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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Together - we got this!

23rd July 2017
Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.

The one thing that’s come out of this week’s meetings is the need for support, everything is easier when we are supported whether that be our weight loss journey or any other part of our life.  We can’t live without help from others, just take a look around your house someone else made your furniture, the tv, the food in the cupboards was supplied by someone else, even if you paid for it all.  Yeah we are meant to work together to live easier. 

I see it too, from the members that join together to the friendships that are formed in the meetings, not forgetting I’m there to support them too.  Although I can’t give them extra help if they don’t tell me they’re struggling and need it.  Sometimes it’s obvious that they do but not always, we have a great knack of hiding things and saying, ‘I’m okay’.

If you’re trying to support someone who’s struggling a great bit of advice is be a cheerleader, not a coach, they have me for that.  Don’t find faults with what they’re doing, instead encourage them and when they are doing right and cheer them on when they hit their smaller goals along the way.  Don’t dwell on the blips!   If they’ve had a bad day, listen, ask them about their progress but don’t judge, they already know they’ve slipped up.

Another great way to support someone else is not to tempt them with delicious goodies and don’t become the food police either – not easy to get it right is it, nope, it’s not easy to lose weight either.

If you’re the one after support, then remember not everyone in your house is trying to lose weight, does it feel like every time you turn round one of your kids is scoffing crisps, or your other half is demolishing a chocolate bar?  Are they conspiring against you, trying to sabotage your efforts?

They aren’t, you know that right?  It’s just they don’t realise, you may have asked them to support you on your weight loss journey, but have you actually told them how?  What does that look like!   Could you ask them to eat their treats away from you so you’re not tempted?  Maybe ask them if they’re happy to try a couple of your healthier meals each week to see what they think, otherwise you’re going to end up cooking yourself a different meal.  Talk about eating healthier rather than weight loss, everyone can benefit from getting healthier.

To support yourself, avoid temptation in the supermarket by putting only the healthy stuff on your shopping list, maybe order online.  If they want a treat let them go buy it themselves, I’ve been buying moms treats on a daily basis, you think it’s more expensive but to be honest she just eats more if I buy them all at the same time, so it works out the same.

Maybe ask the family to make a list of the treats they like then you can choose the ones you like least from that list to buy, then you’re less likely to be tempted.

And don’t be afraid to cheat, do your family say, I don’t want that skimmed milk, have you tried putting it into a whole milk container, see if they notice or mix it half and half, and gradually wean them off.  Cut the sugar and fat in recipes so they don’t notice you’re changing their favourite meals. 

There’s strength in numbers - everything really is easier with support, so don’t be afraid to ask for it BeYOUtiful.   

Saturday, 22 July 2017


22nd July 2017
If tomorrow, all women woke up and decided they really like their bodies, just think how many industries would go out of business.  Dr Gail Dines

Oh hello 4am, it’s been a few weeks… It’s all good, I’ll be finished by half ten then I’ve got a weekend to relax.

When I get up at this time though, my head doesn’t work so I sit not knowing what to write, oh the highlight of my day yesterday was my meeting, love, love, love my Friday girls, then the other thing was bed time, mom and me ended up having a lovely giggle with Alfie, bit of love, a cuddle and a bit of play made up for all the tougher moments of the day. 

Oh I had a bag of 3sp snaps yesterday,  sat in my car and had 5 minutes, ate them slowly, that’s possibly the last bag I’ll ever have, they’re not so good when eaten slowly, makes you realise they ain’t as good as you think they are.  I’d have rather have eaten a piece of small cheese for 3sp.  Oooo cheese, might have to buy me a piece today, not had any for a week or so, my fridge is starting to look bare, my cupboards not much better, freezers still got a way to go but I’m not putting anything in it until it’s empty!  There’s a pizza in there, we might have that for lunch today actually, mom will enjoy that and I can have salad with mine.  Then there’s some frozen trout we could have that tomorrow.  I’ve got leftover slow cooker chicken in the fridge too.  It’s pay day Tuesday, but I’m still going to start being more careful with how much food I buy, it’s ridiculous.  There’s another one of those programmes on the tele at the moment, Eat, Shop, Save and one of the ways they recommended to save  money was to use lentils to bulk out meals, a 500g bag of red lentils is only 75p in Asda, one of your five a day too.  This is the recipe from the show;

Spaghetti Bolognese with a twist (total recipe = 73sp)
It doesn’t say how many the recipe serves but if it was 6 it would be 12sp each

1 large red onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 red pepper, finely chopped
800g chopped tomatoes
500g of lean beef mince (5% = 12sp)
180g dry red lentils (14sp)
500g of whole wheat spaghetti (47sp) 

  1. Add the lentil to a saucepan and cover it with boiling water and simmer until soft, then drain it and set aside. Sauté the onion garlic and red pepper along with a pinch of salt - until the onions and peppers have softened.
  2. Add the mince beef and continue to cook until the beef is fully cooked. Add the lentils and chopped tomatoes then simmer for 10-15 mins until the sauce thickens. Finally cook the spaghetti as per the manufacturer’s instructions.

He also cooked this red sauce to try and get the kid to eat vegetables without realising they were there, great for a pasta dish, zero points too;

Red Sauce

Large red onion 1
Cloves of garlic 2
Red pepper (half
Courgette half
Tin chopped tomatoes 2x400g

  1. Chop the courgette, onion and garlic.
  2. Sautéed them in a pan with a bit of olive oil. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Cook until the courgette starts to soften
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook until the flavours develop.
  5. Then blend all together

Same with this curry sauce, only it’s not zero points;

Curry Sauce
1 red onion
3 garlic cloves
1-2 sweet potatoes (5sp per potato)
500ml veg stock
Mild curry powder

  1. Finely chop the garlic and onion
  2. Heat olive oil in a pan and sautéed the onions and garlic until soft.
  3. Dice the sweet potatoes and add to the pan.
  4. Pour in the veg stock in the pan to almost cover
  5. Put the contents into a blender, add a bit of curry powder to your taste then blend together.

The one tip I did take was buy frozen fish, it’s as good as fresh and sometimes the fresh fish has been previously frozen anyway!

Right it’s starting to go light outside, moms about ready for another cuppa, here’s to a cracking good day and a relaxing weekend.  Hope you’ve got a good one planned BeYOUtiful. x

Friday, 21 July 2017

Be nice (especially to yourself!)

21st July 2017
Grateful for where I’m at, excited about where I’m going.

Yesterday was just another day that proved how important it is to get to your meetings each week - that support from everyone makes a massive difference, especially when you’re struggling!  When you’re not struggling you’ll be there to help everyone else with your enthusiasm, success and knowledge.

Think for a moment, what would you do if you found someone bruised and battered?  You wouldn’t give them another slap for good measure would you!  No you’d show them compassion and try to help them and this is the attitude you need to show towards yourself when you slip up in your efforts to lose weight.

Imagine you meet up with a mate for coffee and you end up in Maccy D’s, they order big mac and fries, then when they’ve finished they go and order a Chocolate muffin, eat the lot, lick their lips and smile!   Then they say, ‘damn, I shouldn’t have eaten that, I’ve messed my week up now’.  Do you look at them and say, ‘Yeah you have, you’re disgusting, you ought to be ashamed of yourself eating like that you pig!  That’s why you ain’t ever gonna lose any weight!”  Or do you say, ‘Was it good, you ready to draw a line now and get back on track tomorrow?”

I’m guessing you would say the nicer response, I hope you would anyway, if you said the first, you wouldn’t be my friend anymore!  I’m guessing though if you’d been talking to yourself in your own head, would you have shown so much compassion?  Would you have given yourself a hard time, I know so many members that would and it’s my mission to get them to stop doing that. 

Stop criticizing yourself. Look for your strengths instead of your flaws. Why not write yourself a list of your strengths, food might be a weakness but you’ll have strengths.  Oh and if you do still occasionally criticise yourself? Don’t criticise yourself for criticising yourself! You’re trying to undo a lifetime of habits, so be very, very patient with yourself. It’s going to take time.

Showing yourself compassion could be the missing ingredient in your weight loss efforts you know, none of us react positively to negativity!
Just read this few lines out loud;

“I’m such a sorry loser.”
“I shouldn’t have put all that weight on in the first place.”
“What’s the point? I’ll never lose weight.”

Don’t sound good does it, lowers your mood almost instantly, made me feel flat, now we don’t usually say these things out loud, but we think them and our subconscious hears loud and clear and it makes us feel awful which usually makes us look for something to eat!

WAKE UP CALL!  We all overeat and indulge, heck food tastes damn good, it’s everywhere, temptation that is as well as food, we’re designed to want to eat, we’re bought up to want to eat, eating is enjoyable. 

So stop beating yourself up for overeating - it makes you human, welcome to the club, there’s like 7 billion of us!

Healthy isn’t a weight, it’s not a diet, it’s not about killing it at the gym 7 days a week or eating clean 24/7 (which is super boring by the way), most importantly, healthy looks different for everyone.

Don’t define yourself on how well you stick to the ‘plan’ define yourself on the choices you make that celebrate your BeYOUtiful, your individuality and your life.

Feeling guilty and beating yourself up causes even more stress and negativity, this won’t help you get anywhere, if you’re going to have a food fest, enjoy it, don’t beat yourself up over it.

Now thankfully my meetings last night helped to keep me on track, I hadn’t got my tea planned like I said I would (does that make me useless?  NO! It makes me busy and tired!), I know if I hadn’t had the conversation we had in that meeting I would’ve come home and overindulged, I may have come home via the chippy (would that have made me a failure?  NO!  It would have made me someone who couldn’t be bothered to cook tea and gave into temptation – it happens!)  Instead because we’d all had a good chat, we’d agreed that we were gonna get on it, I’d made one of my members promise she wouldn’t have a maccy’s for tea because she hadn’t seen the results on the scales she wanted, because we both knew that wasn’t going to make her feel better, she would’ve been eating it for the wrong reason.   I drove home thinking, ‘right what can I have for tea, I’ve told all those ladies to stay on track, I’ve got to as well’.  I had the most delicious tuna melt, mmm and went to bed feeling good.

Here’s to another day of healthy & happy, be kind to yourself BeYOUtiful, be your own best friend, support and love all the way.