Slimming World – An Introduction and 6 Month Results

My Slimming World Journey

It’s been a long while since I did a weightloss update because, for various reasons, I felt I couldn’t write another diet post when I was struggling with my weight again.

Previously I have trialled different diets and quick fixes such as Rodial Crash Diet and The Body Reset Diet when I’ve only had a few lbs to lose but after a bout of steroid treatment I gained a lot of weight (purely down to medication) and have been unable to lose weight for a long time.

Now I am off medication and feeling much better, but after gaining around 7 stone (just under 100lbs) I was still finding it hard to lose weight because my body had been through so much stress. So I made the decision to join Slimming World. A few of my neighbours and family friends had lost a lot of weight on the plan and I thought I would give it a go. I didn’t really hope for much because I had tried the plan before (trying to go it alone) and actually put on weight!

Slimming World Dinner

Slimming World won’t be for everyone and I understand a lot of people don’t like the idea of groups like this or Weight Watchers etc where you pay for a plan to lose weight. Quite honestly after everything I had been through with my illness (Crohn’s Disease) I needed to learn to eat properly again from scratch and whilst I don’t advocate Slimming World for everyone, it has made the world of difference to me.

I have now been on the Slimming World ‘plan’ for six months, and it’s a way of life. It’s a healthy eating plan now, not a diet and not a quick fix and better still I have learnt how to manage my Crohn’s Disease through diet alone. So far I have lost 2stones 10lbs (38lbs) and found a great friendship network through both Instagram and Youtube.

I also have a youtube channel where I do weekly/fortnightly updates on my weightloss journey.

Do let me know in the comments if you’d be interested in seeing more Slimming World related updates on my blog but for now (as I have been for six months), I’ll be keeping it separate over on my Instagram and Youtube accounts so feel free to follow and subscribe to me if you want to see more updates over there as I still have a long way to go!

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*Sponsored Post* Foodie Friday: Celebrate French Week with Lidl

Lidl French Week

To celebrate French Week (25th September – 1st October inclusive), budget supermarket Lidl challenged me to create a meal fit for a family dinner party. I chose to go all out and not only made a French meal but in fact created a three course meal using Lidl’s French Week themed foods.

Lidl Store French Week

Starter:

Assorted meats, cheese and fresh baguette, served with cider

Lidl French Week Camembert

This sharing platter is made from an assortment of cheeses including baked Camembert and Fat-reduced Brie with cured meats (also shown is Salami with Walnuts and Air dried Hazelnut Salami slices) and fresh crusty baguette. To wash it down I chose Cidre de Normandie Brut, a light dry cider and the perfect accompaniment to lighter dishes. I love this style of food as it’s easy to pick at and feels more informal with friends.

Lidl french week cider

Main:

Slow Roasted Pork in a calvados and mustard cream sauce with mixed vegetables, served with Hautes-Cotes de Beaune

Lidl French week main

I slow roasted a joint of pork with herbs, adding sliced apples, Chantenay carrots and onions around 40 minutes before taking the pork out to rest.

Along with a small mountain of Pommes Noisettes (light and crispy potato balls which were so good!), I also added a mustard cream sauce on the side made from the pork juices, 1tbsp Coarse Grain French Mustard, a big glug of Fine Calvados and a splash of cream.

The wine I chose to accompany this dish was the Hautes-Cotes de Beaune white, an oak aged Chardonnay with notes of butterscotch and honey to compliment the tender pork.

Dessert:

Madeleines, macarons and chocolate tart, served with french blend coffee

Lidl French Week Macarons, Madeleines and French Blend Coffee

For dessert I chose to create another sharing platter, made from a selection of sweet French delicacies including a warm chocolate tart, made using the Gateau au Chocolat Baking Mix, all served with a good dollop of fresh double cream. For those who wanted something less rich the delicate macarons and madeleines provided a tiny sweet hit, served with a shot of French blend coffee to round off the meal nicely.

Lidl French Week Chocolate Tart

Every dish was a hit with my dinner guests, with the Macarons, Camembert and Chardonnay the stars of the show. I’m equally impressed with the ease of use and quality of the French inspired ingredients. Plus for three courses it was an affordable £5 a head for six guests.

The Lidl French Range is available in store now while stocks last (and it’s selling like hot croissants), so be quick! All products mentioned are sourced where possible in France.

For more great ideas and recipes for French Week at Lidl visit lidl.co.uk

All French Range products mentioned:
Cidre de Normandie brut £1.99
Fine Calvados £15.49
Camembert Soft Cheese £1.19
Air dried Hazelnut Salami £1.79
Coarse Grain French Mustard 49p
Salami with Walnuts £1.99
Fat-reduced Brie 99p
Pommes Noisettes 99p
French Blend Coffee £1.59
12 French Macaron £2.99
Fresh Baguette 70p
Dried French Herbs 59p
Madeleines £1.49
Gateau au chocolat baking mix £1.49
Hautes-Cotes de Beaune AOP £7.99

What’s you favourite French dish?

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5 Years Blogging: Win a Months Supply of Portlebay Popcorn *CLOSED*

Portlebay popcorn competition

Want to WIN a months supply of Portlebay Popcorn?

To say a massive thank you to all my amazing readers, each week throughout September I will be running lots of competitions with some fabulous prizes.

Today’s prize is a months supply of Portlebay Popcorn!

Portlebay popcorn competition

Delicious, gourmet and hand popped in Devon: win a month’s supply of Portlebay Popcorn!

A bit different from your average squidgy toffee popcorn: Portlebay Popcorn has set the bar with unique and unusual flavours.

Munch your way through bags and bags of Crispy Bacon & Maple Syrup, Wasabi & Sweet Ginger, Sweet & Salty Kracklecorn, Chilli & Lime and Orchard Wood Smoked Cheddar.

Plus try their brand new fruity sweet flavours: Lemon Sherbet, Cinnamon Swirl and Very Berry.

Portlebay popcron

Equally moreish, all of the flavours are wholegrain and naturally high in fibre. They’re also hand popped with rapeseed oil and raw cane sugar to give a more distinctive, crunchy texture. Perfect for guilt-free snacking!

Find out more about Portlebay Popcorn at www.facebook.com/portlebay

How to Enter

To be in with a chance to Win a months supply of Portlebay Popcorn

Answer this question:
What are the three new fruity sweet flavours of Portlebay Popcorn?

AND simply follow me on:

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THEN Leave me a comment below to say where you have followed me and the answer to the question!

Terms and Conditions

The competition is open to UK entrants only aged 18 and over, one entry per person.

A winner will be chosen from all valid entries using random.org.

Competition closes 9pm Monday 29th September.

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