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Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Banoffee Ice-Cream Pie

Current Weight:

15 stone 1lbs

Weight Loss since March 2010:

1 stone 3lbs

Todays Syn Count:

1 on Extra Easy

I managed 45 minutes on the Wii fit on Monday and did a 2 hour walk on Wednesday, thereby completing my weekly body magic aim but also giving myself a bad case of 'Fat-Girl's-Leg-Chafe' at the same time.

For those not in the know
'Fat-Girl's-Leg-Chafe' is when you walk on a hot day in a skirt and your chunky thighs rub together until red raw. The burn is unreal. On the painful walk home I contemplated what I hated more about my fattiness. Was it the
'Fat-Girl's-Leg-Chafe' or the 'Belly-Clap' - which is when you move quickly and the lose skin on your belly makes a clapping noise against your lap.

I think it is the 'Belly-Clap' because others don't need to know about the pain between your legs, whereas the clap is audible and therefore you're subject to public fatty humiliation.

When I got home I popped a peeled banana in a freezer bag and stuck it in the freezer with a muller light toffee yoghurt to make "Banoffee Ice-Cream Pie".

WHAT WENT INTO IT FOR ONE PERSON:
  • 1 banana, peeled and broken into chunks
  • 1 alpen light toffee fudge bar (1/2 HEALTHY B OPTION)
  • 1 muller light toffee yoghurt
HOW I DID IT:
  • Put banana and yoghurt in freezer for about 3 hours
  • Stir yoghurt every half hour to ensure it freezes consistently and not just round the edges
  • Blend the Alpen bar into small pieces and pack into bottom of food presentation ring
  • When frozen blend the banana and pack tightly on top of the alpen bar base
  • Top with frozen yoghurt and serve
I think there is an argument that the banana would need to be synned as it is blended. My understanding is that if you blend a fruit you are more likely to over eat it as you can down 3 bananas and a punnet of strawberries in one smoothie. But this is one banana so I will refrain from synning it but if weight loss slows I will start to syn it then.

BREAKFAST: JUICY MELON; LUNCH: TUNA SALAD, WITH ROASTED TOMATOES AND POTATOS, BOILED EGG AND 8 OLIVES (1 SYN); DINNER: GALLO SUNDRIED TOMATO RISSOTTO PRONTO, WITH 28g CHEESE (HEALTHY A OPTION); SNACKS: HANDFUL OF GRAPES, 2 BANANAS, 1 ALPEN LIGHT BAR (OTHER 1/2 HEALTHY B OPTION);

PUDDING: "

BANOFFEE ICE-CREAM PIE"

Bacon and Cheese Burger with Cajun Wedges

Current Weight:

15 stone 1lbs

Weight Loss since March 2010:

1 stone 3lbs

Todays Syn Count:

4.5 on Extra Easy

Wednesday weigh in. I was disappointed to find I'd only managed 1lb off this week. How can I put on 8lbs in seven days, and only lose 1lb over the same period! Oh, life's injustices.

To add insult to injury when I first weighed in on my Wii fit board, I must have jarred something within it's inner whirrings, because it told me I had
lost 1stone1lb!

I thought a miracle had happened.

But then when I weighed again it was just the 1lb.

Fickle thing. Off to shop to buy some manual scales, but not before prepping up the mince mix for "Bacon and Cheese Burger with Cajun Wedges".

WHAT WENT INTO IT FOR TWO PEOPLE:
  • Burgers (syn free- recipe here)
  • Bacon
  • Onion
  • Cheese (HEALTHY A OPTION)
  • Wholemeal bun (HEALTHY B OPTION)
  • Potatoes
  • Cajun Spices
HOW I DID IT:
  • Grill burgers until cooked through and top with cheese, fried onion and bacon
  • Chop potatoes into wedges and par boil for 7 minutes,
  • Tip onto preheated baking tray and psray with fry light. Coat in cajun spices
  • Put at top of oven for 30 mins - top up fry light as needed

BREAKFAST: SCRAMBLED EGGS; LUNCH: SUN DRIED TOMATO GALLO RISSOTTO PRONTO AND 8 OLIVES (1 SYN); DINNER: "BACON AND CHEESE BURGER WITH CAJUN WEDGES" ROCKET AND VERY LOW FAT MAYO 1 TBSP (0.5 SYNS); SNACKS: PUNNET OF GRAPES, APPLE;

PUDDING:

BANOFFEE PIE ICECREAM (3 SYNS)

Monday, 28 June 2010

Scallop, Rocket and Bacon Linguine

Current Weight:

15 stone 2lbs

Weight Loss since March 2010:

1 stone 2lbs

Todays Syn Count:

0.5 on Extra Easy

It's the simple pleasures in life, isn't it? I cut myself some cheddar cheese for lunch and when I weighed it I had exactly 28g. Made my day!

"Scallop, Rocket and Bacon Linguine"

WHAT WENT INTO IT FOR TWO PEOPLE:
  • 150g linguine
  • 100g chopped bacon
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • Pinch of lazy chilli
  • 8 scallops halved
  • 50g rocket leaves
HOW I DID IT:
  • Cook the pasta as per packet instructions and drain
  • Cook bacon for two minutes until brown and add garlic and chilli for one more minute. Add scallops for one more minute turning half way through.
  • Toss linguine with rocket and add scallops.

BREAKFAST: A BIG FAT MELON; LUNCH: LEFT OVER SAUSAGE AND BROCCOLI BAKE WITH A SPRINKLING OF CHEDDAR (HEALTHY A OPTION); DINNER: "SCALLOP, ROCKET AND BACON LINGUINE"; SNACKS: 2 ALPEN LIGHT BARS (HEALTHY B OPTION), APPLE, CUP OF TEA WITH DASH OF MILK (0.5 SYNS);

PUDDING:

FROZEN RASPBERRIES AND ONKEN FAT FREE STRAWBERRY YOGHURT

Banger and Broccoli Pasta Bake

Current Weight:

15 stone 2lbs

Weight Loss since March 2010:

1 stone 2lbs

Todays Syn Count:

2 on Extra Easy

I've been having some physio sessions lately because after my pregnancy SPD I didn't do my pelvic floor exercises correctly and didn't start using my core muscles again after the birth of Squirky. As a result I've been supporting my weight and posture from the centre of my spine. And now it really hurts.

During one of these sessions my physio mentioned that I am apple shaped. This floored me as I always thought myself to be pear shaped, which I consider a slightly sexier fruit to look like as it hints at having a waist. But no, I'm an apple. A big fat sphere with arms and legs sticking out the side. A bit like mummy pig from Peppa Pig.

This is explains why I can't find clothes that suit me at all. If they fit my waist then they flap around my thighs and arms. If they fit my legs I can't get them done up.

Then I realised that my pregnancy clothes still fit and are actually preferably to my normal clothes. They are made to flattering a perfectly round belly. Not only that but most shops have a unique maternity range, not just maternity versions of whatever else they stock, so I am less like to see other people wearing the same as me and me feeling bad because invariably they look better in it than I do. So I've invested in a couple of TopShop maternity dresses from eBay and they are SO comfortable and SO pretty and are a size 18, which is less depressing that the size 22 items I've been wearing the past couple of months.

I only need to do this until I drop the weight, and on Monday night I made "Banger and Broccoli Pasta Bake", which is a very light pasta dish and there is enough here for me to have leftovers for lunch on Tuesday.

WHAT WENT INTO IT FOR FOUR PEOPLE:
  • 350g pasta
  • 500g broccoli florets
  • Frylight
  • 8 Joe's Sausages
  • Pinch of lazy chilli
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable stock
  • Parmesan to personal taste (HEALTHY A OPTION)
HOW I DID IT:
  • Cook the pasta as per packet instructions adding broccoli 3 minuts before end of cooking time.
  • Fry sausages until brown all over (approx 5 mins). Cut each sausage into 5 pieces and put back in pan with chilli & stock and cook for 2 mins.
  • Drain pasta/broccoli and add the sausages. Sprinkle with parmesan and grill for 3 minutes.

BREAKFAST: 5 EGG OMLETTE; LUNCH: CHILLI CHICKEN SUPERNOODLES AND 8 OLIVES (1 SYN); DINNER: "BANGER AND BROCCOLI PASTA BAKE"; SNACKS: 2 ALPEN LIGHT BARS (HEALTHY B OPTION), MULLER CHEESECAKE YOGHURT (1 SYN);

PUDDING:

FROZEN STRAWBS AND BLUEBERRIES AND ONKEN FAT FREE STRAWBERRY YOGHURT

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Mother-In-Law from Heaven's Roast Dinner

Current Weight:
15 stone 2lbs

Weight Loss since March 2010:
1 stone 2lbs

Todays Syn Count:
1.5 on Extra Easy

We had Sunday lunch with the In-Laws from Heaven before setting off to friends to watch the England v Germany match.

I spent most of my meal trying to coax the Troll to eat one of each type of vegetable on her plate, which also helped distract me from the fact that everyone else had potatoes roasted in goose fat, yorkshire puds and gravy made with the meat fat on their plates.

Even though M-I-L from Heaven goes out of her way to ensure I can eat everything on my plate, it's normally all veg and salad. If I were a normal person this would be more than adequate. But I'm a fatty-bom-bom so actually all I'm doing is thinking about getting home and filling up on pasta and potato. I'm not ungrateful - I'm greedy....

Now the diet is all sorted and I'm happy with how it is going I'm going to start adding a new exercise commitment. I am going to start weaning Squirky on Monday so in solidarity I'm going to start weaning my fat bum off the sofa. No more watching an episode of Friends that I've seen 6 times before to fill a gap. I'll fill it with exercise instead.....

This is how I'm going to tackle it:
  • Week 1 -3 = Two x 45mins of exercise per week
  • Week 4 - 6 = Three x 45mins of exercise per week
  • Week 7 onwards = Four x 45mins of exercise per week.

Right, I've said it now. Let's see if I can stick to it! I'd better dust off the Wii!

BREAKFAST: MELON AND CHERRIES AND A CUP OF TEA WITH A DASH OF MILK (0.5 SYNS); LUNCH: "MOTHER-IN-LAW FROM HEAVEN'S ROAST DINNER"; DINNER: BACON PASTA BAKE WITH CHEESE (HEALTHY OPTION A) AND 4 OLIVES (0.5 SYNS); SNACKS: DIET COKE, GRAPES, CUP OF TEA AND DASH OF MILK (0.5 SYNS), 2 X ALPEN LITE BAR (HEALTHY OPTION B); PUDDING: ONKEN FAT FREE STRAWBERRY YOGHURT ON FROZEN STRAWBS AND BLUEBERRIES

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Seafood Skewers and Mango Salsa

Current Weight:
15 stone 2lbs

Weight Loss since March 2010:
1 stone 2lbs

Todays Syn Count:
4 on Extra Easy

The Troll is so called as a nod to moomintroll. Her soft squashy face when she was a wee bubba made us think of the velour hippo-like puppet from the eighties. Her nickname is meant affectionately.

Not like the Trolls that have invaded the Slimming World Facebook page. I don't have ANY affectionate feelings about them. My personal tactic is to report, block and ignore their comments. These people hide behind made up profiles and comment on real peoples lives simply to make others feel bad about themselves. It's what makes them happy. They feed off people responding to them.

So "Booooo" to the Trolls.

But "Yay!" to Slimming World and the lovely ladies I have met through Facebook and Blogger sites who are genuine. We are still looking after each other and finding inspiration in one another. Fact is the Trolls are right, we are fatties! (well, I am at least) but we've made a choice to fix that, and this support is helping us get there. Troll rant over.

Talking of inspirational ladies helping people reach their dieting goals, Mother-In-Law from Heaven made a gorgeous BBQ for dinner on this sunny Saturday evening. (Picture to follow when I get home tonight)

I had a mixed green salad with tuna, prawn & scallop skewers marinated in rosemary, garlic and olive oil (HEALTHY B CHOICE) and a mango and onion salsa. It was blinking gorgeous - and syn free with the oil as a healthy choice.

BREAKFAST: APPLE AND BANANA (AT 4AM WHEN WOKEN BY SQUIRKY), 5 SCRAMBLED EGGS AND A CUP OF TEA WITH A DASH OF MILK (0.5 SYNS); LUNCH: LEAN BACON PASTA BAKE WITH 4 OLIVES (0.5 SYNS) AND CHEESE (HEALTHY OPTION A); DINNER: "SEAFOOD SKEWERS AND MANGO SALSA"; SNACKS: DIET COKE, GRAPES, CHERRIES, ALPEN LITE BAR (3 SYNS); PUDDING: 2 CHERRY MULLER LIGHTS ON FRESH JUNE STRAWBERRIES

Friday, 25 June 2010

Buttermilk Chicken with Citrus Rice Salad

Current Weight:

15 stone 2lbs

Weight Loss since March 2010:

1 stone 2lbs

Todays Syn Count:

2.75 (!) on Extra Easy

My thumb-sucking heart-breaker of a baby girl has become infected with the dreaded PINKEYE! Thus our family have become social lepers and Friday was spent calling friends and rearranging plans for the coming weekend. At first I thought it would mean having to find things the four of us could do on this hot and sunny weekend that would involve no one but ourselves. I imagined us staging our very own mini Big Brother. Or 'Big Blubber', involving a blacked out living room with my Chunky Lover screaming at the World Cup match, the Troll
scribbling all over walls and Squirky's eyes being glued shut.

But we are saved - our in-laws from Heaven are still welcoming us to their home with open arms and a wedge of sterilised flannels so that no-one else need get contaminated with conjunctivitus. Troll can go wild in the garden and Chunky Lover can still see the footie with his friends.

Mother-in-Law from Heaven is preparing a BBQ and has asked what I can eat - so I am having salad and fish kebabs. I'm also mulling over what I can take along for nibbles during the evening. But that's for tomorrows blog.

Back to Friday's foodstuffs. I made a visually pleasing and very tasty "Buttermilk Chicken with Citrus Rice Salad".

WHAT WENT INTO IT FOR TWO PEOPLE:
  • 2 chicken breasts in strips
  • grated rind and juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 garlic clove
  • pinch of ground coriander
  • tablespoon of fresh coriander
  • 2 tbsps buttermilk (0.25 SYNS)
  • 100g mixed basmati and wild rice
  • 4 spring onions
  • handful baby leaf spinach
  • grated rind and juice of one orange
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Frylight
HOW I DID IT:
  • Put chicken in non-metallic bowl. Mix the lime, garlic, both corianders and the buttermilk and coat the chicken. Leave for at least 10 minutes but preferably overnight.
  • Cook the rice as per packet instructions and drain.
  • Fry the onions for 1 minute then add to rice and stir through the orange rind and juice, soy sauce and spinach.
  • Cook chicken under the grill or in pan using fry light.
  • Serve!

BREAKFAST: 3 EGGS, 4 RASHERS OF BACON AND 2 QUORN SAUSAGES; LUNCH: OLD VEG SOUP (ALL THE VEGGIES I HAVE LEFT OVER FROM THIS WEEK'S RECIPES FRIED IN SPICES AND CHILLI THEN BOILED IN VEG STOCK AND BLENDED) AND

2 ALPEN LIGHT BARS (HEALTHY B OPTION)

; DINNER: "BUTTERMILK CHICKEN AND CITRUS RICE SALAD" ; SNACKS: 2 STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE MULLER LITES (2 SYN), APPLE, 3 SUMMER BERRIES MULLER LIGHT, CUP OF TEA WITH DASH OF MILK (0.5 SYNS);

PUDDING:

ONKEN FAT FREE STRAWBERRY YOGHURT WITH FROZEN STRAWBERRIES AND BLUEBERRIES

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Sweet Cherry Tom Crispy Chicken

Current Weight:

15 stone 2lbs

Weight Loss since March 2010:

1 stone 2lbs

Todays Syn Count:

4 on Extra Easy


Ahhh, Tesco...Tesco...Tesco...*shakes head in despair*.
I have a love/hate relationship with their online delivery service. I previously posted my top three favourite rubbish substitutions but today is definitely worth it's own mention.

Very sweet delivery man arrived and brought all my shopping up to my kitchen (LOVE!) but then handed me an obviously defrosted bag of 'frozen' raspberries saying 'not sure what's up with these'. (HATE)

I then found my box of mini-milks (for The Troll but only 1.5 syns each) had literally become milk. (HATE)

I asked for them to be refunded. He got me to sign before doing the refund. I asked if I would definately get refund. He said 'sure - I'll sort it out later'.

I checked my receipt and found he had given me someone else's. I asked for mine. He eventually found it in van.

He left and I then found all 15 freshly delivered eggs were crushed. (HATE)

I phoned helpline who refunded the eggs (LOVE!) but then said I'd have to wait 3-5 days and check my bank balance to see if I had been refunded for raspberries and mini-milks and call back if not. (HATE)

3 hours later I got a call from an apologetic call advisor (LOVE!) who said he was very sorry but todays delivery would need to be cancelled because their van had broken down. He was surprised to learn I already had my delivery. (HATE)

Poor Tesco. Obviously having a bad day. I'll let you off because you delivered my fat free Onken. (LOVE!)

Luckily they also delivered all I needed to make "Sweet Cherry Tom Crispy Chicken" (Jamie Oliver inspired again - guess who got a load of JO books from the library)

WHAT WENT INTO IT:
  • Chicken breasts
  • Bunch of fresh basil - chopped
  • Two punnets of red and yellow cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 bulb of garlic cloved
  • Tsp of lazy chilli
  • Seasoning
HOW I DID IT:
  • Preheat oven to gas mark 4
  • Season the chicken before fitting them into a casserole dish.
  • Cover with the basil and all the tomatoes, garlic and chilli.
  • Spray with fry light and mix for a moment the pop in oven for 90mins turning the tomatoes half way though and topping up fry light if needed.

I served with lots of green veg.

BREAKFAST: A BANANA, A MELON AND 5 EGGS SCRAMBLED; LUNCH: FRIED SQUID SALAD WITH ROASTED PEPPER, TOMATOES, 8 OLIVES (1 SYN); DINNER: "SWEET CHERRY TOM CRISPY CHICKEN"; SNACKS: PUNNET OF GRAPES, APPLE AND 2 ALPEN LIGHT BARS (HEALTHY B OPTION), CUP OF TEA WITH DASH OF MILK (HEALTHY A OPTION);

PUDDING:

ONKEN FAT FREE STRAWBERRY YOGHURT WITH BANANA CHUNKS AND A CHOPPED UP ALPEN LITE BAR (3 SYNS) (BUT WITHOUT FROZEN FRUIT. HATE.)

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Squidalicious

Current Weight:

15 stone 2lbs

Weight Loss since March 2010:

1 stone 2lbs

Todays Syn Count:

0.5 on Extra Easy

Wow, my Wednesday morning weigh-in was pretty special. The day I went on holiday (and temporarily stopped dieting) I weighed in at 14 stone 12lbs. The day I came back from holiday I weighed 15 stone 6lbs. 2 days later it's my official weigh in and I'm 15 stone 2lbs.

4lbs loss in 2 days? Pretty cool. Now to work on those other 4lbs for next week. Shouldn't be too hard as I have nothing special planned and have got about 15 new recipes lined up to try out. This time round I've realised that you don't have to follow 'slimming world' specific recipes (not that they aren't lovely most of the time), but I'm easily finding really tasty food in normal cookery books that work on the plan.

I adapted the "Squidalicious" recipe from another Jamie Oliver book.

WHAT WENT INTO IT FOR FOUR PEOPLE:
  • 1kg new potatoes
  • a grab of fresh mint
  • 1kg medium squid gutted
  • Tsp lazy chilli
  • Red onion - sliced
  • A sprinkle of white pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • juice of two lemons
  • Seasoning
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil (HEALTHY B OPTION)
HOW I DID IT:
  • Boil the new potatoes with the mint until slightly overcooked and then fry them in in the olive oil (or frylight) until golden and a bit crushed.
  • Meanwhile slip a knife inside each of the squid and use another to cut through as far as the knife, so the cut doesn't go all the way through the squid.
  • When the potatoes are nicely golden add the onion and mix them up.
  • Season the squid with the ground white pepper and a little salt, then tip the onions and potatoes on another plate and use the same pan to fry the squid for two minutes on each side. Add the garlic and chilli and coat the squid nicely, then add the whole lot together for a final mix on the stove before serving with squeezed lemon.

BREAKFAST: 4 EGGS SCRAMBLED; LUNCH: TUNA MAYO BAKED POTATO (HEALTHY A OPTION AND 0.5 SYNS); DINNER: "SQUIDALICIOUS"; SNACKS: APPLE;

PUDDING:

STRAWBERRIES AND ONKEN FAT FREE STRAWBERRY YOGHURT

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Slow Roasted Balsamic Tomatoes

Current Weight:

14 stone 13lbs

Weight Loss since March 2010:

1 stone 5lbs

Todays Syn Count:

4 on Extra Easy

My multitasking skills failed me today when I combined making lunch with preparing Squirky's sterilising solution. I caught myself adding
a sachet of chilli chicken powder from my supernoodles into the sterilising bucket full of fresh water.

Other than that I am settling into diet mode once again after our holiday and am enjoying feeling a touch healthier again. I'm even considering....exercise! We hired a bike on the holiday camp last week. The first ten minutes killed me, but I really got into it and am now wondering if I could manage a whole hours exercise a week......watch this space.

On Tuesday evening I served a side of "Slow Roasted Balsamic Tomatoes" with chicken and boiled new potatoes. The tomatoes are meant to serve 6 but me and my Chunky Lover ate this between us. I mainly got the recipe wrong - I had no baby leeks (I used normal ones sliced thinly), no fresh bay leaves (I used dried) and I think I used the wrong size tomatoes. Tasted lovely though so will definitely give the proper version a go at some point! Click here for the original Jamie Oliver recipe and see how badly wrong I got it!


BREAKFAST: BANANA, MELON AND YOGHURT; LUNCH: SUPERNOODLES AND 8 OLIVES (1 SYN); DINNER: "SLOW ROASTED BALSAMIC TOMATOES" (HEALTHY B OPTION FOR OLIVE OIL); SNACKS: APPLES AND ALPEN LITE BAR (3 SYNS) ;

PUDDING:

ONKEN FAT FREE STRAWBERRY YOGHURT AND STRAWBERRIES