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114 Days of Freedom-Day 1


How lovely to wake up to a beautiful sunny day knowing that it is my own. No one to answer to, the recent unrelenting pressure of deadlines lifted for a few months.

First on the agenda, my Saturday morning Slimming World meeting. I love my weekend get-togethers with fellow Slimmers. I get so much from these meetings; support, inspiration, encouragement, recipe ideas and general tips and information to make losing and maintaining weight far more enjoyable than it would be without them. I also help out at Group by taking the fees some weeks ie “Pay”, or like today, making sure everyone faces those dreaded scales! ie “Weigh”

It is fascinating to hear everyone’s hints and tips which they use on their weight-loss journey. Some make me laugh others are pure genius; Today we had;

  • When I’m hungry, I go and have a bath.
  • Instead of drinking gin and tonic, to avoid the calories, I have a glass of tonic water and smear some gin around the rim of the glass. The smell makes me think I’m drinking the real thing!

I don’t drink gin but I like the idea of having a bath while dinner cooks. It takes you away from the temptation of picking so I may give that one a go.

Another thing I like is sharing recipes. Today’s was Diet Cola Chicken, one of my favourites and so easy to make.

Diet Cola Chicken

4 chicken breasts cut into chunks
1 red pepper (chunks or strips)
1 green pepper (chunks or strips)
1 yellow pepper (chunks or strips)
1 onion-finely chopped
330ml can diet cola
200ml chicken stock
120g passata with onions/garlic
4tbsp tomato puree
2 garlic cloves finely chopped
2 tsp Worcs sauce
1tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
200g sugar snap peas


Spray a large fry pan with low calorie oil and place over a high heat. Add chicken, peppers, onion, and stir-fry for 5 minutes until light brown.

Add all the other ingredients apart from the sugar snaps and simmer for about 15 mins. Add sugar snaps and simmer for another 10-15 mins or until chicken is cooked through.






Beware the saboteur…..

Losing weight is hard enough, but to have a saboteur waiting in the wings is rather galling. Especially when it’s my husband who has promised his support in my quest to be a little slimmer. 

Mmmmm….it didn’t last long.

Inspired by my Facebook friend who will soon  be half the woman she was by the time I next meet her for lunch, I forced myself to change into my new (bigger) running shorts and trainers and headed for the treadmill in the garage armed with bottle of water and sweat towel. (It made me feel good even if I knew that I wouldn’t be able to do much first time out.)

I struggled to remember where the “on” switch is 😦 but managed to sort myself out with a suitable speed (not very fast) and incline (not very steep) and a quiz programme to watch on the TV so I could get going.

I had only walked for 2 minutes when I realised that hubby, bless him, had come into the garage and lit up a cigarette! I don’t like smoke at the best of times, but after psyching myself up to start exercising, I didn’t need to be running through a fog of nicotine and my clothes to smell of smoke. So, I stopped. And I swore. And I shouted. And I stormed off in a sulk.

I’m still sulking but sanguine. Hubby’s still hiding in the Doghouse (local pub).

Tomorrow’s another day.

Here we go again!

Portion control, planning, plenty of water and Pro-Points. It can only be WEIGHTWATCHERS!

The time has come to knuckle down and shift some of this excess blubber. It has to happen before it’s too late and becomes a permanent fixture into my dotage. I almost started my latest weight-loss journey yesterday, but an attack of the shakes travelling home on the train  (low blood sugar) scuppered my valiant attempt and desperately searching through my handbag I miraculously found a bar of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk!

Now I could have got away with that (I get 49 points a week to spend on misdemeanours) if I hadn’t then heard the news that Alex McCleish had been sacked by Aston Villa.  Celebration was a must and so we stopped off at the pub on the way home for a couple of “pints on Alex”!  More misdemeanours and points running short in supply.

This morning however, a friend of mine posted on Facebook that she has just lost 3 stones, and is starting out on ditching stone number 4. WOW! What an achievement and so inspirational just at the right time for me. Back on track and a successful day. I need lots more successful days.

Determination, discipline and dedication.