Last Week’s Food Prep 3rd-9th July 2017

Hi guys,

So I am writing this a little late – mainly because I was mainly eating on my own (as OH didn’t fancy ANY of the food I had planned!) and I got treated to a couple of meals for doing some extra bits and pieces for people. My £25 food budget ended up lasting me two weeks and I topped up during this week (10-16 July) with some impromptu snack foods as I was working super late one night and had run out of food and a trip to McDonalds >.< so I've probably spent around £50 over the two weeks.

I did the majority of my food prep in one day whilst I was doing some paperwork at home. I did have a couple of cravings for certain foods which I made using stuff I already had so I didn't buy any additional ingredients (10/10 for sticking to the budget for me!).

So first off I cooked my gammon joint from Aldi. I used this recipe from Feisty Tapas and then made a delicious gammon and vegetable soup based on Feisty Tapas’ recipe here. I added a few more veggies to clear out what I had left in the fridge and to bulk it out a little more as well as adding a cinnamon stick, star anise and Sichuan peppercorns for extra flavour. I really do recommend this recipe – it’s so delicious and I love using my new Instant Pot.

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I used about a third of the gammon joint to slice back up and put in the soup and I sliced the rest to use for another meal.

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The night before I marinated my chicken drumsticks. I marinated half in a BBQ sauce I had lying around and the other half I did my own marinade of soy sauce, fish sauce, honey, pepper, chilli, garlic powder and some smoked paprika. I then roasted these and took the meat off the bone for meals, sandwiches or salads in the week.

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At the same time I roasted some new potatoes and carrots to go alongside some meals.

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Whilst the oven was still on, I also roasted my lamb leg with some courgette slices. I put garlic pieces in little slits all over the lamb leg and then covered with salt, pepper and mint sauce.

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Midway through the week I had a craving for a creamy pasta bake. I made a cheese sauce from scratch using a bechamel base (flour, butter, milk). I used some water in place of some of the milk to reduce the calories a little bit. I threw in some of the chicken, a slice of gammon as well as broccoli and cauliflower and some pasta we had in the cupboard. Placed it in the oven for around 20-30 minutes until golden brown and served it with homemade garlic bread. I had made a homemade loaf but forgot to take a photo! To make the garlic bread, I toasted it before putting a mix of butter, garlic powder and chopped garlic and placing it in the oven for the last 5 minutes.

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I also had a super craving for congee late one night after work which I also forgot to take a photo of as it was so late and I was a little hangry. I based my recipe on this one from Pressure Cook Recipes. As I used the chicken I cooked earlier, I reduced the cooking time a little to just cook the rice through. I added preserved Tianjin vegetables and some pieces of spam I had sliced in the freezer from the last time we had hotpot. Really delicious.

As of today, I still have some leftover pieces of lamb and gammon and some frozen veggies and potatoes. My next post will be on some of the meals I’ve eaten over the last couple of weeks.

Until next time.. x

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WW Food Plan – 09.06.15 – 15.06.15

Hi guys,

Another week, another meal plan. This week’s seems to be very carb heavy but it’s just what I’m craving at the moment. I will be adding a ton of fruit and veggies to this, I just have the basics sketched out so I know how many points I’m planning on using. I will more than likely be bulking out my weekly points somewhere in the week but I don’t like to allocate my weeklies in case I get the munchies and then I still can be on track.

Tuesday – 27pp
Breakfast: 2 bacon medallions (1pp) on a bagel thin (3pp) with a laughing cow extra light triangle (0pp) = 4pp
Lunch: 60g ham (2pp) on 2 sandwich thins (6pp) = 8pp
Dinner: jacket potato with tuna in light mayo (guesstimate 14pp) = 14pp
Snack: Fat free natural yoghurt (1pp) with fruit = 1pp

Wednesday – 16pp + dinner
Breakfast: 2 egg (4pp) omelette with a light cheese slice (1pp) = 5pp
Lunch: 130g tuna (3pp) in 30g 70% less fat salad cream (1pp) and 40g pasta (4pp) = 8pp
Dinner: out with a friend and not sure where we’re going to eat as of yet
Snack: 3 ryvita (2pp) and 3 laughing cow extra light triangles (1pp) = 3pp

Thursday – 30pp
Breakfast: bagel thin (3pp) with a laughing cow extra light triangle (0pp) with fat free yoghurt (1pp) and fruit = 4pp
Lunch: 60g ham (2pp) on 2 sandwich thins (6pp) = 8pp
Dinner: jacket potato with tuna in light mayo (guesstimate 14pp) = 14pp
Snack: 3 ryvita (2pp) 60g Phili light (2pp) = 4pp

Friday – 22pp
Breakfast: 2 egg (4pp) omelette with a light cheese slice (1pp) = 5pp
Lunch: 130g tuna (3pp) in 30g 70% less fat salad cream (1pp) and 40g pasta (4pp) = 8pp
Dinner: 3 skinless chicken drumsticks (5pp) with 150g new potatoes (3pp) = 8pp
Snack: fat free yoghurt (1pp) with fruit

Saturday – 34pp + 1 weekly pp
Breakfast: fat free yoghurt (1pp) with fruit = 1pp
Lunch: Ilumi spicy harira soup (6pp) with bagel thin (3pp) 1 laughing cow extra light triangle (0pp) = 9pp
Dinner: 2 Mackerel in spicy tomato sauce (12pp) with 2 eggs (4pp) sandwich thin (3pp) = 19pp
Snack: Oat crunch (4pp), bag of French Fries (2pp) = 6pp

Sunday – 25pp
Breakfast: 2 egg (4pp) omelette with a light cheese slice (1pp) = 5pp
Lunch: Ilumi pea and pancetta soup (5pp) with bagel thin (3pp) and a laughing cow extra light triangle (0pp) = 8pp
Dinner: steak and kidney pudding (9pp) 160g mushy peas (3pp) = 12pp

Monday – 33pp
Breakfast: fat free yoghurt (1pp) with fruit = 1pp
Lunch: Ilumi spicy harira soup (6pp) with bagel thin (3pp) and a laughing cow extra light triangle (0pp) = 9pp
Dinner: 2 pieces KFC chicken (13pp) small popcorn chicken (4pp) with corn (2pp), regular coleslaw (4pp) and Pepsi Max = 23pp

Until next time.. x

Meal Plan – Tuesday – Monday (24th Feb – 2nd Mar)

Hi guys,

As promised I’m getting straight back on it. One thing I’ve been obsessed about since I posted at the beginning of the month is Pinterest. I’d been a member for a while but I’ve only just realised how useful it is. I’ve been loving all the organisation pins and when I get some time I’m looking forward to organising my fridge and cupboards! One pin which I want to take on board is where you prep slow cooker meals and then put them in the freezer so you just need to take it out the night before to defrost and bung it in the slow cooker in the morning – something I definitely want to do in the near future!

Tuesday
Breakfast – mackerel in spicy tomato sauce with scrambled eggs, cherry tomatoes (s) and ketchup (2 syns) with 60g of Kingsmill Great White (HEB)
Lunch – leek and potato soup with carrot sticks and houmous (Homemade – FREE)
College – jacket potato with baked beans
Dinner – tomato soup

Wednesday
Breakfast – fromage frais mixed with half HEA milk with papaya (s), pear (s) and berries (s)
Lunch – soy salmon with roasted carrots (s), fine beans (s) and broccoli (s)
Dinner – tomato soup with a cheese (half HEA) and cherry tomato (s) toastie using Kingsmill Great White 60g (HEB)

Thursday
Breakfast – Coco Shreddies (HEB) with milk (HEA) with pear and papaya
Lunch – leek and potato soup with carrot sticks (s) and houmous
College – jacket potato with baked beans
Dinner – tomato soup

Friday
Breakfast – bacon, sausage (1 syn), mushroom (s) and spinach (s) omelette
Lunch – beef chilli with rice
Dinner – red pesto pasta (3.5 syns)

Saturday
Breakfast – Coco Shreddies (HEB) with milk (HEA) with berries (s) and pear (s)
Lunch – red pesto pasta (3.5 syns)
Dinner – spinach (s) and sausage (2 syns) pasta

Sunday
Breakfast – baked beans on 60g Kingsmill Great White (HEB) with berries (s) and grapes
Lunch – beef chilli and rice
Dinner – red pesto pasta (3.5 syns)

Monday
Breakfast – Coco Shreddies (HEB) and milk (HEA) with berries (s), pear (s) and grapes
Lunch – leek and potato soup with carrot sticks (s) and houmous
Dinner – spinach (s) and sausage (2 syns) pasta

Until next time.. x

Tues – Fri Round Up (20th – 23rd Jan)

Hi guys,

Half a week gone and I’m feeling quite positive. I’m struggling drinking the same amount of water as I was but I’m hoping that my hard work pays off!

Tuesday – EE

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Breakfast: 30g Special K Granola (HEB) with 200ml semi skimmed milk (HEA) with strawberries (s) and bananas

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Lunch: (forgot to take a photo until I was nearly done!) pea and gammon soup with a clementine (s) – not pictured

College/Snack: 3 boiled eggs, 2 clementines, jacket potato with tuna and coleslaw in light mayo (6 syns), coffee with the 50ml of semi skimmed milk left in my HEA allowance

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Dinner: slow cooker roast chicken with roast new potatoes and roast carrots (s)

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Snack: Treat size bag of Tangfastics (4.5 syns) with half of the strawberries (s)

Total syns: 10.5, Remaining: 94.5

Wednesday – SP

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Breakfast: 30g granola (HEB) with 250ml semi skimmed milk (HEA) with strawberries (s)

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Lunch: pea and gammon soup with celery and 2 tbsp houmous (5 syns)

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Snacks: S&B Osuimono Soup (0.5 syn), 4 boiled eggs, 2 clementines (S), also 15g wasabi peas (3 syns) and 25g popchips (5 syns)

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Dinner: slow cooker chicken soup with carrots (s), mushrooms (s), celery (s), leeks (s) and onions (s) with a pear (s) and 2 clementines (s)

Total syns: 13.5, Remaining: 81

Thursday – EE

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Breakfast: Subway ham and turkey salad box with lettuce (s), tomatoes (s), cucumber (s), pickles (s), sweetcorn and honey and mustard dressing (4 syns – not too sure on dressing but it’s 1 syn/tbsp)

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Lunch: slow cooker chicken soup with veggies, 2 clementines (s) and HEB 60g wholemeal roll and 1 clementine as a snack

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College: jacket potato with cheese (HEA) and baked beans with a Pepsi Max and a cappuccino (2 syns for milk)

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Dinner: dried ramen noodles in chicken stock with chinese leaf (s) and soy salmon – so yummy!

Total syns: 6, Remaining: 75

Friday – SP

It’s been absolutely manic today at work so I’ve literally been eating as I’m working and totally forgot to take photos!

Pre-Breakfast: 2 slices of ham
Breakfast: slow cooker chicken with veggies and 2 clementines (s)
Lunch: 4 boiled eggs and strawberries (s)

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Dinner: 2 ryvita (HEB & S) with 4 dairylea light triangles (HEA) with ham (p), cucumber (s) and cherry tomatoes (s) and a ham sandwich with 400g wholemeal bread (HEB) with lettuce (s), cucumber (s), cherry tomatoes (s) and 2 tbsp light salad cream (3 syns) and 25g pop chips (5 syns)

Total syns: 8 syns, Remaining: 67

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

Thurs – Sat Round Up

Hi guys,

Hope you’re all well. I’ll break it to you now.. I’ve not had the best half week. You know when those F1 cars do the crazy tail spin around in circles? I feel like I’ve been in one of those since Wednesday evening and not managed to get myself out. Still spinning out of control! I’ve done some damage limitation today (Saturday) and look forward to starting afresh tomorrow.

Thursday

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Breakfast: I was doing some Christmas shopping at 9am and ran out of the house without breakfast, which led me to arriving at Wilko’s about an hour in starving! I had a fried egg, bacon (removed the fat after the photo was taken), mushroom (s), baked beans (ss), a hash brown and a slice of toast. I’m guesstimating around 15 syns.

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Lunch: a bit better – tomato speed soup (ss) with pickled beetroot (s) and I forgot about this morning’s toast (which I synned above) and had 2 slices of 400g wholemeal toast (HEB) cut into small crouton size.

Snack: My Mum then took me for a cup of tea. It resulted in said cup of tea and half a portion of nachos with chilli con carne. Massive massive fail. 20 – 30 syns?

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Dinner: soy salmon with roast carrots (s), peas (ss), broccoli (s), green beans (s), sweetcorn.

Superspeed – 3, speed – 5

Total syns: way too many. 45?

Friday

I totally forgot to take any photos on Friday as I was manning a stall at a local school.

Breakfast/Lunch: spiced yoghurt chicken (s) with sweetcorn, peas (ss), broccoli (s) and green beans.

Snack: banana, clementine (s) Pretz sour cream & onion x2 (10 syns)

Dinner: siu mai, siu long bao and 2 chicken and mushroom buns. (syns : left, right and centre, I imagine.)

Superspeed – 1, speed – 3

Total syns: Not sure. Write off?

Saturday

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Breakfast/Lunch: I ate some of these siu long bao (left) and cha siu bao (right). No idea on the syns.

Snack: I had a Mama tom yum vermicelli cup noodle. Again clueless on syn value.

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Dinner: I had a few chips and I made chicken (s) pizza with peppers (s), onions (s), mushrooms (s), tomatoes (s), green beans (s) and some mozzarella (HEA).

Superspeed – 0, speed – 6

Total syns: I give up.

So, overall I’ve just had a seriously bad few days of eating. It’s not even that I’m binge eating on these things (which makes a change!). I’ve just not eaten strictly on plan at all – just a couple of meals here and there. I did do a cheeky weigh in on my own scales (which I discovered are pretty similar to SW, I think it shows half a lb more than SW scales when I weighed in last Saturday 10 mins apart) and I don’t seem to have gained. Yet. So I am giving myself a rhetorical massive kick up the backside to stick to the SW plan until weigh in. I did my food shop today and my food plan is all set. I have a couple of Chinese dishes on my plan this week which I think still work with SW. I’ll give a more detailed explanation on my next post as my previous post was just ridiculously long and I don’t want you to suffer again! 🙂

Until next time.. x

Food Plan – Sunday to Saturday

Hi everyone,

I hope you’ve all been enjoying my posts so far. I’ve liked the fact that they’re keeping me accountable with what I eat and although I’ve missed one weigh in, I’ve lost 4lbs since I started the blog and got my half stone award! I’ve been doing SW since August so it’s been a lot of ups and downs and maintaining so this is real progress for me. I hope it continues!

To the food diary-

Sunday
Breakfast: Bacon, spinach (s), mushroom (s) and cheese (HEA) omelet with baked beans (ss) and strawberries (ss)
Lunch: roast chicken leftovers (s) with roast potatoes, carrots (s), broccoli (s), green beans (s), sprouts and gravy (4 syns)
Dinner: Beef stew with carrots (s), sprouts, potatoes, celery (s), onion (s), mushrooms (s)
Superspeed – 2, speed – 9
Total syns: 4

Monday
Breakfast: Bacon sandwich using 400g wholemeal bread with ketchup (2 syns)
Lunch: Leftover beef stew with carrots (s), sprouts, potatoes, celery (s), onion (s), mushrooms (s)
Pre-volunteering snack: Bacon, spinach (s), mushroom (s) and cheese (HEA) omelet with baked beans (ss)
Dinner: roast chicken leftovers (s) with roast potatoes, carrots (s), broccoli (s), green beans (s), sprouts and gravy (4 syns)
Superspeed – 1, speed – 10
Total syns: 6

Tuesday
Breakfast: eggs and beans (ss) with strawberries (ss), honey dew melon (ss) and 0% fat yoghurt
Lunch: soy salmon with roast potatoes, broccoli (s), green beans (s) and carrots (s)
College snack: jacket potato with cheese (HEA) and beans (ss) and a tomato cup-a-soup (4.5 syns)
Dinner: Leftover beef stew with carrots (s), sprouts, potatoes, celery (s), onion (s), mushrooms (s)
Superspeed – 4, speed – 7
Total syns: 4.5

Wednesday
Breakfast: Bacon, eggs and beans (ss) with strawberries (ss), honey dew melon (ss) and 0% fat yoghurt
Lunch: tomato speed soup (carrots (s), tomatoes (s), celery (s), onion (s), pickled onion (s) baked beans (ss)) with a grilled cheese sandwich (HEA & HEB)
Dinner: soy salmon and roast potatoes with carrots (s), broccoli (s), garden peas (ss), mini corn on the cob
Superspeed – 5, speed – 7
Total syns: 0

Thursday
Breakfast: 0% fat yoghurt with strawberries (ss), honey dew melon (ss), banana and pear (s)
Lunch: tomato speed soup (carrots (s), tomatoes (s), celery (s), onion (s), pickled onion (s) baked beans (ss)) with a grilled cheese sandwich (HEA & HEB)
College snack: jacket potato with tuna (s) in light creme fraiche (6 syns) and a tomato cup-a-soup (4.5 syns)
Dinner: SW lamb hotpot (1 syn) with carrots (s), garden peas (ss) and broccoli (s)
Superspeed – 4, speed – 9
Total syns: 11.5

Friday
Breakfast: Bacon, egg, mushrooms (s) with honey dew melon (ss)
Lunch: tomato speed soup (carrots (s), tomatoes (s), celery (s), onion (s), pickled onion (s) baked beans (ss)) with a grilled cheese sandwich (HEA & HEB)
Dinner: spiced chicken (s) marinated in 0% fat yoghurt with roast potatoes, lettuce (s), tomatoes (s), cucumber (s)
Superspeed – 2, Speed – 10
Total syns: 0

Saturday
Breakfast: Bacon sandwich with ketchup (2 syns)
Lunch: Leftover spiced chicken (s) marinated in 0% fat yoghurt with roast potatoes, lettuce (s), tomatoes (s), cucumber (s)
Dinner: chicken (s) pizzas with olives (1 syn), peppers (s), cheese (HEA), mushrooms (s), tomatoes (s)
Superspeed – 0, speed – 8
Total syns: 2

So that is the meal plan for the week. There are some days which are syn free but I haven’t figured out my snacks for the week so I expect the syns will come out higher by the time next week rolls round. Plenty of speed and superspeed foods so hopefully I will get that 1lb loss on Wednesday and it’ll keep me in good stead for the next weigh in 🙂

Until next time.. x