GOYB Week #4 Check In

Ugh. Just, ugh.

Up a pound. Measurement-wise I actually gained an inch around my hips this past week, but everything else stayed the same.

I’m not going to lie, it’d been a bad week. I’ve been so busy with Belfire and getting Into a Long Ago Future ready to launch that I’ve been grabbing ‘whatever’ is handy for meals. It started out great, watching everything closely, but by Friday that was all swirling down the drain.

It’s Monday. It’s a new week, gotta bring the focus back. :)

The challenge was to figure out why we’re not making our health a priority. January started out with my health on the top of the list, with Belfire running a close second. Now, because of the crunch-time with getting the back-log titles out plus keeping up with the new titles, work has inched up and overtaken health concerns. Oh, and the food diary.

Not a good thing.

Like I said though, it’s a new week, and the beginning of a new month shortly, so I’m refocusing that intent to put my health first.

1 – continue with no pop through February*
2 – with the weather maintaining at above-seasonal averages at least for this next week, I’m going to walk. Probably not far, but at least it’ll be better than from here to the living room and back again.
3 – preparing meals rather than grabbing whatever!
4 – re-start the food diary

The challenge from our hostess for week #5 actually spans right through to week #8. She’d like us to do our measurements and weight daily, and log our cycle as well.

Erm… without getting too TMI for everyone… I can’t log my cycle. My weight has actually tossed my hormonal balance off, and anything after this is actually TMI so, yeah. But I can take my measurements daily!

Have a great week everyone! <|:^) * I was intending on treating myself to one small bottle of Fanta Tangerine, because I thought I saw it in the store. Apparently, Tangerine has been discontinued though, so it’s Orange. Just plain Orange. Why do companies get you hooked on a flavor, then drop it? Tangerine was the most popular flavor around here, everyone was drinking it. BUT – while it’s not carbonated and does have aspartame – Crystal Light has a flavor, Tangerine Grapefruit, that tastes just like Fanta Tangerine without the bubbles. It comes in both single-serve (which is perfect for 600-700ml of water as 500ml is too strong) and pitcher packs.

GOYB Week #3 Check In

I’m a bad, bad witch. I’ve been relatively good about keeping my food diary and I’ve definitely stayed off the colas and such.


I’ve not lost a single inch (not even a part of one) nor have I lost any weight. I haven’t done my challenge (yet) and I know I was eating more of the bad stuff in the last week. I have a bear thing, I swear. As soon as it gets cold, I want comfort food and that – for me – involves things like potatoes. Meat (not lean). Starchy veggies. And so on, and so on. I think in the last week, we went through three loaves of bread…

Spicy Rice & Beans

A while back, a friend modified a couple of recipes to create a semi-low-cal-possibly-vegetarian version of Red Beans & Rice.

I tried it once a long time ago – before she found a short-cut in Heinz beans – and while I’m getting off my broom, I thought we should give it a try again. Well, it’ll be the first time for the girls. With Artemis’ aversion to anything shaped like her nick-name (Bean), this could be an interesting meal! <|;-) Mel’s Spicy Rice & Beans

1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup uncooked brown rice
3 cups canned diced tomatoes
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
2 clove minced garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 teaspoon hot red pepper sauce
3/4 cup water
2 cans Heinz Chili Beans (optionally drained & rinsed)

Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the rice and reduce heat to medium, to saute rice for a couple of minutes, stirring often.

Add the water, tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, garlic, spices and the hot sauce. Cover pan and simmer on low for 40 minutes. Add beans, cook for a further 15 minutes or until rice is tender and beans are heated through.

Serve with cornbread, or warmed baguette.


(I don’t know how well this recipe would double or treble, but if someone tries it, let me know! I think it would be an excellent Lughnasadh dish…)