Apr 22, 2014

Foxes Bis-quits...

Bis-quits as the panda bear calls em... 

These are a version of your Cafe Noir biccies without the icing on em... 1PP each and the diet maths don't help... its 1PP each no matter how many you have... I brought these to a friends house for coffee and had two... sadly gone in seconds with NO dunkability i might add. prepare to fish em out of your tea! However the caramel flavour is lovely but you'll still get 4 Cafe Noirs for 2PP... 



Apr 21, 2014

You ARE worthy... Monday motivation


Says it all... don't let the number on the scales ruin your week.. its only one tool in your journey... don't let it dictate how you feel... or put you off the road to success... 



Apr 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

My messy ... and 2nd attempt ... at 'strawberry carrots' on meringues with from age frays (or use low fat yoghurt!)  4PP per mini pavlova! The cupcakes I'd be afraid to point them! Thankfully only one is for me! 

Have a very happy easter!


































Apr 18, 2014

I'm DONE! weigh in 3...

My mojo has gone... sigh ... and when that happens I tend to wallow in 'poor old me' zone until someone or something kicks me in the butt! I was up this week and I knew it was coming... I didn't track... didn't drink my water.. and didn't do my normal exercise routine... I was all a bit meh...


The lovely Patsy Kensit at a Weight Watchers meeting... 

But after my meeting I felt like someone had lifted the cloud... my leader is SO motivating... she's funny and normal and understands the weight loss process... she gets the frustration and how you can beat yourself up over a bar of chocolate... but it's also the other people in my class... we all come from different places in life.. there's a new mum... a bride to be and her entire family losing weight for the big day.. there's lots like me.. who just want to be healthy and feel better in their own skin... and even though our paths may not cross all week... we're all different ages.. different lifestyles... boys and girls.. but we're a little clique all to ourselves... when someone misses a class we miss them... when someone is up, we get 'em back on track... and this week that was me...

This week is about writing lists... one of the most important ones... your shopping list... 



This works... write down only what you need... and stick to it! Plan your meals for the week... you'll save money and stop throwing out food that you don't use! Never mind the bargains and BOGOFF's... don't imagine you'll have guests and get treats 'just in case' because if they don't turn up.. you'll treat yourself!



Another list... that little card they give you in class.. or that little notebook where you write down your weight losses ... looking back you can see that you CAN do it... and you HAVE done it... and you ARE able to... and for fecks sake COME ON!!!



Another list is your list of goals... and I don't mean 'win a grammy' or 'snog George Clooney' there's a queue for him by the way... your own little list of goals... travel to see the great wall of china... learn to surf... get a pink retro bike (in my top five!)... and just leave them where you can see them... in your diary... on your phone... where you won't lose sight of the bigger picture... and the healthier future you have too! Who wants to be out of breathe on the great wall of china let alone on the fancy pink bike! 




Your friends and family list.. saboteurs, get rid! cling ons, be gone! Have a list of people you can call on who know what you're doing and WHY! You're not trying to deprive them of a life of chocolatey happiness... but if they support you... then you support them... you want them to be healthy and happy... you also want to share a bag of chips after the pub instead of eating a whole bag on your own with a burger ... and god knows what else...  


I also have another personal list... I've mentioned it on here before but was always afraid to share it... I'm getting very brave in my old age ... I've only ever shown it to my 3 closest friends and every single one of them cried (not my intention!) because they didn't know this is how I really felt about myself... they were sad that this is how I felt about me... and I was too... I'm so good at covering up how I really feel and they had no idea... I'm always the one to say 'I'm grand... don't worry about me...' when I'm not... but I read it last night and thought it was time to share... it's long... you've been warned! 



I’m done!!!! 

I am done blaming everybody and everything else for my obesity… 
I am done accepting verbal and mental torture from random strangers who don’t know anything about me… 
I am done being a compulsive over eater 
I am done over eating… 
I am done being worried that I wont find something in my size …
I am done being concerned that I don’t look good in something because of my size… 
I am done being making excuses…  
I am done stressing out about my size and letting it affect what and how i eat...
I am done being the Funny Fat Friend thats great to talk to and hang out with, 
   but doesn’t get included in things because she’s fat and they don't want to embarrass me... 
I am done being paranoid about eating in public, like I’m being judged by what i order and 
   how i eat it… ‘SHE’S ordering chicken wings .. really?!’
I am done being paranoid about what I buy at the supermarket, if someone looks in my trolly, 
   would they approve? 
I am done feeling sorry for myself! I’m tired of hiding behind fat clothes, 
   this summer I'm gonna be comfortable!
I am done being super self conscious... 
I am done lying to myself...
I am done being lazy...
I am done trying to hide my body... 
I am done not wearing the clothes I WANT too but the clothes 
   I HAVE to to cover me up and make the best of a bad body!
I am done wearing high heels and sitting down most of the time cause they hurt... 
   I LOVE my shoes too much not to show em off!
I am done not living the best life I can and not just for me but for my loved ones too
I am done putting myself last on the priority list. 
I am done watching minutes and days fly by without counting toward 
   something greater than where I'm at... 
I am done being overweight and unhealthy. ..
I am done being unhappy with myself...
I am done making myself feel that I'm not good enough... 
I am done feeling bad about what I did to myself... 
I am done being afraid to wear shorts in public... 
I am done being jealous...
I am done going shopping with them and hanging out with the accessories because 
   I'm too fat to buy the clothes in their shops
I am done feeling sorry for myself!
I am done being embarrassed to be me...
I am done thinking I'm not good enough...
I am done feeling tired before everyone else...
I am done shopping in only plus size shops!
I am done not being able to wear cute high heeled boots cause my calves are too big...  
I am done never wearing an actual dress, only trousers, skirts and tops 
   because I think they hide my belly better.  
I am done carrying around what feels like a whole other person everywhere I go... 
I am done saying the words "If only.." and "I wish.." and "One day.." 
I am done using food to make myself feel better, it doesn't work... 
I am done squeezing into my own bathtub... 
I am done saying 'tomorrow' ...
I am done saying I wished I looked like that! 
I am done just lying there when I could be on top!! 
I am done with the sensible bullet proof knickers.. I want lacy MATCHING stuff and I wanna see it!!!!
I am done feeling embarrassed when we go out to eat because 
  I know people are waiting for me to pig out... 
I am done with shopping in the "special sizes" section, and with the assumption that just 
   because I'm fat, I must have no sense of taste! 
I am done letting the crisps win... 
I am done with the muffin tops 
    and muffin sides, and muffin bottoms, and any other muffin related issues!!! 
 I am done pretending that my weight doesn't bother me...
I am done feeling tired all the time because I drag this big body around... 
I am done making excuses not to lose weight... 
I am done thinking I'm ugly just because I'm fat... 
I am done with inhibition (going at it with gusto this time! woohoo!)  
I am done dreading trying to find jeans that will fit over my ass... 
I am done with letting my weight run my life for me!!! 
I am done treating my body like its junk... 
I am done making excuses because I'm too afraid I'll fail! 
   failure is not an option this time so there is no excuse! 
I am done being looked down on for being overweight...
I am done being teased...  
I am done getting weight lectures from my doctor... 
I am done having 3 chins... 
I am done being the fat girl with 'such a pretty face'...
I am done being self conscious about what my arms look like when I wear sleeveless tops... 
I am done starting a diet and then just falling off again... 
I am done making excuses... 
I am done feeling like the "ugly" friend... 
I am done starting and stopping...
I am done thinking that my self worth has anything to do with what I weigh...  
I am done not being confident anymore...
I am done not feeling appreciated...
I am done relying on food to make me happy! 
I am done feeling guilty! 
I am done with sitting on the sidelines!
I am done letting others effect me!!  
I am done listening to negative thoughts!! 
I am done with negativity!! 
I am done not believing in me 100%!!   
I am done wasting time feeling bad about myself!  
I am done thinking that I have something to prove to others!  This is all for me! 
I am done stressing about hurtful family members and their big mouths... 
I am done letting words hurt me that come from people that have never had a weight problem!
I am done with stretch jeans... 
I am done with granny underwear... 
I am done covering up my cozzie on holidays...
I am done worrying if I'm going to fit in the restaurant booth... 
I am done undressing in the dark... 
I am done wondering if the people snickering next to me are doing so because of my weight... 
I am done squeezing into what I used to call "my fat jeans". 
I am done giving away cute clothes because I don't believe I can ever wear them again... 
I am done feeling like the least attractive girl at the party... 
I am done buying clothes with elastic waistbands... 
I am done wasting my precious life ...
I am done wishing I looked like someone else... 
I am done holding myself back... 
I am done putting myself last and feeling alone about it... 
I am done doing for others because I'm the big girl and what else would I be doing...  
I am done saying I don't have time for me, I'm important.. I need to make time for me! 
I am done being scared that I won't fit in places... 
I am done getting out of breath just going upstairs... 
I am done being the FAT friend...
I am done with not having energy. ..
I am done hiding in my own house! 
I am done not being able to cross my legs, like a lady...
I am done putting off life until I am "skinny"... 
I am done with plus size clothes not even fitting right...   
I am done with putting everyone else before me and my health... 
I am done feeling like I am going to burst right out of my clothes... 
I am done with the rolls of fat that have grown with the sadness... 
I am done with feeling miserable all the time... 
I am done wearing black everyday because it slims, yeah right!
I am done with hearing "you have such a pretty face, if only you lost a bit of weight... 
I am done looking into the mirror and not recognizing the person starring back at me! 
I am done not having the outside, match who is on the inside! 

I am done DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE!!!!!


Clearly I was DONE!!! but when I feel like I'm hitting a wall... I read it... I read it last night... and I realise that some things on the list don't even apply to me any more... Lots of things on that list don't even bother me now.. but it reminds me of where I've been and I don't want to go back there... and THAT gives me the kick in the pants I need... 

I wrote it in anger... I was in a very sad place at the time... I remember crying whilst I typed it, hence all the typos and spaces ... but I was furious... furious at me! I know there are lots of things that sound the same... but looking back now I know those issues meant so much... Now I read it with a touch of sadness and realise that I'm a lot stronger and more capable than I ever thought I was... and I'd like to be friends with that girl and give her a hug... 

SO if this is what it takes... do it! Write a list of where I guarantee by the time you've finished reading it you'll not only be back on the wagon... you'll be driving it! 

Sorry its a long post... I do tend to babble...  Have a super Easter weekend and enjoy every second of it ... its a great time for family and friends and the Easter bunny! and whatever you do... don't regret or feel guilty over the weekend... life is very short... 


Tangent... My first attempt at 'easter nails!" I got a new dotting tool on eBay for a couple of euro and I'm in love ... I see a lot of polka dots in my future! It really is the little things... 

Chart below.. everyone is flying!!! Skinny for summer!!! I'm on a mission to be down next week if I have to chop off a limb! If I've forgotten you or missed your weigh in.. shout... also I think I've got all the Emmas right! eek! 






Apr 17, 2014

A, B, BB, CC, D ....

I know you sang that! 

When it comes to foundations and tinted moisturisers I'm not one to jump on the bandwagon... BB and CC creams are all over the shop now... and whilst some people are adamant they're the only way forward... I look at products based on how they'll look on me and how good they are for my skin regardless of bandwagons ... anyway it seemed like it was going to go on and on... GG, FF .. sigh... and secretly, who wasn't waiting for a YY cream?!

I'm lucky enough to work from home most of the time, so I don't need the full slap every day but tinted moisturisers stop me scaring the post man and small children! 



For years 'You Rebel' by Benefit has been staple on my dressing table... I'm not your average pale skinned porcelain gal but I do have rosie cheeks which need to be tamed... and it blends so well... PLUS it had an SPF of 15... I'm a bit of a ranter and raver when it comes to SPF... I suspect it's the aussie part me... 



When I was in New York... is there anyone I HAVEN'T told that to yet?!? I spotted this... I had seen and heard about it here, online and on various beauty blogs but I hadn't run out of enough stuff to warrant a new version... the price difference however, threw it into my Sephora basket before I asked why they didn't have trollies in there! Seriously though, why don't they?! Even those little pull along ones like dealz?!? Sorry tangent... 



Big Easy... is exactly that... Big and easy... its oil free for the 'T-Zone' types *raises hand* but it doesn't dry out your skin *raises other hand* which a lot of oil free creams tend to do... I found the coverage really good... AND it evens out your skin tone without the need for loads of concealer...





Best thing though... its got a light powdery finish that doesn't make you feel like you're caked in makeup... your skin just looks really good!  


That small blob did the whole left side of my face... and the 'rosie red' (on the right!) was gone in seconds.. You can build it up over the day too ... so if you're heading out straight after work you still can without the 'I-don't-have-my-full-make-up-bag' drama...

The range only comes in 6 colours but magically it 'self-adjusts' .. don't ask... I don't know how ... it just does!!! AND... the SPF is 35... THIRTY-FIVE!!! 



Try it out at the Benefit counters and wrangle yourself a sample, it's going to be perfick for the summer! 











Apr 16, 2014

Tastefully yours sauces



You are going to LOVE this!!!! I mean REALLY love this... a jar of curry sauce... for 2PP that serves 4!!! I'll wait while you read that again... yup... AND it's Irish... AND gluten free... AND all made fresh... new(ish) to the market and definitely new to me! 

Best pic I could rob of the labels... 


Tastefully Yours is a range of Irish sauces that are out now...  I made the Massaman curry for 4 people with a value of 7PP per portion including brown rice... 


It's SO easy... and the flavours are amazing... 



Brown the chicken... 



Spray oil and put your veg in a separate pan, I added the onion after this... oops...


Once the chicken is cooked... add the sauce...


... then combine the two and ta da!!! 




There are five in the range... Thai green curry, Thai red curry, Thai Satay curry, Massaman Curry and Aromatic Thai lemon grass curry all at €5 each... bargain for authentic sauce!

Currently you can get the range in James Whelan - Clonmel, Get Fresh - Rathfarnham and Arkeen Store in Waterford... they're on Facebook >>> HERE <<<  for those not close to those stores... I've spotted them online >>> HERE <<<  so keep your peepers peeled for when they come to a store near you! 

Let me repeat... 2PP for the WHOLE jar for the Lemon Grass and Massaman curries... I'll point the rest as and when I hoover them! NOM! 





Apr 15, 2014

'Skoff' pies by Donal Skehan

You all know I'm all about promoting Irish stuff... restaurants.. new products... I'm all about supporting the locals! 

Donal Skehans new range of pies 'Skoff' are 20PP each... I can't tell you if they're tasty but I'm pretty sure they are... I love his blog, in fact it was one of the first I followed! His TV show not so much... the 'drunk camera man' style of filming annoys me, but I'm putting that down to me not being 'hip' enough... I do enjoy his recipes and regularly pop over to his blog to see if there's anything new... Going by what I've heard online, these are very tasty... not big enough to share in my opinion, unless you had half today and half tomorrow but if you do that, be honest with yourself! 20PP is very high even if you piled your plate with veg... If anyone tries the pulled pork one let me know!  



 Prime Beef & Stout - 20PP for 275g



Hearty Pulled Pork - 20PP for 275g



Tender Chicken & Ham - 20PP for 275g