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Sunday, 16 February 2020

Get your groove on?

Sunday 16th February 2020
A secret to happiness is letting every situation be what it is, instead of what you think it should be.

Well it's Sunday and after being woke up by Alfie at 3am and struggling to get straight back to sleep, I eventually did and slept till 7 thankfully so I'm rested.   Mom went to bed early so I got to watch the ret of the greatest dancer and fast forwarded through the masked singer to find out who they were in peace because she doesn't like either! 

I've enjoyed my workshops this week, we've talked about setting goals that we can actually attain and not just though huge goals that overwhelm us because they feel like we've go no chance of reaching them.  I'm proud of my bestie, she wanted to be the lightest she'd been in a long time for her 40th and she did it, yes she's been that weight before but not for well over a decade and she didn't take a healthy route to get there.  This time, she's spent the last few years chipping away at the numbers, whilst changing the way she eats on a day to day basic, introducing healthy habits that work for her.   She's always been beautiful but now she radiates a confidence and feeling of happiness that comes from being in the body she wants to own.   Has it always been easy for her?  Hell no, I'm glad to say my V still knows how to have a good time, how to enjoy her holidays and special nights out but then gets back to her healthy eating routine that works for her.

This is the important bit that we all need to work on, what works for you, we're all individual and what works for one won't work for another.   Our lives are different, our routines, our circumstances, it's important we work with that.  She goes to exercise classes a couple of times a week and that works, I could't do that, I don't like them for starters and having mom to care for would make it very difficult.   I do walk the dog but it's not enough so I'm aware I need to do something, that's on my 'to do' list, I'm going to start looking for what fits with me, today that will look like something called Body Groove, I can do this at home, there's a months free trial and it was as if it came up at a time when I needed it, I believe the universe sends me messages when I'm ready.  This woman popped up on my Facebook timeline some time last year and I remember watching her clip thinking wow, she can move, I'd love to be able to dance like that, so natural, then the voice in my head came back with all the negative messages, saying yeah but you can't, even if you tried you know you don't have her rhythm, you wouldn't have enough room in your house to do that either, then there's the time you don't have. blah blah blah SHUT UP!  And at the time, it won, then on Thursday the lovely Claire mentioned she'd been using this app called body groove and I liked the sound of it, she said it's just dancing and doing your own thing, enjoying moving your body, I asked Sharon to write it down so I wouldn't forget it.  Then Claire thankfully sent me a link which made me go check it out and it was the same lady from those Facebook posts I'd seen last year, so I decided yes, I will give it a go, it's free for 30 days, then £7.95 a month, I plan to give it a start this morning, once I've walked Alfie and tidied the kitchen.  Watch this space!  I don't plan to record it, the idea is to be able to move my body without thinking about it.  https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=444344216299169 This is the link she sent me and this is the website https://www.bodygrooveondemand.com/browse, or search apps for Body Groove if you're interested. 

Anyway, I need to walk Alfie, he didn't go yesterday as it never stopped raining and he didn't seem fussed, this morning however, he's doing my head in to go out.  

It's going to be a great day 😊 

Mwah, luv ya 

Love me xx

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Yay, it's the weekend.

Saturday 15th February 2020
"and I said to my body, softly, 'I want to be your friend.' It took a long breath and replied, 'I have been waiting my whole life for this.'"

Today's all about the thinking, you're never gonna feel fabulous until you check in with yourself to find out what's not going well or what is working.  It's like I hadn't realised how much mom had worsened until that nurse came round, to me it's just my new norm, I just say she's being vile, when the truth is she's being aggressive, luckily I'm mostly able to tell myself she doesn't mean it and can't help it because I still remember my real mom, the one I miss every day, the one on the photo on my office wall who's laughing with me in Lanzarote, the one who's been my best friend my entire life.

Now I know being poorly has helped my weight loss journey, firstly because I couldn't eat without feeling sick, but now because I've broken that 'I need to feed' cycle and got a balance back to my appetite.  I'm hoping for another weight loss Monday, might even break that stone barrier, back to my pre-Christmas fighting weight ;)

How I'm thinking truly is making a huge difference, I keep saying 'I'm in a good headspace', starting my day with 'It's going to be a great day' and trying to find the silver lining in every situation.  Our thoughts matter, how we talk to ourselves when no ones listening, it all sticks, so how could we make changes?  I know when I first started saying, 'it's going to be a great day', another voice in my head said, 'you know it ain't though don't ya', but that second voice has gone away now and I am having better days, I know there's always going to be stuff that makes life challenging but hey, that's the side effect of being human, it comes with all that stuff!

Right thoughts, they matter, here's some replacement thoughts you could try;

Instead of                                  Try

I'm a mess!                                  I'm human

I can't                                          I can do difficult things

I'm a failure                                 I'm learning

Why is this happening                What is this teaching me?

See, just try to find a different way of looking at things.   If you're not feeling the love, maybe you're in a bit of a funk, find your way out.  Ask yourself these questions,

'What am I feeling?
Where in my body do I feel it?
If it could talk, what would it say?
What might this be teaching me?
What do I need right now?
What tiny step can I take to meet my need and start to step out of this funk?

If you don't like where you are - MOVE!  You're not a tree!  That quote always makes me smile but it's so true, make changes, if there are things you can't change, get used to them, learn to live with them.

My mom loses her glasses at least 6 times a day, she makes accusations that someone must of stolen them, then she starts searching for them.  This used to drive me batty, but now I say, shall I go upstairs and see if you've left them there, or, let me double check your bag for you.  It takes moments to do and saves loads of stress.   I can't change this behaviour but I can change my response.

Did you eat like you loved yourself yesterday?  I did, I had yogurt, melon and honey for my breakfast, then I had veggie curry and rice for my dinner, wasn't really hungry so had an early night after a bit of wine.

I'm looking forward to my workshop this morning, catching up with my members, hoping I get some visitors from my other workshops because they missed them, there's nothing quite like a busy, buzzing room on a Saturday morning, lifts me up and gets me through the weekend.

Here's to making the most of what you've got, enjoying your day and eating like you love yourself.

It's going to be a great day remember.

Mwah, luv ya

Love me xx

Friday, 14 February 2020

Eat like you love yourself

Friday 14th February 2020
Eat like you love yourself

Happy Valentines Day x

Today's challenge is to eat like you love yourself!  I did this yesterday and felt completely different.  Lately in a morning I've just been grabbing stuff but yesterday as I stood in the kitchen thinking I might have some yogurt with honey because the honey should be good for my throat and yogurts good for everything, I then spotted the yellow melon that had been sat there for weeks and thought to myself, if my mom said, 'Bev, I'd love a bit of melon', I'd reply, 'no probs mom, give me a couple of minutes and I'll chop you some', which made me realise I'm willing to do things for her I'm not doing for myself, well I'm just as important as are you.  It's time to treat ourselves with as much love and care as we do those we love the most.  

It continued throughout the day, even though I had so much to do, the dementia nurse coming to see mom on the afternoon, I took an hour out of my day and cooked some food, I made the chicken cacciatore from the WW freestyle book and I knocked a lasagne together using the new WW lentil pasta sheets which are good, 50g is 4SP.  I kept it simple as I was rushed and just used the 5% beef mince, an oxo, some onion.  Then made my white sauce as I always do 450ml skimmed milk, 40g low fat spread, 40g plain flour in a pan and stir till it boils and thickens.  Used a little parmesan on the top and ta da cooked.

Chicken Cacciatore 

My beef lasagne 

The nurse visit gave me hope, she was wonderful, unlike other visits we've had from experts she could see behind the facade and took me in kitchen to make a drink so she could ask me how it really was.  She's going to arrange for someone to visit from Brocklands and said she will ask for an afternoon visit as she can see that's when mom will start to be aggressive.  Apparently there is possibly medication that can help with this which would be amazing.  I also had a call from my carer support workers, she left a message on my phone saying she'd had approval for mom to have 4 hours a week at home respite, now to hope mom will agree to that when it happens.  And they say it comes in threes and my wonderful sister had a brilliant idea yesterday, she said she'd been thinking about how mom 'sorts' stuff all the time and thought we could use that to keep her busy, with buttons or beads or similar, well I said I have loads of coins in my office I can tip out the bags they're in and that kept her busy for a few hours.  She had a really good day yesterday with both myself and my sister, it was only the last 10 minutes of the day getting her into bed where she went a bit off, but hey that's amazing.  

I've slept till half seven proving my body still needs rest and today is going to be a great day! 

Remember let's start eating like we love ourselves, healthy eating and our weight loss journey isn't a punishment, it's a gift we're giving to ourselves to make us feel better in ourselves, give us more energy and enthusiasm for life. 

Let's do this, IT IS going to be a great day. xx

Mwah, luv ya 

Love me xx

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Lost your mojo?

Thursday 13th February 2020
We fall, we break, we fail. But then, we rise, we heal, we overcome.

Well I've woke up with a stonking headache and a crick in my neck - yay to sleeping upright. It's going to be a great day!  I've took painkillers, they'll kick in then I'll have a big mug of tea and it'll all be okay, by the time I get to work, I won't have time to think about how I feel and the day will fly past, I'll see lots of lovely faces and we'll have that great day I've just forecast. 

Self Fulfilling Prophecy.

What's that mean?  Have you ever made a prediction about something in your life that came true?  You may not believe yourself to be a fortuneteller, but you’ve likely found that you can sometimes be surprisingly accurate in your predictions.  For instance, you might predict that a project you are working on will turn out really well, and you feel confident in your ability to foresee the future when your hard work pays off and your project is received positively.

Alternatively, you might expect that you're going to have a terrible week on your WW plan because you have a few nights out planned, so you feel no surprise when you gain weight after overeating at every opportunity not just the nights out. 

Although you could take these instances as evidence that you know yourself and your abilities quite well (and this can be true), you might not think about the effects your expectations have on your behaviour.
When our beliefs and expectations influence our behaviour at the subconscious level, we are enacting what is known as a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Self-fulfilling prophecy is defined as any expectation, positive or negative, about a situation or event that affects an individual behaviour in such a manner that it causes that expectation to be fulfilled.

It seems quite a few of you out there have lost your mojo or feel there heads just not in the right place right now, so how do we stop this becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy?   Start with where you are, ask yourself what are you already doing thats helping because there will be something!   Are you still having skimmed milk in your tea, low fat spread, maybe you're eating your 5 portions of fruit and veg or drinking 2 litres of fluid.  I promise they'll be something you are still doing that's good for you.

Next ask yourself what can you do right now to help, could you eat a healthy breakfast, or maybe plan a healthy tea for tonight.  What about writing a shopping list and including some of the zero heroes you know help. 

You could get off the self-pity wagon?  I know that vehicle well, the seats are so comfortable, I nearly jumped aboard last night, mom had refused to have Anne come round and sit with her so I'd kept my eye on her with the camera, she seemed okay, then as I pulled on my drive, my sister was at the front door apparently mom had just called her saying she'd been on her own all day not had a drink or anything to eat.  She'd been alone 4 hours, I'd left her with a cuppa and a sandwich but she'd forgotten all that obviously, I walked into hell, her face was like thunder and instead of relaxing before I went to bed I had an hour of uncomfortable atmosphere.  Yay, it would've been easy to jump on that wagon but I just kept telling myself she'll be okay again in the morning.  It's exhausting Alzheimers is, truly exhausting but every morning I try to forget the day before and start the day believing today she won't sundown and we'll have a great day.  I'd rather be hopeful what can I say.

So come on give your head a wobble if you're struggling and start small, what can you do today that isn't going to be too difficult for you to follow through.

Go check yourself in the mirror and say 'This is my time. it's going to be a great day.

We got this!

Mwah, luv ya 

Love me xx

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

On the mend

Wednesday 12th February 2020
You've totally got this!
Yay, I had me a lie in, it's the best medicine, feel much better for it this morning, definitely on the mend, Alfie's not impressed he wants his walk but it's Wednesday so he has to wait a bit, I've got to do this, then the bins, plus my stock is being delivered by 9.30 so he's gotta wait, we don't always get what we want do we!

Workshops were lovely and busy yesterday, despite the weather, it tried to snow but we ignored it and it didn't stick thankfully.  We're talking about goals this week and I had some great feedback afterwards in my Facebook group saying how it had helped which is always good to hear, especially as I was struggling to talk without coughing.  

Not in the mood to cook still but have food that needs using and don't want to wait it so I made this sheet pan of eggs, I poured a kettle of water over the spinach (after picking out the ones that had gone off!) left that to drain, then I cut up the broccoli into really small pieces so that the eggs would cover it, I put that on the tray, whizzed a dozen eggs with some grated protein cheese and a couple of heaped teaspoons of mustard and poured that over the top.  Cooked in oven for about 20 mins at 180 degrees (fan oven) that's gas mark 4 or 200 degrees gas.  You really need a liner for your pan to make sure it doesn't stick.  I used a silicon sheet.  

This is the one I have 
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01LW6K85Y/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 cost about £5 with delivery, I daresay you can get them from home bargains or B&M's I just don't get to go play out often do I.  

I can actually take a deep breath this morning, I can't even explain how good that feels, when I cough, I can still feel it throughout my body but at least I'm not coughing as often, here's to getting a little better each and every day.  People have been telling me they've had this virus for weeks and weeks, the cough for a couple of months, I don't bloody want it that long! 

Tonights my last night before we change the times at Ashmore, from next week it'll be 5 & 6.15pm starts, there are lots of reasons for this but the bonus to it is my sister gets to go home half hour earlier which is really important when your husband works shifts and you don't get to see him that often (yes they're still in love and enjoy each others company after all those years, it's rare I know).

My plan for today is to do only what's necessary as I want to give my body as much rest time as possible so I can do my workshops with full energy.  I'm thinking weetabix for breakfast, I know weird, I'm not one for cereal but I've had a fancying for them since a member sending me her tracker was eating them.  Oh and she lost 2.5lb this week I was thrilled it finally kicked in for her, oh and weetabix aren't a miracle weight loss aid so don't be getting any ideas!  What worked for her was tracking 100%, being honest, tweaking some of her meals and thinking about what works for her.  We should all do that!

I don't even know what I fancy, might ask my sister for some spuds and a couple of onions and I'll do Asda's beef in gravy with mash tomorrow, I have a can in the cupboard and it's only 5SP a can!  It makes a cracking good pie, I always fry some onions, tip the can in, then half fill the tin with boiling water to swill it out and add an oxo cube, nom nom.  

I need something with lots of flavour and comforting for me to enjoy and this will hit the spot.  

Right I better get moving, mom needs another cuppa and I haven't done anyones medication yet, bunch of druggies in this house (all legal and prescribed of course).

Catch ya tomorrow, the sun is bright this morning, it's going to be a great day.

Mwah, luv ya 

Love me xx

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Finishing what I started

Tuesday 11th February 2020
There is no right time, just time and what you choose to do with it.

That image just popped up in my Pinterest feed and made me smile, a proper happy owl, so I thought I'd share.  Plus there's not much to write as I've not done anything in the last 24 hours other than try and get well, it didn't work lol, but I'll get there.  As long as I can controlling the coughing I'll be okay at work, I don't feel 'ill' anymore and the painkillers help with the aches and pains mostly caused by coughing I reckon, you wouldn't believe how far the reverberations go through the body from a nasty cough or maybe you do because I'll hardly the first to have a cough am I.  I did nip over the chemist to ask for anything that might loosen up my chest to be told I should really go to the doctors, so I did and of course they couldn't fit me in, nor were there any appointments at the emergency doctors and unless I wanted to go to the walk-in then I had to call again at 8 the next morning.  Happy days, I can't do that, I can't leave mom on her own for hours whilst I sit in the walk-in.  So I'll continue to do what I'm doing and drink plenty fluids and believe the NHS website that says a mild chest infection can heal on it's own in a couple of weeks, I'll just hope it is a mild one lol. I'm sure it is. The NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/chest-infection/ is a great place for information in case you're not well.

I did make soup though with all that veg from the wonky box that wasn't being used in anything else and wasn't fresh enough for anything else.  It was actually delicious;

16SP in the entire pan, just threw it all in with some chicken stock cubes.

What's your favourite poorly food?  I often turn to soup, it's one of the only times I eat it, but usually it's Heinz tomato soup with bread and butter but that can be a bit sickly so it depends what kind of poorly I am, I also randomly opt for Heinz mulligatawny soup, think it's the curry aspect clearing my nose with that, oh and it reminds me of my dad but that never really offered any comfort when he was alive!  Chicken soups the obvious option or scrambled eggs.  I am guilty of getting a craving for greasy food though I won't like, like a plate of chips.  I do know I want quick meals for this week, I'm not going to want to be cooking, thankfully there's a couple of ready meals in the fridge and lots of bulk meals in the freezer for me to go at. 

I'm on my next crochet project of the year, I've decided I need to go back and finish off all those works in progress from last year, so I'm now on a lovely white blanket made of squares that I join together as I go, it would make the most gorgeous christening blanket when finished.  Shouldn't take more than a couple of weeks hopefully, well maybe a little longer depending on what else is going on. 

I'd already done these 9 squares last year and I need 90, so watch this space, I'm up to 21 so far I think.  I have a few things that need finishing off so that's the plan, finish them before I start something new.  

Is there anything you're putting off doing that you know needs doing?  You know you'll feel so much better after it's done, so get started or plan when you will.  If it's a big job, break it down into bite sized chunks and chip away at it a bit at a time.  

That's very similar to weight loss isn't it, break it down into realistic steps, you're not going to lose a stone in a day but you can chip away at it 1/2lb at a time and before you know it, you've lost a stone by summer.  At a pound a week, you'd be 4 stone lighter this time next year, 2lb a week would be a staggering 8 stone! WOW, I'd be happy with a stone lighter by this time next year whilst still enjoying delicious food and building healthy habits that I could continue forever.

Anyway I'm off to have a shower in the hope that not only will it get me clean (obviously) but it'll unblock my sinuses and loosen my chest, here's hoping my voice holds out long enough to talk to my members, I'm sure they'll help me out with the chat though, they usually do.

Here's to believing and saying it's going to be a great day

Mwah, luv ya

Love me 

Monday, 10 February 2020

Always an upside

Monday 10th February 2020
Your Monday morning thoughts set your tone for your whole week.

This is your Monday morning reminder that you are amazing and can achieve anything you can handle anything.  Hell yeah you can!  

The upside of me being poorly is I've lost 3lb this week lol, that's the lightest I've been this year, so fingers crossed I can use that as a motivator to keep me going.  I feel a bit better in myself this morning, still not 100%, got the worst cough I've ever had I think, or it just seems like the worst because my bladder no longer works like it did when I was younger (tmi).  It's true what they say though, rest as much as you can, drink plenty of fluids and take paracetamol and ibuprofen, it works you don't need no fancy medication, although a spoon of honey in a cup of hot water did soothe my throat but I can't do all the cough sweets they make me feel sick, I did succumb to cough medicine yesterday, I've never coughed like that before and I was willing to try anything, I'm gonna have a 6 pack from all the straining on the stomach muscles.

I've got veg threatening to walk out the kitchen so I think I'll make soup with it this morning and do my washing, I've been putting everything off to rest up, but Ill do what I absolutely need to do today.  Bless my mom she washed up for me yesterday as I walked Alfie round the block in that crazy wind, he was of course oblivious to the weather. 

Oh I tried a BOL veggie meal yesterday and it went in the bin, I love a bit of vegetarian/vegan food but wasn't impressed by this, it looked fab and was 12SP but no, I wasn't that hungry at all!  I have another one in the fridge 'Tandoori butternut rogan squash', I'll cook it but if it's not good, I won't be eating it.

  • Right what we gonna do today and this week to feel fabulous this month.  
  • Make sure you make time for your workshop (or visit another)
  • Drink plenty of water (fluids)
  • Track your food regardless of whether you're within your allowance.
  • Why not pre-track, this way you're planning your meals beforehand too.
  • Plan meals where possible, do some meal prep.
  • Scan foods whilst you're in the supermarket (take a marker pen and write the points on as you pop them in your trolley.
  • Fill up on those zero hero foods, but don't overeat them.
  • If you're a fan, try the blue dot challenge.
  • If you have a craving for something, have it, use your weeklies, no foods off limits.
  • Find ways to move a little regardless of the weather.
  • Try a new recipe, switch it up in the kitchen.
  • Use your WW app to it's full potential.  Get those Wellness Wins. 
  • Make sure you do a healthy shop.
  • Find yourself an accountability partner (could be someone in the workshop who you agree to check in with throughout the week, if you're my member, you can message me to let me know you're on it.)
  • Fill up on fruit and veg, no one joined WW because they eat too many berries.
  • Count every point, not just the ones you are happy with.
  • Have a kitchen clear out, donate the 'junk' food to a food bank, you can't eat what isn't there.
  • Write your WHY in your success story booklet.
  • Keep your trigger foods out of reach, better still out of the house.
  • Have healthy low point snacks to hand, even when you're out at about.
  • Visualise how you want to look and feel, you could make a mood board or book.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Don't use excuses to go off track (I could've easily used my cold as an excuse to treat myself to greasy food)
  • Move more / walk more 
  • Never miss your workshop regardless of how your weeks gone.


Mmm what else could you do, I'm not expecting you to do everything but rather than me give you one thing to do, I'm going to let you choose what will help you and work on that.  If you can think of anything I can add to the list, let me know.

Anything else you can add?  What can you do this week that will help you feel fabulous and healthy and positive and look forward to getting up in the morning.  For me it's getting well and stop coughing, so I know if I eat healthy, drink plenty of fluids and rest up, I've got more chance of that happening.  I also know if I continue to take care of myself, I'm less likely to get ill again anytime soon! 

I was really chuffed with myself yesterday when I finished my latest crochet creation.  I started working on it last year, did all these granny squares and then left them in a box to do other things, I finally finished it off this weekend, creating my own border pattern which I was thrilled with and I had so many wonderful comments on Facebook that it made it even more wonderful.  One day my house will be cool enough to need a blanket, until then, I will store them all somewhere safe lol.  12 x 17 squares, total 204 squares, that takes some patience and its another reminder that if I put my mind to something, I can do it.  I'll use that persistence to continue my weight loss I reckon, what do you say? 

It's going to be a great day.

Mwah, luv ya, 

Love me xx

Sunday, 9 February 2020

I miss mom hugs

Sunday 9th February 2020
You are worth the quiet moment.  You are worth the deeper breath.  You are worth the times it takes to slow down, be still, and rest.

My memory sucks, those close to me know this, long term, short term, it all sucks, I've always said it was a side effect of my medication but at least medication stops me having seizures so it's worth the trade off!  

One thing I've never forgot though is being poorly as a kid and mom sleeping downstairs on the settee with me when I had tonsillitis, she always made me feel better even when I felt so poorly.  Yesterday I felt so poorly, flu like symptoms, aching all over, the works and all I wanted was a hug from my mom but she wasn't in there, it was the 'me me me' dementia version of her that isn't very nice and sitting here thinking about it makes me sad, but I won't cry cos that will make me feel even crapper than I already do with my blocked nose, achy joints, cough which is making my ribs hurt, laryngitis, on a positive, I think the white flecks have gone of my tonsils but to be honest until it lightens up I can't really see that well down my throat.  Me dramatic, I won't have it said! 

The only thing I did do yesterday as try the chicken garden mint kebab again but with breast instead of thigh and it wasn't a good.  It wasn't just that the meat wasn't as succulent, there wasn't as much mint flavour in it either, so it's all about how many points you're willing to spend.

Chicken breast (zero on blue/purple, 6SP on green) garden mint marinade 6SP. 

Chicken thighs 26SP, garden mint marinade 6SP. 

Just gives you an idea of how many points in the chippy ones because round here they give you so much meat it's ridiculous. 

Anyway, today I plan to do not much of anything other than rest, I can't feel fabulous in February if I'm ill so I need to rest and recover.  I did suggest yesterday that you did something crafty, but I think you know you better than I do, so what do you need to work on today?  What would help you move towards feeling fab?

Here's to making your day great. 

Mwah, luv ya 

Love me xx

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Let's make the most of the weekend

Saturday 8th February
You already have what it takes.

Feeling a little better today thankfully so hopefully I'm over the worst of it (fingers x'd).  Looking forward to a weekend of relaxing after my workshop this morning, especially with working yesterday when I don't usually, Alfie was good, got to go back in a month for another check up and continue his medication.  The area meeting was good once we found the venue and I didn't succumb to the biscuits thanks to Elle telling me I didn't need a jammy dodger, I also didn't eat the crisps she'd bought me, my sandwich was plenty.  I also managed to drive past the takeaway temptation on my way home because I knew I'd prepped this before leaving for work and was really looking forward to it.

So simple to throw together, the Flava-It garden mint marinade is 6P a packet, put it on your chicken or a minimum of 10 minutes, I did leave it all day though as I was going out.  Then I put 3 wooden skewers in a large onion that I'd sliced in half and push each chicken piece onto the 3 skewers pressing down.  Pop in oven and cook for about an hour on 180 fan / gas 4 or until you know it's cooked, everyones ovens different.  

I really enjoyed mine with WW wrap and salad, if I'd had some pitta and cabbage or coleslaw mix it would've been as good as a kebab from the chippy because I always put mint and lemon on mine anyway.

Have you tried anything new yet or even planned too, I'm so glad I did this, it didn't take very long at all to put together, yes I used chicken thighs and the 600g was 26SP but you could use breast to lower the points.  Actually I'm going to try that today to compare and see if it is all in my head that thighs are that much better!

Mmm today's challenge, well it's Saturday so most people aren't at work (sorry to those that are) but your mission should you choice to accept it is to get a bit of fresh air, not sure of the forecast but hey we're not made of sugar we won't melt.  You don't have to be out there for ages, go for a 20 minute walk round the block, do anything that gets you outside, get some much needed vitamin D after the long grey winter we're having. 

Now tomorrows challenge is to do something relaxing, maybe a bit of crafting, cooking, I'm going to try and get mom to do some colouring with me. If you want you can switch today's with tomorrow if that's easy but basically this weekend is about realising there can be so much more to the weekend than food and alcohol and chores!  Let me know what you get up too.  

I'm going to try and finish the border on my latest blanket, it's a little more intricate than my usual border and I don't have a pattern just a photo of a blanket I saw that I liked, so I'm trying to work out the stitches they used, this is exercising my brain too which is important.

Right I'm off, need that cuppa, looking forward to my morning and to giving my dog a good walk today, hopefully it will be dry and he'll be in the mood.  

Mwah, luv ya, here's to a great day. 

Love me xx

Friday, 7 February 2020

Poorly but positive

Friday 7th February 2020
Nothing will work unless you do.

I've just sat messing about on the internet for I don't even know how long, I woke up to what sounded like Alfie trying to dig a hole, his claws scratching away, I'm lying there in slumber thinking what is he doing, is he scratching my office floor or what, well bless him when I decided enough was enough and I got out of bed and turned the light on to check, he's fast asleep lying on his side in my doorway, his legs going ten to the dozen and scratching my door!  That was about 5ish, I couldn't go back to sleep, I'd struggled to sleep in the first place, full of cold I am and think I may end up at the docs because the white stuff is showing on my tonsils, if it gets any worse I'll go ask.  I've got a busy day, no time for poorly, got the vets this morning and I'm hopeful that the vet will be chuffed with Alfie, he's so much better. 

Later I've got an area meeting, a chance to catch up with my colleagues and my boss, who I had a chat on the phone with yesterday.  I'd been trying to think of a solution to a work problem and I'd been playing it over and over in my head, for weeks if not months and the matter was resolved in a short phone call.  A great reminder no to put things off, if you have something that's taking too much of your head space up, confront it, discuss it, do something about it.  I can't believe the effect it had on my mood, really cheered me up.

Have you tried or planned a new recipe yet?  Obviously I don't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen on a Thursday but yesterday I thought to myself, I cannot have a takeaway, A) I'm trying to  improve my diet and B) I have a fridge full of food that needs using.  I saw those soft leeks as a challenge, we're (well I can be) obsessed with only using veg if it's super fresh, well turns out they're okay even if they've started to go a bit bendy.

Easy meal and it was delicious, stir fry sliced leeks and mushrooms, then tip in a can of condensed soup, I used Batchelors cream of mushroom (11SP a can), it makes a delicious sauce and would serve 3-4 people, either on chicken breasts or pork loin which is what I had it on, they were 5SP each, Alfie enjoyed his too!  It took minutes, I served it with some microwave rice for 5SP,

Mmm not going to feel like doing much more than I have to today, so not really feeling the 'challenge' vibe, but I do have something I need to do to help me feel better so that can be the challenge, WATER, when you're poorly, they tell you to keep your fluids up and that's what I've been doing.  Paracetamol and water have been my saviour the last few days, I'm really not a fan of cough or throat sweets at all, I don't think they do anything that water doesn't without the cost and calories. 

Yep, let's make sure we all drink plenty of water today, it's always more difficult to do when it's cold but it's important.  The recommendation is 6 to 8 glasses of fluid a day, water's a healthy and cheap choice, no calories, no sugar to damage your teeth - perfect. If you are one of those who struggles to drink water, you can add a little squash (no added sugar obviously) or enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, which I'm going to do as well to be fair, can't beat a mug of tea when you're poorly. 

And if you need the WHY's, well adult humans are 60% water, it's essential for the kidneys and other bodily functions.  Oh and when you're dehydrated, the skin can get all wrinkly - not a good look, water's cheaper than face cream.  Then there's the fact it lubricates your joins, yeah that back pain you get now and again can be improved with making sure you're hydrated.  It does lots of other stuff as well, but just go get a glass of water will you!

Hopefully you're still tracking what you're eating, I think this weekend we might have the challenge of planning some meals for the week ahead, that will definitely help me and stop me being tempted by the McDonalds Grand Big Mac, I still haven't tried one, I'm telling myself it' just a bigger Big Mac surely.  I've actually just searched my blogs to make sure I haven't had one and forgotten, and then I went to look at this day ten years ago, but I wasn't blogging on here then.  I did find 7 feb 2011 though and how spooky is this I've put that I was going to make a recipe with leeks!  I still have 2 more to use so I may make a smaller version of the recipe.

Leek and mustard bake 
feeds 4 total 29SP – 7SP each

700g baby leeks (wash & cut in half lengthways)
50g flora light (5SP)
50g plain flour (5SP)
600ml skimmed milk (8SP)
100g low fat soft cheese with garlic & herbs (6SP)
1 tbsp wholegrain Dijon mustard (1SP)
50g low fat cheddar cheese (4SP)
salt & pepper

Preheat oven to Gas Mark 5 / 190oC. Steam leeks for 5-10 minutes or until softened.

Meanwhile, melt margarine in a non-stick saucepan and stir in the flour to make a ball. Remove the pan from the heat, add the milk and whisk until the roux ball is completely broken up into the milk.

Return to a low heat and whisk until the sauce thickens. Add soft cheese and mustard, season to taste.

Place the steamed leeks in the base of an ovenproof dish. Pour over the sauce and sprinkle with the cheese, then bake for 15 minutes until bubbling and golden.

That would be lovely with roasted cauliflower rice.  

Okay I'm off, I need tea, the heating turned on and paracetamol, here's to making sure it's going to be a great day!

Mwah, luv ya 

Love me 

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Oh I need a cuppa

Thursday 6th February 2020
Don't wait for the opportunity - create it.

Well my darling dog woke me up at 4am to go up the garden, in fairness he had seen and heard a huge fox trotting round and when I finally let him out, he did the longest wee ever!  Just saying lol, cos I like to share everything that goes on in my world don't I!

The upside to that is I've caught up on my work and it all balance - hurrah, my head cold has fully kicked in though, I have a lovely runny nose and a general feeling of roughness but a hot mug of tea and a couple of paracetamol and I'll be good to go.

After my lovely lie in yesterday I pottered all morning, I sorted out all my stock in my shed, then had a go in the kitchen before cooking this fakeaway for my lunch, once again the star of the plate was the veggies, I fried onions and peppers in a tablespoon of oil, worth every point of the 4SP used, it served 3 people too.  The cauliflower rice was roasted in the oven, makes it taste so much better for sure.  The tandoori chicken was lacking something, and I overcooked it trying to get it to dry off a bit, note to self next time, finish it off under the grill although I won't use the kit I used this time again.  It was a spice tailor which I normally really rate, on this occasion I didn't.

I had a delivery from Morrisons (not sure I will again) I'm testing different ones out again, the upside of them though is the WW wraps for 3SP and the coleslaw mix which you can add your own light mayonnaise instead of theirs, I really enjoyed this for my tea with a babybel light. 

 I ordered a wonky veg box, not sure I agree it's worth £3.50 or that the ratio was good,

The leeks there are past their best, they are the smallest parsnips I've ever seen so there needed to be more than 3 tiny ones, the cabbage isn't very big or very fresh either.  But there's plenty of carrots!   Worth trying though, shame really because the idea is great.

Right what can be today's challenge to feel fabulous in February, mmm, as it's my stupid long day and I'm not feeling 100% I need to make it easy.  Food, yeah let's make it food based, cook or plan to cook a new recipe this week some time, something you've not tried before or something you haven't eaten in a very long time, get creative, think outside the box, maybe focus on your zero heroes as that's what we're talking about in workshops.

I need to use those veggies about if you have any ideas! Mmm might make a chicken and leek casserole actually, ooo I could put them in the slow cooker and leave it to do its thing, I have a can of bachelors condensed soup I could use as the sauce. We shall see, I'm actually feeling the need for chicken soup, it's good for the soul apparently!

Okay, I'm off to get me that cuppa, here to a great day, you got this.

Mwah, luv ya

Love me x

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Slept in - Bliss!

Wednesday 5th February 2020
Prioritising good sleep is good self love. 
If you usually read my blog first thing you're probably wondering why it's late, well that's because I had me a lie in!  And it was so very, very needed.  Alfie woke me up around 5 to go up the garden, then I got back in bed mom woke me about an hour later to ask where I was and when I said in bed, she said she was going to go back to bed herself and Alfie left me alone till just before 8, just brilliant. 

I was a bit miffed when I went to bed last night because I couldn't find the bottle of Night Nurse I make sure I always have in the house for when I get a cold or cough, but turns out a couple of paracetamol and a tumbler of water was all I needed.  

Why is sleep important?  We spend about a third of our lives asleep. Sleep is essential - It is as important to our bodies as eating, drinking and breathing, and is vital for maintaining good mental and physical health. Sleeping helps us to recover from mental as well as physical exertion.

And according to experts, Poor Sleep Can Make You Fat and Good Sleepers Tend to Eat Fewer Calories, well there's two good reasons for you to get a few early nights right there.

Therefore your challenge today is to try and get a few early nights, also to take a look at your sleeping environment, is it fit for sleep.  I've recently had a new mattress, which cost silly money but it's guaranteed for 10 years so if you work it out that way, my Tempur was worth every penny, I do think it's aiding a better sleep and I'm not so stiff when I get out of bed.  

They recommend you avoid caffeine and alcohol before bedtime.  Make sure your room is set between 69-71F (not sure what that is is oC but it's a cool room).  Exercising in the morning or afternoon is also good and putting your phone away at least an hour before your bedtime.   If your problem is waking up, the experts suggest you set your alarm at the same time each day even weekends so your body gets used to it. 

Early night tonight then?  I need to get the dog walked bless him, he's whining at me.

Mwah, luv ya 

Love me xx

Tuesday, 4 February 2020


Tuesday 4th February 2020
Ask yourself if what you're doing today is taking you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.

Did you track? I did and I managed to stay on track too!  Ended on 26SP over the day, I forgot to say I lost a pound yesterday at the scales too, so January wasn't great, I started February 1.5lb heavier than I finished 2019 but hey I was 50 last month, I had my first meal out with my besties since JUNE!  Yeah June!  And my reward for that was sitting there yesterday feeling a cold coming on, the scratchy throat, the headache, you know the drill.  Thankfully I've had a good nights sleep even if it was a late one for me, half ten by the time mom stopped talking to Alfie and I got to sleep but I've slept soundly so hopefully it'll be a short lived head cold, fingers crossed. 

Mmm what challenge shall I set today, well I watched 'Last Christmas' the movie at the weekend and she said something along the lines of life's about helping others, or words with a similar theme.  This got me to thinking how we feel good when we help others so that's your daily challenge, either do a good deed or plan to do one, as small or large as you want but trust me you will feel better for it and isn't that what we're aiming for? 

Feeling fabulous isn't just about what we eat and what we weigh, it's about lifting our mood, being glad to get out of bed in the morning, being surrounded by people who love you and you love them right back.

Helping other people is an important part of living a good life.  WHY?  I'm not suggesting you put everyone else before your own needs because you probably have a life as busy as mine however The Mental Health Foundation of the UK explains some of the benefits of helping others in their booklet Good Does You Good. They say that evidence shows that helping others can have a positive effect on your own mental health and well being. It can improve your mood, self-esteem and happiness. Among their reasons for giving your time are these:

It reduces stress. Positive emotions reduce stress, boost our immune system, and in turn can protect us against disease.

It helps get rid of negative feelings. Negative emotions such as anger, aggression or hostility have a negative impact on our mind and body. Engaging in random acts of kindness can help decrease these feelings and stabilise our overall health.

It can help us live longer. Giving and helping others may increase how long we live.

According to Psychology Today, we feel good when we give because we get what researchers call a “helpers high.”  helping others releases endorphins which, in turn, improves mood and boosts self-esteem. In short, helping others feels good. It’s possible that helping others does more for the happiness of the person helping than the person who receives the help.

I'm not suggesting you only help others for what you get out of it, but it's certainly a bonus isn't it. 

What could you do?  Sheila visited mom last week and gave up a couple of hours of her time, that was a lovely thing to do and a change for mom from me and my sister, she got to talk about stuff we've heard time and time again and Sheila let her. 

Good deeds don't have to be big, I was going to make some suggestions but I'm not going to, have a think what can you do to make a difference in this world.

Oh and track again today, that's helping you!  This month is going to be FebYOUary and you're going to end it feeling fabulous.

Mwah, luv ya 

Love me