Hello! How nice to see you.
I would like to start with a massive thank you to everyone who read last weeks SW update and found it in their hearts to respond with such warmth and love. It was truly felt and I am so grateful for all of you. Thank you.
So, on to business. As you can tell, I attended group on Thursday rather than Tuesday – purely for reasons of logistics i.e. I couldn’t get there on Tuesday 😉 . Anyway, I’ve had a better week this week. I can’t tell you the difference a bit of sun makes! After last weeks slump I felt I needed a little inspiration and turned to the SW website – it’s a great resource for members, particularly for recipes. Now one of the things I love about SW, is that you can take most recipes, from most sources and make them healthier, and more in line with the SW principles. One of my favourite Chilli recipes still comes from an old Jamie Oliver book I have. And yes it’s free, without much tweaking at all. But sometimes it’s just nice to get some inspiration, without having to make any tweaks. And this week I found what could potentially become a new fave in the Savage house, Caribbean Pepperpot Stew. It’s basically a more jazzed up and fiery version of a beef stew and man was it good! This week we also tried Mexican Chicken (from the BBC Good Food website) which introduced me to the amazing and satisfying heat of Chipotle (pronounced Chip O Lay for those of you who’ve never been to Texas!) Paste. They were both so good, we’re having both of them again this week! Nom nom nom.
It’s definitely true that you can get bored, in eating as much as in life, if you keep on doing or having the same thing. And I think mixing it up a bit has been really good for me. It’s made me think about what I actually want to eat and helped me to discover new ingredients. Its added interest and a touch of excitement. And that can’t be a bad thing. It’s easy to fall back on staples and whilst I’m not suggesting anyone should bin their favourite recipes for a completely new repertoire, trying new things really can be a revelation.
And despite having a wedding reception to attend the past week (again decided to try something different and opted for White Wine Spritzer – a longer drink for less syns) I was delighted to find I’d lost 2lb at last nights weigh in. That’s the 1.5lb I gained last week, plus another 0.5lb. Score! That takes me to a total of 4 Stone 12.5lb (68.5lb). I’m so very very close to my 5 Stone award that that’s my goal for this week – to lose 1.5lb and get that certificate on my cupboard door! Having had a bit of a rearrange, I’ve got a space ready and everything!
Have a great week!