Rachel's Fat Fighters Club...

My life has been one long battle with a chocolate bar! I have decided to take action!

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Too much time on my hands?

Perhaps I do have too much time on my hands...
I have just worked out on the WW website, that if I go for 10% goals... I can achieve my Goal weight of 10st 7lbs after 7 of them.

Please see below:-

  • Current 10% Goal - 19st 9lbs
  • Next 10% Goal - 17st 10lbs
  • Next 10% - 15st 13lbs
  • Next 10% - 14st 5lbs
  • Next 10% - 12st 13lbs
  • Next 10% - 11st 9lbs
  • Next 10% - 10st 7lbs GOAL Weight for me!

I do have a question though - the last 10% is 1lb away from being in my healthy BMI section for my height. Would I have to make my GOAL weight then 10st 6lbs??

Have a good afternoon
Rach x

Sunday, 29 March 2009

A little less of Rachel....

Morning all,

Have been swimming this morning, Im on the ball today! Shame I wasn't when I woke up, completely forgot about the clocks going forward! Good job I didn't have any appointments booked!

Last night I measured myself again to see if any more inches had fallen off since the last time I checked...

Previous Measurements:
Upper Right Arm = 17 inches
Waist = 48.5 inches
Hips = 54 inches
Right Thigh = 33.5 inches

New Measurements:
Upper Right Arm = 16 inches - 1 Inch Lost!
Waist = 48 inches - 0.5 Inches Lost!
Hips = 54 inches
Right Thigh = 33.5 inches

So, only a slight change, but that is still 1.5 inches less of me than before!!

Plus including the last time i measured that's a total loss of 6.5 inches which I'm really happy with - slowly but surely my body is changing for the better!

Right, I need to get organised as my flatmates are coming home from holiday tomorrow and I said I would run a few errands for them!

Take Care,
Rach xx

Saturday, 28 March 2009

Weigh in...

Hi again...

I went to the WI meeting this morning with high hopes as I though I had done well this week. I have stuck to tracking and it really helped me - I know I keep banging on about it, but it really does work and it has given me more motivation as I can see the results!

I lost another 3lbs this week! This means in total I have lost 16lbs which means I have at long last hit my 1 stone target!


This also means that I have reached by 5% target as well, which has given me a great boost!

I have more motivation that ever now and am going to push forward for more good WI results like the past couple of weeks...

I was reading some of the community threads on the WW website and I came across one that was talking about goals and how long it would take to reach them.

I worked out that if i loose an average of 2lbs a week (giving myself a few weeks for xmas and birthdays etc) I would reach my goal weight of 10stone 7lbs by December 2010.
I know this a long way off, but I need to do things slow and steady - I have a lot of weight to loose and it not going to come off overnight!

I am going to plan my meals for the whole week this afternoon - I don't normally shop on a weekly basis as I like to do it once a month. However I have been finding after about two weeks I am running out of the basics as well as fruit and veg and am spending more than ever of food.
When I get paid this month I am going to plan each week in advance and then go and buy exactly what I need - this way I can only eat whats there and there is no room for cheating by snacking on rubbish I have picked up on the way round Tesco!

I also made the honey roasted swede soup that was in the little magazine you get each week at the weigh in... it was really tasty and the good thing, I have three portions left to enjoy! lol

Have a great week everyone - I hope your weigh in's all go as well as mine!

Rach xxx

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Mothers Day Meal


Happy Mother's Day to all Mum's out there I hope you are having a wonderful day!

I have had a great day and its been weightwatchers recipes all the way!
I made my mum a recipe that is in the new weightwatchers magazine - Pineapple and mint smoothie.
You need:
Mint leaves (ideally fresh)
Natural Yoghurt
Blend it all together and add a tiny bit of sugar if the pineapple is a bit tart!

I made it this morning for my mum (as a breakfast treat) and she loved it, plus I have got the rest for breakfast tomorrow morning - plus its only 2 points per serving! Yum...

Later on I started cooking the Roast Lamb, which I have never cooked before and was a little wary of doing so, but I needn't of worried as it turned out to be really nice, slightly pink in the middle and really tasty and I had pierced the leg and inserted garlic and rosemary before roasting it!
I put with it loads of roasted veg - butternut squash / corgettes / onion / parsnips / broccoli. I added some one cal spray so that it didnt stick to the pan and roasted nicely and also sprinked some garlic and a vegetable oxo cube. Which gives it some good flavouring!

Mum said that she really enjoyed it, and that's good enough for me - plus as everything we have eaten today was cooked from a weighwatchers recipe it was easy to point and none of us have gone over our points - I have 5 and a half to spare!

I am still being hot with my tracking and jotting everything down, then updating the weightwatchers esource tracker in the evening. I have also started to label everything in my kitchen with points values to make sure that anything i use has the points on it and I can add everything up quickly and easily!

Well, I'm just about to watch CSI as I missed last weeks episode - enjoy the rest of your Sunday!!

Rach xxx

Saturday, 21 March 2009



Good news - I weighed in this morning, to discover that I have lost 3lbs! I am so pleased as I have stuck to tracking so much this week to see if it makes a difference and it looks like it does!

This means that I am back to loosing 13lbs and almost to my first stone!

I treated myself to some roasted butternut squash and some other root vegetables for tea this evening with some backed salmon with honey and mustard - it was beautiful, one of the weightwatcher recipes!!

I brought the weightwatcher magazine this week at the meeting and there was a smoothie recipe in there.... Mint and pineapple! I have always thought about making a smoothie for breakfast rather than cereals or toast so I went out and brought the ingredients. (Not that there was many, Pineapple, mint and natural yoghurt)
Ill let you know how it goes and if you should try it!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and ill blog again soon!

Rach xxx

Thursday, 19 March 2009


Hi again,

I am finding the tracking really good, it has also been helping me make a few more conscious choices while I am around food! The test will be when I am not near a computer - as I wont be able to add to my WW points tracker straight away.
I still think I am going to take pictures of the food I am eating and log it all at the end of the day. I think this will work for me as I do under estimate the food I eat! Not good!

My mother and I have changed plans for the weekend, I am going to cook her a WW recipe on Mothering Sunday instead of going out for a meal. The whole family at the moment is on weight watchers so we can all have a nice dinner together and not have to worry about all those 'hidden points'

Does anyone have any good suggestions for a sunday meal?? I was looking at the garlic and Rosemary lamb recipe on the weight watchers website - but if anyone has anything better, let me know!

Rach xxx

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Ups and Downs...

Hi there,

I know I haven't posted for the past few days, apologies to everyone but there has been a lot going on!

I have been to two weigh in's - The first - 2 weeks ago I had lost 2lbs :)
The second - Monday I had put on 1lb... :(

I knew that this may have happened as I went out for a meal for a friends birthday, I did try and plan but I do get a bit weak when I go out for meals - I must remain strong! :)

I have changed the way I track - I normally get to the end of the day and write down what I think I have eaten. However, after the WW meeting this week they said that most people forget about 30% of the food they eat through out the day, so I am taking pictures as I go when I cant write things down and also keeping the weight watchers point planner open all day and update it as I eat.
This is making me more aware of what I am eating and also by taking the pictures (just on my phone) I am even more aware of the portion sizes, which can sometime be an issue!

I am taking my mum out for a meal this weekend, but we have both decided to go to the Harvester as we can choose from the salad cart which is free and filling plus they always happy to swap the chips for jacket potatoes etc - which is great!

Have a good one, blog again soon.

Rach xxx

Tuesday, 10 March 2009



I wasnt impressed with my hotel stay to be honest - the room was lovely and the service was great however there wasnt enough selection of foods for me on the restaurant to be able to make a decent choice. Chips were served with everything and they didnt seem to know what a Jacket Potato was!

Needless to day I got by ok - after caving in and eating some of the chips... Woops
I havent got to weigh in until sat this week, due to work etc so i have a few days to make up for it!Im going to go swimming after work today and claw back some of those extra points!! lol

Have a good week!

Rach xxx

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Lost Purse...

Hiya People!

I am not in the best of moods this morning as I have managed to loose my purse, have absolutely no idea where it is!!
The worst part is, I am in Birmingham and on the way to Manchester so cant go home to look and also cant go back to my work's head office (which is the place I last remember seeing it) How annoying!!

I have cancelled my cards, but some of the things in there are irreplaceable, plus I resent having to pay for a new driving licence!!

Oh well, lets hope its at home somewhere waiting for me to return on Saturday eve!!

Have a better day than me!! Lets just hope this doesn't distract me - I'm not good with stress...

Rach xxx

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Sticking to the plan...


Well, so far this week I have been able to stick to the plan without too much trouble. A few of my Birmingham courses have been cancelled due to poor attendance so I have been closer to home, not having to get up as early or drive as far - so can plan meals, lunch and dinner! It has really made a difference.

My issue this week is going to be thurs/fri as i am staying in a hotel in manchester so wont be able to cook my own food and have to rely on restaurant food. Not good.

There is a gym and swimming pool there though, so i think ill take my cossie and go for a swim to try and work some of those 'hidden' points that are in all restaurant grub!!

Have a good week people, ill post more in manchester!!

Rach xxx

Sunday, 1 March 2009

A Brand New Day...

I woke up this morning feeling motivated and thinking that this is going to be a good week! I still feel rough but this can only get better - coughs and colds don't last long! :)

I have filled in my tracker this morning with my breakfast details:-

- Weetabix Minis and Skimmed Milk

- Tea with 1 sugar (which is that silver spoon half stuff)

= 4 points

Not bad!

One thing I am really bad at is planning and tracking - I can plan what I want to eat though the week, but something happens and everything then changes and the rest of the week seems to slide. Plus I also eat things and then as I haven't written them down forget about them and go over my points allowance.

I'm going to be more pro-active and try and think ahead, I can see from the meetings if you make the time and take the effort it does pay off!

Today is going to be low key for me, I have a yoga class at 11.30 and I'm going to do some light training for race for life afterwards. I cooked a Sheppard's pie yesterday, so I don't have to worry about dinner.

I do have a questions for you good cooks out there...? When I was in the kitchen yesterday I found that after adding tinned tomatoes the whole dish seemed, well a bit tasteless to be honest, I had put mixed herbs and some seasoning in there but it didn't seem to make much difference.
I was trying to move on from using the jars of sauce (dolmio/Ragu etc) and do it from scratch - anyone have any suggestions??

Rach xxx