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    • Chrisv
    • By Chrisv 4th Mar 19, 11:52 AM
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    Slimming in to Spring - Slimming World support thread 2019
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    • 4th Mar 19, 11:52 AM
    Slimming in to Spring - Slimming World support thread 2019 4th Mar 19 at 11:52 AM
    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 choice and one Healthy Extra 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


    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
    Not wanting something is as good as possessing it – Donald Horban
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    • maman
    • By maman 19th Mar 19, 5:38 PM
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    I'm being out here for Mother's Day. When you eat out do you still stick as close to plan as possible (even if there are other things on the menu you'd prefer) or do you just chose what you'd like as it's just one meal?
    Originally posted by FrankieM

    That's a great loss Frankie. Well done!
    Whether you try to stick to plan (not always possible with restaurant menus) when you're eating out rather depends on how quickly you want to lose weight. If you just eat whatever you like then that week, at least, will probably be a write off. You could make some wise (ish) choices perhaps having a roast but no Yorkshire and just a couple of potatoes and masses of other veg. Skip a pudding and have a coffee, that sort of thing. Then (assuming you'd be having wine syns) you'd probably STS or a small gain. If it was possible to completely stay on plan or go armed with loads of saved syns then you'd probably get away with it. What matters most is, as you said, it's just one meal and you need to get back on plan ASAP.

    Pleased to report -1lb this week, for a total of 1st 11lbs lost so far. Will do better next week, still a long way to go, one pound away from Club 10!!

    Thanks for the beef bourgignon suggestion, will get some of those red wine stockpots with my next shop and have a go. Am still enjoying trying out SW recipes from the mag and the website, and sharing suggestions and tips with friends, including here . My latest ‘revelation’ is buying cooked beetroot (45p for vacuum pack in Tesco) and making it into a quick salad with some iceberg and a few boiled eggs, plus fatfree vinaigrette (Tesco’s own). Just made some sweet potato wedges in the airfryer as a snack, will have those with a dollop of ff fromage frais. All FREE .

    Poundsinbucks x
    Originally posted by poundsinbucks

    Well done on your loss too.
    I eat loads of beetroot. Vacuum packed beetroot is on offer in Aldi at the moment and as it's long life, it's worth stocking up. Other pickles I enjoy are cornichons form Lidl, much sweeter and crisper than gherkins and jars of Heinz pickled red cabbage from the £ shop or Home Bargains. They all add to the Speed count for the day. I eat them with bubble & squeak (cook extra veg deliberately), omelettes and jacket potatoes.
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 19th Mar 19, 6:06 PM
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    Well done Pondsinbucks & FrankieM
    Hope you are on the mend really soon FrankieM.
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    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 19th Mar 19, 6:21 PM
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    Yesterday's slightly dodgy tummy was more than slightly dodgy.

    Lasted 2 hours at work and then headed back home and to bed. I've had today off too and I'm feeling much better.

    With amazing commitment I headed off to weigh in for a 'weigh and go' _3.5lbs I think it'll be cause I hadn't eaten but I wanted to draw a line under last week.

    I've eaten with no problems today. A very noisy tummy but no cramps etc

    B: 2 x hi fi bars( HEA) & banana
    L:Beefy mince (1 syn), potato & broc from last night
    T: Bolognaise(minced beef, onion, mushroom, pepper, courgette, aubergine, passata, oxo, herbs) , pasta, lettuce, cucumber, tomato

    I'll have some cheese (HEB) on my bolognaise and I've had milk (HEB) for hot drinks

    Snacks: apple, grapes, satsumas, yog (1 syn)

    I'm being out here for Mother's Day. When you eat out do you still stick as close to plan as possible (even if there are other things on the menu you'd prefer) or do you just chose what you'd like as it's just one meal?
    Originally posted by FrankieM
    Well done on a great loss.

    Just one comment on your menu you seem to be muddling up HEA and HEBs. HEA is for calcium - milk & cheese; HEB is for fibre - hi-fi bars, porridge, bread etc.

    Eating out on Mother's Day is just one meal! You could try saving syns during the week or just have a Flexisyn day, where you decide how many syns you need and then back on plan after that. Not sure whether you go to group or not but if you do it's worth having a look either online or in your books about flexisynning. Enjoy your meal out whatever you decide.

    • sarymclary
    • By sarymclary 19th Mar 19, 6:43 PM
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    Hope you feel much better soon FrankieM

    TTD I vote for No.2 gravy

    Having my first proper day off from work, and it's been lovely so far. Got all the washing up to date, watched 2 films, did the weekly shop, and met OH for a quick coffee during his half hour lunch break at work and took him a coffee. Youngest son is doing is first nightshift on his new job rota this week, so I didn't have the heart to faff around in the bedroom that is part way through being decorated. I may get in there early tomorrow with the polyfilla, but the sanding is clearly going to have to wait.

    I meant to mention that the buffet on Sunday night was dreadful, and very much not SW friendly. It was very, very beige, so the usual mozarella sticks, chicken gougons, pasta salad, white bread sandwiches, cocktail sausages, potato salad in thick mayo, etc. I stepped up with trepidation after everyone else had filled their plates hoping to find some salad, but alas there was none. But, I did spot some crudites in he corner that no one else had touched, so I had some carrot batons, celery sticks, cucumber sticks, peppers and a handful of grapes off of the cheese board, together with a small amount of curry flavoured humous.

    So following on from that FrankieM when eating out I don't tend to allow myself a 'blow-out' but try to find something on the menu that is SW friendly, or can be tweaked enough to become so (like asking for a sauce to be kept separate, or avoiding chips, roast spuds etc). At this point in time when I am not even in the middle of my weightloss journey yet, I really don't feel inclined to sacrifice a loss for one meal off-plan. I hope that in time, once at target, that is something I can manage more easily.

    Meal plan today is:
    B - banana
    L - mixed salad with tikka chicken breast (0.5) and dressing (1.5) & 0% greek yog with apples (1.5)
    snack - 1 slice wm bread HEB with spread (1) & lean ham
    D - chinese marinaded chicken (3 for the marinade) with savoury rice and mixed salad, tomatoes, cucumber, pickled onions, etc. Dressing (1.5)

    I picked up some of Lidl's fat free high protein yogurts today, which are 1 syn each for the raspberry or peach & passion fruit flavours, but have 22g of protein in them, which makes them a great snack.

    I saw the jackfruit in sauces in Tesco too today, but at £2 a packet, and not a lot in the packet, plus a LOT of sauce, I didn't think they'd really be a great option. I would like to try jackfruit, as interested to know if it really can be a good meat substitute. (I'm not vegetarian, but do like to keep meat intake down a day or so a week to be healthier). Has anyone tried jackfruit, and if so, what did you think?
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    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 19th Mar 19, 7:34 PM
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    Not tried jackfruit but you can buy in canned in water. Tesco have a 410g can for £2 which is probably enough to feed at least 2 people. Not sure but think it's one of those things that take on the flavour of what it's cooked in so might be good to use for a curry or something similar. I'm sure there will be loads of recipes online.

    • bubbs
    • By bubbs 19th Mar 19, 8:34 PM
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    Evening all
    Sorry been MIA, was really busy at the weekend and at the theatre again last night
    Welcome too all the newbies
    Well done to all the losers and SOTW
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    • TheTalkingDead
    • By TheTalkingDead 19th Mar 19, 9:06 PM
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    OxO red wine gravy is my new found love of food.

    How I made it:

    1 tin of mushy pea's (choose your own favorite brand I use aldi homebrand), This is your "base" and thickness of the gravy this was blitzed with blender into a smooth paste, add a pinch of salt, dried rosemary and thyme sprinkle on how much you wish to include I used a level table spoon, dried Marjoram 1/2 table spoon, couple of grinds of the course black pepper shaker, and 1 T spoon of lazy garlic (if you don't have fine shopped lazy jar of garlic, use a T spoon of garlic powder or 2 fresh garlic cloves chopped), mix well into the paste.

    Then chop up 2 red onions, fry using fry light, once softened and browned, include to the gravy paste.

    In a measuring jug pour 400ml boiled water and add 2 or 3 OxO red wine stock pots, and melt and stir, add to your gravy paste taste test if its really sweet cut it with some malt vinegar add little by little tasting all the while to the taste you want add gravy browning to your preferred colour and mix to preferred consistency, don't worry about making too much you can always freeze it for another meal.

    I thought it tasted amazing,
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