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Monday, 17 December 2018

11 more meetings

Monday 17th December
Only ever compare yourself to who you were yesterday.

What a lovely day yesterday turned out to be, we watched a heartwarming tale on Netflix called Dumplin (defo recommend), then my brother and niece popped in for a visit, then our new Amazon Echo turned up, well how easy are they to set up!  once we did, mom had a sing song with it, until she got fed up.  Despite her mood dipping after our visitors had gone, I enjoyed my day, I know how to handle her moods most of the time now, I know what to do to bring her round, if it's TV she's having an issue with, I just put something else on for her, it was all causing her grief last night so we went to bed just after 7, I didn't mind as I'd been up since 4ish, plus I have my laptop if I want to watch tv or my phone if I want to listen to a book, I can also use my Echo for that too, they're great, even the fact I can listen to the radio via them is brilliant.  The radio in my kitchen has been playing up for so long, happy Christmas to me!

Oh my breakfast yesterday, Eggs Benedict, thank you WW for bringing out hollandaise sauce at 1SP a pouch, I'm impressed and chuffed, one of my favourite breakfasts but I only have it when I'm out as it's too much hassle to make.

Then I wake up this morning to find out Robbie Williams is now a WW ambassador, Kate Hudson too (I like her), but Robbie, well he's one of moms favourites so she will be pleased when I tell her.

Robbie follows WW Freestyle

A lovely lady made these keyrings for me to sell for the food bank, I posted them on Facebook and they'd all gone within the hour at £3 each.  She has said she will make more if anyone wants one message me, I can even ask her to make personalised ones for a fiver, they're handmade with real wood and then engraved.  Brilliant and they raised £55 (well they will once I get the money and dish them out) kept myself on of course as a reminder each time I pick my keys up that I am BeYOUtiful.

Anyway the week's going to get better as my brother has just posted that he and Alexis are at the airport coming home for Christmas, they won't get here till late this evening as they're flying to Luton (cheap flight) oh and I recommend www.kiwi.com for booking cheap flights, they're customer service was so helpful, the automated machine was good but couldn't solve my problem and I said 'I want to talk to a person' and it put me straight through, the lady was lovely and solved my probs.  Anyway, looking forward to having the around and the laughter they'll fill the house with.  I suppose I should tidy up, but if I don't it'll give Alexis something to do whilst Terry sorts the bathroom, fixes the skirting in the kitchen, looks at the porch door (there's a gap at the top, causing a draft), fixes the shed door, and if he gets really bored, I'd like all the downstairs walls painting ;) I can live in hope ;)

Right, paperwork for my real job to get done, walk Alfie, got the dentist lunchtime (for me this time), I'm going to try and take a car load of food to the food bank today and then I will hopefully get to sit on my backside and do a little crochet.  I started sewing the blanket together yesterday, it's gonna take a while, fiddly job for sure but I'll enjoy sitting under this one, it's a keeper, too much work gone in it to part with.

Have a very great day BeYOUtiful, it's only 8 sleeps to Christmas so Alexa informs me, she's my new friend, just like my bestie she doesn't understand me yet, Lynne used to say 'I don't know what you said' a lot when we first started hanging out together.  How cool would it be if you could choose the voice for your Alexa, now that I'd like.

Right I'm off, turrah.

Sunday, 16 December 2018

Sunday slow day

Sunday, 16th December 2018Be kind to yourself and then let your kindness fill the world \

OMG we're so close to the £2k, 
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/donatedinner (Simply text: WWDD66 followed by the amount to 70070)

This is an incredible total and proof again of the power of working together towards an end goal. I won't stop when I hit £2k though, it'll continue in 2019, collecting food for the food bank, I need to take another car load next week, just amazing.

As for me and food, well let's just say there was bread involved!  I'm just going to enjoy the rest of the year and get super healthy again in January.  Yesterday I couldn't get warm, I seriously started to get on my own nerves the amount of times I said 'Ain't it cold'.  Couldn't believe when I got home and it was time to walk Alfie, it started raining too - unfair that I reckon.

I did get two lovely gifts yesterday though, a gorgeous Owl Christmas cake, from a fellow Happy Owl, which I will be eating Christmas Eve/Day. 

 and this owl that was bought tongue in cheek from a member who truly gets me, yet it turns out, I've found a function for him, he's going to keep my crochet hooks safe, I'm forever losing them! 

Thoughtful gifts are what Christmas is all about, I love both of these.  I've ordered us an Amazon echo, they went down in price yesterday and I thought what the heck, I think we'll have some fun with Alexa over Christmas and having read a little about them, I think it could be useful to mom too.

I've finished all the parts of my blanket, it just needs sewing together, ends sewing in and a border putting on it, that's the boring bit, but it'll be worth it when it's done and I'll be glad when it's finished.  It better look good or I'll be miffed, it was quite the task, I'm ready for a nice simple project next for sure.  It was cold enough to sit under one of my blankets yesterday.

Anyway, I'm just waffling and moms just woke up, I on the other hand have been awake since just gone 4 when she last went to the toilet.  She doesn't half stress about everything, so I'm going to go and let the dog out, even though he doesn't want to go and won't go, but until I offer to let him out, she won't stop asking him what he wants and if he wants to go out!  

Oooo Eggs Benedict for brekkie this morning with the new WW Hollandaise sauce, I'll let you know my verdict tomorrow.  Have a very, great day BeYOUtiful. x

Saturday, 15 December 2018

humbled by peoples generosity

15th December 2018
Look around, all that clutter used to be money!

Well I wasn't as indulgent as I expected myself to be, the lid is still on the baileys, although I did have a glass of advocaat, plus a chip butty (oven chips not chip shop so that saved me lots of points!), had a cheese and onion sarnie for tea, skipped breakfast, then had 4 ryvita with spread, I've resisted opening that packet for months because I struggle to not work my way through the pack, sad I know.

And now it's the weekend, but there is one more before Christmas, I'm putting off going to the supermarket or doing an online shop because I know I'll spend money on stuff I probably don't need.  There's faggots in my freezer, might cook them this weekend and salvage the last few spuds before they grow legs and walk away, can have them mashed with some frozen peas, proper food on a day like this.  I need eggs though, completely out of them!  How can I live in a house with no eggs.

It's damn cold this morning, waiting for the central heating to kick in, as much as I love my job and my members, I'm looking forward to it being this time next week and doing my last workshop before Christmas, 12 workshops left to go before I can have a week off and a total rest. 

We had a lovely chilled out day yesterday, although I was made to watch one too many murder / crime / violent programmes for my liking, oh she loves them all CSI, NCIS, SVU, Criminal Minds, no wonder I like my crochet it distracts my brain, plus I've got me a new easy project that I can really do without thinking.  I needed a few days away from the complicated one I'm doing, it might be put away till the new year now, might spend a few hours on it tomorrow, but then that'll be all the thinking I want to do.  Although I've just realised I could probably finish the actual crochet work on it tomorrow, then it's just the dull bit of putting it all together.

Anyway, as I've not really got anything to say, I'm going to share a mug cake recipe with your that I've just spotted in another FB group, just because I loved her camera work; 

I've never made one, puddings aren't my thing, but for 1SP, WOW, worth a try if you have a sweet tooth.

I'll leave you there, I'm going to brave the shower, the house is warming up nicely, maybe a mug of tea first then shower. 

Enjoy your Saturday, can you believe we're only ten days away from Christmas Day, no nor me, I've barely done a thing, got half dozen silly gifts for mom and that's all I've done this year, given my money to the food bank and we're getting so close to that £2k, only £148 of smashing that total.  I am seriously surrounded by the most amazingly, generous people, even my hairdresser gave me a tenner yesterday and my American friend PayPal'd me £20, so that actually means we're only £118 away from that total, I have a feeling if I opened the charity tubs this morning we might be under the last hundred, that makes me super happy especially as I had another email from the yesterday confirming our 4th donation of food totals, 

another 494 meals, totalling 2,565 meals donated 
1,281.7kg total of food
97.7kg of none food.

Just incredible, thank you all for your kind generosity, I'm so grateful.

If you've yet to do it, or have another quid. xx 

Simply text: WWDD66 followed by the amount to 70070 https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/donatedinner

Friday, 14 December 2018

Could've been worse...

Friday 14th December 2018
Just enjoy where you are now.

Well yesterday was an interesting day, I had a wonderful morning of workshops, my lovely members amazing me with how well they're staying on track and some seriously good weight losses too!  Then I walked in to 'There's been an accident!', I knew mom was okay because she was sitting in the living room.  Turns out she'd left the tap running and the plug in the sink upstairs and walked away and forgotten.  Bathroom floor and wet room ceiling underneath water damaged, but at least she found it before the ceiling fell in.  The insurance were great, they've said £100 excess and send them photos and quotes for any work that needs doing.  To be honest I don't think we'll need to claim hopefully,  just the floor needs relaying and the ceiling will need repainting and our Terry lands Monday or Marks offered to do it Saturday so all good.  I will need the sink taps in both bathrooms replacing with those that auto turn off though, I can't have this happening again, next time we might not be so lucky.

I did use it as an excuse to eat a cheese and onion cob!  I went to collect my new glasses which I have to say at the moment, I'm not loving, they're making things a bit blurry, I know it's most likely because the prescription is stronger and they're varifocals, apparently I'll get used to them, I hope so or I'll never have to drink again cos I feel like I'm already a bit tipsy.

So when I came out the opticians, I had half hour to kill and I thought I'd treat mom to a cake to cheer her up, her reward to not murdering my house completely let's say, that was when I spotted the cobs, wished I hadn't if I'm honest because it wasn't even the best I've had, so now I want a good one which means making my own and leaving them wrapped all day sweating, now I said I'd never use cling film again and don't have any so what would you use instead!  Now that is a dilemma.

There's the most glorious sunrise going on outside my window this morning and I'm just enjoying it, not trying to take a photo of it, so many colours, makes me want to crochet a sunrise blanket, mmm maybe.

I almost cried over the flood but instead I took a deep breathe, put Alfie on his lead and realised as I was walking it's all just stuff, how difficult must this all be for mom, how must she feel knowing what she's done.  She get's on the defensive on days like that, she was proper huffy when I got home last night, Mark was a moron, as was Anne, everyone who'd been to the house had been a pain in her arse and she was gonna start locking the door from the inside to stop them getting in.  At least I wasn't a moron, although I'm sure she was only tolerating me and if I hadn't got front and back door keys, I might be worried ;) Yeah today I will mostly be giving her lots of attention and chilling out with her.

Right the sun has almost risen the sky now, it's light pinks, blues and greys, Alfie is getting impatient, I'm at everyones beck and call lol, not at 10am though, then I'm going to enjoy a lovely massage.  I think I might be in danger of pretending today is a little Christmassy!  Wish me luck on the smart points front, the total might be a little on the high side - oops.

Whatever you're plans, make it a very good day one way or another.

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Trying not to indulge! It's not Christmas YET!

Thursday 13th December 
Make it a December to remember

I did my batch cooking so I now have enough food to last me the rest of the week.  The chickens I'd bought from the co-op, 3 for a tenner, I skinned and portioned the remaining two, it gave me 4 breasts weighing 1kg and 4 legs weighing just shy of 1kg, not bad when you work out the cost of buying them ready portioned.

I made a chicken hotpot with the legs and chicken madras with the breasts.  Then my lovely ladies who help me on a Wednesday night made me a veggie curry and some lentils, so good, if I could do to veggies and lentils what they do, I'd live on them!   The secret here I think is dicing the veggies, I always struggle with veggie curry but think it's because the veg is cut in huge chunks.  I really do need to have a go myself but I know it won't taste as good as theirs, oh and that chapati thing, well..... 

I'm keeping my head above water on the Christmas front, I succumbed to one Malteser truffle yesterday, oh my days, they're a bit nice!  I also had a small sliver of bread pudding to say I'd had a bit, mom had the rest.  

I've just woke up to a wonderful inbox message from a lovely lady about my relationship with my mom and everything I do, that's made me smile.  Isn't it wonderful when people say nice things to you.  Why do you make today, 'Tell them how you feel Thursday' tell someone you love just how much, or if you admire someone tell them so, we're all quick to complain but not so much to say thank you. 

I video'd my mom yesterday telling me about when she received a Food Box from the Salvation Army when we were kids, actually before I was born, her version has changed over time but the event did take place and it did help her out massively so close to Christmas to have some help.  https://www.facebook.com/bevww/videos/10156492692605862/  This is just one of the many reasons I'm raising money for the Food Bank, we're getting closer to my £2k target and I think I'll have to go take another car load of food before Christmas too.  I've emptied another £50 from the charity tubs in my workshops last night, I'll bank transfer that when my phone charges but if you can't get to the charity tubs then you can text your donation 

Simply text: WWDD66 followed by the amount to 70070

or donate at

I know I'm going on about it but I'll give it a break when we hit £2k ;) and seriously that food parcel delivered to mom was before I was born she thinks, so in almost 50 years, not much has changed, there are still people going hungry in this country, meanwhile the other half of us are trying desperately not to eat and if you still haven't watched 'I, Daniel Blake', I suggest you do because that gives you an insight into how broken the system is.  Hell try going all day today without anything more than water and realise how difficult it is, trying to sleep when your stomach is making noises.  Imagine being a child trying to learn in school on an empty belly.  It's just wrong isn't it.  How much are the Christmas coffees in costa? More than it costs to feed a family of four at the food bank I bet!

Anyway, I'm getting preachy and I don't want to, instead I'm going to go eat leftover curry for breakfast, because I can and because it's a zero meal.  Here's to spending the day being grateful, being kind to others and trying to avoid the Malteser truffles, wish me luck.

Have a very, great day BeYOUtiful, I'm hoping Sadie has my 'BeYOUtiful, happy owls' t-shirt ready for Christmas, I need it. 

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

No shame in a maintain!

Wednesday 12th December 
Eat like you love yourself.

Well I managed a maintain on the scales yesterday I'm pleased to report, now to not go off track this week because I can feel me slipping into Christmas a little too soon!  Carol saved me from myself last night, I needed milk and was going to pick a carton up on my way home, she gave me the one she'd bought for our tea/coffee in meeting, how did this save me you ask?  Because the other thing I was going to buy was ICE!  But Bev there are no calories in frozen water?  No, maybe not but there is in the glass of Bailey's I was planning to drop it into - yep, that had been my plan, instead I went home and had my M&S pizza and a nice big glass of red instead.  I could've easily started my celebrations a week early yesterday, but today I've woke up ready to have the rest of the week on track.  I bought 3 chickens for a tenner on Monday, ones eaten, it's been shared by every person and creature in this house including the cat that's not my cat.  I'm thinking, skinning and portioning the other two is the solution to not eating the skin, thus saving points, yeah that's the best.  I fancy a mild curry today I think, or maybe a hotpot, or should I make both, then I have today's and tomorrows meals sorted.  

If I could lose another pound next week, then I can have a cracking break over Christmas, regain that 4lb I've lost the last few weeks, then restart in January and get serious again.  WW is for life, not just for Christmas! 

Just remembered, I have M&S Coquilles St Jacques, 6SP each and deliciousness on a dish, so that might have to be today's lunch, we'll see, not sure of the use by date.  I will get back to tracking though, not done it since the weekend, it does make a difference as it makes me think about whether what's in my hand is worth putting in my mouth! 

The one thing I liked when I was tracking and on track was the lack of heartburn, I need that back and eating well was what helped and eating the portion sizes I needed not wanted made the difference too.

Yeah as soon as I finish typing, I'm going to go skin and portion those chickens, once that's done, I can't go back and change my mind.  Then I'll see what ingredients I have and what I need which I can get from the Co-op, it'll only be veggies.  Ooo I have green beans, chicken and green bean curry works well.  

This time next week, I'll have a house full of crazy, so I'm going to enjoy the calm for the rest of the week.  I love how close our family has become, we've always been there for each other, it went without saying, but you know what's nice now, it doesn't go unsaid.  We share our feelings, we talk on the phone, yeah I had a good natter with my bro on the phone yesterday morning, I had to tell him to hang up in the end because I needed to go to work.  It's good to know they care and would do more if they could, that's enough sometimes.

Anyway, tis the season to be jolly apparently (but not yet), it's also the time for loving and giving, I read a wonderful FB status this morning about one of my gold members finally sorting out the red tape to get her husband home for Christmas (and forever thankfully).  The Foodbank drive we've been having the last few months has been a huge success, you're generosity is extraordinary, I'm trying to get the cash total up to £2k before Christmas, help me by texting 

WWDD66 £1 

to 70070. Make my Christmas, get your phone out and help me feed those out there that are struggling at this time, families trying to feed their kids, not buy them gifts.  We're trying not to eat and they ain't got any food.  It isn't just homeless people, it's families who are trying to do the best for their families, people on universal credit who are waiting months to get their money.  Imagine losing your job at this time of year and having to wait weeks and weeks for help to be sorted!  Do you have enough savings to keep your head above water for 2 - 3 months?  I'm only asking for a quid, why not donate your dinner money or your costa coffee cash.  Get everyone you know that you come into contact with to do exactly the same thing today.  

A selection box costs as little as £1, does that kid really need MORE chocolate, no, but the kid you don't know could have a good healthy breakfast with that pound.

I'll leave you with that thought, enjoy your breakfast BeYOUtiful, I'm thinking eggs, enjoying the zeros to help me stay on track. xx

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Holiday mode is looming...

Tuesday 11th December 2018
Do it for you, not for them.
Pitch black out there and I've been up an hour already, I'm so over winter and it's not even started yet!  Although I do like chilling out and not feeling like I should be doing something, winter is meant for hibernation and that isn't just for bears, it's for me too.  I love to shut the curtains on a grim day and settle down to relax, these days that includes my crochet and tv, plus yesterday it included making a chicken dinner, oh and roasters, it's all about the spud not so much how you cook them, yesterday I experimented and used a Sainsbury's Vivaldi (which are my fav spuds) and spray light, yep and they worked a treat, so you don't need goose fat, dripping, lard or any of it, to make a perfectly delicious roaster, oh and it reminded me of how mom made hers and that's how I likes em.

I'm not holding out much hope for the scales, but I can pray I guess, it's all good, as long as I'm doing what I can and I want to enjoy Christmas, it's the most wonderful time of the year for sure.  I know this is going to sound like an excuse but I'd rather indulge a little every day with mom for the next few weeks than watch her try and pack it all in on over a couple of days which I know was what caused her to be really poorly a few years ago.  We've not had anything yet though, apart from the mince pie a few weeks ago.

I'm resisting the bottle of bailey's in the cupboard, not going to lie, that's not easy but I will be brave, then there's the Irish coffee's in the cupboard, I will admit to having 2 of them over the last 3 weeks.

Today though, I will eat healthy and stay away from all that is Christmas!  I'm going to enjoy a day full of workshops with my members and share what they've been up to.

Here's to a very, great day BeYOUtiful, 3 weeks today, it'll be the first of January 2019!

Monday, 10 December 2018

Monday morning AGAIN!

Monday 10th December 2018
you are what you do, not what you say you'll do.

Monday morning rolls round again, only one more after this before Christmas, I'm hoping my members will have one more generous streak with the food bank, be great to do at least one more drop before and then another after starting January how well mean to continue in 2019.

I had a quiet day yesterday, needed to recharge after a busy week, finally had a catch up with my bestie too, then mom and I watched one too many Christmas movies, finished off with Doctor Who, then had an early night.

I'll be happy with a maintain on the scales this week, but I intend to have a good week ahead, although I do want to live out of the freezer and not do a big shop.  There's a shank of lamb in the fridge we'll have today, it'll be split between mom, me and Alfie will get a bit so that will only cost me about 4 or 5SP, I'll have lots of veggies with it and a couple of roasters (they're taking space up in the freezer), eggs for breakfast will save me some points.  I have some spuds that need using, I'm loving mash at the moment, but I'm thinking about doing something else with them, maybe a fish pie to use up more of the freezer contents.  We'll see.

My office looks worse than when I started sorting, thesis gonna be a long, yak job.  It'll give me time to decide if I really do want to change my office as it is my sanctuary really and as much as I'd love a nice 2 seater settee, do I want to make the trade off to get it.

See everything comes with consequences, especially over eating!  Need to keep that in mind the next few weeks.  Is that mince pie, glass of baileys whatever worth the consequence on the scales.  What are we willing to gain having fun and indulging.

I've got a lot to do this morning because of having a lazy day yesterday, here's to making the most of the run up to a very, merry Christmas.  Let's have a very, great day.

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Mucky day out there, chill out I reckon

9th December 2018
supporting another's success won't ever dampen yours.

It's a mucky morning out there, but I've just arranged to meet my mate for brekkie so all is good with the world, we ain't seen each other for weeks.  I'll choose wisely though as I was out yesterday too wasn't I.  Have to say as nice as the food was, I had heartburn afterwards but I honestly believe it was the few biscuits I had with my tea that finished me off,  my stomach can not cope with sweet food at all.  The food at the Venue in Dudley was delicious, the toilets need a good clean over, I judge a place on it's loos but other than that it was a good afternoon.  I got back about half five and my brother had sat with mom all afternoon, he now knows it's not so easy and told me so.  It made for a uncomfortable night because she'd been out of routine and in the end I went to bed, no one sulks in my dreams (not yet anyway!)

Chicken wings have to be one of my all time favourite foods and I had me 5 at that meal yesterday, I need to work these into my 'diet' on a regular basis, Sainsbury's do a good one at their hot counter, you can get 10 wings in Nandos for 12SP, not a bad treat cost at all.  I stuck to chicken, fish or veggie based things and I've just realised I didn't see any chips, I resisted the naan bread but did have a sneaky slice of pizza and it was a small slice plus there was a walnut tart that I had a sliver of with a scoop of salted caramel ice cream, now that was delicious but again, stomach struggles to digest the sweet stuff.

I might nip to Sainsbury's whilst I'm in Cannock and buy some healthy food, the fridge looks a bit bare all but milk and diet coke and the cheese that I want to eat constantly but will resists.  Could have chicken and chorizo cheese melt today or one day this week, a little bit of what you fancy is feasible on the Freestyle plan.  Ooo I have my food head on, I need to make sure I'm not hungry when I go shopping, but I might spend a bit of time in the kitchen later, might just sit with mom and spend some time with her instead though.  I am working through my office, sorting is going to take some time, all that paperwork to destroy.  Plus it's boringhell so I'm not going to rush to do it, will take my time, and check out the January sales for settee, rather than jump in feet first like I'm guilty of doing a lot.

Not got much to say this morning, other than my workshop was another cracking one yesterday, great to see my members hanging on in there, enjoying nights out and still managing a loss or maintain, or if they've gained it's proof they have an epic social life.

I'm typing on my laptop in the kitchen which I thought would be a great idea because the cat that's not my cat can have an hour in the warmth without me having to leave the door wide open for him to come and go.  I had to wait half hour to start my typing though because he thought I'd sat down to give him a good fuss and did his best to walk all over said laptop, I shut it in the end and gave in to his requests.  Spent a good five minutes watching him preen himself, such a graceful cat he is (I think he's an he, but as he's not mine and I'm no expert, I've never been 100% but we'll assume).

Anyway, here's to a very, great day, can you believe there's only 2 more Sundays before Christmas,  oh and that'll be the start of a weeks holiday for me - YAY to Christmas. Catch ya tomorrow.

Saturday, 8 December 2018

It all went a bit cheesy yesterday.

8th December 2018
Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” – Louise L. Hay

It's a bit windy out there this morning, not sure if the wind woke me up, the dreams or just I'd had enough sleep, hopefully the last one because I'm out to 6pm today!  Oh yeah, today's not going to end within my dailies.  I've got my Saturday morning workshop first then I'm off to our area meeting where there will be a lunch, I thought it was a Chinese buffet but apparently its all cuisines so I will be tempted more I reckon - we'll see, it might not be very good and I'll resist. Just checked it on Facebook and mixed reviews so I'll get you know https://www.facebook.com/TheVenueDudley/ 

Yesterday was a mixed day, did a bit of decluttering on the morning, then had massage then got nothing done after that but relaxation and a very early night.  Lots more decluttering and sorting to do before I can contemplate changing office into spare room, can't see it being done this side of Christmas, plus I might get a bargain 2 seater in the Jan sales.

Food wise, I had a serious cheese craving yesterday so for brunch I had cheesy bubble and squeak (12SP) using the last of the leftover veg in the fridge, that was lush.  For my dinner I had a bowl of cheesy mash with the last of the potato from the fridge, all used up now.  Zero eggs for breakfast this morning so I limit the damage of my lunch, my belly is already rumbling but in fairness it hasn't eaten since half six last night, a good ten hours ago.

I had an eye test on Thursday and he asked if I was drinking plenty of water because I have dry eyes, that's another reason to ensure I drink more water if I needed one.  Oh and I did need new glasses, let's hope I don't lose these and like them as I've never liked the ones I've been wearing for the last 12 months, I find them the hardest things to choose, especially because you'll be wearing them every day.  

Anyway, I'm in desperate need of a big mug of tea, followed by breakfast, then off to see my lovely members, don't worry I will wash and get dressed first ;) 

Here's to a very, great day, doing the best we can at this most wonderful but dangerous time of the year.

Friday, 7 December 2018

Still in control!

7th December 2018
Appreciate where you are in your journey, even if it's not where you want to be.  Every season serves a purpose.
Well I think I can safely say it's been raining for hours, noisy stuff!  Another day in the bag, I finished on 28 so not as low as I'd have liked, nothing rolled over, still have 14SP left of my weeklies. plus 33 Fit Points which I'll most likely be using this week, especially as I'm out for lunch with work tomorrow, but it's still all good, I'm still positive and on track.

I had this delicious veggie bake for my my lunch yesterday, the lovely Carol made it me, think I might have to experiment on my own at some point, she'd roasted her veggies, made a simple white sauce and for the topping used oats, low fat spread and cheese, I'm sure there was something else but I've forgotten!  Anyway I enjoyed it a lot, and I'm loving roasted butternut squash too, also bought that whole and I'm just cutting off what I need for one meal, it's been in the fridge a week now and it's still okay.

I've decided to tackle my office this weekend, I want to gut it completely, get rid of as much as I can, I've had this idea of putting the bed settee in here (it's our box room!) so that when we have visitors it can be used as a bedroom and I can work on my laptop in my bedroom.  Then I can finally have a decent two seater settee in the living room as I've never liked the bed settee, it's just always served a purpose. But first I need to see if it's possible to downsize my office enough.  Looking round doesn't fill me with confidence, it's going to be a mammoth task for sure.  I'll need some under bed storage boxes to store some of it.

Anyways, I need to get started or I'll just sit here looking and that won't get anything done.  I'm going to keep food simple today but on track for sure, need to save myself for tomorrow ;)

Have a very, great day, we can do this!

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Sardines - who knew they could be so good!

6th December 2018
Success is determined by how we handle setbacks.

Rookie errors made yesterday, I didn't eat enough O's, nope there was definitely not enough zero hero's in my day especially as I was snacky, I'm putting it down to not getting enough sleep the night before and I was a busy bird yesterday too.  I'd done 5,000 steps on my Fitbit before half 8 in the morning and before the dog walk, my living room, wet room and kitchen were spick and span, it looks lovely when it's been done.  Anyway, my rookie error resulted in me ending my day eating Ringo's x 2 bags (turns out I won't be buying anymore of them now, I can't eat what isn't there!) and mom then offered me some of her Cheerios and I normally say no but I said yes - doh!  I've just gone and weighed a 40g portion, there's quite a few for 5SP, so it could've been worse, I ended my day on 35SP and if I'd gone to bed at 9pm instead of looking for my mattress in the kitchen cupboards, I'd have saved 15 of those Smart Points!  Lesson learnt, note to self, GO TO BED you're tired not hungry!

Alzheimers was being a trouble maker yesterday too, I hate what it's doing to my mom, I really do.  We went back to the dentist to get her false tooth on a palette fitted.  I hadn't thought about the fact they'd have to take the root of the old one out so I hadn't prepared her for the injection, the numbness, the pulling about and the pain.  Then she hated the palette, forgot she'd even been to the dentist before and that the crown that had been there had been gone for weeks.  Let's just say the tooth is now in a bowl with a lid and not in her mouth.  I don't have the energy for that fight and ultimately it's her mouth!

Onto more positive thing, well I had a delicious late breakfast of home made beans, chicken sausages, eggs and 2 slices of bread for 4SP.  I might have the same this morning, set me up for the day.  I had a packet of Satay chicken skewers for 4SP to pick at through the day.  For lunch I mixed a tin of tuna with some yogurt mixed with mint sauce, had that on a sandwich for another 4SP, because did you know 2tsp of mint sauce is 1SP boo to that, I love the stuff, I'll only use 1tsp next time for zero.  Can I say it really works though, tuna in minty yogurt instead of mayo definitely works for me.

Then for tea the lovely Harj pulled it out the bag again and bought me food, I could eat a bowl of her lentil curry every day, this time though she also bought me a bit of leftover sardine curry and I have to say, it was amazing!  She'd used the sardines in tomato sauce but didn't use the sauce, had she used sardines in brine instead they would have been zero points because it's only smoked fish that isn't zero.   She'd used her usual curry base but ma'an it gave sardines a whole different dimension, I'm definitely going to try and make it myself and if that fails I'm going to pay her to make me a batch because that really worked for me.   She said she used her usual base recipe and changed the chicken for sardines.

https://wwbevsworld.blogspot.com/2018/11/have-very-greatful-day.html you'll find her recipe on this blog entry.

Today is all about pulling back 4SP!  Yeah I can and will do it, if I don't though, I can be proud of the fact yesterday I earned 17 FitPoints, and racked up almost 18,000 steps on my Fitbit, my target since the upgrade to FitPoints 2 was set at 24 for the week, turns out, I've smashed that in 2 days, so maybe next week, we'll need to reassess my activity levels, I'm obviously more active than I realise.

I will have a very, great day, I want another weight loss next week, I'd love my first milestone before Christmas, that little 7lb tag, I was envious when I handed out a couple of them last night, plus thrilled to hand over two 50lb ones last night and so pleased for the ladies receiving them.  People might be thinking I'll wait till after Christmas to join but this time of year is such a good time to sign up, it just keeps you aware over this festive period, you don't have to join to lose weight before the new year, but to limit the damage, then you're good to go straight afterwards, plus they've got that offer which is a no brainer, pay nothing till February!  Get a WWer to send you an invite a friend, share the love link from their app and both of you get a free month added after two weeks as well, so you can end up with 3 months for free and making you're mates day!

Anyway, I need to get ready for work and feed, my belly is saying FEED ME!  Let's make today count BeYOUtiful!

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Whoop Whoop! I lost!

5th December 2018
A can do attitude is all one needs, it acts like a bridge between success and failure.

Yesterday was not only my weigh in, it was also my anniversary for working for WW, yeah 14 years as a leader/coach/wellness coach supporting members on their journey.  Yesterday was no different, a brilliant day of workshops, lots of members, lots of success including mine, 3lb lost, happy with that. 

Hand on heart the only thing I didn't track last week was the milk in my tea and coffee, I have however cut down on hot drinks and upped the water but I ended with 2 weeklies spare and all those FitPoints so that would've covered the skimmed milk in my drinks.

Another day in the bag yesterday, ended on 27SP and indulged in a packet of Ringo's cheese and onion, so good, really need to get me some more of them, mom likes them too so bonus. I had a simple, plain omelette for breakfast, a 4SP chicken breast sausage and egg for lunch, forgot how good Penn Road sausages can be, might have the others with veggies, mash and onion gravy later in the week. For tea I had a 9SP chicken dinner, loving carrots and cabbage at the moment, it really is the weather for mash and gravy.  

What made my anniversary super good yesterday was those members who'd been struggling but after last weeks workshop had been motivated like myself to get that 'Can Do' attitude, it really has made all the difference. Nothings changed in my life, the same for them, the only thing that changed was our decision to do it.  

It's madness that getting on track with my eating is affecting other areas of my life, I've also developed a be bothered attitude, so yesterday I got the iron out instead of thinking 'oh I just won't wear that, it's too much hassle', I did over 12,000 steps yesterday and 80 active minutes according to my FitBit, I am making the effort to be that bit more active and it does make a difference knowing that I'm achieving these numbers. 

This morning, I'm going to earn a few points by giving the downstairs a good clean, Monday I did moms bed, can only handle one in any given day, breaks my back. But I have to say my pains eased too, the pain I'd had for weeks in my knee hasn't bothered me this week, the sciatica I was suffering last week has gone, proving stress does contribute massively to mine. I still have aches and pains but they are not on the level they have been and still heartburn free!

Hearing all my members success in the workshop and seeing them post in our Facebook group is wonderful, especially at this time of year. Also hearing members say they are still going to enjoy their celebrations and be good in-between, there are lots of nights out, Christmas markets, kids parties and get togethers to be enjoyed and they are going to do just that. Some that did that this past week either maintained or even got a little loss! Those that didn't were still smiling and ready to do what they can, when they can.

Mom's moving about, I've not had a great nights sleep, work at 3 and couldn't go back to sleep, think I managed to snooze for half hour after being awake for an hour, but I don't feel tired so it's all good, but I do need to heating turning up and the kettle on, so here's to another very, great day, I'm in - are you?

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Ready for the scales!

4th December 2018
A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you.

Well I have done a lot of dreaming last night but on a positive my fitbit app is telling me I still had 8 hours sleep, I was restless 13 times and awake for 22 minutes, I thank Alfie for some of that - he woke me up around midnight, so I may have dreamt a lot but at least I slept, not a fan of dreams, they're hard work.

Anyway in other news, I only made the week on track and ended with 2 weekly points left! Check me out, oh yeah, whoop whoop, proving to myself I can be in control, now for another week of the same, I can hopefully keep this up until my brother and wife get here.  I'm out for lunch Saturday because of work but I'll try not to go mad, plus the foods before the meeting and if I eat too much, I'll fall asleep.

Yeah 2 weeklies left, 111 active minutes, 68 Fit Points earned and I know I can get more on that this week, the active minutes have pleasantly surprised me as I didn't think Alfie's walks were active.  It'll be interesting to see how they change when FitPoints 2.0 lands on my app, looking forward to that because they'll be our most personalised ever.

Oh I better get a weight loss this morning or I will sulk at least for a minute, the truth is I haven't had heartburn for a week which is a bonus but also I haven't been obsessed with food, yes I've still enjoyed it but I haven't fixated on it and I feel so much better in myself.

Yesterday I had bubble and squeak for breakfast using all the Sunday roast veggies, it was lush, then later I had 20 black olives for 2SP, they'd been in the fridge a week in an airtight tub and I finally noticed them and thought ooo nice snack.  They kept me occupied till I had my dinner about half four and that was the spare roast chicken dinner from the day before = delicious.

We had an early night, I was asleep just after 8, I'd had a long bath and a glass of red and I felt super chilled out, although I'm a bit cold this morning, need to go flick the heating on.

Honestly if you're sitting there thinking I wish I could get my head back in the game, you can, go full on using those zero foods for a few days so that you're not hungry, break that overeating or mindless eating cycle and it'll get easy as each day passes, I promise.

What's helped me the most I think is accepting not matter what I eat or drink my circumstances will not change, at least if I spend this time getting healthy I feel better, if I feel rubbish, it makes being a carer even more difficult.  When I'm on track and doing it, it also makes my work easier, no one's gonna listen to a coach who isn't on it!

I'm thinking eggs this morning, it's the old do I eat before I get on the scales scenario and the answer is yes, I'd eaten last week before I got on them and a little bit of food won't make that much difference.  Maybe I'll opt for egg rolls, I like them, they're quick and easy.  I love a fried egg but feel the need for bread with them, maybe some fruit and yogurt, ooo decisions, decisions.  There's chicken in the fridge to cook too, so I'm thinking maybe sweet and sour chicken or chicken with veg and gravy again, really liking the simplicity of that and it's delicious too, ooo chicken, roast carrots and onions with cabbage and gravy, nom nom.  There are faggots in the freezer, you get two of them for 5SP, they're rich and tasty too, proper comfort food.  Now I fancy liver and haven't got any, I'm a lambs liver kinda girl.  See with the Freestyle Plan you don't have to live on chicken and eggs!  Oh I've also got salmon in the freezer, at least I know I have choices, but first to get ready for work.

Truly looking forward to workshops this week as I know my members have been supporting me all week by following the plan too, can't wait to see our results.

Here's to another very, great day BeYOUtiful, following the plan our way. x

Monday, 3 December 2018

Am I getting on your nerves yet?

3rd December 2018
Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable.

I made it through the weekend, on track 5 weeklies still remaining and I enjoyed my winner, winner, chicken dinner for 6SP.

 and because I'm proper on track I weighed my gravy granules, that made enough for 3 plates (spare for today!)

I then weighed some low fat spread to put in the mash but when I saw how many Smart Points it was, I changed my mind, once the gravy is on, it doesn't need it. 

I was rushing to get out of the house yesterday morning when I realised I hadn't had any breakfast, so whilst I was making mom a cuppa before I left, I made an egg roll (whisk one egg, dry fry or use a little spray light, then fry and roll up - a very thin omelette), it was just enough to tide me over.  I spent some smashing time walking round the massive Home Bargains at Willenhall, I've been told it's the largest in the country, well I managed to have a chat with my bestie at the same time, so in theory she came Christmas shopping with me, I bought a few bits for Christmas Day and these snowmen to make mom smile, plus those snowball which can I add do feel like the real thing, I was telling everyone to feel my balls in the shop, well you gotta be friendly ain't ya.  We all had a good feel at the till. 

Mom loved them and that little elf door was only 50p I think, how fab is that.  I don't like the Christmas elves to be honest so maybe I shouldn't have fitted a door in case they appear, they freak me out a little bit.  So far the large snowman has been found flat on his back once, I'm not sure if that was Alfie's doing or my brother playing me up.  I'll never know because I wouldn't believe my brother if he said he didn't.

I also picked these up in there, 2SP a packet and not bad at all, they were my tea last night, super healthy not I know but they were tasty and I stayed on track, still got 5 weeklies remaining, plus all those Fit Points I've earned.
I may not have hit 10,000 steps over the weekend, but I did get over the daily target, earning 9 Saturday and 8 Sunday, a total of 55 since I started wearing it, it'd be a bit higher if I'd had it on the entire week, but it is motivating me to move more for sure. 

This week I've completely changed my attitude and beliefs, I am believing in myself, as a very, wise member who I respect a great deal once said in my meeting (it was a meeting when she said it!) Dream, Believe, Achieve and that's what I'm doing.  Has this week been easy?  Have I been tempted to overindulge? You should know the answers to both of those questions but just in case you don't, erm no it's never easy, yes I was tempted to overindulge.  Has anything changed in my life or situation to make it easier - nope, not a thing except my mindset, I am 100% believing I can do this and I will do this.  

I have said if I don't get a decent weight loss tomorrow I'll sulk but you know what, as long as I keep doing this, I know the weight will drop, I know WW works whatever name they use or how many changes are made.  Don't forget the changes that you think have been made, we were already doing, well I was, I've always said focus on the healthy and happy and weight loss will be the side effect, WW have just made it obvious so that those that have never been realise we're not just about weight loss and that's true.  I DON'T WANT anyone losing weight if they're doing it in a unhealthy way, I'd rather have someone overweight and healthy, than underweight and unhealthy, but I'd mostly like us all to be a healthy weight and happy.

Right everyone's just woken up in this house so I'll go do what I have to do for them.  Have a very, great day BeYOUtiful and if you've just read this thinking ooo she sounds on track, I wished I was, after Christmas, why wait?  Why not make the days you can as healthy as you can and enjoy the ones that involve Christmas get togethers and celebrations or even the odd mince pie. x

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Still on track!

2nd December 2018
if something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.

Well I didn't get a blue dot yesterday but I do still have 21 weeklies remaining and only today and tomorrow to get through before my official weigh in from a week on the Freestyle plan, it appears a name change and new books have made a difference to me.  Of course it wasn't just the books, it was my attitude and the conversations that were had in my meetings with my wonderful members and on the phone with my coach.  What has also helped immensely is know that some of my members who were struggling like me have also got on it and they're sharing their wins this week online in our Facebook group and on Connect on the WW app.

Yep I'm feeling good,  I hope my members will sit with their new Success Story  book and think about their WHY and their GOALS as I did.  I'v stuck a photo in mine, a pic from a good few years ago, I'm happy and carefree in that photo, I look a numpty because my besties daughter had given me her pink hat and backpack to wear so I'd put them on and neither fit, I looked daft and I didn't care.   I want everything about that person back.  I can't be completely carefree now because I have responsibilities but I can still make the best of what I've got and take care of me.

I put our Christmas decorations up yesterday, we haven't got loads but we've made the living room look as if it is the season to be jolly.  I'd love a big tree but my house just doesn't have the space, although I am toying with putting one at the bottom of the stairs and maybe one in the kitchen, small ones are cute too.  

Food wise yesterday I made eggs rolls and had them with home made baked beans that my lovely V had made for me.  
Lunch was cauliflower cheese, now I'd already bought the ready meal before I got on track so instead of using 12SP on it, I cooked extra cauliflower and had half of it, mom had the other half, served mine with Italian chicken, I absolutely love the Maggi papers for 1SP, they flavour chicken and salmon perfectly. 

 Yes I know I could make my own with greaseproof paper and seasoning and maybe I will now I'm taking my Wellness journey seriously.  I will lose weight over the next two weeks, then ease off from 17-31st whilst my family is here, then straight back on it.   I also enjoyed a packet of pickled onion monster munch, think that was the last packet and I've got them out of my system.  I had a taste of the new WW Cheese & Onion Bakes on Thursday, they're tasty, improved flavour I thought, so I'll stock up on them.  Plus of course I had wine, that's a given, I have had 2 alcohol free days this week though so I'm improving.

Today, I'm thinking chicken dinner.  I'm going to make swede and potato mash to half the points there, lots of veggies and gravy.  I have chicken breasts to cook rather than a whole chicken because I know I'd eat the skin and I'm not wanting to do that this week, I want a decent weight loss. Oh how I'll sulk if I don't get one ;) 

Anyway I've got things to do, places to be so I'll get off now and hope you're feeling as positive as I am.  Loving this CAN DO attitude I have again.  Enjoy your day BeYOUtiful. xx

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Heartburn free!

1st December 2018
Keep going because you did not come this far, just to come this far.

Well another day in the bag, 4 blue dots on my app, 41 weekly remaining points and 38 FitPoints earned and I have to admit wearing the Fitbit did motivate me to walk that bit further yesterday to hit my 10,000 steps, Alfie got a second walk I may not have gone for because of a little plastic device on my wrist reminding me I want to lose weight and get my healthy back!

And one of the best things that’s happened since I got back on track is no heartburn, nope none and I was having it most days, Rennie's had started to become an after dinner mint, so that's just brilliant.

I kept yesterday all about the zero hero's because I wanted wine for dinner, wishing this morning I'd had a little less wine because I've got a bit of a thick head despite being in bed well before 8pm, won't do that again on a Friday afternoon (I prob will but hopefully not till Christmas).  

Butternut squash roasted in chunks, they're definitely an excellent replacement for potatoes (you were right Dave!) now I understand why he eats them so often.I had them with salmon, mushrooms and courgette and enjoyed it immensely.

What made my day yesterday was filling yet another van full of food for the food bank and taking our cash donation total over £1,500!  Just incredible really is and with today being the 1st of December, the start of advent, what about doing a reverse advent calendar, we all know how the traditional advent calendars work but what about a reverse advent calendar? The idea of a reverse advent calendar is that instead of opening a door each day to reveal a chocolate or treat you add an item to a box or basket ready to donate. By the end of the month you should have accumulated 24 items. This can include anything from food items to toiletries.

Now I know most of you won't have the time to get to a food bank on Christmas Eve but that's where I come in, they don't need it Christmas Eve, they'll need the donations after Christmas, January is one of their busiest times and one where people stop being so generous as their Christmas spirit has evaporated, imagine how thrilled they'd be if I rock up with another van full of food and toiletries.  If it'll be in your way, I'm happy to take it off your hands any time, heck go buy 24 things (they don't all have to be expensive) and pop em in a box and get them to me either via my meeting or drop them at my house (message me for address).  It doesn't even have to be 24 things, it can be whatever you can afford.  Can't be doing with all that, donate via your phone Simply text: WWDD66 followed by the amount to 70070 or at the website https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/donatedinner
Let's eat a little less in this run up to Christmas and give that food to the food bank  maybe we'll get a weight loss as our reward.  I probably ate a couple of quid less than I normally would on a Friday yesterday, if you add up the price of a bag of crisps, a bar of chocolate and a can of pop, you've got £2 easy!  I could feed a family of four with that using canned food.




I'll leave you with that thought, I'm going to make it through the weekend on track and feeling in control and positive like I do this morning, heartburn free and focused.  All these things will remind me of my WHY!  

Have a great day BeYOUtiful.