Slimming World Week | On Plan Ideas

I can't believe it's been two years since I started Slimming World. It was January 2017 when I decided that I needed to make some changes with my wedding the following year. At the time I wasn't actually sure if I would be able to stick to it and by 12 months later I had reached my target and knew it was the best change I could have made. I lost 2 stone and maintained that for months ready for my away hen and our big day. I loosely followed Slimming World following our honeymoon and through the last few months of 2018 but, like many, I wanted to enjoy Christmas and New Year, eating and drinking whatever I wanted. Now that the festivities are over and I'm back at work I'm 100% on plan. 

Being on plan is about eating plenty of fruit and vegetables (speed food), having a Healthy Extra A (calcium) and B (fibre), eating free food and limiting the Syns, higher calorie food or 'treats'. Having a variety of meals and snacks is key to staying motivated, on track and losing weight. Being focused for just 5 days was enough to kick start my weight loss again and lose 2lbs that creeped on through the holidays.

Slimming world breakfasts are some of my favourite and I couldn't function for the day without a good meal before going to work. I've posted about my favourite sweet breakfasts and convenient breakfasts before and I return to those recipes often. My favourite weekend breakfast is waffles with caramel flavoured quark, strawberries and banana. Another good breakfast, using 40g of oats, is overnight oats, then when I don't want to use my HEx B I rely on a great big bowl of fruit - sometimes with yogurt and sometimes without. A new flavour that I tried this week was the Muller Light Greek Style Skinny Latte, it's 0.5 Syns for 120g and got the big thumbs up for me. The two cereals I eat for a filling breakfast, using up half my HEx B is Weetabix Chocolate Chip Crispy Minis or Honey Monster Puffs. I love both of these with some Toffee Muller Light yogurt, banana, strawberries and blueberries. 


I've been making loads of effort this week to make sure my dinner has a third speed food and I've found by making a box of mixed salad at the start of the week I've got no excuses but to add it to lots of my meals. This worked well for my burrito bowl (just like a burrito without the wrap), my chicken and Philadelphia pasta and the slow cooker pulled pork. A favourite in our house is the pimped Mac and Cheese recipe from Two Chubby Cubs but we use the Linda McCartney red onion sausages to save on Syns. I can't resist Slimming World chips made in the air fryer, especially good with fakeaways, and I find spinach to be a great speed food to bulk out chicken curry.


When it comes to lunches I meal prep on a Sunday for the week ahead and in the winter I'm always making soup. Last week it was tomato soup and this week it's potato and leek. I'm loving my new Morphy Richards Soup Maker that I got from Santa. 10 minutes prepping the veg and then it's over to my new gadget to do the rest of the work. 21 minutes later I've got a cooked and blended soup ready to put in my Sistema Soup Mugs. It's cut down on time, effort and cleaning up - win win!

Keeping a food diary is key to staying on plan. If I don't write down what I have for each meal and each snack I can so easily go over my Syns or forget that I've had my Healthy Extra B for breakfast and end up eating another for my dinner. I also quite like to look back for dinner inspiration sometimes too. This Paperchase journal has space to record water in-take, which is important for weight loss, and sections for keeping track of exercise. It's satisfying being able to relax with a cup of tea, a snack and fill in each section.    
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