Friday, 29 April 2016

Infused Water Recipes

 If you have read my blog before then you will know that I am a recent convert to using infused water. 

If you haven't come across this before, infused water is basically where you immerse any fruits or vegetables in cold water. After a few hours, the flavours seep out into the water. You could just use a large jug if you want or there are many types of infuser bottles available to buy so that you can take your water out and about with you.

I've definitely found that this has helped me to increase my water consumption this week so I thought I would share with you some of the fruit and vegetable combinations that I have used.

Lemon, Lime and Thyme

This is a classic combination. The only point to remember is that Lemon provides a strong flavour which can be over powering so it is important to get the balance right. I added more lime as I preferred that. Slice the fruits as thinly as you can as this helps the flavour to seep into the water.


This provides a delicate flavour with just a hint of orange. I found it helped to remove as much of the pith as you can and I left it in the fridge overnight to allow the flavour to increase.

Cucumber and Mint

In my opinion, this was probably the most refreshing infused water that I tried this week. I sliced the cucumber into very small pieces and crushed the mint leaves before adding the water. I can definitely see myself drinking this one a lot through the summer.

Strawberry, Pomegranate and Apple

I choose this combination as I thought that the flavours would complement each other and I was right. The tang from the pomegranate balances out the sweetness from the apple and strawberry

Remember you can try any different combination of fruit and vegetables and you can also use frozen fruit. Let me know if you invent your own infused waters. Speak to you soon

Love Erica xxx


Thursday, 28 April 2016

Preparing for the Lemon Detox

My Lemon Detox package has arrived today so I'm really excited!

When I was offered the chance to try out the Lemon Detox, I didn't really know what to expect as I have never tried a detox before. I'm always up for trying new challenges though and I like what I have heard about the health benefits of detoxing.

I'm very impressed with the amount of information that they have sent me especially about preparing myself before actually starting the detox. I'm going to sit down and read the book tonight. 

So I've been to the supermarket and stocked up on my necessary provisions

It is recommended that you avoid alcohol and caffeine for 2 - 3 days before starting the detox. So I intend to spend the weekend cutting down on my coffee and will then start the Lemon Detox properly on Monday. That also works best for me as I have quite a busy weekend ahead and I know that I may need to take it easier while undergoing the detox.

I also need to decide whether to go for the full detox or the more relaxed version where you incorporate one healthy meal so it gives me a chance to make my mind up about that. 

So watch out for my blog next week when I will let you know about my experience and will give you a full review of the Lemon Detox. Speak to you soon

Love Erica xxx


Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Wednesday Weigh In - Week 16 - That's The Way To Do It!

Today is a good day!

I lost 1.75 pounds this week. This takes my total weight loss to 22.5 pounds in 16 weeks. It also means I have hit another mini target by having lost over one and a half stone now. According to, that's a lot of golf balls!!

Being able to work out, even at a lower intensity because of my tendon, has helped so much this week. It has meant that mentally I felt in a much better place and this has therefore made it easier to stick to my diet and make healthy choices.

So the plan for the week ahead is sort of to keep doing the same things but is a little fluid as I'm waiting on my package from Lemon Detox so I don't know when I will be able to start that. Detoxing may mean that I have to ease up on exercise for a few days. So I will have to decide when I want to start it.

The other thing I have to decide about is running. I really, really, really want to go for a run. If I'm honest though, I'm a bit scared. My tendon has improved so much and I have no pain but it has only been three and a half weeks since I injured it. I don't want to run and set it back. I keep running on the spot and jogging round the house to try and assess it but I'm in a quandary and really don't know whether to run or to leave it another week. I'll let you know what I decide.

If you read my blog regularly then you will know that I like to set myself little targets. I find it keeps me motivated and gives me something to aim for. My next target is to reach a total weight loss of 24.15 pounds. This would mean that I had lost 10% of my starting body weight. It's not too far off and if I focus and work hard then I might achieve it next week. Fingers crossed!! Speak to you soon

Love Erica xxx


Monday, 25 April 2016

Monday Motivation - Aim High

Despite an appalling night's sleep and a busy day with not enough hours in it today, I have woken up in a determined mood. I have definite plans for this week and I am determined to achieve them all.

Firstly my Achilles' tendon has continued to improve. I am surprised and delighted that wearing shoes with a small heel have made such a difference. I am quite flat footed so flat shoes obviously put too much strain on it while it is healing. I am not strapping it at all now and I have no pain. So the plan for this week is to start stretching it a little and include some light jogging on the spot in my workouts. I still want to take it slowly but there is real progress and I hope it won't be long before I'm running again.

The other main plan for this week is that I am delighted to have the chance to try the Lemon Detox. I have never tried a detox before and I'm really excited to see how it helps me. I have read about the health benefits and can't wait to get started. I'm just waiting for my package to arrive from Lemon Detox. I will let you know how it goes so keep an eye on my blog for a full review. 

If you read my last post then you will know that infused water is my latest passion so I plan to try lots of different combinations this week. I also have some recipe ideas to try out. 

Not sure how I'm going to fit all this in but I'm going to try my best. Here are some of the images that have helped motivate me today.

Hope you are all feeling motivated and that you have a fantastic week. Speak to you soon

Love Erica xxx

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Infused Water

We all know that drinking water is good for us. It can make your skin clearer and firmer, it flushes toxins from your body and it can help you lose weight by making fat cells easier to break down. The problem is that water can be boring and this can make it difficult to drink the optimal amount every day. This is where infused water can help you. The definition of infused water is basically any combination of fruit, vegetables or herbs that have been immersed in cold water.

You can just use a large jug for this or if you want to take your water with you, there are many great infusion bottles available. I got this really nice one from Avon yesterday.

It's incredibly easy to use. Simply remove the middle section as this is where the fruit is placed.

You can really use anything that you want including frozen fruit so I used a combination of both. I stuck to berries as they are my favourite fruit. I read that it is best to slice the fruit into thin slices to help the flavour escape.

Once the tube is full then simply replace it in the bottle and then fill the bottle with cold water.

Place the bottle in the fridge for at least a couple of hours before drinking. I took mine to my daughter's athletics meet this afternoon and it was really refreshing. It was amazing to see how much the water had changed colour.

You can refill the bottle again and use the same fruit but the flavour of the water will not be as strong.

I was amazed to read how many different things can be used to infuse water as I would never have thought of herbs or slices such as cinammon sticks. I'm already planning citrus versions, lemon and thymne and cucumber. The list is endless!

I would really recommend trying infused water particularly with summer coming. Let me know if you come up with some good combinations. Speak to you soon

Love Erica xxx

Thursday, 21 April 2016

3rd Transformation Thursday post - 15 weeks down the road

So it's time for another visual look at my progress.

That's 15 weeks and 20.75 pounds difference. I look noticeably slimmer which is inspiring as it reminds how far I have already come especially as I have not had a particularly easy few weeks lately.

Taking transformation pictures like this does really emphasis my progress to me and stops me focusing on how far I still have to go. I thoroughly recommend doing this for anyone who is embarking on a weight loss journey.

Side on photos also shown a real difference.

At least my boobs are bigger than my belly now. 😂

I'm going to use this pictures as inspiration to really push myself over the next few weeks so that the next set I take will show an even bigger difference. I'm gradually increasing my workouts but am still being very careful with my Achilles' tendon and running is still definitely out for now. I do have plans that will hopefully really kickstart my weightloss again so watch out on the blog for some interesting news in the near future.

Speak to you soon

Love Erica xxx


Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Wednesday Weigh In - Week 15 - Back In The Game

I'm a happy bunny today. I lost a pound!

I really do feel like I'm back on track now and last week was just a blip. This takes my total weight loss to 20.75 pounds in 15 weeks.

I've started working out again this week and am just avoiding exercises that would damage my tendon such as lunges. I've downloaded the Seven Minute Workout App to try it out. I've heard so many good things about it and so far I like it. I will probably do a full review for you once I've been using it for longer. 

Another tip I had for my tendon was to start wearing heels. I normally live in flats but apparently this puts more strain on your tendon so I went out today and got a pair of miles with a little heel.

The difference was amazing. I had been walking without pain but with twinges if I walked for too long. I was walking completely normally with the mules so I can see me living in them! I'm going looking for other colours at the weekend!

My plan for the week ahead is just to continue on this path. Exercise but protect my tendon. I may also start on exercises to strengthen it a bit as I've been researching them.

Food wise I want to mix it up a bit so I'm waiting for inspiration to strike me! Look out for some new recipes when it does!

I'm in a good place though and looking forward to a good week. Speak to you soon

Love Erica xxx


Monday, 18 April 2016

Monday Motivation - Getting Back On Track

I'm feeling more like myself today. The sun is shining, my kids are back at school and university, I've sorted out my financial issues for this month at least and for once it doesn't seem so bad that it's Monday morning.

I've also felt a bit of improvement in my tendon. I took my daughter to an athletics meet yesterday and was able to walk around with it unstrapped. I must make sure though not to push it too much and just accept its a slow progress.

So motivation is a big aim this week. If I can stay in a good place mentally then it will be easier to keep on track. I have upper body workouts planned and I'm going shopping today so I can do some meal prep.

Here are some of the images that are motivating me today

My final motivating image is my youngest daughter in her race yesterday. She has only just started track racing. She has overcome hyper mobility in most of her joints, motor skills issues and struggles every day with severe dyslexia. Her positive nature is inspiring. She came 6th yesterday and the first thing she said to me after finishing was "I wasn't last!" She motivates me as does her older sister who is doing so well at university! 

Have a great start to the week. Speak to you soon

Love Erica xxx


Saturday, 16 April 2016

Raspberry Muffins

I love baking, it really cheers me up and I find it quite therapeutic. I also wanted to make sure I had healthy snacks available this week so this is what I came up with.

Raspberry Muffins

100g raspberries
1 egg
300g Wholemeal flour
1 tbsp baking powder
75g margarine
150ml almond milk
80g honey

1. Beat the egg
2. Add the margarine and honey. Stir until combined
3. Add the almond milk and mix
4. Add the flour and baking powder. Stir gently until a mixture is formed
5. Fold in the raspberries and stir until distributed through the mixture. Don't worry if the raspberries come apart when doing this.

7. Place a heaped tablespoon of the mixture into each muffin case.
8. Cook in a preheated oven at 175 degrees for about 20 minutes or until golden on top.

This was a great chance to try out my brand new oven 😊

These are really delicious muffins. The recipe makes 12 muffins which are only 5 Weightwatchers Smartpoints each.

These will be perfect for a snack during the day. They can also be sliced in half and spread with margarine if you prefer.
Let me know if you try making them. Speak to you soon

Love Erica xxx

Friday, 15 April 2016

Depression and Overeating

If you have read my blog then you will know that I have been very honest about the fact that I am an emotional overeater. I know that mentally I do not feel that I am in a good place at the moment and this is having an impact on my healthy eating. I have been reading around the subject and basically trying to draw up strategies to help myself.

Overeating can be a vicious cycle. I feel miserable so I eat something bad for me that temporarily makes me feel better. Then I feel worse for giving into temptation and will want to eat again to try and feel better.

I suffer from situational depression. Basically it means that if things go wrong or get too much for me then I don't cope very well. I think it's the fact that things are often out of my control and overeating, although it is the wrong decision, is something that I can control. I'm also very good at putting on a mask and covering up the fact that I feel crap but this does put added pressure on me. 

I was thinking about what may have triggered my current low moods. Injuring my tendon is an obvious one. I can't control how quickly that heals plus I am missing working out as that always helps my moods. My hormones are fluctuating wildly at the moment too and I feel like I have PMS constantly. Add to that ongoing financial worries, including whether my ex husband will be able to continue to pay my mortgage next year, plus the strain of being a single parent 24/7 and it's probably no wonder that I feel so low.

So how can I deal with this? I've tried to draw up a little plan.

1. Keep taking St John's Wort. I'm a great believer in this and it definitely helps me
2. Keep taking Evening Primrose
3. Start doing yoga again. I used to do this on a regular basis. It's great for calming you down plus it does you good!
4. Plan little non food related treats through the week even if it's something just as simple as a bubble bath, spending an hour reading a book or painting my toenails.
5. Focus and remember why I started. I don't want to end up back where I was. I just need to keep that in the forefront of my mind.
6. Seriously plan workouts that I can do while my tendon heals.

Therapy is always recommended as a treatment for depression but I can't afford to pay for that so I just have to try and heal myself. I just need to point myself in the right direction.

Hopefully this will help me get back into a better mindset. I'll keep you posted. Speak to you soon

Love Erica xxx

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Wednesday Weigh In - Week 14 - Not Good And Not Surprised But Could Have Been Worse

So for the first time since starting this, I've gained weight this week. Only half a pound but still a gain 😟

To be honest, I knew it was coming and I thought it might actually be worse! It's not just not being able to exercise, my mindset has been completely wrong this week and really for the last few weeks too.

I was getting into the habit of thinking well it doesn't matter if I cheat a little bit today as I've worked out so that will burn it off. Eventually it catches up with you and now I can't easily exercise to burn it off so I have to stop. 

I've already talked on this blog about the fact that I am an emotional overeater and this is my other main issue at the moment. I don't feel in a good place, to be honest. I have terrible financial problems and this month is particularly bad. I need to go back on the St John's Wort and evening primrose oil to try and balance me out again.

I always knew this wouldn't be easy. It's a long road to get to where I want to be and I need to treat this week as just a bump in the road that has temporarily slowed me down.

As I said, it's not easy but nothing worthwhile ever is so I'm refocusing and trying to sort myself out. If I get my mindset right then the rest will fall into place. Speak to you soon

Love Erica xxx


Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Sweet and Sour Pork with NoodleSlim Rice

I love taking recipes and trying to make them healthier. If I get the chance to include one of my favourite NoodleSlim products too then it's even better. This one was really easy to make

Sweet & Sour Pork with NoodleSlim Rice
250g low fat pork medallions
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
200g fresh pineapple
Half a red pepper
3 - 4 spring onions 
1 portion of NoodleSlim rice

1 tbsp caster sugar
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
2 tbsp water

1. Mix all the ingredients for the sauce together in a small bowl until the sugar has dissolved. Keep to one side.
2. Cut the pork medallions into small chunks
3. Using low fat cooking spray fry the pork in a pan stirring constantly until it starts to brown.
4. Add the soy sauce and vinegar. Stir so that the pork is thoroughly coated. Fry to about another 3 minutes.
5. Slice the spring onions and red pepper. Add to the pan, stir and fry for another 2-3 minutes.

6. Prepare the pineapple and cut it into chunks. Add to the pan, stir and continue frying for 2 minutes.

7. Add the sauce to the pan and stir until everything is covered. 
8. Reduce the heat and cook for another 4 - 5 minutes.
9. Prepare the NoodleSlim rice and add it to the pan about 2 minutes before the dish will be ready. Stir thoroughly so that the rice is completely coated with the sauce.
10. Serve and enjoy.

This makes such a tasty dinner and by using the NoodleSlim rice and low fat pork, it is only 9 Weightwatchers points. It was so good that I even had to stop my daughter from trying eat off my plate when she'd already had her dinner!

If you haven't tried the NoodleSlim range yet then I thoroughly recommend them! They do not require cooking and are a great replacement for carbs!

Speak to you soon

Love Erica xxx

Monday, 11 April 2016

Monday Motivation - Believe!

My motivation for this week is basically to believe in myself. I can stick to my healthy eating, even though I can't exercise properly, I know my tendon is healing and I can still work on my overall fitness. 

I saw this sign in a shop window near Covent Garden in London last week and it really motivated me

It's very easy to stick to what is familiar and comfortable. Maybe we all need to break out a little. I don't mean be completely reckless but just try something out of the ordinary and different. That's definitely going to be my motivation for the week ahead.

A quick update on my Achilles' tendon. Walking is a lot easier and I'm now only strapping my ankle up when I go out. I can also flex my foot with less pain. I've been reading about something called eccentric heel drops which aim to strength and stretch the tendon. I can't start them yet but I will tell you more about them when I do. Speak to you soon

Love Erica xxx

Saturday, 9 April 2016

My Top 10 Tips For Losing Weight

I've been thinking about things that are helping me to lose weight and I thought I would share them with you. So here is my top 10 tips in no particular order. Some are actually things to do and some are more about motivation.

1. Do it for you
I've tried to lose weight lots of times and I think one of the reasons that I didn't manage to keep the weight off was that I wasn't doing it for the right reasons. Even doing it for my kids wasn't enough motivation. Losing weight can be hard and doing it for you can give you the motivation to succeed. Focus on what it means to you and what you will gain by succeeding.

2. Make it a lifestyle change not a diet
Embarking on a restrictive diet to lose weight quickly might give you the initial result that you are looking for but what happens when you end the diet? Sadly, if you haven't changed your habits, you will probably just put all the weight back on again. This is my reason for following Weightwatchers as it does set out to change your eating habits.

3. All exercise will help
If you have a lot of weight to lose then exercise may initially be hard for you. Try and do simple things like increasing the amount that you walk. I started off by walking around my local park every morning after dropping my daughter to school. Your fitness levels will improve.

4. Drink more water
This really does help. It flushes through your system and can help you feel fuller. It's great for your general health too.

5. Chart your progress 
If you read my blog then you will know I'm a great believer in this. Never rely just on your scales, use photos and take your measurements on a regular basis. It will all help to keep you motivated.

6. Get cooking
Don't rely on ready meals and processed foods. The additives and amounts of sugar in some of them is truly frightening. It doesn't take long to cook a stir fry or make an omelette but you will taste the difference as well as feel the benefit.

7. Try something new
It can be very easy to get stuck in the dieting rut. You know what you will eat every evening and you know how and when you will exercise every week. Mix it up a bit. There are so many different sports and exercises you can try. As for food, invest in a good cookbook if you haven't got one. I'd recommend Ella Woodward's or Jamie Oliver's books. Don't be frightened either to tinker with the recipes. I often do this to reduce the fat content. Experimenting can be fun!

8. If you slip up then don't panic!
Losing a lot of weight is hard and it's a long term process. If you slip up and blow your diet one day then don't give up! Just refocus and start again the next day. We are only human! I comfort ate a doughnut this week!

9. Treat yourself
Find some way of marking those milestones. If you've lost a stone then buy yourself a little present, preferably not food!

10. Eat more fruit and veg
My last tip is probably the one that most people are familiar with. Try to be imaginative in the way you do this and it will be easier. Make smoothies, add veg to stir fried and soups. There is an endless list of possibilities.

Hope you have found some of these helpful whether you are currently trying to lose weight or are just starting out. Speak to you soon

Love Erica xxx

Friday, 8 April 2016

Cinnamon Rice Pudding with NoodleSlim Rice

I will admit that I wasn't sure if this would work at all but nothing ventured, nothing gained and I really like how it turned out. Rice Pudding is such a great comfort food so I really wanted to come up with a low fat version and put my own spin on it.

Cinnamon Rice Pudding
1 portion of NoodleSlim rice
1 tbsp cinnamon 
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp vanilla extract
150ml almond milk
2 tbsp cornflour 

1. Place all the ingredients in a small saucepan and stir until combined
2. Heat over a medium heat and continue stirring 
3. When the mixture starts to thicken, reduce the heat and continue stirring

4. When it has thickened sufficiently, remove from the heat and serve in a bowl.

You can add fruit as a topping. I chose bananas but you could choose berries.

The cinnamon gives the distinctive brown colour to the pudding. You may think the seasoning is quite a lot but NoodleSlim rice has no flavour on its own so it needs strong flavouring or the pudding would be tasteless. The NoodleSlim rice softens but does retain more bite than ordinary rice. This reminded me a little bit of semolina pudding.

The recipe makes two generous portions which are 4 Smartpoints each. The pudding can be kept in the fridge and is delicious cold! 

So it's a bit of an unusual way to use NoodleSlim rice but sometimes it's good to try something really different and I wanted to show the versatility of the NoodleSlim products. Speak to you soon

Love Erica xxx


Thursday, 7 April 2016

Made to Measure

I just realised today that it's over a month since I measured myself. As my weight loss seems quite slow at the moment, I thought it would give me a boost to see what I have lost in inches. My previous sets of measurements were

3rd Feb
Chest - 47 inches
Waist - 47 inches
Hips - 49 inches
Thighs - 25 inches
Calf - 17 inches
Upper arm - 14 inches

3rd March
Chest - 46 inches
Waist - 45 inches
Hips - 48 inches
Thighs - 24 inches
Calf - 16 inches
Upper arm - 14 inches

Today's measurements are

7th April
Chest - 45 inches
Waist - 43 inches
Hips - 47 inches
Thigh - 24 inches
Calf - 16 inches
Upper arm - 14 inches

I found this really interesting as I have only lost inches on my chest, waist and hips compared to last time when I generally lost at least an inch everywhere. Maybe this is because my workouts this month have been designed to be fat burning and these are the areas where I carry the most fat.

It's inspiring for me to look at what I have lost in inches as it confirms my progress.

Chest - 1 inch lost this month and 2 inches lost in total
Waist - 2 inches lost this month and 4 inches lost in total
Hips - 1 inch lost this month and 2 inches lost in total
Thigh and Calf - no loss this month and 1 inch lost in total
Upper arm - no loss at all

My Achilles' tendon injury means that my workouts will have to alter for a while and I am planning more arm work so it will be interesting to see what my measurements will be next month.

I really do recommend taking your measurements to track your progress. If your loss on the scales slows down, this can give you the boost to keep going. Speak to you soon

Love Erica xxx


Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Wednesday Weigh In - Week 13 - Better Than Expected

So I hardly exercised, tried to stick to my diet and I lost half a pound this week.

That takes my total weight loss to 20.25 pounds.

I'm pleased with this as it could have easily been a gain. I've eaten out this week because my daughter is on holiday and last night I was so fed up because of my Achilles' tendon that I comfort ate a jam doughnut. Maybe I will pay for that next week!

So the week ahead will have to mean being very strict about my food. I've got some new recipes I want to try so that will inspire me. Plus I've been thinking about how to adapt workouts while my tendon heals. The problem is that I really need workouts that are fat burners. I may just have to settle for toning up this week.

The good news is that strapping up my ankle seems to have helped. I'm walking quite easily and the only thing that is painful is walking downstairs.

So it's a case of onwards and upwards. A positive attitude will go a long way and at least I still lost this week.

Speak to you soon

Love Erica xxx


Tuesday, 5 April 2016

A bit of a setback

My exercise plans have been thrown into complete disarray. Sad times.

I've damaged my Achilles' tendon. Basically I felt a tweak last week mid workout so I stopped and then rested over the weekend. Yesterday I was desperate to go for a run while my daughter was at her friend's house as I knew it was my only opportunity. In hindsight I shouldn't have but I did and this is what happened. 

I had some pain when I started but it was more of a stiffness so I tried to keep going. I stopped to cross the road and when I started to run again, the pain was so severe that I had to stop. I managed to limp home, took some painkillers and assessed the damage.

It's sore to touch around my tendon and I can't go on tiptoe so I know it is my Achilles. I can however walk with hardly any pain and there is no real swelling in the area.

I'm treating it using the R I C E principle. That means Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. I'm cutting out leg exercise completely for the next 10 days. If I don't see any improvement or if it feels worse then I will go to the doctor. I'm hoping that the damage is minimal so it will heal on its own.

I will keep you posted but for now this lovely ankle support is my constant fashion accessory

I was really upset yesterday and I will admit that I limped home crying. I'm feeling more determined now though. It is a setback but I won't let it defeat me and I will just have to develop a different workout routine while my Achilles' tendon heals.

Speak to you soon

Love Erica xxx


Monday, 4 April 2016

Monday Motivation - Stop Plodding!

I'm trying to give myself a bit of a mental kick up the butt this week. Rather than just getting through the school holidays, I need to concentrate on continuing to push myself as much as I can.

I have potentially two kid free days this week so I need to make the most of them. My youngest is being picked up by her friend's mum in 30 minutes do I'm going for a run after that!

My other motivation this week is regarding this blog. You may have noticed a change in the appearance over the last few days. This is due to my lovely new template from Pipdig. I love the fresh look it has given the blog and it has really inspired me.

Here's a few of the images and quotes that are motivating me today.

Hope you are having a great start to your week. Stay motivated! Speak to you soon

Love Erica xxx
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