It will soon be summer and some people will be heading off on holidays, whether abroad or at home, most will have some sort of break. For me, our first ‘holiday’ of 2019 was last week – hence no new posts from me during the week.
We went to Butlins in Skegness. Nothing relaxing and warm, but our eldest was off school with Half Term, so we took the opportunity to take the kids away for a week. Butlins is very much for the kids on these breaks. What they don’t tell you is that the adults need a break to get over this break! I’m knackered and so is the wife.
We included dining in our package, which meant we could use the onsite restaurant for Breakfast and our Evening Meal, only left fending for Lunch ourselves. There are places on the site like Burger King, a Fish ‘n’ Chips restaurant, Pizza restaurant and a couple of ‘pubs’. Nothing really suiting for someone trying to lose weight, nor keep an eye on the pennies.
I’m not one to go mad for Valentines Day. I don’t believe in the 8 years of being with my wife that we have ever gone out on or around Valentines Day. I don’t see the point in paying more for something because of the date. Not only that, but everywhere starts taking bookings from what seems June, so it must get busy early on.
Trying to lose weight also adds a challenge to Valentines Day. People seem to go mad with food on this day. Whether it’s chocolate or a meal out, it’s hardly the healthiest day of the year. This is also another reason why I prefer to eat at home instead of going out on this night.
Now, with wifey also being on plan at the moment with Slimming World. I couldn’t just go out and buy her a Milk Tray or something. As much as I would have loved to as I would have shared it, I couldn’t do it to her, not with how well she’s doing with her weight loss at the moment.
Usually, after a Wednesday weigh in, I reflect on the last week. I am still doing that here, but not for me. I’m not the only person on this wonderful journey to lose weight. There are two of us in our house. Yes, my wonderful
better other half is also losing weight well too.
Like me, my wife has done Slimming World time after time, even became a consultant and had her own group for a while. I bet if we asked her, she’d say being a Slimming World consultant was the best job she’s had. You could tell when running the groups, she loved it.
I speak of her being a Slimming World consultant in the past tense, as it was before child number 2 came on the scene and before we moved to be closer to my family. I’ll admit I got roped in by choice. I helped with some of the admin sides of the job and made some of the advertising posters for her. I even helped walking the miles posting leaflets through 1000’s of doors around the area.
So today we’ll talk about that Chinese Takeaway. A little while ago, wifey really wanted to make a Chinese Fakeaway buffet. We had planned the Saturday night originally, but that went out the window when the little one had a funny turn. Sitting in the hospital to see a doc to get discharged with no issue was done instead.
So on the Monday she went all out and made the best Chinese Fakeaway I’ve had. Best of all it was all on plan with Slimming World.
Now depending on your tastes, there are different dishes which everyone loves. If we ever have a takeaway or eat at a Chinese restaurant, we always have a mix of different things and share between us – just what we do. I know some people (like my lil’ brother) will just order they like and have that.
These last couple of days have been huge for me motivation wise. Losing weight can be a horrendous journey. You have good weeks and you have bad weeks. On the bad weeks, you have to remember why you’re doing this and look back at what keeps you going.
After feeling left wanting last week with my single pound lost, I wanted more this week. More importantly, I wanted that 2 and a half stone award. I started the week like nothing was going to stop me. I was not going to be disappointed again, not when I’m so close to that next award.
The week has been rather topsy turvy though. Albeit starting out well Through Thursday and Friday, the weekend came and left most of us in the family with a stomach bug. It was Tuesday again before we all started to feel normal again. But after a spout of illness like that, I usually turn to comfort food when I get my appetite back.
Plenty of people have heard of Nando’s, that chicken restaurant that sells, well, chicken. Chicken can come plain, it can come a little spicey, a medium spicy and very spicy. However, you like your chicken chances are you’ll find it served like that at Nando’s.
Being on Slimming World, Nando’s is a great place to go for something to eat and keep to plan. If you have chicken with a side salad and corn on the cob it’s free of syns (as long as you remove the skin from the chicken). There aren’t many places you can eat out for so little syns.
Someone asked me not long ago how I made Onion Bhaji’s previously, so I thought I’d share as these little treats are completely syn free on Slimming World and they can be used to supplement a curry (or other meal) as well as a little snack.
I first made these when making my first ever curry from scratch. I was feeling adventurous in the kitchen at the time, but I’ve not made these anywhere near enough – think I might have to again this weekend.