A Winter's Tale
January 29, 2014
I spent a happy hour last night perusing recipes… much as I dislike darker days and longer nights… I do have to confess that good hearty hot-pots and casseroles are one thing that makes winter bearable. My slow cooker spent the summer on top of the fridge gathering dust and waiting for winter to arrive and it has more than earned its keep over the past two months.
When it comes to my eating habits I’m a creature of habit and so have to force myself out of my “easy to throw together” staples which are tried and tested and fill the hole. This is the first winter my slow cooker has really come into its own … largely due to the WLR recipe database.
I have plenty of cookbooks with healthy low-fat weight-loss-inducing recipes but the thing I love about the WLR database is that it has “the personal touch”. They are put on the site by people just like me, on the same journey as me and with the same busy days as me.
If I want to find out more I can simply head to the recipe sections in the food diary, key in some “search word” and get inspiration. I know that the recipes are there because they have helped others on their WLR journey… and the amount of choice is unbelievable… from quick and simple to more complicated and a wow at a dinner party… I can always find something to tempt my taste buds without making me give in to temptation and the wonderful thing is that sharing them with friends is easy - they have no idea they are eating a “diet” recipe!
The other bonus is that my slow cooker is huge, which means I can cook up a storm… making lots of lovely soups, stews and casseroles and fill my freezer with ready-prepared, ready-calculated meals. They are also firm family favourites so anyone in the Hudson household can do a quick defrost and re-heat and enjoy a proper home cooked healthy meal.
I’m also realising that Winter workouts work. When the days are long and busy, or when there’s always someone inviting you round for BBQs or drinks in the garden, it’s easy to ditch the gym in favour of fresh air and decide that reclining in a deckchair on a hot summer evening is preferable to pounding the pavements on your daily run … but I find that as it gets darker in the evenings I figure once I get in I’m in for the evening.. which makes me more inclined to get down to the gym straight after work so when I do get home I can curl up and relax. As you know, I don’t like exercise very much… but I’m much more motivated to do it at this time of year than in Spring and Summer.
For practical reasons I chose to join a gym which is next door to the “day job” office as five days a week it’s really handy, but it means I don’t go there at the weekend so had to come up with alternatives when I’m on “home ground”…
Early in the New Year I managed to pick up a couple of very reasonable exercise DVDs in the PoundShop and I have to say I’ve enjoyed doing them. Just because the celebrity featured on them is no longer an “A lister” doesn’t mean that the workouts are outdated… and they are great way of burning calories when it is really too cold and wet to venture outside for a power walk or a run along the cycle path. It also means I work up an appetite and really enjoy my supper which thanks to planning, preparation, a great stack of resources and a lean-grill and slow cooker are all part of the reason why another pair of jeans has made the transition from the spare bedroom wardrobe back into my “clothes I can wear now” wardrobe…
And it’s little triumphs like that which can make all the difference… just reminding me that I may be doing it by the “slow and steady” route, but this is not a sprint… there are no prizes for speed… the important thing is I AM DOING IT!
My WLR journey during winter is different from WLR journey in summer… But it’s still the same journey… just modified with seasonal adaptation. I shall soon be turning my thoughts to spring, with the longer days offering possibilities for getting out and about a little more after a day at the office; my local supermarket stocking springtime produce and the mannequins in the High Street windows displaying all the Spring trends.
So if you get a few minutes with your thoughts today… take a look at where you started and where you are right now; cast a mental eye of what you’re doing; how you’re doing; think about what works and what doesn’t … and perhaps look forward a little to the coming days and months… take a few moments to consider all the possibilities that Spring can bring… and look forward to continuing your journey.
With a hug