I feel like rather than getting more free time like I was planning on at the end of last year, I now have less which is causing me major posting issues so I apologise for the lack of posts as well as the lack of variety. I need to work my new commitments into my schedule and then be very strict with myself to ensure I am writing (and posting regularly) and making sure what I am writing is interesting for you!
I have so many ideas lined up of what I want to do for you too so I have decided that this Sunday I am locking myself in my office and writing loads of exciting pieces for you 🙂
One of the reasons which I now have less free time is because I have rejoined Slimming World! My group takes place on a Wednesday evening (the same night I am supposed to post) and by the time I am home if I have already written something to go out, it just isn’t going to happen. I will change, I promise!!!!
Anyway, as you all know I frequently document my weightloss and fitness journey and what I have noticed from writing about it for you all, is that actually I lead a relatively healthy lifestyle exercising regularly and eating pretty well, but can often lack focus or willpower (unsurprisingly!)
I did Slimming World for the first time a few years ago after getting to my biggest ever size and weight (which don’t get me wrong probably wasn’t big by many people’s standards) but it certainly was by mine! I naively thought it would be really easy and I’d get to target really quickly, but after recently moving house and getting a new job doing Slimming World on my own meant I wasn’t really sticking 100% to plan and ended up just wasting money to never make it to target despite losing almost a stone!
After being off plan for a couple of years I was really happy with the weight I had kept off (about 10lbs) but definitely noticed that after being off of training for so long with my foot injury, I was struggling to get my healthy lifestyle mojo back and after gaining a couple of Christmas lbs and with a couple of holidays looming, I decided not to let it slide and to join up again to kick off where I left my journey but this time I wasn’t alone! A few of my friends had started going to group again and I managed to convince Andy to come along for the ride too.
And I have to say I am loving it. My interim target is a 10lb loss and my final target is currently set at 17lbs and in my first week I managed to get a great start on this and lose 4lbs, the most I have ever lost in one week – I haven’t even been able to get to the gym!
This week really wasn’t as good, as I had my works annual awards ceremony which resulted in consuming rather too much alcohol and indulging in hangover food the next day and then I struggled to get back on with healthy eating following this blip, however I managed to claw it back for the end of the week to see a small loss of half a pound 🙂
So why I am telling you all this? Well as a lifestyle blog I thought I would do a weekly update on how I was getting on each Wednesday and maybe also share with you some of my favourite recipes/meals from the week for some inspiration as well as helping you find the best bargains to get you on track!
Meal of the week:
This week my favourite meal (all cooked from scratch I want to add) was my Quorn Chicken and Bacon Medallion with Egg Fried Rice.
Serves 4 People easily!
Prep time: 15 – 20 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Syns per serving: FREE
♥ 8tbsp light soy sauce
♥ 4 garlic cloves (crushed) or dried garlic seasoning
♥ 1tsp of Chinese 5 Spice powder
♥ 3 skinless chicken breasts (sliced) or Quorn Chicken Pieces
♥ 3 bacon medallions
♥ 397g dried egg noodles (I use a dried noodle square per person)
♥ large bag of mixed stir fry veg
♥ 4 spring onions (sliced diagonally)
♥ 10 diced mushrooms
♥ 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
♥ Microwave Basmati Rice
♥ Vegetable Stock
♥ 3 eggs
How to cook Chicken Chow Mein:
- Mix the light soy sauce, garlic and 5 spice, add your chicken or Quorn, toss to coat evenly and then set aside to marinate for 20minutes.
- Grill your bacon medallions
- Fry off your chicken or Quorn until cooked through using Fry Light in a large wok or pan
- Once chicken is almost cooked, cook the noodles according to the packets instructions and leave to simmer until required.
- Add the mushrooms, stir fry veg and spring onion to the chicken and stir fry together for another 4 – 5minutes. I add more soy sauce and also vegetable stock at this point for some moisture.
- Drain the noodles and add to your chicken and vegetables, add some more chicken stock and stir together for several more minutes.
- Microwave your rice as the noodles are soaking up the chow mein flavour and quickly scramble your eggs using fry light.
- Once finished stir rice and egg together, serve both dishes and enjoy!
Have any of you tried this before? If you have let me know in the comments below how you found it, or if you have any of your own favourite recipes you recommend I try!
I hope you enjoy my Slimming World updates over the coming weeks and months J Make sure you let me know how you are getting on if you are on plan too 🙂
Lots of love, Leanne xx