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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.

SW Double Cheeseburger

I’ve just had this for tea. Can’t stop chuckling to myself that this is fine to have on Slimming World. It was gorgeous. I was fancying burgers earlier on this week. I even nearly broke a near 2 year abstinence from McDonald’s food . I planned on this meal for tonight instead and it certainly was the right decision. Has also picked me up since feeling rather lousy the past few days.

Double cheeseburger – free (if using the roll and cheese slices as HEA and HEB). Made from extra lean mince, onion, garlic
SW chips (free)
Loads of salad & mushrooms – super free.


1lb loss – happy with that one after last weekend

This week I lost 1lb, and I’m actually happy with that, even though I was disappointed with the same loss last week. Thing is, considering the weekend, I’ll take it! I wasn’t really bad, but I had a few more beers than I planned, plus some other bits.

I’m back in the swing of eating lunch, so I suppose that’s helping.

So far then I’ve lost 8 stone 5 1/2 lb, so the aim this week is to get 1 1/2 lb to get my 8 1/2 stone award.

Ive also worked out that I have 17 weeks until holiday. So, I need to lose 1.5lb per week to get to target by then. Doesn’t seem so daunting now!

In homage, to last weekend, here’s a great piece of dirt writing on a lorry I saw on the A449 this week, what a game!