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M&S frozen yoghurt

Summer has gone... sigh... but ice cream NEVER goes out of season!

Here's the range of frozen yoghurts from M&S!

Anyone tried them out?

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M&S 3% fat Greek Style Yogurt
Raspberry & Blackcurrant Ripple 70g (one fifth of the tub) - 5SP



M&S 3% fat Greek Style Yogurt
Vanilla 70g (one fifth of the tub) - 5SP



M&S 3% fat Greek Style Yogurt
Honey Swirls 70g (one fifth of the tub) - 5SP



M&S Skinny Madagascan Vanilla Iced Dessert
70g - 4SP
60g (one eighth of the tub) - 3SP







No Added Sugar Chocolate!


No sugar... Sugar free... No added sugar... all different meanings and almost everywhere on packaging now... Here's some low sugar chocolate goodies I spotted in Aldi and Mr. Price for the choccie fans! Anyone tried them? x



Dairyfine (ALDI) No added sugar Milk Chocolate - 2 squares, 20g - 4SP



Dairyfine (ALDI) No added sugar Dark Chocolate - 2 squares, 20g - 4SP




Diablo No Added Sugar Milk Chocolate - 14g (3 pieces) - 3SP
This range was in Mr. Price...



Diablo Sugar Free Milk Chocolate - 14g (3 pieces) - 3SP



Diablo Sugar Free Coconut Cookies
per 16.5g cookie - 3SP
2 cookies - 6SP



Diablo Sugar Free Chocolate Striped Cookies
per 16.5g cookie - 3SP
2 cookies - 6SP



Beanz Meanz... Heinz Creationz!

I come from a generation where 'BEANZ MEANZ HEINZ', I am old but these new Heinz Creationz  are fancy pants beans! Again, handy to have in the cupboard for emergency with winter coming and the dark nights and if you're not prepared these could save the day... The full pouch is 250g with a portion being half so I've done the SPs for both... Add some chicken breast and veggies and these would make some very low SP meals! Spotted in Tesco! Anyone tried them? x




Heinz Creationz Italian Beanz with Chunky Tomato & Herbs
125g (half pouch) - 4SP
250g pouch - 8SP



Heinz Creationz Mexican Beanz Chipotle Style with Chorizo
125g (half pouch) - 4SP
250g pouch - 8SP


Heinz Creationz Spanish Beanz with Smokey Pepper & Onion
125g (half pouch) - 4SP
250g pouch - 8SP


Heinz Creationz Lentil Curry with Dhal Spices & Tomatoes
125g (half pouch) - 3SP
250g pouch - 6SP



Thank you...


I'm not sure if they're called blogaversaries or if there is some other name that I haven't heard of yet but The Skinny Doll is 8! Yup, I've been blogging 8 years now... it's been frustrating, joyous, infuriating, wonderful and not to be too dramatic, it's probably saved my life... 

8 Years ago I was pretty broken, I still have no self esteem (I still apologise when people meet me for the 'rabbit-in-the-headlights-look') but I was very unhappy and the future looked pretty bleak... I had been on YouTube doing videos for a while and an American girl called Hazel told me I should document my journey and share it with others and that's how it started... I knew I couldn't be the only person feeling like I did about my weight... I am bulimic and I suffer with PCOS as well as some other health issues so my journey was never going to be a straight road to goal and I knew that. I have struggled with food since I was a child and the mental process I have had to work through has been tiresome... but I was determined to never quit on myself... I had to stop being a people pleaser, something I still struggle with today and remember I am worthy of being happy too... It's very easy to put on a smile and a brave face for the world, many people do that everyday so I've tried to keep it honest... I've documented the melt downs, the fury, the disappointment with myself, the losses and the gains and how I've changed over the years... 

Blogging has never been about numbers to me, people follow and unfollow all the time and it doesn't bother me... Anyone who knows me in real life will tell you the idea of buying a single follow is just a waste of money (it takes a lot to part me from my cash folks!) ... Trolls are real and whilst it's hurtful to hear the rubbish they spew, I've learned if you give them air, they continue to breathe. We all have a block button to get rid of them...  Awards are wonderful and it's nice to be acknowledged for your hard work but they're not the be all and end all... I've never promoted the blog, my thinking was if you need it you'll find it and that's how it's grown... Recently I have been losing the same pounds over and over again ... So I'm taking this 'birthday' as a line in the sand... I want to lose my weight, I don't want to be skinny, I want to be happy and healthy and I'm more determined now to get there... 

The 'saving my life' bit... well if I hadn't started this blog, I wouldn't have met so many inspiriting people both in real life and online, people who laugh along with bake off, and cry at the 24hrs in A&E... People who motivate me, encourage me and understand that being body positive isn't just looking in the mirror and saying 'god I'm great' when you aren't happy in your own skin and you can't bare to look at the reflection... If I hadn't started it, I honestly don't think I'd be here and whilst that saddens me, it makes me realise who far I've come in the journey even though I'm not at goal... It's grown from a depressed woman crying out for support into a community who support and understand each other, share tips and advice and for that I'm very very grateful... so thank you xxx

If it's advice on blogging you're looking for... read this >>> http://www.theskinnydoll.com/2017/09/the-7-year-itch.html

New thins on the block!

New on the biccie front! McVities Thins have some new kids on the block! 
Anyone tried them yet?
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McVities Hobnob Thins
per 6.3g biscuit - 1SP
2 biscuits - 3SP
3 biscuits - 4SP



McVities Double Choc Chocfilled Thins
per 11g biscuit - 2SP
2 biscuits - 5SP
3 biscuits - 7SP



McVities Milk Choc Chocfilled Thins
per 11g biscuit - 2SP
2 biscuits - 5SP
3 biscuits - 7SP




You be you!


It's something that I keep talking to people about... We don't all fit into the same mould... Every single one of us is unique You are you... Your journey is yours... There are lots of people counting points/syns/macros/calories and succeeding because they are doing what's right for them... if there was a holy grail plan that worked for everyone on the planet we'd all be doing it... but we're all different, so don't get down if a plan isn't working for you... try something new, don't feel bad for doing what's best for you... it's your life... your health... you deserve to feel happy in your own skin and to whatever it takes to make you happy... If we all loved the same thing, the world would be very dull! 

Here's to a good week! 




Ryvita!

A fav with so many people on here and there's loads of different flavours out there now! Anyone else remember when Ryvita was just like cardboard cardboard?! Now you just add your toppings! The fruit one is definitely worth a try if you want a sweet fix, it's really different! 
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Ryvita, pumpkin seed & oat - per 12.5g slice
1 - 1SP
2 - 3SP
3 - 4SP



Ryvita, Cracked black pepper - per 10g slice 
1 - 1SP
2 - 1SP
3 - 2SP



Ryvita, Sweet Onion - per 10g slice
1 - 1SP
2 - 2SP
3 - 3SP



Ryvita, Fruit Crunch, currant seed & oat - per 15g slice
1 - 2SP
2 - 4SP
3 - 6SP






Dan & Monstro fresh sauces!

A new range of sauces I spotted in my local SuperValu from Dan & Monstro! Fresh sauces, so you'll find them in the cooler section and great value in SPs! Anyone tried them out?
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Dan & Monstro, homemade pasta sauce - per 400g pack - 6SP




Dan & Monstro, homemade curry sauce - per 400g pack - 6SP




Dan & Monstro, homemade mexican style sauce - per 400g pack - 7SP



Stay in your own lane!




This is the mantra I try to live by... 
Stay in your own lane... 

This is true of every aspect of life. Often I get messages telling me the Weight watchers is rubbish and some other group is MUCH better and I should move... I normally don't reply, because random strangers don't know anything about me, they think they do and yes I haven't been the perfect weight watcher member but who has?! I derailed, I put my paws up and I'm getting back to where I want to be... People messaging me about promoting the diet industry just get blocked, I don't promote anything, I don't flog WW products, I don't tell anyone to go to a meeting, I just share my journey and how I NEED a meeting, I NEED accountability I CAN'T do it on my own, I NEED the support and understand of others who understand how I feel about my body... and if me wanting to be a happier version of myself upsets someone else, they need to get back in their own lane! 

Of course there are times when we need to all get out of our lanes as a community, this weekend the anger and rage at the popes visit just made me stay off line, I was too angry about the waste of resources that this country needs to spend on people who desperately need it... I'm not against religion, I stay in my own lane... if you believe that Buddha, Allah, Jesus or even unicorns are in charge of the universe good for you but when any of those things hurt our communities we need to stand together and get out of our lanes collectively as a people... I'm very proud to be of this generation of Irish people who are standing up for all Irish families who need love and support... The divorce referendum helped families, the marriage referendum helped families and the abortion referendum helped families and it seems to be one fight against the system after another but our collective voice is being heard... We are becoming a nation of people who are prepared to stand up against the wrong doings and protect our families... 


Your lane is yours, your journey is about you... you do what works for you... Count points, syns, calories or don't count anything at all but whatever you do, don't get preachy from your lane and if anyone peeps into your lane and doesn't have something nice to say tell em to get right back into theirs!




John West - Spreadables

These little pots of tuna are SO handy for lunch but a little on the high side for me... John Wests tin of tuna is only 1SP and add a little 'lighter than light' mayo from Aldi and you're all set for a couple of points... your herbs and spices can make a world of difference too! If you're stuck and just fancy tuna these can be handy and you know exactly what you're getting as opposed to anything you might get at a random deli counter... x



John West Spreadables, Tuna, mayo & sweetcorn, 80g - 5SP



John West Spreadables, Tuna Mediterranean, 80g - 4SP



John West Spreadables, Tuna Mexican style, 80g - 4SP



John West Spreadables, Tuna mild curry, 80g - 6SP




Prep Co.

I spotted these in Tesco the other week and thought I'd SP them just to see how high they were... I'm always wary of things like this, they always tend to be high in hidden sugar and salt... Remember when you're working out the points for dried processed foods you need the nutritional information of the product 'as prepared' ... e.g. weight for one of these before you add water is only 68g - the points would be very low, whereas once the product has been re-hydrated it's 243g, it's how you should be pointing it... a mistake I've made many times and just something to be wary of... All of these are different weights when prepared so I've added those in too... I've tasted the mediterranean one and it was very filling... you'd easily get two good lunches out of one tub if you were doing chicken and lots of zero heros...  anyone else tried them out? x



Prep Co., Indian spiced lentils and rice, 246g - 10SP



Prep Co., Mediterranean couscous, 252g - 11SP



Prep Co., Mexican chilli rice, 243g - 10SP



Prep Co., Thai green curry rice & quinoa, 251g - 9SP





Self doubt...



Why do we always doubt ourselves? Why do we always think the worst, hide ourselves away and think 'sure I'd be rubbish at that' and not bother pursuing something that we might really love? Why? 

I'm as guilty as the next person believe me... with every blog post I think 'what am I on about?!' but I love doing it and whatever the trolls and haters think I let them... the only thing we should be doubting is how much we can actually achieve! The sky is the actual limit if you really believe it... 

If you really believe you can feel happy in your on skin, then the only thing stopping you.. is you!

It's not about calories, or scales or dress sizes... these are just some of the tools we all use to gauge how we're doing... the really success if looking in the mirror and feeling good about yourself and that takes lots of tools... when we doubt we can do it, we set ourselves up for failure... we give ourselves permission to stage dive off the wagon and use food to silence the emotions... 

So don't doubt you... doubt how far you can go!

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Wind yourself up!




The bank holiday is over here in Ireland... we're all back at our desks and the sun is hiding again... Whatever happened over the weekend, it's done... we can't go back and change it, we can dwell on it and make ourselves miserable or we can rev up and just take it one step at a time... 

Wind yourself up today, give yourself 5 minutes to do a meal plan, a shopping list, text a friend and meet up for a walk... just don't let what happened last weekend ruin your week... 

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