Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Hard Day's Night

Oh that was a long night. I know a 12 hour shift by definition is long, but some feel longer than others. I got home and was absolutely shattered, no hot chocolate or chill out time for me, just straight to bed. I'm STILL tired. Oh well, back to work in another couple of hours! 

Anyway, enough whinging - you're here to read about what I ate, not hear me moan about how tired I am (for a change). As always, Hague did my dinner for me :)


Yes, there are 3 potatoes on that plate. When you order a pack of jacket potatoes you expect them to be on the large side, surely I'm not alone in that? However when Asda delivered this week's potatoes, 2 bags of white potatoes and a bag of jacket potatoes, the only way we could tell the difference was by the writing on the bag...bit of a fail there Asda. Hence me having three of them lol! They were topped with both my HeA's of cheese, some cottage cheese and as you can see, served up with tomatoes and gherkins. Lovely.

And so to work, after barely 90 minutes spent with Hague :( The traffic was abysmal as well, so the journey that usually takes around 25 minutes took me over an hour, which made me late. Great start! At work, we were running the product I hate, which causes problems almost constantly, and did so for the full 12 hours. Yuck....anyway, I'm moaning again, and you're here for the food! (sorry!) At my first break I was already hungry and so polished off my banana with a can of Tango, pretty good syn-wise for a sugary drink at just 2.5syns for 250ml.


Being on a 12 hour shift means that I get two half hour breaks and for my first break I had a lovely fruit salad, with grapes, pineapple and apple, plus a yogurt. It was surprisingly filling, and kept me going for longer than I expected.


That half hour break marked the end of the extra hours and the start of my "normal" shift. Which I'll not dwell on as it was hard going. Once again I did fit in my body magic though - a mile in 20 minutes today. Sometimes having a large factory and the need to collect pallets from one place and bring them to another is very useful. Am feeling it today though (ouch). 

Another quick break, and this time I just had a quick Alpen Light bar. As you can see, this is definitely my strategy for night shifts. Little and often. I'd rather take too much in in the way of snacks than spend the night hungry - and I do really like the cherry bakewell Alpen Lights. Sorry Slimming World, I'll stick with 2 of these for a HeB rather than your own Hi-Fi's :)


For my second half hour break, batch baking came to the rescue, I had the rest of the sausage casserole that Hague had created last week, although I'd obviously eaten all the sausage in the first sitting as this was definitely a vegetable casserole, still delish though. Even if it wasn't defrosted after 9 hours out of the freezer! Thank goodness for microwaves!


After that mahoosive meal I was done for the evening, and just had some much needed water at my last break. I have never been so relieved to get home, fortified with my other Alpen Light bar on the journey, and just get myself into bed. I zonked out practically straight away, not a surprise really. So there you have the not overly interesting tale of last night. Catch you tomorrow! :)

Updated to include my Food Diary...told ya I was tired ;)

Food Diary

Free Food
potatoes
fat free cottage cheese
gherkins
cherry tomatoes
banana
apples
grapes
pineapple
casserole

Healthy Extras
A - 2 x 30g of cheddar
B - 2 Alpen light bars

Syns
milk in tea                      1
250ml can of Tango       2.5
2 Shape yogurts             1

Total syns                      4.5

Don't forget you still have time to sign up for the Press Play challenge which is starting on Monday! I am SO excited about this, please take time to have a look, and don't forget to let me know if you do decide to sign up. I will, of course, be blogging all about it.

All the info is HERE and there is a Facebook page for us all to share in the challenge HERE. Let's get ourselves a bit of confidence and positivity for Christmas!



Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Shifting Again

I've just got in from my night shift, and seeing as I have a 12 hour shift looming tomorrow/tonight, I thought it wise to get my blog done now whilst I'm enjoying my hot chocolate before bed!

For some reason I slept until the ridiculous time of 7pm. I have no idea why, I fell asleep at around 5am, and woke up again at 2pm, but then went back to sleep. For five hours. Which is insane, and meant that I didn't get much time with Hague today :( When I dragged myself out of bed, Hague did me a quick dinner.


There are actually quite a few veggies hiding under the pasta. Honest! Courgettes, broccoli and mushrooms are lurking under those carbs, all mixed up with the blue cheese Laughing Cow triangles. It set me up for work and had barely hit my stomach before I had to get myself showered and out to work :(

As always, I took plenty of food in with me. I always do this on nights, that way I'm not left hungry and really tired halfway through the night. I tend to pick at every break to keep myself going and tonight was no exception.




At first break I treated myself to a small tango to wash down my Alpen bar and apple (2.5 syns), for my main break it was the leftover tomato soup from the other day with a couple of Shape yogurts (1 syn) and some no added sugar squash. I wasn't massively hungry on my last break, but had a banana so I wouldn't flag before home time and some water. One thing I do have a problem with at work is drinking enough. We used to have a water cooler, so it was easy for me to get plenty of fluids in during my shift, but that has disappeared - so I'm limited for now to what I drink on my breaks, and as you can see, I probably only managed a litre or so tonight! Not good!

I did manage to do some body magic tonight though, plenty of walking. Which is good for my body, not so good for my poor little feet which are still throbbing! Still, it means that the first week towards my Bronze body magic award is all done and dusted!


So there you have it, the not very exciting tale of my night at work. My hot chocolate is now calling me, as is my bed, so I'm sure you'll forgive me for not thinking of a reason today - my poor little brain is just pooped! 

Food Diary

Free Food
pasta
courgettes
broccoli
mushrooms
apple
tomato soup
banana

Healthy Extras
A - 4 blue cheese LC light triangles, 250ml of semi-skimmed milk
B - 2 Alpen Light bars

Syns
Tango 250ml can             2.5
Shape yogurts (2)            1
Options hot chocolate      2

Total syns                       5.5

My shift tomorrow is a 12 hour one, from 6pm to 6am, which means that once again I can't make it to my group to weigh in. It's SO frustrating - at least these are my last 12's on a Tuesday for a while, so I can get back into my routine. I want to know if I've finally achieved a 4 stone loss! I want to see all my friends at group and see how they're getting on, and I just want some of the wonderful support that FB just can't provide on it's own! Roll on next week!


Monday, 29 October 2012

Confidence Boost!

After not being able to stop eating yesterday, today has been a wee bit calmer! Despite still being awake at 5am (6am in Summer money) I got up just after 1 this afternoon and got myself going with a couple of mugs of tea. I really am a bugger for doing that - I really should eat first thing rather than just having tea! Bad habit really.

Hague isn't feeling too clever today, so only minor activity was managed, a visit to Asda. I'm sure most ladies will sympathise with me over the greasy hair dilemma. Hague wanted to get the shopping done quickly and get home, and so I didn't have time to shower first - what's a girl to do? Luckily there IS a solution.....



I'm a bit of a hat-lover anyway, but there's no better excuse to get one out than to cover up greasy locks ;) Note the slimmer face, it's always one of the first places I lose from, and the jeans I put on today were also noticeably loose. It meant that despite it being a quick trip, I actually felt quite good whilst we were out. It's a rather nice feeling :)

Once we were in from Asda, my mind turned to something to eat, understandably. I'd managed to pick up the new blue cheese Laughing Cow light triangles in Asda, which were on offer for £1 for 8, and are 4 for a HeA or 1.5 syns each, and had planned on having something involving them. However, after a perusal of my SW FB group, I saw a post by the lovely Sacha about her delicious Sunday dinner and that was my mind made up! I got it all prepped and in the oven and then decided that after 8 days of sitting forlornly in the middle of the living room it was time to finally get on the exercise bike!


 I had planned on riding for 15 minutes, however I only managed 11. Yes, I'm that unfit! Still, it's 11 minutes more than I did yesterday, and it's a good first step on the path to some regular exercise. Not a bad bike for a lovely freebie either! With exercise done it was finally time for my delicious dinner.


And it really was delicious, and all of that was one syn! Rosemary roasted potatoes, cauliflower cheese, carrots and Quorn roast all liberally doused with minty veggie gravy. Damn it was good! The syn was just for the tablespoon of mint sauce, so it could have easily been left as syn free if you're not a fan of mint sauce. The cauliflower cheese was of course made with 60g of Low Low cheese spread, and the gravy was a knorr vegetable stock pot, made up with just a small amount of water. Hague went for the non-diet option of a large bag of skips and some chocolate. He's not on Slimming World ;)

Following such a huge dinner, it's traditional on a Sunday to have a bit of a nap, and so I succumbed, not such a bad thing as I'm on nights next week. Once I was awake, and had some more tea inside me, I felt hungry once more. It seemed a good idea to put the rest of my Quorn roast to use and have a bit of a cold tea.

I added some pickled gherkins, cherry tomatoes, a dollop of cottage cheese and 4 of the new Laughing Cow triangles, which were absolutely gorgeous by the way. If you like blue cheese, you'll love these. I'm looking forward to having a bit of an experiment with them over the next week (shifts permitting). 

It might be late, but I have to stay up even later, and so I've decided to give a different version of magic soup a go. I tried this ages ago, but the recipe I got from my consultant was 2 tins of chopped tomatoes, a tin of beans, 1/2pt of stock and 4 silverskin onions. The recipe I've seen around quite a lot on the varied SW groups is a tin of beans, a tin of tomatoes, a tin of carrots and the pickled onions. Seeing as I had the half tin of carrots left from my dinner earlier, I thought I'd give it a go, especially as it could just heat up on the hob whilst we watched Saw:The Final Chapter. I say watched, Hague watched, I hid behind my laptop. A lot. Tomato soup wasn't the cleverest choice....


Despite all the exploding heads and flying limbs on the TV, I did manage to polish off the soup. I did enjoy it, but I'm not sure it's as good as my previous attempt, but I may have gone overboard by adding 2 onions as they were normal pickled onions and not silverskins. It was still nice though, and I have some to eat on shift next week as well.

As I haven't had anything sweet all day, I needed to satisfy that craving and it was to rhubarb yogurt I turned. One day I shall make this into ice-cream, but once again I've decided to just eat it. I can't resist when it's in the fridge :) And just for the record, I don't share hehe!


As you may have noticed there's an Alpen Llight bar there too, I thought I'd treat myself to some syns too, why not, it's what they're there for after all!

Food Diary

Free Food
cauliflower
Quorn roast
potatoes
carrots
pickled gherkins
cherry tomatoes
fat free cottage cheese
tinned tomatoes
baked beans
Asda fat free rhubarb and vanilla yogurt

Healthy Extras
A - 250ml of semi-skimmed milk, 60g of LowLow cheese spread
B - 4 blue cheese Laughing Cow light triangles (in the latest magazine it just states that 4 are a Healthy Extra, I'm presuming on green that means I can have them as a B choice too...?)

Syns
1tbsp of mint sauce             1
Alpen Light bar                   3
Hot chocolate                     2

Total syns                           6 syns

When we head up to bed, I'll take a hot chocolate to use the last of my milk allowance, and hopefully I'll have a big long sleep to get me ready for Monday night. As you may remember, that means that I won't be publishing a blog tomorrow night, instead, I'll post the blog for Monday's food on Tuesday afternoon/early evening when I get out of bed. Such are the joys of shift work!

Reason #18
Confidence. When you're big, you hide yourself, well I do. Be it in dark, baggy clothes, or in a quiet nature you find yourself blending into the background, and it's all through choice. I do both, my clothes are all baggy, my tops are all long enough to cover right down over my thighs, and all cover my arms. I am not going to be that person anymore. I'm going to be me. It was great today to pull on some clothes, some quite quirky clothes if I'm honest, including a hat and feel damn good about it. I like the real me, the me that's been hidden under layers of insecurity and fat for far too long, and it's rather nice to feel myself coming back, slowly but surely.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Can't.Stop.Eating!

First things first, I'll update you on last night. I did indeed have my full 15 syns worth of vodka, and I enjoyed every single syn's worth :) I also had a couple of snacks, all on plan.




My HeB in the shape of cherry bakewell Alpen Lights and an apple, and then even later on some pickled gherkins which are my current snack of choice :)

After such a lovely evening, I had a rather nice lie in this morning, much needed as we didn't get to sleep until about 4am! Oh it was bliss after a week of early nights, and as I'm not in work again until 10pm on Monday I have a long weekend ahead - marvellous!

I started off the day with a nice cooked brunch, as is pretty normal on a weekend for me. Oh the joys of a full cupboard and fridge!



Potato wedges, fried eggs and a vegetable mix of mushrooms, peppers, cherry tomatoes and spinach. Plenty of fuel for a day of catching up on the Sky+ box lol! The weather has been rather miserable, and really cold and so we have been happily hibernating on the sofa. It took a while to get hungry again, and my indecision over dinner was solved by talk of orzo on my SW group's FB page. So I threw together something using my new favourite ingredient. Which was better than Hague's solution to not knowing what to have, which was to order a kebab!


I boiled off the orzo, then drained it and left it to one side, then I put a tin of chopped tomatoes, some chopped aubergine and oregano into a pan and let it all cook through. Yes, you could have done this at the same time as the orzo, but I was trying to minimise the washing up ;) Once it was cooked I threw in some spinach, waited until it had wilted and then served it up. Topped with my 50g (well 41g - I couldn't be bothered to open a new pack to use 9g) of Feta and it was done. I followed it up with some pineapple and a cheeky vanilla vodka :)


What? It's the weekend! I am supposed to have a minimum of 5 syns a day and a couple of vodkas will fill that void nicely ;) 

Our evening has been filled with Jurassic Park as I fancied watching them and the wonderful Hague has been happy to humour me. Whilst watching the last one I got peckish once more and so helped myself to a very late night snack whilst watching dinosaurs snack on humans :)


Quorn BBQ sticky fillets, in a pitta bread and some lettuce, cucumber and cherry tomatoes. Perfect to accompany my second vodka and the third dinosaur film of the day.

Food Diary

Free Food
eggs
potatoes
mushrooms
spinach
pepper
cherry tomatoes
orzo
tinned tomatoes
aubergine
Quorn BBQ sticky fillets
lettuce
cucumber
pineapple

Healthy Extras
A - 50g of Feta, 250 ml of semi-skimmed milk (I've had a lot of tea today)
B - Asda wholemeal pitta bread

Syns
2 x 25ml of vodka   5

Total syns               5

It's been a lovely, lazy day after a week of early starts. Sounds silly after spending weeks and weeks with him, but after being back at work it was nice to spend some time with Hague too (I know, too soppy!).

Reason #17
A onesie. I know they're rather silly looking, but right now, as the weather is turning a onesie seems like a fabulous idea.
However, I want it to look cute and be big and roomy. I don't want it to look like a fleece marquee, so it's yet another thing that shall wait until I'm at target. Not to mention the fact that I want one from a website that customises them with materials, tails, hats and allsorts and the one I want would be over £100 once I've finished making it so very "me". Bit too much to spend on something that won't fit for long, so it's definitely target clothing :)




Friday, 26 October 2012

Press Play

Oh Friday, how I love thee :) At the moment, Friday is the last day of my working week all the time, not more pesky early Saturdays until Christmas. It's been a struggle, but I've got through the week, in fact today I even got up an hour before my alarm clock went off! I know! So up I was, at 3.30am, feeling hungry and so I treated myself to breakfast(ish) before work and a large coffee.



I know there's not superfree, and I know it's quite a bizarre breakfast, and yes I did have the beans cold straight from the tin (they taste better that way), but it calmed down the hunger pangs which is the whole point.

Work wasn't shaping up to be great, I managed to forget my apple and we'd run out of cereal bars, which meant that I only had my breakfast to keep me going. As I said yesterday I mixed it up a bit today as the muesli was getting a bit boring, so I asked Hague if he could create an eclectic concoction for me.


It looks a bit odd, but it was really nice. It's a courgette and mushroom omelette, chopped up, mixed with cottage cheese, cherry tomatoes and cheddar. I was inspired by a member of my Slimming World group who had posted pictures of his Breakfast in a Box on the FB page, so I pondered how I could make a veggie version. It worked! I'll be having it again to break up the monotony of muesli, and I still haven't managed to make magic pancakes for my work breakfast. As I'd been up so early, it was most definitely nap time when I got in, especially as I'd spent my whole shift cleaning (more Body Magic!). After nappage it was bath then dinner. Hague was having lamb chops and new potatoes, so I had something along the same theme.


Quorn BBQ sticky fillets with new potatoes and a huge pile of broccoli and cauliflower topped with lots of cheddar cheese. Yum. As I'd had no syns today I decided to splurge on some vodka, I'm not flexing today, but I can still have 6 measures for my 15 syns, but as I'm drinking them on the rocks that'll be plenty.



Now for my intriguing new challenge. I have many Facebook friends who I've gained due to Slimming World, both through this blog and the many groups on there. One of those messaged me today. Becky gave me the link to a blog written by one of her group members, Kate. She has come up with a wonderful idea called Press Play to change the way we view our confidence and weight loss and getting to target. Take a read at her blog and if it rings a chord with you, join up as I have and together we can build our confidence and help ourselves make our weight loss journey an even more positive move.

Read Kate's inspirational blog HERE

Of course, I plan on blogging about the daily challenges right here, and I'm quite excited to see what they are, as I'm just as in the dark as the rest of you!

Food Diary

Free Food
eggs
courgette
mushrooms
fat free cottage cheese
cherry tomatoes
Quorn BBQ sticky fillets
new potatoes
broccoli 
cauliflower
baked beans

Healthy Extras
A  - 2 x 45g of reduced fat cheddar
B - As of now, I've not had one, but I will later, it may take the form of a pitta bread, Alpen lights or some bread, but I'll update when it's nommed :)

Syns
6 25ml measures of vodka   15

Total syns                            15

I'm planning on really enjoying my vodkas, and whatever snack I can turn my HeB choice into later tonight, after all it's Friday!

Reason #16
Elmo. Yes, the weird little red thingum from Sesame Street. I love him lots and I have quite a few toys and a hat. One thing that eludes me is any Elmo clothing as most comes in rather small sizes, and even if I could squeeze into them I'd not feel comfy in such tight t-shirts. However, one of my wonderful Lushie Facebook friends commented on one of my weight loss statuses asking what clothes size I was now, she also asked for my address. I was over the moon to receive an awesome t-shirt in the post, in a size much closer to target than I am now (which was deliberate). So now I have yet another piece of clothing I'm going to get into sooner rather than later and I can't wait! So thank you so much Joan, you are simply awesome!


I'm rather looking forward to posting pictures of me in my Amazing Elmo T-shirt :) I shall leave it there for today, and I hope to see lots of you signed up for Press Play!

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Back To Bronze

Yet another day when my love affair with my duvet is brutally cut short by the evil b*tch that is my alarm clock. Some people say you get used to early starts, those people are stupid. Roll on the weekend, and a lovely lie in, followed by a week of nights. Much better!

Anyhow, I'm sure you're getting a bit bored with me ranting about my shifts, so I'll move onto my food....which isn't that exciting I'm afraid as my work food is once again the same as yesterday!


The Tango was only 2.5 syns, sometimes our work fridge is a bit lacking in cold drinks :) The apple and cereal bar combo always sets me up nicely during my first break, and as per usual it was followed up with my muesli and yogurt. I'll be honest, I'm getting a wee bit bored with my muesli every day, and so I'm going to try something a bit different for breakfast tomorrow :) 

Work today was a bit busier too, I made an effort to be a bit more active, and had a 20 minute walk (I say walk, I mean pulling a pallet truck backwards and forwards with pallets of cardboard). I'm calling that my Body Magic for today as I covered 0.8 miles in that 20 minutes, whilst pulling pallets! I've also decided that I shall be working towards my Bronze award again, as I've had no chance to exercise whilst I've been ill, so I didn't feel that working towards Silver would be right. 

Once home, I had my usual cuppa and Hague made me some dinner. The cupboards are getting very bare (we didn't go shopping last week) and so dinner was pasta, it's one thing we never run out of!


A quick mix of pasta, frozen spinach, tinned tomatoes, peas and my HeA of Feta. I was actually quite surprised at how nice it tasted for a pretty much thrown together dinner :) 

Once again I'm heading up to bed early, accompanied by a milky hot chocolate and my Kindle.I am SO exciting when I'm on earlies ;)

Food Diary

Free Food
apple
banana
fat free natural yogurt
pasta
tinned tomatoes
spinach
peas

Healthy Extras
A - 50g of Feta, 250ml of semi-skimmed milk
B - DC simply fruity muesli

Syns
250ml can of Tango    2.5
Benefit bar                  3
Hot chocolate             2

Total syns                   7.5

I really don't seem to be eating enough this week, but I'm just too tired to fit in 3 proper meals, I need my bed more than food! 

Reason #15
Vintage. I love vintage clothes, I love how beautiful they are, how they are just timeless and how they can be made to look fresh and exciting again. What I don't love is how I'm way too large to fit into any kind of vintage clothing. I can't wait until I can browse through some of the interesting and exciting vintage/retro shops in Norwich and treat myself to unique, original treasures :)


Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Some Good Things About Work!

Yes, you read the title right. This week I have noticed some good things because I've been at work, amazing as that may sound :)

The first Good Thing, was on Monday morning when I grabbed my work trousers in my half awake daze, with my eyes practically closed I'd picked up my old trousers that were too small. I gave them a go anyway, and they fit me. In fact they were a tad too big. One hell of a rather lovely boost for a Monday morning! The second Good Thing was how much easier I found it climbing up the steps at work. I'm not talking about the 4 floors worth that I'd have to climb to get to the production floor, these are quite a hefty set of steps going from the factory from the car park, and I'd usually stop for a breather half way or be really out of breath at the top. When leaving on Monday I noticed that although I was out of breath at the top, it was nowhere near as bad as it had been. Definite progress in my fitness levels then!

Back to today though! I was really tired this morning after staying up too late to finish off my latest book (Stephen King's 11/22/63 - which is fantastic, if you like reading give it a go), and so struggled through work. The food was the usual fare for an early shift I'm afraid, fruit, Benefit bars and muesli soaked in yogurt. 


I'm also afraid that I only have a photo of my first break snack as I was starving by breakfast time and ate my breakfast with no regard whatsoever for the need for a photo for my dear blog readers (sorry, but it looked pretty much the same as yesterday...) I also spent my time constructively, searching the App Store for one that would record my bike rides on the exercise bike. I'm now all set to get on with some body magic and record it - just got to get on it now...

Once work was done, I headed home to a promised, and much needed huge cuppa and a huge cuddle :) After the cuppa, I had my lunch, which was yet another Hague special :)


It was GORGEOUS, no other words for it. Just perfect for a gloomy, miserable day!

Sausage and Bean Slow Cooker Casserole
4 Linda McCartney rosemary and onion sausages
tin of beans
tin of tomatoes
tin of chickpeas
tin of carrots
tin of kidney beans
mushrooms
courgette
knorr vegetable stock pot 
1/2 a tin or so of water

Now pay attention, this is a bit complicated.....chuck that lot in the slow cooker on high for a couple of hours. Yep, that's it :) It made plenty for that big bowl, another smaller bowl which I've just eaten for dinner, and I have another portion left to take into work. It's a pretty good store cupboard special as well (as you can see from all the tinned ingredients).

I polished off my second portion of casserole for dinner, and followed it up with a couple of Shape yogurts. I only have apple crumble ones left now as I ate all the rhubarb ones first :(


Surely I can't be the only person that wishes yogurt multi-packs came in only one flavour? At the end of last week I had 8 apple crumble yogurts left, and no rhubarb. It'd be nice just to be able to buy the rhubarb ones! 

I'll round off tonight with a milky hot chocolate as I've not had a HeA and yet another early night. Roll on 2pm Friday!

Food Diary

Free Food
apple
banana
fat free yogurt
carrots
mushrooms
courgettes
chopped tomatoes
knorr veggie stock pot
chickpeas
kidney beans
baked beans
LM sausages

Healthy Extras
A - 250ml semi-skimmed milk
B - 40g DC simply fruity muesli

Syns
Benefit bar            3
Shape yogurts       1
Options hot choc   2

Total syns              6

I really missed not being able to go to class yesterday. I love seeing everyone, and seeing how they got on. I love hearing about new recipes people have tried, and new ideas for exercise and food. It looks like I'll have to miss next week too as I have to work another 12 hour shift on Tuesday. Short term, I can cope without going to group, but I know that if I stopped going to group I'd struggle, as I can start feeling less determined without that weekly boost of wonderful enthusiasm! Plus, I really want that 4 stone sticker sooner rather than later!

Reason #14
Chairs. When you're slim, you walk into a bar/cafe/restaurant/whatever and the type of chair doesn't even cross your mind, you just choose where you want to sit, and well, sit. When you're of the more squishy persuasion it's not that easy. Chairs can be a bloody minefield. Is it sturdy? Does it have arms? Will those arms allow your ample arse to squeeze between them? Will it make some ominous noises as you lower yourself carefully down? Then you have the problem of easing yourself back out of the thing once you've squeezed yourself in. Marks from the arms of chairs on your hips and thighs is not the sexiest of looks. Oh to wander around, go for a coffee or meal and have no interest whatsoever in what the chairs are like, as you know your bum will fit perfectly! Which mine will when I'm at target :)


Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Frantically Trying To Catch Up!

I have been rather shoddy in my blogging behaviours this weekend (and yesterday) so I’ll start off with an apology for my slackness!! Sorry!!

As I may have mentioned (once or thrice) we were heading to London for an evening of merriment with friends both old and new to celebrate a birthday. I had already made the decision that as I was staying away from home, I’d be flexible, but only when I was away from home, so the day started off on plan.



I then went and picked up an exercise bike that a kind FB’er had offered to me, so I now have NO excuse not to get myself on the Body Magic train! We then headed out to The Parentals to drop off Boo and headed down the A12. (Not before picking up some sandwiches for the journey!) I didn’t last long out of the house before flexing!!

As soon as we arrived, our wonderful hosts Chris and Anna popped a bottle of fizz and we spent so long nattering and catching up that we barely had time to get ready, let alone get the picture I had promised to show my progress! Another sorry coming your way!

The meal actually wasn’t too bad, as you can see




The real flexing began after dinner, with more fizz, and then when we were back at Chris and Anna’s, I was introduced to an Espresso Martini….



Looks quite harmless doesn’t it? That bad boy harbours a frankly, quite scary, 8.5 syns of alcohol, and I put away a few more than one! Damn they were good though! A double vodka, a shot of Kahlua and a shot of Espresso. Delicious and lethal, as all you can taste is the sweetness of the Kahlua and the coffee!

I didn’t feel too clever the next day, but we had to head home and pick up The Boo. Hague had already said that he couldn’t be bothered to make anything and that he’d pick something up on the way home, and so I did the same. Flexing those syns to the max with a ready meal of macaroni cheese and some tiger bread. And a cheese sandwich. And 2 packets of Reese’s peanut butter cups. I wouldn’t even know where to start with counting those syns. However, that was the end of the weekend, and the end of an outrageously overly sinful (but wonderful) weekend!

Monday dawned, at 4.20am when my alarm went off. I hate earlies at the best of times but when you’ve not been at work for six weeks it seems all the more painful to drag yourself out of bed at that time. The wonderful Hague had prepared my breakfast and so all I had to do was get up, dressed and out.

However, when I arrived at work, I was told we had a brainstorming session and that we’d get breakfast free. For most people this isn’t a problem, but I really fail when it comes to saying no to a cheese toastie from our canteen. They use big thick doorstops of bread, covered in a gooey, mayonnaisey, cheese and onion topping. They’re gorgeous!



As you can see I resisted though, and had a slice of wholemeal bread for 5 syns, poached eggs, chopped toms and beans to make a low syn breakfast. It was quite nice to be back in control again to be honest.

When I got home I was so tired that I only managed to get as far as the sofa. Hague made me a lovely cuppa and then dinner. I followed on with my theme from yesterday with a big bowl of cheesey pasta, but this one was on plan :o)



I then got put to bed at the rather early, but much needed time of 6pm, so you can see why I didn’t quite manage to blog yesterday!!

Food Diary (Monday)

Free Food
baked beans
tinned tomatoes
poached eggs
pasta
mushrooms
broccoli

Healthy Extras
A - 2x 60g of Low Low spread
B - 45g of reduced fat cheddar

Syns
thick slice of wholemeal bread from an 800g loaf    5
milk in tea                                                              1

Total syns                                                              6

Hopefully I ate enough, as with being so tired, I pretty much eat and head to bed! Same goes for today! I had a 12 hour shift today, so as I'm sure you can imagine, I'll just give you a quick overview of my nommage, as I have to head for the shower and bed once more!

So here we go with today, and that makes me square with my blog again!

As I'm sure you can understand, I don't have breakfast before work when I leave the house at 5am. I can barely open my eyes at that time, let alone eat, and so I usually take my food into work. Normally I just have a snack during my first break, and that was the case today.


The Benefit bar was synned (3) as I had my muesli at my next break :)


It's my staple when I'm on earlies, as it's lovely and filling, and can be done the night before as then the muesli soaks up loads of the yogurt. Delish! It has some sliced banana in too. As I was on a 12 hour shift today, I had to take in two meals, and luckily I still had some of the Youvetsi left that I made the other day, and so that did the job perfectly.


Along with a cheeky crumble yogurt (1/2) it kept me going through the tedium of being an extra person, an extra person who wasn't actually needed, but there you go, I'm home now!

When I finally got home at 6.30pm, Hague had dinner ready for me, he's a lifesaver for a shift worker, he really is. I'm so lucky to have him :)


A huge pile of sweet potato chips, Quorn sticky fillets, sweetcorn and broccoli and cauliflower cheese greeted me, and was happily washed down with a cup of tea.

Food Diary (Tuesday)

Free Food
apple
banana
fat free yogurt
left-over youvetsi
Quorn sticky fillets
sweet potato
sweetcorn
cauliflower
broccoli

Healthy Extras
A - 2 x 45g of reduced fat cheddar
B - 40g of Dorset Cereals simply fruity muesli

Syns
Benefit bar         3
Shape yogurt     1/2
milk in tea          1

Total syns          4 1/2

So there you have it, a bit of a whirlwind of a blog, but now you're fully up to speed with what I've been up to for the last few days! I'm afraid my Reasons are missing, as I'm too tired to think tonight, but they shall return tomorrow as I start to get back to normal! Oh, and I had to miss weigh-in today too due to my stupid 12 hour shift :( That 4 stone sticker shall be mine next week (if I can weigh in early as I have another bloody 12 hour shift next Tuesday :(

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Quick Update

Tired girl must sleep soon! Long, wonderful weekend, long drive home, and an early start in the morning means that I'll update you with Saturday and Sunday tomorrow....

Don't expect much in the way of SW friendly advice though!!

Friday, 19 October 2012

Adapting!

For once, it's not my fault that I was awake practically all night. No, really it wasn't. It was Stephen King's fault. I'm reading 11/22/63, and I literally struggle to put it down! So I was still awake at 7am! I dragged my tired self out of bed at about half 1 and managed to get as far as the kettle to make a huge cup of tea before vegging out on the sofa :)

A couple of cuppa's later and I realised that I really did need to eat. Luckily, as always, Hague had made a couple of cous cous quiches, and so that was a minimal effort meal which certainly did the job for my brunch.


The salad was just tomatoes, lettuce and spinach, topped with some Kraft fat free Italian dressing. It's my dresing of choice as it has a lot of flavour, and so you don't need a ton of it to add a nice, garlicky taste to your salad. Oh, and I have no idea why I'm suddenly in the mood for salad when it's grey and miserable....I followed it up with a couple of rhubarb crumble yogurts as well, as I had a need for something sweet. Although my penchant for the rhubarb yogurts now means I have 5 of the apple crumble ones in the fridge. Oops ;)

As I've been trying to think of different things to try, I asked my Mum for a couple of Cypriot recipes that I could adapt to make them Slimming World friendly. Today I thought I would give Yiouvetsi a try. The original is a type of pasta bake, made with lamb and a Cypriot pasta which looks like rice before it's cooked, topped with lots of cheese. Obviously, I swapped the lamb for the new Quorn lamb strips, and removed the half cup of oil the recipe wanted. I also added in some extra veggies....in fact, I was going to top it with some aubergine to make it a sort of yiouvetsi/moussaka hybrid, but I got as far as slicing the aubergine, spraying it with frylight and putting it in the oven to cook off slightly......I only remembered those when I put the rest of the yiouvetsi in the oven, when they were black. So, here you have a, closer to the original than planned, yiouvetsi!


Yiouvetsi

Half a pack of the Quorn lamb strips
tin of chopped tomatoes
vegetable stock
oregano
rosemary
pepper
onion
garlic
orzo
feta (75g)
cheddar (45g)

In a pan I fried off the chopped onion, garlic, chopped pepper and Quorn lamb. In another pan I cooked the pasta. I added the chopped tomatoes to the lamb and vegetables, and then about half filled the can with boiling water and added a stock cube and poured that in too. I added in a healthy shake of oregano, and just a small about of rosemary, seasoned and let it simmer whilst the pasta cooked. (Of course, you could also slice an aubergine and leave it to burn in the oven as well if you want...)

When the pasta was cooked I drained it and mixed it in with the tomato/lamb mixture and then poured it all into an oven proof dish. I added in the feta (HeB and 3.5 syns worth, I was feeling decadent), and topped with the cheddar. I then put it into the oven (200 degrees) for 14 minutes. It was nice to have something different, and it tasted delicious. I still have about half of the lamb and pasta mix left, ready to have cheese mixed in and bake when I fancy it again. I'm sure you could substitute any small pasta, but obviously the orzo would work best.


Orzo, not rice. Honest.

Dinner left me stuffed, and as I had a crappy night, I'll be having an early one (for me) tonight. So just a cuppa to round off my evening - I'm so rock and roll it hurts!

Food Diary

Free Food
left over cous cous quiche
tomatoes
spinach
lettuce
orzo
Quorn lamb strips
onion
pepper
chopped tomatoes
cucumber
vegetable stock

Healthy Extras
A - 2 x 45g of reduced fat cheddar (one lot of the quiche, one on the yiouvetsi)
B - 50g of Feta

Syns
2 Shape delights rhubarb crumble yogurts  1
Milk in tea (x4)                                         4
25g of Feta (in addition to my HeB)          3.5

Total syns                                                 8.5

I'm not expecting to get a chance to blog tomorrow. Me and Hague are heading down to London, for an evening of friends, food and Soho! I can't remember the last time we hit the town and so I'm really looking forward to it. I'm also hoping that people I've not seen since Spring will notice my weight loss :) So if I don't get a chance to get online, I shall tell you all about it on Sunday (hangover permitting)!

Reason #13
Bras. Now, you might be wondering what my problem is here, after all larger size bras are now very much in the mainstream, with Bravissimo and Katie Price amongst others doing their best to cater for the larger lady, in both back and cup sizes.
Well, yes, yes they are. The problem is that if you are fat, you are supposed to have big boobs. So most places that have bras in the larger back size that I need (my starting underbust measurement was 50"), also start at D or larger cups. However, I missed out on that one benefit of being on the more rotund size. I have teeny boobies. I need a bra with a big back, and a small cup. You try finding one of those, even if you find one, most of the time they don't fit properly, it's seriously one of the main issues I have. I can rarely find a comfortable bra.
At least when I get to my target weight, I'll have a fighting chance of being able to try on bras in a normal shop to find one that fits eh?