|Aubergine (eggplant), raw, 100g||15||2.2|
|Alfalfa sprouts, raw, 100g||24||0.4|
|Artichoke Jerusalem, boiled, 100g||41||10.6|
|Asparagus, boiled, 100g||22||4|
|Asparagus, canned, drained, 100g||19||3|
|Bamboo shoots, canned, 100g||11||0.7|
|Beansprouts mung, raw, 100g||31||4|
|Beetroot, raw, 100g||36||4.6|
|Beetroot, boiled, 100g||46||9.5|
|Beetroot, pickled, drained, 100g||28||5.6|
|Broccoli, green, boiled, 100g||24||1.3|
|Broccoli, green, raw, 100g||33||1.8|
|Broccoli, purple, boiled, 100g||19||1.3|
|Broccoli, purple, raw, 100g||35||2.6|
|Brussels Sprouts, boiled, 100g||35||3.1|
|Cabbage spring, boiled, 100g||7||0.6|
|Cabbage Chinese, raw, 100g||12||1.4|
|Cabbage red, raw, 100g||21||3.7|
|Cabbage Savoy, raw, 100g||27||3.9|
|Cabbage, white, raw, 100g||27||5|
|Capsicum Pepper, green, raw 100g||15||2.6|
|Capsicum Pepper, red, raw 100g||32||6.4|
|Carrots, old, boiled, 100g||24||4.9|
|Carrots, young, raw, 100g||30||6|
|Cassava chips, 100g||354||92|
|Cassava, steamed, 100g||142||37|
|Cauliflower, boiled, 100g||28||2.3|
|Celeriac, raw, 100g||18||2.3|
|Celery, raw, 100g||7||0.9|
|Corn, baby sweetcorn, boiled, 100g||24||2.7|
|Corn kernels, canned, 100g||123||27|
|Corn kernels, raw 100g||93||17|
|Corn-on-cob, boiled, plain, 100g||66||11.6|
|Courgette (Zucchini), raw, 100g||18||1.8|
|Curly Kale, raw, 100g||35||1.4|
|Cucumber, unpeeled, raw 100g||10||1.5|
|Chicory, raw, 100g||14||1|
|Eggplant (aubergine), raw, 100g||15||2.2|
|Endive (Escarole), 100g||11||2.8|
|Fennel, raw, 100g||12||1.8|
|Garlic, fresh, raw, 100g||98||16|
|Leeks, raw, 100g||22||2.9|
|Lettuce leaf, butterhead, raw, 100||12||1.2|
|Lettuce, cos, romaine, raw, 100g||16||1.7|
|Lettuce, Iceberg, raw, 100g||13||1.9|
|Marrow, boiled, 100g||9||1.6|
|Mushrooms, common, raw, 100g||22||3.4|
|Potatoes, new, boiled, 100g||75||18|
|Potatoes, old, raw, 100g||86||20|
|Okra, raw, 100g||31||3|
|Onions, raw, 100g||64||7.9|
|Parsnip, raw, 100g||64||12.5|
|Peas, frozen, raw, 100g||66||9.3|
|Peas, fresh, raw, 100g||83||11.3|
|Pumpkin, raw, 100g||13||2.2|
|Radish, red, raw, 100g||12||2|
|Spinach, raw, 100g||25||1.6|
|Squash, butternut, baked, 100g||32||7.4|
|Squash spaghetti, baked, 100g||75||18|
|Zucchini (Courgette), raw, 100g||18||1.8|
|Sweet potato, baked, 100g||115||28|
|Tomatoes, canned, & liquid, 100g||16||3|
|Tomatoes cherry, raw, 100g||18||3|
|Tomatoes, ordinary, raw, 100g||17||3|
|Water chestnuts, canned, 100g||28||7|
|Watercress, raw, 100g||22||0.4|
|Yam, baked, 100g||153||37.5|
|Zucchini (Courgette), raw, 100g||18|
Hello Dear Reader,
It’s a busy time of the year for me and it’s easy to let health matters slip. I did, and managed to put on pounds that I didn’t want to so I’m eating nothing more than the steam in the spinach bag at the moment! When I want to lose weight I reduce my calories to 1200 a day and increase my calorie output to burn it off. It’s simple and successful and I lose 2-5lbs a week. 5 in the first and then it eases off to 2lbs a week. I’ve been inspired by a television programme called “Obese: a year to save my life”. The most inspiring part of the programme is that there are no gimmicks. It’s just exercise and diet! That’s it. Oh, and a life coach who tells them over and over to believe in themselves.
I suppose, by writing this blog, that’s what I do to myself. In ‘therapy’ terms, it’s called ‘positive self talk’. For those of us, and I’m one of them, who need to look after their sense of well being, then it’s essential that I remind myself that I can do it. I’ve been at our local gym every night this week and so far have lost a pound a day. I’ve also not spent any money this week and managed to look after myself well.
Any way, enough of the gym talk and back to ‘where’s the food Froogs?’
Lots of Aldi natural low fat yoghurt with frozen fruit, that I leave to defrost – cheap and simple. Plenty of salad and steamed vegetables, lots of lean meat and fish and before you ask, I’ve no chance of keeping this to a pound a meal and have upped my food costs to £3 a day. I’m snacking on cheap carrots and I’m steering clear of bread, pasta and potatoes and just eating clean and healthy food.
I’m on holiday for two week so I will have plenty of cooking, quilting, craft, dressmaking, bag making and walks to share with you.
Excuse me if I’m quieter than usual but I’m extremely mellowed out from all the exercise! Excuse the lack of food writing and photos but just another photo of salad and a tin of tuna is not very exciting!
Over to you Dear Reader, how do you keep yourself going when times are tough? What message do you give to yourself when you could just give in an either eat, spend, veg out or just sigh?
As always, I’d love to hear from you,
Love Froogs xxx
Hello Dear Reader,
All of the leisure centres in Cornwall are now run by a company called Tempus Leisure. Currently, they are offering a trial of ten consecutive days for £9.99. You can immediately sign up for another ten days if you want to extend the trial. After that, their cheapest membership for the gym, swim and all classes are £38.50. I won’t be signing up for this! I am on Easter holiday from this Friday onwards and would usually drive to Plymouth and back for my daily gym session. I worked it out that it would be cheaper to pay to the use the local facility for the two week duration than it would be to pay for the fuel for a forty mile round trip. I also didn’t want to waste an hour a day in the car.
The offer runs for entire of April so, you would think I would have been able to sign up today in readiness for tomorrow’s offer to get the full benefit. I phoned and told that I could do the ‘fast track gym induction’ there and then if it wasn’t busy. I managed to get there for just after 4pm and the gym was at 10% capacity with gym instructors eating bananas when I got there. No, I couldn’t sign up today, no I couldn’t do the induction today and have booked in for Wednesday. Here’s a brief flavour of the conversation with ‘Mr Gym’.
“Hi, I would like to book an induction, and then book for the following spin class”
Chap looked me up and down……….drew breath, then said whilst smirking.
“You won’t be able to do the spin class after the induction”
“Oh, is that centre policy?”
“No, the spin class is really intense and you will have just have done the hour’s induction”
“And you point is……………?”
“Well, I’m just saying you won’t be able to do it”
In the interest of my job and that I would not be able to continue with it if I had ‘form’ for ripping his knackers off, I left and made my induction appointments downstairs. Not before asking for the manager and complaining about his ageism. I asked, did he assume a woman of my age does no exercise? Does he assume that he could wear me out with his ‘induction’? Take a look at 87 year old Johanna in her video below…..I would like her to go to the gym and show him how it’s done!
There are draw backs to a ‘local facility’. To start, it’s seen better days and the changing facilities are circa 70’s comprehensive school with communal changing and showers! Also, it could do with a clean………..a good deep clean. If it was optional, gym instructors who judged folk on their levels of fitness after the induction session and not before.
I’m doing you a real favour Dear Reader, if it’s totally rubbish, I will have saved you £9.99 and you won’t have to waste your hard earned money. If it’s great and they do manage to raise my pulse rate then I will also let you know and you can get your trainers on and have a go. Even better, how about coming with me. I’m going to wring that membership for all it’s worth. There are classes every day and I will be going to them………..all of them during my two week break. Kettlebells, body combat, aerobiking, circuit training but I draw the line at Zumba (two left feet). There are loads of classes for parents and children to do together and I shall have a snoop and let you know.
Tonight, I’m off to try one of their spin classes.(individual payment of £5.20 for this)
Over to you Dear Reader, is fitness affordable? My gym in Plymouth costs £10.99 a month,it’s open 24 a day and it’s huge, spotless and really welcoming. The local facility has classes, a pool steam room ect and would be good value if you used it daily and of course, if you have £38.50 a month. I also looked at the price of swimming lessons for children were £45 for ten half hour sessions that had to be paid for in advance. Is sport and fitness becoming elitist? I’m sure you can share stories of how expensive it is in your area. I know plenty of local people would have no chance of using the centre as it offers no concessions. What do you think?
Love Froogs xxxx
Hello Dear Reader,
Who else is tired of the grey skies and lack of daylight. I’m beginning to crave a crisp winter’s day where I can wrap up and walk on the beach before heading off for a coffee from the flask! In this weather, we need to inject as much healthy food and colour into ourselves as possible. We owe it to ourselves to take care of our own health and eating well is essential. I’m not in the position to not be able to choose what I eat so I continue to eat thriftily and frugally for our own budget.
To make this for supper, you will need. (serves 2) – All ingredients are from Aldi.
1 butternut squash, cut length ways and seeds removed – 75p 135 calories each
100g (half a pack) of feta cheese – DB will have the rest for lunch tomorrow and Friday – 65p – 132 calories each. (I had 30g of feta so my calories were 79 – I don’t like it, but men are allowed more calories than women!)
2 red onions – 20p – 29 calories
1 chilli – seeds and pith removed and finely chopped – 10p
4 cloves of garlic – finely chopped – 4p
6 sprays of olive oil – 3 calories each
1 little gem lettuce – 20p -8 calories each
1/2 punnet of cherry tomatoes – 45p – 25 calories each
Total price £2.47 and £1.24 each – 332 calories each – way better than yesterday!!!!! (279 calories for me)
Here is how I made it:
1. Set the oven to 200
2. Chop and prepare ingredients.
3. Halve and prepare the butternut squash
4. Spray squash with ‘frylight’ and bake for 20 minutes.
5. When squash is soft enough, spoon out flesh and leave to one side
6. ‘fry’ the onions, garlic and chilli – take care not to burn
7. Spoon ingredients back into the butternut squash skin and arrange cubes of feta onto the veggies.
8. Place in the oven.
9. Place the cherry tomatoes on the same baking tray and spray with oil and sprinkle with salt.
10. Bake everything for 10 – 15 minutes.
Serve with lettuce or green beans or any veg. If you wanted to stretch this to hungry people then add spicy rice or chunks of homemade bread. We’re watching the calories so we’ve made this as ‘light’ as possible.
I hope I’m not letting down the frugal faithful. This came to £1.24 per person but everything is fresh. You could save this recipe until you’ve grown some squash, salad and onions or if you see feta on offer. You can buy ‘Greek style’ cheese but I like the genuine Greek cheese which is about 30p a pack more.
I try to eat significantly fewer calories on two days a week, I don’t consider this to be fasting as I’m still eating. I had a 200g fat free Greek yogurt for breakfast – 110 calories, this for supper and an apple and banana for lunch. It feels like enough food for the day. I’m glad that’s only 2 days a week though. I’m eating healthily on every day but halving my calories on two days a week.
Over to you Dear Reader, who else is cutting their food back for two days a week? Who is watching the calories and trying to eat healthily? Who else is finding it hard to balance eating thriftily and healthily? I find it a juggling act and I wonder who else is finding it difficult?
Love Froogs xxxxxxxxxxx
Hello Dear Reader,
I’ll warn you now, I look disgusting in some of the photos. I mouth breath when I run and I could barely breath when I took the photos. I’ve not posed, sucked anything in and I look boss eyed in some of the photos as I could barely hold the camera. In fact, I look bonkers to the point of restraints in some of them. I ran 5K around Siblyback lake. Yes, I did. The woman who was a size 18 in January and could only walk on a treadmill when I started going to the gym can run 5K.
If any women out there have any concerns about getting out there and running on their own, just remember, most women are harmed or killed by men they know and rarely by strangers.
Now, I am going to blather on so if you don’t want to hear about my feeling of ‘oh so worthy elation’ stop reading now. If you think that you need to be glamorous or slim, or long legged to go running then run with Froogs and watch me sweat, stumble, run through sheep poop and bullocks and see what I did this morning.
I’ll start with telling you how a beginner approaches a run. I break into chunks. When I run around Plymouth Hoe, I give myself visual targets. Run to the bench, walk to the dustbin, then run to the stop sign and before long. I’ve gone all the way round the route I’ve set myself. I run really slow, I run a mile in ten minutes and I certainly don’t run all the way. In fact, I should say I cover a mile in ten minutes.
Here’s my first photo and already, I look shocking! No posing, just me taking a quick snap as I went along. It was eight thirty in the morning and with a lot of cloud cover so not too cold. Believe me, I look a lot worse as I went round.
Here’s a visual target I set myself. Run to the trees. When I got there, I realised there was a downward slope and felt really good that I could keep going. It always feels wonderful to beat my own targets.
I ran past the geese just bobbing around in the lake.
More of me looking puffed.
I set myself the target of running all the way through the pines and I did it.
Almost half way.
Oh Fuck! Who the hell? or What the hell is this – I really can’t breath by now and I’m just panting! I thought of not including this photo or a weird looking Froogs but that’s as bad as it got. I then ran until I met this little guy. As promised, no posing, no sucking anything in……………just me hanging out of my arse!
Bullocks are like dogs, if you run, they want to run with you. If there are lots, walk calmly through them but you are usually OK if there is just the single stray one. It was quite frightened of me and ran away although I was concerned that it would leap into the water. I just kept running.
I turned the corners and knew I was nearly there! It’s a great feeling to get all the way round.
Now I’m smiling. I love getting outside. I love the wilder bits of Cornwall that are muddy and real. I love the fact that I can get out and run and it doesn’t cost me anything. I run listening to music and feel elated that I’ve done it. At one stage, I wouldn’t run on my own and now I can I feel I can conquer the world!
|Froogs 14 stone and 7lbs May last year!|
This is me when I got home doing the ‘Rocky at the top of the library steps
dance!” As a point of comparison – the photo above is of me 14.7 stone and size 18 in may last year! I do look different now!
There is nothing like a run on a cold November morning to leave me jumping with joy!
It really is such a wonderful feeling to know that doing something that costs me absolutely nothing makes me so really really happy. It’s one of the many reasons that I’m downsizing so I’ll have more time to get out and about and enjoy doing what I love so much.
I’m going to pack some more boxes today and keep getting ready for my move. My ‘head’ has already moved out of this house and is dreaming of all the freedom and time that a small cottage will bring.
Ok, over to you Dear Reader. Who’s a runner? Who a slow runner like me but is getting better? Who else is getting fit and loving it? Who else, like me, was bigger earlier this year but has lost it and want to keep it off? Who needs to motivate themselves to get out there and do something about it? If old fat ass thunder thighs Froogs can do it, puffing and panting and going boss eyed, then anyone can!
Love Froogs xxxxxxxx