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 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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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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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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Wow! What can I say! SW Woman of the Year. To say that I’m completely blown away by this award is an understatement.

After weigh in I stayed on for IMAGE Therapy (a motivational class attended by SW members lead by a SW consultant, Celina).  We all had to vote for a member who was worthy of this award, little did I know I was one of the nominees.  I then had to speak about myself – basically the SW equivalent of the 1st round of The X Factor and convince them I was worthy of this award.  Spoiler alert: I won.

I couldn’t have done this on my own without the support of Slimming World and all its lovely members! An amazing eating plan, with great recipes and a fabulous support network. 

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Today has been all about body magic and flowers. I had my iPhone ready to capture the beautiful gardens at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, breathing in the scent of so many different fragrant, dizzy with the perfume of the lilies and other such beautiful flowers. It really was a day of body magic too as I wandered around for a third time, clocking up 10,000 steps on my FitBit.  

All this body magic was making me hungry! Luckily for me a good selection of food was available in the food court. I chose a prawn and noodle salad, followed by a fresh fruit salad, washed down by a bottle of water. Though I must confess, sticking to the flower show tradition, I had fresh strawberries and champagne. Well, when in Chelsea!

 

 

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A confession:  I’ve never owned a pair of trainers. I now own 3 pairs. And I regularly attend Zumba classes. WHO AM I.

I cannot believe how good it feels after a Zumba workout 💃 hot, sweaty and knackered but exhilarating. I have always felt embarrassed prancing around in front of people, scared of not being able to follow the dance moves, people looking at me but hey, guess what, I love it.

Zumba is a great place to make new friends, have a laugh and most importantly, lose weight.  Bring on the next class!

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Hello spud, where have you been all my life! Haven’t seen you here in a long time – had to cool the romance for a while and introduce myself to some vegetables as the obsession with you was clouding my brain! All I could dream of was jacket potatoes 😴but now your back!   💚 

 

 

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I ❤️ Mother’s Day, it’s a day in my life when I’m made to feel even more special than usual. Flower’s, cards and the company of my family.  
Lunch of fish, salad, sweet potato, Slimming World Coleslaw and couscous.  So I’m on a diet! It doesn’t mean I have to stop living, So I better not think about the Chinese I ate in the evening and the three glasses of wine! But boy, it was worth it.

    

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