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!!


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.



Lets get started then

So seeing as I’d already eaten breakfast today before thinking about photographing it, you’ll just have to imagine the delicious eggy bread (1/2 hexb), raspberries and honey (1 syn), it didn’t feel like diet food at all! It’s was washed down with a mug of lemon and hot water (sounds gross but I actually enjoy this now).

Today I was not in the office but out and about, so had a coffee with milk on the train (I did ask for skimmed milk but they didn’t have any – see I did try!) I also packed up a satsuma, banana and a harvest morn benefit bar (from Aldi – 1/2 hexb) to keep me on the straight and narrow should hunger strike.


Lunch was a m&s salad, which was delicious (I can’t find a syn value for this so have calculated 4 for the oil in it as that is the only thing in the ingredients list that is not a free food) an apple and sugar-free cloudy lemonade.


Evening meal was a lovely SW friendly steak and chips with mushrooms, onions, tomatoes a couple of steamed aspargus spears and a peppercorn sauce made with a stock cube, pepper and fat-free fromage frais, followed by a strawberry Muller light.


free food






Sugar free cloudy lemonade


sw chips





sw peppercorn sauce

strawberry muller light

healthy extras

A – milk in coffee x 3

B – 1 x slice of whole meal bread from 400g loaf + 1 x benefit bar


1 tsp honey (1 syn)

M&S count on us Italian chicken and spelt (4 syns)

Total syns = 5

Body magic

err, none! well I walked around a city centre for about 2 hours – I think that counts!?

Feel very pleased today that I have managed to stick within my syns as usually a day out of the office means temptation everywhere, not saying I didn’t look twice at the Krispy Kreme doughnut shop and wonder how many syns were in a Chocolate dream cake though???