**This is a Collaborative post with Yorkshire Water** – read what that means here.

It is lovely weather at the moment so I am sure many people are considering family walks to enjoy the sun. A nature walk is something ideal for families of all ages and I wanted to share with you a bit about the areas covered by Yorkshire Water and how amazing the walks are there.

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We all love a picnic when the weather is good don’t we. A nice walk with the family for some great exercise followed by sitting on the grass somewhere enjoying some nice food. It can be so unhealthy if you take sausage rolls, shop bought quiches and shop bought pasta salads but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips to help you enjoy a tasty and fun Slimming World Friendly picnic.

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I will start by saying it is a long time since I have been to any other weight loss group so maybe these things are common in those too. When you think about it how often do you hear a conversation at Slimming World that you wouldn’t dream of discussing anywhere else? It is crazy isn’t it so I thought I would share with you the 5 I could think of. Please do feel free to have a giggle, share with a friend or comment any others you can think of!

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Are you a breakfast person? I never used to really eat breakfast but now I try to make myself have a bit of something. It is usually more mid morning though after I have dropped Ben off at school and feel properly awake. A day is never the same if you are hungry though is it? Do you know anyone who has to miss breakfast because of finances? I always feel this is such a shame but sadly many people struggle to make ends meet. In this position many people may skip a meal like breakfast. I think it is important topic to discuss though and this is why.

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Do you need a bit of motivation to lose some weight for the summer? Have you hit a bit of a plateau in your weight loss and need some more encouragement to carry on? I have the perfect prize here for you. Some personalised goodies from the Just Average Jen Shop. One lucky winner will win a set of personalised bathroom scales and a weight loss plaque. Of course if you can’t wait until the winner is drawn pop and buy some now and if by chance you are the lucky winner I will refund you instead!

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Do you struggle to wake up in the mornings? Maybe waking up to a sunrise would be easier but it isn’t always possible is it? With Lumie Bodyclock Active 250 it is (unless children wake you earlier!). I have one here to give away for one lucky reader! Whether you keep it for yourself or give it as a gift it is worth £99 and I personally think they are great!

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**This post is sponsored by Whites Organic Jumbo Porridge Oats** – read what that means here.

Oats are a really versatile ingredient for many cooks and on Slimming World as it is one of the healthy extra B choices it is a popular choice too. The current Slimming World allowance is 40g for the healthy extra b choice of any plain oats so for me I love the jumbo oats like these from Whites as getting a bowl full of powder with the cheap smaller oats is so frustrating!

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Finally the weather seems to be brightening up and that can only mean one thing, holiday time! We are going away in June to Majorca again which I am so excited about as usual. We have started looking at booking another short break away too. I just love being somewhere warm and being looked after, not having to cook etc. I guess when you do all the cooking and such at home an all inclusive holiday really does that to you!

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This year I am determined to get back to fitness in particular running. I used to enjoy it so much and felt such a sense of achievement when I crossed the Great North Run finish line in September 2016. Things went downhill when my asthma caused me some problems and got really quite severe and my consultants advice was to stop running and even walking far until it was under control. In hindsight I think that was partly what made me more depressed and comfort eating which let to gaining more and more weight and ending up where I am now. Things are changing though and I am determined to get back to where I was both in size and fitness.

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As usual we are really excited for our holiday this year. We are going back to Mallorca and the same hotel as we stayed at last year (after we were upgraded!). It is just a couple of minutes walk from a beautiful beach. The guys over at Simply Scuba have sent us some Snorkelling kits to try out when we go. Though with the weather here at the moment it is looking like it will soon be wet enough for them here!

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