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  • InFamily

    What We Ate #2

    We are now into the 8 week countdown until our holiday to Greece so I’m trying to be super good food wise and keep treats to an absolute minimum which really is easier said than done! ūüėČ ¬†Over the last week I have made sure we’ve eaten a proper homemade dinner every evening with lots of protein and veggies and only healthy carbs. I remembered to snap a photo each night so I thought it was about time I shared another ‘What We Ate’ post as the last one was very popular.

    Monday – Turkey mince stuffed peppers. For these I use 2% fat turkey mince so that it’s super lean and I follow The Body Coach’s Turkey Moussaka recipe which is in his Lean in 15 book but instead of making the actual moussaka I just do the mince part and then mix in a small amount of cous cous then whack it in some peppers with a sprinkle of cheese and stick them in the oven! Super tasty and surprisingly filling, Josh and I both left a half and took it for lunch the next day.


    Tuesday – Lamb grill steaks with sweet potato mash and broccoli. Tuesdays are my longest day of the week and I don’t get home until almost 7pm so I try to make sure dinner is fairly fuss free or otherwise I get too tempted by a naughty take away. I got the grill steaks from Tesco and they are really nice, I also cheated and bought the sweet potato mash pre made but it is super low in calories and so much smoother than I can ever get it myself! This dinner was on the table in less than 20 minutes. Which is a serious win in my book!

     
    Wednesday – I made my homemade pork and apple burgers which you can find the recipe for here. There is literally three ingredients in them and they are so simple to make but yet there is absolutely no compromise on flavour! I served them topped with some mozzarella and chutney with homemade sweet potato wedges and some spinach salad.


    Thursday – I knew I was having a friend over for dinner on Thursday so I pre made a homemade clean bolognese crammed full of veggies and stuck it in the freezer last weekend. I’m not normally so organised but I was so glad I had done this as it saved me loads of time after work and it meant I could just heat it back through and cook some brown pasta to go with it. There was also enough for lunch the following day which is always handy especially as it’s Bella’s favourite.


    Friday РAs we had pasta for lunch on Friday we kept dinner fairly low carb and cooked our favourite Lean In 15 recipe which you can find here. Basically a jumble of chicken, chorizo, spinach, red onion, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and pine nuts. Simple, but tastes SO DAMN GOOD.


    Saturday – I was feeling fairly uninspired by the time the weekend rolled around but I was determined to still eat well so I made a simple chicken curry using a couple of tablespoons of curry paste and some light coconut milk. We had this with a small portion of brown rice and it was surprisingly really lovely and Bella absolutely loved it!


    Sunday – We had my Dad over for dinner so I cooked Joe’s Chicken Pie, again from the Lean in 15 book! You can also find the recipe here though. This is definitely another one of our favourites and my Dad loved it too and has already put in his request for a batch for his freezer! I love how it’s so much lighter than a normal pie, yet it still feels like such a treat. I served it with some sweet potato wedges, broccoli and courgettes.


    If you’re interested in what I eat for my other meals and snacks etc then I post most of it over on my second Instagram account here. I’m always on the hunt for new healthy family friendly recipes so do let me know your favourites!

    Harriet xo

     

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  • InMama

    Fit Mamas Club | February Update

    This is my second Fit Mamas Club update and I’m¬†fairly pleased with my progress so far and can’t wait to see how others are getting on too. I’m in the best shape I have been in for YEARS and that in itself feels pretty damn good.¬†I’m trying to focus a little less on the number on the scales¬†as I can be guilty of letting myself get a bit too obsessed with what it says, to the point that it totally affects my mood. Ridiculous, I know. My clothes are definitely getting¬†looser and I’m starting to slowly see and feel the difference in my body shape too.

    It’s now less than 100 days until our holiday and I’m excited to see my progress between now and then. A holiday really is the perfect motivation to get your arse into gear… quite literally!

    February Progress

    Lbs Lost This Month: – 4lbs

    Total Weight Lost: 2 stone 9 lbs

    Exercise: I have successfully completed two hour long sessions of either Circuits or Legs, Bums & Tums each week. I paid for a whole month of¬†classes upfront which was great motivation to actually go! I’ve already done the same for March too.

    Food:¬† After 3 weeks of maintaining my weight and feeling quite bloated I decided to stop follow Slimming World. Again.¬†Now, I’m not saying it doesn’t work, because I know that it does for some people. But I feel like it just wasn’t working for me anymore. I then¬†read¬†this really informative blog post written by Grainne who I follow on Instagram¬†and it really opened my eyes and made me realise¬†just how bad some of the ‘Syn Free’ foods are for you. She then posted another great post on Carb Cycling so¬†I decided¬†I’d give it a go.

    I followed carb cycling for¬†2 weeks¬†and thoroughly enjoyed it and quickly started seeing results, both on the scales and in the mirror. It’s been very interesting tracking¬†all the calories, carbs, protein, fat & sugar in everything on My Fitness Pal and I was¬†utterly shocked¬†at how high in carbohydrate and sugar¬†some foods are that are labelled as ‘healthy’! I’ve had a bit of a break from dieting all together¬†over the last week¬†as life just got in the way to be honest. I’m trying to get back on track though for March.

    When carb cycling I personally¬†have 3 low carb days where I stick to 50g¬†of carbs or less, followed by 1 high carb day where I have up to 150g of carbs. I eat similar things on both low and high carb days just more of it on the high days. I don’t feel deprived at all and I really all the¬†healthy foods I’m eating.¬†Every other high carb day, I have a slight cheat meal too. I’ve been cooking a few of The Body Coach’s Lean In 15 meals too from his book and absolutely love them!

    So¬†overall food wise my meals and views have changed quite¬†a bit over the last month, but definitely for the better. I have decided to start posting some of the meals we eat in a little series called ‘What We Ate’ so if you are looking for some low carb meal ideas then do check those posts out. I also post all my meals on my healthy eating¬†Instagram which you can follow here.

    Goals for the month ahead:¬†Get properly back on track with Carb Cycling. This year March brings Mothers Day¬†and¬†Easter. Both of which will no doubt involve some treats but that’s okay,¬†I’m a big believer in cheat days ūüėČ I plan to¬†continue working out as much as I have done throughout February¬†and¬†now the evenings are lighter for longer¬†I’m going to add in¬†1 or 2 runs a week¬†as well.¬†Lastly, weight wise, I would love to finally get into that next stone bracket, but we’ll see!

    How did you get on throughout February? I’d love to know!
    Thanks so much for reading
    Harriet xo

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  • InFamily

    What We Ate #1

    I have seen so many bloggers recently sharing their weekly meal plans and I always love reading these posts as they often give me some much needed inspiration for what to cook for my own family. I thought I’d start sharing some of¬†the things we eat but instead of sharing for the week ahead, I’m going to share what we ate in the previous week so that I can include photos, links to recipes¬†and¬†what I thought of¬†said recipe. I might not do this religiously every week, maybe every other? I’ll see how it goes!

    I am a serious foodie and I try to cook us much as possible from scratch myself. Bella will always eat the same as what we’re having on the nights we all eat together. She has a hot lunch at nursery twice a week so will only have a lighter dinner like scrambled eggs on toast or a sandwich on¬†these¬†evenings and once a week my Mum gives her dinner before I pick her up after work.

    We do eat pretty healthily and a lot of our evening meals are quite low carb at the moment as we’re both carb cycling. You can read more on carb cycling over on Grainne’s very informative blog post here. I’ll also be sharing more of my own personal¬†experience on my next Fit Mama’s post at the end of the month or in the meantime you can take a peek at my healthy eating Instagram account here where I post photos of all my meals.

    Most of the meat we eat is from Muscle Food who I would highly recommend. The meat is fantastic quality, always the leanest cuts and the prices are very competitive compared to the supermarkets. If you use my code HL167187 you can choose some free meat to add onto your order!

    Week Commencing 15th February

    Monday – Fillet Steaks & garlic chicken strips¬†with creamy leeks, mushrooms & spinach with roasted sweet potato rounds. Normally we wouldn’t have fillet steaks in the week but we were meant to have them on Valentines day but we had a late lunch and neither of us were particularly hungry so we saved them for the next evening. They were from Muscle Food and tasted absolutely incredible. I’ve already ordered more!¬†My husband decided to do some extra garlic chicken strips as we had some chicken that needed cooking. For the sauce we just melted down half a tub of Philadelphia with a splash of milk and stirred it through the leeks, mushrooms and spinach. So.Damn.Good.

    Tuesday –¬†Joe’s Chicken Pie served with Courgettes. Recipe can be found online¬†here or in his Lean In 15 book. I had friends over for dinner after work so made this pie for us and served theirs with homemade wedges while I just had extra veggies.¬†We all really enjoyed the pie, seriously tasty but¬†by using filo pastry it¬†made it¬†a much lighter option than my usual pie recipe.¬†It was super easy to¬†prepare too so I will definitely be making it again soon!


    Wednesday РLean In 15 Chicken, Chorizo, Spinach & Pine Nut Cheesy Jumble.
    We absolutely LOVED this. So simple yet so tasty, the perfect midweek dinner. I can’t wait to make it again. This recipe can be found in the Lean In 15 book.

    Thursday РExtra Lean Beef Burgers topped with Cheese & Cherry Tomatoes served with Sweet Potato Chunks, Tender Stem & Spinach. Pretty self explanatory. This was on our higher carb day. The burgers were again from Muscle Food.


    Friday – Homemade Turkey Meatballs with Ratatouille. I massively failed here. I had an awful headache, Josh got home late… So we ended up having McDonalds. Oops.¬†This was the first one of the year I should add!!

    Saturday – Out at a Party.

    Sunday РChicken Roast. Normally this would be pretty healthy with lots of roasted veg and no Yorkshires, but we were hungover and of course we needed ALLLL the carbs. Note РNeither of us could finish it!!

    Thanks so much for reading!
    Harriet xo

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  • InMama

    Fit Mama’s Club | January Update

    I have wanted to start sharing updates on my weight loss and fitness journey for a while now but just haven’t got around to it. I then stumbled across the new linky that the¬†lovely Toni from Gym Bunny Mummy was starting with Chantelle from seychellesmama.com.¬†so I thought it was the perfect time to begin sharing a monthly update. Mainly for myself, to keep me motivated and so I can look back on my progress and hopefully see how far I have come, but also to hopefully help others on a similar journey.
    I already share a lot¬†over¬†on my second Instagram account which you can follow here. I¬†normally post daily and share my meals, recipes and any¬†exercise I have done. I definitely thing having this account has kept me going on those days I have wanted to give up. Its also great to look back on when I’m struggling for meal ideas, as I often will make something, love it, then completely forget about it! ¬†I follow so many great Slimming World/ Clean Eating / Fitness accounts and they give me so much inspiration on a daily basis.
    Firstly I thought I’d update you on my weight loss journey so far. I fell pregnant with Bella at the beginning of 2013 and¬†I was already unhappy with my weight and despite numerous attempts and various diets I’d never been very successful at shedding those unwanted lbs. I made sure I ate healthily throughout my pregnancy in an attempt to not gain too much pregnancy weight but according to my midwife I carried a lot of water and by the end I had gained¬†almost 3¬†stone. Sob.

    After Bella was born in November 2013 weighing a hefty 8lbs 7oz I gave myself six weeks to properly heal and to get into the swing of breastfeeding and being a new Mama¬†before braving the scales, taking that god awful ‘before’ photo and starting my weight loss mission in January 2014. Because I was breastfeeding I didn’t do anything drastic I just ate healthy balanced meals and cut right back on sweet¬†treats, take away’s and eating out. I also started going to Zumba classes once or twice a week¬†as they were literally held at the top of my lane. This resulted in me¬†losing all the baby weight fairly quickly and within a few months¬†I was back to my pre pregnancy weight but I still was far from happy with my figure.

    I joined Slimming World in November 2014 just before Bella turned One as I had heard great things about it. I have now followed the plan on and off for the last 13 months but rejoined properly after my holiday in September last year.

    Slimming World works for me and I don’t plan to stop following the plan when I reach my goal weight as I really enjoy cooking and eating all the meals. I’m even planning to follow Slimming World throughout my next pregnancy as its perfectly¬†safe to do so. My favourite part I think is that I can cook a wholesome family meal for us which I know we will all enjoy.

    The only thing I don’t particularly like about Slimming World is that sometimes I feel they encourage you to eat a lot of processed foods which are packed with artificial sweeteners and god knows what else. I personally try to keep those sorts of things to a minimum and instead try to eat plenty of fresh foods and I always cook our dinners myself rather than buying pre made stuff. It’s also much more cost effective to make things yourself.

    Over the last couple of years I have done various exercise classes, I followed couch 2 5k for¬†a while and I did Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide last summer too. Sadly as the weather got wetter and the evenings got darker I let my exercise slide and pretty much stopped all together. During January I’ve started going to some exercise classes again¬†in a bid to try and build my fitness back up and of course to try and tone up. I have been really enjoying them so far and my whole body aches for a good few days afterwards, so they are clearly doing something ūüėČ

    It’s now been two years and I have lost 2.5 stone and have exactly 1.5 stone to lose to reach my target weight. I’m determined to get there before our holiday to Greece in June so¬†I’m going to be joining in with this linky to¬†share a little¬†update every month between now and then to help keep me motivated and hopefully it may ¬†motivate others too. I’ll also try to share some more Slimming World friendly recipes on here too.

     

    January Progress

    Lbs lost this month:5lbs

    Total Lbs lost:35 (2.5 stone)

    Lbs left to lose:21 (1.5 stone)

    Exercise:I have¬†done 2¬†x hour long Legs Bums & Tums sessions, 1 x hour of circuit training. I definitely haven’t exercised enough this month, I missed both my classes this week due to being unwell Monday and I had a funeral on Wednesday. My aim for February is to go to two classes a week without fail and try to do at least one workout at home at the weekends.

    Food:All month I have been sticking to the Slimming World extra easy plan as normal. I’ve enjoyed a couple of treat meals during January but haven’t gone nuts. Over the next month I’m going to try to up my fruit, veg and protein intake and have a few less carbs. I’m also going to continue drinking my 3 bottles of water a day as I have noticed a big difference in my skin and I’m getting less headaches.

     

    Thanks for reading and good luck to anyone else on a similar journey!
    Harriet xo

     

    Gym Bunny Mummy
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