How is it already the end of November? I re-joined Weight Watchers in May this year and as you can see my weight loss has been sort of steady since I did. This month wasn’t great as I was doing ok but had one week where it went horribly wrong and I put on 3.5 lbs 😔 But on a positive note, I did finish the month with a loss, so I ended up -1.5 lbs overall. I think it’s important for me to recognise that in certain circumstances it’s ok not to focus on the numbers, but more about feeling good, making healthy choices and recognising how far I have come.
I found the picture above of me in the black clothes on my camera as I was looking through a memory card this morning. I decided to take the same photos to see if I could see a difference and I was honestly shocked, because I really could!
I am so proud of how far I have come and even though I have got a way to go, I feel SO pleased that this has happened to me this year. It’s feels like it’s changing my life. So, this week is going to be a good one and even though I am off to Leicester for the week, I am more determined than ever to keep things going!
So I am 6 months into this whole weight loss thing and today I experienced a helluva non-scale victory. There is a beautiful waterfall in Ambleside called Stock Ghyll Force and today on a visit to the Lakes we decided to climb up to it. The walk is up a series of stone steps and last time we visited was when our lovely friend Elizabeth visited us from the US in October 2015. I was almost 3 stones (42lbs) heavier back then and I didn’t make it to the top. As evidenced in this vlog:
But today I felt like a new woman! I practically sprang up the hill and it really didn’t feel like that much of an effort! I was breathing a little heavier in the steeper bits, but honestly, I did it no trouble! We took lots of photos of course, including this Insta of me reaching the top!
So as you can see, my weight loss has slowed a little, but it is still progressing, as I have now lost 35 lbs/2 ½ stones/15.87 kgs. Not bad eh?!
Weight loss is often called a journey as it has bumps in the road and of course, I am going to be honest and share mine with you. September was a funny month for me as I struggled to focus on Weight Watchers due to my impending secondment to London. Overall I lost 3.5lbs, which is good and so I am not going to beat myself up too much.
My secondment started just over 2 weeks ago and again, my Weight Watchers is a little harder to stick with as I am away from home and can’t cook. But to try and allay too much damage I have fallen into the following routine:
Breakfast in my Travelodge: 2 x pieces of brown toast with a small amount of Jam on each & fruit salad & a cup of tea.
Lunch: A Boots Shapers Sandwich with a low fat packet of crisps.
Evening Meal: Various
So as you can see, I mostly do OK, but it’s the evening meals that are tricky. In our first week in London, as I am working with a group of other staff members from around the UK, we all did something together most nights. However this week, we all did our own thing. There are also MANY temptations throughout the day as our group are feeders and there has been cake and biscuits every single day. I haven’t had one, although I have had the odd Percy pig when I was struggling a bit with energy.
One thing I did come across in my Timehop App, was a still from a vlog I did a couple of years ago and I really noticed the change in my face:
So even though my weight loss has slowed, there have been semi-unusual circumstances and I HAVE managed to keep it going. But of course I couldn’t finish this blog without sharing my amazing London Bridge victory!
It’s mid September so I thought that an August update was pretty overdue (soz). The last update I put together I had lost 4lbs and to end the month I lost another 3lbs, which took my loss to 2 stones!! OMG!!! People have really started to notice and this week I attended a huge work event and saw some colleagues that I haven’t seen for a while. I am not exaggerating when at least 10 different people told me how good I looked and how they can really see a difference in me. That is really very cool!
I have also had a very funny reaction to all the praise in that it’s knocked me off kilter. I don’t know if I suddenly feel pressure, but I have had a rubbish week food-wise. But I DID experience some non-scale victories….
I went to a clothes party and wasn’t able to buy some of the clothes because they were TOO BIG!
I walked back from our local train station and really felt a massive difference in my breathing and energy levels. My fitness is clearly improving.
I climbed Dodd Fell and even though it was hard and took me 2½ hours, I still DID it!
I have dug a couple of tops and a pair of jeans out of my wardrobe that I haven’t worn since 2013, which now fit me great!
So even though I feel a bit rubbish and I am expecting my weight loss to not be great in September, I am still 2 stones lighter than I was in May and that is a hell of an achievement. 2 stones loss is great, but there are a couple to go, so I just need to refocus and get exercising I think.
Ingredients 2 x 65 Flatbreads Calorie controlled cooking spray 3 bacon medallions 1 small onion 300g Chestnut mushrooms (sliced) 6 tablespoons of tomato puree 150g spinach 160g grated cheese (reduced fat is better, but I used lactose free cheddar, due to my intolerance).
Easier, quicker and healthier than a takeaway, this pizza uses a ready-made flatbread for a base.
Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/Gas mark 6. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Put the flatbreads on the tray.
Meanwhile, mist a large non-stick frying pan with the cooking spray. Cook the bacon, mushroom and onions over a medium-high heat, stirring for 3 minutes.
Spread the flatbreads with the tomato puree. Set aside a large handful of the spinach.
Top the flatbreads with the remaining spinach, cheese & bacon,onion & mushroom combo.
Bake for 10 minutes or until the bases are golden and crisp.
Cut the pizzas in half and serve topped with the reserved spinach.
7 WW Smart points (approx)
Real Life Review
When I did these, I think I personally would have put a little less tomato puree on them, as with the onions, this made it a tiny bit sweet for me. Also I didn’t put the as much spinach on as the recipe said, and this was a mistake on my behalf. The spinach was actually really nice & I will do more next time. Overall I would give this recipe 9/10. Easy to make and delicious!