Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Weekly Menus

I've not had time to sit down & report my weekly menus for ages...Also, I don't know if anyone's really interested. Let's be honest, I don't know if anyone's interested in this blog, full stop, but never mind! I'm here.
I've spent a few hours recently browsing sites such as the Love Food, Hate Waste one I linked to in the last post, plus others giving planned menus which use up bits from other recipes. Also there have been those blogs written by people trying a lot harder than us to save money. And it got me musing...

Quite often I find myself with a recipe using, for example, half a tin of chickpeas. I either throw in the whole tin (they're good for us...it won't make much difference...etc) or keep them in a box in the fridge until they've gone slimy and then give them to the chickens.
IF I have time to lookat recipes and consider carefully, I could plan better to use up the bits.

The other rather wasteful thing I do is not plan lunches. I just buy paté/charcuterie/cheese etc and let Mr D choose what he wants & make my sandwiches as I want. Which means I either don't buy enough, or I buy too much, or I buy lots of stuff (processed meats) that aren't really good for us.
IF I have time I can plan better sandwich fillings, which are less wasteful, & which are better for us.

Of course, it's always the "IF I have time.."which is the difficulty - although, if I'm honest, I probably have more time than I think I have. It's just I don't often use the time I've got to its full capacity. Watching stuff on TV that I don't REALLY want to watch, or flicking through a magazine, or surfing loads of blogs or The Ship on t'internet isn't always the best use of time - enjoyable though it can be!

Anyway, with a short break from work (Monday Tuesday, Wednesday) I have had time to plan better. So here (for anyone who might be on this blog, other than the tumbleweed that occasionally blows through...) are this week's planed menus:
TODAY:
Lunch: Mr D is cycling to Vichy and back with his friends. (A round trip of Far Too Many Kilometres) I'm treating myself to a mini pizza with goat's cheese.(Mr D doesn't like goat's cheese. He claims it is too "goaty")
Dinner: Spinach & Mushroom lasagne (using up ricotta & 1/2 a ball of mozzarella) plus salad
WEDNESDAY:
Lunch:Roast chicken & grape sandwich filler. (This sounded delicious and filling & quite good-for-us. I will make enough for 4 helpings so we can both have it tomorrow as well. Me in my square bread sandwiches, and Mr D in his baguette)
Dinner:Baked potatoes, smoked salmon filling (uses salmon bits, so not too extravagant) and home made coleslaw.

THURSDAY:
Lunch: Yesterday's filler
DINNER: Chicken & chorizo cous cous, with peas (Just had a frozen food delivery from Toupargel, so I've got peas in the freezer.)
Today's a bit heavy on the chicken, but never mind.
FRIDAY:
Lunch:Homemade houmous + feta and vegetable filler. (This sounds remarkably sloppy, but also delicious. I'm not sure how I'll cope with it as a portable lunch in a sandwich box, but we'll see.)
Dinner: Homemade pizza (using left over pasta sauce, mozzarella from Tuesday and chorizo from Thursday) and salad.
SATURDAY:
Lunch: Same as yesterday. We'll both need fuel for cycling in the afternoon.
Dinner: Keema Karahi (a Pakistani minced beef dish) with naan (courtesy of Steve & Cathy), raita and chickpea salad (using the rest of the chickpeas from the houmous. The chickens will be disappointed, as they love chickpeas!)

SUNDAY:
Lunch: Ham & cheese toastie (must remember to get Pain Pesée instead of a flute today!)
Dinner:Pork with peanuts, rice and tomato&onion salad.

I'm not sure about the calorific value of these meals. Maybe some of thm are a bit cheese heavy, but I think generally there's not too much of a problem. As long as I endeavour to keep portions to a normal size, and we continue to exercise, then I think the weight will continue to decrease.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Here's a website to look at.

I've just found a great website - http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/
Try exploring it...I'm going to try the Fruit Bowl buns - but as a loaf - as I seem to have my 100€ worth of sponsors from the Cycle Club.

I'll do my update soon...but not today.

Happy Easter, everyone.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

A Pause In Lent - & My Weekly Updates

My final Pause In Lent can be found over at View From The Teapot which is my other blog. I hope to see you there!

If you're here for an update, well, here we go:
 
START WEIGHT
102 kg
224.9 lbs
TARGET WEIGHT
75 kg
165.3 lbs
AMOUNT TO LOSE
27 kg
59.6 lbs
AMOUNT TO GO
19.5 kg
43 lbs
LOST  IN TOTAL
7.5 kg
16.5 lbs
LOST THIS WEEK
0.5 kg
1.1 lb
WEIGHT THIS WEEK
93.6 kg
206.4 lb

I' m reasonably content. Still a long way to go, I know, and I'm feeling a little malcontent. I'm a bit tired of bovvering, but I know I need to. I think it's because I have a cold so I'm feeling under the weather. Mind you, two people this week have commented that they can see I've lost weight, so that's encouraging.


And the Cycle Challenge. Well:
HOORAH FOR ME!!!
1/4 of the Challenge is now complete!

I've done 257 kilometres. I didn't go out yesterday, due to a stinky cold, but forcing myself to go out last Wednesday meant that I'm only 2.5 km behind where I should be. I'll catch up easily over next weekend, I should imagine. I am pleased to find that even when I don't want to go out, if I do I enjoy myself. There's a couple of runs of about 14 km each which I can do quite easily now, and I know them well. So, if I really don't want to do a ride, I can do one of these, knowing that "When I get to the cross (...or the field of lambs, or the top of the rise, or the ponies-and-their-foals, or the top of the nasty little climb) I can have a rest-and-a-drink & know that I've only got 12 (or 8 or 6 or 4 or 1.5) kilometres to go!"


So:

Date
Distance cycled
Distance to go
Money raised
Money to go
03.04.11
184
816
377€*
623€
10.04.11
243
757
377€*
623€
17.04.11
257
743
377€*
623€

I put a sponsor form in the Clubhouse for the Cycle Club, and although three people have signed, they've not said how much they'll give me (despite the column headed "Somme promis" - amount Promised ) So the amont of money raised hasn't changed. I'll have to rally my colleagues at the Language School next, I think.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Various musings & Updates

First of all, if you've come via Google links to read my Pause In Lent, you need to redirect to here.

Otherwise, I can update you on my cycling and weightloss.
The Cycling challenge is going well, thanks to the Cycle Club of St Just who keep me on my toes (or should that be on my bike?!) I went out by myself on Thursday - although I didn't feel much like it, and my legs really, really didn't want to work, I managed about 23 km at a fairly good average speed. There's a route which has a nasty little hill in it, but you know that when you've got up that (in Granny Gear, with a couple of stops to breathe!) there's 8 km of almost all downhill. I got up to 45 kph at one point - really scary for me!

Then yesterday we went out from the CCSJ. Odette outlined the route before we left, and it included a climb up to a village called Cremeaux. 6 km of climbing - aaargh! I thought. All the time we were heading towards it, I kept thinking "Ah, we've got the climb to Cremeaux coming up..." and panicking slightly. But, as Mr D had already told me, but I didn't believe him, it was actually not a problem. I did it all in 2nd gear, with only one stop to breathe and drink (I can't drink as I'm cycling.) I was so chuffed when I reached the top with no real difficulties! The route down again is a bit up-and-down, and at one point (oddly not on a steepish climb, but on quite a flattish one) I nearly gave up, but Paul nursed me along and I managed it. Huzzah for me again!

No thank to add today for sponsorship, but I have left a form in the Locale of the Cycle Club, so I hope for more sponsors from that. I've also collared a couple of friends who are over for their holidays at the moment. Hopefully something will come of that.

So my totaliser stands at:

Date
Distance cycled
Distance to go
Money raised
Money to go
26.03.11
126.5
873.5
314€*
686€
03.04.11
184
816
377€*
623€
10.04.11
243
757
377€*
623€

I am 21 km ahead of target for this week. Big enormous smiles.

As for my weight loss, well, that's been slow but acceptably steady. I was naughty last night, as we popped into the restaurant next door to see friends who were having a meal there, and I ended up having a kir and a pudding (dried fruit and nuts in caramel sauce with ice cream and almond tuile biscuits. Absolutely gorgeous...but possibly not very good for the diet!) But, with the exercise as well, there has definitely been a change in my shape! My "overhang" is certainly reduced and it has been noticed!

So, generally a good week has been had by all.

START WEIGHT
102 kg
224.9 lbs
TARGET WEIGHT
75 kg
165.3 lbs
AMOUNT TO LOSE
27 kg
59.6 lbs
AMOUNT TO GO
20.1 kg
44.3 lbs
LOST  IN TOTAL
6.9 kg
14.12 lbs
LOST THIS FORTNIGHT
1.3  kg
2.9 lb
WEIGHT THIS WEEK
94.1 kg
207.5 lb

Friday, 8 April 2011

Bear-y Giveaway.

OK I'm rubbish at this. But this should be a link but I don't think it is. Rubbish! Still...it should link to this lovely site with a great giveaway. Do go and have a look!

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Cycling Update - huzzah!

For those who would like to know why I'm doing this Cycle Challenge, I refer you to my post here. It's partly as a spur for me to start exercise, but also because I'm trying to raise money for a good cause.

Well, huzzah for me, I say. Yesterday was my first outing with the Cycle Club. Bizarrely I was a little nervous - what if they go too fast? What if I need to stop for a drink? What if we go up hills (looking at the scenery round herethat's a given!) and I can't do it? What if..? What if...?
(this is Mr D with a view of the scenery round here. It's not very flattering of Mr D, but it shows the not-flat nature of the paysage!)
 
I went out with the 3rd group - the "Slow" group. There was me, Odette, Monique and Paul. I was the youngest at 51, Paul the oldest at 30 years my senior (I hope I'm that fit at 81). "We'll do about 25, maybe 30 kilometres", Odette said. Having managed 27 on Wednesday I thought I could manage that, with a bit of support.

So off we go. I find that in fact, they didn't go too fast - it was more the opposite, particularly on the flat bits. If I needed to stop for a drink, I did - but most of the time I kept going, until we all stopped for a drink, a breather and a chat. We did go up hills - but Paul encouraged me to breathe properly, they kept saying "Don't be afraid to mouliner" (that is, to use the Granny gears), they waited at the top, and on the final hill back into St just Odette cycled with me, encouraging me all the way. And I managed it. All FORTY ONE KILOMETRES!!!! That's more than a week's target in one ride!
OK, I admit I couldn't move yesterday evening, and Cantonese Beef in oyster sauce turned into sausage, beans and frozen potato mix, because I couldn't face cooking anything, and I didn't sleep too well last night due to cramp, bad back and  leg ache. BUT Goodness Gracious Me! I'm proud of myself!  Today's not too bad although my back's still a little sore, but gosh. Clever me!

I have some more Thank Yous to say to people for more sponsorship:
Thank You to Flausa from Ship Of Fools. She's sponsored me for my cycling and I sponsored her for her Edinburgh Moon Walk. 
Merci beaucoup à Floss from Troc, Broc et Recup' for a cheque received this week, as well as my friends Mary & Ted back in the UK. I really appreciate your support.

Date
Distance cycled
Distance to go
Money raised
Money to go
19.03.11
64
936
248€*
752€
26.03.11
126.5
873.5
314€*
686€
03.04.11
184
816
377€*
623€
*£ to € conversions are rounded to the nearest €

I'm only 1.5 kilometres behind the target total for this week. I can't quite believe it!
Go, Fat Dormouse, go!!!

P.S. And I've lost almost another kilo this week...Big Smiles.