A Saturday well spent 🌸

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We’ve had such a lovely weekend so far, last night my darling wife took me for dinner at one of our favourite places, Marco Pierre Whites steakhouse in Windsor. If you haven’t been you should really pay it a visit, from the decor to the food, everything is amazing and the steak of course is the best! 💗

This morning we had a pretty slow start to the day, caught up on laundry and housework, the snow began to clear up so we decided to go for a nice walk along the riverside. We really are blessed with where we live, it’s so pretty.

And, it’s never too cold for a cocktail is it?!

I’ve been playing around with some new edits on my photos, and I’m particularly loving this preset called “The White One” by littlepaperswan on Instagram! If you’re into editing your photos, definitely check out her page for some inspiration! 🌸

Our plans this evening are to just chill, make some dinner and catch up on a few things on Netflix. We really want to see the Ted Bundy Tapes & also Abducted in plain sight so I’ll update you with my thoughts once we’ve watched them! What are your must see’s on Netflix at the moment? Anything true crime, please do let me know your recommendations.

I hope everyone’s having a peaceful Saturday!

With love, always

Sinéad Anna Chalke x

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Tonight’s tea – winter warmer 💕

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It was Tazmyns turn to cook this evening and after a pretty full on day, it was lovely to sit down to something really comforting and hearty. We still have snow, although it’s clearing up now, it’s like an ice rink in most places. There’s nothing better than getting cosy in your favourite pyjamas with the heating on and having dinner.

Tonight’s tea was sausages, swede, mushy peas, sweetcorn and onion gravy. Just what I needed!

We used the British pork with caramelised onion sausages from Waitrose, they’re really full of flavour and yummy! £3.29 per pack of 6 and part of the 2 for £5 deal which is pretty good. We got another pack that we’re going to use later on in the week!

What did you have for your dinner? 💗

Love,

Sinéad Anna Chalke x

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Marks and Spencer to the rescue!

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Both of us were just extremely tired to cook from fresh tonight, so it was a last minute dash to our favourite place on Earth, Marks and Spencer of course! Dinner is a throw it together kind of meal and also a carb coma but who cares.

So we’ve got, hot & spicy chicken tenders, potato gratin dauphinois (never tried the M&S ones before so it’s a treat!), broccoli cheese bake and good old french bread with all the lurpak you can dream of. Really trying to stay away from oven food as much as we can and instead cooking fresh, but on those busy days when you’re ovarly tired, Marks and Spencer definitely comes to the rescue!

We also have a naughty pud too! It would have been rude not to, right?

profiteroles!!! 💗✨

Dinner was super super good!

We’ll try to eat fresh the rest of the week, promise!

What did you have for dinner?

As always, love

Mrs Chalke x

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Cambridge weight plan: My Story.

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It’s time isn’t it? To really write down on paper so to speak, my honest thoughts on Cambridge weight plan. I mean, it’s been a part of my life on and off for 10 years (wow has it really been that long?) & the majority of followers I have on social media are those of who i have befriended over the years whilst on embarking on one of my many attempts doing CWP.

So now I’m a blogger. I have a platform that is viewed by a few hundred people each day, and I am sure there’s lots of those readers who have no clue what Cambridge weight plan even is. Here I’m going to do my best to break it down for you, as well as give my own personal experience with CWP as well as my thoughts, now, 10 years on. Please do leave me a comment below, I’d love to know if you enjoyed this post.

What is Cambridge Weight Plan? (CWP)

Cambridge weight plan is basically a meal replacement diet, aimed to provide fast weight loss without the stress of calorie counting. These meal replacements vary from a range of powdered shakes, to ready made shakes and even spaghetti bolognese sachets and soups too. Cambridge weight plan offer different type of steps/plans for you to choose from that suit your lifestyle best and depending on whether you have medical issues and what type of lifestyle you live, there pretty much will be a plan for you. These products you’d be consuming from Cambridge would be distributed to you in the form of your own personal Cambridge weight plan consultant who you’d meet with weekly. They would weigh you, take measurements from you, supply you with all of your products and be there for support whenever you’d need it.

My own experience

The million dollar question. So I began my Cambridge weight plan journey for the first time when I was just 18 years old. I remember what prompted me to even research it in the first place. I’d watched a documentary on channel 4 called “Half a ton mom” I believe that documentary is now available on YouTube if you wanted to give it a watch. I remember watching this documentary and crying my eyes out. It was like a massive shock to the system. This lady in America who was morbidly obese, bed bound, pretty much dying with no life at all was seeking drastic help to lose weight so she went about trying to get weight loss surgery. Eventually she found a surgeon who was willing to take her on, as all others were really reluctant due to her size. She was so excited about getting this weight loss surgery, she thought it would literally be the answer to all her prayers. She went in for the surgery, gosh I remember the paramedics who actually came to transport her from her house to the hospital in order for her to have her surgery actually needed to break a wall down in her house to actually get her out! She was unable to walk, strictly bound to her bed at all times and too big to fit through the door way. In the hospital they even had to make a make shift hospital bed for her to have the surgery on due to fears she may brake the operating table. Anyway I’m babbling now, but she had this surgery. But unfortunately there was complications when she was in the recovery room and she died. It was heartbreaking. I haven’t seen the documentary for a good couple of years so I don’t remember the finer details but the moral of the story is, she died when it was too late. Her weight is ultimately what killed her, and I guess that just struck a chord within me and really saddened me. I didn’t want to do weight watchers again, I didn’t want to do slimming world. I didn’t want to try and lose weight myself and settle for just 1 or 2 pounds each week. I wanted results and I wanted them fast.

So I googled shake diets and that’s when I found Cambridge. Reading through the testimonials on their website I honestly could not believe my eyes, people having lost stones and stones and stones. Life changing amount of weight! I knew I had to find a consultant in my area and book an appointment straight away.

When I first did Cambridge weight plan, it was 2008 and the price was dramatically different to what it is now! It was around £38-40 a week and even though that’s still quite pricy, it was doable. I messed around for a couple of years, I got a bit cocky and confident after I saw the weight falling off me each week, I thought well I can just eat pizza and come back to this diet at a late date. I don’t think I was one hundred and fifty percent in the right mindset. Maybe I was too young and a little naive.

2012 came around and I decided now was time, like really time. I found a new consultant, her name was Kristina. She had a Newcastle accent and I couldn’t stand it but regardless of her accent, she was the perfect consultant for me. She had the patience of a saint and she was consistent and I needed that. I did 3 products a day, usually chocolate tetras (the ready made shakes!) I had lots of peanut bars too! I spent my 23rd birthday eating a peanut bar and guzzling a bottle of water in the pub while my best friend ate steak. I’ll never forget that. I started on March 4th 2012 and by the beginning of September I had lost 7 and a half stone.

Looking back now, I don’t remember how I actually lost so much weight in such a short amount of time. It feels like it was a different person and it wasn’t me. I remember going shopping with my friend to Birmingham, and we were in New Look (she was pregnant at the time) and I had lost 7 and a half stone to decided to try on some skinny jeans in a super super small size. I came out of the changing room to show her them on me and she literally screamed in excitement, “I can see your knee bones!” Is what I heard her say. She told me I had to buy these jeans. It felt so good to know I was in the tiniest pair of skinny jeans and I felt so good in them too! Of course this rapid weight loss came with its down sides too. My hair started falling out. Every shower id have, clumps of hair would fall out. I remember my hairdresser telling me how thin it felt and I was so upset. I think that may have been the main reason for me starting to mess about. That and the fact that because I’d lost the weight so quickly, I don’t think my brain has quite caught up with my body. I was still obese in my mind. I started binge eating after every weigh in. I’d order pizza or a kebab. I’d go to Frankie and Bennys and throw up when I got home. Before long I was in agony and I didn’t know what was going on with my body. Every time I’d eat anything I’d find myself on the phone to 111 asking for help because I couldn’t breathe. Eventually I got diagnosed with gallstones from excessive weight loss and the shock it had caused me body, ended up making me get hundreds of little stones in my gallbladder. Weighting to have my gallbladder removed on the NHS genuinely felt like a lifetime. Whilst waiting I had completely given up trying to lose weight. I probably should have stuck with Kristina and worked up the Cambridge weight plan steps, even if I didn’t want to continue losing a lot of weight but I think the 7 and a half stone weight loss, plus my hair falling out, plus becoming unwell due to my binges all got too much and I just gave up. I didn’t really contemplate ever putting all the weight back on but at the same time I I didn’t contemplate keeping it off either. I wish someone had of just grabbed me and shook me and said 7 and a half stone will pile back on you quicker than it took you to lose it. Maybe then I’d have had a reality check. But they didn’t and it did.

Years went by, I had my gallbladder removed. Thank god for that. It just means now I can eat steak and lasagne without the need to throw up but on the downside, instead of a gallbladder full of stones, I just have hips the size of Barbados that seriously don’t lie. I attempted CWP 700 more times, of course I did, each time with a new consultant. None of them really compared to Kristina. None of them really motivated me enough to keep going. I say that, but I think it was me who just didn’t have the motivation to keep going. Losing weight the first time is hard but losing it the 700 times after is even harder, trust me!

We are now in 2019. I am now 28 years of age. The last Cambridge consultant I had was Grace Mecklenbugh who has won various awards with Cambridge for being slimmer of the year having lost over 12 stone. She’s my age and she in hindsight was probably the best person I could have had to help me lose weight. She was motivating, she was passionate, she was full of knowledge and experience and she wanted me to do well. I could see that each week I saw her. But we are 10 years on now and things are different, of course they are. It’s no longer £38 a week to do just shakes. It’s more like £56 depending on your consultant. A lot of the guidelines have changed, a lot tell you to do 4 products which brings the price up to £70 a week, a lot of them aren’t supportive enough. And then you’ve got your life to live! I’m married, together we are absolute foodies. When I did Cambridge in 2012 I was single, I had no social life, I’d stay indoors every single day. You can’t hide yourself away when you’re in a relationship, you have to cook for your partner, you go out places, you do things. And we love finding new restaurants and eating good food! It’s our hobby. For so many reasons Cambridge weight plan just isn’t for me anymore. A part of me sees it now as one big big money scamming con, that just wants to rob you until you’re broke and then the minute you’ve lost all the weight, your body just isn’t equipped to go back to normal eating. It’s so confused to have food inside it again that if stores all the fat and you end up getting ill and putting the weight back on! It’s a vicious cycle and it’s emotionally draining.

That being said, Cambridge Weight Plan works. You need to lose a stone? 10 days on Cambridge and it will have gone. It’s fast rapid weight loss but it’s also starvation and it’s anti social. I find myself getting drawn back so many times until somebody knocks some sense into me and makes me see that it’s not healthy. Not really.

I recently had a friend of mine offer me free membership for weight watchers so I think we will most likely sign up to that next month and give the conventional healthy eating a go. We love cooking, we love making new dishes and following recipes. I think cooking with your partner is a really lovely thing to do together. Don’t get me wrong, shakes still tempt me. Superdrug currently have all their meal replacement shakes half price and I have been so very tempted to stock up and do a crash week just to get that Christmas bloat taken off but I’ve honestly been so busy to even go and get them and like I say, we enjoy cooking!

I’m so sorry this post is about 6 years long! Whenever I start talking about Cambridge weight plan I find I just can’t stop. If you would like to check out the Cambridge website out, you can do so by clicking here.

I think I will always be grateful to CWP for making me believe in myself, knowing I can and could achieve something that always seemed so impossible to me, quite literally changed my life. However, if I was a mum who had a teenage daughter who was thinking about doing a very low calorie diet, I think I’d put all of my energy into letting her know there are better choices out there. You’ve just got to find them.

Love,

Sinéad xxx

Our Sunday in Windsor 🏰🌷✨

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I used to hate Sundays before I met Tazmyn, I mean like really hate them, but I’ve found they’re definitely more enjoyable if either A – there’s a roast dinner involved or B – we go out for the day and do something. Unfortunately there was no Sunday dinner for us today, but we did spend a few hours in Windsor which was really nice.

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, I absolutely love living where we do. I would never and will never want to live anywhere else. There’s links to so many places and so many things to do, it’s home of Windsor Castle, why on earth would I ever want to leave?

We couldn’t decide on lunch at pizza express or a pub today, settled for the pub because we have had a pizza express recently so fancied something different, plus we weren’t majorly hungry.

We had chicken wraps and chips at the King & Castle pub in Windsor, directly opposite Windsor Castle, it was super cheap too £6.50 including a drink so absolute bargain!

We did a bit of shopping afterwards too..

Lush heaven..

I had to be dragged out of River Island because I wanted to buy the contents of the shop. There’s like 3 bags I want, a pair of boots, a purse, perfume, not to mention the rest! I was just about to buy the perfume when Tazmyn told me not to. Turns out she bought it for me without me knowing, love her 😍

Paris by night from River Island literally smells insane, have you tried it? Even though Tazmyn got me one today, I’m going to ask for another for Christmas. Perfect stocking filler right? 🎁

We had coconut hot chocolates in the best place in all the universe, Pret obviously. If anyone is stuck what to get me for Christmas (you shouldn’t be because I’m the easiest person to buy for.. Pret gift cards will do!) ☕️🍂🌷✨

Once we were home, it was pjs on, candles burning, heating whacked up high, chorizo, tomato and garlic pasta bake in the oven & a night in front of the telly watching the Strictly and XFactor results! – little mix’s performance on the X factor though… 😮😮 aaamaazing!! I think I need to add tickets to their tour on my elfster wish list this year 🤣😭😩 love them.

What did your Sunday consist of? Let me know, I hope you all had a lovely day 🌷✨😘

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Review: Marks & Spencer £10 meal deal.

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Its Saturday night, it’s Halloween night on Strictly, what better excuse is there to have a treat tea? We love our Saturdays, we always have something nice for dinner, whether that’s a take away or just something fancy from the shops. Tonight we decided to give the Marks & Spencer £10 Indian meal deal a go. We did admittedly want to get the £9 Indian box meal, which is similar to the Chinese box meal I reviewed several weeks ago, however they were all sold out, so we decided to go for this one instead.

What do you get?

2 mains

2 sides

We went for a chicken tikka masala curry, a chicken madras curry, 1 side of tarka dahl, and 1 side of Indian selections, which included onion bhajis, pakoras and samosas.

We also decided to add some naan breads, mini popadoms and rice which I already had in the cupboard so this was obviously not included in the meal deal.

How much does it cost?

£10 available any day of the week.

The result

Our review, out of 5 stars.

Tazmyn: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Me: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

(It was good, cheap, you got a lot for your money compared to what we’d have paid at an actual Indian restaurant, however, I’m super fussy and you can’t beat a real curry can you?)

I hope you enjoyed this review lovelies! If you have tried or do try any of the M&S meal deals, do let me know, it’s our fave place to buy food! Always on the hunt for yummy things to try.

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The Autumn Tag

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Thank you to the lovely Charleigh for tagging me in this, I have actually been nominated for this a few times but never for around to actually doing it. So here goes!

1) What signifies the start of Autumn to you?

colder mornings, darker nights, the crisp, smoky fresh air and the changing of leaves.

2) Best way to spend a rainy day?

In my pyjamas, under a blanket, drinking hot chocolate and watching movies with my wife.

3) Your most favourite Autumn memory?

I got engaged on my favourite day of the year which is in fact in autumn. Bonfire night 2016. It is without a doubt my most favourite autumn memory.

4) Favourite fall scent?

Sweater weather candle by bath and body works.

5) What are you most excited about this Autumn?

I’m really looking forward to firework night next weekend, we’re going to a display at a really cute country pub and Tazmyns booked us a night away so it’ll be lovely.

6) Favourite Autumn song?

Heartbeat by Carrie Underwood.

7) Favourite Autumn film?

Really don’t have one, but we watched Mrs Doubtfire the other week after a roast on a Sunday and that was such a childhood classic of mine.

8) What TV shows are you looking forward to this fall?

I’m all about strictly come dancing.

9) Favourite Autumn colour?

Yellow.

10) Favourite fall fashion trend?

Dressing gowns and fluffy socks.

11) Your most loved outdoor Autumn activity?

Autumn is the only time I like to go for walks.

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