Sunday, 30 June 2013

Good Choices and Gorilla Time

It's been a busy few days I'm afraid. I've been getting in from work very tired so heading straight to bed, and then getting up at the last minute to head to work, leaving no time to actually blog! Add in the fact that I was out yesterday and I'm sure you'll forgive me for not getting much of a chance to keep you all updated :)

Thursday and Friday were much of a muchness, work days, although I did try and change things up slightly to try and boost my weight loss this week :)


 Something nice and breakfasty before work, and then quite a normal selection for whilst I was earning those pennies.




Leftover risotto for lunch, which was lovely, but apart from that, good old fruit and Benefit bars came to the rescue :)

When I got home, rather tired from training on a new machine and having to use my brain, Hague had dinner waiting for me.


Low effort and yummy. With plenty of veggies of course.


Dessert was partly courtesy of Hague's Slimmer of the Week basket, as it contained peaches, which I'm not overly fond of, but tried, and these ones were gorgeous, so sweet and full of flavour, and so they were added to summer fruits and strawberries all topped with an Activia creamy vanilla yogurt. Delish. An early night beckoned as Hague had to be at the station at 6.45am!

Food Diary (Thursday)

Free Food
eggs
tinned tomatoes
banana
grapes
leftover risotto
Activia 0% yogurt
satsuma
macaroni
courgette
onion
tomato
asparagus
spinach
summer fruits
strawberries
peach

Healthy Extras
A - (both) - tub of LowLow
B - Benefit bars
B - 2 slices wholemeal bread (400g loaf)

Syns
50g reduced fat soft cheese              4
Activia creamy yogurt                      2½

Total syns                                        6½

Friday obviously started way too early, with me awake at 6.20 to take Hague to the station. I had planned on getting the shopping after I'd dropped him off, but had changed my mind before I left the house, however I did grab my purse, and once he was safely deposited at the station I found myself heading to Asda anyway. Might as well get it out of the way was my thinking, by the time I'd done that, popped to Aldi to find it closed and then scooted to Tesco to pick up my free Danio yogurts (thanks BzzAgent) it was nearly 8.30am, and I'm sure you'll be unsurprised to hear that I went back to bed. I set my FitBit alarm for 11 and nodded off. My alarm went off, I turned it off and fell back to sleep until 12.45.....Oops! 

Luckily, once I'd put the shopping away I'd thrown a rice pudding in the slow cooker and so I did have breakfast practically ready to throw down my neck before hurtling out of the door to get too work. Late.


Another fruit and rice pudding combination that works really well :) I'm rather glad to have found another fruit to add to the limited ones that I like as well! I was slightly late for work, but only about 15 minutes, so not too bad, and it was back to training on a new machine, and for the third week running we caught the end of week clean! Not fun! 




Thank goodness for cooking extra pasta, as that was how I managed to have lunch, which I rustled up in 2 minutes before work! Plus of course the usual Benefit bars and fruit. I'm sure I must keep our local Aldi in business with the amount of those we get through!! After work I headed home (via Asda to get the bits I'd forgotten) to an empty house as Hague was safely in Barnsley. It's rather odd to not have him here, and it also meant that I had to make my own dinner. Shocking!

I went with gnocchi and vegetables, as it was something I could do really quickly.


Gnocchi literally takes 2 minutes to cook, and it's ready. So I boiled that up in the pan and drained it. Then in the same pan I threw in mushrooms, peppers, quorn chunks and an onion and cooked til they were soft, then added in chopped tomatoes and spinach, plus the gnocchi to heat through. Done in 10 minutes, so perfect for a quick after work meal. I used 30g of Stilton on top as well.

As I'd used my HeA in milk for my rice pudding, there was plenty left for dessert, this time with strawberries :)


With that eaten, and me tired, another early night beckoned.

Food Diary (Friday)

Free Food
pudding rice (well actually arborio as that's what was in the cupboard)
peach
grapes
macaroni
Kraft fat free Italian dressing
cherry tomatoes
beetroot
spinach
cucumber
banana
chopped tomatoes
mushrooms
pepper
Quorn chunks
onion
strawberries

Healthy Extras
A - 65g reduced fat mozzarella
A - 875ml Almond Breeze unsweetened almond milk
B - 2 Benefit bars
B - 30g Stilton

Syns
Danio PassionFruit layer yogurt               1½
200g gnocchi                                          4

Total syns                                               5½

So with the week finally done and dusted, and with it my rotation of shifts a week off looms large, although I am working Thursday and Friday so I can have the days off when my blogging girlies are down :) I had a lovely long lie in, staying in bed until way past 1pm, so woke up awake for a change and ready for breakfast!


I wanted to fill myself up nicely so as not to pick during the day, with a meal out I wanted to stay syn free for the day until I went out! With myself fed, and the animals fed I had a long leisurely bath whilst watching Laura Robson win at Wimbledon, I followed this up with Glastonbury highlights where I was struck, at last, by Body Magic inspiration. The Arctic Monkeys are to thank for my Eureka moment, as when they played I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor I remembered just how much I love bouncing around to certain songs. So that's me sorted. A playlist will be created, and I shall dance for 10 minutes a day. Fabulous! Obviously, with a surprise birthday meal to get ready for it was time to get out of the bath, and get myself glammed up and head out!

As I hadn't seen some of the guests for a while, I had planned to meet up with a couple early in Starbucks and went for an iced Americano with sugar free syrup once more. As it was a lovely, warm evening it was perfect to have whilst I waited. After a pleasant catch up with Wil and Paula we then headed to the restaurant where a catalogue of calamities began, with the table not being ready, so our whole group had to relocate to a pub where we couldn't be seen so the Birthday Boy could arrive without seeing us....whilst there our Hostess informed us that the Birthday Boy had been sick....but still he soldiered on and in we all went to surprise the poor bugger!

I really did have a wonderful evening, and I am so glad I changed my choices. My first choice had been baked Camembert followed by a veggie burger and wedges. I had changed that for a salad and veggie skewers, and after seeing the (admittedly divine looking) Camembert starter - a full round of cheese with plenty of bread for dipping along with chutney - it was obvious I'd made the better choice to stay on plan. 





Apologies for the darkness of the main meal, but it was halloumi and veggie skewers with a plain jacket potato. With counting the halloumi as both of my HeA's, the goats cheese as one of my HeB, and olive oil as the other, I'm pretty confident that my meal was syn free, and my two glasses of wine were both measured. 125ml each, so 9 syns in total. The evening was wonderful, the restaurant fabulous and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. So many compliments were paid to me as well that it was quite overwhelming, including someone not actually recognising me, funny isn't it, you just don't see the big changes in yourself at all. With food eaten, the world put to rights and goodbyes said, I headed home, and was soon in my comfies and surrounded by animals. As I started chatting to a rather lovely friend who was a bit squiffy I decided that I'd splash out some syns on a vodka whilst having a dessert.


There is yet another peach in there, along with strawberries, grapes and some pomegranate seeds that cost me 10p, all topped with fat free Greek yogurt. So a lovely finish to my evening, all without going over my syns (even with another vodka to follow on).

Food Diary (Saturday)

Free Food
eggs
tomatoes
mushrooms
LM rosemary and red onion sausages
potato
beef tomato
red onion
jacket potato
peppers
peach
strawberries
grapes
pomegranate seeds
fat free Greek yogurt

Healthy Extras (all estimated due to restaurant meal)
A - 35g halloumi (x2)
B - 35g of goats cheese
B - 1tbsp of Olive oil

Syns
125ml rose wine                    4½
125ml prosecco                    4½
25ml vodka x2                      5

Total syns                             14

I was really, really pleased with myself after going out for a meal, a meal I really enjoyed and staying within my syns. It goes to show that in reality it's all about choice, if I'd have gone with my original choices, I'm sure the meal would have clocked up close to 100 syns with all the bread and cheese and fried wedges, instead I made the decision to stay on plan, and it was a good feeling. A very good feeling. Here's hoping the scales reflect my Slimming World halo evening, or I might have a tantrum ;)


 Whilst in Norwich I also had a non-scale victory. When I was my biggest I couldn't wear heels, I could barely walk in them and the pain was unbearable, well, last night, I wore my new daisy shoes all night, walking up and down hills and cobbles and I was totally fine in them. Small victory, but a very welcome one....oh and I spotted one of the new visitors to the city, which might just inspire me to drag Hague into Norwich for a long walk (all good body magic) as there are 53 of them to find around the city :)































Thursday, 27 June 2013

Bleeping Blips!

When people talk about Slimming World, they tend to talk about the eating plan. Yes, eating well and losing weight is basically what it's all about, but it's not everything. Today, once more, the other part of the plan came to the forefront for me. The huge amount of support you get by going to group. I woke up this morning and decided to wear my new dress, the size 16 one, to weigh in. I teamed it up with my daisy shoes, and you know what? I felt good. I walked into group to compliments from just about everyone - which was amazing, including being told that I'd have to be called skinny minny soon. So many compliments, it was lovely. Then.....I got on the scales......


 16 stone 12½lbs. A gain of 3½lbs since last week. A week of being completely on plan. The highest syns I've had have been 12½, I've had a few different meals, tried a few new things like blue cheese gnocchi and rhubarb, plenty of superfree, and super speed too with strawberries and pineapple on the menu, all to no avail. I got off those scales utterly deflated, mood boost gone and just about ready to burst into tears. Because of a number.

As part of Image Therapy, your progress is discussed and greeted with applause. Several people mentioned me as an inspiration, but even that couldn't lift me and I had the rite of passage that is crying at group. I'm sure most people who've attended Slimming World have had that moment, when it just becomes too much and today was my day. Everyone was so sweet, trying to console me and I got many hugs. The fact remains though that I weigh the same today as I did 3 weeks ago despite being on plan - Claire suggested that I take an SAS log just in case anything has crept in, whilst acknowledging that she's pretty sure nothing has. 

I headed home feeling awful - when in reality, nothing had changed in my physical self in those seconds between handing over my book and getting on the scales, nothing at all. It's insane. I know it's insane. But I'm SO frustrated with giving it my all, doing everything right as I want this so much and yoyo-ing all over the place is starting to grind me down. I sit in group and listen to people say they have no idea how they've lost as they've eaten this and this and that. I don't do that, so why do I gain? Not small gains, big gains, annoying gains, gains that feel like they knock me back weeks. I really have no idea, and right now, neither does anyone else. This doesn't make it any easier to bear.

Stupid numbers.

I got home from group and sorted myself out breakfast, and my food for work.


This is how I deal with a gain, not with a bar of chocolate, or anything else full of syns to drown the sorrow of the scales, but with a nice on plan brunch to get me through the day. Nothing else even crossed my mind. Hague made it home for lunch in time to give me a great big cuddle whilst I burst into tears again. I managed to keep a lid on the tears for most of the time at work, just the odd blip here and there, helped massively by Hague sending me Basset pictures to make me smile and TOK chatting away on email with our own special brand of conversations. Interspersed with breaks and food of course.




Lunch was just a salad topped with cottage cheese with some Ryvita - typical diet food maybe, but I really enjoy it! Plus of course my SAS log came with me, if it can help me, I plan on doing it properly! I really wasn't in a great mood at all at work, and was desperate to come home, I knew I'd feel a bit happier at home with Hague, and so I escaped a few minutes early and was home not long after 10, with dinner more or less waiting for me, an oven baked risotto. Trying to ring in the changes, just in case!


Okay, so this picture does just look like a lot of cheese, but trust me, underneath that is a rather delicious risotto, and as always, it was easy to make too. Quorn chunks, courgette, onion and broccoli mixed with garlic and herbs and put in an oven proof dish along with risotto rice and stock and in the oven until the rice is cooked. Hague then stirred in 100g of reduced fat soft cheese (as there was plenty for two portions) and I had half, topped with my HeA of cheese. Tasty, and easy, and some for tomorrow too. I followed up with a dessert of my favourite yogurt that I'd found in the fridge after forgetting I'd bought it.


Food Diary

Free Food
potatoes
eggs
mushrooms
cherry tomatoes
spinach
banana
satsuma
fat free cottage cheese
lettuce
cucumber
beetroot
spring onion
strawberries
risotto rice
Quorn chunks
courgette
onion
broccoli
Asda fat free rhubarb and vanilla yogurt

Healthy Extras
A - 40g reduced fat cheddar
B - 4 Ryvita
B - 2 Benefit bars

Syns
2 Quorn sausages                      2
milk in tea (1)                            ½
Activia creamy yogurt               2½
50g reduced fat soft cheese       4

Total syns                                 9

So, not a good day. I've spoken to so many people, trying to get my head around yet another gain, and have had some amazing messages left for me on Facebook from my group members and on the SlimmingWorldFiles page, yet still I'm upset, once more I've focusing on the gain rather than the losses I've already had. Would this journey be easier if I had no idea what I weighed? If I just went by the clothes I could fit into? Maybe, as the gains are getting me down. I really don't want massive losses, just slow, steady, even losses rather than the insane roller coaster ride I seem to be on at the moment.

I never did like roller coasters.




Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Pride and Pee-d-Offed-Ness

After planning to get myself to bed after a nice relaxing bath, things went a bit awry. Firstly I started watching Secret Eaters in the bath, and then I enjoyed it so much I wanted to watch another episode. Before I knew it it was 3am once more and I still wasn't asleep! Damn.

So of course I didn't get up at 10am, and didn't do any exercise, and once more got up, got fed and went to work.




Quite a large breakfast really, but I had woken up really hungry! All on plan though, and not a syn to be seen.

Work was, well, work. Nothing exciting to report really - similar foods to keep me going. The closer it got to 5.30 though, the grumpier I got.



At around 6ish, I was getting texts from Hague about how lovely Tom was, and how inspiring he was. Gutted just isn't the word - I then got this lovely picture of Hague and Tom. Two wonderfully inspirational men! To cap off my annoyance at missing group, Hague lost 7½lbs, so got his 4½ stone award, as well as winning Slimmer of the Week and Slimmer of the Month. Talk about the worse week to possibly miss my group! I love being there to support my man, and even he was a bit upset that I wasn't there. Damn you bills and your need to be paid :(

With the excitment over and done with, and losses duly reported via text and FB, I could settle down for my lunch - just a pasta salad, with plenty of veggies hiding under the pasta!


As I was so hungry, I had nothing left for last break, so just had a nice cuppa, all thoughts definitely turning to getting home as I couldn't wait to see my Star Slimmer and hear all about Tom! I'd decided early on that I fancied cheeese on toast for tea, and that craving was still there so with two HeA's to have I indulged, and boy was it delicious! There was a tablespoon of caramlised onion chutney on each slice as well, for just a syn each.


I had a bowl of pineapple for my dessert too, the picure of which has mysteriously vanished, but trust me, it was pineapple, and it was in a bowl.....I'm sure you can picture it! With the internet being stupidly slow I didn't manage to get a blog done last night, but I did manage a rather jaw dropping before and after picture of Hague...

How's that for a transformation? Looking through old photos, neither of us could believe the size of Hague in his pictures - neither of us thought he was that big...goes to show eh? I am beyond proud of him. So with those photos done (but no blog), I decided on a cuppa and some Mikado before bed.

Food Diary

Free Food
eggs
mushrooms
sweet potato
grapes
Activia 0% yogurt
banana
apple
pasta
lettuce
cucumber
cherry tomato
beetroot
satsuma
spinach
fat free cottage cheese
spring onion

Healthy Extras
A - 40g reduced fat cheddar (x2)
B - 2 Benefit bars
B - 2 slices of wholemeal bread (400g loaf)

Syns
Activia creamy yogurt                       2½
Crispy Fries                                     3½
2 tbps caramelised onion chutney      2
milk in tea                                         ½
8 Mikado                                         4

Total syns                                         12½     

Seeing as it was edging close to 1am when we went up to bed, that really should have been it for the day. Instead, us being us, we decided to go through the box of too small clothes that we'd kept after the last sort out of our wardrobes. We had 3 boxes of clothes to slim into and after a frenzy of trying things on, that's now down to one box. So much as yesterday was a bit of a grumpy day, Hague's wonderful results and fitting back into several clothes (including some that I've never fit into) redeemed the day ever so slightly!
 
Today's blog coming later.....
 
 

Monday, 24 June 2013

Body Meh-Gic

Ah Monday. The start of a new week, for many the start of a new diet, a new fitness regime....a new whatever. After the failure of my new personal trainer to sort out a fitness schedule for me this weekend I went to bed last night determined to get up when he went to work and do something exercisey. I wasn't sure what, but something...

So I set my alarm for 9.30, in case I didn't wake up when Hague went to work and settled down to sleep. An hour later I was still awake and Mr FidgetPants decided to open a window, which always lets in the soothing tones of the bloody seagulls, so in went my earplugs and out of the window went my plan to get up early. I slept through Hague getting up, and turned my alarm off when it went off at 9.30. I unglued my eyes at around 11.30 and could barely be bothered to get out of bed.....ah well. This is why I need a live in personal trainer! With me staying in bed so late, I had to sort out something to eat quite quickly, as well as sorting out food for work, exercise be jiggered!


Quick nearly always means pasta, lets be honest, a meal in 10 minutes can't be beaten really, and this was a super lazy version, with just tinned tomatoes, spinach and herbs mixed in, along with 25g of reduced fat Feta. I barely had time to swallow the last mouthful before I was getting ready for work and heading out of the door.

As I hadn't managed to do anything I'd planned this morning I decided to park the car a bit further away instead - every little helps ;) I arrived into work to the news I was on a machine I'm not sure about running, so had to do a bit of swapping about, but eventually I was happy. Even happier when I read my emails and had confirmation that I can actually have the days off for the girlie weekend, and soon it was time for breaks to begin :)





Plenty of breaks fitted in today, and a lightish lunch of Ryvita's. Although the addition of lots of cheesey triangles, crisps and a yogurt perhaps negate the lightness slightly :) At the end of the shift, just as we wanted to wind down, we had a changeover that sent our machine nuts and so spent the last half an hour or so run off our feet, so this hungry girl was desperate to get home, get fed and relax! Alas, first of all I had to head to Asda as we had someone managed to run out of dishwasher tablets. I'm sure any of you following SW will agree that they are as vital a part of following the plan as your 1/3 superfree, and so I had to pick some up. I managed to find some of the lemon and lime activia's too, and had to pick up some strawberries too. Just because. So it was gone 10.30 by the time I got home, but my lovely Hague had dinner waiting, sort of created to my instructions - regardless it was delicious.


I'd wanted a sort of bubble and squeak/cheese and onion pie type creation, and it was sort of like that, but the potatoes weren't very crushed, it was still gorgeous though, the white thing is a poached egg by the way ;)

Of course, after buying strawberries, I had to have some, and polished off an entire punnet. Superfree and superspeed, and a perfect dessert, got to love a strawberry! 

I'm definitely going to try and get more sleep tonight, FitBit informs me I had less than 6 hours last night, and try to get up early enough to do some sort of  activity too, although FitBit also informs me that I've walked 6.1 miles today and climbed 27 flights of stairs too - so not too bad really eh? No wonder I just want a bath and bed.....think I'll treat myself to a hot chocolate in a hot bath first though.

Food Diary

Free Food
pasta
chopped tomatoes
spinach
banana
apple
carrots
satsuma
potato
onion
brussell sprouts
lettuce
cherry tomatoes
cucumber
eggs
strawberries

Healthy Extras
A - 6 Laughing Cow extra light triangles
A - 40g reduced fat cheddar
B - 4 original Ryvita
B - 2 Benefit bars

Syns
25g reduced fat Feta (Apetina)                  2
Crispy Fries                                              3½
Activia creamy yogurt                                2½
Options hot chocolate                                2
100ml Almond Breeze unsweetened milk    ½

Total syns                                                  10½

So Monday is nearly done, and because of my stupid shifts I can't weigh in tomorrow. What makes that worse than normal is that SW's Young Slimmer of the Year for last year, Tom Jones is visiting our group tomorrow, my usual group, and I can't go :( How gutting is that? I've been following him on Twitter for ages and think he's fabulous, but alas, I shall have to miss out. Stupid work. 


Sunday, 23 June 2013

Must. Stop. Shopping.

I'm finding it hard to adjust to this having money malarkey. Every payday the joy at having spare cash overwhelms me and I merrily buy all the pretty things I've been coveting all month. So far, since payday, on Friday, I've bought 3 Threadless t-shirts, some new shoes, some daisies for my hair, to match the new shoes and some sugar free coffee syrups. I also have the wonderful WeightLossBitch and the amazing TOK visiting me so I can't spend all my spare on frivolities so am trying to be good. Today I failed a bit....

But first....breakfast hehe


A proper breakfast in a bap, and worth every single one of the 6 syns it contained. Two quorn sausages, a one egg omelette and mushrooms all piled into an Aldi roll. So good! Washed down with a lovely cuppa, I then caught up on Friday and Saturday's blogs before we started on our jobs for the day. The cats needed litter and my Sister needed a birthday pressie as it's her birthday tomorrow. So the plan was Pets at Home, Tesco then onto The Parentals. The first two were completed successfully, but then Hague wanted to pop into Sports Direct. Which is next door to Outfit. Which contains Dorothy Perkins, whose sale I had been perusing all morning. Oops.

The rails drew me in and I found a lovely dress in a sz16 no less, for just £7 and picked it up to try on, and then the full price rails caught my eye, and the most gorgeous spotty dress.

How beautiful?


A size 18 that I felt fitted perfectly, but it was £28 and my funds only stretch so far, so I had to leave it on the shelf. The picture did lend itself to another before/during collage though :)


It's been a while ;) So with one pretty dress bought, and another sadly left on the shelf, off to The Parentals we went to bestow belated Father's Day gifts on my Dad and to catch up with my Mum and Nan. I couldn't resist showing off my dress and spent most of the time boring everyone to death with how exciting it was to be fitting into smaller clothes :) As time was getting on we headed home and starting to ponder dinner. Hague fancied a curry, but I wasn't in the mood and so had a think, and in the end came up with this little lot.


Roasted peppers stuffed with macaroni cheese and salad. As always,  quick and easy. I cooked the macaroni, and then drained it, stirred through some spinach, spring onions and half a tub of low low, then I stuffed the peppers (which I'd roasted in the oven), topped with some grated cheddar and grilled. Something a bit different, but really tasty, the spring onions really added something to the cheesey pasta, I'm sure I'll have it again. It was surprisingly filling too, and so it was quite a while before I fancied dessert.


Being at The Parentals has meant that only two meals have been eaten today, so I guess my fruit and Mikado were dinner!

As I posted my before/during picture on Facebook, I've had a lovely evening reading through the comments people have left for me whilst I've been texting TOK and cuddling up to Hague on the sofa. Always a lovely way to spend a Sunday night, and I haven't even got an early start in the morning as it's my week of 2-10 :) 

Food Diary 

Free Food
eggs
mushrooms
peppers
spinach
spring onions
carrots
beetroot
tomatoes
cucumber
macaroni
pineapple
strawberries

Healthy Extras
A - 250ml semi-skimmed milk (in lots of tea)
A - 60g of LowLow
B - 60g wholemeal bread (Aldi sub roll)
B - 40g reduced fat cheddar

Syns
40g wholemeal bread                    4
2 Quorn sausages                         2
10 Mikado                                   5

Total syns                                    11

Not much in the way of food today - mostly due to lack of time indoors, although the meals I had were very filling, along with many cups of tea. It really has been a huge boost to find myself fitting into "normal" clothes too. Just walking into Outfit and knowing that I can easily fit into a sz18, if not a sz16 is the most wonderful feeling. Unless you've been at the point where you've started to worry where the hell you'll buy your clothes soon as your sz32 jeans are getting tight you probably won't be able to appreciate just what it feels like to walk into a shop - that isn't bloody Evans - and know you can find something that will fit. Something that is pretty, something that you've picked up because it looks nice, not because you think it will fit, or hide your arse, or stretch as you gain more weight. Something that will make you feel good to wear - something that so many people take for granted, but for me? It's huge, it's enormous, it's why I'm doing this, and why I will get to target.

A happy, happy day.


Double Bubble Blog Time

As I haven't had a chance to blog about Friday, I'll get you up to date with that first. After being so hot when I got home on Friday morning that I needed a bath I didn't get myself to sleep until gone 8am, and I didn't have the best sleep, so despite being in bed for quite a while I really didn't get much sleep and so when I woke up I was feeling shattered and had a rather large and strong coffee....the first of three before work. Not my cleverest idea. I woke up really hungry too, and for some reason really fancied scrambled eggs and so that's what I had, unusual for me as usually I won't have anything breakfasty when I'm on a night shift.



It really hit the spot, and I continued with my drinking of much coffee. We should really have gone shopping, but the Can't Be Arsed's had hit, and instead we just relaxed, even though I'd been up early enough to fit in another meal before work.


I'd picked up some gnocchi last week, but not had any, so decided to have that, in a creamy blue cheese and mushroom sauce. As always, nice and easy. I just cooked the gnocchi, and then drained that off, and in the same pan just fried off some mushrooms, added in some asparagus and spinach. Once everything was cooked I added in 75g of reduced fat soft cheese, a little bit of water and 30g of Stilton, then stirred the gnocchi in, about 10 minutes in total, if that, and it was delicious. With that eaten though, it was time for work, last one of the week though!

By the time I got to work though I wasn't feeling too clever, rather sick and dizzy - seeing as I'd had so much coffee I'm putting it down to that, as slowly started to feel better as the night wore on. One line was out quite early on, and so the shift was mostly slowly cleaning whilst keeping one line running....not so bad at all, and so of course we fitted in lots of breaks :)






Lunch was couscous with lots of roasted veggies and topped with Feta, and for my final break another Graze box. Plenty to keep me going that's for sure - but it was a very tired Karen who dragged herself home after work, although I did pop to Tesco as they were kind enough to send me some vouchers for money off FryLight and Napolina tomatoes, and as both were on offer anyway, I got myself some bargains. Worth delaying bed for 20 minutes!

Food Diary (Friday)

Free Food
egg
mushrooms
spinach
asparagus
pineapple
banana
satsuma
couscous
beetroot
courgette
onion
tomatoes
Activia 0% yogurt

Healthy Extras
A - 250ml semi-skimmed milk
A - 75g reduced fat soft cheese
B - 75g reduced fat Feta
B - 30g Stilton

Syns
Hot Cross Yum (Graze)                   6½
200g gnocchi                                   4

Total syns                                        10½

When my tired little eyes opened, it was finally the weekend! Happy, happy. Although I was absolutely shattered as I'd not slept so well. However we had to go and get our shopping, and as Hague fancied a wander into town we put that onto the agenda too, especially as I needed...yes, needed some daisies for my hair for when I wear my new shoes of awesome ;) First things first though, and Hague offered to make me my breakfast, I fancied scrambled eggs again and so he kindly obliged.



However, there is a problem when someone else makes you eggs. They don't have the level of paranoia about egg shell....most people on finding egg shell in their food will just fish it out of their mouth and carry on eating...not me....it makes me gag and heave, it's my ultimate food nightmare and after finding two lots of shell I just couldn't eat any more and so the picture above actually represents Boo's breakfast, who clearly doesn't give a toss about egg shell!

So onto breakfast number two...



A fried egg sandwich, carefully examined and declared shell free before eating ;) With all that drama over and done with we got on with our Saturday.

So up I got and off we went and had a walk around town, I got my daisies and my other essential purchases of Hello Kitty toothpaste and mouthwash before we faced the hell that is supermarket shopping on a Saturday. I really don't know why we do it to ourselves, so we were a tad grumpy when we got home, although we did get ourselves nicely stocked up. Except for Quorn which seems to be slowly disappearing from my local Asda in favour of ready meal type Quorn. Not good for Slimming World :( I was rather peckish after shopping and so had a quick snack courtesy of a reduced sticker before pondering what to have for actual lunch.



I really didn't know what I fancied, although I have been feeling like I've been stuck in a bit of a rut and so didn't want to head straight for pasta or a jacket spud. A quick peruse of the lovely full cupboards and I came up with this plateful.



Just a thrown together affair of Quorn steak strips, mushrooms, courgette and onion with some sweet chilli SuperNoodles and a tbsp of chilli sauce. Rather yummy and a pleasant change. With a lovely lazy afternoon enjoyed, Hague decided that the StinkPuppy needed a bath. She does not enjoy a bath :(



This is her "Please save me Mummy" face :) I didn't save her, as she was stinky and needed her bath :) After such activity, more sitting was required and we decided to watch 300. Yummy. Speaking of yummy, before we settled down to watch the film, I threw a rice pudding in the slow cooker ready for dessert as Almond Breeze milk was on offer in Asda. It seemed to take forever though, and my plans to just have rice pudding for dinner was thrown out in favour of something quicker.



Jersey Royals courtesy of Aldi's super 6, along with some asparagus and a side salad, plus some Stilton on the potatoes. Quite simple, but really tasty. I thoroughly enjoyed it and for afters....rice pudding of course! I had tried something a bit different though. Last week's super 6 included rhubarb, and I'd picked up some and I finally decided to cook it - and decided that the BBC website's method of lobbing it in the oven with sweetener and foil was the least effort and went with that one. I just chopped it, put some sweetener on top and put it in the oven for 20 minutes. The first 15 topped with foil. Done. Then I mixed it in with the rice pudding. Utterly divine, I had forgotten just how much I love rhubarb!



Mixed in with the rice pudding it was SO good. How on earth is this diet food?? As I'd counted the almond milk as my HeA I put away the rest of the rice pudding later :)



Delish :)

Food Diary (Saturday)

Free food
eggs
spaghetti
pineapple
kiwi fruit
mango
melon
low fat SuperNoodles
mushrooms
onion
courgettes
Quorn steak strips
potatoes
asparagus
cherry tomatoes
spinach 
beetroot
Kraft fat free dressing
pudding rice

Healthy Extras
A - 875ml Almond Breeze unsweetened Almond Milk
B - 2 slices wholemeal bread
B - 30g Stilton

Syns
half a slice of wholemeal bread                   2
tbsp Blue Dragon hot chilli sauce                ½
100g cooked rhubarb                                ½

Total syns                                                 3

I've not been deliberately low syn over the last few days, I've just not really felt the need for many. I've also discovered just how magical Slimming World really is....I've signed up to MyFitnessPal as it integrates with my FitBit and shows the calories in vs calories burnt. Every single day, with not a thought for a calorie, I come in under my calorie allowance. So for those that bash Slimming World for saying you can eat what you want, and not be hungry and suggest that having so many calories can't be good for you, once again I shall say....the plan works :) 

If you fancy adding me on MyFitnessPal btw, my username is unsurprisngly TheMinxyMissK :)