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    • shala_moo
    • By shala_moo 28th Aug 16, 11:44 AM
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    Be Lean for Halloween with Slimming World
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    • 28th Aug 16, 11:44 AM
    Be Lean for Halloween with Slimming World 28th Aug 16 at 11:44 AM
    Shiny new thread, with all the info carried over as follows:-

    Food Optimising is a plan for life, it is not a quick fix and you should look at weight losses over a period of time. There are no prizes for speed of weight loss.

    You need to commit to making changes to the food that you buy and how you cook it, because what you have been doing in the past has not got you to where you want to be.

    You cannot use parts of the plan that suit you and forget the rest.

    If you are not prepared to make a commitment to change the behaviour that has got you into your current situation then nothing is going to change, and above all things, you need to be honest and accountable for every single mouthful of food that passes your lips.

    You need to care enough to take time out to pre-plan your slimming campaign. Look again at the menu plans and see the variety and volume of food you can eat. All you have to lose is the weight.

    Slimming World has been successfully helping people lose weight for over forty years, so trust them and read your Food Optimising and Choose Success books again and again.

    Food Optimising is easy but life isn't. Losing weight is a battle but you have the battle plan in your food optimising book, your secret weapon is free food, and that, together with your healthy extras and syns add up to a healthy way of eating that can (and should) be a life plan. Success is there waiting for you………go for it!

    If you fancy having a go at EE, here are the official 'rules' to ensure that you not only lose weight regularly but get all the nutrition your body needs to function well:-

    Extra Easy:

    1: Choose your Free Food

    Anything that’s Free Food on Green OR Original – so that’s pasta, rice, potatoes, lean meat, poultry, fish, fruit and vegetables – is totally Free on Extra Easy!

    And for super-fast, super healthy results, fill one third of your plate with Speed Foods!

    2: Choose your Healthy Extras

    Each day select one Healthy Extra ‘a’ choice and one Healthy Extra ‘b’ choice from our simplified list of calcium and fibre-filled foods, including milk, cheese, bread and cereal.

    3: Enjoy 5-15 Syns each day

    -------------------------------------------------------------

    If you find your weight loss has slowed down or stopped, check:-

    1. Whether everything you're counting as Free, is Free

    2. Whether you're under-estimating Syn values (over-estimate if guessing)

    3. Whether you're counting everything that should be counted

    4. Whether you're measuring everything that should be measured

    5. Whether you're sabotaging your success in any other way (using SAS logs will help uncover individual long-term self-sabotage patterns) and, if none of these is the culprit, either...........

    A: increase the proportion of Speed Foods to half of your plate
    B: switch to more Speed Foods

    or

    C: try Extra Easy SP - details are on this link - https://www.minimins.com/threads/extra-easy-sp-plan.348340/

    And above all, if you follow the plan, any plan, 100% you will lose weight!


    Remember we are all here to support each other, and to have fun, and to share in any little disappointments.

    Link to the List of Healthy Extras as at April 14

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...postcount=4853

    List of Speed foods here - Fruits & Vegetables


    We have a Facebook group open to anyone joining us on this thread; to join please mention it in your post or drop Lushlifesaver a PM and an existing member can send you an invite.
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    • Rosylee
    • By Rosylee 22nd Sep 16, 8:09 AM
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    Morning. Welcome to new members and we'll done for those losses. Awesome achievement Candy apple.

    B: bacon, egg, beans, fruit for speed
    L: chicken breasthighs, McCain jacket (1), HEA, veg
    D: beef curry, rice, speedy veg
    Syns, mullerlight chocolate pudding

    It's strange since I discovered I can have 20 Syns I barely eat 15! The brain is a funny thing.

    Oh a question if you please. We have frozen ham slices that we never got round to opening. Do you think they are OK to defrost and eat even if they are way way way past their use by date. We obviously froze them before the use by date. Thanks
    • Lois Lane
    • By Lois Lane 22nd Sep 16, 8:52 AM
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    Oh a question if you please. We have frozen ham slices that we never got round to opening. Do you think they are OK to defrost and eat even if they are way way way past their use by date. We obviously froze them before the use by date. Thanks
    Originally posted by Rosylee
    They should be fine as long as they were frozen before their Use By date - the date only applies to items that have been stored in the fridge. Foods that are suitable for home freezing usually have instructions on the packaging stating limits for time in the freezer, but I've eaten things that have been in the freezer for a year and never had any problem. Having said that, I haven't had much success with frozen ham - it didn't go off, but it didn't look very appetising once defrosted, a bit like frozen strawberries, not quite like the fresh version but still edible.

    LL
    • BettyBoof
    • By BettyBoof 22nd Sep 16, 9:10 AM
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    Well done on your brilliant loss candyapple!

    Welcome Sammy-Kaye

    "I don’t see how having “35 syns if that’s what you need, then carry on as normal”, i.e. could be at least 125 syns in the week trumps 105 syns for the week."

    Greentiger I am in complete agreement! I don't save syns but our consultant said the above (using 50 syns as an example!) and I couldn't get my head around how that was okay. I mean I understand the underlying premise of planning for it and getting straight back on track but I thought a "save 'em up if you have a special occasion' approach would make more sense.

    I'm still chugging away, waiting for my Saturday weigh-in. Going well so far although tomorrow could be a danger day as I'm out all day with a family member, followed by book club at a friend's house so will have to make the best choices I can based on what is available. Just wish it wasn't all the day before weigh-in!
    Last edited by BettyBoof; 22-09-2016 at 9:20 AM.
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 22nd Sep 16, 9:20 AM
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    Have lost my way sadly.
    Too much falling and high pain levels equals too much eating of the wrong things. Expecting a very big gain tonight and at the moment I am past caring TBH.
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    • BettyBoof
    • By BettyBoof 22nd Sep 16, 9:23 AM
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    Forgot to add my menu for today:

    Breakfast: bacon, egg, baked beans and a dash of HP sauce (1 syn) Tea with milk (HEA) and sugar (1 syn)
    Lunch: Ham salad (1 syn for dressing)
    Dinner: Vegetable stir fry with soy sauce, ginger and sweet chilli (1 syn) and noodles
    Snacks: Grapes, banana, Hi-fi bar (3 syns), slice of toast (HEB) with jam (1 syn)

    ETA: Oh beanie, don't be hard on yourself, it would take a saint to stick 100% to plan with what you're dealing with. The gain doesn't matter, it's only one (or even two) weeks. You've got loads of time to put it right. Hope you feel better soon. x
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    • rjhammond91
    • By rjhammond91 22nd Sep 16, 9:35 AM
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    Menu today

    Breakfast - 2 weetabix (hexb)
    Lunch - tuna salad
    Dinner - hunters chicken with lots of veg. (Cheese as hexa)

    Syns - milk (guess about 2 for cereal and small cup of tea), bbq sauce (2), possibly a light hi fi bar later (3) = 7.
    • fozziebeartoo
    • By fozziebeartoo 22nd Sep 16, 9:35 AM
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    Amazing result candyapple!!

    Welcome sammy_kaye18


    SW 46lb/10 lb
    • fozziebeartoo
    • By fozziebeartoo 22nd Sep 16, 9:42 AM
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    Hope your pain eases beanielou.

    Lots of sympathy from me. My knees are driving me mad and the more painkillers I need, the less the weight seems to want to shift.

    Have lost my way sadly.
    Too much falling and high pain levels equals too much eating of the wrong things. Expecting a very big gain tonight and at the moment I am past caring TBH.
    Originally posted by beanielou


    SW 46lb/10 lb
    • Rosylee
    • By Rosylee 22nd Sep 16, 9:54 AM
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    Rosylee
    They should be fine as long as they were frozen before their Use By date - the date only applies to items that have been stored in the fridge. Foods that are suitable for home freezing usually have instructions on the packaging stating limits for time in the freezer, but I've eaten things that have been in the freezer for a year and never had any problem. Having said that, I haven't had much success with frozen ham - it didn't go off, but it didn't look very appetising once defrosted, a bit like frozen strawberries, not quite like the fresh version but still edible.

    LL
    Originally posted by Lois Lane
    Thanks for responding. I am aiming to use it on a SW carbonate hoping to camouflage the wilted look.
    • maman
    • By maman 22nd Sep 16, 12:09 PM
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    Have lost my way sadly.
    Too much falling and high pain levels equals too much eating of the wrong things. Expecting a very big gain tonight and at the moment I am past caring TBH.
    Originally posted by beanielou

    Sorry you feel like that beanie. Maybe once you've been to group and found out the bad news you can build from there.


    Those pink wafer biscuits are 2 syns each Sammy. That seems to be standard for most brands. I know they sell them in Farmfoods.


    I've never understood the flexi-syn argument either except that it means if you go way over syns (maybe for a special occasion) then take the hit and get back on it straight away. While you'll probably not lose that week it has to be better than thinking I've blown it so I'll just carry on synning.Personally I'd rather try and rein things back but that's not something SW advocate as they believe everyone needs syns every day to stop them feeling deprived. I believe in a bit of delayed gratification as the weekend wine syns are worth it.


    I've had a SW breakfast but I'm going to post my menu later today as I seem to be sabotaging myself a lot lately.
    • meg72
    • By meg72 22nd Sep 16, 3:20 PM
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    Have lost my way sadly.
    Too much falling and high pain levels equals too much eating of the wrong things. Expecting a very big gain tonight and at the moment I am past caring TBH.
    Originally posted by beanielou
    You've not lost your way love, just taking a little rest. hugs, be kind to yourself.
    • Top Girl
    • By Top Girl 22nd Sep 16, 3:44 PM
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    Lots of love Beanie, hope you're feeling better soon.

    My 'day off' today and although I managed an hour's extra sleep once I'd got up with Top Boy and seen him off to school, I have just sat down, plenty of domestic BM today including 2 supermarket trips. Wasn't hungry enough for breakfast either *wags finger*

    D - Ham egg and cheese sandwich (hexa and b), snackajacks (5), apple, melon, pineapple.

    T - Slow cooked beef stew, with mashed potatoes and extra veg.

    My jeans feel loose today, which is nice
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 22nd Sep 16, 3:47 PM
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    Thank you to all you lovely peeps.
    Appreciated.
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    • ruby_eskimo
    • By ruby_eskimo 22nd Sep 16, 4:03 PM
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    Hi everyone, been a bit MIA after the weekend from hell and went a little bit off the rails food wise. Going to take this week's weigh in as a holiday and will be back with a new weight come what may on Monday.

    Drew a line in the sand yesterday (even went to the gym) so hoping I can claw back some of the inevitabel gain.

    Today's menu:

    B - Porridge (1/2 HEB as it exploded all over the microwave), 1/4 HEA of rice milk (same reason as above), strawberries and blueberries
    L - LO Bolognese with wholewheat pasta and a massive side salad (1 romaine head, tomatoes, cucumber)
    D - Salmon, broccoli, mange tout, mushy peas
    S - Alpen light bar (1/2 HEB), oranges

    Been thinking the last couple of days about the whole 1/3 speed food thing and realised that I was one of these people that made a meal and then added the speed to the side, therefore increasing my portion sizes so I wasn't getting the full benefit of the plan. Have been making more of a conscious effort to build my meals around the speed so that the portion sizes aren't massive and hoping this leads to some consistent losses.

    Hope you're feeling better beanie and welcome to all the newbies!
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    • flutterbyuk25
    • By flutterbyuk25 22nd Sep 16, 4:18 PM
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    Hi all.

    Today's meals so far:

    B - 2 boiled eggs with 2 x small wholemeal toast heb, butter 3syns, plum
    L - huge salad, 2 hard boiled eggs, cheese hea, noodles 1 syn, dressing 1 syn.
    Snacks - banana. alpen light (1/2 heb)

    I went for a 2 mile walk with the baby in the buggy so a bit of body magic there. Not sure on dinner yet, maybe a square wrap pizza
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    • maman
    • By maman 22nd Sep 16, 5:43 PM
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    Been thinking the last couple of days about the whole 1/3 speed food thing and realised that I was one of these people that made a meal and then added the speed to the side, therefore increasing my portion sizes so I wasn't getting the full benefit of the plan. Have been making more of a conscious effort to build my meals around the speed so that the portion sizes aren't massive and hoping this leads to some consistent losses.
    Originally posted by ruby_eskimo

    I've never thought they were worth the money to buy but if you imagine a plate like this:

    That's what we should be aiming for. I'm not a huge lover of fruit (too lazy to peel it mostly) so I have most of my Speed from veg.


    Today's gone well so far and dinner is all prepped (easy as I was supposed to eat it yesterday) so unless I get attacked by munchies later then today should be a good one.


    EE menu:
    B: NAS grapefruit, ham, fried egg, HEB toast, mushrooms, HEA milk for drinks
    L: ham, tomato, cottage cheese
    D: gammon slices, boulangere potatoes (with onions and mushrooms), cabbage, runner beans
    Syns: small squirt of HP sauce


    I have half a HEB left so I might have an Alpen Light with a cuppa later.


    Today seems like a very 'hammy' day. I'll be growing a curly tail! What matters is I don't want to be a fat pig!!


    Good to hear about loose jeans topgirl. That's always a good sign.
    • Top Girl
    • By Top Girl 22nd Sep 16, 6:09 PM
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    Just done tomorrow's meal planner:

    B - Bacon, egg and mushroom sandwich (HEXB + 2)

    D - Ham, egg and new potato salad, melon, pineapple, apple

    T - Not sure, Top Bloke cooking, possibly stir fry

    Working a bar at a festival on Saturday from 8:30am to 11pm, so on my feet dashing about so I might take it easy BM wise tomorrow. Usual commute (20-30 mins walking) notwithstanding.

    Maman
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 22nd Sep 16, 7:28 PM
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    Amazed to report only a 1 1/2 gain.
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    • Top Girl
    • By Top Girl 22nd Sep 16, 7:51 PM
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    Amazed to report only a 1 1/2 gain.
    Originally posted by beanielou
    That's only a big poo, you can lose that easily!*

    Are you feeling any better?


    * Apologies to the more delicate amongst you
    • debjay
    • By debjay 22nd Sep 16, 8:21 PM
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    I've just skim read back through this thread. Well done to SOTW and other losers .

    Well after getting to target I've had 2 weekends away and am now at the top end of my target range epic fail already. I've struggled before in maintaining weight loss so need to get back on it. I remember Maman saying that best tactic is to aim to hover at lower end of target to allow for inevitable gains for holidays/events etc. We're away in November so I'm aiming to lose 6lbs in 8 weeks.

    Quick query. Does anyone know syns of the Tesco healthy cereal bars, the ones that look similar to Alpen light bars? Also, syn value of activia 0% fat yoghurt?
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