Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Worth Every Penny!

Today was the day of biting the bullet, paying the piper etc etc. Some people can play with Slimming World and still lose weight, with off days, off meals and the like and still get a loss on the scales. I can't, I can't get away with things like that and so I knew that after our fabulous weekend I'd have a gain. It didn't bother me. I'm not going to stress about enjoying myself, it just means I have a squidge more weight to lose overall. Not a problem :o)

Anyway, I'm jumping ahead of myself, as weigh in wasn't until 5.30pm and I woke up at the ridiculous time of 7am. No good reason for that whatsover as we hadn't settled down until past 1am. Now, the sensible thing to do at that point would have been to roll over and go back to sleep, but no, not me. I decided to go out for a Couch to 5K run! The second run of Week 8! Just 4 runs to graduation - my mind is now turning to what I can treat myself too! I completed the run without too much trouble, but my legs were rather sore once I was done, perhaps something to do with completing 65 lengths around 10 hours before....certifiable behaviour!

As always it was bath and snack time after my run, whilst Hague got himself showered and ready for work. 

Plums are definitely my new favourite things :o) After watching many things on my iPad and putting much more hot water in the bath I finally got myself out of the bath at about 9.30 and set to the main business of the day. Doing nothing. Of course I needed breakfast inside me for that.

No superfree I'm afraid, but sometimes only eggs and chips will do, and maybe we are 4 days overdue to go shopping and have no mushrooms....After a few episodes of Come Dine With Me and some chatting to TOK my stupidly early start and much exercise caught up with me and I headed for a nap. Somehow I managed to pretty much stay in bed until it was time for weigh in. Looks like my week off buggering up of my body clock is going to the usual pattern eh?

I headed for weigh in without a Hague once more as he was feeling rather poorly and got the result I expected on the scales, 3½lbs on. I really can't get away with it can I? I wasn't concerned though as I am firmly back on plan now, so it'll come off. Claire was away training today, and so we had the lovely Sophie instead. As is normal when Claire isn't there most people didn't stay - I really don't know why as Sophie is a lovely consultant and it's always good to have different outlooks during Image Therapy. As not many stayed it was a good group, with plenty of time for help and advice. Before I'd headed for my nap I finally got the red lentil, carrot and coriander soup that I won the ingredients for last week into the slow cooker and so that was waiting for me when I got in. It's so tasty! 

I have previously claimed to hate carrot and coriander soup, but Claire had made it as a taster last week and it was gorgeous and so I was rather looking forward to it. It's nice and simple too:

450g carrots
200g red lentils
large onion
tsp ground coriander
veggie stock pot/cube
About 1.2L of water, recipe says 1.1L but I had to add more

I lobbed that lot in the slow cooker, seasoned it and left it. When I got home from group I blitzed it and added the fresh coriander. I still have another 2 healthy portions left for another day too. I'd picked up some wholemeal rolls in Sainsburys during my flying visit (I really am missing Quorn roasts), and was delighted to find they were only 50g, so with some jiggery pokery I've lowered my syns by having them!

Dessert was yet another new and exciting fruit (for me), nectarines, topped with a coconut Activia yogurt.

Our evening has been rather exciting, with my friend Geoff dropping off an AirWalker to add to our ever expanding gym (The Parentals are donating an underused rowing machine) and I caught up with The Great British Bake Off. The hungries then struck once more, rather late, but I put together a little plate of late night noms to enjoy whilst typing this very blog.

Food Diary

Free Food
red lentils

Healthy Extras
A - 250ml semi-skimmed milk (lots of coffee today)
A - 40g reduced fat Cheddar
B - (split) Benefit Bar and 30g wholemeal bread
B - 60g wholemeal bread

3 Quorn sausages                  3
10g wholemeal bread             1
Activia yogurt                        2½
Crispy Fries                          3½

Total syns                              10

With noms eaten, and Hague already in bed it's time for me to bid you all a lovely goodnight. I've had quite a pleasant evening chatting to a few new people about Slimming World - I really am evangelical about it as I know it works and if I can help anybody on their journey I'm more than happy to - so feel free to email me, or find me through any of the other ways on the contact me tab up there *points*


  1. Great blog, loved reading it. Pertinent to me at the moment as I've had quite a few over syn days this week, even at this early stage, and I know I will have either stayed the same (miracle!) or put on. But not beating myself up about it as I've enjoyed myself both on plan and off plan! Success, as you so brilliantly advocate, is picking yourself up and continuing on plan if you have gone over and not letting a gain phase you - I know a lot of people who let things go once they've gone astray (I've been guilty of that myself in the past, but not any more). Fab blog. xx

    1. Thanks hun, it's been key to how I've stuck with the plan this time!

  2. Damn it, I know I typed a comment to this entry but it seems to have got lost in cyber-land. You are doing great with the C25K, did you do any exercise before you started it or is it a 'true' C25K for you?

    1. Certainly a total beginner to running. My job is quite active, but exercise wise I was barely doing anything, bit of walking, playing with a bit on the exercise bike - but C25K really has done it for me. I love it! Give it a go!