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Thursday, 9 December 2010

Sun Dried Tomato, Red Onion and Garlic Risotto and Balsamic Chicken

Current Weight:
14 stone 3 lbs

Weight Loss Since Feb 2010:
2 stone 1 lbs

This Week's Loss/Gain:
2lb gain

Number of Days I Stuck to Plan This Week:

1.5/7

Weekly Syn Count:
1 across 1 Slimming World days, and hundreds on the 6 off plan

I took The Troll to see Father Christmas in the sinister grotto at our local shopping centre. The theme seemed to be Gurning & Evil Alice in Wonderland juxtaposed against exposed wiring and overloaded gangplanks. Very festive.

Still, The Troll saw past all that and was memorised by the fairylights and nutty high pitched carol soundtrack and followed the Tallest-Christmas-Elf-in-the-World into Santa's lair. I mean grotto.

It has to be said he was a superb Santa with twinkly blue eyes and when the Troll told him that Squirky keeps pulling all the decorations off the tree he said 'that means you have extra fun in putting them back on again'. Ahhh trust jolly old Santa to put a happy festive swing onto something I was beginning to get quite irritated about myself.

The Christmas invites are coming thick and fast now so the dieting days will become fewer on the ground. And if it's not Christmas do's then it's X-Factor parties. Xmas and XFactor - what a winning crimbo combo.

Ho ho ho - I'll have a tummy fatter than Santa's by January.

WHAT WENT INTO IT FOR TWO:
  • 1 pack of Gallo Pronto Risotto - Sun Dried Tomato Flavour
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 clove of garlic (I love the ready peeled fresh ones from Tesco)
  • 350g chicken mini fillets
  • a few glugs of balsamic vinegar
  • 2tbsp extra virgin olive oil (HEALTHY B OPTION PER SERVING)
  • 56g cheese (HEALTHY A OPTION PER SERVING)

HOW I DID IT:
  • Place the chicken fillets in an oven proof dish and cover with balsamic so all of chicken is covered. Roast for 25 minutes
  • Dice the onion and garlic finely and fry in olive oil
  • Make risotto as per pack instructions
  • Combine the onion, garlic and risotto
  • Top with pieces of chicken and cheese

THURSDAY: 1 SYN
BREAKFAST: PUDDING RICE, YOGHURT, BLUEBERRIES; LUNCH: HAM, TOMATO AND OLIVE (8 FOR 1 SYN) 4 EGG OMELETTE; DINNER: GALLO PRONTO SUN DRIED TOMATO RISOTTO, WITH CHICKEN ROASTED IN BALSAMIC VINEGAR, AND RED ONION AND GARLIC FRIED IN EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL (HEALTHY B OPTION) TOPPED WITH CHEESE (HEALTHY A OPTION); SNACKS: TWO DIET COKES; PUDDING: BLUEBERRIES AND YOGHURT

FRIDAY: DIDN'T COUNT SYNS FOR EVENING MEAL
BREAKFAST: PUDDING RICE, MULLER LGHT YOGHURT, BLUEBERRIES, CUP OF TEA WITH DASH OF MILK (0.5 SYNS); LUNCH: HAM, TOMATO AND OLIVE (8 FOR 1 SYN) 4 EGG OMELETTE; DINNER: HAWAIIAN PIZZA AND CHEESE GARLIC BREAD; SNACKS: 2 BANANAS, CUP OF TEA WITH DASH OF MILK (0.5 SYNS), 2 ALPEN LIGHT BARS (HEALTHY B CHOICE); PUDDING: LOADS OF ROCKY ROAD ICE CREAM

SATURDAY: DIDN'T COUNT SYNS - DAY OFF
BREAKFAST: NOTHING; LUNCH: BREADS, CHEESES, PORK AND APRICOT PINCHES, MINI XMAS PIES, MINI CROQUE MONSIEUR'S, PRINGLES, QUALITY STREET, TERRYS CHOC ORANGE ;DINNER: MORE BREADS AND CHEESES; SNACKS: SNOWBALLS, MOJITOS, COKE, CHERRY COKE; PUDDING: MINCE PIE AND CREAM

SUNDAY: DIDN'T COUNT SYNS- DAY OFF
BREAKFAST: BACON AND EGG ROLL; LUNCH: QUARTER POUNDER AND FESTIVE PIE; DINNER: BEEF SHOULDER ROAST, WITH ROAST POTATOES AND YORKSHIRE PUDDING; SNACKS: MALTEASERS, QUALITY STREET, LEFT OVER BREAD, CHEESE AND PATE; PUDDING: BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE

MONDAY: DIDN'T COUNT SYNS - DAY OFF
BREAKFAST: NONE; LUNCH: CHEESE AND TOMATO ROLL, FLAP JACK, SNICKERS, PEPSI MAX;DINNER: GAME PIE, ROAST POTS AND VEG; SNACKS: NONE;PUDDING: STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING AND CREAM

TUESDAY: DIDN'T COUNT SYNS - DAY OFF
BREAKFAST: PORRIDGE; LUNCH: PASTA, PESTO, CHEESE ;DINNER: MISO SOUP (1.5 SYNS PER SERVING);SNACKS: LOADS OF TERRYS CHOCOLATE ORANGE (ONLY £1 IN TESCO RIGHT NOW); PUDDING: MORE TERRY'S CHOCOLATE ORANGE

WEDNESDAY: DIDN'T COUNT SYNS - DAY OFF
BREAKFAST: COCOPOPS, SCRAMBLED EGG ON TOAST); LUNCH: MUCH CHOCOLATE;DINNER: CHINESE TAKEAWAY INCLUDING CHICKEN BALLS, SALT AND PEPPER CHICKEN WINGS;SNACKS: CHOCOLATE; PUDDING: CHOCOLATE!

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Winter's Roasted Lamb & Chunky Cut Vegetables with Mint and Almond Pesto

Current Weight:
14 stone 1 lbs

Weight Loss Since Feb 2010:
2 stone 3 lbs

This Week's Loss/Gain:
3lb loss

Number of Days I Stuck to Plan This Week:
5/7

Weekly Syn Count:
26.5 across 5 Slimming World days, and hundreds on the two off plan

I managed to mess my back up by putting my socks on! I was stood balancing on one leg whilst I slipped the sock on my other foot to protect my tootsies from the 'weather event' outside when suddenly a shooting pain pierced through my right buttock and I landed in a heap on the floor.

Thankfully The Troll and Squirky were residing at 'Their Country Residence' (i.e. The In-Law's From Heaven) so I whilst I was reeling in agnony on the floor for 20 minutes trying to work out how to stand, at least I didn't have two children depending on me for breakfast.

It turns out my lower back is still weak from my two pregnancies, and although the physio didn't say it, I'm willing to bet my excess weight doesn't help.

So this week has mostly been about pelvic floor exercises...squeeze in...hold for ten...and out.....

Sticking to plan after having three weeks off has been difficult. More so because I'd got into bad habits than actually craving anything. I'd got used to grabbing a biscuit or two whenever I had a cup of tea. I've caught myself reaching for the biccie tin on more than one occasion without meaning too.

Also, I keep getting these signs......signs that I am meant to eat badly....for instance, what with all this snow we haven't had post for days, but we still get about three pizza delivery leaflets through the door everyday. Someone, somewhere is telling me to eat pizza, right?

I'm not denying myself completely though. True to my philosophy when I picked up Slimming World for the third time back in February, although I'm back on plan I'm still going to have the odd day where dieting isn't appropriate. Dieting mostly isn't appropriate around Christmas so I fully intend to have one or two days a week off right through December when we have parties or friends over. How bad am I? I hope Santa still brings my pressies.

Tonight's dinner came courtesy of this recipe. It's an 'autumn' dish but it worked just as well on a cold winter's night.

WHAT INGREDIENTS I SYNNED/CHANGED:
  • I dropped the avocado (the list of ingredients calls for avocado, which sounds weird and decided not worth the syns, but when I actually did the recipe it turns out it meant artichoke which actually would have been quite nice)
  • I used a mixed bag of pre peeled and cubed butter nut squash and sweet potato
  • I substituted the olive oil with fry light
  • I omitted the bread
  • White wine (1 SYN PER SERVING)
  • Almonds (2.25 SYNS PER SERVING)
  • Mustard (0.25 SYNS PER SERVING)
  • Olive oil for pesto (1.5 SYNS PER SERVING)
(I ate two portions, so 10 syns for the day)

WHAT I ATE THIS WEEK:

THURSDAY: 2 SYNS
BREAKFAST: PUDDING RICE, YOGHURT, BLUEBERRIES; LUNCH: PASTA, CHEESE (HEALTHY A CHOICE), 8 OLIVES (1 SYN), BASIL LEAVES, SEASONING; DINNER: LAMB MARINATED IN TESCO PERFECT SHAKE STEAK SEASONING, MINI ROASTED POTATOES WITH SHALLOTS, GARLIC AND FRYLIGHT, PEAS, ROASTED CHERRY TOMATOES; SNACKS: 2 CUPS OF TEA WITH DASHES OF MILK (1 SYN), HAM, GRAPES, TWO YOGHURTS, 2 ALPEN LIGHT BARS (HEALTHY B CHOICE); PUDDING: BLUEBERRIES AND YOGHURT

FRIDAY: 3.5 SYNS
BREAKFAST: PUDDING RICE, MULLER LGHT YOGHURT, BLUEBERRIES; LUNCH: SALAD, 8 OLIVES (1 SYN), GRAPES, TUNA MAYO (0.5 SYNS) ROASTED TOMATOES, 2 BOILED EGGS; DINNER: "COWBOYS BREAKFAST" (HEALTHY A CHOICE AND 1.5 SYNS FOR 3 WEIGHT WATCHERS SAUSAGES) ; SNACKS: CHERRY MULLER LIGHT, CUP OF TEA WITH DASH OF MILK (0.5 SYNS), 2 ALPEN LIGHT BARS (HEALTHY B CHOICE); PUDDING: BLUEBERRIES AND 2 CHERRY MULLER LIGHT YOGHURTS

SATURDAY: 9 SYNS
BREAKFAST: PUDDING RICE, YOGHURT, BLUEBERRIES; LUNCH: PASTA, CHEESE (HEALTHY A OPTION), BASIL LEAVES, SEASONING; DINNER: CHINESE TAKEAWAY: CHICKEN CHOWMEIN (9 SYNS), BOILED RICE, SOY SAUCE; SNACKS: APPLES AND GRAPES, 2 ALPEN LIGHT BARS (HEALTHY B CHOICE); PUDDING: BLUEBERRIES AND YOGHURT

SUNDAY: DIDN'T COUNT SYNS- DAY OFF
BREAKFAST: CROISSANTS AND BACON, ORANGE JUICE; LUNCH: LIVER PATE, SALMON TERRINE, BUTTERED BREAD, MEATBALLS; DINNER: TWO SLICES OF PEANUT BUTTER ON TOAST; SNACKS: MALTEASERS, QUALITY STREET; PUDDING: BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE

MONDAY: DIDN'T COUNT SYNS - DAY OFF
BREAKFAST: HOT CHOCOLATE AND CHOCOLATE MUFFIN; LUNCH: CHEESE AND HAM OMELETTE AND CHIPS, CHOCCIE MILKSHAKE; DINNER: GAME PIE, ROAST POTS AND VEG; SNACKS: NONE; PUDDING: STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING AND CREAM

TUESDAY: 2 SYNS
BREAKFAST: PUDDING RICE, YOGHURT, BLUEBERRIES; LUNCH: BAKED POTATOE, TUNA MAYO (0.5 SYNS), CHEESE (HEALTHY A OPTION); DINNER: MISO SOUP (1.5 SYNS PER SERVING); SNACKS: YOGHURT, 3 BANANAS, 2 ALPEN LIGHT BARS (HEALTHY B CHOICE); PUDDING: BLUEBERRIES AND YOGHURT

WEDNESDAY: 10 SYNS
BREAKFAST: PUDDING RICE, YOGHURT, BLUEBERRIES, 2 CUPS OF TEA WITH DASHES OF MILK (HEALTHY A CHOICE); LUNCH: HAM OMELETTE; DINNER: "WINTER'S LAMB CASSEROLE" (10 SYNS); SNACKS: TWO YOGHURTS, 2 ALPEN LIGHT BARS (HEALTHY B CHOICE); PUDDING: BLUEBERRIES AND YOGHURT