Fri – Mon Round Up (2nd – 5th Jan)

Hi guys,

Just a quick round up of my food for you guys. I’ve found it a little bit hard to jump back on the wagon, despite wanting to desperately! Anyone else find that after indulging over Christmas, it’s hard to be really disciplined with yourself again? It’s crazy. Especially as I wanted to try the new EE SP plan so hardly any carbs on top of that was a bit like torture the first couple of days. However, I am back on the wagon now. Sunday seemed to be a little turning point and I’ve made sure I’m really organised with my food for this week so my head is most definitely in the game!

Friday

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Breakfast was a yummy mushroom (s) and spinach (s) omelet (p) with 15g vintage cheddar (half HEA) – yum.

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Lunch was carrot (s) and coriander soup with a wholemeal roll (HEB) with 30g Phili light (half HEA) and ham with strawberry infused water and 2 clementines (s)

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Snack: Ham (p) and cucumber (s) in a wholemeal roll (HEB) with light salad cream (3 syns) with extra cucumber (s) and 25g wasabi peas (4.5 syns)

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Dinner: ‘blackened’ steak with the fat removed (p) with swede (s) and carrot (s) mash with sprouts (s) and bacon (p)

Total syns: 7.5

Saturday

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Breakfast: two fried eggs (p) with two slices of bacon (p) with mushrooms (s) and spinach (s)

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Lunch: soy salmon (p) with carrot (s) and swede (s) mash with celery sticks (s) and a clementine (s) with strawberry and cucumber infused water

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Snack: ham (p) and cucumber (s) parcels with light salad cream (3 syns) and clementine (s) with strawberries (s) and 25g wasabi peas (4.5 syns)

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Dinner: “Pizza” – 2 wholemeal rolls (HEB x2) with 50g mozzarella (HEA), tomato puree, ham (p), green beans (s), mushrooms (s), 8 olives (1.5 syns) and carrot chips (s)

Total syns – 9

Sunday

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Snack: 24g salt and vinegar hula hoops (6 syns) – was disappointed with the flavour. Anyone else think they just taste of potato?

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Dinner: soy salmon (p) with roast carrots (s), broccoli (s), green beans (s) and peas (p)

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Snack: 2 clementines (s) and half a bag of jelly tots (4 syns)

Total syns – 10

Monday

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Breakfast: spinach (s) with 3 eggs scrambled (p) with 2 slices of 400g wholemeal toast (HEB)

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Lunch: chicken (p) pieces with Ainsley Harriot Spice Sensation Couscous (1.5 syns) with broccoli (s), green beans (s), cherry tomatoes (s) and peas (p). 2 boiled eggs (p) and a cup of tea with a splash of milk (0.5 syn). Not sure if my couscous was off but it tasted very strange so ended up just eating the chicken and veg.

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Snack: two boiled eggs (p) with celery sticks (s) and 2 tbsp jalapeno houmous (5 syns) with strawberry & cucumber infused water

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Snack: 2 clementines (s) and 2 boiled eggs (p)

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Dinner: beef (p) stew with carrots (s), onions (s), celery (s) and mushrooms (s) with pickled beetroot (s) and pickled cabbage (s) with sweetheart cabbage (s), baby corn (s) and mangetout (s) with half pack of jelly tots (3.5)

Total syns – 11.5

That’s all for now guys. Weigh in tomorrow so hopefully I’ll have lost at  least some of that Christmas weight!

Until next time.. x

 

Food Shopping – Morrisons 04.01.15

Hi guys,

Here’s my food shopping post as promised. I went to Morrison’s yesterday as I had my £5 voucher I collected just before Christmas and wanted to get it used up. I also stocked up on a few bits and pieces so this shop was a bit higher. I think I will need to do a tiny top up shop mid-week though as when I went there was no beef mince so I am currently missing the main part of my cottage pie.

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Fruit & Veg: packet of frozen peas, family pack of mushrooms, 2 punnets of strawberries, a head of sweetheart cabbage, a bag of sweet pears, two bags of carrots, a head of broccoli, head of celery, swede, mangetout/baby corn pack, onions, red onions, dwarf beans and smoked garlic.

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Chilled items: 10pk of eggs, low fat cottage cheese, 2 packs of beef shin, honey roast ham, chicken pieces, 3 packs of salmon, plain quark, Philadelphia Lightest, Laughing Cow extra light, Mexican jalapeno houmous (2.5 syns/tbsp), Sundried tomato and basil houmous (2.5 syns/tbsp)

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Everything else: 4 pack of baked beans, Ryvita original (4 – HEB), wholemeal rolls (1 – HEB), multipack of hula hoops (24g pack – 6 syns), Jelly Tots (42g pack – 7.5 syns), Kinder Chocolate (12.5g bar – 3.5 syns) and Strawberry Straws (25g – 1/3 pack – 4.5 syns)

So yeah I felt like treating myself to some sweet stuff just to keep the edge off! The jelly tots bags are quite big so as I don’t want a massive sugar rush I will be halving the bags as that’s more than enough for a sweet treat.

My shopping came to a total of £55.12 before my voucher and £50.12 after. I would have saved a little bit if they had the mince I wanted on the 3 for £10 offer but I did turn up quite late on Sunday afternoon so it’s more my fault than anything! Also OH came with me which means I spent less time trying to make sure I had the best deal as food shopping with him is like taking a toddler sometimes. He always prefer a straight in and out but I have to make sure I have everything! So I think next week’s shopping will be a little better when I’m not being rushed 🙂

Until next time.. x

Meal Plan – Sunday – Saturday (4th – 10th Jan)

Hi everyone,

I don’t think I’ve ever gotten as many views as I have since new year, ever. I hope you’ve been finding my posts helpful!

I’ve done my meal plans based on SP days and I’ve decided that as and when I need if I fancy anything not speed or protein I’ll just change to an EE day (unless it’s a college day as the only healthy thing seems to be jacket potatoes)

Sunday (I got up really late and haven’t felt very hungry so just one meal and a snack) – SP plan
Dinner: soy salmon (p) with broccoli (s), green beans (s) and peas (p)
Snacks: roast carrot chips (s), boiled eggs (p), salt and vinegar hula hoops (6 syns)
Total syns: 6

Monday – SP Plan
Breakfast: wholemeal toast (HEB) with baked beans (p), scrambled eggs (p), mushrooms (s) and spinach (s)
Lunch: chicken (p) salad with Ainsley Harriot Spice Sensation Cous Cous (1.5 syns), cherry tomatoes (s), green beans (s) and broccoli (s)
Dinner: beef stew (p) with carrots (s), celery (s), onions (s) and mushrooms (s)
Snacks: clementines (s), pear (s), boiled eggs (p), celery sticks (s) and houmous (2 tbsp – 5 syns), ryvita (4 – HEB) with philadelphia extra light (110g – HEA) with cherry tomatoes (s)
Total syns: 1.5

Tuesday – EE Plan
Breakfast: mushroom (s) and spinach (s) omelet (p) with baked beans (p)
Lunch: SW quiche (p) with ham (p), broccoli (s), green beans (s) with pea and ham soup (p) with a wholemeal roll (HEB)
College: jacket potato with beans (p) and cheese (HEA) and a tomato soup (4 syns)
Dinner: beef stew (p) with carrots (s), celery (s), onions (s) and mushrooms (s)
Snacks: clementines (s), celery sticks (s) with houmous (5 syns), boiled eggs (p)
Total syns: 9

Wednesday – SP Plan
Breakfast: Ryvita (4 – HEB) with 55g Philadelphia extra light (half HEA) and cherry tomatoes (s)
Lunch: SW quiche (p) with ham (p), broccoli (s), green beans (s) with pea and ham soup (p) with a wholemeal roll (HEB)
Dinner: beef stew (p) with carrots (s), celery (s), onions (s) and mushrooms (s)
Snacks: boiled eggs (p), clementines (s), carrot chips (s), celery sticks (s) with houmous (5 syns), milk (half HEA – 125ml) for tea
Total syns: 5

Thursday – EE Plan
Breakfast: SW quiche (p) with ham (p), broccoli (s), green beans (s) with pea and ham soup (p) with a wholemeal roll (HEB)
Lunch: beef stew (p) with carrots (s), celery (s), onions (s) and mushrooms (s)
College: jacket potato with beans (p) and cheese (HEA) and tomato soup (4 syns)
Dinner: SW cottage pie with 5% beef mince (p), onions (s), mushrooms (s) and carrot (s) and swede mash (s) with cabbage (s)
Snacks: clementines (s), pear (s), strawberries (s), boiled eggs (p).
Total syns: 4

Friday – SP Plan
Breakfast: SW quiche (p) with ham (p), broccoli (s), green beans (s) with pea and ham soup (p) with a wholemeal roll (HEB)
Lunch: chicken (p) salad with Ainsley Harriot Spice Sensation Cous Cous (1.5 syns), cherry tomatoes (s), green beans (s) and broccoli (s)
Dinner: SW cottage pie with 5% beef mince (p), onions (s), mushrooms (s) and carrot (s) and swede mash (s) with cabbage (s)
Snacks: pears (s), strawberries (s), celery (s) and houmous (5 syns), roast carrot chips (s), ryvita (HEB) and laughing cow extra light (HEA)
Total syns: 6.5

Saturday – SP Plan
Breakfast: mushroom (s) and spinach (s) omelet (p) and baked beans (p)
Lunch: SW cottage pie with 5% beef mince (p), onions (s), mushrooms (s) and carrot (s) and swede mash (s) with cabbage (s)
Dinner: breaded (HEB) chicken (p) with carrots (s), broccoli (s), green beans (s) and peas (p)
Snacks: ryvita (4 – HEB) with Laughing Cow extra light (6 – HEA) and cherry tomatoes (s), boiled eggs (p), pear (s)
Total syns: 0

It’s a bit repetitive this week as I’m eating on my own so I need to make sure leftovers are eaten! As usual, I’ve planned a few syns but no doubt I will add to the list as and when I fancy.

My food shop blog will be up tomorrow for you guys 🙂

Until next time.. x

Meal Plan – Fri & Sat (2nd & 3rd Jan)

Hi guys,

Just a quick meal plan as it’s only to tide me over until I can do a food shop. As I mentioned in my plan for the new year, I will be mixing up my EE and EESP days. I think I’m going to try and have around 4 EESP and 3 EE days – it just depends how I feel. But, I will be making sure if I have an EESP day, I will be following it 100% and if I fancy some potatoes or something, then I’ll change it to an EE day as it makes more sense to me that way!

Friday – SP day
Breakfast: spinach (s) and mushroom (s) omelet (p) with 15g grated cheddar (half HEA)
Lunch: carrot (s) and coriander soup with 30g philadelphia light (half HEA) and ham (p) on a wholemeal bap (HEB)
Dinner: sirloin steak (p) with fat cut off, swede (s) and carrot (s) mash with brussel sprouts (s)
Snacks: 3 clementines (s), half punnet of strawberries (s) and ham (p) and cucumber (s) on a wholemeal bap (HEB) with 2 tbsp light salad cream (3 syns)

Saturday – SP day
Breakfast: egg (p), bacon (p) and mushroom (s) on a wholemeal bap (HEB) with 2 tbsp ketchup (2 syns)
Lunch: soy salmon (p) with carrot (s) and swede (s) mash and peas (p)
Dinner: soy salmon (p) with broccoli (s), green beans (s) and peas (p)
Snacks: ham (p) and cucumber (s) roll ups, 3 clementines (s) and half punnet of strawberries (s)

I’ll add more syns in depending what I fancy. I’ll be doing a shop on Sunday I think so I will have another food shopping post for you.

It’s about 5pm now and I’ve just received my new mason jar (1L) with a metal straw and hole in the lid. I’ve been drinking non stop strawberry infused water and I have the worst detox headache 😦 I can’t wait to feel less bloated and lethargic. I hope these 2 SP days will mean I can start losing the 4lbs I gained over Christmas!

Until next time.. x

My boost for 2015

Hi guys,

Hope you all had a fab new year. As I mentioned in previous posts, I’ve given myself an extra boost with it being the beginning of 2015 and I had my first gain in 5 weeks so I want to get the ball rolling. I just want to say that I am in no way affiliated with this company and it’s all my own views and my opinions 🙂

So my boost is that I will be doing a DietBet game for the first six months of 2015. For those of you who aren’t aware of DietBet, you basically join a game and you put money in a pot (it’s an American company so everything’s in dollars but you can pay by paypal to avoid any transaction fees) and you are basically betting on yourself to lose a certain amount of weight depending on your start weight. I was first introduced to DietBet by Blogilates who hosted a 4 week game there. There are two types of game – a month long game which you bet that you can lose 4% of your body weight (DietBet 4) and a six month long game where you bet you can lose 10% of your body weight (DietBet 10 aka the Transformer). I’ve done the DietBet 4 a couple of times and won back in 2013 but I’ve not really thought about it since.

I have to say, before you get the wrong end of the stick and say it encourages binge dieting, etc, there are a lot of rules. The main ones being you have to be over 18, there are maximum weight loss thresholds whereby if you lose more than a certain percentage, you are disqualified and that you are unable to join a game if losing the 4 or 10% will bring you below a healthy BMI range (I think you can’t go below 18.5). You can find all the rules for the DietBet 10 here. At the end of each round, everyone who has reached their goal splits the pot. If you haven’t quite reached it, you get to carry on but forfeit the money in the pot.

During my DietBet 4 games, I really enjoyed the community there. Everyone is really supportive. The only difference is that although SW is supportive, when it comes to the public SW groups on FB (not the ones set up by your consultant for your group), it can be like going back to school with some bitchiness from some members which can be discouraging. It doesn’t matter what diet plan you are doing or what type of exercise, if you ask a question, there will be a friendly face to answer.

So this will be my first Transformer game. I’m a bit worried that I might not last the full six months but I’m going to do my best. I did my first weigh in yesterday. Unfortunately it was the end of New Year’s Day before I had a chance to jump on the scales and I had been eating leftovers all day so probably not the lightest I’ve been! Anyhow, for the first month I need to lose 3% which works out at just over 6.5lbs. I will be combining my DietBet with a mix of the new EE and EE SP plans to hopefully boost my weight loss and get some good losses on the scales.

Hopefully by the time June rolls round I will have lost quite a bit, found myself a dress for the wedding and feeling a lot more confident in myself, not forgetting a little extra pocket money if I manage to hit my goals 🙂

So I’m looking forward to the next few weeks. Hopefully I can make 2015 my year where I got rid of all my illnesses, the extra weight and get married to my lovely OH.

Until next time.. x

 

Weigh in Monday & New SW Packs

Hi guys,

Just a quick one from me. Sorry I didn’t manage to get any photos from my get together with friends. I was just so busy with food and then so hungry that I totally forgot – typical!

I did manage to go to weigh in yesterday though. Our group has been moved to a Tuesday which is a bit hard for me to get to as it’s earlier (6:15pm) and I don’t finish work until 6:45pm. I really wanted to go though as the new packs were out and I wanted to get my head around it before the New Year,

So, considering I haven’t been to group since mid-December and had been eating out non stop since then (I know.. don’t frown at the screen in disapproval!) I did gain but not as much as I originally expected. I weighed in at 15st 8lb (it was flitting between 7.5 and 8) with a 4lb gain. It’s not unexpected but I’m not angry either. I guess it didn’t help too much having weigh in the day after a massive dinner!

So yes, I am getting back on it (slowly). The next couple of days are going to be half SW days as it’s New Year etc but from the 2nd I will be doing the new plan and will hope to get a loss at the weigh in on 7th Jan – fingers crossed!

I will probably do a little blog post over the New Year about the changes to the SW plan once I get my own head around it. From first impressions though, it doesn’t seem too different and a lot more streamlined. On the SW facebook groups (the normal ones, not group based) there seems to be a lot of scaremongering about the new plan and people outright refusing to do the new one, etc so I want to make sure I have all my facts right beforehand as I wouldn’t want to set off WW3 (though that may have already happened in the FB groups!).

So, until next time.. x