Lurk no more, fat no more

Discussion in 'Weight Loss Diaries' started by Mandlegrot, 21 October 2012.

  1. Mandlegrot

    Mandlegrot Well-Known Member

    Hi everyone, recent lurker here just signed up. I have found this website to be a treasure trove of info, especially when it comes to being vegan and on slimming world (I like to make things difficult)!! I'm gonna be posting up my menu and meals...and looking for inspiration :)

    I have 6 stone to lose, have lost seven in the last 3 weeks. Slow and steady wins the race x
  2. Maynie

    Maynie Well-Known Member

    Hi Mandlegrot. How are you finding slimming world? I am vegetarian and the green days fitted quite well with that when I did it!
  3. Mandlegrot

    Mandlegrot Well-Known Member

    Hey, I'm finding it OK, although am I am struggling to not have 15 syns a day! Being vegan I don't have free yogurt which is a pain as I love fruit and yog for breakfast. Plus there are no low-fat vegan versions of food, like low-fat mayo...1 tbsp of vegan mayo is 4.5 syns :( I will get there with it, just need to tweak it a bit. I am only doing green days as it would be even harder on red or EE!!!

    Did you lose much weight on it?
  4. Mandlegrot

    Mandlegrot Well-Known Member


    B - 2x nimble bread (HEB1), tin of beans, 2 sage and onion sausages, mushrooms leeks and onion fried in fry lite
    L - 4x ryvita (HEB2), tsp of peanut butter, tbsp of jam, plum (5 syns)
    D - baked potato, vegan bolognaise, salad (3 syns)
    Alpen light cereal bar (3 syns)
    1 tsp hot choc - (1 syn)

    Not at great day, was very busy so not a great lunch...will try harder tomorrow! 12 syns is fairly low for me, but I was hoping to save them up for the weekend as I will be on the road between towns fri-sat-sun and having to get all my food on the move, which when you are vegan is basically bread and hummous...
  5. Maynie

    Maynie Well-Known Member

    I did Slimming World years and years ago and lost 4 stone over a year. I stuck to 5 syns though. I find South Beach is better for me now, I need something that stabilises my blood sugar. Once I start eating potato I can really eat a mountain!

    The vegan stuff sounds like it makes it much harder, eggs and yoghurt make things much easier. I would be starving if I had your lunch! Did you not get hungry?
  6. Mandlegrot

    Mandlegrot Well-Known Member

    I usually have a bigger lunch but I had a lie in yeasterday (WOOHOO!) so got out of bed at 10, had a big breakfast. Then went to work on a late shift, people there eat dinner at 5 pm!!!!! I usually eat dinner at about 8pm, so ended up having a quick and easy lunch then early dinner. Was fed up of food by end of dinner, eating 3 meals in 6 hours is not good!

    I don't think I could do a 5 syn day every week...would really struggle with it. I have only had one day under 5 syns in 4 weeks, and that was eating 3 cooked meals a day, think it was cooked breakfast, jacket potato and chilli, and veggie curry for dinner. was stuffed! And although on plan for SW, I am sure the calories consumed were well over 2000 with all the carbs.

    Snacking is hard - as I cannae eat eggs, ham, meat etc. all the free things that are quick to just grab and go...I eat about 4-6 portions of fruit a day which is way too much but its all I can snack on at the min without using syns.

    I am sure I'll figure it out though, i thought being vegan it would be dead easy but its like trying to crack the enigma code. No low fat versions of vegan stuff, a lot of it isn't listed so I'm having in input about half my foods on the syn calculator online which is taking ages. Plus I am really worried about this weekend, as I'm on the road all weekend and am gonna have to eat on the go...which is bloody hard for vegans as it is, and I don't know how im going to do it with SW.
  7. Mandlegrot

    Mandlegrot Well-Known Member


    Bad day today :(

    B - 30g cereal, soy milk (HEXA + B)

    L -baked potato, salad, bolognaise (3 syns)

    D - 1 alpen light, loaddds of biscuits, 4 cups of tea with 1 sugar in (gawd knows how many syns!!!)

    Then I got home at 10.30ish, and obviously was hungry and had half a bowl of chilli leftovers, with some sainsburys BGTY paprika and soy crisps (5 syns)...then some fruit and sorbet (5 syns)

    :( Day of fail. But ho hum, it was a strange day yesterday - I was in quite a bad mood at home, then had some new work in the evening which was wicked but I didn't know how long I'd be there so thought I'd have dinner when I got home...but was out late so ended up eating tea and biscuits.

    I am also feeling a bit 'meh' about it this week - I maintained last week and know that this weekend is going to be haaaarddd.
  8. Mandlegrot

    Mandlegrot Well-Known Member

    Better day today - I think I've figured out how to have a low syn day...have a big cooked breakfast late (brunch), then a quick and small lunch before early ish dinner...will only work if I'm on a late shift at work or a day off.


    B - scrambled tofu and veg, half a tin of beans and 2 slices of nimble (hexb)

    L - fruit salad. Packet of ryvita minis (hexb)

    D - 3 sage and onion Linda macartney sausages, potato, lots of mixed veg and home made ragu sauce plus a tbsp ketchup (1 syn)

    Supper is gonna be more fruit and a jelly pot (1/2 syn)

    Pretty good day really - couldn't finish all the potato at dinner, my stomach must be shrinking!! Only 1 and a half syns today :) and I know it's bad I never have hexa, I haven't had a chance to get out and buy some choc oat milk which is pretty much the only one I like from the options. Plus I maintained last week and was curious if the 2-400ml a day of oat milk had anything to do with it :/

    Feel much better about yesterday now too, have grabbed back some syns (I know it doesn't work that way but I've balanced yin with yang) :) weigh in tomorrow, have had a few rocky days this week but majority of good ones so curious to see how it goes...wish me luck! I'm going for a long walk in the morning and swimming before weigh in for some super body magic :)
  9. Mandlegrot

    Mandlegrot Well-Known Member

    ARGH weigh in in a few hours...lets see if I've done OK...I've eaten well today, no syns so far. fingers crossed for a loss, however small, else I'll be pulling my hair out
  10. Maynie

    Maynie Well-Known Member

    Hope it went well!
  11. Mandlegrot

    Mandlegrot Well-Known Member

    3 lb off...pretty chuffed considering I thought I hadn't done well. I have scraped it back the last few days though...phew!


    B - Scrambled tofu, 1/2 tin of beans, 2 slices of nimble (HEXB)

    L - small bowl of home made vegetable cous cous and salad, 1 alpen light bar (HEXB)

    D - potato, 3x sage and onion veggie sausages, ragu sauce, lots of veg

    Snacks - fruit salad, other alpen light (HEXB), 400ml choc oat milk (2x HEXA)

    NO SYNS TODAY! First day I've managed to do it...dead proud. Have figured out I need to have a cooked breakfast to have no syns, eat well and enjoy my food...Sugar first thing in the morning makes me hungry and sets me up for a bad day so I'm gonna give up on cereal i think.
  12. Mandlegrot

    Mandlegrot Well-Known Member

    Not a great day yesterday, but not as bad as i thought it would be...had a funny tummy and ended up nit eating an awful lot.

    B - tin of beans, 2 veggie sausages, mushrooms and leeks, 2 slices of nimble (HEXB)
    L - tiny bit of cous cous, salad, plum and grapes, soy yogurt, tomatoes (2 syns)
    D - 2 alpen light (HEXB), 400ml choc oat milk (HEXA) ryvita minis, a few veggie sausages and small bit of salad but didn't really have an appetite.(5 syns)
    then started drinking, had 3 mini bottles of wine, then a can of 100plus, then 4 pints of cider, then cupof tea with sugar, a few cans of strongbow...then a mushroom and pepper wrap which was yummy!

    sounds bad BUT I drank a hell of a lot less than usual.

    Today I'm still on the road and having to eat on the go - and its awful! The options for vegan eating are atrocious. so I caved in and bought a pot of full fat caramelised onion hummous with 3 bread rolls...packet of crisps...some dark chocolate...did eat some fruit though! I'm amazed though as a few months ago the 3 bread rolls would have been devoured but i've only eaten half of one so far...and i feel really full! i think my stomach has shrunk a LOT. Will be drinking tonight and still need to get some dinner in me, plus eat on the move tomorrow but then Im home in the afternoon, back on plan and back to home made lovely food :) looking forward to it really!
  13. Mandlegrot

    Mandlegrot Well-Known Member

    I've had a bad week :( done around 90 hours at work plus nights, no time to shop/plan and been over on syns every night. Tonight topped it off; someone sneezed right into my dinner so had to bin it...stuck at work so couldn't get to shops. Thought I'd be ok but had to eat some snack a jacks and a few cereal bars just now to keep me going...

    I feel like I need a kick up the proverbial :( anyone else having a rubbish week of it?
  14. Mandlegrot

    Mandlegrot Well-Known Member

    Eugh. Written this week off completley. I have a hard few weeks coming up too. But hey, cannae be helped, back on plan tomorrow :) Gonna draw up some meal plans when I'm back from work, and get on the body magic every day :) try and scrape back some of the weight i have no doubt put on again this week :/
  15. skinnylegs

    skinnylegs Well-Known Member

    How did your day go today? It must be hard bein on the road and all those hours but keep going.
  16. Mandlegrot

    Mandlegrot Well-Known Member

    Wet quite well thanks skinnylegs :) I had a nice cooked breakfast at work in the morning (only covered a few hours - honest! was meant to be day off but staff sickness cannae be helped), then was so busy i didn't have time for lunch, ended up finally eating dinner at 9.30pm. was super super hungry! had a cereal bar and packet of ryvita minis during the afternoon, then a MASSIVE shepards pie with 6 veg...was lovely :)

    today ended up getting lost after dropping car off for MOT (it failed so had to leave it at the garage) followed directions off someone, but ended up in the middle of nowhere on the back roads of norfolk, walked 3.5 miles :) so good bit of body magic, had an apple, 2 alpen lights and ryvita minis for brekkie, now about to tuck into some free homemade soup and 2 slices of nimble.

    How are you all getting on ? I am feeling much better now I'm back on plan, but i have the next few weekends on the road again which will be hard, but this weeekend I'm driving my campervan so have COOKING FACILITIES and a fridge, so no nasty food :)
  17. skinnylegs

    skinnylegs Well-Known Member

    Glad to hear you're back on track. Blimmey I'm never coming walking with you!
    Sometimes you need a bit of a kick up the arse to get back on it. Yeah I'm ok have had to come back to my house today because I had the electrician so had to bring a packed lunch because I cleared out all my food all that is here is my partners food and lets just say it's not slimming world friendly.
    Really glad to see your back on track and in control.
  18. Mandlegrot

    Mandlegrot Well-Known Member

    Its a nice feeling, actually :) And yes a kick up the bum was needed, I did 90 hours at work last week and was stuck there for days, ended up snacking and eating some bad stuff as was stressed and bored etc. Much better week this week :)
  19. Mandlegrot

    Mandlegrot Well-Known Member

    Another great day today - managed 2 small walks at work and some gentle swimming...good food too :) feeling much better now I'm back on plan.


    B - 2x nimble (HEXB1), half a tin of baked beans, mixed veg in fry light (onion, courgette, mushroom, leek, cabbage), 3x Linda macartney safe and onion sausages. 2tbsp ketchup (2 syns)

    L - alpen light bar (3 syns), mixed fruit salad, tabbouleh cous cous with salad and mixed veg from breakfast, 2 tomatoes.

    D - stir fried veg, 1 portion of noodles, 20 cashew nuts (HEXB2), Malaysian chilli sauce (2 syns) and free fresh herbs and spices.

    Snacks - alpro soy yogurt (2 syns)

    No healthy extra a today as I've been at work since Tuesday and ran out of oat milk :(

    A good day towards my silver body magic award, got my bronze last week :) woohoo!
  20. skinnylegs

    skinnylegs Well-Known Member

    Well done you!

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