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Meal Plan Monday 290615

Monday, 29 June 2015

The meal plan is - there is no plan!

We are lucky enough to be enjoying a week at the beautiful San Lucianu Resort in Corsica with Mark Warner Holidays - a week off of cooking, hooray! If you would like, you can follow our adventures in Corsica on IG and Twitter, using my hashtag #SanLuSheps or checking out #MarkWarnerMum and/or #MWMoment.

Have a wonderful week - see you next Monday!

#MumBod Confidence | Week 24 Weight & Inch Loss Update

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

I remember sitting in front of my computer less than six months ago and staring at an empty page, thinking about the blog post that I wanted to write. Sharing my biggest insecurities and fears with the world, laying myself bare to criticism and the chance of public failure. Telling everyone how unhappy I was with my weight and health, and that I was going to take steps to change that... Or at least, that I was going to give it a try.

Was I going to succeed? Or was I going to look like a fool when a few weeks down the line I had given up and the improvements I had planned to make had come to nothing?

It has been 24 weeks since that day. In that time there have been 4 rounds of Project 6 Pack, a Race for Life 5k, and a trip of a lifetime to Australia celebrating a friend's wedding. It has been a whirlwind. I don't really know where the time has gone. But 24 weeks on, I could be sitting here thinking "I wish..." having given up, or I could be sat here looking at progress pics of 24 weeks worth of hard work & thinking "I've done".

Since January, I have now lost 23.9kg (52.6lb) and 35 inches all over.

That's another 6kg and 10" (27cm) in just the last six weeks. I look at these photos and can't really believe that it is me. Amirah & Hayley handed me 23kg worth of dumbbells at the studio on weigh in day & I struggled to hold them - I can't believe that I used to carry that extra weight around daily. I've gone from a UK size 16/18 down to an 8/10.

I am so grateful for the amazing support I have had throughout. Changing your lifestyle isn't easy, sticking to it isn't easy, but it is worth it. I feel amazing & am in the best shape of my life at 32 years old, after 5 babies. I am walking, talking proof that it is possible.

There are a lot of contributing factors to the success that I am enjoying. Sensible meal planning and preparation, a whole list of ways to improve your chances of sticking to your goals, the health and fitness apps & devices that I use to optimise my weight loss, building up a bank of meal & snack inspiration to refer back to when I need it as well as attending classes at Project 6 Pack. But mostly - it's taking some responsibility for what I put in my body, and getting off my ass and exercising even when I really don't want to. I have never gone to a class or gone for a run and thought "I wish I hadn't bothered" afterwards. I always, without fail, feel good after a workout.

I had a huge sort out of my wardrobe the other day and have treated myself to some pretty new undies that actually fit me (it comes to something when you 'treat' yourself to underwear...). I'm looking forward to replacing it all with some lovely new bits and pieces for the Summer, and for our Mark Warner holiday in October when I can play on the beach and swim with my children and feel confident doing so without wanting to cover up - and every bead of sweat and aching muscle will be worth it just for that.

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Meal Plan Monday 220615

Monday, 22 June 2015

Meal Plan 220615
Monday 22nd June
Steak & chips (sweet potato chips for me) with salad
Tuesday 23rd June
Macaroni Cheese with bacon & broccoli, veggie & bacon stir fry for me
Wednesday 24th June Chicken Fajitas (with brown rice, no wrap for me)
Thursday 25th
We're off to visit the wizarding World of Harry Potter at WB Studios London today to preview their upcoming feature, Sweets and Treats
Friday 26th
Spaghetti & home-made meatballs with tomato, garlic & herb sauce
Saturday 27th June
Sunday 28th June

#MealPlanningMonday linked up with At Home with Mrs M.
{*Brinner = breakfast for dinner}

Father's Day Fashion from Repertoire

Friday, 19 June 2015

In case it has somehow escaped your notice, it's Father's Day this Sunday 21st June and Dads up and down the country will soon be receiving the annual slew of socks, pants and amusingly captioned mugs. If they're lucky, they might get breakfast in bed or at the very least, a cuppa. This year, we were delighted to be asked by Repertoire Fashion if we would like to treat the Mister to something extra special and so the children and I chose an outfit for him from Repertoire's extensive range of designer menswear.

The Mister enjoys the odd night out with football buddies and old school chums, but as is the case with most Dads (and Mums of course) by the time we have replaced shoes, bags, clothes, sports equipment etc for five children throughout the year, what parents need often ends up at the bottom of the pile. So - the kids and I picked out a smart new designer shirt and a pair of jeans for him to wear on his well earned evenings out.

There is a huge range to choose from, from designers such as Armani, True Religion, Hugo Boss, For All Mankind, Original Penguin, Nudie Jeans, and Vivienne Westwood. We chose an Original Penguin Oxford long sleeved woven shirt in grey, with Nudie Jeans in a light wash Indigo - ideal for a smart/casual look on an evening out.

These high quality designer clothes are beautifully made and have a classic look that won't date, they can be dressed up or down using other wardrobe staples to create any look, from a night down the pub or at a gig, to an evening out at a restaurant or theatre.

Repertoire offer an extensive range of accessories to complement Dad's new outfit too, from belts & wallets to the traditional socks & ties, with something to suit every budget.

Take a look at Repertoire's website for details of their latest news, offers and sales or follow them on Twitter @Repertoire_Uk and Facebook.

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