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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Don't forget what causes your pain

12th December 2017
Whatever you do never go back to what’s causing you pain.
If you think about that quote, it’s relevant from a Weight Watcher point of view too, so many members join because being overweight is causing them physical or emotional pain and yet at this time of the year when all that temptation is about, we start to forget.  Let’s not forget completely.

I have a lovely head cold, one of those that gets worse as it heads towards evening, comes with a free sinus headache, you know the kind, to make it worse, if the rooms are warm the headache hurts even more and my sinuses get even more blocked, so I turned the heating off because I was hot too, then released mom wasn’t warm at all!  DOH!

Oh a positive, I give the kitchen and bathroom a good clean yesterday and watched another two Christmas movies!  Oh and I had my hot bath to try and clear my nose – it failed.  Today’s Self-Care challenge is to “Tuesday 12th – Colour or craft in some way.”  That’s easy as I’m crocheting since learning last Wednesday, I’m just doing a simple granny square pattern but instead of lots of squares, I’m going round and round and making one big one because I don’t really want to think about it, I just want to do it and I’m learning so I want to improve not overthink.  It’ll be my wonky winter warming TV banket when it’s finished.

Well I’m looking out the winter and thinking yak, it’ll take a while for the car to defrost this morning, I’d say it’s pretty cold out there this morning, I’m so thankful for a short journey.  I don’t expect many but those that do turn out can have a hot cuppa.

I’ve not got much of an appetite (I know I must be ill!) but I did enjoy Brain’s faggots, mash, sprouts and peas yesterday. I’m definitely not going shopping until all the frozen stuff has been used up, then I can fill it with food for my Christmas break so I don’t have to venture out.  Might need to buy niceness and I don’t mean naughtiness, I mean really good healthy, tasty food to tempt my tastebuds.  Yeah I’m not 100% cos that’s not even getting me interested, all I want right now is another bottle of Night Nurse from the chemist!

Comfort food, that’s what it’s all about in this weather for sure, I need soup today I think, there’s a couple of tins in the cupboard, I know I should make my own zero stuff but I just don’t have the ingredients or the energy, although curried lentil I may have the stuff for.  I was about to look for a recipe but when I get back from meeting, I’m just gonna throw some onions, lentils and curry paste in a frying pan and see what happens because I’m not going to buy more food to make food when the freezer and cupboards are full.

If I realised on thing (AGAIN) yesterday it was that I need to turn my phone off, not just to silent because I can still bloomin see the messages coming through when it’s turned on, I’m definitely going to do that over Christmas, I want some time out – completely out not just at home.

Anyway I’m waffling because I’m putting off getting ready for work, here’s to staying safe and taking care BeYOUtiful. Xx

Monday, 11 December 2017

Snow gives you an appetite apparently!

11th December 2017
When you can’t find the sunshine – be the sunshine.
Well in case it escaped your notice, we had a little snow yesterday!  I’d say 8in or more fell on my back garden and I only went out 3 times, twice to walk my crazy dog and once to nip to the Co-op for milk, bread and papers.  I walked in the shop and spotted sprouts and thought, ‘mmm, I fancy sprouts’, I’d already taken a couple of chicken breasts out of the freezer so decided to do something with them later. 

This is what I did, I fancied hot pot because of the weather, wasn’t up for cooking a full on chicken dinner, I started with 8sp of bacon medallions and sliced onions, cooked them on top for a little first, then added a diced carrot, sliced sprouts and sliced chicken breast. 
Next I put 10sp of peeled potatoes in the microwave for a few minutes to start them cooking, then sliced them and put them on top of the ingredients and poured some chicken stock over it all.  
Popped the lid on and put it all in the oven with on Gas Mark 4 for about an hour, then removed lid, turned oven up a bit and cooked until the potatoes started to brown.  
Oh it was so good, I’m tempted to have a portion for breakfast and that is why I’ll never be slim!
Speaking of which I lost 1.5lb this morning of what I thought was a 5lb gain last week but was actually only 4lb so not quite so bad.  That 1.5lb off could’ve been 2lb if I hadn’t been attacked by a bottle of Baileys on Saturday!  There won’t be any more of that coming in my house this year even though it was a very lovely gift of a very lovely lady.

My Self-Care challenge yesterday was to have a nice hot bath and I’m not going to lie – I didn’t!  But I’ll have it today, today’s should’ve been catch up on a show you enjoy and I did that yesterday so I’ve just switched the days.  To be honest, I’m really taking care of myself again, prioritising me and time for me and I’m feeling so much better for it, apart from having a really ugly head cold, my nose seems to have a split personality, one minute it’s so blocked up I can barely breathe, the next it’s streaming, that’s never normal but then nothing else about me is so why expect my nose to behave.

It appears a lot of my members struggled with being stuck indoors this weekend and it made them want to eat!  However you did over the weekend, Monday is always a great day to start afresh, if you’re stuck at home because of the snow, use your time wisely, make a bit pot of soup or a nice stew, casserole or curry.  Do a meal planner for the rest of the week, let’s work on a budget and save some money at this expensive time of the year.  Go through your cupboards and use what you already have, get creative.  I think I’m going to make a curried lentil soup, something to warm me through, clear my sinuses and low or zero points.   Let’s spend this week being healthy as much as possible as we know Christmas day ain’t far away and we all want to enjoy that don’t we.

We’re all looking for nibbles that won’t break our Points bank, I stumbled across this pate recipe that sounds good;

Vegan and gluten-free mushroom pâté recipe – 6sp total

20g dried porcini mushrooms
½ tbsp oil (2sp)
1 garlic clove, crushed
175g wild mushrooms, chopped
175g chestnut mushrooms, chopped
1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme, plus extra sprigs to garnish
60ml port (4sp)

Easy to make, it’s healthy and completely dairy- and gluten-free, too. Serve up this pâté as a crowd-pleasing starter, nibble or as part of your Christmas celebrations.

1.    Soak the porcini mushrooms in 150ml boiling water for 30 mins to rehydrate them. Drain, reserving the liquid, and finely chop.

2.    Fry the shallots in the oil over a medium heat for 5 mins until softened, then add the garlic and fry for 1 min more. Add the chopped fresh mushrooms and thyme, and simmer for about 10 mins until the liquid has reduced and the mushrooms have started to brown a little.

3.    Add the chopped porcini mushrooms and the port to the pan, then allow to bubble until the port has cooked off. Strain the reserved porcini mushroom liquid, to remove any grit, and add to the pan. Allow the mixture to bubble until almost all of the liquid has cooked off. Season well and leave to cool completely.

4.    Whizz the mixture in a blender or food processor to a rough paste and transfer to a bowl or jar to serve. Garnish with a few sprigs of thyme and serve.  It will keep in a sealed jar in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Right I’m off, need a hot drink and the heating on, just realised I’m sat here in the cold! 

Here’s to a snow day in my world, so glad I’ve not got any meetings today, hoping it will magically disappear by tomorrow morning, although I’m very fortunate my meeting tomorrow is only a couple of miles away.

Here’s to a good day, if you’re off work – use your time wisely BeYOUtiful, not as an excuse to no bother. xx

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Snowy Sunday & I don't care!

10th December 2017
Never forget missing someone is truly a gift. If they never meant anything, you’d never notice they’d gone.

I wrote that last night whilst reading someone else’s post about how much they missed their dad all these years later and I sat and thought wow how much love must there have been in that relationship to think about them as often now as she would’ve done then.  I rarely think about my dad, he wasn’t the best dad but he wasn’t a bad bloke, we are all products of our upbringing and our choices, there is no right or wrong really, just our personal beliefs.  Anyway getting too deep for a Sunday morning, I’m just sat here glad I don’t have to be anywhere for at least 2 days because it’s still white over and it’s started to come down again, bah humbug!

I had an epic savoury sarnie yesterday morning, perfect for a snowy day, I made it using the savoury chicken mince from the Penn Road Butchers, so it’s like a sausage without the skin and the hassle of trying to cook a sausage all the way round, and you just flip the pattie!  for brekkie 1sp per 100g! Blooming deliciousness.  Then to take it to a whole other level, the very talented Karen did her own version of pancakes with sausage and syrup made with the same chicken sausage meat Karens = 6sp. McD’s = 26sp. Totally yummy were her words.

40g porridge oats whizzed up fine. 
1/2 tsp baking powder. 
1 Egg. 1 tbsp 0% fat yoghurt. 
100g chicken sausage meat.

I’ll have to venture out the door to walk Alfie and we need bread and milk, there ain’t a lot going on in my fridge but I’m thinking ready meals from the freezer today to make some room and use them up.  Maybe do an online shop today save me going to the supermarket at all and wasting money on tempting stuff I don’t need!

Oh we did have a giggle at my meeting yesterday morning, as you can imagine we were low on numbers, I was relieved the roads were absolutely fine to get there though, apart from the smaller side roads, the council had done its gritting duties well.  My members loved the curried lentil bake samples, they sang Happy Birthday to Susan and then they sang “I will survive”, it was brilliant.  Even before the members arrived me and my helpers had the crack, I do love to catch up with them on a Saturday morning and now my life is getting back to normal without the extra stuff that I was doing for Mentor Champ like 100 mile round trips on my day off, my energy levels are back up and I’m not exhausted by Saturday so enjoy being there even more because I’m not wishing I was still in bed.

My afternoon was spent walking Alfie twice, crocheting and watching Christmas movies, then we had a very early night at 8pm to make up for the 3 and 4am rises I’ve had this week, feeling restored again, although I’ve got a head cold that needs to do one.  I think I’ll just do more of the same today without the going to work bit first.  I’ve even got my meetings planned for the next two weeks thanks to that 3am start, so I don’t have to do anything work related today other than chat to my members on Facebook because I want to.

Tina tagged me in a post this morning and reminded me of my chicken chow mein recipe, I may need to cook that now

Chicken Chow Mein
Serves 4, 7 Smart Points per serving 29sp total

150g (5oz) cooked chicken (cut into thin strips)
1 tbsp oil (4sp)
¼ tsp white pepper
¼ tsp chopped garlic
240g dried egg noodles (22sp)
Bean sprouts (1 handful)
½ small onion (sliced)
½ tsp salt
1 tbsp dark soy sauce (1sp)
1 tsp light soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil (2sp)

Cook noodles by soaking in boiling water for 5-10 minutes or until soft to touch. Clean wok, heat wok until hot and slightly smoky. Add 1 tablespoon oil. Add the chicken and onions and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Turn to low heat and add the garlic and stir-fry for another 15 seconds.

Now add the bean sprouts and noodles. Stir-fry for 4-5 minutes or until the noodles are soft. Add the salt, dark soy sauce and light soy sauce.

Stir-fry for another minute. Finally add the pepper and sesame oil and stir in.
There are lots of recipes on this website but remember they haven’t been re-pointed since the introduction of Flex.

Well I’ve started my day with a pint of water and the best mug of tea ever, it always tastes better if it’s in your favourite mug and my favourite at the moment is a big one that says, “your vibe attracts your tribe”, it’s the best pressie I’ve had in a long time, only thing that would’ve made it better would’ve been if it had been a set of 6 ;) or she’d told me where I can buy another 5.

Right it’s going to be a good day because not only have I just completed 3 levels on Candy Crush whilst typing this blog (multitasking at its best) but my fingers don’t hurt as much as they have been lately so who knows maybe the crocheting is actually helping them, either that or my hormones balancing out has reduced the inflammation in my body a little, whichever my hands don’t hurt so much so it’s all good.

Here’s to a superb Sunday, enjoy your family and friends and take care of you BeYOUtiful xx