Day 5: Back to Work, Up Early & The Beast Is Hungry

Its Back to Work today so the Challenge will take a different dimension. Not only am I trying to Stay Vegetarian while at work but also skip out on the ‘crap’ food. Anyone who works in an Office will tell you this is really hard. I am however very proud of myself for surviving my first Meat Free Weekend! (Read: Saturday / Sunday)

Teddy had spent the day at my Mum & Dads and he had been sufficiently worn out enough to fall asleep at 6 and not wake up for any dinner. So on the one hand we would get a quiet evening but on the other it was almost guaranteed to be an early morning. After much waking up from about 4ish onwards, I soon found myself downstairs watching Fireman Sam. Wishing someone would kidnap the annoying ginger kind Norman – seriously if they did the village would have zero problems.

Norman Price from Fireman Sam

“Norman Price is a 7-year-old boy with a love of practical jokes and skateboarding. Norman usually fails to set appropriate limits on his own behavior, and has been known to cause mischief and sometimes causes havoc at the fire station and for many of Pontypandy’s residents.”

In other words. An annoying little shit.



Being up early I was super hungry before I’d even got to Work today. But I thought I would hold out a bit until I got to Work and was at my desk. Just so it might keep me fuller while at Work and less tempted to stray.

ASDA Vitamin Boosting Strawberry Yogurts Drink

ASDA Vitamin Boosting Strawberry Yogurts Drink

Were keeping it light today – I’m going back to my Slimming World group tonight so Monday means light food in prep for a good weigh in 😉

I’ve developed a bit of a think recently for Yogurt Drinks which is very odd considering a little while ago the idea of them really turned my stomach. After getting addicted to Morrisons Blueberry version I felt ready to branch out and try some more. These offerings by ASDA weren’t too bad, a little thin and had an undertone of ‘twang’ but its better than a kick in the nuts. 7.5/10 would consume again.


Snacks – Why does Work make you want to Snack more?

Whitworths Shots - Orange & Chocolate Seed - Berry & White Chocolate - Toffee & Pecan

Whitworths ShotsOrange & Chocolate SeedBerry & White ChocolateToffee & Pecan

Really getting into the concept of these Shot thingys – although rather than shot it down I’ve been putting them in a little bowl and grazing on them. Of these 3 the Orange & Chocolate Seed ones were the best but the Berrys in all of them are really sweet and really nice.

Walkers Sunbites Multigrain Crispy Snacks - Sour Cream & Cracked Black Pepper

Walkers Sunbites Multigrain Crispy Snacks – Sour Cream & Cracked Black Pepper

The only issue with these crisps are the fact the packet ends waaayyyyy too quickly.




Cauldron Falafel with Side Salad & Sunblushed Tomato Houmous (and Cheesestrings because I’m 5 and cheese tastes even better when its fun!)

First lunch back at Work and the Falafel & Houmous combo is back out again, Think I’m going to have to mix it up a bit soon though – as nice as it is I don’t want to get bored of it!



Lets take it up a notch! Monday night is Badminton night – had a couple of weeks off due to Sickness & Bank Holiday but I was back.


My favorite Badminton Racket – Recently Resurrected by New Grip Tape & Strings

I love playing Badminton. Monday Night at Blackwater Leisure Center is a mixed group and anyone can come along. We tend to keep cycling through people and mixing teams up. On a good day I can be second to none. On a bad day I get clumsy and slow. Last night was a very good day. I haven’t moved around the court like I did in a very long time. Since before I was in Hospital a few years ago. Someone asked me what I had been doing. I told them I’d discovered this really amazing thing called ‘Salad’. Many laughs were had!

Slimming World Group

Tonight was our time to return to our Slimming World group after a few weeks absence. We hadn’t been following plan and had been doing whatever we wanted. Something I could tell by the way my body was behaving before I started this challenge. Roll around to today and I feel great – its amazing what some Vegetables can do to you. I can also officially say after weigh in last night, I’m back down to my lowest ever weight – the weigh in after a week of the challenge is looking golden already!



We tried something different for dinner tonight. (Bit of a crap picture though!)

Dr. Oetker Ristorante Pizza Mozzarella

Dr. Oetker Ristorante Pizza Mozzarella with Side Salad & Coleslaw

You might think this isnt that different but for me it really is. Normally when it comes to Pizza I’d have a whole one. A Large one. And Chips. And Garlic Bread….I know… So to trim it down to half a pizza with a side salad (A large one at that) is a bit of a drastic change. It was a Monday night, it had been a hard day at Work and i’d played Badminton & been to Slimming World group. So it was late before we could cook dinner and a Pizza was the perfect answer. The Ristorante Pizzas are a particular favorite of mine and a staple food when I did a similar vegetarian stint years and years ago.