Being a bank holiday Morrisons mum….

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A few weeks ago I received an email from the lovely ladies at  Britmums asking if I would like to be involved in a new campaign they were running with Morrisons supermarket for the May Bank Holiday weekend. I’ve been looking for some new inspiration to get my bum back into writing and updating this blog and this sounded like the perfect opportunity! I registered straight away and soon received £80 worth of vouchers to get our shopping in for the bank holiday. I was thinking of all the amazing barbecue food, salads and drinks we could get in to celebrate – unfortunately the lovely Scottish weather didn’t agree (at all!)  but we still got a trolley full of amazing (slimming world friendly!)  food!

Now, I’ll admit to being an avid Asda shopper. I always find them significantly cheaper than most of the other supermarkets, and when you’re buying for a family of 4 – price matters! I had seen the recent Morrisons “I’m Cheaper” campaign adverts and I was intrigued as to whether they really were going to match my usual prices and manage to keep the high quality they’re known for.

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This is the start of a new cheaper Morrisons.

We’ve cut the prices on over a thousand of your favourite products. Not temporary reductions or supermarket smoke and mirrors, these are new every day low prices on the things you buy every week. So you’ll notice the difference with every shop.

And although we’re cutting prices, we’re not cutting corners.

You’ll still get award-winning meat and fish, still get trained butchers and bakers, still get the best of fresh on Market Street and still get friendly Morrisons service.

Look out for the yellow markers when you shop in store and online at morrisons.com.
If it says I’m cheaper you know it’s staying cheaper.

 

I was excited! We decided to head out on the bank holiday Monday, as Paul was working all weekend before hand and I wanted to head to a bigger Morrisons store about 15 minutes by car from our house.  We got to Morrisons Anchor Mills store at about lunch time and my first worry was that because it was a bank holiday Monday, we would be getting the dregs of the weekend stock. I was wrong. Every shelf was full with fresh produce which was a big tick for me!

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I was so impressed with everything on offer at Morrisons. The fresh produce department was absolutely massive! Along with the huge selection on the deli counters, fish counters, bakery section…it’s a foodies heaven! I noticed a massive change in the cost of their fruit and vegetables! 99p strawberries and raspberries were a massive win in this house! I also picked up a portion of smoked cod loin for only £2.66 which was an absolute bargain!

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We had to do a massive shop as we have not long returned from holidays and my fridge and freezer had turned itself off (grrrrrr!) and everything had to be thrown out. I was expecting to have to pay out around £180 to refill everything.

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Our final bill came to £113.81. And I have a full fridge, freezer and cupboards. I was amazed! I’ve done shops at Morrisons several years ago and found it really expensive, but I couldn’t believe the difference!

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Here’s a wee selection of some of the meals we had this week and the prices per person:

 

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Baked smoked cod loin with steamed rice and Mediterranean vegetables.

 

Cost per person (served 3) –  £1.70

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cost per person (served 3) – 88p!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And an amazing wee find for anyone following Slimming World – Morrisons Fresh Eats Sweet Chilli Chicken with noodles is only 2.5syns and tastes AMAZING! It’s also included in the 2 for £5 deal!

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Overall, I was seriously impressed with Morrisons. The produce was amazing and stayed fresh for most of the week. The selection of meats and fruit/vegetables is great and the bakery selection is amazing for anyone with a sweet tooth (although not so great if you’re on a diet!) I was so impressed, in fact, that I returned today for my weekly shop and I will be doing so for every big shop I do in future.

 

Well done, Morrisons! You definitely made a Morrisons Mum out of me!

 

*I was sent £80 worth of vouchers to spend instore at Morrisons. This post continues to contain my own honest thoughts and opinions as always.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Slimming World weigh in of 2014….

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A new year and a new work situation have meant I’ve not been able to go to my usual Slimming World group since (*cough*) the 28th of November. Ridiculous, I know!

I finally took the leap yesterday morning and joined a new group – so welcome to Weigh In Tuesdays! (I know today is Wednesday/Thursday, but close enough, right?) Fat Fighting Friday will still be around as well as I want to continue putting up meal ideas, recipes and other motivational/weight loss posts.

So, armed with my dusty book I went along to class. I already knew the consultant as she is a member at the old class I used to go to so was looking forward to seeing her and getting back on plan again! On that note, it’s probably confession time.

I thoroughly enjoyed Christmas AND New Year. I ate a lot of stuffing. A lot of chocolate. And drank ALOT of wine. ALOT. So I had geared myself up to see at least a 7lb gain on the scales. But I didn’t.

I only went and bloody managed a maintain!!

I’ve maintained the same weight since 14th November last year. It’s a Slimming World miracle! But it’s filled me with confidence knowing that I can maintain my weight, whilst still enjoying myself. I’m obviously automatically sticking to plan without realising which again, isn’t a bad thing!

I’m now 1.5lbs away from my 3 stone award, and 2stone 1.5lbs away from my original target. I really want to get to target this year! We have our first family holiday abroad in April and I want to be able to feel comfortable and not worry that I’m resembling a beached whale (Paul, if you’re reading this, don’t try and be funny and yell that at me on holiday either.)

I definitely feel motivated for the first time in ages! I’m looking forward to getting back to cooking, and sorting out my meal plans and getting stuck in! The aim this coming week is to get that 1.5lbs off to get my 3 stone award. So, no wine. No extra bread. No millionaires shortcake (which I got addicted to over Christmas) and no takeaways. Straight forward, back to basics Slimming World. This week anyway.

As an extra “kick up the backside” I found this old picture of me from 2011 which, I am mortified to say, wasn’t even me at my heaviest! But I’ve come so far already and I definitely don’t want to go back there!

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So here’s to a good week for everyone! And to all my new readers, Twitter followers, Instagram followers and YouTube subscribers, Hiya and thank you! Welcome to the madness 🙂

The Southside Girl x

Fat Fighting Friday – Week 8

Well, I’m going to be completely honest here (as usual). This last week has consisted of this:

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And a wee bit of this….

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Now, I’ve had a bloody amazing time. Paul is off work on holiday so we’ve been indulging in a wee bit of eating out and then I had my cousin’s fiancée’s hen night on Saturday. Which, as you can probably tell, was fab! I did go with the best of intentions…but as soon as the cocktails were brought out I was a goner! I don’t get out with the girls much but when I do – I more than make up for it!

So Saturday included cocktails, champagne and vodka, as well as an Indian buffet. Whoops. Sunday, therefore, was a complete and utter write off as I had the official hangover from hell. And again, I ended up picking all day at anything that didn’t make me want to throw up. Lovely, I know.

I just couldn’t get my healthy mojo back but decided to attempt the gym and even managed to swim 50 lengths at the swimming on Tuesday. All in the name of damage control.

Realistically, after last week’s fab weight loss, I had thought I would probably maintain this week if I’d stuck to plan. So i went to weigh in expecting a 3-4lb gain. So, I was MORE than pleasantly surprised to find I had maintained last weeks weight. No idea how right enough! Unless it comes back and bites me on the arse next week!

Again, this next week is a busy one. Saturday is mine and the hubby’s first wedding anniversary so we’re planning a wee night away and then it’s my cousin’s wedding on Wednesday. Weigh in is Thursday. Plan – stay away from the wine! And the cocktails! Would love to lose 1.5lbs next week to get into that next stone bracket so Slimming World head back on!

As a side note, I did receive a new wee gadget in the post this morning! The new Fitbug Air which I have been sent to review. Looking forward to getting out and getting more active and seeing how it goes. Will be doing a review on here within the next few weeks so keep an eye out on that!

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The Southside Girl x

Fat Fighting Friday – Weeks 6 and 7

Sorry about the radio silence last week folks! Got to admit, after weigh in last Thursday, where I lost yet another half a pound, I was a bit disheartened and decided to take a wee break and refocus.

On Friday, I had my usual trip to Curves Shawlands for my workout and my first months weigh and measure. I was absolutely dreading it – mainly because I was in such a downer after only having lost the half a pound the day before. Well…. I cried after getting my measurements. Over the moon doesn’t even cover it:

Bust – Lost 1.75 inches 

Waist – Lost 1.5 inches

Abdomen – Lost 2.5 inches

Hips – Lost 1.5 inches

Thighs (x2) – Lost 5.00 inches

Arms (x2) – Lost 0.5 inches

Total loss of inches in 4 weeks – 12.75INCHES!!

I have also lost 9.5lbs in the 4 weeks since joining Curves, my body fat percentage has dropped by over 2% and my BMI has dropped 2 points aswell. All i can say is definitely take your measurements! I was so close to giving the diet up but after finding out my measurements it gave me the kick up the arse that I (desperately)needed.

So, after this I went home with a new determination. I knew I only needed 2.5lbs to get my 1stone shiney, and i needed to get it this week for my own sanity! So i wrote out a meal plan, stuck to it all week (even taking my wee Tupperware dishes full of SW food when I was out with my friends and to a BBQ – don’t worry, they laughed and made fun of me too) and began writing a food diary again this week. I also tried to up my water intake as I’ve found Diet Coke (which Im slightly addicted to) has started playing havoc with my body and is really affecting me migraine-wise. I had no Diet Coke for 4 days this week and felt a million times better for it… (Although I did celebrate my weight loss today…with a diet coke. What.a.twat.)

Anyways, onto weigh in today. Well I am now the proud new owner of these….

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I stepped on those scales…praying for the 2.5lbs. And I nearly cried when I realised I’d lost a whopping 5lbs!!

Yup, FIVE WHOLE POUNDS!

Plus, I got Slimmer of the Week which I never expected to get!! Over the moon!! That takes my overall weight loss to 1stone 2.5lbs in 7 weeks. I have 4.5lbs to my next shiney (1and a half stone) but am being realistic that next week I will probably either have a small loss or a maintain to even things out a bit. But, I’ll set a wee target of 1.5lbs off, because that’ll take me into the next stone bracket. YAY!

What I’ve Been Munching:

We had a taster at class last week and I stressed out the whole week before it trying to decide what to make. I’m not the best cook…my own children and husband rarely, (okay, never) eat my concoctions so I was terrified of letting other people try it – and risk food poisoning! So i decided I’d keep it simple and make up an easy cous cous salad. Well, it went down amazingly! People really seemed to love it, and it’s so quick, easy and filling so I thought I’d share the recipe on here (Sorry, no pics, it got munched too quickly 😉 )

What you need:

Cous Cous (amount depending on how hungry you are 😉 )

500ml of vegetable stock

1 onion (chopped)

1 clove of garlic (peeled and chopped)

1 pepper chopped (or you can use frozen peppers)

1/2 can of chickpeas (drained)

Fry Light

Handful of cherry tomatoes (halved)

1 lemon (or lemon juice)

What you do:

Make up your vegetable stock using boiling water and a vegetable stock cube.

Empty the desired amount of couscous into a bowl and pour over the stock until it is about an inch above the couscous. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave.

Meanwhile, fry your garlic and onion in fry light for 2 minutes before adding your peppers and frying for another 5 minutes until soft. Add half a can of drained chickpeas and cook until soft (about another 5-7minutes)

Remove cling film from bowl of couscous and fluff up with a fork. If the couscous seems too dry, simply add more stock and leave again. Once it is ready, add the cooked vegetables and stir through.

Then add the halved cherry tomatoes and the juice of 1 lemon and mix through.

Can be eaten hot or cold.

So the plan this week is to just stick to plan! I have a hen night on Saturday but am planning on being on my best behaviour (ha.ha. I know) The hubby also stops work for two weeks holidays tomorrow so am dreading him being about as he is very persuasive when it comes to the old “let’s just have a takeaway…” chat.

On that same note, I have never ever weighed less than P. When we first started going out (okay, we were 16) he had a 28inch waist and was ridiculously skinny. Just saying Mr M… you better watch your back 😉

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Onwards and downwards… I’m a happy camper today.

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I’m this happy 🙂

Hope all your weight loss journeys are going well! Would love to hear how any of you are getting on! And if you are having a bad week – don’t give up. Try and stay to group, write a food diary again and stick to it. You’ll be back on track before you know it.

The Southside Girl x

Fat Fighting Friday – first week weigh in!

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Well, I have just completed my first week on the Slimming World plan. Truthfully, I don’t think I’ve ever eaten as much as I have this past week. The difference is it is now all healthy, home cooked meals and as I’m still in my honeymoon period with the old diet, the thought of a takeaway doesn’t appeal to me at all. Yay!

I still don’t have a clue how this plan works. I’ve been eating full plates of pasta, potatoes, meats, vegetables, a ridiculous amount of fruit, yoghurts until they’re coming out my ears…. and this week I’ve managed to lose (drum roll please….)

4.5lbs…. yes, that’s right….

FOUR AND A HALF POUNDS!!!

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Yes, that is disgusting. But that is no longer stuck to my backside so i am one extremely happy camper!! Some people might not think it’s alot, but that 4.5lbs also means that I’m now down into the next stone bracket which is lovely to see on the scales. It’s still a monstrous amount…but it’s less monstrous than last week so it’s smiles all round and right back to it!

This weeks plan is to start exercising, keep drinking loads of water and try to knock out a few new meals from the Slimming World website and the aim is to just keep the scales going down in the right direction.

I’ll be putting a couple of meal ideas and recipes on later today. If a novice (and seriously bad) cook like me can get a handle on this…i recommend it to anyone!

Like I said to my friend, I just can’t be arsed being fat anymore. So, it’s onwards and downwards from here….

SMILE!

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The Southside Girl x

Hello again, Sunshine!

Yay for the sun!! Vitamin D is extremely welcome.. and a wee bit of a tan wouldn’t go a miss either! Although some people do take it too far. It was a lovely day today – which meant coping with old men with no tops and beer bellies out and alot of legs that haven’t seen the sun (or a razor!!) for a good few months. All this, and I don’t think it was any warmer that 13 degrees. Us Scots eh?

After suffering from major sugar withdrawl for the past few days – I’ve went cold turkey from my 2litre a day Coca Cola addiction courtesy of the Slimming World plan – today was the first day ive felt semi normal and ready to take on the world. Well, maybe not the world, but I did brush my hair and put make up on which was a relief to everyone who saw me.

The sun was shining so we decided to head to Rouken Glen Park which is only about a 10 minute drive away from our house. It was a gorgeous day, and after a good few hours spent in the playpark and walking around, we all came home exhausted, slightly sunburnt (bloody Scottish skin) and absolutely disgustingly dirty.

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This is the first day I’ve been tempted whilst on my diet. The hubby and the boys enjoyed their Mr Whippy ice creams…but I surprised myself and was a complete angel – makes a nice change….

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On the way home, Logan got it into his head that the portaloo next to the playpark was in fact Dr Who’s tardis….and was determined he was going to meet Dr Who. Lots of arguing and screaming later,  I had to open said portaloo to prove it wasnt a tardis. Note – portaloo’s are absolutely minging.

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On another note, the diet is going really well! I’ve been sticking to well within my syns, drinking absolutely loads of water and have cut out Coke completely (hence the sugar crash 😉 ) My skin is already looking a million times better, so looking forward to weigh in on Thursday and on Friday I’ll be able to update on my weight loss and my favourite meals and recipes from the week. If I don’t lose any – Im suing. I’ve spent more time peeing this week than I thought was possible!

Also, Happy 26th Birthday to the most mental friend and best auntie in the world…. Auntie Yaz! The countdown to 30 is on! 🙂

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Hope everyone else has been enjoying the sun, fingers crossed it lasts more than a day!

The Southside Girl x