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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!

SmartPoints in Protein bars

I get asked about the SmartPoints in these ALL the time... So here's a selection of some of the most popular ones out there... Keep your eye on the size too, even in the same brand some bars are a little bigger than others... These are all SmartPointed per bar size. Stick them in the fridge to make em more chewy, they'll last longer! 


Mars Protein per 57g bar - 7SP 

Yippie Protein Rich bars, Salted Caramel per 45g bar - 5SP

 Yippie protein rich bars, Peanut Caramel per 70g bar -  8SP 

Snickers Protein per 51g bar - 6SP

Yippie Protein Rich bars, Brownie Vanilla per 45g bar  - 5SP

Grenade Carb Killa High Protein bars, 
Fudge Brownie per 60g bar - 6SP

Grenade Carb Killa High Protein bars, 
White chocolate cookie per 60g bar - 6SP

Fulfil Vitamin & Protein bars, Cookies & Cream per 55g  - 6SP

Fulfil Vitamin & Protein bars, Strawberry & Vanilla per 60g - 5SP

Fulfil Vitamin & Protein bars, 
Chocolate Caramel & Cookie Dough per 55g - 5SP

Fulfil Vitamin & Protein bars, Chocolate Orange per 55g  - 6SP

Fulfil Vitamin & Protein bars,  
White Chocolate & Cookie Dough per 55g - 6SP

Milky Way Protein, per 51g bar  - 6SP

Bounty Protein, per 51g bar - 6SP

Barebells, Coconut - choco bar, per 55g - 6SP

Barebells Cashew, per 55g  - 5SP

Make a decision...

Are you stuck? I'm stuck... I'm losing and gaining the same couple of pounds and staying the same most weeks... and whilst I could write you a list of excuses a mile long... I'm only allowing myself to be stuck... Permission granted! 

Todays decision is simple... DO WHAT WORKS for me ... and that's tracking... Need to write everything down even when it's off plan and get my bottom back into gear... Christmas will come and go (the sooner the better as far as I'm concerned!) and the weeks will pass by... 

If you think about this time next year do you really want to be exactly where you are today?
Make a decision today! 

Soups from Cully & Sully

Soup time is in full swing... here's some of the range from Cully & Sully! You'll get these in Tesco/ Dunnes and most of the big supermarkets! SmartPoints per full tub & half tub.

Cully & Sully - Vegetable soup
per 200g - 6SP
per 400g - 11SP

Cully & Sully - Potato & Leek soup
per 200g - 6SP
per 400g - 11SP

Cully & Sully - Pea & Minty soup
per 200g - 5SP
per 400g - 10SP

Cully & Sully - Smoked Haddock & Salmon Chowder
per 200g - 4SP
per 400g - 8SP

Cully & Sully - Lentil & Smoked Bacon soup
per 200g - 5SP
per 400g - 10SP

Cully & Sully - Thai Chicken soup
per 200g - 5SP
per 400g - 11SP

Cully & Sully - Honey, Carrot & Coriander soup
per 200g - 4SP
per 400g - 8SP

Cully & Sully - Hearty Chicken & Vegetable soup
you'll get 3 x 250ml portions from these 750g cartons
per 750g carton - 17SP
per 250g portion - 6SP
per 200g - 5SP

Cully & Sully - Full bodied vegetable soup
you'll get 3 x 250ml portions from these 750g carton
per 750g carton - 21SP
per 250ml portion - 7SP
per 200ml - 5SP

Go alone or go together?

Sometimes it can be very lonely doing this journey all by yourself... If we could get to goal doing it alone, we'd all be there by now! Sometimes you just need a pal who understands that you really do want it, and they get how hard it can be but they'll be your cheer leader and you'll be theirs... 

This week... txt, call, message, Instagram, Facebook, tweet, DM, visit someone who gets you... Make touch with them... it's the hardest time of the year for most of us... Not only is it cold, miserable and darker every day, but the run up to Christmas makes most people throw in the towel and think 'feck it, I'll start again in January!' but by then there could be an extra stone to lose on top of where we are now! Call on someone who's on you side... There's so much online support online too and many of us would be lost without our meetings... We're not on our own doing this... I've pals doing Slimming world, counting calories, macros and it's just as hard for them without the support... life gets in the way and that's a given, the curve balls keep coming... so lets get there and lets get there together! 

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