So this week has not been the best – we sadly had to take our choccie lab for his forever sleep. He had been poorly for only a few weeks. It started with bronchitis and so he had antibiotics but things didn’t improve and it became apparent from his rapid weight loss that there was something seriously wrong.

In 4 weeks our lovely boy went from a big boof to a shadow and so on Monday we took him to the vet (who he loves by the way) and went out in their back garden. They put a blanket down and we laid with him while he went to sleep. If the death of something you love can be lovely well I have to say it was.

Life chucks things like this at you and I’ve had a few wines in the last week…wine does not love me from a weight point of view …but hey another one of those I’ll get back on it moments. No guilt , no regrets next week I’ll be on it again…..

The numbers well they’ve gone up a bit

+0.9g / 2lbs

So total numbers now 7.2kgs / 15.8lbs

BMI: 41.5




So this week…. 1.8kgs / 4 lbs off

So far 8.1 kgs / 17.8 lbs in 10 weeks.


Now I will tell you I have absolutely no idea why this week my weight loss is bigger..but hey  Happy dance…. Rolling on the floor laughing

Seriously I really am not sure what it is …the only thing I can think of perhaps is maybe… water. I’ve been paying more attention to drinking water …well actually drinking because I know as a rule I don’t drink enough during the course of the day. I love a cup of tea but even that I’m shocking at …I get occupied doing something else and forget my drink (you have no idea how many cups of tea I drink cold).

So I’m going to try and keep that up (but I will probably forget at times…hey I didn’t say I would become a drinking ninja!).

This week meals have included..

  • Pasta & Blue Cheese
  • Sticky Spanish Chicken & Rice (not had this before and it was seriously nice) 
  • Fish with mashed potatoes, peas and Parsley sauce (I thought this was a weird mix years ago when someone first gave it me…and yet I love it).
  • Pork Chops, salad and new potatoes (and do you know what I ate the crackling on the pork chops and had butter on the potatoes…and still lost weight …BOOM!
  • Spicy chicken nibbles, salad and new potatoes

Every morning I either have the overnight oats and different fruit or the baked oats (although I have to say I prefer the overnight oats if I’m honest – it’s almost summer here so it’s  a bit more hot weather friendly.

I cannot say enough how much I love Slimming World (even when I’ve gained weight in the past) because it works and you still have a life…seriously you have a life nothing is off limits you just have to fit it in to the day …and if you have a blow out (like a day of the dead party) then get back on it.

It’s not “out there” food it doesn’t need special preparation it suits everyone so you don’t need to cook different meals …my family love the meals which makes life so much easier (although Ill tell you a secret…they’d get it anyway with extra bits for them if need be….I’m not running a canteen here Winking smile).



So a little late reporting in the the www – this week has been quite good and although my weight loss is back to what it was at week 5 I have no regrets because we had a fabulous time for the birthdays and I have zero guilt….could it be that after all these years I am finally becoming friends with food and weight loss / gain!

So this week…. 1.3kgs / 2.9lbs off

So far 5.6kgs / 12.3lbs in 8 weeks.



So this week – we’ve had a week of earthquake repairs and a weekend of partying and celebration of birthdays….and not surprisingly I’ve gained…and shall I tell you a secret…. I’m OK with.

Of course I’d love to have stuffed my face and drank alcohol without having to pay but that’s not how it works…which anyone who has battled with their weight knows only too well! Who me? 

So I’m effectively back to week 3 – some might think I’ve had a huge setback but in truth I have put on 1.8kgs / 4lbs and I’ve had the most fantastic weekend with friends and family celebrating the birthdays of my youngest son and my husband without worrying about food or calories or anything related to food.

So back on to things – I am going to get more into my routine again and watch the numbers start going downwards again. I am determined this time it’s going to be about how I deal with things like this – it’s about moving forward positively…..I want my memories to be about friends and family and my memories about food to be positive….and I did have a great weekend Winking smile



Another week another weigh in – I lost 500grams ..that’s 1.1lbs

So far 6.1kgs / 13.4lbs in 6 weeks.  My eating has been appalling! I’ve tried to stick as much as possible to SW but I have slipped a couple of times and we’ve resorted to takeaways Aghhhhh!!!!!
Hopefully our lovely building people will be out of our lives (no offence to them because they have been great but I really want my house and my life and my routines back) soon.



So to the weigh in – I lost 600grams ..that’s 1.4lbs

So far 5.6kgs / 12.3lbs in 5 weeks.


I am actually very happy with this because our house is in absolute chaos (earthquake repairs which I’m not complaining about believe me I’m very grateful for earthquake insurance!).

My eating hasn’t been aaaaas chaotic (drawing out the word as) but…it hasn’t been as organised as I’d like it to have been.

Jamaican Chicken…

Serve 4
  • 4 spring onions, chopped
  • 4 level tsp clear honey
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded and chopped
  • 2 tsp wine vinegar
  • 1/2 level tsp allspice
  • 1/2 level tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 level tsp turmeric
  • 1 level tsp chilli powder
  • 1 level tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 4 x skinless chicken quarters

    1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C Fan/Gas Mark 6.
    2. Put the spring onions, honey, chillies and vinegar in a blender and blend well. Stir in the allspice, garlic powder, turmeric, chilli powder, paprika, rosemary and seasoning.
    3. Cut the chicken quarters in half and place them in a shallow non-metallic dish. Spread the spicy paste over the chicken pieces and set aside in a cool place to marinate for at least 10 minutes.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or grill until the juices run clear and the chicken is cooked with a golden brown crust. Serve with a crisp salad or Free vegetables.


According to the recipe there’s 1 syn per portion



Tip: For an Extra Easy SP day fill at least half of your plate with delicious Speed vegetables or salad, of your choice.

Sausages and Roasted Veggies

INGREDIENTS – amounts will obviously depend on how many you’re feeding.

    3 to 4 sausages
    1 small onion, peeled and quartered
    6 cloves of garlic (skin left on)
    2 to 3 carrots, peeled and quartered (rainbow colored carrots, if you have)
    3-4 sticks of celery
    1 Parsnip
    1/2 bell pepper, sliced
    handful cherry tomatoes
    6 sprigs of fresh thyme
    olive oil
    sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


    1. Preheat oven to 350f. In a large roasting pan add all ingredients except for sausages, olive oil, and thyme. Add a generous splash of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Place sausages on top of the veggies along with fresh time. Try not to crowd the veggies or they’ll end up steaming rather than roasting. Place in the oven and roast for 30 minutes or until vegetables are soft or al dente.

In fact you can put any of the veggies you can eat freely so this could be a huge meal if you were feeling super hungry.

Depending on how you use the sausages – if you used them as a HexB this could be a synfree meal

This is a version of this recipe http://community.epicurious.com/post/roasted-vegetables-sausage?from=mains



So to the weigh in – I lost 700grams ..that’s 1.5lbs

So far 5kgs / 10.9lbs in 4 weeks.

I think that’s a good weight loss…not too much – which I know it’s kind of counterintuitive because I want to lose lots of weight but I’m happy that the numbers are consistently going downwards. I know there will be times when there’s a plateau or a gain but I’m trying to be organised and making food the family can eat as a whole so me (or hubby because he does cook) aren’t having to do two meals. There are a few good ones that have been really popular with all of us and are great for doing an easy one pot meal …like the Mediterranean Chicken Orzo (actually I could easily eat that everyday but I know everyone else would get bored so I don’t !).

I switch things around as much as possible, so this week for example we’ve had:

Sausages and Roasted Vegetables (now I could have got low fat sausages but we make our own so I’m living with those and not worrying too much how they effect the old syns – because I have no idea). This meant I could have baked potatoes if I wanted and the others could have Saute potatoes/ wedges / roasties or we could all have something like couscous or rice.

Jamaican Chicken

Tuna Fishcakes

Roast Chicken

Chicken & Pasta

Baked Potato, Ham and Salad

Bacon & Pasta with tomato sauce

This week I’ve tried to keep things simple because we’ve got earthquake repairs being done on the house, our house is officially a building site (literally with the sign at the entrance to the drive and sign in and out protocols set out for everyone visiting). The only thing is while they are doing their thing we are still living in the house……so trying to keep food simple (one pot or quick) so that I can get to it as soon as they leave the site…sorry…. our house Winking smile

Recipes for some to follow…