Month: July 2016

It’s the small things – Cornwall July special edition


I decided that our recent Cornwall trip deserved it’s own it’s the small things post!

Long journeys and sleepy Schnauzers.
Overnight stops at peaceful spots. Thankfully the sun came out for a little while. 

Campsite set up….a girl has to have home comforts, so huge tent, wardrobe space and proper height bed it is then! 

Straight to the beach with a visit to Perranporth with my two favourite men.
Turo cathedral and Gorran Haven bay.

Pop up cocktail bar and visiting wood fire pizza company back at the campsite.

Coffee and cake with a view over Newquay and a visit to Holywell Bay.

Another night, another pop up bar on the campsite.

Beautiful St Ives.

Getting a little windswept at the beautiful Lizard Point.

Enjoying salted caramel Cornish ice cream at Fowey.

Seal spotting at Mevagissey harbour. 

Stepping back in time at St Mawes.

Coffees with views, schnauzers in wild flower meadows and beautiful beaches at Padstow.

Time for more cocktails from the pop up cocktail bar! 

Long walks to find the sea, amazing fish and chips and giant deckchairs at Falmouth.

Getting lost in the gardens at Heligan.

Spending the last day walking some of the south coast coastal pathway, rest stops and a final coffee with a view.

And that was Cornwall 2016! 

Claire xx 

Maintaining weight loss ~ 6 months on

This week marks me getting to 6 months of maintaining my weight loss!! Wow, you don’t know how good that actually makes me feel seeing that in black and white. To be honest with you all, I never thought it would be possible. I didn’t think deep down that I would be sitting here 6 months on, not having gone out of my target range, actually overall sitting just below my target weight for those 6 months.

Like many people I’ve lost weight before, I’ve also got to ‘target’ weight before using both Scottish Slimmers and Weightwatchers, you could call me a serial target achiever! One thing though which I am sure is obvious is that once at target I’ve never been able to maintain it…..until now.

I finally feel like I have beaten my food demons, sitting 6 months on, still a target member, has shown me that I’ve got this.  I dared to believe in myself when I got to target with Slimming World that this time I could make the changes stick with me and so far I’ve achieved that.

Six months on from achieving my target, there has been lots that have stayed the same.  I still track all my food in a food diary and post all my meals on my Slimming World Instagram account and I try to stick to Slimming World principles. I still weigh in at my Slimming World group fortnightly but I’m getting to the point of thinking of changing this to monthly. Weighing in at group is something I know for sure that I need to keep doing, that’s the one thing I never did before…..I always felt that I could go it alone once I achieved the weight I wanted to be but I proved to myself that that approach doesn’t work for me.

However there has also been some changes. I am not 100% just Slimming World anymore. I have used these last months re educating myself further regarding nutrition, I’ve used Myfitnesspal to help me stay on track and particularly to help me build up the amount of calories I had been eating to a more sustainable level without gaining any weight. I’ve added in healthy fats, proteins, nuts etc without synning them but I still syn ‘treats’ to ensure I don’t go too crazy.

My focus is now on exercise and building muscle along with toning, I’ve fallen in love with HIIT training and I love how my body is changing. It’s by no means perfect but it’s come so far.


Some things I have learned being a target member is that, maintaining weight loss is harder than I imagined. Finding a balance is hard, learning what your body needs is hard, getting your mindset to change to feel happy with no longer seeing losses on the scales is hard. But once it clicks with you, it feels so good! Whether you mix it up like me, stick 100% to plan or have weekends off or treat plates, you need to do what is right for you!


Thank you Slimming World for helping me to get to this point in my life, thank you for letting me dare to believe that I can do this.


Bring on the next six months!


Claire xx

It’s the small things – June edition 


A little late this month but it’s time for the small things that made me smile in June.

Frothy coffees enjoyed in the sun.

Bike rides enjoyed. 
10k charity walks completed with the bestie.
Large glass of Rosy enjoyed after rocking the walk.

Long cycles enjoyed along the canals.

Hot Dogs!

 

Being reminded how bright it gets in June in Scotland!

A little non scale victory….

Become more and more comfortable with how I look and how my body is changing with exercise. 

Having a lovely little house guest for a week. 

New pretty phone time.

House guest selfies before she left.

Getting the best thank you card ever.Heron spotting.

Perfect Sunday morning forest walks. 

Enjoying the wild flowers.

Cornwall bound for two blissful weeks off. 

Expect a full on Cornwall filled next months it’s the small things! 

Claire xx