I Wore A Skirt With A Top Tucked In

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I wore a skirt with a top tucked in!

Yes you read that correctly. Now for some that might not be a big deal but for a weight watcher who is paranoid and concerned with how they look I’m sure you will appreciate what a momentous occasion this was! (I was dressed as a superhero for work hence the rest of the outfit!)
I love wearing short skirts with a nice top but due to my size I haven’t done so for a few years. However in the past few weeks I have bought 3 new short skirts and I feel great in them!
I lost 2lb this week-I’m not sure I ‘deserved’ it as I had a big weekend but I did Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred plus Joe Wicks HIIT sessions a few times this week-although less than I had planned plus pulled it back food wise-fish casserole anyone? No thought not. Not one of my finest kitchen moments 😩
So 43lb down and my leader asked what my strengths were. Tracking is my big one. Even when I’ve gone over I still write it down-if I bite it I write it! It might not be 100% but for me it’s better than pretending it didn’t happen.
I had a bug that caused me to be sick all night before weigh in so although I’ll gladly accept the loss I think it’s a slightly false read so this week I need to watch that it doesn’t come back to bite me!
Thinking about strengths I think that’s why I like short skirts, I’ve spoken in the past about parts of my body that aren’t great but I accept can’t change-flat bum anyone? But the parts that I like-my waist and legs have always been smaller in comparison to the rest of my body. So short skirts are great-and where I’ve always been paranoid about my belly that is a hell of a lot smaller than it was.
I checked my inches yesterday and in the last 8 weeks I’ve also lost 4.5inches.
So I have 6lb to go until I reach my personal target and I want to do that by Christmas-because there are plenty more short skirts out there that would look great with a nice top tucked in them-and a want a sparkly one for Christmas 🙂
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A Midweek Update

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On day 4 of getting back on it after Christmas and New Year and I wanted to share some of the new recipes I’ve tried and my when I’ve been an angel and when the devil has taken over 😉

Saturday was the first Saturday in a long long time that I pointed ALL DAY and that includes pizza and wine-although it was cauliflower based pizza and low cal wine. My preference is B by Black Tower
Sunday day was great with a lovely roast dinner of sprouts, swede and carrot, quorn beef joint and instead of roast potatoes I used celeriac instead. I par boiled them then cooked them in the oven with a spray of oil.
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Sunday night the devil popped his head up with red wine and cheese-yes I still have some left, although not much now.
Monday lunch I had avocado and halloumi on toast.
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I have been wanting to try this for nearly a week and although it was lovely it was high in points and didn’t fill me up which meant the devil could easily tempt me with 3 Freddos whilst I was at my mums 😦
I pulled it back last night with prawn, avocado and cottage cheese salad so damage limitation was on.
Today I did a hard gym session that left me looking like a beetroot and also got my Fitbit out (I’ve not used it for months) charged it and synced it back up with my Weight Watchers account. I also tracked by gym session and earned a lovely 10 points in just over 30 minutes.
I had a boiled egg before the gym so I wasn’t working out on an empty stomach so post gym was a breakfast frittata from the latest weight watchers magazine.
This was 100g sliced potato, mushrooms, red onion chopped into wedges and bacon-I changed this to quorn rashers and also added spinach in. The whole thing was 9SP and I had half at 5 smart points
Tea tonight was Squash Pot Fish Pie. I can’t take the credit for this as my sister came up with it last week (she isn’t following Weight Watchers but has no sugar or carbs) I tweaked mine slightly.
Firstly I got a gem squash cut the top off and pulled the seeds out then put it in the microwave to soften. Once it had cooled down slightly I scraped all the inside out and mixed with cod and prawns (I used 1sp of each) I then added 2 spring onions 3sp of ricotta and some smoked paprika.
This brought the whole thing to just 5 smart points
This mixture went back in the squad then into the oven for about 40 minutes.
It was so filling and tasted great.
So the devil has popped her naughty head up a couple of times but I’d say the Angel is winning so far this week……

Feeling Disappointed

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This week I was ill on Halloween so didn’t end up eating party food or drinking at my sisters party as I was too busy throwing up! I didn’t eat until Sunday afternoon meaning I went 24 hours without eating-surely there’s a pound off 😉 once I did start eating on Sunday it was a cheese craving-for a change-and I had some of my sisters homemade cheese and onion pie. I counted this though and as it was the only thing I ate all day figured that it would be fine as I was still within my daily allowance. As you will have seen in my previous blog I ate mainly pumpkin in various different meals throughout the week and I continued my ’round the world’ foods with a trip to the Middle East with homemade falafel on mini wraps (this was 9pp) which is high for me to have in one meal.

I also took a trip to Japan with teriyaki salmon using naked noodles which I mixed with grated carrots, mange tout and sugar snap peas. Really tasty. I also looked at different breakfasts and took inspiration from Hawaii with tropical fruits for breakfast. For the record I am not a fan of fruit for breakfast but I thought I would give it a go and it’s not something I plan on repeating. I just don’t find it filling and I’ve missed having eggs for breakfast this week.
I also did 3 hours of working out-and I mean proper full on working out not just hanging around the gym having a 15 minute chat in between 10 minute workouts or a 30 minute chat on the treadmill-you know who you are 🙂
For bonfire night last night my sister made a veggie stew with dumplings and a pastry crust. I knew she was making this and allowed for it.
Then at weigh in this morning I had put on a pound 😦
Now I would like you tell you that I took this on the chin and saw things from a ‘bigger picture’ point of view and I could tell you that but I would be lying. Instead I sat in my meeting feeling fat and horrible and my sister was working this week which meant my munchkin came with me and spent the meeting running around which made me feel even more self conscious so I left the meeting and ended up eating a cheese sandwich made from A-white Warburtons toastie loaf and B-Cathedral City full fat mature cheddar 😦
Its so annoying because I had set myself a mini goal of losing 5lb before the end of November and now that’s 6 to go in 3 weeks and yes I appreciate that scoffing a big cheese sandwich hasn’t helped matters!
On Wednesday I felt like I must have lost about 3 pounds because I felt so good but I was really bloated last night and I’m hoping that the gain is down to that but it’s disappointing to have a gain when I’ve stuck to the plan.
I suppose though there a different ways of sticking to ‘the plan’. I was at home every day this week and even though I stayed within my allowance I grazed a lot. Maybe it works better for me to have 3 higher pointed meals per day instead of grazing but then we come back to my FOBH (for those new to my blog that’s fear of being hungry). I need to have plenty of points left in case I get hungry later in the day but then it could be that having low pointed meals is what is making me hungry in the first place!
So I think the focus needs to be some filling and healthy days this week and hoping I won’t be disappointed next Friday.

All Pumpkined Out

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The last few days has been all about the pumpkin. Normally I would carve out the pumpkins and throw away what was inside but we had 2 pretty big pumpkins this year and it just seemed a shame to waste it. On Monday morning I was determined to do something with the 4 huge packs of pumpkin I had in the fridge. Soup seemed an obvious solution and I’ve also always wanted to make pumpkin pie.

It struck me that I haven’t eaten pumpkin before and now I know why-its really really bland! It might smell amazing with a candle stuck in it outside the house but the taste doesn’t match up to the smell.

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I therefore needed recipes that had something else in them to give the food a good taste.

First up was the soup I found this recipe that had coconut milk in http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/pumpkin-coconut-bisque-5150 I changed it slightly by leaving out the butter, sugar and red pepper-and I don’t understand the ‘cup’ measurement so just threw it in. The recipe says to use canned pumpkin but mine was fresh. I roasted it first (it was about 700g) I also used veggie stock instead of chicken. It was pretty nice although I think I overdid it on the allspice and it probably could have done with a little more coconut milk it. I got 4 portions from it and it worked out at 0pp per portion

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Next on my list was pumpkin and chocolate muffins-this was my first reason for wanting to keep the pumpkin as I had seen these somewhere-possibly on Facebook and thought they would be easy to make with my little munchkin

There are quite a few recipes out there for these but I used this one http://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/skinny-healthy-pumpkin-chocolate-chip-muffins/ although mine certainly didn’t look at good as hers! I got 12 out of the mixture and its was 20pp so they work out at 3 for 5pp or 2pp each. (I know what you are thinking-if you have 3 in one go you only use 5pp but if you eat one a day for 2 days then that’s 6pp so you might aswell eat 3 in one go 🙂 ) I could have made them less but went overboard with the chocolate chips. Again I didn’t bother with ‘cups’ but weighed out the chocolate chips and threw fresh pumpkin in-I just boiled it to soften it first.

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Lastly we turn our attention to the pie. Most of the recipes I found were pretty high in calories/points/sugar so I decided to opt for a savoury pumpkin pie instead of a sweet one. I found this recipe http://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/recipes/pumpkin-feta-and-pine-nut-filo-layer-pie/ again I did some tweaks- I didn’t put chilli in as I don’t like ‘hot’ food, I didn’t use any oil or as much pastry (I put a layer on the bottom-using a sheet and a half, folded over once the filling was in then scrunched some more on the top) so it would bring the points value down and I didn’t add pine nuts but that was purely because I forgot to buy them when I went shopping 😦 the whole pie was 20pp and I split it into 4 so 5pp per portion. This was really nice and my favourite out of the 3.

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So the good news is the pumpkin is gone out of the fridge, however, I still have 2 bowls of soup, 3 portions of pie and 8 muffins to eat so its safe to say we will have all had enough of pumpkin by the end of the week.

Ah a happy ending I hear you say-however my sister rang to tell me that she left 2 pumpkins at my mums that she forgot about and I might aswell have them-apparently pumpkin is lovely in a risotto…….

Trick or Treat

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As its Halloween weekend I was thinking about the treats that I like and the tricks I use so I can still have them but without the damage being as high or unhealthy. Here are my trick and treats:
Treat-pizza. Trick-use a cauliflower base pile on the veggies.

Treat-wine. Trick -spritzer vodka.

Treat-blue cheese, Brie, smoked cheese, just cheese, cheese and more cheese. Trick- use a strong flavour use half the portion, grate it and mix with quark.

Treat-chocolate ice cream. Trick-frozen aero mousse.

Treat-butter. Trick-quark.
Treat-garlic bread. Trick- warburtons thin with garlic clove and drop of oil.
Treat-Chinese takeaway. Trick- homemade prawn toast, veg and noodles with Chinese 5 spice.
Treat-chippy fish and chips. Trick- butternut squash chips and fish cooked with a quinoa crust.
Treat- burger and chips. Trick -use portobello mushrooms to replace the bun and butternut squash as chips
Treat -cheese and onion pie. Trick-use filo pastry small amount of strong cheddar and bulk out with cottage cheese potato and cauliflower
Treat-fried egg butty. Trick-Dry fry egg and split a crumpet in half to make the ‘butty’
Treat-lasagne. Trick-replace the pasta with layers of aubergines and use different veg for the filling
Treat-cannelloni. Trick -replace the pasta tubes with leeks stuffed with spinach and ricotta
I’m sure there are lots more that I do automatically that I haven’t even thought of. I would love to hear yours
Happy Halloween!

Around The World In A Week

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Our leader this week challenged us to eat from ‘around the world’ . Now as we know from my previous blog the weekend was a write off for me so my round the world meals started on Monday morning.
I kicked it off with a trip to Italy with a very ‘ahem’ healthy couple of slices off leftover pizza-oops! Lunch was better with a trip to Greece with a feta and olive salad. I also put in some sliced plums and it worked really well. For tea I went to Hungary with a quorn goulash. You can find the recipe here. http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/108/veggie-goulash.aspx I use this website for lots of my recipes then tweak them.
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Tuesday I stayed in England for breakfast with beans and egg on toast. For lunch I went to Spain for a quorn and vegetable frittata. I was on a filling and healthy day but I did point my meals for when I have them again on a pointed day. For the frittata I boiled potatoes and mixed them sautéed onions. I then whisked up 4 eggs, cottage cheese and quorn ham and poured the mixture over the top of the potatoes and onion mix put some chopped cherry tomatoes on top and popped it in the oven (6pp for half). Dinner was a visit to Mexico with vegetable enchiladas. These were gorgeous and definitely will make them again.IMG_0293
Here is the recipe I based it on  http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1111640/bean-enchiladas (this is another really good site) although I use 2 weight watchers wraps filled them and cut them in half before I placed them in the tin so I had 4 ‘wraps’ plus I used half fat cheese and half fat creme fraiche. It is 6pp for half the portion
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Wednesday morning after I dropped my daughter at nursery I had a training session with my PT. I didn’t have time to eat before I went and when I came out my car was facing the cafe and I could see all these lovely fresh salad ingredients which really made me want a tuna salad so I decided why wait until lunch? Who says salad can’t be a ‘breakfast’ food? So I took a trip to the Mediterranean and had tuna salad for breakfast.
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I was very busy after that getting an order finished for my online printing business so lunch was an uninspired cup of soup and yoghurt 😒 it was my wedding anniversary so my husband and I went to our local Italian. It’s called Porada in Whitefield, Manchester and is lovely. Although I wasn’t counting I was mindful of what I was going to eat and also wanted to stick with trying new things so I had mushroom and mozzarella bites to start and prawns in a lobster bisque with courgette risotto for main. I’m not a huge fan of rice so I didn’t eat much of the risotto but ate the prawns plus the veg and a couple of potatoes that the meal came with-I also only had 3 glasses of wine!
That brings us to this morning where I went to Spain again for breakfast and had the rest of the frittata. Lunch was a trip to America with burger and chips. But with a twist. I roasted some butternut squash and red pepper then mixed it with half an avocado to make the burger. I then used two portobello mushrooms as the ‘bun’. I also melted some goats cheese on. I then topped the burger with curly kale and beetroot-I would do it without the beetroot and goats cheese next time as it interfered with the flavours too much. I had this with butternut squash chips. It was a huge meal and all for just 4pp!
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To finish off before weigh in in the morning I decided to get away from the cold and rain and went to the Caribbean for Jerk Salmon. I have never eaten jerk flavoured food or a mango slaw before. It was nice but I think I would leave out the coriander next time
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Here is the recipe. http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/sticky-jerk-salmon-mango-slaw
I have loved trying new things this week and I also made falafel and mushroom stroganoff today so still got a trip to the Middle East and Russia to come!
Nevermind around the world in 80 days I’m going for around the world in 80 meals-would love to hear your suggestions for me to try out

Feeling In Control

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After 2 weeks of working away I am at home this week-2 days working from home 2 days delivering training in Manchester so I’m home every night. The difference in my eating and my behaviour is miles away from what is has been over the last 2 weeks.
I spent Sunday in the kitchen with my little munchkin who loves to help-I’ve bought her a pretend kitchen for Christmas and I’m a bit concerned she’s going to be disappointed that she can’t actually cook on it. At nearly 22 months old she’s already a dab hand at scrambled egg and buttering toast!
On Friday I had a disastrous attempt at making meringues-I don’t have an electric whisk as I’ve never had the need for one and my sister and I spent ages taking turns to whisk it with a hand whisk-didn’t need the gym that day the arm muscles certainly got a workout! Anyway I then was left with egg yolks which I didn’t want to waste so I mixed it with cottage cheese and we threw in Quorn ham, onions, tomatoes and spinach. 12pp for it all but it will easily go twice. It looks a bit messy but that’s because I let Scarlett put everything in the dish 🙂
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We then made cheese and onion pie. As we know I have an addiction to all things cheese related and I love cheese and onion pie-I won’t even tell you about the incident when I was pregnant and the restaurant had run out of cheese and onion pie and none of my friends wanted to tell me-‘tell a pregnant Jacki that there is no cheese and onion pie?? are you mad??!’
So I have been looking for recipes and drew some inspiration and tips for them-for example bulking it out with cauliflower or potato. I used 2 onions and about 5 cauliflower heads (I use frozen so defrosted then squeezed out the excess water) I then moved on to measuring out filo pastry (4pp) whilst Scarlett began the taste test early and started chomping on the raw onions and cauliflower. Next I measured out 2pp of cottage cheese-whilst attempting to stop Scarlett eating the filo pastry-for some reason she was enthralled by the pastry. When I took it out the packet and started to unroll it she was saying ‘oohhh’ like it was something magical. I then finely grated 6pp of cheese -I used full fat mature cheddar as it has a better taste. All the ingredients were then put in a mixing bowl with a teaspoon of mustard powder and Scarlett mixed it all together. The whole filling was 10pp.
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I then realised that I had made too much for one pie so ended up with 2. The filling then was 5pp per pie and the pastry was 4pp bringing the whole pie to just 9pp. Portion wise half of it was a really good serving or it could be split into 3.
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After a Sunday dinner of swede and carrot, new potatoes and quorn beef I still had the cooking bug and thought ahead to evening food for a film my husband and I were going to watch. I’ve been thinking about making prawn toast for a while so mashed up 150g prawns with egg white  and teaspoon of soy sauce I then spread them over bread-you can choose whatever bread you like. I personally used Warburtons 400g wholemeal loaf and the mixture went across 3 pieces. I then sprinkled sesame seeds over them. For all 3 pieces it worked out at 10 pp-not that I ate all 3 slices! I sprayed a tray with a misting of oil then put them in the oven until they were crispy. They were gorgeous!
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I was delivering online training from home yesterday so in between sessions I made lentil casserole in the slow cooker-just threw in a bag of casserole mix from Asda 6pp red lentils, 4pp potatoes, tin of tomatoes, cumin and coriander and left it on all day. This has been split into 3 portions.
I also made celeriac and apple soup. I have never made this before and took inspiration from Jamie Oliver but adjusted it slightly so its 0pp http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/apple-celeriac-soup/#deLDQVzkP4Q3Y80W.97
This is what I am going to be having for lunch with some garlic croutons made by toasting bread, spreading garlic on it then finish it off in the oven,
I could quite happily do some more cooking today but I am running out of storage boxes and room in the freezer!
I feel so much better than I did when I was working away drinking wine every night and living on sandwiches. I feel more alert and have bags more energy.
I’ve got some lovely meals planned for the rest of the week-I’m literally spoilt for choice.
My friends often compare me to Monica Geller from Friends who is nothing short of a control freak so to say I’m buzzing around the place with all this control is an understatement. This is why I like Weight Watchers too, because it has rules and in the words of Monica ‘Rules help control the fun!’
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