Thursday, 30 August 2012

Day 98

Who knew you could lose weight from your fingers?!

Well guys, it seems to be true! My engagement ring, which is about 10 months old is now too big for me. It has fallen off a few times and you can see from the picture that it is definitely a little to big for my shrinking fingers! Back to the shop we go!

Today I had to wait in at home for our new fridge to be delivered, ours broke the other day and we have been having to made do with a smaller 'beer fridge' in the mean time. In happy with our new fridge and hope it lasts just as longer, if not longer, than the last one! (the previous lasted over five years, an it was second hand!)

Food wise was a good day, I had poached eggs for brunch and salad pitta bread for my tea.

All in all, a good day!

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Day 97

Food -

Special K with semi skimmed milk

Tomato and basil soup

Spaghetti bolognese

Exercise -

60 minute walk

Thumbs up! 👍

I good day all round. I spent my day sorting items to sell on eBay, I will link it below if anyone is interested to go and check the stuff out. I've got over 40 items to sell, and I can't believe ow much time it takes to put them into eBay! Hopefully it will be worth it when we have some more money to put in the wedding pot!

Ellie x

Day 96

Today was a national bank holiday in the UK, so (almost) everybody has the day off work. And as usual, on a bank holiday, the weather is pants!

I went to a friends for lunch to catch up and see her new home. She made a lovely lunch consisting of chicken, salad, new potatoes, feta, olives and coleslaw. It was very tasty and healthy - double win!

After that I spent the evening at my parents, as my dad works away in the week so wanted to see him before be goes back. It was a nice chilled evening, and I spent most of it getting cuddles from my niece :)

I didn't get to do any exercise today, however I am hoping all of the lifting an carrying a 17lb baby will make some difference!

Hope you are all well!

Ellie x

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Day 95

Not much to report today!

Went to my parents for a lovely Sunday roast, aren't they just the best meal?! As my parents are also trying to be good we missed out the roast potatoes and stuck to chicken, new potatoes and lots of vegetables. It was delicious!

We then went for a lovely stroll in the evening, as it was so nice. My legs aren't sore, surprisingly, after my log walk yesterday, so we went and took my parents dog for a run in a nearby field. My gorgeous niece came along for the walk too, check out the picture!

Hope you are all well and keeping to your plans!

Ellie x

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Day 94

Food -

I started the day with a bacon sandwich in brown bread. Not the best, but not the worst!

I then did have a couple of biscuits in the afternoon with some tea, I suppose as a celebration of my weight loss (why do I do that?!) and ended the day with a pitta bread stuffed with alas and light mayonnaise. Yum!

Exercise -

We didn't have any plans for today, and we were in need of doing something that ideally wouldn't cost money! So we decided to walk to my parents house, almost 9 miles from ours!

We did the walk, which took almost three hours as we went at a very leisurely pace, which included getting lost a couple of times and an eventful thunderstorm right above us at one point!

It felt amazing on the walk, blowing the cobwebs away and just getting out in the fresh air. We have made a promise to do it more often, so watch this space!

Here are some pictures from the walk, we endured blazing sunshine, clouds, torrential rain and thunderstorms during our outing! Plus stumbling across some lovely cows!

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Day 93 - Week 13 Weigh In

Today's results:

Start Weight: 13st 10lbs

Last Weeks Weight: 13st 2.8lbs

This Week: 13st 0.4lbs

Amazing! I am 0.4lbs away from the 10lb mark! I am so chuffed after weeks of staying the same! Persistence pays :)

I am also starting to get comments from people asking if I've lost weight, and how good I am looking, which feels SO good! I am the largest out of my friends so this feels so good that people are starting to notice a difference in my size! You can probably make that out by all of he exclamation marks I'm using!!


Arms - 29cm
Chest - 101cm
Waist - 84cm. Lost 1cm!
Hips - 114cm
Thigh - 62cm

Not much to show for on the measurement from, but it is moving in the right direction!

I have been walking a lot this week, as well a doing a lot of housework. This week I plan to start jogging and doing more of my abs workouts.

Fingers crossed for another weight loss this week!

Day 92

Food -

I was bad today! I didn't feel hungry all day, so all I ate was spaghetti bolognese for tea. Bad Ellie!

Exercise -

I spent the day scrubbing the kitchen clean, all of the skirting boards and doors, hoovering and mopping, cleaning bed sheets and sofas. I'd say that a workout in itself!

Weigh in tomorrow guys!

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Day 91

Food -


Poached Egg on Toast

Exercise -

30 minute walk

Day 90

Food -

2 x Crumpets

Homemade chicken and vegetable curry with rice and natural yoghurt dip

My appetite has gone somewhat since I'm not feeling 100%, so if there is only one good thing that comes out of this then I hope it's weightloss!

Exercise -

I didn't do much exercise today, however did scrub the house clean so I'm sure that burnt a few calories!

Hope you are all well.

Ellie x

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Day 89

Food -

Wholemeal toast with marmalade.

Pasta with onion, peppers and passata.

One small slice of shortbread.

Our fridge has broken in the last couple of days so we are having to make do with things we've got in, and that can be eaten without being chilled or frozen. Such a pain!

Exercise -

1 hour slow walk

Rally struggling with sleep at the moment! Any tips? I've been told to try lavender, so will be giving that a go tonight!

Day 88

Food -

Bacon sandwich on brown bread

Jacket potato, turkey salad and pickled onions

Exercise -

30 minute walk

Day 87 - A Little Blue

Feeling a little under the weather at the moment guys.

The doctor has signed me off work for at least a week to hopefully get me feeling back to my normal self.

I'll still be doing my updates on food and exercise, and my weekly weigh ins, just not much else going on in my life right now!

Ellie x

Day 86 - Week 12 Weigh In

And it is that time yet again!

I have eaten well this week, and been in three walks, including a little jogging! I did my abs workout once, so I need to up that for next week.

The results this week are...

Start Weight: 13st 10lbs

Last Weeks Weight: 13st 3.4lbs

This Week: 13st 2.8lbs

The half pound is off! I have now lost half a stone, finally! It has taken me a while to get to this point, but for me it is all about keeping it off so I'm happy as long as I get there!

Measurements -

Arms - 29cm
Chest - 101cm. Lost 1cm!
Waist - 85cm
Hips - 114cm. Lost 1cm!
Thigh - 62cm. Lost 1cm!

All the walks I've been on are working, and shifting the weight from where they its not wanted!

This week I'm going to keep up the walking and aim for some more weight to shift.

Fingers crossed!

Day 85 - Update

Not much to report today guys, food is healthy and went for another walk this evening!

Be back tomorrow for Week 12 Weigh In, yikes!

Ellie x

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Day 84 - Housewife

Don't you just love chores? Once one is done, another three appear!

Last night I spent my evening catching up on all house related chores, cleaning the bathroom, kitchen, hoovering, even cleaning out our cutlery draw. I don't understand how things can get so messy! So I managed to get those jobs done, but I have come home from work today and looked around and found atleast four if not five more jobs to do! Urgh, when will it ever end?!

I try to assign different chores for different days, to make it feel less daunting when they need doing, but then on the other hand it always feels like I am cleaning something! What routine do you go by, all at once, or piece by piece? Let me know any tips you have too, I'm always on the look out for some new cleaning tips!

As I had some many chores to catch up on aswell as cooking tea and fitting in a little down time, I didn't do any exercise. Well, if you don't count scrubbing the bathroom within an inch of its life then I didn't!

We then had a burger each for tea, no bread!, with salad and corn on the cob. Very tasty, and pretty healthy! I also made a little homemade coleslaw to go with my tea, and I have to say it was delicious!

All I did was chop up a little white cabbage, grate a carrot and chop up one spring onion and then mixed in some light mayonnaise. I didn't have any Dijon mustard otherwise that would've gone in too, but it was tasty all the same!

Hope your all having a fab week.


Day 83 - Keep on Walking...

This walking malarkey is pretty good fun!

After a stressful day in the office there is nothing better than getting those trainers on and pounding the pavement. I find it so destressing to go for a 45 minute fast walk and just forget about the day!

Food was good today, I ate porridge and blueberries again for breakfast. I am really enjoying this for breakfast now (finally managed to break the Special K habit!), and it is keeping me full for atleast 3 hours, an achievement in my books!

Lunch was leftover vegetable curry, YUM!

And dinner was spaghetti bolognese, double YUM!

Sorry for the short post again guys, promise I will be back to normal soon!


Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Day 82 - Food for Thought

Today started well...

This kept me full for well over four hours! That is a huge achievement for my stomach to stay full for that long!

My lunch consisited of broccoli and cheese pasta, a ready made packet but relatively healthy.

And I finished the day with this...


We made enough for me to have the leftovers for my lunch tomorrow, which I can't wait to eat already!

Before we had tea we went for a 30minute walk, which we jogged a couple of minutes of. It was good to get back out and moving again. It was very muggy outside aswell, so the 30 minutes walk felt like twice as long, and we looked very red and sweaty from it afterwards!

I will be going on another walk tomorrow, and doing my abs workout. I am feeling very motivated and eager to reach this weeks targets!

Hope you have all had a great start to the week!

Ellie x

Monday, 13 August 2012

Day 81 - Floral Fun

Wow, 80 days in! Only 285 days til I make that big step and walk down the aisle. Not long to go now! We have had a very 'wedding' weekend, what with visiting the florist and trying suits on. We still have a long way to go (heck, my dress is get to be ordered!) but we are making slow progress, and enjoying the journey along the way!

Before we went to see the florist I decided to catch some of the summer rays. Sometimes there is nothing better than sitting in the sunshine!

After seeing the florist and doing our food shop for the week, we then went onto ANOTHER BBQ, with friends. It was lovely to see them, and their children. Luckily my friend had prepared gorgeous salads and so I devoured most of them, and had a little bit of chicken to go with it. Delish!

We ended the day watching the Olympics Closing Ceremony (sob), and even though I had to be up for 7am this morning for work I did not allow myself to miss a second of the ceremony, so it was quite a late one! We did have a little visitor who came to stay for the Closing Ceremony...

The little fidgit! She is just over four months old now, and does not keep still!!!!

Tomorrow I will be starting my walking again, and I WILL reach my targets for the week!

Day 80 - Suits You!

Busy day today guys!

We (well, the other half) tried on suits for our wedding, and I have to say he looked very fetching! He's a builder by trade, and so very VERY rarely gets that dressed up!

We then went to my parents for a very tasty BBQ. They are both on a healthy eating kick too so we ate jacket potatos, salads with steaks and chicken. Very tasty indeed!

As always, I was so hungry I didn't allow time to take a picture! MUST DO BETTER!

Will be back tomorrow with another update!

Ellie x

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Day 79 - Week 11 Weigh In

And we are here again!

Today's results:

Start Weight: 13st 10lbs

Last Weeks Weight: 13st 3.4lbs

This Week: 13st 3.4lbs

Stayed the same! As much as I would've loved to have lost, I do deserve this weigh in. I promised myself that I would go in atleast two jogs this week. I failed. I promised myself I would keep up my abs workout. I failed. The one thing I did keep up at was reducing my salt intake. I have only cooked with it on a few occasions this week, and have only added it onto two of my meals. Alot less than what I normally do so I am happy with that.

My measurements have also stated the same, and I know this is down to the fact that I have not moved enough this week. I have been on a couple of walks, but nowhere near as much or intense as I need to be doing. I really need to give myself a kick up the backside and as Nike says, just do it!

Has anyone got any motivational tips for me? As I really need some!

Next week I will jog at least twice, and do my abs workout at least three times I have warned my other half he needs to force me to do it I'd I start to show signs of laziness!!!

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Ellie x

Friday, 10 August 2012

Day 78 - Ladies Day Out!

*Picture Post*

As the weather was so nice today, and the forecast was good, I decided to book the day off work. I went with my Mum, Nan, Sister and Niece to a local stately home for the day walking around the gardens and just generally enjoying the views! Below are some shots from the day :)

I'll be back tomorrow with a weigh in!

Day 77 - A Nothing Day.

Sorry for the late post guys, not much to report today.

Ate well, very busy and managed a nice walk in the evening. The English weather is picking up again!

Hope you are all well :)


Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Day 76 - Ebay Time!

Well my evening last night was entertaining. It consisted of this...

and this...

Yes you guessed it, eBay selling! Like anybody with an upcoming wedding, every penny helps and so we cleared out our my wardrobe and I spent the evening adding the unwanted items to eBay. Fingers crossed I make a good amount from my items! I loaded 15 items on there last night, and still have about the same amount of items to go again over the next few nights. Busy busy!

Food was good again today, starting with...

and this for lunch...

and again I forgot to picture my dinner as I was so hungry. Sorry! It consisted of a tomato and mozerella stonebaked pizza, not the healthiest by a long shot but it hit the spot!

I completed my abs workout again but due to eBay, was unable to get any outdoor activities in today! Tomorrow will be jog time!

Ellie x

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Day 75 - Monday Madness

Today has been a good day! The day started well with porridge and raspberries...

... followed by my lunch of ham and salad, along with my snacks for the day...

...and finished with sweet potato with mushrooms, onions, peppers in a spicy tomato sauce and a little parmesam on top. I am a failed blogger though as I was so hungry I forgot to take a picture! But it looked along the lines of this...

A previous meal, but it looked similar, just a smaller portion and less parmesan. I am working my way towards a healthier bod don't cha know!? :)

The rest of the day was pretty uneventful, I went to pick up my prescription from the pharmacy to help with my palpitations, and came home to start tea and prepare lunch for tomorrow! Doesn't time fly when you have to work full time?

Hope you are all well and enjoying my blog!

Ellie x

Monday, 6 August 2012

Day 74 - Revisit the Weekend #2

I feel like I am forever writing my 'Monday posts'! How do they come round so quickly?! To make up for the poor post yesterday, todays will be a recap of what I got up at the weekend!

Saturday -
  • Weigh Day! It was a successful one, so I started the weekend as I intended. 
  • My bridal shoes had arrived and so I went to try them on, along with the bridesmaid shoes. We all love them and the shoes are sooo comfortable, double score!
  • The parents returned from holiday, so we went to theirs for tea and a catch up.
  • Whilst at the parents we also watched what was an amazing evening/day for Team GB!

Sunday -
  • Watched more Olympics, completely in awe of the talent!
  • Visited the church we are getting married at, as my grandad passed away three years ago to the date and is buried there. It was lovely to visit, even under sad circumstances. We got a chance to go inside the church and it looked even better than I remember! This is the outside...

And this is us stood where we will sign on the dotted line!

We finished the weekend off by eating our favourite spaghetti bolognase watching, you guessed it, more Olympics! I am loving watching it so much, god knows what I am going to be doing when it finishes!

Ellie x

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Day 73 - Blah.

Not much to report today guys! Still extremely chuffed with the weight loss this week!

I've been suffering again with heart palpitations so have taken the past couple of says easy. Went for a walk today which helped ease them for a time, but as I type they are going pretty crazy! I have a prescription to collect from the pharmacy, which will hopefully help me out.

Hope you are all having a great weekend!

Ellie x

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Day 72 - Week 10 Weigh In

Here we are again!
Start Weight - 13st 10lbs

Last Week's Weight - 13st 4.5lbs

New Weight - 13st .3.4lbs

Measurements -
Arms - 29cm
Chest - 100cm
Waist - 85cm
Hips - 115cm
Thighs - 63cm
1lb off and 1cm off my waist! Success! :)
I am so chuffed with this result, after what feels like forever staying the same weight. I am now less than half a pound away from losing half a stone, not as quick as I would've hoped but it is going in the right direction and the small changes I am making daily are all getting me towards my goal of being a happier and healthier me!
My targets for this week are to;
  • Hit the half a stone weight loss mark
  • Go on atleast two jogs this week - 3 miles each
  • Continue using my abs workout app, atleast three times
  • Reduce my salt intake. I am terrible for adding more salt to my meals and really need to reduce my intake. I love salt on any form of carbs, and so will attempt to not add any salt onto my food after it has been cooked. It's going to be tough!
I completely failed at my targets last week, and didn't go on a jog, nor start Insanity!

I  hope you are all well, and reaching your goals! What would be the hardest thing for you to reduce your intake of? After salt mine would definitly be chocolate, and i'm not ready to cut that of my diet just yet! :)

Today we are off to a local vintage fair, the parents come back from holiday and the bridal and bridesmaid shoes have arrived so I am off to meet both of my older bridesmaids to make sure they fit okay! And ofcourse watching more Olympics!

Ellie x

Friday, 3 August 2012

Day 71 - Abs Queen

Not much to report today guys! I spent the evening with my niece and sister, watching more Olympics! I know I keep saying it but I am enjoying this Olympics SO much! It may be down to it being hosted in my home country, but it just seems that every single event is so exciting, regardless of wether I know the rules of the game or not!

I did my sit ups again today, and can really feel it working on my abs. Olympian figure, here I come!!! :)

Join me tomorrow for my weigh in, all limbs are crossed hoping for a weightloss!

Ellie x

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Day 70 - Already!

Can't believe I've been blogging for 70 days already! How times when you are enjoying yourself! Although I am not so impressed with my 4.5lb weightloss in that time, not good enough! I am in this for the long run though so hope I will get results along the way.

Today was a very good day!

Breakfast - usual Special K with semi-skimmed milk
Lunch - Ham salad
Dinner - Vegetable curry and mint sauce
Snacks - Special K cereal bar, pear, banana and plum

I also enjoyed a green tea and peppermint tea today, along with my usual 4 pints of water!

I cooked a lot of curry for my tea, and had enough plenty leftover for my lunch tomorrow. Can't wait to eat it! And I even left some of the mint yoghurt to enjoy with my dinner also. Check it out! Yum!

I did my third installment (correct word?!) of the abs workout today, I'm really enjoying it! Today's incorporated the plank, spiderman climb, bicycle crunches and glute bridge. It was tough but again, felt so good afterwards!

Afterwards I felt like I needed something sweet, so opted for a glass of almond milk. I'm really loving this at the moment and it hit my sweet tooth perfectly! It was on offer when we did our grocery shop this week, so thought I would treat myself.

My small Samuel Adams glass was the perfect size for my almond milk fix. :)

I best be off, I have some more Olympics to ccatch up on! I am so proud of Team GB and their medals so far, I am looking forward to watching more and hopefully seeing them win more medals!

Ellie x

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Day 69 - Olympic-holic

My name is Ellie and I am addicted to the Olympics.

And I am not ashamed to say it!

I am loving watching sports I wouldn't normally watch. Yesterday I watched diving, swimming, fencing, beach volleyball and gymnastics. All equally as interesting to watch! I am totally engrossed by everything Olympics related, I think it is amazing that sports that are not normally broadcast to such a wide audience are being shown to so many people, I hope it inspires children to think it is something they could do as they grow up. It is no secret I am not a huge football fan, and in England it is by far the most broadcast sport. I would love to see swimming, gymnastics or any other Olympic sport promoted just as much, heck even a smidgen, as much as football is. I hope Olympics will change that for England!

My tea for the day -

Can't forget my trusted Tabasco!

I did my second abs workout, and loved it! I am really enjoying the 'daily workout' feature as it gives the element of surprise, and also less control in choosing which workout to go for, and also stopping before I have actually done decent workout!

We also went for a brief walk this evening, the weather has taken a turn again (shock horror) and it was pooring with rain as we went out. It was good to get out in the fresh air after being confined to an office all day!

Hope you are all having a good week so far, hump day has arrived!  Below is something my all time favourite fitness bloggers posted yesterday, and it really hit home to me! Everyone please go check out if you do not know of her already, she is fantastic and encourages me so much to eat better and move more!

Ellie x