Dear Food Diary

After having a mammoth session on my blog (sorry, I got a bit carried away earlier), I have spent most of the afternoon going through the SW literature with a hi-lighter.
Several things have changed, including some weights and syn values, but the biggest is that we are allowed 2 A options (calcium rich) and one B (fibre, minerals and other nutrients) as healthy extras.
Having one of each before wasn’t too bad once you got into the swing of things, but if I wanted cheese, I either had to syn it, or syn my milk. However, two A option are a choice of different milks and a choice of different cheeses, and I’m not one for having cheese every day anyway.
Never mind, it’s a minor detail.

I have an official diary for my first 6 weeks, where I record my meals, then for the first four weeks as well, I have to complete a sheet listing speed foods, free foods, healthy extras and syns. The latter is familiar.
I am also keeping my own food diary as usual.
I’m glad I stocked up with pens and pencils, as I honestly can’t remember there being that much writing down before! Still, that is part of why it works, because it makes you aware of what you’re eating.

My A options today were 350ml skimmed milk and 30g cheddar cheese, and as my preferred cereal isn’t listed as a B option, I carefully weighed 25g for 4½ syns, and had 60g of dried apricots instead plus blueberries raspberries and half a banana for breakfast.

Above: main meal of pasta bake.
This was actually entirely free as 30g of grated cheese is perfect for topping an individual dish this size, and the mix was 2 tomatoes, 1 large mushroom, green beans, an onion, garlic and a stock cube on top of my pasta.
Stock cubes are free, but (as Colin pointed out a few posts ago) high in salt , one being the equivalent of 4.2g of the 6g adult recommendation.

Above was my final meal of the day, a two egg omelette with a carrot, green beans and mushroom steamed in the microwave with a little rosemary, plus four cherry tomatoes.
Again, all free.
To satisfy my sweet tooth, I put together some raspberries and blueberries with half a banana and some yoghurt.
The yoghurt I like, although fat free, is 1 syn for 175g, so today I have only had 5½ syns which must be a record for me as I can have 15 in total and last time found it very difficult to keep to.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to post everything I have and bore you every day!

Note:
These are my efforts at weight loss and as with anyone trying to lose weight, professional advice should be sought.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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14 Responses to Dear Food Diary

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    You are off to an excellent start!

    • I hope I feel this confident as time progresses.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        You will.

      • Bless you, thanks.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        I’m on a lifelong diet. I know what a struggle it is. You have to stay positive, especially on those weeks when you don’t lose or lose less than you hoped. Slow and steady wins the race. You’re eating healthier and that’s the real prize here.

      • I learned a lot about food when I attended SW before. I had the right idea, but not the right ratios and our eating habits definitely changed for the better.
        Hubby is nearly always hungry, but eats little and often whereas I prefer three meals a day. Like everything else, it’s all a question of balance and our best plan of attack is not to buy biscuits, chocolate, ice cream, sweets etc in the first place!
        If the weight comes off slowly, it usually stays off , but it can indeed be soul destroying. If I lose a couple of pounds in my first week, I shall be well pleased.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        Stick with it and it will work.

    • The first day always starts with good intentions. My plans for breakfast were scuppered this morning as the ‘ripen at home in 2 to 5 days’ bananas were still rock hard after 10, so they’ve gone in the bin., and I’ve had to rethink my day’s menu to account for the syns I’ve had at breakfast with my cereal. No wedges for me then!

  2. Sadje says:

    Great start.

  3. What a start! 🙏🏼

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