I could be talking about the temperature outside as it is nearly minus 3 ° . It was minus 1.5 ° just now. But I am not. I am bragging about the 3 pounds I lost this week :-). I was expecting that kind of a loss as I have been really good this week, eaten healthily, exercised regularly and ended the week within points. That nearly didn’t happen though.
Last Monday when I was at the cinema,
lustfully gazing at Daniel Craig, completely absorbed in the film, I chomped my way through a large bag of Revels. I had already posted my blog for the day so I didn’t declare it. I did dutifully add it to my on-line points tracker. That one bag of chocolates was 23 points !!!! I was really horrified because that wiped out nearly half of my weekly extras on the first day. The way Weight Watchers works is you get a set amount of daily points, which vary according to your age, weight and height etc. I get 33 points a day. You also get 49 extra points each week. I use some extra points every day but mainly save them for the weekend so I can enjoy some booze and a meal out with a pudding. So to have started the week with half of my extra points used up panicked me. I even contemplated not bothering to diet all week because how would I manage with half my points missing?
I did diet all week though and remembered you can earn extra points by exercising, which is what I did. Every day I went on a walk of at least an hour so I earned extra points. Hence I managed to end the week within points. But I really was at a crazy point last Tuesday morning when the fear of failure (i.e. not managing to stick to my point allowance all week) was so great, I almost didn’t want to try. But I did, so I am glad I persevered and feel very proud of my 3 point weight loss.
For breakfast today I tried another one of Natural Noshing’s scramble recipes. This time I was inspired by her Cajun egg and bean scramble. As usual though I didn’t have exactly the right ingredients so I made my own version.
Spicy Vegetable Scramble
Ingredients (serves 1)
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 large shallot
- ½ a red pepper
- ½ a red chilli
- 3 portabellini mushrooms
- large handful of kale
- 1 tbsp chick peas
- 2 eggs
- Fajita seasoning
- Finely chop the shallot, pepper, chilli and mushrooms.
- Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan.
- When the oil is warm, add the shallot, pepper and chilli and fry gently for 5 minutes.
- Add the mushrooms and kale and fry for another 5 minutes.
- Add the chick peas.
- Move the vegetables to one side of the pan and add the other 1 tbsp oil to the other half of the pan.
- Add the eggs and cook until scrambled.
- While the eggs cook, add the Fajita seasoning.
- Stir to mix all ingredients together and serve.
12 WW points.
To be honest I overdid the chilli so eating this started off as a bit of a challenge. But when I got used to the heat, I really enjoyed it. It was a good selection of vegetables which provided interesting flavours, tastes and textures.
It kept me full until I got round to lunch, which was very late.
Mid morning Suzanne collected me and we went to Casa Mirella’s for a coffee. La Bella Mirella made a stunning cup of coffee.
I only popped in but the lovely coffee, roaring fire and lovely company meant time flew and before we knew it, it was 3 hours later!
When I was at home I started setting up a new blog for the Ramsgate house and was so engrossed in my task, it was nearly 5pm before I had lunch. Lunch was a quick and easy stir fry of 100g brown basmati rice, 80 g leftover pork from last night and kale. I used 1 tbsp sesame oil for frying. Lunch was 12 WW points.
Supper was also mainly left overs. Talk about convenience food!
I had a portion of the lentil sloppy Joes (4 WW points) and a portion of Turlu Turlu (5 WW points) which I served with some raw spinach, a tomato, half an avocado (4 points) and 1 tbsp vinaigrette (2 points).
Like many of the vegetarian dishes I cook, they taste so much better the next day! This was a really yummy dinner. The lentils and Turlu were good together and the salad was a fresh and welcome addition.
One more pound and I have lost three and a half stone. So my target for next week is one more. Just one. It must be doable 🙂