It’s the small things ~ August Edition 

  
It’s the small things that have made my month of August. 

  A rare trip to the football with the husband…good news was they won! 

  Exploring local parks. 
  And meeting giant Schnauzers. 

  Getting the chop! 
  Seeing very rare blue skies. 
  Finally having a day that you could class as ‘summer’ 
  Plenty of these. 
  And jumping in the changing rooms when I fitted comfortably into these. 

  After getting my 1st award from Slimming World group and overall loss of 3st at home.  
 Booking this amazing hotel for a weeks ultra all inclusive in November.  

 Seeing just how far I have come when I tried on my trousers from before I started losing weight for IVF.  

 Treating myself to a new Fitbit Charge HR.  

 Enjoying some bubbles, just because.  

 Having an impromptu Schnauzer day out.  

 Enjoying the sun setting.  

 Only going and blooming getting this in my Slimming World group.  

 Preparing for a road trip.  

 Doing the most joyful work based task.  

 Engaging my inner child with a bit of Willy Wonka.  

 Smiling as I head away on our glamping trip. 3st 5lbs lighter.  

 Roadtripping!! 

Expect next months little things post be full of glamping, Cornish beaches and adventures! 

Claire xx 

Glamping we go….

For our main holidays this year we decided to stay within the UK, dust off our immense camping kit and head away Glamping.  We used to go camping quite a lot, starting with a smallish tent and working our way up to our mammoth tent that we have now that I still love!   An Outwell Montana. It’s a 6 birth but really we think it’s perfect for us two and the dog off course.

 We haven’t been as much over the last few years, only camping for one long weekend last year. I suppose that’s my doing, it can be quite a challenge preparing all the bits for heading away, picking somewhere to go and then there is the fitting it all in the car! But when we get there and the tent is up its like a home from home.

I will only camp because we ‘posh camp’ large tent, electric hookup for the heater, kettle, electric cool box, campbed & tent carpet! Yip I did say tent carpet.

  It’s lovely to have a big space to relax in and because our tent has a sewn in ground sheet it makes sure *nothing manages to rip it *the dog!


We are really looking forward to going away for 12 nights, the longest we will ever have camped and the furthest away we have driven to do so. We have both really wanted to go to Cornwall so we are all booked up to make the long drive down south.  To make things a little easier though we are going to stop on the way down, there is no way I could face pitching the tent after a 9 hour drive.

I found this lovely little place about 5hrs away, near Ludlow that offers dog friendly Glamping pods perfect for a nice relaxed stop off on the way down and the only thing that we will need to do is unpack the bedding. pod2bistro
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We are then heading to Bude in North Cornwall and are going to base ourselves there for a week.  I picked North Cornwall as I also wanted to go to North Devon and pay a visit to the English Riviera if we can.  There is so much to see and do though in this area that I am not sure we are going to fit it all in in a week!  I am really looking forward to staying here at Wooda Farm.The site itself looks lovely, with sea views, large dog walk, bar and restaurant and not far out of Bude, it’s within around 1hr to 1.5hrs from everywhere we want to visit and I have been busy looking up dog friendly things to do so we will be kept busy and hopefully have an exhausted dog!

On the way back up we decided to stop off in North Wales, another place that we have never visited.  We are again going to do one night in the Glamping pods after packing up and leaving Cornwall – the thought of taking the tent down, driving 4.5hrs then putting it up again was just too much.

We are basing ourselves just outside of Colwyn Bay colwyn
Image credit – Visit Wales.

From here I am hoping to go up to the summit for Great Orme, venture around Snowdonia National Park and make the trip across the bridge to The Isle of Anglesey again there is so much to do and some of it will be weather dependent but hopefully we will manage to squeeze in a good few sights that we have never seen before.

I am finally looking forward to getting away and enjoying a good old British Staycation. Please though let the weather gods be at least a little kind to us!

See you all soon.

Claire xx

Weight Loss Wednesday ~ Monthly Update

  

It’s that time of the month again for my monthly Weight Loss Wednesday update. I didn’t quite achieve my goal I set from last month of losing 6lbs but I am happy to report a loss of;  

 
I’ve reflected a lot over this last month and I am more than happy to set myself a goal of losing 1lb a week. Losing 1lb a week from now until Christmas will get me to my target weight and a bmi under the elusive figure that I want. I don’t overall feel that bmi is a good indicator of health but seeing as my main motivation for weight loss is IVF, bmi plays a factor in all clinics and therefore bmi is where I need to be focusing on in my run up to target. 

I have noticed some major changes in how I look recently, I know I only lost 4.5lbs this month but for some reason my body seems to be changing shape and I like it.  

 I tried on a size 14 slim fitting trousers when my current work ones were beginning to get too big and I couldn’t believe that they actually fitted! Now they may be a generous 14 but I don’t care, I’m owning that they are a blooming 14!! 

  
Overall I have lost just over 3 stone. Amazing!! 

Next month we will be away for two weeks, so my monthly update will be a little later. I’m setting the goal of 5lbs to lose. 

Claire xx 

Three stones gone forever – Slimming World


This week saw me achieving three stone weight loss with Slimming world. I am over the moon to be able to post this and even more impressed with myself that despite it taking a while to get to this point I have not fallen off the wagon or gained weight apart from my IVF cycles.

I am I suppose well in the zone now with it. I am .5lb off losing 1stone since starting the Slimming World group 10 weeks ago and hopefully next week will bring my shiny new sticker and certificate in group.

I am a real visual person, so I like to see things in front of me to see how I am doing.

This was in the front of my daily diary and I love colouring it in when I return from group.

I have set myself an interim target which I am only 10.5lbs away from but last weekend I sat and thought about what I want my actual target to be.  I know that BMI is not the be all and end all, but for me to go on and have another round of IVF I really want to get my BMI not just into the healthy range but to drop down into it a little and get it under 24. So I have in my head set a target weight that will get my BMI to 23.6.

And conveniently it worked out at losing 1lb per week from now until Christmas. That should be achievable even with a couple of weeks holidays booked in between now and then.

And not the greatest pictures but I wanted to put in a three stone lost comparison picture. The one on the left was taken 2 years ago and the one on the right was yesterday.

The countdown to Target is on!

Claire xx

It’s the small things ~ July Edition 

  
It’s all the small things that have made me smile in July.  

 Tiny cuddles with our tiny houseguest.  

 Hedgehog spotting. 

 Getting back into exercising and feeling good.  

 Two pooches finally lying side by side after two weeks together.  

 Seeing these results on my monthly measurements!  

 Fitting all our immense camping kit into my new car and heading off for the weekend. 

 Managing to get tent set up without too many cross words.  

 Sitting outside as the sun started to set.  

 Being teased by the campsites geese.  

 Refreshing my soul with good seaside views.  

  Taking seaside family selfies.  

 Drinking coffee and admiring the view.  

 Letting someone get comfortable.  

 Discovering Northumberlands national park.  

 Being a little underwhelmed by the waterfall we climbed miles to see.  

 Getting ready for the most special little man in my life turning two.  

 Laughing in the face of summer! Once I lowered the umbrella. 

Now let’s see what August brings. 

Claire xx 

Weight Loss Wednesday – Monthly Update

It’s weight loss Wednesday monthly update time again.  I’ve had ups and downs this month but I am beginning to feel that, that is just the way things will always be for me.  Some weeks I have stuck 100% to plan and not seen the results on the scales then there was the week I changed nothing and got a 3lb loss.  My body just seems to do what it wants to do!

One thing I have focused on is trying to increase my exercise and to drink more water.  I really struggle drinking water over the course of the day at work as because I work in the community it’s never far from your mind when you might need the toilet.  I have been trying though to drink more especially as I have increased my exercise levels.  On top of my normal walking on average of 20+ miles per week I have also added in some arm Dumbell workouts and I am trying to do 1-2 elliptical workouts per week.

I have been to group every week though to be honest I have been wondering if it is actually doing what I wanted it to do, it was mainly to increase my motivation which it has done but I’m still not overly convinced on the ‘image therapy’ part.  I am sticking with it though – probably because I bought a 12 week countdown and there are aspects of the group that I like so maybe it will continue to grow on me.  I suppose overall I didn’t really know what to expect when I went to group and it still feels a little ‘different’ from things I have done before.  I did get my 1/2 stone award in group though so I was happy with that.  It was one of my challenges for this month so it gets a big tick from me.  My other goal was to lose 6lbs and I am pleased to say that I managed to achieve this too.

Overall I am very happy with this!  I need to learn to not be too hard on myself if I don’t see the loss on the scales that I was hoping for, but to look over the weight loss of the month to give myself a better boost in motivation.  I also took measurements last month so i will be looking forward to seeing how I am getting on with those when I remeasure. This months weight loss has now brought my grand total to – 

  
This month I am setting myself the goal of getting my 1 stone sticker in group and I am hoping for a loss of another 6lbs.  Fingers crossed!

Claire xx

It’s the small things ~ June edition

 Some of the small things that have made up the month of June. 

  Moving down a size in my work trousers. 

Making a new calendar for my desk where the pink marks disappear! No more regular weekend working for me.  

 Enjoying some well earned wine. 

Gala days in the rain. 

 Looking at a comparison pic ~ 30lbs down.  

 Beach walks.  

 With lots and lots of miniature Schanuzers.  

 And beautiful views.   

 Lots of amazing Slimming World friendly food.  

 Coffee at the Kelpies. 

Making the garden look pretty…..now all we need is Summer to arrive.  

 Canal side walking.  

 Pancake Saturday’s.  

 Coffees enjoyed.  

 New trainers delivered.  

 Orange is the New Black binged on. 

 Destressing with tea.  

 Vodkas and late evening sunshine enjoyed.  

 New toys purchased.  

 Herons spotted.  

 Loch side lunches enjoyed.  

 Suki tea found locally.  

 House guests arrived.  

 Tongues out Tuesday’s. 

What will July bring? 

Claire xx 

  

Weight Loss Wednesday ~ Monthly Update

It’s time for another Weight Loss Wednesday monthly update. This month I joined a local group, I was hoping that it would get me motivated I would see consistent weight loss each week. Well the first part has been true, it has managed to get me motivated but I’ve not seen the numbers go down the scales the way I had hoped. 

The first week at group I only lost 1lb……, the second was better with a 2.5lb loss. This week I wrote everything down, tried three days of the new Extra Easy SP plan and MAINTAINED!!  To say I was gutted was an understatement. I didn’t change anything eating wise from the week before apart from doing the SP days so I still can’t understand what went wrong? Maybe my body actually needs carbs to loose weight, God only blooming knows! 

Overall though I’m happy with my weight loss for this month. I had set myself the goal of losing 5lbs and getting into the next stone bracket and I’m proud to say I managed that.  

 

This month I’m going to set my goal at 6lbs for the month which will also get me my 1/2stone award at group and a nice little shiny sticker. 

Claire xx 

Salt, Pepper & Chilli Chicken ~ Slimming World Friendly

 Serves 2

Ingredients:

350g diced chicken breast fillets
1 green pepper ~ sliced
1 yellow pepper ~ sliced
1 onion ~ sliced
1 chilli ~ sliced
1/2 teaspoon crushed chilli flakes
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 egg
1/3 pack of smash
Frylight

1 ~ Place smash on a plate & mix with the teaspoon of sea salt. Beat egg lightly, dip chicken into the egg mix, roll in the smash and place on a baking tray that has been lightly sprayed with frylight.  Place in the oven for 20mins at 200c.

2 ~ Meanwhile, spray a frying pan with Frylight and gently cook the peppers, onion, chilli and chilli flakes until softened.

3 ~ When your chicken is cooked through, add to the peppers mix and toss before serving with rice and a dash of light soy sauce.

I served with Slimming world friendly Egg Fried Rice which was gorgeous and dare I say it…….even better than the Chinese!


Now, technically in Slimming World terms you should by syning this as it is considered a ‘tweak’ because you are using the Smash in a different way. I don’t syn it as I feel I’m actually using less than I would if I made it up as a full packet. If you want to syn it a single portion would be 2.5syns.

Claire xx

Weetabix Muffins ~ Slimming World Friendly

  I had seen a lot of Instagram photos with people making breakfast muffins with Weetabix and one of my amazing friends on there who has lost an awe inspiring six and a half stone! Shared her recipe with me. I’m sure she won’t mind me sharing it with you lovely lot. 

Ingredients: 

2 Weetabix crumbled {healthy extra B choice}
2 eggs
A Muller light of your choice
Sachet of options hot chocolate
1tbsp sweetner

Makes 6 muffins ~ 2 syns for full recipe. 

  Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, divide into muffins cases, cook at 180c for 20mins or until brown. 
  
And enjoy!! 

Claire xx 

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