Why I am changing my lifestyle

I suppose every person has a reason as to why they turn their life around, eat better, exercise more and similar.  I have never really been open about my reasons.  I have a wonderful life, a loving husband and great family and friends.  The one thing missing in my life is children.

I have been struggling with infertility for five years now.  Now in my early 30’s its starting to become my main focus of losing weight and getting fit.  Its time to really push now to get down to my target weight and focus my energy on getting  the doctors to do more.  I have not received a diagnosis of any medical issue but from my research I know that weight and related health are one of the big factors.

Being open and truthful I feel guilty with every negative test that I can’t give me husband a “mini me” as I know that he will be the most amazing dad.   Its not fair that something so natural can be so tough for some.

Picking myself up and ensuring that I can keep going to reach the end goal will be the biggest reward of all and make this hard work worthwhile.

I want to blog about my lifestyle change not infertility – I won’t be beaten.  I want to share what I am a learning along the way 🙂

The best is yet to come, Gilly x

First Assignment – Blogging 101

cropped-seal_v2-04I am taking part in Blogging 101.  This specially designed course helps bloggers improve their writing and blogs.  Each day I will have an email with day’s task and try to blog, and today marks the first one!

Day One: Introduce Yourself to the World

So this one is a bit more difficult for me as I have been blogging on and off for a while now, but no harm in trying!

I am Gilly, a 30 something wannabe blogger from Aberdeen, Scotland.

WholeLottaGilly first came about when the realisation hit me that I had put on so much blooming weight!  I decided that it wasn’t time for a diet but a total lifestyle change.  Changing what I eat and actually starting to exercise has had such an impact to my life (not only physically).  I decided that I needed to share and document my progress with the aim of keeping me motivated as well as supporting others.

Outside of my work I am also very passionate about events, charity work and my family.  I went with WholeLottaGilly as a title to try and keep my blog open ended to what I could write about from recipes to holidays 🙂

I am looking forward to being introduced to new blogs and meeting likeminded and passionate bloggers through Blogging 101.

Gilly x

Spinach Cakes

Image From eatingwell.com

Image From eatingwell.com

I always love a look around www.eatingwell.com for inspiration daily.  The website provides you with many recipe ideas especially handy when trying to come up with ways to use all the fruit and veg in my fridge!

One of my favourite ways to eat more spinach is the amazing spinach and parmesan cakes. They are so tasty!

Makes: 4 servings, 2 spinach cakes each | Active Time: 15 minutes | Total Time: 40 minutes | Equipment: Muffin pan with 12 (1/2-cup) muffin cups


  • 12 ounces fresh spinach, (see Note)
  • 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese, or low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Pulse spinach in three batches in a food processor until finely chopped. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add ricotta (or cottage cheese), Parmesan, eggs, garlic, salt and pepper; stir to combine.
  3. Coat 8 cups of the muffin pan with cooking spray. Divide the spinach mixture among the 8 cups (they will be very full).
  4. Bake the spinach cakes until set, about 20 minutes. Let stand in the pan for 5 minutes. Loosen the edges with a knife and turn out onto a clean cutting board or large plate. Serve warm, sprinkled with more Parmesan, if desired.


Per serving: 141 calories; 8 g fat (4 g sat, 3 g mono); 123 mg cholesterol; 6 g carbohydrates; 13 g protein; 2 g fiber; 456 mg sodium; 560 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (170% daily value), Folate (46% dv), Vitamin C (40% dv), Calcium (30% dv), Potassium (16% dv).

Recipe and information from Eating Well http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/parmesan_spinach_cakes.html

Gilly x

Juicing Fav’s

Finding the right combination for juicing is all part of the fun.  Initially I found it quite difficult to increase my green’s and tended to stick to the fruity ingredients.  Then I found The Skinny NutriBullet Recipe Book by CookNation.

Here’s a couple of recipes that helped me introduce more goodness to my juices.

Ginger Apple Juice


2 Apples | 4m/2 inch piece of fresh Ginger | 1/2 Lemon | Water

  1. Rinse the ingredients
  2. Core the apples (leaving the skin on).  Peel the lemon and no need to worry about the pipes.
  3. Add all the fruit & ginger to your blender holder (tall cup for NutriBullet) ensuring the ingredients don’t go past the max line on your machine.
  4. Add water & blend until smooth.

Gentle Detox


2 handfuls of Spinach | 1 handful of Kale | 2 Apples | 1/2 Lemon | Water | Sesame seeds optional

  1. Core the apples, leaving on the skin.  Peel the lemon.
  2. Add the ingredients to your blender (tall cup for NutriBullet) making sure you don’t pass the max line.
  3. Add water and blend until smooth.

Enjoy, Gilly x


Gilly Is Juicing!

To get the MOST out of life.. you need to get the MOST out of your food!

Over the last couple of months I have spent a lot of time reading about nutrition, including reading the amazing Eat. Nourish. Glow by Amelia Freer which has introduced the powers of juicing to me.

811XBaEo4EL._SL1500_Any excuse to buy a kitchen gadget I treated myself to the Nutribullet Pro.  Even bigger and better, the Nutribullet 900 Series Superfood nutrition extractor came equipped with a powerful high-torque power base and 900 watt motor for a smoother consistency. It also included a high torque power base, 2x extractor blades, an oversized cup, 2x tall cups, a short cup, handled and regular lip rings, flip top lid, 2x resealable lids, user manual, recipe books and a nutritionist book.  So easy to use and even easier to clean (well apart from when the hubby use’s it and doesn’t put the lid on properly 😦 )  I have now been using the Nutribullet for over a month and love the varied juices that you can make.  I even make soups!

To make the most from the juicing there are four easy steps to follow:

  1. Fill the cup with 50% leafy greens + 50% fruit (Boosts Optional)
  2. Fill only up to the MAX line with water and/or ice (coconut water really good too!)
  3. Add 1/8 to 1/4 cup nuts/seeds if desired.
  4. Twist on the Nutribullet blade and blend until smooth.

Leafy Greens – 50%

  • Collard greens
  • Kale
  • Romaine
  • Spinach
  • Spring Greens
  • Swiss Chard

Fruits – 50%

  • Apple
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Blackberry
  • Blueberry
  • Canteloupe
  • Cranberry
  • Fig
  • Grapes – red or green
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Nectarine
  • Orange
  • Papaya
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Pineapple – my fav!
  • Plum
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberry

Boosts (additional fibre and nutrition)

  • Nuts – almonds, Cashews, Walnuts
  • Super Chargers – Goji Berries, Acai Berries
  • Seeds – Chia, Flax, Hemp, Pumpkin, Sesame, Sunflower

I have started to collate all my favourite combinations and will share these recipes!

It’s Been A While!!

New Year, New Start!

I haven’t blogged in a while.  Started a new job which has taken a lot of my time!  But its time for a new start, and new blog!

At the tailend of 2013 I celebrated my 30th birthday 3 stone lighter!  Still a long way to go, and my determination had slipped a lot over the festive period but starting afresh and looking forward to a healthier and slimmer 2014.  Especially now as I have booked a beach holiday and determined to be body confident!  (so that gives me until May).

The weather has been absolutely awful, with winds up to 60mph so I haven’t been out on two wheels as much as I would have liked, hoping we get a change in climate and I can enjoy my daily cycles again!

Now away to catch up on all the blogs I love and follow, and think up some blog posts 🙂

Love Gilly x

Diet Progress – Week 8

I have been following Slimming Worlds extra easy weight loss plan.  The basis of the plan is food optimization.

Our generous eating plan makes slimming easier than you ever thought possible! Instead of telling you what you can and can’t eat, Food Optimising puts you in control. You don’t even need to worry about weighing all your food, counting points or monitoring every mouthful – it’s so liberating! – See more at: http://www.slimmingworld.com

I started this blog 7 weeks into my diet, with a total weight loss so far of almost 2 stones.  I think I have tried every diet and plan going, but finally I have found one that still lets me eat lovely food and best of all lose weight and feel fantastic.

My first week loss was 9lbs – something that I would never have expected.  Needless to say this has made me determined to stick to the plan and continue my goal of losing weight.   I should mention that the first week on a healthy diet usually results in a high weight drop, but thank fully I have managed to maintain a steady loss.

My Typical Daily food intake:

  • Breakfast – bowl loaded with fruit and fat free yoghurt.
  • Lunch – brown ham salad sandwich (no butter)
  • Dinner – grilled chicken, baked potato with lots of vegetables.
  • Snacks – Throughout the day I snack on fruit, keep my fluids up by drinking water and my new love Green Tea.  After my cycle at night I usually treat myself to a low calorie bar such as Alpen or Slimming World’s own Hi-Fi bars.

The diet itself allows you to eat lots of “free” foods, including pasta (dried), lean cuts of meat, and all fruit and veg.  The books and website provide lots of tasty recipes and helpful articles to keep you on track.

I think my major change in diet is coffee.  I was a total addict, but with both milk and two sugars I was choosing the unhealthy option.  Tea and coffee is still allowed on diet, with a certain amount of milk but I have chosen to cut this out completely changing to water, green tea, or diet juice.

Another big change for me is exercise.  I never had any weight issues until I was in my early 20’s (I blame the hubby haha).  Since getting my new bike cycling has totally taken over my evenings, I like nothing better than getting out pedalling.  This has helped increase my weekly weight loss and general well being.  My mood has dramatically changed, I feel fantastic so far with losing 2 stones.

My achievements are mounting up – I have been slimmer of the week twice, slimmer of the month and last week achieved my club 10 (loosing 10% of starting weight).

Overall, going into my 8th week of my diet I am still very determined, positive and seeing big changes in the mirror.