Thursday, 23 October 2014

The one where I'm staying active & being healthy.


Weight loss challenge @ Ups and downs, smiles and frowns.

I thought it was about time to write an up to date update on how my weight loss & keeping fit challenge is going.

I wrote a blog post a few weeks ago about how I needed to loose weight, eat healthier and get fit! Well, I am not really sure how much weight I've lost but I know I have lost at least three pounds because one pair of my jeans is a little loose around my middle. Which is great! And so encouraging. I've also been using my pedometer, which I recently reviewed. I haven't been eating junk food or drinking fizzy drinks (with the exception of yesterday and one day last week, I had a small bottle of lucasade/can of coke - I feel like I totally let myself down but seriously, I was craving it SO bad).

I was a little bit disappointed last week as I treated myself to a new pair of boots. The thing is, they were almost knee high boots but I couldn't get the zip to do up around my leg. My leg was just too FAT! Ugh. So I had to send them back (they were such a bargain too. Boo). That has however, given me the incentive to keep on eating healthy, walking at least 15,000 steps a day (I did 21,545 steps yesterday!) and just generally being healthy! There have been days where I have a had a headache, making 15,000 steps is hard when you have a headache. Which sucks. But generally I am trying my very best. I'll treat myself to new boots when I've lost a few pounds. I do think I need to invest in some bathroom scales because I DO need to weigh myself and keep track of what weight I am loosing. The thing is though, I don't want to become obsessed with weighing myself. So I'll weigh myself once every two weeks.

I've had a banana for breakfast (I'm not a big lover of breakfast and could quite easily skip it tbh), for lunch I'll have toast (brown bread) with a little low fat butter and for a nack I'll have an apple or rivita. For dinner this evening, I'm going to have chicken, (brown) pasta with salad.  It's really hard to not eat the same as the kids but it'll all be so worth it.

Sarah xXx

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Ozeri 4x3sport Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer with Tri-Axis Technology & 30 Day Memory {review}

Ozeri 4x3sport Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer. 30 day memory

Many of you might remember that a few weeks ago, I wrote about how I need to get fit and loose a little bit of weight. So, when I was asked if I would like to review the Ozeri 4x3sport Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer I of course said yes!

I seriously couldn't wait to try this little gadget! The Ozeri 4x3sport Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer not only calculates and displays how many steps you do in a day but it also records, calculates and displays the amount of daily steps, stairs climbed, calories burned and exercise time with the world's most advanced Tri-Axis technology. I really like the fact it tells me exactly how many minutes I've walked daily! Personally I think that is this little gadget is quite nifty and rather cool! 

Ozeri 4x3sport Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer with Tri-Axis Technology @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

It encourages me SO much to walk more, I always aim for 15,000 steps a day. I make sure I do those 15,000 steps a day and having the The Ozeri 4x3sport Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer, really does help. It not only encourages me to walk and exercise but it also encourages me to eat healthier, let me explain. For instance, if I burn 500 calories, it gives me incentive knowing, that I have burned those calories and NOT to eat junk food!

The The Ozeri 4x3sport Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer can record up to 1 million steps with it's built in memory for up to 30 days of activity. It also features a calender, a clock, as well as a sports timer. It's also used by professional athletes.

The The Ozeri 4x3sport Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer itself is 7.8 x 1.3 x 3.5 cm and is very slim (as you can see in the picture). It clips nicely to my jeans/leggins (etc) really nicely and stays clipped on. I actually even forget I'm wearing it most of the time, it's very comfortable! I usually have my T.shirt or sweater covering it, so it isn't even visible to other people. It looks stylish and it's really easy to read and use.

Ozeri 4x3sport Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer with Tri-Axis Technology & 30 Day Memory @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

The pedometer comes nicely packaged, in a little plastic box, very easy to open. Inside it contains a tiny screw driver in case the battery needs changing. Speaking of the battery, it uses 1 CR2 batteries which is included along with a strap (which attaches easily to the pedometer). It also comes with a manual/instructions, too.

I seriously can not believe how accurate this little pedometer is. I really, really love it a lot. I don't go anywhere without it! I clip it onto my clothes in the morning, as soon as I wake up, wear it all day and then check in the evening how many steps I've done. I usually make 15,000 steps no problem (as long as I'm not poorly). I even wear it while doing the housework! It really is an unique and lovely little gadget to own. It's encouraging, too!

I would totally recommend this to anyone who is trying to get fit or even if your not trying to get fit, it's very encouraging and it's nice to know exactly how many steps you walk a day!

Sarah xXx

Disclosure: I was sent a sample of this product for the purpose of this review. I was not paid to review this product or write this post. All opinions are my own, honest, personal opinions.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The one where it's Harry's eleventh Birthday

Yesterday, my eldest son, Harry turned eleven years old. I still can't quite believe that he's eleven years old. I mean, it only seems like yesterday that he was born. Time flies and kids grow up so, so fast! It's really hard to get my head around the fact that he's eleven.
He's already got a few teenage spots and he has that teenage attitude but he is the most sweetest, kind hearted, sensitive kids you'd ever meet.He's really growing up now and it is SO bittersweet. He is SO independent and he's got a sense for what's fashionable and what it isn't. Hugging him goodbye as he goes into his class is apparently not cool either. Growing up so fast!

Harry got to open some of his presents before school yesterday.

ups and downs, smiles and frowns

And then after school he got to open the rest of his presents. He also had his best friend over for dinner - takeaway, because that what Harry picked-. The grandparents also visited for a few hours and we all sang happy birthday to Harry and enjoyed some triple chocolate birthday cake (brought from Tesco, I had no time to make one. Boo)


ups and downs, smiles and frowns

He had a lovely Birthday and got some really amazing presents - football boots, clothes, shoes, chocolates and so on! Along with money and fifa 15 points for the XBOX.

Sarah xXx

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Monday, 20 October 2014

Meal Planning Monday


meal planning monday

Monday - Take away because it's Harry;s Birthday!!!

Tuesday - Home made lasagne.

Wednesday - BBQ pulled pork (slow cooker)

Thursday - Sausage stew (slow cooker - recipe coming soon)

Friday - Pizza day!

Saturday - Chicken tikka with pilau rice and naan bread.

Sunday - Sunday roast.

Sarah xXx