Saturday, 28 December 2013

A Very Merry Christmas!

Here I am, back on the bus, and back to blogging, a wee bit later than planned, but after a truly wonderful Christmas! It may have just been a few days away from the norm, but we both enjoyed every moment. So many highlights, so many lovely moments. Just fantastic! So here are a few little snapshots of our Christmas!

A Starbucks egg nog latte, which was divine, even more so with a sneaky snifter of honey JD in it!

Christmas Eve, with Christmas jammies and fairy lights and candles. Plus Hague's version of a Christmas jumper, finally tasting roasted chestnuts whilst watching It's A Wonderful Life and enjoying yet another flavour of Jack Daniels...

Of course, Christmas films are essential to ease you into Christmas Day! Which of course brought many presents! I'm such a lucky girl!

Christmas day was full of socks, and fizz, and fresh air and good food!

Even Boo got a treat, being allowed to get up on the chair! It was a lovely day, and Boxing Day was just as good as we headed out to Norwich to get to work on spending our Christmas money and vouchers!

Healthy breakfast there of a very milky, creamy gingerbread latte along with plenty of syns worth of Stollen bites, after much shopping, which somehow had me finding the dress I've been looking for in Primark for ages, in the colour and size I wanted at less than half price in the sale. We also stopped off for a rather delicious pub lunch.

Such a lovely few hours being out and about and the evening was spent relaxing with more good food and more drink, including several Christmas beers in the bath.

With our wonderful Christmas drawing to a close we both went to bed, full to bursting of festive food (I'd even forced down a mince pie with brandy cream just because I hadn't had one) determined to get back onto the Slimming World bus in the morning, as we'd decided....

It all started off so well....

Textbook Slimming World food there, fine Food Optimising eh? However, all morning a little voice was nattering away in my head, reminding me constantly that there was a good lump of white bloomer bread in the kitchen, and there was butter, and cheese, and it would taste oh so good, and it was still Christmas and nothing would silence that pesky little voice. Nothing. Until I made these.

Eeep! No grazes were sustained in this rather huge fall from the bus, but I didn't enjoy the huge sarnies as much as I'd anticipated, so at least the annoying little voice was struck dumb at last! The rest of the day continued on plan, so should I just call that a flexi lunch?

Note to self, clementines do not cancel out doorstop cheese sarnies. Bad Karen. 

So, after one failed attempt at getting back on plan, I was determined to get myself back on the bus today. No excuses. I'd planned on starting today with a nice big breakfast, but the lying in bed too long issue reared it's head once more, and then I got very distracted by sorting out my wardrobe (again) and getting rid of all the clothes that were too big (again), and by the arrival of my beautiful new bag of gorgeousness purchased for me by the fabulous Hague... by the time we had to leave the house to get Hague to kickboxing I'd only got a cup of coffee inside me. Now, Great Yarmouth is a dangerous place for a dieter, the market place is full of chip stalls and the rest of the town is well blessed with such establishments as McDonalds, KFC and Burger King....despite being hungry I avoided all of those and got myself some mushy peas from the pie and pea stall (as featured on Heston Blumenthal's new TV show no less). I felt slightly ripped off at paying 90p for a few peas, but at least it was on plan and it sustained me whilst I got myself a few more sale bargains, including lip glosses and a beautiful charity shop dress. I then went and met Hague and we quickly popped back home to refuel before heading out to get the shopping.

We managed to get Aldi essentials for just a few pence over £27, a necessity after the Christmas Day decision to go out and buy two more bottles of fizz ;o), and our visit also heralded the return of the Benefit bars to the shelves! Yay!

Another quick return home to get the shopping put away and it was to The Parentals we went, just a flying visit, but it was nice to catch up on how Christmas had  been for the rest of the family, and of course see my Nan :o) We got ourselves home (via Tesco) and set to getting dinner sorted, as I was rather blooming hungry after going without much food today!

Very much a convenience meal, as the jacket potatoes were ready meal ones from Tesco, at 2 syns each and a pack of sprouts, leeks and cabbage that were also reduced. I just fried those off with some asparagus and garlic and very nice it was too! I was still hungry after dinner though, and so did myself an odd green concoction of mushy peas, and the green veggies I'd had for dinner.

It tasted nice. Honest! After chilling out watching Kath and Kim for a while I was peckish again and went for my new favourite Healthy Extra.

225g of cooked apple with a tbsp of mincemeat, with added mincemeat and custard. Delish. As it's now 10.30pm, and I'm still full, that'll do me for food today, and I think you'll find that means I've managed a whole day on plan! The first one since last Sunday! Yay! Go me! 

Food Diary (Saturday)

Free Food
mushy peas

Healthy Extras
A - 250ml semi-skimmed milk
A - 40g reduced fat Cheddar
B - HiFi bar
B - 225g cooked apple & tbsp mincemeat

10ml Monin coffee syrup                                                           2
2 Tesco lighter choices cheese and chive jacket potatoes           4
2 tbsp mincmeat                                                                        4
80g Ambrosia custard                                                               4

Total syns                                                                                 14

I am rather pleased with myself for staying on plan today. When we were driving home from The Parentals I could feel my willpower buckling, and I tried to justify coming off plan again to myself, after all, I'll be eating some more of our leftover food on New Year's Eve, so why not just eat some now, it's not like I'll be buying any more crap food after Christmas, so there is only a finite amount I could eat....however, I stayed strong and we came home and ate on plan. Ate a lot maybe, but it was all on plan. I'm rather pleased with that, although I'm still dreading what the damage will be on Monday, despite enjoying every single mouthful of chocolate, bread, cheese, mince pie and booze I've indulged in over the last few days. I know it'll shift again, and as I've seen on Facebook several times over the last few days....

I truly hope you've had an amazing Christmas! Whatever you've gained, you'll lose again, but the memories of a fabulous Christmas will last forever!

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