Monday, 25 May 2015

Baked Oat Cookies

When you are trying to lose weight and crave, in my case cake and cookies, the best way to carry on is to find a best fit alternative. I can't take credit for the recipe, I found it over on Instagram but I do add different things to the basic recipe to change things up. 

The basic recipe is one egg beaten, add to it 35g of oats, mix together and then add a dash of vanilla essence or sweetener to taste. Then you can add whatever else you like - grated apple and cinnamon, grated carrot and nutmeg, peanut butter and choc chunks, chopped cherry and almond essence, the list really does go on.....

I used a Whitworths apricot and seed mix shot and a few chocolate chunks with a sprinkle of cinnamon to these. Once added to the basic ingredients, mix together and then dollop out onto a baking sheet, fork into a basic cookie shape making 3/4 cookies and then bake for 10 minutes or until done. It really is that easy.

I tend to serve mine with a yogurt and fruit to make it more of a meal but they would be lovely eaten straight out of the oven as an afternoon snack too with a cup of coffee. Give them a go and if you think of any other good combinations, let me know.

Sunday, 24 May 2015



Today I ran my first 'proper' 5K with 'real' runners and I survived!!
Annoyingly my app didn't start so I've no idea of my time until the official times come through but I certainly did myself proud and came in the top half.

This is a huge achievement for me, the girl who never ran!!

Big thanks to Jeff for all his 'gentle' encouragement/beasting!!! Wouldn't have done it without him and seeing the odd glimpse of him ahead of me spurred me on to the finish.

A nice relaxing weekend now lies ahead - have a good one xx

Friday, 22 May 2015

Friday weigh in!

So this week I lost 2lbs ........

......and only went and got to TARGET!!!!!!!!

Whoop! Whoop!

I feel so very chuffed and proud of myself!

In 36 weeks I have lost 60 pounds or 4 stone 4 pounds. I have had 35 losses, one maintain last week and not a single gain. I am now a weight I haven't seen for 19 years and I feel blumin brilliant!!!

I've used this sheet along the way to keep me motivated and focused and well let's be honest, who doesn't like a bit of colouring in!!

Comparison pics along the way, have also kept me motivated and on track over the past 36 weeks. There is 5stone 11lbs difference from the first pic to the last and 4stone 4lb difference between the middle and last - a new me!!! I feel a good 10 years younger.

So THANK YOU Slimming World X

I've celebrated in style !!!!

Thanks for all the positive comments along the way and have a fantastic weekend xx

Sunday, 17 May 2015

My date night with TAKE THAT

So last night was the night I had a date with the Take That boys.....

....and my man!!

And I had THE best time!

I am a huge fan and got to see them 4 years ago on their Progress Tour. The tickets were a 40th birthday gift. At the time I vowed to be 'Thin by 40' and then 'Thin by Take That' but I was 'Thin' by neither!! So this time around, 5 and a 1/2 stone lighter, I can now say I was 'THIN BY TAKE THAT' and I felt fabulous x

The show was incredible - you just don't know where to look next and the songs were a complete mix of old, new and favourites x

The best night ever xx

Friday, 15 May 2015

Friday Weigh-in!!

So this week I 'stayed the same'!!!!!
My first ever maintain!

I'm sort of alright with it, really wanted to get to target though having never gained or maintained, so with target just 2lbs away it's a little annoying to get my first maintain. I guess it wasn't a gain, so must try really hard this week to get those last 2lbs off!

Target, I'm coming to get you!!!

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Blue skies and bunting

What a gorgeous couple of days - blue skies and bunting!

I've been making the most of this gorgeous sunshine, spending any free time out in the garden - our new garden better be as sunny, not sure what I'll do if it's not lol!

The Alliums are beginning to open - must remember to plant plenty in the new garden too.

So we've been eating al fresco every evening, making the most of the gorgeous sunshine before the rain arrives tomorrow. Hoping things will really start to warm up now, well we are in mid May!!

Saturday, 9 May 2015

South Street Kitchen

Last night I went out with some Slimming World Friends to the South Street Kitchen - Gillingham's secret gem! It was just a door in the wall but beyond was food heaven! Not Slimming World friendly but a well deserved night 'off-plan' for us all .

I went for the Seabass Burrito and it was delicious.

But had to order a side of the triple fried chips - sooooo good!

Pud was the Dulce Deleche Dessert with poached strawberries and a shortbread bite - YUM!

I did run this morning in an attempt to work off a few of those chips!

And did have a healthy breakfast - straight back 'on-plan'!

This is how life will now be - managing my food and living!
Having it, enjoying it but being sensible either side.

I'll leave you with this view of our local park - beautiful isn't it?

Have a lovely weekend - hoping it includes a little sunshine x