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A Good Water Day

Saturday, July 10, 2010

I guess this time of year is a good time to learn to drink more water and less tea. The hot weather, and it is scorching today, really encourages me to down more water than usual. So much so that I managed eight glasses yesterday for only the second time ever. I am sitting here this morning, already on my third glass, and I've barely finished breakfast! I may exceed eight today if this heat keeps up, though I still love my cuppas, and can't ever see myself giving those up completely. Had eight of those yesterday too, but only one so far today.

Maybe by the end of the summer I'll be so used to drinking lots of water that I'll be able to keep up the pace. That would be amazing when you consider that I barely scraped 2 glasses a day most days until recently, and I have dragged myself kicking and screaming to the Brita jug.
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ABC's of me

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Copied and pasted from BOE4LIFE's blog at his request

The ABC's of me
Saturday 10th July, 2010

A - Age: 46

B - Bed size: double

C - Chore you hate: Clearing cobwebs

D - Dog's name: Sophie

E - Essential start your day item: Morning Cuppa (and the toilet. LOL)

F - Favorite color: orange

G - Gold or Silver: Silver

H - Height: 5'9"

I - Instruments you play: Recorder, Flute

J - Job title: Handcraft artist

K - Kid(s): 2 Girls, aged 25 and 14

L - Living arrangements: me and the 14-yr-old and Sophie, my dog - or am I her human? ;-)

O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: birth of both girls, Laparoscopy op

P - Pet Peeve: Being lied to

Q - Quote from a movie: Always look on the bright side of life (more song line than quote, but it makes me smile.

R - Right or left handed: Right

S - Siblings: 1 brother 1 sister

T - Time you wake up: anywhere from 7.30 - 10am depending on neighbour noise and how late I worked the night before.

U- First word that comes to your mind for "U": umbrella

V - Vegetable you dislike: black olives (I can just about manage green ones)

W - Ways you run late: Currently, getting so engrossed in Sparkpeople I lose track of time. :-)

X - X-rays you've had: hands

Y - Yummy food you make: Cottage Pie and Lasagna

Z - Zoo favorite: Snakes

Now cut this & paste it into your next blog post! I want to read about you!!

  


Sparkpeople To Do List?

Friday, July 09, 2010

How on earth do I keep up with all my Spark commitments? I've already forgotten to log fitness minutes with my teams, and then there's keeping track of posts, replies and so forth. There is a LOT of stuff here.

Oh well, it is early days. I am guessing that as I get to know the spark teams I'll get the hang of checking in regularly.

Is there somewhere to write a 'to do list'?
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About Eating a Rainbow...

Thursday, July 08, 2010

I have a question:

Where in the rainbow is the mushroom?
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I did a Flora Light, Original and Buttery Taste Test!

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Yesterday my daughter and I walked the trek to Tesco for our regular grocery top-up shop. Since Waitrose opened up close enough to walk to in ten minutes or less, we have only been going to Tesco every three to four weeks to stock up on things we can't get there, like our favourite fruit juices, Tesco light choices tikka masala curry sauce, and my favourite Weightwatcher cakes - Mini Carrot cakes. nom nom nom
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Anyway, since I quit smoking my tastebuds and sense of smell have become ultra sensitive, so changing foods can be a challenge as a dodgy smell can knock me back before I even start. For instance, I used to like baking cakes with Stork margarine, and now the smell of it means I can't get near the pot, and when the cake is baking it stinks to me, so badly that I can't eat it. This doesn't mean Stork is bad, it just means I can't eat it anymore.

Now, I like the taste of butter. I always have and always will. It is one of those sticking points for me with dieting, that I have never been able to find a margarine that even smells ok to me, never mind tastes ok. Then the texture is another problem, because ones I have got near enough to taste have seemed very greasy in the mouth, with sometimes a significant aftertaste that leaves me avoiding it like the plague.

Well, and I do usually get to the point eventually, emoticon while we were at Tesco yesterday, there was a lady set up with samples of Flora Original, Flora Light and Flora Buttery spread on pieces of bread for customers to try. Given the opportunity I had to find out what they were like. I explained my butter fetish to the lady, and she suggested I try the Buttery first, so Tara and I munched in. There was almost no smell at all, and it tasted lovely. It was very like butter. Its only slight letdown was a distinctive greasy feel in the mouth. I wasn't sure I could get past that, so I asked about the others.

Given the diet I am trying to improve, the lady suggested I try the Light next, so, very skeptically, I placed a small bit of the bread in my mouth. Nom nommy! Again virtually no smell at all, the taste was really good, and I didn't notice any significant greasy feel! Winner!

So, to complete the experiment I then tried the Original. It fell somewhere between the Light and the Buttery for smell, taste and texture, and again was pretty good, which totally floored me! I was 3 for 3!

So the final test was to compare stats:

The Light won hands down over Original and Buttery! It was significantly lower in everything that matters: Calories, Fat, Sat Fat etc. When I then compared it to the Countrylife Light, my favourite butter spread, Oh boy! Not only were the nutritional stats no contest, but Flora light is a pound cheaper per 500g tub, and you can buy Flora Light in larger tubs which work out even cheaper, so if you have a larger family, it is even better value for your purse and your bod!

So I am now the proud owner of tubs of Flora Light in my fridge, and would recommend a taste test if you get the chance.

  


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