Making progress!

Ah man, I’m happy to announce that I am finally loosing weight! In January I hit 14 stone, I was so mortified as I was a size 18, but I wouldn’t admit it to myself. I was miserable, my clothes didn’t fit me and my self esteem was on the floor. The first 6 months were rocky, as per usual the first couple of months started off positive before I went back to old habits, in July I weighed in at 13 st 7 lbs.

August my husband and I broke up and I had the heartbreak diet, I had no appetite at all for a couple of months. In September I got a personal trainer, today (November 12th) I’m down to just under 12 stone. I’ve lost 2 stone in total!

I’m starting to get back into eating a vegetarian diet and by January I will be doing the Veganaurary, which I hope to stay vegetarian there after this time! It will be my third year.

I’ve got my personal trainer till December, then in January I’m going to look into joining a small town gym. I have 2 stone to get to my goal weight of 10 stone and then I will be working on my mind, I have a lot of healing to do.

Love and light, Victoria. x

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Vegananuary

So how is my month going?

I will be honest and admit I’ve had some slip ups, okay a fair few 😦

  • I ate some quorn products coz I had them in the freezer.
  • Iv’e had a bottle of procecco.
  • I drank some capachino sachets to finish them off.
  • I ate a chicken dinner at my mates house not last weekend, but the weekend before.

and I had a really bad day on the 18th and binged and ate meat 😦 but I’m super proud of myself because I got right back on track the very next day. You see I was having a crappy week with 2 sick kids and cooped up in the house and yeah I just fell apart slightly. But considering my past and the ‘oh fuck it I’ve messed up’ attitude I used to have getting back on track the next day is amazing progress for me because usually it would be weeks or months!

Oh and I literally just ate a bag of sweet potato chips and I thought they would be okay and I was half way through the pack and was like oh I best look at the ingredient and fuck me there is milk in them 😦

Let’s have a look at what I have been buying and eating:

Cauldrons chickpea fafallals with a baby leaf spinach salad.

Tescos super grain mix pot with Singapore rice noodles and baby leaf spinach and vegi bites chorizo style prices.

Tescos mixed wild and white rice vegetable frozen microwaved steamed rice with baby leaf spinach and a mixed bean pie (came in a black.box from morrisons I’ve forgotten the name of it)

Frozen steamed vegetables the microwave kind with the vbites chorizo style prices, baby leaf spinach and a sauce I can’t remember 😦

The sage and onion style prices were actually pretty good but the wraps was a bit dry and hard.

This one I tried the Calderon spiced tofu prices and oh my days I was so worried abut tasting it but it was sooooo good 🙂

This was a bit nutty for my liking but I loved the vanilla ones.

This sucked.

The free from moose x2 yogurts sucked and so did the crisps.

Veggie pie again. Note to self don’t burn it 😦

Singapore rice noodles with peppers, super grain pot and free from pesto and spiced tofu.

Yesterday I ate out for the first time this month and had flat bread and Jamaican hot pot which was amazing! This is another big change for our family as we can go out for dinner up to about four times a week!

Today I added free from pesto and tomato mix and it was good.

Lost half an stone 🙂

So I can’t say hey I’m doing brilliantly at this, but I am happy that I am giving it a bloody good go and I am actually enjoying myself! However this is a TRANSITION so with my personality type I’m just not going to be one of these people who can switch easily!

I strongly believe I will be plant based from now on with a 90% vegan diet with the odd thing here and there such as if my son brings home something from nursery I’ll eat it, I’m not going to be “Oh sorry I’m vegan” to my 2 year old and you know those special occasions going to birthday parties and that I’ll have a nibble on cake and I will have my capachino sachets because they are like my little treat unless there is a vegan alternative.

Going Vegan these days is pretty easy, there are so many alternative products available and many foods that are “Accidentally vegan” like Tescos own bourbon biscuits which I wish I never found out because I’ve been like eating packets of them 😦

I’m not going to be mean at myself about my slip ups, O’m going to congratulate the many changes I have done and am doing and that I am evolving step by step.

Love and light, Torri. x

 

Loving veggie

Somehow this time round I just feel so good about being veggie, I just feel that I am actually ready this time to make the transition. I feel strong about the fact I’m helping that little bit to save the animals and have re watched earthlings  (I hadn’t realized I has watched it before, some time ago and I had the same reaction of pain) I watched cowspiracy again on Netflix  (I watched it last summer also) I couldn’t finish watching it both times to be truefull as it was a little boring but i.got the meme. So I watched vegan 2016 on YouTube and the short version of forks over knives which I both liked.

Considering my weight I’m actually the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life due to this Christmas blow out shitty ass diet. I feel terrible about myself. At the moment I’m just trying to change what I eat into a vegetarian and vegan version where possible and then I will tweak my diet persey to get it as clean and vegan as I possibly can.

So here is some of the food ive been eating.

This is literally what I’ve eaten which is marksandsparks rice Singapore noodles with m&s tender stem broccoli, carrots and sugar snap peas with 2 morrisons faffalfas mixed with gluten free soy sauce. It was sweet and tasty.

I ate this yesterday with mango chunks at my mates house while she did my hair for me. It was tasty.

Yesterday’s evening meal was a houmous, free from pesto with baby spinach and Watercress Wrap. I also had a soya vanilla yogurt, free from ice cream too.

The day before that was m&s singapore rice noodles with morrisons stir fry veg the edemee bean one with tammarI sauce plus I had a vanilla soya yogurt, free from ice cream too.

I’ve been walking 1-2 miles a day.

I’m going to go on my.treadmill in a min for about 15 mins for the first time before I collect my son from nursery.

I just feel really good about being veggie, I’m saying veggie as I do believe that I will be continuing now being vegetarian not just on the veganuary which admit ally a couple of things have slipped through such as quorn and prosecco. But we are early days and I’m happy that I’m really trying and slowly improving myself and transitioning to vegetarian.

Torri.

Hello 2017

So here we are in 2017!!

Hows my year going? Okay, Okay I know we are like on day 2 but still lol I am kicking the new year in as healthy as I can by doing 2 amazing challenges for myself. The first one is Veganuary where you eat a vegan diet for all of January, I did try this least year but I had some difficulty keeping to it, but I’ll keep trying 🙂 You can check veganuary out here:  https://veganuary.com/starter-kit

The second challenge I am doing is a sponsored walk which is: walking a mile a day thought January to raise money for Homestart. Homestart is a UK charity devoted to help families who face difficulties and hardship within their families, they provide support workers and volunteers. You can learn more about homestart here: https://www.home-start.org.uk/about-us Although I am really disappointed that I have only had one donation 😦 I’m doing it with my friend Kat who will be walking 2 miles a day, kat is a lot healthier than me so she is able to walk more. Due to my fibromyalgia and my pain/exhaustion the simple thing of going out and walking a mile a day is a huge thing for me. Learn more about Fibromyalgia here: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Fibromyalgia/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Sunday 1st: My hip was really bad during the night and I got very little sleep and I was worried that I’d be in pain and wouldn’t be able to walk my mile. But Atlas, I was okay and I powered through, I walked to my friend Kat’s house and spent a couple of hours with her.

I ate an apple for Breakfast after my coffee, I skipped my lunch because I went to the shops to buy something and they were all closed because it was like New years day ha ha and then went to my friend Kats house. For tea I had Quorn sausages (x3) and sweet potato fries. Now I am aware quorn is not Vegan, however I have it in the freezer and I’m happy that it’s vegetarian, so for me that’s 100% better than what I was eating!

Monday 2nd: Today I covered 2 miles walking around town to do a few of chores, in which I could only do a couple because most of the shops are closed as apparently it’s bank holiday Monday ha ha I spent like almost £80 on healthy, vegan food today!

I had my coffee and skipped breakfast, for lunch I tried avocado for the very first time! I had a Mexican rice, quinoa and avocado salad pot from Marks and Spencer with a innocent smoothie drink, It came with a chili and lime dressing. I really liked that salad so I will be eating it again. For tea I had another marks and sparks salad pot, this one was a quinoa and black rice with soya edeme beans and a vinaigrette dressing but I didn’t really like it and then I had a soya vanilla yogurt pot.

I’m going to have a green tea in a moment and tomorrows plans are to take my daughter to the library when I have dropped off my son at nursery and do the remaining  chores I need to do in town. I aim to eat the quorn products I have in my freezer first so I can then continue on the vegan diet.

I am feeling motivated and inspired so far 🙂

I got a bellabeat for Christmas too, you can find more info about the female tracker here: https://webshop.bellabeat.com

It’s pretty good being able to count my steps more accurately and my sleep although I would like it to count the calories I eat tho, that would be cool!

So this year my main goal is to sort my really unhealthy diet out, to eat a more plant based diet and sort out my sugar addiction. I would like to be committed to do one exercise class, for an hour once a week.

So what are your goals?

Please sponsor me for my walk here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Katrina-Czartowski2

That’s me for now, Torri. x

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House move & Changes

So this is what I have been getting up to recently……

Diet, transitioning to Veggie/Pestecerian:

I have been buying more vegetarian and free from food, here is some of my meals and taste tests:

These were okay, tasted a bit like burgers although a bit dry. I ate them with Root vegetable mash.

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Singapore noodles (Tescos from fridge section) with Tinned mixed beans and mixed with worshire sauce.

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Sweet potato and mixed bean burger with tescos frozen steamed white and wild rice with vegetables microwave pack.

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Spicy Chickpea, Kale and sweet potato pie, this was pretty good although a bit too much pastry but I would buy it again. I ate it with frozen mixed steamed vegetables.

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Past sauce, this was a bit hard but I think I didn’t cook it enough and I didn’t measure the water so It was really runny, so it was more my poor cooking.

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This was okay, it was good to eat leafy green salad as I don’t often.

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What else? 

Fitness: 

I have bought this bad boy for £70, its getting delivered today. This should help keep me fit if I do at least 10 mins a day and work up to 30 mins. It’s both a bike and a cross trainer. So 2 work outs! I’m going to cancel my gym membership since I don’t actually go to it and I am wasting money 😦 So now I have NO escuses!

YOGA!

I have also booked a 1-2-1 yoga instructor to come once a week to my house after my son goes to bed, it will cost me £60 a month. So even though it’s twice the money I am paying for the gym it will be tailored to me and more accessible. I start next Wednesday and I will have 4 sessions before Christmas.

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Lifestyle & Health:

Lush.

So I bought this from Lush hoping it will give me a “milk bath” but it produced bubbles! I was hoping for a milk bath photoshoot for my little one, so it didn’t go to plan. I was hoping it would be a nice alternative to actual Milk.

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I’ve bought these from Tescos for £7 to see if it helps with my muscle ache and help me relax before bed and sleep better. I haven’t tried it out yet.

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Meds

My Dr has switched my anti depressants to these ones, they also help with pain from Fibro, although I am still struggling and my mood is a bit up and down since the transition of weeing off the other ones I have been on for about 3 years.

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My Himalayan salt lamp also broke 😦 So I’m waiting for my partner to have a look at it and hopefully he can fix it.

Moving house

I’ve moved house so I now live almost in the center of town, this makes it so much easier to get out and about to get my son to Nursery and get chores done, shopping and that sort of stuff done especially since I tier so easily. It used to stress me out leaving my house before, I’d have to plan at least 40 mins before I left the house, 10/15 mins to get me and my son ready and then 20-25 min walk into town. Even just the thought of having to plan getting out was mind stealing for me, which I know sounds like a minor thing but when you have Fibro and CFS everyday tasks are hard work.

So lots more little changes, hopefully help to change things.

That’s me for now, Torri.

 

Taste tests healthy snacks

So on my quest for the healthy eating thought the year I have been trying new low calorie and fat products and dabbling a bit with quick and simple meals since I am cooking only for myself.

Snacks:

Spelt and muesli slices from Aldi (They tasted like cardboard) with a small tin of mixed bean tuna. Added Black pepper.

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Sugar free D&B sweets from Holland and Barrett, they were dry at first but after you sucked them they were really tasty.

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M&S Carrot batons with Spicy Red pepper humus (Nice, although Id proffered if they made lower fat flavored humus, I really should learn how to make my own!)

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“Healthy” crisps from Aldis- They weren’t too bad to be fair, I particularly liked the quinoa ones.

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I got a few different ones of these from Tescos, these particular ones were good.

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Boots:

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I dont usually get fruit pots with sauce but I decided for a change and it was super yummy, the sauce puts me off because of the sugar content and added high calories.

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Some taste tests:

Slim Rice- this is the tastiest of all the slim range, the others are so rubbery  Still not very tasty but when mixed with other ingredients it’s edible.I wont buy them again. In the section they have noodles and pasta and I bought them from H&B.

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Getting my vegetables
so easy to cook as well so no fuss. Although I’d prefer it not to have Milk and butter tho.
The aloe is actually tasty but the lumps are a bit off putting. I use this mash quite a bit in my cooking as its easier, I also like the sweet potato mash although I’m finding it harder to buy.

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I now often eat Tescos frozen microwaved steamed rice and vegetables mix- 156 calories- with my meals because its super tasty and low in calories.

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This I bought from Aldis and its really nice!! Better when refrigerated.

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So that’s it for now, Love and light Torri.

Homecooked Healthy quick meals

So on my quest for the healthy eating thought the year I have been trying new low calorie and fat products and dabbling a bit with quick and simple meals since I am cooking only for myself.

*LONG POST ahead! *

Shops: M&S- Marks and Spencer’s as well as Aldi and Tescos.

S&P – Salt and Pepper.

Quick meals: 

Mexican bean chili soup (Tinned) and I added chia seeds with spelt and muesli flat bread and homemade mango and banana smoothie.

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M&S food- Expensive but they make good stuff!

Super rice and quinoa mix with salmon flakes.

Smoked Haddock with Microwaved mixed steamed veggies and super rice and Quinoa mix (From M&S)

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1 chicken breast with Tesco fresh (Fridge) Hot chili sauce and Pepper stir fry with Tesco frozen microwave steamed rice and vegetables mix. Yummy = 400k

Tonight’s tea was yummy!
Free from Pesto covered chicken with (frozen steamed) mixed rice (wild rice, peas, sweetcorn and peppers) & mixed steamed vegetables (frozen- carrots, peas and sweetcorn) plus worshire sauce and s&p.

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Home made stirfry with rice noodles, turkey, frozen mixed vegetables and sweet and sour sauce.

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Mixed beans (Tinned) on toasted pinini- I added Worshire sauce and slat and peeper (S&P)

Pannini bread has a quite a few calories and isn’t healthy being a white carb, but I wanted to try something different.

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The stirfry sucked coz it has so many onions in which I hate and purple cabbage again I don’t like

Sauce sucked too

Microwavable wild and white rice with vegetables.
Stirfry veg- with Peas, butternut squash, carrot, cabbage, and mixed peppers and Chicken with sweet Soy, garlic and ginger sauce.

Sweet potato mash (M&S) Tender stem broccoli, Carrots and sugar snap beans (M&S) with smoked salmon and super berry smoothie (M&S) Loads of calories in that smoothie!

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Steamed microwaved frozen veg (Carrots, broccoli and sweetcorn) Deli flavored chicken and root vegetable mash (Tescos) with Mexican four bean (Tinned)

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Smoked Haddock and deli style, (M&S) Tenderstem broccoli, Carrots and sugar snap peas vegetables with Moroccan styled cous cous (Aldis) With Vitamin Water.

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Mexican microwaveable rice with Mexican tinned mixed beans and slamoln slices.

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Quinnoa and rice microwave (Uncle Bens) with Frozen steamed microwaveable mixed vegetable and Turkey in Simply cook test box sauce mix.

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Fried turkey mince with Ainsley Harriet chili couscous and frozen steamed microwavable mixed vegetables.

(home made flavoring of worshire sauce, Oxo cube stock, salt and pepper, lemon juice, turmeric and cayenne pepper)

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Home made Sunday dinner.

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New baby potatoes oven baked with Butter and Mince sauce with microwaved steamed mixed frozen vegetables and Cod fishcake (Aldis, fridge section)

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Spiced flavor turkey with microwave steamed mixed vegetables and butternut squash, sweet potatoes and carrots in mixed herbs. Turkey mixed with Simply cook test box sauce mix. 

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Frozen steamed mixed rice and vegetables with pan fried turkey stakes in Simply cook sauce mix (Simply cook test box)

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My regular steamed vegetables with Turkey an fried in the Simply cook sauce mix- I only bought the tester box, wasn’t so keen on paying so much money for sauces, although some of them were tasty. Wasn’t for me though.

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As pictured lol

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Pan fried oven baked new potatoes in oil and rosemary (As pictured above) then dry oil pan fried with haddock and free from pesto (green)

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Today was delicious!!
Aldis spicy Mexican chicken and mango salad with yesterday’s free from green pesto oven baked new potatoes with garlic oil and rosemary and graze mixed berries selection. Yummy!! Plus flavored water!

A graze snack box, I got these for a while but I did’t like most of them so I switched them to the Flapjack ones and they just pilled up so I unsubscribed.

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Free from Basil pesto (2 Teaspoons) mixed with Pan fried Turkey stake and Root vegetable mash.

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Aldis sweet pepper bell cous cous with smoked Cod. Plus Chili infused olive oil, salt and pepper. As you see a lot of this is convenient food, pre prepared salads and microwaved vegetables.

Then I had a cream bar and fizzy water.

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My favorite rice which is Tescos frozen steamed White and whild rice with vegetables with pan fried fresh Green pepper and Turkey stake with a sauce from the Simply cook trial pack.

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Chicken with smokey 4 bean chilly salad (Tinned) and honey roasted butternut squash, sweet potatoes and carrots mix (M&S)

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Four bean salad with smoked haddock and steamed mixed veggies.

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Tescos Sweet potato fries with Cod Fishcake I added s&p and worstchire sauce.

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Edeme bean and carrot salad with tuna and butternut squash, carrots and sweet potato honey roasted veg.

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Home made from scratch soup, with Pasta, Chicken and Bacon, mixed Vegetables (Carrot, Celery and peppers) Oxo Cube stock and added spices.

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Smoked Salmon slices with veggies (M&S Carrots, tenderstem Broccoli and sugar snap peas) I added my s&p and Worstchire sauce served with carrot sticks with hummus.

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So that’s it for now, I shall make another blog entry with other previous meals.

Love and light Torri.