Thursday, 30 April 2015

100 Day Challenge Day 21: Not the Healthiest Dinner Going but Definitely Enjoyed



Don’t you find that there are some nights that you just can’t be bothered? I’ve found a lot of that since doing the 100 Day Challenge, or maybe I’m just being made more aware of my decisions.

Wednesday nights are always hectic for us. Yesterday was more hectic than normal. We had a trip to the health centre with our daughter for some routine 30 month old tests. They took a lot longer than expected so by 4pm we were on our way back home trying to sort out the boxes I would need to take with me to work. Then all in the car by 5:30pm to get to work.

I didn’t even realize until getting there that I’d hardly eaten all day. We did go out for lunch, but I made a very healthy choice of soup. Usually I would go for a jacket potato and salad but it was so cold out that I wanted the soup to warm me up! We also shared a dessert between me and my husband to have a treat but be good with it.

After class, everything went out of the window. My husband is coming down with something (probably man flu) because he couldn’t stop shivering and he just didn’t feel up for cooking. I couldn’t be bothered after the long day that we’d had, so we went to KFC. It wasn’t the healthiest of dinner choices, but I enjoyed it all. It’s not often we have it and I do love the chicken.

The good news is that I pointed every little bit of it. So, at least I know the damage. I definitely went into my weeklies, but not as bad as I thought I would. In the end, I have 19 weekly pro points left! How good is that?

There are two days left, and I’m not pre-empting anything. Today is likely my last day of cover for classes, so I’ll be back to normal from next Thursday. Hopefully that will get me back on track a little better.

I did hear some sad news last night, though. Jean Nidetch, who founded Weight Watchers, died yesterday at the age of 91. She was such an inspiration and I’m so grateful for her starting up the company. It all started with six of them in her living room talking about their weight loss, food sins and triumphs and became what it is today. Because of that, I’ve lost 53lbs (and I’m making sure this time it is forever) and got a job that I absolutely adore. RIP Jean.

It’s a somber note to end the 100 Day Challenge post on, but one that I wanted to get out there. I know some people won’t have a clue about who she is, but her actions in 1961 really did make a difference and I’m proud to be part of the Weight Watchers family.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

100 Day Challenge Day 20: Back to My Daily Pro Point Allowance



Yesterday wasn’t a normal day for me on the 100 Day Challenge. It seems like none of them have recently, but yesterday was very different. My husband didn’t get home until after 11pm because he was seeing a friend from a former workplace. That meant I had to fend for myself when it came to dinner.

It wasn’t that hard, really, and it meant I could make good choices for my pro points allowance. Usually if I know my husband is going to be out, I’d order a takeaway but I ended up making cheese on toast. That’s enough for me and I really enjoyed it. Warburton Thins are my favorite right now and are great for low pro pointed bread choices. The only issue I have is my daughter loves them too and goes through them like crazy!

The decision did lead to me sticking to all my daily pro points allowance. I love when I have such a good day like that. 

I didn’t get any activity points. I wanted to walk to my daughter’s nursery but the snow has come back! Yes it’s almost May and the snow was here again! I couldn’t make her walk home in that, so I chose to drive.

I did then have plans this morning to get to the gym until my husband said that he was going into work last minute. They’ve had a girl off sick for the last three to four weeks and as her manager he needs to do a back to work session, so that meant going into work on his day off. This afternoon will be a write-off because my daughter has an appointment at the Health Centre for her 30 month check up (which she is three or four months late for).

So, I’ve just got to do as much moving around as I can in the house. I have a few tricks for that, including getting the housework done and getting up in between writing stints. Wednesday is my day off from writing, and we do have playgroup in an hour and half so that will help get some movement in.

How is your 100 Day Challenge going? Have you stuck with it? We’re a fifth of the way through now! Wow!

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

100 Day Challenge Day 19: Getting Rid of the Chocolate Dessert



That chocolate dessert that I included in yesterday’s 100 Day Challenge post was calling out to me. And I’m really sorry that I forgot to take a photo of it before it was finished off...

No, it wasn’t finished off by me. My husband got home and wanted some, but felt guilty that I wasn’t going to eat it. In the end, I told him that it needed to go so he looked at me with big eyes asking to finish it off. There was almost half a dessert left and he ate the whole lot! 

But it’s gone!
 
It won’t call out to me now. The next time I make that, I’ll do it when there are more people in so they can finish it off for me.

In the end, I went a little over my daily pro points allowance. I had to have two of my weekly pro points allowance because of the decision to have the roast dinner we were supposed to have Sunday (the pork didn’t defrost in time). It was worth it, though, and I’m happy that I’ve got 31 weekly pro points left for the rest of the week.

This week, I’m trying to be a lot stricter with myself. I need to start getting this weight off because I’m fed up of not being at my goal. I’m 5lbs over at the moment. It may not seem like a lot, but for me it’s important to lose it. It’s all about feeling good in ourselves.

There was a post on a Weight Watchers Facebook group I’m on. It’s all supposed to be about support, but one of the more larger ladies was ranting that there were people who were 10 stone complaining about struggling. There were a few things that I wanted to say, but I decided to hold my tongue. Others had said it for me. I’ll say it here instead.

1.       Just because someone is 10 stone doesn’t mean they’re not overweight. It’s relative to height. Someone who is 10 stone may be only 5 feet tall, so will be overweight, just like someone who is 6 feet tall is overweight at 15 stone.

2.       It’s about feeling good. Someone who is 10 stone may not fit in the clothes they did last year. They want to get back into those and need the support just as much as everyone else.

Weight loss is hard enough as it is. It’s not about these quick fix diets or just simply changing what you eat. It’s about increasing activity and getting support from others. I’ve been really lucky in having a husband who is exceptionally supportive and helped me lose the 53lbs I needed to get to goal. I know a lot of people who don’t have that.

That’s what Weight Watchers is for. The support in the class is amazing—I found it as a member and I see it as a leader. There are people who stick with it just because they have found others in a meeting to keep them accountable and help them along their way.

So, as part of my 100 Day Challenge post, I want to encourage everyone to be supportive of others on a weight loss journey. Whether you have 10lbs to lose or 100lbs to lose, support is important.

Monday, 27 April 2015

100 Day Challenge Days 17 and 18: A Trial at a High-Pro Pointed Dessert



This weekend I didn’t something on the 100 Day Challenge that I’ve been trying to do for a while. I made a dessert. I knew that it would be very high in pro-points, which is why I decided the weekend would be the best time to do it. In the end, the dessert is 16 pro points per slice! Wow! But for me it has been totally worth it.

The weekend as a whole has been good tracking wise, but I can’t say the same activity wise. I said in my last 100 Day Challenge update that I was going to go to the gym yesterday. That didn’t happen. I woke up in pain every time I breathed. Something in my back had gone and I could barely walk let alone do anything else. It’s eased off today, but I was really disappointed when I realized that I was going to spend most of yesterday in bed. It was a good job I’d bought everything I needed for the dessert already, otherwise I wouldn’t have been making it.

My dessert was a strawberry, chocolate and Oreo dessert. I’ll share the recipe below and will take a photo of it later on when I’m sure my husband will have another piece of it. I’ll be putting it off since my weekend is over.

In the end, I’m now a good amount into my weekly pro point allowance as expected for a Monday morning. I finished yesterday on 42 pro points and Saturday on 26. The rest of my weeklies can be used up over the course of the week as they usually are.

Strawberry, Chocolate and Oreo Tart

32 Oreo Cookies
½ cup butter, melted
200g milk chocolate
100g dark chocolate
200ml double cream
300g strawberries

Method:

1. Blend the Oreo cookies so they are fine crumbs. Add the melted butter and mix together. Line a tart tray with the Oreo mix and place in the fridge.

2. Place the cream into a pan and heat. Don’t allow to boil and avoid simmering.

3. In a bowl, break up the chocolate and pour the heated cream over the top. Leave for a minute and then stir. The chocolate will melt into the cream.

4. Pour over the top of the Oreo base and then top with the strawberries.

5. Place in the fridge for at least two hours, preferably overnight.

It makes enough for eight slices, but you can cut it up however you like. You can also sprinkle with almonds if you want to add a little extra.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

100 Day Challenge Day 16: Life Loves to Throw Curveballs and Difficult Situations



Friday started off as a great day on the 100 Day Challenge. It was all planned out and was going as expected.

Then my husband got home!

It’s not that he’s a saboteur when it comes to weight loss. In fact, he’s been one of my biggest supporters but there are times that he doesn’t think before he gets something. Last night it was a packet of crisps (a big one) and a portion of chip shop chips.

I’m not really sure which one was worse.

Both of them meant that I blew my dailies, weeklies and activity pro points allowances. Completely blew them and ended up in minus figures.

But I still stepped onto the scales this morning. I was happy to find that I’d lost half a pound. I’ll definitely take that after last week. I’m guessing the good from the week before caught up to me and helped to balance it out.

This week I promise to be good. Very good.

It’s a new start for my weekly pro points and I will be getting to the gym tomorrow. That’s a top priority for me this week.

After I weighed myself, I had a Weight Watchers class to cover. It was different to normal, but turned out to be a really good and very busy class. Next week should be my last week of cover. I’m saying this every week at the moment, but it should be. While I love my job, I will be looking forward to getting back into my old routine. It will mean very little work to do on a Saturday.

How was your Friday on the 100 Day Challenge? I hope it was better than mine! One thing I can say is that at least I tracked and I know the damage.