Top Tips for Feeling Less Meh & More Moi: Slimming World

Meh

Some days you wake up feeling flat, and I don’t mean in a toned svelte kind of a way, I mean the ‘meh’ way. When meh hits, it’s tempting to pull the duvet over your head, skip the gym and seek comfort in food and undo your Slimming World hard work, so here are my top tips for feeling less meh and more moi.

Last Sunday I woke up feeling meh – it’s an actual word I promise!) It means ‘expressing a lack on interest or enthusiasm.’ I felt like I hadn’t had enough sleep, I probably hadn’t given the number of trips to the loo you need to make when pregnant, so felt groggy and generally bummed out for no reason, given I’d just woken up.

Now, typically on a Sunday morning I meet a friend for a spinning class at 10am followed by a coffee and catch up. Last Sunday however I wasn’t feeling it and debated bailing on her. As I lay in bed I began to scroll through my Instagram newsfeed and it became apparent I wasn’t the only one experiencing a meh morning.

When meh hits, it’s tempting to pull the duvet over your head, skip the gym and seek comfort in food.

I decided that if I stayed in bed and didn’t do my planned exercise for the day, I’d probably lounge around for a bit, have breakfast and beat myself up for… a) going totally off-plan Slimming World wise the night before, b) not going to spin, and c) eat more crap. So, I decided to get up and off my arse and kick meh’s butt right outta town.

I re-read my own blog post for getting back in the Slimming World saddle after an off-plan weekend – well you’ve got to practise what you preach right? I kept my date with the spin bike and my friend, made delicious healthy meals, and was kinder to myself.

 

meh cat


Top Tips For Feeling Less Meh & More Moi

  • Get up

When you feel meh (and I don’t mean sick/unwell) don’t wallow in bed, it rarely makes you feel any better and often sets you up for a bad start to the day. Instead, get up – make a tea/coffee, have a shower and plan an outfit for the day that makes you feel good.

  • Get planning 

Having a plan in place means we’re more likely to feel motivated to carry it out. You don’t need to write it down (although it helps) but think about what you have to get done, what you’d like to do, how you can make fit in some exercise, and your meals.

  • Get breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so don’t skip it. People who eat breakfast tend to have more energy, perform better and eat healthier through the day. Make it exciting, not repetitive. Short on time? Try overnight oats, fruit salad and toast.

  • Get a move on

Plan some exercise into your day – walk to work / the kids to school, cycle, fit in a lunchtime run, book a class. Exercise not only helps burn calories it heightens our mood, helps our bones to become stronger and lessens the risk of osteoporosis later in life.

  • Get chatting

As the BT advert famously said “It’s good to talk” and it’s true. If you can, have a real conversation, don’t text. Arrange to meet a friend, go for a walk after work with your other half, call your mum! After all, a problem shared is a problem halved 😉

  • Get cooking

You’ve planned your meals so there’s no need to worry about not having the right ingredients / enough time. Make food from scratch, add as many vegetables for speed and colour as you can – search Instagram for some great ‘fake-away’ meal inspiration.

  • Get entering

If you’re short of cash or fancy a pick-me-up, search Instagram for giveaways. Lots of Slimming World members (including myself) run giveaways for follower milestones, so it’s a great way to win some swag and spur each other on – you’ve got to be in it to win it!

Hopefully you’re now feeling more motivated to get up and get on, but if you don’t that’s okay too. Just don’t let meh ruin your Slimming World journey and undo the hard work you’ve already done. Be kind to yourself, we can’t be shiny, happy people everyday!

Happy munching!

Lisa-Marie XOXO



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Meatball Ratatouille Bake: Slimming World EESP Recipe

 

Meatball ratatouille
Meatball ratatouille bake – perfect for Slimming World Extra Easy SP meal plan.

 

I have a new favourite low Syn dish and there’s no sign of a starchy carb in site, making it an ideal meal when sticking to the Slimming World Extra Easy SP (EESP) plan. I am dedicating this post to my good friend Kim Howells who requested I put it on the blog!

This hearty dish is a perfect winter warmer, one for all the family and amazingly low on Syns, if following Slimming World. There’s no need for heavy carbs like pasta and potatoes and therefore is a great meal option if you’re following the Club’s EESP plan.

meatball meme

For this recipe I used the low fat mini meatballs (pack of 20 and only 1/2 Syn each) from Muscle Food – if you haven’t checked these guys, you should!

I’m not sponsored by Muscle Food, but have been using them for years. The quality and size of portions are so generous compared to the supermarkets, it’s cheaper too and they deliver to your door! If you decide to give them a try, use my referral code DM401176 and they’ll add in some FREE MEAT!

I tweaked the meatball and ratatouille recipe from the Slimming World EESP plan, to use up what I had in the fridge/cupboard and to add some more speed vegetables to hopefully boost my weight-loss this week.

This week I am trying to follow the EESP plan to limit potential weight gain after I fell off the wagon last weekend (read my blog post for tips on getting back on track). I will let you know how switching plans works out for me at the end of the week.

I also choose to make this dish as a bake and used my second (you get two when pregnant on Slimming World) Healthy Extra A (HEX) portion for the cheese. I opted for two types of cheese – 1/2 (35g) of lighter mozzarella and 1/2 (20g) of lighter cheddar.

So, if you’re looking for inspiration while following the Slimming World EESP plan, or just fancy a filling and tasty twist on a classic for the whole family to enjoy, I can highly recommend this meatball ratatouille bake – you won’t be disappointed!

Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Fry Light low calorie cooking spray
  • 4 spring onions
  • Generous handful of spinach
  • Meatballs (I used Muscle Food’s less than 5% fat, pack of 20)
  • 1 tsp. dried mixed herbs
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 small yellow pepper
  • 1 small courgette (I didn’t have any)
  • 1 baby aubergine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes with garlic
  • 2 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley

Method:

  1. Pre-heat a fan oven to 200c.
  2. Chop all the vegetables into small chunks/slices.
  3. Spray a casserole dish with Fry Light. Put in the meatballs and bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile prepare the sauce. Peel the onion and chop finely. Halve and de-seed the pepper and chop finely. Trim the courgette and aubergine and chop finely. Place in a saucepan along with the bay leaf and chopped tomatoes. Season well, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes until tender. Set aside.
  5. Grate any cheddar and chopped the mozzarella (I did half and half).
  6. Remove the dish from the oven.  Place the spinach on the bottom of the dish and layer the chopped spring onions on top, and replace the meatballs on top. Pour over the sauce and sprinkle/layer on the cheese(s).
  7. Place in the oven for a further 20-25 minutes until the cheese is golden brown.
  8. Serve with a side of tender-steam broccoli for extra speed vegetables.

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If you try this recipe, leave a comment below or tag me in your creations on Instagram @bloodsweatchias #bloodsweatchias. And, if you haven’t seen already, I am currently running a giveaway on there for a chance to win my Slimming World Survival Kit!!!

 

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Head over to Instagram for your chance to win my Slimming World Survival Kit!

 

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Happy munching!

Lisa XOXO

 

 

 

200 Follower Giveaway: Slimming World Survival Kit

Instagram at 200 Followers

Wow 200 followers on Instagram!!! I’ve seen a number of Slimming Worlders run giveaways in order to give something back (we’re just such damn nice supportive people!) so, as a thank you I’m giving you the chance to win my Slimming World Survival Kit, crammed full of essentials that make my weight-loss journey a little easier.

Survival Kit
WIN my Slimming World Survival Kit over on Instagram!

First, seriously thank you all for the amazing support – your encouragement and awesome food pictures have been so helpful and I love hearing about your stories and seeing your incredible weight-loss transformations!

If you’re not currently following my journey on here or Instagram, please do for your chance to win this bundle of awesomeness.

Anyway enough about me, here’s how to enter:

  1. Follow me on Instagram and comment on the competition post photo with your best Slimming World tip to spread the word.
  2. Share (re-gram or screen shot) the competition post and share it on your feed. Use the hashtag #bloodsweatchias so I know you’ve entered!
  3. Tag a mate who’d love this haul (not essential but appreciated).

Rules and boring stuff:

Competition closes at midnight 15/02/18. Open to UK residents, age 18+ age. This giveaway is no way endorsed or sponsored by Slimming World UK, Instagram or any other third party.  No purchase necessary, it’s just a thank you and for fun

 

 

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WIN My Slimming World Survival Kit on Instagram!

 

Contents of my Slimming World Survival Kit:

  • 1 X Food and exercise diary from Tiger UK
  • 1 X Fry Light low-fat cooking spray
  • 1 X Slimming World Little Book of Soups
  • 1 X pack of Kallo chicken stock cubes
  • 1 X Whitworths Shots orange & chocolate seed
  • 2 X Slimming World Hi-Fi bars
  • 1 X Options Belgian hot chocolate sachet
  • Selection of my favourite herbal teas

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Good luck!

Lisa XOXO

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Mini Breakfast Quiches Slimming World EESP

 

Breakfast quiche in tub
Syn free mini breakfast quiches perfect for Slimming World Extra Easy SP Plan

These very easy and moreish mini breakfast quiches are perfect for those on the Slimming World Extra Easy SP plan. They are Syn free and packed full of protein to keep you fuller for longer and speed vegetables to boost your weight-loss results.

I made a batch of mini quiches take to last week’s weigh-in as it was also Free Food Friday, where slimmers were encouraged to bring Syn free foods to share and nibble on – these quiches went down a storm and I was asked for the recipe so here it is!

After falling off the Slimming World wagon last weekend (read my last post) I’m trying out the Extra Easy SP plan to speed up results and limit potential gains, and these breakfast quiches have so far been a God send to snack on morning, noon and night.

So, if you’re looking for some new Extra Easy SP recipes to try out I can highly recommend these mini quiches, they’re great for breakfast or handy for lunch – and who doesn’t need a Syn free pre-dinner snack when then get back late or prepping food?

 

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Funny Women ‘Quickie-Quiche’ Meme.

 

Recipe:

This recipe was adapted from Slimming World’s Mini Quiche Muffins.

I chose to use a mixture of bacon and vegetables the first time round, but later tried some smoked salmon and ham options, so I’ve detailed all three below, but feel free to experiment! I’ve added SP next to ingredients for ease of reference.

Ingredients:

Main quiche mix

 

  • Fry-light low calorie cooking spray
  • 300g fat-free cottage cheese (P)
  • 4 large eggs (P)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Bacon & vegetable mix

All the main quiche mix, plus:

  • Bacon medallions x (12) or pack of lardons (P)
  • Mushrooms
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Red onion
  • 1 tsp. mixed herbs

Smoked salmon & vegetable mix

All the main quiche mix, plus:

  • 1 spring onion
  • 1 tsp. chilli flakes
  • Mushrooms
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Ready cooked smoked salmon

Ham & vegetable mix

All the main quiche mix, plus:

  • Sliced cooked ham
  • Mushrooms
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Red onion
  • 1 tsp. mixed herbs

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C/160°C Fan/Gas 4.
  2. Lightly spray 12 muffin cases with low-calorie cooking spray or use silicon cases.
  3. If making the bacon batch, place the medallions in the tin and cook for 10 minutes.
  4. In a bowl, mix the main quiche mix together with a fork until mixed together well.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the cases and add toppings of your choice.
  6. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

 

Breakfast quiche tray
Slimming World mini breakfast quiches – bacon, mushroom, red onion and tomatoes.

 

Tip: Store them in an air-tight container and in the fridge – perfect for snacking on any time of the day of night!

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Happy munching!

Lisa XOXO

Getting bucked off & my tips for getting back in the Slimming World saddle

Slimming World is like riding a horse. When you get bucked off, you’ve got to get right back on and ride. We’ve all done it – had one of those days/weeks/events that sends us into the loving arms of the biscuit barrel or wine bottle. The key is to get back in the saddle, take the reins and occasionally give yourself a kick in the sides to remind yourself why you started and who’s boss. So, inspired by this weekend where I came a cropper, here’s my top tips to spur you on and get back on the Slimming World horse..

Slimming World is like a horse

Odds on favourite

Last week I decided to try the Extra Easy SP (EESP) eating plan. It took a little while to get my head round, but I found planning my meals and snacks at the start of the week really helped hit my stride.

I managed 5 EESP days and 7 days on-plan. I didn’t crave or need as many Syns and used only 63.5/105. I also achieved 240 minutes of Body Magic. So, feeling pretty smug, I headed off to my weekly weigh-in (Fridays) laden with yummy Syn free breakfast quiches for the classes’ Free Food Friday celebration.

Out of the running

I practically galloped onto the weighing scales in anticipation of a good loss (I’d set a target to lose 1.5lb) so imagine my disappointment and surprise when I gained 1.5lb!!!

Big boned horseNow, I should probably add at this point that I am with child (baby #2 due 1st August) so I will inevitably make healthy gains during my Slimming World journey. However, I couldn’t help feel a little cheated that my hard work hadn’t paid off.

I stayed for the meeting, which helped pick me up and stuck to my planned meals until the evening when I went wild. I ate double portions (all be it good food to start), added homemade chips (not planned or EESP) and then troughed at pick-n-mix.

The next day was pretty much the same. I scoffed a huge chocolate brownie and nibbled on some Millionaire shortbread followed by a McDonalds wrap for lunch. Then in the evening I ate cheese and crackers (not portioned or slimming friendly) followed by some orange Matchmakers and mini shortbread biscuits.

 Top tips for SW slip ups

Top tips for getting back in the saddle

1)    Don’t whip yourself – write it off

There is absolutely no benefit to beating yourself up about your disappointments or failures. Pick yourself up and dust yourself off. Remember it’s not a one-horse race, Slimming World is a journey and you’d bound to have the occasional miss-hap. Accept it and if you can learn from it – where did you go wrong? What could you have done differently? What can you do better/try next time?

2)    Give yourself a head start – plan

You’ve heard it before but failing to plan is planning to fail. Set some time aside at the end of each week to reflect on your successes and think about the improvements you want to make. Consider some of the big things/events happening over the next week – what challenges might you face? How do you plan to overcome them and what help will you need? Complete a weekly meal planner and make a shopping list of any essentials you need to buy.

3)    Reined in – EESP & reduce Syns

To minimize potential gains following a bad day/week try the EESP plan for a week or few days to reset your body and speed up your metabolism. Prep food ahead for those busy days and make extras. If you can reduce your Syns (but don’t punish yourself). Prepare and stock up on quick and healthy snacks like Slimming World hummus and crudities, fresh fruit, fat free cottage cheese and yoghurts, nuts (remember to Syn as appropriate or use as part of your Healthy Extra B). Try my recipe for Syn free quiche – perfect morning, noon and night?  

4)    Hitting your stride – Body Magic

Planning in exercise at the start of the week by booking gym classes or deciding to walk the kids to school, cycle to work or schedule a lunchtime jog can help up your Body Magic and burn some extra calories and we’re less likely to cry off. Think about what stops you exercising and how you can get over these hurdles. If you don’t like exercising on your own make plans with a friend, if you can’t get to the gym while looking after the kids why not run around the park while they cycle?

5)    Winning the race hands down – Reflection

Steps 1-4 should help you go the distance, but make sure you factor in some time to check-in on your progress and reflect on your achievements. Mid-way through the week sit review how you’re doing. Is your meal planner helping? Do you need to make some tweaks? Do you need to stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables? Have you achieved your planned Body Magic activities? At the end of the week list 5 great things about the week, any tips you learnt from group, new recipes you want to try, your weight loss for the week, but also your total loss so far.  

Most importantly, remember why you started your Slimming World journey and that by simply joining you’ve made a huge step in the right direction. I hope my personal downfall has helped reaffirm we’re only human and while it’s easy to veer off track from time-to-time, it’s just as easy to get back in the saddle

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Happy slimming,

Lisa-Marie XOXO

 

 

*Slimming World has worked with The Royal College of Midwives to develop its policy on the best way to support members’ pregnancy.

Nutella, Toffee Baked Oats

Slimming World friendly baked oats
These hazelnut & toffee flavoured baked oats are just 1.5 Syns!

Okay, okay I know I’m super late to the baked oats party, but I finally got round to making some this morning and I was rather impressed.

I’ve seen pictures and reactions to baked oats all over social media the last few weeks and its seems people are divided as to whether their tasty or down right nasty.

Like most foods I guess it comes down to personal taste. I decided to add Nutella to mine, given it’s World Nutella Day on 5th February.

Perfect for breakfast or desert. you might think these cheeky oats are a no-no on Slimming World, but believe it or not they’re just 1.5 Syns when using your HEX B!

This too good to be true low Syn recipe for baked oats takes just 30 minutes in the oven, so leave them cooking while you get ready in the morning or prep dinner.

Nutella

Now, there are varying recipes out there for the main mixture of baked oats, but I kind of followed the chocolate and orange baked oats one from Pinch of Nom.

Pinch of Nom is a site with tonnes of Slimming World friendly recipes for baked oats among many other things, so check it out if you haven’t already it’s awesome.

I didn’t have all the ingredients the site suggested and decided to opt for only 1 egg as I thought I would prefer the mixture more cakey as opposed to wetter like porridge mix.

Recipe:

  • 40g of oats for your HEX B or 7 Syns
  • 1 eggs
  • 3/4 tbsp. sweetener
  • 1 pot of Muller Light toffee yoghurt
  • 1 tsp. Nutella hazelnut spread
  • 100g fresh speed fruit (I used clementine)
  • Sprinkling of vanilla bean (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. fat free Greek yoghurt

Method:

  1. Add the oats, egg, sweetener and Muller Light into a bowl and stir.
  2. Pour the mixture into an oven proof dish.
  3. Swirl the Nutella through the mixture.
  4. Bake at 180c for 30 minutes.
  5. Once baked, add the Greek yoghurt and unbaked fruit for speed.
  6. Sprinkle the Greek yoghurt and fruit with vanilla bean.

 

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Happy munching!

Lisa-Marie XOXO

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Low Syn Nutella Waffles

Nutella waffles
Is there anything better than Nutella in the morning?

I love to waffle – sorry couldn’t help myself – and what better way to enjoy these bad boys than with one of the Nation’s favourite spreads, Nutella.

Did you know that the 5th of February is World Nutella Day? Seriously, it’s a thing! So, with that in mind here’s a recipe for low Syn Nutella waffles for you to try.

You’d be forgiven for thinking these scrumptious waffles are a no-no on when slimming, but in fact they’re just 1.5 Syns when using your HEX B for the oats!

I chose to add a dollop of crème fraiche to mine for an extra 1.5 Syns but you could easily replace it with a fat free yoghurt of your choice, and of course speed fruit.

These hazelnut bites of heaven take just 15-20 minutes in the oven, so are perfect for even the busiest of peeps and they’re a real winner with the kids too!

Nutella

Recipe:

  • 40g of oats for your HEX B or 7 Syns
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 tbsp. sweetener
  • 175g of fat free natural yoghurt or quark
  • 100g fresh speed fruit (I used strawberries and pears)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Sprinkling of vanilla bean (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. half fat crème fraiche (optional for 1.5 Syns)

Method:

  1. Blitz the oats with a hand blender until fine.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together except the fruit, stir.
  3. Pour the mixture into a silicone waffle mould.
  4. Bake at 180c for 15-20 minutes until firm.
  5. Turn out onto a baking tray for another 4-5 minutes to crisp.
  6. Top with your choice of speed fruit and crème fraiche.

A pudding twist:

The batch of mix I made earlier actually made 7 waffle portions, so I saved two and used once later on for a 0.5 Syn (as Nutella was counted earlier) pudding!

Fill a dish with lots of mixed frozen or fresh berries for speed and top with fat free Greek yoghurt and 1 tsp, of Sweet Freedom syrup and voila!

 

Nutella waffles as pud
Go on treat yourself for only 0.5 Syns!

 

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Happy munching!

Lisa-Marie XOXO

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