Thursday, 26 November 2015

Slimming World weigh in #42 - the one where I'm almost there...

Once again I never managed to write an update last week, though in the last one I did write, I said I felt like I was back in the game. Well. Until last week that was. When I had a monumental gain of 2lb! I know it's not a lot really, but I was quite annoyed with myself that I was doing so well again and I sabotaged myself that week by eating maybe a few more naughty things than I should have.

I went away from group that night with my line drawn, my positive head screwed on, and I was more than determined to see a loss this week. That determined that everyone in my group was shocked that we had a chippy tea last Friday and I weighed my chips and removed the batter from my fish! LOL! As I still had been even with gaining, I wrote everything down and for the first time in a while, I was actually under my syns every day so I was positive I was going to see a loss this week.

Before that, here are some meals from the last couple of weeks:

As I said above, this week I went to weigh in positively hoping for a loss. I was even hoping that I might just manage to grab my 3 stone award. Saying that, I was still quite nervous when I stepped on the scales, but I was absolutely over the moon to see a loss of 3lb! So I didn't quite make my 3 stone, but there's always next week!

My stats for (week 41):
  • starting weight - 13st 4.5lb
  • previous weight - 10st 6lb
  • current weight - 10st 8lb
  • loss this week - 2lb GAIN
  • loss so far - 2st 10.5lb
  • Club 10 target weight - 11st 13.5lb - achieved 05/05/15!
  • final target weight - 9st 7lb

My stats for this week (week 42):
  • starting weight - 13st 4.5lb
  • previous weight - 10st 8lb
  • current weight - 10st 5lb
  • loss this week - 3lb 
  • loss so far - 2st 13.5lb
  • Club 10 target weight - 11st 13.5lb - achieved 05/05/15!
  • final target weight - 9st 7lb

Monday, 23 November 2015

Recipe - Blueberry & cinnamon muffins

Everybody loves a nice muffin, right? I may be in the minority but I prefer a fruity one to a chocolaty one. First of all, it's healthier as it has fruit in, yes? Secondly, it's so delicious biting into it and tasting the juicy fruit, and it looks so good oozing from the top. I love baking muffins as well as eating them, there are so many wonderful combinations and they can be made even healthier for children too but they still think they are getting a treat. And the smell; the smell when baking them - amazing! Actually right now I could just eat one of these, but I'm trying to be good for my weigh in tomorrow! These are really easy to throw together and the cinnamon sugar on top leaves them looking all golden.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Giveaway - BabySteps Scratch-Off calendar

At the moment we are two babies up (plus our angel of course) with no plans for more in the foreseeable future. Don't get me wrong, I love babies, I really do - otherwise I wouldn't have had any... - but in a kind of bittersweet way I am glad that the baby days are ending and we can have so many adventures together now. I do occasionally get broody, but if I get really desperate I could just borrow a baby, right?

I don't think there is ever a time when one of my friends is not pregnant; so many have had babies recently or are expecting very soon, and I really do love watching their pregnancy journey's, and then of course the baby journey's and the overload of gorgeously adorable photos! (That is when I get broody).

After two babies, I far from consider myself an expert on the topic - I'm still clueless at some things and just wing it really! But when people ask for advice, I do try and help in any way I can as I know how hard it is being a first-time parent and not leaving the hospital with an instruction manual - heck, even with subsequent babies!

The BabySteps scratch off calendar doesn't claim to be an expert at babies & parenting either, but it does provide parents-to-be with a different fact or tip for each day of pregnancy. The fun is in the scratching off of each day to discover what is underneath, so kind of a cross between an advent calendar and a scratchcard, but you get the greatest reward at the end - a tiny human!

It's something I have never seen before and I would have loved to have received one of these during either of my pregnancies, but alas...

You can find out more about the brand here or purchase a calendar on Amazon, but I do also have one to give away to a lucky reader - just enter via the Rafflecopter below, and good luck!

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Sunday, 15 November 2015

Slimming World weigh in #40 - the one where I'm back in the game...

Once again, it's been a few weeks since I posted my last update. Since then, I've been sticking to writing everything down - even if I know it's over my syns, as I've wanted to be completely accountable to myself. I have had a few occasions when I have been quite naughty with snacking but apart from that I have been pretty much on plan. This might have been helped by the fact that I sat down with my magazines and recipes I have saved, and wrote down a whole month of evening meals in order to make meal planning a little easier! It has meant that I've kept on plan throughout the day as I already know what I will be eating later on with regards to using my healthy extras and syns.

After my weeks of maintaining, I think I just finally had an epiphany that I was letting myself down, and only I could get myself back into it if I wanted to get my 3 stone award by Christmas. It will be the first Christmas in years that I have actually felt happy with myself. I can now see my final goal ahead of me; it's been a long road, but I will get there.

Time to share some of my meals from the past few weeks:

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Review - Ideal Home Show at Christmas

I shared with you last week some information about the Ideal Home Show at Christmas and after waiting rather (im)patiently all week, on Thursday we finally made the trip to Manchester to start off our Christmas adventures!

I had originally booked a train for the unworthy hour of 7am, I was going to take J with me, and hubby was going to stay at home with N. But when we got to the station...the train had been cancelled! (So glad I got insurance on that ticket). Cue me getting upset because I had promised J a journey on the train and a Christmas day out. There was a bus operating between two locations on the way to Manchester but my anxiety had risen and I was panicking about how we were going to get the rest of the way, so in the end we decided that hubby would drive and we would all go - a much needed family day out!

Then when we got near Manchester, there were delays because of roadworks so we were stuck for an extra half an hour, and of course J needed a wee so that set us back even more. We finally managed to arrive at 11.30am, a whole hour and a half after the show started so we missed the opening of it which I was looking forward to. When we had managed to get parked, we then made our way to the main entrance and actually walked further than we needed to as we had to go back to the press entrance; well, we got there eventually anyway!


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