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

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.

Today’s Menu :)

Hellooooo, so I did as I said and got up with my daughter this morning, She get’s up at 6:15-30ish and I left with her at 7:10am and went to the pool at my gym and swam 2 miles=170 lentghs in 93mins, the last 10 lengths were absolute killer!! 😀 I do feel better today I bought a chocolate croissant from Sainsbury’s and was going to buy a skinny pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks for my breakfast.. But I decided against it and bought a hazelnut flavoured Cadbury’s highlights instead! In hindsight though I have only had 26pp today and that only totals up to 767 calories, so I probably could’ve had that latte after all 😉 So far I have done 6 miles out of the 22 I need to do for my aspire swim the channel challenge, I am not too worried however because as long as I swim at least 3 miles a week for the next 6 weeks I will reach my target on time! I have enough points and calories left over for a treat of some kind if I want one, but I am very satisfied with what I have eaten today and don’t actually feel I need anything right now.. I may have a hot chocolate later but it is options so only 1pp per cup! 😀 My menu today was:

Breakfast: Sainsbury’s chocolate croissant 7pp, Cadbury’s highlights hazelnut 1pp.

Lunch: Discovery tortilla wrap 3pp, 50g wafer thin ham 1pp, 25g Hoi sin marinade 1pp, 10g mushrooms 0pp, 10g spring onions 0pp.

Dinner: 60g Wafer thin ham 2pp, 170g Morrison’s frozen mash 4pp, 200g Nume baked beans 4pp.

Drinks: 750ml bottle water.. Need to up my water intake, 3 cups of mango and lychee green tea.

I am planning on swimming again on Thursday morning and again on Friday at some point too! Trying to write my blog is very difficult when I have this little monster on my lap and keyboard..

Monster Pepper!

Much Love Gems 😀 

 

Finally feeling human again.

Hey everyone, I was planning on writing my blog yesterday but I had a migraine for 2 days straight so putting the laptop on did not happen as I think my head would have exploded! Some of you already know I seem to have lost my way recently.. I don’t really know what’s been up or why I have been off track, I have been thinking maybe it’s something to do with the uncertainty around my job as I still haven’t started properly have just been doing training and that’s been a lot to take on in itself let me tell you. So I have really been wanting to get back on track but am actually if I’m honest struggling to find the motivation.. I don’t know exactly what’s up I just don’t seem to be in it 100% however I am trying to have as many days on track as I can and I’m off to the gym tomorrow morning to swim for a couple of hours so am hoping that will perk me up a bit, I’m hoping when I finally get my start date for work that I can get back into some sort of routine again and it will all fall into place but who know’s lol. We got a kitten last week and she is adorable but a lot of work lol hence the fact I had a migraine for 2 days as she wasn’t being very accommodating in letting me sleep! Her name is Pepper and she is the most playful, scatty yet intelligent and loving cat I have ever known.

Meet Pepper

I’ve put my daily propoints back up to 29 to give me a little more room to manovuer and I’ve also been thinking to way back when the pp system first came into play and I remember losing more then than now when I am on 26. I switched my lunch and dinner round today as I was hungrier I felt at lunch time,  So given that bit of info my menu today was:

Breakfast: Golden syrup oss 5pp, 100ml Skimmed milk 1pp, Graze beach bum punnet 3pp.  

Lunch: Chilli Taco Beef in 2 tortilla wraps 14pp, 30g Light philadelphia 1pp, 15g sweet chilli sauce 1pp.

Dinner: 1 pouch Birdseye tomato and herb rice fusions 6pp, 15g Light philadelphia 1pp.

Total used 31/29pp, 2 weeklies used. 

I only have 1 weekly left now after the weekend so that’s good and I’ve also decided to try and not snack at all as I really believe that 80% of the time this is my downfall, just having things like penguins and crisps in the flat are a no no for me right now. So that’s me I will endeavour to be on everyday but I can’t promise anything! I will be on tomorrow for definite to tell you how I got on with my swim.. I am planning to swim 2 miles tomorrow so wish me luck! 🙂 

Much Love Gems 😀

Yayyy foodie penpals reveal day is finally here!!

Sadly I can’t find the lead to upload my pics from my camera to the laptop so cannot show you the picture I took! 😦 As soon as I find that darn lead I will upload a couple of pictures. Foodie penpals is a scheme where each month you get paired up with someone in the UK/Europe and  you email them to find out what they like etc, then send them a food parcel and you get sent one by someone else from the UK/Europe if you want to know more head on over to http://thisisrocksalt.com/ and take a look. I’d like to say thank you to Vincente over at  http://vittlemonster.com/ for pointing me in the right direction for the UK version of foodie penpals!!  Let me say a huge thank you to Anna over at www.manchesterfoodies.blogspot.com for my parcel I was very excited as this was my first time doing this exchange, Anna picked out everything I would have picked for my self in fact I don’t have much left from it already!! So what did I receive I hear you asking? Well the first thing I saw when I opened it was a packet of red and white Quinoa. Now I had never tried quinoa before but kept meaning to, I can honestly say I loved it I used it to stuff a pepper with some mushrooms and extra light philly, and I used it for lunch I added some smoked sausage, mushrooms, onions and left over arabbiatta sauce. In the packet also was an eat natural cranberry, macadamia and dark chocolate bar  this I woffed down as a treat that day.. Pretty much as soon as I opened the packet, I love treats like this. I also had 3 packs of fruit pieces in yoghurt coating, like fruit flakes but a different brand, verrryyy yummy, 3 different highlights sachets, one was cadbury fudge,one cadbury caramel and the other was dairymilk.. honestly it’s like I could’ve packed the parcel myself lol! Anna sent a  really nice postcard explaining some of the bits that she sent.. Like the 3 packs of oaty biscuits these are yummy and great for after a swim or workout! Another of my favourites in this parcel was the Green and Blacks butterscotch mini bar 😉 Definitely went down a treat, Last but absolutely not least is the little pot of smoked sea salt!!! This is amazing and honestly it’s like Anna read my mind because I saw this posted on another blog and thought wow that sounds incredible, and then amazingly this tub arrive din my foodie penpal parcel 😀 I have to admit I have used half the tub already and could if I’m honest eat it straight out the tub.. I absolutely adore smoked foods!! So thank you once again Anna! I am really looking forward to next month now. 

I sent a parcel to Tamzin over at http://www.saladandsequins.com/ I hope she liked it, Head on over there to check out what I sent her! 

Much Love Gems 😀 

So not as in control as I thought.. ;)

Hey all so last night I was starving and I tried to put it out of my mind I had a drink and tried to distract myself but to no avail, I ended up munching beans on toast not too bad for a late night snack I hear you say, However I also had 2 things out of my graze box totalling 10pp also.. So all in all I used quite a few of my weeklies and I have used some today too, not many but hey that’s what they are there for! Today has been a pretty lazy day apart from popping out to Costa and Morrison’s, So I really have nothing interesting to tell you lol Sorry! I decided to have a rest day today as have exercised every day since Wed, so will be hop, skipping and jumping to the gym tomorrow instead. So my menu today has been:

Breakfast: 45g Mornflake jumbo oats 4pp, 100ml skimmed milk 1pp, 50g apple and bluberry puree 0pp. 

Lunch: Discovery garlic and herb tortilla wrap 3pp, mushrooms, onions, peppers 0pp, 15g extra light philadelphia 0pp, 15g tomato ketchup 0pp. 

Dinner: 65g Gammon 2pp, Mushrooms, onions, peppers 0pp, 5ml light soy sauce 1pp, 5g cajun seasoning 0pp, 15g Hoi sin marinade 1pp, 100g egg noodles 4pp, 50g beansprouts 0pp, 5ml garlic infused olive oil 1pp, 2.5ml sesame oil 1pp. 

Snacks: Harvest vale granola crunch bars pack of 2 6pp! (Had I of known how high they were I may have had just one today) Pint bottle stella pear cidre 8pp. 

Total used 30/26 4 weeklies used, think I have 26 left! 

So that’s me today as I said I’m back to the gym tomorrow and back to my swimming also.. Need to find something to wear to this wedding on Friday, Anyone else ever feel like they have nothing to wear  even though you have a wardrobe full of clothes?? 

Much Love Gems 😀 

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 😀 

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 😀 

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 😀