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Week 3 & 4 at Weight Watchers – The Magic has worn off


I’m 3 weeks back into Weight Watchers. The first week was like magic, I’m not certain how I lost weight. The next two weeks… well the magic has worn off, plus I’m feeling terribly miserable.

Le sigh. So week 3 & 4 contained enough junk and comfort eating and “oh sod it” eating, “it’s in the cupboard” eating, “I like food” eating, “there’s only one left” eating, “I NEED CARBS” eating, “I’ll stop at one” eating, “Someone else is eating” eating, “I’m stood in the kitchen” eating, “the kids are driving me crazy” eating, “I’m all by myself” eating and also “no one is looking so it doesn’t count” eating that I’m almost back to no weight loss at all.

The plan for week 4 is to just track all the food I eat. Write everything down & the time too. The Group Leader chatted with me about triggers, and habits, and the target for this week isn’t magic weight loss, it’s just paying attention to what I put in my mouth.

#Juneathon Day 30: VICTORY! (And onwards!)


It seemed almost the second I got my running kit on, it started to rain.
Nothing new for Juneathon then eh?

A cold, wet & windy 30 min later, Juneathon 100% complete!

I’m proud. It’s only taken 3 attempts to achieve it, and I did it mostly in secret!


Juneathon was one of the three June goals. The other 2, well, that’s 50/50.

Drop 2% body fat
I weighed myself this morning & took all my measurements. No change. None.
I have actually have only lost 1lb in weight since the 1st January.
I’m slightly mixed in my emotions about this. I know I’ve eaten an awful lot of crummy food this month, a few cheeky beers and a good amount of sweets.

The annoying thing is that I didn’t take any measurements at the start of the year, so while I know I’ve lost a few inches, I’ve no idea how many, and I want the numbers to prove it dammit!

No Starbucks
I spent £1.65 in Starbucks this month, on fruit bread one Sunday morning, because nothing else is open in Preston.
My coffee shop cold turkey wasn’t 100% true, I had a few Neros & a fair amount off breakfasts from a local indie shop (they curdle soy milk, so no coffee from them) but nothing near the shocking amount I previously spent.

So onwards!


Home Cooked Meals
I did well cutting out the massively mediocre coffee and I’m going to attempt to change my terrible habit of buying breakfast or lunch, and start planning ahead & making my meals.
Also, I’ve recently fallen into the habit of buying junk oven meals, or pizza. I need to stop being lazy & start making Food.

30 Day Shred
One day off after Juneathon & I’m going to do 30 Day Shred. I’ve taken measurements, if I manage it, it should shift a few.

#VegBoxChallenge – The First Box!


Haha! I did it! I cooked weird veg & ate it all & didn’t waste anything! Whoohoo!

veg box challenge

 Well mostly true.

Ok so perhaps that isn’t a huge feat of skill for a lot of people, but for me it was an achievement. I was a little apprehensive at the start of getting the veg box, because I have had them before & mostly wasted them, or taken too long to get to the actual cooking, and they have just started to rot in the box.



So what did I get…

#VegBoxChallenge I have some carrots, a cabbage, some potatoes, a pepper, some courgettes, an aubergine, also some vine tomatoes (not in the picture)

I thought I had some carrots, some courgettes  a red pepper, an aubergine  some vine tomatoes, some very knobbly potatoes and a cabbage.

Turned out, I had Jerusalem Artichokes NOT knobbly potatoes, and a celeriac NOT a cabbage. (Thanks Fi, for pointing that out) I guess veg identification is not big on my list of skills.

(It’s especially stupid when I worked out that on the side of the box is a sticker telling you what’s been taken out, because you asked them to, and what they put in instead)

 What did I cook (& eat)…

#vegboxchallenge -aubergine & olive nomeatballs.  Not sure about these, the mix was really wet. I had to put a lot of breadcrumbs in.  #abelandcole

Aubergiene “noMeatBalls”

Jerusalem Artichoke & Almond Rosti to go with my soup for lunch #vegboxchallenge #abelandcole

Jerusalem Artichoke & Almond Rosti

Really thick Carrot & Celeriac soup to go with my Rosti #vegboxchallenge

Really thick Carrot & Celeriac soup

Roasting my courgettes & red pepper (+ a sneaky sweet potato) #vegboxchallenge

Roasted courgettes & red pepper (with a sneaky non veg box sweet potato)

Salsa made with my vine tomatoes (was supposed to go with my nomeatballs but I've thrown them out & will eat it with my roast veg & some ciabatta) #vegboxchallenge all cooked up. Some good lunches for the rest of the week!

Salsa made with my vine tomatoes, plus some sweetcorn & a red onion


So the “noMeatballs” were from an Abel & Cole recipe & were a disaster, I think I put too many olives in with them, and so the ‘dough’ was really wet & sticky. I even baked them after frying them & they were still all wet & gloopy inside. Not a nice texture to eat. I left them a day in the fridge,  thinking possibly they would set, they didn’t and were the only thing I didn’t eat out the box.

The Rosti were great, I made them to go with the soup, and they were easily my favorite thing out of all my lunches. Grated Jerusalem Artichoke + some smashed up almonds + a little flour / fried in a little olive oil = AWESOME FOOD ! (I’m a little sad I didn’t get any this week)

Soup was made from the carrots & the “not really a cabbage” Celeriac. Never eaten a celeriac before, it was ok, think it might have been boring if it wasn’t with the carrots.

The soup & the rosti made an awsome 2 lunches, and had about 7 ingredients in total. While I was eating my lunch there was a packet of biscuits on the table next to me, 14 ingredients, not all of them were “real.” I suspect that quite a few of them were in the biscuits to keep them on the shelf longer. What ever they were, it made me feel smug & awesome whilst eating my lunch.

The roast veg & salsa were eaten together over 2 meals, nothing amazing about them, just tasty. Courgettes are alright, I suspect they may be better if you cook them less boringly. Kirschplunder turned hers into antipasta with cream cheese & it looks great!

What did I get this week?

#VegBoxChallenge week 2

I’ve went for a Fruit & Veg box this week.

White Onions, Spuds, Vine tomatoes, BEETROOT!!, and courgettes, pears, bananas and oranges.

Very excited for real beetroot, as this is one of the only veg my husband says he will tolerate. Plus, for some reason, the idea of cooking & roasting my own beetroot makes me smile!