16.4.15

Slimming World - 8 months in...

I almost didn't go. I actually sent an email to the lady in charge of my upset or happiness each week at 7pm on Thursdays and put forward my case of why I shall not turning up to my usual class. My email was poised with all my guilt of not wanting to show up to the meeting because since increasing my excercise again my weight isn't decreasing on the scales.

The dreaded, but at the same time stupidly exciting weekly weigh in has become all too much for me. I'm weighing myself at home two and even three times a day, getting myself in a panic when the scales show a gain and feeling smug when the scales show a loss. My weight can shift by up to 3lbs in a day which would drive anyone insane who is on a weight loss mission and so close to target.



I have one stone left to reach for my target that i set september 2014 and i was so sure i was going to reach it by 31st march 2015. I have failed by a stone but this isn't from lack of trying.

I was sat at home watching the clock knowing that weigh in had started and wondering if i should go. Yes i sent the email and yes i had already said that I wouldn't be going but this routine has been a part of my life since Septemener and I couldn't cope with not attending.

I currently do about 3 hours of fitness a week. I wonder what I can do to make the scales show a weight loss without giving up weights and running?! 

So my first gain of this size - 1.5lbs on this week! How did I cope? Well I headed straight to the gym of course! 

Wish me luck .. And any tips! 

Half term activities my children have done April 2015

Although both my husband and I have had to work and share childcare over this years Easter break, our children have still managed to have heaps of fun with both of us and other family members... we are all getting ready to wind down at the weekend and get prepped for the return to school.

So here is a list of everything my kids have done over the past two weeks... some of these have been done several times! Phew!


1. Baking

2. Crafting
3. Birthday parties
4. Easter party past bed time!
5. Kingston Lacy
6. Moors Valley
7. Sleepover
8. Movie night
10. Breakfast out
11. Beach
12. Garden party
13. Park which incl learning to ride a bike without stabilisers.
14. Adventure Wonderland
15. Honeybrook Farm
16. Corfe Castle
17. Nanny and Grandads
18. Lego building
19. Trampolining
20. Gymnastics
21. Playing in the garden with next doors kids
22. Face painting
23. Nail painting




15.4.15

Feeling Fruity?


Pahahahaha I love the name as much as I love the patterns and colours on this paper download from docrafts. These are totally free to download folks BUT they will not be available until 1st May from the docrafts Facebook page www.facebook.com/docrafts


I just think they are so cool and scrummy. All you need to do is download them and print them off and they are ready to use. I think I will be framing a couple of them and adding them to my kitchen!


14.4.15

Fat Free Curry

I have finally cooked my very own curry! Fat free and all my own work. In fact this past week alone I have cooked four fat free curries. All on the Swimming World plan and all packed with yummy vegetables.




Start by chopping your chicken or fish into small bite size pieces and brown off in a frying pan with FryLight.

Remove the chicken or fish onto a plate and Pop to one side. 

Fry a chopped onion and three minced garlic cloves until they are transparent. Again only use FryLight.

Add in a chopped apple.

Add three tbsp of curry powder and add a sprinkling of salt.

Then add to your frying pan your chicken or fish and 500ml of stock. Use a chicken stock for chicken and veg stock for fish.

In a souce pan cook your vegetables until they are slightly soft and still bright green.

Once your vegetables are ready add to your frying pan or wok along with 150g of fat free natural yogurt but stir this in gently and do not allow this to boil otherwise it will curdle!






6.4.15

Corfe Castle At Easter

Cadbury's Easter Egg Hunt in conjunction with the National Trust... Corfe Castle

































4.4.15

Little Easter Bunny Notes

Does anyone else do this?


My kids can't wait for the Easter Bunny to hop their way! 

3.4.15

Fab Food Friday IS NOW LIVE

Since my Slimming World journey began in September 2014 i have learnt how to cook fresh, healthy meals other than beans and eggs on toast, oh and salads! I always thought that i didn't have the time or the skill to cook properly but after seeing 'real stories' in magazines, on blogs and on websites i realised just how easy it is to knock up a healthy meal and i can't get enough of pinching other peoples ideas! I am 2 stone lighter since starting so it's working!

That`s where Fab Food Friday comes in!

#FFF is a new linky that myself and my lovely neighbour and fellow weight loss buddy Poole Mamma have decided to create.

The weekly #FFF linky will be a place where you can share your Slimming World creations with the world.

We hope to create a community that gives other people on their SW journey some fab meal inspiration!

Tell us your ups and downs of cooking; the disasters, the successes and the mishap meals that turn out pretty darn good....and in return you`ll get honest feedback on your meals and maybe make some new friends along the way.

WHAT TO DO: Starting TODAY, and then every Friday after that the linky will go live over on my blog and over at The Poole Mamma's blog at 8am and close Wednesdays at 8pm. Simply link a recent Slimming World meal or snack post and be inspired by others.

We hope to see you there and we would love it if you could grab the badge below for your posts when linking up.

Happy eating! x

An InLinkz Link-up




Fab Food Friday




1.4.15

Are You Stocked Up For A Cracking Crafty Easter?



This is my reminder (mostly to myself) to get organised for the Easter half term. Two whole weeks of keeping the kids entertained! My girls love to craft, especially cutting and sticking! Crafts can  really get their imaginations fired up so well worth getting organised for.

There's heaps at docrafts and you can find your nearest docrafts stockist and pop in and grab what you need!

31.3.15

The 10lbs Weight Loss Challenge In April

I joined Slimming World in September 2014 and I have lost 2 stone. It has been a slow journey but it's for the best as it's slower to put back on... So people tell me. I still have a stone left to get off but my journey became really challenging after January this year. My body doesn't seem to want to lose any more weight and although Slimming World hasn't been a diet for me but a lifestyle change I have found it harder to resist naughty foods on a weekend and justify my weekend naughties by patting myself on the back for losing 2 stone. I am now reflecting each week and saying "if only I had..." And I really have had enough now!

For two weeks now I have tried to focus and I have consumed so much fruit, veg and green tea! I have upped my game again but have the loudest rumbling tummy... Progress is being made! I heard that green tea is supposed to be good for the digestive system... I really hope so! I live off bananas, grapes, oranges and blueberries these days and eat pretty well. Yes I may have crisps and chocolate but it's all built into my syn allowance. I have decided to run less as I wondered if muscle was beginning to weigh more on the scales which can be really disheartening.

I have become obsessed and anxious about my weight now because I just want to feel good in my clothes. I want to be able to wear certain things and not worry about my belly hanging out or my legs looking chunky.

Weigh day on Thursday evenings and I now dread them. I have started weighing myself two or three times a day on my scales at home. I have become obsessed and it's driving me mad. I just want to shift another stone!

As of April 1st 2015 I will be taking part in the #obw10lbchallenge - lose 10lbs in April by doing it with others and talking daily about my food on some form of social media.


So here goes... 10lbs to lose in April. I can do this... Right? Right?

Here's more info http://onebusywahm.com/obw-10lb-weight-loss-challenge-for-april/

29.3.15

The Collins Meal Plan for Week of 29th March 2015

This weeks meal plan isn't very exciting so brace yourself! I am hoping to boost my weight loss again as my body seems happy at the same weight these days!

A couple of the days are uber busy for us so dinner will be late, which means something quick! As I work I'm not one to be prepared.

Sunday - Beef roast dinner which means lots and lots of fresh veg including mine and Myla's favourite; sprouts!

Monday - Chicken roast dinner using up the rest of Sundays fresh veg

Tuesday - Slimming World Cottage Pie and as a birthday treat i will enjoy a glass of red wine with dinner.

Wednesday - Hot Dogs for the kids and gammon, chips, peppered rocket and eggs for me and hubby. We may need a break from all the vegetables.

Thursday - Pizza night as mummy is at Slimming World so I will probably have scrambled egg once I get home after being weighed.

Friday - Chicken roast dinner - Well Good Friday shouts roast dinner!

Saturday - Gammon, chips and eggs

Sunday - Beef roast dinner with heaps of fresh veg and yummy roasties.

Snacks as always will be bananas, oranges, grapes, blueberries, raspberries, Alpen light bars, scrambled egg and a bag of Quavers!