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Losing My Mum Tum

It’s not even Christmas yet and I am not thinking about all the food I will (or won’t) be eating this Festive Season. I am thinking about losing my mum tum, the New Year and what I hope to achieve in 2016. It will be a pretty memorable year as Annabelle will start Primary School in September. She is currently in Pre-School and I am not going to lie, I am incredibly sad she will be leaving. I absolutely love the warm and welcoming environment the teachers have created and I am so fond of all the staff. It feels like I am leaving my daughter with family. Anyway, that’s not what I wanted to talk about today. I actually wanted to talk about food. Food is the reason I started this blog and it is something I need to think about now and for 2016.

Mince Pie

In my recent Vlog (you can watch it below), I mentioned that I haven’t been looking after myself as I wasn’t eating properly. Some mornings I would only have a soya milk latte for breakfast and then I would eat unhealthy snacks instead of a proper meal. Most days I would go to bed with a gurgling tummy as I would have a small dinner because I would get full quickly and so by 9pm I would be hungry again.

I am currently writing a food diary for a bowel specialist I have been seeing. I was referred to her after I stopped seeing my physiotherapist (my stomach muscles separated during pregnancy or Heath’s birth). As I was conscious that someone was analysing what I ate, I started to eat three regular meals and made healthier choices. This is what a typical day looks like now:

Breakfast: Porridge with blueberries and dried cranberries
Lunch: Cheese and onion sandwich with an apple and half a packet of crisps
Dinner: Stir-fried bacon with cabbage and boiled rice
Snack: A mince pie with Bailey’s cream

Going forward, my main focus is to lose my mum tum. I normally wear size 28 waist jeans and trousers but I find some styles a bit baggy. My aim is to tone up so I can fit into a size 26. After Heath was born, I started off quite well and lost a lot of weight but as the last few months have been quite stressful, I have been eating a lot more chocolate and picking at food.

My diet hopes include:
Eating more fruit and vegetables
Increasing my intake of water to 2 litres
Cutting the unhealthy carbs e.g. white bread, pasta and potatoes

I am going to try to blog and vlog about my ‘diet’ going forward, so let me know if you are in the same boat as me and maybe we can inspire each other! Bx

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What I Ate Wednesday 05.08.15

Welcome to this week’s What I Ate Wednesday. I remembered to film and take pictures today. I just need to invest in new plates. They are from my University days so they must be nearly 15 years old!

Breakfast

Nestle Clusters

Something new today! Well not new for me but the first time I’ve shown it on my blog. I love these Nestle Clusters. They are bran flakes with almond clusters. I had this with fresh strawberries and semi-skimmed milk. I also had my usual Nespresso coffee with hot Alpro soya milk.

Lunch

La Tasca Tapas

We went out for lunch today. I don’t always eat out. Maybe about once a week unless we have a takeaway. We were in town so we had Spanish Tapas at La Tasca. I chose Albondigas (pork meatballs), Croquetas de Pollo (chicken breadcrumbed balls), Patatas Bravas (fried potatoes) and a house salad. Andy picked Croquettas de Espinaca (goat’s cheese and spinach balls), Calamares (squid rings), Tortilla Espanola (egg and potato omelette) and bread with an olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing. These were all from the La Tasca Set Menu. If I’m honest I didn’t really like the Tortilla and expected it to be a wrap of some sort.

Dinner

Duck Dinner

My mum kindly made us a Thai dinner. We had duck stir-fried with sweet basil, stir-fried white cabbage and boiled rice. It was better than one we could have ordered from a restaurant and it even came in a takeaway container!

Snack

Heath was being a moan-y monkey this morning so I desperately needed a chocolate fix to cheer me up. I quickly polished off a Cadbury’s Dairy Milk. I also drank a flat white coffee from Lavazza. At home I was a bit naughty as I had another chocolate fix, it was a Wispa hot chocolate.

My Diet Progress

As I mentioned last week, I am on a mission to lose my mum tum. I’ve had no weight change this week but I did weigh myself a bit later today.

Last week I weighed: 56.6kg/124.8lbs
Today I weigh: 56.6kg/124.8lbs

I normally weigh myself in the morning before breakfast but I had already eaten breakfast and a snack when I remembered that I needed to get on the scales. At least I haven’t gained weight.

Let me know if you enjoyed today’s What I Ate Wednesday. I really like my YouTube video too. You can check it out below. For more like this click on the link: My Monday Meals. Bx