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Monday, 28 March 2011

Too Much Stirfry

Start Weight in Feb 2010:
16 stone 4lbs

Current Weight:
14 stone 9lbs

Weight Loss Since Feb 2010:
1 stone 9 lbs

This Week's Loss/Gain:
0.5lb loss

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

And once again, a loss despite 2 days of decadence over the weekend.
I could get used to this...have every weekend off but keep losing weight....

But the reason why I think this happened was because I was so anxious in the week I could barely bring myself to eat. This is highly unusual for me and an experience I don't wish to repeat.

I've decided not to go to class any more now my count down has run out. I only stop in to get weighed and never stay for image therapy. Instead I'll weigh myself at home on the Wii and call the SW helpline when I need to check syns on something.

I'll pop my £4.50 in a jar each week and when I lose 7lbs I'll use the money to treat myself to something....

So I want to get to 14 stone 2. Ideally before our holiday at the end of May. If I stay anxious and worried about work I may just get there!

RECIPE OF THE WEEK
Spray a wok with frylight and fry BEEF STRIPS for 8 minutes.
Chuck in a tub of RAINBOW STIRFRY VEGETABLES and serve with EGG NOODLES and SOY SAUCE

Monday, 21 March 2011

Fish and Chips

Start Weight in Feb 2010:
16 stone 4lbs

Current Weight:
14 stone 9.5lbs

Weight Loss Since Feb 2010:
1 stone 8.5 lbs

This Week's Loss/Gain:
2lb loss

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

2lbs off tonight, which isn't bad in anyone's book, but is especially amazing for me as I ate like a pig all weekend. The usual suspects: peanut butter on toast, chocolate, cocoa cola, chips, quarter-pounders. And a couple of fancier options too: chicken pate on crostini, croissant and brioche bread and butter pudding and rhubarb Bellinis.

So I got to have my cake and eat it this week.

Before my blow out weekend I stuck to plan religiously. Even when my Chunky Lover and The Troll popped out on Friday night for a fish and chip supper, I was saintlike and removed the batter from the fish and made my own chips. It was worth it to sit with the family and all enjoy a treat together, without feeling like the odd one out.

RECIPE OF THE WEEK
Spray a baking tray in frylight and heat in a very hot oven
Cut baking potatoes into chunky chip shapes. Boil for 7 mins then drain and leave to cool.
Shake to roughen edges.
Spread across baking tray and bake at top of oven on highest heat for about 45 mins. Sprinkle with salt and spray with frylight twice during cooking time.
Strip your fish, fresh from the chippie, of its batter. Weep as you throw the batter in the bin.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Balsamic Chicken and Roasted Vegetable and Rocket Salad

Start Weight in Feb 2010:
16 stone 4lbs

Current Weight:
14 stone 11.5lbs

Weight Loss Since Feb 2010:
1 stone 7 lbs

This Week's Loss/Gain:
0.5lb gain

Number of Days I Stuck to Plan This Week:
6/7

There are certain things that fall firmly under My Chunky Lover's household remit. Taking the bins out. Carrying anything heavy. Doing the early shift with Squirky (they are both early risers). Driving. And there are certain things which are clearly my responsibility. Cooking. The weekly shop. Organising the household diary....

Every now and again I try and shake things up a bit and attempt to get My Chunky Lover to cook us an evening meal.

This happens about 4 times a year. The asking part is always difficult (he is a reluctant cook) but the meal is always truly delicious. He is a far superior cook to me.

The conversation this week went

Me: I'm making chicken and spinach curry tonight
Him: Don't bother for me, that's sounds disgusting. I'll have toast
Me: (Keeping the swear words in my head... ungrateful wretch!) But I have a whole pack of chicken defrosted now, I'll think of something else. I know, I'll do chicken roasted in balsamic vinegar and roasted veg. I've got some salad too. And in fact why don't you cook it?
Him:..................................................................................
Me: Babe? Why don't you cook it?
Him: How?...
Me: Erm....? You roast the chicken in balsamic vinegar....and you roast the veg...and you put salad on plates......

So once he'd mastered that, he served up dinner and once again it blew anything I ever cook right out of the water. I just wish he was more willing!

I stayed on track all week until Sunday afternoon. We had guests and I ate a diet version of what the were having (they had pizza and salad, I had the same without the pizza....), so when they produced a Banoffee Pie for pudding I decided to have a slice. I hadn't had more that 2 syns a day all week, so I knew I'd be covered.

However, after that slice the floodgates opened and when they left I finished off the left over pizza, had three chocolate bars, buttered toast and a load of cherry tango.

Not good. 0.5lbs on - all because of 4 hours binging.

RECIPE OF THE WEEK
Place CHICKEN BREAST in an over proof dish and drench in BALSAMIC VINEGAR.
Roast on a medium heat for about 50 mins
Roast sliced RED ONION and CHERRY TOMATOES in FRY LIGHT for the last 30 mins (give additional squirts of FRY LIGHT whilst roasting)
Serve ROCKET on the plate and top with the roasted veg and chicken.
I added 8 OLIVES (1 SYN) and 28G CHEESE (HEALTHY A OPTION)

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Chunky Meatball Soup

Start Weight in Feb 2010:
16 stone 4lbs

Current Weight:
14 stone 11lbs

Weight Loss Since Feb 2010:
1 stone 7.5 lbs

This Week's Loss/Gain:
6lb loss

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

You know things are bad when you start getting calls at home from your Slimming World consultant.....

Over the last three weeks I had managed to get my weight to OVER the weight I was when I started back at Image Therapy.

But I hope I have made her proud this week. I managed to stay on track for 7 days and lost 6lbs in doing so.

I've managed to secure a few more months of work, so I'm feeling a bit more settled within myself. I need to start concentrating on digging up some new meals for the family, that only take minutes and taste fabulous.

I really miss the halcyon days of having a whole afternoon to prep up ingredients and concentrate on flavours. Maybe I should have another baby and take another year off???? I'm sure my Chunky Lover would LOVE that! Ha ha ha!

RECIPE OF THE WEEK
Chunky Meatball Soup - recipe here
I omitted the oil and synned the meatballs at 5syns per portion.
If I'd had the the time I'd have made the meatballs and this would have been free. (I guess I could have used Quorn...)