Forever 7 Day Shake Challenge – Day 3

Things have been going okay! The only struggle I seem to be having is finding the time to write a post every day… Busy, busy times.

I’m certainly enjoying my protein shakes for breakfast. It’s so quick, easy and sweet which is exactly what I need and crave in the morning. I can see myself having more protein shakes for breakfast in future, even after this challenge is complete.

As the day goes on and as I begin to crave warmer, more savoury foods, it gets much harder.

I am also beginning to feel a little frustrated because my current weight just doesn’t seem to want to budge. I think I hoped that suddenly I’d shed the pounds going into this challenge but that hasn’t happened yet. Mind you, it probably takes more than 3 days before you see a result! I need to be more patient…

Despite not currently seeing a difference in my weight, I certainly feel a difference. I am again, much less bloated and way more energetic.

The Forever protein powder is great and comes in a range of flavours. There are also lots of recipes that I have yet to try. For those of you not familiar with the Forever brand, it’s certainly worth checking out! They offer a wide range of good quality health products and I’d certainly recommend them. If you’re interested in finding out more, get in touch and I’ll direct you to a friend of mine who is a Forever product representative.

I’ll keep plugging away and we will see how things go! If nothing else happens, this challenge has certainly changed my perspectives on protein shakes for the better.

Forever 7 Day Shake Challenge – Day 1

Today I started a seven day shake challenge and I’m going to write a daily post about it.

Here’s what the challenge involves:

-Two of my main meals a day will be replaced with a Forever Lite Ultra protein shake and the third will consist of a high protein/low-carb meal.

-Each shake contains 50% of my required daily vitamins and nutrients and act as meal replacements.

-I also get free foods (all fruit and veg) which I can snack on throughout the day.

Day one was a success. I had very little time this morning to come up with anything inventive so I quickly blended some vanilla Forever Lite Ultra powder with 300ml of coconut milk and ran out the door.

When I finally arrived at my first university class I was able to sip away at the protein drink. It was still cold and well blended but I was sure to give it another good shake, just to be sure. It’s been a while since I’ve had one of these so I was pleasantly surprised when I remembered that it tastes just like a milkshake!

I was certainly slightly skeptical that the one shake would keep me satisfied until lunchtime; however,  my stomach didn’t rumble once. In fact, I felt quite energetic despite missing my usual morning coffee and didn’t think about food during the rest of my classes.

Because I didn’t want to carry around a second shake with me all day, I opted for an avocado and goats cheese salad for lunch instead. Normally, I would choose something quite high in carbs, especially on such a cold and busy Monday, but I was still feeling quite satisfied from the morning protein shake.

Apart from lunch, I had an apple (one of my free foods) in the afternoon to keep me going until dinner.

I didn’t get home until about 7pm this evening and I’ll be honest, I was feeling pretty tired and was craving something warm, savoury and comforting. So I’ll admit, the thought of drinking a sweet, cold protein shake was a little off-putting. For that reason, I whipped up a half-portion of spiralised butternut squash and corgetti to make myself feel better without feeling guilty; then I had the protein shake as “dessert”. I was perfectly happy after that!

At the end of day one, I feel very positive. Looking back, I think it might make more sense to have the shakes for breakfast and lunch, allowing me to enjoy a warm meal in the evening, because that just seems to be what my body wants/needs. On a whole however, I’m certainly surprised at how satisfied I felt after drinking the shakes and how easy it has actually been today. Because I’m not much of a morning person, whipping up a quick protein shake also keeps things simple and easy – hardly any fuss and no real need for me to get up any earlier than usual! Bonus!

Weigh-In Wednesday 4 and Incentives

This cold got progressively worse and has been my major downfall this week. I’ve spent the majority of the past few days doing uni work or resting in bed and definitely didn’t get out enough… I continued to eat carbs which my body so badly craved and I’m totally gutted because I wanted to lose more weight this week but it just hasn’t happened:

Current weight: 13 stone

Weight loss this week: 0

Accumulative weight loss: 8 pounds

Still feeling rubbish but definitely getting better. I am starting to find it hard when I’m not getting the results I hoped for. I am also finding this really tough whilst I’m right in the middle of writing my dissertation so I think now is the time to really focus on some incentives:

1- Trip to Croatia: at the end of June, I will be going on a trip to Croatia with the majority of my year group to celebrate the completion of our 4 year degree. It’s been a lot of hard work (and there’s still plenty of hard work to be done) so we are really looking forward to it. I haven’t been on a holiday in years so I’m very excited; however, I’m already anxious about how I’m going to feel. I’m not going to be able to hide under big baggy jumpers! It will ruin my holiday if I am uncomfortable so I really need to do something about it. This trip is in about 20 weeks and I have the potential to lose about 2 stone in that time if I really, really work hard. That would be amazing.

2- Graduation: both the ceremony and the ball. This is in about 22 weeks (yikes) and I want to look and feel amazing. Even if I lose around a pound and a half each week up until then, I could be 30 pounds lighter!

3- Trip to Canada: this is in 25 weeks and I’ll probably be visiting some old friends. The last time I visited Canada, it really upset me that I had gained quite a bit of weight and I felt ashamed and embarrassed when meeting old friends. We don’t want a repeat of that. If I continue to lose around one and a half pounds a week until this trip, I could be nearly 40 pounds lighter.

I mentioned that one year from now, I’ll wish I had started today… Even in 4 months from now, I could be wishing that.

So, the plan moving forward… This week, I’m bringing back My Fitness Pal to help me keep track of what I’m eating. Any snacks that I have (that aren’t meals) are going to be fruit or veg ONLY. I’m going to get back on track with high protein meals and lower carbs and I’m continuing to avoid refined sugars. I’m also planning a bit of a challenge which I’ll start/talk about next week!

Until then! 🙂

Weigh-In Wednesday 3

Hello!

Apologies, this post is a few days late… I’ve been battling a cold this week and am currently working on my dissertation so everything else has just gone out the window.

I haven’t fallen off the wagon but I’ve certainly eaten a lot more carbs lately because I’ve been feeling so rubbish. I know, that’s not an excuse but that’s just the way it is. I’m drawing a line under it and accepting that I probably didn’t lose as much weight this week because of this.

Current weight: 13 stone (on the dot)

Weight loss this week: 2 pounds

Accumulative weight loss:  8 pounds

Not bad. Could be better. Mind you, slow and steady wins the race. It’s going down so that’s the main thing. I have a university ball in one week so I’d really like to lose another few pounds by then. The plan is to cut my carb intake right down, increase protein/veg and go for more walks daily. I really want to FEEL good at this thing, so I’m going to make that happen.

Weigh-In Wednesday 2

So it’s been just over a week now and I am back into the swing of things. Starting isn’t the hard part, it’s being able to come up with a plan that you can stick to long-term! I’m still working that out; however, cutting out refined sugars and cutting back on carbs has worked out just fine for now. I’ve also been going on daily walks and I intend to get back into a more regular yoga routine over the next few weeks!

Anyway, enough rambling. Here’s my weekly weigh-in results:

Current weight: 13 stone 2 pounds 

Weight loss this week: 4 pounds

Acumulative weight loss: 6 pounds

Yippee!

It’s certainly not enough for me to notice a difference when I look in the mirror but I do feel a lot better already. I know, I know… I say this every time.

My goal for next week is to get under the 13 stone mark. Think I can do it?

In other news, I have recently discovered a simple recipe for a kale and chicken caesar salad and I think I am in love! It’s so quick and easy to make and a suitable lunch option for days when you are out and about. I’ve never really liked the taste of kale but the home made caesar dressing is absorbed by the leaves, which in turn breaks it down… and it tastes absolutely divine. I’ve included a photo and the recipe below.

Kale and Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe  (modified version of an original recipe by Hemsley and Hemsley)

Ingredients:

  • 200g of kale
  • 4 anchovy fillets
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tspn Dijon mustard
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 50g parmesan (plus more to sprinkle on top)
  • 4 tbspns extra virgin olive oil
  • Cooked chicken breast and/or croutons (optional)

Method:

Combine anchovies, egg yolk, mustard, lemon juice, garlic, parmesan and oil in a blender until smooth.

Combine with kale – massaging into leaves.

Let salad marinate for approximately one hour. Toss in chicken, croutons or whatever else you fancy, sprinkle with black pepper and enjoy!

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Weigh-In Wednesday 1

So it’s only been 3 days and I’ve already lost 2 pounds. That’s to be expected really and it’s likely just water weight but… it’s still nice!

The sweet cravings come and go but it’s getting easier. Unfortunately, I feel grumpy as hell. Probably safe to warn people who might come in contact with me over the next few weeks… Be warned!

Anyway, here’s my first weigh-in:

Current weight: 13 stone 6 pounds

Total weight loss so far: 2 pounds

I decided to be brave and also post some more photos. It’s so great for motivation and comparison further down the line:

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I never wear fitted clothing when I’m overweight so it’s always a surprise when I do see myself like this… Not great. That’s going to change though.

I’m really excited about what’s to come and I have a lot of incentives this year, starting with a ball in just under a month.

I’m also graduating this year and would love to look and feel amazing for that!

Lots to look forward to… I’m going to do this!

One year from now, you’ll wish you had started today.

In July 2015 I started this journey, weighing 13 stone 8 pounds.

It is now the 16th of January 2017, and I currently weigh 13 stone 8 pounds.

I had so much success and yet, a year and half later, here I am… Goddamnit, do I wish I stuck with it.

I don’t want to feel like this again and I’ve decided that now is the time to re-start. New year, new me and all that jazz…

I was going to write a long, dramatic post about how awful I feel but I’ve done that before. I think the most sensible thing is to just move forward. What’s done is done. I feel dreadfully unhealthy and uncomfortable and that’s all we need to know.

So today I started again by cutting refined sugar from my diet.

It’s already been tough. It’s scary how strong the cravings have been. I have this need, this want, this urge to eat something sweet and delicious. I’m not even hungry. It’s crazy how addictive sugar is.

In addition to this, I’ll be cutting down on my carb intake. Basically the exact same thing I did before. It worked really well. Here’s hoping it works again.

I’ll be checking in once a week to let you know how it’s going and of course, I’ll be posting photos! Stay tuned for those…

Wish me luck.