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    Newbie, trying to do slimming world at home...help!

    Hi! I am 57 years old and weigh 13 stone, I am 5'3" tall and I would love to lose weight for my daughters wedding in august, I would hate to be a fat mother of the Bride! I have been on many diets in the past and I KNOW what to eat, but this time I am really struggling to shift from 13 stone!
    A typical day is:
    Breakfast: FF Yoghurt and fruit or porridge with water and a banana
    snack fat free yoghurt and fruit
    Lunch: Salad (lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes) with 3 slices ham, boiled egg, tuna and sweetcorn 1tbsn low fat salad cream
    Snack banana/blueberries
    Dinner: Extra lean mince with pasta or pots and veg.
    Eton mess with quark or ff fromage frais. Or SW rice pudding made with water.
    I work full time and care for my widowed mum, so dont get a lot of time to cook. I take a pack up to work so it has to be a salad or maybe a pasta pot? Oh and I use skimmed milk allowance for tea and coffee and drink at least a litre of water daily. x
    Any tips or ideas where I am going wrong please?
    I really need to shift this weight pronto as I am going to buy my outfit at the end of march!! HELP!!!!
    Last edited by gaynormurray : 17th February, 2014 at 10:45 AM Reason: drinks added

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    Diet: slimming world
    Height: 5ft7in
    Start Date: 26 Nov 2013
    Start Weight: 14st2lb
    Current Weight: 12st9.5lb
    Goal Weight: 9st9lb


    BMI Information:
    Start BMI: 31
    Current BMI: 27.8
    Goal BMI: 21.1


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 1st6.5lb
    Weight to Lose: 3st0.5lb
    % Lost 10.35%
    You need to be careful with syns. For Eton mess meringues can be anything from 3-12 syns. I was caught out with this before. Also how many syns in your salad cream?

    It's important to get your one third super free in with each meal.

    Good luck on your journey!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gaynormurray View Post
    Hi! I am 57 years old and weigh 13 stone, I am 5'3" tall and I would love to lose weight for my daughters wedding in august, I would hate to be a fat mother of the Bride! I have been on many diets in the past and I KNOW what to eat, but this time I am really struggling to shift from 13 stone!
    A typical day is:
    Breakfast: FF Yoghurt and fruit or porridge with water and a banana
    snack fat free yoghurt and fruit
    Lunch: Salad (lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes) with 3 slices ham, boiled egg, tuna and sweetcorn 1tbsn low fat salad cream
    Snack banana/blueberries
    Dinner: Extra lean mince with pasta or pots and veg.
    Eton mess with quark or ff fromage frais. Or SW rice pudding made with water.
    I work full time and care for my widowed mum, so dont get a lot of time to cook. I take a pack up to work so it has to be a salad or maybe a pasta pot? Oh and I use skimmed milk allowance for tea and coffee and drink at least a litre of water daily. x
    Any tips or ideas where I am going wrong please?
    I really need to shift this weight pronto as I am going to buy my outfit at the end of march!! HELP!!!!
    Hi Gaynor, do you tend to eat the same things day in and day out? I feel the first source of the problem could be your repetitive menu. I think you may need to start introducing some new foods.

    For me, personally I would question just how much fruit you are eating? A typical day sees you eating fruit with breakfast, a morning snack, after lunch and maybe in Eton Mess at teatime? So to try to be constructive in giving feedback you seem to be having up to 3 dairy products per day (2 yogurts and a fromage frais/quark; 2 bananas per day and up to 4 servings of fruit). Whilst they are all free, I wonder if you would be better cutting back on these amounts and mixing things around a bit and trying other things. I realise how difficult it must be to find time to cook when you are clearly busy working and caring for your mum, but maybe cooking in bulk when you do get a bit of time and freezing food would save you time in other parts of the week?

    The other thing seems to be your syns. I am not sure you are actually eating enough as you have not listed the syn values of anything, although I'm aware there are some there.

    I hope this may help a little and hope you have a fantastic time at your daughters wedding. I just hope your outfit is not too big by the time August comes along!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeanne Von Buttonpopper View Post
    Hi Gaynor, do you tend to eat the same things day in and day out? I feel the first source of the problem could be your repetitive menu. I think you may need to start introducing some new foods.

    For me, personally I would question just how much fruit you are eating? A typical day sees you eating fruit with breakfast, a morning snack, after lunch and maybe in Eton Mess at teatime? So to try to be constructive in giving feedback you seem to be having up to 3 dairy products per day (2 yogurts and a fromage frais/quark; 2 bananas per day and up to 4 servings of fruit). Whilst they are all free, I wonder if you would be better cutting back on these amounts and mixing things around a bit and trying other things. I realise how difficult it must be to find time to cook when you are clearly busy working and caring for your mum, but maybe cooking in bulk when you do get a bit of time and freezing food would save you time in other parts of the week?

    The other thing seems to be your syns. I am not sure you are actually eating enough as you have not listed the syn values of anything, although I'm aware there are some there.

    I hope this may help a little and hope you have a fantastic time at your daughters wedding. I just hope your outfit is not too big by the time August comes along!
    Thanks so much to both ladies for the advice! I must admit, I do tend to have similar foods every day, will try to vary meals more. And I will try to have more syns. I eat 1 or 2 bananas and raspberries or blueberries a day, 1 yoghurt and 1 portion of fromage frais or quark. Not sure what else to have for packed lunch? Can take mug shots or similar I suppose? We have a fridge, kettle and microwave at work, any other suggestions please? For dinner, it has to be fairly simple and quick to prepare and reasonably priced lol? Thanks for all the help so far! XXX

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    Lunch is notoriously difficult and I only have the use of a fridge, microwave and water boiler. We don't have an area to sit and eat so it has to be something easy you can sit at your desk with. I tend to get by with savoury rice and cooked meats. Pasta with philly lightest, mushroom, spring onion, pepper, maybe some salmon in it now and again. SW quiche (tub of cottage cheese or quark mixed with 4 eggs and whatever thrown in) bake for 20mins 200 degrees - done! Leftovers. What about cottage cheese and ryvita with lots of salad or veg (ryvita = syns and you need some!!) Soup - canned or homemade. Check syns for canned. Come on Gaynor, get your thinking cap on!!
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    I can highly recommend the SW quiche. I also make it with pasta, make up a packet of pasta in sauce and then add the cottage cheese and eggs. I also top it off with some reduced fat cheese. it really is very filling. I've also made an all day breakfast one using bacon, low fat sausage, tomato and mushroom. defo worth a try.

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    Thanks for some brilliant ideas girls! Have made some quiche this week and taken it to work with salad, was yum! Will have to try one with pasta in sauce too x

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    I should have said about 30 minutes cooking Gaynor. But I'm glad you tried and it and liked it. I did the one with the pasta and sauce in too, but I didn't like it quite as much. But the thing is it's all about personal taste. I made one this week for lunch and put bacon, mushroom and spring onions in it. It was lovely!! I think next on the agenda is home-made soups....





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