Sunday Brunch

I think that often when you are trying to lose weight you think you have to give up having traditional breakfasts but that isn’t the case.

Quite often on a Sunday, as I get up later, I have a Sunday Brunch and today this included a bowl of fresh fruit and natural yoghurt and some bacon and eggs

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If I hadn’t had the fruit I might have added some baked beans or another rasher of bacon but having scrambled or poached eggs with grilled bacon and adding tomatoes and mushrooms you can have a great breakfast.  As a tip, I poach my mushrooms with a beef Oxo cube as this adds no fat and keeps them really yummy and soft.

Mid afternoon I will have a small snack, maybe some crisp breads and low fat cheese and then I will be okay for my main meal of the day.

In this way I can vary my days but eat well and healthily. If you want advice on eating well and losing weight please feel free to contact me at enquiries@weight-away.org for a free chat on how I could help you.

Lovely light meal in minutes

I know that lots of people really struggle to find time to cook and often resort to take aways or ready meals.  The only problem with this is that often those take aways can be just overloaded with calories.

A  portion of Fish and Chips from a shop would be anything from 750 to 1000 calories (without peas or any sauces)

A 12 inch pizza around a 1000 calories

and a Chicken Tikka Marsala a staggering 1250 calories

Whereas in around 15 minutes you could cook this for less than 250 calories

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Just Poach a piece of smoked haddock in some skimmed milk ( I prefer this not coloured yellow but I have shown this for illustration) with a poached egg and a portion of steamed broccoli and it would be ready before you could order or collect a take away.

If you want to know more about eating healthy to enable you to get to the weight you want to be then I would love you to follow my blog for healthy hints and tips or contact me at enquiries@weight-away.org for more information.

Still time to get that holiday body

If you are going on holiday and are worried about how you are going to look on the beach and out and about there is still time to lose some weight.

If you are interested in hearing how, I would love to speak to you and hopefully you could lose anything from 7lbs up to a stone depending on when you are going away.  I know if you follow my blog you will have seen the dreadful beach photo that set me on the path to eating healthily and losing weight.  So if you want to know more just get in touch for a no obligation chat.

Next week I will be back to posting some lovely recipes for you to try, but personally I have been very busy lately with final preparations for my daughters wedding.  This made me think how much I would have been dreading it if I still looked how I did on that beach photo!

A more recent happy holiday picture

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Are you fed up of being overweight?

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

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Me on holiday at my heaviest in 2009

to this

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Me now happy on holiday

Just losing a few pounds makes so much difference

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

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Keep your weight loss and not yo-yo!

Keeping up your weight loss can be difficult and even if you reach you target weight it can be difficult to keep the weight off.

This is particularly the case if you have been on a ‘diet’ that restricts one group of foods or uses replacement meals.  You will lose weight in this way but if you revert to eating how you did before the ‘diet’ you will more than likely put the weight back on and perhaps even end up heavier.

I speak from experience as I tried many ‘diets’ and became what is often described as a yo-yo dieter.  Eventually in 2009 I decided enough was enough and that I needed to change my eating habits for good and not just go on a diet.  This was the answer to my problems and having lost over 5 stone I have not gone back.

My tips for losing weight are summarised below but if you want to more and think that perhaps I could help you I would love to speak to you

So avoid being a yo-yo dieter

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My 7 tips for losing weight

Tip 1- Have a GOAL

When you decide you want to lose weight you may already have a goal in mind.  It could be an actual weight; it could be a dress/waist size; it could be to look good for a particular occasion or it could be to be healthier.  Whatever it is, it will be personal to you and that is important as it gives you something to aim for. Whatever it is there are two things you can do to make it happen.

Firstly picture yourself at your goal- imagine how you will look, think about how you will feel, think about the things people will be saying to you.  This will help you to focus on how great you will feel when you reach your goal.

The second thing is to think about steps along the way, these milestones could be things like every ½ stone, or each dress size just what you think you want to achieve along the way.  They will help you to make the goal achievable. They will reinforce your progress as you go forward.

Tip 2 – Understand Your Eating Habits

One of the things that will help you lose weight is eating regular meals and cutting out snacking.  In this way you can track what you are eating and make conscious decisions about what to eat and what not to eat.

One way to start this process is to write down everything you eat for a week.  When I say everything, this means including the biscuit you have at a meeting; the food you finish off that the children leave on their plates; the chocolate bar you buy at the petrol station and of course the meals you eat.

This will help you see any patterns of eating you have that you might want to change and it will probably shock you when you see what you eat when not actually having a meal

Tip 3 – Don’t give up the things you love

One of the things that make you feel really miserable when you go on a ‘diet’ is that you often feel you have to totally give up the things you like.  This could be savoury things like cheese or crisps; or it could be sweet things such as chocolate or biscuits, or it could be alcohol such as wine or beer.  You will know the things that you really love.

The real key to losing weight and keeping it off is not to think of your new way of eating as a ‘diet’ but thinking of it more as eating healthily.

In this way you can adjust your eating and portions sizes reducing the amount of calories you eat overall, but can also plan in things you love.  You may find there are things you can do without and others you just can’t and if you recognise this you will be able to adjust your eating and lose weight without feeling miserable.

If you deny yourself something you really can’t live without you are more likely to go back to old habits and not lose weight or even worse put more on.

Tip 4 Getting help from your supporters

Quite often when people decide they want to lose weight they keep it very much to themselves.  This can be a sign that they don’t believe they can do it and don’t want people to think that they have failed, or that they want people to think they are happy as they are.

Being overweight doesn’t have to make you miserable but often people are finding life more difficult; this might be moving around; finding clothes they want to wear that fit; suffering with health problems or lacking in confidence.

Actually sharing your goal of wanting to lose weight with friends, family and or work colleagues will make you goal more real. More importantly you can enlist their help with food choices.

Tip 5 Recognise Your Trigger Points

When you have decided to lose weight and you start to see results you will hopefully stay on track but life happens and this often means that there are things that make you go off the rails

I would term these as trigger points and they can be things such as bad day at work; a crisis at home; an argument with your partner/children/friends; worrying about something you have got to do or should have done and I could go on.  All these things have the potential to send you in direction of comfort food which is more likely to be a bar of chocolate than an apple.

So do you know the things that can send you off the rails and sabotage your weight loss?  When you think about it you will, and the key is to develop strategies to handle these situations without resorting to food or drink.  Working with a coach can really help but there are simple things you can do for yourself.

 Tip 6 Exercise

You may have been wondering when exercise would be mentioned.  The simple equation for weight loss is that you need to eat less and move more so increasing the amount exercise you do is very obvious.  However this does not mean running a marathon or even going to a gym the critical thing is to do something.  If you have a pedometer or app on your phone to check your activity the first thing to do is to see how much you are moving each day.  In you are in an office job and drive to work you will probably be shocked at how little you are moving.

Whatever it is, just commit to increase it each week and build up to doing some exercise.  The critical thing is finding something that you enjoy doing, that could be swimming, walking, running, the gym or at home on a wi fit or Connect.  The key is you need to like it or you will not keep it up.

Tip 7 Celebrate Success

My final tip is to make sure that you celebrate success.  Not only when you get to your ideal weight but also on the way. You may have developed a weight problem by rewarding yourself with food, this is something that can develop from childhood if you have been sweets as a treat when you have done something well.

This is a habit you need to break so reward yourself with something other than food. If you have children you may also want to think about how you reward them so they don’t get into the pattern of food being a reward rather than fuel!

If you have set yourself milestones to get to your ideal weight such as each ½ stone or each dress size then reward yourself with something such as a beauty treatment, a computer game you wanted, a sum of money to go towards you new wardrobe. You decide!

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