. . . I wasn't expecting to be back home before Christmas but DIL seems to be on the mend and in any case I have to take my partner to the hospital for a day of testing his heart function. My son is 'working from home' until after Christmas though I'm not sure how much work he'll actually get done with two energetic little boys running around Seemed like four - or even six to me!!
Thank you all for your goodies and supportive messages - I will get round to personal thanks but wanted everyone to know how grateful I am.
Right now I have to go off to the hospital and then do some final Christmas shopping. See you all later.
I feel I've been neglecting most of my Spark friends recently and I can't see that changing before next year. I have too much to do - and too many family problems - to give much time here at the moment. I regret that and I hope everyone will forgive me. .
I wish you all a Happy Christmas and New Year - have a great time - see you after - I hope.
It’s been extremely pretty here in Brighton (UK) by the sea in the snow. It is lethally icy on pavements and roads but it looks beautiful.
The schools and universities are all closed and it's hard to travel to work which has brought people out to have fun. Parents and children with sledges or playing snowballs and students being creative with snow sculptures – particularly from the Art Departments it seems.
Everyone is smiling and happy – a real holiday atmosphere – disregarding the cold and making the most of freedom from work or study. I’ve had a really nice two days tramping about in the snow with some of my students and taking pictures of everything. And the added bonus is all that extra exercise – hoorah!
I've had a great succession of weekends with my younger son, his wife and their sons celebrating both their birthdays - 9 days apart. This weekend the parents have had a great time out and about giving each other small treats and personal time whilst I’ve been entertaining their children. They are, of course, delightful and ultra-energetic.
Most likely it's that I don't have the energy I used to have. I kept thinking as I ran hither and thither for one or the other 'how did I ever do this' and 'it's only TWO' how do other mothers/grandmothers manage? I know they do and I also know that we all expand ourselves to meet current needs.
The bonus is that I have been so busy running around with no time to eat more than basic meals with the children - therefore healthy and small and tramping them along the beach - well-wrapped up - to get rid of some of that awesome energy that kids have in abundance. So - 2.5 of the 5 pounds I had gained are gone in no time.
A bit of a false situation of course but I am grateful for that quick loss and hope to keep those pounds off and rid myself of the other 2.5 in a more realistic and less exhausting way.
My younger son was forty recently and we seem to have been celebrating forever- in one family house or another. I’ve had a great time seeing family that I don’t normally see and even having a conversation with my ex-husband which doesn’t happen often – it was stilted but at least we spoke. Unfortunately it has all involved mountains of food and drink.
AND I WAS DOING SO WELL!
NOW I’m not.
I’ve gained back 5 pounds in the last two and a half weeks – pounds that I had lost since being with Spark - regained – and had struggled to lose again.
NOW they’re back for the second time.
I can’t blame the birthday celebrations – particularly that I have great support from my sons who want me to be healthy and energetic for as long as possible. No one force feeds me too much food or drip feeds me wine – I do that all by myself.
NOW I have to get rid of those pounds all over again.
What a waste of time and effort!! I can’t believe I’ve done this AGAIN! I should know better – it just shouldn’t be like this.
NOW what shall I do?
Well - without Spark teaching me so much about establishing new habits and how to stick to them - without accountability to all my Sparkfriends I would probably be in despair. However, with all this support here, I’ve just about learned to be calmer in these situations and just get on and deal with it. SO – quite simply - MORE water and exercise – LESS food and NO-O alcohol.