Day 40. When things change inside you, things change around you.

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Losing weight & changing my eating habits, is like a total detox for me, both physically and mentally. I always said when I was on Cambridge weight plan that it almost felt like an anti depressant to me. To some that may sound crazy, but I think what I meant was, when you change your mindset, your whole outlook on everything surrounding you also changes. I’ve hoovered the house every single day this week, I’ve woke up with a purpose each morning, I’ve gone to sleep satisfied every single night, I’ve been more optimistic about everything. I started on the sunbeds again this week (those who are as addicted as me will know that it’s an instant mood booster) I have a spring in my step and everything feels extra sparkly. I’m more grateful than ever for what I have, I appreciate Tazmyn more than ever before, my love for her is as deep as it always was but I want to be the best version of myself for her, and for me. She makes me want to live life instead of just exist. I want to grow a stronger relationship with my mother in law, I hate that I’ve shown her a really nasty side of me. Although I can’t change the past, I can decide the future, and I really hope our relationship only gets better. She’s going to be in my life forever and she’s so important to the person I am spending the rest of my life with. I wish I cut ties with my dad sooner, I wish I trusted my gut feeling 10 years ago. I’ve learnt not to straighten my hair every single day anymore, it’s never been in worse condition. Drinking 3 litres of water a day though has seriously made the world of difference to my skin. Kindness costs nothing. I want people to read my blog and see if I can do it, anyone can. But most importantly, I want to read this blog back and be proud of how far I’ve come.

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Fridays food diary:

Breakfast – 200 Calories1 Litre of water

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Lunch – Fridays are for afternoons spent in Eton by the river! I had 3 cortado’s today 🤦🏻‍♀️☕️ 204 calories for my shake! 1 Litre of water

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Dinner – I made sausage casserole for dinner, we used Linda McCartney red pepper and chorizo sausages because they’re our fave! I served it with homemade swede crush & sugar snaps! – 388 Calories 🌸✨1 Litre of water

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Pudding – Sugar free strawberry jelly – 3 Calories

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Total calorie intake: 795 Calories 🌸

Lots and lots of love,

Sinéad x

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Day 33. Decide every morning that you’re in a good mood 💫

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Quote of the day:

“Get into the habit of asking yourself: Does this support the lifestyle I’m trying to create?!”

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I slept like a baby last night. Since giving up fizzy drink, every night I’ve had the most amazing sleep. I used to be addicted to Diet Coke and could drink up to 6 cans a day 🤦🏻‍♀️ but now I don’t miss it at all. Fizzy drink just made me feel so rubbish, so bloated, major headaches, bad teeth, acid reflux, not to mention the rest. Getting into the habit of drinking water is so good! I’ve had a few people tell me that they really struggle to drink water, and I totally get that. We mainly drink sugar free flavoured water, or add sugar free squash. I find that drinking from 1 litre bottles really helps me opposed to big 2 litre bottles that just feel like they’re too big and overwhelming. So with breakfast, I finish a 1 litre bottle of water, again the same at lunch, and the same at dinner. I find the evenings easier to drink water, not sure why that is. Obviously you need the loo a lot more when you drink lots of water, but the more you go to the loo and the more you drink, the more weight you tend to lose! My skin has also been so much better since cutting out fizzy, drinking more water and changing my diet. Water is just the key to everything in my opinion. How much water do you drink?! We’ve recently started doing some exercise too which if you know me, you’ll be as shocked about that as I am. Believe me. I think the reason I always hated exercise in the past was because I just didn’t have the energy or motivation to want to do it. We go swimming now. We became members last year to a private health club and use their pool as much as we can, we need to get back in the routine of going regularly again as we also want to take an aqua aerobics class too as we both love being in the water! I hate walking, but since eating healthily and losing a little bit of weight, I’ve definitely found I’ve had more energy which as a result has made me walk more. Each morning we do 20 minutes of cardio at home. I find Instagram such a good source of motivation for this, there’s so much you can do from home these days which mean you don’t need to go to a gym which can seem incredibly daunting, if like me, you’ve never liked exercise!

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Fridays food diary:

Breakfast – 200 Calories ☕️💕☀️1 Litre of water

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Lunch – We spent the afternoon by the river since the sun was shining today. I could definitely think of worse ways to spend my Friday ☀️ – 204 calories for lunch 💕1 Litre of water

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Dinner – Ive been looking forward to this dinner literally all week! It’s my favourite thing Tazmyns ever made (after her roasts!) Hoisin beef, with long stem broccoli & we served ours with fresh rice noodles from M&S, so for this entire meal it was – 565 Calories 💓

1 Litre of water 💦

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Total calorie intake: 969

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I got some salted caramel rice cakes from M&S today which are 90 calories each so I’m definitely going to have one tonight with a cup of tea! We still need to catch up with that Trevor McDonald thing that was on telly last night. Was it any good?!

Lots of love,

Sinéad x

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Day 31. Once you see results, it becomes an addiction 🌸✨

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Quote of the day:

“Why compare yourself with others? No one in the entire universe can do a better job of being you than you”

What happened to the beautiful sunshine we have been lucky enough to have the past couple of days? It seems to have disappeared 😫☀️ Still, we are as motivated as ever and it’s already half way through another week! I hope you’re all doing well and smashing your own personal goals! Today started off by breakfast, whilst listening to some Kehlani. How did you start your day? ✨

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Wednesdays food diary:

Breakfast – we added yet another topper to our porridge this morning! So as usual, porridge made with coconut milk, topped with frozen raspberries, granola, chia seeds, and today we added flax seeds into the mix also! All this and my cup of tea, for 200 calories ☕️🥥💓 btw, how cute is my new mug? It’s from the Fox & Ivy range at Tesco and had my name all over it! 1 Litre of water 💦

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Lunch – Nero lunch today! Skinny cortado and my usual shake at 204 Calories ☕️💁🏻‍♀️1 Litre of water

We went to a super cute little tearoom today called strawberry grove. It was hard to resist all the yummy homemade cakes on offer but we did, and enjoyed our big pot of tea instead! ✨

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Dinner – Tazmyn made dinner this eve! It was a new recipe of homemade spicy Mexican bean burgers, homemade chunky chips and a big salad! It was absolutely amazing and at 334 Calories it felt like SUCH a treat to have a burger! If anyone wants the recipe let me know and I’ll pop it on the blog! 💓1 litre of water 💦

Pudding – Strawberry jelly – 10 Calories

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Total daily calorie intake: 748 Calories ✨

– Again tonight, I’ll have my usual cup of tea in bed and either a little Tesco cereal bar at 63 calories or two chocolate covered rice cakes! There’s really good TV tonight and I’m a sucker for the mummy diaries!

Sending you all lots of love,

Sinéad x

Day 25. The grass is green where you water it 🌾🌻💛 + Our cheeky monthly weigh in results!!

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Today is a spring cleaning day! Hoovering, laundry, stripping the bedding, blitzing the bathrooms, deep cleaning the kitchen, organising cupboards, de-cluttering and spritzing everything with vanilla latte febreze! Nothing makes me happier than an empty laundry basket and fresh bedding. I like to re-arrange my kitchen cupboards every few weeks and donate things we haven’t used or don’t really need to the food banks. Maybe it’s just me, but I really do find that by organising things and keeping everything clean, tidy and de-cluttered, really frees up my mind and makes me feel more positive! For example, a messy bedroom = a messy mind! I truly believe that.

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Thursdays daily intake:

Breakfast – The usual, porridge, coconut milk & raspberries! – 200 Calories

1 Litre of water 💦

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Lunch – Skipped lunch today as I’ve been feeling really unwell all day 😫🤒

1.5 Litre of water

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Dinner – Little unplanned dinner tonight! We actually went out to dinner at Bella Italia & I had my favourite dish! Pollo Funghi 💗 it’s 625 Calories for this entire meal and worth every calorie!

1 Litre of water

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Total calorie intake: 825 Calories

Aaaaaaaaaand.. we were cheeky and decided to weigh in today (4 days early as our official monthly weigh in was meant to be on the 25th but we’re moved it forward to the 21st now so sticking with this date!) and our weigh in results areeeeeee:

Me – 12 pounds!!!!

Tazmyn – 12 pounds!!!!!

How insane is that? I am so so proud of us both. To lose the exact same amount of weight is like our bodies are in total sync with one another 🤣 in 25 days we have both lost 12 pounds, almost a stone!!? Beyond proud. Here’s to another month of changing our lifestyle and living our best lives.

All the love,

Sinéad x

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Day 22. Happiness blooms from within 🌸

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Good morning lovelies! It’s Monday again, I hope you all had an amazing weekend and are ready for a brand new week ahead! My coffee is extra strong this morning and I’ve got my positive pants on, ready to smash this final week on plan before our first monthly weigh in next Monday! Eeeeek, it’s come around SO fast! I thought I’d really miss not weighing in weekly and this first month would drag on forever but it really hasn’t! I’d recommend monthly weigh ins to anyone, and wish I’d done them sooner! I’ve been able to gain results within myself from how much better I’ve been feeling opposed to living by what the scales say! ☀️

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Monday’s daily Intake:

Breakfast – 219 Calories 💕

1 litre of water 💦

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Lunch – 204 Calories In case you haven’t figured it out by now, cortado’s are my favourite ☕️✨

1 Litre of water

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Dinner – I made dinner tonight and it was seriously good! We decided to try out red lentil pasta for a change, it’s quite pricey compared to regular pasta but it’s ALOT lower in calories and tasted amazing! I added some reduced fat pesto and some peas, and cooked some seasoned chicken breasts too! Seriously best combo! This may become a regular dinner in the Chalke household 😍 – 353 Calories

1 litre of water 💦

No pudding tonight, might have some rice cakes with a cup of tea later whilst watching 24 hours in police custody! 🙈

Total daily calorie intake: 776 Calories

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Lots of love,

Sinéad x

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Day 21. It takes 21 days to make or break a habit.

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Happy Sunday 🌻☀️ The sun is shining and I’m feeling as fresh as a daisy this morning. Today we have Rory’s birthday party so expect lots of pictures throughout this post.. my uncles wife is also doing a Thai buffet, so I’ll take photos of the lovely dishes she makes too! We’re really lucky to have her make us different meals all of the time, as we’d never really tried Thai food before! I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend, and the sun is shining wherever you are today!

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So as always, my daily intake:

Breakfast – 169 Calories 🌸1 litre of strawberry water 💦🍓

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Lunch – Rory’s birthday party 🎈🎁💕

My uncles wife made us the most amazing Thai food! We had Pad Thai and Papaya salad with sticky jasmine rice and grilled chicken 😍

Really no clue on how many calories were in this food but no oil was used so I’m pretty sure it was all very low calorie and we only had a taste of everything.

2 litres of water 💦💗

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Dinner – We Just had a healthy ready meal from Marks & Spencer this evening as we were super tired once we were home from Rory’s birthday party! I chose this ham & mushroom tagliatelle at 375 Calories1 Litre of water

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Lots of love,

Sinéad x

Day 19. We are the directors of our own mindset.

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Hello day 19, how is everybody today? A few people have asked me what differences am I seeing within myself since eating healthier.. well, the answer is quite literally loads. We’re only 19 days in, and completely unaware of how much weight we’ve lost since we aren’t weighing in until the 25th march as that will be our monthly weigh in, so we can only really go off how we physically feel within ourselves. For me, a couple of my tops are super loose on me, my wedding ring literally falls off (not so good!)! I’m finding myself having a lot more energy, and the lower back ache I’d been struggling with for a couple of months, has now gone. Eating healthier and changing habits you’ve had of a lifetime really benefits every aspect of your life! 🌸

Also I want to say a massive happy birthday to our little darling Rory who’s 2 today! 🎁🎈He’s bought so much love and laughter into all of our lives, we have loved watching him grow and we can’t wait to celebrate with him at his birthday party on Sunday!

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Daily Intake:

Breakfast – 200 Calories 💕

1.5 litres of water

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Lunch – Café latte shake – 204 Calories

1 litre of water 💦

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Dinner – Homemade chilli con carne, baked potato and huge subway style salad! (I’ll never get bored of this meal!) – 410 Calories 💛

No pudding today!

Daily calorie intake – 814 Calories 💕

Lots of love,

Sinéad x

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