Saturday 20 July 2024

Saturday evening, 20-07-24

Good evening, everyone!

What I ate today

Breakfast, taken on a walk.  Grapes, white flesh nectarine (super juicy) and an apple.  Lovely

Syn free.

Lunch was the bean and lentil wrap bake and with the coleslaw AND salad, it was a fair old plateful.
I was chuffed that the leaves, the cucumber and the orange tomatoes (not the red ones) were from the garden.
No dessert - I really was full.
The beans had a lot of sauce so I drained that off and added it to the roasted pepper sauce and, surprisingly, it was tasty.

One healthy extra A for mixed cheddar and mozzarella, one syn for brown sauce and one syn for mayo in the coleslaw.

Later on I fancied something sweet so I had some grapes - lovely.

And then hunter's chicken for dinner.  I used some roasted red pepper sauce from the freezer, wrapped the chicken in bacon, added some onion, mushroom and pepper, poured over the sauce, sprinkled over grated cheese and baked it in the oven.  I just had some tomatoes as a side as it made loads and there were plenty of vegetables in the dish..
Dessert was some ice cream.

One healthy extra A and eight and a half syns for the ice cream.

Summary:
two healthy extra As
no healthy extra Bs
ten and a half syns.
My meal plans for tomorrow:

B:  fruit

L:  tarragon chicken and roasted veg; fruit
This is the last of the current SWK box.  There's another one due on Friday.

D:   leftover veg and salmon.
Provisional - I may decide to have something else.  

Exercise:   maybe an online class or, perhaps, just a rest day.

Friday 19 July 2024

Friday evening, 19-07-24

Good evening, everyone!

Well, what a surprise.  A pound off.
The lady who was Slimmer of the Week didn't stay for the rest of the meeting so the next one down got the hamper.  You aren't in the running if:
it's your first weigh in after joining
you gained the previous week or
you weren't there last week
so she went down the list and I was next - which I was utterly gobsmacked about!
This is what I came home with.  Not a huge haul but I will use every single thing and I'm particularly pleased about the mango as I'm treating myself to more 'exotic' fruits at the moment.

So yes, lovely jubbly.

What I ate today
Breakfast was fruit salad with yogurt.  Strawberries, an apple and a few blackberries.  Really nice.
And I also had the hi-fi bar from the hamper.
Half a healthy extra B

For lunch, I had a very very over banana so I mashed that with an egg and 20g wholewheat SR flour to make a kind of banana pancake - several, in fact,  and had that with more fruit and yogurt.  Yes, I know - a lot of fruit today but it's that kind of day, isn't it.  Warm and sunny, perfect weather really.
Is it is Friday and 'eat the syns' day, I treated myself to a tbsp maple syrup which came to two syns so hardly lavish!
Given that it was fruit all the way and I was very satisfied, I didn't have dessert.

Half a healthy extra B and two syns.

I changed my mind about dinner because when I popped into Morrisons to get a few bits and bobs, the fillet steak on the meat counted looked really good so I got them to cut me an inch thick steak.  I made some mushroom sauce using two laughing cow blue cheese light triangles, some chips and some coleslaw to have with it and enjoyed every mouthful.
I had some lower cal ice cream for dessert.

So - eight and a half syns for the ice cream, half a healthy extra A for the cheese, one syn for super-light coleslaw and three syns for some oil to air fry the chips in.  So good!

Summary:
half a healthy extra A
one healthy extra B
fourteen and a half syns - top of my syns allowance and pretty good for eat the syns Friday
My meal plans for tomorrow:

B:  fruit

L:   cheesy bean lentil pancake bake, salad; fruit
I know I'm having this a lot but I have baked beans to use up and I do like the lentil pancakes/wraps

D:  hunter's chicken, coleslaw; fruit

Exercise:  a walk

Thursday 18 July 2024

Thursday evening, 18-07-24

Good evening, everyone!
It was all a bit different today as I was out all day on a trip into London.  I really did want to stick to some sort of plan because it's weigh day tomorrow and I strongly suspect that I won't have gone down, not after a couple of days out, and can only hope to be close to maintaining.
I did stick to plan (with a dinner time swap) and I truly don't regret not having an ice-cream.
What I ate today

I remembered to take a photo of what I took with me.
Breakfast was the fruit in the middle and the apple, eaten in the coach on the way to Buckingham Palace and the rest, the cheese spread sandwich, tomatoes, orange and apple, I ate 

One healthy extra B and half a healthy extra A

I did have a dinner in the fridge, ready to heat up, but I was hot and tired and just didn't fancy that so I put myself together a picky plate.
It had smoked salmon (free), cheese (the rest of my healthy As) cucumber and tomatoes, pineapple and strawberries.  It was so good - tasty and refreshing.  And I have stayed within my limits today - so glad about that.

Summary:
two healthy extra As
one healthy extra B
no syns in the planned food but I had a toffee on the way there (I'm calling it three syns) and a bag of crisps (five and a half syns) on the way home (both these handed out by the organisers) plus some chewing gum (no idea but it was the sugar free kind and I didn't have much).  Does anyone else find that they 'need' something to chew on a coach trip?
So - let's call it ten syns.  A bit more than usual but then I've had a day out and plenty of fruit and veg.
My meal plans for tomorrow:  It's Friday and Friday is 'eat the syns' day so I'm allowing up to fifteen syns - if I want them!  I might not.

B:  fruit

L:  pancakes, fruit and yogurt
I'll be synning the pancakes.

D:  chicken burger, salad and chips

Exercise:   rest day

Wednesday 17 July 2024

Wednesday evening, 17-07-24

Good evening, everyone!

What I ate today


The usual fruit for breakfast.
Syn free.

Bagel with avo and smoked salmon for lunch and very nice too.
One healthy extra B and two and a half syns


The second of the chow mein portions.  I defrosted some chicken, cooked it in Nellie with a dusting of five spice and a bit of soy sauce, then cut it up and added it to today's portion of chow mein.  Yesterday's was really nice but I think it will be nicer with chicken.
Syn free

Summary:
no healthy extra As
one healthy extra B
two and a half syns


My meal plans for tomorrow:
This is a tricky one as I'm out for the day again and there won't be many opportunities for eating.  I think I will have to use coach time to eat and please send me vibes for avoiding tempting treats - this week has been quite bad enough already!.

B:  fruit

L:  cheese spread sandwich with a finger salad; fruit
The easiest thing to eat in a coach!

D:  chicken and veg chow mein; fruit
The third of the chow mein portions from SWK with some added prawns this time - cooked prawns from the freezer.   Just reheat and eat!

Exercise:   lots of walking

Oh - and there may very well not be a blog tomorrow - back on Friday.  xx

Tuesday 16 July 2024

Tuesday evening, 16-07-24

Good evening, everyone!

What I ate today

Fruit platter - I nearly forgot so all but one of the raspberries has disappeared.

Syn free
I can confirm that lentil wraps made with an egg are really delicious.
So two wraps, spread over with a bit of brown sauce, cheese and beans added and wrapper up.  On top I put some leftover red pepper sauce (freezer) and more grated cheese.
Really lovely!

One and a half healthy extra As and one syn.

Later on, I had some watermelon.
I totally forgot to photo my bowl of beg chow mein but this is what's left - another two portions and I only used half the noodles provided.
So that's tomorrow's dinner sorted and Thursday's too, because I'm out Thursday so having something quick will be great.  I'll probably add some chicken.

Syn free.

BUT - I was at a governors' meeting tonight and There Were Biscuits.
Oh dear!

Summary:
one and a half healthy extra As
no healthy extra Bs
No idea how many syns but they will be over.  Ho hum.

My meal plans for tomorrow:

B:  fruit

L: bagel with avo and smoked salmon, side salad; fruit

D:  second portion of chow mein with chicken added; fruit

Exercise:  personal training

Monday 15 July 2024

Monday evening, 15-07-24 and a lentil pancake/wrap update

Good evening, everyone!

First of all, an update to the lentil wrap recipe.
The last time I made them, only one turned out half decent, the others were very fragile and broke or wrinkled up while turning them.
I decided to add an egg to the batter to see if that would make a difference and it did.  

So the updated recipe is:
a third of a cup of red lentils
two thirds of a cup of water
stock/seasoning, etc (I use chicken stock powder and some black pepper)
one medium egg.

The method remains much the same.  Soak the lentils in the water for about four hours (or used just boiled water which cuts the soaking time down).  Add the seasonings and one egg and blend it all together.
The result is a more robust batter that cooks into wraps really well.  I got six small-ish wraps/pancakes from this mixture.

Updated recipe:   https://my30-30challenge.blogspot.com/2024/06/recipe-lentil-wrap-pizza.html

What I ate today

The smoothie was really nice and, contrary to what SW says, very filling.
I used one banana, two nectarines and a few strawberries plus some Greek yogurt, some skinny syrup and 20g oats plus a bit of water to slacken, blended together and left in the fridge for a couple of hours.

Half a healthy extra B.
Lunch was one slice of eggy bread and I made a thin omelette from what was left of the egg.  I just spray fried mushrooms and tomatoes to place on top and it was delicious.

The other half of a healthy extra B.

Later on, I had some fruit - watermelon, cherries and a few blueberries from the garden.

Finally - the second portion of chicken biryani.  Not that I would call it a biryani but it was awfully nice, whatever one might call it.  I added some baby corn and some mushrooms for extra speed and thoroughly enjoyed it.
I had an orange for dessert.

Syn free.

Summary:
no healthy extra As
one healthy extra B
syn free (although you might think I should syn the fruit in the smoothie)

My meal plans for tomorrow:

B:  fruit platter

L:  cheesy bean and lentil wrap bake, side salad
I froze the lentil wraps earlier but they will thaw quickly.

D:  veg packed special chow mein
The third of the four SWK meals from the current box.

Exercise:   Groove plus the walk there and back.

Monday morning, 15-07-24

Good evening morning, everyone!
Apologies for last night - I was going to post but I was out all day on a coach trip to Highclere Castle and by the time I got home I was worn out.
I don't have any meal photos as I didn't take any so it's just what I plan to have.


My meal plans for today:

B:  squidgy fruit smoothie
It was going to be just fruit but I have some squidgy fruit to use up and, as I don't syn blended fruit, it will be fine - 10g oats, some yogurt and some fruit.  It'll probably need eating with a spoon!

L: savoury eggy bread with tomatoes and mushrooms

D:  chicken biryani with mango and caramelised onions; fruit
- because I didn't have it last night!

Exercise:   circuits

Saturday 13 July 2024

Saturday evening, 13-07-24

Good evening, everyone!

What I ate today

An extremely delicious and satisfying fruit platter - nectarine, easy peelers, strawberries, cherries and watermelon.  
Cheesy beans on toast.  I was going to cook some bacon too but wasn't hungry enough.  A few grapes for dessert.  
One A, half a B.
I know this curry looks off but, actually, it was really nice.  I hanged things.  No leaf coriander, disgusting stuff.  Only a small amount of spinach.  I cooked a handful of rice with the chicken, like a one pot.  I didn't make the  raita, I added the yogurt to the curry to make a sauce and added the mango chunks as well.  What's on top is caramelised red onion - and it was very tasty.
I had the other half of the pot of ice cream for dessert
Eight and a half syns.

Summary:
one healthy extra A
half a healthy extra B
eight and a half syns


My meal plans for tomorrow:  tomorrow is a bit complicated as I am on a coach trip all day and where I'm going 'does not encourage picnics' - grrrr.
So I have to walk around that, don't I?

B:  mixed fruit through the day and probably a 'little something' with a coffee in the cafe

L:  ham sandwich and a nutty bar (a treat really) on the way home

D:  second portion of chicken biryani when I get home, if I want it.  If not, it will do for Monday.

Exercise:  a whole load of walking!

Friday 12 July 2024

Friday evening, 12-07-24

Good evening, everyone!
AFter an unexpected gain of half a point last Friday, this week I had an equally unexpected four pound loss.  I hoped for a loss, of course, but not that much.  Phew, that was a relief.  Getting closer to being back in my target range again.

What I ate today:

A delicious fruit salad (mostly watermelon) for breakfast.
Syn free
I took all the kale out of the chowder from yesterday and replaced it with broad beans which I love. Dessert was strawberries and yogurt.
Syn free.

Late on, I had an apple.
This is not the chicken biryani I had planned.
At group, people were asking me about my lentil pancakes and that made me rather fancy some.  Two of the three I made didn't come out of the pan very well so instead of wrapping the beans in them, I made a sort of bean and lentil lasagne-type thing - beans, cheese, bits of pancake, atc, finishing off with the one whole pancake and a bit of grated cheese, popped in Nellie for a short while.
Dessert was some of that lower calorie ice cream which I synned.  Eight syns and one and a half healthy extra As for the cheese.

Summary:
one and a half healthy extra As
no healthy extra B
eight syns
My meal plans for tomorrow:

B:  fruit platter

L:  cheesy beans and bacon on toast; fruit

D:  chicken biryani, minty mango raita; fruit

Exercise:  a walk

Thursday 11 July 2024

Thursday evening, 11-07-24

Good evening, everyone!  Weigh day tomorrow and I am so hoping - but then I was last week and I gained half a pound so who knows, eh, who knows?

What I ate today:

Fruit for breakfast and very delicious it was too.  
Syn free

Yum - it went down very well.  More filling than it looks too.  I didn't have any dessert.
One healthy extra B

Cajun salmon chowder, the first of the new SWK meals.
As always, it made loads - the chowder part divided into three big portions and the salmon was a good size.  I was a bit disappointed because it should have had cavolo nero which I have never had before and they had to sub kale.  To be honest, I'm not too fond of those dark green leafy veg - spinach, kale - and I think if I made this again I might add other veg instead.  It was OK - I ate the lot - but . . .
The other thing was that it was marginally too spicy for salmon so it killed the salmon flavour and that's the feedback I'm going to give.  Perhaps the spice will have mellowed by tomorrow.  That tends to happen, I find.
After finishing off this bowlful, I had no room for anything else so that was my food for the day.
Syn free.

Summary:
no healthy extra As
one healthy extra B
no syns.
My meal plans for tomorrow:

B:  fruit and yogurt

L:  salmon chowder second portion

D:  chicken biryani with minted raita; fruit
SWK box meal 2

Exercise:  probably a rest day, I'll see how I feel

Wednesday 10 July 2024

Wednesday evening, 10-07-24

Good evening, everyone!
I have another SWK box being delivered tomorrow so it's ho! for new recipes again.  Nice

What I ate today:

Fruit salad and yogurt for breakfast.  I had three nectarines that were going manky so I used what I could of them plus some strawberries and an orange.  Very nice too.
Syn free.

I do love a toasted bagel with avocado!  This went down a treat.
One healthy extra B, two and a half syns for the avocado.

Later on, I had an apple.

Kebabs for dinner.  I thought the kofta that I used I had frozen raw but I didn't, I cooked it first so I just cut it into chunks and that worked fine with red pepper, mushroom and tomatoes, brushed over with a roasted red pepper sauce.
Two syns.
And that was it - it was surprisingly filling.

Summary:
no healthy extra As
one healthy extra B
four and a half syns


My meal plans for tomorrow:

B:  fruit and yogurt

L: scrambled egg and smoked salmon on toast, salad; fruit on toast; fruit

D:  salmon chowder
SWK meal box

Exercise:  still resting

Tuesday 9 July 2024

Tuesday evening, 09-07-24

Good evening, everyone!


What I ate today:
It's been all change today as I haven't been 100% and had very little energy by the end of the day

A nice fruit platter - very welcome as my throat was a bit sore.
Syn free
The wrap sausage rolls from the PoN book were nice although ten minutes for the finishing off bit is too long - the edges scorched a bit.
I felt shivery and cold so decided to have baked beans instead of salad.  Easier too.
I had a couple of nectarines for afters.
Half a healthy extra A, one healthy extra B and two syns for some brown sauce.
I really wasn't feeling up to much at all by dinner time so, as I had an egg white left over, I used Thermione to make some frozen fruit foam.  150g frozen cherries, some skinny syrup and one egg white.  It was light and fluffy and, because it was full of air, quite satisfying too.
I don't syn blended fruit so this was syn free.

Summary:
half a healthy extra A
one healthy extra B
two syns


My meal plans for tomorrow, all being well:

B:  fruit

L:  avo and smoked salmon bagel, mushrooms and tomatoes

D:  kofta meatball kebabs (kofta in freezer), salad; fruit

Exercise:  Lindsey is unwell so PT is cancelled.

Monday 8 July 2024

Monday evening, 08-07-24

Good evening, everyone!


What I ate today:

Another fruit platter and it was lovely.
Syn free.

Leftovers from yesterday's salad for lunch with added pasta, tomatoes, shredded lettuce, pumpkin seeds and salad cream.  Afters was half an orange (the other half was manky) and some watermelon.
One syn for the seeds and one and a half for salad cream.


The herby chicken pot pie and I decided to add mushrooms and tomatoes because it's quick and tasty.
No afters.
One healthy extra A

Summary:
one healthy extra A
no healthy extra B
two and a half syns


My meal plans for tomorrow:

B:  fruit

L:  wrap sausage rolls (PoN recipe), salad; fruit

D:  cheese, onion and sweetcorn stuffed peppers (PoN recipe), salad; fruit

Exercise:  Groove plus the walk there and back