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 🙂