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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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    • maman
    • By maman 15th Oct 16, 3:26 PM
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    maman
    Good to see your holiday gain disappearing already abbafan. Hope you had a good time. It's strange but we always eat about 7.30 in the evening. If I have to eat earlier then I'm looking for a snack before bedtime.


    Certainly not too much food

    As bananas aren't super free (unless they've changed ) and the conscientious (?) is too many bananas aren't good for weight loss, I'd watch this! Also technically cooked apple = syns . How much oil is 1 syn? all adds up!

    Keep going it does work
    Originally posted by TakeItEazy
    I'd agree with tie. Definitely not too much food. I don't remember if you've got the new books prudent but there have been changes to the terminology and also the fruit and veg lists. These days the 'good' ones are called Speed food rather than superfree. The list is at the beginning of the thread. It's not the words that matter, of course, but SW have decided that a number of fruits are too sugary to be helpful although still free. I'd see bananas as a waste of an opportunity to have Speed fruit like you'd normally do with your berries.


    My answer to everything is always eat more Speed but your menu does look a bit low. None at breakfast, none in the parsnip soup but I can't tell how big the salads are or how much veg is in the veggie meals. You'll probably get away with it if you're a veggie as the old Green menus didn't specify how much Speed.


    Chocolate in the evenings was getting a bit of a habit for me too (meg). I was only having about 3.5 per night but that mounts up over a week. I've put it away in the cupboard at least until I get back to the weight I'd like to be.


    DH continues to be helpful. He gave me one slice of toast again this morning. I found that useful yesterday as I had a Benefit bar when I got home with a cuppa so didn't miss the chocolate. We've been out for a walk today, not really Body Magic just ambling in the sunshine. He wanted to know if this was part of my plan to lose 1.5lbs. He's never taken such a detailed interest.


    Today's EE plan:

    B: NAS grapefruit, 0.5 HEB toast, baked beans
    L: veggie (pepper, mushroom, spring onion) omelette with pickles
    D: pork burger, fried onions, patatas bravas, mushrooms, green stuff (asparagus, broccoli, peas, mange tout).
    Syns: weekend wine.
    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 15th Oct 16, 3:47 PM
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    Prudent - I assume you're veggie so you could actually have an extra HEA and HEB as you're doing the old Green plan.

    I don't think you're eating too much at all. SW always say you should eat until you're satisfied and if what you eat makes you feel full then that's fine but definitely don't overeat.

    Denise
    • Prudent
    • By Prudent 15th Oct 16, 4:22 PM
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    Thank you Maman and joedenise

    I have the new books, at least I think as I only enrolled two weeks ago. You are right about the terminology. I have speed veg in the soup. It wasn't in the recipe but I added celery, onion and leek. I had wondered about the extra HEB as I am finding vegetarian more limited this time. I am not actually a vegetarian, OH was but now eats fish. DD who eats here sometimes is vegan. I don't want to cook multiple meals so I need to work with what the others will eat.

    To make up for the missed syns in the soup, I have changed tonights dinner to a 'free' recipe from the book and will do the Mexican bake another night. I have made a pepper and bean chilli and will serve it with sweet potatoes and a big salad. I will go back to berries at breakfast.

    All the help is much appreciated
    Last edited by Prudent; 15-10-2016 at 4:25 PM.
    • shala_moo
    • By shala_moo 15th Oct 16, 4:33 PM
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    Afternoon,

    I actually said to my consultant on the Thursday before that I wouldn't feel half as comfortable as I did with what I'd managed to lose if I didn't have this support as well as her definitely key members of my slimming world family
    Originally posted by lushlifesaver
    However one of our lovely members very kindly gave me the nudge I needed to start posting again. Thank you (you know who you are )
    Originally posted by blue_eyed_girl
    Just caught these two posts again as I was collecting results... you really are lovely people in this group and wanted to say that I also really appreciate the support from you all.

    Big thanks to everyone!!!

    I've reduced your target Betty, sorry you feel disappointed in your STS. Could you do your SAS log again? that helped you have a big loss a few weeks back? I see Lois had the same idea Anything else we can help with? Do you have much more to lose?

    I think it was a typo TIE, it was 18lbs to 10

    Welcome back Abbafan

    Back to writing in my diary again after last night's disastrous falling off the wagon i'd been so good all day as well. OH told me there was icecream in the freezer and we made a few cookies to go with it but line drawn and onwards!

    Todays menu
    B -fruit, yogurt
    L - feta (2) beetroot, salad, pickled onions, egg, chicken, BBQ sauce (1)
    T - Butternut squash macaroni cheese(hea), salad
    S - hifi bar (0.5heb) crisps(4) satsuma, melon, milk in tea (2)

    Lots of speed today, using the Two Chubby Cubs macaroni cheese recipe so the sauce is made with BNS, hope it's nice!

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    • maman
    • By maman 15th Oct 16, 4:50 PM
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    You've changed the menu now prudent but as it's effectively a Green day you'd have saved 6 syns by having the roll as your second HEB.

    I've just made a big casserole full of braised red cabbage. Although it has some sweetener and 2 eating apples I'm calling it free. As it's so spicy we only have a tbsp each as an extra side and the recipe makes loads.
    • Top Girl
    • By Top Girl 15th Oct 16, 5:35 PM
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    Top Girl
    Busy busy week. Having had very little in the way of syns, thought I'd 'treat' myself to that Morrisons lobster and crab macaroni cheese they keep advertising. Ugh. Absolutely bland and very little in the way of fish. I picked out six pieces and binned the rest and had some fruit instead. So, 5 syns because of the first bite and sauce maybe? Who knows.

    Making mince and tatties for Top Bloke later, who is on a 14 hour shift about 1 syn per portion with a few bisto granules and a spoon of mustard thrown in.

    Then there's weekend wine

    Hope you're all well!
    • Prudent
    • By Prudent 15th Oct 16, 6:18 PM
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    Prudent
    You've changed the menu now prudent but as it's effectively a Green day you'd have saved 6 syns by having the roll as your second HEB.

    I've just made a big casserole full of braised red cabbage. Although it has some sweetener and 2 eating apples I'm calling it free. As it's so spicy we only have a tbsp each as an extra side and the recipe makes loads.
    Originally posted by maman
    Your cabbage sounds wonderful - enjoy

    The HEB bit is what I am finding hard this time round. On a typical week we will eat 2 fish meals, 2 vegan meal and three vegetarian. On the current plan the fish days feel so much easier as I now only have one HEA and one HEB. I especially miss the extra HEA as it allowed me to add a little cheese to vegetarian meals. In effect I now need to eat 2 fish and five vegan meals a week as I like milk in tea and I like a cereal based breakfast. Are there any other vegetarians on this thread?
    Last edited by Prudent; 15-10-2016 at 6:21 PM.
    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 15th Oct 16, 6:24 PM
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    joedenise
    You've changed the menu now prudent but as it's effectively a Green day you'd have saved 6 syns by having the roll as your second HEB.

    I've just made a big casserole full of braised red cabbage. Although it has some sweetener and 2 eating apples I'm calling it free. As it's so spicy we only have a tbsp each as an extra side and the recipe makes loads.
    Originally posted by maman
    What do you put in your braised cabbage to make it spicy? I use the one on the SW website which definitely isn't spicy. Planning on making some myself this week. Have bought the cabbage but forgot the apples otherwise I'd have cooked it today in the slow cooker.

    Will need to find the freezer space once it's cooked but I'll "flat pack" it so it's easier to find the space! Freezer if pretty full at the moment.

    Denise
    • maman
    • By maman 15th Oct 16, 7:28 PM
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    I know flutterby is a veggie so she may be able to help prudent .

    I tweak the Delia recipe denise . I can't do links on my phone but I'll look later. I substitute sweetener for the sugar but only a tsp for each layer. I use eaters or windfalls rather than cookers but that depends what you have in. I'm probably a bit more generous than Delia with the spices. I use cinnamon, grated nutmeg and a few whole cloves (latter because I have them although dried would be fine). Delia puts butter on top but I don't bother. I think it just makes it shinier. I use red onions when I have them but have used white although you don't get the overall red colour. HTH.
    • mrsp1987
    • By mrsp1987 15th Oct 16, 8:23 PM
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    Here are some pictures of the kitties, we've called them Renault and Clio, because he has a little diamond on his nose

    Photos of kitties





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    • Prudent
    • By Prudent 15th Oct 16, 8:28 PM
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    Aww they are lovely. I think cats make a house a home. I have two cats and love them to bits. I also have a Renault Clio car so like your choice of names
    • greentiger
    • By greentiger 15th Oct 16, 9:19 PM
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    greentiger
    Well done on your loss, gettingtheresometime.

    Pretty kitties, mrsp. Have fun with them.

    Saturday

    Breakfast: ½ grapefruit, hexb toast with sardines in tomato sauce
    Lunch: banana (I wasn’t hungry after that breakfast!)
    Snack: wine gums (4) – and I turned down an offer from my son to buy me something at half time!
    Dinner: ½ chicken jalfrezi & rice (6)
    Snacks: hexa cheese and grapes


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    • mrsp1987
    • By mrsp1987 15th Oct 16, 10:00 PM
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    Aww they are lovely. I think cats make a house a home. I have two cats and love them to bits. I also have a Renault Clio car so like your choice of names
    Originally posted by Prudent
    We've got 4 now! Absolutely love them to bits!!
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    • Flat Eric
    • By Flat Eric 16th Oct 16, 9:09 AM
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    Flat Eric
    I've been up since 6.30am , have been for a 15 min run and have stuck the slow cooker on with a beef casserole for tea tonight [yum] [looking forward to it already]. This colder weather is having a positive impact on my food choices as I have been buying more veg and seem to want to dig out my cookbooks and find varied recipes for casseroles and the like rather than stick to the same boring (unhealthy) food choices that I have been making.

    I hope all are well.

    As the countdown to the December date continues, I'm mindful that if I want my sparkly dress moment then I need to stop dithering and start eating better. I.e. actually start following the plan rather than do my version which involves far too many syns.

    Anyhow, I'd be interested to know if you have done SW in conjunction with either Nutracheck, my fitness pal or Hairy Bikers which involve an element of calorie counting. I have had a taster of the Hairy Bikers paid membership site and it looks really motivational but not sure I can justify the membership fees. I like SW but part of me thinks I need to do something different to really motivate me.
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    • shala_moo
    • By shala_moo 16th Oct 16, 9:59 AM
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    Morning,

    MrsP, your new additions are gorgeous we're just sitting laughing laughing at our furbaby playing with a straw, his favourite toy!!

    Good start to the day flateric there used to be a few people on here that did Myfitnesspal and SW together just to help control portion sizes not seen much about it recently. I find the constant weighing of things monotonous though..

    Weightwatchers is kind of like SW now but with portion/calorie control built in. You can have certain veg/fruit for free and everything else is pointed. Is it worth a look for you if that's the sort of path you want to follow?

    If you're on Facebook then check out NotNigella, she's just swapped over from SW to WW so compares the two plans. It's quite interesting.

    Anyway I'll stop pushing people to the dark side

    The butternut squash Macaroni cheese was a right faff last night, it tasted ok but too much effort for a bit of pasta! Won't be making it again.

    we have the 'bowl' bits left of the bns that I roasted last night so making the taco 'jackets' out of one of the old magazines tonight to spice up a cold, wet, miserable day.

    Menu for today
    B - gingerbread baked oats, Apple, yogurt
    L - ??
    T - bns taco mix, cheese(hea) wedges, salad
    S - melon, crisps (4)

    Have a good day x
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    • squishylove1989
    • By squishylove1989 16th Oct 16, 10:08 AM
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    Hello all,

    I know this thread is for Halloween and I've stumbled on it late in the game but I'm hoping I can still join in. I'm hoping to lose a minimum of 1 stone for Christmas. I've been really on plan this week and have lost a grand total of 0 so feeling a bit down on myself at the moment. Hoping to get lots of inspiration on here ☺️
    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 16th Oct 16, 10:31 AM
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    Welcome to the thread squishy, hope you don't mind abbreviations! There'll be a new challenge starting in a couple of weeks I think, I don't actually do it myself as I'm at target.

    Maman - I think the only difference to mine is the addition of cloves - can't stand them! Bad experience with them back in the early 80s when my DD1 cooked dinner for us & her then boyfriend - it was pork with cloves. The recipe said to stick a clove in it but she decided it looked lonely (LOL!) and studded it! It was so bad our mouths went numb and couldn't eat it.

    Today's plan:

    B - bacon, egg, mushrooms, beans
    L - smoked salmon, crabsticks, spinach, cucumber, beetroot, tomatoes, peppers, pickled onions, cornichons. Slice of crustless bread
    D - pork belly strips, roast potatoes, roasted onions, peppers & carrots, mashed swede & cabbage. 12 syns

    HEA - milk
    HEB - 1 slice crustless; 1 Alpen Light choc & fudge probably
    Syns - pork belly strips (2 strips weigh 136 g and they're synned at 9 per 100g!)

    Don't have pork belly very often but do love it.

    Denise
    • wizkid1
    • By wizkid1 16th Oct 16, 10:40 AM
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    Good morning. Oh what a calamity I have put a pound ON I had very little deviation from my menus The only things can think of are my Syns
    I am going to try and only have half of the 15 and see how it goes, at this rate I am going no where fast. Although yesterday I couldn't eat much as I didn't feel well, sickly and just had a spoonful and left it.
    So, this is my today's menu.E E day.

    Breakfast. Oats so simple A/B blue berries ,strawberries.

    Lunch.. Pea & bacon soup Ryvita 3 syns & a slice of lean ham.Apple.

    Dinner.. roast beef york/ pud 3 Syns boiled pots mixed veg gravy 2syn

    Extra f f yoghurt. Clementine x 2 Still feeling queasy
    Sorry I can't do red and Bold.
    • Flat Eric
    • By Flat Eric 16th Oct 16, 11:58 AM
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    Flat Eric
    Morning,

    MrsP, your new additions are gorgeous we're just sitting laughing laughing at our furbaby playing with a straw, his favourite toy!!

    Good start to the day flateric there used to be a few people on here that did Myfitnesspal and SW together just to help control portion sizes not seen much about it recently. I find the constant weighing of things monotonous though..

    Weightwatchers is kind of like SW now but with portion/calorie control built in. You can have certain veg/fruit for free and everything else is pointed. Is it worth a look for you if that's the sort of path you want to follow?

    If you're on Facebook then check out NotNigella, she's just swapped over from SW to WW so compares the two plans. It's quite interesting.

    Anyway I'll stop pushing people to the dark side
    Originally posted by shala_moo
    I like the idea of doing something different but think that it will soon become tedious having to weigh and measure everything.
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    • mrsp1987
    • By mrsp1987 16th Oct 16, 12:00 PM
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    My SW consultant says that if you follow the plan and do the same thing in 2 different weeks then you should have the same weight loss. She also says that exercise won't give you a weight loss. I can see where she's coming from - I know you can't out exercise a bad diet but surely if I follow SW but do no exercise and I lose then if I ate the same things and did exercise in another week I should lose more?
    Anyway, I'm not 100% convinced that doing the same thing in 2 different weeks will lead to the same result. Our bodies are very complex things and as women we also have a lot more hormones floating around which is bound to affect something somewhere.
    Anyway, I suppose what I'm trying to say is if you have stuck to plan and gained, don't worry too much if it's a one-off because the human body is weird as a weird thing!!
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