WW Food Plan – 09.06.15 – 15.06.15

Hi guys,

Another week, another meal plan. This week’s seems to be very carb heavy but it’s just what I’m craving at the moment. I will be adding a ton of fruit and veggies to this, I just have the basics sketched out so I know how many points I’m planning on using. I will more than likely be bulking out my weekly points somewhere in the week but I don’t like to allocate my weeklies in case I get the munchies and then I still can be on track.

Tuesday – 27pp
Breakfast: 2 bacon medallions (1pp) on a bagel thin (3pp) with a laughing cow extra light triangle (0pp) = 4pp
Lunch: 60g ham (2pp) on 2 sandwich thins (6pp) = 8pp
Dinner: jacket potato with tuna in light mayo (guesstimate 14pp) = 14pp
Snack: Fat free natural yoghurt (1pp) with fruit = 1pp

Wednesday – 16pp + dinner
Breakfast: 2 egg (4pp) omelette with a light cheese slice (1pp) = 5pp
Lunch: 130g tuna (3pp) in 30g 70% less fat salad cream (1pp) and 40g pasta (4pp) = 8pp
Dinner: out with a friend and not sure where we’re going to eat as of yet
Snack: 3 ryvita (2pp) and 3 laughing cow extra light triangles (1pp) = 3pp

Thursday – 30pp
Breakfast: bagel thin (3pp) with a laughing cow extra light triangle (0pp) with fat free yoghurt (1pp) and fruit = 4pp
Lunch: 60g ham (2pp) on 2 sandwich thins (6pp) = 8pp
Dinner: jacket potato with tuna in light mayo (guesstimate 14pp) = 14pp
Snack: 3 ryvita (2pp) 60g Phili light (2pp) = 4pp

Friday – 22pp
Breakfast: 2 egg (4pp) omelette with a light cheese slice (1pp) = 5pp
Lunch: 130g tuna (3pp) in 30g 70% less fat salad cream (1pp) and 40g pasta (4pp) = 8pp
Dinner: 3 skinless chicken drumsticks (5pp) with 150g new potatoes (3pp) = 8pp
Snack: fat free yoghurt (1pp) with fruit

Saturday – 34pp + 1 weekly pp
Breakfast: fat free yoghurt (1pp) with fruit = 1pp
Lunch: Ilumi spicy harira soup (6pp) with bagel thin (3pp) 1 laughing cow extra light triangle (0pp) = 9pp
Dinner: 2 Mackerel in spicy tomato sauce (12pp) with 2 eggs (4pp) sandwich thin (3pp) = 19pp
Snack: Oat crunch (4pp), bag of French Fries (2pp) = 6pp

Sunday – 25pp
Breakfast: 2 egg (4pp) omelette with a light cheese slice (1pp) = 5pp
Lunch: Ilumi pea and pancetta soup (5pp) with bagel thin (3pp) and a laughing cow extra light triangle (0pp) = 8pp
Dinner: steak and kidney pudding (9pp) 160g mushy peas (3pp) = 12pp

Monday – 33pp
Breakfast: fat free yoghurt (1pp) with fruit = 1pp
Lunch: Ilumi spicy harira soup (6pp) with bagel thin (3pp) and a laughing cow extra light triangle (0pp) = 9pp
Dinner: 2 pieces KFC chicken (13pp) small popcorn chicken (4pp) with corn (2pp), regular coleslaw (4pp) and Pepsi Max = 23pp

Until next time.. x

Restaurant Review – Barbakan, Walmgate, York, North Yorkshire YO1 9TL

Hi guys,

Another restaurant review for you guys. This is for one of my favourite restaurants in York which serves Polish food. I’ve only ever gone in Winter where it’s just pure comfort food – eating there is like having a big warm hug. Though maybe I should check out how their Summer menu fares in the next few weeks…

The restaurant is independently owned. I’m not sure how long it’s been open but it’s been there since around 2008 at least anyway. The restaurant itself is quite small – it only has room for around 30 covers or so. Booking is pretty much essential as they can get quite busy. I love the decor – it’s quite quirky with signs and little statues and paintings everywhere. Also because it is so small, the atmosphere is quite cosy; rather like you’ve gone to a friend’s house for dinner.

I actually went in November 2014 with my sister, OH and a friend but typically selfish of me, I only took photos of my food! There is always one starter that I always get – pierogi. Always with potato and cheese, not the beef and it’s served with crispy bacon lardons, a little salad and sour cream. This dish alone is worth however many propoints, syns, calories… It is just the most delicious thing I’ve eaten without being too heavy and rich. It’s perfectly golden brown and crisp and fluffy and cheesy on the inside. Yum.

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For my main, I got the ham shank. Oh my god, it is the perfect winter dish. Unfortunately, the portion was so humongous that I only managed to eat around half and I couldn’t take it home! The ham had a crisp skin and salty yet moist meat and there was a lovely broth made from ale on the bottom with some slow roasted carrots and onions. I only ate a small part of the skin but it was just divine. Like crackling but less likely to break your teeth. It had a slightly goo-ey texture to it underneath and just so delicious. Honestly, I can’t find the words to describe how gorgeous it is and perfect to counteract the freezing evening we decided to turn up.

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Other dishes: I believe OH had a rice stuffed pepper to start and chicken skewers with mediterranean veggies which he confirmed was really nice and very moist chicken. Our friend had the courgette fritters and a ham shank and my sister had scallops to start and a Gressingham duck breast shredded with apple and some gnocchi-style dumplings.

Every time we’ve been here, it’s more than lived up to expectations. I think we’ve visited around 4 times now and the repeat dishes are just as good as we remembered with new ones being just as tasty, if not more. I would definitely recommend to anyone, whether you’ve had Polish food or not – the quality and taste is just well worth it. Prices are not too extortionate either with starters between £4.25 and £7.50 and mains priced between £8.79 and £16.75. There are also special boards and during the day it does breakfast and is a cafe/deli with some delicious looking cakes (which my Mum has insisted taste just as good as they look). I also have to mention that the staff there are so friendly and are more than happy to help with any problem or question you might have. I have to say they go above and beyond.

Food 5/5, Service 5/5, Atmosphere 5/5

Opening times: Mon – Sat 9am-3pm, Tues – Sat 6-10pm, Sunday 10am-10pm

Until next time.. x

WW Food Log – Tues 26.05.15 – Mon 01.06.15 – 2lb loss

Hi guys,

So my first food log on WW – it doesn’t look particularly healthy in some places and in others I think my food portions are too big but I suppose as long as I’m under points, that’s good right? At the time of writing (a couple of days before posting) I’ve not yet weighed in but I will update at the bottom how much I lost eating what I ate.

Tuesday – 26pp

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Breakfast: 2 egg omelette (4pp) with pea shoots, mushrooms, a light cheese slice (1pp) and cherry tomatoes = 5pp

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Lunch: a plain bagel (6pp) with 60g smoked salmon (2pp) 30g Phili light (1pp) with an apple and nectarine = 9pp

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Afternoon snack: 2 raw carrots with 2 sticks of celery and 4 seafood sticks (2pp) with 30g houmous (3pp) and (not pictured) 30g Cathedral City Vintage Cheddar (3pp) = 8pp

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“Dinner”: pack of cheese and onion French Fries (2pp) and a WW bakewell slice (2pp) = 4pp

Wednesday – 32pp

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Breakfast: half a pot of Yeo Valley 0% natural yoghurt (1pp) with half a banana, Tesco frozen fruit salad, strawberries = 1pp

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Lunch: half a pack of Tilda mushroom basmati rice (4pp) with 100g Wing On fish roll (3pp) with chinese chives, oyster sauce, soy sauce and a pack of GS needle mushroom and cabbage (2pp) with a pear = 9pp

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Snacks: 3 ryvita (2pp) with 3 laughing cow extra light triangles (1pp) and cherry tomatoes, a Dairy Milk Oat Crunch (4pp) and a crumpet (3pp) with a tsp of Lurpak lighter (1pp) = 11pp

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Dinner: 200g chicken (7pp) with 200g new potatoes (4pp) and roasted carrots and butternut squash with cherry tomatoes = 11pp

Thursday – 34pp

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Breakfast: 4 bacon medallions (3pp) on 2 sandwich thins (6pp) with 2tbsp ketchup (1pp) and an apple = 10pp

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Lunch: half pack of Tilda mushroom basmati rice (4pp) 100g Way On fish roll (3pp) chinese chives, soy sauce, oyster sauce, 1 tbsp sriracha chilli sauce and a nectarine = 7pp

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Snack: half pot Yeo Valley 0% natural yoghurt (1pp) with strawberries, half a banana, Tesco frozen fruit salad, 3 ryvita (2pp) with 3 laughing cow extra light triangles (1pp) and cherry tomatoes. (Not pictured) – 25g Satay fish snack (2pp) 3 custard creams (5pp) = 11pp

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Dinner: “Pizza” one sandwich thin (3pp) with 40g light mozzarella (2pp), 1tbsp tomato puree, 25g sun dried tomatoes (1pp) spinach, mushrooms, roasted carrots and butternut squash = 6pp

Friday – 34pp + 8 weekly points

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Breakfast: one sachet Quaker Oatsosimple golden syrup (4pp) with 180ml skimmed milk (2pp) and half a banana = 6pp

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Lunch: 2 bagel thins (6pp) with 60g wafer thin ham (2pp) 2 laughing cow extra light triangles (1pp) cherry tomatoes and cucumber with a portion of longan (dragon eyes) = 9pp

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Snack: half pot Yeo Valley 0% natural yoghurt (1pp), half a banana, strawberries, half a can of fruit cocktail in juice (drained). Not pictured: 2 pork loin steak (10pp), Graze carrot cake (2pp) and Graze mango chutney (2pp) = 15pp

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Dinner: one Chicago Town deep dish four cheese pizza (12pp) and roasted carrots = 12pp

Saturday – 34pp + 20 weekly points

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Breakfast: half pot Yeo Valley 0% natural yoghurt (1pp) with strawberries and half a can of fruit cocktail in juice (drained), apple, clementine, half a bagel thin (filling pointed in snack) + 1 bagel thin not pictured (5pp) 30g Phili light (1pp) = 7pp

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Lunch: 4 ryvita (2pp) 60g (2pp) with cherry tomatoes and a nectarine. Not pictured a pork steak (5pp) = 9pp

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Dinner: 90g wholewheat pasta (8pp) in chicken broth made with Oxo cube, 100g Kung Fu beef slice for hotpot (7pp), poached egg (2pp) and chinese leaves = 17pp

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Snacks: one and a half bagel thins (5pp) 60g wafer thin ham (2pp) 30g tomato houmous (2pp), plum. Not pictured: salt and vinegar French Fries (2pp), a Jacob’s jam and cream biscuit (2pp), half a slice of OH’s pizza (3pp), 2 wings (3pp) and three potato wedges (2pp) = 21pp

Sunday – 34pp + 6 weekly points

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Brunch: one sandwich thin (3pp) one bagel thin (3pp) 2 eggs (4pp) 4 bacon medallions (3pp) and 2 light cheese slices (2pp) = 15pp

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Dinner: 3 skinless chicken drumsticks (5pp) 100g sweet potatoes (3pp) roasted carrots and courgette with a Pepsi Max = 8pp

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Snacks: a Dairy Milk Oat Crunch (4pp) cheese and onion French Fries (2pp) a WW bakewell slice (2pp) 2 crumpets (5pp) with 15g Nutella (2pp) and 10g Lurpak lighter (2pp) = 17pp

Monday – 34pp + 13 weekly points
**I ended up going a little crazy with food. I hadn’t slept at all on Monday and so I think my appetite increased plus I had an unexpected blood test where they couldn’t find my vein so I think I was a little traumatised**

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Breakfast: 4 bacon medallions (3pp) on 2 sandwich thins (6pp) with 3tbsp ketchup (1pp) = 10pp

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Lunch: a can of mackerel in spicy tomato sauce (6pp) with 2 eggs (4pp) and cherry tomatoes = 10pp

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Snack: a shake made from strawberries, frozen banana, spinach, frozen berries, 1tsp chia seeds (2pp), 2tbsp porridge oats (1pp). Not pictured: 2 bags French Fries (5pp), a packet of Pop Chips (3pp) = 10pp

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Dinner: Chicago Town deep dish four cheese pizza (12pp), 1/4 serving of Corned Beef Hash (3pp) and 1/4 can of Heinz Tuscan Beanz (2pp) – more beans pictured but I didn’t really like them so only ate half! = 17pp

Yeah, so I think I went a little overboard in the last few days – particularly on Saturday. I did extra exercise and I think that contributed to me eating like a horse. Looking back it seems a bit ridiculous! Plus I ate four lots of pizza (1 healthified, the others not) which seems a bit much. I’ll see how I do during weigh in as looking at what I ate, makes me think I will have probably have gained!

EDIT: Lost 2lb this week. Although I think maybe I was lucky – I’m going to lay off the pizza this week!

Until next time.. x

Weigh In Tuesday – 02.05.15

Hi guys,

So after much thought I decided I wasn’t too keen on the meetings I’ve been to and what with trying to save money for a house deposit, I’ve decided to switch to just e-source and weigh in at home. Monthly pass costs £21.45/month and e-source is £15 for 3 months and as I feel that’s pretty much the more important part I need, it’ll be better for me as well as saving me around £16 a month.

Anyhow, I weighed in today at 15 stone 8lbs! A loss of 2lbs. Considering that consisted of a lot of pizza, I’m pretty happy with that. Going to try and not have so much junk and carbs this week though…

Until next time.. x

WW Food Shop – Asda 01.06.15

Hi guys,

Not a massive food shop this week as I’m trying to stick to budget. One thing to try and make sure I was under budget this week, I put all my items through the online groceries bit so I had a vague idea of roughly how much I was going to spend and I came in under budget 🙂

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Fruit and veg: a bunch of celery, 2 punnets of nectarines, 2 punnets of strawberries, carrots, cherry tomatoes, bananas and spinach

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Everything else: a small skimmed milk, 2 pots of fat free natural yoghurt, a can of Heinz tomato soup (300g – 5pp), laughing cow extra light triangles, laughing cow light triangles (only had 1 pack of extra light), a pack of turkey mince, 2 packs of bacon, some smoked salmon trimmings, bagel thins and sandwich thins.

Total: £21.84

I also popped to Tesco for 3 packs of frozen fruit salad and frozen butternut squash = £4.70

Overall total: £26.54 

So under budget this week. Hopefully will manage to keep away from any further spending this week.

Until next time.. x