Return to Blogging/Change of Plan

Hi guys,

Not sure if anyone’s around to carry on reading posts, but I’m here! Sorry for the prolonged absence. As you know I was going through a very difficult few months and I just felt totally overwhelmed. Unfortunately, something had to give, and that just happened to be blogging and generally looking after myself. So, I am kind of fresh back from my holidays, where I ate a lot of food. Fortunately I didn’t put any weight on (it was Florida after all!). Unfortunately I put a bunch of weight on before I went.

So, I’m back, ready to get back into it. I have decided to have a little change though. I decided to join Weightwatchers as I kept going off the rails a bit with Slimming World and thought I could do with a bit more structure to kick myself back into gear. I have to admit that I didn’t have great first impressions at group and the first week was a big mess. This week has been exam week and so I’ve not been counting (Daily PPs: 34, Weekly: 49) but doing WW’s version of SW – filling and healthy. Though I did have a moment the day before the exam and went to Mcdonalds >.< Well, Rome wasn't built in a day I suppose.

I weighed in on 11th May at 15 stone 12lbs. My last weigh in was 18th May and I lost 2lbs (though I had only really been counting for about 3 days due to a massive feck up online). This week isn't boding too well at the moment but my exam was yesterday and I'm going to make sure the rest of this week is up to scratch.

Although I'll be following WW for the foreseeable future (unless something goes horribly wrong or I just decide to go back to SW), I hope you'll carry on following my journey. I will be blogging my food once again and hopefully will be able to squeeze a few shopping posts in. At the end of the day, I feel that WW and SW are fairly similar in that they both advocate healthy eating and so far, it just seems (in my eyes) that WW is more controlled in regards to portion size and at this moment in time, I think that's what I need. I'm sure my food will still largely resemble a SW diet so hopefully you'll get some inspiration and just double check it's SW friendly 🙂

OK, so I think that's all for now.

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

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