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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 31st Dec 19, 4:37 PM
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    Svelte for Valentines Day :lovethoug
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    • 31st Dec 19, 4:37 PM
    Svelte for Valentines Day :lovethoug 31st Dec 19 at 4:37 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 choice and one Healthy Extra 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
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    • Gettingtherequickly
    • By Gettingtherequickly 14th Jan 20, 11:37 AM
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    Gettingtherequickly
    Having an erratic week, home at odd times, so having to work around those. By odd, I mean out first thing, then home for late breakfast, needing to be out again before I have time to do anything constructive, then home again to a late, quick dinner. Could be one of those dangerous periods when syns are forgotten, but I am doing my best to keep them at a minimum and bulking up any meal with lots of speed. Today is probably the only day that is normal, so meals are as follows:

    B: Omelette with mushrooms & spinach (feel like a pig at the moment
    L: Veg soup
    D: Remainder of sausages, with mushrooms, tomatoes, butternut squash.
    Snacks: Fruit, maybe some yoghurt

    Other than the sausages, no syns planned because I can use my hifi bars with my hibiscus tea tonight.

    Just realised that by the time I weigh on Thursday, today will be the only evening I have been home all week, if I maintain on the back of that, will be happy.
    A smile costs little but creates much
    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 14th Jan 20, 12:23 PM
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    joedenise
    Well I've no idea where this morning has gone other than doing a bit of shopping as virtually out of salad! Also needed to get some money out to pay builder for some bricks (fences got blown down last month in the strong winds - so we're having walls built instead - definitely less chance of them blowing over in the wind. Bricks delivered about half hour ago.

    Had to make some curry powder up when I got back from shopping as I've run out and I'm planning on making a chicken dansahk (sp? I know that's wrong but can't work out what it should be!) using up the LO roast chicken. That will now have to be after lunch.

    Glad to hear that there were no problems last night at pilates Tete!

    Today's plan:

    B - mushroom, tomato, ham & spring onion omelette (S;P)
    L - jacket potato; cottage cheese & salad (F;P;S)
    D - lamb chops, mash, cabbage & green beans (P;F;S)

    HEA - milk
    HEB - nothing planned but maybe a couple of hifi bars or Alpen
    Syns - none planned but there are still some Purple Ones and Maltesers in the fridge! Also still got one bar of nougat left!

    Keep safe everyone with this horrible weather. We've got Amber weather warnings for wind and rain this afternoon and tonight.

    Denise
    • poundsinbucks
    • By poundsinbucks 14th Jan 20, 3:29 PM
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    poundsinbucks
    Windy again here too in Bucks and sooo dark. But pleased to report another 2lbs lost at WI today. Only 2 more to go to get my 6st from before xmas back .

    Kept my paper food diary daily, plus did the weekly syn bank and that has worked well, so will carry on like that. Celebrating with mini choc orange segments today of 1 syn each, carefully counted . They are small!

    Intend to make some crustless quiches and curry loaf for rest of week’s lunches. Plus my MIL had asked me to get her some of the SW recipe books from group, so will have a read before handing them over, esp the Sweet Dreams book! Book of little lunches is now out or print apparently, I already have it, but could not get another. And another offer of free membership in Best magazine this time, tell your friends . And a new hifi bar end of the month, honeycomb but nothing to get excited about, it is NOT like a crunchie apparently. New Countdown offer in a couple of weeks with a new A-Z recipe book. Am thinking about this one, but think I ‘only’ have 9lbs left to lose. So would not be very to buy a 12wk countdown in 2 weeks time...

    Well done for any losses, stick to the plan, it works .

    Poundsinbucks x
    🥳🥳 SW -5st 10lbs 🥳🥳
    • bubbs
    • By bubbs 14th Jan 20, 4:16 PM
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    bubbs
    Afternoon all, i have a quick question

    I got some cheap fromage frais today can i use it flavoured as a marinade like you do yoghurt
    Will catch up in a bit
    Sealed pot challenge number 242 £350 for 2015, 2016 £400 Actual£345, £400 for 2017 Actual £500 £770 for 2018 £1295 for 2019
    Stopped Smoking 22/01/15
    :- 5 st 1 1/2lb
    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 14th Jan 20, 5:44 PM
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    Can't see why you can't bubs. Definitely worth giving it a go. Obviously won't be the same as yoghurt but most of these dairy things are pretty interchangeable.

    Denise
    • bubbs
    • By bubbs 14th Jan 20, 6:14 PM
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    bubbs
    Can't see why you can't bubs. Definitely worth giving it a go. Obviously won't be the same as yoghurt but most of these dairy things are pretty interchangeable.

    Denise
    Originally posted by joedenise
    Thanks Denise
    I have never tried it, is it like yoghurt? i will add skinny syrup Got some bargains in Asda today , hence i have fromage frais or 6 pots of it
    Tea

    This was 10p, dated till mid feb

    10p cant remember date but both well in date

    20p
    Sealed pot challenge number 242 £350 for 2015, 2016 £400 Actual£345, £400 for 2017 Actual £500 £770 for 2018 £1295 for 2019
    Stopped Smoking 22/01/15
    :- 5 st 1 1/2lb
    • maman
    • By maman 14th Jan 20, 6:15 PM
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    maman
    Can't see why you can't bubs. Definitely worth giving it a go. Obviously won't be the same as yoghurt but most of these dairy things are pretty interchangeable.

    Denise
    Originally posted by joedenise
    I've never done it myself bubbs but I did find this:

    https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=263967
    • poundsinbucks
    • By poundsinbucks 14th Jan 20, 6:24 PM
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    poundsinbucks
    Well done on your bargains bubbs. You could use it for ice cream .

    Poundsinbucks x
    🥳🥳 SW -5st 10lbs 🥳🥳
    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 14th Jan 20, 7:04 PM
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    joedenise
    Wow bubbs - great bargains. None of the shops in my area reduce prices like that. Best cheapies I've bought recently was buying Christmas swede in early January for 6p each! Don't normally get anything like that!

    It's a while since I've had fromage frais but if I remember rightly it's a bit like sweet yoghurt. I discovered quark and I have to say I definitely prefer that and don't buy fromage frais any more.

    Denise
    • bubbs
    • By bubbs 14th Jan 20, 7:15 PM
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    bubbs
    I've never done it myself bubbs but I did find this:

    https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=263967
    Originally posted by maman
    Thanks will take a look
    Sealed pot challenge number 242 £350 for 2015, 2016 £400 Actual£345, £400 for 2017 Actual £500 £770 for 2018 £1295 for 2019
    Stopped Smoking 22/01/15
    :- 5 st 1 1/2lb
    • bubbs
    • By bubbs 14th Jan 20, 7:21 PM
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    bubbs
    Well done on your bargains bubbs. You could use it for ice cream .

    Poundsinbucks x
    Originally posted by poundsinbucks
    Not had ice cream for ages
    Wow bubbs - great bargains. None of the shops in my area reduce prices like that. Best cheapies I've bought recently was buying Christmas swede in early January for 6p each! Don't normally get anything like that!

    It's a while since I've had fromage frais but if I remember rightly it's a bit like sweet yoghurt. I discovered quark and I have to say I definitely prefer that and don't buy fromage frais any more.

    Denise
    Originally posted by joedenise
    I got packs of ham the other week, oh i got 10 packs of flora 10p at the weekend and 8 cornish butter 20p i gave them to my friend she works in the soup kitchens for the homeless so used them there for the bread and butter for the stews.
    I asked the chap before why they were cheap as long dates, he said its because they keep sending stock they dont stock, so he can put it out what price he wants and said 10 &20p clears it out
    There was potato salad and muller corners 10p and other stuff but cant think what, was stuff i wouldn't buy.
    I always look in this place first this store is right near where dh works so i go in every day when i collect him too look
    Sealed pot challenge number 242 £350 for 2015, 2016 £400 Actual£345, £400 for 2017 Actual £500 £770 for 2018 £1295 for 2019
    Stopped Smoking 22/01/15
    :- 5 st 1 1/2lb
    • sarymclary
    • By sarymclary 15th Jan 20, 8:49 AM
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    Morning. Quick log on before work to report -1lb loss this week. Happy with that given my minor collision with the low GI cob loaf last weekend.
    One day the clocks will stop, and time won't mean a thing

    Be nice to your children, they'll choose your care home
    • Tete en l'Air
    • By Tete en l'Air 15th Jan 20, 9:30 AM
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    Tete en l'Air
    Well done PiB and Sary on your losses! Love the 'minor collision'

    GTQ - sounds like things are manic but the will is strong - keep going!

    Bubbs I used to use unflavoured fat free fromage frais a lot with a beaten egg for a free carbonara. Can't seem to get it any more in my local supermarkets though so haven't had it for ages I found it froze well in small portions (it separated slightly but would beat together fine).
    Jan/Feb weight loss: 9/10 | Total loss: 16lb
    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 15th Jan 20, 10:11 AM
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    Well done on the losses PIB and Sary. Jumped on the scales this morning and not looking good - looks like I might have gone out of target again - no idea why as have been much better this week with the Syns, only over on one day and every other day under syns, definitely haven't used the full amount this week. Oh well, will see tomorrow at WI. Assume I get another grace week as I was back in target last week?

    I ended up making a chicken dhansak yesterday with the LO chicken and made 6 portions, so 3 meals in the freezer for a later date.

    Today's plan:

    B - beans on toast - F, HEB
    L - eggs, bubble & squeak (using LO potatoes & cabbage from last night); mushrooms - P; F; S
    D - Teriyaki pork tenderloin, rice & stir fry veg - P; F; S

    HEA - milk
    HEB - bread
    Syns - Purple One 2.5; few Maltesters 3.5

    Denise
    • maman
    • By maman 15th Jan 20, 11:09 AM
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    More losses! Well done sary and PIB.

    Those are amazing bargains bubbs. Is it a national chain where you shop? I'm lucky around here if I get occasional 50% off bits in Sainsbury's. Anything less than that then I'm better off paying full price in Aldi.

    That horrible bloating is back so I'm feeling really fat. I'm dithering about going to WI tomorrow but probably will go and face the music. I know I've stuck to plan 100% this week and last week but can't feel any improvement.

    Today's EE plan:
    B: NAS grapefruit, skinny syrup, banana (F), HEB porage, HEA1 milk
    L: LO casserole (F,S)
    Syns: 0
    D: SW Bolognese (P,S) with tagliatelle (F), HEA2 Parmesan
    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 15th Jan 20, 12:53 PM
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    Maman I feel much the same this week. Having mainly stuck to plan and certainly only the one day where I went over syns but still less than most weekends! I'm sure you'll find things are nowhere near as bad as you think - it's often that way!

    Just realised my dinner is also going to have a few syns in it but only a couple for some brown sugar and cornflour. This is a new recipe for me so will report back tomorrow to let you all know what it was like. It's a recipe that can be done in a pressure cooker or a slow cooker, although no reason why it couldn't be done in the oven but would need to work out how long to cook it - I would guess 1.5-2 hours probably, although only about 15-20 minutes in the pressure cooker. The rice will take longer to cook as I use brown rice which takes 25-30 minutes!

    The eggs, bubble, mushrooms and tomatoes was lovely for lunch, really enjoyed it.

    Denise
    • Matron Midge
    • By Matron Midge 15th Jan 20, 12:54 PM
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    Hi. Another one feeling all bloated and chubby here. No reason for me to feel like that as I’ve been as good as gold.
    Today’s menu
    He a bob milk
    He a
    He b
    B banana
    L pasta salad (1) for olives, kvarg raspberry quark (0.5)
    D orange chicken (from PON book) broccoli and rice
    Snacks Hex cheese and crackers, satsuma, maybe a hifi bar
    • Tete en l'Air
    • By Tete en l'Air 15th Jan 20, 1:55 PM
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    I'm the opposite, I feel very slim but when I look in the mirror I'm the same as ever!

    Just popping back on with today's menu (it's not the best):
    B - none
    D - Pasta, tinned toms, mushrooms, onion, bacon, sweetcorn
    T - Mug Shot (2)
    HEA - Milk
    HEB - Almonds
    Syns - Sugar in coffee (4), Mug Shot (2), hot chocolate (2) = 8

    Can't have a proper tea tonight as it's run club followed by committee meeting. I can't eat before running, and won't get home til 9.30 and certainly don't want to eat a meal then, so I'll have a quick Mug Shot after my run, before the meeting.
    Jan/Feb weight loss: 9/10 | Total loss: 16lb
    • poundsinbucks
    • By poundsinbucks 15th Jan 20, 4:25 PM
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    poundsinbucks
    FYI just back from Tesco. They now have the Muller Lights on offer 12 for £3. Plus the Corn Thins are (still?) half price at 65p/pack, you can have 5 as your HEb.

    Poundsinbucks x
    🥳🥳 SW -5st 10lbs 🥳🥳
    • bubbs
    • By bubbs 15th Jan 20, 6:04 PM
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    Well done PiB and Sary on your losses! Love the 'minor collision'

    GTQ - sounds like things are manic but the will is strong - keep going!

    Bubbs I used to use unflavoured fat free fromage frais a lot with a beaten egg for a free carbonara. Can't seem to get it any more in my local supermarkets though so haven't had it for ages I found it froze well in small portions (it separated slightly but would beat together fine).
    Originally posted by Tete en l'Air
    Thanks but i dont eat things like that wish i did sometimes
    Morning. Quick log on before work to report -1lb loss this week. Happy with that given my minor collision with the low GI cob loaf last weekend.
    Originally posted by sarymclary
    Well done
    More losses! Well done sary and PIB.

    Those are amazing bargains bubbs. Is it a national chain where you shop? I'm lucky around here if I get occasional 50% off bits in Sainsbury's. Anything less than that then I'm better off paying full price in Aldi.

    That horrible bloating is back so I'm feeling really fat. I'm dithering about going to WI tomorrow but probably will go and face the music. I know I've stuck to plan 100% this week and last week but can't feel any improvement.

    Today's EE plan:
    B: NAS grapefruit, skinny syrup, banana (F), HEB porage, HEA1 milk
    L: LO casserole (F,S)
    Syns: 0
    D: SW Bolognese (P,S) with tagliatelle (F), HEA2 Parmesan
    Originally posted by maman
    That was Asda, i went in today but nothing today, i call in most days are right near where dh works and i take him and fetch him

    Denise yes you should get another grace week
    Sealed pot challenge number 242 £350 for 2015, 2016 £400 Actual£345, £400 for 2017 Actual £500 £770 for 2018 £1295 for 2019
    Stopped Smoking 22/01/15
    :- 5 st 1 1/2lb
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