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#SlimFastLunchClub Twitter Party!

Posted on June 19, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I just wanted to let you guys know that I’m taking part in a Twitter Party with SlimFast tomorrow June 20th at 12:30pm, with two other lovely bloggers, @MissAnnieBean from Tales of Annie Bean and @ParieJoshi from Class and Glitter. The theme of the chat is Countdown to the big day / Special occasion and we’ll sharing our own stories, advice and ideas and chatting in general about weight loss in preparation for your wedding day or any other big day you may have coming up.

In case you can’t make it tomorrow, I’ll also be taking part in another chat at the same time on 27th June. And if you’re new to SlimFast, you can take a look at one of my previous posts here where you can learn all about their products, the SlimFast 3-2-1 plan, and their new app.

The hashtag for the chat tomorrow is #SlimFastLunchClub – feel free to jump in and join in the chat with us – i hope you see you there! xxx

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 iOS or Android) 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

The Slim Fast Blogger Challenge

Posted on June 8, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Ok so I’ve been on the wagon and off the wagon of late when it comes to my diet. Sometimes I’ve been really good, and others, well not so much. I started off really well then my anxiety flared up again, and apart from making my life difficult, it always seems to make me quite emotional and the urge to eat my worries away stronger than ever. In the last week or so I’ve started to feel so much better though, and while I’m in this positive mental zone I’m going to make the most of it and start the blogger #SlimFastChallenge!

The challenge is a 14-day trial of Slim Fast products following their 3.2.1 Plan – which includes meal replacement bars, convenient ready-to-drink shakes, meal replacement powders (so you can get creative with flavours at home) and plenty of snacks. So basically with the 3-2-1 plan you can enjoy three snacks, two meal replacement products and one balanced (600cal) meal a day, with the aim that you will gradually lose weight. Slim Fast also have lots of tasty recipes on their site to try out, to give you inspiration for your third meal of the day.

I love the fact that you can eat up to six times a day with this plan! And the Heavenly Chocolate Delight Snack Bars look amazing! Slim Fast give you the option to Create your own plan by picking the flavours you love or download their 7 day diet plan where you’ll find a week’s worth of meals and snacks planned out for you.

It’s so simple to follow, there’s no points system or calorie counting with these products – which really appeals to me. The idea is once you reach your goal weight, you can replace one meal with a meal replacement product (instead of two) to help maintain your new weight.

I’ve just started today having a shake for breakfast and lunch, and a banana for a snack and I’m feeling good! I half expected to be hungry but I’m not at all! Fingers crossed the 3.2.1 plan will work for me and help me shift some weight! Keep your eye out for my update post in a couple of weeks’ time! xxx

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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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Juicetou Three Day Detox!

Posted on August 30, 2014

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Hi Guys!

I was recently contacted by Juicetou to try out their three day detox, which sounded perfect to me as I desperately needed and wanted to diet to loose some weight, but I really struggle to get motivated. I thought a juice detox sounded like it could be the perfect kickstart to my diet! (Apologies for the picture too, I forgot to photograph the bottles before I started so I had to use the empty bottles instead, oops!)

The Juicetou detox is pretty hardcore – basically you only drink four juices a day, plus lots of water, for three days. There’s NO FOOD ALLOWED. At all. The juices are all fresh, natural, and free from additives, so the idea is your body will be thoroughly cleansed by the end of the detox. The juices themselves all taste fine, they’re not amazing but they’re not disgusting by any means, they literally have mashed up fruit, veg and berries in them with no sugars to sweeten them up at all. So you know they’re 100% good for you!

This is the schedule for when you need to drink each of the juices –

  • 9am Clean Green Juice – with spinach, cucumber, celery, apples and limes.
  • 12 noon Let’s Glow Juice – with oranges, apples, kiwis, grapes and strawberries.
  • 3pm Clean Green Juice – with spinach, cucumber, celery, apples and limes.
  • 6pm Berry Good Juice – with pineapple, blueberries, strawberries, apples and raspberries.

I decided to put together a mini diary so you can see how I got on…

Day 1. I get up and make myself a decaf tea with one sweetener, drink half of it before I realise I might not actually be allowed ‘normal’ tea! Oops! Tweet Juicetou to check and they recommend only having fruit or peppermint teas when detoxing, bugger. I think I may miss tea more than food over the three days! First up is the green juice at 9am, it kind of smells like celery and doesn’t taste too bad. The second juice again was ok, this was the fruity one, the third is the green one again and the last at 6pm is the berry one, which is definitely the nicest tasting! I actually had a night out planned tonight, going for a meal then cinema with friends. I sat there watching everyone eating their succulent burgers while I treated myself to a cup of tea. This is willpower. Technically I know I’m not allowed tea, but at the end of the day I’m not eating anything for three days so I decided to allow myself one!

Day 2. I woke up feeling tired, partly because of the lack of food I think and and partly because I was up in the night with Fred. I didn’t do any physical activity today but definitely felt achey and physically tired. I had a couple more ‘naughty’ cups of tea today but no food! Still staying strong!!

Day 3. Ok I did cave in today and have a couple of cups of tea, again. I know I shouldn’t have but I still didn’t eat anything so a couple of teas isn’t that bad really? Also, you’re not meant to do any exercise whilst detoxing, as you won’t have much energy at all, but I ended up doing loads of walking today. I had a dentist appointment in Norwich which took about three quarters of an hour to walk there, then I met a friend and walked around the city, then I walked back to the train station. I WAS KNACKERED. I was desperate to eat something but wanted to wait till I got home to weigh myself first! So I didnt end up eating till half 8 – and it was a salad I might add! (Seriously it was the best salad ever, after three days without food it was amazing!) And when I finally weighed myself I was really pleased to find out I’d lost four pounds 😀

I really feel like this detox has been the kick start my diet needed, and I’m going to try my best to keep up with the healthy eating now! I made a point of drinking lots of water, and hot water with a slice of lemon in is actually quite nice! Now I’ve finished I feel inspired by my weight loss and that I’m on the right track with eating healthily. I’ve been to the supermarket and stocked up on salad bits so I’m raring to go! Let’s hope I can keep up the good work and throw some exercise into the mix too!

So what do you think? Have or would you try the Juicetou detox? xxx

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