Jazzy 'Slims With Tina' - Part 2

Week 1 of my 'Slim With Tina' kickstarter course has been completed, and Week 2 has begun - with my renewed commitment!

I thought I'd tell you how it's going......

What's it All About? 

It's about changing our attitude to food. Food is but nutrition to fuel our bodies. It's up to us to choose what we ingest. It's up to us to make the right, healthy choices. On a daily basis. And that includes weekends. Those two/three days are my Achilles heel....

It's about reading labels, avoiding certain foodstuffs and learning all about the available healthy options.

It's about visualising our end goals and considering all our lifestyle choices, including our sleep patterns.

It's about increasing our water intake, and reducing those daily coffees.... sorry!

As part of this course Tina imparts all sorts of inspiring quotes, helpful links, delicious recipes and informative emails to our little group; keeping us motivated and interested. All written from personal experience , and in encouraging and non-bossy tones! 


There are quite a few life changes to be made in order for this new way of living to be successful, and they don't all have to be made in one day!

Weight-loss is the bonus, healthy living being the ultimate aim. 

In order to achieve that goal certain foods are to be avoided (sugar, wheat and processed foods mainly) but the array of healthier alternatives are astoundingly tasty! Nutritious and delicious - honestly.

If you've previously painstakingly counted your Pro-Points or Syns, then the first change you must make is to Stop. Right there! Banish the guilt and have that handful of nuts or half an avocado instead of a low-fat, but sugar containing, biscuit or bar for snack time.

Give yourself permission to have those couple of spoonfuls of seriously delicious, full fat Glenisk Natural Greek Yogurt with fruit or in a porridge smoothie; instead of some zero-fat, and sugar containing, alternative. I honestly had no idea how gorgeous natural, full-fat, yogurt could be.....

It's quite empowering actually, all this 'freedom' to eat healthily, and I'm finding the healthy options to be surprisingly filling too.

          Potato and Leek Soup with Spelt and Flaxseed Bread, from the 'Slim With Tina' Book. I'd never have eaten this on Weightwatchers!

These changes can be made slowly, they are lifelong changes after all and that is what I'm doing. I'm concentrating on Breakfasts, snacks and lunches and really enjoying the healthy options. There's a few more new and interesting recipes that I'm keen to try out too. Dinner options are a little tricky as I really don't want to go back to the days of making two or three different dinners. But I will deal with dinner changes soon, possibly converting some family members in the process!

So, How Did I do?

To be honest it's been a bit of the good, the great and not so good. But that's all down to me. I need to get my head back in the game, re-adjust my attitude to food and to re-set my mindset.

I found the changes easy during the week, but not so at the weekend, and on Day 2 I had my seriously doubting moments.

I mean it all seems quite airy fairy, doesn't it? How on earth can this work? I'm eating what is considered high in 'fat' and to be avoided at all costs on some diets, yet I'm supposed to lose weight?

Then two things happened.....

1) I stood on the scales, to prove that this was a waste of my time and I couldn't possibly continue - told you this would be an honest review - to find that I was down two pounds! In two days!

2) I came across a programme on the '10 Best Diets of the World' on TV last Saturday night and found it very interesting. Italy, France (with red wine, duck fat and pastries on the menu!) and Japan featured but, over-all, the country with the healthiest diet in the world  was ...... Iceland.
It was noted that the one thing that all ten countries had in common was that they all avoided processed food.

And just like that I was back on board, again.

After I finished my couple glasses of wine first, of course.....

And after I'd digested the fact that in eight days, after all the weekend madness, my overall weight loss was just one pound.

Good result really, when you think about it.

What's Next?

  • Stay motivated. Think of the lovely, wholesome food that I'm, mainly, consuming and how good it is for me
  • Stay with it at weekends - don't let that Achilles heel of mine trip me up and lead me astray!
  • Keep up my exercise, limited though it is. 
  • Read up on the Lifestyle and Sleep advice. I'm really looking forward to that section of the book as off-the wall sleep patterns feature prominently in my life. Through my food diary I think I might have found one connection.....

And think of my end goals, visualise them.....

And think of Iceland...... the country, not the food store!

Sounds so easy, doesn't it?

Take care,

NOTE:  You can read 'Slim With Tina January Kickstart' - My Journey, Part 1 here. 

Disclosure:  I have received a complementary place on this kickstarter course and a complementary copy of Tina's 'Slim With Tina' book, and in return I have agreed to share my journey with you over the next few weeks. Which is a fun, if slightly revealing, prospect for me! As usual my review will be an honest one. Wish me luck now!


  1. It all sounds really fabulous to me. I am like you, in that, my weekends are where I fall off the healthy wagon. Following with much interest. Good luck. xx

    1. @Bright Side of Life: I just can't resist my weekend wine! I 'need' it! Or do I? That's what I'll be concentrating on this weekend. Thanks, I hope you find it interesting and helpful! I'm being truly honest when I say that I'm loving the food..... xx

  2. It sounds like a really helpful book, but I'm too greedy to be able to swallow the 'food is fuel' argument! Very glad it's working for you and looking forward to reading about your progress xx

    1. @Looking for Blue Sky: To be honest so am I! Food has to be nice, even if it is only 'fuel'. Thankfully, at the moment, I am really liking the food. But I'm also having what's in my freezer.... chili con carne for dinner tonight. And Tina has lots of other statements and advice that are quite helpful. I'll let you know how it goes! xx

  3. Ohh well done, so great that you are chnaging yrou attitude to food for life. Much better than a diet, I'm trying to do the same but have a long way to go... Mich x

    1. @Michelle Twin Mum: Getting started is the first, most important step! We'll both get there Mich.... small steps, break-down the goals, make it manageable and achievable ;-) Best of luck! xx


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