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Emma’s Bites – healthy meat pie

Hey everyone. How we doing? 

The weather here is finally getting sunny again which means I can start experimenting and trying some new recipes over the next few weeks!!!!

Anyway today I have a little twist for you. It’s Sunday which usually means Sunday dinner in our house! (Do you have a roast on a Sunday?)

However we’ve been getting a bit fed up of them and so to swap things up a bit today we are having pie, chips and veg! 

However I’m trying too loose weight (when am I not!) so I made my own pie! 

It doesn’t take long and all you need is;

Weight watcher wrap

200/250g of 5% fat steak mince

Beef stock pot (you could use a cube but I find these have more flavour)

Onions if you wish

Salt & pepper 

Lea & Perrins 

Sage 

Mild chilli powder (you don’t have to use this I just wanted a little something extra) 

Now I actually bought individual little pie dishes so if you have one great! 

Otherwise you may have to improvise!!! 

So first of all cut your wrap to size and slot in the dish you are using. I found that if I sprayed it with fry light I could mould it better (gently). 

When that’s done pop in the oven for around 5 minutes to firm up a bit. 

Next you need to brown your mince on the hob. 

If you want to add onions add in here. Please note if you are adding onions and other veg you may need less mince to compensate or it won’t all fit in your pie. 

Once that’s done add in around 50ml of stock. So not make up any more than this as all that happens is less flavour. Pie your stick in to the pan with your mince and mix for a few more minutes, if it starts to stick or evaporate completely add little drops of water every so often until you get the desired amount. Next add your salt, pepper, then about 1/2 tsp of sage and mild chilli powder and the same amount of lea and perrins. Stir for a minute. 



Once that’s finished spoon your mixture into your pie base. Using the rest of your wrap ( I had to take some from another wrap to make my lid ) make your lid and press in around the sides. Spray the top with fry light and pop in the oven until your wrap is browned and firm.


There you have it, a healthier meat pie! Just serve with your favourite veg or salad and your favourite potatoes! We had homemade chips and peas with ours.



Come back next week for another #emmasbites or sign up to my mailing list to get notified when I have a new blog up! 

Much love

Emma xx

Meal Plan 7

Welcome back to Emma’s Bites!!!

Wow it’s been a while, I didn’t mean for it to be so long but lockdown has just been crazy and you never seem to get a moments peace to do anything other than be Mum, cook and clean!!! However I am determined to get back on track with my blogs now and inspiring you to meal plan and eat healthy so here we are!!! This is a review of this week and I also have an IGTV food haul to go with this blog over on my Instagram account which is; @mrs_shep_unplugged

Monday:

B – sweet omelette

L – soup and sandwich

D – leftover turkey from yesterday’s roast, chips and veg / salad


I won’t lie Monday’s are not very adventurous as this is food shop day ha ha! Tea was not inspiring but it was on plan. Monday’s is basically scraps lol!!!

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Tuesday:

B – poached egg on toast

L – chicken stir fry

D – homemade cheesy ham cakes


The cheesy ham cakes are an absolute must!!!! I found this recipe from @becs.bites on Instagram so go and have a look for it and try it.

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Wednesday:

B – midweek fry up

L – ploughman’s

D – homemade chicken Kiev chips and salad


Today was a great day for food!!! The kiev was so good and the ploughman’s was just what I needed today. So yummy.

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Thursday:

B – sweet omelette

L – chicken stir fry

D – homemade on plan McDonald’s!


I had been waiting for tonight’s dinner for a week and it did not disappoint! I even went a bit extra and got takeaway boxes and a toy for my son’s pretend happy meal. Healthy and fun, this did not disappoint and it’s a definite to try again!

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Friday:

B – toast

L – ‘pot noodle’

D – steak night with wedges salad and maybe homemade onion rings

You just can’t beat a steak night can you!!!

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Saturday:

B – toast

L – picky plate / omelette

D – puff pastry pizza

If you haven’t tried puff pastry as a pizza then you need too! We used the lighter puff pastry so it was less in syns.

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Sunday:

B – pancakes

L – picky plate / omelette

D – stuffed chicken with toast does and veg

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Pancakes is by far one of my favorite breakfasts to have on slimming world!!

What’s been your favorite meal this week at home? Or what do you like the look of from my week? I’ve had so many favorite meals this week!!!

Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog and I can send you your very own pack to meal plan with.

Much love

Emma

Meal Plan – 6

Hey there, sorry it’s been a while. 

I don’t know about you but I just can’t seem to get into a decent routine at the moment. I’ve no idea what week of lockdown we are on now either! However I do know that I have a weekly meal plan for you and this was what we had this week.

Would love to know what meals you have has this week and which one you would like from my plan. I also have a surprise for you at the end of my blog so keep reading! 

Monday

Breakfast was a usual favourite of packed eggs on toast, followed by fruit for lunch and leftover chicken from our roast the day before served with homemade chips and veg.


Tuesday 

Another favourite of mine for breakfast, pancakes! If you have seen my breakfast favourites go check them out. You can find it under the Emma’s Bites section, you just might have to scroll back a bit. Lunch was the same as yesterday and then for dinner we had something it different. Homemade sausage rolls! Whilst we don’t eat out a great deal I do miss the odd thing, so using some of Linda McCartneys veggie sausages and a pac of puff pastry, voila. Sausage rolls! Tell me what are you missing food wise at the moment?


Wednesday 

Today went to pot a bit. I was expecting a food delivery which didn’t come until evening, and the meal I had planned for today was on the shop! Argh! Anyway, I pulled it back and made something so easy and tasty that even my toddler enjoyed it! Wow! I started the day with………rice pudding for breakfast! I know I know. However, it’s like having porridge! I had to with fruit and a dollop if chocolate spread and it was delicious! Lunch was thrown together with whatever I could manage to find which to be honest wasn’t much! Now for dinner…….it’s not life changing lol but I made pizza from the only bits I had in. Puff pastry, cheese, tomato purée, ham ( yes I looked for pineapple and no I didn’t find any in the house! ) and seasoning. That’s it! 


Tell me what lockdown meal have you had that was all you had in?

Thursday 

Today was nothing exciting I am afraid. Left over rice pudding ( which by the way I got the recipe from Slimming Eats ), fruit for lunch and tea was leftover curry from the freezer served with rice that took minutes to cook. 

Friday

One thing I do love about cooking is making fakeaway nights! All my inspiration for these comes from @becs.bites over on Instagram, her page is amazing if you don’t already follow. So I started the day by having a breakfast hash.then I will be straight with you, I have absolutely no idea what I had for lunch or if I ate it lol 😆however I do know was interesting,I am usually always lacking in ideas for lunch. Tea however was a Greek fakeaway night! Loved doing this for something a bit different. 

Saturday 

Back to the poached eggs on toast for breakfast, leftover Greek food for lunch followed by a Chinese fakeaway! I must admit this is one of the ones that takes me the longest but we all enjoy it and there are so many dishes I can make on plan with slimming world.


Sunday 

I had oat muffins for breakfast which basically makes me fee, like I’m having cake for breakfast and what’s not to love about that! Followed by leftover Chinese for lunch and a good ole favourite of sausage, mash and veg for tea. 

Which rounds up the week! 

I’ve got more lovely meals to enjoy next week. I bloody love food can you tell lol 😂.

Oh I almost forgot! My surprise! 

As of today if you sign up and follow my blog, I will send you my newly designed and created meal plans. I have a set meal plan list for you, a meal plan lost where you can pick and choose from meals you know you want to have that week, shopping list, forward thinking sheet where you Han check your cupboard and freezer and help you save money by starting from there to meal plan (also comes with a what to prep section) and finally a none meal plan list which is a todays jobs list. This has various sections to help you plan each day and get through each day as productively as possible without (hopefully) forgetting something!

Have a good week.  

Much love 

Emma 

Easy Curry Reciepe

Hey! Welcome back to Emma’s Bites.

Today I have an easy curry recipe for you, it does have meat in it but any of the meat and vegetables can be easily swapped for something else.

Ingredients

Chicken – I used a pack of diced chicken

White onion

Spinach

Tinned tomatoes

Vegetable stock cube

Cinnamon

Paprika

Turmeric

Mustard

Ginger

Garlic

Coriander

Cumin

Chili flakes

Salt

Pepper

How to make it

Chop your onion and stick it in your frying pan with some olive oil or fry light.

Pan fry for a few minutes until softened. Once this is done you can add a tea spoon (at least I think that’s what I did– bet you lot love my exact foodie blog measurements don’t you ha ha!!!) of each seasoning – apart from the salt and pepper, to your onion.

Fry off for a few more minutes. Next you need to add your chicken and brown it off. When your chicken is brown, add the spinach (however much you fancy), 200 ml of stock, tinned tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Leave to cook on a medium to low heat for about 20 minutes.

If you are having rice, making chips or naan breads etc then now is the time to do so.

When everything is cooked just serve and enjoy!!!

Tag me over on Instagram if you re-create this. @mrs_shep_unplugged

Much love

Emma xx

Quick lunch idea

Hello and welcome back! How are you all? Today’s foodie blog is a quick lunch idea. Pizza!

All you need for this is

Bread

Cheese (grated)

Tomato Puree

Seasoning (you can use pizza seasoning or mixed herbs or none!)

Any topping you like.

First of all you need to lightly toast the bread.

While that’s being done get your toppings ready if you are having any. I used red pepper, red onion and ham which and I pan fried them all as I prefer my toppings cooked through and when you grill these at the end you won’t be doing so long enough for these to cook. So this is just preference.

When your bread has been lightly toasted, spread some of your tomato puree on.

Now it is construction time!

If you are seasoning now is the time to do so. Then add the toppings, followed by your choice of cheese.

Finally pop it under the grill on a medium heat until the cheese has melted.

All in all it should take around 10 minutes really. Which is great as it’s a quick lunch and very tasty.

Please tag me on Instagram @mrs_shep_unplugged if you have a go at this.

Much love and stay safe

Emma x

Emma’s Bites. Meal Plan and recipe. Week 5

Welcome back!!!

It’s been a funny ole week this week with this virus going around hasn’t it? Hope you are all keeping safe and well.

We have had a few good meals this week and I can’t wait to share with you.

Monday 9th March

Breakfast was the usual poached eggs on toast followed by soup and mini broughies for lunch.

Now tea time was so bloody good Ste and I both had seconds!!!

We had chicken and mushroom tagliatelle. The recipe for this is at the end of the blog!!! If you try it make sure you tag me on Instagram or Facebook.

Tuesday 10th March

Simple food day yet I flippin loved it!!!

Sweet omlette for breakfast (if you have a sweet tooth this is just perfect for breakfast!)

Chicken and bacon sandwich for lunch with fruit on the side. I really love sandwiches and every now and then I really miss them. So I swap my favourite poached eggs on toast for something else so I can have this!)

For tea we had grilled chicken with couscous and roasted veg. Ste wasn’t a fan due to lack of flavors but me and Alfie loved it!!

Wednesday 11th March

I had a cheeky midweek fry up to start my day off today which included homemade syn free hashbrowns!

Lunch was something that impressed me if I do say so myself which was pizza on toast! With three slices for a healthy b on the kingsmill crustless this was an absolute must to have again!

 Alfie has his swimming lessons on a Wednesday so it always has to be a quick tea. So for today we had quorn nuggets (seriously these are yummy), chips (homemade) and a bit of salad.

Thursday 12th March

Weigh in day!! I didn’t do great but I didn’t do terrible. Maintain this week which was actually better than what I expected so I’ll take that.

My absolute favourite on the go breakfast is white choc and raspberry muffins. Found the recipe from someone else on Instagram and it’s delicious!!! The rest of the day went downhill as I had a really bad FND flare up and ended up with a packet of pasta that hubby made me. Not what I had planned but it was fine. Tea was a very yummy burger chips and salad. Something we don’t have often but still very nice. Tell me what your favourite type of burger is? What do you like to pop on your burger? Veggie burger? Beef burger? Tell me.

Moving on to weekend…….

Friday 13th March

Eggs Benedict for breakfast. Recipe from @becs.bites on Instagram so go check her out. This was really tasty and only 1 syn. Couscous and roasted veg for lunch followed by a curry for tea!! I will share this recipe on my blog this time next week.

Saturday 14th March

Another breakfast favourite which was breakfast hash. Then lunch was very uninspiring with another pasta packet again for lunch.Follwed by stuffed pasta for tea which you can find on a previous weeks blog!

Finally the end of the week. Sunday 15th March.

This morning I decided to start the day with a bit of a fry up.

Lunch was leftovers while tea was much the same and whilst it was nice it was a wing it job as we didn’t know what else to have. So we had gnocchi bake with cheesy garlic bread.

I would love to know what meals you enjoyed this week.

So let’s get cracking on this chicken and mushroom tagliatelle eh?

For this you will need;

Diced chicken

Tagliatelle

Mushrooms

White Onion

Fat free soft cheese

Chicken stock – about ½ pint

Start off by frying the chicken off so it’s browned. Once browned set it to one side.

Then add to the pan your onion and chopped mushrooms with a little bit of your chicken stock.

Also you need to get your pasta cooking now, probably should have mentioned that!!!

After that mix the tub of soft cheese into the stock and add to the pan of mushrooms and add the chicken back in.

Cook for a further 8-10 minutes. Once that’s done and the pasta is done mix the pasta in with the sauce and serve, adding a garnish of fresh parsley if you are feeling fancy!!!

We had second helpings of this and it was honestly really really tasty. If you do try it make sure you tag me on Instagram!!!!

Emma’s Bites – Meal Plan 4

Welcome to another week of Emma’s bites!
How are you enjoying these meal plans? Has anything taken your fancy yet?
There’s been a few meals that we’ve had this week that I have enjoyed.
Anyway, enough chat let’s crack on with the food planning!


Monday
So today for breakfast I had one of my absolute favourites…….poached eggs on toast! Simple but my gosh I do love it!
Lunchtime was ham, egg and chips. Boring to some but so nice. I also really struggle with lunches so anything that is on plan that I will enjoy I am all for it.
Tea was something that Ste suggested which was chicken noodle stir fry. It was nice but Ste put a bit too much spice in it for me!!


Tuesday
Tuesday and Wednesday are my trigger days for eating more chocolate than I should do ha ha! So with this in mind I saved my healthy B choice for a snack. So all meals were planned around this idea.
Breakfast started out at with what I like to call Breakfast Hash! Normally I would also have spinach and red onion in and maybe sausage. However this time I didn’t have them in.
Lunch was a quiche. I made this on Monday to have for lunches this week and I have to say it was very very nice.
Tea was sweet and sour chicken with rice! Really good, homemade sauce of course but it was missing pineapple. Don’t ask me why I didn’t put it in!!!


Wednesday
Today’s food for breakfast and lunch was the same as yesterday.
However tea time was sausage casserole, usually something I enjoy but the recipe for today just wasn’t there in my opinion.


Thursday
Today was weigh in and a day where I don’t usually count the syns (shhhhh).
So breakfast was these gorgeous white chocolate and raspberry muffins.
Lunch was again quiche and salad! I realise this is the third day of having this but I just can’t face much else at lunch. I just don’t know what to have.
Tea was something Alfie requested which was soup and a sandwich! So I made my leek, potato and courgette soup. Sandwich was a halloumi salad sandwich which is my new favourite sandwich to have!


Friday
I was absolutely starving this particularly morning so, today for breakfast I had poached egg, toast, bacon and a Tesco and herb sausage patty!
Lunch was a mishmash of soup and a side of quiche.
Tea was actually really nice (something my Mum and Step Dad would be shocked at for me saying this!) we had fish and chips for tea. Ste was highly disappointed though as we had no peas in the house! No idea how this happened to be honest.


Saturday
Now if you follow my for slimming world reasons, I’ll be straight with you, today went to pot!!
However I really enjoyed the food I had ha ha!!!
Breakfast was another favourite of mine, white chocolate and raspberry muffins.
Lunch……..well this is when it went wrong!! Ste decided to treat me and the kids to lunch out. So we ended up at a sushi restraunt in Manchester. ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE FOOD!!!
Tea was on plan with chicken fajitas and chips.


Sunday
Breakfast was my regular poached eggs on toast.
Lunch, I really enjoyed this today. Oven cooked chicken with a salad including halloumi cheese.
Tea is a firm favourite! Rounding off the week with roast beef dinner with all the trimmings including homemade Yorkshire puddings!


I do applogise for the lack of recipes at the moment, I promise I will try though for next week!!! However hopefully this inspired you to meal plan or try something different.
I’m not sure how many of you follow me / Emma’s bites for meal ideas or slimming world. However if you follow me and this blog thread for Slimming World, would you like a blog one week on how I spend my syns? Just a thought anyway.
What’s on your meal plan for next week?
What was pour favourite meal this week?
Have a good week everyone.
Much love
Emma

Emma’s Bites – Meal Plan 3

Well what a mix of a week! Sadly I don’t have a recipe for you this week but I do have a meal plan for you. 

So this is a reflection on what we had for tea’s this week. 

Monday 

One of my favourite things to eat are sausages! Be it on a sandwich or as sausage and mash! 

So today we had sausage and mash using Aldi’s skinny sausages. Really really yummy and low on syns too on Slimming World.

Tuesday

I’m going to be straight with you, today’s meal was totally planned around having pancakes for after tea lol! Alfie and Ste had what I call ‘real pancakes’. I saved my healthy extra b from Slimming World so I could make some pancakes! 

So for tea we have papadelle pasta.

Photo is of my my pancakes that I made.

Wednesday 

Being Ash Wednesday it was only right that we had corn beef ash today! Simple, effective and bloody tasty! 

The corn beef was a reduced fat.


Thursday

So today’s meal for a treat after weigh in was halloumi salad on a flat bread! Omg it was so so so good! 

Friday 

Today’s meal was beef in black bean sauce. I got the recipe from somewhere online but I have to say I wasn’t that impressed which made me a little sad.

Saturday 

Yum yum and more yum! 

Pizza, chips and salad! Granted I wills gave preferred a ‘proper’ pizza. However it was nice and better than nothing! 

Chips are homemade and the salad was just lettuce, pepper, cucumber and grated carrot. 

Sunday

How flipping good are roast dinners on a Sunday? You can’t beat them. Apart from the washing up that’s a ball ache! 

However I still love them.

My favourite has to be roast beef dinner with Yorkshire puddings. Next favourite is roast chicken and stuffing. 

What’s your favourite roast? 

Anyway, as I said that’s all I have for this week. 

Hopefully next week I’ll have a recipe for you as well. 

Much love 

Emma xx

Emma’s Bites / meal plans and stuffed pasta

Hey everyone! So here we are again! It’s Sunday which means it’s time for another Emma’s Bites blog! 

For those of you that are new, there are lots more of these in my archive on my blog. Both Slimming World friendly and none. 

Anyway, I’ve lots to write this week so less random chat and more food chat eh?!

First half of this will be the meal plan. Then the latter half is a recipe from one of the meals made this week. 

Hope you enjoy it, let me know if you create any of these and if your on Instagram then please please tag me. You can find me @mrs_shep_unplugged.

Monday 

After finding some large pasta in Aldi recently I couldn’t wait to make something from this! It’s something I keep my eye out for this pasta. Anyway we had stuffed pasta with a tomato sauce and cheese. This is actually the recipe I am sharing with you this week and I’m so excited! It’s meat free, not many ingredients and super super tasty.

Tuesday 

Today was a bit like a cheeky mid week roast. We had pork chops, roasties and veg. Super super tasty and the sauce was syn free. I think I just did balsamic vinegar and some herbs and sweetner. Really really good.

 

Wednesday

Now as you probably know from last weeks blog, it’s the day we have swimming so I decide on a meal based on not having to do much or something that Ste can heat up quick after work for us all. 

Anyway, today was braised steak veg and dumplings. 

Erm, I love beef stew but I don’t think I use my slow cooker enough to practise with though as I just didn’t enjoy it. It wasn’t for me but it filled a hole and it was hot. 

Thursday 

Thursdays are the day I get weighed at Slimming World, so today I made us a lasagne as a ‘treat’! Don’t ask me why I think of it as a treat lol! Anyway, as usual it was delicious! 

Friday

OH MY GOD! 

Now, if you don’t believe me then believe the rest of my family. But today’s meal was absolutely incredible! There wasn’t a scrap of food left! In fact, my father in law actually wants to come back again for tea soon to have this again! 

We had paella! I wanted to do something that was easy and where I could add meat in easily. My mother in law is vegetarian the rest of us eat meat. Also with 6 of us for tea that night I was trying to keep the cost down and still have a super tasty enjoyable meal! I served the meat separate and those that wanted meat added it to our plate easily. The paella itself was left in the large pan and placed on the table for everyone to help themselves.  A massive hit and a definite to have again.

Saturday 

Last nights meal was chilli, normally something I enjoy but Ste made it and unfortunately it was far too spicy for me & Alfie so we literally just had rice for tea while Ste had the chilli lol! 

Sunday 

Which leaves us with today! 

Today we are having a roast beef dinner. It’s honestly one of my absolute favourite roasts. Ste makes the best Yorkshire puddings as well! 

Here’s a throw back photo to another day when Ste made his Yorkshire puddings.

So that’s our week in meals! 

Below is the recipe for the stuffed pasta. Then if you follow me on Instagram I (@mrs_shep_unplugged) am uploading a video of my food shop hail for this week if you fancy a nosy. Where you can see all the food I bought for this weeks meals, lunches and breakfasts. 

If your stopping reading here then thank you for reading! Hope you have some great meals this week. 

Stuffed pasta. 

So for this you will need;

Passata 

Bag of spinach 

Soft cheese 

Lumaconi pasta

Parmesan 

Worcestershire sauce

Oregano

Basil 

Black pepper

Smoked paprika

Garlic granules 

Pine nuts


First of all cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. (Just a heads up but I tend to make for four people that way I have leftovers).

While that’s cooking, on the hob in a large pan add your spinach with a little water and wilt. Once it’s wilted add the tub of soft cheese and mix together. Once it has softened and mixed together the leave to one side.

 

Once your pasta is done, drain and cook if you need to. My husband stuffed the pasta and can seem to handle very hot things without noticing lol! I don’t think he’s got feeling in his hands ha ha! 


Anyway, the next step is to basically stuff for spinach mixture into the pasta. Add this to a large baking dish and lay them out next to each other. 

Once that’s done, you need to make your sauce. 

In a jug, mix together the passata, a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce and a teaspoon of the other herbs and spices. 

When that’s done, pour the sauce over your pasta. Don’t worry if you don’t think there is enough sauce as it will spread a bit when in the oven. 

Finally add some Parmesan and pine nuts and bake in the oven for about 5-10 mins. It doesn’t need long at all.

 

Then serve and enjoy! 


It really was delicious and it’s another dish that we are definitely making again soon! 

Please tag me on Instagram or comment below if you make this or any other meal I have mentioned this week. 

Much love

Emma xx 

Diets? Weights loss? Is it really for me?

Why I don’t think I’ll ever loose weight……

I have followed Slimming World for a number of years now and I once lost four stone following this plan. 

However since I got FND, I am obviously not as mobile as I used to be. 

This is problem number one! I’m not burning any calories that I actually consume! 

I can follow the plan, do the meal plan, measure the milk and cheese allowance. 

However my problem is the syns! 

I’ve never been much of a drinker when it comes to alcohol. Maybe on the odd night out when I was younger, but not any more. Drinking alcohol when you feel rough every anyway isn’t much fun I can tell you! 

I’ve also never smoked. 

So you see chocolate is my only vice! Like most people I tend to comfort eat, which if you follow me on Instagram there’s a always something several

times a week that gives me a reason to comfort eat. 

I’m the type of person that eats chocolate spread from the jar while hiding somewhere. 

I’m the type that goes out of my way for chocolate and yes I have taken chocolate from someone else’s stash! 

I am quite sure I’ve got a problem when it comes to chocolate. It doesn’t matter if it’s chocolate spread, chocolate cake, chocolate bar or hot chocolate. I’ll have it! 

So you see. 

Combined with my inability to walk far now and my never ending chocolate addiction. No matter how much I follow the meal plans for Slimming World. 

I honestly can’t see my me loosing this weight again. 

Then again who knows?! Hopefully I can prove myself wrong x