December 17, 2012

1 week to go!

 Hello lovelies, with Christmas just 1 week away I have been neglecting my blog and spending my time preparing Christmas Eve dinner menu, deciding which homemade gifts I will be making and trialling ice cream sandwhiches!


Keep your eyes peeled over the next couple of weeks as I will be sharing my ideas. For now here are a few Christmas inspired pins I have found on pininterest!


Dates wrapped in bacon




Table setting
Homemade christmas bark

Christmas table setting
Ice cream sandwhich

December 5, 2012

Weight Watchers Update - Week 13

Week 13 and I am only 600g from my goal weight! How do I feel? Fantastic!
 
Photo of me approx 1 month ago feeling great in my Lorna Jane inspirational singlet

To date (including loss prior to my first weigh in) I have lost 8kg. Some may say 8kg over 13 weeks isn't much, however it has been lost in a healthy, steady manner which I believe is more effective than a crash diet.

Prior to starting weight watchers I was on the upper end of the healthy weight range. I have been asked numerous times why am I doing Weight Watchers, I guess the reason is I wasn't liking my body, my shorts and jeans wouldn't fit, walking up hills was becoming more difficult and I started snoring.

Prior to the loss I didn't feel like my diet was too bad afterall I wasn't consuming take away every day, I was eat fruit and vegetables on a daily basis and I was going to the gym at least 2 times a week, so why had I gained weight? Was it due to marriage, was it due to age, was my metabolism slowing down?? No it wasn't,  it was due to bad food choices, alcohol and minimal exercise.

With the help of weight watchers and supportive family and friends also losing weight I have identified the below items as being the triggers for weight gain.

  • Bread - 2 slices of toast for breakfast, a toasted panini at lunchtime and some crusty bread with dinner will eventually lead to unwanted fat. Yes we do need carbs however we don't need to be consuming that much bread! I now opt for no more than 2 slices per day and ensure it is rye or brown/multigrain bread.
  • Pasta/rice - Having a European background I love pasta, however that doesn't mean I should eat it every second day! Now I only cook pasta or rice once a week. Instead of filling half the plate with pasta or rice I fill at least 2/3 of the plate with vegetables or salad and lean meat.
  • Alcohol - Drinking throughout the week and on the weekend certainly didn't help my waistline. I enjoy wine and cider however now opt for a vodka, lime and soda which contains less calories, drinking water in between alcoholic beverages and listening to your body telling you you have had too much it is also wise.
  • Exercise - Lack of/ little exercise/excuses helped my weight gain. Like most people I am busy, I have found changing my gym sessions from evening sessions to lunch sessions has been a big help, I now workout at least 4 times a week, I also find a workout helps my stress levels and improves my concentration levels at work.
  • Dining out - I enjoy dining out, I dine out at least once on the weekend and have one lunch out  a week with the girls at work. Salads, swapping hot chips with vegetables or salads, asking for dressing on the side, entree size if you know the main portions are too large, swapping dessert for a skim latte or cappuccino and holding backing on ordering garlic bread are good options. 
If you have been through a similar journey or planning on losing weight I would love to hear your comments!

Fizzy-pink-lemonade xo

December 4, 2012

Quick Dessert - Custard tiramisu

If you are entertaining and are short for time than you are going to love this dessert I whipped up on Sunday!

What you will need:

12 Sponge finger biscuits (approx 3 per serve)
1 tbsp instant coffee
1/2 cup hot water
1 shot of liquor (I used chocolate vok, you can use Frangelico, Baileys, Kahula it's up to you!)
10 Strawberries (approx)
1 1/2  cup instant vanilla custard
8 squares dark chocolate
1 square of dark chocolate

Instructions:

1. Dissolve coffee in a bowl with hot water, add liquor and stir, allow to cool.
2. While coffee/liquor is cooling dice the strawberries into 1cm cubes.
3. Divide strawberries into thirds and distribute 1/3 of the strawberries between the cocktail glasses
4. Melt 8 squares of chocolate, once melted add 1 cup of instant custard and mix till well combined.
5. Using a tablespoon, spoon approx 3 tablespoons of the chocolate custard on top of strawberries to create a second layer.
6.  By this stage the coffee/liquor should have cooled down, lightly soak each sponge finger. Note: prior to soaking you may need to cut the sponge fingers in half so that they sit perfectly in your serving glass.
7. Create a third layer using the sponge fingers.
8. Repeat the layers, using 1/3 strawberries, chocolate custard and sponge fingers.
9. Pour the remaining 1/2 cup of vanilla custard amongst the glasses, top with remaining strawberries.
10. Garnish by grating 1 grate square of chocolate on top of the vanilla custard and strawberries.
11. Place in fridge till dessert is ready to be served

Serves 4, each serve was placed in a cocktail glass