Sunday, January 12, 2014

Slimming World Sunday #2

Wow lads, I honestly didn't think my introductory post on Slimming World last week would've done as well as it did and I presume the time of year that it is helped things along!  I've had so many lovely comments, tweets, emails and instagram comments from readers and you've all been just so nice and encouraging, which makes me want to strive to reach my goal even more.  So thanks a mill, yis are stars.

Since I didn't give much solid information in last week's post, just a little waffle really, I thought I'd give a more in depth run down of the plan.  I think for the month of January, I'll do weekly posts and then maybe monthly ones, sure we'll see how it goes!

The plan itself.

You don't have to weigh or measure anything.  As long as each meal you have has 1/3 SuperFree, 1/3 carbs and1/3 lean protein, you're good to go.  SuperFree means most fresh fruit and vegetables.  Free foods include potatoes, rice, pasta, couscous.  You have a Healthy A option which is your calcium for the day (thanks Mary Molloy!) and I generally use milk for that as I have it for breakfast most days.  Your Healthy B option takes care of the fibre aspect of the plan and the list is huge for that.  I use Weetabix as my Healthy B, but if I wanted a sandwich at lunch, I'd have fruit and yogurt for breakfast and use wholemeal bread for my Healthy B.  As I mentioned last week, it took me about a week to fully get the plan and then it was plain sailing!

A typical day for me is as follows:

Breakfast - 2 Weetabix with Slimline milk and a banana.  Cup of coffee with 2 sugars.  Now, the 2 sugars uses up 2 syns and I could use sweetener and use no syns, but here's the thing.  That first cup of coffee in the morning is the best thing in life.  Nothing beats it and the joy I get from it isn't right to be honest, but I love it and it's worth sacrificing those syns.

Lunch - Salad with greens and lots of fresh veggies with either tuna, smoked salmon, chicken or ham.  If I've had pasta the night before, I'll add some of that in too.  I try to cram as much fibre and vegetables in at lunch time.  And if I'm being honest, making a salad for lunch is quick and easy.  It involves chopping and placing things into my lunchbox.  I'm not a big fan of salad dressings and instead like to use lemon juice or balsamic vinegar over everything.

Dinners haven't really changed much for me.  I make sure a third of my plate is vegetables, a third is carbohydrates like potatoes, pasta or rice and a third is lean protein.  I fry everything with Fry Light, except for when I'm doing steak.  I need oil for that!  But I factor that into my syns and I'm good to go.  This week I had a baked potato topped with tuna, sweetcorn and a tablespoon of Lighter than light mayo, for a syn count of 1.  I wasn't in the mood for brocolli or other veggies on my plate, so while I was waiting for the potato to cook, I munched on a handful of fresh sweetpeas, the ones in their pods, which are one of my favourite things ever these days!  I go through a couple of bags of these a week, cutting them up for salads or just snacking.

I'd a home made chicken curry too that lasted for two days and worked out at 3.5 syns.  Joanne and I took a few pictures of food we've had this week and I made Eadaoin at work take some too as she's doing it with me and we're flying it.

My lovely salad altogether // Eadaoin's taco fries - chips topped with chilli
Joanne's chicken curry // Eggs on toast

My easy chicken curry // Fresh sugarsnap peas are the best snack // Chips, egg & bacon
I'm starving just looking at those photos!  I'm now cooking more than ever and you know what?  I feel the better for it.  My stomach has calmed down a lot in the bloating department thank God.

I drink 2 litres of water a day and always have, so no difference there for me.  And I've learned that I need to have a bottle handy so that I've no excuse not to drink up!  And I know this is true because at the weekend, my water consumption goes way down, so I need to fix that.

I'm obsessed with Muller Lite yogurts and the fruit ones I'm milling through are sun free!  As a treat I'll pop a handful of blueberries in them and that staves off any cravings I have for something sweet.

I could go on forever here, so I'll leave it at that for this week.  If you're going to join Slimming World, then please come back here and keep me posted on your progress.  And if you're already a member, then let's keep each other motivated!

I have a million things I want to tell ye about the plan, but if there's anything specific you want to know, leave me a comment and I'll get cracking on next week's blog post.
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  1. Well done Karen & Joanne, I think the hardest part sometimes is just joining & starting it! I don't really follow any plan at all, but I think I might need the structure so this might be worth a look

    Chloe - Very Lovely Stuff

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    1. Thanks Chloe, you're absolutely right, taking that first step is always the hardest, if you need any other info on the plan, gimme a shout

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  2. You're working on it great !
    Myself I hate thinking about slimming programs but I try to eat healthy and balanced food and it looks a lot like your own program. My motto is to eat nice and healthy (and yummy!) 80% of the time, and from time to time I endulge myself with some not-so-healthy food (which is in fact not extremely unhealthy since I don't really have a taste for junk food).

    This easy chicken curry looks yummy ! Would you share the recipe ?

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    1. Sounds like your plan is working for you :) I need to have something like a weigh in or a meeting to be accountable for what I eat during the week, otherwise I go wild!

      I will of course share the recipe, stay tuned for next week's post :)

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  3. Oh you make it sound easy. How's about some recipes, especially that chicken curry, looks yummy.

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    1. We'll be putting up some recipes next week, a plan is in action :)

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    2. Great stuff, can't wait. Thanks....Marian

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  4. Thanks for the shout out! I'd also be interested in the chicken curry recipe.

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    1. Very welcome lady :) I'll have it up for you next week :)

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  5. I joined my local sw group after your last post, I love it so far (one week down) I feel like it's actually a long term thing, teaching me how to eat properly not just to lose weight. Your meals look delish!

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    1. That's exactly how I feel Sarah, it's a long term change of lifestyle things more than anything. I'll be eating this way forever now, so can't go wrong eh? Best of luck with your journey and keep us posted!

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  6. Well done! Myself I'm doing weight watchers, but due to shifts not attending classes! Going to see how I get on doing it. At the end of this month there's a gym opening up in my area and I'm really thinking about joining!

    Good luck this week XXX

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    1. Best of luck Celeste! Keep me posted on your progress, we can motivate each other @)

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  7. Am loving these posts Karen, thank you so much for writing them and well done for the loss to date. I joined SW last week. I have been looking for a lifestyle plan rather than a quick fix as I lost the weight before but have put it all back on. I was feeling so bad about it but for the first time in a long time I am feeling optimistic that I will keep it off this time. Looking forward to seeing the recipes.

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    1. I'm glad you like the posts Gwen, I'm the exact same in that I want something I can stick to forever. Keep me posted on how you get on and if you've any tips, send 'em my way!

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  8. Love these posts karen,thanks for posting. I did SW before & found it great,lost lots of weight,and you can Still have your treats like glass wine etc. Reading your posts is giving me the motivation to start back on the plan again & lose a few pounds! Have you checked out slimming eats? Its a blog by a lady in Canada i think- she posts her SW recipes- great if you are getting bored with your usual foods. Looking forward to reading your next post!

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