Saturday Swapit #2

Hello and welcome.
Hopefully here on Saturday Swapit readers will share their dieting experiences and offer some tips to keep those unwanted pounds off, or at least the existing ones in control.
To me what is most important to remember is that everyone is different, and what works for one, won’t necessary work for another. All too often we get despondent because our progress isn’t as good as our friend’s, or we don’t conform to the dreaded tick list of what is ‘right’ (according to whom I ask myself).


I am not, nor do I claim to be, a professional dietician or nutritionist. Anyone who wants or needs to lose serious weight should consult a medical professional or GP. This is not a diet programme.
Melanie threw her hat in the ring last week and came up with some good stuff.
Check her post out here.

She’s right about drinking plenty of water and keeping hydrated. It helps your digestive system and can also make you feel fuller. The easiest way to check if you’re adequately hydrated is by the colour of your wee! Bear in mind morning samples are usually darker.
Carol Anne also joined in going back on the SW plan (which I’m on) determined to lose the one and a half pounds she’d put on over Christmas.

Tips for this week from me:
When you’ve prepared your meal, have you sometimes found it’s a little too much but rather than waste it, put it on your plate anyway?
I’ve mentioned over the years about our two day chili, but now we seem to be having a 2 day spaghetti bolognese too. My ingredients are the same, about 200g of lean minced beef (5% fat), an onion, garlic clove and tin of chopped tomatoes, plus the spaghetti pasta in another pan. I now find that this is enough for four meals, so the following day we have jacket potatoes or for me, pasta twists or quills. Saves on the food budget as well as the syn count (which is actually zero as the mince and pasta are free foods and tomatoes, garlic and onions are speed food. If you grate cheese on the top, that counts as syns or if 30g, one of your 2 allowed A options).
My tip is to put a little less on your plate on day one and have the rest on day 2 with extra veggies, rice or pasta depending what it is. This is a double winner because on day 2 you don’t have to fret about what to cook for dinner.

A familiar ‘slip’ is giving in to a craving for something sweet or savoury that’s not on the list. It’s OK as long as you don’t make it a habit and give in every day, so try not to beat yourself up about it. We’re only human after all.
I’m trying hard to lose that pound to hit my target smack in the eye tomorrow but I’ve had the munchies for the latter part of the week which has not helped. Keeping out of the kitchen other than getting meals has therefore had to be the order of the day.
I’ve made sure there is plenty of fruit in the fruit bowl, and I also keep fruit in the fridge so if I fancy a nibble, I’ll have some grapes or raspberries. You can do the same with carrot, cucumber and/or celery sticks. I’m not a fan of celery myself but if you like it, why not?

Over to you now readers.
Have you had a good week?
Any suggestions for keeping the munchies at bay?
Any recipes you’d like to share?

If you’d like to join in, create a post and pingback to this one, then leave a link in the comments for others to share.


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! 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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13 Responses to Saturday Swapit #2

  1. murisopsis says:

    I have to second the idea of smaller portions! I bought lunch plates that we use all the time. We rarely use the dinner plates. A smaller portion looks bigger on the little plate and helps limit the size of the helping…

  2. willowdot21 says:

    It’s always great to share with others and know that you are not alone.💜

    • That’s one of the hardest bits, though it’s upsetting when people find it funny when someone is on a diet and joke at their expense rather than be supportive. I’ve come across a lot of folk like that in my time.

      • willowdot21 says:

        I have and I have noticed that when ever I had success there’s always someone there to tell you how gaunt or I’ll your looking they are jealous aren’t they 💜. I have been up and down most of my life. I was a fat child and teased a lot especially at school…it made me very ill in my teens and twenties!

      • I wasn’t a fat kid but at grammar school one teacher was always going on about my weight and I lost all my confidence. What followed was years of fad diets with some success, but once I got married, the weight piled on. I levelled off for a bit, but it’s always been a fight and in 1999-2001 tipped the scales at 18 and a half stone. Nothing I tried then worked and my system was snafu’d. Roll on to 2016 and free membership to SW for three months and the rest is history.

      • willowdot21 says:

        I can empathize with all that ! I have been 10st plus at my heaviest, now I hover between 7/7 and 7/5 but I am only 4ft 10inches. But I have had struggles !!

  3. Paula Light says:

    Portion control is everything in my world. I don’t deny myself much, but I take small amounts, sometimes just a taste. And there’s always tomorrow ~ everything doesn’t have to be consumed today!

  4. Thanks for the nod. My day has been …. complicated…. so sorry this post didn’t air sooner:

  5. What a great idea for a prompt 👏

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