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    Frugal Fifer
    Sat Oct 25, 2008 4:52 am
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    Oh patchwork we can swap ideas.......I go to slimming world too.
    I have lost 13 1/2 lbs in the past 5 weeks at my class and over 3 stones since I started doing it myself. I have a long way to go, but I do have a couple of the cookbooks and a great link for recipes online - mail me if you want them.

    Hi Snickle, good to see you back on here too.
    Alwyn
    Sat Oct 25, 2008 3:35 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Hey guys.... am new to these parts but thought I would just jump in! ..... wonderful thread you have going here icon_smile.gif

    I'm on some long-term time out due to..... long-term health 'stuff' ..... nothing terminal I'm glad to say but something that can put a full stop to your life if you don't learn to live with it..... 15 years and I'm still learning!

    So I'm in a relapse right now....... but am determined that one of the things I am going to make a priority... is to eat right.......

    ... obviously when you're ill... convenience foods are the easiest and sometimes the only option (I live alone so don't have someone to whip something up for me) ....

    but ready meals actually make me feel iller.... as the day goes on..... they fill me up but left feeling bloated and toxic.... pff!

    So trying a new plan..... to cook everything from scratch........ ...... lots of soups .... (just made an awesome butternut squash and sweet potato soup!) ...... but want to learn how to make casseroles and stews......

    ..... the other thinking is to be making foods that last a few meals so I'm not having to cook up something everyday...... like the soup I made 3 days ago has just been finished up tonight!

    So if anyone has any ideas..... or just wants to say "hello!" .... that would be grand icon_biggrin.gif

    Lovely to meet you all icon_smile.gif
    Patchwork Dragon
    Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:08 am
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    Thanks for the support guys.....It's not a week yet, but my bathroom scales seem to be moving in the right direction. I am finding it difficult though, especially the first few days, as I hadn't shopped and going to the club was a bit of a spur of the moment thing. I found that for the first couple of days I just couldn't seem to stop myself from eating all the things I shouldn't have although I didn't eat as much of them as I would have otherwise.

    I haven't told anyone that I'm doing it yet....I really can't be bothered with all the "Are you sure you should be eating that" comments....I'm sure you know what I mean! So over the weekend I ate cake at a friends, and when my brother came round he wanted to leave me a big bar of chocolate....I was tempted but told him I would just take a bit of it and he could take the rest home, as I didn't really like that brand.....I'm a good liar when I put my mind to it. icon_biggrin.gif
    Patchwork Dragon
    Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:18 am
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    Alwyn wrote:
    Hey guys.... am new to these parts but thought I would just jump in! ..... wonderful thread you have going here icon_smile.gif

    I'm on some long-term time out due to..... long-term health 'stuff' ..... nothing terminal I'm glad to say but something that can put a full stop to your life if you don't learn to live with it..... 15 years and I'm still learning!

    So I'm in a relapse right now....... but am determined that one of the things I am going to make a priority... is to eat right.......

    ... obviously when you're ill... convenience foods are the easiest and sometimes the only option (I live alone so don't have someone to whip something up for me) ....

    but ready meals actually make me feel iller.... as the day goes on..... they fill me up but left feeling bloated and toxic.... pff!

    So trying a new plan..... to cook everything from scratch........ ...... lots of soups .... (just made an awesome butternut squash and sweet potato soup!) ...... but want to learn how to make casseroles and stews......

    ..... the other thinking is to be making foods that last a few meals so I'm not having to cook up something everyday...... like the soup I made 3 days ago has just been finished up tonight!

    So if anyone has any ideas..... or just wants to say "hello!" .... that would be grand icon_biggrin.gif

    Lovely to meet you all icon_smile.gif


    Hi Alwyn

    Nice to meet you! wave.gif

    I make my own "ready meals"....basically you're on the right track.....what I do is I cook a casserole, lasagne, soup whatever....and then I have one serving for my meal that day, and do up the other three servings individualy and put them in the freezer, if you have a cook up at the weekend and make 2 or 3 things, or even just a couple of times a week, you will soon build up quite a store. Check out the recipes in OAMC section (that's "once a month cooking"). Some of the things are uncooked so that's even easier.....you maybe take 4 chicken breasts (for example) add the ingredients for a sauce or a coating and then freeze, then all you need to do is take one out of the freezer and defrost it, then chuck in the oven or something equally simple!

    Let us know how you get on!!
    Snicklefritzie
    Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:59 am
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    Happy Monday everyone!

    Hello Alwyn! Good to have you on, if you have a question, just ask!

    Patchwork - good job! I did quite well over the weekend - worked my tail off, actually. Haven't weighed yet tho. Since there are only 2 of us, I cook a big batch and then freeze - saves on the temptation of getting a ready meal. Saturday night we had ham steaks - very quick, steamed broccoli - likewise and cheesy potaotes - portion control here.

    Tonight we are having French Onion Soup as it has turned rather nippy here.
    Frugal Fifer
    Mon Oct 27, 2008 2:07 pm
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    Hi Alwyn, hope you like it here.

    Soup sounds good Snickle, I have not made that in ages.

    I had quorn sausages and cous cous tonight with a red onion gravy.

    I joined the class after trying myself for ages, and losing the motivation. We are having a tasting night on thursday so I will let you know what goodies everyone brings.
    Patchwork Dragon
    Mon Oct 27, 2008 2:17 pm
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    Hmm....I must make some soup as well..... there's a good one on here that I like Creamy Carrot Soup With Star Anise it turns out creamy without needing to add anything to it. I'm not sure but if you leave out the butter and use some spray stuff for the initial sauteing, then I think it's probably sin free!

    I've had Oatibix for brekkie this morning, and a jacket potato with cheese for lunch. I've had fruit for snacks.....I've been really good so far today....but it's now 6.15pm and I'm leaving the office in a few minutes....and I'm going to be absolutely starving when I get home! If I can hold out long enough I'm having some Salmon, which I'll do in the microwave for quickness and some veggies .....I do like a bit of mayo with my salmon, so that'll be a few sins, and I added on a few sins for the cheese on my potato as I bought it at work and figured that although the cheese was stingy there was probably more than a Healthy A's 28g! icon_biggrin.gif
    Alwyn
    Fri Oct 31, 2008 8:16 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Hey guys.... thanks for the welcome.... am absolutely lovin' this website.... it's faaabulous and has such a warm friendly energy to it icon_biggrin.gif


    So I have my first ever meee-made casserole in the over right now..... I'm trying to do as much cooking as possible without wheat ..... so i've just used a yeast-free vegetable stock so it's not going to be thick which I would prefer.... but it's smelling good so far!


    Patchwork Dragon - that creamy carrot soup looks yum! .... I made this one the otherday > Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup ..... was unbelieeeeveably good! ...... It actually tasted like a reaaally good creamy tomato soup. I've not been able to eat tomatos since I was a kid due to allergies..... so was good to taste that taste again!

    I'm in a place at the moment where my allergies (eczema) is really good so trying to add in some ingredients I've not eaten forever...... so have put a few chopped tomatoes in the casserole.... *fingers crossed*!


    oo and also.... you mentioned having salmon for dinner..... tried this one > Honey Salmon .... you can see what I thought of it via my review there icon_smile.gif


    Right must go check on casserole.... will let you know how it comes out ....

    have a great day all icon_smile.gif
    Patchwork Dragon
    Mon Nov 03, 2008 7:52 am
    Forum Host
    Well ladies, I lost 2.5 lbs on my first week....I thought it was more according to my scales, but it's not bad considering I joined on Wednesday and didn't really start thinking carefully about what I was eating till about Saturday! This week might be a totally different animal though.....I was out Thursday and had a meal out plus chocolate birthday cake. Friday I was out and had an Indian. Saturday I was out and I had a pizza! Sunday I had visitors and had a huge roast dinner, with apple crumble and custard......and cakes with tea in the the afternoon icon_eek.gif icon_redface.gif

    Today all I've had so far is an apple....and I'm having a jacket potato and cheese for lunch....and some more fruit this afternoon. Haven't figured out dinner yet, but I've got some leftover chicken so I think that might feature in a stir fry! (somebody should tell the Zaar elves, that we need an emoticon with a halo!)
    Tasty Tidbits
    Wed Nov 05, 2008 3:43 am
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    Well done Patchwork!!! I may have missed it, but are you following a particular progam?

    I have had a bad week. My kitchen is in a tip because of the refit, so most of what we've been munching on has been stuff we can heat up in the microwave and eat in our laps! Deffo not healthy.
    Patchwork Dragon
    Wed Nov 05, 2008 5:25 am
    Forum Host
    Hi Marie

    I've started doing Slimming World.....not holding out much hope this week though (see my last post for more details!! icon_redface.gif) On top of all that I had work lunch yesterday, that I had in my mind was on Thursday, so wish me luck for getting weighed this evening. I'll be happy if I haven't gained anything let alone lost! The group are having a "taster" evening tonight where we all have to bring something that is free to eat on a red or green day. I'm taking some Creamy Carrot Soup With Star Anise which with a couple of slight adjustments is a free food on either day.

    Wish me luck icon_biggrin.gif
    Tasty Tidbits
    Thu Nov 06, 2008 4:50 am
    Forum Host
    I've got a lot of the slimming world cookbooks and magazines. I don't like their recipes much though. UGH . . . I have never gone to any of their meetings. They hold them on Tuesday nights here and I am usually busy. I know they have green days and original days. I don't totally understand how the syn thing works or the healthy extra thing.
    Patchwork Dragon
    Thu Nov 06, 2008 6:35 am
    Forum Host
    It does take a bit of getting your head around.....I'm not awfully keen on their recipes either, they are all a bit tasteless, or if they are meant to be casserole type dish they always seem to be a bit watery.

    I've been fishing around on here and tweaking "proper" recipes! icon_biggrin.gif
    Tasty Tidbits
    Thu Nov 06, 2008 7:36 am
    Forum Host
    That's what I found Patchwork. The ones that were supposed to be creamy used low fat yoghurt and stuff and it all separated and was like curds and water when done. Very unappealing and unappetizing!
    Panda Rose
    Sat May 22, 2010 8:38 am
    Food.com Groupie
    How are all the lifestyle changes doing?
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