Monday, 30 September 2013

A Monday of Awesome??

It may have ended up quite awesome, but my Monday on earlies never starts off that way. The alarm went off at 4.25 and I really, really, REALLY didn't want to go in. Alas, that isn't an option and so I got myself into work and my 3 week rotation began once more.

To be honest, today wasn't too bad. I like the guy I'm working with and even though the start up was a minor comedy of errors, with lots of silly things happening, we managed to laugh our way through the issues and so the day didn't go too badly. Plus I had TOK on email which is always a thing made of awesome. Many breaks were had, and food wise, work shaped up like this...


Oh look, a banana and a Benefit bar...that makes a change ;o)



Main breakfast was rice pudding hiding under all those lovely blueberries.



Quite a lot of food, but I do like my snackage on an early shift! I popped to the work shop once I was done as Hague had run out of fizzies and stock pots and then got myself home. In a rather wonderful piece of luck Hague was home having his lunch, so we had a little while together whilst we both had something to eat.

He had a huge pile of pork products, whilst I had the last of the carrot and coriander soup with a cheese toastie, followed up with another of the bargain-tastic, delicious M&S yogurts.



With Hague heading back to work, I decided to head to bed, I wasn't just being lazy, I figured if I had a snooze we could have a bit of an evening together, rather than me heading to bed at 8. So I had myself some sleep and Hague woke me up when he came in and whilst he sorted out dinner I went out for my run. I'm finally into the last week of Couch to 5K, and tonight I did the first run of that last week. I ran for 30 minutes, yes, me, lazy old moog here, ran for 30 minutes and covered just over 2.5miles in that time! I can honestly say that Couch to 5K has done exactly that for me, as it aims to get you running for 30 minutes - and today, I achieved that. I even got a bit teary at the end of the run, I felt so very proud of myself.


That is literally how I felt :o) :o)

Anyway, I drifted down from my exercise high into a lovely plate of comfort food, eclectic maybe as someone had eaten all but one of the LM sausages. The mash contained Laughing Cow triangles and sprouts. Very nice!



After dinner, time was getting away and so it was hot soak time before getting you all up to date before I head to bed and try and get myself down from cloud nine for long enough to go to sleep!

Food Diary

Free Food
banana
nectarine
blueberries
grapes
carrot and coriander soup
M&S rhubarb yogurt
potatoes
brussel sprouts
broccoli
potato
LM sausage
mango

Healthy Extras
A - 40g reduced fat cheddar
A - 6 Laughing Cow extra light triangles
B - 2 Benefit bars
B - 2 slices Hovis seed sensations (400g loaf) NOT AN OFFICIAL HEB!

Syns
2 Activia yogurts                      5
Rice pudding                            2½
Crispy Fries                             3½
Asda meat free burgers (2)       2

Total syns                                 13

Who knew Monday's could feel so good? A 12 hour shift is looming large tomorrow, so both exercise and blog may go out of the window! Right, bed time for me - as a girl can only watch her man do much exercise for so long before it all becomes too much ;o)

Night night xx

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Full of Beans

After not such an early night after yapping away to a drunken friend for an hour or two, I got a decent night's sleep and got myself out of bed at a reasonable time - got to get ready for the dreaded alarm clock tomorrow after all. I had really, really decided on a rest day and the cat's seemed happy with that decision.


Alas, they had to be shifted so I could be fed, they weren't too happy with that though! I made the most of my last day off by having yet another cooked breakfast.


Utterly delicious. I'd picked up the vine tomatoes for the bean thingum I was going to make yesterday so figured it wouldn't hurt to nab some for breakfast. It set me up nicely for my day of sitting on the sofa watching Come Dine With Me covered in cats. Somewhat inspired by the cooking on the television I decided to have the Greek beans for lunch. A teeny bit more faffy than my usual fare, but hey, it's Sunday, it's not like I had much else to do, and it's not really that much effort, just some chopping :o)


It was SO good. Are you allowed to say that about your own food? Totally worth the stroll into town to pick up the fresh herbs, and I'll be doing it again as it was so full of flavour, so as quite a few people have asked me for the recipe today, here goes....

Oven Cooked Greek Style Butter Beans

onion (I used two teeny ones)
celery (two stalks for me)
tomatoes (I roasted off 4 vine tomatoes and threw in a tin of chopped toms too)
tomato puree (big squeeze)
carrots (3 skinny ones)
garlic (about a tsp of lazy garlic)
tin of butterbeans (drained and rinsed)
tsp paprika
½tsp sweetener
veggie stock pot
fresh dill and parsley (about a handful of each)
seasoning

Okay, I chopped up the onion and celery and softened them with some garlic in a large pan. When they were soft I threw in everything else and gave it all a good stir. I then put it into the oven for 40 minutes. Hmmm not really a faff at all is it? 
Once it was cooked I dished up about half for my lunch, topped with a bit more of the dill and parsley, my HeA of Feta and a ½ teaspoon of olive oil, as the original recipe had called for a ton of olive oil to soften all the veggies in, which obviously I couldn't do, but I wanted a hint of that flavour. It really was lovely, totally worth a go. I followed it up with a lovely fresh dessert of pineapple whilst I watched yet more Come Dine With Me.


The lazy fail then struck again. I just needed to do...something...It's really not that long ago at all that I could have happily sat on the sofa all day long, but I headed out for a swim instead. Not the best swim ever, silly me thought that very small children might be at home at 6pm on a school night, but no, the pool was still full of them. Luckily there were some lanes for the adult swimmers and I managed to bag myself one and got half an hours swimming done before heading back home to find out the latest instalment of Hague's train woe. The last 4 times he's been heading home from Barnsley, he's been delayed. Every time it's been the East Coast Trains part of the journey, and today was no exception. The other two train companies that he uses have been very helpful this weekend on Twitter, responding to queries about the delays and generally giving a good customer service show - not East Coast, they've responded to one tweet all day. Nothing since I asked them if they thought 4 delays on 4 journeys was good enough.....It's so frustrating, I have to get up at 4.30am, Hague has work tomorrow and now he won't be home until about 9.30 through not fault of his own. Supposedly you get compensated when your train is delayed for longer than an hour, so far despite 4 claims going in we've had feck all. What fabulous customer service you have East Coast, I hope you're proud.....

Anyway, that all meant that I had a bit more time to kill before Hague got home, and so I set to sorting out dinner before I squeezed in another CDWM.


Simple pasta, with veggies and some reduced fat soft cheese and Stilton stirred through, followed with another dessert, this time another of my rhubarb yogurt discoveries, this one from Activia, and also gorgeous :o)


The cats still aren't wandering very far....

Food Diary

Free Food
tomatoes
eggs
Greek butterbeans (with all the things in that I typed out up there and can't be bothered to type out again)
pineapple
pasta
mushrooms
asparagus
spinach
spring onions
grapes

Healthy Extras
A - 45g Feta
A - 75g reduced fat soft cheese
B - 2 slices of Hovis seed sensations (as I've said previously, I'm not entirely sure this is a HeB)
B - 30g Stilton

Syns
100ml semi-skimmed milk                       2½
2 Quorn sausages                                   2
½ tsp olive oil                                         1
25g reduced fat soft cheese                     2
Activia 0% rhubarb yogurt                      ½
Benefit Bar                                            3

Total syns                                              11

No photo of the Benefit bar as I've only just decided that I need one :o) I shall bid you all a farewell now, as Hague shall be finally arriving home in about 20 minutes, and about 2 minutes after I get in I'll be heading to bed. I've had such a fab week off that I'm really not looking forward to work tomorrow *sigh* I really do need a lottery win, mind you, it's not like I'll laze about all day anymore is it??


Lots of Food and Lazy Failure

Weariness hit before I had a chance to blog yesterday. In fact I was in bed by 10pm, on a Friday! I obviously needed the sleep though as I pretty much dropped straight off :) So what had my day contained that made me so tired?

Eating, that's what my day contained! I literally did not stop eating all day. Thank goodness for free food! 


I started with what should have been a lovely, filling breakfast, under than entire tin of beans and low fat Quorn sausages is an omelette stuffed with vegetables. Plenty to keep me going for ages you'd have thought eh? Nah. Less than two hours later I was peckish again and so had a quick snack.


That would keep me going for a while right? At least until around 3pm when Hague got home.....nope...



I really was having a monster hungry day! Luckily, when Hague came home he wanted to pop to the station to pick up his train tickets and then head to Sports Direct, this meant that I could leave the house and stop eating! Normally we'd drive, but as the sun was shining and I was feeling lazy (can't think why...) we decided to walk instead.


Yep, that does say 5.51 miles :o) I actually really enjoyed the walk, and as we headed through town first we popped into a shop or two, and finally we found the holy grail that I have been searching for for months. Weeks and weeks after the rest of you have become bored with the gimmick that is a Coke bottle with your name on it, I have mine :o) It's taken forever, but I have one. I'm insanely happy!


Oh the joy :o)

The walk then continued, to the station to pick up tickets, then on a bit of a mystery tour as we tried to find our way from the station to the retail park. Pavements disappeared and so we found a more rural route, hence the wobblyness at the end of our epic walk. I even managed to find food there...


I do love a blackberry! Sports Direct was productive with Hague picking up some shin pads for his Kick Boxing and me getting a £5 swimsuit for my new favourite thing. By the time we got home it was nearly 6.30. Of course, that's dinner time isn't it?


Quorn roast, with butternut squash and broccoli and cauliflower cheese with some hidden sprouts. It's been so long since I've had Quorn roast and it really hit the spot! Hopefully it'll soon be back in Asda so I don't have to go to a zillion supermarkets anymore. In the spirit of the Day Of Much Food I followed dinner up with dessert.


As I type this up I really can't believe I ate so much! The evening was quite quiet except for much banging and crashing upstairs as Hague is creating his gym in the spare room and so much manoeuvring of exercise equipment and moving out of furniture was going on whilst I did quite a lot of sitting to let my poor little legs recover from all that walking! I was really tired, but when I realised I still had a HeB to have a craving surfaced for honey on toast.


It was really yummy! After eating that I decided that I'd best head to bed before I started nibbling away at the animals or furniture O.O 

Food Diary (Friday)

Free Food
baked beans
low fat Quorn sausages
mushrooms
peppers
onion
cherry tomatoes
eggs
potato
cottage cheese
mango
blackberries
butternut squash
Quorn roast
broccoli
cauliflower
brussel sprouts
strawberries
fat free yogurt
banana

Healthy Extras
A - 40g reduced fat cheddar
A - 60g LowLow 
B - 2 Benefit bars
B - 2 slices Hovis seed sensations

Syns
coconut Activia yogurt                      2½
meringue nest                                   2½
2 tbsp honey                                    5

Total syns                                         10

I may have been trying to feed the king of all worms today, but I came in under my syns, relying on lots and lots free and superfree food instead! I was tucked up in bed nice and early, and went to sleep quite quickly. 

Hague had to be up at the crack of dawn to catch his train to Barnsley, and so I was up and out just before 7 to drop him off. The station is next to our Asda, but the 24 hour petrol station was shut (again) and so I had to head to Tesco to tank up, and decided to head in there for a mosey and ended up picking up some small bowls, a bottle for my milk allowance, pineapple and rather randomly some butter beans. I was, of course, hungry when I got home and so had the pineapple for breakfast.


 I then put my earplugs in, my eyemask on and blissfully slept for another 4 hours or so. Lovely :o) I got up and sorted myself out some lunch, well it was gone midday!


 I had also stocked up on some different FryLights in Tesco and so had some BBQ flavour on the Quorn fillets and the buttery one on my corn. Not convinced about the buttery one, but the BBQ worked as always. Whilst I was eating I got rather engrossed in My Greek Kitchen and watched several episodes and decided that the oven cooked butterbeans looked rather amazing and thought I'd give it a go. Alas, I was without fresh Dill and Parsley and planned an outing, despite promising Hague that I would rest today, as he's worried I'm doing a bit too much and will burn myself out. Good job I randomly bought those butterbeans though eh?

Besides, how can you stay indoors when the day looks like this?


And a new t-shirt has been delivered that looks like this...


 How awesome? I must stop buying Qwertee t-shirts. Especially as I bought another one today! I wandered into town, enjoying the sunshine, and popped into M&S searching for herbs to no avail, although I did find some reduced yogurts, rhubarb creme brulee yogurts no less, how could I not try those? Especially when they were reduced to 30p and syn free. My meanderings then took me to Sainsburys to finally find the herbs and I also treated us to some forks as we seem to have about a million knives, a similar amount of spoons and about 3 forks. At £1.50 for 4 I might get some more! I then got myself home and decided I needed a snack before starting on my butterbean creation.


 Lazy girl here microwaved the burger so the whole thing was ready in two minutes. I had to dive straight into one of the M&S yogurts too and it was utterly gorgeous. I'm glad I picked up four :o) I then seemed to find myself mired into Homes Under The Hammer, about 3 episodes back to back, and so the butterbean thingum got delayed slightly....and then slightly more as I decided that I really couldn't wait any longer before finishing up Week 8 of my Couch to 5K. Sorry Hague, I did try to rest, honest! Today, I decided to only record the part of the run where I'm actually running (there is a 5 minute walk at the start and finish of the run) to see how far I'm managing to run. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that in the 28 minutes of running I'm covering 2.4 miles. Not too shabby eh? Especially as 8 weeks ago those 60s runs were killing me. Just 3 more runs until I graduate!

Obviously after my run it was bath time, which also means snack time as in one of the first podcasts of Couch to 5K Laura tells you to have a small snack after your run. Something I have happily taken to heart.


I had a lovely soak, and ended up so relaxed that I could have quite happily have curled up and gone to sleep there and then, but had to head back downstairs to feed the animals and chat to Hague before he went to bed. I didn't have the energy or inclination to start on the butterbean creation and so went for some fried rice, although I am yet to get used to using a soy sauce bottle that doesn't have a a small hole and so the rice ended up rather soy coloured!


For some reason the rice went a bit sticky, but it tasted good. There are mushrooms, spring onions and eggs in there too. Quick and simple. I followed it up with another M&S yogurt for dessert, whilst I settled down to get you all up to date and watch some Come Dine With Me, it's just not an evening without Hague without a bit of cooking disaster television perfectly voiced by Dave Lamb as far as I'm concerned. I think bed shall beckon soon though, once I've eaten my spare cheese slices for my HeA :). I'm supposed to be up and at 'em at 4.30am on Monday. So wrong.

Food Diary (Saturday)

Free Food
pineapple
corn on the cob
Quorn fillets
potatoes
spinach
pepper
grapes
gherkins
M&S yogurts
banana
rice
mushrooms
spring onions

Healthy Extras
A - 250ml semi-skimmed milk
A - 3 Asda lighter cheese slices
B - 60g wholemeal roll
B - 2 Benefit bars

Syns
2 tbsp Hellmans extra light mayo                 1
½ tbsp ketchup                                          ½
½ tbsp American mustard                          ½
Nakd raisins                                              3½

Total syns                                                   5½

Definitely not too good at these rest days am I? Strange how these things can change so quickly isn't it? I really will try and rest up tomorrow and do absolutely nothing whatsoever. Not even go to the swimming pool. Not even for a quick swim in the evening. Really.

Maybe.

I really do fail at being lazy now - although I'm sure laziness will return with a vengeance next week with those 4.30am starts. 

Friday, 27 September 2013

Worst Jobs and Worn Out

Is there a worse job in the world than trying to find the cheapest price for your car insurance? 


Millions of companies, tons of price comparison websites, trying to remember what claims you have and when you were caught for speeding....I hate it. As mine is due to run out on Sunday I figured I really had to get my bum in gear and get it sorted. Luckily I only had to go through one price comparison site, and then got the price beaten by my current company. It took some doing by the very nice Lewis on the end of the phone, but at least it's over with for another year and once again my monthly payments have gone down. And all achieved by 10am!

With such a busy morning, I put away many cups of tea whilst deciding what to have for breakfast. In the end I went for yet another cooked brekkie. A week of earlies is looming and they are normally dominated by yogurt and fruit based breakfasts, so I make the most of the opportunity to have a big old plate of eggs and veggie noms.


After I'd eaten I got yesterday's blog up and then generally whiled away my time doing not a lot whilst Hague was all busy tidying, hoovering and sorting out his new gym! The sofa glue had well and truly set in. I moved mainly to get more cups of tea and then to get some lunch.


Some more of the carrot, lentil and coriander soup I'd made the other day, with some controversial bread on the side....As one slice of the new Hovis Seed Sensations 800g loaf is a HeB, I'd picked up the 400g loaf yesterday when we went shopping, it looks lovely, thick slices and full of seeds. However, when I went to check the list of Healthy Extras online, only the 800g single slice was listed. Thwarted....I spoke to Claire and she said she was unsure, but she'd err on the side of caution and not have it. although she knows that some people are choosing to have 2 slices. Me, being me, and being all frugal, I have decided to use what I have and in future go with the 800g loaf if I fancy something different. It really does taste lush!  

By now time was marching on, and for some reason I had decided to give a local exercise class a go, not just any exercise class but a bloody Boot Camp. I'm not entirely sure what came over me, but at about 4 I fortified myself with some snackage and then headed out.


I walked to the Priory Centre (where my SW groups are held) so had already done some exercise and then got talking to some of the other people waiting for the class who all reassured me it wasn't so bad.

They were lying.

It was HARD, very hard. Harder than my jogging and swimming that's for sure! I had to sit out the last few exercises as I just couldn't do anymore, it was one hell of a work out and I'm sure I'll be feeling it tomorrow. I had planned to do a tummy toning class afterwards but I thought that might actually finish me off and so I just got a few bits from Aldi and headed home. On the way I passed Hague who was also heading out for some Body Magic, although he was going to the gym to get kicked in the head, as he's a boy and they're a bit weird like that. 

I was starving by the time I got in and so got myself some roasted veggie pasta on the go whilst watching a bit of Come Dine With Me.


Quite a simple meal, just roasted butternut squash (skin on), red pepper, courgettes and cherry tomatoes. Once they were cooked I stirred them into my pasta with my HeA of reduced fat soft cheese and then topped with my HeB of Stilton, oh and stirred in some spinach. Quite a lot there, but I was rather hungry! Once that was eaten I headed up for a very hot bath as I was already feeling rather achey. I took up a lovely milky hot chocolate and one of my new books to get started on but I was joined by my usual bath hijacker Hague after about 15 minutes and so we both soaked away our aches and pains whilst he told me all about getting kicked in the head, face and legs at his first kick boxing lesson. I think I'll stick to swimming....

I could barely keep my eyes open, but was persuaded to spend a wee bit of time with Hague, and so we watched some South Park whilst I got myself some dessert and blogged.


That's JadeyPuss keeping a close eye on my food there :o)

Food Diary

Free Food
mushrooms
cherry tomatoes
spinach
eggs
low fat Quorn sausages
lentil, carrot and coriander soup
grapes
pasta
butternut squash
courgette
pepper
blueberries

Healthy Extras
A - 250ml semi-skimmed milk
A - 75g reduced fat soft cheese
B - 2 slices Hovis Seed Sensations (400g loaf) Not officially a HeB!
B - 30g Stilton

Syns
2 slices Asda veggie bacon              3
Danio blueberry yogurt                    3
Crispy Fries                                    3½
Aldi light hot chocolate                    2

Total syns                                       11½

I've actually managed to get through today without a nap, no wonder I'm so bloody tired! Hopefully I'll get a decent sleep after spending an hour doing weights, push ups, sit ups and various other varieties of exercisey torture! Whilst the rest of the day has been quiet, it's been rather lovely as it's been spent mostly chatting to other SW peeps, some right at the start of their journey and others a bit further along. All making themselves at home on the Purple Bus though! Feel free to join us :o)



Thursday, 26 September 2013

Swims and Sharks and Sarah

What a madly busy day Wednesday turned out to be. Sort of. As I did manage to squeeze a nap in as well, but it was still very, very busy!

My body clock is continuing with it's ridiculous early starts and I woke up at half past bloody 5. I lay in bed for two hours hoping I'd drift off again, but no such luck and so I got out of bed and had myself some breakfast at the ungodly hour of 7.30.


As I was up so early,  I figured I might as well make the most of my Swimming Pass and it's added bonus of cheap AquaFit classes and so I got myself booked in for the 9am one and headed out for the pool. I only managed a few lengths before the class, but got in 20 afterwards to finish up my latest SpeedoFit challenge of swimming across the Yanghtzee River - yes I have an app for swimming too ;o) Next up, swimming the length of Loch Ness, will I find Nessie? Rather than head home I decided to take a wander into town as it was a truly gorgeous day.


I really am enjoying these lovely sunny days stretching right into the Autumn, although as it's still warm it's not ideal weather to go out running in! Yesterday just contained a nice walk though, and a teensy bit of shopping with some actual books purchased and some Body Shop goodies to dry and keep my over-chlorinated skin hydrated! I also picked up some ENORMOUS jacket spuds and so unsurprisingly lunch was spud shaped.


A tad cheesey too with 2 Laughing Cow extra light triangles, a tin of macaroni cheese a HeA of cheddar on top! I'd mixed in some cherry tomatoes and spring onions with the macaroni cheese whilst I microwaved it too, to add in some superfree and it definitely made a rather nice addition. Obviously after eating that monster I was rather full and rather sleepy and off to bed I went!

Hague woke me up in plenty of time for me to get all glammed up for our evening out, and to have a quick snack.

 As part of his Christmas present last year I'd bought two tickets for us to see Sarah Millican live. For some reason she seems to always play in Great Yarmouth and we've been looking forward to it for 9 months! I decided to get myself dressed up and my pencil skirt outfit made it's outside debut. It may sound a teeny bit vain, but I felt really good, and was pointing out my rather hourglassy silhouette to Hague as we walked to the theatre. Several times....

Sarah was, as always, utterly hilarious, I feared for both my mascara and my bladder several times. There is something so wonderful about having a good old belly laugh to just put you in a fantastic mood and so even the fact that we had to (finally) go and get some shopping after the show didn't bring me down. We spent a small fortune in Asda as we had to literally stock up on everything in the whole universe and by the time we'd been there, and then put all the shopping away it was stupidly late. I still found time for a cuppa whilst dinner cooked though.


You have to have tea in a new mug immediately right? I also seeked approval of my choice of feet up and cuppa from the lady herself and got this in response...


I think they call that the icing on the cake?? Sad I know, but it really made my day :o) After such excitement, there was still room for more as we settled down with our dinners and made the decision to watch the epic film that is Sharknado....



Dinner was Quorn quarterpounder burgers with some salad and roasted peppers, and rather awesome. As you can see from this film still, I think the phrase "awesome" may even be lacking when it comes to describing Sharknado, which does exactly what it says on the tin. Sharks in a tornado. Excellent.

Food Diary

Free Food
eggs
Quorn low fat sausages
tomatoes
potato
cherry tomatoes
spring onions
banana
plums
salad
peppers

Healthy Extras
A - 40g reduced fat Cheddar
A - (split) 2 Laughing Cow extra light triangles and 2 Asda lighter cheese slices
B - (both) 60g wholemeal bread

Syns
2 slices of Hovis wholemeal (400g loaf)             5
macaroni cheese                                               3
Nakd raisins                                                     3½
2 Quorn quarter pounders                                1
tbsp ketchup                                                    1
tbsp Asda American mustard                            1
milk in tea                                                         ½

Total syns                                                        15

Bang on the money with my syns today, which was more good luck than good management ;o) In fact, I thought I'd gone over until I remembered that I finally have the Quorn low fat sausages again after my Sainsburys adventure yesterday. Phew! Wednesday really was a rather brilliant day - here's hoping today is in a similar vein. I like brilliant days, they are made of happy and unicorn manes.


Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Worth Every Penny!

Today was the day of biting the bullet, paying the piper etc etc. Some people can play with Slimming World and still lose weight, with off days, off meals and the like and still get a loss on the scales. I can't, I can't get away with things like that and so I knew that after our fabulous weekend I'd have a gain. It didn't bother me. I'm not going to stress about enjoying myself, it just means I have a squidge more weight to lose overall. Not a problem :o)

Anyway, I'm jumping ahead of myself, as weigh in wasn't until 5.30pm and I woke up at the ridiculous time of 7am. No good reason for that whatsover as we hadn't settled down until past 1am. Now, the sensible thing to do at that point would have been to roll over and go back to sleep, but no, not me. I decided to go out for a Couch to 5K run! The second run of Week 8! Just 4 runs to graduation - my mind is now turning to what I can treat myself too! I completed the run without too much trouble, but my legs were rather sore once I was done, perhaps something to do with completing 65 lengths around 10 hours before....certifiable behaviour!

As always it was bath and snack time after my run, whilst Hague got himself showered and ready for work. 


Plums are definitely my new favourite things :o) After watching many things on my iPad and putting much more hot water in the bath I finally got myself out of the bath at about 9.30 and set to the main business of the day. Doing nothing. Of course I needed breakfast inside me for that.


No superfree I'm afraid, but sometimes only eggs and chips will do, and maybe we are 4 days overdue to go shopping and have no mushrooms....After a few episodes of Come Dine With Me and some chatting to TOK my stupidly early start and much exercise caught up with me and I headed for a nap. Somehow I managed to pretty much stay in bed until it was time for weigh in. Looks like my week off buggering up of my body clock is going to the usual pattern eh?

I headed for weigh in without a Hague once more as he was feeling rather poorly and got the result I expected on the scales, 3½lbs on. I really can't get away with it can I? I wasn't concerned though as I am firmly back on plan now, so it'll come off. Claire was away training today, and so we had the lovely Sophie instead. As is normal when Claire isn't there most people didn't stay - I really don't know why as Sophie is a lovely consultant and it's always good to have different outlooks during Image Therapy. As not many stayed it was a good group, with plenty of time for help and advice. Before I'd headed for my nap I finally got the red lentil, carrot and coriander soup that I won the ingredients for last week into the slow cooker and so that was waiting for me when I got in. It's so tasty! 


I have previously claimed to hate carrot and coriander soup, but Claire had made it as a taster last week and it was gorgeous and so I was rather looking forward to it. It's nice and simple too:

450g carrots
200g red lentils
large onion
tsp ground coriander
veggie stock pot/cube
About 1.2L of water, recipe says 1.1L but I had to add more

I lobbed that lot in the slow cooker, seasoned it and left it. When I got home from group I blitzed it and added the fresh coriander. I still have another 2 healthy portions left for another day too. I'd picked up some wholemeal rolls in Sainsburys during my flying visit (I really am missing Quorn roasts), and was delighted to find they were only 50g, so with some jiggery pokery I've lowered my syns by having them!

Dessert was yet another new and exciting fruit (for me), nectarines, topped with a coconut Activia yogurt.


Our evening has been rather exciting, with my friend Geoff dropping off an AirWalker to add to our ever expanding gym (The Parentals are donating an underused rowing machine) and I caught up with The Great British Bake Off. The hungries then struck once more, rather late, but I put together a little plate of late night noms to enjoy whilst typing this very blog.


Food Diary

Free Food
grapes
plums
eggs
potatoes
red lentils
onion
carrots
nectarines
gherkins

Healthy Extras
A - 250ml semi-skimmed milk (lots of coffee today)
A - 40g reduced fat Cheddar
B - (split) Benefit Bar and 30g wholemeal bread
B - 60g wholemeal bread

Syns
3 Quorn sausages                  3
10g wholemeal bread             1
Activia yogurt                        2½
Crispy Fries                          3½

Total syns                              10

With noms eaten, and Hague already in bed it's time for me to bid you all a lovely goodnight. I've had quite a pleasant evening chatting to a few new people about Slimming World - I really am evangelical about it as I know it works and if I can help anybody on their journey I'm more than happy to - so feel free to email me, or find me through any of the other ways on the contact me tab up there *points*