Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Chop'd Manchester

Hey guys,

I was lucky enough to visit the new Chop'd salad bar in Manchester and they did not disappoint!

The premise of Chop'd is to *build a better salad* and the idea was born from the question, would I feed my child this?

The first Chop'd salad bar opened in London at Christmas time to admittedly some ridicule over who would eat salad especially when it's cold but 12 years later and with numerous shops around London, Chop'd has reached Manchester! 


Guys this place is amazing. The shop itself is light, airy and has a comfortable vibe. With a build your own counter and fridges packed with grab and go salads it's perfect for people on a health kick to those on the minutes.

                                     


The staff I met were very knowledgable and I like that they can tell you where the fruits, veg and proteins come from. Plus it's real produce with no added nasties. An apple is an apple and a tomato is a tomato. Good right?

                                         


I got to make my own salad creation and I was mega impressed with the selection! Think bigger than some wilted iceberg lettuce and soggy cucumber. Chop'd serves rice, pasta and cous cous, roasted veg to chickpeas, many more veggies and a variety of meats and cheeses! Add in nuts, seeds and herbs plus a variety of dressings and and I was spoilt for choice!

                                         


Prices are reasonable and even if you add extras it's not going to break the bank. Plus you will not need an afternoon snack once you've stuffed yourself full with a large box of goodness! Believe me! I was full after half a box!

To show how yummy my salad was. I had to wrestle my 11 month old nephew away from stealing my falafel pieces and the smoked salmon because people it was amazing.




Oh and this Savse Super Blue drink was delicious! Filled with fruits and veggies it was a naturally sweet drink with no added sugar! Winner.

Want to check Chop'd out? It's on Cross Street in Manchester! Go, order and enjoy. You can thank me later.

Let me know if you've visited Chop'd yet and what you think!

Much Love,

Bex X 

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Seeing the beauty in the rain..

Hello people,

Well it's been a funny few weeks. I've attended some blogger events, spent a fortune on new pretties I don't need, ha what else is new? 
oh and I've lost a total of 31lb (2 stone 3lb) in 2 months! Yay!



Then hormone Hilda hit me (I've spoke about my PMDD before) and I'm feeling like shit on a shovel which extra woe is me!

It's just hard sometimes! There I said it. I'm having a tough time mentally. I feel crap at everything. Friendships, Blogging, YouTube, social media. Basically my whole existence feels at the behest of a chemical imbalance in my brain.

I keep reminding myself to think positive and that its ok to have a cry if it's needed. I just hate feeling like a moaning minnie.

I don't know why I doubt myself so much, it's something I need to change. On a more positive note here's my progress picture.


Keep smiling guys and I'll keep pushing on. 

Much Love,

Bex X 
 

Friday, 2 September 2016

The #GGEvent

Hey guys!

For those on Twitter you've probably heard of the fabulous Jemma and will no doubt be part of her #thegirlgang (if not what are you waiting for?) 

Well Jemma hosted her first girlgang event and this lucky bitch won herself a ticket! Thanks Gary! (Jemma's BF for those not in the know 😉) and it was amazing!

Thursday arrived bright and early with me waking in a mad panic as my alarm didn't go off (ok I snoozed) thus meaning I ran around like a headless chicken coz I had to actually get dressed and do something with my mane (why did I decide to grow my hair long again?)

Anyway an hour or three later I was ready to face the world and fangirl over the bloggers attending! I met up with Lydia at the met station and we made our way to Manchester to meet up with Tasmin and Danielle! Then we made out way to DiveNQ.

We were early (I know I'm still surprised at myself for not being uber late) and I finally got my hug from Jemma! Life complete ;)
I did manage to get one selfie as I'm a shy loser with crowds *hides face* but it's a good one so maybe I'll get more next time? 

                  me and jemma taking a selfie. as you do!


The room was set up lovely and had some cozy sofas to chill out on! The raffle prizes were awesome and Jemma even had a notebook set up so we could all write a lil something. I'm that witty I put 'stay awesome' deep I know! #fml

all the raffle prizes for the girl gang event


Once everyone arrived it got pretty loud and I'm embarrassed to say I felt a bit overwhelmed! Especially as I'm deaf in one ear so it made my head feel funny with all the noise. To those I missed, I'm sorry! It wasn't personal!

We had a talk from Pinksters gin which is proudly made in Britain and I tried my first gin & tonic. Erm I think I'm still a vodka cranberry girl ;) 

pinksters gin and my first gin and tonic!


I wish I could have chatted to more people but I'm glad I got to meet most of them. Meeting Hayley, Corinne, Holly and Claire was fab plus Kat and Ashton! :D 

Had a lovely chat with Fiona about her charity which is wonderful and met some new peeps! 

Oh and Carrianne made the most delicious gluten free cake! I wish I had a picture to show you but alas I ate it too fast to snap one 😉 

The raffle was a success and Jemma raised over £350 for Whitechapel homeless charity which is amazing! 

All in all it was a pretty great day then we got a goodie bag and boy did the brands treat us! So generous! :)

the girl gang goodie bag was full of some fabulous gifts!


I'll be trying out these babies and let you know what I think! 

Much Love,

Bex X

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Are you an enabler?


Hey guys,

As you know if you've ever read my blog or had a natter with me on Twitter I'm on a weightloss journey.

I'm feeling really good at the moment. I've had a few blah moments but mostly I'm in a positive mood.

Now diet and healthy eating aside as a greedy chick I'm just as susceptible to a tasty treat as the next person (if not more so) but life isn't as easy as only taking one piece for me and before you know it I've gobbled down a family sized bar of cadburys before you've finished one square!

On a few recent outings I've been majorly tempted by others and I'll admit I've caved a few times! FYI I don't recommend eating bread after two months of being on low carb! It wasn't pretty! 

The thing is a lot of the time you'll be with friends who'll give you the old 'go on, a small piece won't hurt' or 'you're doing so well, you deserve a treat' to my favourite 'just do some extra exercise' these simple little sentences can really mess with a fat chicks head.

Before you know it visions of tucking into a slice of freshly made carrot cake bombard you and somehow your uber healthy salad becomes dust in your mouth.

So my question is: are you guilty of enabling? 

No matter how good intended it is we are all guilty of tempting others. Not only with food but anything and everything. Just remember the chubby peeps trying to change and maybe suggest the fruit platter ;)

Until next time....keep smiling :)

Much Love, 

Bex X