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My Own Private Idaho

… After all is said and done, usually more is said than done…

My Top Nine…

Everyone and their mother is posting their top 9 social media interactions from the past year. I am going to go in a different direction and talk instead about nine things I enjoyed this past year.

1) This blog – I finally stopped procrastinating and started this blog.

2) My health kick – I am not really good with diet fads so I was glad to find a healthy lifestyle that worked for me and allowed me some cheat days without feeling guilty.

3) I took the plunge and locked my hair – the first couple of months were difficult but I finally fell in love with my dreads

4) I watched a variety of movies last year from big production movies like Thor to indie movies like Call me by your Name.

5) I stopped compromising on a lot of things that concerned me and learnt to be somewhat selfish

6) My love for perfumes and leather handbags is still intact so yeah…

7) I found more ways to fall in love with teaching again and celebrated every little educational success

8) – I wasn’t afraid to ask for help, wasn’t shy to say thank you and wasn’t guilty to say NO

9) – I enjoyed 2017 but I am super excited for 2018

I hope everyone has a great 2018

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Back on Track…

So it is no secret that I fell off the wagon and ate everything I could lay my hands on this Christmas.

The holidays are over and it is time to get serious again. My first duty was to tighten my locs. I caved and went to my stylist to get it done so there is that.

The second was to get rid of all the chocolates I received during the Christmas (that is after eating half of them)

Finally I went back to preparing and cooking my own food. I started by making a pot of soup, stew and marinating my fish.

I also went out to restock on my apple cider vinegar and pink Himalayan salt.

So I can say that things seem to be getting back on track (gradually – that is)

But I still have to make it through New Years lunch and dinner…

Christmas Prep…

So I will be working till almost Christmas and while I plan to enjoy the Christmas holidays (read Food), I don’t want to eat my body weight in food.

So I have been prepping some healthy options that should appear on my Christmas table.

Yesterday I dried goat meat in peppered sauce. I actually forgot it in my oven for a while so it is super tender… oh well!

Today I made some mozzarella cheese bagels. I tried to make them bigger than usual so there is that.

Hopefully tomorrow I will get fish to grill and buy ready riced cauliflower.

So Merry Christmas in advance…

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Build a Bear (Salad)…

Here we go again. Another week – another salad. Well yesterday I actually ate courgetti as my first meal but I ended the night eating a whole rack of ribs (caveman alert)

I went a step further today and made ginger ale. I did use xylitol instead of sugar so that is a plus I guess.

The year is winding down so it is one end of year celebration to another so my homemade drinks makes the likelihood of me picking up any available drink slimmer.

Now I just need to add packed lunches to my lifestyle and it will be an even greater end of year…

Bon Appetit

Portobello Burger…

I tried it for the second time – portobello burgers (thanks http://www.ruled.me). While it comes out really tasty, my mushroom buns tend to be a bit soggy. I enjoyed it so much though especially as I had it with ribs.

At the moment I am looking for Christmas recipes…

2 For 1 Salad 🥗 Combo…

So as the year winds down, people begin to take stock on their year and make plans for the upcoming year.

You begin to see health and wealth and fitness resolutions appearing everywhere.

Well I have come to the resolution that somewhere between here and the new year I will fall off my healthy eating Wagon.

So I have decided to claim my victories wherever I get them. Hence my 🥗 that lasted two meals.

I made a bowl of salad and ate it with salmon (which I fried cause I was too lazy to grill) and ate the second portion with fried eggs…

So that is 1 for me – 0 for bad diet…

Till the next time…

End of Year Blues…

Compared to other years, I have been dragging my feet with regards Christmas gifts. On other years I would have already wrapped 70% of my gifts. This year on the other hand I have not even bought gifts – I have however decided on what I want to get myself though…

Yesterday I wanted to make bagels but did not have mozzarella cheese. I did have cheddar so I decided to use that instead. By the time I was done I had already made some home made beef patties as well. It was too late to eat so I had my bagel for breakfast instead.

I hope the fuel from today’s meal propel me to get my Christmas shopping underway…

Also we might get snow today so I am looking forward to that…

Christmas Bits and Bobs…

You don’t need to look far to feel the Christmas spirit.

The streets are decked in Christmas lights. Shops radios blast one Christmas song after another. The streets are crowded with people trying to find that perfect Christmas gift.

If you are like me, you are secretly waiting for Boxing Day Sales to nab a good bargain.

In all our hustle and bustle we usually forget that this is a season of thankfulness… This is something I have decided to remind myself everyday.

The need to have a thankful heart.

Marvel Magic…

Marvel has released the trailer for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and I must say that it exceeded all my expectations. Can’t wait for the movie now.

I also discovered that the frozen tilapia that is sold near me is not half bad (it loses points cos I have to descale the fish myself urgh!) but I survived it.

My day started off kinda sketchy but it got better from there…

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