Friday, 26 January 2018

Bang on target

So I reached my target on Wednesday. Just. But that was good enough. I came home and celebrated with Maltesers. A lot of Maltesers. And felt bad afterwards. But not bad enough to stop me eating the rest of the box.

Back on the eating sensibly wagon today. But only because Husband has eaten the last scone.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Hacienda pie

On a grey damp evening it was good to have a warming Mexican-inspired dish for diner.
Hacienda pie from the Slimming World Comfort Food cookbook with added red peppers and mixed veg. I was going to put spinach in too but I forgot. Enjoyed by Younger Son, Nuora, Husband so acceptable as a family meal. Husband did add to chilli oil to it but he does that out of habit with all my 'slimming' meals.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Tasty harissa lamb

Another pound lost meaning I have just half a pound to go to reach target. I must be able to do that this week surely?

harissa lamb with cauliflower riceDinner the other night - harissa lamb with chickpeas. Originally a BBC recipe not specifically a slimming one but I made it using spinach instead of dried apricots. 

The harissa paste is 1 syn per tablespoon so about .25 syns per serving. Everything else is free. I served it with cauliflower and broccoli rice, sprouts and carrots so loads of speed food too.

To make it, chop lamb leg steaks into cubes and coat with harissa paste. Put in casserole dish with a carton of passata, a mug of water and a sprinkling of thyme. Bring to the boil then transfer to the oven, 150, for an hour. Add tin of chickpeas (drained) and cook for another 45 minutes before adding chopped spinach and finishing off for 15 minutes or so, or until lamb is tender.

To make cauliflower and broccoli rice you need a blender. Chop a medium-sized head of cauli and some broccoli until it's in rice-sized pieces. Microwave for 7 minutes. No water needed. You can add some pilau or other spices before you start to cook if you want.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Bad weekend

i.e. lovely food but not good for diet.

We went to Surrey for GrandSon3's birthday party and Elder Son made yummy pizza for dinner on Saturday. That followed by party food on Sunday - also big breakfast in hotel but mostly free food except for hash brown - and nibbling in car on journey home mean I've had a very enjoyable weekend!

The reason for the nibbling in car: we took two of the Swansea grandchildren with us for the party and to keep them happy on the way home I force fed them. 
Peter Rabbit birthday cake
Birthday cake made by Elder Son

Thursday, 11 January 2018

You are gorgeous!

I realise I am promoting the lie that you can't be gorgeous if you're overweight, which of course is nonsense. Gorgeousness doesn't depend on how much you weigh. 

Gorgeousness is internal and shines out of us. It's not a spotlight that is put on us when we reach a certain target weight. It's about how we treat others and how we treat ourselves. We can be our own harshest critics. I know I can. 

And that self-criticism can be a heavy burden that can cloud our gorgeousness - because if the world knew what I'm really like, what I eat when no-one's looking, well, I can feel myself retreating into my tin of biscuits as I write.

I read an interesting article when I was waiting in the optician's recently. It suggested giving your inner critic a name and talking back to her/him when she/he starts on you. It also suggested asking yourself if you would say to a friend the things you say to yourself. Would you say to a friend, for example, 'You're fat and horrible and a waste of space'? Of course you wouldn't. So why say it to yourself?

inner critic cartoon

Gorging not gorgeous

Nearly empty biscuit tinDoes anyone else come back from weigh-in and gorge on the grounds that you've got a whole week to make up for it?

I shall be glad when this tin is empty. The fact that they're 'thins' fools me into eating lots of them.

At weigh-in I'd lost one pound. Still one and a half to go until I reach target. I'm back where I was on December 20th - when my twelve week option ran out. I keep telling myself it's not worth paying for another twelve weeks as I'll be at target soon - but at this rate ...

Also I'm being a bit lax because when I weigh naked (at home) I'm on target and that fact has affected my mind set. 

That and the nearly empty box of biscuits sitting on the desk beside me.

I just checked my BMI and ideal weight according to the NHS website: I am just about perfect! Right in the middle of what is a healthy weight/BMI. That is if I am 5'5". If I'm 5'4" - and I'm never sure what I am - then I'm still fine. 

However if I look at Weight Loss Resources website I am just about in the overweight category. Could it be they have a vested interest in convincing me I'm overweight?

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Take a handful of spinach

When I was still a newbie I asked in Wednesday afternoon's Slimming World group for advice about getting speed into meals. Grace suggested adding spinach to everything.

It works!
spaghetti bolognese with spinach
My left-over spag bol was looking a little pasta heavy until I added the spinach. My bolognese sauce is actually very veg-biased with onions, celery, carrot, courgette and tomatoes.