For the last few months (up until I went on my holidays), I’ve been following the Slimming World plan (on a budget) and I’ve lost just over a stone altogether.
It would have been a stone and a half but the half went back on while I was on my holidays!
In an effort to be frugal I wasn’t going to a Slimming world group, I was going it alone using some books that a friend gave to me but it was hard work. There was no one to swap ideas and recipes with, no one to really motivate me and no major reason why I couldn’t have a bit of a treat and start again the next day…. Or the next…. Or even on Monday (who say’s I have no willpower??).
So two weeks ago, I took the plunge and joined my local group with a few friends and so far, I think it will be the best money I’ve ever spent. I feel newly motivated again – the group is lovely and I feel confident that I CAN lose weight. Everyone is there for the same reason and genuinely seems to want to help everyone else and I lost 3.5lbs in the first week. My second weigh in is tomorrow so I’ll let you know how that goes.
I know that there are plenty of ways that I could lose weight without paying a weekly fee but to me, it’s worth it. Maybe when I’m a bit further on with my weight loss, I’ll try to go it alone at home again but for now I’m happy with the way things are.
One of the best things I’ve picked up is the idea for a Slimming World friendly quiche. Everyone seems to have their own recipe or version of this which is the beauty of it, you can just use what you have in. It also tastes delicious hot or cold and is a great snack that even Mr Frugal will eat.
This is my version but if you Google Slimming World Quiche, you’ll be spoilt for choice….
(this makes six muffins)
6 slices of wafer thin ham
Fat free plain cottage cheese
Mushrooms – sliced
Tomato – sliced
Potato – sliced
4 eggs beaten
- Using Frylight cooking spray, grease a muffin tray.
- Line the muffin tray with sliced ham.
- Dollop a teaspoon of fat free cottage cheese in the bottom.
- Add a slice of mushroom/tomato/potato or whatever else you fancy.
- Pour the beaten eggs over each one.
- Bake in an oven, pre heated to around 200 c until the egg has set. Mine took about twenty minutes but the cooking time varies a lot depending on how much egg mix you put into the muffins.
- When they’re cooked, leave them to cool before turning them out.
- Eat hot or cold.
Other versions of Slimming world quiche include things like tuna and sweetcorn, chicken and brocolli, ham and cheese (either use a HEA or syn the cheese) and even sausage and bean variations. You also don’t have to line the muffin trays with ham, you can just put the ingredients in and pour the egg mix over the top.
I have been given a great recipe for Slimming World Chickpea Dahl loaf as well so I’ll be sharing that with you when I’ve had the chance to test it and I’d love you to let me know if you’re following Slimming World, or even if you’re just trying to lose weight in general – we could have a little online support group 😉