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Back on board . . .

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Afraid my resolution to blog every day this month has failed. I have found it really useful for my motivation and certainly found the supportive responses most helpful. I've been busier than I expected to be with non-stop appointments with students or working away. Plenty of walking time in the course of my duties but no strength exercises to speak of. Some questionable food choices. Time to correct all that and get back on the wagon although there is potentially one more week before the students settle down to their serious course work and leave me free to get on with my own life.

I returned from work in the West Country yesterday morning because I wanted to attend the funeral of the son of friends who died instantly, aged 41, in a ridiculous domestic electrical accident. There had to be a post mortem and various tests so the funeral was delayed and then happened rather quickly. It was really harrowing - he was the sort of guy that burned bright, inspired everyone he had contact with and has left a huge gap in many lives. Too young to go and with so much left to achieve. Certainly stopped my personal self-pity in it's tracks.

So - today's the new start - good food - decent strength exercises and walking a lot are on my menu again - come what may!

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    I love new days, weeks and months. It's so great that we can start again and again. Good for you! Your on the right track. Have a great weekend.

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ROSEWCI 9/26/2010 8:09PM

    Nice recover! Keep up the good work!

How sad about your friend's son. Life is fragile...we must handle w/care!

Rose emoticon

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AMBERZADE 9/25/2010 6:22AM

    I find it useful to write everyday too but I sometimes lose a day here and there. It's sometimes hard to find things to write about. But since the point is not to let things build up, I usually will post a blog anyway.

I am very sorry to hear about your friend.

I know you'll do great with your fresh start! Everyday is a new day and we can make out of it whatever we want to.


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MEDDYPEDDY 9/25/2010 5:43AM

    You obviously write a time of day when I have allready done my sparking and the next day you have already disappeared from m friend feed... I will go back and read september blogs and I am glad that you have found it useful to write as often as possible - I need to do the same thing but there is too much going on...

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NEW-CAZ 9/25/2010 5:36AM

    Hi Sonia, you have had a busy month and your resolution had to take a back seat is all but I'm glad you've found the responses encouraging.

I'm sorry to hear about your son's friend that is so tragic, certainly makes you count your blessings.

Have a great weekend hun, I'm off to workout while Pete watches F1 qualifying. emoticon

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Days 19 and 20 - Busy!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

. . . but busy is good in this instance.

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.


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TRENTDREAMER 9/21/2010 6:11PM

    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.

g00d newz!! thanks 4 ur comment on my bl0g!!!

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ROSEWCI 9/21/2010 6:51AM

    Have a great couple of days! emoticon

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MADDE3333 9/21/2010 6:04AM

    Sounds like the stars are lining up for your success! I am sure it's being closer to home.

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AMBERZADE 9/21/2010 5:20AM

    Yay you! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 9/21/2010 5:17AM

    Hey sounds like you have some variety in your job Sonia, enough to keep you out of mischief any road emoticon

Have a great day hun emoticon

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Days 17 and 18 - Slippage

Monday, September 20, 2010

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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.
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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
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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

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ROSEWCI 9/20/2010 8:16PM

    LOVE the photos of your grandbabies!

We all have bad days...When you're ready...just pick yourself up, dust yourself off, & begin again! We're here to offer our support & words of encouragement!

Keep going! You're worth the effort!

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JUDY1676 9/20/2010 11:25AM

    Everyone has a "bad" day but now is a new day and you can get back on track!

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NEW-CAZ 9/20/2010 8:08AM

    Hey Sonia 3 butt kicks is excessive hun, it was one day (one kick permitted LOL).
I don't think you should be hard on yourself, just get back on track. emoticon

Love the pics! emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 9/20/2010 7:33AM

    Remember, yesterday is gone--live for today, just flip and start over. You can do it. Don't beat yourself up.

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TLINDAMT 9/20/2010 6:23AM

    Just get back on the wagon you will be fine one day wont mess you up.

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Day 16 - Positivity and Planning!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

I walked myself into the ground yesterday – up and down hilly bits and along miles and miles of flat bits. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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. emoticonSo - teeth gritted, I plodded on – got to be good for me – mutter - mutter emoticon

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 emoticon I was tired and hungry – not a good combination emoticon
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. emoticon

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 emoticon

So my thought for today is BE POSITIVE - PLAN - BE AWARE OF THE MOMENT. It really can work. emoticon

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YASMINSHORTER 9/18/2010 11:45AM

    Oh well done you!!! I'm so proud! I dont think i would have had the willpower to scrape batter! I would have said "but what about if i just run really really fast back down the hill? that would surely counter the batter?!"

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NEW-CAZ 9/18/2010 7:13AM

    GOOD FOR YOU SONIA emoticon on your forward thinking!
Hey and if you stock up on quick cook boil in the bag brown rice you could make your meal more substanial and filling.
Your poor plates of meat (feet) must have been crying out for surrender- well done for keeping up with the young'ens. emoticon

Hope the rest of your weekend is just as great emoticon

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ROSEWCI 9/18/2010 6:56AM

    emoticon You did good!!!

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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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