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5lbs.

It’s Christmas… there’s a party to go to every night, a glass of wine to share with friends every lunchtime and there’s boards and boards of cheese just waiting to be devoured. Trying to shift these last 5lbs towards my 70lbs by Christmas goal is pretty damn  hard. I’ve mostly resisted the temptations so far; I’ve let my Niece open my advent calendar, I’ve offered to drive to avoid the booze, and I’m definitely counting battling through the bullring in the pursuit of those elusive final gifts as extra exercise.

The good news is even though the scales don’t seem to be budging at the moment, I’m noticing some changes in my body itself. It’s shapelier (is that a word?) than before, my waist is more defined, and my legs are less tree trunky than before. I’m still going to the gym, making the most of my PT sessions, and it seems to be paying off. Almost time for another new pair of jeans I think.

Most pleasing is the fact I can finally do my jacket up, rather than having it open.

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Enjoy yourself this Christmas… a life where you’re 100% good all of the time, would be awfully boring after all. See you all in January xox

 

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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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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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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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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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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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The Time Has Come…

Hey.

Let me introduce myself. I’m Kerry, 25 years young, I live in Birmingham, for the time being, I’m not very good at staying in one place for too long. I never sit still for too long either, I guess I’m a member of the ‘forever busy society’, I much prefer to have a diary packed with appointments and outings than a blank one. I don’t even have a TV in my bedroom at the moment, nor have I for years now, there’s just so many other things I’d rather do. My friends would describe me as a social butterfly, whereas my Dad would say I’m continually running myself into the ground, I much prefer the former… Time has a way of escaping around me.

So it was only when I moved back to Birmingham this February in an attempt to find a better life balance, that it struck me just how crazy my weight gain had become.  I mean sure I had sort of noticed, my clothes I’d packed up when I first moved to London didn’t fit anymore, I’d developed an irrational fear of sitting down at bars/restaurants/on the tube for fear of breaking the chair or getting stuck (this was perhaps an extreme phobia – I admit), I avoided having my picture taken in social situations, and began to dread meeting clients/new people as I believed they’d judge me on my ballooning figure, I even turned down a nights out as I was ‘working late’ so I didn’t have to find something to cover my lumps and bumps, I hated the way I looked and often found myself getting upset over it. However I’m pretty sure no-one really knows any of the above to be true. I’ve always been very confident, the life and soul of the party, I’ve never had trouble starting conversations up with people or making friends, in fact I’ve always been fairly popular. But deep down beneath my bubbly exterior I knew it was time for a change. The final decider came when my Best Friend asked me to be her Chief Bridesmaid – we went to try on some dresses one day, I felt and looked awful. I didn’t want to be the ‘fat bridesmaid’ so I made some changes, and this blog is going to act as a diary of those changes and my journey towards a healthier lifestyle.

I hope you find it interesting to read, and hopefully helpful.

Kerry — x

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