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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 Insert

    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..


    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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    • Ruthy1604
    • By Ruthy1604 16th May 17, 7:47 PM
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    I've not been posting menu plans since WI as I've gone a bit off plan. Friday nights dinner consisted of a boiled egg and 5 gin & (diet) tonics! Not my finest hour.

    Sat started well but I had mt HExB at breakfast then 2 more slices of bread at lunch. Then wine in the evening. I just stopped counting syns because its too disheartening.

    Sunday was not too bad - well at least I had no alcohol!

    Back on it yesterday & today though. I have a stone left to lose & its really hard to shift

    B: 2 Hifi bars
    L: HM Cauli & horseadish soup, a small wholemeal cheese baguette (6+ HEx A) and some HM coleslaw (red cabbbage, carrot, onion & FF yog)
    D: chick pea and spinach curry (SW recipe), rice and extra cauliflower on the side. Will try to resist the naan bread
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    • MissTeach
    • By MissTeach 16th May 17, 8:29 PM
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    I've done something I never normally do and used both my healthy extras on my dinner and some syns!

    Had a weight watchers wrap for HeB and filled with 3 musclefood meatballs (3 syns) and onions, mushrooms cooked in tomato puree then my HeA cheese and had with med veg.

    Struggling now though as I normally keep my HeB for night time hifi bar snackage! Struggling to not raid the cupboard and eat rubbish!

    I also had 2 roses during a staff meeting earlier but then found out they were 5.5 syns. Feel like I've wasted them as I want something now! It's definitely all in my head as I'm sure I'm still full from dinner!
    • shala_moo
    • By shala_moo 16th May 17, 9:47 PM
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    Enjoy Take That Lantanna

    Apologies Ruthy must have forgotten the - sign! Changed it for you now.

    Topgirl, I've popped you a -1lb loss on, I thought I read that at lunch time when I was catching up.

    Hugs Kathryn, you've done so well this year, 38lb loss is excellent so focus on that rather than the last few weeks. A 0.5lb gain is nothing in the grand scheme of things..

    Had an old style green day today as we had a lot of cheese by accident
    B - yogurt, apple, oats (3)
    L - crackerbread (heb) cheese triangles (hea) shredded beetroot
    T - ham and leek pasta (heb for ham, hea cheese), spinach
    S - crisps (3) banana, Alpen light (3) heroes choc (2)

    Hope everyone's ok xx
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    • Starry.eyed
    • By Starry.eyed 16th May 17, 9:56 PM
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    Hi, can I join please? I'd like to aim for 14lb by the end of the challenge.

    I was in the Jan challenge but lost my way and am now a stone heavier than I was then
    • Saver-upper
    • By Saver-upper 16th May 17, 10:19 PM
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    Today's menu:

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

    SNack: a nectarine and an apricot

    Lunch: Batchelor's rice (free),followed by 2 apricots,a necarine and an apple

    Tea:salmon fishcakes (milk from allowance for mashed potato,breadcrumbs about 3 syns (measured out 25g of breadcrumbs,used on 3 fishcakes,but only ate 2).About 1 syn for spray oil.Served with butternut squash and peas .

    Snack tonight: chocolate rice cakes 3.5 syns.

    WIll have 2 Hifi bars later,have had milk in cups of tea throughout the day.

    How does everyone else cook fishcakes?A couple of weeks ago I simply coated with plain flour (synned) and dry fried.A bit
    Today,saw a recipe with a different method.I used the breadcrumbs,fried in spray oil both sides,then cooked in oven for 10-15 miutes.Better than fried flour,but not as nice a shallow fried in lots of oil

    Walked briskly about 50 minutes today.
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    • wizkid1
    • By wizkid1 16th May 17, 11:07 PM
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    Hi, I almost forgot to post my menu for Wednesday but,here it is...

    Breakfast..cheese on toast A/B clementine

    Lunch.. celery soup, 2 Ryvita 3 syns f f cottage cheese, Apple,B s/w chips or rice , mixed veg. Banana.

    Extra A for Milk. F f yoghurt, toast 6 syns,
    9 syns.
    • Tete en l'Air
    • By Tete en l'Air 16th May 17, 11:53 PM
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    Tete en l'Air
    Not bad at all in the end then Kathryn! As for the work piling up - grrrr!

    What would you eat that's quick if you weren't doing SW?
    Originally posted by maman
    Good question and I pondered for ages but I think Lois hit the nail on the head: I'd have a lot more bread! Toast for breakfast or as a snack, processed soups with bread to fill me up more, a simple bacon sandwich without having to worry about speed to go in it, or one of my favourite easy meals: Heinz spaghetti and sausages on toast with cheese on top. I'll have to stop there as I'm making myself hungry! (Feeling OK about it all at the mo, just thought I'd add my 2p to the conversation!)

    I've gained your back rolls Tete, I'll be passing them on to someone else in a short while hopefully!

    I hate them that's the biggest place I notice I have put on weight!
    Originally posted by lantanna
    Oh no! Yeah it had got to the point where I could feel my back jiggling as I walked sometimes

    Thanks for all the info on moussaka making everyone, esp to Esmy for the egg/yog tip - I avoid lasagnes etc because I hate the taste of Quark so I'll have to give this a try.

    I ended up scoffing six Jelly Babies earlier but just looked them up and to my surprise they're only one syn each, so finishing on 15 exactly. That's a relief!

    EDIT - OMG just looked up my beloved spaghetti and sausages and they're only 5.5 for the 400g tin! Guess what's going on my shopping list! Thought they would have been loads more than that!
    Last edited by Tete en l'Air; 16-05-2017 at 11:56 PM.
    • Mrs_Ryan
    • By Mrs_Ryan 17th May 17, 12:19 AM
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    Hello hello (again!)
    Since I last posted I have officially finished my degree! That's why I've been so quiet. Off plan for an entire week while suffering with a bad cold and have had head in my books all week. I have literally lived on absolute rubbish. Was going to the Co-op every lunchtime for a week and buying a coronation chicken sandwich, chicken satay dippers, mini pork pies and a chocolate bar- not to mention cramming Soreen mini loafs and Wotsits into my face like they were going out of fashion! I dreaded WI on Monday but I actually punched the air and cheered when I discovered I had managed to maintain! No excuses now- I really want to be 2 stone lighter by the time rugby season restarts in August so back on it 100%.
    Had an early physio appointment yesterday and the clinic is quite near a large Tesco so I nipped in and bought some fruit and snack bits- should set me up for the rest of the week.
    Tuesday's menu plan:
    B: HEXB HiFi Light Bars, decaf coffee with HEXA s/s
    L: Smoked salmon slices, wedges and mixed salad (1 syn for spray oil) 2 satsumas, pint of NAS Cherry Vimto
    Snack: 2 celery sticks
    Tea: Rice, carrots, broccoli, cauli florets, Aldi Lamb Rogan Josh (1 syn) Mini Vienna (3 syns) Pint of NAS Cherry Vimto
    Supper: 3 chicken thighs (no skin) Bag of Wotsits (4.5 syns) ham and gherkins. Cup of decaf tea with HEXA s/s
    Syns: 9.5
    Night all x
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    • greentiger
    • By greentiger 17th May 17, 1:32 AM
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    You!!!8217;re a star, bubbs! Congrats on being SOTW again.

    Hello, Starry.eyed.

    Woo hoo, Mrs_R, well done !!!8211; a magnificent achievement.

    Happy tiger here !!!8211; first leg of play off semi final negotiated safely. My daughter and I went up to Dundee for the game, which was most enjoyable. Roll on Friday!
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    • Mad with money
    • By Mad with money 17th May 17, 6:39 AM
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    Mad with money

    Not sure what sort of Special K this is. I don't think they're all HEB.
    Originally posted by maman
    Thanks Maman, classic example of how I end up creating my own rules and wonder why it's not working out...

    So today I am excited to report a loss of 1 3/4lbs, this officially puts me into a healthy weight BMi - albeit at the top end.

    Today's plan:
    2 weetabix with fresh raspberries, strawberries and banana
    Jacket potato, lo chilli and tomato salad
    Fish (5) and sweet potato wedges & veg

    I am a weekend syns saver!

    Also for anyone who hasn't discovered them yet Mikado are my new favourite thing, they are only half a syn each and two are perfect for a low syn, chocolate treat.
    Have a great day everyone x
    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 17th May 17, 7:18 AM
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    Thank you everyone for your support. It is lovely to know that I have such lovely supportive SW friends both here, and at group.

    Welcome StarryEyed. Draw a line under what has happened since January, you are back on plan now, and that's what's important.

    Well done Mrs Ryan on completing your degree. I know both my dissertations were completed with the help of large quantities of cake, so maintaining is brilliant.

    Good loss Mad With Money, and woohoo on the healthy BMI.

    Esmy, I am so going to try your yogurt and egg sauce, because I love lasagne. When I did WW I used to use watered down with skimmed milk, but that isn't as good on SW as it was on WW, and the egg will def make it richer.

    Saver-upper, for fish cakes I make up some Smash, but a little on the dry side, then stir in either a drain can of tuna or salmon and some chopped chives. If it's a bit wet I stir in some oats. Then I mould them into shape with my burger press and put them on a frylight sprayed baking tray, and bake them in the oven until they start to brown.
    Not a traditional fish cake, but my family like them.
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    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 17th May 17, 7:25 AM
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    New week and new determination for me.
    I can't really do SP days due to what I'm allowed, and I struggle to get 1 HB in, never mind 2, but I'm going to try as close as I can, by increasing my speed and protein.

    Today's plan:
    Breakfast - SW quiche. They are at least 50% veg
    Lunch - salmon and cottage cheese salad. It is 60+% speed
    Dinner - Stir fry and noodles
    Snacks - orange, strawberries, Quavers, cereal bar

    HA - milk and cheese
    HB - cereal bar
    Syns - Quavers (3)
    Weight loss start date: 3rd January 2017
    Weight loss total: 53 lb
    Last updated: 27th February 2018
    • Tete en l'Air
    • By Tete en l'Air 17th May 17, 7:48 AM
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    Tete en l'Air
    Ooh Quavers are even lower-syn than Pufts!

    Well done Mrs R, you must feel such a weight has been lifted now that's done!

    Good luck Kathryn, menu sounds good today!

    Congrats on the football, GT!

    Just hopped on the scales and they're showing a 1lb gain on last week which doesn't really seem fair, does drinking loads of water really help?
    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 17th May 17, 7:55 AM
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    Ooh Quavers are even lower-syn than Pufts!
    Originally posted by Tete en l'Air
    It's the Aldi version that are so low, mainly because of the bag size at only 12g.

    Aldi 12g - 3syns
    Quavers 16g - 4.5syns
    Quavers 20g - 5.5syns
    Quavers 25g - 6.5syns
    Tesco 17g - 4.5syns
    Lidl 12g - 3.5syns
    Morrisons 17g - 4.5syns
    Weight loss start date: 3rd January 2017
    Weight loss total: 53 lb
    Last updated: 27th February 2018
    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 17th May 17, 8:00 AM
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    Just hopped on the scales and they're showing a 1lb gain on last week which doesn't really seem fair, does drinking loads of water really help?
    Originally posted by Tete en l'Air
    I believe it does long term, but obviously if you weigh in just after you've drunk loads then the weight of the water is going to be in your body.
    I think you need to allow your body time to get used to you drinking more.
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    Weight loss total: 53 lb
    Last updated: 27th February 2018
    • Tete en l'Air
    • By Tete en l'Air 17th May 17, 8:31 AM
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    Tete en l'Air
    I feared that was the case with the water. I'll try to up my intake today and tomorrow and hope it makes a difference for Friday morning.

    Thanks for the info on the crisps, just goes to show that not all Quavers were created equal!
    • Flat Eric
    • By Flat Eric 17th May 17, 8:44 AM
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    Flat Eric
    Out of interest, if you attend a class and help out on the social team - do you get any perks for doing this?

    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 17th May 17, 9:17 AM
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    Out of interest, if you attend a class and help out on the social team - do you get any perks for doing this?
    Originally posted by Flat Eric
    You don't have to queue. At our group we get weighed first, and this tends to be done by the consultant.
    Weight loss start date: 3rd January 2017
    Weight loss total: 53 lb
    Last updated: 27th February 2018
    • maman
    • By maman 17th May 17, 12:30 PM
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    Thanks for the info on the crisps, just goes to show that not all Quavers were created equal!
    Originally posted by Tete en l'Air

    Lunch: Batchelor's rice (free),
    Originally posted by Saver-upper

    That's true of savoury rice too saver-upper. They changed the recipe some time ago so unless you have an old pack then there will be a few syns. I fry fishcakes but I don't put flour on them. I find making them up and chilling them first seems to help keep them a bit firmer but I do sometimes end up with hash!

    Well done on the play off result greentiger. All to play for on Friday at home. We managed to go up a place last night without kicking a ball. Not hopeful for tonight though.

    That's great news about your degree MrsR and congratulations on STS! When I did my dissertation for my Masters I felt I should put thank you to M&S for all the ready meals in the opening statement!

    So the news wasn't as bad as you feared kathrynha. Onwards and upwards!! You'll soon be at 3 stone loss.

    Good to see you back starry eyed and FE and well done on your loss mad with money.

    Not quite sure what's happening today. DH will be out at teatime so may have an early dinner with him. If it's just me then plans might change. I'll either go into town early and have a salad or something or find something here from the freezer like a burger. This is the plan:

    EE menu:
    B: NAS grapefruit, fried egg, baked beans, HEB toast, HEA milk for drinks
    L: JP with cottage cheese and pickles
    D: savoury mince, carrots, new potatoes, cauli, broccoli and cabbage
    Syns: probably half a Crunchie at the game
    • lantanna
    • By lantanna 17th May 17, 1:04 PM
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    Not in the best of form. Found out I didn't get the job by seeing it readvertised again!!!!

    Not the nicest way to find out but then neither of the other two people got it either so I've not lost out to anybody just wasn't suitable at all obviously!

    Fed, cant even be bothered talking about it.

    Cant wait to get into bed tonight.
    3 stone 13.5 lbs to target

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