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I’m Starting The #SlimFastChallenge!

Posted on January 4, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Christmas had been and gone, as has the New Year now, and all we have left to show for it is decorations that need putting away, houses to clean and tidy, and, if you’re like me and you’ve rather over indulged across the festive period, you’re probably feeling bloated, heavy and just a bit gross too. So what better time to get on the wagon and start a proper health kick?

I’ve used SlimFast before, and I really get on with their plan and products, so I’m really excited (and SO ready right now) to get back on it and shift some pounds again! Conveniently for me, SlimFast have also launched a brand new new and free app (available on ) which has all the tools, support and motivation you need in one place to aid you on your slimming journey.

I’ve recently downloaded it, and I’m really impressed so far! Once you’ve signed in to the app, it asks for your vital stats (height and weight) and from there you can choose your goals, wether it’s specifically weight loss, to increase fitness or anything else, this app has you covered. One of my favourite parts of the app is the Transformation GIF, allowing you to see the physical difference in your appearance as you lose weight, how awesome is that? I can’t wait to give it a try as I lose weight! You also have access to daily tips and advice, meal plans and meal ideas, and an exclusive, easy exercise programme.

So as of today, I’ve now started healthy eating, and I’ve cut out the junk, and later on this month I’ll also be taking part in the #SlimFastChallenge with some other lovely bloggers. So keep an eye out for Tweets with the #SlimFastChallenge hashtag and blog posts on my progress which will be coming up in the near future!

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And lastly, if SlimFast sounds like it could be for you, or maybe you’re not sure and you’d like to find out more, make a note in your diary for Thursday 7th January at 3:30pm, where the one and only Kimberley Walsh from Girls Aloud (who just happens to be a SlimFast ambassador) will be heading up a Twitter chat, where you can ask any questions you may have, join in and chat with others (including me) and you could also win SlimFast a 7 day Starter Kit!

Why not download the app now and join me in the #SlimFastChallenge? WE CAN DO THIS!! xxx

Tasty New Products From SlimFast!

Posted on September 16, 2015

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Hi Guys!

If you’re a regular reader you may remember when I took part in the SlimFast Blogger Challenge a while ago. To be completely honest, it didn’t go as well as I’d hoped, and this is completely my own fault as I didn’t sticking to the plan as I should have done. However I did lose three pounds, which I think was a really good start considering!

I actually loved the range of products I was trialling, they were all tasty, filling and definitely suited my lifestyle whilst pleasing my sweet tooth. My only criticism was that SlimFast didn’t offer any savoury main meal options. They had savoury snacks in the form of Cheddar Bites, Sour Cream & Chive Pretzels and Barbecue Tortilla Chips, but nothing savoury for a main meal. I did mention this in my original post and I’m guessing others had thought the same thing as now lo and behold, SlimFast have now come up with some fantastic Noodle Box packs!

Firstly, I love that SlimFast have listened to what their customers want, and secondly I’m just beyond impressed with these new noodle boxes. They come in three flavours – Chicken Tikka Masala, Spaghetti Bolognese and Spicy Thai. You just microwave them for a few minutes and Bob’s your uncle! The packs have less than 100 calories in each, which is amazing, and due to the low calorie content you can choose to have your noodles as a quick hot snack, or with veggies or something else as part of a main meal.

As well as their fab new Noodle Boxes, SlimFast have also kindly sent over one of their new 7 Day Starter Packs to kick off my routine. The pack includes everything you need to follow their 3-2-1 plan for the first week. It’s a great way to try out their range of products if you’re thinking about giving the plan a go. I’ve only been doing it for four days and I’ve already lost four pounds so far, so I’m over the moon!

If you’re interested in hearing more about SlimFast’s new products, meal ideas, tips for staying motivated and more, I’ll be hosting a Twitter chat with SlimFast and a couple of other lovely bloggers tonight at 8pm. The hashtag is #SlimFastWorksForMe and everyone is welcome! SlimFast will be also giving away FIVE starter packs like the one I mentioned above during the chat, so it’ll definitely be worth stopping by!

I hope you enjoyed my post, and please do join me in the chat tonight if you can!

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The Slim Fast Blogger Challenge Results

Posted on July 2, 2015

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Hi Guys!

It’s been a good few weeks since I started Slim Fast Challenge, and actually a little while now since I finished, so I thought it was about time I gave you a bit of an update and let you know how I got on with the products!

Just to recap, for two weeks I took part in the Slim Fast 3.2.1 plan. This involves eating up to six times a day, including three snacks, two meal replacement products and one balanced evening meal – hence the name 3.2.1. Slim Fast have a massive range of products on offer including chocolate snack bars and savoury tortillas and pretzels. I actually loved all of the snacks available, there wasn’t one that I didn’t like! For meal replacements options, Slim Fast have ready made milkshakes as well as powder shakes that you mix yourself, as well as different flavour meal bars.

Again, I loved the ready made milkshakes, the banana, vanilla and strawberry ones were especially tasty. The meal bars were great too – though it would be nice to see some savoury options available in this range. Overall I love the convenience of Slim Fast – there’s no counting calories or points like you get with other diets, this is just super straightforward, and it will be especially suited to those with a busy lifestyle as there’s no preparation involved (except for the powder shakes) I found it so handy that I could just grab a meal bar or ready made shake from the fridge and head off to work!

Apart from finding this diet easy to follow, it’s also very effective – as long as you stick to the rules. As with any diet regime really, if you break the rules, you can’t expect to see the best results. Well I started off really well, then had a couple of, erm ‘blips’, then ended up having a couple of days off the diet for my birthday. so I could have done a lot better to be honest. I know my weight fluctuated throughout this but I still ended up losing three pounds over all! I know this isn’t amazing but it still makes me feel positive, and I know if I’d have stuck to the plan I’d have easily lost more weight.

I find it’s easier to stick to a diet if you have a set routine, but if you are on the go and have lots of events coming up – like I do this month, two hen parties and two weddings actually! It does make things harder but I’m just going to try to make better decisions with my food choices. It’s so easy to over indulge, especially if it’s what you’re used to as I am. I think being on the Slim Fast plan has made me realise I can eat healthily with not much effort, and see results quite quickly which is fantastic. I’m definitely going to start the 3.2.1 plan again soon and stick to my guns this time. I’ll let you know how I get on!

I’m now off to inflate the Thomas paddling pool, set the brolly up and spend some time in the garden with my boy! I hope you’re all enjoying the sunshine! xxx

A Diet Update and Exante Diet Products

Posted on May 7, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Following on from my original How I Plan To Lose 5 Stones post, I thought I’d come back with a little update on how I’ve been getting on. I can tell you it’s been a rocky start! I began really well, exercising for half an hour almost every day, eating well and completely cutting out any unhealthy snacks. The food consumption side of things was difficult to begin with, I’d been used to big portions as well as grazing throughout the day, so cutting right down left me feeling pretty hungry! After a few days though I think my stomach must have started to shrink a bit because I started to feel less hungry, I also incorporated some Exante Diet products into my regime too which I think helped, and after just over a week I’d lost 4 pounds! I was so pleased!

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I loved Exante’s products because they’re so quick and easy and fuss free. I’m not one for making complicated meals anyway, and with my job, blog, son, husband and house to look after, I’m busy most of the time so it’s handy to be able to just grab something when you’re on the go! Exante sent me a selection of their products to try out, including meal-replacement shakes, diet meals and snack bars and I think I loved the shakes the most. They were super handy for me to have for lunch on days when I went to work because you just add water to the powder and mix to create a shake drink. The flavours were really nice and surprisingly filling! The diet meals, I must admit didn’t initially look that appetising (see the Pasta Carbonara packet in my first image) In fact though, I was surprised with how good they tasted! The Pasta Carbonara was lovely – again you just add water like the shakes, but you also put these in the microwave. I borrowed the above image from Exante’s site as my crockery didn’t do the meal justice! All of Exante’s products contain 100% of your daily requirements for vitamins, minerals and protein each day, no artificial colours, aspartame, monosodium glutamate, or genetically modified products, and they’re also suitable for vegetarians.

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I love that Exante Diet products are flexible enough to fit into your routine however you need them to. I’ve been using them as meal replacements here and there, and their snack bars are really handy to have around if you’re craving something sweet. You can also use them as part of the 5:2 diet or just as an addition to a healthy lifestyle.

Ok so back to my progress. Basically I lost 4 pounds, I was really happy, but then somehow I put it back on. I have no idea how, I was being really good! And I was SO annoyed. I’m thinking possible water retention? I’ve then lost 2 pounds again but it’s also TOTM, so I’m thinking definite water retention right now. I’m still feeling positive though, it’s still an over all loss even if it’s only small!

I’ll have another update for you in the next couple of weeks, I’m aiming to lose another 4 pounds by then so wish me luck! I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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How I Plan To Lose 5 Stones

Posted on April 29, 2015

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Hi Guys,

Ok so I feel like I’ve come to a bit of a turning point in my life. I’ve been stuck in a rut for a long time now, suffering on and off with anxiety, and eating my worries away. This negative cycle has caused me to put on five stones in about a year and a half. Yes FIVE stones – half a person. I’m carrying around an extra half person on my body every day. No wonder I’m always tired.

Basically I’m an emotional eater. I eat when I’m down, or stressed or upset. I’ve been using food as a crutch, and even though the instant gratification felt worth it, the long term effects have really taken their toll on my health and well being. I constantly feel sluggish, my get up and go has got up and gone, and my weight gain has severely affected my confidence. I feel like I’ve turned into a different person.

The main reason for all of this was my job. Without going into detail I basically hadn’t been happy there for a long time. So not so long ago I decided enough was enough, and handed in my resignation. It was super scary but I’m so glad I did it. Funnily enough I was then offerered a different job at the same company, doing a completely different role, as well as working less hours. I felt a mixture of relief, happiness, and excitement, now I can really get stuck in with my new job! This also gave me more time to focus on myself in terms of my health and fitness, as well as my blog and my other freelance roles.

I guess I kind of feel like a weight has been lifted, I’m now in a much more positive frame of mind, and I’m ready to lose this weight! Here’s how I plan to do it –

1. Drink more water. This was actually a new years resolution and I’ve been pretty slack with it. I drink a lot of tea, which I don’t think I can live without, and I know it’s dehydrating which completely defeats the purpose. So moving forward I’m just going to have a glass of water with every cup of tea I make. Simples!

2. Cut out the junk. I’ve been in SUCH bad eating habits. Hence why I put so much weight on. I’m a grazer, and I literaly snack all day out of habit. I’d buy a multi pack of doughnuts / chocolate bars / cakes with the idea that I’d have one now and again for a treat, but I’d just scoff them all in one go. I’ve now completely cut this out and I’m going cold turkey. No treats, no snacks, nothing bad at all. And I’m feeling GOOD about it!!

3. Eat healthier. Apart from cutting out the obvious junk, I want to actively eat healthier meals that will help me to feel good and lose weight. I’m going for high protein / low carbs in general, and lots of veg and greens. I’m trying out some products from Exante at the moment, so for example I’m swapping my lunch for an Exante meal or shake, and swapping out my sweet snacks for their high protein options or fruit. I also have a few bits from My Protein to try out too – I’ll have an update with how I’m getting on with these shortly.

4. Exercise. Ahh exercise. This has also been my downfall. I just wasn’t doing any – unless walking to the loo counts?? I’m now using my Wii Fit to do stepping, hardcore super fast stepping! I’m doing half an hour a day at the moment, then when I’m used to it and not so knackered I’ll make the step higher (the other half has pimped my step for me!) and eventually add wrist and ankle weights too.

(I should point out that I’ve actually done all this once before. When I was pregnant I put on 4.5 stones and I lost it all the year after, so I know I can do it again!)

5. Monitoring my progress. As well as the Wii Fit, I also recently purchased a FitBit Charge which is fantastic for keeping track of how much exercise you’re doing, it tracks your steps, your sleep patterns, your heart rate, and you can also manually input your food intake so it can count your calories. I’m really finding this is helping me too, so I’ll have a separate post on it shorty.

Ideally I’d like to lose the weight by the end of the year, but for a smaller goal I’m aiming to lose 1 stone by my birthday which is 12th June. I think this is achievable! Wish me luck xxx

Gift Ideas For Fitness Lovers!

Posted on December 10, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Today’s gift guide is especially for fitness lovers! I’ve put together a range of products that should keep even the fussiest fitness fanatic friend, sibling or partner happy – from snazzy water bottles to trainers, and holdalls to cook books, I’ve got you covered! 😀

1. Asics Gel-Noosa Tri 9 Running Shoes from Sportshoes.com, £78.74 – These women’s running shoes are perfect for hardcore fitness addicts as they have been specifically engineered for triathlons and the Ironman competition, wow! Apart from looking amazing, these running shoes also have a list of features as long as my arm! From The Impact Guidance System to the DuoMax Support System and The EVA removable sock liner these trainers really are the bees knees of running shoes! Click on the link to read the full list of specs and you’ll see what I mean!

2. Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band from John Lewis from £59 – Garmin’s Vivofit fitness band is an easy to read device that learns your activity level and assigns a personalised daily goal to keep you motivated. It displays steps, calories and distance upon its crystal clear 25.5 x 10mm screen, and even monitors your sleep to ensure you are getting the most out of every hour of the day. As you meet your milestones, Vívofit will also adjust your goal for the next day, gradually nudging you toward a healthier lifestyle.

3. Jawbone UP24 Activity Tracking Wristband from Argos, £99.99 – UP24 is an activity and sleep tracking wristband that wirelessly connects with your iOS or Android device and your favourite fitness apps to give you helpful information to guide you in taking action to improve your health and fitness. The UP24 will help you understand more about how you sleep, move and eat. It’s always connected to your device through the use of Bluetooth Smart, and works with the UP app to deliver real time information and insights to help you understand how you sleep, move and eat. The UP Insight Engine collects the data provided by UP24 and ties it all together, helping you find connections and patterns in your daily and nightly activities and providing tips to improve your quality of life. The UP Insight Engine will suggest daily goals based on your unique patterns to help you go farther, stay hydrated and sleep better.

4.  from Very, £99 – This would make an excellent gift for the smoothie fan in your life. The NutriBullet is the perfect way to get the best from your fruit and veg as it extracts all of the vitamins and minerals, creating delicious and nutritious smoothies. It completely breaks down food, from fruit and vegetables to nuts and seeds, giving you all the nutrition and leaving nothing out. It boasts a powerful 600 watt motor combined with bullet cyclonic action which pushes everything through the turbo extractor blades to get rid of any unwanted lumps. This NutriBullet also comes with a handy nutritionalist guide and cook book so you can get lots of healthy tips and tricks.

5. Camelbak Eddy Glass Water Bottle from Wiggle.co.uk, £22.49 – The new super stylish Eddy Glass Water Bottle is naturally BPA-Free and doesn’t retain taste or odours, and with it’s grip-able silicone sleeve it is both stylish and protective. The Eddy Glass water bottle is durable, easy to carry and spill proof, and comes with a lifetime guarantee, making it a fantastic choice of gift.

6.  from Amazon, £7.49 – Mimi Spencer returns with more than 120 simple nutritious recipes to provide the definitive support system for the 5:2 diet. There are ideas here for everyone, with chapters ranging from Warming & Wonderful (comfort food for hungry days) to Lightning Quick Suppers (speed cooking for when you want to walk in the door and eat in ten minutes flat), along with a whole section devoted to substantial meals for men. Fast Cook is the perfect adjunct to the original Fast Diet Recipe Book, offering a new repertoire of really fast Fast food to help you conquer hunger and lose weight with ease.

7. , from Head’s Ebay Store, £44.99 – This is Head’s contemporary version of their classic retro St Moritz Ladies Holdall which was first introduced in the early 80’s (I actually had one of these as my school bag in peach and grey about 20 years ago!) The new version St Moritz has been brought up to date with its beautiful soft perforated PU faux leather fabric. It has one large main compartment with a double zip access, a side wet pocket which is ideal for trainers or damp towels, and a front zip pocket for smaller items. This bag is perfect for the gym, travel or whenever you’re on the go!

8. iPod Shuffle from Argos, £39 – This super mini iPod is essential for any fitness fan, it’s 2GB storage holds up to 500 songs and has 15 hours of battery life. The Apple iPod shuffle is a must have for the commute to work or in the gym – simply clip on to a belt, lapel, backpack or anything else you can think of to listen in comfort. The new iPod Shuffle also now features a voice over button giving you song, artist and battery information.

9.  from Ayurveda Pura, £33.95 – The Get Fit Kit contains everything you need to help with lose weight, detoxify the body and keep your body fit and healthy! The kit includes:

  • Chyawanprash, which is a thick brown product with a jam-type texture, it smells sweet and spicy. Chyawanprash comprises of over 35 natural ingredients such as fruits, herbs and spices, and has been used for thousands of years as an alternative medicine to revitalise the mind and body. You’re advised to take take 1-2 teaspoons twice a day.
  • Re-Energise Herbal Tea, which really smells like Christmas! (it’s the cinnamon) this helps to gently but effectively boost your energy levels, uplift your mood and remove toxins and any excess water from the body.
  • Get Fit Herbal Food Mix, this is a powder containing a selection of carefully blended super foods that you add to your tea or smoothies.
  • and Re-Energise Massage oil. Ayurveda Pura’s exclusive Massage and Shirodhara oil is infused with gentle, yet effective, herbs specially selected by our practitioners to restore (or maintain) a healthy balance. It acts to stimulate and energise the body, mind and soul. It also improves circulation and brings a warm, healthy glow to the skin.

I hope this has given you some gift inspiration! I’d love to hear what you think? xxx

Regener8 Antioxidant & Hair Formula Vitamin Supplements

Posted on November 9, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Today I’ve got some fab new supplements to tell you about from Chemist Direct. I have the Regener8 Super Anti Oxidant / Antiaging Formula and Regener8 Hair Nutrition Formula. My diet is far for perfect and I do worry that my body might not be getting all the nutrients it needs, my hair is a complete sore point (it doesn’t grow) so if these supplements can help with these issues then they’re definitely worth taking!

Both are tubs contain 60 tablets – they’re the clear style largish capsules, so you can see the powder inside.

 is perfect for those who are looking for an extra boost and a helping hand in combatting the feelings of stress and the effects it can have on the body. Each capsule has been clinically designed to give you the best possible support, so you are able to face the day with added energy and vitality. They are made using a powerful blend of essential anti-oxidising properties, including stress relieving Vitamin C, E and Selenium, as well as a host of natural ingredients, which are all carefully selected to revive and rejuvenate your health.

  • Vitamin C – Protects skin cells and skin’s support structure against UV damage.
  • Vitamin E – has antioxidant capabilities that help reduce cellular damage caused by free radicals within the body that can lead to skin’s premature ageing.
  • Vitamin A – helps protect the body’s cells from the damaging effects of free radicals and inhibits the excessive oxidisation of fats, which can be harmful to the body and cause premature ageing.
  • Selenium – boosts your body’s natural immune function to provide you with a range of health benefits.
  • Biotin – is a coenzyme that contributes to the normal release of energy for use in the body. It also plays a vital role in the supporting general health.
  • Coenzyme Q10 – is critical for the release of energy from food.
  • Pine Bark Extract – links to reducing the appearance of skin fatigue (wrinkles, creases etc) as well as being shown to boost brain function.
  • Grape Seed Extract – helps to repair connective tissue damage and promote skin enzyme activity.
  • Bilberry Extract – links to improving vision, and contains resveratrol which is rapidly gaining interest as an anti-ageing formula.

 is an innovatively unique formula that delivers all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients you need to nourish hair and leave it feeling lusciously healthy. Containing a blend of natural super-foods, Spirulina and Kelp, as well as an abundance of B complex vitamins, Regener8 enhances your hairs ability to grow, shine and look silky smooth.This is the perfect supplement for you if you want hair that’s not only shiny and strong, but well nourished from the inside out.

  • Spirulina – is one of the most complete food sources available, containing a vast array of natural nutrients ideal for supplying your body with all the goodness it needs.
  • Kelp – has been linked to stimulating hair growth. The seaweed is a rich source of minerals including calcium, iodine, zinc, magnesium as well as vitamin A & K and amino acids.
  • Vitamin B – contained within the vitamin B complex are two nutrients that have been linked to reducing hair loss – Choline and Inositol.
  • Vitamin E – has the antioxidant capabilities to help reduce cellular damage caused by free radicals within the body that can lead to skin’s premature ageing.
  • Zinc – is an essential trace element and has been linked to help treat a range of skin conditions including dry itchy skin and damaged skin. Zinc is also vital in stimulating growth.

I’m about half way through taking both bottles of supplements, I keep them next to the kettle so I  don’t forget and have them with my morning tea! It feels great knowing I’m getting all these essential vitamins in my diet, and I’m sure I’m feeling better for it already! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my review xxx

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