The slimming world thread!

(182 Posts)
Xroads Sat 08-Sep-12 19:08:23

I've just joined slimming world, today is day 2.

Please can all those who have joined please come along and share your experiences, what you have eaten today, goals and cheer each other on?

I did ww 4yrs ago and lost 3.5 stone, this time I'm aiming to lose about 1.5 stone by christmas.

Today I've eaten a huge fruit salad and natural yogurt breakfast, tuna salad for lunch and I'm having jacket potato, salad and steak for dinner followed by all my syns on alcohol with dh as it's our wedding anniversary this week.

GrannyRat Sat 08-Sep-12 19:39:16

Oh hello xroads! I've just rejoined too! On wednesday and was horrifed at my weight but am raring to go.

I did SW years ago and lost three stone and felt amazing. This time i have about 4 to lose to be a comfortable 10-12 (my dream!).

Since Wednesday i have been good but went out last night for a family meal to a gorgeous thai restaurant and scoffed a lot of yummy food. I didn't drink as i offered to be the designated driver as i didnt want to waste syns on alcohol.

Today i had for brunch two slices of wholemeal toast with two rashers of bacon and a load of grilled tomatoes. For a late lunch i had a ham salad and i have just had a starter of grilled asparagus wrapped in parma ham with balsamic instead of my preferred mayo. Im having chicken salad and baked spud for supper.

Good Luck - if you're interested in slimming world recipes look here

Xroads Sun 09-Sep-12 12:12:01

Your food sounds yummy!

Today I had a sneaky peek on the scales and I won't be disclosing what I've lost so far as I'm waiting for my official weigh in BUT lets say it's looking good!

We walked to the pub last night so that was my 15mins of walking done and I'm planning to do swimming on Monday and Thursday this week.

This morning I've had a banana then 2 poached eggs on whole meal bread, I've planned tuna, pasta and sweetcorn for lunch possibly with a bit of light mayo. Then lamb dinner with lots of veg and new potatoes for dinner, so far so good!

GrannyRat Sun 09-Sep-12 19:08:43

Wow Xroads sounds like you're doing well if you can tell from the scales already! Keep it up - I definitely think exercise is key to losing weight.

Me, DH and the DCs went for a bike ride this morning and i have just calulated the route online and it was 6.5 miles so I'm chuffed!

I made scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on dry wholemeal toast when we got back. It was quite dry but i washed it down with a coffee.

We had a BBQ as a late lunch and i had a sausage, some new potatoes, chicken (no skin) and LOADS of salad drenched in balsamic again.

Tonight I'm going to have baked beans on toast with grated cheese on top.

I'm really hoping to get a good weight loss at my first weigh in on Wednesday but I'm worried about the amount of Thai food i had on Friday night.

Xroads Mon 10-Sep-12 13:21:34

I went a tiny bit pear shaped yesterday, ended up skipping lunch and having 4 mini cheedars and a liquid lunch in the pub (influence of my older sister!) then because they came for dinner I made pudding and though I tried to be good and have fruit, fromage frais for pudding I still have a tiny bit of apple pie with some weightwatchers custard and a couple more drinks. Oh and I had a yorkie on my dinner!

Today is a new day so far I've museli, fruit, yogurt, banana, apple, muller light, cous cous and salad and a ww choc bar.

Going swimming tonight and think I'll have jacket potato and salad and beans for tea and no drinking!

ledkr Mon 10-Sep-12 18:35:38

Can i join you please? I still have at least 2 stone of baby weight to shift and I am miserable and cant fit into any of my clothes. I was a slim size 14 before which suits me really but I'm now a 16-18 and feel fed up with it. I have been feeling tired and lethargic and sometimes quite depressed and I have finally faced up to the fact its because I am carrying too much weight blush
I have all the paperwork from before so wont be re joining if i can help it. My friend and I have just sat and planned for the week so hopefully we are off to a good start.
Pasta n sauce here I come.
Obstacles this week are a training day on Wednesday (bring and share lunch) and off to the in laws for the weekend which normally involves take always hmm
Can anyone explain if the points system has changed in the last year?

Xroads Tue 11-Sep-12 07:24:08

Hi yes please do join smile

It's amazing how losing weight can alter your mood, I've been feeling low about mine for a while, I'm glad I've finally done something about it and now instead of it creeping up its going to be coming down and I can stop beating myself up about it.

Today is a new day, we can do it!

LackaDAISYcal Tue 11-Sep-12 07:39:10

<lurks quietly as public declarations of good intentions = doomed to fail ime>

Not joining a group, but have most of the gumf/know the rules. Goal is to lose 2.5 stone (my ideal would be nearly 4, but I am trying to set more realistic goals) am in no hurry and accept there will be peaks and troughs along the way.

Planning on walking and/or swimming three times a week. I have a chronic health condition, so high impact exercise is out at the moment.

ledkr Tue 11-Sep-12 10:33:54

Hi all. I started today with quorn sausages beans egg and mushrooms. Very nice.I felt a bit greedy as dh walked by and said "i'm on a diet you know" through a mouthful haha.
xroads Yes I feel better for taking control instead of moaning. Its no surprise to me how much better you feel when you lose weight. I lost loads after my ex left me and was so pleased I forgot to be upset grin
I have a cupboard full of lovely clothes that i want to get back into. I love fashion and used to be a bit of an individual dresser but I now feel I have to dress fairly frumpily as I am <whispers> a bit fat blush
Cant wait to get my confidence back.
Goal for me is enforced holiday with slim and fit in laws next spring. I cant bear the thought of them sneering at my flab.
Anyone got any food inspirations today. I have steaks for dinner going to have loads of veg and small baked spud with it.

ledkr Tue 11-Sep-12 10:34:51

lacksa Im going to walk too. I used to be fit and run and gym but im so out of shape I need to build up to it.

rainbowdiva Tue 11-Sep-12 13:39:29

Hi, can i join please?
I have just joined slimming world, had first weight in today and lost 2 pounds.
I have just eaten wholemeal pasta mixed with 2 tins of tuna and tomato sauce. I have eaten LOADS. is it really free?

GrannyRat Tue 11-Sep-12 20:32:27

Hi all, lovely to see you!

It's my first weigh in tomorrow and it can't come soon enough. I feel i need to have lost some weight to spare me on!

Rainbow I presume you're on Extra Easy today - yep you can really have as much as you like. Just remember to fill up on free veggies and salad with it - SW recommend a third of your meal should be free fruit, veg or salad. Your tomato sauce should count towards that.

Today, i have eaten a stilton salad brown roll for lunch then I'm just about to have a massive tuna salad.

Doesn't help that I'm salivating watching Great British Bake Off - it's pie week. My absolute favourite and weakness!!

Good luck everyone - keep going and sharing your tips and thoughts smile

Trulydevoted Wed 12-Sep-12 21:31:40

Hi all

Need to get motivated again, I joined slimming world last year as I had my wedding in June and managed to loose just over a stone to reach my target weight. We had a lovely wedding and amazing honeymoon but with all that over with I'm almost back to where I started!

I re joined 2 weeks ago and lost a 1lb and maintained this week so need get a bit more motivated I think and exercise more.

My secret this week to cure my sweet tooth of an eve is i have been eating a few of them mikado's rather than my usual kit kat, at half a syn each I feel like I can have a few more and still not use as many syns as I would of if I had eaten a kit kat and Tesco have them on offer for 69 p at the moment so even more of bonus!!

Riadiculous Wed 12-Sep-12 22:25:37

daisy is that you????

ledkr, I think we have "met" before toosmile

good luck to you all with your SW journey. I lurk on the Days of Doom threads - we have a truly lovely SW consultant on board over there. I may now lurk on here too, if you will let me, but I am currently a bit <meh> and need to re-motivate. I especially struggle with breakfast <yuk>, and lunch, because I work over lunch and then can't be bothered when I get in.

ledkr Thu 13-Sep-12 08:26:12

Riad. Give mea clue was it at a meet up. I failed miserably yesterday due to the trainjng day where the buffet was stupendous. I was not greedy but not great either.
Back on it today though having eggs and smoked salmon for breakfast then salad at work.
I cant snack in the e evenjng cos im too busy catching spiders hmm

IShotJR Thu 13-Sep-12 08:40:21

Can I join too?
Started yesterday,i weigh 11.6 which is gross as i am only 5ft!! I am vegetarian and am planning on sticking mostly to soups. I need to lose 2 and a half stone by Jan 2013.

I am going to south america to marry my OH. All the girls there are beautiful and long limbed. I refuse to waddle down the aisle like a big fat sweaty ginger walrus!!

I love seeing all the recipes that join these threads!

Riadiculous Thu 13-Sep-12 11:05:33

here is good for recipes too.

ledkr, I recognise your name and I think it was on a SW thread? Bear in mind I have been doing this many years, and am heavier now than when I startedblush

I had one of those days yesterday too, started well with porridge, then ended up staying at work after lunch for a meeting, followed by a biscuit eating fest when I got in because of no lunch.

I will get re-motivated, I'm just stuck in one of those "SW isn't for me" ruts. Which will go away if I stay on the boards and read of successessmile

IShotJR Thu 13-Sep-12 14:38:13

Good link Riadiculous Thanks for posting

deemented Thu 13-Sep-12 14:47:58

Hi everyone, hope it's ok for me to post here.

I've been to SW years ago, but i always ended up pregnant and came off plan. Manshape joined a Monday night group t'other week and lost 12.5lbs in his first week, and this has really inspired me to get off my fat arse and do something about my weight too, so i've joined a class on Weds evening - last night was my first night. Practicalities of childcare mean we can't go together to the same class, so this is a good compromise for both of us and means we each get 'time out' each week to do something for us, which with five children between us isn't always easy.

IShotJR Thu 13-Sep-12 15:03:07

12.5lb!!!! shock Thats bloody brilliant!!! What was he eating? air?

mirai Thu 13-Sep-12 15:16:59

Hi all, I didn't see this thread, was on the other one which is a little quieter. Would love to join you!

I'm on Day 6 so my weigh in is tomorrow. I've been really surprised how easy it's been to stick to - I always failed at WW because of the obsession with having to weigh and point every little thing, so being on Extra Easy is liberating!

Fingers crossed for tomorrow smile

deemented Thu 13-Sep-12 16:30:20

He was actually eating LOADS.

Over the week he had

Cooked breakfasts - bacon, Weightwatchers sausages (1 syn each) eggs fried in frylight, piles of mushrooms, tomatoes and beans

steak and SW chips with loads of salad

Pork steaks and jackets with cheese and lots of salad

The cottage pie thats in the 7 days 7 ways book - it was really good, everyone loved it.

Free tuna pasta mix and free coleslaw.

During the week we also had burgers at our sons birthday party and a slice of birthday cake too.

Tonight we're having gammon with SW wedges, fried egg (in fry light) and beans.

He also filled up on grapes mainly and for syns he liked the sour cream and onion snak a jaks - 4.5 syns per pack.

We're really enjoying our food, and so are the children, which is always a bonus.

Riadiculous Thu 13-Sep-12 16:55:45

who does all the cooking dee? that's the bit I find tediousblush fabulous loss thoughsmile

deemented Thu 13-Sep-12 17:12:34

We share it, tbh. I usually do the main evening meals, but he'll make the lunches and breakfasts, though last night he made a wicked steak and jacket with creme fraiche(sp?). Twas lovely.

I find batch cooking and using the slow cooker lots help get rid of the tedium of cooking.

littlebluechair Thu 13-Sep-12 17:24:54

I'm one stone down with SW and another stone to go. I have good weeks and bad grin so this thread may help!

Riadiculous Thu 13-Sep-12 21:22:26

dee you have motivated me to buy the new mag and have another go... (even if I have to do all the cooking...)

LackaDAISYcal Thu 13-Sep-12 23:41:08

Oooh, hello Ria grin

Yup, tis I! Still trying to lose weight <sigh>

I've lost a couple of pounds so far since Monday wqhich is pleasing me. I've opted for wine and chocolate tonight though, but I'm not upset about that. My decision so I'll accept the consequences!

I've had a good long think about targets and where I want to be, and in an ideal world, I would love to be 9st again. Realistically, I think that has been my stumbling block for so long. when I was at my heaviest of 14st 7, 9 stone seemed such a long way away and an unachievable goal that I think that I subconsciously set myself up to fail before I had begun. Over the last 18 months I've lost almost two stone, in a series of losses and plateaus, and feel much more confident in my weight loss abilities. I have decided to shift my thinking slightly, and aim to get to around 10stone and then see where I am and if I feel that I can lose more.

In the meantime, any loss is a gain, iyswim!

envy of your manshape dee. Men really do find the wieght drops off them when they are mortivated. I wish it was the same for the <un>fairer sex!

deemented Fri 14-Sep-12 07:40:41

Ah c'mon ladies, we can do this!!

What'syour motivation for wanting to lose weight, if you don't mind me asking?

Long term, for me it's the fact that i want to be around to see my kids grow up, maybe make me a grandparent but not for at least another 20 years and just generally enjoy life. I knowif i carry on going the way i am that's not going to happen, and i don't want my kids to have to live without me just yet. Short term, Manshape and i are getting married in September 2013 and i'd prefer not to walk down the aisle to him looking like the goodyear blimp in drag.

I'm a big girl, make no bones about that - size 26/28 bottom half and a 28/30 on top - and i've always been big. I've never been slim, ever. I know i'll never be a svelte size 8, but i do want to get to a healthier weight than the one i'm at now.

I have a huge ammount of weight to lose, a huge ammount. I know it's not all going to come off at once - it took years to get to this size, so i expect it's going to take a while to lose it. And that's ok. As long as it's coming off, thats the important thing.

Another thing i'm doing is looking at why i have issues with food. I think personally it comes from the fact that as a (big) 9 year old child my mother sent me to weight watchers. I didn't lose weight at all, and when it didn't work she made me go on the slim fast diet. Looking back on that now, it's no wonder i have problems with food. When i got to my teens i totally rebelled against her - my mother - and that involved eating and eating and eating. Usually chocolate or crisps or both. Trying to address that now as an adult and it's hard.

But i'll get there - we all will smile

mirai Fri 14-Sep-12 08:09:54

Wow! 1.3kg lost after the first week, apparently that's 2.8lbs, it's probably all water weight eh but even so I'm very happy!! grin

Is anyone else weighing in today?

cat Fri 14-Sep-12 08:30:24

Can I join? I went to my first meeting on Monday and weighed in at 12st 1.5lb blush

I am planning on sticking to the plan religiously

I've spent the lase couple of years trying to low carb/starve myself/lose a stone overnight. I've finally realised that if I want to lost this 3st I need to do it slowly and sensibly.

My DM started 3 weeks ago and has lost 9lbs so far.

me23 Fri 14-Sep-12 08:30:38

Hope you dont mind if I join in, I will not be going to group as I work shifts so I often have to miss group. I still have my books from when I last joined in jan this year. I need to lose 3 stone. I'm 12st 3 and only 5'2! I aim to lose 1.5 stone by Xmas. I'm veggie so will be doing green days.

IShotJR Fri 14-Sep-12 13:36:09

Hello ME23 I'm vege too,which make SW alot easier than Atkins!

prettyontheinside Fri 14-Sep-12 15:46:08

hi, mind if i join you? i can't attend meetings but i have joined on line. the thing is, i am confused. can you do extra easy all the time or do you have to alternate. i am a big drinker too and find not drinking tough but i am really fed up of waking up in the morning and spending ages trying to find something to wear.

cat Fri 14-Sep-12 16:04:52

You can do extra easy all the time.

I'm a big drinker too. The syns are so high in alcohol - I don't think SW is feasible if you're still drinking.

I'm on my 4th 'dry' day! It's boring. But I'd rather be bored and thin grin

Ragwort Fri 14-Sep-12 16:08:13

Can I join too, re joined on Monday, two stone to lose grin.

Have managed to stick to the guidelines 100% so far (only four days - have had no alcohol and I am a BIG drinker) and done quite a bit of exercise so feeling quite good.

Good luck to everyone.

ledkr Fri 14-Sep-12 17:34:21

Dee Someone on our post natal thread has lost 8 stone!!! 8 stone? Doing sw. She is lovely and if anyone wants to pm her she will be happy to give you some support.
Well I have been ok really. Fell off the wagon a bit last night at the circus and had some popcorn but only a bit and then a crumpet when I got home. Probably went over syns. Today has been good but as it is Friday I am intending to have some wine but I have gone from a glass or 2 every evening to hardly at all.
My motivation is that I look down at myself and i don't recognize who i have become and cant dress how I would like to.I have never been tiny but am currently a tight 16 with a big belly which makes me look still pregnant.
Off to the pils tomorrow and a day in London with dd shopping.I figured all that walking around the shops would allow for lunch. Am planning to do the ABFAB tour Harvey Nicks,Bond Street etc. so should be good motivation.

prettyontheinside Fri 14-Sep-12 19:06:25

ledkr that's exactly how i feel! and now i'm thinking i'm close to 40 and already dress like an older woman as i try to hide my gut! Cat i can go a few days but when the weekend comes, pasta etc doesn't go well without a glass of red etc etc i think it's a mindset and i need to break it. can i ask how much you have lost over what period? ragwort welcome from me! i have decided that i will have a free weekend then start proper from monday.

TaffyandTeenyTaffy Sun 16-Sep-12 11:35:08

Can I hop in too, please. I am starting again today - not going to a class as its too difficult to get there every week as work is a bit unpredictable and hectic at the mo. Have bought a healthy shop this morning and have a planned a week of seafood salad, cottage pie, BBQ chicken, cooked dinner, pasta bake, "fry up" with SW chips, yoghurt/fruit for snacks, porridge/omelette breakfasts, salad for lunch and lots of water. I have gained 2 stone in the last year (a stone over the last couple of months) and am going on holiday in 9 weeks so need to shift at least a stone of that for anything to fit me.

prettyontheinside Sun 16-Sep-12 11:41:53

taffy, which plan will you do? good luck!

cat Sun 16-Sep-12 12:06:00

Grrr. I've been a perfect SWer until last night and I drank a lot of wine.

So cross with myself

deemented Sun 16-Sep-12 13:47:08

Hi all!

One lady at group said that she has a bottle of wine a week, and straightaway takes it out of her syn allowance rather than adding up each glass. Might be worth trying?

We had a lovely chicken dinner yesterday - i did it in the slowcooker and it was really really tasty - very moist and succulent, and everyone loved it. Did it with roasted new potatoes cooked in their skins, carrots, cabbage, broccoli, cauli and peas. Also did stuffing balls 25g each at 1.5 syns each and chicken bisto, 1.5 syns per level tbsp. Was ruddy lovely!!

Tonight we have Spag bol, following the SW recipe, which is free on extra easy.

Manshape weighs in tomorrow night.

TaffyandTeenyTaffy Sun 16-Sep-12 14:15:36

My old consultant does that with all her syns - and puts them in a tub to eat through the week. (Be gone by day 2 if I did that grin)

I'm going to do a mixture of green, red and EE to get me started, I think. Green today as I've had banana and yoghurt, beans on toast and planning on cooked dinner later.

deemented Sun 16-Sep-12 15:47:02

You could still do EE Taffy, on what you'e had. Take your toast as your B choice, and then fill up on loads of meat and veggies.

I'm doing mainly EE days, but i'm struggling with the only having so much bread a day. Didn't realise before how much bread i got through blush

Ragwort Sun 16-Sep-12 16:42:54

dee - I agree about the bread, it is such a struggle having so litte and can anyone tell me if it really must be brown bread, I much prefer white bread blush - I get plenty of fibre from jacket potatoes, green veg, fruit etc but just hate the two miserable slices of brown wholemeal bread grin.

Apart from that I am feeling positive and looking forward to weigh in tomorrow (never weigh at home).

Ooh, can I join...? Joined SW the week before the summer holidays and do far have lost 10lbs smile - it was 10.5 but I put on half a lb this week angry - I would love to reach a stone by using 2lb this week but I really don't know if I'll manage this space! MPD

Riadiculous Sun 16-Sep-12 20:26:20

I struggle with the bread thing, though as the loaf I have in is going mouldy, it looks like porridge tomorrow anyway. Maybe a SW fry-up for lunch, with saute potatoes, then jerk chicken with rice and peas, veg kebabs and mango salsa (from last months mag). If all goes to plan...

today went awry as sausage and burger tea while out visiting a friend. She has dropped loads of weight with no effort, and she always seems to eat huge amounts of BBQ with creamy mayo etc (which I don't eat as it makes me ill), and make comments on how little I eat. Yet I am the fat one.

mirai Mon 17-Sep-12 05:16:00

We're only eating white bread as where I live (abroad), it's virtually impossible to find brown bread. So, we just eat it it and I don't beat myself up about it. smile

Are you allowed to spread your syns out throughout the week then? Say if you have 20 one day and 10 the next? I have been trying to have 10-15 a day as I know if I had a big blow out one day it'd be the start of a slippery slope!

I have really been made aware, not just how much bread I used to eat, but also the amount of general rubbish, sweets, biscuits, cakes etc! I thought I'd miss them but actually I'm quite enjoying the challenge of just having some as the odd 'treat' - and half the time I don't even want it, just eating it out of boredom or habit!

Good luck this week everyone! smile

LackaDAISYcal Mon 17-Sep-12 10:59:21

Weighed in at half a pound heavier this morning blush But I know where I went wrong (too much wine and some chocolate over the the weekend) I will get on the plan properly this week.

so far today, I've had cereal and milk and that's all. I'm going to have bacon and eggs for lunch and something with mince for tea, probably spagbol, so that's all good.

I have no problems with bread as I'm gluten free and gf bread is a last resort for me as it's really not that nice....though if I did eat bread the weight would no doubt just fall off grin

Will try and post more/keep up, but things are really hectic here at the minute. I need some RL support as well I think. Found my books though so no excuse really!

Xroads Mon 17-Sep-12 11:16:32

Hi everyone, I've been away for a few days and it's gone very badly! I lost 3lb at weigh in on Thursday but then it was dinner at the in laws on fri, danish pastry at the spa, alcohol, fried breakfast at the hotel etc

Now back to being extremely good!

me23 Mon 17-Sep-12 11:38:01

I didn't actually start last week. I'm starting today, find it quite difficult working long shifts and planning meals must get more organised.

Ragwort Mon 17-Sep-12 13:13:21

Lost 6lb at my first weigh in - delighted smile.

I know the first week is usually a higher weight loss that most weeks so I shall try to carry on being sensible and not get big headed grin.

I am going to switch to white bread though.

ledkr Mon 17-Sep-12 13:13:26

Well ive lost none but I did have the Wednesday buffet and a weekend with the pils during which I ate sausage and chips on the beach but in my defence they do starve us the rest of the time so not too bad.
Today I have had porridge with fruit and a pasta n sauce,dh is cooking a roast for later too so should be a good day.I am also considering re joining my gym even though I loathe it grin Cnt keep kidding myself im going to do the shred or go running cos im not. blush Still fat here.

ledkr Mon 17-Sep-12 13:13:53

Well done ragwort

Ragwort Mon 17-Sep-12 13:46:10

Thanks ledkr - do consider joining a gym, I tend to go most days and am not a 'gym' person at all but I have found a lovely local one which does excellent classes and has a good range of equipment. and no skinny people in skimpy exercise gear grin. I bought 'Shred' too but rarely do it, had it for over two years and still not progressed beyond the first level !

Riadiculous Mon 17-Sep-12 13:50:17

well done ragwort. fab loss.

prettyontheinside Mon 17-Sep-12 16:29:57

does anyone know, if you are doing extra easy do you HAVE to fill 1/3 of your plate with free or super free foods. i think i'm doing this right but have got all confused. today i have had porridge made with water and milk from allowance, then homemade scotch broth (used stock cube) then tonight mince and mash with veg (used bisto). have also has 2 plums and a nectarine. so, i know i count the stock cube and the bisto but is there anything glaringly wrong?

littlebluechair Mon 17-Sep-12 17:54:38

It is 1/3rd superfree on your plate first.

Then free food for the rest.

Then count any syns on top.

From wht you are posting you may not be having enough superfree?

Do not muddle up superfree and free! Superfree is basically veg or fruit and free is quite calorie dense really as it includes pasta etc.

ledkr Mon 17-Sep-12 18:19:33

OOOPS I dont think I knew that about the third of the plate. So spag bol with a salad etc?? Is that right? Obviously tonight's roast will be cool then. (wonders if this is the reason for zero loss in the past.)
Is that rule for every meal so that for example an egg and one piece of toast isnt ok unless you have a piece of fruit or mushrooms or whatever??

I sat at work today and let everyone eat sweets and cakes as I jealously tucked into my satsuma hmm

littlebluechair Mon 17-Sep-12 19:33:32

Yes, that is supposed to be the rule for every meal - the idea is by getting full on superfree you reduce the amount of other calorie-dense foods you will eat.

Yes, with something like a spag bol, I also do some broccoli or beans on the side, that's my superfree. And yes to the egg example - you need something, half a grapefruit first would be sufficient or a banana after.

The issue with SW is that you can eat a LOT of pasta/rice/meat or whatever and not enough traditional 'diet' foods if you do not stick to the superfree rule.

littlebluechair Mon 17-Sep-12 19:35:20

Also a very good tip is be careful about free vs. superfree - e.g. a sweet potato curry is free, but a cauliflower curry is superfree. Similarly shepherd's pie with potato top is free, but better is a swede topping which is superfree. Those swaps help you, because you are substituting in lower calorie foods.

cat Mon 17-Sep-12 20:27:47

Half a pound sad

Stoney666 Mon 17-Sep-12 20:41:29

Would love to join your groupgrin can't get to group but have all the books etc. need to lose 3 stone but keep failing

cat Mon 17-Sep-12 21:00:13

Hey stoney - welcome.

I went to group tonight with my toddler. He got on the scales for fun - he weighs 2st 2lb.

I need to lose one and a half of him to reach my target.

I always moan how heavy he is to carry now hmm

Maybe if I got rid of the junk in my trunk I could carry my child grin

assumpta Tue 18-Sep-12 10:28:24

Littlebluechair - that bit of information has really helped me get my head round extra easy. I was struggling with how to work it, but if I want fruit first thing before walking the dog, I can still have my porridge when I get back in and still have an extra easy day. Is that right?

littlebluechair Tue 18-Sep-12 10:34:26

Same principle on all plans - 1/3rd superfree on your plate at every meal.

The precise timings don't matter of course, but a breakfast must contain 1/3rd superfree. If you walk the dog half way through that is your choice!

I lost 2.5lbs this week btw, I am pleased. This is week one after a summer at 'target' because I knew it would be hard, so it's a good start. need to keep it up now as I have a stone to shift, and that stone has been there for twelve years so hard to get my head around losing it!

littlebluechair Tue 18-Sep-12 10:35:21

What I mean is I chose to spend summer at 'target' rather than keep trying to lose as I knew it would be hard to lose over summer.

assumpta Tue 18-Sep-12 13:17:06

Well done you bluechair. I also have a stone to lose, and at the most only lose about 6lbs before i, stupidly, lose interest and it all goes back on. My trousers are now toooooo tight, so I def need to stick to it. Just had a lovely lunch of a very large griddled tomato, griddled field mushroom, 2 small rashers of bacon and a small tin of beans. Now nicely full.

TaffyandTeenyTaffy Tue 18-Sep-12 18:59:23

Some good weight losses here - keep up the good work. I've been ok so far but am working at home tomorrow - so need to do a bit of planning ahead to stop me raiding DH & DS's goodies (or rather naughties!) I think I might make a rice pudding to munch on for when I get the chocolate biscuit craving!

littlebluechair Tue 18-Sep-12 19:34:16

Thanks Assumpta smile.

Yes, it is v hard to keep going, I don't think it is stupid but it is self-defeating!

prettyontheinside Tue 18-Sep-12 21:52:47

Thanks Little Blue. i do think i am not following correctly based on your advice though. will go and swat up again.

cowboylover Tue 18-Sep-12 21:54:02

Hello all!

I would like to join you if that's ok? I have read through and great losses do fat.

I have never been on a diet before as never been bothered about my weight or how it made me look. My daughter is now 16 months old and starting to want to play and I can't keep up! Also wanted to start horse riding again so had to loose for that.

On my 11th week and lost 13.5lbs so far so would love my stone award soon

Limelight Thu 20-Sep-12 09:27:41

Right. I am getting motivated again. Can I join you ladies? grin

I've been doing SW since Jan and lost 2 stone. But summer hit, got a bit bored, ate a lot of fish and chips and ice cream...

So I've put 1/2 stone back on and until last night hadn't been to group since July. I've got about a stone and a half to lose I reckon.

I've joined a lovely new group too which has just started across the road from my house. So no excuses!!

Can I ask for some help? Anyone know what the best thing to eat in Pret a Manger is?

Good luck everyone!

ledkr Thu 20-Sep-12 11:03:00

Well ive had a good week so far and have dropped below 13stone for the first time since I had my baby grin Its only a pound below but im so pleased that its actually working for me.I am finding it ok at the moment and enjoying eating well. This weeks slimming world mag has a nice recipe book in it for take away recipes so instead of falling off the wagon at the weekend I will make one of their lovely curries.I can really see a positive outcome which is a first.
A powerfull thing for me was admitting to myself how horrible the extra weight has been making me feel. Im not depressed or ill or tired from the baby and work I AM OVERWEIGHT and that is the cause of it all.
I walked a journey I would normally drive yesterday with the pram and it was lovely.

Xroads Thu 20-Sep-12 17:25:47

Hi well done to everyone loosing weight, it's hard to stay on track but it's going to feel so good! Enjoy your curry and come back and tell us if it's any good....

I'm getting weighed tonight eeekkk after my disasterous weekend (food wise, actual weekend was amazing!)

I've tried to be good since Monday so I'm hoping I've at least lost a lb. I haven't done as much swimming as last week because I've started a mural for a soft play place this week and taken on some art work for a local nursery as well as childminding so my painting is taking up any spare time for the foreseeable though I am sticking to doing 40 lengths on a monday night and will fit extra in when I can!

Xroads Thu 20-Sep-12 20:44:40

stayed the same - not a surprise. I'm more determined to kick ass next week now!

prettyontheinside Thu 20-Sep-12 22:23:56

ledkr!! well done. i am very thing last night. loads of drink, room service and cornish pasty for hangover this morning and i wonder why s.w. isn't working! still, have written today and yesterday off. will try not drinking this weekend and follow s.w.

ledkr Fri 21-Sep-12 08:54:13

My friend made a lovely dish last night esp for me.Brown rice cooked in stock with leeks,onions,cabbage,celery,mushrooms and lentils.It was delicious and very filling. Only downside was the ahem anti social effects overnight (parp) luckily the baby woke up at 4 and it was dh's turn so he vacated the bed grin
Going to get prepared for the weekend and have lovely things to hand so as to avoid temptation. Dh on lates so i wont be drinking alone as that would be sad so i may treat myself to some dark chocolate.Will also do some swimming and walking with the dd's.

Ragwort Fri 21-Sep-12 09:28:50

Well done ledkr, you sound really focussed. I agree that the key thing is to have some really yummy meals to look forward to. I shall be on my own on Sat night so I am planning home made burger (low fat steak mince) with jacket potato wedges and a big salad .............. and my choice of TV afterwards grin.
Slipped up on the exercise a couple of days this week as I have been feeling rough with bad headaches (nothing to do with SW) but at least I didn't turn to comfort eating. Delighted to get into a pair of jeans yesterday that I haven't been able to do up for the last 3 months !

ledkr Fri 21-Sep-12 09:33:04

Thanks rag,I also wore some previously tight jeans to work feeling all skinny (obviously im not) grin
I am focussed yes because I really cant go on with this feeling,I used to be so confident and that has all gone now,I make constant self depreciating comments about myself and hate social situations.Im not even that big,just a 16 but I hate it.
Very sad.

mirai Fri 21-Sep-12 09:45:03

0.7kg down this week, total of 2kg in 2 weeks!

Also a nice 6 inch all-over loss since I started too. Falling off the wagon tonight but I'm not beating myself up about it as I'm soooooo good in the week!!

TaffyandTeenyTaffy Fri 21-Sep-12 17:33:24

That jeans feeling is great - here's hoping I get that next week!

I'm having steak and SW chips with mushrooms and grilled tomatoes for tea. I had forgotten how much I like SW!!!! Tomorrow was going to be take-away (chinese) but I think I may be extra good and make a chinese from the booklet with this months magazine. Did my shop today instead of Sunday morning so that I have lots of good stuff in for the weekend!

Have a good weekend everyone!

ledkr Fri 21-Sep-12 17:47:35

<sulks onto the thread> Its been a bit of a weird day,was so busy that I ended up picking at dd's chips (only a few) instead of eating lunch. I have got dinner prepared but baby is whingey so I thought id wait until bedtime to eat it.
Disaster then struck as I was so hungry I ate 2 pieces of sodding toast and butter.
I must remember to eat properly.
So today is b'fast-sw brekkie eggs bacon etc all free.
8 chips and some toast. Then tonight Im having free casserole and baked spud.
Not terrible as yet but not great either.

prettyontheinside Fri 21-Sep-12 17:50:59

ledkr - star jumps for you! don't beat yourself up. save a few syns from next few days. x

ledkr Fri 21-Sep-12 18:00:40

Yes I will. We are out for the day (with healthy packed lunch) and I have nice free curry for tea and I havent been drinking.

I am not very partial to star jumps btw grin

Lost 1lb this week smile Hoping to lose another this coming week, which will take mean I will have lost a stone....

BikeRunSki Fri 21-Sep-12 18:34:17

Oh glad I found this thread! I had a medical yesterday and found out that I am heavier than I have ever been and a good two stone heavier than I ought to be. I am going to SW next Thursday with my friend. I have lost significant amounts of weight before, but never with a club. I am in the last week of C2 5K, goodness knows what I weighed before I started.

BikeRunSki Fri 21-Sep-12 18:35:14

So can someone tell me how it works? What are syns?

BikeRunSki Fri 21-Sep-12 22:12:29


OrangecatinGoldboots Sat 22-Sep-12 13:30:44

check out the SW website Bike - it has loads of info on there.

There are three main plans to pick from, but most of us are doing Extra Easy. There is a liust of Superfree foods. At every meal you must fill 1/3 of your plate with superfree food. Then there are free foods - mostly grains, meat, pasta, rice which you can eat as much as you want of.

You pick two healthy extras a day. One is cereal or bread based. The other is milk or cheese.

Then everything else has a syn value. You are allowed 5-15 syns a day.

It sounds complicated but it's not - it's dead easy to follow

LovingTheSunshine Sat 22-Sep-12 20:15:23

Hi everyone
I.m on Extra Easy. What I find confusing is that if you have to fill your plate with 1/3 of super free & the remaking 2/3 with free then how can you eat as much free as you want? Am I missing something? Thanks smile

ProudNeathGirl Sat 22-Sep-12 20:44:13

Agree sunshine. I started last Wednesday and finding it a bit confusing. Just doing my own thing at the moment, and will ask the mentor to explain again next week.
You seem to be able to eat whatever you want....?

ledkr Sun 23-Sep-12 18:03:25

I know what you mean about it being complicated.I dont really get it either but I guess on ratio it works out so if you have say 50g of pasta and 50g of meat then you would have 50g of super free, so if you have a million g of pasta then likewise iyswim.
As for the what you give up then it does become apparent as time goes by.
Today I have fallen off the wagon and had a non sw roast {cooked potatoes in oil,had gravy and followed it with choc cake and cream. Obviously normally id not have been able to have that.
Back on track tomorrow I suppose.Im such a mare at the weekends hmm

Ragwort Sun 23-Sep-12 19:21:03

I've found it difficult since last night - I was sooo good for 10 days - then I had a burning desire for a hot cross bun blush, also tempted by those 'star' crisps that are being advertised on TV all the time ......... then a glass or three of wine. I am still feeling poorly so craving comfort food.

Haven't been too bad so far today and planning a comforting supper of jacket potato, baked beans and low fat sausages .... weigh in tomorrow - hope the beans work grin.

SlimJimBra Sun 23-Sep-12 21:11:01

<was lurking as I'm on SW>
Cat - just wanted to say I've lost 2x my DS's weight (he weighed 24lb at last weigh in, I've lost 53lb) and invested in a sling to carry him in. I can now walk up the hill to town with him in the sling without getting out of breath like I used to (even without carrying him!) and I figure the exercise is doing me good too smile

Riadiculous Sun 23-Sep-12 21:18:41

<waves at slim>
I'm doing OK, but I could easily get bored with all the eating and cooking! I am very crap at food when I'm not following some kind of "diet plan"...

Riadiculous Sun 23-Sep-12 21:19:47

have done incredibly well with weekend temptations though <polishes halo and thinks wistfully of chilled sauvignon blanc>

Justtheonemore Mon 24-Sep-12 11:37:01

Hi. Lurking MNetter but thought i'd take the plunge and join you.

Joined SW just over 2 weeks ago and ive lost 9lbs so far. Im really happy with this start but after having DC4 & 5 in the space of 11months (DC5 is 9weeks old) I have truly piled the weight on and have a long way to go (3st 7lbs sad)

Im just wondering, I know its a sensible eating plan and therefore I wont be losing a huge amounts of weight in a matter of a few weeks but is losing 1.5 - 2lbs a week hoping for too much??

Ragwort Mon 24-Sep-12 12:04:42

Just weighed in and lost 2lb so very pleased after my not so good Saturday grin.

Just - that's a fantastic weight loss so far; if you stick to the plan sensibly you can certainly lose 1.5-2;bs a week.

cowboylover Mon 24-Sep-12 20:41:16

Well done Ragwort!

I am really pleased after 2 weeks on holiday to have also lost 2lb and got my stone award.

I need to try and get more consistency as going up and down with just under a lb a week average.

deemented Tue 25-Sep-12 06:29:53

Hi all,

Sorry to have not been around for a few days - life got in the way somewhat!

I've been to weigh in and lost 4.5lbs this week, which i'm happy with. Weigh in again next weds night. Feeling a bit 'meh' about it to be honest. My motivation seems to have ridden off into the sunset. I know i need to lose weight, and i do want to, i guess i want one of those magic wands that'll do it for me - don't we all?

Manshape seems to have one - though he's not sharing with me! He lost 12.5lbs his first week, 5lbs his second week and last nights weigh in he was 6.5lbs lighter - thats an amazing 24lbs off in just three weeks!!! Am incredibly proud of him - and maybe a little jealous too - and you can really see it as well - his jeans are getting really loose and he's looking well for it. He got slimmer of the week these past two weeks and got slimmer of the month last night too. He's so motivated and i'm so happy for him smile

Riadiculous Tue 25-Sep-12 09:00:04

well done to dee and mrdee -FABsmile. That's what happens to my motivation to dee (it's all the dratted cooking!). WI for me tomorrow.

well done on all lossessmile

littlebluechair Tue 25-Sep-12 09:34:42

The rule is - you can eat as much free food as you like, of which 1/3rd should be superfree.

The point is you CAN eat as much free as you want, but if you want to lose weight consistently you need to eat healthily - so a) prioritise superfree (fresh low cal) foods, by putting them on your plate first and b) stopping eating when you are full.

At the end of the day, if you want to lose weight, you're gonna need to eat a healthy diet, and fruit and veg is a major component of that.

littlebluechair Tue 25-Sep-12 09:36:57

Oh, weigh in last night, lost 2lbs. I'm chuffed with two weeks' good weight losses in a row after hols.

Very well done Dee and Mr Dee. I know it is a bit daunting with men as they lose so much faster, we have some chaps in our group, one has lost about 8 stone now, even last week he lost 10lbs!!

SasMitch Wed 26-Sep-12 09:03:03

New to SW - 1 1/2 stone to lose
Just started to get my head around what to do

deemented Wed 26-Sep-12 12:25:52

Weigh in tonight for me. Bit nervous!

ledkr Wed 26-Sep-12 12:58:33

God Im frustrated. I dont seem to have shifted any but I am due on so very bloated.
My problem is that i do "cheat" almost every day blush but in the tiniest of ways eg. 1 sweet or tiny cake which I forget to syn.
Is this one of those diets that there is just no room for cheating?? I am going to have to be stricter when counting syns I think Im doing great with the food its just the picking in between.
Well done everyone envy

Bosgrove Wed 26-Sep-12 14:55:00

I joined SW in June, so far I have lost 2 stone 12 pounds. I know that I am overweight (very) and have a long way to go (about another 6 stone to go), but the diet seems to be working for me.

I have lost on average 3 pounds a week, there have been 2 weeks that I have put on a small amount, but so far so good.

I use my SYN's and walk everywhere I can, bounce on a mini trampoline and do the Wii Fit.

It is the first time that I have really been motivated to lose the weight, I would like to be able to run around after the children, live to see my Grandchildren.

This morning, my 5YO told me that they she wished that I was a skinny Mummy. It was good to be able to say that I was trying.

I would like to have lost about another 1 - 2 stone by Christmas and maybe this year I will let the family take photos of me.

Riadiculous Thu 27-Sep-12 07:37:50

morning all. I managed a 3.5lb loss yesterday, I am 1lb off losing my first stone <frustrated>

bosgrove you sound similar in stats to me, I also have around that to lose and it is v. daunting. well done on your loss so far.

off to the hospital with H today - wish us luck!

Xroads Thu 27-Sep-12 21:46:54

1.5 off this week!

Dd2's birthday this weekend though and I'm making a cake......

Good Luck Riadiculous

Wow you are doing well Bosgrove, my mil lose almost 7 st with slimming world, 3lb a week is good going!

Ledkr - I've brought the 100 extra easy days booklet and I'm trying to stick to 3 meals a day (fruit in between if I absolutely can't hold out) maybe that's worth a go?

I'm rubbish at counting stuff, too complicated for me so I just try to be as good as I possibly can be and think the syns will take care of themselves, I think if I counted I'd end up eating more for the sake of having all my syns.

LilBC - well done on your weight loss, can't believe the 10lbs in a week guy!

Just - I think 1-2lb a week is def achievable esp if you can exercise too.

Dee - your chap needs to rub off some of his weight loss onto you! 24lb is amazing!

Riadiculous Fri 28-Sep-12 00:45:48

xroads, I haven't written down my syns this last week - I roughly know what is what, and I've maybe had low fat spread/lighter than light mayo, or an options, or a quality street, but NO booze/crisps etc, so syns will have been below 10 every day (maybe even below 5), but I have stuck to 3 meals a day with just fruit in between, and it seems do-able.

Not great for DH, need a second opinion, and then it will either be the end of the road, or a massive op. Nothing we weren't expecting, but if I'm honest I think it would be better if they just said there was nothing else they can do and put him on pain management.

ah well...

LovingTheSunshine Tue 02-Oct-12 11:23:43

What 1/3 superfree foods do you eat at meal times? This is something I am struggling with. Had a tin of plum tomatoes with my pasta & fish last night. Looking for ideas & something that is very quick!! Thanks smile

Ragwort Tue 02-Oct-12 15:52:55

1lb on this week blush - I know I wasn't following the plan properly and doing a lot little cheating so I can only blame myself.

Have re-focussed and feel much more stong mentally now, two days without cheating so far !!

Superfree foods - veg, fruit ............... you could make a veg soup to have before your meal if that works better or a big colourful salad. I prefer to make a fruit salad rather than just an apple or orange for example which can be boring. Just re-discovered chopped melon with ginger which is lovely.

Stoney666 Wed 03-Oct-12 16:41:59

What sort of things do you all have for breakfast and lunch. I'm a childminder so although I work from home time is limited, hence I eat crap when in a rush. Need something quick and filling sad

Ragwort Wed 03-Oct-12 16:43:26

I had a banana and a fat free muller vanilla yogurt for breakfast this morning if that helps? Yesterday I had baked beans, fried egg, bacon and tomotoes.

Xroads Fri 05-Oct-12 18:50:43

Lost half a lb last night!

Today I've had fruit for breakfast, apricot wheeties for lunch with a slice of birthday cake (for my mum) and cooked vegetable curry and rice for dinner (had a tiny choc bar for pudding)

The girls are coming round tonight, I need to stay strong and not eat anything else!

Aspiemum2 Sat 06-Oct-12 15:28:04

New SW member, trying to shift the baby weight sad. Just marking my place and saying hi grin

MmeGuillotine Tue 09-Oct-12 09:47:47

Can I join in too please? I've been doing SW for a month now and am finding it really hard but reading this thread has cheered me up as it feels like we're all in the same boat. I used to stay for the meeting thing after being weighed but it leaves me feeling like a bit of a failure tbh so I sloped off straight away last night as I managed to lose 1/2 pound in three weeks (I don't understand this tbh as my Wii Fit reckons I've lost 4 pounds in the last five days and according to my weekly measuring up ritual, I've lost 4 inches from my waist and bust and dropped a dress size but hey ho!) and couldn't face being lectured about it.

Anyway, I've lost 3 1/2 pounds so far and have four stone to lose. I think I'm being really good most of the time but I'm a strict vegetarian (taking a break from veganism but still avoiding dairy as much as I can) and am finding that I'm using up my syns on chicken substitutes and fat free yoghurt (I can't have Muller Light or Quorn)! ;)

Oh and it's my birthday tomorrow so I expect this week isn't going to be my finest either as I'm planning a day of pumpkin spiced EVERYTHING and also curry. ;)

Justtheonemore Tue 09-Oct-12 22:39:12

Hi everyone!

Due to get weighed on Thursday morning. It's strange, despite knowing I've been good, not cheated, stuck to my syns etc, I still get really anxious round about now each week. Anyone else feel like this or am I a bit of a worrywart?

Anyway, I got my 1 stone award last week which I was really happy with. Hoping for a good loss this week but we shall see.

Hope everyone is having a good week so far. X

Ragwort Wed 10-Oct-12 15:01:46

Lost 3lb this week (not quite sure how but as I'd put on a pound the week before it's really only 2lb over two weeks grin).

Good luck to everyone else.

BikeRunSki Wed 10-Oct-12 21:54:50

I am glad I found this thread. I was about to start a thread asking if there is a SW thread.

Third meeting for me tommorow. Lost 3.5 lbs last week. Have 2.5 stone to loose al together.

DD's first birthday party next week. I'll save my syns for cake, but anyone have any ideas on low syn party nibbles - there will be grandparents, a few of our friends and DS (4) and some of his cronies. I'd rather not have bowls of crisps etc out - savoury snacks are my downfall!

Xroads Fri 12-Oct-12 07:55:20

I've lost 2.5 lb this week, over the moon with that smile Means I've now lost over half a stone since the 6th September!

Party snacks hummmm cherry tomatoes, grapes, strawberries, pineapple, fry lite wedges, boiled eggs, cold meat, salad, raspberries...........

BikeRunSki Fri 12-Oct-12 09:01:58

Yey! Well done X Roads! 1.5lbs for me. I'm thinking nice fruit, veg sticks, sun-free hummus (on website ) and maybe a few crisps.... Lots of running for me this week, would really like to hit half a stone next week.

Aspiemum2 Sun 14-Oct-12 23:10:45

Lost 3lbs my first week, finding the diet more flexible than weight watchers. Have found time for exercise this week too so fingers crossed.
Love the SW chilli, yum smile plus I forgot how nice gammon is. Am loading my plate with carrots and sugar snap peas a lot as they're my favourites so all in all going ok. Apart from one day i ran out of yogurts so nicked one of the kids ski ones - checked afterwards and they're 3 syns - eek!

rockinmum Mon 15-Oct-12 11:38:10

Can I join you please?
Started SW on Thursday and was shocked at my weight.
Finding it quite hard to stick with it at the moment, so am using today as my first 'real' day. Making some savoury rice for lunch then the beef bourginoun from the magazine for tea.
Have done my weights work out (Chalean) and am off to the gym this evening with my friend. Am hoping that will counteract some of the terrible food choices I made over the weekend :/

Aspiemum2 Mon 15-Oct-12 11:41:32

Hi rockinmum, welcome. Try the Chinese flavour, it's so nice and goes great with mange tout and sugar snap peas grin
Forget about what you've eaten previously, you can't change it so don't beat yourself up over it, just stick to the plan and you'll be fine smile

Middy86 Thu 18-Oct-12 19:05:24

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Xroads Fri 19-Oct-12 07:47:38

Stayed the same this week BUT at least I haven't put any on.

I've had a stinking cold for over a week and a painting deadline but I am on it for next week! I'm aiming for 2lbs off!

Binkyboo123 Mon 22-Oct-12 21:50:02

Hi there

Would like to join you all if that's ok?

I'm three weeks into SW and have lost 6.5lb (really wanted to get half stone tonight but hey-ho, will have to wait until next week!

I've done SW on and off for at least 15 years so a bit of a veteran! Always start of so well then fall off the wagon at about 2 stone and then put it all back on again!

Have a busy weekend ahead with a friends birthday celebrations so am aiming to lose that 0.5lb to get my half stone award - anything better than that will be a bonus!

Aspiemum2 Mon 22-Oct-12 22:05:54

I've fallen off the wagon so badly sad. Somebody save me, my motivation and willpower has disappeared and I didn't have much to begin with!

Xroads Wed 24-Oct-12 08:31:01

come on! I'm def on the wagon yesterday was a brilliant on plan today with a 10 min jog, 45min exercise class and 20 lengths in the pool - was shattered but I pushed!

I'm pushing the fluids, making the right choices!

Today I'm going to have fruit and muller for breakfast, pasta, sweetcorn, cheese and spring onion for lunch, sw chips, beans and poached egg with a slice of wholemeal bread for dinner and I'm going to a spinning class.

I weighed myself today (a sly one) and it's the first time in ages I've been just under 10 stone! I was 10.11 and a half when i started when the kids went back to school.

Start everyday as a new day, be as good as you can be, exercise when you can and you will get there eventually.

Friday I was full of cold, had a water infection had stayed the same even though I thought I'd been good and I wanted to eat my body weight in chocolate! I restrained myself had a mini snickers and tried to be good on sat (went quite well as I was busy though I did have a chicken kebab with salad for dinner) but sunday was bad, dinner at the in laws, wine, things roasted in oil and 3 slithers of cheese cake!

I'm aiming for 2lb off per week until xmas now.........the race is on!

Rojom Wed 24-Oct-12 16:10:19

Hi All

Dont want to put anyone down but to do slimming world properly then you really should try to stick to the plan.

The plan is a third superfree food at every meal - at the same time as you eat all of the other food (ie dont have breakfast then have a walk then a banana that does not work!)

So the example xroads gives for dinner is swvchips, beans, poached egg and wholemeal bread this meal does not include any superfree? For lunch a lot of spring onion must have been eaten to make this superfree (sweetcorn is not superfree) - not picking on you - this was just the closest example of meals I could see.

PLUS - it is not a case of eat all you like of free food - it is eat until you are full with main meals all including the third of superfree!

I have found it really helps to start each meal by thinking what superfree food you are going to have then work round this - you need to check your veggies as all are not superfree - some common mistakes are sweetcorn, peas and parsnip - they are just free.
You could have a bowl of veggie soup immediately before or fruit immediately after a meal - but think a third and cut other elements of your meal down to balance things.

I have lost 3 stone so far and the whole idea of superfree puzzled me in the early days!

Good luck - and Aspiemum2 - dont give up - it is possible!

Chocchip88 Wed 24-Oct-12 21:18:10

Hello! I joined SW tonight and I have a LOT of weight to lose. Gulp! Just writing a food plan to get me through tomorrow and am a little bit confused over the 1/3 super free. I understand it with meals but what about snacks? For example if I have 2 Alpen light bars as snacks throughout the day (I get extra A and B choices as I'm breastfeeding) do I need to also eat 1/3 of their volume of super free at the same time confused
Also if after lunch I have a free Muller light as a pudding do I need to have 1/3 of the volume in fruit?
Thanks for any help

Chocchip88 Thu 25-Oct-12 11:18:01

Another question! If a recipe states that it's free on extra easy does that mean it already contains the 1/3 of super free?

roundabout1 Thu 25-Oct-12 12:20:54

Im going to be doing Slimming World online & am confused by the superfree & free. Rojon - you have explained it well. So The point is to eat healthily and by eating 1/3 superfree at each meal you will be reducing what you eat that is not superfree. Am confused by the free and gutted that peas & sweetcorn aren't superfree. My kids eat mainly peas & sweetcorn so would I have that in addition to lots of super free veg?

Rojom Thu 25-Oct-12 16:42:24

Hi Chocchip88 (love the name) and roundabout1 - what SW would say is that if you want to do really well then superfree food should be your first choice for meals and snacks or if not then any other free food. Usually in a day I have 3 snacks - one mid morn - one mid afternoon and one in evening. Usually I have one of these as a piece of fruit - one is then another piece of fruit or maybe a hi-fi bar and the final one (usually evening) I have my healthy extra bread and some syns in the form of chocolate philadelphia! Like everyone I might then have other syns at night - bag of crisps, curly wurly, glass of wine etc. This seems to work for me as long as I am getting my third superfree at meal times. I try where possible to have a superfree veg at mealtimes - but sometimes along with free veg like peas or sweetcorn. I now tend to plan my meals around thinking "what is my superfree?" When I asked my consultant about recipe meals she said if another veg will fit with it that can be a good idea to bulk things out. I like soup (and making soup) and tend to freeze it in one person portions - so if nothing else I have a cup of veg soup first - then my meal and that makes me eat less at it - or I follow it with fruit.
Roundabout1 - if your kids like peas and sweetcorn at least it is a free food so go for that if it is going to be a chore to cook separately - I also buy frozen individual portions of veg to throw in the microwave for me and that helps.
Hope that helps people - I have hardly eaten anything "processed" in the last lot of months - do lots more cooking now but do struggle from time to time. I think the slimming world recipes are great and some are quite fast - I have started to write down my favourites so when I am stuck for a meal I look at my list to jog my memory. Every now and then I feel things are a little predictable I try out something new!

Chocchip88 Thu 25-Oct-12 18:08:50

Thanks Rojom, that helps a lot.

Hi all

I've been doing SW since the end of July and had lost 1st 10lbs, but I have had a week off and I've gained about 4lbs. I am supposed to be going tomorrow morning to get weighed and I need you to make me do it, even though it will be painful. sad sad sad

I need to get back on track. I still have loads to lose.

Aspiemum2 Fri 26-Oct-12 17:52:10

Oh please go, i missed one meeting and totally fell off the diet so then I missed another one sad. Know I'm struggling to get back on it. You've lost too much to risk it, the meeting will get you back on track - I'm going next week come hell or mars bars high water!

Aspiemum2 Fri 26-Oct-12 17:52:43

Now not know

Xroads Fri 26-Oct-12 18:13:02

Rojom - I'm not offended, I'm chuffed you have joined this thread, it will help us all.

I obviously haven't quite understood properly so I'm glad you can help me smile

I'm having quorn, rice and broccoli and peas for dinner - how much of that is superfree?

SilverSky Fri 26-Oct-12 20:05:34

Marks spot!

I joined today. The weigh in was eye opening. A bit too eye opening. Still got a shed load of baby weight to shift.

romjom I'm so confused! confused Thought I knew what I was going to do. Not so sure now.

I will Aspiemum2 - we can get back on track together smile.

Xroads 1/3rd superfree, so 1/3 should have been broccoli? Hope this helps. It sounds fine, and certainly better than a big pizza grin.

Hi Silver. It does work, but you have to keep doing it. It's where I struggle!

franklin0 Sat 27-Oct-12 08:33:47

just eat healthy food,avoid cheese and fatty things..most importantly do the yoga daily...

Clarabumps Sat 27-Oct-12 13:37:52

Can I join..I joined last week and i'm just doing it online as I cant get to a class. Anyone else think the website it rubbish?? I cannot get my head around this AT ALL. My sister has been doing it and shes lost 10%of her target weight but because I don't have the books, I have no clue what I'm doing. So far I've lived a week on mugshots and baked potatoes and spag bol. I've lost 4lbs.
It just goes against the grain of everything Ive ever done while dieting. I always just cut out carbs especially starchy ones like potatoes. So this is wierd. It say limitless pasta..but does it really mean limitless?? Also..surely if you don't use up all these carbs they just store in your body as fat?

Clarabumps Sat 27-Oct-12 13:38:46

I'm 14stone..I want to get down to 10 which was my pre babies, pre relationship, happy single person weight!

Clara aside from here, the minimins SW forum is worth a look for help and advice:

The thing is, any diet stuck to will result in weight loss. So, stick to SW and it will go. Don't think, just follow. It does work smile.

roundabout1 Sat 27-Oct-12 19:19:51

I'm wanting to join SW online but not done it yet as it's pricey, have been following the diet, the extra easy & finding it really easy. I am probably doing it a bit wrong as I dont understand the other ones other than the extra easy but I'm wondering if I need to join at all. There are so many recipes & forums out there. What do you think?

roundabout I've been very lucky that I've finally found a really brilliant group and it has honestly kept me going, that's why I go to class now. I used to do online dieting, but once I hit a blip I would give up.

In terms of paying, if you understand what you are doing and just need a forum for support, I'm not sure - it depends how many times you expect to find out syn values, and things like that. Plus, you always have to be careful because many people who are paying (and still do even they go on minimins and similar) might feel affronted that they are passing on information that they have had to pay for.

I still think a lot of people who do SW seem to be going to classes still (and do on the forums), so if you can find a group I'd give it serious thought. I know it's not always practical.

The other thing is, it would depend on what you have to lose and how successful you are at dieting. If you know you can go it alone, and you don't have much to lose, then keep on as you are. The magazine has meal plans in and you can get that from the supermarket. If, however, you need the support or have a long way to go it might be sensible to try and get all you can. I thought I could do it alone, but this time has been the longest I've managed in years and it is because I am still going to group. I lost 5st in my early 20s too, and I always went to groups. I stopped going, relaxed and put lots back on. I've gone up and down by a couple of stones ever since because I start one diet, give up, try another. This time I have gone back, even after a bad week, and I finally feel like I might get somewhere.

I hope this helps. I'm not bothered if you want to ask anything, btw. smile

Xroads Sun 28-Oct-12 22:22:22

Right so had a weekend away - From fri eve - sun I ate..........

drank vodka/ gin with diet drinks and 3/4 glass of wine.

an orange and 5 choc fingers

Skipped breakfast and went out for lunch had butternut squash in pasta with tomato and chilli sauce and cheese, not pudding.

Dinner - salad 2 slices of pizza and fruit salad


cooked breakfast - scrambled egg, bacon no fat, mushrooms, 2 slices wholemeal toast with flora light and beans.

Roast dinner - with fry lite, pork chop, roasted butternut squash and sweet potato, tiny bit of mash with cheese, light philli, milk and flora, loads of broccoli & carrots, bisto gravy. Apple pie and low fat custard for pudding.

Mullerlight cheer yoghurt and an apple.

My question is what the hell is making me have such vile wind? I stink! So much so i've gone to sit in a different room to DH. I've had bad wind since I started the diet hmm

Do you normally eat so much veg X?

Xroads Mon 29-Oct-12 07:57:31

I'm eating alot of veg, bit extra to usual I think and beans and eggs which are probably not helping. I've had to cancel a playdate this morning cus i still stink!

Chocchip88 Mon 29-Oct-12 08:58:11

xroads I am the same. I stink sad it's the first week of the diet and I'm hoping it will calm down. My poor kids!

roundabout1 Mon 29-Oct-12 10:45:22

kinky - Thanks, I have a few stone to loose, ideally 2 but 2.5 would be fab. Getting to a group wouldn't be easy for me, plus I'm not sure I would enjoy it. I did WW before but ended up eating differently from the kids, I love how doing the SW we can eat at the same, I'm just a bit worried that I may not be doing it right & defeat the object & undo any good work I'm doing! Am a bit confused about bread on the extra easy & thanks for your offer!

1 slice off an 800g w/meal loaf (just w/meal) or 2 slices off a 400g w/meal loaf = 1 healthy extra b.

SilverSky Tue 30-Oct-12 16:23:56

Thanks for that kink! Helpful! I feel like I'm literally non stop eating which is better than other weight loss programmes which make me constantly think of food.

I do need some inspiration for nice things to eat tho. Is there a baking recipe book for SW at all? I've got a cupboard full of flour and stuff and now stumped as to what I can do with it all.

roundabout1 Tue 30-Oct-12 20:16:45

Kinky - thank you for that

Xroads Fri 02-Nov-12 09:02:13

Lost another pound, at least it's steady! If I carry on losing 1lb a week I will be another half a stone lighter by christmas!

Joiningthegang Sat 03-Nov-12 11:25:25

Can i join pls - started yesterday - not joined a group yet as not ready for scales but am guessing i need ro lose 4-5 stone (that looks sooo mich worse typed out!
Started todat with mushroon bacon and egg and have made fee soup for lunch - wish me luck - i have a whole new wardrobe in suitcases that doesnt fit!

wingt Sat 03-Nov-12 17:46:47

I have been doing slimming for couple of weeks and lost 6 pounds

Joiningthegang Mon 05-Nov-12 12:40:51

Plucked up the courage -205 lbs

newpup Mon 05-Nov-12 13:21:03

Hello. Just thought I would share my SW story. I joined just over a year ago and was extremely overweight. Fat. I was a dress size 22/24 and hated it. I had been overweight for 10 years since the birth of DD2. My weight gaining every year and then I put on a stone in the 6 months around my fathers death. Last september I decided it was time and joined SW. It took me 9 months to lose 5 stone and all in all I have now lost 5 stone and 11lbs. I am a size 12/14 but mostly 12! grin

My life is changed! I have always been confident but now I feel great and I am confident about my looks. I love clothes shopping and have discovered all sorts of shops that I could not shop in before. I love Phase Eight, Fat Face, White Stuff. DH bought me my first designer dress this year and I felt a million dollars in it. I feel so different now, I train once a week with a trainer and take 2 classes a week at the gym, usually Zumba and indoor cycle.

Now I am at my target weight, I still stick to plan but I do indulge once in a while and am not as strict as I was BUT if a lb creeps on I am back to basics again! I only put on 2lbs over the summer holidays even on holiday and lost those in aweek when I got back and the DDs were back at school.

Stick with the plan or whatever works for you because nothing feels as good as being smaller than when you got married grin. I love life smaller and I am never going back!

roundabout1 Mon 05-Nov-12 22:55:16

newpup - thats great to hear your story. Its the incentive we all need knowing its achievable.

Joiningthegang Tue 06-Nov-12 20:25:35

Day 6 - still all going ok - have fallen off the wagon quicker than this many times before. How are you all doing?

And how many syns in an extra portion of milk (1% or semi skimmed)

Bosgrove Fri 09-Nov-12 18:15:13

Since I have last posted I have lost a bit and have now lost a total of 3 stone 6 pounds (so it is about 8 pounds in 5 weeks).

I did get very unmotivated at just losing 1/2 a pound a week, I didn't even have a week where I put on, just very small losses, but this week I was 4 1/2 down. Hopefully back on track, I would like my 4 stone sticker by Christmas and be on the way to my 4 1/2, as there are 7 weigh ins to go it is hopefully doable.

I have now given away all my size 24 suits, as I don't intend for them ever to fit again, and am finding my new size 20 trousers are a bit baggy.

Lynt Tue 13-Nov-12 18:33:14

Can anyone post a weekly meal planner but not the one from the website. I prefer green days as i like pasta and rice but sometimes cant think of what to have in the pasta. Help .

Megan74 Sat 17-Nov-12 08:38:52

Hi. I have just joined SW online. I could do with any tips to succeed. So far I have written and shipped for a plan of dinners, I can't bring myself to plan all lunches as well. I have filled the fruit bowl and made one of the salad drawers in the fridge my 'super free' drawer. One question - why is bread limited but pasta and potatoes are not?

jantigger Wed 21-Nov-12 17:03:04

Hi can I join you - in need of inspiration. I joined SW last night after taking 6 weeks to get the courage to finally walk through the door of the club. I've got 4 stone and 4lb to lose. I almost lost the will today but was proud to say I walked away from the chocolate desert calling my name in the shop. Last time I did slimming world they only had red or green so I'm struggling with the concept of eating potatoes with meat etc. I'm sure I will get the hang of it soon.

Lynt Thu 22-Nov-12 07:52:24

Yes you can. I havent joined a club am trying to do it from home but just need help with what to have. I have a lot of magazines but as the family dont need to do it the portions are to big and not really a fan of freezing foods. Just need some basic quick meal ideas to get me started.

Kate127 Thu 22-Nov-12 21:05:06

Hi could I join as well please? I am also in need of inspiration. I joined SW 8 weeks ago and lost 10 lb in the first 5 weeks. Was really pleased but have lost my way a bit now- haven't lost any weight over the last 3 weeks- because I seem to stick to the plan all week and then have weekends where I completely lose the plot. I have another 10lb to lose...

Kate127 Thu 22-Nov-12 21:31:43

Hi Lynt
I have been eating lots of rice and pasta too. Chilli always good- I use onions, peppers, kidney beans in a chilli sauce, quorn mince and then tinned tomatoes and a stock cube or 2.
Also eat a veggie stroganoff type sauce - onions, mushrooms, peppers, courgettes etc all cooked in fry light- then add a cup or 2 of veg stock. Simmer for about 10 mins until most if the liquid has disappeared, season and then remove from heat and stir in a couple of tbsp quark. Is good with pasta or with rice.
I also like lots of stir fried vegetables cooked with half a sachet of old El Paso fajita spice mix - 2 syns. Then served with rice and low fat guacamole ( 1 syn per level tbsp).
I find cold pasta salads for lunch at work to be a bit harder but like cold pasta with feta cheese (healthy A), red onions, peppers and cucumber.
Hope one of these ideas might appeal. I am always looking for very simple and easy ideas that are quick to do.

AmberSocks Fri 23-Nov-12 11:23:48

Hi can i join?I am planning to start on monday,i cant get to a group so i have bought the books online.I have done sw before and it worked really well but i stopped after my wedding and put it bacvk on again,but its the only plan ive ever enjoyed and been able to stick to so will be giving it a go again.

roughtyping Sun 25-Nov-12 20:14:14

I've just joined SW today. Does anyone have ideas for breakfast? I live on cereal on toast. sad

Need to lose weight - getting married in summer 2014, want to have slimmed down by next summer so I can start trying on dresses. smile

Justtheonemore Sun 25-Nov-12 21:47:49

Hi. Haven't been on for a while. I've been with SW for 10 weeks and got my 2 stone award last week. Really pleased with my progress, for the first time ever I feel like this is achievable for me. Another 24lbs to go to my target and feeling good. Thank you Slimming World!!

For me breakfast is usually fruit and yogurt (love banana and vanilla Mullerlight) but if you're bored of cereal then maybe a full English is an alternative occasionally??

roughtyping Sun 25-Nov-12 21:51:53

thank you just smile I've done a meal plan for this week, I've put eggs for a couple of mornings and fruit salad (and fat free yoghurt). Just need quick easy things! smile

Lynt Mon 26-Nov-12 20:51:04

Hi thanks for the recipes will give them a go

Lynt Mon 26-Nov-12 20:54:35

Hi can you post you meal plan. I would put a smiley face from the smileys list but don't know how. I'm as rubbish with technology as I am planning meals lol.

Lynt Mon 26-Nov-12 20:55:11

Hi can you post you meal plan. I would put a smiley face from the smileys list but don't know how. I'm as rubbish with technology as I am planning meals lol.

AmberSocks Mon 26-Nov-12 21:06:39

I have lean bacon,poached eggs,tomatoes,mushrooms,baked beans and a piece of toast for breakfast a few times a week,the other days i have just eggs on toast or an omelette,i dont like cereal and it doesnt fill me up at all so i always have something big,but i try not to have bacon every day because of the salt.

minibmw2010 Mon 26-Nov-12 21:43:12

Have been doing this at home on my own for a few weeks using the online diary tracker. So far I'm about 4lb down, still about 2st to go. I find good breakfasts are fried egg (with fry light), bacon, baked beans and one slice of toast. Cereal days I just stick with bran flakes & banana. Good lunches are omlettes and salad. Dinners I struggle with a bit more. I tried steak & frites tonight, but cut my chips too thick so they took a lonnnnnng time to cook, definitely didn't look how they do in the Slimming World calendar smile. Good luck all !!!

Lynt Wed 28-Nov-12 07:43:44

I found that with the chips, theirs look crispy mine are like long hard roast potatoes. I find lunch hard because I'm at work so cooking isnt an option but we do have a microwave any ideas??

minibmw2010 Wed 28-Nov-12 08:17:16

A friend suggested the Batchelors Pasta n Sauce sachets done in the microwave. Free if you use water or you have to allow for a few syns if you use milk/butter. Also said she takes in jacket potatoes and beans. Hope that helps.

2much2lose Thu 17-Jan-13 12:10:43

I take free noodles, prawns and batchelors individal frozen veg packs warm them up individaully and then mix together. smile

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