Beccy's 100% for Lent Diary
Monday 10th March - 10.5 syns Total
Okay - so strictly NOT for the whole of Lent as I only decided on adding this to my Lent alcohol-free commitment this morning. But, better late than never eh!
a) Soya Milk
b) All Bran
2 eggs; apple; banana; green beans; home made chilli (mince / tomatoes / peppers / Mushrooms / Kidney beans / spices); small amount wholemeal pasta; strawberries; Activia 0% Vanilla
Evaporated milk = 4
Plain digestive = 3.5
Half fat cheddar = 3
Total = 10.5
Meals planned for the week:
Breakfasts = boiled eggs or prawn ommlette followed by a piece of fruit
Lunches = All Bran with soya milk and chopped up fruit
Dinner = Sir Fry Veg, lean meat and noodles (Tue and Thur) / Lamb leg steak with roast parsnips & potatoes, string beans, broccolli & gravy (Wed) / Chicken and veg curry with rice
Saturday evening and Sunday lunchtime I'm going to be eating out so I'm going to spend some time studying the menus for the places I'm going so I can make good choices....
Mushroom & Tomato Linguine or Nicoise Salad http://media.freeola.com/other/21646...menujuly13.pdf
I think the roast dinner is the only viable option here for Sunday lunchtime.... Sunday Menu - Menu - The Fox, Aspenden
Last edited by Lucky7 : 15th March, 2014 at 06:40 AM
Tuesday 11 March Food Diary 12.5 syns Total
Today 'pretty much' went to plan. I would have preferred NOT to get carried away / caught at a weak moment with the digestive biscuits, but at least I stopped at two (phew). It just means that I can't have my Fab lolly that's waiting for me in the freezer for supper / dessert. No biggie though as I have strawberries and vanilla yogurt which is syn free and delicious anyway.
I'm feeling fine about the weekend and no alcohol this time (last week I approached it with trepidation). The main problem THIS weekend will be the fact that I'm eating out on Saturday (with my dad and his family), and again on Sunday (with Pauls mum and dad) so will need to be making some wise food choices.
Breakfast = Prawn omelette and a cup of tea followed by an apple and a coffee with whitener 2 syns
Break time Snack = Clementine & a cup of tea.
Lunch = All Bran with soya milk and chopped up banana with a cup of tea and half a bakewell slice 3.5 syns
After school stress nibbles = 2 digestive biscuits 7 syns
Exercise = Body Combat Class (45 minutes high intensity)
Dinner = Sir Fry Veg, lean meat and buckwheat noodles
Supper = Strawberries & vanilla Activia 0%
Last edited by Lucky7 : 15th March, 2014 at 06:41 AM
Wednesday 12th March - 8.5 syns total
Now, Wednesdays are not my favourite day at work, and being in 6th Form there are always temptations (such as those sodding digestive biscuits) calling to me. I am hoping that by filling in my intended food diary for the day before going to work will help my little stubborn streak kick in and I'll stick to it, so...this is the plan.
Breakfast = Prawn omelette and a cup of tea followed by a large clementine and a coffee with whitener 2 syns
Break time Snack = apple & a cup of tea (NO BISCUITS )
Lunch = All Bran with soya milk and chopped up banana with a cup of tea and Activia Cherry 0% (NO BISCUITS)
and ate a little bit of pasta, spinach, chicken and broccoli from the dinner trolley
After school stress nibbles = Other half of banana from yesterday (or nothing!!)
Had a plum and a few grapes when arrived home
Exercise = Body Conditioning Class (45 minutes high intensity)
Dinner = Lamb leg steak (fat removed); roast potato & parsnip; runner beans; broccoli; gravy 2 synsand 2 yorkshire puddings = 3 syns
Supper = Strawberries & vanilla Activia 0%
Mini Milk Lolly 1.5 syns
I know that gravy & coffee whitener isn't enough syns, and (presuming I stick to my plan) I'll enjoy choosing something to have in the evening with the syns that I haven't wasted on nibbling a few digestive biscuits at work on the go without even taking the time to enjoy them!!
Okay... back from school and just about to get changed for gym. So far so good. One of the TAs brought in mini donuts and I RESISTED!! Yay!! I did eat a little bit of pasta with spinach and chicken and some broccoli as it was going to be thrown away but only a little bit and that's free food anyway, so no harm done. Stopped at Tesco to replenish fruit supplies and got some frozen yorkshires seeing as I have syns to play with and am doing roast tonight. Looking forward to a couple of those on my dinner (31 syns each so 3 syns for 2 of them).
Waiting for dinner to cook and just snacked on some seafood sticks. They were bloody horrible (Tesco ones - usually buy Asda ones) so had to have a clementine to make my mouth feel better. Dinner not ready for A G E S and am starving after my class.
I've decided to have a Mini Milk lolly for pudding. This adds my total syns for the day to 8.5 syns Total
Last edited by Lucky7 : 15th March, 2014 at 06:41 AM
Thursday 13th March Diary - Total 12 Syns
Double English with top 6th form group (remember though, this is a special school so operating at top end of primary's average kids), playground duty with KS4, then paperwork. Ughh. No, Thursdays are okay I suppose. Just that paperwork is so frustrating. I must make a to do list and work though it rather than randomly flitting from one crap job to another though. Might take my headphones in so I can't hear when people try to distract me!!
Note to self: Buy frylight and deoderent
Breakfast = Prawn omelette and a cup of tea followed by a large clementine, a plum and a coffee with whitener 2 syns
Break time Snack = Apple & a cup of black tea
Lunch = All Bran with soya milk and chopped up banana with a cup of tea and Activia Cherry 0%
Dessert = Half of a piece of choc sponge = 5 syns
After school stress nibbles = None
Exercise = 30 mins jog (Elizabeth Way / Chesterton / Newmarket Rd) - GORGEOUS sunset
Dinner = Lamb and veg stir fry with some buckwheat noodles.
Supper = Cadburys Caramel Bunny 5 syns
WHAT a day!! One pupil kicked off about 9.05 and still throwing himself at the floor and bawling by 10.15, scaring all the others in his class (well, most). I managed to keep a cool head and managed the situation as best I could, but I was worn out by morning break! Phew.
I did eat a small piece of chocolate sponge (the dry sort with a nice crispy top that's supposed to be served with chocolate sauce. Compared it as closely as possible to branded similar products and synned it as 5. It was worth it!
Last edited by Lucky7 : 13th March, 2014 at 08:35 PM
Friday 14th March - Total 13.5 syns
Not sure if I'm being a little controlling filling my intended food diary for Friday in on Thursday evening, but I don't want to give myself any excuses for faffing in the morning as I need to get into work and sorted so that I don't need to hand about too long after school on Friday. I've cooked myself a pasta packed lunch (more than half of which consists of tenderstem broccoli) which looks and smells pretty good. Speaking of controlling, while I was in Asda I bought two syn free bottles of squash as a present for the landlord of my local pub, so that I can buy syn free strawberry, kiwi and soda, or syn free pink grapefruit and soda instead of having to waste syns on lime cordial. (Why don't pubs ever have low sugar squash??!!) Hopefully he won't mind too much I'll pop in and ask him on Saturday afternoon before I go to meet my dad for dinner. I'm eating out on Saturday AND Sunday and am feeling a little dismayed about it after looking at the menus. If anyone fancies having a look and offering suggestions I'd appreciate it...
Saturday here.... http://media.freeola.com/other/21646...menujuly13.pdf
Sunday here... Sunday Menu - Menu - The Fox, Aspenden
Anyway... back to Friday's control-freak-food diary in advance...
Breakfast = Prawn omelette and a cup of tea followed by an apple and some grapes and a mocha 1 syn
Break time Snack (at the golf club cafe)= Small latte (HExA) with a banana and a snack sized choc Geo bar 3 syns
Lunch = Pasta with broccoli and salmon with lemon and dill sauce, 1 syn, a plum, Activia Cherry 0%. Sugar free Ginger Beer
After school stress nibbles = Strawberries
Exercise = Rest day
Dinner = Chicken and veg curry with some wholegrain rice 1.5 syns for curry paste (using half a jar for 3 servings so 30g of Asda Balti paste each)
Supper = Cheese (HexB) & Pickled onion with cucumber & cherry tomatoes.
Nestle Mini Smarties Chick 7 syns
Last edited by Lucky7 : 15th March, 2014 at 06:38 AM
Saturday 15th March - Total 12.5 syns
7am: Will fill out my diary as far as have planned today. On a work day when am having my evening meal indoors I can do this easily down to quite small details, but today I'm feeling less certain of things...
Breakfast = Prawn omelette and a cup of tea followed by a banana and a mocha coffee 1 syn
Exercise: 45 minutes aerobic toning class
Snack: Plum & a sugar free jelly half a syn
Lunch: Homemade syn free Lentil & Veg Soup
Pub drinks:Going to take my sugar-free squash along that I (very generously lol) bought to give the landlord of my pub. Hopefully I will be able to buy more interesting flavours of something-and-soda that are syn free this weekend! Elsewhere it'll be diet coke or water. Also had a latte in the pub (HExA)
Pub food: (Starter) Parma ham (3 syns) salad, and balsamic glaze (checked and it was a home made balsamic reduction) with some cheese shavings (HExB)
Tea: Some more veg and lentil soup and some little Salty Kipper Patties (made with potato, tinned kipper & seasoning) & salad
Synful treat: Milkybar Bunny 8 synsI shall update on how things are going later. Wish me luck!!
Ok - I've updated my food diary and am amazed how easy it was in the end. I did take some low syn dressing with me in my handbag, but the landlord assured me that they make their own balsamic glaze by just doing a balsamic reduction with nothing added. As it was only a starter it wasn't massively filling, but I'd had veg and lentil soup and fruit for lunch so I wasn't starving.
The main problem with not drinking is that when other people ARE drinking, and get to about pint number ten or more, they start getting a bit irritating. Oh well, still no reason to join the ranks as one of the drunk unreasonable people, which no doubt I would have done myself if I'd been on the juice.
Time for bed soon. Night night x
Last edited by Lucky7 : 15th March, 2014 at 10:10 PM
Ooo - maybe this would be okay for my pub dinner. (Its on the menu as a starter, but will probably be fine anyway)...
Parma ham salad £4.95 : Parma ham with baby gem lettuce, broad beans, pea shoots & a balsamic reduction
So, I know that Parma Ham is 0.5 syns per slice.
Lettuce, beans and pea shoots syn free.
I've looked at lots of recipes for making a Balsamic reduction and it seems to be just balsamic vinegar and herbs and garlic. Certainly no oil seen in any of them. HOWEVER, if they use a standard Balsamic Dressing (which as they're a chips-with-everything pub, they probably will) then that's 3 syns per tablespoon, so think I'll syn it as that to be on the safe side, especially as I'm eating out again tomorrow! Maybe I'll ask them to put the dressing on the side so I can put it on myself (and maybe sneak in my own low syn version lol)
I think I'm becoming a control freak!!
Last edited by Lucky7 : 15th March, 2014 at 07:17 AM
Sunday 16th March - Total 14 syns
10am: Will fill out my diary as far as have planned today. Another day of eating out at lunchtime, so feeling a little less certain of things than a weekday...
Breakfast = 2 Boiled eggs, some grapes and a mocha coffee 1 syn Exercise: 55 minute jog / run
Snack: Strawberries and half a pot of vanilla Activia 0%
Pub Lunch: Chicken, cabbage, carrots, mange tout, roast potatoes (HEx B tweak for oil), Yorkshire Pud 4 syns, stuffing ball 3 syns, gravy 2 syns
Drinks: Diet coke; black coffee with sweetener; sugar free squash
Dinner: Salmon and Cod in parsley sauce 1 syn with cauliflower and broccoli and cheese sauce 3 syns baked with HExA of cheese on top
Evening Snacking: Melon or Pineapple
I shall update this diary later today when I know how lunch went!....
Lunch was good - I did do a 'tweak', but as I'd have done today as a flexi-day if it wasn't Lent I didn't that was toooo bad. The roast wasn't big, but there was LOADS of veg (and I stole some from other half as a swap for some of my roast potatoes and stuffing).
Have just made a recipe up as I went along involving broccoli, cauliflower, a small tin of salmon and 2 portions of cod in sauce and some whole meal pasta, along with some instant cheese sauce that I'd forgotten all about. The sauce is 54 kcal per portion (125 ml) which I think is pretty good as it's so tasty. I added some garlic and black pepper as well. Mixed it all up and put HExA of cheese on top and it's browning in the oven as I type. I reckon it's going to be pretty tasty. Strawberries and yogurt for pudding if I need it afterwards.
SOOOO. It's the end of my second weekend without alcohol. I've been free from arguments; humiliation; being an stroppy mare; spending a fortune; missing planned exercise; the house being a tip by the end of the weekend; drunken unintended take-away meals; and spending all my time in the pub. I've read more; walked more; listened more; smiled more; stuck to plan more; and felt better in the mornings. I still didn't get my school planning all finished as I've still been surprisingly sociable. WIN WIN!!
Last edited by Lucky7 : 16th March, 2014 at 07:52 PM
OMG - this was delicious. Real comfort food (not that I needed comforting today). Must do this again (but have as 3 portions with side salad or more veg next time as it was quite rich...
Broccoli and cauliflower, lightly steamed
Small tin of salmon
2 portions of cod (could be in sauce, but not sure that's actually necessary)
Whole meal pasta boiled to al dente (I used two handfuls of dry pasta twirls)
250ml instant cheese sauce 6 syns altogether
Salt & Black pepper as well.
Mixed it all up and put 2 or 3 HExA of cheese on top (depending on number it's serving)
Brown in the oven
Last edited by Lucky7 : 17th March, 2014 at 06:14 AM
Monday 17th March Total 12 syns Green Day
Just been sitting here trying to think if there's anything that's going to make this week tricky, and NO there isn't. No meals out, no weird days at school, nothing. Excellent
7.45pm - Changed my mind about dinner, Changed to it being a green day for ease as had to do shopping...
Breakfast: 2 egg omelette and an apple. Redbush tea black and a mocha coffee 1 syn
Snack: Apple and a Yeo Bar 3 syns
Lunch: Bran Flakes HEx B, Banana, soya milk HEx A, Activia 0%, black tea
Exercise: 40 mins walk / run
Dinner: Jacket potato, baked beans, cheese HExA & B, 4 Asda Meat free Balls (yuk) 1 syn
Snack: Quark mixed with options white choc 2 syns with strawberries
Supper / Treat: Caramel Bunny 5 syns
This is the plan anyway - obviously, it could change slightly. Will update later
Last edited by Lucky7 : 17th March, 2014 at 07:50 PM
Tuesday 18th March Total 10 syns Back to Extra Easy
So, on Friday Tina is coming over to watch the film of the book that we were supposed to be reading for book group. I've said I'll cook some spag bol. She says she can't watch a film without popcorn. Not sure I'm fussed about popcorn. Deffo want some Asda Sugar Free Cream Soda, which she'll bring. I might just stick to grapes for my snacking, as probably will already have used 3 syns on a Geo cereal bar while out for 6th Form Leisure. Not going to risk Tesco again with a certain young lady in tow so taking own snack and some food for the ducks and swans and have snack down at the Maltings will be a better idea I think.
Breakfast: 2 egg omelette and grapes. Redbush tea black and a mocha coffee 1 syn
Snack: Apple and black tea
Lunch: Bran Flakes HEx B, Banana, soya milk HEx A, Activia 0%, black tea, fresh pineapple chunks
Exercise: 45 mins Body Combat
Dinner: Stir fry veg, lean lamb pieces and wholemeal noodles with garlic, soy sauce, chilli, and ginger
Supper / Treat: Crunchie Bar 9 syns
All seemed quite easy today. I think I'm getting better at resisting temptation at work and at home.
Last edited by Lucky7 : 21st March, 2014 at 10:41 PM
Wednesday 19th March Total 10 syns Green Day
Hmmm - not 100% sure what to do for tea tonight. Had planned chilli, but I didn't cook it on Monday as planned when I defrosted the mince, and suspect that it may now be past it's use-by. I have lots of peppers, onions and mushrooms so could do a vegetarian one I suppose and a green day. Hmmm,
OH!! Yes, the other thing I was going to note, was that the microwave in 6th Form has been mended, so I could start taking soup in again! Or some veggie dishes high in free food would be good. Might make some (could make extra chilli tonight and have it for Thur and Fri lunch for a start off!! )
Breakfast: 2 egg omelette with shrimps (HEx B) and an apple. Redbush tea black and a mocha coffee 1 syn
Snack: Pineapple and black tea
Lunch: Bran Flakes HEx B, soya milk HEx A, Activia 0%, Sugar Free Iron Bru, and an apple (resisted left-over crumble!!)
Exercise: 45 mins high intensity aerobics
Snack: Walkers Pops 4 syns
Dinner: Melon for starter (i.e. while dinner cooking!!) Vegetable and bean chilli with wholegrain rice
Supper / Treat: 2 Finger Kit Kat (Cookies & Cream) 5 syns
A good day - might have been tempted to have some of the left-over Crumble and custard in 6th form, but was saved from even having to think about it by the timely arrival of an extra-keen student who wanted to do some extra work on her Creative Art project with me for the second half of the lunch hour (eager beaver!!) so I stuck to my planned no-syn daytime.
Stuck to ten syns today and am wondering if this is what I should aim for, at least Monday to Thursday.
Last edited by Lucky7 : 19th March, 2014 at 08:39 PM
Thursday 20th March Total 10.5 syns EE Day
Not a bad day. Even if it was the start of my star week (hence the tick next to the date, etc.) Thought that would be the best emoticon to use as it was the most simple. Shame there wasn't a star, but hey ho.
Breakfast: 2 egg omelette with prawns and an apple. Redbush tea black and a mocha coffee 1 syn
Snack: Apple, Banana and Sugar Free Iron Bru (on play duty - booooooo!!)
Lunch: Vegetable and bean chilli with wholegrain rice, Activia 0%, Black Tea, and some fresh pineapple
Snack: Walkers Pops 4 syns
Exercise: 30 mins metafit class (REALLY intense - it was horribly painful, but so lovely when it stopped )
Dinner: Stir fry veg, lean beef pieces and wholemeal noodles with garlic, soy sauce, chilli, and ginger
Dessert: Fat Free Greek Style Yogurt 0.5 syns
Supper / Treat: 2 Finger Kit Kat (Cookies & Cream) 5 syns
....Oh no - haven't had my HEx A and HExB. Bugger!. Had one HEx of cheese (presumably it had both calcium AND fibre in the one piece.) Slapped own wrist and promise not to do it again.
Last edited by Lucky7 : 20th March, 2014 at 09:00 PM
Gahhh - on here for a winge to myself. Horrid tummy cramps and backache today. Have taken some Ibuprofen and hoping it'll subside before the kids turn up at school. At least we'll be having a nice day. Bowling; ducks; making the knights & maidens for our castle, and then assembly and home. Hopefully there won't be too many unexpected challenges and adventures!! In the meantime ow ow ow ow owwwww
PS Although I don't really want to use any syns during the day as am saving them for this evening, I thought I'd better put a Geo bar in my bag (3 syns) in case I can't resist the lure of sweeties when I'm out and everyone else is tucking in. Hopefully I'll just stick to the fruit, but as far as treats go, at least a Geo is only 3 syns so is my damage limitation open-in-emergency-only plan
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