Exercise really is good for the soul!

Having been in a sullen mood all day, I had to kick myself up the bum to do almost anything today and that includes eating food.. However after going and doing my first mile for my Aspire swim the channel challenge tonight I feel so much better! It’s true what they say, exercise really is good for the soul.. I forgot how good I feel after swimming and a steam. Lush! I have finally made a little headway on the map for my challenge too 🙂 Come on people, please sponsor me to raise some much needed money for these inspiring people!! http://www.aspirechannelswim.co.uk/GemsAllSwimNoSinkChallenge visit here and click donate even if it’s only £1! So after not really being very hungry.. once I got back from my swim I always find I’m hungry so have had just enough pp left over to have a coffee with milk! Hurrah and some ww chocolate digestives Yummy! 

So menu today was:

Breakfast: 35g Hot oats 3pp, 120ml Skimmed milk, half a sliced banana 0pp, 50g frozen berries 0pp and 10g Dark chocolate drops 1pp.

Lunch: weight watchers tortilla wrap 3pp, 45g hot tomato salsa 0pp, 3 slices garlic sausage 1pp, 1 mushroom sliced 0pp, 1 mini pepper sliced 0pp, 20g reduced fat cheddar 1pp, 1 tomato quartered and 60g cucumber sliced 0pp on side with 15g light salad cream 1pp. 

Dinner: Nume cajun spiced chicken fettucine 11pp.

Snacks:  2 weight watchers chocolate digestives 3pp, 40ml Skimmed milk for my coffee 0pp. 

Am really quite tired now.. forgot how tired it can make you too.. Oh and massive note to self and all the other swimmers out there: Check the times of the aqua aerobic classes in your pool as the one at my pool literally started as soon as I got in the pool, which means there is only one lane as my pool is only a 19.5 metre pool!! Also makes for more resistance as when they are doing all there moves the pool is almost sea like!! Much Love Gems 😀 

 

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Oh dear I may look like miss piggy after tonight!

So  this week I stayed the same as I predicted, Well this next week I will have a loss! I am using all my weeklies today, get them gone out the way won’t be tempted later in the week then. We are off out for Indian tonight and I am so looking forward to it as we haven’t been out to dinner in quite a while! I went to the food festival down the road today and there were soooo many lovely foods and smells all around me, it was very tempting.. However I had a pint of pink battle Sussex cider and some lunch then came home to crack on with this strawberry cheesecake  I said I was going to make.. Well it’s all gone wrong, the base is more gloopy, rather than crunchy think I put too much water in, and the filling well,  DO NOT buy strawberry flavouring!! It tastes nothing like strawberries at all, I was hoping to save some time but now I wish I had gone with my instinct and made it with fresh strawberry sauce instead, Luckily I had some frozen strawberries so I have quickly defrosted them in the microwave and blended them into a sauce to mix in to it, seems okay, tastes a bit better although I’m not totally sure it’s going to set properly now as the topping was runnier than I intended it to be.. Who know’s I will let you know tomorrow after I have let it set over night, I will give you the recipe another time once I have done it properly! 

So my menu today was: 

Breakfast: 1 weight watchers tortilla 3pp, spread with 15g whole earth natural peanut butter 2pp, 1 Sliced banana 0pp and 5g Dark chocolate drops 1pp.

Lunch: Chicken and noodles with a chicken satay and peanut sauce (I have estimated 17pp probably less but hey that’s the weeklies I had left after dinner tonight so may as well get em gone)

Dinner: Going out for Indian so I’m having Chicken Tikka  dry 8 pieces 14pp, Sag panner is spinach and paneer cheese I have estimated at 14pp for this I think this is being generous too as it is mostly spinach but it will have some oil in it and panner isn’t the lowest of pointed cheese lol. Plus 2 poppadums 8pp.

Snacks: None today, Although I have had a couple of pints of cider 16pp 😉 

Total used 75/26.. All 49 weeklies used!  :O 

Right I’m off as Chris will be here soon and we be off then! Much love Gems 😀 

Nice day doing nothing.. Lovely dinner!!

Today I have done nothing except pop to the shop and back and it has been lovely just chilling indoors watching some tv and browsing the web for recipes, I always find myself doing this when I have time on my hands.. I have about 200 bookmarked blogs and recipe websites on my laptop! In fact whilst browsing this is where I found my dinner for tonight, as I still do not have my cooker connected I thought I would search for some microwave recipes which were suitable for weightwatchers and found one that is perfect for me as it uses tortilla wraps… which as everyone who reads my blog will have worked out by now that I am slightly addicted to 😉  Recipe is here at  http://www.weightwatchers.com/util/art/index_art.aspx?tabnum=1&art_id=78521&sc=3022

It’s called a Quesadilla.. Ooohhh exotic I hear you say! I changed the recipe slightly to my tastes and to make it a bit more filling here’s the recipe I made:

Ingredients:
2 weightwatchers tortilla wraps 5pp
25g low low red pepper and chilli cheese spread 1pp
1 mini pepper sliced 0pp
1 medium mushroom sliced 0pp
45g hot tomato salsa 0pp
50g Bernard matthews tikka turkey 1pp
25g Co-op reduced fat grated cheddar 2pp
 
Method:
Spread 1 wrap with the low low cheese spread, then the other with the salsa. Add the sliced vegetables and turkey too the one with the salsa on and then add the grated cheese last, season to taste then place the other tortilla on top of it and microwave for 1 minute on high. Voila a lovely filling Quesadilla in minimal amount of time and only 9pp! 
 
So my menu today was: 
 
Breakfast: A banana and frozen mixed berry smoothie made with 200ml skimmed milk 2pp, Topped with a sprinkling of hot chocolate 0pp.
 
Lunch: weightwatchers tortilla wrap 3pp, 50g Quorn ham style slices 2pp, 1 dairy lea light cheese triangle 1pp,  Mini pepper sliced 0pp, 15g Light salad cream 1pp. 
 
Dinner: Home made Quesadilla 9pp (Recipe above)
With the cheese spread on 1, Salsa on the other.With everything on, ready to top with other tortilla.
 
Snacks: Tesco caramella sundae 4pp
 Tesco caramella sundae nice for a low pp treat 4pp
So total used 22/26pp 
 
Weigh in tomorrow am expecting a gain or a stay the same at least.. I have done nothing different this week apart from use my weeklies later in the week and do more exercise , which you would think was a good thing :/ Anyhow the scales have not been looking kind the last few days but this is something of a routine for me I seem to have a couple of good losses, then either a sts/gain so I am not too worried I know I have eaten well and sometimes the body just does thing like this to us! Good luck to everyone on a new week! Much love Gems 😀 
 
 

Today was all about the Green tea! :D

Hiyyyyaaaaaa! So I want to start by telling you what happened to me last night.. Here is what I was feeling when I wrote it on Facebook last night:  I Was feeling really hungry tonight.. I thought about it and thought about it and came up with the reasoning that I don’t think I really was hungry.. I think subconsciously because I knew I had 25 weeklies left my mind was saying its ok you can eat because there are points there to do it, I went and got my self a bottle if water and a pack of nume multi grain snacks 3pp.. Then after I ate those I went for a walk to the car and back with Chris and I’m not hungry any more! I really feel I’ve made some progress in the mind games losing weight can have on you tonight, as earlier I would’ve seen myself having a full on binge.. I’m so glad I stopped and thought about why I was hungry, didn’t deny myself something, but didn’t give in to the mind games either! I feel very proud of myself right now and wanted to share.. Sorry for the long post! 

I posted this not because I wanted other people to congratulate me, But because I want other people to know that you don’t have to succumb to that binge you can feel coming on if you actually stop and think about why your hungry, if you are indeed hungry at all. I really feel this was a massive breakthrough for me in the psychological issues that surround my weight loss battle, and if I can help just one person to overcome something and have the same breakthrough I have done a very good thing. 🙂 

Now on to the green tea’s 😀 I love green tea I have at least 2 cups a day, the numerous health benefits are amazing.. Seriously google it! I usually drink plain green tea with a tsp lemon juice and a couple of sweeteners or a tsp of honey in place of the sweeteners, I love the taste and it’s good for me, what could be better I hear you ask?? Well today I found these… 

Now I know you probably can’t see the flavours that well, (I got this pic of the net as the one’s I tried taking were crap) There are 25 bags in the box, 5 of each flavour they are: Green tea with Cranberry, Green tea with Orange and lotus flower, Green tea with Apple and pear, Green tea with Pineapple and grapefruit and Green tea with Citrus. Today I tried the one with Cranberry, the one with Pineapple and grapefruit and the one with Apple and pear.. I would love to tell you I have a clear favourite but I can’t I love them all, But I can tell you this I will not be going back to plain old green tea again, These flavours are amazing and very refreshing. I bought them in co-op, the box was £1.99, so a fair price I think considering I just checked the twining’s website and they are £2.50 a box on there! :O 

My menu today was lovely:

Breakfast: 35g Hot oat cereal 3pp, 150ml Skimmed milk 1pp, 1 Sliced banana 0pp, 10g Dark chocolate drops 1pp.

Very indulgent breakfast for very small points!

 

Lunch: Weight watcher tortilla wrap 3pp, 40g Wafer thin turkey 1pp, 90g Nume chicken tikka sandwich filler 3pp, (Last of the pot) banana 0pp, a tomato sliced 0pp with a dairylea cheese triangle 1pp.

Dinner: Healthier choice Sweet Chilli Chicken Noodles meal 8pp (This is a bargain on points, very healthy, Filling and yummy to boot!)

Snacks: I’m not actually hungry right now, but I have a snack planned of 2 ryvita’s 1pp, a Dairy lea light triangle 0pp ( You can have 2 of these for up to 1pp) A sliced tomato 0pp.

Total used: 22/26 😀 

Today I have also been out to my sister’s to meet her neighbour Corinne, Unfortunately hasn’t been too well and needs someone to help walk her puppy a couple of days a week so I have volunteered Go me! Bodacia is her name and she is a 5 month old cross between a husky and labrador, she is adorable.. Tomorrow I am taking her for her first walk up over devils dyke, A good workout for her and me! I will pop a pick on tomorrow of her, You will fall in love trust me, I did! Much love Gems 😀 

 

 

Yummiest dinner ever.. Plus the recipes!!

Yesterday I decided I didn’t want another ready meal I wanted something home made, but without a cooker connected this made it difficult until I saw my beloved slow cooker sitting on the side looking all empty and blue. I took some Pork and Venison sausages out of the freezer that I have had in there for a few weeks and let them defrost over night.. These sausages were lovely and I got them in Co-op, they are 12pp for the whole pack and you get 6 in it. I also have bought some butter buds recently as alot of people have been raving about them and I wanted to see if they were any good.. I can honestly say I don’t think I will buy normal margarine/butter again they are amazing, you can use them on Jackets, in mash, on toast, to make sauces, in baking.. The list is endless and they are 0pp for up to 2 sachets and 1pp for 3 up to 7 sachets!! Go buy them seriously Lakeland..Go now!! 

My menu today was a little more snacky, but as I said before I use most/all of my weeklies on the weekend never usually after Monday eve as I know I either put on or Stay the same if I do!

Breakfast: Banana 0pp.. we didn’t have much milk and both Tish and Chris wanted cereal also so I just had that.

Lunch: Weight watchers Tortilla wrap 3pp, wafer thin turkey 40g 1pp, Nume chicken tikka sandwich filler 70g 2pp, 30g sliced mushrooms 0pp, Nume sweet chilli multi grain crisps 3pp (I don’t think they are as nice as the cream cheese and black pepper ones, But each to their own)

Dinner: Pork and Venison sausage casserole 6pp.. (Recipe below), 105g New potatoes 2pp, Lemon, pepper and parsley sauce 0pp.. (Recipe below), Creamy mushrooms 1pp. 

Snacks: Bottle of Stella pear cider 8pp, 3 Things from my graze box.. Ancient forest nuts 6pp, Bounty hunter 4pp, Fruit and seed flapjack 6pp. 

Total used: 42/26, 16 weeklies used.. 25 left! 

Recipe for Pork & Venison sausage casserole: 19pp per recipe, 6pp per serving, serves 3.

Ingredients:
340g pack of Pork & Venison sausages( Mine were from co-op and called Holme farmed) 
1 Red onion chopped 
half a punnet of mushrooms( I didn’t weigh I just sliced sorry lol)
200g Nume Baked beans
1 clove of garlic diced 
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
3tbsp Balsamic vinegar
100ml water
Salt & Pepper to season
 
Method:
I literally put my slow cooker on warm to heat up at 9:30am, whilst I chopped everything that needed chopping, Then put it all in the slow cooker gave it a stir and put the heat to low and left it till around 4pm, then served with new potatoes with lemon, pepper and parsley sauce and carrots(Well carrots for Tish and Chris any way)
 

Mmm Cooking along nicely!

Recipe for Lemon, black pepper and Parsley sauce, 2pp per recipe, 0pp per serving, serves 4. 

Ingredients:
16g Butter buds (8 Sachets) they are 2g each.
2tsp Lemon juice(The recipe called for 1tsp but I didn’t find it very lemony so I used 2.)
1/4tsp Black pepper(I used 1/2 tsp as I love pepper but others may not so much)
Small handful fresh parsley chopped.
120ml Boiling water.
 
Method:
Whisk the butter buds, water, lemon juice, and black pepper together in a bowl, once well combined add the parsley and either serve straight away or set aside for later.

Bowl of yumminess right there ^^^ 😉

 
 
Now with the Lemon, Black pepper and parsley sauce I just poured it over the potatoes on the plate but in hindsight I wish I had put the cooked potatoes into the bowl with the sauce and given them a good shake to coat them as I feel this would have gone down better than having to dip the potatoes in the sauce on the plate lol. Right that’s me for today although I can say that the dinner was a massive hit with both myself and the o/h, Let me know what you think when ya make it. Much love Gems 😀 
 

Wi day tomorrow.. Ooohh the excitement!

So tomorrow is wi day and I’m really looking forward to it as the scales have been showing some pretty nice numbers since I started eating my breakfast again! 😀 I went for a nice wander down the seafront today as I saw a pic on facebook of a philadelphia stand down there giving away choccy treats mmm yummy! I had 5 small bites when I say small I mean like 1″ size so I pointed them at 6pp, which I think is more than fair. My menu today was:

Breakfast: The usual.. 35g Hot oat cereal 3pp, 150ml skimmed milk 1pp.

Lunch: I marinaded a pack of that bernard mathhews turkey chunks 3pp in 2 tbsp lime juice 0pp and 1/4 tsp each of garam masala, garlic powder, cumin, ginger, cayenne, paprika, black pepper 0pp, then mixed that with 60g cooked cous cous 2pp and some sliced mushrooms 0pp.

Dinner: Nume Spicy piri piri chicken bake… Beware and always check the pp as this says 9pp on the pack but actually worked out at 10pp!! 

Snacks: 5 mini choc philly bites 6pp, Banana maybe if I’m peckish?! 😉 

Total used 25/26! 

Well that is all the words I have for you today.. Come back tomorrow for the result of my wisdom you have had all week, Much love Gems 😀 

Happy Bank Holiday.. :D

Hi there so had a fab day yesterday, ate all my dailies and drank most of my weeklies.. Oooppps! Oh well we only live once right?! 😉 One thing I have to tell you is do not if you are a cider drinker buy Henry Weston’s vintage cider without knowing how many pp is in a pint 20pp omg!!! Will so not be having one of those again anytime soon! So I’m starting my Ripped in 30 challenge tonight too am a little bit nervous but mostly looking forward to it, Off to the gym tomorrow too for the second run of week 3 c25k, then a 40 length swim to start training for my channel swim.. Feeling positive and in control! 

So my menu today is:

Breakfast: none got up quite late, Well what are bank holidays for eh?! 😉

Lunch: Discovery tortilla wrap 3pp, 15g light salad cream 1pp, 40g pastrami 1pp and some chopped pepper and onion 0pp.

Dinner: Morisson Nume Chilli Wedge Melt ready meal 9pp, 30g co-op reduced fat grated cheese 2pp.

Snacks: Off to Costa in a bit so instead of my normal 0pp  americano.. I may get the other half to treat me to a skinny sugar free hazelnut latte for 4pp! Banana 0pp 😉

Total used 20/26pp 

Another note I have to say is always check the nutritional values for your meals as I bought that meal I’m having for dinner tonight and it says 8pp on pack and when I worked it out with the nutritional values it was 9pp, May not seem like a lot but 1pp makes all the difference if your not counting 1 a week etc, So check, check, check!! Also weight watchers tortilla wraps are on offer for 75p in Morissons! 😀 

Enjoy the holiday!! Much love Gems 😀 

Oh what a beautiful day.. And a Recipe! :D

Good morning, Good mornnniiiinng! Well I feel fantastic this morning got up at 7:30 am and took myself off to the gym.. Hard going running when you haven’t done it for a couple of weeks but I did it, I pushed through even though it felt like I was going to die lol and I feel fantastic for it, so glad I went!! Tomorrow I am starting the Jillian Michaels dvd ripped in 30 3-4 times a week so hoping that will help me tone up whilst continuing my running and swimming! 

We are off to a bbq This afternoon, so as I didn’t want to go overboard with food.. ( I need my pp for booze?!) 😉 I took it upon myself to make some Veg & Halloumi kebabs to take with us.. Recipe at the bottom! 

My menu today is*:

Breakfast: Maxitone Sculptress Protein Shake 5pp, Banana 0pp.

Lunch: 4 Veg & Halloumi kebabs 5pp, Salad 0pp, Maybe some chicken 5-6pp.

Dinner: I doubt I’ll be hungry lol But I plan on a few drinks 😉 

*Subject to change lol 

Veg & Halloumi Kebabs – 14pp per recipe, 1pp per 1-2, 4pp per 3, 5pp per 4 etc.. 

Ingredients:

24 Medium size mushrooms, whole – 0pp

3 Red peppers, Chopped into 1″ pieces – 0pp

2 Red onions, Chopped into wedges – 0pp

220g Lighter Halloumi, Cubed into 1″ pieces – 14pp

12 Wooden skewers 

Method:

Thread the ingredients onto the skewers alternately with 3 Pieces of halloumi on each.. And cook either under the grill or on bbq! 

Right that’s me done for today I promise to come on either later or tomorrow and confess to how many of my weeklies I used on Booze! 😛 Happy Bank Holiday Weekend All! Much Love Gems 😀