Friday, August 15, 2014
When I was about 6 someone gave me an autograph book. I don't know why. I didn't exactly hang out with 'famous people'. To be honest, I've never really seen the point of getting the scribble of some famous person anyway. Unless it's on a cheque! Like all children though, I enjoyed being given an unexpected gift. It was perhaps around A6 in size, had a red cover, and the pages were all different colours. I loved it. And I used it to get comments and 'words of wisdom' from the people around me - mostly the 'grown ups' obviously.
I still remember some of the inscriptions. Including my mother's which was 'If at first you don't succeed, try, try, and try again'. When I asked my father to write in my book, he chuckled at mum's words. I asked him why and he replied "darling, as far as I'm concerned, if at first you don't succeed, you should do it the way she told you to in the first place". I was too young to really understand the humour in that comment then, so he also added that of course I should pay attention to my mother's wise words.
Here I am now, more years later than I really want to acknowledge. And yet again, I have put back on the weight I lost. I'm remembering mum's words though - "If at first you don't succeed, try, try, and try again".
Sometimes circumstances combine to lead us in a certain direction. My musings about the autograph book, an invitation from a spark friend to join her spark group, and a surfeit of vegetables have brought me back to a place where I am ready to 'try again'.
Buckle up for another bumpy ride!
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.............
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