Friday, 31 August 2012

Busy and Buzzing!

It may have been a short week, but so far I've managed to go in every day, including my two 12 hour shifts. Much as I'm hoping this week might be over, chances are I'll be in tomorrow as well. However, I'm rather proud of myself for getting through what a few weeks ago would have been utterly impossible.

The early mornings are killing me though, this morning I was half zombie. Not surprising when my latest app told me I'd only got 4 and a half hours sleep! (Sleep Time - free app and I love it.)  Once again I was hungry early, so ate my yogurt and muesli early. It's testament to just how sleepy I am that I only think about taking the picture of my food once it's gone - oops! I'm sure you don't need pictures of my apple, banana and Harvest Morn bar though, do you? :)

After a long day spent cleaning, and then cleaning some more - and realising that a white shirt was probably the worst choice I could possibly have made today, work was done, and by the time I left at 2pm I was SO hungry! I quite fancied pasta and meatballs, but meatballs are a faff to make with Quorn, and we had no ready made ones, so I came up with the idea of using chopped up Linda McCartney rosemary and red onion sausages instead.


The sausages were cooked, and then added to a sauce made with tinned tomatoes, onion, basil, garlic and some tomato puree, poured over pasta and then topped with 30g of cheddar. The sausages really worked as "meatballs". The rosemary taste of them was perfect in the tomatoey sauce too. One to be added to the regular menus I think, especially as it was syn free!

Now, sometimes a girl needs a treat. When that treat costs nothing it's all the harder to say no, and so I put some of my syns towards just such a little treat today. I am a BzzAgent. What that means is that I get sent products to try out and then spread the word about them. I usually get a free sample and some vouchers to give to people as well. Quite often the products are things like cat food, cleaning products and even sanitary products, food isn't always a focus, however, my current campaigns are BOTH food, and not just any food - cookies and cider. I know. So, being the selfless person that I am, I bit the bullet and tasted one of the new Tesco Bakery cookies. I'd looked up the nutritional information (eventually!) and worked out that just ONE of the gorgeous looking, white chocolate and cranberry stuffed cookies would be 13 1/2 syns! Ouch! However, needs must, and so along with a huge cup of tea I had half a cookie....


Oooh it was good, chocolatey, crumbley and squidgy. Just gorgeous, and I even managed to stick to just that half for 7 syns. Much as it was delicious, I'm not sure I'd splash out nearly a whole days syns on one of them too often! And I must apologise for posting a picture of a scrummy cookie on a dieting blog....sorry!! Mind you, I bloody hope all this willpower counts on the scales when I'm able to get back to group - maybe there should be a sticker for super human willpower lol!

Due to two enormous cups of tea, and the rather massive portions of lunch, I won't be fitting dinner in tonight, I'm just too full, and don't want to eat for the sake of it. I'll probably be up at 4.30am again anyway, so can eat then eh?

Food Diary

Free Food
fat free natural yogurt
apple
banana
pasta
tomatoes
onion
tomato puree
LM rosemary and red onion sausages

Healthy Extras
A - 30g cheddar
B - 40g Dorset Cereals muesli

Syns
Harvest Morn bar     3
Milk in tea                2
half a cookie             7

Total syns                 12

Tomorrow hopefully brings a visit in the sunshine to the Maritime Festival, and a slightly more varied menu ;)



Teeny Blog

There are a lot of things that suck about working 12 hour shifts, but having no time in the evenings has to be one of the worst. The whole day just seems to disappear, and when work has been a long, hard slog, it makes me all the more grumpy!

I woke up hungry, which isn't normal for me, and so I ended up having my breakfast during my first break - the usual muesli and yogurt. That left the banana, apple and Harvest Morn bar for me to munch at during the rest of my "normal" shift. Lunch was once again the good old batch baked chilli, without cheese today.


When I finally got home (after what seemed like about a week) I wasn't massively hungry, so I had a lovely soak in the bath first, and then decided on something light for dinner as I'm be heading to bed not long after :(


Hague was lovely enough to whip me up a veggie filled omelette, topped with some Feta cheese and served with some sweet potato chips and hollandaise sauce. Perfect as it wasn't too heavy.

Seeing as I went to bed not too long after dinner, I guess that's it for today! Hopefully I'll have more of a blog for you tomorrow!

Food Diary

Free Food
fat free yogurt
banana
apple
veggie chilli
eggs
spinach
asparagus
spring onions
tomatoes
sweet potatoes

Healthy Extras
A - 50g feta cheese
B - 40g of simply fruity muesli

Syns
Harvest Morn Bar                  3
Shape yogurt                         1/2
Hollandaise sauce                  1 1/2

Total syns                              5







Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Feeling Lost

Strange isn't it how something becomes routine so quickly? I really feel odd for having missed my weigh in last night. I missed being at group, hearing how everyone had done, and picking up the new magazine. I missed having no weight loss to report to friends and family - and I missed that 90 minutes of time when I can indulge my Slimming World addiction and no-one minds! :)

As for my day, it started way too early once again, although at least today was only an 8 hour shift. Felt twice as long though O_o On the plus side, I got in plenty of body magic walking today!

Breakfast was once again my work staple, muesli and yogurt. I do really love the Dorset Cereals simply fruity muesli, it tastes delicious and you can have 40g of it too :)



Also in the work bag of munchies was a banana, an apple and a Harvest Moon bar. On a completely different note (sort of). I've seen a fabulous lunch box that I might need to treat myself to. It would be perfect to put all my little varied munchables in.


Isn't it wonderful? You can get them here, and I must admit I'm sorely tempted! 

Anyway, back to food! When I got in from work we popped to Tesco to pick up some BzzAgent freebies (more on those another day), and managed to get some reduced strawberries and some Quorn bits on offer too, so when we finally reached home at 4 I was starving! I grabbed myself something quick to tide me over until dinner, quorn burgers (microwaved) and then stuffed in a pitta with some tomatoes. 2 minute food. Marvellous :)


As tomorrow's shift is another delightful 12 hour shift, I'll be heading to bed early, and so dinner had to be early too. I've gone for the easy option though, a nice jacket spud, one of my faves :)


It'll be followed up with my reduced strawberries topped with some yogurt (and maybe a teaspoon of honey if syns allow).



Food Diary

Free Food
fat free yogurt
apple
banana
cherry tomatoes
lettuce
cucumber
potato
strawberries

Healthy Extras
A - 6 Laughing Cow extra light triangles, 30g of cheddar
B - 40g Dorset Cereals simply fruity muesli

Syns
Asda wholemeal pitta bread       7
Harvest Morn bar                      3
2 Quorn burgers                        1
teaspoon of honey                     1
Options hot choc                       2

Total (a whopping)                    14

My syns do seem to be creeping up at the mo, I think it's mostly due to me craving all sorts of things, and eating all sorts to compensate. I'm still within my 15 though, so hopefully when I do eventually get back to group I'll see the fruits of my labour!

It's a 12 hour shift again tomorrow, so I'm afraid it'll be a very brief blog (sorry!)

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

One Down...

Well, I survived. My first 12 hour shift in many months has been completed. I didn't die half way through the shift, and I actually don't feel too bad, which is a pleasant surprise, don't get me wrong, I'm shattered, but I'm better than expected.

Food was obviously going to be quite important, today. When you're out of the house for 13 1/2 hours and you're trying to lose weight, taking enough food is vital. Especially when the only other food available is from a vending machine. A vending machine that only has crisps and sweets in it!

So I took quite a variety! At my first break I had a banana, and a bottle of water. Breakfast was a bowl of 40g of muesli mixed with yogurt and an apple. The muesli had been soaking in the yogurt all night, so was delicious. That tided me over until my second lunch break, where I had the chilli I'd batch baked over the weekend and a yogurt.


My final break involved another bottle of water and a Harvest Morn bar. To be honest, I think I might have needed a couple of more snacky things as I felt hungry whilst I was at work, although this may be a leftover from my weekend where I felt hungry all the time and overly tempted.

Dinner was waiting for me when I got in (as my boyfriend is amazing). I didn't want anything too heavy as an early night awaits, and so he'd prepared the tomato soup for me. Perfect after a long day :)


I'll round off my evening with a lovely milky hot chocolate before bed, as I'll only be up for a little bit longer - that 4.30am alarm just gets harder as the week goes on :(

Food Diary

Free Food
fat free yogurt
banana
apple
veggie chilli
baked beans
tinned tomatoes
vegetable stock

Healthy Extras
A - 30g cheddar, 250ml of semi-skimmed milk
B - 40g of Dorset Cereals simply fruity muesli

Syns
2 Harvest Morn bars          6
Shape yogurt                      1/2
Options hot choc                2

Total                                 8 1/2

The worst thing about today was having to miss group. I got home too late for my group, and the 7.30 group doesn't end until 9, and I want to be in bed way before that :( I think missing group is part of the reason I've been feeling lacking in willpower this weekend (even though I haven't succumbed). I really enjoy group and it's quickly become something I look forward to, and to be honest, I feel a little bit lost not going! Roll on 2 weeks time when I can go back!

Monday, 27 August 2012

Extreme Willpower - Parentals Edition!

Today has been a very busy day! I was out of the day pretty much as soon as I woke up as I had to go and pick Hague up from the station (Yay!) I had to stop on the way though, as he'd brought JadeyCat home with him, and so we needed a new litter box for her. Apparently she had the time of her life on the train, out of her carrier and sitting quite happily next to Hague watching the world go by :)


Hopefully she'll settle right in with the rest of the menagerie, but for now she's safely on her own upstairs, to get her used to us and the house before all hell breaks loose when she's introduced to Little Miss Flumpy!

Anyway, you're reading this for my food rather than the tales of the ever increasing menagerie of the Mitchell/Hague household so I shall swiftly get onto the subject of brunch! As I rushed straight out this morning, but the time I'd got home I was starving, so I wanted something to fill me up. So went for a huge plate of potato wedges, beans, eggs and sausages.


Now after that huge plate of syn free food, you'd have thought I would have been stuffed for hours wouldn't you? After an hour or so we were heading to The Parentals as lots of family were going to be there, and it's rude not to be sociable now and again....usually on these occasions my Mum will put on a bit of a buffet or dinner, however, this time there were so many people coming along that my Mum had a local firm provide a buffet.....Mmmmm buffet, with lovely stuffed white bridge rolls, fresh sandwiches, coleslaw, potato salad, vol-a-vonts, you name it, it was there. Desserts were a baked vanilla cheesecake and a gorgeous looking carrot cake. As soon as I saw it, I was hungry. I kept going over and admiring the desserts, my willpower straining at the edges. It was like a had a little angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other. One encouraging me to behave, to remind me how much I wanted to lose weight, the other telling me that one day wouldn't hurt, that a couple of sandwiches and a little bit of cake would be just fine...

I won't lie, it was SO hard, I really adore carrot cake and baked cheesecake, but I managed to resist - I have no idea how, but I did it. They should hand out medals for willpower like that!

When we got in, I needed to eat so did myself a nice cheesey lasagne as I'd not had any healthy extras today.


I chopped up some mushrooms, courgettes, asparagus and spinach and fried them all off in some frylight with a little bit of rosemary. When everything was cooked I mixed in a tub of LowLow and then layered the mixture with lasagne sheets. I then topped it off with some syn free white sauce - a beaten egg, mixed with fat free yogurt and some nutmeg. 30g of grated cheese on top, 30 mins in the oven and voila! Lasagne
with a lovely side salad, perfect to fill me up before I have to head for a bath and bed as it's earlies tomorrow :(

Food Diary

Free Food
baked beans
eggs
potatoes
Linda McCartney sausages
lasagne sheets
mushrooms
courgettes
spinach
asparagus
fat free yogurt
tomato
lettuce
cucumber

Healthy Extras
A - 2 x 60g of  LowLow cheese spread
B - 50g of cheddar

Syns

Options hot chocolate       2
Harvest Morn bar             3

Total syns                         5

My blog might be a bit here and there over this coming week as for the first time since I've returned to work I'm working a full rostered week. I've been working 8 hour shifts, but from tomorrow onwards my shifts will include the 12 hour shifts I've so far been missing. I have to work 3 of them this week, and I know I'll struggle, I'll be tired and grumpy and eating similar things most days, so I'll apologise now, as my blogs may be quite samey, and not as regular as normal! Hopefully the long shifts won't kill me and I'll be back to normal for the weekend!

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Beating The Grumps!

Once again, I got a decent sleep and was up early at just after 9. I had plans to make the most of the day but pretty much as soon as I came downstairs as proper grumpy mood descended upon me...

The weather was grey, I'm starting to really miss Hague and no food in the house was appealing to me. I had an easy breakfast of muesli and yogurt with some banana, and even that couldn't lift my miserable mood.


I had two choices really. I could sit on the sofa and wallow in my grumps, making myself feel worse and worse, or I could get my butt off the sofa and do something. As I'd promised Claire I'd do some leafleting for her that was as good an excuse as any to get myself out. I actually quite enjoyed the leafleting, 198 houses, 1.3 miles and my music blaring the whole time - and whilst I was out I was actually quite cheerful. Plus when I got home and put my activity into the Fit Log I found that I completed my latest challenge to "swim" the channel, and had completed my first week towards my Silver body magic award.


However, once I was back in, the gloom descended again and so I threw myself into some cooking. I got a chilli on the go for me to have for lunches during the week, and roasted off some sweet potato, onion, rosemary and tomatoes for my lunch.


The veggies were stirred into cous cous (I used some of the liquid from the roasted tomatoes to soak the cous cous) and I added some rosemary and 50g of feta. It was delicious and definitely hit the spot. I hadn't finished in the kitchen though, and decided to carry on experimenting.....One experiment went okay, the other one still needs work :)


I'd picked up some gelatine alternative in Asda, and thought I'd have a go with the pear drop squash that I'm currently addicted to. It only worked! I wasn't actually sure about the flavour working, but the jelly aspect worked and so I can make myself some syn free vegetarian jelly :) Yay! The other option was making little buns with the magic pancake mix, that wasn't quite so successful however, as the buns stuck to the paper cases, so I think I need to pop to PoundLand and invest in a silicone muffin pan, and give them another go.

After cooking like a mad thing this afternoon, I'm all kitchened out, and so dinner was super simple, and to most people, rather disgusting....


98% fat free sweet chilli Supernoodles, topped with eggs and cheese. Odd I'll grant you, but it's something I love, and it's a bit of a comfort food for me :)


Food Diary

Free Food
banana
fat free natural yogurt
cous cous
sweet potato
tomatoes
spinach
onion
veggie gelatine
sugar free squash
98% fat free supernoodles
eggs

Healthy Extras
A - 50g of feta, 30g cheddar
B - 40g simply fruity Dorset Cereals muesli

Syns
1 teaspoon of honey         1
milk in tea                        1
pancake bun type thing     1
25g cheddar                    5
Shape yogurts                 1

Total syns                        9

An odd day, my mood hasn't really lifted, and I've followed my Consultant's advice and just eaten my favourite foods. I've kept on track, which to be honest, I wasn't sure would happen at the start of the day, so I'm proud of myself for that. I might even treat myself to a hot chocolate to take up to bed with me later, surely that will lift the mood where everything else has failed? I'll add in the syns if I do :)

On a slightly different note, I'm pretty sure that today's mood is just one of those days and not an indicator of anything more serious, I will admit that I'm slightly worried about work next week as I shall be working 12 hour shifts.....but I'm confident that it's a one off (and that hot chocolate will help).


Saturday, 25 August 2012

Taking Root

After being quite strangely productive yesterday today has been way, way more relaxed! I actually got a decent night's kip and woke up reasonably bright eyed and busy tailed at 8am. I really didn't know what to have for breakfast, and so didn't get around to eating until around 10, and decided on something simple but filling (for a change eh?)



I am getting quite partial to having spinach with my breakfast, it all helps to push me towards my third superfree anyway.

I then applied myself whole-heartedly to watching lots of Come Dine With Me, whilst the animals relaxed.....


They're not allowed on the sofa when Hague is here, so when he's away all hell breaks loose and all three of us snuggle up on the sofa - bliss :)

As I have a friend coming round this evening, I had to actually do some housework today (I know! Shocking!), and so afterwards, once I'd showered and watched some more CDWM to get over the shock my mind turned towards a late lunch. Once again I really didn't know what I fancied, but after several minutes staring aimlessy into the fridge inspiration (sort of) finally struck and I decided to attempt Spanakopita, which is spinach and feta parcels for those of you not completely fluent in Greek ;)


They couldn't have been easier, two HeA's worth of feta cheese (100g) and fresh spinach rolled up in a sheet of the good old filo pastry again, in the oven for 8 minutes and done! I should probably have used a bit less filling, and that way they would have been more wrapped - but I don't do restraint when it comes to feta!

Not long after "lunch" (which I ate at 4.30), my friend arrived and we've had a lovely evening chatting away, putting the world to rights and half watching Harry Potter, however he's now left and I know I'll need a little something to tide me over until morning, and so I figured a small bowl of veggies and pasta would fill me up nicely.

Job certainly done, and all healthy extras duly eaten and accounted for :) Tomorrow heralds some body magic as I'm leafleting for Claire, I just hope it stays dry!!

Food Diary

Free Food
eggs
mushrooms
tomatoes
spinach
lettuce
cucumber
pasta
courgette

Healthy Extras
A - 2 x 50g of feta cheese
B - 30g of stilton

Syns

milk in 3 cups of tea          3
3 quorn sausages              3
filo                                   3
2 Shape yogurts               1

Total                                10

Hopefully I'll have a bit more of an idea of what I fancy to eat tomorrow rather than just throw something together as I've been all uninspired!




Friday, 24 August 2012

Unsupervised

Hague has departed for the weekend. He will be spending the entire weekend with his boys and was practically bouncing with excitement when I dropped him off at the station at 5.40am, yep, it was yet another stupidly early start for me and for some reason I decided not to go back to bed and fortified myself this morning with a couple of huge cuppas before deciding on breakfast. I really wasn't sure what to have but in the end decided on magic pancakes, this time made with the apple crumble Shape yogurts.


They were REALLY good. I topped them with apple, banana, yogurt and a tbsp of honey. The flavour of the pancakes was really good, so I'll definitely be making them with the apple crumble yogurts next time. I'm going to try freezing them too so I can have them for breakfast next week at work. Hopefully they'll defrost okay!

I had a busy morning, with shopping and a bit of a wander around town with a friend, and it wasn't until around half 3 that I realised I hadn't had lunch. As I was feeling tired (yep, again....I'm a nightmare), I didn't want to go mad, but didn't fancy anything I could just grab and so ended up having a bit of an experiment with the filo pastry I bought today.


I was actually rather impressed with how it turned out. One sheet of Jus-Rol filo is only 3 syns and that was plenty to wrap my mushrooms, spinach and garlicky soft cheese in, so with the salad the whole lunch was just those 3 syns. Next time I'll put the soft cheese on top of the veggies, but apart from it's soggy bottom it was delicious, and it only took about 10 minutes.

Filo Parcel

mushrooms
spinach
75g of medium fat soft cheese
one sheet of Jus-Rol filo pastry
salad
cottage cheese

I fried off the mushrooms in frylight and then threw in the a good handful of spinach and seasoned with some pepper. I then put the cheese onto the pastry (only because I was weighing it directly onto the pastry to save some washing up....won't do that next time lol!) and piled on the mushroom and spinach mix. I then just wrapped over the pastry and put it in the oven for 10 minutes. Whilst it was cooking I prepped the salad. Another quick, easy recipe that I'll be trying again, with a variety of fillings as well.

After an afternoon spent wittling down the Come Dine With Me episodes on the Sky+ box, and feeling rather tired I decided comfort food was the order of the day for dinner, and what better than sausages, spuds and cheesey vegetables?


How's that for a syn free plate of comfort food? Just the ticket! Followed by a rhubarb crumble yogurt and I'm done for the day, hopefully heading for a lovely long restful night of sleep! Please!

Food Diary

Free Food
apple
banana
eggs
tomato
lettuce
cucumber
fat free cottage cheese
mushrooms
spinach
potatoes
cauliflower
broccoli
LM rosemary and red onion sausages

Healthy Extras
A - 75g of medium fat soft cheese, 60g of LowLow cheese spread
B - 35g of porridge oats

Syns
1 tbsp of honey                   2 1/2
2 Shape yogurts                  1
milk in 2 cups of tea            2
1 sheet of Jus-Rol filo          3

Total                                  8 1/2

Quite a few syns today (for me) but I've certainly had a more full and rounded menu than I've had for a little while!

We Are Sorry For The Delay....

Yes, once again an expected blog didn't show up when expected, shocking behaviour from myself and I can only apologise! In my defence I spent all day in a semi-comatose state of shattered-ness, and was desperate to go to bed from about 5pm! Hence all I could think about was bed, and hence no blog :(

But now it's time for you to discover the delights I ate yesterday, which may not be much help in your Slimming World journey as I had my Ladies Lunch :)

Mmmm, this one was at The Albatross. An unassuming little restaurant hidden among the dross of tourist eateries in the centre of Great Yarmouth. It has astonishing good reviews on TripAdvisor, and both the food and the service is wonderful, so I was glad that we made it there for one of our lunches. The meal actually wasn't as hideous as some of the lunches, although it was still more than my day's syns, but utterly delicious!


Just look at that simple, mouth watering tricolore salad! Okay, so avocado is fattening, and they didn't skimp on the mozzarella, but this is just my favourite type of food! My main was a spinach and ricotta cannelloni, which was also rather gorgeous, but I just dived straight in! I was saved from resisting a dessert by the fact that Mum, Sis and the girlywigs were heading to the circus, and we ran out of time!! (Thank goodness as the hot banoffee pudding sounded, well, beyond nom).

After lunch, the tiredness hit with a vengeance, maybe to do with the fact that I got quite a lick of speed up on my walk home (a mile in 20 mins). I had no energy afternoon, and so dinner was a Jacket Spud (again....I'm sorry) with some beans and mushrooms. The mushrooms were cooked in some BBQ frylight and the beans added at the last minute for something a bit different. I smooshed my HeA's worth of Laughing Cow extra lights into the spud and then topped with the bean/mushroom mix. It did the job of filling me up before bed :)


So that was my day I'm afraid - don't give up on me, it'll be better tomorrow I promise!! Pinky swear :)

Food Diary

Free Food
tomatoes
spinach
lettuce
basil
pasta
potato
baked beans
mushrooms

Healthy Extras
A - 45g mozzarella, 6 Laughing Cow extra light
B - 45 g mozzarella

Syns

45g of mozzarella (est.)                          6
tbsp of olive oil                                      6
spinach and ricotta cannelloni (est.)        10 1/2
2 small glasses of med white wine           9
Leftover pizza crusts....                           15
(a dough ball is 2 1/2 so am allowing 6 of them for the crusts I ate)

Total (estimated)                                    46 1/2

So, whilst I'm way over my syns, if I'd have resisted the girls' leftover crusts it wouldn't have been so awful, but I'm quite pleased that I ate what I wanted and didn't go over 50 syns. Today's menu will obviously be lighter on the syns to limit damage. Catch you again in a few hours lol!

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

50

Today marks my 50th blog post. In less than two months my SW ramblings have gone from zero to over 8000 views, and every single view has helped me stay on track, and keep me motivated. In a strange coincidence, after weigh in this week my BMI dropped under 50 (yes, it was over 50) as well, getting it under 25 may be a bit harder, but I'll get there. The determination is still strong in this one!

I've not been my normal self today. After the awful sleep of yesterday we both slept in for hours today, but rather than waking up refreshed, I felt tired and groggy. Despite that, we had things to do - Bayleigh and Flumpy were overdue for a flea treatment, and with JadeyCat joining us on Monday it seemed sensible to get that done, and so out we went. Then Bayleigh got her walk, no ulterior motives from me honest guv...




:) Another sticker awaits!

On the way Bayleigh was spotted at Sara's TeaRooms and was made Dog of the Day :) She also got a huge fussing by just about every member of staff. One, very happy doggy!

It was only when I got home that I realised I hadn't actually eaten something and was bloody starving, it had to be very quick, and very filling - did you know Quorn burgers could be cooked in the microwave? Me either, cue a 2 minute brunch!


Quorn burgers in the microwave, pitta bread in the toaster, and then I just mixed the coleslaw mix from Asda with lots of fat free yogurt and 2tbsp of extra light mayo and 30g of cheddar. Then I stuffed the lot into the pitta and topped with cherry toms. Lunch doesn't come quicker than that does it? It was actually really filling, and I didn't eat the yogurts until about an hour later!

I didn't really know what to have for dinner, and whilst pondering I decided on a nice vegetable risotto. However, I started chopping the veggies (onion, celery, courgette, cabbage and pepper) and merrily lobbed them into the pan ready to be cooked before being risotto-ed. It was only when I started cooking them that I realised I'd done WAY too much veg, and so decided the best route for such a huge pile of superfree food was to simply stir fry it. So in went a few sprays of the frylight for the wok, some soy sauce, lemon juice and some of my chinese grinder and dinner was ready!


I don't mind a stir fry, it's a great way to get plenty of super free food in you, and is super quick, however, I know they don't fill me up very well. So a banana, some grapes, and a couple of my graze munchies came to the resuce, along with 250ml of milk as my HeA :)



Food Diary

Free Food
coleslaw mix (carrot, cabbage and onion)
fat free yogurt
cherry tomatoes
onion
pepper
cabbage
celery
courgette
soy sauce
banana
grapes

Healthy Extras
A - 30g cheddar, 250ml of semi skimmed milk
B - Asda pitta bread

Syns
2 Quorn burgers                          1
2 Shape yogurts                          1
2 tbsp of extra light mayo             2
Graze salsa mexicanos                 2 1/2
Graze toffee apple                       3 1/2

Total                                          10

Tomorrow is the day of the monthly ladies lunch - and we are going to my favourite restaurant, and so it will most definitely be a flexi lunch. However, it IS an Italian restaurant, so the food shouldn't be hideously synful, at least that's what I'll be telling myself! As always though, I'll be flexing lunch, but having a nice syn free dinner!

The Vodka Diet

Apparently the vodka diet works quite well, as at weigh in today I managed to lose 4 1/2lbs! That meant I got my 2 1/2 stone award AND my Club 10! Quite the achievement as far as I'm concerned. Much as I joke about the vodka diet - I know that I was well within my syns for the week as it was ONLY the vodka that was synful - there were no crisps, pizza or chocolate to add to the damage, although I was still quite stunned when I got on the scales. I was also joint Slimmer of the Week, and have now filled up half of the back of my book :)



I probably won't be able to attend class for the next couple of weeks due to having to work 12 hour shifts on group days - but I've set myself the target (publicly!) to have lost over 3 stone in total when I return to group. I won't be going off plan just because I can't get to group, not when I've come this far!

Food wise it's been an odd day, as I had probably the most abysmal night's sleep in weeks. I was still awake at 10.30 AM, yes, that's AM :( I finally drifted off at about 11, and so Hague left me to sleep until 4.30 when I had to get ready for group.

I've already told you how I got on there (bloody marvellously) and so let's head straight to my unremarkable but filling dinner. Pasta, with cheese and veggies.


We were heading out for a few hours to meet up with friends, and so dinner needed to be quick, and it doesn't really come much quicker than pasta does it? 

Whilst in the pub I indulged in a single half pint of Guinness, and then went onto water and I even managed to resist rather delicious looking chocolate and vanilla cakes! Of course when we got home we were both pretty hungry and so I threw together something quick but not too heavy. Some Quorn sticky fillets in pitta breads with lots of salad and fat free yogurt.


The pitta breads are a HeB for one, but as I was hungry I had two, and will syn the second one (7syns). The rest of the filling was free.

Food Diary

Free Food
pasta
courgettes
mushrooms
asparagus
tomato
lettuce
cucumber
fat free yogurt

Healthy Extras
A - 30g cheddar, 60g of LowLow spread
B - Asda wholemeal pitta

Syns
1/2 pint of Guinness            4
pitta bread                          7
Shape yogurt                      1/2

Total syns                           11 1/2

On another note - I have managed to forget to cancel my Graze boxes once again. Now, if you haven't heard of Graze, they are a company that sends little boxes of healthy snacks through the post. (If you want to try a box, just have a little click HERE and then use code YYX2MZN). I had the foresight of changing the style of box to a light one just in case, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the syn values weren't too bad. Especially considering two of the snacks are apple slices with toffee dip and a cake!


Just in case you can't make out the syns they are (clockwise from top left) Salsa dip with little mexican nibbles - 2 1/2 syns. Sun dance mix, dried mango, chocolate covered sunflower seeds and green raisins - 7 syns. Toffee apple, dried apple slices with a toffee dip - 3 1/2 syns, and afternoon tea, a teabag and a slice of pumpkin and ginger cake - 4 syns. So, if I chose to, I could have 3 of these little boxes, including toffee dip and cake for just 10 syns! Not bad eh? I'll probably only pick at them over the next few days, but at least I know I can. Always best to check first when it comes to syns :)