#ThinThursday – 31st January 2013

Hey!

Well, I wasn’t expecting it, but I have lost another 2lbs! That makes 7lbs in two weeks, yay!

I have stuck to the same foods daily really:

Breakfast
30g Tesco Fruit & Fibre

1 x 125ml carton Alpro Soya yoghurt (instead of pouring milk on)
1x banana

Lunch
1x wholemeal baton
2x Laughing Cow Light cheese triangles
7x cherry tomatoes
1/3 cucumber
3x thin slices ham

Dinner
1x large jacket potato
10g butter (we don’t eat margarine)
100g Tesco Value cottage cheese and pineapple
3x thin slices ham

and plenty of water! Though today I didn’t have the banana, but I did have two apples!

I know that you’re supposed to exercise when you’re healthy eating, but work is going through a really busy period, plus I am doing so much book promotion admin in the evenings that exercise has fallen way down on my daily ‘to do’ list. When we get to the middle of February, I will have been dieting for a month, so I will try and organise some exercise for then… 😀

I have found that once I’ve gone ‘cold turkey’ from sugar for a few days, because my sugar levels have calmed down, I no longer crave sugar. Take that insulin resistance! Pow! 😀

#ThinThursday – 24th January 2013

I know, it’s not Thursday, but I didn’t get the chance to get online on Thursday as I have been exhausted since moving house last weekend. I ended up getting ill last Friday as lugging heavy boxes up and down stairs while the sky throws cold snow at you tends to result in a nasty cold, which is not helpful when moving! We are still unpacking, but we are nearly done now, phew!

I did manage to get weighed on Thursday morning and I was happy to find that I’d lost 5lbs in my first week of trying! We were guilty of eating a lot of convenience “stick ’em in the oven” foods living in the flat, but we started on our healthy regime early this week, and it appears to have paid off.

I went shopping on Friday evening for our food shopping, and for once I was really proud when I looked down in the trolley and saw fruit, veg, brown bread, etc as usually the trolley’s full of naughty crap. I had to pick up some crisps and sausage rolls, and I actually felt disappointed that they were going to ruin the healthy aesthetic of my trolley, so I really HAVE turned a corner! :S

Only 5 sleeps until my next weigh-in, and (pardon the pun), I can’t wait! 🙂

Film Review Friday: Wish Upon A Star (1996)

I watched this Disney film last weekend, and to be honest, as much as I love Katherine Heigl, I hadn’t heard of it before I spotted it on LoveFilm instant. It’s a twist on the Freaky Friday format, except it’s sisters as opposed to parent and child.

It was very cheesy 90s, especially with its incidental music, which added to its charm. I really enjoyed it and I’d recommend it if you get the chance to see it 🙂

Film Review Friday: Burlesque (2010)

I really wanted to see Burlesque when it came out at the cinema as I love Cher, Christina Aguilera and Stanley Tucci, but unfortunately I missed it, so I was excited to see it pop up on LoveFilm instant.

It’s a great film and I really enjoyed it. It reminded me a lot of Coyote Ugly and Chicago, which was fine by me as I love both of those films 🙂 A lot of the reviews I read afterwards complained that it was “a vehicle for Christina” but I didn’t agree. Yes, she played the main character, so I expected to see her in it quite a bit, but I felt that there were enough scenes with other characters to make it a well-rounded film. Christina’s acting was really good. I especially liked the scenes between Christina and Cam Gigandet, though at times I did feel like I was an intruding gooseberry as their chemistry was fantastic!

It was a brilliant film, with fabulous songs, characters you cared about and made you feel all smiley inside 🙂

My weight loss prep so far…

I am already getting into this weight loss thing, and it’s not even Thursday yet! Yes, I am still eating the leftover biscuits from Christmas, but I think because I know that I’ll be giving them up from Thursday onwards, it’s like a last hurrah. And do you know something? I’m not even sad, or upset, or even bothered! Which just shows that I have made the right decision at the right time.

So many times in the past I have tried to lose weight and be healthy, but it was always a half-hearted attempt where I lasted two weeks maximum before the call of the chocolate was too much, “Jenny, join us, it’s our life’s purpose for you to eat us…” Hmph.

As well as having sugar issues with insulin resistance, I’m also lactose intolerant so I have to be careful about how much dairy I eat, which will probably be helpful with the dieting as it means restricting ice cream, cheese and chocolate anyway!

I’ve found loads of low-GI recipes online so far, and not all of them involve me having an store account with a health food shop, which is a relief! So roll on Thursday, I can’t wait to get started! 🙂

#ThinThursday for me!

Happy New Year everyone! I hadn’t realised I hadn’t blogged since November, life’s been so crazy with work and promoting the books and our animated series that I haven’t had the time to blog until now!

I have been introduced to a new Twitter group called #ThinThursday where people can tweet about their weight loss journey and get support from others who are also trying to lose weight. It’s a great idea! I have decided to join in and get involved as I really want to lose weight this year.

I was a chunky baby when I was little!

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I have always had a complex relationship with food, but being diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) in late 1995 when I was only just 17 years old did not help matters. One of the problems with having PCOS is that your body cannot break down sugar the same as a non-PCOS woman, and the sugar basically turns to fat. Having PCOS also means that you are at a much higher risk of developing diabetes, so that’s fun!

I have tried Slimming World in the past, and that worked well for me as there was no weighing, just red and green days, but I have decided to aim for a low-GI/diabetic diet going forward, as I really need to keep my sugar levels low. I have found that once my sugar levels are up, I then crave more sweet stuff to keep them up, so it’s a never-ending cycle. Meringue is the worst for me: if I eat meringue it makes me feel ‘drunk’, then I’m up for a bit, then I have a really big sugar crash and I feel like crap. Almost like drinking loads of alcohol, then a hangover coming on within a few minutes. I found this out when I ate meringue at work on an empty stomach when someone who was leaving brought them in, then I acted like I was drunk, which everyone thought was hilarious! Even now, people will say from time to time, “eat some meringue, you’re funny when you’re drunk!”

For once I don’t mind that I put weight on at Christmas, as it means that I’ll have more of an impressive loss at the end! I wish I’d had more stollen now lol

I will be weighing myself on a Thursday morning, then I’ll report in on a Thursday evening after work to report how well (or how bad!) I’ve done.

If you’re also taking part, good luck! xx