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Rein It In, Girl

Life is about balance. Yes, yes it is. I’ve said it so many times before, but weightloss management is about balance too. You need to be able to live and enjoy life without rigid structure constantly. Most importantly, you need to know when to rein it in and be strict again. I haven’t been good with my food since I got ill. I haven’t been awful, but could have been a lot better. There were lots of treats when we were on holiday and of course today as it is Easter. My daily food was a mixture of healthy options and cheeky bits I really shouldn’t have been eating. With that said though, I’m not upset or feel guilty.

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Junk Food Holiday

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I apologise for the lack of posts over the weekend. We just got back from our holiday at Pontins Brean Sands Holiday Park. Cheap, cheesy and relaxing. I haven’t been to the British seaside before, so I was really excited to get away. We Family Portrait - Brean Sands 2016 - weightsandwhiskers.co.ukbooked our break for half board so we wouldn’t have to worry about food too much. My mother-in-law decided that she would pack snacks to keep us going between breakfast and dinner.

The food I’ve eaten was extraordinary. Not extraordinary as in, “this is the most amazing food I’ve ever eaten,” but more of, “You just ate WHAT and AGAIN?!” Definitely out of character for me, but I was on holiday enjoying quality time with my family. My husband works long hours and goes a few days without seeing Naomi during the week. Not by choice, of course, but because she is asleep by the time he gets in from work. Along with most families, we are busy on the weekends as well which doesn’t leave much quality time together. I don’t want you to get the impression that we hardly see each other and there is no bond. Naomi is head over heels for her dad and is a complete daddy’s girl. The
squeal she lets out when he walks in the door is incredible. The bond between my husband and I is stronger than it ever has been, even if we do see slightly less of each other than we used to now that we have Naomi.

With all that sappy junk said, I wanted to enjoy every second of our 4 day break together. For me, this also meant letting go of my food inhibitions and not focusing so much on what I was eating. I don’t regret any food or drink decision I made over the weekend, but it doesn’t mean my body didn’t take a beating! I’m sitting here feeling terribly queasy with a cold cup of Peanut Hottie as I couldn’t stomach it. Sorry body. I’m so happy to be getting back to somewhat normal Tiffany eating. I say somewhat as dinner will be late and most likely something
quick and easy. That and I’m off to London tomorrow for meetings so I will make the best food choices I can. In lightShoulder Rides - Brean Sands 2016 - weightsandwhiskers.co.uk of this, lets indulge in my horrible diet over the weekend.

Friday – I woke up with great intentions. I had the rest of my fruity honey tea loaf with some Greek yogurt and banana. So far so good. This was followed by an impulse buy for 3 for £1 chocolates at Poundland and a coffee run to Starbucks for a skinny sugar free hazelnut latte. I packed a protein bar in my bag to avoid the chocolates, which didn’t work. I ate a bag of M&Ms and shared half a white chocolate KitKat with Naomi in the car. When we got to Gloucester Services (which looks like an adult version of the Teletubbies, no joke) I had a chicken ceasar wrap, a few chips and a bag of Proper Corn. We arrived at Pontins just in time for dinner which was a small portion of beef madras with white rice and some kind of cherry based cake. I’m sure a few snacks were inhaled during the evening in the chalet but I genuinely cannot remember.

Saturday – I hadn’t had any water since Friday morning and this didn’t change with my then 2,392 cup of tea. This
was also followed by a small full english breakfast which was a side plate of 1 sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes and a slice of toast. Not too bad right? Then I had a bowl of corn flakes. A few hours later down on the seaside I was inhaling a Mr Whippy with 2 flakes and a teddy bear wafer. Granted, I did share this with Naomi but still. I did Mommy and Daughter - Brean Sands 2016 - weightsandwhiskers.co.ukattempt to eat fish and chips, but I was feeling completely rotten with this cold I have so I only managed 2 chips and a bite of fish. Once I started to feel better, we were off guzzling a coffee and a few biscuits. This was then followed by a dinner of soup, lasagne, salad and a shared chocolate gateaux with Naomi. As if that wasn’t enough, I was scoffing my weight of cheese and crackers with a chaser of hot chocolate with marshmallows.
Sunday – Repeat of Saturday morning, hello full english and a bowl of cornflakes. STILL no water drank since Friday morning. After taking Naomi for a swim (yep, I wore that bright orange bikini in front of loads of people), I was feeling like death warmed up. Due to that, we stayed in most of the day. I tried to feel better with a turkey ham, crisp and cheese sandwich. That didn’t work, so I finished the crisps. That still didn’t work, so I ate a wagon wheel. You guessed it, still didn’t work, so I tried a nap. I couldn’t sleep for coughing and an extremely congested face. After a long walk and 3/4 of a coconut ice bar, we were off to dinner. They had a roast dinner out for the grazing. A bowl of soup was had along with cauliflower cheese, carrots, parsnips and a yorkshire pudding. I didn’t bother with meat as it looked rank. I finished my meal with what I was hoping would be a shared victoria sponge. Naomi decided she didn’t want any so I ate the whole slice to try to make up for a somewhat lousy dinner. As I wasn’t feeling satisfied from my dinner, a few hours later the mister and I went out for fish and chips. Kids cod and chips with gravy please!Sleepy Girl - Brean Sands 2016 - weightsandwhiskers.co.ukSleepy Girl - Brean Sands 2016 - weightsandwhiskers.co.uk

Monday – Full english and cornflakes round 3. I could go my whole life without seeing another full english breakfast. We started our way back home shortly after breakfast was finished. We decided to make a detour to Weston-super-Mare on the way back which resulted in a kids chicken nuggets and chips for my lunch. This was followed by the remaining 1/3 of my coconut ice bar and 4 giant marshmallows while we drove through Bristol on the M5. One more Beach Play - Brean Sands 2016 - weightsandwhiskers.co.ukstop at the Gloucester Services required coffee and a slice of carrot cake. By the time we got home I felt like I going to hurl, no doubt from all the fat and sugar I consumed over the weekend.

Even though I ate like a complete idiot, I’m not mad. I’m sure I’ve gained weight but I’m not bothered nor am I going to check and see by how much. The way that I view weight loss maintenance is that it isn’t about eating perfect all the time so that you never gain weight. It’s about knowing when to treat yourself and when to be strict. Weight gain is inevitable at certain times, but the important thing is to remember that whatever situation led to weight gain is only passing and to go back to healthy eating when it is done. For me, my situation started at 11am Friday morning and ended at 4pm Monday afternoon. I was a little worried I would struggle to get back on the healthy eating wagon but I’m actually looking forward to it. I’ve had my fill of crap food. To be honest, I think the thing that spurs me on to eat healthy after a weekend of being a glutton is the fact I was taking photos with Naomi. Not just taking photos, willingly taking photos and enjoying every one of them. Not once did I ask for a photo to be deleted or to take it again because I looked fat. This was why I started my weight loss journey and why I will continue on with it.

Love Tiffany

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Body Confidence & Self Love

Well, we go on our holibobs this weekend. Not far, just down to Brean. However, this is the bikini I bought for when we go to the indoor pool. Never in my adult life have I worn a bikini.

My body isn’t perfect by any means. My boobs have shrunk and are now small and saggy. I have a lot of stretch marks on my body, but mainly on my belly from pregnancy. I also have a lot of excess skin on my belly which means it will never be flat. I constantly look like I have a food baby. My Arse is gone completely, seriously, it’s just straight from back to legs. I have psoriasis and eczema. Hirsutism causes body hair I have to shave in places I wish I didn’t have to.

Despite all of that, I love my body. Don’t get me wrong, I have days where I want to cry when I look in the mirror. 9 times out of 10 I still see the old bigger me. But sometimes, just sometimes, I look at myself and see how far I’ve come. The fears I’ve conquered and the achievements I’ve accomplished. It’s so easy to compare our journeys and weight loss to others. I’m 5ft 2in, 8st 13lbs and wear a size 10. Put me next to someone with the exact same stats and they will look completely different. Our bodies will lose weight at different rates, in different places and have different shapes. This is what makes us unique.

If I could give anyone any advice it’s this – trust your body. Believe in your body. Accept your body. Your body is yours and yours alone. There isn’t another like it in the world, take pride and love it.

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Love Tiffany

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Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums out there!

I’ve been spoilt rotten so far today. I’ve had a loooong lie in, a bacon sandwich (on white bread even!) with a cup of Peanut Hottie in bed and a lovely gift and card off my little girl!

We’re off to the inlaws this afternoon. There will be pork roast and pudding. And I can’t wait! I’m not going to watch what I eat today, but in the same accord I’m not going to binge or gorge myself. Back on it Monday where I will be trying out the Lean In 15 book by Joe Wicks!

#healthyeating #healthyliving #healthychoices #healthyhappyme #food #fooddiary #weightlossjourney #weightlossmanagement #down67lbs #down4st11lbs #determinedtosucceed #breakfast #happymothersday

Love Tiffany

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Stressful Friday

Simple quick lunch of cheese on toast and an apple

Having a late lunch of cheese on toast with avocado and tomato and an apple. Also have a lovely hot cup of Twinnings strawberry and cranberry tea.

Today has been oddly stressful. I had fun while I was out with Naomi this morning, but it wasn’t a breeze. We live near Wolverhampton and Naomi goes to nursery in Birmingham. As I don’t drive, the easiest way for me to go to the 9:30 Mother’s Day breakfast the nursery was hosting was to go with my husband when he went to work at 7am.

The plan was to sit in Costa and have breakfast and coffee while we waited then take a slow walk up to the nursery. First road block was my husband forgot to put the pushchair in the car. Naomi is at that awkward stage where she will walk and hold your hand but not for very long. This means having to hold her and she’s heavy, so heavy.

I calmed down after drinking my coffee. Naomi was being a dream until she got bored of the high chair. This lead to her trying to run around Costa. At least she was still long enough for me to finish my food and coffee. However, because she was full of beans it meant we had to leave Costa earlier than I wanted. Queue the long slow walk to the nursery along busy roads with big lorries.

Bless ber, she did walk 1/3 of the way and walked very well. Stopped at all crossings, held my hand and didn’t stop 600 times. Then she got tired, which is understandable. My arms were dead by the time I got to nursery.

Now at home she’s being a bit whiney and asking for all the chocolates, which she’s getting none of. So she’s even more whiney. Needless to say, I’m exhausted and want a nap. On the plus side, we go on holiday in a week! Silver linings and all that jazz.

#healthyeating #healthyliving #healthychoices #healthyhappyme #food #fooddiary #weightlossjourney #weightlossmanagement #down67lbs #down4st11lbs #determinedtosucceed #lunch

Love Tiffany

Personal Update Vlog

Good Morning Kittens!

**this was actually a Protein Works brownie!**

Just a quick vlog this morning to say hello and thank you for visiting my blog over the first week! The reception and enthusiasm has been amazing. I’ve had so much fun with it, I cannot wait to share more with you all!

I will be doing a weekly Friday vlog – tell me what you want to see in my vlogs! Leave a comment with your suggestions below. I love hearing from you!

Love Tiffany

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Weights and Whiskers

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Welcome to my new shiny blog! Thank you for coming and having a look. Why Weights and Whiskers you ask? It’s all in how you interpret it! I enjoy training with free weights at the gym, I am obsessed with cats, I still weigh out some of my foods and I have whiskers thanks to PCOS! I suppose the name I chose is a catch all for me, it covers me in many angles, the good and the bad.

I set this blog up to help inspire people with their weight loss or healthy living journeys. I’m sure some of you reading this are from my extended Instagram family (Hello!!). So far, my weight loss journey has only been on Instagram. I found so much support and encouragement on there from other people with the same goals and ambitions as me. Quite a few people have said I’m even inspirational to them – a concept I still find a bit baffling.

It got me thinking, if I branch out I could help and inspire more people. I’m not grasping for praise or self-gloating here. I love helping people, I really do. It makes me incredibly happy to see people thriving and genuinely enjoying life. If I can help just one person achieve that, then I will be happier than someone finishing their VLCD eating a potato (I would know, that first potato was near orgasmic).

On this site you will find extensions of some of my Instagram posts, low calorie recipes, vlogs (I’m looking at you @graciemariesjourney and @shecanrawr !) and general blurbs of my life relating to my maintenance and fitness. Please feel free to get in touch via the contact form, leave me comments or find me on Instagram! I love hearing from you all, I’ve made this for you! I hope you enjoy it, I know I am.

Love Tiffany