2018 Goals


Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year. I have been rather quiet on my blog, vlog, social media over the first festive period since my mam died. I concentrated on spending time with my family and trying to relax. Although Arthur has been up at 4am every day so I feel like I need another week off work to recover.

Today I am going to write down my goals for 2018 and share them with you. If they are written down it will hold me accountable for them.

2017 was one of the best (a full year with my little Arthur) but also the worst as my mam sadly passed away, aged 55, in March.

So I’ve set myself some important goals for 2018 in the hope that I can get my life back on track and be happy again. I will never be able to move on and it will never become easier. But I am slowly learning how to cope with the tragic loss.

Goal 1 – Get organised.

Now it’s January I am back to work full time after only going back 3 days after my maternity leave ended. I also have a 1 year old and I’m a single parent. I have been sssooooo stressed out about how I’m going to manage as Arthur only goes to nursery 3 mornings a week and I think the only thing I can do is get organised. This means writing everything down in my diary, getting Arthur’s clothes, nursery bag etc packed the night before. Planning meals and writing shopping lists. Tidying as I go. Ironing as I go. I also got a Google Home for Christmas which is great at reminding you to do stuff and telling to write shopping lists for you. If anyone has any hints and tips for me please comment below and help me out.

Goal 2 – Loose weight

After having Arthur just over a year ago and then loosing my mam and eating takeaways after getting home from the hospice every night for quite a while I am still not back to my pre pregnancy self. So goal #2 is to get back to my pre pregnancy weight and tone up. I started Slimming World in June last year and I am already well on my way but dreading the post Christmas weigh in on Thursday.

Goal 3 – Take more care in my appearance

This may sound vein but I have found myself in a habit of throwing on the first clothes I find, tying my hair on my head and heading out the door with no makeup on. I’m not one to care much about appearance. I get my hair cut once every 6 months and my face/eyebrows/eyelashes are all my own. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have the time to go and get my eyelashes done, my brows shaped and waxed and my hair cut and dyed a lot more regularly, but I really don’t have time. But over the Christmas holidays (when my sister has been home to watch Arthur while I get ready instead of him pulling at my leg while I’m brushing my teeth) I have taken an extra 10 minutes every day to put a little makeup on and run the straighteners through my hair and I have felt a lot better for it. And after the year I’ve had, I’m up for anything to feel a bit better.

Goal 4 – Socialise more

As a single mum I don’t get out….at all. I have no husband to stay home and look after Arthur while I go for a pint of milk, never mind a night out. But I do realise that I do need to socialise a bit more. So I am going to invite friends over for dinner every now and then after Arthur goes to bed. I am also going to try and find a single parenting group where I can meet up with other single parents and their little ones. Finally, I am going to ask my dad to baby sit one Saturday night every month and go out for dinner with my friends. I can’t handle a night out with a toddler to contend with on my own the next day with a hangover (and I am such a lightweight that my hangovers are horrendous) so going for dinner after Arthur is asleep means I get out of the house, it won’t cut into my time with Arthur and I can really switch off.


So there you have it. My 4 goals for 2018. I hope that by making a conscious effort to stick to these that I will feel happier, be healthier, be more relaxed and not feel like I’m just getting by. I hope they give me a purpose and something to make me feel proud of myself. What are your goals? I’d love to hear them!

Slimming World


Slimming World progress certificates, recipe book, plan book and magazine.

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all have a lovely weekend planned.

I just wanted to write a quick blog about Slimming World. After having Arthur last November I struggled to loose my baby weight. Then my mam died in March and I put on even more weight and found myself heavier than I have ever been. 14stone 6lbs.

I decided to do a cleanse and I lost 8lbs in 9 days but I obviously wanted to loose a lot more than that so on 22nd June I went along to my local Slimming World group.

I was greeted with the warmest welcome anyone could wish for. I wasn’t nervous about going but I can understand a lot of people are and they are made to feel instantly at ease the second they walk through the door. I sat through the new member talk, paid my £9.95 membership (each week after is £4.95) and went off to get weighed. Everyone is weighed at the beginning of each group and nobody else gets to know your weight so it’s very confidential.

The plan takes a little getting your head around but I have to say I LOVE IT! You can eat absolutely all sorts of things including carbs and let’s face it, carbs are our friend. In the first 3 weeks I lost 8.5lbs. WOW!

Now, since I have started I have had quite a few naughty weeks. I’ve had a hen night, a wedding, a two week holiday, a baby shower (involving more cake) my sisters birthday (I made a massive cake) and my birthday. But to date I have lost 1.5 stone which I think is pretty incredible as I don’t feel like I am actually dieting.

My top tips:

  1. Plan your meals before you do the weekly food shop. Write a shopping list based on your meal plan and stick to it. Not only do you have no naughty temptations at home but you also save money. I bought the ‘Free Food Feasts’ book from my group and a lot of my meals come from that. A favourite is the Mighty Meatzza which is a pizza with a meat base instead of bread. It tastes so naughty but it’s what us Slimming Worlders call a SPEED meal.
  2. Take a friend. I’m sure we all have a friend who wants to loose a bit of weight. Taking a friend keeps you motivated.
  3. Stay to group. Don’t just get weighed and go home. Staying to the group really helps as you pick up lots of hints and tips and boosts your self confidence. You also meet lots of lovely people. It’s also my hour a week where I am me, not mam. My group is 7.30pm so I put Arthur to bed and my dad babysits.
  4. If you have a bad week still go and get weighed. We are all going to have weeks where we gain a little weight but by still going to the group you will get the motivation you need for the week ahead. Miss it and it’s more likely you’ll gain again the following week.
  5. Use your consultant. They are there to help and no question is stupid. You will have contact information so if you need help during the week pick up the phone or send a message. We also have a private Facebook group where lots of members post meal ideas.

Anyone thinking of joining Slimming World I would just say GO FOR IT! What have you got to loose apart from all of those lbs!!!

If you want to find some inspiration of healthy meal ideas then check out my Facebook page ‘MamaB.’ I will be posting a lot of SW meals on there over the next few weeks!


Speak to you all soon!


Sophie x