Well hello there!
Hope you’re all well and enjoying the change in the season? It’s been cold enough this week for the first fire of the season. We had a log burner installed when we moved in two years ago and we still get so excited lighting it. I also get a perverse pleasure in the knowledge that we are using wood from our own tress. Free heat, free heat. I just love sticking it to the “man” 😉
The cold weather also means its stew season (some people love a good soup, but they’re not my fave). We had a fantastic Beef and Ale stew at our friends on Saturday night. I couldn’t syn it very accurately, but it was full of free and super free goodies (beef, mushrooms, whole baby carrots) and it was delicious! There was also homemade bread to go with it, which in the past I would have eaten great chunks of smothered thickly in butter. On Saturday I had half a slice with no butter, but do you know, I totally didn’t feel like I was missing out. It soaked the gravy up beautifully and I enjoyed every mouthful. I fully intend to make some stews in the coming weeks, but probably with just syn free stock rather than ale 😉
So anyway despite having several evenings out this past week, all involving varying amounts of wine, I had a great weigh in last night. I lost 2.5lb taking my total to 2 Stone 12.5lb (40.5lb). This also pushed me down into the next stone, something I said I wanted to achieve before we go to visit our friends in Norfolk this weekend. I’m really pleased that I achieved what I set out to. I can’t wait to see Ron and Nat’s faces when they see me (having not seen me since May). I really think they might see a difference!
So because we have this weekend away I think I want to be realistic about this coming week. Was I not going away I would definitely be aiming to reach 3 Stone by next Tuesday. But you know what? We rarely get to go anywhere and this is a weekend I’ve been looking forward to for ages. So although I wont go nuts and will have my SW hat on (Ron and Nat also cook the SW way), it’ll only be my casual SW hat, not my Sunday best. I can wait a couple of weeks to reach my 3 Stone award. I will be happy with a maintain this week.
I hope you enjoy your weeks as much as I plan to enjoy mine 😉
I just heard from our leader Zoe that I have been nominated along with three other ladies in the group for Miss Slinky 2013! Its just a bit of fun where we get to dress up and group members can then vote for who’s looking the best (I think thats right anyway). Even though its just a bit of fun I can’t tell you how honoured and touched I am to have been nominated. My friend and Woman of the Year, Emma, has also been nominated. Yeay us! God knows what I’m going to wear though :s
Will let you know how it goes!