14 Jan – Hey Fatty Bum Bum

brown and white bear plush toy
This bear sums up my physical state…

As of today, I haven’t run for quite a while, which is not good. I can feel my waistline expanding each day of inactivity.

My list of ‘ailments’ include:-

  1. migraine (same old, same old)
  2. a dodgy hip that hurts permanently
  3. a kidney infection requiring antibiotics
  4. soon to be unfrozen shoulder (I hope)
  5. newly diagnosed very high cholesterol count

I have a feeling that my bod has decided to allow all the ailments in, now that the challenge has finished. Luckily, I do have a fix list

  1. New migraine treatment, which should prevent rather than cure them
  2. Physiotherapy at London Metropolitan with the two heavies Mut and Victor
  3. Antibiotics – 3 days down, 4 more to go
  4. See fix number two
  5. A promise to my GP to watch my diet and we re-test in a month

1-4 not really in my control, but number 5, I have a feeling the chocolate, cheese and rich food feasting over Christmas and New Year may have taken their toll, at least I’m hoping that’s the reason. Or maybe throughout the year my Kardashian kulo was growing due to dairy intake and not because of running muscle gain?

I really couldn’t face doing dry January, nor Veganuary, so am settling for reduced booze, chocolate, cheese, red meat, and doing meat free Mondays. I am now on Day 4 of the new regime, I hope to goodness this works!

Thursday we are meeting our friend Pete for a meal at Foxlow – the master of beef cookery in Clerkenwell. P just donated to my challenge, bringing my funds raised to just over £2,500 before tax relief, so I feel that a bit of indulgence won’t hurt, if it’s red meat just once in a week.

Any ideas for veggie recipes that are interesting, don’t involve hours worth of chopping and don’t rely on cheese or cream to make them tasty? On the banned list are the following:-

  1. Cream
  2. Butter
  3. Milk
  4. Eggs
  5. Cheese
  6. Yoghurt
  7. Red meat – beef, lamb, pork, prosciutto, bacon, sausages
  8. Anything yummy, such as cake, chocolate brownies, Portugese Custard Tarts

I found a glorious shepherd’s pie recipe, but it involved copious amounts of potatoes, butter and cheese. Back to the drawing board JCR. We actually ate lentil ragu and spaghetti tonight- I’m trying to convince myself it was yummy, but in truth, at best it was edible. If it was summer, then no problem, bring on the salads and loads of fish. But winter I crave something comforting and warming.

Ho hum, I think January will involve eating sandpaper, aggressive broccoli and lentils –  fingers crossed that this does the job and my GP doesn’t decide I need more drugs. I have this horror of having the daily pill list 😦

Any positive non cholesterol oriented vibes you can send, would be much appreciated.

 

 

7 thoughts on “14 Jan – Hey Fatty Bum Bum

  • Hi Jan, I’m not a vegetarian but I do like The Happy Pear recipes, including the ones on their Instagram site. The ones I have tried have been tasty, & easy to follow, even the ones with lots of ingredients. From their first book, the Sri Lankan Vegetable Curry, & from their Instagram site, Creamy Mushroom Pasta (v quick!). I would also recommend Michael Mosley’s “The Fast 800” book. S xxx

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    • Ooh that’s definitely worth a look, I like veggie food in truth, it’s just I prefer eating it out, when they do all the faffing and I just do the eating. My problem is avoiding the dairy – so many of the recipes rely on cream and cheese. I used to think I was a chocoholic, but actually cheese is my poison of choice. I’m hoping the numbers are a blip, because of the holiday over indulgence. I’ll also check out Michael Mosley’s book, I like his stuff on the box – he seems a sensible non-faddy chap. Thanks very much – we’ll see how I get on. Tomorrow fish and veggies! JCR XXX

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  • Hi Jan, I’m not a vegetarian but I do like The Happy Pear recipes, including the ones on their Instagram site. The ones I have tried have been tasty, & easy to follow, even the ones with lots of ingredients. From their first book, the Sri Lankan Vegetable Curry, & from their Instagram site, Creamy Mushroom Pasta (v quick!). I would also recommend Michael Mosley’s “The Fast 800” book. S xxx

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  • Some of my favorite recipes are Polenta with Porcini Ragu, Stuffed Portobello mushrooms, lots of legume soups, pan cooked skinless boneless chicken breasts with pine nuts and olives or simply garlic and rosemary… I think a flurry if parmigiano or pecorino is doable and goes a long way to flavor and satisfy. Coating the chicken breast with a bit of flour is better than leaving the skin on creating a richness to each recipe along with a splash of white wine.🤓😊

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    • Other than polenta, which I seriously think is devil’s food, these sound lovely. I’m making a broccoli and asparagus soup today, and I like the chicken breast recipe too, that’s definitely a truer. Thank you!

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  • Some of my favorite recipes are Polenta with Porcini Ragu, Stuffed Portobello mushrooms, lots of legume soups, pan cooked skinless boneless chicken breasts with pine nuts and olives or simply garlic and rosemary… I think a flurry if parmigiano or pecorino is doable and goes a long way to flavor and satisfy. Coating the chicken breast with a bit of flour is better than leaving the skin on creating a richness to each recipe along with a splash of white wine.🤓😊

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