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