This year, we’ve joined up with Weight Watchers to help reward those who lose ten pounds on their Drop A Dress Size Smart Points programme.
To help encourage everyone taking part, we’ll be sharing lots of tips and recipes on the Littlewoods Ireland blog over the next eight weeks and two of our lovely colleagues have volunteered to share their Weight Watchers experience with a weekly update.
Every Tuesday, Karla and Siobhán will be giving an honest account of their highs and lows when it comes to losing weight, as well as their insider tips on everything from the best recipes to try, to juggling the Smart Points system with a busy career.
Karla Elmes, Senior Finance Manager at Littlewoods Ireland
I got my Silver 7 for losing seven pounds this week so I’m absolutely delighted.
After my slack behaviour in week three, I was a little worried that there would be a bit of a hangover carried forward and it would affect the scales this week. Luckily for me, it didn’t happen!
This week for me was about getting back on track and staying motivated. For the most part, I stuck to my daily points and even went on a few walks.
I had one little (well, not so little) slip on Wednesday evening and had the most amazing cream doughnut. I really wanted something nice to eat and couldn’t have chocolate as I’m still off it for Lent. So, to burn off at least some of it, I walked over to the shops (the long way!) to buy it with my husband and son in tow… and I have to say it was worth it!
This week, I started to try a get in a bit more exercise. Nothing too major, just a walk in the evenings when I can. I had always used the dark evenings as an excuse but I just went around my estate and then on to a busy main road. It was really well lit, still busy and I felt very safe. So now I can’t use that old excuse anymore!
I made a lovely Spaghetti Bolognese in the slow cooker with extra lean mince (five per cent), a bag of frozen vegetables, a tin of chopped tomatoes and lots of herbs and spices. I cooked it for three to four hours and the whole pot was 9 Smart Points with enough for three dinners! I had this with a small amount of wholewheat pasta and slice of low fat garlic bread. The whole meal was 10 Smart Points and worth every bite.
After Leonardo DiCaprio taking 22 years to finally get an Oscar in 2016, hopefully this is also my year to finally conquer my yo-yo weight!
Wins: Got my Silver 7, feeling motivated
Challenges: Writing the blog for an uneventful week, keeping interested
Tips: If you want something nice, earn it first. Go around the long way when walking somewhere and WOW burgers are yum and only 2 Smart Points.
Siobhán Brady, Accountant at Littlewoods Ireland
So, I have been doing Weight Watchers for six weeks now and I have lost another 2lbs this week taking my total to 1st 1lbs (15lbs).
I think this week has been a little harder as my eye keeps catching chocolate and other foods but I have to keep reminding myself why I am doing this. I do feel proud of what I have achieved so far. My family and friends are saying they can see a difference and it has given me the motivation to keep going.
Staying in control of the food plan and trying to get some exercise in is like trying to make a child trying to stay in between the lines while colouring. Weekends can get out of control very quickly. I find that I forget to drink my water or that I take the quick option of putting a pizza in the oven or worse still, I head to the chippers.
To be honest, I don’t find that I am satisfied anymore by these kind of meals. It is hard to keep on top of things all the time and I am only human, I will have some slip ups every now and then but it’s not the end of the world. If, like me, you have had some ‘not so good foods’ – don’t let it hold you back on your journey.
Sometimes there will be things that you will want or like that aren’t the best for you but make sure to point them, put them onto your tracker and move on.
One of my evening meals this week was a warm Sweet And Sour Chicken Wrap. I used lots of vegetables to bulk up my wrap, the sauce for 60g was 6 Smart Points, the wrap was 4 Smart Points and the chicken was 2 Smart Points. It was a quick and easy meal.
The weather this week has been a little on the cooler side and I couldn’t face having to get all wrapped up to head out. I took up a suggestion from another Weight Watcher member to try the ‘one mile in home’ walk.
I have to say I felt a little silly and had a laugh at myself marching up and down my sitting room but it got my heart rate up and I was working up a sweat – all without leaving my house. If you want to increase your physical activity and to get your heart rate going, give this a try.
Wins: Being 15lbs down, my first stone and another silver seven. Feeling proud of myself.
Challenges: Staying in control and away from the quick fixes and wrong choices – there is always a better option.
Tips: Get your heart rate up and give the’“one mile in home walk’ a go – if nothing else you will get a giggle out of it.