Some Good and Some Bad….

So what do I have to write about this month. I feel like I have been mired in all things negative. I have had so many problems with my car, that it has drained me both mentally and physically and I can’t seem to focus on anything other than that.

Not having a reliable car whilst dealing with a second national lock down has really put a strain on my mental health and I have had many bouts of crying and just feeling incredibly sorry for myself

I do have to keep reminding myself that there are lots of positive things happening as well. I still have a good job, I can work from home, I have people who love and care about me. But possibly the best news of all is that the house now has a brand spanking new boiler. No more smell of oil which is a HUGE plus!

I have thankfully not fallen off the eating wagon and have made some great new dishes.

I have spoilt myself with a new waffle maker which I generally use on a weekend as a treat. Although the waffles are not that decadent as they are only made with 1 cup of oats, 1 cup of milk and 1 medium ripe banana, all mixed in the blender and cooked for about 10 mins. I do top it with about 1 tablespoon of maple syrup which is so worth it.

I have also made some more wonderful lasagne using eggplant as pasta with lots of mushrooms and other vegetables. The basic recipe was inspired by The Whole Food Plant Based Cooking Show

Another one of my new favourite recipes, is the lentil stuffed butternut squash inspired by Nisha at Rainbowplantlife which she made as part of her epic Thanksgiving meal.

The other thing I have done for the first time, is make my own oat milk. Its not too bad and certainly much cheaper than buying cartons of it.  I have seen a YouTube vide on a fantastic Nut Milk maker, but I would have to rob a bank to be able to afford it. One day maybe, but then again my kitchen is so tiny I would have nowhere to put any more kitchen gadgets.

Someone asked me the other day about what I eat and is there anything I miss. To be honest, I don’t miss all that much. Sometimes I miss the convenience of cheese to either have on a sandwich or grate on food.  I think cooking for Christmas will be something different and I might have to eat some things that do have salt and oil in them. I am going to start planning and researching now so I am prepared. Not sure how the rest of the family will cope, but hopefully we will all at least be together.

Of course, the huge benefit to all of this has been the weight loss of just on 30 pounds now which I am still a little astounded about. I can really feel the difference around my waist and on my legs. I have been trying to exercise a lot more and my living room has become my home gym. I find it a lot more motivating seeing my treadmill every day and being able to watch TV at the same time. It also helps that I am not having any other people visiting so don’t have to put it away every time.

I hope everyone has seen “The Undoing” which is a fantastic piece of drama. David E. Kelly really knows how to draw you in and Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant are superb. I have always been a huge Sci-Fi fan, and The Mandalorian is one of the best out there. I also watch and enjoy Star Trek Discovery, but its just not in the same league. Jon Favreau is a genius.

I am really glad that lock-down is almost over so that I can hopefully enjoy my birthday later this week and maybe even see someone other than service people to enjoy it with.

Stay safe wherever you are and whatever tiers you may be in.