first week at target

It has been a fairly successful first week at target as I just weighed myself at home and have maintained my weight (albeit on different scales) this week.

So it seems the introduction of a second hexb in the form of bread has been fine. this week I’ve been having them in the form of sandwiches at lunchtime spread with Philadelphia light, sliced cucumber and ham so will continue to have my wholemeal bread but might have to think about freezing some and eating it for different things as sandwiches for lunch every day can get a bit boring, especially as there is so many other things on SW you could have – reheated leftovers from the previous nights dinner are my favourite and requires minimal effort.

As the sun was out at the weekend I managed to get an hour on Sunday sitting in the garden for lunch, we fancied some tapas style nibbles so I whizzed up a small can of chickpeas with lemon juice, garlic salt and pepper to make a syn free hummus which was delicious! plus some pickled baby beetroot, cherry tomatoes, lean ham slices, pickled onions, melba toasts (1/2 syn each) and a huge box of strawberries. I had sugar free cloudy lemonade with mine… that bottle of wine and loaf of bread are nothing to do with me!!

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I have a busy weekend coming up and have a lunch out with some friends on Saturday, followed by a fish and chip meal steam train ride Saturday night and then I’ll be going to ‘Grill stock’ on Sunday, which is a festival focused around BBQ’d food. So all in all a pretty tough weekend food wise, i’m just going to make sure the meals I have in between are very much ‘on plan’.

I will however be meeting for my usual Sunday morning run so there will be a bit of body magic in there at least.

Now I have a bit of a thing I would like to tackle next and that’s reducing the amount of artificial sweeteners im having as im sure they can’t be good for you. im not bothered about cutting them out completely, just reducing the amount to start with. I read a  fellow SW’ers blog post about this which got me thinking of all the things I eat on a daily basis that are artificially sweetened and I was shocked at how much it adds up to. it’s in the yogurt I have on my breakfast, plus the squash I drink all day and evening long, diet coke I have in the pub or a can from the machine at work, I also have a lot of things in my cupboards at home that are ‘diet’ versions (jams, custards, jelly, sauces etc) that all have artificial sweeteners in them. So my first aim is to cut out the squash and replace it with water as I consume so much of this, it surely got to do some good in the long run. I will update you on how I get on next week.

Have a good week all.

 

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Couscous overdose

After a good nights sleep, im feeling much better today which is great as i can taste food now, this mornings breakfast was a bowl of berries, coconut Muller light greek style and a mug of tea.

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A few snacks during the day included a banana, nectarine, apple and satsuma. Then on to lunch, no walk at lunchtime today as it was so windy, rainy and even a little bit of snow at one point, i still had some of the couscous, quorn, veg and tzatzaiki for Sunday night so had another bowl of that for lunch, only difference was i could taste it today and i ate it all.

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It was straight home from work and into cooking mode tonight, i rustled up a vegetable tagine from a recipe on the Slimming world website, it had spices, tomatoes, carrots and the rest of the roasted butternut squash and sweet potato in it, along with my healthy extra portion of dried apricots and flaked almonds and enjoyed in with the rest of the couscous, although i think im all couscous’d out for a while now!

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It was a lazy evening catching up on tv programmes and chilling out, and as I’d not had many syns today i treated myself to a tub of candyfloss (4.5 syns) and some more berries to nibble on.

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free food

strawberries

blueberries

satsuma

apple

couscous

quorn

peas

butternut squash

sweet potato

vegetable tagine

healthy extras

A – skimmed milk in 3 teas

B – 35g died apricots + 1 dsp flaked almonds

Syns

Muller light greek style yogurt (0.5 syns)

20g candy floss (4.5 syns)

Total syns = 5

Body magic

none

feeling sorry for myself

Not feeling very well today with a cold so not only do I have no energy but really don’t feel like food today, well I don’t feel like healthy food I should say, I so feel like chocolate and crisps as I can’t taste anything else much.

The day went like this;

Breakfast was a strawberry Muller light greek style (0.5 syn) topped with some sliced strawberries and blueberries and a chocolate Alpen light bar to hit the sweet craving.

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After a walk to the shops at lunchtime to stock up on tissues and paracetamol, I had some of the leftovers from last nights dinner, but to be honest I just picked at it but wolfed down the Boots shapers crispy bacon crisps (5 syns) which hit the spot a bit more.

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A few snacks were eaten throughout the day, mainly fruit and lots of water and hot drinks too, and as I was poorly there was no working late and I was home by 6pm, which had its own problems, with dinner not going to be for a while, I found myself looking into the fridge for inspiration of some thing low syn to eat to fill the gap. So I topped a large mushroom with quark, garlic and herbs and a sprinkling of reduced fat cheese (hexa) and stuck it in the oven for 15 mins or so, it did the job.

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Later on I had a meal of roasted duck, jasmine rice with a salad of cucumber, spring onion and cherry tomatoes on the vine and a splash of soy sauce.

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… the presentation took longer to do that it did for me to eat it!

After I had some balls of melon and a few raspberries and I also had a 2.5 syn ice lolly, well I am poorly (had I mentioned that!?)

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I’m feeling better already, just need another early night now I reckon.

free food

strawberries

blueberries

satsuma

apple

couscous

quorn

peas

butternut squash

sweet potato

mushroom

quark

duck

rice

tomatoes

cucumber

spring onion

melon

healthy extras

A – 10g reduced fat cheddar, 10g reduced fat feta + skimmed milk in 2 teas

B – Alpen light bar (1/2 hexb)

Syns

Muller light greek style yogurt (0.5 syns)

boots shapers crispy bacon crisps (5 syns)

Sainsburys sprinkle top ice lolly (2.5 syns)

Total syns = 8

Body magic

30 min walk

Cakes, flapjacks and willpower!

Its going to be a quick one tonight as it’s been a long old week and im so so tired my bed is calling me!

The day started with an early morning text from a work colleagues that read “bacon butty?”, so after politely declining that, I decided to cook myself a breakfast before i left for work so had a quorn sausage (1 syn), egg, tomato and some button mushrooms.

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Arriving at work the “table” had a box of flapjacks on it and i was instructed to help myself whilst having my morning cup of tea, again politely refused. I had some fruit salad instead.

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At lunch the tradition of going to one of the local fast food places was in full swing so again i said no thanks and stayed in the office by myself and ate my lunch I’d brought with me, noodles, thai red curry paste (1 tsp – 1 syn) and some veggies.

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Then all my work mates arrived back with an arm full of fresh cream cakes and i have to admit, i gave in at this point and had one… i don’t even like cream cakes! had a quick calculation on the syns and it was about 10, so not to horrendous, but so not worth it for me!

Why is it some days are so hard 😦

after working late again, hubby had cooked us a lovely dinner of steak and chips, with some big mushrooms, onion, salad and syn free peppercorn sauce. it was just what i fancied (i fact i very much fancied a glass of wine too but didn’t have one!)

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And with that eaten and my eyes closing as im typing, im off to bed.

free food

tomato

egg

mushrooms

strawberries

kiwi

mango

apple

mushrooms

peppers

sweetcorn

noodles

steak

sw chips

sw pepper corn sauce

salad

mushroom

onions

healthy extras

A – skimmed milk in 2 teas

B – 1 x SW light hi fi bar (1/2 hexb)

Syns

Quorn sausage (1 syn)

Thai red curry paste (1 syn)

cream cake (10 syns)

Total syns = 12

Body magic

none

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