Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Diary of a Diet

Today I am talking about that dreaded word, diet, and what lovely food I've been eating while on said diet. Skip on by if it's not your cup of tea, this is just a blip, I can assure you.

There are always times when I lose my cooking mojo, when the "What are we having for tea tonight..." question threatens to suck the very life blood out of me, but I have, however, never lost my eating mojo. I've been doing a lot of eating over these last few months and the long and short of it is that I could no longer do up my trousers and six weeks ago I joined Slimming World*. Oh, and my running buddy moved to Australia so it's not all my fault.

Now, a better person than me would simply cut back and make some sensible choices, but I lack the motivation and will power. I know from past experience that I need the threat of the "weigh in" every Tuesday morning, I need to hand over £5 each week, to kick me up the bum and help me lose a bit of weight. Now, I'll be clear - I was not overweight as such (my BMI was within the healthy range although it was very much at the top end) and my height means that I can carry some extra weight more comfortably than others might - but I refuse to go out and buy new clothes when I've got lots of perfectly good ones in the wardrobe.

And - I guess it comes as no surprise - I found that changing the way I eat reinvigorated my enthusiasm for cooking. Particularly for breakfast and lunch, when I can please myself and not worry about meeting everyone's preferences (impossible at the best of times). I've been keeping a food diary and today I thought I'd share some of the meals I've been eating over the last few weeks. To give you a rough idea, with Slimming World you can eat as much fruit, veg, pulses, eggs, pasta, rice, potato, lean meat and fish as you like. You can eat a limited amount of dairy and grains (bread, cereal etc) and everything else must be weighed, counted and limited. It is essentially a very low fat diet. These meals below all (pretty much) count as "free" which means no weighing or counting, just working on common sense portion control and making sure there is a good amount of fresh fruit or vegetables on the plate.


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Lighter breakfasts:


1. Muesli with skimmed milk, chopped fruit and fat free yogurt. Quick and easy, this has become my usual breakfast on most school mornings. I have to remember to weigh the muesli as it counts as a grain.

2. Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and wilted spinach. Very good. The natural fish oils in the salmon gave the eggs a velvety texture.

3. Porridge (weighed) with chopped peach and a teaspoon of honey. This is my other school day staple. Any other soft fruits work well too.

4. Poached eggs with spinach and smoked salmon. Amazing, even with one of the eggs a bit overdone.

5. Pancakes topped with fat free vanilla yogurt, pureed strawberries and sliced banana. This is really nice once I got used to two things: the pancakes are heavier than my usual American style ones, and the whole meal is less sweet than my usual kind of pancake breakfast, which I like to eat swimming in maple syrup.

6. Tomato and basil omelette. That was good. It was just the right amount of runny in the middle and I got it to flip over neatly - that never usually happens. My omelettes usually look like scrambled eggs. 

Thoughts:

Planning is everything for nice breakfasts. My default choices were usually cereal or toast, and that was because they are quick, convenient, filling and tasty. If I want to make an omelette on a school morning, and eat it without rushing, then I must get up ten minutes earlier. But then the upside of that is that I sit down at the table and eat in a more mindful way, rather than eating standing up while emptying the dishwasher, checking my phone and making packed lunches, and that is no bad thing.

Shopping habits change. We are getting through twice as many eggs and lots more fruit and vegetables, and I found that to do this properly I need to have the right food in the fridge. I think I'd really struggle to do Slimming World if I didn't like eggs as much as I do.


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Lighter lunches:**



1. Baked potato with cottage cheese and chives. My number one favourite lunch, a baked potato - quick, easy, filling and versatile. 

2. Chicken (marinated in yogurt and harrissa paste and grilled, leftover from dinner) and couscous salad with coriander, avocado, pomegranate seeds and salad leaves.

3. Pea, potato and spring onion frittata.

4. Pasta salad with tuna, anchovies, green beans, cherry tomatoes, cannellini beans and parsley.

5. Nearly-nicoise salad: new potatoes, smoked salmon, eggs and salad leaves.

6. Salmon (baked with ginger, garlic, soy sauce and lime, leftover from dinner) with salad leaves, cucumber and sugar snap peas.

7.  Jacket potato with tinned mackerel in tomato sauce and a green salad.

8. Salad of watercress, roasted butternut squash, butter beans and pumpkin seeds.

Thoughts:

Again, planning. I have to remember to put the potato in the oven an hour before I want to eat it. I have to remember to cook meals with leftovers in mind, but I always do that anyway. 

It's easy to eat like this when I'm based at home. If I was out at work, I'd have to prepare all this the night before so that it was ready to go in a tuppaware box first thing. Not impossible, but more of a chore than buying a sandwich.

It's very salad heavy, but that's fine with me, I love salad. If it was winter it would all be soups. Some fat free salad dressings I like are: soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, lemon or lime juice, fat free yogurt mixed with mint. I'm sure there are more.

I could have bread here, if I counted it, but if I had bread I'd want butter, and cheese or peanut butter, and lots of other nice things that are higher in fat. So salads or jacket potatoes work for me. Also, it's hard to over-eat carbs when they aren't covered in butter or oil.




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Lighter dinners:


Again, these meals are largely "free" with any extra bread measured and counted as one of my two "healthy choices". 

1. Smoked mackerel and sweet potato fishcakes with some veg and plain fat free yogurt for dipping, recipe from here. Very good leftover and reheated in the oven for lunch, too.

2. Spanish-style fish stew: cod, prawns and red peppers cooked with onions, chopped tomatoes and paprika, with couscous.

3. Veggie burgers with coriander relish in a wholemeal bun, with coleslaw, corn on the cob, and sweet potato fries. All very tasty apart from the coleslaw which was made with fat free yogurt and was horrible, frankly.

4. Chicken and pepper stir-fried with lime, garlic and chilli, with rice and sweet chilli sauce. (I found some of those packets of flavoured rice that you stick in the microwave on offer and thought I'd try them - this one was lime and sweet chilli flavour, and very nice it was too.) This was a meal when I was cooking just for myself and couldn't really be arsed.

5. Steak with homemade chips, corn on the cob and asparagus.

6. Salmon baked in lime, garlic, ginger and soy sauce, with noodles, spring onions, red pepper and sugar snap peas. Delicious. I'd eat salmon every night if I could but John doesn't like it as much as me.

Thoughts:

You have to cook from scratch. I usually do, but the odd time when I've used a ready-made jar of curry or chinese-style sauce, because I was in a rush or whatever, you pay for it. I've found them to be much less healthy than cooking a curry sauce yourself.

Eating this way can be more expensive. All that extra meat and fish, and the huge amount of fruit and veg I am buying, does add up. Lately I am shopping at Aldi three weeks out of four, and going to my usual supermarket on the other week for everything Aldi doesn't stock. I'm also using my local greengrocer a lot, buying lots of lovely seasonal fruits that are temptingly displayed outside under the awning.


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So, there we have it. It's gone well overall, and I really like all the extra energy I have and that fact that my clothes fit again. Mainly I've enjoyed eating so much extra fruit. I've lost on average about 2 pounds a week, over six weeks. I would definitely have lost more if I drank less wine...

I really thought I'd miss cake. But I don't, and that's been surprising to me. My times of day when I want sugar are mid morning, after lunch and late afternoon, with the post-school run cup of tea. Mid-morning, I have a banana with my coffee. After lunch I have some fruit and yogurt, with a teaspoon of jam or honey mixed in I want extra sweetness. In the afternoon I just stand over the sink, eating dripping peaches and nectarines until the craving for sweetness goes. But oh, I've missed butter! Butter on baked potatoes, on bread, on toast, in risottos...yes, I have missed butter. And cheese. My daily treat would always be a glass of wine over a chocolate bar (don't judge me) and that's what I use my "syns" points allowance for. I do not love everything about Slimming World (in particular their fondness for artificial sweeteners as a "healthier" choice) but overall I've found it very effective and much less painful than other diets that I've tried over the years.

Have you tried Slimming world? I'd love to hear any recipes you've found that are particularly tasty. 

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*This is not a sponsored post, I'm just sharing my experiences here.

** I can't type those words without thinking of Light Lunch, that brilliant daytime TV cooking /chat programme with Mel and Sue years ago, which I used to watch when I was a student. Does anyone else remember it?

62 comments:

  1. Hi, I tried Slimming World a few years ago and loved it. I really need to get back into it but need to get in the right mindset. Good luck x

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  2. It looks like you've found some good recipes for yourself. I don't particularly like eggs, though I know they'd be a very healthy choice, so that part has been hard for me when I've tried weight-loss plans. I do find that once I've made the changes, it doesn't take long before I don't even miss the junk food anymore. I've been working on my sugar intake for months now and it's getting easier and easier to forgo sweet stuff.

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  3. BMI is ridiculous. I am at the low end and sometimes cross into the underweight. Yet if you saw me it would be agreed that I was fairly well covered - not too fat, not too thin. Normal. I even have some tummy podge to disguise with my clothes. Size 8 but still with some lumps. I realise this possibly sounds like denial of an eating disorder/poor body image but really it is true. A person can have a much higher BMI than I do, yet their body be far more muscular and less fatty than mine as I do not have much muscle and exercise does not give me much, despite pushing hard at certain times. My body type is just like that.

    There is very little that is scientific about BMI. Basically it says if you are this tall you need to weigh this much. Well says who? The range is wide enough to be meaningless, yet there are obviously healthy weight for them people who are outside the boundaries. There are perfectly formed children being sent home from school with letters saying they are overweight when they haven't an ounce of fat on them. It can be very traumatising to tell a child that and set them up for an eating disorder. Fat is obvious to an onlooker and the person who carries a few too many pounds. That is all we need to know.

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    1. Hello there.

      It sounds like you know a lot more about BMI than I do and I do agree that one size fits all advice is not always helpful for everyone. I cited BMI as a reference point as it's the most widely used tool for weight loss advice we have here. If you looked at me you would not say I was overweight, but I carry far too much of my extra weight on my waist, hence my love of floppy tops and those pesky jeans that would not do up.

      Thank you very much for your comment. Weight and diet can be sensitive issues and my purpose in this post was simply to show that you can make the best of losing weight and eat lots of nice food at the same time, rather than make any wider comments about health.

      Gillian

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    2. I agree with 'Anonymous', BMI is not a true indication, having had my health 'MOT' recently the emphasis was mostly on waist measurement.

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  4. Just done a quick browse of your post and think I should give it a try too, as I've been putting on the weight this winter and I've certainly not got your height as you know. I'll have a better look later and jot down so notes. Take care.

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  5. Cheers for your success, Gillian, and thanks for sharing what worked for you in an inspiring format! xx

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  6. You have just made me acknowledge that I will not get rid of the extra stone without help and support. I have slowly gained this over the last few months. There is a Slimming World meeting in my nearest town, I will be attending the next meeting. Thank you so much, I like eggs and salmon very much and I will be makingthe mackeral and sweet potato fishcakes today for dinner.

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  7. I need to lose weight too. Around 15 years ago I did Weightwatchers and lost a whopping three-and-a-half stone. It was great but I was ravenous the whole time! I've probably gained a stone back since then.
    Your skin must be fantastic with all that salmon. I'd have that with scrambled eggs each morning if I could. I do like avocado (mashed) with wholemeal toast too, no need for butter. But like you I love butter. And cream. My dad's side of the family hail from Guernsey; maybe that explains it!
    Well done on losing the weight and preparing all those lovely meals!
    S x

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    1. I was constantly hungry on weight watchers too! But I believe they've done away with the points system and now have an approach that is more like Slimming World, where lots of food can be eaten "uncounted". I haven't noticed a difference in my skin - I suspect the salmon is offsetting the dehydrating effects of the wine...

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  8. Wow ...you are so disciplined Gillian!
    I hope this diet works just wonderfully for you. I have to be consistently on a diet as I have types I diabetes and I need to watch everything I eat.
    I think you will do great my dear friend.

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    1. Gosh that must be hard, Taci - I had no idea! And I'm not really that disciplined - YOU are the disciplined one. x

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  10. I could do with taking a leaf out of your book. Well done. Wine is always my Achilles heel too.
    Jacqui x

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    1. I'll take it over chocolate every time!

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  11. Your meals look really good - I was a little bit surprised that slimming world allows rice and pasta without limits, but cereals/bread are limited... That is a little bit a contradiction, since in both cases it's mostly carbohydrates (yes, you guessed right, another foodfreak here ;-))
    We changed out eating habits years ago, for health reasons. Practically no meat, main ingredient of a meal is vegetables, combined with fish and a little bit of carbohydrates (pasta/rice/potatoes...).
    In my opinion, your slimming world "diet" is not really a diet, it is more a change to the good of eating habits - so you'll have to keep on doing it - but if you can, this is a really healthy way of living !! The first months will give a positive effect on your weight, this effect will diminish (one cannot keep on losing weight), but the positive effect on your health will stay !
    And I agree with "anonymous" above - BMI means nothing... Here again, BMI around 18, but I'm not only bones and skin - on the contrary !! Still need about 2 kg to get off.... (My problem is that I cannot change my eating habits anymore, they're already good, I just love my sugars way to much ;-)))
    Anyway, congratulations Gillian ! Keep up the good work, just don't consider this as a diet, but rather a permanent lifestyle change - it will benefit your body in many ways !!
    (Also not a sponsored post ;-), I had never even heard of Slimming World)

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    1. I think it's to do with the grains or something - I'm not a nutritionist so not sure why. I'm sure their website will explain this better that I ever could!

      And yes, I agree that one size fits all health advice is never right for everyone, but it's the most widely used tool we have here.

      Gillian x

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  12. Your meals look really good! I found it surprising because 3 of my friends are currently doing Slimming World & from what I've heard they are finding it really restrictive. I think the key definitely is planning in advance which is something I need to try more. I don't think SW is for me, I'm trying to just cut out most of my unhealthy snacking (not all, as I'd probably kill someone if I didn't eat chocolate!) & make better choices with what I eat. Will be using some of your ideas for meals for certain, thanks for sharing with us.xx

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    1. Hi Lisa,

      Equally, I know friends who recommended it very highly, and others who hated it. I think it's just down to personal preferences and what you like to eat. Some hate being told what they can eat, others love the controlled way it's done.

      Simply, eat less, move more is always the best advice, I just lack the willpower to do that without a bit of a shove!

      Gillian x

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  13. I've been doing SW since 1st of May and have lost a stone and a half so far. I too tried WW but it just wasn't for me. I think SW is much easier . Snacking is my downfall especially because I don't get a break during my 5hr shift at work so am ravenous when I finish. I tend to eat a lot of ham as it's easier to pop in the butchers than to go to Greggs. Loved seeing your food ideas , thank you for that . Good luck .

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  14. Wow, you've been making some lovely things, and it all looks delicious as well as healthy. I try and cut out snacks and sweet things when I need to lose weight. After a couple of weeks I don't even think about it any more, but I do struggle to get started! CJ xx

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  15. Well done on changing your eating habits and being able to lose some weight. I tried Weightwatchers years ago - when it was the points system - and lost the amount of weight I wanted to. Now I just try to eat sensibly though I'd like to lose a bit of weight again now. I'm a bit concerned about the promotion of sweeteners and low fat products (made to be low fat by lots of processing rather than being naturally low fat) by organisations like Weightwatchers and Slimming World - don't know that these things are really healthy. I'm beginning to think it's better to eat food as it comes naturally and control weight by eating the right amount of things that are naturally low in fat and things that are naturally high in fat (or sugar). It's just so hard to know! I often wish our bodies came with a built-in "you've had enough" meter.

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    1. Yes, I don't like their promotion of sweeteners either, and always give their own brand snack bars a very wide berth. It's personal preference I think. I refuse to think of things like greek yogurt, olive oil and avocado as undesirable as they are high in fat. It's "good" fat. I think your approach sounds very sensible indeed! x

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  16. Thank you so much for sharing this with us- everything looks delicious and as someone in a total 'what to make for tea' rut, you've inspired me to get cooking!

    Absolutely love your blog, you are so creative- it's amazing x

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  17. Well done you! You've been so inventive and clever with your meals, that's my problem - too lazy to put the effort in! Me and hubs did Slimming World years back and it worked wonders for him, I struggle with it though. He liked 'red' days and I'm more of a 'green' days kind of person. I'm in the same situation that you were in I think. Not overweight per se but the clothes are starting to get uncomfortable. I've lost a few pounds by just calorie counting but it's slow progress and I'm often falling off the wagon!

    S x

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  18. Wow what an inspiring read. I love the photos of the meals you have prepared, just shows how much you can eat as long as it's the correct food. I'm joining Slimming World next Tuesday (again) wish me luck. Look forward to reading how your dieting is going xxx

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  19. This is really interesting and pretty motivational for one slowly growing couch potato. I've never done a proper diet, only ever cut back and had smaller portions when I needed to lose weight but as I get older that gets harder and the call of cake and vanilla latte is strong. I'm liking your tips for those times when the call of sugar is strong. However I am off on holiday very soon so it will all have to wait until I get back!

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  20. Well done Gillian - it just goes to show that dieting hasn't got to be boring. I really need to do something myself, especially over the summer whilst it's easier to want to eat healthily. You've really inspired me and giving me lots of meal ideas!
    BTW, yes I do remember Light Lunch. A friend and I went to see it being recorded one afternoon on the summer between GCSEs and A Levels. How far Mel and Sue have travelled since then! x

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  21. Oh, well done you. I'm a SW target member of a couple of years now, though as you know I've recently switched to a vegan diet. I think you can makeover most recipes by substituting but must admit I don't get some of the theory behind the programme eg you can eat mashed veg but once you mash a banana or puree an apple it has syns. Bonkers. SW also have a lowest acceptable weight according to height and I'm way under mine so have to employ, ahem, unusual methods at weigh-in and I have been threatened with expulsion (oh, the shame!). I didn't miss cakes and biscuits which I completely avoided though I have reintroduced baked treats (of the vegan variety) with no effect on my weight. I'd recommend giving a wide berth to SW's baking recipes. I remember trying low fat cheesecakes and they were rank!

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    1. Yes, I wondered about those cheesecake recipes. I know that John and the kids would refuse them, and so I'd be left with one huge, inedible cheesecake...

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  22. Well done Gillian, and thank you so much for sharing your very informative post, especially the tasty looking meals. There are times when I get the heebeegeebees too when it comes to deciding what's for dinner and it is so nice to have some different suggestions to kick start the interest again. I lost 10kgs following Weight Watchers a few years back and found the regime suited me fine. At that time they gave a choice of counting calories or not, depending on lifestyle and level of discipline so I chose to be disciplined :) and was never hungry - but they didn't allow much fruit in there at all! I'm only 5'1'' so can't afford to carry extra weight - bummer! Enjoy the rest of your energy-packed-healthy week lovely, xoJoy

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  23. well done Gillian,ive just joined slimming world and oh my ,i,m worn out with having to think about planning and shopping for food,which just goes to show how lazy i,d become !!!!! i know that iff i didnt plan ,i would just eat whatever was there ,i cant believe all the food you can eat and i,m finding it hard to believe i will have lost weight next week when i get weighed ! i,m off to asda to get some dahl chickpe to make a chick dahl cake ,i made coleslaw last night and put horse radish and mixed it with fromage frais and lots of pepper and it was nice ,good luck gill xx

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  24. Sounds like you're eating some great food.
    I listened to Paul McKenna once who said that if you could spend 3 weeks concentrating on putting knife and fork down and resting between mouthfuls it is possible to train your brain into doing it automatically. I was a very fast eater so I tried it and it does work. I don't eat any where near as much as I used to.

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    1. That's really interesting, thank you for sharing that.

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  25. Hey Gillian,
    I lost about one and a half stone on SW about a year after having Olly. It was the first time that I had joined any kind of slimming club. It was the first time that I had ever felt the need to lose weight. I no longer attend a class, because my Mum moved away and I lost my babysitter!! I try to adhere to the fat club rules as much as I can. I am returning in September, when Olly goes to school because there is a morning class starting just up the road from me. And I have put on a stone of what I lost. I need the scales of shame to motivate me, I'm afraid. Your meals all look lovely. I cooked very similar meals to you, and I always enjoyed them. If I did crave chocolate, then I made it count as syns. I'm hoping that re-joining, my low sugar thing and my swimming will shift the pounds again. I hate having clothes that I can no longer wear either.
    I'm sorry to hear that your running buddy moved away. I'd run with you if you lived closer :)
    Leanne xx

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    1. I would love to go running with you! I'm quite slow...it's more jogging-while-chatting.

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  26. Loved this post :) I'm not able to make the weekly class but have just started on the Slimming World diet post holidays. I made 'crisps' with broken up lasagne sheets, with a bit salt on them they were lovely :)
    Well done on your weight loss :) Lorna x

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  27. Love this post Gillian ! I too trog on down the road to SW every Wednesday, hand over my fiver and spend the rest of the day either feeling v happy or v miffed. Your pictures are lovely and I shall definitely try some of your foodie ideas.
    Have a good weekend
    PS: Just for the record I'd choose the chocolate over the wine :)

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    1. Forgot to say today is a v happy day as I'm minus 3lbs - yay ! ( Have to be honest though that this was more from being ill and not eating for 3 day than from being particularly virtuous .)

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    2. Oh, well, good for you all the same, and I hope you are better now! x

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  28. i've been in slimming world for about 2 years now and just over a year ago I got to my target weight and by staying on the plan I've stayed on target. It is a lifestyle choice but as I always cooked from scratch anyway and love fruit and veg it wasn't too difficult, its basically healthy eating and thinking about what you eat. I love that I can eat a big plate of stuff and really enjoy it, I can even have treats.

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  29. Thank you Gillian, I've really been trying to find the motivation to shift the last of my baby weight (can you call it baby weight if said baby is 10 months old?!) and this really has given me some good ideas. You are right it is all about being organised!
    With regards your pancakes, I can highly recommend grating a pear in to the batter, skin and all, as it gives them some sweetness but is still healthy. Also I'm a massive chocolate fan but a friend recently recommended to me trying Cacao powder- wizzed up with frozen banana and milk it really gives you that chocolatey hit and a perfect mid afternoon boost! (Also nice with some soaked dates and peanut butter for a 'snickers' smoothy! However there is absolutely no substitute for a glass of wine in the evening! Ella xx

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    1. They both sound delicious, thank you Ella.

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  30. I've been doing slimming world since the end of march, and i've lost a stone and a half in total since the end of jan (started just eating better), i've just stopped going to group as i found i was only going to the weigh in session. i'm not just weighing myself at boots on a monday lunch time. your post has given me loads of ideas!!

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  31. Well done with the weight loss, what works for me is everything in moderation...I cook from scratch 95% of the time, exercise regularly, save naughties for the weekend and try to find tasty, healthy meals that everyone likes, easier said than done, but whatever works and makes you feel good, then go for it xx

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    1. Your approach is the best way, I'm sure - I just don't have enough self discipline! x

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  32. Mmm, your meals look yum! My current fad (!) is juicing! Not doing it so much to lose weight (although that IS a bonus!) but just to feel healthier and abit more energetic. Yes, I SO remember Light Lunch! "Light Lunch.....it's LIVE and it's REAL!" Fab show! Claire x

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  33. All of the meals look really delicious and it's always interesting seeing what other people choose to make and eat. Working full-time I'd struggle with the cooked breakfast and lunch dishes and there's no way I'm regularly getting up earlier than my current 6am! Leftover combinations would definitely be the way to go. x

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  34. Well that food looks delicious. I spent about 35 years on yo-yo dieting (obviously not successful long term) and then for some reason last year when I wasn't weighing myself or trying a stone dropped off! With you about the wine, I have 2 small glasses everyday ..... Without fail! Never any more (due to inability to avoid hangovers! So you've lost 12lbs? Well done. Xxx

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  35. Well done! Sounds like very lovely meals.

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  36. I need to shift some excess podge, maybe joining SW or similar might scare me off the cake if I've a weigh in looming! We were looking through old photos last night, I didn't realise how slim I used to be, while at the time I thought I was fat! And poor hubs was pining for his fuller head of hair, oh how cruel the passing of time can be to our bodies... :)

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    1. Oh I know what you mean! I look at old photos of me and think what on earth was I worried about?! I don't want to look at photos of me now in twenty years time, and regret not being happier with my appearance.

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  37. I found this really interesting and your meals look lovely. I don't like fish so some of them wouldn't work for me. I lost weight with SW a few years ago and tend to go back to it when needed. I really don't like their reliance on Mullerlight yoghurts and sweetners as I think it is better to eat something naturally sweet, just maybe a bit less. I think they can be a bit full of pseudo science which made me cross but, on the whole, I like the cook from scratch, lots of fruit and veg and balanced meals approach.

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    1. Regarding the sweeteners and pseudo science, I agree with you. And it's so odd how mashed/grated fruit has syns but fresh does not...that makes no sense to me!

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  38. Well done on finding renewed enthusiasm for cooking. I know the heart sink moment of thinking what are we going to have to eat tonight!. I often struggle for tasty things to have at lunchtime and you've given me some really good inspiration! Well done on your weight loss. It's not an easy thing to do!

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  39. This is a very timely post. Since I stopped breastfeeding several months ago the weight has slowly crept on. Nothing dramatic but everything's a wee bit too tight and so I've been on a mission to exercise and be conscious about what I eat. I haven't started a diet but I've cut out chocolates and crisps and other rubbish I nibble on. I don't eat treats daily but when I do have them I over-do it. No self-control :-) x

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