Faking it?

My silly scales are continuing to play up. Another perfidious attack on my resolve and my motivation courtesy of the weighing device happened this morning. Although I was freshly relieved of excess liquids, and in a suitable state of undress, the scales had the audacity to claim I had actually *gained* 200g over the last week. Impossible. No, really. Because there was no eating out, I kept to the diet, and I even got plenty of walking in. 33km in total, so an average of 5km every day, with a minimum of 20 minutes activity every day. Oh horror. I saw my motivation vanish down the drain…

Defeated. Like Ian.

Motivation is really such a fragile thing. If the pounds don’t melt, I get very easily discouraged. What is the point of adhering to a health and fitness regime, if there are no results? I find it very hard to bounce back from defeat. If I am putting effort into something, I *need* a reward, a visible result. The lack of it frustrates me, angers me, makes me feel helpless. How do you deal with lack of progress? Do you shrug and set your sights on “next time”, or does it plunge you in the depth of despair, most likely to be followed up by the old, bad pattern of “I need to console myself with chocolate”?

In this case, I decided to give the scales a rest and apply last week’s strategy. Four hours later, I tried again. Low and behold – suddenly the scales decided I had lost 700g, even though I hadn’t even fiddled with books and heavy objects. The question is: Are my scales broken? Or does my metabolism need a bit of time in the morning before it is up and running and burn the fat? Or am I possibly just lying to myself with my manipulation of weighing times?

Ian goes for goal, too

I might be clutching at straws here. Maybe I need to buy a new weighing scale. But for the moment I am glad that the motivation is back. 7.2kg in total, that’s about one third of the way done. But the way it is going at the mo, it’s going to take more than 12 weeks to get to goal.

Fake Pizza

On to today’s recipe. I probably shouldn’t combine the word “fake” with “pizza” here – our host, Zeesmuse, would definitely have a word to say about that. However, when pizza is off the menu – too much cheese, too many carbs, and let’s spread the veil of shame over pepperoni – then the fake pizza is something that tastes nice without the points. As you all know by now, I am not a great fan of cooking, so anything that is quick and easy – especially when my cooking duties are already engaged by cooking a regular meal for the rest of the family – works well in my book. Thank heavens for wraps, I say. They have become my mainstay over the last six weeks. And they are the basis of today’s recipe, too. Literally. Using a kiddie size wrap as the base, you can easily create a fake pizza for yourself that is easy to prepare, takes only 10 minutes under the grill or in the oven, and does without the points, if you want it to.

You need:

Unfortunately didn’t take a picture of my fake pizza, but this looks similar, minus the chicken. You get the drift, anyway.

1 kiddie size wrap (2 Smartpoints)

a handful of soft, ripe cherry tomatoes (0 SP) (or 3 tbsp canned chopped tomatoes)

3-4 mushrooms (0 SP)

half an onion (0 SP)

half a red pepper (0 SP)

10 g of low-fat, ground cheese (1 SP)

salt, pepper, herbs etc. for seasoning

optional: 2 slices of Parma ham (2 SP)


If you don’t have chopped tomatoes at hand, mash a handful of cherry tomatoes in a bowl. Spread on your wrap. Season to your liking. Place 2 slices of ham on top. Chop your veggies and spread over the ham. Sprinkle the whole thing with the ground cheese. I put my fake pizza under the grill for about 10 minutes, until the cheese was golden brown.

The wrap base was actually nicely crisp around the edges, and even with only a small amount of cheese, the pizza tasted really nice. I splashed out on the ham, but I was happy to invest those 5 Smartpoints.

Yum yum.

Having said all that, I *would* much rather eat the real thing.


11 thoughts on “Faking it?

  1. Seeing results is so important to our motivation to continue! A new scale does sound like the right thing.

    That pizza idea sounds like a great variation on the ubiquitous wrap. Iโ€™ll try it out one day.

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  2. Sounds like new scales could be the answer. Congratulations on your achievement so far – a 7kg loss is great motivation to keep going and reach your goal.
    Unfortunately I’m one who heads for the chocolate for consolation – I simply can’t have any in the house so that I’m not tempted. I lost 600g last week, then when I weighed in at the gym on Monday I’d gained it all back over the weekend with our city stay, even though I did plenty of walking. My food choices at cafes and restaurants were to blame – no cake or sweet stuff, just calorie laden meals – but I hate how it’s so much easier to put the darn weight on than take it off!


  3. First of all loo at what you achieved! Which is quite a lot in a short amount of time ๐Ÿ™‚ Sounds like you do need new scales to be able to rely on them ๐Ÿ™‚ Also women’s bodies are the way the are, we don’t tend to loose weight very steadily and it is most usual that after a few weeks weight loss will decrease. It’s a long term game and you are getting healthier eating the way you do , that is the ultimate goal ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Yep, I think those scales are on their way out. (Mind you, I fear stepping on a new set – will probably get a different result *meh*).
      And yes, it’s not only the fact that I am female; it’s also that I am a female of a certain age. The pounds don’t fall off as fast as they did when I was on WW 10 years ago. I managed to lose 1kg per week back then. Not going to happen anymore, I have already reconciled myself with that. So yeah, I have to play a long game and simply keep the final goal in sight…

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      1. I’m on my 2nd lent day of the week today and it’s fine. Had to slip last Friday as we had leaving do at Chinese and have some amazing and very healthy dimsum. But i put an extra lent day into this week in exchange. Home made hummus, ryvita or rye crackers with peper, a couple of mandarins and porridge with almond milk in the morning ( not as horrid as the tea with almond milk but it’s ok for breakfast and i’ve reduced to 1 cup of tea and rest herbals.. the advantage of the yuck taste LOL) and now only dinner.. yesterday was tomato soup with toasted rye with marge. I think today maybe that plus some carrot puree with olive oil and spices or minus the soup and just puree. And i’ve had food deliver so stocked back up on veg LOL Bought bunch of mushrooms to make something for Friday lent dinner. Brown rice or cous cous or maybe some wholewheat pasta, with some pesto or tomatoes minus the cheese of course as lent. Veg stew at weekend, will take some pics. Need to switch for lunch as else i’ll get bored with the home made hummus.


      2. Those sound like really nice options, some of which I am on, anyway. The weather certainly calls for some comfort food, stews and the like, so I am looking at making some soups and possibly a nice little curry. Have to go easy on the sweet potatoes, so I might actually replace them with the carrots. I am trying to avoid all grains and starches.
        As for an alternative for hummus – try some gravad lax. Healthy saturated fats in that. (0 points on WW.) The other option might be some home made tzatziki? If you use Greek style 0% fat natural yoghurt, you can eat as much as you like. I really like the Libertรฉ brand stuff.


      3. i’ll write some posts about the veggies i cook for lunches and such, maybe it will help give people some inspiration as it is all very fuss free ๐Ÿ™‚


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