Health Diary Week 44 : Food, Exercise and a Positive Mind

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Hello again; how quickly time passes! I’m back for another instalment of what’s on my plate: health and nutrition updates and some positive smile-provoking experiences…

What’s New

I’d like to start by saying a big thank you to Pooja from Lifesfinewhine for her blogging advice. I’ve been taking note and making changes to my writing style and layout. I’ve still got loads to learn, but I’m getting there (I think). I hope you all approve.

The not so great news is that I didn’t get the job I interviewed for. But I’m okay about it. I asked for feedback and was pleased (relieved) it was positive “We thought you interviewed really well… you provided some really strong answers to our questions. It was a hard decision…”. Overall, I see it as a good practise run – after all, this was my first proper job interview in years – previously I’d been working as a university Disability Adviser for about 15 years.

Food and Nutrition

So, let’s check out what food was on my plate, the healthy and not so healthy choices and identify any tweaks I could make to improve my nutrition…

Breakfast:

I skipped breakfast four times this week – I just didn’t fancy eating first thing in the morning on those occasions. Strawberries were my healthiest option; I resorted to those easy-grab biscuits twice and once a slice of peanut butter and jam on toast. I really do need to up my fruit intake again:

Week 44 Breakfasts

Lunch:

I had a batch of steamed potatoes that needed using, so I oven cooked them in a spice coating of onion, garlic, smoked paprika, cumin and chilli oil, with some chickpea flour to add crispiness – I have to say, they were rather tasty, but then, I do love potatoes. The next couple of days were convenience meals – a miso chilli noodle pot and a pitta filled with cheese, coleslaw and salad. We had My typical salad the remainder of the week, as my folks were back. I’m happy enough with these food choices:

Week 44 Lunches

Dinner:

I do love pasta, as evidenced by my four pasta-based dinners this week: I split pumpkin raviolini over two days with a jar of bolognese sauce. Another day I opted for my lazy pasta – fusilli, sundried tomato, peppers, sweetcorn and onion, with a drizzle of chilli and extra virgin olive oil. And then there was a simple, but delicious brown-rice spaghetti with tomato, mushrooms, olives and pepper with homemade garlic bread. Other meals: leftover Mexican chilli on cheesy nachos with tomato and mushrooms – yum. A slightly disappointing burger and low-fat oven chips – we suspect the burger recipe has changed. Mum made a delicious cheesy veg bake to use up carrots, broccoli and courgettes, which we had with sausages, roasted potatoes and more carrots. I admit, I went back for seconds; actually, also with the spaghetti meal – I shouldn’t be doing that:

Week 44 Dinners

Snacks:

I’m not entirely sure how much I snacked during the first part of the week; I suspect not much. And I barely ate between meals the latter end. I’m surprised with myself and pleased. I hope I can continue to keep snacking to a minimum without feeling hungry – we’ll see. Sweet snacks were chocolate (a bar and a bit), whilst savoury included a filled pitta bread of cheese, coleslaw and salad (big snack!), crisps and Balti mix:

Week 44 Snacks

Alcohol

I had an alcohol-free week. I really didn’t fancy any after my excesses last week.

Exercise

Hmmm, what can I say? I’ve not had a particularly active week. The only exercise I achieved was through walking, nearing three hours total. I definitely intend to be more energetic next week:

Week 44 Exercise

Weight, BMI and Fat Results

I wasn’t really sure what to expect this week results-wise. As it was, I had another week of no weight change (166.2 lb / 75.4 kg) and minimal body fat loss (from 40.2% to 40.1 %). I think the reduced snacking probably balanced out the lack of physical activity, resulting in just maintaining:

Positive Thinking: What Made Watson Smile

It was tough narrowing down which positive experiences to include this week. So, here’s my favourites…

Mummy Bird’s Demands:
Mummy Bird (our Blackbird friend) makes me smile every time I see her. When it started to rain, we rushed inside to the living room with our morning coffee. We heard her loud chirping through the open window. So, I investigated and found her below the window looking up at me – she then jumped off the wall and ran towards the front door in anticipation (top row). Dad obediently went out and fed her (we’re well trained). But maybe she’s getting a bit chubby now? (Bottom row: Week 35 (left) versus now (right)):

Apologies for the poor top pictures – the photos were taken through the window in a hurry

Guard Cat:
Jasper, our guard cat (well, my neighbour’s cat), has taken to sitting under the bird feeder – thankfully he’s not particularly interested in the birds – we think he’s searching for other creatures. It brightens my day when he visits, especially when he shirks his duties and just rolls around on the driveway being cute (last pic from Week 35):

Tiny Beautiful Nature:
When I was sat watching Jasper on his guard duty, I noticed a tiny flower by his side (you can just about see it in the above picture too). I had to have a closer look and observed the pretty intricacy despite its tiny size:

Amusing Shadows and Bendy Birds:
Mum and I went out for a walk and found a pond currently popular with the ducks – we spent quite some time watching them – they have such bendy necks! When I was taking photos, I noticed our shadows looked amusingly oddly-shaped – we had our raincoats tied around our waists – I’m on the right:

Ghostly Friends:
I’ve missed seeing Bevy in person and I’m super excited she’s back – hopefully we can see each other in real-life soon. However, she appears to have become somewhat ghostly since we last met – she’s that eerie figure in the bottom of the screen. And Harry, Bevy’s boyfriend, lurking in another room, seems to be bodiless. Perhaps I should be concerned about meeting up with these people:

Homemade Gifts (for Me):
My highlight was the birthday presents my Aunt sent back with my parents. My Birthday was back in February and my Aunt had offered to post them, but I said I was happy to wait. Receiving presents is always a delight, but even more so when they’re created especially for me. My talented Aunt sent over a whole package of beautifully handmade crystal-based gifts. So, I took my time enjoying opening and appreciating each treasure:

The intentionally prolonged present opening process
My presents on display. The suncatchers still look beautiful without bright sunshine

I hope you enjoyed this week’s ‘What’s on Watson’s Plate’. Thank you for reading and feel free to follow my bite-sized updates on Instagram or Facebook. See you next Wednesday for another catch up.

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