Following The Rules

I have tried very hard to follow the Slimming World rules today to ensure I lose weight by the end of the week.  I had a very ‘off-plan’ weekend and do not want to gain weight or fail to lose any.

Very light breakfast of a large orange with 14 cashew nuts (HE B)IMG_1710It was a lovely morning for a beach walk but I resisted the temptation as I was going walking in the Country Park later and I had loads of chores to do today.  I enjoyed doing a lot of exercise last week but this week I need to get some work done too.IMG_1711There were a few people down on the sand, enjoying the lovely walking conditions.IMG_1712Sigh ……. no time to stand and stare today.IMG_1714Lunch was easy.  I boiled a few new potatoes and heated some leftover lentil and vegetable bolognaise with some extra baked beans added.IMG_1716One of the Slimming World rules is to fill 1/3 of your plate with “speed” foods.  Oranges are speed foods so I can definitely tick the speed box for breakfast but I am not sure about lunch.  Onions, mushrooms, tomatoes and courgettes are all speed foods and the lentil bolognaise was full of those so I think I am ok here.  This was delicious and syn free.IMG_1717After lunch I took Milton to Hastings Country Park, with Rebecca and Beryl.  500 acres to walk around in.IMG_1718Another lovely day in the park.  I really enjoy walking on the beach or close to it but the views from the cliff tops across the sea are also immensely enjoyable.IMG_1719I love these clouds.IMG_1720There are lots of mushrooms growing on the ground but I have no idea if they are edible or even if we are allowed to take them so they are still growing there.

I snacked on some grapes and a small banana this afternoon.  They are free but not speed foods.  I also drank a few cups of tea, mainly Rooibos with soya milk (HE A).IMG_1728Supper was a quick and easy black bean and sweetcorn taco meal.  I bought a taco kit (contains the taco shells, a sachet of seasoning mix and a sachet of salsa which I didn’t use) and warmed through a tin of black beans with the kernels from 2 cobs of corn and 4 large spring onions.  I added the taco seasoning powder and 150ml water and simmered it for 10 minutes.  That was the same instructions as if you were using minced beef which the recipe of the taco kit says to use.

I had 2 taco shells, filled with the black bean mix, topped with a little vegan cheddar-style cheese and served with 2 huge tomatoes and a large chunk of cucumber.IMG_1729

  • 2 taco shells = 7 syns (3.5 each !!)
  • 10-15 g vegan cheddar-style cheese = 2 syns (estimated as SW online does not have the exact brand I used)
  • 1/2 the Old El Paso sachet of taco seasoning = 1.5 syns

Total syns for supper = 10.5

IMG_1730I did well today and finished the day very much on plan.



About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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3 Responses to Following The Rules

  1. laura1952 says:

    Keep up the great dedication Zoe.

  2. These dishes look great! Would you mind if I asked for the recipes? Also, how do you find slimming world? I’m tempted to start it, but I’m just not sure! Great post 🙂

    • Hello Anonymous Cupcake! I find Slimming World does work when you follow the rules. It is flexible as nothing is forbidden and so you can stick to plan and also eat out and enjoy yourself. It is more challenging as a vegan but doable. Which recipe are you interested in? I often make them up as I go along and if I do follow a recipe I usually include that. Let me know if there is something specific you are interested in though.

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