Friday, 23 August 2013

Caught the bus a week earlier

Regular bloggers and readers of blogs will know that I had a scare with Sean who was in hospital early July to have a small tumour removed.  At one point it seemed he would struggle to make it and I was never so scared. Made worse as he was on a ventilator and under anaesthetic to keep him 'under'
for days.  Happily he is recuperating steadily and now on the mend.  The tumour had been a cancer in early stages and was totally excised.  Phew!!  Many thanks to all my FB buddies who gave such encouraging and lovely comments when he was ill.  It helped so much.
We were able to take our caravan out to Norfolk for a week, but he struggled with towing it, (no way could I tow it!) so we decided to leave it on the pretty site we use near Holt.  We can now just go whenever we want.  Seemed so strange leaving it there. And so......

I had all good intentions of kick starting my healthy eating plan next Wednesday.  I have a dinner party on Saturday with a lovely couple me and Sean met during our regular dog walks by the River Trent. Bank holiday Monday, planned BBQ today, so I figured on getting all this out of the way. 
I had received a letter from our local GP saying my thyroid function check was due and my blood pressure had to be checked.  Yesterday I decided to check my BP at home as I bought a machine thingy last February when high BP was first diagnosed.  The last time I checked was May and it was normal, I noted my weight was 13st 7lbs too.  My BP was sky high.  Strange as I always take the prescribed medication.  Time to dig out the scales from under my sideboard. (Ashamed to say they were dusty from lack of use) I had put on 7lbs.  Which is not bad considering I have not been on any kind of plan.  I think I have got off light in view of some who gain dramatically.  In their defence I would say weight gain over a week or two is usually fluid and should come off easily.  Mine is no doubt fat (trousers/skirts are tighter)

No photos yet as I hadn't planned a blog until this morning.

Breakfast - missed. Shock of v.high BP put paid to that. A visit to the nurse confirmed it was sky high. A visit to GP on Tuesday should hopefully get it back under control.

Lunch - Two soft boiled eggs and one slice of bread (from 400g loaf)

Chicken thighs in Cajun spices had been planned. So I did the honourable thing and removed the skin, and spray lighted them and baked in the oven. In a separate cast iron dish I fried frozen diced onion with a few peas and frozen coriander.  Then just mixed it all together.  I can see now I should have added superfree to this.   I have a way to go to be back on this plan totally I reckon.  Minted yogurt on the side.  It is so easy to forget just how tasty healthier food can be.

I can see that today's food was not too bad considering what it has been like.
I need to really consider removing alcohol once more if I really want to lose weight.

I would hope to blog as often as possible, it seems to help when it is written down.

Love Carol xxx

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Day one of three done and dusted

It is always in three's with me. For me this works this way.  It takes three days to be back in control with eating . Three weeks non smoking to kick it for good.  Three weeks slimming to see a noticeable difference. So yesterday, day one, successfully achieved.

I am not doing a strict SW plan this time, I am kind of counting calories as I go.  I worked for a slimming group in the 90's (3 years) and it was based on calorie counting. 1250-1500 each day depending on how much weight you needed to lose.  Awareness has made me extremely careful with SW plan as it would be so easy to overdose on free foods.  Reading WLB account on this subject confirmed what had been niggling me.  Dinner followed by rice pudding for example.  Calorie wise it's equivalent to two main meals.  I know it works for lots of people but moderation is key.  I feel sad when I see newcomers to FB slimming pages who post pics of their free food dinners and not a superfree in sight.  It's sad because it took me a while to cotton on to the 1/3rd SF rules and that was nothing to do with attending class it was to do with reading blogs! Also I would like to point out, its those who do use their superfree are the super losers!

 Breakfast. Two soft boiled eggs and a slice of toast scraped with light butter.

Dinner       Beef casserole, with white cabbage, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and new potatoes.

Dessert one crumbled meringue nest, strawberries and 2 tbps elmlea light
Two glasses of white wine 220 cals total.
I also had a cup of hot chocolate 40 cals which is amazing when you fancy something chocolatey, my favourite is Galaxy bubbles 40 cals. 
Had to have an early night as Sean had to be at the hospital for 7am.  He rang to say he was going down to theatre first and to warn me he would be going straight to intensive care.  He wanted to warn me so that when I phone to see how he is, I wouldn't pass out.  So as I type my stomach is churning with worry.
I slept really badly last night, I went to bed too early.  I spent at least 2 hours on the kindle reading blogs, which is always good for motivation. By 05:30 I had given up hope of getting any sleep.  How does KM do her shifts and long hours, mind boggling and i am impressed.  I have lost count how many times I counted my calorie intake for the day.  I think I finally made it 1250 ish for the day.
Hope everyone is doing well.
Love Carol xx

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

I simply do not get it or get me!

Fact of the matter is I do not understand how a healthy eating plan (lets call if that) works , neither do I understand how I work. 
"I simply do not get it", then I recall back in the late 60's when our English teacher drilled into us, how you should never use the word "get" into any sentence ever. "There is no such verb as "Got!""  Lesson learnt and remembered. 
On 7th May I was 13st 7lb and this morning I am 13st 9 1/4lbs.  A gain of 2 1/4lbs.  I read blogs every day and comments from other SW friendly FB sites.  I see ladies gain many pounds after a few slip ups.  So this is where I do not get it.  I have had umpteen glasses of wine every day (not good I know), not a single yoghurt, melon, kiwi fruit. Hard to comprehend so I am going to attempt to list my eating yesterday - which is fairly indicative of the past 2 months.

Breakfast - nothing.
2 cups of coffee - semi skimmed milk

Lunch - 1/3rd of a large pork pie, cooked in frying pan with water two oxo beef cubes. (Odd I know but it softens up the pastry and heats it through) 1/3rd can baked beans.
Two slices of toast buttered (Lurpak light)

Dinner - Homemade lasagna, made with 1lb ex lean mince, Dolmio onion and garlic pasta sauce, homemade white sauce (milk, 1 hpd tbsp butter, 1 hpd tbsp plain flour, 1.5pts milk, nutmeg) Salad and 2 tbps ex.lite mayo.

Dessert - 1/2 banana, few strawberries, 3 tbps Elmea single cream.

Syns - 1/2 bar of Guinness flavour chocolate, 4 mikados.

Wine - 2 x 175mls glasses Sauvignon blanc.

I would say that yesterday was a typical day of eating. No planning, but by writing this down I can see where I could really have turned this into a better way of eating. Maybe the thyroid is under control and working effectively now - its been a few months since I was diagnosed with under active thyroid. This is where I go wrong. Each and every time, year in year out. What I do not seem to grasp is that I could also be 1/2 stone lighter minimum. 

I lie in bed every morning and read FB and emails before I get out of bed.  Each morning after reading Slimmer Bloggers page and fab ladies who inspire us all, I climb out of bed and think "Yes I will start again"  How can I make this morning any different? As I am doing this solo at home, I have the advantage where I don't have to wait until group meeting, I can do it now.  I can weigh in now.
So I have and I have written my blog in the hope it will continue.  However, I am aware that I said so only a few weeks ago and it obviously did not work. What will happen next if I don not get my head around this, is another two months will slip past, just like that !!!!

With no photos of food yesterday (it was hardly jaw dropping food!) I will leave one of me and Sean on the day we were leaving to go and see Rod Stewart. June 1sty this year.  The evening where I felt really confident and confident enough to jump up and down trying to attract Rod's attention.  I did by the way, attract attention,  as the other photos show.   No doubt at all we had eye contact.  If I am ever to be a threat to Penny Lancaster I must keep up the good work,.  (Only joking I wouldn't swap my George Clooney lookalike for anyone - well I think he's a bit George Clooney!)

Quite apprehensive as I write this, as Sean is going to hospital tomorrow to have a small lump removed from his chest - behind windpipe.  Tricky and awkward spot to have one, but it has been decided to try keyhole rather than open surgery. Hope that works, really worried but hopeful it will be removed successfully.  It is a benign lump that has grown v slowly over 5 years. 7mm to 28mm. A petit pois to a small strawberry is how I explained the metric size to my mum!  In any case it has to come out, it can't be left to grow.

Just about to start planning todays food.  I have lean beef out of freezer, so a beef casseroley thingy is on the menu for later.  Salad for lunch, will boil eggs right now!!

Will blog later...

Love Carol xxxx

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Tis good to be back

I decided to re-start my plan before I spiral out of control. I noticed that I wasn't buying yoghurts. No quark purchased since 16th May (last blog) I noticed I was buying more bread.  Jacobs Club biscuits had replaced Alpen light.   Breakfast routine was OK, lunch was probably ok too (eg. boiled eggs) Dinner was fine. I weighed every week as before and my last weigh in on Wednesday morning showed a 2lb gain since May 7th.
Q. Where did 2lb gain come from ?
A. Wine.
A few glasses of wine EACH day has become the norm.  This is what I will have difficulty cutting out or down. 

Breakfast  Strawberries, slice of melon, banana and 0% yoghurt Lemon and Lime. No sign of Molly this morning at breakfast time. I think she has forgotten the old routine, as its been a few weeks since I had fruit and yoghurt. She did put in an appearance, but it was too late, I had eaten it all.

Lunch  Tin salmon and salad. Loads of the usual salad ingredients, which are plentiful and tasty at this time of the year.  I just cannot see how some people love salads so much.  I simply do not like them.  I only eat salad as its simple to prepare, but taste wise, it does not do anything for me, never has.  My favourite salad ingredient is beetroot, then cucumber, then spring onions.  Maybe I could concoct a salsa with these ingredients.
Dinner  Boiled gammon, with steamed cauli/broccoli and new potatoes.  I made a small amount of cheese sauce.
Dessert. Eton mess thingy.  Crumbled meringue nest with strawberries and stirred a lemon/lime 0% yoghurt through.

So it looks like I survived the wine o'clock time in this household.  This occurs between 5.30pm and 7pm.  Once I made it to 7pm without a glass of wine, I knew I wouldn't want one after this time.  It seems a struggle at the moment, possibly because I have not been on plan. 
I always knew I had to go like the clappers, to keep to the plan, because summer has always been a diet buster for me.  As soon as the sun shines I want BBQ, wine, cider.  All I know is how much better I feel with 24.5bs off, last summers clothes fit better, some have been recycled as they are too big. I still have 28lbs to lose, so I must keep going. 
HEXA - 250ml semi skimmed milk (for coffee)
HEXB - Terrible to note that its 8pm and I haven't had any!  I didn't realise.
Cheese sauce - 5 ish
meringue nest - 5 (its a biggish one)
Evap milk - 1.5
Total 10.5 syns
Got to shape up a little Carol, I have not been as on the ball as I used to be, namely with Healthy extras.  Been fine with Superfree and Free.  Always a tough day - day one after being off plan.
Hope everyone else is OK.
Love Carol xx


Thursday, 16 May 2013


"Time Flies - Enjoy the day" one of my favourite Latin phrases.

I just noticed my last blog was 2nd May. Two weeks ago, so decided to do a quick update.
Lee's back is OK now. We did get to take our caravan to Holbeach so that James and Marie could enjoy a break, 3 nights turning into 4. I don't blame them, the weather was so good.  We went on the Tuesday (arrived15:30) for two nights and ended up staying only one.  Worsening weather - high winds on the Fens towing a 1500kg caravan = a nervous wreck (me!) A caravan site stating Dogs Welcome but in fact they weren't, was an off putter too. So by 09:25 we were rolling out of the park homeward bound.  One huge plus was James and Marie had completely valeted our caravan!!

Weight loss is still on the downward slope. To date it is 26.5lbs lost - one and a half pounds to go to the 2 stone loss marker.
I have been ok'ish, which is not good enough to lose weight. Since the caravan trip, glasses of wine  are creeping into my daily syn allowance.  Not measuring properly, not blogging daily etc. I put a 1/4lb on this week, which is not a good sign. With this in mind I have to come back to the blogging.
I do enjoy it, but as usual clever arse Carol, thought she had this under control.  I know deep down I don't at all.  Dylan's little box of haribo - I have been sneaking them out when no-one is looking.
The glass of wine, is not a 125ml measure - I don't have to get the measure out to know that!
Virgin media broadband has been off for almost a week, so I have been using my dongle which is not as effective.  Excuses over. Camera at the ready, please let me lose 1.5lbs this week. I so want to be two stone lighter.
Great to see so many fellow bloggers doing so well. Some milestones are being smashed! 

Paddy and Molly - have had their first dog grooming session by me.  Not too bad, considering its my first attempt. My BF Marilyn is coming over soon to tidy up the 'corners' as she put it. Sean stood next to the grooming table, keeping them as stress free as possible.  I wish Sean would not keep saying "That's enough now Caz, they'll be ok at that!"  Oh yeah?  I had only done one side of the face.  Think he was worried when I had the clippers around the more sensitive parts of Paddy and Molly's anatomy. 
One other little totally un-slimming news snippet.  When I was a teenager in the seventies. I was in love with Andy Fairweatherlow.  Lead singer with Amen Corner. (If paradise is half as nice) Sean ribs me about this all the time (probably jealous lol). I sneaked a look on google, found he has a website with tour dates.  AND...tada....he is appearing at our local village hall in November.  Sean thought this was hilarious.  He would !! his favourite bands being the type who pack out all the Arena's, Wembley's etc.  Pink Floyd, The Who, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Rolling Stones.
So whats on my food plan today - well, as at this precise moment - Nada-nothing-rien..Great start Carol. Get your sodding head in gear and PLAN!!!

Love Carol xx

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Non Scale Victories, Dogs and Food

Non scale victories.  I had never heard that expression until recently. Once weight starts to come off regularly, it soon becomes clear that physically you can start to see the difference.  In my case although I still have 4lbs to my 2 stone award.  Clothes fit now.  I am wearing the same clothes and they fit better. I have only ditched a pair of croppers that I tried on as the weather started to get warmer, they almost fell off and looked stupid. After dog walk today I changed into croppers and vest. Same vests as I had on last summer.  I know they hang better as they aren't cutting me in half.  I hope to go in the attic soon to get down 2 blacks sacks I put up there in the autumn with summer clothes that would no way fit me.  As they still had tags on I decided to hang onto them. Thank God.!!  Not like me to do this, normally I would throw in the charity shop bag, but something told me I could not go through another summer like the last.  Bursting out of my clothes, huffing and puffing, sweating profusely.  Last year I struggled down to a beach in Norfolk, we had the Airedales, and a picnic.  It was sweltering, so I wore a white ra-ra skirt with white vest, white sandals.  The beach was stony and packed.  My ankle went over on a stone, and down I went.  Nothing was hurt (apart from my pride)  Once I had reached the sanctuary of a big space, I looked at knees and I hadn't half grazed them!  I said to Sean, "Christ Sean I looked like a beached whale with the skirt billowing around me"  He said," Actually Caz, more like Moby Dick".  We both laughed when he explained that Moby Dick was a WHITE whale. 
So plenty more NSV to look forward to.  No going back.
Airedales do not shed their fur, they do not moult, they grow their fur and require trimming about four times a year.  My best friend is their dog groomer and I get mates rates. £40 the pair.  This is cheap compared to what a grooming parlour would charge.  Both dogs stress terribly during the grooming session, so I decided I would bite the bullet and to save them from further stress, have a go myself.  I already have the grooming table and overhead arm.  Marilyn (my BF) long term loaned me her spare pair of clippers, two blades and scissors.  I was all set to go. She offered to stand over me and show me the tricky bits, but I decided to do it this morning, solo.  Paddy was first.  It took me 2 hours and the first attempt is perfectly acceptable.  I panicked around his nether regions and went a bit short on his rump, but he was less stressed. So that made me happy. Molly skedaddled when she realised what was going on, but I will save her until the weekend. This took me nicely to lunch time.
So glad we saved the meatballs and pasta, a little side of salad and it was lovely.

Breakfast.  Green grapes, melon and raspberries, with 0% blueberry yoghurt.  Paddy came to see why Molly is forever hanging at breakfast (as you know).  I put this pic on because you will see Paddy before his haircut.

Lunch. Left overs - 3 meatballs and pasta, salad.

Dinner - Gammon with  new potatoes, broccoli, carrots and cauliflower (all steamed) I did a cheese sauce (packet) made with half pint milk.  Decided to do it this way as normally I would use a small amount of butter, tbsp flour then milk and added grated cheese.  I think it is more SW friendly to use the packet route. Forgot to take a photo.

Dessert - the remaining Cherry Bakewell cake, with 2 tbps evap milk (light)

Have syns left so will have my choc drink and mikados later..

Hex A - Parmesan in meatballs + coffee milk
Hex B - Alpen light - will have later

Cheese sauce 1/3rd packet made with semi sk mil - 4
Hot choc orange - 2
8 mikados - 4
2 Tbps light evap milk - 1.5

Syns total = 11.5

Really happy that a few FB friends are putting disappointments well behind them and forging ahead with renewed enthusiasm. What a lovely friendly lot we are! Just wish we all lived closer.

Love Carol xx

No wavering on weigh day!

It is a strange feeling on weigh in day.   If any day I feel tempted to stray, it's this one.  Thankfully and I don't know why, I don't do it.  I think I do not want to start a trend, so keep away from those thoughts. Years ago, I ran a successful slimming club and members admitted that their treat was the chippie.  I had asked them if anyone sneaked off after class to the chippie.  I was staggered so many did.  They were laughing their heads off.  Then I said, "You know it's not funny really, I used to do that for years after slimming class - I never lost the weight. It's only when I stopped it that I got to target"  I fear if I go down that route I won't get back on. Perhaps as my confidence grows with the plan, I will have a treat now and again.  That's the beauty of reaching target, that's what is driving me.
I have 3 3/4 lbs to go to my 2 stone.  (my scales have quarter pounds!)  It seems slow progress this time,  but as Karen M says, 'look not at where you want to be, rather where you started! '
We can blame anything for slowing weight losses, regular readers here know my thoughts on this.  However, a casual comment from my hairdresser (who is a SW member and doing well) last time I visited her, "Did you know how many calories are in mug shots?" I didn't, but when she told me I was staggered.  Guess how many I have had since I left her salon?  Now the same applies to Pasta and Sauce for me. They are going to have the same treatment.  The whole point here is I think we never stop learning, we never stop thought processes, we are continually looking for new ideas, new recipes.  Which brings me to my cake I baked today.
I had a couple of packets of scan bran, well one scan the other oat bran.  Years ago I did a cake, so I searched for one and found Cherry Bakewell. It seemed simple to do, soaking 5 scan bran till softened, add two eggs, 3T sweetener, 2 capfuls almond essence, carton 0% activia cherry yoghurt, mix well, pour into cake tin (loaf tin for me) bake 180 deg 30-40 mins.  The aroma was definitely cherry bakewell. . So I carefully cut it in half lengthwise.  Mixed half tub quark and another yoghurt - cherry again. Spread it in the middle and on top. You can read the verdict at the end when I get to the dessert bit. lol..

Breakfast - same, fruit pineapple, raspberries defrosted, 0% cherry yoghurt (just realised that's three I used today) although only eaten one whole one - the other in the dream cake factory, as I ate a quarter of the cake, that is another 1/2 tub, so not too bad.

Lunch - Sean said,"You fancy beans on toast Caz?", I said yes that would be fine, then..."Oh you see to yours I am having 2 eggs and mushrooms with mine"  If I had said yes I know it would not have filled me up, but the eggs and mushrooms did.  Looking back I should have had tomatoes as they are superfree, beans aren't.  I do try and make sure we all eat the same as far as possible, but the men here are not as keen on canned toms as me, so I sometimes get fed up of all the extra pans and food not getting used up. there's some" Moshi shape pasta "in it too (Dylans)

Dinner - Sean made one of my favourite meals.  Meatballs using Parmesan in a chili tomato sauce.
We had it with pasta.  I said "Do extra pasta, so I can have it for lunch Thursday"  So we have some left over, actually there are enough meatballs too.  A pound of mince made 18 meatballs and six were left.  So we must have had six each.  That to me is acceptable as three each for lunch Thursday.

Dessert - Ta dah !!!  The verdict on my quarter of Cherry Bakewell.  Too much almond essence (I will use one capful next time) Replace cherry yoghurt with vanilla for the topping and filling.

Points for taste 6/10 (too much almond)
Points for presentation 3/10 (not exactly Donna  Roper (aren't her presentations marvellous))

Sean is yet to try it, a bit fell off he said it tasted nice, but he had an apple strudel.  Sean has lost almost 3 stone so he can afford to relax it slightly.  He only needs to lose another stone and he's done!  I still need to lose a fair bit.

Hex A - Parmesan in meatballs + coffee milk
Hex B - Scan bran

White thick slice Bread -5
Hot choc orange - 2
8 mikados - 4
brown sauce - 1

Syns total = 12

Aakela noted I perhaps do not have enough syns sometimes..Thank you for noticing this.
It is such a help when comments are made, its so much better than bowling along in oblivion.  As I am doing this home alone, I can only draw on past SW knowledge, (I kept all books etc) and the lovely ladies on FB.

Lee has slightly improved, I saw him almost straighten up.  A doctor called him, I could hear only Lee's side of the conversation.  It was clear he was getting nowhere, I could hear him say, "Well just leave it you obviously can't help me, you won't prescribe stronger painkillers even though I am telling you I am not sleeping due to pain, I cannot sit, I cannot come to the surgery, just leave it!"  If I hadn't been wandering around upstairs, in bra and pants (I was getting changed to go shopping !)I would have grabbed the bloody phone and given him what for.  Anyway whether he touched the GP conscience or not, he rang two hours later and said, "I am writing a prescription for Amitrip something, can someone collect it"  If one of my dogs was in this much pain, you know what, by now they would have been x'rayed, scanned, treated, perhaps even a home visit.  I know what I am coming back as !

Love Carol xx

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Tuesdays blog with Wednesdays WI result!

I left the blog until this morning so I could share my WI news. I lost 1lb.  Not going to bother  mentioning certain bodily functions as it gets boring after a while.
I take the pound. If you wonder why I am not ecstatic, its because I have been 100% on plan, not one naughty thing has crossed my lips.  What if I had a sneaky takeaway? a syn or two over the odds, would that equal a gain?  I am not being ungrateful here, I guess many would grab this with enthusiasm.
Dylan is being hand delivered to us on Friday morning, so no more trying to juggle! Phew.  Looking at Lee, I cannot see him driving this week or next.  Our kitchen door swung open, cracked him across his nose and down he went.  Just what you do not want to do with severe back pain. Anyway with Dylan taken care of this means we can now take our caravan Friday afternoon, set it up and leave James, Marie and their two beautiful yellow Labradors to enjoy a well earned break in Little Holland (close to Spalding). 
We did our dog walk today with the Airedales.  It was lovely to walk without the strong winds battering us.  I was sick to death of the howling noise as we headed into the wind. Of course all talk was of tomorrows weigh in.  I am never confident at this time of the week. I feel heavier and I do not know why this happens every damn week.  I did measurements this morning, in spite of me promising myself I wouldn't do it for at least 4 weeks as it doesn't show that quickly on me. Wish I hadn't as they were the same as 18 April. Damn! 

Breakfast - pineapple, melon, raspberries, 0% greek yoghurt.

Lunch - same as yesterday only missed out the ham and used Lidl country veg pasta and sauce.  What's the betting this has syns.!!  I know we shouldn't check calories on food intake, but the packet i had was 160 cals per half packet, whereas the cheese and broccoli was over 230 per half packet.  I really struggle to get the gist of how food optimising works, even with 1/3rd superfree. I ate the whole packet with loads of veggies.  I guess in the scheme of things 320 cals per meal is not bad going for a substantial lunch.

Dinner - Stir fry. Every veggie imaginable, wtih Quorn chicken.

Dessert - fresh fruit, yoghurt and Alpen light bar.

I don't know why but I went to download pics and they aren't on my camera, so no photos today.
Pretty much the same as yesterday.
So here's one of Paddy for a change.  Taken just before the dog walk a few weeks ago.

Not happy with our Doctors this morning.  Lee just taken a phone call from our surgery.  She said, can you come in to the surgery. Lee said "No, I can't - I am sorry but I couldn't get into the car"  She said "Well, you have to come here!" Lee replied, "The last time I was able to leave the house was Saturday with the aid of gas and air" She said  "well, its up to the doctor, they'll phone after 4pm"
Truth is, Lee is really worrying me, I am wondering if it is something more than a muscle tear.  Depending on the outcome of the next phone call, I think I will write to someone.  I know they are trying to protect the surgery from time wasters. But surely they should check records to see if the person making such a request has done so before?  Apart from asthma checks, with the nurse, Lee hasn't been near the place. And, we have lived here 11 years.

Hex A - Milk in coffee 250ml semi skimmed
Hex B - Alpen light

Evap milk - 1.5

I have decided on reflection to not have anymore Pasta n sauce packets.  Instead I will cook my own pasta. I had two this week, Monday and Tuesday.  As I said before, the calorie content is bloody high in my opinion.  I looked at my SW book and noted Pasta and sauce is 1.5 syn per 100g cooked. Dried pasta is free.  If there is a syn value, why is it considered free food?  Sure to be an answer. Similar to mug shots et al.  During the past 3-4 years I attended two different SW classes, 18mth for one and 12 mth the other, I don't recall this ever being mentioned. I always stayed to classes too.

Good luck to everyone, as they say, next weeks weight loss has already started!

Love Carol xx

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Monday , manic Monday.

 When I started my journey, my weigh in was Monday morning.  One Monday I had an unexpected gain.  I changed scales and WI day. Weight went up by 3.5lbs due to new scales and weigh in became Wednesday.  I really wish I had left it for Monday morning.  Since then, I was diagnosed with under active thyroid, so weight losses were always going to be tougher I am told.  (It is being controlled now) This is the crazy nutty thought, which makes me think I am losing the plot. "Mondays come around quicker than Wednesdays." 
Late in publishing this blog as it is now Tuesday, but as I photograph everything I am happy to report that I was on plan.
We have a caravan and we have not been in it for 8 months.  Its a shame as weather, time etc has made it impossible to go away, even for a few days.  So I asked Sean if he minded if we let my older son James and his fiance use it occasionally.  Idea is we tow it and set it up, they stay in it, then we go and tow it back.  Proviso was it was within 40-50 minutes towing time.  They were so delighted and happy it became apparent that they would like to go this weekend. Can't blame them with the extra day - Monday.  Oh,,this weekend is bank holiday, that may prove to be awkward?!*!  I could see their hearts were set on it and I was absolutely determined that I would find them a nice place somewhere!  I tried all my usual sites, Lincolnshire to Derbyshire, no luck. All full.. (You have been warned this Friday will see caravans all over the UK)
I was having now to spread the net.  I found one in Holbeach.  I have passed it a few times on the way to Norfolk and couldn't remember if it was 'our side' or 'Norfolk side', I paid the deposit and booked it anyway.  Then checked - not far from Kings Lynn which is "Norfolk side" in my head.  Drive time 1 hour 30min, that's drive time not towing time,  so possible up to 2 hours on a bank holiday Friday.  Plot thickens, Sean has results of biopsy Friday morning, Dylan my grandson needs collecting from school 3pm Friday (his mum and step dad are at a funeral and asked me ages ago if I could collect or Lee?( well Lee at the moment cannot walk let alone drive) Dylan lives North Nottingham, opposite side to where we need to be.  Now, I am pretty good at juggling. So how can I work this one?  God knows!  Me thinks " Lee, you have no choice but to get better PDQ, before your mother has a nervous breakdown." 
The big big plus side is, I have made James and Marie so flipping ecstatically happy - if a couple deserve a break its them. 
We have decided that if things work out ok we may stay on at that site for a few days, Monday - Thursday.  Could work out ok in the end.  Just got to get it there first.
Back to Monday food intake..

Breakfast - Fruit, yoghurt...(0% greek yoghurt), Molly licking her lips!!

Lunch - If I am stuck what to have (I never pre plan lunches, don't know why, never have), I usually think of Karen M or Karen P, cheesy pasta.  So that's what I did, a packet of Pasta n Sauce Cheese and Broccoli made with water I also added, frozen broccoli and 2 frozen spinach to this pan, then in a large frying pan, fried off half a large courgette, mushroom and half a red onion. Mixed it all together and stirred low low through, less than half a tub. Just noticed and remember I put two slices of lean ham in too.

Dinner - Quorn burger, 1xLM Vegetarian sausage, 1 egg, 2 bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes,

Dessert - fruit, yoghurt and a 0% cherry Activia yoghurt. (one crushed mini meringue on top)
1 tbps light evap milk

HexA - Low Low 60g
HexB - 1 slice wholemeal bread (400g)

LM Veg sausage = 2    (won't buy these again!- prefer syn free!)
1 mini meringe = 1
Galaxy 40 cals hot choc = 2
8  mikados = 4

total syns 9

Weigh in tomorrow, always always apprehensive and always feel heavy when I step on those damn scales.!

Love Carol


Sunday, 28 April 2013

SUNDAY half way there

Sunday is the day where I am thankful I have been on plan since last weigh in.  I would be in a state of panic now, if I had strayed.  No wobbles to speak of, so far!  Since I started in January, there hasn't been too many obstacles in my way.  A wedding early March, at Ross on Wye, where we had an overnight stay in a lovely hotel,  followed by a super three course dinner the next day, in a pretty village, Bishops Cleeve, close to Cheltenham. There has also been Mother's Day (Carvery=no problemo) but not much else of note. With the weather improving, thoughts turn to days away in our caravan, barbecues and warm summer evenings.  This sounds daft, but I have NEVER successfully slimmed in these months.  Most weight plus more has gone on by Winter.  This is a cycle I have to break.  Since the discovery of support groups on FB - I feel more confident. I used to have to wait until Image Therapy and then hope the subjects would cover how to cope etc..But, not any longer, I can get inspiration, support, ideas, 24/7.  Slimmers Bloggers was an excellent idea - hats off to whoever thought of this group. 

Breakfast was fruit and yogurt.  I am so into the defrosted raspberries at the moment a pack from Sainsburys is lasting 3-4 days when mixed with grapes and melon. I bought a pineapple yesterday and I wish I could find where to buy a pineapple peeler, I end up with a half of what I should.  Something nice about having a bowl of pineapple to munch on.

Lunch, Roast Beef, mashed potatoes and swede, carrots, white cabbage, cauliflower, gravy.  I did put a small Yorkshire pudding on the plate but didn't eat it. 
Dessert. More fruit and a 0% vanilla Activia yogurt.

Supper.  Sean made a beef curry last night (Saturday) there was so much left, I said that if I was hungry I would have some for supper.  I boiled some basmati rice had the curry with some yogurt and mint, with red onions, mango chutney. Not a large portion like yesterday, about half. No pics sorry.

HexA - Milk 250ml in coffees
HexB - Not had any--oopsie...only just realised and it is 10.20pm.!

Gravy = 5
Galaxy 40 cals hot choc = 2
12 mikados = 6

total syns 13

Technically all the food today is on the plan as far as I can see. It is just unusual for me to have two meals. Although I used to regularly have a large cooked breakfast at lunch time, 2 eggs, 2 toast, 2 LM sausage, beans, mushrooms. Then have dinner later. Ah, i know why I feel bad about eating this...! Sean had the same as me, and as I was taking my last few mouthfuls, he said, "You know Caz, I don't really want this, I'm sorry" I was suddenly filled with a feeling of "Oh no, why didn't he say so earlier, I wouldn't have had mine!" It was nice though so i am hoping I haven't done too much damage. 
Lee my son is slightly improved . No locking muscle spasms. Still so debilitating, but I think in a few days time, he will be standing straight and not be confined to one chair (its the only one he can sit in)

Two more full days to go on plan before weigh in.  My whole world is seeming to revolve around Wednesday mornings.!  Hope everyone has had a lovely weekend...

Love Carol xxx

Saturday, 27 April 2013


As I seem to be haphazard with food diary, I asked Karen (M)  how she recorded her food diary. "Photograph everything."  My own food diary (handwritten), recorded EVERY breakfast I have had from day one. Not difficult as it rarely changes. I am not a lazy person, but writing it down just gets missed and so lately do the photographs. I have photographed everything today. I am hopeful this new method will help.  Many times I have half eaten the plateful before I realise I haven't photographed, steal at glance at Sean's to see if his still looks photograph able!  It's become quite a laugh at breakfast photo shoot, with Molly.  I wish I could video her.  Her head starts at bowl level, goes to rest on knee, goes to head between my leg and chair arm.   Sean says I shouldn't laugh as it "encourages" her.  It's the melon that encourages her, not me, thanks for the advice Sean!
Been running around more than usual.  Lee my son, has a really bad torn lower back muscle.  I have never seen a tear as debilitating as this.  He just cannot move.  Movement is so limited at the moment.
As a mum, you think your days of seeing to your children's needs are long gone.   Kind of nice knowing I am needed once again.
My blog should have been posted last night, but I had a backlog of phone calls that I had to make. No such thing as a quick phone conversation.  Sean is ever amazed at how long I can spend talking on the phone. 

Breakfast. Melon, grapes, defrosted berries,banana, 0% activia pineapple yoghurt.  No Molly, it was quite late - and she was on cat/fox/badger patrol at the side gate.

Lunch - A first. ( inspired by Karen (P), I had seen a pic of a wholemeal roll on her blog) I bought a pack of Warburtons wholemeal rolls.  I was surprised that the first one weighed 69g, second one 65g.
Lean ham, salad roll with a tsp of light salad cream.  Beetroot on the side.  Why did this feel naughty?  Because, it tasted so nice.  I don't know why I haven't done this before.  I have in my head the idea that HexB = 2 slices of wholemeal bread (400g) loaf, OR, 2 Alpen light.  If I am ever going to do this forever and ever, I have to wise up.  Bread rolls for lunch has opened up a whole new range of ideas.  For me this is the best news ever.
At seven o'clock 'ish I was on FB and noticed the amazing Donna (Diet Donna) had posted a pic of her breakfast, 2 slices of toast with jam.  I said, looks lovely but I like to hold onto my HexB for later in the day.  She said, "Oh I already know what my meals are for the rest of the day" Good point.
Lunches for me have always been the most difficult meal to plan.  This is crazy and I know those who go to work have no choice. Perhaps its just that, I can rustle up anything I want.  I think I should plan it as carefully as I do my evening/main meal.
I am learning so much about the plan from FB.  I say it again and again, I have learnt more than any class I ever attended. I do wonder if a lot of you have learnt all this attending from image therapy
 or just gleaned and figured a lot of it out, because I didn't ever hear or see anything like this.  I attended all image therapy incidentally, I never weighed and left.  As more used to leave, than stayed.

Dinner.  Roast chicken dinner.  Always good to have a roast dinner as naturally plenty of superfree.

Dessert Rice pudding, Alpro unsweetened Almond milk method.  Not tried the cream soda method. Has anyone tried this? if so how does it compare?
After all this I didnt even feel like hot choc, mikados etc. 

So after helping Lee to bed,( I haven't done this for 25 years.) Bit of catch up TV and Alan Carr.

HexA - Alpro Almond milk in rice pudding
HexB - wholemeal bread roll

Salad cream - 1

I was just about to publish this blog when Lee's back took a turn for the worse, totally locked. An ambulance came, he had gas and air to assist him with the pain, so he could get inside the ambulance. I had to follow him to QMC (our hospital)  We came home a while later with v. strong painkillers and some Diazepam.  These are knocking him out now.  Hence being very late with this blog.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend and are having a truly good time on plan.

Love Carol


Wednesday, 24 April 2013


I had a few stones to lose, when I started this. (still do!)  I tend to look at the place I want to be - for me just under 12 stone, then I will see how I feel. I guess its an interim target.  Why is it the gap from here to there never seems to close?  I know it does, but I can't see it. So I going to do what most intelligent normal people would do and choose half stone awards as mini targets.
As i don't tend SW classes, opting to follow the plan solo, I decided to see what stickers I would have adorning my book. (I am using my last years book at home).
Half stone award
One stone award
One and a half stone award
Club 10.
4 1/4 pounds to go to Two stone award.
That just made me feel loads better.

Quite pleased to see the scales showing a loss from last Wednesdays gain.  Two and 3/4 lbs.  A gain is just awful, but just goes to show that it will make it up the following week.  Had a biggish shop to do today.  Good to see Quorn burgers are half price in Morrisons. 97p for a packet of 6.  So I bought three packs.  Bit stupid really as I have never tried them before.  Pleased to say they were quite nice, very barbecued taste about them.  I bet they will be super on a bbq.  Green grapes seemed a good buy there too, a nice punnet of sweet green grapes £1.45.  I keep hovering around the fresh fish counter, but I am useless when it comes to cooking fish.  I would love to pan fry it (frylight) but its the after smell I cannot stand.  Last time it took 3 days to dissipate.  I had plug-ins going upstairs and downstairs.   If anyone knows how to fry and not have the smell, I would be grateful if you could share it with me.

Breakfast - 2 slices melon chopped, defrosted frozen summer fruits, 0% Greek Natural yoghurt.  Molly was a little confused as to whose plate to hover around. Mine with fruit or Sean's, with toast and marmalade.
First pic, she's in the quandary, second pic, Seans finished so she moves in on mine!
She is so Doug at times!

Lunch. - 1 egg, 2 slices wholemeal toast with beans. No super free. and that makes me sad.  I had no mushrooms and couldn't be bothered. tut tut!!  Had fruit at breakfast though!!

Dinner - 2 Quorn burgers, 2 eggs (thats three today), mushrooms, canned tomatoes.  Also had some potatoes fried left over from last night.  At least some Super free.  Haven't decided on a dessert, but I reckon it will be Alpen light with fruit and 0% fruit yoghurt.  I have syns left so I should be ok.

Oh I bought a packet of the Orange Galaxy 40 cals hot chocolate, so will try that later with a few mikados.  Not much newsy stuff today, actually sat in the garden at 5pm today.  Not so long ago, I would sit there with Sean and a bottle of red would appear, probably a gin and tonic for starters.  How I have changed.  I had a bottle of water and a can of Diet cherry coke.  It was nice to cook dinner without seeing double!!

HexA - 250ml Semi skimmed milk (coffee)
HexB - 2 slices wholemeal bread (small loaf)

Alpen light = 3
Galaxy hot choc 40 cals. = 2
6 mikados = 3

Total = 8 syns

So its a wrap for my blog today, if anything exciting should happen between now and bedtime I'll let you know.  Highly unlikely as its TV time and I want to see if I can get Broadchurch on ITV iplayer.
Sounds like we missed a good programme. Hope I can figure it out.

Love Carol

Monday, 22 April 2013


I thought if I wrote the title of this post - "Weekend Off" - it could be read two ways, hence the question mark.  It is not a weekend off plan, it's a weekend off blogging.  Rather than not mention my weekend at all, I have decided to do a small summary:-

Saturday. Lots of work in the garden as I am sure lots of us did that. Amazing how much tidying up needed doing.  Morrisons were selling lovely Alpine plants at 69p each, so a tenner's worth went a long way to spruce up two planters I have at my back door.  My neighbour phoned and asked if we had a spare box. "How big?" I asked. "Big enough to hold a pigeon, I just rescued one from the cat"(she has 3 cats)  I had to despatch Sean with the box as I easily get upset at these type of things .For those wondering, it died.  I know dogs have the instinct to kill - luckily my two Airedales (King of the terrier group) don't appear to have it. Mum has three westies, and one of them has the instinct. She will have a go at anything...and out of  all the westies we have had between us (lots) , she is the most sweetest westie and will go to great lengths to avoid confrontation.

Breakfast : Normal fruit melon and defrosted raspberries and activia 0% cherry yoghurt
Lunch :Lean smoked ham from Lidl, lightly fried in frylight, with two fried eggs, mushrooms and canned tomatoes.  Also two slices of wholemeal toast (400g loaf) Did take a pic of this, thank goodness otherwise I would have forgotten.
Dinner : Chicken and sweet potato curry with onions, homemade with rice that had celery, peas, sweetcorn, mushrooms, spring onions chopped in it.

Sunday : Really struggled today with feeling hungry. sometimes I find this when we have an nearly Sunday lunch, but with Dylan being here I love to make sure he has his Sunday lunch before we head back to his Mums, due to it being lighter in the evenings. We took our dogs, and once Dylan was safely back at his mums, me and Sean took our dogs for a lovely walk around a country park. We both said we were hungry and what could we do quickly once back home (19:20).  Its a fair drive and we passed Chinese Restaurants, Indian Restaurants, McDonald's a Restaurant on the busy A614, called the Big Fish...I had my card in my pocket as I had filled up with petrol, that really tested my resolve.  Phew, a mint out of the glove compartment helped! Decided on toast with spaghetti.  Still feeling hungry I know a hot chocolate always hits the spot with mikados, trouble is Molly (our version of Doug) has taking a liking to them!  Try as I might to sneak them, she is on us like a shot!

Breakfast 40g Dorset muesli, raspberries and 0% cherry yoghurt.
Lunch : Sunday roast beef, mashed potato and swede, carrots, cabbage, gravy (no fat)
Tea: 2 slices toast with half a tin of Heinz spaghetti

And so today, Monday.....

Bit of a test today, hoping I will stay strong.  A close family friend has her birthday tomorrow and due to Sean having a hospital appt tomorrow, we decided to meet up this lunchtime, at a garden centre - small one, but they do lovely food. (gulps)  My mum is Gemini, and she can swing from "Why are you bothering trying to lose weight, you look lovely anyway" to "Carol, you are doing so well, I can really see it coming off now"  Bless her she is 77 next month and I see her, phone her every day (Sean just does not get this at all, he cannot understand how I can be at her house for 2-3 hours or shop with her, then phone her later as well!) All three of us, it is fair to say, has battled weight problems for the past 40 years. Every slimming club mentionable.  I know for sure mum and friend will not give a damn what they order cos they never do. They will go for the works.  I know I will be good as we met up 3-4 weeks ago in a garden centre for a cuppa and mooch around.  They had the pot of tea for two, fruit scones and extra butter (2 little portion to each half of scone) 4 in total each, plus jam.  Me, I had a fruit tea.  I feel its always going to be this way until I reach target.  I know some will go for the flexi syns, but I am not ready to try it yet.  It won't be long as we are due to go away in our caravan for a week in Devon.

I had a mix of banana, thick slice of melon, one plum and few raspberries in a container, so I had half of it with a few tbsp of 0% greek Yoghurt.  (Rest will be for dessert later)

Lovely walk with Paddy and Molly and straight back as I had to change before I went out to pick my mum up for our lunch date. 
Funny how the dogs notice when I am going out..They have it in their heads they can come with me all the time.  So I have to squeeze myself out the side gate with Paddy pulling on my trouser hem. Madness.

Lunch  What a lovely guy who took our order.  I asked if their tuna was in oil. He said no only the brine type. "Great" I said. He said "Would you like Mayo or Light mayo?"  I decided against any dressing to be safe.So it came plain..I did miss the mayo and rather wished I had said yes.  Quite pleased I resisted puddings.(Crumble and custard,  ouch!!)

Dinner. When I got back after my afternoon out, Sean had prepared the SW meatball in pasta dish in this months magazine.  I showed him  You Tube where someone was demonstrating it.  I asked if it was difficult, he said "Never again, I cannot believe how many pots there were during the prepping!" Must admit it did seem a bit of a faff.  It was lovely, although personally I prefer the meatballs made with Parmesan cheese, in tomato sauce from the Diet Momma FB page.  A nice touch would be to add pasta to this mix next time and do a pasta bake this way.
Can't believe I didn't take a pic...all I could do was take a pic of what was left. I did prepare a side salad though. I had 2 tbsp mayo with this.

Dessert will be Alpen light, fruit and yoghurt.

HexA - Parmesan cheese  and cheese in the Meatball pasta bake.
HexB - 1 Alpen light

2 tbps ex light mayo = 2
Galaxy hot choc 40 cals. = 2
6 mikados = 3

Total = 7 syns

Going to watch some catch up TV, I nodded off last night for 90 mins, I havent done that for a long time. I used to lots when I was having 2-3 glasses of wine each night!

Not long now for WI, it will be great watching other results coming through..
Love Carol xx

Friday, 19 April 2013


My brother sent me a video on FB today of a ferry that was in stormy seas, crossing over to The Shetlands.  The song that accompanied it was "I am sailing" by Rod Steward.  Since then I cannot get the song out of my head.  Two days after weigh in it feels good to be in control and on track. Yep I am sailing too.  I don't worry about the weekends anymore.  Saturdays used to be something special (meal out, takeaway) but not any longer.  I do try and plan something special that is on plan.  I am planning a chicken and sweet potato curry with my rice that will have finely diced veggies in.  It is great to see a new lady do her first blog yesterday.  It so much helps and I get the feeling she is going to do just fine!

Breakfast was just melon, defrosted frozen raspberries and 0% Activia cherry yoghurt.  Decided against having muesli as I wanted to have a ham salad sandwich with a side of beetroot and gherkins, for my lunch. ( Hope I am not preggie, thats what I used to crave when I was pregnant.  Not at 58 though eh!! )

Later than usual dog walk and it was raining that damn awful drizzle that soaks you.  I had just blow- dried my hair, I was wearing the wrong coat  (no hood) so Sean said, "Have mine and I will put my hood up" So I did the walk complete with a beanie hat and an arsenal badge on the front. - hence no photo of us today.

Lunch.  I opened the fridge to get the ham sandwich cobbled together, and spotted the remnants of yesterdays Chicken Cacciatiori.  So the ham sandwich will be carried forward until Saturday.  No photo as I forgot, but it was the same as yesterday, minus cabbage and potatoes.  There was more superfree in there than chicken anyway.

Nice to note my son James' fiance Marie, is reading my blogs, she sent me an email asking for the recipe today.  So chuffed because she is on the SW bus, solo, like me. At least James eats anything, unlike his brother who is not at all impressed with anything I cook.  The only SW food Lee will eat is the SW quiches, mini ones.  But then again, even pre-slimming world, he was fussy. Typical rubbish eater, won't list them as it may bring back painful memories.

Dinner. Meat casserole, with lots of superfree veggies, had small yorklie (Yorkshire pudding) - my grandson calls them yorklies. lol. ( Dylan is here with us this weekend, we always do a casserole for him.  )

I have shortage of photos today,  I thought you would like to see Molly in our conservatory the other day.  They really do have it easy our dogs!

No dessert photo as I haven't decided yet, it will probably be fruit and yoghurt, with an Alpen light bar. 

Great feeling to be on track totally by Friday evening, full after dinner, fruity water on tap (waking me up every night, tripping to the loo ) Nice day tomorrow, lots of body magic in the garden.

HexA - Parmesan cheese on chicken cacciatiore and milk in coffees.
HexB - 1 Alpen light

1 small Yorkshire pudding = 3
Gravy (guess) = 4

Total = 7

Its a quickie this evening, so wishing you all a great weekend, keep on track, because before you know it, WI will be just around the corner.  As Winnie Lula Belle says,(think it was her) "the minute you step off the scales at weigh in, its  the start of the next week."  Good sound sensible advice!

Love Carol xx

Thursday, 18 April 2013

My theory was correct - if like me, you ever wondered.

 After my horrid result of a gain yesterday, I decided to put my theory to the test.  I went to the loo last night (sorry to mention this but it may help others in similar situation) and decided to test my theory, I would weigh this morning. (One good thing about doing this at home)

Weight yesterday 8am  = 13st 12 1/2 lbs
Weight today 8am = 13st 10 1/4lbs.

So in my opinion it is impossible to lose 2.25lbs in 24 hours (unless you have been ill)
I won't record that weight as I want to stick to Wednesday am weigh in.

I have been to so many slimming clubs since I was 20 something.  I only was ever successful once. Losing 4+ stones in 1990/1.  I took over the running of my slimming club (Slimming Magazine in those days) and ran it for three years.  The point I am trying to make (Sean says I go around the houses!!) is, it is only this time around with FB pages and kind hearted ladies who are also on this mission, that I feel I am getting real and true support.  If you are a lady who really would like to post onto a FB page,and feels uncomfortable doing so,  just do it, you will be surprised at how much support is out there and how much it helps.  Immediately after my posting on DM, I had replies within minutes, I felt the support and camaraderie immediately.  So I was boom! just like that, back on track. - (watching too much BBC The Voice)

Breakfast 40g Dorset Muesli fruity. Thank you Karen P for pointing out its 40g not 35g for HexB.
Defrosted raspberries and 0% greek yoghurt.  Really filling and again, a change from the fruit and yoghurt.  I intend to have cereal 3-4 times a week for breakfast and fruit and yoghurt the other days.

Usual dog walk body magic.  Just so windy it drives me potty.  Roll on Saturday when it is due to drop. I have been looking it up on the weather websites.  I actually like seeing where the jet stream is as this generally dictates our weather.  Last time I looked at it it was bang overhead. From tip of Scotland to tip of Cornwall.  Completely covering us.  Perhaps that's why it is so windy.  I really wish it would rise up and head towards the North Pole. Maybe then our warm season will start. Fingers crossed.

Lunch. Again different to the norm.  Two boiled eggs, teeny bit of turkey breast tikka pieces, one slice of smoked salmon, salad vegetables. 2 tbps light salad cream and 1 tbsp piccalilli.  Quite filling but I just do not like salad.  Not sure how to make it so I do like it.

Dinner.  Sean made my favourite while I was working. Chicken cacciatori, it was in one of the booklets that come with magazine.  It did feature a couple of years ago in the SW mag.  We are having it with white cabbage and new potatoes (steamed)

Dessert Rice pudding made with 1ltr Alpro unsweetened Almond Milk (925mls per HexA) 90g Pudding rice, then once cooked on top of stove, sweetener, vanilla extract, grated nutmeg. I stirred the last of my defrosted summer fruit berries in.

I bought these plums in Morrisons yesterday. Watermelon Plums
£2 per punnet.  The colour is amazing and the flavour is mmmwwahh....

HexA - 450ml Alpro, semi-skimmed milk in coffee 100ml.
HexB - 40g Dorset muesli.

1 tbps piccalilli = .5
2 tbsp light salad cream = 2
Galaxy hot chocolate bubbles 40 cal= 2
8 mikados = 4

Total for day 8.5 syns.

So its a wrap!....Hope everyone had a good day on target..

Love Carol

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Its a gain and I am gutted

Yes, I had a gain this morning 1lb.  Absolutely cannot figure it out as I have been honest and to the best of my knowledge on the right track.  As soon as I stepped on the scales I had a feeling that it would be a gain.  And I don't know why.  The upset feeling lasted a good hour or more.  I was honestly tearful as I so want to lose this weight.  I was inching towards the 13 and a half stone mark and now I feel as if I am hurtling up to the 14 stone mark I thought I had left behind. I t feels as if all the hard work is for nothing.  But, then I recall a blog belonging to Karen M, about the fact that some people are 'regular' and some (me) are not. I can go 3-4 days without losing any wastage if you follow my drift.  Sean lost 2 lbs so I was so happy for him. He just stood and said, "Caz, there is no way this is right, I have had 3 glasses of red wine each night, not been following it like you do, it cannot be right, something's wrong!"  I said "I told you what is wrong its like Karen was saying a week or so ago, I just don't go as regularly as you do" Sean is as regular as clockwork.  At that, he went to the loo. Came back down and said "Right, I am getting back on the scales." I said "Don't do that, it may go up you have had a cup of tea, just leave it, it doesn't matter"  He said "I am not as bothered about all this as you are"  So he had weighed in at 15-8, a trip to the loo later he was 15-7.
A pound had gone just like that.  I worked hard all bloody week and it went up.  He was really sweet and came over to me at the desk and gave me a lovely kiss.  I was really tearful after that. I posted on DM and the comments I received were so lovely. The support around is amazing. If anyone knows of a way to get myself regular, the natural way, please let me know.

Anyway that's how it is, I also think I am too repetitive, too much fruit (?), not bought grapes this week. I am going to change things around a bit, more salads, (which I do not like) and be sure that I drink at least 1.5 to 2 ltrs of water a day.  I hope the fruity water will be ok - the ones that are sugar free.  I also took stock of where I am.  Will do my measurements tomorrow and put them on here, just to remind me how far I have come.  Clothes that had not seen the light of day for 2 years, now fit.
I don't really know what my target is, I always said I would see once I got to about 12 stone.  I rather think 11st.7lb would be ok.

Breakfast. 35g Dorset muesli, fruity, I added some defrosted summer fruit berries and 0% greek yoghurt.  I told you I was going to be different this week.
Lunch did not happen, I had a banana, that I ate as soon as I had paid for them in Lidl.  Time just ran away and I had promised my mum to do a Lidl and Morrisons shop. 
Dinner.By the time we got home it was 5ish and Sean had put some skinless drummers and thighs in the oven with Cajun powder sprinkled over.  He fried in frylight chopped onion (I bought a mini chopper from Morrisons as I had seen someone use one on You Tube preparing meatballs-another gadget) garlic, celery, mushroom and courgette and frozen peas/ A cup of rice was poured in and then stirred some stock in (chicken stock cube and 1/2 pt ish of water) It is one of our favourite meals. I also had a tbsp of brinjal pickle on the side.
 Bit short on pics so I thought I would put Paddy and Molly on, taken last week on our daily dog walk.

I really want to get this blog published and done and dusted as I want to chill out in the lounge. Its been a sparse day food wise, so all in all its not the best way to go forward.  Tomorrow will be more like it, i have all the food in.  I am doing one of all time favourites tomorrow, not done it this year. Chicken Cacciatiore.  I haven't done anything wrong, but not had what I should, Hex A for instance,.

HexA - probably have a milky coffee to use it.
HexB - 35g Dorset muesli.

2 tbps brinjal pickle = 4
8 mikados = 4 will have with my milky coffee.

Total for day = 8 syns.

So a pretty miserable start to the day for me, but I am happy to report that I feel so much better, the lovely comments on DM were such a pick-me up. My son Lee, summed it up beautifully.  I was telling him how I had been upset this morning because I had gained 1lb.  He said "What!!! just because you have gained a pound, are you joking?  Mum, that's nothing"  Easy said when you are tall and slim and have never had a weight problem!

Can't wait to see how my blogging mateys have done...hope its good losses for them.

Love Carol

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Good to be back

I had a lovely welcome back to the fold yesterday from fellow bloggers and readers of our blogs.  The new FB group is just perfect for anyone who likes to read blogs of like minded people.  It saves time scrolling up and down the pages looking for one! The day before my weigh in is always a strange one for me.  All day long I am saying.  "I have been on plan 100%, haven't I Sean?, so it should be a loss"  or, "Hope the carrying excess fluids doesnt attack me in the morning" or "If its a maintain I'll take it, but will be unhappy about it!" or "What will I do if its a gain?"  Wish this would stop.  What will be will be, que sera sera!
I went out and bought the new SW mag today as I had noticed that some recipes were being mentioned that really took my fancy especially "Mac n Cheese", must say it looks lovely, so will be trying that one tomorrow. I  had run out of fruity yoghurts - when both me and Sean are eating them, they do disappear really quickly, so you have to be ever looking for the good deals on them, as they vary so much. Our little Co-op had Muller Greek 0% yogs strawberry flavour £1.14 for four. I know (simply by reading blogs) they are 1/2 syn, but thats not a lot..I only one pack.
Last Saturday someone said on DM that Tesco had steak at half price.  So instead of my usual farm shop for meat I went there and yes they were half price Sirloin Steaks.  If I am honest I did not enjoy it - I seem to be eating less meat than I used to, even Sean is going off meat.
 Only Kindled for 20 mins this morning,as I am trying to break the habit.  I will be reading my new mag tonight. Last time I did this, it made me feel really hungry.So I will try and stick to the slimmers success stories.  I think we have some potential success stories happening as I type this. 

So to the start of my day.
Breakfast.  Grapes and melon and my 0% Activia yoghurt. Sean said I should have muesli in the morning. I think I will try it now and again. I like to save my HexB until later.
I think Molly was caught out this morning as I sat checking my food diary at my table/desk.

Lunch. Not sure what to say about this one.  I was experimenting with slicing courgette to get ribbons. I was in danger of slicing a finger off. Gave up halfway through and had chunks as well as ribbons.(Although I have a food processor somewhere, I can never be bothered to use it.) I fried onion, celery, mushroom, courgette in frylight. I added a knorr chicken stock cube and 1/2 pt boiling water, then added a handful of frozen sweet potato,/butternut squash mix (Morrisons), also a small handful of Orzo pasta.  Once it was cooked and the liquid had reduced, I stirred in a heaped tbsp of  Kerry Low Low.  Very filling, but I was too heavy handed with the dried parsley.
I really was at a loose end in the afternoon, plenty to do outdoors in the garden, but the wind just drives me potty. So we drove over to see my mum, who lives 5 miles away.  Her three dogs (Westies) and our two, just had a ball in her garden. My brother made me a coffee - I said "I can't drink that, its a latte, sorry!" He said, "It's ordinary coffee whisked with a hand held whisk."  It was fabulous.  I just daren't buy another gadget as my kitchen is full of them  Overspill gadgets in the shed! Then my mum came out with a plate of cakes. Oh my god!  Sean had two,  I declined.  That really was tough.
Dinner  I fancied lasagna, but my ever so fussy 31 yr old son, would not eat a SW friendly one. So I figured I would do a compromise.  Fried off ex lean mince beef, then added chopped onion, green pepper, mushrooms (in frylight). Added a jar of Morrisons Tomato and vegetable pasta sauce, then cooked it for a good 40 mins until it was thick. I do not like sloppy lasagna. I made a very small amount of white sauce - 1tbps flour, 1tbsp half fat butter, 1/2pt semi skimmed milk, grated nutmeg, whisked it while it thickened in a saucepan.  Don't know why i bothered, as I made sure I didn't have any of the sauce or cheese that was grated on top.  A mixed salad with balsamic and a drizzle of sweet chili dipping sauce.  Jacket potato with small amount of Kerry Low Low.  I enjoyed it but honestly, I prefer the full fat version with garlic bread, butter on potatoes etc....but then I know those days are gone now.  No going back to that! 


Dessert.   I thought the defrosted Sainsbury's Summer fruit looked so nice I photographed it in the bowl, before i have my portion with melon and my half syn strawberry Muller Greek yoghurt.
Football is going to dominate the household tonight, Sean and Lee's beloved team are playing (Arsenal) and they tell me its an important one for them to win. SO I can have total control of TV in the lounge.  I am hoping my syn count and Hex's is as accurate as possible. It is much easier when I don't have foods that are convenience (pasta sauce jar) gutted really as I could have had passata for free!
HexA - cheese Low Low in lunch pasta and jacket potato.
HexB - 1 Alpen light with my fruit and yoghurt


Lasagna sauce = 4
Sweet chili dipping 1 tbps = 1.5
Milk in coffee = 2.5

Total for day = 7 syns.

I hope I am not too far out with syn count.  I have learned a lesson hell with convenience jars I am sticking to the simpler way.  Big shop tomorrow, its amazing how much fresh fruit and fresh vegetables we are getting through. Also eggs!  I wish our local Morrisons would stock Diamond Breeze almond milk. They only sell the Alpro and i can't have as much  as Diamond B..grrrr

If anyone has sat and watched Gillette Soccer Saturday , waiting for the results to filter through. This is how I feel about fellow dieters, anxious as the results come through, just willing everyone to do well. Off to the lounge now to make the most of a night where I can flick through channels until my heart is content. nagging.  you know Sean will say "Its up to you tonight Caz, put what you want on, I mean anything you want." Oh great ! "Thanks Sean"...then as soon as I put Gardeners world or Diet related or Eden, he'll say "Are you joking!"  .......Men !

Night all!

Love Carol