Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Challenges

It has been suggested at times that I'm a tad competitive. I don't know where people get these ideas, I really don't ;) Anyway, when an email went around work regarding a 5 a day challenge, I figured I'd sign up, and today was the first day, which may have slightly influenced today's food! As it was a night shift week (again). My plans had involved nothing beyond sleeping and going to work, but Hague stirred quite early, and I figured that getting out would be a nice start to the day, and so off we went to the local retail park for Hague to look at t-shirts to spend his hard earned cash on. In the end, he only came home with a cap, but I treated myself to these beauties.


How amazing? Seriously? I had to have them, no question, and so I treated myself. They were a bargainalicious £18 too. A marvellous start to my challenging day.

On the way home we popped to Tesco as I had a hankering for some strawberries, however, whilst perusing the reduced section there was quite a lot of fruit in there and so breakfast was a very fruity affair in the end.


How's that for a bowl of superfree? Pineapple, mango, strawberries, banana and grapes, topped with some fat free Greek yogurt. I was going to have some honey too, but figured the fruit was sweet enough and it was a nice change for breakfast. I still have plenty left too. With that eaten, I needed a wee nap before work, so I headed up for a few hours, when I got up Hague was sorting out dinner, utilising yet more Tesco bargains (corn on the cob).


All Hague did was bung the corn on the cob in the oven with the sweet potato wedges and Quorn fillet and it tasted delicious, I'd not had corn in ages, and whilst it's not superfree, it's still veg, and so it counts for my 5 a day challenge :) With that eaten, off to work I went. 

I arrived to the sight that every person of a slightly squishy persuasion dreads....


It's all very well saying that if I want to get fit I should take the stairs, but these are not just stairs these are M&S Britvic stairs. Four flights of the buggers, and whilst I can now manage them without needing oxygen at the top, they still give me a touch of the leg wobbles at the top, but yet again I managed them - real progress for me.

My reward for getting to the top of the stairs was getting onto the factory floor to machines playing up (just for a change). Due to doing our best to get them sorted I didn't get my first break until quite late, and by then I was pretty hungry.


Another fruit for my challenge ;) Before heading back down to the machines, which we were slowly sorting to make our lives a wee bit easier. With another machine breaking down quite frequently, and the engineers stretched we had quite a lot of downtime to get our machines running better anyway. Still, lunch couldn't come quick enough, and I was quite looking forward to my concoction today.


Some of the leftover macaroni from the other day, with cherry tomatoes, cucumber, beetroot and Feta mixed in. I've never been overly fond of beetroot, but I think I've finally been converted and it tasted delicious with the pasta and Feta. I think it may become a regular. I finished it up with a crumble yogurt and an apple. This brought my portions of fruit and veg to 13 for my first day on the challenge....not bad!

Last break was a quick one, with one eye on the clock as I couldn't wait for the end of the shift.


It was a relief to get home, it was just a shame that I couldn't bloody sleep :(

Food Diary

Free Food
pineapple
grapes
mango
strawberries
banana
fat free Greek yogurt
sweet potato
corn on the cob
cherry tomatoes
red onion
Quorn sticky fillets
macaroni
Quorn chunks
mushrooms
beetroot
cucumber
apple

Healthy Extras
A - 45g Feta
B - 2 Benefit Bars

Syns
Crispy Fries                 3½
Shape crumble yog       ½

Total syns                   4

So a challenging day in a couple of ways, one good, one bad - although I did make it up those pesky stairs! Now, as I'm sure you all realise it's now Tuesday, and I've weighed in.....but I shall leave it until tomorrow's blog to let you know how I got on. Unless you've seen on my Facebook. Or The Slimming World Files Facebook page. Or Twitter ;)


Monday, 29 April 2013

A Wobbly Weekend!

Sorry for the delay in my blog, I seem to have been a busy girl since Friday and just haven't had a chance to get you all caught up! 

After going to bed rather late on Friday morning, I woke up early too and felt strangely awake! So we made the most of the spare time we had to get some shopping done, we even had a lovely big budget of £50 due to it being payday for both of us at long last! That was plenty for us to stock up and it made a pleasant change to be able to pick up everything we needed. We also stocked up on pet essentials such as food and cat litter! Once we were home it was time to get some dinner sorted before heading off to work.


Once again Hague had the same, but without the broccoli and I also had a whole tub of LowLow mixed in with my pasta, quorn and veggies. Lovely. With that eaten it was time to leave Hague to enjoy his night off whilst I had to work :(

It was a nightmare to start off, not so hot tonight, but the machines were playing up enormously, and it took a fair while before they had settled down enough to run properly. Never good, especially when all you want to do is for it to reach 6am so your weekend can start! Helped by my breaks, the time did pass though.



Lots and lots of superfree in there, and as you can see, that £50 budget meant we could splash out on the creamy Activia yogurts too :)

My last break passed by with just a drink, and I managed to slope out a wee bit early, meaning I was all snuggled up in bed by 20 past 6. Marvellous.

Food Diary (Friday)

Free Food
pasta
Quorn chunks
mushrooms
broccoli
banana
sweet potato
butternut squash
red onion
courgette
cherry tomatoes
pineapple

Healthy Extras
A - 60g LowLow
B - 45g Feta

Syns
60g LowLow                             6
Crispy Fries                               3½
Activia creamy yogurt                2½

Total syns                                 12 

I had planned on getting up early again on Saturday, and set the alarm for midday, but as we didn't get ourselves to sleep until gone 7am, that was a bit optimitsic and so I settled down for a little bit more sleep - I didn't expect to open my eyes and discover it was 4pm! Eek! I was supposed to be meeting my work mates for a farewell drink for Daynesy (our retired colleague) at 7.30 in Norwich. As I needed to be on the train at ten to 7, had to walk to the station, and eat, my plans for a relaxing bath were out of the window in favour of a quick meal and a shower before heading out!


Sweet potato wedges, with mushrooms and eggs. I had toyed with the idea of putting something in the slow cooker for when I got in, but figured that my SW friendly tactic of only taking enough money with me for my train fare and the 6 single measures I was allowed would mean that I wouldn't be drunk when I got in......

I think we can safely say that tactic failed miserably. Mostly due to the generosity of the guys I work with, who kept buying me drinks, something I am pretty much unable to refuse. This meant that I drank a hell of a lot more Jack Daniels and Honey Jack Daniels than I'd intended, smashing through 15 syns with barely a second though and bestowing many drunken cuddles on my poor work mates. Oops.

I also got a lift home, which meant an extra hour and a half of drinking time. Oops (again). I finally arrived home just before 1am, starving hungry, and the syns barrier was trampled on for good measure with an overdose of bread and cheese!



I had started off quite sensibly, with a toasted cheese sandwich and some potato wedges, which was my HeA and HeB. Then I decided I needed a Quorn roast too ( I was going to have Quorn sausages, but figured a Quorn roast was syn free which was better....) I then dumped the Quorn roast on top of more cheese on toast and doused it with mayonnaise :(

When that didn't hit the spot, I made yet more cheese on toast, topped with the rest of the Quorn roast and a couple of fried eggs. I think we call this falling off the wagon rather spectacularly! However, if I had rang out for a pizza, it would have been worse, so whilst I did go way, way over on my syns, it wasn't as bad as it could have been.

Food Diary (Saturday)

Free Food
sweet potato
eggs
mushrooms
Quorn roast
potatoes

Healthy Extras
A - 40g reduced fat cheddar
B - 60g wholemal bread

Syns
Where to start? Way too much JD

Wholemeal bread                     18
Reduced fat cheddar                18
Mayonnaise                             3

Total syns                                39 (without the alcohol, as I have no idea how much I had)

Unsurprisingly, I didn't feel too clever when I woke up at 6.30am to go and pick Hague up from work, and headed straight back to bed when we got home, with lots of water! We finally stirred just after 2pm and I started off with a couple of large cups of tea before sorting out something to eat.


I decided to try and minimise the damage of the night before with a lovely superfree breakfast, although the orange was highly disappointing, and so I only had a couple of segments. Whilst I pottered about on my (mended) laptop and played Candy Crush the day meandered by, and soon we were hungry again. Hague had no idea what he fancied to eat, and so we had a good look through the cupboards and freezer before we got sorted eventually. Hague had hot dogs with Quorn sausages and bread, with some fried onions and wedges, and I went for sausage, chips and beans :)


Another sideways meal there courtesy of Blogger. Grrrr. As you can see I added in some spinach for superfree and then topped it with half a tub of LowLow. I think I am actually addicted to it! Thank goodness it's just £1 in Asda at the mo! We then decided to bath the stinkiest of all the puppies....

She hates having a bath, and will wiggle and squirm to try and escape when Hague lifts her into the bath and then barely moves when she's in the water. She reeks though, so it was definitely needed! With that job out of the way it was back to relaxing and doing not a lot. I've barely even texted today, which is shocking for me, and shows just how much I needed to chill out for once.

We were feeling peckish again rather late, and so a light tea was in order, once again with us having the same, and me feeling brave, I tried some beetroot! Verdict - not bad at all, and very nice with the cottage cheese and tomato.


I finished off with my HeB, a banana and a cuppa.


Food Diary (Sunday)

Free Food
grapes
banana
Activia 0% fruit yogurt
orange
beans
spinach
potatoes
cherry tomatoes
cottage cheese 
beetroot
radishes
gherkins

Healthy Extras
A - 60g LowLow
B - 2 Benefit bars

Syns
milk in tea (3)                 1½
3 Quorn sausages          3
tbsp HP sauce               1

Total syns                      5½

As you can see, I've gone low syn today to try and limit some of the damage caused by Saturday night. I'm slightly annoyed with myself for not getting something in the slow cooker, but there's not point crying over spilt milk, or indeed mountains of bread and cheese and today I was fully back on plan anyway. I guess the only thing I have to worry about now are the drunken photographs of Saturday night appearing on Facebook!

I'm heading up for a lovely soak now, before having a nice long kip before another week of nights commences tomorrow. Just 5 more shifts until I'm off for an entire, relaxing, glorious week! Can't wait!


Friday, 26 April 2013

Hour By Hour

Today/Tonight was a 12 hour shift. I'm sure you can appreciate that not a huge amount of interesting things happen when most of my waking hours are spent at work, so I thought I'd just give you an hourly breakdown of my day, interspersed with pictures of my nommage :)


15:00 - My alarm goes off and wakes me up. I'm rather grumpy, but spend about 20 minutes catching up on FB etc before Hague informs me that dinner is in the oven.

16:00 - A lovely chat with my hairdresser is interrupted by dinner, lovingly prepared by Hague, and plenty to set me up for my long shift.


17:00 - I leave home in glorious sunshine, without a jacket and pick up some bits at the work shop when I arrive.

18:00 - My shift has just started. It's a tad warm.


19:00 - The heat is smothering, and I drink a litre of water in my first hour. We get the breaks kicked off early. Due to the heat, not because we want lots of breaks. Honest. My first break is brought to you by the colour orange.



20:00 - Emails are going back and forth between me, Hague, TOK and WLB - machines are being a bit arsey.

21:00 - I'm starting to get hungry. Hague has deserted me (in email form) to do some Body Magic, TOK is still doing her bit to keep me sane.

22:00 - The start of the night shift, and time for my first meal break. I receive a rather intriguing message and Detective Karen gets on the case. I think my coffee tastes a bit odd, but put it down to the crap coffee in our vending machine.



23:00 - Detective Karen is rather poo so needs a clue to discover her new acquaintance is actually an old friend. Happiness ensues. For a while, until the machines decide to be arsey again.

00:00 - A break from the norm. Someone is retiring and so the lines are stopped for us all to bid him a fond farewell and hear some tales from his time at work. I'm going to miss him. I'm also jealous that I'm not retiring.

01:00 - I've been paid and so a frenzy of train ticket booking and bill paying occurs. Hague deserts me once more, this time for bed. 

02:00 - Another meal break. I spend half an hour catching up with the goings on at Hogwarts and eating.


03:00 - I go to the loo for about the 789409th time. It's warm. I'm drinking gallons of water. We decide that breaks need to start again.


03:05 - I discover why my earlier coffee tasted odd. The milk has gone off. I found this out by taking a big gulp and nearly gagging. I ponder how the milk I pilfered a few days ago that had a use by date of March 8th was still drinkable, but the milk from home, which only went out of date 4 days ago is on it's way to being cheese. One of life's great mysteries.

04:00 - We have a changeover on the line. Summer Fruits run out, Orange and Pineapple starting up. My mind turns to all things Hague and what I would rather be doing. This improves my mood.

05:00 - No more breaks. Another changeover awaits between now and the end of the shift. The temperature has dropped to 26 degrees. 

06:00 - I'm free!!! I also discover that it was rather stupid to come to work without a jacket as it's raining. I decide to pop to Tesco on the way home as I'm feeling wide awake, despite working for 12 hours.

07:00 - I get distracted from writing my blog by two seagulls having it away on a roof I can see from the sofa. I polish off the rice pudding I took to work, and then brought home again. FlumpyCat has been licking my legs for 5 minutes straight.



Food Diary

Free Food
potatoes
eggs
sweetcorn
onions
mushrooms
courgettes
cherry tomatoes
pineapple
clementine
Activia 0% fruit yogurt
rice
stir fry veggies
tofu
banana

Healthy Extras
A - mouthful of rancid milk
B - 2 Benefit bars

Syns
Crispy Fries                   3.5
Rice Pudding                 2.5
tbsp honey                     2.5

Total syns                     8.5

So there we have my not very exciting day, I'm still feeling bizarrely awake, but I'm hoping a soak in a hot bath will wind me down enough so I can sleep. I'm also looking forward to meeting up with my old friend once more. Funny how life throws people into your path more than once, in a totally different way to the first time you met them - I do love randomness. Long may it reign supreme in my life!


Thursday, 25 April 2013

Getting Warmer!

Spring definitely seems to have sprung now. Although it was a bit grey and rainy today, it was certainly warm. I reckon it's time to get the 4.5tog duvet out as it's getting rather warm under the winter one, which doesn't help when you're trying to sleep during the day! It was nice to wake up to lovely comments on the picture in yesterday's blog though, so thank you everyone for all the kind words, made my day!

I actually didn't have a bad sleep, although getting into bed over an hour later than normal made a bit of a difference as apart from one quick trip to the loo (and FB catch up) I slept until around 6. Even then I only woke up as Hague stirred me! I still felt very tired and achey after such a long and busy night though so had myself a quick bath to try and ease my achey old limbs. I could have stayed there soaking for hours, but unfortunately I needed to head to work, and before that I needed to eat. I went for quite an easy option, a veggie stir fry.


 It was tasty, but I seem to have more difficulty with the carton tofu than I do with the normal firm tofu. It's much squishier, and harder to fry. I reckon I'll get that cooked first next time, before I add the veggies. The veggies only had Wok FryLight and some chilli sauce added in, and I made enough so I have leftovers for work this week too.

Dessert was super simple - an Asda rhubarb and vanilla yogurt (please excuse Flumpy's bum!)



With food eaten, animals fed, and me and Hague all dressed, it was time for the off, once again I dropped him off before heading to work myself, and got here a wee bit earlier today. When I say early, I mean about 2 minutes before I'm meant to start.....ooops!

I was really hoping for a better shift that yesterday's, but as soon as I walked in it was obvious one thing was worse....


Yes, that does say 28 degrees. At 10pm. In April :( It's only going to get warmer too, not pleasant, but at least the machines were behaving marginally better than yesterday.

We got the breaks started off quite early, and as it was so hot I wanted something refreshing.


I do love a cold grape when it's warm, and along with a cold drink it worked to cool me down - well for the 15 minutes I was in the air conditioned tea room for anyway ;)

After my break, it was back to the heat, with a break for what was supposed to be a 10-15 minute summary of my work performance over the last 6 months, but ended up being an hour's chinwag with my line manager, putting the world to rights. I know it's not trendy to say it, but I do like my manager, he's a good listener and I feel I can talk to him about most things. Always nice to have really :) By the time that hour was up it was time to start off lunch breaks, and mine came around just after 2.30. I'd been looking forward to it as it was the leftover mac n cheese from the magazine.


Strangely enough, it was okay, but nowhere near as nice as it had been fresh. Odd really as normally the flavours develop when meals are left, but mac n cheese is definitely better just cooked! As always, I had quite a lot to accompany it - I do tend to get peckish on nights! Bonus points for anyone who can spot what I'm reading too ;)

With lunch breaks over, it was back to the machines, who were behaving much better, and to the heat, which had dropped by one whole degree during the course of the night, that really doesn't bode well for the summer at work, that's for sure.

With work done, all that was left to do was head to Hague's work and wait for him to finish - while nomming on snackage, before getting ourselves home and into bed!



Food Diary

Free Food
rice
mushrooms
frozen stir fry mix
Asda fat free rhubarb and vanilla yogurt
grapes
clementine
leftover mac n cheese
banana

Healthy Extras
A - 40g reduced fat cheddar - in the mac n cheese
B - 2 Alpen Lights

Syns
1 tbsp Blue Dragon hot chilli sauce      ½
Shape crumble yogurt                         ½              
Crispy Fries                                       3½

Total syns                                          4½


Very low syn day - for me anyway - today. Not intentional, I just didn't have anything too synful, but as you can see, I still ate a fair old amount!

Tomorrow is yet another 12 hour shift, so it'll be a case of home, sleep, eat, work. Roll on the weekend!

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad

It seems like forever since I've weighed in, but it's only been a fortnight, and so I couldn't wait to get to group today. I'd even had a decent sleep, with only a couple of disturbances after last night's shift as well, so I couldn't complain (too much) about being tired.

I had time for a nice soak too before getting dressed and headed out to be weighed. I even had a non-scale victory before I'd even left the house :) I have many, many Threadless t-shirts which I bought when I'd lost my weight before, and which haven't fitted me in years, but today, I thought I'd give one a go....


It fitted, and as you can see, that made me rather happy :) As TOK said, it's like free shopping when you can fit into old clothes again!

With my lovely summery - black can be summery - clothes on, we headed to group where I hit 2 of my 3 mini targets, getting over that 100lbs mark and dropping into the 17 stones, and I only missed my big target by a lb with my loss of 4½lbs, so that next award shall be mine next week! I had a lovely time catching up with everyone, and chatting away to Helena, Mike and Sacha - I really wouldn't be where I am now without the wonderful support I get from everyone that's for sure, but it was Hague who was the star of the show, with a loss of 5lbs, which got him Slimmer of the Week and Slimmer of the Month. That's two months in a row he's won that, I am SO proud of him, looks like he'll be at target by the summer with just over 2 stone left to go :)

After group, and laden down with absolutely tons of fruit from our wonderful group, we headed home for something to eat. Hague's choice today, cheesey pasta.


Now, he may be a star slimmer, but Mr Hague is not overly fond of the old superfree, and so his pasta only had mushrooms and onions mixed in, and a healthy portion of pasta, whereas I like to bulk mine out with lots of veggies and so I added in some broccoli and cherry tomatoes with mine, and had less of the pasta. I also had a whole tub of LowLow. Yummy :)

We then had the rarity of me and Hague working a similar shift, and so we actually had the chance, for the first time, for me to take him into work before heading in myself, our timings were a wee bit out and I only made it in by the skin of my teeth, but we'll be able to do it tomorrow too - all this time working and this is the only time our shifts have coincided! Anyway, with me skidding myself down onto the line with seconds to spare it was to the news that the lines have been running like crap. Never something you want to hear - and so back down to earth with a bump it was.

Didn't stop the breaks though ;) After such a deliciously cheesey dinner, I'm sure you won't be surprised to see that I needed something sweet.


With that polished off, and thoroughly enjoyed, it was back down to the line, where the temperature had dropped down to 26 degrees rather than the 27 that had welcomed me when I arrived. It gets a tad warm in here....

Perhaps that's why the machines have decided to behave like irritable children today - with constant stop/start and alarms going off almost constantly. It's amazing how quickly you can go from a pretty good mood to wanting to stab yourself in the face, something I discovered today! As the machines were being such little b*stards I didn't get my lunch until 3am, and so I was pretty hungry by the time it came along and I put away quite a lot of my night stash.


The rest of the magic soup I'd made yesterday, along with some Crispy Fries - the joys of which I shared with my group today - plus a yogurt and clementine, and yet more water as the temperature had only dropped to 25 degrees despite the time! With the Slimming World magazine to keep me occupied my half an hour break flew by and all too soon it was back to the line, thankfully another machine had broken down though, giving us a break from sorting out ours all the time. Yay!

Unsurprisingly, as soon as that machine was fixed, ours played up again, and my last break didn't come along until nearly 5am, and I finish at 5.45! When work was finally done, I headed to Hague's work to pick him up. As he doesn't finish until 7, I kept myself occupied with a snack and my Kindle until he was done.


Food Diary

Free Food
pasta
mushrooms
onions
broccoli
cherry tomatoes
grapes
magic soup
clementine
activia 0% fruit yogurt
banana

Healthy Extras
A - 60g LowLow
B - 2 Alpen Light bars

Syns
60g LowLow                            6
Crispy Fries                              3.5

Total syns                                 9.5

So that was my Tuesday, and it went from a lovely mood to an aching, grumpy Karen who couldn't wait to get into bed :(  At least the weekend is starting to look a little closer from here, and so is payday. both things which should cheer me up and get me through to the end of the week! Here's hoping that work today is better, and cooler! Won't hold my breath lol!



Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Twitching on a Twelve!

Today’s blog is brought to you by the substance, Caffeine and the number 12.

After my lovely, long, weekend, it was back to the grind today, and as an extra special bonus I was heading back to work for yet another 12 hour shift. Now, I know quite a few of you raise concerns about my working hours – so I’ll attempt to break down how it all works for you, so you don’t worry too much about me :)

I get paid for 1865 hours a year, which works out at a weekly average of just over 39.5 hours a week, based on working 47 weeks of the year. 1763 of those hours are accounted for in my roster, with the additional 102 left as reserve hours. These are used when we are needed to work extra 12 hour shifts. Now, my shift pattern goes through a 4 week rotation, a week of earlies (which includes the Saturday), nights and then 2-10pm. 12 times a year that is then followed by a week off, the 13th one is a week I have to come in instead. Due to those weeks off (which are unpaid, except for the usual 25 days holiday allowance), the weeks when I’m at work are quite high in hours – that’s the payback for the weeks off. So much as I moan (a lot) about long hours, and how tired I am, I prefer to work the long hours when I’m at work to keep those lovely weeks off, to me, it’s worth it.

I hope that has put some of your minds at ease, although it’s rather lovely to get such caring messages from people over my work hours, it’s appreciated :)

I’ll stop boring you with my roster now and get back to my Monday “morning” which started at around 9am when the binmen woke me up and I drifted in and out until just before 2pm when my alarm went off to go and pick up Hague from the station.

I was really tired, but decided to get myself fed rather than heading back to bed, and so whilst Hague told me all about his weekend and loaded the dishwasher, I made a rather lovely breakfast.


An omelette with onion, courgette, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes and topped with four Laughing Cow extra light triangles, plus wedge and some Quorn sausages – plus a tbsp of tomato sauce. Perfect to get me ready for work J I also threw together some magic soup ready for work! Although after eating my breakfast, I started to fade fast and grabbed myself a quick hour snooze before I had to head to work.

I was feeling very tired, and the prospect of 12 hours ahead is never a nice one when you’re feeling weary, but needs must and so I got on with the delights of dealing with two temperamental machines. Luckily, first break came along nice and quickly and a much needed caffeine hit was enjoyed, along with some fruit.


I even got in a cheeky extra break, with more caffeine before the end of the late shift arrived bringing with it lunch number one.

The rest of the pasta salad I’d had on Saturday, along with a yogurt and clementine, and as there was nothing else to drink, a Pepsi Max….I think we’re now approaching caffeine overload levels! After my first lunch, the rest of the shift doesn’t seem quite as daunting, with just over 7 hours left it seems much more manageable, I still needed yet more caffeine during my next break though!

Even after all the food I’ve put away today/tonight I started feeling hungry again at about 1am, a good half an hour before Lunch number two – definitely a hungry day today! I do tend to bring lots in for 12 hour shifts though, and so my second lunch was just as big as the first!

The magic soup I’d whipped up earlier, along with a sandwich (Laughing Cow extra light triangles and cucumber), Aldi French Fries and another yogurt. Water had finally appeared in the tea room as well, and so the caffeine finally made way for some good old fashioned hydration! No more caffeine though, I do want to be able to sleep tonight!

My final break was the signal that I was on the home stretch, and so a Benefit bar and yet more water were on the menu to see me through until the end of the night.




Food Diary

Free Food
eggs
courgette
mushrooms
onions
cherry tomatoes
potatoes
banana
clementines
pasta
cabbage
carrot
butternut squash
sweet potato
asparagus
lettuce
Activia 0% fruit yogurts
cucumber
magic soup (chopped tomatoes, stock, baked beans, 2 silverskin onions)

Healthy Extras
A - 6 Laughing Cow extra light triangles
B - 2 slices wholemeal bread (400g loaf)

Syns
3 Quorn sausages                      3
1 tbsp ketchup                          1
Crispy Fries                              3½
Benefit bar                                3

Total syns                                 10½
Hydration - 4.13L

So there we have Monday, and next stop is weigh in tomorrow! It seems forever since I've been at my own group, and it has been a while, 4 weeks and so I can't wait to get back there. Much as I love visiting the Wednesday morning group, and catching up with my friends there, there is nothing like your own group when you can catch up with how everyone is doing.

As for tomorrow's weigh in, just about any loss will be a result, as here are my important numbers.....

½ - That's all I need to reach a loss of 100lbs in total!
- A loss of 1½ will drop me down to 17st 13½lbs, and it's been many a year since I've been in that stone bracket, pre Hague that's for sure :)
- Now this is the biggie, should the scales be kind enough to show that kind of loss after two weeks without weighing in and being 100% on plan I will get my next award!

So as I say, any loss will see me hitting a milestone! It's just a case of wait and see to see which one it is :)

 

Monday, 22 April 2013

Busy, Busy and more Busy!

I know I profess myself to be busy quite often, but the last few days have just been too much! Friday was a 12 hour shift, followed by a trip to Asda, and then I had to work a full shift on Saturday. Madness! Shall we travel back to Friday?

I woke up feeling absolutely shattered and we only just got ourselves out in time, with Hague dropped at the gate, I headed into work, and had an extremely busy day. No trainee, but lots of changeovers and hoping the lines would run well to minimise our time in on Saturday. I couldn't concentrate much due to the disciplinary looming over me at 11.30, although after talking to my Union Rep I had myself a little non-scale victory, climbing the stairs from the ground floor to the production floor all in one go, without a breather :) Over 50 of them :)

I had two breaks to get through before the Meeting though - and as always, put away some food at both of them.



Just to make things worse, no rice pudding either, so it was back to my standard of muesli and yogurt for my breakfast.

Not long after that it was time, and I was so worried about what would happen. In the end the decision was made (after nearly 30 minutes of waiting) that I'd be issued with a first stage warning. This means that I can have no more sick absences for 6 months. Strange how they start these meetings off with saying how they aren't challenging the genuine nature of sickness, then say you can't be sick for 6 months.....how can you stop yourself getting ill? Anyway, it is what it is and it was a relief to have it finished and out of the way, regardless of the outcome really. 

With that out of the way, I could concentrate on work (and emailing TOK) until 2 rolled around and most of the team went home, and I went up for lunch before starting on my "bonus" four hours.


Leftover curry, plus a yogurt and clementine - lovely and filling, although you wouldn't have known that as by my last break I was hungry again and so had my emergency Crunchy Curls :)


The shift went past quite quickly for a 12 hour one really, but then for some reason when I finished work I decided to pick up Hague and get the shopping. Quite why I thought that was a good idea I'll never know, as by the time we'd picked up the bits we needed from Aldi, and then the rest from Asda and got home and got the shopping away it was gone 8pm. I really am a fool to myself sometimes! Hague was super wonderful and despite working himself did my dinner for me :)


No superfree, bad Karen, but it was gorgeous. Sweet potato wedges, lavished with a whole tub of LowLow and some Quorn sticky fillets. So good! Exactly what I wanted, something that felt naughty :) In my no superfree defence, I did then follow it up with some strawberries :)


With dessert barely swallowed it was time for bed, alone tonight, as not many people are unfortunate enough to have to get up at 4 bloody 30 am on a Saturday morning to head to work, so I left Hague to enjoy the TV whilst I hit the sack.

Food Diary (Friday)

Free Food
pineapple
fat free yogurt
clementine
leftover curry
rice
banana
sweet potato
Quorn sticky fillets
strawberries

Healthy Extras
A - 60g LowLow
B - 35g Jordan's unsweetened muesli

Syns
Benefit bar                  3
Cheese curls               3
Shape yogurt              1/2
60g LowLow             6
tsp honey                   1
milk in tea (2)             1

Total syns                   14 1/2

So as I may have mentioned, I had to work on Saturday, something that always puts me in the foulest of moods. I know I get paid for them, and should expect to work them, but there is just something so awful about dragging yourself out of bed at that time on a weekend. Hague had sorted out my breakfast anyway, and so it was a quick up and out routine before I headed in.

When we arrived, it was to the site of much rework, thanks to our wonderful trainee, so that had to be completed before the cleaning could start. Of course, before starting too much of that cleaning lark, I needed food (and coffee).


I nicked some milk again, but seeing as it had a use by date of March 8th, I don't think anyone will miss it too much.....speaking of which, that reminds me of a thread on a FB page someone posted about whether to eat sausages that were 3 days past the date on the pack. The replies were split, those who said just to flat out bin them, and the others (who I'm firmly on the side of) who just suggested using the old senses to gauge if the food was okay to eat. So much waste must be created by people who just look at the date on foods and don't even bother to them open the pack and have a sniff or a look before just chucking it in the bin. Madness. Does food magically go off after midnight? Of course not, and things keep perfectly fine in the fridge for ages, lets be honest, it's pretty obvious when milk or meat has gone off, date or no date! Anyway, that March 8th milk was just fine, despite being 6 weeks out of date, and I haven't died (yet). Good job really after my disciplinary ;)

For some reason, I was hungry all day, and when lunch rolled around I ended up cracking open my emergency Mug Shot that I keep in my locker at work.


A strange combination for breakfast, I'll grant you, but needs must when you're busy cleaning and using up a lot of energy, and boy was there a lot of bloody cleaning to do :( We were at work for the full 8 hours, and so by the time we'd got out, and I'd popped to Asda to pick up some bits and bobs it was nearly 3 by the time I got home. I had time for a very quick chat to Hague who was heading up to Barnsley before I settled down for a much needed nap.

Ooh it was a good'un. Four lovely hours of unbroken sleep, and I woke up feeling a zillion times better - and rather hungry! So I set to making myself a very superfree heavy dinner :)


A roasted vegetable pasta salad, with more veg than pasta by a long way! Plus I made tons, so have some left for next week at work too! I'd not had Feta in ages and so when we saw it was on offer in Asda we had to pick some up, and I treated myself to a HeA plus an extra 25g. Delicious, it works so well with roasted vegetables.

Dessert was more superfree as well - it's so much easier when the sun appears to head for fresh fruit and veggies isn't it?


I then made a discovery that would change my life. Sort of. I had updated my FB app on my phone and whilst chatting to my Sister yesterday she had sent a sticker smilie. I had a wee investigate and found many stickers, all of which were actually made of awesome, and so myself and TOK pretty much had an entire evening's conversation using just those. Yes, we are just that fabulous :)


With that much excitement in one day, I'm sure none of you will be surprised that I didn't stay up too late, although I had brought the cats up with me, and then decided to watch one YouTube video, which then turned into lots of YouTube videos, culminating in a bit of a Josh Homme appreciation evening, and it was past 2.30 when I finally put the ipad down and crashed out. With a JadeyCat on my head - of course.

Food Diary (Saturday)

Free Food
banana
apple
clementine
Mug Shot
fat free natural yogurt
butternut squash
sweet potato
asparagus
onions
cherry tomatoes
cabbage
lettuce
carrot
grapes
strawberries
Activia 0% vanilla yogurt
pasta

Healthy Extras
A - 45g Feta Cheese
B - 35g Jordan's unsweetened muesli

Syns
Benefit bar                               3
milk in tea and coffee (3)         1 1/2
25g Feta                                 3 1/2

Total syns                               8

So here we are, Sunday at last :) My one day of the weekend, a day on my Jack Jones as Hague was in Barnsley seeing his boys. When I first opened my eyes, feeling all bright eyed and bushy tailed it was 7.30am, and much as it was a 3 hour lie in compared to the rest of the week, I think you all know me far too well to think that I actually got up at that sort of time! The rest of the morning passed with me sleeping a bit, checking my phone and bit, and trying to get comfy inbetween two cats quite a lot. When I opened my eyes again at 11.30 I decided it was late enough and when I opened the curtains to a truly gorgeous day, my plans for doing absolutely nothing went out of the window.

I got myself bathed and decided to have a bit of an experiment with my outfit and ended up wearing something I felt awesome in, consisting of my rather fabulous skull patterned converse, black jeggings, with a red tartan skirt over the top, finished off with a black vest top adorned with another skull and a grey overshirt. I did feel good, and so headed off into town, headphones in, music blaring to just have a mosey around and enjoy some much needed fresh air and sunshine! I even managed to squeeze in a little Hang w/ broadcast on the way. Whilst in town I had a rather wonderful non-scale victory too. There is a great shop on Regent Road called Dead Good and they stock lots of gorgeous Hell Bunny clothes. For so long I've wandered in, lusted after everything in there, but have known full well I'd never fit into any of it, well today I thought to myself, why not try something on, so I did, and lo and behold the XL dress fitted beautifully, it was also pink and had unicorns on which means I pretty much must have it. TOK concurred :) I also bumped into someone from my SW group, which is always a pleasure!

For some reason, the decision to head out had thrown my plans out so completely that I'd forgotten to eat, and so when I finally got home breakfast/brunch/dinner was foremost in my mind! 


Chunky sweet potato wedges, with some mayo and rather fabulous burger creations, a large mushroom, topped with laughing cow blue cheese triangles, then a burger, then an egg :) There are also some roasted onions hiding on the plate. Gorgeous it was, and the wedges were really lovely - so in future, I'll be going large with my sweet potato wedges!! In between watching Harry Potter and chatting away to TOK I decided that I'd get a rice pudding on, and got all the washing up to date too. I then thought that I'd give the now famous Mac n Cheese from the latest Slimming World magazine a go as well - so much for a day of doing absolutely nothing eh?

I got that in the oven in between watching Sex and the City films, and so I could eat it as I watched the second one for the first time.


I can see why everyone is raving about the recipe I must admit, it was SO tasty, really rich and definitely didn't taste like diet food. As this one is in the current magazine, I won't risk treading on any toes by putting the recipe on here though - but trust me, it's worth buying for this alone! Delicious. Plus despite only making half the quantity, I still have another serving left for a dinner at work next week. 

By the time I fancied dessert I'd realised that so far today I'd only had 1 syn, never one to miss out on a few of those, I spruced up my rice pudding with a Benefit bar, and very nice it was too!


I think I'm going to have to start buying unsweetened Almond milk in bulk :) My day has been rather lovely actually. I'm sure just getting out into the fresh air has lifted my mood as I was genuinely in a great mood all day long. Non-scale victories and chatting away on FB with some wonderful ladies, Rosie and Helen, also helped to keep my mood high all day, so thank you!

Add in chatting to Hague, discussing the July meet up with TOK and WLB and putting the world to rights with another friend (is it dangerous to discuss politics with friends?) and it's definitely not been the day of absolutely nothing I had planned, but it's been a very good day. 

Food Diary (Sunday)

Free Food
sweet potato
onion
mushroom
eggs
Quorn red onion burgers
cucumber
lettuce
cabbage
macaroni
cherry tomatoes
spring onions
vegetable stock
tomato puree
fat free natural yogurt
banana

Healthy Extras
A - 4 laughing cow blue cheese light triangles
B - 40g reduced fat cheddar

Syns

2 tbsp Hellmann's extra light mayo           1
Benefit bar                                              3
rice pudding                                            2

Total syns                                               6

Well done if you've managed to stay with me until the end! Hopefully I won't be quite this slack for a while now, although as it's a couple of weeks of nights coming up, I'll be blogging a day behind anyway. With a good weekend, well, Sunday, behind me, and no more early mornings for 3 weeks here's hoping my lovely mood stays with me for a while yet!