My Journey: 4th Weigh In

Well this week I am delighted for a few reasons;

  • I lost 1.5 lbs
  • I got my Stone Award
  • This site got a shout out!

I could have lost more this week, but I was aiming for half a pound because that would get me the stone award so am happy enough, especially since I managed to squeeze in an Indian and some Japanese during the week.

Last month my girlfriend and I decided to give up drink for a month – neither of us were particularly heavy drinkers, but we wanted to see if we could do it.  I think that helped me lose so much this month.  It will be interesting what happens to my weight loss when I have a couple of drinks now and then.

Next month we have pledged to do 30 minutes of exercise everyday, which should really help (and hopefully counteract any drinking that is done!)

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My journey: 3rd weigh in

This week I managed to lose 5lbs, which means another 0.5lbs and I will have lost a stone in a month, which would be lovely!

I didn’t do anything particularly fancy this week in order to do it, a little bit more exercise and I have had the cold which I think has halted my appetite a bit.

Having said that I have been out for food this week, to Wagamama no less! I certainly didn’t have the worst thing on the menu but I did notice my ramen soup glistening (and I am sure it wasn’t glistening with super-free goodness!).

I think it is important to have nights off every once in a while so I am not going to beat myself up about it!

I hope everyone else who is trying to shed a few pounds had a good week too! Please feel free to leave me a comment saying how you got on!


Recipe: Slimming World Crisps

My big weakness is crisps. Oh I love them sooo much! Salty, greasy crisps -yum! But since starting Slimming World I haven’t had a single crisp -something I’m very proud of because before Slimming World I’d have eaten at least one bag, if not four or five on really bad days. So I was quite happy to discover this simple recipe for low fat crisps. I wouldn’t suggest making loads and loads of these though as I’m sure at some point eating lots and lots of one cal spray crisps adds up! But as an occasion treat they are fine (and free food!).

Ingredients-

  • Potato
  • One cal spray
  1. Use a potato peeler to slice thin slices of potato.
  2. Dry the slices off with a piece of kitchen roll.
  3. Spray a plate with one cal spray.
  4. Place your slices of potato evenly over the plate, ensuring you don’t over lap pieces of potato.
  5. Spray the top of the potato with one cal spray.
  6. Microwave on full power for 5 to 6 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste -and enjoy!

Recipe: Slimming World Cake

I have seen many cakes and roulades on the Slimming World Facebook page which inspired me to make this cake, but mine is slightly different to the rest of them as I did not use Quark in my cake.

I’ve found that some people don’t seem to like Quark but this wasn’t my reason for making the cake without it, it just wasn’t for sale in my local supermarket and I really wanted cake!

This cake is super light and really much more tasty that I thought it would be before I had it.

Ingredients-

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • Fat free natural yogurt
  • 4 Laughing Cow Extra Light triangles
  • Granulated Sweetener (Aspartame)
  • Strawberries and Raspberries -either fresh or frozen (defrost first!)
  • One cal spray

For the sponge-

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (160° for fan assisted ovens)
  2. Separate your eggs into different mixing bowls -egg whites in one, yokes into another.
  3. Whisk together your yokes, the four triangles, tablespoon of baking powder, about 100mL of the yogurt and five heaped tablespoons of your sweetener.
  4. Whisk your egg whites until they are stiff and form peaks that don’t droop. Another way to tell that they are firm enough is that the beaten egg doesn’t fall off the whisk.
  5. Whisk half your egg whites into your yoke mixture.
  6. Fold in the other half of your egg whites carefully.
  7. Spray two cake pans with one cal spray. To make a roulade simply pour the mixture into a baking tray sprayed with one cal.
  8. Pour equal amounts into each cake pan.
  9. Bake in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes. You can tell when it is ready when the cake is golden brown.
  10. Let the cakes cool on a cake rack.

For the filling and topping-

  1. Take about 150mL to 200mL of yogurt.
  2. Crush 4 or 5 strawberries and raspberries and mix in with the yogurt.
  3. Mix in 2 heaped tablespoons of sweetener.
  4. When your cakes have cooled spoon half the mixture onto one of the cakes and place the other cake on top.
  5. Spoon the other half of your mixture onto the top of the cake.
  6. Slice some strawberries and place on top for decoration (and extra super free of course!)

You can have any fruit you like with this cake but I would suggest fruits that you can crush -strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, banana, kiwi etc.

I haven’t made the cake recipe that a lot of people have shared on the Slimming World Facebook page so I’m not sure whether this is nice or not compared to it but myself and my boyfriend really enjoyed it. After a while the cake gets quite moist because of the yogurt filling but I actually find this really yummy too, I’m not sure whether the Quark would do this too.


Recipe: Chicken Goujons and Chips

This dinner is like a good old freezer dinner from before I started doing Slimming World but these Goujons and chips are far tastier because they taste so fresh, rather than processed rubbish that comes from supermarket freezers.

This dinner will take you about an hour to make as long as you’re well prepared and takes very little skill to make. And remember don’t forget about your superfree foods so have lots of veggies with your meal as well. You could even just make the goujons and have them with a nice big salad.

Chicken Goujons (serves 2-4) (free)

Ingredients-

  • 8 Chicken Mini fillets or chicken breast cut into strips
  • 1 Egg
  • 60g Couscous
  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (160°C for fan assisted ovens)
  2. Put your couscous into a bowl and pour boiling water until it’s just covered and leave to the side for about five to ten minutes.
  3. Whisk your egg in a bowl.
  4. Break the couscous apart with your hand or a fork.
  5. Coat the chicken with egg and roll in the couscous.
  6. Place onto a non-stick baking tray (or as I like to do a tin foil lined tray sprayed with one cal)
  7. Cook in the oven for approximately 25 minutes turning half way through cooking.

You could try this without cooking the couscous if you like it extra crispy I found that when the cooked couscous coating was put back into the oven it left a crispy coating anyway!

Slimming World Chips (free)  

Anyone who has been to Slimming World will know these chips well by now I’m sure, but if you don’t here’s a recipe for these delicious and healthy chips!

Ingredients-

  • Potato
  • One cal spray
  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (or 160°C for fan assisted ovens)
  2. You can either peel your potatoes or leave the skin on.
  3. Chop your potatoes into “chips”.
  4. Parboil for approximately ten minutes, being careful not to over cook the potato. You want your fork to be able to go through the potato but for the potato to not be entirely cooked.
  5. Drain the water from the potato and leave in the saucepan for approximately five to ten minutes to let some of the water evaporate off -this will allow the chips to crisp up a bit better in the oven.
  6. Spray a baking tray with one cal spray and spread your potato evenly across the tray and spray the potato with one cal again, at this point you can sprinkle some salt and pepper over the potato to taste. I like using Aromat seasoning as I find it quite tasty!
  7. Cook in the oven for about half an hour turning the chips once half way through.

Et voila! Tasty, healthy chips!

Dips (free)

Chilli dip -just fat free natural yogurt and chilli flakes

Garlic dip -just fat free natural yogurt and crushed garlic and dried parsley

The garlic dip is my favourite, with plenty of garlic and parsley you really can’t taste the yogurt at all but with the chilli dip you can still taste the yogurt which may put some people off. This is great as all the ingredients are free on Slimming World!


Got a Wii? Excercise without even thinking about it!

If you have a Nintendo Wii you have probably long stopped playing one of the first games that you probably got for free – Wii Sports.

If you want to do some working out without working out, fire it up with your family or friends and start playing some tennis, I promise you that an hour will pass before you realise that you are proper tired and your body has had a really good (but gentle) workout.

I think the best way to exercise is to do something that is so fun that you don’t realise you are exercising and for me Wii Sports does that in buckets!

Other games I would recommend are;

  • Wii Fit (this is a bit more of a ‘work out’ work out though, you will feel it more!
  • Zumba – You will feel like an idiot but you will get a really thorough workout.

Are there any other active games you have played?


My journey: 2nd weigh in

I am live blogging from the Slimming World hall whilst waiting for image therapy to start.

I only lost 1.5 pound this week which I know is a loss but I know I can do better.

I had fish and chips in the week and a wrap for dinner tonight, which is all fine in the long term but won’t get me closer to my healthy weight.