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day 16 & weekend away

September 22, 2015 Leave a comment


I’ve been so busy this weekend I haven’t had any time to write! I went up to near Manchester on Saturday morning for 1 night with my sister and mum, as my poor gran fell and broke her hip. She is recovering now, but we thought we should go see her.

We stayed for one night at the Best Western Plus Manor house hotel. It was lovely! we got a twin room (well they split the bed into a twin) and I got a roll away bed, which wasn’t tooooo bad – but I did wake up every time I had to turn over – squeak squeak!!

My sister and I had flipped for who would get the crappy bed, but I had already decided I would have it since she drove 5 hours each way lol!!

SOooooo, food you ask. What did I have and how did I do?

Well, I did very well thank you very much. As best as could be expected and maybe a little better.

On the way up I had a cup of black coffee, a banana apple and some nuts. When we got to hotel we decided to have lunch. I had a portion of seasonal veg with no butter(broccoli, cauli, potatoes, carrots) and a portion of hand cut chips. Yes, they were cooked in rapeseed oil…..not anything else I could have eaten.

Dinner at the hotel included a 5 course set menu. I had melon with berries to start (defo sugar in the berries), tomato and basil soup (it had no dairy apparently,  but did taste sugary, so more added sugar) then I had pork fillet but had to forgo the brandy sauce (sob) and vegetables, again with no butter. I couldn’t have the roll with the soup, or any dessert.

Ah dessert. They wheeled around a trolley full of friggin delicious desserts, but I’d come this far, I hadn’t had any wine (gagging!) so I chose a bakewell tart to take back to the room for my mum. (she is very fussy with food and didn’t want any dinner) then I had a black coffee. I did sooooo well, considering!!!

The next day, I got plenty of breakfast (the croissants, pain au chocolat, toast and muffins all screamed at me ‘take me take me we’re free’) so I had fried eggs, sauté potatoes, bacon and sausage. Hmm actually I just realised there was probably wheat in the sausage – damn.

On the way home I had a black coffee and an apple and banana.

Now today, I couldn’t resist and I weighed myself. I’ve been feeling so good and so less bloated and my stomach, although not flat, is no way the bloated fat cow I used to be.

I WISH I HADNT!!!  Although I have lost a few pounds, it am nowhere near where I felt like I was. It was really disappointing, and basically I have only lost the extra pounds I put on after my sisters wedding a month ago. So as bloody usual – back to SQUARE 1!!

SO – don’t weigh yourself is the moral of this story.

I do have a dilemma coming up. I’m going to my friends wedding on Saturday. Its all day. I want to drink,

I’m not sure what the food is, I am sure I can be good, apart from any added sugar or wheat in the meal – I can avoid actual wheat and dairy etc. And cake. But I don’t think I can not drink. Is that awful lol?? I don’t want to get plastered obviously as I want to continue on Sunday and not be so hung over that I eat a pizza.

Does anyone have any tips or advice for me??

thanks, blog soon

Shannon xx

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July 3, 2013 Leave a comment

Hello everyone!

So, I had my last exam yesterday – yay college is over for the summer.

Finally get my evenings aaaaall to myself! Poor James has lost his freedom evenings though haha!!

Results will be in in about 6 weeks time, fingers crossed!

Only 3 more days of work then I have a week off. Yipee! We are going to France to visit my parents for a couple of days and then hopefully getting the kitchen closer to being completed.

I have been looking up my inhalers and also my new nasal spray in regards to taking when pregnant.

There is so much conflicting information out there, and all the doctors say is ‘ its riskier to not take your medication that to take it’ when they havent even looked into my personal history or ANYTHING.

Well, a few weeks ago I stopped taking my inhaler, but after 5 days I was struggling a little. I take symbicort, my previous dosage was 2 times in the morning and 2 times at night. Now I only take it once at night. I didn’t take it last night though as I read some disturbing things online, but know I will either need to take it soon, or take a few puffs of Ventolin every day.

As for the nasal spray I was prescribed last week, its called Avamys and it does say not to take when pregnant unless directed by your doctor. The thing is, the doctor just looked up on his computer about nasal sprays and it said ‘nasal sprays are fine to take whilst pregnant’. But that isn’t enough for me. I’ve stopped taking that too, only to be used when my hayfever is so bad that I cannot stand it.

I wish I didn’t have to take anything. I watched a programme a few nights ago about women who took epilepsy tablets whilst pregnant and their children have been born with learning difficulties and other problems. What a nightmare.

I will just have to monitor myself and take as little as I can without suffering (with the asthma – I will suffer as much as I can with the hayfever)

So that’s my rantings this week.

I have eaten a little salad lately, but have mainly been surviving on coco pops. I know its bad…..Its just so easy for breakfast and dinner when I had college. I will make more of an effort with vegetables now.

My weight is crappy too I have put on a few pounds. If I try to be good now, hopefully  I won’t put on much more un necessary weight.

Well, I’d best get back to work! have a great day everyone!! 🙂

In Flames

March 27, 2013 1 comment

Good morning!

It’s almost the Easter holidays, I cannot wait!! I am fretting a little though about what I am going to eat as I can feel the ‘I Don’t Care’ attitude coming along.

I don’t know why, its like I am giving up and pretending I am not doing it. I was good yesterday, if you don’t count the gluten free bread I ate @ 13g a slice. (of carbs) then I asked James if he wanted anything from the kitchen and he asked for some of his marble cake from the fridge. So I got myself a piece, and another. I am such a loser! I keep re doing my ‘true weight’ on the dukan website, and I should have been at my goal weight again by April.
I seem to be good all week, then I eat one wrong thing and that snowballs me into a catastrophic week of eating rubbish.

Going to France  (this weekend) is going to be hard, all that damn baguette and treats.

I swear, I can feel the inflammation in my body building up. I feel fat again in all my clothes, even though I haven’t really put any major weight on.

OK – MUST BE GOOD. I need to psych myself up BIG TIME for this weekend and next week.

Right, today I had some gluten free bread for breakfast – another MUST: I must stop buying that crap.

For lunch I have celery with cream cheese and then I have some coconut yoghurt for later which no doubt is full of added sugar.

On one side I am lucky, I don’t have diabetes or celiac disease, I’m not massively obese. But on the other, if I carry on I could end up obese, unhappy and diabetic. No Sir I don’t want that! I remember how I used to cry all the time coz I looked so fat. I haven’t cried in over a year because of that.

Going back to the inflammation thing, my little finger hurts and so does my ankle, for no reason at all. Could it be the wheat I had in the cake, or the carbs in the gluten free bread?

Must start singing ‘Wheat’s poisen’ to myself again!

Ow what is up with my little finger, it hurts while I’m typing!!

I suppose I’ve gotten into the mindset that I’ve ‘been good’ and what harm will one little thing do?? LOTS OF HARM is the answer.

I need to get out of this rut and stop being ridiculous! yaaaa!!

The above was my ‘Introduction’ (remember writing essays at school?)

Summary: I’ve been very bad

Conclusion: Stop being a dick and eat right!

So, you see I do know what to do, I just send a message to my brain to ignore what I am doing, but then my stupid (or clever) brain will remind me later that I’ve eaten a load of crap.

Wow what a rant! Sorry!! Give me some tips to stop cheating constantly. I need to go cold turkey and suffer, I swear that will be the only thing that will work. (and I know I needn’t suffer on Dukan, but sometimes I need a little self flagellation)

In conclusion again: Err, stop eating stuff you don’t want to eat and keep preaching to people not to eat!!

On the plus side, my little finger has stopped hurting. LOL!!!

Have a great day!!

In Flames

March 12, 2013 2 comments


I’ve been thinking a lot lately about inflammation and how what we do and eat causes our bodies to inflame, but there is so much unnecessary inflammation that the body eventually won’t be able to repair itself.

We probably only notice this if you hurt yourself, you will see your ankle (or other) swell up and be hot etc. This is the body’s way of starting the healing process ( don’t quote me on this!)  When you eat the wrong foods, wear high heels or whatever; anything causing strain to your body, it will be inflamed and the body will need to heal it.

There are many anti inflammatory foods you can eat, or food to definately avoid anyway such as trans fats. Don’t be fooled by ‘baked’ goods, these are often even worse than fried stuff.

Now, as I lecture you, I must confess> I (h)ate an entire easter egg last night.

I know I know bla bla bla. Do I want to be fat or thin? THIN! Do I want to be healthy yes or no? YES!

So, I must smack myself and do better.

On a completely different tangent: how cute is this?

So, new goals: do juicing on weekend, start following dukan a bit more, I havent lost any significant amounts of weight for ages so maybe dukan is the answer. Bit of oat bran, a few PP days. I can do it!

Well, not much to report expect that I’m fat. But winter looks to be here to stay……

HAHA have a good one 🙂

Thursday ….

February 28, 2013 2 comments

Good morning,

Yesterday I ate too many carbs. When I got home from college I had some cheese and 4 crispbreads crackers (wheat & gluten free) with some humus.

Lately I don’t seem to get full or satisfied and am craving chocolate and other stuff. I’ve done well for not eating bread or wheat products but if I keep this up it will get to a point where I think ‘sod it’ and indulge.

I’ve had lots of chocolate around due to the hampers that I made and need to keep it out of my mind or just be stronger and not eat it!

I have also been eating ‘nakd’ bars which have 17g of carbs approximately.

I need to have some willpower basically and get out of this rut. Today is going to be that day! Oh  but I have crispbread and hummus for lunch with salad CRAP!! Oh dear how ridiculous.

I am being lazy lately and not preparing my lunch or any food – so after today I will prepare more and have lots of dukan friendly foods readily available.


My fiance and all his company are going down to a 4 day week as they do not have enough work coming in. This isn’t good for our finances, so I said we should just buy the bare minimum food. He pays for most of the food shopping and we do spend around £50-£90 a week.

Food is so expensive now, but I decided we should have a budget of £15 in Aldi ( a cheaper supermarket) and £15 in Tesco (for the bits we don’t buy in Aldi). I am writing a list now and am looking online for things that we do buy to see if they are on offer. At least we won’t buy chocolate, I can kiss my ‘wheat free goods’ goodbye (thats a good thing) and maybe I will have to reduce how much cheese I am eating. (also a good thing??)

I will pay for whatever we buy at the farm shop when we go again this weekend.

We will just have to eat a lot more veg, especially now we can get it so cheap. And eggs of course!

Have a good day everyone 🙂


Easter egg monster??

February 22, 2013 Leave a comment

Hello, this is turning more into a confessional diary than a diet blog!

Well, I keep saying one thing leads to another and last night instead of having any dinner I had an easter egg instead.

I was feeling quite down after work when we went shopping so got a caramel easter egg and ate the lot, 2 caramel eggs and one chocolate egg shell.

This is all stemming from eating wheat free bread all week – I know it!

So, today I had 2 boiled eggs for breakfast, I have some almond muffins for lunch and some cheese and salami for later. And a yoghurt. Damn I forgot the berries!

I will be good this weekend and hope I can meet my mini goal of 10 stone 12 (I’m back up to 11 stone now) by Sunday.

Some of the people who’s blogs I have been reading lately are really suffering, either with their allergies or partners or both. I feel for them and it makes me realize how lucky I am at the moment that my skin is ok apart from the odd blemish and that I’m not totally obese.

I should stop complaining so much

The evenings are starting to get lighter and it is nice to be driving home while it’s just about still light! Roll on summer. It’s been a very cold year here, it’s actually snowing again in some places and may snow here later. It’s nearly March- insane or what!

I didn’t give anything up for lent, but I’ve been alcohol free most of the year. Something must be wrong with me – lol! I’ve only had one night of drinking so far which is very unusual for me. My problem with losing weight last year was that I would go out, have some drinks and put on some alcohol weight.( and maybe eat some stuff I shouldnt) but this year I’m not really drinking but I am still eating the wrong  things a few times a week which is holding me back.

A few people have been blogging lately that you don’t have to exercise to lose weight, and I agree. But when I do exercise I feel like I don’t want to be bad and ruin it. So I think this does kind of keep me on the straight and narrow.

I really can’t be bothered to do any work today. It’s Friday and I’m looking forward to just going home!

Have a great day, an even better weekend and BE GOOD!


Wake up its a brand new day….

February 12, 2013 1 comment

Good morning,

I did it, I made it through one day without chocolate, lol.

Ok, it wasn’t so bad. Yesterdays food was: 3 boiled eggs, yoghurt (full fat), 2 almond muffins with cream cheese (light), Dinner: chicken thigh green curry (so maybe a little sugar) and a couple of spoonfuls of rice. A chunk of cheese and another yoghurt.

So, I could have done a little better but on the whole I steered away from wheat and mostly sugar. I’m sure there may have been some in the curry paste or the coconut milk.. actually let me google it…..

Surprisingly sugar is mentioned only once right towards the end of the ingredient list so I’d say there wasnt too much.

I went to Waitrose (quite an expensive supermarket) after work as I saw a few offers online that I wanted to get. When I looked around I couldn’t find them anywhere! Annoying. But there were some chicken thighs reduced due to the sell by date so I got those.  I kind of want to buy my meat from there as even their ‘essentials range’ is supposed to be better quality and the animals are better kept than other ‘essentials’ or ‘value’ ranges. I do have a hard time believing what supermarkets say though, especially since the horsemeat scandal. I am so glad I never buy ready meals.

It does get you worried though about mince, is it really what it claims to be? I’ve gone right off it so haven’t bought it for a while.

I feel like only buying whole chickens so at least I know I am actually eating chicken!

If only I could find a local farm that sells meat from their farm. I don’t think there are any around here. I should go to the farm shops for my veg though, I havent eaten any veg for a few days now. Must cram it in tomorrow then, or tonight.

I have dropped almost 2lbs, so very pleased with this. I have written some mini goals in my diary of a loss of 1lb a week, so I hope I can achieve this.

So, shock horror, my weight is a queasy 154.4 lbs, 70.0 kilos and 11.0 stones.

Arrghh I hate those numbers, but they are better than yesterdays haha!!

It is still 1.6 stones lighter than I was this time last year so I am very happy about that!!

I would like to be confirmed as having a wheat allergy simply so that I stay away from it forever, but since I don’t eat it, there’s no way I’m putting myself through a few months of hell just to get test results.  It would help in that other people wouldn’t tell me stop being ridiculous and ‘just eat it’ too. Plus, I may not get a confirmation via these tests, I just know it makes me fat and so many of my ‘ailments’ have disappeared since I stopped eating it.

(a bit of self confirmation here I think- need to persuade myself somehow!!)

Have a great day all!

 P.S Todays meals: yoghurt with a handful of berries for breakfast ( I want some vitamins!), Chicken thigh with seasoning for lunch, emergency (processed) sausage in fridge. Err more yoghurt…..

Snickers & Vitamins

February 1, 2013 1 comment

Hello all, it’s a rainy day today after a sunny January yesterday. It’s February now, welcome to valentines frenzy and hopefully the days will start to get longer. (in the UK anyway where it is winter – brr)

I forgot my bottle of water this morning – aaargh!! Luckily my colleague brought me in a treat – strawberry and vanilla flavoured water. Phew!!

What do you all think about flavoured water? There is no sugar, barely a calorie and it has sucralose and not aspartame. Is this safer to drink than say, diet coke?

It sure is yummy!

I have been doing well all week then we went shopping on empty stomachs! What were we thinking? I ended up buying 2 packets of snickers (like you do) as they had some special edition ‘ more caramel’ and ‘more nuts’ ones. Of course I tried one of each when I got home. The ‘more caramel’ one was rubbish (what a waste of calories and sugar aaagh!) but I did enjoy the more nuts, though I was berating myself as I ate it.

Yesterday I was reading some articles, found from Lynda’s blog, which led me to other articles – and ten web pages later I was reading about the importance of vitamin B12.

I also read a few comments from people on this website 

They were discussing low carb high fat diets and one person was saying how there is evidence to show this is not a good way to live etc etc.

I do sometimes worry that I am getting it wrong and remember horror stories of people dropping dead from not eating enough calories etc.

I do know that I cannot follow the governments guidelines as I would be ill and obese. I do know that I have never felt better since deleting wheat and eating low carb. But I do still worry every now and again about the dropping dead thing. (oh how blase I sound!)

I bought some berries yesterday to have this weekend, I thought I should introduce a few into my diet once in a while for the vitamins etc. I want to take vitamins but read that most of them are just flushed straight out of your system and aren’t worth taking. Dilemma!!

What are your thoughts?

My sister and boyfriend are coming to stay tonight and then we are going out tomorrow night. Not looking forward to a hangover after a T total January. I will take it easy ( I hope) and I really don’t want to smoke – it will be hard but I don’t think any of the people going smoke so that will make it a little easier. Plus you have to go outside and its cold. Good luck to me!!

 Let’s all try our best this weekend!

Have a good one





January 29, 2013 1 comment

Mmm toast – don’t even say that word!

Anyway, it’s quite toasty at work today, someone put the heating on before I got here so it is warm! yay!

I was good ish yesterday, I had chicken, spinach and 3 new potatoes.Today I have 2 boiled eggs (what else?) chicken and some low fat cheese.

I might start making a gallette for breakfast and then have the eggs for lunch with something else, we’ll see.

My weight seems to kind of stay the same at the moment, it might be just used to what I’m eating so not shifting much (obvs I know the carb binge didn’t help!)

Exercise is something I desperately need to get going again. Last weekend I woke up on Sunday and thought ‘ i should go for a run’ but I couldn’t force myself to do it.

I might see if James will come with me Friday night, but I’m sure he won’t want to after work.

I used to get loads of pains when I breathed in, sometimes it would come and go for months and months and then disappear and I could never put my finger on what it was. I have been getting them again for the last few days after not having them for perhaps a year? It is under my ribs at the front and also in my shoulder blade at the back.  It feels like I’ve been stabbed and I can’t draw a whole breath, then it goes away after a few seconds. The worst I ever had lasted about 4 minutes, ow it hurt! I was getting them for years and went to see a neurologist and had an MRI but they found nothing.

(I have mentioned this before if its bringing back memories)

Strange, I wonder if it’s the sugar I ate recently, or maybe the couple of pounds I put on, perhaps my body really doesn’t want that extra weight?

Who knows, I just hope it goes away!

I dyed my hair again last night (!) I bought a brown, but it didn’t quite cover all the ‘blond’ at the front. It looks better though, and my is it soft after using the conditioner. Why is that conditioner always so good?


Not the best pic !


And this is our cat Tilly, we are having the living room plastered so have taken the radiators off and are using this little heater. James said ‘Tilly thinks she’s on holiday’ it cracked me up!

That’s all my news, oh apart from the slight weight gain – but lets not talk about that!