Where am I going

Hi Lovelies,

Just bear with me on this.

I started this blog as a means of becoming accountable for my weight loss, almost as a way of keeping me on track with my progress.

Through the past few years, this blog has been a constant and although I haven’t always posted on a regular basis in recent times, it has always been there at the back of my mind as a measuring tool and reminder.

As this point in my healthy journey, there are no real goals to get to and no all-important stone bracket to fall into; mainly because I’m not looking at it that way anymore.

When I started this journey, it was to lose weight and get fitter, but that term ‘lose weight’ is now a difficult one for me. I don’t get on the scales anymore mainly because I never liked the fact that they could either make or break my day and my emotions were so tied to that little (or big) number staring back at me.

Now I just try to see it as a whole and live healthier overall, with a more balanced lifestyle. But that means the measurable goal kinda goes out the window. I don’t want a goal weight, I don’t have a goal body shape and I don’t have a goal fitness to get to, which makes this whole process a lot harder.

I don’t really know where I’m going with this but I guess I just want to get it all out there to help me understand it.

Here’s what I know for definite:

  1. I’m still trying to eat healthy and enjoy cooking
  2. I’m still trying to build my fitness and enjoy challenging myself
  3. I love feeling healthier and lighter and it has changed my life

So those are all really good things.

But I suppose this blog was never designed to capture the end of my journey, of course, my journey will never be over, as its a constant process I have to work at every day. But for me, because of that, it makes it hard to know what path to go down when writing my posts.

So I’ve decided to try and stress less about what you might want to read, and just write about what I want, whether its interesting or not. (sorry haha)

At the end of the day, this is my blog and writing it makes me feel good. Knowing this is my corner of the internet makes me feel better and puts a warm blanket around me to tell me that everything’s going to be ok.

So, this year, I am going to focus more on what’s best for me instead of pandering to other people, which I’m sure you lovelies would want me to do anyway. There’s no point in doing anything if its not what you really want to do.

So here goes!

Off to the gym later for a good sweat!

Speak soon lovelies! xx

 

Breakfast filled Omelette

I change this recipe every time I make it depending on what I have in the fridge.

But the general gist is a breakfast omelette filled with meat and veggies with some hot sauce and eaten for breakfast.

And it definitely wakes you up, that’s a promise!

In this one I’ve stir fried courgette, mushrooms, red onions and green bell pepper with a bit of Frylight (you can use any of them).

Then I’ve whipped up a 2 egg omelette with a dash of milk with a little salt and pepper, then transferred to a plate.

I then added the stir fried veg on one side of the omelette, along with some pulled apart chicken breast and some sriracha (hot sauce), then folded it over and there ya go!

Some times I like to add a sprinkling of cheese for an extra naughty twist for my tastebuds.

This is one of my favourite breakfasts because it’s really easy but also super filling for greedy buggers like me. πŸ™‚

SIMW

x

Slimming World Lasagne Recipe

So I made the Slimming World Lasagne and it tastes like heaven! Mind you, anything with cheese always does. πŸ™‚

I pretty much followed the recipe exactly (which I never do), but naturally, I like a little bit extra spice, so added a bit more chilli.

The full recipe is here:Β https://www.slimmingworld.co.uk/recipes/beef-lasagne.aspx

But if you can’t be bothered to click the link, here’s what you need:

Ingredients

  • 500g lean beef mince (5% fat or less)
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 courgette, cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 400g passata
  • 2 tsp dried mixed herbs (I use more)
  • Low calorie cooking spray
  • 500g fat free natural yogurt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 dried lasagne sheets
  • 160g reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika and half tsp chilli powder

Method

  1. Fry off your mince on a medium heat with the garlic, onion, pepper, courgettes until browned.
  2. Add the passata,tomatoes, herbs,seasoning, chilli and paprika. Stir in and simmer for about 10 mins.
  3. In a bowl mix the yoghurt, nutmeg and eggs and season with S n P.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees c and get your lasagne casserole dish (you can see the sort of size I’ve used).Spray it with Frylight.
  5. Layer half your beef mixture, then lasagne sheets,then yoghurt on top,and then do this again. Sprinkle with cheese and bang it in the oven for about half an hour and that’s it!

I served mine with a side salad and some Hassleback PotatoesΒ which I also have the recipe for hereΒ and it was just lovely.

One thing I disagree with though is, the recipe says it serves 4, but I would say it’s more like 6 because the portions really are massive,especially if you’re serving the lasagne with something else, rather than just in a bowl on its own.

But I’d definitely make this again because it’s just so easy, and I love EASY recipes.

New Year, Same Me

HAPPY NEW YEAR LOVELIES!

I hope you had a lovely relaxing festive period however you spent it.

Now it has recently been brought to my attention that even after all this time and the fact that I’m no longer losing weight, people are still turning to my blog for support.

And there I was thinking I was talking to myself! πŸ˜‰

So to kickstart the new year, I am here to tell you I have not made any resolutions.

Why?

Because that would be setting myself up to fail miserably.

I decided a while ago that if I want the cake, then I will EAT the cake.

If I want a bottle (not glass) of wine, I will bloody well have it.

And if I want to go hell for leather in the gym just so I can enjoy my dinner all the more, then I am damn well going to do that aswell.

2018 is a year to be enjoyed and to definitely give myself a lot more self-care. And that’s not just in the form of a bubble bath.

No, I have promised myself I am going to treat number one a little more lovingly. And that means cutting out the harsh self-talk and wrapping myself in loving kindness every day.

Now, not to confuse you. This doesn’t mean I’m going to suddenly start eating ALL THE FOOD, because I’m not.

It’s more about how I envisage this journey of self-discovery and self-awareness. I want to be as healthy as I can without sacrificing the things I love.

Yes I have over-indulged this Christmas but who cares? Do I feel guilty? No. but do I now feel lethargic and bloaty as f*** after two weeks of no exercise and all the treats one could imagine? YES. I hate feeling like a human dustbin.

So I am taking steps to love this body in a different way now Chrimbo is over.

After work I am going to the gym to get a really good sweat on, and I can’t f***ing wait! How sad is that? πŸ˜‰

And I have missed salad SOOO MUCH! (Even sadder)

I also went a bit mad with trying new recipes at the weekend, so I’ll post a few of those up later this week too.

In 2018, I’m hoping my blog will be more regularly posted to, but if I’m not feeling it, then I won’t force it.

If you’ve been following me from the beginning, you’ll know I always keep it honest and sometimes BLUNT. That’s the best way to be.

Following the crowd is BORING.

BE YOU, BE MORE AUTHENTIC AND JUST BE FUCKING FABULOUS (oh yes, I didn’tΒ  *** it out!)

Love you guys so much, if there really is anyone still reading this that is.

Here’s my face for ya

Have a fantastic Monday Evening πŸ™‚

SIMW

xx

My Own Happiness

Good Morning Lovelies,

Life has been pretty hectic of late with wedding shows here, there and everywhere, but I’ve just worked the last one for the year, so hopefully things can start to calm down.

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about my own happiness and how I can appreciate what I have a little more. And as Autumn is my favourite season, I’m going to use it to do more of the things I love.

Things like crunching through Autumn leaves as I walk the dogs with my mum, and reading a good book in a cosy corner.

It’s now time to look after Tasha and be good to me. This blog may be mainly about the foods I eat and recipes I try, but you can’t live happier and healthier if you don’t have a healthy mindset too.

Looking after my mental health is now going to become more of a priority, and it should be that way all the time. But sometimes life gets in the way.

It’s time to practice a bit of mindfulness.

So today after work, I’m going for a nice swim to kickstart the week, then I’m going home, have beef casserole for dinner and am also going to do some reading in my cozy pyjamas with a hot chocolate to keep me toasty warm πŸ™‚

Speak Soon Lovelies, and Happy Monday πŸ™‚

XX