Celebrations allowed

Even if you are trying to lose weight or just eating healthily you can celebrate and I have been having a great time this weekend at my daughters hen party.

The trick however is to just have some days either before or after making sure that you balance the week and I have some typical days planned to help me do that.  I certainly will need them this week following some exciting cocktail making and drinking at the weekend .

This would be a typical balancing day for me  which you might want to try after a party

With your 1/2 pint skimmed milk this will give 1000 calories for a women and 1300 calories for a man. I would never recommend eating less than this in any day.

Breakfast

A tomato and herb omelette

Serves 1       cooking time 5 minutes

150 calories per person

1 Egg

2 tablespoons of skimmed milk

1 teaspoon of fresh herbs e.g. chives, basil or oregano or ½ teaspoon of dried herbs

½ teaspoon of olive oil

2 tomatoes sliced thinly

Salt and pepper

1 slice of brown toast (45g)

  • Beat the egg and milk together season and add the chopped herbs
  • Heat the olive oil in small pan and cook over a medium heat for about two minutes to set the base. Lay the tomatoes over one half of the omelette and season with salt and pepper
  • Cook the surface of the omelette under a grill until set and serve with the piece of toast.

You can carry this recipe by using mushrooms rather than herbs.

For men use two eggs to increase the calories to 225

Eating protein on your balancing day for breakfast will help your metabolism

Lunch

Tuna Cheese Bake

Serves 1        Cooking time about 20 mins

Calories 265

90 grams (3oz) dwarf green beans sliced

1 tomato cut in wedges

90 grams (3oz) cooked brown long grained rice

30 grams (1oz) canned tuna in brine drained

2 teaspoons of lemon juice

1 teaspoon of olive oil

1 teaspoon of chopped parsley

½ oz fresh breadcrumbs

½ oz Red Leicester cheese grated or any type of hard cheese you prefer

Salt and pepper

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 5/190c. Cook the green beans in lightly salted boing water for 5 minutes and drain well
  • Mix together the beans, tomato, cooked rice, tuna, lemon juice, olive oil and parsley and put into a shallow baking dish and season
  • Mix the cheese and bread crumbs together and sprinkle them over the rice mixture.
  • Bake for about 15-20 minutes until brown of the surface

Add one low fat yoghurt to bring this up to approximately 350 calories for women

Men should increase the amount of tuna to 60 grams and the cheese to 30 grams or 1oz bringing the calorie total 450.

Main Meal    Grilled Chicken with Mushroom Sauce

Serves 1 Calories 380

Preparation and cooking time 1 hour marinating and 25 minutes cooking

90 gram (3oz) Skinless boned chicken breast

2 tablespoons of lemon juice

2 teaspoons of chopped parsley

1 small garlic clove crushed (optional)

1 teaspoon of olive oil

60grams (2oz) of Pasta shapes (farfalle is good with this)

90 grams of button mushrooms sliced

200ml stock made with ½ a vegetable stock cube

2 teaspoons of cornflour blended with a little water

Salt and pepper

  • Split the chicken breast in half horizontally with cutting it right through. Open it out flat and lay it in a shallow dish.  Mix together the lemon juice, parsley and garlic and oils.  Season with salt and pepper and pout the marinade over the chicken.  Allow to marinade for 1 hour turning once
  • Preheat the grill and cook the chicken for about 12 minutes turning it once and basting it with the marinade. Put the pasta to cook in lightly salted boiling water
  • Whist the chicken and pasta are cooking put the mushrooms into a saucepan with the vegetable stock bring to the boil and then simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the blende cornflour to the mushrooms and stir until thickened and smooth.
  • Drain the pasta and spoon it on to a warmed plate serve the chicken them pour over the mushroom sauce

You can use basil or chives if your prefer to parsley

Vegetarians who eat Fish can replace the chicken with a salmon fillet.  Men should add an extra 30 grams to both the pasta and the chicken to increase the calories to 450.

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Cocktail Master Class at Smugglers Cove at Albert Dock Liverpool !

It’s great to plan a wedding

Whilst it is fun to be spontaneous in life some things do need some planning and weddings are certainly one of the things that come into that category.

I been plotting with my daughter all the things we need to get done before her wedding in the summer next year and how some of them you just can’t get on with until others have been completed. Yesterday was spent writing invitations which is the beginning of getting to precise numbers for the day!

This is really exciting and of course there is a date in place to keep us focussed to make sure we get everything done and part of that is making sure we are both in the best shape we can be for the day.

Whilst my daughter is not overweight she does want to lose a few pounds to look her best but knows that there is no need for any drastic action or miracle plan.  Just healthy eating and exercise and she uses lots of my Weight Away recipes to help with that.

I will be joining her to lose the weight I have put on whilst getting over my broken wrist, I am not a lot  heavier but weigh more than I usually do from not being able to exercise for about 6 weeks and I confess to a bit of comfort eating when feeling sorry for myself.  We are all human!

So if you have an event that you want to get into shape for I can help  with plans, recipes and support to get you to where you want to be. So just get in touch.

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Lovely Feedback From a Client

If you want to lose weight then here is an update from one of my clients on her successful weightloss with Weight Away.

Alison writes

“I first joined Weight-away in July 2014 with the aim of losing 2 Stone before my daughter’s wedding in January 2015.  Following Sue’s eating plan and with her support I achieved that goal and dropped from a size 16 to a size 12 in 7 months.

14 months and one grand-daughter later I am still maintaining my healthy weight and still wearing size 12 clothes.  In the past when I have dieted the weight has returned within a short period of time, but this time it’s different and the reason for that is because my relationship with food has changed for good.

I no longer deny myself foods that I enjoy, but have learned to eat smaller portions or to substitute them with something similar but with fewer calories, for example I enjoy cheese and biscuits as a snack in the evening but now substitute the crackers for melba toasts and the cheddar for low fat Philadelphia.

I also balance my meals better throughout the day.  I eat more for breakfast which keeps me going until lunchtime so that I’m not tempted to snack mid-morning or over-eat at lunchtime and in the evening.

I allow myself to indulge a little more at weekends and during celebrations because I know that I can balance things out the next day by cutting down on permitted snacks or by following one of Sue’s balancing day eating plans.

I no longer obsessively weigh myself every day, or even every week.  I am in full control, knowing that weight naturally fluctuates throughout the day/week/month but as long as I am eating sensibly and keep within a certain weight range I will maintain my weight-loss and clothing size.

I continue to use the weight-away recipes on a daily basis (I have quite a collection of them now), as my family love them too and I can trust that they are healthy, carefully calorie counted and correctly portioned and they are so tasty and easy to prepare.

Contacting weight-away was one of the best decisions I have ever made.  It has changed my life by making me more healthy, confident and restoring my energy levels so that I am more active and can keep up with my growing grand-daughter.”

If you would like to lose weight and keep it off as Alison has done then contact me at http://www.weight-away.org and I would be delighted to help you have the same success.

Alison looking stunning as the Mohter of the Bride

Alison looking stunning as the Mother of the Bride

Are you motivated to lose weight?

If you have a wedding to attend or want to look good for event but want to lose weight then start now.

Often when we have an event in our life when we want to look our best, that can be a good motivator to lose weight.  The further away it is though can be the reason to put off changing your eating habits until suddenly you find yourself with a month to go and you haven’t lost a single pound.

I can remember many times when I promised myself just after Christmas that I would be slimmer for my summer holidays only to find myself a few weeks before I was due to go desperately trying to find things that would fit me.

So whatever your motivation is for losing weight, whether it is an event, or to improve your health, don’t put off till tomorrow what you could do today or it will never happen.

I have special offers running in February for people who sign up to Weight Away Plans so what are you waiting for? Get help now to change your eating habits and lose weight for life not just that special occasion!

Easy Styles that take you from Spring into Summer.

This week I am featuring a guest blog from Denise at Colour with Confidence who shares her advice on Easy Styles that take you from Spring to Summer.

The shops are brimming with styles and colours: but where do you start bring Spring into your wardrobe?  The colours and patterns that you find in the shops are actually reflecting Spring with pastel pinks, yellow and blues but also vibrant floral patterns. Look around your garden and you will see the inspiration that designers are bringing into the high street. There are very few dark colours in the shops at the moment, although there are some dark blue and navy’s around. Here is your easy guide to incorporating a breath of Spring that will take you into Summer.

The 7 key looks in the shops now.
1. Dresses.  Dresses are in soft fabrics and mainly knee length, with many shift styles or some with a gathered waist. Look for floral prints, either all over pattern or on the lower part of the skirt. The flowers are often in bright blues, reds, pinks but with pastel backgrounds.
2. Tops and blouses. Hip-length tops are everywhere this year, again shift style or shirt-waisted.  Colours are often ice-cream colours or soft muted florals. I know blouses and tops are the mainstay of my wardrobe.
3. Skirts. There seem to be two predominant styles this year, pencil and gathered. The pencil skirts are in plain colours, again mainly pastels but there are bright ones around. These would go wonderfully with soft tops and blouses (see no. 2)
4. Trousers. Capri (calf length) or ankle length are very popular this year: they are usually narrow legged.  Both look great with sandals or heeled shoes.  The colours are again pastels, peach, baby blue, yellow, but there are also patterned ones too. I like the medium to dark blue with small patterns which are most flattering.
5. Handbags. A huge range of colours this year: one thing that is consistent is the plain colours but there are pastels as well as brights and also two tones on one bag. The styles are contrasting: either box or envelope shapes or soft, fringed bags. Choose the colour and style to fit your lifestyle
6. Jewellery. Bigger and bolder than ever: back to bling! Again choose the colour or metal to complement your outfit. Jewellery works well if it fits you and your clothes. If you are petite and you wear huge jewellery it can overpower you. A great necklace can finish an outfit perfectly.
7. Sandals and shoes. I’m pleased to see platforms back! I’m on the short side and they give me height! Lots of different styles, but there are comfortable, wide straps across the foot on sandals this year. I love the court shoes that are around in neutral colours, the beige/nude make your legs look longer. Great!
I hope this helps you to find your way around the spring and summer fashions on the high street.
Flowers to inspire Blog 20 April
 You can contact Denise at www.Confidencewithcolour.co.uk

Have you got an event to lose weight for?

This week I am sharing one of my client’s stories, which she was happy to share, as she has been so delighted with her weight loss and my Weight Away Plan.  You can see her before and after in her beautiful Mother of the Bride outfit.

Alison writes

” When my daughter announced that she was getting married in February 2014, I knew that I wanted to do something about my weight, so that I could be a mother of the bride that she could be proud of.  So I embarked on a diet.  5 months later I had achieved nothing, my weight had fluctuated within about 5 pounds, but with no real visible results.  Each day I started “being  good” with a small breakfast, then later, a small lunch.  By mid- afternoon I felt really hungry, shaky and light-headed so I headed for the kitchen where anything was “fair game”, cake, biscuits and other  snacks.  Later on, I satisfied my hunger with a large evening meal.  No wonder I didn’t lose any weight.

In August , after seeing my holiday photos and tipping the scales at 13 stone 3 lbs I decided to get help.  Slimming clubs didn’t appeal to me and I enjoy food, which is why I have found dieting so difficult to maintain in the past. I wanted something that didn’t feel like a diet.

I met Sue through networking and decided to give her nourish plan a go and I am very glad I did.  From the start of the program I saw the weight come off and I have continued to lose weight steadily each week. I am now very close to reaching my target of 11 stone and have dropped 2 dress sizes and feel so much healthier and energetic.  I weighed 11 stone 6lbs at my daughters’ wedding and received lots of compliments on how well I looked.

The recipes are put together by Sue herself, who is a trained nutritionist and calculates all the calories for you so you don’t have to do lots of weighing of ingredients.  The meals are delicious and varied.  My husband was surprised at what we were eating whilst “dieting”.  Many of the recipes have now become firm family favourites like, cheddar chicken, spanish meatballs, paprika chicken pie as well as many sweet dishes and even cakes.  The best thing about the Weightaway program is that you lose weight by eating real food.  Sue ensures that the calories are balanced throughout the day so that you don’t get the mid-afternoon slump or feel hungry at any time during the day.  She also builds into the plan the little things that you can’t do without (in my case a glass of wine) so that you can have your treats and don’t feel deprived – you don’t actually feel that you are on a diet.

Sue also gives tips on losing weight each week and these are also valuable especially at Christmas  and celebration times so that you can manage these times and limit any weight gain (I only put on 1 pound this Christmas).

For me the Weight Away program  has worked in a way that no other “diet” has.  Sue is wonderfully supportive and I thoroughly recommend her program to others wanting to do the same as me and lose weight for good.

Alison Townsend ”

Alison Before

Alison at the start of her journey

Alison After

Alison as the glamorous Mother of the Bride