Monday, 15 July 2013

One day at a time

Life is complicated. 

I am taking one day at a time.

Looking into the future. 

Building a new life. 

Not looking back. 

I can' hurts too much. 

What once has been said can't be taken back. 

Too much, too far, too loud, too much pain. 

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Please stand by

Life, your whole life, is changes.
You go through changes in your life, 
one second you've got it made
next second you're down in the dump. 
(Unkle - Back and Forth)

Life is full of surprises, sometimes good ones and sometimes bad ones. 
Unfortunately I experienced this week a really bad one. My partner and me broke up. 

I am currently re-organising my life and will back very soon. Hopefully this week. 

Please stand by and don't forget me. I have a lot to tell, but I need some time to breath. 


Friday, 5 July 2013

L'Oreal Riche Babydoll & essie shine of the times

I am off to Brussels today, wohooo!!!!!

So of course I had to do a glitter nail design, because they last the longest!

essie 'rock solid'
L'Oreal '207 Riche babydoll'
essie 'shine of the times'
maybelline express manicure top coat

May next post will be next Thursday where I will tell you all about Brussels, chocolate and cherry beer!

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Crouching Tiger, hidden (not so) Zebra cake by Lorraine Pascale

Another birthday in the work team, time for another cake.
Watching Lorraine Pascale on the weekend I loved the idea of her Crouching Tiger, Hidden Zebra Cake.

The recipe sounded easy enough, so I gave it a go.

Let me put it this way: It tasted yum yum and was gone in no time, but it didn't have the zebra stripes *sadface*

I will bake the cake again and hope its gonna work out better next time!

The chocolate dough

The vanilla dough

Stripes done

 Fresh out of the oven

 Close up

 Another close up

Bit blurry, sorry...there was a cake craving colleague waiting for this piece ;-)

 No zebra stripes....more a marbled cake *sigh*

Monday, 1 July 2013

Review: Celebrity Slim Chicken & Beef Couscous Ready Meal

Celebrity Slim and me have a good friendship.  I am drinking the shakes and loving the bar since May 2012, when a colleague recommended this type of low carb diet to me. It works! I lost loads of weight and I am also not bad at maintaining my weight.
Currently I am trying to loose a few more kilos. So I am back in the diet phase, which consists of two shakes/bars and a balanced meal.

Not too long ago Celebrity Slim launched two different ready meals. I bought one each and tried the Chicken & Beef Couscous Ready meal tonight.

This is what the packing looks like: Celebrity Slim Ready Meal

All I had to do is pierce the plastic lid and heat it for three minutes in the microwave.

So this is how it looks in the packaging...not really appealing, but that's how it goes with ready meals in general I guess:

I transferred the meal onto a plate...a little better ;-) (Sorry only realised afterwards that the picture is blurry.)

Looks: Ok, of course it doesn't look like the picture but I was positively surprised.

Smell: For some reason all ready meals have a certain type of smell. Maybe it's the preservatives?

Taste: Not bad at all. Not the biggest fan of the seasoning, but the couscous was nice and fluffy and the meat had a really nice texture. 

Portion size: It's really not a lot, but it works as a small meal in the evening. It's nice to have an alternative to the shake every now and then. 
(Celebrity Slim also offers soups, but I am really not a soup person.)

My Celebrity Slim favourites are:

Chocolate Shake (I LOVE chocolate and the shake really tastes like chocolate milk. Very very yummy!)

Cafe Latte Shake (It does what it says on the tin and it tastes really nice!)

10 days Variety Pack (A mixture of all shakes Celebrity Slim has to offer. I order it every now and then to spice things up) 

Rocky Road Snack Bar (Defo the best bar Celebrity Slim produces. It's really good. The other bars are ok and nice every now and then, but I order the Rocky road Snack Bar every time I place an order.)

The good thing is, that you are not stuck with Celebrity Slim bars. I regularly eat Atkins Bars too. I either eat a Daybreak or Endulge bar as a snack or eat one of the meal replacement bars instead of a Celebrity Slim shake. 

Tonight I bought another new Celebrity Slim product: Celebrity Slim Active Chocolate Shake
It's a new phase they added to the program. It's meant to boost the weight loss when you start the program, but it also can be done during any phase of the weight loss. 

I will drink three active shakes every four hours and have a low carb meal in the evening. Let's see if I can do this for a week as that is the duration recommended for the Active Phase. 

The normal shakes are just mixed with water where the Active Shake has to be mixed with Skimmed milk. 
I will write another review after the week and let you know if I lost more than usual.