If you read my blog last week, you’ll know I have just spent my first week “back on plan”. So? How did it go? In some respects it was really hard. Having to stop and think about everything I ate again was something I had to consciously do. Every single time. Not picking in between meals or if I did choosing fruit or syn free foods. I had days where I had to consciously break habits I’ve made over the last few months (no cake in Dylan’s for me was a big leap!) and days where I just wanted to melt a bar of Dairy Milk and pour it down my throat (that time of the month unfortunately!) Yeah some parts of this week were hard.
But what I wasn’t expecting was how easy other parts were. In some respects it felt like coming home. Things started to slot into place from day one and I chose meals and snacks I knew I loved. I recorded everything I ate on the fab Lifeline Online planner and felt more in control than I have done in aaaaages! And it was a good feeling.
This week’s favourite foods have included pickled red cabbage (in everything! salads, stirfrys you name it) and a new discovery; Velvet Crunch Pop Corners, Sweet and Salty flavour. Kind of like popcorn chips, but only 4.5 syns per 20g pack! Yum!
One of my favourite meals this week, was one I’ve had in the repertoire for a long time. My own take on a reeeeeeally old recipe from the other weight loss company that shall not be named ?. I shared it in group last night and I thought I’d share it here too. It’s a great veggie night dish, but substantial enough to serve without the rice if you’re doing an SP day!
Red Lentil and Pepper Curry
Free on Extra Easy
- 1 onion, sliced
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 2 tbsp curry powder (whatever heat you fancy)
- 150g red lentils
- 3 peppers (whatever colours you have), chopped roughly
- 1 aubergine, diced
- 600ml vegetable stock
- 1 can chopped tomatoes
- Handful of chopped coriander
- Fry the onion and garlic in Frylight until softened. Add the curry powder and cook for a further minute
- Stir in the lentils, peppers and aubergine. Add the stock, stir and bring to the boil.
- Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 30 mins, stirring from time to time
- Remove lid from pan, add chopped tomatoes, season and allow to bubble for another 15 mins or until desired consistency.
- Stir in chopped coriander
Serve with rice and fat free natural yogurt for a syn free meal. Serve without rice and extra veg for an Extra Easy SP day
If you have the syns, this is bad boy is also lovely sprinkled with toasted flaked almonds (3 syns for 10g) and mango chutney (average 2 syns per tbsp).
However, despite my best efforts this week really seemed to drag. I think that was because I was so desperate to check I was doing it right. Desperate to get on those scales and get that positive reinforcement that, yes, I was on the right path. And after last night’s weigh in, it would seem I am.
What a result! Shaking my Pom Poms all over the place right here. It’s been a long time since I weighed in knowing I was owed a good result, because I know I’d worked hard for it. It gave me a warm feeling inside. I think it’s called pride.
Next week’s target is 2lb loss.
How’s your week been? What have been your favourite dishes or foods this week? I’d love to know.
Have an awesome week!