Christmas Leftovers Minestrone

Today I’m defrosting the freezer and clearing the fridge in preparation for a food shop tomorrow. I wanted rid of the leftovers, so I made a big pan of minestrone which we’ve just had for lunch.  I have to say it tastes pretty damn good.


This is what went in:

Olive oil





Sweat all this lot together then add


Leftover honey roast ham

Swiss bouillon powder


Tub of home made tomato puree from our 2015 tomato crop

Tiny pasta shells

Boiling water from the kettle

Easy peasy!  Enough left for lunch tomorrow too.   I’ve never put sprouts in soup before so I was a bit dubious, but as I only cooked it until the pasta softened (about ten mins) it worked brilliantly.  No measurements as usual, I just chuck it all in and hope for the best.





Porridge Cravings

Who knew that a bowl of porridge would be the thing to de-rail me?  This morning I positively craved porridge.  I had it with almond milk, seeds, banana and honey.  All banned for the first 28 days on the KSFL plan!  I just couldn’t face another egg at breakfast time.DSCF1184Still, now I’ve got that out of my system I feel great!   I’m not going to carry on in that ‘oh well I’ve blown it’ frame of mind though.  It’ll be a green juice for lunch and poached salmon with a big salad for dinner.

So it seems that my amazing fat loss will be delayed while I go round the block a few times.  I’ll get there, I promise!

My Motivation Has Gone AWOL



After a few weeks of positive thinking, getting back into the running, eating lots of lovely fruit and veg etc. all of a sudden my motivation has disappeared.  I feel bad about it but cannot clamber back onto the rails.

I’m trying to work out what’s gone wrong and I think it stems from a break in routine which started with missing a class at gym, then skipping a healthy lunch in favour of a steak pie, and it’s all gone down hill from there on.  On the other hand, the weather has been dismal and cold so that could be affecting my mood too.

I need to jump start my motivation but have absolutely no idea how to do it. Last time I had a reboot was on holiday in January, when I read lots of inspiring articles and really got into it.

Each day I start off with porridge, seeds and honey and tell myself that today is going to be a good health day.  It starts to go wrong at lunchtime when I’m faced with the healthy green soup I’ve made, but just don’t want to eat, so I have a slab of bread and butter to go with it.  So why are you buying bread? I can hear you ask.  Good point.  I don’t know.  I get to the supermarket with a list and then just ignore it.

It’s obvious to me, reading this back, that I have no willpower.  Am I really waiting for another wake up call before I address the issue?

I regularly think about going to Slimming World or Weight Watchers, but the couple of times I’ve tried it I’ve only lasted a week or two as I really don’t like this sitting round in a circle stuff.

I’ve read every diet book under the sun and often buy a new one in the vain hope that it will have the magical answer.  I already know what the answer is, move more and eat less!

Right.  That’s enough moaning.  Let’s have some action.  Would it help if I made myself accountable to someone?  You maybe?  What if I wrote about my plans and how they’re going?  I’m not going to document my weight because I’m too ashamed to tell you.  Let’s go with this as a plan:

  1. Any fruit and veg is better than none
  2. Any exercise is better than none
  3. Will this food/exercise decision you are about to make take you nearer your goal or further away from it?
  4. Make being healthy your priority.  Put it at the top of your ‘to do’ list.
  5. You are OK now, being healthier will simply improve things, not turn you from a bad person into a good person.
  6. Biscuits are not a ‘treat’ for your body
  7. If you could ask your body what it wanted, instead of your brain, would it really say chocolate?
  8. Are you really hungry or just bored?
  9. Take one day at a time and don’t write off the whole week because of one bad day.
  10. Don’t wait ’til Monday, or April, or after your holidays, or after the summer, or after Christmas, or next year to start! Start right now!!