Ticketty Boo

Thanks to the miracle of WordPress yesterday evening many readers might have discovered a phantom menace of a post in their inboxes.

The post was no ghost however.

It was in fact a work of lyrical genius.

This moment of intellectual enlightenment captured in print was finely crafted, interlaced with wit as well as erudite wisdom and had been painstakingly constructed by this painfully modest (but insanely good looking and diabolically engaging) writer to enrich humanity.



I felt a great disturbance in the force.

It was as if 1000 words cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I feared something terrible had happened…

It turned out that WordPress deleted everything but the title when I’d uploaded it.

Everything happens for a reason though – and the moment has passed. There’s no point being miffed.

Today my thoughts are elsewhere – and have moved away from annoyances relating to food advertising- which was the predominant theme of my last missive.

I’d been ranting about posters on bus stops – and the pernicious and cynical advertising that’s often targeted at children or their tired parents (one of their five a day without the drama? SERIOUSLY?!) but this morning I’m focused elsewhere.

In this case my mind has returned to getting back to my target weight – or at the very least remaining within my allotted bracket – and I have to say it’s been like herding cats in the last seven days.

My weight has done its usual midweek yo-yo impression and I’ve been continually trying to balance some busy (and occasionally stressful) elements of life alongside the urge to face plant a mound of mashed potato and not stop till I’ve licked the pattern off the plate.

On Wednesday I was in no mood for anything diet related and came very close to (for one evening) throwing in the towel and just emptying the fridge.

Thankfully I didn’t (instead I ate a kilo of carrots) and by the end of the week my impulses were under control.

Plus – for a brief moment the sun peeked out from behind a cloud to say hello.

Today of course it’s a distant memory and the all too familiar floaty little snow flakes are back in the air.


Traditionally that’s been a trigger to eat to excess in the evening so this morning after a trip to the supermarket I’ve been preparing ahead with a slow cooker that’s absolutely stuffed with goodness.

This monstrous cavalcade of speed, protein and free food is designed to fill what promises to be a very cold evening with some on plan and filling bowls of tasty goodness – and I’m already looking forward to it.

It contains:

  • 400 diced stewing steak
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Stock cube
  • An inch and a half of chopped chorizo
  • Leek
  • Red onion
  • Potato
  • Mushrooms
  • Courgette
  • Swede
  • Butternut squash
  • Sweet potato
  • Chopped tomatoes

I was actually tempted to toss the kitchen sink in too but decided not to at the last minute…

I’m also prepared for a treat at lunch and I’m going to have chips!!!

Not just any chips mind you – butternut squash ones – which are my absolute favourite thing lately because they’re less than 40kcal per 100g. This means that I can pop a couple of these 250g punnets onto a baking tray, slam it in the oven and fry up some cod fillets in spray oil on the hob in the meantime for some healthy fish and chips.

All of this emphasis on food optimising is definitely what it takes to remain within the target member ‘Goldilocks zone’ – and it’s as much of a challenge as actually losing weight ever was.

Some days I feel a bit tired of thinking about food all the time and playing mental hopscotch around ideas about meals that I can or can’t eat on any one given day if I’m to remain consistent with my energy intake.

The plus side of all this obsessing and diligent counting however is that this morning (whilst wearing my weigh in clothes) the scales of ultimate accuracy appear to be smiling back at me.

This is all good news because I really want to become a diamond target member at Slimming World.

It’s not because I’m obsessed with badges and stickers or anything (ok so maybe I am a bit) but it’s because this will keep me totally focused and give me something to shoot for.

I really need an objective because in terms of what used to keep me on point I’m no longer going anywhere at all.

Bizarrely that’s now a good thing.

Anyway – time to go to group. Angie is sick today and there’s a fill in consultant, so it’s important to go along and stay in the meeting to make her feel welcome!

(Author goes to group)

Well – plans change. Butternut chips will have to wait until tomorrow.

As is usual with a guest consultant not many people stayed – but that was ok because in these cases there’s often opportunity for people to natter a little more, and that’s sometimes quite a nice change of pace.

Also today the boy did good and is happy.

Slimming World’s scales were even better at than the ones at home!!! I’m now my lightest weight ever which is something I’m not going to be able to say for much longer. I can’t lose much more after this.

Fourteen stone 6!

To think that back in 2014 I was over 35 stone, could barely move from my armchair and looked like this…

Bolstered by a good result and keen to socialise I headed out instead with a friend from the group into town to indulge in some dinner.

Initially our objective was Coffee Architects. It was (not unusually) besieged by customers who were queuing on the pavement outside.

We moved on to Cafe Royale. Also filled with people waiting.

Down the road Fat Birds had loads of tables but a 50 minute (!) wait for food.

Leif tearooms told us that there was standing room only.

Nando’s has 20 minute wait just to sit at a table.

Then we stopped at Las Iguanas.

It seemed a suspiciously quiet… There were plenty of places to sit… Attentive waiters… No delay for food…

So ……. what was the catch?

Well absolutely NOTHING it turned out. I had one of the most DELICIOUS meals that I’ve had for a very very very long time.

This was a vegetarian chilli from the veggie/vegan menu with a side of sweet potato mash and two small soft tortillas.

There wasn’t a trace of oil that I could find in any of it – and the ingredients were both wholesome, warming and extremely filling. What’s more – they didn’t break the bank from a lunchtime menu perspective either!

I couldn’t find any of the dishes from there in the Slimming World app – but I’m pretty confident that I made the best possible choice – and to be honest I’m definitely going back!

So internet – with that may I finish by thanking all of those readers that contacted me wondering why I’d removed a post and asking if I was ok. Hopefully with the resumption of normal service they’ve been collectively reassured that everything is ticketty boo and that life is trundling along very nicely thank you very much 😊



  1. I was so disappointed to not see the second post haha. Stupid WordPress!
    I am 100% sure that you will be a diamond member in a year. I mean, if anyone can do it, it’s you.

    I had the pleasure of eating at Las Iguanas in New Castle and oh my gosh their food is good. 😀 Glad to read you enjoyed it too.

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