After suffering from two chest infections in two months, having no inclination to eat normal meals and survive mainly on unhealthy snacks , losing my cooking mojo and my motivation along with it and having gained a few pounds – I drew the line! I needed to shake things up a bit and speed up my weightloss in a healthy way.
So here is my account as I boosted my weightloss journey with renewed motivation and ideas.
Having seen people calorie counting, fasting and having great losses I wondered if I could do the same. The long term answer is no. I would be destined for the Pork Pie shop!
So I looked to what I enjoy, what satisfies me and what is healthy and diet friendly – I know what works for me and what doesn't. I don't want to feel restricted or denied of anything as that can so easily send you off the rails!
One thing that is extremely diet friendly, versatile, filling, healthy, and satisfying is Lo-Dough and only 39 calories a slice. My plan is to incorporate Lo-Dough into 14 meals over the next week to kick start my weightloss! I will still be following the main principles of a healthy diet in terms of lean meats, vegetables and fruits etc One large box of Lo-Dough costs £28 but using it in this way it will last the full week. Lo-Dough has great filling power and a real game changer. In fact the whole box if it was at all possible to eat in one go ( it's not possible lol) is only 546 calories! The box is huge and I plan to have used the whole box at the end of my Lo-Dough Boost Challenge Week. Incorporating Lo-Dough into 14 meals will ensure my overall calorie intake is greatly reduced. I won't include the syn values/
Smartpoints or Calories of what I have had as these can change but you will be able to calculate the values yourselves depending on what plan or diet you follow. It's about healthy eating and weightloss and what I eat over the next week can be accommodated into most plans.
My meals will include Lo-Dough Pizzas, wraps, etc. Using Lo-Dough as the main constituent of 14 meals over the week will reduce the amount of carbs consumed overall in the same way speed food does on Slimming World. It will also ensure I stay satisfied and full after a meal as
it's full of protein and fibre.
Lo-Dough is high in fibre and protein and will use it most days in place of carbs. I do not plan to cut or entirely replace carbs with Lo-Dough as that would be too restrictive and too 'faddy' so putting it simply – if I fancy a couple of slices of wholemeal bread, potatoes or cereal, porridge etc I will have them – although I have never had a craving for porridge or cereal!
3 meals a day over a week =21 meals. 14 of these meals will include Lo-Dough. The remaining 7 meals will be healthy meals but not carb heavy.
So I start Day 1 today – Monday with a pizza for brunch – it's late but I will still fit in my 3 meals today!
My pizza was made up of:
- 1 Lo-Dough wrap
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- 4 slices wafer thin honey roast ham torn into small piece
- 2 slices low fat cheese – hexa
- 1/2 small red onion sliced thinly
- 2 cherry tomatoes sliced
- 1/4 yellow pepper sliced
- Basil – 1tsp
Place Wrap on baking tray and spread puree over base , space ham , onion and pepper over puree. Add tomatoes, sprinkle with Basil. Chop cheese slices into eight pieces each and spread over top of vegetables. Spray all over the pizza with frylight and bake in oven – gas 5 until cheese melted on top – apx 15 mins. Served with green salad leaves and raw onion.
After lunch snack – apple
I told you I would fit 3 meals in today! Actually I had just half of this and saved the other half to stave off the munchies later whilst I watch the final of Love Island – yes, sad but true!
This is one piece of Lo-Dough, 1 tbsp of lighter than light mayo, 5 slices of wafer thin honey roast ham and salad leaves
For my main meal tonight I have made a Lo-Dough bowl which will contain my 'No Fuss Hearty One Pot Stew' served with vegetables. To make the Lo-Dough Bowl spray one piece of Lo-Dough with Avocado frylight, massage in both sides.
Then spray with Garlic Frylight and sprinkle with fresh ground salt and pepper. Place into an ovenproof pudding bowl and bake in a medium oven until the bottom has hardened.
No Fuss One Pot Hearty Stew
Serves 4 generously
Prep time 15 mins
Level – easy
- 500gms stewing steak
- 4 large pork sausages browned
- 1 large onion chopped
- 2 large carrots chopped
- 1 handful fine green beans trimmed and halved
- 1 each green and red pepper de seeded and cut into chunks
- 1 medium sweet potato peeled and cubed
- 1 large crushed garlic clove
- 6 small tomatoes chopped
- 1 tbsp Worcester sauce
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- 3 beef oxos in 1/2 Ltr boiling water
- 1 rounded tsp chilli powder
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tsp mixed herbs
- 1 tsp mustard powder
Simply combine all ingredients in a casserole dish , place on high heat until bubbling then lower heat and cook for two hours.
Season to taste and remove bay leaf before serving
Alternatively this can be cooked in a slow cooker.
This meal was delicious and extremely filling – a proper plateful! Ken had seconds and there is enough leftover for his tea tomorrow!
Day 2 – Tuesday
Breakfast with a difference and a big hit!
I received delivery of my Degustabox last week and inside was a sachet of Merchant Gourmet Red and White Quinoa. Now to be honest I thought 'what on earth am I going to use that for' but looking on the back of the pack I saw an intriguing recipe where you use it instead of porridge- the good news is though – it's surprisingly
a good alternative if you aren't keen on porridge and has a nice nutty texture.
So I grabbed a few ingredients from the fridge and here is what I used.
I placed half a pack of the Quinoa into a small pan. Generously covered with almond milk ( I forgot to measure!) and reheated it gently. I added a small amount of sweetener- 1 tsp. Whilst that was heating through I placed fresh berries in a bowl
Once the Quinoa was heated through for apx 8 minutes I stirred in the Whitworths Choc Shot and then poured over the berries. Mixed well and thoroughly enjoyed! You could also add a spoonful of Greek yoghurt for a creamier texture. I found it deliciously sweet and nutty – I love nuts and this appealed to me very much!
Lunch was a bit of a 'throw it together and see how it works kinda meal
I used some leftover warmed up Spanish Tortilla and half a piece of Lo-Dough with salad leaves and a smear of ketchup for a tasty lunch which turned out far better than I hoped for. I used a small piece of tortilla – apx 2/3 of a portion Recipe here
The tortilla does contain carbs in the form of potatoes and cheese – as I said before I am reducing the amount of consumed, not cutting them out entirely. Cutting something out can create heightened cravings and I am trying to avoid this.
I finished my lunch with a cup of good coffee and shared an apple with Charlie!
Snacks – The remaining half of Lo-Dough I spread with 2 tsp peanut butter and sliced Williams pear which although sounds gross was so lovely! No photo as it was down in a flash !
Tea tonight was also delicious
- 1 Lo-Dough wrap
- 1 small Fillet steak
- 1 Handful of mushrooms
- Garlic salt
- Dried minced garlic
- 1 small Butternut squash peeled and chipped
- 2 tbsp fat free Greek yoghurt
- 2 tsp curry powder
- 1/4 tsp onion salt
- 1 tsp dried coriander
- Sweetener to taste
It comprised of mushrooms fried in garlic salt , dried minced garlic and seasoning and a small flash fried Fillet steak – you could use any good quality lean tender steak.
I placed the cooked mushrooms on the Lo-Dough down the middle. Cut the steak in half and laid it on top of the mushrooms. I then folded each side over so they overlapped and secured with 4 cocktail sticks. I then wrapped it all in tin foil and baked in a preheated oven gas 5 for apx 25 mins. Served with Butternut squash chips and a dip made from Fat free Greek yoghurt, curry powder,
Coriander, onion salt, mixed well and then added a little sweetener to taste. On its own I wasn't sure about the flavour but it worked well with the BNS chips. It was difficult to get a good photo and definitely tasted better than it looks!
Well that's two days smashed and I do feel better already! It also made my day when Ben from Lo-Dough messaged me to inform me he is taking up the Lo-Dough Boost Challenge alongside me!!
Day 3 – Wednesday
I had an awful nights sleep. I generally find this after day 2 of knuckling down. Reducing carbs and sugar has an unsettling effect on me until my body adapts. I also find what I call the 'Water drop' starts to happen. I was up a couple of times during the night bursting for a wee – sorry if that's too much information but I want to be open and honest! This always happens to me at this stage so it's no surprise and I am destined for a few rough sleeps ahead!
On the plus side I have got up this morning and feel like Kate Moss ( no, not suffering the effect of a boozy night lol) I feel slimmer! The Lo-Dough effect!
It's really important all way through the challenge to keep your water intake good. I am not going to specify how much – you hear anything up to 3 litres. I probably have around 2 in total . I start with a cup of tea or coffee, I have a coffee mid morning and a couple of Diet Cokes before 6pm. I then switch to sugar free juices and drink about a litre of that that leading up to bed time. Being honest is important – this is my way and I am not saying it's the right way. Some would say cut down on caffeine but in all honesty I don't want to – this is my diet and I won't – and I won't make you force me lol!
So I start the day with a cup of tea with milk – as I said before, it's what I fancy so it's what I am having. I used semi skimmed milk and a Yorkshire tea bag – oh I am a happy bunny! I love Yorkshire Tea and picked up a little free box at the Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival last weekend, although I have plenty in without having to open it yet!
Breakfast is the same as yesterday- yes, I enjoyed it. I am going to rummage through my drawers (ooo errr miss!) to see if I can find another Whitworths shot – if not I will improvise!
Two mins later – I found one! Toffee and Pecan will do nicely thankyou! I won't bore you and slow down the page with another pic that looks remarkably the same as yesterday so just scroll back if the urge takes you! 😊
Lunch today was a little later than normal due to my exciting delivery from Bearfaced Groceries which kept me busy for a while if you have seen my instagram stories today. Anyway in true Lo-Dough Boost Challenge style I had a very filling and tasty lunch. I used the last of my Tortilla and had it on 1/2 Lo-Dough wrap with a little ketchup. On the side – mindful I need vegetables I had two of the Cauliflower 'Fish' bites I made earlier Recipe here Hands up – it had me beat and Charlie had the last couple of mouthfuls!
In between meal snack – 1 pear to stop me reaching for the wrong things!
1 bottle of Thor Drinks Apple Spritz with Mint – 69 cals
For tea I made a chilli – the way us slimmers do – lots of onion, peppers, tomato and beans. I served it in a Lo-Dough Bowl and had a side salad – it was soooo good and filling!
I have one final munch today – the other half of my Lo-Dough from lunchtime – so I smeared it with 2 tsp of peanut butter and down it went!
Well that's day 3 completed and it's been remarkably easy. I have been hungry only a couple of time and I must learn to have a drink of water first so I am off to have one now!
Day 4 – Thursday
After another expected rubbish night sleep and getting up twice for the loo – the water drop continues and an unexpected coughing fit in the early hours left me with little sleep. So a good breakfast is called for!
What better than a Lo-Dough Bacon and Egg Butty! A splash of ketchup and a side of cherry tomatoes on the vine. My bacon was completely trimmed of all fat and grilled. I normally like Crispy bacon but this morning I fancied something a little juicer and it really hit the spot. Charlie had my last bite of Lo-Dough and a cherry tomato as I was completely stuffed!
Today again I feel slimmer. More comfortable in my body and less encumbered.
I have been thinking back to February when I embarked on a well known diet plan 'boost' I decided to do 12 strict days – and I mean strict – I didn't cheat once. After 12 days I lost just 4.5lbs. I was gutted! The last day was the day before my birthday. We went out for a lovely meal, I had lots of carbs and immediately without warning vomited! My stomach was off for weeks. I have IBS and the shock of reintroducing carbs etc back into my system was too much for it to cope with. I felt ok before the meal and it was only whilst eating carbs ( garlic pizza) this happened. I started sweating, felt dizzy and was sick within a few minutes! I think being so restrictive with what I had been eating had created a slight food intolerance – that's why this week carbs are still on the menu – limited but still there and so is sugar. I have used ketchup which contains sugar and plan to have a little of something sweet later even if it's one square of dark chocolate. The results of the 12 day challenge I completed in February taught me a valuable lesson! Don't cut, just limit !
Late morning snack – 2 Cauliflower 'fish' with Tartare sauce and a cup of coffee. I was feeling a little peckish – I shouldn't have given Charlie my last mouthful of Lo-Dough this morning! 😉
Lunch today was lovely. I cooked a Sea Trout Fillet in the microwave let it cool slightly and then served it on a piece of Lo-Dough with salad leaves and sweet chilli sauce. I love trying different things – the fish was a little dry but that's where the sweet chilli sauce came into its own!
I asked Ken to kindly find some dark chocolate for me and he came back with milk chocolate with nuts in! I took three pieces and let him have the rest! Danger! Moderation is the key though on my challenge and I tell you what… I didn't half make those three pieces last when in actual fact I could demolish the whole bar in seconds ! I could so easily eat more – a real trigger food and dangerous!
Well I have had my two pieces of Lo-Dough today so am having a lovely sirloin steak with asparagus for tea with a Diane sauce which is a Hairy Bikers recipe http://www.hairybikers.com/recipes/view/steak-diane#Jrxq50ckhfEYiLsT.97
It was served with purple sweet potato chips and mushrooms stuffed with garlic and cherry tomatoes each topped with 1/2tbsp primula light – it all looks a little over cooked – I was busy blogging lol but it tasted lovely!
Day 5 – Friday
Breakfast was a simple fayre. I don't normally have cereal but enjoyed two Weetabix with almond milk. My first attempt was a little soggy so I binned the soggy Weetabix and tried two more with less milk and it was nice and Crispy! I would definitely have this again!
I was so busy with my blogging after breakfast I forgot to drink. I realised when I started coughing with a dry throat! So I must make more of an effort!
Morning was gone in a flash and I planned to have pizza for lunch. Yes you can be on a healthy eating splurge and still have your pizza! I have posted the recipe here
It was amazing! So filling and indulgent
Just use your imagination and creativity to build a perfect pizza at a fraction of the calories. That's why Lo-Dough is quite simply described as a game changer'
For tea I had two cauliflower 'fish' some of Kens chips and mushy peas on a Lo-Dough wrap. Although there are 4 'fish' on my plate – 2 was plenty and I really felt like I had eaten fish and chips without being left with all the fatty taste it leaves behind – I left the other two. Another successful day !
The most challenging day is a work day. A long shift with irregular meal times tends to throw me, so I have spent time preparing some Doner Kebab meat to make a kebab –
It will keep me happy and satisfied so bring on Day 6!!
Oops snack alert 9pm and was peckish so had two slices of my Doner Kebab meat –
Day 6 – Saturday
Work day! I prepared lunch before I had my breakfast and made a Lo-Dough bowl for when I get home. I don't finish work until 8pm so it's late to start faffing!
I like to keep things simple on a workday so it's lunch of homemade Doner Kebab in Lo-Dough with mint raita and salad.
Breakfast was simple too. I learnt from my previous mistake of adding too much milk to Weetabix so this morning I had another two Coconut and Raisin Weetabix with Alpro original almond milk.
It's a rubbish picture but I wasn't messing about and having my breakfast go soggy!
I added a couple of hearts to liven it up but I didn't eat those!! 😉
So lunch is at 2pm – way too late for me but apart from changing my job I can't alter that!
Little late morning snack to keep me going until lunchtime – I always like to have a contingency plan!
Lunch – the wait was worth it – 2.5 syn Lo-Dough Doner Kebab and I am in heaven
There's lots of fakeaway Doner Kebab recipes out there but I would say play about with spices and create your own
Later – 6pm and still working – another break and just had to have a snack! Proud of myself though as I always struggle on a Saturday and chose fruit again – being honest not my snack of preference but my snack of choice today!
Tonight for tea it's Lo-Dough bowl Chilli
I am rocking the bowls as you can fill them with anything and boy have I got an idea for tomorrow!
Day 7 – Sunday
Motoring on to the end of my Lo-Dough Boost Challenge I decided to start the day in style with a good Sunday breakfast. I used 1/2 Lo-Dough wrap and fried it in a little frylight with a tbsp of water to stop it burning – it does work and I had this instead of potato cakes that Ken had on his!
I thorough enjoyed my relaxed Sunday breakfast reinforced by no mobile signal whilst my network provider decided to work on the mast for an hour or two so I couldn't blog whilst eating!
Whilst I was in purgatory with no signal I decided to make some cookies with a pack I picked up at last weeks Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival. I managed to make 18 cookies. Ken has been complaining there's never any biscuits in so he can't complain now!
Anyway, late morning I had one cookie with a cup of coffee. Purely to keep my hand in the sugar department and to avoid any reactions to any foods once I finish my challenge. The cookies contain wheat and some vegetable fats. Oh and I did want to try one too!!
So lunch was a repeat of yesterday apart from two differences. I didn't forget my chilli sauce and I only had 1/2 a Lo-Dough wrap as I need to save my last full wrap for tonight's meal.
So, with just one more meal on my challenge I look back and review my week.
- How did it go? Well, dismiss the fact I don't know at this stage how much weight I have lost I feel remarkably leaner. I have more energy, feel less bloated and happy that I have done it in a healthy way. I have boosted my weightloss with healthy 'real' foods in a way that I hope will have worked for me.
- How much has it cost? Well, one box of Lo-Dough can be purchased here for £28 to follow my Lo-Dough Boost challenge, incorporating 14 pieces of Lo-Dough (2 per day) over a week into your normal healthy eating regime.
- How do I feel? I feel slimmer, more energised and more comfortable in my skin!
- Have I gone without anything? No! I don't feel like I have! I have eaten chocolate, cream, peanut butter, chips, potatoes, roast potato, sauces, Doner Kebab – oh and don't forget the biscuit!
- How did I do? We will have to wait until tomorrow!
- Has Lo-Dough endorsed this? No – although they were aware I had given myself this challenge and are interested to see the results – they didn't have any influence over the week apart from encouraging me to do well. I was just inspired by their creation!
My last meal on the challenge and my 14th piece of Lo-Dough this week and I had to finish in style with a Sunday dinner and using a Lo-Dough bowl in place of a Yorkshire Pudding!
It was delicious and worth waiting for. I can honestly and truly say I have enjoyed my Lo-Dough Boost Challenge and have lost 5.5lbs in total without being hungry or having any cravings. I hope that my blog post inspires you to find your own healthy way of giving yourself a boost. This way really fit into our lifestyle with no fuss and really was a pleasure!
Lo-Dough is sold here
So am I pleased? Hell yeah!! I suffered through 12 days of a worldwide well known diet's boost plan last year, was a complete angel and lost 4.5 lbs.
This time on the Lo-Dough Boost Challenge I have been happy, satisfied and had no cravings and in just 7 days I lost 5.5lbs – 1lb more