This week there has been some devastating news in terms of the tragic loss of life and terrible injuries sustained in Manchester. Particularly as it had affected so many young people.
Equally I recently lost a friend following her short but courageous fight against cancer at the young age of 45.
It makes you realise that you need to live your life to the full, as you never know what is around the corner. I am a firm believer that you should keep yourself as healthy as you can, and enjoy things with your friends and family as much as possible.
I can remember my grandparents saving to enjoy holidays in their retirement only to find that they were no longer well enough to do the things they had dream of. I will not be repeating that!
So don’t put living life off enjoy it while you can!
If you are overweight and have tried to lose weight only to put it back on again you may be in despair. You may be thinking that you will never be able to lose weight and keep it off for good.
If knowing that you can eat normally with friends and family, still have things that you love and lose weight and be healthy how would that be for you?
Well at Weight Away I work with people to develop healthy eating plans that enable them to lose weight and keep it off. This has worked successfully for both women and men and my clients tell me that this has changed their lives for the better and that they feel fit healthy and of course no longer overweight.
If you think that this is for you then I have availability to take on small number of personal clients; so if you want to make a change to your weight for good then I would love to hear from you. Just contact me at enquiries@weight-away for a free no obligation chat.
I know how much better I felt personally going from this
Me on holiday at my heaviest in 2009
Me now happy on holiday
As to day is world baking day and you are a lover of cakes this can be be a bit of problem if you are trying to lose weight. Please find two of my go to recipes for cakes you can have as a snack without going over the top. They are great for sharing and also keep well if you can resist eating them all at once #worldbakingday
120 calories each
10 minutes to prepare cooking time 25 minutes
100g Low Fat Spread
120g Soft brown sugar
1tbsp golden syrup
225g rolled oats
½ tsp ground all spice
Melt the low fat spread with the sugar and golden syrup
When melted add the oats and all spice and mix thoroughly
Spoon onto a baking tin 11 inches by 4 inches, which is lined with baking parchment.
Press down so it is level then bake at 190º for 20-25 minutes until golden brown
Cut into 16 portions and leave to cool – Store in an airtight tin
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
8oz (240 grams) Plain Flour
2 ½ teaspoons of baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
Good pinch of grated nutmeg
4oz (120 grams) low fat spread
4oz (120 grams) brown caster sugar
2oz (60 grams) sultanas
1 egg beaten
Approximately 4 tablespoons of water.
Line a large baking sheet with non-stick baking parchment
Sieve the flour, baking powder salt and spices into a bowl. Then stir in the sugar
Rub in the low fat spread until evenly distributed throughout the flour. Then stir in the sultanas
Make a well in the centre then pour in the beaten egg and 2 tablespoons of water.
Mix to form firm dough adding extra water as required
Shape the mixture into 12 mounds on the baking tray and rough up with a fork to make the rock shape.
Bake in a preheated oven at Gas mark 6 200C 400 F for about 20 minutes until risen and brown
Cool on a wire rack.
Will store in an airtight box/tin
I know from experience that losing weight can be such a daunting task and it is so tempting to look for a miracle.
Suffice to say miracles don’t happen but you can lose weight just by eating healthily and I can help to you to do this at the rate of 1-2lbs a week. Now I know you are probably thinking that doesn’t sound like a lot, but trust me it soon mounts up and makes such a difference. Also if you lose it steadily at a healthy rate it is so much more likely to stay off.
A pound of human fat is a pretty disgusting sight but it is even worse when you think that this fat also will wrap itself round your heart, liver and kidneys making them work so much harder than they should. Just check out the pictures!
So just losing one pound of fat each week will make a difference.You only have to see what it looks like to convince yourself. I know I struggle to think of myself having 75lbs of excess weight but am so glad to be rid of it now. If you lose one pound a week for a year you will lose 52lbs just under 4 stone and how great could that be!
So if you want to help I would be delighted to talk to you
Sometimes things stop you from exercising even though you might want to. Usually this is family commitments, work or just too much to do and sometimes it is injury.
I am feeling particularly fed up at the moment as usually I exercise at least 3 times a week at the gym and regularly walk a minimum of 10,000 steps a day but not at the moment.
Unfortunately I have broken my ankle tripping on the stairs, I though it was a bad sprain only to find out after almost a week after continuing to walk on it that it was broken so I am now in cast with crutches and told to rest!
I am seeing this as a blip in my routine so will get straight back to exercise as soon as possible but in the meantime I am having to be patient.
If you can exercise it is a great way to tone up as you lose weight and I hope to joining you again soon!