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Jeans.

Last week I indulged in something well out of my comfort zone… I went shopping for (and bought) a pair of jeans. No big deal right? Wrong I can’t really remember the last time I owned a pair, I’m a legging kind of girl (not the see-through-shouldn’t-be-trousers style), I like big baggy jumpers, and blouses which skim my knees, in the summer it’s tunics and long vest style ‘dresses’. However since losing weight (nearly 60 pounds now) my leggings haven’t been fitting too well, they gape at the back and my knees are kinda droopy, I’m short so they usually reach past my boobs anyway, but recently I’ve been keeping them up by tucking them in my bra… sexy right?

I didn’t want to spend lots as well hopefully they won’t be lasting too long, so I went to Dorothy Perkins, they were having a 20% off everything day, and I wanted a new coat (still not found the one).  I bought the ‘Petite Darcy Authentic Skinny‘ (who knew jeans had such long names) – usually £24.00 but £19.20 with the discount. They say ‘super skinny’ but they’re nice and stretchy, I can sit down without having my circulation cut off, and the colour goes well with everything really.

Maybe not a big deal to many people but it’s so nice to wearing jeans again and more importantly feeling comfortable in them. I rang my Dad to share my ‘big news’ and he basically screamed down the phone so yeah it’s a big deal to me. The next step is finding ‘jean tops’ aka not over-sized blouses/shirts so I can show off my new demin coated legs.. aha.

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Kerry — x

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60 Pounds Down.

I have a jaw people…. this is not a false alarm, who knew under those cushioned layers of flab I had an actual jaw. Ok so when I laugh… like proper belly laugh (which I do a lot because I’m hilarious) my jaw goes into hiding once more, but I know it’s there now at least…

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I’m feeling good, like real good. People say nice things to me and I feel warm inside, I think it’s known as pride? 60 pounds off… that’s like over 4st. Crazy.

So tonight I have a PT session and we’re going to do this thing whereby I pick up an extra 27kg of weight, and remind myself just how draining it was carrying that around daily. That’s when it really hits home for me. I always think when you lose weight that you don’t notice it in yourself as much, well not until you start putting old photos together and see the difference, so it’s nice in a way to be able to feel the difference.

The only way is down….

Kerry — x

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Quick Circuit Workout At Home

So I realise not everyone might be able to afford a PT or want to join a gym – that’s cool. Here’s a super quick routine you can complete at home (or in the park is fun – just make sure there’s steps). I adapted it myself, from some of my preferred exercises*. It’s not too intense, just a good 30 minutes of exercise to get your heart rate up a little, make it sweat baby. Where possible I’ve added a YouTube link for you to see the exercise in action – YouTube is wonderful by the way – personally a big fan of Emily Skye (thanks to my cousin).

Warm-up 5 minutes.

Run up the stairs as quick as you can and walk down at a steady pace x 30 seconds.

Burpees (go for whichever style you feel most comfortable with – I do intermediate) – use the bottom step to support yourself if you need x 30 seconds.

30 seconds rest.

Repeat 3 times.

Rest for a minute.

Phase 1 Circuit 10 minutes:

Step-ups 1st step (step up onto the first step with your leading foot, then the other so both feet are on the step, then step down with one foot then the other so both feet are on the bottom of the stairs) x 30 seconds

Press-ups – (if you can’t do full leg extension, then cross your legs, and press from your knees, suck your stomach in so it’s tight) x 30 seconds

Step-ups 2nd step (same as above but reach your leg up to the second step – steady yourself into a pace which is manageable) x 30 seconds

Plank – Rest on your forearms, in a planking position. Hold it for 30 seconds. Keep your bum down, don’t bend your knees.

30 seconds rest

Repeat 4 times

Rest for minute.

Phase 2 Circuit 10 minutes

Russian Twists
x 30 seconds

Grab a 2lt bottle of pop or a dumbbell if you have one, sit down on the floor – middle of the lounge is fine, make sure your feet are on the ground to begin, slightly spread legs – the V position, lean back, raise your feet off the ground, until you feel the pull in your stomach, suck it in. Holding your chosen prop to you chest twist your torso side to side, touch the floor space with your bottle of dumbbell. Don’t let your feet touch the ground.

Lower Leg Raises
x 10 full raises

Lie on your back, extend your arms above your head (this is personal preference you can have them alongside your body) and stretch your legs out – raise your legs to the ceiling, try not bend your knees during, keep your legs together, slowly lower them back towards the floor – much harder than it sounds, you’ll definitely feel it in your core.

Mountain Climbers
x 30 seconds

Flip over onto your front, get into a press up position, raise your knee towards your chest – one leg at a time.

Squats 
x 20 full squats

Get into squat position (watch the video – you want to make sure you’re doing it right) – go as low as you can – squeeze yourself into your heels – it’ll make more sense once you give it a try. No rush on this one, concentrate on getting the squat right.

30 Seconds Rest.

Repeat 4 times.

Rest for 1 minute.

Stretch – 3-5 minutes

I do something very similar to this – ‘How to stretch’

Enjoy.

*I am not a personal trainer, I do not have a degree in sports science, I just want to look better and feel good – I cannot promise lbs in weight loss or muscle mass increases nor would I want to. But feel free to give it a go, in my opinion it works.

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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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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: Round 3

So I have a slight confession. I’m not new to the whole weight loss thing. I’ve battled with my weight on and off for years, since I was a young child. Throughout my school years despite being extremely active (I played netball, hockey, rounders, I was a member of the swim team, the athletics team and I loved ice skating) I was always bigger than other girls my age, by quite some way.

When I was 16 my Mom suggested Slimming World as I was at a real low point, and dreading going to 6th Form and meeting new people. I joined it and really got stuck in, I loved it, I lost lb after lb, I collected certificates every few weeks, half a stone, 1 stone, 2 stone and so on. I was voted ‘Slimmer of The Year’ at my club and ‘Most Inspirational’. I looked good and felt amazing. I thought that I was set for life. However I then went to University, and the weight slowly crept back on. I ate takeaways, and poorly constructed meals consisting of 50% pasta/50% cheese. I circled back to where I’d began, I was disappointed but too busy loving life to care. I was elected Vice President of the Law Society, I had loads of friends, I worked for a promotions company and spent my nights enjoying free bar tabs and VIP treatment. I still went to the gym regularly and played netball twice weekly, but the exercise just couldn’t keep up with the free ‘champagne’, £1 Doubles and the XL pizza binges.

I moved back to Birmingham briefly after Uni – I was in a place many find themselves in after their degree finishes – I had a solid Law Degree from an exceptional University but no idea what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go next. My support network had dispersed all over the country, well actually all over the world. I went back to working every shift I could at my seasonal job, even some nights, and it was then it struck me I wasn’t happy with my weight. I joined Slimming World again… it was going fairly well, until I got a place on a Digital Marketing Bootcamp in London. It was everything I’d been missing, sights, scenes and shots… I decided to pack up and move to London. I lived in student halls for a couple of weeks and ate crunchy nut out of plastic pint glasses (I didn’t realise you had to bring your own cutlery etc), eventually I found a beautiful flat and moved in with a good friend. I was working but for free… an unpaid internship – trying to scope out a career for myself. Things went well career wise I quickly moved from Intern to Manager in 2 years, but I’d fallen back into the trap of eating, drinking and not sleeping. Then… well you already know what happened then.

Back to today. I’m rejoining Slimming World for the third time. The plan is more of a lifestyle than a diet and with the support of my Bride-To-Be best friend, I’m determined this time I’m getting healthy for life.

Kerry — x

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