The last few weeks have been slightly more chilled back and to be honest I did have one or two days where I splurged on food a bit!
Week three started off with a bit of a flare up so I wasn't feeling the best for the first few days. I was also a bit disappointed as I was 1.5lbs up! I do know why and that is simply - Mother Nature! (All you ladies know) so after dusting myself off I continued eating healthy and tried to get one or two workouts in. Week four was much of the same. However I had a 2.5lbs Loss!!
I am a creature of habit so when I find a recipe that is tasty and easy to do I tend to stick with it so alot of the recipes were similar to the last blog.
I found batch cooking soup was brilliant as the last few weeks I had lunch sorted everyday. I will be posting my delicious Butternut Squash soup recipe next week :)
Week 5 was a complete shambles. Although the start of the week was healthy and on plan the weekend was a complete feast of indulgent goodies! We had my grandfather's 80th Birthday and as a result there was a lot of 'not so healthy' foods on offer for both the Saturday night and Sunday.
My mum and I made Grandad's cake (which I am really proud of) and I kid you not when I say I was eating cake from 8:30am Sunday morning! It was SO good!!
After all the celebrations and heavy food I felt very sick the Monday and I did not go to get weighed in as a result.
Because I didn't get weighed in I again didn't stick 100% to plan last week as I thought the damage is already done! I know, not great Katie but hey, this is real life! I had a 3in1, chicken tenders and a few drinks at the weekend and I was honestly dreading stepping up on the scales come Monday.
I was contemplating missing another week however I put on my shoes and went down to get weighed. To my surprise I put on 2lbs. This is a surprise as I was expecting to have at least 5lbs up over two weeks of half healthy eating.
Even though I had a gain I am so happy I went down. I am back on the bandwagon and have prepared soups, sauces and meals for the week ahead to stay on plan and really try to shift them 2lbs off again.
In total I have lost 7lbs in 5weeks. It is not alot compared to others but I am happy with how my slow, steady progress in going. I fell off the plan, but I am not losing faith and I am hoping right back on with a fresh week and fresh start.
Life is about balance and the past two weeks have shown me - if I eat healthy and on plan 90% of the time the 10% won't make a huge difference in the grand scheme of things.
This is a marathon not a sprint! Slow, steady weightloss that I can keep off is my main goal. Here's to an on plan, healthy week ahead.
Until next time
First update since my weight loss blog 2 weeks ago! First off, thank you so much for your incredible support. I was so overwhelmed by it and it truly means alot. I know there is many on this same journey so please share your stories with me! It's nice to know you are not alone! :)
Week one was surprisingly okay. I expected to crave absolutely everything bad for me but I found I was able to choose healthier alternatives and still feel satisfied.
I am the chef in the house, so everyone is eating the same dinners as me. I made Shepard's Pie & Chicken Curry using healthier ingredients and not trumping my own horn but they were amazing! I've also decided to cut out bread (for the most part), but that's a personal choice and not essential.
We did the grocery shop Wednesday in Dunne's Stores and I made out a list of all the 'syn free' food to stock up on. I found the slimming world app was extremely useful to calculate syn foods with a simple search. If it was high in Syns it didn't go in! (So poetic Katie!). If you have joined slimming world I highly encourage you to download the app. It makes life a lot easier.
Wednesday evening it was a simple Omelette for dinner, Thursday I did healthy Chicken Fried Rice & SW Chips. Friday I had Stir Fry, Saturday was Fake away night with Salt and Chili Chicken, Mayflower Curry Sauce & of course SW Chips! And Sunday was my favourite Spaghetti Bolagnese using the Slimming World recipe. It was SO good.
Meal planning has become a key tool to eating healthier. I sit down for 5 mins at night and plan my menu for the next day. That way when I wake up, I know exactly what I have to cook for the day. I did have an 'off' day Sunday where I went out to lunch and had Lasagne and Cheesecake and honestly, while the food was lovely I felt so sick after it. The healthy food makes me feel ALOT better!
I also upped the exercise game going for four 30 minute walks and 3 gym sessions; and I am loving every minute of it!
I lost 4.5lbs this week :)
wWeek two was alot of the same dishes as week one. I discovered Loughnane's Skinny Sausages which have become a game changer to breakfast in the mornings. I am really enjoying my healthy fry ups and feel so full after it!
I was feeling extremely tired last week and as a result I didn't do much exercise. I also had a 'wild Saturday night' at the Lip Sync Battle where I enjoyed a few drinks - which I throughly enjoyed. I also went out for lunch Sunday where I ate a delicious chicken curry.
So after two 'off' days I started to dread the thoughts of the scale on Monday but I was delighted when I stepped up and saw I have lost another 2.5lbs. Bringing my total weight loss for the two weeks to half a stone!!
Going forward next week, meal prep is going to be key. I have started to put on extra when I am cooking dinners and take some out to put in my freezer and fridge for lunch and dinner on the busier days. This helps me stick to plan.
The health benefits have been unbelievable. With having Crohn's I always have to watch what I eat but I have found HUGE improvements on the Slimming World plan. For that reason alone I am determined to continue.
To anyone doing this with me, or trying to lose some weight remember it is a marathon not a sprint! If you only lose half pound a week it is better than putting it up! The turtle won the race afterall ;)
Thank you for reading, hope you find it useful. I have set up an Instagram Account where you can see daily posts of recipes, progress etc. Click here to check it out!
Until next time,
A super personal post on my weight loss journey so far... It has been a never ending battle to get to my goal weight and I'll be honest, this post is more motivation for me. I feel if I put my goals out, I will work harder to achieve them... So, here's my weight loss journey so far.
What got me started
Before I start, please be open minded reading this post.
For as long as I remember I have always had a weight problem, going back to childhood where I was always the biggest girl in the class. A lot of my problem was comfort eating from being badly bullied in school. I found food was the only thing that I could have control over and I felt good when I was eating. The weight slowly piled on and by the time I was in 6th class I was a size 16.
During secondary school the emotional eating continued and I was suddenly a size 24/26 before I knew it. I know it sounds ridiculous but I never thought I had a problem. The moment I realised my size was an issue was on holidays, when I wanted to go on a rollar coaster but was asked to leave because the seat harness would not close. I was completely humiliated and it was from that moment on I decided something had to change.
I started college in NUIG and because I had to walk a lot to and from buses and what not my weight slowly started to come down. I then was able to go into New Look and buy trousers a size smaller and I liked the feeling of that.
I then got sick and the weight loss was put on hold for a while. I managed to keep most of it off (through sickness admittedly), but I got serious about losing weight in 2014 when I started personal training with Conor Maher at Mind Over Maher Fitness Studio. This was where I really saw results starting to show. I was weightlifting 3/4 times a week and absolutely loved it!
Training 4 times a week I lost it slowly and steadily and reached a 7.5 stone loss April 2016.
I then stopped for a while (almost 2 years) due to saving for holidays and getting a bad flare up and having to have major surgery (God damn Crohn's!). Since then I put back on a shocking 4 stone which I feel the worst of but at the time I had no strength or energy to exercise and I fell back into the comfort eating again. I basically took a year out to feel sorry for myself and the weight kept creeping back on but being honest... I didn't care.
I am starting back in full swing planning on training at Mind Over Maher Fitness 3/4 times a week doing a mixture of Circuit and Weight training(mostly). If you are looking for a PT I highly recommend Conor! He tailors workouts to your needs and he'll even do the odd dance for you! :)
I have also joined Slimming World. This was to keep me in check food wise where I don't feel deprived or on a 'diet' - cause I like food too much!!
My current goal is to be a dress size smaller going on holidays this March. At present I'm a size 18/20 and I would like to be a comfortable 16/18 going on holiday. (I want my size 16 jeans to fit again!). A realistic goal in my opinion.
I'm not too worried about the scales, I know the weight will slowly come down and I found I became obsessed the last time I started and I was weighing myself everyday which is not healthy for anyone! I will be weighing myself once a week at slimming world and while yes, I want to shed the pounds I will not beat myself up too much over it.
My overall goal since I started 5+ years ago is to lose 10 stone total... I have 6.5 stone to go and whether it takes me a year or another 5 years I am determined to reach this goal. I will be keeping you up to date good or bad! And it will also keep me focused. I find if you tell someone, you have to stick to it!
I plan on doing bi-weekly blogs of my progress. I have also set up an Instagram page @bunnysfitnessjourney (linked here) where I am posting recipes, progress and so forth... So stay tuned to see how it goes!
I hope you enjoyed reading this and maybe it helped someone struggling with weight like me. At the minute I am quiet happy in myself and where I am on this journey. I'm looking forward to seeing more results but like I said, I will give it the time needed and I'm not going to be stressing as much this time around.
Just remember, congratulate yourself on the small victories! Whether its going for a 5 minute walk, swapping chocolate for an apple or simple getting out of bed on days you don't feel like doing anything. You are already doing more then you were last week/month/year!
Thank you for reading this....
If you have any tips, tricks or advice I'd love to here them! Also if you have any questions feel free to message me, I'd be more than happy to answer them :)
Until next time,
Conor @ Mind Over Maher Facebook Page Here.
It has been a couple of weeks since I had my surgery so I thought I would share my experience for any of you who may have to go through something similar.
Please note: there will be talk of needles and what not in this post. If you are not into this do not read it. It is my intention to inform people of my experience and I will be completely honest and candid in this post.
Before the surgery...
As you know from previous posts I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 2012. All was going ok for the most part but everything came to a head last Christmas when I ended up in hospital with a perforated bowel. I was kept for 6 days in hospital on intensive treatment and then I was put on a liquid diet for more weeks than I can count.
In January I saw my specialist (who can I add has been absolutely amazing through all this) and was referred for an MRI in February. I was a small bit alarmed at how quickly things were happening so I knew something wasn't right. I also found my symptoms were getting worse quiet quickly with constant cramps and exhaustion.
I had the MRI and it came back that I had two fistulas, which are abnormal tunnels. going from my small intestine into my colon where they shouldn't be and I also had 40cm of my small intestine that has penetrative disease. This essential meant it was gone past the point of repair and surgery was the only option to fix these problems.
I remember the day I was told I would have to have the surgery. A lot of information was thrown at me and I was extremely worried about everything that could go wrong. After a good cry I pulled myself together and started to research and visit forums to be prepared for the surgery.
This was both a good and bad thing. I knew all the information I needed to but some of the stories I read of other peoples experiences terrified me. One of the main things I was fearful of was having an iloestmy bag. While this wouldn't have been the end of the world it was something I couldn't get my head around and everytime it was mentioned I was a blubbering mess.
I saw my pre-op nurse the week before surgery and she went through everything that would happen. I also got blood taken and she answered any questions I had. I will say for anyone going for surgery there is no such thing as a stupid question and I can guarantee you are better off asking than dwelling on the unknown. I also met the anesthetist who explained everything you need to know about general anesthetic.
This process is very overwhelming and I was glad my mum was by my side as there was that much information given I forgot half of it before I left the appointment. This appointment lasted about 1 hour 30 minutes and I was a bag of mixed emotions at the end of it.
Having fasted from dinner the night before I headed into the hospital, 'checked in' to the ward and waited impatiently to get things going. I was visited by countless doctors and nurses including a Stoma nurse who marked a spot on my stomach of where the stoma would go if needed. The hours slowly ticked by and I finally went down to theater. Ma and Da walked me down to the doors and I honestly think it was worse for them seeing me go in than it was for me.
I was wheeled into the room, hooked up to a heart monitor and the anesthetist came in to do her thing. I do remember the monitor going bananas as I was being put under as I was anxious not knowing what to expect. The nursing staff were fantastic and after briefly calming down I went to sleep.
I woke up in a recovery room and remember the nurse telling me I had no bag. This was a miracle as they were 90% sure I would need one.. I don't remember anything else from that night except them exact words... 'No bag, Katie'.
Any surgery is invasive and they had warned me about tubes coming out of everywhere. For the day I was unable to get out of bed and therefore I had a catheter hooked up to my bladder to ensure I was able to go to the toilet. I was hooked up to a drip and was unable to eat. There was a tube going down my nose into my stomach and I was also on oxygen. There was also a dressing with suction that meant I had a little square 'machine' hanging from stomach. I also had a morphine pump which was well used and well loved. :) I didn't get much sleep the first night as the ward was busy and as everyone knows it's hard to sleep in hospital at the best of times.
The following morning my voice was completely gone from the tube down my throat. It was very uncomfortable and getting it out hurt slightly but it was a major relief. The physios then came to see me and I can honestly say, while they were lovely people I honestly dreaded the sight of them coming. They got me out of bed and I literally moved 2ft to the chair. I thought my stomach was going to tear open when I stood up for the first time and felt extremely dizzy and nauseated. The following day they made me walk up and down the ward and when I say a snail would have bet me in a race I'm not even exaggerating. I also had the tubes still everywhere so having to maneuver them was an ordeal in itself.
The next few days seen the tubes going slowly and when I finally got the catheter out it made moving around a lot easier. I was put on a diet of soup and potatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I haven't had soup since!!
Because they had to remove more from my bowel than they thought it meant there was three internal wounds which meant getting the bowels to work again was extremely painful. For two days I had trapped wind which was a pain I cannot even begin to explain and the first time I actually had a bowel movement I legit thought I was going to die! (Dramatic I know!)
After that first movement things slowly got easier every time. It was still immensely painful and there were times when I regretted even getting the surgery done but I was reminded that things take time and I had to walk before I ran.
I also had to get bloods done everyday which was a bit of a nuisance when you only have one good vain. I still have bruises from the countless prods and pokes encountered. After 6 days in hospital I was told I was allowed to go home but I had to get an Iron Infusion before leaving hospital. It was the longest 20 minutes of my life waiting for the drip to go in and as soon as it was finished I hurried out the door.
2 weeks on...
The pre-op nurse had told me 'the real recovery starts when you go home' and how right she was. I was on a high the day I came home and stayed up till near 11... two days later I was bent over in pain unable to move for the day. It is day by day however each day I can see a small improvement.
You have no idea how good it feels to be able to lie on my side now. I'm still on a soft food diet however being able to eat food is a great feeling. My new life motto is 'It's a good day you can eat' and when someone says they shouldn't be eating that bar of chocolate or piece of cake that's when the statement is most prevalent.
Overall I am feeling a lot better than previous months. The recovery processes is 6-8weeks however it can take up to a year for everything to return to normal. I am only two weeks post op and while I am feeling good I know myself I am by no means ready to run marathons(not that I would ever be!)
Hindsight is a great thing and if I had to do this all again I would not be as fearful this time round. While my Crohn's is not curable I am hoping this surgery will give me a new lease of life and I hope my illness can be maintained with medication this time.
If being sick has thought me anything it is to live life to the fullest. I know it is so cliche but life is too short and especially when you have something like this you have to seize the day. Travel when you can as far as you can. Eat what you want. Don't worry about what others think of you. And say yes now, worry later.
I know this was a long post so if you got this far thank you and I hope you have learned something small about living with Crohn's Disease. To anyone going through this or something similar, know it does get better! Slowly and steadily things will improve. Trust me! ;)
Until next time.
Today's blog post is extremely personal and I have fought with myself back and forth as to whether I was even going to post it. For 2017 I want this blog to move forward and I want to start informing people about the ups and downs of living with Crohn's Disease.
I wrote a blog post (Linked Here) two years ago for Invisible Illness week in which I made the move to tell everyone of my condition. Two years on I haven't done anything else and feel people need to know and understand this illness.
The past four years have been a roller-coaster of highs and lows but all came to a head at Christmas when I was admitted to hospital with a perforated bowel. I was on a family trip to the Prague Christmas Markets when I started to feel unwell and spent the whole break in a hotel bed. When I look back now I was lucky to even get home. A word to the wise, don't google anything cause you will instantly regret it. I thought I was fine and didn't know why everyone was fussing... Then I found out how serious this was and let's just say, there was very little sleep got after that!
,Having something like that happen to you, where your life is literally brought to a standstill really puts everything into perspective. The things you were worried about prior to this seem minute, the bills you have to pay, the things you NEED to get done all fall by the wayside. There is nothing you can do and life continues to go on like normal.
While I was in hospital I was put on bowel rest to help heal the wound inside me, while being pumped with all kinds of fluids and antibiotics. I was not allowed to eat or drink anything for 6 days and believe me when I tell you, the not eating was fine, but those silly cotton swabs they give you to dab your lips are a load of nonsense.!
This was all new to me, I've had bad periods over the last four years and I genuinely thought I was having a bad flare up and I'd be fine in a couple of days. Worst case I'd go to my GP and get some antibiotics. Having no drink for 4 days was one of the hardest parts of the whole experience.
Liquid diets are Sh*t!
After a week spent in hospital I was finally allowed to go home and was put on a strict liquid diet for 10 days. This was probably the hardest part of the process as with it being Christmas time, all I wanted was sweets and wine and chocolate! This is where I found out I am not cut out for any liquid diet to lose weight... It is not worth the hardship! My advice to any of you doing shakes is STOP! It's a good day you can eat so why avoid it! Eat healthy and exercise, it will take a little bit longer but you will get the results! It is only when it is taken from you, you appreciate something as small as a rice crispie! :)
The recovery process
While I am feeling a lot better and I am here to annoy you all, my journey is by no means over. The next few months consist of scans and bloods and various test to see can we kick this illness in the butt! I still have days where I am reduced to a liquid diet as I am too sick to eat (today being one of them days). There are other days when I feel like there is nothing wrong at all but to be honest these days are few and far between.
The one downer about having Crohn's is it's incurable... Some people are lucky enough to go into remission from medication. The doctors are still trying to figure that one out with me. I quote my specialist 'The more I deal with this, the less I know about it' that was in reference to me ending up in hospital while on very strong medication that should have prevented the problem.
I was taking injections and while I thought they were improving things I know how to look for an alternative. It's not all doom and gloom though, the scare I got at Christmas is making me face things head on now.. I've applied to go back to college, I've booked a holiday with no money! (I will be saving every penny) and I've learned how strong of a person I am. *queue inspirational music here*
The whole point of this blog is not to receive any sympathy, I've been living with this for the past four years, I will be living with it the rest of my life and quiet frankly, I don't want any. The point is to tell you to not hold back on life!
If you are thinking of doing a course, going to Antarctica, writing a book or simple dying your hair... why wait? You never know what is around the corner. Look back on your life saying 'I can't believe I did that!' rather than 'why didn't I?' Life is way to short to second guess yourself even once.
In the words of the great sports brand Nike..... JUST DO IT! Haha! :)
Until next time,
This weeks recipe is a super tasty and super healthy beef stir fry with a gluten/dairy free sauce. I hope you enjoy making it, trust me, it's delicious!
Serves 4 potions
1 Pepper (i used red for colour)
1/2 head of Broccoli
1/2 can of Water chestnuts
1 tbsp Garlic
1 tbsp Ginger
1 large steak (i use round steak for stir fry)
2 tbsp Rapeseed oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
Boil in bag rice (enough to serve 4)
3 tbsp Tamari Sauce (gluten free soy sauce)
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp mango chutney
1 beef stock cube (kallo gluten/lactose free)
I hope you are enjoying these healthy recipes... I feel so much better eating fresh non processed food. Let me know if you try this recipe.
Also if you have any ideas for me I'd love to hear them!
Until next time,
Some of you may know I was ill before Christmas and as a result I have been put on a LOFFLEX Diet. This basically means I can't have Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs or Soya... And low fat cooking methods only (I know, hardship!)
Here is one of my favourite dishes - Chicken Risotto
This recipe serves 2/3 potions
Let me know if you try out this recipe and if you liked it! It's simple and easy to do and although it takes a bit of patience, the end result is delicious!
I'd love to see your recreations. Send them to me on snapchat: @katierab13
If you have any recipe suggestions for me please let me know in the comments!
Until next time,
So if you seen my last blog post (Click Here) you know I attended the Marissa Carter Masterclass in the Slieve Russel Hotel in Cavan yesterday, I was snapping everything over on snapchat (Username: Katierabmakeup) from the swag bags to the demos, you may still have time to check them out! What an incredible day it was!
After getting only 3 hours sleep I started to get ready doing my hair and makeup (Video Link) as we had a two hour car journey ahead of us. Once we arrived at the hotel we were greeted with a voucher for Cara Pharmacy and got to take a picture with the lovely Marissa herself.
From the very minute you stepped into the banquet room you felt glamorous and girly with the signature Cocoa Brown Pink colour adorned all over the room. The layout was ten to a table so we took our seats and were gifted beautiful handmade glitter glasses from Blingy's. We also had lovely tea and scones to keep the bellies full. Marissa then came onstage and greeted everyone and did a brief Q&A of how she started her career. She then surprised a few attendees with fabulous Ralph Lauren weekend bags as a spot prize!
"Self Belief is the