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.