Category Archives: Money Saving – In the household

Tips on saving money with meals, buying from charity shops, etc

Insomnia,Sugar Withdrawal& Realisations

It’s Friday morning, 03:30am and I’m up…. I’m currently going through my Body Coach 90 Day SSS Plan and really reading it through. I went to bed last night around 21:00 and when I do that, I generally wake at this time before getting back to sleep again around 5am. Not good when you have a small child to look after and the school run to do but hey ho… it’s probably temporary.

I had a bad first day I of the plan, or should I saw half day? Yes, half day. I got up before my alarm and then did my HIIT with the dog as my faithful work out partner. I came home, had my build up bagel and then went for a sleep after prepping some pancakes.

About an hour later, I went to bed for a few hours as I was really tired which meant that I missed lunch and before I could have it, I needed to go and do the school run. I was “hangry”. It was then that I just started feeling dreadful… I found a group on Facebook and they kindly let me join and answered some questions that I had.

It seems that despite not having sugar much in my diet, I may be going through a bit of a withdrawal but also a codeine one as I was using it a lot due to pulling my back a few wks ago. This lightbulb moment only occurred to me a few mins or so ago.

My skin feels itchy, I feel like I have the flu, my anxiety levels are high, I have a sore head and I just feel generally like shit.

However, I have thought a lot about my goals and what I want to achieve and why I signed up for this. In hindsight another revelation was that I achieve most of my goals because I’m an incredibly driven person and I fear failure. The things that I have set my mind to have been incredible and things I have put myself through both mentally and physically …. well there’s been a lot, but one thing I haven’t been able to master is my weight.

My weight gain came after my daughter was born and I was experiencing post natal depression. I did manage to lose a bit and I was doing well but the depression took over as did the increase of alcohol (I wasn’t an alcoholic but consumed probably more than I would normally), and with that, the poor food choices and the lack of energy to be active. I see this clearly now for what it is.

When my Dad suddenly passed away 3 years ago, the same thing happened… alcohol and food to numb out the feelings… also the so called “fun nights” with bad choices and what I thought to be self confidence. As I write this, I am shedding a few tears because things suddenly start making sense… I can and I will do this… I’m in the frame of mind and although I know there will be some “hiccups” along the way, it’s not going to be any worse than the rock bottom that I have experienced in the past.

So just to wrap things up before trying to get to sleep…

• I can do this, there is enough food (poss too much) and anyone reading this, YOU can do this!

• Sugar withdrawal is a bastard

• Food prep is good but don’t get the fear if you can’t! Even if it’s just a breakfast or snack, it does help.

• Swap! use the tool that allows for this because life is too short to be eating things you don’t want to eat!

• You will achieve your goal, and sometimes it takes some sugar withdrawal and insomnia, for clarification

• We are controlled by our emotions when making food and alcohol choices, more than we might want to admit.

• If you know that you don’t like a certain food, swap the ass out of it! I made a salmon ball thing and it was rank. To me. I fucking hate salmon with a passion. The dog got that.

So that wraps up day 1… I may not blog everyday but you can find me and my ramblings over on Instagram! I’m now off to wax the tache, shave my legs and go back to sleep!

Count Down To BodyCoach

I’m planning and plotting… hoping and wishing… that things will be different this time…

What am I talking about? Fitness and weight loss! I know that they will be because I am ready to take on the challenge with the help of my friend Jo over at Mummy’sKnee (who will already be a week ahead by the time I receive my plan). We have discussed and supported one another a lot this week, positivity seeping from our pores and building a camaraderie that even Spider-Man could not penetrate!

In the picture above, you’ll see my “Fit Book”, which my husband bought for me last year and I have yet to use. I plan on using this to plan my weekly meals and chart my exercise that I will do over and above the HIT given by my BodyCoach Plan.

I did a practice run of meal prepping last wk, using some vegan recipes from one of my favourite cook books, made by “The Happy Pear“. I LOVE this cook book and I love how they started their business and healthier lifestyle. I would highly recommend it and watching their YouTube videos because some recipes are so quick and easy, not to mention nutritious!

Here are some of the meals that I made;

They helped me to balance my macros and make sure that I was getting everything that I needed nutrition wise. I didn’t find myself dipping in sugar levels and therefore I no longer needed to have the cup of coffee or chocolate biscuit in the afternoon which has been my norm for longer than I care to admit.

I am also finding that food prep makes me less inclined to crave other foods, like take aways as a treat and I don’t feel the need to say “ach, I’ll just have 1 treat night “. I don’t need to because no take away is going to measure up to homemade “fakeaways”. I don’t have that bloated feeling and I know exactly what’s going into my body, plus saving money at the same time.

So I go to bed now and eagerly await my emails coming through tomorrow… I shall dream of weights, vegetables and all things healthy! Actually, no.. I’m not that bad… yet! I just can’t wait to get the plan through!

What do you eat?

A lot of people have asked me what I eat when training and  in general so I thought I would include pics of the meals that I make on a regular basis. I generally try to use what I have to hand but I also look to instagram and the people I follow for inspiration and facebook groups, too.  I try to plan as much as I can and this means less food waste and I also don’t spend a lot because I do 1 big shop a month, where as if I was going to the shops daily, I could be tempted to pick up things that I don’t really need and we are all guilty of that.Clean eating

 

Since being at The Camp, I’ve reduced my portion sizes considerably and of the 7.5lbs that I lost that week, I’ve managed to keep it off- and still losing, nearly 3 weeks later! If you want to follow my food posts, just click over it Instagram where I’m known as “Angelfire16” and I love showing people what I eat as instagram has helped me when I’ve been stuck for ideas. I’ve been mindful of not having any processed foods and I haven’t really even craved sweet stuff but when I do, its a couple of squares of dark chocolate or some dates.

Have you recently started eating clean? What sorts of food do you make?

Possibilities are Endless….

Yes, the possibilities are endless when you have PALLETS! I know sounds like a really odd statement to make but I’m really getting into this whole upcycling thing since starting the kids project and having such nice weather. They promise a summer of sun so we need to be prepared to lounge, in comfort and what better way to do that than having some nice garden furniture to do it on!

I’m no expert and you’ll probably find my “projects”, in the Pinterest category of fails but I like trying and it might mean that one day it will lead to something that resembles the pictures that I pin. I also feel relaxed when working out in the garden and its less time on-line and more time doing. I like putting on the radio and can often be found listening to the debates on BBC Radio Scotland as I potter about, doing the things I imagined that I would be when we first purchased this wee cottage flat that is our home.

Today I went to one of the industrial estates and approached a company who has pallets lying around in their yard and the man I spoke with was really enthusiastic about having these recycled and that they would be going towards a project rather than in a tip or fire. He even said that he would have one of the guys deliver them and I just needed to let him know how many I needed, and what day would suit for delivery.

My neighbour who lives downstairs is absolutely amazing when it comes to building things and last summer she built a fence using pallets. She has offered to help me this year as well and I am so pleased that we have a plan because my back garden is a riot. I have said before that I have been inspired by a certain blogger called MamaSyder and I really recommend popping over to her site, she has this amazing little retro caravan and wee summer-house that she did up in her garden. She’s very inspiring and you’ll be hooked on her ideas and how she transforms things!

So here is what I want to do first, this looks simple enough and I hope that it works out to look almost similar.


I don’t know what I will do for cushions but I had thought about getting most of them from charity shops… As for color scheme.. I do like fresh whites and deep red or even purple.  I won’t really be able to start this project for a few weeks as I will be on night shift next week and boot camp the week after (eek!).

Keep checking back on my progress and I’d love to see or hear about your pallet transformations!

Fort Transformation

Yesterday was a beautiful day, and these can few and far between in Scotland so I put the kids outside  on the trampolene and I picked up a paintbrush and started on the kids fort. I had some white paint left over from when the Husband painted their bunk bed and I really only thought that I would get one panel done so was surprised when it did the whole first coat of the front. What a difference it makes as you can see below!
 IMG_4005.JPG
 
Later on, I took some bunting from last years garden decoration, to see what it would look like and although it needs a quick spin in the washing machine, I’m pleased as punch with the results. 
  IMG_4016.JPG
 
As night came, I thought I would put on the old Christmas lights which I purchased with the left over money on the card that I received from B&Q and then lit the lanterns I got as a bargain from Morrisons- they were only £0.50! I’m going to go back and see if they have anymore left because they would look lovely throughout the garden. 
 
Tomorrow I have the day free and I am going to go to a carpet shop to see if they have any off cuts, and pick up some blue paint to do the porch. My daughter had requested “sky lights” for inside which hope to find some perspex in either a charity shop or in a shop quite cheap. What do you think so far? Quite a difference from what we started off with, as you can see here. I hope to have the rest of it done in a few weeks time, let me know if you have any  tips or ideas!
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...