I feel like a hypocrite writing this post now because I’m eating a Easter Egg as I type each word, but I’m still going to write it because I’m allowed a Easter Egg, I’ve made changes in my life but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a treat or two or three. Oh and I did have 2 chicken & Vegetable spring rolls, but that’s healthy right?
I’ve never been the healthiest person in the world but I’ve never been a person who doesn’t exercise or doesn’t eat fruit and vegetables either. So when I injured my knee in June 2015, I’ll admit I did let myself go a little. I didn’t imagine I would still be here now in 2017 with a knee injury so this is why I’ve had to make changes to my life. Having a knee injury isn’t pleasant and the first couple of months I really struggled with the pain, the slightest movement of my leg would cause a grinding feeling in my knee and always felt like it was going to dislocate again. At this time I hardly ate food because the pain made me feel sick so I weren’t putting on weight but I felt unhealthy and just wanted to get up and walk but I couldn’t. In March 2016 I started Celebrity Slim Meal Replacement shakes and lost a bit of weight but I didn’t realise at the time that I was losing a lot of muscle mass – which I didn’t have much left off especially in my leg so it weren’t good. I went for an operation a month later for my knee but it didn’t work, but the whole process drained my body completely and I couldn’t even go to the kitchen on my crutches without getting out of breath or feeling like someone was kicking my back every second. It took me 8 months to recover from the operation and I finally managed to walk up the stairs with one crutch, something I’ve never done and I felt really proud of myself. I decided I needed to drop a few pounds after Christmas so decided the quickest way would be meal replacement shakes again, but this time they weren’t working and was draining me completely, I had no energy and the muscle I had gained back was slowly disappearing again.
The beginning of this month I found a new shake, but this time it was a protein meal replacement called Yokebe and it has an impressive amount of protein in which is something I needed straight away and quickly! I decided to buy 8 tubs as they only have 9 servings and I was attempting phase one which is 3 shakes a day so 1 tub would only last me 3 days. I’d wake up at 10am – maybe I’m supposed to get up earlier but I need a lot of sleep, I think I was a sloth in my previous life. I’d make my shake, 200ml of semi skimmed milk and 5 scoops of powder and shake. I chose the chocolate as I tried the original in the Almaseed shakes and it was disgusting so I decided not to take the risk. The texture is thin so easy to drink, the taste isn’t as bad as I thought it would be, it reminds me of when you have a lolly ice and you have to get the last bit of the stick and you taste the wood on the lolly ice stick, but it is drinkable and I didn’t gag so easy peasy. My second shake would be lunch time 1-2pm and the second shake always tastes nicer than the first, I don’t know why. I then have a banana afterwards as you are allowed up to 3 fruit a day on phase one. I have my 3rd shake about 5pm.
I also have a weightwatchers soup with a plate of broccoli, you can have unlimited vegetables and can have soup if you need it on phase one. I don’t think I could of done it without the soup if I’m honest, maybe you could if you lived on your own but when you have everyone else eating dinner and then your not having anything it’s really bad. I made sure I drank at least 2 litres of water a day, as that’s really important when you are having meal replacement shakes. I carried this on for a whole week and was really proud of myself. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to get through something that seemed so hard at the beginning, and for someone that used to eat way over 2,500 calories a day and constantly craved Diet Pepsi and Jaffa cakes.
Phase two – 2 shakes a day with 1 meal, fruit and unlimited vegetables. Now if you can get through phase one then phase two should be the easiest thing ever. I decided to have my shakes in the morning and lunch as I really wanted to make a nice meal for dinner as I really did miss chicken!! Now I’m a fussy eater, so meal times for me are a struggle. I stick to simple meals that I know I’ll enjoy, it doesn’t have to be fancy, seasoning can make a simple meal taste amazing.
Healthy Meal ideas for fussy eaters :
Chicken breast fillets with wholegrain rice and vegetables. (I use chicken seasoning which you can buy in Asda for £1.50) and I use black pepper for my rice.
Chicken breast strips with wholegrain pasta with a low fat tomato sauce. (I use Italian garlic seasoning in this meal, which you can also get in Asda for £1.50)
Tuna with wholegrain pasta. ( I use a tuna seasoning which you can mix into the pasta, it’s really yummy).
Salt and black pepper turkey burgers with wholewheat buns and lettuce & cucumbers.
Diced grilled chicken salad.
Hard boiled eggs with wholemeal toast.
Vegetable or chicken soup with dark rye ryvita.
If I ever feel like a cheat day, I try to avoid it the best I can so I make Chicken breast fillets, salt and pepper wedges and corn on the cob. This is a great meal for when you are feeling like giving up and you need some carbs but you are still getting protein and vegetables into your diet so that’s better than ordering a Chinese takeaway or a donner kebab!
Other changes I’ve made is exercise. With a knee injury it’s really hard to find exercises that you can do without hurting your knee even more. I searched YouTube for hours and I came across a 20 minute chair exercise, for older people or younger people who have a injury or disability. The first time I attempted this workout I nearly passed out. The second time I completed it, but was still out of breath but I felt really good afterwards. I decided to purchase some dumbells for the workout so I could improve each time. The third time I attempted the workout I finished it and was sweaty but I felt great and stronger than when I started. Before my knee injury, I loved going to the gym so being able to exercise at home even with a bad knee makes you feel so much better. I do this exercise 3 days a week as I have to spend the other days on my physiotherapy. It’s only been 2 weeks but I feel stronger, my muscle in my leg has definitely increased and even my physiotherapy has felt easier. I have another 2 weeks of phase two and then phase 3 will be just 1 shake a day and 2 healthy lean meals.
Not every diet is perfect though and their was a few things I didn’t enjoy about it :
I had heartburn every day through phase one and I don’t know why. I never get heartburn so it confused me.
The price – I found Yokebe shakes in Lloyds Pharmacy and they had a offer on the shakes for just £6.50 each. But before I found them in here, I looked in boots, Superdrug and Asda and was shocked at the price which was £13.99 for one tub. So I decided to buy 8 tubs of Yokebe from lloyds pharmacy and used a £10 off voucher so I only paid £40 which is a really good price. If I had to pay £13.99 I don’t think I would of started it.
I was disappointed that my skin didn’t improve. I know that it doesn’t say anything about improving skin but I imagined it would because of the amount of vitamins and minerals in the shake, also with the increase of water I was drinking. I don’t think my skin will ever be smooth and spot free so I’ll stop moaning and just get on with it.
The main purpose of these changes I’ve made wasn’t to lose lots of weight and be thin in a month. All I wanted was to feel healthier, lose a bit of weight and increase my muscle mass and improve on my exercise and physiotherapy. I feel like I’ve achieved all of them things even though I haven’t stepped on a weighing scale because that’s something I will never do as I think scales are damaging to confidence and self esteem. If I stepped on a scale now I would probably be heavier than when I first started the diet, based on muscle mass not actual weight so I think they are really inaccurate on that basis. I’m going to carry on this journey and hopefully my recovery time will be reduced and that’s all I can hope for.