PLINTHESS's SparkPeople Blog PLINTHESS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Back again for the last 5 kilos! 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: <BR> <BR> 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 d... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 12:37:45 EST Age and Treachery will triumph over Youth and Anger 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 pe... Mon, 9 May 2011 11:20:45 EST A temporary member of the Ghee Club 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. <BR> <BR> 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... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 13:23:15 EST BOGOF - my new poem BOGOF (stands for Buy One Get One Free) <BR> <BR> <BR> You see it in hotels at breakfast time <BR> All you can eat included in the price <BR> You might as well eat everything you can <BR> It’s free, although not really very nice. <BR> <BR> The supermarket offers 'Buy one get one free' <BR> How can you now take only one ? <BR> It seems like giving them a cake, you see <BR> And twice the cake is surely twice the fun. <BR> <BR> How often will we take what we don’t want <BR> Because we cannot... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 16:21:27 EST Enough of embracing the plateau 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). <BR> <BR> Embrace your plateaus - your body is adjusting to your n... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 07:16:58 EST Stupid eating: cream cakes shut me up Almost three months since I've blogged here. Weight loss has really slowed down now - actually put on half a kilo last week, but I'm not too bothered. I'm still careful of what I eat, but now only weigh some things. I still go to the gym three times a week and have raised pedometer average to 10k daily. I'm 149 pounds, would still like to get down to 10stone (140 lbs) but am in quite happy on this plateau for a bit. <BR> <BR> Two family bereavements - one in June, one last week - churne... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 04:35:17 EST Feet under no table but my own I've been tracking my exercise lately, but although I start each day tracking breakfast, and sometimes lunch, I rarely weigh my dinner these days. We live in central London and my husband likes going out to eat. There are always special offers and meal deals - we don't eat junk, we don't eat at chains, it's all good food, but it's hard to keep the calories down. For example, last night at a new Persian restaurant we had walnuts, aubergine pate, broad beans, smoked fish and hot bread to sta... Sat, 8 May 2010 04:50:37 EST I would do anything for her Last week 67.8, this week 68.8 - of course I'm pissed off. But I'm just back from a week visiting my daughter and grand daughters, and there is a particular reason. My eldest grand daughter is recovering from anorexia nervosa, and trying hard to establish what is the right amount of food to eat. And her two younger sisters roll their eyes to heaven every time diet or food is mentioned. My daughter (a nurse, nutritionist and tri-athlete) asked me before I went, if I would not mention dieti... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 05:10:30 EST The Poetry Girls are back in town We're starting Friday morning poetry again, so shifting weigh-in day to Saturday, when I have more time. After a 3 weeks plateau - think arriving back in freezing London sent bod into shock - the scales are slowly moving southwards again. Wish I was! <BR> <BR> Starbucks have started serving flat white coffee in London, in response to demand from all the Aussies and Kiwis here. But in Australia, where there are very few Starbucks, you sit in the sun and they bring it to you. It is the bes... Sat, 20 Feb 2010 04:34:28 EST George Clooney and my loose wedding ring Sitting in the cinema yesterday (Up in the Air with George Clooney - excellent film) found myself fiddling with my wedding ring. I used to munch popcorn, but don't miss it, I fiddle with matrimonial jewellery instead. Found I was slipping it on and off, but so absorbed in Clooney it took a while to realise that this time last year, I thought that ring was wedged on my finger for good. <BR> <BR> As the credits rolled, I demonstrated to DH - look how easily it comes off! <BR> <BR> He blame... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 03:48:02 EST Under 69 at last After a long time hovering around 70 and 69 kilos, over Christmas and New Year, in Australia and Malaysia, where food is different, new, interesting and fresh, I've finally got my first reading which begins with 68! I didn't put on weight while travelling, but didn't lose any either. Back home, with my little scales I drive DH crazy when he has cooked a great meal, by removing each item from the plate, placing it on kitchen roll, then on scales and writing it down... <BR> <BR> I have a set... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 04:14:27 EST Back home and back on track After a good night's sleep I'm ready to start Sparking properly again. Yesterday was all airline food (Malaysian Airlines, so not too bad) and 13 hours sitting, but starting this morning I'm back on the wagon. Not sure if gym will let me go before membership resumes on Feb 1st., but will try my luck. The scales say 71.9 but weigh-in day is Friday, and hope to have dropped a bit by then. <BR> <BR> It's bloody cold here - and the snow has killed my banana tree. Sun, 24 Jan 2010 05:12:12 EST Green Shorts Falling Down Again - Spark People to blame We're in Port MacQuarie now, and it looks as if the exercise here is going to be a ten minute walk through the rainforest, down to the beach and then walking forever. We agreed to walk for 45 minutes, then turn around, otherwise we'd end up back in Sydney. <BR> <BR> The bathroom scales here indicate that we have each gained a kilo, which we know is not true, so I'm not going to record my weight any more now till we get home at the end of January. I'm not logging food either - it's just too... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 20:57:27 EST BBQ'd cucumber? It's getting harder to log food now, because I'm in a foreign country, and although the language is the same, and I have scales in the kitchen, many foods are unfamiliar and it takes ages. Also, because we are in Australia, and he's a bloke, beloved wants to bbq EVERYTHING, including a cucumber he picked from the garden! It wasn't bad, just weird. He's cooking more, which is great, and he's watching what we eat, but he does not weight stuff. We are also eating out, and I'm weary of guess... Tue, 22 Dec 2009 02:02:30 EST Can't find where to record weight 11 Dec 09 <BR> This has been driving me nuts for weeks - can't find where on SP you can record changes in your weight. In a way I don't care, because now away from my home scales, the changes have a bit less meaning. However, it's Friday, my weigh-in day, and I'm 155lbs (70.5kilos) which doesn't seem like a loss, but is, because of the scale thing. <BR> <BR> Ho hum Thu, 10 Dec 2009 19:58:25 EST back home, feeling better Have been with family in deepest Devon, no internet, lots of fun but contracted bronchial asthma, so antibiotics, steroids and not much exercise. Have stuck to SP diet as far as poss. without scales or logging on, and find I've lost a pound, which is great. Not likely to lose more till I start exercising again, will just have time for a week's worth of that before we leave for Kuala Lumpur. But when we get to Sydney, there's an Ocean Pool, so that can be my workout. Tue, 10 Nov 2009 10:00:01 EST My waist has written me a poem It's not a very good poem, but it is the first one my waistline has ever written me, so I won't be too critical! <BR> <BR> I hear you claim that you don’t have a waist <BR> How do you think I feel – when I’m still here? <BR> Although I’m now invisible, encased <BR> In rolls of fat which gather year by year. <BR> Because I’m buried, do not think I’ve died <BR> You still could excavate me if you tried. <BR> <BR> Perhaps you do not care to do so now <BR> At your age I could look undignified <B... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 11:53:33 EST