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Saturday, 17 November 2018

Here's to the weekend.

17th November 2018

Love is not what you say, love is what you do.



So much for letting my pc do an update, it’s now frozen and had to be rebooted three times this morning, good job I’ve had a good night’s sleep or I might be annoyed.  Yeah yesterday was a very good day, thanks to Dave who took the Food Bank stuff for me saving me an hour, I made a proper dinner, something I don’t do on a Friday, but as he’d saved me an hour, I thought I’d put the time to good use, so I prepared a steak and mushroom pie, washed up, did a load of washing and now I have enough for dinner today too = result.


They showed Dave the set up and told him these are the things they’re desperate for right now,

How about instead of sending Christmas cards this year, or maybe instead of buying someone a tin of roses or a box of biscuits you tell them you fed a family instead by buying one of each of the items on that list…

Carton Fruit juice (long life)
Tinned Fruit
Tinned meat
Carton milk (long life)
Rice pudding 
Tinned tomatoes 

I've just looked on the Asda website and you can get all that for £3, make it £4 if you buy the larger tin of meat, I'm going to nip in Lidl's I think after my meeting and get a tenners worth, so don't no one expect Christmas cards this year - to be fair, I don't remember the last time I sent a card anyway. I can do my food whilst I'm in there, save me a few pennies.

After watching some of Children in Need last night and listening to it on the breakfast show yesterday morning, I realise even more than usual how blessed I am, here's my #3goodthings from yesterday.

- Dave doing the food bank run
- An amazing massage - thank you Charlotte at the Chi Rooms (magic hands!)
- Steak & Mushroom pie (plus mom ate some = bonus)

The highlight of my day yesterday though and I love that I'm now a middle aged woman who gets excited about crochet, yeah the highlight was me learning to read the crochet pattern of the blanket I'm going to make, I've managed to do first 4 rounds but until more wool arrives I can't continue, so I'll finish off the others I have going on.

Anyway, I need to get a wriggle on, all that computer shutting down malarky means I'm now running late.  

Look forward to seeing some of you this morning, here's to a great day.

Oh and if you're looking for a healthy gift for a friend this year, why not buy them a 3 month subscription to WW, only £25 on groupon https://www.groupon.co.uk/deals/ww-weight-watchers-three-month-subscription = bargain! Offer ends 23rd November. 


Friday, 16 November 2018

Have a very, great'ful' day

16th November 2018

I opened two gifts every morning, they are my eyes.


Woke up at silly o’clock this morning and instead of lying there trying to go back to sleep, I decided to get up and get stuff done, then my work stuff will be done early and I can get on with having almost a day off.  Might even through in some housework as I’m feeling quite productive this morning.


I’m also excited for my crocheting, had my new pattern come in the post yesterday and my next project is a step up in the skills level, I’m going to be ready a pattern instead of following a video and I’ve recoloured the pattern too.  Now to wait for the wool to arrive so I can get started.  I’ll spend the weekend finishing off (or doing more) of the 2 blanket projects I’ve already got on the go.  Who knew I’d turn into a ‘hooker’ - crochet style of course, I don’t have the energy for the other type! That can be one of my #3GoodThings


Had a frozen chicken dinner for lunch yesterday, it wasn’t bad at all, added some extra sprouts (love that you can microwave fresh sprouts, they came in a little bag – life is so easy sometimes).  That can be another of my #3GoodThings


We were talking about curry and lentils last night in meeting and I promised to put these two awesome recipes from lovely ladies for Laura (and anyone else who fancies trying them). Harjit’s tells us the base is the same for every curry she makes, so you can add any ingredients you fancy, she made me an epic chick pea one on Wednesday, just drain the chick peas and throw them in.


Harjit’s Chicken Curry Serves around 6-7.

3 teaspoons Olive Oil (5SP)

4 Onions, chopped

1-2 teaspoons Salt

3 blocks frozen Garlic, (Asda sell already frozen blocks),

2 blocks Ginger

 3 Green Chilli, (add more if you like it spicy, less if you don’t like heat)

2 teaspoons Jeera (Cumin Seeds),

1 ½ teaspoons Haldi (Turmeric),

½ large can Tomatoes (Blended) or ¼ carton passata,

500g chicken breast

1 teaspoon Garam Masala, Fresh Coriander (Optional)

1. Heat oil in saucepan and add chopped onions & salt.
2. After 5-10 mins add garlic, ginger, chilli & jeera (cumin seeds)
3. Cook for around 20 mins if onions start sticking to the pan add water.
4. Once onions are browned and softened add 1-2 teaspoons of Haldi (Turmeric), cook for around 10 mins until the colouring separates from the onions.
5. Once the above has cooked add half a tin of tomatoes and cook for around 5-10 mins.
6. When tomatoes have blended in with the onions add chicken, cook chicken for about 10 mins and then add boiled water and simmer until water has thickened and chicken is tender.
7. Once chicken has cooked add garam masala and stir and garnish with fresh coriander.
8. Serve


I’ve also had this made for me and it’s absolutely delicious too.


Yasmin's Yummy Lentils – 4SP total

1 tablespoon of olive oil (4sp)
Half a onion
Two garlic cloves
green chilli
Turmeric powder
2 cups washed split red lentils  
coriander to garnish

Add oil, chopped onion and garlic to a pan and on a low heat, soften onions and garlic.

Then add washed lentils and mix quickly so they don't burn or stick to pan.

Add 2-3 cups of water and mix well. Add a half teaspoon of Turmeric to the pan, mix well.

Add a chopped chill or two, preference is yours.

Mix well, and on a medium heat, cover the pan and let cook for 20 mins.

Check every 5 mins to make sure you have enough water as it evaporates very, very quickly. If so, add another cup and check again. When lentils are no longer looking like lentils, more like mushy lentils. After it’s all cooked, add coriander to garnish, and a huge dollop of low fat, or fat free Greek yogurt to serve.

You can have with toast, chapattis, rice, or a huge spoon.

Anyways, that’s all from me, although I haven’t done the third of #3GoodThings, the third is easy, mom was good all day yesterday, her mood didn’t shift even once, oh if only I could bottle that. 

Oh there were probably more but I have things to do, places to be, if you haven’t already, check out Headspace on your app, if you’ve gone AWOL from your WW workshops, get back, let’s all help each other to keep our head above water over the rest of this year, don’t drown in Christmas and Winter.  Remember you don’t have to step on the scales, you can come for the support and ideas of how to survive this season.

Have a very, grateful day. 

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Love seeing a members success

15th November 2018
A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything. 

One of my members shared these photos on Facebook yesterday, to encourage others that with a positive mindset whilst changing your eating habits anything is possible and she’s proof of that, what a difference.  Pippa also sent me a lovely message too ending with WW IS THE WAY FORWARD.  Messages like that brighten my day for sure, seeing someone achieve their wellness goals is what it’s all about and she looks so healthy and happy now.   

That was one of my #3GoodThings yesterday, others included Harj making my tea, chick pea curry and these lovely bread type things nom nom.  Being able to have a couple of hours with mom in the afternoon watching tv and doing my crochet was another.  Enjoying my meetings on night with my epic helpers.  Alfie actually going for 2 good walks, not 2 good smelling sessions!  Ooo my sweet potato and chicken curry was good too.  Yeah good day all round yesterday, my patience was on find form at home, that always makes everything better. 

I’m looking forward to Headspace coming onto the WW app, it should be sometime today or tomorrow, I’m going to make an effort to include that in my day to day habits as I know when I’ve done it before, it’s really helped.

Focusing on the good things is really helping my mindset and that’s what’s most important for me right now.  Eating good stuff helps with that too, healthy body, healthy mind – sounds like a plan.  At the same time as we’re discussing in this week’s meeting, I refuse to give up all the good stuff.  Not all our habits have to be the healthiest, we’re allowed to enjoy other not so healthy ones.

When I tasted Harj’s tea last night, it was like a taste sensation, if someone said I could be slim for the rest of my life but I would no longer enjoy food or get that excited feeling when I’m shopping for it, then I wouldn’t take the trade.  Give me an issue with my weight and an appetite for food every time, I’ll fight the weight battle thank you because I love the stuff.

On that note, mom’s up I’m off to sort her needs, here’s to a great day, Thursday’s busy and long for me but brilliant too, hope yours is as good.


Wednesday, 14 November 2018


14th November 2018
The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.

Good things yesterday

Slept well
Woke up in good mood
I saw a buzzard outside my house on way to work
My sister washed up
My bestie checked in on me
It was Carol’s birthday
We had cake
I made sweet potato and chicken curry
Mom was good (90%)
The other 10% I was patient
Mom, me and Anne did a Xmas Walkers crisp tasting session – SPROUTS flavour and they work. https://www.facebook.com/bevww/videos/10156426297450862/
I worked out what to get mom for Christmas
Someone sold me similar said gift for £30 (& I’ve already given it her! Oops)
My WW workshops were good
A member bought me a slice of cake she’d made from a WW meeting recipe card
I managed an hour crochet on afternoon whilst spending time with mom
We had an early night
I woke up wanting to make a pie! Meal planning in my sleep 

Actually mom woke me up saying ‘come here’ repeatedly to Alfie to stop him from coming to wake me up, but because I’m refreshed and rested it was making me smile especially as she’s been doing it on and off since about half four.

Good morning people, those are just the things that sprang to mind when I just sat down to start my blog, amazing how a change in mood/mindset can help you focus on the positives.  Actually just focusing on the good stuff makes a change to your mood and mindset.  Yesterday wasn’t all good but I’m choosing to forget those things!

I was asked last night how I’m losing weight if I’m not following the plan 100%, what have a changed that’s made a difference.  Well firstly I gained the weight I’ve lost in a few weeks whilst ill last month, so I put it on quickly.  I was eating mom’s treats and feeling sorry for myself and lying about doing nothing whilst I was ill.  I’m not doing all that stuff now.  I’m making sure I drink plenty of water, having a pint first thing, taking a glass to bed and trying to drink some in the day time too.  I’ve been walking a little more, Alfie has been in the mood.  I’m only eating when I’m hungry, so on days I don’t work, if I have a big breakfast, I’m skipping lunch and having an early dinner. It’s working, now I’ve lost those few pounds I gained, I know I’ll have to tweak and do more to lose any more but that’s okay, as long as I end the year under that stone, I’ll be happy.

Here’s the curry I made, I wanted to use up the sweet potatoes I’d bought and the chicken which was at its use by, I didn’t actually fancy eating either because I wasn’t really hungry after cake, so they’re ready for today – but I want pie!   How did I make the curry, I chopped chicken, sweet potato and added a jar of curry sauce – viola, hassle free cooking, it couldn’t been left in a slow cooker too.

If I do have pie, I will be buying the pastry and opening a tin of stewed steak, or maybe I’ll just buy a pie ready-made.  I’ve got some sweet potato toast ready for breakfast, going to have avocado and egg on it.  Too much on today’s ‘To Eat’ list some of it might have to wait till tomorrow.  I feel the need to feed – think it’s the cold weather.

Oh showed mom her little photo printer this morning and printed her a pic of her and Alfie, it’s brilliant, going to order a purple notice board for her bedroom wall and she can collect photos and keep her memories alive in front of her for as long as possible.  I might look into getting the larger one for Christmas, or maybe buying a 4x6 photo printer so the photos are normal size.  We shall investigate.

Right I’m off to get stuff done, long list of ‘to do’ stuff, but I like to do my crochet at the moment so I will take me an hour for that, I want to learn to read a pattern as I have one coming for a huge project I have planned to keep me occupied all winter.  I have two projects already on the go, which I could finish over the next week or so, it’s all keeping me entertained.  I don’t care what mom’s watching on the tv if I have something to distract me.

Have a very great day BeYOUtiful, I hope too, shall focus on those positives again today, make sure you do. 

Oh I almost forgot, one more good thing from yesterday, I had my first mince pie of the year and they were a whoopsie, 72p instead of £2 odd! BONUS! Double good thing.  I've just scanned them with the WW app, 11SP, good job I only had one ;)