Change of tactics required maybe?

I got on the scales this morning and felt like crying. No matter which way I had them set or jiggled on them, they are going in the wrong direction.
I know it’s not Monday, but I had hoped to see a small loss, even if only a few ounces.
But No. Not yet.

Yesterday, I made a chicken curry, and I have to confess it was one of the nicest I’d done.
I added mushrooms this time as they were the last of a bargain 500g pack I got for 20p on Monday.
As it turned out, I made enough for three meals, so Hubby had the leftovers today.
Now what, I thought, could I do for me? I’d used the last of our tomatoes a little while ago, and thought about the prawns I had in the freezer that I’d treated myself to in October.
To be honest, I didn’t fancy them.

It’s market day today and we would usually get our veg for a three day stew. We went anyway and bought a small swede, single parsnip and 3 carrots as I have some surplus veg from last week in the freezer together with our onions and a couple of spuds in the veg rack.
It was no point doing that today though, and tomorrow Hubby has his hospital appointment in the afternoon, so we’re making a ‘day of it’ and will get something out.

I therefore decided to cheat and buy a ready made pasta salad meal. I opted for chicken and bacon, mainly because it was the only one they had and their other salad boxes were swimming in liquid (yuk).
According to SW, pasta is free, as is lean chicken breast. The bacon in this pack can only be described as crumbs, yet I guess that accounted for the horrendous salt and fat content.
Note these RDA figures are based on an average adult’s 2000 calorie a day intake.

Calorie wise though for the 375g pack, 368 calories is not bad.
Sure it had some kind of mayo dressing on it which was probably included in the fat figure (I buy a lighter than light mayo at 1 syn per tablespoon), but the salad itself was mostly shredded carrot (a good 60% but luckily I like that), a few tiny cubes of cucumber (tends to give me indigestion, so this was OK too), half a dozen or so bits of sweetcorn, and about 30% iceberg lettuce.
That was it. No tomato, no radishes, no onion.
It was OK though and I enjoyed it, which is more than can be said for the diet crackers and 2 low fat cheese triangles I had last night.

Stew will be on the menu over the weekend. I’ve just got to think of something I don’t have to cook and can enjoy as my third meal that won’t blow the syn budget.

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10 Responses to Change of tactics required maybe?

  1. Maybe you have some water retention going on.

    • Something’s going on Kate (excuse pun) and I’m drinking plenty. I’ve been feeling tired and drained since this cold, so wondering if that’s something to do with it. I’ll keep plugging away………

  2. I have been eatIng a lot deli foods recently. I have found cottage cheese, yogurt, apple sauce and eggs are all easy on my stomach. I gain weight when I’m eating and loses it when my stomach is acting up. Enjoy your outside meals.

    • Thanks Bettylouise. We’ll have just one meal out which will make a pleasant change

      • My caregiver took me shopping this. Almost weekly I am amaze of new products and also repackaging of old favorites. Found large size packages this morning mixed carrots, broccoli and cauliflower just what you needed for stew. I know that they are more expensive that way but when you know longer can do much cooking it is a plus. Found several in single serving of cereals even GF. They even had a tote bag of a Thanksgiving dinner for one or two persons. Every thing you need for the special meal. Our Thanksgiving is early this year and next Thursday. It is often a 4 day Holiday for many. Football week Our TV will be set for all the games.

      • Our market is very good for fresh fruit and veg. A stew will last us three days, which is a cheap meal for the two of us for an outlay of about £3. I love broccoli and do a nice cualiflower cheese, but have never put either in a stew, concentrating more on root veg. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

      • I like to use this mix as I can put it in my crook pot and they can cook all with my meat a d white sauce and I have two or 3 meals all ready to cook. The cost was about $9.

      • It’s s good way to do it. I use a pressure cooker.

  3. Er, as a veteran in the diet ‘wars’, I can say that you should NOT get discouraged, nor feel glum that the scales tipped up instead of down today. A tip? Don’t weigh until you HAVE to weigh…you’ll see these ups and downs and it can be frustrating to have eaten ‘properly’ and then see a plus sign in the numbers. And any prepackaged food – salad, pre-prep meals etc are usually not a great choice, but I’ve always been stymied as to what one does when time and diet conflict and one doesn’t have the time to prepare fresh for themselves. Good luck to you! I BET on Monday you’ll see the loss you want.

    • Thanks Melanie. Diets and me go WAAAAY back, and I usually only weigh myself once a week, purely because of daily fluctuations and how my bodily functions are! I’m keeping hydrated though, and eating sensibly, but too many salads, freshy made or not, don’t work for me anyway as I retain the water (bummer!!) I’m not looking for a fast loss and a pound or two a month would be great as I know it will stay off then.
      We’ll see what Monday brings, cos I ain’t givin’ up!
      Thanks for your supportive comment.

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