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    • Chrisv
    • By Chrisv 7th May 18, 12:30 PM
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    Slimming Towards Summer - Slimming World Support Thread 2018
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    • 7th May 18, 12:30 PM
    Slimming Towards Summer - Slimming World Support Thread 2018 7th May 18 at 12:30 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/showpost.php?p=66049704&postcount=4853

    List of Speed foods here - Fruits & Vegetables
    Not wanting something is as good as possessing it – Donald Horban
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    • Abbafan1972
    • By Abbafan1972 17th May 18, 1:23 PM
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    Abbafan1972
    I haven't tried to make SW burgers, but I like the meals from Iceland.

    I usually buy the beef lasagne, chicken saag and the chinese banquet.

    They are handy as a stop-gap when I'm too tired to cook anything.
    Winging it since 1972
    • Stoke
    • By Stoke 17th May 18, 2:04 PM
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    Stoke
    I haven't tried to make SW burgers, but I like the meals from Iceland.

    I usually buy the beef lasagne, chicken saag and the chinese banquet.

    They are handy as a stop-gap when I'm too tired to cook anything.
    Originally posted by Abbafan1972
    Oh the chicken saag is to die for. One of the nicest ready meals I've ever eaten I think. I genuinely stock my freezer up with both the chicken saag and tikka masalas.

    The chip shop curry sauce is unreal as well. You don't need to throw it away once it's gone cold. I put mine in the fridge and used it for a few more days.

    One week I went a bit nutty and bought a fair few of different ready meals though and found some were better than others. I was a bit disappointed with the beef in gravy and veg crush.... it was a bit naff. Tasteless and what little you could taste wasn't all that good.
    The chicken in black bean sauce was good, but was featured in a list of the saltiest ready meals, so I decided not to get it again.
    Sweet and sour chicken pretty nice but probably not how you'd think it would taste. Whereas the curry's resemble a takeaway, this doesn't.

    I need to try the others though. I like the look of the king prawn laksa noodles.

    Like you said, they're ideal as a stop-gap. My group days for example are 8pm and can sometimes go beyond 9pm, so they're perfect after that. 12 mins in the microwave and jobs a good'un.

    I think if I had a family though, kids etc, I'd be looking to do it cheaper. All starts to add up when you look at it proportionally.
    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 17th May 18, 2:36 PM
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    joedenise
    I've not tried the SW burgers so no idea what they're like. What recipe are you using? I've made burgers for years and the worst thing about them is that they tend to fall apart when you try to turn them if you haven't cooked them long enough on one side. Perhaps that's the reason you're disappointed with your HM ones.

    Enough damage limitation done Monday to Wednesday to get a 0.5lb loss this morning, now bang on target. Would like to lose 1.5lb next week (which is the most I ever lose!) as it will be my last WI before my one month's holiday.

    Having another Green day today:

    B - tub of ready prepared fruit - 3 types of melon with grapes
    L - welsh rarebit HEB1 & HEA1, really enjoyed it as don't have cheese very often!
    D - mixed bean goulash with rice

    HEA1 - 40g low fat cheese
    HEA2 - 350ml skimmed milk
    HEB1 - 2 slices of WM bread
    HEB2 - to be decided later - may have a couple of Ryvita & a Laughing Cow extra light (1 syn) & a hi fi or if I feel hungry it will be 4 Ryvita & 2 Laughing Cow extra light (2 syns).

    Denise
    • bubbs
    • By bubbs 17th May 18, 2:50 PM
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    bubbs
    Afternoo all
    Sat waiting to pick dh up.
    Thanks about the job, ssm they have given him 3 to apply for but they say full driving licence which he does Not have we will see
    Stoke I make burgers half pork mince and half beef, seasoning and Worcester sauce, I make them in a press don't fall to bits. I did not like the sw ones from Iceland
    Curly if that's all you had syn the rolls
    Weigh in later
    Sealed pot challenge number 242 £350 for 2015, 2016 £400 Actual£345, £400 for 2017 Actual £500 £770 for 2018
    Stopped Smoking 22/01/15
    :- 5 st 2 1/2 lb
    • maman
    • By maman 17th May 18, 3:43 PM
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    maman
    well done on getting a loss denise. Yu must have really pulled hard on those reins!!

    Thanks for reminding me about the extra HEB on EESP. I did stick to it yesterday although I had a veggie omelette in the end instead of separate bits.

    Has anyone tried to make the SW Burgers yet, like the ones they sell in Iceland? I've given it a couple of tries with 5% mince from ALDI, but not quite been able to get them right. Not sure why. Still nice, but just not the result I'd expected. Those burgers are absolutely awesome though, worth their money.
    Originally posted by Stoke
    I like the BGTY burgers from Sainsbury's. They're just 1 syn for a quarter pounder. As well as that I make my own both beef and pork with bits like onions, herbs, chopped gherkins and capers mixed in. I enjoy them too but they don't taste the same as shop bought.

    I've started eating a lot more of the SW Ready meals lately actually and they're great. I'm keeping away from one or two of the Chinese style ones, apparently they're a bit higher in salt than the rest, but the curry ones are very good. Originally, I felt they were too expensive, but I'm not sure they are. £3 for a meal... Not too bad that.
    Originally posted by Stoke
    That's interesting about liking the ready meals. I once bought a chicken curry, jalfrezi I think, to try. It tasted OK but the sauce as very watery IMO. My favourite is Aldi Lamb Rogan Josh at 1.5 syns.

    Unless you have a specific health problem then salt in an occasional ready meal wouldn't be a problem as you're controlling (or leaving out) the salt in HM meals like your omelettes.


    I like to write down my meals on here abbafan. I do also usually keep a food diary in a notebook with a running total of syns with it but that's lapsed in recent weeks as we've been away a lot. A new syn banks week starts today so you've inspired me to be good again.


    I will not be joining you in the beans on salad I do take raw fruit and veg to work, and eat that through the day which helps with the diet, I am rubbish with eating (well controlling food intake) at home
    Originally posted by Sunshinemummy

    I have a BIL who serves a side of cold beans with salad. I think it's odd but they obviously enjoy it.


    Just out of interest, I'm always surprised when anyone calls SW a diet. Same yesterday, I think, when someone mentioned earning points. Is this because of a history of trying other slimming programmes? I've never thought of SW as a diet. It gives me a framework for healthy eating which I wouldn't want to give up for other than a short term treat like a holiday. I always think of diet (in the slimming sense) as a short term fix then go back to 'normal' after losing the weight.


    We're eating early tonight as I have to go out so maybe a snack later (probably munch on some beetroot!).


    Today's EE plan:
    B: NAS grapefruit, 2 boiled eggs, half HEB toast, HEA milk for drinks
    L: JP with ham, cottage cheese and beetroot
    D: Austrian ham hash (carrots, onion, leeks, mushrooms, celery, tomato) with cabbage
    Syns: Parmesan 1
    Last edited by maman; 17-05-2018 at 3:45 PM.
    • Stoke
    • By Stoke 17th May 18, 4:29 PM
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    Stoke
    I like the BGTY burgers from Sainsbury's. They're just 1 syn for a quarter pounder. As well as that I make my own both beef and pork with bits like onions, herbs, chopped gherkins and capers mixed in. I enjoy them too but they don't taste the same as shop bought.
    Originally posted by maman
    https://www.sainsburys.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/gb/groceries/sainsburys-chargrill-quarter-pounders--be-good-to-yourself-454g?langId=44&storeId=10151&krypto=Bb4f3MzpZ5Z1tK RfiVgwyfFg7%2FW6m2GQINlUg18KNryBZRqcVtI1D5t4t3V8BL fW3%2Bn%2Fs%2BvQT21UdltVQ0C8mWWWSd%2B5wTk6USfxcNho RLdTkAS9Ib%2Bpm%2BahIrRciJ7R98ApXDBy1T9iye34DBaPcp iJH%2Fbpvd6mvGTgDsdrUQg%3D&ddkey=https%3Agb%2Fgroc eries%2Fsainsburys-chargrill-quarter-pounders--be-good-to-yourself-454g

    These ones? They look delicious, I might pick up a pack on the way home from work.
    • esmy
    • By esmy 17th May 18, 4:31 PM
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    esmy
    Hi all.

    Bust week this week (working full time in exam season) so just a quick one.

    Stoke
    I make burgers from the 5% mince but I give it a whizz in the food processor first so that it's finer. I add seasoning and a bit of grated onion and grill them. They do stay together and I prefer them to any bought burgers. I believe that Aldis own 5% burgers in the chiller are 1 syn each and come recommended though I haven't tried them.

    Back at the weekend - sneaky weigh shows I might have lost a bit this week, down to thousands of steps around a sprawling school!
    • maman
    • By maman 17th May 18, 5:25 PM
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    Those are the ones. They're in the freezer section. Yummy and really meaty!
    • bubbs
    • By bubbs 17th May 18, 7:12 PM
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    Evening all
    1/2 on for me
    Can anyone tell me and ILTS why sushi is synned? whats in it to make it synned please?
    Tea , chicken curry , cauli rice, 1/2 dozen chips and 2 broughie's

    Stokethis is made from SW chip shop curry sauce
    Sealed pot challenge number 242 £350 for 2015, 2016 £400 Actual£345, £400 for 2017 Actual £500 £770 for 2018
    Stopped Smoking 22/01/15
    :- 5 st 2 1/2 lb
    • Abbafan1972
    • By Abbafan1972 17th May 18, 8:14 PM
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    Abbafan1972
    Stoke - yes I like the chip shop curry sauce and the tikka masala one.

    I didn't like the chicken tikka masala SW meal though - I only had it the once and found it too spicy for me.

    I can never find these broughies. Apparently you can get them in Iceland, but I've never seen them in my branch of Iceland.

    For tea I had steak, egg, beans, 5% chips (3 syns) and mushrooms.

    Lush. x
    Winging it since 1972
    • bubbs
    • By bubbs 17th May 18, 8:28 PM
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    bubbs
    Stoke - yes I like the chip shop curry sauce and the tikka masala one.

    I didn't like the chicken tikka masala SW meal though - I only had it the once and found it too spicy for me.

    I can never find these broughies. Apparently you can get them in Iceland, but I've never seen them in my branch of Iceland.

    For tea I had steak, egg, beans, 5% chips (3 syns) and mushrooms.

    Lush. x
    Originally posted by Abbafan1972
    Broughies are with the bread in my store x
    Sealed pot challenge number 242 £350 for 2015, 2016 £400 Actual£345, £400 for 2017 Actual £500 £770 for 2018
    Stopped Smoking 22/01/15
    :- 5 st 2 1/2 lb
    • Sunshinemummy
    • By Sunshinemummy 17th May 18, 8:34 PM
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    Sunshinemummy
    Has anyone tried to make the SW Burgers yet, like the ones they sell in Iceland? I've given it a couple of tries with 5% mince from ALDI, but not quite been able to get them right. Not sure why. Still nice, but just not the result I'd expected. Those burgers are absolutely awesome though, worth their money.

    I've started eating a lot more of the SW Ready meals lately actually and they're great. I'm keeping away from one or two of the Chinese style ones, apparently they're a bit higher in salt than the rest, but the curry ones are very good. Originally, I felt they were too expensive, but I'm not sure they are. £3 for a meal... Not too bad that.
    Originally posted by Stoke
    I make my own with mince meat, salt, pepper and egg.... rather lovely.

    Afternoo all
    Sat waiting to pick dh up.
    Thanks about the job, ssm they have given him 3 to apply for but they say full driving licence which he does Not have we will see
    Stoke I make burgers half pork mince and half beef, seasoning and Worcester sauce, I make them in a press don't fall to bits. I did not like the sw ones from Iceland
    Curly if that's all you had syn the rolls
    Weigh in later
    Originally posted by bubbs
    It is so unfair of them.

    well done on getting a loss denise. Yu must have really pulled hard on those reins!!

    Thanks for reminding me about the extra HEB on EESP. I did stick to it yesterday although I had a veggie omelette in the end instead of separate bits.

    I like the BGTY burgers from Sainsbury's. They're just 1 syn for a quarter pounder. As well as that I make my own both beef and pork with bits like onions, herbs, chopped gherkins and capers mixed in. I enjoy them too but they don't taste the same as shop bought.

    That's interesting about liking the ready meals. I once bought a chicken curry, jalfrezi I think, to try. It tasted OK but the sauce as very watery IMO. My favourite is Aldi Lamb Rogan Josh at 1.5 syns.

    Unless you have a specific health problem then salt in an occasional ready meal wouldn't be a problem as you're controlling (or leaving out) the salt in HM meals like your omelettes.


    I like to write down my meals on here abbafan. I do also usually keep a food diary in a notebook with a running total of syns with it but that's lapsed in recent weeks as we've been away a lot. A new syn banks week starts today so you've inspired me to be good again.





    I have a BIL who serves a side of cold beans with salad. I think it's odd but they obviously enjoy it.


    Just out of interest, I'm always surprised when anyone calls SW a diet. Same yesterday, I think, when someone mentioned earning points. Is this because of a history of trying other slimming programmes? I've never thought of SW as a diet. It gives me a framework for healthy eating which I wouldn't want to give up for other than a short term treat like a holiday. I always think of diet (in the slimming sense) as a short term fix then go back to 'normal' after losing the weight.


    We're eating early tonight as I have to go out so maybe a snack later (probably munch on some beetroot!).


    Today's EE plan:
    B: NAS grapefruit, 2 boiled eggs, half HEB toast, HEA milk for drinks
    L: JP with ham, cottage cheese and beetroot
    D: Austrian ham hash (carrots, onion, leeks, mushrooms, celery, tomato) with cabbage
    Syns: Parmesan 1
    Originally posted by maman
    mama, anything where I am not eating exactly what I fancy when I fancy it is a diet to me..... that mindset is why I got fat but it won't be unpicked now I am far too old. I do however think whether food is helping with my health or making me ill, that helps me make better choices.

    Breakfast
    apple, banana, muller and 35 g bran flakes

    Lunch
    slice of crustless quiche, apple, carrots and tomato

    Tea
    crustless quiche (thought it needed using), green beans, sweet corn and cottage cheese.
    porridge pancake, muller strawberry icecream and banana. OMG it was lush!
    186.4
    • SIRENS
    • By SIRENS 17th May 18, 8:46 PM
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    Evening All
    My day off today so didn!!!8217;t do much really, just some shopping and some housework.
    B yoghurt and fruit
    L 3 ryvita (hexb) cottage cheese, 2 hard boiled eggs, tomato and beetroot.
    D (had to have something quick as was visiting ds new secondary school) noodles ,salad,soya beans and tin of sardines (3.5 Syns)

    S will have to cheese strings (hexb) might have some wotsits later! (4.5 Syns)

    Bit odd food wise today, but within plan.

    I have a food diary, I bought it las year, I think on eBay, it lasts a year and fill it in every day, I find it quite satisfying, especially when I have syns left over to carry on to the next day!
    'You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose' - Dr Suess
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 17th May 18, 9:00 PM
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    Glad that I reported a STS for this week.
    Stuffed, just stuffed after my lovely high tea
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 12 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. MFW 2018. No 144
    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 17th May 18, 9:29 PM
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    Glad that I reported a STS for this week.
    Stuffed, just stuffed after my lovely high tea
    Originally posted by beanielou
    Looks like you enjoyed your lovely high tea! Nothing worse than going off plan and not enjoying it!

    Denise
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 17th May 18, 9:36 PM
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    Looks like you enjoyed your lovely high tea! Nothing worse than going off plan and not enjoying it!

    Denise
    Originally posted by joedenise
    You are so right DEnise.
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 12 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. MFW 2018. No 144
    • Sunshinemummy
    • By Sunshinemummy 17th May 18, 9:55 PM
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    Glad that I reported a STS for this week.
    Stuffed, just stuffed after my lovely high tea
    Originally posted by beanielou
    What did you have in your high tea?

    186.4
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 17th May 18, 10:06 PM
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    What did you have in your high tea?

    Originally posted by Sunshinemummy
    Tea & toast, fish chips & peas.
    Apple tart & custard.
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 12 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. MFW 2018. No 144
    • Sunshinemummy
    • By Sunshinemummy 17th May 18, 10:16 PM
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    Sunshinemummy
    Tea & toast, fish chips & peas.
    Apple tart & custard.
    Originally posted by beanielou
    Now that sounds lovely - but not what I was expecting!
    186.4
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 17th May 18, 10:24 PM
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    Now that sounds lovely - but not what I was expecting!
    Originally posted by Sunshinemummy
    Thats a typical high tea.
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 12 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. MFW 2018. No 144
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