Hi everyone!

I’m celebrating 10 months of maintaining today which I’m really excited about.  It seems so much easier this time round which is partly due to all the different foods that can now be purchased.

Overnight oats has become a popular breakfast choice with tons of variations and this is what I tend to enjoy on most days now. It feels like a new phenomenon but it’s actually been around for the last century thanks to Swiss doctor/nutritionist Maximillian Bircher-Benner who promoted muesli (oats, fruit and nuts) as a way of encouraging his patients to eat more fruit.  (I do prefer overnight oats made with whole oats though as there is a different texture to them when you use ordinary porridge oats.)

Wraps have been around since the 1900s but only really became popular in the 1990’s.  I’ve only used them in the past couple of years and find that I don’t get a bloated feeling like I do when I eat bread. Sandwich thins are another great alternative which have been introduced in the last decade.

I’ve never been really keen on spicy foods but you might have noticed a few on the website now – thanks to chipotle and harissa pastes which have become ever more popular.  I’d never heard of them before starting WW and now I always have a jar of each in the cupboard.

Aldi lighter than light mayo (21ml is free), Protein cheese (26g free) and Laughing Cow extra light cheese triangles (1 triangle free on no count) are fantastic low fat alternatives which just weren’t available when I began my first ‘diet’ in the 1980s.  Unsweetened almond milk makes a change from skimmed milk, and where would we be without Choc Shot (2tsp = 1 point) and MyProtein sugar-free syrup?  Aldi’s pea snacks (2sp) and M&S Guilt-free sweet and salted popcorn (2sp) are also very handy as occasional snacks.

No wonder I found it harder to maintain 30 years ago without these and the many other wonderful products out there! 😊

New recipes for next week include:

  • No Count Spicy Scampi
  • No Count Raspberry Puddings
  • Slow-cooked Pork

I am certain that I would not be celebrating 10 months of maintaining if I had decided to leave Connect when I reached goal.  It’s been amazing to have the support of such a wonderful group of people whom I’ve never met (yet)! A big shout out to my Fitbit buddies too who keep me on my toes with the Fitbit challenges.

And thank you to everyone reading this as your support, through the website, is so much appreciated!  I hope you all have a happy and successful week ahead.

Helen xxx