Thursday, March 23, 2017

Creamy Smoked Salmon Pasta




Pasta is one of those easy, go to dinners you can throw together after a long day - and this a particularly quick and easy meal. You only need one pot for this which means clean up is a breeze as well which is always welcome mid week.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Weekly Meal Plan & Weigh In


Last weeks weigh in was not great, but I knew it wasn't going to be. The previous weekend we had a brunch out planned with my family to celebrate my Dad's birthday. As we were going on the Sunday and it was brunch I didn't think it would be that bad - and so I used up some weeklies on the Friday & Saturday (probably more than I should have). Of course I should have known what my family are like and we ended up drinking copious amounts and staying out drinking until nearly 10pm. Then of course, I had to stop for a drunken McDonalds on the way home. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Chipotle Turkey Stuffed Peppers




I'm a big fan on Mexican food; nachos, burritos, tacos etc. They can be so calorific though so I'm always looking for ways to have the flavour of Mexican food, without all the SmartPoints. These stuffed peppers do exactly that. I'd been thinking about what I could use to stuff peppers for a while and just started having a play around with some flavours before I decided on this one. Chipotle paste is quite hot, but it is full of lovely smoky deep flavour as well which really goes well with everything here. I always need to cool it down with a little greek yoghurt (which is a great substitute for sour cream in any Mexican recipe) for an extra SmartPoint and like any Mexican food you can't go wrong by adding a little salsa, jalapeƱos & avocado (if you have the SmartPoints for it). 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Weekly Meal Plan & Weigh In March Week 3


Last week I had a great week. I found my motivation and really enjoyed the plan. I went to weigh in and was down 2.5lbs which brings me back in side goal range. I'm still 4lbs above my goal weight so I really need to focus to get myself back there. I have found myself quite complacent this year. I haven't really fully recovered from Christmas and it's tough going. I'm heading to Bruges the weekend after next and I was really hoping to be back to my goal weight in time for it, but its going to be tough going to get there. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Chunky Vegetable and Lentil Soup



I am quite particular about soup, I'm not a big fan of the blended variety. I get bored eating it by the end of a bowl, and prefer something with a bit of actual eating to it. Any time I've made a batch to last for the whole week, I end up binning half of it. My favourite soup to get when I am out and about is the Chunky Vegetable Soup from Itsa Bagel, and I always thought it would be quite easy to recreate but I never really got around to it. A couple of weeks I finally decided to give it a go.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Weekly Meal Plan: March Week 2


Last week was both a great week and an awful week. I had a great week food wise, was on plan every day and tracked everything I ate. But I was not well at all last week. I felt exhausted and I had a constant headache that I could not seem to get rid of. I would usually just slip back into my old habits when I am sick, but I was determined to lose weight last week so I stuck to my resolve. By the time Thursday came around I felt awful and ended up leaving work early on Thursday to go home to bed. So no weigh in for me this week. I haven't let it trip me up and have been on plan ever since and am looking forward to weigh in this week. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Weekly Meal Plan & Weigh In: March Week 1


After a disastrous couple of weeks, last week I really gave myself the kick up tbe bum I needed to get myself back on track. No more mindless snacking, tracking everything I ate and really  got my focus back. I knew it was a tricky week for me in terms of weigh in, but considering the result the week before I was hoping for a small loss or at the very least a STS. Unfortunately it was not to be and I was up another pound on the scales this week. I am not going to dwell on the reasons why, instead I am just going to put my head down and keep on plugging away. Some weeks our bodies don’t cooperate.