Thursday, 25 July 2013

Investing in me

I had an entire blog post written out for posting but I am too chicken to publish it. Too much personal stuff I am afraid. Too raw to give to the internet and the trolls who thrive on such babblings. So I am trying again. Hopefully giving the same message, but in a less bared to you way.

I put on 6lbs this week. In one week. But you know what? It doesn't matter.

But I am getting ahead of myself. If I put 6lbs last week there would be no doubt that when I stepped off the scales I would be a complete mess. But this weekend I was away for my 26th birthday. A lovely trip to Dublin with Gav. I was reading my book and it suddenly hit me.I need to like me.

Now I have known this for years, but this week it really feels like I actually have started to get it. Properly internalise it and decide that I want to do it. On the first part of my weight watchers journey I lost over 60lbs. I looked amazing. But I never felt it. I was fixated on the numbers and I knew back then that wasn't the right way for me. My target weight is too low for my figure. I personally don't want too lie in bed uncomfortable because I can feel my hip bones. That is too much. But then again I don't like the weight I am now either. For the guts of ten years I have hated my weight, even when only 10stone (140lbs) at 5ft 7.

How on earth has it taken until now for me to realise that the link in this is me? Not the circumstances surrounding me at that moment in time but me?

I don't particularly care about myself most of the time. And it is something that I really need to remedy.
So I have resolved to invest in myself. Financially actually spend on myself, apart from books I don't buy myself anything. I rarely spend my cash on new clothes or shoes unless what I currently have is gone. And most of my clothes are odd fits. Too big or too small. I spend most of my days walking around not entirely comfortable with myself and it really needs to stop. I need to lose the attitude that I need to be a certain weight to feel good. I can feel good now if I let myself. I work hard and I want to spend some of my money on me, non-food/ drink treats. But pretty things.

Mentally I need to spend on myself. And for me I need to do this through a number of ways. I need to stop punishing myself. It worked short term before but it's not healthy. And I need to stop being so single minded, I beat myself up if I don't get what I am aiming for. I really must stop that and remind myself that there are other options.

Physically I need to spend, invest time to exercise. Re-frame it so I no longer look at it like a chore but instead see me time or organise walks / swims / other activities with friends and family and make it active.
So I think I am going to make this blog change a bit too. I am not one for really putting blogs into categories but I am going to start to blog over other things. Not just weight because let's face it. There is a lot more to life.Recipes, book reviews, new tech, clothes, makeup etc. As well as the usual moaning about weight and posting tonnes of food pictures.

I can't believe it has taken me so long to work this out.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Dealing with a gain.

I put on three quarters of a pound this week. Now I know it's not big, but it feels big. And there is the problem.
Thinking back over the week I don't think I deserve to have put weight on. I know that is not how it works, but it's still incredibly frustrating. I lost my appetite for the majority of last week. I had a very stressful time and where normally that means quick food on the go I stopped myself. I ate healthily and within my points allowance for each day.

I had no set exercise done other than for a few days run around trying to sort things out. I suppose it's because I know this was the first of possibly quite a few stressful weeks to come I'm honestly gutted with the gain.

It's my sisters birthday on Friday and she had her party on that weekend just past. I am still not drinking so was on my low point, zero alcohol beers and a packet of crisps. All of which got pointed and tracked on my phone. I also went to the cinema and did eat junk food, but it was portion controlled and tracked as well.
I earned 18 activity points and ate them all along with ten weekly points. That still left me with 39 weekly points. I'm trying to not get too fixated on the math, there's no point. It's done, but I can't help but think it was a good week, look over my trackers and wonder what the heck happened?

So I suppose the thing is I am going to have to be positive again. I've had gains before, I let them get to me and then the next week is another gain. Not this time. Though it will be harder this week with two family dinners looming at the weekend and a very emotional Saturday ahead. I'm not giving up and I'm going to continue to track everything.
I'm trying to focus on some success I've had since rejoining but honestly I don't feel like there is much, I suppose the fact I've lasted this long is a positive and that I've managed to be writing away here. I'm looking forward to getting the next few weeks over me and get back into a routine and in the mean time, try not to let the number on the scale make me feel too bad.

Onto my photos from the week. If you follow my instagram you've probably seen some of these from the weekend.


Makeup done for sisters party #noamountofmakeuporflashwilldisguisethesebags #chanel #sephora #benefit #no7
Make-up


Stripes and alcohol free beer. Cus me and my brother are cool. #partytime
My brother is tea total, so both of us and our alcohol free beers, and stripes.



Family picture :-) #partytime
Myself, my sister and my cousin :-)



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Pale vs Tan.



Antics. #partytime #family #awesome #funtimes
antics


And the only two food pics I have that I didn't put in the last post.

Yorkie bar said nothing about it being for men. When did that change? #wwfooddiary #8pp
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My toastie machine is all kinds of awesome #wwfooddiary #7pp #thesimpsons #homer
mmmmmmmm homer.

How do you stop a gain from getting to you? Tweet or comment please? I could do with a pick up.
xx

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Work time junk food.

Last year I got a different job, I now work in an office and the availability of sweets is crazy.

When I worked in retail I worked in a sweet shop. When I went to weightwatchers classes and heard the girls talk about how difficult it was working in an office in regards to sweets, I admit, I rolled my eyes. "Try working in a sweet shop" I would say to them, where I was surrounded by sweets every day, constant, present temptation.

Now I know it was hard, I did have problems with it until I realised that it was easier to just not bring money with me to work, enough for lunch and transport, but not for sweets, unless they were Saturday treats.

I am finding it just as hard working in an office, I have tried putting a plan in place, I try to bring in enough to keep me satisfied all day in work, but I do keep some treats in my drawer, in the back where they are out of sight so if I do feel the desire for something I have control knowing the exact pointing instead of having a guess at what is in. And when I do take a treat, I do try to point it with a google search or when I get home, searching on my tracker.
There seems to always be something, birthdays, Friday treats, end of month treats or clients being nice and sending them in.

I like how the new design of the weightwatchers site has tips for what you do with your day (shopping, workplace, home, eating out, travelling and occasions) although to be honest as I'm only back on plan a few weeks I haven't properly explored the site beyond work yet.

Sometimes in the office people bring in their own baked goods. After tasting one item of cake not long after I started I made a promise to myself not to try again, and, bar one occasion, I haven't. This was a really, really easy decision to make because I heard someone voice concerns over kitchen cleanliness. Really, really easy decision to make.

When a colleague brings in something store bought it's obviously easier to point too, I don't check out the label in the building but use etools to have a search for it or something similar.

I've been working in the office for 12 months now and it's taken me until now to really have a plan set in place for work time junk food. So I've decided to share with you.

  1. If you must munch something, make it something you like, don't give the extra points for something that is just okay.
  2. Track it there and then, if you can't, then give a rough guess. I always think worst case scenario and go for the most points it could possibly be.
  3. Keep low point treats you like in an easy place to get. 
  4. Sit away from the cake table, I'm lucky now in that my seat recently s one of the furthest from the naughty table.
  5. Rethink the reasoning behind the sweets, 
    • someone brings in a cake because they don't want to have it in the house, why should I eat it if you don't want it?
    • we've worked hard this week, we deserve it. I heard once you shouldn't reward yourself with food, you are a person, you are not a dog. That sticks with me a lot when people try to say you deserve it.
  6. There is always someone who tries to sabotage, perhaps not intentionally, but there always is. No matter what job I have been in I have one and I find there's different ways to handle each.
    •  explain you're cutting down and explain that when you want to use extra points, what you want them for, for example going out for dinner, having a drink later, baking at home.
    • take it for later, if it's a bar of chocolate or biscuit it's easy kept until you go home or for another day when you do have the points free. Or give it away to a family member?
For the most part, that's what I do. I wasn't pointing when I took these pictures and I don't have many pictures because the ladies I work with wouldn't get their heads around why I do it haha.

junk food at work
Tesco cupcake, was okay. Not the greatest.
I've found the most frustrating part of junk food in the office is the questions that come when you say no thank you. Offence comes from all sides when you don't want to offend anyone, you just don't want the bun. Just be firm. You are no walk-over.


junk food at work
I buy these scones from the canteen, the macaroon is made by me.

I buy these scones from the canteen, but I know they're not actually baked on site, they are brought in frozen and then popped in the oven for a few minutes. Because they are mass produced and brand name I can find them on etools and point them. Woo.
The macaroon in the picture is one of mine so I know two of them are 1propoint. Yum yum.

junk food at work
Easter treats
My favourite type of office treat is the wrapped ones, I adore twirls and because they are brand names I can point them and eat happily with no guilt. Wins all around!

junk food at work
tiny, tiny little cookies, extremely moreish and impossible to point.

If I do buckle, and I have, not only at work this last few weeks I am not beating myself up the way I used to. I am forgiving myself and moving on. And it's working, because I roughly point what I eat and keep working at it and so far so good, the weight is coming off again.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Weekly Catch-up and first milestone since re-join!

Just a quick update as this week I got my first milestone since rejoining! I have lost half a stone!!! Reflecting on the week I am not entirely sure how exactly I managed it. But I've done it! My exercise really wasn't at the level it should have been at (is it ever?) So that will be what I work on this week. 

My routine is changing due to work and I know I need to change with it this time and maintain the activity levels I've got myself doing. Of course that is easier said than done but at least this time I am thinking about it. Awareness should hopefully help.

Towards the start of this week my tracking started to get a bit poor. I was tracking hours later, now I suppose at least I was tracking but this is a slippery slope with me. I will wind up not tracking at all and I have no excuse now that my app is working as it should. 

If I were doing this at a class I would be getting a silver seven sticker. But with online you don't get an actual sticker, so what I've done is located some stickers from my crafting supplies. It's a gold seven, partly because this time it's really off and mostly because I didn't have any in silver.


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Half a stone!!!!

The pictures from here on are actually for this week, after I weighed in on Tuesday I went out for lunch with some of the lovely ladies I worked with, I had a chance to see the menu last week and there wasn't much scope for healthy food. A Caesar salad was the best I could do. I've searched for one on etools and think it would have been 15 points as the very worst. The place we went to didn't really give any salad bar a bit of celery, it was still nice though.Normally I just go with what I fancy and then take the points out of my weekly or activity allowance, but because it was a work lunch I didn't really want to do that. I have a busy two weekends coming up and would rather the weekly points then.

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eating out is always a headache for me, normally I just pick what I fancy and enjoy it.


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Had fajitas again this week. Yum.

And I had a good few nice coffees this week so far too.

Happy coffee times with daddy and brother.
coffee with my daddy and brother



in starbucks after a shattering morning. Going to load up on coffee and read. Feel like a student again :-)
A chilled out coffee where i drafted this post and read in Starbucks.I  felt like a student again.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Entering the Race for Life 2013

I wrote last week about me and exercise and how I want to be able to run again. And how difficult it has been since I have tried. Shins haven't hurt the way that they used to, but my calves have. Normally I can hit about the minute mark and they have been tightening up and no amount of stretching before and after jogs or icing seems to have helped.

I've been at a bit of a loss over what to do if I'm honest, and at times been so very tempted to just pack it in.
So I was thinking of things to get me properly motivated and needing to do it again and I thought of the race for life. Now I have done this before (and blogged about it), and the race this year takes the same route so I know what to expect. But this year, signing up isn't enough. I got both my friend Anna and my sister signed up too!

So that was motivation for all of a week and in that week I have had the super super painful calves which I am now believing (must be) to do with my hydration levels. So I'm trying to up my water intake. Trying.
I'm racing the morning race on the 2nd June and looking forward to it, I did really enjoy the last race I participated in and am hoping this year it should be more fun with more people.

I am of course also fund raising, so if you could spare a few pennies my sponsorship online form can be found here (link opens in a new window). Or you can Text SAZZ95 £1 to 70070 to sponsor me today. Thanks.

I am hopefully going to blog about the training and at the end of it, have a bit of money to donate to the charity and get myself a new medal!


The Race For Life 2011
Feeling proud of my last medal and in need of my beer.
So far, training has just been a few jogs and walks. I think I need to find a c25k program to get me going with running again, and try address this calf issue.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Foodie Friday, and being positive.

This week I lost a pound and three quarters, bringing the total since I have rejoined to 5 and 3/4. Not much considering how many weeks I've been rejoined, but good when I consider that's 3 full weeks of actively trying and actually sticking on plan.

It could have been more but I didn't do as much exercise as I should have (story of my life at the minute). I would say this week I want to work on that, but by the time I have got round to writing this it is Friday and I'm pretty much at the half way point of my weightwatchers week.

I've decide to focus on what I've been doing that is good, because I have been losing, and if I focus on what I need to change at this rate I will get overwhelmed and give up.

I have been exceptionally organised these last few weeks. I have myself into a routine where I am ensuring I have a healthy packed lunch for going into work and I go for a 40 minute walk at lunch time. And I've kept small point snacks in my drawer at work to make sure I am not tempted to walk over to the sweetie table (yeah people who work in offices love their cake don't they? But more of that in another post).


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7 propoint turkey salad sandwich lunch (other half of sandwich was munched when picture was taken)

This is one of my favourite breakfasts, I'm a sucker for Greek yogurt and it's easy enough to take into work. This was taken in my tea room this morning though.

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4pp breakfast, greek yogurt, granola, apple and black americano

I've mostly kept carrot sticks, grapes and cherry tomatoes as snacks this week (all favourites).

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zero hero snack
And Gavin came up with this marvellous idea, a sea food paella. Made with mussels, king prawns with chilli and garlic and coriander and frozen veg it was a beautiful meal. And for only 8pp for this big bowl it will soon take up residence as one of the house specialities. Yum yum.


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8pp seafood paella, prawns and mussels.

And Gav brought this home. I love garlic, I'm a total garlic fiend and when this is in the fridge I am a very happy lady and I got thinking how much I love weightwatchers and the fact that nothing is out of bounds. 30g of this is 3pp. Now that is 3pp well used in my opinion.

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3pp for 30grams. Love weightwatchers, little bit of what you fancy


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sparkling water.

Oh but my organising was not limited to being at work and home. I went to the cinema and was prepared enough to bring these in my bag. 5propoints to eat should I want it - I didn't, I just drank my juice, but it was great to know I had something completely pointed in my bag should I want it. Speaking of which, you should go and see The Croods, it was hilarious and left me really wanting a sabre-toothed chunky kitty cat.

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Organised 5pp cinema trip junk food.

And just because soon I won't be walking in this area any more I wanted to post a picture, this is my favourite stretch of path on one of my walks.

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walking

Being organised is always my key to success, and with that portion control.
I have pointed everything to pass my lips before I eat it, I have managed to do some sort of exercise every day and my water intake has improved.

Keeping positive is the way to do this and so far, I feel great.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Exercise and me


I have been trying to get myself back into exercise mode for what now feel like years. It's not happening because so far I haven't been able to find anything I can enjoy.
Back when I was actually losing weight on this journey I ran, cycled, played wii like games and had the occasional zumba or burlesque class. I loved it all, looked forward to it all.
None of those things are doing it for me now. When I do force myself to do it I feel pleased about doing it when it's done but that's just it, I don't get the enjoyment of doing any more. I dread doing it, count the seconds until I can stop and yay. Just yay, it is done.

I realise I can't continue like this, and this time I am losing weight forever. I need to adjust my head. And what exercise means to me.
When I hit goal again I will need to continue to exercise, not let it whittle away into a distant memory. I used to be so good at this. In school I love P.E. I played netball for ten year and winning a lot. I played football, basketball, gaelic, tennis, badminton, there was a lot, as well as my beloved swimming. And I remember loving it, loving the competition as well as the sports themselves. Looking back it's like looking at a different person.

I know I need to find something and make it my routine to do, but for me to actually stick to that, I need to enjoy it. I just wish I could work out what it was.
I like running, but mostly just for the feeling of accomplishment I get at the end, and because it's been so long since I last ran properly I obviously can't do it any more, even to a bad standard let alone what I used to be capable of. I am trying to force myself back into this because of the satisfied feeling I get at the end but so far it's difficult.

Then there is cycling. I love cycling, it was something I've only really done as an adult. I had a bike as a kid but didn't ride much after about the age of seven. I love my bike too, it's the same colour as the bike I had as a kid and cycling is just fun.


Sarah and Gav's first biking adventure!
An old picture from when Gav and I went on a cycling adventure.
The excuse I have with cycling is just how dangerous it is, I am not a confident cycler, I much prefer to be with others if I go cycling and when I use it for transport it's been to commute to my last place of work. As both a driver and a cyclist I am petrified of the roads. People are so ridiculously dangerous. Latest examples have been
  1.  watching a cyclist get into a right turn only lane and then decide to drive straight on and then start screaming at the driver whose lane he just cycles into without looking around him.
  2. watching a cyclist trying to turn left onto a main road, the car behind him decided he wasn't going fast enough so overtakes.
But I digress, the fact remains, I hate cycling on the road and there are no cycle lanes in my part of the city. I have a park not too far from my home which is the only place I cycle, but it's a small park and it gets very boring very quickly, especially if you have no company. I know I should cycle more to become more confident but the fact remains I do not want to get scrubbed by either another cyclist or a car.


The gym. I just don't care for them. I don't care for sharing machinery and often doubt the cleanliness of machines, I have my own treadmill and exercise bike anyway and those are the two machines I use most. If I join a gym it would be for the classes, but I then I'm not sure about my cash flow at the minute. So for now, that is out. I don't have a gym handy to me anyway.

I've been doing yoga recently, I used to do this a lot when I was a teenager and recently, it is the only thing I have enjoyed doing. Pure me time in my living room on my mat. Problem is that it isn't cardio.

And then there is walking, probably the only thing I enjoy doing, and I won't stop doing it. But I want to add something else to it. On a weekday I walk at least 4miles for activity points, that's how I am earning them at the minute. I'm not sure about weekends because I haven't measured the routes I take yet. I know I need to mix things up though.

I just honestly have no idea where I am with exercise any more. Other than knowing I need to find something I enjoy and place it firmly into my life.
What do you enjoy? Tweet me @sazzle182

Friday, 19 April 2013

Weighing in & looking into next week.

Goodness, this will be the second post within a week, I didn't think I would be wanting to write again yet here we are.

I had my weigh in this week, and I must say, I was very pleased with the results. I worked very hard and was expecting a loss, I was hoping between a pound and 2lb loss. So the happiness when I stood on the scales and found a 3.5lbs loss was... well great!
That was the first full week in what feels like years that I was entirely in control.

I set myself rules,
  1. I tracked everything before I ate it. Which is made so much easier by a fully functioning weightwatchers app for android.
  2. I set a minimum of three activity propoints a day I had to earn.
  3. I organised walks with friends and family so I had no choice but do them, too often I promise myself I am going to do work and I don't. I enjoyed the company and the exercise.
  4. I need to be strict with myself so I switched my plan that I have to use my activity points before weekly points. This way, if I want to go over daily budget, I know I have to work for them.
And it worked! I took this screen-shot on my phone on Monday night (my week resets at weigh in on a Tuesday morning)

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I am so pleased I managed to not dip into my weekly points, and it was worth it! I have been gaining and losing this last 2lbs for too many weeks. Hopefully I have broke this, and will manage to keep it off.
 So this week I am trying to do the same over again.

Although my activity level isn't as high as it was last week, to date I have still managed to earn 13 activity points (and I haven't dipped into them yet). I'm going to (hopefully) do some yoga later and cycle for a while, but I want to talk about my exercise in a different post. This post is just a recap on my week and looking into the next one.

I've been putting pictures of various dinners up on my instagram account, so if you follow me there you probably have seen these already, but here are some of the dinners I managed to photograph before munching.

I made a roast for dinner. I never ever do this. If I ever take a notion for it I go to my mammys. #wwfooddiary #13pp #weightwatchers
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Roast dinners are normally too bland for me (worst Irish person ever), and any time I take a notion for one I normally head down to my mammy's house. But I took a notion for Turkey and decided to do the rest. This entire plate was just 12propoints, what you cannot see is the spicy gravy that me and Gav make (think regular gravy loaded with Tabasco and crushed chillies). It was delicious, even if I did make the batter for Yorkshire puddings then forget to actually cook them.

Homemade spicy beefburger. 9pp but worth it. #wwfooddiary #weightwatchers
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This is a kind of house speciality and I think one of Gav's preferred dinners, our home made beef burgers, again nothing too bland because I am a great lover of spice, our mix for this includes tobasco, piri piri spice, crushed chilli flakes, along with whatever other spices I have in the cupboard that day. Served with a bran topped wholemeal bap, salad, a tiny amount of cheese and ketchup. Always a winner.


Tonight's dinner. Chicken fakitas #favdinners #8pp #wwfooddiary
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I know I have said this before but I love fajitas, there is just something about them that I adore and it has to be one of my favourite dinners. Veggie or chicken being the absolute best in my eyes. These ones were a flour tortilla, hot salsa, mixed salad, chicken, peppers, onions, scallions, garlic and whole chillies, and of course powdered spice mix. I could very easily eat this everyday but I try not to.

I said in my last post I want to mix up my dinners a bit, but so far I haven't really. I got myself a slow cooker so I am hoping to be able to use that for something good. I have had it nearly two weeks and it still hasn't been used. Hopefully this weekend, if anyone has a nice recipe please feel free to send it my way :-)


Sunday, 14 April 2013

Holy Crap, I blogged a catching up post

I have been back on weightwatchers for a few months now, initially doing well but then hitting a plateau. So things needed shaken up. I can't stand losing and gaining the same 2lbs over and over again.

I am still doing weightwatchers online. And it does work, but I need that little bit more support, so I am doing a weekly check in with one of my besties (Anna) who is also doing it online.  Tuesday past was our first weigh in together and I put on half a pound. I was disgusted with myself, I was expecting a loss despite going out for dinner at Rocky Horror Cabaret and a takeaway. Thinking back over the week it was a bit ridiculous expecting a loss, even with the exercise I did (lots of walking).

Anyhey, here's a few pictures from Rocky horror night, 


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Myself and the awesome Emma (@intheseheels). I look drunk here, I wasn't I had half a glass of prosecco.

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Brilliant and catchy ukulele entertainment

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Riff raff, his hair was nuts and he made us laugh so much


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I'm not drinking alcohol at the minute and they had nothing for any alcohol free cocktails, so I made do with home made lemonade and long waiting water.

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Duck starter, very soft, don't think I would try again though

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Chicken for my main, much nicer than the starter but still not great to be honest.
It was a brilliant night, if you do go to the Supper Club though, don't expect great food or service, do not under any circumstances try the chips but the entertainment was great for the most part. Would love to see it again.

Anyway, just looking at the food above and the takeaway that I didn't even take pictures of, it's a miracle I only put on half a pound.

But it has me firm that I want a proper loss this week, to the point that holy crap, I actually want to blog.

The weightwatchers android app has been updated again and I must say, it is outstanding. A beautiful interface and it actually works, with very few bugs that I have encountered so far and it supports the higher end android devices. I love how I can actually track on it and to be honest, it has been my saviour this week, I find physically writing my food and activity into a diary or the trackers tend to start well but I forget, so far I have done very well with the app. Possibly because it is new, but I hope that this is turning into a good habit.

Which brings me to the last week or so's food porn,

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Caesar Salad and beer, 4 propoints

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Olives, 2 propoints.

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The Zero heroes Fruit & Veg bowl and my beautiful new table cloth!

Dinner. Homemade spicy chicken and veg. And mexican rice. Yum yum. #food #weightwatchers #wwfooddiary #10pp
Spicy Chicken and Rice, 10 propoints.

This mornings breakfast #favfoodever #nofilter #wwfooddiary #zeroheroes
The most delicious fruit salad for breakfast, 0propoints, pity I had no Greek yoghurt on hand that day.

Cross between scones and rock cakes. Taste yum with jam :-) #sazzsbakery #sazzstearoom #baking #yum
I baked these wee scones, they were somewhere between a scone and rockcake, 4 propoints each with butter and jam.

Tonights fun :-) #hairybikers #goh
Hairy bikers!
We went and seen the Hairy Bikers last Sunday, an awesome evening out, they were hilarious and made the most amazing smelling food, what I also loved that the recipes were in the programme, which I obviously had to buy and make an attempt at.


Hairy bikers curry. #wwfooddiary #6pp yum yum yum.
half of this entire pan for only 6propoints!
That curry was such good value for points, I do love spicy foods, this will be a staple in my diet now. I regret not buying their curry cook book at the gig. I have been quite bored of our diet at the minute. I like on fajitas it seems. So I've been asking twitter for inspiration, what is your favourite lunch and dinner? I'd love to know.


Sunday, 20 January 2013

The Weightwatchers Android App, part 2

The Weightwatchers app for android came out in September, I did a quick review of it then, you can find it here. Since then there has been one update.

It is truly awful. I have three android devices. Only two of which I use every day, my tablet runing android 2.4 (I think) and my phone, running 4.04.

The app is still not available on my tablet (which is budget range and thinks that it is a phone, not  tablet).

Despite many, many bugs, all of which have had reports sent off and an email to the developer, a third update has never occurred, making the app, really, a total waste of memory on my phone.
Now it does not even open. I just get the error message "weightwatchers has stopped," which is extremely frustrating when you think about how much you subscribe for and how it just does not work.

What I have noticed recently on the google play store is that:

The Weight Watchers Android app is officially supported on smartphones running the following version of the Android operating system: 2.2 (Froyo), 2.3 (Gingerbread), 3.0 (Honeycomb)
The app does not officially support operating system 4.0
So that's awesome, I spend years with a basic android handset which can't get the calculator. Then I manage to upgrade my phone and I can't get the new app because my phone is too new? Really weight watchers? You are losing marks here.

I have uninstalled and reinstalled as advised but that hasn't made any difference to the apps performance. Regardless if it is saved to either the phone or the SD card, it still does not work. I sometimes am lucky enough to be able to log in, but I have not been able to track or use the app for anything at all since that first fortnight.

Last time I was able to give a few screen shots of the app in action, but I can not even get that far sadly. So, if possible it has gotten worse.
Last time it got a 2 out of 5, this time, I would give it a zero.

If you are looking to join weightwatchers online due to the fact that it has an android app available, don't. You will only get angry at yourself for wasting your money. If however you will have access to the main website, by all means go for it. It is a brilliant site, with brilliant and helpful features.

(Hate that I have to say this, but not a sponsored post.)

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Inspiration

Inspiration. This is something I have really been lacking in this last long while. I am good for a few weeks, but then I let something slip and then it all slips. It wasn't always like this with me, I used to be so good at it. Learning from mistakes and moving on.
I obviously never actually learned from my mistakes though as I have the bulk of my weight loss all back on again.

And it actually came as a bit of a surprise because I stopped weighing myself and never really realised how big I was getting, until, on a whim I decided to step back on the scales again. And the number frightened me, I did so well before!How did I let this happen again?

Well I know that answer, I let bad habits creep back in. I forgot about weight watchers and I just comfort ate, and I stopped exercising all together. Basically I reverted back to old me.

But for the last few weeks I have been getting back into the swing of things, trying to track and increase my activity, and so far it has worked. yesterday I hit my first new mini goal. Half a stone! Yay, (actually 8.5lbs). Which was amazing considering last week involved me having a domino's pizza, going out for an indian and consuming a bottle of wine.

I have a few blog posts drafted and some scheduled so for now I'm back to blogging. But we know that might not stick for long.

I have been looking for inspiration, failing to find it in the magazine (a post on that later) and the sites for the most part. Then I started to read back at my own story, look at my own photos and feel great. I did do this before, it wasn't that difficult, and if I did it once, I can do it again.

As always, here is some pictures. (taken with the flickr app, seriously shocked at how little people use flickr. )


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I just ate that, christ knows how many points. I am guessing about 25? Taking it from my weekly points.



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Adore these, three points each, well worth it.


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There is only 8 propoints in a 750ml bottle of Shloer. Yum yum and (according to the weightwatchers.co.uk website) 4 bottles of becks blue is only 2 propoints! 2 propoints and no hangover! Win!