24/08/07 Friday Food Diary:
06:00 Breakfast – two weetabix (Healthy B option), banana sliced up on top (syn-free) surrounded by Aldi Optifiit yogurt (muesli flavour also syn-free). 2 x Black coffees (free) before setting off to work
During the day:
A lot of sugar free chewing gum (back doing this since now at work again but didn’t have a lot on holiday – it was part of my stop smoking strategy that I ought to start winding down, really).
A lot of black coffee (used to take milk haven’t done in ages and after a couple of weeks I’d ‘learned’ to prefer black – now, I couldn’t drink coffee with milk).
A lot of fruit - 4 apples, 5 bananas
Optifit Yogurt at lunchtime
A Cherry and Almond Hifi bar (Healthy Option B – it’s okay!)
10:00am – tasty golden delicious apple (syn-free) and bags of healthiness built-in see earlier post on apples. Have had two black coffees so far at work – both Kenyan Dawn – very nice indeed
10:56am – had a banana! Am sure that’s in a song that used to be on a radio show I remember from when I was a kid – there’s a line in it that just goes “have a banana!” can’t remember the context but the show had a lot of wacko tracks on it. Think the show might have been called Family Favourites or Family hour or something and may have had Ed ‘Stewpot’ Stewart presenting it?
Another one you often heard on the show went something along the lines of: “Hello Mother, Hello Father, Here we are in, Camp Grenada” . That sticks in my mind after thirty odd years – powerful things words are, aren’t they? Had a quick look on the net and it’s called “Hello Mother, Hello Father” possibly by someone called Spike Jones – all the quirky lyrics are here http://www.lyricsdownload.com/spike-jones-hello-mother-hello-father-lyrics.html it dates back to the early 60’s but feels older – it’s a by-gone age. Those were my childhood years in the 70s, now we’ve got some poor 11 year old kid coming home from football and getting shot dead by some brain-dead thug, you can only pray for kids today. Where’s it all going wrong and how do you fix it before we turn into America? Show us your stuff Gordon Brown, time for leadership.
12:12 Had a red apple (could have been a Braeburn – very nice and free of course).
12:54 Another banana (free)
13:40 Optifit Yogurt (free)
15:00 Hifi Bar (Healthy B option)
15:10 Another apple!
15:53 Carol S who sits a table across from me has given me another banana! It’s consumed but still free.
On the way home I take an apple and a banana too. The reason I do this is that the drive home (which is 45 minutes by car or 1hr 45mins by bike at current pace!) was a real danger area for eating junk – this way I don’t eat junk but do eat healthy free food.
Dinner: had trimmed bacon (syn-frre) and grilled Morrison Sausages Eat Smart Diet Pork Sausages (syn-free) on wholemeal with some syn-free chips. The wholemeal and the syn-free chips have a syn-value but that’s it for the whole day. Synfree chips are 8 syns on an original day. Wholemeal med sliced bread is 4 syns a slice.
Total syns 24/08/07: 16
This is the way I live now (it’s a lifestyle thing not a short “lose half a stone in ten days thing” – which is fine for you if that’s what you want but my motivation is more about getting and then staying healthy, avoiding diabetic medication and reducing hypertension medication for the long-term).
Key things are:
- zero or very low alcohol intake
- healthier balance of food
- lots of exercise (compared to what I used to be doing).
Have stopped smoking too but that was a reluctant decision brought on by family pressure and the government making me feel like a pariah – can’t remember seeing any mention of “banning smoking in public places” in their manifesto, can you?
25/08/07 Saturday Food diary – Derby vs Birimingham day
Breakfast – Yogurt surprise (Healthy B + Free)
Lunch – Bacon + sausage sandwich on wholemeal medium – 8syns
Dinner – Always have breaded cod (6.5syns) and syn-free chips (8 syns)
Pudd: Yog surprise (healthy B + free)
Toral syns 25/08/07:- 22.5!!!
Now, I’ll admit Saturday looks bad. However, on a football day it used to be three pints of beer (8.5 syns x 3), a burger (12 syns minimum) and fries (medium 15.5 syns) minimum and that’d be on top of the rest of the day so that would have been 50 plus syns blown just at the football!
26/08/07 Sunday – Car Boot sale then Wetherspoons for lunch
Brek: Yog Surprise (free + Healthy B)
Lunch: Mixed Grill at Wetherspoons in Uttoxeter – left the chips!
Tea: wasn’t hungry so had Yog surprise and 4 ryvitas for no good reason.
Syns: not many overdid the Healthy B’s so probably just the 4 ryvitas to count, call it 8?
Total Syns 26/08/07: 8/10ish
27/08/07 Brek: Yog surprise (Healthy B + Free)
Did Dovedale run on bike, had apple and banana while out and about.
Lunch – not hungry and knew barbecue approaching in the evening so had Yog surprise again to keep me going.
Dinner – Barbecue – had a steak sandwich (8 syns for bread), three morrisons sausages (free) and some potato wedges (probably 8 syns too?)
Syns for Bank Holiday Monday 27/08/07 was 16
Why was that a good result?
1. Survived a barbecue pretty well (in my view)
2 My mum makes the best desserts on the planet and there was a choice of two beauties which I was abstemious in not partaking either of.
3. Mum had also made these shortbread biscuits that have a layer of caramel then chocolate on top that we used to have with coffee at the end of the meal that cannot be described in mere words. I had none of those either and they are officially classified as heaven and then some.
4. Janette bought donuts home at lunchtime – I had none of them either.
28/08/07 Brek – Weetabix with milk! (Healthy B + Healthy A – ran out of bananas – damn those bank holiday weekends!) + apple
Lunch: fruit all day long…
Dinner: Bacon/Sausage on Whole Meal + SynFree Chips 16 syns
Supper!: SultanaBran – absolutely magic new HealthyB + Milk (HealthyA)
Fruit count 8 - Apples 5, Bananas 3
Total syns 28/08/07 was 16
29/08/07 Brek – Yog surprise (banana back in stock!) (Healthy B + Free x 2!)
Dinner: Lemon Sole and Pepper Goujons and SynFree chips (8+8 I think)
Fruit Count: Apples: 11111 Bananas: 11111
Also had Yog surprise sans fruit before riding bike home for a bit of an energy boost (psychologically speaking!)
Total syns 29/08/07 was 16
30/08/07 Brek – Sultanabran (healthy a – milk, healthy b – Sultanabran)
Fruit Count: Apples: 1111 Bananas: 111
Dinner: Bacon/Sausage on Whole Meal + SynFree Chips 16 syns
Supper: Yog surprise (healthy b + free + free)
Total syns 30/08/07 was 16
Told you it'd be big. Surprising thing is the sheer amount of syns - I thought I was on about ten a day but reality was more than recommended 15 syns. No wonder my weight loss is flat-lining. Am going to read the Food Optimising book again as I can't help but think now that most of my weight loss has been through a large degree of luck and not design!