Fat Fighting Friday – Week 5

imagesI think everyone reaches that point, just after the first month of a diet, where their interest slightly wanes. This happened to me this week. Majorly.

Between nursery visits, school visits, the bank holiday and meetings, I’ve either had no time to cook, or simply no energy. I’ve not eaten much in the way of fruit or vegetables.  This is the first week where my fridge has remained full. And I HATE throwing away unused food because it’s “off.” I’m annoyed with myself for not being organised enough and for losing my mojo a wee bit. Especially as I’m so close to that stone!

I lost half a pound this week. I didn’t gain – which is an absolute bloody miracle. So 11lbs off now in 5 weeks. I think it is more down to exercise this week that I have lost any weight at all. I’ve been managing to go the gym a least 4 times a week and have miraculously rediscovered my waist! Yay! I really am enjoying exercising, and the gym I go to (Curves Shawlands) is full of amazing inspirational people and the trainers are fantastic!

One of these women, is Tracy Henderson, who is a member of  Curves Shawlands. Tracy has lost 15stone in a year through healthy eating and exercise. She is an amazing, determined inspirational woman. To read her full story, visit the Daily Record’s website here.

Tracy Henderson Courtesy of dailyrecord.co.uk

Tracy Henderson
Copyright dailyrecord.co.uk

In other news this week, I’ve went and bought myself a weighted Hula Hoop.

Yup. You read that right.

My neighbours must now be even more determined that I am indeed, mental, after seeing me attempt it in my garden whilst screaming in agony. Those things hurt!! Doesn’t tell you that on the box!! I now have hips that are 20 shades of bruised but (and this must make me some kind of weirdo) I actually really enjoyed it!

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Think I might just stick to hula hooping inside. In the dark. With the curtains shut. Just to save anyone having to actually witness it.

It aint a pretty picture.

To get your very own bruised hips with your own Hula Hoop visit the Argos website here . (I haven’t made it out to be very good, but I’ll report back once I have figured out some way of padding the old hips *clearly the  jelly belly isn’t padding enough*)

Here’s to a better week!! If the Hula Hoop doesn’t rip the next 3lbs off my body then the 100% sticking to plan better do it!

The Southside Girl x

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Swimming Saturday – Week 3

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Another week for the boys at their swimming lessons, and another week as a proud and seriously amazed mummy! Their progress with Making Waves Swimming has been unbelievable in the few weeks they have been there!

Wee bit of background this week. Yesterday, I spent a beautiful rare sunny day in the A&E with Logan. Bloody typical Logan. He hurt his foot a few weeks ago at a local soft play (that I’m very tempted to blog about as I’ve had so many run ins there it’s unbelievable!) and then fell again on Thursday. I noticed yesterday morning he still wasn’t able to put any weight on it so just wanted to get it double checked. Three hours, two x-rays and a million bribery cookies later – we head home with a limping Logan and a hairline fracture in his foot. Lovely. No plaster right enough! And all just in time for the holiday weekend! I’ll say it again – bloody typical Logan!

Anyway, I was a wee bit wary taking him today, but after asking at the hospital they said he should be fine and the water might even ease the pressure on is wee foot. I let Tom know as soon as we were in, and he took both the boys over to the pool. No tears, no tantrums, no questions (from the boys, not Tom). Perfect!

I can’t believe Aiden’s progress. Every week his confidence is growing and he absolutely loves it! He spent most of his lesson today under water trying to move across the pool but was having a few wee problems kicking his legs out. I’m sure by next week he’ll have it mastered though – he was definitely determined when we were leaving that was going to be able to swim the whole length of the pool soon. And that we have to build him a pool in the garden. Hmmm.

Logan did brilliantly considering his dodgy foot! Again, holding onto the float, but was managing to get his legs up, although I noticed he struggled a wee bit to kick the injured foot but that is completely understandable.

As the boys have been going to their swimming lessons for a few weeks now, I feel confident in saying that I cannot recommend Making Waves Swimming enough. The involved, confident teaching style, the fantastic instructors and the passion of the owners is apparent. It’s all about the kids and that is all that you look for.

If you’re looking for swimming lessons in the central Scotland area, get in touch with Making Waves Swimming. You can find all of their contact details on their website here.

The Southside Girl x

Fat Fighting Friday – Week 4

So, one month into the diet and I’m still plodding along – this has got to be some kind of record for me! I’ve been trying to go to the gym 4 times a week, and am starting to notice the inches dropping off – extremely good sign! Although, it might be a bad sign for the old bank balance if I need to buy some new clothes! Got my first official measure at the gym in a couple of weeks so majorly excited about that!

Well, at today’s weigh in i lost another 2lbs! Totally over the moon! I’ve not been as hard on myself this week, and have been enjoying my syns and have finally realised I don’t have to deprive myself of anything – and it clearly worked! That’s 10.5lbs off in 4 weeks without feeling like I’m on a diet! What I’m beginning to realise is that the Slimming World plan is more a lifestyle change than a diet – and it suits me perfectly!

Already, I’ve noticed a massive improvement in my asthma…I’ve always been a “carry your steroid inhaler around in your hand for your 300 puffs a day” type of person. I’ve not had to use any of my inhalers for over a week now – seriously, that’s a record. I’m also a weird one who suffers from all the symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, without actual having polycystic ovaries – yeah, if you work that one out please share! Anyway, I’ve already noticed a massive improvement in all of these symptoms aswell. Before you know it I might even become a walking, talking picture of health!

So, it’s 3.5lbs to my stone award – a bit too optimistic to go for it next week? Possibly. Still going to give it my best shot though!

What have I been munching this week?

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I discovered these wee beauties in Asda last week. They are delicious! After putting all the nutritional information through the Slimming World syns calculator, these came out at 0.5 syns per fillet. Well worth the tiny syn value! Also, cod is a super speed food so great for boosting weight loss! They also have garlic and herb cod fillets which are on the shopping list for this week so I’ll let you know how they are aswell! I had mine with roasted potatoes and a huge pile of white cabbage (tip: I use Fry Light Buttery and put a couple of sprays on my cabbage. Obviously not as good as real butter but still lovely!). Was yummy! Find the fish in the ASDA frozen section, on offer at £2 just now.

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Also this week, the new Slimming World magazine is out! It’s a fab edition with amazing recipes, and a fantastic feature on how to survive the weekend whilst sticking to plan! I’ll be reading that tomorrow night (instead of enjoying my wee wine Friday!) Get it from class now for £1.95, or it should be in most shops next week, priced at £2.75.

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P.s if someone would like to buy me the dress the girl’s wearing on the front cover – feel free 😉

The Southside Girl x

Swimming Saturday – Week 2

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Today was the second week of the boys’ swimming lessons with Making Waves Swimming. Aiden has already spent the last week attempting to practice his swimming in the bath. He has managed to master holding his breath under water, with no nose being held or anything, for a ridiculous amount of time! He was under for so long, I typically mummy-worried and grabbed him by the scruff of the neck out of the bath – to which he screeched at me asking what I thought I was doing! Whoops. Clearly, he just has amazing lung capacity…or something.

Anyway, as we drove up to the school where the lessons are held, Logan decided he didn’t really fancy it. Bloody typical Logan! Much bribery, arguing and screaming ensued and after all that he decided he “supposed” he would quite like to go swimming again. Again…bloody typical Logan!

Whilst both boys were standing at the side of the pool Logan started to get really upset and said he was too scared of going in the water because he couldn’t do it. Tom(who owns Making Waves) came up and told us it would just be best to just lift Logan and put him straight in the water. I know that might sound harsh (it does read that way) but it definitely didn’t come across that way. He said just to keep giving Logan thumbs up and smiling at him, just to reinforce to him that everything was ok. As soon as Logan was lifted into the water, and after Tom and Ali the instructor gave him some water toys to keep him occupied, he was absolutely fine.

Tom explained to us that this does happen sometimes with the kids, as they have the whole week to build themselves up and get themselves worried. If we hadn’t put Logan into the water, I doubt we would have ever managed to get him back in a swimming pool. So massive thanks to Tom for that today!

Onto the swimming itself – Aiden was an absolute wee star today! In terms of his confidence, well, in just a week it has shot through the roof! A few weeks ago, he refused to get his face wet in the shower…today, I watched as my gorgeous boy ducked under the water (no holding noses!) and attempted to kick himself along. Thought I was going to explode with pride/turn into a big soppy emotional wreck! You could tell just by looking at Aiden that he was thrilled and super proud of himself! Honestly, was a huge moment for him and for us!

Even Logan had his chin right in the water, and managed to get his legs up to kick himself along today! Obviously he was still using the floating noodle but the fact he was doing anything was fantastic!

The pace that Making Waves work at is brilliant! They take each child’s individual needs, confidence and ability and seem to work fantastically with all of the children within the small groups.

This week, I am completely over the moon. I can’t wait for next week now, and the boys (even Logan!) are saying how excited they are about next weeks lesson!

I’m going to bed dreaming of Olympic gold medals for swimming for the boys tonight….. okay, slightly pushy parent-esque, but hey, you never know!

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For information on Making Waves Swimming lessons, visit their website here

You can also head over and LIKE their Facebook page here

The Southside Girl x

Fat Fighting Friday – Week 3

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Oh yes, after yesterday’s weigh in I am now the proud owner of my half stone award sticker! Over the moon is an understatement!

I lost 2.5lbs at my third weigh in taking my total loss to 8.5lbs in 3 weeks. It might not be coming off at super speed, but it is coming off and I don’t feel like I’m on a diet at all with the amount of food I’m able to eat!

I’ve realised that staying to class for Image therapy is a massive thing for me. During the week I find myself thinking back to a recipe someone mentioned, or an overall amount of weight another person has lost and I feel that it really does spur me on. My class is really lovely and supportive aswell, which clearly helps alot! Plus, it’s always nice to be in amongst a group of people who know exactly how you are feeling and what you are going through when it comes to weight and food issues.

This week, I decided it was time to introduce the infamous Scan Bran to my diet. To most people on the Slimming World plan, Scan Bran can be a lifesaver. It is a dense fibre – kind of like Ryvita but alot more….cardboardy. Of course, being a weirdo, I actually quite enjoyed it! I’ve seen recipes where you can make cakes out of Scan Bran so i might attempt some of them this week (Curly wurly cake…oh yes!)

I’ve also managed to the gym every day this week which is a complete turnaround for me! I’ve spent the past 5 years declaring myself allergic to exercise but I seem to have caught the bug now! The Curves gym I go to is absolutely amazing! I’ve actually been looking forward to going and have managed to talk my mum into signing up aswell! It’s a 30 minute circuit, and at the moment my gym is also doing a bootcamp alongside the circuit. It’s easy to fit into your day which suits me perfectly! I would definitely recommend Curves to people who are wanting to get back in to exercising but are too intimidated by the thought of a busy gym packed with body builders, size 8’s and people who never seem to sweat (how do they do that?!)

WHAT’S BEEN ON THE MENU THIS WEEK?

I’ve had such a busy week this week that I’ve been going for food that is quick and easy to prepare and cook. My old George Foreman has been a lifesaver this week!

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This is cajun spiced chicken, grilled on the George Foreman after being sprinkled with Schwartz cajun spice. I grilled 3 bacon medallions and cut any excess fat off and served these on a bed of baby spinach, celery, cherry tomatoes, baby red peppers and red onions. I then squeezed over some lemon juice. Quick and delicious! And absolutely no syns.

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Again, cajun spiced chicken breast. Clearly a favourite of mine but it really is so easy and quick. This time I served it with my own version of pico de gallo, a baked potato with my HEA cheese and a spinach, celery and red pepper salad. I also used 1 syn for 2 tablespoons of Nando’s medium peri peri sauce (0.5 syns per tablespoon). For my pico de gallo, I chop cherry tomatoes, one red onion and a few jalapenos and marinade it in loads of lemon juice for as long as I can, but even 10 minutes will work fine.

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After reading all the fuss over this syn free pulled pork, I had to trek to Tesco to try it! I couldn’t understand how something smothered in BBQ sauce could be free, but after checking and double checking using the Slimming World calculator it does seem to be true! You can get this in the frozen section of Tesco for £3.50. We had this for dinner on Sunday and my husband was a massive fan! Me, not so much. I found it to be way too fatty and only had a tiny bit of meat because of this. You could remove all the fat and be left with a  decent sized portion, but it instantly put me off.  Worth trying though!

Does anyone have suggestions for lunches and dinners Slimming World style?

The Southside Girl x

Swimming Saturday!

Today, Aiden and Logan had their first swimming lesson with Making Waves Swimming, at a local pool in the south side of Glasgow.

Aiden has had lessons before – I say lessons, but they were 5 free half hour taster sessions offered by his nursery. Nothing against them, they were great for what they were. But he learned nothing more than being able to hold a float properly.

For Logan, this was a brand new experience. He has only ever been to the swimming a couple of times, both of which was when he was a baby. Considering I had a water-birth with Logan, he was probably destined to be a wee water baby, but sadly due to mine and his dad’s lack of organisation/planning he never had a chance to prove this. Serious mummy guilt over here!

For me, well, I spent all of last night a nervous wreck and barely slept a wink. I knew Aiden was going to be alright, because he already had some confidence in the water. Logan, on the other hand, has absolutely no sense of fear and just looks so tiny in his wee swimming trunks with his wee chubby baby face. Ok, yes, i severely mollycoddle him. Aiden had to cope with me being this completely over bearing so it’s only fair to pass it on to Logan aswell. Obviously.

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Making Waves Swimming are the largest provider of private swimming lessons in Central Scotland. They have an incredible track record, having taught over 10,000 children to swim in ten years and start lessons from age 3. They teach in  Cleveden Secondary, Hillpark Secondary, Abercorn Primary and St Bride’s Primary in Glasgow as well as Hamilton College, Sciennes Primary in  Edinburgh, Linlithgow Academy and Nuffield in East Kilbride. Their teaching methods were one of the main things that appealed to me;

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We have clear and consistent levels of ability and train our teachers in our own unique method of teaching. Unlike many lesson providers, our teachers are in the water in the initial stages of learning to swim; as we firmly believe that the progress is much more rapid and far more enjoyable, working in the water with your child. We have an excellent teacher/pupil ratio and we involve you, the parent in the learning process, believing in the learning triangle that exists strongly between, us, the teachers, you, the parent and your child. We provide a written assessment towards the end of each course which details the skills completed and those requiring further development before your child is ready to progress to the next level.

I have been looking into lessons for the boys for a while and, by far, Making Waves came out on top both through online recommendations and by word of mouth from friends who have kids currently learning to swim with them.

So, we arrived for our lesson this morning (running slightly late, again thanks to an extremely unorganised mummy here) and were greeted by Tom, who owns Making Waves.

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The first thing i noticed was the small group size of children, which straight away put me at ease. The idea of my boys being lost among a group of 20 kids terrified me! There were 4 kids, including my boys, in their group, and two other older children who were being taught at a separate part of the pool. The boys were in, goggles on, and within seconds I was completely forgotten about as they were completely engrossed in their lesson.

Their instructor, Ali, seemed to instantly have a fantastic rapport with both of the boys and with the other children in the group. Aiden had absolutely no problem doing as he was told, and using his “noodle” (those long floating snake things – I know I have fantastic descriptive references ;)) whilst kicking his legs from one side of the pool to the other. At this point it is still with the help of Ali, but I can see him coming on really quickly. Logan was the big surprise of the day. He was a bit shaky when he first went into the pool, but by the end of the lesson he was jumping into the pool (again with the help of the instructor) and was even happy to be soaked in the face – this from the boy who refuses to go in a shower (as it’s too wet) is a massive step!

Now, I know this is only their first lesson, but I have no doubt that they are going to come on amazingly over the next few weeks.

This is the first lesson in a seven week block. Every Saturday I’ll be updating you on their progress and how they’re getting on with Making Waves Swimming. They both already can’t wait for next week’s lesson.

Aiden’s already decided he wants to be a swimmer in the Olympics…Logan’s decided he’s quite happy to swim in the bath. It’s all about the small steps!

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For more information on Making Waves Swimming, visit their website here or head over and LIKE their Facebook page here

The Southside Girl x

Pushing mummy’s buttons – the Aiden way.

The past 2 days with my 5 year old have been absolute hell. You may think that is an exaggeration, particularly if you know Aiden. But my god, my nerves are fried, my voice is hoarse and my head feels like someone’s went at me with a brick. Welcome, to one of the many joys of parenthood.

Usually, Aiden especially, is the most tactile, sensitive, easy to please wee guy in the world. He can be kept amused with books, or crayons or his mountains of toys. But oh no, not these past few days. I’m actually surprised my neighbours haven’t been at the door due to the amount of screeching/screaming/crying (the latter, obviously, was me) coming from the house. He has been answering back, been doing the exact things you tell him not to do, been unbelievably cheeky, hitting his brother, screaming at everyone/anyone, throwing toys and we even had an attempted bite – something that he will never attempt again after the screeching that I did, I know that for certain.

I know why he’s doing it – I honestly think he’s bored. He’s at that stage where he’s too old for nursery now; it just doesn’t stimulate and challenge him in the way it used to. He is also one of the eldest there (being a March birthday) and the fact he has been arguing every single morning about going in the first place, where he used to be first out of bed and dressed before any of us, is a massive tell-tale sign. His days are filled with play and football and going to parks and out on his bike. But i’m thinking we need something else and something new to fill his time. Thinking caps on…any suggestions?

The countdown is now well and truly on until he starts school in August. He has his first school visit next Tuesday, and he’s already more than excited about it and has his countdown on.

Just as i was writing this, Aiden came downstairs and gave me a huge cuddle, and told me he was sorry. He said he’d tidied his room (which he surprisingly had!) and he wouldn’t be bad again. I asked him what had been wrong. His reply?

Sometimes I just feel like I need a wee holiday to chill out. And eat coconuts. Because that’s what you do at the beach…”

Don’t we all Aiden. Don’t we all.

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The Southside Girl x

Fat Fighting Friday – Week 2

Ok, so I’m going to be completely honest from the outset here. This week I have had a few (alot) of breaks from the plan.

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On Saturday, the hubby decided a takeaway was in order, and I’d had such a crappy day that I didn’t need to be asked twice (clear comfort eater. I know.) but I did manage to make some good choices…sort of. Instead of a full plate of chicken tikka, mountains of rice, paratha, poppadoms and curry sauce, I had half a plate of salad, a couple of spoonfuls of plain rice and two pieces of chicken tikka. So it could have been alot worse.

Sunday… well, this was our day at the races. As part of our package, we were given vouchers for burgers and wine. Uuuurgh. I just can’t say no to free food or alcohol. One massive burger (topped with fried onions, cheese and tomato sauce obviously) and two glasses of rose wine later – I was well on my way to regaining the 4.5lbs I’d lost last week. Raging.

Tuesday… Well, me and the best friend headed to The Big Reunion tour at the SECC. It was amazing. Everyone loves a bit of nostalgic cheesy music! Realized I still have my Irish jig a la B*witched down to a tee. Clearly there are no end to my talents 😉 On the downside, the two bottles of Magners Berry Cider were not my best idea….considering they are 14syns each. Whoops. Again.

Wednesday came, and some serious damage control had to be administered. I had no carbs and drank about 4 litres of water. I also bit the bullet and joined the gym. Yes that’s right you read it here. I actually walked into a gym and did exercise. Real sweaty exercise. I joined CURVES at Shawlands. It’s a womans only gym and is based around a 30 minute circuit. They also do classes like Zumba, Metafit and Powerhoop and having been there twice, all the girls seem really nice and can’t do enough for you. It feels like having a personal trainer….which is exactly what I need! The old thighs are burning as I write this but it’ll all be worth it (so i keep telling myself!)

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So, yesterday was weigh in day. I went, fully expecting to have gained all the weight I lost last week. I was even considering not going, but I decided facing up to my bad BAD choices this week was the only way to deal with it. So i went along and….

1.5lbs off!

Clearly, the weight loss fairy is on my side this week…but I’m sure she is going to bite me on the arse next week! That is a 6lb loss in 2 weeks and I am completely over the moon.

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This week I have nothing planned so am hoping to stick to plan 100%. Only 1lb to go to reach that half a stone and I’m determined to get it off next week! Fingers crossed!

Recipe Idea!

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Free on Extra Easy.

What you’ll need for the Chicken Tikka Skewers:

Chicken breasts, diced

One green pepper, diced

One onion, diced

Bamboo skewers (soaked in water first)

For the marinade:

Natural yoghurt

Tikka Seasoning

Chilli Powder

Lemon Juice

Mix the natural yoghurt, lemon juice, tikka seasoning(to your own taste) and chilli powder (also to your own taste) in a bowl. Add the diced chicken breast and leave to marinade in the fridge for as long as you can, at least for an hour but overnight is preferable.

Once marinated, skewer the pieces of chicken, with the peppers and onions onto the bamboo skewers. Preheat the oven to gas mark 6 and cook the skewers for 20 minutes, turning occasionally.

What you’ll need for the potato and pea curry:

One tin new potatoes

One tin garden peas

One tip chopped tomatoes

Garlic

Chopped onion

Curry powder

Chilli powder

Vegetable stock

Brown the onions and garlic in a pot with some Fry Light. Add the chopped tomatoes, curry powder (to taste) chilli powder (to taste) and the tin of potatoes and peas (drained first) Add a sufficient amount of vegetable stock to ensure there will be enough sauce, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Et voila.

Hopefully I will be back next week to fill you in on getting my first shiney sticker award! Until then it should be back to blogging business as usual.

If any of you are following diets or healthy eating plans…how are you getting on? Would love to hear from you!

The Southside Girl x

…And they’re off!!

On Sunday, we were lucky enough to be invited along to the family fun day at Hamilton Park Race Course, which was also collecting in aid of Cancer Research Uk.

Now, when I got the invite, I got ever so slightly over excited as it was our first event invite. Such a novelty! I knew we would love it because the hubby loves anything betting related, the boys love anything that involves fun fairs and bouncy castles and I love being outside attempting to top up my non-existent tan.

So off we trotted (i know, I’m such a hoot 😉 ) to Hamilton, not really knowing what to expect, but excited all the same. The sun was attempting to shine and we ended up with a slightly overcast but extremely clammy day.

All in all, I can say we had an absolutely fantastic time. From arriving at the race course until we left we felt amazingly looked after (with thanks to Brian from the BIG partnership) and were spoiled for choice with what we could do.

Straight away, the boys made a beeline for the crazy golf and small playpark that was set up. I knew straight away that this would keep them amused for hours – so much so that I was starting to worry If we would actually get to see any of the races! Alongside these, there was a bouncy castle, a massive inflatable ball pit, a laser quest (which i refused to let the boys into as I still think they’re too young – queue their screams and tantrums) a small merry-go-round and a couple of other small fun fair rides. They also had set up several typical fun fair stalls (which I don’t know the proper names of, so I’m going to improvise here) a “Shoot-the-cans” game, a “lob-the-ball-at-the-coconuts” game and a “try-and-grab-the-massive-yellow-duck-with-a-tiny-hook” game. The boys (and P and I) loved it!

I could tell the husband was starting to get a bit tetchy as he still hadn’t put on any bets and the first race was close to starting. So we walked through to racing bit (my horse racing terminology isn’t the greatest) and we spent a few hours sitting about on the grass, enjoying the sunshine, and shouting abuse at my husband who seemed to have an amazing talent at picking only the losing horses. Typical. Aiden landed lucky, and the horse he picked won, landing him a little £6 win… which he says is going towards his next Playmobil purchase…. great.

There was plenty of parking at Hamilton Park and it was all really well sign posted on the day – so if you have a sense of direction as bad as mine – you will still be absolutely fine!

If you’re looking for a great family day out, or an adults only night at the races (their Casino Royale night is coming up!) then have a look at Hamilton Park Racecourse‘s website here. Their ticket prices start from £12 per person.

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The Southside Girl x

*Disclaimer – We were sent tickets for the whole family, free of charge. Massive thanks to the BIG Partnership.

Fat Fighting Friday – Week 1 meal ideas and recipes

Over the past week I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time looking at pictures of what other people are eating. I think I might have an obsession….or I’m just a nosey cow (probably the latter.)

Anyway, here are some meal ideas and recipes of things I’ve had this week…

Breakfast

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I’ve never been a big breakfast person. I don’t particularly like cooked breakfasts and have always struggled to fit breakfast in as every morning in my house is a chaotic shambles just to get out the door. The big difference I’ve made this week is to have breakfast every day. On working days, I’ve been having a bowl of Sultana Bran (35g) which is my Healthy Extra B, topped with natural yoghurt and lots of fruit (strawberries, bananas, raspberries, blackberries etc). On Saturday I decided to treat myself to two boiled eggs, with one slice of wholemeal bread (healthy extra B) with 1 Laughing Cow Extra Light cheese triangle (healthy extra A) on top instead of butter. I had this with a massive bowl of fruit topped with natural yoghurt. It was AMAZING. Dad…I hope you’re proud. I boiled eggs all on my own! (first for everything!) Since taking breakfast every day, I’ve noticed I have a lot more energy and haven’t been snacking anywhere near as much throughout the day. I am officially a breakfast convert!

Lunch

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Yes this is a massive lunch, but I had it on a day where I knew I wasn’t going to get my dinner till later on so wanted to make sure I’d be full until then. This is stuffed peppers filled with vegetable couscous and topped with Dairylea light cheese, served with spinach, broccoli, cauliflower and sweetcorn.

What you’ll need for the stuffed peppers:

One pepper (any colour you fancy)

Plain Couscous

Vegetable stock

Mushrooms

Onions

Leeks

Courgette

Garlic, crushed.

Dairylea Light Cheese Slice

 Cut the pepper in half and de-seed. Spray with Fry Light and put in the oven, at around gas mark 5 or 6, for 10-15 minutes. Pour the dry couscous in a bowl and cover with vegetable stock (until it is about 2cm above the level of the couscous) and cover with cling film. Then chop the mushrooms, onions, leeks and courgettes very finely and fry in fry light and garlic until soft. Remove cling film from couscous and fluff couscous up with a fork before mixing in the cooked vegetables. Take the peppers from the oven and spoon in the vegetable couscous. Top with one Dairylea Light cheese slice per half pepper and put under the grill to melt the cheese. Serve with salad/vegetables of your choice.

I used the Dairylea Light cheese slices as my Healthy extra A choice. If you didn’t use the as a healthy extra they would have to be synned.

Dinner

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This is the easiest dinner I’ve ever made. It is a Cajun chicken and rice oven bake, served with broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, rocket and watercress salad and a corn on the cob.

What you’ll need for the Cajun chicken (serves 4):

400g of  chicken breasts, diced

One green pepper, chopped

One small onion chopped

200g of baby plum tomatoes, halved.

175g Easy cook long grain brown rice

350ml water

Cajun seasoning (i use Schwartz)

One “shake and season” oven bake bag

Pre-heat your oven to gas mark 5. Add the diced chicken, all the vegetables and rice to the bag. Add the water and then add the Cajun seasoning. Tie the bag at the top and shake the bag gently to ensure all the chicken, vegetables and rice are coated in the Cajun spices. Put in an ovenproof dish, on its side, ensuring there is plenty of room for it to expand. Put in the oven for 35-40 minutes (again ensuring there is enough room for the bag to expand inside the oven). Take care when opening the bag and check the meat is properly cooked through. Serve with salad or your choice of vegetables.

Enjoy!

The Southside Girl x