Life is now easier for Liz after losing 5st 11lbs

Publication Date05 Jan 2021
sleeping. The final straw was my snoring. It was so bad that my husband, Roy, started talking about separate bedrooms - and I wasn't having that!

So I joined my local Slimming World group. One of the first things I noticed was how versatile the Food Optimising plan was and how well it fitted around my shifts. Up until then, I had relied on fast food and sandwich meal deals to get me through the working day.

The more I learnt about Food Optimising, the more I loved it. Whichever shift I was on, I always had a filling meal to fuel me up before I went, and again when I got home. I would often have a slimmingfriendly cooked breakfast, which was satisfying enough to keep me going all day (or night!), then for dinner, we would have cooked a Slimming World spaghetti bolognese or chilli ahead ready for me to heat up as soon as I came in.

After losing nearly 6st, everything feels easier. My sleep apnoea has gone, along with the snoring - much to the delight of Roy! - and my aches and pains have all but disappeared. I've got all the energy I need for even the longest shift and my colleagues have been really impressed by the difference in me - and even more so by how much I can eat!

''Top tips for working shifts HATCH A PLAN If you have a stint of shifts coming up, do your meal planning and shopping before they start. That way, you don't have to worry about coming home to empty cupboards. GET COOKING Make a stash of dishes that you can freeze, or get your slow cooker going while you're at work. SAVE LEFTOVERS If you're cooking a roast dinner, double up the veg and use the leftovers to make a quick frittata you can slice into wedges and take to work as a snack.

Did you know?

If you're a shift worker, you can just let your Slimming World Consultant know that you work shifts when you join, then tell them when you're able to get to the group and when you can't attend - it doesn't have to stand in your way of receiving expert real-life support.

Or, should you decide that being a Slimming World Online member would work better for you, you will have access to online support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, regardless of your shift pattern.

Liz, 47, is from Houston, Renfrewshire, and attends Louise O'Neill's Slimming World group in Linwood, Renfrewshire. Height: 5ft 6½in

Starting weight: 16st 13½lbs Current weight: 11st 2½lbs WEIGHT LOST: 5st 11lbs

Eggs Benedict Serves 1, ready in 15 minutes

? Low-calorie cooking spray–75g baby spinach leaves–2 tbsp fat-free natural fromage frais–¼ tsp mustard powder–1 tsp finely chopped fresh tarragon–1 tsp finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley–Bottom half of a 60g wholemeal roll, toasted–2 slices of lean ham, all visible fat removed, or 2 slices of smoked salmon–1 poached egg

1 Spray a large frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray, add the spinach and cook over a medium heat until it wilts. Season to taste and keep warm.

2 Put the fromage frais, mustard powder and herbs in a small saucepan and heat gently, whisking all the time until warm (take care not to let it boil). Remove, season to taste and keep warm.

3 Put the toasted roll half on a serving plate, cut side up, and add the ham or salmon, depending on your preference. Top with the spinach and egg. Season with pepper, spoon over the sauce and serve immediately.

Overnight oats Serves 1, ready in 5 minutes, plus overnight soaking

? 40g plain porridge oats–200g fat-free natural yogurt–Fresh or frozen and defrosted mixed berries, such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or blackberries–Ground cinnamon, to dust (optional)

1 Spoon layers of porridge oats, yogurt and most of the fruit into a bowl or jar. Cover and chill overnight so that the porridge absorbs the yogurt.

2 In the morning, stir to mix all the layers together, top with the remaining fruit and dust with cinnamon, if using, to serve.

Bacon and egg sarnie Serves 1, ready in 20 minutes

? 2 rashers of back bacon, all visible fat removed–Low-calorie cooking spray–1 large egg–2 slices wholemeal bread (from a small 400g loaf)–Beef tomato, sliced, to serve

1 Grill the bacon under a medium-hot grill for 2-3 minutes on each side. Remove and drain on kitchen paper. 2 Spray a small frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Crack the egg into the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until done to your liking. 3 Lightly toast the bread. Top one slice with the tomato, the bacon, then the egg and a twist of black pepper. Add the second slice on top and serve.

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