Slim Fast Challenge...

I was really pleased when Slim Fast picked me as one of the bloggers to take part in to take their #SlimFastChallenge.

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Diet Chef Review Summary...

Over the last few weeks I have been trialing some of the diet chef range to share my thoughts on breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks from their monthly meal plan menu.

I love the idea of picking your meals and having them all planned out for a month. Calorie controlled meal plan leaves you not having to worry about eating too much and takes the stress out of dieting.

 I can see how the diet would be more suited to people who are not on a budget, work full time so have little time to plan meals in advance and people who are always on the go especially around meal times.

I  have enjoyed trying all the breakfasts, I tried most of the range, they are all very tasty. The lunches I picked a wide variety too, but when you are ordering over the Internet its hard to imagine what you are picking for a month when you have never tried the food. I missed the milkshakes which I would have had fun adding lots of fruit to, I ordered way to much soup I had never tried the flavours before and should have ordered more of the protein bars. They were so yummy especially the vanilla ones. I could live on these, they were very tasty and filling.

 The meals are very tasty, full of flavour but I did have a issue with them not being kept in the fridge, with a cupboard shelve life of around a year.

What I have realised on the Diet Chef diet.

How much food do I really eat?

Just a large breakfast can nearly take most of my calories for the day!!

Putting less cereal into your bowl and add fruit, (strawberries or chopped banana are my favourites) can be better for you, less calories, more filling and much more fun. Try adding lots of berries, they brighten up any breakfast and are really good for you.

Giving up cups of tea, so no hot drink to dip a few biscuits in and drink more water to fill you up in between meals. Water is great for your body and a cup of tea always leads me to having half a pack of biscuits

 Run, run run!! or start something fun exercise, Zumba, yoga or a fitness class helps you to burn the calories and give you more change of eating a little of what you  fancy. If I run around 6 miles a day I get around a extra 600 calories. If I could run 10 miles a day I would never have to worry about my diet !!

I am happy with my progress, although school holidays, days out and weekends away is not the best time to trail a diet. I'm sure I would have done loads better in September!! when the children are at school an not being tempted to the dark side of fast food and cakes!!! The first week I started I lost 3 lb, this week I have only lost a lb but 4lb in 2 weeks is great and what is predicted. I would say you will defiantly lose at least 2 lb a week if you stick to the calorie controlled diet.

The protein bars were my favourite and all of the breakfast were lovely too.

For me as a stay at home mum, who plans our weekly meals on a budget, the diet is not really for me, more than a little out of my price range.£250.00 a month is a lot of money for me to spend on food just for myself, when I do have 5 others to cook for. Also as a runner,who runs most days and always training up for a race, I burn around 1,000 calories a day so I do also have to add lots of calories to the diet from food I would have to buy or using the diet chef meals as extra, the diet would only last me just under 3 weeks.
Have you tried the Diet Chef meals? Have you lost weight? What do you think of food?  Love to hear your thoughts on the diet....

Trying the Diet Chef review

Week One

Holidays and thoughts

About this review-

I got sent a months supply of food to try out for the purpose of this review. I got asked to do one post, but all my thoughts on the diet would be better spread over 4 posts. I have not been paid for this post and all thoughts are my own honest opinion.

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Diet Cheif Review Part 3...

A few weeks ago I started to trial the diet chef meals to see what I think of breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. You can read the first couple of posts here part 1 and part 2 .

This week has been hard work trying to stick to a diet, as I have been away. So the diet chef meals have had to be put on the back burner.

Carrying around soup and dinners that need to be warmed up to consume when your out is virtually impossible. Staying away in a hotel where there is no where to warm the food up either.

Although I have been trying to stick to a calorie control and healthy treats. I did have the occasional bit of  fast food and sugary treats whilst away, I did supplement it with lots of  walking though!! 8 miles around the peak district and 13 miles a day around London!

Good news is the first week I lost 3 lbs in weight and even with eating my normal food this week I did not put the weight back on,,,yeahh!!

Here is some of the diet chef food I have manage to try this week-

A nice big bag of sweet popcorn, very good and only 111 calories, don't mind if I do!!

Nice and very tasty minestrone soup...

Adding raspberries made my muesli breakfast very filling and supper tasty...

Lasagna was ok added a little cheese and lots of broccoli and cauliflower...

Cold tuna and rice salad was very filling, only use half on my chopped salad for lunch and it kept me full all afternoon...

Back on the diet today with a 6 miles run before breakfast and porridge with strawberries and I also chopped some fresh strawberries up and cooked them all together,yummy!!

Looking forward to Tikka Masala tonight for tea

About this review- I got sent a months supply for the purpose of these reviews. I have not been paid for this post and all thoughts are my own honest opinion.
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Diet Chef Review : Part 2...

Remember last weeks post that I am reviewing a diet at the minute? My first post here - Diet Chef Review

I am doing really well at the minute, I think. The hardest part at first was giving up treats!! Surprise Surprise.. Red Magazine described me as a sugar snacker.  Giving up just like that to one small treat a day made me poorly. For a day and half  I had a terrible migraine that would not go even through the night. I know it was a lack of sugar as I have tried many times before to cut down and get bad headaches.

A day after the diet started I went for my usual run first thing Tuesday morning and felt very weak, I realised this was because on the Monday I had stuck religiously to the diet, not accounting for the extra intake needed for my exercise. Doh!! I was not sure which foods I could add to the diet meals. A quick call to the Diet Chef helpline soon sorted that. They explained to allow for any extra activity, suggesting what to add from their range. All nice and simple, also suggesting a few links on their site for BMI and such, very helpful.

 I went to Diet Chefs personal profile page and got my BMI checked out ( a great page to start with if your considering a diet), I was very pleased to see that-

You are within the normal weight range for your height. You should consider carefully whether you need to diet.

Based on your height, weight, age and level of exercise we estimate that you will burn 2429 calories (kcal) per day. For a healthy weight loss of 1-2 pounds or 1kg per week stick to 1729 calories per day.

Once you add your daily milk, fresh fruit and vegetables you will be consuming around 1200 calories per day - so you should add a further 529 calories daily to reach your target intake. This will ensure a steady and more sustainable weight loss. 

Yes! This means I get to add a slice of bread to my soup, or something extra to fill me up.

Yummy-vanilla flavour protein bar mmm chocolate coating.mmm.

Adding fruit to cereal is a great start to the day.

Recapping then, what tips I have to share so far -

1) The website is easy to order from, if you choose the months plan you can pick 28 breakfasts, 28 lunches, 28 dinners and 28 snacks. Think wisely on what you would really like to eat. I picked far to much soup, when I am not too fond of soup!!  So many different meals to choose you end up picking allsorts for variety. Online ordering makes things too easy!! Be careful!!

2) My parcel arrived very quickly so prepare yourself a few days in advance, that you may be hungry on the diet and keep lots of fruit and vegetables in stock. Hide the chocs or eat them all before you start!!!

3) Check out your body mass index on the BMI calculator page, ( you will find this at the bottom of the Diet Chef home page) you need to know how many calories you will use, especially if your exercising.
4.) Keep active, a little exercise can earn you something else to eat. Even a treat!

5.) Install a fitness app on your phone. I would have been nowhere without My Fitness Pal.Helping me keep track of the calories. Or for the non nerds a paper and pen!!

6.) Think of adding lots of coloured vegetables, this makes it visually appealing.
Some of the food I am really loving, ( mostly the sweet things) the vanilla flavour protein bars are yummy and filled me up nicely until dinner. All of the cereal is top quality, I really enjoyed the luxury muesli, especially after my run. 

I am not too keen on some of the dinners. I thought they might be sourced fresh, something that you store in a fridge. I think that I am so used to buying fresh dinners each day I am worried about dinners in a packet. A food that has chicken in, that you can store in a cupboard for a year?

Reading up on how the meals are prepared I get some reassurance, the dinners are freshly made up by the Diet Chefs experts, then all sealed in air tight packs and cooked in pressure cookers in advance so you just need to warm them up. I think then this is more one my hangup than the meals themselves.

I am loving my progress so far and feel lots healthier, so all is good :)

About this review- I got sent a months supply for the purpose of these reviews. I have not been paid for this post and all thoughts are my own honest opinion.
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Running, Diets, School Holiday And what I Wore...

Finally after all these months I got a "share a coke with Claire"!!

Keep calm and go for a run should be changed to keep calm and find time to run in the summer holidays!!

Yeah my husband brought me new Nike running trainers!!

Love my new £5.00 dress I picked up at my local shop in the sales
and my so comfy Cheeky shoes

Day 3 on the Diet Chef diet and I feel great, after my body decided to stop giving me headache grief for stopping the sweet stuff!! :) 

I so need this at the minute - Top ~ Sweat shop

Always a treat having new shoes delivered!!

Hope everyone is having fun in the summer holidays?

Summer fun sun glasses ~ Primark

Top ~ Sweat shop

 I will catch up with you all very soon....

Hugs oxox

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Diet Chef Review...

Diets, diets, diets, do diets really work?Can you stick to a diet or would you give into temptation at the first hurdle? (Well me)  Many times Ive tried for only a day and then broke it! What would a diet have to offer you to make you stick to them?

(Me) Chocolate!!

Last week I had an email from the lovely people at  Diet Chef . Asking me if I would like to try their food for the 4 weeks diet plan. They asked me if I would like to give the plan a road test and they would send me a supply of all the food I would need to review their range.

 All I need to add is some milk on the cereal, fruit and vegetables of my choice to the meals if needed. Then it would be all systems go. The main question, can I stick to it? Can I give up the sweet stuff? The red wine? Time will tell!!

About the plan-
  • 4 week plan
  • Your Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & a snack each day
  • 1200 Calories A Day
  • Pay monthly
  • Lose less than a stone
  • Great way to try Diet Chef!
I don't do diets for more than a day as a rule, my current lifestyle started over 8 years ago when I started running!! I eat what I like, run when I like the first the 5 years of starting, the weight just dropped off.

The last few years have been a different story, I would like to be slightly lighter for my running but with the many chocolate cakes and biscuits I require to fuel my running, (or so I think) I have stayed at the same weight now for a long long time. Its not so much the weight I would like to lose, it is more a little body fat.

What have I got to lose? Maybe I can shed some fat in 4 weeks ?mSo I agreed to try the diet.

I was surprised how quickly the very big box of food was delivered, in just a few days it arrived after ordering. I looked inside the box and thought, "wow lots of food in here". I quickly started to unpack the box to see which treats I would be trying first.

I decided to start the diet today, 4 weeks is not that long is it? First things first I got up and ran to the gym to get weighed and have my body mass index measured. 10st 3lb and my body fat is  21.7 .

Day one

I ran to the gym to get weighed but if felt strange not running on the usual tea and biscuits I usually have to fuel my run, I could not wait to get back for breakfast.

Breakfast - Chocolate Granola, this tasted yummy, just what I needed after my run and I topped it up with skimmed milk and chopped banana. Perfect.

Lunch - Thai Chicken soup and I cooked a mini corn on the cob. Not tried this flavour soup before and it was very tasty. Didn't fill me up much though I was so hungry by dinner time.

 First day though so I knew it was going to be hard work, maybe I need to add more vegetables or fruit to lunch?

Dinner - Chilli con carne, topped up with chopped salad. The chilli tasted lovely just how I like it, spicy but not too much. Filled me up nicely for the evening.

Chocolate cookie for my snack, just what Ive been waiting for all day!!

I will let you know how I get on with the diet and see what all the other food tastes like, looking forward to trying the Chicken Tikka dinner.

The meals are all cooked and ready to pop in the microwave, oven or hob.

I am going to get my eldest son, who is off to Uni to study sports science to look at the nutritional value of the food I will be eating.

About this review- I got sent a months supply of food to try out for the purpose of this review. I have not been paid for this post and all thoughts are my own honest opinion.

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Strawberries and Kiwi Smoothies : Runstreak Day 50...

Serves 1

  • 100 g washed and chopped strawberries
  • 1 peel and sliced kiwi
  • 1 x 100g pot of multi fruit yogurt drink
  • 100ml skimmed milk
  • Strawberry for decoration

  1. Place all ingredients into a smoothie maker and mix for 30 second.
  2. Smooth for 30 seconds.
  3. Serve straight away.

Had all kinds of weather this week from snow to sunshine but manage to keep running thoughout it all. Started going back to running club last week to add some speed work into my training...

This weeks training-

Tuesday  4 miles warm up and cool down
6 miles speed work reps, 4 long hills, big loop at tempo pace and 4 long hills              

Wednesday 2 miles recovery run

Thursday 6 mile warm up, reps and cool down
1 hour body combat class

Friday 4 miles recovery

Saturday 6 miles

Sunday 16 mile

Monday 1 mile run
30 minutes gym work
1 mile swim

Days ran this year 50/50 #runstreak #Londonmarathon

Miles ran in January 175

Miles ran this month 105

Workouts this year 55

Miles this year so far 280

Off to running club tonight so a nice lazy day with the children today...
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Blueberries,Banana And Granola Breakfast Smoothie : Janathon day 6...

Today is long run day, having to do 12 miles on my own was itself a challenge. I nearly didn't do it, none of my friends were running today, so I was going to do 6 miles this morning and 6 later. Hmm like with a dinner to cook and find time before getting the 2 youngest children bathed and to bed early for the first day back to school tomorrow, no I knew that plan wouldn't work!! I left the house whilst it was still dark and very quiet and off I plodded without a plan. Seen the sunrise it was so bright and one point though I need my sunglasses and then the fog fall again. It felt like hours!! it was hours, 2hour 20 minutes ... My legs never warmed up but then again they didn't hit a brick wall either,was slow but I did it :)

Very pleased with today's run, all done dusted no more miles to run today. For breakfast I had some pancakes and a homemade blueberry smoothie. I also have a kitkat smoothie planned for later, having earned approximately 1300 extra calories on today's run, think I will make that one after lunch!!

Blueberries,Banana And Granola Breakfast Smoothie...

Serves 1

  • 50g Blueberries
  • 1 medium banana
  • 50g Low fat natural yogurt
  • 50g Deluxe fruit and nut granola
  • 100ml Skimmed milk
  • Handful of ice
  • Chop the banana and place all ingredients into a smoothie maker.
  • Place setting to mix for 30 seconds.
  • Smooth for 30 seconds.
  • Serve straight away

Janathoon 2012 Participant Logo

Run every day .... Blog every day....Tweet every day ... Throughout January #janathon...

Janathon days ran 6/6

Miles ran this month 40

Workouts 6
Now only 14 miles to add on before I do London Marathon!!!!
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Janathon day 5...

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Run every day .... Blog every day....Tweet every day ... Throughout January #janathon...

Nearly 7 miles I ran this morning. Not got the "I love running" feeling back yet after a few lazy week of not much running before Christmas. 5th of January and still not got into a healthier diet either. Lot of chocolate, treats and alcohol from Christmas to be finished off yet too. Oh well it Saturday and treat day today so chips for dinner and time to finish off some of the Christmas food and drink me thinks.... Planning to be healthier tomorrow or sometime very soon!!!

Janathon days ran 5/5

Miles ran this month 28

Workouts 5
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New Years Resolutions For 2013 And Janathon day 1...

Only managed one short run today, had another lay in, no London Marathon plan yet, and a New Years dinner with wine and cake to plan... Oh well I have plenty of time to exercise once the children go back to school ,,,right!!

Today I manage 3 miles,don't you just hate it when your Garmin runs out of charge at a mile? so I decided to do my 3 mile loop and run later,this never happen as I had been good all day eating Smoothie for breakfast, soup for lunch but then all I could think about was a nice big dinner and a cake !!

My New Years Resolutions For 2013...

1.) More running...

I didn't do to bad in 2012, I ran 1278 miles but it was a lot lower than 2011 which I ran 1439 miles  and  lower than 2010 as I ran 1377 miles so this years target is- 1800

2.) Run my first marathon...

I have manage to get a place with my running club for the Virgin London Marathon 2013 in April so the next few months all I will be doing is running.

3.) Run everyday throughout January...

I have signed up for Janathon to run ( or do some form of exercise) everyday,blog every day and tweet everyday anyone else doing Jananthon?

4.) Lose some weigh...

I say this every year but this time I mean it!! to get around London quicker I need to be lighter right?  with the excess food over the last month I really would like to lose some weight and although I am pleased that I only put a few pounds on ,it's got to go!!

5.) Drink less alcohol...

With Christmas its easy to buy more alcohol, drink it and buy some more. So my plan is to only have a glass or 2 once a week.

6.) Eat less cake...

I am a sugar monster the more cakes or treats we have in the more I eat. So planning to bake a special treat for Sundays,,, long run day.

7.) Eat more fruit and vegetables...

More Juicing,more smoothies and more oven cooked vegetables

8.) More gym...

I paying for it so I must start using it.

9.) Less Internet...

One minute leads to one hour this one might be hard though

10.)More dancing and exercise dvds...
More fun with dance games with my daughter and use some of the exercise dvds I keep collecting

That's enough of me...whats your New Year Plan?
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Get Fit Or Eat Pie Trying # Week 2....

For me its Get Fit Or Eat Pie Trying "
Goals -A under 2 hour half marathon 

A under 50 minutes 10k

And if I do get in London-just to be able to run a marathon!!

Was very pleased with last weeks training I put my training on Dailymile and last weeks I had ran 38 miles as well as a few exercise classes.

This weeks exercise was-

Friday- Rest day not had a day off for 9 days so need this.

Saturday -  Just under 3 miles -eek weekend and I had a few glasses of wine Friday night and didn't want to run...

Sunday - 8 miles was tough on my own early but kept on running

Monday - 7 mile run  fast for me at 9.15 pace and 1 mile cool down at 12 mins

Tuesday - 45 minutes spin class ( first time back in 3 months)
                45 minutes fit ball class ( first time back in 3 months)
              6 and half miles warm up/reps at running club/cool down

Wednesday - 3 miles recovery run
                      1 hour weights class
                      just under 4 miles in afternoon

Thursday - body combat class
                  Half mile swim

Been a busy week and my arms and stomach mussels are killing " No Pain No Gain " springs to mind

No whats everyone else been exercising to this week?

Posted some great running recipes yesterday from Seasonal Berries (pictured below)

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Get Fit Or Eat Pie Trying # Week 1....

For me its Get Fit Or Eat Pie Trying "
After the kids being off for six weeks my training has started to get better it's so much like hard work trying to get fit with 4 kids off school.We booked a marathon but didn't get chance over the holiday to get the miles in so now my goals have changed again I am now training for this year -

A under 2 hour half marathon  
A under 50 minutes 10k 
And if I do get in London-just to be able to run a marathon!!
This week I have had time to start back with my training-

Friday- 3 miles run on the treadmill + half mile swim
Saturday - 9 miles run

Sunday - 3 and half miles run

Monday - 7 mile run + 3 miles treamill run in afternoon

Tuesday - 5 miles reps + warm up/cool down

Wednesday - 1 hour weight class + 6 miles run

Thursday - 5 miles warm up,reps and cool down

Loving having time to exercise...

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London Marathon Plans....

"A 38 year old mum of 4 trying to get fit,lose weight and give up some of my favourite things pies,cakes,chocolate and wine to become the best runner I can possible be...if I blog about it maybe I won't eat it and trying to make each day count towards my goals....follow me on my journey and join me if you wish...For me its Get Fit Or Eat Pie Trying "

Been a while since I have done my fitness post their is always something that comes along and stops me from getting my fitness posts done.After a year and half saying I want to get fitter and lose a stone in weight I am finally getting around to doing something about it but thing always get in the way to slow my plans down.
Long term goals....

1.) To lose some weight...

2.) To do London Marathon hopeful before I'm 40 which leave only next year left....

3.) A 50 minute 10k then 45 minutes....

New racing trainers
ouch not at all happy with my weight and Body fat
My goals for the next 4 weeks....

  • Lose half a stone of weight to get under 10 stone.
  • Get my B.M.I down.
  • Get my body fat down from 23.2%.
  • Start a new run streak of running every day for at least a mile which may be hard as I fell of my bike yesterday and have a bad knee...
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