Pancakes schmancakes!!

Hi folks!

Just a quickie but I thought I’d post a wee Step 2 friendly pancake recipe for you lovely readers who want to feel part of proceedings today! 

Instructions are in the image. My only tip is to be generous with your cinnamon and if you are on a higher step add in some of your fruit allowance if you prefer 🙂 

Hope you enjoy, now all you have to worry about it what you’ll be giving up for Lent- brave enough to forgo caffeine??! 

Happy cooking xx

  

2016- are you ready for me?

Greetings and Happy New Year my lovely readers!

There has been some radio silence from me lately, for which I am sorry. I am still here and happy to say I’m back on plan and in the swing of things!

I’ve been enjoying my recipes once more and I do have some new meal ideas and serving suggestions in development! My hero vegetable this week has been celeriac- I’ve been singing its praises to anyone and everyone! Normally I would chop up and freeze my celeriac to keep it fresh and ready to cook, but this week the freezer decided to have a wobble and so I had a whole celeriac rolling around the fridge!

I was making chickpea curry one night and I was thinking about Indian food (what’s new..) and in particular about the dish “aloo tikki” which is a North Indian dish of spiced mashed potatoes that are coated in a gram flour batter and deep fried (sorry!). What I did was boil and mash my 80g of celeriac- seasoned with a pinch of cumin seeds and garam masala- I formed little patties and browned each side in a hot pan. They were almost like spicy potato cakes.

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Excuse this picture- you do get more than those two little patties, I had left my dinner unattended and my lovely auntie decided to take a bite argh!

Keeping with the celeriac theme, I also thinly sliced my celeriac and sautéed them- they went beautifully with my cheese omelette and were a decent riff on celeriac crisps without the trauma of accidentally burning them (yes there is a story behind that!).

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This week saw my second weigh in with Karen for 2016 and I had high hopes to be honest. The past week I’ve felt stronger, healthier and less puffy. My clothes have also started to fit better. So it was with some excitement when I stepped up onto the scales. I waited. They were having a think. Another second passed (felt more like a minute).

And the second worst phrase any dieter wants to hear: “You’ve stayed the same”.

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I was the exact same weight as I had been the previous week. Almost to the sodding ounce!

Karen was at a loss. So was I. I hadn’t done anything differently in the previous week- I was eating and drinking the same things as previously so staying the same was a puzzle. I got some better news when we took my measurements- overall one inch off. So I guess that’s better than a kick in the teeth no??

The past few weeks have been a struggle to be honest. From the previous Christmas weigh in to my first one last week I had gained 7lbs. This included nearly a full week back on plan. So in reality I knew I had gained a lot more but had lost a little chunk of that before I saw Karen.

So what does this mean in terms of real time numbers? It means I have gained 36lbs overall in the last 8 weeks. Not brilliant, but not the end of the world either. It does bring it home that 8 weeks of reckless eating and drinking can undo nearly 12 weeks of hard work. I’m not particularly proud of the gain, but I am determined that it isn’t going to derail the ultimate goal I have in mind. I will lose this weight and carry on with my journey. I will also remember how I felt at this point in time when I next go on holiday!!

There is a fine line between accountability and being too self critical. I wanted to post the truth on here to show the reality of dieting and not dieting. I also wanted it on record for myself- as a way of being accountable and to not to hide behind excuses or to pretend it hasn’t happened. But I am not going to make myself feel bad and want to give up and then let it all spiral back out of control. That’s just not how I roll these days.

I’ve felt a little “at sea” recently, but my focus has returned. I found myself bargaining with myself today- ‘one day off plan won’t hurt’ etc. I actually got to the point where I flipped a coin- heads I stay on plan and tails I have a cheat meal.

The coin read tails. Instantly I was torn, and at that moment I knew my mojo was back.

I put the coin away and made my lunchtime Cambridge Weight Plan product.

x

Tears and Pooping Before Las Vegas

Hello hello hello!

Hope you haven’t been missing me too much! It’s been a rather eventful few weeks. The past few weeks have been a bit up and down to be honest. Let’s start from the beginning shall we?

So, it all started when I wasn’t paying attention to my nightly meals. I managed to eat eggs for four nights in a row. This was my biggest mistake. Cue some EPIC constipation (look, I gave enough clues in the blog title!). Cutting to the chase- I gained 9lbs in one week! cookiemonsterwth

I’ll be honest, I felt too ill to even care. I needed something, anything, a bomb up my bum preferably. My lovely consultant Karen reassured me it was the eggs and nothing more sinister. I agreed to take some drastic action to clear the blockage and then take the CWP fibre on a regular (hehe) basis. Eventually things went back to normal, but it was pretty rough for a while I must say. Luckily I lost those 9lbs over the next two weeks and for now I am back to where I was prior to the incident.

In other news, I am off to the most fabulous Las Vegas in a few days!! In preparation for this, I have been on Step3 for the last 10 days. It’s been pretty fun- I have created a specific page to show what I’ve been eating over the last week or so. Here you can see how I’ve adapted my Step 2 meals to Step 3- simply add in the carbohydrate portion.

Hopefully you won’t be too devastated by my absence- but I feel like I’ve earnt this break! I’m signing off for now and will see you all in December!

Happy Cooking and Successful Slimming! xx

Gone: 101 lbs. No returns!

It’s been a busy few weeks again- I appear to have slipped into a fortnightly update with you all. Like before, I’ve been crazy with work- but this time I was prepared! I’ve been bimbling along, staying focused and reminding myself of my goal.

Weigh in was after two weeks this time. I swear, every weigh in holds some new excitement and achievement: this week I achieved my century!

IMG_67023lbs down, 101 lbs lost, 7 stone 3lbs gone, 45.8kg vanished!

I can’t even fathom how I was carrying all this weight- as I binged on junk where did I think it was all going?!

Also, because I can’t resist a good comparison pic:

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This wasn’t me at my biggest but the dress I’m wearing in the left is so big on me now (from an unflattering and too small size 22) I’ve had to pin it twice so it doesn’t fall open. I think it’s officially retired as of this week! Yes the right hand pic is recent- do excuse the hair!

So life is going well, and I’ve been cooking up some yumminess for you all. Updates on the site include a banging leftovers dish in the form of a chicken and egg hash, my new take on turkey lasagnehummus crusted chicken AND chicken and red lentil stew. Phew! Can you tell it’s getting colder?? If you had to choose one recipe to start with- I highly urge you to make the stew. Hot, filling, and full of smoky flavour- enjoy!

As ever, wishing you all a successful and enjoyable week- keep cooking, and keep on track!

C xx

 

Thirty Weeks on Cambridge Weight Plan

Greetings my sweets!

I was a little naughty and didn’t get round to posting an update last week so here’s a bumper blog for you all muhahahaaaa!

As you may have noticed, I have been a bit down lately and had been struggling to get in the zone. After my last entry I literally decided I was “restarting” and forced myself to make the time to get in the zone and to recommit to the plan. I acted as though I’d just started and was doing all the things I did at the start to keep myself occupied and to stay focussed.

I’m very excited to say that this approach totally worked! I found my buzz again and fell in love with Step2 all over (yes…I just wrote that phrase…). Over the past two weeks I’ve been feeling better and it has shown on the scales!

Today was my 30th weigh in.. and this happened!!

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I’m extremely proud to be able to say that I have now officially lost 7 stone and am in the “overweight” BMI range rather than obese!

My little funk also prompted me to look at what I’ve been up to recently- things that in no way would have happened prior to starting CWP!

  • THEME PARKS!!! Yes! I went to Alton Towers, went on all the rides, didn’t get stuck, didn’t have to do the walk of shame and had a fabulous time. I also walked everywhere without wanting to die. You can see me here with some fellow slimmers who are also looking rather fabulous. IMG_6306
  • BLACK TIE FORMAL! My best friend and I attended her company ball- between us we have lost 12 stones so far (OH MY GOD). I think we looked pretty good!

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  • DRESSES! It’s been lovely to finally fit into some old work dresses of mine, it’s always been one of my goals to get back into them- this one is a favourite and so nice and warm! IMG_6318-0It’s so important to remind yourself of how far you have come- we start doing things we never would have dreamt of doing before losing weight or adopting a new attitude. Reaching this milestone made me look back and celebrate things that most of us will take for granted – and it certainly felt ‘normal’ when doing it- but you know what- you should still tell yourself

“Bloody Well Done!”

While we are on the subject of doing new things- I must say a big thank you! As of right now I have 109 subscribers to my blog and many daily visitors- this is something I never even thought possible- the fact I have created a website, published content and have people who actively want to listen to me is something pretty cool!

I must sign off, but I know you know I’ve been holding out on you guys! The cherry on this weeks post – THREE new meals for your perusal and delight. Try my Indian style scrambled eggs for a speedy but tasty dinner, or for a portable lunch (or even some healthy party foods) have a mooch at the hummus and cottage cheese dips. For anyone fancying a meat free Monday, check out the bean burgers– so filling and packed with flavour- Step 2 heaven!

Wishing you all a fabulous week and lots of yummy cooking,

C xx

 

The single lb that nobody ever wants!

Greetings my lovelies,

It’s been a stupendously busy week again for me (I’m not a fan of this regular going to work malark!). It’s crazy how much a break in routine can make you go la-la. Mostly this week I’ve either relied on frozen meals I’d prepared earlier or I have been cooking two portions of protein at a time so that I can save time for food prep when I’m super tired at the end of the day.

It proved to me that preparation really is the key ingredient to be successful- thanks to my advance cooking and the emergency bar I keep in my bag, I stayed 100% on plan. I am sorry to say my water intake suffered slightly though, and this was possibly reinforced by this weeks weigh in.

I lost a grand total of One Pound. I’ll be honest, I lost my shit a little when my consultant Karen told me. I always say a loss is a loss, but for two minutes I was properly miffed. Until I was reminded that I have lost 6 stone 4lbs so far! That one pound has contributed to that! Poor little pound, no one ever seems to want to see it!

So I started to get over it, I had lost weight and inches from my waist and hip. Then Karen reminded me again why she is the best consultant ever! She showed me the tape measure around my thigh at the size it was at our first meeting. Oh. My. God. IMG_6144So yeah….about that one pound loss this week… didn’t seem so catastrophic all of a sudden! If you do ever start to feel like you’re in a rut and not progressing, I strongly urge you to do this exercise- I had forgotten just how BIG I was when I started. Be proud of every pound!!

In my re-inflated mood I decided that dinner would be something extra special! I’d bought a packet of aduki beans a few weeks ago, after searching in 4 other supermarkets for the bleeders! Thursday night was going to be….taco night! This was delicious and so filling! IMG_6155Please note that the salt rim around my sugar free lemonade was for presentation purposes only 😀

Wishing you all successful weeks and happy weigh ins- just keep reminding yourselves that every pound, half inch, quarter inch and ounce matters! Keep cooking and keep thinking positive.

C xx

 

Interview! 100 Days of Cambridge Weight Plan with Chrissie E!

Well hello there beautiful!

First of all- many thanks to all the new subscribers that have followed this blog. It’s really nice to know that people are actually interested in what I have to say and want to follow new recipes!

This week has seen me mostly at work, it’s been a busy one and I’ve kept it simple with my meals. The cheese omelette and fauxtato salad have both featured- and one night I did the worlds hottest chickpea curry with vegetables (I put a whole red chilli in it… it was obscenely hot for once! Let’s just say it’s a good job I had a decent amount of yoghurt left to eat!).

Before I knew it, weigh day was upon me and I have good news- 3lbs off bringing my grand total loss to 87lbs (or 6stone 3lbs). I celebrated with a Rosemary and Lavender bubble bath and a warm chocolate and fruits of the forest mixed shake (half and half). My life is so rock and roll right now!

I haven’t got any new recipes posted this week but I couldn’t leave you fine people without some yumminess. Today, for your viewing pleasure, I am very excited to introduce you to a fellow CWP-er who is magic in the kitchen and was challenged to create 100 Step 2 meals at the start of her journey with CWP.

The amazing Chrissie has kindly answered some questions and allowed me to share her Pinterest board which contains every meal she has made…

Who inspired you to do ‘100 days’?

When I got back from my initial meeting with my consultant I was prepared to spend the whole journey on nothing but tins of tuna or chicken salad. When I told my friends this, they looked at the food list and challenged me to make something different everyday for 40 days (fully expecting me to crack after the first week). Then when I reached 40 meals my lovely consultant Katie challenged me to continue up to 50. From there it became a long standing joke, at every 10th meal I would say “Just 10 more, ha ha ha!”. 100 meals seemed like a nice number to stop at.

How do you come up with meal ideas?

My meal ideas are usually reliant on what I have in the fridge at the time. I then take the ingredients and decide what I fancy. Sometimes I use recipes I have tried in the past, and amend them for step 2. Although I admit the height of my cooking before CWP consisted of microwave dinners or toast. Other times people have suggested ideas, and I have thrown stuff together and hoped for the best.

What are your top three star ingredients?

My 3 star ingredients:

  1. Chickpeas, these are so versatile, I had never tried them before CWP, but they can be used in so many ways they are a must.
  2. Celeriac, for similar reasons to the chickpeas. I miss chips, and mash so much, but celeriac makes a fairly decent substitute for both.
  3. Chives – I love, love, love chives, they give everything a sweet oniony taste (which helps to make up for the lack of salt in all the dishes) plus they make the plate look pretty!

Could you pick a top 5 of your meals?

5 – Harissa Baked Cod on a bed of Cambridge style colcannon

4 – Tandoori chicken sandwiches

3 – Chicken & Asparagus cheesy roll up

2 – Spinach, Broccoli & Chicken tartlet

1 – Moroccan Chicken Tagine

These were by far my favourites to eat, but I have to give a special thumbs up to my Cambridge style McDonalds which was the most fun to make!

[Ed: And we can see why!]

How has doing the 100 days of different meals helped you on your CWP journey?

I worried that I wouldn’t be able to stick to the plan, and I really thought everyday would be a horrendous struggle. However, knowing that I had to find something new to cook each day took my mind off everything else. Having that cooking goal each day helped to keep me focused and determined. Also by sharing them with the CWP  [Facebook support] groups and receiving some lovely feedback from people helped to keep me totally motivated.

How important is meal presentation to you?

I am self confessed OCD-ish, presentation is important (even when I am not sharing the recipes). I like keeping things neat and organised. I tell myself that I do it to make the limited amount of food we are allowed to have look interesting and appealing. (Though it may just be I need a therapist ha ha ha!)

Any words of wisdom/tips on making your recipes?

The biggest piece of advice I would pass on would be “Preparation Is The Key!”

Decide what you are going to make early in the day (before work etc) and have the vital fiddly stuff, like ground chickpeas, or grated cauliflower measured and ready before you go out. Saves so much time later on. Always have lentils and chickpeas in the cupboard, they come in so useful for coatings; make friends with your spice rack …… you are going to be needing it!

Advice from a non food perspective: get rid of your bathroom scales, the only ones that matter are the consultants (although I confess to the odd sneaky peek in the week). Also, if you have any questions ask on the Facebook groups, there are no such things as stupid questions and there is a huge chance that whatever problem you are having, someone on there has had the same at some point. It’s a vital support network!

Thank you so much Chrissie for taking the time to contribute to this weeks blog post. I really do urge you all to browse her Pinterest board and follow for any future updates- I am in actual awe of those meals!!

If you want more information about any of these recipes, feel free to leave a message on Chrissie’s Pinterest board. The Facebook support groups referred to are closed groups on Facebook that are there to help you with your CWP journey. There are many groups available; for those totally focused on the plan search in Facebook for Cambridge 100% Support Group and send a request to join.

That’s a wrap for this week folks, I hope you enjoyed this feature and as always- keep cooking!!

C xx