Sunday, 23 December 2012

And So It Begins....

The normal routine is done with and Christmas is rapidly approaching. With Hague safely deposited at the station at 7am ready to head up to Barnsley for his early Christmas with the boys, I had planned on going back to bed, however I was thwarted by the sheer addictive-ness of Plants vs Zombies and didn't get back to sleep until nearly 10am! I was out of bed again before midday though, and got the urgent jobs done - wrapping my Nieces presents and getting the family cards written out before heading to The Parentals for the day.

Here's where the struggle began. My Mum never knowingly undercaters for Christmas, and true to form an open tin of Quality Street was on the table, however I stayed strong and whilst I was there only had 3 rather enormous cups of tea, and a Slimming World friendly dinner cooked just for me :)

Knowing that I photograph all my food, my Mum was fussing over whether to take the cottage pie out of the tray or not....she decided it looked more presentable left in the tray :) I must say though, top marks must go to her wedges, which were absolutely divine! I think I might invest in some frozen Quorn cottage pies for the freezer though. The 300g one I had is only 3½ syns and is perfect for a quick dinner.

Whilst I was there, I was informed that I had to have my present there and then - the reason why became quite obvious when I saw it. As we're having Christmas at home this year, The Parentals had put together a HUGE hamper of Christmas food for us, and when I saw HUGE I mean it!

The rest of my time there was spent chatting away and spending some time with the girlywigs, who were obviously rather massively excited about Christmas :)

When I got home, I sorted through the hamper, which also included fridge goodies....unbelievable!

Add to that little lot cheeses, sausage rolls, cheese and onion rolls, dips and more cheese and I think you can safely say that we're set for Christmas now! My Mum had even put in some SW friendly snacks like Ryvita Mini's, Alpen Lights and Snack-a-Jacks, as she knew I'd be getting back on plan and wanted me to still be able to have snacky things to enjoy. So thoughtful.

When all that was put away, I was rather tired, and so rather than carrying out my intended plan of having a few drinks I just had a single glass of wine before heading up to bed.

Food Diary (Saturday)

Free Food

Healthy Extras
A - 250ml of semi-skimmed milk
B - 60g of LowLow cheese spread

300g Quorn cottage pie (frozen)        3½
175ml glass of rose wine                  6

Total syns                                       9½

I had planned to have a lovely long lie in and plenty of sleep. However, as I decided to let the cats upstairs, that sort of didn't work.....I woke up quite a few times thanks to Jadey trying to get as close to me as possible, and Flumpy deciding that the small hours are the perfect time to wash every inch of herself. My own fault I guess, and so I was out of bed by 9am. As you can see I only had the one meal yesterday, and so it was no surprise that I woke up rather hungry, and so I did myself a lovely big breakfast :)

My sub-standard wedges, tomatoes, mushrooms and spinach, eggs and hiding under there somewhere is a single, lonesome Linda McCartney sausage I found in the freezer. With my hunger sated for now, it was time to get the rest of the Christmas jobs done, and so Hague's presents are now wrapped, the dining table is cleared and ready for Christmas, all the washing up is done and (eventually) all the shopping was collected. Seriously Asda, no cream? *sigh* So rather than a quick click and collect, I had to click and collect, then go into Asda anyway to pick up the trifle they supposedly didn't have and to look for some cream, which they actually didn't have, and so I had to stop at Aldi too, they didn't have any double cream either, but I picked up clotted cream instead - yummy :)

So with all of the Christmas jobs done, I now have nothing to do but relax! Firstly though, I was hungry again and so sorted myself out a quick lunch.

Pasta, with courgettes, tomatoes and spinach, topped with some genuine Cypriot Feta from the fridge section of the hamper. Simple, fresh and delicious. After that filling lunch, and my terrible night I decided that a nap was in order and so headed up for a couple of hours.

After nappage, I got to talk to Hague, hearing all about his lovely weekend with the boys - with all you can eat Chinese, breakfasts, presents and overexcited boys the order of the day. It sounds like they all had a wonderful time, and apparently the Harry Potter broomsticks I bought them went down a storm. I'm so, so glad he's had a great time, but I can't wait for him to get back home so our Christmas can begin :)

As Hague isn't here, I'm catching up on bits and bobs on the Sky+ box, and what better to have whilst watching films as diverse as Elizabeth - The Golden Age and Twilight - Eclipse than some picky snacks?

I've not had Snack-a-Jacks in ages and had forgotten how nice they were - so another thanks must go out to Mum for putting them in the hamper. Time is getting on, and so there's just time to fit in my HeB in the form of a couple of Alpen Light bars and a cup of rooibos tea, plus my Advent choccies!

Food Diary

Free Food
tinned tomatoes
LM sausage
cherry tomatoes

Healthy Extras
A - 50g Feta
B - 2 Alpen Light bars

Milk in tea (3)                                  3
25g bag of caramel snack-a-jacks    5
2 Advent choccies                           1

Total syns                                        9

Now, as you can see, Christmas hasn't affected me as of yet, but I'll warn you now, that is about to change :) If you go back through my blogs you'll see that I've not had an entire day off plan for the whole time I've been on Slimming World, I've had meals off, and nights off, but Christmas is going to be the first time I've thrown syns out of the window and will be eating whatever I like. That's going to start when Hague gets back tomorrow. I did ask on my FB page if you all still wanted me to blog, and the responses would suggest that yes, you want to see just how off the rails I can go ;) I'm sure I will deliver that in spades - you saw the hamper right?? 

Anyway, as it's getting closer by the minute to Christmas Eve, I'm sure it's not too early to wish you all a wonderful Christmas, whether it be on plan, flexi or a free for all, have an amazing day!

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