Time for a change of menu

I was speaking to a neighbour yesterday who also attends SW but goes to the local Wednesday meeting whereas I go on Mondays.
She’s a great character, but finding it difficult, especially as she has a sweet tooth that knocks mine into next week!
Her weight is yo-yoing, three weeks ago she lost three pounds, only to put on 2 the following week and another 4 this week. In the two years we’ve been here (well almost) I think she’s managed to lose half a stone.  She joined the opposition in the hope that it was just the method thwarting her efforts, but found theirs even more restrictive and complicated to keep track of, so she went back to SW. Her mobility isn’t good though so it’s not like she can go for longish walks like we do which also isn’t helping her.
Like me, she enjoys her food, but they have their main meal in the evening whereas we have ours between midday and 2pm depending on what we’re doing, where we are, and what we fancy.

She’s pleased for me that I’ve done so well and asked if I could help motivate her. She’s bored with food, but as I said her sweet tooth is her Achilles heel and she cannot resist the BOGOF or 2 for £1 offers in the sweets aisle.
Her husband jokingly said that if he checked her mobility scooter bags where she’d been shopping on the way back from SW (affectionately referred to as Fat Club here), he’d probably find a stash of forbidden goodies. She went as pink as the strawberry bon-bons she currently has a passion for as they are on special up the road at 2 bags for £1 and they aren’t the size of your individual party bags.

A little while ago, her attention was devoted to wine gums, and she would eat an entire packet in one sitting…………… as you well can when you’re engrossed in watching TV or reading a decent book. We did it with shortbread biscuits and demolished a double tier tin watching Rambo IV. Our only saving grace was that the tin was only 6 inches in diameter, the baby one of the standard Christmas fayre variety.
If I buy wine gums, I have one of each colour as they are one syn each, so that’s a maximum of 6 (red, black, green, orange, yellow and sometimes white). Fruit pastilles are also one, as are liquorice allsorts, jelly babies, fruit jellies, marshmallows and a shop brand strawberry bon bon. The ‘brand’ stuff attracts an extra half a sin each for most including her bon bons, though toffees are 2½, with turkish delight 3 as is a single fudge square.
With only 15 syns to play with every day, it can be a very fine balancing act depending on what you want, what you fancy, and what you can actually have if you stay on plan.

I promised to jot down the main meals we have (I did 14 days) and some of my recipes to see if that would tempt her appetite and give her some sweet stuff without so many syns.
I popped 5 pages through her door this morning which included my curry sauce and the ginger and pineapple one I do for sweet and sour (she uses a jar so hopefully mine will cut down the syn value).

I’ve also given her the recipe for our 2 day chili and my tomato pasta with variants.

Of course these are with our size meals in mind, and I don’t quite know what their appetites are like, so maybe it will help with portion control as they are quite filling.
She’s sent me a text in thanks and says she’s going to give them a go.
We shall see how she does.

We had vegetable stew today as we were both fed up with our usual menu!  This will last us 3 days, so no need for me to have to think about meals again until Sunday!

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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! In November 2020, we lost our beloved 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. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. 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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11 Responses to Time for a change of menu

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    Your neighbour reminds me of my mom. She had candy stashed in all her drawers, even with her undies LOL.

  2. Sadje says:

    You’re a great planner. The stew looks good. I have a tough time planning and thinking what to eat next day!

  3. I used to watch the TV series “The Sopranos”. During one of the seasons, the focus was on one of the gangsters and his extremely obese wife. The guy wasn’t a tiny man either, but was muscled and more fit than his wife. He would make excuses for her all the time, citing her (probably true) ‘glandular problem” (i.e. thyroid issue) and the fact that she was a faithful member of Weight Watchers and had been for years, but with little success really. Thus the thinking the cause was her wonky thyroid. Well one day he went to the basement of their home and happened to open a big trunk down there and found it literally full of candy wrappers, Hostess boxes (Twinkies, cupcakes and so forth) and all sorts of sweeties. He confronted his wife, who broke down sobbing because she could not break her addiction to those type of foods. So even in ‘pretend TV land’ that issue of the uncontrollable sweet tooth is examined. I have always had a similar problem, but found, over years of trying to lose weight and failing, that if I indulge the craving with a small amount of the desired food, I usually will be satisfied and not binge on it later. If I deny myself, binge city. I’m currently at the lowest weight I’ve seen since high school. And it bounces up and down, just like your neighbor’s does. I’m glad you’re there for her to provide support and to show her a better and more healthy diet for life, because that’s what it comes down to – a permanent lifestyle change. It’s tough. Good for you!!

    • Thanks Melanie. I can only try and if it works for her, then great! If I try a new recipe and it works, I’ll pass it on.
      Like you, if I have a little of what I fancy to stop the craving (apart from cheesecake sigh), it’s usually enough to stop a binge.

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