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!
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!
If you promised yourself last year that you would lose weight before your summer holiday and didn’t and here you are again looking forward to this years holiday feeling overweight and unhappy about how you look then why not take action now.
If you are going on holiday in July you still have three months to lose weight and with my weight loss plan could lose up to 2lb per week and be around 2 stone lighter. This equates to 2 dress/trouser sizes so if you have summer clothes you want to get into why not start now.
I have just taken my summer clothes out of the loft and will be going through them this week to check that I still want them all but I do have the comfort that I know that they fit. It can be so depressing when you have clothes you really want to wear but they are too tight. I will though either sell or give some charity if I know I won’t wear them or they don’t suit me anymore. This makes space for some new items!
So why not contact me to discuss losing weight eating ordinary foods but getting extraordinary results. You will not have to buy any supplements or shakes and you will be supported with a personalised plan, recipes, hints and tips and personal coaching if you sign up to my full plan.
What have you got lose other than weight!
I sort and pack my summer and winter clothes and store them in vacuum packs on the great advice of my daughter Kate who runs a decluttering business if you want advice and help to organise your wardrobes, kitchens or in fact any space that you feel is too clutter then she will be the answer at http://www.roomtobreathe.org.uk
If you are concerned about your weight and have tried many times to ‘diet’ only to put your weight back on, then you are probably in the majority so what is the answer.
The key really is not to keep going on a ‘diet’ that asks you to give up things you love or restricts your calorie intake so much that the minute you stop following the diet the weight just piles back on. Sometimes even heavier than you started!
So what is the answer?
I believe that you really need to change your life style and eating habits in a way that you can sustain forever.
This can mean really understanding what you can live without that perhaps has been making you put on weight, but more importantly learning how to add flavour and interest to the things you are eating so that you really enjoy your food.
This is how I base my weight away plans and they are personal to every client.
I know that by understanding my clients likes and dislikes: understanding their life styles and taking into account their personal eating patterns I can devise a healthy eating plan that will help them to lose weight and keep if off.
As someone who knows what it is like to be an emotional eater I am well placed to help others and if you are fed up of yo-yo dieting why not talk to me to see if you think I can help you.
You have nothing to lose but weight!
Last week I attended the ‘BigFatChatLive’ Event which was being held by Staffordshire Council to discuss the obesity levels in the county. They assessed 1 in 4 adults to be obese and frighteningly 1 in 5 children as well.
This makes 190,000 people in the county as obese with the associated health risks that this can lead to. As the NHS is under so much strain in Staffordshire this is all the more worrying. I want to do anything I can through my business to help to address this and I believe that my Weight Away Plans are helpful in providing support and suggesting healthy eating plans and recipes that can be prepared for the whole family.
The risks to your health of being obese are many. Obesity can result in heart disease, stroke, cancer and Type 2 Diabetes. Losing even a small amount of weight can help to minimise the risks. I know though that this can be less than easy and it can be difficult to do this without support. This why having got my own weight under control I set up my business, and why I am well placed to understand how hard it can be. I can though provide advice, guidance and support with lots of healthy recipes to help you lose weight.
I would be delighted to talk to anyone who is interested in finding out more or who wants to take the first step to tackle a weight issue. You can contact me for a free initial discussion with no obligation. Remember you have nothing to lose but weight
As Shrove Tuesday is this week thoughts turn to pancakes which can be a bit of a challenge if you are trying to lose weight. I have found that cooking the fluffy American style pancakes can be great and are lovely to eat as a family so why not try my recipe.
As you will see from the photo when I cook them they are sometimes different sizes but you don’t have to worry as they just taste as delicious and are filling so a serving like this at 190 calories is great as a treat on the day.
You can make them as a savoury alternative omitting the sugar and add peppers or mushrooms and of course either way they can make a great breakfast.
You can also perhaps think about giving up something for Lent maybe alcohol or chocolate, a short amount of time giving these things up can help to keep you on track in the future if you are trying to lose weight. I will be cutting out chocolate this year!
Fluffy American Pancakes only 190 calories
Serves 2 (3 or 4 pancakes each) 190 cals per serving
Preparation 10 minutes cooking 10minutes
1 large egg (separated)
25g self raising flour
25g porridge oats
1 tsp sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
75mls skimmed milk
In a clean bowl whisk the egg white until it is soft and holds peaks. In another bowl beat the egg yolk, flour, oats, sugar and milk together.
Gently fold the egg white into the mixture with a metal spoon gently keeping the volume
Heat a non-stick small pan and spray with low fat oil. Place a tablespoon of the mixture into the pan to make a small pancake, depending on the size of the pan you can do a few at a time turning when they have puffed up.
Set aside and wrap in a clean tea towel to keep warm while you gently warm the blueberries to serve with pancakes and a sprinkling of cinnamon if you want.
Will make 3-4 pancakes each
You can use other fruit or if you omit the sugar you could make these into savoury pancakes and perhaps add mushrooms or peppers.