An eventful 8 weeks.

So its been an eventful last 8 weeks to say the least, since I last spoke to you all I’ve had surgery to remove the ectopic pregnancy as the methotrexate worked to stop the pregnancy progressing but my body did not reabsorb it the way it should have. They have told me my left fallopian tube is blocked with something called Hydrosalpinx. This means along with my right fallopian tube being damaged that we are going to struggle to fall naturally if we try for another baby and if we do fall the chances of another ectopic are extremely high. 😦 So the last few weeks I have not really been focused on my weightloss… In fact I’d probably go as far as to say I’ve not really been eating right at all! It feels good to get all this out so forgive me if it’s not completely on track to do with weightloss, I am however going to get back on track this Wed. I feel like I’ve got all of the junk food cravings out of my system and I have a freezer full of meat and poultry ready for me to cook up a storm. 😉 So starting this week I’m going to dig out some of my old recipes to give them a go, if anyone has any lovely low pp recipes they’d like to share, I’d be happy to try them!
Well that’s it from me today, I’ll be back on Wednesday with my dreaded wi result!

Much love,
Gems 🙂 xxx

Feeling rubbish! 😔

Hey everyone, just a quick one today. After my hospital appointment on Monday that I mentioned in my previous post, the doctors told me I didn’t suffer a miscarriage but in fact have an ectopic pregnancy ! 😔
I didn’t know what to think, and it all went so fast as they wanted to operate but because I have had previous abdominal ops from when I was born I am classed as high risk so they went fine the alternative route of giving me an injection called Methotrexate

You can read about it here if your interested at all.
The long and short of it is that this drug is making me feel quite ill, I’ve been sick and I have no appetite hence why I won’t be on track this week, as it’s just another thing on my mind to worry about. I’m hoping that this goes as smoothly as possible but knowing me it probably won’t!
Anyhow I may come on and have a little rant about how I’m feeling again this week, but things will resume normal order soon as they can, I promise more reviews and recipes when I can!

Have a good ww week peeps, onwards and downwards!
Much love Gems xxx

Happy! 😊

Morning all, I’m feeling good this morning as feel very much back on track this week, feels good to be back in control! I have weighed in and am very pleased with the result, even after going out for Chinese on Sat night.. Here’s the result this week, drum roll please…

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Ta daaa!!

Amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it! I’ve got my 5% this week but I lost a pp, boo!! I plan to do just as well this week too!
Happy Monday peeps, enjoy a fab week on track with me.
I plan on staying on track again this week although I have to go back to the hospital today for more tests as my blood tests from the hospital yesterday show the hcg pregnancy hormone has risen so now they are concerned that maybe it’s an ectopic pregnancy not a miscarriage as first suspected! 😔 I’m trying for positive thinking but I just wish it was all over now.
So depending in how that goes today I may be using a few weeklies on a nice hot chocolate with marshmallows later from Starbucks! 😜

Much love
Gems 😊 xxx

Weigh in tomorrow!

Hello all, I’ve had a great week on track, scales are being kind to me so far even after going out to Chinese for dinner last night!! 😉 I had This for dinner the other day and it was totally … Continue reading

What a difference a year makes!

Well it’s been a long year and 2013 hasn’t been the kindest to me so far, what with being hospitalised the beginning of the year, my grandad being diagnosed with cancer and suffering a miscarriage recently.. I’m about ready for 2014 to come steaming in, bringing with it better tidings I hope! In the last year I have put back on all of the weight I lost a couple of years back and feel utterly rubbish if I’m honest.
After the last couple of weeks, I decided enough was enough and weighed my self on Monday and started ww pp once again.. I’m having a pretty epic week so far if I say so my self! I’m glad to be back and will bring you guys and gals more recipes and reviews pronto, I may not post every day but you will hear from me a few times a week!

With that I bid you goodnight,
Much love
Gems 🙂

Coming home

So I’m back. It’s been a while I know, I have been messing around for quite a long time now and I really really need to get my head back in the game. I have a wedding to go to on 21 September so I’m going to work as hard as I can to try getting a nice dress for that wedding, Weight watchers has worked for me in the past so I’m going to give it another go and really really knuckle down. Be prepared for loads of random posts about exercise, food, drinks and just pretty much anything to do with Pro points. Tomorrow is my weigh in day I’m hoping that I stayed the same this week, I haven’t had a brilliant week I’ve not been on track very well and I had a rubbish lunch today, I am writing my blog again it makes me accountable for everything I eat also having my new iPhone means that I can track everything in my weight watchers app So literarily soon as I eat something I can track it which is brilliant. I can’t wait to share with you all tomorrow what my menu is going to be, I haven’t worked out completely yet but I’m going to sit down and do that in a little while, so I have a fabulous evening and your hear from me again tomorrow.

Been struggling the last few days…

So I thought I’d drop on and let you know I have been struggling to get back on track since our weekend away.. I am looking at a big fat gain on the scales tomorrow! I have no one to blame but myself as I have just been eating crap.. Chocolate, crisps and worst of all bread!! On Wednesday I started to feel a bit better, however it took a whole big bar of Cadbury’s dairy milk golden biscuit crunch.. Let me give you the stats of this so you know just how low I went:
Calories: 1080
Protein: 13g
Carbs: 112g
Fat: 66g
Fibre: 2g
Propoints per 200g bar: 3o!!!
Yes this is how low I went, I lost control and it felt like it was a bit hopeless this week, the scales were showing +6! I don’t know what happened maybe it was that darn chocolate but I felt I needed to do something, I got up and put the wii on and did 30 mins free step and then I did 30 mins of free weights with my dumbbells. Yesterday I was showing a +5 gain.. So I ate better and went on a 3hr walk to Asda and back with 3 bags of shopping, when I got back I did another 30 mins step on the wii and this morning I was showing a 3.8 gain I have done 30 mins jogging on the wii, plus a little boxing and hula hooping..  I’m hoping I can get it back down to the 3 mark by tomorrow, Not good but still better than the plus 6 it was showing on Wednesday!! Sorry for the dribbley post but I feel you needed an explanation for my absence and I needed to write it all down and own up to myself and all of you how I felt. 
 
Tomorrow starts a fresh and I am going to be running my fitness pal alongside weight watchers this week as a little test.. Then for the next two weeks after that I’m going to do ww one week and mfp the other to see which suits me best. I will be here tomorrow with my daily menu and a much happier post! Much love Gems 😀 

Leek and Mushroom Risotto

Leek and Mushroom Risotto, Serves 4, 33pp per recipe, 8pp per serving. 

Ingredients: 

250g Arborio risotto rice
25og Sliced chesnut mushrooms
1 Leek sliced
150ml weightwatchers fruity wine
1 knorr vegetable stock pot
750ml water
 
60g extra light soft cheese
25g parmesan cheese
 
1 garlic clove chopped
1tsp olive oil warmed up and 3 butter bud sachets melted in it
Black pepper to taste
 
Method:
 
Add the olive oil and butter bud mixture to the pan on medium and then gently fry off the garlic and leeks till they soften up maybe 2-3 mins, then add the mushrooms and some black pepper, 3 tbsp water and cover for 5 mins. Mix the knorr vegetable stock pot with the 750ml water but don’t add yet, add the wine to the mushrooms then the risotto rice and stir constantly for 1 minute, then add the stock in, give it a good mix up and leave to simmer for 20-30 mins stirring every now and then until the rice is cooked to your taste I like mine a little al dente..  Once it has thickened up add the soft cheese and parmesan and mix it up so it’s looking creamy and serve topped with a handful of fresh parsley.
 
Maybe add a garlic ciabatta for extra pp.. I will recommend the Nume range mini garlic ciabatta’s for 7pp each they are yummy and don’t taste like low fat ones at all! 
 

Another good loss this week.. And baked potatoes!

So I lost another 2.2lbs this week and that combined with my 2.8lb loss last week makes 5lbs in two weeks!! Clearly not having my cooker connected is helping with my weight loss, Hmm untapped market in the weight loss industry?? I think so! I have some reviews for you on some more of the Morisson Nume range which has replaced their eat smart range, The first one is Chicken tikka sandwich filler 2pp for up to 70g, Very yummy and filling probably the best one of the two I tried. The second one is Chicken fajita sandwich filler and again 2pp for up to 70g.. This one was ok but I’m more of a Tikka girl anyway but wanted to give it a try. You could use these in a variety of ways, obviously in a sandwich 😉 I used mine in wraps as I really don’t eat bread that much these days, You could use them as a filling for a jacket potato, mix them with some rice or cous cous.. the possibilities are endless I tell ye! I also tried some Nume cream cheese and black pepper multi grain crisps 25g pack 3pp.. I am in love with them, that is alll I have to say on it TRY THEM!! 😀 Today I decided to get a bit funky with my cereal as I have the same thing every day so I thought I’d spice it up a bit and make it pretty, I added a couple of drops of red food colouring and some vanilla essence but it did the trick…

All spunked up cereal!

I tend to use 120ml in my cereal and 30ml in my coffee.. This is the only milk I have all day, the rest of the time my coffee is black and I drink green tea and water lots of it! I have also been busy today applying for the foodie penpal scheme out there for bloggers and readers of blogs, Thank you to Vincente of http://vittlemonster.com/ and Lindsay from http://www.theleangreenbean.com for pointing me in the right direction to find out about it in the UK as it sounded fabulous! I signed up over at http://thisisrocksalt.com and can’t wait to get my first email and start out with my first box http://thisisrocksalt.com/foodie-penpals/ Click <<< that link there and it will tell you all about it!! 

 

My menu today was:

Breakfast: 35g Hot oat cereal 3pp, 150ml Skimmed milk 1pp.

Lunch: 2 Weight watchers tortilla wraps 5pp, 70g Nume Chicken tikka sandwich filler 2pp, 70g Nume chicken fajita sandwich filler 2pp, 60g Sliced mushrooms 0pp, Pack of Nume cream cheese and black pepper multi grain crisps 3pp.

Dinner: Jacket potato 185g 4pp, 200g Nume baked beans 4pp, 17g Extra light philadelphia 0pp, 60g Sliced mushrooms 0pp, 30g Co-op reduced fat grated cheddar 2pp, 1 Butter bud sachet 0pp.

Snacks: none, I haven’t been that hungry in all honesty I probably could have had one of those wraps for lunch instead of two as they were quite filling, well we live and we learn.

New weekly pro points in the bank as of today so will no doubt have a couple of drinks or more later on with Chris, I tend to use my weeklies all over the weekend or at least by Monday at the latest as I find if I spread them out through the week I either sts or gain. Here’s to another great week folks, 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 😀