Slimming World

Week 2……

Well went for my weigh in…I lost 3.5lbs. Happy with that as first week, hopefully I’ll be able to do something similar Week 2!

Saturday: Overnight oats with Pinapple for breakfast. Was a little naughty had a little trip to the seaside and had fish chips and mushy peas….took the batter off the fish, so only the chips were syns. 14 syns today.

Sunday: Today started with a healthy fried breakfast…..the only syns were hash browns, oh and nothing was fried (of mine), scrambled eggs nuked in the microwave (the bf had fried eggs), bacon oven baked no sausages for me either. Sunday Roast for dinner with Slimming World Ice Cream and blueberries and Meringue for desert.  18.5 syns today…..not so good, but who can resist hash browns…I certainly can’t!

Monday: Good start – overnight oats with blueberries.  Lots of fruit…. Chicken salad for lunch with Mullerlight yogurt. Gammon and veg for dinner.  Had a SlimmingWorld Hi Fi bar- Double chocolate……heaven! 6.5 syns today.

Tuesday: Was dreading today a bit, as I’m on a course every Tuesday for the next few weeks, where they provide lunch…..all booked long before I started all this.  This morning started as usual, morning oats with blueberries (sat in the car at the course venue, I got there a little early!) Lunch was a couple of small sandwiches – 1 round of bread it equated to – with Tuna/ cucumber and Ham Salad. I resisted the cakes and had fruit. During lunch I found out they could do me salad, so I’ve asked for that over the next 4 weeks. Dinner is pasta with chopped tomatoes and a SlimmingWorld Hi Fi bar….salted caramel this time…mmmm……  Gym tonight too, short session, but it was better than nothing! 13 syns today.

Wednesday: Overnight oats for breakfast, I forgot the blueberries, so had mango with it instead. Lunch was pasta, chopped tomatoes and chicken.  Loads of fruit again today. Wednesdays I cook for the bf.  I asked him what he fancied, he said sausage, egg and chips, but as long as it was ok for me to eat bless him… was nice….syn free sausages for me, but otherwise I had the same as him……11.5 syns today.

Thursday: I remembered the blueberries for the overnight oats today.  Again lots of fruit.  Lunch was a sausage (last night left overs) salad with cold potatoes….it was lovely, and a SlimmingWorld Hi Fi bar… choc today….ooooo….heaven!! Dinner was fried pre cooked veg, with fried  egg. Gym tonight….did a little more tonight…  9.5 syns today.

Friday: Overnight oats for breakfast again….was a good girl, I did the work McDonalds breakfast run…..I got a black tea, no sugar, for me and resisted the hash browns, my McDonalds weakness!….. Loads of fruit again today. Not so good that it’s now 10.45 am and I have very little fruit left to eat. Salad for lunch. Dinner was SlimmingWorld Lasagne, was really nice. 8.5 syns today. 

Saturday is weigh in day…..wonder how I’ve done this week……


We seemed to get nowhere fast…..

Sunday was one of those days where we seemed to get nowhere fast with Cherry, messing about getting the engine in just the right place, so we can start on the engine mounts (we’re not even sure we’ll be using this particular engine – we don’t know if it works!).  The idea is to get them in place first then rebuild the chassis once we know what space we have to play with.  Not sure if I mentioned before, but the previous owner(s) have hacked chucks of the chassis out, so it has got to be rebuilt.

But we’re getting there……..

EveryDay stuff

Wow…that weekend went quickly….

I can’t believe where time has gone.  The weekend for me started Friday – it was my day off.

Friday was full of pretty nails (and gossip), stickers (loads) and the cinema and the obligatory trip to Mc Donald’s that goes with the cinema (salad for me!)  We went to see Dunkirk…..all I can say is it was amazing.  We was in the cinema for two hours allegedly, it only seemed like 30 mins – it really is worth watching.  It gave a fascinating insight into what happened.

Saturday started with Slimming World – 3.5lbs in the first week…I’m happy with that!  The afternoon was spent out playing in Daisy the Kit Car.  We met a friend who’s owned one of these for 20 years, who suggested shortish journeys to start with (The longest up until today was about 13 miles to my parents house to show them her), so he suggested meeting us about 20 miles away.  We ended up at Hunstanton, via Sandringham – photo stop at the Sandingham Gates – and a lot of back roads….great fun.  We enjoyed fish and chips at Hunstanton – you have to at the seaside don’t you – I was good and didn’t eat the batter on my fish, as much as I love it!  On the way home it started to rain, just lightly….thankfully, because I did get a little damp! 104 miles we did that trip, on 3/4 tank of fuel….hmmm………  Looking forward to the next outing!

Sunday was spent playing with Cherry, giving Daisy a once over as she’s now had a proper run and stickers……there were a lot of orders….it was a late night!!!

It all went far too fast, especially as I had the extra day…….

Slimming World

Week one……

So the start of this was a bit of a disaster……Saturday just didn’t happen, so I started on Sunday….

Saturday:  Initial weigh in….. my target loss is 4st 5.5lb. Food wise, due to my breakfast and lunch, I (we, the bf included in this) figured that I’d be better starting Sunday.  So we had a last evening blow out of Dominos Pizza….the last in a while, a slice is 9.5 syns….1 slice is never enough!!

Sunday: Used all todays syns and tomorrows and some of Tuesdays, finishing the pizza – not a great start.  But was good the rest of the day eating mainly free foods, except the gravy and Yorkshire pud with my Sunday roast!  I’ve even given up sugar my tea……that was the hardest bit!  31.5 syns today….it was that pizza!

Monday: Good start today – overnight oats – the Heathy Option extra – with blueberries, for breakfast.  I have loads of fruit to snack on and chicken salad, and yogurt for lunch. Sugarless tea….hmmm…….. Overall a good day……only 6 syns, from my evening meal.

Tuesday: Another good start – overnight oats – the Heathy Option extra – with blueberries, for breakfast.  I have lots of fruit again, chicken salad for lunch (different bits in the salad today).  Could have quite happily sat down and eaten loads of Hobnobs (work was stressful), but resisted…….  Better today with the sugarless tea! 7 syns for dinner…..that means I’ve evened until syns from Sunday!

Wednesday: Another good day, started the day with the overnight oats and blueberries. Lunch was pasta and chicken in chopped tomatoes. Loads of fruit again and 0% Greek style yogurt.  For dinner the bf decided he wanted a BBQ. So I had a bread roll, 3 syn free sausages and ketchup. And a Hi Fi light macaroon bar. 13.5 syns today. 

Thursday: Overnight oats again without the blueberries- I forgot them!!  Lunch was the same as yesterday. Dinner was pasta in chopped tomatoes with steak and green beans chopped up!  2 syns today!  Coping with sugarless tea better now. 

Friday: Overnight oats as normal today. Lunch was chicken salad. It was cinema night, so the weekly trip of fine dining that is McDonald’s….crispy chicken and bacon salad with balsamic vinegar dressing….all my syns were from this….11.5 today!

Weigh in day tomorrow…..



Cherry is the next project……

As I’ve mentioned in previous ramblings, the bf has completed his kit car. After 8 years of hard work, Daisy (named as such because she was a bit of a cow during the build, and she is white & black) is finally registered and on the road……we had our first trip out the other evening…amazing!

So….he decided that he needed another project…..

The new project is Cherry (The bf says she’s mine).  She’s a Dutton Legerra.  We’ve been told that there are only 60 in existence in the world, so she’s pretty rare.  She’s a beautiful dark metallic red, and she needs a lot of work doing to her, more than we thought!

The journey with Cherry started a few months ago, the guy selling her, put her on eBay, and she didn’t sell.  He put her up for sale again, cheaper and on local kit car club facebook pages.  The bf did consider her before, but decided she was too  expensive.

This time, we hooked Rosie up to a trailer, and headed the hour or so to the guy, to get her (an interesting experience, I’d never towed before, and the bf couldn’t because of his age) .  I can say it was love on first meeting, she is so pretty. So within a couple of hours and handing over a little more cash, we came away with a Cherry, couple of engines and various other bits and pieces that may or may not be useful!

And so the restoration of Cherry has begun…..the bf did bits while I was away at Silverstone.  And this weekend, it all properly started….(it wasn’t Daisy weather, she’s got no roof or windscreen!)  He needs to rebuild the front of the car chassis, due to the various pervious owners, cutting bits out and doing dodgy repairs.  So to enable him to get this right, we spent most of yesterday afternoon, getting soaked in the rain and drying off in the sun, putting in an engine and gear box, to make sure it would fit, and to see what other modifications we are going to need to do to her….tired was not the word last night!

We were hoping that she would be up and running by next summer, but from the work that needs doing to her (all outside too, I must add, no space in Daisy’s workshop for her) we think it may be a couple of years…….also it depends on the weather.  The deal was that he could have a new project, as long as we got to enjoy Daisy.  So weekends like this one (wet and sunny) weren’t Daisy days, I’m hoping that next weekend will be!!




Slimming World

Just joined Slimming World……

After a while of thinking about it and a random discussion Friday night, Saturday morning I went and joined Slimming World.

My first goal is 1st 7lb weight loss with an overall goal of 4st 5.5lb loss at the moment! I think that will be plenty enough!

My reasoning behind going: Mainly my feet and the pain from the plantar fasciitis; made myself a beautiful pig skin leather jacket, that I have hardly worn, because it’s got too small; And there’s the dress that I wore when I went to the bf’s works Christmas dinner for the first time….it’s a jersey fabric, long sleeve white with black stripes around it, I loved the dress he did too, and I felt amazing in it at the time.

The bf is happy to go along with this, he wants to lose weight too, but doesn’t want to join the club.

My MIL is doing this diet too, so she will be a great help keeping me on track!

Going to be living on Fruit and salads – I’m not a great veg fan – as most of these are all classed as ‘Free foods’, can eat as much of them as you like.  There’s some stuff you can’t , but that’s where the ‘Syns’ come in- I’m allowed between 5 and 15 syns! Sugar is classed as syn….tea without sugar, I’m going to struggle with I think!

I’ll keep you updated weekly after my weigh-ins……

EveryDay stuff

Another great weekend……

Well it was a bit more than the weekend… and my sister M went to the Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

As ever we try to make a holiday of it, travel up on the Wednesday; they allow us into the track on Thursday so buy all the bits we want to buy, and usually go to the concert they put on; Friday is F1 practice day, and concert in the evening; Saturday is F1 practice and qualifying and concert; Sunday is race day and home time; Monday sleep day…….

Off we trundled, for some reason a little earlier than usual (whether it was because Rosie was so easy to pack, I can’t tell, but….) and stopped off at Brampton Hut McDonalds for bunch (neither of us had had breakfast) at around 11.30am.  Unusually there was a big queue coming out of the services, at the time we didn’t know why, and thought nothing of it, then we see a helicopter arrive…..something nasty had happened on the road.  On leaving (just after 12) we measured 5 miles of tailbacks on the opposite side of the A14.  It turns out that a lorry driver unfortunately lost his life, in a crash with 2 other vehicles at the roundabout, thankfully apart from M taking a detour through Northampton – she took the wrong road off – there was no other mishaps on the journey.

This year in her wisdom, M decided that we should try ‘Woodlands Campsite’, allegedly the best campsite serving the circuit.  Now, usually we use the Litchlake Farm Campsite, and over the last 13 years, it’s been great, just over the road to the circuit, easy to pop back to if needed, there’s been a couple of blips here and there, but it’s mobile showers and toilets in a big cow field not a 5 star hotel! Anyway, after driving a further mile or so past our usual site, we finally make it into Woodlands….so far so good.  We were booked into the ‘lively’ part of the site – now this is advertised as fun, friendly, showing people having BBQ’s and generally having a good time – reality, pack as many tents in as you can, a bit like sardines.  Rather than park along side your tent, as is usual, we all had to park in a long row, fair enough, but instead of allocating a set area for each tent, you got the pitch along side of your car, and that was it.  Luckily out tent has a side door, as the front door was unusable, next doors tent was 8 inches away, cars were about 2 foot away, and had to be walked around to get to and from the tents.  Basically if one tent had caught fire, there would have been at least 30 tents and cars gone up in flames before anyone got there to try and control it.  Needless to say our planned BBQ Wednesday evening turned into fried burgers and sausages!  The choice of this site was regretted within minutes of arriving.  Toilets and showers were quite good…..apart from the token system for hot water in the mornings – you was allowed 5 minutes of hot water, with a 1 minute warning before it went cold.  Also the hot water started 30 seconds after you put the token in instead of from when you turned the shower on.  Basically you had to get ready for a shower, come out of the cubicle, put the token in, then go back into your cubicle for the shower.  We had our showers in the evenings….there was copious amounts of hot water at 10pm!!!  There was entertainment at the site, a comedy stage (my worst nightmare, I don’t find comedians funny at all), a live stage, fairground rides, bars and food bits and a shop, all which was ok.  I’m not sure where the lively experience comes from within the camping, people didn’t really speak, hardly anyone stayed around their tents (hardly surprising), unless they mean the idiots who stagger back to their tents after everything is shut, around 12.30 shouting at each other.  And to make it all better, it was a mile walk to the circuit, which wasn’t a huge problem, but wasn’t very pleasant.  Not impressed at all.  Needless to say, we will be back at Litchlake Farm next year.  Strangely, someone we met on Litchlake Farm, goes to the GP every other year, last time he tried Woodlands, he didn’t like it either, he was back in Litchlake this year……

As for the F1…..

Thursday: We was lucky enough to get access to one of the pit walks, it was amazing, seeing the garages, watching pit stop practices….a highlight, seeing Lighting McQueen and Jackson Storm in one of the garages, another watching the Renault guys warming up prior to pit stop practice – morris dancing was a comment!  We did our shopping bits after, like you do….we were good took everything back to the tent (well Rosie), and went back in the evening for the concert.  This year it was Travis, who are really good, really enjoyed them.  The issue we had was that they hadn’t cleared the circuit, so people who hadn’t bought tickets, still got to see the concert….was happy about that!

Friday: Up early and in the circuit for 9am F1 practice session, this we decided to watch from the Becketts Grandstand…..a fantastic place to sit, but very very very cold and windy, it was so wrong not seeing Jenson Button out there.  For the afternoon practice we headed around to the Village Grandstands where a dustbin bag became my friend, and kept my feet and legs warm (I was wearing my Merrell sandals and shorts, as it was quite nice out of the grandstand) again a great place to sit, but very cold.  We hung around after the practice to wait for the evenings entertainment, as by the time we’d got back to out tent, we’d be turning around and heading back straight away, my nice new Silverstone chair perfect!.  This evenings entertainment was Sara Cox (BBC Radio 2 DJ) and her ‘Just can’t get enough of the 80’s’ set, with the bonus of Carol Decker and Modern Romance.  I love 80’s music, so I was in heaven!!  It was a fantastic evening.

Saturday: Headed into the circuit for 10am F1 practice session.  This time we headed for Club Grandstands – the last corner before the start/finish line and pit lane entrance.  So perfect, that we stayed for the 1pm qualifying session!  Again with my friendly dustbin bag!  Qualifying was exciting……gutted for some drivers (Daniel Riccardo) ecstatic for others (Jolyon Palmer, Lewis Hamilton, Fernado Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen).  It was during the wait between sessions that we established that the only drivers left still driving, since we started going to F1 in 2003 (Rubens Barrichello won) are Fernado Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, now Jenson Button isn’t driving.  We hung around again waiting (she watched some other racing, I wasn’t so interested) for the evening entertainment – Reef this time, they were good, but I wouldn’t pay to see them.

Sunday: Race Day; Up early again, we had the tent all packed up and was in the circuit by 10.30am in time for the F1 Drivers Parade and the ever amazing Red Arrows.  For the race, we have back row seats in Luffield (had the same seats for the last 3 years), we use picnic blankets (covered in Union Jacks) to block out the wind and rain (It’s a cold windy place is Silverstone, when you’re in a stand).  Our neighbours Ferrari fans who hate Lewis Hamilton (they would love him if he went to Ferrari). The drivers parade came and went, all drivers being driven around in classic cars.  The Red Arrows were as stunning as ever. 1pm arrives and the race starts….interestingly our grandstand was only half full…poor Jolyon Palmers car died during the formation lap, gutted.  It was a race full of excitement, the majority being in the last few laps.  Mr Smiley (Daniel Riccardo) had an amazing race he finished 5th after starting last.  Sebastian Vettel had a puncture and had to go for tyre change in the last couple of laps (a shame – NOT!). Kimi Raikkonen, did a tyre change the lap before, at the time we though it was a mistake, but as it happens it wasn’t and he got on the podium instead of Vettel.  Lewis Hamilton  led the race all the way, and couldn’t be faulted. Valtteri Bottas had a corker of a race too.  One of the best F1 races at Silverstone for a long time.  After the race we had  a little wander around part of the track, ended up at the start/finish line, which was packed, due to a certain Mr Hamilton still being in the pit lane and climbing fences. Then it was home time…..

Monday: Big lay in………  Tickets booked for next year – same seats again, next to the Ferrari fans – they booked their tickets at the circuit before the race………