low on time = low on syns

Breakfast:

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Banana, strawberry’s, Tesco fat free blueberry yogurt, half a hexb portion of Dorset cereals muesli as that was all that was left so I added 3 semi-dried prunes (part hexb) plus a Americano with skimmed milk.

Lunch:

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The left over pasta and mince beef and veg sauce from the other evening with a bit of salad and 10g parmesan cheese on top.

I was so busy today I didn’t really think about snacking, I only had an apple mid afternoon as I was bit peckish otherwise just water and 2 cups of tea with skimmed milk.

Dinner:

No photo – I was the last quorn sausage (1 syn) grilled then sliced and “fried” with mushrooms, tomato, peppers, red onion, left over cooked new potatoes sliced and some paprika and tomato puree.

I also went to running club and did a 3.5 mile run this evening

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biscuits and alcohol…and staying on the wagon

Breakfast

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28g Dorset cereals muesli (hexb) banana, strawberry, Tesco fat free rhubarb and vanilla yogurt and a cuppa.

Lunch:

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No KFC as I didn’t tell hubby and he had already made me this. Left over spaghetti with beef and veg sauce from last night with side salad and 10g parmesan cheese (hexa along with milk in 2 teas)

Afternoon snack:

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cuppa and a 3.5 syn cookie

I also had a gin and slimline tonic in the pub after work for 4 syns.

Dinner:

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2 chicken mini fillets with broccoli, soya beans, pak choi, and lots of thai spices served with 1/4 pouch of Tilda lime and coriander rice for 0.5 syns.

Followed later by 1/2 pint made up of sugar free jelly, a pint is 1.5 syns so 3/4 of a syn for the portion I had.

 

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 🙂

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:

sweets

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

Ladies who lunch

Sorry no blog last night as just never had time to write it, but here is yesterdays food diary now.

I was up early as i was getting the train to meet a friend for a day of shopping and some lunch. so breakkie was some fruit, yogurt and museli which a coffee made with skimmed milk.

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another 2 cups of tea later and several hours of walking around the shops it was time for a spot of lunch, we went to a Turkish cafe and i ordered a veggie breakfast of poached eggs, mushrooms, peppers and tomato on toast and a diet coke to drink. i thought i would of not been to hgh syn, mut i could tell it was smothered in butter, also they used granary bread so not a hexb and lots of oil, in fact i felt quite queasy afterwards, but it did taste nice at the time.

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It was dinner time by the time i got home so hubby had prepared a indian lamb recipie he had seen, which was tandori lamb steaks with shallot pickle (add mustard seeds to pan, add shallots, tumeric, chilli powder, salt, lemon juice and sweetner – delicious!) boiled rice and a mushroom and spinich curry. i had to have two helpings this size as was still feeling a bot delicate from the oily lunch.

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I also had some fresh pineapple chunks later on.

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free food

banana

strawberrys

ww yogurt

rice

lamb

veg curry

shallot pickle

pineapple

healthy extras

A – milk in 3 drinks

B – 35g dorset cereals museli

Syns

toast, oil and butter in lunch (15? at least i would have thought

Total syns = 15

Body magic

nothing specific but lots of walking whilst out and about.

 

choccy mouse and marshmellows – yum!

Had some things to do this morning before work so took my breakfast with me and ate it in the office when got to work. i took the photo before as i knew it would get mixed up in my bag and look a right old mess by the time i got round to eating it… and i was right. I used frozen tropical fruit that i defrosted overnight in the fridge along with fat free fromage frias and muesli.

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I had the lunch i took into work yesterday but didn’t eat due to the “breakfast box” incident. It was roasted veggies with egg, salad and 1 tbsp of helmans light salad dressing. i also had a side order of mini baby bell light.

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I picked up a limited addition Muller light turkish delight flavour to have afterwards, which was lovely and turned out to be free!

I stuck to my 4 mugs of tea today (which i work out to be just under 250ml of skimmed milk) but i did help myself to one of the celebrations chocolates from the chocolate table which are 2 syns each, im happy i stopped at one though as that’s the bit i usually find difficult.

Dinner tonight was vegetable paella with mushrooms, onions, peppers, peas, tomatoes, veg stock, smoked paprika, thyme and a sprinkling of paella rice as 1. i wanted to stick to the 2/3 superfree rule and 2. there was only a thimble full left in the packet! i chopped some parsley and squeezed a wedge of lemon over to serve.

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Later on in the evening i made a desert of fresh raspberries topped with sainsbury lighter chocolate mousse, fat free fromage frias sweetened with sweetener, 1 tbsp of aerosol cream, 12g of mini marshmallows, and 1 tsp of choc sauce. it was delicious but all those little syns add up and the lot was 7.5 syns, not to bad i suppose if you’ve not had many more during the rest of the day – think i will have it more as a now and again treat though.

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free food (success express) – speed foods

tropical fruits

banana

fat free fromage frias

sweet potato

peppers

onions

egg

salad

apple

Muller light turkish delight yogurt

mushrooms

onions,

peppers

peas

tomatoes

veg stock

paella rice

raspberries

healthy extras

A – semi skimmed milk in 4 drinks

A – 1 x baby bell light

B – 35g Dorset cereals muesli

B –

Syns

1 x mini celebrations chocolate (2 syns)

1 tbsp helmans light salad dressing (0.5 syn)

sainsbury lighter chocolate mousse (3.5 syn)

1 tbsp of aerosol cream (1 syn)

12g of mini marshmallows (1.5 syns)

1 tsp of choc sauce (1 syn)

Total syns = 9.5

Body magic

none

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a very slight slip off the waggon

After my good start to the day of the breakfast that’s fast becoming to norm, of strawberries, blueberries, banana, fat free yogurt and Dorset cereals muesli.

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i packed up my salad and the remainder of the veggy eggy delight of yesterdays dinner and with an apple and satsuma in my bag i was ready to head off to work. this is where things started to go a bit wrong. with the whole office getting a order ready mid morning to go to the breakfast van that is a permanent feature in our car park, and with the peer pressure upon me i caved and ordered myself a breakfast box, now i know it’s not a great choice of brunch however i did attempt to keep the syns to a minimum by not ordering the sausages or black pudding it came with and took the crusty white bread it came with home for hubby (i don’t let him buy loafs of white bread anymore as i’d eat the entire loaf!). So the backed beans and tomatoes should be free, the fried eggs are 0.5 syn each, so not to bad, the bacon however, i’ve worked roughly to be about 7.5 syns (thats for 100g, there was 3 slices?) i also removed the fat and didnt eat it but i think it had been cooked in fat so will count the whole 7.5 just to be on the safe side, the mushrooms which could have been free, but were were likely to be cooked in oil, again 100g work out at 7.5 syns, not sure how many grams i had but will count the whole 7.5 again. i also had to leave quite a bit of both as it was so filling.

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I will still so full i didnt have my lunch i’d taken with me but i did manage the apple and satsuma and during the afternoon.

I also had a mini baby bell after work.

For tonight’s dinner i meticulously cut every inch of fat off some lamb pieces (it didnt leave a lot of lamb!) and browned it off with some spices and mixed with some lamb stock and the rest of my paprika, chilli and tomato soup i made, which also contained carrots and onion. i added a hexb portion of dried apricots, sultanas and flaked almonds too then oven cooked it for 1.5 hours and served it with a small portion of cous cous.

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And as i’d had my syns for the day today, dessert was a syn-free platter of fruit.

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free food (success express) – speed foods

strawberries

blueberries

banana

ww citrus yogurt

tomatoes

baked beans

satsuma

apple

tomatoes

carrots

onions

lamb

cous cous

stock cube

mango

kiwi

strawberry

blueberry

healthy extras

A – semi skimmed milk in 4 drinks

A – 1 x baby bell light

B – 35g Dorset cereals muesli

B – 20g of died apricots and sultanas and 10g of flaked almonds

Syns

100g bacon with fat on (7.5 syn)

100g mushrooms cooked in fat (7.5 syn)

2 x fried eggs (1 syn)

Total syns = 15

Body magic

none

Back to work

For todays first meal I had another fruity, yogurt, muesli topped bowl with a hot water and lemon to drink.

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And for lunch I ate the soup I’d made last night with two rivita (half a hex b) followed by a tropical fruit salad. i made the soup from canned chopped tomatoes, paprika, chilli, onion, carrot, veg stock and red lentils. Simmered on the job for half an hour then blended until smooth. It was really filling and I crumbled in the rivita as croutons which worked well.

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I was really busy today so only had 3 mugs of tea and a satsuma and apple as snacks. I even managed to say no to the freshly stocked chocolate table!

I was home from work on time so walked to the local shop to get some quark to add to tonight’s dinner and took a sw light hi fi bar with me for the walk.

I fried some red onion, garlic and rosemary in fry light in a frying pan then put them in an oven proof dish along with the left over roasted sweet potato,some red peppers from a jar, spinach, then poured in a few whisked eggs. Then I spooned on a few blobs of quark and popped it in the oven for twenty mins while I made a big salad to go with it.

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The white blob is some quark, fromage frias, garlic and fresh parsley as a sort of salad dressing, however i put so much garlic in it i didnt eat it in the end.

As I’d not had any syns today I made my new favourite of sugar free orange jelly topped with 2 tbsp’s of low fat custard, strawberries, kiwi, mango, fat free fromage frais, 1 tbsp of aerosol cream and 1 tsp of choc sauce.

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free food (success express) – speed foods

strawberries

blueberries

banana

ww citrus yogurt

veg soup

tropical fruit salad

satsuma

apple

sweet potato

red peppers

spinach

red onion

eggs

salad

quark

fat free fromage frias

kiwi

strawberries

mango

healthy extras

A – skimmed milk in 3 drinks

A –

B – 35g Dorset cereals muesli

B – 2 rivita + sw light hi fi bar

Syns

sugar free jelly (0.5 syn)

aerosol cream (1 syn)

choc sauce (1 syn)

2 tbsps low fat custard (1 syn)

Total syns = 3.5

Body magic

walk to the shop and back = about 1 mile

running and sunday roasts

The 8.30am run was back on this week, so that was the first thing that was done today, we managed a respectable 3 miles and it made me remember i actually like running and must make an effort to do more of it.

Back home in the warmth and breakfast was the next thing on the agenda, as I’d enjoyed my cereal, yogurt and fruit the other morning i had something similar, but with some blueberries this time, along with banana, strawberries and a weight watchers citrus yogurt, and topped with 35g of Dorset cereals muesli (hexb) equally as nice and also fills me up a bit more than just my normal fruit and yogurt.

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I also used up the rest of the skimmed milk i had measured out, from the 350ml it made 6 mugs, so 58ml per mug, that will equal 4 mugs of tea when im at work as there is only semi skimmed milk there which the allowance is 250ml for a hexa.

Lunch time came around quickly and i was at home so had the last of the jacket potatoes i’d baked in the oven the other night, reheated with 57g low low cheese spread (hexa) some chives and a big salad.

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a few snacks were eaten during the afternoon along with a few mugs of tea there was a sw light hi fi bar, a satsuma and a hexb allowance of dried prunes – that them finished now. that’s the only thing with these things, once there opened they have a short shelf life so you end up eating them every day so as not to throw them out. i can see im going to be eating this muesli for a while now the box is open.

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And as its sunday and its cold outside and there’s the thought of getting up and going to work in it tomorrow, nothing makes a sunday evening more enjoyable than a sunday roast. Hubby did me proud with this little lot (i also think he’s enjoying me having lots of veg on my plate which doesnt leave much room for meat and potatoes … his favorite bits!). So i had 1/3 of my plate with pork with the fat removed and sweet potato and potatoes roasted in fry light and 2/3 of my plate, carrots, shallots, broccoli and mange tout and green beans. i also had a low syn gravy with 1 level tsp of cornflour in it for 1 syn.

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i had to eat this in two sittings as it was so big, i need to tackle that next, my hubby serves up huge portion sizes and i eat it because it’s there and I’ll carry on eating long past I’m full too.

So after being so full it was a while before i fancied something sweet to finish, i was planning on another knicker blocker glory but just can’t manage it tonight but i could manage a couple of spoon full of sugar free jelly for half a syn and a marshmallow for 1.5 syns.

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free food (success express) – speed foods

strawberries

blueberries

banana

ww citrus yogurt

jacket potato

salad

satsuma

pork

potato

carrot

broccoli

mangetout

sweet potato

green beans

healthy extras

A – skimmed milk in 3 drinks

A – 57g low low cheese spread

B35g Dorset cereals muesli

B – 80g prunes

Syns

 SW hifi light bar (3 syns)

1 level tsp cornflour (1 syn)

sugar free jelly (0.5 syn)

basset flump marshmallow 30g (1.5 syns)

Total syns = 6

Body magic

3 mile run