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It seems this week I have just been really lazy. So lazy I can’t even be bothered to write a whole title. Weight Watchers Week 6 – I Can’t Be Arsed. (That was too exhausting, I need a nap & a bit of cake to get my energy back.)

But in all honesty, that fancy new book I was covering in stickers last week, I’ve basically ignored it all week. Yeah, where did all the enthusiasm go? If you find it can you send it back to me, or even just a little bit?

But there is some good news, I did actually manage to loose some weight this week. Again, I’ve not the foggiest, I’ve eaten like a kid, and there certainly wouldn’t have been gold star stickers for leaving the kids tea alone. Here’s the downside, I’ll now spend a good few days beating myself up about how I could have done better, and playing the “what if” game. Which is just plain daft, but I can’t really stop myself doing it, and I pretty much guarantee I’ll keep myself awake at least one night next week plotting how I should have done better this week, and what I should have done in each hour of the day.

What I should be doing is thinking how good I’ve done, that even though I’ve basically failed to follow Weight Watchers (again) I’ve somehow managed to loose some weight. That’s a good thing. Not something I should keep myself awake at night with.

Ah well, I’ve told you about it now, so instead I can keep myself away worrying if I’ve over shared instead.

Weight loss so far is 2.3% and that’s good.

Weight Watchers Week 5 – STICKERS!

Weight Watchers 12 Week Journal

I lost weight! Hurrah for me!

At the end of last week I bought a 12 week journal from my Weight Watchers class. (I had to stay to the class, I’d not lost weight, thems the rules according to @WillRun4cake!)

So this week I wrote down EVERYTHING I ate in the Weight Watchers Journal.

It’s a diary for your food, and has places to put your measurements, plan your weekly meals, and what  exercise you’re going to do each week, all times 12, so this book should last me right up to Xmas Eve (yeah, I’m freaking out about that too.)

So this week I’ve carted the book around with me everywhere, and wrote everything in it, and because I’m a dork, I’ve also awarded myself stickers when I’ve made great choices, and then also made up tenuous reasons for having one when I’ve not made such great choices!


I also used up some Moo credits and made myself some stickers for the end of each week. I have mentioned I love the “Gold Star Effect” right, so what’s better than lots of stickers with stars on? IMG_4753.JPGWhen the total weight loss so far is added up, I’m only a little bit down from where I started, but I am feeling a little more motivated. (ALL THE STICKERS!) Onwards to week 6!

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.

A little less miserable about Weight Watchers


I completed my first week (back) at Weight Watchers.

It was alright , they tricked me, and I liked it.

Previously I’ve joined and you have to buy the calculator & the scales, so you know how many points the food you’re putting in your face is worth, and the special book that tells you how many points that’s in a pizza from the chain takeaway, so you can’t have it and then cry and order anyway (or is that just me?)

This time, for the first week I wasn’t allowed to point. The leader wouldn’t let me take the little green “tracker” booklet, and aside from the membership fee, I wasn’t told to buy anything. Don’t get me wrong, the ladies at the stall didn’t slap products out my hand, and actively discourage me from spending money, but they didn’t push products into my hands, as I’ve previously been used to. I was given a list of foods, this was what I could choose from to eat. If it wasn’t on the list, it wasn’t allowed in my gob.

Well, actually I was given 2 lists. One list I could eat as much as I fancied from, and the other I could have 2 things off every day. Like a treat list.

I didn’t stick to it. On Tuesday I had cake with the kids, and on Wednesday night I had 2 pints of beer, that’s a whole extra pint than I was allowed. (Beer is a treat, you could have 2 half pints a day if you wanted to) And more beer at the weekend.

So it was actually quite a nice week. With out the miserable looking a 3 grammes of something nice to eat and crying because it’s more points than you’ll ever be allowed in a week.

I am honestly amazed that I lost weight, I’m down 2% of my starting weight. I don’t know how. Witchcraft possibly. Roll on next week.


#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!