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Sunday, 22 July 2018

Love a catch up I do

22nd July 2018
Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path.

I had a very great day yesterday, after my usual awesome Saturday morning with my members at Old Fallings, I went for brunch with my bestie V and we had a good catch up, we went to Maccy D’s (classy birds), sat there for 5 minutes till it was 10.30 and we could order a burger, used a bus ticket coupon to get the burger and fries for £1.99 (more class from us bargain birds there!) and sat there for ages and it was lovely.  Extra pickle, it’s the future and those iced frappes – ouch, 20SP for a regular, whilst V drank that, I opted for a second burger as it was less points (I know, hardly a good example of a Weight Watcher but I didn’t eat much else for the rest of the day, I didn’t need too.  I do love a Maccies, they’re full of memories for me of me and my sister going to Birmingham on the train and using coupons to get 2 for 1 and eating 2 each rather than having one each.  I don’t have a great memory so when I do remember something, it’s truly special to me, even silly things like that.

The afternoon was spent in front of the tv with mom, we watched a couple of films on Amazon, she chose Jumanji as she loves the Rock and I opted for Pitch Perfect 3 as I like feel good films, it wasn’t the best I’ve seen but it wasn’t the worst either.  I fancy Tomb Raider next, don’t mind paying £1.99 to watch a movie, I pay the annual £79 fee too, but again I get prime delivery for that and I use Amazon almost weekly, it’s a godsend with my world, I can’t just go mooching round the shops any time I fancy.

We continued with tele on the night and watched The Voice Kids, truly talented individuals on there, I’ve really enjoyed watching them.  Can’t remember what time we ended up going to bed but I slept till 6 when Alfie woke me up for his walk.   It’s overcast out there this morning but warm, I can see a very similar day today, so if you can recommend a movie I may not have seen and we’d love, do so, or anything on Amazon or Sky or catch up that’s worth a watch.  Mom struggles to keep up with story lines so we can’t have anything that takes too much thinking and to be honest, I don’t want to think either!

I’ve got lunch planned, we’re having posh giant fish finger sarnies, a healthy version of Maccy’s Filet o Fish, trying to get mom fancying stuff rather than her saying no and living on biscuits and crisps

I’ve started a to eat list, meals I’d forgotten about of late and really fancy and because I can’t eat them all in one day and I’ll likely forget, I’ve written them down, they include;

- Cottage pie

- Lasagne (can’t remember the last time I had this but I want to try doing a honeycomb lasagne with fresh pasta – similar to this but not the same http://www.dinner4tonight.com/honeycomb-lasagne.html)

- Cod roe (not sure what I’ll have it with yet)

- Birds eye potato waffles with eggs on top and either peas, spaghetti hoops or beans on the side (mom will eat this too which is a bonus)
Right time to get on with my day, Co-op will be open now so I can go get moms papers, I might sit and have a read of them myself.  Can’t beat an easy, relaxing weekend, love my simple life I do.

Enjoy your day BeYOUtiful. xx

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Remembering the love between us

21st July 2018
Value not the things you have in life, but rather who you have in life.

Well we had a very, great day yesterday!  After it starting off in a way we’d both have rather not experienced, we put that out of our minds and went and sat in the shade outside.  Then enjoyed about 3 hours of singing along to old songs on youtube whilst chilling.  The beauty of doing that is you have to stay on the youtube screen (unless you pay money) so I couldn’t be faffing on my phone at the same time or the song would stop.  At first when I realised I was all ‘oh ma’an’ then I appreciated the break from technology was probably just what I needed.  It was my day off, I shouldn’t be checking in with my members messages on Facebook.  My next move in my game of scrabble could wait, I’d been stuck on the same level of Candy Crush for days so who cared and those messages beeping through could wait a few hours!

We loved it and only came in when it started to rain, then we changed our attention to Netflix and America’s got talent which kept us going until The Voice (kids) started, oh and we did a celebrity Tipping Point in-between.

Yeah I was reminded of my mom’s vulnerability yesterday and it made me forget all her cantankerous behaviour of late and focus on the now. 

We need to focus more on the NOW, because no matter how much we stress or obsess about the past or the future, we can’t change either one!  It’s in the present where our power lies.  From a Weight Watchers point of view, we’re can be guilty of regretting what we’ve eaten, the choices we’ve paid, then we’ll focus on how we can pull that back tomorrow instead of just saying okay, what can I do right now.

It’s okay to make mistakes, to have bad days, to be less than perfect, to do what’s best for you and to just be yourself.   We don’t have to be everything to everybody all the time.

Alfie was a little darling yesterday, it was as if he knew I could do with a second walk and some fresh air, he took me on the longest walk he’s done in weeks, he then stopped and rolled around in a pile of dusty dirt like sand he found and actually changed his colour to a grey brown but it made me smile and again remember why I love him, because he’s not always a pain in the backside.

Anyway today’s another day, got my meeting this morning so I better go get myself ready for that, hoping moms better this morning and we have another very, great day.

Enjoy your day BeYOUtiful, healthy and happy and in the NOW!

Friday, 20 July 2018

It's all good x

20th July 2018
Strength grows in the moments when you think you can’t go on but you keep going anyway.
Woken by a poorly mom this morning, let’s just say that was an interesting start to my day! Change of plans, had to cancel massage, I don’t want to leave her alone for long, poor love.

I’m just giving Alfie a quick whizz round the block, enjoying my music on my phone, I apologise to anyone who’s had to listen to me randomly singing as I walk past. I’m aware I sing in a flat C my brother kept telling me when he stayed the other week, I don’t care, it’s making me feel good. A quiet day ahead I think, I’m going to try and see if I can get mom to play a game of scrabble with me, I doubt she will but I can but try. I’ll cook me something nice for my dinner, she’s nil by mouth apart from fluids for the foreseeable, so I’ll eat it in the garden.

Anyway I’m out of conversation after this morning’s start, so I’ll just say enjoy your day, be thankful for what you have and for those you love. Life is precious and we’re blessed to have one.

Actually I was asked for a simple white sauce recipe last night so I may as well share it with all of you,

Simple white sauce
Total recipe 15SP, Serves 4 at 4SP or 3 at 5SP each

40g low fat spread (5SP)
40g plain flour (4SP)
450ml skimmed milk (6SP)
1 Bay leaf
Put all ingredients into a non-stick saucepan.  The mixture won’t look great with lumps of flour and low fat spread but it’ll be okay.

Place over a medium high heat and cook, stirring all the time.  As the sauce heats the flour and low fat spread will blend to give a smooth sauce.

Continue stirring until the sauce thickens and comes to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes.  Remove the bay leaf before using in your chosen recipe.

Great in a fish pie, or for lasagne sauce, add a bit of cheese for a cheese sauce.  You could add ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard, 25g grated parmesan (4SP) and 40g of half fat mature cheese (3SP) for a delicious indulgent sauce. (total sauce 22SP)