When I restarted my Slimming World journey last August I had a weight I wanted to be in my head. I couldn’t vision being that weight at that point but I knew I had a lot of hard work ahead of me. I’ve never found it easy to lose weight but oh boy can I gain it, I suppose that’s just my body – we’re all different, right? Having not been happy in my own skin for years I knew something needed to be done. I got to my half stone award and was feeling good, not really noticing that much difference. Then I got my stone award which felt amazing, my clothes were beginning to feel better and I was getting more confident.
Then I got my stone and a half award and I knew that my two stone was next which was so exciting for me. In the middle of this I got my Club 10 award meaning that I had lost 10% of my starting weight which is something I was incredibly proud of and also the fact that getting that award meant loads of added health benefits. I was feeling so much fitter, I could walk for longer and faster and I felt great.
From getting that award my next half stone seemed to take forever and a day to come off but I still persisted and here I am now, just over two stone lighter and I feel fantastic. I have came to the realisation that it’s not always going to fall off straight away, sometimes these things take time and that’s fine. I am also really proud of myself, which isn’t something I say often but I am. I am turning 30 in September and I’m ready to leave my 20’s feeling fabulous and continue throughout my 30’s feeling the same way. I have gone up and down with my weight over the past 10 years and this time I’m convinced it will stay off. I have battled emotional eating and came out the other side so much stronger. Overall, I can’t thank Slimming World enough, it has changed my life for the better and now I am at the stage that people notice my loss. I can’t tell you how good that feels.
My target is about a stone and a half away, maybe a little less. Finally, target is feeling much more achievable. I know I can do it, I know I will do it and I can still having a life while doing it. So here’s to two stone gone forever and a bit more to come.
I am the kind of person that will always love having a bunch of fresh flowers in my home – I remember once my best friend bought be a lovely white rose bouquet which I kept for ages because they are my favourite flower and it was so thoughtful of her. There’s also nothing nicer than walking into a room and seeing a lovely bunch of fresh flowers especially as they usually give off a lovely smell and brighten up the room.
Even though the majority of the flowers in my home are actually artificial wooden roses, I still think that there’s nothing better than receiving a lovely bunch of flowers which is why I will quite often choose to send some to my Mum as a gift.
Over the years I have used various companies to order flowers and gifts for my Mum and friends and have found that some are better than others. One of my favourite places to order from over the last year or so has been Prestige Flowers, so when they offered to send me one of the bouquets they offer I jumped at the chance because I have always been a paying customer and know that their customer service and delivery service has always been great in the couple of years I have been using them.
This time the service and flowers I received were no exception to my previous experiences and I was lucky enough to be sent the beautiful Grandeur Bouquet which is in the luxury flower range that they offer as a gift package. This lovely bouquet was sent to me using the next day flower delivery service that they offer which is great when you need to send a last minute gift which I have done in the past.
Onto the bouquet itself, the Grandeur Bouquet is absolutely stunning and not like one I have ever sent or received before. Within this bouquet is a fantastic arrangement of beautiful avalanche red roses (which also give off a fantastic small), sea holly and finished with some lovely bright green foliage.
This bouquet also came with a lovely pink vase and some Finest Belgian chocolates so I would say that this is a great gift. As for how long the flowers last, I am happy to report that they are still going strong two weeks later. I am once again happy with the service and flowers received from Prestige Flowers and will continue to be a happy customer.
Do you like giving flowers as a gift? If so, what are your favourite flowers?
This post was in collaboration with Prestige Flowers but all opinions are my own.
I am a bit late in rounding up May, but you know what they say, better late than never, right? I spent the first bank holiday weekend in Scotland looking after my Mum and I booked a day of annual leave to extend my bank holiday. My Mum had an operation to remove one of her bunions and straighten her hammer toe so I went to help out, look after her and help around the house where I could. That weekend went by really quickly but it was nice to be able to go and help my Mum.
It was also Gaz’s 35th birthday in May and to celebrate we decided to have a day out in London which was a beautiful day, and then to extend the celebrations we also had a meal out in Turtle Bay which was delicious.
I also decided to buy some baskets from Tesco and make my bookcase look a little nicer as for a long time all you could see were the books Gaz has which are all about history and war. The end of April and the start of May were quite stressful and I found myself not loving my blog as much.
I took a step back and decided that I would like to change the way I blog and find myself again along with making videos as well. Sometimes you have to find your blogging mojo, right? I think I’ve got it back now. Thanks to a Twitter widget reminding me that some of my older blog posts were corrupt, I made the decision to change my blog a little I decided to do some much needed blog admin which I regretted after a week of having to go through over 300 posts and sort them out. I am thankful that exercise is finished now but it was worth it and left me feeling a lot better about my little space on the internet.
Slimming World wise I got to my next goal of achieving my two stone award (more on that soon) and for getting that, Gaz bought me a Longchamp rucksack that I have wanted for ages. It’s quite a small rucksack but perfect for a day out. I also decided to change things up on the Slimming World front and change the fruit I’m eating to make sure they are all speed. It has definitely helped along the way. June has been great so far, although we’re almost half way through already.
I’m back this week with another weeks worth of food shopping and another weekly meal plan on the Slimming World plan, week 15 in fact. I have been trying to have different meals over the weeks and enjoying food that is in season just now – Jersey Royal Potatoes for one, they are delicious roasted or boiled as part of a lovely potato salad. I am also loving having a big bowl of strawberries and raspberries as breakfast or a snack, I find them really tasty and refreshing and although they are available all year round, I love them at this time of year.
This weekend was a very relaxed one for me which I was glad of after a few busy weekends. Saturday was spent on the sofa, watching TV and doing very little which is unusual for me. Gaz was out on a bike ride for the day and we decided we would get a takeaway at night, so we drove to Nando’s and got some lovely chicken and rice. For some of my syns I then had some popcorn while I was watching Daddy’s Home on my laptop. I also bought some Curly Wurly’s to have some daily syns in the week as this is something I don’t typically do but otherwise I wouldn’t have many syns over the weekend.
Here is my meal plan for the current week.
Sunday: Slow Cooked Gammon served with Potato Salad & Salad
Monday: Bacon, Leek and Potato Bake (one of my favourites!)
Tuesday: Spaghetti Bolognese Bake
Wednesday: Fajita Chicken served with Baked New potatoes & Salad
So, this get ready with me video was a bit of a last minute decision a few weekends ago. Usually, I don’t do a get ready with me because in all honesty my day to day routine consists of a bit of mascara, maybe some concealer and a bit of colour on the lips and I’m usually good to go and let’s be honest, sometimes there’s no makeup on my face at all.
A few weekends ago I was getting ready for a date night with my boyfriend, I got out the shower and was getting changed when I decided to bring my camera out and film a chatty get ready with me video as they are usually my favourites to watch as well.
It my boyfriends birthday in May and as well as celebrating in London, we also decided to go out for a meal to Turtle Bay in Leamington – even though it wasn’t the best evening weather wise, we still had a lovely meal. It was also a great excuse to try out the new L’Oreal Cushion Foundation which I was kindly sent to try out and have been loving recently to give my skin that dewy finish I am always craving. So, this is my date night look, I hope you all enjoy the video. Let me know what you think and what your go to date night look is.