Diet Progress – Week 8

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I started this blog 7 weeks into my diet, with a total weight loss so far of almost 2 stones.  I think I have tried every diet and plan going, but finally I have found one that still lets me eat lovely food and best of all lose weight and feel fantastic.

My first week loss was 9lbs – something that I would never have expected.  Needless to say this has made me determined to stick to the plan and continue my goal of losing weight.   I should mention that the first week on a healthy diet usually results in a high weight drop, but thank fully I have managed to maintain a steady loss.

My Typical Daily food intake:

  • Breakfast – bowl loaded with fruit and fat free yoghurt.
  • Lunch – brown ham salad sandwich (no butter)
  • Dinner – grilled chicken, baked potato with lots of vegetables.
  • Snacks – Throughout the day I snack on fruit, keep my fluids up by drinking water and my new love Green Tea.  After my cycle at night I usually treat myself to a low calorie bar such as Alpen or Slimming World’s own Hi-Fi bars.

The diet itself allows you to eat lots of “free” foods, including pasta (dried), lean cuts of meat, and all fruit and veg.  The books and website provide lots of tasty recipes and helpful articles to keep you on track.

I think my major change in diet is coffee.  I was a total addict, but with both milk and two sugars I was choosing the unhealthy option.  Tea and coffee is still allowed on diet, with a certain amount of milk but I have chosen to cut this out completely changing to water, green tea, or diet juice.

Another big change for me is exercise.  I never had any weight issues until I was in my early 20’s (I blame the hubby haha).  Since getting my new bike cycling has totally taken over my evenings, I like nothing better than getting out pedalling.  This has helped increase my weekly weight loss and general well being.  My mood has dramatically changed, I feel fantastic so far with losing 2 stones.

My achievements are mounting up – I have been slimmer of the week twice, slimmer of the month and last week achieved my club 10 (loosing 10% of starting weight).

Overall, going into my 8th week of my diet I am still very determined, positive and seeing big changes in the mirror.

Recipe: Skinny Coconut Meringues

So this week at slimming club is a taster session.  Everyone brings in something they have made from Slimming World’s website or recipe books.  Having a really BIG sweet tooth I decided to attempt a pudding style treat.  I came across Coconut Macaroons – which I have aptly renamed skinny coconut meringues, as they are in fact nothing like macaroons 🙂

The recipe uses hardly any ingrediants, super quick to make and best bit of all they taster really really good, especially the chewy inside layer!  (for anyone following Slimming World plan, each meringue equates to 2 syns)

Ingredients:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 198g sugar
  • 71g coconut

Method:

  1. Beat the egg whites until frothy (make sure no yolk whatsoever has contaminated the whites otherwise you could be whisking forever!)
  2. Add the sugar and beat until stiff.
  3. Fold in the coconut, put mixture into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe 30 macaroons onto a parchment covered baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes in a preheated over (170ºC / 325ºF / Gas Mark 3)
  5. Remove from oven, and allow to cool for a few minutes before removing them from the baking sheet
My finished attempt!

My finished attempt!

Recipe from the Slimming World Website