Welcome!

Hi, I'm Abbey. I'm 21 and a student living in Leeds. I'm following the Slimming World diet and so far have lost 1 and a half stone since May! I'm using this blog to post recipes I enjoy, my weight losses, and my thoughts on dieting and all things student-y! If you can relate to this blog in any way, feel free to comment and follow :) The more the merrier! Enjoy :)

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Another great loss! Shame it's for the wrong reasons.

Lost 3.5lbs this week! Great news after putting 2lbs on last week. Except I've not eaten much at all. Not really followed plan. Just eaten one or two meals a day. 

Feeling much better today about the break up with my ex. He and his family have basically shown themselves up, none of them willing to apologise for the way they have treat me and trying to make out like I'm a liar and its all my fault. End of day they know the truth as well as I do and they can try twist it all they want, it doesn't matter to me. It just outlines their immaturity and how low they really are. My hands are washed of them now!

And after realising that they are all alike and not really very nice people, I feel much happier that I don't have to deal with any of that :)

Feeling much more optimistic about the future now. 

So this week I'm going to try super hard to stick to plan. I'm going to have plenty of scan bran and super free food. My 3.5lbs loss has given me a boost, as has the attitude from my ex and his family. I'm back in Leeds at the minute so I'm in control of my food completely, and am going to try make time for some exercise. 

Ooh I've got two job interviews this week.  So maybe ill have good luck this week and as well as realise I've had a lucky escape and have a fab weight loss, I might (fingers crossed) also get a job!

Anyway, sorry for the rant! Just feels so good to get stuff written down, even if nobody reads it. Hope everyone else has done well this week. :)

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

The week before Star Week

The week before Star Week is the worst week! Does anyone else find that they just crave all food all week and eat everything in sight? I just eat everything I can get my hands on! As a consequence I put 2lbs on :( I've put off blogging all week because of this reason.

Our Woman of the Year was crowned after losing a huge 5.5 stone! Really pleased for her and wish her so much luck at the next stage :)

Anyway, I'm determined to lose this 2lbs so yesterday after Weigh In (I usually have a blow out on Tuesday nights) I made a Scan Bran cake and some Fererro Rocher. Scan Bran has been helping me lose more weight faster so I'm going to make the most of this week. So I've eaten both of these throughout yesterday and today. I've also made my Super Quorn Chilli (See July Recipes) because it's so quick to make and is full of free foods! I packed it full of frozen mushrooms and peppers because I need to get my free food numbers up.

Well this was just a quick update. I've got my Skills Tests for Uni tomorrow so got loads of revision to cram in, and then going to Skegvegas on Friday for a long weekend!

Eat well Slimmers! And congrats to anyone who got Woman of the Year!

Friday, 9 August 2013

Some good news!

So I got weighed on Tuesday aaaaannndddd....

I'd lost 4.5lbs! Wooohoooo! Super pleased with that! I got my 1.5 stone award too! So that's 22lb in total! 
I've also been speaking to my 'ex' (for want of a better term, that sounds so depressing!) boyfriend trying to sort out what happened and whether it's worth continuing with our relationship. So fingers crossed that works out for the best too!

I still haven't been eating much, yesterday I had:

Breakfast: Weetabix and milk with blueberries and banana (HexA and HexB)

Couldn't manage anything for dinner 

Tea: Batchelors beef rice

Snacks: Muller toffee yogurt, weetabix and milk with sweetener, banana and cocoa powder (HexA, HexB and 2 syns), Squares bar (6 syns)

So I'm not eating too great if I'm honest. However, this morning I made myself a SW fry up. Smaller than what I usually have, but at least it's something!
I made my sister one too, and she requested fried onions with hers.. I don't know if it's just me but I wouldn't have fried onions with a fry up on a morning? Might just be me. 
This part is wierd though.. she put some baked beans, bacon, mushrooms and onion on a teacake with a cheese slice and some ketchup. That is NOT normal!!

I've been trying to keep myself busy so I've painted my nails a few times (I recently purchased some nail stamping equipment and have fallen in love), and my sister let me paint hers last night.


(left: my first attempt, just trying them out! right: trying them out on my friend) 



(left: trying them out on my friend, I love the stars! right: my sister)
 (my nails now)

I've got loads of practice because I need to get neater but I really love how great they look! The patterns come out so clear :)

Anyway, I've got some revision to do now. I have an exam next week and still need to start revising!
Have a great week everybody :)

Sunday, 4 August 2013

A collection of Slimming World recipes.: Weetabix chocolate bites

A collection of Slimming World recipes.: Weetabix chocolate bites: These were described to me as ferrero rochers, they are less like ferrero rochers and more like a chocolate bit hence the name. Using your H...

Wow I must try these later, they look so much more chocolatey than the ones that I posted!
Just found this blog and it looks great so check it out if you get chance! :)

http://alexatslimmingworld.blogspot.co.uk/

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Need to stop being depressed!

I'm still pretty down about my break up atm. None of my housemates are back yet and I can't go home until tomorrow night at the earliest because I've got a trial shift for a job tomorrow.

Today I didn't have anything to eat until 2pm, when I had weetabix with milk, banana and blueberries. Then later on I had a chicken mugshot and a SW ferrero rocher. I just can't face the thought of cooking or eating or doing anything. I went to the Post Office in Bramley because the website said that was the nearest one open on a Saturday, but when I got there it was closed :/ so went to the Asda to get some black trousers. I managed to get them two sizes smaller than normal - but they are stretch material!

Since getting home about 4pm, all I've done is sit on the bed and refresh Facebook. I just don't feel like doing anything. I've just wasted the whole day. I'm still hurting because of what happened and I just don't have the motivation to get up and do anything. Only time will heal I guess.

Just felt like I needed to get my thoughts down somewhere. Hope anyone who's read this hasn't got themselves depressed too now haha!

Friday, 2 August 2013

Bit of a downer today..

Today I'm on a downer. I broke up with my boyfriend of 5 years last night. We had a huge argument and he ended up calling his parents who drove up to Leeds to get him and take him home. We had a weekend away booked in London for next weekend so today I've had to call the company up and request a refund. It was paid on his card though so I've had to contact him to sort out a transfer to my account for my half of the money. We also had tickets to see Jimmy Carr in October so I've sold those today and need to give him his half of that. Then I had a job interview for a pub / restaurant in the city centre. So can safely say today has been a lot of stress!

I've tried not to stress-eat but I've made some more Ferrero Rocher earlier so I need to be in control and not eat them all in one go! I couldn't stomach my breakfast this morning, had a tiny dinner and that's it. I can never eat when I'm upset. But I know it's no good moping around.

So I had my job interview earlier and I've been invited to do a trial shift on Sunday. I'm nervous because I haven't worked behind a bar since this time last year! I need to buy some black trousers for it so it will be interesting to see if I can buy a smaller size yet (I've lost 17.5lbs). I can't wait to be able to shop where I want again. It's so depressing buying all your clothes from the same shops! Asda, Matalan, Evans, New Look Inspire section.. I have never bought clothes from Topshop!

Anyway, going to see if my Ferrero Rocher is refrigerated enough yet. Be back soon guys.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

RECIPE: Scan Bran Curly Wurly Cake

This cake is just 8 Syns if you use the Scan Bran as your HexB!

Ingredients
4 Scan Bran slices
2 eggs
Curly Wurly
Sachet of Options Hot Chocolate
Water
Sweetener

Method
1. Pour boiling hot water over the Scan Bran to soften, then mash and drain.
2. Beat the eggs, then stir into mix with Options and sweetener (add sweetener to taste)
3. Chop the Curly Wurly into small pieces and stir in
4. Pour the mixture into a microwavable bowl and cook for approximately 6 minutes. Be warned! The Curly Wurly will probably melt underneath and it will be sticky! When cooked the cake will pull away from the sides of the bowl.

For a few more Syns, I spread my cake with Nutella ;) it was absolutely gorgeous! My cake totalled 12 syns and I ended up eating it all the same day! Definitely going to make again, so quick and easy to make!

Once out of the Microwave. See the pieces of Curly Wurly that has melted!

Spread with Nutella!

RECIPE: Low Syn Jelly Mousse Dessert

Ingredients
Hartleys sugar free strawberry jelly sachet
Strawberry Mullerlight
Water

Method
1. Pour hot water over jelly crystals and stir until there are no lumps. Leave in the fridge to cool (but not set!)
2. Once cool, stir in Mullerlight
3. Pour into cups / bowls and leave in the fridge overnight to set.

Serve!

The jelly is 1.5 syns for the sachet, so divided by four makes it hardly anything each! (I shared my mixture between four plastic cups).

You can't see the layers on mine as my cups are opaque.

This is not my image, but this person has mixed their jelly with fresh fruit! Great idea!

Disappointing!

So as I mentioned before, my boyfriend had a party for his birthday at the weekend and I (stupidly) decided to go crazy. I ended up stuffing my face with a burger, birthday cake, sausage rolls and drinking vodka. As I should have guessed, got weighed today and I've gained 3lbs! I'm now 3.5lbs from my 1 1/2 stone award! Gutting! But I have to show you the cake I bought him! How could anyone resist some of this gorgeousness!!??

Beautiful!

Caught red handed digging into a cheeseburger!

Anyway, today I've been really good and decided to have a Green day. So far I've had Weetabix x2 with banana and blueberries and milk, Heinz spaghetti with mushrooms, and some Diet Coke Quorn Mince (a first for me as I usually make Diet Coke Chicken!). Oh and a Muller Light.

I'm off back to Leeds tomorrow so I will be making something with Scan Bran as it does seem to boost my losses, as well as making sure I eat plenty of fruits and veg to help speed up my losses. I am determined to lose this 3.5lbs! (Fingers crossed!). Anyway, I'll upload the recipes I promised you in the last post now.

Hope you have a good week guys!

Friday, 26 July 2013

Exciting news

So after my week of naughty foods, turns out I lost 2.5lbs!! Miracles do happen :) I also got Slimmer of the Week. Pretty pleased. 

I've been baking for the last few days. I made another scan bran cake this time with curly wurly! And I also made one of the jelly desserts from my slimming world book. (Will post both recipes later). 

It's my boyfriends birthday tomorrow and he's having a fancy dress party complete with bouncy castle. He's going as Perseus from Clash of the Titans and I'm going as a Greek lady. I think I mentioned this in an earlier post. Ill post the photos up soon!

Anyway this is only a quick one as I'm pretty busy getting organised for tomorrow. I'm now only half a pound off losing 1 and half stone!! Hope I get it!

Be good guys!

Friday, 19 July 2013

This week has been a struggle

I've had my boyfriend over for the last few days. We went shopping to Poundstretcher, Aldi and Asda to do some food shopping (they are all on one complex near enough). Found two great deals that I just needed to share!

Space Raiders (3.5 syns): Poundstretcher 89p 10 bags
Marshmallow fluff (1 syn per tbsp): Aldi 79p

 


My boyfriend bought loads of sweets and crisps and biscuits. Over the last few days all he's done is munch on naughty foods and I've tried hard not to be tempted. The Marshmallow Fluff is gorgeous, and I've enjoyed just licking a spoon of it whenever I've had a craving. But I've had my full 15 syns almost every day now.

Oh, after Weigh In I was really naughty, as me and my boyfriend ordered from Pizza Hut. It wasn't even nice but I ate half of a BBQ chicken pizza, some cheesy garlic bread and some chicken strips. So I think this week I might have put on!

I got weighed earlier also (I know, bad Abbey!) and saw I'd gained 3lbs!! So now I need to be SUPER good and eat loads of superfree food. But I guess everyone has a slip!

Fingers crossed I pull off some sort of miracle! Good luck to everyone else this week, hope you've done better than I have!!

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Weigh day again!

So I haven't blogged in quite a few days. If I'm totally honest, I've been putting it off! I've had a couple of days this past week where I've not really stuck to plan and gone over my syn allowance..

On Friday I ate the whole Scan Bran cake and was so full I didn't really eat any free or superfree foods.. and on Saturday I ate the whole of what was left of the Fererro Rochers.. and on Sunday I didn't do Slimming World at all! I volunteered at another charity gala and didn't take a packed lunch so ended up with a cheeseburger and a slush! When I got home I stuffed my face with crisps and Freddos and chocolate biscuits.

So basically, I have been dreading Weigh In this week.. however..

I've lost 2lbs!! It must have been all that Scan Bran ;) haha. I do think that I will put something on next week though, it will probably catch up with me then!

I've been really good today. I've had Weetabix with banana and blueberry, a muller light, and McCain jacket potatoes with baked beans! The McCain spuds are gorgeous, only 1 syn each! I had 2 :P

(not my image)

I'm off to a pub quiz tonight. All my friends get chip butties there because theyre only £1 while the quiz is on so I'm going to have to fill up on superfree foods before I go! And drink plenty of Diet Coke to keep me full haha. Fingers crossed we win!! We never do :( haha..

Ooh also, all my clothes are size 22/24 with the exception of a few 18s and 20s. My boyfriend is having a fancy dress party for his birthday, and he's going as Perseus from Clash of the Titans.. so we decided that I will go as a  greek goddess type thing.. I ordered an outfit from the internet size 22/24 as fancy dress is usually tight fitting. It arrived yesterday and lo and behold it is farrrrrr too big!! Quite pleased. My sister is going to alter it slightly but I'm going to keep it because their dresses are usually quite baggy anyway. But thought I'd share that with you as I'm really pleased!

I've now lost 18lbs, getting closer to target every time!

Friday, 12 July 2013

RECIPE: Chocolate Scan Bran Cake and Ferrero Rocher

I decided to bake to make myself useful! So I ended up making a batch of Ferrero Rocher and a Scan Bran Cake. Quite pleased with both, but mainly the Rochers!!

The Scan Bran Cake was 6 syns (not including hexb), or 10 syns if you want a Nutella topping.

The Ferrero Rochers were 1 syn each!

Chocolate Scan Bran Cake

Ingredients
5 Scan Bran slices
1 oz sweetener
1 oz cocoa
3 eggs
1 tbsp golden syrup
(Nutella if you want a topping)

Method
1. Pour just enough hot water over the Scan Bran until they start to melt, add golden syrup and then mix together and allow to cool.
2. Mix in the rest of the ingredients
3. Microwave on full power for 5 minutes

When it had cooled I spread a tbsp of Nutella over the top, just because I wanted a bit more of a chocolatey taste.




Ferrero Rocher

Ingredients
8 Ryvita slices (or Scan Bran)
4 tbsp Nutella
2 tbsp golden syrup

Method
1. Melt together the Nutella and golden syrup.
2. Reduce Ryvita / Scan Bran to crumbs (either using a food processor or put in a sandwich bag and crumble)
3. Mix everything together
4. Mould into small balls and refridgerate to cool

The whole mixture is 23 syns so I made 23 balls = 1 syn each :)

The Ferrero Rocher is beautiful! Theyre chocolatey and crunchy and you can pretend that its nuts ;)


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RECIPE: Syn Free Lemon Curd!

So today's recipe is for a syn free lemon curd! It tastes gorgeous and is thick and creamy. It doesn't look so much like how I thought lemon curd looked, but it tastes just as good. I love everything lemon-y so I'm going to make this more often! It can be used as a filling for cake or a topping for toast, but I could just spoon it straight out of tub and eat it! Anyway, here it is :)

Syn Free Lemon Curd

Ingredients
2 large eggs
1 lemon - juice and rind
2 tbsp Quark
3 tbsp sweetner

Method
1. Whisk eggs in a large bowl with lemon juice
2. Add rind and sweetener
3. Place over a pan of simmering water and whisk until it starts to thicken
4. Remove from heat and add Quark. Whisk until smooth
5. Allow to cool, and keep in a jar / sealed container in fridge

I know I've already said but it tastes so nice! You can add more sweetner / lemon juice depending on how you want it to taste! Enjoy!! :))



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Today I don't feel like doing anything!

As the title suggests, today I am having a lazy day!! Woke up late, made myself a fry up with a twist ;) and now I'm just lounged on my bed, surfing the internet for nothing in particular haha.

Instead of toast with my fry up this morning, I had a toastie!! With cheese! Instead of putting butter on the outside I used Fry Light and it worked just fine :))


It was beautiful :)

I've been spending a bit of time over the last few days trying to find other students doing Slimming World but it's proving difficult! Where are you all!? 

Oh and last night I couldnt sleep so I made some Syn Free Lemon Curd :)) I'll post the recipe on the next post, it tastes lush but I think I put a bit too much lemon juice in!

Hope everyone is still enjoying this sunshine! I'm gonna go sunbathe with my housemates I think :)) Everyone else in this house is sooo skinny so I guess it's extra motivation!! :)

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Weigh in day

This morning I woke up and made myself a HUGE Slimming World fry up, ate every last piece, then remembered today was weigh in day.. Oops! Usually on weigh in day I'll have something small for breakfast like fruit and yogurt, but I totally forgot! 

Anyway, I didn't eat anything else until after weigh in. At 5PM me and my mum walked down to the club to check the damage.. And I was 2lbs lighter!! Was super happy! But can't help feeling like I would have lost more had I not had such a large breakfast haha. My mum lost 3lbs so she was happy too :)

When we came back home I made me and my dad some pasta loaded up with passata, courgettes, peppers, mushrooms and chicken. I enjoyed it but my dad said it wasn't spicy enough for him (he likes spicy foods!). For dessert I've just had a vanilla muller light with some Options hot chocolate mixed in (2 syns). Beautiful! 

I keep forgetting to take photos of my meals so next time I WILL remember to post photos! Good luck to everyone else at weigh in this week! :)

Saturday, 6 July 2013

RECIPE: Super Quorn / Beef Chilli

So, for my tea I've just made a Quorn Chilli which was completely FREE on Slimming World! It's one of my favourite recipes to make as it is 100% free, is quick and easy to prepare, and tastes amaaaazing!

I forgot to take a photo (oops) so I've just found an image on Google of what it should look like! I've written out my recipe which I've created for it, but don't worry, you can tweak and change it depending on how you like yours!


Quorn / Beef Chilli

Ingredients
1 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
1 415g tin of baked beans
Selection of veg (e.g. mushrooms, onions, peppers, carrots etc)
Garlic (crushed clove or powder / paste)
Paprika
Chilli
Mixed herbs
Extra lean beef mince OR Quorn mince

Method
1. Rinse and chop veg
(If using beef mince then cook now)
2. Add tin of chopped tomatoes and baked beans to a large pan
3. Turn to high heat until begins bubbling then turn low to simmer
4. Add chopped veg, garlic, paprika, chilli and mixed herbs
5. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes
6. Add mince. Allow to simmer until it thickens to what you like (usually between 5 and 10 minutes)

Serve with rice, pasta, jacket potatoes, SW chips.. anything! :) Enjoy!


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Welcome to all fellow students and slimmers...

Hi! My name is Abbey, I'm 21 and a student living in Leeds. I'm following Slimming World and have so far lost 1 stone! I've been going for 8 weeks and am really happy with my weight losses so far!

This blog is really to document my progress, keep myself (and others!) motivated as well as provide support to other students and slimmers who are finding dieting challenging because of budgeting. When living away from home, I always find managing my money pretty difficult, even without buying 'special dieting foods' every week. Fruit is so expensive!! It's so tempting when you're walking around Asda to spend £1 on sweet treats or multipack of crisps instead of like £2 on apples!

Anyway, welcome to my blog! I am hoping to be posting food diaries, weight losses, recipes and just general ponderings of my mind haha, so please bear with me, this is a blog in progress! And feel free to comment on posts sharing your thoughts and help if you so wish :)

Watch this space!