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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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    • gettingtheresometime
    • By gettingtheresometime 10th Jun 17, 12:04 PM
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    Hello

    WI today and lost another 2.5lbs ! Am very pleased with that !

    I'm also very excited today as I'm going to a wedding wedding party & will be seeing people who don't know I've lost my weight. Will be good though as I'll be the designated driver, saving my wine syns for tomorrow.

    Does anyone have any recommendations for biscuit cravings - I have hifi bars when I need a chocolate fix but this week I could have really eaten a packet of biscuits in one sitting

    Have a good day everyone
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    • maman
    • By maman 10th Jun 17, 1:04 PM
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    sorry to hear you've not been well midge but well done on your loss.


    Hello

    WI today and lost another 2.5lbs ! Am very pleased with that !

    I'm also very excited today as I'm going to a wedding wedding party & will be seeing people who don't know I've lost my weight. Will be good though as I'll be the designated driver, saving my wine syns for tomorrow.

    Does anyone have any recommendations for biscuit cravings - I have hifi bars when I need a chocolate fix but this week I could have really eaten a packet of biscuits in one sitting

    Have a good day everyone
    Originally posted by gettingtheresometime
    on your loss too. Hope you get lots of compliments when you go to the wedding party. It's such a confidence boost. Hopefully there will be bits of chicken and veg sticks on the buffet to choose from.


    I'm not fussed about biscuits personally but I know those pink wafers are just 2 syn each and even more filling (not sure if you think of them as biscuits) are those pink and white marshmallow sandwich things. They're about 2.5.



    Maman
    5lb but at that I am not slim enough I think I may need another stone I need to be in a size 12 but I am between 14 and 16 which really won't do when your'e only 5 ft. Not to worry I am getting it off slow but sure and I know I am eating well. I have the odd slip ups, when I may have a meat pie or meat and potato, or a steak pudding, never sweet stuff I really am a savoury person. Also I have tried cutting down on bread and potatoes and I find I am not getting the same stomach pains that I had. Also believe it or not my green beans have increased to four or five, and cauliflower two or three sprigs.. so , better than I was but not good enough. I will keep trying because I know veg is best.
    Originally posted by wizkid1
    good for you wiz! I think you're brilliant to persevere with the Speed veg. Fruit can work though. I think I've posted before that my original consultant eats almost no veg at all (she said she was force fed as a child). So she'll have her meal like egg and chips or whatever and then eat a punnet of strawberries.


    I agree that, for your height you should aim to be a smaller dress size. Why not get that 5lbs off and then think again. It's good to hear you feel better for carb cutting but it will also save you syns. You often use syns on extra bread so without that you could have a pie as a treat every now and then. As you enjoy your soup (and British weather isn't that hot) having soup with a salad could help fill you up.


    Today's EE plan:
    B: NAS grapefruit, HEB toast, baked beans, HEA milk for drinks
    L: JP with cottage cheese and beetroot
    D: Aldi lamb rogan josh with extra mushrooms, pilau rice, SW chips
    Syns: 1 or 2 in curry and rice and then there's wine syns!
    • gettingtheresometime
    • By gettingtheresometime 10th Jun 17, 2:54 PM
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    Ah thanks maman....am really looking forward to it lol!

    I've usually said that I would only buy a new dress for an event if I lost a certain amount of weight but this time I've thought blow it...I'm having a new dress!

    I'm not really a Buffett person so I wouldn't really eat much anyway but will be choosing wisely just in case lol
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    • wizkid1
    • By wizkid1 10th Jun 17, 7:27 PM
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    Hiya everyone, and thanks Maman for your kind words and advice.

    My Sunday menu plan..

    Breakfast.. porridge A B. Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries,

    Lunch..cheese ,egg and ham salad.light salad cream 3 syns

    Dinner...beef stew and 2 dumplings 3 syns jersey potatoes few green beans , carrots, peas.

    Extra f f yoghurt, strawberries, melon.
    6 syns .
    • maman
    • By maman 10th Jun 17, 7:59 PM
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    Just an idea wiz but as you can eat carrots why not try using them to help cut back on carbs? If you mix them with potatoes (assuming you don't eat swede) that would cut potatoes down by 50% when you have mash either on its own or on cottage pie. Carrots also roast well or boiled in big chunks they substitute well for potatoes.

    I haven't tasted it yet but I've tried to make my own pilau rice. Usually I buy a microwave pouch but went to cupboard and didn't have any. I'll let you all know how it tastes.
    • greentiger
    • By greentiger 10th Jun 17, 8:18 PM
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    Just popping in for a mo after watching the match.

    Would have taken a 2-0 defeat before the game, but, perversely, I'm scunnered with a 2-2 draw!
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    • tweets
    • By tweets 10th Jun 17, 9:10 PM
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    Just popping in for a mo after watching the match.

    Would have taken a 2-0 defeat before the game, but, perversely, I'm scunnered with a 2-2 draw!
    Originally posted by greentiger
    Sorry to be thick but I have googled scunnered greentiger and still

    Can you tell me what it means please ?

    The match reminded me of the saying never leave a game til final whistle .
    Lost 3st-3lb
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 10th Jun 17, 9:17 PM
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    Tweets~~Scunnered is a good auld Scottish word basically meaning cheesed off, not very happy.
    Actually sums up how I feel really well at present~~totally scunnered.
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    • tweets
    • By tweets 10th Jun 17, 9:25 PM
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    Tweets~~Scunnered is a good auld Scottish word basically meaning cheesed off, not very happy.
    Actually sums up how I feel really well at present~~totally scunnered.
    Originally posted by beanielou
    Thank you beanielou I had never heard that word before .

    Hope you are ok ?

    No wonder greentiger was scunnered. I have been there watching football many a time .
    Lost 3st-3lb
    • maman
    • By maman 10th Jun 17, 9:26 PM
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    Just popping in for a mo after watching the match.

    Would have taken a 2-0 defeat before the game, but, perversely, I'm scunnered with a 2-2 draw!
    Originally posted by greentiger
    I think it's the equivalent of sick as a parrot tweets .

    I watched the game and being a neutral I thought Scotland players were much more fired up and interested in winning than the English. So I too was scunnered when the equaliser went in. That being said there were mixed emotions as The Ox was 'one of our own ' and Wee Gordon our former manager who took us to FA Cup Final.

    Didn't think Rashford had a very good game tweets . I think most of England team would have preferred to be on holiday.

    Pilau rice was good. Very mse and syn free! If I do it again I might add more salt and pepper but that's personal taste. Feeling stuffed now and all for about half a syn!
    • tweets
    • By tweets 10th Jun 17, 9:39 PM
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    I think it's the equivalent of sick as a parrot tweets .

    I watched the game and being a neutral I thought Scotland players were much more fired up and interested in winning than the English. So I too was scunnered when the equaliser went in. That being said there were mixed emotions as The Ox was 'one of our own ' and Wee Gordon our former manager who took us to FA Cup Final.

    Didn't think Rashford had a very good game tweets . I think most of England team would have preferred to be on holiday.

    Pilau rice was good. Very mse and syn free! If I do it again I might add more salt and pepper but that's personal taste. Feeling stuffed now and all for about half a syn!
    Originally posted by maman
    I watched the game only was supporting England but felt sorry for Scotland. I agree Rashford was rubbish.

    I had SW quiche for tea with baked beans . Just hoping scales are tomorrow and not .
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    • Saver-upper
    • By Saver-upper 11th Jun 17, 1:43 AM
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    Today (saturday's) menu:

    Breakfast: bacon,eggs,tomato,onion,baked beans,spinach

    Snack (because 10yo insisted on getting me a snack with a cup of tea she was making me ) chocolate rice cakes (3.5 syns)

    Snack: yoghurt (free)

    For tea,I was hosting a meal for a few friends:
    vegetable tangine (butternut squash,onion,red pepper,tinned tomatoes,garlic),served with rice and naan bread (guess about 15 syns)

    For dessert,I made cheesecake-stuffed strawberries,and they were lovely.Probably about 8 syns worth (original recipe called for stuffing the strawberries with the cheesecake mixture,but I couldn't be doing with all that,so I just laid out strawberries,cheesecake mixture and digestives crushed,so everyone could assemble their own.It meant that I probably used more than the 1 syns for 6 strawberries that recipe suggested)

    Had a couple of thin ginger-flavoured wafer biscuits.No idea what type of biscuits they were,or syns.

    It is amazing how our habits change,isn't it?A group of friends and I take turns to host a meal about every 4-6 weeks.Every meal I go to,I would bring a couple of desserts,or a couple of different types of chocolates to share (because I couldn't decide ).Compare this to...........


    tonight,I had spent about 3 days planning a vegetarian,low-syn meal and assortment of desserts (apart from the strawberries,I had also laid out coconut meringues(7.5 syns for a packet of 20),Mikado sticks,and oreo thins (can't remember syns,but low-ish for a choc fix).

    Had about 4 large glasses of water,and only 2 cups of tea,so haven't had much of my HEA allowance.Also didn't have a HEB today.

    Brisk walk for just over 80 minutes (got no car this weekend,and had to walk daughter to a friend's house for a sleepover).

    EDIT: just realised tonic water has syns!!One of my guests tonight offered me a 150ml tin of tonic water.Despite the fact that I never drink it,I accepted,not thinking about the syns because I assumed it would be free.Just looked it up now,and that is another syn spent .
    Last edited by Saver-upper; 11-06-2017 at 2:45 AM.
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    • candyapple
    • By candyapple 11th Jun 17, 9:56 AM
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    Hi everyone

    I've been off the radar for a while sort half of doing SW but not really but I've given myself a good talking to and as today as I'm back on the SW wagon Jumped on the scales yesterday and I'm a teeny quarter pound off the next scale bracket (upwards ) so not happy with myself at all. My belly and hips are slowly trying to make their way over the waistband of my jeans and I'm feeling totally minging so I need to start embracing SW properly again! I feel like having a mini break from SW was almost worth it if it gets me feeling like this again, I'm all spurred up and ready to go!

    beanie - I know just how you're feeling as that's been me for the past 3 weeks, hope you're feeling lots better about things soon

    Today's intended food:

    B - overnight oats made with lemon greek style yogurts (1 syn) and Tesco breakfast topper (strawbs peach pineapple mango) which I'm hoping is free, some speed in there too

    L - I'm out shopping this afternoon but will grab a chicken tikka subway salad with sweet onion sauce (2 syns?), HEXA grated cheese

    T - SW fry up of scrambled eggs, bacon, fried potatoes, tomatoes and baked beans

    If there's another challenge coming soon I'll be right there with bells on. It's my summer hols in just under 12 weeks time so I need something to focus on!
    Last edited by candyapple; 11-06-2017 at 10:12 AM.

    • maman
    • By maman 11th Jun 17, 12:49 PM
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    maman
    For dessert,I made cheesecake-stuffed strawberries,and they were lovely.Probably about 8 syns worth (original recipe called for stuffing the strawberries with the cheesecake mixture,but I couldn't be doing with all that,so I just laid out strawberries,cheesecake mixture and digestives crushed,so everyone could assemble their own.
    Originally posted by Saver-upper

    A woman after my own heart! My go to pudding recipe is a DIY Eton Mess. I put out a big bowl of fruit (usually a mix of strawberries and raspberries), a bowl of mini meringues (1 syn each) and a jug each of cream and free Greek yogurt.

    EDIT: just realised tonic water has syns!!One of my guests tonight offered me a 150ml tin of tonic water.Despite the fact that I never drink it,I accepted,not thinking about the syns because I assumed it would be free.Just looked it up now,and that is another syn spent .
    Originally posted by Saver-upper

    Shame, because slimline tonic is free. The resort I'm going to for my holiday doesn't sell slimline anywhere it's infuriating.


    We're eating up fresh bits and pieces today and tomorrow. Hopefully anything I don't use can go in the freezer. I hate wasting food.


    Today's EE plan:
    B: NAS grapefruit, HEB toast, fried egg, tomatoes and mushrooms
    L: chicken salad (tomatoes, lettuce, beetroot) with cottage cheese and a bowl of lentil soup if I'm hungry enough
    D: HB steaks (mushrooms and onions) with SW roast potatoes and carrots, cabbage, red cabbage
    Syns: weekend wine


    Good to have you back on track candy.
    • bubbs
    • By bubbs 11th Jun 17, 1:48 PM
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    Afternoon all
    Well done to everyone that has lost
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    • curl girl
    • By curl girl 11th Jun 17, 3:17 PM
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    STS for me, amazingly as I've had another bad eating week.
    The weather doesn't help as I'm more motivated when it sunny!!
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    • Top Girl
    • By Top Girl 11th Jun 17, 3:19 PM
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    Have had a crazily busy day today.I briefly considered re-arranging my work so I could get everything else I needed,done.But that would have meant working over the weekend:-(.

    Breakfast: apple,pear,an apricot

    Coffeee with a sugar (1 syn)

    No lunch

    Tea: lamb chop,roast potato/butternut squash/parsnip,peas,corn,broccoli.Did cook swede for damn ever,but it was still rock-hard when I drained it,so couldn't eat that.
    Mint sauce (2 syns) and gravy (6 syns,I think).

    Snack: rice cakes 3.5 syns

    HEB: 2 Hifi bars

    HEA: about 1/2 my allowance of skimmed milk

    Only about 3 glasses of water today .Must get back onto drinking plain water.
    Originally posted by Saver-upper
    Saver upper, singing swede is a godsend for us. Cross the bottom with a knife, 15-20 mins in the microwave, turn halfway through, no peeling or chopping and a whole swede gives three decent portions.
    • curl girl
    • By curl girl 11th Jun 17, 3:20 PM
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    Going to make a quiche and boil some eggs for snacking as i have craved and eaten too many crisps this week.

    Will try harder as we have been talking holidays and I can't fit into my summer clothes.

    Well done to all the losers.
    You are an inspiration. X
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    • Top Girl
    • By Top Girl 11th Jun 17, 3:21 PM
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    Been a dreadful weekend syns wise.

    Sickness has kicked in so have been eating what I can keep down, when I can face it.

    My go to the last time I was pregnant was Heinz vegetable soup. 10 syns a tin!

    Very little in the way of BM as I've mostly been laying around feeling nauseous. Bleurgh.
    • curl girl
    • By curl girl 11th Jun 17, 3:23 PM
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    Saver upper, singing swede is a godsend for us. Cross the bottom with a knife, 15-20 mins in the microwave, turn halfway through, no peeling or chopping and a whole swede gives three decent portions.
    Originally posted by Top Girl
    Thanks this sounds easy.
    I do like swede as well.
    curl girl with a space - even though there is no space in my cupboard!!!
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