Sunday, 22 January 2017

Slimming World: week 1.


I mentioned in my last post that me and Danny had decided to start the Slimming World diet - together so we have each other for support! We've never eaten too badly for main meals and in the last few years we've worked really hard to try and have varied meals containing as many vegetables as we could fit in. However, my snacking was more than a little out of control and portion sizes were a bit on the large size! We tried to cut back where we could but with the festive period looming and therefore a whole array of festive titbits in the house we couldn't help ourselves and come January we were desperately craving fresh and healthy foods! 

We have friends who have had great success with Slimming World so we thought we'd give it a go. I only want to lose a stone so I can get back down to my pre-IVF weight (and possibly a little bit more depending on how I feel then). Have any of you tried Slimming World? Let me know if you have and if you have any hints or tips then swing them my way!

I have to admit, I've probably chosen the worst time of year to start a diet because all I want to do in the Winter is eat comforting, warm, stodgy foods - if I'd done this in the summer it would have been a doddle! It's all quite simple to follow though. I've not found myself hungry at any stage and I love that you don't really have to cut anything out - as long as it's all within your daily allowances.

I was a little worried about my calcium intake because of my borderline osteoporosis, however, because I'm breastfeeding, I'm allowed an extra 'Healthy A' a day which is things like milk and cheese. I haven't used my extra 'HexA' yet though as my calcium levels were fine when I had them checked last year and I'm probably having more calcium with this diet already because I can have 'free' things like cottage cheese and some yoghurts. I do always make sure my 'A' choice for the day is milk though.

Anyway, I didn't know if any of you would be interested in this but I'm going to do a little weekly summary of how the diets going each week... So, here's week 1!



Day 1

Breakfast2 slices of medium wholemeal toast (B) with 2 scrambled eggs and 1 field mushroom. I also had a coffee with skimmed milk (A) and a sweetener.
Lunch: a salad of mixed leaves with cucumber, celery and tomatoes, fat free cottage cheese with chives and chicken tikka slices.
Snack: a packet of Morrisons salt and vinegar crisps (6.5) and a clementine.
Dinner: 1 chicken thigh (all skin removed), oven roasted sweet potato chips with a salad of mixed leaves, tomatoes, radishes, onions and cucumber.
Treat time: a Muller Light yoghurt, 1 Lindt Lindor (4), 9 Haribo Starmix (4.5and a coffee with skimmed milk (A) and a sweetener.

I also had 2 litres of water and came in on plan.

N.B. I felt really full all day today, in fact a little too full at times, but then flagged mid-afternoon because we didn't have enough fruit in. Tomorrow I'm going to try and find some more 'low syn' snacks to replace the 'high' syn' crisps I had today and have something around 3pm to get me out of the slump.



Day 2

Breakfast: 1 rasher of bacon (all fat removed) with 2 scrambled eggs, tinned tomatoes and 1 field mushroom. I also had a coffee with skimmed milk (A) and a sweetener, and a clementine.
Lunch: smoked salmon and mixed leaves sandwich on medium wholemeal bread (B) with Philedelphia Lightest (1) and fat free cottage cheese with chives.
Snack: grapes and a packet of beef Hula Hoops Puft (3.5).
Dinner: Slimming World lamb navarin with rice and roasted asparagus.
Treat time: 1 Lindt Lindor (4), 8 Haribo Starmix (4), a Muller Light yoghurt, a packet of Sunbites sweet and salty popcorn (2.5) and a coffee with skimmed milk (A) and a sweetener.

I also had 2 litres of water and came in on plan.

N.B. The lamb navarin is a Slimming World recipe and was really tasty and very easy to make as it was all done in the slow cooker.



Day 3

Breakfast: 2 slices of medium wholemeal toast (B) with 2 scrambled eggs and smoked salmon and 1 field mushroom. I also had a clementine and a coffee with skimmed milk (A) and a sweetener.
Lunch: a salad of mixed leaves with cucumber, onions and tomatoes, fat free cottage cheese with chives, chicken tikka slices and cous cous.
Snack: grapes and a packet of beef Hula Hoops Puft (3.5).
Dinner: Slimming World easy chicken curry with spicy broccoli and mange tout.
Treat time: 1 Lindt Lindor (4), 4 Haribo Starmix (2), a Muller Light yoghurt, a packet of Sunbites sweet and salty popcorn (2.5) and a coffee with skimmed milk (A) and a sweetener.

I also had 2 litres of water and ended up with 3 syns leftover. I did a 23 minute yoga workout.

NB. The chicken curry was a Slimming World recipe and it was delicious - but I recommend adding more than 1tbsp of curry powder to just give it a bit more flavour. I would also add some vegetables (spinach and mushrooms) in to the sauce next time for some added goodness.



Day 4

Breakfast: 2 Benefit Light cereal bars (B), a Muller Light yoghurt, a clementine and a coffee with milk (A) and a sweetener.
Lunch: 2 boiled eggs, 1 field mushroom and 8 slices of wafer thin smoked ham. I also had some curry that was leftover from yesterday.
Snack: grapes, a packet of beef Hula Hoops Puft (3.5) and a coffee with milk (A) and a sweetener.
Dinner: pasta bolognaise with beef mince, courgette, carrot, tomatoes and onion.
Treat time: 1 Ikea Pepparkakor biscuit (2.5), 1 Lindt Lindor (4), 4 Haribo Starmix (2) and a coffee with milk (A) and a sweetener.

I also had 2 litres of water and ended up with 3 syns leftover. I did a 23 minute yoga workout.

N.B. I didn't feel like eating much this morning but the smaller breakfast left me hungry all day and mid afternoon I was really flagging and needed to snack on extra 'free' bits. I feel like I've eaten almost non-stop!



Day 5

Breakfast2 shredded wheat with skimmed milk (A & B), a clementine, a Muller Light yoghurt and a coffee with milk (A) and sweetener.
Lunch: leftover pasta bolognaise from last night. 
Snack: 10 slices of wafer thin smoked ham (oops!).
Dinner: 3 rashers of bacon (all fat removed) with 2 scrambled eggs, mushrooms, tinned tomatoes, reduced sugar baked beans and 1 Morrisons NuMe sausage (1).
Treat time: a clementine, grapes, 1 Ikea Pepparkakor biscuit (2.5), 1 Lindt Lindor (4), 4 Haribo Starmix (2) and a packet of Sunbites sweet and salty popcorn (2.5).

I also had 2 litres of water and ended up with 3 syns leftover.



Day 6

Breakfast: 2 shredded wheat with 1% milk (A & B), a clementine, a Muller Light yoghurt and a coffee with milk (A) and sweetener.
Lunch: cous cous with mixed leaves, 1 boiled egg, 4 slices of wafer thin smoked ham and tinned tomatoes.
Snack: a packet of beef Hula Hoops Puft (3.5).
Dinner: jacket potato with tuna and reduced sugar baked beans, mixed leaves, tomatoes and onion.
Treat time: 1 Pink and White (2.5), 1 Ikea Pepparkakor biscuit (2.5), 1 Lindt Lindor (4), 2 Haribo Starmix (1) and a coffee with milk (A) and a sweetener - I didn't eat the clementine in the end.

I also had 2 litres of water and ended up with 1.5 syns leftover.



Day 7

Breakfast: 3 rashers of bacon (all fat removed) with 2 scrambled eggs and mushrooms, and a coffee with 1% milk (A) and sweetener.
Lunch: 2 Benefit Light cereal bars (B) and a clementine - I didn't eat the Muller Light yoghurt in the end.
Snack: 4 slices of wafer thin smoked ham.
Dinner: beef chilli with mixed beans, onions, tomatoes and sweet red pepper served with fat free fromage frais and brown rice - I didn't finish the chilli because it was so filling!
Treat time: a packet of Sunbites sweet and salty popcorn (2.5) and 1 Lindt Lindor (4).

I only managed about 2 glasses of water today and ended up with 8.5 syns leftover.

N.B. The chilli was a BBC recipe and we made it Slimming World friendly by not adding the sugar.


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After this week I had dropped 2lbs which I was really pleased with. 


I was only able to exercise gently on 2 days and that left me feeling exhausted and in quite a lot of pain for the rest of the week. Can anyone suggest any gentle exercise that I could try (at home)? I did 23 minutes of yoga on each of those days and it wasn't overly strenuous but my tummy hurt so much from it and my fatigue was really bad. I'm really lost on what exercise I can do if something as gentle as yoga can leave me feeling like this.


I felt like I found my way a bit more by the end of the week and ate a bit better so hopefully next week should be easier. I've also realised that just because it's 'free' doesn't mean I have to eat it! I definitely felt a little too full after some of these breakfasts and lunches so that's something I've already started working on.


I've also noticed that with all the Slimming World recipes we have tried or looked at so far, they don't include vegetables in the sauces which I think is a great opportunity to add lots of goodness. It's definitely an area where we can improve on the recipe!

But so far I feel much better within myself, much less bloated and, overall, I feel pretty happy with how it's going - besides the odd few stumbles this week. I'm also wondering if it will have any effect on my endometriosis pains over the next few months. 


Anyway, here's hoping for another loss next week! Oh, and in the meantime, you can check out my meals on Instagram where I'm probably boring everyone over there senseless with it all!


S.

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