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.

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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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40 Pounds Down

Just a quick post today…. I am now 40 pounds down. Huge thanks to the Clean 9 for a massive boost in getting me back on track. I can tick this one of my list. Next stop 70 pounds down for Christmas. Bring it on.

The left picture is from April and the right picture is from today. Feeling much healthier. A long way to go, but well on the way.

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Kerry —x

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Clean 9

I have a confession. I’ve been very bad. I’ve indulged in the most luxurious of treats; Prosecco, Cider, Burgers, Hot Dogs, Cheese – glorious Cheese and lumps and lumps of Milka chocolate. Ooops.

Me & 3 of my best friends, set off on a little road trip last week. We drove to Dover, then to France, then to Belgium – watched a bit of Formula 1, then we packed up and drove through Germany and into Luxembourg, and back again. It was a wonderful trip. We laughed hard, danced lots, and erm drank and ate ourselves silly. I’m sure many of you can relate, you have a little taste of something nice, and suddenly you’ve ate it all. I felt angry with myself at first, annoyed that I’d let myself get lost in the excitement of the road trip. I’ve gained 6 pounds over the last 10 days, so not horrendous but I’m not happy.

Now a while back I noticed a post on Facebook from an old school friend, she’d recently joined Forever as a Business Owner and was talking about one of the products – the Clean 9. The programme is a 9 day cleanse, which flushes out all the toxins within and boosts your energy counts. I began researching the programme a little more – I am a research geek by the way, I had drawn up a list of tips, tricks, pros and cons by that evening. I decided I wanted to give it a go. The wedding was now only 2 weeks away, and I didn’t want to feel sluggish, spotty and bloated for the big day.

My box arrived (well I collected it) the following Sunday, I was all set to start the Monday but last minute tickets to The Libertines meant I opted for Tuesday instead. So here’s how it went…

Day 1 – I got up early and noted down all my measurements, and then packed my handbag with the Clean 9 components. The Aloe Gel I was expecting to absolutely disgusting – but it wasn’t too bad. I downed it in one and brushed my teeth immediately afterwards and yeah it was ok… feeling positive so far, I got this. I felt absolutely fine until mid afternoon – the office spent so good with everyone’s lunch lingering… so I went for a quick walk. I had a PT session booked for 8pm and was a little worried I wouldn’t have the energy to really push myself, but I was wrong, I felt fine. The hunger pangs I felt mid afternoon had disappeared and with the help of the shake I was ready to go. Thought I might have slept better after completing Day One and a heavy PT session, but nope, my mind has a habit of running in the most ludicrous circles come bedtime and today was no different.

Day 2 – Pretty much the same as yesterday except no PT session so I went for an extra long walk. Feeling kinda bouncy which must be good right? I heated my shake up today after I’d made it, and enjoyed it as hot chocolate style drink. Yummy. Also I had a plum mid afternoon – was nice to have something a little sweet.

Day 3 – Practically sprang out of bed this morning. Did my measurements – 7 & 1/2 inches off! Over the moon. The best thing about today? Actual food. I spent the whole day thinking about what I was going to eat haha! Somethings never change aye? I weighed myself at the gym – 6 pounds off. After my work out I went to M&S and grabbed some bits and pieces. I made Courgette Pizza and it tasted amazing. I mean I love courgettes – which you might think odd, I actually love a lot of vegetables, I never had an issue eating my 5 a day no matter what size I’ve been. But anyway I’ll put the recipe up for you all to try.

Day 4 – Not much to tell. Feeling well, content and less bloated. I had an omelette for dinner, tasty and nutritious.

Day 5 – Really getting into the swing of this now. The gel no longer bothers me. I feel good. Looking forward to the results tomorrow. For dinner I had stir fry – just a vegetable one – was scrummy – one of the best parts of this week so far has been seeing all the different meals you can make for 600 calories. I will continue with some of them after the cleanse for sure.

Day 6 – Drum roll please…. results so far – 13lbs off and 15 inches!! Absolutely gobsmacked, I had to do the measurements at least 5 times. Such a boost as it’s a tough one today – Villa v. Leicester Away. A challenge at the best of times. I switched up my meals today and had my 600 calorie grub for Breakfast. A wise choice. I got to the pub and proceeded to drink pint after pint…. of water. Less said about the football the better, but mission complete. I didn’t stray from the plan one bit.

Day 7 – I sent Amiee (the girl who sold me the C9) a message today saying ‘I can actually see my waist, like it’s really there’. Stuffed peppers for dinner. Plan feels like a breeze now, I’m so in the zone.

Day 8 – Final dress fitting today, and thank goodness the Bride has opted for straps – the top is falling down. Which is great news, but I don’t want to steal the show by flashing so best hoist it up. My stomach is flat, my skin is glowing, and I feel great. I’ve decided I’m going to continue with the shakes and the Garcinia tablets after the Clean 9 is finished, I’m in a routine now and the results are so pleasing.

Day 9 – Results Day: 15lbs & 18 Inches Down!!! I am over the moon. Any skepticism I once had, has dissolved, I feel lighter, energised and happy. Roll on the wedding tomorrow.

Wow. I am so impressed by the programme and it’s results I’ve signed up to as a Forever Business Owner. If you’re interested in trying the Clean 9 – drop me an email on kerry.lenihan1@gmail.com or visit my FB page here >

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Slimming World Meals

I have fallen in love with the Slimming World Meals now available at Iceland.

They are so easy for busy people like me, they taste good, and there’s variety.

Here’s my top 3…

.3. Slimming World Sausages

An odd texture at first, but so tasty. Much yummier than I expected. Have them with eggs and beans, enjoy with mashed potatoe and a bit of onion gravy, or dice them up and pop them in pasta. They take around 18-20 minutes to bake.

.2. Slimming World Chicken Tikka

All the taste of curry, without all the calories. It’s not as creamy as one you might get from your local takeaway, but it’s just as tasty. Not overly spicey, but there’s definitely a kick.

.1. Meatball Pasta

Oh my gosh – the meatballs in this dish are so juicy, so meaty, so tasty. The sauce is not too spicey, but not bland at all. I will be stocking up.

What’s your favourite dish?

Kerry —x

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Joining A Gym

I’ve spent the last 2 weeks trying out various gyms, with different free passes – mostly found on the web. Here’s some of my favourites:

Nuffield Health – Free 1 Day Pass

Fitness First – Free 1 Day Pass 

LA Fitness – Free 1 Day Pass 

In the end however I opted for ‘The Gym’ – it’s on the high street in the City Centre, just opposite the big M&S. There was no joining fee and it costs just £12.99 a month, with no contract. The gym itself is huge, it has two floors, all the machines you need, and a huge studio. However it has no luxuries – no steam room, no pool, no sauna, just pure and simple gym equipment. I worked out even if I manage to go just once a week it will cost me around £3.25 – a bargain. If I go twice a week, it’s ridiculously cheap.

I know gyms can be daunting when you’re worried about your size, but everyone is there with similar goals. To maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle, to lose weight or get stronger. Don’t be afraid to give it a go. If it’s not for you then you might be interested in this new initiative from Coca-Cola Life – Parklives – loads of free activities in parks around the area. Anything from Tai Chi to Buggy Bootcamp to 5k training. Take a look.

Kerry —x

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The Mills Wedding

I’ve now lost 10 pounds. A good start and I feel optimistic about reaching my goal weight. I’ve been going to Slimming World every week, and was really chuffed to get Slimmer of the Week this week, with a 4lb lost. A much needed spark of motivation.

One of my best friends is getting married tomorrow. I was hoping to wear a certain outfit, however I tried it on and I don’t feel confident at all. So my Mother, bless her, took me shopping to try and find something last minute. This is never a good idea. I hate changing rooms, they seem to pick up on every little lump and magnify every bump. I’ve opted for something black as usual – however I’ve perked it up with some bright orange accessories. Can’t wait for the days when I opt for colour and not just something slimming.

The worst thing about tomorrow will be the pictures, there’s sure to be someone with a camera at every turn. But for to see my beautiful friend so happy, and loved up, I’ll put on a big grin, and enjoy the day!

Kerry —x

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Sleep.

Ahh the S word. Adored by many, hated by few, pursued by me… I’ve never been big on sleep. I’m a night owl and an early bird at the same time. My friends think I’m insane, I’m the last to go to sleep and the first to wake up. The mystery of sleep has eluded me for many years. Whilst at Uni I’m pretty sure I was an insomniac, I often tried to sleep but my mind would wander, or I’ll get stuck into a book, or suddenly decide my wardrobe needed sorting at 3am… even after a heavy night out I just couldn’t switch off. When I moved to London, I was working long hours for weeks at a time, and yet still sleep failed to come easily. I’m hoping that a healthier lifestyle may help me to wind down and relax a little easier. I guess we’ll see…

Kerry — x

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