When I got on the scales this week I knew I felt bloated and it showed on the scales as I maintained. I never feel bad when I maintain because I know how much weight fluctuates and I know that losing weight every week is just not realistic.

I’m going to be honest with you all and say that at the moment I’m just finding that I feel increasingly frustrated – not with the plan, but with myself. I started to feel like I’ve been on this journey for too long now and I felt as if I should have done better and lost more by now.

They say it takes twenty one days to change a habit and that’s what I’m really trying to do at the moment – I want to feel good about myself again and stop focusing on the negatives as I know it’s getting me absolutely nowhere.

I have a habit of getting myself stuck in a rut and dwelling on what I should have done differently which is a nasty habit I need to break. I know why I’m trying to lose weight and I know that I’m only losing weight for myself and my health but I feel increasingly frustrated with the way I feel when I look in the mirror. I don’t tend to carry weight well, most of it seems to be on my stomach and although it’s coming off, it seems to be coming off very slowly still.

Luckily it didn’t take me long to realise that I was stuck in a rut again and I knew that I needed to feel good about myself so I decided I would do a bit of retail therapy in the form of a few new tops from Sainsbury’s. I’ve never thought that retail therapy can lift a mood that much but it really does, especially when you fit into a nice top and feel good about yourself.

With that all in mind, I am putting my positive pants on and this focus on what I’ve been enjoying lately, rather than the negative way I’ve felt recently.

Favourite Meal

Over the past week I’ve made some really delicious food and I’ve been really enjoying making my tuna pasta bake again – it’s a firm favourite in my house. I’ve been trying to concentrate on getting more speed foods into my day (fruit and vegetables) and have bulked my pasta bake out with lots of different coloured peppers and more or less a whole punnet of mushrooms.

New Breakfast & Snack Ideas

I’ve been absolutely obsessed with the new Salted Caramel HiFi bars since they came out, they are addictive and feel like a real treat. I have been using them as my healthy extra B choice which is new to me as I usually have that in the morning.

As well as that I’ve been enjoying my overnight bulgur wheat – a bit like overnight oats with an extra crunch. The bulgur wheat isn’t measured and is completely free on the plan so I would recommend giving it a go if you want to free your healthy extra choice up for something else.

Aim for next week

I won’t be weighing in next weekend as I’ll be in London for the weekend with my friend but I want to stay on plan all next week, enjoy next weekend and get straight back on plan the week after to hopefully get a loss the weekend afterwards. I’m really trying to focus on being positive, looking after myself and getting to target while feeling happy and not frustrated. I want to try some new recipes so any recommendations are welcome.

Remember to subscribe to my YouTube channel as well as I will be doing updates on there as well and my Instagram where I post photos of what I’ve been eating.

January is done for another year and it feels like a long time since I last did a monthly round-up (it was, the last time was October, oops!). This year definitely felt like a new start for me and if I’m honest, I enjoyed January more than I have in previous years. I started a new job and set my goals for 2017 which I have been working on already.

So, what did I get up to in January? One of the first (and most important) things to do in 2017 was to order a new bed as my old one was basically falling apart. January seemed like a good time to find a new bed with all of the sales going on so we went to Dreams to find a new bed and we fell in love with the bed we’d chosen more or less straight away – it arrived this weekend and is honestly like sleeping on a marshmallow!

I dusted my trusty camera off, ordered myself a new tripod and some new props and starting working more on my YouTube channel. I really want to focus on enjoy blogging and making videos again this year which will hopefully mean producing content I’m proud of.

I also booked my main holiday for this year which I am really looking forward to as going to New York honestly feels like so long ago now and the promise of some nice views and exploring somewhere new is something that was definitely needed.

My boyfriend and I decided a while ago that this year we would like to go to Croatia which as a country has appealed to me for a few years now, it looks absolutely beautiful. We booked to go to beautiful all-inclusive resort in Pula which is a seafront city known its Roman ruins, stunning beach-lined coast and protected harbour.

During January I’ve also been loving the new Salted Caramel Hifi Bars from Slimming World – they are heavenly.

I’ve been dancing around my bedroom to the new releases from Ed Sheeran, I can’t wait for his new album.

I always find January a bit blah TV wise as a lot of the programmes I watch tend to go on a break but this year I found some new TV shows. I was very late to the party on The Missing – my boyfriend and I watched season 1 in a week after we watched season 2 at Christmas. We also started on Blindspot which is a crime drama series based in New York, it’s one of those TV shows which you can easily binge watch as you need to find out what’s next.

Overall, January was a very good month for me and I am excited for everything I have planned for February – a baby shower for one of my best friends, a weekend in London and more.

If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I absolutely love my Leek, Bacon and Potato bake. In fact, I love it so much that I make it on a weekly basis so today I thought I’d share the recipe with you – it’s so simple to make and absolutely delicious and it won’t break the bank. It is a syn free recipe on Slimming World using the cheese as your healthy extra and the recipe is for three portions (I make it for two of us and then have one portion left for my lunch the next day).

Leek, Bacon and Potato Bake

INGREDIENTS

  • 600g Potatoes (I use desiree)
  • 2 Bacon Medallions Per Person (all fat removed)
  • 2 Large Leeks
  • 4 Eggs
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 90g Red Leicester (healthy extra or 6 syns)
  • Frylight

METHOD

  1. Firstly preheat your oven to 200°
  2. Then, chop up your ingredients (I always peel my potatoes as well) and whisk the eggs in a bowl adding in a little salt and pepper
  3. Pop your potatoes into a pan of cold water and leave them to start boiling. Meanwhile, take your cut up bacon and add to a pan with some frylight and cook until crispy
  4. Once they have started to boil, leave them for about 10 minutes so they get a little soft. Then cut up your leeks and add them in for a few minutes to soften slightly.
  5. Once the vegetables are ready, drain them off and add to an ovenproof dish adding in your bacon and whisked up eggs  and mix together. Then, take your red leicester cheese and add to the top.
  6. Put in the oven for 20-30 minutes until golden brown and then serve.

Catch UpI thought it was about time I did an update, it is the new year after all. I can’t believe the Christmas and New Year celebrations are over for yet another year. I had a slightly hectic December and was working my redundancy notice at my old job on the run up to Christmas which is something I haven’t really touched on this blog but I suppose now you can tell that things have been hectic.

I spent the holidays in Scotland with my parents, dog and boyfriend which was lovely as always. We enjoyed a lot of nice walks, Mum and I spent a bit of time baking our usual festive goodies and spending time together as a family. And now we’re in the first week of January and I have been really lucky to start a new job in a lovely company with a team that have already made me feel really welcome.

So, a new year… a new me? Well, kind of, I suppose. I always like to start the new year off with some goals in mind so I thought I’d share them with you all today. I’m aware I’m probably late on the bandwagon with this as most bloggers did their posts a good week or so ago but we’ll roll with it. I have made some goals which are more personal and others that relate to this blog.

Blogging Goals

When I started a new chapter in July last year and did a bit of a rebrand, I promised myself that I wouldn’t post for the sake of posting and that’s what I want to stick to in 2017. When I moved to Worpdress I spent a good few weeks tidying my old posts up, getting rid of posts that made no sense and removing images from my server and that was tedious at the time so I don’t want to then have to do that again.

I’m not forcing myself to do a posting schedule but I would like to post once a week and sometimes if I can, maybe more. I want to love blogging and make sure it doesn’t become a chore. I’d also like to include YouTube in my goals too – did you know I have a channel? It has been somewhat neglected recently but I want to start using it again for a new series I want to start.

Personal

I need to make sure I look after myself more in 2017 as I find that sometimes I just neglect myself and end up really tired and feeling fed up with the world. I want to make more time to take a bath, give myself a pamper, go for a spa day with a friend and maybe even get a manicure.

I’d like to read more, I have a few books that I didn’t manage to read last year so I’d like to get them read this year and then start more. I treated myself to a sparkly new iPad Pro recently so I fully intend on using the Kindle app on there too.

To keep continuing to reduce my fizzy drink intake as I feel like this has helped me a lot over the past year. This year I hope to be able to do the Race For Life again as I haven’t done it in a couple of years and hope to rope my Mum into doing it with me again (she doesn’t know this yet, although she will once she reads this!).

I want to use my Instagram more and use it to document anything I’m up to daily as well as my food for the day which brings me on to my next and final goal.

I want to make sure I hit my Slimming World target within the first 5 or 6 months of this year and I want to buy different summer clothes for my holiday this year. I feel like I’ve been on this journey for a long, long time and I’m kind of at the point where I’m just frustrated. I know it can be done and I know sometimes I can get a bit complacent so enough’s enough now. Target 2017 here I come!

Slimming World's Curry Club I have to preface this post by saying that I’ve always found it tough to make a good curry – in my experience even though I have a large selection of spices, my curries either turn out far too spicy or extremely bland. The only one I could make well was my Keema Mince so, when I found out that Slimming World had a new book called Curry Club, I was extremely excited. I knew it would have a mixture of everything and that the recipes would be easy and really easy at the same time and I was right.

This book did not disappoint and for the usual £4.95 price I honestly can’t recommend it enough. The Curry Club book features more than 60 wonderful recipes which each have a handy heat guide so you know if you may need to add more or less spice depending on your preference. For me, I always like a medium heat, nothing too spicy or plain. There are four main sections within the book featuring starters, curries and sides and the recipes make me feel hungry just thinking about them.

Slimming World's Curry Club

Spice Bites which feature delicious starters. My favourite picks have to be the carrot and onion bhaji’s, tandoori chicken tikka kebab, turkey samosas and lamb seekh kebabs.

Curries of India – This is the largest curry section in the book and as the name suggests this features the curries from India with many of my firm favourites such as lamb bhuna, lamb and chickpea balti, pork rogan josh and chicken tikka masala. You can swap the meats if you have a different preference but the lamb bhuna is definitely next on my list. Yum!

Curries of Asia – When I think of this, I automatically think of Wagamama’s and how I can make a Slimming World friendly dish at home. My top picks from this smaller curry section in the book are the  massaman lamb curry and chicken katsu curry. The katsu will be my next fakeaway choice!

Spice On The Side – Last but not least are the delicious side dishes one of which I have tried at my local Slimming World taster session – the bombay potatoes which are phenomenal and I could eat them over and over again. Another two picks for me are the fresh mango chutney and easy peasy pilau rice.

This is one of my favourite books to date and that says a lot as my collection is quite large. You can easily make a feast for yourself, family and friends which is totally on plan and would probably feel more indulgent and there’s something in there for everyone. If you can get your hands on this book or know anyone that goes to a Slimming World group, I would highly recommend picking it up.

What is your favourite curry?

This post contains a PR Sample or gifted item but all opinions are my own.