Mar 3, 2015

Edelicious...

These were in, what i call, the healthy aisle in my local Supervalu... Irish, some are wheat, gluten and dairy free... for those who don't like cooking or don't want the hassle of chopping and spices... these might be for you! Also for those emergencies... you can freeze some of them! 


Edelicious Satay Sauce 100g - 4PP
Full sachet 400g - 17PP


Edelicious Mild Coconut Curry 100g - 3PP
Full sachet 400g - 12PP


Edelicious Cassoulet 100g - 1PP
Full sachet 400g - 5PP
This serves two...


Edelicious Cassoulet 100g - 3PP
Full sachet 400g - 5PP


Mar 2, 2015

Easter Challenge - weigh in 2!

Get this... there are 70+ people doing this challenge! With a weigh loss in one week of over 6 stone... well 6 stone 3 and a half pounds to be precise! Dear gawd people that's awesome! 


There's only 5 weigh-ins left... so give yourself 5 weeks... promise yourself an Easter egg if that's your thing, there's a lint bunny the size of a Jack Russell in my local supermarket he weighs a kilogram! Treat yourself to some fancy Easter nails or a pedicure... I know its snowing outside today but our tooties will be out before you know it! Treat yourself to some new spring clothes... 

5 weeks is not that long... and I promise you won't die from not eating chocolate, bread, crisps, whatever your nemesis is, in fact you'll only feel better... so treat yourself to 5 weeks of a loss... No one wants to be looking in the mirror on Easter Sunday thinking... I wish I had just stuck with it! 

You're all amazing! Motivation or WHA?!!? So amazing that there's going to be prizes for the bestest losers in this challenge! More on that later... and FYI official Weight Watchers folk are keeping an eye on us so like my mum says 'don't show me up!'  

So... weigh in below, I know some people are having problems commenting, I'm working on that... so here's the link to my Facebook Page where you can comment under the post there... Again if I've missed you just let me know... 





Here's to a great week! 


Move on... Motivation Monday

What ever happened yesterday, happened yesterday... 



Today is not yesterday
sorry to be bloody obvious... 


Letting what happened yesterday, last week at weigh in, last summer, over Christmas.. effect your motivation and mood right now is the sure way to get off track... don't use it as an excuse to give up on yourself... 

You cannot change last weeks weigh in... it's done... over... you can learn from it... take the positive from it and use it to your advantage... 

But letting it eat up valuable time being negative right now?! No people.. just no! 

What's done is done... it can't be changed, a year from now you won't even remember it... so don't waste any precious time dwelling on past... live in the now...

Be kind to your body today and make awesome plans for the future... 



Feb 28, 2015

The 105... Brunch Club...





Down near the Dodder in Clonskeagh you will find the 105 Cafe/Bistro... and what a lovely little find it is! A weekend work meeting finished with me treating my colleague to brunch and it ticks all the boxes! 


The menu is varied but has all the usual suspects...



and anyone following my 'poached egg' incident, knows how much I love them... eggs benedict is my treat when I go to brunch and here they are appropriately called 'Hair of the Dog eggs!'



The decor is charming... all the 'shabby chic' you could want without the walls screaming at you!





By the time we got there the place was packed but we got a table in minutes and by the window which is where you want to be if you're dining alone... lots of people watching to be had!


I went for the apple juice from Stameen Farm in Drogheda which is 100% Irish and 100% natural...


The coffee was perfick... and the little milk bottles are just the cutest...



There's a specials board too which is well worth a read!



and for those of you with fur babies.. they're very welcome... you'll be set up out side with your furry pal, water bowls and blankies provided! Considering the walks along the river, it's a great pit stop at the weekend whether your friends have 4 legs or 2!



My 'hair of the dog eggs' arrive like so.... I know.... *drools* 
(note to self never blog whilst hungry!)


Fear not, I asked for the sauce on the side, being all 'good' but it tasted delicious! 


Dippy enough?! You betchya just the way they should be... and FYI, the way I can now make them! YAY!



The worker bee had the full breakfast... it was a long morning to be fair and it was HUGE! I defy anyone to be hungry after trying this!


We were left to linger, no rushing you out the door whilst your still chewing! Beware at the counter when paying though... ALL the good stuff is there.. and the carrot cake in the background... looked AMAZING! Thankfully out of arms length!



The 105 doesn't just do breakfasts... they're open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, check out their opening hours >>> HERE <<< If you're looking for a place to have a 'working lunch' or just a coffee after a stroll... OK fine, power walk! For the rugby types it's a nice walk to the RDS from here too so pre/post match munchies can be had! This is a great spot to drop into! Tell 'em I sent ya! 

You'll find them online...  
FACEBOOK >>> HERE <<<
Twitter >>> HERE <<<
Website >>> HERE <<<






Feb 27, 2015

The first time...



We all remember our first time right?! Our first kiss... our first job... our first day at school... for the record... 



... those daunting moments that you look back on now and think, 'what was all the fuss about?!' but these moments are landmarks in our lives... we don't look back on all of them fondly... the first time we lose someone we love, changes us forever... the first time our heart is broken, we question love and others so we never have to feel that hurt again... the first time someone we really trusted let us down... but all of these moments make us who we are... I'm not a very religious person... I'm a humanist of sorts... I believe if you are a good person then you will attract kind and good people... I truly believe in paying it forward... but sometimes people take advantage of that and you end up feeling a bit lost... 




Someone whom I adored but is sadly no longer with us, once told me 'be kind to everyone.. because everyone you see is going to lose everything they love...' I've never forgotten it... Everyone, all of us, are going to lose everything we hold dear... it's kinda scary but very liberating too... because once you get this... you start to focus on what and who really matters in the right now... 

Losing weight, includes a series of 'firsts' that can turn the journey into an adventure... 

The first time you step on the scales... that moment... the shame... the self loathing... the embarrassment... you've let it get out of control and now you're mortified that someone else on the planet knows that number... but you feel a hand on your shoulder from someone who's been there saying... 'that's the last time we'll ever see that number' and you kinda believe it...

The first loss... that moment when you thought 'well it wasn't that hard.. and if I can do it one week, I can do it again next week!' Self belief kicks in... 

The first stone you lose... that number on the scale... people who don't need to lose weight or don't struggle with an eating disorder or emotional eating won't get it... but for those of us who do... you want to stick your silver 7s on your forehead for the day saying 'oh these things?!? .. oh I lost a stone of FAT!' HELL YEAH!

The first dress size you lose... that belt notch going down... you still doubt yourself but you suddenly think.. well I'll need to buy some new stuff.. the first shopping trip that you will ENJOY! 

The first compliment... the 'you're looking well...' the 'have you lost a bit of weight? You look great!' ... now it's a goal that's achievable.. you realise CAN do it... 

The first gain... heartbreaking... but you tried, you did your best right?! or worse, you know you binged and lost the plot and thought you'd get away with it... did you let it spiral out of control? throw the card in the bin and give up? no way! 




The first time you notice your 'friends' attitude changing... they liked you the way you were... you were the fat friend... good old reliable miserable fatty... not this new fangled confident person who just says 'no thanks'! Don't worry about the back stabbers and the haters, the people who try the hardest finding fault in your life, are the people who aren't able to fix the faults in their own! For the record this one really hurts! 

The first saboteur... 'sure ONE slice of cake won't kill you...' No, no it won't but I can't have ONE slice! So you change your routine to avoid being around them and food at the same time! It's sad but if they can't support you then you need to make it clear that something has to change... 


The first 5k you do... I did my first by myself because I didn't want to 'hold anyone back' and honestly it was amazing! You'd swear I'd crossed the olympic line with all the drama *cue the chariots of fire music*... People flying past me doing the 10k circuit shouting encouraging words... one man even stopped to walk along with me for a minute, I could've kissed him! No idea who he is or where he was from but it meant SO much!

The first time strangers understand and support you... Boot camp ladies... I mean you! 

The first time you make a stir fry BETTER than the chinese... OK this takes a bit of practice but it's SO worth it!

The first time you realise.. you're just caring about you... and you matter... and that's OK...

The first time you get on a plane and the seat belt closes... FYI don't scream when that happens... they don't like that in planes! 

The first time you pull up those jeans past the thighs... and the first time the feckin things close!!! 

The first time you zip up those knee high boots all the way! Hallelujah! 



The first charity bag you have of clothes that are too big... 

The first time you really believe you can do it... and the end is in sight... 

The first time you look in the mirror and don't hate what's looking back at you... 

The first family outing, when people do a double take... FYI... THIS ONE IS AWESOME!

The first time someone comments on your new 'attitude'... oh yeah... 

The journey may be long... It's been coming up to 3 years so far for me... it's had it's ups and downs... but ultimately there's a new series of firsts on the horizon... 

First skydive, oh yeah that's happening... first trek abroad, hello Peru! Lots of other bucket list stuff to cross off now that I'm getting fitter and healthier... just remember... if you're starting today or you're halfway through or if you're just at goal... there's another amazing first waiting for you... and as the ad says.. you're worth it! 




Feb 26, 2015

This one time, in Weight watchers...

First up... my leader is awesome... I truly believe she has no idea how much she motivates our class every week! If she heard the chats at the gate every Thursday, when we're leaving... we're all motivated... we're all 'right.. be good this week!' ... She is absolutely brilliant!  

I have often moaned about my inability to poach an egg... I have been given gifts at Christmas... I've had fancy gadgets and scoop ladle things and every time I've drowned my toast, burnt myself and sworn a lot! honestly the only reason I have eggs benedict at brunch is because I love poached eggs and I'm rap at them... Make a pavlova, sure! Beef wellington.. no problem... in fact most recipes don't defeat me but add a poached egg and I'm out! My leader know this... and last week at the scales gave me these! 


Stick with it... I've tried something similar before, making up my own rules I might add and it's been a disaster... but she imparted the following knowledge and I've now crossed '... can poach an egg...' off my bucket list! who knew!!! 

So.. spray them lightly with your spray oil... 


Set a pan of COLD water on the hob.. COLD!!! 
This is where I've been going wrong! This and 'swirling'!



Pop the eggs in the water ...



THEN light your hob... in the next 5 minutes... the following will happen...






 Pop the lid on for the last minute to cook (steam) the top ... Et VOILA! 

Simples as the meerkats say!



Slimbo for 3PP


1 x Mallon sausage - 1PP


1 bacon rasher - 2 


Egg  - 2PP



Season and some roasted tomatoes! 



Breakfast bap for 8PP with a perfectly poached egg! TA DA!