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Thursday, 14 December 2017

The best things come to those who don't give up!

14th December 2017
Those who move forward with a happy spirit will find that things will always work out.  (Gordon B Hinckley)

Well how glad am I that snow that started falling last night hasn’t stuck, I for one am not dreaming of a white Christmas!  On a positive I now have a lovely freshly painted hall, stairs and landing and he’s coming back tomorrow to do the living room, then that’s everywhere freshly painted and just the last few bits in the kitchen left to do, I now have a lovely house all I need to happen now is for me to get my tidy on and give it a good sort but I’ll do that over Christmas I think because for now I just need to shake of this virus.  I know it’s a virus because when I took mom to the doctors for her flu jab yesterday the nurse insisted I see the doctor (I must have sounded bad) and he listened to my chest and at the moment it’s all good, so it is viral, plenty of fluids (the kettles already on) and paracetamol.  I’ve got trainees with me today so they can lighten my load as my voice isn’t doing too good, it keeps disappearing but we managed last night, I have a way of making myself heard when it’s needed. 
My highlight of the day yesterday was Dave getting his 100lb certificate, those last few pounds have evaded him for months and months but thanks to Flex he’s done it and we were all thrilled to bits for him last night.  Just an incredible journey, having said that each and every one of the chaps that come to my Wednesday night meeting have their own stories and they are all incredible, I’m so proud of all of them and the weight they have lost is amazing.  See Weight Watchers isn’t just for the girls.

I kept my eating simple yesterday, had an omelette for breakfast, curry lentil soup for lunch and for my tea I had leftovers from in the week, I know I’m poorly when it’s just food!  I have a feeling today won’t be much different, might go with ready meals from freezer to use them up, yeah that’s a plan, not thinking today if I can help it. 

I’ve just looked out the window and there’s the most beautiful crescent moon, the universe truly is spectacular, it’s very clever too, I know it’s given me this virus to tell me I need to slow down because when you overdo everything, your body gets sick and you can’t keep going.  I’m listening, I’m doing the bare minimum until I’m well.  The housework can wait until I’m recovered, cooking will be simple and I’ll work my way through my wardrobe to save washing.

Oh I could eat this morning though, so that’s a good sign as I wasn’t fussed yesterday, I know there’s sausages in the fridge, I’ll cook them.  I’m gonna go cos I have nothing to say really, other than stay on track or as on track as you can because those members not giving up, even though they’re going out, having a bit of what they fancy, they are still pulling off weight losses.  You don’t have to be perfect to get results.

Take care of you BeYOUtiful. xx

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

All souped up!

13th December 2017
Hold on to whatever keeps you warm inside.
I don’t think that quote means my red wine does it?  Anyhow at the moment the thing I’m holding onto is Night Nurse, it’s got me through the last two nights making sure I slept really well and that’s the main thing.

My meetings may have been light on numbers yesterday thanks to the snow but it wasn’t low of laughter and weight loss, handed out a few certificates, celebrated with quite a few who’d had nights out and Christmas parties and still managed to lose weight, awesome. 

I spent my afternoon in the kitchen because we’re having the hall, stairs and landing decorated so I wanted to be out of the way.  I decided to finally have a go at the curry lentil soup, I didn’t want to go and buy loads of ingredients so opened the fridge to find 3 peppers (1 red, 1 yellow, 1 orange), I diced them and 4 onions, fried the onions in a tablespoon of oil (4sp), I added a few crushed cloves of garlic too, then added 7sp of Pataks balti paste (about 85g) added red lentils (what was left in the packet which I think was about 150g), then I added some brown lentils, sorry I didn’t weigh them but about 80g or so I’d guess.  Next I poured on some boiling water with 3 vegetable stock cubes and simmered it until it was cooked, then I used my hand blender and whizzed it and I have to say it was lush.  I know it used 11sp to make but there’s a big pan full.

Next I decided to make Yellow split pea dhal using the recipe on the packet.  I had most of the ingredients and I decided to double up the recipe and take for my members to try.  The recipe for that was

Yellow Pea Dal 
Serves 2

225g Natco yellow split peas
3 tbsp Natco butter ghee (I used 1 tbsp veg oil 4sp)
1 tsp Natco cumin seeds
1 small onion, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped (I didn’t have fresh so used tinned)
1 tsp salt
700ml water
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/4 tsp Natco turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Natco chilli powder

Method Heat the ghee in a saucepan, add the cumin seeds and fry for 1 min.  Add the onion and fry until lightly browned. Stir in the garlic, turmeric, chilli, tomato and salt and cook for 2 mins. Add the water and split peas, bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 20 mins, until the split peas are tender. Garnish with fresh coriander and serve with Natco Basmati rice.
Whilst this was cooking I made another batch of lentil soup but didn’t have any peppers or red lentils so this time I used

Green lentils
7 onions (diced)
1 tbsp oil
2 carrots (diced)
10sp of balti paste
Hot water
The other half tin of tomatoes

Fried onions in oil, added carrots, then tomatoes and paste, topped up with water and simmered.

When both had cooked, I wasn’t overly impressed by either to be honest (the first one was far superior), I personally could taste the tomato over everything, I’m just not a fan of that flavour being the predominant taste.  I decided to mix the two pans together and whizz them all up and made a huge amount of yellow split pea and lentil curry soup and I have to say it went down very well in my meetings.  They didn’t get to taste the first one as I’ve kept it for myself, I plan to drink it throughout today to try and ward off this proper good dose of lurgy I have, I don’t feel poorly in myself, it’s just attacking me good and taking my voice now, tonight’s meetings will be fun!  It won’t be the first time I’ve managed to get through a meeting with barely any voice.

I need to use up my eggs now, got over a dozen with use by 18th on them, I can’t believe I haven’t had eggs since last week sometime.  That’s so not like me!  Omelette for breakfast I think, could make some scotch eggs like I’ve been seeing on Facebook, or egg fried rice, it won’t be hard to use them up will it.  I’m saving some pennies not shopping that’s for sure.  I’m going to do my next main food shop a week today, until then we’ll live on what we have.  I love the idea of empty food cupboards ready for Christmas week, then buying just enough for the week, then ready for a healthy start to the new year with good healthy food.

Oh I have some leftover mash too, what to do with that today…

I could use a tin of stewed steak and top it with mash or potato cakes, I’ll think of something, but for now I need to get a wriggle on the painter man will be here in 20 minutes, I need to get the living room tidied as he’s gonna be doing in there too, once the clutters cleared he can do where he wants when he wants.  My kitchen needs painting again because cracks have appeared in the paint but I’m going to leave that till end January and then hopefully all the cracks that will appear will have done their thing by then. 

Right here’s to an awesome day, hoping for lots of rain to wash this snow away!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Don't forget what causes your pain

12th December 2017
Whatever you do never go back to what’s causing you pain.
If you think about that quote, it’s relevant from a Weight Watcher point of view too, so many members join because being overweight is causing them physical or emotional pain and yet at this time of the year when all that temptation is about, we start to forget.  Let’s not forget completely.

I have a lovely head cold, one of those that gets worse as it heads towards evening, comes with a free sinus headache, you know the kind, to make it worse, if the rooms are warm the headache hurts even more and my sinuses get even more blocked, so I turned the heating off because I was hot too, then released mom wasn’t warm at all!  DOH!

Oh a positive, I give the kitchen and bathroom a good clean yesterday and watched another two Christmas movies!  Oh and I had my hot bath to try and clear my nose – it failed.  Today’s Self-Care challenge is to “Tuesday 12th – Colour or craft in some way.”  That’s easy as I’m crocheting since learning last Wednesday, I’m just doing a simple granny square pattern but instead of lots of squares, I’m going round and round and making one big one because I don’t really want to think about it, I just want to do it and I’m learning so I want to improve not overthink.  It’ll be my wonky winter warming TV banket when it’s finished.

Well I’m looking out the winter and thinking yak, it’ll take a while for the car to defrost this morning, I’d say it’s pretty cold out there this morning, I’m so thankful for a short journey.  I don’t expect many but those that do turn out can have a hot cuppa.

I’ve not got much of an appetite (I know I must be ill!) but I did enjoy Brain’s faggots, mash, sprouts and peas yesterday. I’m definitely not going shopping until all the frozen stuff has been used up, then I can fill it with food for my Christmas break so I don’t have to venture out.  Might need to buy niceness and I don’t mean naughtiness, I mean really good healthy, tasty food to tempt my tastebuds.  Yeah I’m not 100% cos that’s not even getting me interested, all I want right now is another bottle of Night Nurse from the chemist!

Comfort food, that’s what it’s all about in this weather for sure, I need soup today I think, there’s a couple of tins in the cupboard, I know I should make my own zero stuff but I just don’t have the ingredients or the energy, although curried lentil I may have the stuff for.  I was about to look for a recipe but when I get back from meeting, I’m just gonna throw some onions, lentils and curry paste in a frying pan and see what happens because I’m not going to buy more food to make food when the freezer and cupboards are full.

If I realised on thing (AGAIN) yesterday it was that I need to turn my phone off, not just to silent because I can still bloomin see the messages coming through when it’s turned on, I’m definitely going to do that over Christmas, I want some time out – completely out not just at home.

Anyway I’m waffling because I’m putting off getting ready for work, here’s to staying safe and taking care BeYOUtiful. Xx