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… 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


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

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. 


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 

Joining a Slimming World Group

So last week I decided to join a Slimming World group. 

I’ve been following Slimming World online initially, then at home since October 2013. I first started it to lose weight to be eligible for IVF, well if you’re a regularly reader you will all know what happened there. I have lost 30lbs since that initial start date, I’ve gained and lost, gained and lost through two treatments but overall I’m very proud that I didn’t allow myself to regain it all what with my tendency to emotionally eat. I’ve been doing good doing it myself but since the last IVF I’ve not really managed to get back into it properly and to be honest I’m not happy with how I look so I started thinking about joining a group. It took me a while to get to the point of actually putting it in my diary to go but on last Wednesday night I put my big girl pants on and went.  


I’m really hoping the group gets me motivated. I’ve been successful in losing weight at a slimming group before (not so successful at keeping it off!!) Though being able to look back and see that with Slimming World I’ve managed to keep my initial weight loss off for nearly a year is giving me the hope that this is the plan I need to follow and something that has become a good basis for my eating habits. 

Why join a group though? I questioned this quite a few times, I mean I had been very successful doing it at home and with a successful drop of nearly 2.5stone it has worked for me but I just felt that I needed something else a little gentle push that I wasn’t giving myself at home. 

One week in and a few motivating text messages from my group consultant, a private Facebook group and access to lifeline online, I think I’ve made the right decision. I’ve made more conscious food decisions and been more mindful of what I am eating, plus I’m loving cooking new things again. 

I’ve bought a 12 week countdown pass and my aim is to drop around another 2 stone. 

I want to be in the best possibly place weight wise for when we attempt IVF again.

Wish me luck 

Claire x 

It’s the small things ~ May edition


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

Booking an extra annual leave day to give me a lovely four day weekend. 

Spending the afternoon repainting my garden bench which was in such need of a makeover. 

Spray painting plant pots ready for some planting this month.  

  Yet more painting of garden furniture! 

  Digging my gloves out and holding on to the heat of my coffee cup in bitterly cold windy walks. 
  Cornwall trip planning. 

  Afternoon prosecco in the sun before a work day out. 

  International Nurses Day – recognising all the nurses out there. 

 Getting back into Slimming World. 

 Finally planting some bedding plants in my new updated plant pots.  

 Prosecco in the sun with the bestie. 

 Enjoying a much needed alcohol filled afternoon with the bestie.  

 Afternoon park walks. 

 Sunshine and bluebells.  

 Bullets bitten and a Slimming World Group joined. 

  Lovely Saturday afternoon new places for a dog walk found. 

What will June bring? 

Claire xx

Baked Oat Muffins ~ Slimming World Friendly 

  I have been wanting to try something different with my HexB rather than using it on cereal or bread and have seen a few variants of baked oat muffins online and thought I would try my own.

Now strictly these are not free on slimming world as I did add blueberries before cooking and if you are 100% slimming world this would need to be synned. 


35g plain porridge oats (HexB)
50mls skimmed milk (From your HexA)
1 egg
50g Frozen Blueberries – 1 syn cooked
2tbsp sweetner
1tsp vanilla extract

Mix ingredients together in a bowl, place into silicone cases and cook at 180c for 20-25 mins. You need to keep an eye on them so they don’t burn. Once cooled, pop out of the cases and enjoy! 

Claire xx 

Weight loss Wednesday ~ monthly update 

  Okay, so I have had a better month than last month that’s for sure but still a disappointing one in my eyes. It seems to be taking me so much longer this time to get properly back into the healthy eating mindset. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve changed a lot of the bad habits I’d picked up again when I was stressed and eating for comfort after the last IVF and I’m back tracking my food and following Slimming World again so at least I feel a little more in control. 

I just need to keep going, slow and steady wins the race and all that! I’m hoping for a better month this month. My aim is to drop 5lbs to get into the next stone bracket. So fingers crossed. 

This month it is a loss though and a loss is a loss so I need to be happy with that.  

Claire xx