09/08/2018

I'm back at Slimming World now

I went back to Slimming World last week, as I alluded to in another post.

I know some might say it's too early, but I need to nip the bad habits I have picked up while pregnant in the bud sooner rather than later. I don't want to get to her crawling and walking and me not be able to get up from the floor with ease, or run around after her and play with her without getting out of breath.

My first week back has been good, but hard. Slimming World is all about preparation and organisation, something that's difficult with a newborn baby!

I have managed to make breakfast the night before, opting for overnight oats because I can eat them gradually (my record this week was 90 minutes!) and they won't get cold/set like concrete like the Weetabix did I was having before.

Lunch has been a bit more difficult and has ranged from a ham and lettuce sandwich in wholemeal bread to a bowl of pasta with chicken and grated cheese. Depending how much time I have had, or how many hands I have to eat it with, depends on what I make.

Tea has been a bit more difficult. It's had to be something relatively quick that I can start cooking, Tom can take over when, inevitably, Peyton needs feeding halfway through. It also needs to be something that can potentially be eaten lukewarm/cold. I've been eating a lot of salad, as that can be eaten over a longer period of time. I've found chicken curry not to be so good lukewarm!

When I went back last week and was weighed I was the exact same weight as the last time I was weighed, back in January. This pleased me, to a degree, but also depressed me a bit - as I was four months pregnant then!

I'm 9lbs heavier than my original starting weight, when I joined Slimming World back in November 2016. Then, I lost two and a half stone in just under three months. My aim is to be back to my target by New Year. Which means losing just over three stone.

At the moment, I'm not on plan 100 per cent. It's hard to get all the speed in my meals when they are quick grab and go ones. I do my best at every meal, but I know I need more speed.

My first weigh-in saw me lose three pounds! And I was really pleased with that, especially considering I've been unable to be 'on plan' completely.

It's a step in the right direction, and I am already organised in terms of meals for the next week (once my shopping arrives on Friday!) My mum told me about these pork and apple burgers from the Pinch of Nom website which I am going to try, I've found some low syn chicken meatballs on Morrisons, too, that will be a nice, quick and easy tea to throw together with loads of veg and pasta. I'm also going to do the chicken kebab, also from Pinch of Nom, and the Nando's spicy rice from there, too.

So, fingers crossed, if I know what we will be eating I'll be able to actually get that on our plates and in our bellies!

This last week hasn't been too bad. I've lived off overnight oats for breakfast, as mentioned.


Some nights I've also been making the grape nut cheesecake for when that sweet craving hits on an afternoon.

The one pictured had passionfruit mixed in with the Quark, blueberries on top and more passionfruit scattered over it.



I also grabbed a lasagne from the freezer, from the stash of meals I made before having Peyton. It wasn't completely syn free, as I used a jar of white sauce to make it. I re-downloaded the Slimming World app this week and found out that it worked out about 3.5 syns for a serving of lasagne, so I was happy with that.

I also made my own chips, for the first time in ages, and had a big pile of salad (which got buried by the huge wedge of lasagne!)


It was the first meal we managed to eat at the table, without one of us holding Peyton, since she came home! She was quite happy, though, in her rocker watching the football!

Another quick and easy tea was the Morrisons fishcakes (they're salmon, cod and haddock - I think - with a cheesy, melt in the middle centre) and work out at 2 syns each.

If I'm really hungry, sometimes I'll have two!

The night in question, though, I just had the one with some new potatoes and asparagus.


They're soooo nice, they are definitely worth the syns!

When I did Slimming World before I was always reluctant to have syns in my meals, always preferring to save them for snacks and sweet treats etc. However, I have very little time to snack now, so don't mind having them on my plate at meal time!

Morrisons also do cod and chorizo burgers, but I have a tale about these!

A lady in my group posted them on our Facebook group and I thought how nice they sounded, so ordered some for my shopping that week. When it was delivered, they'd been substituted for salmon and cod (these were also very nice, but not what I wanted!)

I ordered them again on last week's shopping, hoping they'd be in stock this time - and they were! I set about making them for tea on Saturday night very excited. They smelt amazing as they were cooking. I was going to have them with broccoli, asparagus and new potatoes.

As I was turning them in the frying pan, one flew out and landed flat on the floor, smashing into pieces. The air in our kitchen turned blue - I was absolutely fuming. Then I was gutted - I'd waited two weeks for these bloody burgers. I'm not ashamed to admit I cried as I scooped it up in kitchen roll and threw it in the bin.

Being the loving wife that I am, I let Tom have the in tact, not-dropped-on-the-floor burger. Instead, I had cold pieces of chicken that I'd bought to snack on and a hard boiled egg that was leftover in the fridge from when I'd made egg mayo the previous day; still with my broccoli, asparagus and potatoes. It was the most random tea ever.

So, kitchen mishaps, bad planning, and not being able to eat a hot meal aside, I'm very pleased with a 3lb loss. I'm hoping for the same, or more, again next week.

I'm sure I'll be back to update you all on my progress!

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