Saturday, March 22, 2014
Whether she intended to or not, Tresswann has reminded me that actually, I'm very lucky. So, I'm putting my grumpiness to one side and counting my blessings. Maybe I'll be able to wear one of my lovely dresses when we celebrate my daughters 21st - maybe I won't. But what the hell, either way, I'll still be able to celebrate her birthday. And I'll be able to celebrate having a beautiful, thoughtful, considerate, kind, intelligent, funny, daughter. Quite frankly, that matters far more than whether I can fit into a fancy dress or not.
Besides, I can wear one of the fancy dresses for my mother's 90th in August and/or my youngest son's 18th in November.
Thank you Tresswann - you did me a power of good yet again.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Eek! I sound like a Politician. You know, when there has been a huge mess up that could have been avoided, and members of the current government [doesn't matter which 'flavour'], appear on the idiot box saying, "Lessons have been learnt - we can't allow this to ever happen again". Of course it doesn't happen again - until the next time. Bit like the current situation here with the flooding. I'm sure they told us last year when the Somerset plains flooded, that 'lessons had been learnt' and to be fair, it hasn't happened again until now. Now come on be reasonable, it's perfectly understandable that the 'lessons learnt' last winter, would be forgotten by this winter. Isn't it?
Anyway, I'm not talking about those sorts of lessons learnt. I'm talking about the lessons I learnt from my 24 hour detox. One of which is, don't imagine you can be sure of weight loss even if you have a detox day and eat healthily and well within your goal range the rest of the week. Weigh in on Monday and I hadn't lost a thing.
Still this journey isn't just about weight loss. It's about a healthier life style. So I'm going to address my over indulgence of tea and coffee. I'm going to reduce my coffee intake to a maximum of 3 cups per day. And instead of having coffee after a meal, I'm going to have peppermint tea. Probably a far greater aid to digestion anyway.
As to tea, well I'm going to buy some de caff and/or green tea and alternate that with ordinary tea. I've read and been told numerous times that a cup of hot water with lemon squeezed in is very beneficial first thing in the morning. A step too far in one go for me I think so I'm going to start with trying to have a cup of lemon tea before my first cup of 'ordinary'.
Finally cigarettes. Today I bought a lower tar pack and I'm going to stick with that. Plus use the e-cig regularly every day, thereby reducing the amount of actual cigarettes I smoke. That's enough lessons to be taking on board for this week I feel.
Saturday, February 08, 2014
Yes! I got through the 24 hour detox. As I'd figured - the hardest thing was going without tea. So it was useful in teaching me something about myself because previously, I would have thought going without cigarettes would be the hardest thing. On the other hand, that may be a testament to e-cigs because it totally worked for me.
I have to admit, the last hour or two of the detox was hard. The e-cig had run out but actually, the worst thing was really, really, really, climbing the walls for a cup of tea. So much so, that when the 24 hours was up, I made a cuppa and sat and drunk it before going to the shops for cigarettes. In fact, I have a sneaky feeling if the e- cig hadn't run out, I probably wouldn't have bothered with cigarettes for quite some hours.
Anyway, I learnt quite a lot from the experience. Watch this space for more.............
Thursday, February 06, 2014
All week I have been planning to have a 'detox day'. And every morning, I've got up, stuck the kettle on, gone to the loo, fed the cats, made a cup of tea, switched the computer on, read the daily headlines etc while drinking tea and smoking a cigarette. And then thought, 'oh dear, I'll have to do it tomorrow'. The detox that is.
Having gone through the same routine this morning, I got to thinking. Do I really want to do this detox? Am I avoiding it? What am I concerned about? What will I be doing without?
1] Alcohol. Well, not really 'doing without' actually because I have a general no alcohol policy at the moment, so I won't be missing something I'm not having much anyway!
2] Coffee. Hmm I do like a coffee especially after a meal, but I have peppermint tea and that works fine for me after eating.
3] Fruit and veg only to eat. I eat vegetarian a lot of the time anyway. If it was more than a day I might miss dairy, and wheat produce, also potatoes, and over a long time I'd definitely miss seafood and fish. But it's only one day..............
4] Cigarettes. OK yes. This is a tough one.* But I have an e-cig and I know I can go a few hours with that. So why not a whole day?
5] Tea. Ah! That's it. Every morning I start my day with tea. The thought of not starting my day with tea is bizarre. And the thought of going without tea all day is frankly beyond me!
But, if I want to do the detox then really I have to go without tea. For a day. And then the obvious occurred to me. Why does it have to be for 'a day' as opposed to for 24 hours? After all, I'm asking myself to break my morning routine as the start of the detox, plus go without the two things I'm going to find hardest at the same time, right at the start.
I decided I'd give a 24 hour detox a go. Started at 1.00 pm today. Home made vegetable soup for lunch. Home made veg curry for dinner. No coffee. No tea. No alcohol. No cigarettes - though I have been using the e-cig. Fingers crossed I don't slip up tomorrow morning. Actually I can't with the cigarettes - I made sure not to buy any.
I consider myself over half way as I'm off to bed shortly. By the time I get up, they'll only be a few hours to go.
* Please, don't tell me all the reasons why smoking is disgusting and how it's bad for me blah blah blah. I'm a smoker - I probably know better than you!
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