Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Pies, Eggs and Pizzas.........

Ok well we have Easter out the way and I am proud to say that not a single chocolate egg has passed my lips! At the risk of sounding like my mother, I actually think that they are a waste of money and I didn't buy any at all - not even for the kids, but as the kids are now 14 and 18 then I wont feel too guilty....

Easter for us is busy and not a time to relax and laze around eating chocolate and it obviously paid off as I lost another 3 pounds this week and am bang on target for my Take That expedition when I wanted to lose 2 pounds a week. We also have 4 weeks remaining on the 12 week challenge and I have 7 pounds left to lose which , dare I say it, I think I will achieve. If I'm a couple of pounds short, I'm sure my kind hearted sponsors will still stump up the cash but I'm hoping that i do it all.

We had a taster session this morning at Fat Club and yesterday I was a busy bee. After the success of my 'Lizagne' at the last taster session I was determined to create another crowd pleaser so it was all guns blazing in my kitchen . For the sweet toothed fellow fat clubbers I made what was described as a 'roulade' in the recipe but I would have described it as more of a 'posh swiss roll' - it's not something I would normally eat ( honestly! ) but it's amazing what a bit of quark, low fat sweetner and vanilla essence can do!
My other dish of the day was a 'pizza' . This was quite an intricate operation as the base was made of mashed potato ( don't ask ) and I asked Martha to be the guinea pig and try a slice when it was fresh out of the oven. Bearing in mind, Martha has tonsilitis and was obviously hallucinating, she said it was 'minging' but Maddie ( aka sweet potato humous refusing dog ) gulped it down. Once I had left it in the fridge overnight however, it tasted quite nice this morning. There was a couple of slices left which I donated to Mary, the weighing lady at Fat Club, but she claimed a freak accident which resulted in the loss of the pizza so I'm not convinced that everyone else enjoyed it that much.
Has anyone seen the epiosde of Friends wheree Rachel makes a trifle with minced beef and peas? If you have, you'll know what I mean.............

Tonight's 'treat' has been chicken and mushroom pie and chips with ( I'm Northern ) peas and gravy and I have to say I am now giddy with pleasure. I am enjoying a beautiful glass of  Hardy's Australian merlot and the sun is still out so I feel quite positive for the week ahead. Lots of work and lots of new recipes...........I may even be brave and attempt the pizza again- just call me Domino!

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Feeling hot hot hot!

Hooray - another 2 pounds gone  this week and am now on a loss of 2 stone 3 - this was especially good as I had a meal out last Tuesday after Fat Club ( Tuesday night is treat aka cheat night ) and although I resisted the sticky toffee pudding, I did not resist the duck filo parcels with hoi sin sauce and creamy mushroom sauce on my steak OR the chips that came with it. Thank you very much Peppers of St Ives - your decor may be the same as when I moved here 22 years ago but your food is always lovely!

We are on the second week of the Easter holidays and the weather is perfect. I would like to say that it's like August, but as it normally pees down throughout most of August, I wont. The kids have been on the beach every day, I have sat out in the garden and even though last weekend was potentially a horror work wise, all went well. Anyone in the tourist industry ( especially in Cornwall ) knows that rain makes the tourists grumpy and they then start to winge so all in all everyone seems to be happy.

I had a lovely lunch out today outside The Sloop Inn right on the harbour front in town. It was jam packed and we managed to bag a decent table due to one of our group being heavily pregnant but doing some nifty moves for a woman of her size and condition! I had fish pie which is sort of Slimming World friendly and a pint and a half of diet coke so have come home  pink and full.

On a non dietary topic - I was most upset to read today that Simon Cowell will not be doing X Factor this year and this has left me with a bit of a dilemma. To me, Simon Cowell IS the X Factor so I don't know whether to boycott altogether or give in and try and like whoever replaces him. Anyone that is friends with me on Facebook knows that they dont even need to watch the show as they can simply follow my comments but it just wont be the same without the huge hair, high trousers and bitchy squabbles with Louis. Yes - I know the show is bad and there's a lot of genuine talent out there which truly deserves recognition but I just cant help myself. I am drawn to the tears, the tantrums, the dramatic camera angles and background music - and I'm only talking about the judges!!!

My weekends are so stressful and busy in the summer - but a weekly dose of Dermot and gang along with a nice glass of wine usually calms me down and makes me forget the previous 48 hours. I know several friends wont agree with me on this but I think there is so much doom and gloom on the news and in life in general that its nice to have abit of escapism.

I have no more meals out planned for the week ahead, and you know what??? I would really love to lose 4 pounds to get my 2 and a half stone shiny sticker but I think thats unlikely as I have already lost a fair bit. Who can tell? I am going to remain focussed and determined and a miracle may happen.

In my quieter moments over the next few weeks I will keep my eyes and ears peeled as to who will be the new judge and I am crossing my fingers that it's not Michael McIntyre, SuBo or the woman from the Halifax ad that says 'Isa Isa Baby' - any one of those ( particularly the latter ) would surely be rubbing salt in my wounds!

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

I got what I knew I would get.............

Well this week I have stayed the same - I knew I would and have behaved myself so all is good. I also found that this week that there was no pressure on myself by myself as I knew I wouldn't lose so there were no feelings of guilt and I wasn't annoyed.

We are enjoying a mini heatwave in Cornwall at the moment which is lovely - after the long cold winter it is definitely uplifting to be able to sit out in the garden without wearing 4 layers of clothing.

Our trip to Cardiff went well - we got to Wales in just under 3 hours which was a comfort to me to know that Hattie is not going TOO far away and I ( yes even I ) feel able to be able to jump in a car and visit her. We met her friend Ben from Truro College there, who was also attending the open day and his Mum Beccie. It's harder for Beccie as Ben is her only one ( I still have the Martha ) and we had a little moment together thinking of September. It's hard when chicks fly the nest and I am dreading it but I need to put on a brave face. I have done little but cry since last Wednesday but at least I have a few months to get used to it. New chapters ahead for Hattie and myself but positive chapters they are.

Cardiff seemed like a lovely city from what I saw of it - and the building where Hattie will attend most of her lectures has a beautiful large park / garden in front of it with a monument and benches etc. There was a really good vibe from the other students and everyone was HAPPY!

It's silly season once again with the business which has been a bit of a shock to the system - it's easy to forget from one year to the next just how busy it gets but as long as I am busy I am less inclined to be looking at naughty things to eat and drink. I am determined that next week will show a loss on those scales and even though it's a week nearer to September, it's still a week nearer to Robbie and The Pet Shop Boys.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Three down and satnav at the ready...........

Well it's Tuesday again which happens to be my favourite day of the week as Tuesday night is 'Treat ( or cheat? ) Night!

I am over the moon that I lost another 3 pounds this week which means I got a shiny sticker for my Fat Club book and I also got my 2 stone award - making a total loss of 2 stone and one pound.This means I am still on target for my Take That concert and am also 9 pounds off my 12 week challenge. I am still totally motivated and especially more so now that I have been informed that Take That's support act are The Pet Shop Boys which are possible the best pop group of the 80's / 90's! Good times to come on June 22nd - I am looking forward to seeing them and also Nicola, one of my oldest and dearest friends from back in the day.

I have had a bit of an emotional rollercoaster of a week in terms of work - I wont publicise it on my blog but I have had a bit of a kick in the teeth and stab in the back from a client. I was angry and then upset on Friday - everyone thinks that if you are loud and bolshy that you don't have feelings but this is not true - I cried on Friday - real tears of frustration . I am ok  now and have dusted myself down and prepared myself for battle. It's times like this that I miss my Dad because whatever happened in my life he always, but always, supported me and would have given me some Northumbrian words of wisom, ie, 'tell them where to gaan pet'.

Tomorrow I am off to Cardiff with Hattie - it's her open day at the uni of her choice so we are off on an adventure to Wales. We both agree that Hattie is the better driver so it's her that will be doing the driving. I am going to remain focussed and take a bag of fruit with me to nibble en route and hopefully resist the Welsh cuisine - as I don't actually know what Welsh cuisine is I think this will be easy. We have our maps, schedule and £5.70 at the ready and in the words of Ness from Gavin and Stacey , I hope our day is 'cracking'!