Sunday, 20 May 2018

How I lost a stone in 3 weeks with #XLS meal replacements!

I won't keep you reading too long to find out how much I've lost this week as I did kind of give it away in the title!

I lost...
2lb!


Not a great amount, especially in comparison to the previous two weeks, however, it is a loss and it does mean that in the three weeks since I've been using XLS meal replacement shakes, I've lost a grand total of ONE STONE!

WOMAN AFTER 1 STONE WEIGHT LOSS


How I lost a stone in 3 weeks


I've been trying to lose weight albeit somewhat halfheartedly for over a year now and in all that time I haven't come close to the weight loss I've achieved in the last three weeks.

I've been having an XLS shake for breakfast and one for lunch (usually strawberry for breakfast and chocolate or vanilla for lunch) and then eating a low fat, calorie controlled meal in the evening each day.

For the first week, I was extraordinarily strict with myself and didn't snack at all or touch a drop of alcohol, however that proved difficult to keep up and in weeks two and three I started having a healthy snack such as fruit or a handful of nuts in the afternoon and sometimes in the evening. By week three I'd also treated myself to a glass of wine or two. I've seen the amount of weight I've lost decrease when I've allowed myself small indulgences, however, I've also been upping my exercise game and I've been doing a HIIT workout twice a week (on my lunch hour when I work from home) and walking a lot further.


Walking further with FITBIT

Back in January, I invested in a Fitbit, but until the last month or so I'd been forgetting to wear it for half the week. Since I've started the #Boostbuddies programme, I have been making sure I consistently wear the step counting device and have been challenging myself to go above and beyond my daily step goals, it was hard at first but the more I've done the easier I've found it to do more; last week along I achieved over 100,000 steps, which included exceeding 20,000 on three individual days! If you'd told me a month ago I could do that I would have laughed in your face!

I find joining a weekday or weekend challenge and pushing myself to compete with friends has really helped me to go outside of my comfort zone!

110000 STEPS WITH FITBIT

Going Forward

I've been thinking about where I want to be at the end of this programme in five weeks time and I'd love to double what I've achieved so far and make it a total of two stone which will be the kickstart to my weight loss I've been looking for! That will mean losing 2-3lbs each week for the next 5 weeks, this coming week I'm on holiday so it will really be a challenge for me, wish me luck!

You can read more about why I want to lose weight and catch up on my first and second-week XLS #Boostbuddies diet posts.


Don't forget, you can check out my video diary over on youtube.  and catch up with me on my social channels; on InstagramTwitter and Facebook,, I'd love your support and I need the motivation!

I will be back to update you next week on Monday..

Disclaimer: I have received free product and support from XLS during my weight loss journey, but am not being paid. All opinions and thoughts are my own.



Saturday, 12 May 2018

Week two of #BoostBuddies and still going in the right direction

I'm now two full weeks in the XLS Nutrition Meal Replacement Plan and this week hasn't felt quite as difficult. Maybe it's the sunny weather that is making eating salads that bit easier and making me more inclined to walk further.

Woman on Lake Windermere

Two weeks ago I shared my reasons for wanting to lose weight and last week I discussed my weight loss goals, today I'm going to talk to you about my week and share with you how much I have lost. I also want to share the fact that my confidence has grown somewhat and really making an effort to get into the picture more. The above shot was taken on a visit to the Lake District on bank holiday Monday, I enjoyed playing about with the children, and worried a lot less about how I looked.

I was quite hesitant when I stood on the scales this week as I really wasn't sure if the number would have gone down by much or even at all. This week saw me resist a lot of temptation, from an amazing looking buffet lunch and cake at Blog On, to a whole host of sweet treats in the office. I've been preparing small pots of fresh fruit in the mornings so I have something sweet to snack on if the craving gets too much. I find a handful of blueberries or chopped strawberries seems to satisfy it well.

As well as replacing two meals a day with XLS Nutrition Shakes, I've also been very conscious of the food I have been eating for my evening meals, determined to make the healthiest of choices.
This week we made the most of the beautiful weather and enjoyed a family BBQ in the garden, I chose a single bean burger with salad and a corn on the cob.

So back to the scales, I was pleasantly surprised to see the number reduce by another five pounds!

That's a total of  12lbs down in just two weeks of replacing two meals a day with an XLS nutrition shake!

woman in blue dress after loosing 12lb on XLS Nutrition



woman in blue dress after loosing 12lb on XLS Nutrition



I'm really pleased by the result after two weeks of using the XLS shakes as meal replacements twice a day. I'm starting to see a little difference in the pictures I think and I'm really happy with the numbers on the scales. This week will be another tough one as we're off on a trip to Alton Towers at the end of the week to celebrate the end of the SATs and my husband's birthday. I'm going to struggle with healthy food there I think, but hopefully the epic walking will counter any extra calories!

Check out my video diary over on youtube.  and catch up with me on my social channels; on InstagramTwitter and Facebook,, I'd love your support and I need the motivation!

I will be back to update you next week on Sunday.

Disclaimer: I have received free product and support from XLS during my weight loss journey, but am not being paid. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

My First Week on a Meal Replacement Diet #Boostbuddies


XLS nutrition meal replacement shake


Today marks the end of my first week on the #boostbuddies diet programme with XLS Medical, Last week I shared my reasons for wanting to lose weight and today I'm going to talk to you about my week and share with you how much I have lost, but first of all, I want to share my goals for weight loss.

My Goals with XLS Nutrition and #BoostBuddies


  • I want this programme to mark the start of a lifestyle change for me, not just be a short-term fad. I will be using the eight weeks of the  XLS nutrition #Boostbuddies programme to kick start my weight loss and in this time I aim to lose around 20 to 25lbs, in the longer term my aim is to lose at least 50lbs overall by the end of the year. 
  • I'd love to go down to a dress size isn't in the 'plus size' range so I have more choice over the clothes that I wear and I can dress like a woman in her early thirties rather than feeling like I'm choosing clothes designed for my Mum's generation!
  • Most of all I want to feel healthier and that I can keep up with my children (and maybe even outrun them on occasion?)

This is me one week ago at the beginning of my journey:

me before the start of my weight loss journey





What is XLS Nutrition?


XLS Nutrition is a healthy weight loss meal replacement shake. It combines high-quality proteins, essential vitamins, minerals and macronutrients into a powder that you mix with milk to make a pleasant tasting shake that replaces a meal and has fewer than 250 calories.

My First Week


I've been using the XLS Nutrition weight loss shakes for a week now, replacing breakfast and lunch with them each day and then having a healthy calorie controlled meal in the evening. I've been really motivated this week and have managed to cut out snacking completely  - I'm not sure how much I'll be able to maintain that for 7 more weeks but I will certainly be making healthier snacking choices.
I've been enjoying lots of salads for my main evening meal, mixing them up with beetroot, feta cheese and avocado and enjoying a small bowl of blueberries or raspberries as a sweet tasting pudding. I haven't drunk any alcohol at all this week either.

I've really stepped up my physical activity this week too. I've been walking lots and monitoring my steps using my Fitbit Charge HR, I hit 82000 steps this week which is my personal best since I started using the Fitbit earlier this year. I find joining inchallengess with my friends really motivating and have been choosing to walk the longer way to get to somewhere and getting off the tram a stop or two earlier and walking the rest of the way. I've also been making use of lunchtimes on the two days a week I work at home to do a 30-minute workout from youtube. A much better use of my time than watching TV!

I was quite nervous to step on to the scales this morning as I really wanted my hard work to pay off, but thankfully I wasn't disappointed:


Week 1 Weight Loss:  -7lbs!!!!!!!!!!!!



me after 1 week of XLS meal replacement shakes



me after 1 week of XLS meal replacement shakes side view



I am absolutely thrilled by the result after a week of using the XLS shakes as meal replacements twice a day. I'm not sure if I can see any difference in the pictures yet but i'm happy the scales are showing a change. I'm feeling really positive about the coming week, although I am at a blogging conference tomorrow where I know there will be lots of temptation! (If you see me there do NOT let me eat the cake!!)

Check out my video diary over on youtube.  and catch up with me on my social channels; on InstagramTwitter and Facebook,, I'd love your support and I need the motivation!

I will be back to update you next week

Disclaimer: I have received free product and support from XLS during my weight loss journey, but am not being paid. All opinions and thoughts are my own.




Friday, 4 May 2018

The Jungle Book at The Lowry, Manchester - Theatre Review


On Wednesday we were invited to attend the opening night of The Jungle Book at the Lowry Theatre in Salford, Greater Manchester. It's a favourite venue of ours, having attended many family theatre shows over the years.

This adaptation of  Rudyard Kipling's much-loved children's classic was written by  Olivier Award-winning Jessica Swale, directed by Max Webster and presented by the team behind Goodnight Mister Tom and d Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild. 

The production is packed with memorable characters fantastically costumed in ways to spark a child's imagination, introduced new songs and tells a familiar tale in a new and intriguing way.

The themes of friendship and acceptance are presented in a comical way that thoroughly entertained both my 7 and 10-year-old children. 

The Jungle Book Programme


As we watch Mowgli grow up in the jungle and battle for survival, this heart-warming tale of adventure features live music performed on stage by the characters while others dance amongst the visual 'jungle' built of ladders and bamboo stakes. 

The show is recommended for children aged 6 and above, which I would say is accurate guidance as there were a couple of loud moments of shouting that slightly unsettled my seven-year-old and so younger children may have found this too much. 

Both children thoroughly enjoyed the show and my 10-year-old in particular barely stopped laughing all evening. It was lovely to see how captivated he was with this humorous retelling of a tale he has loved since he was tiny.

The show is running at the Lowry until Sunday 6th May 2018 and tickets are still available to book. To find out more and to book, go to The Lowry website, or call the box office on 0843 208 6000..

We were invited to attend the show as guests of The Lowry.