Friday, 17 November 2017

Recipe of the week! Week 1 SW recipe.

I decided Im going to try and make at least one SW recipe a week, or at least a new variation of one I've already tried.

So week one's recipe was SW diet coke chicken.

I've been curious about this one but was just unwilling to try it when I did SW last time, so with my new decision of trying new things I decided to make this the first one on my list.

So here it is!

I really enjoyed making this.

I stuck to the exact recipe, but you could add anything that you wanted really and so I do plan to make this again with different vegetables at some point.

It looks quite liquid while cooking.

But it reduces down towards the end to a lovely thickish sauce and it tastes delicious!!

I was reminded while cooking this, of exactly how much I enjoy cooking from scratch, if only time and life allows!

Anyhow, week ones SW recipe was a resounding success, so a big thumbs up from me for this one!! 👍

I'm looking through to choose one for week two now!

All part of the excitement of this better way of eating and it's helping to keep me focused and on plan as well.

All good stuff


Weekly weigh in. Week 1

Weekly weigh in. Week 1:

11st 0.5lb

Last week for comparison:
11st 1.5lb (starting weight)

1lb loss.

Wednesday night was my first official weigh in.

I wasn't disappointed exactly, because it's kind of the usual for me, but I had felt hopeful, that considering how good I had been and how strict on myself, that I might of had a little more of a loss that I did, so in that sense I s'pose I was a bit disappointed.

We're doing food diaries the first four weeks, so if I'm making a big mistake anywhere, she can point it out for me, so that's good.

Anyhow we will continue on. I'm still feeling very motivated, so we will see what this week brings ....

Every loss is a step forward to my goal!


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The first week.

So the first week on plan has been a mixture of good and bad for me, in the sense that I was unwell the first few days, so didn't eat properly.

Since then though, I've been right on plan and even been easy on my syns as well.

So here's a few of the meals I've enjoyed.

We've also had to take Father in law for a meal out and there wasn't much choice in the way of SW friendly meals, so I just made the best choice I could.
A spaghetti bolognese dish.
I had only had one cup of tea that day, so the rest of my hea choice covered the parmesan on it and I know the mince was steak mince, so not sure about fat content or how it was cooked.  So I put 10 syns to cover everything.

Hopefully that will keep me on plan.

So.... first weigh in tonight.
I'm half excited and half not.
Mainly because I just don't seem able to lose much at a time generally and so for the amount of effort I have to put in with my will power etc, it seems a shame not to see a bigger loss by comparison to how some people lose.
I wish I was able to do the same.

Anyhow, tonight all will be revealed!!

Let's hope for good news!!


Friday, 10 November 2017

It's official!

So on Wednesday night, 8th Nov 2017 I joined slimming world and am now an official member!! Woohoo!

I was really glad because it seems I haven't always got the right amount of syns counted for things I was eating, so hopefully now I'll have a better idea of what I'm doing.
Some of the things on the B list have changed as well, so I need to have a good check through my book and make sure I know what I'm doing.

Anyow this is a new start, so I'll write the official slimming world figures from now for my weight and will just check my BMI, body fat and body water at home for myself.
I might still add that weekly as well.
Not sure yet.

But this is it!  We're off!!

So ....

11st 1.5lb

Feeling very excited and very positive!!


Friday, 3 November 2017


On Tuesday I went with hubby for a health check at our DR surgery. 

After doing our bloods and things, she checked our weights an on working out my BMI, I was offered a referral to slimming world, which meant I get to go to a group for 12 weeks free! 
I was SO excited and was saying yes please before the nurse had even finished her sentence, haha. 

Today I got my referral information through the post from Slimming World and so I plan to attend my first group next Wednesday.
I know I should probably be quite sad and even a bit fed up or perhaps embarrassed even, that I'm so overweight that the NHS is willing to pay to send me to a slimming class, but I just don't feel that way.
I just feel really happy to have this opportunity and I can't wait to get there and get started. 

For now, while I still plan to try and be sensible until I go, I won't be sticking with the plan or weighing myself on Monday, but once I go on Wednesday and get weighed etc there, I will restart on here again from that time. 

So, it's just a temporary break for a few days and then I'll be back on Wednesday. 

Until then, keep strong, keep focused.


Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Weekly weigh in, # 2

I've been really good this week and have upped my water intake and I really do feel different so I was quite excited to weigh in this morning.

However, after weigh in, it's fair to say I was somewhat less than excited sadly.

Weekly weigh in, # 2

11st 0lb 2oz (154lb, 70.76kg)


Body fat

Body water

Last week for comparision:

11st 0lb 8oz (154lb, 70.76kg)


Body fat

Body water

So 6oz loss!!
After all the effort I put in last week I felt really let down.
I just couldn't believe it because I actually felt really different.
So why?

All I could think of was that maybe the tuna mayonnaise jacket potato was still catching up with me or maybe it's just that my old bod just doesn't lose much now, I don't know, but the scales didn't reflect how I felt at any rate, that much was sure.

So after awhile I decided to check my measurements and see if that told a different story.
When I started the plan I measured myself all over, which I've never really done before but this time I decided I would re-measure and compare once a month in the hopes, that too would give me a boost.

Well, it's not a month yet but I definitely needed a boost, so I whipped the old tape measure back out and thankfully it did the trick and made me feel much better.

I might not have lost much weight wise, but I was happy to see a difference of either an inch or half an inch on each part by comparison to my previous measurements.


Keep focused, we mustn't give up, got to stick with it and remember, every little loss, each ounce, is a step, albeit a very small one, in the right direction.


Saturday, 28 October 2017

The wisdom of Water.

I knew it was good for you to drink water but never really gave it much more thought, however after researching into water and water retention, I'm seeing it in a whole new light.

Water helps convert our fat into useable energy, but if we aren't drinking enough, then our kidneys get overwhelmed with concentrated fluids and that then makes our liver have to do extra work.

Our liver should be working hard to turn our body fat into useable energy but if it has to go help out kidneys, then that extra fat is just held onto because the liver is too busy doing the job that the kidneys would have been doing, had they had enough water!

Now here comes the water retention bit ...
Because of this situation, our body then starts to retain existing water to reuse, almost like it were in a famine situation and this is what causes water retention and bloating.

So the best way to get rid of this and return our bodies back to normal service, so to speak, is to give it that water it craves.

Apparently once we start to do that we'll find we get thirsty more often and this then starts to kick our body into a more healthy cycle of water hydration, but once we start to slack off, our body will go back to the water retaining mode and the whole bad cycle starts again.

So it's down to us and really, considering the way water affects our health generally, it's something we really need to get good at.

Water lubricates our joints and organs, it maintains our muscle tone, keeps our skin elastic and helps soften it, it regulates body temperature, filters out impurities, helps our brain function and transports nutrients to and from our cells.

What an amazing resource!!

I've fallen short on my 2ltr goal at times but I'm definitely going to make a better effort from now on. Apparently, it's best to sip it through the day rather than just chucking a big amount down your neck in one go.
That only results in a desperate dash to the toilet, but sipping often throughout the day is best for the body.
You can tell it's working well if you notice your urine being consistently light coloured, apart from the first one of the day of course.

Here's a brief look at how my water consumption has been.
I'm going to see if I can improve this from now and hopefully that should help my weight loss as well.

So, now we know just how important water is to our health and we have every reason to start raising our glasses to more weight loss successes!

Cheers everyone!