FOOD AND ME – MY STORY

There’s only a selective few that can eat what they want and never gain weight or inches. Unfortunately I don’t fall into that category.

My weight has always been a bit of a problem to me if not to anyone else.

I would say from about 2003 I saw my weight creeping on…there were two reasons for that

  1. I worked in a fast food restaurant so food was in my face literally all the time.
  2. I was on the contraceptive injection and it seemed to pile the pounds on.

I remember being 12 stone at the age of 18 and a size 14-16 and it kept creeping on by the end of 2006 I was 13 stone 10.

I was so miserable as you can see by my face so I started going to weight watchers. I loved that you could eat whatever you liked as long as you were within your points. I lost 4 stone in a year following this way of eating. Soon it became quite obsessive that I had to keep losing weight as I believed that perfect people weren’t 10 stone.

I stuck to smaller portion sizes and didn’t snack between my main meals and over a year and a half I got to about 8 and a half stone. Perfect I thought. So why was I still shrinking?

I moved out of my childhood home in 2010 and I lived off a weekly shop of £20 which consisted of super noodles on toast, cottage pie, corned beef and tuna. Not a fruit or vegetable in sight and dropped down to 7 stone 7 pounds which was probably looked on as anorexic but I did eat just not healthy food.

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I suppose getting Ill in 2013 and having to move home helped my weight gain. Mum was building me up with her homemade meals and some junk food for good measure. Then 2015 I had a huge operation on my bladder and I was really low so I turned to food for comfort. Then going on an antidepressant for a short time didn’t help.


I’ve gained 3 Stone in 4 years but to be fair my body has been through a lot of upset and food was what I would turn to.
So today as I’m writing to you I’m 10 stone 7 and a size 12. I have been eating a lot of chocolate and cheese lately which my waistline isn’t too happy about. So today I am on a healthier diet that I hope can shift a bit as being short my weight shows.

This was my lunch and I really enjoyed it.

I’m going to eat 1200 calories a day or aim for that and hope for a little miracle.

I’ll keep you informed on how I get on and hopefully you’ll see me post a full length once I’m happy as at the mo I can’t bring myself to do it.

Thanks for reading

Til next time…

hol

AUGUST FAVES

Here are a few things that I’ve loved in the month of August.

If I had spent more time out of hospital than in there would be loads more but here’s what I came up with.

Ok so here goes…..

HP SPROCKET PRINTER

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I’d had this on my Amazon wish list since just after Christmas and when I first went into hospital I was feeling rather down so I thought 8 months was long enough to keep the HP Sprocket waiting so I bought it. Totally worth waiting for. You just download the app that goes with it and buy the printer paper 2×3 of any make (as it’s cheaper not being HP) and away you go. Below I have a few ideas I may use mine for.

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AN OLD FAVOURITE I FOUND –  LOVERDOSE PERFUME


I reckon it was about 3 years ago I first bought this. It has a very girly smell not as strong as Britneys signature perfumes. I’ll hold my hand up and admit I still have Fantasy in my perfume collection.

Anyway, I was on Superdrug’s website looking for a present for my friend and there  Loverdose was. I was like oh my, that’s nostalgic. My Mum decided to treat me to it cos she’s such a babe. So now I smell bloody beautiful.

A SPLASH OF COLOUR TO THE GARDEN SHED

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Those of you that follow me on my blog Instagram would have already seen this. Finally, our little shed at the bottom of the garden had a makeover. I absolutely love it. We went with a purple door because I wasn’t allowed a pink one so it was a compromise. Now looking out on even the shittiest of days the garden will still brighten my day.

GLAMOURS PODCAST – A MUST LISTEN 

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You know that purple app on your iPhone that you think is rather pointless. It’s actually full of hilarious and informative stuff. Podcasts have been my saviour of late as they are so relaxing to listen to when you feel a bit anxious. So Glamour has a 40-ish minute podcast with celebrities talking about all sorts of topics ranging from social media to problems, to things that irritate you. It’s Called Hey, it’s ok… It’s definitely a laugh out loud Podcast and if you needed a pick me up this is it. My favourites have been Rylan, Fearne Cotton and Dawn O’ Porter. Don’t diss the purple app, go take a look.

Last but not least is a random favourite 

 

WARBURTON CRUMPETS 
I pretty much eat these on a daily basis only because they are very low fat and the calories are too. I love having sweet or savoury on them. Honey or cheese has to be my favourite choice at the moment.  Quick to do and only £1 what’s not to like.

BYE BYE AUGUST…BRING ON SEPTEMBER I AM AN AUTUMNAL BIRD AT HEART

Thanks for reading

hol

Bye Bye Spots – Amazing Discovery

I was one of the unfortunate sods to still get spots way after puberty had been and gone and no matter what products i used over the years i was still having to find a way of covering them up with thick cakey foundation and concealer.

But the thing was it never got rid of them it just masked them.

I stumbled across the discovery after i had noticed the difference and i thought a ha thats why i have near to no spots. As i write this i have one very small one which is a definitely a huge change from the 10-15 i used to have on my cheeks and chin.

The hot weather came and so did my craving for fruit. i fancy when the weather gets better your hot food doesn’t make so much of an appearance and you opt for something quick and easy.

So here it is….

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Yeah a lovely juicy watermelon.

I have it every single day of late either for breakfast with some strawberries and blueberries or as a snack mid afternoon.

Here are some alternatives that include watermelon to jazz it up i you fancy

I have found out these skin facts about watermelon

  • Its rich in Vitamin A, B12 and Vitamin C
  • It hydrates the skin leaving it looking healthy and supple
  • The vitamins in it work as anti ageing 
  • It minimises pores and stops oil secretion and therefore helps skin clear up

I am not saying you will be spotless i am simply saying that its working for me and its been proven by many others. 

Let me know if there are any other foods you have tried and found helps your skin.

hol

What’s in my bag

Good morning and Happy Monday,  Despite the weather change to a dismal grey sky.

I haven’t been feeling too grand of late so apologies for the lack of posting last week. However can’t let things keep me down so here i am with todays post.

Whats in my pink chord Backpack?

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I want you to bear in mind this is just the basics that i have in my bag at one time as a woman you know our handbags feel like we have bowling balls in them and have sooo much stuff we really don’t need.

  • As i love to write i make sure i have my great ideas notepad and a pen.
  • My boots floral Make up bag with my concealer, to hide my dark circles, my eyeliner and a pink lippy of course
  • I always have some sort of hand cream and The Body Shop Strawberry one smells so good and leaves my hands so soft.
  • I either have a chocolate bar or something sweet in my bag as i’m addicted to sugar and at the mo its Tangfantastics.
  • Something a lot of you wont have is catheters in your bag i have about 5-6 in my bag at a time as i have a bladder stoma so when nature calls i’m prepared for it.
  • Everyone needs some paracetamol in their bag for when pain strikes.
  • I have my Sony A5000 camera for taking photos of whatever catches my eye i like to capture things in the moment.
  • I am not a huge fan of chewing gum so a packet of soft mints it is. your breath is always better being minty fresh.
  • My purse was a charity shop find. It was brand new and still inits wrapper so i thought for £3 your coming home with me.
  • A pair of Sunnies as British weather is so unpredictable you never know when you are going to need them.
  • My Iphone because who leaves home without theirs these days…Not me.
  • My HP Stream laptop as a blogger its always great to write your posts up wherever you are and this one has a touch screen too so i can draw on it too which i love.

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Currently Loving: June Edition

Here we are again the time of the month where i get to reflect on my Monthly Favourites 

June you have bought me sun, a little tan and laughter along with these things below.

READING

While sorting though my chest of drawers i came across these antique diaries…shamefully mine. They are my school years so it was funny to see who i fancied and what my writing style was like. Check out the cosmopolitan freebie.

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WATCHING

All my illnesses have made themselves quite apparent this month so i have spent a few days in bed and YouTube never disappoints when i need cheering up.

I stumbled across this one of Carlton off The Fresh Prince it sure made me smile.

EATING

By now you should know that i have a bit of a sweet tooth and back when i was younger my Nan always liked Malt Loaf and i was a bit partial to it too. Sadly my Nan isn’t around to enjoy these snack packs that Morrisons have. Every time i open the cupboard and see these i think ‘Nans Favourite’ and now they are mine too.



WRITING

At the moment i am just concentrating on my blog and filling up my notepad with ideas and the odd poem happens to come to mind and i quickly jot it down before i forget. Maybe in the coming months i may plan on writing another book. Who knows?



WEARING

The flower crown came out when we had our mini heatwave and it is festival season so i was getting into the spirit of it and having my own since the crowds at them scare me shitless. The sunnies are an everyday accessory now Summer is here whether they are on my head or my face.

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LISTENING

I have only recently found this Summer Throwback playlist. There are so many that when they come on i’m like ‘I love this one’

Scroll down and have a nosey see which ones you like too.

Apologies If you are reading this on the laptop and see that the playlist isn’t central. I need to figure out how to do it.

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

So many quotes i’ve seen on Pinterest but i thought since its the beginning of the Summer it was quite fitting.


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Oh great, its bloody raining as i end this post…Never mind roll on July. Only a few days away.

hol

Ice creams of the 90s

Memories of the icecream man coming round in his van. Before Ben and Jerrys there were these. Not so extravagant but yummy all the same 😋

Solero Mango Ice Cream

Mini milk (Chocolate / Strawberry/ Vanilla)

Fab Ice Lolly

Screwball Raspberry Ripple

Twister Ice Cream

Calippo Ice Lolly


Mr Whippy 99

Then when Mum and Dad said they didn’t have no money for the Ice Cream Man there was always one of these

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The good old faithful Choc Ice

My January Favourites 

Wow I actually can’t believe how fast January has come and gone. I gathered together some things that have made me happy in the month of January and thought I’d share them with you.

MAKE UP 

PAMPER BITS


FASHION

SNACKS

MUSIC

Oh and I found this by the wonderful Ed Sheeran too.