Wow, I’m quite proud of what I’ve done this evening.
I’ve made a large pot of vegetable full Spag Bol (spaghetti bolognese) for those who aren’t my husband. This will probably feed us about 4 times this month and will save me when I have a late night at work.
I’ve roasted a kilo of beetroots for various purposes – tomorrow they will be used for Meat Free Monday in a beetroot risotto. I’ll use the rest for salads and things for lunches.
We have made an oxtail potjie for dinner which we will probably eat during the week too. I learned how to make the dumplings for that today too!
So I’m excited about the week ahead for food. I’m prepared this week which should make a huge difference.
It’s been a very busy week. The first week of the month always has so much going on. Work was good and I accomplished quite a bit.
I had my first appointment with my new therapist. I like her. I’ve changed therapists as the one I went to previously I haven’t seen in almost 4 years and I just feel I’ve moved past the issues I dealt with, with her. And having not seen her since I don’t have continuity with her. The first session with the new therapist was good. A bit of crying, lots of talking and some visualisation exercises for the dark hours of the morning. Interestingly I haven’t woken up in the dark hours since the appointment. I’m still waking up earlier than I’d like, but it’s still after 6am which is pretty good.
She told me to not be so hard on myself, so we are being strict on the diet Monday to Friday, and allowing some leeway on weekends. B and I had an awesome date night on Friday, which was good. I even had a glass of wine with dinner. I think we will stick to no alcohol at home for now, but I think she’s right and I do need to let my hair down a bit and remember what we were like before we were TTC. Well I need to think a bit further back, just before we were TTC we were planning a wedding, and I’d rather not go back there! She also agrees that waiting this cycle out is the best thing. Hopefully she can help me get my head in the right space, and it will be good to have a bit of history with her before we do find out I’m pregnant again. It will be good to have someone to voice my concerns to.
This weekend (according to my app) would have been the best time for us to try, so we had to come up with a lot of distractions as we try and avoid doing the baby dance. We went to a plant fair yesterday and had a picnic for lunch. Why is it always that when you are specifically avoiding the baby dance you find each other so darn appealing? It’s been a weird weekend for that. We are looking forward to Tuesday when we are out of the high possibility days.
I have another appointment with the therapist and chiropractor this week. I also have an appointment with an eye specialist! I’m a bit nervous about that. I’ve had a niggly issue that I went to the optometrist about this past week, and she’s referred me to a specialist to have my retina checked. Hopefully it’s nothing major.
I’m hoping for a calmer week this week and time to focus on making delicious healthy options for meals this week. I really have to remember to pack my lunch on days I’m in the office!
So today was day one on the new eating plan. I had to be up super early for a meeting so I did have a cup of instant coffee. But I only had the one! I drank 3 large glasses of water, which is better than normal, and I’m very proud of myself. I’ll work my way back up to 8.
For lunch I had one of the Asian pots from Woolies – Sesame Ginger Pork with Jasmine Rice. Very tasty! Dinner tonight I made stuffed butternut and grilled pineapple for dessert. It is meat free monday, so we were good this week.
Here is how to make the stuffed butternut for 2:
Preheat the oven to 180C
Cut one medium butternut in half length ways, scoop out the seeds and discard.
Place on a baking tray, cut side up.
Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with your selection of spices. I used nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, coriander, cumin and cayenne pepper today, but it often changes. Nutmeg is the most important one.
Place in the oven for 30-40 minutes until the flesh is just cooked.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
In a separate bowl mix together chopped herbs (I used basil tonight), feta, salt and pepper. Tonight I added chopped peppadews.
Scoop the flesh of the butternut into the herb and cheese mix and mix well.
Spoon the mixture back into the butternut skins and bake for a further 10 minutes.
The grilled pineapple was served with chopped pistachios and plain yoghurt.
We have decided to sit this month out in favour of getting out bodies into a healthier state. More news to follow soon.