Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Back in the game!

New year is going well so far. Week 1 , fabulous focussed 3.5 off, week 2 just went to pot, no idea what went wrong but I just couldn't get my head in it and gained 0.5lb which I was pleased with as I expected a lot more and this week I've found my focus again and had a great week and lost 2.5 which is a total of 5.5 in 3 weeks which is fine for me, 1.5lb to my half a stone loss since new year!

Having lots of superfree with meals and snacking on superfree fruit daily and drink lots more which is great. Also trying to exercise more, we have been out for a few walks but that has now been put on hold with the horrible snow we have had! Hopefully it will have disappeared by the weekend! Yesterday I exercise indoors, I did 30 minutes of your shape for Kinect and 30 mins of just dance 4, both great. Your shape consists of workouts and games and really does work, just dance 4 is more fun but still gets your out of breathe and sweaty - great exercise. I am really loving being more active and can see a difference more energy, easier out of bed in a morning, more motivation so I will be keeping up with that!

I have also signed up for the race for life, this year is my 6th and I thought I would set myself a challenge to perform the 10k! The last 5 years I have done the 5k and raised around £600 in those 5 races, I plan to walk and jog the 10k so I cannot wait for the weather to clear up so I can get out training!

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This weeks favourite meals:

1. 5 syn for Yorkshire puddings, syn free beef slow cooked with red onions, cabbage, onion& mash
2. superfree curry, rice, chips & spinach
3. Red onion, healthy extra a cheese & ham omelette with an apple for more superfree
4. 1 syn for ketchup, bacon, egg and healthy b bread
5. Minted lamb burger (4), mash (0.5) & spinach
6. Sweet potato topped cottage pie (free) & homemade Yorkshire pudding (5 syns)
7. carrot cake porridge, healthy extra a & b and superfree included from carrot.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Forgive me, I have synned!

This week hasn't been as good as last. It started off good with a 3.5 loss on Monday which I  was estatic with but all week I have struggled with my syns and eat way more than I should so unsure what Monday holds! I know my problem, not writing things down and counting everything I eat so that will change from tomorrow and things will be much better next week. I have been back at my work placement this week though so much more active and I plan to play tennis tomorrow so all may not be lost! Been packing myself full of super speed melon, kiwi, apple and oranges to help and drinking lots of water too!

I am very hopefully for a good week next week as I plan to write everything down, got lots of good foods in and even more active at work next week! My mums birthday Wednesday and we are going out for a meal but I am confident I can make the right this space!

Some of this weeks meals;

Left to right : a Sunday tradition - 2 weight watchers sausages (0.5 syns), egg, bacon, beans & healthy extra b toast. Sunday roast chicken dinner - 2.5 syn Yorkshire pudding, 2.5 syn meat juice gravy, chicken, cabbage, sprouts & carrots. Pork, mash (0.5 syn), beans and mushrooms. 3.5 syn Ainley Harriot flavoured cous cous, carrot sticks & kiwi. Syn free chicken curry. Syn free chicken and spinach curry.

Saturday, 5 January 2013

2013 - new year new me!


Happy new year!

Everything went to pot at the end of the year for me! 17th December I gained 6.5lb, really was not focussed, Christmas eve I surprisingly maintained and new years eve I found out I only gained 2lb over Christmas I was happy!

Now I am re focussed with the new year, I have my resolutions, my before photos taken and my plans made and so far so good!

My resolutions!

My new year photos, still 2st 1.5lb that 2009 so happy!

Notes in my diary to keep my focussed!

I bought the new magazine this week, made some notes from it to keep me on track. Fab magazine, get it if you don't have it, lots of great ideas and recipes.
This is my strength right now, got my favourite gummy bears for Christmas, decided to weigh them out into 5 syns bag so I aren't tempted to eat too many and can grab and go!

My eating has been really on track, below are 6 of my favourite meals from this week!

From top left, syn free lasagne, 1 syn fry up and syn free mince curry
From top bottom, syn free curry loaf, poached eggs on toast and chicken & mushroom pasta.

I also decided to get fit this year! My second resolution, on Thursday I did my first walk around the park of 2013 and knocked 13 minutes of my personal best! Over the moon!

 Me & Liam are doing good motivating each other to lose weight & save money. Decided not to eat out until our anniversary (23rd April) we eat out A LOT so a big challenge but will make the meal so much more special plus lots of saved calories and money!

Liam is really wanting to lose a couple of stone and is doing so well, I am really proud of him and I think him doing this is really helping me ! Love him so much!

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Back to it

Its been a mental few weeks. Sorry I have not had chance to update for a while. In my first week at Slimming World I lost 2.5lb and I was over the moon with this! It should have been my second weigh in last Monday but due to a horrendous two weeks due to personal problems I was not able to go so tomorrow will be my second weigh in.

I was not eating properly for a week or so but for the last 4-5 days I have been eating properly again and I am feeling lots better and can see a difference in my weight just hoping it shows on the scales tomorrow!

Below are a few of the meals I have had this week!

Gammon, beans and potatoes done in acti fry (syn free), bacon and tomato sandwich (healthy extra b for bread), bolognese bake (healthy extra a for cheese), cottage pie (syn free)

That's all for now, I will try not to leave it this long to update next time!

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Week one

I have been back at Slimming World almost a week, its been a fairly easy week. There have been some temptations/challenges to overcome but overall a good week!

I am impressed with my commitment! I used to be quite laid back with my measurements of my healthy extras, with my 1/3 super free and with my syns. This week I have accurately weighed and measured everything that I needed to. I made sure I had 1/3 super free with every meal and if not straight after, even found a new liking for fruit mixed in with cereal! Every syn has been checked and counted before consuming - I am on a roll!

I feel a benefit, in my clothes, they feel baggier. My belly flatter, less bloated. Tons more energy and overall much happier. Very nervous about weigh in still though I guess that is just normal for anyone, I dont think the nerves ever go away.

On my first day I resisted the new oreo dairy milk which I am desperate to try, I resisted home made cake brought into work - and it was free! My favourite carrot cake too *sobs*. Yesterday we went out for lunch to Wetherspoons my plan was the 5 bean chilli with rice which is only 6 syns and delicious! They came and said there was no chilli left, I was gutted but like ok, I will have a jacket, none left, ok a salad! Nightmare! So instead of giving into to a panini or a burger, I had nothing and went to Morrisons and grabbed a sushi snack pack for 2 syns and a fruit salad. Felt very proud eating that and resisting temptation. A new me definitely.

Hoping it all pays off at tomorrows weigh in - watch this space!!!

Thursday, 25 October 2012

A new me

I have now been back on Slimming World 3 days.
I rejoined Monday evening, I loved the class, the leader was really enthusiastic so I think I can finally finish what I started and get to my goal!
Monday after class we went out to Harvester for my final non SW meal, it consisted of lots of bread rolls, creamy potato salad, chicken and bacon in BBQ sauce, fries and an apple pie. It was delicous but so filling and then felt sickly. I was so excited to start SW again and not feel like that.
I am feeling like a different person, I am not having hardly any treats and the ones I do have are small and low syn like malteasers, options hot choc or low fat crisps. I am truly enjoying it, the break has done me the world of good!
I have been making sure I get 1/3 superfree with  every meal and actually enjoying it not just eating for the sake of it.
My breakfasts have been porridge, made up with a muller light and left over night to go creamy. It makes a very nice and filling breakfast, great for when you dont have much time on a morning like me.
Lunches have been a jacket, beans and salad bought at work or I have taken in a pasta and sauce made up with onions and mushrooms for superfree and then fruit for dessert.
I am a bit nervous about weigh in Monday as I am eating a bit more than I used to with Weight Watchers obviously but I have stuck to it 100% and should lose.
Tomorrow I am out for lunch which will either be Wetherspoons for their 5 bean chilli which is 6 syns or carvery which is fairly low syns. Also out Sunday which is Nandos so low syn chicken with skin removed and the rice. I think I will be ok!
My favourite moment this week was making my 2 favourite take away curries, chicken biryani & chicken korma. Both to die for an great swaps for take aways, I highly recommend them. Recipes can be found on
This weeks meals;
1. Snack of grapefruit and orange
2. Syn free chicken korma
3. Two weetabix and strawberries
4. Syn free fry up - bacon, beans, diced potatoes, egg & mushrooms
5. Porridge made with mullerlight and strawberries
6. Chips, beans & cheese

Sunday, 21 October 2012

With a little help from my friends

Its true, we all need a friend, sometimes our friends can help more than we/they realise! I was speaking to a friend, lets call her T :) T was asking why I was going back to Slimming World and I explained that I had the best losses, over 2.5 stone lost and its just easy - no question really. We spoke and found out she is rejoining too. To cut a long short, she had persuaded me to rejoin Slimming World properly at a class again found one round the corner on Mondays at 5:30 or 7:30 so if for any reason I am held up at work and cant make the 5:30 there is always 7:30 :) I am quite excited!
Will update how it goes tomorrow!