don’t be so hard on yourself

Wednesday, 26 August 2015


Last week me and my friend decided to return to WeightWatchers meetings. It was good to go back and have the influence of a group and a leader. However for me this was a tough week have done a lot of travelling this month and that means eating on the go especially as was lazy about making lunches. Combine this with a busy weekend for some friends birthday, which I made a cake for myself which was yummy if i do say so myself. I of course tried a bit of mix to make sure, and then ate some cake to celebrate and some more because it was there and I was hungry.

I have to admit was annoyed with myself but been trying to remind myself to not be so hard on myself. I suddenly have a busy social life for first time in ages and its nice to make new friends who want to do things with you. So just taking it in my stride at the moment and trying to be as focused as possible whilst enjoying myself.

But by some miracle I managed to actually lose some weight this week.

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Not much but its something so will take it. Every 1/2lb adds up. Hoping that as September is a quieter month for me I will be able to get back on it and lose weight for Christmas.

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I’m aiming for 1lb a week myself. What about you?

goodbye july hello august

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Hello,

I’m backkkkkkkkk!!! Well I should say that Windows Live Writer is back which is the platform I like to use to write my blog posts. I’m so happy its up and running again as means I can get back into blogging properly again.

July felt like it went so quickly for me, mostly because I had a week off work for inquest and then a few busy weekends with some friends, and then being poorly as well. Was a bit of a up and down month for me.

I’m hoping that now my nephews birthday celebrations are over with I can refocus and get myself back on track again. I tried a brief week or so of calorie counting and it helped me appreciate weightwatchers so much more. So now I’m back on it via online as my meeting is still not got a new leader yet and hoping that with support from followers on twitter/instagram that I can keep myself focused.

My goals for August

  • Track every day
  • drink 2 litres of water a day
  • finish the month lighter than started it.
  • move more.

I need to get my focus back on the simple things like taking more steps and eating more fruit and vegetables and drinking less pepsi max! Simple changes but make me feel so much better for it.

Today is my first day back on it properly, I'm finishing within my propoints, I've had my fruit and vegetables and no pepsi max so far today. I know its only one day but its one stepping stone forward and that's what counts. 

I’m off to look through some magazines and weightwatchers cookbooks for some inspiration!

Goodbye June. Hello July

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Somehow I seem to have completely bypassed June without posting at all and I feel bad about it. So many times I have though oh should update my blog but then never seem to get round to turning my laptop on. Think may have to invest in a keypad for my Ipad instead as would make it so much easier for me.

June for me has been a month of ups and downs, mostly ups which is good but the downs have effected my weight loss a bit I have to say. I've been struggling with my emotions and resulted in lots of eating bad foods and going over my propoints but somehow I have still managed to lose 5.5lbs.

My biggest achievement and what I think has helped with the weight loss is the increase of steps. In June I have increased my daily goal from 6,000 up to 8,000 steps a day now which is a big difference, especially with the additional active minutes I have been doing.

My goals for July are fairly simple as going to be a very long and emotional month for me. I have a week off in the middle as its going to be inquest into my nans death from 2 years ago. Crazy its taken so long right? Unforunately that does mean we have been receiving lots of paperwork and statements to read before the actual day and its been emotional.


  • stay within my propoints - I seem to be going over my weekly/activity points a lot recently and having to have extra good days at end of week to make up for it. So this month I want to focus instead on staying within my points.
  • be aiming for 10k steps a day by end of month - At the moment I am aiming for 8k steps a day so hoping to increase by 500 a week.
  • lose 4lbs to get my 2st award - I think this is realistic its average of 1lb a week and providing I stick to my first goal no reason why shouldn't happen even with my weeks holiday in middle.
  • give myself a break its going to be a rough month - If I do slip up its ok, have to draw a line and refocus and think about whats best for me this month. 
I am also taking part in WW Photo a Day held by Skinny Doll on instagram which is helping me be more creative in terms of Weightwatchers Journey and given me some things to think about. Anyone else doing it? 

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.