How I converted my nans necklace into earings…

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Her necklace was a gorgeous slightly neon orange. In shapes of lumpy rocks that appeared bigger further down the chain. It was a nice necklace but a necklace my sister, mother nor I would wear.

But nonetheless it was her favourite and we wanted to incorporate our own style and cherish something that was her even more by wearing it!

So we had bracelets and earings made. By a lovely woman and old high school/college friend of my mother’s.

They are so dainty and elegant! Pergect re crestions. Follow Peni and her Facebook page Hearts and Dragonflies

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I’ve lost 3 pounds since my diet!

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So you followed my last week health journey and I mentioned how this week I was to do the same. Well I started Sunday and today is Tuesday and I have lost an addition of 3 pounds!!!!!!!!!! I can’t believe it and it’s only Tuesday. Perserverience is everything. I have a few follow up images of my transformation start to finish. Check it out.

Summer 2015

Summer 2016

My weight loss journey since January 2017:

Thanks for reading…

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Day 3 and 4 of my health and fitness plan

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I guess I should have stated in my latest posts thst the 800/900 calorie diet is quiet drastic. I am aware that it is something thst could be very effective but harmful too. I have stated thst it can give you the following if carried out for too long: nausia, head aches, dizziness, etc.

I have made a health post not so long ago but not ever gone reads my posts so just to illustrate again:

Please consult your doctor! Always do your research. 800 calories diet is legit, I have followed many books and I have done my research on my BMI and whether I’m eligible. To which I am to continue. But only for a week guys!!! I know I said I’ll be doing for another week but that is hardly a week. I’ll be doing this for 4 days. Having a very bad chest day. And then doing it again for another 5 days and back to my cheat weekend. That’s the best way to do it in my eyes. And you loose more by the end of the weekend because your body goes into overdrive.

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I have no pictures because I have been in work today! I’m so sorry but half of it you have already seen. So ill be having my

Porridge!!

Rice, lettuce, tomatoes, chillie con carne.

Dinner is chicken and mushrooms with rice.

Overall:

It comes to around 1,000 calories so I haven’t got target and I got around 125g of carbs today.

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Today is a good day and here is what I had!

My favourite breakfast again!

An omlete with low fat cheese spread, spinage and avocado!

My own recipe. Some spaghetti with half a cup of grated cheese and tiny bit of butter and water to melt it all together. Boiled until stringy and then add spinage and prawns (already cooked) to blend in with the rest of the food.

These last two days have been hard to keep track of and I am a little bit disappointed but when you get knocked down you have to pick yourself back up again. Next week is a fresh start. Always keep trying.

Atleast I have been active today and I have burnt 700+ calories!!!!

Day 2 of my health and fitness plan

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My motivation today has been my new bikinis! They are so gorgeous and I can’t wait to flaunt them on the beach – summer bod here we come! I bought this set from Shein, an amazing site, and where I bought majority of my holiday clothes, so I can’t wait to show you them as well. But so far so good with my health plan, I have noticed how quick I can bounce back from 1,200 calories to 800/900 calories which is a skill in itself!


TODAYS MEALS: 

Today I have been craving for some carbs but all in moderation, I have been using my app yesterday and today to keep track of everything I consume. The app I use is NutraCheck. Its so simple and easy and I just love it, without it, my diet wouldn’t be as carefully monitored, its surprising how some things you believe are healthy when in fact they are not! Always check ingredients!


Breakfast:
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I am crazy crazy for these Warbutons seeded protein bagels. So thin for bagels, but omg they are so filling. I also use Whole earth Cashew peanut butter, banana’s and a tiny bit of honey onto to give into my sweet tooth. Mother Nature has made her monthly visit ladies… so I’m calling for any help in the sweet department.
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Warbutons seeded bagels 60g
Rowse Manuka honey 16g
Whole earth Cashews peanut butter 30g
Small banana 
= 472 calories and 57.1g of carbs


Lunch:

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Image – Feast and West Website.

(The image is not mine, I took it from Feast and West because I again ate my food before I took an image, but the likeness is there.) Yes, I have embellished in more bread, but please don’t point the finger because its hard! I am always on top of how much I am consuming anyways, so one white toast. I would have preferred wholegrain or rye bread but momma bear has gone shopping and I’m too lazy. Mushed up avocado, and a thin later of low fat cream cheese., it’s always better to have fats in your diet and one organic fried egg. My favourite lunch!
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white toast 23g slice
low fat cream cheese 30g
half Avocado
fried egg
= 275 cals and 13.5g of carbs


Dinner:
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My replacement burgers – Spinach and pumpkin quorn burgers are amazing! I just love having these to go, when I am at college or work! They are lovely with a side of vegetables, and I prefer to have them with runny beans. I feel as though one of these is enough because they do the trick!
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Pumpkin and spinach quorn burgers 80g
runner beans 60g
= 172 cal and 21g of carbs

OVERALL = I have had 919 calories, 75% carbs today, so under 100 and I have burnt around 400 calories in the gym!

 

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My 4 day health and fitness plan

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Following from my last blog post, practising the ‘middle way’ in life and most importantly in my diet, I wanted to dedicate this post to my new meal and fitness plan which starts today!

I have been doing so well for so long, I have this energy and motivation towards health I have never had before. I have been going strong for four months now and it’s worked a treat. I have lost a stone, from 9 stone 4, I am 8.6! I am looking to loose an additional 3 pounds ready for my holiday, the process to loosing a stone was especially a goal of mine for those Phuket beach pictures and generally a healthier life. But my latest goal to loose 3 extra pounds is more for my sanity when I come home from holiday.

Thai staple foods are of course fried rice, noodles, lots of meats, fish and salads. As much as I will be clinging to those healthier salads and soups, there is no doubt in my mind that I am on holiday and will of course indulge in some well deserved treats. It’s bound to happen when you go on holiday, your weird if you don’t put on the pounds when you come home, but this is how I will save myself from feeling so sluggish. I’ve worked so hard to loose the stone I don’t want to put on additional pounds, so if I loose just a little bit more, and to then come back from holiday and see I am still around 8.6 mark I will be happy with that.

The food plan: 
– 800/900 calorie diet for the next 4 days.
– My one treat day will be Saturday. Sunday I will be back on my 800 calorie diet again for 5 days.
– I will then stop the 800 cal and go back to 1,100 for the week to slowly build my intake and then back to normal the week after, on 1,200 calories a day.
– During these weeks I will be monitoring my sugar and carb intake, my daily carbs should range from 100g a day and sugar should be less than 50g.

The fitness plan:

I have recently been training with a personal trainer and he has helped me find exercises that can help me slender and tone without building muscle. My greatest machine is the cycle machine, it really makes you slender and especially on the legs, flat running for 6 minutes and some leg and bum tonal work and stretches. I should be burning 500, to 600 calories every day or 4 times a week. 


My meal plan today: 


Breakfast

Sorry for less appetising picture of my free from gluten oats, if you hadn’t already seen in my earlier posts, I get my oats from Tesco’s. All gluten and wheat free. Oats are so amazing for you if you want to be fuller for longer. Alpro soya milk, just enough to make a coffee into the saucepan and Bananas for energy and taste! You do tend to feel sluggish on the 800 calorie diet at first, thats why its best to only do for a short period of time. I added a dash of cinnamon which is also a great ingredient to help your metabolism. Washed down with my morning pepper mint tea, great for the digestive system! Certainly helps you on your weight loss journey.
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30g – oats 
small banana
cinnamon 
Alpro milk – 40 ml
Pepper mint tea 
= 215 calories = 40.g of carbs


Lunch
My lunch consisted of two hard boiled eggs, and I use this egg timer which goes inside the saucepan and lets me know how soft or hard my eggs are. I LOVE IT! buy one like this –>> click!

5 spears of asparagus, boil whilst the eggs are boiling. I use a tea spoon of olive oil on the asparagus to add some rich flavour and texture. the picture shows 3 spears but I couldn’t help but dig in before taking a picture. I fancied some of the last of my Mediterranean Couscous which was a great addition to my lunch!
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2x small organic eggs
Couscous – 20g
5 spears
olive oil
=209 cal = 7.8g of carbs


My dinner will be a cooked dinner, now I definitely don’t need to show you what I cooked dinner is, but mine will be without any potatoes and just meat and veg. I am very careful on my portion sizes, so my kid size meal will probably come to around 475 calories.


leaving me at 937 calories and 96.2g of carbs today. 

Keep posted on tomorrow’s meal plan and perhaps have a go at making some of these meal’s yourself! 

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Achieving “the middle way” comes with clear thoughts

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I’ve learnt how to achieve the middle way through dieting. To love and indulge when allowed. I.e weekends and to always have determination when it comes Monday.

The tricky thing I faced sunday was knowing I was out monday, today, eating and drinking tasty food. Today I learned to relax on this bank holiday Monday. It’s hard for me sometimes, I’ve had more than 2 bad days which is not what I do. It’s 2 days-max and back to the grind. But you can’t pass up a day like this heatwave and not drink some naughty cocktails and well, salad would be nice but if your gunna go bad just go all out.

I’m happy to get stuck in to some rubbish but sometimes, I can feel like such a failure after and start observing my body like I’ve put on a stone. I can be so hard on myself and that’s not the way to be, especially when it’s not something I do all the time. I deserve to feel guilt free during this long weekend.

To indulge in some bad food and to let myself feel happy and deserving of it, but also, to know and be determined to get back on my diet.

Our day:

Me and my boyfriend went to Cardiff bay. It’s a place by the docks and so many boats go in and out, so it’s nice to see and always nice to walk around the harbour and watch the world go by.

It was Ben’s last day of the long weekend before he goes back to work so we treated ourselves!

Two pina coladas, and some beers for him

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Upside down hair care

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I was debating whether to put this image upside down to make my point, but that would be silly. The picture does clearly indicate messy hair, clearly my top tip was well in use, prior to this picture.

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My hair has grown beyond belief. It is crazy how much it grew in just a year, from simply hanging my head upside down and giving my scalp a deep massage. It was the only thing I did everyday for a month and my hair grew 3 inches.

I remember buying hair extensions 3 months before, and what a waste that was, £80 down the drain, I never use them unless I need to make my hair look more volumised because my hair just grew so much.

It for sure seems like a myth and maybe for some this was, but patients is a virtue and here are my step by step guides just to give you the absolute lock down on this hair hack.


BIBLE:

– Upside down massage works, rub your head for 1 minute in any Argon oil or coconut oil that will help condition the hair and also feel smooth rather than rough

– To speed things along take biotin tablets. They are amazing!!!! THEY ARE KNOWN FOR MAKING EVERY PART OF YOUR BODY HAIR GROWN LIKE BIG FOOT, whats wrong with a double shave everyday! Only joking, but it did make my arm hairs grow so long!!

– Always keep track, you may not see a difference but if you take picture of your growth and keep an album dedicated to your hair journey in your phone you can see the difference week by week.

– Eat lots of fish! lot’s of organic and fresh fish!

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