Monday, June 03, 2013
It's been almost a month since I last blogged here. I have a confession - I've turned to the other side....
I have opened a My Fitness Pal account, which has resulted in me not using SP quite so much. I'm using it for tracking food and exercise, the main reason being that MFP is more UK friendly. To be honest, I've struggled at times with SP, the talk of cups/ounces and a multitude of food brands that are totally alien to me. MFP has a HUGE British food data base and uses the more familiar measurements. I find it much easier.
On the down side, I've yet to discover the community spirit found on SP. I've said before that the best thing about SP is the people, and the tremendous support offered by total strangers who quickly become virtual friends. I've missed you!
So with your permission, I'd like to take the best of both sites, using MFP to keep me within my calorie limits and popping in here now and then to keep up with my pals and "chat".
May weight loss = 6lbs!
Monday, May 06, 2013
One of the pleasures of living here in Belgium is that they have more National Holidays than most of the other countries in Europe - 11 to be precise! If the holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, often a Bridge Day is added to make a long weekend. 3 of these holidays fall in May, the kids love it as they rarely do a full week at school this month!
Today has been an odd one for me though. It is a Bank Holiday in the UK, so I have been reading facebook posts about friends and relatives enjoying the sun in the garden or at the beach. However, it isn't a holiday here, so I have spent the day in a hot, sweaty gym, not working out but supervising the Grade 12 kids battling through their IB exams. Our next day off isn't until Thursday (Ascension Day) - they've thrown in Friday as well for good measure.
Last week, my parents were over from England. Wednesday was a National Holiday (Labour Day) so we travelled over to the beautiful city of Ghent. As well as admiring many fantastic buildings and sampling the local beer (well this is Belgium!) we were surprised to be entertained by a huge Labour Day parade. This marching band made me smile!
Some of the buildings
We plan to spend this week's days off touring the tulip fields - we are just a few miles from Holland and we don't have to go far to find them!
In other news, Day 2 of the healthy eating plan has gone well......
Friday, April 05, 2013
Despite serious reservations, I actually enjoyed the concert. We met up with my sister and her daughter, who had travelled down from Lincolnshire, and had a Very Nice Day Out. Average age of the audience was, at a guess, around 10, which meant there were plenty of mums and dads there too - a fact not overlooked by the One Direction boys who very politely thanked all the parents for spending their hard earned cash on allowing their kids to come. What nice boys they are! It was, all in all, good family entertainment. I spent half the time looking around the audience and smiling at the faces of these wee kids - pure joy. My daughter loved it and I am, for now, her best friend forever.
After the concert, we made sure my sister caught the right train home , then we spent the night at a Premier Inn - a budget hotel chain, excellent value for money and recommended to anyone wanting somewhere affordable and comfortable to stay whilst visiting the UK. The next morning we had about 2 hours before needing to catch the Eurostar so had a quick dash to Oxford Street, Hyde Park end, where the Marks and Spencer flagship store is situated. Essential knicker shopping done, we grabbed a couple of packs of sandwiches and made our way to the train.
Just 3 hours later and we were back home! I love London.....
Red London Bus
Marble Arch (Hyde Park)
Monday, April 01, 2013
I've just read Chicchantal's latest blog and decided, cheekily, to nick the title. I am currently sat here, almost head-in-hands, lamenting "why oh why" to myself, whilst ruing the day last April that my husband persuaded me to join him in a light libation. From what I remember, it was a sunny, warm Sunday afternoon. We'd enjoyed a pleasant Sunday lunch during which we'd shared a very gluggable bottle of red. We were both feeling decidedly mellow - and that was when our daughter struck. She knows just how to pick her moments....
Fast forward to today. Another very pleasant Sunday in April, only this time I'm stone cold sober and wondering how I ever agreed to take her to a One Direction concert. Tomorrow we will be setting the alarm for 5.30am in order to catch the 6.30 train to Brussels, transferring on to Eurostar for the journey under the sea to That London. From there we will be joining the throngs on the tube to the O2 Arena where we shall be part of a 15000 strong crowd of screaming teenyboppers (chaperoned on the whole by their mothers, I suspect, as under 16's aren't allowed in unaccompanied). Joy.....
She's asked me what I'm wearing. Apart from earplugs, I'm not sure yet.
Edit: Of course I realise that it's Monday today and I'm not in the slightest bit confused by the Easter weekend.....(senior moments? Moi?)
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