So I’ve been toying with the idea of a new watch for a while, i’m quite techy so my natural assumption was that the next piece of machinery to live on my wrist (other than my Fitbit) would be a smart watch.

Boy was I wrong…

This absolute beauty from Daniel Wellington first caught my eye in one of Megsays’ YouTube videos, I haven’t showcased it quite as well as she has, but the hands of the watch are a beautiful electric blue which made me fall in love with life all over again. Yes, it’s that serious.

This watch is a mix of the old classic vintage look with the gold framing and tan leather strap with a splash of modern style, and I couldn’t wait any longer to get it!

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I bagged this beauty for £90, yes £90!! Click here to get yours now!

The price tends to fluctuate, so get in there before it goes up again!

 

My vice is quiche. I love it so much, but all that pastry and cheese aren’t a great pairing for a girl that it trying to shed a few pounds readi4summah, especially when she’s lactose intolerant… oops.

Thankfully, Slimming World have found an incredible substitute. The crustless quiche is super easy, ridiculously delicious and it’s bloody SYN FREE!

It takes around 5-10 minutes to prepare and 15-20 minutes to bake, I tend to leave mine a little longer to help it crisp up. What’s even better is that you can add in pretty much anything you want. I’ve made quiches for my parents with bacon and mushrooms and mine are vegetarian friendly with courgettes, onions and tomatoes.

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My very own crustless quiche! Excuse my messy oven…

Here’s what you will need (core ingredients for the quiche):

  • Low calorie cooking spray
  • 3-4 cherry tomatos halved
  • 100g low fat natural cottage cheese
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 80g reduced fat cheddar
  • 1 small onion (or more, depending how stinky you want to be!)

Some lovely little extras:

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp of freshly chopped parsley
  • 110g mushrooms sliced
  • 220g bacon cut into 1cm pieces (meat lovers only!)

Now here’s what to do, it’s so simple!

  1. Preheat your oven to 190 degrees, 170 fan
  2. Pan fry any of your toppings that need cooking (bacon, courgette, mushrooms etc)
  3. Mix the eggs, cottage cheese, parsley  and cheddar cheese into a bowl
  4. If you have them, top your quiche with halved cherry tomatoes and bake for 15-20 minutes

This recipe is so versatile. As long as you have the core ingredients you are ready to go in making your crustless quiche, although an oven would help too. This is my all time favourite Slimming World recipe, what’s yours?

 

 

 

 

Happy Friday everyone!

I hope you’re all well, I just wanted to start off with the reason I am making this page, and what you should expect from it.

Since I can remember, I have always struggled with my weight. I am 5”10 with an athletic build, and although i’ve heard many times over the years “you can’t tell you weigh that much” and “you carry it so well” doesn’t mean I want to weigh as much as I do, or that I want to carry it.

My eating habits haven’t always been the best, I live at home and was raised in a family that ate takeaways every Friday and a huge abundance of pizza and chicken nuggets. Sadly, my lack of will power and effort resulted in me jumping to a size 16 quite quickly, this downward spiral started when I was 14.

What startled me is even though I could “carry it”, I still didn’t look great compared to other size 16’s I see now, they’re curvaceous and stunning. I however, was not.

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It was the top picture that made me realise something had to be done. During this time I was at college, where for lunch we had a wide selection of culinary delights, ranging from oily from chips to cheese stuffed paninis, and the occasional plain £4 salad (come on pal, this isn’t pret!)

I was baffled I ever got this big due to me playing netball at least twice a week. I ended up cutting down my portions massively, mostly only eating twice a day, and being proud of myself when I skipped a meal. Looking back, I can see this was ridiculous and was probably the biggest issue I had.

I was also diagnosed with IBS, so it came to a point where anything I ate made me feel sick, even salad! This pushed me to change my eating habits, I was fed up of feeling bloated and puffy all the time, I still have such a love/hate relationship with food. I decided to stop eating meat (except fish, sorry fish) as I felt this was the reason I was feeling sick all the time. I always wanted to stop eating meat for moral reasons, I just didn’t know how to start.

A couple of years ago, I lost a good amount of weight over the summer, I don’t really know how much as I didn’t even really mean for it to happen. I fell in love with soup and played netball every week as well as going on walks, bike rides and forgetting to binge due to being so tied up in the fun of summer.

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here are two of my beautiful pals

I began to feel better in how I looked, especially when my friends and family would tell me I lost weight and looked good. But it still wasn’t enough.

I’d hit a wall in my weight loss, I’m sure everyone that’s been trying to lose a substantial amount of weight can agree it’s a horrible, frustrating feeling. I kept trying to eat salads, exercise and motivate myself with new recipes, but I realised that I just couldn’t do it on my own.

So in April 2016, I decided to join Slimming World. Since starting, I have lost 5lb, it appears to be a slow process for me, but a loss is a loss and I keep myself motivated by going to the sessions with others, being weighed and getting ideas from other people in the same boat as me.

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I know I’m not overweight, so please don’t come to me with “you don’t even need to lose weight” or “why are you there” because I get it enough from my family. I go so I can change my lifestyle, my relationship with food, to keep me on track to being who I want to be (which coincidentally is me without tree trunks thighs).

I was a girl that thought potato was my 5-a-day and eating pizza every night was a dream come true. I now love kale, bulgur wheat and get excited at the prospect of a quinoa salad. I’m not saying you need to be this way at all, for me it just had to be all or nothing, as my lack of willpower would cause me to fall off the wagon time and time again. I feel I have a better attitude towards food now, and will make good choices when considering whether eating half a packet of Maryland biscuits is a good after dinner snack. I’ve come a long way from where I was before, mentally as well as physically. If you had asked me what a courgette or an artichoke was before I decided to make a change, I would have probably thought it was an instrument!

I hope this post helps someone, because honestly it’s helped me by writing down what I have achieved up to today. I want to post recipes to keep someone who like me struggles to stay motivated. Also  awkward diets are welcome (I’m also lactose intolerant, not that I avoid cheese).

So there you have it!

I hope to hear from you guys soon x

Topshop is GOD.

Well, it’s my god!

Since I was at school, I would save up all my pocket money in attempt to buy even just a pair of socks from Topshop, I longed for the day that I would earn enough money to buy perhaps a top, or a skirt, or maybe even boots?! All in one day. At present day I find it difficult to not wear at least one item from there, how times change!

Topshop has always been a fashion haven to me, it’s my go-to shop for any occasion and the fact that student discount works on sale items makes me want to burst into a million pieces of confetti.

Well boys (maybe?) and girls, I have bought my all time favourite dress.

I’m a bottom heavy athletic build, and as much as I would love to be super cute and petite it’s just not going to happen. This dress makes me feel super cute and petite, and sometimes us lanky girls need to feel as small as a field mouse. This dress really helped. This is also probably the shortest dress I own too, such a little floozy.

I also never approved of blondes wearing yellow, so thanks Topshop for breaking my rules as well as my bank account.

I forgive you x

I will try and take better photos next time…

If you love this dress as much as I do, you can find it here for an absolute bargain of £42 (£37.80 with student discount!)

 

Hey pals,

Just thought I’d kick off my first post on this page with one of the prettiest meals I have ever made (this wasn’t difficult, I live off scrambled eggs).

I am a very recent member of Slimming World, there’s a wide variety of options for meals but sometimes I feel stunted by not eating meat. 90% of the frozen meals contain meat so I’ve been cooking creations such a bulgur wheat with a tomato sauce and kale, riveting I know. I felt like I needed a bit more inspiration in the kitchen, so that’s why I thought I’d give HelloFresh a go!

I know HelloFresh is not suited to everyone’s budget, but I found an offer on Groupon for 3 meals at £13.50! So I just had to try it. Who doesn’t want amazing recipes and every single ingredient you need for them delivered to your door?

So tada!! This is my “tandoori spiced aubergine with tomato and coriander rice and nigella yoghurt”

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(the rice is burnt I know but not a bad first attempt!)

I opted for the Vegetarian box, but it’s the same price for a meat option too!

I honestly felt like a boss ass bitch when I made this, I’m not going to lie. It also fed two other piggies (soz gals), so the ingredients they give you is more than enough!

Click here for the recipe, let me know how yours turns out!