Day 39; Dom is coming home!

Sorry for not blogging yesterday, my evening was spent back at home with my family. I decided to rock up uninvited (it is still my house after all..) to go through my wardrobe. It needed a good organise, plus I had suitcases full of old clothes in the loft from university, most of which I was able to either donate to charity or throw away. I had dinner there too, but instead of having smoked salmon with them I made my own chicken pasta type meal. It was really nice and less than 500 calories! I’d have had the salmon if it wasn’t smoked, I’m just not keen on it. Because I’d had such a low calorie dinner I was able to have a little yoghurt for pudding and I was still under 1000 calories – MyFitnessPal tells you off if you don’t eat at least 1000 calories a day – so I had a little bowl of cereal when I got back to the flat to bring me over that limit.

I didn’t go to bed until gone 10pm either which is  late for me! I got woken up by my mom ringing me at 9am this morning telling me to get ready as we’d planned to go to M&S to grab a few bits and bobs. We started off in the cafe where Mom had a latte and some shortbread biscuits which looked so yummy but I resisted and just had water and my yoghurt for breakfast. The weather has been lovely so far so we sat near the windows to enjoy the brief sun while we could. We had a mooch around homeware but didn’t find anything we liked so we headed down to women’s wear. As per usual, I found a few things I liked and came away with a few new pairs of tights, some jeans, and a backless jumper (don’t ask how it works, it looks nice though). We quickly nipped into the food hall so mom could buy her friend a few birthday gifts. We settled on a nice box of flowers with a mini bottle of Prosecco. We considered chocolates but she’s given them up for Lent so we didn’t want to scupper that on Day 2 of Lent because that seems a little cruel. We also bought my nan a few little treats like cakes and tarts. She hasn’t been very well and she’s going in for some major surgery next week and her eating will be affected so we thought we’d let her have some tarts and cakes while she can still eat solid food!

Speaking of lent, I haven’t officially given anything up, so that can be something for me to consider. Most people go for alcohol or chocolate but I don’t consume either of those so I’ll have to be a little more creative.

On to the amazing news, my boyfriend gets home today! In fact, he’s already landed and I’m writing this post as he is driving home from the airport. It’s the longest we’ve been apart and I can confirm that absence really does make the heart grow fonder. I’ve already made a dash to Morrisons to get supplies for dinner – his favourite meal at the moment is venison burgers with brioche buns and lots of veggies. It will be interesting getting him back on the health kick since he’s had some pretty high calorie days since going away. I guess he’s been more active though, running around installing things in a factory all day must burn a heck of a lot of calories.

I’ve tidied the flat so he can’t complain that I’ve destroyed it while he’s been away. Now to go and get myself ready so I can run and greet him when he arrives back! And we’ve already made plans to go to one of our local parks for a cute walk. Exciting!!

 

Day 184; Gran Canaria

So the holiday finally came around and it has been and gone. I have had an AMAZING week (I haven’t blogged in a few weeks now, I will probably only blog once a week tops during summer) and I have to admit that the diet has gone completely off track. Who wants to stay on a diet when they’re on an all inclusive holiday? Nobody. Nobody is the answer. So, considering I’d paid for it all, I just ate it all. I won’t lie, at times I thought I should stop, or I got a wave of guilt for getting another piece of cake. But a holiday is a holiday and I just wanted to enjoy myself. I’ve already got back on track today though, not on the Slimming World track but on the ‘healthy eating’ track. My slimming world subscription ends today and I’ve made the decision not to renew my membership. I have learnt a lot from doing Slimming World but a low-fat diet with unlimited portion sizes isn’t for me.

Whilst I think Slimming World is a perfect option for people with big appetites and a need to lose a lot of weight, it no longer suits me. I’m not going to revert back to my old ways by any means, but I want to just eat well without being under a brand name. Know what I mean? I’ll keep eating my vegetables, I promise! So to anyone reading this who is a slimming world worshipper, keep going. You WILL get results and you WILL lose weight if you stick to the plan. I’ve been on it for 6 months now and I couldn’t be happier, but I think I need to break away from the support of SW if I can realistically keep the weight off indefinitely.

From now on I won’t weigh in every week (publicly anyway) but I will continue posting pictures of my meals, even writing the recipes if I’m feeling particularly ambitious. Plus I’ll keep this blog updated with pictures and my life in general.

Right, now that all the boring stuff is over I can tell you about the holiday! I have, for the first time, not burned my whole body to a crisp and I have actually tanned. Turns out all you need to do is lotion up and not sit in the sun for too long. Who knew, eh? 😉 It was a very relaxed holiday, with most days spent either on the beach or by the pool. The hotel was lovely and clean, the food was good and I had the best week with my cousin. And the irony of it is that I’ve arrived back in England in the early hours of this morning and I am in a bikini yet again – the weather here is not too far off the temperature there! I did eat an obscenely large amount of bread, ice-cream, cake, muffins and I drank a fair share of cocktails etc etc whilst I was away but I am determined to get some of that weight off before I go to Spain in exactly a months’ time.

I’ll add on a few of my holiday snaps for good measure.

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