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Putting It Behind Me

If I cast myself to this time last week I was buzzing.  I had lost weight for 3 weeks running and was starting to make a nice little run of decent weight losses.  I’d lost 11 lbs in 3 weeks and was feeling good about myself.  Not only had I had a good run of results, but I was 2 lbs off that next award, 2 stones.

This week went to pot from the start though.  As I posted yesterday Halloween was not good for me.  Yes, I’ve literally taken sweets from my daughter and you can judge all you want.  But the fact is I am as big as I am because of bad habits with food that I have allowed to run me for years.  Now bad habits don’t just stop overnight.  I’ve tried and failed multiple times to lose weight, but in reality, the habits keep winning.  I’m not the only person who feels like this, there are lots of overweight people in the world likely feeling exactly as I do (yes, that is an assumption).

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Halloween Is Too Sweet

I hate Halloween, not because kids are out asking “trick or treat”, not because people go mad for spooky decorations and costumes and not because it’s just a money making scheme that companies rope you into buying stuff you don’t really need.  I hate it because the kids always come back with loads of sweets (not good for me).

I have a sweet tooth, I love a bit of chocolate or some Haribo or something here and there.  My daughter being 4 years old went trick or treating with mummy and nanny this year.  She loved it, she dressed as a witch with the face paint on and everything – she thought it was ace and I likely would at her age too.  OK, me and the wife probably hyped her up a bit this year leading up to Halloween, but my daughter getting as excited as she did was well worth it.  I think this year is the first year she has fully understood the whole trick or treat thing and was looking forward to it.

Since Wednesday last week I have been fighting with myself every day – quite often loosing too.  My daughter had a rather large bag (almost the size of a 5p carrier bag) full of sweets and chocolate.  I mean some houses on our estate went to town this year and gave little goody bags themselves instead of take 1 sweet from a bowl.  It has been hell for me – and will probably be worse when my daughter eventually realises I’ve eaten half of her goodies (if she notices at all).

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The thing for me is I didn’t just have a couple of little bits Wednesday night, it was then all day Thursday and Friday, all weekend and then Monday evening.  That bag is in the house and I know it, even if I put it away in the cupboard I am drawn back to it again.  It is horrible knowing that half the time I’m saying to myself “you don’t need it, just grab a glass of water or squash instead”.  The other half of the time I’m thinking “what the hell, they’ll be gone sooner if I eat them”.  It’s safe to say I’ve not been on plan this week ready for Wednesday weigh night.

I’m prepared to deal with the damage from this weeks weigh in tomorrow evening, but what I can’t handle is the guilt… the regret… the “why did I do it” that comes following the damage.  That’s what kills me and has previously sent me into a string of weeks where I’ve lost control.

I’ve not gained full control this week at all, most meals have been on plan but the snacking certainly hasn’t.  All I can do is forget about this last week and push on into next week with the ambition of getting that 2 stone award (likely I won’t get it this week).

Can You Be Happy And Sad At The Same Time?

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Yesterday was Wednesday, which in turn means last night was weigh night.  We know I dread weighing in, the though those numbers go up instead of down compared to last week can drain me sometimes.  This week I tried to be optimistic.  The wife said she was dreading getting weighed and would paddy if she hadn’t lost what she wanted.  I had to ignore her (in the nicest way possible).  I didn’t want to worry about the weigh-in this week.

We managed to get to group a little earlier than usual this week.  We were crowning Mr Sleek and Miss Slinky so is was TASTER night.  I love taster nights, we get to eat while at group, some people take good low syn things in, some people take high syn snacks and treats.  We contributed some Deviled Eggs – a very easy thing to make, eggs, chilli powder and some red pepper for horns – I can share that in a recipe post some time.

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My Deviled Eggs

Anyway, we joined the queue, checked in and paid our weekly fee and went to weigh.  I did my usual wallet, keys, watch etc on the table, shoes off and climbed on the scales.  Much to my dismay I didn’t loose what I needed to get my 2 stone certificate.  I was a little disheartened by that, but on the bright side I’d lost and I am now down into the next stone bracket with my weight.  Past every cloud there is sunshine and all that.

Still I lost 2.5 lbs this week, which means I’m now 2 lbs away from obtaining my 2 stone certificate and shiny sticker.  Next week it will be mine and I can add some more paper to the side of the fridge at home.

My journey so far

Week: 26
Weight Lost: 1 Stone 12 lbs
To Club 10: 7.5 lbs

Recipe: Low Syn Coronation Chicken

One of my all time sandwich filler and jacket potato filling is Coronation Chicken.  The mild curry taste just has its own place on a sandwich or as a jacket potato filler.

Being a Slimming World member, I would have to syn any pre-made Coronation Chicken fillings.  This can range from 2 syns per tablespoon to 27 syns for a pot.  When you only have so many syns to use per day you start to look to create low-syn alternatives.

I thought about Coronation Chicken and it’s basically curried powder and yogurt right?  That’s all it seems to me, so I set off to experiment.  In the end, I add Curry Powder, Cinnamon, and Turmeric to yogurt and lighter than light mayonnaise to create the mixture.

Light, tasty and low syn – win win win!
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It’s The Little Wins That Matter

Anyone who is on some sort of diet to loose weight will know that it is the little things that can really let you down.  A little bite of a cake you’ve the kids here, a little nibble of the biscuit the kids left.  It all adds up and before you know it you’ve ruined your week, potentially without consciously knowing it.

I’ve been quiet on my blog this last weekend as it’s been a busy weekend for me.  Not only has it been a busy week on call with work, but I’ve had a 50th Birthday Lunch to attend and a family BBQ yesterday (yes it was cold, but most of us sat inside while those cooking were outside).  There was temptation everywhere over the weekend and I’d like to think I came out on top with my will power this time.

Saturday we went to a nice pub/restaurant that has always served nice food.  Their pies and burgers are immense, but I stayed away from them.  Usually looking at a menu the first thing I look at is the burgers, especially when I know they’re nice.  I love a good burger and when I get a chance I usually go for one without even thinking about it.  This weekend though I didn’t even check them out on the menu.  I knew I had to stay on plan and stay on plan is exactly what I did.

I checked up and down the menu and went for the Gammon Steak.  It come with Chips etc, but I asked the nice lady who took our order if I could swap them for New Potatoes and Veg.  This way I’d only need to allow a few Slimming World Syns for the oil the Gammon was cooked in – which isn’t a great deal to be honest.  The Veg and Potatoes had no oil or butter anywhere near them so I was completely safe with them.  After ordering I was proud of myself, I was able to deny my stomach wanting something off plan – mind over matter they say.  The meal came a little later and it was beautiful.  The nicest New Potatoes I’ve had on a meal out before and the Gammon was spot on, only a tiny bit of fat around the outside which I removed (I don’t do fat on meat, even when not on plan).

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Sunday I knew would be danger for me at the BBQ.  I’m a sucker for burgers as we know, but there is always little nibbly things like crisps and nuts at these occasions and I always take a few here and there without even noticing it – it’s just something that I’ve always done.  But this time I was determined to be prepared.  If you read one of my previous posts Fail To Prepare, Prepare To Fail you will know I had a couple of Slimming World frozen meals left over that were meant to be used the previous weekend.  Well they came in handy this time.  I took them with me this time and remembered them.  Plan was I would have one and wifey have the other.

By the time we got to the BBQ, I got called to log on for work again (perks of working in IT means I can log on anywhere as long as there is WiFi).  This was a blessing in disguise as it kept me away from any food that was out.  While I was working, wifey sorted my Slimming World meal, Vegetable Biryani.  Eating this and not the BBQ food kept me on plan.  We shortly left after I finished working, so there was no time to be tempted by the BBQ food at all.  This meant I was able to stay on plan all weekend.

Now the next few days will be challenging until weigh night on Wednesday.  My 9 month old has chicken pox so I’m working from home, with the big fridge and cupboard of temptation.  To be honest, we don’t have that much stuff that is off plan, it’s mainly the kids stuff – but it’s there and easily accessible.  I’m just going to have to play it bit by bit and just make sure each little decision is a win.  After all, it’s the little wins that make that matter.

Better Night Than Expected

Last night was Wednesday night and Wednesday night means weigh night for me.  It’s that time of week my mum comes to baby sit while I go stand on a set of scales and talk about food and weight loss.  Yes Wednesday night is Slimming World night.

This past week hasn’t been a bad week food wise.  I’ve been on plan most of the week with the curve ball of Saturday evening thrown into the mix.  I was determined not to let Saturday Evening destroy my week when usually, after something like that, it would.  In the past when I’ve not made the best decision at the time I often gt lead astray for the rest of the week and before I know it I’ve destroyed a week of slimming.

This week was different.  I was more determined than I’ve been for a number of weeks.  After a few weeks of gains I lost 3 lbs last week and I aimed for that again.  Often when I set a mini target of more than 2 lbs for the week I end up gaining, but not this week, this week was different and I felt a lot better about it and the decisions I’ve made.

I often battle with myself, I have my right shoulder which says be good, follow the plan.  I have the left shoulder which tells me I want to eat that rubbish, who cares about regret when it tastes that good.  Well this week the left shoulder only one the once and it was for only one meal, not one day.  It’s put a spring in my step when I think about that changes I’ve conquered this week mentally.  I often have to look to others like my wife and friends to try and put me off spurring out of control.  But this week I felt more in control of my own feelings and my own week.

I still wasn’t looking forward to the scales last night though.  Although I knew I’d done what I could this week to loose, I was still worrying about that mini target.  It’s a routine I go through every single week.  The feeling in my stomach of “have I let myself down again”.  All that went though my mind was Saturday night and that takeaway.  I kept thinking “regardless of getting back on track, I’m still going to gain”.  It’s a mindset which I imagine a lot of people trying to loose weight have.

The scales loomed and I gave the weigh lady my member card and bible (the book that guides on how the whole Slimming World plan works and keeps track of my weight every week).  The scales bleeped as they do every week to indicate they’re ready to weigh me.  I stepped on knowing my weight from last week.  The numbers on the displayed steady then flashed – it had taken my weight.

Now at this moment I looked at the numbers, I knew I had last straight away, but for a moment couldn’t work out how much.  That feeling of uncertainty in the pit of my stomach disappeared.  I just wanted to jump up and down, I’d done it despite the little hurdle at the weekend.  I took a sneak peak at the tablet on the table and it showed I’d lost 5.5 lbs – that’s the equivalent of 5 iPads, or 50 darts.

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I took my card and my bible back to my seat while the wife got weighed, she always makes me go first.  As I was walking back to my seat for IMAGE Therapy, I kept thinking “that must be Slimmer of the Week”.  I lost a for bit this week in 7 days, but in my Slimming World group it’s not guaranteed to be Slimmer of the Week.  We regularly have losses of up to 10 lbs in our group recently.

Group went on as usual with the laughter and joy as it always does (one of the reasons I stay).  All the way through I was listening to see if anyone lost more than me.  Then there was one person, the wife!  She’d lost 6 lbs this week (which is AMAZING!).  I then felt lost, like that one thing I wanted (a sticker and certificate) had just been snapped away from me in an instant.  I wasn’t happy.  But, come the end of the group our consultant announced me as the Slimmer of the Week.  It took a moment to work out why when my wife had lost more, but then it occurred to me, you have to have lost or maintained the previous week to qualify, this is where I won.  As horrible as it sounds that I was over joyed to beat the wife to Slimmer of the Week by the fact she had a small gain last week, she did an amazing job this week, just as I realise I did too.

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The moral of the story, a bad meal doesn’t make a bad week if you don’t let it.  Have that bad meal if you really need it but get straight back on it for the meal after.