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 😀 

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Sorry for the late one tonight!

Hey everyone sorry for the late post tonight, I just got back from my second mile swim for my swim the channel challenge and realised I hadn’t written my blog today!! I did go to Morrison’s today and found out the other new Weight watchers select ready meals they have brought out, so in addition to my post yesterday about the butternut squash and mozzarella risotto 12pp, there is a hot smoked salmon and creme fraiche linguine 9pp.. I would love to review this for you but as much as I adore all types of fish, I am unfortunately not a huge fan of salmon, I don’t know why because I love just about every other fish you can think of! So if one of you lovely people reading my blog would like to try it, please let me know by all means what it’s like and I may be swayed to try it! The only other one they had was this one..

Smokey Chipotle chilli and spicy rice 12pp.

Now to be honest as much as I loved the smokey flavour and the rice was nice, It has two, yes TWO chilli symbols on it so I was expecting a bit of a kick.. Nowt, Nada, Zilch! I was to say the least a little disappointed, I do love food that has a bit of a kick to it 😉 However if you are nothing like me then you will love this the way it is, me on the other hand I will be adding a little bit of chilli powder to it next time! So my menu today was: 

Breakfast: None – I know I need to break this habit as I know when I have breakfast I am fuller and feel more in control, But we got up late again and had no milk so by the time I had gone to the shops it was lunch time! 🙂 

Lunch: Weight watchers tortilla wrap 3pp, 3 slices garlic sausage 1pp, Nume chicken tikka sandwich filler 2pp, 1 Sliced mushroom 0pp. 1 Tomato quartered and 60g cucumber chopped on the side with 15g light salad cream 1pp. 

Dinner: Smokey chipotle chilli and spicy(not so much) rice 11pp, 20g co-op reduced fat cheese 1pp. 

Snacks: 2 packs of Texan flavour whisps 5pp, 2 maria biscuits 1pp. 

Total 25/26pp. 

I am a little bit peckish after my swim but I don’t like using my ap so I am trying to push the thoughts of food to the back of my head as it’s far too late and I only have 1pp left!! Anyway I am sorry for the plug again but until I’m finished I am going to keep asking you lovely blog readers of mine to please, please consider sponsoring me for doing my Aspire swim the channel challenge, The money raised will go to helping people with spinal injuries live happier, more independent lives. If you do wish to sponsor me please click this link  http://www.aspirechannelswim.co.uk/GemsAllSwimNoSinkChallenge.. If you don’t then ignore this and I will be back tomorrow with another exciting post for you wonderful readers! Much love Gems 😀

 

Cheese cake was a disaster, Dinner was lovely though!!

So the cheesecake base did not firm up, in all the years I have been baking I have never had a disaster quite like this one, when I tried to slice it and put it on the plate it was just one big gloopy mess! Still tastes okay though and I won’t be wasting it.. I cannot stand throwing food away!! Worked it out at 4pp per slice so not too bad, I will however be trying this again next week and posting decent pics and the recipe. Last night we ended up going to Strada (Italian) instead of the Indian we had planned, I’m actually quite pleased we did because in hindsight I probably would have overeaten and then felt ill today.. So I had no starter, just a main which was Pumpkin and butternut squash risotto with pancetta, wilted spinach and pine nuts. It was very yummy and I did not feel like I had eaten too much, I had a diet coke with my meal, I don’t drink fizzy too often so I was happy to have a diet coke. I also instead of having dessert decided to have an espresso, so when I got home and re pointed it all it turned out I had 17 weeklies left! I was sure I would use them today but as you will see from my menu I haven’t even used all my dailies :O So if the weeklies don’t get used tomorrow then they wont be being used at all!! Today we went for a walk down the beach as it was a gorgeous Indian summers day.. Well for part of the day anyway now it looks like it’s going to storm, typical British weather.. Anyway down on the front today they had the motorbike show they have every year and there were some beasts, however this one is the one that caught my eye.. 

What a beauty!!

After our wander looking at the bikes, trikes and scooters we went for a drink before the weather turned and I had Jeremiah Weed root brew, it’s yummy ginger style root beer from Kentucky I have had both this one and their sour mash brew before, I prefer the Sour mash brew one but they had run out where we went. The one thing that annoys me as a weight watcher is there is never any nutritional information on bottles of alcohol.. So I have Googled it and the only thing I can find is that they both are 120 calories for 500ml?! That can’t be right surely!! I have no taken it upon myself to email the company and ask them for the nutritional info for both bottles so I can safely propoint it without having to guestimate!! 

So my menu today was: 

Breakfast: None, we didn’t actually get out of bed till 11:30am.. So it seemed like the most sensible idea was to wait for lunch.

Lunch: 1 weightwatchers tortilla wrap 3pp, 40g wafer thin turkey 1pp, 75g Nume piri piri chicken sandwich filler 2pp (The tikka one is the best!), 1 mini pepper sliced 0pp, 1 mushroom sliced 0pp.

Dinner: 50g cous cous 2pp, 1 pack Bernard Matthews tikka turkey chunks 3pp, handful fresh chopped parsley 0pp, 1 tbsp lime juice 0pp, 1 mini pepper sliced 0pp, 2 mushrooms sliced 0pp. 

Snacks: 1 slice of gloopy strawberry cheesecake 4pp, 1 bottle Jeremiah weed which I am pro pointing as 6 for now as I’d rather over point than under point. 

Total used 21/26, 0 weeklies used. 

5pp dinner!!

So that’s me for today, tomorrow I start my Aspire swim the channel challenge.. My aim is to swim at least 3 miles a week and hopefully get it completed in less than the 1 weeks they give you to do it, So Please Please give anything you can to help me raise some money for these amazing people with spinal injuries 😀 
http://www.justgiving.com/ACS2012-GemsAllSwimNoSinkChallenge

I aim to raise at least £200 for this fantastic charity but would love to exceed that so please even if you can only afford £1, think about how much of a difference that can make as it all adds up! Thanks so much for taking the time to keep reading this far down.. Take care, 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 😀 
 
 

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 😀 
 

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 😀