Thursday, 31 January 2008

I learned something about myself

I posted this post on WW 5+ board today and I have discovered something about myself, apart from the fact that I'm a control freak which I've known all along, lol.

Shell079 left a message on my week loss thread yeterday that really made me think, so thank you Shell.She asked me what I'm going to be like when I stay the same or put on weight if I'm unhappy with losing 1½lb.

It got me thinking about why I'm feeling like a failiure even though I've lost 75lb and it was actually quite uncomfortable to think about it. The 8 months I've been doing WW, I have just avoided my emotional issues with food by being severely controlling. I wouldn't eat or have anything in the house that wasn't "WW" or what I considered healthy.But I've been avoiding the real issue.

So yesterday I ate whatever I wanted to, I really scoffed my face, not to extremes, I probably went about 12 points over but for me that was extreme and do you know what the sky didn't fall in. Today, I've regained control over food, I've realised that I'm still not really registering what I'm putting in my mouth, it's pointed but I'm eating in the same way as before it's just low calorie.

So now I'm going to listen to my body. Just because it's 1pm doesn't mean I have to eat, I should be eating when I'm hungry and stopping when I'm full, so that's what I'm going to pledge.

Sunday, 27 January 2008


This week I have decided to give my exercise a bit of a shake up. I was only going 3 times a week and just doing classes my gym had completely dropped off so this week I have done

Spinning, treadmill and X-trainer

Body Jam and Step (my favourite day)

Body Pump (new), treadmill and X-trainer

day off

then I'm going to do

Step and Cardio Combat

Aerotone and cardio and weights

God, I'm really aching today from the Body Pump, my thighs and armpits are really sore so it must be doing me some good, lol.

I've been really good food-wise I think, so hopefully the scales will be kind to me this week. I'll let you know on Wednesday.

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

I'm so hacked off!

I'm so fed up, I lost 1 1/2lb AGAIN!!!!!!! I know I should be happy, but I'm not. I lose 1 1/2lb when I try hard and I lose 1 1/2lb when I don't really try.

I know a loss is a loss and that's how I should look at it, but I can't. I want to lose a large amount just one week! I'm doing all the stuff I should be doing and it just de-motivates me when I keep losing the same amount.

So this week, no unnecessary snacking, no eating unless I'm hungry and I'm going to stop eating when I'm full. I'm also going to use the small plates as my portions have been growing.

I'll feel better now I've whinged, lol.

Chicken Tikka Masala
serves 4 2 1/2 points core

200g plain yogurt
2tsp curry powder
2tsp tomato puree
4 chicken breast fillets, diced

For the sauce
1 onion, chopped finely
1tblsp curry powder
400g can chopped tomatoes
150ml chicken stock
2tblsp chopped coriander

Mix the yogurt together with the curry powder, tomato puree and season, then stir in the chicken. Cover and marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Preheat the grill and place the marinated chicken peices on the grill rack. Grill for 10-15 mins until cooked through and lightly charred.

Meanwhile, cook the onion in Frylight over a medium heat, for 5-6 mins in a covered pan with 2tblsp water until softened.

Stir in the curry powder and cook for 30 seconds, then add the tomatoes and chicken stock. Simmer for 5 mins, then add the grilled chicken and simmer for a further 5 mins. Stir in the coriander just before serving.

I use garam masala instead of curry powder and I add chilli flakes to both the yogurt and the sauce.

Monday, 21 January 2008

Have I learned my lesson?

Well, have I learned my lesson from last week, did I stay off the scales this week? Nope went to the gym this morning and stepped straight on the scales and they are telling me that I've put on 1 1/2 kilos since Wednesday, oh joy! So I'm royally annoyed again and it serves me right, lol.

My knee is still really sore, so I'm still not doing as much exercise as I should. But I don't want to make it worse, so I'm trying to be good and I'm giving it lots of rest.

Golden Soup
serves 4 0 points core
1-2lb swede
1 large onion
2 sticks celery
vegetable stock
fresh coriander, to taste

Peel and chop all the vegetables, place in a large pan and cook in enough stock to come 3/4 of the way up the vegetables. Cook until soft, not more than 30 minutes.

Season to taste, then liquidise, add more liquid if required. Reheat to serve, adding fresh coriander just before serving.

Wednesday, 16 January 2008


I've decided to write down my small targets to help me with weight loss.

I've lost 72lb so far and I weigh 16 st 4 ( I started at 21 st 6)

Target 1
lose 75lb, I would do that at 16st 1, so 3lb to go

Target 2
get into the 15stones, 15st 13, so 5lb to go
I will have lost 5 1/2 stone
This would also give me a BMI of 32.9

Target 3
to lose 6 stone, this will be 15 stone 6, 12lb to go

Target 4
To get into the 14stones at 14st 13, so 19lb to go
I will have lost 6 1/2 stone
My BMI will be 31.9

Target 5
To have lost 7 stone, at 14 stone 6, so 26lb to go

Target 6
To lose 100lb in total at 14 stone 3, so 29lb to go

Target 7
To get into the 13stones at 13st 13, so 33lb to go
I will have lost 7 1/2 stone
I will have a BMI of 29.8, that will make me overweight and not obese.

I don't care how long these take me, but realistically I would like to have reached target 1 before my birthday on February 5th and I want to be at target 2 by Valentine's Day.

Also, I'd like to have achieved target 7 by June 1st. I will have been doing WW just over a year then.

So, I'm going to get started on my targets, lol.

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah!

Well, I went to WI and I lost 1.5lb, that's good right? So why don't I feel like that's a good result.

A number of things, I think!

1. I still have such a long way to go that 1lb just makes me think that I am never going to reach goal. Stupid, I know, but when have feelings ever been rational.

2. I weighed at the gym on Saturday and I'd lost 4lb. I know, I know, don't weigh in the middle of the week. Boy, have I learned that lesson, lol.

3. I had sausage and chips at the chip shop. Intellectually I know it won't have made much difference but I get annoyed with myself for doing that the night before wi, but I hurt my knee at the gym and couldn't stand up to make dinner so I made Rob go and get the chips. I really didn't enjoy them.

I also went for coffee with the girls after wi and had a cooked breakfast. That's my LAST ONE, there is no point dieting and then blowing it spectacularly straight after wi. So no more, I'll just have a diet coke.

So here's my recipe,

My favourite chilli recipe
serves 8 4 1/2 points

2 large onions, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, crushed
600g extra lean minced beef
4 red peppers, deseeded and finely chopped
450g mushrooms, sliced
1 small red chilli, seseeded and finely chopped or 1tsp chilli flakes
1kg carrots, finely chopped
2tblsp dried oregano
1tsp paprika
2 bay leaves
1tblsp fennel seeds
1tsp ground cinnamon
2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
2tblsp tomato puree
1tblsp Worcester sauce
2 x 400g cans kidney beans, drained
300ml vegetable stock (made with stock cube)
small bunch coriander or parsley, to serve

Heat a large non stick pan, spray with Frylight, then stir-fry the onion and garlic for 5 mins or until softened, adding a little water if necessary.

Add the mince, stir fry for 10 mins, until browned, then add the remaining ingredients.

Bring to the boil and simmer gently with a lid on for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Season, then serve with the coriander scattered over the top.

This freezes well and you can easily halve all the ingredients to make it for 4 instead of 8. I make it for 8 and freeze it in individual portions. It does make a lot though and you need 2 pans.

Friday, 11 January 2008


I have so neglected this blog, so my New Year's resolution is to post more often on my blog.

Really happy this week! I only put 1.5lb on over Christmas and then lost 2.5 lb this week. This took me to 5 stone and half a pound of weight loss. This makes me really happy as I now have lost more than I still need to lose, I've now got 14 st 13.5 lb to lose, woohoo.

I've also decided to post some of my favourite Weight Watchers recipes every time I post, so this is my all time favourite recipe. I never get fed up of this.

Chicken Jambalaya
serves 4 6 points per serving

2tsp vegetable oil
3 stick celery
2 clove garlic
1 medium red, green or yellow pepper
4 medium tomatoes
1 large onion
450g chicken breast
300g dried rice
10g Cajun seasoning
1 sprig fresh thyme

Cook the rice for about 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large frying pan and add the chicken. Cook, stirring, for 6-8 mins, until browned all over. Add the celery, onion, pepper and garlic. Cook for 3 more minutes, stirring often, until the vegetables are softened slightly.
Add the Cajun seasoning, thyme and tomatoes. Cook gently, stirring occasionally, for a further 5 mins.
Drain the rice thoroughly, add to the pan, stirring well to mix everything together. Season and serve.