I’ve taken my gain and..

Rolled with it today, I managed to get my gain down from +6 earlier in the week to just +2.6 today.. That may seem like a lot to some but after seeing +6 like I say I will definitely take +2.6 trust me!! 
So last night I decided if the weather was nice today I would go for a walk today and I did a nice stroll along the seafront to Hove lagoon totalling 6.4 miles and it took me 2 hours 🙂
I actually planned my menu for today last night.. And I am starting to realise that this is key for me, planning my meals I’ve never really been one for sitting down one evening and planning my meals for the week, I kinda just go with the flow I know roughly what I am having but sometimes not dinner. Anyway I am now realising that planning is a massive thing and am going to make more of an effort to plan more of my meals for the week in advance. So my menu today was: 
 
Breakfast: 35g Mornflake jumbo oats 3pp, 100ml Skimmed milk 1pp, 50g Apple and blueberry puree 0pp.
 
Lunch: Discovery garlic and herb tortilla wrap 3pp (These are really yummy and the same pp as ww ones!) 50g Mushrooms sliced 0pp, quarter small onion sliced 0pp, quarter small red pepper 0pp, 15g philadelphia extra light 0pp, 10g sweet chilli sauce 1pp.
 
Dinner: Sharwoods chinese chicken rice 12pp, 10g sweet chilli sauce 1pp.
 
Snacks: Penguin 2pp,  I also had a protein smoothie which was 100g frozen mixed berries 0pp, 200ml skimmed milk 2pp, 25g scoop maxitone sculptress protein powder 3pp, 5g golden syrup 0pp.
 
Total used 28/26 2 weeklies used and for mfp I used 1211 calories and was under all of my goals apart from sugar! (Not good!) 
 
So I’m feeling much more in control now and hoping the next time we go away I wont take so long to get back on track.. I have a wedding to go to next Friday so think I will be weighing in early then too! Tomorrow I am off to the gym to start the c25k programme again from like week 3 as I really enjoy running and miss it when I am not doing it, just hope my muscles stop aching by then 😉
Much Love Gems 😀 
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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 😀 

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 😀 

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 😀 

 

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 😀 
 
 

Quick one tonight!

Knackered tonight after taking Cia for another long walk today, Have walked almost 8 miles again today! Feel so much more in control today like yesterday definitely think am going to use all my weeklies on the weekends now so I don’t have to feel out of control later in the week. 

My menu today was:

Breakfast: 35g Hot oat cereal 3pp, 120ml Skimmed milk 1pp and 50g Frozen mixed berries 0pp.

Lunch: Weight watchers tortilla wrap 3pp, 4 slices garlic sausage 2pp, 1 dairy lea light triangle 1pp, 1 small salad pepper sliced 0pp and 20g light salad cream 1pp. Cherry tomatoes and baby cucumbers 0pp.

Dinner: Left over sauce from sausage casserole on Sunday 3pp, 35g cous cous 2pp.

Snacks: Yoo Moo angelmoo frozen yoghurt 4pp, 2 Maria biscuits 1pp.

Total used 21/26pp 

Promise to write a longer more enthralling post tomorrow! Much love Gems 😀 

No weekly pro points=More control + A little beauty!

I have come to the realisation to day that having no weekly pro points left to use, means I have more control over my food.. As on the weekend I pretty much usually just use them all. However this week I didn’t and it has made me feel like my hunger is out of my own control more than once this week, which I don’t like one bit! 
Last night after my walk I was ravenous and ended up having two wraps instead of one plus 3.. Yes that says 3 packets of crisps and 2 Maria biscuits!! End result.. All of my weeklies gone bar 2, I was feeling depressed and guilty that I had let my self control slip but today when I woke up I felt more in control knowing I only had my dailies to use and therefore have felt happier and more in control today.. Funny what little tricks your mind can play isn’t it?! 
Today has been a fantastic day in the sunshine.. 😀 While Chris was in the gym I went into town to pick up a couple of bits for Letitia’s first day back at school tomorrow and something for dinner tonight, I also picked up a really great card for Chris’ Birthday in a couple of weeks, He’s going  to love it! After meeting Chris from the gym we grabbed a subway for lunch and sat down in the sunshine to eat it, I am definitely a sunshine girl.. Could easily emigrate to somewhere like Arizona in a heartbeat!!! After our lunch we went to Costa and had a coffee (Well Chris did, I had green tea with cranberry) out in the sun again, watched the world go by and saw this little beauty 

VW Stunner!

They guy apparently hires it out for people to use as their wedding transport, how fabulous is that! 😀 
After that we went to the beach for a bit.. Has been one of the best, relaxing days in the sun for a while. 
 
My menu today was:
 
Breakfast: 2 Weetabix baked with golden syrup 4pp, 120ml Skimmed milk 1pp.
 
Lunch: Low fat Turkey and Ham subway with green peppers and onions with sweet onion sauce 8pp.
 
Dinner: Nume Cajun spiced chicken fettucine 11pp. 
 
Snacks: 2 Maria biscuits 1pp (These are a bit like rich tea biscuits, they are a substitute for Graham crackers that you see used in American recipes for cheesecake etc.. I plan on making a strawberry cheesecake on Saturday so will show you a pic of them then.) I bought them in the 99p shop you get 3 packs for that 99p so very worth it I think! 
 
Total used 25/26pp 🙂 
 
Tomorrow I am taking Cia for another long walk so plan on having a good breakfast and taking some filling and healthy foods to munch on to keep me full up so I am not starving when I get back this time! Much Love Gems 😀 
 

Such a long day.. Sooooo Tired!

It has been such a long day, I have walked 8.5miles and done 20,495 steps already! I just waned to jump on and say not had such a great day food wise, but have stayed within pp although am a little hungry now after all that exercise so may have a wrap in a mo, but luckily have some weeklies left.. Don’t usually dip into them this late in the week but I feel if I don’t eat now it may be worse for me later!?! :O

 My menu today was: 

Breakfast: None.. I know it’s wrong but I really wanted comfort food brekkie, like bacon, eggs etc.. so couldn’t bring my self to have cereal I just wouldn’t have enjoyed it! 

Lunch: 60g cous cous 2pp, Nume chicken fajita sandwich filler  160g (last of the pot needed to be used) 4pp.

Dinner: Weight watchers tortilla wrap 3pp, Aldi sliced garlic sausage 3 slices 1pp, 1 dairylea light cheese triangle 1pp. 

Snacks: Here is where I have blown most of my points for the day.. I had a double milky way 6pp, a ripple 5pp and a 150ml pot of yoomoo angelmoo 4pp (This is really yummy frozen yoghurt swirled with blueberry sauce and berries, sprinkled with vanilla pumpkin seeds it was divine and for 4pp well worth the points, I took a gamble with this as I have never had frozen yoghurt before but now it will be my treat of choice rather than Ice cream!)

So today I have used 29/26 (3 Weeklies used) 

I am surprised at how hungry I am but because of the walk I can kinda see why.. here is a pic of the gorgeous Cia 

Cia on the bus, on our way to Stanmer Park.

We had a fab day and everyone is exhausted, so that’s me for the night take care. 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 😀