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Back again for the last 5 kilos!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Here I am, back on dear old Spark, and aiming to shift that last 5 kilos before Christmas. I got started in August, but had to stop weighing food and counting calories for six weeks, and here's why:

My eldest grand daughter got a good job in a West End department store. She lives way out in the country and they wanted her to start immediately - so I said come and stay here till you find a place in London. But she's living with anorexia, and while she's coping pretty well these days, she tends to deal with stress by controlling her eating. I simply could not start weighing food and counting calories in front of her. She looks up to me and it would have been insensitive at best, downright dangerous at worst. I didn't put on any weight while she was here, just stayed happily on my plateau.

It was wonderful having her stay here, she's a dear girl, and now she's moved into a shared flat with people her own age, we miss her terribly. She's going to come to supper with us once a week, which we're so looking forward to, but at least I can now get back on the wagon.

60 kilos by Christmas - there - I've said it!

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HILLRUNNER 10/24/2012 11:08AM

    Good that you are back!
All the best

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SAKURABLOSSOM9 10/18/2012 3:13PM

    I've recently came back as well to start all over it seems! Good luck on your journey.

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Age and Treachery will triumph over Youth and Anger

Monday, May 09, 2011

Our trip to India started badly, and rapidly got much, much worse. It's a long story, but we went to Kashmir on the spur of the moment to stay on a houseboat, and they held us hostage till we agreed to buy a tour of Rajasthan! Well of course we refused, so they threatened to cancel our flights back to Delhi and throw us in the water! It was quite scary, but using cunning and deceit we escaped. This is what happens when middle aged people go backpacking without a plan - we've never been people for package tours.

After that the trip improved immensely, we ate some wonderful food and saw some wonderful things.

I put on almost a kilo, but I don't think it was the food, I think it was sitting in the car for too long. Anyway, I'm back now and ready to lose that kilo and a few more besides

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PUFFPASTRY 5/28/2011 3:32AM

    WOW -- just saw your "answer" post now. Good for you for having guts and the self-assurance, even in a foreign country, to insist on what you need, and to not get pushed around, AND not give in to the "I'm a tourist so I guess I'd better just go along with what's happening right now since I don't know anyone here" impulse. I like the Headmistress philosophy -- I must try that sometime soon! :D

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PLINTHESS 5/12/2011 4:44AM

    Puffpastry - no, we refused to buy their tour, and stuck to our guns. Until we arrived at Srinegar (Kashmir) airport, had not realised our mobile phones would not work there. On the first day they took our passports (needed if we wanted to go into the Himalayas, apparently) and 5000rupees. I woke up at 2am, and DH had not been to sleep

"Am I mad? I handed over our passports to a stranger, we have no receipt, we do not know where we are, none of our family know where we are and we have no contact with the outside world!" When he put it like that, I too was unable to sleep. Rami turned up first thing next day with out passports, explained that he is illiterate (learned English from tourists) so could not write a receipt. Every time DH tried to go for a walk, he was headed off at the pass by Farouk, who got him in conversation, so we could not find out where we were (Mr Bashir drove us there from airport)

We made a plan. ~I told Rami I HAD to speak to my son on an important family matter. He offered his mobile, even though it was a UK number. I said "No, I want to go to an internet place NOW, and I want to be left alone for an hour to have a private family conversation"

I gave him the full Headmistress, and am taller than him, also family is very important in that part of the world. Turned out we were only 10 mins walk from an internet place! In my purse I had a card from a friend who recommended a car company in Delhi who did tours of Rajasthan. Called them, asked them to meet our flight, sent email to son explaining all.

Then we agreed to sign up when we landed at Delhi, and all we had to do was ascertain which of the 2 drivers waiting with our name was the right one - spotted him immediately, but then Naz's driver came running up, followed by another man with a huge bunch of flowers - darling I couldn't make this up, could I?

This outfit is recommended in Lonely Planet and were fearful I would write a bad review (their fears entirely justified) I took the flowers, thanked them and went with the first driver.

One of the great things about getting older is that some young people are quite intimidated by age. All you need to do is imitate the strictest schoolmistress you ever had - the one you were really scared of. You'll be surprised how often it works

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MAMMA3MONKEYS 5/10/2011 3:39PM

    I agree - I want to hear the whole story, as long as it doesn't pain you or give you anxiety to tell it. If so, then I will wait. :) My DH and I were learning Punjabi several years back (before the twins) and we learned a lot about the culture. I was warned that if you refuse an offering of a drink or food - they consider it an insult and as if you don't care about them or their feelings. Another gentleman reminded me to be wary of their intentions as well - because many are so business driven that they may be deceitful and greedy. I'm sorry you got in with the wrong crowd but I'm relieved to hear that it got better. My DH and I are spur of the moment people too.

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PUFFPASTRY 5/10/2011 2:17AM

Are you totally serious?! You are not making this stuff up -- you were forced to buy a tour package while on a houseboat?! Okay, you have GOT to get into the storytelling world and share this life of adventure you have -- it would be selfish not to! emoticon

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A temporary member of the Ghee Club

Friday, April 08, 2011

We're off to India this weekend, only because we've never been before. We will have internet access while there, but will be eating out all the time, and sparking will be impossible so won't even try. I'm on a plateau (65kilos) it's the lowest I've weighed for decades and I'm happy with it for now, will get that final 12lbs off when we get home.

I don't use the nutrition tracker nearly as much as I did when I started. I know roughly what to eat and how much to exercise, but when I get home I'll get back on it again - promise.

The only thing that bothers me is ghee - the clarified butter in which Indians cook everything. It's delicious of course, but even innocent looking dishes like spinach (saag) are usually enriched with it. Oh well, it's only 3 weeks. So I shall become a temporary member of the Ghee Club!

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YELLOWDAHLIA 4/8/2011 3:57PM

    I would love to eat my way through India- such delicious food!!!
Have fun!

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IONA72 4/8/2011 3:43PM

    Look forward to hearing about the trip. Don't worry about your weight til you get back, just enjoy yourselves. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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*MADHU* 4/8/2011 1:28PM

    Enjoy your trip in my homeland emoticon

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BOGOF - my new poem

Friday, March 04, 2011

BOGOF (stands for Buy One Get One Free)

You see it in hotels at breakfast time
All you can eat included in the price
You might as well eat everything you can
Itís free, although not really very nice.

The supermarket offers 'Buy one get one free'
How can you now take only one ?
It seems like giving them a cake, you see
And twice the cake is surely twice the fun.

How often will we take what we donít want
Because we cannot bear to miss the chance
Of something that we donít have to pay for
We grab it all, as if weíre in a trance

Our houses stuffed, our waistlines heavy
with what we have not chosen, do not need
We lumber on, still foraging and paying
The heavy price for all our stupid greed

Daisy Solomons

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MAMMA3MONKEYS 4/1/2011 1:16PM

    great poem! It's so true! I was never one to buy anything just because it was BOGOF. I would see my mom doing that when I was little and even then my tiny brain was going "WHY? we don't need it!" She doesn't do it as much any more and I've only fallen prey to it when it was something I really wanted (like lean meats that usually cost an arm and a leg) and could afford.

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IONA72 3/5/2011 3:18AM

    This is so true, will try to remember it next time I'm shopping!

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Enough of embracing the plateau

Sunday, October 31, 2010

The good news is that since I stopped using the Nutrition Tracker every day, I haven't gone back to my old habits. I'm really miserly with olive oil now - I used to really splosh it about. And I don't spread fat on my bread, and try to be careful about portion control. But while I haven't piled on the pounds, without the Nutrition Tracker, I wasn't going to lose those last 7 pounds and get to my goal of 10 stone (140lbs).

Embrace your plateaus - your body is adjusting to your new weight.

Excellent advice, but I've adjusted for several months now, and am ready to shift that final 8lbs. I've got enough time before Christmas to do it, and no more travelling now till we go to Paris on 29th December. I'm really looking forward to it, because I know it works. Since we came back from Edinburgh last week, I've been tracking my food and am now down to 67.1kg (148lbs) - the lowest I've been. I'm really going for it this week, just want to get under 67

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PLINTHESS 10/31/2010 2:53PM

    Glad to have been of help! We've got time to do it before Christmas.

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JEN040219 10/31/2010 7:22AM

    Wow! Thanks for this post!! I hadn't recognized that I'm subconsciously embracing mine... I've come so far and am so close (10 pounds more at most) and feeling magnificent about where I'm at (though it's not where I want to get) that I've lost momentum and have just been sitting here for well over a month! While maintaining sure isn't a bad thing (I quit using my tracker, too, and am very pleased I haven't gained!), it's not going to get me any closer to my goals. Good luck to you!! And thank you again; my light bulb just went on.

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