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Shocking! How 'odd' bits all add up!!!

S: 18st13lb C: 10st12lb G: 10st13lb BMI: 23.8 Loss: 8st1lb(42.64%)
Found this feature and wanted to share...

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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S: 10st4lb C: 9st4lb G: 9st0lb BMI: 22.3 Loss: 1st0lb(9.72%)
That is so true. I think we all can do that with out thinking.
Thank you for the reminder
S: 13st7lb C: 13st7lb G: 11st7lb BMI: 30.5 Loss: 0st0lb(0%)
Haha I am terrible for forgotten syns. My consutalt handed this out to us a few weeks ago... assumed other SWers have heard it too.

That bit doesn't matter?

First I pinched a piece of crust (2)
And didn't weigh my bran flakes (2)
Then I tasted just a bite...
When I was making pancakes. (2)
I pinched the smallest slice of cheesecake (2)
And then I ate a toffee (1 1/2)
I visited a friend that day
And had a cup of coffee (1)
I ate a broken biscuit (3)
That fell out of the tin.
And then I pinched a midget gem (1/2)
And didn't count that syn.
Then the kids had fish and chips
I pinched a bit of batter (5)
I cheated on myself that day
Cos "that bit doesn't matter."

(total 19 syns)
S: 13st6lb C: 11st13.5lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 30.6 Loss: 1st6.5lb(10.9%)
Blimey it is scary when you add it all up like that! Really shows just how much you need to write absolutely everything down, and plan everything all out first. I'd never thinking of synning a lot of all that Ivy had, that is nearly a whole weeks worth in one go! Just shows that you really need to keep on top of weighing and measuring - one thing I do is measure my milk out first thing, I very rarely use all of my milk allowance as I don't like a great deal on my cereal, and I don't drink normal tea with milk, prefer green or herbal. I must admit to not weighing my cereal but I will do in future after reading that!!
S: 16st6lb C: 9st6lb G: 9st6lb BMI: 24.1 Loss: 7st0lb(42.61%)
I was just thinking yesterday, my OH is back in to mashed potato now that it's colder and I have a habit of checking it to see if it's got enough seasoning and butter. Yesterday it was so nice I had to check it 3 times!!!! LOL Methinks I'll have to be more careful!


I can do this............
S: 14st3lb C: 11st11lb G: 10st13lb Loss: 2st6lb(17.09%)
Gosh what a fab post just goes to show!! Im sure we all do it but thanks dor posting that will make me think next time i put any thing in my mouth!!
I love this story CP, I've been around SW for a long time and it always makes me smile and realise just how much things add up.

Here's mine....(for info!)

The bit of cheese I eat out of the pot after I've weighed my ounce

My daughter's toast crusts which she never eats

A taste of her's or OH's real sausage

A bit of OH's cream cracker when I have my ryvita crackerbread cos they are so nice

Luckily they eat what I eat mealwise for the most part so there's no pinching of nuggets or fish fingers because no-one has them!!!

Thanks for this post! xx
S: 17st4lb C: 17st4lb G: 11st10lb BMI: 36.8 Loss: 0st0lb(0%)
Thanks or this maybe this why I have never lost much weight :-(


Silver Member
S: 14st3lb C: 13st0lb G: 11st0lb BMI: 33.3 Loss: 1st3lb(8.54%)
This story is so good...

We went to group one day and our SWC said we had a special guest. It turned out to be her in a blonde wig pretending to be Ivy...She is slightly nuts to be fair, she went to the SW party in Birmingham and had her photo taken with Vernon Kay with false rotten teeth in!!!!!!!!
We do have a laugh at group!!!!!!!!
S: 18st0lb C: 16st2lb G: 9st1lb BMI: 40 Loss: 1st12lb(10.32%)
Makes you think how much we actually do without thinking about it.
S: 11st3.0lb C: 11st7.0lb G: 9st7.0lb BMI: 27.6 Loss: -0st4lb(-2.55%)
That's great! I love that. Thanks CP!

I need to bear all that in mind this week. No nibbles of little things. My naughty nibble that I never count is a few raisins when I go into the kitchen cupboard. Not all the time, but now and again, and I never count them. I always think, 'oh, they're just dried grapes' but it does add up!


Lover of Extra Easy
S: 11st8lb C: 10st6lb G: 9st6lb BMI: 25.9 Loss: 1st2lb(9.88%)
Thank you CP... Brilliant, and just shows all of us who have been so good and sticking to the plan 100% maybe have not. ;)
Ivy has been in my house this week ,and i've moved out!!!I will be surprised if I have a weight loss at wi tomorrow.I have had a terrible week eatingwise, been craving crisps, bread and cheese. I must get back on plan ,need to lose 4 lb this month.

Fallen Angel

Starting again!!
S: 19st8lb C: 17st5.5lb G: 12st0lb BMI: 39.3 Loss: 2st2.5lb(11.13%)
Thanks for posting this! My consultant read it out at class a few weeks ago and it's been on my mind ever since but I couldn't get a copy!
S: 14st4lb C: 12st1lb G: 8st5lb BMI: 33 Loss: 2st3lb(15.5%)
Thats actually quite scary especially when you think about the things like licking the spoon. You always think oh its just one lick it cant be that much but usually 1 leads to 2 and so on. Great post.

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