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Back on plan for 1 week, 9.5lb loss

So chuffed. Weighed in last Tuesday evening after being back on plan for a week. OK, its only a week, but I’ve had a dream start with a 9.5lb loss. I have planned and tracked everything. It has been really nice to eat tidy again.

One thing that was sure to trip me up was the start of the Autumn Rugby Internationals. So, I made sure I had my saviour on hand, plenty of Sainsbury’s Low Alcohol Czech Lager, which as I mentioned in a recent post, is only 1 syn per bottle, but tastes great!

Here’s my food diary from the week:

Slimming World Friendly Chilli Con Carne

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Its the start of the Autumn Internationals, with Wales about to take on the Aussies later on today. Match day means only one thing – chilli at half time (its the law!!). My Slimming World friendly Chilli is one of my all time favourite meals. I just can’t get enough of it, which really helps on a match day as having a good meal diverts my attention away form snacks during the game. Here’s the recipe that I use, which I’ve modified from the a couple of other chilli recipes from Slimming World, but tweaked to our own taste and heat that we like (although I must admit I’ve toned down the heat from my preferred level a bit so that the rest of the family can enjoy it too!!).

The Chilli will be washed down with Sainsbury’s Low Alcohol Czech Lager, which drunk ice cold, is a lovely refreshing and low syn alternative to normal lager. It tastes pretty close to the real thing and fools me into thinking I’m having a proper drink. At 1 syn per 500ml bottle, its ideal to enjoying the rugby with a drink and not destroying all the good done during the week. If I were drinking 500ml of Stella, that would be 10 syns per 500ml, so I am saving myself 9 syns for every drink I have.

Chilli Con Carne:


500g extra lean beef mince

1 x Large onion – chopped

1 x large carrot

3 x peppers – deseeded and chopped

Loads of sliced mushrooms!!

2 x cans of chopped tomatoes

1 x can of kidney beans (drained)

1 x tablespoon tomato puree

2 x beef oxo cubes

3 x teaspoons of ground garlic powder ( or 3 fresh cloves)

1 x tablespoon of cumin

1 x tablespoon of chilli power

1 x teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 x teaspoons paprika ground sea salt ground pepper


  • Brown mince in a large deep saucepan (sprayed with frylight) with the chopped onions, cumin, chilli powder, garlic, paprika, and cinnamon.
  • Grate carrot into pan and mix.
  • Add all other ingredients mixing well after adding each one.
  • Add tomatoes last along with the tomatoes puree and crumble in the oxo cubes. Stir well and season.
  • Bring to the boil and then turn down low. I usually then cook it for a minimum of 40 minutes, however, I will leave it simmer sometimes for hours until it is half time. The slower it is cooked – the better!!!!
  • Serve with steamed or boiled rice.

Although you are probably not supposed to eat Thai Jasmine Rice with this dish, I have really fallen for this rice. Its slightly sticky andtastes gorgeous with any dish, in my opinion!!!

Syns in Chilli – 0   (on extra easy)

Syns in Lager – 1 per 500ml Bottle,  Czech Low Alcohol Lager, available in Sainsburys for £1.20 a bottle.

Photos to follow 🙂


Back in class. Back on Track

As I wrote yesterday, I re-joined my Slimming World class tonight. I am now where I feared – 17 stone 13lb. I’ve put on 1 stone and 1/2 lb since my last visit approximately 10 weeks ago and I have a net loss of 5 stone 9 1/2 . Considering I got down to 15 stone,  and a net loss of 8.5 stone, this is awful. But I know what I have to do.

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I’ve had a final blow out today in the form of a full on Subway binge. I have it all out of my system and ready to go again.

I may give it a few days to get my head back into the eating before I hit the gym again, but will definitely start again soon. After all the Silverstone Half Marathon in March is fast approaching!!!!

Wish me luck (I need it) !!!


Bad Habits (and getting rid of them).

I have really struggled recently. Despite the achievements I have attained, I have started to slip into old habits. The weight has been piling back on, and its all down to a lack of discipline and willpower. I’ve also been taking a break from Slimming World classes. I thought I could manage this myself. But I can’t.

Tomorrow, I’ll be back at the Slimming World class and will start off, as I did previously, by being open and honest about my weight and eating habits.

I always said  I would never go back to the way I was, but over the past few weeks, months,  even year, I have slipped back into bad habits. This has seen my weight creep from a low of 15 stone to knocking on the door of 18 stone again. I had a loss of 8.5 stone. Now it is looking closer to 5.5 stone.

So, here is to another new start. This time, there is no stopping until I get back to at least 15 stone. I’ll be updating regularly and sharing my successes and mishaps. Hopefully this will help me on my way.

Tough gym session 7th March 14

Woah! That was a tough session. Started back on weights this week after concentrating on cardio ready for the run last week. However, today I felt like having a short, sharp, cardio blast, so that what my gym instructor, Kierra, did with me.

Today I pushed my self to the max, and I felt it. I had to stop at one point as I had such as strange feeling and couldn’t catch my breath. I soon recovered and finished off the session. The entire workout was only 30 min including cool down, but it’s nice in a strange way to push to the limit and get it over and done with.

This think this is what I did (!!) :

Warm up – 10 min Arc trainer

30 sec sprint
6 press ups or 12 sissy press ups
20 kettlebell swings

30 second sprint
6 press ups or 12 sissy press ups
20 inverted half sit-ups

30 sec sprint
12 sissy press ups
12 sumo squats with kettlebell raises

30 sec sprint
12 sissy press ups
20 inverted sit ups (10 as approx 1 inch crunch)

30 sec sprint
12 sissy press ups
20 inverted sit ups (1 inch crunch)

60 sec sprint
(It’s this point I had to stop and gather my self !)
20 kettlebell swings
20 inverted sit-ups (1 inch crunches)

Cool down – walk on treadmill

There was definitely 30 bicep curls and 30 tricep kickbacks in there somewhere as well!

Feeling good that I pushed so hard – and survived (just about! )