When cake ISN'T the answer!

Okay, so I'me pretty new to a few things here. No.1) I'm terrible at keeping a diary. I always, always forget to write in it! So here's hoping I can actually keep up with this one! (on a mostly regular basis). No.2) I'm not so good with sticking to a diet. As the title would suggest, cake just somehow ends up finding its way into my mouth! :17729:<---- imagine the chocolate bunny as a cake with a huuuge pile of buttercream on top. Or easter eggs... they too are going to be hard to resist. But despite a few inevitable slip-ups, I'm determined to shift the extra weight so that I don't need to buy a whole new wardrobe! Luckily(?) there's not too much weight that I feel I need to lose. I'd be perfectly happy being at the weight I was two years ago, which is just under 1st and a 1/2 to lose. But I'm going to aim for the full extra 1/2 stone anyway, which would make me 9st exactly. Wouldn't it be nice to be 8 and 1/2 stone again... I think 2 stone loss would be my maximum. I'm perfectly happy being a size 8-10, as that is the size I've been for most of my late teen/early adult life.

So far I've only been following a SW diet properly for about a week and a half. Plus a couple of Subway sandwiches... Overall, and especially over the past several days, I don't think I've been doing too badly, but just to make sure I've decided to write a food diary on here, so that other people can share their view on how I'm doing. I'm currently following SW from home so may not have all of the syns 100% correct, but they're a rough estimate anyway. Here's how the past few days have gone:

Tuesday: (EE)

Hot Weetabix (HEB & HEA) banana and Caramel Latte Macchiato (from coffee machine - 4 and 1/2 syns)

Lunch: Tuna Pasta Salad with lettuce, pepper, courgette, carrot and light mayo (3 syns) Banana and Muller light greek style yogurt

Dinner: Leftover lasagne with roasted veg and SW chips - used light creme fraiche for the white sauce and reduced fat mature cheddar, not sure on the syns though.

Snacks: Options hot choc with light cream and mini marshmallows (4-5 syns)

Wednesday (EE)

Hot weetabix, banana (HEA & HEB)

Lunch: Half of 12" Subway Italian BMT on 9-grain wheat, Millie's Double Cookie slice (BIG oops)

Dinner: Leftover subway

Snacks: Smoked salmon and quark on 3 Ryvita with lemon juice (4 1/2 syns)

Exercise: Aqua Aerobics

Thursday (EE)


Lunch: 12" Subway Turkey and ham on italian (21 syns)

Dinner: Leftover Tuna Pasta Salad (3 syns)

Snacks: Banana, Muller light yoghurt, 2 Alpen light bars (7 syns)

Friday (EE)

Hot weetabix

Lunch: vegetable omelette, SW chips, banana, yoghurt, Alpen light bar (3 1/2 syns)

Dinner: Tandoori chicken with spiced sweet potato wedges, salad and light mayo (3 syns)

Exercise: 1.5 hour lacrosse training

Saturday (Red Day- To cut down on carbs)

Hot weetabix with blueberries and a banana, caramel latte macchiato (4.5 syns) (HEA & HEB)

Lunch: N/A

Dinner: Lean Corned Beef soup - celery, onions, potatoes and carrots (2 syns) Not sure what the potato syns would be... I think it might have been a whole small one ~ 100-150g

Snacks: Banana and Quark, Options & Alpen light cheesecake (2 syns), Smoked salmon & Quark on Ryvita with lemon juice (HEB)

Admittedly the week hasn't gone too well with the two footlong Subway sandwiches mid-week, but I have managed to redeem myself over the past two days (slightly). From this week I've learned that if I do end up in Subway, then I should really try one of their salads so that I don't end up going over my syns. Also, that the later I have my breakfast, then the less likely I am to snack and more likely to just stick to my 3 main meals. However, because I didn't end up having lunch today, it has meant that I've only been more hungry in the evening, compared to days where I've had all 3 meals. Therefore, I think I'm more likely to stick to the diet if I have my first meal (breakfast) around lunchtime, my second meal (lunch) at around 3 or 4, then my third meal (dinner) at about 7. Because all my meals are delayed it means that by 8 I'm still satisfied from my dinner and am more likely to stay that way for the rest of the night. This can be a problem on days where I have an early start, but sometimes I find that a banana is often enough to curb my hunger until I can have a proper breakfast.

I know this week hasn't been ideal, but it has given me a lot of insight into my eating patterns and when I'm more likely to fall off the wagon. Also, I think I need to get into the mindset of that just because I'm technically on a diet, it's okay to have big meals as long as I'm filling up on mostly superfree foods. Also, I might try and give more Red days a go to cut down on carbs as I feel that's my biggest downfall. I do eat meat, but it's only chicken every once/twice a week, as I've now switched to Quorn mince instead of beef. So I don't think I'll bother at all with Green Days. For now I'll try and follow Red for 5 days of the week, and Extra Easy for the other two (so I can still have some carbs freely).
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