Week 2 - I survived week 1 & tomato soup recipe.



Inspiration for the coming week, The Clonabreany courtyard

Ok so week 1 of the dreaded Weight Watchers is done. I always find the first week the hardest because I really miss the junk I eat be it sweets or snacking on peanuts before dinner, and I am also quite cranky when I first start dieting which I was on a few occasions last week I will admit. For the first time though I am feeling quite upbeat about the whole diet thing maybe its because I have a goal in May of getting married. I am doing the Weight Watchers at home plan as I cannot afford to go to meetings, personally I think this works for me as I am very good with keeping myself in check when I am on a diet. I am weighing in officially every Monday and having weighed in this morning I have started well losing 10.4 pounds over the past week. Firstly as you can imagine I am chuffed with this start but bear in mind I know this figure is unrealistic for a number of reasons. The reason being is during the first week or so of Weight Watchers I tend to lose quite a bit of weight which I sometimes refer to as "fake weight". I call it such due to the fact such dramatic weight loss can be down to a number of factors, water weight loss, a shock to the system of being on a diet and or my glycogen levels going down. In fact weightwatchers.co.uk explains the following here:

Weight tends to be lost quickly at the start of a weight loss plan

During the first few weeks of losing weight, a quick drop in pounds is normal. When calories from food are reduced, the body gets the energy necessary by releasing its stores of glycogen (a type of carbohydrate found in the muscles and liver). Glycogen naturally holds onto water, so when your glycogen stores are burned for energy, water is also released — about 4g of water for every 1g of glycogen — often resulting in substantial body weight loss that's mostly water.


Either way I am quite happy with the start it gives you a boost immediately when you begin setting yourself up for a long road ahead. I have exactly 28 pounds to lose before the 1st of May, a goal I am confident of reaching. Just to give you an indication of what my diet (below) is like and a typical day on Weight Watchers for me. First off due to my height and current weight I get quite a large Pro Points allowance getting a 57 points a day which equates to 2280 calories a day ( 1 point roughly equals 40 calories ). You also get an allowance of 49 points extra to eat throughout the week, I tend personally to steer clear of this allowance as I don't make use of it, and I also do not use activity points.

The below daily record is exactly what I am having today:

Before I start its worth stating you must drink I think 8 glasses of water a day but I drink water from the minute I wake up till I go to bed, it keeps you full for longer and aids digestion.

Breakfast

100g muesli
100ml of milk - low fat
250ml of orange juice
Mug of coffee  - 1 sugar and dash of milk

Mid Morning

1 normal sized yogurt - Aldi's Dunneen range
1 Apple ( I am currently eating Cornelius Traas amazing Elstars, check him out here)

Lunch

500ml of my own tomato soup which is detailed below for the recipe
1 tortilla filled with 100g of lean ham, lettuce, onions and peppers. 

Mid Afternoon

100g of my own soda bread with 10ml of flora ( basically those small packets you get in cafes)
Small coffee - 1 sugar and dash of slimline milk (its what they have in work)
1 orange - I am currently eating the gorgeous Ripoll oranges check them out here.

Dinner

Large serving of Joanne's stew which contains no fat or oil using very lean beef.
200g of potatoes
250ml of orange juice

Post dinner treat

Mug of tea - 1 sugar and dash of milk
2 pink and white wafers - these are great when on a diet as they are only 40 calories / 1 point per wafer.

All of the above equates to my daily allowance of 57 points. When I get to my desired weight that will go down a bit but right now I am not hungry one bit. 

Now for my tomato soup recipe its quite simple yet tasty and contains very little calories.




Ingredients:

4 celery stalks , cleaned and peeled of stringy outside.
6 plum tomatoes
2 small onions 
1 can of chopped tomatoes
1 dessertspoon of tomato puree
2 large carrots, washed and peeled.
200ml of water
1 vegetable stock cube
1/2 tsp of oregano 
Salt and pepper
Couple sprays of low calorie oil spray

Method:

1) Roughly chop all the vegetable and fry for 3 minutes on a medium heat.
2) Add a crumbled stock cube, tomato puree, oregano and can of tomatoes, giving a mix.
3) Add 200ml of water and season bringing to the boil. Once at the boil reduce to a simmer for 45 minutes.
4) Blend and season, serve.


If you are doing Weight Watchers let me know I would love to hear about it. Finally before I go here is an excellent site by Skinny Doll, it details her weight loss journey and is a fantastic resource for Weight Watchers as she pointed so much.


Thanks for reading my ramblings as always.

Will


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