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Day 8 - Time in the country

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Yesterday I came to my little house which I love. I am lucky to have it – it makes me calm and gives me respite from other stuff in my life. Yesterday I walked by the sea for two hours on the edge of a beautiful bay. This a lovely Jurassic coast in south west England and as I love the sea and could walk by it forever I couldn't be happier here.The sun was shining yesterday but the sea here is just as beautiful when it’s grey or when it's rough and angry and makes me feel like shouting back at it.
I then spent a lot of time in my garden – there’s always so much to catch up on – grass to cut – bushes to prune etc.
After that I went out to supper with a friend but to a place where it was easy to make good food choices and where everything is local, organic and simply cooked. So, a lovely and productive day – good food and lots of calories burned off. I had promised myself some ‘me’ time this month and so far I am managing to make that space for myself and also sticking to my Spark plan.

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AMBERZADE 9/10/2010 1:55AM

    I love your house and your sea. Your garden sounds pretty neat too. It sounds like you had a great day.

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CMFARRELL36 9/9/2010 4:58PM

    I could just see, and hear, your sea!
Well done you - getting things apparently so back under control so quickly! And your recognition and acknowledgment of the fact that you do feel better, and that you have learned some stuff over the past year or so.
I'm really looking forward to reading your daily achievements for the next few weeks.

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TWOTIMESS 9/9/2010 3:44PM

That's such a great day!

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NEW-CAZ 9/9/2010 12:39PM

    Sounds wonderful Sonia- you are a great image maker-I was there with you listening to the sea rolling in and out, made me smile.
And plenty of exercise, I bet your garden looks a treat now!
emoticon for sticking to your plan! emoticon

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ANDECC 9/9/2010 12:17PM

    What a beautiful sounding day.... Enjoy your "me" time!

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Day 7 - a very British Feast

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Went to a celebration of British Food last night - a British Feast given by Sussex University for my foreign students. All fresh food/organic/minimum food miles and all the veggies foraged from the Sussex fields. Totally delicious - an inventive menu and really well executed. Finally the students see that English food style does exist these days and that it is good - very good. A kind of PR exercise that totally worked.
I had saved calories up all day by only eating fruit because I knew it would be completely uncountable. Just hope I haven't done too much damage but everything was irresistible. I'll have to see what it actually means at the end of the week when I weigh in. Whatever - I have to say it was so special that it will be worth it.

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TWOTIMESS 9/8/2010 3:18PM

One meal isn't too bad, especialy if it's for the sake of your national cuisine! LOL!

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NEW-CAZ 9/8/2010 1:04PM

    Great forward planning Sonia and it sounds like the fest was a great sucess! emoticon

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Day 6 - Up and at 'em

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Up early yesterday day with energy to spare. It was a really sunny morning so I walked by the sea just in case the sunshine didn’t last. Definitely a good move as it did, indeed, rain later. Did some time on the static bike and some strength exercises. I am starting to change up my strength routines, choosing exercises that are more pertinent to my needs, the beginning of balance issues in particular, trying to work towards a more perfect execution of them and upping my indoor biking and walking this week - in both time and speed - to increase the calorie burn. Doesn’t seem to be much point in leaving things static – that way boredom lies and I am very bad at being bored! So onward and upward was my mantra yesterday.
Gave my flat a thorough clean – on account of all that energy – and the rain outside. Thanks to awareness developed on Spark, I can’t avoid the fact these days that if I eat healthily and get some exercise in, I DO feel better, have more energy for stuff that needs doing and am less inclined to overeat – a lesson to learn and remember when I next start to slither. I’ve got to a point now where I only have to look at certain foods and I just KNOW how bad they will make me feel. Serious progress – HOORAH for me!
An uneventful and very satisfactory day – I will try and make sure that there are many more.
Oh . . . AND – a couple of pics of that little grandson of mine at his first birthday parties – yes he had two! He and his big brother are at the heart of my reason for doing this – so that we can have fun with each other for as long as possible.

Big brother Sam and Eli with a birthday toy

Eli's birthday BBQ

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TWOTIMESS 9/7/2010 5:08PM

You're doing great!

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AMBERZADE 9/7/2010 4:12AM

    Your grandchildren are beautiful! It sounds like you're doing great. I wish I could take a walk to the sea. LOL Have a great day!


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NEW-CAZ 9/7/2010 3:21AM

    So glad you're feeling the benefit of eating well and being active.
Sounds like you had a busy day! All that energy emoticon

And I love the pic of your grandsons, so cute.
And it's just one reason for staying healthy Sonia...the other is for yourself!

Have a great Tuesday my friend emoticon

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Day 5 - a really lovely day with loads of fun

Monday, September 06, 2010

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!

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SWEETMAHA 9/7/2010 2:06AM

    love the pictures and lovely blog!!

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TRENTDREAMER 9/6/2010 8:41AM

    awesome. hope u have a gr8 week!!

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ANNIE924 9/6/2010 7:59AM

    Wow what a wonderful menu and sounds like you had a fun, fun day. Good for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 9/6/2010 6:48AM

    Sounds like an amazing day Sonia and I love the food emoticon

So glad you had such a good time emoticon

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AMBERZADE 9/6/2010 5:41AM

    It sounds like you had a great day and some great food!


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Day 4 - better after yesterday's hiccup

Sunday, September 05, 2010

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. emoticon

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 – emoticon emoticon emoticon 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 emoticonmy fallback walk when I don’t have a lot of time.

Then 1hr 30min drive to the family BBQ – and CHAOS!!! emoticon
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 emoticon
and helped assemble the BBQ - made salads emoticon emoticon
prepared meat and veggie kebabs emoticon emoticonchanged the baby umpteen times emoticon took my elder grandson for a walk in the woods near their home with a football when he got over excited. emoticon emoticon PHEW!! emoticon emoticon
Time for half a dozen raw veggies with hummus for late lunch with a small glass of Pimms and chats to some nice people emoticon emoticon

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 emoticon over the party emoticon

Later a ‘fish-freak’ friend emoticonmade 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 emoticon emoticon 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. emoticon

Oh yes – and 2 pounds down emoticon

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TWOTIMESS 9/5/2010 1:59PM

That was a good day! Your food sounds great!

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NEW-CAZ 9/5/2010 7:15AM

    emoticon Sonia sounds like a marvelous day and 2 pounds down emoticon

So glad yesterday was more positive for you all round, it's those days that make you feel so much better about yourself, your day and your exercise.
LOL you certainly had your work cut out for you emoticon

Have an equally good Sunday

Laters emoticon

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