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!)


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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


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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

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


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.


Breakfast: beans and cheese panini with tomato soup

Lunch: eggs and bacon with beans

Dinner: turkey stir fry


Breakfast: mushroom and pak choi buns

Dinner: corned beef hash leftovers

Dinner: Chinese meal with my parents’ colleagues


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


Friday Round Up

Hi guys,

Just a quick one re: meals. I forgot to post yesterday so just doing a quick catch up on the train to London.

Breakfast: woke up really early for work so ended up with the lamb shank leftovers! Had it with sprouts, swede, carrots, broccoli and roast potatoes (1 syn)

Snack: an overripe banana which went down well with my sore throat!

Another snack of clementine and a Sharon fruit.

Lunch: HM lasagne (HEA & 1 syn)

Snack: two boiled eggs

Snack: around 2 syns of mixed olives

Another snack of banana

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Dinner ended up sharing half of this salad box with my sister. I think I ended up eating the tomato pasta, egg, and the carrots, beetroot and cucumber at the bottom of all this pasta and potatoes :/

Total syns: I’m guestimating around 14 as I have no idea what was in the salad box.

Remaining: 80

Thursday Round Up

Hi guys,

Been feeling awful today so had a day to rest up and hopefully help me feel a bit better. Had a really rough night of coughing so had a good lie in until around 12:30-1pm so not eaten as much as I would normally.

I forgot to mention in yesterday’s post that at weigh in yesterday, our consultant got us to focus on speed and superspeed foods. She made a really good point that a lot of us tend to eat salads and now it’s colder we might struggle a bit so she challenged us to get a good loss next week by trying to focus more on speed and super speed foods. I haven’t done a meal plan as such as I’ll be away but I’m going to try and use this to influence my food choices while I’m away.


Breakfast was 3 fried eggs, a load of spinach, bit of bacon and some spicy beans. Left about half the beans so will probably finish those tomorrow.

Had a bounty as a snack (7 Syns)

Had another snack of pear and a Mullerlight.

As well as a pack of seafood sticks.

Dinner was a 60g wholemeal roll (HEB) with a Heck chicken burger (1 syn) with cucumber, pickled cucumber, tomato. A side of pasta bake with a 30g mix of Red Leicester and mature cheddar (HEA), tomato and spinach. Little pickled salad with pickled onions, pickled cabbage and about 3 syns of olives.

Dessert of another Mullerlight.

Total syns: 11
Remaining: 94

Tuesday & Wednesday Round Up AND Weigh In Wednesday

Hi guys,

Sorry these posts are late! My cough has gone a lot worse so I’ve been nursing a severe headache, chest and abdomen along with my cough 😦 It has also meant that I’m succumbing to snacks here and there which are a bit “syn-ful”.

Tuesday Meals

Midnight snack: 2 x Haribo treat bags (9) (not pictured!)

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Breakfast: bacon x3, 2 fried eggs, spinach, mushrooms, spicy beans

Snack: boiled egg

Lunch HM lasagne (HEA & 1 syn)

Snack: pear, 2x miniature heroes (5)

Pre-College: 2 slices of 400g wholemeal bread with ham, beetroot, pickled cucumber, tomatoes, cucumber

College: coffee with milk (1 syn) and a bag of 55g skittles (11 syns) – no photo as my friend binned it before I could get a chance to get a snap!

Post-college: leftover roast lamb shank with SW roast potatoes, swede, broccoli, carrots and mint sauce (1 syn)

Total Syns: 28
Remaining: 24

Wednesday Meals

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Breakfast: 2 fried eggs, spinach, mushrooms, Heck chicken burger (1 syn) and spicy spaghetti strands

Lunch: chicken & sweetcorn soup (0.5 syn) with two of the three boiled eggs

Dinner: chicken shish kebab (6 syns for oil) with salad and a pita bread (10 syns)

Total syns: 17.5

Remaining: 6.5

So I went along to weigh in on Wednesday. I didn’t manage to each much during the day as I was so busy with work but because of my cough I was drinking so much water (I think I went through 3 or 4 litres) all the way up to weigh in so I think some of that may be water retention! Anyhow, I weighed in at 15 stone 7.5 lbs – 3 lbs off! So close to my first half stone certificate (1/2 lb) so even though I’m in London this weekend, I really really hope that I can get that next week 🙂

Thoughts on this week: Food-wise it’s not been that bad. I seemed to struggle in the couple of days before weigh in and really randomly just craved sweets so bad! I don’t normally have too much of a sweet tooth so it was a bit weird! I think being ill hasn’t made this week as successful as it could have been as I succumbed a few times (though always within my syns) but I’m hoping it’ll clear up soon as I’m sat here feeling like utter rubbish! I think next week may be a struggle with being away from home for three days but I will be doing flexi-syns again this week and hopefully I’ll be able to minimise the damage!

Until next time.. x

Monday Round Up

Hi guys,

Today has been absolutely insane. I am so tired. It was my first volunteering session and my throat is now killing from talking so much and helping everyone. I’ve literally come home and not spoken since. I’ve not eaten as much as I initially planned which led to me starving after volunteering and nearly collapsing after my mini food shop. I was going to photograph that but I was so tired and hungry it just got put away as soon as I got in so maybe next time. Right, food log..

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Breakfast: 2 slices of 400g wholemeal toast (HEB) with two fried eggs and a 400g tin of spicy spaghetti hoops.

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Lunch: I had a portion of chicken and sweetcorn soup (0.5 syn) with a muller light and 2 clementines.


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Snack: I had three of the four eggs with soy sauce


A tablespoon of cough syrup before volunteering (3 syns)

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Dinner: homemade lasagne (HEA & 1 syn) with a muller light and a clementine (one was bad!). I also had a pack of ten slices of ham which I forgot to take a photo of as I was starving and it was pitch black in my car after volunteering!

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Snack: Couldn’t help myself! Had a treat bag of Haribo super mix (4.5 syns)

Total syns: 9

Remaining: 52.5



Sunday Round Up

Hi guys,

Feeling a bit better today. Less zombie like though my cough is still pretty bad. I have my first volunteering session tomorrow so I’m really hoping it will have died down a bit by then. Don’t want to infect the whole class before they’ve had time to absorb everything! Anyhow, here’s my food log for today:

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Midnight munchies: so last night I went to sleep really early and woke up at 1am absolutely starving. I found 3 Haribo tangfastic sweets (1.5 syns) on my bedside table so was hoping that would just soothe me until the morning but nope! So ended up going into the cold kitchen to make myself a sandwich with 2 slices of 400g wholemeal bread (HEB) with ham, pickled cucumber, tomatoes and normal cucumber as well as a banana.

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Breakfast: 3 egg omelette with spinach, mushrooms and 30g of red leicester (HEA) and a black tea with sweetener. I’ve decided to speed my recovery I’m going to have the cough syrup and so I didn’t want to syn any milk (especially after the Tangfastics fiasco) and it’s pretty high in syns – the cough syrup, not the milk!


Only had 1 tbsp of cough medicine (3 Syns)


Lunch: a portion of chicken and sweet corn soup (0.5 syn) with a cherry Mullerlight and half a pack of seafood sticks. And 2 flasks of black tea.


Dinner: slow roasted lamb shank with a tbsp of mint sauce (0.5 syn) with broccoli, swede, roast potatoes, roast carrots and sprouts


Dessert: a treat size bag of Haribo tangfastics (4.5 Syns) and two clementines

Total Syns: 10
Remaining: 61.5

Saturday Round Up

Hi guys,

Today I have full on lurgy. Drinking lots of tea to soothe my throat as I’m not wanting to use honey, etc.


Breakfast: 2 slices of 400g wholemeal toast (HEB) with a 400g tin of spaghetti hoops, 2 fried eggs and a flask of tea with sweetener and semi skimmed milk (HEA)


Snack: 2 flasks of tea, clementine & egg with soy sauce


Lunch: SW teriyaki salmon (1 syn), broccoli, green beans, balsamic vinegar plum tomatoes and a flask of tea


Snack: three boiled eggs with soy sauce and another clementine


My throat was killing me so I caved in and took a tablespoon of this cough medicine (which is amazing!) – 3 Syns though 😦 Also had 3 Syns worth of olives and three slices of ham which I forgot to photograph!


Dinner: was in the mood for soup with my throat so I made chicken and sweet corn soup with egg. There’s about six portions and I did use a bit of corn flour (3 Syns) so about half a syn a portion.

Total Syns: 7.5
Remaining: 71.5

Friday Round Up

Hi guys,

Here’s my food log for Friday 07/11. I ate so so much.


Breakfast: 40g Weetabix Bran Flakes (HEB), Mandarin Muller Light, Boiled Egg


Mid-morning coffee with 50ml semi skimmed milk (20% of HEA) and sweetener


Snack: a pear. Half-eaten. I apologise.


Lunch: SW hotpot (1 syn) with pickled red cabbage, roast sweet potato and balsamic vinegar marinated cherry tomatoes


Was invited to a very late lunch but as I had already eaten I just had a bottle of water and a side of mushy peas served in a cute ramekin.


Snack: two boiled eggs with soy sauce (absolutely gorgeous) plus 2 flasks of tea with semi skimmed milk & sweetener, using up the rest of my HEA.


Dinner at the firework display: Cumberland sausage (7 Syns) on a white bread roll (10 Syns!) with onions, ketchup (3 Syns) and American mustard (2 syns)

Total Syns: 23
Remaining: 79

Thursday Round Up

Hi guys,

Snaps of my food for today (except brunch – I ate it too fast!)

Brunch (not pictured): 3 egg omelette with spinach, mushrooms and 35g red leicester (1 syn + HEA) with spicy baked beans and a muller light.


Snack before college – ham sandwich (HEB) with tomato and cucumber (no spread)


College snacks – 2 clementines, 2 bottles of still water and a latte (1 syn) with sweetener.


SW hotpot (1 syn) with roast sweet potatoes, green beans, sprouts and broccoli – eyes too big for my mouth here, even if I was starving!

Syns: 3 syns. Remaining: 102 syns