week 13 – my shopping bill has halved

with making things like SW lasagna, stirfries and curry last for dinner and two lunches rather than eating it all in one evening, plus not buying quite as much fruit to snack on¬†I’ve noticed quite a decrease in my food shopping bill over the last couple of weeks which can only be a good thing in the current climate… another bonus of slimming world ūüôā

So onto this weeks weigh in where I lost a respectable¬†1.5lbs, it feels like I finally have the hang of it and have been thinking why I’ve managed to lose 2 stone before with out noticeably reducing my portion sizes and have come to the (fairly obvious) conclusion that as you lose weight you stomach shrinks therefore it should naturally take less food to fill you up, it’s just my problem recently has been eating way past the point of being full (I blame the weather: on cold, dark nights all I want to do is eat! … but I want to lose weight more!)

Food this past week has mainly been Dorset cereals muesli with chopped banana, a blog of Tesco¬†rhubarb and vanilla fat free¬†yogurt (the 450g¬†tub – and it is free) and a chopped strawberry on top. then mainly water, nas squash, tea and fruit tea all morning, left overs or one of my homemade veg based soups for lunch, a syned¬†treat in the afternoon (there was¬†one day when I had¬†a crunchie¬†from the vending machine for 9.5 syns) and lots more sugar free¬†fluids to get me through the afternoon and to dinner time where I’ve been having a much smaller portion of a sw recipe using my plate so I have have¬†half¬†super free and half¬†free foods¬†and then waiting until I actually felt hungry again before having any dessert (either fruit, yogurt, sugar free jelly etc) which most of the time I’ve found im not hungry so havent bothered.

we have been having the kitchen refitted this week so have had to eat out once¬†in the evening as hadn’t prepared something to microwave that night, we went to¬†harvester and I had flame grilled chicken breast, and salad from the cart with a drizzle of thousand island dressing and diet pepsi, we even skipped dessert and went to the Tesco¬†next door and got a¬†sugar free¬†jelly pot¬†and a muller¬†light fat free yogurt to have at home instead.

I did however find these:


they are individually wrapped so have scattered them at home, in the car and in my desk drawer at work and they are 1/2 a syn each, I find they take a while to suck (no you’re not supposed to bite them!!) and hit the spot for me, sugary, sweet, buttery, lovely, I find I usually only have one to keep the cravings at bay (I sound like¬†some kind of¬†addict saying that, but you know what I mean)

this week coming up looks fairly good, I have two meals out but both are at other people’s houses and both will be a roast dinner type meal that I will be able to help myself to, so can control portions without coming across as rude for leaving food (I’d never do that actually, I’d just eat it all and feel ill!) just will need to watch the wine and¬†pudding intake.

as I am off work for 5 days now over Easter and¬†I plan on cooking some new recipes in my new kitchen (although that will involve getting it dirty I suppose :/ ) I’ll post them on here with pics if they turn out ok.

hope you all have a good week and that we get though Easter without succumbing to to many of those pesky chocolate eggs!!

Mandy x

week 12 – ok so this is how you do Slimming World

So the children’s animal plate doesn’t look quite so silly now with a whopping 4lb¬†weight loss this week! I’m so shocked it was that much, but obviously very happy, just hope i can keep up with doing the same things that worked so well for me¬†this week.

Ok so it wasnt just the kiddy plate that contributed to the amazing loss this week, one of the other things i¬†did in the name of not eating when I’m not hungry is¬†i¬†left behind my usual sack of “free food” that i¬†take to work with me. I usually take this in with me for fear of getting hungry and ending up at the vending machine or burger van, however what i¬†actually end up doing is eating it all anyway and after a filling breakfast, lunch¬†and several teas and other drinks throughout the day¬†im not actually hungry, im just eating them because they are there. so this week was a trial to see if i¬†could survive without them and i¬†was surprised to see that i¬†could, so need to carry this on and get it ingrained into my head to not eat when not hungry (unless it’s a syned treat of course!)

Some of the other things i did this week were:

  • ¬†i¬†had a meal out on Saturday night at a Thai¬†restaurant, i¬†stuck to diet coke to drink, which was fine as i¬†was driving anyway. When the prawn cracker bowl came out to start, i¬†nervously ate a few thinking they must be full of syns, but after looking up the syn value afterwards¬†they are¬†a surprisingly¬†low¬†5 crackers¬†for 1.5 syns, so i¬†could have had a few more! i¬†will know for next time though. For main i¬†had a chicken pad Thai which was exactly what i¬†fancied and i¬†think the only syns would have been in the oil used to stirfry¬†it –¬† i had a great night!
  • I’ve been wanting to make soup for a while¬†but can never be bothered to chop and prepare all the veg to make it, so when i¬†saw a pre-prepared soup mix in Morrisons for ¬£1 it was perfect for me. it was chopped carrot, butternut squash and onion with some fresh coriander chopped into it. i¬†just boiled the contents with a veg stock pot and some mini pasta shapes then blended half of it and mixed back together.¬†it was delicious and made enough for 2 lunches and was really filling too. will be making this again, there¬†were other flavours too which i am going to try.

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  • I had a KFC¬†meal earlier in the week – i¬†know it’s such a bad word! however… i¬†did check the syn values before we went and discovered you can have a streetwise snack box for just 14 syns¬†(regular fries = 11 syns, mini fillet 3 syns) so was within my syns¬†for the day and it not only hit the spot but it meant i could join in with the rest of my colleagues¬†on the outing ūüôā
  • i¬†went to running club on Wednesday and met my friend for a run sunday morning and did 3 miles each time, this is something i¬†would really love to keep up with as i enjoy it so much and as am in the office all day it’s great to get out and get some fresh air.

So i¬†will be aiming to keep up all of these good things this coming week, i¬†do have a weekend away the girls this weekend though which is going to involve lots of cocktails, a meal out and breakfast in the morning. i’m gong to try to stick to gin and slimline tonic though¬†and have what i¬†fancy for dinner but not stuff myself and stop eating when i am full, i’ll¬†try to order a smaller portion if possible and im going offer to cook the morning after breakfast so i can cut my fat off¬†my bacon etc. If all else fails I’ll just have to stay on the dance floor all night!

I’m not expecting a huge loss next week¬†like i¬†had this week. but 2lb would be wonderful.

good luck for the week ahead everyone xxx

week 11 – just because it’s “free” doesn’t mean it has no calories!

As promised, after not blogging all week here is a quick catch up from the past week and my weight difference at weigh in tonight.

Well basically the week was a complete¬†right-off, from getting fed up with it all and thinking I could have a “blow out day” which turned into a blow out week ūüė¶ on top of that for the last 3 nights I’ve stuffed myself so full of food (some of it even free food!) that I’ve not even been able to sleep I’ve been so uncomfortable.

And all this was reflected in my weight gain of 3 lbs tonight (I didn’t even think it was possible to gain that much in just 7 days!)

the only good thing I did this week was make it to running club on Wednesday which I really enjoyed and am going to try to get back into the habit of going each week.

So thinking about how I can turn things around this coming week, I’ve written a meal planner which includes lots of veggie based dishes to boost the superfree¬†percentage and I’m going to try and¬†snack a bit less as even though I generally snack on free or superfree foods (well,¬†not this week!) I’m snacking because I’m bored or I think its ok because it’s syn free and I’ve planned to have it, when I should only really¬†be snacking when im hungry. To help with this I’m going to try to drink more water / sugar-free squash / fruit tea as I’m really only looking for something occupy myself with.

The other thing im going to try this week is having smaller portions. I know with SW you can have as much free foods as you like but it really should be 1/3 superfree¬†and what I tend to do is pile my plate with, for example, sw chips, then¬†lean meat then add a token bit of¬†veg on the¬†side, I then eat all the chips and meat until i’m¬†full but continue to eat anyway to “get my 1/3 superfree” which is ridiculous… talking of ridiculous, I brought these plates a few years ago as I liked that they were split into sections (yes they do have cartoon animals on and yes they are for children!) but they are perfect split-wise for have free foods in the smaller two and superfree in the larger section. Heres my dinner tonight, and yes I have cut up my sausage!


it doesnt look like much food (compared to my usual portions) but it did fill me up surprisingly and I can always fill it up again if im still hungry or use it to have for example 1/4 sugar free jelly, 1/4 fat free yogurt and 1/2 fruit.

So I’m feeling positive about the week ahead, im unlikely to get the 3lb¬†off in one week but I would like to get 1lb off at least for next weeks weigh in.

Hope you all have a good week, will fill you in on how I’ve got on next week.


long time, no blog

Apologies for not posting for the last couple of days, I’ve been so busy I’ve not had the time this weekend… which brings me onto saying I’m not going to be posting every day from now on as it’s getting a bit to time-consuming.¬† It has really focused me over the last ten weeks though.

So with the first half stone gone and the last half stone to go i¬†will now be posting once a week, on weigh in night (Thursdays) with a bit of an update of how the week has been, any major achievements or obstacles I’ve overcome and any new recipes I’ve¬†tried plus my weigh loss for the week (notice how i¬†say loss – positive thinking!) and hopefully with only blogging once a week i can put a bit more time into the post and make sure¬†it has all the relevant information and photos¬†in it to make sure it’s an interesting read.

Don’t fear though I’m still sticking to plan as much as possible and will be attending group every week. I am aiming to lose this last half stone by April, just¬†in time for summer!

*You can see my weekly weight loss and running total under the “about” section.

curry night

it was an early start this morning so i took some breakfast items into the office with me.


snacks throughout the day we mainly fruit and the other half of my hexb on hi fi bar.


for lunch i made a egg and cheese fritta with courgette and peppers and a side salad.


i¬†must admit there was a rather large looking¬†nice¬†cake at work for a colleagues¬†birthday¬†and i¬†did have a small slice with a cuppa, not sure of the syn content as it was home made¬†but that’s¬†all im having syn wise today so hopefully its not to many.

we had people over for dinner tonight and hubby made two currys, one being SW friendly and syn free, with plain boiled rice, syn free Bombay potatoes and fyn free shallot pickle i also stuck to diet soft drinks all night (which was hard!)

im quite please i managed to enjoy tonight with out going overboard on the syns.

free food


muller light






beef curry




healthy extras

A – semi skimmed milk in 4 teas

B –¬†hifi light bar + benefit bar



Total syns = less than 10 hopefully

Body magic


Week 10 weigh in…must try harder

Annoyingly now after wrighting this post twice and it crashing and deleting it’s self, im going to keep this short and sweet! here’s breakfast, lunch and dinner:




i maintained at weigh in which i was expecting (but still slightly disappointed)

we have people over for a curry tonight¬†so hubby is cooking me a SW friendly curry and i¬†plan to stick to diet soft drinks throughout the evening … will let you know how that goes tomorrow.

free food



fruit salad

muller light







 sw chips



healthy extras

A – semi skimmed milk in 4 teas

B –¬†35g Dorset cereals muesli

B Р30g bag of rivita minis


low syn sausage (1 syns)

gravy (2 syns)

sw light hifi bar (3 syns)

Total syns = 6

Body magic


those doughnuts are still flippin there!

today was a hungry day that’s¬†for sure¬†so it was quite hard to keep saying no all the naughty treats that were on offer today. I don’t¬†think that it helped that i¬†had my breakfast¬†so early, i¬†wanted to eat then walk the dog then go and do the food shopping and get to work all before 8.30am which resulted in me not only walking the dog in the dark but eating my breakfast so early that i¬†was hungry again by the time i¬†got to work. So after the bowl of banana, strawberries, yogurt and muesli¬†i also had a banana and a take out coffee upon arrival to work.


I as also annoyed to see that the doughnut i¬†reluctantly¬†said no to yesterday was still there waiting to be eaten, but i¬†did a quick syn check online (well i¬†was tempted) and¬† i¬†didn’t¬†think 15.5 syns for a stale doughnut was worth it so had a satsuma instead.

I was supposed to be doing a SE day today but lunch didn’t¬†really meet this criteria as it was pasta, ham, a hexa¬†portion of cheese and a few bits of customary¬†red pepper, which wasnt even 1/3 superfree let alone 2/3 – but on the plus side it was very filling.


it was however a long afternoon and i snacked on some grapes and a bag of rivita minis (hexb) along with a couple of mugs of tea. As i was out tonight i had an early (and quick) dinner of a very unconventional tomato mugshot and a fruit salad.


Now here is where things started to go a bit wrong. I knew there was going to be a buffet where i¬†was going so i¬†thought if i¬†ate¬†before i¬†went and took a banana with me i¬†could resist¬†the temptation… however, i¬†ended up having two quarter sandwiches¬†one with cheese and tomato and one with pork and i¬†had a slice of chocolate cake, 5 jelly babies and 4 crisps. well at least i¬†kept count so i¬†didn’t¬†go to made i suppose, but still all high syn stuff.

My aim now is to make tomorrow a real SE day on all 3 meals, as i went shopping this morning and stocked up on lots of fruit and veggies this shouldnt be to hard (so she says!)

free food




ww yogurt




tomato mug shot

fruit salad

healthy extras

A – semi skimmed milk in 4 teas

A – 40g reduced fat cheese

B –¬†35g Dorset cereals muesli

B Р30g bag of rivita minis


1 slice of wholemeal bread (4 syns)

couple of tsps of margarine? (3 syns)

small slice of chocolate cake (5 syns Рit was very small)

5 jelly babies (5 syns)

4 crisps (2 syns?)

Total syns = 19

Body magic

1 mile walk

Pyjama victory

Thought I’d do another SE day today as almost back to normal as am back at work but still have the dog. So first things first was dog walking before work in my bleary eyed state, I only went for a short one as still needed to fit in breakfast of a bowl if pink grapefruit plus a ww yogurt with strawberries and mango, topped with muesli

I had a mid morning snack of a banana and mug of tea. As it was a lovely sunny day today i walked to the shops at lunchtime then ate my packed lunch of quorn and salad I’d brought with me.


I had to side step a jam doughnut this afternoon (quite proud of myself actually!) and had a feast of satsuma, grapes, apple and a bag of mini rivitas instead along with another mug of tea.
After arriving home there was a requirement (according to the dog!) for another walk, so we did a bit longer one this time of a couple of miles. Then it was home for dinner, which turned out to not be very successful … That’s what happens when I don’t plan! I chopped a load of veg and stir fried with some lemongrass and chilli. Then microwaved some tilda rice to go with it. However the sweet potato when soggy, I put to much chilli in and the rice turned out to be 5.5 syns, instead of the 2 syns for the other flavour which was nicer! So not one of my best dinners. Oh well it was very super free so it did the job ūüôā


The title of “pyjama victory” is because i tried on some pyjams hubby brought me for xmas (in the size i told him i was) and they now fit! yay!

Free food
Ww yogurt
Stir fry veg

Healthy extras
A – semi skimmed milk in 3 teas
B – 35g Dorset cereals muesli
B – 30g bag of rivita minis

Tilda coconut rice 250g pouch (well most of it!) 5.5 syns

Body magic
1 mile walk
1 mile ish walk at lunch time
2 mile walk

the good the bad and no willpower

Its been a so-so day (SW wise that is – I’ve had a lovely day off work in the other sense) as the dog was staying over i¬†ate my breakfast whilst being stared at by her with the look of “put the food down and walk me” on her face. But i¬†tried to relax and eat my breakfast of raspberries, ww cherry yogurt and muesli and a mug of tea before taking her for a short walk.


that didn’t fill me up for long though and mid morning called for a fruit platter with another mug of tea, then it was on with the gardening.


a short stop for lunch and i had 2 low syn sausages from the butchers left, so i grilled them (NO fat came out at all!) whilst i made a salad of little gem lettuce, beetroot, soya beans, peppers, tomatoes and carrot then i sliced the cooked sausages and popped them in a frying pan with some soy sauce, chilli and tomato puree and heated until they went sticky.


The food i¬†didn’t¬†take photos of were a banana, a bite of honey sandwich on white bread and a bite of¬†Aero¬†chocolate (both of these were my husbands and I¬†have ZERO willpower!!!).¬†I am going to guess at 2 syns each?

I also took the dog for a run / walk this afternoon, i ran 2 miles with her on her lead and then had to walk the last mile back with her off the lead as she just barks at me if i start to run (weird, i know!)

I made peri peri¬†chicken from¬†jamie¬†olivers¬†30 minute meals¬†book tonight, except i¬†used quorn¬†fillets instead of chicken, not because i’m¬†vegetarian but i¬†like to¬†eat free range chicken and it’s quite dear so i¬†don’t buy it all the time and use quorn¬†instead which i¬†also like. i served it with baked peppers, carrots, sweet potato mash and mini sweetcorn.


I also stewed some apples and frozen mixed berries with some cinnamon and sweetened with sweetener then spooned on a couple of dollops of low fat custard.


free food (SE)


ww yogurt

fruit salad



quorn fillets


sweet potato

mini sweet corn

healthy extras

A – skimmed milk in 4 teas

B –¬†35g Dorset cereals muesli

B – 250g stewed apple and berries


2 x low syn pork sausages (2 syns)

bite of honey on white bread sandwich (2 syns)

bite of aero chocolate (2 sysn)

2 level tbsps of fat custard (2 syns)

Total syns = 8

Body magic

3 mile run / walk

1 mile walk

lots of gardening – in fact everything aches already!