Oct 31, 2014

Dear Rob... #weigh-in-4

Happy Halloween!! 

Now, first thing...  don't lose the plot this weekend... you wouldn't have all those sweets in the house normally so don't go crazy just because the little people are on a sugar buzz at the front door! And remember... I heard a rumour you can treat yourself with a Chinese or a glass of wine and not touch single sweet... no word of a lie! 

This weeks is a guest post is from Rob Partridge a funny and amazingly talented person who has lost 5 st 2 lbs to date with Weight Watchers! Anyone who followed the "Strictly Come Dancing' with Weight Watchers Ireland for charity, will have no doubt spotted his moves! I was only gutted I was away when he was throwing shapes in the finals in Dublin! Encore next year!!!

I hate that he has better legs than me too! ;P 

You can find Rob... 

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And his fantastic blog about movies, 
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Dear Rob
by Rob Partridge

I always weigh up what I’m going to do, big or small, by looking at the pro’s and con’s.  I do, metaphorically, have a little angel on one shoulder and little devil on the other.  Sometimes the wrong one wins.  I’ve always been told that writing things down helps which is probably why I keep a journal/diary and why I still hand write letters to people.  With that in mind I thought I’d write to Angel Rob and Devil Rob and just let them know my feelings on a few things.

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Dear Angel Rob,

We need to talk!

Remember a few years back when I joined Weight Watchers and you were all “Oh man!  Well done!  This is a brilliant step!” and you encouraged me week by week to point my food properly and I ended up losing five stone?  That was awesome!  Thanks for that.  Your support was incredible, needed and really useful.

Sadly though you made a few mistakes and it’s those we need to talk about.

When I say “It’s Tuesday, I’ve been weighed, I’m getting Chinese food!” on my way home from my Weight Watchers meeting your response shouldn’t be “Go for it Rob.  You deserve it.  Okay, so you were up but you thought about being good and after all it’s the thought that counts.”  No Angel Rob, no!  You should be saying “Hang fire big guy!  If  you’re having Chinese food then today just became a ProPoints day and not a Filling & Healthy day so you need to point the food you had earlier.  Why not finish the day on the filling & healthy and tomorrow we’ll do ProPoints and you can have the Chinese food without feeling the guilt?”

Angel Rob you could also suggest I use my weekly 49 but to be honest I’d rather you didn’t because as you well know I like to save those for treats.

Furthermore when I’m in a petrol station grabbing a coffee in the morning and I think “If I get a walk in later I could have that sausage sandwich!” you should be butting in and saying “Why not walk first then have the sandwich?” and if (when!) I argue with you then you should really stick to your guns rather than smiling and saying “Okay, well I won’t tell if you don’t!”  It’s sweet and all that but not helpful.

Angel Rob you need to start telling me to tell people.  Not verbally or to strangers because we both know from experience that that just lands us in trouble!  No I need to tell my journal or tracker.  Too many pages end up with question marks or big red X’s and some have #Fail! written across them.  If you’re my good little angel then you need to tell me that writing anything other what I’ve eaten is unacceptable.  

You need to back to how you were Angel Rob.  You need to go back to lowering and shaking your head slowly and sadly when I look at a doughnut that I don’t have the points for.  You need to smile at me when I choose fruit over a chocolate bar and you need to comfort me when I’m crying out to be good.  Yeah, I struggle sometimes but I’m five clothes sizes smaller and five stone lighter.  Focus on those will you please and encourage me to continue to do good so I can get rid of the rest of this unnecessary weight.

Yours with love,

Real Rob.

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Dear Devil Rob.

I only have two things to say to you.

Fried rice is not the same as brown rice!
Go to hell!

Unfortunately yours,

Real Rob.

Great losses again this week! Chart below, again if I've missed anyone let me know! A couple more 7's added this week! Rocking it people! Woo hoo! 

Oct 30, 2014

Halloween Brack!

A quick recipe post!

I'm not a big fruitcake person.. gimme a 'sponge' (by sponge I clearly mean cupcake!) any day but there's something about brack and Halloween that I love... My downfall is the thick layer of butter that goes with it...  I'm drooling as I type I swear! *note to self NEVER blog hungry!*

Today in class Michelle... my amazing leader, who really needs to write a cookbook, made her version of Halloween brack which, the way way, costs less than a euro to make AND you don't need butter on it! It's a great recipe for your Christmas cake too for 'the visitors' as my family call them! Other tips in the class were adding cinnamon and glazing it with and egg was to make it all shiny and fancy! 

AAANNNNDDD... the bags of Mixed Fruit are available in ALDI for 59c at the moment too! so BARGAIN!

Pop the mix into a 2lb loaf tin like so...  

No butter required and it smells like Christmas! 

Go forth and bake! 

Oct 29, 2014

Farmhill - Brunch Club

FINALLY a brunch place within crawling/hangover distance for me (kinda!). Farmhill is based in Goatstown and it's one of those 'just-off-the-main-road' places, that you can hit before fighting the masses in Dundrum Shopping centre over the next few weeks! Cause lets face it, Dundrum is just once giant creche, both man and child, from now until mid-January! 

All the usual suspects are on the brunch menu and I got there bang on 9.30am on a Saturday morning with a hungry companion, and there was almost a queue to get in! 

All their ingredients are fresh with free range chicken & eggs, handmade baked goods, organic, natural wines and craft beers although it was a bit early for that! 

The scones had arrived by the time I left but I was so full,
 I couldn't even talk myself into bringing one home! I mean that's serious!

What's lovely about Farmhill is its not intimidating... you can have a coffee and scone, or book a full blown meal for dinner in the evening and it's got that atmosphere you can just relax and enjoy your food, your really really nice food... it's not squashed.. the menus are clear... and the coffee is goooooood!

I know HOW cute! teeny tiny milk churns!

The full Irish I was told was 'awesome' and had the works... 
eggs 'how you like' and batch toast... 

My usual was just delicious... 
with an extra rasher cause I didn't have the has browns! WHAT!?!

and my 'Skinny-doll-is-it-runny-enough-poached-egg-test'?! 
Passed with flying colours!

The fancy soap in the bathroom, cause I'm all about the loos now it seems, 
smelt soooo good! Basil and Sweet Orange hand lotion AND Irish made!

If you get the chance to visit Farmhill I'd HIGHLY recommend it... fabulous food, free parking, friendly staff and very reasonably priced delicious grub! 

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Oct 27, 2014


For those of us in Ireland... it's the last bank holiday of the year... UK your turn next week, yes? ... it's the last Monday off before Christmas for most of us... and whilst the weather is the usual miserable rain and wind... just remember... it's just ONE day... the same 24 hours that we would have had if it wasn't a bank holiday.. so there's no need to lose the plot this week! The damage you can do in 24 hours is incredible and once its over all you'll feel is guilty and you can just give up and say 'feck it ... I just can't do it, there's no point then have a bun... and the fact that you have to UNDO the damage hurts even more... No one said you can't have a little fun... but don't think you can write off the week because you over did it... Shoulders back... chins up... OK only I have many chins.. but you know what I mean... and face the week afresh! It's just one day x

Oct 24, 2014

A Better Christmas with A Better Me! ... Weigh-in 3!

Week 3! Its coming a lot faster than you realised isn't it?! 

This weeks guest post is by a Weight Watchers leader who has 'been-there-done-that-and -has-the-tshirt' ... her website is just brilliant and if you follow her on Facebook you already ready know that the recipes and food pics she posts are delicious! She is one of the most motivational people out there... and when you're stuck or struggling she's got the right words and the right shoes to kick you in the butt! She's just brilliant! 

For those lucky enough to live near her, she runs cookery classes... check out her site link below or better yet drool like the rest of us on a Monday when all the pics go live... 
Verette can be found here... 

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Christmas... Before & After 

By Verette from A Better Me

I was chuffed to be asked by Skinny Doll to write a little blog post for her Christmas Challenge and of course I immediately said yes count me in. I had a think long and hard about what to write and given that it’s a Christmas theme I thought I might as well tell you about a really bad Christmas party that I attended in my “heavier” life and how I view Christmas now in my “slimmer” life!

My before! 

11 years ago I was almost 15 stone weight, not good when you’re only 5 foot 3 and as with most overweight people I’m sure, I used to break out in a sweat when I would get an invitation to something as the first thought was always “I have nothing to wear”. Truth was I had tons of clothes but nothing fit and all the tents I did wear were definitely not suitable for the Christmas party that I had just been invited to. So rather than decline yet another invitation because of my weight, I decided to borrow a dress and attend that party, even though it was the last thing I wanted to do. Best decision I ever made actually because that night was the turning point for me. 

I arrived at the party where of course everyone in the room looked sparkly and beautiful and there was me in my borrowed dress and not alone was that too tight for me but for some insane reason I decided to wear a choker too (Trust me they were a thing at the time) but trust me too when I tell you, that you should never ever wear a choker when you have more than one chin! All I wanted to do that night was hide but obviously in a room full of people that’s not easy, so I did what I did a lot then and focused on the food. When was it going to be served and how much could I eat without bursting out of that dress?

While I was shoving down my emotions with food that evening I overheard a lady beside me (gorgeous figure, beautiful dress, no choker) talking about how busy her life was. Two kids same as me, working part-time same as me, straight hair same as me, only thing it seemed she had that I didn’t was a slim body. While I sat there and listened, I had my light bulb moment. That lady had a very similar life to mine but she obviously worked hard at staying a healthy weight where as I used my busy life as an excuse not to. I decided there and then that I would not be in a borrowed dress for the Christmas party the following year and at the beginning of January I joined Weight Watchers.

My after!

I lost 4 and a half stone that year, it took me 51 weeks to do that , I always say I took the scenic route as I felt it was a slow burn , a pound here a pound there, but would I change that? Hell no! I’ve maintained that weight loss bar a few pounds up or down for almost 11 years now. I can say hand on my heart that I will never be that girl again that sat at a party and was more interested in the food then the company. Christmas is very different for me now. I’m still busy, busier than ever actually but the difference now is that I’ve learned how to manage my life better , how to prioritise my health and eating habits , how to know when enough is enough and still in all of that how to enjoy the magic that is Christmas. I love all the sparkle, I love the twinkly lights, I love coming home to a big fire after a long walk on a cold and crispy day. I still love the food but its cooked in a much healthier way and even then it’s not nearly as important as the people in my life. Family and not food is what Christmas is, and should always be, about. 

Thanks for reading and I hope you get your Christmas wish this year!

Verette x

See what I mean about AMAZING inspirational people out there!?! Verette asked me to choose one of the after pics but I just couldn't, she looks so fabulous in both of them! 

Rocking around the Christmas tree is exactly what will be happening with you lot... as this went to post there's a group loss of 163.5lbs! 3 people hitting the half stone loss already and many others really REALLY close to it! Christmas crackers on the way!!! Chart below!!! 

Remember if I've missed your weigh-in, just let me know, some slip through the cracks and I think I'm very organised and I've done them and I haven't! eek!!! 

Have an amazing week! x

Oct 22, 2014

Snuggly Drinks...

Its that time of year when we get all warm and fuzzy watching the tellybox and start raiding the kitchen for goodies... and halloween and Christmas bring nothing but chocolate treats all shiny and pretty!

Hot Chocolate is a great quick fix, even chucking in a few marshmallows helps the sugar cravingly adding 1 PP!

So my personal fav is the Aldi Hot Chocolate.. but here's some of the hot chocs out there at the moment... 

Wispa Hot Choccy - 3PP per serving 

Weight Watchers Hot Chocolate - 1PP per serving 

Nescafe Gingerbread Latte - 2PP per serving 

Aero Hot Choc - 3PP per serving 

Weight Watchers Hot Chocolate with Caramel - 1PP per serving 

Aldi Hot Choc light - 1PP per serving 
My personal fav... 

Marks & Spencer 1PP per serving

Marks & Spencer 4PP per 35g serving

Marks & Spencer 2PP per 18g serving

Marks & Spencer 2PP per 15g serving

If you've got a favourite low PP drink add it to the comments below!

Oct 20, 2014

Get yourself an attitude problem!!!

You are worth it.
You can do it.
There's nothing to stop you but yourself! 

That. Is. All! 

Have a great week!