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    What I Eat In A Day On Slimming World

    If you follow me on social media you may have noticed I’ve mentioned Slimming World a few times recently. I have followed the plan before in between babies, but never found it worked for me. Or so I thought. Looking back I think the main problem was that I wasn’t 100% committed to the plan. And I took advantage of the free foods a bit too much perhaps. Anyway, I digress! We made the decision to rejoin just after Hugo’s first birthday. Josh has now lost a stone and I’m just a couple of lbs away from reaching a stone too. It’s taking a bit longer than I had originally hoped but I’m okay with that this time around. Slow and steady wins the race after all, right?

    I definitely think changing your eating habits and losing weight is just as much of a mental challenge as it is a physical one. This time around it’s like something has clicked for me, I think maybe it’s knowing I won’t be having any more babies. So if I want to lose some weight, now is the perfect time. I am feeling much more determined this time and I would love to be closer to my goal in time for the festive season. But at the same time, I’m trying not to put too much pressure on myself.

    So in this post I am sharing an insight into everything I eat in a day whilst following the Slimming World Extra Easy Plan. I love reading this type of post myself as I find it gives me inspiration when I get stuck in a bit of a rut. I really hope this is helpful and if you’d like to see more posts like this then do let me know!


    Breakfast – I had a bowl of porridge (healthy extra B choice) made with 175ml of whole milk (healthy extra A choice). Which I then topped with 1 tbsp of honey (2.5 syns), half a sliced banana, some fresh blueberries and a good sprinkle of cinnamon. I love this breakfast, it’s like autumn in a bowl!

    Lunch – I made a two egg omelette with bacon, mushrooms & tomatoes! I added 1 tbsp of tomato ketchup (1 syn). This was lovely and very filling.

    Dinner – I had some sausages that needed using but really didn’t fancy the usual sausages and mash. Instead I made a spicy sausage and pepper pasta dish instead which was so delicious. Hugo wolfed his portion down! I served this with broccoli which I totally forgot to serve up before I took the photo! Oops. This worked out at 7 syns per portion for the sausages used, everything else was syn free.

    Snacks – Normally I would have a few snacks throughout the day, usually fruit or a yoghurt. But I was super busy on this day so I didn’t have anything between meals.

    Total Syns: 10.5

    Overall a pretty good day on plan. I always use about 7-12 syns a day. I prefer to use them on ingredients in meals rather than on snacks! But that of course is just my personal preference. I think it’s really important to find what works best for you. I hope you enjoyed this post!

    Harriet XO

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    Fit Mama’s Club | January Update

    I have wanted to start sharing updates on my weight loss and fitness journey for a while now but just haven’t got around to it. I then stumbled across the new linky that the lovely Toni from Gym Bunny Mummy was starting with Chantelle from seychellesmama.com. so I thought it was the perfect time to begin sharing a monthly update. Mainly for myself, to keep me motivated and so I can look back on my progress and hopefully see how far I have come, but also to hopefully help others on a similar journey.
    I already share a lot over on my second Instagram account which you can follow here. I normally post daily and share my meals, recipes and any exercise I have done. I definitely thing having this account has kept me going on those days I have wanted to give up. Its also great to look back on when I’m struggling for meal ideas, as I often will make something, love it, then completely forget about it!  I follow so many great Slimming World/ Clean Eating / Fitness accounts and they give me so much inspiration on a daily basis.
    Firstly I thought I’d update you on my weight loss journey so far. I fell pregnant with Bella at the beginning of 2013 and I was already unhappy with my weight and despite numerous attempts and various diets I’d never been very successful at shedding those unwanted lbs. I made sure I ate healthily throughout my pregnancy in an attempt to not gain too much pregnancy weight but according to my midwife I carried a lot of water and by the end I had gained almost 3 stone. Sob.

    After Bella was born in November 2013 weighing a hefty 8lbs 7oz I gave myself six weeks to properly heal and to get into the swing of breastfeeding and being a new Mama before braving the scales, taking that god awful ‘before’ photo and starting my weight loss mission in January 2014. Because I was breastfeeding I didn’t do anything drastic I just ate healthy balanced meals and cut right back on sweet treats, take away’s and eating out. I also started going to Zumba classes once or twice a week as they were literally held at the top of my lane. This resulted in me losing all the baby weight fairly quickly and within a few months I was back to my pre pregnancy weight but I still was far from happy with my figure.

    I joined Slimming World in November 2014 just before Bella turned One as I had heard great things about it. I have now followed the plan on and off for the last 13 months but rejoined properly after my holiday in September last year.

    Slimming World works for me and I don’t plan to stop following the plan when I reach my goal weight as I really enjoy cooking and eating all the meals. I’m even planning to follow Slimming World throughout my next pregnancy as its perfectly safe to do so. My favourite part I think is that I can cook a wholesome family meal for us which I know we will all enjoy.

    The only thing I don’t particularly like about Slimming World is that sometimes I feel they encourage you to eat a lot of processed foods which are packed with artificial sweeteners and god knows what else. I personally try to keep those sorts of things to a minimum and instead try to eat plenty of fresh foods and I always cook our dinners myself rather than buying pre made stuff. It’s also much more cost effective to make things yourself.

    Over the last couple of years I have done various exercise classes, I followed couch 2 5k for a while and I did Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide last summer too. Sadly as the weather got wetter and the evenings got darker I let my exercise slide and pretty much stopped all together. During January I’ve started going to some exercise classes again in a bid to try and build my fitness back up and of course to try and tone up. I have been really enjoying them so far and my whole body aches for a good few days afterwards, so they are clearly doing something 😉

    It’s now been two years and I have lost 2.5 stone and have exactly 1.5 stone to lose to reach my target weight. I’m determined to get there before our holiday to Greece in June so I’m going to be joining in with this linky to share a little update every month between now and then to help keep me motivated and hopefully it may  motivate others too. I’ll also try to share some more Slimming World friendly recipes on here too.

     

    January Progress

    Lbs lost this month:5lbs

    Total Lbs lost:35 (2.5 stone)

    Lbs left to lose:21 (1.5 stone)

    Exercise:I have done 2 x hour long Legs Bums & Tums sessions, 1 x hour of circuit training. I definitely haven’t exercised enough this month, I missed both my classes this week due to being unwell Monday and I had a funeral on Wednesday. My aim for February is to go to two classes a week without fail and try to do at least one workout at home at the weekends.

    Food:All month I have been sticking to the Slimming World extra easy plan as normal. I’ve enjoyed a couple of treat meals during January but haven’t gone nuts. Over the next month I’m going to try to up my fruit, veg and protein intake and have a few less carbs. I’m also going to continue drinking my 3 bottles of water a day as I have noticed a big difference in my skin and I’m getting less headaches.

     

    Thanks for reading and good luck to anyone else on a similar journey!
    Harriet xo

     

    Gym Bunny Mummy
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  • InRecipes

    Chicken Pesto Pasta

    You know when you just throw what you have left in the fridge into a pan and hope for the best? Well that’s pretty much what I did with this recipe a few weeks ago. And I was pleasantly surprised when it tasted bloody lovely! and It’s now one of our favourites. Comfort food for me, is a big old bowl of pasta. And I love that I can enjoy this without all the guilt. This pesto pasta dish still tastes super creamy but with a lot less calories. It’s also super quick and easy to make and very family friendly!

    Ingredients (Serves 4 but can easily be halved and is 3 syns per portion on Slimming World)

    • 2-3 Chicken breasts, cut into chunks (you could replace this with any variety of sausages, bacon or even pork loin)
    • Half a pack of mushrooms, cut into slices
    • 1 red onion, sliced
    • 1 red or yellow pepper, chopped
    • A handful of baby leaf spinach
    • 1 tub of lightest Philadelphia
    • 3 tbsps. of green pesto
    • 300g – 400g Penne pasta depending on your usual portion size

    Method

    1. Cook the penne pasta as normal
    2. Whilst your pasta is cooking, spritz a non stick frying pan with some fry light and cook your chicken over a medium to high heat
    3. Add in the onion, mushrooms and pepper and fry off until soft
    4. In a bowl mix together the Philadelphia cheese and the pesto, add 1 tbsp. of water to loosen the mix slightly
    5. Once your pasta is cooked, drain and return to the pan then mix in the chicken, onions, mushrooms and pepper mix followed by the spinach
    6. Stir the pesto Philadelphia sauce through the pasta then serve with lots of ground black pepper and a side salad / extra veg if you wish!
    7. ENJOY!

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    Harriet XO

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  • InRecipes

    Carbonara; The Lighter Way

    Carbonara is one of my favourite pasta dishes but it can be quite calorific so it’s definitely more of a treat for me. But by replacing the cream with fat free natural yoghurt it makes it so much healthier but it still tastes great! This recipe is Slimming World friendly and a firm favourite in our household for a tasty mid week dinner as its so quick and easy to make.
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    Ingredients (Serves 4 and is 1 syn per portion for the parmesan or SYNFREE if using as your Healthy Extra A choice)
    • 6 lean rashers of bacon, all visible fat removed
    • A handful of mushrooms sliced (I use white or chestnut)
    • 4 eggs
    • 4 tbsp fat free natural fromage frais
    • 2 level tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
    • 400g dried spaghetti / tagliatelle / linguine
    • Salt & Pepper
    • 2 tbsp of fresh chopped parsley

    Method

    1. Cook your pasta as normal and drain well using a colander before returning to the saucepan
    2. While the pasta is cooking, dry fry your bacon & mushrooms on a fairly high heat for 2-3 minutes or until cooked then remove from the heat
    3. Lightly beat the eggs, season to taste and stir in the fromage frais, 1 tablespoon of Parmesan and most of the parsley
    4. Add the bacon to the drained spaghetti and mix well over a low heat, then remove from the heat and stir in the egg mixture. Toss thoroughly so that the eggs thicken from the heat of the spaghettii, making a sauce that coats the pasta
    5. Sprinkle over the remaining parmesan and parsley then serve with a side salad

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    Do let me know if you make it! I’d love to see a picture. Thanks for reading!
    Harriet xo

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    Pork & Apple Burgers

    This is the second time I have made this recipe and it is honestly SO BLOODY GOOD. Not only do these burgers taste amazing they are also really simple and quick to make as they only contain 3 ingredients and they are Slimming World friendly! Definitely one of our new favourites.

    Ingredients for 2 burgers (1 Syn per burger for the cooked apple on SW)

    • 250g of 5% fat pork mince
    • 1 medium apple
    • 1/4 tsp of dried rosemary or a couple of fresh sprigs

    Method

    1. Peel your apple and coarsely grate using a cheese grater
    2. Using your hands squeeze the grated apple together to remove the juice as otherwise it will make the mixture to wet
    3. Combine the pork mince, grated apple and rosemary together in a bowl and season with salt & pepper
    4. Split the mix in half using your hands and make two equal patties
    5. Spritz a good non stick frying pan with some frylight (or use a few drops of olive oil) and fry your burgers on a medium to high heat for about 5 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Serve!

    I served mine topped with 1 tbsp of tomato chutney, home made Slimming World chips which are simply skin on potatoes cut into wedges, spritzed with fry light and cooked in the Actifry for about 3o minutes and lots of salad! These burgers would also be amazing topped with cheese in a nice soft brioche bun 😉


      

    Please do let me know if you try this super easy but tasty recipe!
    Thanks for reading
    Harriet
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    Butternut Squash Soup

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    There is nothing better than a bowl of homemade soup on a chilly day so I spent my Sunday afternoon making my favourite Butternut Squash Soup for Josh and I to take to work for lunch during the week. This recipe is very quick and super easy as it’s all done in three simple steps. I’m following Slimming World at the moment and I find soup is a great alternative to sandwiches at lunchtime and much more satisfying than a salad at this time of year. Of course, if you’re not on a diet like myself, then I’m sure this soup would be amaaaaazing to dip a couple of slices of doorstop white bread covered in butter into 😉

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    Ingredients (Serves 4 and is SYNFREE on Slimming World)

    • 1 Onion, roughly chopped
    • 1 Medium butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into chunks (or feel free to be lazy and buy it pre prepared)
    • 2 Garlic cloves, crushed
    • 1 litre of hot vegetable stock
    • Salt and Pepper
    • 4 Tbsp of fat free creme fraiche to serve (or if you want to be reeeeeally naughty you could use cream)
    • 1 Tbsp of chopped fresh thyme leaves to garnish

    Method

    1. Put the chopped onion, butternut squash, garlic and stock in a pan and season with salt and pepper. Bring this to to the boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 25-30 minutes.
    2. Blend the soup until smooth using a hand blender or food processor.
    3. Divide the soup between four bowls, swirl a tbsp of creme fraiche into each portion and garnish with a sprinkle of the chopped thyme and a twist of black pepper. Serve and enjoy!

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    Thanks for reading
    Harriet xo

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