Today is Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday , as they call it in France ,New Orleans, and the United States. . In the UK it's Pancake Day.
As far back as 1000 AD to shrive meant to hear confessions. Shrove, (to shrive)
meant to hear confessions before the season of Lent began.
Trivia note: The term survives today in the expression "short shift" or giving little attention to anyone's explanations or excuses.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which is tomorrow.
Back when meat, butter, eggs and milk were forbidden during Lent, the family couldn't store the food, so the solution was add some flour and you got pancakes. Thus a tradition was established. Hence Strove Tuesday .
That's also why many forgo the eating of meat, during Lent.
I started my day out today with beautiful golden pancakes, a spritz of Can't Believe it's Not Butter, a tablespoon of real grade A maple syrup. And lovely fresh blueberries.
I had a chicken salad planned for lunch. But...
At my water aerobics class, Jennifer my instructor asked me to join her and others at Paddington's , a fantastic pizza place. In fact besides Cristo's my favorite, I love the pizza at Paddington's. That's where I used to eat ex-large pizza in two days back in my fat out of control days.
I declined at first. But she told me they had nice fresh salads, the dressing is separate. And small individual sized pizza's. She sold me on the idea. I need to keep testing my reserve anyway.
I ordered the salad, it's huge, have the other half for later tonight. I got blue cheese dressing. I would dip my fork into it and then spear my lettuce, broccoli and that way the salad was not drenched in fat dressing. I ate a tablespoon
of dressing. The individual pizza, called a Humdinger, with olives, mushrooms, sausage, was cut in small wedges. By the time I ate half of the salad, I only ate two of the small eight 3" wedges. I put the rest in tin foil and dropped it off at my daughters for my grandson to eat. It's his favorite too.
I also had a apple-cranberry diet Snapple.
I enjoyed myself immensely and did not over eat, or go off my food plan.
I did not stand out at eating less than anyone else.
So once again I confirmed that eating out does not have to be a failure in your meal plan. Just use reason and be sensible in you choices.
Since Lent begins tomorrow, I wonder what I food I would give up this year.
Since I have already given up: Diet Coke, bread, pastries , cake, cookies and I don't eat candy....I wondered what can I give up.?
The remaining foods I sort of need to survive. Like my vegetables, fruits.
I finally decided to give up meat for the next six weeks. Or till Easter , which is April 24, 2011.
That means all beef, pork, chicken.
I will eat fish, and a lot of it. I happen to like fish , so I feel like I can manage.
This is something I am doing in regards to my religious faith...Just in case some wonder why.
I went by my daughters today and she is doing much better.
She took four weeks off from work, and thought it might be too much, but now she said she know why the Doctor recommended that much time off work.
Healing from her operation will take time.
I saw my Grandson who goes to collage Sunday for he first time since Xmas, and he keep looking at me. I asked why,. He said if he saw me on the street he would almost not know me, I have lost so much weight and look so different. He said I look like the Grandmother he remembers back when he was little, before I gained all that weight. Believe me he made my day. I told him I almost don't recognize myself these days.
I just got my hair cut. Got all kind of complements today at the gym. I had thought I would grow it out, but being in the water six days a week, short hair is so much better to care for. Beside I look cute, with short red hair. It's a tousled short pixie cut.
I went through my closet this weekend and got rid of 18's, 16's and all tops that were x-large. I am in 14's and one pair of 12's, just because they stretch at the waist band.
My waist is my hang up. I am doing extra crunches and every exercise known to reduce my waist. I might have to have a little lipo when I have a tummy tuck this fall.
It's irritating to have a pair of pants in 14 fit the booty and the thighs and not close at the waist. I have a couple like that. It all depends on the manufacturer.
But considering how my measurements have changed I have come a long way.
Here's what they were a year ago. and are now.:
Upper arms 18.5"
Body fat 56%
Upper arms 11.5
Body fat 29%
I have lost 50 inches and 27% body fat. That's almost half my body fat.
I have about 40 pounds to go. Those pounds are waist, some under arms, the tummy area, and inner thighs , I will continue to work on those areas.
I have gone from 28-30 or 3X and 4X to 14's, 12's and large, medium tops.
My knickers went from a hugh granny cotton sized 14 to a Victoria Secret size 8.
My bra was a size 44 DD, that was tight, think I has a 46 DD too, to a Victoria Secret size 38 C,.
I wouldn't mind keeping the 38 C bust, I want my waist to get below 36" , working toward a 32". Hips can go to 40". Arms 10", thighs 20". That's my wish list.
So that's one reason I go to the gym six days a week. Why I try to burn at least 6000 calories a week and get in as much workout as I can.
Many of nights I do 25 or 30 crunches for my waist , I don't even log them in they are just extra.
I told my friend the other day that if something happened and I was never to lose another pound, I would be extremely happy at where I find myself today.
I have achieved something that I could only dream about.
I guess dreams do come true. As long as you work hard at making them come true. Smile!!
Take care everyone.
You know I rely on my Spark friends and this lovely site to keep me focused and on track.
Hardly a day goes by that I don't tell people about Spark and what a hugh roll it has had in my success.
Everything you need as far as information and tools are here at Spark.
All you need is yor own motivation and determination to use them.
Believe me if you do and you get that tough attitude that I talk about, that in your face attitude, you too can find the success you're searching for.
If I could grant a wish it would be for everyone to have that success.
Take care, stay strong, be positive, and Spark on.