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Days 14 and 15 - making unnecessary difficulties

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. emoticon
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 emoticon

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TRENTDREAMER 9/17/2010 6:33PM

    th3 social aspect of w8 loss can b the most difficult. having 2 refuse food that u want is tough enough. when it goez against the cultural grain though. whoowee.

st4y str0ng!

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CMFARRELL36 9/17/2010 2:28PM

    Well done you - accepting the suggestion graciously, not showing any upset or offence at the way it was worded.....
My "driving" drink of choice is soda water and lime - nothing sweet, especially if the place uses fresh lime instead of lime cordial.
Surely there would be no offense taken by your student chefs if you brought your own salad - or even, surely a kitchen should be able to provide some undressed salad or fresh veggies (lightly steamed or raw).
And having talked to them, as you say, have to behave yourself. So that's a great help to you too!
Yea, positive thinking LOL


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NEW-CAZ 9/17/2010 3:13AM

    WTG Sonia! Sorted LOL.
And it'll cause you much less anxiety not worrying about offending!
I can just about remember some of the olde worlde pubs in the area- much better than those blaring out music gastro pubs huh?!

Have a great Friday Sonia, emoticon

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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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