Food Shopping – Asda – 23rd February

Hi guys,

This post is a bit late and without photos but better late than never, right?

Fruit & veg: 2 bunches of celery, a punnet of peaches, nectarines, leeks, grapes, honeydew melon, 2 punnets of strawberries, clementines, carrots, a grapefruit, pears, fine beans, mangetout, spinach, basil, chives, red pepper and passion fruit.

Other: 2 packs of 5% beef mince, almond milk, roast peppers in brine, chickpeas, mackerel in spicy tomato sauce, WW cumberland sausages, frozen black forest fruit mix, quark, cottage cheese, fromage frais and a loaf Kingsmill Great White.

Total came to £53.41.

I’ve tried the houmous recipe on the SW website and it’s not for me which I’m a bit upset about as I was looking forward to a syn free dip! I might just stick to synning the shop bought stuff. Similar views on the leek and potato soup but it’s more edible than the houmous!

I’ve not been totally following my meal plan either but it’s been nice to spend some quality time with my sisters and trying to throw myself back in college life. The past few days have been getting better and I’m taking some time off next week just to catch up on some rest and organise my life a bit more so hopefully I can get back into the blogging swing of things 🙂

Until next time.. x

Meal Plan – Tuesday – Monday (24th Feb – 2nd Mar)

Hi guys,

As promised I’m getting straight back on it. One thing I’ve been obsessed about since I posted at the beginning of the month is Pinterest. I’d been a member for a while but I’ve only just realised how useful it is. I’ve been loving all the organisation pins and when I get some time I’m looking forward to organising my fridge and cupboards! One pin which I want to take on board is where you prep slow cooker meals and then put them in the freezer so you just need to take it out the night before to defrost and bung it in the slow cooker in the morning – something I definitely want to do in the near future!

Tuesday
Breakfast – mackerel in spicy tomato sauce with scrambled eggs, cherry tomatoes (s) and ketchup (2 syns) with 60g of Kingsmill Great White (HEB)
Lunch – leek and potato soup with carrot sticks and houmous (Homemade – FREE)
College – jacket potato with baked beans
Dinner – tomato soup

Wednesday
Breakfast – fromage frais mixed with half HEA milk with papaya (s), pear (s) and berries (s)
Lunch – soy salmon with roasted carrots (s), fine beans (s) and broccoli (s)
Dinner – tomato soup with a cheese (half HEA) and cherry tomato (s) toastie using Kingsmill Great White 60g (HEB)

Thursday
Breakfast – Coco Shreddies (HEB) with milk (HEA) with pear and papaya
Lunch – leek and potato soup with carrot sticks (s) and houmous
College – jacket potato with baked beans
Dinner – tomato soup

Friday
Breakfast – bacon, sausage (1 syn), mushroom (s) and spinach (s) omelette
Lunch – beef chilli with rice
Dinner – red pesto pasta (3.5 syns)

Saturday
Breakfast – Coco Shreddies (HEB) with milk (HEA) with berries (s) and pear (s)
Lunch – red pesto pasta (3.5 syns)
Dinner – spinach (s) and sausage (2 syns) pasta

Sunday
Breakfast – baked beans on 60g Kingsmill Great White (HEB) with berries (s) and grapes
Lunch – beef chilli and rice
Dinner – red pesto pasta (3.5 syns)

Monday
Breakfast – Coco Shreddies (HEB) and milk (HEA) with berries (s), pear (s) and grapes
Lunch – leek and potato soup with carrot sticks (s) and houmous
Dinner – spinach (s) and sausage (2 syns) pasta

Until next time.. x

Update & Return to Regular Blogging

Hi guys,

It’s been so long since I’ve blogged and I apologise profusely. It’s been a really hard time for me the past couple of weeks and I’ve just been trying to support my OH as much as possible and so caring for myself was put to the wayside a little bit.

My OH has been suffering from depression for a while but it’s only recently that it’s becoming more frequent and more intense. The past few weeks have been really difficult as it’s the worst that it’s ever been and just trying to be positive for the both of us has been mentally and physically draining. It’s been a very worrying time and my healthy habits I’ve been building up for the past couple of months just took a running jump out of the window.

There’s been a lot of tears and emotional eating along with trying to fit in revision for my exam which was nearly two weeks ago now. I’ve not been to my group meetings as I was too worried to leave OH at home on his own, especially as he was so vulnerable and I was just worried he might do something silly in the spur of the moment. Anyhow, it’s been picking up the last few days and the doctors finally have referred him to a CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) unit after losing his referral a few months ago and so I’m trying to get back on the wagon.

I don’t think I’ve put on too much weight (she says now!) – I guesstimate at around 2.5lbs. I will be going back to group on Monday and getting myself organised with all my posts again. I’m just amazed at people still reading and visiting my blog despite a lack of posts but thank you and I hope you’ve found some of my previous posts helpful.

So.. onwards and upwards!

Until next time.. x

Meal Plan & Food Shop – Asda 2nd Feb

Hi guys,

Just a really quick one whilst I’m taking a break from ratios and group accounts! Meal plan is as follows:

Tuesday – EE
Breakfast: 30g granola (HEB) with 250ml semi skimmed milk (HEA) with strawberries (s) and melon (s)
Lunch: mushroom (s) and spinach (s) risotto
College: jacket with cheese (6 syns) and beans
Dinner: carrot (s) and coriander soup

Wednesday – SP
Breakfast: mackerel in spicy tomato sauce with scrambled eggs and cherry tomatoes (s) with 2 slices of 400g wholemeal toast (HEB)
Lunch: carrot (s) and coriander soup with a wholemeal bread roll (HEB)
Dinner: soy salmon stir fry

Thursday – EE
Breakfast: 30g granola (HEB) with 250ml semi skimmed milk (HEA) with strawberries (s) and melon (s)
Lunch: soy salmon stir fry
College: jacket with cheese (6 syns) and beans
Dinner: carrot (s) and coriander soup

Friday – SP
Breakfast: breakfast muffins with cheese (HEA) and clementines (s)
Lunch: soy salmon stir fry
Dinner: steak with broccoli (s), roasted carrots (s)

Saturday – EE
Breakfast: breakfast muffins with cheese (HEA) and clementines (s)
Lunch: pulled chicken with a wholemeal bread roll (HEB)
Dinner: mushroom (s) and spinach (s) risotto

Sunday – SP
Breakfast: 30g granola (HEB) with 250ml semi skimmed milk (HEA) with strawberries (s) and peach (s)
Lunch: mackerel, tomatoes (s) and courgette (s) spaghetti
Dinner: 4 ryvita (HEB), 4 extra light laughing cow triangles (4 syns) with ham and cherry tomatoes (s)

Monday – EE
Breakfast: vegetable omelette
Lunch: butternut squash soup
Dinner: possibly dinner out

Weekly Shop

As I was swamped with revision, OH kindly did the food shop for me so I don’t have any photos to show you this week. It’s actually better when he goes as he sticks a lot more firmly to the list than I do – I’m so easily swayed!

Fruit and veg: clementines, butternut squash, oranges, mandarins, peaches, plums, cherry tomatoes, celery, strawberries, mushrooms, tenderstem broccoli, stir fry mix, carrots, coriander.

Others: baked beans, eggs, mackerel fillets, wholemeal bread, ham

Total: £35.05

Until next time.. x

Small Update

Hi guys,

As you may have noticed I’ve not posted in the last couple of days. My workload has gotten so big in the run up to my next exam so I’ve been trying to revise as much as possible which isn’t leaving me enough time to write up my blog posts for you.

I’ll be posting up my week’s menu and food shop (which still hasn’t been done yet) on here in the next day or two but what I’ve decided to do instead of writing up my meals is to post on Twitter instead (follow me @yzzybella or check the side bar for my latest tweets) for the next couple of weeks whilst I get this exam under my belt and then it will be back to normal until the next one!

On another note I made my first round on DietBet 10! I’m not sure if I can make weigh in tonight (plus I’m a bit nervous as I’m currently on my star week so I’m feeling really bloated) but if not I’m going to try and make one of the others this week.

I think that’s it for now!

Until next time.. x