Celebrations = 1lb gain = 9½ lbs to go

OMGosh, what a week.  I received confirmation that I passed my Exercise to Music (ETM) qualification, whoop whoop, and have not stopped celebrating since.  Not preparing meals, eating takeaways and having the odd glass of wine equals……weight gain, however I did give up carbonated drinks.

My slimming companion, Joanne, lost 1½ lbs this week making her the leader in our weight loss challenge as her total to 9lbs to go.  Competition is now on!!!

I have put one of my fat pictures up in my kitchen and if the weather holds up I will be going jogging as Race for Life is getting closer.  One of the recipes I am looking to make this week is:

Serves: 4


6 skinless chicken breast fillets
One calorie cooking spray
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 large shallots, peeled and finely grated
3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely grated
½ tsp crushed cardamom seeds
½ tsp turmeric
1 tbsp tikka masala powder or tandoori spice blend powder
4 tbsp passata
150ml chicken stock
100g fat free natural fromage frais
tomato and red onion slices, to garnish

1. Spray the chicken with the low calorie cooking spray and season well. Place under a preheated hot grill and cook for 15-20 minutes, turning once until cooked through. Remove and, when cool, cut into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.

2. Spray a large non-stick frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add the shallots and garlic along with the crushed cardamom seeds, turmeric and tikka masala powder. Stir-fry for 1 minute before adding the passata.

3. Add the chicken and stock and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from the heat, stir in the fromage frais and season to taste. Garnish with the tomato and red onion slices. Great served with cabbage sprinkled with black onion seeds.

Tip:Freezer friendly

Lost 1 ½ lbs…..8 ½ lbs to go

Wow what a week its been, trying to stay away from chocolate has been sooooo difficult.  Although I bought Milkyway stars multipack as a treat, I also bought Wispa mini bites…..which was a BIG mistake as they are so moreish.

Exercise has definitely been a big help this week, Zumba and the other Fitness classes I have attended has kept me off the sofa and doing something.  With Race for Life coming up soon I will be increasing my training.

Outside of snacks and fitness, I have also been cooking my meals, which has helped fill my hunger pains.  A new Slimming World recipe I made this week was Spicy Chicken as it’s a great alternative for KFC chicken.


8 chicken drumsticks, skinned
2 tbsp paprika
2 tsp turmeric
6 tbsp dark soy sauce
2 tbsp garlic salt
2 tsp ground ginger
4 tbsp white wine vinegar
6 large baking potatoes, peeled and cut into chips
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Fry Light
2 carrots, peeled and coarsely grated
¼ white cabbage, finely shredded
4 level tbsp extra light mayonnaise
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp fat-free natural fromage frais
400g can baked beans

1. Slash the flesh of each drumstick a few times and place in a large bowl. Mix the spices, soy sauce, garlic salt, ginger and vinegar, then pour over the drumsticks, making sure they’re evenly coated. Cover and leave to marinate in the fridge for 6-8 hours.

2. Preheat your oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Place the chicken on a baking tray lined with baking parchment. Cook for 30-35 minutes, or until cooked through.

3. Meanwhile, boil the chips in a pan for 4-5 minutes. Drain, then replace the lid and steam dry. Shake the pan to roughen up the edges. Put on a non-stick baking tray and season. Spray with Fry Light and bake for 20-25 minutes.

4. Mix the carrots, cabbage, mayonnaise, lemon juice and fromage frais to make the coleslaw. Stir, season, then cover and chill until needed. Heat the beans through in a small pan.

5. Serve the chicken with a pot of coleslaw and the chips and beans on the side.


Lost half a pound……10lbs to go.

Today is officially day one on the diet challenge.  At Slimming world, Joanne and I both have 10lbs to lose to reach our target weight and we decided that it would be fun to see who will lose 10lbs first.

Personally I need this type of challenge to get me back on track as Easter was so hard to resist temptation………and I did really bad, especially with mum’s cooking.

Last night I made Lamb Korai a Slimming world recipe which was lovely last night.  To help with snacking today I’m going to make Houmous dip and buy multi pack of Milky Way stars as they do not have many syns and will give me my daily sugar fix.

Houmous dip

1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced
Fry Light
400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
20-50ml water
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt to taste

1. Place the sliced red pepper on a baking tray sprayed with Fry Light and roast until softened.

2. Once the pepper is cooked and cooled, place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend, adding more water if necessary to create a smooth paste.

3. Add salt to taste and serve with chopped up carrot batons or any of your favourite Free vegetable sticks!


It’s all about New Beginnings

Easter time is all about starting a new…..a second chance to focus on the resolutions set at New Year or create new ones and start again.

For me two weeks ago I gained 3lbs and lost 1lb last week.  I got caught up in all the Easter hype of hot cross buns, mini eggs and those delicious Easter cakes Mr Kipling keeps making.  It is oh soooo easy to do and I am glad I have spotted it now.

After a chat with one of the Zumba ladies at Slimming World we have decided to join forces and work together as we both want to lose another 9lbs to reach our target weights.  It’s good to have a goal to focus.  What is your goal? Are you on track for the new you?