Tuesday, 10 July 2012

The First Gain

Week 4 weigh in today, and despite having over 500 of you watching over my progress this week, I've had the news none of us ever want to hear...
Yep, I gained a lb. I have no idea whatsoever why. I've been on plan all week, no flexi days, not even an oops I've just gone over my syn day. On plan 100%. Now, there are a few ways to face a gain...you can beat yourself up about it, get upset and depressed and leave group via a kebab or cake shop and "punish" yourself for gaining, you can have a "sod it" moment and do the same thing. Both of these are where the real damage is done after gaining, and can lead to a few weeks of gains and spiralling down until you've taken quite a few steps backwards.

I've done Slimming World before, and I've done both of those before, I'm not doing it this time though! Yes I've had a gain, but as I've been on plan 100%, I know the weight will come off, it has to, it's as simple as that. I'm sure that next week I'll have a loss again, and all will be well, with no additional damage done.

I've still lost 13lbs in 4 weeks, and as I remembered to take my starting measurements, I also know that I have lost a total of 5 1/2  inches from my waist, bust and hips. Yes, today was frustrating, and disappointing, but I'm in this for the long haul, I have over 13 stone to lose, and I'm not going to lose that by worrying myself over every gain I'm bound to have along the way.....

Today was pretty much a normal day food wise, with a lunch for work, which consisted of 2 cereal bars, a yogurt and some of last night's left over chilli. Who knows, perhaps that lovely lunch box of chilli weighed a pound ;)

Tonight's dinner was finally the Baked Gnocchi from the July magazine, and very tasty it was too.I'd argue that the "gnocchi" was more herby baked mash....but it still tasted delicious, and whilst Hague reported that it was bloody fiddly to make the gnocchi from the mash, and so it won't become a weekly staple, the sauce the potato was baked in was absolutely delicious, rich and tasty, and so that will definitely be used again!

Just in case you don't buy the magazine, here is the recipe, I think the sauce could be used for anything, and would work really well with a cannelloni dish, or with the asda meatballs.

Baked Gnocchi
700g of potato (King Edwards or Desiree) We just used Asda white potatoes.
1 tbsp of dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon of grated nutmeg
a beaten egg
salt and pepper
2 cans of chopped tomatoes
4 tbsp of tomato puree
1 tsp of chilli
1 small onion ( we didn't have an onion... so this didn't go in lol)
3 garlic cloves (we used lazy garlic)
a small handful of fresh basil (or dried basil, as surprise, surprise, no fresh basil here)
100g of baby spinach leaves (yep, another switch - frozen spinach)
120g of parmesan cheese (which isn't veggie, so we topped each dish with 30g of cheddar)

Boil the spuds, drain and leave to cool. Mash the potatoes and mix with the dried parsley, nutmeg and beaten egg, season well and then cover and chill for at least 3 hours (preferably overnight) Ours were in th fridge for about 4 hours).
Put the tomatoes, tomato puree, chilli, onion, garlic and basil in a wide pan. Bring to the boil and then cook on a medium heat for 10 minutes. Add the spinach, season and then stir and cook for another 5 minutes.
Spoon the tomato mixture into a medium size, shallow ovenproof dish (we used 2 smaller ones) and set to one side to cool. Preheat oven to 190c or gas mark 5.
Roll the potato mixture into 3cm long sausage shapes ("Bloody fiddly, won't be doing that again" - Hague), and place onto the tomato mixture in a single layer, scatter over the cheese and bake for 15-20 minutes until bubbling.

As you can see, it's a bit of a faff, but it really did taste delicious. I think if the gnocchi were maybe smaller they might taste a bit more gnocchi-ish rather than mash, but it didn't taste bad :) Worth a go I think!

I still have a HeB and A left, so I'll probably have a some cheese triangles on toast a bit later, and a glass of wine (purely for syns of course...). Onwards and downwards for next week!

Food Diary

Free Food
Left over chilli (quorn mince, tomatoes, courgettes, peas, sweetcorn)
Irish diet yogurt

Healthy Extras
A - 30g of cheddar, 5 laughing cow light triangles
B - 2 Harvest Moon cereal bars, 2 slices of Hovis wholemeal

Rose wine - 250ml (well I need to have some syns in a day) 9 syns

Total           9 syns

I know a lot of you are reading this, so please, feel free to leave me any suggestions or ideas as to how to make sure I get a nice loss next week to make up for my pesky pound! 

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