06/02/2017

Three pounds down in my first week back on plan

There's nothing quite like your waiter thinking the food you just ordered for yourself was for both you and your other half to give you a complex.

That's exactly what happened to me in Pizza Hut a few of weeks ago.

We got a voucher for Christmas so decided to make the most of it before the wedding got too close and I went on a fat, carb and fun-food ban.

After perusing the menu, and mocking Tom for wanting ribs at Pizza Hut, we were ready to place our order.

Me: "Can I have the sharing pizza, half Hawaiian and half cajun chicken with stuffed crust and a side of chips please?"
Waiter: "Okay, got that"
Tom: "And I'll have ribs please?"
Waiter: "A side of ribs?" *glancing back at me*
Tom: "No, ribs as my main, all that's just for her."

Cheers, babe.

I ate three and a half slices and a half of my chips before admitting defeat.  Tom had a slice and took the rest home for his dinner the following day.

I enjoyed the blowout, don't get me wrong, but it made me realise I need to get back to my Slimming World ways 100% before the wedding arrives and I roll down the aisle.  So for the past few weeks I have slowly been cutting the crap and introducing more Slimming World order back into my life.  Even if it's just adding that third of speed to my plate on a night, which I've got soooo bad at doing.  Even though I've been re-focusing and getting back on track since New Year, I've still not been keeping a proper record or sticking to it properly.

I'm just over half a stone away from my target, so it shouldn't be too difficult to reach. But I've really got out of the swing of following plan 100%.  The only Healthy Extras I measure are my oats (40g) and my two slices of wholemeal bread.  The only other HEB I will have are any stray hi-fi bars I find hiding in the back of the cupboard or if Alpen Lights are on offer.  And I never measure my milk in porridge/hot drinks or weigh my cheese out any more.  And I couldn't tell you the last time I counted syns or stuck to just 15 a day.

This week I decided I would make a food diary, as I find this really helps keep me on track.  Plus, when I publish it on my blog it stops me eating crap because I don't want to be embarrassed when you all see what I've been troffing!k

Monday, I was off to a great start.  I find the week much easier if I have a good first day.  I had a late meeting at work, which started at 7pm, so meant I was out the house when my usual snack/sweet cravings hit.

I always find it hard after tea.  Even though I'm usually full, fit to burst, I just want something sweet.  I had this discussion with my best friend recently.  She can exercise far more control over such situations than me.  Her advice was to have one Celebration/mini chocolate.  Perfect if, like her, you can just have the one.  For me, one would lead to two, to three, to four, then to the whole box (except the Snickers) being demolished.  Before I would know what was happening, I'd be surrounded by sweet wrappers, feeling sick and immediately wishing I'd not just done that.  I literally just can't control myself when it comes to things like that.  So I either have nothing at all, let it pass, and feel proud of myself.  Or I have one thing. Then two.  Then a third.  Then have to go brush my teeth to stop me putting anything else past my lips!

This week I even managed to have some days where I didn't have any syns at all.  I literally could not tell you the last time that happened.  The key to me not wanting to snack or have something sweet after tea is stuffing myself silly at tea time.  My meals are always sooooo much bigger and fuller when I am doing Slimming World, it's so weird!

Take this one, for example...


I had to carry my plate with two hands because it was so heavy!

It was my KFC style chicken which is an absolute fave of mine!  I love it even more because it's free!  There's no speed on my plate (mainly as there was no more room!) but I think it's excusable on a Saturday night. And it's so much better than reaching for a takeaway or a real KFC.

This was another big one - and was sooooo nice!


I always find my meat balls are either really dry or they fall apart really easy. I think it's because I try to put too much stuff in them.  But these ones were perfect, and were so tasty!

As you can see, my meals don't exactly look like I'm "on a diet".  I'm just eating lots of the right thing.  The sauce under my meatballs was packed full of peppers, cherry tomatoes, onion and passata.

And it's totally worked.  Refocusing and getting back into the swing of things has seen me lose 3lbs this week - wahoooo! My head is well and truly back in the game now.

So much so that when me and my mum went for lunch on Saturday to a gorgeous little cafe in Selby, I had a salad.  It does the most amazing cakes and panini sandwiches and I'd usually think "sod it" and have a panini and a slab of cake, but I didn't.  I was so proud of myself.  I had a roast ham salad and a small piece of rocky road. I couldn't not have anything sweet!

I've even been out this week and picked up some of the new HEB cereals.

I never have cereal - apart from porridge oats - as my HEB because you never get enough or it's boring cereal.  So, when I heard about the 5% sugar Cheerios I was straight on it.  You get so much for your 40g too and they just taste like normal Cheerios.  I also went and got the Tesco choco-nut malt wheats which are also 40g as HEB. You don't get as much of those, and the texture is not my cup of tea, but the chocolatey hit was amazing.  It even made the milk all chocolatey which was sooooo good.  I'll be having them again just for the chocolatey milk afterwards!

This is what they look like incase you want to pick some up for yourself. The Tesco cereal is just over £1 per box which is really good considering how expensive some cereals can be (the Cheerios were almost £3 a box - won't be buying them every week!)


While I was in Tesco on my cereal hunt I came across the biggest butternut squash I have ever seen in my entire life.

I had seen other SWers on Instagram posting pictures of big butternut squashes that they'd also got from Tesco, so I couldn't resist taking a picture of mine.  It's literally ginormous. And it only cost me £1!!!


It's really heavy, too.  I'm not really sure what I am going to use it for. I like to use butternut squash to make soup, so may use half of it for that. I'm totally not looking forward to trying to chop it up, though. I find it hard enough when they're small/normal size!

I've really, really enjoyed my first week back on plan. I don't feel like I've missed anything or been deprived of anything. If I wanted some sweets on an evening, I managed to control myself a small portion and work out rough syns for them. This has been the hardest part as I've not been to group for so long I don't have my online login or app to get to the syns list.

It's been such a big help for me this week keeping my food diary and knowing that I will be publishing it on here, so my apologies in advance for the number of Slimming World-related posts that will once again be coming your way over the next couple of months!

Food diary

Monday: 
Breakfast - Overnight oats - 40g porridge oats (HEB) with lots of fat free quark, mango, pineapple and raspberries.
Dinner - Homemade butternut squash and chilli soup.
Snack - Two clementines with a peach and pineapple Muller Light.
Tea - Cottage pie (syn free as made the mashed potato using fat free Quark) with carrots and broccoli.
Snack - Hi-fi bar (3 syns)
Syns for the day: 3

Tuesday:
Breakfast - Fat free quark mixed with two Alpen Light bars (HEB), raspberries and two clementines.
Dinner - Homemade butternut squash and chilli soup.
Snack - Apple, clementine and a peach & pineapple Muller Light.
Tea - Spicy meatballs and linguine with peppers, cherry tomatoes & an onion/passata sauce.
Snack - Chocolate pretzels (approx 9 syns)
Syns for the day: 9

Wednesday:
Breakfast - Bacon, poached eggs & beans followed by an apple.
Dinner - Homemade butternut squash and chilli soup with a chicken sandwich in wholemeal bread (HEB).
Tea - Grilled chicken with asparagus, broccoli, tenderstem broccoli and rice.
Snack - Fruit pastilles (5 syns)
Syns for the day: 5

Thursday:
Breakfast - Raspberries and clementines with fat free quark.
Dinner - Chicken sandwich in wholemeal bread (HEB), a mandarin Muller Light and two apples.
Tea - Pasta bolognaise with lots of cherry tomatoes.
Syns for the day: 0

Friday:
Breakfast - Melon, strawberries & grapes.
Dinner - Chicken sandwich in wholemeal bread (HEB) and a mandarin Muller Light.
Tea - Smoked salmon and king prawn linguine in a creamy fat feee quark, chilli & garlic 'sauce' with asparagus and spinach.
Syns for the day: 0

Saturday:
Breakfast - Bacon, poached eggs, baked beans and two slices of wholemeal toast (HEB) followed by an apple and two clementines.
Dinner - Roast ham salad (lettuce, rocket, spinach, peppers, red onion, sweetcorn, tomato & cucumber)
Snack - Rocky road (approx 12 syns)
Tea - KFC style chicken with homemade chips, sweetcorn and baked beans.
Syns for the day: Approx 12.

Sunday:
Breakfast - 40g Tesco choco-nut malt wheats (HEB) with 150ml semi skimmed milk (HEA - used the rest in coffees throughout the day) with two clementines.
Dinner - Roast gammon and roast turkey with two small Yorkshire puddings (5 syns), broccoli, parsnips, cabbage, carrots, two roast potatoes (5 syns) and gravy (4 syns)
Tea - Didn't need any tea!
Syns for the day: 14

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