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Before we get stuck into this post, I want to be absolutely clear that I am not fat shaming anyone.  I am talking about my own relationship with my body and why I can’t totally get behind the plus size movement.  It’s not about being controversial, but I’m sure that some will see it that way.  It’s more about opening up a debate about why the plus size movement might not be entirely a good thing.  I’ll be honest, I’m not sure that it is helpful, and I just want

When you join Slimming World or start following the Food Optimising eating plan you soon realise that you need some easy to make ‘go to recipes’ to help you stay on track.  One of the danger points for any weight loss plan can be when you haven’t got a lot of time and this slimming world beef & vegetable stir fry with hoisin sauce is one of my favourite quick syn free recipes when that happens. This slimming world stir fry recipe can literally be ready to eat in around

I went along to my regular Slimming World meeting last week, not really expecting to see any weight loss.  My week had become over shadowed by one piece of cake I had indulged in while I was out running errands. To be honest, it was a pretty big piece of cake so I dread to think how many calories there were in it.  To compensate for all that naughtiness, I went for black coffee, and I’m guessing that’s what saved me (not). I had completely lost sight of the fact

I was searching online for a Slimming World microwave chocolate mug cake recipe to make, and the recipes I found weren’t quite hitting the spot.  I got the impression that’s what a few people thought about the recipes they were finding too.  There was definitely something missing from the chocolate mug cake recipe so I decided to experiment and see if I could improve on what was out there on the internet. I think I’ve come up with the answer, so I thought I’d share my Slimming World microwave chocolate

Right guys, today it’s time for a bit of a confession.  Things here have got out of control.  It happens every now and then, but this time things are serious.  They are worse than they ever have been, and it really is time to start reigning things back in.  This post has been a long time coming, but for the last few months, I have been suffering with that curse of human nature called denial.  It has to be my worst enemy by far, well that and sugar.  Sugar really

How’s your 2016 going so far?  Are you sticking to those New Year’s Resolutions?  I hope things are going well and you are working towards whatever goals you have set yourself this year.  I have been thinking a lot about what I want to achieve in 2016 both personally and as a freelancer.  One thing I’m looking to crack this year, which applies to all areas of my life, is having more balance.

My weight loss journey update is fashionably late, by a whole week.  I actually had a night out last week, and it effected my blogging schedule.  I was lucky enough to go to the local premiere of the latest Matt Damon film, The Martian.  My sister took me to our local cinema where they were having an event to celebrate it’s new deluxe status.  You can now enjoy a film at Nottingham’s Showcase Cinema in fully reclining leather seats!  How’s that for cinema comfort.  It worked for me, I can tell you!

Thanks for joining me for another week of Thinking Thin.  If you missed last week’s post, you can catch up with my thoughts on thinking about food here.  I’m still feeling in tune with what my body needs, and generally speaking it has been a good week.  There has been the odd slip up due to being to busy to being organised to eat properly, but it didn’t throw me of the wagon.  That’s always a win, right? I feel like I’ve been processing a lot these last few weeks about why I

Welcome back to another update from my weight loss journey series, Thinking Thin.  Things are very much back to normal this week after fish and chips at the seaside, and eating pizza with film crews.  None of this has thrown me of course, and all my eating has been under control this week thanks to getting back to the old routine.  Yeah!  It feels like I’m getting there at last.

Firstly readers, I must apologise that my Thinking Thin post is late this week. I like to share my weight loss update on a Thursday, but my schedule has been completely out of the window buy this and my house turning into a TV studio for the majority of my working days this week.  This has meant that eating well has slightly slipped in priority along with my blogging. And sometimes, life just happens, right?  But how do we not let it throw us of course with our weight loss?

Welcome back to Thinking Thin Thursday.  I’m pleased to report that my eating is still under control and weight loss is going well.  How are you doing?  I figure if your reading this post weight loss is something you are interested in, so I hope your journey is going in the right direction. If you’ve been following the series, you’ll have realised I don’t really buy into the idea of dieting.  I’ve tried a few over the years, and the weight I have managed to lose I’ve put straight back

Hello everyone and welcome back to another week of my weight loss series ‘Thinking Thin’.  Thanks so much for putting up with my ramblings last week and all your kind comments.  I can’t begin to tell you how much it helped to get all that off my chest.  I must learn not to let things whir round in my head and share them either on my blog or with a friendly ear.  It brings a whole new perspective to things don’t you think?

Hello again everyone.  Thanks for coming back for another week of my Thinking Thin series.  Writing these blog posts about my weight loss struggles are so helpful for me, and I really hope they are of benefit to you too.  I firmly believe there isn’t a quick fix to losing weight or dieting, and the only real success comes from tackling the emotional issues within.  This is what really gives you long term success.

Hello everyone.  Thanks for stopping by last week and catching up with my weight loss update.  I really appreciate all the support your giving me, it’s keeping me motivated even on days when things aren’t going quite so well.  It’s also lovely to read that some of you experience some of the issues I do. As a person who experiences challenges with my relationship with food, I know how difficult breaking bad habits can be.  I think we all know what we should be eating and how we can improve

These last few weeks I’ve been back on my weight loss mission.  I’ve been sharing weekly updates of my challenges and how I’m trying to overcome them in my series, Thinking Thin.  If you’ve haven’t stopped by yet, you can catch up with all the posts right here.  I’m sure you’ll find some nuggets of inspiration, if weight is something you struggle with. One thing that has really hit me is how much we reward ourselves with food, or use it as a way of cheering ourselves up after a

Welcome back to another week of Thinking Thin Thursday.  This week I’m dealing with over eating, which I think holds a lot of us back from being the weight we want to be. I really hope your finding my weekly updates helpful and inspiring.  I loved all the comments I received last week, and it’s great to know that readers are being inspired by my journey. Sharing it with you all is really keeping me on track to, so thanks so much for reading my posts.  I think everyone’s weight

Welcome back to another week of Thinking Thin Thursday.  It’s been no secret on my blog about how much I’ve struggled with my fluctuating weight and relationship with food over the years. If this is your first time here, Thinking Thin is a weekly therapy post where I can explore what helps me to stay in control of my diet and learn more about my relationship with food. I cannot stress enough to you all how much of an impact giving up caffeine has had on the progress I’ve made.  If

Welcome back to another week of Thinking Thin Thursday.  I was a little bit worried about catching up with you all this week and getting on the scales after our weekend break in Liverpool.  While I was away from home and eating out with the family it was harder to stay on track, so I wondered if I’d made any progress at all. I’m pleased to report that I’ve lost a further 2lbs, which makes a total of 8lbs altogether.  I’m so happy with this, as I really expected that I would

Hello and welcome back to another week of Thinking Thin.  I really hope you’re enjoying my weekly updates and tips about weight loss.  I genuinely know how hard it is to shed those pounds and have spent most of my life yo-yoing up and down the scales.  This week I’ve got something will help us all out.  If you’ve not heard of the compound effect, read on.  It could make a big difference to your weight loss journey. I think we all know that if we eat less and move

Welcome back to Thinking Thin Thursday!  I hope you’ve had a good week and you are winning when it comes to thinking thin.  Since last week when I realised things had to change I decided to focus on one aspect of my diet, and to my surprise it really has made a massive difference. Since becoming a Mum for the third time, I’d slipped back into my old coffee drinking ways.    A sleep deprived Mum needs her caffeine, right?  Or that was my excuse anyway.  The odd cup here

A while ago I wrote a series of posts called Thinking Thin.  They documented the success of my weight loss journey over 2/3 months.  Then I fell of the wagon.  Familiar with anyone?  It was directly related to incidents in my life that affected my confidence and self esteem, and it’s taken me a long time to bounce back. Since writing the last post, the wagon well and truly left the station partly due to lack of organisation and partly due to state of mind.  It’s such a viscous circle

If you read my gratitude post last week you’ll already know I’m not very consistent. It’s a skill I long to possess but continues to elude me after a period of time.  I’m pleased to say those periods of time are getting longer, so that is progress, right?  I think we all have a trait we long to have that we think might make us a better person, or maybe there’s a few? I’ve not posted in Thinking Thin for a while, because I have been so busy losing weight

The weight loss journey so far is going great.  I’ve lost a total of 2 stone in less than 2 months.  My baby weight has gone and then some, so I’m really chuffed.  I’ve also seen real consistent changes in my behaviour towards food because of Thinking Thin, so I really hope it’s helping you too. I leave food on my plate that isn’t healthy.  This was completely unheard of.  My food mantra used to be, ‘waste not want not’, but it was causing me to dramatically over eat and gain weight.

It’s definitely time for an update in my weight loss journey.  If you’ve not caught up with this series yet come and found out the handy tips I’ve been sharing to help you boost your healthy weight loss plan. The aim of Thinking Thin is to help me and you reprogram some of the thinking that hinders our weight loss so that we then change our behaviours around food, for good.  I left you with some helpful cheats last time for when you have slipped off the old diet wagon.  It would

Welcome to my latest Thinking Thin post.  I have some excellent progress to report and I’ve decided it’s only fair to let you all know where I started out at.  When I started making healthy changes to my diet 4 weeks ago I weighed in at 17st 4lbs.  That was the figure that shocked me into action due to the physical toll carrying that amount of weight was having on my body.   At weigh in this week I was down to 16st 2lbs!  A huge loss of 16lbs!  It

Monday was weigh in day and I’m pleased to say I’ve become thinner by 2 1/2 pounds!  That’s a total of 8 1/2 pounds.  I’m so happy with this progress, my size is heading in the right direction so I must be getting something right.   In my last post I talked about the emotional roller coaster of jumping on and off the scales.  I made progress but I did step on the scales once on a non weigh in day.  It was much better than previously and because I did

I’ve been making changes to my eating to make it healthier for the last 2 weeks.  Having the vision board is definitely helping me stay on track with being more healthy.  I’ve only fallen off the wagon once which I’m really pleased with.  I’m a lady who is known to binge, to often to mention!   It was because I wasn’t organised to be honest.  The evening meal wasn’t as healthy as it could have been, and the packet of biscuits and chocolate that followed was positively dirty!  It turned into

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