Friday, 9 October 2015


Week 11 went incredibly quick actually but it was a really good! I've lost 1.5lbs this week, meaning I've lot 11.5lbs in total and keeping me at an average loss of 1lbs a week. I'm super pleased with this as I've lost the 0.5lbs I gained plus another. It also means I'm now only 2.5lbs away from a stone! 

On to what I've been eating in the past week. I've had a really good week actually, stuck to plan as well as I could. I had my usual quiche for lunch which I've finally turned in to a blog post. I made two new dishes, chicken kiev and beef &red wine casserole which was my dinner for Sunday and Monday, very homely and filling. I was away with work on Tuesday night and I went out for dinner with an old friend, I had steak and chips. so steak was fine but syned the chips. I had breakfast at the hotel in the morning but kept it SW and left all the bread, croissants etc. which i didn't actually miss at all! I've had noodles a couple of times this week too, with lots of vege and either prawns or Turkey. I decided to make the Slimming World Bakewell Bites this week too, as usual I took photos as i went along so there will be a blog post soon. But they were lovely, only 2 syns each too! A nice sweet alternative after dinner.

Exercise. Another really good week, since Saturday I've ran 10 miles which is the most I've ever done and I attended my usual Pilates class on Sunday morning too. My running routes are now 3 miles each time (apart from Thursday where I do a sprinted mile before weigh in) and I'm going to try a 4 mile route tomorrow morning. I did a running blog post this week if anyone's interested in reading more about it. I'm keen to start PT sessions soon, I've got cardio down, abs and stretching down but I need to do something strength wise!

Favourite meal last week? Chicken Kiev turned out really well so I'll deffo be making that again, although it was a little bit fiddly and took longer than I thought.
Learnt anything new? My weightloss is noticeable to others now which is really nice.
Complete last weeks aims? Apart from my night out I did really well sticking to low syns. 
Aims for this week? To reach my stone award.
Any new dishes to try? I've got two new SW recipe books, Fakeaway and Extra Easy so i'm sure after a flick through them i'll have a list.
Wanting to lose? 2.5lbs would get me my stone!
Time active? 2hs 55mins

Week One -3lbs
Week Two -3lbs
Week Three -1.5bs
Week Four -0.5lbs
Week Seven -0.5lbs
Week Eight  -1.5lbs
Week Nine -2lbs
Week Ten +0.5lbs

Total loss: 11.5lbs

I'm putting together a Slimming World Q&A blog post together so if you have any questions please feel free to get in touch.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015


If you've been following my Slimming World posts for a while you'll know that during the week at work I have quiche every day for my lunch. I find it really fills me up, it's full of goodness and it's really easy to make. I make two batches up on a Sunday afternoon which gives me 4 days in the week, I don't even have to think about it and I love that! The best thing is it's totally syn free too!

So to make this yummy quiche, you will need:

◦ Veggies (I used peppers, mushrooms, courgette, spring onion, spinach and tomatoes)
Bacon (fat removed)
◦ 3 eggs 
◦ 150g Fat Free Cottage Cheese

And here’s how:
  1. Prepare whatever Speed and Free veggies take your fancy and remove the fat from the bacon.
  2. Fry them all together in a pan with fry light and whatever herbs you want, I usually go for a bit of paprika and garlic.
  3. Whilst these are cooking, mix together 3 eggs and 150g of fat- free natural cottage cheese. You can add cheese as well, but remember to take it out of your daily allowance.
  4. Put your vege mix in an oven proof dish and pour over the cottage cheese.
  5. Place your spinach over the top and add your sliced tomatoes
  6. Cook for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. 
  7. Either serve straight away or if you’re like me, wait until they’ve cooled down and add them to a lunchbox. Half of the quiche is a day’s lunch for me so I usually make two batches. 
Et voila! An easy lunch alternative! 

Monday, 5 October 2015


As you all know when I first started Slimming World a couple of years ago I lost 3 stone without much exercise, in fact hardly any really. But once I hit that milestone I started to dabble with it occasionally, a few gym trips here and there to try and tone up but I very blase about it. A few months after this I met my boyfriend who is quite in to keeping fit, he cycles a lot and runs too and after a few weeks I went on my first ever run with him. From going from literally nothing for year, to a 2 mile run, killed me. It was horrendous, my fitness was shocking, my breathing was all over the place and I couldn't possibly imagine how anyone could enjoy this. But I stuck with it and after a few weeks I noticed an improvement, I was getting somewhere and it wasn't as bad as I thought. But in true me style I quit, I stopped watching what I ate too and managed to wack on a stone in weight in the past year. All that weight i'd spent ages losing was suddenly creeping back on and I wasn't happy. This is why I started Slimming World again, to shift that extra stone and get reach my goal. But this time I wanted to include exercise and do them both along side each other, It wasn't just about the weight, I want to be fit and healthy. I started Slimming World 11 weeks ago and exercise, 4 weeks ago and you know what? I feel bloody fantastic! I do a Pilates once a week, a body sculpt class and run a few miles a week too. I'm by no means an expert, not even close but I know what works best for me and my body and that's the main thing.

So, here's what I do.

I learnt this the hard way. Stretching is SO important. Whether you're just going round the block, or cross country, stretching before and after a run is paramount. I've gone on runs before and thought 'Oh, i'll be fine!' and half way round my calves are in pieces and my thighs felt like anchors the next day. It only takes a few minutes to stretch out your legs but it saves you being in pain for days. Collapsing in to a heap on the floor when you get in is always very tempting, but once you get your breathe back stretch straight away, it's much more beneficial to do it then than later when you've cooled down.

Track What You Do
I'm a bit obsessive about this, which I don't know if that's good or bad! I like to track how many calories i'm burning and track my time and pace. At the moment I use two separate things for this, my watch which tracks my calories and heart rate is the Polar FT 4. I've had this watch for years and it's brilliant for doing what it does, it's great for my exercises classes and any gym workouts I do but it doesn't have a GPS so it's not great for running. The next thing I use is a free app called Strava and this uses your phones GPS to track your route, so this is what I use for running. It keeps a record of all your times and remembers the same routes you do so you can compare them each time to see if you're improving. But it's starting to become a little bit annoying having two separate trackers and having to take my phone out every time, so i'm on the hunt for a new one which tracks it all and stores it all in one place so if anyone can recommend anything then that would be super! And of course no run is complete without some sort of music to listen to, a lot of people use their own music on their iPods and have running playlists etc but I like to listen to the radio when i run. It might sound really strange but the talking distracts me from what I'm doing and I find i do much better runs when I listen to the radio instead of a playlist. 

How Far To Run
When I first got back in to running a few weeks ago I started off with just a mile, I did a mile every day for 5 days. By the end of it I'd knocked a minute off my original time and every time I do that run I take more time off and achieve a new personal best. I do this route usually only a Thursday now as that's when I have my Slimming World club and I don't have time to do anything more but after an sitting in an office for 8 hours and two hour commute it's nice to work my legs a bit. Another route is a 2 mile one which was the first ever route I did, it's a nice loop around where I live with a mixture of flats and hills (and unfortunately traffic lights which is a killer when you're in  the zone) I always try and push harder up the hills as that's where your fitness is improved, although I live on quite a steep road and the hill at the end is horrific but I've never quit and walked up it and I tell myself that every time! On Saturday I combined the two and did a 3 mile run, which i'm proud of myself for doing. I took it easy as it was one i hadn't done before so i didn't know how i would find it but i found my stride, had my breathing under control (this is also very important, controlled breathing makes it a lot easier), kept a level pace and it was actually really enjoyable! So i'll keep doing that for a few weeks and then throw a 4 mile in. It's all about keeping it constant but not over doing it, building it up slowly has been the best thing for me. Last week I did 7 miles so this week I'll try for 8. 

Workout Clothing
Ladies, the first thing you need and something worth investing in is a good workout bra. I can't tell you how much it hurts to workout with big boobs when you're not correctly supported. I've tried a few over the years but my favourite for running as been one from Freya and a looser one like this Superdry Sports Bra for lower intensity classes like Pilates as my Freya one can dig in a little bit during some of the moves. I prefer to run in leggings and a vest top, I get incredibly hot when I run. It can be freezing outside and i'll come back looking like I've ran on a hot summers day! I like tight clothing too, as you can see I still have some wobble on me still and loose clothing just makes it uncomfortable, so the tighter the better in my opinion! I really like these Superdry Leggings and Vest Top, they're really comfy and don't restrict me at all.  It goes without saying but properly supported running shoes are probably the most important item to have when it comes to working out. I did a lot of research on these and looked at how I run, walk and stand still, it's all about the structure of your feet. I'm really heavy footed too so I needed some which were quite light but still supportive and cushioned. The Air Nike Air Pegasus + 30 were the ones I went for and i couldn't be happier, they're brilliant! I've had these over a year now and not had a single issue with them at all. I'm even looking at buying another pair!

So that's it! My running routine. Like I said i'm not an expert, but i'm someone that's come from from being a couch potato to doing various exercises over the week and actually really enjoying it. Exercise makes me feel fantastic, it's improving my mood, i'm sleeping better and getting fitter which  means i'm a lot more healthy too so it's win win really!

If you have any questions please leave a comment or tweet me


Photos by Jenny Sneap

Friday, 2 October 2015


Week 10 started off with cocktails, a Subway, Ikea breakfast, dinner at my parents and a Sunday night Indian takeaway. Obviously I wasn't going to lose, a maintain would have been great but a small gain would be fine too. I gained 0.5lbs which I'm really happy with as I was expecting a lot more. So keeping my weight loss at 10.5lbs. Apart from dinner with a friend on Tuesday night there's no reason why I can't be on plan 100% for week 11.

On to what I've been eating in the past week. Like I said before, I wasn't on plan all day until Monday, so thinking about it it was actually a miracle i didn't gain more! Usual breakfast, fruit and yogurt and quiche for lunch (recipe will be up on Wednesday) and I have managed to try a new dinner, Spinach & mushroom cannelloni which was delicious and I'm trying red wine casserole tomorrow. I took photos as i went along for the cannelloni so there will another recipe blog post soon. I'm making SW chicken Keiv tonight with homemade chips and beans, a propa homely meal and another new one for the week! I've impressed myself haha! I've got a big box of goodies from Muscle Food to turn in to Slimming World dishes which I'm really looking forward to, I couldn't resist the maple syrup with my SW friendly pancakes yesterday, so good! I made Turkey Melts with feta cheese for a change and I think i may prefer it a little more than with mozzarella.

Exercise. Another good week, my most active since i started. I had a Pilates class on Sunday, body sculpt on Monday and ran 4 miles from Tuesday to Thursday. I've really started to notice a difference and other people are too which is really nice. I just wish i'd taken measurements when I first started! But i'm going to do it from now on and track that every week. My Pilates instructor is a personal trainer too so I think i'm going to have a session with her once a week. 

Favourite meal last week? Cannelloni was incredible! I will certainly be making that again soon. 
Learnt anything new? I don't think so!
Complete last weeks aims? Since Monday I've had less than 3 syns a day so yep.
Aims for this week?  Have 5 syns or less a day.
Any new dishes to try? Slimming World Bakewell Tarts, yummmmmmm.
Wanting to lose? I would really love a nice big 3lbs loss! 
Time active? 2hs 25mins

Week One -3lbs
Week Two -3lbs
Week Three -1.5bs
Week Four -0.5lbs
Week Seven -0.5lbs
Week Eight  -1.5lbs
Week Nine -2lbs

Total loss: 10.5lbs

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