Saturday, 11 February 2017

Slimming World: week 4.


Day 22

Breakfast: a sausage sandwich with 2 Porky Light sausages (1), ketchup (0.5) and 2 rounds of medium wholemeal toast (B), a clementine and a cup of coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.
Lunch: 2 banana pancakes with a Muller Light yoghurt and grapes.
Snack: 4 seafood sticks.
Dinner: bolognaise with mushrooms, onion and tomatoes served with carrot and butternut squash 'spaghetti'.
Treat time: 4 Haribo Starmix (2), a Maltesers Mini Bunny (3), 2 Galaxy Golden Mini Eggs (2), 1 Lindt Lindor (4), a packet of Sunbites sweet and salty popcorn (2.5), a mandarin orange and a cup of coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.

I also had half a litre of water and came in on plan.


N.B. The Porky Lights are a definite winner in the sausage stakes and only half a syn each! They had a lovely flavour and a proper sausagey texture (compared to the Morrisons NuMe ones which I didn't like the texture of!). The pancakes only had 2 ingredients - eggs and banana - and were really quick and easy to make. Just wish I could have covered them in peanut butter or chocolate spread!




Day 23

Breakfast: 2 Benefit Light cereal bars (B).
Lunch: tuna and sweetcorn rice with mixed leaves.
Snack: 4 seafood sticks, a packet of Aldi Cheese Curls (3) and 2 bites of birthday cakes (putting this down as 3 but I'm only guessing).
Dinner: chicken tikka and cauliflower rice with mange tout, radishes, tenderstem broccoli, mushrooms, spring onion, babycorn and green pepper.
Treat time: 2 Haribo Starmix (1), a Maltesers Mini Bunny (3), 2 Galazy Golden Mini Eggs (2), a packet of Sunbites sweet and salty popcorn (2.5), a Hartleys no added sugar jelly (0.5), grapes and a cup of coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.

I also had 1.5 litres of water and came in on plan.




Day 24

Breakfast: 1 Benefit Light cereal bar (B), a Muller Light yoghurt, a mandarin orange and a cup of coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.
Lunch: leftover chicken tikka meat with with natural yoghurt and mixed leaves.
Snack: 6 seafood sticks, a packet of Walkers French Fries (4) and a few bits of tikka turkey.
Dinner: Slimming World tomato and basil soup with 1 dark rye Ryvita (B) and a spoonful of natural yoghurt.
Treat time: a Maltesers Mini Bunny (3), 3 Galaxy Golden Mini Eggs (3) and a cup of coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.

I had 1 pint of water and had 5 syns leftover.


N.B. The soup was a Slimming World recipe and was really fresh and tasty. It had tomatoes, onion, and carrot in it and I'd maybe add celery next time but I didn't really feel it needed anything else.



Day 25

Breakfast: 1 round of medium wholemeal toast (B) with 1 slice of ham and 1 scrambled egg, 1 Benefit Light cereal bar (B), a mandarin orange and a cup of tea with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.
Lunch: Walkers French Fries (4) and a Muller Light yoghurt.
Snack: 6 seafood sticks and a clementine.
Dinner: tuna steak, roasted asparagus and noodles with spring onion, babycorn, green pepper, mushrooms and tenderstem broccoli (I only ate 1 piece of tuna).
Treat time: a Maltesers Mini Bunny (3), 3 Galaxy Golden Mini Eggs (3) and a cup of coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.

I also had 1.5 litres of water and had 5 syns leftover.



Day 26

Breakfast: 1 Benefit Light cereal bar (B) and a cup f coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.
Lunch: Aldi Cheese Curls (3), a Muller Light yoghurt, a mandarin orange and a cup of coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.
Snack: 4 seafood sticks, a mandarin orange and some tikka turkey.
Dinner: EPIC fry up! 2 rashers of bacon (all fat removed), 2 Porky Light sausages (1), 1 slice of black pudding (3.5), reduced sugar baked beans, tinned tomatoes, mushrooms, a fried egg and a round of medium wholemeal toast (B) with butter (1.5).
Treat time: 1 Galaxy Golden Mini Egg (1), grapes, a mandarin orange and a cup of coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.

I also had 1.5 litres of water and had 5 syns leftover.


N.B. I feel SO happy after tonights amazing dinner!!!



Day 27

Breakfast: 2 Benefit Light Cereal bars (B), a mandarin orange, a Muller Light yoghurt and a cup of coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.
Lunch: salad of mixed leaves, beetroot, tomato, spring onion, celery, cucumber and yellow pepper with a fat free vinaigrette, ham, a boiled egg, king prawns and fat free cottage cheese.
Snack: a packet of Sunbites sweet and salty popcorn (2.5), 4 seafood sticks and a cup of coffee with skimmed milk (A) and a sweetener.
Dinner: jacket potato with tuna, light mayonnaise (4), butter (1.5) and reduced fat cheese (A) and mixed leaves (I had a second helping of salad).
Treat time:2 Galaxy Golden Mini Eggs (2), grapes and a cup of coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.

I also had 1 litre of water and had 5 syns leftover.


N.B. Another satisfying dinner! Starting to see the perks of using syns on a meal instead of saving them for treats.





Day 28

Breakfast: 2 Benefit Light Cereal bars (B) and a cup of coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.
Lunch: mixed leaves, 2 slices of ham, 2 boiled eggs and 4 seafood sticks, and a Muller Light yoghurt.
Snack: a packet of Aldi Cheese Curls (3).
Dinner: Slimming World Tex-mex veggie chilli, rice (0.5), tenderstem broccoli and fat free fromage frais.
Treat time: a Milkybar Mousse (4.5), a packet of Sunbites sweet and salty popcorn (2.5) and a cup of coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.

I also had 1 litre of water and had 4.5 syns leftover.

N.B. Dinner tonight was courtesy of my mama. It was a Slimming World recipe and had peppers, tomatoes and onions in it and uses Quorn mince.


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I am so happy this week because I've managed to drop 3lbs!!! That's my biggest loss so far and takes me down to the halfway mark - half a stone gone, just another 7lbs left!

I've been trying to cut my syns down during the week and just have the full amount at the weekend, as well as not saving them just for treats but instead using them for our dinners also. It's meant I've enjoyed those dinners a lot more and they've left me feeling a lot more satisfied and like I've eaten something naughty so I'm not craving so much bad stuff! I've also been trying to put veg with things instead of rice or potato - for example, we used carrot and butternut squash spaghetti and cauliflower rice this week, and we bought ourselves a spiralizer (at last!) so now we can have these things more often.

Remember, you can check out my meals daily on Instagram in case you are interested!

S.

ENDO bracelet.


The lovely Aimée, a fellow endosister who blogs over at The Chronic Writer, sent me this little bracelet last week which she has made to raise awareness of endometriosis.

As March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, she has been fundraising by asking for donations for Endometriosis UK and sending these out as a thank you gift. The idea of the bracelet is that it will be seen on the wearer and it will spark "What's that for?" type questions and hopefully spread knowledge and awareness of endometriosis.

If you would like to donate to Endometriosis UK and have your very own bracelet, then you can visit Aimée's JustGiving page here. Remember, these donations are going direct to Endometriosis UK, a charity that supports all of us UK endosisters!


Image courtesy of http://www.endomarch.org/

Aimée is also attending the 4th annual EndoMarch on Saturday 25th March 2017, a worldwide event that aims to raise awareness and seeks change in various medical and educational sectors. Will you be attending your nearest march? 

I've heard on the grapevine that the Endomarch website is currently being updated with all the information on this years events but there is certainly still time to register and all the marches are completely free of charge. For now, you can find out more on the individual events by searching 'endomarch' on Twitter or Facebook for the most current information.

As per usual, I won't be able to attend again, but I'll be doing all I can during March to raise awareness and I wish so much luck to every single one of you who takes part - the ultimate girl love, sisters doing it for sisters! If, like me, you can't attend, don't worry! You can do your part by sharing information, tweets, statuses or pictures on the day or during the month of March. It's all about raising awareness, so ladies, do your bit!


Are you doing anything to raise money for any of the Endometriosis charities across the world? Email me at shireen.emlwy@gmail.com if you are - I'd be more than happy to help you get the word out!

S.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Slimming World: week 3.


Day 15

Breakfast: a fried egg and bacon (all fat removed) sandwich on medium wholemeal bread (B) with a field mushroom and a coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.
Lunch: mackerel in tomato sauce with mixed leaves and beef tomato.
Snack: a clementine, grapes, a Muller Light yoghurt, a packet of Aldi Cheese Curls (3) and a coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.
Dinner: salmon fried rice with pak choi, tenderstem broccoli, radishes, mushrooms and mange tout.
Treat time: 1 Lindt Lindor (4), a Pink and White (2.5), 11 Haribo Starmix (5.5) and a cup of coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.

I also had 1/2 a litre of water and came in on plan.



Day 16

Breakfast: 2 Benefit Light cereal bars (B), a Muller Light yoghurt, a clementine and a coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.
Lunch: mackerel in tomato sauce with mixed leaves, beef tomato and butter beans and a coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.
Snack: a packet of Aldi Cheese Curls (3).
Dinner: Slimming World chicken tikka masala with rice and 2 poppadoms (1).
Treat time: grapes, a clementine, 1 Lindt Lindor (4), 4 Haribo Starmix (2), 2 Ikea Pepparkakor biscuits (5) and a cup of tea with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.

I also had 1/2 a litre of water and came in on plan. 


N.B. I was really disappointed with dinner tonight because it was way too hot for me. The marinated meat without the sauce was really nice though so we will definitely be making that again and having it with lots of salad. But this one was a big fat no from us.



Day 17

Breakfast: 2 Benefit Light cereal bars (B), a Muller Light yoghurt, a clementine and a coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.
Snacka packet of Aldi Cheese Curls (3) and a clementine.
DinnerSlimming World butternut squash soup with 1 dark rye Ryvita (1.5).
Treat time: 1 Lindt Lindor (4), a packet of Sunbites sweet and salty popcorn (2.5) and a cup of coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.

I also had 1/2 a litre of water, had 4 syns leftover and walked down to the village and back - also including doing the housework in my exercise!


N.B. I didn't have lunch today because I didn't have breakfast until lunchtime. The soup we had for dinner was a Slimming World recipe and was really yummy, but, as we've found with all Slimming World recipes so far. didn't have as many veg in it as it could have had. It had butternut squash, potato and onion in it and then I also added 2 carrots. Next time I'll add some celery too.




Day 18

Breakfast: 3 rashers of bacon (all fat removed), 2 scrambled eggs, 1 field mushroom and chopped tomatoes.
Lunch2 Benefit Light cereal bars (B), a Muller Light yoghurt, a clementine and a coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.
Snacka packet of Aldi Cheese Curls (3) and a slice of ham.
Dinner: Haddock with roasted baby maris piper potatoes and stir fried carrot, red pepper, tenderstem broccoli and mushrooms with chopped tomatoes.
Treat time: a Pink and White (2.5), grapes, 2 Haribo Starmix (1), an Aldi Dreemy (3.5) and a cup of coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.

I also had 1.5 litres of water and had 5 syns leftover.



Day 19

Breakfast: 3 rashers of bacon (all fat removed), 2 scrambled eggs, 1 field mushroom and chopped tomatoes.
Lunch: 2 Benefit Light cereal bars (B), a Muller Light yoghurt, a clementine and a coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.
Snacka packet of Aldi Cheese Curls (3) and a clementine.
Dinner: 1 chicken thigh (all fat removed) with roasted asparagus, sweet potato chips and a salad of mixed leaves, tomato and red pepper.
Treat time: 1 Lindt Lindor (4), a packet of Sunbites sweet and salty popcorn (2.5), grapes, a clementine, 1 Haribo Starmix (0.5) and a cup of coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.

I also had 1 litre of water and had 5 syns leftover.




Day 20

Breakfast: a cup of coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener, a clementine and an Alpen Light cereal bar (B).
Lunch: leftover butternut squash soup from the other night (I only had half of this) and a packet of Aldi Cheese Curls (3).
Snack: a packet of Aldi southern fried chicken Snackers (I've guessed these are around 2.5 as I can't find anything about this flavour but roast chicken Snackers are 2 and Mattessons Fridge Raiders in southern fried are 2.5 - so if anyone know's, let me know!).
Dinner: 1 round of medium wholemeal toast (B) with 2 slices of ham, reduced sugar baked beans, tinned tomatoes, scrambled egg and mixed leaves.
Treat time: a Muller Light yoghurt, a clementine, 1 Haribo Starmix (0.5), an Aldi Dreemy (3.5) and a cup of coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.

I also had 1 glass of water (total fail) and had 5.5 syns leftover. 

N.B. Today was one big struggle and I'm desperate for takeaway and to just gorge on everything I can. Hoping tomorrow is easier... EDIT: I had my first ever second Healthy A today (I can have two as I'm breastfeeding but haven't felt the need for a second one as yet). I was so hungry and by 10pm I couldn't fight it anymore and had 3 Babybel Lights and another clementine. I felt so much better afterwards though and my cheese craving is now gone!



Day 21

Breakfast: a cup of coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener, a clementine, a Benefit Light cereal bar (B) and an Alpen Light cereal bar (B).
Lunch: McCain Quick Chips (3.5) with baked beans.
Snack: a packet of Aldi Cheese Curls (3).
Dinner: salmon and vegetable fried rice with mange tout, babycorn, tenderstem broccoli, radishes, spring onion and mushroom.
Treat time: 1 Haribo Starmix (0.5), a Maltesers Mini Bunny (3) and a cup of coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.

I also had 1 litre of water and had 5 syns leftover.


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After this week I had dropped 1lb. It's going slowly but it's going! 10lbs to go! 


Remember, you can check out my meals daily on Instagram in case you are interested!

S.

Real-life advice: how these women keep their endometriosis under control.

Image courtesy of https://www.popsugar.co.uk/smart-living/Tips-Living-Endometriosis-43039372
A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Tori Crowther from Popsugar UK and asked if I would like to contribute towards an article on endometriosis!... My first ever contribution! Eek! I am still so excited over this!!

The article features some other fabulous endosisters and we've all offered up some of our own coping mechanisms on living with endometriosis (most of which can be used for other chronic illnesses also).

So, head on over to Popsugar's article "Real-Life Advice: How These Women Keep Their Endometriosis Under Control" and have a little read and remember to check out the other ladies who contributed by clicking on their names.

Do you have any coping mechanisms of your own? Let me know!

S.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Slimming World: week 2.


Day 8


Breakfast: 2 shredded wheat with 1% milk (A & B), a clementine, a Muller Light yoghurt and a coffee with milk (A) and sweetener.
Lunch: mackerel in tomato sauce with mixed leaves and a packet of Hula Hoops Puft (3.5).
Snack: 4 slices of wafer thin smoked ham.
Dinner: Slimming World carbonara (1) with mushrooms and spinach.
Treat time: a packet of Sunbites sweet and salty popcorn (2.5), 1 Lindt Lindor (4), 1 Pink and White (2.5), 3 Haribo Starmix (1.5) and some grapes.

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


N.B. The carbonara was a slimming world recipe and was surprisingly nice considering it uses fromage frais. We did think it should be cooked slightly more to thicken the sauce a little though. The original recipe also doesn't have any vegetables in it but it was really tasty with spinach and mushrooms.






Day 9

Breakfast: 2 Benefit Light cereal bars (B), a clementine and a Muller Light yoghurt.
Lunch: sardines in tomato sauce with mixed leaves and beetroot, McCain Quick Chips (3.5) and a coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.
Snack: a clementine.
Dinner: Slimming World Paprika Pork served with brown rice, tenderstem broccoli and roasted asparagus.
Treat time: a packet of Sunbites sweet and salty popcorn (2.5), 1 Lindt Lindor (4), 1 Pink and White (2.5), 5 Haribo Starmix (2.5), grapes and a coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.

I also had 2 litres of water and came in on plan. We spent a few hours slowly walking at Bradgate Park today.


N.B. The paprika pork was a Slimming World recipe and was pretty tasty although we thought it could include a few more vegetables and would be a nicer with a bit more paprika.






Day 10

Breakfast: a coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener, a clementine and a Muller Light yoghurt.
Lunch: a bow of chicken and mushroom Pasta N Sauce (made with 1% milk (A)) with spinach and 1 slice of smoked wafer thin ham. I also had half a dark rye Ryvita (B) with a spoonful of fat free cottage cheese.
Snack: a packet of Hula Hoops Puft.
Dinner: salmon with giant cous cous and stir fried pak choi, radishes, mange tout, spring onion and tenderstem broccoli.
Treat time: a packet of Sunbites sweet and salty popcorn (2.5), 1 Lindt Lindor (4), 10 Jelly Tots (2), grapes and a cup of coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.

I also had 1 pint of water and had 3 syns leftover.





Day 11

Breakfast: 2 shredded wheat (B) with 1% milk (A), a clementine, a Muller Light yoghurt and a coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.
Lunch: mixed leaves, a boiled egg, 3 slices of wafer thin smoked ham and fat free cottage cheese.
Snack: 3 seafood sticks, grapes and a tea with skimmed milk and a sweetener.
Dinner: jacket potato with reduced sugar baked beans, bacon, mushrooms, mixed leaves and onion.
Treat timea packet of Sunbites sweet and salty popcorn (2.5), 1 Lindt Lindor (4), 10 Jelly Tots (2), grapes, a clementine, 3 Haribo Starmix (1.5) and a cup of coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.

I also had 1 pint of water and had 5 syns leftover.






Day 12

Breakfast2 Benefit Light cereal bars (B), a clementine, a Muller Light yoghurt and a coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.
Lunch: mixed leaved, a boiled egg, 2 rashers of bacon (all fat removed) and butter beans with half a tablespoon of light mayo (1).
Snack: 2 seafood sticks and a coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.
Dinner: SW easy curry with haddock served with brown rice, tenderstem broccoli, mange tout and pak choi.
Treat time: a packet of Sunbites sweet and salty popcorn (2.5), 1 Lindt Lindor (4), grapes, a Pink and White (2.5), 3 Haribo Starmix (1.5) and a cup of coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.

I also had 1.5 litres of water and used up all my syns for the day.

NB. The curry was the Slimming World recipe that we cooked last week but we used haddock instead of chicken. As before, I recommend adding more than 1tbsp of curry powder to just give it a bit more flavour.



Day 13

Breakfast2 Benefit Light cereal bars (B) and a coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.
Lunch: butter beans with half a tablespoon of light mayo (1), 4 slices of wafer thin smoked ham, 2 seafood sticks and some fat free cottage cheese, a clementine and a Muller Light yoghurt. I also had a coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.
Snack: a packet of Sunbites sweet and salty popcorn (2.5).
Dinner: homemade red lentil and bacon soup and 1 dark rye Ryvita (1.5).
Treat time: 1 Lindt Lindor (4), grapes, a Pink and White (2.5), 3 Haribo Starmix (1.5) and a cup of coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.

I also had 1/2 a litre of water, had 2 syns leftover and walked down the village and back.

N.B. Bit of an odd day because I was in a rush to get out this morning and it's the day before the food shop so lots of using things up and nothing much fresh left in the house. The soup is a Hairy Bikers recipe and had red pepper, red lentils, onion, sweet potato and bacon in it alongside a few other bits. Super easy and very tasty, just make sure you remove all the fat from the bacon and use 1 calorie spray in place of the oil to make it Slimming World friendly.



Day 14

Lunch: leftover lentil and bacon soup from last night, a wafer thin smoked ham and light cheese (A) sandwich with medium wholemeal bread (B), and a Muller Light yoghurt.
Dinner: passata and pesto (0.75 per portion) chicken pasta.
Treat time1 Lindt Lindor (4), 2 Ikea Pepparkakor biscuits (5), grapes, a clementine, 1 Haribo Starmix (0.5) and a cup of coffee with 1% milk (A) and a sweetener.

I also had 1 litre of water and had just under 5 syns leftover.

N.B. Me and Hunter treated ourselves to a lie in today so I didn't have breakfast and a bigger lunch meant no snacking. Our dinner was supposed to be a pesto chicken pasta like we usually make with Philedelphia Lightest but we tried to make it with fat free fromage frais and then tried again with fat free yoghurt and it just curdled everytime so we gave up in the end and made it with passata and added some chilli flakes too. It was yummy but it was annoying because had we planned to have it with passata, I would have whacked a load of veg in to it too.


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After this week I had dropped 1lb which I was really pleased with, especially since I was also on my period and wanted to eat the entire kitchen! Only 11lbs more to go! 
I'm feeling a lot more comfortable already for dropping 3lbs and apparently it's noticeable that I have lost weight already which is always nice to hear! 

I felt much happier going in to this week knowing a bit more on what to expect and what to cut back on and add more of, and my portion sizes have been much better also.

Remember, you can check out my meals daily on Instagram in case you are interested! 

S.
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