Thursday, 11 November 2010

Still with me?

I hope so! I have been a very lazy blogger since I got back from Belfast! Oh and I have an excuse, one of the bulbs is gone in the kitchen so the lighting is terrible for photos and I'm leaving for work in the dark and coming home in the dark so outdoor photos aren't going to be any better :(

I did get two good days at the weekend though so I'll quickly share those (I was going to post on Saturday but this is me just getting round to it!)

Rude Healthy granola for breakfast, which I won from Celery & Cupcakes when she had a competition on her blog - thank you very much, it's delicious! And quite light compared to other I have tried, but still very satisfying due to all the healthy grains. I eat my cereals with rice milks usually, just now I'm using almond an dhazelnut Rice Dream - love it! Lots of coffee, as always! I had a bit of a panic when I thought I had lost the milk steaming nozzle from my espresso machine, again, but thankfully it had just been tidied away somewhere sensible and I enjoyed several latte's at home before popping out to Starbucks for a gingerbread latte in a RED CUP!!! I love Starbucks Christmas drinks! What else did I eat.... there's been a bit of a Mexican theme, I had friends round on Friday and we had Fajita's, lunch on Saturday was Quesedilla's, followed by more Fajita's!! On Sunday we went out to Giraffe for lunch where I had a Chilli Beef Lasagne (the last picture) which was made with tortilla wraps instead of pasta! Safe to say I don't need to eat any more tortilla wraps for a while! And as if that wasn't enough for lunch on Sunday I then had a late dinner of fish and chips - lemon sole with sweet potato in garlic and thyme with tender-stem broccoli on the side.

In other news....

I re-joined Weight Loss Resources! Partly because I'm flaky and indecisive and change my mind a lot but also because after losing 30lbs with WLR, then gaining back 10lbs and not shifting anything for months I decided to end my WLR membership. I've spent the last year maintaining my weight and making half-hearted attempts to lose a little more but I'm now at the point where I'm getting a little fed up of that so decided to re-join and make a proper effort to do something!
I'm not going to put pressure on myself to reach certain goals by certain dates or to only eat certain types of food or achieve a set amount of exercise hours each week because I have found that difficult to sustain and it's very easy to feel down and miserable when I don't reach those goals.
I am going to be doing some yoga, some weight training, some running, some cycling and whatever else I fancy - hopefully I can find a Zumba buddy for Saturday mornings too!
Food-wise - I'm aiming for healthy foods, nutritious foods, plenty of fruit and even more veg, I'm not cutting anything out but will cut back on junk foods and those foods that leave me feeling bloated and tired. I tend to aim for around 40% carbs, 30% protein and 30% (healthy) fats, but that is just a guide! I am easing myself back into calorie counting with my first week focussing on just logging everything, my second week I'll continue logging everything and make sure I stay within maintenance calories over the week, after that I should be back into the habit of logging properly and will start to shift my focus to weight loss. I'll be working towards a 0.5lb loss per week initially but this may change depending on how I feel!


Saturday, 30 October 2010


Should have posted this yesterday but had battery issues.

I am now officially on holiday! I flew into Belfast with my fried Lori yesterday, on the quickest flight of my life! It was only about 15 minutes! We weren't fully up in the air for long enough for them to even turn off the seatbelt lights. We arrived to glorious rain! And spent the evening chilling at Jill's place. Few glasses of pear cider were drank, plenty of nibbles were eaten and I made us a butternut squash risotto for dinner - I was cooking vegan for Lori but in the end decided to se two pans and throw some chorizo into one, it was just too tempting.

I don't plan to blog much while I'm away but I'll see how it goes. I'm home on Wednesday but will probably spend the day catching up on sleep!
Hope everyone has a nice weekend!

-Stella Does Healthy Eating-

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Yoga Buzz

My yoga buzz is lasting well! I woke up this morning and just felt *good*, despite it being 5.50am! I'm starting to stiffen up a bit now but I definitely have a general feeling of lightness and calm. Which is good considering I'm usually stressed and anxious! Knowing that I only have one more day of work before I go on holiday is probably helping too!

I'm still not back up to speed with food photos but I've got tonights dinner and tomorrow lunch a breakfast which is good start I think! Oh, dinner last night was the most amazing takeaway! It's a Nepalese place nearby, Gurka Kitchen. We tend to order a couple of starters instead of mains as they are just so amazing! Last night was Choila - chicken for me, lamb for my boyfriend. It comes with onion, spring onion and a beautiful mix of spices in a very light sauce, just enough so that it's not dry, all served up in a small plain naan. No picture since no matter how good takeaway food tastes, it just isn't photogenic!

But tonight it was risotto! Just using what we had in the fridge so it was a tender stem broccoli and chorizo risotto!

I wasn't sure about the broccoli and chorizo combination but it turned out beautifully! Can't go wrong with a risotto really - weird that I used to avoid making risotto because I was scared it would go wrong!

After dinner I tossed a munchkin pumpkin in some cinnamon and agave syrup and roasted in the oven for tomorrow's lunch. I just mixed it with some cous cous, raisins and drizzled over some chocolate orange balsamic vinegar. Hope it tastes as good as it smells!

And, doing this backwards, for breakfast I have full fat Greek yogurt thinned down with some semi skimmed milk. I mixed in some frozen raspberries and topped with pumpkin seeds and cocoa, berry and flax mix

Speaking of breakfast, I was lucky enough to be picked as a winner in Jemma's Rude Health Giveaway over on Celery and Cupcakes. I can't wait to try it!


Monday, 25 October 2010

Keep Calm and do Yoga

I ended up using yoga at the gym tonight to pose away the work stresses - worked fantastically and I only thought bout work once during class when I thought "oh I haven't thought about work for ages now" and then immediately forgot about it again. It was such a lovely feeling coming out of class all calm and stretched and loose and relaxed. Then I got to the gym exit where there is a little metal button you push to get out, got a shock of it, swore and promptly lost all sense of calm!

This is just a super quick post as my boyfriend is just getting in and has bought something for dinner - I have been instructed to put the oven on but that's all I know - it's going to be pizza isn't it?

Do you do or have you tried yoga? I've done a little bit now and again in the past but never gone to classes before - this was my second one and I hope I can get in quick enough with the booking system to make it regular. It's a really good workout - although it's calm and relaxing it's tough and sweaty and I usually end up with sore muscles afterwards which I never expected from yoga!


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