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    • shala_moo
    • By shala_moo 30th Apr 17, 3:17 PM
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    Be a Stunner for Summer - Slimming World support thread 2017
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    • 30th Apr 17, 3:17 PM
    Be a Stunner for Summer - Slimming World support thread 2017 30th Apr 17 at 3:17 PM
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    Huge thanks to shala_moo for starting this challenge and keeping everyone motivated along with her in her goal to lose weight for summer. She's used the content from previous challenges, which explains what Slimming World's about, how it might help you etc. As some of the info in this first post may be from Slimming World itself it may sound a bit "adverty".

    Back to shala_moo's support thread..

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    Shiny new thread, with all the info carried over as follows:-

    Slimming World and Food Optimising is a plan for life, it's 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've been doing in the past hasn't got you to where you want to be.

    You can't 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 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

    Most of the food you eat should come from the free foods list – so that’s pasta, rice, potatoes, lean meat, poultry, fish, fruit and vegetables.

    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, nuts 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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    • wizkid1
    • By wizkid1 17th May 17, 9:39 PM
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    wizkid1
    This will be my Thursday menu...

    Breakfast.. porridge,A/B mixed berries.

    Lunch.. celery soup. Slice of bread 3 syns. Apple

    Dinner..sausage 4 syns s/w wedges garden peas, haricot beans, beetroot.

    Extra f f yoghurt. 2 crackerbread /butter 5 syns.
    12 syns.
    • Saver-upper
    • By Saver-upper 17th May 17, 11:06 PM
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    Saver-upper
    Today's menu:

    Breakfast: a mandarin,2 apricots,apple

    Lunch: home-made butternut squash soup: butternut ,potato,onion ,and 2 slices toast (HEB+ 3syns),marg (1 syn)

    Snack: nectarine

    Snack: 2 apricots

    Hunter's chicken (just under 2 syns for cheese),served with rice,mange tout,swede,fried onion and peppers.

    Tonight,having forgotten that I had had toast at lunch,I had my 2 Hifi bars ( and considered having a third ),so 6 syns there .

    Have been having milk in cups of tea.

    Ooohhhh-just did the maths-only 12 syns for the day.Woohoo.Felt like alot more as I was typing it out .Mind you,I haven't had 2 pieces of toast/bread in a day since starting back at SW.It was just such a wet,miserable day today,and I had an unexpected afternoon off,so I just fancied spoiling myself with home-made soup and warm toast.
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    • maman
    • By maman 17th May 17, 11:58 PM
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    Probably had too many syns today. We had our meal at 4pm, just an apple for lunch. Unfortunately that meant we were hungry later. Shared a bag of chips with DH on the way back from football. They were really good though, fresh from the fryer with loads of salt and vinegar. Yum! Back on plan tomorrow.

    Glad you were able to stick to your menu today kathryna . That's a good start to your new week.
    • Squiggly Diddly
    • By Squiggly Diddly 18th May 17, 6:31 AM
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    Squiggly Diddly
    Another week flown past - weigh-in tonight but expecting to maintain or slightly put on.

    Well done Mrs Ryan, great achievement 🙂 Know how you feel with the study/good thing. I'm in the last couple of weeks of my PGCE & Tuesday involved a teaching job interview in the morning (first one and you have to teach a lesson as well as a panel interview) and then straight to uni for an assessed end of course interview... So any food planning has gone out the window & I had Pizza Hut pizza for dinner Tuesday. And finished it off last night

    I got the job though!! Woohoo. So pleased & relieved. Means that from September, in my (very) late 40's I will be a newly qualified teacher, something Ive wanted to do for years. Just need to apply the same determination to my food/diet now.

    Lantanna, that's so annoying & rude of that employer My oldest has had similar experiences recently, after travelling g an hour for a Friday evening interview & it taking 3 weeks to an answer (after they kept stalling on a decision) to say they were 'reviewing the role'. Nothing like wasting people's time and money

    Anyhow, waffling on now, will update with gain/loss tonight... Have a good day all!
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    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 18th May 17, 7:59 AM
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    After a good day tomorrow, hoping for a good one today too. Going to be a bit more difficult, as I have a work event where breakfast and lunch are provided. I'm going already having had breakfast, will have some healthy snacks in my handbag, and will have a late lunch if it's unsuitable. I can always use my restricted diet and allergies as an excuse to not eat the provided food if it looks bad.


    Today's plan:
    My breakfast - SW quiche
    Provided breakfast - none unless there is fruit
    Coffee break - avoiding biscuits
    Provided lunch - expecting really bad, but if there is salad I will have some, just enough to tide me over till I'm back in the office.
    My Lunch - HM pot noodle
    Dinner - Cottage pie with veg mash on the top
    Snacks - cereal bars, strawberries, Aldi quavers


    HA - milk
    HB - cereal bars
    syns - Aldi quavers (3), miso (0.5)
    Weight loss start date: 3rd January 2017
    Weight loss total: 45.5 lb
    Last updated: 11th July 2017
    • Tete en l'Air
    • By Tete en l'Air 18th May 17, 8:10 AM
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    Tete en l'Air
    Oh well done Squiggly! That's one good thing about teaching, at least you find out on the same day as the interview - although once they got us all together in the staff room to tell us together which was a bit like a nightmarish version of the Oscars: "And the job goes to........... the bloke who turned up in jeans!" (OH YES).


    Following on from that, sorry to hear about the job Lantanna, but as others have said would you want to work for a company who can't even send a response to interviewees?! I mean how much work can it be to copy and paste a standard email just to put people out of their misery? It's just plain ignorant.

    I've had an acknowledgement but no proper response from the job I applied to last week. I think I was lured into a false sense of security by getting to the interview stage of the first two I applied for. There are other interesting things advertised at the mo though, so will keep plugging, and will get myself down to the temping agencies to try to secure something for when I get back from Paris at the beginning of June.


    they used to say a pint of water weigh a pound and a quarter, so dont drink before you get weighed
    Originally posted by bubbs
    Haha love that little rhyme! Always do it first thing before imbibing anything and hopefully after a loo trip. Really do need to up my intake long-term though.

    Yesterday wasn't massive on syns but my lunch was a mug shot and two alpen lights, so it wasn't great! Today's plan:

    Brunch - Bacon, onion, mushroom, tomato and potato fry up
    Tea - Pork steaks with mixed veg from freezer and some Aunt Bessie Carrot and Swede mash
    HEA - Milk
    HEB - Alpen lights
    Syns - Sugar (3), mash (1), hot choc (4) = 8

    Have a lovely day everyone! I'm off to get my nails and roots done and my fringe trimmed so I'll be like a new woman by sunset!
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 18th May 17, 8:28 AM
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    beanielou
    Great result Squigggly

    Weigh in later.
    We will see.
    On reflection maybe not the best of weeks.
    Sometimes life gets in the way.
    Was out for a good friends birthday in the week & we went for high tea which was very yummy.
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    • Lois Lane
    • By Lois Lane 18th May 17, 9:10 AM
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    I drank far too much prosecco on Saturday night, and ate 3 slices of pizza. I'm gonna try harder this week.
    Originally posted by shipr!!!95
    Just having a quick catch up before I go and hang out some washing, and noticed the profanity filter has put !!! in Shiprob's user name - for the life of me I can't see what could possibly be profane about it, anyone else know?

    Back soon with a proper post.

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    • Ruthy1604
    • By Ruthy1604 18th May 17, 9:40 AM
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    WI day for me today. Not been a great week so I'm expecting a gain or a STS really.


    Todays plan is:
    B Hifi Bar
    L SW quiche & salad. Fruit & FF Yog
    D Depends on how WI goes.
    HexA - Milk in tea
    HExB - Hifi bar and ??


    I really don't drink enough water - do others find that it helps with weight loss? I think it was Bubbs that said it had helped.


    PS Massive thanks for the quiche recipe up thread (sorry I cant remember who it was). Mine has mushroom, onion, broccoli, green beans and cherry tomatoes. DH was upset that it wasn't for his tea!
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    • Saver-upper
    • By Saver-upper 18th May 17, 10:44 AM
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    Saver-upper
    Just having a quick catch up before I go and hang out some washing, and noticed the profanity filter has put !!! in Shiprob's user name - for the life of me I can't see what could possibly be profane about it, anyone else know?

    Back soon with a proper post.

    LL
    Originally posted by Lois Lane
    I wondered exactly the same thing,and meant to look it up on Urban Dictionary,but by the time I had finished readign the thread,and posted my own menu for the day,I had forgotten.Feeling nosey now,so will have a look.......
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    • Saver-upper
    • By Saver-upper 18th May 17, 10:58 AM
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    I wondered exactly the same thing,and meant to look it up on Urban Dictionary,but by the time I had finished reading the thread,and posted my own menu for the day,I had forgotten.Feeling nosey now,so will have a look.......
    Originally posted by Saver-upper
    Yeah,found it

    Despite the fact that poster's name is clearly "ship r o b 195",filters have read it as obi.I had to read through 7 definitions, (the belt of a kimino,stalking on fb,etc) to find the one that MSE thinks of
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    • chocolateteddy
    • By chocolateteddy 18th May 17, 11:37 AM
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    2 1/2 lbs LossYay at last my 2 stone award Did a food diary again this week and my consultant having looked at last weeks can't see anything wrong with it. So glad I persevered this week. Now to do it again next week. Rice pudding is in the slow cooker and stirfry for dinner so plenty of speed in that.
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    Journey started 14th Nov 2016
    Weight loss to date 27 lbs
    • LynnMac
    • By LynnMac 18th May 17, 11:54 AM
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    Hi I was going to slimmming World last year and lost a bit, got a bit discouraged after may a week of maintaining. I am hoping to get back on the bandwagon and would appreciate any tips to help along the way. Thank you
    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 18th May 17, 2:07 PM
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    Congrats on the loss and your 2 stone award Chocolate Teddy and welcome LynnMac.


    Back from the work event, and I ate a little but proud of how restrained I was. Definitely well within my allowed syns. Now just need to keep it up till bedtime.
    Weight loss start date: 3rd January 2017
    Weight loss total: 45.5 lb
    Last updated: 11th July 2017
    • maman
    • By maman 18th May 17, 2:42 PM
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    on your loss and your shiny teddy. Possibly you did absolutely nothing wrong last week but you just don't always lose week on week. It happens. What matters is just try not to let it get to you. It's so disheartening when you don't lose when you've been on plan.


    Welcome lynn. Just post any questions you have, read along with us and if it helps post your menus too. I post mine every day as it helps me and hopefully gives ideas to others.


    PS Massive thanks for the quiche recipe up thread (sorry I cant remember who it was). Mine has mushroom, onion, broccoli, green beans and cherry tomatoes. DH was upset that it wasn't for his tea!
    Originally posted by Ruthy1604

    Funnily enough my DH saw it in the kitchen and put an extra mat on the table thinking it was another side dish. I told him he wouldn't like it! If it's the cottage cheese one it was tweets that posted the recipe and a pic.


    I've been for an hour's walk this morning so doing better than usual on the exercise front this week. Hopefully I've walked off some of last night's chips. I keep thinking that I quite often have chips in pubs but these were extra naughty from the chippy so felt more synful. I can't remember the last time I went to a chippy.


    Not much Speed left today before tomorrow's shop. I plan to roast all the bits and pieces I have in the fridge alongside the fish. I've got some LO cabbage to stir in the mash with a couple of spring onions to make a colcannon type thing. I'm sure it'll be fine.


    Today's EE plan:
    B: NAS grapefruit, HEB porage with HEA milk
    L: JP with cottage cheese and beetroot
    D: baked haddock, roast veg (mushroom, tomato, onion, peppers), mash
    Syns: squirt of syrup
    • curl girl
    • By curl girl 18th May 17, 2:51 PM
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    curl girl
    Well done chocolateteddy 2 stone is brilliant.

    I did really well last week but I'm really hungry this week wanting carbs and heavy foods.
    curl girl with a space - even though there is no space in my cupboards!!!
    • lantanna
    • By lantanna 18th May 17, 3:11 PM
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    Currently comfort eating my way through life, Greggs for lunch yesterday, McDonalds for dinner last night, KFC for lunch today, wine for dinner tonight.
    That is the frame of mind. Rejection is probably harder to take when you hate the job you are in or are unemployed. Could hardly get out of the car this morning without two people coming to yap at me.




    I'll sicken myself at some point and snap out of it. Or if not I'll force myself to draw a line on MOnday.


    Didn't weigh in this morning either was too scared too.
    Thanks for all the support etc. It just actually seems that I am never getting out of here - despite trying and trying! Seems I cant get any sort of job never mind the really good ones!


    Was thinking as well last night, 2 years ago I had my weight totally in control and now I've thrown that away as well. This year all I've done is get closer and closer to my starting point.


    I'll dig some CBT out of the archives and do that tonight - hopefully it might turn me into a normal, rational, half wise person that I am not at the minute.
    3 stone 13.5 lbs to target




    • maman
    • By maman 18th May 17, 4:57 PM
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    maman


    I'll sicken myself at some point and snap out of it.

    I'll dig some CBT out of the archives and do that tonight - hopefully it might turn me into a normal, rational, half wise person that I am not at the minute.
    Originally posted by lantanna
    Perhaps the way back starts tonight?
    • greentiger
    • By greentiger 18th May 17, 6:18 PM
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    Felt sorry for Southampton last night, maman – such a pity that penalty was saved. Sorry tweets.

    Aw, that’s a shame, lantanna. Their loss. As others have said, they’re too uncaring to be decent employers.

    Congrats on getting the job, Squiggly. The hard work starts in September.lol!

    Great result, chocolateteddy.

    Hello, LynnMac. There are lots of wise and helpful people here!
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    • candyapple
    • By candyapple 18th May 17, 6:27 PM
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    Yeah,found it

    Despite the fact that poster's name is clearly "ship r o b 195",filters have read it as obi.I had to read through 7 definitions, (the belt of a kimino,stalking on fb,etc) to find the one that MSE thinks of
    Originally posted by Saver-upper
    Urban dictionary can make anything rude! It had me stumped as well, I've not long finished reading Memoirs of a geisha so to me obi only means one thing (and def not that which UD thinks it is )

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