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How all the little cheats add up!


Still rockin' it
S: 18st13lb C: 10st12lb G: 10st13lb BMI: 23.8 Loss: 8st1lb(42.64%)
Hey guys

I posted this last year after finding it useful myself- thought it was worth a re-post as a reminder to oldies and eye-opener to newbies:

This is the story of Mrs Ivy Been So Good.
Ivy was really disappointed this week having maintained after ‘such a good week’. She couldn’t understand - her Food Diary was perfect! Ten Syns per day… maximum! Let’s take a closer look at a typical day...
Ivy has her normal breakfast of branflakes, milk and a banana. She tips them into the bowl, and then thinks. ‘I’d better just check the weight of them - I want to get a few pounds off this week!’ She puts them on the scales to find they weigh 1½oz. ‘That’s my first Healthy Extra ‘b’ choice,’ she thinks, taking out the excess and unconsciously popping them in her mouth.
As she puts the milk away she spots an open carton of orange juice and decides to have a small glass whilst making a boiled egg for her daughter’s breakfast. When clearing up the dishes, Ivy spies two left over soldiers. ‘I can’t remember the last time I had REAL butter!’ she thinks, and into her mouth they go!
After breakfast it’s a trip into town shopping. Armed with a Ryvita Luxury Goodness bar, just in case temptation strikes, she sets off.
In WH Smiths, her daughter gets restless in the buggy and Ivy opens her a packet of crisps to keep her quiet. And she ends up testing a couple herself – just for freshness!
Lunchtime comes and the shopping trip is not done yet - there’s still money left on Ivy’s credit card! And as she knows she’ll be a while she decides to grab something from Marks & Spencer’s healthy Count On Us range as ‘it’s bound to be low on Syns!’
Spoilt for choice, Ivy scans the range. She’s already decided to go ‘Original’ today and spots a Hoisin duck sandwich. ‘That’s a great choice… the bread will be my second Healthy Extra ‘b’ choice!’ she thinks. She buys it as a meal deal, along with a diet coke and a packet of salt and vinegar crisps - to eat later.
Later on, Starbucks beckons and Ivy stops for a coffee. ‘No cake for me though!’ she say, savouring the skinny latte she’s treated herself to thanks to her second Healthy ‘a’ choice! – There’s no syrup of course! As she takes the weight off her feet she congratulates herself for not needing the 'emergency' Kellogg's bar whilst out today.
Back at home after shopping, she makes cakes with her daughter. She resists the fairy cakes when they come out of the oven… but CAN’T resist licking the wooden spoon!
She feeds her daughter early – a chicken nugget and two chips remain on the plate – and they don’t go in the bin!
Dinnertime comes – a nice juicy steak, fresh salad and a filling jacket potato. She weighs her 8oz jacket potato which is a Healthy Extra ‘b’ choice and puts a spoonful of Quark in it. A tablespoon of Hellmann’s Light Mayo goes on the salad – ‘only 2½ Syns’! She says, ‘my first today!’
Her hubby prefers mashed potato with his. She wouldn’t dream of eating it herself, but she does just taste it to check it contains the right amount of butter and milk!
Dessert for Ivy is a Müllerlight yogurt. Hubby has sponge pudding and custard. ‘It just doesn’t bother me,’ Ivy says, licking the spoon she used to stir the custard!
By 9.30pm Ivy fancies a ‘little something else’. Remembering the crisps she picked up with the meal deal, she checks the Syn value and finds they’re only 7 Syns. ‘Only 9½ Syns today’ she thinks, ‘that’s a perfect day!
...Or was it?!

How many Syns do you think Ivy really had?
The actual amount is 76½ Syns!
The breakdown:
½ oz branflakes
Orange juice 125ml
Eggy soldiers
4 Syns
Couple of crisps
1 Syn
12½ Syns
(6 Syns can be deducted if using bread as Healthy B)
8½ Syns (Grande from Starbucks)
Cake mixture
4 Syns
Jacket potato
16 Syns (Healthy Extra ‘b’ choice already used
which she forgot!) (2 Syns per oz)
7½ Syns (it was a heaped tablespoon
not level!)
Chicken nugget
3 Syns
2 chips
3 Syns
Spoonful of mash
3 Syns
Spoonful of custard
2 Syns
Packet of crisps
7 Syns

Just to put this into perspective, those 76½Syns are the equivalent of; an average portion of Chicken Tikka Masala, Pilau rice, 1 naan bread, two pints of beer, and two small vegetable samosas! We’d all know if we ate that!
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loves food and cooking
S: 12st10.5lb C: 12st5lb G: 10st7lb BMI: 26.3 Loss: 0st5.5lb(3.08%)
No matter how many times I read it through, the grand total always comes as a surprise doesn't it!!!

thanks for sharing :)


Here we go again ..
S: 137.44kg C: 135.62kg G: 95.25kg BMI: 45.5 Loss: 1.8kg(1.32%)
omg thanks for sharing ....its true it does make you think about what you do ..i know i tried a qourn nugget when they came of of the oven last night and didnt even think about it .... luckly though im not one for finishing anything the kids leave . ill definatly watch the little things thisweek just incase
S: 14st3.5lb C: 14st0lb G: 12st0lb BMI: 28.9 Loss: 0st3.5lb(1.75%)
w0w! thats mental! im guilty of just having a taste wont b doing that ne more !


is working hard.....
S: 20st1lb C: 14st12lb G: 12st13lb BMI: 28.2 Loss: 5st3lb(25.98%)
Wow - thats so easy to do!! Thanks for re-posting CP! :)

I often have a smint or piece of SF gum in when I'm cooking now - it serves as a reminder not to pop other things in my mouth! ;)


Lover of Extra Easy
S: 11st8lb C: 10st6lb G: 9st6lb BMI: 25.9 Loss: 1st2lb(9.88%)
Thanks for posting that CP...
Our SW consultant gave us a similar story about a girl who went to a BBQ and thought she had a good day... it was 105 syns and not the 15 she thought!
We are all guilty of having extra syns one way or another without even realising it!


Will be thin god dammit!!
S: 18st3lb C: 18st3lb G: 12st7lb BMI: 41.2 Loss: 0st0lb(0%)


Will be thin god dammit!!
S: 18st3lb C: 18st3lb G: 12st7lb BMI: 41.2 Loss: 0st0lb(0%)


Full Member
S: 18st3lb C: 9st13lb G: 10st10lb BMI: 21.8 Loss: 8st4lb(45.49%)

Thanks for posting.


is taking a scenic route
S: 11st1lb C: 9st11lb G: 9st4lb BMI: 25.9 Loss: 1st4lb(11.61%)
WOW! real eye opener, thanks for sharing- amazed how things add up and how forgetful you can easily be. A wise move for me to start writing down food diary once more.
i will still test heat of babyfood before i serve to my little one - just a tad on my lip though.
S: 21st9lb C: 20st10lb G: 14st4lb BMI: 48.3 Loss: 0st13lb(4.29%)
Wow, that's great!
Thanks for posting :D
I keep re-reading it, i know for a fact i've certainly been like Ivy some days. Definalty makes you think twice!
S: 13st13.5lb C: 13st13.5lb G: 9st7lb BMI: 33.6 Loss: 0st0lb(0%)
omg scarey I will be good in future cause I don't want to count extras.
thank you for posting I needed that off to post my food diary with the 4 chips I nicked off my sons plate counted.

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