Getting ready for Xmas

I know that as we approach Christmas there is a lot to do particularly if you have family with you and you are preparing the meal and that’s after you have done all your present shopping.

This is the time of year when we regret having not lost the weight we promised we would do at the start of the year.

But that can often mean that we just don’t have the time or the inclination to eat healthily during the run up to Christmas.  This isn’t helped by sweets and chocolates being at your place of work and of course the Christmas parties.

One thing you can do to mitigate all of this is try to have some healthy soups to keep you going so when you do give in to temptation you won’t be overdoing it. There is a tasty recipe below for you try

I will be offering special offers in January to help with new year resolutions so if you want to know more just contact me.

SPICY TOMATO & BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

Serves 6                                                       40 calories per serving

Takes about 50 minutes to cook

Ingredients

6 Large tomatoes                           1 butternut squash

2 red onions                                      1 red pepper

1 stick celery                                    1 large carrot

4 cloves of garlic                             1 red chilli

To prepare

Chop the vegetables into chunks and finely diced the garlic and chilli.  Place on a tray and roast for about 45 minutes turning regularly.

Blitz in a food processor with 500 ml of water till smooth then pass through a sieve into a large pan then add another 500ml of water and bring to the boil.

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Challenge yourself to lose half a stone for Xmas

Here we are at the beginning of November and I have exciting news for you all.  This week I am launching a challenge for anyone who would love to lose weight on the run up to Christmas.

If you lose weight at a rate of a pound a week then you could lose 7lbs.  If however you are losing weight at 2lb a week this is a stone.  A whole dress or trouser size!

So set yourself a challenge and make a written pledge to yourself.  Using the template below.

If you want help anyone who signs up now at Weight Away will receive their January plan free of charge.

So make your pledge and have a look at the recipe this week which is about making your own muesli as a great breakfast

MAKE YOUR OWN MUESLI

Makes 10  servings  (30g each)  at just 125 calories per serving

15 minutes to make and stores in an air tight container

Add a piece of fruit of your choice and skimmed milk for a breakfast

Ingredients

120g porridge oats

3 tsps unsalted sunflower seeds

120g unsweetened wheat or bran flakes

60g wheat germ

15g blanched almonds chopped.

To Prepare

Preheat your grill to medium. Scatter the porridge oats and sunflower seed onto a baking sheet.  Grill them for about 5 minutes until golden

Lightly crush the wheat/bran flakes and add the wheat germ, almonds and toasted porridge oats and sunflower seeds.  Mix well together

Transfer to an airtight container and you now have the basis for 10 breakfast which you just need to add a piece of fruit and skimmed milk which will take you just a couple of minutes.

XMAS CHALLENGE

 I …………………..

Pledge to lose ………lbs

By Christmas 2017

Things that will help me

 1…………..

 2…………..

 3……………

And to sign up to Weight Away go to http://www.weight-away.org

Start your new healthy life now!

So as the summer holiday season comes to the end are you looking back thinking that you wish you had lost the weight you promised yourself you would.

Lots of us start the year with great intentions and plan to lose weight but then find that the weeks just fly by and by the end of summer we are still not at the weight we want to be. So

  • if you are looking at the photographs of your summer holidays and are not happy with how you look
  • if you have spent the summer suffering with your thighs rubbing together in the heat
  • if you are getting out of breath when you walk upstairs
  • if your doctor has told you are facing diabetes or other health risks
  • if you have dieted only to put weight back on again
  • if you really want to get yourself healthy and in shape for life then Weight Away has the answer.

If you want a free no obligation chat about how Weight Away can help you I would love to hear from you.

At Weight Away I offer personalised healthy eating plans that will recognise your likes and dislikes; will allow you to eat ordinary food with your family and friends; will work with you tackle your trigger points for over or emotional eating and will enable you to lose weight healthily and keep the weight off.

In September if you join Weight Away and want to take advantage of a special offer you can pay for 3 months and receive December free.

In that time you could lose around 2 stone and just think how wonderful Christmas would be 2 stone lighter than you are now.

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How many diets have you tried?

At this time of year there are so many ‘diets’s being promoted in the press; on the TV and across Social Media, it is no wonder that we can all be tempted by the ‘miracle cure’ that looks promising and we think we could do!

If something looks too good to to be true then there is a reason.

It is true to say that any ‘diet’ when you follow it to the letter, will result in you losing weight; the real test is whether you will be able to keep it off.

Many of these ‘diets’ mean you will be either replacing foods with shakes or bars or restricting certain foods such as carbs,  fats, or sugar.

The problem with this type of approach, is that it is really difficult to lead a normal life. In fact you can find yourself spending an enormous amount on food replacements or ready prepared meals and supplements.

Whilst this might be great if you have a small amount of weight to lose and don’t mind changing your lifestyle completely for a short time, it is not the recipe for sustained weight loss.

I know, I have followed in the past things like the Atkins Diet; the Cabbage Soup Diet; the Grapefruit Diet to name but a few.  I know now I could choose the Military Diet; the Peanut Butter Diet; the Oil Diet – just some I have seen in the last few weeks, but I know from experience the only way to lose weight successfully is to change your eating habits for life.

This does not mean anything other than eating a well balanced healthy diet that avoids processed food but enables you to have things you love in sensible portion sizes.

So if you would prefer to eat meals like this

Lamb with White Wine

Great Tasty Food for under 500 calories

rather than meals like this

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then I would love to help you

Lose weight for life in 2017

Why not make 2017 the year that you lose weight and keep it off.

If you have been ‘dieting’ for years only to keep putting weight back on then try a different way with

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I know from personal experience that ‘diets’ don’t work. The real key is eating more healthily and moving a bit more so that you lose weight but don’t give up everything you enjoy.  In that way you lose weight steadily but don’t put it back on.

This is the basis of the Weight Away plans where I help you to

  • eat healthy easy to cook meals that you can eat with your family and friends
  • understand portion sizes
  • understand what triggers you to overeat
  • still be able to have snacks without eating too much
  • get your metabolism working for you rather than against you
  • stop you from feeling hungry
  • and of course lose weight

The problem with ‘diets’ that promise you a quick weight loss is that often you will not be able to eat the same food as your family. You may be forced to buy expensive meal replacement food or shakes and you may lose weight really quickly only to put it all back on again.

I don’t think any of us really want to feel that our life revolves around a ‘diet’ that excludes us from eating normally with our family and friends. Or that adds more cost to the weekly budget.

So if you want try something different visit http://www.weight-away.org and contact me for a free consultation and you can also take advantage of my New Year offers to make 2017 the year that you lose weight for life.

If eating ordinary food but getting extraordinary results in 2017 is what you are looking for then you have nothing to lose by talking to me other than weight!

Happy New Year Free Gift

I am sure you will be seeing lots of special offers today as many companies offer discounts and sales.

At Weight Away I am sharing my 7 tips for losing weight as a free gift,  which I hope will be helpful to anyone who has decided that 2017 will be the year that they lose any weight they are unhappy about.

If this is you and you want to know more about the Weight Away plans that will help you lose weight eating ordinary food but still get extraordinary results, then I would love to hear from you.

There are special offers for people joining Weight Away now, so why not check these out, but in the meantime here are my 7 tips for losing weight and I wish you a Happy Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

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.

For me I wanted to lose weight to improve my health and get to a size 14.  As I progressed I aimed for each ½ stone and when I got to a healthy weight I had lost over 5 stone and was wearing size 10 clothes!

 

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

For me I didn’t have very big meals when I was overweight, but I noticed that I often tasted food when I was cooking  so probably had had at least 100 calories before I served food; that I often bought something when I paid for petrol (either crisps or chocolate) and that I would eat biscuits when I attended meetings.  These were all things I could easily change and this made a big difference to my overall calorie intake.

 

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.

For me my three things I didn’t think I could live without were chocolate, cheese and wine, very much in that order. I gave up alcohol totally while I was losing weight; I only had cheese added to food as part of a recipe, so I still got the taste and used low fat cheese spreads and things like Philadelphia for sauces, and finally I built a small amount of chocolate into my diet as a treat most days.

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 who are overweight 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 your goal more real. More importantly you can enlist their help with food choices.

For me I often volunteered to drive if we were out with friends, therefore I didn’t drink, friends always welcomed that; at work when people often brought in cakes and/or sweets I suggested that we also had a fruit bowl and when I cooked for the family I fed them the same healthy meals I was eating but just slightly larger portions

  

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.

 For me work pressure was always a trigger for eating things like chocolate or having wine when I got home from work. Relaxing in the bath or painting my nails was always a good alternative but ultimately as I lost weight exercise became the thing that helped me to beat stress and improve my mood.

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 fitbit, 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 Wii fit or Kinnect.  The key is you need to like it or you will not keep it up.

For me I was shocked when I realised I was walking less than 1,000 steps a day at my heaviest.  I increased this steadily by 500 steps a day each week until I got to point when I would do at least 10,000 steps each day and coupled this with going to the gym or swimming.  I have found this a great way to keep fit, tone up as I lost weight but most importantly cope with stress without turning to chocolate.  You really can’t lose anything but weight if you exercise.

 

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 given 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!

For me I really wanted to be able to wear different clothes so I bought some things in a smaller size, but from a charity shop and sold some of my larger clothes to generate some cash for a new wardrobe when I got to my ideal weight.  Reducing from a size 20 to a size 10 meant everything even shoes were too big.  So putting aside some money was really useful.

I hope that you have found these tips helpful and if you want a free health check and a discussion about joining my weight-away plans I would love to hear from you.

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas from Weight Away and I hope you enjoy your time with your family and friends and enjoy all the festivities.

If you are thinking that your New Year Resolution will be to lose weight or be more healthy then I would love to hear from you.

I will be offering the opportunity to pay up front for 3 months on the Weight Away Plans and to get the 4th month free. Plans start from £9.99 per month and for most people that would enable them to lose at least 2 stone but up to 3 stone if they have a lot to lose.

So enjoy Christmas and if you want to know more you have nothing to lose except weight by contacting me for a free consultation at http://www.weight-away.org

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