The Last Start-Over

Hi guys,

It’s been a long time. Hope you’re all well! I’m finally back (again!), hopefully for the last time. It’s been a horrible few months culminating with my ex attempting suicide and my Uncle passing last week.

However, it has taught me that life is short. Goals I want to achieve, I need to stop putting off as time flies by so quickly. So I am back, motivated and am going to try my hardest to get to my goal weight. The closest I’ve gotten in the past few months is 14st 2lb when I was seriously ill and hadn’t eaten for about 2 weeks and I’ve just returned from Hong Kong after my Uncle’s passing at 15st 5lb. I will be back on smart points on WeightWatchers so hopefully I’ll finally get my brain into gear and get my losses piling up.

I started off yesterday with a good day but today I’ve been feeling a little sluggish and not really wanting to drink much liquid which isn’t good. I’ve gone over my points slightly as I couldn’t resist a bowl of ramen (the one from the Fire Noodle Challenge on YouTube.. delicious!) but nothing that has taken me totally off the rails.

My Uncle’s funeral is next week so I think I would like to set myself a 2lb target. I’ve been really struggling with my energy levels (also possibly in part due to jet lag) so if you have any good tips to feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed; let me know!

Also I am back on Instagram – follow me @aspiringskinnyminnie

Until next time.. x

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WW Meal Plan – 07.07.15 – 13.07.15

Hi guys,

Another week, another meal plan.

Tuesday – F&H
Breakfast: toasted brown sandwich thins with 2 poached eggs
Lunch: ham salad on sandwich thins with fruit smoothie
Dinner: savoury 5% mince with veggies and potatoes

Wednesday 14pp+
Breakfast: fruit smoothie with chia seeds and flax seeds and 2 seafood sticks (5pp)
Lunch: can of beans (9pp)
Dinner: dinner out with my sister

Thursday – F&H
Breakfast: toasted sandwich thins with 2 poached eggs
Lunch: savoury 5% beef mince with veggies and potatoes
Dinner: smoothie and fruit platter

Friday – F&H – 1pp
Breakfast: baked beans & soft boiled eggs and a sandwich thin
Lunch: WW wholemeal pasta with seafood and 2tbsp pesto (1pp)
Dinner: savoury 5% beef mince with veggies and potatoes

Saturday – F&H – 15pp
Breakfast: 2x weetabix golden syrup (4pp) with skimmed milk
Lunch: WW wholemeal pasta with seafood and 2tbsp pesto (1pp)
Dinner: pancakes (6pp for flour) with bacon, blueberries and 3tbsp maple syrup (4pp) = 10pp

Sunday – F&H – 10pp
Breakfast: poached eggs on sandwich thin
Lunch: broccoli and pea soup with a sandwich thin
Dinner: pancakes (6pp for flour) with bacon, blueberries and 3tbsp maple syrup (4pp) = 10pp

Monday – 25pp
Lunch: carvery = 25pp
Dinner: broccoli and pea soup with sandwich thin

Until next time.. x

WW Meal Plan – 30.06.15 – 06.07.15

Hi guys,

Hope you are all well. As I mentioned in my previous post, OH has challenged me to meal plan from what we already have in the freezer and cupboards and to try and not do a food shop. I’m a little doubtful to not doing a food shop altogether so there might be a tiny shop to just top up some essentials. I’m also doing part counting, part Filling & Healthy this week to try and combat my case of the munchies which have been coming more and more frequently in the past couple of weeks!

Tuesday – Counting – 29pp
Breakfast: Graze peaches provancale granola (6pp) with 250ml skimmed milk (3pp) = 9pp
Lunch: Holland steak and kidney pudding (9pp) with 150g new potatoes (3pp) and roast carrots = 12pp
Dinner: 2 egg omelette (4pp) with courgette, mushroom and 40g grated cheese (4pp) = 8pp

Wednesday – Counting – 31pp
Breakfast: fruit smoothie with 30g oats (3pp) and 30g chia seeds (3pp) = 6pp
Lunch: Baijia spicy and sour vermicelli (10pp) with 200g fish balls (6pp) = 16pp
Dinner: 4 cod fish fingers (6pp) with 150g potatoes (3pp) = 9pp

Thursday – Counting – 29pp
Breakfast: homemade American pancakes (10pp) with 2 bacon medallions (1pp), banana and 2 tbsp maple syrup (3pp) = 14pp
Lunch: Tesco everyday tomato soup (5pp) with 2 boiled eggs (4pp) = 9pp
Dinner: yoghurt (2pp) with frozen fruit, 3 ryvita (2pp) with 30g ham (1pp) and 30g Phili light (1pp) = 6pp

Friday – Filling & Healthy
Breakfast: fruit smoothie, boiled eggs, baked beans
Lunch: roasted salmon with carrots and peas
Dinner: WW pasta with scallops, prawns, mussels

Saturday – Filling & Healthy – 5pp
Breakfast: scrambled eggs, baked beans, Quorn bitesize kiev (100g – 5pp) = 5pp
Lunch: WW pasta with scallops, prawns, mussels
Dinner: savoury 5% beef mince with roast new potatoes

Sunday – Counting – 16pp+
Breakfast: 3 Weetabix golden syrup (6pp) with 250ml skimmed milk (3pp) = 9pp
Lunch: WW salmon wedge ready meal = 7pp
Dinner: out for dinner with family

Monday – Filling & Healthy
Lunch: savoury 5% beef mince with roast new potatoes
Dinner: veggie soup – thinking broccoli and peas at the moment.

Until next time.. x

Pre-Weigh In Thoughts + Re-strategising

Hi guys,

This week has been terrible. I’m not going to come up with a load of excuses but basically I fell off the wagon immensely. I definitely need to get my mind into gear and focus on what I’m aiming for. I definitely think I’m up for a gain (again!) this week. I’m going to re-strategise and I’ve decided that I’m going to point for the first half of the week and do filling and healthy for the second half. I’m really struggling with the weekends at the minute and I just go totally overboard. I think if I do F&H at least it will give me a little flexibility whilst hopefully getting me to eat the right thing rather than endless junk and then going over my points!

My aim for last week was to work on my sleeping pattern – major fail there. I’m going to try extra hard this week. Also OH has politely asked me to clear the freezer and cupboards so I’m going to try and forego my weekly shop (big emphasis on try) and use bits I already have. I’m not sure how well that’s going to work for fresh fruit and veg but I do have some frozen I think and some bits left over from my veg box. We shall see.

Until next time.. x

Weigh In Tuesday – 2lb on :(

Hi guys,

Weighed in this morning at 15st 4.75 lbs meaning a 2lb weight gain. I kind of saw it coming towards the end of the week as my sleeping pattern has gone haywire with my hayfever and some stressful family stuff going on. I’ve not necessarily been having extra meals when surviving on 3 hours sleep but I think during meal times my appetite has grown this week and I’ve not been drinking anywhere near enough water and overindulging on Pepsi Max’s in an attempt to stay awake during the day.

It’s ok though. Although my sleeping pattern isn’t quite back on track yet I’m going to try really hard to get my water intake up again and make sure I’m taking all my medication (I keep forgetting the odd one here and there and they seem to have an effect on water retention). Minimum 2.5L and I need to start exercising again rather than being lazy and taking my car everywhere which is the case at the minute! I will let you know how I get on!

Until next time.. x

WW Meal Plan – 16.06.15 – 22.06.15

Hi guys,

Sorry I’m behind on posts – I’m starting afresh this week as I’m a bit confused to where I am with all my meal posts! I think I’m going to end up with a slight gain this week as my sleeping pattern has flown out of the window and my hay fever has been crazy 😦

Tuesday – 19pp
Breakfast: sandwich thin (3pp) with 30g ham (1pp) and a Laughing Cow extra light triangle with a fruit smoothie = 4pp
Lunch: Braised tofu (7pp) with 135g cooked rice (5pp) = 12pp
Dinner: Roast cauliflower with roast carrots, 150g new potatoes (3pp) with salad = 3pp

Wednesday – 34pp
Breakfast: mushroom spinach 2 egg omelette (4pp) with 40g half fat cheddar (3pp) = 7pp
Lunch: korean tofu stew (7pp) with 135g cooked rice (5pp) = 12pp
Dinner: hot and spicy vermicelli (10pp) with roast pork steak (5pp) = 15pp

Thursday – 26pp
Breakfast: 2 bacon medallions (1pp) egg (2pp) sandwich thin (3pp) and a fruit smoothie = 6pp
Lunch: korean tofu stew (7pp) with 135g cooked rice (5pp) = 12pp
Dinner: Veggie soup with 2 sandwich thins (6pp) 60g ham (2pp) and a Laughing Cow extra light triangle = 8pp

Friday – 16pp
Breakfast: sandwich thin (3pp) with 30g ham (1pp) and a Laughing Cow extra light triangle with a fruit smoothie = 4pp
Lunch: braised tofu (7pp) with 135g cooked rice (5pp) = 12pp
Dinner: Dinner with my sister at a Korean restaurant

Saturday – 27pp
Breakfast: mushroom 2 egg omelette (4pp) with 40g half fat cheddar (3pp) = 7pp
Lunch: 3 chicken drumsticks (8pp) with roast carrots and salad = 8pp
Dinner: 170g salmon (8pp) with roast carrots, salad, 150g sweet potato (4pp) = 12pp

Sunday – 31pp
Lunch: Nando’s chicken thighs (14pp) with spicy rice (7pp) and ratatouille (3pp) = 24pp
Dinner: WW salmon potato wedge = 7pp

Monday – 8pp+
Lunch: lunch with Mum
Dinner: veggie soup, 2 sandwich thins (6pp) 60g ham (2pp) Laughing Cow extra light triangle = 8pp

Left some room for snacks. Hopefully my sleeping pattern will go back to normal this week, fingers crossed.

Until next time.. x

Food Shopping – 14.06.15 – Tesco & Veg Box

Hi guys,

Sorry this post is a little late! Life has somehow got in the way.

Something a little different this week. I went to Tesco for my food shop as there were some Tesco-only bits I wanted to get and I decided to order a fruit and veg box from Brown’s the Greengrocer who a lot of people local to me have been raving about. I have to admit the stuff I got was really fresh and good quality (although slightly different from what I anticipated) and there was so much of it!

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Fruit & Veg Box: broccoli, cauliflower, leek, strawberries, iceberg lettuce, bag of peas in the pod, apples, cherries, satsumas, donut peaches, bananas, onions, potatoes, spring onion, plums, radishes, honeydew melon, carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, celery and summer cabbage

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Tesco: Kingmill burger thins, Tesco tortilla chips, melba thins, 50% less fat grated cheddar, Tesco tomato soup, variety popcorn, dairylea dunkers jumbo tubes, light cheese slices, mushy peas, tex mex dip, spinach, mushrooms, honey roast wafer ham and frozen fruit salad.

I went a little over my budget due to the “treats” I saw in Tescos and a random hankering for nachos and dip (should have eaten before I went!).

Veg box: £15, Tesco: £18.33. Total: £33.33

Until next time.. x