Recipe: Spanish Chicken & Chorizo Pasta Bake

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

I’m a big fan of pasta bakes but lately the weather hasn't really been appropriate for it, and most pasta bakes require cheesy sauce of some kind. Well at least the ones that my family seem to like ha.
So when we had some leftover chorizo I knew I needed to do something with it, and pasta bake is easy to put in freezer or have the next day as leftovers which is what I did.

Spanish Chicken & Chorizo Pasta Bake

Serves 6 – 9 Propoints per serving. 

Ingredients

Chicken 340g
Chorizo 90g
Whole-wheat Pasta dry 300g
Tin of chopped tomatoes
Jar of Weightwatchers Spanish Style Cooking Sauce (alternatively you could probably use salsa instead as that’s what it pretty much smells like)
Chopped up vegetables – I used leek, courgette, mushrooms, peppers
100g of grated cheese to sprinkle on top. 

Method
  • Cook your pasta, place to one side.
  • Whilst pasta is cooking, in a wok fry with fry light your chopped chicken/turkey breast.
  • When browned, add in chorizo and vegetables until softened
  • Then add tomatoes and jar of sauce.
  • Allow to simmer for 5 minutes before stirring in the cooked pasta.
  • Place mixture in a oven dish and sprinkle with cheese.
  • Cook on gas mark 6 for 30 minutes or until cheese has melted and nice and golden.

 
Serve with a salad or garlic bread. 

It was so yummy, I am definitely going to make it again soon. Let me know if you give it a try yourselves!

weekly weigh in

Monday, 25 May 2015

 

As discussed in my last post I decided to move my weigh in day to a Monday to try and keep myself in control over the weekend. Not sure 100% worked in terms of having control but it has helped in terms of weight loss. My guess would be that  by starting the week off as good and on track that when I eat badly at the weekend it doesn't have such a negative effect on my weight loss.

Anyway this week I managed to actually lose despite the fact that I went over my points by like 60 for the week. Crazy I know but my sweet tooth came out and my snack box took a blow. But somehow managed to lose

-3.5lbs

In fairness I did gain 5lbs last week but its still 3.5 off not on and totally in the right direction. It also helped give me some motivation for this week. With that in mind I have learnt some lessons from the last few weeks and its prompted me to make some important changes.

  • Get rid of my snack box, having it in my room is too much temptation.
  • Do not eat in my room, by eating with my family it will reduce the secret eating I have sneaked back in.
  • No takeaways, choose to eat out instead as more likely to make better choices.
  • Drink 2.5litres of water a day.
  • Make my step goal 6,000 on my fitbit as much more manageable for myself, then increase by 500 steps weekly when managed a whole week of reaching that goal.

Fingers crossed it will help with a good loss next week and keep me focused. Though I do have to admit I am considering reducing my propoints from 42 to 40 and then not weighing myself for a whole month. I know that I’m close to the weight where it will drop to 41 soon anyway and going to 40 will allow for any kind of loss I may have.

I’m also looking at going to Aqua class and/or swimming now that I have my knee length swimming shorts as it will take the pressure off my back when exercising. I shall keep you posted on how I get on with that.

Wish me luck for this week.

Life lately

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

 

I was hoping that the month of May would slow things down for me, and although they have, it also feels like its been incredibly busy but not achieved much. Although I did get chance to meet up with some of my twitter WW girlies at Harry Potter Tour which was amazing day out.

I've been seeing a Chiropractor which has been taking up a lot of my evenings this month, along with massages to sort my back out. I wish I could say its a lot better but unfortunately its still very much a slow process. Its definitely looser though.

This has hindered my ability to work out though, along with struggling to sleep its not a good time to try and get moving more. I have been trying to walk a bit more though, parking a little bit further away, taking stairs instead of lift, simple things but seems to be increasing my step count.

However it would only help if I actually managed to stay on track properly, I have been tracking but going over points and its not been good on the scales. With that said weekends are my downfall as I get bored, so going to try and keep myself busier, and moving my weigh in day to a Monday.

When I was going to Tuesday evening weigh in’s I was finding it easier to be focused. We shall see though how get on. A couple of people I follow on Twitter also weigh in on Monday so are choosing to support each other which will be a great help. I’ve been also trying filling and healthy days/meals to keep me going between meals.

Lets hope that second half of May is better than the first for me.

Goodbye April, Hello May

Friday, 8 May 2015

It always amazes me when I am writing one of these round up posts how quickly this year is going. May already its crazy. But I suppose really I missed most of April when I was off sick. I'm still not 100% right and waiting for a scan but hopefully will get there soon. 

April was a bit of a strange month for me, I started off with very liittle appetite and ended up at one stage being 11 pounds lighter, then my appetite seemed to come back with a vengence and so did the weight. I've managed to slowly get myself back on track and refocused and the weight is going back down again.

So May for me is all about being back on track, eating healthy and allowing myself the proper chance to recover. This means 

- Staying within my propoints allowance
- Going to bed earlier
- Moving more
- Making sensible food choices
- Drinking more fluids

Relatively simple changes and ones I incorporated before I was poorly and need to get back to doing regularly. I'd really like to go back to the gym and start swimming again this month as well. I enjoy swimming and will be good with my bad back as well. I dont go often because I hate my thighs but have managed to find some knee length swimming shorts at Yours Clothing which I can wear to make myself feel comfortable to do so. 

I'm hoping that swimming combined with walking will help build up my fitness without upsetting my body/stomach and then hopefully by that time I will be well enough to start using the gym properly. 

I also this month need to decide what I am going to do about WeightWatchers Meetings, I havent been for weeks because my friend I went with can't do evening meetings because of her little one so goes during the day with another friend but I have work. I have been thinking about moving to a Monday evening one as its opposite where I go for a massage so could do that first then go get weighed. Itt does mean a different leader but think it could work. I've been struggling by doing it at home on my own and I still have 3 of my Vouchers I got through work referral scheme to use. 

I'll let you know what I decide. Good luck for May. 

under the weather

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

hello

apologies for delay in updating you all but if you follow me on Twitter you will know i have been poorly for almost 2 weeks now. What started off as cold/flu then turned into some kind of bug and symptoms of acid reflux. The doctor over the easter weekend gave me lots to try and nothing worked so on Tuesday I went back to my own doctor who is sending me for a scan as he thinks it may be my gallbladder and gave me some antibiotics which seem to be helping. 

Being poorly has meant ive lost my appetite and struggled to eat past the nausea, but i am happy to say that my appetite is returning. The poor appetite does mean that I have lost quite a bit of weight so now just need to make sure that I don't regain it all. 

Lets hope I manage to get better, doctor has signed me off for up to 3 weeks but i will go crazy if still poorly then. 

Quick update

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Its been a crazy few weeks for me, I havent felt well lately and its made it difficult to stay focused. I'm hoping that as weather gets nicer I will stop getting so poorly. Last week did result in a loss of 1.5lbs. But I am afraid to say that I gained 0.5lb this week, I did expect it as had a big family chiinese on friday, it was an all you can eat. So yummy, and worth the small gain. 

I've found that my clothes are fitting better, so trying to focus on that instead of the scales. I'm still not 100% today so am going to try and take it easy and one day at a time. That means eating well, staying focused, moving more and most importantly having me time. So resting, sleeping and reading. 

Simple. 

finally…

Saturday, 28 February 2015

 

Today is the start of something new for me. Yesterday I went into my local leisure centre and rejoined. I had planned on getting just a gym membership but it worked out cheaper due to offer/staff discount to go for an all inclusive membership at least for first two months. So that's what I did, and gives me the chance to have 3 1-1 sessions with a trainer and create a personalised plan.

So this morning I woke up early, and decided it was a good time to take myself off to the gym for my first session. Finally. It was hard work, only managed 45 mins, was tired/achey afterwards but I did it. Things can only get better from here though. I loved the after feeling though, because although I am ridiculously unfit, I still did something. My main focus for now is to improve my fitness so that I can start the couch to 5k properly. I tried it this morning, but got too out of breath and caused me to have a stitch. ooops.

Its an addictive feeling and I am already planning on going again tomorrow morning, but I’m also aware need to make sure don't go in too much too fast as my poor joints just aren't used to it. I’m thinking 3-4 times a week should be enough for me. The hardest part is over, going back the first time, and it was fine, and I feel ok about doing it again.

On a slightly different note, I went to weigh in on Tuesday, and lost 0.5lb to finally get my  first stone YAY and 5% award. Was so pleased!! I of course was hoping for a better loss than that, but I got the important bit, my stone award. I really hope this next one doesn't take anywhere near as long.

I am slightly nervous about this week though, because although I am being good and within my propoints I have my first training session at then gym on Tuesday morning and then a massage planned after work in the evening before weigh in. I’m slightly worried at how my muscles are going to react to the double abuse. eeeeek. Wish me luck!