Saturday, 30 November 2013

Very Bad Blogger

Once again I have to start with an apology - no blog since Monday, and it's Saturday, so very slack, and I am sorry!

I always struggle on earlies, and this week has been both a bit crap and a bit busy, and the combination hasn't really worked in my favour.

I'll whizz through the week to get you up to date, and hopefully that won't take me too long as it's 10pm and I've esconced in a hotel room so I could wake up with the ever delicious Hague on his birthday in the morning.

My food is rather samey at work on earlies, as I'm sure you all know by now, so I'll skip through most of the week, just picking out some highlights.

So....Tuesday. An early start at work, and weigh in day. Can't really call anything that happened a highlight as somehow I gained 2½lbs despite an on plan week. I know it's happened before, several times before in fact, it doesn't make it any easier for me to handle though, and as such I was totally narked off about it. Hague had dinner waiting though.


An early night for the grumpy me after that. 

Highlight of Wednesday was my food, and the fact that I think I inadvertently had a Success Express day with this bunch of meals and my rice pudding with a ton of fruit breakfast.





The salad was the rather delicious mix of a peppery salad bag, goats cheese and figs. I'll admit to my version of a tweak here, soft goats cheese is only a HeB on a green day, only hard goats cheese is a HeA, but in an act of outright rebellion I classed my 60g of soft goats cheese as a HeA and a HeB. I also got some rather spiffing new jammies.


Thursday was a 12 hour shift, and as such, not a great day. Breakfast at work was muesli as my rice pudding was gone :o(  I also seem to have lost the photos of my food .... bit of a worry that. I was on plan though, as always and lunch at work was the Asda tinned vegetable chilli with rice, so syn free. Dinner was this delicious plate full.


 After a 12 hour shift, it was an early night for me. Onto Friday then, which was non bloody stop! Work was normal, with the same old noms, when I was done we had to head into town for an appointment with Lloyds to try and transfer back from TSB - as our branch of the all new "local" bank is in poxy Norwich, 25 miles away - not exactly local. They annoyingly couldn't do it though and so we consoled our annoyance with a wander around the Christmas market.



Although I am refusing to acknowledge Christmassyness until it's actually December....although I will continue to indulge in my habit of the white stuff.


In fact I had two. By then it was getting on time wise and I had to drop Hague off at Boxing and then Boo off at my Mum's before getting myself fed and to bed and so I picked up the laziest of dinners, microwave rice mixed with baked beans, Quorn peppered steaks and tomatoes. Eclectic indeed, but it did the job before I had another early night due to my stupid week of earlies lasting six days.

At least I was only at work for just over 3 hours, and so only had time at work for a snack.


The Graze box was dried cranberries, figs and apple, and 5 syns worth, along with my HiFi bar and a persimmon. I was home just before 10 and so headed  back to bed, I had planned on just a couple of hours, but didn't wake up until 1 o'clock. Then I had to get fed, get presents wrapped, get myself bathed and then get us out of the house ready to head Ooop North. Once again a very quick meal, rice, smart price curry and added veggies.





We eventually reached our northern destination just after 8pm, got checked in and then headed to Asda for some on plan munchies. A salad box with Quorn chicken fillets and the Asda beetroot salad followed by a Chobani yogurt, Alpen light and some cheese. A bit later I followed it up with some mango and I'm about to dig into a persimmon before relaxing for the evening... which I think, brings me bang up to date. At last!

Food Diary (Saturday)

Free Food
persimmon
boiled rice
cherry tomatoes
mushrooms
spinach
salad box
Asda beetroot salad
Quorn fillet slices
mango 

Healthy Extras
A - (both) - 30g Cheddar cheese
B - HiFi bar
B - (split) Alpen Light & 15g Cheddar

Syns
Graze box                                        5
milk in tea (2)                                   1
Asda Smart Price veggie curry          1
5g Cheddar                                      1
Chobani blueberry yogurt                 1½

Total syns                                         9½

Tomorrow will also be busy, even though I haven't quite worked out what I'll be doing. I know I'm dropping Hague off in the morning, and then I've found myself somewhere for a run - I even brought my running gear especially - but after that, South Yorkshire is my oyster, I might even be meeting up with a Purple Bus passenger and fellow Slimming Worlder if time allows. I shall endeavour to blog when I finally arrive home (after whatever the day may bring, plus driving home, picking up Boo and then getting my feet up), but I can't promise....what a very bad blogger I am! O.o

xx

Monday, 25 November 2013

Good Meals, Bad Coffee

Monday of earlies, how I hate thee. I hate thee even more when you are a 12 hour shift. I worry about my own sanity when I get to work and I'm NOT on a 12 hour shift, as I had managed to copy out my roster wrong. I like news like that at 6am that's for sure. When I got into work it was to the news that I would be training once more as well. This time it seems like my training will actually be completed as they have got cover for me and everything! Wow!

So brain had to engage today, as I made lots of notes on how to get a filler ready to fill up bottles of squash at the start of the week. I wasn't massively hungry at work, and so only ate on two of my breaks.



The red bowl had an apple and a persimmon in, but I only ate the apple. Mainly as I ran out of break time attempting to get a coffee without random floaty bits in it out of the machine. I'm guessing the claggy little lumps are dried milk, but they look supremely unappetising in my coffee and so I was getting about 4 cups out of the machine in the hope one will be okay. The hope was futile, hence the Pepsi Max during my breakfast break! Mixed in with my first breakfast serving of rice pudding this week are some black forest fruits and cranberries. Lovely and filling - so filling it kept me going for the rest of the shift.

When I was finally free I had a quick visit to the shop in search of more apple and cinnamon  teabags, but alas, there were none, and so I bought about 4 other flavours to try out instead. When I got home I was hungry, and I had planned to have my leftover roast dinner which I'd taken into work for my non-existent 12 on top of a can of beans, but when I opened the cupboard I was inspired by the other tins lurking in there and so had this random, but rather delicious creation.


Macaroni cheese topped with a roast dinner. It was awesome hehe! I followed it up with my earlier persimmon and the other half of my HeB.


Somehow just a few hours later, I was hungry again and I got my thinking hat on once more. I wanted burgers, but not chips, and my macaroni cheese had not sated my cheesey cravings...


I've got Quorn turk'y burgers in those rolls, and that lake of cheese is a sauce made of my HeA of 6 Laughing Cow extra light triangles blitzed with some hot water! Hiding under there is some butternut squash and spinach. It made an insane amount of sauce, and I think I've found a rather fabulous base for a pasta bake or a lasagne topping! As I had another HeA left I topped the cheese sauce with more cheese :o) Dessert was just a Danio yogurt (3 for £1 at Tesco at the mo!)


I'm now sitting here feeling rather stuffed, and worrying about weigh in tomorrow. I guess a nice soak is in order before I ponder on it all too much eh?

Food Diary

Free Food
apple
black forest fruits
cranberries
potatoes
Quorn roast
broccoli
carrots
asparagus
persimmon
Quorn turk'y burgers
butternut squash
spinach
tomatoes

Healthy Extras
A - 6 Laughing Cow extra light triangles
A - 40g reduced fat Cheddar
B - 2 Alpen lights
B - 60g wholemeal bread

Syns
Macaroni cheese (Asda smartprice)                 3
rice pudding                                                  2½
tbsp Hellmanns extra light mayo                      1
20g wholemeal bread                                     2
Danio raspberry yogurt                                  2½

Total syns                                                    11

So there we have Monday, a day of some rather eclectic meals, even for me. I wish I knew why I was so worried about weigh in tomorrow, but even after nearly 18 months I still feel nervous before stepping on those scales. I think I get more nervous when I'm close to an award, and a loss of 1½lbs will get me that next award, but right now, I'm feeling more like I'll have a gain. Perhaps it's just the combination of a lot of hungry days and knowing that earlies are always a bit dodgy for me. We shall see. Wish me luck!

Oh, and a jar of coffee is safely stashed in my work bag for the morning, some things are essential when you start work at stupid o'clock, and I shall not be at the mercy of the damn coffee machine any more!



Sunday, 24 November 2013

The Weekend Monologues

I guess I really should get you all up to date on the weekend as it's closing in on the end of the weekend, and with it the end of my week off *sad face* We've been pretty busy little bees this weekend though, with much walking and much doing of things getting done :o)

We were up and out of the house by 11am on Friday, a rarity indeed, and as we hadn't left ourselves much time, breakfast was very quick.


We then meandered our way down to the Time and Tide museum, employers of Hague, to attend a talk on Angels, Memorials and Eternity - all about how graves and tombs have been decorated and people remembered throughout the years. I found it fascinating, including the little titbit of information about our local Sainsburys. I'd always wondered why it was built with the car park closer to town that the actual shop, and now I know....the car park is built on the top of what was the plague victim burial area of our local cemetery, and such, not suitable for the actual shop! I left there more informed, and with a need to visit Kensal Green and Highgate cemeteries to see some of the amazing memorials there. I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear that we then had a wander into town...I picked myself up a top for the grand total of £2 in a proper charity shop....one that has no pretensions of being a proper shop, just piles of stuff everywhere. It was fab :) We discovered 4 more charity shops on our wanders, we do seem to have quite a scary amount in Yarmouth, not that I'm complaining, it's certainly a much cheaper way of clothing my much slimmer self! We then headed up to Sports Direct for Hague to get more shorts for his bashingness and then stopped off for a quick cuppa as we'd now been out of the house for 5 hours!


This was an example of extreme willpower. At the moment Mcdonalds are selling two of my very favourite things - mozzarella dippers and potato wedges. 18 months ago, I would have had a portions of wedges, a couple of meatless cheeseburgers and a couple of portions of the dippers. I'd have probably accompanied them with a milkshake and a McFlurry. On Friday, I just had my tea :o) How things have changed eh? After exercising my willpower muscles we headed home, it was freezing and so we route marched our way back and pretty much as soon as we got in we sorted ourselves out some lunch.


Just rice and veggies stir fried, with a couple of tablespoons of the Asda sweet chilli sauce. Hague then departed to grapple with people and I got hungry again, so had a second lunch - yes, I am part Hobbit.


The last of the Italian Bean Stew with some crunchy curls, and that managed to placate the hunger monster for a while.

I then picked up Hague and off we went in search of shopping. As my visit to Tesco had been so fruitful a few days ago, we headed there first and picked up a few more bargains before heading to Asda and Aldi. Our Tesco now has self scanning, which means you can literally be in and out in 5 minutes. It's fabulous! Hopefully Asda will start doing it soon. After shopping, we had a lovely full fridge of many things and so dinner was rather large.



Low fat Quorn sausages, in wholemeal baps with cheesey onion topped chips, roasted tomatoes and a fruity dessert. The evening whiled itself away as I enjoyed TOK's awesome night out through texts until we retired to bed, rather early, as I was rather weary!

Food Diary (Friday)

Free Food
figs
rice
courgette
peppers
spring onions
mushrooms
garlic
ginger
Italian bean stew
Quorn low fat sausages
onions
tomatoes
potatoes
persimmon
pineapple
Activai 0% yogurt

Healthy Extras
A - 25ml semi-skimmed milk
A - 40g reduced fat Cheddar
B - 2 Alpen lights
B - 60g wholemeal bread

Syns
Danio raspberry yogurt                            2½
2 tbsp Asda sweet chilli sauce                  1
Crunchy Curls                                         3½
20g wholemeal bread                              2
tbsp mustard                                           1
tbsp ketchup                                           1

Total syns                                                11

Saturday was another early(ish) start, for us anyway, as Hague wanted to go and bash people at 1 o'clock so he was up, breakfasted and out by 12.30. I was a bit more leisurely and got myself a cooked brekkie before following him out of the door at about 1.


Scrambled eggs, mushrooms, onions and princess spaghetti on toast, perfect fuel for a chilly walk into town. Although it was warm enough for me to leave my awesome hat behind. I wandered into town, picking up my not such a bargain charity shop skirt from it's repair (a new zip), and having a general mosey around, picking up yet another pressie for Hague's birthday and another charity shop bargain, a top for £1.50, which is rather fabulous as it covers my arms but shows off the tattoo on my back. Marvellous! I got myself home just in time for Hague to get back, and rather than sit my bum down I got my running gear on so I could get myself out as soon as he was back.

So with Hague safely back, out I headed. The weather seemed pretty perfect for a run, cool, but not freezing and dry. The dry bit didn't last long and about half way into my run it started to rain. Yuck. My first rainy run and I can't say it was the most enjoyable experience. I took a slightly shorter way home, and was rather annoyed with myself at only covering 4.7km. That extra wee bit would have easily put me over 5K. Ah well. I got home, looking like a drowned rat, and feeling utterly freezing and so put myself together a plate of noms and dived into a hot bath.


JadeyPuss there, dribbling over my noms of a Danio, pineapple, persimmon, figs and grapes. After my lovely soak, hijacked of course, we decided to head out to have a look for some syn free lager. It does apparently exist, but as we wandered around Tesco we got distracted by the reduced stuff and never even looked for it. We got back indoors just in time for the Froch v Groves fight card, and so paused it whilst we got some food sorted.


Good old cheesey pasta, with lots and lots of veggies. Nommed whilst watching much boxing. Of course, watching telly makes you incredibly hungry and so it wasn't too much longer before I need more food!



Cheesey chips with mayo, followed up with some black forest fruits topped with some Asda smart price custard, 14½ syns for the tin, so I'm calling that 3½ for the quarter of a tin portion that I had there (96g). It was delicious, so thanks must go to TOK for inspiring me with all her custardy desserts recently!I even managed to have the sampler of whisky my friend Shane gave to me weeks ago, just 20ml of a whisky I can't pronounce, so I'm calling it 2 syns. It certainly warmed me up!


 I'm sure I don't need to regale you with all the drama of the Froch v Groves fight, safe to say it was a fabulous fight, with a shocking ending, but I'm sure there'll be a rematch now! So with the boxing finally over at nearly 1am, I stuffed yet more food down my gob before heading up to bed.


Food Diary (Saturday)

Free Food
mushrooms
onions
princess spaghetti
persimmon
grapes
pineapple
figs
pasta
peppers
sweet potato
courgette
onion
asparagus
potatoes
black forest fruits

Healthy Extras
A - (both) - 60g LowLow
B - 40g reduced fat Cheddar
B - 2 slices wholemeal bread (400g loaf)

Syns
blueberry Danio                                   3
2 tbsp Hellmans extra light mayo          1
96g (¼ tin) smart price custard            3½
Alpen Light                                         3
milk in tea (3)                                      1½
20ml whisky                                        2

Total syns                                           14

The theme of today is lazy and grumpy. I kept waking up during the night as my pillows were uncomfortable, and so when we finally got up my neck was aching and I had the grumps. Add to that the fact that today is the last day of my week off and I have a 12 hour early shift looming tomorrow I'm sure you can forgive me for feeling less than marvellous! I woke up not feeling massively hungry and rather lazy, so went with the easy option of fruit and yogurt for breakfast, with some Alpen Lights on the side.


A brief flurry of activity ensued, with us having a bit of a tidy, and with just a day to spare I got my driving licence renewed, note to everyone with a photocard license - those buggers are only valid for 10 years! So with my most pressing job complete, I got a huge batch of rice pudding in the slow cooker and plonked myself on the sofa.


Got to love a good batch bake eh? That's three of next week's breakfasts sorted anyway!

 After being all productive and then watching the truly abysmal, but camply wonderful Absolute Zero I got some dinner on and figured that the grumps might be dismissed by a lovely roast dinner. How nice does this look??


I sort of managed to create a blue cheese sauce of of some stock and 4 of the blue cheese triangles, although it ended up rather lumpy, but it tasted delicious on top of my veggies. Dessert was a bit delayed, as dinner had filled me up rather nicely.


A rather healthy portion of rice pudding, with some black forest fruits and topped with a tbsp of agave nectar. Gorgeous, and just 4 syns.

With a very early start looming, my evening shall be spent with a nice long soak, a snack of of a milky hot chocolate, fruit, buttons and Xmas pud HiFi bar and then bed. Roll on December 20th and the end of work until 2014!



Food Diary (Sunday)

Free Food
persimmon
banana
plums
cranberries
blueberries
Activia 0% lemon and lime yogurt
Quorn roast
potatoes
carrots
broccoli
cauliflower
asparagus
pudding rice
black forest fruits
grapes
figs

Healthy Extras
A - 250ml semi-skimmed milk
A - 4 blue cheese light Laughing Cow triangles
B - 2 Alpen lights
B - Xmas pud HiFi bar

Syns
Rice pudding (syn value for the almond breeze milk)                  2½
tbsp agave nectar                                                                     1½
Aldi light hot chocolate                                                             2
treat bag of chocolate buttons                                                   4

Total syns                                                                                10

And so another weekend bites the dust. Plenty of walking under my belt, but not quite enough of the running and swimming flavour exercise for my liking. Next week is already shaping up to be hectic, my feet may not touch the ground until some time around Wednesday at this rate. I hope you've all had a lovely weekend anyway, and hopefully I'll get a chance to get a blog up tomorrow, although with a 12, and what will undoubtedly be a mood from hell, we shall see!

Oh, and just because she is always stuck to me, and her cute little sticky out tongued face makes me chuckle, have a piccy of my super cuddly cat...JadeyPuss :o)



x

Friday, 22 November 2013

A Few Good Days

It's Hague's fault that I didn't blog yesterday, I was just about to open up the laptop and get started when he asked if I wanted to head upstairs and watch something in bed...who am I to refuse cosiness? Yesterday wasn't hugely exciting anyway, mainly as it was quite short as I didn't get my lazy self out of bed until nearly 1pm. I do love that about my week's off. Just sleeping until I wake up, such a simple pleasure.

Hague was doing dinner covers at work, so he wasn't in when I woke up, so I decided to do a minimal effort breakfast whilst I caught up on some more Masterchef: The Professionals. Magic pancakes are a faff, putting the mix into muffin cases and then into the oven is much less of a faff, and so that's what I had.


 I did bake some blueberries into the muffins, so there are 1½ syns in there for the 50g of cooked blueberries, but apart from that - syn free, and very delicious :) They certainly filled me up nicely for my not very busy day. By the time I'd eaten, it was getting close to Hague's finishing time and so I walked up to the museum to meet him and then we had a very quick wander into town, and pretty much wandered back again as it was rather chilly. Hague quickly got some food inside him and then I walked him up to his latest Martial Arts class, yesterday's was BJJ/Grappling and whilst I left him to do that I popped into Matalan to return some jeans that were too small for him and then got myself home sharpish. Steps for the day done and dusted. Before going to pick him up I got myself some lunch on the go. I was inspired by one of our lovely Purple Bus passengers, Aakeela, to give the Italian Bean Stew for the All In One cookbook a go and so I got it all ready, meaning it only had to be heated up once Hague was safely back in the house.


 Easy and filling, what more do you want from a recipe? It made plenty too, and so I had leftovers for another day, never a bad thing. Dessert followed swiftly afterwards...


 We then decided to have ourselves a nice long soak, watching all of Pyscho II whilst we were in there, and by the time we were out we were both hungry and so despite it being rather late, dinner was rustled up and served.


Two of the mini M&S sub rolls, with Quorn sausages, mushrooms, onion and chips. Lush! For some reason I really fancied thousand island dressing on my chips and luckily we had some of the Kraft lighter one in the cupboard. By the time dinner had gone down it was very much time to sleep, so with a hot chocolate made with the last of my milk I headed up to bed.

Food Diary (Wednesday)

Free Food
blueberries
eggs
Activia 0% lemon and lime yogurt
cannellini beans
chopped tomatoes
tomato puree
celery
onion
carrot
pasta
mango
potatoes
mushrooms
onion

Healthy Extras
A - 250ml semi-skimmed milk
A - 3 Asda lighter cheese slices
B - 35g porridge oats
B - 2 M&S mini wholemeal subs

Syns
50g cooked blueberries                       1½
coconut creamy Activia                       2½
2 Quorn sausages                                2
tbsp American mustard                        1
tbsp ketchup                                       1
tbsp Kraft lighter dressing                    ½
Galaxy hot chocolate                          2

Total syns                                           10½

Onto today then, or technically yesterday I guess as it's slipped past midnight whilst I've been typing - Thursday anyway. I managed to wake up a bit earlier, before 10, and got myself up quite promptly for a change. Despite eating quite late last night, breakfast was already on my mind and so I made myself a rather odd, but filling mix. Whilst it was soaking, I got a phone call telling me I hadn't got the job I interviewed for on Tuesday, so much for all that swotting eh? ;o)


I normally use the toasted cous cous instead of cereal, but today I added in my HeB of muesli, along with a banana and a couple of plums, all mixed with some fat free natural yogurt. We then did some sitting before getting ourselves up and out, heading into town once more. We actually had some jobs to do today, picking up a parcel for Hague, hunting down some new Turk'y (I have no idea what the apostrophe is about in them...) Quorn burgers, which are syn free, and seeing about getting ourselves transferred back from TSB, as for all their talk of Local Banking, to me, a branch over 20 miles away in Norwich is not quite local enough for me. I also embarked on my futile search for a cheap coat for the winter. We trawled around all the charity shops, and most were lacking in coats, I did see one in the British Heart Foundation shop, but it was £16 - I can't be alone in thinking that is quite highly priced for a donated, second hand coat? It wasn't a designer coat, just a high street one, and I found myself getting more and more frustrated. I really didn't want to spend lots of money on a coat I will wear for a few months, but can't keep walking around in a thing, short jacket. I put out a hopeful plea on my SW group page and the lovely LeighAnn came to the rescue with an offer of a coat. Thank you so much hun! xx Of course, as soon as a coat had been offered, we wandered into the last charity shop in town and I found myself another coat. This time for £6, slightly better than £16. So now I have a glut of coats. The charity shop one, which is a nicely smart one, but not overly warm. Perfect for now. The one from LeighAnn, which is a lovely padded one, perfect for when it gets a lot colder, and my Mum has said I can keep the ultra smart (and quite long) coat she lent me for my Nan's funeral. Thank goodness for generosity! In the same spirit, I have offered up my current coat, which is now too big for me, a red sz22 Dorothy Perkins coat, to anyone local that can make use of it...email me if you want it, I'm not going to posts it, but I'm happy for anyone local to come and get it :)

Got slightly diverted there....with our many jobs done, some more successfully than others....we headed to our now familiar haunt...


Isn't Hague looking damn fine?? Yet another gingerbread latte down the old gullet and after that, homeward bound. I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear that Turk'y burgers were on the menu.


Hague had picked up the 1 syn duck skewers in Iceland, and so he had those with the spuds and coleslaw, whilst I had this little lot. I enjoyed the burgers, but they had rather a subtle taste, and so it was slightly overpowered by the cheese. I'll definitely have them again though, just as a change, especially as they're syn free.

With Hague playing on the PS3, I managed to catch up with a bit more Masterchef before I took him to yet another evening of boy stuff, kickboxing tonight, and then I decided to pop to Tesco - perhaps my spidey senses were tingling as when I got there a whole pile of fruit and veg was being merrily covered with yellow stickers, a truly wonderful site for those budgeters amongst us, I picked up this little lot, a good couple of carrier bags full of fresh staples for us, how much do you think it set me back?


In the pile there are;

2kg organic potatoes
2 bunches of spring onions
3pk of courgettes
5 red peppers
2 packs of tomatoes
2 bags of carrots
2 packs of figs
4pk of apples
pack of mango chunks and 3 Danio yogurts which are on offer at 3 for £1....

So what was the damage?? Including the yogurts, I spent £2.19. How's that for bargain-a-liscious?? I've never had such a good yellow sticker shop and I was rather proud of myself, should save us some pennies when we go shopping tomorrow anyway eh?

As I have been the laziest of lazy girls this week I planned to go for a run whilst Hague was getting kicked in the face, but as I got indoors the heavens totally opened, it was utterly lobbing it down and so I decided on 30 minutes on the cross trainer instead. What can I say? I'm a wuss! As the display panel of the cross trainer holds my iPad perfectly I watched Masterchef whilst I exercised away. I struggled to keep going for 30 minutes, but I did it - rather pleased about that, and pretty much as soon as I was done it was out once more to pick up Hague!

With us both all sweaty and exercised, I'm sure you'll be unsurprised to hear that it was bath time. I had some snackage today too, although I didn't eat the Alpen Light bar in the end - still working on that eating out of habit, or out of hunger thing.


I'm loving my figs at the moment, especially when they cost 11p :o) After a lovely relaxing bath it was time for yet more food, and as I really couldn't be bothered to mess about too much I decided to rework the stew  from yesterday.


I just microwaved it, then made up some stock and mixed the two together. With a HeB still to have, and a spare cheese slice to have from my lunch, I decided on cheese on toast to accompany my soup. Dessert was fruit (for a change).


The reduced mango chunks (13p), with a persimmon and blueberries, pretty much clearing out the fridge of fruit! I topped it with a lemon creamy Activia and rather gorgeous it was too. It's now closing in on 1am, and as we want to be up and out by 11am tomorrow, I'd best think about calling it a night, after what has seemed to be rather a busy day now I've typed it all out! 

Food Diary (Thursday)

Free Food
toasted couscous
fat free natural yogurt
plums
banana
Quorn turk'y burgers
potatoes
coleslaw mix
courgette
onion
pepper
asparagus
figs
leftover bean stew
mango 
persimmon
blueberries

Healthy Extras
A - 350ml skimmed milk
A - 3 Asda lighter cheese slices
B - 40g Dorset Cereals simply fruity muesli
B - 2 slices wholemeal bread (400g loaf)

Syns
Costa gingerbread latte                                 2½
Nak'd raisins                                                3½
cheese slice                                                  2
tbsp American mustard                                 1
lemon creamy Activia                                    2½

Total syns                                                     11½

Today has been fabulous. In fact I was feeling so thankful and happy as I was typing up this blog that I had actually forgotten my phone call of much rejection before breakfast - some things just aren't important. Much as it would have been nice to try something new, being happy and content in my life is far more meaningful to me than a career I'm afraid :o)

It has just been a genuinely nice day - fitting into many sz16 coats has certainly helped my mood anyway, as has the kindness and generosity of friends. I also wore some jeans that were a tad tight last time I wore them, but are now loose, and they're a sz18, with my tree-trunk legs, my trousers/jeans are always seemingly much bigger than my tops, but here I am, slimming out of sz18 jeans, how can I be unhappy on a day when that happens?