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    • shala_moo
    • By shala_moo 26th Feb 17, 5:02 PM
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    Get in the swing for Spring - Slimming World support thread 2017
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    • 26th Feb 17, 5:02 PM
    Get in the swing for Spring - Slimming World support thread 2017 26th Feb 17 at 5:02 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!!!8230;!!!8230;!!!8230;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 !!!8211; so that!!!8217;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 !!!8216;a!!!8217; choice and one Healthy Extra !!!8216;b!!!8217; 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

    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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    • LizzieR
    • By LizzieR 12th Mar 17, 12:21 PM
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    A pot's 175g ....or at least that's the toffee one!
    Originally posted by gettingtheresometime
    Brilliant! Thanks for letting me know. Right, now to check out some recipes
    • maman
    • By maman 12th Mar 17, 12:22 PM
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    Happy Birthday Maman hope you have a fab day xx

    I'm still not back on track after the birthday binge
    Originally posted by shala_moo

    I have a feeling this could happen to me!

    We're off to the cinema this afternoon and then something to eat. On Wednesday we're going away for a week so I'll just pick it up when I get back.

    on your 4.5 stone lizzie. That's quite an achievement.

    to unhelpful consultants jay.

    You've averaged 1.5lbs a week small which is exactly what I did when getting to target. Keep plodding is our favourite mantra on here (along with eat plenty of Speed). Do post your menus if you have the time and we'll see if there's anything you can tweak.

    I've had a SW breakfast (bacon, eggs and HEB toast). I have plenty of LO veg for lunch if I fancy it but after that I'll see what I fancy.

    Have a good day all.
    • LizzieR
    • By LizzieR 12th Mar 17, 12:42 PM
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    on your 4.5 stone lizzie. That's quite an achievement.

    Originally posted by maman
    Thanks! Not something I could have possibly imagined when I first walked through the doors of my SW group. I've surprised myself with my determination to keep going, as in the past I'd usually manage to lose about a stone doing some diet or another and then get complacent and gain more than I'd lost seems I've found the thing that works for me and fits into my lifestyle
    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 12th Mar 17, 1:35 PM
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    Happy birthday Maman.

    Well done to all the losers.

    Wizkid, and any others with gains, everyone has a gain sometimes. Sometimes it's us going off plan too much, and sometimes it's our bodies, but what ever the reason it happens, but we will lose it again.

    I think I will be having a gain this week. Just really struggling to stick to plan. I ate miles too much, and of totally the wrong stuff yesterday.

    Today's plan:
    Breakfast - not hungry from eating too much yesterday
    Lunch - ham salad
    Dinner - Out for a meal, and I know there is nothing really healthy on the menu.

    HA - milk
    HB - not sure
    Weight loss start date: 3rd January 2017
    Weight loss total: 53 lb
    Last updated: 27th February 2018
    • piglet6
    • By piglet6 12th Mar 17, 1:57 PM
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    Happy Birthday, maman!

    Well done, LizzieR, on your 4Ĺ stone!!

    Well, yesterday was upskittled slightly by a last minute invitation to friends for dinner. Stuck to my omelette & mushrooms for breakfast, and had leek & potato soup for lunch, but dinner was gammon with roast potatoes, onion rings, peas and corn on the cob, and the sauce that you get in IKEA with their meatballs...(website says "Ikea Graddsas Cream Sauce Mix, made up as directed (36g made up) - 17 syns", but no idea how much 36g is when its made up...the whole packet, half a packet?! ). This was then followed by individual trifles (so no chance for sneaky portion reduction there either...) I think we can just say that I can more than account for yesterday's syns!! Draw a line, Piglet, draw a line... (I'm beginning to think that should be my tag line!! )

    Anyway, today is looking OK, as follows:

    B: Crunchy bran (HExB) and milk (HExA)
    L: New Covent Garden Smoked Haddock Chowder (7Ĺ syns, but I only buy it occasionally when I go near Waitrose which is 30 miles away, and I love it, so to me, it is worth the syns )
    D: Undecided... Either pork casserole with veggies, or a salad with smoked salmon and a poached egg. Depends how hungry I'm feeling later (am going out to Book Club, so will eat when I get back). Either way, it is all totally free, so no more syns there. And book club means driving, so syn-free and alcohol-free drinking there - it is held in a pub!

    Snacks: Free fruit - am going to a friend's house shortly to do some holiday planning, but she is totally SW friendly, so we have agreed that we will snack on free fruit (mostly speedy ones) while we plan. That's why I'm not sure how hungry I'll be at dinner...

    P x
    SW - 29Ĺlbs lost in 2017...
    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 12th Mar 17, 2:13 PM
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    Happy birthday Maman. Hope you have a lovely day and enjoy your meal out.

    Smallpackages - your consultant doesn't sound very nice at all! As others have said you've lost 6lb over the month, an average of 1.5lb a week, which is great for keeping the weight off. You've just had a blip - that gain this week will come off just as quickly as it went on. It may even have been water retention.

    Definitely post up your menus and we'll look to see if we can see if we can see anything which might be affecting your weight loss.

    Wiz - I'd agree with Maman it might be worth changing your WI day to Friday and then if things go pear shaped at the weekend you can rein it back in during the week (the same way I usually have to!).

    Today's plan:

    B - toasted bacon & mushroom sandwich; 3 syns for butter & brown sauce
    L - ham salad - lettuce, tomato, spring onions, beetroot, cucumber, pepper, picked onions, syn free onion chutney
    D - HM sausage & bean cassoulet - contains loads of Speed veg.. 0.5 syn for sausage

    • TakeItEazy
    • By TakeItEazy 12th Mar 17, 2:13 PM
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    Happy Birthday Maman !!!127881;!!!127863;

    Having a bad day myself, had a bowl of porridge for breakfast and felt lousy ever since. Not sure if it's the oats (although same oats as every day) or am intolerant to milk as had all milk instead of the usual splash. My tum really hurts though
    Its not what you do but the way that you do it, thats what get results
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    • lantanna
    • By lantanna 12th Mar 17, 2:28 PM
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    Shayla, that was such a nice thing of you to do. Oh no Maman I cud never be tee total. Been having gin. Just set myself the challenge of having no wine til my hols at Easter.
    3 stone 13.5 lbs to target

    • tweets
    • By tweets 12th Mar 17, 2:30 PM
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    Good Afternoon

    Happy Birthday maman
    Lost 3st-8.5lb
    • lantanna
    • By lantanna 12th Mar 17, 2:32 PM
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    You've lost 6lbs in a month, so that's not a bad result overall. When you take into account the fact that you've got health issues too, you need to give yourself a pat on the back.

    Have SW started employing people with medical training as consultants now? I don't think so - your consultant can't possibly know whether your health issues have affected your weight loss. She doesn't sound very encouraging!

    It's important not to compare your own results with other people's - there may be others in your group who have had awards but they might have been eating VERY unhealthily prior to joining SW. We're all different, younger people tend to lose quicker, as do men, but you can do it do, you just need to be patient.

    Originally posted by Lois Lane
    . Excellent advice couldn't have said it any better myself. I don't stay to class anymore because the consultants no it all attitude and sheer ignorance irritates the life out of me
    3 stone 13.5 lbs to target

    • lantanna
    • By lantanna 12th Mar 17, 2:35 PM
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    happy birthday Maman, hope you have a great day : )

    Yesterday was a sts for me. I had such a good gym session afterwards I'm happy enough. Will get there in the end! Was in bed early last nights get so having my gin syns this afternoon with a TV catch-up. Bliss
    3 stone 13.5 lbs to target

    • MissTeach
    • By MissTeach 12th Mar 17, 2:57 PM
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    Happy Birthday Maman!

    Can't decide if last night was as bad as I thought it would be! Went to a mexican restaurant and had beef brisket burrito with sweet potato fries and frijoles. Had half a jug of cava based sangria. We then went for a drink in another bar and I had an Eton mess cocktail. Can't remember what was in it but it was bloody marvellous! Had two raspberries on top - speed bonus! Then we were naughty and stopped for gelato on the way home. Could have been worse as I was originally planning on drinking more.

    Know we shouldn't weigh ourselves at home but I do every morning - I just write it down in a notebook, it generally has no bearing on how my day then pans out! Was happy this morning that the scale still said the same as yesterday morning so hopefully haven't done too much damage.

    Back on it today with albeit odd choices as was trying to use things up from the fridge! Hadn't intended on chicken for every meal but breakfast and lunch was using up a pack of cooked chicken slices I had in.
    B: Pear and small piece of cooked chicken
    L: Remainder of the cooked chicken with beetroot, parsnip and carrot chips cooked in coconut frylight with scwartz chip seasoning

    D: Planning on having roast chicken breast with oxo roasties, parsnips, carrots, brocolli, sprouts, SW onion gravy and will have a yorkshire pudding (4.5 syns) and some bread sauce.

    Any ideas on whether this:
    Schwartz Luxury Bread Sauce Mix (40g sachet)

    71/2 syns for the dry mix or made as per instructions? It will use semi skimmed milk but not sure how to syn. I'll end up having less than half the pack but not sure what to count.
    • tweets
    • By tweets 12th Mar 17, 3:08 PM
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    Half lb on

    Never mind will try and get it off and more this next week
    Lost 3st-8.5lb
    • smallpackages
    • By smallpackages 12th Mar 17, 4:26 PM
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    thanks everyone for the replies. The way it works out its 4.5 in a month but i did put on every week in January as i found the plan difficult so the way its been recorded i am still not in negative figures IYKWIM. I'll be honest i have been struggling with this for so long that yesterday totally depressed me and i have eaten everything i wanted to eat but haven't allowed myself. I do measure milk and started eating more speed as well. I feel like my face might not fit with this woman but my daughter is doing so well and doesn't want to change groups. I felt it odd to say there's no rhyme or reason when taking money from folk for a formula that's meant to work but anyway. I will start again tomorrow and get the support I nneed elsewhere (here lol) thanks again everyone your support has helped. I thought i was losing my mind.xx
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    • shala_moo
    • By shala_moo 12th Mar 17, 6:13 PM
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    Kind of back on plan if you ignore the remaining b'day sweets I ate so I thought i'd post me menu to see how good/bad it was.

    B - toast (heb)jam (1)
    L - chicken, cheese(hea), pickles, egg, fruit
    T - brisket, corn, red slaw, vegetable chips
    S - crisps (3) sweets (15 ish maybe)

    Small packages - do you eat a lot of yogurt? The discussion in our class at the moment is eating multiple yogurts because they're 'free' and it hindering losses. The lady that used to eat 4-5 a day stopped eating so many and started losing again. OH has decided to experiment this week and see if it helps his losses.

    Missteach, think the 7.5 syns is for the whole packet of dry mix. The milk would be extra or part of your hea. I may be wrong though, just my interpretation.

    Hope your tum's a bit better TIE x
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    • greentiger
    • By greentiger 12th Mar 17, 6:43 PM
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    Jings, I didnít think it had been so long since I was in!

    Anyhow, forgive me, friends, for I have synned Ė many, many times and so I will be paying my penance on the scales tomorrow. I am just home from a lovely weekend in Aberfeldy.

    Congratulations to all losers, hugs to those in need, and I believe some birthday wishes are in order too. Iíll now pop off to try to catch up, then Iíll go try to plan for the rest of the week. Then, as Arnie said, ďIíll be back!Ē
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    • tweets
    • By tweets 12th Mar 17, 7:00 PM
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    Jings, I didnít think it had been so long since I was in!

    Anyhow, forgive me, friends, for I have synned Ė many, many times and so I will be paying my penance on the scales tomorrow. I am just home from a lovely weekend in Aberfeldy.

    Congratulations to all losers, hugs to those in need, and I believe some birthday wishes are in order too. Iíll now pop off to try to catch up, then Iíll go try to plan for the rest of the week. Then, as Arnie said, ďIíll be back!Ē
    Originally posted by greentiger

    I have sat you on the naughty seat for 5 mins

    On a serious note welcome back greentiger
    Lost 3st-8.5lb
    • Lois Lane
    • By Lois Lane 12th Mar 17, 7:24 PM
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    Lois Lane
    Evening all

    Happy Birthday Maman, hope you've enjoyed it.

    Still hot here today but the forecast mentions SNOW again.

    DH and I took the opportunity to go for a walk this morning before the temperature rose but I ended up with a blister on the ball of my foot. I was wearing different footwear to normal - the sandals I usually wear have given up the ghost and had to be thrown away.

    Welcome back Greentiger - I've been to Aberfeldy, it's beautiful! Did you walk up to the Falls?

    Lizzie - well done, 4.5 stone is a great achievement How much more do you want to lose?

    Small - draw a line on what's past and start again, go back to basics, read your books, check your Syns, keep a food diary and let us be your support group. Lots here got to target without attending class so if you wanted to give up on them you could go it alone with your girl's and our support.

    I'll be back in the morning with this weeks result, I've done a few Red days this week and I'm really hoping they've had the desired effect, although Friday's birthday meal out was quite synful, I had mussels to start followed by sea bass but I couldn't resist tiramisu for pud. (It was all delicious tho!)

    • Top Girl
    • By Top Girl 12th Mar 17, 7:41 PM
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    Top Girl
    A big low-fat happy birthday to the fabulous Maman!

    You're a SW star and have helped me immensely over the last few weeks/months/years.

    Hope you've had a fabulous day.
    • wizkid1
    • By wizkid1 12th Mar 17, 7:56 PM
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    Happy Birthday Maman !!!127881;!!!127863;

    Having a bad day myself, had a bowl of porridge for breakfast and felt lousy ever since. Not sure if it's the oats (although same oats as every day) or am intolerant to milk as had all milk instead of the usual splash. My tum really hurts though
    Originally posted by TakeItEazy
    Happy birthday Maman and have a lovely holiday.

    Take it easy I make my porridge half milk half water sometimes just water then I put Almond milk on or Soya milk I generally use Almond on cereal and I don't get tummy ache or bloating.

    I am trying to get in a good frame of mind to keep to my plan. Hubby just asked me if I would like some toast for my supper I said NO
    How about that for a start

    This is what I am having tomorrow...

    Breakfast.. museli A/B raspberries , strawberries blueberries.

    Lunch.. ham and Boiled egg salad banana

    Dinner.. salmon s/w chips and salad. Clementine.

    Extra. 2. Crispbread s plus butter 5 syns. F f yoghurt.
    5 syns.
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