Just like Arnie, I'm back!

I did it. I went back to group.

After a few weeks of psyching myself up and getting my head back in the game I was so ready to go back. And I was so happy with my results.

Since I was last in group, in the middle of May last year, I am just 2.5lbs heavier - and just two pounds from my target range. I was so convince my scales would have been too kind and I'd be crushed, but it's all good.

I rang Tom when I came out, all excited, and told him I'm 2.5lbs heavier than when I was last in group.

His reply?

"Well you did put a lot more on than that."

Cheers, babe. That's love right there!

He is right, though, I did. But I've clawed it back, I'm back in control and I feel great.

From Sunday until today I have been a bit better behaved than normal, determined not to be left red-faced when I stepped on the scales.

After my first successful SP day in over a year on Sunday, I was off to a great start.

Monday's meals went like this...

Breakfast: Fat free quark with strawberries and raspberries
Dinner: Homemade spicy butternut squash soup with a ham sandwich in a wholemeal roll (HEB)
Snack: A clementine
Tea: Spicy sausage pasta (2 syns for four Morrisons Eat Smart Cumberland sausages) with courgette, red onion, peppers, cherry tomatoes and a side of spinach.
Snack: Frozen 'chocolate buttons' (3 syns)
Syns for the day: 5

The frozen 'chocolate buttons' were insane. I'd seen them on a Facebook group I'm part of and they looked like little fudges. In reality, they were more like disks of ice-cream/Mini Milk - but they did the trick all the same.

I just mixed a sachet of Cadbury Highlights with two teaspoons of Choc Shot and a toffee Muller Light. Then put them in some teeny, tiny bun cases and into the freezer for two hours.

The recipe I saw used silicone moulds but I didn't have those, and the bun cases worked just as well. Next time I am going to use a vanilla Muller and maybe get some lolly moulds and turn them into fake Mini Milks. They were soooo good.

Here they are:

Tuesday's meals went as follows..

Breakfast: 5% sugar Cheerios (HEB) with fat free quark, strawberries and raspberries
Dinner: Homemade spicy butternut squash soup
Snack: Apple and pear
Tea: Creamy salmon linguine (made with fat free quark) with asparagus and tenderstem broccoli.
Syns for the day: 0

I had a majorly busy day on Thursday so didn't have much time to eat. Tea was super late, too, which I hate but I didn't even walk in the door until gone 8.15pm. By the time I'd chucked together my go-to quick and healthy tea and we actually sat down to eat it, it was almost 8.45pm!

No time to want any snacks before bedtime then!

And today I've had...

Breakfast: Fat free quark with strawberries and raspberries
Snack: An apple
Dinner: Homemade spicy butternut squash soup
Snack: A pear and two clementines

I went to the gym straight from work and then to group straight from the gym, so haven't had chance to have any tea yet. I did have two Alpen Light bars as my HEB after I was weighed - I didn't want to take any chances!

I'm now trying to prep breakfast and dinner for tomorrow, which will be trickier than normal as I'm in court all day. So I'll most likely have to take a sandwich for dinner. And breakfast will probably have to be fruit on the bus. But it's ok, I got this.

Best of all? I've got the app back!!! I can finally stand in Morrisons and work out syns on things before I buy it - and know they're right - rather than guessing afterwards or just putting it back.

I've got my mind totally set on losing 2lbs this week now to get me back in my target range ready for my dress fitting next weekend - eeeek! I'm also going to challenge myself to have a different breakfast each day, to try mix things up a bit and add some variety.

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