TIZSLIM's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TIZSLIM TIZSLIM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Davis Cup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6039161 Oh no you groan - not more Tennis? <BR> <BR> 'Fraid so. <BR> <BR> I've been following the Davis Cup final between Belgium and Great Britain this weekend. Luckily the BBC are actually covering it because the tennis streaming site I was so excited to find a few months ago has been blocked. If I can't find an alternative, it will almost be worse than when I couldn't stream tennis at all. I could subscribe to Sky TV given they have the rights to virtually all tournaments, but I'm buggered ... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 18:55:02 EST Buy Nothing Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038689 I don't buy newspapers but I do drop into their websites. The Guardian likes to run live blogs. Monday to Thursday each week while parliament is sitting, they have a live politics blog. They also have politics blogs when the Party Conferences are on. They have live blogs if there is an election - and not just UK elections. If there is a major disaster anywhere in the world, The Guardian run a live blog. During Wimbledon fortnight - yep a live blog, and frequently for other major sportin... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 18:32:36 EST A British take on Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038265 Here in the UK we don’t have Thanksgiving although my friend Kim who came from the States would always celebrate. We lost Kim very suddenly on the 19th Feb 2012 Today is one of those days when I'm thinking of her a great deal. And so, I’d like to give thanks for the friendship Kim and I shared. The love, the laughter, the tears, the joy, and yes, sometimes the sorrow. Kim was an amazing woman and an inspiration to many. I meanwhile am one of the luckiest people on the planet because I a... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 17:21:20 EST My 'nursing' shift is done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037841 Yesterday my 'worker friend' showed some improvement - not least his appetite seemed to be returning. He was due to be travelling home today. He woke up feeling much better this morning and was indeed able to travel home this evening. So, my nursing duties are done for the time being and I'm very happy that he is recovering. <BR> <BR> Of course it means that the work he was meant to be doing hasn't been completed. I was so looking forward to having my downstairs shower room back but, i... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:32:58 EST Channelling my inner Pollyanna http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037324 Weigh in Monday. No loss again. In fact a 2 oz gain. Negligible I know but hugely frustrating after 2 months of basically being stuck. There was no question of my giving up but, I did feel a bit frustrated. And then I looked at my 'stats' since I joined Spark all those years ago. And you know what? I'm at my lowest weight for 6 years. It may not be what I consider my 'normal' weight, but it's still the lowest I've been for a long, long, time. <BR> <BR> *clunk click - switch to Poll... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:47:55 EST Tizzy's weekend ups and downs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036286 My youngest son's birthday went well yesterday. It was lovely to have all three of my children here together. I'm still getting used to the idea they are all adults and living their own lives. Not to mention my daughter no longer lives at home. I still get plenty of time when any one of them are here, or even two of them, but rarely all three so I make the most of it. I did go a bit over on my calorie count but not disastrously so. Besides, its so rare for me to go over that I can easil... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 18:51:16 EST Plumbing, Perusing, Pruning and Planning. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035349 My 'worker friend' started on the actual plumbing of the ground floor shower room today. Unfortunately he has a slight cold so progress is slow. Hard to perform to the best of your ability when you're feeling rough. <BR> <BR> I spent part of my day perusing the internet as I'm still looking for a suitable door for the shower room. Plus streaming the tennis of course. I've also been going through the stuff that had previously been stored in the shower room. Got through about 75% of it ... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 17:57:38 EST He's back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034865 My 'Worker Friend' is back. Actually he arrived Tuesday evening. I welcomed him with a moussaka I made with quorn mince. I made it without pre frying the aubergines which greatly reduced the fat and calorie count, but more importantly, still totally worked. In fact, I enjoyed it more as sometimes I find moussaka too oily. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was mostly odds and sods jobs. Cutting the front hedge. Taking things up to the loft. Getting other things down from the loft. And various bit... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 18:46:38 EST Tweaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6033770 Weigh in yesterday and I was back to the halfway point. Which means the extra lb or so was temporary and no doubt making myself take a walk Saturday and Sunday dealt with that. But I'm still stuck. Time for some tweaking. <BR> <BR> Firstly taking slightly longer routes when ever I have to go somewhere. Both yesterday and today I had meetings to attend so I put that into practise. Which meant I walked an extra mile yesterday and an extra two miles today. Every little helps. <em>2... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 16:04:15 EST No Squirrels http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032740 I didn't want to again today. But I did. It wasn't all that cold, and it wasn't raining, and, well, I'm an expert at excuses. Which means I'm also an expert at recognising them too. So I put my boots on and off I trundled. As it was dry, I thought I'd take the opportunity for a walk in our local park. There is another amazing park the other side of town which has so much to offer. Plus is used for many major town events. I love it and appreciate it, but, sometimes we forget how fortuna... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 20:52:54 EST I Don't Want To http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032149 I often talk to myself. I tell people it's so I can be sure of getting an intelligent answer. Actually it's because I'm as mad as a nine bob note but shush, don't tell anyone - it's a secret. So this afternoon I had a little chat with myself; <BR> <BR> TizSlim - You need to do some exercise. <BR> <BR> TizSulky - Don't want to. Can't. My knees are hurting. <BR> <BR> TizSlim - You could take a walk, that won't be too hard on the knees. <BR> <BR> TizSulky - Don't want to. Can't. It's c... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 18:13:52 EST Tantrum Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031392 At the end of October, I finally reached the half way point in my weight loss journey. Hurrah! I weigh in on Mondays and I have remained stuck [again] since then. Monday weigh in and not so much as an ounce lost. So I decided for a few weeks I'd have a second weigh in on a Thursday afternoon. The idea being, if the scales weren't showing any loss, I would hopefully increase my efforts over the weekend ready for the following Monday weigh in. So, yesterday I weighed myself and I'd gained... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 08:18:32 EST They shoot horses don't they? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028853 Here we go <BR> Round and round the floor <BR> Together in time <BR> Here we sit <BR> It looks like this is it <BR> Whatever <BR> This time <BR> <BR> It's making no sense <BR> But we'll stay here till the end <BR> Whatever <BR> This time <BR> <BR> They shoot horses don't they? <BR> They shoot horses don't they? <BR> They shoot horses don't they? <BR> <BR> Carousel <BR> A crazy wishing well <BR> Whenever you fall <BR> It seems so long <BR> Just like a marathon <BR> The belle of the ball <BR... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 18:47:35 EST Life is what happens........... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028407 ............... while you're busy making other plans. <BR> <BR> Just as I get my head around the fact that mum's care home is closing and I must find another, so I get a call to tell me mum has been taken into hospital with breathing problems. <BR> <BR> She is OK. She is stable. They are keeping her in for observation. The problem with that is, they won't let her out until they can be sure she is safe. Meanwhile, any new care home won't accept her until the hospital say she is fit. A... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 21:20:05 EST Carrot Spaghetti http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026793 My daughter mentioned this to me some months ago when I said I was trying to avoid gluten in an attempt to mitigate 'Arthur's' affect on me but I really missed pasta. I've kept an eye out for it but until last week didn't find any. Suddenly, it was on the website when I did my internet grocery shop so I ordered some to try. <BR> <BR> Cooked it last night and topped it with a portion of home made soya based bolognese I had in the freezer, plus grated parmesan cheese and black pepper. And o... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 18:28:32 EST Weekend work out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6025591 I mentioned previously that I was getting an internet grocery delivery on Saturday. You'll no doubt be relieved to hear the smoked kippers were not out of stock. The pumpkins were though. I was so disappointed. What is it with British supermarkets that they don't realise pumpkin is an awesome edible vegetable and not just something to carve up for Halloween? *sigh* <BR> <BR> Recently our Government brought in what is basically a tax on plastic carrier bags. Truth be told, they've done it... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 19:45:44 EST Stepping up a notch for November http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024913 At last, I made it to the halfway mark. This month, I want to work on; <BR> <BR> 1) Ensuring I'm getting the correct amount of nutrients. <BR> <BR> 2) Minimum 15 minutes walking every day [yes I know I've said that before but I've slipped recently]. <BR> <BR> 3) More movement throughout the day. <BR> <BR> 4) Cut down on wine. <BR> <BR> 5) De cluttering [it seems never ending] <BR> <BR> Saw this earlier which sums it up I think. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 19:32:19 EST Two blog Tiz http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024409 Another blog because I'm very excited. Last month I joined a new team [Stormy's challengers]. Each month the goal is to try and lose 10 lbs. Of course I didn't lose 10 lbs in October - nowhere near it. But that doesn't matter because if it was easy to do, it wouldn't be a challenge would it. Besides, I found yet more lovely Spark people. My normal weigh in day is Monday. When I weighed in this Monday, I'd lost 12 oz which was a relief as I'd been stuck for ages. It also meant I still ... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 22:37:31 EST Stop splashing the paint http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024062 Each day I track my food. Sometimes I may go fractionally over or under my daily allowance, but when I look at the average over any 7 day period, it's fine - I'm within range. Occasionally, my eyes will slide over the breakdown of carbs, protein, and fat but I don't really take it in. Until now. <BR> <BR> You will no doubt be astonished to know that when I decide to decorate a room in my home, I don't open the tin of paint and throw it at the walls. I use a paint tray and roller. I use... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 08:06:38 EST Sunset and other beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023251 I went to visit my mother yesterday. She's currently in a residential home in Southend overlooking the seafront. However, the home is closing so we need to work out what is best for mum. I'd hoped that she could go back to her rented flat which I haven't let go, but, after yesterday's visit, that is obviously not going to happen. I talked with the Social Worker and we went to look at one possible alternative. <BR> <BR> Afterwards, I took a walk along the seafront. <BR> <BR> <img sr... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 15:42:37 EST Motivating Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022206 Monday was as ever, my weigh in day. At last the scales showed a downward trend. 12 oz to be precise. OK not mind blowing but hey - nearly a lb. Just 8 oz from the half way point now. I also realised I hadn't 'measured' myself for a while so did that too and whadyano - a total of 10.25 inches lost since I last measured. Not least 2 on the hips. So feeling rather chirpy I decided to sort out my 'office' cupboard. Which looked like this; <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeopl... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 19:17:29 EST Salad Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6021099 Got up this morning and wasn't hungry. That's not unusual for me so I did my normal thing of waiting until I felt like eating. Realised I didn't want cereal. I wanted fruit salad. Luckily I had some fresh fruit. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4404e990-797d-4fb2-a17b-43ce4b6d0cf7.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Forgot to take a pic once I'd actually made the fruit salad so you'll have to use your imagination. Unless I remember to post a pic tomorrow - assuming the boy... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 19:58:16 EST Back to the Future http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020514 October 21st 2015 was Back to the Future day. The date that Marty and Doc Brown went to in the 'future' in the 1989 film 'Back to the Future 2'. The media - both main steam and social, made a huge thing of it here. Back to the Future 2 was released in 1989 so I wanted to do my own take on it by posting a pic of me from then. <BR> <BR> Except thanks to the boring, boring, boring, ongoing problems about storage due to the leak and *yawn* all that stuff, it's taken me days to find anything... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 19:11:55 EST Surprising outcome from a Day Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018388 5 or 6 weeks now I've been stuck at this half way hump. And even before that, progress had slowed to a snail's pace. If I'm honest, yes I was very disappointed when I weighed in Monday that there was still no movement on the scales. No way am I giving in though. <BR> <BR> Tuesday morning I just felt you know what, I need a break for a day. Just one day. So I cut myself a deal. Eat whatever you want but track it. So, I ate what took my fancy. As it turned out what took my fancy was a ... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 20:17:34 EST Never give in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017756 Weigh in day today. Still stuck on the 'halfway hump'. No movement. Time to give up eh? Not a chance. Do you know the saying 'If the Mountain won't come to Mohammed"? Well this Sparker won't give in to the scales - so the scales will have to give in to me. <BR> <BR> “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwh... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 18:53:27 EST Souper Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017153 In keeping with the general rebooting, zig zagging, and moving, moving, moving, to try and get over this halfway hump, I had a soup day today. I have a selection of home made soups in my freezer and it so happens they are/'were all vegetarian. So, I decided I could just have whatever soups took my fancy today but nothing else. <BR> <BR> Will it work? Will I get over the half way hump tomorrow? No idea. But I'm trying. <BR> <BR> Bright blessings. Sun, 18 Oct 2015 19:14:23 EST Instant rewards! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6016622 At the beginning of this week, I was desperately going through piles of paperwork looking for a cheque that was for a rather large amount of money. Could I find it - of course not. I faced two options - asking for a replacement cheque, or actually sorting all the paperwork out. As a last desperate attempt to avoid the embarrassment of requesting a replacement, I actually organised the paperwork. <BR> <BR> And in the process I found an envelope with two £5 notes in which I've been looking... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 17:38:35 EST Zig zagging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6015636 Or Calorie Cycling as it's sometimes called. I came across this concept quite a long time ago but have never tried it. Basically the idea is instead of eating roughly the same amount of calories every day, you have some days in the week when you eat more, and some days less. The weekly total adding up to what it would if you ate the same amount each day. The theory is this will help to fool your metabolism plus help avoid muscle loss. Although apparently there is a fair amount of anecdota... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 19:30:36 EST With apologies to UB40 fans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6015075 Mi cat has had her kittens what am I gonna do? <BR> Mi cat has had her kittens what am I gonna do? <BR> I'm gonna help that cat is what I'm gonna do, <BR> I'm gonna help that cat. <BR> <BR> Actually Missy [the cat in question] had them on Monday 5th October. Did she give birth in one of the 'quiet places' I had shown her? No of course not. Did she go off and find some private little spot of her own - need you ask? No she did not. She gave birth on my empty ruck sack which I'd happened ... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 18:58:02 EST As you were http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013930 Two for the price of one today - assuming I post this in time. Wrote last night's blog and then forgot to post it. Der! <BR> <BR> Weigh in today and I'd successfully disposed of the unwanted additional pound. Now back to where I was 3/4 weeks ago. So, going on the available evidence for my reboot weekend - result! Now to work out how to continue. <BR> <BR> Bright blessings. Mon, 12 Oct 2015 18:59:12 EST Re boot weekend Contrary Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013639 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c85a38a5-f1a3-4a00-9392-5d93a1da6235.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Once again I wasn't hungry when I got up so figured I'd have my cereal with warm milk [as discussed in my previous blog] later. Mid morning I started to feel peckish so trundled off to the kitchen - only to realise that actually, I quite fancied some cereal with cold milk. Fruit and fibre it was then. Last portion from that box too so hurrah. I made two pans of soup, parsnip plus spicy b... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 09:28:29 EST Re boot weekend Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012812 'Life is something that happens while you're busy making other plans' - so the saying goes. I can absolutely relate to that. My 'restart' plan didn't quite go as expected. Woke up this morning and I wasn't hungry so didn't have cereal. Late morning I felt hungry so had the Mushroom soup in the fridge from last night. It was only as I was eating it I remembered I was meant to have cereal. <BR> <BR> So then I got to wondering why. Realised that as the weather is getting colder, I want ... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 19:47:07 EST Halfway Hump http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012346 I've mentioned before about how I get to almost half way and then somehow I fall off the wagon. In fact thinking about it, you could say as I go from 'apple' to 'pear' it all goes pear shaped. Well here I am again almost at the halfway point. And stuck. In fact, not stuck. Gaining - though not much, so far. <BR> <BR> <BR> Monday 21st September weigh in - no loss. <BR> Monday 28th September weigh in - lost 4 oz <BR> Monday 5th October weigh in - gained 1lb. <BR> <BR> I think I've... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 20:32:32 EST Benbow boots http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009950 These are my 'benbow' boots. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ad98b077-aa4f-44d6-9daf-e90a558c4edd.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Granted I love 'em - they are kind of funky and fun. But I really only want to wear them occasionally. I live in a Town that is a cat's cock hair away from being a City for goodness sake. Now I've got nothing against the 'Country' and in fact I can see a lot of appeal. But Wellies in town just don't go down well. Still, if wellies ever catch on, ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:14:06 EST I'm reviewing the situation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6008719 A man's got a heart, hasn't he? <BR> Joking apart, hasn't he? <BR> And though I'd be the first one to say that I wasn't a saint <BR> I'm finding it hard to be really as black as they paint <BR> <BR> I'm reviewing the situation <BR> Can a fellow be a villain all his life? <BR> All the trials and tribulation <BR> Better settle down and get meself a wife <BR> <BR> And a wife would cook and sew for me <BR> And come for me, and go for me <BR> And go for me and nag at me <BR> The fingers she will... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 19:01:59 EST Danger Tizslim Danger! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007573 Warning! Warning! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6408a7cc-0e98-4f74-ac08-7b401fb2ff59.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Monday 21st September weigh in - no loss. <BR> Monday 28th September weigh in - lost 4 oz <BR> <BR> Still, four ounces lost is better than four ounces gained I reckon. <BR> <BR> I'm at that point - almost halfway to my final goal. The point where every time I've started this journey since 2009, I've somehow fallen by the wayside and eventually put back on al... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 18:13:20 EST Tap, tap. Restless legs. Bash, bash, bash. Restless legs arrrrrrrrrrrgh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002990 Can't sleep. My legs won't stay still. Those of you who have experienced 'restless leg syndrome' will know exactly what I mean. Those of you who haven't, and are tempted to suggest exercise to relieve it - hush your noise, you know not what you are talking about. <BR> <BR> Buzz shudder tap, buzz tremble pinch punch, buzz shudder shake, bash bash bash. Arrrrrrrrrggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh<BR>! <BR> <BR> Bright blessings Wed, 23 Sep 2015 22:31:51 EST Anyone for Tennis? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000990 I think I've mentioned before that a] I love tennis and b] I've always felt really frustrated at not being able to watch the US Open. A few weeks ago, I was told about a streaming site which means I can actually watch pretty much all tournaments - including the US. The only down side being the sound has died on my computer. But hey at least I can watch. At times though it's a bit bewildering because you don't know if a ball has been called in or out on occasion, or a second serve is due t... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 19:41:12 EST Stone cold dead in de market place http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000449 My 'worker friend' and I agreed before he came that he should perhaps take a break part way through. He's gone off for the weekend to see friends and family. I imagine he's glad to get a break. As indeed am I. No wonder I have stayed single for so many years. And I swear if he uses one of my poaching/steaming pans as a frying pan one more time........... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> He's stone cold dead in de market, <BR> He's stone cold dead in de market, <BR> He's stone cold dead in de marke... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 21:08:05 EST Friday Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5999930 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/05711478-d733-4a9e-b450-b1c00dcc7965.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Bright blessings. Fri, 18 Sep 2015 21:39:02 EST No buddleia were harmed in the making of this blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998802 Busy few days so a quick resume. Well quick as I can make it. In the meantime, apologies for not responding to people - I will catch up but it's all a bit hectic at the moment. <BR> <BR> Up and ready by 6.45 a.m Saturday in case I was the first delivery of the day. A little after 8 a.m tap tap tap on the door. Oddly, the driver had parked across the road. Turns out he only had the paint and various smaller items on his van - not the flooring and paster board. Second driver pulled up... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 21:53:30 EST Lets get this show on the road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995615 Still sniffling and coughing but, I'm feeling much better in myself. Just the last dregs of the cold now which will pass. Meanwhile, some sort of agreement with the Insurance company regarding 'The Leak'. So, nearly two years on and repairs will start next week. I'm having to organise it myself but, at least I've received their cheque for the main bulk of the work. <BR> <BR> Time to get my ass in gear and do some clearing ready for works to commence. Can't say I'm looking forward to t... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 19:05:57 EST Off Piste http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993947 I've had a lousy cold the last week. Complete loss of appetite has made it difficult for me to eat anything. In the end, I just figured whatever I fancied was what I should eat. No, that does not mean I stuffed out on fried foods, pizza, fish and chips, crisps, and chocolate. <BR> <BR> In fact it means I've not been able to face breakfast and come lunch time, most days I just didn't want soup [my usual lunch at the moment] despite a wide range of home made options. I've actually strugg... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 08:02:54 EST 8 stone something http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5989012 Determined to actually reach my final goal this time, I set myself a number of mini goals. I added 'hoped for' dates to achieve them by. The latest goal I'd hoped to reach by 17th August but I didn't. No matter, I wasn't far off and just kept going. Weigh in Monday 31st August and yea - I'd passed the goal. As it happens, Monday 31st was the date for the next mini goal and I didn't quite reach that - I was a lb off. But the important thing is, I'd reached the current target. Hurrah! <B... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 18:49:05 EST visitors are like fish.......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987586 ............ both start to stink after 3 days. <BR> <BR> So said Oscar Wilde and I'm inclined to agree. <BR> <BR> As you might guess, I've had a friend staying. He is actually a really easy going person and incredibly supportive but, well just but. <BR> <BR> He informed me that a good 'healthy' lunch would be cheese on two slices of wholemeal bread. Hmm. Not for me. I'm avoiding bread to see if it helps reduce the pain from Arthur. And that much cheese would be far too high in fa... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:16:58 EST Birthday Meal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980363 The visit from my friend last week went well. We didn't get as much done as we could have because we spent a lot of time 'catching up'. But that was good too. And every bit as important - in fact more so really. <BR> <BR> Her birthday is in July and I couldn't make her birthday celebration this year so I'd said I would cook a special birthday meal for her when she visited. She is also trying to lose weight so I had asked what she is eating for breakfast and was soup for lunch OK with h... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 17:21:34 EST This is it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975498 Well hopefully. Maybe. Who knows? <BR> <BR> A friend of mine is coming to stay for a couple of days. Not just for pleasure though. She is going to help me tackle the clutter and rubbish. I am going to pay her because I do not wish to abuse her kindness. She needs some additional paid work. I need help. It's the first time she's ever allowed me to 'pay her' so it's kind of odd. But I know it will be OK and we'll sort it because she is that kind of friend. How lucky am I? <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 19:06:18 EST Wimbledon Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972156 Ha! <BR> <BR> Why is she blithering on about Wimbledon you wonder - "it's so last month" <BR> <BR> I bet you all think I'm going to talk about how watching Wimbledon inspired me to pick up my racket and go play on the so called 'public courts' in the local park eh? Wrong! <BR> <BR> 1] Every time I attempted to play tennis in my younger days, I found that whatever racket I was playing with had an invisible hole. OK I know the idea of a hole being invisible is weird, but how else can I e... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 18:56:59 EST Good things come in threes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971004 So the saying goes anyway. <BR> <BR> Today, my daughter finally found the right replacement car. We both love Mini's but they are soooooooo expensive now she figured she couldn't afford one. But she found one in her price range and bought it today. I'm not really a 'car' fan. I figure that if you need a car, you just need one that will get you from A to B [and yeah, maybe to C and D too], with the least hassle and expense. But come on, Mini's are an iconic British car. If you can't i... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 20:25:07 EST Someone noticed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970461 I haven't been around so much the last week or two. I was mostly still logging my nutrition etc but, I had a friend staying to help me with some repairs around the house. Three times I've tried to write/post a blog and three times I've been blown out one way or another. Wot eva! <BR> <BR> Friday 24th July was the fund raising meal I'd organised. It was a good night that raised about £90 I took some pics and then put my phone down as some ones chair fell over. When I went to pick my 'p... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 20:44:40 EST