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Monthly Measurements: February 2016

1st February 2016

FATGIRLslim | The Measure Of A (Wo)Man

  • Neck: 16″
  • Upper arm R: 19″
  • Upper arm L: 19″
  • Wrist R: 7″
  • Wrist L: 7″
  • Bust: 58.5″ -1″
  • Bra band: 51”
  • Waist: 54” -3″
  • Hips: 69″
  • Upper thigh R: 34″ +1″
  • Upper thigh L: 34″
  • Calf R: 20″
  • Calf L: 20″ -1″
  • Ankle R: 10.5″
  • Ankle L: 12 +0.5″

Considering the fact that I started swimming three times a week, these numbers are… uh.

Disappointing isn’t the word.


3 inches off my waist, but my arms haven’t changed? Nothing off my thighs? I’m not expecting miracles here, but a sign that I’m not only swimming for three hours a week – when I was swimming for 45 minutes a week before – and walking for about 4 or 5 hours a week as well, depending on what I do before/after swimming, you’d think I’d see some greater improvement than this, even in the first month.


Oh well, this is why you don’t give up after not seeing results, right? Because they don’t come in the first month; it’s a process.

But it’s still bloody annoying.

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25th January 2016

Win A Ride-Out With Halfords And Boardman Bikes

I have to admit to being a bit of a scaredy-cat when it comes to my bike: I still haven’t actually taken it out on a proper ride.

Or a ride at all, for that matter. It’s probably something to do with the fact that the last time I went for a real bike ride, I was about 12-years-old, and we were in Haggerston Castle (down near Newcastle-upon-Tyne) for our summer holidays, and I could still, y’know, remember how to ride a bike.

The good news is that I haven’t given up: the bike is still in my possession. It’s just waiting for me to become a little more brave, and to get onto the seat and the pedals at the same time…

For the rest of y’all, however, don’t let something like that stop you. You’ve got the chance to do something spectacular, because Halfords have got a new range of Boardman bikes coming out at the end of January, and they’re giving away three bikes: two, to their first place winner – and a friend- who will also get the chance to go on a ride-out with OLYMPIC GOLD-MEDALIST (and yellow-jersey-wearer of the Tour de France) Chris Boardman, the inspiration behind the Boardman Bikes range for Halfords, to put their bikes through their paces; the third bike, signed by Chris, to the second place winner; the runner-up will receive a signed Boardman Bikes cycle jersey.

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So what are you all waiting for? Get on your bikes, and fill in that form! You could be the lucky winner!


While I have been compensated for this post, it was more than a pleasure to write it; as a happy bike-owner, and a lover of Spinfit (even if I’m not currently an active participant of either!), I would have probably entered the competition, and written about it, if I’d happened to see the post by myself.

That said: I was compensated to write this particular post, but it has in no way affected any of my views or opinions, etc. None of the links in this post are affiliate links; the sidebars, as always, do contain affiliate links.

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[Recipe/Food] Tracy’s Overnight Oats featuring Indigo Nutrition’s Superfood Powders

21st January 2016

Did you know that the third Monday in January is also known as Blue Monday? That’s why I’m writing this post now: because this week is Blue Monday week, and I wanted to post a recipe that would cheer up your tastebuds – and to help keep you on track during a time when your morale is probably lagging.

I was tasked, by Indigo Nutrition, to create a recipe using one (or more!) of their new Superfood blends, and considering that one of my new habits is early-morning swimming – if you consider going swimming at 8.30am early, and I do because I’m used to sleeping until 11.30am-12pm – then I figured that Overnight Oats would be the perfect way to include either the SuperProtein Power Blend or the SuperVital Power Blend in my diet.

I’d just rejoined Weight Watchers at the time, and they had a recipe for honey and banana overnight oats, but the flavours of the powders didn’t go with the banana and honey, so I looked at what I had, and whipped up this little delight, which perks up the tastebuds first thing in the morning, and includes both Superfood Power Blend powders – my own choice, of course. You can choose to use either or!

Tracy’s Super Berry Overnight Oats featuring Indigo Nutrition’s Superfood Blends Power Powders!


  • 40g steel-cut oats
  • 150ml skimmed milk
  • 1.5 tablespoons frozen berries of choice [1] and/or
  • 1.5 tablespoons frozen berries of choice [2]
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons Indigo Nutrition Superprotein Power Blend Powder and/or
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons Indigo Nutrition Supervital Power Blend Powder


  1. In your container of choice – preferably something that’s big enough to hold everything, and something watertight, as you’ll need to shake it! – put in your dry, measured oats.
  2. Add your maple syrup and milk, and give it a wee bit of a stir.
  3. Spoon in your frozen berries.
  4. Sprinkle over your Indigo Nutrition powders.
  5. Closing the lid and – MAKE SURE IT’S CLOSED ON TIGHT! and dear god make sure it’s watertight – give everything a good shake to make sure it’s mixed.
  6. In the morning, give it another good shake, before you open the lid, and then open and DEVOUR!

[1/2] I tend to go overboard with my fruit, I’ll admit – especially because it means that I’ve got a second portion that I can eat when I come back from swimming. Considering I swim half a mile, and walk a mile or two, depending on what I’m doing, depending on what time I get back at, I can be quite hungry at the times, so it’s a welcome sight in the fridge when I get home! If only include one tablespoon, then it generally only provides one portion – the second tablespoon of fruit really pushes it up to the “too much for me!” amounts…

It should make everything a nice purple colour! Not only does this TASTE lovely, and, depending on the berries you’ve chosen (the Aldi frozen berries and raspberries have blackcurrants and blueberries and grapes, so they’re literally zinging in my mouth!) you’ll have a wonderful medley of flavours come morning – and it’ll be beautifully cold because the fruit will defrost, chilling everything even more.


Overnight Oats featuring Indigo Nutrition

Now, this isn’t a recipe, as such, of course… there’s no cooking involved, and it’s so simple that you could come up with it yourself. But the question is…: would you? :)


Let me know in the comments if you make this recipe, and what your favourite ingredients are for your Overnight Oats. I’ve already mentioned the Weight Watchers banana & honey, which is my other go-to Overnight Oats recipe, but I’m always on the lookout for more!


Please note that while I didn’t receive any compensation for writing this post, I was provided with the packs of Indigo Nutrition Superfood Powders, free of charge, in return for writing up a recipe post and providing links to Indigo Nutrition’s website, and to the individual Superfood Powder pages.


The Weight Watchers Weekly Weigh-In: January 19, 2016

19th January 2016
-3lbs since December 8, 2015

Well, I’ve no real explanation for a 2lb gain, except for, “It might be last week catching up with me,” or, “I’m due my period sometime soon,” or, “Mercury’s in retrograde.”

To be honest, I’ve tracked everything I ate, I’ve gone swimming three times (I missed a day last week because of the parents being off work and the weather and all) and I never used a single one of my weekly points, but I used 12 of my 67 FitPoints… but on some days, I didn’t use all of my dailies.

(You can’t carry your dailies over, so I know that doesn’t count, but y’all know what I mean.)

Oh well. No sense in bitching about it or worrying. Just gotta move on and deal with it. Gonna see if I can do a few No Count days this week to boost weight loss. It’s been a while since I did No Count, so I’m gonna have to sit down tomorrow and read through the Eat booklet to really see which foods are on the No Count list.

But it’s all good. I’ll work it out!

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The Weight Watchers Weekly Weigh-In: January 12, 2016

12th January 2016
-5lbs since December 8, 2015

It was one of those weeks this week.

On top of being sick, Mum and Dad decided to take this week to redecorate the parts of the house I don’t live in, and Mum works hard, let me tell you. What does that mean? Why does it affect me, my eating, and my weight loss?

Because Mum does the cooking in the house. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m in pain standing up making tuna-mayo for a sandwich and the subsequent sandwich (I can walk for a while without the same level of pain, but standing? Nah.) so making entire meals is out of the window most of the time.

We’ve eaten a lot of convenience foods this week – not takeaways, although I’ve had one for myself – like stuff you just throw in the oven type foods. Pasta bakes. Burgers. Those types of foods. I mean, we cook the burgers in the George Foreman grill, it’s not like we fry them in butter or anything. We try to do the best we can in bad situations.

But sitting in my Weight Watchers meeting, post weigh-in, I was explaining how I could have made better decisions. I was expecting to have gained back those pounds I lost over Christmas, because I could have done the cooking; I could have chosen not to eat the foods that my parents did – or hell, cooked for my parents. But pain and laziness meant that I didn’t. I chose to eat cheap, nutrient-deficient foods. I chose to use my exercise Points (FitPoints) and weekly SmartPoints, and hope that the plan worked out properly – because ProPoints didn’t.

Luckily, it works just fine, apparently! I used most of my weekly SmartPoints and my FitPoints but not all of them.

So I got lucky this week.

Thank the New Year, New You gods.