Recipe: Chilli & Paprika Chicken Kebab with Pesto Pasta

It’s that time of year now, where we have the odd couple of days of sunshine between the days of wind and rain. The typical British Summer of will it rain or will it shine?

This recipe is something light, but feels so much like comfort food. Can be eaten and craved for when the weather is horrid, but is also versatile so it can be cooked on a BBQ when the weather is at it’s best.

I cooked this particular meal for me and wifey last night. By far one of the better meals I’ve ever made. It was so simple too. Not only can you whack these skewers under the grill in the kitchen, but I bet they’d be awesome on a BBQ as well.

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1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Backwards

8-weeks ago I took the plunge to try something new. Something to try and spur my weight loss into the right direction. I signed up for a 6-month membership plan and I’m now 2-months into said plan. But what do I have to show for it?

I’ve not really kept in my mind what I weighed when I started this plan. It’s not something I particularly wanted floating around adding pressure to me mentally. That, I don’t think has worked. Before I always remembered what my weight was previously. Yes trying to lose a set target added unneeded pressure to me, but I knew where I was on my journey.

I’ve just looked back at the WW app and my weight journey in particular. To say I’m disappointed is an understatement. Yes, I’ve just about lost the holiday weight for our trip to Gran Canaria. But overall I am 2.5 lbs heavier than when I started the plan.

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Challenge 50: Something to Aim For

I hate time. Time is not a friend. There is never enough time to do everything. But time is something I need to make. It’s also time to aim for something different.

For year I have been aiming to get myself down to a reasonable weight. For years I have miserably sucked at achieving said aim. Time and time again I tell myself “this time is different, this time I will do it”. I have a good few months, then BOOM! Back to square one again.

Back in my post “It’s Been A While…” I said that I had joined Weight Watchers after leaving Slimming World. Although I’ve not lost a stone that I would expect within the first few weeks with Slimming World, I am enjoying it.

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A Day To Myself

Last week I was out the country with family for our warm holiday of the year. This is why I’ve been non-existent in terms of this here blog.

But before we went away, I booked an extra day off from work. Usually my mum does the school run on a Friday for our eldest, but Nanny and Grumps were away in the US of A this particular time (or rather on their way back from). I could have worked from home, but the forcast was decent and it gave me an opportunity to get a decent ride in on my bike.

Leading up to the day off, I had planned a couple of different rides using the Strava Route Builder tool. Strava is great, it’s free (unless you want the added perks) and it allows you to not only track your rides, but plan them too.

The particular ride I eventually went for utilised the trails around where I live. There are a few old mine railways which have been converted to trails for walkers, cyclists and horse riders to enjoy. Once I was happy with the route on Strava, I exported it in GPX format and imported it into Garmin Connect to link it to my Garmin. This way I would get turn-by-turn notifications and wont get lost.

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Weight Loss Tip: The Importance Of Hydration

Everyone knows we humans have to drink fluids to stay alive. If we don’t we dehydrate. It’s common knowledge to be fair, it’s engraved into us from when we’re born, the need of drink has always been there.

Around 60-65% of the average human adult body is made of water. This is why we need to drink fluids on a regular basis. But we know all this stuff, we learn it when we’re kids at school. So how does it help weight loss?

Weight loss is the process of losing weight. Simple, just another thing we know. But it’s how we lose the weight. We know that exercise will help our muscles burn fat and food stores our body holds. We know that eating less calories will make our body use stored fat to keep going.

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Damn you HbA1c

Do you know what HbA1c levels are? I imagine some people who read my ramblings do. For those who don’t, here’s a quick explanation for you;

HbA1c is what’s known as glycated haemoglobin. This is something that’s made when the glucose (sugar) in your body sticks to your red blood cells. Your body can’t use the sugar properly, so more of it sticks to your blood cells and builds up in your blood. Red blood cells are active for around 2-3 months, which is why the reading is taken quarterly. 

What is HbA1c – diabetes.org.uk

Now, if you’re still not following, it’s a measurement taken from your blood to diagnose if you are Type 2 Diabetic – I think that’s right.

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Back to losing again

Last week, you will have likely read about me nowt having a great week. A lot of the blame went towards it being my birthday at the time, but in the end life is for living for not dieting.

As long as I keep to plan in between occasions, I should see a good loss over the course of a month or a year. After all, turning 32 doesn’t mean I have to be fat forever.

This week was much better compared to last week. I kept tracking virtually all my food and kept to my points allowance the best I could. there were a couple of things here and there which weren’t tracked, so it wasn’t a 100% week, but it was a hell of a lot better.

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