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The plan going forward

Well I have been very lazy at writing everything down lately, I have been very good this week though and am definately within my syns but I think it helps when I have a visual aid of what I have done to look back on 🙂  So that means you are now going to be subjected to my food diaries a little more often!

Oh and how exciting, for anyone that isn’t on Minimins or reads Vicky’s blog then you might not know but she contacted Slimming World about a wholemeal pizza base/bread mix that could be used (within weight limits) as a Healthy Extra, which means I can now have pizza!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  How fab is that, I have been dying to make pizza for a few weeks just now but didn’t want to waste the syns.  But now I can as I can deduct my HEB worth of syns from my base and use my HEA as my cheese allowance meaning I can have a proper pizza with hardly any syns. Wooooo hoooo.  Can you tell I’m excited???????  So pizza will definately be on the menu this weekend, and I will post pics to prove it!!!!!

So the plan for this weekend is to be as good as possible which means no junk and minimal drinking.  Now I could be angelic and not have any booze this weekend but where is the fun in that I ask you????  So I will be very careful and make sure I stick within my allowance and see if that makes any difference on Thursday as we all know I am only bad at the weekends 😉

Oh and I am ashamed to say I missed my weigh in this week, but I have a good excuse 😉  I didn’t want to leave the dog in on her own this year.  The older she gets the more skittish so I thought it wouldn’t be fair to leave her.  Thats my excuse and I am sticking to it 😉

So anyway enough prattling on this is the food plan for the next couple of days!

Friday:

Breakfast –

Fruit Salad and mullerlight yogurt

Snack –

Alpen light HEB

Lunch –

Baked potato with home made veg curry (1 syn as I got alot more out of that batch of curry than I thought I would)

Snack –

Alpen light HEB

Dinner –

Bangers and mash with onion gravy and peas. 1 1/2 syns for 3 sausages, 2 syns for the gravy and HEA for milk for the mashed potato’s.  Sooooo 3 1/2 syns for dinner, ideal!

Syns for the day – 4 1/2 Syns

Saturday:

Breakfast –

Bacon, beans, 1 sausage, mushrooms and scrambled egg – 1/2 syn

Lunch –

Some kind of homemade soup probably

Dinner –

Homemade pizza baby – Will update the syns once I make it and figure it all out

Snacks – Some vodka and diet coke, if that can be called a snack 😉

No idea what Sunday will entail yet but I will update as soon as I think of it 😀

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Posted by on November 6, 2009 in Musings

 

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Hmmm…………………….

Okay well I had another awful weekend, I ate and drank everything I shouldn’t have but as I will always say I didn’t regret it.  I had a great time but I have also realised that I need to make a real effort to stick to this diet, so I can finally see if it works for me or not.  And that means following the plan 100%, no flexible syn weekends just stick to the plan 100%.  Measure everything and stop being a greedy fat b****rd 😉

So anyway I wasn’t feeling to hot yesterday, had a bit of a dicky belly so wasn’t particularly bad yesterday but wasn’t great either.  The only good part of my day last night was my dinner which was pretty damn good but was high in syns a whole 10 of them.  But you can have a look for yourself and see if you think it was worth it.  I will admit though, I probably needed to add a wee touch of chicken stock to the sauce as it was just a touch bland but I still enjoyed it.  So I made chicken enchiladas, the recipe for which can be found here,  and as I was really hungry I decided to have two.  BUT I did use Weight Watchers tortilla wraps which come in at 5 syns each which isn’t too bad, and as I was doing extra easy everything else was free including the sauce.  You really should try these but will warn you if you don’t like overly spicy food dial back on the chilli powder 😉

So here it is, drumroll please (I think they look that good):

Easy Chicken Enchiladas

Easy Chicken Enchiladas served

Now these are the cakes I made during the week for the little get together at my friends house on Friday night, and I have to say they went down really well.  They are NOT diet cakes though, but I thought they looked pretty so I wanted to share them with you.  Plus I am of the mindset that you can’t be good all of the time 😉  If you want to make these you can find the recipe here:

Yummy chocolatey goodness

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2009 in Musings, Recipes

 

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Weigh in 4

Well peeps I lost another pound this week which makes the total 4 pounds in 4 weeks.  Now I have to say I am quite disappointed in this, especially since my friend has been going for 6 weeks and has lost 13 pounds!!!!!!

However I MUST remind myself that I haven’t been an angel and I have went out for dinner and drinks etc and still managed to lose.  I also think that the gym isn’t doing my any favours on the scales, obviously I am getting fitter and am enjoying it so will continue to go but I think for some reason it is causing me to not show a loss on the scales.

BUT I am still losing and it might just be that in order for me to get to where I want to be now I will just have to be patient, and wait for my pound loss every week.  Unfortunately I have lots planned this weekend, but I think I have nothing on next weekend so I will try 😉 and be as good as gold and see if I can possibly go for 2 instead of 1 pound.  But we will see 😉

Anyway I know I haven’t posted any recipes for a while, I added one this morning though, so I thought I would share a couple of pictures I have taken recently and I will eventually post the recipes for.  But if you like the look of them and would like the recipe sooner, please just let me know and I will kick my lazy bum into gear 😀

Oh and I am working on a few cakes for some friends for a party tonight, and if they turn out really want to share them with you.  I will warn you now, you don’t want to make these if you are on a diet but I have to say I have found a passion for baking and making everyone else fat 😉

Soooooooo here are my pictures:

Spring rolls with filo pastry:

Diet vegetable spring rolls

Vegetable chilli with a baked potato and cheese:

Easy Vegetable Chilli

Vegetable Curry:

Simple Vegetable Curry

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2009 in Recipes

 

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Easy Vegetable Curry

Well this has been my staple curry for about a year now, it is really easy, filling and delicious.  It does have a syn value as I use shop bought curry paste but you could always make your own or just use curry powder but I think you would miss alot of the flavour.  Oh and M&S curry pastes are really nice and the madras one only has 1 syn per tbsp as opposed to 4 syns I think for the Pataks one 😉

Serves – 3 I usually get three large portions out of this

Syns per serving – 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 Onions chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1 cauliflower, separated into florets
  • 1 Courgette, sliced
  • 250g chestnut mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 Potato, chopped
  • 1/2 a litre boiling water
  • 1 Veg stock cube
  • 1 tin of chopped tomato’s
  • 3 tbsp M&S Madras curry paste ( I like my curry hot) 3 Syns
  • 2 tbsp Tikka Masala curry paste – 3 Syns
  • Salt and pepper

Method:

  • Fry the onion and garlic in frylight until starting to soften.
  • Add all the curry paste and stir until mixed and starting to fry again
  • Add all the vegetables and stir well
  • Once the veg and curry paste is well mixed, add the boiling water, stock cube and tinned tomato’s
  • Bring back to the boil and simmer for about 20 mins (Depends on how big your cauliflower is and how soft you like it)
  • Season with salt and pepper and serve with either a baked potato or rice

(I also added a Food Doctor Multi Seed & Cereal Pitta Bread for 8 syns as I was really hungry 😉 )

Easy vegetable curry

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2009 in Recipes

 

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Update

Well peeps, I have been slacking big time.  Not sticking to plan, eating what I wanted, drinking what I wanted and generally not giving a damn.

Now I am not happy at myself but I just can’t seem to muster enough enthusiasm to care enough.  I don’t want to be like this and I certainly don’t want to keep eating and drinking like this.  I just have to figure out why I am in such a funk.  If I can figure that out then I will be part of the way to making things better, or so I hope!!!!

I know for definate that work is mainly the reason for me feeling so down, I am trying to make that better but it is all pretty much out of my hands.  I can only persevere and hope that things start to pick up.  But I have made the decision that it will not get me down!!!!!  If I don’t let it then it can’t can it???

Positive mental attitude, I always hear people spouting on about it.  Does it actually work?? Well I am about to find out, if I can’t change the things that are bringing me down at the moment then I just won’t let them get me down.  I can focus on the positive aspects of my life and hopefully it will help.

So I am now going to sit and try and figure out my meal plan for the rest of the week, if I plan what I am going to have I tend to do better.  I will starting making new recipes and will post them and pics for you to look at as I know you come here for the food and not for me 😉

Wish me luck people 😀

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2009 in Musings

 

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3rd Weigh in

Well peeps I braved the weigh in last night after having a gluttony fuelled week, didn’t count my syns which was probably just as well since I had a Mexican on Saturday washed down with copious amounts of white wine, Sunday I was good food wise, but the bottle of wine I used to wash down dinner wasn’t so good and neither was the bottle I had on Wednesday night either.

Now I did enjoy the wine and the food but it has been THAT week and I have been feeling a little blue.  Just wanted to come home from work, put on my jammies and veg in front on the TV.  I only managed 2 visits to the gym as well so it hasn’t been a sucessful week.  Saying that though I still managed to lose 0.5lbs. Don’t ask me how because I have no bloody idea, I think it may be to do with the fact that I wore my gym clothes to weigh in, was late so had to just rush from the gym to fat class.  Gross I know but I at least sprayed some deoderant before I subjected the class to my smell 😉

I also made myself stay for class this week, although I’m not sure really what I got out of it except that I didn’t get to have dinner until 9pm last night 😦

So this week I will be on my best behaviour, unfortunately have dinner out tonight at a chinese restaurant but I will stick to chow mein and if I fancy a drink it will be vodka and diet coke but probably won’t bother.  Not going to have any syns today as I am saving them for tonight.  I am also back on the fruit for breakfast, my plan to not have any resulted in me eating more ryvita which I had to syn and also toast for breakfast so will go back to the yogurt and fruit as my plan last week went completely went off the rails 😉

Well here is hoping for a better loss next week and to my feeling a wee bit happier 😀  Oh and I will post the recipes that I made last weekend and anything I make this weekend will be updated, promise 😉

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2009 in Musings

 

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Weekend food

Well I had a very productive food weekend, made loads of lovely food.  Recipes will follow, most of them were from my new Extra Easy Cookbook 😀

Britmums cottage pie

Britmums shepherds pie

I have to say this recipe was extremely easy to follow and was very very tasty.  The only criticism would be that it was far too dry for my liking.  I will definately make this again but I will double the amount of liquid so I still have a gravy and will also not use egg for the mashed potato’s but will instead just use a little bit of milk to make it wetter.  Would definately recommend you make this though!  The recipe can be found here.

Britmums cottage pie

Britmums shepherds pie

Next up was some lovely and very comforting chicken noodle soup.  I ended up buying glass noodles for this by mistake so you can barely see them but it was definately tasty and would make again with the right noodles.  Will add the recipe when I get home later.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

And for the finale was a gorgeous beef and ale stew with fresh corn, new potato’s and filo pastry.  It was lovely but the pastry was a bit floury for my liking and to be honest didn’t add that much to the dish.  Next time think I will make the stew and not bother to waste the syns on the pastry.  I will post the recipe for the stew later tonight 😀

Beef Stew with pastry

Beef Stew with pastry

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2009 in Musings

 

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