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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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    • orlao
    • By orlao 11th Oct 16, 3:30 PM
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    Afternoon all,

    Checking in with STS which after a few days of carousing on Thursday and Friday is a relief...

    Much vodka consumed along with boozy munchies after but the hangover was manageable. At home now for a little while which always makes sticking to SW easier for me - no temptations!

    Just 1.5lbs to go to target. My original target when I started was 11lbs higher than this one but I'm not sure if I need to lower this target too. Target is 11st 11lbs at the moment - at 5ft 6 that leaves me at about 27 BMI which is still overweight and tbh, I still feel a little flabby. Wearing size 12 trousers but some of them are a bit loose (generously sized ones!) but I suspect most size 10s would be too tight Umming and ahhing here about what to do but thinking that I reset target to 11st 7 - 4lbs lower? That will still be 26 BMI.

    • lushlifesaver
    • By lushlifesaver 11th Oct 16, 4:33 PM
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    I'm baaaaaaack and officially a mrs and the familymoon was the most amazing relaxing time!

    thanks for keeping the chart for us all shala

    Originally posted by shala_moo

    week comm 26th Sep I was +5lb on weigh day. not surprised - champagne, a full English (x2), wine, cake...more cake...some cake and the most amazing pie and peas (everyone is still raving about the food!)

    last week was holiday for me

    will be a gain this week - on returning home my sneaky hoem weigh said +8lbs which I was a little disappointed with (though I expected between 3 and 6 based on a glass of wine/an ice cream and a slushie a day but lots of walking) however today a cheeky mid point peak suggests I may have done so well as to knock it down to +4/5lb which I can manage more comfortably.

    breakfast: 2 Weetabix (b) with milk from A and an apple
    lunch: batchelors cous cous (free lemon and whatsit flavour) plus shredded carrot (new food obsession; littlie and 1 ate loads of this on holiday every lunch and tea!) and cherry toms plus orange pepper served with homemade chilli (free mince, tomatoes, baked beans, kidney beans, onion, mushrooms, orange and green peppers)
    tea: gammon steak (baked) with jacket potato plus shredded carrot, lettuce, cherry toms, maybe some cauli
    syns: small cookie 2.5, 2 for 4 foam sweets, 2 for hot chocolate after little one is (hopefully) asleep later

    I'm going to buy a countdown on the 27th (and get the free Christmas book) and also a journal and make a much better go of it this countdown. when does the next challenge start? I'd like to be down a minimum of 20lb (off this weeks weight on Thursday) by Christmas
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    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 11th Oct 16, 5:01 PM
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    I've just checked and still no update of HEBs on the site. I think I'm going to go to a new group on Thursday morning for, at least, weigh and go. Even though I'm out for a meal tomorrow evening I can't keep putting it off. If I am close to the top of target range (or above it) then maybe it'll motivate me to be more stringent.
    Originally posted by maman
    Just checked the site and there's a bit about the changes but not a lot. It says that consultants will be handing out lists at group. It mentions about some of the cereals not being HEB now and also about some cereals going up from 35g to 40g.

    The other thing it mentions is about the granulated sweetner now needs to be synned at 0.5 per Tbs.

    • rjhammond91
    • By rjhammond91 11th Oct 16, 5:23 PM
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    Weigh in today.

    Lost 2 lbs!

    Hope you're all doing well xx
    • Prudent
    • By Prudent 11th Oct 16, 6:23 PM
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    I think I might buy a countdown too this week for the Christmas book.

    I started SW two weeks ago because I thought I had put on weight on couldn't bear to weigh myself. I do need to loose two stone, but my weight wasn't as bad as expected thankfully. I must have lost weight over the past year without realising. This time last year I bought two pairs of trousers to go away on a UK holiday. I put on a pair today and they are quite big. I was constantly hitching them up on a walk this afternoon. I haven't cut back food in that time, infact I have done a fair bit of naughty baking. The only difference I can see is that I have stopped driving and walk everywhere or use the bus. The main bus is a 15 minute walk, so even a bus journey means half an hour walking. It shows the power of doing something good little and often.

    Well done to the people who have lost this week. When does the new challenge start?
    • Prudent
    • By Prudent 11th Oct 16, 6:38 PM
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    Just checked the site and there's a bit about the changes but not a lot. It says that consultants will be handing out lists at group. It mentions about some of the cereals not being HEB now and also about some cereals going up from 35g to 40g.

    The other thing it mentions is about the granulated sweetner now needs to be synned at 0.5 per Tbs.

    Originally posted by joedenise
    I didn't pay too much attention as I don't use most of the products mentioned. I was very happy to find that oats have increased to 40g as they are my favourite breakfast.
    • greentiger
    • By greentiger 11th Oct 16, 8:03 PM
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    Congrats on earning SOTW, duchy.

    It definitely is autumn now!

    Welcome home, Mrs lush.

    Good loss, rj.


    Pre-Breakfast: banana
    Breakfast: fruit salad, ff Greek yogurt
    Snack: Border oat crumble (3 ½ )
    Lunch: spaghetti on hexb toast, scrape butter (3), melon
    Dinner: slow cooked ham, potatoes, turnip, sprouts
    Snacks: hexa cheese and grapes

    Syns used: 6 ½ Syns saved: 8 ½ Syns carried forward: 6
    Syns balance: 14 ½

    Out for lunch tomorrow. Hope those save syns help me out!
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 11th Oct 16, 8:21 PM
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    shala~~I lost 2 1/2 this week just finished.
    I did post but forgot to put it in bold.
    I am back at target.

    Orleo~~I have called target and my BMI is still 27.
    There is now a super BMI (or similar) & it actually indicates that it is ok to be in the overweight category so I am going with that.
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    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 11th Oct 16, 9:34 PM
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    Well done Beanie. That's a great loss and back in target too. All that plodding works in the end, LOL!

    • mrsp1987
    • By mrsp1987 11th Oct 16, 9:36 PM
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    Woohoo bigger bowls of porridge just in time for the cold mornings!
    Also going to start looking at some soup recipes, chunky soup would feel more filling for me I think!
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 11th Oct 16, 10:01 PM
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    Well done Beanie. That's a great loss and back in target too. All that plodding works in the end, LOL!

    Originally posted by joedenise
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 3 stone **

    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now. ***Keep plodding***
    • maman
    • By maman 11th Oct 16, 10:09 PM
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    Great news beanie . I'm delighted for you.

    Welcome back Mrs Lush . Sounds like you've had a great time.

    I don't have a liquidiser mrsp so my soups are always chunky. Another thing I do is cook casserole recipes for 4 with meat for 2 then eat the left overs as chunky soup the next day.

    No chocolate tonight, just about to have my apple & cottage cheese.
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 11th Oct 16, 10:37 PM
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    Thank you Maman.
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 3 stone **

    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now. ***Keep plodding***
    • ruby_eskimo
    • By ruby_eskimo 12th Oct 16, 8:57 AM
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    Welcome back Mrs Lush, glad you had such a relaxing time. And well done beanie on the loss.

    Felt really tired and run down yesterday but feel a lot better today. Think it's because I forced myself to workout last night and the endorphins really do help.

    Menu for today is:

    B - porridge (HEB and 1/2 HEA), strawberries
    L - Salmon and broccoli
    D - SW Bolognase, spaghetti, side salad
    S - 2 clementines, vanilla chai (1/2 HEA), popcorn (2.5 syns)

    Discovered my pukka herbs vanilla chai teabags last night lurking in a cupboard so thought I'd heat up the other half of my almond milk and have a milky chai tonight as the weather is getting cold again. Hope you all have a good day, I'm off to stare at spreadsheets again!
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    • wizkid1
    • By wizkid1 12th Oct 16, 9:18 AM
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    Good morning, this will be my menu for today...Green

    Breakfast. Oats so simple a/b. Strawberries frozen raspberries.

    Lunch.celery soup. 1 no crusts bread half of B & 0.5 cheese A melon.

    Dinner.. double egg chips & beans. Beetroot. Apple

    Extra f f yoghurt. 2 Rivita half of B 2 cracker bread 2 Syns crisps 5 Syns.
    7 Syns.
    Rest of A in milk.
    • Lois Lane
    • By Lois Lane 12th Oct 16, 9:27 AM
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    Lois Lane
    Morning all

    I've just realised I haven't acknowledged the chart this week, I was sure I posted yesterday, must have dreamt it!

    Anyway, thanks for the chart Shala and well done Duchy for SOTW.

    Welcome back to the newly married Lush . I'm pleased everything went off well for you.

    Beanie - that's great news, well done. When you think you were so close to quitting, you've done a great job in getting back to target again. Interesting to hear about the super BMI, I'm going to check that out as there's no way I'll ever get to below 25.

    Orlao - why not set yourself a lower target and if you achieve it, all well and good, if you struggle to achieve it, just call target at the weight you're at now, as there's a 3lb either way buffer. When I got to target previously I had areas that could be described as flabby, but I think it was loose skin rather than fat. You may find that exercise helps to firm things up over time.

    Maman - if you wanted smooth soup a stick blender would do the trick and doesn't take up much room. I quite like chunky soup myself though and I like the idea of using leftover casseroles for soup.

    I've decided to stop going to group - I only had a few weeks left before I go to Spain anyway, but it was the whole festive taster session thing that they're doing tonight that decided me. It's an opportunity for people to make low syn treats that you wouldn't normally have, but I'm trying to retrain my palate so that I don't want sweet things. I'm also trying to eat less artificial sweetener, so I'm pleased in a way that SW have recognised that it's not the best thing since sliced bread as some seem to think.

    The kind of Christmas I'll have in Spain won't be anything like my Christmas's from the past when I'd be surrounded by temptation. DH and I will be going out for Christmas dinner and I'll have the works, but then life will return pretty much to normal - or as normal as it can be, living in Spain with the increased level of socialising we do when we're there!

    Have a good day everyone.

    • lushlifesaver
    • By lushlifesaver 12th Oct 16, 10:11 AM
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    thanks for the warm welcome back everyone

    last night I had my hot chocolate and avoided the wedding cake and mountain of sweets we have left over! changed tea to gammon with sweet potato 'chips' (discs with a sprinkle of black pepper and pinch of mixed herbs) with carrot, orange pepper, beetroot and an egg.

    I am continuing my good intentions today:
    start of the day: 2 1 syn mochas to warm me through and get me going
    breakfast: Weetabix (heb) with milk (from hea) pear
    lunch: as yesterday
    mid afternoon: hard boiled egg
    tea: not 100% sure yet. the others are having turkey escalopes but they're something like 12.5 syns each . I may split one with littlie for 8 syns. they'll have chips I will have the last of my cous cous and lettuce/tomatoes/orange pepper/shredded carrot/pickled onion

    will have the rest of my hea in tea/coffee at work today. depending on how easily little one goes down I may have a hot chocolate before bed (2syn) but ideally I need to up my fluid intake. easiest way I find is the free pop but I don't like to have too much now as it's so gassy. I may get out a bottle of Ribena winter spice as an alternative to tea/coffee/hot choc and alternate that with squash (nas)
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    • maman
    • By maman 12th Oct 16, 11:26 AM
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    You're really back in the zone lush.

    I understand you not bothering with group lois. Tasting sessions have never really taken off in my group as it's 9.30 in the morning and not a time to be eating party food. Personally I've little taste for sweet stuff so I just sampled things like curry cake or squares of frittata. I think it's also because although I like cooking I don't do baking and most people seemed to be finding ways of making cakes in one form or another. At least you've got a set of new books to take back to Spain. You know you only have to ask for any info. on the website and we'll get it for you. Do you stock up on anything you can't get when you're away? Do they sell Frylight in Spain?

    I had thought of getting a blender but because I've managed fine without one I'm always wary of accumulating stuff in the kitchen cupboards. Do other people use them regularly?

    We're out with friends tonight and I'm going to go off plan for the one meal plus wine syns. I've been almost 100% on plan (except for judging by eye rather than weighing & measuring) for over a week so confident of being in range at tomorrow's WI.

    Today's EE plan:
    B: NAS grapefruit, HEB porage, HEA milk
    L: veggie (mushroom, spring onion, tomato, pepper) omelette and pickles
    D: off plan
    Syns: squirt of syrup and many others I expect.
    • Matron Midge
    • By Matron Midge 12th Oct 16, 1:13 PM
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    Matron Midge
    Have spoken to my consultant and as long as I don't have a gain next week, I will call it my target. I have spent the last year playing with the same few pounds and am fed up. We agreed the no gain so that it didn't give me licence to pig out this week since I'm pretty fed up.
    Roll on next Wednesday.
    • maman
    • By maman 12th Oct 16, 2:04 PM
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    Good idea midge .I found that when I got to target I carried on losing although it had taken forever to lose the last few pounds. I kept being told to go home and pig out to stop me falling below. I think it was because SW had become second nature so I just carried on eating that way. I still do this and just go off plan when I'm eating out or on holiday.
    Good Luck.
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