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How I Lost 1 Stone In 1 Month

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I really wasn’t sure whether I would sit down to write this post, let along actually sure how I lost 1 stone in 1 month.

It’s taken a long time to actually get here, I would always lose a few pounds and think it was fine to go back to the way I had been eating which led to putting back on those few pounds and then some.

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While it hasn’t been easy to battle with myself and all those demons telling me to give up and that I can’t do it, I powered on through.

I’m not even half way to where I wan to be but it’s one hell of a start and if I can lose another stone and a half in the next two months, I will be extremely happy. It’s also a totally achievable target and I’m hoping I’ll be able to exceed it!

Food:

A lot of it is down to what I eat, I could do all the running and exercise in the world but if I eat junk food all the time then I’d probably still gain weight.

Breakfast -> If I remember to eat then I would typically have smoothies made with coconut water or spelt flour pancakes.

Lunch -> A salad of some form but I also love the Tasty Little Numbers meals which are only 200 calories.

Dinner -> It can range from chicken with vegetables and sweet potato to salmon with beetroot and rice but normally a vegetable will take place of the carb in my dinner.

Snacks -> If I’m absolutely desperate, I’ll have fruit or a cup of green tea.

Exercise:

I do exercise any day that I can, I aim for nearly everyday with a couple of days rest a week and hope I’m not hurting too much from the previous day.

I start out with a 1.3 mile or so run which can take anything from 16 to 20 minutes depending on how much my legs are aching. I’m hoping to slowly increase this to 2 to hit my goal of 5k by January. After a run I tend to do 3 sets of 5 different exercises, including weights, planks and squats. Some days this is the easy part and other days it’s so hard to get through. But there’s normally dinner to look forward to afterwards which makes it almost bearable.

This is literally what I have done so far, I do not calorie count, of course I make sure there aren’t thousands of calories in what I’m eating, and I stay away from takeaways and junk food. So in a way I do have a rough idea of the intake of calories but I don’t physically go over every piece of food and write down the calories that I’m eating.

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It’s a crazy feeling what I’ve accomplished so far, and I am ridiculously proud of myself for coming as far as I have. All I can say is that I’m starting to enjoy the exercise and it’s an amazing feeling being able to go down a size in clothes now.

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Baked Courgette Fries and Turkey Burgers

A couple days ago I had the sudden urge to do some cooking. I’ve had a lot on recently and since moving back home I haven’t done as much cooking as I would have liked to. So I flicked through my Hemsley and Hemsley cook book and found these Baked Courgette Fries, I knew I had to make them! I also made turkey burgers for my family and chicken in an Encona BBQ marinade for me!

Turkey Burgers

Baked Courgette Fries

Ingredients:

2 Large Courgettes

50g Ground Almonds

30g Parmesan

Some Herbs and Spices

1 Egg

Sea Salt

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220C
  2. Slice the ends off the courgettes, halve them and slice each half lengthways. Slice each length into small strips, a bit like french fries. I kept mine a bit larger than french fries, similar to frozen oven chips you get from the shops. Season with sea salt.
  3. Mix the ground almonds, parmesan and herbs and spices in a bowl.
  4. Beat the egg, dip each piece of courgette into the egg, then into the almond, parmesan and spice mix to coat evenly.
  5. Lay the courgette fries in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes until golden brown.
  6. Enjoy them with a turkey burger or some chicken!

Courgette Fries

Turkey Burgers:

The following recipe makes 5 burgers.

Ingredients:

4 Turkey Breasts

4 slices of bread, add more or less as you feel required

1 onion

1 egg

Some season-all

Method:

  1. Put everything in a food processor and blitz until it is all well mixed.Turkey Burgers
  2. Grease a tray and take a ball of the mixture and pat out to make burgers.Turkey Burgers
  3. Cook in the oven for 20 minutes.
  4. Enjoy with your courgette fries!

Turkey Burgers

These courgette fries are super delicious and I could literally devour a plate of these!

Chicken Courgette Fries

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A Beginners Guide To Running

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If you saw my post last week on taking part in the Too Fat To Run Campaign then you will know that I have started running and doing exercises so I thought I would share what I have been doing with you.

This is totally a beginners guide and I was so unfit to begin with that I thought I would never be able to run a mile.

For the first week I did a 1.2 mile run everyday followed by 3 sets of 4 exercises, including plank, 10 squats, 10 crunches and 10 press ups. These then increased to 15 during the week and 20 by the end of the week.

Even though I was extremely unfit at the beginning of the week, I started to see improvements daily and by the end of the week I was running 2 and a half minutes quicker than the beginning of the week and on my own which meant it was time to step it up a notch.

My 8th run, after 1 rest day, took 17 and a half minutes, my best time yet and a 3 minute improvement since I started only a week ago.

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My Top Tips for Beginning Running:

  • Take it slow, think of it as a long race instead of a sprint
  • It’s not going to be easy at first, so be patient
  • As much as I would love things to happen overnight, it doesn’t, keep at it regularly
  • Haters gunna hate, they just wish they were running themselves
  • Keep track of your progress

Soon you’ll be thinking when the next time you can go for a run is!

Do you go running? How did you feel starting out?

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Too Fat To Run Campaign

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In July, Julie, who is behind toofattorun.co.uk, was on the search for 8 bloggers to take part in her Too Fat To Run campaign so I thought I would give it a shot and I was over the moon when she said I could take part!

As I moved home at the end of July, I already knew that I wanted to get healthier and fitter so to be part of this campaign made it so much easier to be motivated.

As part of the campaign, Julie has granted all the bloggers 6 months access to The Clubhouse. A virtual running club which includes weekly session plans, technique drills, information about running related things, support and advice and “a friendly shoulder to cry on when things go terribly wrong and an encouraging group to celebrate your successes”. I don’t know about you but it sounds like a great little community to be a part of.

They have an awful lot of information on the website which is great and everyone has access to it.

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One of my biggest fears with running is to have people laughing at me or not doing good enough while I’m exercising. Last year, when I went on a run for the first time, I got shouted at by a bunch of “lads”. Delightful, eh?! This time around, I have either been running with my mum or my sister, so even when we get a few looks, I’m not as bothered because I’m not on my own.

There is a colour coded system which members use, ranging from not running and contemplating to plodder and slogger. Now that I have been on a few runs myself, I would put myself in the Run-Walker category. It’s exactly in the middle and I didn’t know what I was capable of until I went out at the beginning of August and completely surprised everyone.

It’s amazing how 5 years ago, Julie started her blog as someone who came very last in a 10k race and now it is an incredible community. She is an inspiration to the larger women of us out there.

I started our running 1 mile a day but each day I was seeing improvements in my fitness and according to everyone else, the weight started dropping off.

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I’m probably getting ahead of myself here but I’ve also set myself some small fitness goals for the next 6 months.

  • Run 1 mile without stopping
  • Run-walk 5K

I don’t want to set huge goals for myself so if I just set a couple of small ones, I can set myself some larger ones when I’ve achieved them.

I am so glad Julie asked me to work with her, I am beyond excited. I can’t wait to share more of my fitness journey with you all, that is the reason I started my blog after all.

Obviously when you’re working out, it is very important to keep hydrated, especially in the summer hear. I found the best way to do this is by using Bobble Bottles*. Plus they look good which is always a bonus! Each replaceable filter is the equivalent of 300 bottles of water. That’s saving you tons of money.

I absolutely love this classic Bobble Bottle, I love the magenta filter and that it comes with the soft-touch carry cap which can be used to attach it to a handle or belt loop.

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The Bobble Sport is actually perfect to take running. It is a bit larger than the 550ml one. It has a moulded grip, a carry handle and fits bike cages and gym equipment cup holders.

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I think it is a great idea that you can choose the type of bottle you want and choose the colour filter too! I would definitely mix and match it with different colours!

I can’t decide which colour to get next! #waterrevolution

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*I was kindly gifted these products and as always, all views are my own.

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