Prezzo

Another day in the office today, breakfast was once again the same, fruit salad, i made a big bowl of chopped kiwi, mango, strawberries and pomegranate earlier in the week and put it in a bowl in the fridge so there’s no faffing when i want some, i also had another Strawberry flavour greek style Muller light (0.5 syns) and some hot water and lemon.

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As i had my hexa cheese with my lunch, i stuck to lemon tea throughout the day and had lots of snacks of fruit and more rivita minis (my work snacks are also getting very samey – need to rectify that!)

Lunch was some jacket potatoes (well one wasnt quite big enough, but two might have been a bit too much maybe :/) i topped it with beans and 40g of reduced fat cheddar cheese and also made a side salad to go with it.

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… and i ate it all!

Tonight is usually my weigh in night but as i had a work meal out i will being getting weighed in on Saturday instead. So the meal tonight was at Prezzo, I’d already done some research (good old slimming world Facebook pages) before i went and had decided on the Rigatoni Con Bufala, which was pasta with Buffalo milk mozzarella, sliced cherry tomatoes, onions, garlic and basil in a tomato sauce and i went for a “light” portion which is half a portion with a side salad, it was really nice too 🙂 I really don’t know what the syn value would be but tomato based sauces are usually a good option, the mozzarella would be quite high though as it’s 4 syns per 28g and i guess some oil in the pasta… plus i did nibble on the bread platter starter! but i did stick to diet soft drinks and we all passed on dessert too. All my work colleagues know I am doing slimming world and are fairly supportive, well, the girls are,…the guys – not so much!

Any way I’ve had a good evening which is the main thing, and no more meals out now til after weigh in so if I’m sensible hopefully i wont have done too much damage this week.

Plus I did something either very good or very stupid today – I signed up to the 7k run for the end of April, so I have 16 week to get some training in!!

free food

fruit salad

apple

satsuma

potato

salad

baked beans

diet coke x 3

healthy extras

A – 40g reduced fat cheddar

B – Rivita minis 24g bag

Syns

Muller light greek style yogurt (0.5 syns)

Rocky road SW light bar x 1 (3 syns)

meal out (lots of syns)

Total syns = lots!

Body magic

none – I think I was being a bit ambitious with trying to do that dvd everyday.

being social

I was in the office stupidly early this morning, so there was no Pilates or breakfast before work today, I did take some fruit salad and a greek style Muller light (0.5 syns) with me though and had them at my desk with a lemon tea.

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It’s been such a long day I can bearly remember what I had mid morning but I took a banana, apple and satsuma with me and they’ve all gone so I’ve eaten them, i tried to stick to lemon tea today rather than normal tea with milk which is a good job as you’ll see my snack later used up all my hexa for the day.

I was so busy and hungry I forgot to take a photo of both my lunches, yes you read that right, both. First lunch was the chicken left over from last night with some salad, but that didn’t fill me up very much so I then had a tomato mug shot (free) too.

I was hungry again by the time I got home and seeing as i hadn’t had my hexb yet I had a little snack of some rivita mini’s with a chunk of cheese! it did the trick though and keep me going so I wasnt starving hungry for when i arrived at dinner.

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It was the running club social tonight (to cut a long story short – I’m a member but I don’t ever go running!) at a local restaurant and I’d pre ordered the lamb shank, mash and seasonal veg (seriously this was the best option on the menu, everything else was either deep-fried or came with chips!) Obviously i don’t know the actual syn value but i have had a look in the food directory book and the Lamb shoulder with mash and veg at Weatherspoons is 20 syns, so I’m going to estimate this is about the same…. good job I stuck to diet coke. But it was delicious, and it was good to catch up with everyone and i promised i would make an apperence at running club soon also a lot of the evening was spent convincing me to sign up to a 7k run at the end of Arpil, which i’m seriously considering… watch this space!

free food

kiwi

strawberries

mango

pomegranate

banana

satsuma

apple

chicken

salad

tomato mug shot

lemon tea

diet coke

healthy extras

A – 40g reduced fat cheddar

B – 24g bag of rivita minis

Syns

Muller light greek style yogurt (0.5 syn)

milk in 2 teas (1 syn)

lamb, mash and veg – meal out (20 syns approx)

Total syns = 21.5

Body magic

none

breakfast bar fail

I’d brought a few different things to try this week, one being twinings lemon zest tea, thought I could have this at work so I don’t use all my hexa on milk in tea then I could have some syn free cheese – it was quite nice and refreshing.

Also brought some McVities porridge oats breakfast bars, thinking I could incorporate these into breakfast instead of bread, plus the thought of a biscuit sounded great, but after doing some research have found out they are not a hexb and are 3 syns per biscuit, so will be passing those over to my husband to take to work.

Anyway on with today, breakfast was another fruit salad, fat-free yogurt and lemon tea, getting very repetitive but can’t quite work out whet else to have and at half six in the morning I can’t really manage anything much more complicated!

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Lunch was the left over from last nights tea, which went down a treat, and as I was feeling rather hungry today also had an apple, sw light bar, banana, satsuma and some cherries.

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Now, the office “chocolate table” also doubles as a sweet table and today there were 5 big bags of Haribo on there (there were only 7 of us in the office!) so I feel I was very good in only having just two sweets (0.5 syns each) I’m still trying to save a few syns for meals out this week as I know I’m likely to go over.

I was out this evening so hubby was in charge of tonight’s evening meal and he’d made a delicious mexican chicken (he used a discovery fajita mix which was 4 syns for the pack) with wedges, home-made salsa and salad.

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Then another bowl of pineapple with Greek style Coconut flavour Muller Light on top to finish.

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Felt really good today , I think the full nights sleep helped, but I seem to have so much more energy now and just feel healthier all round 🙂

free food

Muller light

kiwi

strawberries

mango

rice

bean chilli

apple

banana

satsuma

cherries

chicken

salad

salsa

SW wedges

pineapple

healthy extras

A – milk in tea x 3

B – 1 x SW hifi light bar

Syns

2 x Haribo sweet (1 syn)

Discovery fajita mix – half pack (2 syns)

Muller Light Greek Style yogurt (0.5 syns)

Total syns = 3.5

Body magic

10 minutes of Pilates

damage limitation

After yesterdays wine syns and knowing I have some meals out coming up in the next few days, todays was all about damage limitation. So with this in mind, breakfast consisted of a superspeedy fruit salad of mango, strawberry and kiwi with a Muller light and hot water and lemon.

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A busy day in the office today and I managed to get through some snacks of a rocky road SW light hifi bar, rivita minis, satsuma and an apple. Also it being Monday again it was time for lunch time yoga and I even walked to the gym (ok it’s about a five-minute walk, but that’s commitment when it’s as cold and rainy as it is today!)

I got back to the office and was so hungry I completely forgot to take a photo of my lunch, but I had made a veg heavy tomato based pasta sauce with a handful of wholemeal pasta shells mixed in. I also forgot to take the cheese i’d grated to sprinkle on the top, but wasnt going to let it go to waste and had it on my dinner instead. Which brings me nicely to the bean chilli, made from a tin of Sainsbury’s mixed beans in mild chilli sauce (free) mixed with some chopped tomatoes, roasted red pepper (from a jar), frozen sweetcorn and I served it with some wild rice.

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the evening finished with a huge slice of pomelo and another early night, this time for sleep not for reading my book as going to sleep at 2am when you have to be up at 6am is never a good idea!

free food

strawberries

kiwi

mango

satsuma

apple

pasta

tomatoes

mushrooms

onion

peppers

beans in chilli sauce

sweetcorn

rice

pomelo

healthy extras

A – 40g reduced fat cheddar

B – 24g bag of rivia minis

Syns

Rocky road SW light bar (3 syns)

milk in 4 teas (2 syns)

Total syns = 5

Body magic

45 mis of yoga + 10 min walk

dinner party

Well Sunday lunch actually, but the point is cooking and entertaining at home is one of my favorite past times, so we had some family over today and I wanted to not feel like a complete party pooper.

But first, breakfast, just some coffee, Muller light yogurt and half a pink grapefruit this morning then got on with some DIY around the house.

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We cooked a roast chicken (superspeed!) with roasted new potatoes and lots of different veg, I also had a separate low syn gravy as everyone else had red wine in theirs.

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For dessert I’d made an apple and blackberry crumble with cream for everyone else, so I did myself some stewed apple and berries with cinnamon and 1 tsp of sugar to sweeten (I could have used sweetener which would have been free, but I’d ran out) I measured out 200g and had it as my hexb, it was really yummy so might do that again another day.

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The problem came when it came to the wine, I only had two half glasses but I didn’t measure them so I’m going to have to estimate 10 syns a glass. But I really enjoyed every mouthful of them so I feel it was a good use of syns, just need to be a bit careful the rest of the week now if I want a loss this week, I have 2 meals out before weigh in though so hopefully I can enjoy them both without doing too much damage… well we’ll find out how that goes later in the week.

After my guests had gone I got on with a bit of gardening (body magic for sure – it almost killed me!). Soon enough it was tea time, as we’d eaten lunch quite late I wasnt that hungry, but managed to eat the left over chicken and veg and a slice of pomelo to top me up and not go to bed hungry.

Oh and I went and did the Pilates DVD before bed too, am off for an early night now as I want to read my new book (well i got it for christmas actually but never get to bed early enough to read any of it!)

free food

Muller light yogurt

grapefruit

chicken

potatoes

cabbage

carrots

sweet potato

broccoli

leeks

shallots

stock cubes

pomelo

healthy extras

A – 1% fat milk in 4 coffees

B – 200g of stewed apple and berries

Syns

1 x level tsp gravy granules (1 syn)

1 x level tsp sugar (1 syn)

2 x unmeasured glasses of white wine (20)

Total syns = 22

Body magic

45 minutes of gardening + 10 minutes of Pilates

dusting off the bicycle

As I’d promised myself if there was no snow overnight i would get on my bike today and go for a ride, and i woke up to a beautiful sunny day… dam it! no, I do actually enjoy cycling usually but can’t say i was that enthusiastic about it this morning with it being so cold. But after a light breakfast (don’t want to be sick!) of a chopped apple and Muller light and a mug of coffee, off i went, it was freezing but nice to get out in the fresh air.

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After returning home and getting warm i prepared myself a breakfasty lunch of 2 quorn sausages (2 syns), mushrooms, baked beans, sauteed potatoes and a fried egg, followed by a satsuma and more coffee.

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The rest of the day was spent out and about doing various bits and pieces that i wont bore you with, but i arrived home in time for dinner. as we had lots of fresh veg in and id bought some Thai red curry paste that only 1 syn per tsp we made a vegetable, noodle, beef type dish that was delicious, but as this is my favorite type of food, i would say that!

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Obviously i didn’t eat all of that myself!

I’m trying to be as superspeedy as possible today as there is a bottle of wine chilling in the fridge ready for tomorrow that i know im going to have at least one glass of, so with this in mind i basically had a mountain of fruit for dessert… see pic for details 🙂

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free food

apple

Muller light yogurt

baked beans

mushrooms

egg

potato

satsuma

stir fry veg

whole grain noodles

beef

fruit salad

pomelo

healthy extras

A – skimmed milk in 2 coffees

B – Rocky road SW light bar (1/2 hexb) x 2

Syns

2 x quorn sausages (2 syns)

2 tsps Thai red curry paste (2 syns)

1 x bite of cheddar & pickled onion cheese that my husband bought even though he knows it’s my favorite … $%*”$! (2 syns?)

Total syns = 6

Body magic

9 mile bike ride

Not giving up

After feeling sorry for myself yesterday due to the “maintain” at weigh in, I’ve pulled myself together today and got straight back on it! I’ve decided not to let it put me off as I’m feeling so much healthier and knowing I’m eating a balanced diet is on the right tack to losing the excess weight so I’m not giving up.

Got up late this morning (all that time lying in bed thinking about the above!) so no time for Pilates before work today, but did manage to eat breakfast (there’s always time for food!) of a superspeedy grapefruit, Muller light and hot water and lemon.

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Morning snacks consisted of mini rivitas, apple and satsuma and another one of those bloody chocolates that are sat by my desk, you’d have thought people would have finished them off by now, I reckon could polish the whole box off in ten mins given half the chance!

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And lunch was a very pale looking but surprisingly delicious omelette made with 3 eggs, half a tub of quark and some chopped ham and roasted red pepper. it was really quick to make last night as well, and was nice eaten cold with a bit of a salad. i even managed a little walk to the shops in my lunch break too, it was freezing outside so unsurprisingly none of my colleagues fancied joining me.

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Now, I was so pleased with my 2lb loss last week that i booked a little non-food treat of an aromatherapy massage for tonight at my gym (got to make use of this membership somehow) very relaxing and a nice little reward to help keep me going.

So it’s Friday night which defiantly calls for a curry, I’d made some tomato soup earlier in the week but that was before the no bread rule and you just cant have soup without bread, so i chucked it into a pan with some tikka powder, frozen spinach and a couple quorn fillets then stirred in some fat-free yogurt before serving. I was feeling a bit lazy so microwaved some Tilda lime and coriander rice (2 syns) to go with it.

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I’m writing my post early tonight as have things to do, but will finish off the rest of the pineapple at some point this evening and get an early night as I need my energy for tomorrows bike ride… well as long as it doesn’t snow to much that it.

free food

Grapefruit

Muller light yogurt

apple

satsuma

red pepper

ham

egg

quark

quorn

tomatoes

carrot

onion

spinach

fat-free natural yogurt

pineapple

healthy extras

A – skimmed milk in 4 teas

B – 24g bag of salt and vinegar mini rivitas

Syns

250g pouch of Tilda lime and coriander rice (2 syns)

1  chocolate (2 syns)

Total syns = 4 (that’s more like it!)

Body magic

20 min walk

Week 4 weigh in…

Managed to get up nice and early this morning and did a 10 min Pilates set before preparing an eggy bread (hexb) breakfast with Cinnamon and raspberries with a drizzle of honey (1 syn) and a mug of hot water and lemon to wash it down with.

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On arriving at the office, i was horrified to see the chocolate table had been restocked with some rather lovely looking chocolates, i thought I’d post a photo just so you can realise how hard it was to resist!

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I had just two of these and as there was no nutritional info, i guessed at 2 syns each? they were pretty small, but delicious!

I’d put some jacket potatoes in with the chips last night so had these for lunch today with some homemade coleslaw and 40g of reduced fat grated cheddar cheese (hexa) and a side salad, it was massive and sooooo filling.

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I still managed to get through a satsuma, apple, sw light hi-fi bar and some raspberries during the day too.

So tonight was weigh in night, and i must say i was slightly disappointed at maintaining 😦 I have changed a few thing since last week though, I’ve not been focusing on eating superspeed foods as i was last week plus I’ve re introduced bread as my hexb again, so after having a chat with my lovely consultant, I’m going to try to cut bread out this week and see if this makes any difference to my weight loss next week.

After coming home from tonight’s meeting feeling rather deflated, hubby had cooked a lovely lamb roast dinner for us, with SW friendly gravy, and lots of veg, and the table was laid with a glass of wine at my seat! (4.5 syns). Followed by another colourful fruit platter.

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free food

raspberries

satsuma

apple

jacket potato

lettuce

carrot

cabbage

onion

tomatoes

cucumber

lamb (fat cut off)

potatoes

peas

green beans

carrots

kiwi

dragon fruit

strawberries

healthy extras

A – 40g reduced fat cheddar

B – Rocky road SW light bar (1/2 hexb) x 1 + 1 slice of bread from 400g loaf

Syns

1 x level tsp honey (1 syn)

1 level tbsp light mayo (1 syn)

2 x chocolates (4 syns)

1 x level tbsp gravy granules (1 syn)

milk in 4 teas (2 syns)

93.5ml of white wine (4.5 – i only know this because it’s half a mini bottle)

Total syns = 13.5 (oops thats not going to help is it!?)

Body magic

10 mins of pilates

piña colada (well almost)

The day started with 10 minutes of Pilates (yes i remembered!) followed by a nice light breakfast of chopped fruit (so pretty!), Muller light and hot water and lemon.

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Mid morning snack was a banana and a couple of cups of tea. Felt rather bloated for some reason (maybe last nights candyfloss expanding!?) so had a few glasses of water too.

I’d packed up the rest of the chicken, rice and roasted veg left over from last nights meal to have for my lunch today, and threw in a few stems of broccoli too, everyone in the office was very interested in this little lot, especially compared to their boring old sandwiches!

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i managed to get through some more fruit, tea and mini rivitas during the afternoon, the bloating had gone and i was feeling much better, so made up for it by munching away all afternoon.

Whilst on my little shopping trip yesterday I purchased some (rather unflattering) hat, gloves and base layer so there would be no excuse not to go to run club tonight – plus it’s the social next week and i felt i should turn up to run at least once beforehand! but I just couldn’t face it in this weather.

After i was done with work i raced home, got warm and got cooking. It was quite late so hubby had already sorted him self out, and i needed something quick and easy. I’d brought some new wild garlic and parsley quorn sausages to try so had 2 of them (2 syns) with some SW chips and baked beans.

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And to finish up i made use of my pineapple corer and slicer and had a big bowl of it topped with a greek style coconut Muller light… it was a but like a pina colada, SW style *well you have to use your imagination!

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free food

strawberry Muller light

dragon fruit

kiwi

strawberries

banana

satsuma

rice

chicken

mushrooms

courgette

tomato

broccoli

sw chips

baked beans

pineapple

healthy extras

A – milk in teas x 4

B – 24g bag of rivita minis

Syns

2 x quorn sausages (2 syns)

SW hi-fi light bar (3 syns)

greek style coconut Muller light (0.5 syns)

Total syns = 5.5

Body magic

10 minutes Pilates

Wetherspoon’s

Had the day off today but as I had an appointment in town earlyish there was no time for a lie in. Breakfast was a short and sweet Muller light with a few blueberries and a cup of tea, I also took a banana and SW hifi light bar with me.

We were still in town at lunchtime so popped into Wetherspoon’s for lunch. It was Tuesday so steak special day, I had a 8oz sirlon with peas, mushrooms, tomato and I swapped the chips it came with for a jacket potato. I didn’t order any of the sauces but had two sachet’s of ketchup (2 syns) instead. The deal included a drink and although i was tempted by a glass of wine, i stuck to pepsi instead, which I can feel happy about now 🙂

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After lunch we walked around town and “accidentally” fell into the Thornton’s shop, (good job I didn’t have the wine!) I treated by self to just one piece of chocolatey fudge which worked out at 40 cals so 2 syns – but it was totally worth it!

We got home late afternoon and decided to watch a film and have a few snacks, so made myself a plate of sliced pink dragon fruit, kiwi and strawberries and relaxed with a pot of coffee. It seems the lunch time steak didn’t fill me up as much as I thought it would have, so had a slice of wholemeal bread with some ham and 1 x laughing cow extra light triangle.

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I was hungry again by tea time so prepared some chicken with lemon and herbs, some roasted veg and vegetable rice.

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As I was supposed to go to the cinema last night but it was cancelled due to the weather, I’d brought some candy floss (4 syns) from Asda’s the other day and it would be a shame for it to go to waste wouldn’t it!? this was swiftly followed by an ice lolly (2.5 syns)

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Oh damn it – forgot the Pilates again, will go and do it now.

Free food

Strawberry Muller light

blueberries

banana

steak

peas

tomato

jacket potato

mushroom

dragon fruit

kiwi

strawberries

ham

chicken

courgette

mushrooms

cherry tomatoes

red onion

rice

healthy extras

A – skimmed milk in 4 teas + 1 x laughing cow extra light triangle

B – SW hifi light bar x 1 (1/2 hexb) + 1 slice of wholemeal bread from a 400g loaf

Syns

Thornton’s fudge/choc (2 syns)

2 sachet’s of ketchup (2 syns)

20g candyfloss (4 syns)

Sainsburys sprinkle top ice lolly (2.5 syns)

Total syns = 10.5

Body magic

10 minutes of Pilates (DVD)