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Let’s Get Ready for Summer – 21 Day Plan – Day 6

I have no idea what happened to yesterday – got up and went to work and suddenly here we are and it’s Tuesday morning!!

Yesterday was a good day and I managed to achieve most of my goals ..


I have my grandchildren with me on a Monday morning and have to drop the 7 year old off at school.  So I took my breakfast with me and ate it at work.  I had a large Banana ( 0 PP )chopped into pot of Oikos 0% Greek Yoghurt ( 2 PP ).  Total 100% Simply Filling

Mid Morning

I had a low calorie soup ( 2 PP ) – 100% Simply Filling


Not a particularly exciting lunch today, threw it together while making the grandchildren’s lunches.  I make a packed lunch for the 7 year old to take to school.  I drop home the 4 year old but she likes to have a packed lunch made by Nanny too.  So while doing that I made myself a Cheese Sandwich (2 slices of wholegrain bread ( 3 PP ), small amount of low fat spread, 2oz reduced fat cheddar ( 2 PP ) , unlimited green salad items, plus tomatoes and a chopped green onion) – 100% Simply Filing

Mid Afternoon

Normally try and have a mid afternoon snack.  Problem is I am not sure where the mid afternoon went to – looked at the clock and it was nearly closing time!!!!


Before leaving for work I pulled out the freezer one of the meals that I often have in there that are ready prepared me, as opposed to ready prepared by a manufacturer.  I know exactly what is in there!!!

So today we had Spicy Citrus Pork Chops ( 6 PP ), Mashed Potato and some mixed vegetables – all 100% Simply Filling



The plan today was to do a 25 minute walk, make 15 mins in the middle brisk, aim to cover 1.5 miles – didn’t happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FitBit – 4,503 Steps – 6 Stairs – so no badges for me.

Good day food wise but not so good finess wise!!!!   Will have to try harder on Tuesday.

Well this all looks pretty boring – no pictures or anything!!

Spicy Citrus Pork Chops – 100% Simply Filling – 6 Points Plus

Spicy Citrus Pork Chops – 100% Simply Filling – 6 Points Plus

Serves 4

  • 1/3 Cup Orange Juice
  • 2 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Oregano
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
  • 4 boneless pork chops

Combine all the above ingredients in a shallow dish.  Allow to marinade for around an hour.

Remove pork chops and dispose of marinade.

Cook chops on grill to desired level of doneness.

(As there are only two of us at home now.  I divide the marinade between two Ziploc freezer bags.  Pop two chops in each bag, gently force out all the air and freeze.  I then just remove on of the bags from the freezer in the morning, allow to defrost all day – remove chops and cook as above).

Recipe from Saving Dinner

Let’s Get Ready for Summer – 21 Day Plan – Day 5

My family always come for Sunday dinner and my grandchildren sleep over on a Sunday night.  Bit of a boring post today, forgot to take pictures …..


This morning started with a serving of Fibre One Cereal ( 2 PP ), 4oz Fat Free Milk (1 PP ) and 4oz Orange Juice ( 2 PP ).  Fruit juice does not count as a Simply Filling food – so breakfast today is Simply Filling plus 2 WPA.


We were out at church this morning, by the time we get back it is after 2pm, so every Sunday it is always a late lunch.

I made up a ham sandwich –  2 slices of light rye bread ( 3 PP ),  Small amount of low fat spread, 2oz Lean Ham ( 2 PP ) , lettuce and a little mustard together with an Oikos 0% Fat Greek Yoghurt ( 2 PP ).  All of this was 100% Simply Filling.


For dinner I made some Cheesy Topped Fish (5 PP ), tossed salad, 6oz potatoes ( 3 PP )with some a little low fat dressing.  Ending with 2oz Vanilla ice cream  (4 PP ).  Dinner was Simply Filling plus 4 WPA for the ice cream.

25 minute walk

Fit Bit – 6,384 Steps – 30 Stairs

5000 Steps25 Stairs

Cheesy Topped Fish – 100% Simply Filling – 5 Points Plus

Cheesy Topped Fish – 100% Simply Filling – 5 Points Plus

Serves 2

  • 2 x 6oz White Fish Fillets
  • 2 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 medium tomato, deseeded and chopped small
  • 2 Green Onions, chopped
  • 1 oz reduced fat cheese, grated
  • 2 Tbsp Low Fat Mayo
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Brush the fish fillets with the oil, depending on the thickness, grill under a fairly hot heat for 3-4 mins, turning if necessary.

Meanwhile mix together all the remaining ingredients, cover the top of the fish portions with it and grill until the cheesy mixture is bubbling – approx. 2 mins

Let’s Get Ready for Summer – 21 Day Plan – Day 4

The thing that I really like about the Weightwatchers Simply Filling technique is that it stops from eating for the sake of it.  When I have a 26 Points Plus allowance every day, I strive to eat the whole 26 points.  This often leads me to choosing those 100 calorie snack things, no nutrition in them whatsoever and usually very sweet.  I don’t find this helps with changing my style of eating.  On the Simply Filling plan sometimes I find that I eat less than the 26 Daily Points Plus.  For this blog I usually still put the Points Plus value of what I eat, just for those who are following me.

For example yesterday totaled 23 Points,  I was completely happy with what I ate, but I know if I was following the tracking program, I would have eaten another 3 PP to reach my daily total, which is what you are encouraged to do.  On the Simply Filling all I had to record were the noodles in the Thai Chicken that I made, and these came from my Weekly Points Plus Allowance.  Saturday is the start of a new week for me.  So I am back to having 49 Weekly Points Allowance to use.


Day 4 Breakfast
For breakfast this morning I had an apple ( 0 PP ) that I chopped up into a bowl, topped with 2 large Tbsp Oikos 0% Greek Yoghurt ( 2 PP ) and sprinkled with 15g Fibre One Cereal ( 1 PP ).  The cereal gave a nice little crunch to every bite, although the apple was a nice crisp one and was pretty crunchy too.  This all was a 100% Simply Filling breakfast!

Mid Morning
1 Ryvita crispbread ( 1 PP ) with a little low fat spread and marmite.  100% Simply Filling


Day 4 Lunch
The actual meal plan stated Pita Bread but I changed this up to 2 slices of Light Bread ( 3 PP ), served this up with 4oz Low Fat Cottage Cheese ( 2 PP ), green salad and a little low calorie dressing.  I put the salad between the bread and made a salad sandwich!  Being British I enjoy a good old sandwich.  A sandwich here in Canada is usually a bun.  When we lived in England I loved the sandwich selection at Marks & Spencers!!!  Lunch was 100% Simply Filling.

Mid Afternoon
Banana ( 0 PP )


Day 4 Dinner
For dinner this evening I made up some Tuna & Sweetcorn Jacket Potatoes (10 PP ) or 100% Simply Filling.  I had it with a nice green salad and a little low calorie salad dressing.  That picture does not look very appetizing at all.  It was tasty though.

The plan for exercise today was a 25 minute walk and some kind of workout.   I managed to get a walk in, it was REALLY windy here today and so I went on the treadmill.  I had a pretty active day around the house, got plenty of spring cleaning done.

Fit Bit:  10,286 Steps – 38 Stairs (I think that is the most flights of stairs I have done in one day!!)

10000 steps25 Stairs

Tuna and Sweetcorn Jacket Potatoes – 100% Simply Filling – 10 Points Plus

Tuna and Sweetcorn Jacket Potatoes – 100% Simply Filling – 10 Points Plus

Serves 2

  • 2 x 10oz Baking Potatoes
  • 2oz Green Beans, cooked and cut in half
  • 1.5oz Sweetcorn Kernels
  • 7oz can Tuna in water, drained
  • 2 Tbsp Greek Yoghurt
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Scrub and prick potatoes and bake them at 400 degrees for about an hour.

Mix corn, beans, tuna and half the yoghurt.

Cut tops of potatoes, scoop out flesh, mash with remaining yoghurt and seasoning.

Pile back into potato skins and top with tuna and sweetcorn mixture.

Let’s Get Ready for Summer – 21 Day Plan – Day 3

It was nice to wake up this morning and realise I was back to regular food after that two day clean out!!!!!

So for breakfast this morning I had 1 oz Fibre One Cereal ( 2 PP ) and 4oz Fat Free Milk ( 1 PP ) plus 4 oz Grapes ( 0 PP ).  Most cereals are not very WW Simply Filling friendly, the Fibre One cereal is a Simply Filling cereal, so breakfast this morning is 100% Simply Filling


Day 3 Lunch
I took some strawberries to work to have as a mid morning snack, but got busy and didn’t eat them.  So I had them alongside my sandwich at lunchtime.

For lunch I made an Egg & Salad Sandwich (Use 2 slices of light bread (3 PP ) , small amount of low fat spread, hard boiled egg ( 2 PP ) mixed with a little low fat mayo, lettuce and tomato.  That together with my strawberries ( 0 PP ) made a 100% Simply Filling lunch.

Late afternoon I had a Low Calorie Cup-A-Soup (2 PP ) and  1 Ryvita Crisp bread ( 1 PP ).  Both of these fall under the I am not sure if they are really 100% Simply Filling but they are close enough!!!!  Simply Filling states – Reduced-calorie (light) breads (whole grains are the best choice).  The crisp bread is reduced calorie and whole grain, I think it counts as Simply Filling?!!!  The as far as soup is concerned Simply Filling states – Broth, onion, and some broth- and tomato-based vegetable soups – my choice is a low calorie cup a soup so again I think it counts as Simply Filling?!!  Since following Simply Filling I find that I really have to try to make it a style of eating that I can continue on a long term basis.  By following the Simply Filling technique I want it to change the food choices that I make.


Thai Chicken 5
For dinner this evening I made Thai Chicken & Noodle Stir Fry ( 10 PP ) and for dessert an Oikos 0% Greek Yoghurt (2 PP ).  As far is Simply Filling goes, the only part of this that needs to be counted are the noodles which came to 4 Points Plus.

This evening I have been babysitting my three grandchildren 18 months, 4 and 7.   They are all now in bed, so I am going to publish this and get my Yoga and walking done.  Looks like it might be the treadmill, or maybe I will go for a quick walk outside.  It is a lovely evening, even if it is slightly breezy!!  Actually I think I will publish this after I have done my walk, that way I can put my FitBit steps …. see you in a bit ……

20 mins walk, make 10 mins in the middle brisk. Try to cover one mile.

So I just got back.  I walked for 22 minutes covering 1.37 miles, so I reached my walking goal for today.  Now I am going to do a short Yoga workout and I am done.

Great day I am pretty pleased with myself!!!!  Simply Filling + 4 Weekly Points Allowance

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5000 Steps25 Stairs

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