Sunday, 15 September 2019

Sunday, 15-09-19

Good morning, everyone.

Thanks for the advice/info about parkrun in yesterday's comments.  I googled about it, got some details and have registered.  Not that this commits me to anything but I'm thinking of giving it a go some Saturday (weather permitting) and seeing how I feel.  I can get an early bus into town so it will be easy to get to although I do have to locate the starting point.

I had my swim and now I know where the gym is, I can go whenever I am over at Dad's.  That's good.

The meeting in just under a fortnight is a 'party' - which probably means the usual with party nibbles as we've been asked to bring along SW friendly party food.  So yesterday, I did some googling (I seem to have done a lot of googling yesterday) and found some likely looking ideas/recipes to try out.  I'll have to build them into my food plans over the next week or so.

Today's plans:
B:  fruit and yogurt
SW:  It'll probably be a mullerlight so half a syn

L:  we're going to have lunch with Diana and Tom (Mum's half sister and husband) and Diana has said she's doing poached salmon with a salad so that should be OK.  I don't know about SW values though.

D:  butter chicken curry, dahl and basmati rice.
The curry is a Spice Tailor kit which I've had for ages so it does need using.  I looked it up and the whole thing is twenty and a half syns.  I'm bulking it out with extra veg and it will make three portions at least, so that's one for Dad later on in the week and seven syns per portion.  The dahl is half a syn.  Perfectly doable on SW, whatever the term 'butter' would indicate!

Ss:  none, hopefully.  I'm afraid (confession time) it's been a scoffy old weekend again so I have to get straight back on that wagon and catch up again.  Sigh!

BM:  time's a bit short today but I hope to get a bit of a walk in at some point.

Back to normal tomorrow

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Saturday, 14-09-19

Just a quick one today,

B:  fruit and yogurt

L:  chunky veg soup
. . . and I will use my healthy extra B on some bread to dunk

D:  slow roasted beef with roasties (done the SW way) and assorted veg
SW:  if I have any horseradish, I will syn it - it won't be much.

Ss:  fruit and tomatoes

BM:  I've located the gym here and am going there to have a swim shortly.  Looking forward to it.

I've been reading up about Parkrun.  I'm not a runner in any way, shape or form but I wondered about it - does anyone do this?  Do you HAVE to run or could you walk?  And do you have to do it all?

Friday, 13 September 2019

Friday, 13-09-19

Oh, see the date?  Just as well I am not superstitious - not like that, anyway!

Half a pound off at weigh in yesterday.  It's in the right direction but it means that I've not got any further in weight terms since the last week of August which is a bit of a downer really.  I am hoping that it's the increased and more structured exercise that's causing muscle gain (it should be) because I do seem a bit more toned and things seem to be fitting a bit more loosely.
The motivation is still strong, which is good, so I will carry on and work through this plateau because I do know I'm doing the right things.

Today's food plans
B:  fruit and yogurt
Nice and simple and very delicious
SW:  free

L:  probably veg and butterbean soup, apple
It's from the freezer so I'm freeing up a bit of space and also it's a very frugal meal as the veg was from a 5p YS pack!
SW:  free

D:  Out to the Millstream with Dad so no idea.  I might go for fish this time . . .
This is why the other two meals are so careful.

Ss:  tomatoes

Body Magic:  salsacise

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Recipe: cheesy steak wrap pasty

Not so much a recipe really, more an idea.

Ingredients for one:
half a can of S&S chunky steak, drained, plus half the drained gravy (the rest freezes well) (SW free)
one wholewheat wrap (one healthy extra B)
40g of grated lower fat cheddar (one healthy extra A)
one beaten egg for sealing and glazing
Veg or salad of choice to serve with it.

Heat the oven to 180C
Line an oven tray with some parchment.

Spread the drained steak over one half of the wrap, pressing it down slightly and sprinkle over the grated cheese.
Brush some beaten egg all round the outside of the wrap and leave it for a couple on minutes to get 'tacky'.
Fold the other half of the wrap over and press round with the tines of a fork to seal the edges.  Be patient - it does eventually seal enough.
With the fork, prick the top of the pasty a couple of times and then brush over some beaten egg.
Carefully lift it onto the parchment and tray and pop in the oven for between twenty and thirty minutes until golden brown.
While the pasty is baking, prep and cook your vegetables/salad/whatever.

When all is ready, heat the gravy in the microwave and serve.

SW friendly, SP friendly, one healthy extra A and one B
(and half a can of steak and gravy for another day)

Thursday, 12-09-19


Yesterday's photos diary - not 100% colourful but matched the weather, I guess.
Rather an unnecessary photo of two boiled eggs and an apple but it was quite a nice breakfast!

Lunch was tasty. Moroccan spiced salmon without all the other bits of the recipe.  Here's a link - the spice mix really is good.

For dinner, I made a sort of 'pasty' thing using a wrap, half a can of M&S chunks steak (so tender) well drained, 40g low fat cheddar and a beaten egg.  Pop the steak on one half, sprinkle over the grated cheese and brush some egg all round the edge of the wrap.  Wait for a few minutes for it to get a bit 'tacky' and then fold the wrap over, pressing down round the edge with the tines of a fork.  It takes a while, just be patient.
Then use the fork to make two sets of holes in the top, brush over some beaten egg and pop into a pre-heated oven at around 180C on an oven tray lined with some parchment.  It takes around 20 to 30 minutes.
As you can see, I had it with carrots and runners and heated the drained gravy (I only needed half of the gravy so it is now in the freezer with the other half of the steak for another time).  As the M&S chunky steak is SW free, it makes a tasty, filling and SW friendly dinner.

Today's plans:
A 'careful' day because of weigh in this evening.

B:  tomatoes on toast
SW:  one heB for the bread and two syns for one tsp oil to brush over the break before grilling.

L:  fruit and yogurt
SW:  free

D:  veggie savoury rice with a poached egg on top
Something from the freezer, well labelled but I can't recall what's in it, just that it's vegetarian.
SW:  free

Ss:  tomatoes

Body Magic:  One hour of PT with Lindsey and maybe a walk.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Wednesday, 11-09-19

Good morning.
No photos of yesterday which was a bit of a scrappy day really as far as food was concerned.  I did enjoy the Chinese buffet meal and maybe, just maybe, had a bit more than I had intended but I had already done an hour's swimming and later on I had a half hour walk so that will have compensated, calorie-wise, if not according to SW.
Breakfast was pineapple and melon with yogurt and 'dinner' was a wedge of quiche, an apple and a Mullerlight (half a syn).
Could have been loads worse!

Today's plans:
B:  two boiled eggs and an apple
SW:  free

L:  salmon salad, Mullerlight
I will dust the salmon with that salmon spice mix I made before baking it and the salad will be a mix of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber (loads of tomatoes and cucumber), pepper and some beetroot.
SW:  four syns for two tsps oil in a salad dressing and half a syn for the yogurt

D:  steak and cheese pasty with runner beans and carrots, natural yogurt
I will make the pasty with a wrap and the filling will be a can of M&S chunky steak (some of it, anyway) with 40g grated cheddar sprinkled on top, on one half of a wrap with the other half folded over, sealed and glazed with beaten egg and then baked for about half an hour, I think, although I must look that up.
SW:  one healthy extra A for the cheese and one B for the wrap.  The chunky steak is SW free, according to their data base.

Ss:  tomatoes, melon

Body Magic:  salsacise and maybe an afternoon walk

Not such a frugal day today.  The salmon wasn't shocking expensive on the market and I doubt I will use all of the steak in the can, although once the gravy has been drained off (nice to have some 'free' gravy), there's a lot less than it looks at first. 

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Tuesday, 10-09-19


Yesterday's photo diary:
My cooked breakfast.  I did the egg in my Systema poacher and, unlike the wee omelette, it didn't do such a great job although it tasted fine..  I'll try a cooler setting for longer next time.

I fgorgot to take a photo of lunch.  It was a nice bowl of soup!

Turkey fajitas.  Yummerooney!

I split each half of the pitta into two. spread on yogurt, then added grated cheese and then the hot turkey and veg and it was jolly tasty!  The salad was just lettuce, cucumber and tomatoes

The dessert (chocolate chickpea cake and yogurt) was also very good.

Today's plans
Today is a bit problemmatic as I am taking daughter and grandson to a Chinese buffet in town.  My new found motivation will definitely be tested!
B:  nothing until just before I leave for town and then it will be an apple
SW: free

L:  goodness only knows but I will employ strategies like chewing many times, putting my knife and fork down between mouthfuls and so on
No idea about syns!!

D:  crustless quiche and some baked beans
I made the quiche last week and froze two slices as will have one of them.  As it's getting jolly cold come the evenings, I thought some baked beans would go down a treat.
SW:  one healthy extra A for the cheese in the quiche

Ss:  none, if I can manage it

Body Magic:  I'm going for an early morning swim.

Wish me luck, folks!