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Biting the bullet again.

Yes it is true…

As of Tuesday I will be wobbling all the way to Slimming World.

I have followed Slimming World in the past, by my little old self from home and I lost just short of 2 stone in 6 weeks…

I was amazed by the results, but LIFE happens and sometimes we go way off track.

What can I say? I love being bad when it comes to food and I thought that’s what SYNS were for.

A couple of my friends from work have been attending the classes so I thought I would join in on the fun and sign up at a class too.

My theory being that because ‘LIFE happens’ whenever we feel the need to go off track we will have each other to lean on and keep going.

I’m quite excited about this little adventure, and even more so about swapping recipe ideas.

Wish me luck and hopefully I shall start to reap the benefits along with my running and Pilates in the very near future.

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Day out with my boys

What a perfect family day…

I am sure you are all aware of how much I love family days with my two boys and today was no exception.

We started our day quite early, all three of us up, dressed and leaving the house at 10.45am. (the little man still woke earlier than normal even though we had a restless night – finally falling asleep at 4am)

The first stop was to purchase the boys’ outfits for my ‘soon-to-be’ godson’s christening on Sunday. Why are men so quick when it comes to shopping? The first shop we went to, both of them had full outfits for the day!!

Me on the other hand couldn’t find anything that I liked or that fitted right. I must have picked up about 20 different dresses but none seemed to fall properly at all.

Soon it was time to stop for lunch, so we settled down In the glorious sunshine for a bite to eat and to restore our energy levels.

Then it was back into the ‘dress hunt’ again. I was adamant that I would find one. I had no choice really.. I knew what style I was after but the shops must have been having a ‘lets just sell to skinnie-Minnie’s’ week or month!!!

The only shop left that I could think of was one of the oldest shops around in our local shopping centre – where I used to spend my pocket money when I was younger, so I didn’t hold much hope..

(what harm can it do? At least I can say I have looked!!)

And there it was, my perfect dress right in front of my eyes sparkling ever so brightly as if luring me to buy it.
I’m not going to lie, I got a little bit excited and did a pretty little twirl right there in the changing room as soon as i saw how it looked once on.

I told the big man firmly,Forget the price tag, my feet are killing and it’s coming home with me, no questions!!

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I couldn’t resist picking out my accessories now that I had ‘THE DRESS’ 🙂

After four hours of waking, searching every shop possible and gasping for a coffee, we headed back home.

We stopped of at the local barbers and the big man and little man were in desperate need of getting there mops chopped!!

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All of my little boy’s curls have gone.. His beautiful ginger curls. He looks so much more grown up now and even more like his daddy 🙂

Mummy thinks next time she will be In charge and will keep it a little bit longer on the top 🙂

What a perfect family day..

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#Fitnessfanaticfridays week 1

For those of you who read my blog often, you will know how horrendous I have been at sticking to my weightloss goals. (For those of you that haven’t.. come back more often lol) Its actually really shocking how little willpower I have when it comes to toning up and losing some weight. I normally get all geared up and raring to go for the first couple of weeks and the slowly but surely it gets less and less and then Bang… all is forgotten and Im back to my bad snacking ways.

Last week I got the kick up the bum that I very much needed to kickstart me back onto my weighloss mission. I aim to take up my running again AND stick to it this time and also add some Pilates sessions in there aswell. GO me… I can feel the pain already.

I have Joined the Linky #FitnessFanaticFridays. This is a place where people are all aiming to achieve their own goals and at their own pace.It will be nice to share tips with each other and also to support each other when our weeks don’t seem to be going as planned. Here are my changes that included in my day to day lifestyle this past week.

Food

I’m not going to lie, I am a massive food lover. To cut out my favourites would result in a massive fail for me so that a definate NO NO. So instead I have decided to make some changed to my day to day routine:

~Breakfast

I normally don’t tend to eat breakfast.. I know, I know its the most important meal of the day. But with me if I eat breakfast it normally makes me hungry for the rest of the day. This week though I have either been having porridge or a special K bar with some fruit (quite often apple’s as we have an unlimited supply at work)

~Lunch

Usually I would normally grab something quick on the way to work, a ready made sandwitch or a pasta salad along with a packet of crisps if I was peckish. Recently though I have been opting for Soup instead with a wholemeal roll. Depending how I feel I sometime get a clean (no added mayo) salad to fill me up some more.

~Dinner

This is normally what ever the big man makes but recently he has been using recipes from one of my favourite recipe site www.minimins.com.

  and he has even been changing the cooking oil to a low cal cooking spray 🙂

~Snacks

Normally a trip the vending machine would be my first port of call for a snack, however this week I have mainly been snacking on pepper and celery sticks (I’m good aren’t I?)

Exercise

I walk ALOT. I don’t own a car so if I need to get somewhere I tend to walk if its within a 2-3 mile radius. This week though I have been quitting the lifts at work and tackling the stairs… Five flights each time.
And ohh does it burn. They do say you can tell if it is working if you can feel it so I guess there is a light at the end of the tunnel 🙂

I will be weighing myself tomorrow and taking my measurements. I will keep a track of these so I can look back on my good weeks. This will hopefully keep me motivated to carry on when things start to slow down.

What have you done this week? Please feel free to add some of your tips from this week.

Bring on next week and happy #fitnessfanaticfriday 🙂

Xx❤xX

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FitnessFanaticFridays.

Quite a few years ago I could quite easily walk into any shop and pick up and item of clothing and buy it there and then without having to try said item on.

My how the years have changed. Once a size 8 with only my bum as a curve to my figure I could get away with wearing anything. And that I did, some very horrendous looking pictures are hidden in my house somewhere.

Being quite content in my relationship with the big man, It didn’t take long for all those weekend takeaways and lying in bed watching movies to catch up with me. Within a 6 month period I had gained just over 3 stone (this was mainly due to my pill as I suffered with quite bad acne.. Some of us have all the luck don’t we) 😉

My weight then began to yo-yo up and down for a number of years. I carried it well at first, bigger hips and boobs. I just assumed I was becoming more womanly.

After 4-5 years of constantly changing dress sizes I decided to take up pole dancing with one of my friends. It was amazing. Admittedly I did look like I had been in a lot of fights as the bruising can be quite bad but I loved the energy I was getting from it and the change to my body. I also started weight watchers and lost 2 1/2 stone.

Shortly after we were given some very exciting news.. Me and the big man were going to be having a baby 🙂
So the pole dancing stopped without a seconds thought and I blossomed into my pregnacy with ease.

I had no morning sickness and loved being pregnant. I loved the way my body was changing and loved nothing more than to show off my baby bump at any given opportunity. I didn’t really mind the weight that I was putting on as I assumed once my little man was here there would be plenty of time to exercise.

My craving wasn’t exactly a healthy craving. All I wanted was mince pies all the time. Family and friends were even bringing them around to my house for me and my mum and dad stocked up on them for me too.

Needless to say the weight piled on and to top it off I developed really bad water retention, my nose doubled in size and I didn’t look like me anymore. It’s definitely not how they make it look in the movies is it?

Due to some major complications with my labour I had to have an emergency caesarean to get the little man out safely. This has then caused me some problems getting my belly back to normal. I don’t mind my wobble as that was my boys home I’d just like it to be a little firmer in places so my clothes will eventually fit properly or as best as they can.

This is why I have joined @angeline1611’s linky #fitnessfanaticfriday. It’s a place where everyone can boost each other on in there weight loss/healthier lifestyle goals. My mission at the moment is to continue with my pilates and take up running.

Head on over and have a look, why not join in the fun while you are over there.
See you all Friday 🙂

Xx❤xX

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Afternoon delights

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Have you ever been for afternoon tea?

I must admit the idea of of going for afternoon tea had never really crossed my mind and I can honestly say that if my wonderful friends (with fantastic taste and recommendations) hadn’t suggested it I probably wouldn’t have ever gone to one.

I’m so glad we did, I had a wonderful time. We decided to go to one local to us so that we wouldn’t have to travel very far. Our local tea room is based in Manchester just off Deansgate, down a quiet side street behind House of Frazier.

The interior is beautiful, it’s quite spacious with tables and chairs evenly set out around the restaurant as well big comfy looking leather seats to the back and around the sides. The place had some what of a calming feel too with some lovely power ballads playing in the background.

The cocktails looked gorgeous too.

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The menu is quite good and has a nice selection to choose from. If you feel like having something light you may possibly want to go for ‘the cream tea’. With this you get a scone with cream and jam and a choice of loose leaf tea or coffee for only £5.45 per person. For the full range I have attached the menu below 🙂

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You can find all of this and more at http://www.47kingstreetwest.co.uk

I decided on the 47’s afternoon tea. My treats arrived on a wonderful three tiered platter and consisted of a selection of sandwiches cut into pretty little triangles and decorated with twisted cucumber and halved cherry tomatoes. There was a mixture of fillings:

*Beef and horseradish
*Salmon and cream cheese
*Tuna and cucumber
*Cheese and tomato
*Egg and cress

The scones with the fresh cream and jam was by far my favourite. I could quite happily get by day to day eating this wonderful goodness. (Not that this would be healthy in anyway shape or form) 😉
Finally on the top tier you get a selection of mini cakes and chocolate surrounded by sliced strawberries. Our cakes were a mixture of:

*Carrot cake
*Lemon drizzle cake
*Miniature chocolate and fruit cupcake

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I have always been one to be different, so it was only fair that I had a delicious cappuccino to follow. If coffee is an option then nothing else will come close.

I would highly recommend this restaurant and the staff were very nice. We didn’t feel rushed even though it was quite busy. We ended up staying for a good few hours and it seemed that the afternoon tea had finished by the time we were ready to go.

I will most definitely be going again some time in the near future. (The big man doesn’t know it yet but he shall be taking me)

So if you would like a nice relaxed afternoon out, whether it be to catch up with friends, just to chill out or some quality time with that special someone in your life then book a table today. I’m sure you will love it as much as I did.

Xx❤xX

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Ladies that Lunch

Who needs to go on a night out to have fun? Not me..

Who needs lots of alcohol to have a good time? Not me..

Who needs to feel rubbish the next morning because I am such a lightweight? Not me…

Who wants to wake up the next morning feeling fresh as a daisy with the little man plotting his next act of mischief? This would definitely be me 🙂

How I hear you ask?

The week after next will mark the birthday of one of my lovely ladies. And to celebrate this wonderful occasion we shall be attending Afternoon Tea in town. What better way to spend quality time with friends at the same time as pretending to be posh.

I love little dinner dates like this, it means that we can all have a brilliant time and catch up on what we have been doing to keep ourselves out of trouble (or getting into) since our last little outing. And it also means I get to have my coffee fix too, with mini cakes. Yes, Mini cakes are allowed as they are smaller on the eye and it is a celebration after all 😉

I am still unsure what to wear for this occasion. I am sure keeping it simple with some accessories should do the trick and maybe add a little bit of makeup so I look like I have made the effort and look a little less mummsy.

I’m a bit excited that I get to pretend to be a lady of leisure for one afternoon with my lovely’s. I’m sure One day that massive night out will arrive, I just don’t think I am ready for that wild experience just yet. Maybe when the little man is about 10 or at least staying over at his grandparents house so that I can recover properly.

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