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    • Chrisv
    • By Chrisv 1st Jul 18, 9:19 PM
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    Slimming For Summer - Slimming World Support Thread 2018
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    • 1st Jul 18, 9:19 PM
    Slimming For Summer - Slimming World Support Thread 2018 1st Jul 18 at 9:19 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

    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; 01-07-2018 at 9:30 PM.
    Not wanting something is as good as possessing it Donald Horban
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    • maman
    • By maman 8th Aug 18, 12:48 PM
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    maman
    Pleased you got losses kathrynha and Stoke. It means you're both on track and going in the right direction.


    The celebrations on your 5 stone will just have to wait until next week Stoke.


    Asda kippers (chilled) are either free or 1 syn for 100g if they are the ones with butter ssm.


    I bought a bag of baking potatoes and cooked them in the oven alongside my roast at the weekend before freezing. I'm having one for lunch today so I'll see if I think they're much better than doing them in the microwave.


    Out for tea this afternoon. I've got about 50 syns left, will eat lunch beforehand and saved my HEB today so hopefully that should cover it.


    I am feeling slimmer but not enough to lose the 3 lbs over target range. I'm going to ask consultant tomorrow whether I have any holidays (do target members have holidays??) or what's the best way of just marking time for a couple of weeks until I can get back on track properly. Next week will be a write off with loads of meals out starting tomorrow night. I don't mind paying if I have to I just need to find the best scenic route.


    Today's EE plan:
    B: NAS grapefruit, baked beans, HEA for milk
    L: JP with cottage cheese, spring onion and beetroot
    D: SW Bolognese with tagliatelle
    Syns: Parmesan 2? and whatever damage afternoon tea does.
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 8th Aug 18, 1:20 PM
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    Not sure if target members have holidays Maman.
    No reason why not when I think about it
    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. MFW 2018. No 144
    • Stoke
    • By Stoke 8th Aug 18, 2:50 PM
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    You WILL get it next week.

    Not a lover of the SW sausages or the burgers but yes the beans help. A lot.
    Originally posted by beanielou
    I think the burgers are really good.... a bit weird to cook though with you having to shallow fry them from frozen. Kind of odd really.

    The sausages are strange. They're very dense which makes them a bit odd to chew but mixed in with beans it helps a lot and it was very pleasant. Might have that as my goto simple evening meal instead of the microwave SW meals which are a pain to keep getting in.

    There are plenty of low syn sausages around as a good alternative to the original SW ones.
    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 8th Aug 18, 5:21 PM
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    Maman - you do still get holidays as a target member. You still get the normal 6 weeks but obviously only need to book holiday when you're out of target range which is why I always like to be within range so don't have to book holidays! With the amount of holidays I have you can understand why! Think I've only ever booked a couple of weeks holiday since I reached target all those years ago!

    I've still not tried the SW burgers or sausages but there seems to be very mixed views about them. As I have a local butchers who makes very low fat burgers & sausages (only 0.5 syns each) I've just stuck with those. Although I think they've bought out a spicy burger now, haven't they? If so may try those for a change at some stage (but not until I return from holiday as I've already done my menu plan until I go away - although that's gone a bit by the wayside this week with my DGS being here! He's now gone back home! His company have now said it'll be another 2 to 3 weeks before he'll be able to move into a flat so now he'll have to make other arrangements to get his stuff from my place (too much to get in my car to take back with him!) to Reading.

    I've kept to plan this week although DH and DGS haven't always had the same as me - like last night - I had LO curry & rice and they had kebabs & chips. Those chips looked and smelled lovely but I resisted.

    Today's plan:

    B - bacon & mushroom sandwich (HEB + 3)
    L - jacket potato, baked beans & salad
    D - savoury mince with mash, loads of veg but not sure what yet, I'll have a look in the freezer & then decide!

    HEA - skimmed milk
    HEB - bread
    Syns - 1 tsp butter 2; 1 Tbs brown sauce 1; 2 Biscoff Lotus biscuits 4

    Have gone over syns by about 10 this week but hopefully should still have a STS or even a small loss. Will see tomorrow!

    Denise
    • gigglinggoat
    • By gigglinggoat 8th Aug 18, 5:33 PM
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    Had my weigh-in at SW on Monday night. Pleased to say that I lost a further 3.5lbs
    that's 8.5lbs in 3 weeks,so I'm now down to 13stone 6.5.
    Quite chuffed and I got my 'half-stone lost' certificate lol.
    Feeling quite happy.
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 8th Aug 18, 5:58 PM
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    giggling goat~~great result.
    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. MFW 2018. No 144
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 8th Aug 18, 6:05 PM
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    I have been very lucky today.
    Someone bought me some localy grown strawberries and wow thay are just awesome
    I also had a home grown potato as a baked potato for lunch with beans which was also gifted.
    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. MFW 2018. No 144
    • maman
    • By maman 8th Aug 18, 7:08 PM
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    maman
    I also had a home grown potato as a baked potato for lunch with beans which was also gifted.
    Originally posted by beanielou
    That's interesting beanie . I had the HM frozen baked potato today. It was fluffy with nice skin and easy to defrost. It wasn't very tasty though. I wonder whether that's because I normally buy Maris Piper and this was just bog standard.
    giggling goat~~great result.
    Originally posted by beanielou
    Yay! That's great!

    Like you denise I've so rarely booked holidays I can't even remember which year it was! I generally just WI before I go away and then stay away until I know I'm back in range. We'll see how I get on tomorrow.

    I was very good at tea. I just had 4 small crustless sandwiches and a couple of crisps. I brought the cakes and scones home in a doggy bag for DH! The sandwiches were probably granary but couldn't be 50 syns! Could they???
    • Sunshinemummy
    • By Sunshinemummy 8th Aug 18, 7:43 PM
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    That is why I don't eat sausages.
    Originally posted by MKS
    Please tell me that you did not repeatedly suck on these.......... you will get arrested!



    -2lbs off last night which means I am once again just 0.5lbs off 5st. Hopefully, hopefully, I will get it next week.

    Anyone tried SW sausages with ordinary baked beans? Did it last night and they seem to compliment each other really well. The sauce takes a bit of the dryness out of the sausages
    Originally posted by Stoke
    OMG.... the thread is full of sausages!...... But I may try this one!

    Well done, you are doing fab

    :

    Asda kippers (chilled) are either free or 1 syn for 100g if they are the ones with butter ssm.

    I bought a bag of baking potatoes and cooked them in the oven alongside my roast at the weekend before freezing. I'm having one for lunch today so I'll see if I think they're much better than doing them in the microwave.

    Out for tea this afternoon. I've got about 50 syns left, will eat lunch beforehand and saved my HEB today so hopefully that should cover it.

    I am feeling slimmer but not enough to lose the 3 lbs over target range. I'm going to ask consultant tomorrow whether I have any holidays (do target members have holidays??) or what's the best way of just marking time for a couple of weeks until I can get back on track properly. Next week will be a write off with loads of meals out starting tomorrow night. I don't mind paying if I have to I just need to find the best scenic route.

    Today's EE plan:
    B: NAS grapefruit, baked beans, HEA for milk
    L: JP with cottage cheese, spring onion and beetroot
    D: SW Bolognese with tagliatelle
    Syns: Parmesan 2? and whatever damage afternoon tea does.
    Originally posted by maman
    Thanks, they are the free ones. Good idea with the jacket potatoes. Sounds like you enjoyed the tea

    You are definitely keeping me on track, which must be hard You know you can do it xxxx

    Meal today
    Breakfast
    all bran, FF greek yoghurt and brambles.

    Lunch

    Carrots, two small apples and half a banana - the other was black

    tea

    kipper/salad (left over) sweet corn and tomatoes (one super light mayo)

    Maybe a snack of fruit and yoghurt later. x
    184.2
    • Sunshinemummy
    • By Sunshinemummy 8th Aug 18, 7:46 PM
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    Had my weigh-in at SW on Monday night. Pleased to say that I lost a further 3.5lbs
    that's 8.5lbs in 3 weeks,so I'm now down to 13stone 6.5.
    Quite chuffed and I got my 'half-stone lost' certificate lol.
    Feeling quite happy.
    Originally posted by gigglinggoat
    Well done x

    I have been very lucky today.
    Someone bought me some localy grown strawberries and wow thay are just awesome
    I also had a home grown potato as a baked potato for lunch with beans which was also gifted.
    Originally posted by beanielou
    Wonderful x

    That's interesting beanie . I had the HM frozen baked potato today. It was fluffy with nice skin and easy to defrost. It wasn't very tasty though. I wonder whether that's because I normally buy Maris Piper and this was just bog standard.

    Yay! That's great!

    Like you denise I've so rarely booked holidays I can't even remember which year it was! I generally just WI before I go away and then stay away until I know I'm back in range. We'll see how I get on tomorrow.

    I was very good at tea. I just had 4 small crustless sandwiches and a couple of crisps. I brought the cakes and scones home in a doggy bag for DH! The sandwiches were probably granary but couldn't be 50 syns! Could they???
    Originally posted by maman
    Flip that is a scary thought.... what was in them thick butter and jam?
    184.2
    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 8th Aug 18, 9:45 PM
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    Another jacket potato here for lunch with beans & salad. Seems to have been a popular choice for lunch today!

    Maman how did you defrost your potato? Was it in the microwave or did you defrost & then reheat in microwave? How long?

    Well done gigglinggoat. That's another good loss.

    I'm making a sausage casserole in the SC tomorrow and think I'm going to try the SW sausages in it as I can't get to the butchers tomorrow to get my usual ones (thought I had some in the freezer but unfortunately haven't)
    Will let you know what I think of them in a casserole, hopefully the liquid will help, LOL!

    Denise
    Last edited by joedenise; 08-08-2018 at 9:46 PM. Reason: spelling!
    • maman
    • By maman 8th Aug 18, 10:53 PM
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    I did the potato from frozen denise . I gave it 5 minutes and it felt soft enough. Then while I got my salad and bits together I gave it another minute to make sure it was hot.

    Glad to hear your DGS has got himself sorted at least temporarily. Now you can get your DH back on plan!
    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 9th Aug 18, 8:10 AM
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    Thanks Maman, potato only really needs a similar amount of time as if you're doing from fresh, that's not bad. Will definitely give it a go. Think I'll pick up a pack of bakers when I go shopping today and cook them when the oven's next on.

    WI for me this morning and had a crafty weigh this morning and looks as though it's going to be a STS which is OK as it's only 0.5lb over my actual target. Would be nice if it's the 0.5lb I thought it was going to be!

    One more WI after today until I'm off on holiday for a month again!

    Will post menu later and what the WI result actually is later!

    Denise
    • Sunshinemummy
    • By Sunshinemummy 9th Aug 18, 8:17 AM
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    I got up this morning and felt slimmer looked in the mirror and realised I was not
    184.2
    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 9th Aug 18, 8:55 AM
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    I got up this morning and felt slimmer looked in the mirror and realised I was not
    Originally posted by Sunshinemummy

    I don't think we can see our own weight loss. I think I look as fat as I ever did, but 3.5 stone and 3-4 dress sizes down I know I can't be, but I still can't see it in the mirror.


    Good luck for weigh in Denise


    Today's plan:
    Breakfast - yogurt and fruit
    Lunch - LO burritos
    Dinner - ham salad
    Snacks - SF jelly, fruit, cereal bars


    HA - milk and cheese
    HB - cereal bars
    Syns - Jelly (0.5)
    Weight loss start date: 3rd January 2017
    Weight loss total: 53 lb
    Last updated: 27th February 2018
    • Gettingtherequickly
    • By Gettingtherequickly 9th Aug 18, 10:47 AM
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    I don't think we can see our own weight loss. I think I look as fat as I ever did, but 3.5 stone and 3-4 dress sizes down I know I can't be, but I still can't see it in the mirror.

    Originally posted by kathrynha
    Agree wholeheartedly with this! WI tonight, hoping I have maintained as not been that good, although did my best. Will be pleased enough if minimal gain, but ecstatic if last night's dream was true -3 1/2 I can always hope.
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    • Stoke
    • By Stoke 9th Aug 18, 1:40 PM
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    What do people think of popcorn? I tried to make some in a saucepan with fry light yesterday. Kind of worked... not brilliantly though.
    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 9th Aug 18, 1:58 PM
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    What do people think of popcorn? I tried to make some in a saucepan with fry light yesterday. Kind of worked... not brilliantly though.
    Originally posted by Stoke
    I have a popcorn maker. It makes it without any oil at all, just air popped, so only needs a quick wipe after use, and you can do really small or really large quantities. I love it.
    Weight loss start date: 3rd January 2017
    Weight loss total: 53 lb
    Last updated: 27th February 2018
    • Stoke
    • By Stoke 9th Aug 18, 2:21 PM
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    I have a popcorn maker. It makes it without any oil at all, just air popped, so only needs a quick wipe after use, and you can do really small or really large quantities. I love it.
    Originally posted by kathrynha
    Ooh, where did you get that from? Sounds ideal to me
    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 9th Aug 18, 2:41 PM
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    I've got a popcorn maker as well! 25g of popcorn is loads and lasts for ages! The biggest problem is getting any flavouring onto it. I usually spray with fryight and then sprinkle with salt & sweetener to try and do a sort of sweet & salty. Doesn't actually work that well.

    I used to make it in a saucepan years ago when my kids were little (they're both in their 40s now!!!). Wasn't doing SW then of course so used oil and then used sugar or occasionally syrup or maple syrup! How many syns for those I wonder - quite a few.

    I got my popcorn maker from Lidl's years ago when it was reduced to a fiver! Used to make popcorn all the time for snacking when I first bought it but it's been stuck up on top of a cupboard for ages now!

    WI went OK. It was STS as I expected but I'm OK with that. Hope I can lose 0.5lb or lb next week but we shall see.

    Today's plan:

    B - tasters at group - managed to get by with just 1 syn! The koftas from the new Take 5 Ingredients book were amazing (I didn't make them one of the other ladies did!)
    L - LO rice salad with mixed beans & salad bits, had 4 olives & some ham on the side. Made a fat free dressing for it which was really tangy last night when I made it but it had lost its' "bite" by the time we ate it.
    D - sea bream, new potatoes & veg medley - sugar snaps, beans & tender stem broccoli

    HEA - milk
    HEB - not sure but will probably split between a piece of toast & a Hifi or Alpen Light this evening
    Syns - tasters 1; olives 0.5; butter 2?

    Denise
    Last edited by joedenise; 09-08-2018 at 2:42 PM. Reason: predictive text I didn't notice before posting!
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