Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@.

Search
  • FIRST POST
    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 31st Dec 17, 4:01 PM
    • 1,964Posts
    • 10,274Thanks
    kathrynha
    Slimming Through The Winter - Slimming World Support Thread 2018
    • #1
    • 31st Dec 17, 4:01 PM
    Slimming Through The Winter - Slimming World Support Thread 2018 31st Dec 17 at 4:01 PM
    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
    Weight loss start date: 3rd January 2017
    Weight loss total: 50.5 lb
    Last updated: 2nd January 2018
Page 12
    • maman
    • By maman 4th Jan 18, 5:03 PM
    • 17,379 Posts
    • 104,075 Thanks
    maman
    Have a brilliant holiday denise.


    Jay you seem to be mixing up your HEA and HEB! Porridge would be HEB and milk would be your HEA, not the other way round.
    Originally posted by joedenise

    I found that difficult to remember when I got started. I tell myself that the B in HEB stands for Bread.


    On a similar theme: For a couple of months I've been having 1 slice of bread for my HEB at breakfast. It started with getting a taste for rye bread in Poland and then over Christmas we had a large loaf for visitors. Now we're back to normal DH has been giving me a single slice of a small loaf so half a HEB. I know I could have another later or an Alpen or something but what if I don't feel like it? I vaguely remember that if you don't have all your HEX you should syn it. Is that true? Did I make that up?


    Properly back on plan today.


    EE menu:
    B: NAS grapefruit, (half) HEB toast , 2 boiled eggs, HEA milk for drinks
    L: ham, bubble & squeak, beetroot, cornichons
    D: baked salmon, new potatoes, mushrooms, tomatoes, green stuff (asparagus, sugar snaps, broccoli, peas)
    Syns: NONE!
    • esmy
    • By esmy 4th Jan 18, 5:27 PM
    • 919 Posts
    • 3,258 Thanks
    esmy
    Now we're back to normal DH has been giving me a single slice of a small loaf so half a HEB. I know I could have another later or an Alpen or something but what if I don't feel like it? I vaguely remember that if you don't have all your HEX you should syn it. Is that true? Did I make that up?
    Originally posted by maman
    That makes no sense to me at all! Although several of the 'rules' don't so could be right. I'm never in danger of not having my HEXs...

    Could I ask for syn advice please? I found some flavoured instant coffees in Aldi today at 2 cals per cup (for the caramel flavour) - would you syn this? I suppose its half a syn if anything??
    • bubbs
    • By bubbs 4th Jan 18, 6:07 PM
    • 49,557 Posts
    • 604,113 Thanks
    bubbs
    Evening all
    Not caught up just back from WI and it was manic with newbies, anyhow would like to report 3lb loss lost my xmas gain
    Will catch up in a bit cooking tea
    Sealed pot challenge number 242 £350 for 2015, 2016 £400 Actual£345, £400 for 2017 Actual £500
    Stopped Smoking 22/01/15
    :-4 stone 10 1/2 lb week 43
    • esmy
    • By esmy 4th Jan 18, 6:22 PM
    • 919 Posts
    • 3,258 Thanks
    esmy
    Evening all
    Not caught up just back from WI and it was manic with newbies, anyhow would like to report 3lb loss lost my xmas gain
    Will catch up in a bit cooking tea
    Originally posted by bubbs
    Wow, well done Bubbs!
    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 4th Jan 18, 6:24 PM
    • 1,964 Posts
    • 10,274 Thanks
    kathrynha
    I vaguely remember that if you don't have all your HEX you should syn it. Is that true? Did I make that up?
    Originally posted by maman
    Never heard that and it wouldn't really make sense. I rarely have my full healthy extras because I'm not allowed that much of them, and my consultant knows that and has never said anything about synning it.
    Weight loss start date: 3rd January 2017
    Weight loss total: 50.5 lb
    Last updated: 2nd January 2018
    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 4th Jan 18, 6:28 PM
    • 1,964 Posts
    • 10,274 Thanks
    kathrynha
    Could I ask for syn advice please? I found some flavoured instant coffees in Aldi today at 2 cals per cup (for the caramel flavour) - would you syn this? I suppose its half a syn if anything??
    Originally posted by esmy
    Not seen that in aldi, but I seem to recall flavoured instant in a jar (not the sachets) of a different brand was free.
    Weight loss start date: 3rd January 2017
    Weight loss total: 50.5 lb
    Last updated: 2nd January 2018
    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 4th Jan 18, 6:29 PM
    • 1,964 Posts
    • 10,274 Thanks
    kathrynha
    Evening all
    Not caught up just back from WI and it was manic with newbies, anyhow would like to report 3lb loss lost my xmas gain
    Will catch up in a bit cooking tea
    Originally posted by bubbs
    Well done on a great loss bubbs
    Weight loss start date: 3rd January 2017
    Weight loss total: 50.5 lb
    Last updated: 2nd January 2018
    • bubbs
    • By bubbs 4th Jan 18, 7:06 PM
    • 49,557 Posts
    • 604,113 Thanks
    bubbs
    Wow, well done Bubbs!
    Originally posted by esmy
    Well done on a great loss bubbs
    Originally posted by kathrynha
    Thanks both x
    Maman i very rarely have any HEXB let alone full quota done me no harm
    Tonightd tea, steak, did have a few chips too about 10 but not caught on the pic
    Sealed pot challenge number 242 £350 for 2015, 2016 £400 Actual£345, £400 for 2017 Actual £500
    Stopped Smoking 22/01/15
    :-4 stone 10 1/2 lb week 43
    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 4th Jan 18, 7:08 PM
    • 1,964 Posts
    • 10,274 Thanks
    kathrynha
    Another amazing plate of food bubbs.
    I had beef stew, but didn't really like it
    Weight loss start date: 3rd January 2017
    Weight loss total: 50.5 lb
    Last updated: 2nd January 2018
    • bubbs
    • By bubbs 4th Jan 18, 7:16 PM
    • 49,557 Posts
    • 604,113 Thanks
    bubbs
    Another amazing plate of food bubbs.
    I had beef stew, but didn't really like it
    Originally posted by kathrynha
    Thanks, ate all of it as well
    Nothing worse if you dont like your tea
    Are these HEXB? cant find on app, thought i'd try for a change and try to have hexb if so

    Sealed pot challenge number 242 £350 for 2015, 2016 £400 Actual£345, £400 for 2017 Actual £500
    Stopped Smoking 22/01/15
    :-4 stone 10 1/2 lb week 43
    • esmy
    • By esmy 4th Jan 18, 7:17 PM
    • 919 Posts
    • 3,258 Thanks
    esmy
    I've just realised it is exactly a year today since I joined SW!
    I went to a group for the first 3 months, and then relied on the support of everyone on this thread (thank you, all).

    So in that year:
    I've lost 3 st (but regained 2lb over Christmas)
    I've lost 2/3 dress sizes and look better in my clothes
    I feel generally healthier
    My knees don't hurt daily
    I can walk uphill without a struggle
    I'm easily getting my '5 a day' every day, usually more
    I'm eating food I enjoy and I'm only hungry if I miss a meal
    My tastes have changed and, with the exception of chocolate, are healthier
    I've saved money by planning meals and not buying rubbish
    OH has lost half a stone too!

    If anyone had told me I'd be able to do this for a whole year (with the occasional lapse!) I wouldn't have believed it. I've still a few lbs to go but I'll do it.

    I know I could be preaching to the converted but this does work. Stick with it, those just starting out. It gets easier and becomes 'normal' eventually.
    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 4th Jan 18, 7:21 PM
    • 1,964 Posts
    • 10,274 Thanks
    kathrynha
    Are these HEXB? cant find on app, thought i'd try for a change and try to have hexb if so

    Originally posted by bubbs
    Doesn't look like it, but only 1 syn each
    Weight loss start date: 3rd January 2017
    Weight loss total: 50.5 lb
    Last updated: 2nd January 2018
    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 4th Jan 18, 7:25 PM
    • 1,964 Posts
    • 10,274 Thanks
    kathrynha
    I've just realised it is exactly a year today since I joined SW!
    I went to a group for the first 3 months, and then relied on the support of everyone on this thread (thank you, all).

    So in that year:
    I've lost 3 st (but regained 2lb over Christmas)
    I've lost 2/3 dress sizes and look better in my clothes
    I feel generally healthier
    My knees don't hurt daily
    I can walk uphill without a struggle
    I'm easily getting my '5 a day' every day, usually more
    I'm eating food I enjoy and I'm only hungry if I miss a meal
    My tastes have changed and, with the exception of chocolate, are healthier
    I've saved money by planning meals and not buying rubbish
    OH has lost half a stone too!

    If anyone had told me I'd be able to do this for a whole year (with the occasional lapse!) I wouldn't have believed it. I've still a few lbs to go but I'll do it.

    I know I could be preaching to the converted but this does work. Stick with it, those just starting out. It gets easier and becomes 'normal' eventually.
    Originally posted by esmy
    Happy SW birthday. Yesterday was mine.
    In that year I have lost 4 stone but gained 7lb back over Christmas and gone down 3-4 dress sizes.
    Can't say I'm feeling healthier, but that aint down to the weight.
    Weight loss start date: 3rd January 2017
    Weight loss total: 50.5 lb
    Last updated: 2nd January 2018
    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 4th Jan 18, 7:26 PM
    • 4,771 Posts
    • 35,914 Thanks
    joedenise
    Maman - no need to have all your Healthy Extra if you don't fancy it, but my consultant says to try not to miss having full HEA/HEB regularly as it's there for a reason - ie for calcium and fibre respectively.

    Esmy - at 2 cals I'd say it's free -the brand name one is called Beanies and there are several flavours, including a Bailey's one! all of which are Free.

    Bubbs - the wholemeal Crackerbreads used to be 6 for HEB but not any more. The original ones you've got have never been HEB (since I've been a member anyway) and they are 1 syn each.

    Kathryn - it's a shame you didn't really like your beef stew. What was wrong with it?

    Denise
    • bubbs
    • By bubbs 4th Jan 18, 7:29 PM
    • 49,557 Posts
    • 604,113 Thanks
    bubbs
    I've just realised it is exactly a year today since I joined SW!
    I went to a group for the first 3 months, and then relied on the support of everyone on this thread (thank you, all).

    So in that year:
    I've lost 3 st (but regained 2lb over Christmas)
    I've lost 2/3 dress sizes and look better in my clothes
    I feel generally healthier
    My knees don't hurt daily
    I can walk uphill without a struggle
    I'm easily getting my '5 a day' every day, usually more
    I'm eating food I enjoy and I'm only hungry if I miss a meal
    My tastes have changed and, with the exception of chocolate, are healthier
    I've saved money by planning meals and not buying rubbish
    OH has lost half a stone too!

    If anyone had told me I'd be able to do this for a whole year (with the occasional lapse!) I wouldn't have believed it. I've still a few lbs to go but I'll do it.

    I know I could be preaching to the converted but this does work. Stick with it, those just starting out. It gets easier and becomes 'normal' eventually.
    Originally posted by esmy
    well done
    Doesn't look like it, but only 1 syn each
    Originally posted by kathrynha
    Awww boo dont llike using syns like that
    Sealed pot challenge number 242 £350 for 2015, 2016 £400 Actual£345, £400 for 2017 Actual £500
    Stopped Smoking 22/01/15
    :-4 stone 10 1/2 lb week 43
    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 4th Jan 18, 7:29 PM
    • 1,964 Posts
    • 10,274 Thanks
    kathrynha
    Kathryn - it's a shame you didn't really like your beef stew. What was wrong with it?
    Originally posted by joedenise
    Think it was me not the stew, because husband and daughter both liked it. Feeling rather ikky. Low iron, very low blood pressure and absolutely knackered
    Weight loss start date: 3rd January 2017
    Weight loss total: 50.5 lb
    Last updated: 2nd January 2018
    • bubbs
    • By bubbs 4th Jan 18, 7:30 PM
    • 49,557 Posts
    • 604,113 Thanks
    bubbs
    Maman - no need to have all your Healthy Extra if you don't fancy it, but my consultant says to try not to miss having full HEA/HEB regularly as it's there for a reason - ie for calcium and fibre respectively.

    Esmy - at 2 cals I'd say it's free -the brand name one is called Beanies and there are several flavours, including a Bailey's one! all of which are Free.

    Bubbs - the wholemeal Crackerbreads used to be 6 for HEB but not any more. The original ones you've got have never been HEB (since I've been a member anyway) and they are 1 syn each.

    Kathryn - it's a shame you didn't really like your beef stew. What was wrong with it?

    Denise
    Originally posted by joedenise
    Thanks, have a nice Holiday btw x
    Sealed pot challenge number 242 £350 for 2015, 2016 £400 Actual£345, £400 for 2017 Actual £500
    Stopped Smoking 22/01/15
    :-4 stone 10 1/2 lb week 43
    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 4th Jan 18, 7:31 PM
    • 1,964 Posts
    • 10,274 Thanks
    kathrynha
    Awww boo dont llike using syns like that
    Originally posted by bubbs
    Totally with you on that. I like to feel I've had something either really taster, or really bad when I use my syns
    Weight loss start date: 3rd January 2017
    Weight loss total: 50.5 lb
    Last updated: 2nd January 2018
    • dawyldthing
    • By dawyldthing 4th Jan 18, 7:40 PM
    • 2,731 Posts
    • 2,542 Thanks
    dawyldthing
    Another day of low blood pressure today, but working from home, so more control over what I eat.
    Need some low/no syn, long shelf life, little prep, high salt foods in my locker at work so that I have more control over what I eat to deal with it. Thinking Naked Noodles. I know they are now syned, but I wouldn't have them often. If anyone has any other suggestions, please suggest.


    Today's plan:
    Breakfast - egg, bacon (technically not allowed but it's salty) and asparagus
    Lunch - steak (yes iron is low too) and salad
    Dinner - beef stew


    HA - milk
    HB - probably will use some to thicken stew
    Syns - probably some salad dressing
    Originally posted by kathrynha
    Salted nuts (would be your hexb I think but worth it as they last for ages).
    My targets to end 2018:
    1) To get down to 11 stone then treat to a safari. At start 17 stone 7 lbs *55lbs lost* *36lbs to go*
    Started SW16st13lbs tues11/7/17 - 28 weeks in -47lbs
    -> target 12 stone 6lbs by 11/7/18 -> 16lbs to go
    2) to find new challenges
    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 4th Jan 18, 7:42 PM
    • 1,964 Posts
    • 10,274 Thanks
    kathrynha
    Salted nuts (would be your hexb I think but worth it as they last for ages).
    Originally posted by dawyldthing
    Nut allergy
    Weight loss start date: 3rd January 2017
    Weight loss total: 50.5 lb
    Last updated: 2nd January 2018
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

1,895Posts Today

8,894Users online

Martin's Twitter