onion, carrot, courgette, mushroom, green beans, brocoli, red pepper, lamb (left over from the roast on Friday), pine nuts and soy sauce.Afternoon snack
Jelly with ricottaDinner
(boring, I know, but they needed using up..)
baked beans and cauliflower

Saturday, November 03, 2007


Weigh-in 262.8 (down 2 from yesterday)
I'm trying to work out how long I should stay on phase 1. I like the rapid weight loss, but I know it's not ideal for longterm. I'm considering adding in fruit next week, but staying off other carbs for another week. Any thoughs y'all?

Bacon, baked beans and cauliflower.

Chili con carne, mashed cauliflower, broad beans and red pepper

Afternoon snack

Celeriac and lentils with hazelnuts (recipe we found in The Guardian (thanks Bekki). Tasted ok, but I wouldn't recommend it!) Jelly with ricotta.

Friday, November 02, 2007


Pictures now uploaded

Morning weigh-in 264.8 (back up .2 from yesterday)
I will stict to phase one today (Wednesday and Thursday I had slight deviations from the plan, but still felt ok with the choices I made)

Homemade baked beans with a flat egg. (I probably ought to freeze some of the beans, because the recipe makes a large batch, and I tend to just eat it at some meal every day afterwards until it's finished. I don't mind, just wanted to point that out in case people don't think I have a very varied diet!)Lunch (I didn't have a snack this mornnig because I had a bit of a lie-in, so there wasn't such a long time as usual between breakfast and lunch)
Chili con carne with mashed cauliflower and some red pepper (not in the picture)Afternoon snack
Some cashew nuts and a babybel (no picture)

Roast lamb with lots and lots of vegetables. Not sure I can remember what they all were without looking at the picture! Peas, broad beans, brocoli, carrots, cauliflowr. Also some gravy and some mint sauce.


Morning weigh-in 264.6 (that's down .2, but still down!)

2 rashers of bacon and a flat egg

Morning snack
Some cashew nuts

Homemade baked beans, mashed cauliflower, kale (can you tell I'm having leftovers!)

Afternoon snack
Sugar-free jelly and a babybel (not pictured!) (I was felling really hungry and knew I wouldn't get dinner until quite late)

Dinner (no photo)
Chicken curry with rice (I was babysitting and went straight from looking after J & B. The family I was babysitting for made me dinner and left it for me to have. I didn't eat all the rice, but decided I was hungry enough to want to eat some of it) I also had a couple of garlic dough balls with the curry. I probably ought to have left them, but it had been a long day and I was hungry. I need to be aware for the future that when I'm hungry I don't make such good decisions, so need to try to plan ahead.
I was able to totally resist the cake that they brought me home at the end of the evening, so that was an achievement.

Wednesday Evening

(I didn't manage to take any pictures at the party as it was all a bit manic)
In the afternoon I had some cashew nuts for my snack.

At the party I was pretty controlled. I had crockpot beans and sausage (which for some reason none of the kids wanted when compared to crisps, sweets, chocolates and cake?!) and cucumber.
I also ate a couple of falafals and a samosa. I allowed myself to have one small piece of chocolate brownie, and then thoroughly ignored it for the rest of the evening. I made sure I drank lots of water, and at the end of the evening I felt happy with my choices.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007


This morning's weigh-in 264.8 that's down again. Yay!

For breakfast I had two rashers of bacon on top of 'flat' egg made with two eggs.For lunch I had some of my homemade baked beans (will try to put up a recipe, but not today cos life is too busy!), and leftover brocoli and some of the mashed cauliflower. Yum.
Little J enjoyed it too.And then after that I had a babybel because J didn't want it and I couldn't let it go to waste!
(He didn't eat it at all, I just only remembered to take the picture after I'm taken a bite!)
Thanks everyone who has been dropping by to encourage me. It really helps me stay on track.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Evening meal

For dinner this evening I had 2 lamb chops, mashed cauliflower (if you've never had this then you definitely ought to try it. It tastes yummy and is a great substitute for mashed potato) , curly kale, gravy and mint sauce. Delicious :-)

This is working

Do you know, this is really working for me. Just because I've made a commitment to myself to take a picture of everything I eat, and because I don't want to let any of the OWOA ladies (and Bird) down, it really is working. I think it was Brandi who suggested a while back that I use those guys as an excuse to tell other people, but that didn't really work, however like this is does seem to work. I'm not saying that I'm only doing this for all those guys, I am doing this for me. I know I need to lose this weight, it just helps knowing that they are behind me all the way. I needed to find a way to stay accountable, and this seems to be working for me.

Please excuse the not brilliant photography, I probably could take better pitures if I treid hard, but it's not practical to spend that long before every meal! However, just the act of taking the picture helps me to actually look at the food I'm putting in my mouth and process what I'm eating. It takes the mindlessness out of eating, and that is what I needed to do.

This afternoon I had a sugar-free jelly for my snack (actually it was jelly mixed with ricotta, but anyway). I was aware that making chocolate brownies might make me want something sweet so I went for that rather than nuts or vegetable and houmous.

Today so far (Tuesday)

Weigh-in this morning 265.2 I know that is a big drop from yesterday (about 4 pounds) but I know that some of that was fluids as I had quite a bit of unhealthy salty stuff on Friday and Saturday last week. I feel thinner, and my trousers are back to falling down slightly, so I must have been bloated.

This morning for breakfast I didn't feel like the same as yesterday, but I already had the vegetables cut up (I did a double lot yesterday and put half in a bag to use today). So I stirfried the veg in a very little oil and added a dash of soy sauce, and had them on top of what's known in my house as flat egg. (I used spray oil, broke the yolk and flipped it over so that both sides got browned)
I didn't have a morning snack as we were out shopping and I'd forgotten to take anything, but I think I do need to try to remember something for tomorrow.

For lunch I had similar to yesterday, but added a handful of chickpeas instead of cashew nuts
(lettuce, cherry tomatoes, red pepper, turkey, chickpeas, vinaigrette (we make that ourselves and tend to use more vinegar than oil which is not the traditional way to do it, but I like the vinegary taste)This afternoon I am cooking baked beans and chocolate brownies (for our church kids party tomorrow night). My plan is to have a big bowl of washing up water ready so that I don't even have chance to lick the spoon.

UPDATE: The brownies are in the oven, and I managed to not eat any of it. All I have to do now is remain strong when I cut them up once they're cool.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Monday's dinner

I had chicken turkey dopiaza with brocoli and a spoonful of mango chutney. It was yummy :-)

Extra nibble

Since one of the problems I've had with keeping a food diary is that I've let stuff slip past without recording it, this time I want to write down everything, even the seemingly small stuff so that I don't go that way again. As a result I'm recording that I had a spoonful of cottage pie while giving The Little One some dinner. And that was basically because he really didn't want to eat it and when we did get some in his mouth he wanted to spit it out, and I wanted to check that what I was feeding him really was edible, and that I wasn't trying to feed him something that was past it's best. It tasted fine, so I figured he just doesn't like cottage pie! We persevered and got some of it into him and then changed tack and gave him some toast instead :-)

Afternoon snack

I got to share my afternoon snack with The Little One, which means I got half a pot of jelly and ricotta (whisked together and then left to set) and half a babybel!

Monday Lunch

Salad with lettuce, pepper, cherry tomatoes, turkey, a few cashew nuts and vinaigrette.

Breakfast Monday 29th October

I've decided the only way I'm actually going to realise what I put in my mouth is to take a picture of every single thing I eat in a week. I realise this will probably be boring for most people, but I need to find a way to stay accountable. Food diaries just aren't enough, because I just give up when I eat sometihng I shouldn't.
So I'm going to write about doing this on all my blogs (One weigh or another, It's my life, and here)
in the hope that people might pop in and see how I'm doing.

Weigh-in this morning 269.4

Breakfast - vegetable omlette\frittata
onions, brocoli, red pepper, mushroom, 2 eggs, splash of skimmed milk, cheese, salt, pepper, mixed herbs
(I took a photo in the pan as well as on the plate because I knew it would fall apart when I got it out the pan)

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Monday, June 11, 2007

Weekend round up

I drank lots of water.

I ate lots of vegetables.

I ate sugar.

I snacked.

I did no exercise.

I am up 4.8 today from last week.
(that's me growling at myself).

Goals for this week:
1. Go to bed early. I know how much of the extra eating and bad choices has been because I was tired.

2. Exercise, even if it's only 10 minutes a day, it's still better than none.

3. Cut out sugar and carbs for a week. (phase one) and do it properly.

4. Be aware on Wednesday - that's my bad day, where I'm in situations that mean carbs and sugar are easily available, and my will power is low.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Day 7 (Thursday)

1. Water - Lots and lots

2. Fruit and Vegetables - lots and lots, more than 5.

3. Exercise - None really. I was tutoring after school, so didn't have loads of time. Should have gone swimming.

4. No sugar - Hmmm, broke this one.

5. No after dinner eating - Can't remember. Have a feeling I broke this one too. Feeling a bit discouraged. Think I've got tired and a bit low, and then my resolve breaks more easily and then I feel even more disappointed in myself and discouraged.

Day 6 (Wednesday)

Wednesdays are really long and busy days for me, so i didn't get round to writing a post then, nor yesterday, so now I'm just going to do a quick five point summary

1. Water - loads, kept needing the toilet in the evening!

2. Fruit and Vegetables - 2 apples, tomatoes, chickpeas and pepper for lunch, peas and asparagus for dinner.

3. Exercise - didn't get out for a walk, but did do some speed tidying and cleaning. I set my timer for 10 minutes and then raced around a room sorting and moving things and putting them away, and also some vacuuming. I did that for at least 40 minutes, while entertaining a small person (I brought him back with me to my house)

4. No sugar - managed to break this by eating some silly stuff at small child's house.

5. No after dinner eating - had some grapes at small group meeting (midweek church group) so broke this one too. Not the best day really.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Day 5

Wow, how did it get to be day 5 already?

2 rashers bacon
1 egg

8 (!) dried apricots
half an orange
small piece of banana
[Ok, let me explain all that. Apricots and me need to stay away from each other, and in future we will. This morning I took the Little One to Hayes Hill Farm and although I was taking him home for lunch his Mum sent me with a banana, an orange, some juice, nappies and a packet of apricots. I need to ban myself from apricots I think, cos I'm not very good at only having a couple at a time, or rather, I have a couple, and then a couple more. So we ate apricots. And then when we got back into the car we sat and ate orange and banana, or rather Little One ate most of it, but some bits he fed to me. And since I knew I was unlikely to get to eat lunch until gone 2, I let him!]

A little leftover mashed potato
Tikka chiken
half a yellow pepper
3 cherry tomatoes
[I stuck the chicken on the bottom, covered it with the potato and zapped in in the microwave. Then covered it with the salad stuff. It was yummy.]

spoonful of peanut butter (I was having cravings, so decided to have a little bit)
an apple

slice of melon
brown basmati rice
chick pea chilli (very hot!) (with lots of different vegetables in it)
left over cold lamb from Sunday's joint

Vegetable and fruit servings: about 4 veg and 4 fruit

Loads and loads and loads, definitely met the target

I chased the Little One all over the place this morning and went for a little walk this afternoon.

No Sugar - I'm not sure eating dried apricots really goes with this category, but I don't really know. I aim to stay off dried fruit for the rest of the month. Reminder to self - next time check you actually put the apples in the bag, otherwise you may not have them when you want them!

Monday, June 04, 2007

Day 4 of the challenge & official weigh in day

2 rashers bacon
1 egg

lite cheddar babybel
small apple

last of the homemade baked beans
a small yellow pepper
about 5 cherry tomatoes

small apple
4 macadamias
few cashews

cashew nut curry (containing turkey, mushrooms, onion and lots of other nice things)
peas (lots and lots)
2 spoons of mango chutney

Summary of vegetable\salad portions: 3 portions at lunch, 2 at dinner
Also 2 fruit portions

Exercise - well, Monday is a really long day for me. I work at school from 9-3.30 and then go straight to do some home tutoring for and hour and a half, all of which meant I didn't really get much exercise, but I did join in the Athletics lesson that I was supervising this afternoon (the school gets an outside instructor in to run the sessions, but requires a staff member there in case of discipline etc)

Water - I lost count again, but let me think.... yep, definitely got over 6 pints. Seems like I'm addicted to the stuff!

No eating after dinner - well I've have my dinner now, and I feel lovely and full, so I know I've had enough to eat. So I won't let myself give in to cravings later on if I get them.

Weigh-in - I was 261 lb this morning. I'm going to take my weight last Monday (at the OWOA weigh-in) as my start of challenge weight, because my weight on the 1st was similar to that I think, or if I wasn't I don't actually remember because I only write down the official weigh-in weights, if that makes sense! So so far I have lost 3.8 lb on this challenge. I'm determined to try to get into the 250's for next week :-)
Oh, and todays weight is the lowest I've been on this weight-loss journey. I have reached it a couple of times already on the journey and then put a few pounds back on, but this time hopefully the challenge will ensure I push on through the decade barrier, and on down with the weight loss.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

day 3

2 rashers of bacon
1 egg (you may notice a pattern developing here. I've pretty much got into the way of fixing my breakfast which allows me to get my lunch ready at the same time if I'm having a packed lunch, and since I like I pretty much always eat the same thing. Some people aren't convinced about bacon on the south beach diet, but it works for me, so I'll stick to it!)

an apple (I've found that carrying a couple of apples in my bag is good for days like today where it means I can munch on that and not have to worry about cakes or biscuits finding their way into my mouth!)

roast lamb
a spoonful of mashed potato
peas (lots!)
a mixture of roasted root vegetables (shallots, parsnip, butternut squash, sweet potato, courgette)
mint sauce
strawberries (frozen - very yummy!)

I have to admit that I had a couple of squares of milk chocolate. Almost as soon as I had eaten it I did regret it. Gave me a bit of a headache, and the eating it wasn't as good as the thinking about it! Next time I'll just admire it from afar!

small amount of the homemade baked beans (I put a portion ready for my school lunch tomorrow)
about 5 cherry tomatoes
the remains of the left over cabbage
a little bit of yellow pepper
some grated cheese
One of CJ's oat muffins (yummy! We are going to freeze the rest, and I think I might have to keep myself away from them!)

I have drunk loads of water today. And eaten loads of vegetables and fruit. I reckon it must be about 8 portions all together. I ate some chocolate and a muffin which were probably not strictly on my diet, and I do want to try to be stricter with myself from now on.

Oh, I have to admit also that I had a few cashews last night after my dinner which wasn't really according to plan either.

I think I can do the vegetable eating and water drinking pretty easily. I'm trying to schedule in when I will do exercise (I think these first three days were a bit of a wipeout so far as exercise was concerned, but am ready to do this!) I need to be more strict with myself about not eating sugar, and not eating after dinner.
That's me for now. Over and Out :-)

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Day 2

Yesterday I drank at least 120 oz water, and managed to resist evening snacks.
And my weight was down this morning from what it was yesterday morning. Hurrah :-)


2 rashers of bacon
(EDITED TO ADD) an egg (Thanks HP, missed it off by mistake!)

small apple

portion of homemade baked beans
a slice of ham
grated reduced fat cheese

We went to nandos :-)
We had some olives as an appetisers, but I only ate a few - I'm still trying to decide if I like them or not!
I had a nandos sald (mixed leaves, red pepper and cherry tomatos) with a chicken quarter with lemon and herb marinade.
I managed to resist the frozon yoghurt for dessert, but I must admit that I had sprite to drink. I think that was because I was so thirsty when we ordered it was the free refill that tempted me more than anything. On my way home from the tube station I had another apple. Although that's kinda after dinner eating, I was counting it as my dessert!

Not too bad a day. Not a huge amount of walking unfortunately, but I did manage to find a new swimming costume, two new tops and a pair of (ladies) sandals - I have trouble finding feminie shoes because I have really big and wide feet. I think the thing I need to work on for tomorrow and the coming week is meeting the exercise target.

Oh, and I drank loads today. Lost count, but reckon I reached my target for that.

Friday, June 01, 2007

June Challenge - Day 1

Day One in the June Challenge, Debs is ready to do this :-)

CJ, writing over at one weigh or another, has suggested the June Challenge.
Each one of us taking part is setting slightly differing challenges, but with hopefully with similar results - ending June being fitter and weighing less!

My version is as follows:
1. Eat at least 5 portions of fruit and veg a day.
2. Drink at least 6 (UK) pints of water a day (That's 120 oz).
3. Consume no sugar. This is one that I may need to define further as the month goes on, but for starters it definitely means no chocolate, sweets, cake etc.
4. No evening eating after the evening meal. So I can eat dinner, but then no further snacks after that.
5. 30 minutes of exercise four days a week. I think I need to look at my week and schedule this in, otherwise, if I try to go day by day I can see this not happening. This is the part of the challenge that I know I need to work hardest at to achieve.

Today I ate:

2 rashers of bacon
1 egg

portion of homemade baked beans
5 cherry tomatoes
grated reduced fat cheese

2 macadamia nuts (all that was left from the open packet!)

green beans

I make that at least seven servings of fruit and vegetables. I haven't really had any exercise today though. Tomorrow I will probably be going up to central London with Bekki, my Mum and my uncle, so hopefully there will be lots of walking around. Maybe I should take the stairs instead of the escalators on the tube...

Monday, April 30, 2007

Monday 30th April

1 middle cut rasher of bacon
1 egg

15 grapes
6 strawberries


salad made from:
7 cherry tomatoes
1 orange pepper
1\2 tin chickpeas with paprika sprinkled on
1 sausage
few cashews

An apple

1 square galaxy chocolate (a celebration sweet)

lamb rogan josh (otherwise known as spicy tomato and lamb soup)
green beans

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Haven't posted on here for a while

My last post sounded really, um dunno what the word it, but when I went back and read it it made me go 'ouch' which wasn't really the intention. I was actually trying to state the fact that since I was stating my exercise facts that was what I would call the post. However I was tired and it didn't come out right!
Here's a picture of the little one and me because, well just because really. I know it's not all that flattering, but hey!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Today's exercise, mostly

Let's fact it, it's late and I'm tired, so there's no much hope I'm going to post any much other than what exercise I did today, so why not just call the post that?!

I'm feeling really run down at the moment, due to not enough sleep and dunno what else. So I'm off to bed soon, and I've got some vitamin B complex tablets to take. - I'm got some mouth ulcers and vitamin B is supposed to be good for that.

Today I did some skipping and some step ups too. Now I'm off to bed.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Word Cloud

This is a word cloud generated here with random words from my blog.

Monday, January 15, 2007


Today I did 450 skips. How cool is that :-)

Thursday, January 11, 2007

National De-lurk week

It's official, according to several different blogs I just looked at, it is National De-lurk week. (Bekki, Arwen, Paper Napkin - ok, so that one was just following the link Bekki had, but three references seemed better than two!)

So, please please please de-lurk. I know several people who know me in real life read this blog, but don't comment much, so if that's you I especially want to hear from you. If you really don't want me to drag out a potentially embarrassing photo (like I did to Esther) and say so then I can try my best not to post one.

Secondly, if you don't know me in real life, I would love to have the chance to get to know you. I love reading blogs, and would definitely check yours out if you have one! And if you don't have a blog, well it would still be fantastic to hear from you.

Thirdly, if you already know me in cyber-space, for example any of the one weigh or another ladies, Kathleen, Chaotic Mum, or Rachel who I am just beginning to get to know, then I love it that you read my blog, and if you could spare a minute then it'd be fabulous to hear from you ;-)

Finally, if you feel you're in another category, for instance you just found my blog by googling something, then say hello too!

Please leave me a comment (or more than one, if you like). I promise I will come visiting to meet you afterwards. Just say hi, or tell me your favourite colour, or share a joke. Whatever you say, say something. Remember, in cyberspace no-one can hear you read :-)

(I've copied this post from my other blog, so if you read that too you might recognise it!)

Tuesday, January 09, 2007


I only did 100 skips today, but I did also look after little one all day, and that's always hard work!
I'm very tired, so I'm off to bed now (8.40pm) but I did just write a long post on my other blog (click Debs on the side link).
Night night.

Monday, January 08, 2007

time to go to bed

Very tired, so just want to say 300 skips today.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Happy belated blogging birthday to me

I noticed today that I've just missed my blogging birthday. I started my other blog a year and 6 days ago - on the 30th December 2005. I've been reflecting how my life has changed since then. You can read that here but I would say one of the biggest changes would have to be losing 20+ pounds off my weight. I know there's a long way to go, but if you'd asked me then I'm not sure I would have thought even that possible.
Here's the the next successful year of blogging, but especially to a sucessful year of weight loss :-)

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Doing ok-ish

School was ok.
I'm doing ok-ish, but no skipping today because my asthma is still only just under control.
Will try to blog longer posts at the weekend.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

I'm ill

Just feeling really yucky today. Not really with it most of the time - a bit floaty. I did not do any skipping today. Please pray that I'm ok to go to work tomorrow. Ok, so actually at the moment I feel like I don't ever want to go again, but I figure I need to give it a fair chance this term, havnig sat down and come up with some stuff with the class teacher. I've just been dreading having to go back all this week. So also please pray that things go ok in school.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007


I'm fighting a cold still, so not feeling 100% yet. However, I did manage to skip 200 jumps today.
Sorry, that's all I can think of to say right now!

Monday, January 01, 2007

Monday weigh-in

I am indeed up this week. In fact I'm at 270.8 which is up 3 from last week. However I shall not beat myself up over it, but am just even more determinded to lose weight this week :-)

In other news I managed 100 jumps\skips (still can't decide which word to use though) and can already feel that I am able to do them a bit quicker, and more jumps at a time before I get caught up in the rope. We also went on a (r)amble this morning with some people from our church. It was quite a gentle walk as we had a few young kids with us, but it was good just to be able to get out in the fresh air and it not be raining! (I think we're forecast rain for the rest of the week, so I'm not sure what that'll mean for the skipping)