Welcome back!

Welcome back!

Hey everyone, I know it has been ages since I last posted and for that I am sorry, although really the biggest apology that I owe is to myself.

I spent a lot of time and effort setting up my blog and I loved writing and sharing my take on everything from fashion to foundation! A lot has changed in the past few months though, some of which I will share with you in my writing, but it was a perfect storm of life changing events and for a while I kind of lost myself without even realising. It’s funny how you don’t realise how something has changed until it gets back to normal. Like if you’ve ever lost your hearing because of a cold and then one day it suddenly comes back and you realise how amazing it is to hear properly again. That’s what happened to me recently and I realised I needed to stop being unmotivated and get my shine back again and here I am.

I realised as well since I was last here that even if I am not feeling great about myself and the way I look or do makeup or dress, there is always someone else out there who looks at you and thinks “wow I wish I could do that” and that really motivated me to not let those people down.

So here I am, pretty much the same old me but definitely a bit older and perhaps even a bit wiser now too. So what will I be talking about here now? Pretty much the same stuff from my favourite fashions, my go to make-up, real world weight loss struggles, image advice but most importantly this will be a place for me to come and be myself, so I hope you all like it  🙂

Lots of love, Leanne

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Slimming World – weightloss update

Hey everyone, check me out posting on the regs again! It feels nice to be getting back to some routine, but I still have a long way to go to get ahead of myself! I probably shouldn’t feel too proud as this is just the kicking off of my weekly Slimming World post but it is better than nothing right? 🙂

So quick update for you all! I have lost 7lbs in total since beginning Slimming World. I feel like it should have been way more by now, but being ill and going away set me back a few lbs so here I am! I’m getting close to my interim target though so a bit of focus is required to do all I can to get down to my ideal weight. I’ve also made steps to move to a new gym and get back into a good fitness routine as everything I have been doing recently has been a bit adhoc which I am actually super excited for!

My interim target is a 10lb loss and my final target is currently set at 17lbs so actually so far so good I guess!

Meal of the week:

This one is a bit tricky as to be honest I haven’t really been eating many proper dinners due to being so busy, however this has been a great opportunity to try out the Iceland Slimming World ready meals. I was sceptical but actually they are delicious, convenient and way healthier than any other ready meal I have ever eaten! And even better they are great portion sizes so I definitely don’t feel hungry after eating one 🙂

Don’t forget to share with me your favourite healthy recipes in the comments below as I always need new kitchen inspiration!

I hope you enjoyed this post and dont forget to look out for more over the next few weeks 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx

My Slimming World Journey – Getting started

Hey everyone,

I feel like rather than getting more free time like I was planning on at the end of last year, I now have less which is causing me major posting issues so I apologise for the lack of posts as well as the lack of variety. I need to work my new commitments into my schedule and then be very strict with myself to ensure I am writing (and posting regularly) and making sure what I am writing is interesting for you!

I have so many ideas lined up of what I want to do for you too so I have decided that this Sunday I am locking myself in my office and writing loads of exciting pieces for you 🙂

One of the reasons which I now have less free time is because I have rejoined Slimming World! My group takes place on a Wednesday evening (the same night I am supposed to post) and by the time I am home if I have already written something to go out, it just isn’t going to happen. I will change, I promise!!!!

Anyway, as you all know I frequently document my weightloss and fitness journey and what I have noticed from writing about it for you all, is that actually I lead a relatively healthy lifestyle exercising regularly and eating pretty well, but can often lack focus or willpower (unsurprisingly!)

I did Slimming World for the first time a few years ago after getting to my biggest ever size and weight (which don’t get me wrong probably wasn’t big by many people’s standards) but it certainly was by mine! I naively thought it would be really easy and I’d get to target really quickly, but after recently moving house and getting a new job doing Slimming World on my own meant I wasn’t really sticking 100% to plan and ended up just wasting money to never make it to target despite losing almost a stone!

After being off plan for a couple of years I was really happy with the weight I had kept off (about 10lbs) but definitely noticed that after being off of training for so long with my foot injury, I was struggling to get my healthy lifestyle mojo back and after gaining a couple of Christmas lbs and with a couple of holidays looming, I decided not to let it slide and to join up again to kick off where I left my journey but this time I wasn’t alone! A few of my friends had started going to group again and I managed to convince Andy to come along for the ride too.

And I have to say I am loving it. My interim target is a 10lb loss and my final target is currently set at 17lbs and in my first week I managed to get a great start on this and lose 4lbs, the most I have ever lost in one week – I haven’t even been able to get to the gym!

This week really wasn’t as good, as I had my works annual awards ceremony which resulted in consuming rather too much alcohol and indulging in hangover food the next day and then I struggled to get back on with healthy eating following this blip, however I managed to claw it back for the end of the week to see a small loss of half a pound 🙂

So why I am telling you all this? Well as a lifestyle blog I thought I would do a weekly update on how I was getting on each Wednesday and maybe also share with you some of my favourite recipes/meals from the week for some inspiration as well as helping you find the best bargains to get you on track!

Meal of the week:

This week my favourite meal (all cooked from scratch I want to add) was my Quorn Chicken and Bacon Medallion with Egg Fried Rice.

 Info:

Serves 4 People easily!

Prep time: 15 – 20 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Syns per serving: FREE

Ingredients:

♥ 8tbsp light soy sauce

♥ 4 garlic cloves (crushed) or dried garlic seasoning

♥ 1tsp of Chinese 5 Spice powder

♥ 3 skinless chicken breasts (sliced) or Quorn Chicken Pieces

♥ 3 bacon medallions

♥ 397g dried egg noodles (I use a dried noodle square per person)

♥ large bag of mixed stir fry veg

♥ 4 spring onions (sliced diagonally)

♥ 10 diced mushrooms

♥ 2 tbsp dark soy sauce

♥ Microwave Basmati Rice

♥ Vegetable Stock

♥ 3 eggs

♥ FryLight

How to cook Chicken Chow Mein:

  • Mix the light soy sauce, garlic and 5 spice, add your chicken or Quorn, toss to coat evenly and then set aside to marinate for 20minutes.
  • Grill your bacon medallions
  • Fry off your chicken or Quorn until cooked through using Fry Light in a large wok or pan
  • Once chicken is almost cooked, cook the noodles according to the packets instructions and leave to simmer until required.
  • Add the mushrooms, stir fry veg and spring onion to the chicken and stir fry together for another 4 – 5minutes. I add more soy sauce and also vegetable stock at this point for some moisture.
  • Drain the noodles and add to your chicken and vegetables, add some more chicken stock and stir together for several more minutes.
  • Microwave your rice as the noodles are soaking up the chow mein flavour and quickly scramble your eggs using fry light.
  • Once finished stir rice and egg together, serve both dishes and enjoy!

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Have any of you tried this before? If you have let me know in the comments below how you found it, or if you have any of your own favourite recipes you recommend I try!

I hope you enjoy my Slimming World updates over the coming weeks and months J Make sure you let me know how you are getting on if you are on plan too 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx

No Shit November – Wrap Up

No Shit November Wrap Up

Hey everyone,

I’m so sorry that I haven’t posted in a while! I have been so busy with gymnastics and just exhausted from general life that I haven’t had the brain capacity to write anything good!

But I am back now and thought I would wrap up No Shit November for you 🙂

So despite it not going quite to plan, I currently weight 9stone 12lbs and have a 27 inch waist. I’m pretty in proportion elsewhere with measurements currently being 36 – 27 – 35 however I would like to get all of those down if possible.

Onwards and upwards for me now though! I have just started at a new gym and completed my very first Body Combat class today and wow I can feel the ache already. As well as that I’ve also started horse riding which is amazing exercise and am planning with my brother to start a food diary too so hopefully it wont be long before I see those numbers going down 🙂

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I’ll keep you all posted on the remainder of my journey and wish you all the best in your journey!

Also, I have created a blog snapchat now so you can add me there at Lifestyle4less as well as following me on Twitter and Instagram 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx

No Shit November update!

Hey everyone me again! I have another No Shit November update for you and to be honest, it’s been terrible! This week, I haven’t stuck to any of the plan I laid out at the beginning of November 😦

I guess one of the upsides to this though is that I always aim to write from an honest and real place. Obviously there has been loads of stories in the press lately about bloggers manipulating opinions and not being truthful, but I hope that this post alone assures you that I am writing from my heart and it’s nothing but the truth!

Basically I thought my foot was getting better, but it turns out it really isn’t and I have been advised that I should still be at complete rest. Hearing this news put me on a bit of a downward spiral as I was really looking forward to getting back to the gym and to just generally feeling better thanks to those work out endorphins, but that hasn’t happened yet. Mostly because the whole time my foot has been injured I’ve still been coaching gymnastics, which in the middle of competition season (aka right now) involved a lot of demonstrating which appears to actually just be making the issue worse!

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that when I have seen yet another doctor this Tuesday I’ll have some answers and hopefully get back to being more active and toning up again, as at the moment I just feel like a horrible flabby mess. I’m sure it is probably all in my head, but I have noticed the physical differences which definitely put me in a less positive mental place!

So, that is where I am! The last week of No Shit November essentially went to shit, but onwards and upwards right? It’s a new week and I am ready to hit this head on again J

I hope you are all doing well in your pre Christmas detoxes! I am sure I will get to where I want to be soon, the more you want something the more likely you are to get it!

Lots of love, Leanne xx

Fat Loss Mission: Getting back to beast mode

Hey everyone,

I can’t believe how quick time goes! Somehow it has been a whole week since I posted, because my week has been so busy so I’m really sorry for neglecting you!

This is another update on my fat loss mission and as the title suggests I am getting back to where I was before being struck down with a horrible mystery virus which really threw me off track! I’m so excited to be getting back to full fitness and I am properly ready to smash it now ahead of my holiday in June, which I didn’t realise is approaching really REALLY quick!!!

So let’s start with my current stats before I tell you how my week has been…

Measurements

Bust: 35 inches (-0.5 from last update)

Waist: 29 inches

Hips: 35.5 inches (-0.5 from last update)

Arm: 12 inches

Thigh: 23.5 inches

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Weight: 10st 1lbs (I think, but I haven’t actually weighed myself as I’m trying to judge on inches not pounds!)

I’m actually really happy with the progress I have made this past week. I really think that having achieved quite good losses before getting sick that my muscles are a bit stronger and have a better muscle memory so it should be easier to get back to where I was before being away from the gym than it took to get there initially, so I can’t wait to see what I can achieve over the next few weeks 🙂

Exercise

This past week I have definitely increased my exercise again! On Monday I was back to my lunchtime yoga class which was a lot of fun. I always forget how quickly I lose my flexibility when we have a few weeks off, so I cannot wait to be doing this again on a regular basis (I’m also look to take up pilates which should help!) and as well as yoga in my lunch breaks I went on two walks this week which I have vowed to do every lunchtime when the weather is good! On Tuesday evening I did 10 minutes of the Charlotte Crosby Belly Blitz DVD as I wasn’t feeling up to going to the gym, Wednesday I was at the gym for over an hour doing chest, abs and cardio work and the weekend has been full of walking, Belly Blitz DVD and generally trying to stay active!

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Food

If you have connected with me on My Fitness Pal you will probably see that I haven’t been the best of keeping track of what I have been eating on there purely because I have had such a busy week both at work and at home, however when I have I can safely say the choices I have been making haven’t always been the healthiest (one of my lunches this week was literally just a Snickers!!!) however wherever I can I have tried to stay healthy! I have been out for a few dinners again this week (this has followed two weekends of lots of eating out!) but I don’t have anything planned that I can think of this week (other than a birthday dinner on Saturday evening) that should stop me having an excellent food week! As I write this I am also writing my food plan for the week 🙂

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(Some of my naughtier food choices over the past few weeks!)

As well as my food and exercise, this week saw me purchase a FitBit Flex and I can safely say I love it! I love that it tracks all my exercise and steps from the day, links with My Fitness Pal and also monitors my sleep to help me be all around healthier! In my first full day of wearing it I smashed my 10,000 daily steps target, purely because I could keep better track! I think I’ll probably be running up and down the stairs at the end of each day to hit my target if I haven’t quite achieved it before bed time at this rate 🙂 If you are deadly serious about losing weight or simply getting healthier I would definitely recommend getting a piece of wearable fitness tech as it really is helping me keep on top of everything and even better it is a visual reminder to me to make better choices (like a little personal trainer who comes with me everywhere)

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I really hope you found this post helpful and I also really hope that you are all having success in your personal health and weight loss challenges! Please keep me updated on how you have been getting on as I have heard from a few of you and find your stories really inspiring!! If you enjoyed this don’t forget to like, comment, share and of course subscribe if you don’t already!

If you want to keep up with what I am doing on a more regular basis make sure you also follow me on Twitter and Instagram where I will be trying to post daily updates on both my fitness, health and beauty regimes 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx

Fat Loss Mission: Back on the Bandwagon

Hey everyone,

It’s time again for a fat fighting update! This is my first one since I admitted that I had kind of slipped head first off the fitness bandwagon, but I am firmly back on now and my journey continues!

You’ll be pleased to know I am feeling quite a lot better now, despite the fact my virus still lingers on and I am still really needing my inhaler especially after cardio based activities, but in myself I have far more energy and am ready to hit the ground running (literally)

My plan at the moment is to try to lose approx. 2lbs per week if possible for the next 3-6 weeks, although I’m not really weighing myself so I have no idea how I am going to keep track of this, so I’ll go more on how I feel and inches lost

Yesterday evening I did my first full gym session in about a month off and oh my goodness it was TOUGH! But I didn’t quit. I knew I would feel better when I had finished my workout, so an hour and a half later I felt really proud of myself for pushing through! I did a 12 minute cardio HIIT session (which involves running for 60 seconds and walking for 90 seconds alternating but on each run increasing the gradient of the treadmill by another 3 incline! By 12 incline my legs and lungs were on fire and I struggled to sprint for 60 seconds, but I did it and managed to get 1.5km done in 12mins which I am determined to beat as soon as I can walk and sprint faster! I also really want to manage two of these cardio sessions back to back, so that is definitely my next fitness goal 🙂

As well as that I did a super intense core circuit with some add core machines afterwards and my main focus was legs, where I did weighted calf raises, leg push (wasn’t feeling quite strong enough for squats yet) and the inner thigh machine!

This evening I started my workout with the same cardio HIIT exercise and then focussed on back and shoulder exercises before finishing with a kettlebell circuit 🙂 I’ve really missed being at the gym and I am so glad to be back, so let’s hope that I tone up super quick with all the hard work I will be putting in combined with the pretty intense diet overhaul I have taken on!

Here are my current stats (I guess they are probably pretty much the same from last time but here they are anyway!):

Measurements

Bust: 35.5 inches (+0.5 from last update)

Waist: 29 inches (+1 from last update)

Hips: 36 inches

Arm: 12 inches

Thigh: 23.5 inches (+0.5 from last update)

Weight: 10st 1lbs

I have a bit of a fat weekend planned with loads of festivities, big meals and quite frankly I will not be thinking about making healthy choices this weekend, I’ll only be thinking about enjoying myself!

I hope you are all still enjoying this series (although I’ve changed the title as I totally failed achieving 10% fat loss in 10 weeks!) but please let me know if there is anything else you’d like to know or that you would find helpful to see! Also, please let me know how you are getting on as hearing about other peoples journeys really helps to keep me motivated!

Don’t forget to like, share, subscribe and comment 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx