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Claire's Christmas Countdown

S: 11st3.5lb C: 9st6.5lb G: 9st7lb BMI: 22 Loss: 1st11lb(15.87%)
#1
Right, in an attempt to get myself to target before Christmas and give myself a kick up the bum I’m going to do a food diary to keep myself focussed and hopefully pick up some tips from everyone.

I have 5.5 lbs to go and 8 weeks to do it in. I have to allow for at least one STS week due to work’s Christmas party (I am not going to resist the champagne or the hotel breakfast the next morning for ANYTHING) but I am determined that I will not put weight on that week, I will not use that one night out as an excuse to be bad for the whole week.

The whole journey has been a slow one for me so I hope I am being realistic.

People, please feel free to comment and offer suggestions of alternatives to the things I eat!

Right, today is planned as follows:

Wednesday 27/10/10 Extra Easy

Breakfast: Chopped up orange, pineapple, pear & grapes with Total 0% yogurt, cinnamon and a tsp of honey (1 syn)
Green tea

Snack: Slice of Britmum’s Squidgy Chocolate cake (2 syns), apple, Mince pie Hifi (HEB), more green tea

Lunch: Left over bolognese & pasta from last night (all free) with 28g cheddar (HEA)
Activia strawberry yogurt

Snack: Pineapple
Green tea

Dinner: Chicken Jalfrezi & rice from Extra Easy cookbook, poppadom (2 syns), smidge of mango chutney (1 syn)
Chocolate Options (2 syns)

Total syns for day: 8 syns
 
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S: 11st3.5lb C: 9st6.5lb G: 9st7lb BMI: 22 Loss: 1st11lb(15.87%)
#2
Thursday 28/10/10 Extra Easy
Breakfast: Pineapple, grapes, apple & orange with Total 0% yogurt, cinnamon & honey (1 syn)
Green tea

Snack: Green tea, apple, banana, slice of chocolate cake (2 syns)

Lunch: Pea & bacon soup with 6 x Ryvita crackerbread (HEB) & 1 cheese triangle (½ HEA)
Activia cherry yogurt

Snack: Green tea

Dinner: Chilli & rice (all free) with 14g cheddar (½ HEA)
Chocolate Indulgence Options drink (3 syns)
2 wine gums (2 syns)

Total syns for day: 8
 
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S: 17st4lb C: 16st7lb G: 12st0lb BMI: 33.1 Loss: 0st11lb(4.55%)
#3
looking good so far, cant beleive wine gums are a syn each, i could use a months syns in 1 night!

Quick questions, im new here and to the diet world (although i did try around this time last year) what does STS mean?
 
S: 11st3.5lb C: 9st6.5lb G: 9st7lb BMI: 22 Loss: 1st11lb(15.87%)
#4
Hello helpme, thanks for stopping by :)

I don't think wine gums are really a syn each, I just allowed a syn for each to be on the safe side. Too lazy to go & look it up :eek:. I think a whole packet is something like 9 syns. I love sweets & usually avoid them as I find it really hard to just have one or two but my hubbie bought them for me.

STS means 'stayed the same'.

Righto, here's today's food:

Friday 29/10/10 Extra Easy

Breakfast: usual fruit, yogurt, honey (1 syn) & green tea

Snack: Toffee & pecan Hifi bar (HEB)

Lunch: Egg fried rice (cooked rice, peas, sweetcorn, onions, green beans, 2 eggs) followed by a big bowl of melon

Snack: Malted milk biscuit (2 syns) and a cup of green tea

Dinner: SW chips and homemade scotch eggs (3 syns for sausage meat & breadcrumbs) wih coleslaw (2 syns for mayonnaise)
Activia peach yogurt (0.5 syn)

Now debating whether or not to have a chocolate options drink... I probably will :p

Total syns for day: 10.5
 
S: 11st3.5lb C: 9st6.5lb G: 9st7lb BMI: 22 Loss: 1st11lb(15.87%)
#5
Up ridiculously early, This whole staying in bed for an extra hour thing doesn't apply to people with 2 year olds.

Didn't manage to get online yesterday so here's my food diary.

Saturday 30/10/10 Extra Easy

Breakfast: usual fruit, yogurt, honey (1 syn) & green tea

Snack: Toffee & pecan Hifi bar (HEB)

Lunch: Jacket potato & beans (we were out so no superfree; this was the least damaging thing to choose) I had an apple & a big bowl of melon when I got home.

Snack: Mini curly wurly (3 syns) and a cup of green tea

Dinner: Sausage casserole (from the Comfort foods booklet) but made with real sausages instead of quorn (3 syns) with a sprinkling of cheese on top (HEA). Served with roasted potatoes, carrots & green beans

Chocolate options indulgence drink - chocolate & cherry. Was very nice! (3 syns)

Total syns for day: 10
 
S: 11st3.5lb C: 9st6.5lb G: 9st7lb BMI: 22 Loss: 1st11lb(15.87%)
#6
Today's plan:

Sunday 31/10/10 Extra Easy

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs & baked beans, grapefruit & orange segments

Snack: Fibre+ bar (HEB), apple

Lunch: Jacket potato & coleslaw (2 syns for mayonnaise), 28g cheddar cheese (HEA), beetroot

Snack: Banana

Dinner: Honey Teriyaki Salmon with noodles & pak choi (1.5 syns)
Chocolate options & maybe mini choccy bar (6 syns altogether)

Total syns for day: 7.5
 
S: 11st3.5lb C: 9st6.5lb G: 9st7lb BMI: 22 Loss: 1st11lb(15.87%)
#7
Monday 01/11/10 Green

Breakfast: Pear, grapes & pineapple with Total 0% yogurt, honey (1 syn), cinnamon and 28g Jordan's muesli (HEB)

Snack: Piece of fruit & spice scan bran cake (2 syns), apple, green tea

Lunch: Bean chilli & rice with 28g cheddar cheese (HEA)
Activia strawberry snack pot

Snack: Melon, green tea

Dinner: SW chips, 2 fried eggs & mushy peas
Cranberry Hifi bar (HEB) and Options chocolate drink (2 syns)

Total syns for day: 5
 
S: 11st3.5lb C: 9st6.5lb G: 9st7lb BMI: 22 Loss: 1st11lb(15.87%)
#8
Tuesday 02/11/10 EE
Breakfast: Pineapple, pear, orange & grapes with Greek yogurt & honey (1 syn), green tea

Snack: Green tea, fruit & spice cake (2 syns)

Lunch: Pea & bacon soup with 6 x Ryvita crackerbread (HEB) & 2 cheese triangles (½ HEA)
Yogurt

Snack: Green tea, melon, apple

Dinner: Chilli & rice with cheese (½ HEA)

It's food tasting tonight at weigh in so I'm planning on not many syns during the day so I can try yummy things tonight :p

Total for day: 3
 
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S: 11st3.5lb C: 9st6.5lb G: 9st7lb BMI: 22 Loss: 1st11lb(15.87%)
#10
So pleased to lose another pound last night, leaving 4.5 to go until target.

We had a really good food tasting session at weigh in which racked up a few more syns but didn’t take me over 15 for the day – most people had actually brought in free food including a lovely risotto that I’m going to try to make for dinner tonight. The lady didn't bring in the recipe, she is going to bring it in next week, but she told me what was in it and I'm going to have a go anyway. I'd planned to make carbonara for dinner so I have bacon in anyway.

There were also some yummy choc chip biscuits that were 2.5 syns each, some mexican rice, microwave chocolate cake, paella, some fab little frankfurter sausages that did NOT taste like diet food at all - the person that brought these didn't stay so nobody had any idea where they were from! Most of the recipes were from the magazine or SW cook books.

I made the chocolate truffles from on here and they went down really well. I think I might make them for treats over Christmas and try different flavours and maybe try doing some white chocolate ones as well.

Wednesday 03/10/10 Green
Breakfast: Pineapple, pear, orange & grapes with Total 0% yogurt, honey (1 syn) & cinnamon, green tea

Snack: Fruit & spice cake (2 syns), green tea, cranberry Hifi bar (HEB)

Lunch: Bean chilli & rice with cheese (HEA)
Yogurt

Snack: melon, apple, green tea

Dinner: Pepper, tomato & bacon risotto (HEA for cheese, HEB for bacon)
Garlic bread (1 slice 3 ½ syns)

Total syns for day: 6 ½
 
S: 11st3.5lb C: 9st6.5lb G: 9st7lb BMI: 22 Loss: 1st11lb(15.87%)
#11
Today's plan:

Thursday 04/10/10 Extra Easy

Breakfast: Grapes, pear & frozen berries with Total 0% yogurt, cinnamon & honey (1 syn)
Green tea

Snack: Green tea, fruit & spice cake (2 syns), Pecan Hifi bar (HEB)

Lunch: Left over Chilli & rice with cheese (HEA)
Activia strawberry yogurt

Snack: Apple, pineapple, green tea

Dinner: Ginger chicken stir fry & noodles (peppers, onions, carrot, sugar snap peas)
Belgian Chocolate Options drink (2 syns)
Mini milk (1 ½ syns)

Total syns for day: 6 ½
 
S: 11st3.5lb C: 9st6.5lb G: 9st7lb BMI: 22 Loss: 1st11lb(15.87%)
#12
Friday 05/10/10 Extra Easy

Breakfast: Grapes, pear & pineapple with Total 0% yogurt, cinnamon & honey (1 syn)

Green tea

Snack: Green tea, apple, Fibre+ bar

Lunch: Tomato, onion & herb pasta n sauce with a big side salad & cheese (HEA)
Activia mango yogurt

Snack: Green tea, mini curly wurly (3 syns), mini Chomp (3.5 syns I think). I had a real craving for chocolate this afternoon, star week.

Dinner: Kheema curry & rice (recipe from Extra Easy cookbook - very yum)
Melon
Belgian Chocolate Options drink (2 syns)

Total syns for day: 9 ½
 
S: 11st3.5lb C: 9st6.5lb G: 9st7lb BMI: 22 Loss: 1st11lb(15.87%)
#13
Saturday 06/10/10 Extra Easy

Breakfast: Grapes, pear, orange & pineapple with Total 0% yogurt, cinnamon & honey (1 syn)

28g muesli
Green tea


Snack: Green tea, apple, Alpen Light bar (3 syns)

Lunch: Creamy tomato & basil pasta n sauce with a side salad, boiled egg & 28g cheddar cheese (HEA). Didn't eat all of the pasta, didn't like it very much. Won't be buying that variety again!
Salad cream (2 syns)

Snack: Green tea.

Dinner: Toad in the hole (1.5 syns for sausages, 3 syns for batter), roasted parsnips & carrots, green beans, syn free onion gravy & little bit of brown sauce (2 syns)
Think I might have a Belgian Chocolate Options drink (2 syns) in a mo.

Total syns for day: 14 ½
 
S: 11st3.5lb C: 9st6.5lb G: 9st7lb BMI: 22 Loss: 1st11lb(15.87%)
#14
Sunday 07/10/10 Extra Easy

Breakfast: Grapes, pear, orange & pineapple with Activia vanilla yogurt

Green tea


Snack: Green tea, apple, cranberry Hifi bar (HEB)

Lunch: Omelette made with 3 eggs, onion, 28g cheddar (HEA) with a side salad

Snack: Green tea, slice of chocolate cake I made this afternoon (2 syns)

Dinner: Was out at a friends' fireworks party so had a jacket potato & chilli made with turkey mince. It tasted like it was made with a sachet of mix so I'm allowing 3 syns plus it was a little bit oily so maybe another 3 syns for that? Seems reasonable to me. Also had some salad, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and pepper.
2 x celebrations chocs (4 syns)
Little bit of fudge (2 syns)
Grapes & strawberries

Total syns for day: 14
 
S: 11st3.5lb C: 9st6.5lb G: 9st7lb BMI: 22 Loss: 1st11lb(15.87%)
#15
Monday 08/11/10 GREEN
Breakfast: Pineapple, pear & grapes with Greek yogurt & honey (1 syn)
28g muesli (HEB)
Green tea

Snack: Apple, chocolate cake (1 syn), green tea

Lunch: Bean chilli & rice with cheese (HEA)
Yogurt

Snack: Cup of green tea, Fibre+ bar (HEB)

Dinner: SW chips, mushy peas & 2 fried eggs.
Chocolate options (2 syns)
Mini milk (1.5 syns)

Total for day: 5.5 syns

Writing this down every day has made me realise my menus are a bit boring and samey.
 
S: 11st11lb C: 11st11lb G: 9st4lb Loss: 0st0lb(0%)
#16
Hi iv just started my own food diary on here so have taken (pinched:eek:) some inspiration from yours.

I drink green tea too, do you find it helps you with your weight loss? Iv been drinking it for ages just because i like it but was just wondering if you find it a help in anyway?

Good luck with your Christmas Coundown!! :xmascheers: x
 
S: 11st3.5lb C: 9st6.5lb G: 9st7lb BMI: 22 Loss: 1st11lb(15.87%)
#17
Hi Donna,
Thanks for dropping by, it's nice to think that I might give someone some new ideas although I think I need some new ideas of my own :rolleyes:
I have to say no, I haven't noticed much difference since I've been drinking green tea - I started drinking it because I like to have a warm drink now that it's getting colder but I don't actually like normal tea or coffee. I do like chocolate options but I don't want to use all my syns on those every day! Maybe it is helping - after all I have lost a pound for the last two weeks which is pretty good for me. If I lose weight again this week I might start thinking there's something in it :). Weigh in tonight!


Tuesday 09/11/10 EE
Breakfast: Pineapple, pear & grapes with Greek yogurt & honey (1 syn), green tea

Snack: Green tea, chocolate cake (1 syn), Fibre+ bar (HEB)

Lunch: Ky see ming (leftovers from my freezer - basically it's minced beef curry with cabbage, rice, green beans & celery in it. Tastes a lot nicer than it sounds, believe me :eek:)
Activia peach snack pot (½ syn)

Snack: Green tea, apple, sweet chilli snack-a-jacks (4 ½ syns)

Dinner: Dinner plans changed last night as other half not feeling well so I did something quick & easy after weigh in: half a tin of Tesco stewed steak, potato mashed with little bit of milk & cheese triangle (HEA) plus baby carrots & green beans.

Total for day: 7
 
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S: 11st11lb C: 11st11lb G: 9st4lb Loss: 0st0lb(0%)
#18
Hi Donna,
Thanks for dropping by, it's nice to think that I might give someone some new ideas although I think I need some new ideas of my own :rolleyes:
I have to say no, I haven't noticed much difference since I've been drinking green tea - I started drinking it because I like to have a warm drink now that it's getting colder but I don't actually like normal tea or coffee. I do like chocolate options but I don't want to use all my syns on those every day! Maybe it is helping - after all I have lost a pound for the last two weeks which is pretty good for me. If I lose weight again this week I might start thinking there's something in it :). Weigh in tonight!


Good luck with your Weigh in Tonight. Fingers crossed for you. My first weigh in tomorrow. You never know if we both get a big loss the whole forum will be drinking Green Tea :p
 
S: 11st3.5lb C: 9st6.5lb G: 9st7lb BMI: 22 Loss: 1st11lb(15.87%)
#19
Ha ha, I'd love to get a big loss but it's just not my style unfortunately.

Best of luck for tomorrow, fingers crossed for you :cross:
 
S: 11st3.5lb C: 9st6.5lb G: 9st7lb BMI: 22 Loss: 1st11lb(15.87%)
#20
Well, weigh in last night I lost half a pound so a tiny amount closer to target... better than further away I suppose :p. I don't think I could be any more 'good' so I think I just have to keep everything crossed that I can lose 4 pounds in the next 6 weeks.


Wednesday 10/10/10 EE

Breakfast: Pineapple, pear & orange with Total 0% yogurt, honey (1 syn) & cinnamon, green tea

Snack: Apple, green tea, Mince pie Hifi bar (HEB)

Lunch: Ky see ming
Activia strawberry yogurt

Snack: Slice of chocolate cake (1 syn), green tea, melon

Dinner: Chicken pesto rosso (3 syns)+(HEA for cheese) with side salad
Also had a cheeky treat size curly wurly (3 syns)

Total syns for day: 8
 
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