Is there a Slimming World thread on here please?

(139 Posts)
CherryPie3 Fri 22-Feb-13 12:36:24

Hi! smile

I decided to start the SW eating plan again after I fell off the wagon 5yrs ago...blush

Will be joining my local group next Tuesday evening.
I have tried to get back on the wagon many times but this time feels different, I'm at the end of my tether with it and I'm at my shameful heaviest.

My stats: (confusedblushconfused)
Height:- 5'6
Weight:- 20st 9lbs
Age: 28

Anyone wanna join me? Or point me in the direction of an existing thread? xx

WannabeWilloughby Fri 22-Feb-13 13:00:13

Hiya Cherrypie....I'll join you on the hunt for a thread! im starting Monday night!!! I would like to lose 7 stone. One step at a time int it smile

weight: 17st 5
height: 5'2"

Good luck!

WannabeWilloughby Fri 22-Feb-13 13:00:39

Forgot to say im 31 smile

CherryPie3 Sat 23-Feb-13 07:18:36

Hello WannabeWilloughby smile

I'm not sure how much I want to lose exactly, I've got more of a dress size in mind Iykwim. I'm a 24 now, would like to be a 12/14 again (eventually).

There is a slimming world thread on here with a similar title to this one but I don't know how to link as I'm using the MN talk iPhone app xx

WannabeWilloughby Sat 23-Feb-13 08:39:32

I'll have a look for it. Yeah, im focussing on clothes sizes too. Im 22 now, 20 in some jeans (elasticated haha). Would love 12 to 14 too. I'll know when I get there. I'll have a look for the thread now smile thanks

picklepepper Sat 23-Feb-13 23:38:17

Hi Cherry and Wannabe,
I'd love to join you both - I started SW 2 weeks ago, lost 8.5lbs so far so I'm really pleased (though fell off the wagon tonight and had takeaway as we had friends round, sigh!!).

So at the moment I am:
Height: 5"5
Weight: 15st 8lbs
Age: 25

WannabeWilloughby Sun 24-Feb-13 01:16:54

Hi pickle... well done on your loss so far! I have my first meeting on Monday night... quite nervous! How do you find the plan? Are you hungry? I have pcos so struggle with losing weight.

Any tips would be great and hope you climb back on that wagon tomorrow smile

picklepepper Sun 24-Feb-13 01:43:52

Thanks wannabe, it certainly helps to keep me motivated when I can see results already.
I've found it really easy so far to be honest, mainly because there's no weighing of food necessary, so it feels completely unrestricted. As long as I've done a bit of planning beforehand, I haven't been hungry at all! I would say definitely buy the magazine when you go to your group on Monday, there are lots of great 'free' recipe ideas in there, I've tried a few and enjoyed them all.
My plan is to (alongside the SW eating plan) make little changes every week or two, rather than trying to do everything all at once and then failing miserably when I can't keep up with it all, so in week 1 I cut out sugar in my tea, and week 2 I also made sure I drank an extra 0.5l bottle of water each day... So hopefully by gradually making the little changes I'll see steady results.
Having a thread like this where we can chat and swap ideas in between meetings will be fab too, and my meeting is on a Monday too! smile good luck on Monday, we can do this together! Xxx

CherryPie3 Sun 24-Feb-13 17:38:36

Welcome PicklePepper smile

The other thread is a bit fast moving so I might stay here... I don't get a lot of time to come on here as it is.

What a great loss so far! Well done smile

Don't worry about gallon. Off the wagon occasionally, at least you're willing to get back on! I fell off the wagon and threw the towel in as I was ashamed to go back and being told I'd gained. A few stone later and I'm back on it. Better late than never right?

Dh doesn't want me to go the meeting on Tuesday, he says we can just buy the magazines and books off eBay and do it together. I'll give this approach a go I think for a month but if I don't think it's working well enough I'll go to the group anyway.

I'm finding this 'diet' so easy up to now, I can't believe it!

My food diary today:-
Breakfast - banana and vanilla muller light along with a coffee (2 sweetener tablets)
Snack - handful of blueberries.
Lunch - Roast chicken, syn free roast potatoes, lots of veg, boiled potatoes and thin gravy (about 4 syns worth)

I have also just made and devoured syn free ready salted crisps which were delicious!!

Really looking forward to getting weighed on Tuesday morning! I've got quite a lot of recipes from Pinterest and there's a few on the Facebook page too.

I'll post them here too as and when I try them. I made syn free chicken fried rice yesterday which was so nice!

Wishing you all good and low syn days, I'll pop back on when I can xx

CherryPie3 Sun 24-Feb-13 17:42:10

Actually before I go, there's a website called 'Slimming eats' which is basically a SW blog. It's by a British woman who moved to Canada and had to join online as there was no SW group for her.

Her blog is chock full of recipes and she has given the syn value on each of them. It is without a doubt the most useful website for SW without paying for SW itself, I have already copied down several recipes of hers into my 'Red Book' (my SW recipe book lol).

There are even recipes for cakes and desserts! I love it smile

CherryPie3 Sun 24-Feb-13 17:42:48

(And I'm sorry for my typing errors!) blush

picklepepper Sun 24-Feb-13 18:50:41

Wow Cherry what a fab start! Thanks so much for the info, I'll check out the blog this week before we do our next online shop as I know that my pitfall is not planning and then settling for anything (usually not syn free) when I'm hungry. I attend the groups as I go with my mum and she really enjoys the meeting part, so if I hear anything interesting I'll note it down and post it up here for you.
Out of interest, how did you make the syn free crisps? They sound yum! I've also made the syn free chicken fried rice, I agree, it was delicious. I've made the SW chilli con carne with extra lean pork mince, and the Mediterranean fish (both recipes that I found on the SW website) and everyone enjoyed them too.

I think this weeks small change will be to try to do some form of exercise at least 3 times, as I'm well aware that I really need to be combining the eating plan with regular 'body magic' (as my consultant calls it).

Keep us posted!

CherryPie3 Sun 24-Feb-13 21:22:54

Recipe for the 'crisps' taken from SW Facebook page:-

Baking potatoes (I generally only use one)
Fry light
Salt (or herbs, spices etc)

1) slice potatoes very thinly using slicing section of a cheese grater.

2) spray a dinner plate liberally with fry light. Place one layer of potatoes on the plate and spray again. Sprinkle with your chosen flavour (I only use salt as I've been scared to experiment so far lol)

3) microwave on full power for 2:30, then turn over and microwave again for approx 2-3 mins. Depends on the power of your microwave so you'll have to watch them, they burn easily apparently.

My small change this week has also been to exercise more, so I've spent an hour on the linear this evening. It's called 'Body Shape: Fitness Evolved'

It's fabulous!! Dh does all the weights on it and what not but there's classes on there to do like Latin dance moves and Bollywood dance moves too as well as yoga and zen strength plus loads more classes but I can't remember them. I adore it, it tracks your calories that you've burned and tells you how many more you need to lose to get to the next level - I got quite competitive with myself haha. Highly recommended!

Really looking forward to cooking some more of the SW meals, in the current magazine there's loads that me and have dh have decided to have a go at. Love this diet grin

Take care everyone xx

WannabeWilloughby Mon 25-Feb-13 00:11:52

Hiya ladies,

What a good idea doing little changes each week!! Im going to commit to an extra half an hours exercise each day.

Cherry, crisps sound lush!! Gonna give them a whirl.

Im so nervous about tomorrow night. Excited too, I might add!! Im going to stick with this thread too as im not on here too often.

You two sound really in the zone....gonna check out the blog/ recipes and the facebook stuff over next week (although im tryin to cut down my facebook usage cos I annoy myself with how much time I spend being nosy!!) grin

Heres to a slim week xxx grin

Blondeshavemorefun Mon 25-Feb-13 01:02:50

Sw say that foods that are tweaks are not syn free

So crisps aren't - same as smash pizza for example

So be warned x

CherryPie3 Mon 25-Feb-13 09:07:59

Thanks for that Blondes, I assume the crisps will be ok as the recipe was on the SW fb page?

Hope so cos they're yum! smile

I think I'm gonna try cutting out margarine this week. We use the Asda olive light but I can't find a syn value for it, I only have it on toast anyway with my scrambled egg so I don't think I'll miss it too much.

Have a good day everyone xx

Blondeshavemorefun Mon 25-Feb-13 09:28:39

Hmm. Don't know

The fb sw site says no to tweaks

I made some lovely lasagne crisps and was told to syn them

And friend made potato ones like you said and her con said to syn them

Personally can't see the difference from
Cutting up potato and making chips or slicing them and making crisps

Problem is different cons tell you different stuff

CherryPie3 Mon 25-Feb-13 12:42:13

I see what you mean.

Do you know what the syn value is? I'd rather count them as a syn in that case. Really confused tho as I definitely got them from the SW fb page. Strange, but oh well x

CherryPie3 Mon 25-Feb-13 14:45:31

So far today I have eaten:

-Scrambled eggs and 2 small wholemeal rolls (HExB x2)
- 2 small jacket potatoes, 3tsps olive light spread (can't live without it after al grinl) counted as a syn per tsp = 3syns
- for tea we are having SW chicken curry and rice.

Just about to tuck into a muller light smile

Hope everyone's having a good day xx

CherryPie3 Mon 25-Feb-13 20:13:27

I can highly recommend the chicken curry that I made for tea tonight! It was stunning, and there was enough to serve 2 adults and 3 is now a family favourite and definitely does not qualify as diet food in my book as far too tasty smile

I served it with a mix of boiled and fried (in fry light) rice.

I could post the recipe but I can't remember exactly how many syns it is (if any) xx

picklepepper Mon 25-Feb-13 21:34:52

Well I went to group tonight and I've lost another 1lb, phew!! I've been stressing about it all day after my takeaway slip up at the weekend. That makes my total loss to date 9.5lbs grin. I didn't track what I ate last week at all, so I'm going to make a big effort to write it all down properly this week (along with my 3 x small changes) so hopefully I'll see a nice weight loss next week.

Did you find the Chicken Curry recipe online Cherry? I've just looked for it and found a Chicken Katsu Curry recipe on there that looks just delicious!!

For tea tonight we had steak (all fat cut off) with peppercorn sauce (a recipe I found on the SW website, was v tasty), SW chips and lots of mushrooms and salad.

As Wannabe said, here's to a slim week!

perplexedpirate Mon 25-Feb-13 21:50:34

May I join? I lost 1.5stone before I got married with Slimming World and have PILED it on since.

My stats are:
Size 18/20

I've not done bad today meals wise, but I can't stop PICKING. Pick pick pick.
I bloody love bread too.

perplexedpirate Mon 25-Feb-13 21:51:39

Oh, and I'm vegetarian, so I'm green days all the way!

picklepepper Mon 25-Feb-13 23:15:25

of course pirate, join away smile.
Losing 1.5 stone is a great achievement - how long ago did you stop attending? Have you rejoined a group now?

I've made some sugar free jelly, and have bought in some cooked meats (which is no help at all as a suggestion for you wink), muller light yoghurts, cheese triangles and some slimming world rocky road bars for when I want a snack and really don't fancy any fruit/veg. I'd be interested to hear what other people snack on?

One thing I have found is that increasing this eating healthily malarkey is bloody expensive!! We were talking in group tonight about things that 'look' syn free, but aren't. For example, batchelors pasta and sauce packets are syn free, however, the aldi equivalent is not syn free, and it seems to be that the cheaper equivalents of things that are syn free, often, are not! Our consultant ran through a whole load of things that you would presume to be syn free or HEA/B choices that actually carried syn values (the most shocking to me was the morrisons wholemeal rolls which I thought could be HEB, were actually 9 syns!!) Yikes!

Anyhow, enough of my ranting, welcome pirate!

CherryPie3 Tue 26-Feb-13 07:46:37

Welcome to our little thread perplexedpirate smile
I'm not attending a group this time, are you going alone too?

Interesting about the cheaper products not being free pickle. My local consultant used to absolutely rave about using cheaper products saying 'they're no different* confused
She must've been partly right tho cos I used cheaper products and still lost weight.

Very glad you still lost 1lb despite worries, well done smile

The curry recipe I used came from Pinterest, I could post the recipe if anyone wants. It tasted very much like an Indian masala type dish. It was lovely and very satisfying to make from scratch instead chucking a jar of sauce in.

We are having lasagne today, I prepared the white sauce and the bolognese yesterday so they're in the fridge waiting to be heated up. Should make for a quick throw together meal later. Must buy Parmesan today! Or mozzarella I suppose? Don't want to end up using full fate cheese, although that x5 people wouldn't work out badly I suppose? I'll figure it out.

Soooo, today is weigh day. I got weighed this morning and tipped the scales at 19st 9lbs. A whole stone lost in a week? I checked it 3 times and its definitely right but it seems so unbelievable! I've taken it as a strong sign I'm doing something right and will carry on as I am. Very proud of myself smile

Wishing everyone a good low syn day, I'm off to celebrate my loss with a brew grin xx

picklepepper Tue 26-Feb-13 08:46:57

Agh, I just wrote out a big message and then it disappeared when I clicked post!
However, essentially it was a big gushing message to say CONGRATULATIONS CHERRY!!! What a fantastic start, and a frankly amazing weight loss!! You must be so delighted, and I'm ever so pleased for you, well done!!
It shows that with some careful planning (and you sound like you've worked hard planning your meals) and proper determination, it really does work!

Yeah I agree that all the cheaper products probably aren't a higher syn value, but the message I think she was trying to get across was don't presume that alternatively branded products will have the same syn value of others, it's better to check to be sure before you just dive in and buy/eat. I thought it was useful to know as I probably would see things like pasta and sauce packets in other shops and presume that they are the same as Batchelors.

Anyway, congratulations again Cherry, you are my inspiration to try really, really hard this week!

perplexedpirate Tue 26-Feb-13 08:56:57

I haven't rejoined a group...yet!
I'm going to see how I do on my own first.
It really is expensive isn't it? I am finding that I'm going to the supermarket twice as often to stock up on fruit and veg, and spending £££ while I'm in there. :-(
Going to go to the market stall near work today to avoid that.
I eat lots of quorn, but I usually buy the own brand stuff. I don't know if that's free though...

perplexedpirate Tue 26-Feb-13 09:00:05

Hang on, just seen: a stone in a week?!?
That's amazing. You've inspired me!
Well done Cherry. gringrin

CherryPie3 Tue 26-Feb-13 10:46:46

Thank you pickle and pirate, I'm still havin trouble believing it. I really don't feel like I'm on a diet at all, and that makes it twice as hard to believe. It's very sweet of you to say I'm an inspiration to you, I don't feel like I've done anything! Thank you so much! thanks
I remember once when I used to go to meetings (way back then), there was a guy that lost a stone in his first week and it was the weight loss record for a first week in our group. He couldn't believe it either!

I'm baking a Swiss Roll today, hopefully it goes right! 2 syns for the whole cake so of I eat it all I won't have to feel guilty. grin
I'm waiting on 2 more cake recipes from friends too. There's a 1syn cake (not sure what kind but it involved cream cheese frosting (using quark instead of philly) and also a 0.5 syn roulade. Yum!

Pirate It's a great idea to go to market stall, it's often cheaper and fresher too without the temptation of spending on things you want/need.

Had my breakfast an hour ago, porridge with a tsp of Splenda and a chopped banana. Think I'll make that a regular breakfast as it was delicious!

Anyhow, hope you all have good days. I'll report back later with my food diary for today. xx

19th Feb: 20st 9lbs
26th Feb: 19st 9lbs

Right, I'm gonna be brave and make a comittment.

I need to lose weight. I am huge. I am unhealthy. I have just started doing Avon, and am in agony when I walk, even for 5 minutes. It's weird, I am not breathless - just lower backache, hips and knees.

I have been big all my adult life.

Tonight I am off to my first slimming world meeting.


about 24/25 stone (I'll find out tonight)
Size 28/30
34 years old

Wish me luck.

picklepepper Tue 26-Feb-13 12:24:39

Good luck Whoever, you're doing the right thing... I started to feel healthier quite quickly after following the SW plan, particularly with the increase in fruit/veg and water; and as soon as you start to see the results it makes you that much more motivated to carry on. Cherry is right, you really don't feel like you're on a diet at all, it's a fantastic plan.

Keep in touch, we can do this!!

Cherry those cakes sound really good, please do post recipes, I'd love to try them. I've had a little look at Slimming Eats also, so many great recipes!!!

CherryPie3 Tue 26-Feb-13 12:38:37

Welcome whoever, you'll get loads of support from us here! We're all this this together. It's a massive step just deciding to lose weight so well done!!

I reckon you'll love this plan smile

pickle - Swiss Roll SW stylee...
100g quark
4 eggs
5 tbsps sweetener
1tsp baking powder
2 x 1tsp vanilla flavouring (although I plan to use almond)
200g fromage frais
Fruit of choice or jam (2syns per tbsp)

1) separate eggs and beat whites until stiff

2) in a separate bowl, mix together: yolks, 1tsp vanilla, baking powder, quark and 4tbsp of sweetener.

3) whisk half of the egg whites into the yolks mixture then carefully fold in the rest.

4) pour mixture o to a tray lined with baking paper. Bake in a preheated oven at 180'C for 20 mins or until golden and cooked.

5) mix the fromage frais, 1tbsp sweetener and 1tsp vanilla together.

6) spread jam thinly over surface of 'cake' then spread the fromage frais mixture evenly over the jam.

8) Roll up and serve smile

If you use fresh fruit in the cake (raspberries and strawberries work well apparently) then I think this would be syn free as the syns come from the jam.

Haven't made it yet but will be soon hopefully xx

picklepepper Tue 26-Feb-13 12:46:11

Thanks for the recipe Cherry, that sounds so good! Are you going to use fruit then? Are you going to blend them, or just put them in chopped? And, can you buy quark from any supermarket? I've never had it, though I've heard it mentioned lots!

CherryPie3 Tue 26-Feb-13 12:46:48

Revised:- I think the baking powder accounts for 0.5syns so it would 2.5syns for the whole thing of you just use 1tbsp jam. Only half a syn if you use chopped fruit!!

Guilt free cake. Who'd have thunk it grin

Blondeshavemorefun Tue 26-Feb-13 12:55:33

meant to add this the other day and forgot duh - blonde brain grin

sw thread here but if you are happy on here thats fine, or pop between the two smile

fab loss btw cherry

picklepepper Tue 26-Feb-13 12:55:35

I'm just going to write down the recipes you've shared so far in my new recipe journal so that I don't lose them. The crisps that you posted, are they syn free? Thanks again Cherry, you're very kind to share.

picklepepper Tue 26-Feb-13 12:56:58

Thanks for that Blondes, I'll have a little look over there too smile.

CherryPie3 Tue 26-Feb-13 13:05:46

I thought those crisps were free but blondes mentioned that consultants have been advising to syn them. I've been counting as 1syn per small boiled potato. I don't think they'll be many syns tbh. I've had them twice this week. (And thanks for the link blondes).

I buy quark from Asda, tried Tesco but they don't stock it apparently. They'd never heard of it! It's a big 'extra' store too my local one. At Asda it's 72p a tub.

For the Swiss roll cake I'm just using jam and sweetened fromage frais, I would use fruit but I don't have any. I'd use strawberries probably too, chopped. I found the roulade recipe too but it's exactly the same lol, apart from you just add fruit and fromage frais rather than jam and fromage frais. That's it!!

CherryPie3 Tue 26-Feb-13 13:06:39

Per small baking potato. Sorry, I don't know where my brain is today! The spelling errors I'm making are unreal!

picklepepper Tue 26-Feb-13 13:13:16

Let me know how it goes Cherry, I'm missing a couple of the ingredients otherwise I'd be making it now, I could devour the lot right now haha! Also, will you roll it up while it is still warm? (I'm not much of a baker!)

I think I'll stay here, I'm quite a sporadic internetter at the best of times!

The really weird thing is that I'm perfectly happy in my own skin, me and my fat have a good relationship and I've got oodles of confidence. It's not even that I have a target weight or anything like that. What it's boiling down to, is that I want to be pain free, and I want to live longer - I'm doing this for the kids, and my future.

I gave myself a stern talking to today! smile

picklepepper Tue 26-Feb-13 13:33:20

Well that's a fantastic reason to do it Whoever, just think how lovely it will be for yourself and your kids when you're not suffering with the pain you have now. I personally am doing it because I don't like the way that I look at the moment and I don't like feeling this way.. I'm not feeling sorry for myself, but I am trying to look objectively at HOW it's got to this point, and WHY I allowed it to get this far. Slimming World is allowing me to make the first steps to changing things, and it encourages me to take ownership of what I eat, how much I eat etc, which is what I really needed to confront.

I truly I do not feel like I'm 'punishing' myself at all by changing my eating habits to fall in line with the Slimming World plan. Rather than starving myself and feeling deprived, I feel in control and content, I eat what I want, and I make sure that I count the syns (if necessary) and try to stick to the 1/3 of my plate being superfree food rule. It's a very sustainable eating plan, it's not a fad diet at all, just a better way of eating, and making better choices.

CherryPie3 Tue 26-Feb-13 14:02:19

Change of plan pickle I'm afraid, I'll have to make it tomorrow as I've been called into work this evening sad

I would roll it while its warm though, if its anything like actual cake I imagine it could be crumbly and crack if it goes cold. This could be different however, it's trial and error I guess.

Whoever I 100% agree with what pickle has said. Imagine how great you'll feel after with less pain! Your kids will pick up better eating habits too so all this will help them. I'm doing this for similar reasons to pickle, I don't like how I look and I don't want my kids to think being as big as I am is acceptable or healthy - cos it's neither sad
I also want to be able to shop at primark or next or Asda. I can't afford to keep shopping at plus size shops lol xx

CherryPie3 Tue 26-Feb-13 15:17:29

Mmmm, just cooked the SW lasagne for dh and the kids to heat up when they get home - it smells delicious!!! I've cut a slice for myself and popped it in a plastic takeaway tub so I can have it with a jacket potato at work for my tea. xx

perplexedpirate Tue 26-Feb-13 18:13:13

Righty, breakfast was an unmitigated disaster, a Thornton's chocolate and 3 quorn ham slices that I had to share with the cat. hmm
Lunch, I went to the market and got a salad with some nuts and feta.
Snacks were a banana and some nuts and I'm just cooking veg curry and brown rice.
I'd say so far I am 70% happy with what I've made, although DH sounded stressed on the phone earlier and I suspect he may come home with wine. Resist, woman!

PS, Cherry you are now famous at my work.
'A stone in a week???'
'Yes, a stone in a week!'

WannabeWilloughby Tue 26-Feb-13 21:38:46

Just been catching up with all your posts!! Told you I dont come on here very often. Lots of people are joining us now. Be nice to have some advice from people who have done the plan for a bit.

Cherry....well done that's fab. You must be so pleased!

Cake recipe looks good too, I shall be giving that a whirl, alongside the sw chicken kievs that are in the magazine. if anyone wants the recipe then lemme know and I'll put it on. They look nice smile

Went to my first meeting last night! Weighed in at 2lb heavier than I thought I was sad but had a really good day and feel good already. Hoping for a good loss in my first week, trying mega hard. Consultant seems lovely too and really knows her stuff.

Think I need to be making a conscious effort to drink more water. Focussing on writing down my food plan has made me think about what I drink and its nowhere near enough.

CherryPie3 Tue 26-Feb-13 21:48:30

pirate I have this crazy mental image of you being forced to share our breakfast with the cat. grin

I think your food for today sounds pretty awesome! The salad especially sounds lush! You can resist the know you can!! smile

grining at the thought of being famous at your work LOL!! I don't feel like I've done anything at all!

My food diary:
Breakfast:- 28g porridge (HExB) with a chopped banana and 1tsp Splenda.

Lunch:- 1 wholemeal roll (HExB) with scrambled egg.

Snacks: toffee muller light and a banana.

Tea:- slice of SW lasagne. Didn't have the jacket potato in the end as didn't have time to cook it! Also had a vanilla muller light yoghurt for 'dessert'

Not feeling hungry, not craving chocolate or crisps or anything really. Really looking forward to banishing dh from the house so I can go on that linear fitness thingy again! No way I can exercise with him watching. Might go for a long walk with my toddler in the buggy tomorrow morning.
My Mum will be here tomorrow afternoon and she's staying for a week, she deep fries EVERYTHING so I have warned her she'll be on my menus while she's here. grin It'll do her good too as she's already had a gastric bypass!!! shock You'd think she'd know better.

Night everyone xxx

CherryPie3 Tue 26-Feb-13 21:49:11

Forced to share your breakfast that should read, sorry!!

perplexedpirate Tue 26-Feb-13 23:40:56

I confess, I had some wine. But, instead of random snackage I ate a quorn sausage (one less for breakfast) and a plate of SW crisps.
I put paprika on them and they were lovely. Even DH was impressed and he hates 'diet food'.

WannabeWilloughby Wed 27-Feb-13 10:25:08

Pirate....I saw your recipe for those crisps. Are they crisp when cooked....would they be dippable in cottage cheese for example? Really fancy having them handy on an evening for a little snack. Im assuming they would be syn free?

Woke up craving melon this morning?? WTF is that about...its usually cake or Pringles ha. Had magic porridge for breakfast, it was quite nice. Our Leader/Consultant told us about it. You use a bag of porridge oats, like oat so simple, they are free as your healthy option. Mix in a Muller light (I had strawberry), mix in some frozen fruits and leave in the fridge overnight. Then it's all ready for you the next morning and you eat it cold. It tasted very creamy and because the porridge oats had swollen so much, I couldnt eat it all.

Off to the cinema tonight and im taking my chocolate and vanilla Muller light with me.....i can't trust myself to make a sensible choice when faced with nachos and popcorn and Brazil nuts and maltesers....<drifts away into a snacky food dream> grin grin

CherryPie3 Wed 27-Feb-13 11:29:19

Oooh I've heard of that magic porridge! It sounds lush, I wanted to make it for today's breakfast but alas I ran out of mullers. Dh is picking some more up for me today so I might try it for tomorrow. I've been measuring out normal packs of porridge into 28g portions, that'll still be fine wont it? <hope so>.

About the crisps, it's still a mystery whether they're free or not. Some consultants are saying to syn them so may be worth asking your consultant and reporting back? I have been syning them as 1syn per small baked potato.

I currently have the SW Swiss roll in the oven. I fear it's gone horribly wrong! It's browning faaaar too quickly! And although it has filled my baking sheet, it still looks too thick to roll! On the plus side, I used lemon essence in the end and smells divine!!
I'll report back on this one.

Take care xx

CherryPie3 Wed 27-Feb-13 11:53:32

Well. The 'Swiss roll' looks like an omelette. I mean it really looks like an omelette. It has an eggy texture but an ok sweet taste.

I don't really know what to make of it to be honest. I'm not in a rush to bake it again that's for sure. It's the first thing I've baked that I've been unhappy with, and it's the first bit of 'SW' food that I haven't loved from the start.

It does look like a Swiss roll all rolled up tho, it looks nice. Mums coming today, I can't see me offering her a slice with her cuppa.

WannabeWilloughby Wed 27-Feb-13 13:58:43

oh cherry, shame about the swiss 'egg' roll.... I was going to try it but I am rubbish at baking, so I know id mess it up. Im going to investigate sw recipes for my slow love love my slow cooker so it would be nice to try something.

Has anybody tried cooking with scan bran yet? smile

WannabeWilloughby Wed 27-Feb-13 13:59:44

Oh and yep, measuring out oats is fine, well my consultant said it was smile

CherryPie3 Wed 27-Feb-13 17:53:15

willoughby I think I will try it again but amend my method of doing things. I rolled it all up while it was still hot and I'm not sure I should've done... Will try rolling while cold next time and see if it makes a difference. Also will but use lemon next time as although it smelled lovely, mixed with the fromage frais it was quite sour - definitely almond or vanilla next time.

Liking the idea of slow cooker recipes, I did try searching but only halfheartedly, I love stews and casseroles etc so would definitely be worth looking into.

My food diary so far:-
Breakfast - 28g porridge, 1tsp Splenda and a chopped banana.

Lunch - scrambled egg and a wholemeal roll, 2tsps olive light spread.

Snack - small portion of pasta mixed with some passata/chopped toms and herbs. And half a Ringtons ginger snap biscuit (rounded up to 2syns as its 3.5 for a full one)

Tea - SW syn free minced beef hotpot. Smells good so far, it's in the oven smile


CherryPie3 Wed 27-Feb-13 18:35:35

The hotpot was absolutely beautiful!!!
It made enough to feed 2 adults and 3 hungry children, I served it with Smash potato (as I believe that's free?).

Does not taste like diet food, actually tastes like pub grub in a way. Can't recommend it highly enough, it was really tasty.

Would anyone like the recipe?

picklepepper Wed 27-Feb-13 19:08:40

ooo yes please Cherry, sounds lovely.

Today I've eaten...
Breakfast: Slimming world cereal bar (3 syns) and Tea (no sugar).
Lunch: Wholemeal roll with chicken breast and salad, fruit salad, muller light yoghurt.
Snack: Tea and rich tea biscuit at training after work as I was feeling really tired.
Dinner: Chicken fried rice.

Having written it down, I'm surprised I've done quite well today.. I've had a really busy day and I'm soooo tired, I haven't thought about it once!

Hope everyone is well.

perplexedpirate Wed 27-Feb-13 22:33:20

Breakfast: two quorn sausages and beans that I put in the microwave last night ready to ding this morning - clever me! Did not share with cat this morning either. smile
Lunch: butternut squash and rosemary soup from the canteen at work. No wholemeal rolls left so had to have a white one as I was starving!
Dinner: wholemeal pasta and lentil bolognese with a muller light for afters.
Snacks: a banana, a WHOLE punnet of strawberries (blush) and one Thornton's chocolate (last in box, no more temptation there!).
Not bad, not great. Better than yesterday though I think.

WannabeWilloughby Thu 28-Feb-13 07:28:44

cherry, yes please post the recipe. I saw a hotpot dish on the website but would rather try one that has been 'reccommended'. The one on the internet was a slow cooker one which sounded lush.

Well last night I couldnt sleep....I was starving! Absolutely stomach growlingly hungry!! Im not a massive fruit lover (bananas, melons and grapes at a push), need to fill up more on free and superfree. I think I ate lots more bread than I realised and I am missing it too. I'll settle in im sure! Feel lots slimmer so must stick with it and I haven't stopped wee'ing (sorry tmi) but I researched it on the net and apparently you wee more when youre losing weight?

You all seem to be doing so well, it's a nice plan....just wish my craving for a big crusty wedge of bread and butter would go away!! grin

picklepepper Thu 28-Feb-13 07:48:53

Oh Wannabe please don't... It's torture! I love soup, but its just not the same without crusty bread and butter, mmmm.

if you like stews and things you could try filling up on superfree by putting lots of veg in them, or try making desserts more interesting with fruit... A favourite of mine is strawberries, raspberries and grapes, with muller light and a crushed meringue nest, all mixed up like an eton mess. Its 3 syns (for the meringue) but its really yummy and can be quite filling if you use enough fruit and yoghurt!

CherryPie3 Thu 28-Feb-13 08:10:49

Good morning smile

Busy day here in the Cherry house. Dh has a hospital appointment, he also has to call in to work, then he's off to Amsterdam. I'm working at 5. It doesn't seem much actually seeing it wrote down. But it feels like a busy day.

Just had magic porridge for my breakfast. I used a vanilla yoghurt with tiny chocolate pieces in. I found it a bit too tangy for my liking but not unpleasant, (does that make sense?).
I won't do it again but I bet it's lovely for some people, I'll stick to milk and banana in my porridge.

Well, I'm off to make packed lunches for my oldest 2 and then it'll be school run time.

Take care, will post recipe later when I get on laptop. xx

WannabeWilloughby Thu 28-Feb-13 12:02:59

Sorry pickle....I know exactly how you feel! How many syns in a tiger loaf and a block of butter....surely no more than 5?? grin

Today is going well...
breakfast: hi-fi bar and banana
lunch: chicken salad, half a bread roll
dinner: probably jacket potato with beans but might be extra lean mince beef with veg and some sort of sauce based on tinned tomatoes.
snack tonight: Cadburys Freddo (5 syns) and a Muller light

Hope everyone is having a good day and hope youre not too rushed, cherry smile

CherryPie3 Thu 28-Feb-13 14:04:51

Hello everyone, day not too busy now. DH has gone off to his hospital appointment and then he will go to work, from work he will go to Amsterdam. So I'll not see him now until Saturday night/Sunday morning.

I've done ok foodwise so far I think for how rushed we've been.
Breakfast - magic porridge.
Lunch - Scrambles eggs (I'm so varied lol) and a wholemeal roll. (This is my favourite meal! How simple am I??)
Tea - I'll be at work so it will be a jacket potato with lots of salad and watered down salad cream for the 'dressing'.

Snacks - a tikka mugshot (yuk!) and ha;f a ringtons ginger snap. 2syns for the half biscuit. Not sure if the tikka version of the mugshot is free or not? Will count as 2syns just in case.

I feel really hungry today, despite having eaten so much already that should have filled me up I intend to have a batchelors macaroni cheese too (in about 15mins in fact). That, if I recall correctly, is free?

Right, the promised recipe...
Minced Beef Hotpot
500g extra lean mince/quorn (I only used 250g and made plenty however)
1 onion, finely chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 sticks celery, chopped)
3-4 cups frozen peas (I didn't bother measuring, just chucked them in)
2 tbsps tomato puree
1tsp dried thyme
2 cups beef stock (using 1 stock cube)
4 large potatoes - sliced. (or enough to cover your stew)

1) Brown mince with the celery, onion, thyme and carrot.

2) Add beef stock and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20mins.

3) Whilst stew is simmering, preheat oven to 200'C

4) Parboil sliced potatoes for about 5 minutes. Spray a baking tray with frylight and lay the potatoes out on it. Spray again with frylight.

5) Place stew in an oven proof dish, add the peas at this stage and stir through. Lay the potatoes over the stew, doesn't matter if some cover the others. Spray one last time with frylight and place in the oven. Cook until potatoes are golden and crispy. (If you place a lid on your dish as I did, your potatoes will not brown/crisp completely but this doesn't affect the dish at all. I just knew my kids would prefer soft potatoes)

Serve with veg/SW roasters/SW chips/Smash... Possibilities are fairly endless here as it's a pretty versatile dish.


CherryPie3 Thu 28-Feb-13 14:14:02

In case anybody would like...

Slimming World Roast Potatoes:

1 baking potato per person.

1) Chop potatoes into 4, leave skins on if desired.

2) Parboil for 10mins then transfer to a baking tray sprayed with frylight. Crumble an oxo cube over potatoes and spray with frylight. Add a sprinkling a salt and pepper to season.

3) Bake for 30-40mins or until crispy.

I made these to go with our Sunday dinner at the weekend and they are beautiful!! I made them in advance and reheated them so they weren't crispy but the flavouring was lovely - I used beef stock.

Have a good day xx

Those roasties sound lovely, am I right in thinking that you need to "syn" the fry light?

Muller light youghurts are my salvation! Shame about the aspartame!

CherryPie3 Thu 28-Feb-13 18:05:19

In the books and magazines it says each spray of fry light is free? So I have never synned it at all.

Mullers are most definitely a favourite of mine too!! I hadn't realised there is aspartame in them. Mind you, I'm not fussed really if help me slim down smile

picklepepper Thu 28-Feb-13 22:59:42

Well folks, I don't quite know what has come over me, but I've signed myself up to an 8 week boot camp... Oh good lord, I think I may have had a moment of lunacy amongst my oh it's a beautiful day, wouldn't it be nice to wear a bikini this summer motivation. Yikes! Wish me luck (it starts a week Monday... A whole week to lose some more lbs so I look hot in yoga pants. HA!)

CherryPie3 Fri 01-Mar-13 07:25:18

Ooooh pickle, I had that thought yesterday tho I admit smile
But I think my bikini shopping and wearing can wait until next year!

Good luck for the boot camp though, it sounds intriguing. Will they give you an eating plan and stuff?

CherryPie3 Fri 01-Mar-13 09:03:26

Well it was back to the delicious porridge with Splenda and chopped banana for me this morning. Yum!

I'm planning to have chicken fried rice for lunch, or maybe a chicken sandwich as mum has prepared some shredded chicken.

Really missing my husband, he's back tomorrow though. I ought to be used to him going away by now, he travels pretty often. I just don't sleep we'll without him so I'm shattered today! <yawn>
I won't be reaching for the comfort snacks though smile

Hope you all have good days xxx

perplexedpirate Fri 01-Mar-13 09:33:16

It all went wrong for me last night.
I ate saganaki. sad
It was soooooo good.blush
Still, onwards and upwards: muller light and grapes for breakfast.

WannabeWilloughby Fri 01-Mar-13 12:13:47

Pixie....I've never tried saganaki but have heard it's lush!!! It's Greek isn't it? My friend always has it at our local Greek restaurant...I always have something low fat for my main because my weakness if baklarva. it's just heavenly and I save myself for that!! Glad you're back on it today. Enjoy the grapes wink Also well done on the bootcamp!! I always watch Biggest Loser UK and each year I love to go to boot camp!! Good luck.

Cherry, sorry you're missing DH sad My DH used to work nights and I used to struggle sleeping sometimes.

I've stuck to the plan, don't feel as hungry today. I felt a bit puffy today but that's due to the time of the month.

Hope I can keep it up this weekend and I don't slip up!! Weekends are hard because we usually end up taking the kids to pizza hut! Must be strict!!!!

Hope you're all having a good day anyway grin

perplexedpirate Fri 01-Mar-13 18:28:34

Oh god above, don't mention baklava! It's lush.
Saganaki is basically fat, battered in fat, cooked in fat. Disgusting really, but the taste!
This isn't helping is it?

CherryPie3 Sat 02-Mar-13 10:29:47

Morning smile

Despite me craving comfort food yesterday I think I did ok.

My food diary:-
Breakfast - porridge, banana.
Lunch - 2 slices wholemeal bread, 2 poached eggs as some beans. Considering this was eaten in our local cafe where I would normally have steak pie with chips, veg and gravy, I was proud!!
For my tea I had a jacket potato with lots of salad and watered down salad cream, I also had an entire packet of bachelors broccoli pasta and sauce to myself!

Snack wise I had 2 Ringtons ginger snaps - 7syns altogether. I wated sugar yesterday and the 2 biscuits sufficed easily.

Today I have just had porridge and a banana so far. My husband is about an hour away so I'm quite excited. smile I really hate it when he's away.

Regarding weaknesses for comfort food/takeaways. Mines Indian without a doubt! Mmmm, chicken tikka masala. Chicken madras, boiled rice.
Might just have to cook the SW curry now to curb my craving lol xx

perplexedpirate Sat 02-Mar-13 11:54:57

Aw, cherry!
Have a great reunion. wink

CherryPie3 Sun 03-Mar-13 16:04:08

We did pirate wink

How's everyone doing? Thread seems to have gone a little quiet.

I feel like I've been a bad girl today with my food but I don't think it's totally awful.

My food diary today:-
Breakfast - Scrambled egg on 2 slices wholemeal toast
Lunch - roast chicken, smash, 100mls gravy and lots of veg. 2tsps mint sauce.
Tea:- shredded chicken breast sandwich maybe, and a yoghurt. Haven't quite decided yet.

Snacks: several coffees using sweetener tablets and my semi skimmed HExA allowance.
2 Ringtons ginger snap biscuits.

I have a question. If I have 4 slices of wholemeal bread in a day will it count as both of my Healthy Extra 'B' choices or will only 3 of them count, and 2 of them synned?

I can't remember!

How do you all feel about having a roll call on here? It will help is keep track of what we weigh, what we've lost, and what our target weights/sizes are. It's only an idea so feel free to decline, I don't mind at all smile

Have a good day everyone, 2 days till weigh in for me!!

perplexedpirate Sun 03-Mar-13 17:03:13

Weighed myself this morning and...-2.5lbs! grin
Not quite a stone in a week, but its going in the right direction.
I've been bad this weekend too. Bad like, large dominos pizza bad. sad
Still, it obviously works. Imagine what I would have lost if I hadn't stuffed myself yesterday...

perplexedpirate Sun 03-Mar-13 17:04:28

And yep, count me in for a roll call!

CherryPie3 Sun 03-Mar-13 17:34:23

Woohoo!!! [applause]
Every ounce that comes off is an ounce closer to your target!! Well done!!

I'm looking forward to weighing on Tuesday, I've decided to use a different set of scales. I've been using my own but I've decided to make it a weekly thing of going to the chemist and using theirs - you know the ones you put 20p in. So I'm prepared for a variance this week. I'll still weigh myself on my own before I go so I know the rough difference.

When I get on laptop tomorrow I'll start a roll call. What in thinking of putting on is: names, starting weights, target weights, loss so far.... Anything else? Or is that too much?


picklepepper Sun 03-Mar-13 18:28:34

Well done pirate, good on you! Like Cherry says, every loss is baby step closer to where you want to be.
Sorry i havent checked in for a few days, i havent been able to sign into MN on my laptop or phone for some reason, but i have been reading.
I don't think I've done brilliantly this weekend, and it's weigh in day for me tomorrow, so I fear I've undone all my hard work in the week... The problem is that I've eaten out twice, and not made very good choices, dammit! It's also "star week" (that incredibly cringy slimming world phrase) for me this week which won't help either. However, I live and learn, and tomorrow will be a better day where I starve myself all day before the meetingwink

I think a roll call is a great idea, and the info you suggested Cherry sounds just right to me.

perplexedpirate Sun 03-Mar-13 19:18:34

Weekends are tough. sad
Weekdays are easier I think cos you have your routine and you just, kind of, do it. Then weekend convex and it all goes crazy.
Never mind though, it's a new week tomorrow...

picklepepper Sun 03-Mar-13 23:18:26

You're right pirate, in the week it just sort of..happens..without too much fuss or deliberation, but then at the weekend it is so much harder to stay on track. To be honest, I'm becoming pretty deflated with having weigh ins on a Monday, it just makes any slip ups at the weekend that much harder to bear, as I then berate myself for having so little self control so close to my next weigh in. I'm thinking about changing group to one later in the week, see if that improves my motivation. Plus it will fit in better with boot camp sessions. Or maybe I'm just being soft and need to get a grip of myself and start taking some bloody responsibility?? ...yep that definitely seems like a likely possibility!

CherryPie3 Mon 04-Mar-13 17:03:52

Afternoon ladies,

I agree weekends can be more difficult to plan meals for. I'm getting my head around it now I think.

A later weigh in might just be the answer for you to enable you to get used to eating differently on a weekend without knocking your confidence. It's just about changing habits isn't it?

I had a challenge at lunchtime today as my mum bought everyone fish and chips to eat at my brothers house. I declined and popped into the closest tesco and bought a batchelors macaroni cheese, a pint of milk (to make it), a banana and a pear. Along with a bottle of diet coke as I had no sweeteners for my coffee. It was difficult to decline the alluring aroma of good old fish and chips though! Very proud of myself, everytime I say no something I know I would really enjoy I feel a little more confident that I can do this.

My food diary today:-
Breakfast: porridge (HExB), chopped banana.
Lunch: as above
Tea: SW chicken curry. (I'll post recipe later) Boiled rice.

Snacks: pear, banana, muller light yoghurt (vanilla and choc bits).

I'll also start the roll call here, when ou log on copy and paste it into your post, add your stats/details and repost. We can build it up that way.
I'm going to add my weigh day on too I think, it's up to you guys if you want to though. smile

Roll Call
CherryPie3 Starting Weight: 20st 9lbs. Start Date: 19th Feb 2013 Weigh Day: Tuesday. Loss So Far: 1 stone.

Is that ok?

Wishing you all a low syn day xx

CherryPie3 Mon 04-Mar-13 17:16:58


CherryPie3 Starting Weight: 20st 9lbs. Start Date: 19th Feb 2013 Target Weight: 10st(ish) Weigh Day: Tuesday. Loss So Far: 1 stone.

I was playing around with the BMI calculator the other day and for me to have my ideal BMI I'd have to weigh 10st. So that's my target, even if its a hefty one. I can do it, there's no reason why I can't! <positivity> smile

ceebeegeebies Mon 04-Mar-13 17:26:38

Hi, please can I join this thread?

I started doing SW at the weekend - did it a couple of years ago but only lost about half a stone before losing heart as I got really pissed off with the group as we kept getting messages saying the scales were wrong so I actually had no idea what I had lost hmm

However, I do have quite a big appetite so it does appeal to me as I can have big bowls of pasta etc grin

I am doing it online but I haven't plucked up the courage to weigh myself yet blush but I think I am about 14 and a half stone, am 5ft 8 and a size 16. My target weight is 12 stone which would take me to a size 12.

The only issue I have is that I do a lot of exercise - generally 4 or 5 classes a week and burn about 600-700 calories each class. However SW doesn't give you 'credit' for these calories (unlike other diets) and I am concerned that I won't eat enough so I am having an extra HE A and/or B on the days that I idea if this is the right thing to do but it makes me feel better wink

perplexedpirate Mon 04-Mar-13 19:23:08

Cherry, I can't copy and paste. I'm on the app on iPhone. Am I being dim?

Ceebee, if it works and you lose weight, why the hell not?! grin
I need to do more exercise, but its the old, old, story: not enough time.

CherryPie3 Tue 05-Mar-13 16:42:21

I'm on the iphone too but the app is mega crap so I use safari and saved the 'threads I'm on' page to my home screen. It looks jut like an app and functions better, you can copy and paste too. smile

Welcome to the thread ceebee smile

I haven't been able to weigh myself today as my scales aren't working and I couldn't get to the chemist either. I'll be weighing myself tomorrow though for definite!

Food diary:-
Breakfast: porridge.
Lunch: jacket potato, margarine and salad.
Tea: will be having pork steaks, smash, veg, gravy.
Syns: 2tsps margarine (2syns), small bag Special K mini breaks (5syns), Ringtons ginger snap (3.5syns).

I've been a bad girl today with syns sad

picklepepper Thu 07-Mar-13 08:55:54

Hi all, how are we doing?
I'm still having trouble logging into MN on mylaptop and phone, so I can only get on here to post when I can wrangle use of the iPad (usually involving some sort of bribery, haha).
I went to group on Mon eve, and I had lost another 1/2 lb, hardly earth shattering weight loss, but going in the right direction all the same, and pleasing after my crisis of confidence at the weekend. What it did do for me though was show me that I either make the decision to do the plan properly, or not bother at all, as it's a waste of £5 a week to just disregard the plan then expect to still lose weight!
So, had two good days tues and weds, yesterday I had muller light yogurts and raspberries for breakfast, a SW cereal bar for snack, a mug shot for lunch followed by a big fruit salad, lasagne for dinner with a salad. I drank lots of water, and am feeling really positive about my choices. We also are looking after PIL's dog or a week, so I took the dog out for a long brisk walk in the evening too.
Hope everyone is well, who has weighed in so far this week?

I can't figure out how to copy and paste the roll call, so I'm just going to re-write it...

Roll Call
*Cherry Pie*- ^Start date^: 19th Feb 2013, ^Weigh day^: Tuesday, ^Starting weight^: 20st 9lb, ^Current weight^: 19st 9lb, ^Loss To Date^: 1st.
Picklepepper- ^Start date^: 4th Feb 2013, ^Weigh day^: Monday, ^Starting weight^: 16st 3lb, ^Current weight^: 15st 7lb, ^Loss To Date^: 10lbs.

picklepepper Thu 07-Mar-13 08:57:03

Oh dear, what's happened to all my italics??!! It took me ages, haha!

picklepepper Thu 07-Mar-13 09:04:03

Also just realised that I didn't copy the roll call in the right order, AND I've missed out the target weight, damn! I'm really puzzled about those italics, and the fact bold worked for my name, but not for Cherry...

picklepepper Thu 07-Mar-13 09:09:08

Roll Call
Cherry Pie - Start date : 19th Feb 2013, Weigh day : Tuesday, Target weight : 10st(ish), Starting weight : 20st 9lb, Current weight : 19st 9lb, Loss To Date : 1st.
picklepepper - Start date : 4th Feb 2013, Weigh day : Monday, Target weight : 10st, Starting weight : 16st 3lb, Current weight : 15st 7lb, Loss To Date : 10lbs.

Ledkr Thu 07-Mar-13 09:16:12

Can I join you please? I need to lose about two stones even three would be nice. I've never recovered from dc5 who is now two and its had such an effect on my sf confidence that I must do it.
I'm doing sw at home but have all the books from past unsuccessful attempts but I also have a big appetite so need to make this work.
I still struggle with the EE concept though. The bit about a third super free.
I just had an egg a slice of wm toast which filled me up then had to force strawberries down for the third. It makes no sense.
Can anyone help me get it.
Thanks xx

picklepepper Thu 07-Mar-13 10:55:23

Of course you can ledkr, welcome! I think you're supposed to try to have the 1/3 super free food on the same plate as your other food if you can, so that you're filling up on super free food at the same time (therefore eating less non-superfree food). i think. That's how I understood it, therefore if im going to have something where it would be weird to have fruit or veg on the plate too, I have the superfree food first, then have the other food after, and often can't finish it as I've eaten superfree food first.

Blondeshavemorefun Thu 07-Mar-13 10:55:32

you are meant to eat the 1/3superfree with meal and if full then leave the free/synedd/a/b/ food

not eat and be full then eat superfree afterwards - hope this helps x

ie have toms/mushrooms/onions etc with egg on toast

picklepepper Thu 07-Mar-13 11:18:19

Thanks blondes, I'm glad I've been doing it right. I thought that was the case, but couldn't be 100% sure, but it makes perfect sense.

Ledkr Thu 07-Mar-13 19:56:26

I get it now thanks.
Last night I made risotto it was lovely and had lots of veg and prawns just stick and a sprinkle of parmesan so mostly free but I ate loads blush
I'm sure that's not quite right!!
Better portion control since though.
The reason I'm fat in the first place is my big portions. Used to cook for 4dc and and a dh then gradually they all left including dh grin and now it's just me two tiny dds and new and improved dh.
It's frustrating as I can't tell if I've lost any since Monday because I'm due on and I can gain masses when i am. Literally masses.

Goldensunnydays81 Sat 09-Mar-13 07:17:07

Please can I join you too! I joined Wednesday and weight 17.13 sad but I am finding it good so far and do has eaten slimming world recipes for the last 2 nights and not noticed!!
What do you eat if you are going out for lunch, I'm going out for an early Mother's Day with my family today, is a jacket potato with beans the best option?

ceebeegeebies Sat 09-Mar-13 08:58:19

depending on your budget, yes baked beans, jacket potato and salad is a good option or a chicken breast smile or if you are splashing out, I go for a steak with jacket potato and salad.

Ledkr Sat 09-Mar-13 09:08:08

Hello all. It's going to be tough today because I am hungover after a mn meet up yesterday. I've eaten some toast already so will have to work hard to stay on track!!
What was lovely though is how much better I felt going out. I've obviously lost a few pounds as my clothes fitted much better.
I'm really looking forward to getting back into my pre pg clothes which are only one size smaller so realistic.
I'm planning on making the sw curry tonight. Too hungover to go to the gym but might have a swim later.
Hope you all resist temptation over the weekend

CherryPie3 Sat 09-Mar-13 10:46:21

Morning all smile

Welcome Ledkr smile
Do I 'know' you from the antenatal boards? I recognise your nickname. I was on the July and August 2010 threads. G

picklepepper Sat 09-Mar-13 11:06:24

Morning all,

Good to hear from you all, I was hoping I hasn't been deserted haha. How was your weigh in this week Cherry ?

Of course you can join golden, welcome!

I went to the bootcamp registration last night, we were shown the exercises we're expected to do at home each morning, and weighed/measured, ready for the first session on Monday evening. My only issue is that there is a nutrition plan alongside the Bootcamp, I haven't seen it yet, but one of the ladies there who has attended a week of the last Bootcamp seems to think it's quite a radical eating plan to follow.... My gut feeling is to stick with SW, and use the Bootcamp just for exercise though, surely that should have the same results?

Are you still around Wannabe ?
Happy, healthy day to you all!

CherryPie3 Sat 09-Mar-13 11:09:55

Oops. Caught wrong button on iPhone... blush

Great news on recent weight losses smile

Sorry I haven't been on lately, bit of family drama to contend with that will continue for some weeks/months yet. Annoying as it doesn't even involve dh or I but with us being the most sensible we get roped into everything.

Slightly fell off the wagon on Wednesday night when I had 7 ginger snap biscuits with a coffee, 3.5syns each! All good now tho, back on it!
I had to get weighed on Wednesday morning this week as my scales are officially knackered! Went to the chemist and weighed at 19st 9lbs, so I've maintained this week. Trying not to be disappointed as they were different scales and there was almost certainly a variance in comparison to mine. Oh well, I'll be using the chemists from now on so it will be consistent from now on.

Not much to report on food diary, I'm not an exciting eater really but I haven't had any syns since Wednesday. I've been working in the In-Laws sandwich shop/takeaway so surrounded by deep fried stuff and cheeseburgers! Luckily they do jacket potatoes too so that's what I've been eating smile
The shop just smells vile to me now! No temptations whatsoever, not even chocolate

Dh has hopped onto the SW wagon now too, kind of! He has Crohn's disease so can't have anything with a high fibre content as it makes him seriously ill. But he's doing everything else with me. The kids are loving all the SW cooking and even my mum spent a whole day writing down my SW recipes grin.

Pickle if you want I will keep a copy of the roll call saved to my laptop with all the stars and triangles in the right places, then just update and post as necessary. It's a bit of a pain putting all the symbols in all the time isn't it? I did this on our antenatal thread

GoldenSunny Welcome to our thread smile
When we go out I generally get a jacket potato with a smidge of margarine and lots of salad. Bit of salt and pepper - perfect smile
Beans are a super speed food too I think?

Got to dash at the minute, the family drama calls.... hmm

Be good smile

Ledkr Sat 09-Mar-13 11:53:03

Cherry- I don't think so I was on a break then grin I was on feb 2011 and she's the reason I'm on here!!! I gained about 5 stones I think. Still about 2 hanging around.
It's not going to be Grreat day. I'm craving junk tbh.

CherryPie3 Sat 09-Mar-13 11:56:04

Ah ok, definitely recognise your name though lol

I gained a l

CherryPie3 Sat 09-Mar-13 11:59:20

Crap at posting today - sorry!

I gained loads of weight with ds2 born in July 2010 but to be honest I've been overweight since having my first. I was a size 14 before having dd l, size 18 afterwards... Stayed size 18 goin into my second pregnancy, came out being a 20. Was a 22 going into my third pregnancy and a 24 after. And that's where I am now. <sigh>

I want to be slim again and I'm determined this time, finding it so easy x

Ledkr Sat 09-Mar-13 13:53:35

I'm on here a lot cherry
I'm glad she's my last tbh I've been lucky and lost my pg weight with the others. But with dd aged 2 I've never really lost it. My confidence is quite low from it and I hate the fact I can't dress how I like to dress. I've a good feeling this time though I think I'm in the right mindset to lose it .
My jeans are looser today which is a big boost.
I'm so hungover today I can't wait to go to bed

Hiya I joined sw on friday smile I lost 2stone on low carb last year but eating normally piled it plus more back on want to lose about 4 stone and like how slimming world you can have a treat and not have to worry about stopping the weight loss it might be slower but hopefully will teach me to eat better and not pile it back on smile So thought id post here and say Hi !!

ceebeegeebies Sat 09-Mar-13 19:51:56

Evening everyone smile

Have fallen off the wagon this weekend sad Mothers Day and my gluttony has got the better of me so I am back on it again on Monday yet again.

I really need to be determined - we are going on our first holiday abroad since before having the DC in August and I really need to shift 2 stone by then. It sound easily doable but losing weight seems so difficult for me hmm

Hope you are all having a good weekend smile

Ledkr Sat 09-Mar-13 20:39:55

cee it's hard for me too. I have to be really strict and don't lose quickly.
I'm hanging off the wagon myself due to hangover. Had too much bread although I must admit not much else naughty. However dd and dh have just cooked my Mother's Day meal as he is working tomorrow and I've indulged. Quite happy to jump back on again Monday though I do think of you denied yourself special occasions you could never stick to it.

Goldensunnydays81 Sun 10-Mar-13 06:28:37

Thanks for those suggestions I ended up having a chargrilled chicken breast with jacket potato and salad! I even resisted the butter on the potato
And didn't take any of the chips from ds plate smile was very proud of my self!
I'm still trying to lose the weight i put on with ds plus the extra that went on top of that!!! Plus I want to get pregnant again and to do that i have to lose weight!!
Hope everyone is having a good weekend and hope you are all recovered ledkr from your hangover today smile

CherryPie3 Mon 11-Mar-13 15:00:53

Oooh golden that's sounding lovely!! And well done!!

Hope you're fully recovered from that hangover ledkr smile

Weigh day for me tomorrow. Not hopeful for a massive loss, in fact I'll be happy to have maintained with all those ginger biscuits! Plus I've had an extra helping of porridge today as ds2 pinched half of mine but I then made another full portion for me. Not the end of the world but it feels like it!

Hope everyone is having a good day. xx

CherryPie3 Mon 11-Mar-13 15:01:28

Oh and welcome to rodders smile xx

WannabeWilloughby Tue 12-Mar-13 07:36:06

Hiya ladies...,

Im so sorry I haven't posted for a while! POORLY CHILDREN!!!

Have had a quick skim through your posts! Glad everyone is doing so well :-)

Just done my 2nd week of slimming world. Lost 7 and a half pound on the first week and half a pound this week (went to town with the milk tray on mothers day blush ) so I was pleased with a loss.

Am away on hols for my next meeting, im going to try really hard to stick to the diet while im away (only a mini break) fingers crossed!!

We had a food tasting at group last night, some lovely food!! I made slimming world angel delight (1 and a half syns for a biiiiig portion) it was nice.

Anyway...I'll read all your messages in a bit and catch up a bit.

Hope you're all ok grin

CherryPie3 Tue 12-Mar-13 10:18:16

Hope your children are better now willoughby, and congrats in your loss! It was my weight in this morning, 2lbs off! Very very happy with that as was expecting much worse!

Love to all.


CherryPie3 Tue 12-Mar-13 12:43:56

Hey willoughby, I don't suppose you'd be willing to share that angel delight recipe would you? Pleeeaase? grin

Sounds lush smile x

CherryPie3 Tue 12-Mar-13 16:37:55

Right, have tried to save the rolll call list to my laptop but something isn't working right and it isn't saving or typing in the font/size I'd like to. -piece- -of- -crap.- So, I'll try and save it as a draft on my email on my iphone, or in my notes maybe. <lightbulb moment>

Just thought I'd let you all know smile

My food diary for today:
breakfast: porridge with extra sweetener as I'm craving sugary stuff!

lunch: chicken fried rice the SW way.

Tea: Roast chicken with SW chips and a splash of gravy, or beans. Haven't decided yet.


CherryPie3 Tue 12-Mar-13 16:38:58

Oh, it's double lines to cross out....

piece of crap


I didn't go to the meeting last week, but I went last night - 7 1/2 lbs off! Yay! I feel really motivated now grin

Ledkr Wed 13-Mar-13 09:19:01

I'm trying to get back on it and not doing too badly.
I'm eating far less and my tummy is looking quite flat. I'm so chuffed I keep touching it. People will think I'm insane.
Not done any exercise but will do over the weekend.

CherryPie3 Wed 13-Mar-13 13:45:08

Afternoon all!

Amazing weightloss whoever!!!!!

grin at you touching your flat tummy ledkr, I'll be when I get my flat tummy smile

Just cooking SW chips and will have mushy peas with them for lunch (at 2pm hmm). Lashing of salt and vinegar and its still a syn free chippy meal! Yum!

Where is everyone lately? X

CherryPie3 Wed 13-Mar-13 14:51:02

Ok, can't physically move after eating those chips and mushy peas!
It was so yummy though! Really felt like I was cheating though. Sooo full!!

Ooh last night I was told that if you do slimming world chips (or in our case little potato squares) in the actifry and halfway through, put a jelly beef stock pot in then it flavours the chips and, apparently, is yummy indeed! (I don't know how that would relate to the oven version of the chips - we don't have an oven at present)

Next week's recipe is chocolate orange cake made with chickpeas instead of flour - quite excited to see that one!

picklepepper Wed 13-Mar-13 18:22:38

Hi all, some Fab weight losses this week, well done you lot! I misdeed my meeting on Monday as a meeting after work over ran, so I had the intention of going tomorrow night to another group until I remembered that's parents evening (last one if the year, Woohoo!) So I'll just have to wait till Monday.

I've been to 2 boot camp sessions so far, boy are they hard work, but it feel good to be doing some exercise along with the eating plan grin

Today I have had belvita breakfast biscuits for breakfast (probably terribly high in syns, but it was my only option when I was late leaving the house), chicken salad for lunch, and stir fry for dinner. Hoping for a good loss this week with the eating and exercise combined!

Please do share the angel delight recipe Wannabe , it sounds like something I would enjoy!

picklepepper Sun 17-Mar-13 05:45:28

Hi everyone,
Thread seems to have slowed down so I thought I'd post a quick catch up (this thread had fallen off the 'threads I'm on' it's been so long.) So it's weigh-day for me again on Monday... I've not had a bad week, but it has been the most stressful week at work and I didn't eat at all thurs/Fri, as I felt sick with worry, so Fri evening after work I had cake AND chocolate to.give me a boost before Bootcamp.

Hope everyone else is still doing ok, I've decided that my small change this week will be increase the amount of water I'm drinking daily, as I'm now drinking water everyday, but I think I could drink more to see a better effect.

Hope to hear from you all soon!

Oogerbooger Sun 17-Mar-13 08:33:10

Hiya! Can I join too?

I have been what my MIL calls a "big girl" for years now, and put on more weight when pregnant and BF DD1. Had DD2 14 wks ago but bizarrely was 13lb lighter after giving birth than I was when I got pregnant! Felt really good about it (thinking good to start eating plan not on back foot) but have been inhaling food since then and now feel gargantuan! Keep thinking as BFing that I can afford the extra cals sad

Going to start on SW again - will dig out my old book and am off to buy some scales today.

Will confirm weight but details prob as follows:

Height: 5'9"
Weight: 14 1/2 stone
Age: 34
Target: 11 1/2 stone and will see where I am then smile

Find your stories v inspirational and hope you can hold my hand too to help me stick to SW this time smile

Ledkr Sun 17-Mar-13 12:17:55

Hi all. Back on the wagon tomorrow although I have a site throat coming and don't fancy the gym which is a shame.
Any inspiration for my work lunch tomorrow?
I like something I can eat hot in this cold weather brrrrr.

ceebeegeebies Sun 17-Mar-13 15:55:33


I have been AWOL after a couple of badweeks so back on it tomorrow smile

My holiday is only 5 months away now so my target is to try and lose half a stone a month hmm

Oogerbooger Mon 18-Mar-13 08:28:37

Bought scales yesterday and leapt on this morning - 13st 7lb (I had guesstimated a whole stone heavier so yay!)


Weight: 13st 7lb
target: 11st
Age: 34
Height: 5'9"

Half a stone a month is completely doable ceebee

Oogerbooger Mon 18-Mar-13 12:20:22

Had 1/4 of this yummy spinach and feta pie for dinner last night, and for lunch today too.

Do you think it is a good or bad SW meal?

For lunch today had two poached eggs with it....

CherryPie3 Fri 22-Mar-13 13:55:38

Hello everyone smile Welcome Ooger

How is everyone? I thought I'd have had loads of posts to catch up on but nope!
It's been my daughters birthday here and then I was ill so that's the reason for my absence. I haven't strayed from SW a single bit though!

I got weighed last Tuesday and had lost just 1lb but wasn't too bothered as I was ill anyway and at least it wasn't a gain...

We tried a new recipe this week, lemon and Greek yoghurt Cajun chicken kebabs. I didn't actually get to taste them as I left them for my husband - but he said they were amazing!! I'll post the recipe soon, they were very easy, literally put all ingredients in a ziploc bag to marinate (I left them 22hrs in the fridge) and then skewer them up into kebabs and grill smile

ceebee half a stone? Easy peasy for you smile

pickle glad to hear the boot camp is going well!!

I also made an awesome BBQ sauce this week, totally syn free and really tasty. Will also post recipe for that when I get chance. I used it as a marinade/cooking sauce to make hunters chicken. Today I'm using it to marinate potatoes! It's so lovely smile

Take care everyone x

CherryPie3 Tue 26-Mar-13 10:33:54

How's everyone doing?

Had my weigh in this morning...another 1lb off taking total loss to 1st 4lb in 6weeks.
I'll be stepping up the workouts this week and taking the toddler out on long walks in the big 3 wheeler buggy. I wish the weight was coming off a bit quicker, we're off back to Disneyland Paris in July and I want to take the kids on Crush's Coaster...I've always been too scared to try before In case I'm too fat for the harness sad

Hope everyone's doing well xx

CherryPie3 Tue 26-Mar-13 10:46:35

Lemon Cajun Chicken kebabs...
4tbsp fat free natural or Greek yoghurt
2tbsp Cajun seasoning
1tsp lemon juice (the concentrated stuff is fine)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Chicken breast chunks

1) In a bowl or ziploc bag, mix all the ingredients together. Zip the bag up and give it a good shake.

2) Stick it in the fridge to marinate for 4-6 hours (preferably overnight). (I always prepare mine the evening before I need it so it marinates for about 24hrs).

3) Thread chicken into kebab skewers and grill until cooked, turning regularly. You could even oven bake the chunks and serve in a wholemeal pitta bread. (I think these can be a HExB option).


Syn Free BBQ Sauce.
1 onion peeled and chopped
1tsp mild chilli powder
8fl oz passata
3tbsp canderel or Splenda
4tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Worcestershire sauce
Half tsp mustard powder
Salt and fresh ground pepper

1) sauté the onion and chilli powder in frylight on a low heat for 5mins until softened.

2) stir in remaining ingredients, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 mins until thickened. Whizz with a hand blender until smooth.

Can be used as a cooking sauce it marinade. I suppose it would be ok as a dipping sauce too but it wasn't to my taste. It freezes well too.

CherryPie3 Tue 26-Mar-13 11:50:20

Really wanted to go mad and proper binge this morning so I quickly cooked some poached eggs with a slice of wm toast and a full tin of beans! I was so full afterwards, glad my 'binge' was a controlled one.

So I've had half of one HExB today.

<sigh> I want to go on a noce long walk right now but I can't cos my brothers coming over. Moan moan grumble grumble.

CherryPie3 Wed 27-Mar-13 13:48:24

Hmmm, no one around?

Hope you're all well x

CherryPie3 Wed 03-Apr-13 21:14:52

HELLO....hello.......<echo, echo, echo....)

Just wanted to report in as it was my weigh day yesterday - I maintained sad
Trying to be positive about it as at least I survived Easter without gaining!
Really hope you haven't all abandoned me haha xx

Hi CherryPie smile

I've been doing SW since the middle of February, and go to my local group. I went tonight and lost 2.5 pounds, for a total of 6.5 pounds in 5 weeks. That was with a couple of weeks where I maintained, so I'm really pleased with that loss so far.

Name: LollipopViolet
Age: 23
Starting Weight: 13 stone 6
Current Weight: 12 stone 13.5
Goal Weight: 8 stone something? I don't know really.

CherryPie3 Sat 06-Apr-13 12:35:39

Hi Lollipop smile

Great losses, well done!!

I really don't think any of the others are coming back to this thread ya know... Lol xx

CherryPie3 Fri 26-Apr-13 15:29:55

Definitely nobody coming back sad

But for the record I'm now 18st 12lbs. grin

CherryPie3 Wed 01-May-13 16:08:15

Weigh in last night...1.5lbs off. Current weigh 18st 10.5lbs
Happy with my progress.

Total weight loss to date: 27.5lbs grin

AmberSocks Tue 07-May-13 21:56:20

HI i did slimming world for a few months a couple of years ago before my wedding and lost about a stone and a half,i stopped doing it after the wedding and put it all back on and more!

I am actually 8 weeks pregnant and considering doing it again,i i dont tend to put much weight on when pg but inbetween pgs i do!I am 105 kg now,10 kg than i was after my son was born 7 months other pregnancies and births have all been straightforward and enjoyable and i dont want my weight to change it.

Has anyone done it when pregnant?

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