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Monday, 29 December 2014

2015 Goals and Aims

What's up, chubsters? We have only two days left of the year, and this year I can probably count on both hands how many lbs I've lost through out the year... which might be plenty for someone, but for me it's not enough. I know that absolutely everyone says this at the start of the new year, but I am desperately going to try my hardest. I just thought I'd show you a couple of my weight loss and fitness goals for the year!
  1. I want to lose at least 3 stone
  2. I want to be able to run on the treadmill... I've never been a runner, so this might be my failure!
  3. I'm going to join Slimming World again.
  4. I'm going to go to the gym a minimum of three times a week. No exceptions.
  5. Write a weekly/bi-weekly food diary, either for SW or on my blog.
  6. I'm going to improve my chest press weight - I can only press 5kg! My wrists are so weak!
  7. I'm going to start doing the 30 Day Planking Challenge. Build that upper strength!
  8. Stop ordering takeaways when I'm sad/bored. ONCE a month/every other month.
  9. Here's the hardest one... I'm going to try to drink alcohol as little as possible.
  10. It's really messing with me that I don't have a 10th - so suggest something to me!
I think, although I don't drink much at the moment, the alcohol cutback will be the hardest. It's so easy just to have a casual drink at home, or have a drink when you're out with your friends. I'm going to stick to diet coke, or diet lemonade and lime. I might even try a night out without drinking - but we'll see how far it goes! I use alcohol sometimes as a 'potion' to make me more social and outgoing, and it really shouldn't be that way.

Anyway I hope you all take this New Year as an opportunity to rejuvenate and renew yourselves - this year could be yours, so grab it by the balls and make it your bitch! (Wow... I should definitely be a motivational speaker!) I hope you all have a wonderful New Year - take care!

Lots of love,

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Why is it so HARD to say no?

Look at that. I don't know about you, but I could TOTALLY go for one of those right now. If you're one of those people that looks at food like this, regardless of your size, and thinks 'Eww that's disgusting!' ...I really envy you. I don't know what is so appealing about greasy looking food, but it's something that I definitely want to look into, and try to condition myself out of liking.

The artificial colours and dyes added to food nowadays make the food bright looking. Naturally our brain tells our eyes to be attracted to bright colours, that's just the golden rule of advertising. Those bright colours grab your attention - whether it's a poster advertising a show, a piece of clothing or food.

It's so hard to say no to bad food because really... we don't want to. Unless you're very disciplined. I know that I am not hard enough on myself, and I always allow room to eat bad food. I need to learn to not be as lax. We want those burgers with melty cheese, and those fish and chips, and those other fatty foods. Our bodies, whether we succumb to the need or not, will want to absorb the saturated fats and carbohydrates regardless. So how do we overcome it? You find the healthy alternative.

As we all know, right now the sun is shining and summer really is baring itself. It's BBQ season; so that's burgers, hot dogs, chicken, etc. I'm partial to a burger, for sure - but the healthiest way of course, is to make your own and paying close attention to your ingredients. For example, I would make my own burgers out of only Extra Lean mince and onion. I've found it's successful, as long as you give them a good enough squishing - you don't even need to bind them with an egg, or breadcrumbs. I always bake mine, too. I've even found that spritzing it with a little bit of Frylight does the same job - but if you want to account for a few more calories, use a teaspoon or two of olive oil - (around 40/80cals extra!). As for chips? Make your own! I'm forever making my own chips at Uni, because I find it cheaper. Just parboil some potatoes (although I don't always do this part), and cut them into wedges or straight cuts. Sprinkle a bit of seasoning on them, and boom!

I always find that if I look at photos of good looking food (Omg, did I really just say that?), I feel like my needs are fulfilled. I don't look at 'food porn' and think 'Omg I need that right now jesus oh good God!'. I think 'Ooh that would probably be nice.' then I will happily go and chomp on a bit of cucumber. It's a bit of a crazy way to condition yourself to not eat food high in saturated fat, but ey, it's worth a try if you really want to make a bit of a change to yourself.

I'm going to actively try and not eat so much bad food for a while, and if I think of any substitutes, I'll perhaps post some recipes and nutritional info. How would that suit you? Come on, everyone, let's all be good together - and let me know how far you get! Let's test my crazy theory: here's one for the road:

Do you wanna eat it? Well? DO YOU? Haha. Are you someone who might look at this hot dog and say 'Ewww?' - if so, let me know why! I hope you're all well and enjoying the summer. Let's be good!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

I can do this.

I've had a really bad day today. Well, it's not all bad. It started off good, at least. I went and ran a few errands, and even joined the gym today - so I felt like 'Right, I'm making a start again... let's get something done this time, Chubby Bunny'. Then all that feeling good came to a crash. I got out of my car, literally a meter from my footpath when someone shouted:


...And I was horrified. I shouted at them, then fled up the stairs and bawled my eyes out. I'd literally just came back from signing up for the gym. Something that it took me a lot to commit to, as it is. I mean don't get me wrong; I'm fat, I've had people point out the obvious to me more times than I can shake a stick at. But to be spoken to in such a way, with such disregard made me feel horrendous. I'm still feeling quite rubbish about it now if I'm being honest. I know, I know 'Oh, pay no attention to them!' and 'They don't know what they're talking about!' are the phrases that people would say to reassure me and calm me, but these kids were strangers. They quite clearly didn't give a f*ck how I'd take being called that. So why would they sugar coat it? I am fat, and it's something I've always known deep down but never really come to terms with entirely.

Okay, so I had a little cry - because really, I am soft. But now... I feel like I'm ready now to make another start to losing weight. I'm gonna be more assertive, and not so lazy. I'm going to go to the gym not because I want to, but because I have to. I need to get out of this body and generate some self worth. I never want to hear those words directed at me ever again.

I'm back this time, hopefully, for the foreseeable future. I can do this.

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Saturday, 7 December 2013

Slimming as a student is TOUGH

via veteransnewsnow
So this is my situation right now. It's nearly Christmas - I've got 13 days before I go home for the holidays, and I've almost ran out of money to buy what I would call 'healthy food'. I mean, don't get me wrong, I know it's super possible to be able to slim down and lose weight on a low budget... but I'm not quite educated on the matter. I've been applying for part time jobs whilst I've been here, and so far, I've not heard much back... but all hope isn't lost quite yet. :) 

So I thought this image was relevant. What's my next step? I have no job. I don't really have money. So what do I do, when I'm actually currently motivated to lose weight and be more active and eat more healthily... when money permits me not to? A bit frustrating if you ask me. I know I have a lot of things in life to be grateful for, but money is certainly an issue when it comes to being a student.

What do you guys think? Have you got any low budget meal ideas, or money saving tips for students? All help is greatly appreciated.

Lots of love, and hopefully loss,