Slimming in Public Week 2 Day 1

Kicking off another week where I intend to stay on plan 100% no matter what. Now, nobody die, dump me, fire me or do anything else to me that’s likely to take me off course, ‘k? Ta.

Sunday and Monday saw me backsliding again. Although Monday was really just a Green day with an assload more syns. Today’s excuse was that I was considering how Slimming World fits into my life and what I could do to shake things up a bit.

Firstly, I decided to join another group. Katrina runs a class on a Thursday evening that I can get to straight from work, it’s a nice walk, and it’s over and done with in enough time for me and the fella to still have an evening together. Also, believing strongly that variety is key to the success of this thing, I think the change would do me good. We shall see.

Time Lapse Photos (or Videos)

When I bought my new Canon G9 recently, I thought it was kind of cute that it could do time lapse photography, but I didn’t think it was something I’d ever really use. I’ve actually ended up using it quite a bit.

It’s just like shooting video, except it only takes one frame per second. The result is a high-speed video, compressing minutes of reality into a few seconds. It’s almost the opposite of photography – in photography, you’re chopping reality down to a single instant. Here, you’re taking a chunk of time, and compressing it down to not much more than an instant.

Here’s Sam climbing the steps at the bottom of Tiverton park:

Slimming in Public Day 7 – and on the seventh day…

…and on the seventh day, I rested.

Not the spectacular excursion off-plan as done in previous weeks, but off enough for me to enjoy a drink at the aforementioned ditty, a panini at teapots, and a pasty at home.

This week has been an interesting experiment, and one I will continue. It’s kept me thinking about my weight-loss mission, food and my lifestyle and for the most part I’m happy with how things are going, but I think it’s time for one or two things to change. So for this coming week I’m going to be working on those changes and making the most of what I already know works a treat.

More adventures to be had next week then. But for now, it’s time for a break. We’ll be right back.

Slimming in Public Day 6 – *So* Close

If it wasn’t for the heroics of my husband, putting his foot down with a firm “You cannot has takeaway”, I would now be wallowing in guilt and prawn crackers. But he pulled me through a particularly murky moment and again I managed to stay on plan all day.

It’s how it goes every time. I’m tired, feeling a bit grumpy, and there’s a huge great yak in the kitchen demanding some Gillette action before we can get to any food*. There have been many, many times in the past where we would have left the hairy bugger to entertain himself and headed out to the chinese chippy pizza kebab shop.

But Michael stepped in and saved the day. Here’s my food diary:

BRUNCH – The legendary Mad Hatter’s Brunch which consisted of – eggs, bacon, mushroom, tomatoes, beans (B) and 2 slices of white toast (8 syns).

The brunch saw us through the morning and our 3 mile walk around town. I didn’t feel a single hunger pang until about 5ish when I had…

Slimming in Public Day 5 – Un-bloody-BREAKABLE!

Well here we are. Friday night. The mother of all ‘let your hair down and be excessive’ times. Work’s done for the week and there’s a lot of winding down to be done. In the flat right now there is beer, cider, wine and whisky, and I’m kicking back with a refreshing pint or two of…

…sugar free appleade.

Yep. I’m sticking to my plan this time. No booze. Only used 8 and a half syns today. The only thing left to consume on my menu is tea. Here’s my food diary for today’s delicious green day:

BREAKFAST: 2 nimble toast (B), beans, tomatoes, salad leaves (yes, salad for breakfast. Why not?), banana.

LUNCH: Cous Cous and Noodles. I needed a carb boost so I made the most of the foods available on the Free list.

DINNER: Fishcake (4 and a half syns), veggie crispbake (4 syns), potato wedges, mushy peas, salad, cucumber, tomato, celery.

SNACKS: Peaches and 2 Alpen Light bars (B)

Slimming in Public Day 4 – that’s more like it!

Looking back on the week so far it’s not surprising the home scales weren’t offering any encouraging news this morning. So I hit the books again today, over a coffee in M&S (where the hard sell tactics of the staff is really starting to get on my nerves), and planned a good, back to basics Food Optimising day. Choosing to do the Original plan, here’s how my food diary panned out for the day:

Breakfast: Tomatoes, 4 slices Nimble toast (taken as 1 Healthy Extra B choice and 5 syns), marmite. Followed by a banana with my coffee.

Morning Snack: A pear and some strawberries

Lunch: Sardines with salad, followed by a yogurt

Afternoon Snack: More strawberries, a hi-fi bar (another healthy extra B choice), grapes

“Just in from work and I need something quick while dinner’s cooking”: cooked chicken pieces (half a syn)

Dinner: Coley fillets with ham, asparagus, tomato, sugar snap peas, salad leaves, cucumber and celery. Followed by a yogurt.

Slimming in Public Day 3 – it could be worse…

Well here we are. Mid-week. And I just knew it was going to be one of those days. My plans to stay on the wagon were scuppered once some bastard nicked the seat and replaced it with a bottle of Beaujolais. I did my best to limit the damage, but the call of the wine and the chocolate was too strong. But sensible choices with the food meant a flexible syns day made it possible for me to enjoy a few glasses of wine and a few bits of chocolate and keep my syns to a sensible level.

So today I started with the intention of doing Mix2Max again but soon realised this day would be better as Green, so I could lunch happily on sushi from M&S. Evening meal was veg crispbake, and a fishcake with couscous and salad, and my glorious slide into the world of Flexible Syns began once hubby pulled the cork on a fine red that my boss bought me a couple of weeks ago (thanks, Carol!).

This is the relaxed approach I wanted. This is the way I’m going to get to the end of my journey.

Slimming in Public Day 2

Inspired by a good meeting last night and armed with a couple of facts I didn’t have before, I started today with every intention of sticking to plan 100%. And I did. Go me.

To recap, I’m doing the “Mix 2 Max” plan where you choose whether to have Original or Green foods by the meal. So basically you can have a nice stodgy lunch and a light, meaty (or fishy) dinner. And I found out that my own daily Syn allowance is more than I thought it was. If you’re a member of a group, it’s always worth checking with your consultant what your Syn allowance is. Between 5 and 15 is the norm, but if you have a lot of weight to lose, like I do, you may be able to have more.

Here’s my food diary for today:

Breakfast: 2 slices of toast (nimble 400g loaf – 5 syns), marmite, banana

Morning Snack: Alpen Light cereal bar (3 syns), satsuma

Lunch: Noodles, beans, and a little grated cheddar (healthy extra ‘a’ choice), shape lasting satisfaction yogurt

Slimming in Public Day 1 – Ending the day right… ish…

It’s been a Monday. You know how they are. The days when it would be all too easy to go home and fall face first into a chocolate fudge cake, washed off with a couple of litres of chardonnay. I decided I could have a treat tonight, as long as it was reasonably healthy and didn’t involve alcohol. So at group, I had a choc orange HiFi bar (the cereal bars only available from Slimming World groups) and for dinner some salmon burgers from M&S with salad, cous cous and pitta breads. Yummy, and still an improvement on yesterday’s panini, cream tea, and wine fest.

Slimming in Public Day 1 – Starting the day right

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7.00am – Good morning! I’ve been up for about half an hour, coffee is brewing and I’m feeling reasonably chirpy. Starting the day with something I didn’t put on the plan because I’d forgotten about it at the time – a fruit salad consisting of pineapple, mango, kiwi fruit and blueberries. And while the coffee’s brewing I’ll rehydrate myself with water mixed with a little sugar free cordial. These are all Free food on the Food Optimising plan, so I know I can eat the whole pack without worrying.

I find that it takes a while for my more advanced motor skills to get warmed up on a morning, so I need as much help as I can get. A simple breakfast, that involves nothing more complex than opening a packet is a good start, but coffee is an absolute must. Taken black and so strong it can support a spoon, that first hit of caffeine is pure nectar.