I am big on planning… in particular I love to write things down. Lists, plans, ideas, recipes, weekly meal sheets, you name it and I love to write it down. By hand (notes on your iPhone simply will not do) and preferably on something pretty. I struggle sometimes with the last bit, and I have scraps of old jotter pads with blog post ideas floating around in my handbag. Not a great look by anyone’s standards. So when the folks at Stigu gave us the opportunity to review one of their Stick to Stigu planners, you can imagine that i jumped at the chance.
As soon as I received the book, I was super chuffed. It was bright and colourful but also sturdy. I didn’t feel like I was going to hurt it by putting it in my handbag and lugging it around with me. The paper quality of every page is top notch too. I really hate cheap paper and it’s a huge bugbear of mine… I’m also clumsy and can find myself tearing sheets by accident. I’ve had the Stigu for over a month and even Short Rib couldn’t get through one of the pages.
Stick to Stigu
The planners have a really neat layout – one I’ve never seen in a planner before. There are two pages to each week, with one page being left blank (except for one thing, which we’ll get onto later) and the opposite page listing your seven days of the week. They have five sections to each day, but they leave the rest totally blank – so it’s up to you what you plan and how you plan it. As soon as I saw the layout, I knew what I was going to use it for.
It will not have passed most of you by that I’m back on the Slimming World, healthy eating wagon. I find it quite therapeutic (and efficient) to try and plan my meals on a weekly basis. I’ve found that the five daily sections lend themselves really well to meal planning. On plan, I use the first three sections as my ‘Breakfast’, ‘Lunch’ and ‘Dinner’ squares, planning what I’m going to eat. The fourth square, I list what I intend to eat as my Healthy Extras that day and the final square is to list the syns for that day. I also put a running total in a little square at the end of each day to make sure I’m not going overboard.
I like colours too – so decided on a multi-coloured pen and the result was awesome. The best planner I’ve used for meal planning by a long way. You can use the blank page opposite to jot down your recipes, plan your shopping list or just scribble your goals for that week, be it exercise or just staying on plan. Stigu suggest you put your to-do list on that bit too.
Stick to Stigu have some other really cool features though. Like the simple perforation of each page, so you always know which week you’re on. It’s so simple, doesn’t detract from the planner itself and is super functional. It also has a bunch of blank pages at the back, maybe for longer term to-do lists or just in case you need to write down an e-mail address really quickly.
As great as it is as a meal planner, and I intend to continue using it for that purpose along my weight loss journey, Stigu has something else up its sleeve that nobody else has. Each month in the planner has a specific theme… January for example was “Renew” and February’s is “Stretch”. Each week, Stigu provides words of wisdom and practical tips for mindfulness for the entire year. Be it partaking in gentle exercise to help stimulate the brain, to writing down your hopes and dreams with a view to… you know, making them happen. The tips are fun, certainly not patronising and come with cute drawings of their mascot, who’s name is… you guessed it… Stigu.
The idea of the planner (regardless of how you choose to use it) is making small steps and tiny changes to reap big benefits. From writing down your to-do list just so you can strike off everything you’ve already done, to getting into a new hobby and spending your time productively. The Stigu Planner is a well-designed, very elegant planner that can fit pretty much everyone’s needs… it’s still very fun, colourful and versatile. I find it’s the perfect Slimming World companion… but you may find it easier as a family planner, using the five daily squares as columns for your family members instead. The possibilities are quite literally endless.
So if you think you’ve found your perfect planner, you are certainly in luck, because Stigu and the gang have given one of our lucky readers the chance to win their very own Stick to Stigu Planner. You’re only in February and it’s never too late to start planning! All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize is to enter via the Rafflecopter below.
Entrants must be resident in the United Kingdom and the giveaway ends at midnight on 11th March 2017.
Best of luck and happy planning!
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