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    It is most deifinitely time to start this blog back up again. Please join me in my latest attempt to be more splendid and happy and less fat and grumpy.

    Friday, October 31, 2008

    hate that !

    Gah, dinner today was horrible, I thought I made a great dinner but it failed, somehow when dinner is bad it feels much worse because that's it....it's so important to enjoy what you eat while you are trying to hard to stick with a plan because if you don't, that's when you'll be tempted by the junk food.

    BREAKFAST. Slimfast. Apple
    LUNCH. Veggie soup and crackers.
    DINNER. I softened and slightly browned some leeks, onion and courgette ( zuccini) and then put poached Alaskan pollock on the top of it, topped it with cheese sauce and baked for 20 minutes. I think if I had made the cheese sauce thicker, or even just grated cheese on the fish it would have been great, the problem was all the liquids from the veggies made the sauce so thin, it was like a horrible soup. Won't be doing that again!

    Snack. 65 cal mini pack of milky way stars. Oatmeal.


    Wednesday, October 29, 2008

    busy day, beautiful colours.

    BREAKFAST. Slimfast. Apple.
    LUNCH. Subway ( the dreaded and adored bread!) turkey breast and ham. Sweet onion sauce. We were out and about and Subway was the best option.
    DINNER. Vegetable curry, white rice, 1 poppadom.

    Snack. Oatmeal.


    Tuesday, October 28, 2008

    another 4lbs down!

    It really is working now, I think I have found what works! Yeay!!

    BREAKFAST. Slimfast.
    LUNCH. Veggie soup, crackers and ham.
    DINNER. Baked sausage, cabbage with baked apple, butternut squash, cherry tomatoes. Delicious, the apple and cabbage together was really good.



    Monday, October 27, 2008

    tough day

    Today was tough, I really wanted to eat today, all the wrong things. That makes for a looooong day!

    BREAKFAST. Slimfast. 1 crumpet.
    LUNCH. Veggie soup.
    DINNER. Full roast chicken dinner. Chicken, roast potatoes ( organic new pots and sweet pots) parsnips, green beans, carrots, stuffing. ( veggies roasted with 1 cal spray and sprinkle of olive oil.) gravy.

    I did NOT eat any of the delicious desserts, profiteroles, trifle or ice cream ( and I was very sad and grumpy about it too!)
    Snacks, oatmeal 1% milk.
    Weigh in tomorrow, don't feel at all positive this time, but will wait and see.


    Sunday, October 26, 2008

    All over the place today!

    Weird day, not too hungry at all and can't face cooking!

    BREAKFAST, Slimfast.
    LUNCH. Veggie soup, crackerbread cream cheese and wafer thin ham.
    DINNER. 2 mini rolls, one ham, one vegemite. 10 cal jelly.

    Snacks. Oatmeal 1% milk.


    Saturday, October 25, 2008

    And the weekend...

    Tough start today, whenever I am stressed my immediate reaction is to eat, whether I am hungry or not. Hard to fight but I did it!

    BREAKFAST. Slimfast. satsuma.
    LUNCH. Veggie soup, crackers and cream cheese. 10 cal jelly.
    DINNER. Turkey rashers ( you can eat SIX rashers and its 150 cals, virtually no fat!) scrambled eggs, beefsteak tomatoes.

    Snacks. 10 ( mingles mint chocs, cals work out at 150-ish so it could be worse and the chocolates? Delicious!) oatmeal 1% milk.


    Friday, October 24, 2008

    busy day

    BREAKFAST. Slimfast. Satsuma
    LUNCH. Veggie soup, egg salad sandwich ( wholemeal bread)
    DINNER. 2 lean pork chops, vegetables ( organic baby pots, butternut squash and beefsteak tomatoes) Baked apple.
    Core and cut into 4, cooking apples, sprinkle with brown sweetener ( or sugar) small dots of butter, sultanas, sprinkle with ground ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. Small amount of apple juice to avoid burning. Bake for 20 mins covered with foil.

    Snack oatmeal.


    Thursday, October 23, 2008

    another day down!

    BREAKFAST. Slimfast. Satsuma.
    LUNCH. 2 slices toast, baked beans ( that's what happens when you are rushing about and it gets to 3pm, eat what's quick!)
    DINNER. Prawns, salad, 10 cal jelly.

    Snacks. Oatmeal, 1% milk.


    Wednesday, October 22, 2008

    I hate that feeling!

    I have had the worst case of the munchies today, I just wanted to graze all day! Ikept busy and did my ironing and went out so I wasn't tempted by anything I might have found in the cupboards.

    BREAKFAST. Slimfast. Plums.
    LUNCH. Crackerbreads, W/T ham and tomatoes. veggie soup. 10 cal jelly. ( actually ate the soup an hour after the crackers to space it out and make it feel like I ate more, seemed to work. Hope I don't feel so in need of munching tomorrow.)

    DINNER. Baked fish and peas ( so unsatisfying, just a quick meal to make) 10 cal Jelly.

    Snack. Oatmeal 1% milk. satsuma.

    Oh great thing though, I am between clothes, only have 1 pair trousers that fit OK, they were being washed and I had to leave the house, put on a pair of jeans that did fit but HURT ( cutting into my waist terribly) THEY FIT! Comfy fit, no need to undo the button / zip to take them off fit...WHOOHOO!


    Tuesday, October 21, 2008

    good day.

    BREAKFAST. Slimfast.
    LUNCH. Veggie soup, added some soya beans which were delicious ( but have an unfortunate side effect!) 10 cal jelly. Pack Ryvita limbos.
    DINNER. Moussaka, made this with half fat ground beef, low fat cheese, low fat spread for the sauce. Tasted just as good as with all the full fat ingedients.

    Snacks. oatmeal, 1% milk.


    Monday, October 20, 2008

    Monday, another week begins.

    BREAKFAST. Slimfast. Plums.
    LUNCH. Lemon chicken and black pepper baguette with salad.
    DINNER. Pasta baked in a tomato sauce with onions, turkey rashers, mushrooms, peppers.

    Snacks. Oatmeal. Fruit. Goji berry flapjack.

    The last 2 days I have felt quite bloated and as though I have eaten way too much but honestly, I haven't overeaten at all. Incredible!


    Sunday, October 19, 2008


    BREAKFAST. Slimfast.
    LUNCH. Veggie soup ( added some crispy turly rashers in there today!)10 cal jelly.
    DINNER. Pork tenderloin, cooked with cranberries and ginger. Roast vegetables,( potatoes, sweet potatoes and tomatoes) 10 cal jelly.

    Snacks. Plums, oatmeal 1% milk.


    Saturday, October 18, 2008


    BREAKFAST. Slimfast. Banana.
    LUNCH. Veggie soup packed with extra kale and peas. Crackerbread and cream cheese.
    DINNER. Chicken curry, white rice and Mango chutney. 10 cal jelly.

    Snacks. 3 Quality street chocolates. Oatmeal 1% milk. Fruit. ( watermelon)


    Friday, October 17, 2008


    BREAKFAST. Slimfast. Banana
    LUNCH. Crackerbread, cream cheese, wafer thin ham and tomatoes. Pack of Ryvita limbos.
    DINNER. Sirloin steak ( grilled) tomatoes and mushrooms with salad. 10 Cal Jelly.
    Snack. Oatmeal, 1% milk, sweetener. Water Melon and apple.


    Thursday, October 16, 2008

    A great find!

    Oh my, I found THIS and life is so much sweeter! I love this on my porridge, I bet it would be great in baking or desserts too, apple crumble maybe.

    BREAKFAST. Slimfast.

    LUNCH. Veggie soup. 10 cal jelly.

    DINNER. 3 x low fat sausages, carrot and potato mash, steamed veg and some onion gravy.

    Snack. Oatmeal 1% milk, delicious brown sweetner.

    I want to say that this is really working out as a great eating plan. I never feel hungry or deprived at all, I am really happy with finding what works for me. Huge relief!


    Wednesday, October 15, 2008

    Looking good!

    I went to see my Dr today, just to get the OK to, you know, do that whole exercise thing ( gah!)...she weighed me on her scales, the ones I was originally weighed on 44 days ago. I have lost 13.2lbs, which is GREAT, I can keep doing this! I even WALKED to the the doctors and home again, up that HILL..without stopping to gasp for breath. Oh joy!

    BREAKFAST. Slimfast.
    LUNCH. Vegetable soup, crackers and cream cheese.
    DINNER. Baked smoked haddock with cheese and tomatoes, sliced baked potatoes ( drizzle with olive oil and rock salt.

    It looks sort of pale and uninteresting but it is SO good and very satisfying.

    Hartley jelly x 2!
    Snack ( with meds) oatmeal and sweetner ( tate and lyle do a brown sweetner, I love porridge with brown sugar, delicious!)


    Tuesday, October 14, 2008


    This was me, 2 years ago, I need to lose 34lbs to get here again....makes me both happy to know that it is entirely achievable and miserable because I did it once and GAINED IT BACK! Gah!

    I went to get weighed today, wasn't looking foward to it, as every other time it has been 1lb, 2lbs....this week I have AF on top of everything else....4lbs DOWN! Yeay! I knew that I felt better without the bread, if I could just keep this up, 2lbs a week is all I ask! I know at that rate I would feel better and look better in a reasonable amount of time. I feel a renewed determination today, hooray!

    BREAKFAST. Slimfast.
    LUNCH. Baked potato, cheese and baked beans.
    DINNER. Spaghetti bolognese. 10 cal Jelly.

    Snacks. Oatmeal, skimmed milk.


    Monday, October 13, 2008

    Today is monday! that other post was sundays!

    I had a conversation with myself I never imagined having. It was 1.30pm, "Gah, should eat lunch...not hungry though , should eat though because that whole metabolism thing...don't want your body to panic and start hoarding etc etc....well yeah but what to eat? I'm not HUNGRY, oh just have a couple of crackers and cream cheese then...oh alright"
    Yes! Me...not HUNGRY....good heavens, miracles never cease do they?

    BREAKFAST. Slimfast.
    LUNCH. Crackers, cream cheese, wafer thin ham.
    DINNER. Baked cod in breadcrumbs, green beans, weight watcher chips.
    10 calorie jelly ( oh so delicious, my new best friend!!)



    Feels so good!

    To stick with it, even when out and about! Went out with all the big kids today and still stuck with the plan. I was so pleased that even driving for 3 hours I didn't snack...that's a big achievment for me, snacking is always part of driving a long way!

    BREAKFAST. Slimfast. Banana
    LUNCH. Baked butternut squash, sausages ( low fat pork ones that were REALLY tasty) I threw in some onions and cherry tomatoes and sprinkled some mustard seeds on ....delicious, H and the boys had white rice with theirs but I stuck with the sausage and veggies.
    I actually made a dessert today, craving sweetness! So I made rhubarb and apple crumble, added cinnamon, nutmeg and little ginger, used sweetener instead of sugar and low fat spread instead of butter and it was so good, I even had some low fat custard with it. Huge treat!
    DINNER. Turkey and ham sub ( subway) with sweet onion dressing.
    Snack. Quavers ( 85 cals, very low fat)


    Saturday, October 11, 2008

    about to hug a tree!

    Oh my, if I don't seem to be able to listen to my body....how splendid! It certainly tells me that it does not like bread, at all. I have not touched bread at all this week, not pitta or wholemeal or any kind of bread. I cannot say just how good I feel. What a difference. Strange that bread is one of my most favourite thing in the world to eat, I can never get enough bread, any kind of bread.....I love it.
    This week I haven't been bloated, irritable , sluggish.
    Today I made an omelette and as great as it was ( 2 full eggs, 2 extra whites) it made me feel really ill, I knew right away that eggs have to go on the list of things that aren't good for me.
    I am certainly going to try and listen hard to what makes me feel good or not and go with it more.

    BREAKFAST. Slimfast Water melon.
    LUNCH. Omelette, ( wafer thin ham, peppers, mushrooms, spring onion, 1/2 oz cheese)
    DINNER. Stir fried chicken, noodles, sugar snap peas, stir fry veggies.

    Snacks. Avocado, crackers and cream cheese.


    Friday, October 10, 2008


    BREAKFAST. Slimfast. Watermelon.
    LUNCH. Good old Vegetable soup.
    Crackerbreads and cream cheese.
    DINNER. Baked potato, tuna steak and salad.


    Thursday, October 09, 2008

    To die for!

    Todays recipe was one of the best meals I have eaten, it was divine! Try it! I even took pictures because it was THAT good!

    BREAKFAST. Slimfast.
    LUNCH. Veggie soup ( about ready to give that a rest for a few days!) Crackerbread and cream cheese.
    DINNER. Photobucket


    CranApple Pork Tenderloins
    1 cup cranberries,
    fresh1 cup cooking apples, coarsely chopped and peeled
    /3 cup packed dark brown sugar
    1/2 cup water1/4 cup onion, chopped
    1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced and peeled
    1 teaspoon curry powder
    1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
    2 (3/4-pound) pork tenderloins1/4 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    cooking spray

    1. Preheat oven to 350°. 2. Combine first 8 ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. 3. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Uncover and simmer for 2 minutes or until thick. Cool 10 minutes. 4. Place mixture in a blender or food processor and process until smooth. 5. Trim fat from pork and sprinkle with salt and pepper.6. Divide cranberry mixture in half. Brush pork with half of the cranberry mixture. 7. Place pork on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray.8. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until thermometer registers 160°. (Slightly pink). 9. Serve pork with remaining cranberry sauce. Makes 6 servings.

    Serving size: 3 oz pork and 2 Tsp sauce. Cal 243, Fat 3.1g, Pro 24g, Carb 29.5g, Fiber 1.0g, Chol 74mg, Iron 2.10mg Sod 164mg

    I used dried cranberries and ground ginger and it was absolutely delicious. Really filling and perfect for a cold evening!


    and another good one.

    I think this new regime is the one that will work, I feel so different this week, I am peeing which means the excess water is at last leaving my bloated body!
    I just feel SO much better. I must try to remember to drink more water too.

    BREAKFAST. Slimfast.
    LUNCH. Vegetable soup ( not a bit bored with having this every day I just add extra different veg as I fancy it, cabbage is the fave at the moment!) 4 cracker breads with low fat cream cheese.
    DINNER baked cod in breadcrumbs and good old peas.

    Snacks, cracker bread ( 4) with cream cheese and scraping of strawberry jam ( so good and satisfying) Bowl of special K and skimmed milk.


    Tuesday, October 07, 2008

    Very good!

    BREAKFAST Slimfast.
    LUNCH. Homemade veggie soup.
    DINNER. Roasted vegetables ( carrots, parsnip, courgettes, tiny new potatoes, cherry tomatoes, red onion) with chicken. Drizzle olive oil over vegetables, sea salt and black pepper , even a drizzle of honey, roast til cripsy and gorgeous!

    Snacks. Crackerbread ( 19 cals each!!) very low fat cream cheese, can even spread a thin layer of jam on them. Delicious!


    Monday, October 06, 2008

    Mmmmmmmm! That was SO good.

    I decided that 2 slimfast measl would be a bad idea, I may well lose weight more quickly but then i would come back on just as fast. I decided that I would try something else.

    BREAKFAST. Slimfast.
    LUNCH. Homemade chunky vegetable soup, filling and FREE .you can eat as much as you like. Make sure you use all your favourite veggies and plenty of seasoning.
    DINNER. Oh this was SUCH a good meal.
    Smoked Haddock on onions and tomatoes.
    In olive oil, soften some coursely cut red onion and chopped, ripe cherry tomatoes, when they are soft, place in an oven proof dish, season with black pepper and some coarse sea salt. Place smoked haddock ( or any fish, cod would great too) on top of the veggies and sprinkle some string mature cheddar n the top ( really only need maybe 1/2 oz per person, using stronger cheese means you only need a very little)
    Bake for 15 minutes or so, I served our with spinach for H but that's one thing I cannot eat! H also had crusty bread and butter.

    Snacks Yoghurt and banana.


    Sunday, October 05, 2008


    BREAKFAST. Slimfast. Banana
    LUNCH...whoops was so busy sweing I forgot lunch!
    DINNER. Pasta bake with bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers.
    Fruit bowl.
    Snack. Wholemeal toast.
    I am going away in 8 weeks, I want to feel good when I go, I am thinking of having slimfast twice a day and then an evening meal, just for the 8 weeks before I go away. Might be a mistake though. Hmmmmm.


    Saturday, October 04, 2008

    Back in the saddle again.

    It's tough, but what choice is there? I can give in, cave and grab the momentary heaven that is fat and chocolate, be miserable as I get bigger and slower and more restricted. OR I can get back into it, try harder, keep keeping on.
    So, keeping on it is then.

    BREAKFAST Slimfast. Nectarine.
    LUNCH. Delicious truely sandwich, wholemeal bread, home made onion dressing and salad.
    DINNER. Lemon chicken, white rice, Yoghurt.

    Snacks. Cereal and skimmed milk.


    Oh Pttthhhhhhhhhh!

    Oh rubbish, yesterday was pretty good, Today? Not even going to try and write down what I have eaten, I tried to keep it to 'good' stuff but blah! Hopeless, will be back tomorrow.

    Wednesday, October 01, 2008

    Smack in the head time!

    Yes, we have the first hurdle to get over, the time where it all seems a waste of time, too slow, too depressing, not fun. Mashed potato with butter, yorkshire pudding and gravy, cauliflower cheese...these are comfy winter foods.
    I love eating, I adore food and sometimes I just want to do it, a lot.
    I am losing weight, inches anyway, but this is so cripplingly slow and unsatisfying, I am very cross about it today because I am worried about other stuff, food helps when I am low, for a second or two.

    BREAKFAST. Slimfast.
    LUNCH. Half sub, beef, tomatoes and cucumber. Horseradish sauce ( hot hot!)
    DINNER. Roast beef, carrots, brussel sprouts, yorkshire pudding ( yes, I did!) and spoon of mashed potato without butter!

    Snack. Go ahead fruit bar. Fruit.
    Didn't eat chocolate, roast potatoes, crisps, more chocolate and anything else I really wanted to eat, like CAKE!