Cars & Tyre Safety ~ ‘Precious Cargo On Board’

Becoming a parent means that you take on many, many roles and duties. Most of which you have never been trained in and most of which, certainly don’t come with a handbook.

But the most important role as a parent is to keep your child safe. An overwhelming responsibility from the moment that tiny bundle is placed in your arms.

I remember the moment when we first drove home from the hospital with Harley. We drove so slowly knowing our precious cargo was on board.

On our way home from Hospital

On our way home from Hospital

I often feel like I’m constantly in the car, going from one place to the next and I’m sure that as my children get older, I’ll become Mum’s Taxi even more so.

So it’s paramount to me that our car has everything fitted and working correctly as the right protection is essential, be it car seats, tyres, brakes, seat belts and lights.

Fitting the baby ‘bucket’ was so nerve wracking for me at, the beginning. We had an Isofix base to make it easier to simply clip the bucket seat into. I would recommend investing in a car with Isofix or purchasing an Isofix base as it makes it so much easier to get your baby in and out of the car safely. I used to check over and over again to make sure that the little red spot had changed to green!

And then when Harley was too big for his baby bucket seat, we had the minefield of which car seat to buy. I turned to Gov.uk to know the laws behind the ages, weight and height guidelines. How old do they have to be? How heavy or tall do they have to be? Front or rear facing? Can they have a Booster seat? And now, even with Lola, I’m referring to the legalities once again!

We turned to Halfords to help us pick our perfect seat. They made sure that the seat was fitted correctly in our car and definitely put my mind at rest.

First time in his big boy seat

First time in his big boy seat

I’m lucky that my lovely step dad used to be a mechanic by trade, so he is always checking the car over and keeping it in tip top condition for us.

To be honest he’s often nagging us about our tyres. He’s always telling us to pull onto our drive in a certain way to save the tyres from wear and tear and making sure that the air pressure and tread depth is correct.

The general upkeep of a car, is incredibly expensive and the tyres are a huge part of this, yet so fundamental to the safe running of a car.

Fortunately, Point S a leading car tyre dealership in the UK, sell tyres for every budget. The right tyres can be reserved online, no online payment is taken and then you collect them from your nearest local centre. I love how you can enter your registration number plate if you don’t know the size of the tyres you need and they will match it up for you. Perfect for someone like me who is not very car savvy.

I always make sure that I have a ‘Breakdown Survival Kit’ in the boot. I always seem to have a bottle of water and Baby Wipes on me but the other basic things I like to have with us all the time are:

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Whether you drive a new or a used car, taking the correct safety measures are essential.

The cargo you have on board is far too precious to think otherwise.

What car safety tips do you turn to?

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Weekly Weigh In ~ Wk 8

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Wowsers, the Easter holidays is always a tricky one and with the number of chocolate eggs still floating around our house, I’m doing pretty well to resist temptation.

I’m coming to the end of my time with Diet Chef which I am so grateful to for helping to kick start me on my weightloss journey.

If you have followed my previous posts, you will know that I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the dishes, haven’t felt hungry and the whole concept of the meal plans, fit really well around my lifestyle.

I haven’t been running this week which is really rubbish of me, but I will get back into it. Emma, if you’re reading this, I need you to motivate me!

I still have a few of the Diet Chef meals left but for the most part I will now be on my own. I’m determined to carry on and I will still continue this blog series, if for no other reason than a bit of peer pressure.

This week I have enjoyed:

Breakfast

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Original Granola with added banana

Snack

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Sweet and Salty Popcorn

Lunch

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Tomato and Cheese Pasta Pot

Dinner

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and my favourite… Chilli Con Carne with added spring onion and avocado

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lbs lost this week: 2

Total lbs lost in 8 weeks: 19

Inches lost this week (taken over 4 measurements): 1

Total inches lost: 18.5

See you next week, everyone and make sure you ask me if I’ve been running!

Disclaimer: The meal plan I am on would cost £61.25 a week/ £245 a month. I am kindly being sent a free monthly hamper from Diet Chef for the purpose of review however all words and opinions are very much my own.

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Weekly Weigh In ~ Wk 6

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I have moved this weekly feature to a Tuesday as I already have my Mindful Monday posts on a Monday.

As regular readers will know, I have been lucky enough to be sent a monthly hamper from Diet Chef. The food really is delicious and I have learnt a lot about portion control, as a result.

What’s really surprised me is how the need to fill my plate with rice if I was having a curry or chilli, was always just because it seemed to be the right companion for the dish. However I have been adding vegetables (usually sweetcorn, it’s my favourite) to these kind of dishes and I haven’t missed the heavy carbs at all.

Diet Chef provide you with a breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner for each day and I like to share with you my favourites for the week. So here are my favourites this week:

Breakfast

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Soft Chocolate Cookie with added apple (this took me a while to get used to for a breakfast but it’s a great option if you’re running late in the mornings and time is tight. It’s filling and tastes really good!)

Lunch

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Tomato and Herb Bulgar Wheat and Couscous with added tomato

Snack

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Sour Cream and Chive Pretzels

Dinner

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Chicken Tikka Masala with added sweetcorn

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lbs lost this week: 0.5

Total lbs lost in 6 weeks: 17

Inches lost this week (taken over 4 measurements): 0

Total inches lost: 17.5

A slow weightloss this week but to be honest, I was expecting to plateau long before now so I’m not too disheartened.

If you are quick, Diet Chef are running a Summer Challenge during March.

Diet Chef say, ‘have you had enough of being unfit, unhealthy or unhappy? Then join our life revolution – the Diet Chef Summer Challenge. It takes 16 weeks to form a new habit and ultimately become a new person so by the start of August you could become the best version of you. Over the 16 weeks you will lose weight, get fit, and change your habits. We will teach you portion control, nutrition and how to feel good about yourself.’

Customers are able to sign up for the plan for as little as £150 per hamper. Details can be found here.

Here’s to another positive week of weightloss.

Disclaimer: The meal plan I am on would cost £61.25 a week/ £245 a month. I am kindly being sent a free monthly hamper from Diet Chef for the purpose of review however all words and opinions are very much my own.

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Weekly Weigh In ~ Wk 5

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Thank you so much to everyone who has left comments of support and encouragement on this tough journey, we call weight loss!

I’m so thrilled to say that Diet Chef have agreed to provide me with another monthly hamper of their delicious, chef prepared meals. All calorie controlled and delivered straight to your door. What could be easier?

It was so exciting to fill out the meal selections, as this time I knew which dishes and snacks were my absolute favourites and which I would order more of.

In the space of only 4 weeks, I noticed that there were even more options to choose from as Diet Chef had added new yummy meals to the menu.

The hamper arrived 2 days later and it’s lovely to see my cupboard stocked up with Diet Chef; my fruit bowl full of fruit; the salad drawer full to the brim and the veg on stand by.

For the next 4 weeks, I thought I would share with you, my favourite breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner for the week.

So here is this weeks:

Breakfast

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2 Buttermilk pancakes with added banana and a tiny splash of maple syrup (this was a new addition to the menu. All week, I was looking forward to the weekend to enjoy this. The kids were so jealous!)

Lunch

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Creamy Pesto Pasta Pot with pine kernels and herbs.

Snack

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Vanilla Protein Bar (I ordered more of these as they are very filling and of course, covered in chocolate. Say no more!)

Dinner

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Chilli Con Carne with kidney beans, added avocado and spring onion (this is my all time favourite dish, I’ve ordered quite a few of these!)

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lbs lost this week: 3.5

Total lbs lost in 5 weeks: 16.5

Inches lost this week (taken over 4 measurements): 1

Total inches lost: 17.5

It’s lovely to make it over that milestone achievement of losing a stone. Yippee!

During March, Diet Chef are running a Summer Challenge.

Diet Chef say, ‘have you had enough of being unfit, unhealthy or unhappy? Then join our life revolution – the Diet Chef Summer Challenge. It takes 16 weeks to form a new habit and ultimately become a new person so by the start of August you could become the best version of you. Over the 16 weeks you will lose weight, get fit, and change your habits. We will teach you portion control, nutrition and how to feel good about yourself.’

Customers are able to sign up for the plan for as little as £150 per hamper. Details can be found here.

I’d love to know if you are on the Diet Chef plan or how you are getting on with your weight loss journey.

Disclaimer: The meal plan I am on would cost £61.25 a week/ £245 a month. I am kindly being sent a free monthly hamper from Diet Chef for the purpose of review however all words and opinions are very much my own.

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Weekly Weigh In ~ Wk 4

 

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For my 4th week, I have still been following the Diet Chef plan of a calorie controlled breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack each day and enjoying the chef prepared dishes that they have sent me.

This week I enjoyed my Banana and Vanilla porridge for breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day:

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This is what I have eaten this week:

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Day 28 was Mother’s Day and it has been the only time in a month that I have not had one of the Diet Chef meals for dinner, hence I have included a photo of my beautiful flowers!

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lbs lost this week: 3

Total lbs lost: 13

Inches lost this week (taken over 4 measurements): 3.5

Total inches lost: 16.5

I have also been continuing the Couch to 5K run but I only managed 2 out of the 3 runs this week due to the very sad passing of my grandma. My heavy legs could not lift my heavy heart. But I’ll aim to do an extra session next week, Gran will push me through the pain.

Let’s do this! Here’s to a good week of strength, self-belief and determination.

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Disclaimer: The meal plan I am on would cost £61.25 a week/ £245 a month. I am being sent a free monthly hamper from Diet Chef for the purpose of review however all words and opinions are very much my own.

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Alphabet Photography # I

I is for… Inspired.

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Yes, it’s a pair of trainers.

Yes, it’s the stereotype runner’s shot.

Except I am not a runner, not even remotely.

But this is me and my friend as we embark on our Sunday morning running session.

 I have indeed been inspired to start the Couch to 5K training and I am into my second week. It’s very early days and the thought of being able to run the full distance in a few weeks, makes me laugh out loud.

A truly impossible task.

However, it’s not impossible. I’m going to believe that I can and I will achieve it.

How brilliant is the This Girl Can advert…

Truly inspirational.

“I jiggle therefore I am…. Damn right I look hot.”

So this is a very proud and inspired Alphabet Photo.

This girl certainly can.

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Weekly Weigh In ~ Wk 3

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Wow, 3 weeks in. And I’m still loving it. I’ve stuck to the meal options from Diet Chef and am delighted to say that I do not feel hungry. I am topping up the meal plans with my own fruit, veg and salad. My favourite meal of the week was the chilli con carne to which I added spring onion and avocado. It was delicious, very filling and I didn’t want the plate of food to end!

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For the first time this week, I had a chocolate milkshake as a meal replacement. I was a little apprehensive as 1) I don’t like chocolate milkshake 2) I didn’t think that it would keep the hunger at bay.

I loved it. It was delicious and did in fact keep me going until dinner time.

This is what I ate this week:

 

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lbs lost this week: 2.5

Total lbs lost: 10

Inches lost this week (taken over 4 measurements): 3

Total inches lost: 13

 I also just wanted to share with you, that I completed all 3 training sessions for the Couch to 5K run, that I started this week.  I hated every minute but felt brilliant once I had done it. Now I have to step it up a gear in Week 2! Wish me luck!

Disclaimer: The meal plan I am on would cost £61.25 a week/ £245 a month. I am being sent a free monthly hamper from Diet Chef for the purpose of review however all words and opinions are very much my own.

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Weekly Weigh In ~ Wk 2

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I have been using Diet Chef now for two whole weeks. Is it too early to say, I love it?!

What surprises me beyond measure, is how tasty the food is. I said it last week but I’m really surprised. Very often, Luke looks over at my plate and says he would rather have what I’m having.

As I said last week, I’ve been getting into soups (it’s never been my favourite option for lunch) but I’m growing to enjoy them. The soup portion is on the generous side so I can’t always finish the bowl.

The breakfasts have all been delicious this week and I have been adding a lovely fresh salad to most of my dinners. This was my favourite meal of the week, Macaroni Cheese:

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This is what I have eaten this week:

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lbs lost this week: 2

Total lbs lost: 7.5

Inches lost this week (taken over 4 measurements): 2

Total inches lost: 10

Tomorrow sees me start the Couch to 5K run. I’ll be doing it with a lovely friend for a bit of encouragement. But I’m going to embrace it. So watch this space!

Have a great week, everyone.

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Disclaimer: The meal plan I am on would cost £61.25 a week / £245 a month. I am being sent a free monthly hamper from Diet Chef for the purpose of review however all words and opinions are very much my own.

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6 Ways to Radiate Sunbeams

A few years ago now, someone once said behind my back,“I don’t trust Ali because no one can be that happy, all of the time!”

It’s a comment that has always stuck with me.

At first I was insulted. After thinking about, I think it’s bloomin’ wonderful.

I do like to smile. Sometimes the smiles are strained. Sometimes the smiles are forced but there is a quote which I adore and carry in the back of my mind, always:

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My favourite childhood author, surely has a point here.

Thinking positively; having happy thoughts and smiling, really does make you feel better, look better and improve your overall health and well being.

Don’t get me wrong, things do get me down sometimes. The stresses of work, lack of sleep caused by 2 young children and a home to keep looking pretty, all take their toll on my smiley demeanor. It’s inevitable. But if I’m going to try my best to choose Happy, here are my top 6 ways to radiate sunbeams.

1. Get Outdoors

Without fail, being outside and breathing in that good old fashioned fresh air, can make you feel energised and more calm. Staring in awe at Mother Nature, is good for mind, body and soul. How can the wonder of our surroundings, not make you feel good?

I love the beach. The view; the smell; the smiles it creates, Summer or Winter, it’s a sure fire winner.

I love the forest. The sounds; the colours; the beauty of how it changes with the seasons.

I love watching a sunset. Simply beautiful.

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I take great comfort in the ideal that when I ask Harley what he would like to do, “… go outside somewhere” is always his staple answer. Being outdoors, is free, a definite smile maker, so go on, go and increase that vitamin D intake whilst feeling super happy and alive.

2. Fill the Diary

It goes without saying that an exciting time or event planned ahead, will help to boost mood and morale. It would be fantastic if we could all have holidays booked throughout the year to look forward to but in reality, the purse strings don’t stretch that far. But planning ahead doesn’t have to all be financially. It could be a day out that’s been planned for the next school holidays or something that’s happening next month or at the weekend. It could be as simple as thinking ‘tonight I’m putting the kids to bed early and enjoying a hot bubble bath and a glass of vino.’ That thought has most certainly made me smile through many a long day at work.

Reality isn’t an easy ride.

Life will always throw us challenges and hurdles to overcome. If it didn’t, I’d feel pretty put out and life would perhaps be a little dull.

I don’t want an easy ride. I want to be challenged. I like overcoming the hurdles. I like achieving.

But it’s in these moments of adversity, that a little ray of light is essential. To keep me sane. To make me smile. And a little forethought of what is ahead, is like a warm hug that gets me through.

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3. Care Bears

As much as it’s nice when someone buys or does something lovely for you, the look on someone’s face when you have done something for them, is worth so much more.

Again, it’s not the financial things for me.

The moments that surprise me most and make most of an impact are the simple things, the things that make me think I was in someone’s thoughts.

I remember when I had just given birth to Harley and returned home with him, a lovely friend arrived with a lasagna that she had baked for us so that I wouldn’t have to cook dinner. So simple yet unbelievably thoughtful and more than appreciated.

One of my best friends always texts me quotes and images about friendship. I’ve kept all of them. They more than make me smile.

We had a ‘Care Bear Week’ at work. We each had a colleague at school, who we had to do something lovely for, throughout the week. We didn’t know who our Care Bear was until the end of the week (and only if they revealed themselves!) Things ranged from a cup of tea waiting for you on your desk in the morning, a chocolate treat, our playground duty being covered, but sadly not an offer of marking our books, hmm, I wonder why?! Little notes left wishing us a good day, someone even had their lunch made for them!

It was such a lovely, lovely week. There were so many happy faces and so much positivity. Random acts of kindness certainly make you and others feel great.

Why not try a Care Bear Week at your work? I guarantee you will create and see so many smiles.

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4. Surround yourself with Happy

We all have the people who we visit, call, text, email or tweet when we need a chat, when we want a laugh or need to be reassured or guided.

It’s inevitable that there are people who you choose to surround yourself with if you want to feel happy and positive. And inevitably there are those that you choose not to!

We all have our happy people. The people who make us happy.

My kiddies make me beyond happy. Their innocence, their infectious laughter, their wonder of the world, encapsulates everything that makes me happy. Beyond measure.

My closest friends, family and husband make me feel safe. They reassure me. They support me. They are the people I go to if my Happy levels need a top up.

Choose your happy people. Choose wisely. ‘Smiling is infectious, you catch it like the Flu. When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.’

And what makes my 4 year old most happy? Can you guess?!

5. Find your Happy Place

It could be a place that you love to visit. A holiday spot that finds you returning every year, or a town that attracts you for a weekend. It could be a park bench, a nature reserve or a beauty spot. It might be a certain room at home or even a specific chair.

For me, it’s here:

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7 miles of our local, uninterrupted, golden sandy beach. ‘Beautiful’ doesn’t even cut it.

6. Have some Me Time

I recently wrote about the importance of Me Time. Mum Time. As hard as it is to put ourselves first sometimes and give ourselves a bit of credit, having time to do things we enjoy, just for ourselves, is crucial for our sanity, let alone our health and well being. Any one of these activities (perhaps apart from the running!) never fails to put a smile on my face and make me feel good.

1. Have a bubblebath – minus the child screaming “Muuummy!” through the keyhole.

2. Read a magazine – trashy or intellectual.

3. Retail therapy – either online or the traditional visit to the shops method.

4. Listen to music – I’m a secret One D fan when I’m on my own. Have you listened to Night Changes? Wow it’s beautiful.

5. Eat chocolate – either the brown, black or white variety, whatever delights your taste buds.

6. Go out with friends – right, who’s up for meeting at Costa?

7. Go for a run – um, that’s supposed to be enjoyable, right?

8. Paint your nails – this always makes me feel pretty.

9. Watch a film or your favourite Soaps – my sister and close friends will now be saying… yeah right, Ali, football or darts more like.

10. Browse Social Media – Yay!

So I’m off to have a hot bubble bath with a copy of Heat magazine, a bar of Dairy Milk, One D singing to me through the speakers and Twitter on my phone.

So those are my top tips for Choosing Happy.

Just the thought of smiling, is enough to trigger those happy chemicals in your brain. So if all else fails, just think about being happy and your subconscious will radiate those sunbeams.

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Weekly Weigh In ~ wk 1

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Readers of a recent post of mine, The Start of a Long Haul will know that last week, I teamed up with Diet Chef to see if I could reach my weight goals. I had heard great things about Diet Chef and was so pleased when they offered to send me a monthly hamper of chef prepared meals, straight to my door.

So now that I have completed my first full week of Diet Chef, this is the first of my Weekly Weigh In posts.

I’ll be really honest – I didn’t have high hopes for how tasty the actual meals would be. In truth, I’m quite very fussy when it comes to food. I don’t like or eat microwave meals and the main dish on the lunchtime menu, is soup. I never eat soup. I think it’s the texture. Despite being able to select want I wanted from the wide range of meals, I did select a few soups, to add a bit of variety and to see if Diet Chef could actually change my opinion.

Each day, I have had breakfast, lunch, a snack and dinner. I have also teamed the breakfasts with fresh fruit and the dinners with salad or veg.

Here is what I have eaten this week:

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I can honestly say that the food is delicious. I was very surprised yet delighted that I was still able to look forward to mealtimes. The dinners can be microwaved but as I mentioned earlier, I still tended to cook them in the oven for 25mins, especially as the oven was on with everybody else’s dinner cooking.

My favourites this week were the chicken tikka. It was very mild and so yummy, perfect for me. And the Apple and Cinnamon Porridge was simply delicious.

I must admit, I had to get my head around eating a yummy chocolate cookie as a hearty breakfast, I wasn’t sure that I could stomach it first thing in the morning, or that it was going to fill me up. But teamed with some delicious fresh fruit, I was fighting the kids off it!

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And if you’re wondering, I had 3 soups this week: Sweet Potato and Coconut, Tomato and Mushroom. And I finished, very nearly, the whole bowl, each time. I’m looking forward to trying some of the other flavours. My stepson, Ethan had a few slurps of the Tomato soup and said it was the best soup he had ever tasted; high praise indeed!

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lbs lost this week: 5.5

Total lbs lost: 5.5

Inches lost this week (taken over 4 measurements): 8

Total inches lost: 8

It’s was Half Term last week, I don’t know if this was an advantage or a hinderance for me starting Diet Chef. There were lots of temptations with the kids eating yummy things and going out on day trips made things tricky for lunch (but I actually made up a pasta pot and had it cold for lunch, which I love anyway.)

Back to work this week so I hope that having an earlier breakfast won’t hold me back at all.

I’m looking forward to it. Here’s to a great week.

Disclaimer: The meal plan I am on would cost £61.25 a week/ £245 a month. I am being sent a free monthly hamper from Diet Chef for the purpose of review however all words and opinions are very much my own.

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The start of a long haul

I love my children dearly. I wouldn’t change them for the world. But as much as I love them, I do not like the toll that 2 pregnancies have taken on my body.

I have never been ‘slim’. Even when I swam competitively and had to have body fat tests, I was never slim.

But I was a lot lighter on the scales before I had children. I know it’s inevitable that the lbs creep up and I look in envy at friends that shrank back to their pre birth weight in what seemed like a day after giving birth.

I have most definitely not ‘popped’ back into shape. And I most certainly have not shrunk back to the size I once was.

When I’m on a diet or the latest fad, I usually do pretty well as I have a good determination to succeed.

I just can’t sustain it.

It’s when I’m eating as normal, cooking and eating with the rest of the family, that my will power takes a hammering.

So I am beyond excited and thankful to team up with Diet Chef.

Carefully selected, calorie controlled meals, prepared by a chef and nutritionist and delivered to my door.

My next 28 days

My next 28 days

Diet Chef allows you to choose your menu for each day and there is a whole host of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks to choose from. 28 days worth of meals all delivered in one hamper. You can view the Menus here.

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A 4 week plan costs £61.25 a week/ £245 a month.

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Every Monday I will write up my Weekly Weigh In and share with you my progress; lbs lost, inches lost, hopefully!

I will be teaming this with taking up running. Crikey! From blogging to jogging, who would have thought, hey? I’ll give it a go! Lyn, you might get your new running partner after all!

I am hopeful that with the support of Diet Chef and the fact that I’m sharing my progress with you guys (a bit of peer pressure) I will achieve my goals or at least be well on the way to achieving them.

So here goes. Wish me luck and I will see you next week for an update and hopefully some positive news.

Disclaimer: I have kindly been sent a free monthly hamper from Diet Chef for the purpose of review, however all words and opinions are very much my own.

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Me time. Mum time. What’s that?

A few weeks ago, I read many New Years resolution posts from other brilliant bloggers. If you read mine, you’ll remember me saying that the idea of ‘New Year, New You’ upset me somewhat, because I question what was so wrong with the old me.
You might remember me saying that instead of making a New Years resolution to change myself, I wanted to make a promise to be myself and do more of what makes me happy. Well today is apparently the day when most New Years resolutions are broken.

I’m just going to put it out there and say it.

It might make my mum sad if she reads this, but when I look in the mirror… I’m just a Mummy. I know that’s the best job in the world and that’s the only job I’ve ever wanted. But where’s Ali gone?

2 cesareans have taken a toll on my never-flat-in-the-first-place tummy, my eyes look heavy and lack sparkle. My roots make my features look dull.

My husband is amazing and always tells me I’m beautiful. I doubt him. I know I shouldn’t.

Every parent reading this will know that you always come last. Always. It’s expected. But it’s too important for us to not have some Me Time, surely that only makes us better parents. And we all want that, right?

Of course it’s hard when you have two young children; two step sons; a job that requires me to have to take work home in the evenings; a house that screams “Clean me”; a husband that I want to know feels appreciated and loved,….oh yes, and then there’s me….right at the bottom of the pile but frantically waving back at myself as if to say “Hey woman, don’t forget about me!”

Recently, a lovely friend text to ask if I had enjoyed the Joules bath goodies that she had kindly given me for Christmas. Enjoyed them? I hadn’t even had time to use them? How have I not had time to enjoy a long, relaxing soak in the bath? That’s crazy!

It just really highlighted to me the importance of looking after myself, valuing myself and giving myself some bloody credit. I read in a study that women have just over 15 minutes of ‘Me Time’ a day….hmmm… I don’t feel like I even have that, some days!

So I made a long awaited trip to the hairdressers, painted my nails, bought a juicer and locked the bathroom door to enjoy a long bubblebath. Wonders will never cease, I even managed to drink a hot cup of tea, and finish it!

I dont want it to sound like I do the lion share of the work because I don’t, my husband is fantastic. He’s just much more laid back than me and finds it easier to leave any worries or stresses at the door.

So for me or for you, these are my best Me Time-Mum Time moments:

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1. Have a bubblebath – minus the child screaming “Muuummy!” through the keyhole.

2. Read a magazine – trashy or intellectual.

3. Retail therapy – either online or the traditional visit to the shops method.

4. Listen to music – I’m a secret One D fan when I’m on my own. Have you listened to Night Changes? Wow it’s beautiful.

5. Eat chocolate – either the brown, black or white variety, whatever delights your taste buds.

6. Go out with friends – right, who’s up for meeting at Costa?

7. Go for a run – um, that’s supposed to be enjoyable, right?

8. Paint your nails – this always makes me feel pretty.

9. Watch a film or your favourite Soaps – my sister and close friends will now be saying… yeah right, Ali, football or darts more like.

10. Browse Social Media – Yay!

So to take a step closer to being the best person, mummy and wife that I can be, I’m off to have a hot bubble bath with a copy of Heat magazine, a bar of Dairy Milk, One D singing to me through the speakers and Twitter on my phone.

What do you do to get some Me Time?

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