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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


    C: try Extra Easy SP - details are on this link -

    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

    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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    • duchy
    • By duchy 9th Oct 16, 9:54 AM
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    Was hoping for STS this week as the stressful situation is ongoing and won't be resolved for a few weeks and I admit I did slip due to CBAness and tiredness however stress is obviously some kind of BM burner as I actually lost 2 lb

    Waiting for the Sainsbury's delivery then home made bacon and egg mac muffins I think.

    I do think with SW the temptation is to eat more as well as eat different and I think that accounts for some of the disappointments. I find snacking doesn't help at all.
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    Apparently having a "Quirky and Hipster" wedding
    • duchy
    • By duchy 9th Oct 16, 10:06 AM
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    Yay for Shredded Wheat going from 1.5 to 2 (although I used to have two anyway not making mess trying to break them into two equal parts)
    I Would Rather Climb A Mountain Than Crawl Into A Hole

    Apparently having a "Quirky and Hipster" wedding
    • wizkid1
    • By wizkid1 9th Oct 16, 10:10 AM
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    Good morning everyone hope you have all had a good week on S/W

    Shala I have lost 1lb sorry it's not red and bold hope you don't miss it.

    So, for today this will be my menu ....E E day.

    Breakfast.. weetabix A/B strawberries blueberries, raspberries.

    Lunch.. ham and egg salad. Beetroot salad cream 2 Syns

    Dinner.. Braised steak gravy 2 Syns Yorkshire Pud 3 Syns carrots g/ beans

    Extra. 2 Rivita 3 Syns, 2 crackerbread 2 Syns. Clementine x2
    12 Syns.
    • sammy_kaye18
    • By sammy_kaye18 9th Oct 16, 10:30 AM
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    I forgot to check in last week - I got my 1/2 stone award and I was slimmer of the week :-) happy girly

    This week though has been shocking. I have been so stressed that my eating has kind of been forgotten about and I have been focusing on my son.

    I took him to the doctors for a check up on a lump on his neck and came out with blood tests, chest x-rays and a referral to the paediatric department so this week I have stress eaten and Ill be honest I am dreading Tuesday when I weigh in. We were lucky to get his bloods and x-ray done the same day but now its been a horrid waiting game of results which I expect will come tomorrow......

    Either way I get a feeling I will be + a few pounds this week unless Im very lucky
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    • shala_moo
    • By shala_moo 9th Oct 16, 10:48 AM
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    Morning all,

    Sammy, I do hope the results come back ok xx

    We had a bit of a discussion at class this week about exercise and weight loss, and lots of people see a drop in losses when they exercise or up the amount of exercise they are doing. Could you measure yourself instead Mary and see if you are dropping inches? It may be more motivational than the number on the scales.

    How was your Fakeaway Mary? Ours was disappointing the Bombay potatoes were just a bit dull, although I liked the bhajis. Might try the tikka next, but I find it easier just to buy the sauce ready made

    Popped to lid1 yesterday and they only had a bit of Xmas stuff out so I got 1 bag of gingerbread and some stollen bites. Probably for the best as I don't need to eat any of it. I did pick up the pulled beef to try tonight though, 2 syns for the pack. Hope it's nice!

    Menu for today
    Brunch - baked oats or waffles
    Tea - pulled beef, bns chips, salad, corn, pickles
    Snacks - beetroot, crisps (5), melon
    Last edited by shala_moo; 09-10-2016 at 10:52 AM.
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    Mortgage Offset % = 19.45%
    Mortgage Neutral Date = Dec 2036 Feb 2028
    SW target - 54lb/21.5lb
    • shala_moo
    • By shala_moo 9th Oct 16, 10:56 AM
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    Disappointed with a 1lb gain. Can't understand why as been on plan and within Syns. Only thing I can think is I have had more carbs than last week
    Originally posted by Rosylee
    Sorry to hear lots of disappointments today, would it be more motivational to look at what you've all lost over a month time period than focus just on one week?

    Our bodies are weird things, hormones and water retention play a big part in our weight results so even though we've been on plan etc it could be that we're retaining water.

    Keep at it, it should show up on the scales next week xx
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    SW target - 54lb/21.5lb
    • maman
    • By maman 9th Oct 16, 11:05 AM
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    Hope you get good news very soon Sammy.
    to you and wiz and duchy on your losses.

    Shala I have lost 1lb sorry it's not red and bold hope you don't miss it.

    Dinner.. Braised steak gravy 2 Syns Yorkshire Pud 3 Syns carrots g/ beans
    Originally posted by wizkid1

    You should try the Hairy Bikers braised steak wiz, it makes fabulous gravy and it's free. We're having it tonight.

    The HM pork burgers we had last night were delicious and very mse as the mince came YS from Sainsbury's.

    I'm one who got to target with almost no exercise. I rarely snack unless I need have dinner very early when I might have something before bed. Otherwise it's just a tiny bit of chocolate with a cuppa in the evening but as I don't have puddings I can live with that.

    DH has eaten all his stollen bites from Lidl shala and now starting on the Aldi ones. Taste testing of course.

    Today's EE plan:
    B: NAS grapefruit, HEB porage, HEA milk
    L: JP with veggie chilli and cottage cheese (switched from yesterday)
    D: HB steaks (with onions and mushrooms), SW roast potatoes and parsnips, cauli, broccoli, carrots, red cabbage
    Syns: weekend wine and maybe ginger chocolate.
    • wizkid1
    • By wizkid1 9th Oct 16, 5:21 PM
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    Maman just what is the H B braised steak and gravy ?

    • tweets
    • By tweets 9th Oct 16, 5:31 PM
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    +1 this week
    Lost 3st-5.5lb
    • duchy
    • By duchy 9th Oct 16, 5:32 PM
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    It's just a blip Tweets
    I Would Rather Climb A Mountain Than Crawl Into A Hole

    Apparently having a "Quirky and Hipster" wedding
    • maman
    • By maman 9th Oct 16, 6:04 PM
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    Maman just what is the H B braised steak and gravy ?

    Originally posted by wizkid1
    I can't do links on my phone but if you Google Hairy Bikers' Braised Steak you'll find the recipe. The recipe says have it with chips and that's delicious but it works just as well with potatoes and veg. It only has one teaspoon of cornflour and as it's a recipe for 4 then any syns are negligible. You can freeze it but I just use 2 steaks and have lashings of gravy. I use beef medallions from Aldi but any braising steak will work.
    • greentiger
    • By greentiger 9th Oct 16, 7:46 PM
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    Hi all. The tide came in and washed away my line! I've not done well SW wise over the last few days. It's been happily busy - apart from football on Friday night - but it's involved a LOT of eating out. Tomorrow's meeting with scales will be scary.

    Well done, losers. Stick in there strugglers. Welcome back, travellers.

    See you all tomorrow.
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 9th Oct 16, 7:55 PM
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    greentiger~~keep plodding
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    • TakeItEazy
    • By TakeItEazy 9th Oct 16, 8:05 PM
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    Well found the venue even though the satnav said we'd reached our destination when we were still a couple of miles away . Then we had no signal to ring anyone . By sheer luck we turned the right way but missed the entrance so went sailing past and waved at my sister who was waving at us to say stop here
    Soooo to the party was nice to see some of my family but my poor boy was so out of his comfort zone getting hugged by complete strangers (to him) but bless his heart he persevered and stuck to me like glue
    It wasn't the best of gatherings so we took turns to take photos of our bored faces and send them to hubby (who managed to get out of the invite ). Must admit we were glad to leave but sorry to say goodbye to family we don't see very often (complicated story).
    Anyway today has been quiet, just the way I like it
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    • Lois Lane
    • By Lois Lane 10th Oct 16, 8:29 AM
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    Lois Lane
    Morning all

    Reporting in with a loss of 2lbs this week - that's last week's gain gone so I'm back on 3.5 stone total weight loss.

    TIE - that party sounds more like a wake than a celebration! DH and I both come from large families and my DD and DS hate family gatherings when they have to socialise with people they don't know but who know them (by association rather than in real life). I bet your DS was thankful to get away!

    Greentiger - just keep drawing another line... today is another day, start again, you probably haven't done as much damage as you think.

    Maman - do you think the HB braised steak recipe would work with diced stewing steak? I've got a bag of it in the freezer that came from the cash and carry and isn't very good - it needs a lot of picking over to get rid of bits of fat and gristle, but I don't want to throw it away so I was thinking of doing the whole lot in the slow cooker HB style to see how it turns out.

    It's a lovely morning here again, sunny but very cold! It hasn't stopped DH deserting me to go and play golf! I might have a morning off and go shopping....

    Have a great week everyone.

    • BettyBoof
    • By BettyBoof 10th Oct 16, 9:07 AM
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    Sammy what a worrying time for you, I really hope your son is okay. Hang in there.

    maman what is YS? I've seen it mentioned a few times on MSE but never know what it stands for.

    Well done to our losers and commiserations to our gainers and stayed the samers. Mary have you ever done an SAS log? I found it really helpful in identifying the little spots where I was going wrong and lost 4lbs the week I did it - ask your consultant for one.

    Greentiger I am drawing a line in the sand this week - we can do it together.

    My menu for today:
    Breakfast: Weetabix with milk (HEA and HEB)
    Lunch: Ham salad with tsp dressing (1 syn)
    Dinner: Stir fried chicken and vegetables with noodles (1 syn for sweet chilli sauce)
    Snacks: undecided but probably grapes and a banana - although maman would probably say I should keep it as a speed day!
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    • Top Girl
    • By Top Girl 10th Oct 16, 9:20 AM
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    Top Girl

    Last week started so well, then we got the news that my Nana has been rushed into hospital and won't be coming out basically. Especially gutting as she's the closest thing to a mum I've ever known.

    So, it's been eating and drinking what I fancy, can stomach and can grab from the hospital. At work now with a salad box and a fruit box, trying to undo some of the damage. I'll be back at the hospital on Thursday.

    Anyway, last night I made a huge non SW lasagne. Comfort food at it's "finest". Trying to work out the syns now.

    I had 1/4 of it and hadn't had my HEXA so I think I can write off the cheddar and the 0.5 of 1.5 pint of milk and just count a quarter of the rest of it:

    3.5 ounces flour (18?)
    3.5 ounces butter (35?)
    1 pints 1% milk (10?)
    125g parmesan (27?)

    I make it 90 syns per lasagne 22.5 each. Not too bad for a treat meal and it is delicious but still

    Today then

    B - Bacon sandwich (HEXB)

    D - Ham, egg, new potato and cottage cheese salad, melon and pineapple

    T - Chicken and chorizo bake (2.5 syns + 1/2 HEXA)
    • BettyBoof
    • By BettyBoof 10th Oct 16, 9:41 AM
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    Sorry to hear about your Nana Top Girl
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    • flutterbyuk25
    • By flutterbyuk25 10th Oct 16, 10:08 AM
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    Oh I don't think there is a naughty step big enough for me

    I had a brilliant time at the wedding party on Saturday. All day I stuck to sw but in the night the only food was pizza, they had a create your own wood fired pizza van! I did have one topped with veggies. I had 7 glasses of wine throughout the evening.

    But it was yesterday that was the worst. Breakfast out, lunch out and Chinese for tea. Ughh.

    Taking a holiday this wk as no point weighing (I should face the scales but it's too much faff to take baby out just to be told I'm a piggy lol!).

    Line drawn, totally worth it for such a fab weekend and my first proper outing post baby. But back on it today. Will go food shopping tomorrow so I'll get lots of speed stuff, but have enough sw friendly stuff to get me through today. I will post my menu later.

    Sorry for what I've missed, well done to the losers x
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    • Lois Lane
    • By Lois Lane 10th Oct 16, 10:26 AM
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    Lois Lane
    Sorry to hear about your Nana Top Girl
    Originally posted by BettyBoof
    Same from me Top Girl, and also forgot to send best wishes to Sammy - I hope the tests show nothing seriously wrong with your son.

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