Weight Loss Wednesday: Weeks 1 & 2

It's been a difficult time over these past two weeks so I didn't manage to do as much exercise as I'd hoped, almost writing week one off altogether if I'm honest, but I still lost 4lbs in week two with the help of a few tips and tricks...

Weight lost this week: 4lbs
Weight lost altogether: 4lbs

What I Ate

I've completed week one of my two-week detox by SlenderToxTea, which I've been drinking morning and every other night. I can honestly say I wouldn't have lost as much weight this week at all without it - I would say 3lbs of the whole 4lbs I lost was down to the tea, which is essentially a natural laxative and has been quite hard-going at times but I can't argue with the results. I'm not sure if I'll lose quite as much next week, as it has detoxed my body of all the rubbish I'd eaten before the diet, but I'm confident that it'll give any weight I do lose a boost! I also drank a Wassen Collagen sachet for a daily boost of vitamins, which I'll swap now their 10-day trial is over for a daily multivitamin. Of course I'll post full reviews of of both SlenderToxTea and Wassen Collagen shortly.

I'm really lucky that my Dad is an excellent chef, so my food is always beautifully prepared and he really supports my healthy eating regime (along with everything else I do) wholeheartedly. I've made sure to have a lot of salad and have made an effort to use it as the bulk of the meal, rather than just a side, and adding a bit of protein or fish to make sure I get all the nutrients I need. I've also found that substituting white bread, rice and pasta for brown, sugary tea for green tea, and crisps for vegetables is a great way to not deprive myself of what I want.

My favourite breakfasts included wholemeal toast with poached eggs, Greek yoghurt with fruit, and muesli with semi-skimmed milk. I've been making sure to get enough protein to keep me going, and if I want a snack I'll eat half a protein bar, some vegetables and reduced-fat houmous, or some cherries (my fave!). My lunches always incorporate salad, usually with some mackerel or sardines on top, though my favourite was a chicken salad wrap which was absolutely beautiful. Dinners have been mixed, often with salmon or halloumi cheese as protein. My Dad made a gorgeous risotto one night with vegetables and a fillet of salmon, and another night some rice with chicken skewers (no sauce) from the butchers. It's all about eating the things you like, but making healthy substitutes.

How I Exercised

As I mentioned earlier, it's been an incredibly difficult two weeks for my family so I haven't had my mind on exercise all that much. I did manage to go on a few walks throughout the two weeks, so I did get out and about for fresh air, but it is in no way as much exercise as I'd have liked to do. It has taught me, though, that sometimes life just gets in the way and you cannot control that, so just do what you can and don't feel too bad about it. Some things can't be helped, and life is too short to worry about a missed workout or two, as long as it doesn't become an excuse.

Recipe of the Week: Chickpea, Feta & Seed Salad

If you follow me on Twitter (@LucysBeautyBlog) or Instagram (HelloLucyxoxo), you'll have already seen me match my chickpea, feta and seed salad with pretty much everything I eat. It is such a versatile, simple and filling dish that it really is a must for any weight loss regime. Obviously you can mix it up depending on your tastes, but as long as you've got some protein and lots of healthy vitamins in there, you're good to go. Essentially, you just toss all the ingredients together with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of black pepper, and it tastes absolutely delicious, and contains tons of great nutrients!

Ingredients: Baby Salad Leaves (any from a bag will do) / Half a Cucumber / 10 Halved Tomatoes / 2 Carrots / 1 Red or Yellow Pepper / 1 Can Chickpeas (cooked) / Diced or Crumbled Feta / Olives / Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds or Trail Mix / Drizzle of Olive Oil / Dash of Black Pepper

Weight Loss Tip of the Week

Drink as much water as possible! Not only does it make a great substitute for higher calorie drinks, it also helps to energise you, keeps you hydrated and flushes your body of any nasties - not to mention the amazing effects on your skin! If you don't like drinking water on its own, try adding some fruit and making a nice infusion with it, particularly lemon which has loads of antioxidants. 

Next Week's Goal

Walk more! I'm away in Edinburgh for some of next week so I won't be able to go to any classes or anything of that nature, but hopefully I'll be able to walk around quite a bit more and get my body moving. Increasing my exercise week by week will ensure I improve my fitness levels at a healthy pace.

How did you do this week?


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