Fantastic weekend.. Now to get back on track for Xmas!

Hellloooo lovely people, I know I went and left you for a whole 4 days.. Gosh you must have been lonely without me?! 😉 Well we had a fabulous weekend and we ate and drank far too much, in fact I was fairly surprised at how light my scales were telling me I was when we got back as I felt about 10lbs heavier!! Let me start by telling you I had a stay the same this week just gone on my weight loss journey.. I’m honestly not too hopeful for a loss this week either as I feel this weekend just past will catch up with me by then, although I have pledged to my self and our group on Facebook that I am going to swim everyday Mon-Fri this week. When we arrived in London we went for lunch at a pub called The London apprentice on the river in Isleworth near Richmond and I had a tomato, mozzarella and basil pesto sandwich which was amazing! I have to tell you about our karaoke at lucky voice in Soho, London on Friday night.. It was hilarious and a heck of a lot of fun, I had a jaeger bomb for the first time ever and have to say I  love that drink in fact our bill showed £77 just for the jaeger bombs we all had in there, you literally press a button that says thirsty and someone pops their head in the door and then goes to fetch your drinks.. You don’t have to go wandering to the bar, so therefore you miss none of the fun! Here’s the link http://www.luckyvoice.com/ I urge you to check it out! Also on Friday evening after our session and drinking we went for dinner and I had  Pizza of which I only ate a 3rd as 1) it was humongous for one person and 2) I was so full from drinking that I couldn’t eat it! Saturday afternoon for lunch we went to an all you can eat Brazilian restaurant in Bayswater, London. This was amazing food and I tried pretty much everything they brought round.. Including chicken hearts! Yes you heard me right chicken hearts, they were actually quite nice very small about an inch in width and length, I can’t really explain to you what they taste like as I didn’t think they had much flavour and they were seasoned with garlic, but they were nice and I will give anything a go once pretty much. 😉 After our all you can eat feast I was really bloated.. Don’t get me wrong it was lovely food but I am just not used to eating so much at all any more and I was actually in quite a lot of pain for a good 4-5 hours after that even the smell of food was making me feel sick 😦 Not so good when you are wandering around Camden market, however it did go down and I learned a lesson that I need to say no more often and listen to how full my body is, not just go for it as it’s all you can eat. That said check this place out, very good value and service, I was impressed http://www.rodiziorico.com/ Then on Sunday we went for brunch and I had a spaghetti carbonara, so safe to say I had a complete carbohydrate overload this weekend and honestly it made me feel sluggish and bloated so lesson learned I say even though we did a lot of walking! My menu today has been better and I am feeling more energetic today even if the weather has been plop, in fact I am off for my swim in a moment.. So menu:

Breakfast: 40g Jordans creamy porridge 4pp, 100ml Semi-skimmed milk 1pp, 100g of apple and blueberry puree 0pp. 

5pp of yumminess!

 

Lunch: weight watchers tortilla wrap 3pp, 2 Richmond thin sausages and 2 rashers of Richmond bacon 6pp, 20g Tomato ketchup 1pp.

Dinner: 2 Richmond sausages and 2 rashers of bacon 6pp, 130g Nume baked beans 2pp, onion 0pp.

Snacks: Raw chocolate vanoffee dark bar 22g 3pp, Small handful frozen grapes 0pp.

So that’s me for the day hope… Hope you all had a fantastic weekend too?! What did you get up to? Did you visit any nice restaurants I should know about? 😉 Much love Gems. 😀

 

Ooohhh home cooking how I have missed you!

So since my sister in law lent me that electric frying pan/wok thing.. I have been dying to make a home cooked curry! We used to eat them all the time with rice and either saag aloo or bombay potatoes.. Today I made one in the pan and it was lovely.. I recommend anyone who loves curry to make their own I mean I am yet to make one totally from scratch, at some point I will attempt it but for now I am wuite satisfied making it with the Patak’s curry pastes. We add a mini garlic and coriander naan to it also to make it a very filling meal for 15pp in total. I totally recommend going out buying the pastes and following the instructions on the jar for some of the yummiest curries you will ever taste! Okay so today I was supposed to swim another mile, I haven’t as for some reason my back is playing up?! I have never had an issue with my back before but I can tell you it woke me up at 2am this morning killing me.. Not good so I have decided to forgo the swimming today and go tomorrow and Friday instead before we go to London. Speaking of London I am so excited to see our friends.. Jamie and Valeria, We met them last year when we were on holiday in the Maldives.. they were on their honeymoon, we all spent pretty much that week together and then we have all met up 5-6 times since we got home too. It is going to be such a fabulous weekend and I cannot wait, we have so much planned in such a short amount of time I feel I will probably be exhausted by the time we get back on Sun evening haha. For my lunch today I took my inspiration from my friend Colette over at  http://propointslifestyle.wordpress.com/ So my menu today was… 

Breakfast: 30g Cheerios 3pp, 120ml Skimmed milk 1pp. 

Lunch: Weightwatchers tortilla wrap 3pp, 50g Bernard Matthews turkey chunks 1pp, 25g Lowlow red pepper and chilli cheese spread 1pp and 15g sweet chilli sauce 1pp. 

Dinner: Homemade Chicken rogan josh with wholegrain rice and saag aloo 11pp, Sharwood’s mini garlic and coriander naan 4pp. 

Yummy dinner for 15pp 🙂

Snacks: None today! 

So that’s me for today I have been looking online for a decent pair of boots for the winter but nowhere seems to have any yet, If any of you know of anywhere that is doing nice comfy ones pretty cheap please don’t hesitate to shout me 😉 Cheers, Much love Gems 😀 

 

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 😀 

   

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 😀 
 

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 😀