Label: Lifestyle

Slimming World Meal Plan Six

Well it has taken sixteen weeks but I have done it, I have reached a sensible target weight  I thought for while I was breastfeeding Judah.
I honestly believed that because I held onto the weight with Nathanael that it would take me a year to loose what I wanted, and now only sixteen weeks on plan I have lost 20 pounds.
I have got to say I am proud of myself, within that time period I have had my eldest son’s birthday, Christmas, New Years, 3 rounds of Judah’s immunisations and a dedication. I am definitely an emotional eater, when I am happy I celebrate with cake, when I am sad I commiserate with cake!
It hasn’t been easy but the reward of feeling good in my skin after having Judah has definitely been worth it.

So what next? I had envisioned that after the year it would take me to get to this target that I would eventually lower my target to a weight similar to when I got married.
Notice I say similar – I don’t think it is realistic to be back down to that specific number but somewhere around that would be nice. I will know when I get there, what I think I will be able to maintain comfortably, while still enjoying a treat or two. I really think this is the best part of Slimming World it is a lifestyle change and not a quick fix diet.

Onto what I had last week for my main meals!

Monday – Chicken Fried Rice (Slimming World Website)
Tuesday – Salmon, Cous Cous and Mediterranean vegetables
Wednesday – Balsamic Pork
Thursday – Chilli with wedges (Slimming World Website)
Friday – Spaghetti Bolognaise (an odd one but I shoved tons of speed veg in)
Saturday – Chicken Tikka Masala (Slimming World Website)
Sunday – Eating Out at Nandos, I removed the skin and had the side salad.

Slimming World Meal Plan Five

Hey all! How has your week been on plan?
This week has been a bit of a struggle but not in the traditional sense of wanting cheat meals, or scoffing chocolate and cake but in trying to get in all my Healthy Extra’s!
With breastfeeding I am currently allowed an additional 4 Healthy Extra’s and I try to keep the focus on A choices. I honestly feel I am consuming a huge block of cheese a week, so have tried to change my go to options for instance having a glass of chocolate almond milk at night or making a homemade latte during the day.
If any of you are breastfeeding and doing Slimming World what do you do to get all your healthy extra’s in? I would love to know!

This week I tried some new recipes, perhaps not the best idea with a teething 3 and a half month old, but we managed it and I have got to say I was really impressed with how the fishcakes turned out, well worth a try!
On to the weight loss  for this week – I lost a pound which is great considering the huge weight loss I had the week previous. I am now only one and a half pounds away from hitting my target I set for while I am breastfeeding, I am so excited!!
Anything after that number will be a bonus and I am so grateful to Slimming World for keeping my eating in check this time around, it is 100% not a diet but I complete lifestyle change.

SW Meal Plan 5

Monday – Vegetable Singapore Noodles (Slimming World Extra Easy All in One Cookbook)
Tuesday – Fishcakes and Salad
Wednesday – Cottage Pie (made with Turkey Mince as I hate beef!)
Thursday – Heck Sausage Pasta
Friday – Hunters Chicken
Saturday – Roast Chicken Dinner
Sunday – Leftovers

Let me know what you have on your menu planner for the week ahead!

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Slimming World Meal Plan Four

This week has been a great week on plan, I hope your has been the same!
I started back on plan thirteen weeks ago with the hopes of getting back to a healthy weight after the birth of my son and I have 100% achieved that. I think I am surprised with how easy because I presumed that with breastfeeding I would be hungry all the time like I was with my eldest and that couldn’t be further from the truth. I was also worried that it would limit my supply or cause issues but if anything I don’t stop eating trying to get all my Healthy Extras in!

At the start of last week as I was meal planning I decided I wanted to add some variety to my meals particularly at lunchtime. I often just stick to a salad and jacket potato, but I came across Slimming Eats blog and her Breakfast Hash recipe.
I don’t have a massive appetite at breakfast at the best of times so I chose to make a huge batch of the hash and have it for lunches through the week. I can’t recommend this recipe highly enough, packed full of speed food, extremely tasty and if you omit the oil which I did, it is syn free!

This past week I also concentrated on drinking as much water as possible, with breastfeeding I need to keep hydrated and every day I drank at least 4 litres of water. Overall I think this concentration of adding as much speed to my meals and drinking as much water as possible has lead to a fantastic weight loss of 2 1/2 pounds which helped me to achieve my Club 10 Award!
SW Meal Plan 4

Monday – Chicken Chow Mein (Best Loved Extra Easy Recipes Cookbook)
Tuesday – Pizza Topped Chicken (Slimming World Website)
Wednesday – Greek Lamb Orzo (Slimming World Extra Easy All in One Cookbook)
Thursday – Chicken Pasta
Friday – Chipotle Pulled Chicken Burger (Slimming World Website)
Saturday – Chicken Korma with Vegetable Pakoras (Slimming World Website)
Sunday – Leftovers

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Slimming World Meal Plan Three

This past week has been the first week completely back on Slimming World since Christmas.
Overall I am happy with how I faired over the festive period, I purposefully chose not to have any indulgences until Christmas Eve and then I let myself off the hook on Christmas Day and Boxing day to get straight back on plan for the rest of the week, up until New Years Eve night that is where I consumed a very beige looking meal – think all things Marks & Spencer party food!

Anyway the restraint I showed (if you could call it that) appeared to work as I managed to loose half a pound taking my overall weight loss to a stone since re-joining 6 weeks after the birth of Judah.  I do have an overall target in mind however, I am conscious that with breast feeding, and the zero time I have to exercise (apart from the usual chasing Nathanael around) I might not get there at the moment.

That all being said, I am content to be back to what I was pre pregnancy, with a healthy BMI and not feeling hungry all the time which is what I felt when I breastfed my eldest, of course then my go to options was cake, chocolate and oh yes more cake!

With the new year I thought I would share my main meals by taking photos of them all so you can see how they turned out!

SW Meal Plan 3

Monday – Chicken Chow Mein (Best Loved Extra Easy Recipes Cookbook)
Tuesday – Salmon with Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables and Cous Cous
Wednesday – Cottage Cobbler (I chose to not have the dumplings, and just have veg)
Thursday – Turkey Burgers and Chips
Friday – Keema Curry (Curry Club Cookbook)
Saturday – Taco Bowls
Sunday – Left Overs

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Name Decorations

If you have been a long time follower of my blog you may recall this post where I shared all about Nathanael’s name decor that we had commissioned from our wonderful friends Ollie & Abi at White Rose Creations.

Judah sign key rings

If you are not familiar with White Rose Creations they design a range of unique handcrafted gifts from reclaimed Oak Whiskey Barrels as well as bespoke pieces.

To begin with I love the craftsmanship that goes into each piece, I know that they will have taken care to select the best wood for the sign and the time to work away for the best finish on each piece really shows.
With unique names for our children it won’t be likely that Judah or Nathanael will have many items with their name on it and so what a piece to have, especially the story behind it.

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There are so many items that you can purchase from their shop not only personalised gifts, but home wear and accessories such as the key ring. It is well worth taking a look at White Rose Creations Shop and Facebook page to see if they are at an event near you.

 

 

This is not sponsored post just one extremely satisfied customer, name sign was purchased ourselves while the key rings were kindly gifted to us.

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