My Slimming World Journey – Getting started

Hey everyone,

I feel like rather than getting more free time like I was planning on at the end of last year, I now have less which is causing me major posting issues so I apologise for the lack of posts as well as the lack of variety. I need to work my new commitments into my schedule and then be very strict with myself to ensure I am writing (and posting regularly) and making sure what I am writing is interesting for you!

I have so many ideas lined up of what I want to do for you too so I have decided that this Sunday I am locking myself in my office and writing loads of exciting pieces for you 🙂

One of the reasons which I now have less free time is because I have rejoined Slimming World! My group takes place on a Wednesday evening (the same night I am supposed to post) and by the time I am home if I have already written something to go out, it just isn’t going to happen. I will change, I promise!!!!

Anyway, as you all know I frequently document my weightloss and fitness journey and what I have noticed from writing about it for you all, is that actually I lead a relatively healthy lifestyle exercising regularly and eating pretty well, but can often lack focus or willpower (unsurprisingly!)

I did Slimming World for the first time a few years ago after getting to my biggest ever size and weight (which don’t get me wrong probably wasn’t big by many people’s standards) but it certainly was by mine! I naively thought it would be really easy and I’d get to target really quickly, but after recently moving house and getting a new job doing Slimming World on my own meant I wasn’t really sticking 100% to plan and ended up just wasting money to never make it to target despite losing almost a stone!

After being off plan for a couple of years I was really happy with the weight I had kept off (about 10lbs) but definitely noticed that after being off of training for so long with my foot injury, I was struggling to get my healthy lifestyle mojo back and after gaining a couple of Christmas lbs and with a couple of holidays looming, I decided not to let it slide and to join up again to kick off where I left my journey but this time I wasn’t alone! A few of my friends had started going to group again and I managed to convince Andy to come along for the ride too.

And I have to say I am loving it. My interim target is a 10lb loss and my final target is currently set at 17lbs and in my first week I managed to get a great start on this and lose 4lbs, the most I have ever lost in one week – I haven’t even been able to get to the gym!

This week really wasn’t as good, as I had my works annual awards ceremony which resulted in consuming rather too much alcohol and indulging in hangover food the next day and then I struggled to get back on with healthy eating following this blip, however I managed to claw it back for the end of the week to see a small loss of half a pound 🙂

So why I am telling you all this? Well as a lifestyle blog I thought I would do a weekly update on how I was getting on each Wednesday and maybe also share with you some of my favourite recipes/meals from the week for some inspiration as well as helping you find the best bargains to get you on track!

Meal of the week:

This week my favourite meal (all cooked from scratch I want to add) was my Quorn Chicken and Bacon Medallion with Egg Fried Rice.

 Info:

Serves 4 People easily!

Prep time: 15 – 20 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Syns per serving: FREE

Ingredients:

♥ 8tbsp light soy sauce

♥ 4 garlic cloves (crushed) or dried garlic seasoning

♥ 1tsp of Chinese 5 Spice powder

♥ 3 skinless chicken breasts (sliced) or Quorn Chicken Pieces

♥ 3 bacon medallions

♥ 397g dried egg noodles (I use a dried noodle square per person)

♥ large bag of mixed stir fry veg

♥ 4 spring onions (sliced diagonally)

♥ 10 diced mushrooms

♥ 2 tbsp dark soy sauce

♥ Microwave Basmati Rice

♥ Vegetable Stock

♥ 3 eggs

♥ FryLight

How to cook Chicken Chow Mein:

  • Mix the light soy sauce, garlic and 5 spice, add your chicken or Quorn, toss to coat evenly and then set aside to marinate for 20minutes.
  • Grill your bacon medallions
  • Fry off your chicken or Quorn until cooked through using Fry Light in a large wok or pan
  • Once chicken is almost cooked, cook the noodles according to the packets instructions and leave to simmer until required.
  • Add the mushrooms, stir fry veg and spring onion to the chicken and stir fry together for another 4 – 5minutes. I add more soy sauce and also vegetable stock at this point for some moisture.
  • Drain the noodles and add to your chicken and vegetables, add some more chicken stock and stir together for several more minutes.
  • Microwave your rice as the noodles are soaking up the chow mein flavour and quickly scramble your eggs using fry light.
  • Once finished stir rice and egg together, serve both dishes and enjoy!

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Have any of you tried this before? If you have let me know in the comments below how you found it, or if you have any of your own favourite recipes you recommend I try!

I hope you enjoy my Slimming World updates over the coming weeks and months J Make sure you let me know how you are getting on if you are on plan too 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx

Review: Orva Co-Ord from Luxemme

Hey everyone, I’m sorry that I am only getting to post once a week at the moment but I promise that I am trying to up it again!

Today I wanted to write about a new and emerging brand I was so lucky to work with in 2015, and which was my first ever blog collaboration! Luckily for me, I’ve been continuing to work with them to promote their brand and because of this was also lucky enough to be sent some of their amazing vouchers (which I will also be giving away on my Instagram keep reading to find out more!)

Now after my amazing co-ord which I was sent back when I first started to work with Luxemme, when I was in a pickle with what to wear to a pre-christmas night out recently I instantly thought about another classic co-ord from Luxemme as they look gorgeous and fit so well!

And that is how I ended up with the Orva Bralet and Midi Skirt in a beautiful burgundy leather 🙂

I ordered this with days to spare but luckily for me the parcel came next day for a reasonable price, and once again packaged beautifully and personally which is such a nice touch, especially in comparison to the larger online retailers!

As I am sure I have mentioned before I am pretty short (well maybe that is an understatement, I’m tiny!) at barely 5ft so ordering a midi skirt can be a bit of a risk, but amazingly the length of this skirt was perfect. I ordered a size 10 and was pretty impressed. With a figure verging on the side of curvy (thankyou boobs and hips for the constant sartorial challenge) sometimes finding things to fit, especially tops and bottoms in the same size, can be a challenge, but I was reassured by the fit of my last outfit from here that this would work! I was pretty right. The skirt fit perfectly, hugging in all the right places, making it look like I had a tiny waist, smooth silhouette and potentially even abs (?!) and was a definite choice, however the top was a little more snug and although gorgeous and totally passable, I just didn’t think I would feel comfortable in it all night, so I ended up swapping for an ever faithful black crop top from Missguided which was teamed off with killer nude heels.

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For both pieces it was only £39 which is a bargain for an outfit which is super versatile! Teaming this skirt with smaller heels, t-shirt and a blazer would look just as effective as a full on co-ord so you really can get value for money and a very well made outfit too!

Exactly as last time I think that this was a perfect purchase and completely saved me at the eleventh hour when I really had nothing else to wear! Definitely check Luxemme out if you havent already as their range is constantly adapting and expanding 🙂 I already have my eye on a gorgeous trouser two piece!

And now for the really good stuff! Don’t forget you can get a discount off at Luxemme by going here and using code LIFESTYLE4L to get 10% off (and even better if you head over now you are just in time for their new stock!) 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx

 

Mirina Collections Review & Exclusive Discount Code!

Hey everyone, me again! I’m slowly trying to get back into the habit of posting twice a week. Getting back into good habits is hard work and not just blogging either, I’m talking about healthy eating, going to the gym and even simple things like picking out my outfits for the week ahead.

Picking outfits though does lead me on very nicely to my topic for today’s post. I’m the worst at remembering to accessorize my outfits when I pick them quickly on the day, preferring to have picked an outfit from top to toe ahead of schedule, accessories and all (as I write this I have shoes which don’t match my outfit on as well as no jewellery!) 🙂 Those of you who follow me on Instagram or are friends with me on Facebook will have already seen my recent announcement about my brand new and exciting blog collaboration with Mirina Collections who produce the most amazing statement jewellery!

I was so excited to become a Mirina Girl, as their products are amazing, but I was nervous too as their brand ambassadors are all so amazing that I was genuinely wondering how on earth I would be able to measure up, but after giving myself a little pep talk I decided that actually I needed to just enjoy the experience full on.

If you are following lots of fashion and beauty bloggers on Instagram and Twitter like I am you will more than likely have heard of this brand or seen some of their necklaces, however, being an American based company means I had never actually seen one of their pieces in real life or knew anyone who owned one of their products.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on the Pretty Girl Necklace (although trying to pick one out of their collection was so tough! I ended up getting my group of best friends to help me whittle down my shortlist in the end) and felt like Christmas had come all over again when it finally arrived.

I do have to say that this necklace did take ages to arrive! I placed my order in Mid November and it arrived just after Christmas, but it is all for good reason and was made very clear to me up front. All of the necklaces are handmade, so the delay is down to both craft time as well as shipping time from America. Craft takes 2-3 weeks and shipping obviously can be pretty long and to be honest, it’s quite a nice change ordering something and almost forgetting about it’s arrival when you get home and have a package waiting with such a lovely goodie inside 🙂

When I ordered my necklace I received fantastic email service confirming my order and letting me know when my package had been shipped and when it arrived, it was beautifully packaged which is a love of mine.

The best part about this product? Writing  a review is easy as it basically speaks for itself. The Pretty Girl necklace literally transforms any outfit, for example, when mine arrived, I was wearing a plain long sleeve top and jeans and it even went with that outfit, turning it from drab to fab – definitely passable for a girly lunch! It’s a huge piece, but really doesn’t weigh anywhere near as much as you might think and although it is large, it’s muted tones and simple embellishment make it acceptable to wear both in the day time or to completely finish an evening outfit.

Pros

  • High quality product
  • Really eyecatching product
  • Easy to wear for both day or night
  • Really well made
  • Beautiful
  • Not too heavy
  • Great packaging and email service

Cons

  • Long shipping and manufacture time (totally worth the wait though)
  • Relatively expensive (but makes a great investment piece!)
  • So many amazing products it’s hard to pick just one (although really not a con at all)

Traditionally I would always rate products 1-5 at the end of my reviews but this year I’m changing it up so there is more variation to the scores I give, and for the Pretty Girl necklace I am awarding an 8.5 out of 10!

I would absolutely recommend Mirina Collections to my friends and am already eyeing up my next purchase from them but had to mark down for the product lead time, eventhough I totally get why it took so long.

And if you have been reading this and viewing the pictures wondering how you can get your hands on one of their pieces too, just head to www.mirinacollections.com, browse their products and if you order now, you can benefit from an exclusive 20% discount as one of my readers by using the code leanne20xo 🙂

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat (username lifestyle4less) for more daily updates on how I wear this product as well as many others, and make sure you let me know what you think of this review and this beautiful necklace by liking, sharing and by leaving comments below.

Lots of love, Leanne xx