Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Weigh in and week in review.

This morning was my first weigh in since getting back on track and I had a loss! A lovely 4.5lbs! I am so chuffed with myself over it.

I had a good enough week, so a loss was expected, just not of that size. My first goal was to have lost 5-7lbs by the 8th May, that's the weigh in that is closest to Gavin and my sisters birthday, and today's weigh in has bitten quite a chunk out of it.

The best thing that happened this week is something I can't actually talk about here yet. Hopefully in the next fortnight though.
The worst thing is that I had a little health scare, nothing serious, I'm okay, but it made me a bit iffy about any exercise other than walking this week. I do want to bring up my activity levels to make up for it, so I'm planning to do some gentle cycling over the next week and maybe return to running the following week. I'm still easing myself in though.

The biggest difficulty I came across this week was actually food. I was within my points all but one day (Friday, had champagne, only day I ate into my weeklys and not by much). But then another day I only had about 12 points the entire day. I couldn't physically eat anything that night without wanting to vomit. But that wasn't the problem throughout the week. I didn't appropriately plan my day of food, meaning on some days I was half starving myself for no good reason at all. This is something that never happens with me on weightwatchers. I am very rarely hungry on it. So it's something I know I need to fix in the upcoming week.

So my priorities for this coming week are:
  • to plan and regulate my eating times so I am satisfied the whole day, I only did that 3 days last week. I want to make that everyday, even if it means dipping into my weekly points, that is after all what they're there for.
  • Move more to lose more. Get in at least three gentle cycles along with the high levels of walking I do.
  • And my goal is to lose 1lb.
 All quite do-able.

I took some photos of a few delicious dinners this week I wanted to share, but my silly SD card isn't working and wants to be formatted so alas, this post will be picture-less.

I'm still really positive about being back on plan, and the large loss, has really spurred me on to have an even better week this time. I realised I haven't actually mentioned it yet, but this is my first time using propoints to lose weight, as I originally lost all my weight on the Discover Plan and have used propoints to maintain.

Might squeeze another post in later this week, but if not, I'll be back next Tuesday after weigh in with an update.

Sarah xx

P.S. If you haven't seen it already, I blogged about being in the weightwatchers UK magazine, Does Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred work? My article is now up on the blog!

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Does the 30 Day Shred Work? - My Weightwatchers UK Magazine Article

It's taken me a while to put this up but I'm very proud to show off the article I wrote reviewing Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred for the Weightwatchers UK magazine!
I wrote about it when it was actually in the shops, (April 2012 edition), and had a lot of my American friends ask for a few scans. The lovely people at the weightwatchers magazine gave me the pdf to add to my writing portfolio so I thought it might be easiest to upload and embed here.

If the embedded pdf doesn't work for you, not to worry. You can view it by clicking the following link:
 https://docs.google.com/open?id=0By-1Wkyz7D_2QlhIc0hxSkNtUXc. I am ridiculously proud of it.

Things to remember is that when I was following the 30 Day Shred I wasn't really pointing. It was the run up to Christmas and although I had my graduation to work towards, I had a lot of socialising that month.
There's also part of the article talking about the reps in level 3 that I've had a few emails from people asking me to clarify.
Throughout the DVD Jillian never has you counting reps, apart from the odd "4 more!". When I started the 3rd level though I felt like the intensity was upped, perhaps through more reps, perhaps because at this point I was doing the more advanced moves most of the time, perhaps it was just a mental block because the 3rd level was the hardest. No matter what this DVD does work. It was a brilliant damage control over Christmas.
Now that I am back to weightwatchers properly, I plan on introducing scheduled activity in the next few weeks and the DVD is definitely going to be a key part of it.

Any questions, do ask, I'm on twitter, or there's the comments here.


Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Getting back on Track: Food.

I got my Tesco order delivered yesterday. So thought I'd share what I'm eating for the week. I don't do these kind of posts often because what I eat week on week really doesn't change that much. I eat the same 20 meals over and over again.

One thing I did do this week, seeing as I am back to basics, is that I actually pointed everything in my fridge. Even staples - like this Tesco cheese, which I knew to be 2pp got re-pointed, just in case. And I wrote over them with permanent marker to remind me.

Everything got this treatment.

And as a side note has anyone tried that Philadelphia with the chocolate? I know I'm probably the last to this party but it's lovely. Bit sickening, but yum.

Nothing escaped my calculator and red marker, butter, sauce, milk, cheese, yogurt, mince, turkey, everything got pointed.

In my pointing frenzy I did work out that I have been pointing frozen chips wrong since I started weightwatchers. I've been weighing them frozen but calculating from cooked. So pretty much denying myself a few points. I'm not actually all that sure how to point frozen chips now. How many frozen grams = cooked grams? I'm going to be google researching that soon. Can't believe for two years I've been doing this. Doh!

So, onto my meals.

As always I can't stomach breakfast when I first wake. I have tea or coffee. A piece of fruit and sometimes a yogurt. Weightwatchers summer fruits (2pp each) or my favourite Greek Yogurt (2pp for 100g - Yum yum yum). My selection of fruit this week is the following.

I keep my fruit by the front door so I can grab a piece on my way to work.

All zero points obviously.

I'm also trying to fix my blender (it stopped working a few months ago, someone gave me the idea that it's the fuse, so yesterday I took the plug apart so I can see what the fuse is to replace. Hopefully that will work because I don't want to go and buy another one. So once the blender is done I have mixed frozen fruit in the freezer which I like to turn into smoothies in the morning - and hopefully some home made soups.

My lunches vary, most of the time because they wind up being late breakfasts.
  • Cereal, shredded wheat and porridge mostly. I have both with banana and a tiny bit of maple syrup in my porridge.
  • Baked potato and egg salad. One of my favourites, love baked potatoes. And my eggs were laid by my aunts hens, fun!
  • Eggs and toast, generally boiled or scrambled as they are easiest, but love a poached egg too.
  • Soup.
  • Tuna salad & pita bread.
  • Fish and Chips was last night's meal (breaded haddock), and it will do another. Fish was 7propoints. The chips were only 3 once I weighed them cooked and looked at the actual nutritional value. It was bulked out with vegetables too.
  • Home made burgers from extra lean mince. Works out at 4 pro-points a burger, salad and butternut squash chips (0pp) The burger buns we get are generally 4 pro-points each too. I also add cheese (2pp) and salsa (0pp).
  • Fajitas! Made with diced turkey(5pp), tonnes of spice, tonnes of veg and wrapped up in pita bread this week (4pp each)
  • Spaghetti Bolognese, I make meat balls from the extra lean mince (I work out the points depending on how many meat balls is made). Whole wheat spaghetti (7pp), and a load of veg. 
  • Chow Mien with prawns and wholewheat noodles and veg. Yum yum yum. (When I have this, Gavin has pizza), it'll probably be Saturday, low point dinner normally means a few alcoholic drinks.
  • I have another punnet of diced turkey but I have no clue what to do with that yet. Probably more fajitas or a curry, but I'm open to suggestions if you have any?
A few weeks ago I really tried to stamp out the random grazing I was getting so bad at in work, and I pretty much succeeded. I focused on my meals being full of filling and healthy foods so snacking recently has been quite minimal. I'm hoping to stick with that. I will be carrying fruit, the stuff pictured above, and cherry tomatoes to work so I am not tempted by everything when my blood sugar levels goes down.

Water, tea, coffee, sugar free squash make up the bulk of my liquids each day. I don't like drinking points. And I've alwasy taken my hot drinks black.

  • I have chocolate bars that are 2 points for 4 squares
  • Calorie controlled corn snack crisps (2pp)
  • My Aero Hot chocolate (3pp)
  • Tequila / Vodka (2pp for a single shot measure) and diet Club Orange or my Weight watchers Sicilian Lemonade (loving this stuff), both 0pp.
So that's my food for the week! I'm focusing on my portion control this week and tracking.
Feeling really, really determined.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Being honest with myself

When I first joined weightwatchers, after a few months I became a little obsessed with the numbers on the scales. I wrote this post but despite what I said (which is all true), I continued to become obsessed with the number. Weighing myself far too often. It got to the point where I was worried I was showing signs of an eating disorder. So I stopped. I didn't weigh myself. I focused on non-scale victories and when weighed in meetings didn't think too much about the numbers, just kept trucking.

I stopped my meetings about a year ago due to university commitments (my masters was a lot of work). I still didn't step on scales. I just kept with my process of do I feel happy and healthy, yes I do. Clothes still fit. Happy Sazz.

But recently I haven't been too happy. Just very stressed out with a number of things in my life and I've been comfort eating. Alas. I knew what I was doing and yet I did it anyway.I have seriously totally no idea why on earth I did it, but I have done some serious damage and am substantially above my goal weight.

I mentioned earlier in the week that weightwatchers is in Northern Ireland 25 years and in celebration they are doing an offer where you can rejoin for only 25p! I'm doing this, only for one week though, and that's to make sure my wee weightwatchers file is up to date (there's been two new books on easy start and a book on simply filling released since I last made it to a class). I'm going to be doing the program online, simply because it's cheaper and I really need to keep a watch on my spending (something exciting coming up, hopefully will be letting you in on it in the next 2 weeks!).

Standing on the scales today was probably a good thing. It's really woke me up to my actual weight and not just what I feel I am judging from my clothes. I won't let the numbers be an obsession again, but as my guide as to what I need to be doing. I was reading an article on the weightwatchers website today and it gave the following quote:
"no matter what the number is on the scale, there's always something to learn from it. It's an important moment of truth, but it is just feedback." article link.
It's so true, and something I need to remember. Because the number is important once you let yourself stray so much. And it's time for me to like myself again.

Next post will be about my food for the week (currently waiting on my Tesco order being delivered).
Also trying to work out how to make my weightwatchers article from the UK magazine from pdf to something easily read here.
A picture post of my wee holiday from last week.
Exercise post, what I've done, what I want to do
Tuesday is my weigh in day. Think I'll go back to posting how I've done on every Tuesday and what I want to work on for the next week.

Heck, I'm editing this to add in more truths. I actually cried when I seen the number on the scales today. I can not believe I let myself get to this point. I want to have this recorded because I feel like total crap. And I don't want to anymore, I left feeling crappy back in 2005.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Weightwatchers is in Northern Ireland 25 years!

Posting this from my tablet so hope it formats in a nice and legible way.
I just received an email from weightwatchers Ireland to inform me of their latest deal!
If you want to join, or rejoin weightwatchers this week it will cost you just 25p plus the weekly fee!
A brilliant deal, if, like me, you have fallen off the wagon recently and need the structured help that comes with a meeting.
I'll probably be taking advantage of it myself!
You can find your local meetings here: www.weightwatchers.ie/meetings.html
It's in celebration of weightwatchers 25th year in Northern Ireland!!!
And I can not stress this enough. This is not a sponsored post. I am on their mailing list and thought I would share as I am asked quite frequently how much is it to join/ rejoin and this deal is too good to keep to myself.
Will be posting more frequently soon, back from a wee holiday last weekend, a post on my food planning for the week. And of course, back to meetings!
I will also be posting a copy of the article/review that I wrote for the weightwatchers UK magazine so that all my international friends can see!
In the mean time you get a picture of me on my recent road trip. Posing with sunglasses.
Tad obsessed with sunglasses