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

The New Slimming World Plan – Extra Easy and Extra Easy SP

**Please note that I haven’t been a Slimming World member for well over a year now. This post was written in January 2015 detailing the changes at the time which were confirmed by my consultant. Any changes since then has not been reflected in this post as I no longer have access to group or the website**

Hi guys,

Happy New Year! So as promised, here is a blog post on the new plans and my thoughts on it. As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve put a lot of thought into whether I wanted to blog about the new Slimming World plan. I’ve seen all the public SW Facebook groups, I’ve been on the website and gone through my book re-reading everything. Just remember I’m not a consultant, this is just what I’ve picked up from the books, website and from going to group. If you are a member (group or online) there is a really good new members talk here. I found it useful, and if you’ve gotten your pack and your consultant isn’t going through it until after the New Year, this is a great place to start. Please note that any photos below I’ve found online through Facebook groups. They aren’t mine and are just to help illustrate the new plans.

What is the new plan?

The “new plan” isn’t actually all that different. My first thoughts were that OMG I’m going to have to learn a whole new way of life but when I actually sat down and went through it, it’s actually a lot more streamlined and easier. I think because we know about previous plans, it makes us think that it’s going to be hard. One thing I will mention though, those who haven’t got their packs yet, just carry on with EE/Red/Green plan as you know. It’s not going to make you gain weight or stop working overnight (unlike the mass hysteria I’ve read in the last few days!)

Symbols have changed. I actually didn’t realise there were as many symbols as there were. There are now four: speed, protein, fibre and calcium. The rules haven’t changed. As there is no longer superfree, a third of your plate must consist of speed items (most fruit and veg). You still get 1 healthy extra A and B and 5-15 syns a day.

Some syns have changed. This is because SW now have updated information. It mainly affects takeaways (before the syns were for half portions but let’s be honest, most of us eat the whole thing) and alcohol is reflected more accurately as the higher the alcohol content, the higher the syns (rather than lumping it all together). I would personally double check all syns for the first few weeks just to make sure.

I’ve heard that red (original) and green plans no longer exist. Is this true?

Yes it is. To streamline and make it easier for everyone, red and green plans will have a less prominent role and I guess less support as the consultants and the website will focus more on the new plans. However, the plan which replaces Success Express is quite similar to red. Those who follow the green plan may not be happy with the new changes but if you are able to adapt I think it will boost your weight loss. If you are a group or online member, there is a good feature on someone who has adapted from green to the new EE plan.

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What is replacing Success Express?

The replacement for Success Express is the new Extra Easy SP plan. It is recommended to do a week at a time or to intersperse with the EE plan throughout the week. IT IS NOT COMPULSORY.

– Eat speed and protein foods only at meals 50:50.

– All snacks should be speed foods if possible.

– 1 x HEA, 2x HEB

– 5-15 syns a day

One question I saw crop up day after day was what if we want to eat free foods which are not a speed or protein food? You don’t have to syn it BUT it means you will not be following the SP plan 100% (e.g. one meal of three has no speed or protein foods so you will only be following the SP plan 66%). What I would do is if I had a craving for potatoes, for example, than I would eat it but it would be an EE day with extra speed and protein foods rather than an SP day.

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So, I hope this answers some of your questions. I’ve heard that there are quite a few offers in various magazines so you would only pay £4.95 for the first week so you can get your new pack and hear all about the new plans in class (no obligation to carry on going if you wish to do it from home but it will save you £15 as I’ve seen the new packs on eBay). I think this week’s is in the Woman magazine and someone else mentioned that there’s voucher in the Mirror newspaper from 3rd-6th Jan (the voucher is definitely in the Saturday & Sunday ones not sure what other vouchers are in there).

If you do have any questions, I’ll try my best to answer if you leave a comment in this post. I hope you’ve found it useful if you’ve seen other information out there with no clear explanation and are in a bit of a panic (as I was before I got my pack and everyone else was discussing it!).

Tomorrow I will be posting on the little extra boost I’m giving myself to make sure I stay on track in the New Year.

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