Feeling like a Sunday mornin’

Morning everyone!

Today I made myself a new breakfast from the cook book Gut Feeling. If you follow me on Instagram and YouTube you will know I’ve had to change my diet to a fodmap diet for IBS. So trying to make it work with Slimming world is tough but I’m working on making it work.

So today’s breakfast;

  • 40g oats (HexB)
  • 170mls almond dark chocolate (part hexa)
  • Cinnamon (free)
  • Raspberries (1/2 syn for cooked)
  • 5g flaked almonds (1 syn)
  • 1 tbsp linseed (3 syns)

This was absolutely beautiful! Surprisingly so, but the best thing about it is, I am having no problems with my gut! So hopefully this will be a nice addition.

Yes it is a lot of syns but right now I can’t have chocolate or nice treats. I can’t have any gluten products to diary so it is testing. I’m trying my hardest though.

Let me know your favourite breakfast in the comments below and if you follow another diet along with slimming world I would love to know too.

Until next time guys,

Never Stop & Stay Strong 💪🏻

Greatest Loser 2017

I thought it would be fab to let you all know that I lost 1lb at group making it 8st 13lbs (125lbs) and that I was awarded with the greatest loser award on 7th March, day after my birthday, yay!! With my group I lost 6st 13lbs and overall is 8st 13lbs.

Greatest loser is awarded to the person who has lost the most weight in your group session. So 6st 13lbs is the most in my group so far!

So delighted to have this award and that I have nearly lost 9st. 

Check out my weigh in video;

Until next time;

Never stop & stay strong x 

My reaction to Channel 4 Super Slimmers

Hey guys!

I was so annoyed by this programme! I received lots of messages about it and I was asked to do a video. I am angry and sweary in the video. 

I don’t want you to feel like losing weight will never be a success because of this programme. You can lose weight and you can keep it off by eating healthy and keeping it as a lifestyle. Losing 1 to 2 lb a week over a long period makes it more sustainable.

So if you want to hear what I have to say, please watch the video. 

Never stop and stay strong! 

Low syn Baked Oats | Slimming World

I haven’t made baked oats in a while and I missed them. So I made a video which is live on YouTube and you can view it by clicking here.

These baked oats are 4 syns for both, using your hexb & part hexa. Great for breakfast or evening snack, they taste so naughty and it feels like you’re having a nice treat for little syns. 

What you will need:

  • 35g oats (hexb)
  • 50mls of skimmed milk ( 1.5 syns per 100ml so I would say 1 syn or take the amount from your hexa) *
  • 1 egg (protein)
  • 2 caps of Salted Caramel extract or a flavouring of your choice (free)
  • 1 tsp of sweetener
  • Nutella (4 syns per level tbsp)
  • Muffin tray
  • 2 silicone cases

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees

Measure your 35g oats and put in a jug with your milk and stir. Then add in your egg and mix throughly. Then add your sweetner and flavouring of your choice. Combine all together. 

Place your silicone cases onto your muffin tray or tray, then pour in the mixture. 

Using a measuring spoon, take one tbsp of Nutella and plop half into each of the muffin mixture.

Now you can lick the spoon 😋

Put into your oven on 180 for 20-25 mins. Then leave to cool for 3-5 mins.

Then pop them out and enjoy as they are or decorate it with Sweet Freedom chocshot.

Serve with some speed food and yogurt, or if you’re having an SP day have some quark. 

These muffins are perfect for an SP day because it used milk and not yogurt. 

If you make them be sure to let me know here, YouTube or tag me on Instagram as I’d love to see. 

I hope you enjoy x 

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*please check the syn values of the brand of Milk & other products to protect your weight loss. Syns do vary with brand labels. 

If you want to syn your Oats instead of using your heathy extra b you can, just make sure to check the syn values in your book or the slimming world website. 

All syn values are correct at the time of posting this recipe, if you’re viewing at a later date please check the syn values to protect your weight loss. 

Sweet Freedom (Review)

Do you ever find a staple product and always have to have it? Well thats how I feel with Sweet Freedom products. If you have been following my blog you know I am following Slimming World and being a chocolate and honey lover well that makes it difficult, until I found Sweet Freedom. For each of their products it is only 1/2 syn per level teaspoon!! Yes you read that right!

Sweet Freedom has 5 different products;

I use the syrup (which tastes like honey/maple syrup) in my over night oats, pancakes, baked oats, over fruit and nuts. The choc shot I use over ice cream, fruit, pancakes, baked oats, to bake with and a hot chocolate! The hot chocolate is so good when it’s made with Choc shot and Almond unsweetened milk!

I was so surprised by the taste of the syrup, it is a beautiful and thick syrup. I was worried that it wouldn’t be thick because it is so low calorie and vegan friendly, but it is! Heavenly! The same applies for the Choc shot, it is thick and has a gorgeous taste. I have raved about it that much in my Slimming World group around 50 members have bought it in the last few weeks, as we have our own group page and I always share my baked breakfast which all have Sweet Freedom products used in them.

Each product for me serves a different purpose depending what I am in the mood for. Recently I was inspired by the Slimming World HiFi macaroon bars and made Chocolate macaroon baked oats, where I used the Choc shot coconut which worked a dream.

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Chocolate Macaroon Baked Oats (5 syns)

When I fancy a Terry’s chocolate orange the Choc shot orange spice hits the spot! I bake with it then add some over the top, delicious!!

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Chocolate orange weetabix (5 syns)

The syrups are perfect for pancakes and waffles, yum! I am getting hungry just thinking about those. Waffles are my new obsession and the syrups are like the icing on the cake.

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Chocolate weetabix waffles (1 syns)

The things you can make with Sweet Freedom products are amazing. If you check out their Instagram and website you’ll be blown away by the range of recipes and how other people are using the products ever day. The fact it’s low calorie and a vegan product, makes it top marks! It is a staple that I could not be without, I use it almost everyday and replace it every few weeks!

You can purchase Sweet Freedom products from Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Boots and many other stores, which you can find here.

COMPETITION to Win the set of Freedom Freedom product ends 30th September 2016.

A little stop motion I created:

Spiralized Courgette Stirfry | using Oxo Spiralizer


The perfect dish for a light but filling lunch. Lightly spiced with cayenne pepper, did you know that cayenne pepper can help boost metabolism? Every little helps right?

I am always looking for ways to have a filling lunch with protein and nutritious vegetables.

I love the Oxo spiralizer, it makes it so easy to turn your normal courgette into courgettie, easing your craving for noodles and knowing you’re replacing it with something really good for you. It is so easy to use and quite fun! A separate review will be up soon but for now let’s talk food.


A few items that are cupboard and fridge staples will make this dish, remember you can add or exchange foods you would prefer and you can’t really go wrong. 

Spiralized courgettie stirfry

Prep time 5 mins – Total time 10-15 mins

Serves 1


Ingredients

  • 1 medium courgette
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 5 mushrooms
  • 2 bacon medallions chopped

Seasoning

  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of mixed herbs
  • 1 garlic clove

Directions

Start by heating up your pan on a low heat, spray with sunflower frylight or use a butter/oil of your choice. 

Fry of the red onion, once it starts to slightly soften add in your mushrooms, garlic and then your chopped up bacon medallions.

Spiralise your courgette using the spaghetti blade. Once this is done add it straight to the pan. 

Add in the cayenne pepper, herbs and salt. Cook until ready. Times vary depending on how you like your bacon. 

Enjoy! 

Notes:

To spice it up more add in some chilli flakes. You can add more veg like bean sprouts and peppers. As you see I added some beetroot and gherkins on the side with a nice refreshing drink. 

Transformation Tuesday

Hey guys!

Transformation Tuesday is upon us and it’s an interesting day, I scroll through some old pictures and if I have a new one I will compare them and share it on Instagram.

I love seeing how I’ve changed my life but one thing I have learnt is to not be ashamed of how I used to look or were I came from. I see a lot of negativity surrounding this, men and women use the tag and it’s amazing to see but I just wish we all were that little bit kinder to ourselves. If we don’t, then who will? 

We need to love ourselves now along the way. At the start I didn’t, I hated how I looked and couldn’t even look in a mirror. Now it is taking  my mind a while to catch up to the change and I’m slowly learning to love the change and dare I say myself? But that’s another story for another day.

So all I ask if you post your own photo, don’t be ashamed of your journey as it inspires so many people. 

So without further ado here is mine, still the same face just smaller and I’m a lot healthier.

6st 9lbs lost


Julie x

This week I hit 6 stone loss in 28 weeks!

It has been an emotional week for me, if you watch my YouTube videos you will know that my other half is recovering from surgery and I was finding being on plan difficult but somewhere in the mist of the dark cloud that was over me I found strength to fight through it, get back on plan and work my butt off (literally :’) )

Wait for it… it lead me to 4.5lb loss giving me my 4 stone award with slimming world and 6 stone award with My Fitness Pal in 28 weeks! One thing I do want to make clear, yes I did lose a lot of weight quickly and yes I did it healthily but it isn’t a race! I don’t want anyone reading this feeling disheartened or compare journey’s. I did at the start and man, was tough but what I do now is I compare myself to myself yesterday. So if I didn’t eat properly or skipped a meal or workout then I would make sure I didn’t do that again. I am now in competition with yesterday’s Julie and I tell you honestly I am not perfect, I do things wrong, I am not always on plan and there are days I don’t drink enough water. We can only do better than yesterday and that is enough!

Please enjoy your journey, take it each day as it comes, do not think about the end game, focus on the now and the rest will follow!

I am excited to show you the gift my hubby bought me for hitting this milestone and it will make cooking so much easier, more recipes coming soon.

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Let me know how you are getting on and I hope you have a fantastic week ahead.

Julie x

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