How I did this week…

No video this week, as I’m busy, busy, busy, but here’s my update.

I had a pretty darned good week – I’d say I was about 95% on-plan and I got a lot of activity in with the kids, but I’m definitely feeling hormonal and bloated at the moment, so I wasn’t surprised to step on the scales and find I’d gained half a pound. Ah well, it happens, right?

I won’t be weighing in next week, as I’m away – off to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the day, so there’ll be plenty of walking involved from venue to venue, as we’ll take in four or five different shows all in one day – exhausting, but amazing! I won’t be in complete control of the food that day, but I’ll make the most sensible choices I can, and the food I take with me will all be on-plan too.

Also off to Aberdeen for a few days to visit family. Again, I won’t have complete control over all the food, but I’ll do the best I can and I’m taking some food with me to help with that situation!

And to finish off, my consultant, Andy, was asking for before and after pics to promote the group. Now, I still have quite a way to go, but I thought I’d dig out some before pics and post some “in progress” ones to compare and show how far I’ve come. The difference is quite obvious, I think!

And a very last extra bit, I thought I’d share some pics of the beautiful place I hiked to with the kids this week – we were out nearly all day, walking to this beautiful little spot, and having a picnic (all on plan!). We’ll definitely go again, because it was stunning and so peaceful!



How I did this week…

This week was Woman of the Year awards at group, so we had a delicious taster session – always a winner! Here’s how I did this week:

I’ve also been keeping my hands busy, making stuff to keep my kids busy on car journeys, so you can see my little show and tell video here:

And if you’re after the recipe for the deliciously creamy yet syn-free lemon pudding I made for the taster session today, you can find it on my blog right HERE.

How I’ve done after a few weeks away from group

I don’t have a food diary for you this time, but I do have a little update video. I’ve missed weighing in for a couple of weeks, due to a medical issue, but I’m getting back on track again now…

And for anyone who wants to see, here’s the Edwardian-style portrait photograph we had taken at Beamish this week. I love getting all dressed up in period costume. That’s me at the back in the middle, my Mum is the blonde lady who is holding the lorgnettes, and her friend Karen (from Missouri) is the other lady, And those are my adorable sons sitting in front. Hubby was working, so he didn’t make it this time round…

What I ate this week…

It was a taster session in group this week, and I forgot to take stuff along (my brain has been AWOL this week – too much to remember with appointments left, right, and centre!), but everything that other people brought was gorgeous, as usual!

I seem to have had a bit of a thing for curry and salmon this week…

HEA: 350mls skimmed milk
HEB: 2 x HiFi Light bars

BREAKFAST: Lemon and lime curd with raspberries
Lemon and lime juice and zest, raspberries (S), eggs, quark (P)
LUNCH: Chickpea and chorizo soup
SW chorizo style sausages, chickpeas (P), onion, garlic, passata, red pepper (S), stock, herbs and spices (F)
DINNER: SW Chicken Tikka Masala (SP), with Batchellors chicken rice (F), and added veg – mushrooms, courgette, onion (S)
2 x HiFi Light bars (B)
Crisps (6.5), lollipop (1.5), chocolate rice cake (4), Options mint hot chocolate (1.5)

I remembered to take breakfast along to group with me, had leftover soup from the batch I made yesterday for lunch, and had a quick dinner after going to do the grocery shopping.

HEA: 350mls skimmed milk
HEB: 2 HiFi Light bars

BREAKFAST: 2 HiFi bars
LUNCH: Chickpea and chorizo soup
SW chorizo style sausages, chickpeas (P), onion, garlic, passata, red pepper (S), stock, herbs and spices (F)
DINNER: Teriyaki salmon with stir fried veg
Salmon (P), soy sauce, sweetener (F), carrot, onion, garlic, pepper, baby corn, mushrooms, courgette (S)
TREAT: Birdseye home bake sausage roll (14.5)

The last of the soup for lunch. The teriyaki salmon is a quick and easy dish I love doing, I just pop the chunks of salmon in a pan with the soy sauce and a little sweetner (or you can use honey, and syn it), and cook the salmon right there in the mixture till it thickens then I pop it in the wok with the veg I’ve started stir frying to finish off. It’s quick, simple, and very, very tasty!

HEA: 300mls Alpro coconut and 175mls skimmed milk
HEB: 40g oats

BREAKFAST: Porridge (B and part A) with strawberries (S)
LUNCH: Mince and veg
<5% far beef mince, peas (P), potatoes, Oxo (F), onion, mushrooms, carrots, baby corn, sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower (S), 2 x Asda Smart Price Yorkshire puddings (4)
DINNER: Salad with tuna
Tuna (P), mixed salad, radish, cucumber, beetroot, apple (S)
TREATS: Sausage roll (14.5)

I forgot till after I’d eaten the sausage roll that is already used 4 syns at lunchtime! Ah well, it happens sometimes, I guess.

HEA: 300mls Alpro coconut milk & 175mls skimmed milk
HEB: 40g oats

BREAKFAST: Porridge (B & part A) with raspberries (S)
LUNCH: Poached eggs, bacon (P), asparagus (S)
DINNER: Chicken curry with rice
Chicken, chickpeas (P), passata, onion, garlic, BNS, mushrooms, courgette (S), golden rice (F)
Frisps (8), Peperami (4), Options Belgian chocolate hot choc (2)

I love how asparagus works with eggs – so lovely! And I’ve kinda been in a curry mood this weekend. This one was home made a while back, and portioned up for the freezer.

HEA: 350mls skimmed milk
HEB: 2 x HiGi Light bars

BREAKFAST: Lemon curd with passion fruit
Lemon juice and zest, passion fruit (P), eggs, quark (P), sweetener (F)
LUNCH: Sushi
Tuna (P), rice, ginger, soy sauce (F), cucuber (S), nori (0.5)
DINNER: Coated salmon with veg:
Salmon (P), smash, potatoes, spices, Frylight (F), carrot, asparagus, baby corn, sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli (S), 1 tbsp honey (2.5syns), butter bud (0.5)
Crisps (6), lolipop (1.5), Options mint hot choc (1.5), nori (0.5) 2 x HiFi Light bars (B)

I forgot to take a pic of my sushi at lunch time, so I used an old pic. I LOVE making my own sushi – it’s so easy to make, especially as I have a shushi bazooka and a rolling mat – LOL! The salmon at dinner was dipped in beaten egg, then in a mixture of Smash, herbs, and spices ( then dipped it back in the egg and back in the Smash mix a second time to properly coat it), then I popped it in a little baking dish, spritzed it with a little FryLight, and baked it till it was golden. The coating was deliciously crisp and tasty! Technically, it’s a tweak to use Smash this way, but as it’s a one in a while thing, and the amount used was so small, I don’t assign syns to it.

A: 20g reduced fat cheese and 185mls skimmed milk
HEB: 2 x HiFiLight bars

BREAKFAST: Lemon curd and raspberries
Lemon zest and juice, raspberries (S), quark, eggs (P), sweetener (F)
LUNCH: Chickpea and chorizo soup
Onion, garlic, red pepper, passata (S), chickpeas, SW chorizo style sausages (P), stock, herbs, spices (F)
SW burgers (P), honey glazed roast carrots (S/2.5), courgette, onion, mushrooms, leeks (S), potatoes, herbs, spices (F), quark, egg (P), cheese and milk (part A)
TREATS: 2 x HiGi light bars (B), Yoghurt (F), Peperami (4), Crisps (6), Options hot choc (1.5)

The potatoes at dinner were tasty, but I didn’t leave them in quite long enough for my taste – I think next time I’ll par-boil them before baking! Dead easy though – mix the quark with a beaten egg, a little milk (from HEA choice), and some seasonings according to your preferences, then layer up with the thinly sliced potatoes and leeks, and top with a little cheese (from HEA choice) and whack in the oven till the potatoes are tender and the cheese is golden. I shared mine with my eldest kid, who loved it, even if I thought the potatoes were still a little firm.

I forgot to post my Thursday menu on the group and now I can’t find the photos (I must have accidentally deleted them), and I can’t remember what I did 5 minutes ago, never mind what I ate on Thursday. It was definitely on-plan though, I promise!


What I ate this week…

As posting my food log worked so well for me last week, I thought I’d do the same again this week to see if I could get another great result…

OMGs I look totally insane in the still that YouTube chose for this. I tried to change it to another thumbnail but it won’t let me – LOL!

And for those who are interested, here’s what I ate this week…

HEA: 350mls skimmed milk
HEB: 2 x HiFi Light bars

BREAKFAST: 1 HiFi Light bar (half B)
LUNCH: Batchelors Cheese and Leek Pasta n Sauce (1), made with milk (part A) and a butter bud (0.5), with added onion, mushroom, cauliflower, and broccoli (S)
SNACK: HiFi Light bar (half B)
DINNER: Chicken Jalfrezi (F), with rice (F), and added onion, mushrooms, and courgette (S)
TREAT: 3 Kallo dark chocolate rice cakes (12)

I forgot to take breakfast with me to group, so I grabbed a HiFi Light bar to tide me over till lunch time. We do all our grocery shopping on Friday afternoon, so we did a load of walking all around the various shops we visit to get our supplies.

HEA: 175mls skimmed milk & 32g reduced fat feta
HEB: 2 x HiFi Light bars

BREAKFAST: Yoghurt (F) and passion fruit (S)
LUNCH: Pearl barley (F), reduced fat feta (part A), cucumber, strawberries (S)
DINNER: Pulled pork and veg
Pork loin (P), herbs and spices, potatoes (F), onion, carrot, broccoli, cauliflower (S), butter bud (0.5)
TREATS: Dinky Donut (3), 2 x HiFi Light bars (HEB)

We were at a music festival down at the beach from lunchtime onwards (so we took a picnic lunch), and went for a HUGE long walk along the beach, then back into town afterwards. The little’uns were a bit tired after all that walking, so we hopped on the bus to get home. I wasn’t sure of the syns for the Dinky Donut, as I couldn’t find it on the app. I estimated it, but then decided to lay off syns for the rest of the day, just in case I was wrong!

HEA: 230mls skimmed milk & 1 Babybel Light
HEB: 60g wholemeal bread bun

BREAKFAST: Poached eggs, bacon medallions (P), griddled asparagus (S)
LUNCH: Wholemeal bun (B), pulled pork and onions (SP), carrot sticks (S), 1tbsp reduced fat houmous (2), Babybel Light (part A), strawberries (S)
DINNER: 2 x SW Italian style sausages, egg (P), potatoes (F), onion, courgette, mushrooms, pepper (S)
TREATS: 17 x Mikado sticks (8.5), Options mint hot chocolate (1.5)

Today we went to Woodhorn Museum, and took a picnic lunch with us again. Afterwards, we took a walk from the museum along the side of the lake to QEII Country Park, and back again. There’s a little steam train that runs between the two, but we thought it would be nice to walk for a change. There were loads of different kinds of butterflies and hundreds of dazzling blue dragonflies!

HEA: 230mls skimmed milk and 1 x Babybel Light
HEB: 2 x HiFi Light bars

BREAKFAST: 2 x HiFi Light bars (B)
LUNCH: Pulled pork and salad
Pork (P), onion, mixed salad, cucumber, beetroot, radish (S)
DINNER: Cajun salmon and veg
Salmon (P), potatoes, Cajun spice (F), carrots, baby corn, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts (S), Butter Bud (0.5)
TREATS:  Sunbites sweet and salt popcorn (3), Peperami (4), Mint Options hot chocolate (1.5), lolipop (1.5), Babybel Light (part A)

The kids were back at school today, and I had an appointment in the morning, so it was all a mad rush (I should have set up some overnight oats last night!). Also had my Mum adjusting a dress for me to wear at my gig this coming weekend – it needed darts put in to make it fit properly on the top half. Now it looks awesome and I’m really looking forward to wearing it – it’s 50s style, and I have big net underskirts to wear with it.

HEA: 200mls Alpro coconut; 115mls skimmed milk; and
13g reduced fat cheddar
HEB: 30g chia seeds

BREAKFAST: Chocolate chia with raspberries
30g chia seeds (B), 200mls Alpro coconut (part A), 2tsp cocoa powder (2), vanilla essence (F), raspberries (S)
LUNCH: Mixed salad, beetroot, apple, radish (S), tuna (P)
DINNER: Meatballs and pasta
<5% fat beef mince (P), onion, garlic, passata, peppers, courgette, mushrooms (S), pasta, herbs and spices (F), 13g reduced fat cheddar (part A)
TREATS: Crisps (6.5), Peperami (4), lollipop (1.5)

I prepped breakfast the night before – it’s so easy to mix up the ingredients and just leave them in the fridge overnight, and if, like me, you’re a chocolate addict, you’ll love chocolate chia! It’s made exactly the same way as vanilla chia, but you pop a couple of teaspoons of cocoa powder in too. I also doubled up on the milk element, as I was using my HEA choice and wanted that coconut hit. As for my homemade meatballs, well, they always go down well, and I made enough to have a portion to have another time.

HEA: 115mls skimmed milk, 200mls Alpro coconut milk,
1 Babybel Light
HEB1: 40g <5% sugar pat Cheerios
HEB2: 2 x HiFi Light bars

BREAKFAST: Cheerios (B1), Alpro coconut milk (part A), Options mint hot chocolate (1.5)
LUNCH: Ham and pease pudding roll ups (P), beetroot, Apple, carrot sticks (S), 2 tbsp reduced fat houmous (4)
DINNER: Meatballs and butternut squash noodles
<5% fat beef mince (P), onion, garlic, passata, peppers, courgette, mushrooms, butternut squash (S), herbs and spices (F), 1 x Babybel Light (part A)

TREATS: 2 HiFi Light bars (B2)

I had leftover meatballs in sauce from yesterday, but with “boodles” (spiralized butternut squash), which I steamed for a few minutes, and then stir fried. The <5% sugar Oat Cheerios are awesome – you get 40g of them as a HEB (you only get 25g of the regular kind!). I love having them with Alpro coconut milk – it adds a lovely flavour. I would usually have added some fruit to the top, but I discovered, just before serving, that the strawberries I’d planned on having had gone fuzzy, so I had to do without!

HEA: 175mls skimmed milk and 300mls Alpro coconut milk
HEB1: 60g whomemeal bread roll
HEB2: 2 x HiFi Light bars

BREAKFAST: Lemon and lime curd with raspberries
Quark, eggs (P), zest and juice of lemon and lime, raspberries (S), sweetener (F)
LUNCH: Chickpea and chorizo soup with ham and pease pudding sandwich
Onion, garlic, pepper, passata (S), chickpeas, Slimming World chorizo style sausages, ham, pease pudding (P), stock cube, herbs, spices (F), 60g wholemeal bread roll (B1)
DINNER: Cajun salmon and BNS chips
Salmon (P), butternut squash (S), spices, FryLight (F)
Options salted caramel hot chocolate (1.5), 2 x Kallo dark chocolate rice cakes (8), 2 x HiFi Light bars (B2)

Had to throw dinner together quickly today, as I went to get my hair done in the afternoon, and only had a small window of time to cook and eat before I had to head out to rehearsal, so I just grabbed a salmon fillet and chopped up some butternut squash, chucked some Cajun spices on them both, and bunged them in the oven to cook while I got ready to go. Quick, but super tasty!

Chocolate Macaroon is coming back!!!

Look what’s coming back! For a limited period from 24th July, my favourite Chocolate Macaroon HiFi Light bars are coming back! I can hardly wait – these are a great fix for those of us who love Bounty Bars, as they’re only 3 syns each or you can have two of them as your Healthy B choice. Delicious!!!

Please note, I am NOT a Slimming World consultant, and this is not a commercial advert – I am not paid or compensated in any way for mentioning these bars, I just happen to love them and am REALLY excited that they’re coming back, even for a limited period, and thought others might be too!

If anyone would like me to mention stuff on their behalf, feel free to contact me and make me an offer, but I will always give my honest opinion, good, bad, or indifferent, of any products I mention on my blog.