When I was training to be a manager of a clothes shop a few years ago, another experienced manager once told me, “Never delegate a job that you would never do yourself”.
I have never forgotten it and I am taking this saying to heart here. It’s one I fully respect – don’t dish out your dirty work.
And so, I have been overwhelmed with the support from people on facebook groups – I’ve had hundreds of “I’m in”‘s – it’s been fantastic! And after I searched for other specific SW soup groups, I found nothing (only soup maker ones), so I have created this group if anyone loves soup & their maker like I do:
I’ve told people it starts 2nd March, so hopefully it gives people plenty of time to adjust/ organise themselves – but as I have given myself the challenge of creating 7 new Slimming World friendly soups, I am doing it now and thought I’d log my feelings each day.
I’ve eaten a LOT of chocolate while being away and since Christmas and so I faced the scales at the weekend and have challenged myself to lose 8lbs so I can fit back into my jeans comfortably without blaming it on the tumble dryer.
Breakfast: Porridge (Healthy Extra)
Lunch: Spicy Carrot & Lentil Soup SYN FREE
Tea: SW Chilli con carne
I have adapted the most popular soup on the bbcgoodfood website today using my soup maker and swapping oil for frylight – but unfortunately when I put all the ingredients it, it was way over the fluid allowance so had to pour a lot out and took a chance. I’m glad it happened (although editing the video may be messy), I am leaving it in for people to get to know the soup maker better.
The soup is delicious and was perfect consistency – any more water and it would be too thin. It has warm Indian spices from the cumin and very quick & easy to do!
Two bowl-fulls later and my enthusiasm is still here, but by 5pm, I want to eat my tea earlier but I am sure I can hold on. And my only dread is that I will be up all night peeing…!
Breakfast: Porridge (Healthy Extra)
Lunch: Brussel Sprout & Roasted Garlic Soup SYN FREE
Late Lunch Snack: New potato salad with 0.5syn chili sauce & fat free natural yoghurt
Tea – Synned Tex Mex Tesco Enchiladas
I wasn’t up all night nipping to the toilet and woke up still feeling positive. Today I made a brussel sprout soup with roasted garluc (annoyingly thought I’d set the timer on my phone and overdid tyhe garlic but it was still yummy. However, I have a weak stomach and after a bowl and a half, I now cannot get past the colour or the paranoia of stinking of garlic. I’m not a big fan of the colour green. And because of this, I’ve decided to focus on drinking my green tea and ginger infused water. As I’m saving my syns for tonight, I feel a bit drained as I technically have only eat 200-odd calories.
It’s now 3pm and I’m imagining my tea already, so I’m taking my dog for a walk to the post office and thinking positively. I am missing yesterday’s soup already, or a slice of grilled cheese on toast- the colour and how filling it was. I still have plenty left but I want to save it for the weekend.
3;37pm: I am now decided to have a half syn salad as a late snack – I am so glad I am vlogging on YouTube as it has encouraged me to opt for superfree foods as opposed to another healthy extra (wholemeal sandwich). What is interesting is that I am now craving a chicken noodle soup or pasta soup of some sort, so I think I’m going to listen to my body.
3.43pm I am hyper!! I am full after a bowl and half, but now keep knocking back the water by my desk. It never even crossed my mind about vlogging today (or blogging).
I have adapted my own version of a syn free minestrone soup and all I can say is WOW! I would be happy to eat this almost daily (of course I need variety) but hoepfully will get the recipe up any day.
Last night after my evening meal, I started to get a sinus headache which I am wondering is an effect of the amount of water I am drinking (one extreme to another type of thing) – it hurt when I stood up like a head rush.
I had a late night and so had a late start – I seemed to need quite a lie in & got up at 9am and woke up with a very sore cracked mouth – splitting near the corners of my lips. I then took Hans (my border collie) for his usual walk, but the headache was still lingering and had to take painkillers twice in the day.
However, my porridge & soup lunch is still working with me and today I made a scorcher – Leek, Bacon & Potato soup – the last two soups have had wow factors in my opinion. However, today has been all go – builders have been in and so filming the soup was difficult (which is I never filmed much for when my visual vlog goes live).
One thing I need to point out is that I have been craving protein (hence the bacon choice in the soup) and I have a stash of nuts that I accidentally munched on around 4pm, so I must restrict myself more when shopping. I have felt quite tired as opposed to yesterday, so will be having an early night.
Yaaaaaaay!! This week has gone incredibly fast and it’s day 5 already! I’m so excited to make one of my favourites – a roasted tomato soup, but I’m going to include red peppers in it too for a sweeter, smoother taste.
One thing I must log down in case you do decide to do this challenge is that I have figured something out – after still having a headache and sore dry mouth (Day 4), are both signs of overdosing on water – I’ve not only been drinking 2 bowls of soup on average, but trying to drink 2ltrs of water.
I struggle to drink 2ltrs of water (which is what I have seen most places as a recommended daily intake – sometimes 3ltrs), but the question is, what is fact? It differs in different countries and I assume climate changes alter this. But surely a recommended water intake differs per person?
Apparently too much water can lead your brain to swell, leading to kidney failture (my head felt like it was contracting when I got up & moved around on Day 3) – I’m 5″4 if this makes any difference and not overweight. So I am left to go with my gut instinct and drink 1400ml when eating soup – perhaps this is a better balance for me. It is just a thought for you to ponder on if you do take on this challenge.
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