Yesterday was great! Strength exercises earIy and a Pre-breakfast bowl of low fat yoghourt with pomegranate seeds and a quarter serving of home-made smoothie as a kind of sauce. I needed to be prepared as I was cooking a shared brunch at a friend’s house – she’s got a beautiful garden but doesn’t cook much. PERFECT!!! Great place to eat but I was in charge of the food - YAY!! I cooked a huge Spanish omelette in my big paella pan to accommodate the size needed which I put through the Spark recipe calculator (thank you SparkPeople – such great tools you give us!) and made a large and luscious salad with asparagus, artichoke hearts, avocado and cherry tomatoes among the leaves. A breadmaking friend provided walnut bread and we were all very happy in what we daily expect to be the last of the sunshine.
In the afternoon we tramped on the beautiful South Downs for an hour and a half where we came across an open air rave so we grannies bopped around among the magenta and blue haired participants. They didn’t seem to mind and we had fun.
In the evening there was more salad – similar ingredients but with Tiger Prawns griddled with olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. An easy day – easy food – lots and lots of fun and I was at the low end of my calorie range. Hoorah for me!
Yesterday was the opposite of the previous day. I knew I was going to have a busy but irregular day so I had a substantial breakfast –hardboiled egg mashed with 2 tsps of extra light mayo on toast + alfalfa sprouts and chopped plum tomato with parsley. Followed that with a half measure of home made smoothie. All yummy actually.
Then I did the stationary bike and a selection of Spark exercises – some new advanced ones that I am finding more difficult and want to get on top of – all adding up to a full body work out suitable for an ageing granny! Then sretches. Went well – felt OK about it. Usual walk by the sea my fallback walk when I don’t have a lot of time.
Then 1hr 30min drive to the family BBQ – and CHAOS!!!
My younger son can only do anything to a ( last minute) deadline – so he and his father had laid the new patio slabs the previous day –he and his wife shopped for the BBQ food yesterday morning and even bought the BBQ which needed assembly. So – I scrubbed the concrete off the slabs
and helped assemble the BBQ - made salads
prepared meat and veggie kebabs changed the baby umpteen times took my elder grandson for a walk in the woods near their home with a football when he got over excited. PHEW!!
Time for half a dozen raw veggies with hummus for late lunch with a small glass of Pimms and chats to some nice people
The food, which looked delicious, wasn’t actually ready till later than hoped, as can happen with BBQs, so I had to leave them all eating it and come back to Brighton because I was due to help some students at the uni. Felt bad (and relieved!) leaving before food but I had commitments. They were certainly all having a good time and I was more than delighted. My son and wife have two children but this baby whose birthday we are celebrating so thoroughly is actually their third child because, as some of you know, they lost their second child in a cot death. It has been hard for them worrying about getting this baby through his first year and everyone was delighted to see them – and the baby – well and happy. There was sunshine and rain as I left - producing a double birthday over the party
Later a ‘fish-freak’ friend made me a meal of broiled lemony scallops followed by lobster and salad, There is a sort of shack by the sea here in Brighton where the owner and a friend go out in their boat first thing and then sell the fish they have caught– totally fresh - and when it’s gone it’s gone. YUM!!!!
A couple of judicious glasses of wine and some goats cheese and my calorie count was right on the nose.
No food difficulties at all and loadsa running about using up calories. Those are the days I like.
Yesterday I got up and did time on the exercise bike, some strength exercises and stretching and then went walking by the sea. I didn’t want to do any of it, truth be told, don’t know why but counted it was ‘one of those days’ and got on with it.
I drank water a lot and stayed within my calorie range– but only just – and even then it’s not absolutely certain.
I would love to understand what exactly makes some days quite easy to get through so that I think I’m on my way - and then poof! - the next day is unbelievably difficult. Yesterday I was ‘hungry’ all day – except that of course it wasn’t – couldn’t’ve been - actual hunger. I was going out to supper yesterday but by the time the evening came I had 327 calories left in my ‘bank’. I would have cancelled the meal but it absolutely wasn’t appropriate so I went – drank water – had a vegetable starter only and a small salad – counted it as best I could when I got back and it seemed that was just on my limit. Of course it’s impossible to be sure when you eat in a restaurant but I pretty well feel OK about yesterday. Foodwise that is – and because I kept the brakes on. However I really do wonder what that was about – it was a hard struggle to stay on the track. Guess the only thing is to put it behind me and look at today as a new day – a better day.
Kept within my calorie range – as far as I can tell. We went out to early supper after my grandson's party – which was great – and it’s difficult, of course, to calorie-count meals eaten out. However – I feel OK about the effort I made which is something.
Because of the meal I was much later home than I expected and didn’t walk by the sea later as I promised myself (typing that I see that a walk in the dark wouldn't have gone amiss) but as I ran myself ragged with the kids I feel OK about that too.
I am aware, however, that I need to beware of excuses, complacency and ‘making up’ calorie counts. So I’ll be super careful today. I am using this month of ‘public’ accountability to develop greater awareness of what I eat and do, so these are lessons well learned.
Resolved to make today an extra good day
Not a bad start. Yesterday I stayed within my calorie range – exercised and walked although not as much as I intended. Just a Spark generated selection of ST exercises and a 20 minute walk. Intended to do more but I told myself I was resting up after a hard few weeks – which is true but it can’t be a regular excuse or the effort I have promised myself to make make will never happen.
Today my little grandson is one year old and is having a lunch party. I will be there playing with him and his friends and their bigger brothers and sisters – always good for calorie burning!! So – as long as I leave the kiddie’s lunch alone all should be well – oh – and need to give the champagne for the grandparents a miss too!
I have already spent time on the stationary bike, worked out to Coach Nicole’s Fit, Fired and Firmed Up (All about Abs). Later will walk at least 30 min by the sea in the evening sunshine. Large chicken salad planned for dinner followed by a pampering bath with bubbles and a good book.
Doesn’t seem too difficult – let’s hope it isn’t!! Will keep you posted.