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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

People make a difference

18th October 2017
A friend is one who overlooks your broke fence and admires the flowers in your garden.

I really enjoyed my meetings yesterday, I was inspired & motivated by my members - meetings work both ways. the morning one helped me to reflect on stuff, a book called “a year of self-compassion” was recommended as we all shared our stories of how it is difficult to lose weight, and it’s difficult to maintain the weight loss too.  We looked at hobbies or how to find time to do other things that we enjoy, realising that eating isn’t a hobby!  Then on the night, we also talked about pressing the reset button, rebooting ourselves and our weight loss journey, the one thing I realised I needed to do after all our chat was track honestly.  I’ve been carrying a pad round in my bag for weeks, just a small one for in case I suddenly needed to make notes of anything, it was an unused gift.  Last night when I got home I started using it as an honest tracker, whether my day has been good or bad because as a wise lady reminded me last night, it’s about being accountable not perfect and she was right.

I know writing it down is going to get me to question my actions, it’s not going to be pretty either because I’m eating just for the sake of eating.  Hopefully doing this will make me realise that more and question why, what am I actually getting from it.  Short term gratification followed by long term delay in my weight loss success.

I also had a good chat with a colleague too and we realised we were both feeling pretty similar, sometimes it’s just good to talk things through and air them out.  I felt so much better at the end of the day than I did at the beginning and of course having a chat on the phone with my bestie always makes things better.

Plus you know it’s time to sort things out when you split your trousers – yep that’s what happened yesterday lunchtime, new trousers too, I knew they were snug when I bought them but obviously having a bad week food wise had made them even snugger, so I need to lose half stone before they’ll fit me properly!

I had me a tasty Weight Watcher frozen meal last night, chicken risotto, really good for 10sp, I’d have that again for sure.  I have a few more in the freezer so I’m going to keep meal times simple this week, no main shop for me, using up what’s already in the kitchen.

We’re at the hospital this morning for mom’s Rheumatoid arthritis, let’s hope they can change her meds and help her pain because she is in a lot of pain.

It may be midweek and what’s now known as hump day but I feel like it’s a fresh day, I feel like I’ve got over that hump and my moods lifted thanks to everyone who was  involved in my life yesterday, so a big thank you to all of them, especially to Monique who sent me a text last night, just because, it really made me smile.

Right let’s have a cracking good day, speaking of cracking good, I’ve just found a recipe for a crock pot meal I fancy when I do shop, https://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/lemon-garlic-dump-chicken looks good and sounds tasty.

Right I’m gone, make it a good one BeYOUtiful.  We got this!

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Ctrl - Alt - Delete

17th October 2017
Always be a work in progress

Well, my mood matched the weather yesterday – weird, I don’t know what was the matter with me at all, just felt a bit out of it all day, yep it wasn’t a very productive day at all, my get up and go had got up and gone.  I managed a drive to a WW meeting, followed by a walk round a couple of shops, then I sat staring at my computer screen waiting for inspiration – it didn’t arrive. 

I did manage to put together another roast chicken dinner from the leftovers from Sunday, then spent ages trying to decide what to do about draining dishes in my kitchen (how rock and roll is my life!) and that was my day in a nutshell, hopefully today that fuzzy, spaced out feeling will have gone.  Actually today it has no choice other than to go as I’ve got a busy day which I’ll enjoy because I get to go to work and my meetings are always enjoyable.

As you can imagine, I didn’t track or stick to plan at all yesterday, so here goes for the gazillionth time, clean slate, line drawn, all that malarkey, I will have a good day!

There are 75 days left in 2017 and I plan to make them worthwhile, so it’ll be eggs for breakfast, sunshine on a plate, then I’ll have a look what’s alive and what’s dead in the fridge, I’m not shopping for more food, I’m going to eat what’s already in my cupboards.

Can you believe I’m still looking for the ultimate dish draining solution – too sad for words.

I have just remembered I was productive in my office with phone calls for a couple of hours, got a job done that needed doing, so yesterday wasn’t a complete right off.  See not every day will be good but there’s always so good in every day if you look hard enough.

I feel like I need rebooting, it’s a shame it’s not as easy as pressing a power button or holding down control-alt-delete like I would on my pc.  Mmm, I’m going to leave this paragraph here as it’s given me some ideas for this week’s meeting and we can all bash it out together, I know a good few of us have felt stuck lately so maybe we all need rebooting. 

Just know this;

You can start over, every morning.

You done it before you can do it again.

Then ask yourself what you’re going to do today to get you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.

Hopefully that’s given both of us enough to think about to ensure we have a good day.   Make today count BeYOUtiful, I think I’m going too!

Monday, 16 October 2017

See a grey sky as silver...

16th October 2017
You may not be able to control every situation and its outcome, but you can control your attitude and how you deal with it.

Lazy day yesterday, spent most of it in my kitchen pottering and cooking a roast chicken dinner, it was lush and I’m thinking bubble and squeak for breakfast.  The weather’s not looking great out there this morning, doesn’t make you want to rush out of the house, let alone out of bed.  I did have me a lie in, after Alfie woke me up about 5ish, I decided to try and go back to sleep and I managed it too. 

Right let’s think food, bubble and squeak for breakfast and I need to think of something to do with the leftover chicken, maybe fried rice, mmm yeah like that idea.   I’ve got a pack of pitta bread, I could use them with some of it.  I’m going to get playing in my kitchen again I think.

This is a recipe I’d forgot I had that I come across the other day, haven’t made this for so long and it’s delicious;

Chicken Fricassee
Serves 2, 8sp per portion

100g brown rice (10sp)
low fat cooking spray
2 x 165g skinless boneless chicken breasts (3sp)
300ml chicken stock (use 1½ chicken oxo cubes) (1sp)
110g carrots, peeled and cut into thick chunks.
150g button mushrooms, sliced
1 garlic clove, crushed
75g low fat soft cheese (2sp)

Bring a pan of water to the boil and cook the rice according to the packet instructions. Drain well and leave to cool. Meanwhile, lightly coat a deep, lidded, non stick frying pan with low fat cooking spray and heat until hot. Add the chicken and cook for 3-4 minutes until browned all over. Add the stock and carrots. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes until tender. Meanwhile, lightly coat another small non-stick frying pan with low fat cooking spray. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes until the juices have been released and evaporated. Add the garlic and rice and cook for a further minute, until hot. Divide between two plates. Remove the chicken and carrots with a slotted spoon, reserving the stock. Place the chicken and carrots on top of the rice. Keep warm. Return the pan with the stock to the hob. Boil quickly for 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Stir in the soft cheese. Pour the sauce over the chicken.
And another of my favs especially at this time of year when I’m craving comfort food is this one;

Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic

Serves 4

13sp per serving using thighs,
5sp per serving using breasts,
9sp per serving using legs

2 tbsp regular olive oil (9sp)
Use 8 chicken thighs (skin on, bone in) (42sp) or
use 8 skinless breasts for 8sp or
use 4 skinless legs for 27sp or

1 bunch (about 6) spring onions
small bunch fresh thyme
40 garlic cloves (approx 3-4 bulbs), unpeeled
2 tbsp dry white wine (1sp)
1½ tsp sea salt flakes or ¾ tsp pouring salt
Ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Heat the oil on the hob over a high heat in a wide, shallow, ovenproof and flameproof casserole (that will ultimately fit all the chicken in one layer, and that has a lid). Sear the chicken, skin-side down. This may take two batches, so transfer the browned pieces to a bowl as you go. Once the chicken pieces are seared, transfer them all to the bowl.

Finely slice the spring onions, put them into the casserole and quickly stir-fry them with the leaves torn from a few sprigs of thyme. Put 20 of the unpeeled cloves of garlic (papery excess removed) into the casserole, top with the chicken pieces, skin-side up, then cover with the remaining 20 cloves of garlic.

Add the vermouth (or white wine) to any oily chicken juices left in the bowl. Swill it around and pour this into the casserole. Sprinkle with the salt, grind over the pepper, and add a few more sprigs of thyme. Put on the lid and cook in the oven for 1½ hours.

I’m tempted to try that in the slow cooker actually, it’d be an easy throw it in and see what happens, yeah defo.

Not got much to say today as I’ve had a very lovely, quiet weekend and I’ve got up late and have stuff to do, so catch ya tomo, have a happy day BeYOUtiful, ignore the weather!