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Imagine it though?! Write 10 things you love about you... it's not as easy as it sounds! Yet if I said pick 10 faults with your body, we could be here all day! I've a very long list of things I don't like about me... and my Irish DNA means I cannot accept a compliment, it's impossible! 

How many of us compliment someone, only to hear ... 'this old thing?! This is ancient, sure I didn't even iron it! I got it for €1 somewhere 15 years ago, god I'm embarrassed to even tell you!' ... It's impossible for us to just say 'thank you, it's my favourite and I love it!' 

It's the same when you lose some weight, someone says 'you're looking great!" my first instinct is to say 'ah yeah but I've SO much more to lose! Sure I'm only half way there...' and I pull a 'I'm disappointed in myself too!' face...

Society has us in a heap, if we're not tanned enough, with flawless skin, over 5'11' and a size 10, we feel like we're just not good enough... our boobs are too big/small/flat, our hair is too fine/curly/straight... we're too short or too tall... we can't win and we're fighting an invisible battle! 

So lets just give up the fight... lets have a bit of a love in... Today, give yourself a compliment! 'My hair looks so shiny today I love it!' ... 'I have always had fabulous teeth!' ... 'I love having blue eyes' ... 'I feel great in this dress' ... 'I love my new nail polish...' anything to start the ball rolling and every day obsess about one thing about you! It's not as easy as you think but after a while you'll feel a damn sight better about you! 

Every expert...

Ever see the green eyed monster on social media? Ever feel deflated because you just feel like you're going in circles and other people are passing you by... Here's the thing we all need to remember... we all walked into a meeting for the first time at one point, some of us have started and restarted over and over... we all had to learn how to SmartPoint foods, how to track and how to pull back on a Monday after a weekend on the tiles! We all started at the same line, so never feel like you can't do it, or you'll never get the hang of it, and never let an online calculator win! There's people at the start of their journey, people chugging through the middle of the journey and people with the finish line in sight but we will all get there! 

Super Fruitii!

Spotted these in my local Supervalu last week. SuperFruitii from Yoplait only 60cals per pot! Some great mix of flavours too if you're getting bit bored with the regular strawberry/plain versions! Hello papaya, mango & aloe vera! 2SP per pot and they come unpacks of 4 x 100g pots! 


Yoplait SuperFruitii with a blend of 
BlueBerry, Strawberry & Goji Berry
per 100g pot - 2SP

Yoplait SuperFruitii with a blend of  
Mango, Papaya & Aloe Vera
per 100g pot - 2SP

Yoplait SuperFruitii with a blend of  
Cranberry, Raspberry & Pomegranate
per 100g pot - 2SP

I 'ONLY' lost...

You know those weeks when you ONLY lose half a pound... or ONLY a pound... This quote made me think... instead of thinking that it's lost somewhere, sneakily hiding out to find us again when we lose the run of ourselves... lets wave goodbye to it... it's done, gone, never to be seen again! When we set off the scales, we need to say 'That's the last time I'll ever see that number...' 

We haven't lost it... we're getting rid of it! 


Kinsale Food Company - Pate!

The lovely people in the Kinsale Bay Food Company have re-branded all their fabulous products and have sent me some to Smartpoint for you all... There's a delicious range of soups coming in a blog post, and a fish pie that is SO good! But as the weather is still all about eating out and enjoying picnics, here's their range of patés. If you're a fan of smoked salmon this is the paté for you! A bargain 6Sp for the tub! All Irish and gluten free! Anyone given it a try? 

Kinsale Bay - Smoked Salmon Pate
per 30g - 1SP
per 60g half tub - 3SP
per 120g tub - 6SP

Kinsale Bay - Chicken liver pate
per 30g - 4SP
per 60g half tub - 8SP
per 120g tub - 16SP

Kinsale Bay - Chicken liver pate with Red Pepper Relish
per 30g - 4SP
per 60g half tub - 8SP
per 120g tub - 16SP

Kinsale Bay - Chicken liver pate with Red Onion Marmalade
per 30g - 4SP
per 60g half tub - 8SP
per 120g tub - 15SP

Never eat...

... on two feet! 

Aren't we all SO busy? Aren't we all in a rush to get to the next step on the ladder of life? One of the top tips my leader tells us regularly is put your knife and fork down when your eating... Digest your food & remember your meal is just as important as everyone else's! 

How many of us eat our toast at the toaster whilst the kettle is boiling? How many of us grab a sandwich on the go? How many of us munch the first thing we can get our paws on in the car? It's bad for our digestion, it's bad for our brain space and very often, anything eaten on the hop never finds its way onto a tracker! Grabbing something that's not on the plan tells our brain that our bodies just aren't worth nourishing properly! 

'This will do' ... really won't!

So take out the fancy plates, and get your toastie on it! What or who are you saving them for? You're worthy of using your best and favourite things in your own home, so get the fancy schmancy wine glasses out and fill it up with your water, pull up a seat and enjoy your food! You're worth it!


A new range of sliced poultry I spotted last week in my local SuperValu, 3 flavours in the chicken and some traditional turkey slices too... very handy for lunches and eating on the go! Packed with protein! 

Homebird Irish Roast Chicken, traditional flavour per 100g pack - 1SP

Homebird Irish Roast Chicken, Garlic & Herb flavour per 100g pack - 1SP

Homebird Irish Roast Chicken, Sweet & Smoky flavour per 100g pack - 1SP

Homebird Irish Roast Turkey, traditional flavour per 90g pack - 1SP

The greater the storm...

Not sugar coating it... (cause that would cost SmartPoints!) but the fight to do it, whatever 'it' is, is within you... if you want something bad enough, you'll do it... it might take months, or like me years, but when you REALLY want something you will do whatever it takes to do it... 

It's hard! Losing weight is really hard... eating a chocolate bar requires no thinking, no effort (unless you've hidden them and forgotten where they are... just me?!) ... staying on plan, making decisions, planning, tracking, scheduling time for your meeting all takes effort especially when your mindset is 'why bother?!' but when you focus on how you felt the day you made the decision to get healthy... you know that you never want to go back there ever again... so every small, teeny tiny decision is worth it! 

I've fallen off the wagon spectacularly sometimes, I don't know anyone who hasn't! But life constantly reminds me that I never, EVER want to go back to that person who was afraid to go to the shops in case people were judging her shopping, the girl who dodged every invitation not because she didn't want to go have fun but because she didn't think she was worth it, people only invited her because they felt sorry for her... that person who smiled all the time but who's knees ached all night when she just wanted to be happy... really happy... That's where the power is... in your darkest feelings... when you feel the most down and miserable you need to remember it... feel it and think 'nope, not any more!' ... harness it and use it to get what you really really want! Success!

If you're going through the downs, rather than the ups, just remember how much you want it... remember you're reading this post because you want to keep going, you want to get to goal, you want to be successful and happy in your own skin... remember how you felt that first weigh in? remember how even thinking about clothes shopping made you cry? Then take out your tracker, plan out your breakfasts and there's a third of the weeks meals on plan! We got this... whenever you feel like you're in the middle of a storm look around there's a sea of rainbows ahead! 

Count the memories...

Ok, it's summer... it's here (apparently!) and you're not a size 6 and everything still kinda wobbles a bit... This isn't the time to throw in the towel and what yourself through till September when the 'Christmas' countdowns begin! This is the time to celebrate how far you've come and live life!

Your kids/boyfriend/husband/friends don't see wobbles... They see you not jumping the pool having fun... They see the miserable face of someone who isn't really enjoying their holiday... Children see (and FOLLOW!) how you behave and how you act... If you're off on holidays, make memories! Life is too short and your children won't remember how many points you ate on holiday... they'll remember dripping 99s, sharing fish & chips and laughing in the sunshine (I'm an optimist!)... Your friends will remember that booty up at karaoke and laughing till it hurts! These people love you, just the way you and are, and whilst the bigger picture is to be a new healthy improved version of you, until then, be proud of how far you've come and get out and live! 

So if you're not at goal, you will be... But now is the time to put on the swimming cozzies and tear into the water squealing with the rest of them! 

Just Add...

This kinda falls into the 'they'll think of anything' department! But if you're caught on the hop and have nothing in the house to add to your omelette, Just Add have got you covered! x

Just Add - Leafy greens
per 60g (half pot) - 1SP
per 180g tub - 3SP

Just Add - Mexican style veggies
per 100g (half tub) - 3SP
per 200g tub - 5SP

Just Add - Mediterranean style veggies
per 100g (half tub) - 2SP
per 200g tub - 4SP

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