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Thursday, 22 March 2018

what's your POSSIBLE addiction?

22nd March 2018

You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way.

I may not have jumped out of bed with enthusiasm yesterday, if you recall I wasn’t much up for doing my yoga but something happened an hour or so later.  Oh yeah, I spent the day cleaning my house, scrubbing the wetroom floor, hovering everywhere, I even cleaned my oven.  I did so much my body aches today, feels like I’ve had a fully body workout.  I’ll never be a domestic goddess but I do wish I would do it little and often rather than all or nothing, the latter option hurts.

I can’t be a housekeeper and a cook on the same day so yesterday wasn’t the greatest food day but at least it wasn’t the worst either.  I succumbed to chips after my meeting, now I asked for a small bag of chips and I weighed them when I got home, 500g,

According to this website, that ain’t a small portion!

Nor this website

The weight for Maccy D’s chips are approximately: Small Fries approx. 80g, Medium Fries approx. 114g, and Large Fries approx. 150g.  Yet a small from the chippy is 500g!

There were plenty of chips in that bag for two of us and when you think the chips were 28 Smart Points for the ‘small’ bag, you realise why.  I wonder how much their ‘large’ bag weighed, should feed a family I reckon, how many people eat them all thinking they’re in one bag so they’re mine.

I enjoyed them though and as a balance I had an apple earlier in the day.  Ooo I have a melon downstairs might slice that up this morning before work and take some with me, I’m sat drinking my pint of water, hoping it’ll perk me up and ease my aching muscles, if it doesn’t, I’ll opt for drugs, I can’t be aching all day long, not when it’s starting at 7.30 and I won’t finish till 8.30 tonight, I need anything I can get my hands on to get through that, coffee, ibuprofen, fruit and ending later with red wine.  Proper rock and roll rebel ain’t I!

Luckily I get to rest tomorrow, but how many don’t.  How many people out there are on a vicious hamster wheel trying to keep on top of everything, keep everyone happy, fight pain or exhaustion, coping with emotional pressures and problems.  Then the coffee and ibruprofen taking increases, the painkillers get stronger, the alcohol intake intensifies, and then addiction creeps in.  Life is never clean cut, we are all vulnerable to the strains of the world and society, I’ve just seen a photo of Ant and Dec, it’s too easy to quickly be judgemental, don’t be, we don’t know what’s happening in his head, we don’t know what’s gone on in his life, yeah we see the “he’s a rich tv star” but that’s not everything, that’s not his personal life.  Alcohol addition, drug addition, food addition, the first two are seriously frowned upon, the latter ends up with weight gain, we all have our demons, don’t judge others for theirs xx

Right let’s get through this day, thankfully it’s 13 hours that’ll include smiles and laughter and catching up with amazing people.

BeYOUtiful, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Nice – Be YOUnique. xx

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

I didn't spring out of bed this morning

21st March 2018
You wanna fly?  You’ve got to give up all the stuff that weighs you down!

This morning was the first morning I resisted doing my yoga session, I lay in bed for a few minutes and thought to myself, ooo I’ll listen to my audiobook for half hour, then I remembered my yoga session and through, boo.  However I made myself get out of bed and go do it, not gonna lie though, it wasn’t done with love and passion, I was cold and not in the mood at all.  I’m not even going to pretend I feel good having done it. However it is done and I can move on with my day, the day which looks glorious through the window, bright frosty morning with sun in the sky. 

My dog slept on the floor in my room last night, he’s not 100% and the thing with Alfie is when he’s not feeling good, he’s going to make sure no one else sleeps well either, so let’s just say I’ve had a disturbed night because he’s been restless.  Oh bless him, he’s now lying on the floor behind me, not himself at all.  He was clipped yesterday so not sure if that’s worn him out.

Bugga I’ve forgotten to take food out the freezer, not to worry, I’ve got something in the fridge and actually I’ve just remembered I’ve got a salmon coming tomorrow from the very lovely Sheila, she’s my salmon supplier!  Ooo I need to find something scrumptious to do with it. Honey and mustard perhaps, nothing too strong though as you don’t want to lose the taste of the salmon.

Anyway, I tried those quiche boats, they’re alright, quite like the boat wrap thing but I’d put something else in them, I’m going to use the last 2 in the packet this morning to make breakfast boats, bit of bacon and tomato topped with a dry fried egg, then the yolk will get all runny in the boat and I won’t lose any of it, mmm.  Ma’an I’ll never be thin – thankfully!

This last week, we’ve raffled of my copy of the new Bake cook book and raised £83 for The Stroke Association, that book is rarer than rocking horse poo and the lady that won it was over the moon, win/win.

Oh my, I’ve just got a little excited, whilst I write my blog, I’m usually online looking for recipe ideas etc and I’ve just found a slow cooker teriyaki recipe with only a few ingredients, then my heart sank when one ingredient was ‘easy healthy teriyaki sauce’ because I thought, oh great an American ingredient I won’t be able to get, then when I clicked the link, it’s only a WW friendly recipe, thank you https://dashofherbs.com/easy-healthy-teriyaki-sauce/

Easy Healthy Teriyaki Sauce
This recipe is 2 SmartPoints per serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 41 kcal
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons cornstarch
  1. Add all ingredients into a small sauce pan and whisk together.  Bring to a boil.
  2. Turn heat down to medium and cook, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes to allow sauce to thicken.  Taste and season, if needed.
Recipe Notes
You can store this sauce for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

The recipe - https://dashofherbs.com/slow-cooker-teriyaki-chicken-tomato-orzo-salad/
Teriyaki Chicken
  • 1 pound boneless chicken breast
  • 1 cup Easy Healthy Teriyaki Sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
1.    Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray.  Add in the chicken breasts.  Then add in the chicken broth.  Top the chicken with the teriyaki sauce.  Put the lid on and cook on LOW for 8-10 hours.
2.    Remove the chicken once it's done cooking and shred it.  Stir the chicken with the sauce to fully combine.
That’s definitely a to do recipe when I fancy getting my cook on, not today though.

Right, I’m off to get my paperwork / office work done so I can walk the dog and get stuff done.

Here’s to another day of doing you, the best you can.

Be Healthy, Be Happy, BeYOUtiful.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Spring says quiche & salad, the weather screams soup!

20th March 2018
Your life only gets better when you do.  Work on yourself and the rest will follow.

Well so much for an early night, Alfie has woke me too many times in the night, the foxes were being particularly vocal last night and it was winding him up so a disturbed sleep all round, glad I spent yesterday chilling now.  He was a bit of a nuisance from the minute he got up yesterday, we’re all allowed to have our off days I guess, even dogs!  Plus at 1am this morning as I watched him make a bed in my pile of clothes on my bedroom floor, it was a not so gentle reminder that I need to finally tidy my room.

In my defence, I think I’ve been hypnotised by a crochet yoda because I just wanna sit with my hook and make squares or hexagons, I’m going to blanket the world if I keep going at this rate.  On a positive, it even kept me off the wine yesterday and I only ate the two meals because I was so consumed in what I was doing it was around 3 when I realised I hadn’t had dinner yet, then on the night I was ready for bedtime before I’d thought about eating so we skipped tea.

I picked up some of those Old El Paso stand and stuff tortilla boats that everyone’s using, they were on offer in the local Co-op, I thought I’d use them for this Cheat’s Quiche Lorraine recipes instead of the WW wraps, I have all the ingredients besides the parsley which I can live without.

Cheat's Quiche Lorraine
Serves 4, 6sp each

3 Weight Watchers White Wraps 11 Points
4 teaspoons Sunflower Oil 6 Points
1 large Onion, thinly sliced
125g Bacon medallions, raw, cut into 2cm pieces 3 Points
4 medium eggs, raw
2 tablespoons Parsley, fresh, finely chopped
14 cube Vegetable stock cube(s), made with 100ml water, allow to cool
50g Half Fat Cheddar Cheese, grated

Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas mark 4 and heat a baking sheet until hot. Brush one side the wraps with 2 tsp of the oil, then microwave each on high for 10 seconds to soften. Press one of the wraps, oil-side-down, into the base of a 20cm cake tin or pie dish. Halve the two remaining wraps, and press around the sides of the tin, making sure they overlap and leave no gaps.

Heat the remaining oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Cook the onion for 6-8 minutes until softened, then stir in the bacon and cook for 3 minutes until just cooked.

In a bowl, lightly whisk the eggs, then stir in the parsley and stock. Season with freshly ground black pepper.

Scatter two-thirds of the cheese over the base of the wrap-lined tin, then spoon over the onion and bacon mixture. Pour over the egg mixture then top with the remaining cheese. Transfer to the hot baking sheet and bake for 40-45 minutes, until the filling is set (see Cook’s Tip).

Cool in the tin or dish for 10 minutes, then cut into wedges to serve.

COOK’S TIP: To check the filling is ready, give the tin a little shake – it should have a slight wobble in the middle.

Yeah I fancy them today, maybe some soup, the quiche to celebrate the first day of spring, the soup to remind me you wouldn’t know it to look at the weather! 

Here's a nice soup recipe for you 

Bacon and white bean soup

1 tsp olive oil
2 lean smoked bacon rashers, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 onion, chopped
3 thyme sprigs
2 x 400g cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
850ml/1½ pints vegetable stock
2 tbsp chopped parsley
freshly ground black pepper

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the bacon,
garlic and onion and fry for 3-4 minutes, or until the bacon begins to
brown and the onion softens.

Add the thyme and fry for a further minute. Add the beans and stock
to the pan and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for
10 minutes.

Transfer the soup to a blender or food processor and blend with the
parsley and pepper until smooth.

Return the soup to the pan and heat through, then ladle into 4 bowls
and serve immediately.

Now for a busy day with my members and my meetings.  I know they’ll be full of smiles which more than makes up for the weather, here’s to the weather improving at some point, although I hear it’s not going to be this side of Easter!  On the bright side, it makes me feel okay about sitting with my crochet as it’s too yak to venture out, I’m also not venturing out to do a big shop, going to save me some money by using the stuff in my freezer again.  I really need to get my food shopping habit under control!

Here’s to a being Healthy, Happy & BeYOUtiful