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Saturday, 28 June 2014

Draw a line & step over it

So I feel like all I ever say in these posts atm is 'let's back track'! This time it's back 2 weeks as I wasn't able to blog last weekend as I was away celebrating my little (well she's not too little!) niece's 1st birthday :)

So if you remember from my last post, I had my little staying over with us and she was looking after me after I had been in hospital. So let's continue from there....

We decided to pop into Sainsbury's one day to get some sausages for a sausage sandwich but whilst we were there there was a big Ryvita van, now as you all know me, I didn't hold back in going upto it and finding out what it was all about. 

They had a few offers on in store that day as well as giving out freebies (who doesn't like freebies?!). They were selling certain packets for just £1 and then if you bought 3 packets you could take your receipt to the van and collect a FREE tin :)

They also gave some free recipe ideas with money off vouchers. One of their suggestions was this... An ice cream sandwich... Heaven in my mouth! You can find the recipe here....

During the time that my little sister stayed over, I introdced here to all the yummy food I make on weight watchers. She has taken my hints and tips back with her and I keep getting snap chats of yummy meals she is making..... Below is one of the meals where I introduced her to BNS Chips - which she is now making back at home with Mum and Dad :) And the other was introducing her to cauliflower rice - she has a wheat and gluten intolerence so that was a perfect little find for her. 

So the next day my little sister left us :( and went back to the shire :(

So I then needed some comfort food! So I popped out to Tesco and got some fish fingers to make a yummy Fish Finger sarnie of course!

I was quite shocked at how low in pp they were! They work out as only 2pp per finger - which is great news as you can have a FFS without spoiling your points! 

I was a little nervous when I went to class that night as I knew I had pretty much just sat around and not done much that last week however, I was very shocked - once again - when I lost 3lbs :)

So my chart then looked like this:

Week 1 - 5 1/2 lbs
Week 2 - 1/2lb
Week 3 - 3lbs

The next week I thought I would come across some problems as I knew we would be eating out for Mr O's birthday, but I went prepared and I brought along my 'eating out' guide. I knew exactly how many propoints I had left that day and I knew that I could enjoy myself. We went to Yo! Sushi - one of Mr O's favourite places to eat at the moment.

PS Happy Birthday Mr O xxx Love you! xxx

Now, normally on someone's birthday, you buy them pressies - however this year round Mr O decided to swap it round - he took me into Russell & Bromley to just 'have a look at the handbags' and when we got in there he asked me to pick one. I said I didn't like any of the ones that were out!! The lady in the shop then said to me to 'follow her' - sheepishly I did and she took me out the back to where ALL the handbags were!!! It was though I was in heaven! She just said to me to take my pick!! Now at this point I thought Mr O was just getting Birthday ideas for me as he said he wanted to buy me a new bag for my birthday, he then said well I haven't spoilt or suprised you in a while and you've been through a lot recently, let's get one!! 

So I picked this one..... 

After my lovely random surprise, we went into Paperchase where I found this lovely great little steal..

I had been looking at the weight watchers one that they sell, but then as this was to hand and was magnetic too I thought why not? It also looks much prettier than the weight watchers one! The great thing about it is that not only does it have a meal planner on it it also allows you to have a shopping list on it too :) As it will get stuck on the fridge it allows us to see what is for dinner each night and so whoever is in first wont need to ask each other what is for dinner!! - Although I am sure I will still get a text from Mr O asking what will be for dinner that night!

The next day I went into Tesco, purely to get a birthday card, some veg and a ring binder to put all my 'Your Week' leaflet things that you get from class.... I then came across this beautiful Kirstie Allsopp one....

Inside it it's also got sections where you can put different recipes in it under titles such as 'General', 'Starters' and 'Fish and Meat' etc. I plan to fill it full of weight watchers inspired food. It is ring binder - which I have just realised is broken and probably why in the picture things look like they are falling out!! So looks like I will be making a trip to Tesco.....

Whilst I was in Tesco I decided to make a little detour to the clothes section that had a sale on (what woman can't miss an opportunity like that?!) When I came across one sparkly dress on it's own. It was a size 16 full length evening dress - now normally I would be a size 18 or 20 in evening dresses so I thought to myself just for a laugh to try it on.... And guess what, it fitted - although a little tight...

Although I have nowhere to wear this dress to but at £16 I couldn't say no - I could always wear it at Christmas and if it needed to be taken in then it couldn't be that bad!!

Oh, and have any of you ever used that funny looking tool from Tupperware that looks like a pottery tool? Well I have been given one and I LOVE IT! Look what it does to your oranges....

Now I have a confession, since last weekend (the BBQ) we have not stuck to plan at all. Now as always there are excuses and factors to why this has happened.

Firstly because Mr O was really sick on the Sunday and Monday, which I then got some of it too on the Tuesday and because of that we just didn't eat for those few days.

Secondly because I was working up in London all last week and I didn't know what shift I was on until the day before - and because of this I wasn't getting in some nights until at least 10pm if not later :(

Lastly because of excuse no. 2, I wasn't able to make a plan to be able to stick to. However, I am about to make a plan for the next week and I am so excited about doing so!!

I will say though, I pointed as much as I could - I even pointed the Mcdonalds I had on Thursday night!

Oh, and how could I miss Mr O and I going to the theatre together for the first time ever - we went to see Fascinating Aida. They were so funny and although we were both so ill before, we forgot all about that and laughed so much that the muscles in our faces and tummies were so sore!
If you don't know who they are, simply put into YouTube Fascinating Aida and your eyes and ears will be enlightened! I highly recommend you watching 'Cheap flights' first and then let your mouse take you through their other songs. 

And as you can see we were sitting right at the front. And as we sat down Mr O said to me; 'they don't pick on anyone at all do they?' and I couldn't imagine that they would, but then Mr O was picked on a few times and it was hilarious - he even laughed and went along with it. It's putting a smile on my face now just thinking about it!

As I said earlier, I have been working up in London all this week and my joys that have kept me going through these silly long days has been peppermint tea, diet coke and sweet & salted popcorn

So as I have had an awful week of food this week I have started afresh today and made a nice and refreshing smoothie to get a load of fruit in my tummy that I had missed this week. 

I now just need to write out this week's food plan and then I'll go from there.

So fingers crossed for a better week this week - oh and because of this past week due to work I wasn't able to get to class so this last week's WI will have to remain a ? !

Week 1 - 5 1/2 lbs
Week 2 - 1/2lb
Week 3 - 3lbs
Week 4 - ?

Have a good week, Love Mrs O x

Ice cream sandwich 3/5pp

Once again another really easy recipe and totally yummy :)

If you make this with a top and bottom it works out as 5pp or with just a base is just 3pp

Ryvita - the fruity one
Low fat ice cream (I used 2 scoops of Carte D'Or Light Vanilla)
Blueberries or any other fruit you wish to accompany it with

What to do....

Well it's rather easy no need to really explain you literally do this.....

Layer it up like a sandwich!! 


Love, Mrs O x

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Drum roll please... (and then pick me up off the floor!)

Ok, I have been desperate to share this information with you but as I was away last weekend I haven't been able to share this until now........

So I went to my first weigh in after my first week on Simple Start. Before I got on the scales my leader said to me if there was anything I had missed - and I admitted like I did in my last blog post that I had missed chocolate and naughty stuff but then I stepped on the scales and LOOK!!!.... This was the result....

To say I was shocked was an understatement!! It really spurred me on for my next week's eating.. After talking with my leader, I decided to continue on the whole F&H thing as it allowed me to eat loads but also as I knew I would be going away at the weekend it would allow me to save my weekly points for the weekend.

The class was really good - and it showed how great a leader she is - the class was full - so much so we had to get more seats!! My lovely class friend and I sat together chatted about how our week went and how we both thought of each other about how we thought how each other was getting on. 

The class was all about cocktails. The best part was that she split us all up and gave us all a task to find specific drinks and kinds of drinks. As you all know I have a love for fruity drinks and so I found this really interesting as you can forget how high in points drinks can be! 

So coming away from the class I set myself the task of finding 0pp fruity drinks! At first in my head I had thoughts of making marvellous cocktails but then I realised that I needed to start smaller and work my way up! So in the shops I managed to find the Robinsons 'Squash'd' range..... Which I thought were a brilliant idea. They also really helped me when I was away at the weekend as it meant that instead of having just water at the dinner table whilst the others were all having Shloer and nice cordials, it meant I could have something juicy too!

(Picture taken from online as I couldn't get my photo looking this nice!)

I also made a point that when I went into the supermarkets I would look at their low cal / sugar free fizzy drinks. Asda wasn't so good at this, but Tesco and Sainsburys were. I nearly bought the drinks in Tesco as they were really good value and also had a good variety, but when I got to the till I realised I had left my purse at home!! However, when I went into Sainsburys - with my purse! - I picked up just two drinks to try out - and they were a big success in our home! 

These drinks are 60p each and well worth it! These are the two that I bought...

Lemon & Lime which tasted just like Lilt and the other one was Mango & Passion fruit

So as I decided to continue on with F&H, it allowed me to have food like this.... (All free on F&H)

(PS the dip you see above I made from a WW magazine - and it was VILE!! It's called 'chilly bean dip')

Pancakes with fruit, quark & sweetener

A packed lunch - WW Wrap with ham, salad and quark, F&H 2 ingredient cookies (CLICK HERE to see how to make them), left over pancake with some banana and some strawberries.

Salmon, home made potato wedges and salad

Salmon, pasta and salad

Oh and a meal that took me back to being young.... Egg & Soldiers (or shoulders as I used to say when I was little!)

And as always you'll see that organisation is the key to everything as it doesn't let you sway off track!

Oh, and I got sucked into one of my favourite things... a new lunch box!!


Check out the cool knife and fork.... 

As I knew that I would be going away from the Friday I planned and made all my food for my next few meals.

This was Friday's lunch.... (Left over chicken and veg from the night before)


So after my lovely weekend away up in Birmingham with my MIL (Mother In Law) and family, I was excited to go along and be weighed again. This week my leader was away but the lady who first enrolled me to my classes was there.

I stepped on the scales.... and only lost 1/2 lb... I was quite upset with myself although the leader said that this was completely normal until my class friend saw me and she said it was amazing!! She kept on reminding me that it was better than no loss or no gain. And she also reminded me that I only need to loose 1lb and I will have reached my first silver 7 :) 

That put a smile on my face and I picked myself up in time for our class to start :) Thanks hun!

So I decided to go back to pointing my little head away.... 

I bought a new journal 

I also bought the latest magazine and treated myself to a new cook book...

I personally blame Skinny Doll for inspiring me to buy this book and even better it had 30% off it AND I had a voucher to use on cook books....

As I knew I was going into hospital this week I also knew that all this reading literature would give me some time and excuse to sit down, relax and recover!

On Tuesday I decided to do the lovely roast bag thing again - just to show to Mum how quick and easy weight watchers food cooking can be!

As I knew I wouldn't be able make tea I left it all in the fridge for her, told her how to make it and left her to it! - Doesn't food taste better when it's made by someone else?!

Oh, and back-tracking - this was my lunch on Tuesday morning before I went into Hospital

In our class this week, the 'Your Week' leaflet showed a lovely mouth-watering sticky Chinese style chicken drum sticks....

I had all the ingredients on the list so I thought I would go ahead and make it. 

As you know, I only like cooking and making things that are quick and easy to make....

Once you had made the marinade up all you had to do is just leave it to let the chicken soak up all the tasty sauce.... (Just so you know, if you make the marinade up for itself for it to be used for something else, when serving 4-6 people it's 1pp)

I then popped it in the oven for about 30 mins rather than doing it on a BBQ like it says to do

And then I served it up with some 0pp veg and some homemade potato wedges 

As always I did some investigating on food in the shops and their pro points amounts.... 

These breaded chicken breast escalopes are only 7pp each and you can buy them as 2 packs (of 2) for £4. They are decent sized too!

Oh, and I have enjoyed a banana split with some chocolate this week too! 

And talking of bananas..... I enjoyed a 'Newman special' .... Banana on my pizza!

So on Thursday night, my little sister came over to cheer me up, and she's still here with us! 

We went out yesterday morning for 'Brunch' and then we went and ran some errands like going to the bank!

It's been lovely to have my sister over :) makes me feel all grown up! So yesterday for our 'snack time' / lunch we had her favourite - humous, a fish humous dip and some veg to nibble on!! (Sorry but for some weird reason it wont let me flip the picture back up the right way!)

Then for dinner we had my famous chicken curry with cauliflower rice and then we had a mock trifle for dessert..... (2pp) 

After being an online member for as long as I can remember, I really do feel that it's the support you get from those people at class that spurs you on! I could easily give in and sit and munch my way through loads of food or give in to Mr O saying 'go on just have it, live a little' - which is his current thing that he says to me. But then I now think, no I want to see an improvement on the scales at class! 

So I can officially do a Chart AGAIN!

Week 1 - 5 1/2 lbs
Week 2 - 1/2 lb

I wonder what week 3 will hold for me?!!....

Love, Mrs O x