Being a bank holiday Morrisons mum….

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A few weeks ago I received an email from the lovely ladies at  Britmums asking if I would like to be involved in a new campaign they were running with Morrisons supermarket for the May Bank Holiday weekend. I’ve been looking for some new inspiration to get my bum back into writing and updating this blog and this sounded like the perfect opportunity! I registered straight away and soon received £80 worth of vouchers to get our shopping in for the bank holiday. I was thinking of all the amazing barbecue food, salads and drinks we could get in to celebrate – unfortunately the lovely Scottish weather didn’t agree (at all!)  but we still got a trolley full of amazing (slimming world friendly!)  food!

Now, I’ll admit to being an avid Asda shopper. I always find them significantly cheaper than most of the other supermarkets, and when you’re buying for a family of 4 – price matters! I had seen the recent Morrisons “I’m Cheaper” campaign adverts and I was intrigued as to whether they really were going to match my usual prices and manage to keep the high quality they’re known for.

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This is the start of a new cheaper Morrisons.

We’ve cut the prices on over a thousand of your favourite products. Not temporary reductions or supermarket smoke and mirrors, these are new every day low prices on the things you buy every week. So you’ll notice the difference with every shop.

And although we’re cutting prices, we’re not cutting corners.

You’ll still get award-winning meat and fish, still get trained butchers and bakers, still get the best of fresh on Market Street and still get friendly Morrisons service.

Look out for the yellow markers when you shop in store and online at morrisons.com.
If it says I’m cheaper you know it’s staying cheaper.

 

I was excited! We decided to head out on the bank holiday Monday, as Paul was working all weekend before hand and I wanted to head to a bigger Morrisons store about 15 minutes by car from our house.  We got to Morrisons Anchor Mills store at about lunch time and my first worry was that because it was a bank holiday Monday, we would be getting the dregs of the weekend stock. I was wrong. Every shelf was full with fresh produce which was a big tick for me!

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I was so impressed with everything on offer at Morrisons. The fresh produce department was absolutely massive! Along with the huge selection on the deli counters, fish counters, bakery section…it’s a foodies heaven! I noticed a massive change in the cost of their fruit and vegetables! 99p strawberries and raspberries were a massive win in this house! I also picked up a portion of smoked cod loin for only £2.66 which was an absolute bargain!

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We had to do a massive shop as we have not long returned from holidays and my fridge and freezer had turned itself off (grrrrrr!) and everything had to be thrown out. I was expecting to have to pay out around £180 to refill everything.

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Our final bill came to £113.81. And I have a full fridge, freezer and cupboards. I was amazed! I’ve done shops at Morrisons several years ago and found it really expensive, but I couldn’t believe the difference!

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Here’s a wee selection of some of the meals we had this week and the prices per person:

 

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Baked smoked cod loin with steamed rice and Mediterranean vegetables.

 

Cost per person (served 3) –  £1.70

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cost per person (served 3) – 88p!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And an amazing wee find for anyone following Slimming World – Morrisons Fresh Eats Sweet Chilli Chicken with noodles is only 2.5syns and tastes AMAZING! It’s also included in the 2 for £5 deal!

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Overall, I was seriously impressed with Morrisons. The produce was amazing and stayed fresh for most of the week. The selection of meats and fruit/vegetables is great and the bakery selection is amazing for anyone with a sweet tooth (although not so great if you’re on a diet!) I was so impressed, in fact, that I returned today for my weekly shop and I will be doing so for every big shop I do in future.

 

Well done, Morrisons! You definitely made a Morrisons Mum out of me!

 

*I was sent £80 worth of vouchers to spend instore at Morrisons. This post continues to contain my own honest thoughts and opinions as always.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Slimming World weigh in of 2014….

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A new year and a new work situation have meant I’ve not been able to go to my usual Slimming World group since (*cough*) the 28th of November. Ridiculous, I know!

I finally took the leap yesterday morning and joined a new group – so welcome to Weigh In Tuesdays! (I know today is Wednesday/Thursday, but close enough, right?) Fat Fighting Friday will still be around as well as I want to continue putting up meal ideas, recipes and other motivational/weight loss posts.

So, armed with my dusty book I went along to class. I already knew the consultant as she is a member at the old class I used to go to so was looking forward to seeing her and getting back on plan again! On that note, it’s probably confession time.

I thoroughly enjoyed Christmas AND New Year. I ate a lot of stuffing. A lot of chocolate. And drank ALOT of wine. ALOT. So I had geared myself up to see at least a 7lb gain on the scales. But I didn’t.

I only went and bloody managed a maintain!!

I’ve maintained the same weight since 14th November last year. It’s a Slimming World miracle! But it’s filled me with confidence knowing that I can maintain my weight, whilst still enjoying myself. I’m obviously automatically sticking to plan without realising which again, isn’t a bad thing!

I’m now 1.5lbs away from my 3 stone award, and 2stone 1.5lbs away from my original target. I really want to get to target this year! We have our first family holiday abroad in April and I want to be able to feel comfortable and not worry that I’m resembling a beached whale (Paul, if you’re reading this, don’t try and be funny and yell that at me on holiday either.)

I definitely feel motivated for the first time in ages! I’m looking forward to getting back to cooking, and sorting out my meal plans and getting stuck in! The aim this coming week is to get that 1.5lbs off to get my 3 stone award. So, no wine. No extra bread. No millionaires shortcake (which I got addicted to over Christmas) and no takeaways. Straight forward, back to basics Slimming World. This week anyway.

As an extra “kick up the backside” I found this old picture of me from 2011 which, I am mortified to say, wasn’t even me at my heaviest! But I’ve come so far already and I definitely don’t want to go back there!

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2011 vs. 2013

So here’s to a good week for everyone! And to all my new readers, Twitter followers, Instagram followers and YouTube subscribers, Hiya and thank you! Welcome to the madness :)

The Southside Girl x

Saying Goodbye…

“A heart break isn’t always as loud as a bomb exploding. Sometimes, it could be as quiet as a feather falling and the most painful thing is, nobody hears it except you – Anon

On Wednesday the 2nd of January 2013, our lives changed in the most difficult and heart breaking way ever. I have spoken about this in previous blogs although not in detail, because I didn’t feel ready to share that part of our lives with the world.

But here we are a year later, and we are ok. We are living each day as it comes. We got through it. We are coping. And so I now feel strong enough to be able to share our story with you in the hope of helping someone else who may be feeling or going through the same thing, and to let you know that you can, and will, get through it.

On the 2nd of January 2013 , Paul and I lost our baby. 

I remember settling down to watch the new series of One Born Every Minute with a cuppa and some leftover Christmas chocolates. I felt awful, and had done all day, but put it down to an over indulgent Christmas and New Year.  Paul had just taken the boys up to bed and we were all looking forward to getting back to normal after the New Year break.

The theme music started. And after that,  everything is a blur.

Paul found me collapsed in the toilet about 20 minutes later. I was as white as a sheet, my clothes were soaked in sweat and I was drifting in and out of consciousness. I had lost so much blood. Too much blood. We both knew what had happened, but neither of us said it.

I remember the paramedics rushing up the stairs to me, being hooked up to drips and monitors and taken in an ambulance to A&E. I remember being so embarrassed by the mess I was in and constantly apologising to the paramedic, who couldn’t have been nicer, or more understanding. But the sympathetic glances, and the gentle “It’ll be ok” told me straight away that nothing was going to be alright.

I remember not crying. I just felt completely numb. It was as if I was watching this happening to someone else.

I remember lying in the cubicle in A&E, with Paul trying to make me  laugh (as we always do in the most awful situations) and just having a feeling of complete emptiness come over me. Helplessness. Guilt. Sadness.

And then the doctor came. And the tears came. And they didn’t stop for a long time.

We had lost our baby at a little over 12 weeks gestation.

We had no scans. No medical notes. Nothing, physically, to remember the fact our baby actually existed. But the loss of our baby broke our hearts. There was no reason. It wasn’t anyone or anything’s fault. But a part of us will never fully recover from it.

January, February and March came and went. I wasn’t living my life. I was simply getting through each day as best I could. I was dragging myself out of bed for the sake of my boys and Paul and getting to the end of the day before breaking down in tears again. The guilt was unbearable. You feel you should been able to protect your own baby from everything and anything. And I couldn’t. I didn’t.

In April, I started this blog with the hope of sharing our story and giving and receiving help and support from others who were going through the same thing. I have a post drafted from that first blog day that I have never been able to publish. I just wasn’t ready. I wasn’t coping.

But here we are, a year later. We’re stronger than we have ever been as a family. We got through it. And I feel I can finally post about this. About our loss. There are still days where the pain just hits you all over again.  We struggled at Aiden’s nursery concert in June seeing all the newborn babies. We struggled at the beginning of July around our due date. I have still never been able to watch One Born Every Minute. Maybe one day.

As for our family plans, we’re lucky to have our two beautiful boys. And we appreciate them every single day, and hug them even harder now.  But we will always remember our third baby. The little one who was there, but who never got to stay.

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Little Snowdrop

The world may never notice if a Snowdrop doesn’t bloom,
Or even pause to wonder if the petals fall too soon,
But every life that ever forms or even comes to be,
Touches the world in some small way for all eternity.
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The little one we longed for was swiftly here and gone,
But the love that was then planted is a light that still shines on,
And though our arms are empty our hearts know what to do,
Every beating of our hearts says that we love you.
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Saying Goodbye is a charity offering support and services for anyone who has lost a baby in pregnancy, at birth, or in the early years. Saying Goodbye is for all parents who carried a child, but did not get to meet them. For those who held their baby, but did not take them home, & for those who did take their little ones home, but they did not stay. 

Saying Goodbye has brought to the UK the first national set of services – all services take place in cathedrals and are held by ministers. These are a fitting tribute to all babies who have been lost.

Please LIKE the www.facebook.com/SayinggoodbyeUK page

Web: www.sayinggoodbye.org

Twitter @SayinggoodbyeUK

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My best friend has decided to run the 10k on the 11th May 2014 and raise money for this amazing charity! If I can start my training soon I will hopefully be joining her! Every small donation helps and will go towards providing help and support for other families out there who are going through the devastating effects of baby loss. Please help her to reach her fundraising target by donating here, and a massive thank you if you do:

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If you have been affected by baby loss, in any way at all or at any stage of pregnancy, and just want someone to speak to, cry with or vent at, then please feel free to email me at thesouthsidegirl@gmail.com or get in touch with the amazing people at Saying Goodbye. The help and support they offer is incredible.

Goodbye 2013 … Hello 2014!!

As always, I’m ever so slightly late to the party with this one! I had the best of intentions to blog over Christmas and New Year but, to be honest, I had so much going on that I completely forgot!

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM US!

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM US!

So, Happy New Year one and all! For me, 2013 was definitely a mixed bag. It started off in the worst way possible for us, with the 2nd of January spent in the A&E of the local hospital with what felt like my whole world falling down around me. But from then on in, I felt like I finally found an inner strength to sort my life out and get back on the right track.

On April 25th 2013, I joined Slimming World. By far, this was the best decision I have made in a long time! Here I am now, 3 stone lighter and with a new found confidence that I don’t think I have ever had!

With this confidence, has come a fair few other positive changes in my life. I started this blog for one, and it reminded me how much I love writing. It has brought me so many fantastic opportunities and I can’t thank you all enough for continuing to read it! I’ve let it fall by the wayside over the past few months but I am hoping in 2014 I will be able to get back on track and build this blog into something I can be proud of and that you can all continue to enjoy reading!

 I have also (finally) returned to work and am absolutely loving it so far. It is not an amazingly paid job. It doesn’t have incredible prospects. But I look forward to going in every day and it doesn’t feel like a chore. Well, not yet anyway!  As much as I loved being at home with the boys, It is great to be back in an environment where I feel like I play an important professional part and have REAL LIFE ADULT CONVERSATIONS! It’s the small things.

I have also decided to return to study part time. I’m currently studying for my TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) certificate with the hopes of at some point in the future going back to University and doing my teacher training. Until then, I am hoping to help out with a local charity who works with the children of European Immigrants, with the majority being Romanian, and helping them learn English and settle in to their new surroundings. Fingers crossed for that plan anyway!

What do I want in 2014? To have a happy year. To spend it watching my two boys grow and become even more mental. To have a “date night” with the hubby at least once a month. To laugh with my family as much as possible. To meet up with my friends more often. To get over my anxiety and live each day without constantly worrying about something silly (I’m a terrible worrier! I’ve constantly got that sick, anxious feeling in my stomach!)

Resolutions? Well, I’ve never been very good at sticking to these things. Or to anything, actually. But I do have a few:

  • To continue with my Slimming World journey and lose another 2.5 stone to get to target.
  • To complete my TEFL course and get my certificate.
  • To restart my driving lessons – that’s been a long 10 years coming!
  • To take part in my first ever 5k or 10k – even if I have to walk it!
  • To enjoy every minute of our first ever family holiday abroad in April!
  • To blog more often. At least twice a week. And write what I want to write. Not what I feel I HAVE to. Back to basics blogging.
  • On that note – to keep on top of my social media! I’ll pop all my links at the end of this post.
  • To get my YouTube set up and keep it going – any requests for videos or vlogs please feel free to comment below or email me! I will be uploading at least once a week (a Tuesday or Wednesday) with a Slimming World update.
  • To get my finances in order and start saving so we have some money behind us.

Overall, I just want to enjoy this year. I have so much to look forward to whether it be birthdays, holidays and one of my closest friends is getting married! It’s so exciting! It has all the makings of a great year! We’ve just got to smile and enjoy.

I hope your 2014 is filled with love, good health and happiness! I would love to know your plans for this year! What are your resolutions?

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The Southside Girl x

Aiden – First 3 months at school!

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My gorgeous boy has been in Primary one for 3 months now. Three whole months. I have no idea what has happened this year but the time is flying by and I don’t know how to feel about it!

Aiden has absolutely amazed us. We always knew he would have no problems settling in at school. He was more than ready for the last few months of nursery and did nothing but talk about school for months! But I never expected him to be as settled and to pick things up as quickly as he has!

I know every parent sings their child’s praises but I have never been prouder of him. He has been getting certificate after certificate, awards from the head teacher and his report on his first ever parents night (which I managed not to cry through…yay!) was incredible! He is already showing particular strengths with his mathematics and the speed in which he has picked up his reading is amazing. He really is a wee star.

Of course, his favourite parts of school are gym class and play time – typical boy!

We had real worries with what school we were going to send Aiden to. We had two choices – the local school or the school both myself and Paul went to and is in the area we grew up in. The latter, I think, was more of a comfortable choice, as we knew what to expect from it.  I’ll admit we don’t live in the best area – so the local school was always going to be a risk. However, it is a brand new school building (opened in 2009) and has all the latest technology, IT equipment and facilities. It is a small school, with an extremely caring, understanding and skilled teaching staff, a strict but open head teacher and fantastic extra curricular activities and groups. One of the perks of being in a “deprived” area.

Sending Aiden to that school has been the best decision we have ever made. He is thriving, has made a new group of friends and is surprising us every day.

Yes. I’m one of those over bearing, embarrassing, ridiculously proud mummies. Don’t worry, I even cringe at myself. But for any parent with children going to school next year, I just wanted them to know that the worst part is the lead up to it. You will worry every single day. You will doubt yourself numerous times. You will send them to school with a suitcase full of food so they don’t starve. You will be tempted to turn up at play time just to make sure they’re ok.

But they’ll be fine. More than fine. They’ll surprise you every single day. Appreciate every moment of it – because this is the time you really notice them starting to grow up.

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And this was Aiden with his first reading book – two weeks after he first started school. Like I said – overly proud mummy.

The Southside Girl x

Hogmanay – What have you got planned?

With everyone and their granny starting to lose their minds over Christmas and the fast approaching chaos that comes along with it, I thought it would be nice to take a step back and think about New Years Eve (or Hogmanay to us Scottish ones) and what we all have planned.

Now, pre-babies, I was always one for making an appearance at George Square to celebrate the New Year… bringing in the bells with my best friends, any random alcoholic drink that was on offer and whatever band was playing. Unfortunately, this usually resulted in me spending New Years Day suffering from the effects of  hypothermia, a belter of a hangover and no memory of the previous night.

Oh to be 19 again.

These days, because I’m getting older and even more boring, I would much rather spend the night with my family, a glass or two of prosecco and lots (and lots) of food, watching the rubbish that is Hogmanay television. The onesie may even make an appearance.

This was my plan, until I heard about Hogmanay at Zizzi.

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Welcome in the new year with tasty Italian food in beautiful, grade II listed surroundings…

This New Year, Zizzi’s are hosting a Hogmanay party in their gorgeous new restaurant in Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow. I can speak from experience and say that every time I have been to this particular Zizzi’s, the service, food and atmosphere have always been amazing!

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On the 31st of December, from 8pm until 3am, Zizzi’s are offering:

  • An Irn Bru cocktail on arrival
  • A gorgeous, Italian, 5 course meal.

  • Live music from Sophie Rodgers Music

  • A late night buffet.

  • Auld Lang Syne at midnight.

  • A prosecco or whisky to toast the New Year.

  • The Jack Dames playing until 2:30am.

Tickets are priced at £59.95 and can be booked online on their website at www.zizzi.co.uk, by calling 0141 221 2000 or by popping into the restaurant.

What better way to bring in the New Year than with friends and family, amazing food, great music and a fantastic atmosphere… (and who doesn’t love an Irn bru cocktail?!)

Get your tickets soon before they are sold out! It promises to be an incredible night!

The Southside Girl x

A Little More … Vitamin Drinks for Kids.

“Little Ones Need a Little More…”

Last week I received a package from the lovely girls at Tea and Cake PR. We were excited to get the opportunity to review a new range of vitamin-enriched drinks designed especially for children. Now, I’m all for ways of getting my boys to achieve their daily vitamin intake, but I have always been wary of these kind of drinks, as they tend to be laden with sugar.  But on reading the press release and the ingredients list, I realised this wasn’t the case!

The “A Little More” range is one of the first drinks of it’s kind, making it an essential item for mum’s shopping trolley. This new drink for kids is a refreshing blend of natural fruit flavours and spring water. For parent’s who struggle to get their children to enjoy fruits and vegetables, these multivitamin drinks are the perfect solution.

These fresh new drinks not only contain the core essential vitamins to provide overall health and well-being, but they are also made with no added sugar and spring water – perfect for those thirst quenching moments. Each drink is naturally flavoured – orange, citrus or mango and passionfruit – to ensure the taste is not compromised.

It can be enjoyed by children over 3 years of age. The small, easy to carry bottles, complete with a convenient sports cap, make it a perfect addition to any packed lunch, picnic or simple daily nutritious treat.

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This range includes Vitamin C, Multivitamins and Vitamin D.

As soon as we opened the package, Aiden grabbed the citrus flavoured Multivitamin drink. In his own words “Yes mummy, I really like that.” I decided to have a taste myself and found it to be quite pleasant, with a strong citrus flavour. It did, however, leave quite a strange aftertaste in my mouth but Aiden didn’t agree and really seemed to enjoy it. Overall, the mango and passionfruit flavoured vitamin D drink was his (and my!) favourite.

Now, one thing I did notice, was that Aiden did become slightly hyperactive after these drinks, which was always my worry. Despite there being no added sugar in these drinks, there was sweetener listed on the ingredients list (NOT aspartame, but sucralose). Aiden is quite sensitive to sugar (an apple can sometimes send him loopy on a bad day!) and I don’t know if it was just a hyperactive burst, or if the drinks had any affect on him.

Overall though, I think these are a fantastic idea! A great way of getting those extra vitamins into your little ones, and maybe a more tooth-friendly option that the usual chewy vitamin gums. At £1.09 from Tesco stores across the UK, they aren’t exactly cheap, but I would probably buy them if I saw them on a special offer.

For more information visit www.moredrinks.co.uk. They also do a range of vitamin drinks for adults which are definitely worth a look!

The Southside Girl x

Being on the other side of the lens….

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Yesterday, I posted a picture on my Facebook page. This isn’t an unusual occurrence in itself – my timeline is jam packed full of pictures of the boys, Paul.. and food (shock horror!) What was unusual, for me, was the … Continue reading

Missing in Action…..

Okay, so I do actually have an excuse for my rather lengthy sabbatical from the world of blogging… my laptop caught a horrible wee virus and died on me. Along with all my photos/videos/pre-written blogs (and no, I don’t have the common sense to back anything up. Uuuuurgh what a tool!)

Anyway, on the plus side, the break away from my blog has given me a chance to refresh and get back to looking forward to writing. I have to admit, I was starting to find writing this slightly tedious and lost my mojo. But not to worry, it’s back with a vengeance! So, it’s back to writing what I want to write about, when I want to write about it,  and remembering the reason I started this blog in the first place. Product reviews, events, book reviews and all the opportunities are lovely. But that’s not why I started this blog…

I wanted a way of remembering every little aspect of my life. I wanted a written note of every funny little thing my boys say and do, their ups and downs and of their first days at nursery and school. I wanted to share with all of you the days where I feel close to emotional breakdown because it happens to everyone and sometimes, it helps to know you’re not alone. I wanted to put my slightly chaotic life out there in the hope that I might find I’m not the only mental, caffeine addicted, overly emotional mum/woman/psycho out there. I wanted to make you laugh, nod your head in agreement and sometimes maybe even shed a tear (see above…I’m overly emotional so expect you all to be as well ;))

I’m back to doing what I love and hope you stick around with me. I’ve got a few wee things in the pipeline, including a new YouTube channel (hahaha GOD SHIELD YOUR EYES!) and a list as long as my arm of posts to write, as well as hopefully, at some point, moving this wee blog to it’s own self hosted website.

So, I’ll leave you with this. The past month my life has went through some big changes. My baby started school. I fitted into clothes I haven’t worn since before I had Aiden. I finally got my eyebrows under control and looking semi normal, (well, as normal as my inherited bushy monobrow ever will be. Thanks DAD!) and I realised that I have a bloody incredible family who, no matter how often you see them, or where they live in the world, support you 100% in doing something that you love. I can’t thank you enough for that, for the encouragement and for the confidence to continue this. And for the laptop. That made me cry. You git.

I’ll leave you with some pictures of my Aiden’s first day at school. Proudest day of my life – well, so far anyway. Here’s hoping there’s plenty more.

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Another thank you has to be given to Actually Mummy who included my wee blog in her Newbie round up over on the Britmums website recently. Chuffed doesn’t cover it :) Thank you. You can read that post here.

The Southside Girl x

 

Fat Fighting Friday…. (i think we’re on week 11 but have no idea!)

As you can probably tell, I’ve been off track with the whole slimming world thing for the past few weeks. After our anniversary celebrations lasted for roughly 5 days and involved a whole lot of food and wine, I then had my cousin’s wedding which also consisted of a whole lot of food and wine! I missed weigh in that week as I had a hangover from said wedding and just couldn’t face seeing the gain on the scales. I should have went and faced it. But I’m a wimp.

Last week I went back and had a 1.5lbs loss which I was amazed at as had struggled to be good as I had missed class.

This week….. well, I’ve only gone and bloody managed this….

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Yup, I managed to lose 3lbs this week taking my total weight loss to 21lbs in 11 weeks. This also means I have got my Club 10 award which is when you lose 10% of your original body weight.

Over the moon is an understatement! I feel determined this week and back in the right kind of frame of mind to stick to plan.

I also had my monthly weigh and measure at Curves Gym and have lost another 5 inches off of my body taking my total to 17.75inches in 2 months. Ridiculous but amazing!

A big change I’ve made in this past week is to cut out all forms of fizzy juice. I used to be addicted to full fat Coke but since starting Slimming World i switched to Diet Coke. Last week I managed to freak myself out reading all the horror stories and reports about Aspartame (google it) so switched to sparkling water with lime cordial (and cut out Muller Lights as they have it in aswell!) and am honestly feeling a million times better for it. I’m not sure it’s had an effect on my weight loss but I definitely feel less bloated and sluggish. Always worth giving it a go!

I’ve been taking pictures each month of my progress and was going to post some on here…but not feeling confident enough yet so maybe when I get a bit closer to target I’ll do that. Maybe. If someone pays me…. ;)

What I’ve Been Munching this week…

I was planning on doing a “What I’ve Eaten this week…” video for Youtube. Unfortunately, my computer is mince and doesn’t let me edit videos so until I figure it out I just thought I’d stick up a few pictures of the kind of things I’ve been eating this week.

Breakfasts:

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Half a toasted bagel (Healthy extra B) topped with one extra light laughing cow cheese triangle (Healthy extra A), bacon with no visible fat, baby plum tomatoes and a quarter of a melon.

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35g of original porridge oats (Healthy Extra B) made with 250ml of semi-skimmed milk (Healthy Extra A) and topped with chopped strawberries and a banana.

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My sad version of a fry up as I don’t eat sausages, don’t particularly like beans and don’t eat the whites of eggs (hence why my fried eggs are tiny..only yolk there!) Grilled bacon, baby plum tomatoes, mushrooms fried in fry light and two eggs fried in fry light. Also, a cup of pineapple and grapefruit green tea.

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A bowl of chopped strawberries, cherries, pineapple, melon and banana, topped with natural yoghurt and one crushed Summer Fruits Alpen Light Bar (Healthy Extra B) with a cup of cranberry green tea.

Lunches:

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Picnic lunch so I made a salad with spinach, runner beans, peppers, baby new potatoes, tomatoes and two slices of salt cured peppered beef (free on EE). I had one tablespoon of Kraft Light Thousand Island Dressing which was 1 syn. I also made a fruit salad with apple, cherries, strawberries and pineapple.

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Up at my mum and dad’s and my wee mammy made a roasted vegetable tart with potato salad and salad. The puff pastry was 9.5syns (whoooooops) and the mayonnaise in the potato salad was 2 syns. Was yummy though!

Dinners:

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Smoked haddock and pea risotto with green beans and peas. My first ever attempt at a risotto and must say I was impressed with myself!

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The infamous Slimming World “Big Mac in a bowl” recipe. It’s extra lean mince fried in fry light with onion and garlic, then mixed through with iceberg lettuce, gherkins, 2 low low cheese slices and 2 tablespoons of Kraft Light Thousand Island dressing, and then topped with the last cheese slice (Healthy Extra A for the 3 slices) I’d heard great things about this. But it was rotten. I ate about a quarter of it and he rest went in the bin. Boak.

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Homemade Aubergine Bake with potato salad and a crispy salad. I made the Aubergine bake with sliced aubergine, healthy extra A allowance of mozzarella cheese (60g) and a homemade tomato and basil sauce. Was the best meal of the week. Will definitely be having it again!

The aim for next week is to get another 1lb and go from there! Hope all your diets and healthy eating plans are going well! Let me know how you’re getting on in the comments!

The Southside Girl x