Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Slimming World: Week 1

So my first week on Slimming World has come and gone. I've been weighed and I'm so happy with my result in my first week but I'll get down to the numbers in a bit. I'm going to go through how I've found my first week, adapting to cooking the Slimming World way and how I've got on mentally.

If you're thinking of starting any kind of weightloss system like SW I would suggest making sure your fridge, freezer, cupboards etc are things that you will be able to use within SW recipes. If you've still got stuff that maybe isn't amazingly healthy, still use it obviously. What you want to try and have is for your fridge and everything to be kind empty so that you can then go and do a massive food shop.Before you do your first food shop, you need to sit down and plan what meals your wanting to have and then find your ingredients and write a list. Having a shopping list is really handy because hopefully you won't stray from the list and buy things that you don't really need. Going on the SW website would be a good start because it does give you some free recipes to get you started. 

This i've started to get the hang of keeping a food diary, which again is key when it comes down to counting how many syns you've had in a day. But here's a look at my 1st week food diary (Tuesday's tea time was a bit of a right off)

Breakfast: 1 banana 
Snack: 2 walls sausage rolls 
Lunch: Salmon, Cod and Mozzarella fishcake with Birds Eye Tender Geen rice 
T E A: Chicken Casserole (using chicken leg and thighs with skin removed), carrots, onions, swede, Leeks, Tenderstem broccoli and mash 
Dessert: 1 Sticky Toffee Hi-Fi bar

Breakfast: Sausage butty with wholemeal bread and a tiny bit of ketchup.
Lunch: McDonald's Spicy Chicken wrap (16 Syns)
Tea: Tomato & Mascarpone pasta with sweetcorn, peas and tenderstem broccoli. 

Breakfast: 2 x Warburtons Crumpets (5 syns each) 
Lunch: Chicken casserole leftovers 
Tea: Cod with Tender Green Rice (3.5 syns) & Sweetcorn (FREE)

Breakfast: 2 x slices of half & half toast 
Lunch: Chicken Curry with onions, garlic, peppers, green beans (SPEED), Peas (FREE) & Tilda Rice (3 syns) 
Tea: Lets not talk about it 

Breakfast: 1 x slice half & half toast (5 Syns) and a banana (FREE)
SNACK: 1 kinder beuno finger and a homemade cake (3 Syns for the kinder bueno I think but no idea Syns on the homemade cake 😫) 
LUNCH: Beef salad with beef (FREE) Lettuce, Onions, Peppers & Cucumber (SPEED & FREE) with a sachet of Mayonnaise (5 Syns) 
TEA: Stuffed mince peppers with rainbow rice 
DESSERT: Muller Light Banoffee Pie (1 SYN) 

BREAKFAST: 1 x slice half and half toast (5 Syns), 2 boiled eggs (FREE) 
SNACK: Nescafé Gold Choco Caramel Mocha (4.5syns) & Alpen Double Choc Bar (3 SYNS, HE) LUNCH: Stuffed Pepper with rainbow rice (FREE) & a dash of Nando’s Perinaise (2 SYNS but I had less than a level teaspoon) 
TEA: Pasta Bolognese made the slimming world way with peppers, onions, garlic, cabbage & leeks.

Breakfast: Weetabix Minis Choc Chip (7.5 SYNS & HE) and 2 boiled eggs (PROTEIN & FREE)
SNACK: grapes (free) and apple (SPEED & FREE)
LUNCH: Leftover Pasta Bolognese
TEA: 1 Mexican Nacho crumb chicken (8 SYNS), Birdseye Tender green rice (3.5 SYNS), halloumi (3 SYNS)& Tender stem broccoli (SPEED)

Despite some of the meals i've had this week coming to quite a few syns i managed to lost 1.5lb! I'm so happy with that because I said at my first weigh in that I wanted to lose at least 1lb in the first week. My goal in this next week is to lose the same 1.5lb or a bit more. 

I'll check in with you next week for my Week 2 update. 

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Sunday, 4 November 2018

Joining Slimming World

About 2 weeks ago now I joined Slimming World for the first time. It's something I've been meaning to do for a while, but due to working every other weekend it just wasn't the best time to commit to something. But now i'm in a Monday to Friday job it's now finally possible.

So, last week was my first group and my starting weight was 10st5lb, which i'm not shocked at really. I know around March of this year I was about 10st3lb and I've been eating crap recently. But for someone like myself who is 5 ft of nothing then being over 10st really shows quite easily. Back in March i actually started going to the gym and even paid for a personal trainer. If i'm being honest I wasn't being overly strict with what i was eating at the time and I couldn't fit in that many PT sessions during the week either.  

So over the past few months I've been eating crappy food and feeling crappy too. So, I decided to join a Slimming World group where I was going to be weighed every week to give me that encouragement. I think a good thing is while I'm so active on Instagram it gives me the drive to want to post nice pictures of food. 

So this week has really been a week of learning about everything like speed, free foods and syn counting. I'm getting the hang of it slowly but surely. I will now be doing updates on here and sharing  some tips hopefully. 

Thanks for reading  
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Saturday, 27 October 2018

Hello lovely's, 

Yes I know it's been such as long time since i've written anything on here. So much has happened! Joey's started school, new job and i'm also a cat mum too. 

I'm really going to try and post on my blog more. I now have a Monday to Friday job so that will allow me to be able to write and edit things. I also hope to be filming more YouTube content aswell. 

Please stay tuned...I mean it this time. As always you can see what i'm up to on Instagram @lifeandlovesoflolly

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Sunday, 6 August 2017

It's been a long time...

It's been months since I've sat down and written anything, 7 months to be exact. I've missed blogging so much, a lot of things have happened over the last few months which i may or may not tell you about...one step at a time.

The main reason I haven't been around is because I've been working full time and i just don't have time to fully commit to the blog anymore. The shifts i work mean that i either finish at 5 and then have a toddler to tend to, or finish at 8pm and just want to go to bed as soon as i get in. I've even not had much time to keep up-to-date with my fave bloggers/youtubers which is sad.

One of the biggest hurdles in life at the moment is Joey and him being assessed for ASD. We now know it's going to be a long process to even get to a diagnosis and things have been stressful with him. Joey is now 3 years old, and still doesn't speak and because of his lack of speech he gets extremely frustrated. His behaviour has been at breaking point recently, biting is a new thing (why did nobody give me a heads up about it), injuring people at nursery is his fave aswell.

Everything has got a bit too much recently but I'm starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. I really do want to start blogging again even if it is just now and again.

So watch this space....

Thanks for reading

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Pray for Manchester

In the early hours of this morning my husband came upstairs while i was asleep to tell me the news of the explosion that had happened at the MEN arena in Manchester. At that time of the morning the news of what happened was still sketchy but now news has been confirmed, the city, the north west, the UK and the world are all praying for Manchester.
Britney Femme Fatale 2011 MEN Arena 
Over the years i have been to some amazing concerts at the MEN arena, and i even worked inside the arena for a short time aswell. The excitement of seeing your favourite singer or band in the flesh is amazing, i have been lucky enough to see Beyonce, Britney, Rihanna, kelly Clarkson and more at this arena. Each time I've been to the arena, I've had such a great time and running off the adrenalin hours later and even the next day.
Lady Gaga Born This Way Ball 2012

So when I heard the news, it hit home pretty hard. Manchester is only 30 minutes away and I have been a regular visitor to that same arena over the years. The hardest thing is knowing that the majority of that crowd were young kids, some of whom lost their lives. These kids should be going into school this morning telling friends how amazing Ariana Grande was. For some kids this would have been their first time at a concert. 

I'm sat at home on my day off watching the coverage on the news, kids still not been reunited with family and a whole city being thrown into chaos. It is being treated as a terrorist attack, yet another to add to the list of attacks happening in the UK. But out of such horrific events the region has come together, hotels in Manchester taking people in, members of the public offering beds and even taxi drivers from Liverpool going into Manchester to take people from Liverpool back home.

Over the next few days more details will emerge about this terrible incident. But my heart goes out to everyone involved and families missing loved ones. 

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Mothers Day Gift Guide

This month is Mother's Day, a day where every mum should be spoiled rotten and feel like our efforts of being a supermum haven't gone unnoticed. I've put together a gift guide of some things that would make lovelt Mother's day gifts...
Joules caryall bright tote bag*
One thing I love more than anything is my music, I love a good compilation CD and this has some great songs for mum to sing and dance like nobody's watching. Next, we have a gorgeous bracelet from Joma Jewellery which have a great selection of jewellery for every occasion. No mum can go without a medicinal glass bottle of wine, this wine glass is so pretty and makes wine drinking even more prettier. Then we have a handbag by Joules from Amara Living, just a general handbag but a bag that can be used in any season and more importantly fits all the kids stuff inside too. 

'Supermum' Boyfriend Sweatshirt
Mother's day wouldn't be Mother's day without a new pair of pj's, let's face it, most mums spend 99.9% of our time in a our comfy pj's while the little one watches Peppa Pig. Next, this cute heart shaped keyring from Katie Loxton is a gorgeous addition to any set of keys. Perfume is always a good gift idea, my favourite perfume is Jimmy Choo and always a sent that makes me feel good. And finally, this supermum sweatshirt from The DRM Project which are great brand for mummy merch AND all profits go to charity. 

Do you have any favourites out of my gift guide? 

*Disclaimer: Product sent to me for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Does my son have autism?

For a while now, we've known that Joey has a few development and behavioural issues. We've been quite lucky that the ball started rolling fairly quickly and Joey is now being assessed to see if he's on the autistic spectrum.

On a daily basis we struggle with Joey and over the past month, things have become increasingly difficult. His tantrums never seem to end and the smallest thing turns into a meltdown. About 2 months ago, Joey and my husband attended a session with other kids like Joey to discuss the issues that he has. After nearly a month, we finally recieved a letter outlining where we go from here.

Next month, Joey will be visited at nursery to begin the support and start of assessment for autism. Joey hasn't had a speech therapy session since November and has been having issues at nursery with other kids so I'm happy that things are starting to come togetherto help him. 

Part of me feels relieved that we may have a reason for Joey being the way that he is. He isn't like a normal toddler and it's clear to see when we try and get out and amongst the public. Joey's endless tantrums stop us from doing normal family things and it's heartbreaking.

Even though the assessment process has started, it's still going to be a very lengthy process. Aslong as we're given the right tools to support Joey that's all that matters.