Happy Easter

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Happy Easter to anyone reading my blog and I hope that you are enjoying the time with your family and friends

If the weather is good it is great to get out and I know that many people on Easter Monday might be starting some DIY jobs or taking advantage of sales in the stores.  Equally you might be using the time to catch up on box sets or just chilling out.

I do find thought that this is the holiday when you start to think about your summer holiday and what you will be wearing.  If you want to lose weight before your summer break there is still time and you might be interested to know that one stone in weight would usually equal a dress or trouser size.

So enjoy the Easter break and then set yourself a goal for the summer.

As my daughter is getting married in June I want to lose a few pounds to look at my best so I am going to lose 7 lbs by the 4 June. Please note in that in setting my goal I state this positively and if you set a goal it helps to write it down and to tell others, as in this way it will make it real. In this way you have made a firm commitment and should achieve what you want to lose and maybe even more.

If you want advice on goal setting and losing weight I would love to hear from you.

Enjoy Easter without overdoing the chocolate

I love the Easter holiday as hopefully the weather will allow us all to get out and about and enjoy some warm weather. I think it really starts to feel like summer as it is followed by 2 bank holidays so you can enjoy longer weekends.  But what about the chocolate!

Certainly as marketing has become so much more sophisticated the chocolate eggs and bunnies seem to be available earlier and you could end up with house full if you have children as it is estimated that each child receives over 8 eggs.

So how do you avoid overindulging. Personally now I longer have children at home I just don’t have anything chocolate at Easter and prefer to be given a plant or some flowers. But I know it isn’t that easy when you have a young family or traditionally you have always had an egg at Easter.

The one thing I did do when I had eggs in the house was to break them up into pieces and keep them in the freezer just taking some chocolate out when I really wanted it and planned into my eating.  This might also help your children from overdoing it as they will know that the eggs are still there and you are not taking them away.

I have promised you a recipe so here is a lovely meal you could cook at Easter. As Lamb is often cooked at Easter this makes a difference to cooking a roast leg and is really delicious

Lamb with White Wine

Great Tasty Food for under 500 calories

LAMB WITH WHITE WHITE

Ingredients

450 grams lean lamb steak cubed

100 grams button mushrooms

4/5 shallots roughly chopped

2/3 cloves of garlic chopped

Beef Oxo Cube

125 mls white whine

1 tsp cornflour or gravy granules

1tsp olive oil

Serve with Broccoli, Carrots and 150 grams of New Potatoes per person

To Cook

Take the cubed lamb and add to a large pan with the olive oil and cook until the meat is browned about 5 minutes.  Add the shallots and garlic and cook for a further 2-3 minutes unto they are softened. Add the mushrooms and stir then add the white wine cooking for a further few minutes.

Make up the Beef oxo cube with 200 mls of boiling water then add to the pan with a Bouquet Garni and simmer for about 25-30 minutes or until the meat is tender.

Meanwhile cook to new potatoes, broccoli and carrots.

Just before serving remove all the meat and vegetables from the pan and put in a warm serving dish.

Add either cornflour or gravy granules to thicken the remaining cooking liquid and this will make delicious gravy.

All this for just under 500 calories

 

 

Do you exercise to lose weight?

Some people think that exercising is the answer to weight loss.  It can certainly help but on its own it is not likely to help you lose as much weight as you think.

Looking at some typical exercises did you know that

30 minutes of swimming averages  200 calories

30 minutes of fast walking averages  100 calories

30 minutes of running averages  300 calories

All this depends on your weight and the speed you do, but if you think of the typical calories in some of the snacks you might be having it becomes a very sobering thought. for example

Walkers Ready Salted Crisps are 171 calories

A Mars Bar 260 calories

A Signature Tall Hot Chocolate from Starbucks 393 calories

That doesn’t mean that exercise is a waste of time as it helps to keep you fit, stimulates your metabolism and of course tones you up.  But you can easily undo all the good if you tuck into sugary snacks, drinks and crisps.

Personally I aim to walk at least 10,000 steps a day and add whatever else I can fit in such as swimming and a session at gym at least 3 times a week  (not done so well with the swimming and gym recently because of my broken wrist but aiming to get back to it in the New Year now I am on the mend)

If you want to know more about eating healthily and exercising to lose weight I would love to hear from you.

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Can you resist these ?

 

You can tell that Christmas is coming as these types of tins of sweets and chocolates are starting to appear in the supermarkets

 

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If you buy them – ask yourself honestly who is going to eat them?

I know in previous years I have bought large tins of chocolates for when we had visitors over Christmas but found myself with lots left and the massive temptation of just having one which often could lead to two or three.  If I am honest probably more.

They can be a real temptation if you are just sitting watching the TV.

So if you want to avoid piling on the pounds over Christmas just don’t buy them but if you need to have a few things in the house try this size instead

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If you have been losing weight don’t let Christmas undo everything you have achieved and if you want any help in tackling your weight then I would love to help you!

 

Are you an emotional eater?

One of the things that can make you overweight is letting your emotions dictate your eating habits but you can change this.

I know that I was an emotional eater and basically I would eat when I was unhappy or stressed but equally I also celebrated with food so eating was not just fuel for my body it provided so much more.

It can be difficult to break the habit of emotional eating and certainly it is easier to break the habit of eating to celebrate than it is to tackle the eating related to stress and unhappiness.  But the first step in any change is recognising that you have an issue with emotional eating .

So if you are turning to chocolate, wine, crisps, cake or any other typical ‘comfort food’  to cheer you up or relieve stress then you probably are an emotional eater.

I did all of this and when I was overweight and ate things that I knew I shouldn’t I only ate more to make me feel better.  Not a great solution so if you want to know how to break away from emotional eating just contact me at enquiries@weight-away.org and I will be happy to offer  you a free initial consultation.

Believe me if I can stop emotional eating then so can you !

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter and I hope like me you enjoy this holiday with your family.

Of course at Easter we all tend to be spoilt with the traditional chocolate Easter eggs and so much more.  The one thing that is so difficult with chocolate is that it so easy to eat and so difficult to resist.

I have been given  lovely box of Lily O’Brien dessert chocolates instead of an egg and these are quite hard to resist but I will try to just have one or two today and then keep the others so I can have one with a cup of coffee each day.

Thinking back to Easter Eggs though it can be a good idea after Easter Sunday to break these up if you have a  lot and put the pieces in the freezer to have as a treat from time to time.

I know this Easter it will be hard to resist chocolate particularly as the weather forecast is so bad.

But I do think having a little bit of chocolate to look forward to is better then the feeling you have when you have eaten too much chocolate perhaps feel a little sick but certainly guilty.

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My Easter Treat

 

Did you know it is milk chocolate day tomorrow?

If you are like me and have struggled with your weight you probably have never needed an excuse to eat chocolate. That’s why I found it interesting to see that tomorrow (Tuesday) is actually Milk Chocolate Day.

As if any of us whose passion is chocolate need a special day to eat it.

Seriously though if chocolate is something you feel you can’t live without you need to find a way to have a little of what you want without letting it affect your weight loss or making you gain weight.

So a few tips to help

– if you eat chocolate every day try to adopt at 5:2 approach and start by making 2 days a week chocolate free
– if you manage this you can gradually increase the number of days that you don’t eat chocolate
– chose dark chocolate you will find you need less to satisfy any cravings
– have small portions and make sure you savour them rather than just popping chocolate into your mouth without thinking

And finally if you really find yourself eating a whole large bar of chocolate or finishing a whole box of chocolates just put it behind you and try some of the tips above.

If you need help and support to kick a chocolate habit contact http://www.weight-away.org.