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The Weekend Off

I’m on my “Let’s get rid of this baby weight diet” and up to now i’m doing well if i do say so myself. I’ve lost quite a few pounds now and my clothes are feeling distinctively bigger on me.

I’m sticking to my protein shakes during the day and reasonably low carb meal of an evening , the only thing i will admit to missing is snacks.  I do become quite hungry late afternoon and late on in the evening.

Previously the hubby and I would stuff our faces watching telly while we drank copious amounts of sugary coffee (well i did, the hubby goes without).  I could easily eat a huge slice of cake as well as a large bar of Dairy Nut to myself, then if i was staying up particularly late more biscuits or even a late night take away on a few occasions, the latter didn’t happen very often but it did happen.

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The more i write about my diet, the more i see how i got as fat as i am.  I love food (obviously) and although i do love a lot of healthy food  such as veggies and salad, i also love all the wrong foods. Pasta, bread (oh i love you bread), cheese (oh i love you too cheese), cake, chocolate, chocolate biscuits, pizza, oat biscuits, Indian food and all the munchies that go with it.

While i do like a wide range of food i tend to stick to the same crap all the time.  I’ll have a huge plate of bolognaise and justify the cake and biccies afterwards because i had a massive pile of salad to go with it, not to mention the garlic bread the salad was wedged between.  I’m opening my own eyes the more i write, im literally shocked by myself.

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Anyway enough of the being down on myself, i have literally done a u turn on my habits, except on Saturday night when i allow myself the evening off after being weighed at tea time.  Only then can i have whatever i want to eat and copious amounts of red wine to wash it down with if i feel like it.

weighing

Weigh In Day!!!!! That’s me 4th from the front with the “why did i eat that bastard Frey Bentos pie” look on her face.  (i dont like Frey Bentos pies by the way but you get what i’m saying).

But i must admit, as the weeks are going by i’m finding it more difficult to enjoy the fabulous tasting shite i used to eat, my body just can’t seem to take it, it literally goes into sheer panic.  Last Saturday evening for example i was weighed to find i’d lost a good 5 lbs so i decided a takeaway of tikka burger and chips and a few slices of pizza thrown in, along with some chocolate cookies, a hand full of popcorn and a bottle of red wine would be my treat of the day.  Over a few hours i ate and drank it all along with sugary coke, by the time id put the last piece of food into my mouth i literally couldn’t move.  That’s weird i used to easily be able to do this.

I was watching a film with my hubby and my eldest son (Trainspotting 2 for anyone interested and it was alright, not as good as the first), All i could do was lie back with my legs up on Anthony like a literal couch potato, King Eddie’s had nothing on me, i felt vile.  I was hot, beyond thirsty (more coke thanks) and my stomach was a huge ball that was uncomfortable to say the least.

5198855-mr-and-mrs-potato-head-620x350 Me, just not on a couch, i literally was Mrs Potato Head watching a film.

I went to bed about two hours after the film finished and the food had gone, i was still the same my body seemed to go into shock, i felt like if someone squeezed me i’d pop.  I lay in bed for a good hour or so just trying to get my greedy, overindulged body comfortable.  Throwing in a little panic attack, I think i fell asleep from exhaustion eventually,  i couldn’t help but wonder how i used to eat like that? on a regular basis, how do i have panic attacks from just being full? and i think it’s my body’s response to the wear and tear i’m putting on it, it’s telling me to stop, to look after it, it’s my body’s way of telling me that what i’m doing is wrong.

I got up the next day and instead of repeating my usual habit of “oh it’s Monday tomorrow i’ll start then”, i got straight back on it, bottle of water and a protein shake down the neck and i was right back on track, i also felt so much better in myself by doing so.  My day actually lifted, i felt in a better mood and my head and body felt a little clearer.

I will still have Saturday nights off, its something i need to do or i won’t stick to my plan throughout the week, and every diet i have ever done has involved me having a night off, it’s just now i will limit myself to a couple of treats instead of a whole weeks worth in one go. I need to remind myself that not everything fits in my mouth and my belly.

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note to self!!!!

Purdey Makes 6 xxxxxx

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Sunshine Blogger Award

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I am very proud to announce that I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award.  This was very unexpected as im a relative newbie, but I’ve certainly enjoyed writing my post and reading posts that other nominees have posted.

Firstly a huge shout out to Teeshares for my nomination, it was and is greatly appreciated, for anyone who hasn’t already checked out their blog on the link above, you won’t be disappointed i promise.

Secondly, as part of the nomination i have to answer 11 questions set for me, so here goes:

1.What made you start your blog

I have 6 children and i have quite a busy life, we have a happy home and share quite a lot of funny times and i always felt like i should be sharing those moments, even if it was just for myself to read back on as the kids got older.  I also loved the freedom of being able to write about literally anything i wanted, i had complete freedom and i loved it.

2.What’s your most favourite post you’ve written?

I thin my favourite post I’ve written has to be my Saturday Morning Chaos blog post. Its a recurring situation i find myself in a lot of the time, it literally is chaotic, i wrote the blog when i had not long had my most recent baby and was settling into mummy hood as a mummy of 6, which at first i did struggle with a tiny bit, the remainder of the day i’m writing about was in fact a good day, the chaos i wrote about disappeared as the day went on, and for me it sums our family up and gives me a warm little feeling in my tummy as how lucky i am to have this experience.

3.What are your top 3 hobbies?

First and foremost, writing, closely followed by drawing and lastly reading.  All of which i need to be left alone for so i do have to set out a time each day to be able to do this and keep my sanity ha ha.

4.If you were to name one person as your favourite person, who would they be AND WHY?

My favourite person is my husband Anthony.  I couldn’t say why but since the day we met I’ve never tired of his company.  He’s my go to person for literally EVERYTHING!!!!! We spent a period of time as friends and i think that built the foundation to our relationship, we do everything together.  From changing my dressing after our babies births to checking my piles (no i’m not joking) he does anything i ask him to.

Although the days of him writing me love notes and poetry just because he felt like it are no more, he can be incredibly romantic and thoughtful.  He knows me better than anybody and has seen every side to me possible, good and bad, and he’s never got up and ran away.

He took on my eldest 3 children as his own (i was married previously) and he’s never treated any of them differently to his own biological children and i will always be grateful for that.

There are many sides to Anthony and i’m lucky to say i’m the person who can say they’ve seen them all. He’s my best friend and we are both very passionate about each other, within minutes of our first ever conversation we both agreed we felt like we had known each other forever and hopefully we are one of the lucky ones and our “old school” relationship will forever remain like that.

5.What’s your favourite colour?

I have a few but i’d probably say clothing wise, black, black and more black with a splash of red for good measure.  For my home i would say grey, cream and any other pastel colours that take my fancy at the time.

6.If you were to eat one food item for the rest of your life, what would that be?

Buttered Toast, Thick white bread, would never tire of it.

7.Who did you look up to growing up, and why?

Marilyn Monroe (apart from the being dead bit), i thought she was beautiful, the mystery surrounding her death mesmerised me and still does to this day.  She lived in an era i would kill to go back in time to, she was so glamorous and literally lit up a room.  I just thought she was timeless and i loved that about her, my obsession grew and grew and even at 35 years old i’m still transfixed on her life story and the red lipstick!!!!.

8.What’s your biggest wish in life?

To have a long, happy, healthy life and watch my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren grow up into beautiful people with wonderful lives.

9. Do you believe in love at first sight?

Yes totally. I fell in love with my husband before i’d even met him (we spoke on the phone for 3 weeks before eventually meeting up) and i told him on our first date that i loved him and was going to marry him.  I wasn’t wrong!!!!!!

10. What are you most proud of in your life?

My children and the life I’ve built for them.

11.What’s been your favourite holiday destination so far?

Id say Florida, in my late teens my mum and dad took me there twice and the second time i was about to turn 18 and it was the last family holiday we had where it was just the three of us (i’m an only child).

So there are may questions answered, all that’s left to do now is nominate 11 fabulous blogs, which you will find below, click the links and have a good mooch, lets show them as much support as we can:

  1. tring tot spot
  2. Muma on the Edge
  3. Confessions of a working Mum
  4. Too much (mothering) Information
  5. Mother of all Lists
  6. Mama, Eden & Me 
  7. just saying mum
  8. bigbawdyburlybeauty
  9. Be healthy Live Happy
  10. yummy lummy
  11. Cate in the Kitchen 

For all you fabulous bloggers that i’ve nominated, here are my 11 questions to you:

  1. Other than blogging, what do you spend your day doing?
  2. What is your favourite blogger?
  3. Who inspires you in life?
  4. 3 desert Island foods?
  5. What is your best trait?
  6. What is your worst?
  7. What perks you up on a bad day?
  8. What item could you not live without in life?
  9. Who puts the biggest smile on your face?
  10. Whats your signature dish if you are cooking for friends and family?
  11. Whats your biggest dream for the future?

Now for the 4 very simple rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you (that would be me).
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

That’s it, simple as!!!! hope you all enjoy taking part, i’m really looking forward to all the replies.  Please feel free to comment, all comments are welcome (apart from nasty ones but i’m sure we won’t have any of those!!!!)

Enjoy Purdey Makes 6 xxxxxx

 

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Chocolate Guinness Cake

My favourite guilty pleasure is cake, any cake, as long as there is sponge and filling it’ll do me. While Victoria Sponge usually ranks number one my husband’s chocolate Guinness cake (stolen from Nigella)comes a close second.

I can’t bake, my baking talents extends to jam sponge squares. These consist of a basic of basic sponge cake baked in a square tin. Once it cools I slap jam on top and cut it into squares, even the kids are less than impressed but it is pretty tasty and hits a spot with a nice mug of coffee.

My husband was brought up with his dad baking for the family so he was taught from an early age, the only cookery lesson I’ve had was year 7 cookery class in school. No matter how hard I try baking it never turns out, I follow the recipe and it still turns into a disaster, my sponge squares are only a result of my father in law having some sympathy for me and explaining the basic of basic cake recipe I’m well known for. My cherry cake went down in family history not because of its taste but rather the fact all my Cherry’s sank to the bottom of the cake tin, it was edible what more could they ask!!!!!

Anyway as I was saying my husband has learnt from one of the great cake makers, so the whole baking situation comes very easy to him. He’s renowned for his cakes amongst our friends and his chocolate Guinness cake is his most asked for cake.

This cake is very rich and is an acquired taste. I personally didn’t like it at first the moistness of the cake put me off along with the actual cream cheese topping, but over time my palette changed and I now love it.

METRICCUPS

FOR THE CAKE

  • 250 millilitres guinness
  • 250 grams unsalted butter
  • 75 grams cocoa powder
  • 400 grams caster sugar
  • 142 millilitres sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 275 grams plain flour
  • 2½ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda

FOR THE TOPPING

  • 300 grams cream cheese
  • 150 grams icing sugar
  • 125 millilitres double cream (or whipping cream)

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4/180°C/350ºF, and butter and line a 23cm / 9 inch springform tin.
  2. Pour the Guinness into a large wide saucepan, add the butter – in spoons or slices – and heat until the butter’s melted, at which time you should whisk in the cocoa and sugar. Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla and then pour into the brown, buttery, beery pan and finally whisk in the flour and bicarb.
  3. Pour the cake batter into the greased and lined tin and bake for 45 minutes to an hour. Leave to cool completely in the tin on a cooling rack, as it is quite a damp cake.
  4. When the cake’s cold, sit it on a flat platter or cake stand and get on with the icing. Lightly whip the cream cheese until smooth, sieve over the icing sugar and then beat them both together. Or do this in a processor, putting the unsieved icing sugar in first and blitz to remove lumps before adding the cheese.
  5. Add the cream and beat again until it makes a spreadable consistency. Ice the top of the black cake so that it resembles the frothy top of the famous pint. 
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Slimming World Vegetarian Spaghetti Bolognaise 

Ingredients:
*Quorn or mince if having a meat      alternative

*tomato puree 4 tbsp

*tinned tomatoes 400g can

*passata 500g carton

*1 onion 

*1 large carrot

*3 celery sticks

*4cloves of garlic

*1tsp dried mixed herbs

This is a very low maintenance easy family meal. I cook it in the slow cooker and leave to boil all afternoon. I also throw in a cup full of stock to keep the sauce runny and if need be I add a touch more tomato puree to thicken it up. If I have spare veggies such as mushrooms or peppers in the fridge they get thrown in as well.

Once it’s near tea time I boil whatever veggies I fancy, brocolli being my favourite and throw a huge pan of pasta on to make sure the whole family is full. I also season my food once it is ready to be plated up so season to your own tastes.

This is a very cheap meal to make and is a good time saver as well. If your family are like ours they will all want different meals and not only is it time consuming but over a weekly period can add a lot to your shopping bill. The price of this meal will vary from shop to shop but should always come in less than £5, so for someone like myself with six children that’s very cheap.