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Day 13 - I was trying so hard!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I have a very irregular free lance job and it's always difficult to know when work will turn up. In lots of ways it suits my irregular personality but is not at all good for my weight loss. I have unexpectedly been allocated a number of visiting foreign teachers who come every year to upgrade their English - not for their grammar but to keep up with the endless changing patterns of our language so they can pass them on to the students they teach. I don't actually teach them but I do keep them occupied when they have free time. I quite enjoy taking them round the local area and discussing their many questions about the language they hear in the streets or in pubs as we go around - currently here in England 'innit?' is a their big concern - when and how to use it. . .?
Unfortunately all this involves entertaining them too. Eating out a lot or having them to my home because someone wants to cook a meal 'from their own country' to share their own national favourites. Great for them - bad bad bad for me. Yesterday I was barely in charge of anything I ate - yeah yeah - I know I'm not a helpless victim but on occasions like this it certainly feels like it!

I have to find a way to deal with this without giving offence - and I WILL. I have been doing well lately and it would just be silly to waste that effort. At least all that walking is good for me!!

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AMBERZADE 9/16/2010 5:14AM

    That does sound difficult. It's a different culture so you never know how they will take it. Maybe you could ask them in that way or talk to them about it.


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NEW-CAZ 9/16/2010 3:42AM

    Sounds like you are going to busy Sonia and I HATE that "innit" expression!! But I suppose language always has and always will move on. "know what I mean like" is another pet hate LOL.
I suggest you drink loads of water b4 and with your heavy meals hun LOL. OMG all that foreign calorie laden food emoticon

Take care and have fun entertaining, and like you say....all that emoticon emoticon

catch ya as and when emoticon emoticon

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Days 10/11/12 Onward and upward

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I’ve been working away from home with little time to organize my food and involving a certain amount of socializing and eating out so I had difficulties with food choices. One day was calorifically disastrous because of a large lunch served to us and then a party in the evening. A lesson that I need to learn is to have the courage of my convictions with regard to food choices and choose better when I am eating out – difficult because I don't want to cause offence but it's got to be done as I eat out a lot because of work commitments.
I gave myself a good talking to and ate OK on both the other days. I also got some strength exercises in everyday and walked a lot instead of going to my workplace by car. Something is working because I have lost 2 pounds so far this month which suits me fine.

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NEW-CAZ 9/14/2010 4:15PM

    emoticon on ditching 2 pounds Sonia.
Eating out at a restaurant or with friends and not wanting to offend can be difficult to get around, but you averaged out your calories over other days and that's a great way to do it and you were active which really helps.
And maybe coz you're not "trying too hard" now or stressing about trying to get it all perfect..........it all helps.
You're doing a great job hun........balance in all things! emoticon emoticon

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THINAGIN2 9/14/2010 3:56PM

    There's a right combination for you. Maybe you have found it! Keep up the good work.

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Day 9 Busy - Busy - Busy :-((

Friday, September 10, 2010

One of those days where nothing quite 'jigsaws' properly. Promised myself I'd do some serious regular blogging this month but we all know that things don't always turn out.

Just back from the country and off away to work tomorrow for a few days.

More or less up to speed with calories and exercise - remains to be seen what my next weigh-in brings but I know I've been putting in the effort.

Have a great weekend my friends . . .

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TWOTIMESS 9/10/2010 3:36PM

    You must enjoy your weekend, too!

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NEW-CAZ 9/10/2010 2:56PM

    Hey you've managed 9 days in a row Sonia emoticon

Good luck with your weigh in! I'll be rooting for you emoticon emoticon emoticon

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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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