Saturday, September 24, 2016

A beginning to my Slimming World journey

My mum and I decided to take a leap and start attending Slimming World meetings to help support our new healthy eating regime.

For as long as I can remember I have been overweight, but now I am obese and it is definitely time to do something about it.

We went along to a local meeting where we were greeted at the door by a friendly face, our group leader. She sat us down with two other newbies and explained how the diet worked.

You have unlimited ‘free’ foods (fruit, vegetables, meat (so long as there’s no visible fat and it isn’t cooked in oil), and rice, pasta-esque items), then your healthy extras (1 dairy item and 1 bread item – these need to be weighed and monitored), and your ‘syns’ (those naughty extras are allowed so long as you keep them to 15 syns a day).

The first recipe we tried is this dinner -- perfect in its simplicity. A nice and healthy take on a British classic: fish and chips.

You can find the recipe here.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Where have I been?

On the one hand, I can't quite believe that it has been over a year since I last blogged. On the other, however, I really can believe it. I needed the time and space to want to come back to blogging - to find a purpose to blogging once again.

Blogging became formulaic. It was something that I had to do, regardless of the content quality. 

I honestly thought that I was done with blogging. 

I started a new job which was draining – the work was endless and uninspiring. The hours I worked seemed to go on forever and any chance I had of finding time to read was simply non-existent. Looking back on the past year I can't even tell you what I did with the time. It just seemed to fly by - but I feel as if I have nothing to show for it.

However, I started to work on my PGCE application, was accepted, and have now started my course. 

I am now training to become a Secondary English teacher. 

Funny how when you’re not in a job you hate you can find time for the things you love once more!

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