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Halloween!Oh yeah it’s that day when if
you do the Halloween thing you’re house is going to be full of goodies for the
trick or treaters, and even if you don’t the supermarkets are full of the stuff
anyway, so be extra careful if they reduce it all tomorrow not to be tempted to
buy a pile of junk you don’t need and didn’t plan on buying!
actually do ‘Halloween’ but I’m very aware that it’s a scary time of year for
Weight Watcher members, it’s cold and dark outside and we’re starting to wrap
up with bulky clothes that make us not realise our size quite so much as we
maybe normally do.All we want to do is
hibernate but we must remember why we joined Weight Watchers in the first
place, why do we want to lose weight and change our eating habits!It was 8 weeks Monday gone till Christmas, so
if we stay focused with can lose another half stone easily, if however we let
the diet demons will we could start 2013 almost a stone heavier – it’s easily
week think about that, why did you join Weight Watchers, why do you want to eat
healthy and lose some weight?What’s in
it for you?For me I want to feel well
now and in the future, I want to be able to be fit enough to be the best me I
can possibly be and I don’t just mean the way I look, I’m actually not that
bothered about my image, I want to be sharp of mind, healthy of body to be able
to make a difference in this world, I want to be remembered for things I’ve
done and said, not for the size label in my jeans!I want to be strong enough mentally and
physically to take care of my mom, to be there for my mates and their children
as they grow up, yep I want to be and do so many things that will be easier if
I’m fit and well. So what’s in it for you? What’s more important that eating that extra
piece of candy today, or that extra glass of Bailey’s this Christmas.Weight Loss and Healthy Eating is so much
more than numbers on a scale.
I realised I have been omitting the vegetables from my diet the last few days,
don’t get me wrong I’ve had some but I really need more, so I’ve just taken
some beef and chicken out of the freezer and will be making a beef casserole
and a chicken hotpot I thinks, that’ll use carrots and onions.I can serve with extra veggies, cauliflower, broccoli,
green cabbage maybe.Yes I feel the need
for vegetables, they fill me up too, if I don’t include them I tend to eat more
of my other foods which are higher in ProPoints.
to look at maybe making some soups also, I’m not a massive lover of soup as a
meal because I always feel ripped off, so I need some that’s less than 2pp a
portion which can be used in addition too, zero ProPoints soup would be
best.If anyone has any fabulous recipes
for this, sent them to me please at firstname.lastname@example.org, thanks in advance,
here’s on I’ve found that I may try when I’ve got the ingredients;
Zero ProPoint Pumpkin Soup. Serves 4.
of a large pumpkin
vegetable stock cubes dissolved in 850ml hot water
all the ingredients to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 20
mins until the pumpkin is tender. Transfer to a liquidiser and blend until
smooth. Season and serve.
No Point Roasted Tomato and Red Onion Soup.
1½litres hot vegetable stock
the oven to 200C/390F/Gas 6. Place the tomatoes and onions in a roasting tray,
coat in low fat cooking spray and season well. Roast for about 20 mins. Pour
over the vegetable stock and roast for a further 20 mins, then liquidise and
Zero ProPoint Roasted Pumpkin Soup. Serves 4.
not peeled and cut in half
cloves garlic, not peeled and squashed
pumpkin, peeled deseeded and chopped roughly
Chinese five spice powder
litres vegetable stock, made from 2 stock cubes
chives for garnish
the oven to 220C/Fan 200C/Gas 7. Spray a large roasting tray with the low fat
cooking spray. Add the shallots, garlic and pumpkin. Toss with the seasoning
and five spice. Roast for about 30 mins, stirring occasionally, until softened
and lightly charred. When cool enough to handle, peel the skins from the
shallots and garlic then transfer everything to a large pan and add the stock.
Bring to the boil then simmer for 10 mins. Liquidise and check the seasoning.
Garnish with chopped chives.
note, I’m off to get ready for the scary day ahead ;-) Have a good one.
One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears--by listening
to them. Dean Rusk
Well I’m extremely
surprised my arms don’t ache this morning, went for a gorgeous walk yesterday
afternoon, from mine to Essington pools, which is a good mile away, then
suddenly Alfie starts limping and seems to be distressed, so I end up having to
carry him home.He was ok later so I
think he just had a case of cramp, but a mile walk carrying a 18lb dog isn’t
fun I can tell you!
I felt great yesterday
morning, even made Wake Up muffins at 7am for my shop lady who’s birthday it
was, used strawberry’s instead of raspberries – they weren’t as nice so won’t
use them again, I need to try frozen raspberries next.
After finally getting
back from our walk - I earned 7pp on my pedometer without the ProPoints earned
for carrying a 18lb dog for a mile, that’s got to be worth something – I decided
to be frugal and use up the stale bread and some of the stuff in the kitchen I’ve
had a while.I found a sachet of Dolmio
sauce for one and some tomatoes on the turn in the fridge, and this is what I made.
Savoury Bread Pudding
I was using up the stuff
on the turn!
Soaked 2 stale bread rolls 6pp & 2 slices stale WW bread 3pp In 250ml
skimmed milk 2pp & 2 eggs 4pp & a sachet of Carbonara sauce 5pp (you
could use a tin of Bachelors condensed low fat chicken or mushrooms soup here)
Layered tomatoes on the turn on the bottom of dish squirted a bit of tomato
purée on them then topped with bread mixture
Topped with 1pp of wafer thin ham and the rest of the tomatoes, topped with 40g
grated cheese 5pp
Baked on gas mark 6 covered in foil for 20mins, remove foil and cook for
10-15mins until bubbly & crispy.
26pp plenty for two portions or three portions if serving with plenty of zero
This recipe could use
any of your leftovers such as mushrooms, spring onions etc up.It was really tasty; the cheese on the top
I do love to get creative
in the kitchen and experiment with my cooking, there’s a recipe for toad in the
hole in this weeks ‘Your Week’ which I fancy, but I thought about adding some
chorizo to it and spicing it up a little, when I mentioned this in my meeting
one of my members asked, “isn’t chorizo really bad”, the answer is no worse
than any other food if eaten in the wrong quantity, when I check the difference
between a pound of full fat pork sausage and a pound of chorizo was 3pp, you
wouldn’t need to use that quantity of course.The recipe uses low fat Weight Watchers Premium Pork Sausage and I
thought about adding just a bit of chorizo to give it a bit of umph.There are not good and bad foods, the dose
makes the poison – never forget that!Everything has it’s toxicity level, even water – it’s called drowning!
It makes me smile when
we see things as good or bad, or see some things as healthier than others or a
better choice when thats not always the case, for example yesterday another
conversation about muffin recipes, I’d found an old Weight Watcher on and the
ingredients included 4tbsps vegetable oil, my mate said ‘that’s 16pp I’d rather
have the ones with Peanut Butter”, when I checked 4tbsp of peanut butter is 5pp
more than vegetable oil, they muffins worked out 1pp less, so it depends on
your reason for eating the muffin, if it’s to give you energy then definitely the
‘wake up muffins’ are probably the smarter option, if it’s for a sweet fix then
the 4pp will save you a ProPoint and give you the fix,
4tbsp vegetable oil =
4tbsp peanut butter
(120g) = 20pp
The best you can do is inform
yourself with the knowledge you need to make an informed choice about your food
decisions, as well as listening to your head regarding food choices, start
paying attention to your body, how does it feel after you eat certain foods, do
you feel energised, sluggish, bloated.There is no one diet fits all solution, you need to find what works best
with your body.Weight Watchers
ProPoints are the tool you need to help you lose weight, your mind and body are
the tools you need to know if your choosing the right foods.
Think about that today, how do
you feel rather than what do you weigh?
That question alone has
changed my entire outlook on weight loss. xx
a sachet of carbonara sauce (5pp)
Layered Tomatoes on the turn on the bottom of dish squirted a bit of tomato
purée on them then topped with bread mixture
Topped with 1pp of wafer thin ham and the rest of the tomatoes, topped with 40g
grated cheese (5pp)
Baked on gas mark 6 covered in foil for 20mins, remove foil and cook for
10-15mins until bubbly & crispy.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing. Albert Schweitzer
Well yesterday felt like the longest day ever, I know we
had the extra hour but boy did it drag, it probably didn’t help that I had the
lurgy and didn’t feel the best so ended up sitting round all day, and there
really is only so much tv you can watch, especially when tv is rubbish! I did use some of the time productively though, looking
up recipes for the coming weeks, I found one for your pumpkins if you’re doing
the Halloween thing!
37pp values per recipe, 6pp per slice, Serves 6
25m prep, 30 minutes to cook
1 x Asda shortcrust pastry case
350 g (12 oz) pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded and diced
50 g (1 3/4 oz) brown sugar
I 1/2 tablespoons mixed spice
2 eggs, beaten
75 g (2 3/4oz) low fat soft cheese
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, for dusting
Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6/200C/fan oven180C.
Place the pumpkin (or squash) in a lidded pan with 150 ml (5 fl oz) water,
cook for 10 minutes until soft. Drain well and mash. Add the sugar and spice to
the pumpkin. Leave to cool slightly before beating in the eggs and soft cheese.
Sieve the mixture to remove any stringy bits of pumpkin and pour into the
pastry case. Don't
worry if the mixture looks thin, it will thicken and in the oven. Bake for 30
minutes until the filling has set and the pastry is a deep golden colour. Leave
for 5 minutes before serving warm, dusted with the cinnamon.
And as it’s Monday, why not have a meat free day and try
Total ProPoints values per recipe: 42
Preparation time: 20 minutes, Cooking time: 45 minutes FOR THE ROAST VEGETABLES
500 g (1 lb 2 oz) parsnips, peeled and cut into wedges
300 g (10 1/2 oz) carrots, peeled and chopped roughly
300 g (10 1/2 oz) butternut or acorn squash, peeled and chopped roughly
6 shallots, peeled and halved
1 head of garlic, broken into whole cloves
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
few sprigs of fresh rosemary, woody stems removed.
chopped roughly and reserving one for the garnish
low fat cooking spray
salt and freshly ground black pepper
FOR THE RICE
300 g (IO 1/2oz) brown rice
pinch of saffron
850 ml (1 1/2pints) vegetable stock
Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4/180°C/fan oven 160°C and place all the roast
ingredients in a large roasting tin. Spray with low fat cooking spray, season,
then toss together and spray again. Roast on the top shelf of the oven for 45
minutes or until tender.
Meanwhile, place the rice in a lidded ovenproof casserole. Stir the saffron
into the stock, pour this over the rice and stir. Bring to the boil then stir
well. Cover and cook in the oven on a lower shelf for 40 minutes.
Remove the casserole from the oven, stir in the roasted vegetables and then
return the casserole to the oven for a further 5 minutes, or until the rice is
tender. The pilaff should be slightly moist, so if the rice dries out too
quickly add a little more stock or
water. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary, if you wish.
That’s me for
today, I’m going to have me a nice hot shower to try and clear my head, then
walk the dog and get to my meeting.I also
need to try and make muffins this morning as it’s my helpers birthday and she
reminded me last night after all the shops had closed to do it!I haven’t got raspberries, so hoping I can
use extra banana in my wake up muffins!We shall see!
strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which I must stop and
look fear in the face...I say to myself, Ive lived through this and can take
the next thing that comes along.
Gained an hour, what will you do with yours?I managed to sleep well again, so I’m
refreshed, still got the head cold but they go when they’re ready don’t
they.It didn’t stop me enjoying yesterday,
I cooked, made macaroni cheese haven’t had it for years and only ever had it
from tins or processed packaging, never liked it but that was ok I have to say
and quite easy, a little high on the ProPoints but very filling.
225g macaroni (17pp)
1tsp olive oil (2pp)
225g cheddar cheese (25pp)
85g low fat spread (9pp)
85g plain flour (8pp)
1.2 litres (2pints) skimmed milk (10pp)
1 teaspoon mustard
Pre-heat oven to 200oC/400oF/Gas 6
Cook macaroni in boiling water until just soft, about 9 minutes.Drain sprinkle with a tsp oil to stop it
sticking together and set to one side.
Grate cheese.Put low fat
spread, flour and milk into pan, place over heat & stir continuously until
it starts to thicken.Remove from heat
and ¾ of the cheese and the mustard,stir then add the macaroni and stir thoroughly.
Pour into large ovenproof dish, sprinkle with remaining cheese &
bake in preheated oven until golden and bubbling, approx 20 mins.
Yes it’s 14pp but its real food that everyone can eat and it will fill
you up – trust me!
At lunchtime I went for a walk on Cannock Chase with Lynne and Katie
and the dogs and that was lovely, the fresh air, the autumn leaves, and the
bright sunshine – glorious, much nicer than walking the local roads.
Not sure what my plans will be today, but I do know it’ll start with a
long walk in a little while.Might do a
bit of cooking, or reading or chilling, who knows, I just like the fact I haven’t
got to rush to do anything.
Just realised 8 weeks tomorrow will be Christmas day!So if I want to enjoy it and let myself
indulge a little, I need to stay on track now and not hibernate like a grizzly
bear otherwise I might look like one come 2013!Yes plenty of fresh air I think and ways of adapting recipes so that I
can eat the comfort food without getting the Santa belly!
On that note, I’m grabbing my Walking Boots and going for a long
walk!Enjoy your Sunday, make the most
of that extra hour. x
Two things – if it makes you happy - do it,if it doesn’t – don’t!Night nurse rocks – almost 11 hours sleep andonly just got up at 7.45am, still got my head cold but it doesn’t feel quite asbad as it did yesterday morning so that’s a good start to my day.Add that to the beautiful sunrise on what Ithink may be our first frost of the winter (I don’t remember one alreadyhappening – but then my memory sucks) and I do believe it’s going to be alovely day.
Well yesterday went by in a blur, couldn’tleave the house because of waiting for delivery men so made a Manchester tart,
ManchesterTart –the whole this is 40pp so you decide how many it serves!
What you need
short crust or flaky pastry (I used an Asda precooked pastry flan – 24pp)
100g Weight watcher Strawberry jam (4pp)
1 pint of skimmed milk (5pp)
2 tablespoons Custard powder (3pp)
1tbspsugar to make custard (2pp)
1 tbsp desiccated coconut (2pp)
If makingyour own pastry do this -
Preheat over to gas mark 5 or190C. Grease a 20cm pie dish or flan tin. Roll the pastry to cover dish,including the sides. Prick pastry over with a fork and cover with foil, pushinginto corners. Bake for 20 minutes, take off foil and bake for another fiveminutes. Leave to cool.
When cool, spread jam on bottom of flan, and coverwith sliced bananas. Make a thick custard (two heaped tablespoons of custardpowder to a pint milk) and, when cool, pour over bananas.Sprinkle with dessicated coconut, leave to cool beforeputting in fridge to set. Serve in slices, cold.Keeps one day in the fridge: don’t freeze!
I shall be having a slice for my breakfast;-) so that I have the ProPoints!
So then Lynne arrives with Jen aged 8 &Will aged 10 and they were in those moods that make children not very nice,Lynnes nerves were already in shreds I could tell.So the plan was KFC but they wanted to go tothe park first, Wills got a scooter and there’s a skate park by me, of coursewhen we got there Jen didn’t want to be by the skate park she wanted to go on theproper park, Lynne can’t be in two places at once so they’re both playing youlove him/her more than me card!Itsexhausting trying to placate them bother - mothers out there, I applaud and bowbefore you!
So it’s now about 1ish and we’re hungry, thekids are cranky because really they’re hungry too but they think it’s becausethey wanna play more, we agree they can come back after we’ve had lunch.So it’s off to KFC and McDonalds because mymom doesn’t like KFC and we’ve told Jen after lunch instead of going over thepark I’ll bake with her and Lynne can go to skate park with Will.£30 later, we’re back in my house trying toeat the KFC that Lynne and I have looked forward to and had planned for weeks, thekids and mom have eaten theirs in the car on the drive home but we’re sittingdown to enjoy it mindfully after my blog yesterday!OMG – Wills, “When can we go back to the park?”,Jens, “Can we bake now?”, Mom’s, “I think the washing machines broke, is itinsured, what we gonna do?”I realise I’meating my chicken at such speed and with such tension in my body because of allthree of them and I look at Lynne, and say “You mindfully eating too?” and weboth laugh.If only it was possible tolive in a blissful state of mindfulness all the time ay?
So Lynne goes back over park and I bake withJen, we make rocky road and bread rolls, she actually does all of it, I merelysupervise and wash up – proper little cook she is.
Then we go back and join Will and Lynne onpark.This is where we have fun, we spota seesaw and decide to use it to see who is the heaviest, we we’ve not laughedthat much sober in a very long time it was so funny!Next we stole the kids scooters and had aball, it didn’t go down very well but we didn’t care one little bit.Apparently it’s not cool to see over 40sscooting round the street!
So that was my day in a nutshell, we found away to move more that didn’t cost any money, I baked and then when they finallywent home I thanked the universe that I’d never really wanted children of myown because I once again had a quiet house ;-)
Enjoy your weekend everyone, I certainly plantoo. x
People are never
satisfied.If they have a little, the
want more.If they have a lot, they want
still more.Once they have more, they
wish they could be happy with little, but are incapable of making the slightest
effort in that direction.Paulo Coelho, The Winner
believe that if the universe things we need to do something, it will continue
to give us the message until we listen – I’m a bit philosophical like that!Anyway, I’ve been thinking about mindfulness and
meditation quite a bit late, I multitask a lot which means I also miss out on
lots of things because I’m not always paying attention.Anyway the other day I was multitasking
again, walking the dog whilst listening to an audiobook – not a bad way of
using multitasking to be honest because I can still look around and enjoy the
view if I want but it doesn’t help clear my mind like a good walk should
do.Anyway I’m veering off, so I’m
listening to this book by Miranda Hart (the comedienne from that Friday night show
‘Miranda’) and in it she’s trying to explain the mobile phone to her 18 year
old self from the 80s, I laughed at the line “You press buttons for words to
come up on a phone instead of just calling someone when it’s a phone anyway?
One word – WHY? The whole chapter is amusing because it does make the mobile
phone sound like a ridiculous idea when really most of us can’t live without
them these days!
end of the chapter and the bit that stayed in my head was “try and go a day
without a mobile.For we might just see
something wonderful we would otherwise have missed”
remember thinking to myself as I read it, yes you really should try that, you
spend far to much time messing with that phone, you’re always in constant
communication with some one.Then I
disregarded it and carried on with my walk and the next chapter of the book!
that was the universe making its first attempt at communicating with me!Yesterday when it realised I’d forgotten all
about the subtle hint, it smacked me in the face, not with a hint but a no
choice gesture “if you won’t listen, I’ll take the decision out of your hands” kind
dropped my new iphone 5, oh yes I did and the screen smashed to smithereens,
and I didn’t even swear!I think I was
in shock to be honest, now I have no choice, I can’t mess with my phone I have
to turn it off until it’s fixed.
an odd feeling it was last night in my meeting, not having my phone – I didn’t
know the time, I couldn’t show members photos of the foods we were talking
about, I couldn’t look up the ProPoints in things on my app – oh man it was weird
and I didn’t like it.
did like the fact it wasn’t there to distract me though, so once it is repaired
I will be more mindful of how much I use it, I will attempt to use it less that’s
for sure!To realise things can wait
till I get back to my office to be done.
mindfulness is really important in every aspect of our lives, Mindfulness is a translation of a word that simply
means awareness. It's a direct, intuitive knowing of what you are
doing while you are doing it. It's knowing what's going on inside your mind and
body, and what's going on in the outside world as well.And it’s a great practice to get into when
Most of the
time our attention is not where we intended it to be. Our attention is
hijacked by our thoughts and emotions, by our concerns, by our worries for the
future, and our regrets and memories of the past. Mindful awareness is about learning to pay attention, in the present
moment, and without judgement. It's like training a muscle - training attention
to be where you want it to be. Being mindful reduces our
tendency to work on autopilot, allowing us to us choose how we respond &
react.When we’re mindful when we eat it
will help us enjoy our food more and even realise when we are actually full!
So today, pay attention, slow down and get mindful!The next meal you sit down to, use these
ideas to get you to realise what’s actually going on in your head as you eat –
you might be surprised that this food you think you’re obsessed with and think
about constantly isn’t even getting your attention when you sit down to eat it!
Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I
keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that
I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have
the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even
if I may not have it at the beginning. Mahatma
Yesterday morning I dropped my mom off at the clinic for yet another blood
test, she got out of car singing at the top of her voice, everyone walking the
kids to school stared, she didn't care and I love her for that, that's the way
to live your life - care free and not worrying about what others think of you.I’m getting more and more like her every day,
it’s awesome because I used to be so self conscious of what everyone thought
about me, now I too sing in the street if the mood takes me – try it you might
So I’ve had an Tefal Actifry, it’s huge and takes up a great deal of space
on the work surface so it better do more than just make chips to justify its
existence in my kitchen!I’ve only used
it once so far for a plate of chips which were good I have to say so we shall
see how I get on doing other things.I’ve
since been told that the Phillips Airfry is better by people and doesn’t take
up as much room so I’m now not sure which I should’ve bought, hey ho always
next time.I like the idea of cooking
whilst not having to stand by the stove or having to have the oven on which
must use more energy.Apparently the
advantage of the Airfry is that is doesn’t have a paddle so cooks more things
I fancy trying real chicken nuggets cooked in it I have a recipe in the
dinner lady book that I shall try, this weekend I also plan to cook Macaroni
Cheese this weekend, I haven’t eaten this for years and I think I’ve only ever
had it as a processed meal so have never enjoyed it, I will therefore try and
make it from scratch (recipe in same book) and see if my liking for it has
changed.Your tastes definitely do
change over the years, I never used to like pepper in food now I have a huge
pepper mill I put on everything!I’ve
heard and read somewhere that your tastebuds change every 7 years, how much
truth is in that I’m unsure but if there’s something you never used to eat, it’s
worth re-tasting with an open mind because you never know you may like it
now.I used to love Pot Noodles and Batchelors
Super Noodles, yet I’ve tried both of them over the last few weeks and oh my
disgusting, truly awful – I cannot believe I used to find super noodles delicious,
they were just a clump of tasteless mushy stuff, not nice at all.I’m so glad I learned to cook, I’m no genius
in the kitchen but I know what I like and I’ve found a way to cook my favourite
foods quickly and easily and to a standard where other people actually eat it
I’m being a little silly today, it’s my busiest day of the week, I get up
at 5, write blog, walk dog, leave for work at 7.30am, get back 12.30pm, do
paperwork from morning and night before, leave house again at 4pm get home 8pm
and I’ve decided sometime in amongst all that I’m going to cook myself a ‘dinner’
meat, potatoes, veg and gravy – not a stupid idea at all is it!I’ve just peeled sprouts whilst waiting for
my kettle to boil for my cuppa tea, so stage one is complete, the meat is a bit
of brisket with gravy in a microwave bag, already cooked so that’s not so bad, I’ve
just got to get my hands on some potatoes and peel my carrots, ooo Yorkshire
pudding too I thinks.Oh I do love food
and eating, it’s such a simple pleasure in life isn’t it!
On that note, I’m going to peel carrots – yes I know it’s only 5.40am but I
have a busy day ;-)
Have compassion for everyone you meet, even if they don't want it.
What appears bad manners, an ill temper or cynicism is always a sign of things
no ears have heard, no eyes have seen. You do not know what wars are going on
down there where the spirit meets the bone. Miller Williams
when I sit down to write my blog I have no idea what I’m going to talk about,
other times there’s something fresh in my memory from the day before, something
that’s happened or been said, then some days there’s lots of things and I don’t
know where to start, today is the later, so I may spread it over a couple of
days ;-) as I appreciate we’re all busy people.
came to work with me yesterday, first time for a while, she’s in a lot of pain
bless her and every morning she rises feeling nauseous, anyone who’s had
morning sickness knows how dreadful that is, if you’ve had it for 6 years, it
starts to get a little tiresome!Lately
she’s been sitting round until it goes off a bit and I leave her at home as I
go to work, but yesterday she decided she may as well be at work with me
feeling sick as on her own in the house.It was lovely to see her interacting and laughing with my members and genuinely
looking better in herself than she has for weeks.Consider your options, if you’re in constant
pain do you sit focussing on it, thinking about it all the time or do you
distract yourself?You would be best to
distract yourself.This made me think of
our weight issues are you better to constantly think about dieting all the time
and dwell on how much you have to lose, how long it’s going to take etc, or are
you better distracting yourself from the enormity of it all!Obviously you have to think about food and
what to eat but it doesn’t have to take up every single waking second of your
day!Meal planning for the week is a
good way of getting that problem sorted then you don’t have to think till it’s
time to cook and eat.Just something to
mull over – do you think about it all just a little bit too much?
other thing that I noticed on Monday and it happens a lot, because of my job,
because of what I do for a living, people who are overweight and actively NOT
trying to lose it seem to feel the need to explain themselves to me and justify
their decision – I personally don’t care either way, it isn’t for me to live
another persons life or tell them how to behave.However I would like to cover the “fat &
happy” conversation I had on Monday, a lady explained to me that she’s happy,
her weight doesn’t bother her and she used to get obsessed with food when she
was on a diet.She then went on to tell
me that she would have to lose some weight soon because bad knees run in her
firstly let’s clear one thing up, being happy is a state of mind – it really
has nothing to do with the size of your body.Secondly, that means you don’t lose weight to be happy, there are lots
of other reasons for that, health reasons being at the forefront! How you treat your body today will have an
affect on you health and well being in 20 years time.Fat
& happy, isn’t a reason to not lose weight!And before anyone starts having a go, I know thin people can be
extremely unhealthy, I don’t really think it’s about the size of your body it’s
about the way you treat it and take care of it, I’d rather be bigger and eat
good healthy food than skinny and living on junk.I’m all about healthy eating and moving more
regardless of what the numbers on the scales say.
this then think about how you feel after you’ve read it;
Weak, Disgusted, Hopeless, What’s wrong with
me? What chance do I have?Just stuffing it into my gob!! Someone give me a big kick up the bum! Last weeks big gain was
really unexpected - I didn't want to tell folk how much - such shame.I'm not looking forward to weigh-in tomorrow -
I don't feel any thinner. Been so good all week and gave in to the temptation
of a jam doughnut the night before weigh-in.A disappointing half off, yes I know it’s off but still disappointing
not sure why it’s also the lightest I have been in months. Didn't post on
Monday as so embarrassed was off track big time and gained 4.5!!I'm just rubbish :( Absolute
waste of time. Weekend was a nightmare.
Totally over my dailies and my weeklies but there was no stopping me!!!I totally lost the plot yesterday and ate and
drank anything and everything.I just
don't see how I couldn’t have lost :(
you feel?Just imagine having regular
conversations like that with someone you love, a child or a best friend, every
day once or twice at least saying something like, “you’re weak, I’m disgusted
with you!” or “What chance have you got – you’re hopeless”.Maybe you could say, “You only lost half a
pound, that’s rubbish”, “What were you thinking eating a jam doughnut, what’s
wrong with you, I’m disappointed”.
get my drift yet?It’s not very
encouraging is it?Hopefully you wouldn’t
say it to someone you love, yet so many of you say these things to yourself
(all that paragraph is full of actual statements made by real people about
themselves – the names have been removed to protect the innocent x).So why do you say those things to yourself,
if you’re not saying them out loud you may be thinking them which is equally as
bad.No one gets very far without love
and support (that’s what makes Weight Watchers the success it is – group support).New born babies die without love – did you
know that?The one thing to guarantee
you more chance of success is a bit of self love!That’s the whole basis of my website, www.happyowls.co.uk, so if you’re guilty
of any of that, how about STOP, stop judging yourself for what you weigh, for
what you eat.Hell if you want a jam doughnut
the night before weigh-in that’s absolutely fine, they’re about 7pp and
delicious, they don’t weigh that heavy in your tummy either – honest.
noticing the words you use when thinking about yourself, make them more
positive you’re not weak or hopeless for having a day where you go over you’re ProPoints,
you’re strong for being on a weight loss healthy eating plan to start
with.You’re not to be disgusted with yourself
over what you eat, it’s not like you’ve slept with your 99 year old neighbour
whilst your hubby was at work!Losing
the plot and overeating, gaining weight, it’s all part of life but it isn’t the
end of the world and it isn’t the end of your weight loss efforts, it’s just
another day at the office of the healthy eater.
personal experience and I can only talk about my experiences of course,
although I do know others who have found the same, is that since I decided to
be nicer to myself, forgive myself when I did overindulge and also to give
myself permission to do just that and to eat whatever I wanted whenever has
meant I don’t do it so much, I don’t need to because I can have chocolate
whenever I want, it isn’t a no-no, I can have MacDonalds and not feel shame
that I’ve just eaten my daily allowance in one meal, I can have cake for
breakfast if I want to.Do I do this
everyday – nope, why not? Because I’m taking care of this body now so it takes
care of me years down the line.
a great day gorgeous, go start it with a cup of self love x
I said Somebody should do something about that. Then I
realized I am somebody. Lily Tomlin
I’ve just slept until my alarm, rarely do that but I was so
tired when I went to bed last night, combination of not sleeping very well the
night before and driving yesterday afternoon, I certainly couldn’t be a driver
for a living, it really tires me out.I
took mom out for a drive to visit Lynne and the kids, she really enjoyed
herself and it was good to get her out of the house, it’ll give her something
new to talk about.That’s what happens
when you don’t go anywhere you run out of things to talk about so you tend to
recap over the same thing over and over, so you start to repeat yourself!Whatever you’re age, you need to socialise, I
just wished I could get mom to use a pc or ipad she’s love interacting with
others without having to leave the house but she won’t have any of it, and she’
just a tad bit stubborn!
I baked a nice warm tray of my wake up muffins to take with
me and they were still warm when we arrived so that was my lunch sorted – two
of them.I’d fancied peanut butter on
toast for breakfast so instead of my usual two rounds of toast I had one round
with peanut butter and jam on – nom nom.
Lynne has to go to work at five and her hubby doesn’t get
home till just before six so to save her paying the sitter, I said we’d stay
and I’d sort their tea.Of course me
being lazy, them being kids and them knowing I’m a soft touch, tea turned into
MacDonalds and I do love a Maccy D’s.Well I had what I can only describe as ‘a moment’, just lately after
reading a couple of books re eating I’ve been more aware of the ‘toxic
environment’ in which we live and how we are influenced by offers and
temptation everywhere.For example with
it being Halloween next week all the cakes have been rehashed and renamed so for
example instead of jam tarts which I wouldn’t dream of picking up, they’re now
called slime tarts and I quite want one in my life!The French Fancies which are vile have been
called Fiendish Fancies and they certainly caught my eye, they have also been
priced at a very attractive £1, the fact the other ones are normally £1.06
doesn’t matter to us – a pound is a bargain!It is though isn’t it?So yep you
guessed it, yesterday in Asda before going to Lynnes I bought loads of
Halloween junk for her kids because I am a sucker for a supermarket gimic and
Anyway back to this moment at Maccy D’s, oh how do I explain
it, it was almost like how I would imagine a junky to react who hadn’t had a
fix for a while.I’m with Jenny (Lynne’s
daughter) going through drive-thru, my memory isn’t the best and I’ve got what
Will wants written down on my phone and Jenny is remembering what she
wants.The menu’s are there as we drive
up to the tannoy, there’s a car in front of us so we have time to peruse - there
are two boards with all the new stuff on and I’m reading them like an
overexcited kid and having a conversation in my head something like, “ooo Big
tasty, I haven’t tried them, but what if I don’t like it – you can’t beat a big
mac.Oh I fancied KFC and we’re here
now, I could have chicken, no I’ll have KFC on Friday when we go to the
cinema.Oh I fancy a fillet of fish, or
maybe something with cheese oozing out, ooo what’s that a bean wrap, oh I could
have a deli thing.By now I’d got a
little jittery (I put that down at the time to being hungry, however I’ve just
realised typing it I’ve got jittery again!Yes I think I’m a Maccy D addict!)So now I’m proper confused, and the car in front is moving and it’s my
turn to order and I’m panicking inside, “what do I do, what am I going to have”.
“Can I take you order please”, Okay I think to myself
compose yourself, read Wills whilst you think about it, “can I have a fillet of
fish, no sauce, and fries please” think to myself oh he hasn’t had a meal deal,
they’re cheaper, I’ll get Lynne a coffee with is and make it a meal (the fact
she’s at home and has a jar of coffee which doesn’t cost a pound a cup doesn’t
enter my head!), next Jenny orders her meal, they don’t have strawberry
milkshake so we have to have banana.NOW
it’s my turn, I’m trying to recall all the things that were on the board, what
am I gonna, have what shall I do.“Anything
else madam”, Suddenly something twigs, I realise what’s going on and I say, “Big
Mac Meal please”, I cannot believe I’ve just gone through all that in probably
less than 5 minutes, I’d say my blood pressure went up, my heart was racing, I really
did want to order everything on the damn menu, luckily my memory is so bad and
I’d got myself so confused and wound up, I couldn’t remember anything off the
menu really anymore.
“Thank you, does that complete your order, please drive
round to pay”.
Phew, it’s over, and I’m so glad we were using the drive
through and hadn’t gone in the shop because that could’ve ended with me
spending too much money on food I really didn’t need in my life. both with money and ProPoints, I've just looked a Big Tasty with Cheese = 24pp! I had Big Mac & fries for 26pp, but it didn't look like this photo on their website that's for sure;
Jenny bought me back to reality, “Bev, why aren’t you
Gotta love kids ;-)
I am pretty good with controlling my eating these days, but I
still get overexcited at times over food, especially when there are too many
choices!Do you?Start to observe how you react in situations –
it’s interesting to get to know yourself.
The best of it was when we got back with the food, my burger
was coldish, so Alfie really enjoyed the meat from it, the chips were half and
half.It really wasn’t what I’d
imagined!Cured from MacDonalds for a
while now I thinks! Da da da da da - NOT LUVIN IT!
Today I shall mostly be working and playing with my new
Actifry that arrived yesterday, watch this space for feedback, have a
tremendous Tuesday everyone. x
You only live once? False! You live every day - you only
Didn’t just sit on my backside yesterday for a change,
after I walked Alfie on the morning in the fog I spent a few hours sorting
through my recipes magazines and putting them all in my recipe folders so I could
throw away the rest of the magazines – too much junk in my house.On the afternoon I managed to get mom to come
for a walk with me, we didn’t go far, just across the road to the canal where
we saw a heron and got really close to it so we were both happy about
that.I made her poached eggs &
cheese on toast, she’s not got much of an appetite lately so it was good to see
her really enjoy something, I had my cottage pie that I cooked Saturday, not
bad at all.I then read in the bath for
an hour before finally sitting on our backsides and just chill out watching tv,
XFactor was on but I’ve got to say I don’t really watch it, I’m faffing doing
other stuff.Perfect Sunday doesn’t it
sound?It wasn’t but we’re working on
I started reading a book I think I’m going to love
called, ‘Taming your gremin by Rick Carson’, I just love all that self help
stuff, it’s helped me in the past and I also like to pass the info one and help
members and you lot reading this.The
book isn’t about dieting but I’m just going to share with you a paragraph which
is so true;
we sit, you and I, wrapped up in our bodies,…..
we’re not our bodies.We’re not.Our bodies are constantly changing masses of
matter.As a matter of fact, if you’re
over 30, as we speak, you ears are getting bigger, your nose is getting longer,
and the distance is shrinking from the bottom of your feet to the top of your
head.Frightening, but so.Bodies change.My body has done so dramatically.A lean 165 pounds now, I used to weigh, and
this is the astonishing truth, 7 pounds 8 ounces.We’re not our bodies”
I love that, I also love everything that follows that
paragraph in the first chapter, so I’m hoping the book will be
interesting.The book suggests your
gremlin interprets your every experience. He has nothing good to say about you
or anything you do, not to mention your dreams and aspirations. Just when you
feel you've out-argued or overcome him, he changes his disguise and his
strategy. Grapple with him and you become more enmeshed. What he hates is
simply being noticed. That's the first step to his taming. That what the books
about and without going into too much detail that’s exactly how my day ended
with my Gremlin having a field day with me!Even though earlier I’d started that book, and my Gremlin genuinely doesn’t
cause me too much grief these days because I’ve already done a lot of personal
development work on myself, last night he/she whatever it is really went to
town and messed with my head.
I’ve slept but it wasn’t a good sleep, my brain has been
going over and over stuff all night, so I’d just like to thank my Gremlin for
that!And warn it that this book is
gonna help me tame that Gremlin – watch this space!
I am aware that I’m talking in riddles but I don’t want
to share those thoughts I was having last night because they weren’t just about
me and well bearing my soul online is one thing, but other peoples – maybe not.
You’re either getting this Gremlin thing or thinking I’m
a lunatic right now ;-), either’s good with me, I’m not sure how much you’re
allowed to share of someone’s book but as this next bit I’m going to share is available
as a preview on Amazon I think it should be ok, and who knows I might help him
sell a few copies.So this is what he
say’s about your gremin;
already have some sense of your gremlin, though perhaps you never have focused
your awareness on him or labelled him.Your gremlin is the narrator in your head.He has influenced you since you came into
this world, and he accompanies you throughout your entire existence.He’s with you when you wake up in the morning
and when you go to sleep at night.He
tells you who and how you are, and he defines and interprets your every
experience.He wants you to accept his
interpretations as reality, and his goal, from moment to moment, day to day, is
to squelch the natural, vibrant you within.
not sure of the factors that contributed to the makeup of your particular
gremlin.I am sure, however, that he
uses some of your past experiences to hypnotise you into forming and living
your life in accordance with self-limiting and sometimes frightening
generalisations about you and what existence holds for you.
gremlin wants you to feel bad, and he carries out this loathsome pursuit via
some sophisticated manoeuvres, which we will discuss later, and by convincing
you to waste time reliving the past, worrying about the future, and analysing
the relationships between all sorts of people and things.Your gremlin wants you to believe that he has
your best interest at heart and that his primary purpose is to serve and honour
you.His motive is actually less honourable.He is intent on making you miserable.
gremlin’s caution about life and living is inordinate and his methods of
control are overzealous.He is not
merely your inner critic or simply a part of your psychological makeup.Your gremlin is not your negative thoughts –
he is the source of them.He is not your
less-than-positive past experiences – he uses them.He is not your fears – he taunts you with
them by creating the horror movie about yoru future that you sometimes
is your gremlin, and his personality, like his dastardly intention, is all his
own.One thing is for certain.As you begin to notice your gremlin, you will
become acutely sensitive to the fact that you are not your gremlin, but rather,
his observer.You will see clearly that
your gremlin has no real hold on you.As
this awareness develops, you will begin to appreciate and enjoy your life more
and more. It is for you, the observer, that this book is written.
Ooo I can’t wait to read it, cos my Gremlin had me crying myself to sleep last night, soI’m ready to kick his ass!So if any of that strikes a cord, watch this
space, I’ll let you know how the rest of the book goes.
And apologies for making a Monday morning so damn
serious, but hey sometimes reality sucks! I’m smiling again now I’ve wrote all that – love rambling
on my blog.