Sunday, 11 March 2018

How I Turned My Fitness Around

I have never made it a secret that throughout my life I have struggled with my weight. Just to make a very long story short, when I was younger I was severely underweight and I was like that until I was 16. I didn’t try to stay slim, it just happened naturally. Over the years I had to be in and out of hospital because not only was I underweight, I was also severally unhealthy and because of that I caught every bug and infection that was going around. My mum and dad always tried to feed me up and give me really healthy meals to try and bulk me up and even though I ate everything, my body could not maintain any amount of fat. It got to a point where I ended up in hospital being fed by drip just to try and regulate my body and get me a little healthier.

From there, I was put onto steroids for months on end. And to anybody that has been on steroids before, they did their job in fattening me up. In the end, they did the job too well and I ended up being incredibly unhealthy with my body. But as the doctors kept informing me, the steroids weren’t intended to fatten me up, it was just to help my body build some kind of immune system, to them the weight gain was a bonus. But not to me. Since, it has just been an up and down battle with getting my weight to a healthy median of the two. So, I created a fitness and meal plan to set me on my way, and I thought that I would share that with you and how my day looks.

I really started to get into this in around September last year. Because I have so much going on this year, I wanted to feel confident in my own skin, so I knew that the only person that could make a difference to that was me. At the same time though, I didn’t want to restrict my diet too much to the point that I didn’t enjoy food, food is a bit part of my life and the be all and end all is that I love good food, it was just about making better choices.

6am:      Get up and walk Martha. Usually for around 60 minutes at a brisk pace.
8am:      Have breakfast at work. Either 2 Weetabix or a small bowl of cornflakes with semi-skimmed milk.
10am:    Low fat yoghurt. Either a Muller Light or as a treat I will have a Muller corner.
12pm: Apple
1pm:     I will snack on a Alpen Light, usually chocolate flavour. Only 99 calories.
2pm: For my lunch I will have a Mug shot. They are around 150 calories which isn’t bad for a warm lunch.
5pm: After work I will go to the gym. I alternate between cardio and strength training. 60 minutes minimum.
7pm: Evening meal. I will leave some of my go to evening meals down below.
8pm: Brisk evening walk with Martha. 30 minutes minimum.

That is my weekday pretty much mapped out. My weekend is pretty similar and I will at least try to get myself to the gym once at a weekend. I also aim to walk at 10,000 to 14,000 steps a day. It isn’t really hard to get that many steps in a day, wearing a Fitbit really helps because it prompts you to get up and move every hour, which I think is perfect for when I’m at work and sat behind. Luckily, I work in a really relaxed place and they don’t mind me getting up every hour to get in my 250 steps. Anyway, next I will share with you some of my go to evening meals. This is where I particularly found it hard, being the foodie that I am, I didn’t want to cut anything out. Cutting out sides such as naan bread and garlic bread were particularly hard for me. Not to mention that I’m not a huge fan of vegetables or salad, so I’m limited to what I can have. But I do more than make up for it in the amount of fruit that I snack on.

Meal 1:
Crushed new potatoes baked with garlic and rosemary
Steamed broccoli and carrots

Meal 2:
Chicken madras curry cooked from scratch with no oil or Ghee
Cauliflower rice
Wholemeal pita bread

Meal 3:
Jacket potato with 30g mild cheese – no butter
Chicken breast cooked in a passata sauce
Sweetcorn, carrots and peas

Meal 4:
Lean turkey mince and a home cooked chilli sauce
Pilau rice

Meal 5:
Homemade pizza on pitta breads
Wholemeal pitta bread topped with passata sauce, cheese and tomatoes

So, there you have 5 of my easy to do homemade meals. Everything that I cook in an evening has to be quick and easy to cook so that I can just throw it together after work without it taking too long. Everything that I do is nice and simple but super tasty. Me and my partner have about 15 meals wrote down and we sit down on a weekend and plan out our weekly meal plan out and then when we go shopping we can get everything in that we need. I know to some people it may sound really boring, but it helps me structure my diet. A big thing for me is that I don’t snack on unhealthy things or drink sugary drinks, for me it is water or nothing. Plus, this way with how well I eat usually, I can treat myself every now and again and not feel guilty for it!

I don’t want to make this post too long so I will stop here. I also don’t want to try and pretend like I’m any kind of professional when it comes to this kind of thing, I just wanted to share with you guys what seems to be working really well for me. Hopefully by the time I am a maid of honour in July I will be feeling super confident so that I can just enjoy the day. If you have any tips and tricks for being happy and healthy, make sure to leave them in the comments box down below and I will be sure to check them out!


  1. Love posts like this, thanks for sharing the meal ideas too - I'll have to try some!

    Anika |

    1. All of the meals that I eat are simple and easy to make!

      Danielle xx

  2. Amazing post dear!
    Have a great week! xo

    Viva La Vida

  3. It's amazing how you've managed to turn it around, and I hope you're okay! The idea of planning everything out on the weekend is a really good idea. Plus the meals all sound delicious! Great post xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    1. Thank you for reading honey, it has been hard but I am finding it very rewarding!

      Danielle xx

  4. I know how hard taking steroids can be, sometimes it just seems they blow you up like a ballon.
    Its amazing to hear that you are feeling better.

    Vanessa x |

    1. It wasn't a great experience, it is just hell of a lot of hard work now!

      Danielle xx

  5. I love the My Fitness Pall app. I find that it motivates me to eat healthy food and cut back on my snacking habits.

    1. It is so good for keeping me motivated and to stop me going off the deep end!

      Danielle xx


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