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Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Happy Tuesday, let's make it tremendous

Tuesday 4th August 2020 
Focus on the step in front of you and not the whole staircase.


Well it's another calm morning in the Longsden house and I feel good again.  I've done my yoga and meditation, Alfie joined me for the latter and I'm already 20 minutes towards my 30 minutes a day for the WW Challenge.  I've realised I already do 30 minutes or more of activity but it's mostly low impact, any activity is better than no activity at all though isn't it.  Today's activity will mostly involve sorting the shed! 

Yesterday was a lovely, chilled out day off, today will be the opposite, I'm getting ready to return to workshops so will be sorting out all my stock etc. 

I'm ready and looking forward to it!  I'm not going to lie, a couple of weeks ago I wasn't, I was dreading it, quite anxious over it for lots of reasons, from the idea of lone working to the prospect of leaving mom again and how she'd react to that.  I'm good now though, mom's behaviour overall has been much better, she's enjoying my sisters company so much more and she was great being left for a few hours Friday when her lady came to visit.  I'm now looking forward to having grown up conversations and seeing people I haven't seen in person for a very, long time.  I know it'll be more difficult for the first few weeks as I get used to a new normal but I will do it and it'll all be good.  

I'm still gonna be on my virtual this morning at 8.30, tomorrow at 5.30pm and Saturday at 9.45am in the Wolverhampton connect group and if they're anything like Sunday mornings, I'm really looking forward to them too.

Oh and if you need a little more convincing of how good activity is for you, here's a few reasons; 

1) It can make you feel happier. Yep exercise has been shown to improve your mood and decrease feelings of depression, anxiety and stress. I have friends I know exercise to help their mental health. 
2) It can help with weight loss - burns calories don't it!
3) It's good for your muscles and bones - may help prevent osteoporosis.
4) It can increase your energy levels - who doesn't want more energy! 
5) It can reduce your risk of chronic disease - no brainer! 
6) It can help skin health - who knew!  
7) It can help your brain health & memory.  I defo need help here.
8) It can help with relaxation and sleep quality.  We all want and need a good nights sleep.
9) It can reduce pain.  Yep I know it might sound mad but if you build up your core muscles, you'll be grateful.
10. It can promote a better sex life.  Yeah exercise has been proven to boost sex drive!  I ain't got time for exercise and sex!!!!

Anyway, I'm on virtual at 8, which is less than half an hour away, so here's to having a great day.

Mwah, luv ya


Love me x

Monday, 3 August 2020

#WWwegotyou challenge accepted

Monday 3rd August 2020
Don't let fear keep you from moving forward.


Late today, been doing my yoga and walking Alfie, then did a little bit of sorting of my wool cos I want the tubs for going back to work, I've got a lot to do in the shed, but I'm thinking I'll enjoy my Monday off and do it all tomorrow.  Yesterday was a really tough day for mom which obviously means it wasn't very relaxing for me either, but we made it through so let's not dwell. 

I did have a fantastic virtual workshop, I love it when they don't just help my members but I come away from it feeling like I've moved forward too.  WW are challenging us all to move more this month, 30 minutes a day and we were talking about how we can find a way to do something.  I've proved with my yoga that it is possible even when you think it's impossible to do things, it might not be easy, but it's definitely possible, I have now been doing some yoga every morning since April 18th, some mornings are easier than others, Alfie now sees it as his time too, so instead of sulking about not being able to have a moments piece, I give him 5 or 10 minutes of play and fuss then slide him out the way and off my mat so I can continue once he's done.  I'm working on the meditation, it's not so easy when there's a dog on your lap but again, I use it as a time to zone out and pet him so we're relaxing regardless.  

I want to walk though and that's not so easy, Alfie doesn't do 'brisk' walking, it's just not happening, I walked out that 20 minutes is roughly a mile so if I could get mom at a time when she's okay and just say, 'will you be okay for 20 minutes if I go for a quick walk', sometimes she will say yes, so that's my plan, it's okay if I can't do it absolutely every day, some days Alfie does walk, some days I'll earn my points doing other things like housework or a bit of gardening, but it's all about doing something and if anything gets in your way, go round it, over it or hell go through it!  I managed to get mom to say yes yesterday and I'd got my shoes on and there was Alfie waiting, I couldn't leave him behind, so I took him and I'll have to be more ninja next time I try to escape! 

I also spent a little time cooking yesterday, I really enjoyed that too, I did Harjit's lentils and I didn't do badly at all, I didn't use her quantities, I didn't have green chilli so had to use some frozen red jalapenos but I tweaked and added until it was a flavour I liked and I was thrilled with the outcome, I need to tub some up and make space in the freezer, might cook the dying tiny cauli in the fridge that cost me a quid and have cauli and spinach curry today using the sauce.  

This is the original recipe, I double up on most of it (except the water and tomatoes) and used a plastic food tray of red lentils as I hadn't got the others but I have just ordered some for next time.  I'm enjoying being back in the kitchen. 

Harj’s Lentil Curry- 5sp total 1 small cup red lentils, mung yellow lentils & chana dal (pulses) 2 tsp turmeric Boiling water - I used 2 kettle fulls Base - 2-3 onions Garlic - I used 1 frozen block Ginger - 1-2 blocks 3x green chilli’s add more if you like it spicier 1tbs olive oil (5sp) 1-2tsp cumin seeds Tomatoes - either tinned which need to be purée or passata.  (she uses about half a can) 1tsp garam masala Coriander (optional) Method: Wash all lentils in saucepan with warm water - drain water and add boiling water. Add salt & turmeric, bring to the boil be careful not let it boil over then turn gas down and simmer, cover saucepan but didn’t cover completely otherwise dhal will boil over - leave to simmer stirring occasionally until it start to thicken and looks like soup consistency. This can take up to 30-45mins to get right consistency.  Base - chop onions add to separate saucepan and add olive oil.  Cook for 5 mins and add garlic, ginger,  chopped chili & cumin seeds, if onions start sticking to saucepan keep adding water. You need to cook onions until they are more or less purée, then add tomatoes. Cook onions/tomatoes until they look like a paste then add to the lentils which should now have cooked and look like soup. Also add 1tsp of garam masala and coriander if required.

So that was more or less my day, you do have to laugh at the universe though or it will get you down, we'd been joking on virtual in the check-in bit about how we only clean something in our house when it looks dirty or it's obvious it has to be done. Well! When I came downstairs, what happened next (you don't need details) meant the wet room got the deepest clean lol, I even had to unblock the toilet! Happy Days! This went on all day btw and just as I thought it was calming down, I knocked over a carton of milk! I mean, please, enough already. I did scream and rant I won't lie, I'd been keeping my patience and being loving towards mom all day but when that happened it was like someone had released the valve on a pressure cooker. I was okay as soon as I'd wiped it up though. Then as if to apologise the universe helped me find a pattern for free that I've had my eye on for months but didn't want to have to buy the wool pack that went with it. See always some good even on a difficult day.

I've connected my apple health on my phone to my WW app as I hadn't changed my fitbit and I'm not ready to wear it yet, and I doubled my steps yesterday from Saturday which I'm chuffed with, it's all about doing what you can - so what can you do?

Have a great Monday, I'm going to enjoy it, especially as I know I'm back at work work and there's a lot to do to get ready.

Mwah, luv ya

Love me xx

Sunday, 2 August 2020

Start from experience

Sunday 2nd August 2020
Don't be afraid to start over, this time you're not starting from scratch, you're starting from experience. 


Well there were some lovely smile moments in amongst moms drama yesterday, so let's focus on them, one of our Saturday virtual members achieved his goal, he hasn't rushed the process, he's one of Elle's members from her Saturday morning workshop and it's taken him 18 months to lose 2.5 stone but as he said, find your own way of following the plan and he's enjoyed using his FitPoints whilst following the plan because he knew he wouldn't stick to it if he didn't.  I've always done the same when I'm losing and following the plan correctly. 

When V and I were walking on Friday we talked about going back to basics and it means different things to different people, but what I'm trying to do this time is make changes that are going to last no matter what life throws at me, even if I slip and have bad days, I'll have a healthy foundation that I won't stray from.  As the quote above says we're not starting from scratch but from experience.  Here's a couple of questions you can ask yourself to help you move forward and build a healthier future.  

‘What can you learn from your past experience of losing weight that will help you in the future?’

‘What could you do differently this time?’

'What's going to be the first step you'll take today?'


I'll leave those questions with you, I too am going to think about my responses. 


Yeah yesterday I was reminded why I love my job and that's because I love my members and I'm here to help them, as I get ready to go back to face to face workshops, it's been good to talk to some members I haven't spoken to for a while. 

Oh and I enjoyed my dinner last night, another



 

And no matter how many photos I took, I couldn't do the dish justice, it really was that good and Alfie enjoyed the bones - I did give him some of my meat but I didn't want to, I'm not gonna lie!

Have you thought about those questions that were above?  I have a little, here they are again in case you didn't;

‘What can you learn from your past experience of losing weight that will help you in the future?’

‘What could you do differently this time?’

'What's going to be the first step you'll take today?'


I've learned that it's not something to be rushed, not to focus on the weight loss but to focus on changing my habits instead, on building new healthy habits, things like my yoga in a morning, even on day's I've woken up and really not wanted to do any at all, like this morning because we've had a disrupted night again and when I woke I'd just been in a plane crash into the ocean (yeah it was a dream), but regardless of how I feel, I always get on the mat and do something, even if it's only a few minutes, I managed 15 minutes this morning, I think I've made it a permanent habit, I'm just starting week 16 of doing it anyway, returning to work might test me, but I'm hopeful.  I'm still working on making meditation a habit immediately after the yoga, my brain gets distracted and my dog interrupts! 

Habit number two I started was making fruit part of my daily diet, at least one piece each morning, I'm still doing that.  Now I'm working on natural fat free yogurt, including that each week, I'm eating it straight from the pot, straight from the fridge when I go looking in there for something to eat!  

My online shopping is helping also, not going in a shop to pick up the odd thing here and there is a great way of being in control.  I know I haven't lost weight during lockdown but I haven't gained it either and I see that as a win.  I'm not moving anywhere near as much as I would do if I was going out to work, setting up the workshop room, unloading my car etc, so hopefully when I go back that will help me burn a few more calories. 

I'm tweaking my shop each week to be healthier, to help me with future meal planning.  Having frozen peppers and green beans has been brilliant this week, I've just grabbed a handful and thrown them into whatever I was cooking without having to think about whether they'll go off in the fridge.  Frozen veggies are definitely going to be a habit in the future. 

I've got my virtual workshop at 10, check-in from 9.30 in the Stafford Connect Group, but before that I want to see if Alfie is up for a walk, I hope so!  Wish me luck.

Mwah, luv ya

Love me x

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Hello August

Saturday 1st August 2020 
One day or Day One!  Your choice.


Can you believe it's August already, 146 day's till Christmas, mom's just woke and called out to me which is my little reminder that any plans, goals or dreams I have right now, I have to realise she's got to thought about, she's just walked out of her room and said 'who are you?'

Wasn't it a hot mess of a night, I mean I'm hot at the best of times, but that has got to have been walk for all!  Please tell me it was...

Now you don't realise but I've just been away and come back to help mom get down stairs and sort her out with a cuppa etc, she's just said, 'I wonder if there's anyone in bed here?' It's rubbish dementia is and Alzheimer's ain't no better!  But it's not gonna be Alzheimer August that's for sure, this disease will not destroy us both.  

Well I had a couple of hours with V yesterday whilst mom enjoyed 4 hours with her lovely lady, it was lovely to hear mom laughing as I left the house.  For some unknown reason it seemed a good idea for me & V to go for a 5 mile walk at 1pm on the hottest day of the year!  I've never been so glad for a bottle of water from the Post Office at mile 4, I was so red when I got back, the sweat was rolling out of me, I'm relieved this morning that it was just a hot red and not sunburn (phew).  I know it was hot but I also know if I'd had a little less weight on me, then maybe I wouldn't have been so hot and uncomfortable, that's the universe giving me a sign, from an image / self esteem point of view my weight may not be bothering me but from a health point of view, I need to lose some don't I.  Yes it's hard but not more excuses, my life's difficult whether I eat / drink too much or not, so I might as well be healthier and lose some weight.   Here's the tracker calendar for August, 



And then there's a move more with WW tracking calendar also.  I like this one and think if I can find 30 minutes a day then there's hope for most.  The beauty of the term 'Move More' is it can be any movement at all, a walk round the block, some yoga or exercise in disguise like housework, gardening etc.  Actually mine today if it stays dry will be gardening, I'll hope mom has a snooze, or I'll say I need to go and do some weeding and try and get out and do just that.  My mission is to fill my purple bin for emptying Wednesday with weeds. 


What I did notice the other day when I was cooking was I didn't think about eating or drinking because I was occupied, I spend so much time sitting by the side of mom because I don't want her upset, that I'm not doing anything and it usually ends up with me having something to eat hat's quick and not really thought out.  

Well that all changes next week because I'm back in the real world of work.  I've got to spend some time sorting my stock out ready - we've got a sale on too so I'm hoping to empty that shed by the end of this month selling it all.

I made the effort with my food yesterday, I had half a packet of brown rice in the fridge so using mushrooms, green beans and peppers I made egg fried rice, then later I had trout with salad and that was delicious.  All the good behaviours I had in place that got me to my goal have slowly crept away, my appetite is massive, the meals that Marlie's menu have been delivering are delicious but to hear members and my bestie say, they have been getting two portions of it shocked me because I could eat it twice, so yes my appetite is out of control!   I used to control this by really bulking up on veggies and I need to start doing that again. 

Right then, my mission for August is to get my appetite under control, lots of veggies in my diet, making use of those zero heroes and add a little activity.  What's your mission for the month ahead?

I'm going to have those calendars on my app and every day mark off that I've done what I say I'll do, I might even print them out and blue tack them onto my lovely kitchen cupboard door! 

This virus is on the increase, I'm watching the news, we want to be getting healthy so we can fight it if we catch is, we want to be boosting our immune system, yeah let's do this!

Let's have a cracking good August 1st shall we?  I'm in, are you.  

Mwah, luv ya 

Love me xx

Friday, 31 July 2020

Why rush when you can slow cook

Friday 31st July 2020
Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear.


Last day of July, 7 months gone in 2020 and it wasn't the year any of us expected at all was it!  I'll end that line of conversation there I think...

Dreams, mom, flushes and foxes were just a few of the things that disturbed my sleep last night but I'm not tired this morning so I must have had enough sleep so all is good in the Longsden household.  

In a virtual yesterday we got to talking about meal planning and the subject of the slow cooker came up, I know it's the middle of summer but you can still get the old slow cooker out, it's actually better than turning the oven on because it won't be as hot in the kitchen as a hot oven!  But what to cook in them?  One tip that I was given a while ago and it's so simple but I'd never thought about it, was to remove the lid 30-40 minutes before dishing up if the meal looks like there's too much juice, this'll help to dry it out a little.  Told you it was simple and maybe you were already doing it but sometimes the obvious things aren't done.  It's like putting a chicken in a slow cooker, so think you have to put water in but you don't because it cooks in it's own juices. 

You might think I don't want to be 'preparing' the ingredients in a morning, I've got enough to do!  Don't then do it the night before, you could put it in airtight tubs in fridge or hey put it in the slow cooker dish with the lid on and pop that in the fridge overnight, just take it out when you get up and leave it for 20 minutes before turning the slow cooker on, you can be getting ready for your day whilst the dish comes back to room temperature.

Slow cookers save money, they're really economical to use but also you can use cheaper cuts of meat.  It'll save on calories too as you don't need to add oil either as it won't stick to the pot.  Because the slow cooker has a tightly sealed like, liquid in there won't evaporate, so if you're adapting a standard recipe, it's best to reduce the liquid by about a third.  It should just cover the meat and veggies, don't overfill your slow cooker, half to two thirds is ideal.  

Another consideration is as the the liquid doesn't reduce, it also doesn't thicken. You can roll meat in a small amount of seasoned flour before adding it to the slow cooker or use a little cornflour at the end. If you want to do the latter, take a teaspoon or two of cornflour and mix it to a paste with a little cold water. Stir into your simmering slow cooker contents, then replace the lid. 

Try to use the low settings all the time, it's a slow cooker, not a medium cooker!  Low and slow, it'll bring out the flavours and leave it alone, don't be taking the lid off to check the contents, it's doing it's thing, it don't need interrupting, you'll only release some of the heat which will increase the cooking time.

Here's some cooking guidelines if you want to try one of your regular recipes in the slow cooker, If a dish usually takes: 

  • 15-30 mins, cook it for 1-2 hours on High or 4-6 hours on Low
  • 30 mins – 1 hour, cook it for 2-3 hours on High or 5-7 hours on Low
  • 1-2 hours, cook it for 3-4 hours on High or 6-8 hours on Low
  • 2-4 hours, cook it for 4-6 hours on High or 8-12 hours on Low
Root vegetables can take longer than meat and other vegetables so put these near the heat source, at the bottom of the pot.

I need some onions as I want to try a lentil curry in the slow cooker, but a really easy one to do is a jar of this 

poured over some chicken breasts, when cooked, shred the chicken with 2 forks and you can enjoy it on rice, a jacket, in WW wrap, if you have the time and you want to you could add peppers and onions, it's all a matter of time and inclination!  

Right I'm off to face the day, hopefully Alfie will want his walk early, oh and let's hope the respite carer turns up this week!  

Mwah, luv ya 

Love me xx

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Got my cook on yesterday

Thursday 30th July 2020 
You are the greatest project you will ever work on. 
Yesterday was pretty much how I'd like to spend most of my days, a really long walk with my dog, time in the kitchen cooking and then eating what I've cooked, pottering about not in a rush to be anywhere followed by a bit of work (well you have to pay the bills!)  Yeah I enjoyed yesterday a great deal.  

I had a go at goulash and was pleased with the outcome, beef isn't my forte but the trick is low and slow for sure, this was the recipe I used https://www.culinarytalks.com/prague-beef-goulash/
I bought shin from Sainsbury's it was the cheapest stewing beef they had, 400g for £2.65, really tasty. 

Then I did something I said I never would, I tackled Harjit's chicken curry and I've never bothered before because I've tasted her version and it's the bomb, so I didn't think I'd be able to replicate because as much effort as she put into writing it out for me, I know she just does it naturally as she was taught by her mom.  Not gonna lie though, if you can be patient enough, you are rewarded, it was delicious and low in Smart Points.  


Harjit’s Chicken Curry 
Serves around 6-7.  Total recipe points, 10sp

2-3 teaspoons Olive Oil (5sp), 
4 Onions, 
1-2 (3-4 if you like it spicy) Green Chilli
Garlic & Ginger (Harj uses frozen, 1-2 blocks of each)
2 teaspoons Jeera (Cumin Seeds),
½ large can Tomatoes (Blended), 
1-2 teaspoons Haldi (Turmeric), 
1-2 teaspoons Salt, 
1 teaspoon Garam Masala,
Fresh Coriander (Optional)
500g chicken breast (5SP on green, 0SP on blue & purple), 

  • Heat oil in saucepan and add chopped onions & salt.
  • Cook for around 20 mins if onions start sticking to the pan add water.
  • After 5-10 mins add garlic, ginger, chilli & jeera (cumin seeds)
  • Serve with (add the extra SmartPoints of course) basmati rice 
  • Once onions are browned and softened add 1-2 teaspoons of haldi (Tumeric), cook for around 10 mins until the colouring separates from the onions.
  • Once the above has cooked add half a tin of tomatoes and cook for around 5-10 mins.
  • When tomatoes have blended in with the onions add chicken, cook chicken for about 10 mins and then add boiled water and simmer until water has thickened and chicken is tender.
  • Once chicken has cooked add garam masala and stir and garnish with fresh coriander.

I'm gonna have a go at the lentil one next, the base is the same for all her curries, you just add your other ingredients, I love her cabbage and pea one!

I've just seen this picture on Pinterest and I love the idea of tracking your mood in such as creative way over the month, it ties in well with how the foods we choose affects our body, it's not just physically it can be emotionally also, start to observe and you'll be surprised at what you notice. 

I'm ready for the day ahead, making the most of my last few days of not having to leave the house for work, it's been a strange few months but I'm not going to lie, I've mostly enjoyed them, I've had a lot of time to think, yeah moms not been easy for a lot of the time, but mom wasn't easy before.  I said goodbye to a colleague last night who's off to try and make a full time job of her Younique make up, she's been selling it for a few years now and feels that Lockdown has given her the opportunity to make changes, I wish Hazel all the best and understand her reasons, if you wear make up, check out her webpage but add her on facebook Hazel Brown as she can save on postage etc  (https://www.youniqueproducts.com/ByHazelbrown#.XyJoq3uSlyw

Workshops are going to be very different going back as everything in the world is, initially they'll be express weigh-ins, only 10 people in a room at a time, masks worn by members, I'll have gloves and visor, you'll have to wear your shoes to be weighed.  It's all new but we will adapt and move forward and hopefully sooner rather than later, we'll be able to sit and have a proper workshop. 

Anyway, I need to go get ready for my virtual workshops this morning. I'm in Dudley & Walsall at 8.30, then Birmingham North at 9.45.  Alfie's not impressed he's got to wait for his walk now, he got up too late!  

Here's to a good day, 

mwah, luv ya 


Love me xx






















Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Getting ready to return to workshops

29th July 2020 
The relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have. 



Well it's all getting real and looking like I'm going to be back in all of my workshops in August, just got to get all the risk assessments sorted and we should be good to go!  It's all going to be very different, I've posted a video in my group explaining about the masks, cashless system too, I'll be wearing gloves and mask to set up then I'll swap the mask for a visor, it'll all be worth it though to get you all back to where you want to be.  I better enjoy my few days working from my office only!  I'm guessing everyone will be looking for their lightest shoes as you'll be leaving them on too! 

I'm going to do some cooking this morning I think once I've taken Alfie for his walk, hopefully mom will have a snooze so I'll be able to, she's not had a bad night also she says she hasn't slept much I haven't heard her.

Because of what we are talking about in workshops this week, I went online to check the fibre in the bread I have compared to seeded varieties, there wasn't much difference but somehow I accidently must have clicked on purchase a loaf, because when my order arrived yesterday there was a large seeded loaf in addition to my regular one.  I've just had two slices for my breakfast, I've got to say it was nice but it tasted like cake it was that sweet and dense, I've just pointed it and it's 4SP a 50g slice, so my breakfast cost me 8SP for the bread as opposed to the 3SP I'd usually have with my Warburton wholemeal 400g size.  Won't be buying that again and I'll be hoping mom will eat it instead of me!  

She's doing a lot of huffing and puffing this morning so this blog is gonna be short cos I can't concentrate, I managed a couple of hours studying yesterday, I have to grab the chance when she snoozes, there won't be any today, I'm opting for the cooking and I have work work stuff to do too, then I'm on virtual workshop at 5.30 tonight in the Wolverhampton group.

It looks like it's going to be a lovely day so hopefully Alfie will want a decent walk, he's been a little devil this morning, wasn't having any of me doing yoga and meditating this morning, so instead we enjoyed some play time on the yoga mat instead.  That's just as important, being on that mat for me is about taking time for me, to remove myself from the day ahead and to enjoy that time. 

Anyway, I better get off, mom seems agitated this morning so I'm going to try and distract her.  Here's to a great day, whatever you have planned.

Mwah, luv ya 

Love me xx