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29 July 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I just thought I'd drop by and tell you how much I enjoyed my dinner tonight.
It's the first time I've really enjoyed a meal in a few weeks.

So what did I eat?
Lamb stew!

I made it a couple of days ago.
I had some of it as a soup that night.
I boiled it through yesterday while I was boiling eggs and doing stuff.


Lamb steaks
Pearl Barley
Borlotti Beans
Tin of Chopped Tomatoes

Sear the meat in a hot pan, then add chopped onions and garlic.
After a few minutes pour in the tinned tomato - plus water from sluicing round the can.
Bring to a simmer then add the barley, plus additional water, and any herbs and seasonings.
Simmer for an hour, then add in the rinsed beans, and bring back to a simmer.

If possible, leave overnight for all the flavours to infuse.
Reheat and serve with steamed broccoli, and/or steamed cauliflower, or green beans and baby sweet corn

I had mine tonight with some garlic and herb bread.
It was so tasty!
I'll put the remnants in the fridge tonight - the meat can get chopped a bit, and I have some
kale there that would be lovely cooked in with it!
I didn't have the broccoli or cauliflower tonight - time ran away with me and it got too late.
So I have that to look forward to tomorrow night, too.

And, by the way, I had a big mug of the liquid and some bits of veg on the first night of cooking - like a cuppa soup. And I've been looking forward to the whole stew ever since!

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NEW-CAZ 7/30/2014 3:07AM

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MTRACHEL 7/29/2014 11:27PM

    This sounds delicious. Thanks for taking the time to write it out for us!

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JUNEBUG4967 7/29/2014 11:10PM

    Sounds yummy

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NHES220 7/29/2014 8:28PM

    Sounds great, thanks for sharing. Just back from a run and need to see about dinner!

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14 June 2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Fruit and Vegetables

Over the past few days, I've been thinking about menu planning.
I think it's a great idea, and I keep wondering why I don't ever seem to manage to keep it going.
This evening, I think I've had a break-through thought emoticon

Hubby would jump in here and congratulate me for managing a thought!
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However, it can be really quite difficult to menu plan, or even just provide a good meal, when I don't know from one day to the next what food will be there and needing used.

This idea of hubby's that we'll get as much as we can from Tesco in the sell-by's, is all well and good, and we've had some incredible shoppings.
But I don't know from day to day if I'm going to have any cauliflower, or too many.
I don't know whether I'll have any broccoli, or too much.
And then last week, hubby brought in about 6 heads of broccoli, just as he was heading off up to his Mum's for a few days. He didn't take broccoli with him. Then seemed to be blaming me today for having to put a load of broccoli in his soup, cos it was almost getting past using.

Like, I love broccoli. I could even do BroccolisRus for a good bit of time. BUT not if I have too much!
I can*not* eat a whole head of broccoli with my dinner every day - not even *any* day!

I love the stuff, but I enjoy other veg too. And I want to eat as big a variety as I can! So I want a few different veg on my plate.
Even if I'm having cauliflower cheese - I'll cook some onions and chop some tomatoes to have with it!

While hubby was away last week, I got caught up with the cauliflower that was waiting, and I had broccoli every day - but 1/2 head at the most.

Nor do I want to eat, eg kale, spinach and cabbage in 1 meal.
Or broccoli, spinach and cabbage.
Not even Savoy cabbage, sweetheart cabbage and white cabbage.
I want a variety of colours in my day's intake of fruit and veg.
I also want a variety of types of fruit and veg within 1 day.

So I can't put a colour list up for a daily tick the box.
And individual items within the various types makes for an awfully long list.

I keep coming back to a list given to me by a SP friend. It's called GBOMBS.
It doesn't include everything I want - but it does go a good way towards remembering what my body needs every day.

G - Greens - this is particularly the leafy greens (kale, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, also salad greens like the heart of Romaine lettuce). Then you know, there's all the leafy herbs too!
B - Beans and Pulses - dried or tinned - ButterBeans, Broad Beans, Baked Beans, Navy or Haricot Beans, Pinto Beans, Kidney Beans, whatever, and also Lentils (green, red, brown, whatever), Barley, Chickpeas,
O - Onions, the allium (sp) family - onion, leek, shallot, garlic, spring onions, even chives.
M - Mushrooms - the more variety, the better. Just be very careful if you're foraging for yourself, or if you buy foraged wild mushroom.
B - Berries - I'm never entirely sure what this includes, so I've made a definition for myself. A fruit that hangs, either individually or in clusters, from either a soil-hugging plant with creeper stems, or an upright stem, trunk or vine-type of plant. So I include the fruit with "berry" in the name, and also currants, grapes, olives.
S - Seeds, nuts etc - just be careful not to overdo on any of these. The 80g helping for fresh fruit or veg does not apply to seeds and nuts. Be realistic and go back to handfuls - 12 almonds is as much as you should have in any one day, apparently.

Now - back to my original thought.
How to get all that, every day, just from sell-by's?
Sometimes we have to go to Lidl, or even just buy Tesco stuff at full price (like my cheap packet of brown onions, this evening).

I think hubby sees this as a defeat.
I'm just grateful that we get as much as we do on sell-by.
But it still does *not* help with menu planning.

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FITANDFAITHFUL1 6/19/2014 7:56AM

    I see you are setting yourself up for success with your food planning! I have been out of state for a week, and now I am home and needing to get myself ready for the Summer Challenge. Also, congrats that you are doing maintenance! emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 6/15/2014 2:50AM

    a supermarket bargain is only a bargain if you can use it, enjoy it and not waste it emoticon some men have no idea about food shopping LOL
I plan our meals for a week (roughly) then shop accordingly and add a few bits "in case" usually it works out well.
If Pete comes around with me in Tesco he pulls "bargains" off the shelves that we have NO NEED of emoticon
Last week chickens were on special offer and he picked up two! For the two of us! In one week! (and my freezer is already full so no room!) emoticon
I've told him now- You stick to DIY and leave the shopping to me.

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Monday, 2 June

Monday, June 02, 2014

I am delighted to say that, over the past 4 or so 5% Challenges, I have managed to lose a lot. To the extent that I'm now thinking I'll go on maintenance for a wee while, just to be sure my skin is still with me!

My journey is not yet complete, by any means.
Bits of me that should be a bit less sticky-out are still sticking too far out, for my liking. But other bits have eased off.
Like my tummy is still way too fat. But my wrists have slimmed down!

Nobody said it would be easy.
I just assumed it would make sense, though!

So, maybe this is the part of my journey where I should stop for a moment and let my skin, and bits of my body, catch up (or should that be catch down?) with my weight loss.
I'm kinda not wanting to make a halt just now, seemingly being in a good groove.
But - I so do *not* want to be left with a load of hanging skin! having lost the fat that kept it filled out.
And I'm definitely in the age range where skin elasticity has more than started to go.

So, being the optimist that I try to be, I'm going to go to maintenance for a few months, allow my body to adjust, in whatever ways are required. Then I'll start again.
Hopefully, it won't take anywhere near as long to get back into the way of things afterwards - surely, please, it will be a matter of remembering more than of relearning.

But I'm just heading to find the Maintenance team that I was told about a number of months ago. They apparently advise that you join the team before you get to maintenance. Which I had fully intended to do, except that I've decided to stop short, then resume the weight loss later this year.

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MTRACHEL 6/4/2014 8:45PM

    Way to go Christine! I am a firm believer in slow and steady wins the race!

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NEW-CAZ 6/3/2014 2:31AM

    emoticon I see you've joined one of the best teams on here emoticon

It's good to pause and review. Good luck hun, have a great day today emoticon

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GRACEOMALLEY 6/2/2014 11:43PM

    As long as you follow through on the maintenance part, you'll be fine. You've done so well and I know you'll get back into the groove when you come back to our 5% challenges.

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NHES220 6/2/2014 7:51PM

    Wow, good for you Christine! You have done so well. I am impressed!

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 6/2/2014 6:28PM

    I did the same thing last year between challenges. It was hard to get back on track. I hope you do better than I did.

I wish I knew about the mainainence team. That would probably have helped.

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Friday, 30 May 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014

Oh my - the last day of the last week of the Spring 5% Challenge.

I hope folk have signed up for the Summer Challenge?
The sign-ups close at midnight, your time, tomorrow, Saturday, for current folk wishing to choose their team for the Summer Challenge. Thereafter, there's still time to sign up, but you'll be given a team

These 5% Challenges are a great way to learn about yourself.
It's not just about weight loss, either.
There are 3 areas in which we have to be active during the 8-week Challenge. We have to weigh in every week. We have to post our exercise minutes daily, or as near to that as possible. And we have to post our points daily (or so) for the Living The Good Life (LTGL) weekly challenge. This may be about exercise or food, or lifestyle. Whatever, these weekly challenges are all worth working at, and should all help towards ultimate wrap right loss.

If you haven't been involved in one of these 8-week Challenges before - why not get ready to join the next one?
It's a closed team, but members can invite friends - so let me know!
I'm looking forward to loads of requests emoticon

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    Looking forward to the summer challenge! emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 5/30/2014 9:37PM

    Thank you again!

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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Today, hubby headed off to his Mum's this afternoon - she wanted him yesterday but I had arrangements made that needed the car, and couldn't be unmade. Then hubby had the dentist this morning.
This is the first potential conflict of interest since I sold my car last week.

I have been over 25 years with at least access to another car, other than hubby's, but most of it with a car of my own.
Yesterday - I hadn't even confirmed my arrangements till later on Monday, just in case anything cropped up with his Mum. Then the phone went before 8.00 am!

Anyways, we got over the hiccup, and hubby was supportive of me and my need, plus also his dental appointment.
So he went off this afternoon, just to check things out, and give her some comfort and reassurance.

Now - I have my to-do list written.
All I just need to find the energy, and the get-up-and-go, so I can get on, each day.
I already made a start this afternoon - which also gave me some good exercise to add in to My Exercise for today, for the 5% Challenge in this final week.
And maybe that will get me started on the road to getting on with more stuff, to help keep my exercise going till the Summer 5% Challenge gets started.
Hope to see some new faces joining up, from among my friends and teammates from other teams!

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CMFARRELL36 5/30/2014 5:14PM

    Leslie - hubby bought me a shopping trolley last year.

He uses it most days, when he takes the bus (with his free bus pass) to Tesco for the sell-by's.

I've gone once on my own, and just took my usual cotton Fair Trade shopping bags. The bus driver coming home thought I was loaded down, but 2 bags worked fine for me!

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CANDOK1260 5/30/2014 12:53PM

    i understand i don't drive

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LESLIE2561 5/28/2014 11:46PM

    I can't imagine being without a car. There is a shopping center about a mile from my house and I could walk there, but I can't see myself having to carry anything I buy back home on foot. I guess I am kind of spoiled. emoticon

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BUBBALOOGA123 5/28/2014 8:52PM

    If I wasn't drowning in work, I would totally join you for the 5% challenge! Wishing you lots of success and patience to get you through those little hiccups that come along the way. :)

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NEW-CAZ 5/28/2014 5:18PM

    Good luck with the challenges- both with DH (LOL) and the 5%!!!!!
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