Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Diet Week 3

Ok I am going to be completely honest and say this week has been a total disaster and I have not stuck to my diet. I have had some ok days and some completely disastrous days. I am feeling so guilty! But I have had my naughty week now it is time to get back to business. I have started today the right way with a yummy strawberry shake. I'm going to plan out my meals for the week and make sure I have everything I need so there is no excuse for messing up again.

Here goes then the results this week are.....miraculously I have managed to stay exactly the same! I really thought I might have put on a pound or 2 but I have been lucky.

I have been using the fact I am so tired as an excuse for eating so badly but I think I just wasn't getting all the nutrients and things I need so I have also invested in some multi vitamins. The soft and chewy ones that are like sweets. Hopefully they will help a little as I picked the ones that are supposed to help with energy and things :-)

That's it for this week here are some updated photos, not really any change yet but I will get there.

Julz xx

Friday, 23 May 2014

My Weight Loss Journey Week 2

I'm not going to lie and say week 2 has been easy peasy, it hasn't. This is mostly due to the stupid shifts I have been doing at work though. I have been doing a lot of 10pm finishes and normally when I do these shifts I would come home and eat. I have just had to control what I eat when I get home a bit better . I am still sticking to my diet though and I'm still determined to keep going.

I have felt a bit achey this week. not sure if this is the diet or work or both. Suddenly climbing the stairs is an effort! How unfit do I sound?? I have been sleeping a lot more as well unfortunately not necessarily at the right times. I will be awake until 2 or 3 in the morning if I have been on a 10pm finish and wake up around 10.30 or 11.30am! Not so good.

Overall though I am feeling so much better in myself and still motivated  to keep it up. I thought I would start getting sick of the shakes by now as I have done these diets before and sometimes I just was unable to face the shakes, however this hasn't happened yet.

And finally the results this week are......I've lost another 2 and a half pounds! Yey. It's not a huge amount but it is a healthy amount to be losing at a time so I am very pleased.

Obviously there is still not a lot of change in my appearance so instead of boring pictures of me looking the same here is a cute one of me and Jess :)

Julie xx

Friday, 16 May 2014

My Before Pictures

Ok so this terrifies me. I only ever post pictures of my top half, usually just my face in fact. But here goes nothing. I don't feel too bad about my pictures from the front but the ones from the side are horrible. Seeing these photos however really motivates me to stick to my diet and make a change.

So there you have it....Me! I don't want to be skinny I just want to be healthy and slimmer. If I can get back down to a size 12 I will be sooooo happy. It's going to take time but I am determined I can do it. If you want to check out the diet I am on you can at

Julie xx

Diet Update Week 1

I'm a little late doing this as Wednesday is my weigh in day! Sorry! Anyway week 1 on the Celebrity Slim diet has gone really well for me and the good news is I lost 5 and a half pounds! Woohoo! I'm so excited about starting to lose weight again it is just such a great feeling.
 I feel like meal replacement diets are the only way for me to start my weight loss because it's so quick and easy and I don't have the choice of what I am having - other than what flavour really. I know what I am having when and it is super quick to get ready and have, whereas if I was just healthy eating and was super hungry I would just end up having an unhealthy ready meal or a take away or something rather than choose a healthy option. Especially with me working shifts, I can be eating my meals and really odd times of day and working in a food shop I always choose the unhealthy but quick and easy options. This way I can take my shakes to work and have my one proper meal at home when I have time to prepare something healthy.
I really thought I would struggle with the meal part as there are a lot of foods which you are meant to avoid, namely potatoes and pasta which I would normally eat with most meals. The idea is to cut down on high carbohydrate foods, which I thought would be so difficult, but actually it wasn't. You see although I don't always choose the healthy options I do like most healthy foods. So where I would normally have potatoes I just replaced it with other vegetables that are allowed.
I also really thought I would struggle with only having healthy snacks but actually it's not too bad. I haven't even thought about having a packet of crisps which has always been my weakness. I don't want to speak to soon though as it's only the start of the first week.
I have felt alright all week as well no more hungry than usual, no side effects from the change in diet, except maybe peeing more often. I have struggled to drink enough water everyday but I'm working on that.
I realised that I should probably post some before pictures so you can see the difference but I didn't take any. Oops. I will take some tomorrow though, because obviously I haven't made drastic changes in one week, and get them up when I get a chance.

Have any of you tried this diet or any other meal replacement diets? How did you get on?

Julie x

Sunday, 11 May 2014

I Read a Book!

I understand that most people will look at the title of this post and think either I have struggled with reading and writing or I'm boasting about something totally stupid! To me though this is an achievement that makes me so happy. When I was younger I never stopped reading books, but more recently I haven't been able to concentrate long enough to really get into a book. I think this is linked with my depression as it can make you have no interest in things you would normally enjoy doing and makes concentration very difficult. So you see to me the fact that I have managed to concentrate and stay interested in a whole book is a big step and I guess a bit of evidence that something I am doing is going right and although it might not seem like it on a day to day basis I am getting the depression under control at last!! Yey!

The book I managed to read is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

I picked it up the other day because I recognised the title and was sure I had heard some good comments about it although I wouldn't have been able to tell you what they were or what the book was going to be about.

I'm so glad I picked it up. It is so nicely written and although there are sad moments there are plenty of happy ones too! I really enjoyed this book and would recommend to anyone looking for a bit of light easy reading. I can see how it has become a best seller.  Definitely one to keep on the book shelf and read again at some point in the future.

I can't wait to find another one to read now . Any suggestions? Have you read this book? What did you think?


Thursday, 8 May 2014

Becoming a Healthier Me!!!

I'm getting really bad at doing regular blogs!!! Naughty Julie! Anyway I wanted to write a post today because now that I'm kind of getting my depression under control I decided it was time to do something about my weight. I'm not going to say what I weigh because quite frankly I am embarrassed that I let myself get this bad. I don't want to be super skinny or anything, and to be honest I don't think I could be even if I tried. I just want to be healthy and comfortable.

I have tried many diets over the years, from simple healthy eating to the biggest loser diet, the slim fast diet, and I have looked into many more and just never even got as far as trying them. I did manage to lose a lot of weight on the Biggest Loser, which was a meal replacement diet, a few years back and then I got lazy.

So when I decided that it was time to lose some weight I knew I needed to look into meal replacement diets because it is the only way I will stick to it. I looked into a few. One of my bridesmaids has just started the juice plus diet and seems to be getting on really well with it. I thought about doing the slim fast again but in the end I decided to go with the celebrity slim diet. You can pick this up in boots or order online if your boots is like my local one and doesn't have much of a selection.

It is an easy diet to follow you just replace two of your meals with the shakes, bars, or soups and then have a healthy meal either for lunch or dinner.

I'm finding the first week a little strange because you really have to cut down on carbohydrates and I have potatoes with a lot of my meals, or pasta. At the same time though it is interesting to discover some new healthy recipes to try.

I'm only 2 days in but I am feeling really positive and so far not feeling too hungry. Trying to keep myself busy so that I don't have time to get bored and think about food. I think that is my biggest problem, if I am on my own and bored I mistake boredom for hunger!!

Although I am not going to reveal my starting weight I am going to do weekly updates on how I'm doing and how much I am managing to lose.

Wish me luck :)

J xx