Monday, 24 August 2015

My Lifetsyle change

Hello again :)
I hope you are all doing well and are enjoying my posts so far :D 

So if you follow any of my social media accounts you would see me posting pictures and status's about my new healthy journey. So I have decided to do a blog post on it as I think its something that a lot of people are turning to lately and that is a healthier life. This post may be a little longer than normal so my apologies for that :) 

I reached a point about 3 weeks ago that I just got so down about how I looked and I just said I have to change this!! My biggest eye opener was at my best friends wedding when I had to go shopping the day before her wedding for a dress because nothing would fit me and I just got so angry at myself for letting myself get to that point. So I swore to my mam who came with me that day that I would never let myself feel that way ever again. I don't think there is any worse feeling that being so unhappy and so uncomfortable in your own skin. There's no escape from it. I got a dress which was a size 14 and I have always been between an 8 and a 12 at my biggest. You have to remember I am only 5ft2 so a size 8 would certainly not look too skinny, it's a healthy size to be for my height. Anyway I was so unbelievably uncomfortable at the wedding it stopped me from getting in to pictures, getting up to dance and overall just stopped me from enjoying the day. It doesn't help that I suffer from anxiety too so that on top of feeling like I did, you can only imagine what I was like. I just wanted to crawl in to a dark hole and stay there till I felt somewhat normal again. I am so sad that I couldn't just be content and happy with what I was wearing because it means I missed out on so much of my best friends wedding that I will never get to go to again. It's a vicious circle too, when you feel so low in yourself , it effects the relationships around you, which is just so bad. 

this is the only pic I took of myself at the wedding. A lift selfie... 

how true is this :)

So I have taken the plunge and I have started my healthy eating :) yay :) When I started 2 weeks ago I was 11st 6lbs, that's bigger than I was going in to have Lucy, at my heaviest pregnancy wight I was 11st 4lbs. So that was another eye opener to me too. After one week of eating clean with the very odd treat I lost 5lbs. Just goes to show how much crap I had been eating previous to that. We went to Cork for a little family holiday for a few days last week and I kept to a healthy diet but we were on holidays so I did have some treats and a few glasses of wine at dinner, so I weighed myself when I got home and I only gained a lb which I didn't lose sleep over. I know I will lose that this week too. So in just a week I can see a difference in my mood, I am more tolerant and patient and not as snappy, I am less tired and less bloated. I am drinking so much water, at least 2 liters of water a day. I am so bad a drinking water but to make it more fun I purchased one of the jars (pictured below) with a straw and I fill that wit some lemon, cucumber and strawberries to make it taste nicer and it also detoxes you so you're getting the best of both worlds. :) 

I got this in Tiger for just €2

My diet has gone from eating processed foods and take aways to eating home cooked, fresh produce meals. one of my favourite meals is salt n chilli chicken with mashed sweet potato, kale and onion or my new favourite Quinoa,  they are so tasty and so good for you. The salt n chilli chicken recipe I follow can be found here, it's also the slimming world recipe so it is syn free if you follow slimming world. That's another thing, I have always tried so many different programs such as Slimming world and weight watchers and I found them great for the time that I went but if I missed a week it would completely throw me off so this way for me I think will work better. Everyone is different in what works for them. If I have the word "diet" in my head chances are I'm not going to last long so instead I now just refer to a lifestyle change so it has to stay :) 

Salt n chilli chicken with mashed sweetpotato kale and onion

Quinoa with some stir fry veg on top :)

I will be doing regular updates on the blog of my progress. I don''t have a goal weight in mind I just know that I want to fit in to my old clothes again and feel happier in myself. I also want to lead a good example for my daughter Lucy and to introduce healthier tastier home cooked meals in to her diet too. So for now I am clean eating and I am going to continue this till I know it is just a part of me. Then my plan is to come up with an exercise plan. I find if I throw myself in to diet and exercise together I get fed up and want to achieve results immediately, whereas now I feel that if I sort my eating habits first then I can combine exercise with it. Therefore I know it's going to take time and I'm not going to be at my destination over night! I am going to weigh myself each week but I am also using some old clothes as an indicator to how I am progressing each week and any tips I have that I find are working for me I will share with you all too :) 

So I hope you all join me on this healthy lifestyle journey of mine and if you too can relate to this post and feel down about how you might look too then come join me on this road! WE can help each other!! Motivation, persistence and consistency is key!! Just remember too it's not going to change overnight, this is going to take time but it is going to be LIFE CHANGING!! :D 

Thank you all for reading :) 

Until next time 
Lots of love 


  1. Well done Grainne, and good luck with your journey! :)

  2. I just wanted to say that I can relate. I have allowed my weight to creep slowly up, up, up over the years until I feel really discouraged by the way I look in pictures, the way my clothing stretches and pulls and perhaps worst of all, the feeling that I am not in control of this.
    I also decided a couple of weeks ago that I will try hard to lose weight so while some days I really struggle and overeat, I am trying harder and seeing sloooooow changes. But slow is better than nothing. :)
    Anyway I want to encourage you, you got this!! :) I look forward to your updates of how it's going, maybe it will help keep me motivated.

    1. It's so hard to get motivated but when u do its so easy, just have to maintain that motivation and keep on going ! And constantly have your reasons why you're doing it at the front of your mind all the time :)

      Thank you for sharing your feelings with me too! We can help motivate each other! I had a terrible week this week which I will be posting up! I want to post the good and the bad weeks as that's the only way it's realistic :) thank you for reading and I hope I hear about your progression too :) best of luck with your journey xx