Friday, 17 February 2017

Getting It Write

I am a documenter (not sure if that's even a word), I document everything that happens in my life.

I document the good:
I document the bad:
And I document the downright ugly! :)
But it took me a long time to work out that documenting what I ate would get me a much better weight loss!  As soon as the penny dropped so did the pounds.
I got myself a cheap notebook and wrote down everything, every day and sure enough it worked.
Slimming World then started selling their own journal, a bargain at only £4.95!
It made logging my food and exercise even easier.  It only takes a few moments every day and, if you're really serious about losing weight and getting healthy, I'm guessing that you won't have a problem finding those few moments.
I'm over 7st (100lbs) lighter and I've filled three journals.  Not only do they keep me on track but I also use them as a tool if my weight loss is slowing down.  If I have a few weeks when I'm not happy with the losses I'm getting then I look back through my old journals to see what's changed, to find out what I was doing in the weeks when I was losing lots.
Writing everything down is the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT thing I've done in the last nine months and it's something that I'm not going to stop doing.  In the time it takes the kettle to boil I've managed to fill in my journal.  Therefore, I highly recommend you go and get yourself a brew and make a quick note of what you've eaten today :)

I hope someone finds this helpful.

Thanks for stopping by
Jo xx

Monday, 13 February 2017

Week Six Had A Great Big Turd In It!!!

This week was full of highs and lows, here's how it panned out:

I had an excellent swim on Monday after work and smashed my previous time for 50 lengths :)
I had a look back at how far I've come, from a size 26/28 to a size 12/14!
I had a great night at Zumba with Pocahontas! :)
I had my usual Wednesday night walk but it ended in a run due to the turd in the week - a family member became seriously ill and was rushed to hospital!  Thankfully they are ok now :)
I lost half a pound:
And enjoyed dirty pudding :)
I spent a lot of time with him:
And her :)
I went on a road trip in the snow :)
My favourite ever film is Jaws and just look at this bookmark Paul got for me :)
You can't see it that well in the photo but we had snow at the seaside on Saturday morning!
As I won't be seeing Paul on Valentine's Day we decided to celebrate early :)
This dessert looked and tasted amazing!
I spent a lot of the weekend working on my Moorland CAL, I just love the colours :)
Then it was time to say goodbye to this little girl....
And then hello to this big boy :)
Now another week has started, let's see what it's got to offer.

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by
Jo xx

Friday, 10 February 2017

What's For Dinner?

I don't know about you but during the day I used to start thinking about what I was going to have for dinner that evening.  I'd think about all of the things I could have that were 100% on plan and what ingredients I'd need.  Thoughts of food would soon turn in to some sort of word association game and I'd go from a healthy chicken stir fry and end up at a chicken pie with maybe a suet pastry and thick gravy (my mouth is watering as I type this!!!)

To stop me thinking about food I decided to start planning what I was going to eat in advance.  I now get my planner out along with a few recipe books and my shopping list and set to work.  It only takes about 20 minutes and as well as putting what we're going to eat on the planner I also put what events I'm doing each day.
To keep my shopping costs down if something needs half a carton of passata then I'll look for a recipe that will use the other half later in the week so nothing is wasted.
The planner stays on my fridge and I glance at it in the morning as I head out of the door to make sure I don't need to get anything out of the freezer, then I don't need to think about food for the rest of the day.

I always do my shopping straight after weigh in so that I''m feeling really inspired by things that have been discussed in group, that way I'm not tempted to go off list.

I hope someone finds this useful.

Thanks for stopping by
 Jo xx

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Funny Ladies, Funny Lives

There are two women on the telly box that I have always admired so it was great to sit down and have a read up on them in their own words.

It only took me days to read Clare Balding's My Animals and Other Family and it really did have me laughing out loud.  It tells where her love of animals comes from, how most of the animals in her life were put before her and how hard she worked to become a jockey before she became the sports presenter we know today.  I've been lucky enough to meet Clare and she is a hell of a lot more petite that she appears on TV!  This book was a real page turner.
Another woman I've loved since I was a little girl is Pam Ayres, there's just something about her voice,that gorgeous accent and her fantastic sense of humour.  Pam has led a really interesting life, trying out so many jobs that she just didn't have the "The Necessary Aptitude" for.  This is another book that tells of the hard work and determination it takes to make dreams come true.  I went to see Pam's show at the theatre a couple of years ago and she's still just as funny as she was when I first saw her in the 70's!
If it's chilly outside and you fancy curling up indoors with a book this weekend then I really can recommend either or both of these.

Thanks for stopping by
Jo xx

Monday, 6 February 2017

Week Five, The Social One

Week five was another good one, here are the highlights:

I had the day off work on Monday so I was up and out early walking with a naked face!
Then I popped in to see this cheeky monkey :)
Before heading to the pool for a quick 50 lengths :)
I dusted off my soup making for a delicious lunch!
Then spent the evening at bingo with the girls where Sarah showed us all up by calling a lulu! :)
Tuesday night was zumba night with Jo :)
On Wednesday I went for lunch with my old boss and good friend Lauren, it was lovely to catch up with her :)
Wednesday night was walking night and I managed 5 miles!
I had a small gain at slimming but I wasn't too disappointed after all the naughty things I'd eaten at Paul's at the weekend :)
And I still enjoyed dirty pudding :)
Saturday was crop day and I spent so long chatting to everyone that I didn't end up getting that much done!
It was the crop's birthday so we all had a delicious lunch together :)
On Sunday I was up early and out walking the golf course :)
Before spending the rest of the day working on my Project Life album :)
And then it was time to settle down on the sofa with my crochet and my boy and watch Call The Midwife :)
Now it's Monday again and time to make another great week.

Thanks for stopping by
Jo xx

Friday, 3 February 2017

Super Speed....y

I know just how hard it is to find an eating plan that fits in with a hectic life.  I work full time and I do some form of exercise every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday then on Thursday evenings I'm at my Slimming World group.  Add to that a daughter who's a fussy eater and it's almost like I'm fighting a losing battle and thoughts of shoving a pizza in the oven seem an easier option.

I never go for the easy option though so I've found meals that are quick, simple and tasty.  On Tuesday I go to Zumba, as I head out of the door I shove a jacket potato in the oven for fussy daughter and it's almost done when I get home.  When I get home I quickly slice some mushrooms and tomatoes and fry them in a pan, using Fry Light of course!  I add to that some of a frozen stir mix from Tesco that has zero SYNs and all speed food.
I add to that some fish, this week is was Sea Bass.
And 10 minutes later it's on the plate, that really is fast food!  I get to enjoy a meal packed with speed foods while fussy daughter enjoys her jacket potato.
After dinner I like to have a dessert and these soya yoghurts are amazing!  They come in three flavours and range from 1 to 1.5 SYNs, they're thick and creamy and I really feel like I'm having something naughty at the end of my meal.
Even Alfie loves them :)
Nowadays there are so many different, pre prepared foods available that it's really  not hard to make your eating plan work for you.

I hope this helps someone.

Thanks for stopping by
Jo xx

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

So Much In Common!

I have just finished listening to a really great book and I can't believe I had so much in common with the lead character!

Christie Chapman is a single mum, like me, she works in an office, like me, she loves to craft, just like me!  Even her best friend is called Sarah, like me!  Christie dreams of giving up her job in the city to start her craft business, like me!

Something happens in Christie's life that knocks her for six and I'm not sure I'd be able to cope as well as she did.  Does she come through it the other side and get to live her dreams?

You'll just have to read the new book, Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses by Carole Matthews (another crafter), to find out.

If you're a Carole Matthews fan, like me, then I think you'll really enjoy this book and love the characters in it.  There are highs, lows and some laugh out loud moments :)

Thanks for stopping by
Jo xx