Week Four : the pictures

It’s been a tough week, though I was very pleased with myself regarding the darts supper. It definitely pays not going out on an empty stomach!

Food has been more or less the same meals but on different days, with a little bit of variety in accompanying veg. I’ve upped my veg portions and managed my syns better this week, even sneaking in a Mini Magnum ice cream at 7½ syns and not going over my allowance!

Left: ginger and pineapple chicken  Right: pasta bake, carrots and green beans


Left: poached eggs and tomato on toast  Right: tuna and beetroot salad

I’ve fallen into the previous trap of eating too many grapes as they are easy to have as nibble food without syns. Although they are classed as ‘free’ they are not of the speed section in the SW bible, and are high in natural sugar which isn’t really good for the diabetes. I had a shock looking at my spreadsheet (yeah, I’ve started one for SW purchases), as I was getting through 500g of grapes every couple of days!!!!
In May, I spent over £40 on fruit. Can’t afford to do that every month, so will be looking for alternatives to nibble.

Another thing I’ve noticed is the amount of cereal I eat. Hubby quite often has a bowl sometime in the day having had porridge for breakfast. I tried it too with yoghurt and it made a nice change from cooking, however, I was getting through a box in a few days.
Now I have to measure it, and have……… wait for it………… 17 X 25g servings in a box!
That has to be cutting down on the food bill as one box will now last me a fortnight!

Left: day 1 of our 2 day chili with rice     Right: prawn and beetroot salad with 1 syn mayo.

Left: Day 2 chili
I added mushrooms and an extra
chopped tomato to the mix
and put green beans and carrots
on the top with mine

What to have in the evenings is difficult, but a lot depends on how many syns I’ve had during the day.

Right:
This was a 2 egg omelette with mushrooms
and salad, plus my treat of lighter than light
mayonnaise. I had to declare 2 syns for the oil
(1 teaspoon) as well as the one for mayo, but
other than that and the eggs being free,  it was all speed food.

Sunday we had a roast dinner. I don’t do them often, but we had some nice loin chops and I trimmed off the fat for Maggie when they were cooked and had carrots, broccoli and sprouts. It was lovely and better still only one syn for the cornflour used to make my gravy.
Final meal today before weigh in this evening was a jacket potato with tuna and vegetables, followed by a strawberry fruit salad and mint with lemon yoghurt (1 syn for mayo on spud, and 1 syn for yoghurt).

I know there are ten meal pictures here, but the poached eggs and salads weren’t all main meals, just what I had around 5pm.

So, this is the end of week four, and I am a third of the way through my Countdown package.
I am hoping for at least another pound loss at weigh in, two would be nice as it takes me down into the next stone bracket.

Note:
Do you like the way I’m plotting my progress?
Is it encouraging to anyone else trying to stick to plan or shed a few pounds?
Do you like my photos, or are they beginning to grow boring?

I did it! Not a two pound loss, but a pound and a half, making TEN POUNDS in total and into the next stone bracket. Hurrah!!!!!

Remember these?  Each ‘cloud’ represents one pound of lard.

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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7 Responses to Week Four : the pictures

  1. So pleased it’s still working. Must admit I have started dieting again.

  2. Sadje says:

    Way to go, Di! Wonderful progress

  3. I enjoy your diet posts. I’m not dieting but I’m always interested to see what other people cook/eat and your progress is interesting. For you writing about it must feel good. You’ve been doing great.

    • Thanks Kate. I’m really pleased with the way things are going at the moment, aiming for a pound a week, so anything else is a bonus. Got to think up some new dinners to photograph!

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