Day 43. Hold on to your vision 🌸

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Good morning! I hope you’ve all had an amazing weekend & are ready for a brand new week full of new, exciting opportunities! 🌻 I’ve got to say, I’m really not loving these grey skies I’m waking up to recently, all the April showers and the cold nights. It’s meant to be spring! Give me all the fresh sunshine mornings & smell of cut grass 😍 to top it all, Ruth & Eamon are presenting This Morning throughout the Easter holidays, so things are pretty miserable all round this morning. Everything, apart my motivation, that is still as strong as it ever was. We have just over a week until our official second month weigh in & I’m really excited to see how we’ve done! Our holiday is just around the corner too, so there’s lots to look forward to! 🧡

Monday’s food diary:

Breakfast – My usual! Porridge, made with coconut milk, topped with frozen raspberries, chia & flax seeds! (No granola this morning) – 200 Calories. 💕

1 litre of water

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Lunch – 204 calories ☕️💓 I had a skinny flat white today which was soo nice! 1 litre of water

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Dinner – Simple dinners are the best! Was meant to have roasted green beans with this tonight but I fancied salad instead! So I made seasoned chicken breast, hasselback potatoes and all the salad! – 347 Calories 🖤🌻Pudding – fresh strawberries

1 litre of water 💦

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Total calorie intake: 751 calories 🌸🌸🌸

– I’m doing pedicures for both my mum & Tazmyn tonight which will take forever, so a cup of tea and a salted caramel rice cake is definitely on the cards for later on when I’m in bed & watching 24 hours in police custody! 🙈

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful day!

Lots of love,

Sinéad x

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Day 29. Be so good they can’t ignore you.

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Good morning lovelies! 🌸✨ How are you today? Are you motivated for a brand new week ahead?! The sun is shining and the skies are blue here this morning which has instantly put me in a good mood! When we were in Windsor yesterday, a lady stopped me to say “you’re hair is fabulous, I’d die for hair like yours” 🥰💕 & it really made my day so I passed the act of kindness on, and told the girl who served me in Superdrug how stunning her make up looked, because it really did! What acts of kindness have you done lately? Sometimes the smallest little comment can really make someone feel good about themselves.

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Monday’s food diary:

Breakfast – Porridge! Made with coconut milk, topped with granola, frozen raspberries and chia seeds! – 200 Calories 💓1 Litre of sugar free strawberry water 💦🍓

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Lunch – 204 Calories ☕️⭐️1 Litre of water

Mid afternoon snack: 68 Calories 🍿

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Dinner – Chicken fajitas, lettuce wraps and couscous! All this for 245 Calories wahhhh😍1 Litre of water

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Total calorie intake: 717 Calories 🌸

Going to have some salted caramel chocolate covered rice cakes and a cup of tea in bed tonight whilst watching 24 hours in police custody! They’re 80 calories each and I’ll probably have two because, why not?!

Loads of love,

Sinéad x

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Day 26. You get what you work for, not what you wish for.

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Hello sweets 💓 how’s it Friday again? Time is really flying lately! I had some really lovely messages from you all yesterday after I’d posted our first monthly weigh in results! I appreciate them all so much. I actually got a bit emotional when we weighed ourselves yesterday, because for 10 years I had convinced myself that the only way to successfully lose weight, was to practically starve myself and do a shake diet, such as Cambridge weight plan! I never for one second believed that just by changing my eating habits and making better choices food wise, I’d be able to lose almost a stone in a month!! I’m so proud of us. We haven’t starved ourselves, we have never gone to bed hungry. We’ve had lovely dinners every single night, saved money by not having take-aways or meals out (Apart from Bella Italia last night!) and just generally, we’ve had such a spring in our steps with a real motivational boost which is what I think we both needed. I’m not scared to say, prior to one month ago, I could easily eat a whole pack of biscuits per sitting with a cup of tea completely unaware of how many calories I was consuming in one go. We wouldn’t have been able to go into a coffee shop without ordering cake or cream on our hot chocolates. Walking round supermarkets just tired the life out of me and I’d always be out of breath and have pain in my back. I’m 28 years of age, under no circumstances should I be suffering back ache. So I knew something had to change and it was about time we took control of our diet instead of letting our diet control us. No going back now. Of course there will be treat days, we’re only human. I think by depriving ourselves of little treats every so often, makes us want them more and increases the chances of us going back to our old ways. Summer is just around the corner, we can’t wait for barbecues and picnics! Birthdays and holidays. Every day won’t be under 1,000 calories but it’s all about balance and that’s something we are now learning. For me, giving up Diet Coke and all fizzy drinks has been a huge thing. Tazmyn asked me last night if I’d treat myself to a can of Diet Coke from the supermarket but I said no. Not because I don’t feel I can have one here and there, but because I truly don’t feel like I need it anymore. Fizzy just made me feel bloated, gave me chronic indigestion and generally just didn’t make me feel good. However good the taste of Diet Coke is!

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Fridays intake:

Breakfast – Coconut milk porridge, frozen raspberries, chia seeds & granola topper (I promise I’m going to get more adventurous soon! I want to start making fruit smoothies for breakfast!) – 200 Calories 💕✨

1 litre of water

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Lunch – Spent the afternoon with Rory at softplay today which was really nice! He’s getting so big and learning new things every day. We love our soft play and costa dates ☕️💕 – 204 Calories for lunch! I am a little bit obsessed with the café latte slimfast shakes!

2 litres of water (smashing my water intake!)

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Dinner – I tried out a new recipe tonight. Vegetable lasagne and salad! I’m going to pop the full recipe up in a separate post so look out for that, but this is only 321 calories per portion, with salad! 💛

Pudding – Strawberry jelly – 10 Calories

1 litre of water 💦

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Daily calorie intake: 725 Calories 💕

Going to have some salty popcorn and a cup of tea in bed later! Each pack are 56 calories ✨

Little non related bit of info, but we ran into an old school friend of mine today who I hadn’t seen in years, and it was the first time I’ve actually introduced Tazmyn as my wife, since everyone in our life obviously know we’re married. It felt so good 🥰🔐✨

Anyway, have a lovely weekend sweets!

Until tomorrow,

Sinéad xx

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• Weekly Meal Plan •

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Our weekly meal plan has been done a day early this week, as we have Rory’s birthday party tomorrow so won’t have time to sit and plan meals and write a shopping list etc! I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, planning is so key when trying to eat more healthily! If we didn’t plan I’m sure we would really struggle.

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Monday – Red lentil pasta with pesto and seasoned chicken breasts – 353 Calories.

Tuesday – Linda McCartney red pepper & chorizo sausages, swede mash, sweetcorn and peas – 263 Calories.

Wednesday – Teriyaki chicken with sesame vegetables – 359 Calories.

Thursday – Chicken fajitas in lettuce wraps with couscous – 245 Calories.

Friday – Vegetable lasagne & salad – 321 Calories.

Saturday – Homemade chicken kebabs & salad – 389 Calories.

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What does your meal plan for the week look like? Do you have some favourites that you just have to have once a week? For us, it’s definitely our Saturday night chicken kebabs! It feels like such a treat meal, even though it’s much lower in calories than an actual kebab takeaway! 🙈

Lots of love,

Sinéad x

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Recipe: Pork Steaks With Sautéed Lentils.

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I realised last night whilst scrolling through my camera roll that 95% of the content, okay maybe 99% is all of food! Food we have either eaten out, cooked ourselves or had someone else cook for us which got me thinking, maybe I should just be a food blogger! I mean, we are absolute self confessed foodies, we eat out at some of the most amazing places, but more importantly, we both love to cook. Tazmyn is definitely the more skilled cook out of the two of us, where as me, I’m just a mess in the kitchen and my timings are really bad! That being said, I’d love to learn and I’d love to cook more, I’d love us to cook together more and I’d love to try new foods. So to add to my ever growing list of New Years resolutions, or should I say, things I want to do more of in 2019, is to cook more, enjoy food more and to document it more!

I invested in some foodie magazines today and whilst flicking through, I came across a recipe I really wanted to try so just like that, we found ourselves in Waitrose buying ingredients and indulging in our most favourite thing about Waitrose, the free coffee of course!

Pork steaks with sautéed lentils.

I did think about writing out the complete recipe but it’s right there in the magazine, so hopefully you can see it clearly should you wish to give this recipe a go yourself!

It was relatively easy to cook, I think the most time consuming part was the prep! Cutting the garlic, slicing the asparagus, getting the pork steaks in half, and chopping the onion (I cheated and bought it already chopped for me!) But overall, we loved this recipe and would definitely eat it again! You can also use chicken breasts instead of pork steaks if you’d prefer which we may do next time!

Out of 5 stars? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ And a half!

I hope you enjoyed this post, I’m excited to experiment more in the kitchen and try new things!

Lots of love,

Sinéad xxx

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Days like these 🍂💛

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Spontaneous train journeys to hidden little villages in the heart of where we live, drinking tea and eating pasta, planning our future on park benches in late October. Today has been one of my favourite days, my darling.

It might look like all we do is eat out, that’s because we do. And we love it.

I fell in love with the White Company. I think I left a piece of my heart in there when we came out, I want everything.

You, with your hard to forget eyes 💘

Bedtime with our baby angel Gracie.

Counting my blessings as always ✨🌷💛

Hoping everyone is having a good week! Xxx

Pizza Party

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yep what it says on the tin. Yesterday was literally like the hottest day ever, 32 degrees I think it got to here.. and what do we decide to do? Only the bloody food shop. Note to self: never do the food shopping or any kind of shopping in these temperatures ever again. It was disgusting and I wouldn’t recommend it. 

Last night we made homemade pizzas in the Chalke household.. not something we do very often to be honest, not sure why because it was like the best meal ever. Tazmyn over did hers with the oregano in typical Tazmyn fashion, I opted for all the chorizo and chillies because I’m Italian and there’s no such thing as too much flavour. I’m liking this cooking together malarkey, what’s better than cooking with your wife? Do you cook with your significant other? If so what’s your favourite thing to cook together? 

2E86B0C2-E1BA-44A2-8410-1EC34A78E14CTazmyns Pizza.

91751167-9722-4364-AC30-6EEAF21E2A06.jpegMy pizza.