I’m the happiest I’ve been in my adult life. Full of life, full of confidence and finally starting to fall in love with my body.
I started my yummy mummy page to inspire myself and to motivate other mums and women who are striggling to come to terms with life and failing to conform with how your body should look.
That was 18 months ago.
October 2014 I woke up one day with the worst vertigo ever. Not that I’ve ever had it before of course, I just knew it wasn’t normal and knew it wasn’t the ‘getting up too quickly’ type of Dizzy.
Several a&e visits later after collapsing during the night, hospital appointments and numerous tests, I was diagnosed with menieres disease. It’s not something that will ever go away, I have to live with it. Or learn to live with it at least. I’m not going to bore you with the details, but it meant that I pretty much slept for a whole month, and this is where my weight started to creep on. I had to ditch the gym and my life just came to an abrupt stop. I lost clients, social life, friends..
I did gain an enemy though…the ever delightful depression. Not!
Now I’m not sure if it came as a result of my menieres or if it was just a coincidence but it came and it hit me right across the chops with a wet fish.
I slept all the time, couldn’t stand getting out of bed, my house was a tip because I’d lost all interest in cleaning, cooking. Well I’d lost interest in everything really. Including myself.
Everything was falling apart and I didn’t know why. I guess that’s the thing with depression, it hits anyone and there’s no telling when.
Anyway, roll forward to today. Over Christmas I thought, you know what… I’m on the verge if losing everything including my marriage. I really needed to do something about it.
I made the effort to come off my prescribed medication (prozac) and try and rescue whatever I had left.
Yes, I’ve gained a fair bit of weight, but actually I’ve gained a lot more. My life!
So I’m back, I’m going to be posting more recipes and updates… not to inspire anyone else but myself.
Watch this space…
Guess we’re all human eh? Xxxx
A quick and easy and oh-so-tasty lunch in minutes – great for an on-the-go lunch sandwich
- 2 spring onions finely chopped
- 3 tbsp low fat natural cottage cheese
- 15g reduced fat Cheddar cheese, grated
- 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley
- salt and pepper
- Put the spring onions, cottage cheese, Cheddar cheese and parsley into a bowl.
- Season to taste and mix well.
- Spread the mixture over one slice of bread and sandwich together with another.
- This sandwich goes well with celery sticks and salad.
- Tip: Use two slices of wholemeal bread from a 400g loaf (6 Syns or a Healthy Extra b choice). Or you could use a wholemeal roll, rye bread, crisp breads or a Free wrap made from firm lettuce leaves, such as iceberg or romaine
Winter looming and we all crave comfort food. Although I do… and there’s nothing like a big bowl of soup to help you with that!
- 1 bunch of spring onions sliced
- Frylight to fry off the spring onions
- 14oz (400g) can of creamed sweetcorn
- 4 oz frozen sweetcorn (tinned is fine though)
- 6oz cooked chicken meat
- 1+1/4 pints of chicken stock
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1. Fry spring onions for 30 seconds
- 2. Add creamed and frozen sweetcorn, chicken and stock
- 3. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 5 minutes
- 4. Bring almost to the boil, add beaten egg slowly, while gently stirring soup to form egg threads
- 5. Cook until the egg has set - do not boil
Life is going great, you’re healthier and fitter than you have ever been in your entire life.
Your diet is fab, you’re losing weight, you’re heading to the gym and pushing your personal bests. Your life is great and you’re feeling ‘YES, I’m finally happy’
Then one day, you wake up and it all changes…..
Sounds like a movie huh?
Nope, it’s just life. My life!
I built my Facebook page and my website to help me stay motivated in my journey or weightloss and to share my tips on eating healthy. I was losing weight (and had lost a lot of weight) why not share my success with others? I know how blooming though it can be when you’re doing alone.
The Beginning – November 2014
One day I woke up feeling really dizzy. Not the getting up quick kinda dizzy, but I’ve just drunk a bottle of vodka kind of dizzy.
Dr’s couldn’t work out what was wrong, apart from the ‘oh it must be a virus’. I was picking up the kiddies from school feeling so self conscious that the other mums would be talking about me, saying I was drunk. Because that’s how I felt.. stumbling, tripping, can’t even look at anyone straight.
Eventually I was diagnosed with vertigo, which I was told would go away once the virus had gone.
Guess what, it didn’t…..
So, since November last year (almost a year on), I’ve faced daily struggles of vertigo, extreme fatigue. Yep, I’d take the kiddies to school, and sleep all day until I pick them up again. I had zero energy, the house wasn’t being tidies, the washing wasn’t done, and I hubby was holding down a full time continental shift pattern and looking after us all.
Depression reared it’s ugly head again!
I had some tears done via the NHS and was told I had vestibular imbalance which was triggered by the vertigo back last year, it had apparently damaged my inner ear resulting in the off balance.
But, doesn’t matter than I’m sleeping all day, that I’m rarely existing. I’m told I have to live with it… what a joke!
Anyway, enough moaning. I’ve since seen another consultant who specialises in inner ear issues and have been diagnosed with something called Meniere’s Disease.
Something I now have to live with for life. Luckily there’s medication that I am taking to control the symptoms.
What are my symptoms?
- Sickness, including motion and travel sickness
- Weight gain (for me)
- Inability to enter the supermarket because the lights trigger my vertigo
and loads of other stupid little things that grip my day
Why am I sharing this?
I want to share this with you because it’s actually quite a rare (but I believe common) illness. As a result of this I’ve gained quite a few pounds. Well not because of the actual illness, but because of the symptoms.
So here I am, telling you all…
I’m trying to get back into the weight loss zone, and documenting my journey once more.
If you’re suffering with an illness, DO NOT suffer in silence.
We’re human, and the chances are, someone else will also be suffering something similar.
We can’t all be perfect all of the time.
Lots of hugs
Gorgeous pasta bake that’s quick, easy, cheap and nutritional for the whole family to enjoy together.
- 1 red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
- 1 medium courgette, chopped
- 1 tbsp. olive oil - 6 Syns
- 1 small red onion, finely chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 250g dried pasta shapes
- 2 x 500g passata
- 100g can sweetcorn, drained
- 150g cooked, smoked ham or chopped, cooked bacon
- 100-120g mature Cheddar cheese, grated
- Pre-heat the oven to 200C/Gas 6.
- Heat the oil in a large frying pan and cook the onion and garlic until softened.
- Cook the dried pasta shapes for 5 minutes, then drain (they will only be partially cooked, at this stage).
- Pour the half cooked pasta into a large, oven-proof baking dish.
- Add the fried onion and garlic, the diced veg, ham/bacon and the drained sweetcorn.
- Pour over half of the passata. Combine thoroughly, using a tablespoon.
- When the pasta is completely coated, pour over the rest of the passata and combine again.
- Bake in the centre of the oven for 20 minutes, then take out and sprinkle evenly with the grated cheese.
- Return to the oven for a further 10 minutes, then serve.
- If you want to make it go further, you could serve with a jacket potato and some veg/salad.
Here’s a classic summer dessert that even the kiddies will enjoy. and better still, it’s dairy free so perfect if you have to eliminate dairy from your diet
- 1 puff pastry sheets
- 3 cups stone fruit (sliced) i.e cherries, apricots, peach... (stone removed)
- 3 tbsps honey
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 eggs (lightly beaten)
- Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Place baking sheet in oven to heat up.
- Place puff pastry on parchment paper.
- Roll edge of puff pastry towards center to create a half inch border; set aside.
- In a bowl toss fruit, honey and lemon juice.
- Remove heated baking sheet from oven.
- Place puff pastry on bake sheet.
- Pour fruit mixture on top.
- Brush border with lightly beaten egg.
- *Optional: Sprinkle raw sugar on border.
- Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until puff pastry is golden brown.
- Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly before serving.
Here are a few popular weight loss myths that just don’t seem to die
Lifting weights will make me bulky!
Most women believe engaging in a strength training program will result in a bulky masculine figure. In reality, countless studies and real world evidence proves the opposite. Women who do resistance training are stronger, leaner and healthier than women who do not. Don’t be afraid of looking like a bodybuilder, women simply don’t possess the hormones and testosterone necessary to build big muscles like men do.
Do I look bulky? I train weights..heavy…twice a week and have done for nearly 2 years… 15 mins twice a week in the gym is all I spend…
Spot Reducing Fat Works
The spot reducing myth is an old one. Your body cannot spot reduce fat in specific locations. If you have flabby arms or a big stomach, doing thousands of bicep curls and thousands of crunches won’t help. No amount of targeted exercise will change this fact. Focus on proper
nutrition and strength training with move that work the largest amount of muscle possible.
Cardio Is All a Woman Needs To Lose Weight
The truth is women should be lifting weights. Resistance training has been proven time and time again to increase performance and burn more fat. Combining strength training and interval training with a proper nutrition plan
is the ticket to faster sustainable weight loss.
Why should you miss out just because you want to eat healthy?
Here’s a yummy low calorie recipe for some gorgeous scummy easter cupcakes. Enjoy!
- 150g self-raising flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 7 tbsp splenda Granulated Sweetener
- 150g low fat spread
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp skimmed milk
- 100g chopped chocolate (optional)
- 250g tub low fat soft cheese
- 4 tbsp splenda Granulated Sweetener
- 4 tbsp icing sugar
- A few drops of food colouring (of your choice)
- A few mini eggs
- Preheat the oven to gas mark 5/190ºC/fan 170ºC. Line a 12-hole bun tin with fairy cake cases.
- Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl and stir in splenda. In another bowl, beat the low fat spread with an electric whisk until softened, and then gradually add the beaten egg, then the vanilla extract.
- Fold in the flour mixture using a metal spoon or plastic spatula; fold in the milk and then add the chocolate
- Spoon into the cases and bake for 12-20 minutes or until lightly golden on top. Allow to cool for 3 minutes before removing from the tin.
- For the frosting, whisk the soft cheese, splenda and icing sugar and add the food colouring of your choice.
- Spread over the cooled cakes and decorate with mini eggs.
- You can add any decorations you wish on the top :)
Quick and easy recipe that’s perfect for lunch or even for dinner, without the guilt.
- 200g cooked king prawns - defrosted if frozen
- 1 small red onion, thinly sliced or chopped
- 1 red pepper, thinly sliced or chopped
- 3 level tsps. Harissa paste
- 1 tbsp. fresh, chopped coriander
- Spray a large frying pan with Frylight and cook the onion and red pepper until soft. Could start onion off in the microwave first to speed things up.
- Add the prawns and sauté for 2-3 minutes until heated through.
- Stir in the Harissa paste and the coriander.
- Lovely at lunch-time, served with some wholegrain rice and a side salad.
If you know me, you’ll know I’m a bit of an Instagram addict, and as with all Social Media platforms (apart from Facebook) people like to brag or show off, or share the good things of life.. But all that gets boring right? Makes us feel inadequate much of the time, looking at beautfiul people taking 100s of selfies at every opportunity… or showing off their abs (which have probably been photoshopped anyway)
So, imagine my delight when I stumbled across a fab profile called @wearealluncool
they’re inviting users to embrace their individualities & imperfections..
It’s not often we get the opportunity to share things in our lives that we tend to keep closed off from public, yet we all have issues and problems we deal with every single day. So why not talk about it?
Maybe you’re embarrassed, or scared or just don’t know where to turn to.
Well I decided to share my imperfections (well some of them) on my Instagram page…
Here’s my input.
Just stumbled across this awesome profile @wearealluncool instead of bragging on social media about how good you are…they’re asking us to embrace our imperfections…so here’s mine..
1. I’ve suffered with depression for the past 9 years. I got the all clear back in 2009 but it came back again without warning the end of last year. So for now prozac is my friend. And I’m not ashamed of that. Im in a happy place again.
2. Im quite a shy person and dont do big social crowds very well. In rubbish at small talk so one to one situations i also struggle with. But I am better than i was when i was younger. Id walk around the whole village to get to the shop just to avoid the group of kids i had to walk past
3. I find it hard to trust people and let people in so I’ve only got a few close friends. One of which has been my best friend since i was 3.
4. I hate the way I look most of the time, and have anxieties and hangups about how i look in clothes. I look crap in the latest trends so i just wear whatever i feel comfortable in
5. I wasnt allowed to wear makeup until i was 14, so i tend not to wear much now..or even know how to apply it like most girls
Feel free to join in…#wearealluncool #aboutme #notashamed #proudofmyself #strong #strength
Lots of love