Tuesday, 29 October 2013

There's No Pleasing Some People!

The last two days have been long and rather crap-tacular. My mood seems to want to wallow in the dumps and even though lovely things have happened, the crappy things have managed to overwhelm my moods. Not great.

Monday was an early shift, a 12 hour early shift - so not a great start really! We had training for the first 8 hours, and so I had to take in food that wouldn't suffer too greatly from not being near a fridge! In between learning our key functional skills....I know....I ate this lot.




Plus several coffees, of course! The muffins are just magic pancake mix with some blueberries added (3 syns for 100g as they were cooked). It made a lovely change I must say! Storm-a-geddon was raging whilst we were training as well, well when I say raging...



It perhaps wasn't quite as devastating in Norwich as the weathermen would have had us believe in the end! The craptacular theme of the day was enhanced when the training finished early and most people waltzed out of work a couple of hours early. I wasn't one of them as I was on a 12 hour shift, and so I had 2 hours to kill whilst we waited for the next shift to come in. Deep, deep joy! The time was spent productively on FB and reading my Kindle whilst drinking much apple and cinnamon tea and eating.




My mood didn't improve when the machines decided to play up non-stop until we went home either *sigh* At least things started to pick up when I got home, with the wonderful Hague playing chef once more and rustling me up an enormous lasagne, half of which I had for dinner, with chips :o)



The boy can cook! It was really delicious, and had most vegetable in the house in it, so not short of superfree either. For some reason I then decided I wanted something to nibble on in the bath and had the leftover Quorn roast and some grapes as well as a rather large hot chocolate.



Big mistake, as I was stuffed after that lot, uncomfortably so. Not a feeling I enjoy in the slightest anymore, and so on a very full stomach I tried my best to get to sleep.

Food Diary (Monday)

Free Food
banana
plums
apple
minestrone soup
potatoes
spinach
cherry tomatoes
lasagne
Quorn roast
grapes

Healthy Extras
A - 40g reduced fat cheddar
A - 250ml semi-skimmed milk
B - 2 Benefit bars
B - 35g porridge oats (in the magic muffins)

Syns
Liberte yogurt                       1
Crispy fries                          3½
Hot chocolate                      3
¼ tin macaroni cheese          1
100g blueberries (cooked)   3

Total syns                           11½

I thought nothing could be worse than the Monday That Never Ended, but I was wrong. I woke up feeling shattered, and dragged myself out of bed. I did manage to pick up my running gear which I'd sorted out before bed, but to be honest, I didn't think I'd use them.

At least I got to work in time to have a coffee before I started, but the day went downhill from there as me and Hague had words, which always upsets me, and so I spent the remainder of the day feeling hugely upset and teary. Luckily I was working on my own, it could have been worse :o( Food wise, my day shaped up like this - 





Back to muesli for today, with blueberries for a change. The rest is pretty much par for the course. Some interesting things happened at work, but I shall divulge those when the time is right, all in all I couldn't wait to just escape, get away from work, and run. I find running does help to improve my mood, getting a bit of fresh air and working my body seems to dismiss horrible thoughts and feelings, or at least help. So I headed to the country park close to work, had a snack, and headed out.



Despite getting a bit lost (again), I managed to do a full 5K in the not too shabby time of 34 minutes (all but a second). It should have cheered me right up, but it just seemed to highlight the fact that I really wasn't feeling too clever, in fact I was a bit shivery and light headed - not good, and so I got myself home sharpish.



I got home and really didn't feel good at all. I put the water on and snuggled under the duvet to keep warm before having a soak in a hot bath. I was really tempted not to go to weigh in. I felt tired, rough and cold - but almost without realising, I found myself getting dressed ready to head out. Mostly as TOK had told me I had to go!

I owe her a huge thank you, as I somehow had lost 1lb. I've never one to bemoan a loss, and certainly not one to roll out an "only" in front of it - I'm always happy to lose, especially when that little lb means I got myself this little beauty...



147½ "only a lb"'s gone now! It's rather an odd feeling. It doesn't seem like that long ago that I had that many of the little buggers to lose, and there are now just 37 of them between me and my (current) target. Madness. Unfortunately, even that didn't lift my mood overly, mainly as I felt supremely poo, and so I headed straight home, had a big cuddle with Hague and made the most of his extreme cheffery of yesterday by having the other half of the enormous lasagne for dinner.



Lush. Since I ate it I've been alternating between blogging, texting and catching up on all the lovely comments on Facebook :o) I'm slowly cheering up, honestly!

Dessert was the tropical treat of mango chunks with a coconut yogurt.



I'll be finished up today with a lovely hot chocolate and many cuddles with Hague to make up for us being upset with each other earlier! I really do hope Wednesday is chuffing better than the last couple of days though!

Food Diary (Tuesday)

Free Food
banana
blueberries
fat free natural yogurt
apple
lasagne
mango

Healthy Extras
A - 40g reduced fat Cheddar
A - 250 ml semi-skimmed milk
B - 2 Benefit bars
B - 40g Dorset Cereals simply fruity muesli

Syns
Nak'd raisins                                  3½
¼ tin macaroni cheese (lasagne)      1
Activia creamy yogurt                     2½
Hot chocolate                                 2

Total syns                                       9

So despite many things that should have made me muchly happy today, it's the things that made me sad I'm focusing on. I guess sometimes life is just like that. Strangely enough, whilst I was feeling all upset and teary at work, I thought about how the old me would probably have had something "naughty" because of my mood - but that's what it was, remembering the old me, and I just couldn't get my head around the fact that I used to use food like that, as it wouldn't have cheered me up in the slightest. It's food, not a hug. It was the first time I'd really thought about it, and I should really have been bloody cheered up by the fact that having food to make myself feel better is not something I do anymore - no pleasing some people is there??


Sunday, 27 October 2013

Grumps Be Gone!

Today, I have been mostly grumpy. I'm sure that comes as no surprise to those of you who follow my blog and who know that what follows on from my lovely week away from work is a week of earlies. Going from a week where I can do what I want to a week when my alarm goes off at 4.30am always upsets me, you'd have thought I'd be used to it by now, but nope. 

I woke up nice and early, mainly due to the extra hour in bed, and just relaxed for an hour before stirring, mainly as I was hungry. My plans for the day were minimal. To pick up a couple of bits I'd bought from local peeps on FB and get some washing done. Nothing too taxing. First task was breakfast though.



Quite minimal for me really. I'm loving the vine tomatoes from Aldi, they are so full of flavour that I think I might have to pick up some more before the week is out! With that eaten I had one of my ponders...I had to pick up some miniature plant pots from Gorleston and I wondered whether I could walk there and back. It was a 9.6 mile round trip though...I got myself ready, and picked up the item from round the corner, and then headed out. I popped in to see Hague and asked what he thought. As the weather was supposed to turn, and it was already really windy I decided not to walk, and so instead spent a rather pleasant 45 minutes or so with Hague - which certainly helped to dismiss the Grumpusses for a while. As I now wasn't going to walk I got in the car and went to pick up the plant pots. However, I had wanted them to put my herbs in, and these were candle holders at best. Rather annoying when I had asked the seller if they were big enough for herb pots and was told they were. Not quite sure what kind of herbs she was thinking of....

That minor annoyance was enough to make the grumps descend again, and so I then went in search of some cheap, proper pots for my poor little herbs. The cheapest I found were in B&Q, and I was too tight to splash out £2.50 each on some pots when money is tight. A bit of a look around the shop led to a discovery of a selection of plants that were slightly past their best shall we say? Poor things were all reduced to £1, but came in some rather pretty, brightly coloured pots. Job done :o)



I am aware that my Coriander has seen better days...but if it still has green bits, it's still fine by me :o)

I also popped to Tesco and picked up some bargains there. Three huge leeks for 50p and some chicken drumsticks for 52p, for Hague of course. Our Tesco now has a self scan thingum, which is fabulous as you just go around and scan the shopping yourself and then pay. Much quicker! I was hoping for some super cheapy bargains, but I was obviously a bit early. I then got myself home, and as I'd been out for ages, sorted myself out a quick lunch too.



150g gnocchi with samphire and leeks, plus my HeA of reduced fat soft cheese. Sorted in less than 10 minutes! I then got busy putting the herbs in their new pots, sorting out some washing, loading the dishwasher, baking some muffins for breakfast tomorrow and watching some Homes Under The Hammer. As I was only putting 100g of blueberries into my mufins (for 3 syns), I nibbled on the remaining 25g whilst I watched the telly.



Before long, Hague was home and he then got busy sorting out dinner. We'd planned a roast anyway, but with me picking up some bargain chicken, he had that instead of Quorn roast. Not a bad thing as that means I'll have some left for another day.



Dinner was aweome. Broccoli cheese (with a ½ tub of LowLow), sprouts, carrots, roasties and a generous portion of the Quorn roast, all topped with a syn free gravy made from a veggie stock pot. So good. Not long after dinner my grumps were banished for good, well for today at least. Finally I shall be meeting with the amazing WeightLossBitch AND seeing my lovely TOK once more, and it's before Christmas, so not long to wait at all! I am SO excited, and SO happy! Certainly cheered me right up, so no more grumpiness today!

Although, there is more food today! The grumps have obviously been replaced by the hungries, as after a watch of Alien, I fancied more noms and so put today this little plate full.



The rolls are from the big, 24 pack of wholemeal freezer rolls from Asda. We picked some up last week for £1 and I grabbed a couple for the first time today, planning on using both my HeB's on them. However, I weighed them, and both of them were only 76g! Fabulous! So for 1½ syns, I could have two rolls, inside is some more of the Quorn roast with a tbsp of Hellmann's extra light mayonnaise. The fruit is a yellow sticker special from Tesco, plum, fig and blackberry. Something a bit different which I topped with the Liberte yogurt. Of course, with a HeB left, I had to have a Xmas Pudding HiFi to round off today's food :o)

Food Diary

Free Food
tomatoes
mushrooms
eggs
leeks
samphire
carrots
sprouts
brocolli
potatoes
Quorn roast
blueberries
blackberries
figs
plums

Healthy Extras
A - 75g reduced fat soft cheese
A - 60g LowLow
B - 60g wholemeal bread
B - HiFi bar

Syns
3 Quorn sausages                          3
150g gnocchi                                 3
milk in coffee (2)                            1
15g wholemeal bread                     1½
tbsp extra light mayo                      ½
Liberte yogurt                                1
Hot chocolate                                2

Total syns                                      12

Time is already skipping away from me, I'll need to be tucked up in bed in an hour or so. I'm on a 12 hour shift tomorrow, although the first 8 hours will be spent training. I know I won't have a fridge available, and I'm pretty sure we'll be supposed to have something from the canteen for breakfast, but as A) I'm too tight to pay for food when I can take some in and B) I want to lose that ½lb this week, I have made sure I've got a breakfast sorted that is full of picky items, such as the blueberry muffins I made earlier, plenty of fruit and Benefit bars. I may not get that loss this week, but if not, it won't be for lack of trying.

As apparently St Jude is on the way to blow us all to kingdom come, I hope you all stay safe tonight. As I survived the hurricane of '87 and the tidal surge of '07 I'm feeling confident that I'll be okay after Jude '13 - famous last words there...I'll probably wake up at 3am with no roof! Fingers crossed that you all come through safe and sound x

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Snots, Skirts and Sizing

I didn't blog yesterday. Mainly as a lot of the day was spent sleeping. I woke up feeling rather poo,  very snotty and tired and so decreed that it would be a sofa day. Hague was only at work for a little while too, but I still managed to stay in bed until he went to work and only then did I sort myself out some breakfast.


Lovely as it was it didn't magically mend my cold, and so I dosed myself up with some cold tablets before my first visitor of the day arrived. Now, I do go on quite a bit about how fabulous my SW group is, but it's true. I have made some truly fab friends there, and it was one of them, Julie who was popping around to drop off a skirt that no longer fitted her. It wasn't a skirt to wear now, seeing as it was a sz10, but she thought of me anyway, and so she dropped it off and we had good old natter before she had to head back to work - plans for Park Run tentatively made first.

Of course, when new clothes enter the house, even clothes that are blatantly going to be too small, they must be tried on to see how far away they are....except somehow, the skirt went on....it fitted...I think this is a rather huge example of the joys of vanity sizing as there is no way on this earth I am anywhere even close to a sz10, but there I was, inside a skirt labelled just that. I may have to wear it inside out!!

The CBA's then hit in such a huge way that I couldn't even be bothered to move Jade when she decided this was where she would be sitting...


She was still there when Hague came home from work. He just shook his head :o) By then I was getting peckish again, and so got myself a quick lunch sorted before another visitor arrived!! 


I shall christen this orange risotto :o) Just butternut squash, orange pepper and onion roasted off, and then rice and stock added. Back in the oven, and then 4 laughing cow blue triangles and some spinach stirred in. Minimal effort, maximum nommyness. Dessert was fruit and yogurt. For a change.


Our next visitor was the rather lovely Jo, we had a bit of a catch up and an attempt to sort out another girlie night with no luck. The temptation of baby kittehs was also dangled in front of us...very dangerous...Not long after Jo had left I started to fade fast, such excitement had worn me out and so I headed to bed feeling utterly shattered.

I didn't wake up until nearly 10 - starving hungry and aching all over. I threw together a totally random dinner - Hague helped with the grapes - and not long after we headed back up to bed, me armed with a lovely, milky hot chocolate. Not the most exciting day ever!



Food Diary (Friday)

Free Food
eggs
tomatoes
mushrooms
butternut squash
pepper
onion
spinach
stock
rice
mango 
pineapple
corn on the cob
gherkins
sweet potatoes
grapes

Healthy Extras
A - 250ml semi-skimmed milk
A - 30g Cheddar
B - 2 slices wholemeal bread (400g loaf)
B - 4 laughing cow light blue cheese triangles

Syns
3 Quorn sausages                              3
Activia creamy yogurt                        2½
2 tbsp extra light mayo                       1
Hot chocolate                                    2

Total syns                                          8½

I was really good and set my alarm in time for me to get up and do Park Run. I woke up and was really undecided over what to do. I felt sore and achey, tired and grumpy and was really torn as to whether to go or not. After a stretch and a wee I decided that I wouldn't be a lazy moog for another day and I would get up and head to the cliffs for the Park Run, so I fortified myself with a Benefit bar and off I went.


As I got there I got a text from Julie saying she had turned up for her first one and was I there...so I was rather pleased I'd fought the CBA's and won.

It was hard going, warm, but windy and once again the bloody climb up the cliffs nearly finished me  - but we both kept on going, and once again I got round in a personal best time! It made a change to have someone to run with  and I think we kept each other going in the end! With running done, I headed home to my usual nice hot bath and breakfast.


I then had a bit of a staying awake fail...I was drying off, when I say drying off, what I actually mean is that I was snuggled up in bed with a towel around me, and somehow I managed to nod off. Only waking up when Hague rung to see if I was indoors. Oops. Perhaps running with a cold wasn't the cleverest thing ever. Of course, as Hague was eating, I decided I needed lunch to, and went with the lazy girl option of a Pasta n Sauce with added veggies and topped with cheese.


Hague then headed back to work, whilst I got myself dressed and ready to head up to the museum to see the latest exhibition they have on. I'm sure you're not surprised to hear that I wore my "size 10" skirt. I felt rather swish, and apparently Hague thought I looked lovely too. I got a bit of a personal tour around Frayed (the wonderful exhibit), and adored some of the more heartfelt pieces....




The first piece is a Tracy Emin, not someone I'm normally a fan of, but something about the fragile nature of it and the dream-like quality just drew me in. The bottom two are two embroidered handkerchiefs, showing perfectly the anger at losing a soulmate too soon. Those are Hague's favourite exhibits. If you are close to Great Yarmouth, I would highly recommend a visit to the Time and Tide museum to see the exhibition, it truly is amazing.

With my bit of culture for the day absorbed I headed into town - bumping into my skirts original owner on my way - and managed to pick up yet another bargain skirt, another sz12, this one actually fits though, and was originally from Next, for the grand total of £3.50. Charity shops are rather fab when you are a more "normal" size! I managed to resist spending much in the way of money and mooched about for a while before heading home. I was planning to meet up with Hague after work, but it started to rain and so it was straight home for me! It was only ten minutes later that he followed me home and we headed out to get the shopping, with a slight detour to pick up a pair of jeans for his Hague-ness, just £5 for a pair of Teddy Smiths, rude not to really.  It wasn't too bad in the supermarkets, and we picked up a few bargains and restocked the cupboards once more. Of course, by the time that was done it was time for dinner.



A very odd combination I'll admit. A jacket spud, with half a tin of macaroni cheese, roasted vine tomatoes (Aldi super 6) and a sort of salad of Quorn chicken fillets, mushrooms, asparagus and mayonnaise. I know, it's weird, but it was good :o) Dessert was Eton Mess, with strawberries, vanilla yogurt and my last meringue nest.

The evening has been spent perusing for more bargains on the local selling pages on Facebook and a failed attempt at watching Paranormal Activity 4 - NowTV really is rather shite at this streaming thing. As I still have a HeB left, I shall partake in a cheeky little fried egg sandwich before heading up to watch a film in bed. 



Food Diary (Saturday)

Free Food
blueberries
Activia 0% lemon and lime yogurt
Pasta n Sauce
chopped tomatoes
spinach
celery
tomatoes
asparagus
mushrooms
potato
strawberries
egg
Activia 0% vanilla yogurt

Healthy Extras
A - (both) - 30g Cheddar
B - 2 Benefit bars
B - 2 slices wholemeal bread (400g loaf)

Syns
milk in coffee (1)                            ½
4 tbsp extra light mayo                   2
½ tin Asda SP macaroni cheese     1½ 
Pack Quorn fillet slices                   ½
½ tbsp mustard                              ½
meringue nest                                 2½
tbsp brown sauce                           1

Total syns                                      8½

I've always been aware of vanity sizing, but these last few days it's really hit home what an issue it is. I would be really annoyed to have ordered a sz10 skirt from Ebay and found it to be the size of the one kindly given to me yesterday. No-one weighing 14st 10lbs at a height of 5'6" is a size 10, that's a simple fact of life, I'm still well in the obese category for goodness sakes! It was quite an eye-opener when I sorted out my wardrobe. Being a bit of a hoarder I had clothes from about 10 years ago, and most of those sz18 tops still fitted me, but with the newer clothes, the 18's were far too big. So sizes are still getting bigger, I'm not sure what the point of this is, and strangely enough Evans seem to do the reverse, their sizes seem smaller than the standard high street ones. Although I doubt there is any such thing as a standard high street size anymore. Surely it would be easier to have a standard? How can the same person be wearing sz20 jeans and a sz10 skirt? 

Madness - I feel just as good in both :o) 

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Temptations and Targets

If you are of a weak disposition, you might want to scroll down the first bit of this blog. On Wednesday I went out for lunch with my Mum. It's the first time we've been out in ages, and I think we can safely say that it wasn't a very Slimming World friendly meal....



Actually, the starter was pretty good, a very small slice of ciabatta, topped with a poached duck egg and some mushrooms. Practically on plan there....Not so much my main course....


Underneath that veritable ocean of cheese is a vegetable moussaka. According to syns online, a restaurant portion contains around 11 syns. I feel that this portion may contain slightly more... I had planned to have it with a jacket spud, but when faced with the words "hand cut chips" all willpower fades I'm afraid! At least I had a salad on the side! Superfree and all that! To be fair, the moussaka was totally stuffed with veggies under all that cheese. 


I have no defence for the following picture. Although it does have a banana, so you know, a third superfree and all that, and it's a meringue and eggs are free, right? Was bloody gorgeous anyway, and I had to resist licking the plate. Even the coffee came with cream rather than milk! Oopsie.


After what was, a truly delicious meal, and a lovely catch up with my Mum I headed home, and I'm sure none of you will be surprised to hear that I headed up to bed for a big ol' nap!  Iwoke up when Hague got home from work and relaxed with him for a while before having a quick snack, and heading out for a swim. I had to do something to negate that lunch!



Flumpy was investigating my mango there....

I managed to swim 52 lengths, probably enough to burn off a couple of chips, but it made me feel better anyway! After swimming I was actually hungry again, and in the hope of damage limitation I had a bowl of lovely superfree veggies.



A bit of a first there too, as it was the first time I'd tried samphire, as we'd picked it up reduced. Not sure I'll try it again though as it was incredibly salty! The veggies were lush though, exactly what I fancied after the over indulgence of earlier on in the day.

Dessert was syn free too, blueberries topped with a lemon and lime 0% Activia yogurt, after which it was time for bath and bed! I'm guessing a food diary wouldn't be helpful today...shall we skip to today??

I was feeling immensely tired when Hague got up for work today. I could quite happily have stayed in bed for hours, but I was meeting Sacha for a coffee and so had to drag my lazy bottom out of my comfy bed and head into town, armed with a HiFi bar for an on the go breakfast. 



We had a lovely time chatting away, and I put away two large black coffees, so I then spent the next couple of hours practically twitching as I wandered around town. I picked some celery up for lunch and then took Hague a coffee whilst he was at work. He then sent me on a mission to pick up some trousers he'd had put aside at a charity shop, so that means I can blame him for me buying a skirt to slim into :o)



It really is a much closer to target skirt, as it's a sz12, but I did try it on, and somehow it's only 2-3" away from fitting!! Talk about gobsmacked!! I'm hoping that I'll be fitting into in by my birthday :o) I like to have little things to aim for!

Obviously, by the time I'd gone backwards and forwards to charity shops I was starving, and so got myself home and put the celery to good use by making some Greek beans in my lovely new Le Creuset pot.


Lush there were too. Any idea of having some leftovers were dashed by Hague trying them for the first time when he got in from work and thoroughly enjoying them :o) We then chilled out for a bit before he headed to Kickboxing, whilst I headed to Argos to pick up some new kitchen scales - pretty essential on Slimming World - and to have a mosey around TKMaxx and Tesco. I resisted lots of lovely candles and Le Creuset thingums in TKMaxx, but picked up lots of bargains at Tesco, about half a basket full of lovely reduced fresh fruit and veg for less than £3 :o) For some reason, my mood took a horrible old dip whilst I was in there though and I decided to go for a short run to try and perk myself up. It worked a bit, and at least it got me to 9pm when it was time to go and collect me a Hague. With us both back indoors it was dinner time, and I put my bargains to good use with my reduced sage and vine tomatoes being mixed in with some pasta, cheese and butternut squash to create dinner.


Yummy it was too! I followed it up with some fruit and a Liberte yogurt that I have finally found to try, as they are lighter on syns than the Danio ones.



The day shall be ended in a nice hot bath as I'm currently freezing to death and sneezing my head off!

Food Diary (Thursday)

Free Food
butter beans
carrots
celery
onions
tomatoes
chopped tomatoes
tomato puree
pasta
butternut squash
mango 
pineapple
pomegranate seeds

Healthy Extras
A - 45g Feta
A - 75g reduced fat soft cheese
B - Xmas Pudding HiFi
B - 30g Cheddar

Syns
splash of milk                                    ½
½ tsp olive oil                                   1
15g (half a HE) Cheddar                  3
Liberte blueberry yogurt                   1
Galaxy bubbles hot choc                  2

Total syns                                         7½

It's been an odd day, it seemed to just race away from me at the speed of light and now it's 11pm and I feel like I've achieved nothing, in fact I feel like my entire week off has just zoomed past like lightning! I'm very pleased with my purchase though, and the thought that I will be fitting into that skirt before too long is a rather nice, but rather head screwy one. In my mind I'm miles away from a sz12, so it'll be quite a special day when I  can slip into that skirt! My aim is before my birthday, so I have 3½ months! At least I've managed to keep my syns down(ish) to try and cancel out some of yesterday's damage....Yeah....think it'll take more than a spare 7½ syns hehehe!


Tuesday, 22 October 2013

I Give Up!

Okay, I give up. I shall stop trying to work out what the hell my body is playing at. I shall follow Slimming World, I shall go to weigh in and I will accept whatever insanity the scales bestow on me that week. I think that'll be far better for my health, and definitely better for my stress levels!! 

Anyway, before we get to the all important weigh in result, I shall zip back to this morning and fill you in on my day. We both had a terrible night last night. I've decided it was a combination of Hague's cold and having a huge coffee for the first time in ages, I literally just couldn't get settled and was still awake at gone 4am, not great when Hague's alarm went off at just gone 8 :o( At least I had the luxury of going back to sleep. Eventually. The world was very noisy this morning! I probably got another hour or so in before I figured that I really should get up and sort the animals out and get a light breakfast down myself.


Just blueberries and yogurt, washed down with some herbal tea, which is supposed to wake you up. Hague's reaction when he came home for his lunch, telling me to go and have a nap, would suggest that the tea doesn't work all that well.....

Rather than lazing about all day I volunteered to help out Claire in the setting up of my SW group today and so got myself out nice and early, I decided to treat myself to a Costa on the way and spent a while just watching the world go by - a decision I was to regret slightly later. 


With group all set up I got onto the scales, desperately hoping to get my gain of the previous week gone, and maybe, just maybe get the 3½lb loss I needed to drop into those near mythical 14st's....I got 7, yes you read that right, 7lbs gone! I couldn't believe it, genuinely couldn't believe it. As that put me at a loss of 10st 6½lbs, Kerri on the scales told me to try it again, which I did. Same result. Claire (my consultant) then told me to go for a wee and try again. Still the same result. After three attempts on the scales, with the little sods flickering between a weight of 14.9½ and 14.10 before sticking on 14.10 we gave it up as a bad job and I quite happily accepted the 7lbs. Damn you large cup of coffee *shakes fist* I really wasn't disappointed in the slightest, and it hadn't even crossed my mind to try for the extra ½lb.  With such excitement, I settled down to a new job, helping out at weigh in before yet more squee moments when I got this sparkly little beauty.


Here's hoping for another award next week! I had been all sensible and took some snacks into group as well, mainly to stop my stomach disturbing Image Therapy as it normally does.


As I'd walked to group, I also had to walk home, so that was a good 30 minutes of Body Magic under my belt. Might as well get started on Platinum right away eh? I then had a light meal as for some reason I decided it would be a good idea to run to meet Hague when he finished kick boxing rather than sit on the sofa and watch the final of the Great British Bake Off. Again, I shall give up trying to understand myself ;o)


About half an hour or so after I'd eaten (I've made the mistake of running straight after eating before, it's not clever), I headed out, armed with yet another app - this one is called AudioFuel and the music has certain BPM's to get your running at certain speeds. The GPS started out a bit dodgy, but I kept up the running for 30 minutes, and despite the app saying I did 3.12 miles, on further inspection...I didn't. I'll keep going though until I do get under that magical 30 minute mark :o)

With us both weary after our workouts we headed home to dinner. 


Asda meat free burger with some mushrooms, onions and gherkins. After all it wasn't that long since I'd had my cous cous. I put together a quick plate of snackage for dessert, although the peach was manky and so Bayleigh got to enjoy that instead!


The plan was to get our achey bodies into a nice hot bath before bed, but as Hague has found a programme about a lady who has lost 150lbs, has been left with excess skin and has had surgeries, methinks that might be delayed whilst we watch that! 

Food Diary

Free Food
blueberries
banana
cherry tomatoes
spinach
spring onion
mushrooms
onion
gherkins
grapes

Healthy Extras
A - 45g Feta
A - 3 Asda lighter cheese slices
B - (both) - 60g wholemeal roll

Syns
Activia creamy yogurt                          2½
splash of milk in coffee                         ½
Benefit bar                                          3
Ainsley Harriott Moroccan cous cous  1½
Asda meat free burgers                        2
½ tbsp ketchup                                   ½
½ tbsp mustard                                   ½
Danio blueberry yogurt                       3

Total syns                                           13½

What a mad day. I really can't believe that I had such a huge loss this week. I have had less snacks, and more superfree, so perhaps that's key, or perhaps my body is just insane. My vote is for insanity! I am desperate to get that ½lb next week, and that is all I'm aiming for as I'm out for a lunch with my Mum tomorrow, and I'm not planning to be on plan for that one meal. Hopefully I'll do enough for the rest of the week to get that loss!!