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Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Prawn, Butternut and Edamame Stirfry

Start Weight in Feb 2010:
16 stone 4lbs

Current Weight:
14 stone 9lbs

Weight Loss Since Feb 2010:
1 stone 9.5 lbs

This Week's Loss/Gain:
0.5lb gain

Number of Days I Stuck to Plan This Week:
6/7

I pride myself on my organisational skills. Right now they are being pushed to their limits trying to combine full time work, being a mother of two and trying to organise SW friendly meals that I can happily feed to the whole family and in under 30 minutes.

I am managing......just. But it has to be said, Tesco are not helping me out much.
I have confessed to my love hate relationship with them in the past, but this month they have managed to remove any love from that equation.

I have placed three orders with them over the past 21 days and not one of them has arrived when it was meant to. If at all.

Us Slimming Worlders know that planning is crucial to ensuring we stick to plan. And us mums know that planning is key to keeping your family life from falling apart at the seams. Part of my planning is a weekly meal menu, and an online food order which should arrive just as we are running out of the essentials.

Not if Tesco has anything to do with it.

The first problem was at the beginning of Jan. I placed an order, but then baby Squirky was rushed to hospital and I stayed with her there for 4 days. We postponed out online order, but when we got home we had a missed delivery card and informed we'd be charged still for delivery. I checked my Tesco account and could see the order shouldn't have been delivered until the next day but the call centre staff were adamant it was in their system for the day before, but refunded the delivery as good will. It meant as far as they were concerned that the order was cancelled. So much for planning.

The next week I waited for my order, but it didn't arrive. I checked my account and it showed as 'delivered'. I called the call centre who informed me it was in their system for the next day and that they have a fault in the system where some customers who change their delivery date will still get their orders on the old date. Not much use to me.

They apologised, said delivery issues were rare, and I placed another order for the following week between 6-8pm.

I phoned twice to check it was definitely coming. "Yes" they said.
6pm came and went. 7pm came and went. 8pm came and went. I get a call - the driver is running an hour late. 9pm came and went. I call again they say they will look into it and will call me back. 9.45 I call them again. They tell me my order has been cancelled due to staffing issues. They will refund me though. Too right they will refund me!

I go to be in tears of frustration, trying to work out what we will eat tomorrow and when I will have time to get shopping. I go to sleep.

23:15 the doorbell goes. It's my food! Or at least some of it.

The next day I get an email apologising again for the cancellation. I have to tell THEM it actually arrived.

This 'helpful' service is causing me more stress than it's alleviating.

So that's it. No more Tesco online shopping for me. I'm giving Sainsburys a go.

Bye Tesco.


FOOD DIARY AND RECIPE OF THE WEEK!

Prawn, Butternut and Edamame Stirfry

WHAT WENT INTO IT FOR FOUR:
  • 400g fantail prawns
  • 420g Tesco Butternut and Edamame Stir Fry
  • 3 slabs of egg noodles

HOW I DID IT:
  • Fried the prawns and stirfry mix in a wok in fry light
  • Boiled the egg noodles
  • Combine!
BREAKFAST: 2 BANANAS, 2 CUPS OF TEA (WITH MILK FROM HEALTHY A OPTION); LUNCH: PLAIN BOILED RICE, GREEN SALAD, TOMATOES, OLIVES AND A DRESSING (WAS EATING AT A WORK MEETING - GAVE MYSELF THE FULL 15 SYNS BUT ASSUME IT WAS FAR LESS) ;DINNER: "PRAWN, EDAMAME AND BUTTERNUT STIR FRY"; SNACKS: 2 ALPEN LIGHT BARS (HEALTHY B OPTION);PUDDING: BLUEBERRIES, MANGO AND YOGHURT

Monday, 17 January 2011

Fish, Chips and Spaghetti Hoops!

Start Weight in Feb 2010:
16 stone 4lbs

Current Weight:
14 stone 8.5 lbs

Weight Loss Since Feb 2010:
1 stone 9.5 lbs

This Week's Loss/Gain:
2.5lb loss

Number of Days I Stuck to Plan This Week:
7/7

I haven't spoken to a person all month that hasn't told me of how Christmas was ruined because they, or someone in their family was incredibly ill.

For our part baby Squirky was in hospital for 4 days, which was traumatic initially because of how unwell she was, and traumatic later when she was well enough just to be observed because it gave me a moment to look around and see how many other ill children there were and what a desperate state they were all in.

What with that, our pre-xmas flu and general sniffles you'd think we'd have had all the illness one family could cope with. But no. This week the theme of the house has been 'vomiting and diarrhoea'. On Thursday I did 5 loads of washing. We didn't have a single clean towel left in the house at one point. At another point I had 8 scented candles burning, so as to mask the evil smell. The girls and My Chunky Lover haven't been able to face food, and when I coax it into their mouths it comes straight back up again.

And the injustice of it all? I didn't get it at all. A tummy bug is a sure fire way to lose a pound or two and get some looking after and sympathy but of course it bypassed me completely. ;)

FOOD DIARY AND RECIPE OF THE WEEK!

Fish, Chips and Spaghetti Hoops!

WHAT WENT INTO IT FOR ONE:
  • Young's Prime Fillet of Atlantic Cod in herbs, garlic and tomato ( 1.5 SYNS)
  • Maccains rustic over chips 200g (5 SYNS)
  • Spaghetti hoops
  • 1 tbsp very low fat mayo (0.5 SYNS)

HOW I DID IT:
  • All as per pack instructions!! Sorry not a recipe as such, but check out that meal!!!!
BREAKFAST: A MELON; LUNCH: INNOCENT ROASTED AUBERGINE MOUSSAKA (2.5 SYNS) ;DINNER: "FISH, CHIPS AND SPAGHETTI HOOPS"; SNACKS: CUP OF TEA AND DASH OF MILK (FROM HEALTHY A CHOICE), APPLE, BANANA, ORANGE, 2 ALPEN LIGHT BARS (HEALTHY B OPTION);PUDDING: BLUEBERRIES AND YOGHURT

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Carvery Lamb Leg with Garlic & Rosemary and all the Trimmings

Start Weight in Feb 2010:
16 stone 4lbs

Current Weight:
14 stone 11 lbs

Weight Loss Since Feb 2010:
1 stone 7 lbs

This Week's Loss/Gain:
5.5lb loss

Number of Days I Stuck to Plan This Week:
7/7

Squirky turned one last week, much to my dismay. How can my tiny baby be one already? I spent the day veering between jelly and ice cream party based happiness and nostalgia induced sobbing.

I got through it with the aid of Devils Food cake.

Once I had got over the trauma of the inevitable passage of time, my thoughts returned to dieting. The big question going through my mind is "how comes it only took 9 months of pregnancy to put on about 5 stone and yet in over a year I can't drop 2 stone?" That just seems unfair.

My focus is renewed (again!) since rejoining my local SW class last Monday. I planned a weeks worth of meals focusing on things that can be on the table within half an hour given I get home from work at 6 and the girls need to be fed, bathed and ready for bed by 7. The Troll helped out in the new routine by attempting to teach Squirky how to brush her teeth, starting her educational speech with 'First you need to spread out your teeth...'

We had an incredible Sunday roast this week. I know that normally on SW you'd pick meat with all the fat trimmed off, but sometimes it's worth spending syns to get a proper roast. I chose a family sized leg of lamb, already trussed and seasoned by the helpful people at Tesco. The whole thing was 9 syns and I ended up eating half of it by picking on left overs as well as the meat that was actually served on my plate. It still only cost 4.5 syns.

FOOD DIARY AND RECIPE OF THE WEEK!

Carvery Lamb Leg with Garlic & Rosemary and all the Trimmings

WHAT WENT INTO IT FOR TWO:
  • Tesco Carvery Lamb Leg with Garlic and Rosemary, 942g (4.5 syns per serving)
  • Potatoes, sweet red peppers and leeks roasted in frylight and extra virgin olive oil (HEALTHY B OPTION)
  • Peas, sweetcorn, carrots
  • Make 142ml of gravy as per pack instructions, but then empty into a wide an and add garlic, balsamic and 30ml red wine (3.5 syns per serving) and simmer for 20 minutes

HOW I DID IT:
  • Roasted meat as per pack instructions
  • Par boiled potatoe chunks for 7 minutes and roasted in preheated oven with halved leeks and peppers for 30 mins. Spray with frylight and season with salt and garlic
  • Boil remaining veg!
  • Made gravy as per pack instructions, adding a dash of balsamic, red wine and a little bit of grated garlic
BREAKFAST: PUDDING RICE WITH BLUEBERRIES AND VANILLA YOGHURT; LUNCH: "CARVERY LEG OF LAMB";DINNER: POTATO WEDGES IN HOT BUSH TUCKER SEASONING, 1TBSP VERY LOW FAT MAYO (0.5 SYNS) AND SPRINKLED WITH MELTED CHEESE (HEALTHY A OPTION); SNACKS: CUP OF TEA WITH DASH OF MILK (0.5 SYNS);PUDDING: BLUEBERRIES AND YOGHURT

Sunday, 9 January 2011

I'm Back and This Time I Mean It.

Current Weight:
15 stone 2.5 lbs

Weight Loss Since Jan 2011:
First week

This Week's Loss/Gain:
First week

Two apologies. One to anyone that may have been reading my inane witterings and come to expect a regular update. I'm sorry I haven't updated in a while. I have been being bad

The second apology is to myself. Not for dropping off the plan but for not doing it in style. I ate like a pig for four weeks but I didn't eat anything other worldly delicious, I just ate anything that came to home. I ate my babies taste-free rice cakes, the strawberry creme roses chocolates (that I hate) and the scraps from the kids plates. It was pointless gluttony and I am paying for my syns.

But it's all been about new beginnings today:

  • I returned to full time employment. I am no longer a stay at home mum. This makes me sad and want to reach for the biscuit tin. But I shan't.
  • I joined the work gym and will do my first pilates class on Wednesday and perhaps Zumba if I can work up the confidence
  • I rejoined my local Slimming World class and oh my god - I weighed in at 15st 2.5lbs. A gain of 15.5lbs in 4 weeks.

My excuses:
  1. Different scales. I'd been using the Wii, now using SW scales = 4lb gain
  2. Different time. On maternity I'd weigh in at 9am, now it's 5pm = 4lb gain
  3. At home I weigh in naked. Apparently this is a no-no in class = 4lb gain
  4. Which means I only really gained 3lbs through overeating over Christmas right?....

No more excuses, back on track and a whole new start.
I'm ignoring my loss from last year, my new start weight is the one I got at class this week.

Here we go.......