Reasons to be Cheerful - Enjoy the Good Times #R2BC

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

It's been far to long since I last linked up with Michelle from Mummy From The Heart and her wonderfully inspiring Reasons to be Cheerful. I couldn't have gotten through the last couple of years without a positive outlook and silver lining thinking. Reflecting on the past week is a great exercise in keeping sunny and powerful.

I haven't stopped keeping topped up with positivity, just the recording of it. For some reason I felt compelled this week, and I usually go with my gut ( keep the comments about the size to yourself, those of you at the back!)

The weather has lifted everyone's mood I think. My internal temperature control is way off at the moment (its the drugs is my usual lament) Normally I'd be a sweaty Betty (not pretty) but as I'm usually cold, the heatwave is making me just right. I still can't go out in it, still too high risk for skin cancer from the drugs, however it makes me want to start walking again.

Had a fabulous couple of weeks at work, a simply brilliant work conference which has inspired and lifted me. I'm full of ideas to implement and make some changes. It's wonderful to spend time with like minded people and make connections.

I've been told I know everyone, it's not true by the way, however I was surprised by how many familiar faces were there. Plus plenty of new friends to make. All helped by the fact it was held at Alton Towers!

I indulged in my love of exciting rides with wild abandon, forgetting the fact I'm a middle aged woman, getting over cancer! There's life in the old dog yet.

I was also proud of myself on Monday, when it became evident I'd made a big mistake a work. The old me, would have beaten myself up, made myself feel terrible for the rest of the day. However, I sucked it up, and gave myself a talking to. I literally said, forget about it and move on, don't let it ruin anything else. And went on to have a productive, fruitful day and was happy and chipper once home (which certainly pleased MrC who does get the brunt in bad days. But then I think that's in the job description, you're there for your partner no matter what)

And the real reason, the heart of the cheerfullness? It's plainly obvious I'm on the placebo. My drugs trial was designed with three groups, group one which are on the placebo for three years, group two on the drug for three years and group three on the drug for a year and placebo for two.

I'm guessing I'm group three ( I won't know for definite for eight years when the study concludes, but to me it's obvious)

My hair is growing back, my feet are less sore and the feeling of fatigue is lessening. It all means I feel better. There's a part of me, a little bit sat in the corner worried that I won't have the same cover of the cancer coming back now I'm not taking it. But. And it's a big but. I CAN'T CHANGE THAT. So I can't let that dominate.

What will be, will be and the meantime enjoy the good times.

#MealPlanningMonday - w/c 15th July 'From The Freezer'

Meal Planning Monday

I'm so very late with this post and linking up with At Home With Mrs M (click the badge to see other meal plans) and was feeling guilty. Until I spotted Mrs M herself had only just posted. Guilt melted away and I was determined to get this written.

I was very Virgo last weekend and sorted through the freezer to figure out exactly what was in there. It's full, but of what? No idea. I created a old fashioned paper list a couple of months ago, thinking I'd add and cross stuff out as I used and restocked. Never happened, I lost the list.

So this time, it's saved to notes on my phone. Now if I can just work out how to sync it to my iPad and I'll be sorted!

It's a fairly long list, we're not going to starve so this week's menu is planned around the freezer contents

  • Stuffed baked potato with homemade coleslaw and salad
  • Pasta with sauce ( sauce is really just the soup below )
  • Homemade butternut squash soup and bread rolls
  • Sausage meatballs, vegetable rice with tomato sauce
  • Cauliflower and broccoli cheesy bake with salad
  • Homemade burgers with potato wedges
  • Bacon stuffed pitta

All low in syns, mostly from the freezer, which has meant my food bill was just £38. I say food bill. Had to make it upto the minimum for free delivery, so there was a lot of cleaning products, fish stocks,three types of soy sauce and a pair of tweezers (chemo is wearing off so I've eyebrows again!)

Over to you, what's on your menu this week?


Again and Again and Again Films

I posted this on Twitter earlier

" There are a lot of films I can watch more than once. Thor isn't one of them "

Some people agreed, although it was suggested 'I could mute it and watch the pretty man' ( thanks @Jooleroo :) )

I love watching films, I love TV. I love watching my favourites again and again. But there are just some things which don't really warrant a second showing. Although they were great the first time round, some are just downright disappointing.

A favourite is comforting, you know what you're going to get; excellent acting may inspire, make you chuckle, or just an enjoyable way to spend a couple of pleasant hours relaxing. And a great film just gets better the more it's watched. From anticipation of the killer one liner to quirky characterisation, spectacular scenery or just being downright entertaining, here are a list of my 'can be seen more than once' films

  • The Matrix, one and two (but not three)
  • Dirty Dancing!
  • Grease
  • 300
  • Time Traveller's Wife
  • Casino Royale and Skyfall ( not so much Quantum of Solace)
  • The Piano
  • Schindlers List
  • Inception
  • Kramer Versus Kramer
  • Any of the Transformers films
  • Any Star Trek film
  • Wizard of Oz
  • All of the Indianna Jones films
  • Forest Gump
  • War Horse
  • It's A Wonderful Life
  • Any of the X-Men series
  • The Postman

It's not a complete list, but it's a start.

So what makes a film 'a one to watch again' and what'd be on your list? Post a comment and let me know!


#MealPlanning Monday 1st of July 2013 (Carnage/Weight Loss/Gain/Get Some Control Edition)

Meal Planning Monday

Nearly forgot to join in today, first day back at work and all that! Maybe though its a subliminally thing, as I know I usually post my weight loss/gain on this weekly linky with At Home With Mrs M and I know this week is going to be dreadful. However, in my defence I've been on holiday. Ate mindfully some days, others less so (but who am I kidding, its going to be carnage at weigh in, but at least I know why)

It'd have been a shame to not post this week as I really made an effort with the old recipe books. Had a good look through and chose some old favourites, things which would be easy to cook, plus the picture looked amazing (very much plan with my eyes)

This week's planner looks like this

One tray pork & vegetables
Cheesy broccoli
Chili con carne and rice
Beef stew
Homemade burger and chips
Spicy tomato soup
Moroccan Rice and chickpeas

They are all syn free, maybe that'll help with the little big extras I seem to NEED all the time. I'm such an emotional eater (eat when I'm sad, eat when I'm angry, eat when I'm happy) but am going to keep plugging away at it.

I've planned 7 meals, however I'm away for two nights with work, which I'd forgotten when I wrote the list and subsequent shop. Not a problem though, I'll be ahead of myself next week and I rarely actually cook all that I plan. Something'll happen, I won't feel like it, so I'll adapt and change.

Now I've written it down, maybe that's my problem. What do you think? I need all the help I can get.