Winding down – Where is the Off button?

I feel so fidgety! I can’t switch off I feel like my mind is doing somersaults, backflips and trapeze tumbles. All I want to do is switch off!

Come on brain what is going on? Share with me!

Tonight got home from work, ate dinner, read with kids and as soon as I got in the bath that was it…… No no serene calming thoughts of butterflies skipping across meadows of wild flowers NO! Contemplating how best to tell people the differences between insurance policies, how I need to sort out other bits.

Now laying in bed I should have made a list of all the things that are flitting around in my head then tomorrow I could set a plan to deal with them!

I would love to leave work and completely switch off but I can’t seem to do that. I’m sure I will wake at two or three in the morning with other thoughts gnawing at my brain.

So I challenge myself to find ways of switching off. Maybe I should try yoga, meditation or colouring in.

How do you switch off?

Work life balance? I can’t find it!

Ok, people keep mentioning work life balance. How is it achievable in these days of tech, wifi and the inbuilt feeling that we need to be on-call all the time?

I commute everyday on the train and usually I am in a world of my own. Today, I have actually realised it is a ‘train office’ a mobile office that transports you to the actual office! There is no escape from it.

I was sat next to a woman who couldn’t complete a single sentence without applying some type of corporate phrasing or business acronym into it. ‘Yes let’s get together and brain storm, try thinking outside the box and may be reach out to…..’ You get the drift.

The man sat opposite was tutting whilst typing on his laptop taking up all of the table so ‘corporate speak woman’ couldn’t put her Costa Latte down.

So if I can’t escape work on the train, at home or in my head where can I go to get the peace and balance I should have.

I remember that when I started work, all of those many moons ago there were those that worked and those that coasted or blagged their way through! Maybe that’s the way forward but I am to scared to do that because I will trip up and people will find out so I think I am clearly open about what I know, what I do and what I really have no understanding of. I do strive to be good at my job I don’t ever think I am the best but as long as my clients/customers/associates whatever you want to call them are happy then what else could I really ask for, ok, other than being paid a fortune to work only mornings or a couple of days a week.

So how do you start to manage a life/work balance? Answers on a postcard please!

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Make Mine A Diet Lemonade and Vodka – Low Calorie Drink Options!

Make Mine A Diet Lemonade and Vodka – Low Calorie Drink Options!

This really infuriates me! There I have said it, now to unleash the debate!

I am again trying to tackle my weight.  Well it is January and that is what I believe I am supposed to do! Not that I am particularly unhappy with my weight it just how I look.   I have now reached the age or period in my life that there are other things to worry about but I would still feel conscious in a swimming costume (don’t even mention the B word – not at my age, size or colour which is somewhere in between white and smurf blue).

January and the diet change is a struggle enough so when know you are going out for a meal (alarm bells trigger) or even worse out for a few drinks (sirens wail) you know that you are walking into a minefiefood-drink--vodka--party--drinks_3242687ld of sugar filled mixer or soft drink options!

I know it’s radical but what if pubs and restaurants served low calorie or no calorie (zero) options as standard and you have to specifically ask for full fat! It really could be that easy.

Come on, you restaurant chains and you independents

we want to visit but you make it so difficult.

When I have asked for slimline bitter lemon they either just give me the full fat option or full fat lemonade. Ok, I can appreciate bitter lemon being less popular but sprite zero or Diet 7UP surely this could be available in cans or bottles.

Is it that they are really less popular or is it because they are generally not available? I look around the office and the majority of desks have a low cal drink of some kind in view.

A few years ago (2009 to be precise) I asked Greene King/Wetherspoons and a few other outlets why they didn’t stock diet lemonade and their reply was the same ‘lack of demand’.

I wonder if 5 years on there is still no demand for the low calorie options, who can answer this question?

Tell you what, why don’t you complete this little survey (4 questions) and we can go from there?  If its a pie in the sky idea I will forget it and if not lets unleash a campaign.

Low Calorie Drink Survey

So excited to see your responses.  Thanks for your time and if you have any views please share them with me :)

Elaine

 

Fat Traps or Blocked Drains?

Fat Traps or Blocked Drains

This year it was my turn to cook Christmas dinner and although I think I was super organised by googling things to prepare ahead, gravy, roast spuds etc the one thing when cooking always concerns me is the lard/fat/juices etc that are left over.  Being veggie this also freaks me out quite a bit.  

Usually if cooking for the boys I save the fat and mix it with bird seed to put in the garden but with two turkeys and a gammon there was too much fat to even think about using all of it.  I was trying to pour the warm juices into squash bottles so that I could bin them rather than throw it down the sink when my sister appeared with these.

Fat Trap

Fat Trap – www.thameswater.co.uk/binit

These came flat packed and pop up easily into little boxes that you can keep on the work surface to be filled with fat and juices.  Each box is sealed with a plastic liner and a seal on top so that the contents do not spill out.  This means that once the liquid/fat/juice has cooled you can tip it in here and throw it in the bin.

For me this beats the worry of blocking the drains so no more running the hot water and pouring half a bottle of Fairy down the sink as you tip your fat etc away and therefore I will no longer be contributing to the Fatburgs that are smothering our drainage systems.

If you don’t have these boxes then there are other ways to bin your fat such as collecting the fat in old containers and jars or using for the bird to make fatballs.

If you want to see more about Fatburgs then visit www.thameswater.co.uk/binit

 

 

Today I have my WHY head on ….

So WHY?

  • Why isn’t there a courier firm that specializes in delivering before 8am and after 6pm?
  • Why can’t someone make tights that do not dig in your middle making you look like a B or slide down your body and give you wrinkly canckles and pull your knickers down?
  • Why do men get so arsy when they can’t get their own way? Just like kids!
  • Why can I no longer cope with hangovers? I think its an age thing.
  • Why do I always feel the cold?
  • Why do kids no longer think that detentions in school are nothing to be bothered about?  I would have been mortified if I had to have a detention.

Slimming World – Syn Free Snacking – Garlic and Chilli New Roasties

I don’t and will never claim to be a food/cookery blogger but I really have to share these beauties with you.

Let’s start by setting the scene girls round for a few drinks, normally I would crack open the wine and Doritos, Kettle chips etc and an array of dips and max out my calorie intake in minutes as crisps and dips or cheese and biscuits are my favorite things to eat .

No more!

I know that if  I have the girls over  I will max out my syns on vodka but with slimline bitter lemon but  it is always worth it.

Slimming World – Syn Free Snacking – Garlic and Chilli New Roasties

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Shopping List:

Bag of baby spuds -I love Charlotte baby potatoes but it’s up to you.  I think the smaller the better.

Lazy chilli

Lazy garlic

Seasalt and Black Pepper

Fry light

Lets do it:

Par boil potatoes in a saucepan. Drain and if you want really crispy edges bash them up a bit (this is a technical term for shaking them up a bit in colander so they have rough edges)

Put them in a roasting tray and coat with Fry Light.

Then add in some chilli and garlic. I don’t think there are any hard and fast rules to how much of each I usually throw in a teaspoon of each, though I am a bit heavy handed when it comes to the chilli!

Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper. Mix through so that each of the potatoes are coated with the oil and seasoning combo and put in the oven.

I am a gas mark girl, so usually gas mark 5  (190°C).   I seem to cook everything on 5.  Leave them to magic themselves into perfect balls of chilli and garlic heaven -20 minutes is usually enough.

You could also make potato wedges or chips in the same way.

Totally syn free snacking – gets a thumbs up from me.

Have a go and let me know how you get on or share your variations with me.