Wow already on to week 5 and the year has started to pass us by, it’s February!

WHAT a week, Saturday saw the arrival of a long attended date in my diary, the Choccywoccydoodah meet up where a group of bloggers had put their money together to book up a visit to the London Secret Room and boy was it worth it!

Liberty LondonJust to prove I’m not all chocolate ALL the time, I took these snaps of Liberty as I hurried on my way to the meeting point. I adore this building and have a look inside whenever I can, check out the ship on the top of the building and the beautiful flowers always outside the front door.

Sunday I was ill, I had the Bug and for the first time I remember I didn’t even get dressed but lounged in my pyjamas all day. This bug has been particularly difficult to shift, it has made me feel weak and tired all week, maybe I should have had that flu jab offered to me in October after all? One thing I did do is put our old table on eBay for sale, something I’m not used to doing and reverted to Facebook during the week for tips on how to sell. I did sell it for £40, I wish I’d got a bit more but hey ho, at least it’s out of the way now.

vintage table

Monday – kids back to school and I have a long To Do list to catch up on including all the housework and ironing – plus I’m not feeling 100% yet so something will not get done. Some fabulous products arrive in the post to review by Seascape, Alice’s lips are red and sore after feeling poorly, I encourage her to use the Peppermint lip balm and it goes down a treat. We all have a go and give it the thumbs up.

seascape peppermint lip balm

Tuesday – I choose a WeightWatchers recipe for Salmon and prawn bake from the Fresh and Easy book and it’s very easy to make, only 6 Propoints and delicious too, even husband-to-be gives it the thumbs up

salmon and prawn bake

Wednesday – This lack of energy is persisting, I feel absolutely washed out this week. I cancelled Zumba on Monday and now swimming today. I’m hoping to get some of my drive back soon and stop feeling so washed out. The girls are studying fairy tales at school and this week it’s the turn of the Gingerbread Men and they proudly come home with their gingerbread biscuits.

gingerbread men biscuits

Thursday – Freezing cold weather and lots of rain too makes for evenings spent at home in the warm. Alice really enjoys using her white board she got for Christmas and wrote her name across the top. I then prompted her to write some other 3 letter words easily sounded using the phonics system. Mum, Dad, ted, pot, cat, dog (not finished!)

learning to write

Friday – End of a long and tiring week. I cancelled Bocwa (exercise class) too today as I’m far too behind on everything this week and need to spend the day catching up. But Kate the Social Media for Britmums reminds me it’s #Rockupinred day for the British Heart Foundation so I change into as many red pieces of clothing I can find and take my photo which is then published to my Facebook page and my Twitter timeline.

rock up in red BHF

One last important message this week is for #TeamHonk, Tanya Barrow, Annie Spratt and Penny Alexander are off to Ghana for Comic Relief this week to show the #goodwork that is being done over there and report back to us. Please keep an eye out for it and help spread the good word.
GoodWork

salmon and prawn bakeI’m a few weeks into my WeightWatchers program now and am starting to get the hang of it….sort of.

I blame my scales, the battery is probably on the way out plus it doesn’t show ounces so by declaring 10st 7lbs for a fortnight – meaning no loss – but there could have been almost a lb difference had I been able to see the ounces!

However after the extra 5lbs added over Christmas (I know, I know, terrible) I am now back on track but in order to fit in The Dress I need to lose a couple/few more pounds.

I’ve signed up online and track my weight and propoints I use every day with the incredibly easy-to-use app that pops up. You can input all sorts of food including your own recipes too which is handy. I must admit it took me a week to realise my portion control was way OVER and my ‘that should be about 100g’ was actually closer to 200 g.

It took me another week to realise that eating a special ‘good girl’ treat after lunch like a chunky Kit Kat or Mars bar wasn’t the best choice so when Weight Watchers sent me lots of their bakery products to try I swapped and boy am I doing well now.

weightwatchers products

I mentioned them on Facebook and a lot of comments were from people who said they couldn’t stop at one Belgian chocolate slice but would eat the entire box! So it does go to show you have to be strong willed and determined to reach your goal.

Here’s what I’ve been eating #WWfooddiary

WeightWatcher Pitta breads

Egg and bacon pitta bread

Chop a slice of bacon up into bite size pieces and cut off the rind/fat. Dry fry and remove from the pan with a slotted spoon. Scramble an egg with 1 tsp margarine until almost set, add the bacon pieces, some chopped tomato and chives if you have them – ready to eat 9 Propoints I thought it looked quite ’empty’ and was worried I’d be hungry but I was fine it kept me filled all afternoon.

Roast beef, mustard and salad pitta bread

I had leftover beef from Sunday’s roast so I chopped 100g into small slices, mixed with a teaspoon of wholegrain mustard and added some lettuce sliced thinly.  8 Propoints I also had a portion of my slow roasted vegetable soup which has no points as it’s all vegetables but I allow for 2 just in case

roast beef pitta

WeightWatchers Wraps – 3 points

Prawn, salmon and garlic & herb Philadelphia bite

Take 100g of tiger prawns add 60g chopped smoked salmon, a handful of shredded lettuce, a few chopped baby plum tomatoes and a spring onion add a tablespon of Philadelphia Garlic and herbs low fat soft cheese. Place in the middle of the wrap and roll – a real winner, this one was delicious 8 Propoints

tiger prawn wrap

Salmon and Prawn Bake – 6 Propoints

Serves 4 – recipe taken from the Fresh and Easy Everyday WeightWatchers book

500g salmon, skin on
2 tbsps flat leaf parsely chopped
50g low fat soft cheese with garlic and herbs
15g red peppers from a jar, drained and chopped finely
50g tiger prawns
pinch of chilli flakes
calorie controlled cooking spray
salt and freshly ground pepper

Preheat the oven to Gas 6/200C or 180C fan oven. Cut a pocket into the thick side of the salmon on an angle about 2.5cms deep

Mix together the peppers, half of the parsley with the soft cheese and seasoning, carefully spread inside the pockets. Arrange the prawns on top of the cheese inside the pocket. sprinkle over the chilli flakes and remaining parsley.

salmon and prawn bake prep

Place salmon on a non stick baking tray and spray with cooking spray. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until cooked

My verdict – excellent recipe, very easy to follow and delicious, a winner with Other Half as well. Served with some new potatoes and fresh baby spinach. I used smaller pieces of salmon rather than one large bit and it worked just as well. I also didn’t have any parsley but sprinkled over some dried mixed herbs.

salmon and prawn bake