Posts Tagged ‘vegetables’

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


September 20, 2013 Leave a comment

Good morning! It’s Friday yipee!!!!

So, two posts in two days! wow. Ok I said I would tell you my weight today.

Haven’t weighed myself for a good 2-3 weeks, and have put on 4lbs in the last month. Booo. This might be normal I guess. Overall I have gained 20lbs so far, AAAAAARRRGGHHHH.

OK, so my weight today is, incidentally, the same as when I started the Dukan journey, oh about 2  years ago. Ironic? I weigh 12 stone 6 lbs……. arrgh.  Vile 😦

But I am preggers so at least I have a reason for it!

My weight was 12.2 for ages and I thought I’d stabilised my weight for a while, but I did read that the baby really starts to gain weight and get bigger in the next few weeks,

That is still no excuse for my ‘eat whatever I want’ though.

Last night I made a chilli (sans the rice) with kidney beans and garlic bread. Today I have left over chilli for lunch and I ate a cinnamon swirl for breakfast. Oopsie.

They were on sale and I just couldn’t help myself!

So there you have it, I am a wheat addicted eejit! We did decide yesterday that we need to get back into eating more veg. I hate buying it and then throwing it away though. I suggested to have an early Sunday dinner at lunch time and then for dinner we should cook whatever we have left in the fridge that is going off soon. Yesterday I had to throw away a cauliflower, a cucumber and dammit some chicken thighs that I didn’t realize had a short use by date. I put everything in the fridge left to right by use by date. That won’t last long haha!!

Anyway, that’s all I have to say for today. I will catch up on your blogs this weekend, I’ve had trouble looking at the blogger ones on my work pc and commenting.

Have a great weekend everyone!! x 🙂  

food wagon

August 22, 2013 Leave a comment

Good morning!
You will be pleased to hear that I have finally kicked myself up the bum and am eating healthy again!
It’s only been two days and I have lost 2 pounds.
Yesterdays menu was:
B: 2 scrambled eggs cooked in butter with cheese on top
S: raisins
L: 2 southern fried baked chicken breasts (prob a bit of wheat in the coating) with salad
S:raisins and almonds
D:beef brisket, carrot and broccoli.

I had no snacks after dinner but I was really thirsty and had 2 glasses of lemon squash and some water.

Todays menu: (so far)
B: 2 scrambled eggs cooked in butter with cheese on top

Well its only 9.01 am haha!!

I can feel the baby kicking a lot now, which is quite nice as its reassuring.

I am still so happy with our kitchen! Every night after work we have been cleaning away for a couple of hours and re arranging things. Tuesday night I spent about 2 hours cleaning the fridge while James cleaned the fish tank.
I was getting a bit stressed as couldnt get the shelves back in the fridge so did a crazy high pitched throat scream haha!! Hormones!!

My skin was pretty clear this morning – unsure if its the change in diet or what. I usually have a few red blotches but they weren’t there today yipee!
Yesterday my skin was driving me mad, it was itchy all over. My ankles have got a few mozzie bites so they were the worst part.
When I got home last night after cleaning etc, I noticed my ankles were really puffy, so I sat on sofa with them elevated.
Looking at them this morning, they were very swollen last night.
Comes with being overweight, pregnant and in the summer at the end of the day.
Hopefully I can rectify it a little by eating better.

I googled some recipes yesterday and came across a website called PaleOMG. It’s pretty funny and has some good recipes too.

SO thats all my news, a tad boring but at least you can all congratulate me for getting back on the good food wagon! (FINALLY!)

Have a good one 🙂


June 14, 2013 Leave a comment

Good morning.

I just started the day with a pancake and sausage breakfast from McDonalds.

I know, I know. I’m finding it really hard to resist all the goodies everyone at work has now.

I’m still struggling to eat vegetables, I had some peas yesterday with potatoes and tuna mayonnaise.  Bit of a starchy meal, but better than a wheat based one.

I felt a bit icky all day yesterday, probably not helped by the angel slices (serious slices of heaven and I must stop buying them) and nutri grain bars.

Fruit has made a come back for me, I am really enjoying peaches and nectarines, bananas and I have some grapes with me today. I know it is sugar, but at least I am eating it and not drinking it. I don’t want to eat too much fruit, but with not being able to force myself to eat veg, I know I need some vitamins etc from somewhere!

Since I stopped dukan a couple of months ago I am struggling to remember meals that I used to enjoy, sans the wheat and carbs.  Lately I have been indulging in bread and for example today, I could not think of anything for lunch so I brought some crumpets and butter.  Yikes!

Eggs are not appealing to me at all, but I think that if I ate it, I’d probably enjoy it. I seem to be funny with most foods at the moment (apart from the sweet ones!) but once I eat them I’m fine.

Must force self to eat veg! This is my weekend goal!!

Any tips??!

Have a great weekend everyone!


June 11, 2013 14 comments

Good morning! How are you all?

So, I did say last week I would explain what has been going on in my life and why I haven’t blogged very often.

Well, I have some exciting news. I am expecting a baby!!

There you go! Now you understand.

I’ve felt so sick for over 2 months and have not been able to eat anything healthy – and I know I should have forced myself as it’s a crucial time- but ugh. The thought of eating a vegetable or an egg made me want to be sick!

So, I survived on rice krispies, bananas, sweets, bagels,  potatoes and peas (eventually a few weeks ago). I craved fast food for a couple of weeks, but only caved a couple of times.

My weight: I have put on 3-4 lbs, which isn’t loads, but I do not want to gain masses of weight. I joined a low carb group online, but am struggling to eat non carb foods. I’ve been enjoying a little fruit, some blueberries, peaches etc but have barely had any vegetables or salad.

I am starting to feel a whole lot better now, and had my first scan yesterday so am feeling over the moon that everything is ok!!!

Oh and yes, the wedding is going to be cancelled.  The baby is due 24th December. The wedding was booked for the 7th December, so don’t really want to be getting married when I am that heavily pregnant!

Hopefully we can do it next December instead. We won’t have much money but it will just have to be a simple affair.

So there you are. Finally I can tell you all!! It’s been hard to not just blurt it out!!

If you have any advice, tips or anything you want to tell me, please feel free!!

🙂 🙂

La la la

April 26, 2013 1 comment

Good morning.

So, I managed to go a day without eating a magnum. When we went shopping I almost bought more and James said ‘but there’s one left at home’ to which I responded ‘yeah but that’s your one’

How weird haha! I realized how strange my thinking was so didn’t buy any more in the end. Even though they were half price and delicious. Sob.

Last night we had cauliflower rice with sausage, shallots, and spinach. Yum>leftovers for today’s lunch with some baby leaf salad. For breakfast I have two boiled eggs and some yoghurts for later.  That’s it today, no more snacky snacks all day. Though I do have nuts if I get hungry.

Sometimes I worry that I am not eating enough carbs from vegetables, as I am probably not eating enough veg in the evenings. I don’t generally have veg during the day and then with college etc where I don’t always have dinner in the evening. Hmmm, what do you think?

I should prepare some vegetables to munch on during the day and ensure I get some more into my diet.??

It was a lovely warm day here yesterday which I didn’t get to enjoy as was stuck indoors all day, but that’s the way life is when you work full time. At least it’s not horrible anymore. Today it is raining and only about 12 degrees C or so but it beats being Zero degrees!!

I think our long winter is over! yipeeeee!!!!!

My boss just shouted at me because I forgot to do something yesterday. She said it’s an audit fail. AND? When are they going to realize that we don’t care if we pass the audit as we get no praise anyway?? They usually buy us pizza or donuts – woopee doo.

Which I don’t eat. So I get nada. The top managers get a bonus so of course they care. 😦 hmph! Show me the money or a real incentive – then we might give a cr*p!

Rant over with. I am normally 100% with my job anyway so it annoys me when I forget one little thing and they go crazy, plus it’s not just my job anyway but she aimed all her anger at me. Whatevs.


So, how is everyone doing? Exercise? Eating well? My weight was up a little (somehow the scales have come back to life) but hey ho. Surely 2 magnums don’t equal 1lb? My body hates me.


Well, have a good day all and a great weekend 🙂



magnum pi

April 25, 2013 1 comment


Meet MMM: massive magnum mistake number 2


Oops. There is one left and I will have to force feed it to James.

I’m not sure why I am sabotaging myself, but I am.

Stop. It. Shannon.

Apart from that I’ve been good. This morning I had a dukan pancake for breakfast with no sweetener, just plain. For lunch I have 2 almond and flaxseed muffins with some ham and 3 mini fromage frais yoghurts. I also have some peanuts and almonds if I need a little snack.

The battery on my scales said ‘Lo’ so I couldn’t weigh myself. Grrr so annoying. I’m sure it’s about the same anyway.

Last night we had turkey and broccoli and some tinned carrots. Ugh the carrots were gross. When we ate them last year we really liked them, obviously we hadn’t eaten real ones for a while.

Shopping night again. Feels like only this week we went shopping!

I didn’t go to college last night, I just couldn’t face it this time.

We are going to see our bank about borrowing a bit of money on our mortgage so we can finish doing up our house. It won’t cost much more a month (according to their website) so it will be worth it. Our kitchen is pretty gross and we need new windows and a new boiler etc. I rang them up to get an appointment for a Saturday, and the guy was really surprised that they had one this week! He said it must be a good omen as they are normally booked up for months on Saturdays! YAY!
Pretty excited! I hope we can borrow the money!

Apart from that, I have my nephews birthday party on Sunday (stay away from the cakes!) (maybe I’ll eat before hand so I’m stuffed when I get there!) and just general cleaning and reading and watching Dawson’s Creek.

Yup, I’ve started watching it on Netflix.  A bit sad I know, I used to watch it years ago but never saw it from the beginning.

 Has anyone noticed some video adverts appearing at the bottom of their/my blog? Never saw them before. But they are nothing to do with me!

Have a good day all 🙂 


going down!

April 22, 2013 3 comments

Good morning! I made it through the weekend without any bad stuff!! Yay!

My weight slowly crept down all weekend and this morning was finally 153.0 lbs, 69.3 kilos and 10.13 stones! Yippe I am back in the 60’s (kilos) and the 10’s (stones).Now to get into the 140’s (pounds).

My run on Friday was only for 30 minutes which wasnt enough for me really but my sister didn’t want to do anymore.

I had planned to go for a run Sat morning and when I got up (at 8.30 am – miracle) James suggested going out for breakfast, so I scrapped the run and had a yummy fry up instead. We went to a pub for brekkie, it’s really good value, a small breakfast with 1 of everything is only £2.49 and a large with two of everything £3.99. So we got one of each and swapped some items. He got my bread, hash brown etc and I got an extra egg and sausage.


Sunday we went to the farm shop for some bits and then to lunch at my sisters. I ended up having a row with my other sister, she is so negative about everything and rants and raves all the time about the state of the world and depresses herself about it. It’s not what I want to hear 24/7.  We started to talk about my hen night and she moaned it would cost £400, which is not true at all. I reminded her that she suggested going abroad and she said ‘yeah I would prefer to go abroad’ so it wasn’t about the money at all but that she didn’t want to do what we’d already planned. ( A country house and a day at the horse races)

Then she just got nasty and said that I ‘bombard everyone with emails about health and I’m hardly the picture of health myself’. It was so uncalled for and also SO untrue. I hardly ever email about stuff, she hounds us constantly with ‘nestle this, starbucks that, dont buy this, spend a million pounds on this product because they are sooo good’

She basically won’t entertain anyone elses opinion about ANYTHING and she is always right. The thing is, she is way heavier than me, eats soooo much and also eats rubbish so I do not know where her catty remark came from.

So I’m not speaking to her for a long time.  I know it’s a bit mean talking about her on my blog, but I am so angry and sick to death of having to tip toe around her constantly. She always seems up for a fight with me and I had just had enough.

So that’s the end of that. She is no longer invited to my hen party…..

Foodwise I was good. I did have a few kidney beans Saturday night as I made a chilli sans the rice. But apart from that all was Dukan.

Today I have 2 boiled eggs for breakfast, leftover turkey breast from dinner last night, a bit of cheese, almond muffins and 2 baby yoghurts.

I renewed my astham tablet prescription and when I took my first one Sat night, I noticed the colour of the tablet was blue instead of beige and the moment I swallowed it, my throat started to tighten and close. I was finding it difficult to swallow but apart from that it was ok (well apart from the panic that my throat was closing up!). I am not happy with these though. I tried to google it and just found some information about montelukast being ‘generic’ so other companies now make them. There must be something in these that are not agreeing with me. I took another one last night and the same thing happened – in an instant.

I will be ringing my doctor this morning!!

Well, have a good day all, I hope you all did well with your goals over the weekend too.


calories carbs and fat

April 18, 2013 2 comments

Good morning all.

How is everyone?

Last night I had a shower before going to college and caught sight of how fat my legs looked. Now, don’t get me wrong, I know I am not Obese obese, but I am still overweight and a little unhealthy.

Whenever I lose a little weight I feel spritely and so much better and kind of feel like ‘I’ve done it – I’m there’. This is just a false sense of security though. This is what causes me to eat bad again and put on weight ‘oh its only 2 slices of bread, oh its only 1 slice of cake, everyone should have cake sometimes’. Right?

Wrong. I could do this if I didn’t then go onto a carb binge, but I know I can’t help myself and the hunger takes at least a week to dissipate once I’ve stopped.

So, I need to take my body more seriously, I need to get this extra 10 kilos or so off. I know I can keep it off as I can stay the same weight.

Last summer I felt pretty good, I weighed 145 lbs, 65 kilos approximately, and I wore shorts and felt great. I was still over my ideal weight but hell I felt better.

I was probably still fat, and maybe still looked awful, I don’t know. I do know that I need to take this seriously, I need to be healthy not just look great. (but looking great is obvs my motivation – VAIN!)haha.

It annoys me when people say ‘You’re not fat, you look fine as you are’. They might mean well, and if I was 8-9 stone I could understand, but I am overweight, let’s not pretend. If I wanted to stay this size, then fine, but I don’t.

Why am I ranting? Who knows lol, I think I need to sometimes tell myself this stuff to keep me on the straight and narrow.

When I read articles about being low carb it all looks so easy to do, but when I look in my fridge when I’m hungry I never see anything easy to eat, except cheese. I may have to prepare ’emergency snacks’ for times like this. Grab and go foods for when I ‘need something NOW’.

I absolutely need to increase my vegetables intake. As I said the other day, I’ve barely eaten enough these last few weeks. Naughty me. Food shopping again tonight. Mantra mantra mantra – don’t buy any wheat free goodies…….

What a struggle lol. I am so lucky that this is my hardest thing in life right now.

Today I have: an oat bran pancake -yummy, almond muffins for lunch and 3 baby yogs. (this morning I made the almond muffins and put 2 tablespoons of cream cheese in the mix by accident, they still cooked okish, but made a right mess – we’ll see how they taste later)

I have also been eating some dry roasted peanuts the last few days and am unsure if this has flared my skin a little on my face, as there are quite a few blotches.

Earlier, the office manager went round with a bag of mini chocolate bars for everyone to have, I declined. Normally I take one for James or whatever, but knowing I’ve got a chocolate bar in my draw burning a hole in my thoughts isn’t the best idea. Take away temptation, take it away!!

Everyone probably thinks I’m a right awkward cow! Oh well. Most of the girls in the office are very slim and one of them eats non stop and doesn’t put an ounce on (though she does take drugs sometimes), another girl is so thin she looks ill but is convinced we are the same size. All she eats is biscuits – seriously. She hardly ever eats lunch (like 3 times a year) and on Mondays always talks about the pizza and sweets she ate over the weekend. Hmmm. She did used to have bulimia, I think she still has some serious issues about food, but there is no telling her she is too thin or trying to give advise. She is a slave to calories, but then strangely eats so much rubbish!!

I am still trying to eat lowish fat to follow dukan, but am still eating full fat stuff too.  (like squirty cream, yep still obsesed with it!) As long as I keep losing weight I am happy with this.

So, my weight this morning was 154.4 lbs, 70.1 kilos & 11.1 stone. Hurry up!!

No plans this weekend so probably no drinking or bad eating phew! I will go for a run tomorrow after work and then maybe Sunday too.

Well, sorry about looong post…have a great day people!!!


Sunny Monday

March 4, 2013 1 comment

Goood morning everyone! It’s lovely and sunny here and I can say that the sun really makes a difference. No wonder there is a high percentage of depression in Greenland.

I had a good weekend – I actually managed not to eat any chocolate – except for one hot chocolate – but I did smoke a few cigarettes. Oops! I did have chips though, I went out for lunch with my sister and I tried to get the best thing available on the menu: chicken with chips and coleslaw. Ok I could have had salad but I didn’t. Then for dinner we ended up getting chips from the chip shop. 45 minutes after eating them I suddenly had to rush to the toilet. Hmm won’t be eating those for a while.

I went to the farm shop yesterday and spent just over £9 pounds. I got: strawberries, cauliflower x 2, broccoli x 3 smallish heads, potatoes, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, mushrooms etc. YUM!!

This morning I had yoghurt and 4 strawberries for breakfast- really good!


My weight isn’t too bad considering all the chips, 154.4 lbs. I didn’t meet my mini goal but perhaps I could reach it this weekend if I keep at it.

I made up some more ‘hampers’ to sell on ebay and gumtree and I thought I might crack as I was handling chocolate but I resisted. I had a massive chunk of cheese instead.

Last night for dinner we had a pork roast with cauliflower rice, broccoli and – I don’t even want to say it – a few chips. I know I know!! I was going to make a few roast potatoes for James but I didn’t put them in the oven in time so I just made him chips instead and there were quite a lot from one potato so I had some.

So that’s like 3 x chips over 3 days. Yuck!

I can’t wait for spring and summer – I swear this cold weather has just gone on and on.

James did some gardening yesterday and dug  a little veggie patch at the top of the garden. yay!

Have a great day – hope the weather is nice where you are.