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Saturday, 24 February 2018

Oh so glad it's Saturday



24th February 2018
There is nothing in nature that blooms all year long, so don’t expect yourself to do so either.

Morning, well I woke just after 4, lay there and thought, get up, start your day, make the most of it – so I did.  I’ve already done half hour of paperwork and downloaded a course I’d never got round to finishing after I bought it last year, now to actually do the course.

I had a lovely few hours to myself yesterday morning, walk round Lichfield followed by a massage, I was going to go to Waitrose afterwards but decided instead to go home and have a couple of hours with mom before work and I can do my shopping online over the weekend whilst I’m sat in the living room.  I was only going to Waitrose because of a coupon, I’d have probably ended up buying stuff I don’t need.

Upstairs cleansing is on the cards this weekend, everywhere needs a good hoover, tidy and polish.  My clothes have gravitated to the floor instead of the wardrobes and my gorgeous bedroom is at the moment a bit of a state.

Me and Alfie enjoyed a brisk walk, he’s a funny little character, just plonks himself down and decides ‘okay, we’re going to sit and watch the world go buy for a bit’, you can’t budge him, for a little one, he’s strong and stubborn.  I like that about him!

Foodwise, I enjoyed a turkey donor kebab on a ciabatta roll, then for tea I had salmon, mash and veg – I love mash, I also like to buy it ready-made, saves so much hassle and time when you’re busy, the veg was ready chopped to which meant I had a meal in under 10 minutes, I ate more fruit and veg and salad yesterday than I probably had all week.

I’ve done a lot of thinking this week, head wise, I feel so much better than I have for a long time, I’m one for action, for doing not thinking but in order for me to decide what needs to be done, I’ve had to process things and work out what I wanted.  I think I’m getting there.  I loved spending time with mom yesterday, when I’m relaxed, - I’m more patient, when I’m not tired - I’m more patient, when I’m not busy – I’m more patient, what you can see from that is I need more patience to deal with the Alzheimer’s at this moment in time, that way I get to still enjoy the time I have with mom, which means I need to be not so busy, not so tired and relaxed.  I’m working on it, hence the thinking.

Anyway, I’m talking in riddles because I don’t want to type it yet, I’ve got a meeting to get too and things to do before I go, yesterday’s breakfast was strawberries and Greek 0% yogurt with a bit of agave syrup, it was alright but I wouldn’t say I loved it, thing is we don’t have to ‘love’ everything we eat, it’s called being a grown up, eating it because it’s good for us, thankfully I don’t have to be one this morning as I don’t have any strawberries left, I will try to stop at the fruit and veg shop on the way to work though and get some apples and bananas, the strawberries need to wait till summer when they actually taste good.

Here’s to a healthy day BeYOUtiful, taking time out to enjoy life and your loved ones.  

Friday, 23 February 2018

BeYOUtiful remember you're YOUnique



23rd February 2018
Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come.  Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.
Cracking day at the scales yesterday, 173lb lost, also been a busy week for members returning and new members joining, there must be something in the water, or maybe it’s where the moon is, or perhaps we’re realising the consequences of not doing something about our eating habits and our weight!

I’m thinking fish today, maybe salmon, I can take it out of the freezer this morning, Nat and me were chatting last night about how we needed to use some of the food we already had in our cupboards rather than going and buying more!  That’s the plan for me, I do need fresh stuff but not store cupboard stuff.  To meal plan or not to meal plan that is the question!  I think I should, at least have a look and do a list of meals that I can make with what I’ve got in the cupboards rather than coming home and thinking ‘what can I eat?’

My diet this week is mostly lacking veggies, I’ve been a lazy cook, yesterday I had lemon chicken and rice, I did cook butternut squash fries with it but they didn’t cook properly at all, burnt on the outside still crunchy in the middle – I ate em though!  For tea I had a frozen M&S side dish that had been in my freezer since December, 9sp in half of it, it wasn’t all that, proving to me I buy stuff on impulse when the packaging is pretty or Christmas is upon us.  Bit more space back in the freezer though.  It’s payday weekend, so that’s a bonus, I’ll buy some nice veggies, more fruit, I did eat the entire back of apples, need more.

I had an email yesterday that stated, “Information without execution gets you NOWHERE.How true is that, it’s no use me knowing everything there is to know about healthy eating if I don’t’ put it into practice.

Therefore today I plan to practice what I preach, I will start my day with the strawberries that are staring at me on my kitchen counter, some yogurt with them maybe because let’s be honest, I’m not actually hungry, there’s probably enough food in me to keep me going for a few days!

I’m out this morning so won’t be back till later, but I’ll have salmon for tea, it’s a quick easy meal, a Maggi seasoned paper flavour, they’re fab, I wrap one round the salmon and put them on the George Foreman, I can either it with rice, potato or pasta.


See just thinking about what to eat and putting a bit of effort into it, helps steer me in the right direction, especially when I don’t wanna do stuff.  It’s okay not to want to do things, but we’ve still got to get on and do them.

So here’s to a day of being accountable, getting stuff done and realising we can do this.

Oh, and in case no one else told you lately, I think you are truly sensational. You are an amazing individual, one of kind, truly YOUnique, you are BeYOUtiful – never forget it!   Have that belief in yourself, know you can achieve anything you put your mind too. 

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Internet may be on a go slow, but I'm not!



22nd February 2018
The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears. 
It appears my internet connection is on a super go slow this morning, YAY, that’s gonna help – NOT!  Not to worry, let’s keep this brief then, my refocus challenge is easy today,

Day 13 – 22nd Feb – Plan a catch up with a friend

I’m doing that on Sunday, having lunch with my besties, looking forward to it SO much.  I am going to plan a catch up with the most important person in my world though – ME!  Yep, I’ve already started working on it, I’ve asked my colleagues which of them could cover my meetings if I decide to take a day off, I want to go climb me a hill and as it’s been a while since I’ve done that, I better not get too adventurous and the beauty of living where I do is there some glorious countryside to walk in without having to travel too far.  Part of the fun is in the planning so I’ll spend half hour this afternoon looking at maps and ideas.

My fruit and veg challenge end today, I’ve not done amazing, it’s not easy to get the different ones without thinking about it and if I’m honest there hasn’t been a lot of thought on my meals the last few days.

Fruit & Veg challenge
Apple
Mushrooms
Tomatoes
Carrots
Potato
Butternut squash
Spinach
Onions
Mandarin oranges
Broccoli
Banana
Grapes
Pear
Red, yellow & green Peppers
Celery
Watermelon
Avocado
Pomegranate
Cucumber
Strawberry
Raspberries
Blueberries
Lettuce

Yesterday I mostly lived on Ryvita, I find them irresistible, which is the reason I stopped buying them I’ve remembered, the packets empty now, I do have another packet but I’m not going to open it for now.

My lunch was incredible though, after two hours of housework – ma’an that’s dull!  Being an adult can be dull, we need to accept that don’t we, nobody coming to do it for us, it’s no use waiting till we feel like doing it – we’re never going to.  Once you become an adult, you have to start making yourself do the stuff you don’t want to so that you can be everything you’re supposed to be. 

You don’t have to enjoy cleaning your teeth but you do need to do it.  Just as you don’t have to enjoy eating the salad and drinking the water, you just need to do it if you want to get healthy.  Yeah I’m growing up and it’s hard work but its hard work for everyone so that makes me feel better about it. Housework still sucks but I do love the clean house it leaves me with so because of that I’ll tackle upstairs on Saturday.

Need to plan my tea or it’ll end up being chippy, I’ve got chicken marinating in lemon and herb in the fridge for lunch, thinking I can have that with rice maybe, not had rice for a while.  I could have steak and a jacket for tea, I could pick a spud up from the garage, mmm if I did that, today could be a No Count day because I am hungry this week, then I could have eggs and mushrooms for breakfast.  Oh I forgot to finish telling you about my lunch yesterday, so good, a triple stacked eggy bread, with ham, mushrooms and tomato with Parmesan, 8SP or 2SP on No Count.
 
Yeah I’d recommend that for a quick, tasty meal.

Anyway, it’s time to get on with my day, things to do, places to be, breakfast to eat!

Let’s make Thusrday tremendous and tracked shall we BeYOUtiful?