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    Smile claire's countdown diary

    hi to you all,

    I joined this site last year in the hope of loosing a few pounds but it didnt last very long so here i am again. Over the last year or so ive tried to convince myself that i havent been putting on weight but now my clothes are more than uncomfortable, ive decided to do something about it. Im only 5"2 and alway have been a very small frame weighing just under 8st (was to thin then) but the wieght has slowly crept on and im now 9st 12. I had a very stressful year in 2012 with lots of personal problems which still arent over. During this time ive turned to comfort eating, takeaways and junk food and not eating 3 square meals. My biggest issue is a total lack of will power so on Monday night i joined slimming worls. My aim is to reach 8 and half stone by June when im attending my friends wedding abroard. I thought id write a diary on here in the hope that some of you can give me some pointers of what im doing right and wrong and to give me a cyber kick up the ass when my will power disapears again. I will be following extra easy so i dont have to make seperate meals for the rest of the family so here goes:

    Tuesday EE

    Breakfast
    2 eggs scrambled, half tin of baked beans
    Lunch
    2 slices of wholemeal bread (HEB), half tin of baked beans, 5xslice of wafer ham.
    Dinner
    stir fry- 1xcarrot, 2xsavoy cabbage leaves,mushrooms,1/2 pepper, 1xsmall onion, 1xsmall red chilli, 1xnest egg noodles, prawns, soy sauce.
    Snacks
    1xbananna, 1x plum, handfull of raspberries, semi skimmed milk with coffee (HEA)
    syns 9 1/2
    tablespoon of Lurpak 5 1/2
    2xcrackbread 2
    philadelphia light garlic and herbs 2



    Wednesday

    Breakfast
    2xweetabix, Semi Skimmed milk (HEA), bananna
    Lunch
    3x crackerbread (3syns), philadelphia light garlic and herbs (4syns), orange and plum
    Dinner
    Home made cottage pie - extra lean mince, carrot, leek,onion,pepper, mushroom, red lentils, mashed sweet and white potato, with cabbage and green beans, bisto gravy (1 1/2 syns)
    Snack
    strawberry mullerlight yogurt.
    syns 8 1/2

    I think my family will enjoy me being on a diet as i will be doing a LOT more home cooking!

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    Thursday EE

    Breakfast
    potato rosti and garlic mushrooms (2syns) -2x very small grated potato, half a grated onion mixed with half an egg and fryed in frylight- fried mushrooms with garlic and herb philadelphia.

    Lunch
    left over cottage pie (last nights tea)

    Dinner
    Beef stew - extra lean stewing steak, potato's,leeks, swede,mushrooms, pepper,parsnips,onion, carrots, red lentils,pearl barley, veg and beef stock cubes, mixed herbs, tablespoon of flour (3.5 syns), tablespoon tomatoe puree, - all thrown in a pan and cooking as i type. Think ive made enough to feed the whole street!

    HEA skimmed milk- will have a milky coffee later
    HEB 1xwholemeal bread -planning on having this with my stew later.

    For someone who doesnt normally eat breakfast my rosti and garlic mushrooms felt quite indulgent but ive been craving a rosti after reading it on someone else diary.

    Im a bit low on syns today but the day isnt over so may well treat myself to some chocolate later .

    I wonder if anyone can help me, is there anywhere on the slimming world website where i can store meal ingredients and work out average syns per serving. For example the stew above has flour in but there is a number of servings.

    Update
    The stew went down a treat with the family (although I think I went overboard with the pearl barley, might measure next time instead of just chuck it in) and I have left overs for lunch. I had pickled red cabbage with it so does that count as another SF or just F food?. Didn't manage both slices of bread so I'm gonna have to edit the HEB. I'm totally stuffed and don't know how I'm going to fit it in tonight. Will it be really bad if I don't have it?

    Syns were a teaspoon of lurpak= 2 and cadburys brunch bar 7.5

    Total syns today = 10 (I've true to figure out the sun for the flour per serving but math wasn't my strong point so give it half).
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    Friday EE

    Breakfast
    2x weetabix (HEB)
    Milk (HEA) rest for brews
    Banana

    Lunch
    3x cracker bread (3 syns)
    Philadelphia garlic and herb ( 2 syns)
    Wafer thin ham

    I couldn't face the left over stew for lunch as I was feeling quite bloated, so now it's in the freezer for a quick meal next week.

    Dinner
    Chinese style pork and egg fried rice
    Pork strips (no fat), 3xtbsp honey ( 7.5 %5 syns), 3xtbsp soya sauce, red chilli, garlic, 5 spice, onions, peppers, mushrooms, spring onions, cornflour ( 2 syns %5)

    Meal served five of us so I need to divide the syns per portion. I wish I could find an easy way of averaging out syns per portion, tonight isn't so difficult but I often cook for 5 and I can see it being a pain trying to figure out syns.

    Snack
    Plum, orange

    Total syns 7.5 ( might have a biscuit later, it is Friday afterall)

    Its only been a couple of days but trying to get into the habit of 3 meals a day is hard when I'm used to one meal and a load of junk food.
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    Hi Clare.. Your food diary sounds brilliant and all those lovely home made meals sound delish.. Having read your first thread.. It's like reading about myself, started off at 9 stone 12 and measuring just 5'2, last year was also a hard year for myself so I gathered myself together and thought this is my year.. I've been doing slimming world for 2 weeks now and have 7 pounds off already, hAvnt really set a goal as of yet but I'd say ill be aiming to lose the same as you. Well done for getting back into it and good luck! :-) xx

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    Hi bumblebee

    Well done on your loss. 7lb in two weeks is great. I hope I manage something near that. Ive just got that dread that im gonna weigh in on monday and gained, im not used to eating so amy meals! Maybe we can give each other motivation and support as we're both roughly the same.

    As for the home cooked meals, my family is loving it as a don't usually cook so much. I've planned the meals throughout the week. I've only managed to do it because I'm not in work at the mo so have more time. I hope when I have to go back to work I can stick to it and not revert back to convenience foods!

    I hope 2013 is a better year for us both. I know I for one need to move forward although I know I've got a couple of hard months in front of me re the personal stuff x
    "I can resist everything except temptation !"

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    I thought exactly the same, wasn't used to eating so much pasta rice and potatoes but somehow it has worked so far.

    Each time I'm making a meal for example spag Bol, stew, lasagne I make extra and freeze it, then have some for a quick lunch rather than grabbing for the convience food. We don't have a terrible amount of weight to lose so slow and steady is prob the best way to lose it for good. I'm in the same position with another few hard months ahead of me no doubt but we've got to think positive :-) and concentrate on ourselves and our future! Keep me updated with how your doing! :-) xx

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    I'm planning on taking it slow bumblebee. I want the weight loss and to keep it off, so it's going to be all about changing my eating habits and mindset, as I just don't feel comfortable in my clothes anymore.
    "I can resist everything except temptation !"

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    Well I'm going to update now because I'm off to friends very shortly. Today isn't going to be a good day. I got up VERY late with a banging headache so missed breakfast! I've been invited to a friends house for drinks, so will be well over my syns today. Hopefully it shouldn't be to bad because I haven't maxed out my syns this week so far.

    breakfast
    Missed, had a long lay in instead

    lunch
    Full English, 2 poached eggs. 2 rashers of bacon (rind removed) mushrooms fried in fry light, beans, 2 be good to yourself cumberland sausages (1syn) potato and onion Rosti.

    Dinner
    Not really hungry yet but going to try and force some fruit down me at least.

    Will be quite a few vodka and diet cokes this evening, so will have to count the syns when I've finished drinking and update tomorrow!

    I've only just realised I've to had any healthy extras today either. Not a great day, back to normal tomorrow and hopefully it won't dent my good work this week to much!
    "I can resist everything except temptation !"

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    Diet: Slimming World
    Height: 5ft6in
    Start Date: March 2010
    Start Weight: 11st7lb
    Current Weight: 8st0lb
    Goal Weight: 8st3lb


    BMI Information:
    Start BMI: 26
    Current BMI: 18.1
    Goal BMI: 18.6


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 3st7lb
    Weight to Lose: -0st3lb
    % Lost 30.43%
    Hi chick, i'm here to subscribe to your diary!

    Like you, I mainly follow Extra Easy as the rest of my family eat the same meals instead of cooking separately, (luckily they prefer SW versions lol)

    I'm not sure theres anywhere on the SW website you can input your ingredients to work out the syns, but that would be a fab idea! I usually just add up the total syns for the meal and then divide by the number of servings.

    Hope you have a lovely night hunni, xxx

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    Hi WinkOfPink, welcome to my diary. I'm finding extra easy is so good for cooking for the whole family. My family are enjoying all the home cooked meals too rather than quick and easy convenience food. They even love the chips rather than the usual oven chips.

    I had a good night last night, I lost count of the vodka (syns) needless to say I'm feeling the effects today! I'm quite proud of myself today as I haven't reached for the usual hangover junk food, although I have been VERY tempted!

    I'm to delicate to cook today so hubby is gonna make a pan of tuna pasta for us all later.

    Sunday
    Breakfast
    2x whole meal toast (HEB) lurpak (4syns) strawberry jam ( 2 syns), mullerlight yoghurt.

    Lunch
    3x cracker bread ( 3syns) Philadelphia garlic and herb (2syns) wafer thin ham.

    Dinner
    Tuna and whole wheat pasta, spring onion, sweet corn, and extra light mayo (will work out the syns of the mayo when dinner is made)

    Total syns 11

    Snack
    Orange
    "I can resist everything except temptation !"

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    Current BMI: 18.1
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    Total Weight Loss: 3st7lb
    Weight to Lose: -0st3lb
    % Lost 30.43%
    That's the main reason why I love SW, although my family don't follow SW, we can all enjoy the same meals and they don't see it as "diet food". Like you say it's home cooked meals, cooking from scratch and prepared the healthy way. We love SW chips too and the SW curries, my dad thinks they taste better than any jar/packet sauce he's used (and he's a hard man to please when it comes to food lol)

    Awww, i'm glad you had a good night hun I feel for you with the hangover, it always makes me reach for the naughty stuff! Lol bless your hubby for cooking dinner for you and well done for resisting the junk food! x x

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    I've had a pretty hectic day today and haven't eaten as much as I should have done. In fact I've missed lunch And had a quick tea of an omelette which isn't good! I need to get back on track tomorrow. It's also the wrong time of the month (not good) and so far I've not reached for the chocolate so I'm quite pleased!

    Monday
    Breakfast
    2xweetabix (HEB)
    Milk (HEA)

    Lunch
    Bananna

    Dinner
    3 egg omelette with onion, pepper, mushrooms, wafer thin ham and 30g low fat cheese ( need to work out the syns)

    Snack
    Muller light yogurt, orange

    1st weigh in today and I've lost 3 1/2 lbs woo hoo!

    Back on track tomorrow, I need to get some shopping in and plan the meals for the week. So far I'm have in mind, turkey curry, chicken and chickpea casserole, lasagne, beef stew and cottage pie.
    "I can resist everything except temptation !"

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    Monday EE

    BREAKFAST
    muller light yogurt and banana

    LUNCH
    left over stew from last week that I'd frozen

    DINNER
    Syn free turkey curry ( pinched the recipe from this site) and brown basmati rice
    2 onion bahji's (pinched the recipe from this site) 3 syns
    Poppadom 2 syns

    Snacks
    Bananna, apple , orange

    Total syns 5

    HEA milk used in coffee
    HEB 2x whole meal bread

    Well I haven't moved out of the today because I couldn't face going out to the snow. I did give myself a kick up the arse though and forced myself to do 30 mins exercise and well as walk up and down stairs 10 times. Since I've not been in work I'm getting stuck in a rutt watching crappy daytime tv, which doesn't help with the weight gain or loss for that matter. Walking up and down stairs 10 times on the trot isn't as easy as it sounds, especially for an unfit smoker! I need to give up smoking! This will be my next goal following my weight loss!

    I absolutely love this site and I'm getting more and more addicted. I love the inspiration for recipes. The syn free curry went down a treat with the whole family and so did the homemade onion bahji's. I never thought I'd be able to make anything like that.

    The time of the month munchies are kicking in today and I'm feeling hungry. I've not had my HEB yet so I think I'll use it for some toast later. I'm craving something sweet too but I'm trying to avoid chocolate and hoping to go for the fruit. I think I will succumb though, I'm not to bothered as I've got plenty of syns left for today.
    "I can resist everything except temptation !"

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    Update from Monday and today as I forgot to count the syns.

    Monday
    30g be good to yourself cheese (4syns)
    Cadburys brunch bar (7.5 syns)
    Total syns 11.5

    TUESDAY
    lurpak spreadable (3 syns)
    "I can resist everything except temptation !"

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    I've just noticed that I've titled today's menu as Monday! Just goes to show my days are rolling into one at the mo, must be loosing my marbles ha ha !
    "I can resist everything except temptation !"

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