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A good day

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I am very glad the second anniversary of my middle grandson's birth is over. It always brings back sad memories of course - well the memories never go away but it gets easier as time passes. He is buried in a very beautiful sustainability site in the lovely Meon Valley under three trees. Yesterday my son put up a wooden birdbox on one of the trees bearing a small a plaque to his memory, which was lovely. No headstones are allowed - only natural materials that will blend and degrade in a natural way. My son and his wife have considered for some time what to do. They had made a fairly large marker from a part of a small tree trunk that they found on the site and my son - who loves whittling - engraved it with Amos' name and dates. The birdbox is another step - we just hope that it will be inhabited next Spring.

I feel I can really move on now - we have all been suffering from all of this for nearly two years (and will do forever of course) but the paralysis that I have been feeling disappeared yesterday.
I stuck to my Spark guns in the meal we ate afterwards and generally know that yesterday was a good day.

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    So glad things get slightly easier over time. Have a similar situation with a very prem baby - she died 14 years ago but I'll never forget her

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NEW-CAZ 5/27/2010 6:46AM

    I'm glad it turned into a positive day for you and you can move on.

what a wonderful tribute for your grandson emoticon

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Moving forward

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Well - the soup has worked it's magic and I am back on track.
I also caught a Spark blog from LOSEBUDDHABELLY regarding the set-up of a new team - The Slowest Loser. I feel it's for me at the moment. I need to stop trying too hard - or indeed not trying at all when I can't keep up the effort. Patience with myself would definitely be a good thing.
The 'Slow Food Movement' in the UK (and possibly elsewhere) has similarities. It advocates meals from scratch - not ready meals or microwaved food i.e not chasing instant results. A slower and more relaxed mindset in other words.
So I am going for very slow weight loss without expectations of 'miracles' and slow exercise routines that won't damage my muscles - something I've been suffering from all this year.
Tomorrow is going to be a hard day - a memorial service at my middle grandson's grave - he should have been two years-old tomorrow but sadly he didn't get there. There will be tears and food and if I overdo anything I am not going to beat myself up. For me there's another day . . .

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MADDE3333 5/26/2010 9:55PM

    I am very sorry for your loss, and sending my thoughts and prayers to you.

Take care,


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NEW-CAZ 5/26/2010 3:38AM

    Morning Sonia, I am so sorry for your loss hun and will be thinking of you emoticon

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TSEWARD 5/25/2010 6:24PM

    I am very sorry to hear of your loss. my thoughts and prayers are with you. And thank you for your encouragement! Yes, I too am hoping like mad that I didn't do anything permanent. So far the pain and swelling of my foot in general are still there. Today I used crutches. I am so mad at myself!!!!!!!!

Anyway, sorry for wallowing on this particular blog spot.

Hang in there!!! emoticon

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IAMANDARAMA 5/25/2010 6:17PM

    I'll be thinking of you.


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End of second week of Soups

Sunday, May 23, 2010

I'm really happy I did this soup fortnight - its a new routine and a much needed diversion from planning three meals a day. I love having a pot of soup to dip into when I'm hungry. When I took up the suggestion from a Spark friend I really didn't know it would suit me so well! (Thanks again MP!)
Two more pounds gone even tho I have slithered a couple of times with accompanying seeded crispbread and a slice of cheese. What this told me was that I actually need something more solid from time to time and I will factor this in.
Tonight a friend is cooking me me fresh Scallops followed by Skate wing. YUM!! Love fish and there is a great guy with a 'shack' just a 20 minute walk down my road and along by the sea who does his own fishing every morning and takes stuff from other fisherman (and some importers). It's a case of 'when it's gone it's gone' so you have to get there early but it's always worthwhile.
This a treat to mark the end of the soup regime and I will be eating meals in the evenings from now on. It's all an experiment and I will have to see if it goes well but it is just possible that I have found a better way to eat that I can stick to - with a 40 minute walk several times a week into the bargain!
Thanks to all the SP friends who have commented and encouraged me -it all really helps.

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MEDDYPEDDY 5/23/2010 5:12AM

    I am really happy for you - I fell of the soup wagon after fifteen days but I will climb on again for the coming last week of may. I had a vague idea about going to soups for the rest of my life but this has to be thought about a lot... it would be like adjusting to a gastric bypass without having the bypass...sort of!

Thank you for writing - i is such a help!

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NEW-CAZ 5/23/2010 5:04AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
You're making amazing progress and yes it will slow but you'll be goal b4 you know it emoticon

Love the sound of your meal for tonight emoticon


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Halfway through my soup fortnight

Saturday, May 15, 2010

I could ask if theres something magical about soup (my Grandmother would say so!) but I have realized that a pot of nourishing goodies on my stove offers me the chance to keep my sugar levels stabilized with the minimum of difficulty. I have always loved making soup (thanks Granny!) There are endless possibilities and this week I made broccoli, ham pieces and blue cheese minestrone butternut squash, sweet potato, chicken and some cream Thai prawn and coconut with chili and oriental vegetables Mediterranean vegetables with white beans and herbs from the garden ham, leek and potato. Also tried fruit soup - apple and orange with cinnamon and toasted almonds and yoghourt was really good and made a great change from savoury soups. I found several fruit soups in the Spark Recipes and plan to try them out.
It all seems to suit me well and I have lost 4lb this week. I know that I wont live like this forever but for the moment I am happy with the soup. Food has not been the preoccupation that it was and I still have energy to do more in the evening than sit in around with a book or the radio and eat far more than I intended. Eating is often a diversion activity because Im too tired to do the things I should. In another week Ill stick with the soup in the daytime and start eating meals in the evening and Ill just have to see how that goes if I have found a way to keep my eating habits on an even keel I will be more than delighted.

Cross your fingers for my 'stickability' in this.

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TSEWARD 5/21/2010 3:39PM

    Keeping sugar levels stable ...... so important! thank you for your encouragement and support. Your stickability is working..and your fruit soup sounds good enough to make at my house!


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MEDDYPEDDY 5/19/2010 2:19AM

    I am so HAPPY for you! And a little proud because I will take the honor of inspiring you... I fell of my soup wagong two days ago, binged yeasterday but will go back on again - last time I did it I was not faultless, managed 26 out of 31 days - I will try to be as successful this time!

Thank you for giving me my motivation back!

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IAMANDARAMA 5/18/2010 7:32PM

    Soup was such a staple in post war Britain. What households didn't practically live off it in the winter? I know lunch at home, in the '50s was a bowl of soup and a baked potato. You granny was probably a soul-mate to mine. As a result, I too love soup. The fruit ones sound great too - I'll have to check them out.

Fantastic about your 4 lb loss too. V Well done, you.


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SCANIAMOM 5/18/2010 1:41PM

    There was a documentary on BBC a while back, called "Things you need to know about losing weight". They explained why soup will help you lose weight! It has to do with the water staying longer in your stomach when it has binded to the solids in the soup so you don't get hungry as fast. You can find the whole documentary (in 10-minute sections) on youtube.

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P0KERS0PH 5/15/2010 7:47AM

    Are you eating soup for all your meals? I'm intrigued

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NEW-CAZ 5/15/2010 5:08AM

    emoticon on the 4 pound loss a great start!
I wish you well with your plan

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Soup Fortnight - Day 1

Friday, May 07, 2010

Yesterday went well - I ate four large bowls of the Soup of the Day - miso soup with tofu, mushrooms, cabbage, chili, soy sauce and shredded coconut plus rice noodles. Later in the day I added fresh prawns which poached deliciously in the stock and were very satisfying. Didn't think about food all day and definitely feel this is a way back to the path I want to be on. Not forever I guess but it's OK nutritionally and gives me focus.
Off to the country today where walking is a joy and I have plenty of stuff to do at the moment clearing the kitchen ready for a new one to be installed so I'll generally be far more active and - that word again - focused!

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NEW-CAZ 5/7/2010 3:59AM

    Well done Sonia you're on your way and on track hun.

That soup sounds nutritional and satisfying, you have me salivating just thinking of it emoticon

Enjoy your walk emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 5/7/2010 2:42AM

    Congrats - read my blog about soup... it really encouraged me.
I am happy that we are two on the soup wagon for today - lets support eachother! You go girrrl! emoticon emoticon emoticon

That soup sounds delicious!

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