Slimming World – Morrisons Food Shopping (Using £5 off voucher!)

Hi guys,

Another food shopping blog from me. This week wasn’t as crazy as last though I’ve just realised I’ve forgotten something so may need to pop by again in a few days or so. So this week I just popped into Morrisons as there was a £5 off voucher off fresh fruit and veg in the Sun which I wanted to use. As I bought so much fruit and veg last week, I still have quite a bit left over – a melon, half of the punnet of strawberries, half of the clementines, half a pack of mushrooms, half a pack of sprouts, a pack of passion fruit, cheese and pears (there’s probably something I missed out!) so I just stuck to the staples.

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Fruit and veg: 2 packs of trimmed beans, a broccoli head, pack of mushrooms, 2 packs of new potatoes, pack of onions, celery, 2 packs of bananas and a bunch of bananas

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Fresh items: pack of turkey bacon, turkey ham, 10 eggs, pack of chicken legs (half for Saturday’s dinner and leftovers)

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Cupboard items: 3 tins of sweetcorn, 2 tins of tomatoes, tin of carrots, pickled beetroot, 2 packs of beef stockpots and a jar of sliced black olives

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Frozen items: garden peas and mini corn on the cob.

Cost – £21.43 (£26.43 before the voucher deduction) – average over 2 weeks = £87.28/2 = £43.64

This week was quite good money wise. My food diary for the week will be posted tomorrow 🙂

Until next time.. x

Wed-Sat Round Up & Weigh In Saturday

Hi guys,

Sorry for the wait on this week’s posts. I have to admit I haven’t had the greatest week and I’ve been crazy busy eating as I’m working so I keep forgetting to take photos. Next week I am going to be on it (like a car bonnet!).

Wednesday

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Breakfast: Cheese on Toast (HEA, HEB & 3 syns). I had 2 slices of toast – was too hungry to wait!

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Lunch: pork with roast potatoes, roast carrots (s), broccoli (s) and green beans (s)

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Snack: banana, clementine (s) and a Chinese sausage and cheese bun >.< I’m guessing it will be around 15 syns or so. This spiralled into my friend’s birthday dinner. Moral of this story – DO NOT SUCCUMB. Bad things happen.

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Dinner: Meatballs with tomato sauce and pasta with chips AND pizza??? (yeah triple carbs. Damn) and then a small piece of chocolate cake. 50 syns?! More? 😦

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Midnight snack: roast potatoes.

Thursday

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Breakfast: 30g Special K granola with 0% fat free yoghurt (with sweetener) and bananas, strawberries (ss), honey dew melon (ss) and a clementine (s)

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Lunch: soy salmon with roast potatoes, roast carrots (s), broccoli (s), green beans (s)

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College snack: Pepsi Max with a jacket potato, cheese (HEA) and baked beans (ss) and a tomato cup-a-soup (4.5 syns)

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Dinner: OH made whitebait with tomatoes (s), sweetcorn, chillis (s) with roast potatoes

Friday

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Breakfast: a slice of toast (8 syns), tomatoes (s), mushroom (s), baked beans (ss), eggs, bacon – didn’t eat the sausage or the hash brown (gave that to my Mum!). 6 syns for oil.

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Lunch: SW lamb hotpot (1 syn) with carrots (s), mushrooms (s), courgette (s)

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Snack: HM chicken and sweetcorn soup (0.5 syn) and a banana

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Second snack: ham and clementines (s)

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Dinner: spinach (s), mushroom (s) and cheese (HEA) omelet with three eggs

Saturday

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Breakfast: 30g Special K granola with 0% fat yoghurt, honey dew melon (ss), strawberries (ss), banana and a clementine.

Lunch: Chicken and chinese mushroom bun (x2) with 8 pieces of siu mai (a Chinese pork dumpling) – 30 syns? Bleh.

Snack: banana, turkey ham (s), pickled beetroot (s)

Dinner: Roast chicken with the skin on (6.5 syns) with carrot (s), broccoli (s), green beans (s), roast potatoes, sprouts and chicken gravy (3 syns)

Weigh In Saturday

So I weighed in on a Saturday this week. It’s been a mental week and with all my evenings being taken up Saturday morning was the nearest and most convenient. I prefer being weighed in the morning but the morning groups are so busy I never feel inclined to stay 😦 The quieter evening groups are more my thing I think.

But yes, last time I weighed in I was a half lb off my half stone award. Well guess what – I made it! 1 lb off! Finally! I really want to carry on the momentum so I’m going to try and be really good this week and not deviate too much. As I weighed in on Saturday, my next weigh in is Wednesday so I don’t think I’ll lose too much weight between now and then. I would like another lb off though… I just need to make sure I don’t go anywhere with my Mum – she’s a bad influence!

Until next time.. x

Mon/Tues Round Up

Hi guys,

Sorry to leave you in the lurch. It’s been a busy couple of days with my volunteering and college so I’ve been quite shattered. Plus it’s a friend’s birthday tomorrow so after college tonight I was making green tea cupcakes for her as I won’t have time tomorrow 😦

It is weigh in tomorrow. My consultant posted on Facebook that we should try and make the image therapy but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make it just as I was thinking of doing a morning weigh in and I need to pick up my prescription before work (I’ve pretty much run out) so I can go see my friend after work. Plus image therapy doesn’t finish until around 10:30 so I’m cutting it a bit fine for work. So I’m still pondering what would be my better option as what she’s going to cover in class will be really helpful.

Also, I was wondering if anyone else had seen the speed/superspeed challenge? Someone posted in our group’s Facebook page about a blog which mentioned eating 8 speed foods (s) and 2 superspeed foods (ss) a day along with the 1/3 superfree each meal. So I’m going to try and see if it will speed up my weight loss a bit (along with keeping those Haribo treat bags out of reach!)

Monday

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Breakfast: 3 turkey sausages with baked beans (ss) with strawberries (ss) and a clementine (s)

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Lunch: Leftover cottage pie

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Snack: Ham salad sandwich on 400g wholemeal bread (HEB) with pickled cucumber (s), cucumber (s), tomato (s) and a tbsp reduced fat salad cream (1 syn) with a banana

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Dinner: a 3 egg omelet with spinach (s), mushrooms (s), 30g cheese (HEA) and turkey sausage with roast new potatoes and roast carrots (s) and Haribo treat bag (4.5 syns)

Total syns: 5.5 syns

Tuesday

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Breakfast: Fat free natural yoghurt with passion fruit (s), strawberries (ss) and a clementine (s)

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Lunch: 1.5 egg omelet with spinach (s), mushrooms (s), 15g cheese (0.5 HEA), baked beans (ss) and roast new potatoes. Pina colada Muller Light (gorgeous!) with strawberries (ss) and a clementine (s)

Snack: jacket potato with tuna (s) and light mayo (5 syns), tomato cup-a-soup (4.5 syns) – not pictured

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Dinner: pork loin chop with roast carrots (s), broccoli (s), green beans (s) and roast new potatoes

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I also dipped my finger (once!) in green tea cupcake batter and lychee buttercream (5 syns)

Total syns: 14.5 syns

It’s been a late one but all up to date now. I’m in a bit of a tizz about my buttercream as it looked a bit split (I think I added too much lychee juice) so it’s currently firming up in the fridge. Hopefully it’ll be looking better in the morning. Failing that, I’m going to try and blend it and smooth it out >.< Another thing is that this is the most unhealthy recipe ever despite it having green tea in! The amount of sugar and butter was enough to give me slight heart palpitations. It does taste good though. Such a bummer.

Until next time.. x

Slimming World – Morrisons, Asda & Costco Food Shopping

Hi guys,

So here’s my shopping for about a week and a half I reckon. I originally went to Morrisons as it was on the way home from work but I ended up having to do a top up shop at Asda where I usually go. I stopped by Costco for some fruit as they do the best clementines and strawberries plus we get our house toiletries, etc from there as it’s a bit cheaper.

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Above haul from Asda and Morrisons. There were a few bits that I already had so it was mainly fresh stuff that I bought.

Fruit & Veg: 2 packs of tender stem broccoli, 2 honey dew melons, 2 packs of mushrooms, a courgette, celery, sprouts, pack of carrot & swede mix, pack of diced swede, 2 packs of passion fruit, baby spinach, green beans, bananas, pears, 2 bulbs of smoked garlic, pack of new potatoes.

Other items: Special K granola with apples and sultanas, 2 pina colada Muller Lights, 1 Snog passion fruit frozen yoghurt, 0% fat free natural yoghurt, pack of 3 mixed Cathedral cheeses, pot of mixed olives, 400g wholemeal load, block of reduced fat red cheese, sliced ham, tin of Sainsburys Saver ravioli (syn free!), 3 packs of salmon (on offer), a big pack of seafood sticks, 4 pack of baked beans, pack of frozen mixed veg steamer bags.

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From Costco: clementines bagged and a case (these last a while!), 1kg punnet of strawberries.

In terms of cost it was a little high but I think a lot of it will last me around a week and a half at a stretch and with the salmon two packs will be going in the freezer for future weeks. I must also stress that I don’t use a lot of frozen veg and some of my personal preferences means that I will go for “higher quality” e.g. tender stem broccoli over normal. Slimming World can be done on a lot cheaper, I’m just a bit of a fuss pot!

Spend: Costco – £13.67, Asda – £16.65, Morrisons – £35.53. TOTAL – £65.85

Some of the meals I’ll be making I’ll probably freeze half of the batch in case I have a night where I just can’t be bothered to cook. So it is going to look a lot when you look at my meal plan. As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve just had a really big meat delivery and I also had lean mince leftover from a previous Morrison’s offer. I might do a post on what is left so you can see. I try not to have too much waste and next week I’ll try and incorporate any stuff I have left.

I’m not sure if you’ll find it useful or if you read this thinking “omg that’s a massive spend a week!”. There is me and my OH. He shares some meals with me but he is allergic to egg and wheat so it can be difficult, especially as some meals he will just refuse to eat. It’s ok though as he is a real skinny minnie and he needs to put on a good few pounds. We are very much the opposite when it comes to weight and body size.

Anyhow, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and I might make this a regular blog feature.

Until next time.. x

 

 

 

Engagement & Initial Wedding Plans

Hi guys,

So not able to sleep at the minute – my coughing is really crazy and keeping me awake so I thought I’d pass the time a little and tell you about my engagement and upcoming wedding.

We haven’t actually told a lot of people that we’re engaged. At the moment around a small handful of friends and parts of my family know. The reason for us not telling many people is that we wanted to let all of my close family know first which has been hard as there’s been a few incidents which have happened so we’ve postponed our news for now. Also we’re having a mega small wedding. As my OH’s family don’t approve of us, it will be mainly my very close family and a couple of his friends to balance it out. Because of this, we don’t really want to announce it as I know some of my friends are going to be upset they haven’t been invited – one of my friends is adamant that she is planning our wedding so letting them know beforehand is probably going to be a bad move on our part, especially as we were going to elope but my Mum said she would never speak to me again if we did >.<

So as we’ve not really told people, I suppose I can share my news on here. There’s not really many people I can get excited with the wedding about so this will be a way of me rambling on and just getting it all out there rather than it all simmering away inside of me.

So how did he propose?

Funnily enough, my OH didn’t initially propose. We just happened to have come home one night after a meal with friends and I just casually mentioned maybe we should get married. This was because he knew of my initial life plan (yes, I am one of those people!) where I thought I didn’t want to get married unless I was planning of having kids soon. Before having kids, we needed a house so I wasn’t really planning on getting engaged for at least another two or three years and married in four. I’d been spending a lot of time with friends’ kids who are so adorable yet it made me realised I was nowhere near ready and also that I wanted time to ourselves as a married couple rather than diving straight into parenthood. So I casually hinted and he asked me if I was asking him to marry him so I got a haribo ring out and put it on his ring finger – cheesy I know. We decided that we wanted to get married on our sixth anniversary and things started swinging in motion. What I didn’t know was that when we went on holiday about a month later, we went out to Ihla Deserta near Faro and he proposed properly by writing the question in the sand next to my ring 🙂

Do you know what kind of wedding you have in mind?

Yes. We are having a very very intimate wedding as I mentioned above. It’s going to be on our sixth anniversary in the late afternoon with 8 guests. Super duper small. We’re going to skip the reception and just have an extended wedding breakfast at a local boutique hotel.

Have you been a crazy bridezilla? What is organised for the wedding so far?

I have to admit, I’ve been super laid back about the wedding so far. I’ve been to a few wedding fairs but the vision I have in my head has pretty come out of mine and my OH’s ideas. The main issue we’re having at the moment is the guest list as I have quite a big family (as does my OH but he has chosen not to invite them) and I’ve decided who I want to be there but my parents are worried it will start World War 3 if I don’t invite some of my cousins. I’ve tried to be firm so far. We’re paying for the wedding ourselves and also I’m not particularly close to one of them in particular. Unfortunately, I can’t invite one without the other so we have decided not to invite either. We’ve invited their parents as they have been close to both of us since the beginning but we as of yet haven’t told them about the wedding so I’m unsure of how they’ll react. At the moment I’m standing firm as we don’t want to have someone at our wedding just because they’re family. We want people there who have spent time with us and been supportive of our relationship.

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In terms of organising the wedding, we have the venue, catering, registrar, photographer and cake booked. The cake we just confirmed yesterday as it has been difficult as I’ve wanted my OH to be able to eat everything and not feel left out (he has a wheat and egg allergy) and so all the food side we have tried to sort out ASAP. OH has decided on the design of the cake which I’m so impressed on as he hasn’t really expressed much interest and then came out with this really awesome idea. Another plus side of the cake tasting was that we ended up leaving it knowing what our colour theme will be (black, white, purple) so I’m pretty happy. I think we have dress, suit, make up artist, hairdresser, flowers and rings left to sort out but I think this will be around February/March or even maybe after we come back from our holiday in late April/early May. We are initially taking a week to just relax in the Yorkshire countryside as a pre-honeymoon and we will be going to Shanghai, China in April 2016 for our actual honeymoon and spending time with friends there.

Yeah, so I think that’s all I can really tell you so far. We’ve not really done too much – just the big things. Hopefully on a next update, I can give you more firm ideas on the other things we need to organise 🙂

Until next time.. x

Meal Plan – Sun – Sat

Hi guys,

Just a quick meal plan as promised. Getting back on the wagon this week.

Sunday
Breakfast: Fried egg with beans and bacon. Yoghurt with passion fruit and strawberries
Lunch: Ham salad sandwich using 400g wholemeal bread (HEB)
Snack: Me and OH are going to our wedding cake tasting (yay! not so yay on the diet front though!) so I imagine there is going to be quite a lot of cake eating.
Dinner: SW Cottage pie with carrot and swede topping with broccoli and green beans

Monday
Breakfast: Syn free sausages (made by a butcher I found using chicken mince with about 5% fat) with beans, mushrooms and spinach. Maybe topped with a fried egg
Lunch: leftover SW cottage pie with veggies
Snack: Ham salad sandwich with 400g wholemeal bread (HEB) and a yoghurt with some fruit
Dinner: “naked” steak burger (less than 5% fat) with roast new potatoes and veggies

Tuesday
Breakfast: 125g Frozen YooMoo Yoghurt (4.5 syns) with passion fruit, strawberries and clementines. Cheese toastie using 30g cheese (HEA) and 400g wholemeal bread (HEB)
Lunch: leftover SW cottage pie
Snack: Clementines and a Muller Light
Dinner: Pork chop with roast new potatoes and veggies

Wednesday
Breakfast: Cheese toastie using 30g cheese (HEA) and 400g wholemeal bread (HEB) with beans
Lunch: Sainsburys beef ravioli 400g tin with clementines and a Muller Light
Snack: Sharon Fruit, Melon Slices
Dinner: Leftover SW cottage pie

Thursday
Breakfast: 30g Special K Granola (HEB) with fat free yoghurt and fruit
Lunch: roast new potato salad with salmon and broccoli
Snack: clementines, Melon Slices
Dinner: smash pizza with ham, sweetcorn, chicken and some olives (2 syns) with 30g cheese (HEA)

Friday
Breakfast: 30g Special K Granola (HEB) with fat free yoghurt and fruit
Lunch: smash pizza with ham, sweetcorn, chicken and some olives (2 syns) with 30g cheese (HEA)
Snack: banana
Dinner: syn free sausage with roast new potatoes and beans

Saturday
Breakfast: Mushroom and spinach omelet with 30g cheese (HEA)
Lunch: syn free sausage with roast new potatoes and beans
Snack: Options hot chocolate (3 syns with splash of milk) and chocolate rice cake (1.5 syn each)
Dinner: roast chicken with roast new potatoes, carrots, sprouts and gravy (3 syns)

That’s the plan so far. Hopefully it will pan out and I won’t change my mind too much from now until next week (or on the day as my OH has probably decided to cook something amazingly full of calories!)

My shop blog will be with you soon – probably will be tomorrow evening as there’s a few bits I want to get from Costco.

Until then.. x

Crazy Crazy Week

Hi guys,

Apologies for the lack of posts. It has been a crazy week what with being in London and this cough (almost!) killing me. I haven’t food optimised much and I didn’t make weigh in this week due to as soon as I was back, I had a lot of social commitments to attend which I couldn’t get out of so I literally haven’t been able to get home before 10pm since I got back from London on Monday. Tonight will be the first “early” night I’d have and I am doing my food shop as I won’t have time for the rest of the week with my volunteering and college. Plus, I really need to get back on the wagon! Flexible syns got thrown out of the window a bit due to London and also lack of planning since I’ve come back.

All the junk and the stress of my cough and not sleeping for more than 4 hours a night whilst in London took its toll and I had the worst breakout on my face. I hardly ever break out so that was when I knew I had to really make sure I was getting at least 7 hours and drinking more water at least as food-wise I’ve not been great at all due to eating out so much.

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I haven’t taken photos of all my food this week so I’m kind of drawing a line under it all and making sure I stock up on some fresh fruit and veg (totally empty at the moment!). Below is my food log of the week which may or may not correspond with the photos above.

Saturday (London 1st day)

Breakfast: Granola with yoghurt and mixed berries with iced water

Lunch: Home made roast tomato tapenade stuffed chicken breast wrapped in bacon (3 syns) with sweet potato fries and a cup of tea

Dinner: Meal in China Town – if I could guestimate the syns I’d probably say around 20 to be on the safe side

Syns: 21

Remaining: 59

Sunday (London 2nd day)

Breakfast: Full English – scrambled eggs, fried eggs, poached eggs, bacon (cut the fat off), mushrooms, sausages, hash browns (15 syns?)

Lunch: Salad with houmus, quinoa, edamame (didn’t have the salad dressing), grapes

Dinner: half of that massive burger (couldn’t fit it in my mouth!) with fries

Syns: way too many…. 30 – 40? I’m just going to just go with it I think as it doesn’t get better.

Monday (London 3rd day)

Breakfast: double bacon cheeseburger and half large fries

Lunch: a frozen yoghurt with passion fruit seeds and half portion of grilled dumplings and an iced coffee

Dinner: dim sum with a relative in China Town

Tuesday (home)

Breakfast: ham and onion bun with a coconut tart

Lunch: Beans and cheese panini with tomato soup

Dinner: Lean corned beef hash with pickled cabbage and pickled onions

Wednesday

Breakfast: corned beef hash leftovers

Lunch: mushroom and pak choi buns

Dinner: pizza :/ and a slice of chocolate cake as it was a friend’s birthday.

Thursday

Breakfast: beans and cheese panini with tomato soup

Lunch: eggs and bacon with beans

Dinner: turkey stir fry

Friday

Breakfast: mushroom and pak choi buns

Dinner: corned beef hash leftovers

Dinner: Chinese meal with my parents’ colleagues

Saturday

Breakfast: a Christmas wrap with roast chicken, roast carrots and parsnips, stuffing and cranberry sauce (my sister’s a bad influence!)

Lunch: corned beef hash leftovers

Dinner: not sure as of yet. Possibly turkey stir fry leftovers at this rate.

 

I’ll let you know how my meal plan goes for next week. Hopefully I’ll be able to post about my shopping if I’m not in a tizz as soon as I get home and I get a proper plan done this afternoon. I had a massive meat delivery the other day and spent a good hour and a half pulling all the fatty bits off before I put it in the freezer so it’s ready to use so I don’t think there will be too much – just fresh fruit and veg and any store cupboard essentials that need topping up.

Until next time.. x