6lbs off this week.

FINALLY the scales move in the right direction :) Am so not going to blow it this time!

After putting all my weight back on and more (was back up to 310 lbs not so long ago – over 22st!) am currently at 292lbs (20st 12lbs). I’ve been working my ass off for weeks doing treadmill at the gym 3/4 times a week and doing long walks.

It’s the eating I’ve been having problems with- I reach for food seemingly for anything, when happy, when stressed, when anxious, when celebrating things, when rewarding myself with a treat.

These past few days I’ve been incorporating 1940s ration book eating back into my life again and you’ve guessed it, pounds have started falling off. Will have to make another large stew tonight! Have a nice large fresh salad for work today! Sorry for the ramble!



An a very sad note- I’ve been working on a tribute page to Marguerite Patten who sadly passed away on June 4th aged 99. It was only reported in the media last weekend. Just thought she would be on planet earth forever, she nearly was! I’ll let you know when the page is live.


One helluva positive week! (although poor Richard is trying to recover from a very nasty episode of shingles)

I’ve reassessed, rebooted, recharged and rid myself of 7lbs after a detoxing week of mainly raw fruit and veg and lots of water! Now I feel sufficiently in control, ready and motivated enough to return to my wartime eating plan…well try and work it around my life.

And as I type, it’s my lunch time at work and I’ve just finished putting up a news article about the ‘Lancaster Bomber’. Our 3D Laser Scanning department at work, had the opportunity to be part of keeping the only two remaining Avro Lancaster Bombers flying. Replacement parts are very thin on the ground and in some cases near impossible to get hold of. By scanning rare, historical parts, they can create a highly accurate CAD file from which new parts can be manufactured. This will keep the Lancaster Bomber flying!



Sorry again

I just want to apologise to anyone who has messaged me or written a comment here and I haven’t responded to anyone.

I’m sure it must be coming across as ignorant but honestly its anything but…

Am just maxxed out and have very little time to keep things updated right now.

Life at the mo is pretty much 5am up- on the road at 6:30, start work at 8am, if not at Richard’s it’s back down to Nottingham and usually after a couple of hours its in bed. And when we are together we kind of do other stuff! (right now we’ve been decorating the front room and now on the kitchen!)

Just had internet installed at Richard’s which is great and of course don’t use internet at work for personal stuff.

And yes I do need my butt kicking- I could kick my butt a lot for putting weight back on. I hate it. But as anyone knows with motivation it grabs you and leaves you just as swiftly and then you feel quite a failure.

Anyway- thank you for still visiting the blog. I do appreciate it and will try and get some more recipes created and photographed.

C xxxxx


I’m struggling…

I’m doing something about it and losing weight slowly and I’m really trying to get back into walking. I do love walking but weight related lower spine pain is making it difficult. Why the HELL have I let myself get heavy enough again so this becomes an issue?


I’ve been inspired by a few people recently, firstly my partner Richard who quite often walks 3 miles to work. He’s pulled out his walking boots and is making a concerted effort to get healthier. Some of my work colleagues have been walking too either on a treadmill or just out and about. That’s where I found out about this wonderful FREE phone app called ‘MAP MY WALK’. Everytime I go out and do some exercise I’ve been switching the app on and it records my walk and estimates the amount of calories burned!

This weekend I had a goal of walking in total, 10 miles in short bursts. At the moment I’m up to 7.5 miles but cold and wet after having come back from Bestwood Country Park with my youngest daughter, Em.  To actually go out again and do another 2.5 miles today will take a huge effort as if I’m honest, all I want to do right now is get into my bed and go asleep!

I know that’s not the attitude to have but….


Oh and I bought my first every pair of proper walking boots, I have to try and break them in first. They are very nice. I also found a great website with lots of walks on ‘The Walking Englishman’.

I’m figuring getting out and about more and walking is VITAL to losing weight and keeping it off.

Thanks so much for coming back and reading the blog. I truly have so little free time these days to keep things so regularly updated but sometimes things in life change.

I’ll try and do a new recipe real soon.

Love C xxxxx


Here’s a pretty standard quick wartime recipe for vegetable soup.

I’m all for making dinners cheaply but sometimes you have to take a short cut now and again, especially if your life is busy. Not strictly in the spirit of the 1940s but it’s still the same food!

In this case, when I was doing shopping in Aldi’s and saw a large packet of fresh chopped mixed veg for soup. At only 99p I thought why not. The veggies inside the pack were fresh leeks, carrots & turnips.

To this I added a couple of fresh chopped potatoes and a couple of tablespoons of dried lentils and cooked the veg in a seasoned vegetable stock.

It made a thin and pleasant soup, enough for 4 large bowls and all I added in addition was some extra salt and pepper.

All this for about 35p a bowl and less than 200 calories!


1 pack of vegetables for soup from Aldi’s (or a chopped turnip, a few chopped carrots, 1/2 large leek chopped)
2 level tablespoons of dried lentils
2 potatoes chopped
1.5 litres of vegetable stock (or any stock)
Salt and pepper to taste


Place chopped vegetables and dried lentils in the stock
Bring to boil and simmer until vegetables/lentils are tender
Add salt and pepper to taste


I need your help….

facebookhealth I mentioned a little while back that I had finally got myself a full-time job. What with not being able to work in the latter part of my life in Canada and then moving back to the UK, it took two years. To say I am relieved is an understatement…

Just to make things EVEN better, the company that I work for PMS DIECASTING, LASER SCANNING, REVERSE ENGINEERING 3D & GO TOOLS, is wonderfully forward thinking, much like the newspaper I worked for in Canada.

My job is as a ‘Digital Media Coordinator’ and part of my role is creating & maintaining social media streams as well as updating websites.

My employer has given me the go ahead to run with a ‘workplace wellness’ page on Facebook. PMS Diecasting already supports its employees in a number of ways so I think this in addition is a wonderful thing.

You know me, loving food and recipes and always trying to get inspiration from others, I’d like to build a social community where people can share healthy recipes, encourage their employers to support workplace wellness, share their steps towards taking control of their health, being brave to take the first step…. become a ‘Health Hero’.

So we’ve called the page ‘Health Heroes 2015′… It will hopefully go live in a few days, at the moment I am busy adding recipes and content when I get a spare half hour in between other responsibilities here at work.

So I NEED your help… I wondered if you would be so kind as to sign up for ‘Health Heroes 2015′ by liking the page I have created?


Look forward to seeing you there and thank you!!!

C xxxx


So I got hungry tonight after my stew ran out at lunch time.. ( Two platefuls with mash)

I did have a large lettuce sandwich for dinner later but felt restless and hungry this evening, so decided cooking some ‘Irish Potato Pancakes’ would help so as I type this up I’ve enjoyed some for supper!

Super easy to make!

Irish Potato Pancakes


8 oz mashed potato
1/2 oz melted margarine
1 or 2 oz flour
1 level teaspoon of salt
pinch of pepper


Chop up two washed (not peeled) medium sized potatoes
Place in boiling water and cook until soft enough to mash
Drain and mix the potato, salt, pepper, margarine and enough flour to make a stiff dough.
Roll out to 1/4 inch thick and cut into 8 pieces
Fry in a greased pan browning both sides
Spread with margarine or sandwich fillings (I just enjoyed as they were)



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