So how is your planning going for Xmas?

Well here we are at the end of November being bombarded with emails about Black Friday and Cyber Monday and Christmas is almost here. So how is your planning going?

I know that I am dreadful with Christmas shopping and every year I promise myself I will start earlier. I must say that this year I have done some so I have been better, but I know I will still be rushing around in the final week.

It is also the time that many of us come to the realisation that we haven’t lost the weight we said we would at the beginning of the year and we promise ourselves that we will start again in the New Year and this time we will mean it.

If this is you then I would love to help you at Weight Away and as a New Year offer for clients signing up in January and paying 3 months in advance the 4th month will be free.

If you are interested let me know but in the mean time I am attaching the Weight Away Christmas Special which has some helpful hints tips and recipes to help over the festive period. You can contact me via my blog or visit

weight away xmas special 2015

Love Spaghetti Bolognaise try this

Quite often at this time of year we are all very busy rushing around to get everything done for Christmas.

One of the favourite meals for most people is a ‘Spag Bol’

Only problem is that these can be very calorific and full of sugar if you use a jar of sauce.

So here is my quick recipe which is low in calories.  This recipe is for 1 so just multiply the ingredients by the number of people you want to cook it for nothing could be easier.

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Spaghetti Bolognaise

Spaghetti with Rich Tomato Bolognese Sauce          Serves 1                   Prep and cooking time – 45 minutes 450 calories

Freezing recommended

1 teaspoon olive or vegetable oil

1 very small onion, chopped finely

1 small garlic clove, crushed (optional)

1 celery stick, sliced

1 small carrot, sliced

7oz 210g canned chopped tomatoes

3oz 90g button mushrooms, wiped and sliced

1/2 teaspoon dried mixed Italian herbs

1 teaspoon tomato puree

90g lean minced beef

1 rasher of lean bacon is small pieces

60g spaghetti or macaroni

Dash of Worcestershire Sauce

Salt and pepper

1 teaspoon parmesan cheese, to serve

Heat the oil in a medium size saucepan and sauté the onion, bacon and garlic, if using, for 4-5 minutes until softened.

Add the celery and carrot and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes more.

Pour the tomatoes into the saucepan and add the mushrooms, herbs, tomato purée and Worcestershire Sauce, stir well, and then bring to a boil. Cover and reduce the heat, Simmer gently for 10 minutes

Meanwhile, form the minced beef into patty shapes and cook  under a hot grill, turning it once, until fat stops dripping. Crumble the meat into the saucepan and cook uncovered for 10 minutes more.

Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti or macaroni in plenty of boiling, lightly salted water for about 6-8 minutes until just tender

Check the seasoning of the sauce, adding salt and pepper according to taste. Drain the spaghetti or macaroni, place it on a warmed serving plate and top with the Bolognese sauce, Sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top and serve at once.

Vegetarian option- substitute 40z 120g of minced Quorn for the minced beef, adding it to the sauce with the canned tomatoes Omit the bacon

If you’re freezing the recipe, freeze the sauce only and cook the pasta just before serving.

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Do you like something sweet?

Often when we are trying to lose weight we crave something sweet. It is difficult at times to resist this. If you really are unable to give up chocolate then if you can try to eat 70% dark chocolate you will find that a square can be very satisfying.

However if you make yourself something sweet yourself as treat it can also be very satisfying and you can make things such as flapjacks for a lot less calories than you would buy in the shops and enjoy them all the more because you have made them.

These are ones that keep well in an airtight tin or box and are also great for sharing.
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Serves 16
120 calories each
10 minutes to prepare cooking time 25 minutes
100 Grams of Low Fat Spread
120 Grams Soft brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon golden syrup
225 grams rolled oats
½ tsp ground all spice
Melt the low fat spread with the sugar and golden syrup
When melted add the oats and all spice and mix thoroughly
Spoon onto a baking tin 11 inches by 8 inches, which is lined with baking parchment.
Press down so it is level then bake at 190 degrees for 20-25 minutes until golden brown
Cut into 16 portions and leave to cool – Store in an airtight tin

Losing weight gets you into shape!

It is amazing when you lose weight that you can’t imagine yourself being bigger than you are now. This hit me in the face when I was helping my daughter with some photographs for her ebay shop.

As she helps people declutter their houses at she also helps them to sell clothes they no longer wear. These are all good quality items so she decided to invest in some mannequins to properly show them off.

Of course because people are of different sizes she ended up with three, one which is a size 8-10 the second a 12-14 and the third a 16-18. Lined up together really made me think as I was once a size 20 so bigger then the largest one but am now a size 10-12.

The thing that struck me most about the mannequins however is that they have no lumps and bumps but they do diminish as you lose weight and dressing well for your size is the answer whatever you weigh.

You will find lots of quality clothes of all sizes at and of course if you want help to lose weight I would be delighted to help you

What size are you?

What size are you?

If you want something special for under 500 calories

I know that when people are trying to lose weight they often think they can’t eat anything special or interesting which is why I focus my Weight Away Plans on trying to provide interesting and tasty recipes

This one is one of my favourites because if you cook this for friends it makes a great dinner party dish and no-one would ever think you were trying to lose weight.

It is really easy to prepare and although it uses a slightly expensive cut of meat is well worth it. So why not try this delicious Lamb in White Wine and if you are looking for help to lose weight just go to

Great Tasty Food for under 500 calories

Great Tasty Food for under 500 calories


450 grams lean lamb steak cubed
100 grams button mushrooms
4/5 shallots roughly chopped
2/3 cloves of garlic chopped
Beef Oxo Cube
125 mls white whine
1 tsp cornflour or gravy granules
1tsp olive oil

Serve with Broccoli, Carrots and 150 grams of New Potatoes per person
To Cook
Take the cubed lamb and add to a large pan with the olive oil and cook until the meat is browned about 5 minutes. Add the shallots and garlic and cook for a further 2-3 minutes unto they are softened. Add the mushrooms and stir then add the white wine cooking for a further few minutes.
Make up the Beef oxo cube with 200 mls of boiling water then add to the pan with a Bouquet Garni and simmer for about 25-30 minutes or until the meat is tender.
Meanwhile cook to new potatoes, broccoli and carrots.
Just before serving remove all the meat and vegetables from the pan and put in a warm serving dish.
Add 100 mls of water with either cornflour or gravy granules to thicken the remaining cooking liquid and this will make delicious gravy.
All this for just under 500 calories