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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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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 22nd Sep 16, 8:36 PM
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    • flutterbyuk25
    • By flutterbyuk25 22nd Sep 16, 10:19 PM
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    Dinner was a square wrap pizza 8syns, topped with veggies, cheese hea x2 and pesto 3syns. Few oven chips 4syns.

    Ending on 20 syns.
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    • greentiger
    • By greentiger 22nd Sep 16, 10:20 PM
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    Oh, poor you, beanie. I hope you pick up soon. That lower than expected gain should give you the nudge back on track again.

    Thursday’s Things (Just realised I was a day ahead of myself yesterday!)


    Pre-Breakfast: banana
    Breakfast: hexb oat crisp, splash milk, strawberries
    Lunch: chicken, leaves, tomatoes, syboes, cucumber, ff vinaigrette, beetroot, Skyr strawberry yogurt
    Snack: 6 Munchies (7)
    Dinner: hm sweet & sour pork (1 ½ - had onion, carrot, tomato, red peppers & fresh pineapple)
    Snack: hexa cheese and grapes

    Total syns: 8 ½ Syns carried forward: 6 ½ Syns banked: 25 ½

    Happy with how things are going.
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    • lushlifesaver
    • By lushlifesaver 23rd Sep 16, 8:47 AM
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    morning all,


    sorry I'm not always around at the moment we're in to the wedding home straight now as it's on sunday so had lots to do!


    I still made it to a weigh in yesterday (even though OH wasn't impressed that I made it a priority over getting tea done before the rehearsal!) and i'm chuffed to report I am -2.5lb and finally got my club 10! now to keep up the good work whilst allowing myself some flexibility for this week before I head off on our familymoon a week tomorrow!
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    • Matron Midge
    • By Matron Midge 23rd Sep 16, 9:44 AM
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    Hope you have a wonderful day and everything goes smoothly.
    Enjoy your familymoon and don't worry if you over indulge, you know you can sort it when you get back xx
    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 23rd Sep 16, 10:25 AM
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    Well done lls. Good you prioritised your WI and got your Club 10.

    Have a great day on Sunday and enjoy your familymoon.

    Denise
    • ruby_eskimo
    • By ruby_eskimo 23rd Sep 16, 10:29 AM
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    Thanks maman, I agree that they're not really worth it but think I may have finally cracked it on my own. I'm actually having at least half the plate as speed and hoping for the best!

    Bet you're feeling better after only a small gain beanie, and as already said, you can easily lose that!

    Wishing you all the best lushlifesaver, hope you have a fantastic day!

    So glad it's Friday. Despite only being in the office for 2.5 days this week, it's gone so slowly. Going out for dinner tonight to Prezzo - MIL gave us a voucher for a free 3 course meal and glass of wine and it would be rude to waste it. It's a set menu so no idea what's going to be on offer but shall try to stick to plan as much as possible. Rest of the menu looks like this:

    B - Strawberries, blueberries, tub of vanilla quark
    L - Salmon, broccoli, mange tout
    D - Prezzo

    Hoping that I'm not going to need any snacks, and I'm saving my HEB and HEA for dinner as I have no idea what I'm going to eat, so will adjust accordingly later on. Also finished my second week of my workout programme yesterday so feeling good about that as I can see a difference (I think!)

    Hope everyone else is having a good Friday. I'm going back to bury my head in spreadsheets.
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    • RavenQueen
    • By RavenQueen 23rd Sep 16, 10:46 AM
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    Happy Friday everyone xx

    Had weigh in last night and I lost 1.5lbs it wasn't what I'd hoped for but hey ho there's always next week. So I need with what to have on a Saturday night for tea, it used to be a sandwich or baguette, something which didn't take much time or effort but now I'm totally stuck on what to do!?!
    • meg72
    • By meg72 23rd Sep 16, 10:51 AM
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    Amazed to report only a 1 1/2 gain.
    Originally posted by beanielou
    There now that's not so bad is it, lol Ive put on my usual 2lb but not bothered as I now I will take it off again next week when I am home.
    • meg72
    • By meg72 23rd Sep 16, 10:52 AM
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    morning all,


    sorry I'm not always around at the moment we're in to the wedding home straight now as it's on sunday so had lots to do!


    I still made it to a weigh in yesterday (even though OH wasn't impressed that I made it a priority over getting tea done before the rehearsal!) and i'm chuffed to report I am -2.5lb and finally got my club 10! now to keep up the good work whilst allowing myself some flexibility for this week before I head off on our familymoon a week tomorrow!
    Originally posted by lushlifesaver
    Have a fabulous day Lush, you've earned it.
    • maman
    • By maman 23rd Sep 16, 11:16 AM
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    I do hope Sunday goes really well lush. Congratulations on your loss and club 10. You're going to look amazing in your dress.


    There now that's not so bad is it, lol Ive put on my usual 2lb but not bothered as I now I will take it off again next week when I am home.
    Originally posted by meg72

    Delighted for you beanie, that's a very small gain. Hope you feel better and get back on plan very soon.


    Enjoy your meal ruby. You deserve a treat after all the work hassle in recent weeks. Is it resolved now?


    1.5 lbs. is a good, average weekly loss raven, don't be disappointed.


    I try and do some sort of pub/take away type meal on Saturdays as before SW we'd have a curry or a Chinese. So now I do something like burger and chips or pulled pork (not made my own yet) or gammon. If you'd be happy with a sandwich then it would be worth saving your HEB and synning an extra slice or some people count a wholemeal wrap as a HEB (unofficially). What matters is you need to fit it into your lifestyle and if having an easy tea on a Saturday involving bread is what you want then save syns for it.


    I've yet to do my meal plan for the coming week although it won't take long because I'm out for at least 4 meals. All the more reason to stick well to plan on the days when I am in control. I've had my SW breakfast (2 boiled eggs and half a HEB of toast) so will catch up later when this evening's decided.
    • RavenQueen
    • By RavenQueen 23rd Sep 16, 12:57 PM
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    Thanks Maman I make SW burgers in the week for me and Mr and they are really nice, I thought he'd moan as the kids still get normal ones, lol but no he really likes them. I think I might have a look at what ready meals I can get, so I may look at getting the shopping book.

    Are you going anywhere nice for your meals out?? I love eating out, even more so now, lol
    • ruby_eskimo
    • By ruby_eskimo 23rd Sep 16, 1:26 PM
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    Enjoy your meal ruby. You deserve a treat after all the work hassle in recent weeks. Is it resolved now?
    Originally posted by maman
    Not at all! I had a bit of a breakdown in the office last Wednesday, sent an email to the director just venting about how stupid it is. Had a chat with him on Friday and now I'm feeling better but there's still tension between my boss and head of department. He doesn't really have a plan on how to resolve it but HR are involved now so we might get somewhere finally, or not! Going to try and organise a team event one night to try and get us together out of the office and get everyone together again.
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 23rd Sep 16, 1:35 PM
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    lush~~ Great loss & well done on club 10.
    Hope you all have a lovely day on Sunday
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    • Lois Lane
    • By Lois Lane 23rd Sep 16, 1:39 PM
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    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?
    Originally posted by debjay
    The yogurts are free; the SW website lists a Tesco Healthy Living apple and strawberry bar and a chocolate and caramel bar as 3 Syns each or you can have 2 as a HEB.

    LL
    • Lois Lane
    • By Lois Lane 23rd Sep 16, 2:08 PM
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    Hi all

    Beanie - pleased your gain wasn't as bad as you expected, hope you feel better soon.

    Lush - hope everything goes well for you both on Sunday, enjoy the day and have a lovely family moon.

    Debjay - don't be too hard on yourself for being at the top of the range as a target member, you'll soon reign things in and lose a few pounds. The first few weeks after getting to target are going to be experimental, SW recommend increasing your HEs rather than having more Syns but you'll find out what works for you as you go along.

    I've got a challenging few days coming up, my sister and niece are coming to visit and we're planning a couple of meals out with them. Sunday can be carvery which is quite good as I can go for speed veg in preference to the more synfull options. On Monday I've booked lunch at a nice hotel as a birthday treat for my niece, and as we're doing fish and chips in the shop tomorrow night it will be easy to do that, but I won't be having chips (not many anyway). I'll have the fish without batter and some peas. There will be wine Syns too.

    Have a good weekend everyone.

    LL
    • maman
    • By maman 23rd Sep 16, 4:29 PM
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    Thanks Maman I make SW burgers in the week for me and Mr and they are really nice, I thought he'd moan as the kids still get normal ones, lol but no he really likes them. I think I might have a look at what ready meals I can get, so I may look at getting the shopping book.

    Are you going anywhere nice for your meals out?? I love eating out, even more so now, lol
    Originally posted by RavenQueen

    I like HM burgers but they're almost like a different meal to shop bought. These days I rarely make them but have Sainsbury's BGTY quarter pounders. They're really meaty and just 1 syn each.


    One of the meals is in a nice, independent restaurant, two in the pub: one on Sunday watching football probably a roast and the other Tuesday where they do a good salad to go with steak but I can never resist chips. The one on Thursday won't be my choice but probably a restaurant with a limited menu. Except for Sunday, they're all catching up with friends but it's all come together in one week.


    It sounds like you've done all you can ruby, hopefully HR will sort something.


    Good luck with staying strong over the weekend lois but enjoy your sister's visit all the same.


    I did my meal plan and shop this afternoon. Frylight was reduced to £1 in my Aldi (probably the tail end of the recent offer) so I stocked up.


    Today's EE plan:
    B: NAS grapefruit, half HEB toast, 2 boiled eggs, HEA milk for drinks
    L: ham, pickled cabbage, bubble&squeak
    D: baked smoked haddock, SW chips, tomatoes, mushrooms, mange tout, peas
    Syns: weekend wine
    • flutterbyuk25
    • By flutterbyuk25 23rd Sep 16, 8:42 PM
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    Meals today:

    B - omelette muffins
    L - rice salad with mixed beans. 1 syn for dressing.
    D - stir fry veg, fresh noodles 2syns, black Bean sauce 3.5syns
    Snacks - banana, Apple, malt loaf 5syns, wine 4syns, cheese hea. Milk heax2.

    No heb yet so may have an alien light later.
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    • wizkid1
    • By wizkid1 23rd Sep 16, 9:55 PM
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    Oh dear I have gone haywire. I must settle down or I will never get there.
    • debjay
    • By debjay 23rd Sep 16, 10:13 PM
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    The yogurts are free; the SW website lists a Tesco Healthy Living apple and strawberry bar and a chocolate and caramel bar as 3 Syns each or you can have 2 as a HEB.

    LL
    Originally posted by Lois Lane
    Thanks Lois so the Tesco bars are the same as Alpen light but the apple and strawberry ones seem much more substantial and filling. Also thanks for saying not to be too hard on myself and for your words of advice. Hoping that now I'm not planning too many meals out I can reign it back in and get back on track. I've never managed to keep the weight off before. Hoping for 3rd time lucky though.
    Last edited by debjay; 23-09-2016 at 10:16 PM.
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