Friday 8 December 2023

Friday, 08-12-23: Christmas Challenge

Good morning, everyone, and welcome to my maintaining on Slimming World blog where I talk about the meals I enjoy while maintaining my target weight and keeping a healthy balanced diet.

Through December, I am going to try to incorporate as much Christmas themed food as possible while still following SW guidelines (mostly) and remaining within my target range.

It's SW group today.  I'm in two minds whether to weigh or not.  I don't HAVE to but perhaps it would be sensible, just to see what the damage is.  Oh, I may as well, then I know what I need to do for next week which is my last before the cruise.

I'll let you know tomorrow!

Yesterday's meal photos:

Breakfast was a banana.  I really didn't want anything else.

This isn't yesterday's lunch but it's the same - a turkey, ham, brie and cranberry toastie.
I had a friend here and it just wasn't appropriate to take any photos.
We had a ham, turkey, brie and cranberry toastie with a salad and it was scrumptious!

We had an easy peeler each for afters and it kept me going until dinner time.
I had planned to have a samosa and some rice with this curry but when it came to it I was perfectly happy to add vegetables to the turkey and ham in the sauce and to finish off the salad that was left over from lunch instead.

No need for dessert.  This was very filling.

Today's meal plans:

B:  fruit
I'm pretty busy this morning so will have fruit on the run, so to speak.
SW:  syn free

L: Festive pancakes or waffles 🎄, fruit and yogurt
I'll make the pancakes festive by flavouring them with my festive spice mix.  I know it's breakfast really but why not?  
SW:  half a healthy extra B

D:   steak, chips, mushrooms and tomatoes; fruit
I don't know how to make this Christmassy but not to worry, a nice steak is a treat at any time, isn't it?
SW:  one syn for 15g Dijon mustard

Edit - yes, I do.  I will get some stilton and crumble it over the steak.  According to Nutracheck, 30g stilton is 123 calories which is the equivalent of what's in a Healthy A so, like the brie, I will cheat a bit.
It's making it work, that's the main thing over this season.

Exercise: walking

one healthy extra A (for the stilton)  
one healthy extra B
one syn

For information:
The Slimming World structure:
While following the plan, you can have . . .

Any amount of speed and free food - BUT try to have a third of your plate as speed food as a sub for free food, NOT as well as . . .  Eat to satisfaction, not to stuffed-ness!

Two healthy extra As (calcium) and one healthy extra B (fibre) - details in the SW pack and on the SW web site/app.

Between five and fifteen syns-worth of synned food - again, details in the pack, site and app.  They are a limit to stay within, not a target to hit.

As a target member, I can also have . . .

Another two healthy extras each day
Another fifteen syns up to three times each week
BUT - only if I need/want to.  It's a limit, not a target

. . . with the ultimate aim of not needing to count healthy extras, syns, etc at all but just knowing and eating well instinctively.

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