Monday, 27 September 2010
Twas awesome news at the scales on Wednesday, a totally unexpected loss of 3 whole lbs. I have no idea how that happened but I am certainly not complaining at all. It just means that I probably won't have a loss this week as that tends to be how my body goes after a massive random loss.
I hope you all had great weekends. Mine was spent with my Mr B just pottering around and doing bits around the house such as building the TV stand that finally got delivered, so I think the front room is just about sorted thank goodness! We than had Indian to celebrate. My god it was yummy! Although once again the portions beat us and we left some of the gorgeousness that was our curries.
The curry was slightly cancelled out by my session at the gym on Sunday afternoon, I had to get out of the house to escape the chuntering and swearing that was going off with Mr B insisting that he needed no help with the TV stand. So this (touch wood!) has kick started my aim to get to the gym three times before next Sunday. I have yesterday's session under my belt, as well as an hours swim today so I'm hoping to get back in on either Wednesday or Friday, or maybe even both!
I am currently enjoying a couple of days holiday from work, and as you can imagine I have so much stuff planned and to do that I think I'll be glad to get back to work for a break! Off to Leeds for the day with Mummykins tomorrow and I'm dead excited about it!
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Not much to tell so far really. We had a lovely weekend catching up with friends, and nice to be at work for a rest! The friends we met up with on Sunday night are over from the USA and we haven't seen each other for just short of two years. It was really emotional and so so lovely to see them. They didn't recognise me! I mean I know I've changed but I didn't think it was that much!
I'm planning on going to the gym three times this week to try and kick start myself into reaching another stone off by the end of the year. I did my normal work out last night, a swim tonight, then another session hopefully tomorrow. I even ran for the first time EVER last night on the treadmill! I never thought I'd build up the courage to run in the gym but I did, and I grinned like a loon the entire time! It was brill! I did one minute of walking then one of running and it felt awesome!
I finally managed to find some time and plan our evening meals for this week too. Last night was "creamy red Thai curry" (WW recipe) and tonight is "Pork steaks with cumin roasted carrots" (also a WW recipe). I recommend the red Thai curry to anyone, we thought it was delicious! Our other meal options for this week include stir fry of some variety and vegetable risotto. YUM!
Right boys and girls, I'm off to finish my lunch!
Friday, 17 September 2010
Today marks the anniversary of "the picture" being taken. I hate this picture, it's what made me decide to start WW, even though it took me until Christmas to pluck up the courage and stop kidding myself. I promise I will share it with you, but I want to do it around my one year mark just so I can take a nice pic of me now.
I finally got to the gym today! I really enjoyed it and once again didn't realise how much I actually miss it when I don't go. I've tried to add a few more reps in here and there just so my body doesn't get too used to it. I'm still building up the courage to actually run on the treadmill though, as an extremely accident prone clumsy person it's probably safer all round if I don't attempt it in the gym! I did however manage to master the new "ski" machine today, it's like a cross trainer only it goes side to side instead of forwards. I hope I got the name of it right! Any way, my bum and thighs are now a little bit achy so it must be using different muscles which is a good bonus.
It is the last day of what Mr B and I have affectionately termed "Stupid Shift Week". Yet another 3pm-11pm shift, which dare I say, has so far not been too bad! I've survived all week (thanks for asking Linz :) ) and now have that Friday feeling with 2 hours left to go until I can run screaming to my car bellowing FREEDOM!!!! Although it will probably be more of a waddle tonight. I had the same again for tea as last night and enjoyed it just as much, and again am far too full! I managed to ignore my belly screaming "ALEXA STOP!!!! I MIGHT BURST!!!!". Oh well, I'm sure a few more laps around the out side of the building will sort me out.
When I used to work stupid shifts all the time I once counted that a lap around the out side of the building is 250 steps so I used to keep going round and round and round. Saying that I still do now! I bet you now all think I'm rather sad hahahaha.
Just before I scamper off for tonight, I just want to tell you about my hip bones. I have found out that mine exist and I had them the whole time! They were just hiding from me! Even Mr B discovered them the other night. We were all snug in bed having a spoony hug and he went:
"Lex what's that?! There's a strange lump that feels really hard!"
It turns out he'd got his hand on my hip bone! Bless him. Hope you all have a lovely weekend
Thursday, 16 September 2010
I couldn't go on about it too much last night as Kheira had a STS this week and I didn't want to rub it in as she is even more emotional than me (and I take some beating!). So I am a very proud girl today as I never thought when I started that I would manage to carry on this far and still want to keep on going and eventually become a leader.
I'm on a different stupid shift today, 3pm - 11pm, where I'm from its called "afters" but round Wakfefield its called "lates". Either way, it's extremely stupid and I don't like it!!!! It totally throws me off for the beginning of the day as I have no idea what to do with myself and then I end up sort of clock watching or waiting around until its time to leave for work. Grrrrrrrr!
I had to start the day with an impromptu visit to the parents as a cheque I have been waiting for had arrived, this then led to a nice lunch with Mum and Kheira at a local garden centre. We all had scrummy cheese and onion quiche which was served with salad which is always a bonus in my book!
That's another thing with this shift, it throws meal times slightly out too. Not as much as nights I admit, but enough for you to be sat with not much happening and the temptation of the vending calling you from down the corridor! Tonight's tea is a vegetable bake from a WW cookbook with jacket potato. It smelled lovely whilst it was cooking so I hope it tastes nice too as I'm also having it tomorrow night whilst on this stupid shift again!
I know Linz had some problems getting home the other night, as did I but many miles away from Reading!! As I mentioned, Barnsley were at home to Leeds on Tuesday evening and I thought the traffic might be bad but I certainly wasn't expecting the nightmare I encountered! It took an hour to do a 10 minute journey!!! Stupid local Derby's! The next bad one will be against Sheffield United so I think we might have either be in for the night or far away long before kick off!
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
Now I forgot to take a pic but I'm sure we all know what a bowl of porridge oats looks like, then imagine an apple chopped into small chunks and a couple of blueberries added for good measure and there you have it! I pointed it up on the recipe builder on the WW site and for 50g oats, 200 ml skimmed milk, an apple, about 20 g blueberries and some cinnamon it comes to 4.5 points. I'm very chuffed with my little self!
In fact I'm trying my hardest to try and eat better and make different food choices to normal this week, starting with the breakfast. I'm very aware that I haven't been able to get to the gym so far this week and I hope that I'll be able to get there Thursday and Friday. So with this in mind I've been trying to "fuel" my body better rather than just picking up a bag of WW crisps. It's going ok I think, but I'm feeling extremely tired which is making it harder to reach for the fruit and not for the other little treats even though they are WW friendly items.
My plan for the rest of the afternoon is to sit and plan a couple of days worth of evening meals from my cookbooks that are stashed in my bag. I noticed that I can make a big point saving on a few of the recipes I've looked at just by using less oil, or missing out cheese if its just for a garnish and I don't think it needs it.
I've left Mr b strict instructions on how to cook tonight's tea as I'll not be home until well after 7 and Barnsley are at home playing Leeds so I think I may have to fight to get into our car park! We're having a curry made with one of the WW tikka sauce jars, chicken and lots of veg. I'll let you know how Mr B gets on as his cooking repertoire only usually extends to mince based products and sandwiches!
I'm off to plan some menus and eat my bagel and have a well deserved (and needed!) coffee
Monday, 13 September 2010
Turkey stir fry made on the camping stove was made even more excellent by watching a family put their tent up whilst arguing about who forgot to bring what.
Well I'm sorry but the weekend was pretty much taken up by camping and walking, so not very exciting. I've a feeling that it's going to be a long week at work, I am working 12 hours today and tomorrow, my normal shift on Wednesday and lates on Thursday and Friday (3pm-11pm). The only bonus about the late shifts is that I can actually go to the gym before work on both days, and hopefully partake in an exercise class.
Friday, 10 September 2010
The weight watchers meeting on Wednesday night was great. Kheira was welcomed with opened arms as I knew she would be, and since she weighed in at Boots last week she's lost around 6 lbs! Obviously there's be a difference in scale calibration and other stuff but I think that it's shown her what she can do and given her the push to carry on with her weight loss journey. Here she is in all her glory ready to go get weighed!
I have had another good week and managed to lose another pound. Dead happy with that as I didn't feel as in control this week as I would have liked to have been. I'm now at 14 st 7 lb, which is 1 lb away from losing 4 stone.
The Boston Barbecue Beef and Beef Hotpot from the old WW book was gorgeous. It really didn't take long to make and was really filling, plus because it tasted like BBQ sauce and has pasta in it felt like a naughty tea even though it was only 6 points. If any one would like the recipe, let me know and I'll post it on here.
I wanted to write this post yesterday, but I was just sitting down to do so when I was called upon to be "Super Lex -First Aider Extraordinaire". A lady from the control room upstairs was feeling all the classic signs of a heart attack, so I had to call an Ambulance to get her to the hospital. It then appeared that I was the only female staff member available to go with her too! So I had my first ever ride in an ambulance and got to spend the day waiting around at the A&E in Wakefield. It was also our "lucky" *ahem* day as we got to hear this bloke describing how a drain he's got sewn in keeps coming out and leaking everywhere! It's just what you need when the nurses have been lovely enough to find us both a drink and a sandwich. In the end they've kept her in over night and they don't think it was a heart attack! Phew!
Mr B and I are off for our camping trip this afternoon. I'm really looking forward to it but CONVINCED that there's something I've forgotten! I have pretty much got everything except the kitchen sink (although I was tempted...) but there's bound to be something! I hope you'll all wish me luck being in a confined space with Mr B full of cold and we've not had chance to practice putting the tent up!
Keep your eye's peeled on the news for "Annoyed girlfriend pushes mardy/sniffly/snot filled other half over cliff top at Scarborough"
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
The one thing that I am finding now is I struggle with portion control when eating out or having takeaway. I've near enough mastered it when cooking at home, but restaurants etc are still a mine field. We ordered chinese for tea when we got there Friday night and Italian on Saturday. Both options were well within my points, however I still find it hard to put the fork down when I'm full. There's still one little part of me that thinks:
Friday, 3 September 2010
Pork and Vegetable Casserole
POINTS Value: 3.5
Cooking Time: 70 min
5 spray low-fat cooking spray
450 g boneless shoulder of pork joint, cut into chunks
1 large onion(s), chopped
2 clove garlic, crushed
1 medium apple(s), peeled, cored and cut into chunks
2 medium carrot(s), sliced
200 g swede, chopped
420 g Sainsbury's Mixed Beans in a Mild Chilli Sauce, (use any brand)
1 portion stock cube, vegetable, make up to 400ml with hot water
400 g canned tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoon tomato puree
1/2 teaspoon ginger, ground
2 teaspoon thyme, or mixed herbs
1 pinch salt, and black pepper, freshly ground
Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5/190°C/fan oven 170°C.
Spray a large flameproof casserole with low fat cooking spray. Add the pork, a handful at a time, and cook over a high heat for 3-4 minutes until seared and browned.
Add the onion, garlic, apple, carrot and swede and cook for another 3-4 minutes, stirring.
Add all the remaining ingredients, stirring well to mix thoroughly. Bring up to the boil, then put the lid on and transfer the casserole to the oven. Bake for 1 hour.
Check the seasoning, adding salt and pepper if needed. Serve with extra vegetables or mashed potatoes, remembering to add the extra POINTS
Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
I'm still trying to find five minutes where I can take my measurements for this month, I've only been doing it since the beginning of June and have so far lost an inch round my waist each month. I don't think its something that will (or should) happen every month but it would be nice to see a small change.
Seen as it was pay day the other day, I have treat myself to a few new books that are either WW or weight loss related. I've had them sent to work to to make it look like I'm important and get interesting post! (I'm very sad I know!!!). The first of these arrived today and I'm trying so hard to resist starting to read it straight away as I already have a book on the go. I have been following Shauna Reid's blog "The Amazing Adventures Of Diet Girl" for a while now, and have finally managed to track down her book on the awesome Amazon. Her blog is brill and she is an extremely inspiring lady. Here is her blog http://www.dietgirl.org/ and this is her book to look out for:
Hope every one has a lovely weekend
Thursday, 2 September 2010
I would like to know why it was uttered in what I perceive to still be (sort of) summertime!!! I swear I heard gasps of shock from the ladies on the back row.
Any way, the whole point to this is mini goals. Some of the ladies have decided that they want to have a mini goal for *that* time. Some of the suggestions have been to be at goal, still maintaining, and some even to try and lose two stone!
My personal little goal is to be at 5 stone gone by the 1 year anniversary of me joining WW which is the 28th of December. At weigh in last night I'd lost 1.5 lbs this week which is 2lb away from 4 stone lost, and 1 stone 0.5 lb lost since switching to monthly pass membership. I think that any more than the 5 stone off would be a massive bonus but I think if I pushed my body too hard it would just put up a massive fight!
Whilst in the gym last night I noticed that the class timetable has been updated again, and it now includes two "Zumba" classes. I have noticed that this craze is spreading like wild fire and I even saw it featured on the WW site the other day! I know I have been on about going to a class for a while but I think has given me the push as I really want to try it out. Has anyone been, or know some one that has??
I must dash as Mr B's parents are coming for tea tonight and I have to go home and be a domestic goddess and hostess with the mostest...