But other than that there’s been a little less pain today. I dug out a battery operated digital TENS machine this morning and used that for half an hour, as well as taking my strong painkillers, and managed to go for a walk (although looking both ways before crossing roads was not a lot of fun!) so I’m feeling a little more cheerful today, and hopeful that it was just me sleeping funny the other night that brought this on. I was supposed to be going to Cardiff with my brother today but I postponed it yesterday because of the back pain, and I still think that was the right move since it kept waking me up through the night – guess I turn over in my sleep more frequently than I realised!
Its beautifully warm and sunny, just slightly too cool to sit out in the garden. If it were a couple of degrees warmer I think I’d be out there with a book right now! Even so, I have some washing on the line – love being able to do that! And its just breezy enough to dry it faster!
Breakfast: Hard boiled egg sandwich and all bran with peaches
Lunch: Home-made black bean burgers with salad & roasted veggies. I made the burgers without following a recipe! Or writing one down unfortunately! I constructed them yesterday, when they looked like a total disaster as they were so wet they barely held there shape, but after a night in the fridge and baking for half an hour in a HOT oven they turned out quite crisp and firm! I’m a complete coward about coming up with my own recipes, usually I just pick someone else’s and tweak it by switching the odd ingredient, so I was quite pleased with myself on this one. I fried some onion, ground cumin, ground coriander and red & green peppers together, let it cool, then blended it with cooked black beans, defrosted sweetcorn, breadcrumbs, seasoning and egg white. I didn’t use enough breadcrumbs in them, so I then coated them in some more, hoping they’d absorb some of the moisture. While they baked I roasted some red, yellow & green peppers, red onion, asparagus, aubergine, and halloumi cheese to top my spinach salad with. I really enjoyed this lunch! (Even though some of the veggies were ‘caramelised’ black!!!)
Dinner: Courgette & watercress soup with home-made 100% wholemeal spelt bread and LC. I did make one change to the soup – I used 100g of watercress and 100g of spinach with the 3 courgettes. Delicious! Thanks for the recipe Laura (Angel 31) & Sophie Dahl!
Snacks: Greek yoghurt with honey & muesli; some frozen grapes; a protein smoothie with blueberries, spinach and banana and a slice (small – that’s a side plate!) of Bara brith. Look at that, my soup and my smoothie are practically the same colour – must be all the spinach. Just call me Popeye!!!
Weight today: 10st 3 lbs – its coming off again!