Day 32. Chase your purpose & success will follow.

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Quote of the day:

” Direction is so much more important than speed. Some are going nowhere fast”

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Good morning! How are you today? Tazmyn told me yesterday that one of my tops now looks like a dress on me, so I think that’s indication I’m going in the right direction and losing weight! I can’t wait until our next weigh in, it feels like ages away but I know it’ll come around before I know it! We started our morning by listening to some Ariana Grande today & doing two loads of laundry. Is there anything better than an empty laundry basket though?! I’ve gained quite a few more Instagram followers recently, so if you want to keep up with what I eat/do each day, definitely pop me a follow on there and I’ll follow back! Between this, insta and Pinterest, there’s no way I will fall off track, I find them all such good sources of inspiration! What inspires you?

Thursdays food diary:

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Breakfast – 200 Calories 🌸 what do you have on your porridge? We find granola sprinkled on top gives it a really nutty texture and makes it a lot more filling. Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. 1.5 litres of water 💦

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Lunch – Today we had our first lunch out in 5 weeks! To us that’s definitely a huge thing! We used to go out for lunch at least twice a week so today it felt like a real treat. We went for a healthy option though, jacket potato and chilli which was 476 Calories1 litre of water

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We spent the afternoon shopping in Bracknell. 5 weeks ago, we’d have gone to Bracknell for a Zizzi lunch which consisted of a whole American hot pizza each followed by pudding. We’d skim primark for 10 minutes and that would be it, we’d be too tired and feel sluggish so didn’t look in any shops! Now though, we have so much energy and we looked in so many shops! I even treated myself to some new sunglasses in River Island for our holiday in June! We’re definitely loving this new burst of energy we both have and can’t wait for many many more shopping trips in the future! 💓

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Dinner – I just made us some scrambled eggs on toast for dinner this evening to fill us up, which was 262 Calories – that includes two slices of whole meal toast. 1 litre of water 🌸

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Total daily calorie intake: 938 Calories

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Lots of love,

Sinéad x

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Day 27. Choose to be optimistic, it feels better 🌸

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I can’t remember the last time we had a duvet day. We’re always so busy and our days are pretty much filled up each week, but today we’re having a much needed day on the sofa. I’m currently dying from stomach cramps, I feel so rubbish, so we’ve bought the duvet down to the sofa and planning on staying in our pyjamas all day! Hopefully I’ll be feeling a little better tomorrow as we are planning a day in Windsor shopping, and a walk along the river. My mums doing Sunday dinner too which is always a good thing in my eyes! What are your plans this weekend? ✨

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As always, my daily food diary:

Breakfast – porridge, frozen raspberries and chia seeds – 200 Calories 💕2 Litres of water

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Lunch – Slimfast chunky chocolate shake at 204 calories, and a little bag of sweet & salty popcorn at 68 Calories 💛1 litre of water 💦

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Dinner – I dragged my lazy bum off the sofa and made us our weekly Saturday night treat of homemade chicken kebabs & salad! This was actually Tazmyns meal she cooked but according to her, I make better chicken so we’ve switched job roles 🤣💓 This is one of our absolute favourite meals though, we used to be spending so much money on ordering kebab takeaways and this is a cheaper, healthier and actually better alternative! – 389 Calories

Pudding – Strawberry jelly (sugar free) – 10 cals

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Total daily intake – 871 Calories

Also, just wanted to add.. a few people have asked me how I’m “surviving on 1,000 calories or a little less per day.. the answer is really simple, it’s easy! I have huge dinners in the evening, we never go for the boring option, we’re always mixing up our meals and trying new things. Breakfasts are getting a little repetitive but porridge is super filling and keeps me full until lunch! The only reason I CHOOSE to have a slimfast shake at lunchtime is because I like restricting myself a little bit. It’s for personal reasons, and wouldn’t work for everyone but I love having a shake at lunch, it’s more than enough for me. Coffees and hot drinks also help keep me full and I also drink at least 3 litres of water a day which again, fills me up so I’m never hungry. Calorie counting is working for me but like I say, I think it’s all about finding something that works for you and your lifestyle and something that you can do long term rather than a quick fix. We love mealplanning at the weekend and thinking of new recipes! Food = love in my opinion, and just because we’re healthy eating now, doesn’t mean we don’t love eating together. We do, but there’s just more salads now! 💁🏻‍♀️

Lots of loveeee,

Sinéad x

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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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Operation Turkey ☀️

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Day 1 of no fizzy, no sugar in my teas and coffee, low carb, the odd meal replacement shake here and there and just generally healthy eating along with smaller portions too. We have 107 days until our two week holiday to Turkey and ideally I’d love to lose 3 stone by then. 2 and a half at the bare minimum.

Having a blog has its perks, it’s a platform that kinda holds me accountable, sort of like a diary, somewhere where I can document this healthy eating journey. This isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle change. We are guilty of going out for meals far too often, and suckers for convenience food just because, well it’s convenient and that’s going to change now. Unlike my 6 thousand attempts in the past, this isn’t a race to the finish line and it’s not a shake diet for super fast results, it’s changing the bad habits and learning new ones. Healthier ones.

So today started off with granola, coconut milk and a cup of skinny coffee, you can purchase yours here, and use my code Butterflies20 for a discount on anything you purchase!

Lunch was a slimfast shake (they taste like chocolate tetras from the Cambridge diet!) and are currently on offer for buy 1 get 1 half price at Superdrug for £2.15 at the moment, a cortado coffee at costa (no sugar 🤦🏻‍♀️) and a bottle of water! (I find drinking 1 litre bottles at a time a really easy way to get your daily water intake in as they aren’t too big and overwhelming!)

Dinner, I made fajitas! Just without the wraps, and instead used baby lettuce leaves! 💗

Today’s been super easy, like I say it’s more of a lifestyle change rather than a “diet” and I think that really helps make it seem more manageable and less daunting going forward. We’ve done a meal plan for the rest of the week which has also really helped, and stocked up on low calorie snacks for those times we do get peckish in the evenings, stuff like popcorn and rice cakes as well as fruit too of course! We love low fat yoghurts and jelly too! All really low in calories and perfect to cure those sweet cravings we all get. I recently found some chocolate covered popcorn in Waitrose too which is really low in calorie! 💗

I’ll update you again tomorrow,

Night night x

Char-grilled courgette & lentil lasagne. (Plus pancakes for breakfast!)

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It’s called balance, and I have been truly spoilt today by Tazmyn who made me buttermilk peanut butter pancakes and strawberries for breakfast, and then another brand new recipe this evening! One being considerably more calories than the other, but we don’t need to talk about that!

She’s promised I’ll get pancakes again on Valentine’s Day (our tradition!) so I’ll hold her to that, because they were amazing.

What do you eat your pancakes with?

Back to this posts recipe!

Char-grilled courgette & lentil lasagne

Cooking time: 1 hour & 15 minutes.

Serves: 4

Calories: 320 per serving.

Ingredients:

🌸 2tsp olive oil

🌸 1 large onion finely chopped

🌸 2 cloves of garlic crushed

🌸 2 x 400g tinned green lentils drained & rinsed

🌸 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes

🌸 60ml Water

🌸 2tsp fresh thyme leaves

🌸 300g courgette sliced thinly

🌸 3 dried wholemeal lasagne sheets

🌸 2tsp finely chopped basil leaves

🌸 200g ricotta

🌸 60ml skimmed milk

🌸 1 egg

🌸 20g finely grated Parmesan

🌸 50g rocket

🌸 1tsp lemon juice

Method

1. Heat the oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion & garlic and cook, stirring for 5 mins until the onion softens. Add the lentils, tomatoes, water and the thyme and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.

2. Preheat the oven to 200°c/Gas mark 6. Lightly grease an oven proof dish.

3. Meanwhile, cook the courgette on a heated oil griddle pan, over a medium high heat for 1 minute each side or until tender & then set aside.

4. Spread with one third of the lentil mixture over the base of the dish. Cover with half of the lasagne sheets, trimming to fit. Top with half of the remaining lentil mixture, then the courgette, basil and remaining lentil mixture. Over with the remaining lasagne sheets.

5. Blend or process the ricotta, milk & egg until smooth. Spread evenly over the lasagne sheets and sprinkle with Parmesan.

6. Cover the lasagne with tinfoil. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and then bake for a further 25 minutes until golden & the pasta is cooked. Stand for 10 mins before serving. Drizzle the rocket with the lemon juice and serve with the lasagne. (I had mixed salad instead!)

We absolutely loved this dish & actually preferred it to regular lasagne. We are a huge fan of lentils lately, and would definitely have this again! There’s so much left for lunches!

Out of 5 stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I hope you all enjoyed this recipe, tomorrow evening we’re actually eating out but I’ll most likely blog that too!

Sending love, as always.

Mrs Chalke x

Hoisin beef stir fry.

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Tonight in the Chalke household/kitchen was hoisin beef stir fry, that I found in the latest edition of Bella magazine if you’re in the UK. This entire meal is 388 calories (without rice) and is packed full of flavour! If you didn’t want to do rice on the side like we did, you could go for noodles or toasted pita breads, both would probably work just as well.

This recipe was super easy to follow, and I’m all about that pak choi life right now. If you haven’t tried it, you need to, it’s delicious!

What you’ll need to make this:

🌸 1 tsp sesame oil

🌸 1 fresh red chilli finely chopped (we used 2)

🌸 2 cloves of garlic crushed

🌸 1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger

🌸 80ml Chinese cooking wine or dry sherry

🌸 80ml soy sauce

🌸 800g beef strips (we used frying steak)

🌸 100g Fresh shiitake mushrooms

🌸 500g pak choi halved

🌸 4 spring onions

🌸 60ml Water

🌸 60ml hoisin sauce

🌸 1 fresh long red chilli sliced thinly

Method:

1. Combine the sesame oil, chilli, garlic, ginger, half the cooking wine and half the soy sauce in a large mixing bowl. Add the beef and stir to coat in the marinade. Cover and chill for 3 hours (ideally overnight!)

2. Heat half the peanut oil in a wok over high heat. Stir fry the undrained beef mixture, in batches until the beef is browned all over & just cooked through. Remove from wok.

3. Heat the remaining peanut oil in the wok and stir fry the mushrooms, pak choi, onion and the water. Cover and cook for 5 mins or until the vegetables are tender.

4. Return the beef to the wok with the hoisin, pak choi and remaining soy sauce. Stir fry until the pak choi leaves are just wilted. Serve the stir fry with the thinly sliced chilli. (We added sesame seeds to ours too!)

This takes around 35-40 minutes in total to cook and serves 4 people, although Tazmyn and I easily finished it off.

Out of 5 stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I hope you’ve enjoyed this recipe! Tomorrow is gnocchi so look out for that!

Lots of love,

Mrs Chalke xx

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Recipe: Pork Steaks With Sautéed Lentils.

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I realised last night whilst scrolling through my camera roll that 95% of the content, okay maybe 99% is all of food! Food we have either eaten out, cooked ourselves or had someone else cook for us which got me thinking, maybe I should just be a food blogger! I mean, we are absolute self confessed foodies, we eat out at some of the most amazing places, but more importantly, we both love to cook. Tazmyn is definitely the more skilled cook out of the two of us, where as me, I’m just a mess in the kitchen and my timings are really bad! That being said, I’d love to learn and I’d love to cook more, I’d love us to cook together more and I’d love to try new foods. So to add to my ever growing list of New Years resolutions, or should I say, things I want to do more of in 2019, is to cook more, enjoy food more and to document it more!

I invested in some foodie magazines today and whilst flicking through, I came across a recipe I really wanted to try so just like that, we found ourselves in Waitrose buying ingredients and indulging in our most favourite thing about Waitrose, the free coffee of course!

Pork steaks with sautéed lentils.

I did think about writing out the complete recipe but it’s right there in the magazine, so hopefully you can see it clearly should you wish to give this recipe a go yourself!

It was relatively easy to cook, I think the most time consuming part was the prep! Cutting the garlic, slicing the asparagus, getting the pork steaks in half, and chopping the onion (I cheated and bought it already chopped for me!) But overall, we loved this recipe and would definitely eat it again! You can also use chicken breasts instead of pork steaks if you’d prefer which we may do next time!

Out of 5 stars? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ And a half!

I hope you enjoyed this post, I’m excited to experiment more in the kitchen and try new things!

Lots of love,

Sinéad xxx

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