Fabulous weekend, but…

I am glad to be back on track now.. However I had a lovely weekend of eating and drinking with my friends.. after a weigh in that showed me I had lost 1.4lbs this past week giving me another 7 on my online tracker and making me realise I am 3lbs away from my 10% so that is my goal for the next two weeks! On Saturday I went to my nephews 4th birthday party, I ate cake, chocolate orange brownies that were amazing!! I’m totally serious these were by far the best thing I have ever tasted.. So much so I had 3!!! Oh my god, I will be endeavouring to grab the recipe from my sister in law and trying to scale them down to make them pp friendly as she told me how many calories were in one and the ingredients.. Trust me you don’t want to know if your following ww lol. I also had a couple of sausage rolls and pink wafers, along with half a cheese bap and some tomato and cucumber! I quite happily ate all of this knowing that I had my weeklies and over half my dailies left to cover it.. In the evening we had some friends round for dinner, I was going to make Leek and mushroom risotto in the slow cooker but my sister in law lent me a big electric frying pan thing which is like a huge wok really so I did the risotto in that instead it was gorgeous and looked so nice in the pan but I forgot to take a photo 😦 I will post the recipe for this later on tonight as I just want to tell you my daily menu for yesterday and today in this post. So after the amount of wine and crap I consumed on Saturday I wanted to get back on track quite quickly yesterday but I was hungover which means I really wanted comfort food, food that has substance and doesn’t feel like it is too healthy if you catch my drift.. So this is what I made

Yummy beans and mushrooms on toast with fresh parsley and 20g reduced fat cheese! 10pp

Fantastic hangover food yet not wasting any of my daily pro points! So my menu for yesterday was:

Brunch: 2 slices of kingsmill 50/50 5pp, 1 butter bud sachet 0pp mixed with 2 tbsp water and a pinch of garlic granules, 100g mushrooms sliced 0pp, 200g nume baked beans 4pp, 20g co-op reduced fat cheddar 1pp. 

Dinner: Nume cajun spiced chicken fettucine 11pp.

Snacks: 10g cheerios 1pp, drizzled with 15g dark chocolate drops 2pp and a bottle of Lucozade revive 1pp This is my go to drink when hungover.. so glad they do a sugar free version now!! 

My daily menu today was: 

Breakfast: 30g cheerios 3pp, 120ml skimmed milk 1pp.

Lunch: weight watchers tortilla wrap 3pp, 50g wafer thin turkey 1pp, 1 shallot sliced 0pp, 15g low low cheese 1pp and 15g light salad cream 1pp.

Dinner: 50g wafer thin turkey 1pp, 170g mash potato 4pp, nume baked beans 200g 4pp and 15g low low cheese 1pp. 

Snacks: none yet but I have 6pp left and will maybe have something out of my graze box or one of those tasty little treat bars I posted about last week. 

So that’s that I am glad I have managed to get back on track so quickly and easily as we all know, best of all me how easy it is to go off track after a day like I had Saturday.. Yesterday after all that the scales were showing +3, today +2, so hopefully come Friday it will be less.. or at least a sts, I have to weigh in early this week as we are off to London for the weekend on Friday so I won’t be here to weigh in as normal on Saturday! Much Love Gems 😀 

   

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The Weightwatchers app for android has arrived..Finally!!

I am so happy even though I don’t have an android phone.. I have a blackberry lol, anyway the reason I am so excited is the weightwatchers app for android phones has finally landed and downloaded it to my sisters samsung galaxy note today to see what it was like and have a play around with it! The verdict I love it and when my phone upgrade is due in Jan I will be getting a galaxy note, not an I phone which I was going to get purely for the weightwatchers app, the only downside I have is that it doesn’t have the recipe builder on it… But then I guess if your cooking or baking you are more than likely going to be at home or somewhere near a connection to the internet so it’s not that much of a downside for me. I have heard some of my friends on a facebook group for ww support that I am in, cannot download the app.. I struggled to find it in the google play market also.. So I just searched google and found the link to download it! Also today for dinner I had the weight watchers alfredo bolognaise.. And I have to say I wasn’t that keen it really didn’t have much flavour at all, I was quite disappointed as bolognaise is one of my favourite meals! I’m still not feeling 100% but I did manage to get up to my sister’s and bake a cake for my nephew’s 4th Birthday tomorrow and walk Cia.. We are having a party for him on Sat so be prepared to be bombarded with pictures of all my niece’s and nephew’s 😀 So my menu today was:

Breakfast: 35g hot oats 3pp, 120ml Skimmed milk 1pp, 10g Dark chocolate drops 1pp and 15g Whole earth natural peanut butter 2pp.

Lunch: weightwatchers tortilla wrap 3pp, 3 slices garlic sausage 1pp, 1 Mushroom sliced, 75g Nume chicken tikka sandwich filler 2pp and 1 tomato 1pp.

Dinner: Weightwatchers alfredo bolognaise 9pp.

Snacks: 1 pack whisps 3pp, 2 maria biscuits 1pp. 

Total used 26/26 and scales looking mighty fine this morning! 

So that’s me for today am off to a child minding information day tomorrow and then my 3rd mile swim for my Aspire swim the channel challenge.. Please please consider sponsoring me for this, Click this link to find out more and sponsor me http://www.aspirechannelswim.co.uk/GemsAllSwimNoSinkChallenge

Much Love Gems 😀 

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 😀 
 
 

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 😀 
 

Is it odd I’m addicted to mushrooms.. And a recipe! :)

Helloooooo.. I have decided that I cannot go a day without mushrooms at all I love them they are yummy and filling and I recommend everyone to go out and get a punnet right now! 😉 Hehe well only if you like them that is.. Anyhow am in quite a happy mood today even if it is the dreaded totm.. Strange what stepping on the scales can do for your mood, I am almost 100% certain now that it is breakfast that is key for me with this weight loss malarchy as today I have been light again! I have also just spent a small fortune for O/H birthday in Sept.. We are going to our friends in London for the weekend following his birthday, So I have booked a surprise karaoke session at the Lucky voice venue in Soho for the four of us and we get a free round of shots as it’s a birthday.. Also just about to book a table at our Favourite little Italian restaurant Pulcinella, it was the our first restaurant we went to on our first weekend in London when we first started seeing one another just over 3 years ago.. Oh He is going to love it! Anyway…

Menu today was:

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

Lunch: 200g nume baked beans 4pp, 50g wafer thin turkey 1pp, creamy mushrooms 1pp.

Dinner: Nume Cajun spiced chicken fettucine 11pp ( Yes I am slightly addicted)

Snacks: Banana, WW ginger crunch biscuits 2pp.

Recipe for Creamy Mushrooms:- per recipe 1pp.

Ingredients:

Sliced mushrooms around 80-100g. 

30g extra light philadelphia 1pp.

Pinch of black pepper and cayenne pepper.

Dried mixed herbs to taste.. Beware if you use more than around 15g the pp will go from 0pp to 1pp.

Method:

Put mushrooms in a microwaveable container, season with the peppers and blitz uncovered on high for 1 min. Once done add the philadelphia and mixed herbs and mix well, Serve immediately or allow to cool and serve cold.

Anywho that’s me for another day and hope everyone else is doing well too and my blog is helping with some inspiration for something.. anything lol! 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 😀 

Things are looking up!! :D

So after my dreadful day on Wednesday, My interview went very well yesterday I’m feeling very positive about it. I also had an email from another nursery offering me a day trial at there establishment too. Feeling so much more positive than I was on Wednesday!! 

Our good friends from London Jamie and Valeria are down for the day and night today to have a belated celebration for my 30th birthday with some other friends of ours, we haven’t seen them since Christmas so very excited about seeing them!! Instead of going out for a meal I am going to cook mushroom risotto which is a massive hit in this household everybody loves it, and it’s low on points and calories so double bonus!! Off out after our dinner for some drinks and lots of dancing so hopefully that will burn some lbs too!

I’ll post the recipe for the mushroom risotto later on today along with a picture, Also a pic of me in my outfit for tonight!! 😉 I’ll also post an update on my challenges and my weight loss chart from weight watchers so far! 

Been a hell of a week.. Why is it only Weds??

So the week started off well.. We joined a gym and I got stuck into it on monday night going for a spin class I thought I could do… Big mistake I lasted all of 10 mins!! 😦 

Realised I’m not as fit as I once was lol. Then along comes some major bust ups in my family resulting in me telling my father he wont be seeing me or my daughter again.. Another sad day 😦 

Then today have ended up without a job… Can it get much worse I am wondering?? Well when I got home I rang round and managed to score a new job interview for Fri 10am! Then me and Chris hit the gym tonight and I also swam 60 laps this morning so feel I have burnt off a lot of the stress I have been carrying this week already and I have a body pump class booked for tomorrow go me! Raaaarrrrrrr! 😀 

These are my stats from fitbit today 

 

Activity

 16615 steps taken today
 
166% of goal of 10,000
 41 floors climbed today
 
137% of goal of 30
You have climbed: The Tallest Sequoia 
 7.38 miles traveled today
 
164% of goal of 4.50
 3135 calories burned
 
106% of goal of 2,969
 1644 active score 
 
164% of goal of 1,000

And this is how I am doing on my challenge to walk the hills and mountains of the uk:

North Downs 876ft South Downs 889ft Cotswolds 1083ft Bodmin Moor 1300ft North York Moors 1490ft Brown Clee Hill 1772ft High Willhays 2037ft  Kinder Scout 2087ft Pen y Fan 2907ft Scafell Pike 3209ft Snowdon 3560ft Ben Nevis 4409ft
87ftg 89ftg 108ftg 130ftg 149ftg 177ftg 203ftg 208ftg 290ftg 320ftg 356ftg 440ftg
11/6/12-32=55ftg 13/6/12-5=84ftg 16/6/12-15=93ftg 20/6/12-13=117ftg
12/6/12-30=25ftg 14/6/12-30=54ftg 17/6/12-10=83ftg
13/6/12-25=0ftg! 15/6/12-35=19ftg 18/6/12-31=52ftg
16/6/12-19=0ftg! 19/6/12-24=28ftg
20/6/12-24=0ftg!

I’m sorry it’s been quite a depressing post apart from my excellent exercise news.. I promise to do a more upbeat one soon, with a recipe for the best mushroom risotto you will ever taste!! 😉