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Do you even like yourself?

Isn't social media just so full on... it's scary that people particularly young people (I'm VERY VERY OLD!) rely on likes on a filtered picture to feel happy in their own skin... and it makes me so sad...

Liking yourself can be so hard, it's a skill that we have to learn in life sadly because it's a feeling that's knocked out of us when we're little, for many reasons... Look at the confidence of a 4 year old, do they like their belly, of course! Their hair, Yup! In fact the only thing on their agenda is learning, playing and having fun! Bullies in school, looking 'different', being good at something, remember how being good at something just made you a target as a swot or teacher pet... all the way through to work life, offices where colleagues are only having a 'laugh' but at your expense, bosses who think they can push you around because they misinterpret kindness and wanting to move forward as 'easy & gullible' to the point you're the office skivvy... I've got all these t-shirts sadly and I can genuinely say I still don't like me very much... Of course there are days when I feel happy about my journey but I still can't see the reflection I want looking back at me, there are darker days when I feel ugly and can't understand why anyone would bother following a failure, a fraud like me... This is how most people think... So how do we get out of that rut? Honestly I'm still working it out... Cutting loose the deadwood who don't care about you is one I can highly recommend... It's very lonely to start with but suddenly you find yourself surrounded by people who really do like you for you, not how many chins you moan about, or the jelly belly... they love you and love being around you because you're you! But it really starts from within... and just look at how amazing we really are! How many people on the planet would love to be able to walk, talk, work and do all the things we take for granted but they can't...  

Stop wondering if people are judging you... if they are it's their problem... I was once sitting in a restaurant with some friends and a woman kept staring over at me... I was SO paranoid! In MY head that woman was judging me for eating my lunch, for having chips, for drinking cocktails... I mean look at the size of me, I should be at home with my mouth stapled... As she got up from her table she walked towards me and I was fully prepared to have a go at her when she asked 'where did you get your coat? It's just gorgeous and I can never find nice jackets in my size?' Floored me! I was about to smack her one if I needed to! People aren't judging you, they've got enough on their mind! We're judging ourselves too harshly... so today, look in the mirror and be kind... that body is the only one you've got and it's pretty awesome! 

Tis the season... AGAIN!

It's the most wonderful time of the year... so they say... I'm not a mince pie fan, so I'll be of no help if you want to know which tastes the nicest... but it is Christmas, if you want to splurge and enjoy a mince pie you can! That's the joy of SmartPoints... save em up and dollop a bit of cream on top! NOTE they're not all the same size!

Here's most of the common culprits you'll find out there!

ALDI Cognac Laced Mince Pies, per 65g pie - 11SP

ALDI Luxury Mince Tarts, per 48g mince pie - 9SP

ALDI Mini Mince Pies, per 32g pie - 5SP

LIDL Luxury Brandy Butter Mince Pies, per 60g pie - 12SP

SuperValu Deep Filled Mince Pies, per 64g pie - 12SP 

M&S All Butter Shortcrust Mince Pies, per 54g pie - 9SP

M&S Mini Mince pies, per 2 pack 48g - 9SP
per mini pie, 24g - 5SP
(these are by the sandwiches and lunch stuff) 

M&S All butter Mince Pies, per 58g pie - 11SP

Tesco Mince Pies, per 54g pie - 9SP

Holly Lane Deep filled mince pies, per 65g pie - 11SP

ALDI Gingerbread Topped Mince Pies, per 44g pie - 9SP

ALDI Chocolate Orange Mince Pies, per 66g pie - 12SP

ALDI Salted Caramel Mince Pies, per 65g pie - 11SP

Never give up...

The minute you think of giving up... 
think of the reason why you held on for so long... 
You're worth the effort... 
Christmas is just one day... 
No one wants to start all over again... 

Winter warmers from M&S

Some ready made winter warmers from M&S, as my nan would say, there's both eating & drinking in these... More like pots of stew to warm the bones! 

anyone given them a try?


M&S Minestrone Soup with Bacon
per 300g (half tub) - 5SP
per 600g (full tub) - 9SP

M&S Chicken & Super Grain Soup
per 300g (half tub) - 7SP
per 600g (full tub) - 13SP

M&S Chicken, Mushroom & Rice Soup
per 300g (half tub) - 6SP
per 600g (full tub) - 11SP

M&S Super Broccoli, Spinach & Pea
per 300g (half tub) - 3SP
per 600g (full tub) - 7SP

M&S Country Vegetable Soup
per 300g (half tub) - 4SP
per 600g (full tub) - 7SP

M&S Chilli Beef, Bean & Rice Soup
per 300g (half tub) - 5SP
per 600g (full tub) - 10SP

M&S Chicken, Chorizo & Rice Soup
per 300g (half tub) - 5SP
per 600g (full tub) - 9SP

It’s a good week...

Every week is a good week but then that Friday night feeling comes and *poof* it's Monday and the tracker has a 48 hour gap in it that can only be explained by looking at the camera on your phone! 

Every day is a good day, and just because we lost the plot this weekend doesn't mean we should just write it all off till Santa buggers off in his sleigh... the third week in February/April/June won't be on your mind when you're dipping into another mince pie with a dollop of cream but it kinda should be... It's only Christmas. I know some people love it so much that it hurts but it's just one day and you can get SO swept up in the moment that it becomes one week, one month and before you know it, you're trying to lose the weight you've already lost! AGAIN! 

So this week, make a promise to yourself to have a good breakfast enplane every day, promise yourself you'll do a walk at the weekend no matter how cold it is, and remember next summer when you're trying to get into those shorts you bought this year, will the mince pies have won?  

 Go on, stop reading and get that tracker out! 

Muscle food!

Since it's all about the protein... here's some High protein ready meals I spotted these from Muscle food in my local Supervalu! Handy for the freezer in emergencies! Each pot is 350g including rice so if you could bulk it up with some 0SP stir fried veg! Anyone given them a try?


MuscleFood Satay Chicken Ready meal 
per 350g pot - 12SP

MuscleFood Thai Green Curry Chicken Ready meal 
per 350g pot - 9SP

MuscleFood Sweet Chilli Chicken Ready meal 
per 350g pot - 10SP

MuscleFood Tikka Chicken Masala Ready meal 
per 350g pot - 9SP

We’re all being judged...

You know THAT look... when someone stares at you and they are judging you from head to toe... and we've probably all given that look to other people too even if we didn't mean to... THAT look... that 'I wonder if they have a mirror in their house?' look ... 'I wonder how she got so fat?' ... 'Imagine waking up like her...' It's something I am so conscious of doing... I've been judged all my life and I'm the worst critic of them all, I'm so hard on myself but some days when I think about it, the people with the judgmental stares aren't really in any position to judge me! They're strangers, people I don't interact with and I certainly wouldn't want to be friends with them... Do they look like Brad Pitt / Kate Moss? Are they the perfect weight/height? Wearing the perfect clothes? I mean if their life is so perfect why are they queueing to get on a tram?! Where's the limo?!

Sometimes I wonder if people realise how hurtful it really is? If they really understand that their behaviour can ruin someones day, that someone like me would feel self conscious all day because of  THAT one look... I often look at people with envy, I'd love to be brave enough to wear that top/those earrings/my hair that way... but that boils down to confidence and that's something I'm still working really hard on... It's even worse when it comes from someone close to you and you KNOW they don't have their perfect life together, in fact you're in a better position than they are, yet they feel the need to judge you! 

Next time someone makes a comment on your body, your clothes, or they look at you like you're some sort of freak who is out of control... Just look back and wonder if they've really got it all worked out... Is it done just to make them feel better about themselves? That says more about their character than their dress size and do you really want to let someone like that ruin your day?

The people who make you feel bad about you, 
haven't got their shit together either just remember that!

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