Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Me and my Slimpod #Week2

Last week I wrote about my first impressions of Thinking Slimmer's Chocoholic Cure Slimpod. It's safe to say I was impressed. Although only small there was already improvement in my attitude towards chocolate.


I have continued to carry on listening to my chocpod every night just as I am going to sleep, most nights I am asleep before it even finishes. To be honest I have even shocked myself that I actually remember to listen to it, last night my phone had died and an attack of guilt made me download it to my laptop so I could listen to it.


There has been a distinct lack of chocolate in my life this week. Now don't get me wrong I have actually had chocolate almost every day but........ not for breakfast, also not on my break at work and most importantly not in the quantity I did pre-chocpod.


Now I have noticed a massive reduction in my chocolate cravings but also also in my actual food choices ie swapping ready made sandwiches, fizzy pop, chocolate, crisps etc in work to healthier choices like homemade sandwiches, fruit and water but......... I have had the worst cravings for salty foods. Seriously, for about 3-4 days I was gorging on bacon butties, and ready salted crisps. I was genuinely worried that I was swapping one food craving for another and that couldn't be healthy could it? Luckily the cravings wore off after a few days but it did get me thinking would this/could this actually happen? I hope not and looking back now I doubt it, maybe it was my body's way of starting to tackle the chocolate addiction (yes I do mean addiction) but whatever it was it wasn't permanent.

I haven't weighed myself or measured so I can't comment on whether or not it has actually helped me to lose weight but regardless so far I am loving the changes it is helping me to make on a daily basis, being able to think more clearly when it comes making wiser food choices and hopefully this will show soon in some measurable results.

Now if only there was a slimpod that could make me want to do housework that would be impressive!

Monday, 27 April 2015

Sugar Craft Club

Before the Easter Holidays Olivia's school decided to run a new after school club, one which Olivia jumped at and had us signed up to before even leaving the school with the letter on the same day she got it! The club was called 'Sugar Craft Club'

Olivia has never shown an interest in this before especially as she doesn't like any kind of icing or toppings, no jam or cream on her cake nothing, nada, zilch. Plain and boring all the way so you can say I was a little bit confused as to why she was so excited to sign up.

The big difference about this class was that parents have to tag along too, yay, a chance to show my complete lack of creativity to other mums at the school I couldn't wait (please add as much sarcasm as you want to that, it was written with pure sarcasm!) Now it is safe to say I'm not the most crafty, creative of mum's but if my child wants me to tag along with and cramp her style then who am I to say no to being an embarrassing mum!

As I was off work today I really had no excuse not to go and you know what I actually enjoyed it! Yes really, it was actually quite easy and we all had a good laugh at our lack of creative skills. My sister  also tagged along with her daughter and will be taking over my place also when I am in work and we had a good time learning how make little red riding hoods face on a cupcake out of icing. At first I was like woah, I though this was a beginners class?!?! But after the hour was up I was ready to take the main man Cake Boss himself Buddy Valastro oh yes, cake decorator extraordinare, next great baker here I come people!

So what do you think? I was actually quite impressed with myself you know I didn't think I had it in me,but Olivia's well what can I say it is just fab isn't it! Such a great idea for an after school club and a lovely way to enjoy more activities together that we may of not otherwise have done!

What after school clubs do your little ones do? What things do you enjoy to do with your kids and do you have any ideas for things for us to try?

Thursday, 23 April 2015

The Dresses Are Out!

What lovely weather we have had this week! Really good timing as well as over the weekend we had 2 birthdays to celebrate. My mums on Saturday, when I caught myself a wonky looking tan/sunburn attempt on my upper arms, and Monday saw my youngest niece turn 2 and the sun again came out meaning she could play with all of her new toys in the garden.

This was the perfect excuse for Olivia to whip out her new summer dresses, she just loves being able to put a dress on, a real girly girl she is.

The dress of choice for my mum's birthday was one she got for her birthday from my mum. I don't know about you but in our family we stick to certain types of clothes and this dress had Olivia written all over it.

The dress is from Primark, bloody love that place we do for kids clothes we do, age 11-12. I just love the pastel peachy colour of it, Olivia calls it her 'cowgirl' dress and the little cutie on the swing was my niece who was 2 on Monday in a little red romper in 8-24 months I think and from Asda possibly most of her clothes are.

What have your little ones been wearing in the sun this week?

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

After The Review Is Posted

I often read reviews in blogs and whilst the majority love reviewing and have favourable reviews for a whole host of products I often wonder do the bloggers ever actually carry on using the products they were sent to review after the review is over and done with? Or is it forgotten about as soon as it was written about?

I have myself been lucky enough to review products for this purpose or that I have bought myself, mainly blogging about the latter these days.

In September I was lucky enough to receive a hamper full of goodies from the people at Surcare. Surcare specialise in laundry products with no nasties that claim to work just as well as leading brands but are suitable for the most sensitive of skins.

I fall into that category and for most of my life I have shied away from using fabric conditioners due to allergic reactions. But I was pleased to announce in this post that Surcare had changed all that and I am now able to use fabric conditioner, small things make me happy incase you hadn't noticed!

I actually still use Surcare products. I haven't used anything else since the review and doubt I will to be honest. I thought it would be nice for you to see that bloggers do actually use the products we are sent to review after the post is done and our reviews are actually genuine.

Do you ever purchase products based on a review you have read on a blog? I know I have and probably will continue to do so.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

My Slimpod Journey

Recently I was lucky enough to win myself a Slimpod from Thinking Slimmer.  I have been wanting one of these for ages but have been umming ahhing about actually making the jump and purchasing one so you can imagine how excited I was to see this tweet:
The winner of the ChocPod is .
Woop Woop! It couldn't of come at more perfect time, to say I need this is a massive understatement. I have tried so many diets, so many different ways of  trying (and failing) to lose and keep off the weight but the chocoholic inside always wins in the end and I'm not exactly known for my willpower......

What's so different about a Slimpod then?

Rather than focussing on what you eat, Thinking Slimmer focus on why you eat what you do. A Slimpod is a recording using cognitive hypnotherapy in which you hear things that will help you to change your eating habits. Was I ready for this? You bet I was!

I received my mp3 download via email, also available on a disc, with the instructions to listen to the intro once, then the chocpod as I am going to sleep every night.

1 Week in: Verdict so far:

It 's said that it takes about 28 days on average to form new habits so it is recommended you listen every night for at least this period of time to see noticeable changes and currently I am just under a week in.

Yesterday I bought a large bar of Galaxy salted caramel. I then forgot I had bought it. Later on at my niece's second birthday I stopped at one slice of the most delicious profiterole cake. This morning I got up at te ungodly hour of 6am and found the afore mentioned Galaxy bar and yes, I am one of those people who can and will eat chocolate as soon as I open my eyes. And I did but............. I stopped at half a bar, not the whole thing as I may of usually done, ok probably would of done.

So far, I am actually impressed. If it can make a difference this quick I can't wait to see what it can do after 21 days. I mean I am the ultimate chocoholic and I need something drastic to help me change this so here's hoping the chocpod is exactly that!

If you would like to take a look and see if a Slimpod could work for you head over to Thinking Slimmer and have a little look.

Pop back next week for to see how I'm getting on in week 2!

*Disclaimer* I won the Slimpod in a blog competition and wasn't asked or reimbursed for blogging about my experience with it*
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