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Saucy Sailing

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Well, we went out for our Tuesday evening sail yesterday, and very relaxing it was. So relaxing, that we had time for a photo shootÖ I needed a new avatar for Cruisers Forum. One that would reflect my sauciness, but also my sailoressness, and without making too much of my belly (which is shrinking, at the excruciatingly slow rate of approximately 9kg a year!).

Well, here it is! Iíll be honest, the photo has been enhanced with the aid of, which gives photos a happy 1960s summer effect! In this case, the effect I chose also serves the useful purpose of blurring my bossom. I wanted the bossom in there, but as a teacher living in a Moslem country I have to be a little careful about what I post. I mean hell, remember the British teacher who caused a local outrage when parents saw photos of her knickers on a Facebook photo of her hen night? Just goes to show you canít be too careful.

What I like most about this photo is that the bossom is so ample it covers the belly. And yes, the photo was totally posed (hence the saucy captainís hat, courtesy of my mate Dan in Singapore), but it is actually what we do on the boat. And, TBF, itís normally done in a swimsuit, so this is really quite a conservative shot for us!

BTW Ė people keep asking me now if Iím losing weight. That seems quite weird, cos Iím not now. But months ago, when I was losing a few, nobody said anything. We can only conclude that I am changing shape because of the extra dogs we have acquired, which is forcing me in to my beach sandals more often now!

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TRI_BABE 1/12/2014 6:40PM

    Fun pic! How are you doing?

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TATTER3 7/4/2012 5:33AM

    What fun!!! Keep Sparkin'!!

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Hardee's - Bad, Bad, Bad!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Apparently 'Bad' really means good, in gang language. Or maybe that was back in the 2000's. Now that it's the 'tens', who knows, maybe bad means bad again. It doesn't help that all the movies I watch are on DVD, and some are even from the last century, so I don't really have any guides to current language now that I'm no longer teaching.

Anyway, the point is that Hardee's is bad. On many levels. Years ago, I heard the reason they weren't in the UK is cos they're not allowed, on account of the food content, ie, the amount of beak and bones in the burgers etc. To be fair, I haven't been able to find anything on the internet to support this, but I believed it at the time. It never stopped me eating Hardee's burgers, though.

It's also bad simply because it's convenient. They make it easy to go back for more. It's tradition, not that I have to have a Hardee's Mushroom and Swiss after every embryo transfer. Once I didn't, and that's the time I didn't even get a positive. That would be fine, but this time (and only this time, mind) we have been four times on the way back from the clinic, when Marc has forgotten to take dinner out of the freezer, or when it has been too late to cook. Bad.

And value? The other week I got a burger, curly fries, drink AND a cookie for a dinar and a quarter. That's a filling meal, for a quarter of the price of a pizza meal! We no longer ever buy one Chocolate Chip Cookie for a quarter. Why would you, when you can buy half a dozen for less than a dinar? Bad.

And the calorie count. I started tracking again over at Sparkpeople the other day, and look what happened! Yesterday I had soup for lunch... vegetable, with Iranian bread and tons of cheddar cheese. And yet one Hardee's meal still accounts for two thirds of my day's calories. Now, that, my friends, is bad!

But, as Marc pointed out, it is all in a good cause. It's not like we go on the way home from places any more... it is only after we have been to the clinic :)


When I get out of bed...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I am going to purge right through.

Back in September I was going to the gym three times a week and swimming afterwards. Then in October I was in UK and cycling everyday, lost a few more kilos. Then when I got back to Kuwait in November the weather was too cold for swimming again, so I started cycling every day instead Ė and this is on top of walking the dog. So now I am over 7kg lighter than my summer weight. (I should talk in pounds, really, 15lbs sounds sooo much cooler than 7kg!). DecemberÖ bed rest, then skiing, so no change. Back in January, and a new puppy resulted in longer walks, but no cycling, so again, no change.

Today Iím going to miscarry again. If not, then itíll be tomorrow. And as soon as that happens I am going to get back into the routineÖ I will get back on my bike. This puppy is a bundle of energy, so he can come along too for the run. Iím going to start pumping weights again. And Iím going to print out this:

Thanks Yoovi for directing me to Blogilates, what a fab site! If this doesn't get me back in shape, then nothing will!


Because of Overeating

Monday, February 20, 2012

I know what choices I should make!

Did I mention, recently, that I'm on bed rest? I'm sure I did, cos I can't think of much else at the moment. Well, that means I can't exercise. and once I've read through the fora to which I subscribe, and research even more about low beta hCG numbers, then I get bored. And one of my problems, when I'm bored, is that I over eat. And not on the right stuff.

I mean, Marc has been fantastic, and bought me plenty of healthy food. And I eat it. Cottage cheese, fruit - at least five, usually seven a day. But I can't help myself. Yesterday I ate five creme caramels at over a hundred calories each; as well as a Snickers Cruncher and a Cadbury's Crunchie.

As a result, my Sparkchart looks something like this at the end of the day:

I mean, all the planned bits looked great. I had salmon with pasta shells, mushrooms, brocolli and carrots for dinner. Lunch was a dozen carrot sticks - without any fattening dip. Breakfast was a banana, and marmite on toast. I know all about healthy choices, Marc is happy to cook healthy choices, because he prefers real food to the processed crap. So why, Oh why can't I stop gorging on friggin' chocolate bars and creme caramels?

You know what's really frustrating? Despite going so far over healthy limits for treat foods, after three weeks, my weight has barely risen. That means, if I could just drop that extra thousand cals a day from my diet, I could probably look like Victoria and Kate!

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MISSRUTH 2/20/2012 7:20AM

    Sometimes I can be my own worst enemy. It has helped me to instead try focusing on being my own best friend. If my best friend was wanting to lose weight, I wouldn't cram a candy bar down her throat.

If my best friend was on bed rest and was bored-- what would I suggest? (I've been on bed rest and know how quickly the "novelty" of THAT wears off!) It takes some thoughtfulness and determination, but you can find things to do. I cleaned out my purses, read all the magazines in the stack I had, read books, did puzzles (crosswords, sudoku, etc), went over our budget and got a real good plan going, went through recipes, planned meals. You could knit or crochet (I taught myself to knit and crochet when my husband had cancer and we were confined to the house or doctor appts. or hospital for about a year.) Have you ever made a vision collage? They talk about making collages in The Spark-- it may sound silly but really, it works. A glue stick is easier to work with in the bed, than regular Elmer's glue.

Can you (or Marc) put the chocolate away, in a cabinet way up high-- sort of out of sight, out of mind? Bonus points if you'd have to get a chair to stand on, to reach it. Extra bonus points if you actually have to move a bunch of healthier choices, to get to the chocolate.


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8 A Day

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The trick to eight a day
Well, about time too, I have decided to start tracking my eating and exercise again. Well,maybe not my exercise, on account of being on bed rest for now, but certainly my eating. I shocked myself this morning by eating one third of my daily allowance already for breakfast, but that's fine, cos it's only once in a blue moon that we have pancakes for breakfast anyway. And I do eat at least five portions of greens a day, but when I'm tracking that goes up to eight a day. Also, until today I was also eating about eight portions of sugar a day in the form of chocolates and creme caramel!

The first thing I'm gonna start with? Water. I measure my intake using an old juice bottle which holds 1.8l, and make sure it is emptied by the end of every day. That gives me seven cups, and with a few cups a camomile thrown in there, it works :)

BTW, last year I lost about 8kg, and have maintained that over the last few months. Now I want to drop the other 12kg. Unless I'm pregnant, in which case I'll be happy to maintain :)

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WELLNESSME09 2/18/2012 7:06AM

    emoticon great plans! hope it works out well for you. emoticon emoticon

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