Monthly Archives: October 2015

Pesky Toxins – Clear Skin

As you know, this October I’ve been completely sober, yes even whilst belting out the classics on the podium in Snobs. It’s been… interesting (follow up post to come once 1st November hits). The thing that really struck me was just how bad my skin got once I gave up alcohol – perhaps not something you’d expect whilst teetotal. Was it the toxins leaving my body? Maybe. I’ve never had immaculate skin at all, but I could usually work a little make-up magic and cover any break-outs, but this time it was different, my skin was sore, angry red and hard?!

I’d heard that Aloe Vera Gelly can be great for soothing breakouts, and clearing up unwelcome spots. It has antimicrobial properties that kill bacteria and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. It allows the skin to heal quickly and naturally with minimal scarring, it’s also a good moisturiser.

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So I put it to the test (excuse the lack of make up and PJs ha all pictures taken just before bed or just after waking up) …

Day 1 (Wednesday 21st October) – Spots and red patches. My lips even look a bit weird, they blend in.

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Day 5 (Sunday 25th October) Less sports for sure, still a little red tinge, particularly to cheeks area.

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Day 8 (Wednesday 28th October) Spots have pretty much gone, still slightly red around nose and cheeks. My face actually matches my neck more or less in terms of complexion. Bonus.

KL Slim & Tonic - Day 8 - Skin Test

Wish I’d took slightly better images (apologies). The results are fairly clear though I think? I’m pretty chuffed to be honest, feel much more confident – although a smidge worried about all the face paint I’ll be applying for Halloween this weekend. Fingers crossed my skin stays calm.

Kerry — x

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Recipe: Courgette Pizza

So while I was doing the Clean 9 I thought I’d try out some new recipes. I used to love cooking from scratch, but guess I got lazy and convenience took over, I’d find myself eating similar things every week, and tricking myself into thinking they were ‘healthy’ – I mean if you have brown pasta then it doesn’t matter how much cheese you stick on it right? Erm. Wrong. I’ve always loved courgettes, so when I came across a ‘Zucchini Pizza’ recipe on Pinterest, I had to give it a try. Tastes really yum and it’s incredibly easy and quick too – bonus! Here’s the recipe:

1x large courgette
60g of Reduced fat cheddar (I’ve since discovered if you use Parmesan the pizza base is actually even better)
1x egg

Grate the courgette. Leave it in a sieve in 10 mins to drain. Then you need to remove all the excess water. I kinda half mashed it bare hands, realised I was getting nowhere, scooped it into a clean tea towel and squeezed and squeezed till the towel went green…

Pop your dry courgette into a bowl.

Add the egg and cheese. Mix it up.

Spread onto a baking paper lined baking tray (I omitted the paper first time, it got a bit stuck…)

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Bake for 8 mins at 200.

I then mashed some salad tomatoes and simmered them into a sauce to use as the topping.

The base and sauce is 280 cals.

Then add your toppings.

I went for peppers, onions and 4x slimming world meatballs – cut up. Oh and a sprinkle of cheese (did I mention I love cheese?)

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570cals in total for the whole thing. That’s 30 cals for left for a squirt of ketchup and there you go 600 calories of deliciousness.

Hope you enjoy.

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Sober October – Half Way.

I like to drink. I mean I’m not an alcoholic or anything, but I love cocktails on a Thursday Evening, a G&T on a Sunday Afternoon and a JagerBomb or two at the match most Saturdays. So when I told everyone I was going to do Sober October, they laughed in my face, literally. But I wanted to challenge myself, and I was intrigued to whether it would aid my weight loss, give me clearer skin and help me sleep better…

Well it’s been 2 weeks and I haven’t even been tempted to have a drink… not even whilst watching England crash out of the Rugby World Cup, or seeing Villa get trampled on by Stoke at home – which not only makes me a saint but pretty damn strong willed too.

Do I feel better? Well sort of.

My skin is definitely not better – in fact it’s worse. A few people have suggested I had so many toxins in me, the outbreak is just those coming out – cheeky. So maybe over the next two weeks once that’s done it might clear up?

I’ve only had one hangover in the last 5 years or so (I often think Leeds LawSoc made me immune) and that was following a 5am Tequila binge on a beanbag in a mansion in West London – not as seedy as it sounds. Honest. So yes waking up after a night out is still pleasant, if not more so when I look in my purse and I’ve spent about a fiver on Lime & Soda.

However this is the big one, I’m sleeping so much better. I’ve never been a fan of snooze, I used to go for days on just a few hours. Not healthy and I’m not proud, but I just found lying down and closing my eyes so… boring. But I’m currently getting a solid 6 hours a night, which is just wonderful.

So let’s raise a glass (of green tea) to the next two weeks.

TBC….

Kerry —x

P.S I don’t have a fundraising account for Sober October – it’s a personal objection – I have an issue with asking people to donate for me not drinking.

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50 Pounds Down

Another small but exciting victory. 50 Pounds down now.

I use www.ilostwhat.com as a fun way to track my weight loss. Apparently 50 pounds is the same as small bail of hay – who knew?

I’m keeping to a steady rate of around 2.5lbs a week at the moment. I’m still using the Forever Lite Ultra shake – I mix it up and have 2 shakes and 1 600 cal meal on my rest days, and 1 shake, 1 600 cal meal and 1 450 cal meal on my activity days. I take the Aloe Gel every morning, when I don’t I feel sluggish so it definitely packs a boost.

A colleague said to me the other day ‘You just look better…’ I was like oh thanks, erm what does that mean? She said my face looked a lot slimmer. So I went back to look at some past photos and she has a very good point.

So erm here’s my face for the last 6 months or so…

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The last one is a bit dark – I apologise. I guess she’s right though.

Kerry — x

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