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 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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Day 35. Happy mummy’s day 🌸

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To all mothers, grandmothers, aunties, sisters and cousins out there today, but most importantly my mother inlaw, my uncles wife and my lovely mum, happy mummy’s day! I hope you’ve been spoilt all day long and appreciated for all that you do for us! 💗

My poor mama works flat out every year for Mother’s Day, being a florist definitely takes a toll on her, ensuring all the other mums have beautiful flowers for this special day. She’s even working today! But I can’t wait to see her later.

What did you do today?

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Sunday’s food diary:

Breakfast – 200 Calories 🌸1 litre of water

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Lunch – 204 Calories 1 litre of water

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Dinner – We had a quick and easy dinner tonight from the Marks & Spencer healthy meals range. I went for this Cajun spiced chicken fettuccine at 392 calories and I bulked it out with some mixed leaf salad! Would absolutely get this meal again, it was amazing!1 litre of water

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Pudding – 3 calories for the jelly (not going to count calories for fruit to be honest) 🌸____________

Total daily calorie intake: 796 Calories

We have so much TV to catch up on tonight so of course I’ll have my usual nightly cup of tea with some salted caramel rice cakes!

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 28. Happy wife happy life.

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… is the name of my Essie nail polish today! 💅🏼👰🏻💞 The sun is shining and I’m looking forward to a day in Windsor with my darling wife. I used to really hate Sundays but they’re definitely what you make them, & if you do something nice, with somebody you love, you find there’s actually nothing to hate.

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What have I eaten today?!

Breakfast – 200 Calories 🌸1 Litre of water

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Lunch – We tried out the coconut flat white coffees today in Pret whilst having our lunch! Of course my usual shake of café latte at 204 calories! ☕️🥥🌸1 Litre of water 💦💁🏻‍♀️

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Dinner – Sunday dinner & the final of Baptiste! 🥰💓 we had chicken roast & minted new potatoes rather than roasties, just because they’re healthier and we actually love minted new potatoes! – 436 Calories (this includes the stuffing which I think is amaaaazing!) 💛

No pudding tonight, being good!

Total daily intake: 840 Calories 💕

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 26. You get what you work for, not what you wish for.

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Hello sweets 💓 how’s it Friday again? Time is really flying lately! I had some really lovely messages from you all yesterday after I’d posted our first monthly weigh in results! I appreciate them all so much. I actually got a bit emotional when we weighed ourselves yesterday, because for 10 years I had convinced myself that the only way to successfully lose weight, was to practically starve myself and do a shake diet, such as Cambridge weight plan! I never for one second believed that just by changing my eating habits and making better choices food wise, I’d be able to lose almost a stone in a month!! I’m so proud of us. We haven’t starved ourselves, we have never gone to bed hungry. We’ve had lovely dinners every single night, saved money by not having take-aways or meals out (Apart from Bella Italia last night!) and just generally, we’ve had such a spring in our steps with a real motivational boost which is what I think we both needed. I’m not scared to say, prior to one month ago, I could easily eat a whole pack of biscuits per sitting with a cup of tea completely unaware of how many calories I was consuming in one go. We wouldn’t have been able to go into a coffee shop without ordering cake or cream on our hot chocolates. Walking round supermarkets just tired the life out of me and I’d always be out of breath and have pain in my back. I’m 28 years of age, under no circumstances should I be suffering back ache. So I knew something had to change and it was about time we took control of our diet instead of letting our diet control us. No going back now. Of course there will be treat days, we’re only human. I think by depriving ourselves of little treats every so often, makes us want them more and increases the chances of us going back to our old ways. Summer is just around the corner, we can’t wait for barbecues and picnics! Birthdays and holidays. Every day won’t be under 1,000 calories but it’s all about balance and that’s something we are now learning. For me, giving up Diet Coke and all fizzy drinks has been a huge thing. Tazmyn asked me last night if I’d treat myself to a can of Diet Coke from the supermarket but I said no. Not because I don’t feel I can have one here and there, but because I truly don’t feel like I need it anymore. Fizzy just made me feel bloated, gave me chronic indigestion and generally just didn’t make me feel good. However good the taste of Diet Coke is!

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Fridays intake:

Breakfast – Coconut milk porridge, frozen raspberries, chia seeds & granola topper (I promise I’m going to get more adventurous soon! I want to start making fruit smoothies for breakfast!) – 200 Calories 💕✨

1 litre of water

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Lunch – Spent the afternoon with Rory at softplay today which was really nice! He’s getting so big and learning new things every day. We love our soft play and costa dates ☕️💕 – 204 Calories for lunch! I am a little bit obsessed with the café latte slimfast shakes!

2 litres of water (smashing my water intake!)

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Dinner – I tried out a new recipe tonight. Vegetable lasagne and salad! I’m going to pop the full recipe up in a separate post so look out for that, but this is only 321 calories per portion, with salad! 💛

Pudding – Strawberry jelly – 10 Calories

1 litre of water 💦

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Daily calorie intake: 725 Calories 💕

Going to have some salty popcorn and a cup of tea in bed later! Each pack are 56 calories ✨

Little non related bit of info, but we ran into an old school friend of mine today who I hadn’t seen in years, and it was the first time I’ve actually introduced Tazmyn as my wife, since everyone in our life obviously know we’re married. It felt so good 🥰🔐✨

Anyway, have a lovely weekend sweets!

Until tomorrow,

Sinéad xx

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