6 months on oxytetracycline..

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This isn’t really a subject I ever thought I’d be talking about. Adult acne. I didn’t even know it was a thing, until it happened to me. My skin has never been amazing, it’s never been super clear and flawless, I’ve always struggled with breakouts etc, but they would always go and I always put it down to the time of the month.

About a year ago now I started to really struggle with my skin, the breakouts were becoming more permanent, the flare ups would seem long lasting, I’d have red blotches and red raised lumps and bumps all over. I’d also find the skin to be really irritated too and extremely sensitive to pretty much any product I’d use as part of my skin routine. Eventually I plucked up the courage to go to the doctors, and I was horrified when I was diagnosed with adult acne. I was shown a chart containing 5 images of different types of acne. 1 being the most mildest form and 5 being the most severe. When the doctor announced I was at a number 3, I felt like bursting into tears right there and then. I was prepared to take whatever treatment was offered to me.

I started on a course of anti biotics, called Oxytetracycline and so far we are about 6 months into the journey. I’ll be honest, I think I was expecting miracles overnight and when I didn’t see ANY improvement over the first few weeks, months even, I became extremely disheartened and I’d go as far to say depressed. I was just so self conscious, and I felt everything I was using myself, wasn’t working, if anything it made my breakouts worse. I should also say, I am on the waiting list to see a dermatologist, who I hope can give me some further long term advice and treatment, but for now.. I can finally begin to notice some improvements.

I cannot even believe I am sharing an image of my skin online without make up but this blog is all about honesty, and it doesn’t get much more real than my mug. When I did these side by sides tonight, I was hoping to see a huge difference in my skin, but what I’m seeing is also an incredible difference in my face shape. I actually have a shape!! Almost 3 stone gone forever, and i truly believe, as well as the anti biotics I am on, the weight loss and change to my diet has helped me massively with my skin.

I’m a long way off having skin that I am comfortable enough to be without make up when popping to the shops or even into town.. but for the first time in forever, I think I’m starting to see some changes which ultimately contributes to my self esteem.

I think I’ll keep you posted on what happens as far as the dermatologist appointments go & what the outcome will be. Hopefully I’ll be confident enough to share more make up free selfies, who knows.

All the love,

Mrs, Sinéad Anna Chalke x

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Day 52. Trust the process.

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Waking up to sunshine is my most favourite thing. I love spring more than I love summer. Easter time is such a happy, fresh time of year. We have a lovely weekend planned over Easter.. what are your plans? The weather is supposed to be really really warm which is always a bonus! ☀️🌻

Today we are off swimming! Wednesdays are our swimming days, we try to go at least twice a week but always stick to wednesdays regardless. We always feel super relaxed after we’ve been swimming.

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Wednesdays food diary:

Breakfast – 200 Calories 🖤1 litre of water

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Lunch – Shake after swimming 🌸 204 calories.

2 litres of water

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Dinner – Faveeeee kinda dinner! We burned off so many calories today swimming so were really hungry for an early tea. ALL this for 300 calories. 3 chorizo & red pepper Linda McCartney sausages (these will be amazing on the barbecue in the summer!) swede, broccoli, peas & sweetcorn. Gravy too but I don’t count calories for gravy & drinks 💜 luuuuush dinner.1 more litre of water this evening

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Pud – Strawberry jelly – 3 Calories

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Total daily calorie intake: 707 calories 🌸

– This evening we’re going to watch the mummy diaries & The widow, so I’ll probably have some milk chocolate covered rice cakes. I’m sooooo excited for weigh in on Friday! 🙈😬

Lots of love sweets,

Sinéad x

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Day 50. Look for the magic in everyday.

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Good morning sweets! 💕 Day 50 already wahhhh! Time really does go by so quickly. We had a super early start to the day this morning, up & having breakfast at 7:30am & getting ready for a day with the in-laws who are coming to visit today. We’re also going to give them their Easter gifts which I’m really looking toward to. I’ll post some photos of what we got them below in this post. I actually came up with the idea of what to get both my mumma & mother in law, as I thought it was a more thoughtful gift opposed to just regular chocolate. I hope they both love it! Keep reading this post to find out what we got them! ✨

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Mondays food diary:

Breakfast – 200 Calories 🌸1 litre of water

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Lunch – We had lunch in Nando’s today! We chose Nando’s as my inlaws hadn’t ever been before & also because we knew we could be relatively healthy. We both ordered the chicken Caesar salad which is 484 calories. I did get two sides of grilled halloumi & spicy olives so obviously it ended up being more calories but who cares. It was amazing! 🌸1 litre of water

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Dinner – Chocolate slimfast Shake – 204 Calories

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We had a really lovely day today! My inlaws loved their Easter present. We decided to get my mum and Tazmyns mum a photo frame each this year, & I think they look super cute! For my sister inlaws, we got them an Easter egg each from our favourite place on Earth, M&S of course! 💕__________

We’re going to do face masks & watch 24 hours in police custody tonight! Only 4 sleeps until our official second monthly weigh in! I’m so excited.

Lots of love,

Sinéad

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Day 49. Take a moment to appreciate how far you’ve come.

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Hello everyone 🌸 I hope you’re all well. Apologies for not posting yesterday, it was kinda a write off. I slept most of the day, after throwing up all of Friday night. I think it’s safe to say red meat doesn’t like me, however much I love it. Sometimes I think I forget I don’t have a gallbladder anymore & my body can’t take as much as it once could. I hate being sick, I get super bad headaches & really emotional. Anyways, today’s a new day & the sun is shining ☀️ We’re off to meal plan in costa & I’m going to have a sunbed too! That’ll sort me right out.

I’m so very thankful for my amazing wife. I couldn’t love her more. We are the strongest we have ever been, the most content we have ever been and happier than we’ve ever been. I am the luckiest girl in the world.

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Sunday’s food diary:

Breakfast – Porridge, made with coconut milk, topped with granola, flax seeds & frozen raspberries 🌸 – 200 Calories 1 litre of water

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Lunch – Back to normality! Cortado, Shake, watermelon from M&S! 🌻💗 204 Calories.1 litre of water

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Dinner – It’s Sunday so it’s another M&S meal! We both picked out the same one tonight and it was seriously amazing!! 😍😍😍I find having it with a salad really bulks out the meal & feels like more! Can’t beat anything from M&S anyway can you?!

Pudding – watermelon & jelly – 3 Calories 🌸

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Total daily intake: 799 calories 🖤

Lots & lots of love,

Sinéad x

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Day 46. Happy thoughts & sunshine 🌻☀️

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It’s making me cringe that every single TV channel at the moment is speculating what type of birth Meghan Markle is going to have. Leave the girl in peace to have her baby however she wants! Anywayssssss.. it’s almost the weekend!! What’s in store for you this weekend? I hope the sunshine is here to stay! 🌸

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Thursday’s food diary:

Breakfast – 200 Calories ✨1 litre of strawberry water

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Lunch – Shake in the cafe at Dunelm, it was torture resisting all the yummy cakes! 204 calories.1 litre of water

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Dinner – Tonight we made baked vegetable risotto which is a recipe from the hairy bikers! It was actually really really yummy. Definitely have it again! 🌸 – 350 Calories 1 litre of water

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Pudding – Strawberry jelly – 3 Calories

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Total calorie intake: 757 calories 🌸

Lots of love,

Sinéad x

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Day 44. Believe in you 🌻✨

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Today is our food shopping day! We used to do online shops each week but since eating healthy, we prefer actually going into a supermarket and picking out the things we want rather than just having them delivered to us. Is there anything on your shopping list that is a must have each time you go? For us, it’s of course bottled water! We have a fridge freezer dedicated to just bottled water in our house 🤦🏻‍♀️ how kardashians does that sound? It’s true though! We are obsessed with sugar free strawberry flavoured water and stock up on it each week! I also like to stock up on salty popcorn (sweet for Tazmyn) as I find popcorn the perfect little snack if I’m ever craving something salty. I go for the individual packets rather than a big bag of popcorn, that way you know exactly how many calories you’re having. We always buy fresh fruit, rice cakes (healthier alternative to biscuits!) and cereal bars, as they too are great little snacks if you ever need something sweet! We always make sure we have lots of porridge in our cupboards and coconut milk in the fridge! Coconut milk can be pricy, my favourite brand is definitely the “Koko” brand which is usually £1.50 per carton, but often there will be a deal where you can get 2 for £2! The reason I love this brand more so than Alpro, is because it’s a lot thicker and creamier and when making porridge, I love thick creamy porridge so it works a lot better where as Alpro is quite watery. All personal preference of course! 💗

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Tuesday’s food diary:

Breakfast – 200 calories 1.5 litres of water 💦💕

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Lunch – 204 Calories ✨ my darling wife even left a little note for me on my shake! She really is the best. 1 litre of water

Afternoon snack: little bag of salty popcorn – 42 calories

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Dinner – Tonight I made red lentil pasta, with seasoned chicken breasts, peas & reduced fat red pesto! Tazmyn absolutely loves when I cook this, and I’m definitely a fan of the red pesto more so than green! For this entire bowl of yummy pasta was just 373 calories 🌸😘Pudding – Fresh strawberries & jelly – 3 Calories.

1 litre of water 💜

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Evening snack: I’m really trying to get myself into the habit of NOT having any snacks throughout the day at all, if you watch my 600lb life, you’ll remember Dr Nowzaradan tells all his patients to stick to 3 meals a day, no snacking in between as it leads to binging, which I can so relate to! But we used to have tea & hobnob biscuits in bed pretty much every evening, so we’re making positive changes & eventually, I’ll have a day with NO snacks!

Tonight, we’re trying out these cute little bars from Tesco at 99 Calories each. Perfect with a cup of tea! ☕️🧡

Do you snack? What’s your go to on an evening?

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Total calorie intake today: 921 Calories 💓

Sending lots of love as always,

Sinéad x

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Day 38. Progress is impossible without change.

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Quote of the day:

“You have been assigned this mountain to show others it can be moved.”

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Good morning sweets! 🧡 I hope you’re well, I can’t believe we’re half way through another week already. Time is honestly passing us by so quickly. We now have 70 days until our two week holiday to Turkey which is just 10 weeks! My goal is still to lose 3 stone by the time we go on holiday, or as close to 3 stone as I can get. Today we went swimming! We have memberships at a private health spa and used to go all of the time, at least 3/4 times a week, we’ve been slacking lately but definitely going to pick it back up again. Swimming is just an amazing exercise. I’m not confident in the water at all, but it’s amazing how good you feel after swimming. We really want to take an aqua aerobics class at some stage too.

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Wednesdays food diary:

Breakfast – 200 Calories 🌸 (forgot to take a bloody photo!) But my usual, porridge made with coconut milk, topped with raspberries, granola, chia and flax seeds! Don’t think I’ll ever get bored of this breakfast really.

1 litre of water 💦

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Lunch – Skinny cappuccino with my chocolate slimfast shake after swimming! Best thing we ever did becoming members. Nothing a swim, jacuzzi, sauna and steam can’t sort! 💁🏻‍♀️💜 204 Calories for the shake! 💕1 Litre of water

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Dinner Love this kinda dinner! We roasted a chicken, and had it with potato salad (Italian style!) a big salad and couscous! – 326 Calories for all of this 😍✨Pudding – Fruit salad bowl & Strawberry jelly – 3 Calories for the jelly! 💗💗💗

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1 litre of water 💦

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Total daily calorie intake: 733 calories ✨

Lots of love sweets 😘

Sinéad x

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