Saturday, 9 March 2013

Little Late

But here is is..

Day 2 of my week back on plan. Not a bad day at all. Apart from Missing out on my HEA, (We ran out of milk)

There was a temptation at work today......COOKIES. Why? Because it's Friday. Even though one colleague in particular was saying things like "Go on have one" and "Just walk on the spot whilst eating it, it'll burn off the calories". I resisted! (Rather chuffed with myself) 

Breakfast was awesome! So tasty! 


Dorset cereals "Simply Nutty" 35g with a Peach Activia and raspberries.

It woke up my taste buds and set me up for the day. 

Lunch was pretty standard yet filling.


Chicken Salad, fruit and some Sun bites (120cals) I will prepare other things for lunch during the week (honest) 

Dinner FISH FRIDAY!

I get quite excited when I have fish for dinner. It doesn't happen very often (Lee doesn't like fish) Good job Steve does though! Fish Friday's have been born! 


That was one sexy bit of salmon. Baked with sweet chilli and soy sauce. Was very good even if I do say so myself. 

Finished off the day with a choc options..Sadly made without milk. 

This weekend is going to be a bit of a challenge. Well Sunday. Will keep you all posted on how it goes.

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Thursday, 7 March 2013

Slacking..................

Well after about 4 weeks of not blogging, having 2 weeks off because it was my birthday.....I've decided to return.

Firstly my birthday 2 weeks I ate and drank EVERYTHING!!! (I even had chocolate for breakfast a couple of days) 

Actually on the day I had one of these....


To be honest, I couldn't eat all of it. Was Damn tasty though. 
Lunch that day was GBK (Gourmet Burger Kitchen) Had an amazing day....As far as I was concerned Syn free!! ;)

The Saturday night I went out drinking and had a LOT to drink! 



As you can tell by this picture, fun times were had! The next morning...fry up! 

Thought I may as well go for broke for the rest of the week, so up til yesterday, I carried on.

In the 2 weeks I was TOTALLY off plan I gained 3lb. To be honest I was expecting way more!

Well I have got back on the wagon now.....Back on plan and annoying you all with my blogging! 

Today is a completely different story to the previous 2 weeks. Unfortunately though, the day I start again is also the day the shopping arrives (in the evening). In light of that I had to deal with what I had in.

Breakfast



HEA and B porrige, coffee and banana. Its not quite chocolate however.....It did fill me up until the afternoon.

Lunch



Chicken salad, Yog and mixture of fruit we still have in. 

Had a little snack throughout the day..



At 96cals per bag it's a spicy little treat! 

When I got home the shopping arrived!! YAY!!!! Lots of lovely things to eat, including cheese and onion Sunbites! I love cheese and onion crisps and these are a great substitute 120 cals but they are tasty. 

Dinner

Tonight was rather yum if I do say so myself!



Chicken chow mein from the new SW book 

4 tbs Light soy sauce
1 level tsp hot chilli sauce
2 tsp Chinese rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
4 garlic cloves peeled & crushed
2 cm piece of ginger peeled & finely grated
1 tsp Chinese 5 spice powder
3 skinless breast fillets I used pork tenderloin
200g dried medium or thin noodles
Low cal cooking spray
200g mange tout halved lengthways
225g can of waterchestnuts & bamboo shoots
1 red pepper thinly sliced
8 spring onions cut diagonally
1 level tbsp sweet chilli sauce
4 tbsp dark soy sauce
Method:
Place light soy sauce in a large bowl and stir in the hot chilli sauce vinegar garlic ginger & 5 spice add chix and leave to marinate for 10 mins.
Cook noodles and rinse & drain
Spray a large wok or frying pan with your oil of choice add the chix and stir fry for 4-5 mins until lightly browned.
Add veg and stir fry for a further 4-5 mins
Add noodles sweet chilli sauce and dark soy sauce & cook for 4 mins until piping hot serve immediately

It was good!!!


Not bad for a first day back eh?

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Monday, 4 February 2013

Manic Monday!!

Today has been totally crazy! I woke up feeling a little better today. Had an amazing brekkie!


This is magic porridge. I wanted to have my porridge, but I didnt want to use my HEA as I wanted to save it for later. So last night I combined my porridge with the yoghurt. the next day it is lovely!

I get to work and as soon as I walk through the door, its go, go, GO!
I haven't really stopped all day! It went rather quickly.......Still I made time for lunch


Please excuse the mess of the frittata, I cut it when it was warm. 

Dinner was yet more sweet potatoes but they are better than regular potatoes. I also made the "chicken pizza" It was AMAZING! Especially with home made chilli sauce as the base!




I was still under my 5 syns at this point and I was wondering what I was going to have....Then this arrived!!


A package from a dear friend across the pond! There is nothing SW friendly in here! It is currently taking everything in my power not to scoff the lot! I instead Synned a serving of the white Flipz and I am still within my Syns. :)

These are going to be occasional treats for us! Hopefully they will last us a year! 

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Sunday, 3 February 2013

Supernatural Sunday

I'm feeling a lot better today than I was yesterday :) The reason for the title is that I've spent the whole day watching Supernatural. It's one of those series I can watch over and over again!

I haven't been overly hungry all day today so I've pretty much grazed.

Breakfast was 3 sausages left over from yesterday with some fruit and a yoghurt. 

I still wasn't overly hungry come lunch time however I had this.


A lovely chicken salad with some Nando's lemon and herb sauce.

I thought I was on track for a red day today.....I then discovered that sweet potatoes aren't superfree, so upgraded to an EE day.


I had to make a snap decision at the end of the meal and throw on a salad for my superfree.

The sauce on this is a chilli sauce which was posted in our group on Facebook. Tastes just like kebab shop chilli sauce! NOM!

Had an options made with milk for my HEA and my B was a harvest morn bar. 

Hope you've had a good weekend peoples!! :)



Day 3.....Not so good day :(

Sorry it's a bit late. I've been sick. It hit me yesterday morning.
Needless to say it has affected my day yesterday. I am feeling a little better today though. 

The countless number of Lemsips, cough sweets and something I definitely shouldn't have had! Needless to say I went over my Syns yesterday, Hope I can pull it back by Wednesday.  

I was going to have a red day yesterday however, It turned into an extra easy day by ummmmmmm breakfast! lol

I didn't want to use both my HEB's in one meal and couldn't decide whether I wanted beans or toast. By turning it into an extra easy day, I didn't have to make that choice.


I love a big old fry up at the weekend! one of these babies in the morning (well afternoon) and I'm full for the rest of the day! 

During the day I munched on grapes.....Not the best of choices, but its better than munching on chocolate and crisps.

I actually forgot to take any pics of my dinner :( It was tasty too! 

Steak with a garlic mushroom, onions and chilli topping, mash potato (made with eggs) and a big salad. 

Not a bad day looking at that. The housemate came home with some millionaires shortbread though, and with me feeling crappy.....I had a bit. It was the best millionaires shortbread ever!!! It may cost me though. 

Damage limitation from now until Wednesday!!




Friday, 1 February 2013

7 lunches 7 days Day 2

The blog is back! After asking for your feedback this morning I saw that you all prefer the blogs over the page pics, so here it is!

Not the most interesting of food days today, mainly because we do our shopping over the weekend for the coming week. 
Last week I bought enough mugshots to last me until today, after that I decided on this weeks challenge. 
So, until we do our shopping, I'm having to really think about what I'm having..........and still be on plan. 

Another hiccup in my day, I have a stinking cold! So having to factor in Strepsils into my day. Syns online say they are half a Syn each. My very kind colleague Karen also gave me some brilliant cough sweets. I can't find these on the net so I've Synned them at 1 each just to be on the safe side. Total altogether 4 Syns.

I've decided to see how it goes again trying to have another red day. I figure if I start it as red, and then decide I fancy pasta or potatoes with my meal, I can turn it into an Extra Easy day. 

Starting with Brekkie......


I really fancied some porridge this morning, but we didn't have any    
:( and, Steve said I should lay off the bread this week to see if my losses are any better without it. Hence the Weetabix. He also said to lay off the bananas too, so instead of my usual banana I had an apple and a pear. 

Lunch wasn't a great deal different from yesterday.


Swapped the chicken for tuna. I love eating fish, the other half though can't stand the stuff, so unfortunately I don't eat it very often. The coleslaw from the other day was still good too. And the fruit and yog (which I forgot to take with me) is pretty standard. 
Total Syns 0.5

I did though have the added temptation of cakes in the office today. The person who bought them in even thought about all of us on diets...He bought in Weight Watchers cakes (bless him) I might have been tempted by one if I hadn't needed cough sweets as they were 4.5 Syns a slice. 

We were meant to be having a SW version of chicken fried steak today for dinner but we forgot to take the steak out of the freezer. 

Before SW (and even during some weeks) at times like these we would have turned to the takeaway. Instead I rustled up this.


Bolognaise and a jacket spud. (though you cant see it under the bol)
On a red day you can have the potato as a 2nd HEB. You may be wondering where my Superfree is? There is lots in it. I used 3 tins of tomatoes, quarter of a bag of frozen mixed peppers and a massive red onion. This is also half of what I would usually eat. I wasn't hugely hungry. The only Syns in this was the cheese. 5 Syns per 25g
Total Syns 5

Total Syns for the day 9.5.



 



Wednesday, 30 January 2013

The results are in!

Well the time has come!

Been well and truly completely on plan this week. 7
I lost a grand total of...................................................Half a pound!
I got to admit I am totally gutted! :( I was thinking at least 2!

My group leader has suggested I try some "Red days" this means I cut down on carbs and have more meat. (going to have to read up on it as it's completely alien to me)

I am going to still be blogging my progress on a daily basis to keep me on track. however I have set myself a challenge this week inspired by Eddie.......7 days, 7 different lunches. 
I am usually stuck for lunch ideas, so I turn to things like mugshots as they are easy. This week will make me think about what I am having! 

Hope this gives you all some ideas too!

Even though I have already weighed in and technically it is the start of the new week, I am ending my day as I've started, the "extra easy" way...

Breakfast 




Same as yesterday. So pretty standard.

Lunch

I had something different!! (See Eddie I can do it) lol 


Yesterday's Frittata, and I've gotta say it is far better the next day! 

Dinner



Pulled chicken with wedges, Coleslaw (Recipe on the Slimming World website) and salad with my Fiancé's home made BBQ sauce. 

BBQ sauce recipe.

2 onion, peeled and roughly chopped

1 tsp mild chilli powder (or however hot you want it)

475ml oz passata 

6 tbsp artificial 
sweetener

8 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp mustard powder

1 tsp of paprika

salt and freshly ground black pepper. 

Method

spray a pan with fry light and sauté the onion and chilli 

powder over a low heat for 5 minutes until softened.

stir in the remaining ingredients, bring to the boil and simmer

for 10 minutes until thickened. check the seasoning before 

serving hot or cold. 

syn free on both days ready in 20 minutes serves 4 and

freezer friendly.

It is super yum!!!





Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Weigh in T-1 Day!

Almost there!! This time tomorrow I will know if my week of recording everything has actually worked! 

I must admit I'm really nervous! I hear stories all the time of people being 100% on plan and staying the same, or even having a gain! Also, afraid if I do stay the same, or gain I'm going to want to come home and eat everything in sight! 

I know some weeks previously I have been totally off plan and lost, so who knows what's going to happen tomorrow??

Anyways, I digress. My day went like this today.

Breakfast


Wanted to save my HEA for later today, so I had my HEB toast and Marmite this morning,with a banana and a yoghurt.
My toast was without any margarine or butter, not that I don't like it .........because I don't know when to stop with it! I love toast dripping with melted butter!

Lunch

Well Mugshot of the day lol.....Also the most Synful one
Creamy cheese!!! (2.5 Syns) 



I must confess when I was counting my Syns today I forgot this was 2.5 and have been counting it as 1 all day. Good job I'm well under today! (Just goes to show how you can forget what you eat) 

Dinner

Tonight I pretty much winged it!


Loosly based on a Frittata recipe this is what I used.....(this recipe made 2 dishes worth)

12 eggs
5 Tesco Healthy Living cumberland sausage, sliced. (5 Syns)
4 potatoes, peeled and sliced.
Mixed peppers.
1 Onion
1 pack of lean bacon fat removed and chopped
50g of cheese. (10 Syns)
Mushrooms (If you like them)

Really you can put whatever you like in it this is just what I chose

Par boil the sliced potatoes and drain.
Brown the cooked sausages, bacon, onions and peppers.
Whisk the eggs
Add any seasoning you wish. I used chilli powder when cooking the sausages and bacon mix. 

Put it all together (I used 2 dishes 1 with mushrooms, one without) 

Top with the cheese and bake until firm and golden!

Total Syns for the 2 slices I've had 4 

Hadn't had my HEA so had this and it was AMAZEBALLS!!!!!


White choc options and my HEB 2 syns

Total Syns for the day........8.5!!


Monday, 28 January 2013

2 Days til WI

Well Monday is upon us. 

I woke up this morning feeling a bit rubbish :(. Still had to haul my ass out of bed to get to work. 

Breakfast was pretty standard.
Weetabix and a banana.


Lunch I didn't really change a great deal, apart from having my all time favourite Mugshot......Roast chicken (1 Syn)



I have found over the weekend, and today that I'm not eating as much now my stomach must be shrinking. :)

Dinner 

Cottage pie with loooaaaaaaaaads of veg.


There is tonnes of veg in the pie itself, I think I definitely had my Superfree here! 

Recipe

500g Beef Mince
1 Swede
4 Medium potatoes
2 Large Carrots 
1 Onion
Garden peas 
Mixed herbs
Tablespoon of gravy granules
2 Eggs 
Salt and pepper to taste.
Worcester sauce 
250ml Beef stock

Method

Finely chop the swede and potatoes and boil with some salt and pepper until soft.

Chop the carrots and onions and fry with the mince using Frylight
Add some Worcester sauce herbs and stock once the mince is brown sprinkle the granules over the mixture (if too thick add more water)

Put the mix into your casserole dish.

Mash the swede and potatoes together with the 2 eggs and top the mince mixture.

Bake for around 30-35 mins

That's about it!

Then had to have some more cheesecake! Would be rude not to!!


Tracy was right! It does taste better the next day.

Total Syns for the day 9!

Getting a little nervous now about weigh in! :/ 


Sunday, 27 January 2013

The one with the cheesecake recipe

Well here it is guys! The fabled Oreo cheesecake recipe blog!!!!

Before I let you know the recipe I'm going to let you know how my day went!

I didn't really have breakfast today apart from an banana and a yoghurt before I went into town. I wasn't really overly hungry to be honest. 

Lunch was this........



Toast with Marmite (HEB)
Beetroot.....I could seriously live off this stuff! 
Fruit

I still wasn't hungry but I felt I had to eat something to keep my metabolism up.

No Sunday is complete though without one of these



This is where the Syns come in handy!! 

Brisket of beef cooked in stock 
Peas and carrots 
Leeks with HEA cheese on (was super yum!)
Roast tatties cooked in Frylight 
Splash of gravy 1 Syn 
And you can't have a beef dinner without a yorkshire pudding!! 3 Syns

Now it comes to the good part! TA DAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!
Oreo chocolate cheesecake!!!!!!!!

This is what you will need to make this.



 Ingredients

• 375g of Quark (I used low fat soft cheese which is 1 Syn 


per 25g so 13 Syns.)

• 300g of fat free cottage cheese (blended till smooth) 


• 4 eggs 


• 50g sweetner


• 1 tablespoon of cornstarch (cornflour) (1.5 sys)

• 1 tsp of vanilla essence

• 11 Oreo cookies (26 syns) 


I also added a sachet of options to the mix ;)

Method

Preheat oven to 180c or 350f (gas mark 4)


Grease a spring form pan.


Chop 10 Oreo’s into quarters


and roughly line the bottom of the spring form pan with 

the Oreo pieces.

Separate the yolks from the whites of the eggs. 

Scrap the seeds from the vanilla pod and add to a large bowl


 along with the quark, cottage cheese, sugar, egg yolks, 

vanilla extract, little zest from a lemon and the cornstarch.

Whisk until all ingredients are well combined

In another bowl whisk the egg whites until they form soft 


peaks

Fold this into the rest of the mixture.


Pour this on top of the Oreo pieces in the springform pan 


and gently tap the sides, so the mixture is evenly distributed

Place in the oven and bake for approx 35 mins. When

 cooked the cheesecake will be slightly golden around the 

edges. You can gently place a skewer in the centre just to 

make sure the middle is not too wet still.

Leave the cheesecake to cool in the oven with the door 


slightly ajar

Once cooled you can then place in the fridge to chill before


slicing.

Once ready to serve. Get the remaining Oreo cookie and


crush roughly with a knife and sprinkle this on the top.


When I took it out of the oven it didn't look very pretty......until I sliced it up. 




IT WAS AMAZING!!! at 7 Syns a slice it's well worth it!! 


I also had a couple of sweets at hockey....I'll add an extra 2 syns to my day 

Total Syns 13! 

More than I would usually have but I've had a good day!! 

They wouldn't let us have up to 15 a day if it was going to make us bigger! 


Hope you've all had a good weekend guys!! <3




Saturday, 26 January 2013

Super Saturday!

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you've all had a good day! :)

My day has been pretty cool. I've been catching up on some Supernatural and Once upon a time..........Whilst food optimising of course! 

Now I've settled in for the evening and watching Pirates of the Caribbean, and writing this blog.

I posted earlier on my page that I had pancakes, maple syrup and sausages for breakfast. It looked like this..

They look burned here however they tasted lovely! These are what are commonly known in the Slimming World Facebook groups as "Magic pancakes" I think they must call them that because they are completely free! (If using porridge oats as HEB)

Ingredients

HEB worth of porridge oats
Muller light yoghurt. I use vanilla, you can use any flavour you like.
2 eggs 

Method

The night before you make them, combine the Muller and the porridge oats, cover and leave in the fridge overnight.

When you are ready to make them whisk the eggs and stir it into the Muller, porridge mixture. 

Heat a pan and spray with frylight.

Drop a ladle's worth into the pan and cook the pancake through on one side, when you are able to get the turner under it flip it over. This can take a while to get the hang of it but trust me it works.

There you have it! Magic!

With this I had Quorn sausages 1 Syn.
Maple syrup 1 Syn per tablespoon.
Lots of chopped strawberries.

Whole thing......4 Syns (I ate a sausage whilst cooking)


For my lunch I had a big fat tuna salad. 

 It may not look pretty but it was damn tasty! The cottage cheese on top was Tesco Piri Piri cottage cheese, and even better it was completely free!! 

I haven't really snacked at all today because everything was super filling, apart from a Weight Watchers yoghurt.

As for dinner..........This is one of the reasons I love slimming world.


Gammon (though hidden by the eggs), Chips, Carrots and mushy peas. 

Believe it or not peoples this is free! As long as you cut off the fat of the gammon it's happy days!!!

I would have been well within my Syns today if the housemate hadn't have brought this home for me.


Usually I would have this without even thinking about it. Today I checked my Syns. You wouldn't think it but this is 13 Syns! I checked this out with my group leader and he said as long as I've been under Syn allowance all week I'll be fine. It was good too! :)

Total Syns for the day.....17. 



Friday, 25 January 2013

Thank Crunchie it's Friday! (No Crunchies were eaten during the making of this blog)

It's Friday people! By far the best working day of the week! 

Usually I would treat myself to a large bar of chocolate or crisps.....or both! NOT ANYMORE!

Instead, this is my day.

Breakfast

I decided to mix it up a bit today and not have porridge. I still used my Healthy extras though. 


You can't see it but there is actually 2 Weetabix under all that fruit and milk. Following the Slimming World plan you can have 2 as your Healthy extra. I also had my first green tea of the day.

Lunch

Lunch when I'm working doesn't change all that much.
Today's Mugshot of the day was spicy tomato, and it was ACTUALLY spicy! (All those who know me will all know I love me some fiery food!)


It is also looking a bit sparse. The reason for this is that by the end of the week we are running out of fruit. This is why it is helpful to have a supply of fruit on my desk.....Just incase! 

Dinner 

There was a little bit of time before dinner yet again. Today I had a pickled egg and some pickled beetroot. 

Dinner though, was a Slimming World favourite.......



Syn free (beleive it or not) pasta quiche.

Here is how I made it.

Ingredients 

1 packet of broccoli and cheese pasta and sauce (any brand) made up with water.
4 eggs
1 tub of cottage cheese (I used the onion and chive one)
Lean Bacon
Onion

Though you can add anything you like! It's really versatile!

Method

While you are cooking the pasta and sauce..
Blitz the eggs and cottage cheese in the blender.
Chop the bacon and onions into pieces.
Mix the whole lot together! Yes, Its that simple!! 

Put it in the oven at 200 and cook until golden and cooked through in the middle! 

With it I par boiled and roasted some baby potatoes in Frylight and nuked some mixed veg! Et Voilà!

The only thing I have Synned today so far was the garlic mayo i had on top (1 Syn)

This means if I get peckish later I can have a Special K bar or some cracker crisps!! Yay!

Today though I realised that I always drink plenty of fluids at work but when I get home I seem to stop drinking alltogether! 
From today onward I am making sure I have at least 2 pints of sugar free squash in the evening. Lets see how that goes! 

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