Friday, 30 March 2012

Breaking Bad Habits 1

This is the follow up post to Bad Habits. It's taking me way too long to finish this post but here we are finally (a week later).

As I've already said, my main problems (that I've identified so far) are my; Mindless eating; allowing treats become threats and not snacking properly, exercise becoming minimal and a complete lack of sleep.

Last week I was working on portion control and mindless eating and with that tracking came back into my life.
I managed to track an entire week. This is massive for me. It has been almost a year since I last tracked honestly for a full week.


I have finally given up on using the weightwatchers e-source to track. Unless you have an iphone it's impossible to do it honestly, I'd forget by the time I get home, I'd be tracking in a few places and I'd wind up confused, frustrated and I would stop. So I decided to go the old fashioned way and go back to paper tracking. I checked out the official weightwatchers diary type tracking books, and I like them, but I want a certain design, I apparently don't have the choice in my design, so instead I bought the above wee notebook for 99p. Super slim and fits into my purse. Perfect for taking about with me!

Everything that I have eaten has been recorded, absolutely everything. I am extremely proud of myself for managing to do it for an entire week. Even pre-tracking on occasion!
And I've not once felt deprived (of course I hardly ever feel deprived doing weightwatchers, that's why it works for me), but even when it came to treats, I measured them out if they weren't portion controlled, stayed within my points and was happy mentally.

3pp. Yum.

Stef asked me would I stick the point values of the food I post so here we go, some pics of my food through the week.
Most mornings this is a variation of what I first eat. Yoghurt and some sort of fruit, my favourite is a granny smith apple with Greek yoghurt. But I always measure yoghurt so that it is 1pp.


A challenge in work has been that there has been a lot of sweets about. I have managed to stay away thanks to packing fruit and veg with me when I go in. Also moving it away from me so that it is out of site out of mind. Quite proud of myself for curbing the mindless eating in work this week.


On Monday I met Gavin in our local park for lunch before work. It was a lovely day, this was our view.


A new find in my tesco shop was this lemonade. It was lovely, especially with a shot of vodka. - Yes, I did manage to have a few drinks and stay on plan during the week. I've decided to cut out wine for a while. We've become too friendly recently. Of course it also helps that I didn't have much money this week so could only drink what was left in the house.


I had this sandwich with a zero point veg soup one afternoon. Just egg salad in white bread.

6 pp.

I normally buy extra lean steak mince when I want to make burgers, but Tesco didn't have any this week, so I went for Turkey mince instead. It was odd, but great. And a lot more food for a lot less points. These two burgers were only 5pp for both.

Entire plate only 12pp. Oven chips, wholemeal pita bread and mixed salad.

And lunch another day. I love baked potatoes, could eat them every day.

Entire plate only 6pp.

So that's a brief view of how I spent my points this week.

I'm really, really pleased that I tracked the full week, next week I'm hoping to accomplish the same (my weightwatcher weeks begin on a Wednesday, so at the minute I'm three days into this week). Continuing to work on stopping the mindless eating and making sure my snacks are healthy and my treats are actually treats.
Exercise wise, I'm not focusing too much on that at the minute. Perhaps in the next few weeks. I want to sort out the food first and feel comfortable back pointing. I've been wearing my pedometer recently, so most of my activity points have been worked out from that and a handful of sessions on the bike.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

St. Patricks's Day Celebrations

Not that anyone needs an excuse, but I'm actually Irish and I love St. Patrick's Day.
I work Saturdays and booked it off work. The last Saturday I booked off work was the 29th October 2011. So I deserved it. Gavin was free that day so we had an entire day together (it's shocking how little this ever happens).

Basically this post is me throwing my hands up and admitting to the awful eating and lying about, complete with photos.

Starting with the roses Gavin got me.
I'm a sucker for red roses.

And then the shop I work in have gotten these over the last few weeks.

Not entirely keen on the beef ones, the Titanics are yummy though. No clue on the propoint values as I've been very bold and just eaten them.  My calculator is now in my bag though so if I feel a desire to have another packet, it will be pointed.

So on St Patricks Day we went out for Breakfast.
Big pot of tea and water. Lovely.

Waiting for Breakfast:

 We both ordered probably the most unhealthy thing of the menu, but it was pretty much the only meal we had that day. The rest was alcohol, tayto and skittles haha.

Delicious though, despite probably being about 80pp.


We were drinking our home made cocktails all evening. That was the first of an obscene amount.


Cookie dough, because why not?

Imported yummyness

I love baby ruth bars, so glad they're too dear to have too often though.

And leaving you with a wee drunken picture of us.

I know I was awful over the weekend food and drink wise. But pushing the weekend behind me I want to focus on what I said last Friday about working on the bad habits I've picked up again. This week will be better.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Bad habits

I've been trying to get back on track and now that I'm back to being mindful about my behaviours I've noticed a lot of bad habits creeping back into my routine.

The biggest one I suppose is portion control. I stopped measuring a long time ago because I got very good at eye-balling measurements. I've tried to go back to basics so out have came my scales and measuring cups. Most of my eye-balled servings have creeped up. I need to address this.

Mindless eating, this is awful, especially in work, where I'm surrounded by bad food and I get bored. Or customers are nasty and a bar of chocolate can cheer us up. No more. A girl in my weight watcher group makes up a 'work survival kit' full of good choices to put in a lunch box for work. I'm going to have to do this.

Treats are now threats. I used to be so good with the distinction between treats and snacks. I'm not any more. I also used to have a treat night which was generally a Tuesday, now I have a few treat nights a week. I need to work out my week and decide what day will be treat night. 
On a related note my alcohol intake has also increased, and it's wine which really bloats me, so that needs checked too.

Exercise, I make these grand plans over what I want to do and when I want to do it and then if I can't do it I beat myself up about it and give up on the rest of the week. It's silly, I mean I know that every little thing I do helps. But I get annoyed and give up if I can't do organised exercise even though I probably earn as much activity points through cleaning the house, walking and working. I can't run much any more because my shins hurt around the 2 mile part so I've been cycling instead. Though I have been given a recommendation for compression sleeves which I'm looking into and will hopefully help.

Sleep. This may seem a bit daft to put in but it's important. I am an awful sleeper. I love my bed, but I really don't sleep well. I've battled insomnia since I was a teen and although it did get better over the last five years, last year and now again this year it's getting worse. Especially with the bright mornings. As soon as that sun comes up I'm awake. I can't get up because I'm completely drained, but I'm awake. This in turn affects the rest of my day. I have no energy for anything. You know the way people complain about getting that S.A.D. (seasonal affective disorder) where winter depresses them. I often wonder is there a reverse scenario where spring and summer depress people? I'm not depressed at all, but I really do hate the long days of spring and summer and I long for the lovely crisp days of autumn and winter (also prefer autumn winter clothes, layers scarves and hats). I need to train myself to want to go to bed earlier, I need to train myself to wind down in the evening so I can actually sleep at a reasonable time.

I need to take controlled baby steps back to how I used to be. I can't expect to be able to fix all these things in one week. I need to just work at it and when I slip up not to forget about everything but to just pick up and start again. I need to look at every day as a fresh start because I dwell too much on the bad days I have just experienced.

So this week I want to focus portion control and mindless eating. The others as well of course, but my main focuses will be to portion control and curb the mindless eating that happens, especially in work.

Scheduling a blogging hour every Friday morning just to provide updates on how this goes and keep myself accountable. I find the more often I write here, the better my week can be.

'Til then,
Sarah xx

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

I'm in the Weight Watchers UK Magazine!

I know a lot of you already know this through twitter or flicking through the magazine yourselves, but this month (the April 2012 edition), currently in the shops. I am in the magazine! Not as a cover star sadly, nor as one of the success stories that get to dress up and tell their story (But I will be one day! Positive thoughts!), but as a reviewer!

Last November the magazine got in touch with me asking would I be a "blogger of the month", what it entailed was me to use Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred (you can get it for £5 from amazon with free supersaver delivery - price correct as of today 14/03/12) and doing it. Every day, writing notes as you go along, and then I was given a list of questions I should answer and a loose structure to stick to.
It was fun, I like Jillian Michaels, I like her DVDs and I really am honest saying that this one is a good one.
What the magazine doesn't say is that I did this in late November and early December. I was doing a lot of socialising, eating and drinking at the time, and I really think that it was my "damage control" it could have been so much worth my weight gains, it should have been really.

The writer in me is extremely pleased that I had the opportunity, and even more pleased that my piece wasn't too heavily edited, to the point where it wasn't me who wrote it. And that no one from the weightwatchers team took my notes and wrote it themselves (which has sadly happened to me before). It came out perfectly, better than I imagined the final piece and for that I am super grateful to the lovely team.
I've been asked by American followers can I put up a few scans of the article and I will, just once it is out of the shops. I'll scan and upload them to here, so you'll have another blog post about this soon enough!
Until then, here's a few photos of the three page spread!

New post scheduled for tomorrow. Organised specific blogging hours into my schedule so I can keep on track.

I finally just want to say a massive thank you to the weightwatchers magazine UK team for giving me such an awesome opportunity!

And you may have noticed that the blog looks different, that's because I have moved my blog from posterous to blogger over the last few days. For a lot of reasons which I'll delve into at some other point. I'm going to explain how I did it because it took me a few months to work out how to do it myself and google search results were a let down. Posterous are all about importing blogs, but not exporting. This shouldn't really affect any of my readers unless you subscribe to my (very) old URL if you do you're going to need to update it to
As this is a fairly recent switch over some of my old links might not work yet, but I'm working on fixing most of them.