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Friday, 25 May 2018

8,000lbs! My members sure do rock!

25th May 2018
The best way to predict your future is to create it.

I’ve just caught myself whilst checking my facebook on my computer pulling at a couple of hairs that have sprouted overnight from my chin, I imagine I looked like Fagin from Oliver stroking his beard!  You’ve gotta love the aging process or and tweezers, the middle-aged woman’s grooming friend!

Anyway, now I’ve shared that insight into my life with you, everything else will be tame, blinking rain this morning is going through the felt on my summerhouse and coming through the roof inside, I’ve had to move the furniture.  I’m a bit gutted, it’s 6 weeks till my brothers back in the country, so hopefully we won’t have too much rain between now and then.  Actually when it stops I might get up there and put some tarpaulin on it for now, hold it down with some bricks.

I never got to eat my salmon yesterday as it didn’t defrost thoroughly, that’s todays lunch sorted.  Instead I had a tofu thing that I treated myself too, it was 16SP but I really enjoyed it, I wanted to prove that tofu could taste good in a meal and that’s the second ready-made one I’ve tried and it was delicious, shame about the cost and the high smart points of the dish, but now to try and make something myself. 
Tanpopo Fried Tofu & Tempura Rice
This one was four pieces of deep fried tofu, red pepper and soy beans on a bed of tempura rice with Teriyaki sauce. And I’m not going to lie it was good, if you like sushi, you’d like this, Japanese food at its best and it even came ready with chopsticks. £5 though, pricey.  The other one I’d had was

Teriyaki Tofu
Barbecued tofu glazed with soy and mirin, served with sushi rice, kamameshi broth and teriyaki sauce.

From memory I think that one was 24 or 25SP, again such a lot but it’s the rice and the sauce that added the points there because Tofu is a zero hero which is the reason I want to play with it, even the flavoured stuff is low in Smart Points, I’ve got a block of Oriental spiced tofu in the fridge that cost me £2 and is 6SP for the entire block, I’m going to see what I can concoct with that. All of it was from Ocado, so I'm assuming Waitrose would see them.

I used to simply scramble mine years ago, take plain tofu, get a masher and mash it up, add a little turmeric for colour which also has anti-inflammatory advantages, then add anything else, so I’d throw in diced spring onions, peppers, mushrooms, and fry with spray light.  You can add any herbs or spices you fancy, it takes on the flavours you add, garlic, paprika, you could use a WW marinade pouch, and it would really fill you up too!

Why eat Tofu?  According to the BBC website Tofu is a good source of protein and contains all eight essential amino acids. It is also an excellent source of iron and calcium and the minerals manganese, selenium and phosphorous. In addition, tofu is a good source of magnesium, copper, zinc and vitamin B1.”

Copied from another website “Due to the phytoestrogen content of soya, many women decide to include soya rich foods like tofu in their diet as they enter the menopause. During the menopause, the body’s natural production of oestrogen stops and symptoms may arise. As phytoestrogens act as a weak oestrogen, they may help relieve symptoms by boosting levels slightly, reducing hot flushes in some women.”

On another website, he’s say you need to get the non GMO version, so you’re looking for GMO free if you’re concerned about health as well as weight loss. 

Anyway enough of this tofu talk.  I’ll have a play and see what I come up with, what I have realised eating those two dishes is I love rice when it’s been cooked Japanese style!   Sushi rice and Tempura rice mmm, shame about the points in it.

Right back to today, it’s been a great week in meetings, one more tomorrow but today is all about catching up around the house, it’s raining outside so they’ll be no sunbathing, I can’t go anywhere because I’m waiting in for deliveries, I did have my bestie coming later for a sleep over but she’s got to work now in the morning, so we’ve had to take a raincheck (very apt considering the weather).

Oh and let’s end on a high, my members have smashed the 8,000lbs target this year already – how amazing is that! 

Here’s to a healthy, happy day BeYOUtiful, whatever the weathers doing, we can stay positive.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Going to take the fish out the freezer...

24th May 2018
Not caring what other people think is the best choice you will ever make 

I wasn’t ready for the alarm this morning even though I went to bed at 9, yet tomorrow when I can sleep in you watch me be wide awake by 5 or mom will wake me at 4, you gotta love life. 

I’m ready for my long, enjoyable day today, I’ve got healthy foods at the ready, I will survive.  I ate strawberries yesterday and they were so good, it really is the best time of year to eat them.  I’m put a lot of berries and fruit in my online shopping basket this week, it’ll come tomorrow now though as I thought I’d placed it for today and I hadn’t, I’ll stop at the Tesco garage and grab a punnet of raspberries to snack on.  Here’s to making a new habit, I will start enjoying fruit and yogurt and making it party of my daily diet, might grab some soya one as soya is supposed to be good for us maturing ladies.

I’m loving my meetings this week, I ran over the talk time last night it was great, they had plenty to say and their total weight loss was well over 100lb, just brilliant.  Lots of new members joining this week too, May is definitely full of motivated members and I love it.

Think I’ll make me an omelette this morning, that’ll keep me going and satisfied all morning then, I might take some salmon out the freezer too, need to keep those points low so I can enjoy a glass of vino later.

Talking Salmon, these sound delicious! 

Tikka masala fishcakes
Feeds 4, 10SP each 

500g (1lb) salmon, skinned and cut into chunks
1 tbsp tikka masala paste (3SP)
6 spring onions, chopped
1 lemon, zested and cut into wedges
3 tbsp plain flour (6SP)
2 tbsp vegetable oil (9SP)
4 pitta breads, cut open (20SP)
1 little gem lettuce, leaves separated
lime pickle, to serve

Pop these tikka masala spiced fishcakes into a pitta for a quick and easy lunchtime treat. They're packed full of flavour and are ready in less 30 minutes.
  1. In a food processor, gently pulse the salmon, tikka masala paste, spring onions and lemon zest, until combined.
  2. Scatter the flour over a large plate; season well. With lightly floured hands, divide the salmon mixture into 16 and shape into patties. Dust in the flour.
  3. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high. Fry the patties for 2-3 minutes on each side, until cooked through. Drain on kitchen paper.
  4. Stuff the pitta breads with the fishcakes and lettuce leaves. Serve with lemon wedges for squeezing over and a dollop of lime pickle.
Anyways, I have so much to do, I need to start my working day, I should be finished by 8pm lol, yay, here’s to the long one.

Have a great day, remind yourself of all the benefits of your weight loss journey – it’s worth it BeYOUtiful.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Burgers & Booze - yeah with WW you can!

23rd May 2018
I’d rather have extra space and extra time that extra stuff.

WHY?! Why does my mom decide half four is a good time to go to the bathroom and start cleaning her teeth lol, who needs an alarm clock, oh yeah I didn’t have to get up early today.  Morning, well other than a little early and awake, I’m good this morning, I got me a stayed the same on the scales yesterday and I’ll take that for sure.

It proves through Weight Watchers I have picked up healthy habits, yesterday I ate this;

Delicious it was, although my aubergine and feta burger still takes the first place this week. It did remind me how much I like iceberg lettuce though!

Now it cost me 19SP which is doable on a counting day if you have zero breakfast and lunch, but with Weight Watchers there’s flexibility and I could bring the points of that down a great deal, I could make my own burger from 5% lean beef, lower in Smart Points at 3SP for a quarter pounder or free on No Count, then there’s the good old Warburton thin for 3SP or free on No Count if you have the brown ones, if I was pointing I’d spend the extra point on that bun or use my scales and take a little of the bread out of the middle of the bun until it was 3SP for me it’s tastier than a thin, then the fries, actually for 6SP they are a find, but you could make your own if you’re doing No Count.  There’s always ways to save a few points, you could switch the chips for a giant salad and then you’d have 6SP for either a large glass of wine or a few G&Ts. 

The plans liveable and flexible especially when we want to enjoy the sunshine and have BBQs, follow the Counting approach all week and rollover the 4SP to your weeklies each day, then on BBQ day you’ve got your weeklies, your rollovers and if you do No Count, it’s easy to do a No Count BBQ and you can use those weeklies and rollovers for the extras, wine, beer, ice creams, whatever floats your boat.

Then there’s the dips, I found this recipe on Instagram, sounds good.

Chilli, lemon & coriander houmous

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 crushed garlic clove
Juice of 1 whole lemon
Lemon zest
1 chopped medium chilli pepper
Handful of chopped fresh coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
Salt to tast
2/3 tbsp fat free Greek yogurt

Blitz it all together in a food processor and enjoy.

Yep, if weight loss is important to you then Weight Watchers Flex is the plan for you!

I’m sat here thinking maybe if I just focus a little more on what I’m having and tweak my eating habits I too could be getting a weight loss, I’ve just said how easy it is.  Let’s see shall we.  I mean if Nicki can go dry for Dementia until July 1st well….. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/david-roden1 go donate a quid, because I know this challenge is going to kill her, it did me and she’s doing it for longer and we both love wine.

Today I will track I think, I haven’t done that for a while and the best way to see where you’re wasting points is to write it all down, then I can go from there and start tweaking my daily diet. 

Here’s to a great day BeYOUtiful wherever you are on your journey.