Thursday, 28 October 2010
Monday, 25 October 2010
Well the lurgie has returned with a vengeance, thus giving me a gravelly voice and a cough any smoker of around 100 a day would be proud of. Does coughing count towards earning activity points? It's certainly making me ache like I've been doing some sort of sit up all night long! It probably has something to do with lack of sleep and spending Saturday afternoon sat in a draught in a freezing restaurant...
Saturday was Kheira and my adventure to meet up with some family for our auntie's 50th. Mum and Dad are "accidentally" away this week so it was left to us two to go nosey, I er mean enjoy ourselves. The venue of my Auntie's 50th bash was changed at the last minute, so I went from knowing what I was having at the planned Italian meal to facing the challenge of eating in a place where I used to love their burgers and curly fries. Torture is not the word!
Kheira and I glammed up ready for the celebrations only to be faced with the prospect of spending the afternoon freezing in the restaurant with some of our least favourite people. It turned out not too bad to be honest. The food was rubbish which meant that I didn't go over points, and there was plenty of conversation so we stopped noticing how cold we all were!
Most of the people that were there haven't seen me since maybe new year time, so it was a massive shock to them to see me looking so different. My uncle who's a typical blokey bloke even told me I looked stunning which meant a lot to me I can tell you.
Mr B and I had a nice relaxing day on Sunday. It was lovely for it just to be us two rather than us visiting or people visiting us. We walked up into town so I could collect my snazzy new specs and then enjoyed lunch in a gorgeous coffee shop that we have found all tucked away. I will post some pics of my glasses on here but I am paler than a pale thing on a pale day today, even more so than usual. It also doesn't help that my rudolph-esque sore nose is being highlighted by the red top I am wearing!
This weekend has mainly been about damage limitation. What with the meal out on Saturday, and me on a two day health and safety course on Tuesday with an over night stay in a hotel, I won't be able to control as many things as I would like to be able to. I went to the gym on Friday before my shift started and I'm hopefully going straight from work tonight, plus I have racked up activity points with all the walking this weekend, but I'm starting to fret that it might not have been enough for even a STS never mind a loss. I have pointed religiously and nothing has passed my lips that has not been written down, but the slight niggly feeling that arrives on the morning of WI day has arrived two days early! I'm not a fan of this! I know that it's only for this week, and I can get back on track on Wednesday night, and I also know that I have done all I can before hand to try and counteract the daft things like maybe not being able to drink enough water during the course.
I'm sure all will be fine, but I am a born worrier! So I shall be giving myself a mental slap and carrying on with all the good work. I shall now concentrate on worrying about having to spend two full days on this course with work mates that I am less than enthusiastic about...
Thursday, 21 October 2010
The down side to the lurgie is that Mr B has now decided that he has it! I swear I can't be ill without him trying to copy! I had the dreaded swine flu last year, and his boss made him work from home just in case he caught it an spread it at work. He did not. He was at home annoying me. I'm sure he'd have period pains if he could get away with it!
Anyway, that's by the by. As of the dreaded weigh in last night I was down 3.5 lbs! I have no idea how that happened. The only thing I have done differently is upped my running. I have now cracked the four and a half stone mark and am also now into the 13's. This is all great but I am now down a point!!
This week is a bit of an odd one as I am working lates today and Friday, which messes up any sense of normality and routine that I like to have. The old version of me used to sit scoffing crap from the vending machine all night, especially when I had to work nights. But thankfully those days are no more! I have put some severe planning into meals this week to try and hold off any slip ups that might try and tempt me. So last night I made a cottage pie ready for tonight's tea and a recipe that I have adapted from Slimming world called "speedy bangers and beans". Both have been very very filling and have stopped me wanting anything else. The sausages are gorgeous and so so tasty without having to do to much messing around! I also replaced mashed potato on top of the cottage pie for carrot and swede mash with a little flora light in and I have to say I am surprised at how much I enjoyed it. There's even some of each left for dinners/teas for tomorrow or for Mr freezer to hold onto for another day.
I also had my eyes tested this morning as they have been aching a bit and I get a bit paranoid about things like that. I have worn glasses for reading and being on the computer for years now and I'm chuffed to say that they haven't changed too much. That's all well and good but one of the pairs I already have are now stupidly wide for my face!!! I didn't even think that was possible!! So I had to pick some new frames, what a shame!! I adore anything retro/vintage and was hoping to get some in that kind of style but no such luck in Specsavers! I will post pics once I've collected them.
I am here until 11 pm tonight and I'm feeling every minute of it. At least I can use the time to catch up on reading your lovely blogs.
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Please can you go away now, I quite like having my voice thank you very much. I especially like being able to have soup without it hurting to swallow and being able to concentrate on anything apart from earache...
You are making me extremely ratty and bad company today which is making me have a face like thunder, not great for being at work I can tell you!
I am bored of you lurgie, please leave me alone.
Mardy Poorly Lex
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Here is my latest yummy find that I blogged about yesterday. In the words of Harriet and Mr B, NOM!!! Although they are usually speaking about curries or other awesome food stuff...
It says to make it with milk or water, so I tried it with water for the first time ever and was pleasantly surprised.
I'm feeling a bit off it and washed out today, my throat is hurting and so are my ears. Fingers crossed it's not the dreaded lurgie that's spreading like wild fire around here. I'm sure I'll feel better after my soup at lunch time.
I'm planning on keeping to my three gym visits a week that I've managed to get over the past few weeks, as I know next week I will struggle. I went last night and have now increased the amount of time I am running for. I can now do 1 minute 30 without stopping! Getting rather proud of myself.
It's WI day tomorrow, and if I have a loss then I will be losing a point. I've been attempting to save one a day this week just get into the habit a little early, but with all the partying at the weekend it was a little difficult. A short sharp shock might be good for me, you never know!
Lets see what the scales have in store....
Monday, 18 October 2010
Mine kicked off with date night on Friday, which happened to coincide with me being able to get my charms that I owed myself. Hurrah! Mr B and I both hate Meadow Hall at the best of times, well except for the "oasis" which is where all the restaurants etc. are, so I managed to get a coat, 2 cardigans and 2 charms in the record time of 40 minutes! That also includes much dithering on my part as to an "oatmeal" coloured coat being a suitable choice for my clumsy little self, and then too much choice at the charm counter. Result or what?! I went for the coat in the end as I think it looks ok on, plus I discovered it's machine washable for when the inevitable happens....
The charms that I eventually chose are these:
The remainder of date night was spent in "Coal" where I had my favourite, chicken fire sticks. They're chucks of chicken flame grilled on giant skewers, which then arrive in procession to your table with a red hot skillet of veg. They are gorgeous! Once again Mr B got meal envy!
I spent Saturday morning and afternoon having a relaxing time drinking coffee with Mum and Barnsley town centre, well we had to escape the rain! Then I had to transform myself into something resembling gorgeous ready for Mr B's boss's wedding reception. I spent the night dancing away and drinking far too much wine and laughing far too loud! It was fantastic. I tried to take a decent picture of myself but I'm afraid that they all came out a bit blurry! I had on my black 50's prom dress with pink polka dots and suitably ridiculous high heels....
Not sure if I've told everyone about my porridge related discovery. I ventured into Aldi the other night and found some fruity porridge that is gorgeous. If I remember I'll take a picture of the packaging. I think there's apple, cinnamon, raisins and cranberries in it, and 50g made up with water is only 2.5 points. I thought I might miss the milk in the porridge as I have only ever eaten it made with milk, but the cinnamon disguises it well enough for me any way.
Thursday, 14 October 2010
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
This week hasn't been too eventful so far which has been a nice change. I think I'm finally getting settled back into the swing of everything with work and life which can only be a good thing. The only "event" really is that my tiny (4ft 11.5inches to be precise!) Grandma tripped over at home and thought she'd broken her foot! Cue many phone calls from her to my Dad (her son) and a trip to A&E courtesy of my Auntie, plus a ride in a wheel chair that she thought was hilarious! Turns out it's, luckily, soft tissue damage which is a bonus for a woman of 78 years of age. She is now more concerned that she's had to cut her "best" slippers to get her bandaged foot into it, she's ruined a Christmas cake she was in the middle of baking and that she doesn't want to miss bingo with the girls at lunch time today! She was having a medicinal glass of red wine when I called in to see her last night...
Any way, I got to the gym on Monday night and had a run again! I'm getting quite into it to be honest and I never thought I would. Running is just something that never really appealed until recently. I thought I'd be too big to go on a treadmill never mind run, then there'd be the inevitable jiggling of body parts, throw into the mix tons of sweatiness and my total clumsiness/lack of coordination and I thought it could only end in disaster. On the up side I'm now running most times I go to the gym so feeling very proud of this new habit I've developed. Off to the gym from work this afternoon, then hopefully again on Friday before Mr B and I go on a date night adventure!
Speaking of Mr B, there is a reason there are hardly any pics of him on this blog. I love him to bits and find him incredibly attractive, gorgeous and handsome. All except for when he has his picture taken!! I have very few pictures of him looking like a normal human being and not pulling a daft face. Here evidence of what I mean, taken the other Saturday night in the hotel we stayed in:
All lovely and smiley until the photo is taken and then we get scary alien face Mr B! He doesn't look like this so I have no idea what goes on to make it happen!!
On a quick note, how many of you lovely blog readers live in and around Yorkshire? Would be great to meet up with a few of you one day.
Monday, 11 October 2010
I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. Mine was spent with Mr B and I ranging from freezing to boiling in the in-laws caravan in sunny Skegness. There is no in between with that caravan! It was stone cold when we pulled up so we unloaded the car, trying not to sink into the mush that was the site, and whacked the radiator on. When we arrived from getting important food stuffs such as wine and something for tea it was like a furnace! We then had to sit like plonkers with the room windows open. I bet that will keep "nosey Joyce" the next door neighbour guessing for hours!
Anyway, I digress. The weekend was lovely. It's nice to have a change of scenery don't you think :) It stayed dry all weekend so I managed to rack up a good few activity points on both days, which I am very pleased with. So all in all it's been great.
This month is flying by! Got a busy week planned as usual, then we have date night on Friday, we're at a night do on Saturday night for Mr B's boss' wedding and then It'll be next Monday again! AAAARRRRRRGGGGHHHH!
The burning question once more this week is will I get the 10% key ring this week at WI?! I have tracked like a trouper, including my scoop of ice cream on Saturday, so there is no reason why not. Let's just see if my body is playing nice this week!
Thursday, 7 October 2010
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
- Get the oven nice and hot (around 190/200/gas 6). Put the whole fresh tomatoes on a roasting tin along with the whole garlic cloves, spray with a little oil, season with salt and pepper and place in oven for around 20 mins
- Pour the tinned tomatoes around the others in the roasting tin and season with the herbs. Put back in the oven for around 15-20 mins or until the fresh tomatoes are looking nice and darkened.
- Once cooked, transfer these tomatoes into a large pan(keeping garlic to one side) and add the passata. Squeeze the garlic into the tomato mix and blend together, adding mores seasoning in needed and a little stock/water to make it the consistency you like.
Enjoy! I hope that make sense to you all. I'm not the best at things like this but I do try! Here is a pic of my roast veg soup from today, along with a whole meal pitta to keep me going!
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Friday, 1 October 2010
- The trip to Leeds was cancelled
- My so called "holiday days" were far from relaxing
- The hair dressers cut my neck!
- I had a slight "episode" and couldn't stop crying!
Not a great start to the week admittedly! Mum really wasn't well so we had to cancel our girly day out, which was a great shame but it just means we'll have to make it extra special when we finally do get to go. That's what kind of started my mini-meltdown on Monday night if I'm honest, from which I have now calmed down thanks to the awesomeness of my Mr B.
I had Monday to Wednesday off as holiday days, and as I have said, I did not relax one bit! Poor Dad's car stopped dead in Sheffield city centre on Monday evening, so I have been doing as much as I can to help him and Mum over the past few days. They're going away for the weekend too so I have lent them Ariel (my car!), it was either my girly turquoise skoda, or Kheira's fiesta and mine won out with engine size and boot space hahahaha. I'm sure Mum still packs for five even though there's only them two going!!!
Wednesday was a slightly better day! I have finally had my hair cut thank god! It was getting very desperate, and had started doing what all curly haired people will recognise as the "growing out instead of down" routine! All was well until she went to trim my hair with the clippers along my neck line and cut my neck!!! It's still a bit sore but it now just looks like a line of hair dye on my neck!
Now to the good parts! I promise there are some and that this blog is not just a collection of my moaning! Mr B and I spent the day in York on Saturday and caught up with some friends, he then surprised me by telling me he had booked us into a hotel. It turned out to be a gorgeous place near Harrogate. It was an awesome surprise and I sometimes think that I'm not worthy of someone so loving and kind.
Weight Watchers was a great success again this week, I somehow managed to lose 2 whole lbs this last week. I have no idea how, not that I'm complaining mind you! I am really hoping and praying for at least a lb loss this week, that would take me to my 10% since starting to attend meetings. Fingers crossed for me please everyone!
I will try and check in again over the next few days! I really don't like leaving it this long between blogs!