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Mini Haul

Mini haul for from today.. totally safe a week before payday right? This is why I shouldn’t be allowed to walk around on my own New sandals for me and an outfit for Naomi from Pep & Co ! £15 for the three items. Winning! Will definitely be back. 

I finally got around to adulting and got a make up organiser from Muji . Bargain for about £9 and they’re stackable with their other organisers! More reason to buy make up am I right? 

Size 10 button up (NSV right there!!) blouse for me and a tshirt for Ian. Also got some handbag sized lint rollers because having a white cat is hell. The black cap is for Ian’s bday next month. All that from H&M for £20. 

#shopping #thisiswhyiwork #donttellthehusband #cantbetrusted #haul #minihaul #treatyourself #treatyourfamily #weightsandwhiskers

Featured Update

Size Doesn’t Matter

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Size 10 dress from New Look

The term “size doesn’t matter” is thrown around a lot in weight loss and regarding body confidence. In some aspects, size does matter. It does matter if you are very large to the point it is having a negative affect on your health. Likewise, it does matter if you are very thin to the point it is having a negative affect on your health. All in all, it doesn’t matter the size you are as long as you’re healthy and happy. You could line up 5 individuals that weight the exact same weight and each person will look different and be a different size.

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Flash Back Friday

Excuse the bed head, it’s nap time here and I’ve been snuggled up with Naomi and both kitties in bed. #fatfacefriday #flashbackfriday #facetofacefriday whatever it is you call it!

Photo on the left was 6 years ago, size 16 and probably around 13 stone. Photo on the right is today size 8 and 18st 11lbs. Seriously, I lived off of fast food and full fat soda my whole life. I ate whatever I wanted and had no self control. If I can do this you can do this!! It’s been so hard and even though I’ve been in maintenance for almost 5 months, I still struggle daily with cravings and old habits.

Just because someone reaches their target weight doesn’t mean they don’t struggle. Healthy living journeys are never done, they just change and adapt. It is just that though, healthy living. You can lose all the weight you want but unless you change your lifestyle and habits, you won’t keep it off! It takes a lot of hard work, will power and determination but it’s worth every minute.

#healthyeating #healthyliving #healthychoices #healthyhappyme #weightlossjourney #weightlossmanagement #down69lbs #down4st13lbs #determinedtosucceed #beforeandafter

Love Tiffany

Instagram Update

Ikea is Meow-tastic!

Aaahh thank you to Ikea for fuelling my crazy cat lady needs! This post touches on the whiskers part of my blog name. I love cats and am a self-proclaimed crazy cat lady. I grew up with cats and always had at least one. We currently have two cats, Roxie and Zelda, who are my fur babies. You can expect a cat hair with your cup of tea, sorry not sorry.

My little cat print haul from IKEA today includes a cup and saucer, tiny snack bowl and a serving bowl. None of this matches my house at all. Do I care? NOPE. It makes my soul happy.

It was a shame though I didn’t see the cat cushion til we walked out. Guess that means another trip right?

#crazycatlady #weightsandwhiskers #blog #ikea #cupandsaucer #bowls #cats

Love Tiffany

Update Vlog

Vlog It: Weight Loss Success and Struggles

Whether you’re out to lose 10 stone or 5lbs, everyone will struggle at one point or another on their weight loss journey. I am no exception to this rule. Some of us fall off the wagon completely or hide in the downstairs loo while scoffing a chocolate biscuit. What do I do? I spend an evening crying inside Sainsbury’s because of my calorie limit. You’re not alone in your struggle and some one out there is going through the same thing, so keep your chin up and carry on!

Watch my vlog to hear about some of my successes and struggles I’ve had and continue to have through my journey of losing nearly 5 stone to maintenance. Don’t think that because I’m done losing weight that I don’t still have a daily struggle with maintaining my weight loss. Even today I had a stare down with a slice of chocolate fudge cake which nearly ended up with it being thrown across the cafe.

Love Tiffany

Instagram Update

HIIT It Real Good

Just finished my first HIIT work out, queue beefcake flexing photo! Proper aching in my shoulders and abs! I am using the routine outlined in Lean In 15, though I only did 3 circuits of each as I’m still recovering from my chest infection.

I missed working out, as much as I didn’t want to get off the sofa and do it. My stomach feels a bit off tonight from all the food from Easter and today, so I haven’t had dinner. I’m going to have some mango chunks to fuel up before bed. I know I said I was back on it today, and I have been aside from my lunch out. I got carried away with company and good conversation I forgot to be mindful of my eating. It’s still a step in the right direction anyway!

#healthyeating #healthyliving #healthychoices #healthyhappyme #food #fooddiary #foodblogger #healthylivingblogger #weightlossjourney #weightlossmanagement #down67lbs #down4st11lbs #determinedtosucceed #HIIT #workout #circuits

Love Tiffany

Personal Update

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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Box of Happiness

This brightened my mood today! Received my Box of Protein parcel today with some lucky St Patrick’s Day surprises – an extra protein bar and some chocolate coins!

I am so happy to see stickers on the products without branding on the package! The first box I received appeared to be from multipacks and so didn’t have any branding on the package to say what they were. I mentioned this in an email to the founder who has now inplemebted the stickers. Definitely makes the box 10x better because I can get more excited about what I’ve received! Downside? I wasn’t one of the lucky ones to get the lime gel.

Also, sorry Ian but you’re not getting my goodies. I purely used our marital status to use your PayPal. Okay fine, you can have my black currant Ener:Gel. You are NOT getting my pumpkin pie Quest bar. I love you but no.

#boxofprotein #protein #proteinbars #proteinsnacks #proteinpowder #proteinshakes #boxofhappiness #healthyeating #healthyliving #healthychoices #healthyhappyme #weightlossjourney #weightlossmanagement #down67lbs #down4st11lbs

Love Tiffany

Personal Update

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

Update Vlog

Vlog It: Fitbit Flex

A quick little vlog about my Fitbit Flex. Great little gadget to help track your steps and sleep! I do apologise for my spacey brain and awful voice, this cold is taking its toll.

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