Friday, September 17, 2010
So as I’ve already said I’m running a social programme for the various teachers I was allocated late on Tuesday afternoon. We’ve been having quite a lot of fun. Brighton’s always good for interest and entertainment - and history - but we’ve also tripped around the countryside – despite the intermittent rain - and looked at various things of interest including some quaint traditional pubs.
I was discussing my problem with the food side of all of this with some colleagues. Obviously I can make my own choices in pubs and am, equally obviously, obliged to drink water (I genuinely don’t like any sweet ‘soda’ type drinks) because I’m the driver. However, I was rather over-occupied with my worry over the evening meals that the students are cooking for the group. One of my colleagues said: ‘Look – you’re making unnecessary difficulties here – they can see you need to lose weight (ouch!) so just tell it like it is – you’re on a diet for your health and can only eat very small portions.’ Of course! It’s obvious – if I appear to refuse the food they cook without explanation they will be deeply offended – well some will because of their different cultures – but I was just straightforward with them and it’s gone down perfectly OK. They just smiled and nodded and that’s the end of it.
Still hard to count calories but the really difficult bit is to resist some of the delicious things they cook.
I am thinking of offering to contribute with vegetables and salads I can pile on my plate because now I’ve talked to them about it I really will have to behave myself