Slow & Steady or Fast & Furious??

So I ‘ve finally come to a conclusion on my weight loss journey, it’s better to stick with slow and steady over a short quick fix!

Yes I know I can hear you all telling me that I should of known better and we’ve all known that for years but you can’t blame a girl for trying! Last week I did the chemical diet and lost 7lbs in four days. It felt pretty amazeballs let me tell you but it was hard work. PLUS it pretty much all goes back on within a week. Boo.

So it’s back to sticking with slow and steady as I mentioned and continuing with the 5 : 2. I’ve been following this mainly since January 2014 off and on after I had my last child and in total have lost 20 lbs.I still have a way to go as I would like to lose another 20 lbs to get into the healthy BMI range.
I’ve started exercising again too so you can find out how thats going in The running returns…

This week I’m sharing a dinner option for you :

Easy Crispy Chicken from The Hairy Dieters at only 299 calories

Ingredients :

150g White Bread (about 4 slices)
4 tsp Dried Oregano or Mixed Herbs
2 tsp Sea Salt
25g Parmesan Cheese
4 tbsp Low Fat Yogurt
1-2 tbsp Plain Flour
4 Boneless Chicken Breasts, (about 160g each)
Ground Black Pepper

Method :

  • Preheat the oven to 220ºC.
  • Place the bread on a large baking tray lined with parchment and toast until pale golden brown. (I actually bunged mine in the toaster for a blast)
  • Remove crusts and tear bread into large pieces, put in a food processor and blitz into crumbs.
  • Tip these into a large bowl with herbs, salt, pepper and Parmesan.
  • Place the flour in one bowl and the yoghurt in another.
  • I then banged my chicken with a rolling pin to flatten it a little although it doesn’t tell you to do this.
  • Take each breast and dip into the flour, then yoghurt, then the crumbs and push lightly so you have a thick coating.
  • Repeat with all breasts.
  • Place the chicken breasts on a tray lined with grease proof paper, for extra crispiness spray with fry light and then bake in the oven for 20 to 30 mins.

crispy chick

Some of the tastiest healthy chicken I’ve had. I may go lighter on the salt next time but have a go and let me know what you think.


Is the new fad diet working?

So I’ve done 5:2 diet since the beginning of the year and although I swore to you that I would update you on my progress I must admit to my demotivation.

You’ll be pleased to hear I finished my 30 day ab and squat challenge in January. I started the plank challenge in February and managed to get through till about the 20th before it fell by the wayside. This was around the time that I really started to fall off the weight loss wagon!! I have been maintaining by 5:2 but if I’m honest with myself I have been eating atrociously on the non fast days! Consequently I’ve been stuck at my weight since last public weigh-in post and felt ashamed to tell you all!

On a more positive note I have completed the majority of my Physio on my broken toe so am hoping to start running again this week….

This week I have decided to do the ‘chemical diet’ also known as the ‘egg diet’. It’s super strict and you can only eat whats on the list and at certain times but it is only for 1 week and I really wanted to give my body a little push before jumping back on the 5 : 2 wagon!

i have taken this from lots of sites around the web although I think predominantly it came from a Netmums forum : The basis of this diet is chemical. If you follow the diet to the letter for one week you should lose 14 pounds (and possibly up to 20 pounds)

Day 1 Breakfast 1 slice dry toast and grilled tomatoes
Lunch Fresh fruit (any amount)
Dinner 2 hard boiled eggs, salad, grapefruit

Day 2 Breakfast Grapefruit, 1 boiled egg
Lunch Roast chicken (any amount) & tomatoes
Dinner Grilled steak and salad

Day 3 Breakfast Grapefruit, 1 boiled egg
Lunch 2 boiled eggs and tomatoes
Dinner 2 Grilled lamb chops, celery & cucumber

Day 4 Breakfast 2 slices dry toast, 2 poached eggs
Lunch fresh fruit (any amount)
Dinner 2 hard boiled eggs, salad, grapefruit

Day 5 Breakfast 1 slice dry toast, 2 poached eggs
Lunch 2 poached eggs & tomatoes
Dinner Fresh or tinned fish and salad

Day 6 Breakfast 1 boiled egg, 1 glass grapefruit juice
Lunch Fresh fruit (any amount)
Dinner Roast chicken, cabbage, carrots

Day 7 Breakfast 2 scrambled eggs, grilled tomatoes
Lunch 2 Poached eggs& spinach
Dinner Grilled steak & salad


Abstain from anything not mentioned.
Eat only what is shown or do without.
No substitutions allowed.
No eating between meals
No alcohol
No butter milk or fat

No salt

Drinks = black tea, black coffee, lemon tea, grapefruit juice, tonic, soda or water only
Salad = lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes and celery only


Here’s Day 1-3 lunches:

egg1 egg2 egg3

So far I have lost 4 lbs in 2 1/2 days, I’m only doing it till Friday so I promise I’ll let you know how I get on through Facebook & Twitter on Saturday morning. 🙂


Sim's Life

Weight Loss Wednesday with 5 : 2

So I have been a little demotivated this week 😦

I’ll start at the beginning!

Last Monday I was on a high, I lost 4 1/4 lbs on my first week of the 5:2 diet and marched in to my Monday fast day triumphantly. I did the same on Wednesday only having miso soup (20 cals) at lunchtime and a diet coke in the afternoon.

An excellent tip I picked up was to have a large bottle of fizzy water with me (I do my days when I’m at work) and whenever I felt hungry I had a glass and it really worked a treat.

I also discovered M&S balanced for you range and had a Lamb Moussaka for only 280 calories with some steamed vegetables on Monday and a piece of Salmon and steamed veg on Wednesday.

I weighed in on Monday morning as usual full of expectation and found……

I’d lost NOTHING!!!!

So where do we go from here??

I must admit I went off to work this Monday with my head down and ready to scoff a cream cake! During the morning I found out that it was typically the most depressing day of the year nicknamed ‘Blue Monday’. Now whether this is another marketing trick to encourage holiday booking or whether this is generally true it actually cheered me up to know I wasn’t the only one feeling crap.

So lunchtime came and I’m pleased to say my willpower won out and I stuck to my miso soup and diet coke. For dinner was Salmon and roasted vegetables. Today I have managed to do the same and tucked into another M&S Lamb Moussaka whilst the other half had a chicken, mushroom pie at only 316 calories with steamed vegetables.

For an evening treat on fast days I like a Options hot chocolate at only 40 calories, it seems to curb the craving for something sweet.

I looked back over my week last week once I had calmed down and if I’m really honest with myself I drank too much wine and had a few too many treats on non fast days so my resolution for this week is to be good, ok better, on my non fast days from tomorrow.

On another plus I have maintained my abs and squat challenge as per last week and am now on day 21. There must be abs under there by now?!

If you haven’t seen the video I made of my friend Natty showing you how to do these properly (after a few glasses of aforementioned vino!) then you can check it out here:

How have you all got on this week? I’m looking forward to catching up with you on Weight Loss Wednesday.

Kath x

 The Musing Housewife

2015 Challenges

So its Day 11 of 2015. Happy New Year!

I took a break over Christmas as it was manic here but also – not meaning to offend any of you but I couldn’t read anymore about trees, elves, presents etc. I was boring myself with it and refused to do the same to you!

So now the new years here, I have a family wedding to look forward to in May and refuse to be the fat relative. So what are you going to do about it?! I hear you cry.

So far so good, I have completed 2 fast days today on the 5:2 diet. It is a tough one to get into the mindset of this as on 2 days of the week you only have 500 calories which basically means you only have dinner. The longer you fast for the better the benefits are. I did this shortly after having Flo (who is now 15 months) and lost a good 1 stone 1/2. Now I haven’t put it all back on but I would feel amazing if I lost 2 stone before May so that’s the aim. Slow and steady 2 lbs a week with the hope it will come off and stay off.

I’ve also jumped on a January band wagon – no, not dry January – are you crazy?! A glass of wine is the only thing that keeps me sane and that I treat myself to once the kiddie winks have gone to bed. I’m doing the 30 day ab and squat challenge. Day 8 is the toughest so far and I was super glad of the rest day on Day 9.


Lastly I’ve booked into Race for Life in Victoria Park in London this June for a 10k. Just praying I can get some Physio on my broken toe so I can actually get some running in again.

So watch this space ! – I intend to be a skinny minnie by summer!

What challenges have you set your self in 2015?


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