Sunday, February 27, 2005
Other news: Pokemon is the new Thomas
plan ~ No Count™; points used ~ 1 (points left for week ~ -5.5); exercise ~ swimming (25 mins); water ~ 500 ml; booze ~ 0; crisps ~ 0.
Aww bless. Having kids is luverly and I refuse to think about anything anyone might say about what happens when they turn into teenagers. La La La I'm Not Listening La La La.
Saturday, February 26, 2005
My eating has gone good today. Not as much exercise as I expected tho - O has decided he doesn't want to go to Ninja Kids after all, so I didn't get my swim. Going to go for swim tomorrow evening, tho.
plan ~ No Count™; points used ~ 0.5 (points left for week ~ -6.5); exercise ~ walking (20 mins); water ~ 0; booze ~ 0; crisps ~ 0;
Friday, February 25, 2005
About 15 years ago, he had major heart surgery. Afterwards his surgeon told him he must start taking exercise. So he did, first of all walking round the lanes near his house, building up to longer walks, and then joining a local walking club. Age 69 he went abroad for the first time in his life, to go on the club's trip to Italian Alps. Last year he walked the Inca Trail.
We just heard that this summer, he's going up Kilimanjaro. The man's 73 years old. He has diabetes, a heart condition and poor circulation. He did not go abroad until he was nearly 70. He's going to walk up the highest mountain in Africa (and he will do it, I have no doubt). And here's me can't be @rsed to do 30 mins round the park a couple of mornings a week. Sigh.
D**t News ~ went out for meal tonight. I should not have had that ice-cream, I have now over-spent my discretionary points for the week. Feck.
plan ~ No Count™; points used ~ 25 (points left for week ~ -7); exercise ~ 0; water ~ 500 ml; booze ~ half bottle red wine; crisps ~ 0;
science news: the mapping of the cat brain has been completed
Thursday, February 24, 2005
I'm going to go back to posting a daily round up, it may help to keep me focussed.
plan ~ No Count™; points used ~ 6 (points left for week ~ 18); exercise ~ belly dancing; water ~ 500 ml; booze ~ 0; crisps ~ 0;
1) correction: that should read 'office' not 'offie'. I have not been near any offies2 (worse luck).
2) offie = off licence = liqour store
Right I'm off out to work at another office for the day. I've been there before and usually get my lunch from a marvellous baked potato man, who whips the melted butter into the potato before piling on the cheese. Mmmm. But today, I am going to have a potato with beans (no butter, no cheese) which is NoCount friendly hurrah.
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
No point making excuses, just need to get on and do it right. I'm going to give NoCount another go for a week, and do it properly this time. (Remind me to blog another time about why I think No Count could be a good plan for me). I'll be able to get more exercise this coming week, too (I'll be allowed to go in the pool after my paper stitches come off).
I feel like I should have a Challenge for this week, too. But can't decide what ... could be no crisps? no booze? drink 1 l water a day? exercise 5 days out of 7? Any suggestions?
O was so excited at the teeny tiny bit of snow we had this morning, poor little chap was gutted it had all gone by the time he was let out of school. I've been getting started on my OU course, am enjoying it so far, had my first tutorial this week.
recipe of the day (courtesty of FatClub leader): A Chickpea Snack
Drain a can of chickpeas [garbanzos] (or soak and boil your own). Spread on a baking tray, spray with low calorie cooking oil spray stuff, then sprinkle some spices over the chickpeas (eg garam massala, mild chilli powder). Cook in a low (140oC) oven for about an hour, shaking occassionally, until the chickpeas are dried and getting crunchy. Cool and keep in air tight jar (add some salt if like).
free on No Count if eaten as part of a meal, otherwise 2 points per 100g start weight (eg if you start with a 400g tin of chickpeas, a quarter of the cooked chickpeas will have 2 points).
Sunday, February 20, 2005
I get like this about things, go thro phases of eating/doing something all the time then get bored and drop it. It's when I get bored of dieting I have to watch out.
Talking of obsessions, some people need to learn to 'just say no' to stalkers. No, actuallly, they need to learn to say 'feck off or I'm calling the police' to stalkers.
Saturday, February 19, 2005
So, I is feeling smug. I'd like to think I have finally cracked this dieting mularky, and being in the presence of temptation holds no fears for me. Grim reality tells me that this is bollox, of course. Just because the eating demons are awol tonight, doesn't mean they've gone for good. But one day, maybe, I will get to the point where food doesn't always haunt and stalk me (or me it).
I love Diet Girl's recent post, which kind of relates to this stuff.
I used to be really dedicated to my fat. I put so much effort into collecting it.
That really made me sit up and think. I do spend alot of time serving my fat. Going out and getting it special food, even. I need to give that kind of time and effort to Slim Me, not Fat Me.
One small thing to be thankful for, I have always taken my coffee as it comes, no milk no sugar. That was never a dieting choice, just how I like it. I am now so glad I never got the latte-frappucino bug (truth be told, I am a bit of a coffee snob - fave de jour Zapatista coffee as served at local caff). Imagine not being able to get your daily caffeine fix cos it's stuffed with calories. Ouch.
Friday, February 18, 2005
They have a minor injuries unit now, run by nurse practioners. Instead of a nurse looking at your finger, then calling a doctor to look at it so the doctor can tell the nurse to put some steri-strips on it, someone finally worked out that you could maybe trust the nurses to just get on with the job. So yay for nurses and yay for the NHS. Boo for not being able to go swimming or aquarobicising for a week. Although yay for getting out of doing the washing up for the week.
I had the accident while making my new fave-food (fave-food in the sense of diet faves, not absolute faves) ie fruit smoothies. Skimmed milk, low fat yoghurt, banana, frozen soft fruits, all whizzed together. V delish and free on No Count wooo.
Was trying to save most of my points allowance for eating out tomorrow night, but decided I needed medicinal wine on the way back from the hospital. At least I walked back, 30 mins walking so that kind of makes up for not getting to swim tomorrow.
Thursday, February 17, 2005
Mainly I think I'm fed up of myself. I'm fed up I find it so hard to stick to eating and excercising right. I'm fed up that I feel the need to eat at the slightest stress or unpleasant emotions, and that I let myself give into that so much. I'm fed up that I don't feel like doing the work that's needed.
But, today I'm trying again. NoCounting today and going to belly dancing tonight. Just concentrating on today and worry about tomorrow, tomorrow. We'll see ....
1) that you, Jude?
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Hello to the person who came here searching for chandelier for a car. Good look with pimpin' your ride. Personally I'm torn between the chandelier
and the neon waterfall light.
O wants the car pimped too, he was much impressed by all those in-car TVs he saw.
Once that's done, next project is getting a laptop and setting up a wireless network at home. Probably this laptop and this router. Or probably some different ones altogether when I change my mind over and over again. Dell have some offers on at the mo.
Anyone who feels like chipping in their 2c worth of advice on laptops and/or networking, please do.
I know I keep saying this but I need to get a handle on this stuff. I can feel the ill effects of the past week. Physically, I feel bloated and tired and I'm stiff when I get up in mornings. Mentally I feel agitated and irritable, and not a little disgusted with myself.
I'm planning on doing NoCount1 this week. Most of our usual main meals fit in with it. For me it's between meals that's where the bad stuff happens, tho. I don't know if doing NoCount will make this any easier to handle. Anyway I'll give it a go, perhaps the change will shake things up a bit.
1. NoCount is what WW UK call the Core plan
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Sociologists ... have found that teaching young women makes male teachers less satisfied with their wives.
Am I going to get traded in for a younger model, then? No way Jose. Even if those youngsters could compete with me on looks, they're so far behind on brains and charm as to be not worth losing sleep over. Hah.
Monday, February 14, 2005
Grrr 2: aquarobics was cancelled. And I didn't go to belly dancing last week cos I had an upset stomach on Thursday night. Piles of food and no exercise, how the Scale Gods are going to be laffing at me on Wednesday.
We went to see wonder of the industrial world the Clifton Suspension Bridge, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. I'm not sure Trin believed us when we said we like bridges. Despite a surfeit of school trips to Iron Bridge, I still find a well made bridge a beautiful sight.
Also went to Weston, tho it was too cold and windy for the donkeys. O adored the amusement arcade at the end of the pier, he loved the Crazy House and the Ghost Train, he had a fantastic time apart from when he got lost 'cos mummy & daddy were obsessed with shovelling 2ps into the Penny Falls machines. I am so in trouble when he tells my mother that I lost him. Again.
We got proper candy floss (tho not onnastick owing to prevailing weather conditions) and O even saved some for Abby awe. He likes Abby, they were singing along to Busted together in the back of the fancy car with cd player. O thinks they should move up here, Trin and girls and cats. And their Busted cds and digital tv, natch.
My diet and exercise efforts were suspended over the weekend so I am expecing the worst when I get on the scales on Wednesday. Planning on doing NoCount™ to atone.
Pimp My Bike
Saturday, February 12, 2005
I fear we shall be unable to drag ourselves away from the lure of Pokemon/QVC/Discovery Channel on demand and the sights of Brizzul will remain a mystery to us.
Friday, February 11, 2005
Can't wait to get my hands on those lovely new course books!
I have some time next weekend pencilled in for getting this done cor.
Wednesday, February 09, 2005
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
You're A Prayer for Owen Meany!
by John Irving
Despite humble and perhaps literally small beginnings, you inspire
faith in almost everyone you know. You are an agent of higher powers, and you manifest this fact in mysterious and loud ways. A sense of destiny pervades your every waking moment, and you prepare with great detail for destiny fulfilled. When you speak, IT SOUNDS LIKE THIS!
Take the Book Quiz at the Blue Pyramid.
that's a book I haven't read but keep meaning to, so if it's me I'd better add it to my reading pile ...
Monday, February 07, 2005
It's right by Lake Erie & Niagara Falls cooo.
We don't know exactly how long he'll have to be there for, but it's too good an opportunity for him to miss so he's decided to take it. In around 18 months time, be prepared for plenty of moaning from me about single parenthood and having to have my mother come to stay to help me out with childcare when I'm working. While R's off having a good time.
Oh and did I mention he gets at least two trips to Brazil for conferences, too?
But I never made the first team,
I just made the first team laugh
And she never came to the phone
She was always in the bath
In the end it took me a dictionary
To find out the meaning of unrequited
While she was giving herself for free
At a party to which I was never invited
Unrequited love can be a 'killer'
Flippin 'eck, nearly 20 years since I was a victim of unrequited love and that news story brought it all right back. Ah well. Now I get to spend my life with someone who requites my love and is worthy of it.
My love he speaks like silence,
Without ideals or violence,
he doesn't have to say he's faithful,
Yet he's true, like ice, like fire.
People carry roses,
Make promises by the hours,
My love he laughs like the flowers,
Valentines can't buy him.
(Yes I is having a blasts from the past singer-songwriter mp3 fest today. There may be some Michelle Shocked related posting later - I think I'm a housewife).
Saturday, February 05, 2005
If you actually read the article, what it says is that babies who are given supplementary bottle feeds are at risk. So the headline should in fact be "Bottle Fed babies put at risk of obesity"
In between squabbling
Friday, February 04, 2005
Also in good news, I finally got a place on the OU course I wanted. It's taken a while because of various admin difficulties (not the OU's fault) and the course actually started last week, by the time I get the books and stuff I'll have some catching up to do but that's OK. I'm just so relieved, for a while I thought I wasn't going to get it sorted in time and everything would be put back another whole year. And R has been brilliant supporting me with getting this organised.
Thursday, February 03, 2005
points allowance ~ 32.5 (25/7.5); points used ~ 28 (-4.5); exercise ~ belly dancing; water ~ 2 l; booze ~ 0
Wednesday, February 02, 2005
Other news: I am hopefully going to be killing two of my 43things with one stone. Having been unable to find a gymanstics class locally for O, I think I'm going to take him to Ninja Kids (tae-kwondo lite for tots, apparantly) at the leisure centre on Saturday afternoons. Then I can swim while he ninjas. Yay.
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
permanent colour a little darker than my natural state, but it's a bit more interesting. My virtual model has had her hair done to match (sort of, hers is longer at the back than mine).
End of 'fascinating' hair updates, I promise. At least until I complete my search for the perfect product for my new 'do ...
I feel like me again now. I've had 'long' (long for me ie shoulder length) hair for a few years now, but I never felt quite like it was me. It is amazingly hard to convince hairdressers to cut all your hair off, they keep telling you that it's going to look really short. I suppose they have to guard against the unwary bursting in to tears in the chair at the shock, but short hair holds no fears for those of us who spent years going to the barber's for a no. 4 back'n'sides.