Tuesday, 31 July 2012

My Ears Are Broken

Who'd have thought it, I know losing weight affects so many aspects of your health - your joints, your fitness, your general wellbeing....I didn't realise that losing weight affected your ears! This evening at weigh in, I was feeling a bit "heavy" (I'm sure anyone dieting will get what I mean), and so didn't expect a loss, so when I weighed in and heard "a pound" for some reason I presumed I'd gained. It was only when Claire read out that I'd lost that I realised that 1lb had gone, not re-appeared! I'm putting it down to lack of sleep, perhaps I should take more notice of what the scales actually say in future :)


Anyway, back to the "fun" of today. The wonderful tones of my alarm went off once again at 4.30am, and my day at work was pretty similar to yesterday. Busy, with many miles walked and much lifting and stretching done! The pedometer decided to turn itself off after my first break so I missed a quarter of my day's steps and STILL racked up 3.3 miles. No wonder my poor little feet hurt.






As I've mentioned, on an early shift my work food stays pretty much the same, and today was identical to yesterday, although the Harvest Moon cereal bar was one of the elusive chocolate and orange ones (very delish)! Once again I headed home and went to bed, not much of a nap today, but at least it was a rest! On a weigh in day, dinner waits until after I've weighed in. Hague is now back and so I got home to dinner that was practically done. A nice minimal effort dinner though, a cheese, mushroom and asparagus omelette with BBQ wedges and beans. 




The BBQ fry light really worked on the wedges, lots of taste, and it was a rather delicious, comforting dinner for an evening when the weather has turned again :( For dessert, I think it will just be my yogurts again - I'm so tired that even eating is an effort this week! Roll on next week and the night shift, when I can actually get enough sleep!!


Food Diary


Free Food
fat free natural yogurt
apple
eggs
asparagus
mushroom
potato
baked beans


Healthy Extras
A - 2 x 30g of Cheddar
B - 40g of Dorset Cereals muesli


Syns


Harvest Moon cereal bar x2      6


Total                                         6


For this coming week, Claire has set a group challenge - to have at least one syn free day during the week. She has noticed that some people are eating less of the free and superfree foods and are relying more on syns when it should be the other way around. So I'll be trying to have at least one, and hopefully more syn free days next week. Would be nice if it showed on the scales too, just 1 1/2lbs to go to reach my 2 stone award! I also picked up some more scan bran, as Claire had made some scan bran "ferrerro rocher" and they were gorgeous....my only concern is that if I make them I won't be able to stop eating them :)


Watch this space for the recipe!

Monday, 30 July 2012

Yaaawwwwwn!

Today I'm tired, very tired. It's the week I dread, earlies. Alarm going off at 4.30am, and starting work at 5.45am. It KILLS me, it's the total reverse of my out of whack body clock, which likes to stay up very late and ignore the morning completely. It IS only one week out of the 4 week rota though, and so I can get through it, albeit with much whinging and grumping :)


As always, the key to eating at work is preparing my meals, and with earlies, it's normally things I can prepare the night before. My favourite for breakfast at work is muesli and yogurt, it's perfect as I can sort it out, leave it in the fridge and it's delicious the next day with some fruit added in. Of course as always I take plenty in to graze on too. So also in my goodie bag were an apple, one of my bakewell buns and a cereal bar, plus a banana and the worlds strongest coffee (2 dessertspoons of espresso anyone? - didn't wake me up) for the car.



Now, I have my priorities very much in place for my early shift. When I got in, instead of lunch, I had a nap (well I did only have about 3 hours sleep last night). It was much needed, but meant when I woke up and had a bath, I was pretty hungry! I had to pick up Hague from the bus station and I had absolutely no inclination to spend any sort of time cooking, sometimes you just need to fuel up and be done with it. This is why I love Slimming World, you want a lazy day? Easy Peasy!


Pasta, with tinned tomatoes, herbs and spinach stirred in and topped with my HeA's of cheddar. 10 minutes, hardly any effort, syn free and on plan. Perfect!

A couple of bakewell buns and a yogurt await with a cup of tea before bed, but I hope I've shown that working shifts and being utterly shattered don't mean you need to fall off plan :) If I can do it on earlies, when I spend the week looking and feeling like the offspring of a zombie and a sloth, anyone can lol!

Food Diary

Free Food
banana
apple
fat free natural yogurt
pasta
spinach
tinned tomatoes
grapes
Asda dessert style yogurt

Healthy Extras
A - 2 x 30g Cheddar
B - 40g of Dorset Cereals Simply Fruity muesli

Syns
2 tbsp of Elmlea (I still don't have any milk...)     2
2 bakewell buns                                                2
Harvest Moon bar                                             3

Total                                                                 7

As you may have realised, this weeks blogs will be published a little earlier :) I'll apologise now for the probable lack of much imagination this week - but hey, we can't all be stuffing cannelloni tubes and baking cakes every day ;)


Sunday, 29 July 2012

Domestic Goddess-ry!

I'm a bit grumpy today. The wonderful week off work is drawing to a close, and my alarm will be going off at 4.30 tomorrow morning :(  Unlike the last two days when I'd woke up at a reasonable time, I was in bed til 1.30pm today, not the cleverest thing to do when you have to be in bed early! Ah well, I've managed to cram quite a lot into the day anyway!

I fancied a change this morning, so just had some lovely fruit and yogurt for breakfast. A nice tropical feel with some pineapple and banana to keep that sunny feeling going despite the grey clouds hovering ominously over Yarmouth today.


Once I was all fuelled up and ready to go I headed to Gorleston for the Clifftops Festival, for some reason I thought it would be a good idea to take The Boo. Claire was there with some other local consultants and I was looking forward to seeing them, however the weather had other ideas. As I meandered along, trying to stop The Boo eating every single dropped item of food on the entire promenade the weather took a turn for the worse, by the time I got to the Slimming World stall, the thunder, lightening and rather black clouds had just about everyone hurrying to their cars...At least I got some body magic done (2 miles walked), and Bayleigh did her bit to make sure there wasn't any mess left behind!


It really started coming down as we walked back to the car, but we managed to make it home without getting to wet. As the weather had turned, and I'd been out I decided that today would be the day I'd come over all a bit Nigella and try out a few things I'd been wanting to try. I decided on Cheesey CanneLowLowni and Cherry Bakewells (it was going to be Cheesey LowLowsagne but not a pasta sheet to be found in the cupboard!).

Cheesy CanneLowLowni

Cannelloni tubes
tinned tomatoes
garlic
mushrooms
courgettes
spinach
tub of LowLow cheese spread
pepper
fat free natural yogurt
egg
nutmeg
grated cheese.

Now, I apologise in advance if you've come to enjoy my super quick, super lazy recipes as this one is a bit more of a faff. It also highlights why I've had cannelloni tubes in my cupboard for a long, long time! 

I poured half a tin of chopped tomatoes, mixed with a little bit of lazy garlic and pepper into the bottom of a small oven dish as the base and then I fried off the mushrooms, courgette and spinach in some fry light (yes, those again, those were the fresh veggies I bought last week lol) and once they were nicely softened I added in the tub of LowLow and some pepper and gave it all a good stir to combine it. Now comes the fun part....I stuffed the mixture into the tubes. This involved the patience of a saint, much swearing and two spoons, seriously, if you have lasagne sheets, just layer it! I stood each tube in the empty LowLow tub and slowly and painstakingly spooned the mixture in with a teaspoon, shoving the mix down the tube with the end of another spoon. Once each was full I put it onto the tomato mix until the oven dish was full. This took approximately 37 times longer than just layering them onto lasagne sheets would have done.

Once the swearing had stopped, I beat an egg, mixed in about half a pot of natural yogurt and a sprinkling of nutmeg and poured that over the cannelloni, topped it with my HeB of grated cheddar and baked it for 30 mins. 


I know I'm saying so myself, but it tasted utterly delicious! The yogurt topping works like a bechamel type sauce, and the LowLow gave the filling a lovely, cheesy taste. A definite winner (although maybe as a lasagne lol).

The baking wasn't finished though! I'd seen a recipe for Scan Bran cherry bakewells and thought I'd give them a go. Now, there are two recipes for this, the one I saw, and the one I made lol! This is the one I made :)

5 scan bran (5 syns)
2 eggs
2 Asda dessert style bakewell tart yogurts (Original recipe=cherry muller light)
4 tbsp of granulated sweetener
(Original recipe had 4 capfuls of almond essence - I had none, Domestic Goddess fail)
(Original recipe also had 1/2 tsp of baking powder, but I couldn't find mine...)

Topping
100g of Extra Light Philly (6 syns)
tsp of vanilla essence
sprinkle of sweetener

I crumbled up the scan bran and mixed them with some boiling water until they could be mixed up. I beat the eggs and added in the yogurts and sweetener, then I spooned the mix into cake cases and baked them for 25 minutes. Once they'd cooled I put the topping on, that's it! You could top them with a cherry if you wanted, but I'm not a fan!


So there they are, little cherry bakewell cakes that are a syn each, and are absolutely gorgeous. All you can taste is the bakewell tart flavour of the yogurt and the sweetness of the Philly topping. If you're using the Asda yogurts, you won't need the almond essence. Just a perfect little nibble of sweetness to have with a coffee or cuppa! Give them a go, quick, low syn and sooo yummy!

Food Diary

Free Food
pineapple
banana
fat free natural yogurt
tomatoes
garlic
dried cannelloni tubes
mushrooms
courgettes
spinach
eggs
Asda dessert style yogurts
sweetener
nutmeg
vanilla essence

Healthy Extras
A - 2 x 60g of LowLow spread (a tub)
B - 30g Cheddar

Syns
6 Cherry bakewell buns  6

Total                              6

Hopefully with such a busy day I'll sleep tonight - back to the shifts and a slightly adjusted menu once again to cope with a stupidly early shift! As always, let me know what you think of the recipes if you give them a go! 









Saturday, 28 July 2012

Sweet Nothings

Hague is away, he's seeing his boys for a long weekend and so I'm home alone with The Boo and Flumpy. One of whom is snoring beside me on the sofa, the other is sleeping on my trainers in the cupboard under the stairs. Welcome to my world....


Despite a late night last night, I was up at the reasonable time of 11am, and got stuck into my usual routine when Hague is away - catching up on many, many episodes of Come Dine With Me. I'd been up 2 hours before I realised I was REALLY hungry and so sorted myself out a nice breakfast.



Sausages in the oven for 20 minutes, and the rest takes minutes, nothing better for a lazy day :) 
In the true essence of a day of doing absolutely nothing, after watching quite a few hours of CDWM, I was hungry again and went for the easy old option of pasta! Today's was served with spinach, courgette and mushroom and a blue cheese sauce...yep, blue cheese sauce.



Just a HeA of Philly and a HeB of Stilton stirred into the pasta and veg at the last minute - as always with the Philly sauce it tastes really rich and creamy and really doesn't taste syn free in the slightest, and it only takes a few minutes!!

This afternoon's very stressful activity was a lovely, long bath. I pampered myself from head to toe, with a face mask, many bubbles and a good ol' scrub. Just wonderful! As you can tell, the body magic is on the back foot a wee bit today ;)

Whilst spending the rest of the evening STILL watching CDWM I've managed to prepare myself some dinner. A curry loaf that was brought along to our taster night at group by Claire. I tried it and it was absolutely gorgeous, so I vowed to give it a go.....an easy task you would think? No. Chickpea dahl from Asda is used in the recipe as it's syn free, and it's been like rocking horse poo since that taster group! I finally got hold of some yesterday and so I could make the loaf!

Curry Loaf

1 tin of Asda or Morrisons chickpea dahl (as it's syn free)
1 packet of batchelors savoury rice (I used the mild curry flavour)
3 eggs

Cook the rice according to the instructions, and when it's done, stir in the dahl. Beat the eggs, stir them in and pour the mixture in to a loaf tin (I lined mine with foil) then bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes until it's set.

It's really minimal effort, it just takes a bit of time as you have to wait for the rice to cook (20 minutes) and then bake the loaf (40-50), but if you aren't in a rush, but don't want to put in too much effort in it's perfect!


It was delicious, really tasty. Although I think leaving it to cool a bit longer might have been better as I left quite a lot of it on the foil....but Boo will enjoy that lol! The taste was good though, and it's nice cold as well, another half now, half for work meal. I'm rather fond of those, as you might have guessed!

It's now closing in on midnight, and I'm still watching Come Dine With Me. Some grapes will finish off my meals for the day, and so will end a day of wonderful nothingness :)

Food Diary

Free Food
eggs
tomatoes
pasta
courgettes
spinach
mushrooms
lettuce
tomatoes
cucumber
chickpea dahl
savoury rice
grapes

Healthy Extras
A - 75g of Philadelphia Light
B - 30g of Stilton

Syns
3 Quorn sausages                   3
3 x 25ml measures of vodka   7 1/2

Total                                       10 1/2




Friday, 27 July 2012

Ladies What Lunch...

I'm not much of a lady, and rarely take a posh lunch. However, once a month, when I'm off work myself, my Mum and my Sister have ourselves a long leisurely lunch. I started the day full of good intentions with a syn free breakfast of fruit and a fat free yogurt.



The yogurt by the way is utterly delicious and syn free! I guess I was wavering between being angelic and possible damage limitation....

Can you guess which way I went?

I think "Oops" is the most suitable phrase here. We were supposed to go to a lovely little Italian restaurant in town (The Albatross, check it out on TripAdvisor), but it was closed, so my plans of a lovely tricolore salad and pasta were dashed and my Nieces decided on the American restaurant in town, rather aptly named Fatso's. I perused the menu, my eyes glanced at the oh so good choice of a salad with a jacket potato....It would be tasty, it would be good.....




...but it wouldn't be a hugely stacked veggie burger topped with sauted mushrooms, onions and stilton. Hey, I didn't have the side order of coleslaw I normally have, that counts for something surely? And look closer, salad, that's some superfree right there! Although I think that argument becomes somewhat invalid when I admit that I also ate a good 2/3rds of that delicious looking brownie as well. Nuts are a HeB right?

I won't lie, I totally enjoyed my lunch. We had a lovely time, and it was so nice to see my Nieces and spend some time with them. In my defence we did walk into town, and I walked back as well!


3.1 miles, not too shabby eh? And 600 calories, that might just have burnt off....well, not much of that meal to be honest, but that's what flexi days are for.

I was always going to be good for dinner, and have something syn free to minimise the damage of lunch. As I've said before I'm not one for flexi days, just flexi meals and as I was very busy watching the Olympic Opening Ceremony I wanted something quick too.


So into the oven went some Quorn lime, chilli and ginger fillets and I boiled up some noodles to go with them. Once the noodles were cooked I just threw in some spinach, soy sauce and lemon juice then sliced up the Quorn fillets. Job done :) I'm having the rest of my rhubarb yogurt for afters.

I won't do a food diary today, as I can't even begin to guess how many syns lunch was, but I DO know that breakfast and dinner were both syn free.

As I sit here and watch the spotlight on London, the celebration and pride on display for all to see this evening as the opening ceremony unfolds, I'm not going to beat myself up for enjoying myself, for enjoying good food and good times with my family. Life is about enjoyment, about having fun and about making memories. Losing weight is a big part of my life right now, and Slimming World will always remain a big part of my life as I will continue to attend group when I'm at target, but it's not the only part of my life, and I plan on balancing this out, like I have today, for a long time to come :)


Enjoy your days, enjoy your family....and enjoy The Olympics, life is for living, not for depriving yourself. And let's be honest, if you're feeling deprived on Slimming World, you're doing it wrong!! :)






Thursday, 26 July 2012

Shameless Promotion!

I love writing this blog. It has very quickly become a very important part of my Slimming World journey, and just seeing the views each day give me a boost. The popularity has taken me by surprise, but I'd love it to become more popular (who wouldn't!) and as such I decided today to set up a Facebook page. It'll essentially just mirror this site, have the blog updates on it, and other little achievements and milestones I reach, I suppose you could look on my blog as my daily diary, and the Facebook page as the companion page :) I'd love it if you took a little look! (Just have a clickety here).


Anyway, enough shameless promotion for one day...back to the important stuff...FOOD! As we were late to bed last night, we were once again late crawling out again, so rather than breakfast a quick brunch was the order of the day. As always I'd made 2 cous cous quiches from the mix and so the "spare" one was sliced up and served with some asparagus and hollandaise sauce. Yum!


Tonight's dinner was a bit of an experiment. At group this week Claire (my consultant) discussed the scan bran challenge, where for a week, your HeB is scan bran every day. I'm not following it, but due to my blog, and the recipes I try, Claire challenged me to try some of the recipes and I chose the cheese and onion burgers. They sounded pretty easy and so I gave them a go.....

Cheese and Onion Scan Bran Burger
2 scan bran (I used 3...)
2 eggs
HeA of cheese (I used both HeA, so 60g of Cheddar)
a bunch of spring onions (I used 6)
1 tbsp of soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon of wholegrain mustard (I used English as it's all we had..)

Crumble the scan bran and soak in some water until soft, you don't need much water at all, just about enough to wet the scan bran.
Beat 2 eggs and mix in some seasoning, the soy sauce and mustard.
When the scan bran has absorbed the water and has the consistency of soggy weetabix stir in the cheese, onions and eggs....
This is where it started to go wrong....

Before I'd added the eggs, the mixture looked quite burgerish, after I added the eggs, it looked like this...more like porridge! I decided to throw in another scan bran in the hope that it would help, but it didn't. Anyway, I plugged on with the recipe and left the mix to rest for 15 minutes. Then I attempted to fry them in a pan with some fry light (no shaping happened, as you just can't shape liquid!).

The little splats did their best to stick together, but when I tried to turn them over they just crumbled under the pressure. I decided to just lob the whole lot into the pan and treat it like an omelette, which seemed to work a bit better, I finished it off under the grill and ended up with this....


With the help of a cake cutter they actually look like burgers :) They tasted really nice though, very cheesy and the scan bran added some texture to the "burgers". I will attempt these again, but I don't think I'll bother adding the eggs. I'll leave the mix dry and just use my burger maker to shape them, or roll them into little balls and bake them.  I've got a feeling that will work better. If you do have a go, please let me know how you get on? Don't be put off, the taste is worth the faff!

Dessert was the remainder of pineapple that was in the fridge, and I still have the offcuts of my burgers to snack on later if I'm peckish! We're having an early night tonight as Hague is heading off to Barnsley for the weekend - which gives me free rein to create whatever I like in the kitchen this weekend (or be really lazy and live on pasta and Supernoodles....)

Food Diary

Free Food
eggs
asparagus
mushrooms
couscous
pepper
onion
tomato
courgette
sweet potato
spring onion
soy sauce
lettuce
cucumber
fat free vinegarette
pineapple
asda dessert style yogurt
grapes

Healthy Extras
A - 2 x 30g Cheddar
B - 30g of Cheddar

Syns

Hollandaise sauce (2 tbsp)    3
3 scan bran                          3
mustard 1 tsp                       1/2

Total                                    7 1/2

After yesterday's walk I was a bit sore and achey today so although I did go out for a walk, it was only for a mile with Boo - still, it's got me started on my next Body Magic challenge, to cross the channel. I've already walked around Central Park (6.1 miles) this week! Tomorrow is my monthly lunch with my Mum and Sister (special guests as they're off school are Jenna and Carys). The original venue would have been easy to stick to plan, but we're now going to my favourite restaurant in Great Yarmouth, The Albatross which serves the nicest Italian food for miles, it's going to be tricky to stay on plan now! Check in tomorrow to see how much damage I did lol!





Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Body Magic

Body Magic is the Slimming World way to exercise. Normally I'd leave thinking about exercise until much later on along my journey, but I'm petrified of being left with tons of loose skin and ending up untoned. Being back at my factory job is helping when I'm there, but as it's my week off I decided I needed to make an effort to keep up with the exercise.

Monday and Tuesday were sorted as I had to drop the car at the garage, and so that meant a walk there and back to pick her up again. Today I hadn't planned on doing anything except walking The Boo..
The Boo (Bayleigh Boo)

Much as I love walking her, it's not so much exercise as a slow meander as she sniffs just about everything along the way, and so I felt I needed something a bit more vigorous so I headed out for a walk. I wasn't entirely sure where I was going but I ended up walking along the sea front and back and completed 2.4 miles in 40 minutes, pretty darn quick for me! It was quite enjoyable as I kept up the pace and had my music playing away. I'm sure I'll back it a regular thing whilst I'm not at work.

Before all that excitement though, much food has been eaten :) I've had a seriously hungry day today, in fact I woke up after less than 6 hours sleep because I was hungry and decided to do myself a bit of a fry up.


I attempted my own hash browns, and they actually came out quite well, although they needed a bit more cooking time. They were pretty easy if you want to have a go though. I grated up a smallish spud and then gave the grated potato a good squish in some kitchen roll. Then I put about half the potato into my potato ricer and gave it a good hard squeeze to get all the liquid out (and then did the same with the other half) The squeezing also kept the grated potato in shape. I just bunged them in the oven with the sausages (for about 20 mins) but in all honesty they needed some more time to be cooked through and a bit more crispy. I rckon you could slow fry them too! Syn free hash browns though.....worth a go?

As I said, it's been a hungry day, so a couple of hours or so after breakfast I was feeling peckish again so I dived into the fresh pineapple that Hague had cubed up yesterday (isn't he marvellous?).


I could seriously eat pineapple all day long, but a few chunks eased the hunger pangs until lunch.


Which was bloody lovely, even if I do say so myself. Just some couscous (soaked in veggie stock and dried herbs) and tons of veg, including the leftover butternut squash from the other night. Topped with 45g of Mozzarella (HeA) and 1/2 a teaspoon of olive oil (1 syn) which was plenty enough to get that lovely flavour through without overdosing on syns.

For dinner, I tried another new purchase, the LowLow cheddar cheese spread. I'd heard good things about how cheesey it was and thought I'd have it with pasta, broccoli and cauliflower. 


As you can see, it doesn't look very cheesey. That was my fault. I had presumed that the spread would be like soft cheese and need a bit of water, so I threw in the veg straight from the microwave including the water. So unfortunately it was a bit of a watery sauce. However, it did taste very nice (I had the cracked pepper one) and in future I'll know not to add any extra water!

After that, I had room for dessert (told you I was having a hungry day, must be that walk!) I had my version of Banoffee Pie.


I do absolutely adore the Asda dessert style yogurts, they may not be as creamy as some, but they taste delicious! Banana courtesy of my SoW basket :)

So as you can see, I've had a very hungry day, but I'm well under my syns, and we all have days like this. It's why I love the Slimming World plan so much, I don't have to stop eating when I reach my calorie limit or restrict myself so I'm hungry and miserable. Just perfect for me :)

Food Diary

Free Food
eggs
tomatoes
mushrooms
potatoes
couscous
butternut squash
asparagus
spinach
pepper
vegetable stock
pasta
broccoli
cauliflower
pineapple
asda yogurt
banana

Healthy Extras
A - 2 x 60g of LowLow cheese spread
B - 45g of mozzarella

Syns
2 Quorn sausages                      2
1/2 teaspoon of olive oil             1

Total syns                                  3

So another hungry day survived, and the first steps made on my Body Magic journey, who knows, perhaps the bike might get an outing this week?




Tuesday, 24 July 2012

SO Many Stickers :)

Today is most definitely A Very Good Day! I finally got the enormous lie in I've been hoping for whilst I've been at work. My cheapy bargain flip flops have arrived and I had rather a successful weigh in..



I was over the moon to receive my 1 1/2 stone award, as I was worrying that having some flexi meals would stop me losing the lb I needed. However I smashed that with a loss of 5 1/2lbs! That gained me the Slimmer of the Week award, the first time I'd won it! It also meant that I won Slimmer of the Month for July with my total weight loss of 14lbs this month.

For those that don't go to group, the idea of stickers and certificates might be a bit silly. However for me, it's a huge motivation, it's a way of breaking the weight loss down into manageable chunks and is yet another piece of the amazing support you get by attending group. Speaking of which, if you have been following my blog and are maybe pondering joining your local Slimming World group, this week's Bella magazine contains a voucher so you can join for free - so if you've been umming and aahhing about joining, make this the week you take the plunge. You really won't regret it. I can't guarantee that your consultant will be as wonderful as mine, but I'm sure they'll be pretty damn good. For your weekly fee of £4.95 the support you get is priceless, I couldn't have done as well as I have alone!

As I didn't get up until stupidly late today, and had to get out to pick up the car (Dotty) I didn't manage to get anything down me for breakfast (I know...VERY naughty), but dinner after weigh in was my favourite. 


Good old couscous quiche with potato salad! Perfect on a lovely sunny day like today! As I got a HUGE basket of fruit for being Slimmer of the Week, I thought I'd take the plunge and try something new...a Nectarine. Now, for some reason I'm not a big fruit lover. I adore strawberries and pineapple (as you might have noticed) and I also quite like a white seedless grape and melon. I don't mind apples, but beyond that the only other fruit I really eat are bananas and I have to really fancy those, so we tend not to have too much in the house, but when you win this....


...fruit has to become part of your diet :) So tonight I have tried a nectarine for the very first time (as there were 5 in the basket) and you know what? It wasn't half bad, very juicy and so I think I'll  be having plenty of fruit to snack on this week! 

My treat for today is something that I saved from the BBQ on Sunday, one of the birthday cupcakes. Syns online states that an iced fairy cake is 4 1/2 syns. As this one is quite heavily iced, I think I'll up that to 7 to make sure it's covered. See.....you can have your cake AND eat it on Slimming World :) Served with a chocolate tea it'll be the perfect end to a damn wonderful day :)


Food Diary

Free Food
jersey royal potatoes
fat free natural yogurt
spring onions
lettuce
tomato
cucumber
eggs
cous cous
courgette
mushroom
onion
pepper
nectarine

Healthy Extras
A - 30g of Cheddar
B - 2 Aldi cereal bars

Syns
2 tbsp of Asda extra light mayo    2
Fairy cake                                   7

Total syns                                    9

I hope you all have weigh in's as successful as mine! 







Monday, 23 July 2012

A Bit of Time

I do rather enjoy my weeks off work. As well as being able to do whatever I want, it also gives me the chance to try out some recipes for myself that might be a bit too much work for a nice quick dinner before or after work. Much as Hague enjoys cooking for me, I wouldn't want to ask him to make really involved dinners for me when time is rather precious.


I had to be up early today to get the car into the garage, and I thoroughly enjoyed the lovely stroll back in the sunshine (all 1.8 miles of it). I headed back to bed though, can't be getting up too early when I have the chance for a lie in!


For brunch today I thought I'd give Magic Pancakes a go. I've seen these a few times on several of the Facebook Slimming World pages and put 35g of plain porridge oats and 2 pots of Asda dessert style yogurts, banoffee flavour into a bowl together, gave them a stir and left them in the fridge overnight. When I was ready to eat I whisked up an egg and added a couple of teaspoons of sweetener and mixed the lot together. It did look quite batter like, and the "pancakes" looked promising as they slowly cooked in the pan.....however, they refused to turn over and the first batch ended up looking like scrambled eggs! I liberally sprayed the pan with frylight before having another go, and while these were slightly more successful they still were quite quick to disintegrate!



If you just focus on the front of the picture....that'd be fine! I served them up with a sliced banana and some natural yogurt. After a bit more research, when I give them another go I'll add another egg and see what happens. They tasted okay though, although I'm not sure they needed any sweetener added!

For dinner, I decided to try another of my Tesco discoveries, BBQ Frylight, it's been the talk of both my group and the Facebook pages. I roasted some butternut squash, and then in a separate dish put a couple of quorn fillets, a red pepper, half an onion and a few mushrooms and doused quite liberally with the frylight. I put the lot in the oven for about 20-25 minutes and when it was done I served it all up with a salad, and voila! Dinner!



BBQ Frylight gets a big thumbs up from me, it added a lovely taste to the veggies and quorn fillet and as it's syn free I think I'll find other uses for it too. I still have some butternut squash left to use another day as well (which is a good job really as Hague has made it clear he won't be chopping another one up anytime soon!)


As I'm having a bit of a hungry day today, it got to 9pm and I was feeling hungry again. As I've not had any HeA's today, and I fancied something snacky, I decided on some nacho style potato wedges :) Wedges with some tex mex seasoning, a salsa style sauce and 2 HeA's worth of grated cheddar. Popped under the grill until the cheese melts! Delicious and they taste oh so naughty but are syn free!




Salsa
half an onion
chilli and garlic (I used my famous grinder)
seasoning
tinned chopped tomatoes

Dice the onion (not the lazy, half effort I managed..) and fry off in some frylight with the chilli and garlic. When the onion has softened, add about a third of a tin of tomatoes and plenty of salt and pepper. Leave to simmer on a low heat for about 5 mins. You should really add some coriander for a more authentic taste, but 1) I don't have any, and 2) I hate coriander :)

Food Diary


Free Food
banana
eggs
fat free natural yogurt
Asda dessert syle yogurts
pepper
onion
quorn fillets
mushrooms
butternut squash
lettuce
tomato
cucumber
potatoes
tinned tomatoes
chilli
garlic


Healthy Extras
A - 2 x 30g of Cheddar
B - 35g of porridge oats


Syns                   0 (trying to minimise the damage of the weekend!)


I actually walked quite a bit today as well, with walking back from the garage, and taking Boo out for a nice walk on the beach when it got a bit cooler, so my pedometer doesn't look too bad, although nowhere near a working day! 






It's weigh in tomorrow as well. I need 1lb to get my 1 1/2 stone award. Of course I'd love to get the award, but I won't be disappointed if I've not made it this week, after all I had a syn heavy weekend (which I thoroughly enjoyed) and if the sticker has to wait until next week so be it :)





Sunday, 22 July 2012

Summer's Here!!

It's happened! Summer has arrived, and today it brought with it barbecue's and sunburn :) I knew this weekend was going to be a struggle following the plan, but to be fair, the barbecue today was a bit easier on the syns than yesterday's dinner.


We woke up late and so didn't have anything before we headed out to our friend's house, it was so lovely to see them (it's been rather too long) than any plans of being angelic were compromised when a beer was pressed into my hand. Sometimes it's a very good thing that I'm always the driver lol! I could have quite honestly sat there all day long, drinking beer and enjoying the fabulous company, but having to drive limited the beers to just 2 in the 5 hours we were there. Foodwise I could have been a little bit better, but I don't think I did too much damage. Most of the foods I had were salads, and my lovely hosts had even cooked the cous cous quiche for me, how nice of them is that? Veggie sausages and burgers are always a lot less syn laden than their meaty counterparts so the only "bad" parts of my nibblings were the 2 small white rolls and the small slice of pizza, plus the beer. I think without those I would have been safely within my syns.


However, as I stated yesterday. I shall be following Slimming World for a very long time, over 2 years most probably, and as such I will have weekends when I'll be flexing my syns. I am not planning to put my life on hold to lose weight. The plan needs to fit in around my life, and being able to flex my syns does just that.


The key, for me, is not flexing the whole day. Just the event or meal you're worried about. Previously I'd have just had a flexi day, which would have meant me having a dinner laden with even more syns tonight and piling on the damage rather than limiting it. Tonight, this was dinner...



Just simple pasta with spinach, asparagus, tomatoes and grated Cheddar, so just one HeA and one HeB and no syns. I may not lose the 1lb I want this week due to 2 flexed meals, but I'm determined to give myself the best chance :)

Tomorrow, normal service (including food diaries and recipes) will be resumed...if I can move my arms to type....


Ouch! Still, this definitely means Summer is here (for now)!


Saturday, 21 July 2012

Special Occasions

We all have special occasions throughout the year. Birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. Flexi days are there to help you through those times when 15 syns just aren't quite enough.


Now, there are birthdays, and there are BIRTHDAY'S and to be honest, I think a celebration of someone reaching 95 is most definitely in the latter category :)




So can you blame me for having another flexi day to celebrate my wonderful Nan's birthday? We went out for dinner, and most of the choices were pretty synful. In the end I went with a mozzarella bruschetta to start, mushroom risotto as my main, and (yes, I know this is really bad) a creme brulee for dessert. I also stole some chips from my youngest Niece Carys....


But, despite having what I calculated was around 60 syns today, I've had a really nice day, spent time with my family and celebrated a very special birthday with my very special Nan.


I'd like to say it's back to normal tomorrow, but we're heading for a friend's BBQ. To be honest, I know I can keep within my syns at a barbeque, so I'm sure'll all will be fine for weigh in on Tuesday.....and if not, well I'm not falling off the plan, it'll just mean that my 1 1/2 stone award will have to wait until the week after.


After all, life is for living, life is about family, friendship and fun, and if all that means I'll have an occasional gain as I lose my weight, so be it :) I hope you all have wonderful weekends in the sunshine x