I do love my slow cooker but admittedly, I don’t use it as often as I mean to. One of my favourite dishes that I always make in the slow cooker is a stew. I’ve been fancying something a bit different to a beef and vegetable stew, so I bought a gammon joint, and then just randomly chucked loads of ingredients in to make this smoky gammon stew; it turned out lovely! Perfect for a cold winter day. It’s also completely syn free on Slimming World!
I think last week’s weigh in had to be my favourite one ever; I reached target! It took a few days for it to sink in, but I didn’t really go overboard in celebration like I might have expected to… In actual fact, I was still on plan for most of the week. I did have a Subway for lunch on the day of weigh in, but it was the first thing I’d really had off plan.
I don’t usually eat heavily on a weigh in day, but I decided that I had my target range to ‘play’ with, so it didn’t matter so much. Of course, it doesn’t mean I should do it all of the time, which I won’t; I just won’t restrict myself so much on a weigh day any more!
Last week I had fairly mixed emotions after my weigh in. On the one hand. I was happy because I had another good loss of 2lb; on the other hand, I was a little frustrated because I only had that half a pound left to reach my target. I didn’t let it put me off though; if anything, it made me just that little bit more determined! I’ve had plenty of half pound losses before, so surely I could do it this week?
I was on plan for most of the week. In fact, I guess I was on it all week. With it being Children in Need last Friday, we usually have some nibbles to watch it with but I did plan ahead and made some low syn sausage rolls, some syn free hummus to have with veg sticks, some low syn mince pies, and some of those mini cheese squares that are half a syn each.
Last week I was pretty happy with my loss of 2lb; it meant I only had 2.5lb to go until target, and I was hoping to get it this week. My head has been really in it and I was so determined to stay on plan. Honestly, some days all I wanted to do was eat chocolate and cake, and I almost caved… But I stayed strong and didn’t! I went for fruit and yogurt or fromage frais instead, maybe some Choc Shot for that chocolate hit.
I haven’t done any EESP days again this week, but I have eaten a lot more speed food than usual. Berries with my breakfast, speedy soups for lunches, and crispy kale or butternut squash chips with dinners. My syns have stayed around 10 every day, which also gives that little bit of room for anything I may have forgotten (though I’m getting pretty good at keeping a mental food and syn diary now!).
I was a bit disappointed after last week’s weigh in when I only lost half a pound. I was determined to have a loss this week so I had my game head on and vowed to plan for the week ahead. It kind of happened, as I did start writing a meal plan; but I only managed to put 3 things on it and it’s still sat on my kitchen counter. Oops.
Anyway, I did manage to stay on plan all week, even at the weekend for Bonfire Night. We went to a display but we ate before we left, so I had low syn hot dogs using my HEB, and jacket potatoes. Even a little bit of planning does help. I even managed chocolate apples by cutting an apple into thick slices then coating them in a little chocolate spread from my last Degustabox!
It’s been the first time in a few weeks that I haven’t had any EESP days before weigh in either, so I wasn’t expecting to do so good this week. Even though it’s not really made much difference previously, to be honest.
After my gain at weigh in last week I was really annoyed with myself. It’s always after I have started heading down that slippery slope though, and never during; when I could grab myself and be able to stop it. Nontheless, I started the new week feeling (kind of) positive. I was still feeling a bit low, but I decided that I would try to be more on plan. And I was, mostly.
Though, I may have gone over my syns ever so slightly a few days. And we went to a Halloween party on Saturday where I had a couple of glasses of wine and some party food. But on Sunday I was straight onto EESP and kept my syns as low as possible, like I usually do.
This weigh in is actually a whole week late, and is going live only a few hours before I get weighed again! Half term has set me right back, but better late than never, hey?!
After my last weigh in I was a bit gutted after having a maintain as I’d been on plan after my gain the week before, and I thought I might have managed to pull something back. I went away from group with best intentions to be on plan again but it didn’t really go so well, and went downhill pretty much straight away.
I was feeling quite low and all I wanted to do really was eat rubbish food. Which I did. Then we went away overnight at the beginning of half term, which also happened to be the day before weigh in. So I was just hoping for the best, and not too much of a gain.
I love my slow cooker, and especially at this time of year it comes out a lot. One of my favourite one pot meals to cook in there is a chilli. It’s usually a beef chilli but I decided to do a veggie one this time using the beans I received in my September Degustabox. I added a variety of tinned beans to make a 5 bean chilli – it’s totally syn free on Slimming World too, and makes a great EESP meal 🙂
This one is fairly hot but you could use mild chilli powder instead, or halve the amount of hot chilli powder. I love spicy food so I don’t mind the heat factor! You don’t have to use the same beans I’ve used either; whatever is available will be fine.
After my weigh in last week it was one of those weeks where I knew I had been bad, so I was happy with my small gain. I really wanted to smash that target this week though so I went away from group with a plan; a few EESP days before weigh in (again!), stay around 10 syns every day, and lots & lots of speed food. I managed to stick to that, even enjoying cake as I factored it into my days syns and just ate free and speed food for the rest of the day.
On Sunday I started my SP days and I enjoyed them again this week, as much as I miss my yogurts and pasta. The first thing I do when I get home after weigh in too, is eat a banana, ha! I used to really miss grapes too but I’m not so bothered about those any more. I seem to be getting better at posting my meals on Instagram again too.
After last week’s maintain, which I was actually very happy with, I went away from group with the mindset to make the most of what I knew was going to be a partly bad week. With my 30th birthday on the horizon, and my driving test on the same day, it was either going to be a day of double celebration, or commiseration! (It did end up being a double celebration though – yay!). We hadn’t planned anything in particular for my birthday, but we did end up with a KFC, a Chinese takeaway, and a trip to Frankie & Benny’s within a few days of each other! I also ended up with two (very tasty!) cakes, so yeah…
Other than those three meals (and cake of course!) I was actually using the “on plan when I can” method. Until I weighed myself on my home scales. And saw that I had gained around 4lb. Eek. That’s when I decided it was time to get on with EESP! I did so from Sunday up until weigh in on Tuesday evening. With planning ahead though, I actually quite enjoyed it this time around, so I’m sure I could do it weekly for one or two days if I feel I need to in the future.