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Reasons why I haven’t been to weigh in this week… or for the past 4 weeks

I was so psyched up to get back into Slimming World and go to weigh in tonight.  Then I realised.  It’s been 4 weeks since my last weigh in.  2 I booked as holidays but 2 I was ill and didn’t text so will be charged for.  I’ve been off plan for the whole month I’ve not been to group and thought I’d share with you my very valid reasons why.

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Orange oaty biscuits

I’ll be honest, there’s not an awful lot of interests that Harry and I share.  Don’t get me wrong, I love learning all about snails, dinosaurs and mud with him and I’ve found enjoyment in activities I never thought I would but it’s not what comes naturally to me.  Recently we’ve started spending Megan’s nap times baking or cooking together and it’s become one of my favourite parts of the day.  We make something most days, whether it’s baking cakes or just making scrambled egg on toast, and through cooking together have found a wonderful shared interest and a new way to bond.

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Geronimo 2018: Camping with 2 children under 3 years old!

When I was asked if we’d like tickets to camp at Geronimo in exchange for an honest review of our experience I said excitedly said yes immediately!  As the weeks went by the realisation of what I’d agreed to started to set in though.  I’d agreed to camp.  That meant sleeping in a tent.  With a 3 year old (almost).  And an 8 month old baby.  WHAT WAS I THINKING?!

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Baby and toddler snacks: Are they really as healthy as they seem?

I’ve always been a big fan of feeding my children the healthiest food possible, with as little effort as possible.  I love making my own baby and toddler snacks as it’s the best way to know what’s in them. However, as a mum of two children under 3 years old, I also love a shortcut!  Harry is now at an age where he wants ‘treats’ and I am trying to teach him about having them in moderation.  Megan is weaning and hates being left out so I’m always looking for something that they can both enjoy!

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Slimming world update, meal plan and Alistair’s observations on how I’m doing

Last week was a bad weigh in for me.  I gained 4lbs and was absolutely gutted.  I’ll be honest, it really knocked me and I had a bit of a wobble about carrying on.  I felt unmotivated and fed up.  With Easter round the corner I just wanted to eat all the chocolate and forget about losing weight.

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Slimming World Chocolate Cheesecake

I’m back on it this week at Slimming World and feeling positive about losing the weight I gained last week.  I’m still battling the sweet cravings though and am fighting against the urge to fall back on my old ways of, ‘if you can’t have sleep have sugar.’  Today I had terrible chocolate cravings but didn’t want to fall at the first hurdle.  I decided to get creative and make some 1 syn cheesecakes instead.  They were tasty, not quite a family sized bar of galaxy caramel but they definitely curbed the sweet cravings.  They worked out at 1 syn each but the recipe makes 2… and I ate them both!

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How is it even possible to gain this much in one week?! Slimming World Update and Meal Plan

I’ll be honest I may have had a little cry when I got home from weigh in tonight.  I knew I’d been naughty, I’d given myself the week off and let myself eat and drink whatever I wanted.  I expected a gain and was prepared for it.  I wasn’t prepared for how much though!

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The Gentle Eating Guide Review and Giveaway

A while ago now, when I was pregnant with Megan I was asked if I would like to receive a copy of ‘The Gentle Eating Book’ by Sarah Ockwell-Smith to review.  I jumped at the chance and was intrigued to see what ‘gentle eating’ was all about.  I’ve heard of Sarah Ockwell-Smith’s other popular books like ‘The Gentle Sleep’ book and always liked the idea of taking a gentle approach but wasn’t sure it would work for us.  With Harry we followed his lead when it came to eating but did controlled crying when it came to sleep.  It worked for him and I’m a firm believer that some children do need a firm approach to some things.

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Top Tips for eating out and about with a weaning baby and a toddler

Megan has been weaning for a week  now and she’s taken to it like a duck to water.  She loves her food and gets really grouchy if we eat and don’t give her anything.  We went out a lot this weekend and I wanted to share some top tips for eating out as a family that we either use or have learned this weekend!

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