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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

I dared to mention the C word!

27th June 2017
Because the next 6 months will go by no matter if you eat healthy or not!

Yay, I lost a pound and a half, so that's average of 1/2lb a week over the last 5 weeks, I'll take that! I've done the fast loser thing and it doesn't last long for me, whereas doing it this way, I'm still enjoying a bit of extra niceness at weekends. I also realised yesterday it was 26 weeks from Christmas! I know, shush with the C word, but it's something to help us set a goal. 26 weigh-ins, 26 opportunities;

1/2lb a week = 13lb
1lb a week = 1st 12lb
1 1/2lb a week = 2st 11lb
2lb a week = 3st 10lb

Not losing anything = feeling exactly the same way as you did when you woke up yesterday morning and this morning, if you're good with that feeling then no prob, if you're not.... well I don't need to say anymore do I.

We went for breakfast at the cafe yesterday and I ordered poached eggs on toast because I'd seen someone have them the last time I was there and they looked lush, all runny and nice. Sadly when mine came they'd not only put butter on my toast but the eggs were hard as bullets, I was just about to eat them anyway when I thought no, I only get to eat three times a day, I'm not setting for what I don't want, so I sent them back, when they came back, they were delicious and I saved points by not having the butter.
My review with my boss went really well, there's always progress to be made, we can all improve so I have things to work on of course, I did something yesterday at that meeting I never do these days, I dared to think about the future.  With moms illness, I very much live in the moment for now, I don't dare to think about what the next few years might bring.  Yesterday my manager touched on it and planted the seed, so I listened, we never know what tomorrow will bring, but we can be ready for it!

I left feeling really good, so good that I ended up in Waitrose having a good shop. I really shouldn't be let out on my own! I just love lush food and there really is some in there, last nights tea was 14SP Indian spiced bhaji burger, giant roast portobello mushroom topped with fragrant oriental black quinoa salad. Different and delicious, I'm going to enjoy everything on the menu this week, that's for sure.

I need to have a go at making veggie burgers like that one I had for my tea last night, it was so good, full of flavour and goodness. Not today though, at £2.50 for 2, they're worth buying already made.

I'm contemplating a bit of No Count today, I've got a big piece of cod in the fridge, tempted to make fish fingers with it, mmm nom nom, we could have fish finger sandwiches, with chargrilled courgettes and some salad leaves, nice. Yeah definitely, that's lunch sorted, what to have for breakfast, decisions, decisions, I've got a giant mushroom left from yesterday, I could roast that, top it with an egg, add some baked beans, tomatoes, mmm sounds good. Damn, I love food!

Right I've got a busy day ahead, looking forward to seeing my members at Short Heath, I've got a good chat planned, here's to a good day. We've got this..

26 weeks till Christmas, my first goal is July 13th though, I want a couple more pounds off at least by then, which has just reminded me I need another really good week, 100% from now till Saturday!

Monday, 26 June 2017

Mmm curry, it has to be done.

26th June 2017
You live most of your life inside of your head, make sure it's a nice place to be!

Well what will the scales say today, we shall see! Whatever they say I plan to have another cracking week, see the best part about life is every morning you have the opportunity to become a healthier and happier version of yourself, I'm taking up that opportunity – are you?

I had a very productive day yesterday, having woke up thinking, I'm not in the mood for doing much at all, then looking at the living room knowing I had to at least hoover, something came over me and once I started I just kept going, gave the living room and the kitchen a good going over, I even got the cooker out and did behind it, before cleaning the floor on my hands and knees, my kitchen was so clean and tidy by the end of it, it had an echo! I wasn't up for cooking any recipes though so we had the last of the ready prepared stuff in the fridge, Shawarma style chicken and I added coconut rice and green beans, quite nice it was too. For my tea I had a ham toastie, that was lush. I still haven't looked to see what's in the Freezer, I will do that as soon as I've finished this blog.

Now I found a recipe card on my desk yesterday and it was the first one Weight Watchers did this year and I have to say it was my favourite, garlic chicken curry, now I know I'm likely to lose that card so I'm going to type it here, then it'll be online for anytime I want to make it, I'm definitely making it this week;

Garlic chicken curry
9sp per serving, serves 2
10 minutes prep time, plus marinating. Cook time 20 minutes

Small bunch fresh coriander
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2tsp garam masala
1tbsp mango chutney
2 x 125g skinless chicken breast fillets
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
400g tin chopped tomatoes
100g basmati rice
2 tbsp 0% fat natural Greek yogurt

  • Cut most of the stalks from the coriander and set the leaves aside. Finely chop the stalks and mix with the garlic, garam masala, chutney and a pinch of salt to form a paste.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut small slashes in each chicken fillet then flatten them slightly. Spread over the paste and marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes (or overnight).
  • Heat the oil in a large nonstick frying pan or wok and fry the onion for 5 minutes or until softened. Add the chicken and marinade and turn to coat in the onions. Fry for 6-8 minutes, turning the chicken and stirring regularly. Add the tomatoes and simmer for 5 minutes. Chop the coriander leaves and stir half of them into the sauce.
  • Meanwhile cook the rice to pack instructions, and mix the remaining coriander leaves with the yogurt.
  • Serve the curry with the rice and coriander yogurt.

Delicious it is, I know also that lots of my members have just put all the ingredients in the slow cooker and left it all day, I know when I first did it, I didn't marinate it as I was in a rush and just bunged everything in the pan.  I like it because it isn't a 'hot' curry.

Ooo I could just eat that now, but first I have loads to do, including getting to my meeting to be weighed, I've also got my appraisal with my boss later, might nip in Waitrose for a nosey at the good stuff as I'll be opposite there for my meeting. Need to decide what I'm eating, I want another really good week again, there's one glass of wine left in the bottle then when that's gone tonight I'll have another wine free work week, now that's serious ;)

Right I'm off, here's to making Monday magic, I might do meat-free Monday, go and look for something tasty and veggie, yeah I might, leave it with me.

What's your plan for the day BeYOUtiful?  

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Super Sunday anyone?

25th June 2017
If it costs you your peace, it's too expensive
Ooo the first thing I thought when I just typed the date was "pay day", than I thought food shopping because there's not really much else I want other than a new kitchen radio. The one I have now is the most expensive radio I've ever bought and it's sooner than any of the cheap ones, so the next one will be a cheap one for sure.

It's half 6 and I've been out with the dog for half hour, I'm surprised at how many people I've seen walking around this early on a Sunday morning without a dog, are they going somewhere or coming back?

My massage yesterday truly wiped me out, so after walking Alfie and doing the washing up I did sod all, we sat and watched the 6 parter Kat & Alfie, I enjoyed it until the rubbish ending! I was more frustrated by it because we don't tend to watch stuff like that anymore as mom can't keep up with the storylines but we'd started it and I wanted to see how it turned out, so I'd happily sat explaining what was going on over and over, so to end 6 hours of a decent story badly was a tad annoying! We're watching less and less tv these days because mom can't keep up, even an hour long one off isn't easy.

I've woken up with back ache and I have a house to clean and a garden to sweep so it needs to go away and soon!

Food wise I had a picky day yesterday, my breakfast was crackers, egg and the shredded polish veg stuff again. Then I had a Stilton pork pie with more pickle stuff later and red wine. I also had some apple and onion mint salad on it, I'd bought it from Essington Fruit Farm, but I can definitely make that myself soon.  I know that place is all 'fresh and free range' etc, but I paid £1.90 for 3 slices of pork yesterday, they weren't that big either, when I compare that to the 60p worth of ham at the Polish shop, it makes me think twice about going.  I didn't get my blue dot yesterday but I managed 5 days straight which is a massive improvement on previous weeks. I'm going to check my fridge contents this morning and sort out what meals I can do have before deciding what I need and when, where or how I'm going to shop. I actually need to not shop this week I think, I need to use what I have, get some of the stuff in the freezer used up. Yeah that's my plan and just buy any fresh stuff I need from over the road.

Life is very repetitious isn't it, every week we have to cook, clean, shop, do all those things that have to be done on a weekly basis. I've realised It's important for me to find a way of enjoying these things, I've always enjoyed cooking and shopping, now I'm getting satisfaction from the cleaning, I'm seeing it as 'exercise' and when it's done my house looks good and I've earned some FitPoints. I love my tidy bedroom, it's so nice to wake up in and to go to sleep in. I love having the cupboards under the stairs as it makes the hall look tidier. We're in a bit of limbo with the rest of the house, it'll be great once the wetroom is done, but that's end of August, then hopefully once that is done, my kitchen can be done and by the end of this year I should have a bang on house. I can't wait for the kitchen to be how it looks in my mind!

I really do love my simple life, my small world, I'm exactly where I want to be, it's nice here, a little messy, a few challenges but overall, I wouldn't change how it is, how I've lived and where I've ended up. I really am blessed with the best.

Oh I'm rambling again, it's because I'm content, I like feeling like this, it's the feelings I remind myself of when I'm having a 'bad' day, when my hormones kick in and I feel like everything's getting on top of me, on those days, I remind myself I was okay last week so it's not my life, it's my hormones, my emotions. You should've heard me yesterday afternoon when the Sky box froze and we had to reboot the system, the internet, the lot. I turned the air bluer than it's been for a while, I really raged, more so because there was a chap trying to sort my pc out remotely and it'd disconnected him. I can be very dramatic! But you know what, being dramatic, getting it off my chest and ranting, is why five minutes later I'm good again, I don't hold onto the emotions, I acknowledge, feel and let go. It's good to have a rant, it's good to have a cry, it's good to giggle, we wouldn't be given the capability to feel all these emotions if we weren't supposed to is my belief.

Anyway, I've got a house to hoover, a sink to empty, a floor to mop amongst other tasks so I better get moving, oh and Alfie's being clipped this morning so he's gonna be a happy, cooler boy later.

What to have for dinner..... now there's something to think about.

Yesterdays something that made my day memorable and I want to remember was seeing someone I like get something they want and being party to that! Yep my brother had two tickets for a concert and one of my BeYOUtiful members hadn't been able to get any as they'd sold out, so she's now very happy and going to see one of her fav bands.

Right, what's the plan for Sunday BeYOUtiful? Are you going to stay on track, go a little haywire, what's your plan – I'm staying on track, going to go check out my fridge, I'm thinking avocado, egg, bacon and toast for breakfast, then we won't need anything till this afternoon and two meals will probably be plenty, my third meal can be in liquid form ;)

Have a super Sunday, I'm going too!

Saturday, 24 June 2017

We shall make it through the weekend!

24th June 2017
We don't grow when things are easy, we grow when we face challenges.

Another day on track but I did have a glass of wine as I had the points left, done 3 days without, so it's all good. I had a busy day, the meeting with my carers support worker went well, I have a few forms to fill in this weekend now, the most important on being an application for a carers emergency card which I'll carry around and if anything was to happen to me, the emergency services would know moms at home and I take care of her, so they'd contact her and whoever I write down as a contact.

Meals that were planned got changed, turned out the chicken I'd had delivered on Wednesday should've been used by Thursday! Not impressed at all as I buy fresh because I don't want to have to freeze stuff when it arrives, I was cooking something else with chicken today – not now! The to top it off the salmon I'd bought Wednesday morning from the co-op that we were gonna have that day but didn't had gone out of date that day, use by same day is a little naughty for sure! Lesson learned, I need to start checking all the sell-by dates, but when you're in a rush, you assume when you're paying those prices the food is damn fresh.

I picked up a piece of sweet chilli salmon when I topped up with petrol and had that for my tea on salad, had a real kick to it too.
On my way back from collecting the commode on the morning, I passed the Polish shop so I decided it was time to investigate. Turns out everything in the shop is in Polish! You don't need cake translated though, you can see what it is, so I got mom a bit, she said they weren't very sweet! I bought me some stuff of the deli, an horseradish beetroot, carrot salad and coleslaw, I will definitely be going back for them. I also had some cooked meat from their meat counter and it was really good, really fresh too! No use by today on them! The bread looked amazing, I'll save that for another time...

I think I just about managed my 10k steps yesterday, I'm just syncing my Fitbit to find out, yeah I did just over, so since Monday I have done average 10k a day I'm chuffed with that, my Fitbit says 59,208 but I didn't put it on till lunchtime on Monday, I've got 65 FitPoints, none of which have been used, plus I'm entering the weekend with 26 weekly points left – WOO HOO! I've also got 5 blue dots in a row on my WW app, I've not every done that I don't think.

You watch, I'll get on those scales Monday and I won't have lost! If I haven't I'll just keep going because ultimately I know it will have to show at some point, I've learned in all my years as a coach that bodies are very weird things that sometimes work at their own pace.

Now what to eat today.... my original plans out the window obviously because of out-of-date gate, I do have some steak, that's a possibility, especially as it's Saturday and I'm not one for doing much after my massage. I've been having a fancy for noodles for a few days, don't think there's any in my cupboards, I used to love Batchelors super noodles and haven't had them for years, but at 9sp for ½ the packet, I'll think twice I reckon, I'd easily eat the whole packet to myself.

I might have steak, actifry sweet potato and veggies, I'll give my fridge a good sort out to then I'll go shopping Monday maybe after my meeting, or tomorrow if the weathers not so good. But first for a cracking good morning at the meeting, let's go have some giggles.

Yesterdays something that made my day memorable and I want to remember was lying on moms bed together and having a bit of love and a giggle.

Here's to surviving the weekend BeYOUtiful, we've got this! Let's do this, no messing about. I can feel me wanting to wander off track and eat lots of delicous food and drink copious amounts of wine – but I will stay strong and on track, we've got this!

Friday, 23 June 2017

Made it to Friday...

23rd June 2017
Your energy introduces you before you even speak.

Day 5 and on track, yesterday afternoon got tough, I got peckish, I'm not sure if it was because I'd had a taste of a packet of crispy things and wanted more or that I was genuinely hungry because I had fruit for breakfast and one hard boiled egg because I didn't have time to cook my usual breakfast. I think possibly the first to be honest as I had fruit and yogurt every day the other week and I was ok, although then I was probably eating more afterwards!

Anyway, it was a good day, I ended on 32 Smart Points and I am being 100% honest with it too, no pretending something didn't get eaten or drank. I even found time to cook, I've prepared the chicken for today too – check me out! Yesterday we had teriyaki chicken from the new cookbook, delicious, possibly my favourite meal of the week so far, so good. For my tea on the night I stopped at the shop to get a cob, but they had a foot long French stick reduced to 12p, well, that was a no brainer. I got back and weighed it, ouch 16sp, I knew that the chicken I had to go in there was 6sp and I didn't want to waste too many weeklies so I started to tear out the doughy bread from the middle of the stick.

The finished meal - damn good! 

It saved me 6sp doing that, I might use that leftover bread this morning for something else, watch this space. Anyway this was the result and it was so good, just what my inner greedy bird needed for sure. After that and a mug of tea, I was ready for bed.

I didn't quite get my 10k steps but I wasn't far off and I do spend a lot of time actually working on a Thursday, plus Alfie didn't seen to want to walk very far yesterday even though it had actually cooled down.

I've got another recipe to cook today, Moroccan something, another one from the new chicken cookbook. I've also got a few errands to run, but first I have a lady from Carers Support coming to see me in 45 minutes so I better go put some clothes on! Although I have pjs on so I don't look too bad.

Heading towards the weekend, need to stay on track till weigh day Monday, I can do it, we can do it.

Let's do it!

Right short and sweet today, got too much to do.

Yesterdays something that made my day memorable and I want to remember was seeing how one of my members little girls has improved massively with her health as she was born with so many problems but yesterday she was laughing and smiling and it was awesome, it was also fantastic to see that persistence really does pay off because that member was not giving up on that little girl, she has spent the last year fighting for her and it's paid off. We all need to fight for ourselves as much as we would others!

Already had todays memory, it was just lying on moms bed and having a natter and a giggle with her because I don't have to rush anywhere on a Friday morning, the lady can take me in my pjs, there's nothing on show :)

Here's to a healthy & happy Friday – we got this BeYOUtiful! 

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Turns out I'm officially healthy & happy!

22nd June 2017
You must tell yourself, 'no matter how hard it is, or how hard it gets, I'm going to make it'.
Another glorious day on planet earth it was yesterday, hot, hot, hot, I love it, even if it makes me sweat a bit! I even smashed 15k steps on my fitbit which surprised me greatly, it told me 81 of my minutes were active minutes too, I was really chuffed with that as I didn't think I was particularly 'active' in my daily life, I know I get a lot done but 'active' means at a faster pace.

Anyhow after mom had her dementia review at the doctors, I had an NHS healthcheck at the local hub, the lovely Catherine did it, it was free (bonus) and she took my blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, height and weight and asked me some questions.

Turns out I'm pretty damn healthy! Here were my results;
Apparently I've shrunk, that I'm not impressed about, I also thought I was 5ft 3.5in but I'm 5ft 2.5in, I tell everyone I'm 5ft 4 and WW think I'm 5ft 5in these days, mwah, ha ha! I'm overweight, it's official (we knew anway), yep, my BMI is 30 if I'm 5ft 2in and my waist was too big too. That was the only negative though really, obviously I drink too much, no surprise there, but my results overall said my changes of heart attack was only 3%, that's not a bad stat. My blood pressure was good, my cholesterol was only 3.48 which is less than their ideal 5, my healthy cholesterol was over their ideal too at 1.52, yep I passed all the tests and I'm a happy lady. To me it proved that you can be overweight and healthy, I already know you can be underweight and unhealthy.

It's important to focus on the healthy and happy, that way the weight loss will become the side effect. The improvements we agreed I should make were, to have 2 or 3 alcohol free nights a week, give my liver chance to recover and to add in some vigorous exercise as I didn't think I did any, having looked at my fitbit last night maybe I do. I do play to start skipping though in the garden, once I've made a space and swept it through, I will try to do that tomorrow, if not definitely at the weekend. Stripping and making two beds and loading and unloading my car was my vigorous exercise for yesterday.

If you live in Wolverhampton and want a health check contact Catherine on 07824 350716 or check their website www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/healthcheck you need to be aged between 40 & 74 and NOT have any of the pre-existing conditions (diabetes, arthritis, heart attack/stroke, treated high blood pressure, treated cholesterol). For other areas here's the website link
After I'd been for that, I had a busy afternoon, housework, cooking lunch for my bestie, we had a 9sp meal, chicken and pesto flatties, these were from M&S but would be easy to make yourself, it was just a flattened chicken breast, with a bit of pesto sauce on and a sprinkle of cheese. We had our with actifry potatoes and carrots, plus green beans. Really good. For my tea I had 4sp smoked trout (very much like smoked salmon tbh) and a rainbow salad.

My breakfast had been delicious too, 8SP parmesan cheese & eggy bread, crispy bacon, mushrooms & cherry tomatoes.   Finished my day easily on track, ate some fruit, drank some water, tried the new pepsi max ginger – very nice indeed. I did knock over my mug of tea when I got home from work, all over the floor and my new rug, whole mug too. The night before I scolded myself on horlicks, I never have these accidents when I'm drinking red wine you know, just an observation.

Right today, it's gonna be hot I think, although I may have seen forecasts of storms, I've got a busy day ahead, my busiest working day of the week with five meetings, leave the house at 7.30, get back tonight about 8, so I need to be prepared for staying on track. I have some diet pop, water, fruit and the choice of 3 recipes from the new chicken cookbook I think I might have a go at, if I don't feel like it, there is a prepared chicken meal in the fridge I can use instead.

On that note, I better get going, things to do, places to be.

Here's to a having a tremendous Thursday BeYOUtiful, healthy & happy – we got this.

Yesterdays something that made my day memorable and I want to remember was obviously my health check results. Also my mom asking for a cold, fizzy drink – I don't think I've ever seen her drink a can of diet coke! Go figure.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Another good day in the bag!

21st June 2017
Live a life that causes your soul to dance inside your body...

Summer Solstice, the longest day, the pessimists amongst us might be saying 'oh it's all downhill from now' but that's not true, it's also the start of summer, oh yes and today is set to be a very hot day apparently. Today is a great day to check in on yourself, what progress have you made towards your dreams and goals, are you doing enough to help them come to fruition? If you are, woo hoo, go you, if not, what can you do? The Summer Solstice is the annual opportunity to take advantage of the abundance of light that can help us release burdens, doubts and fears, so we can become a little freer, how can you honor the sun – get in it, soak it up, since, dance or create, go out there and enjoy it in some way. Play, just because you're a grown up doesn't mean you can still play! At work all day and don't have time for playing? Go buy yourself a bunch of fresh flowers for the house, celebrate the new life that the sun gives.

Anyway back to all things Weight Watchers, I had an excellent day yesterday, ended my day on 28 Smart Points, check me out and I did track everything, no wine meant it was easy to stay in my allowance. My meals were delicious too, I had fruit for breakfast, mostly because I ran out of time, doesn't happen often but it did yesterday. For our lunch we had Chicken sausage panzanella for 6sp, it was delicious, on page 44 of the new Chicken cookbook, so many recipes I want to try in this book, I've ordered the ingredients for 3 of them to come in my food delivery today.

For tea I did a concoction with stuff that needed using and it was unexpectedly delicious, a couple of pieces of lambs liver, 2 slices of back bacon, a courgette sliced up, mushrooms, onion, all stir fried together, then served on a jacket potato with a little gravy and a spoonful of red cabbage, it was seriously good and only 13sp. I had a good 7sp left after tracking everything including my milk in my tea and the coca cola I'd drunk because I'd picked up the wrong bottle and it wasn't diet! I've fancied a mug of horlicks for ages so decided to use the points on that, 5sp for the light version – ouch! Then double ouch because I spilt it and scolded my leg, not impressed at al, wine has never caused me such pain! Just saying!

I ended up having a long walk yesterday morning, well not so much long as heavy, I'd took Alfie for a quick whizz round the block so he could do his business before the weather got too warm, we ended up helping an old lady find her daughters house, she'd come out of hers to walk down and had lost her way and ended up off track. By now it was too warm for Alfie so I had to carry him, we were out an hour, my arms know they've been weight lifting this morning I can tell you! The lady did have dementia but I do think the heat and dehydration had probably made her worse poor love.

My skipping ropes arrived so I'm going to start by building up a minute here and there to get me moving more, my fitbit had over 14k steps on yesterday, I was really pleased with that. Busy today so not sure I'll get that many on there but I'll aim for the 10k, mom and I are at the doctors this morning, I'm cooking my bestie lunch, then I have my meetings tonight of course. But apparently I'm off to walk the dog first because he's just appeared behind me! I've told him I've just got to post this blog.

Here's to a super summer solstice, enjoying the day, staying on track, focusing on the positives, I heard truly sad news off some of my members yesterday, it made me count my blessings!

Yesterdays something that made my day memorable and I want to remember was, the conversation in my meeting this morning about sleeping in this heat and the chat I had with the old lady I helped home, oh and my dinner which was epic!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

100% this week, no more messing about...

20 June 2017
As I began to love myself, my relationship with everyone changed.

Well that was a warm one wasn't it! We've all had an unsettled night in our house, poor Alfie kept moving around the floor in my bedroom to find a cool bit, there wasn't a cool bit on my bed, I've got to have sweat pounds off – I wish! I hadn't sweat any off yesterday, I got a stayed the same on the scales – no shame in a maintain.

This week I just got serious, I've bought myself a dress to wear to a meeting next month and I really want that half stone off, I've done a pound of it so far, so another 6 to go in just under 4 weeks. To do that I've got to start being a 100% Weight Watcher not a, oh I'm eating really good meals kind of Weight Watcher! It's not just the meals that cause the damage, it's not tracking the milk in my tea, pretending that extra glass of wine didn't happen, picking at moms leftovers (yes it's not just kids that have leftovers), forgetting how to say no, saying yes too often, it's the forgetting at the weekend how important it was to stay on track after weigh day.

I had a glass of wine left in a bottle from the weekend last night so I weighed it and enjoyed it, I won't be having another glass now until Saturday and then only if I have the spare Smart Points. I took my fitbit out of my handbag at lunchtime yesterday and popped it back in my pocket, then I went for a 45 minute walk on my own to earn some FitPoints, I'd already walked Alfie on the morning and he'd been in the mood so I easily hit my 10k steps yesterday. I ended the day on 31SP, that included the milk in my tea, the 3 dried apricots I'd enjoyed as I passed mom the bag and the spoonful of mango sauce I put on the side of my curry. Yep I tracked it all, 100% honestly! I also drank a good few pints of water and ate fruit, I had apple, satsuma and banana for breakfast, strawberries later and plenty of salad and veg. See I can do it when I put my mind to it, I won't lie, it is easier when the sunshines.

The main thing I've done though is changed my thoughts, I have decided I'm going to be happy, I'm not going to let my situation control how my mind works, I will focus on the positives, the smile moments. I think that realisation came when I laughed in the changing rooms on Friday, just remembering how in years gone by that same situation would have had me in tears and made me feel miserable but now it made me giggle was proof that you can change your thoughts, change your mindset and change the way you look at things and the way you behave. It's all in your head and your the one in control of that!

I've even ordered a skipping rope! Yep I'm going to have a go at skipping for a few minutes a day, I can always wear a tena lady if needed :) I don't just want to lose weight, I want to tone up a bit, I've noticed my body had become middle-aged, my legs have always been quite strong but I'm not as active as I was even 5 years ago, so they need toning, I'm going to try and walk more and do the skipping thing. I'm also going to have a look at the videos on the WW website, https://www.weightwatchers.com/uk/m/cms/ww-fitness-videos I wanna tone up my arms a bit, I opted for a dress with a sleeve yesterday because of my arms, I don't want to feel the need to do that.

Stone by September, I haven't forgot, I have forgot the date of the area meeting, but it's in my diary. Ah, it's the 16th, so now I have how many weeks.... 12 weeks, come on I'm doing this!

In two weeks you'll feel it,
In four weeks you'll see it,
In eight weeks you'll hear it.

I wanna hear it, do you?

I have a plan, I'm taking it one day at a time, I've got food in my fridge and cupboards that will help me stay focused, I've not bought the foods that won't. Mom's going to help me too, she doesn't know it yet but I'm sure she'd like to lose a few pounds too, so together this week, we are going to get our healthy on. I've had a look through the new Chicken cookbook, when I have to get shopping I'm going to get the ingredients to some of those meals, but first I'll eat what's in the cupboards, 5 days to pay day and I went a little crazy buying a dress in Sainsbury's then another dress, 2 pair of shoes and a handbag, well I had a coupon didn't I!

On that note, I may not be lighter yet but the one thing I am is in love with myself, not in a conceited way, in a kind way and after sitting in my meeting as a member yesterday and seeing others who haven't got to that place yet, I'll keep this version of me over the thin still not happy with myself version of 20+ years ago.

I down loaded a memory journal yesterday, I would've bought the hard copy but it was about £35 so I bought the PDF version for $8, better bargain, one of the things it asks you to do every day is 'Write something that happened today. Something you would like to remember.' It then went on to explain

Write down something that you would like to remember. Something that made YOUR day memorable. Feel no pressure here (every day can’t be entirely awesome). One sentence is good enough. Did you have something delicious for dinner? Met a friend for coffee? Did the sun shine?
Writing down a daily memory will not only provide your life with more chronological landmarks (and give the perception of a longer, fuller life) but also train your brain in focusing on the positive.

I'm going to do this, I'm going to blog it and also put it on my timeline each night, that way it'll come up in my 'on this day' in years to come, it's important to focus on that positive stuff.

Right I'm off, I need more water and a shower to cool me off, here's to another 100% day, no 80/20 in my world this week..... 

Yesterday's Daily Memory;
Coming home to find a friend had popped in to keep mom company, done my washing up & swept my kitchen floor  & having another friend do her upmost to keep me motivated & on track via text for the last month 😂 it's finally working xx

Monday, 19 June 2017

It's hotting up!

19th June 2017
One bad chapter doesn't mean your story is over.

And so begins another week, although this one is starting HOT, what a warm day it was yesterday and there wasn't any breeze at all, there's a little this morning so I've got all the windows open to try and cool the house down before the sun gets hotter.

There wasn't a lot done in our house yesterday, I didn't manage to clar up the kitchen on the afternoon, the floor still needs doing, actually the whole house needs a hoover but that wasn't going to happen yesterday. Walked Alfie twice, the random dog asked for a walk in the middle of the afternoon, 29 degrees and he wants to walk, barmy boy.

Foodwise I had a delicious bacon and mushroom sarnie for breakfast and mom fancied fish and chips so I had a fish sandwich with a superfood salad and it was delicious.

Weigh in today, I'll take anything it gives me, I said I'd do 2lb but who was I trying to kid.... To get 2lb off I'd have to be 100% on track and I haven't done that for a very long time. What I have been this week is in control of the snacking, I haven't bought the stuff so I haven't eaten it.

So I've paused my blog to come out with Alfie for a walk, it is lovely and fresh out here. Yesterday we were sitting in the shade - I never do that but it was evident it was gonna burn bad otherwise. Mom and I read the papers to each other, I did manage to find the odd happy story in amongst all the gloom.

Life is always better when you focus on the good stuff, even when that's difficult to do. There was a fantastic photo in one paper of 3 goslings and it said if you could only see 3 you weren't looking hard enough, there was a 4th in the clouds. The lady had took the photo as part of the 365 challenge, basically taking a photo every day of the year. I'm always taking photos but I do like the idea of taking one a day as a way of documenting my year. Yesterday's would have to be this one;

That's how we all felt by bedtime, so hot, no air, I assumed a similar position on top of the bed about half hour later (luckily there isn't a photo of me), I wasn't covered in fur though thankfully!

Oh it appears we are on a walking mission this morning, he's helping me burn a few calories before my weigh in I hope.

Not sure what's on the menu today, we're working through the fridge contents by use by dates. It's all healthy and delicious stuff though, whatever I'm having.

Right I'm waffling and I want to enjoy the scenery for a bit so I'll catch ta later.

Here's to another healthy and happy day, focus on the smile moments BeYOUtiful, I'm going too.  

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Writing it down!

18th June 2017
The days worthwhile when you make someone smile.

What a glorious morning, Alfie's already got me out and walking about, it'll be much too warm for him later on so we'll enjoy the morning quiet. I've only just rolled out of bed long enough to make mom a cuppa. 

Yesterday was as predicted a very good day, I found out I was in the Chronicle a week or two back which is great just wished I had a copy of it to show mom and my boss of course.  After. Cracking meeting on the morning, I enjoyed my massage more than usual if that's possible.  Then I spent the afternoon in the garden, I actually read a magazine from cover to cover, thoroughly enjoyed doing nothing but chilling. 

I had egg and mushrooms on toast for breakfast, lunch was 11sp trout, poppy seed & lemon potato salad with a lemon & Dijon mustard dressing, that was really tasty. Then I even ate a bowl of fruit, whole orange which I cut myself ill have you know lol, apple and a few grapes. For tea mom and I shared an M&S potato, cheese and bacon bake. It was 10sp in half, but really tasty and if we'd been hungry I had served a piece of fish with it to bulk it out and maybe some veg. 

Yes food was delicious yesterday. I'm contemplating a long walk on my own this morning but it's already really warm so we shall see. Alfie's giving me a decent walk to be honest, although he's eating grass as I type, bless him this weather doesn't suit him at all.   

The power of the scales or Trevor as he's called  in my meetings, mostly because he's a tool and upsets people quite often, I named him as I wanted folk to realise they wouldn't let another person steel their joy and make them feel miserable as quickly as they give those scales the power to do!  

Now I decided yesterday that I was going back to living in the moment and focusing on the good stuff, the happy, the smiles, the things I'm grateful for rather than letting the negatives consume my thoughts. I was found to add "easier said than done" here but actually it isn't, once  I made that decision, it actually was easy because focusing on the good stuff is far more enjoyable. Just paying attention and looking for them. Now in that magazine I read yesterday, one article was about making lists and she talked about how one of her friends sat at night and reflected over her day writing a gratitude list. I thought why wait till the night, why not every time something makes you smile, or you acknowledge something you're glad of, why not make a note of it right there and then, I could be in a notebook, on your phone, heck a post on Facebook but by writing those moments down, they are there as a reminder on the days when doom hits, the days when you want to cry for whatever reason because life just seems so difficult. On those days you can get out those notes and realise there's a lot of good in your world and acknowledge that it's just a bad day today.  

You could do the same with your weight loss journey, acknowledge every good thing whether it be a healthy choice you've made or a benefit you've felt because of the weight loss you've had so far.  I may not be as slim as I have been at other stages of my life but I’m psychologically in a far better place these days, the changing room incident that made me chuckle on Friday would have made me cry in the past.  Not having a ‘perfect’ body would have left me distraught and miserable for weeks, I’d punish myself by under eating or overeating and killing it at the gym.  Yeah my Weight Loss happy and healthy list would be a long one even on weeks I didn’t lose these days.  Yesterday, I could’ve written that everything I ate was not just delicious, it was good for me too. 

My smile list yesterday consisted of a really thoughtful offer via text, a lovely thank you card of Tina’s grandson, he’d chosen the card himself because it was small like him :). Making my members laugh and forget their worries for a short time is always a positive to any day, a conversation with my massage lady about bingo wings, the entire day was one big smile yesterday if I’m honest.  

By writing them down, they won’t be forgotten on the darker days, I will re-read the lists over and over, I’ve written it in my Harry Potter notebook so it’s bound to be magical!

Here’s to a wonderful day, enjoying life the Weight Watcher way, healthy and happy BeYOUtiful, take care of you. 

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Being silly is the best medicine...

17th June 2017
The six best doctors are sunshine, water, rest, air, exercise and diet.
I had a lovely day yesterday, went to M&S to do some nice food shopping, my meals are going to be epic this weekend. Then I decided to have half hour shopping in TK Maxx and ended up in the changing rooms, WELL what's wth those surround sound style mirrors, what a scary sight they are.... We never, really look at ourselves that closely other than in those rooms where everything appears magnified, scary for sure. I just burst out laughing, the sales chap must have thought I was a nutter, I got my mobile out and I've took photos from every angle and NO you can't see them as they'd curdle milk! I've saved them and they are there as a reminder, actually maybe I'll print the buggers and stick them in the fridge and on my wine rack – it's a good job I love myself I tell ya cos otherwise I'd be crying in a cupboard right now. It's official, I've hit middle age, my body has changed so much, the weight gain is evident and I looked like a character from Doctor Who, however if I'm not happy with it, I need to do something about it. Having said that, this morning, looking in my mirror on the landing, it doesn't look quite so bad ;) I shall continue with the healthy and happy plan and do the best I can with the situation I have.

Back to food! For lunch we had these;

Tasty, if a little too quickly eaten, 14sp for half of each. Then for tea I had Coconut, lemongrass & lime leaf chicken breast escalopes with coleslaw and WW wraps 11sp.
I can't wait for my next meal, so many new things to try, I love it. I'm even considering a salad for breakfast, well they look so good.

This sunshine better last all weekend, I need me a long walk I decided yesterday, either getting in the car and driving to the Wrekin or maybe just through the farmers fields on the edge of our estate, to be honest that's glorious enough and right on my doorstep. I want to sit in my garden tomorrow with my book and chill, I think I'm going to re-read 'Stepping out of the cloud' by Emma Triplett as it had some really good tips in there and I feel I could maybe do with a few at the moment. I've got me a magazine to have a read of too, so real downtime this weekend I reckon.

Today I've got a massage to enjoy too, that's my treat for this week, turn off completely for an hour and forget the world.

Last night reminded me of the importance of fun, I love to laugh but fun and silliness has been missing lately and I was reminded of that last night when Bonnies dad made me jump out in the kitchen, we all laughed and it instantly lightened my mood and I stayed there with that lifted mood. I know this morning will be full of chuckles, it always is, so here's to a weekend of sunshine and laughter, lightening the moment and not taking life too seriously. I've been in danger of thinking too much lately and it needs to stop, it's not who I am or what I do, so back to living in the moment, not thinking too much because you end up creating a problem that wasn't even there in the first place.

Back to focusing on and enjoying the small things, the simple things, the things that truly matter like sunshine, loved ones, laughter oh and of course fine wine and delicious food! Remember every time you are able to find some humour in a difficult situation, you win. On that note BeYOUtiful, I'm off to get ready for a sunshine kind of day.