First week done and dusted

I have been so busy over the weekend that I haven’t had a chance to even think about updating my blog!

I started off on Friday night with a nice long swim after work – 1.2km in the outdoor pool (60 lengths), and I had the pool all to myself the entire time – bliss!  Friday night’s dinner was Paprika Pork with rice (delicious, and Syn free).

On Saturday I was up early for breakfast (scrambled eggs and baked beans on toast), and then it was off to the supermarket for my food shop.  I was pleasantly surprised that, despite the fact that I was buying a couple of fillet steaks, the entire shop cost little more than I would have spent had I been buying lager, wine and take away pizzas!  As soon as I was back from the shop it was time to prepare the ingredients for Saturday night’s dinner, and then I made Burger in a Bowl for lunch.  It’s only the second time I’ve had that, and it was stonking – the sauce is to die for!  After lunch we headed out for a short Geocaching walk from Two Bridges to Crockern Tor and back.  One of the joys of living in the South West is that (when the weather is kind) we have so many amazing places to walk, and it’s so easy to get plenty of Body Magic in!  I had time to sit down for about half an hour after we got back before starting to cook dinner, which was Chicken Lattice Puff Pies, served with mash and veg.  It was 4.5 Syns for the pastry but well worth it, as it felt like a proper treat.

Sunday dawned sunny again, and I was awake early so I prepared the chicken for the salad I was making for lunch, and then headed off for an early morning swim.  I did 40 lengths of the indoor pool which equals 1km.  I then got back and enjoyed some Weetabix topped with strawberries and blueberries for breakfast, before heading off to Harbourneford for a Geocaching event, which was really good fun.  When I got back it was time to make the Spicy Chicken Salad (just 1.5 Syns and sooooo tasty) which we were having for lunch, and then we headed back off to Dartmoor for another short Geocaching walk, this time on Roborough Down.  I just about had time for a shower when we got back before cooking last night’s dinner, which was immense – griddled fillet steak with oven baked potato wedges, oven baked vine tomatoes, mushrooms, and peas.  All that food, and not a Syn in sight!

I will get the hang of posting photos on here at some point in the not too distant future, but for now, wander over to my Instagram (link at the top of the page) to see what I’ve been enjoying this past weekend.

I have truly loved my first week of being back on plan – I have eaten amazing food, and so much more than I would have done had I been eating my usual rubbish.  I’ve also saved a lot of money by not having any alcohol – yes, that’s right – not a drop has passed my lips in a week now!  I’m definitely feeling better for it, I’m sleeping better, and I’m sure that there is already some room in my work trousers, which definitely wasn’t there last week!

Now, let’s see what the scales say at 5.00pm…!


Day 3

Another great food day yesterday.

I had scrambled eggs with the remainder of my smoked salmon for breakfast, then leftover chilli for lunch, topped with 30g of Cheddar (Healthy Extra A choice).  Dinner was a turkey, bacon and thyme hotpot, from an old magazine, which was just 1 Syn.  I had it served with mashed potato and steamed carrots and sliced runner beans.  There was masses of it, so I have leftovers for lunch today.

I had thought that Wednesday evening could be a challenge.  I’m an avid fan of The Apprentice, and have always enjoyed it with a few glasses of wine (called in our house ‘Apprentice Wine’).  Last night was going to be the first time we’d not had Apprentice Wine, and I was aware that I might find myself wishing I had some.  Instead of the wine, though, I had some Apprentice Black Tea and a couple of Rocky Road Hi-Fi bars (Healthy Extra B choice).  And it was fine – no wine cravings at all!

I also got some more Body Magic in last night – 30 minutes swimming, and another 500m knocked off the Channel swim challenge that I’m doing.  I’m up over 9 miles done now, so progress is definitely being made!

For photos of yesterday’s food, head on over to my Instagram page (link in the header).

Day 2

Yesterday was another good Slimming World day.

I started with scrambled eggs and smoked salmon for breakfast, and for lunch had a 60g wholemeal roll filled with cooked turkey and cucumber, as I needed something easy due to being away with work for the day.

When I’d finished work I went for a 1.2km swim in the gym’s outdoor pool (which I had all to myself – bonus!), and I was massively craving an orange when I finished.  I hadn’t had an orange for ages, and I enjoyed every mouthful!

Dinner was beef chilli with rice – it’s a Syn-free recipe which is packed with speed food (chestnut mushrooms, mixed peppers, onion, garlic, and tomatoes), but I shared a 40g bag of Doritos Chilli Heatwaves, so counted 5 Syns for that (it’s 9.5 for the bag).

After dinner I was so full that I didn’t need to have anything else, and so ended the day on 5 Syns.

Check out my Instagram feed for photos of yesterday’s food!

I’m loving being back on plan so far!