Yesterday I was unexpectedly re-allocated from my visiting teachers to a job in a school in Bournemouth for 2 or 3 days. Near my little house and convenient for everyone. Especially for ME - Hoorah!! These jobs are always busy with very little time to think about anything much - including food. Without the temptations of last week I'm expecting ta few good days - not out of any virtue on my part but nonetheless every little helps.
I was satisfied that I was doing well but somehow forgot how easy it is to slip.
There was a student party on Saturday – quite a wild one even as student parties go – in a club in Brighton and I had promised to go. I was busy all day with my own group of students and was tired. The thought popped into my head unbidden ‘I’ll just have a glass of wine to see me through’ WRONG!! I’m certainly not an alcoholic but one glass is never enough (like biscuits for some!) and after several I eat more than is good for my Food Tracker – well, for ME actually.
Doesn’t look too bad on the tracker – but I can only track the wine accurately –whereas the indeterminate student nibbles (you’d really think I’d know better by now!) – are impossible to calculate
I realize now that if I had made time to eat something substantial but ‘safe’ before I went to the party, nothing would have been so bad and I would feel a lot less annoyed with myself than I do. However I didn’t think at the time so I have to remember yet another strategy and take it on board.
Unexpectedly I had my little grandson from Southampton with me on Sunday. Such a good day in a pub garden where there was music playing and with the granddaughter of a friend of mine. They had fun – I had fun _ lots of running around for all of us. Really cheered me up. Good food and plenty of exercise
I walked myself into the ground yesterday – up and down hilly bits and along miles and miles of flat bits.
The sun was shining and my students wanted to get out on the hills behind Brighton. I don’t have the energy or stamina of these 30-somethings. So - teeth gritted, I plodded on – got to be good for me – mutter - mutter
By the time we got to the supper table for beautifully cooked Japanese prawns – in tempura batter!! – with a chilli sauce and a barrelful of egg fried rice I was tired and hungry – not a good combination
In view of my new principle: ‘be prepared’ I quickly ‘stirfried’ a huge pile of sliced Pak Choi (actually two wok-fulls lightly braised in veggie stock) with garlic, ginger and lemon.
Thank goodness for the forethought encouraged by you good Sparkers. I avoided the rice(so-o tempting!) and took minimum prawns with a huge pile of the greens. When I scraped the tempura batter off the prawns I first put my hands together, bowed towards the Japanese girl who had cooked the meal and begged her to excuse me. There was just lots more nodding and smiling . AND they seemed to enjoy the Pak Choi
So my thought for today is BE POSITIVE - PLAN - BE AWARE OF THE MOMENT. It really can work.
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
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!!