Monday fun day!!!

Monday, fun day!

Wow what a busy day!!!! I always fit my gym sessions in first thing, if I wait till the evening I won’t go! I like to get up early and go before I start work. A lot of what I do is evening based, which means I’m lucky enough to be able to go to the gym in the morning. It’s a great place to switch off and it makes you more motivated for the day ahead.

We did the new body combat release this morning. Body combat 90 I think it was. Flipping heck!! It wasn’t easy!! I get comments that I don’t really sweat or I look too fresh to have just worked out, but trust me I always try really hard, I’m just not a sweaty betty thankfully. We did a new move, the superman punch!! You think it’s going to be a kick, then bang, you land a punch! There were a lot of running man moves, this was tough! I wanted to run, straight out the door! Half way through the class my sports bra decided to undo lol, great!! Not ideal when jumping around and kicking. Then it wasn’t till the end of the class that I realised my top was on inside out haha. Whoops!! Monday morning rush!

After the class I quickly popped to the local Royal Mail office. I’d missed two deliveries. The guy said to me, “don’t worry I don’t need your ID or name as I know it by now! You keep Royal Mail going with all your shopping” lol made me giggle, he’s not wrong!! It was a pair of shoes I’d ordered and some more Topshop trousers. I love the shoes but I don’t like the trousers 😦

After that I quickly viewed a house. After selling my beloved beautiful townhouse, I’ve been renting. It’s just not big enough now for all of my clothes and shoes, oh plus my BF is moving here lol. I guess I should make sure there’s space for him and his stuff too! (Joke if you’re reading this C). Now we’ve been looking since December, but they literally go in seconds. So this time I was like a ninja after my combat class! I viewed it, within ten minutes I’d called the estate agent, filled in the forms and shot them up to their shop with my ID. C said he’s never seen me move so fast, cheek!! It made me laugh when I called to view it, the lady asked me my name then said, are you the Slimming World girl? Ha ha I’m famous! It turns out her best friend is a member of mine and a friend, so I’m hoping this might help!! There are others interested and it’s not judged on first come first served, so I tried to sell myself, not literally!! So fingers crossed for us!!!!

I’ve then spent the entire day doing month end, which I really enjoy. I’m a Senior Consultant, I run a class once a week, 5.30pm and 7.30pm. The most members I’ve had in one group in one night was 198!! I just adore it. I’m also an area manager too, we’re called Team Developers at Slimming World. I look after 31 other groups in my area and I have the best team ever!!! We care for an average of 2000 members per week. The team is going from strength to strength and I’m so proud of them all.

Working from home however can equal eating all day!! I always eat on plan but I can over eat, just because I can! Two steps and I’m in my kitchen! Sometimes without even thinking I’ve got a cooked chicken breast in my mouth or yet another piece of fruit, yet I’m not actually hungry! As I knew today was going to be full on, I had a very filling breakfast. My trusty scan bran, (2 from my b choice), a small tin of baked beans, a poached egg and some tin tomatoes for my superfree. Lunch was some roast chicken left from yesterday, with a salad and a small sweet potato. I also did one of my fav pizza topped mushrooms for added superfree. I got peckish some had another scan bran from my HEB with some fat free cottage cheese and a carrot! Dinner is chicken fajitas inspired by our fab website.

Serves: 4
Cook time: Ready in about 15 minutes

Syns per serving:
Extra Easy: FREE

1 red pepper, halved, deseeded and finely sliced
1 green pepper, halved, deseeded and finely sliced
2 medium red onions, halved and finely sliced
2-3 skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cumin
2 fresh red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
Juice of 1 lime
Low calorie cooking spray
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the salsa

½-1 fresh red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
15 ripe cherry tomatoes, halved
Small handful of finely chopped coriander
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Juice of 1 lime

Spray a non-stick pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium-high heat. Add the peppers, onions, chillies, lime juice and spices and stir-fry for 4-5 minutes. Add the chicken, then stir-fry over a high heat for 5 mins until the chicken is cooked.
Meanwhile, tip the salsa ingredients into a food processor, along with the lime juice and a little seasoning and pulse until finely chopped.
Lay out the ingredients on a table and serve.

Tip: Serve with homemade coleslaw (cabbage, carrot and onion mixed with fat free plain yogurt), grated cheese (Healthy Extra ‘a’ choice) and rice. Or if you want a tortilla then you can use an asda be free one as your HEB or simply lettuce leaves x









Waiting for my dinner to cook so a quick post of the danger of yogurts lol

I’m a total yogurt addict!!!!! I’m not joking I get withdrawals if I don’t have any. Here’s some pictures of popular yogurts. It’s really easy to get caught out though with yogurts. Fat free doesn’t always mean free. It’s always best to check out your apps or the website to be safe. The rachels one is 4 syns for the whole pot, the onken one is 5.5, danios vary, the strawberry is 1, but the blueberry is 3, the honey liberte ones are 1.5, as are the aldi brooklea ones, the shape rhubarb and apple crumble ones are 1/2, as are the Greek mullers. The rest are all syn free. It does vary with flavours, so again it’s always best to double check. Personally I adore fat free total Greek yogurt, it’s amazing!!!!!!! Enjoy x













Date night plus some recent meals







20140629-163607-59767412.jpgI love chick pea Dahl, as it’s super quick and easy and syn free, as long as you get the right one!!! I had that really quickly Friday after work, with cauliflower rice. Lunch today after work was Cajun chicken, pizza topped mushroom and salad. I had a lovely night last night having a couple of vodkas and a gorgeous Indian meal. I had chicken dansak for 6.5 syns, boiled rice and salad. My outfit is river island and topshop, I love these trousers so much!!!!!

I’ve done a big supermarket shop today, so I’ll be sharing my finds with you through the week. I’m off to do some internet shopping now!!!

Have a lovely Sunday, Happy Fopping xxx

Saturday kitchen and body magic!





Phew!!! I’m shattered!!! Did an hour of body combat this morning and then straight after an hour of body pump. I always prefer weights to cardio but this morning was hard!!! I’ve got a busy day today, gym, my gorgeous nieces birthday, sorting a house viewing out, eeekkkk and then I’m off out tonight. It’s date night, so we’re going for a few drinks and then to an award winning Indian restaurant. I’ve never been before so I’m excited!!! I adore Indian food!! It’s a really easy meal out to do in plan. I always have chicken rogan josh or chicken dansak, both are only 6.5 syns. I’ll have it with boiled rice and I always ask for a side salad. I never have nan bread as it’s sooooo high in syns but I do sometimes have a poppadom, but at 4 syns each they are quite high for what you get. I might just have the onion salad now I’m thinking about it, this is why it’s important to pre plan when you’re eating out.

So I wore my favourite trainers today, I love love love them!!! I’ll do a post on all of my trainers soon. It’s the only flats I own!! After the gym I had the most gorgeous lunch!!!! Turkey burgers, pizza topped mushrooms and salad. The burgers is just extra lean turkey mince, season, Cajun powder, chilli and a pinch of garlic. I then grilled them along with the mushrooms. The mushrooms are really simple. You top them with either tomatoe purée or tinned chopped tomatoes, mixed herbs and extra light mature cheese from your A choice. Dessert was mixed berries with diluted choc shot, so not even 1/2 syn and an Aldi syn free Greek lemon yogurt. Just what was needed after the gym!!

Right I’m off to get ready to see my little birthday princess. Have an amazing weekend all and Happy Fopping xxxx

Should I stay or I should I go?!?

The answer to this question is simple, stay. Staying to group is a vital part of a slimming world members journey. This post is inspired by a thread I read in a facebook group. There were some negative comments about staying to group. This makes me really sad as you can get so much out of staying, if you give it the time it deserves.

It’s statistically proven that members that stay to group tend to lose more weight than members that pay weigh and go. I totally understand we all have busy lives and some weeks it’s actually impossible to stay, but it’s an hour a week out of 168 and you deserve that. If you look online there’s loads of groups, all on different days and times, so try and pick one that means you can regularly stay to class.

I always try really hard to make my groups fun and inspiring, our very unique method of supporting members is called image therapy. This is your time to shine or get some support. We aren’t lecturers at slimming world, we don’t believe in telling our members what to do, we are all about empowering people.

I asked my group what they love about staying and I was overwhelmed with all the lovely replies. Words like family, support, motivation, inspiring, love my group, community, fun, laughs, hugs and so on…….. Bloody love my members!!!!

Our website puts it beautifully. “You’d be forgiven for thinking ‘Image Therapy’ is a type of makeover. In a way it is! It actually stands for ‘Individual Motivation And Group Experience’ and is at the very heart of a Slimming World group.

Image Therapy has been specially developed to empower, encourage and enlighten you each week as you share ideas, recipes, inspirational stories and laughter. It’s the most effective support there is – and you’ll only find it at Slimming World.

How Image Therapy works

Each week you’ll be helped and encouraged by your Consultant and the other members of your Slimming World family
Your fellow group members will share information, tips and advice so you can build up your knowledge of Food Optimising week by week – and your motivation stays sky-high
You’ll share recipes and ideas for eating out and menu planning
We’ll help you recognise where you could be sabotaging your slimming and help you discover how to overcome those difficult times and develop healthy new habits that will stay with you for good
We’ll celebrate your success, week by week, pound by pound, until you achieve results you’ve only dreamed of – and together we’ll have lots of fun doing it!
Attending your group every week and staying for Image Therapy is the real key to permanent success!”

Here are some testimonials from members:-

I’d joined Slimming World before, but made the mistake of not staying to Image Therapy and once I’d lost 1st 7lbs, I stopped going altogether. Without that support I put the weight back on – and more – so when I joined the second time I was determined never to miss a week and always stay to Image Therapy. I think it’s the most important thing you can do: if you just ‘weigh and go’ you miss all the support and the advice, which is what Slimming World is all about. Anita Parton lost 4st 10lbs at her Stoke-on-Trent Slimming World group.
Whether shy and quiet or loud and bubbly, you’ll always be a very important part of the group!

I came away from every group feeling positive about the week ahead and full of enthusiasm and ideas. It was so reassuring to feel like I was in a room full of kindred spirits – the group soon became like a second family. And I couldn’t believe how much I could eat! Sharon Thompson lost 3st 2lbs with Slimming World in St Neots, Cambridgeshire.
Target members are always living proof that Slimming World works – and that it works long-term!

I’ve made some wonderful friends at my Slimming World group and I still go every week as a target member. My Consultant, Kerry is a star and is always on the end of the phone if I need her, plus she sends us weekly texts to keep us on track during the week. Our Image Therapy sessions are always fun, inspirational and full of recipes and meal ideas – I wouldn’t miss them for the world! Jayne Davis lost 4st 4lbs with Slimming World in Redditch, Worcestershire.

I stayed to group every single week without fail. There is no way I could of lost my weight so quickly without the support from group, just saying my goals out loud made me more committed to them. Some members are tempted to ditch group altogether and follow the plan from home, this may work for a very small percentage but for most it’s short term and we soon lose our willpower. If we could do it by ourself, we would never of joined in the first place. I lost three stone in three months as a member, yet now I’ve been messing around with the same 1/2 stone for over a year!! I’m not a member but I should be! It’s hard as a consultant and a manager to switch off and just be a member, but I think it’s going to have to be done. I know the plan inside and out, I’ve got all the tools I need but I haven’t got a group or the motivation from awards and praise or support from other members.

You pay your money for a service, it’s like going to the cinema, paying for a film then walking out lol. Outside support is effective, such as your groups secret fb groups or motivational messages from your consultant, but nothing can replace image therapy. So if you’ve got in to the habit of going, have a think about how much you want this and try and diary it in for next week.

Below are some yummy recent meals I’ve had

Have an amazing day all and Happy Fopping xxxx








Strong is the new skinny, don’t be a calorie slave!







I love Instagram!! I’ve not been on it for long but it’s fab!! I prefer the fact that it’s mainly pictures as opposed to loads of status updates. I use it for work and sharing personal pics and I’ve connected with loads of amazing sw members. It’s so inspiring to see their success stories and photos of yummy foods they’ve created. Everyone is so lovely. I love it so much though I find myself double tapping pictures on other sites ha ha. Slightly addicted I think!!!

The only thing I do find hard or sad really, is when I’ve seen girls I follow get frustrated for whatever reason and end up jumping ship to other methods of losing weight. These tend to be more like diets as opposed to a life style change like sw. I don’t judge others as trust me, I’ve done every diet under the sun, but I know now, through experience that diets simply don’t work!! You may be reading this and be thinking, er hang on isn’t she a Slimming World Consultant and Manager?!? Yes I am and that’s why I am. It’s not a faddy diet, it’s simply healthy eating. Making changes, but not huge ones. You’re encouraged to fill up on healthy free and superfree foods, add on your healthy extras, then still enjoy 5-15 syns per day. You get to eat and enjoy real food and still lose weight! It’s all backed by a leading nutritionist at head office and we are still the biggest slimming organisation in the U.K. for a reason.

I wasted years and years on diets, of course I lost weight, but as soon as I stopped I’d put it all back on again. The worst one is a toss up between the cabbage pill diet and herbal life! The cabbage pill diet is crazy! Just eat fruit and veg one day and take the tablets, then you have bananas and milk on another and wow happy days, on the last day you actually get to eat a chicken breast and some cherry tomatoes!! By this point I was a moody evil b***h!! I had zero energy and just felt and looked so awful. My brother tried to steal some of my chicken and I literally went to stab his hand with a fork ha ha!!! My gorgeous Swedish friend M and I did herbal life together, worst mistake ever!!! We were both so ill. I remember one night before we were due to go out, we were outside having a few drinks at my sisters and we both nearly fainted. I’d get stomach cramps and always felt light headed, it was horrible and expensive! Now I know some people love it and each to their own, but it didn’t agree with me at all. I’d have big losses on these strict diets but then, you’ve guessed it, a big gain would bite me in the ass the week after!! All I wanted to do was binge as I felt so deprived. It’s a vicious circle.

I’ve also downloaded my fitness pal and counted calories. I actually quite enjoyed it for a few days but the novelty soon wore off!! It did highlight a few things to me where I may of been over eating on certain things, but it’s not a way of life. I wouldn’t eat a thing until it went on my app!

Here are the reasons why calorie counting isn’t a great way to live or lose weight:-

1. It’s actually really inaccurate, calories in meals out will always vary, you don’t always weigh and measure everything and even raw veg has less calories than cooked.

2. Muscle burns more calories, but to gain muscle you actually need calories, the less you eat the slower your metabolism i.e. the less calories you will burn.

3. Quality is more important than quantity. By just focusing on calories you are forgetting other important factors such as protein per gram, fibre, fat, carbs etc….

4. Calories provide energy, its important to eat them for good health. If you constantly count them it adds stress and it isn’t a long term solution.

I get it, if you’ve got a special event like a wedding, birthday or holiday, I get that you want to feel at your best. I’ve done fast forward before, it’s a sw straight jacket. We use it as a last resort tool, I was struggling so I went on ff and lost 6lbs to fit in my birthday dress. We only ever advise to do this for a week or two at the most, never ever longer. It did help me regain some control as I wasn’t food optimising 100%.

So if you want to lose body fat, gain muscle and be happy and healthy please don’t do faddy diets and try not to count calories. Rather than thinking, I need to swop plans, this doesn’t work for me, stop and think. The plan hasn’t changed, if you’ve lost weight before you can again. It works for everyone, we may of just got complacent, see my blog on where could I of gone wrong. There so many things you can try before you try yet another plan. Success express, food diaries, sas logs, pep plans, red days, green days, more superfree, the speed food challenge, scan bran, visualisation, flexible syns, for and against lists and if desperate ff.

I love the whole new craze amongst women at the moment, Strong is the new skinny. I totally agree with this!!! We need to fuel our bodies not deprive them. Toned healthy, “normal” people don’t count calories forever, they eat until they are full and get a wide variety of foods. The pictures of skinny models in this blog are just shocking!!! How is this healthy and attractive?!? In my personal opinion the other pictures of healthy and strong women, such as Paige Hathaway, are far more appealing!! She eats healthily, doesn’t deprive herself and works out. I know what I’d rather look like.

So the choice is yours guys and girls. Stick with a generous healthy lifestyle change or go on a strict diet that ultimately isn’t a long term solution. I lost three stone in three months and kept it off for 14 years, ok so I’m 1/2 stone out of target at present. That’s not the plans fault. All I need to do is food optimise 100%, eat until I’m full and not beyond and keep up my body magic! Oh and cut down on alcohol haha, which I have done.

Here’s today food. Breakfast was amazing, SS baked beans, 2 x scan bran and my superfree of tomatoes and mushroom. I also had marmite on my scan bran, which I love!! Lunch was left overs from yesterday’s amazing piri piri pork and salad. It’s sooooooo rare for me to have leftovers as I’m so greedy lol, but I managed to refrain from scoffing the lot and it came in so handy as took minutes!! Dinner I’m currently planning now so that will be shared later.

Happy Fopping all xxxx






Tan, quiches and eBay!













Today’s been a lovely day so far. I got up early so I could fit in the gym. I didn’t get to spin in time so I did a run/walk then pump, which I adore!!!! I then quickly flew to sainsburys. I picked up some of my usual fav items and also bought a new non stick muffin tray. I really wanted to make some mini ham quiches, OMG I’d forgotten how good they are!!! I adapt the recipe from online which I will post further down. I had my usual fruit and fat free greek yogurt for dessert with some watered down choc shot, (I like to do this as it’s a thick strong chocolate sauce, watering it down makes it take like chocolate milkshake and your 1/2 syn goes further). While I was the sainsburys I also saw this fab squash dispenser, great for making sure we drink enough fluids on these sunny days. It was £8 though so you can probably find one cheaper. I bumped in to some girls I know and both said they’d been reading and enjoying my blog. This totally made my day!!!!!! Thanks girls!!! I then had a fab meeting with one of my amazing team, J. She’s lost 6 stone and just looks fab! She’s so passionate and is such a wonderful team member, I love her!

I’ve been asked a lot recently if I’ve got fake tan on or how come I’m brown. My secret weapon is the dove gradual tanning moisturisers, I’ve used all of the ones pictured here and this is my no.1. Whatever you do though dint pick up the one with added glitter!!!! You’ll either look a child going to a party or a 70 year old ball room dancer ha ha. I do use fake tan for a night out, but I can’t be bothered to do it just for the day time. Gradual tanners are so quick and easy and this one doesn’t smell too bad either!!

I also want to share my love of eBay!! I’ve bought and sold on eBay for years. I always seem to find hidden treasures on there!! My favourite gold wedges are about to die on me, I adore them and have always had compliments on them. They sold out online and in the shops, so I had a quick look on eBay. Hurrah I only flipping found them!!! Nine west size 6 wedges waiting for me to buy them! Ok so they aren’t gold, they’re tan, but that’s fine as I love them!!! (Let’s not talk about the fact that I’ve already got a million pairs of tan wedges!!) After re discovering my love of cigarette patterned trousers I went looking for some more on eBay, as the online shops weren’t great. I found a gorgeous pair of floral ones from Topshop, I placed a bid and won them. I’m terrible on eBay as I’m mega competitive!!! I literally cannot let anyone beat me and see it as a fight till the bitter end. I forget I’ve actually got to then pay for these items lol. You can get some fab bargains though and you can also find dresses that no one else will have. Search your favourite style eg peplum, or bandage and they’ll be tons of choice and they are usually really good value too!

I haven’t decided what to have for dinner yet but I’m sure you’ll hear about it in my next blog. Happy Fopping all xxxx

Mini ham quiches
Preheat the oven at 200
Mix up a tub of fat free cottage cheese, 3 eggs, a teaspoon of mustard powder, chopped mushroom, onion and cherry tomatoes and season.
Spray a muffin tray with fry light and line with ham, I used smoked ham.
Then spoon in the mixture and bake for approx 15 minutes or until brown. These are amazing hot or cold and make approx 12 muffins. They are also syn free!!! Happy days 🙂

Superfree is the key :-)

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I’ve always been a fan of lots of superfree with my meals. We recommend at least one third with every meal, wherever possible. I’d say I usually try and aim for 50/50 or if I’m doing success express then two thirds superfree one third free. If your weight losses are a little slower than you’d like it could be you aren’t having enough superfree.

Recently I’ve got more in to the creative ways of adding superfree, such as cauliflower rice. One of my team I manage, B told me about this, she’d seen it on master chef and apparently Jamie Oliver does it too 🙂 I tried it and was hooked!! I still have rice sometimes, or half and half, but it’s so handy for red days or success express days. Here’s all my favourite ways of adding superfree to meals :-

Carrot and swede mash
Courgetti noodles, see the gadget in the pic for the gadget I use
Leeks as lasagne sheets, this is a hairy bikers idea
Large portobello mushrooms as burger rolls
Stir fry
Roast veg
Cauliflower rice
Cauliflower mash
Pizza topped mushrooms
Lettuce as wraps
Butternut squash wedges or chips
Asparagus to dunk in boiled eggs
Egg wraps &
Sautéed cabbage with garlic and fromaige fraise

For the cauliflower rice you literally just grate a cauliflower and microwave it for 3-4 minutes, you can use a blender or just a hand grater. No water, nothing. Here’s some variations on Cauliflower Rice:-

Spanish Cauliflower Rice // add red pepper flakes + diced tomatoes + jalapenos
Curry Cauliflower Rice // add 1 Tbs. curry powder + fresh grated ginger + red chilies + fresh lime juice
Fried Cauliflower Rice // add scrambled egg + 1 Tbs. sesame oil, (syns)+ fresh grated ginger + 1 Tbs. soy sauce
Italian Cauliflower Rice // add 1 Tbs. dried oregano + fresh basil + diced tomatoes + diced red onion
Greek Cauliflower Rice // add 1 Tbs. oregano + 1 Tbs. capers + diced olives (syns) + 1 Tbs mustard powder+ 1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
Sweet Cauliflower Rice // a dash of cinnamon + stevia to taste + vanilla extract
Lemon Cauliflower Rice // juice of 1 lemon + 1 tsp. sea salt
Herbed Cauliflower Rice // a mix of fresh herbs diced finely such as dill, chives, or basil, oregano, rosemary, etc.
Cheezy Cauliflower Rice // add your a choice of cheese

Today I had an early team meeting. I got up at 6.30am so I could have a sw breakfast of smoked salmon, scrambled egg, sautéed veg and a scan bran, my fav. I took a hi fi light with me and snacked on fruit. I got home and had a sweet potato, tuna and salad for lunch and some salad cream light, then dinner was a chicken stir fry. Dessert was fruit, fat free Greek yogurt and of course, choc shot!!!

I wore my outfit I bought yesterday and had some nice compliments and also a surprised look from my manager lol as I don’t usually wear bright patterned trousers! It’s good to vary your look though I think 🙂 I’m on the hunt for more pairs now!!!

Have a great night and Happy Fopping xx