Slimming World Journey So Far

If you have been an avid reader of my blog, you will know I have been doing slimming world for a while and I have been struggling getting back into the swing of things since Christmas. Everyone struggles right?

Well today, I saw someone post a before and after picture up and thought it might help me. Boy did it!!

In the first picture (taken April 2016) I was a new mum and was loving life. I was so proud of the fact that I was a mum….but I was so unhappy with my weight. During my pregnancy, sweet food was high up on my cravings and boy did I eat them. Infact that hasn’t gone away 😦

Fast forward 10 months later and 1 stone 10lb lighter to the photo on the right. Taken approximately 6 weeks ago, I am in a happier place. I am still loving being a mum and watching my beautiful baby grow into a happy toddler. 

On a personal level though, my mindset has completely changed. I feel that has helped me so much in changing how I look at my life as at whole. I am more positive when it comes to my business and my home life. 

I have realised that I still have a long way to go in my journey but I am on the right track 💖

Seeing those two pictures side by side has made me realise just how far I have come. I look like a completely different person and I’m excited to see where I will be this te next year! 

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Slimming World Take 2

Hey everyone! So its the new year and I havn’t lost any weight throughout January. I’ve had a hard talk to myself and I’m on it this week! 

Today for breakfast I had my HE B in porridge with cut up apple and strawberries, plus cinnamon on the top. I have to say, it was rather yummy! 

Lunchtime I wasn’t even hungry so decided take some soup. I got a soup maker for my birthday last month and it’s super easy to use. I made some vegetable soup, just look at this:

For evening meal I opted for the lovely chicken pizza. It was yummy! On them this time I had tomato puree, mushrooms, peppers and cheese. I put them in the oven with some potatoes instead of chips. 

I also added some extra veg on the side for some added speed food.

Afterwards I had a muller light and an apple 💪

So determined to loose weight this week!! Bring on tomorrow!!

Slimming World Chicken Pizza

Tonight I wanted to try something different with chicken. I looked online and came across Chicken Pizza.

Simply using a chicken breast,  flatten it out and use it as the pizza base.

On ours I kept it simple and just used tomato puree and cheese (healthy extra) but you could add peppers and mushrooms to the top of your pizza and it would still be free.

I would definitely make this again but I think I will have a look for some low syn oven chips. If anyone knows of any please let me know πŸ™‚ 

That with salad would be even better. A must for a simple meal 😍

Fry Up Slimming World Style

I fancied something different for tea on Saturday so decided on a fry up with a difference – all free 😍

In the oven, I put baby potatoes cut in half, with red onion and mushrooms, sprayed with frylight. They took about 40 mins to cook.

Meanwhile I grilled some Iceland Slimming World sausages (full fat ones for my other half) and baked beans in a pan.

Simple and not in the slightest like the typical diet meal 💖

If you like spicy food, you could put chilli flakes on the potatoes to give it some more flavour!

Defo one of my favourite meals and I am starting to get into the swing of Slimming World again!

Rituals LoveΒ 

We all know that when we go Christmas shopping it difficult not to buy something for yourself right? You always see something new you want to try….This happened to me.

We went to Cheshire Oaks to go gift hunting. For those of you who don’t know, Cheshire Oaks is a retail outlet for designer brands. You basically get designer items cheaper.

I had never heard of this brand before but there was a lady standing outside giving leaflets out for a ‘free gift’. 

The brand was Rituals. They specialise in skincare for both women and men. All their products are natural based and are not tested on animals.

I managed to get myself a free hand massage and the products where that good, I ended up buying the kit she used on my hands.

I’ve recreated the before and after for you but you have to really see it in person to get the full effect. 

First she used the shower oil on my hands and then put the scrub on and massaged it in. What I didn’t realise is when you use scrub at home, you find that it falls off your skin really easily especially when you are in the shower. But…If you use shower oil first, the scrub sticks to the oil.and you don’t loose any of it so get the full effect and don’t loose any.

After that you simply put moisturiser on. 

My skin felt super soft and even changed the colour of my skin. 

The before you can see the skin on my knuckles is raised and the front of my hand is all scaly.

On the after picture, everything is smoothed out – including my nails! 

I also used the products on my feet in the bath and no joke, it literally felt like I had new feet.

I would most certainly recommend Rituals if you suffer with dry skin in the horrible cold weather. 

They have plenty of different fragrances, the one above is mild floral but I would most definitely buy this again.

To check out the full range please visit uk.rituals.com

Straightening Brush Review

Everyone who knows me, knows how much I love having straight hair. 

I was given a straightening Brush to try and I have to say I won’t be using again.  

So this is my hair when it’s left to dry naturally….perfect for trying out the brush. You can change the temperature on the brush so you are in full control. 

I found that the temperature control being on the side of the handle was annoying as I kept turning it up and down when I didn’t want to. Not only that, while I was brushing my hair, literally slumps of my hair was coming out and it was hurting. 

I did half of my head and I was so annoyed with it. 

 

This was the result of attempting to use the brush. All in all, there’s no way I would use this brush again and I wouldn’t even pass it on for someone else to try. The temperature control is so dangerous and I’ve burnt my hands using it. 

Using my loyal GHD straighteners, I managed to get my hair the way I like πŸ™‚ GHDS for the win!! 

Homemade Carrot and Potato Soup

​Pretty chuffed with the soup I’ve just made 😍

A woman in work had it yesterday for her lunch but chunky so thought I’d make it myself! 

❀ 1 onion

❀ garlic

❀ chopped carrots

❀ 1 sweet potato

❀ 1 cup red lentils

❀ tin chopped tomatoes

❀ 900ml veg stock

❀ Bacon cut up (gonna add this later as chunky bits!)

It tastes gorgeous!! So excited because that’s my lunches sorted for the next week or so. I’m going to put it into pots and freeze it β›„

Perfect for the cold weather 💜