Sugar Free February ( Cancer Research)

Its funny how things change I’m so grateful for Christmas 2016 as it meant hubby was home recovering from his operation for bowel cancer and I really didnt think he’d be home in time.

I do remember one Christmas years and years ago we where going to a friends for Christmas dinner which was lovely as we where super skint and it was lovely to be invited as we didnt get many invites out. About an hour before we where due to go, we got a phone call it was all off due to illness.

So we where in a bit of a pickle because we hadnt bought a turkey because we’d been invited out and mostly because we where totally skint. We also hadnt been able to buy pressies because again we where skint and actually made by hand pressies which we still have. On Christmas day even though we started the day feeling rather down we actually had a great day in that we ended up going walking around Lytham St Annes in the rain and ate crisp butties for tea in the rain.

Its funny how things change but I treasure that Christmas as well as Christmas 2016 because hubby and I where together , we are happy, contented with our lot and relieved that things are now starting to improve a little. Be thankful for what you have everybody and if you feel like it pop a little donation over to this link to help motivate us in our Sugar free February in aide of research towards the early discovery of Cancer. If hubby ( Pauls) cancer hadnt been found early I’d be on my own just a sad little person with lots of doggie pics on my walls.

https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/jane-and-paul-britton

 

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Getting healthy my way – My Home Allotment

I know its not fashion but I’ve said 2015 is my year to get healthy and with that I started exercising/walking every day. Its not just exercise though I also wanted to ensure I control more of what I eat, so this year I’ve started growing my own. You can see my progress here. My Home AllotmentTulip red

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News – France Catwalk Models BMI 18

Brilliant to see that France are leading the way re body image and perception. They have now said that catwalk models have to have a BMI of 18. This is great to see as this should help promote healthy and positive body images. However not sure how this will help the truly naturally skinny, as some ladies&  gents have a natural willowy physique but we’ll see.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/…/France-divides-the-fashion-wor…

Typical body shapes for female BMI

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Exercise – my tracker to getting fit 2015

Sunday 01/02/2015
Walked 2.5 miles around Hollinworth Lake Rochdale

Monday 02/02/2015
20 minutes x trainer
Then tried HIIT on the bike three lots of 2 minute slow then 20 secs peddle as fast as you can. Harder than you think.

Tuesday 03/02/2015

 

My legs are aching after yesterdays HIIT but the good thing is I feel motiviated, achy but motivated.

Also quite pleased really because hubbys doing some of the exercise with me which is great as its much better doing your exercise with somebody else. Certainly keeps the motivation going and I am very proud of him as he’s in pain with his CRPS but is determined to get fitter and loose some weight.

So today I’ve completed 20 minutes x trainer, 20 minutes on the bike and 20 sit ups and 20 leg raises. Not bad really the sit ups were hard and no doubt the tummy is going to groan tomorrow but oh well.  Also see this lady demonstrating how to do squats properly on instagram so I’ll have a go of that tomorrow I think.

Wednesday 04/02/2015
3 x 15 squats and 30 minutes on the x trainer

Thursday 05/02/2015
20 minutes xtrainer and HIIT on the excercise bike

Friday 06/02/2015
Rest Day

Saturday 07/02/2015

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CRPS the G…t of a disease

Can you imagine a life where you are in chronic pain what ever you do. I cant but people with CRPS seem to manage some how. CRPS is (Complex regional pain syndrome ) and it is invisible to most of us as its not always obvious if the person who has it is ill as it can effect any part of your body.

However on a bad CRPS flair up day then you;ll get it, if you are close to somebody you will feel their pain and there’s absolutely sod all that you can do about it. All you can do is be there with them and comfort them. 

Pain killers like morphine can help dull the pain but apparently it never goes away completely. My hubby as you know has CRPS and the last few days have been pretty terrible for him so much so that hes been in tears I know he wouldnt mind me telling you that . You see normally hes able to cope but when the CRPS flair ups start then life is hell for him and that’s when he starts wondering is life worth bothering with. But fortunately for him I’m a pain in the backside and am there to gee him along.  

Did you also know that, not much is actually known about CRPS and there’s still no know cure, how crazy is that in this day and age.

Our government lends so much money to other countries and seems to forget that we need help in the UK too. This small group of people and others who are in chronic pain need help.

Not enough real research is being done into this terrible disease, I want to know why, I just don’t get it – do you?.

http://www.crpsadvisory.com/index.html

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Healthy Meal Ideas: – spaghetti-bolognese

As part of my getting healthier in 2015 I’m not only taking on more exercise but I’m also looking at what I eat and when I eat.

I tried this one recently there’s easily enough for four people so when cooked split into four portions equally and it you are cooking just for you then you will have thee additional nights meals sorted. Forget the bread or garlic bread I promise you , you wont need it this is where we start to see issues when adding extras like this as it totally bumps up the carbs, calories and sugar contact in our meals

Serves: – 4
Cooking time: – 20 minutes
Calories: – 403
Salt/Fat: – 0.9g

spaghetti-bolognese

Ingredients:

  • 500g Quorn Mince
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (Quorn just needs to be added to the sauce, so the recipe requires about 50% less oil than you would usually use)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 stick of celery, finely chopped
  • 200g mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 vegetable stock cube dissolved in 200ml boiling water
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp dried majoram
  • 200g spaghetti (dried)
  • fresh basil leaves, torn, for garnish
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method:

  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan and fry the onion, carrot, celery and garlic gently for 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and fry for 2-3 minutes more.
  2. Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, dried herbs, tomato ketchup and vegetable stock. Cover and simmer gently for 8-10 minutes. Stir in the Quorn mince continue to cook over a low heat while you cook the spaghetti as per pack instructions, season to taste.
  3. Drain the spaghetti, spoon the bolognese sauce over the top and serve. Sprinkle with some basil leaves.

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Copyright – http://www.quorn.co.uk/recipes/spaghetti-bolognese

 

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Get Fit in 2015 – The Food

If you’ve read my earlier posts this blog is all about getting healthier in 2015.  I’m not only taking on more exercise but I’m also looking at what I eat and of equal importance when I eat. In order for me personally to get healthier and deal with my medical conditions I not only need to exercise in order to shape up but I also need to reduce my calorie, sugar and fat content.

I’ve read so many articles recently that say that in order to loose body fat you need to ensure you not only eat breakfast, but apparently there are also optimum times that you should be eating your meals. ie Breakfast by 7:17 lunch by 12: and Dinner by 6:6pm and definitely before 7pm.  I’m not sure I buy into eating at these exact times but I do think its pretty important to watch that you are not eating late into the night as this is when we usually get more Sedentary and  those naughty calories stick to our bodies like a sticking plaster.

The NHS site says for women to maintain a healthy weight women should take around (2,000Kcal) a day however if you want to loose weight and that BTW is every-bodies choice then you should exercise and reduce your calorie intake.

So I’ve started a food diary and I will be checking approximate calories/fat and sugar levels to ensure that I am having the correct level of vitamins and calories for my size and condition.

I have several medical issues, high blood pressure, Diabetes type 2 and also a skin condition called Telangiectasia Macularis Eruptiva Pigmenposa all of which flairs up if I eat the wrong foods. Hence my personal reason for getting fit in 2015.

Theres lots of information on the NHS website so take a look.
http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/loseweight/Pages/Healthybreakfasts.aspx

Anyway as well as keeping my food diary , I’m also going to post some recipes that I’ve tried that you will all hopefully like, so keep a look out for some separate posts.

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Get fit in 2015

Moi Liverpool Fashion week Enigma Clothing

When my sister asked me what I wanted for my birthday I madly said kettle bells. You see I have a plan and a New Years resolution to get fit in 2015. I’m getting older, my bodies getting older and I’m starting to struggle even getting up off the floor when I’ve knelt down so not good hey.  Plus I have a number of conditions that get effected by weight and the choices I make food-wise.  Anyway its about time I said good by to my apple tum and 2015 is definitely the year.  So if you want to join me then it would be good to see your progress as well.  I’ll keep updating this blog with pictures and we’ll see what happens :0)

 

03/01/2015 – supposed to be starting officially on the 5th of Jan but what the hey . Feeling good , I’ve done a 30 minute session with my kettle bells and just walked the dogs :0)

Measurements to be added soonish.

06/01/2015 – its Tuesday and I decided to try out the Tesco Resistance bands. In the pack theres three colors all with different strengths.

09/01/2015  – seen some rather nice sportswear thinking of purchasing some as I’m wearing Pauls trackies at the moment and they are super baggy with an old top.  I have however seen these in M&S so maybe, just maybe.

M&S Sportswear 2015

Exercise today: – 30 minutes level seven on the bike ( not bad as theres eight levels) .  Whilst at the same time doing weights on the upper arms above my head, to the chest and up and then to the sides.  Then 20 squats and stretching.

Tomorrow Kettle Bells :0)

 

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