Thursday, 28 February 2013

Is It The Weekend Yet?

I'm slowly losing track of the days now....working nights, then blogging about the day before is really throwing my grip on the days out of whack! So it's now Thursday evening, I'm about to blog about Wednesday's food before heading to work. No wonder I'm a bit odd!

Yesterday started way too early, as I said yesterday, we lost TiggerPig and then supported a friend on a hard day, unfortunately with me having to work it was all a bit rushed as I had to eat and get ready for work! 



Just what I fancied, a quick, tasty dinner. Can't beat egg and chips really can you? I needed dessert too, and had forgotten that I had one of these yogurts in the fridge...now that's something to smile about! Suitably fortified, and with only an hour or two in Hague's company yet again, off to work it was for me, only the 8 hours today though, so not so bad. However, I was on my own so was pretty busy. Not such a bad thing as time went by quite quickly, but it meant it was midnight before I got my first break!


My standard first break fare, banana and green tea. I'm already getting a bit low on teabags though - so it might be blackcurrant and vanilla ones tonight! Lunch was a bit later than normal today too, but I wasn't feeling as hungry as normal. I'd taken lots of food but brought a lot of it back home! I still had quite a substantial meal though.


Once again it was Ryvita and blue cheese triangles, but today accompanied by radishes as well as cherry tomatoes, plus my pineapple. Only two of Aldi's finest left now though, whatever will I do?? Of course I had two cups of water to accompany my meal. I'm trying to remember to take photos of my fluid intake - I'll get there eventually :)

Last break was a bit of a change, and quite synful for me really.


It felt really naughty, having crisps and a cereal bar, but only 6½ syns and I thoroughly enjoyed it! With last break down it was all downhil to the end of the shift. Not a bad one today really, but I'm already ready for the weekend....and I'm only just over the hump :(

Food Diary (Wednesday)

Free Food
eggs
mushrooms
spinach
potatoes
Asda fat free rhubarb yogurt
banana
radishes
cherry tomatoes
pineapple

Healthy Extras
A - 4 Laughing Cow blue cheese light triangles
B - 4 original Ryvita

Syns
3 Quorn sausages                          3
Crunchy Curls                               3½
Alpen Light                                   3

Total syns                                     9½

So HumpDay is done and dusted, all downhill from here! At least I got today's blog done and dusted early(ish). Roll on the weekend.


Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Not Enough Hours In The Day!

Sometimes there really aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done! I had planned to blog about Tuesday a lot earlier than now, but a day with not enough sleep, then an hour or so supporting a friend on a hard day, as well as the loss of a TiggerPig - the last of The Little Dudes - has meant that it's only now, at work, that I have a spare minute to myself to try and get you all up to date with yesterday's food!

First though, here's my little TiggerPig, now gone to be with Mousey and JCB :( RIP little one :(


Back to Slimming World then, and as I had to work a 12 hour shift I was up at 3pm, still very bleary eyed and not massively hungry, but obviously I need to eat before work, and so the rest of my rice pudding came to the rescue, and made a rather lovely breakfast with some muesli and chopped banana stirred through.


I had a handful of grapes too, just to get a bit more superfree down me! Whilst I was eating this, Hague was heading straight from work to weigh in - and so just as I got to work I got the news that he'd lost a fabulous 3½lbs this week, taking him to his 1½ stone award. I am so, so proud of him, although I think the Mitchy vs Hague competition is rather a foregone conclusion now as he now has a loss of 21lbs compared to my 9.5lbs!

When I work a 12 hour shift, I like to make sure I have tons of food with me. You never know if you're going to have a hungry day after all and our vending machine leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to healthy options. I was already a bit peckish on my first break, and so out came the pineapple that I had brought yesterday but not eaten. Today I discovered that pineapple is best eaten fresh....it wasn't awful, but it certainly wasn't the best I've ever tasted. Lesson learnt.


My next break was my first meal break, and courtesy of the dream team of Hague and the slow cooker, I had chilli! Delicious it was too, along with a crumble yogurt and a clementine.


Now, I don't eat on every break, and another blogger, The Weight Loss Bitch, has set a challenge for people to drink at least 1.5l of water every day. I always drink a lot more than that, but I realised that I don't really share what I drink with you, so from now on I will try to remember to add what I'm drinking too! So in that spirit, I had two breaks where I just had this.....


If one day, I actually remember to take photos of everything I drink, I'll put a collage together to follow my food diary...however, remembering is a big "if" :) With myself wonderfully hydrated it was back for more work, and the arrival of my second meal break. I don't like eating anything too heavy on a night shift, it makes me really sleepy, something that is even worse on a 12 hour shift, and so it was a lighter meal this time.


4 original Ryvita, with 4 Laughing Cow blue cheese light triangles, another clementine, cherry tomatoes and a bag of Crunchy Curls, plus yet more water :) Perfect for a 2am meal! With one last break to go, it was back to an old faithful.....green tea and a banana.


After that? A very weary drive home and the blissful feeling of crawling into a warm bed and snuggling up to an even warmer boyfriend. Wonderful!

Food Diary (Tuesday)

Free Food
grapes
banana
pineapple
clementine
veggie chilli (quorn mince, mixed veg, beans, tomatoes and sweetcorn)
cherry tomatoes

Healthy Extras
A - 4 Laughing Cow blue cheese lights
B - 4 original Ryvita

Syns
25g Dorset Cereals Simply Fruity Muesli                          4
Rice pudding                                                                    2½
200ml Almond milk in coffee                                            1
Shape crumble yogurt                                                      ½
Crunchy Curls                                                                 3½

Total syns                                                                       11½

I'm sure you'll understand why my blog has once again been delayed! To all the new people who have recently found me on Facebook and Twitter, I'm not always like this, honest.....well, I am a bit like this quite often, but it's not my fault, it's my shifts :) Hopefully I'll have plenty of time to update you tomorrow night as once I get up (with no alarm!) it's a whole lotta nowt 'til work! WooHoo!

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Squeezing In A Sneaky One!

The combination of working nights, and 12 hour shifts means that I don't get much time to get a blog up, so I thought I'd squeeze in Monday's whilst it's quiet(ish) at work!

Today (Monday) started off quite well as as soon as my alarm went off it was up and out to go and get Hague from the station, when you add in the fact that whilst on the train he received a phone call inviting him to an interview on Friday it was a very good start to the day :)

After spending a little bit of time with Hague, catching up on all the news from his weekend with the boys I headed back to bed to get a bit more sleep under my belt before work. As I'm working a 12 tomorrow, I wouldn't have made it in to class this week, and so I decided to head to a local group tonight instead. At the moment the group is without a consultant and so it was my lovely consultant Claire who was there to greet me. I got on the scales hoping to have got rid of my gain, but certainly not expecting the result I actually got - 6lbs gone! So I've once more earnt my 6 stone award, and am now sitting comfortably in the 18 stone bracket. Funny thing perspective, I'm sure most of you reading this blog would be horrified to be weighing 18 stone something, but to me, it's fantastic! I'm now back around the weight I was when I first met Hague, over 4½ years ago, and a mere 4½lbs away from halfway. I think we can safely say that I left rather happy!

I got home to dinner, practically ready for me, and enormously filling.


A cheese and vegetable omelette along with some sploops and potato wedges. It certainly was a mighty plate full, and kept me going for hours! With dinner eaten it was time to head to work, and reluctant as I was to leave my lovely boyfriend, needs must and off I went, with a bag full of nommy food to keep me going.

First break came along quite swiftly, and I'll be honest here, I ate because it's what I normally do, and to keep myself going, rather than because I was hungry, as I was still feeling pretty satisfied from dinner. I had planned to have my pineapple, but just went for a lighter option of banana and Benefit bar instead.


Even with lots of running around, and a gap of 3 hours I still wasn't starving at my lunch break, just hungry, and so rather than tucking into just about everything I'd brought with me, as I normally do, I just had the soup and a yogurt. To be fair the bowl of soup was rather large, and really filling though, so I wouldn't have eaten anything more anyway.


After such a lovely, warm and filling dinner/lunch I came back down to the line feeling very full and very sleepy. There's a lot to be said for having smaller meals on nights thats for sure! I finished off my breaks quite late on, and managed to squeeze in the other half of my HeB along with yet another bloody 7Up :(


It's rather annoying now at work, as the vending machine that used to dispense cold water is no more, and the new one doesn't....so I'm stuck with 7Up for now, until I remember to take in a plastic cup so I can use the water cooler! Anyway, with that eaten it was back to the line for the final stretch, which I'm now on. Just 40 minutes until I can head home and snuggle into a nice warm bed!

Food Diary (Monday)

Free Food
eggs
courgettes
mushrooms
tomatoes
potatoes
spaghetti loops
minestrone soup
banana

Healthy Extras
A - 40g reduced fat cheddar cheese
B - Benefit bar and Alpen Light bar

Syns
Shape yogurt                 ½

Total syns                     ½

I certainly didn't plan to have such a low syn day that's for sure, but I am still feeling full and so won't be having anything when I get in after work. Strange isn't it, how some days you just can't stop eating, and then other days you're satisfied for hours on a couple of meals. Am rather wishing I had used some syns on more cheese on my omelette though ;)

Monday, 25 February 2013

Night Mode Activate

I really should have blogged last night, however a rather severe case of the Can't Be Arsed's last night, a combination of that, and feeling really tired meant I headed up to bed rather than updating you all on my daily grub!

After heading to bed very early on Saturday night, well early for me. I woke up for the first time at 8.30am. A lie in of 4 hours compared to the rest of the week, but if I did something as odd as getting out of bed at that time on a Sunday the world would probably have stopped spinning on it's axis or something, so to avoid disaster I went back to sleep and awoke at the fair more reasonable time of midday :) Well I am preparing for my night shifts ;)

I got my chores out of the way nice and quickly, work clothes washed and the dishwasher unloaded and loaded again - I do love SW but the washing up is insane - and so my mind turned to brunch. Rather an eclectic brunch maybe, but it was rather delicious.



There's rather a lot hiding on this plate, so bear with me.....a Warburtons sandwich thin, topped with cheese and a Quorn sweet red onion burger, with an egg on top, plus wedges and a rather large pile of BBQ veggies (mushrooms, onion and tomatoes). It was really tasty and immensely filling. So much so that I wasn't hungry again for hours. I whiled away the hours chatting to TOK and watching many, many episodes of Come Dine With Me and catching up on the latest Twitter furore caused by the lovely Weight Loss Bitch who had commented that she couldn't believe someone could reach the age of 33 and not be able to make soup. It actually got me thinking about how shocking that actually is. Reaching the age of 33 and being unable to rustle up one of the most basic meals possible? I find that quite scary to be frank, and surely the lack of some simple education in basic cooking skills is a contributor to the so-called obesity epidemic we have at the moment? If people are unable to turn simple, fresh ingredients into a meal without relying on convenience foods or packets, then no wonder people are getting bigger and bigger!! 

Anyway, after such excitement, I decided to do some cooking myself, and armed with my Blue Diamond almond breeze milk I set about creating myself a rice pudding in the slow cooker to have after dinner.....results coming after dinner lol!

I had dinner far too late, as despite being hungry I really couldn't be bothered to get off the sofa, I couldn't be bothered to make the roast dinner I'd planned on and in the end I plumped for something nice and easy, a meatball bake.



Easy peasy this one. I just cooked some Orzo (small, rice shaped pasta) and left to drain, then I fried off some onion, mushroom, courgette, garlic and herbs, when they were soft I added a tin of tomatoes and some tomato puree. Whilst that was simmering I microwaved some Quorn swedish meatballs and then poured the veggie mix over them, topped with 40g of Stilton and put in the oven for 20 minutes. Extremely tasty, and it made a nice change to have the Stilton on the top rather than Cheddar. It left me rather stuffed though, and all the while the rice pudding was waiting patiently! Is there anything worse than knowing you have a delicious dessert waiting but being too full to eat it?? Gah!!

Eventually though I managed to find the space, and I can tell you now that this rice pudding is highly recommended! It was gorgeous!



Okay, so it looks like proper rice pudding, and it tasted like it too (well pretty close anyway) and no cream soda or yogurts in sight :) 

Rice Pudding

900ml Blue Diamond almond breeze unsweetened Almond milk (4½ syns -you can have 875ml for a HeA if you want to save yourself the syns!)



3oz pudding rice, I used arborio though
4 tbsp of sweetener (Add to taste though)
1 tbsp of vanilla extract

You then just utilise my favourite cooking method, lob it all into the slow cooker and cook on high for 3 hours :) Lovely! Although be warned that when it's done it's actually hotter than the sun, so let it cool down for a while!

I just chopped up a banana and stirred it in, and it was so good, I'll definitely be making it again. Although I've not eaten too many meals today, I certainly headed to bed rather full, and didn't manage to stay up late at all, bit of a worry when I'm working tonight! Oh well!

Food Diary (Sunday)

Free Food
eggs
mushrooms
onions
tomatoes
potatoes
Quorn meatballs
tinned tomatoes
courgettes
garlic
tomatoe puree
orzo
rice

Healthy Extras
A - 40 reduced fat Cheddar
B - 30g Stilton

Syns
Warburtons Thins                                  5
10g Stilton                                             2
1/2 of my rice pudding                           2½

Total syns                                              9½

A bit of a strange day really, with not a lot going on, but I'm glad that I tried the rice pudding, and it was interesting to see some peoples views (and excuses) on cooking. I would hope that my blog goes a little way towards showing you that cooking healthy food isn't complicated, hard or time consuming, believe me, I'm not one for faff. So if you are concerned about your cooking skills, just give it a go. If you can read this blog, you can read a recipe and create something tasty :)




Saturday, 23 February 2013

Rather Sucky Saturday

Following swiftly on from Not So Fabulous Friday, may I present Rather Sucky Saturday? Just to add that little bit of joy to a week of earlies, we are rostered in to work the Saturday as well. I'm sure you all appreciate just how much I enjoy getting up at 4.30am on a Saturday. Sometimes we're lucky and the work for the week is all done and we're not needed, however, I knew we'd be in today, but judging by how the lines were running, I was hoping it wouldn't be for long....

I was wrong...


Ah well, I'm rostered to be in, I shouldn't really be grumpy when I AM in eh? I hadn't taken quite enough food though, as I was expecting a 10-11am finish. As well as being at work for far too long, the tea-room was having a refurb and so tea breaks were accompanied by the smell of paint and workmen moving around all the tables. Not the best of days, but I managed to squeeze in enough breaks to eat this little lot (including my emergency mug shot that stays at work for days such as these).



The new Crunchy Curls (sweet chilli) get a big thumbs up from me, but due to my lack of preparation and overly long shift it was all a bit heavy on the old syns :( Whilst loitering at work, cleaning away, TOK kept me sane, and also offered to ring work to tell them to let me go :) Luckily that wasn't needed and we got out a whole hour early.....no sarcasm there, honest guv.

The original plan for today was very much based around me getting home early, and had involved lovely naps and relaxing baths. When I didn't get home until 2 that had to change somewhat, and so instead of a nap I cracked open the Blue Diamond almond milk and had me a milky coffee (or two)


The verdict on the Blue Diamond milk? It works! It separates a wee bit in the coffee, but a stir and it's fine. Plus it means that I can have a proper nice milky coffee for just a single syn with 200ml of milk in it. Fabulous! As I was so tired when I got in, lunch was always going to be very lazy, and so the very minimal effort meal of a jacket potato was on the menu.


They weren't huge, and so I had two. As well as being tired I was hungry too! I topped them with some chive and onion cottage cheese, cheddar and a couple of Laughing Cow extra light triangles...yes, it's the dreaded triple cheese spud that my Consultant dreads seeing me eat...sorry Claire!

I then settled down to do not a lot. With me and TOK window shopping on Etsy though the time flew by, although I'm now not sure if the world holds enough purple, gothy, fluffy, slytherin-ey, unicorn-y awesomeness for us should either of us be lucky enough to win the lottery - Etsy beware should that day ever arrive :)

With all that window shopping to be done, and my bum firmly lodged on the sofa, it was quite late when I finally got my minestrone soup on the go, but as it doesn't take long I managed to get dinner down me before too late.


Another nice and easy creation, and I have loads left over for next week at work. I just have to wait for daylight to find containers to put the soup in, as the only lights we have in the kitchen at the moment are the under cabinet ones, not overly helpful in finding plastic tubs in the bottom cupboards when the lids like to play hide and seek!

Minestrone Soup

Once again this involves my tried and tested cooking method of Lob It All In, so what did I lob in?

A carton of passata
tin of chopped tomatoes
tin of baked beans
frozen onions
frozen spinach
frozen casserole mix
tomato puree
stock pot
oregano
mixed herbs
salt and pepper
boiling water
macaroni
garlic.

So with that lot lobbed in, I brought it to the boil, then simmered until the macaroni was cooked - around 20 minutes. I'm sure I threw lentils in last time, as it felt like something was missing this time, never mind, it was still warm, tasty and full of superfree, so all good!

No dessert tonight, as I'm pretty full after a large bowl of soup, and I'm quite high on the old syns once more, besides, I'll be heading up to bed before too long. How's that for a stupidly short weekend? Cue grumpy face again.

Food Diary

Free Food
banana
clementines
potato
Asda cottage cheese with onion and chive

passata
tomatoes
baked beans
onions
spinach
casserole mix
tomato puree
stock pot
macaroni
garlic

Healthy Extras
A - 40g reduced fat cheddar cheese
B - 1 Alpen Light, 1 Benefit Bar

Syns
Crunchy Curls                                         3½
Shape yogurt                                           ½
Creamy Cheese pasta MugShot              2½
Laughing Cow extra light triangles (2)      2
400ml Blue Diamond almond milk           2

Total syns                                               10½

With no Hague, and no nap, today is already drawing to a close. At 9.30pm. On a Saturday. Damn you early shifts! Still, I'm hoping that an early night tonight means that I might actually get up at a reasonable time tomorrow and actually do some slightly productive things. Maybe. 


Friday, 22 February 2013

Not So Fabulous Friday

Friday should be made of awesome, it should mark the end of the working week and the start of a weekend, time to spend with loved ones, chilling and having fun. 

However, I'm working tomorrow, so another 4.30am start for me, and Hague is in Barnsley - so not the greatest of Fridays for me really, oh well, it is what it is, and I'll enjoy the weekend when it finally gets here!

Today started far too early once again, and luckily I had me a Hague to prepare some bits and bobs for my 
breakfast :) So first break was definitely courtesy of him (and Aldi).


Today at work wasn't too bad, the machines were behaving themselves and so boredom was the only hazard, and one I'm happy to deal with lol.

Breakfast was a lazy option, the other half of the cous cous quiche from yesterday. Much as I enjoy muesli and yogurt, it does get a bit much if you have it every day and I needed a change.


It doesn't look very appetising, but it tasted lovely, couscous quiche will definitely be batch baked from now on :)

Last break was pretty standard, cuppa and nana. 


When work was done I was absolutely shattered. However I had to go via Asda to pick up the shopping, and courtesy of a substitute I shall be trying a different flavour of Crunchy Curls this week as we have sweet chilli rather than the cheeky chutney, I've also got some of the almond milk that you can have over 800ml of as a HeA to try, if it works in milky coffee's I'll be a happy bunny! With a quick pit stop at Aldi too for more pineapple it was a long way home, but I got here eventually, and a house without a Hague is a bit of a boring one, and so once the animals were fed I headed up for a cheeky little nap.

Due to my nap being fabulous, and lasting around 3 hours, lunch was missed out completely and I went straight for dinner. I couldn't be bothered with anything fussy, and as I haven't had pasta in a while that did the trick perfectly.


I splashed out some syns on extra LowLow to make my macaroni cheese extra cheesey and added loads of broccoli too. It really hit the spot, although if I'm honest, I could have eaten a wee bit more! So shortly afterwards I had some grapes and Mikado.


After munching merrily on these whilst writing these very words I'm now feeling pleasantly satisfied, although I think I'll treat myself to a low syn hot chocolate with my almond milk before bed.

Food Diary

Free Food
pineapple
couscous quiche
tangerine
banana
macaroni
broccoli
grapes

Healthy Extras
A - 40g reduced fat cheddar cheese
B - 60g LowLow cheese spread

Syns
Shape crumble yogurt                    ½
60g LowLow                                6
10 Mikado                                    5
100ml Almond Breeze milk           ½
Options hot chocolate                   2

Total syns                                      14 syns

Quite high syns again, but I really fancied some proper cheesey pasta, and some Mikado! We're getting low on them though, and that's not good! Roll on payday when we can actually afford to stock up rather than just getting the basics. As I'm working towards my bronze body magic award (again) I'm hoping to get some time on either the WiiFit or exercise bike this weekend, I really need to make exercise a habit - a feature of my life, but with such an active job, it's hard to be motivated when I get in. Does anyone have any tips?


Long Day, Short Blog!

Some days there just aren't enough hours in the day to get a blog done, and when I'm working a 12 hour shift is definitely one of them. My feelings on early shifts have been made very clear before now, and when I get home, the routine, more often than not is eat, bath, bed. Yesterday was no different I'm afraid, so let's get you all caught up with how Thursday went!

I'm sure you all remember how cold it was yesterday (seeing as how today is shaping up to be the same), so I won't linger on the uneventful journey to work, and seeing as everything was running really well yesterday I'll just get straight on with my daily noms!


My first couple of breaks were very much GroundHog Day, with fruit and tea followed by muesli for my breakfast.


A nice example there of why I need Slimming World in the shape of a clotted cream ice cream box lol! On a 12 hour shift we have two meal breaks, and so it was a rummage in the freezer to find some lunch - and today's was in the shape of a couscous quiche, which had frozen quite well, the only issue was that the bottom was a bit soggy, but it was quite a thick base, a thinner one would probably have been fine.


Another break beckoned, and another snack was needed to keep me going until the clock hit 5.45. Thank goodness we still have some food in the house!


To be fair, the shift might have been long, but with the help of a poorly TOK, the day didn't drag too much, but it was still nice to escape and head home - after filling up the car, picking up Hagues tickets for Barnsley and getting him some money out of the bank!

I finally got home just before 6.30, so 13½ hours out of the house, and the wonderful Hague had dinner waiting for me, despite working himself.


A perfect dinner for such a long, cold day :) The beans did have some mushrooms, spinach and herbs in to add some superfree and to jazz them up a bit too, plus there are a couple of cheeky Laughing Cow extra light triangles in the mash. It was just what I wanted though, and it wasn't long after I'd finished dinner that it was time to crawl into bed :( Stupid 12's :(

Food Diary (Thursday)

Free Food
banana
apple
fat free natural yogurt
cous cous quiche (with red cabbage, courgette, mushrooms, eggs and cous cous)
potatoes
baked beans
mushrooms
spinach

Healthy Extras
A - 40g reduced fat cheddar cheese (on top of the quiche)
B - 40g Dorset Cereals simply fruity muesli

Syns
Alpen Light                         3
Shape crumble yogurt         ½
Snack a Jacks                    5
Quorn Sausages (3)           3
2 LC extra light triangles     2

Syns                                   13½

Quite heavy on syns today, but it's tricky when you're at work all day to keep the snacks on the superfree side. Apologies for such a short and sweet blog, but hopefully things will return to normal tonight! (If I can keep my eyes open after work...)

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Chilly and, er, Chilli :)

Wow, get me. Blogging on the actual day I'm talking about, a rarity indeed, but I figured as I have time to do this tonight, I'd best get it done, especially as I'm on a 12 hour shift tomorrow :( I'm afraid that once again my food is pretty samey, but early shifts do not make for creative meals I'm afraid!

It was rather chilly today, the temperature is definitely dropping again, and according to my weather app, it's only going to get colder!


Brrr! And yes, I do have an awesome weather app ;) I guess I'll be having quite a lot of comfort food this week! Enough about the rest of the week though, you're here for today's food, although it doesn't hold many surprises I'm afraid!

First break was a bit late today as the machines decided that they were going to play up for most of the first few hours, and so it was rather nice to sit down to something sweet and delicious when I finally got a break.


I'm definitely going to have to pick up a few more pineapples before Sunday, they are just SO sweet! Definitely my top tip for the week, get thee to Aldi and treat yourself to a 59p pineapple :)

Onto breakfast, which I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear contained a HeB of Dorset Cereals muesli....


Today's citrus accompaniment was a tangerine, not as impressed with that as I have been the clementines though, and I didn't eat the Alpen Light bar. I was just about to open it when I realised that I was in fact full up and would have only been eating it out of habit rather than hunger, and so I left it for later. A good habit to get into I think!

I wasn't hungry for my final break either, and so just had a green tea, although after talking to TOK whilst at work, methinks I might try out some other flavours rather than my usual pineapple and grapefruit flavour.

When work was done, I actually felt a bit peckish, and so (rather naughtily) ate the last bits of my lunch on the drive home.



 I was rather pleased to get  back indoors, even though it was rather chilly. I decided that a nap was a good idea, but by the time I had checked email, FB and various SW groups and then settled down, I managed about 20 minutes sleep, still at least it was nice and cosy :) I had set an alarm to go and pick up Hague for 5, but as today had been a quiet day he had finished at 4 and had called me to see if I could pick him up early.....whoops! Luckily he's awesome and didn't mind. I think the fact that I'd put a chilli in the slow cooker before I headed to bed helped his mood a wee bit.

By the time we fancied dinner, the chilli was ready, and we had it with potato wedges and topped with cheese, for once we both had the same meal! Shock!


Perfect for a cold day, and there are some leftovers too, which will probably be making an appearance next week at work :)

This evening's picky snacks were courtesy of Mikado and Shape :) We're down to our last box of Daim and white Mikado though, so I'd best get them on Friday's shopping trip!


Food Diary

Free Food
pineapple
apple
banana
fat free yogurt
tangerine
quorn mince
chopped tomatoes
baked beans
mixed beans
sweetcorn
mixed peppers
onion
garlic
tomato puree
potatoes

Healthy Extras
A - 40g reduced fat cheddar
B - 40g Dorset Cereals simply fruity muesli

Syns
Alpen Light                        3
Milk in tea (2)                    1
10 Mikado                        5
Shape yogurt                     ½

Total syns                          9½

Today feels a lot more back to normal, with using the slow cooker and not eating when I'm satisfied. Unfortunately I can't make it to weigh in next week, but that has made me set myself a challenge. I've got 5lbs to lose to get into the next stone bracket, and I think that is totally do-able in the next two weeks, and so that is the target for when I'm back at  group on the 5th of March, to get into the 18 stone bracket! Plus to keep up my work towards my bronze body magic award - 5th time lucky for that maybe?? :)


Working and Weigh In

Another day, another far too early start! Even after an early night I wake up feeling like death! I also had the added issue of worrying about how big tonight's gain would be after the last fortnight of birthdays, disasters and girlie lunches! Regardless of all that however, to work it was that I headed, in a world coated by a really heavy fog.

Work was quite busy, due to the joy of running packs with printed film, but first break came around nice and quickly and I decided to have my treat early on.


My bargain-a-licious 59p Aldi pineapples, which have been delicious this time, I might even grab some more before the Super 6 ends on Sunday! Suitably fortified it was back to work, but a busy day means time goes quickly and so it was soon time for breakfast.


The usual for earlies, Dorset Cereal muesli with yogurt, apple and banana, accompanied today by an apple crumble yogurt, a clementine and a cheeky Alpen Light bar :) Once again the work fridge is only stocked with fizzies (Oh no! Aspartame! We're all going to die......O_o). Having survived the onslaught of deadly Aspartame - sorry, it's my current bugbear - back to work it was, with more fun at the expense of printed film!

My last break was a rather muted affair, with just a cuppa and a banana to keep me going, but hey, it's Tuesday, it's weigh in day, can't go too mad.


With the help of an insanely busy last hour it was soon 2 o'clock and time to head home! I was torn between having a nap, or having a bath seeing as I had the house to myself (Hague was busy training for his new job), and in a rather bizarre turn of events a bath won out! I shocked myself at choosing soaking rather than sleeping I must admit. I managed to stay in the bath for well over an hour, and so by the time I was nicely boiled it was time to get ready to meet Hague and head to weigh in *gulp*

Tonight at group was a celebration of our journeys so far, and Claire had asked us to bring in some Before and After photos and some clothes too. You've all seen my before photos, as they're the ones I posted up on my second blog, explaining why I'm on this journey, but I had shocked myself when I pulled out my old jeans. They were huge, utterly enormous - and part of me was actually disgusted with myself for letting myself get to that size. I shall get Hague to take a photo so I can show you all :)

Anyway, onto weigh in, which I was dreading. With our home scales dead, I literally had no idea just how much damage has been done over th e last fortnight and so I got on the scales fearing the worst, would I have gained 4lbs, 6lbs, more? When I looked down I was pleasantly surprised, the gain was only 2.5lbs, and in the scheme of things, I'm more than happy with that after all the delicious food, and scrummy booze I've had since Feb 8th! I treated myself to an Options hot chocolate at class for a change to celebrate!


Hague was more than happy with his result as he had maintained - I'm guessing the girlie lunch must have to take a lot of the blame for my gain :o)

After weigh in we were both starving, but neither of us had any idea what we fancied, so once again dinner was a bit of a thrown together affair, although as I was really hungry and hadn't had a HeA, I put yesterday's left over Quorn roast to good use whilst I waited for my butternut squash to roast :)



Dinner itself was half a roast butternut squash, Quorn sausages, eggs and a mix of beans, spinach and my final two Laughing Cow extra light triangles. I rarely fancy baked beans, but with the spinach and cheese they were rather tasty. Even after dinner the hunger monster wanted more and so I had a snack before heading to bed.


Another Aldi special with the grapes, which were really tasty, but with that little lot eaten, it was definitely time to head to bed as it was nearly 9pm - so rock n roll!

Food Diary (Tuesday)

Free Food
pineapple
apple
banana
clementine
fat free natural yogurt
Quorn roast
butternut squash
baked beans
spinach
eggs
grapes

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

Syns
Alpen Light                  3
Shape yogurt               ½
Quorn sausages           3
8 Mikado                    4

Total syns                   10½

All in all, not a bad day. Work went quite quickly, weigh in wasn't as bad as expected and I had a lovely long soak in the bath.

Sorry for the delay in blogging again today though. Work has been busy once again and so I've actually had to do work rather than spend time blogging! I'm hoping to actually get today's done, well, today :)