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    • Chrisv
    • By Chrisv 5th Mar 18, 11:12 AM
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    Slimming in to Spring - Slimming World Support Thr
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    • 5th Mar 18, 11:12 AM
    Slimming in to Spring - Slimming World Support Thr 5th Mar 18 at 11:12 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 ‘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/showpost.php?p=66049704&postcount=4853

    List of Speed foods here - Fruits & Vegetables
    Last edited by Chrisv; 05-03-2018 at 11:22 AM.
    Not wanting something is as good as possessing it – Donald Horban
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    • Chrisv
    • By Chrisv 5th Mar 18, 11:24 AM
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    • 5th Mar 18, 11:24 AM
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    • 5th Mar 18, 11:24 AM
    To help you on your way, here are some tried and tested recipes that we all enjoy and are Slimming World friendly.

    Link to old recipe thread:-

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=3032236

    New Recipes

    Loaded Potato Skins
    Homity Pie
    Minestrone Soup
    Lentil & Bacon Soup
    Pulled Pork
    Red Pepper Houmous
    Cheesy Chilli Fries
    Lamb Tagine
    Campfire Stew
    Uses for Quark
    Austrian Ham and Potato Hash
    Chilli Bacon Pasta Bake
    Patatas Bravas
    Pulled Chipotle Chicken Buns
    Lamb Kebab
    Hairy Bikers Braised steak with gravy - BBC recipe low syn - a favourite here
    Ratatouille - a great way to get extra speed food
    Katsu Chicken Curry
    Falafels
    Philadelphia Fish Pie
    Low Syn Lemon Curd
    Vegetarian Scotch eggs - Using Linda McCartney Sausages
    Potato Salad Dressing
    Last edited by Chrisv; 05-03-2018 at 4:57 PM. Reason: Links
    Not wanting something is as good as possessing it – Donald Horban
    • Chrisv
    • By Chrisv 5th Mar 18, 11:25 AM
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    • #3
    • 5th Mar 18, 11:25 AM
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    • 5th Mar 18, 11:25 AM
    This a list of all our lovely SW-ers that have reached target!

    They have a wealth of knowledge, having been there, done it, and bought the smaller t-shirt so please feel free to ask them (and us) questions!



    Maman - target member since Aug 11
    JoeDenise - target member since Jul 12
    Take It Easy - target member for 10 years
    Meg72 - target member since Aug 15
    Tweets - target member since Aug 15
    Blue_Eyed_Girl - target member since May 2016
    Arkers - target member since June 2016
    MrsP1987 - target member since August 2016
    Debjay - target member since August 2016
    Beanielou - target member since October 2016
    Matron Midge - target member since October 2016
    Orlao - target member since October 2016
    rjhammond - target member since November 2016
    Emmylou - target member since November 2016
    Abbafan1972 - target member since May 2017
    Saver-Upper - target member since September 2017
    Shiprob - target member since September 2017
    Esmy - target member since March 2018
    Bubbs- target member since March 2018
    Last edited by Chrisv; 29-03-2018 at 10:46 PM.
    Not wanting something is as good as possessing it – Donald Horban
    • Chrisv
    • By Chrisv 5th Mar 18, 11:27 AM
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    • 5th Mar 18, 11:27 AM
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    • 5th Mar 18, 11:27 AM
    If you need to get back on track, or need some extra motivation then give this post a read, thanks to Tete for taking the time out to help ..

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Pickle29 View Post

    Hello everyone
    How do you start again? I was going to sw, lost half a stone in a month - really into it! ....... then messed about, new kitchen, family christening, stress with work, comfort eating, dog died, weekend away, you name it I've got an excuse why I went off plan and put it all on again!
    Last weekend went away and couldn't believe how awful I looked in my clothes and in the fotos!
    Need to get Back on plan, hoping to rejoin on Saturday - but how do you get back on plan when you have been grazing all day every day and appear together constantly hungry. I'm so down and want to do it but know it's going to be soon hard!!! Help!



    Originally Posted by Tete en l'Air
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    Hi Pickle, I'm sure we can all relate to your post and I've certainly had a few blips in recent months when life was throwing lemons thick and fast.

    I'm not an 'official' paid up member of SW, nor am I really a veteran as I've only been doing it since September, but for me the trick is to really go gung-ho, at least at the start. Find a couple of weeks where you have no big social engagements, weekends away, or stressy work times (ones you can predict anyway), so you can really get in the groove. Spend a day clearing out your kitchen of all temptations, go through your recipe books, magazines and the website, and make a full meal plan for the week. Think also about the kinds of snacks you'll eat and factor in Syns (I love meringue nests for a sweet treat at 2-3 Syns dep. on brand) then make a list and go shopping, sticking religiously to it.

    Make sure you measure and weigh your HEs and write down everything you eat - often we'll pick at something small and forget we've had it but it all adds up.

    Cook in batches where possible and make use of your freezer - that way you'll always have something ready-made to hand in a pinch. Make use of the SW ready meals from Iceland too - I always have a couple in the freezer just in case.

    Make sure that 1/3 of each meal is Speed as this is the real key to weight loss - the Speed stuff is what fills you whilst being low in calories and high in nutrients.

    Make sure you eat enough to feel satisfied. The whole point of SW is that it doesn't deprive so you shouldn't feel hungry. I'm a grazer too, especially at my desk at work, so think about the kinds of things you can have in your situation. Muller lights are free and fill a hole, and another of my faves is to chop raw carrots into 'crisps' and munch on those from a bag.

    Think about your Syns too. How many are already accounted for in the meals you've planned and hot drinks with sugar etc? For this reason I try to keep my meals free and drink fruit teas through the day instead of sugary coffee, which I'd much prefer!

    Make sure you're eating stuff you enjoy!! I'm not a fan of most fruits for example, so I don't bother buying them anymore (took me a while to have that epiphany!) and only get the ones I know I will eat - apples and my beloved passion fruits basically
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    If you're not enjoying what you're eating and looking forward to each meal, then it isn't going to work as you'll resent the plan.
    Most important thing to remember is: If you DO have a blip, let it be just that. The best analogy someone told me was: If your car got a flat tyre, would you then get out and slash the other three in anger? No, because it would make the situation worse. So if you have a bad day, don't turn it into seven bad days.

    And stay accountable. Write everything you eat in your book, report in here each evening, keep going to group. There are loads of facebook groups and you can post your meals on Instagram and Twitter... Everyone's watching!!

    Sorry that came out a bit long and rambly, but I hope not preachy, and I hope I haven't missed anything fundamental

    Good luck!!
    Not wanting something is as good as possessing it – Donald Horban
    • Chrisv
    • By Chrisv 5th Mar 18, 11:34 AM
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    • #5
    • 5th Mar 18, 11:34 AM
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    • 5th Mar 18, 11:34 AM
    If you are just joining us you may not be aware of the bi-monthly challenge that we run to motivate ourselves, which you are welcome to join. It isn't a competition, just a way of setting ourselves mini targets if your total loss seems a bit overwhelming.

    The new challenge will run from week commencing Monday 5th March and finish on Sunday 6th May - this gives us 9 weeks.

    If you wish to join in with us then please post your target loss for the 9 weeks in red* or bold or massive or all of the above so that kathrynha can see it really easily!

    Kathrynha will post the results chart each week on a Monday morning showing the prior weeks losses and singling out the person who has lost the most so we can make a great big fuss over them

    Any questions please let kathrynha know - it doesn't matter which day you get weighed just let kathrynha know your loss on that day and she'll add it to the correct week (maybe, if she doesn't get confused!)

    Thanking you...
    Not wanting something is as good as possessing it – Donald Horban
    • maman
    • By maman 5th Mar 18, 12:42 PM
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    • #6
    • 5th Mar 18, 12:42 PM
    • #6
    • 5th Mar 18, 12:42 PM
    Thanks for the new thread.


    I'll have my usual personal challenge of trying to stay at target!


    I've done well to stick to plan and within syns every week since the start of the year. Today marks the start of a very different period though. My diary for March is full of eating out and holidays. Great socially but not so good for sticking with SW. My plan for this week is to enjoy my Thai meal tonight and then eat as low syn as possible until Thursday when a new week of 105 syns starts. We'll probably have a banquet of shared dishes so it'll be very difficult to even attempt a syn value for today.


    Today's EE plan:
    B: NAS grapefruit, scrambled eggs, half HEB toast, HEA milk for drinks
    L: cold meat, fried veg inc. potato and pickles
    D: Thai Banquet
    • jaynespain
    • By jaynespain 5th Mar 18, 1:04 PM
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    • #7
    • 5th Mar 18, 1:04 PM
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    • 5th Mar 18, 1:04 PM
    My plan today;
    HEXA milk for tea.
    HEXB prob 2 Alpen Light bars

    Breakfast Activia FF yog

    Lunch Naked Noodles Chow Mein (2 syns)
    Muller Light yog
    Melon and Grape pot 320g

    Dinner Garlic chicken (1 syn) and veg, gravy (2syns)?
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 5th Mar 18, 1:17 PM
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    • #8
    • 5th Mar 18, 1:17 PM
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    • 5th Mar 18, 1:17 PM
    Thanks for the new thread Chrisv
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 11 lbs **

    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now. *** It is ok to be me.***
    ***Keep plodding***
    Out of debt, out of danger.
    • gettingtheresometime
    • By gettingtheresometime 5th Mar 18, 1:37 PM
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    • 5th Mar 18, 1:37 PM
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    • 5th Mar 18, 1:37 PM
    Thanks for helping out Chrisv
    Lloyds OD / Natwest OD / PO CC / Wescott / Argos Card cleared thanks to the 1 debt v 100 day challenge


    Next on the list - JD Williams
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 5th Mar 18, 1:46 PM
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    Cant remember what I would try to loose in this challange.
    Will go for 5 i think.
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 11 lbs **

    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now. *** It is ok to be me.***
    ***Keep plodding***
    Out of debt, out of danger.
    • dustydigger
    • By dustydigger 5th Mar 18, 2:48 PM
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    Here goes with a new challenge.Thanks for helping Kathrynha out,Chris!
    I am having two weeks off SW because of illness,will return next week. No idea where I am,as my home scale is dodgy. It says I have STS if I step on my left foot,have gained 3 lbs if I step on with the right,so I simply havent a clue where I really am
    Because of the sinusitis have been living mostly on porridge,eating large bowlfuls far beyond HE size,so its probably as well that I dont know how many syns.
    Pain in ear and mouth reducing rapidly so will probably be able to eat more.Unfortunately the ear infection has set off my vertigo, even standing makes me sick and woozy,so STILL not up to following any sort of plan or cooking.. I had previously grated a whole block of cheese into 30 g portions for use in salads,but yesterday I wasnt up to cooking at all,and I ate 300g worth of cheddar,once again ignorance is bliss with not knowing how many syns were involved.
    Oh well,will have to start all over again from next week
    Last edited by dustydigger; 05-03-2018 at 3:00 PM.

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    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 5th Mar 18, 4:37 PM
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    Found the new thread! Will add this one to my subscriptions so I can find it easily tomorrow.

    Denise
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 5th Mar 18, 4:57 PM
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    Glad that you found us Denise
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 11 lbs **

    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now. *** It is ok to be me.***
    ***Keep plodding***
    Out of debt, out of danger.
    • bubbs
    • By bubbs 5th Mar 18, 5:02 PM
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    Thanks for new thread
    Afternoon all
    Sealed pot challenge number 242 £350 for 2015, 2016 £400 Actual£345, £400 for 2017 Actual £500
    Stopped Smoking 22/01/15
    :5 st 4 1/2 lb
    • bubbs
    • By bubbs 5th Mar 18, 6:07 PM
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    Beauuuuuuuutiful with a slice of toast, was me tea
    Edit What sort of English is that? My tea
    Sealed pot challenge number 242 £350 for 2015, 2016 £400 Actual£345, £400 for 2017 Actual £500
    Stopped Smoking 22/01/15
    :5 st 4 1/2 lb
    • CattyCatX
    • By CattyCatX 5th Mar 18, 6:19 PM
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    Thanks for the new thread!
    • tweets
    • By tweets 5th Mar 18, 7:10 PM
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    Found you all you cant hide from me

    Thanks Chrisv for starting new thread
    Lost 3st-6lb
    • Sunshinemummy
    • By Sunshinemummy 5th Mar 18, 7:26 PM
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    Thanks Chris

    Good luck on the new challenge ladies (and men...... if you are hiding)

    181.8
    • TakeItEazy
    • By TakeItEazy 5th Mar 18, 7:35 PM
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    Thanks for the new thread Chrisv
    Its not what you do but the way that you do it, thats what get results
    Keep the Faith All

    Heartbroken 12.12.13
    • Tete en l'Air
    • By Tete en l'Air 5th Mar 18, 8:26 PM
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    Thanks for the new thread Chris!

    Lost a meagre 1.5lbs last week (not towards any challenge). I wonder if I can manage 16lbs for the challenge, to take me under 13st?

    New job today, the lady I sit next to is a SW-er and recommended the chicken and chorizo rice dish, so I'll look that up!

    Plan for tomorrow:
    B - Weetabix (1syn sugar)
    D - Pesto (2) pasta with bacon, onion, mushrooms and cherry toms
    T - Fishspiration (1) with sweet potato wedges and some veg from freezer (not sure what yet!)
    Snacks - Banana, raw carrot
    HEA - Milk
    HEB - Weetabix
    Syns - 4 as above, plus 3 sugar in hot drinks.

    Right, I'm going to watch Corrie then have an early night, doing nothing much on a first day in an office is exhausting!!
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