I haven’t worked on my blog post for a long time due to personal reasons like leaving my husband after 30+ years of marriage! Yep, I’ve finally had the courage to pack up and leave! Taking a small bag of clothes to see me through. Obviously it’s been very hard to eat healthy when all you want to do is comfort eat but I’m getting there with the help of my family and my great friends.

I now know the meaning of the phrase ‘sofa surfing ‘ but thank goodness I was able to! I have settled into a rented cottage in a small village in Essex putting an extra 25 mins on my journey which isn’t a hard price to pay for peace of mind!

Today I’ve woken up to a feeling of determination and excitement of how my life will shape and the first thing is to concentrate on the shape of my body, so with all my Slimming books to hand and my pen & paper, I’m going to plan my meals for the week.

Writing down how I am feeling has made me feel stronger and ready for the journey ahead.

Healthy eating I’m back!

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I always buy all the recipe books, flick through the pages, drool over the recipes but never make the food! It’s time for change! A quick look through my store cupboard and all the ingredients are to hand:-

1 tin of sliced carrots

2 tins of chopped tomatoes

1 tin baked beans

1/2 pint vegetable stock

4 small pickled onions

Method:

Blend all the ingredients using a hand whisk and serve hot

simple recipe using tinned food.

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I have always followed Slimming World’s healthy eating for years but feel I desperately need to change the way I look at food and start to add healthy fats to my eating plan! No more low fat yogurt, low fat cheese! Food with all the goodness taken out, need I go on?

Change is good they say, well let’s see. Obviously I will still attend my SW group as I do need the support of others and plus I like to be weighed on a weekly basis, it just keeps me on track. I’m not saying I’m going to start stuffing my face with cakes and chocolates, I can still be sensible but just to add a little bit more variety to my life! I need change!

I’m going to sign up for a yoga course and also start to meditate as I hear it’s good for your wellbeing. I’ve bought some earphones and down loaded an app called ‘insight timer’ and I can honestly say you can space out on it. Who needs alcohol and fags! Well, let’s not give everything up hey! Just little things in moderation to improve my body and soul. Don’t worry, I am not about to start chanting and preaching to everyone! I would have no friends left. I’m a party animal! I need my friends!!

I am going to update my blog on a regular basis and write about places I’ve eaten in and boy, have I eaten in a lot of places! I’m always being told, you are always out, perhaps I just brag about it more as I always love to update my Facebook page!

What is it about full length mirrors in the ladies, selfie time
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Three bean chilli is such an easy dinner to make! I had a sort through my cupboard and found all the ingredients without having to shop! You can use any beans of your choice as they all taste great!

Enjoy 😉

Ingredients:

1 can of black eyed beans

1 can of bortelli beans

1 can of cannellini beans

1 cup of dried lentils

1 carton of chopped tomatoes

2 grated carrots

1 teaspoon of dried chilli flakes

Tomato purée (I used half a tube)

1 pint of water

Jalapeños (chopped)

Salt & pepper

Method:

Add all the ingredients into your slow cooker and mix. Set to high for 1.1/2 hrs then to low and leave to simmer for about an hour.

Taste to see if hot enough. The chilli always improves so don’t be too heavy handed

I always enjoy my chilli the following day

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Baked oats is a favourite of mine ! I feel I am being naughty when I eat this! How can it be healthy you say…

Well it is! Thank you Slimming World and #instagram for sharing this. So many different ways to make this, but my favourite is using choc shot. You can play around with this recipe adding fruit, food flavouring, anything!! Even changing it to savoury oats by adding bacon & cheese.

Ingredients:

40g oats (healthy extra b choice)

2 eggs

Mullerlight (any flavour)

Method:

Whisk eggs, add to oats & yogurt, mix all together and stir in choc shot.

Oven: 180C

40-45 mins

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I have made baked oats many times and have tried endless recipes but now I can honestly say, this is one of the best! I  can now actually have my cake and eat it. You can use this for your pancakes too, just add fruit.

40g oats

2 eggs

1 heaped tbsp quark

Vanilla essence or skinny syrup

Mix together and bake 180 degrees- 30 mins

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Ida is a gorgeous little restaurant situated in a grade II listed former corner shop.  Oozing with personality and that lovely Italian feeling which makes you feel you are dining in a little part of Italy. It was a really hot evening and the front of the shop was opened up to let in the breeze which added to the feel of the place! 

It was a birthday celebration which was made special by every person in the restaurant singing Happy Birthday.

Ida is a family run business owned by a husband and wife team, Simonetta & Avi. Most of the recipes are passed down from family and the pasta is to die for!  Really worth a visit! 

 

 

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Visiting Louth this weekend, I came across a fabulous tea shop Wonderland, Gifts & Tea Shoppe selling delicious cakes and delights, run by two cheeky chappies, Wayne and Paul.  All the cakes are freshly made by Paul using ingredients that you wouldn’t think of using, with a wonderful array of sweets, chocolates, jams and chutneys,  and not forgetting the cheesecake selection, which is to die for.  You can order any type of tea, from English to Herbal with a good range of coffee. The decor is an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ theme which makes it stand out from your ordinary tea shops.  

I couldn’t resist the Avocado & Courgette cake and it didn’t fail to impress me!  Most of the cakes are gluten free which is one of the reasons I chose to eat in there as my Mum suffers with Celiac disease.  
 

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Visiting The Shard was an amazing experience, one that I would like to do again.  The lift went from ground to the 32nd floor in the blink of an eye.  We were greeted with a champagne reception and canapes served in the private glass room with amazing views of the city.  This was going to be a fabulous evening.

Our meal was served by waiting staff who were very attentive and always on hand to top up my glass so it was hard to keep a track of how many glasses you actually drank over each course.  It was a great choice of wines, so hats off to The Shard. on their choice of wine for each course.   I think tonight I am just going to enjoy. 

I hadn’t eaten too many of the canopies thank goodness.  Saving myself for the wine, because boy, was it flowing.  I even took a photo of the label on one bottle of wine as it was something I would buy myself and me being a G&T girl, would make a welcome change!   

The first course was served and I had opted for fish, which I thought was a good choice, as the saying goes, if it swims, it slims!  we shall see.                 

The main course consisted of steak and salad with a few veggies with the wine being topped up as soon as it was drunk.  I kept reminding myself of the syn value of the wine, so was trying to take it easy, not that easy though, a girl has to enjoy herself, plenty of time later for beating myself up (not)

But when the dessert came up, oh my! it was delicious.  Bramley apple cheese cake served with a dessert wine, so sweet but absolutely devine.  I was in heaven, literally according to the view!   and just when you think it is all over, out came the cheese board which I can never resist.   This evening I had used about a month’s worth of syns but I can honestly say, it was worth every mouthful.  

This sure is what they mean by the Slimming World journey…

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Slimming World has played a huge roll in my life and shaped me into the person I am today (literally). I want to share my highs and lows with you so you will see that it is possible to achieve the figure hiding inside of you. Anything is possible if you believe in yourself.

I have dipped in and out of Slimming World for years and until now have never felt so more in control of my life and my health. It’s a great feeling! I have been a target member for over a year now and intend to stay this way always.

Creating a blog has given me the opportunity of combining the two things I enjoy together – healthy eating and blogging.

Creating an Instagram account and sharing my losses, gains and food with my Instagram family has helped me stay focused. Something that I thought would never happen to me – I enjoy exercise and have recently joined my local gym. I know, I was surprised too. Continuing this healthy theme I also participate in ‘Parkrun’, a free running club held every Saturday morning for people of any age. You can even bring your dog!  So who knows what’s next, the London Marathon…?

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