Hi everyone!

It’s more or less a year ago today that I decided to change from tracking to No Count.  Why?  Mainly because I was stuck in a rut, losing the same couple of pounds and then putting them back on again.  I only had half a stone to go until goal but it felt like I would never get there.

I remember looking forward to not having to track everything I ate.  While on No Count, I just track the food items that have points (to keep track of my 28 weeklies) – I don’t track anything that I know is free on No Count.

I looked at No Count as a way of limiting my food choices and cutting out a lot of the unhealthy snacks I was choosing to eat.  I knew there was no way I’d lose weight if I ate an unlimited amount of carbohydrates – like pasta, oats, rice, crumpets, the bread that is allowed – or even if I ate until I was full – so I decided to weigh the carbs and limit them from the start.  I’ve always allowed myself 40g oats, 50g rice, 70g pasta and no more than 2 slices of bread/wraps/thins at a time.  I also limit carbs at a lunchtime to 3 or 4 times a week.

As I became familiar with the foods that were allowed on No Count, I began to adapt and create recipes of my own.  One of my first desserts was an apple turnover that used a WW wrap filled with cooked apple, rolled up, brushed with egg and sprinkled with sweetener. I then pondered over how to substitute flour and decided to use blitzed oats to create some desserts and it went from there.  This time last year, I would never have believed that so many scrumptious desserts could be made using ingredients from the No Count food list.

If you’re starting out on No Count, it can take a while to become used to what is ‘free’ and what you have to point.  I will be working on a new page for the website, over the next week or two, that gives more insight into this.

My new recipes for the week ahead will include:

  • King Prawn Curry (2 points or can be adapted to be free)
  • Banana Crumble (1 point)

In my blog last Saturday, I talked about the Connect Meet and Eat which turned out to be one of the most inspiring events I’ve been to.  Listening to about 50 Connect members, who were brave enough to talk about their WW journey as the microphone was passed around, was truly inspirational and my heartfelt thanks goes to them for making it such a special day.  It was absolutely amazing to meet you all!

My Connect and Fitbit friends have been very supportive this week so I would like to say a massive thank you to all of you too – you really are a remarkable group of people who I am so happy to have as friends.

Thank you to everyone who has sent in comments about the recipes – I do enjoy reading your messages and am very happy to answer any questions you may have.  And a final thanks to everyone who has been recommending the website through Connect, Instagram, Facebook and WW meetings.  It’s great that so many people are finding the recipes and No Count information useful.

I hope you all have a very successful week ahead and good luck with your WI!

Helen xxx