I confess I have been hit and miss following slimming world since February and so far have managed to get my 2 stone award and loose it all over again by gaining weight over summer. So now its Winter and we have less fun things planned I have decided to get back onto the diet.

I weighed in on Saturday morning with a gain after the Gino’s meal I wasn’t surprised but it was time to start a fresh and get back onto plan. Saturday and Sunday are always easy to stick to plan for me as I am home and can cook fresh nice brunches then a lovely evening meal. It is during the evenings after work i usually struggle so this week I planned out all my meals at the start of the week and it really helped.


Result: I am totally in shock that this week I have lost 6.5lbs!! I have only ever lost this much once before and that was on my real first week. I guess it was a first week again as I hadn’t been on plan for weeks.  I am now only 4 pounds away from getting back to my 2 stone award and would love it in the next 2 weeks and get back on track for  2.5 stone award before my holiday in 6 weeks.

Aim for next week: -2lbs would be perfect

Here is what I ate to manage to loose the 6lbs


Brunch: Cooked brunch of a Thin (HexB), Bacon, beans and Asparagus

Dinner: Pea soup



Brunch: Scrambled egg with bacon, onion and mushroom with hash Browns (6Syns)

Dinner: Duck breast with mangetout, baby sweetcorn and baby roast potatoes



Breakfast: Porridge

Lunch: Chilli

Dinner: Pork wrapped in bacon with chips (5syns) and broccoli



Breakfast: Porridge

Lunch: Chilli

Dinner: Potato pie, with beetroot and carrots



Breakfast: Porridge

Lunch: Chili

Dinner: Salt and pepper chicken


Breakfast: Porridge

Lunch: 2 x Slimming world chimichurri burgers with salad

Dinner: Sirloin Steak, chips (5syns) and mangetout



Breakfast: Porridge

Lunch:  2x Musclefood lean burgers (2) and SW chips

Dinner:  Lamb Chops



Italian food is one of our favourites and we often head to a Manchester Italian for date night, this time we decided to try something new and headed to Gino D’Acampo’s restaurant. The Corn exchange was always a quieter part of the city but since its refurbishment last year and the addition of many more restaurants it has become an amazing area to visit.

The restaurant itself is modern and quite simplistic but they certainly make up for that in the delicious food. I was really impressed that unlike many other ‘celebrity chefs’ restaurants, the prices were low and the staff were all Italian and the restaurant felt more like a relaxed beachside Italian than a celebrity chain.



For starters we shared the Fried Fish Bruschetta and Calamari, both of which were delicious and tasted so fresh. This we followed by the Lobster Linguine which was very tasty with its chilli and white wine sauce.


To finish off our romantic meal we shared the Ice-cream cornetto, he opted for his usual vanilla and I had the most amazing nutella ice-cream.

We will defiantly be visiting the restaurant again as the pizzas looked incredible.

L xx

Today I wanted to share our favourite restaurant with you, the place we had one of our first dates at and somewhere we tend to eat at most weekends when we visit Manchester. Last night we was invited to watch a Man Utd match and couldn’t resist a trip to Don Giovanni’s before the match especially as they currently have their annual 50% off your food bill in August offer on when you book online.

It is a gorgeous stylish Italian near the Palace Theatre in Manchester, and offers a great Pre-Theatre menu if you are in the area for that or staying at The Midland Hotel as it is a few doors down. The restaurant opened in 1984 and in a city where many restaurants come and go you can tell this one is much loved. They have also recently renovated the restaurant and the modern look is beautiful.

Our order every time is pretty predictable as we love the Tomato Garlic bread to share with their gorgeous mussels for starter. Then we move onto Spaghetti Aragosta, which is a creamy lobster spaghetti dish. When people ask what dish you would chose to live off if you had to, well this would be my option and it has been a favourite for a couple of years and has never let me down. Last weekend I decided to have the Lobster Risotto which was delicious, similar to the spaghetti with a more tomato based sauce.

We are usually far too full for dessert but their waffles and ice cream is just too tempting.