How I’m Feeling About Tomorrow’s Weigh In – 31.05.15

Hi guys,

It’s been a while since I’ve had pre-weigh in thoughts so figured I’d tell you how my week went.

As you know I’ve been counting this week and bizarrely enough, I’ve found it easier than Filling and Healthy. I’ve definitely opened my eyes to portion size this week, especially with my Saturday night meal where I more or less made enough for two meals (but it was worth it). I don’t necessarily think I’ve eaten very healthily – I’ve not gone over on my weekly points or anything but I’ve definitely had more than my fair share of treats! I have noticed that I tend to eat under my daily points in the beginning of the week and the closer and closer I get to weigh in, I just want to stuff my face. I’ve only had to venture into my weekly points about half way which is good I suppose but all of them were used in the last two or three days before weigh in.

Exercise wise – I’ve not broken any barriers but I definitely have been more active this week. I’ve walked home from work a few times and oh my, I tried to cycle to work on Saturday and nearly died. If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen that it was my first time on my bike since the Winter before last – pretty much a year and a half ago! Although I can walk the 2 odd miles with only a few aches, cycling nearly killed me. I think I cycled about halfway and walked with my bike the rest and walked home with my bike as I wasn’t sure if I would make it home otherwise! Definitely want to try and build myself up and try and use the bus/car less.

I am hoping for a loss this week. I’d like to say another 2lbs but I’m not sure if upping my exercise will mean I stay the same or gain. I couldn’t make weigh in last week as my group was cancelled due to the Bank Holiday, so I took a cheeky jump on the scales and scared myself back off! We shall see, we shall see…

Until next time.. x

WW Meal Plan – Tuesday 2nd June – Monday 8th June – 2.5lb loss

Hi guys,

Another week, another meal plan. Nothing too hardcore this week. I’ve found it quite nice counting this week so I will be going again, though I’m not sure if my points will drop or not as they did the week before last when I lost 2lbs. We shall see.

Tuesday – 33pp
Breakfast: egg (2pp), 2 bacon medallions (1pp) and a light cheese slice (1pp) on a bagel thin (3pp) = 7pp
Lunch: 100g steamed turkey mince over half a pack of Tilda basmati rice = 9pp
Dinner: jacket potato with tuna in light mayo (guesstimate) = 14pp
Snack: 3 ryvitas (2pp) with 3 laughing cow extra light triangles (1pp) = 3pp

Wednesday – 19pp
Breakfast: half pot of Yeo Valley 0% natural yoghurt (1pp) with fruit = 1pp
Lunch: 60g smoked salmon (2pp) with 30g Phili light (1pp) on a bagel thin (3pp) = 6pp
Dinner: 100g steamed turkey mince over half a pack of Tilda basmati rice = 9pp
Snack: carrot sticks with 30g houmous (3pp) = 3pp

Thursday – 33pp
Breakfast: 2 bacon medallions (1pp) 2 eggs (4pp), spinach, mushrooms and 205g baked beans (5pp) = 10pp
Lunch: 130g salmon fillet with roast carrots and butternut squash = 6pp
Dinner: jacket potato with tuna in light mayo (guesstimate) = 14pp
Snack: 3 ryvita (2pp) and 3 laughing cow extra light triangles (1pp) = 3pp

Friday – 28pp
Breakfast: half pot of Yeo Valley 0% natural yoghurt (1pp) with fruit = 1pp
Lunch: Corned beef hash with roasted carrots = 12pp
Dinner: Steak and kidney pudding (10pp) with roasted veggies = 10pp
Snack: Cadbury’s oat crunch (4pp) with a cup of tea with a dash of milk (1pp) = 5pp

Saturday – 32pp
Breakfast: Egg (2pp), 2 bacon medallions (1pp) and a cheese slice (1pp) on a bagel thin (3pp) = 7pp
Lunch: Corned beef hash with roasted carrots = 12pp
Dinner: 2 thin pork loin steaks (10pp) with salad = 10pp
Snack: 3 ryvita (2pp) with 3 laughing cow extra light triangles (1pp) = 3pp

Sunday – 19pp+
Breakfast: half pot of Yeo Valley 0% natural yoghurt (1pp) with fruit = 1pp
Lunch: Corned beef hash with roasted carrots = 12pp
Dinner: Out for dinner with work colleagues after stock take – not sure what we’re eating so will point on the day and use my weeklies if necessary
Snack: bagel thin (3pp) 30g Phili light (1pp) and 60g smoked salmon (2pp) = 6pp

Monday – 34pp + 4 weekly PPs
Breakfast: half pot Yeo Valley 0% natural yoghurt (1pp) with fruit = 1pp
Lunch: Heinz tomato soup (6pp) with a bagel thin (3pp) and 30g Phili light (1pp) = 10pp
Dinner: takeaway Toby Carvery – going to allow around 25pp
Snack: 2 ryvita (1pp) with 30g Phili (1pp) = 2pp

Not too much this week and trying to get the most out of meals so I’m not cooking too much either as I’ll be back at college and this week is going to be crazy busy at work as well so just want to make it as stress free as possible. Hopefully it will cut down on my shopping costs as I overspent last week so it’ll even out a bit 🙂

Until next time.. x

Restaurant Review – The Hop, 11-12 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TA

Hi guys,

So, I realised that I had all these photos backed up from late last year onwards where I was meaning to post some restaurant reviews alongside my other posts. Somehow, I got sidetracked and I thought I might as well get a move on, if only so I can now delete the photos and free up some space on my poor iPhone!

Even though my blog is mainly about weight loss and trying to achieve my 130lb goal, part of what keeps you sane is still allowing yourself treats or occasions where you’re not worried about food. I mean, don’t go crazy and eat about ten brownies alongside your pizza and starter of something fried and wash it down with a bottle of wine, but now and again, it’s just what the soul needs.

My first restaurant review is of The Hop in York. It’s been open since 2013 and my sister and I decided to pay it a visit in December 2014. It’s known as a craft ale house but we weren’t really into all that (our alcohol intake is usually limited to cider and spirits only) but we did have a massive interest in the wood fired oven which apparently conjured up some delicious pizza.

When you first walk in, it is quite similar to any other pub. It’s a little dark and there’s a long bar with spirits lined all along the back. There are quirky quotes written on the walls in the front half of The Hop and then when you walk further in, it opens up to more seating space where the Pizzeria is right at the back.

You order at the bar and the menu is quite limited and written on a chalk board on the back wall. Luckily we perused the menu online beforehand and knew what we wanted as otherwise we’d be stood at the wall for a good ten minutes trying to decide! I will tell you now that we ordered way too much food. I think we ate about 2/3 at the very most. We ordered a garlic bread to share (with garlic, olive oil, mozzarella and oregano – £4.50) and I ordered the Fresca (baby courgette, sun blushed tomato, mozzarella, fresh basil and homemade tomato sauce – £7.50) whilst my sister went for the Bosco (Italian sausage, porcini mushroom, red onion, red wine, mozzarella, home made tomato sauce, oregano and topped with rocket – £9). The other choices were a Margherita, Napolentana with anchovies and capers, La Tropical with ham and pineapple and Spicy Pepperoni with Italian pepperoni and fresh chillies.

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The price was really reasonable for the pizzas and garlic bread. They were all a decent size – I say about 12 inches and the base was just stunning. I am a massive fan of thin based pizzas which take a couple of minutes to cook and The Hop got that perfectly on a plate. The only sad thing was that because it was so big and we couldn’t eat it fast enough, it went cold relatively quickly. I loved all the vegetables on mine and all of the flavours were harmonious. I tried some of the Bosco, which my sister loved, but I think it would have been a bit too heavy for me. I’m not a massive fan of rocket either and I personally don’t think it added anything to the pizza (except some greenery!) and gave the pizza a bit of a bitter aftertaste. The garlic bread was absolutely gorgeous, though a tad too oily. The garlic was nice and powerful but probably not what you’d want to eat on a first date. We didn’t sample any of the beers but I hear from a reputable source that they do a good job.

We went on a Monday and it wasn’t very busy but they did have quite a few covers. The atmosphere was nice and laid back but they could invest in actual plates rather than the paper ones the pizzas were served on – though I guess less washing up for them. Also as typical for a pub, there wasn’t much service. The only person we saw were the guys at the bar when we ordered and the guy who brought us the pizza. The pizzas definitely are value for money – they weren’t expensive and the ingredients were high quality. The pizzas would have been enough for two people if they did sides such as a salad or veggies but the menu is limited to the pizzas and garlic bread mentioned above.

Overall, it’s definitely a place I would return to. Unfortunately not with OH as he is allergic to both wheat and egg, but this pizza is good enough to rival Il Paradiso further down the road and the ones I’ve had from Toto’s around fifteen minutes walk away. Oh, and bear in mind that they don’t take reservations – it’s first come first served.

Food: 4/5, Service 3/5,  Atmosphere 4/5

Pizzeria opening times: Mon – Thurs: 12-2:30pm, 5-9pm. Friday/Saturday 12-9pm, Sunday 12-7pm. Visit their website here.

Until next time.. x

Food Shop – 26.05.15

Hi guys,

As promised, here’s my food shop from last night. I was a tad over budget (I bought a few things for next week – not sure why!) so I decided I’m going to alter my meals a bit for this week. Instead of KFC on Friday, I’m just going to replicate Monday’s treat dinner so I don’t have to spend any more money this week 🙂 and I forgot to freeze my curry so I’m just using some other stuff I have on hand for a couple of lunches instead.

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Fruit and veg: clementines, mushrooms, 2x strawberries, gala apples, carrots, new potatoes, sweet potatoes, honey dew melon and nectarines

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Everything else: French Fries multipack (2pp/pack), tin of sliced peaches in juice, tin of fruit salad in juice, wafer thin honey roast ham (1pp for 35g), 2x mini cravings cheese (0pp for 1, 1pp for 2 or 3), laughing cow extra light triangles (1pp each), 2x lean corned beef (10pp/tin), pack of 3 houmous stackers (3pp for 35g) crumpets (3pp each or 5pp for two), bacon medallions (1pp each), brown sandwich thins (3pp each), bagel thins (3pp each), Ryvita original (1pp each), mini meringue nests (3 for 1pp), 2x Dairy Milk Oat Crunch (4pp/bar) and Morrisons milk chocolate rice slices (1pp each).

I also bought a pack of frozen peas (2pp for 80g), frozen mediterranean vegetables (aubergine, courgettes and peppers – 0pp) and a pack of 2 Chicago Town deep dish four cheese pizzas (12pp each) which I forgot to photograph as they were defrosting pretty quick when I got home! My total was £42.50 which would have hit my target if I didn’t buy so much cheese or the corned beef or any of the treats >.<

Anyway, it’s still quite a bit less than normal and I shall refrain from any “top up” shops throughout the week!

Until next time.. x

Food Budgeting

Hi guys,

Hope you’re all well after the Bank Holiday and rearing to go – I definitely am!

I spent the day in Knaresborough (near Harrogate) with my family without the OH and we had a lovely day. We did plenty of walking (which was good as I had overindulged a little the night before) and the views are absolutely stunning. I will definitely have to go back and have a good wander and row on the river next time!

Anyhow, I’d forgotten my love for outdoor activities and I have to admit Knaresborough is hilly! I was a bit out of puff whilst climbing a million and one stairs and it’s made me more determined to get my act together. I know I keep saying that but I don’t want to spend anymore of my twenties not feeling confident in myself. With all the issues me and OH have been having with his severe depression, I know I need to be there for him, but I need to make sure I’m doing the best possible for myself too.

This leads on to my blog post today on food budgeting. As me and OH are a bit shaky at the moment, my sister and I have decided to buy a house together next year (with OH living with us). We have a good chunk of deposit between us, but I want to make sure I have a decent amount with some left over for any unexpected stuff. As I live in my Dad’s house in return for managing his tenants and all the rental stuff, I don’t really have much outgoings if I strip away all the non-essentials. So, I am kind of hoping to put away a decent amount in the next few months as my sister’s lease isn’t up until January so we have a bit of time to save. I’m hoping to put away £1K a month for the foreseeable future anyway.

One place which I do spend quite a lot on is my food budget. Even I have to admit that sometimes I just buy things for the sake of it. So much food goes to waste if I’m not focussed on what I actually need (even with a shopping list!) and I just don’t limit myself, which I think may be why I have little willpower at home with all the junk food surrounding me! I am hoping to bring down my food budget by half as I’m no longer responsible for OH’s food. So I will be looking at £30 a week/£130 a month. I have so much food in the cupboards and freezer so I need to run this down as well. Unfortunately for me, I forgot to label some of the meats I received before putting it into the freezer so it might be pot luck when it comes to defrosting things to use the next day.

I think the only thing I will struggle with is probably fruit and veg. Sometimes I go a little crazy as it’s all “healthy” and just grab everything. I’m definitely going to try and be a little more calm and collected. I have my list ready for the shop tonight and there doesn’t seem to be that much on it but I do think I spent around £60 last week on various things so there’s a lot leftover. I will definitely have a post for you in regards to my food shop tomorrow.

Until next time.. x

WW Meal Plan – 26.05.15 – 01.06.15 – 2lbs loss

Hi guys,

Feels like forever since I did a food plan for you to read. I will be pointing this week (I have 34 daily and 49 weekly). Bank holiday Monday would usually be in this plan but I’m just going to try and make the right choices and not stress too much about it. Any leftover daily or weekly PPs will probably used for a snack or two here and there!

Tuesday – 29pp
Breakfast: 2 egg omelet (4 pp) with spinach, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and a light cheese slice (1pp) = 5pp
Lunch: 60g smoked salmon (2pp) with 30g Phili light mixed herbs (1pp) with a plain bagel (6pp) = 9pp
Snack: carrot & celery sticks with 30g Waitrose organic houmous (3pp), 4 Tesco seafood sticks (2pp), apple, pear = 5pp
Dinner: 150g pork loin steak (7pp) with 150g new potatoes roasted (3pp), roasted carrots, butternut squash and mushrooms = 10pp

Wednesday – 28pp
Breakfast: 150g Yeo Valley 0% fat natural yoghurt (1pp) with strawberries, melon, banana = 1pp
Lunch: lamb and vegetable curry (6pp) with half a packet of Tilda microwave mushroom rice (4pp) = 10pp
Snack: 3 ryvita crackers (3pp) with cherry tomatoes and 50g Philadelphia Light mixed herbs (2pp), 4 Tesco seafood sticks (2pp) = 7pp
Dinner: 3 skinless chicken drumsticks (6pp) with 150g sweet potato (4pp), roasted carrots, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes = 10pp

Thursday – 28pp
Breakfast: 4 bacon medallions (3pp) on 2 sandwich thins (6pp) with 3tbsp ketchup (1pp) = 10pp
Lunch: lamb and vegetable curry (6pp) with half a packet of Tilda microwave mushroom rice (4pp) = 10pp
Snack: 150g Yeo Valley 0% fat natural yoghurt (1pp) with strawberries, melon, banana = 1pp
Dinner: 1 sandwich thin (3pp) split in half with tomato puree, 50g light mozzarella (3pp), 25g sun dried tomatoes (1pp), spinach, mushrooms and roasted carrot and butternut squash = 7pp

Friday – 34pp, 5 weekly pp
Breakfast: 2 egg omelet (4 pp) with spinach, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and a light cheese slice (1pp) = 5pp
Lunch: 3 skinless chicken drumsticks (6pp) with 150g sweet potato (4pp), roasted carrots, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes = 10pp
Snack: 150g Yeo Valley 0% fat natural yoghurt (1pp) with strawberries, melon, banana = 1pp
Dinner: 2 pieces of KFC chicken (13pp), small popcorn chicken (4pp), corn (2pp), regular coleslaw (4pp) and a Pepsi Max = 23pp

Saturday – 29pp
Breakfast: 150g Yeo Valley 0% fat natural yoghurt (1pp) with strawberries, melon, banana = 1pp
Lunch: 4 ryvita crackers (4pp) with cherry tomatoes and 60g Philadelphia Light mixed herbs (2pp) = 6pp
Snack: 90g wafer thin ham (2pp) on a bagel (6pp) with 40g Waitrose houmous (4pp) = 12pp
Dinner: lamb and vegetable curry (6pp) with half a packet of Tilda microwave mushroom rice (4pp) = 10pp

Sunday – 30pp
Breakfast: 2 eggs (4pp), 3 bacon medallions (2pp), 1 light cheese slice (1pp) on a plain bagel (6pp) = 13pp
Lunch: 4 ryvita crackers (4pp) with cherry tomatoes and 60g Philadelphia Light mixed herbs (2pp) = 6pp
Snack: 150g Yeo Valley 0% fat natural yoghurt (1pp) with strawberries, melon, banana = 1pp
Dinner: 3 skinless chicken drumsticks (6pp) with 150g sweet potato (4pp), roasted carrots, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes = 10pp

Monday – 34pp
Breakfast: 4 bacon medallions (3pp) on 2 sandwich thins (6pp) with 3tbsp ketchup (1pp) = 10pp
Lunch: 4 ryvita crackers (4pp) with cherry tomatoes and 60g Philadelphia Light mixed herbs (2pp) = 6pp
Snack: 150g Yeo Valley 0% fat natural yoghurt (1pp) with strawberries, melon, banana = 1pp
Dinner: Chicago Town deep dish four cheese pizza (12pp), 250g new potatoes 5pp and roasted carrots = 17pp

In the above I only use 5 of my weekly PPs so I have 44pp to play with throughout the week for snacks and random dessert splurges, etc.

Hopefully I’ll get a good loss despite the odd treat here and there 🙂

Until next time.. x

Instagram

Hi guys,

I’ve finally decided to join the world of instagram for my blog 🙂

You can find me if you search ‘aspiringskinnyminnie’. I will be posting my food photos (I’ll be still doing my blog posts) and bits and bobs I like (products, inspirational/motivational, non scale victories) as I find them.

Until next time.. x