|FRANK ABOUT 60 YEARS OLD|
231 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE
7/31 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITY
TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 23.5 kg/ 51 lbs
Thoughts for the day..........
It's never too late to change your life for better.
I do not generally remember significant dates. For instance whenever I wanted to know the date of someone's death or birthday, except for my immediate family, I would ask my mother. This last week I have been thinking a lot about my father who died in September 1974 aged 63. Dad had been a heavy smoker most of his life. He told me he began as a 14 year old on strong, cheap, tarry tobacco and despite some futile attempts to give up was never able to do so until the day his body rejected cigarette smoke. By then it was too late. He was already dying from lung and liver cancer.
A few days ago I was looking through a file of photographs which revived so many memories.
My father was the middle son of a farmer who became wealthy through hard work and clever deals. I doubt if he was 'sharp' but he was certainly 'smart'.
My grandfather was an amazing man. He was one of many children, born somewhere among the first four or five. His parents were Polish. His father left Poland in the 1800s to escape the constant warring or so I was told. In fact he went AWOL from the army to escape Court Martial for stealing horse fodder belonging to an officer, or something like that. He wended his way across Europe and the globe finishing up in New Zealand as a foreman constructor of our Railway Lines in the southern part of the North Island.
Grandfather began to make his fortune by travelling to the Pacific Islands on what were termed Banana Boats, to buy horses. The horses were brought back to NZ and traded. He must have had a good eye for horse flesh which later was carried over into beef stock. Whenever he had accumulated enough cash he bought a block of land. He bought the cheapest land he could find in the Manawatu/Horowhenua area and that meant he bought swampy and/or flood prone land.
|MY PARENTS WEDDING JANUARY 6TH 1937|
DAD'S SHEEP STATION IN THE TURAKINA VALLEY
In 1960 he sold this farm and moved to the Waikato where the land was easier to farm and he was closer to his beloved Simpsons Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula. This is the seaside property he bought on New Years Day 1955 for what we believe was the price of 3 or 4 cattle. Today that property is worth around 100 or even fewer beasts. This is the property which our family now plans to sell following my mother's death, aged 96, at the end of January this year.
Dad did not seem to spend much time with us when we were children. He was always busy but then his was a generation where the men worked and women ran the home and that included bringing up the children. Dad was also somewhat Victorian in his outlook. He would be horrified by the openness of Gay relationships, his grandchildren living together before marriage and so much more that we have come to accept. On the other hand Dad was ahead of his time as far as technology was concerned. I'm not sure what he would have thought of the Internet but he would quite possibly have enjoyed the convenience of a Kindle and appreciated the business advantages of the internet.
I'm so blessed to have wonderful memories and great respect for my father.
I enjoyed putting together the above story with photos. I was the eldest child and always felt I had a special relationship with Dad even if we were not particularly close. I don't often indulge myself in memories. It's been a very special day.
How did I do?
Not the best start to my day. The fact that I went to bed far too late, 1.30 am after eating a stack of rice crackers could have nothing to do with how I felt this morning.... or could it? All I felt like was toast, (gluten free), with butter and honey and black coffee. I was still hungry when I'd finished so I made a cheese and herb 2 egg omelet. Things became a bit more normal after that.
Lunch:- Mid-afternoon - piece of salami and brie, HB egg
Tea/Dinner:- Pork chop with roast pumpkin, onion, and kumera.
Snacks:- Almonds, rice crackers, kiwifruit
Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured teas x 5 or 6
Black coffee x 1
Daily Goal:- 1.5 lt or 5-6 large cups *yes*
Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *yes/no*
? minutes cross-trainer = ? km
21.75/75 km for August
BP 11th May, 2012 147/75
BP 23rd May 2012 135/75
BP 15th June 2012 135/85
1ST JULY 7.30 am - 90 kg/198 lb
3RD AUGUST - 91 kg/200 lbs
Start weight:- 114.5 kg/251 lbs
Weight loss history for 2012
January: - 10.5kg/23 lbs
February: - 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
March: - 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
April: - 3 kg/ 6.5 lbs
May: - 1.5 kg/ 3 lbs
June: - 2.5 kg/5.5 lbs
July: - + 1 kg/2 lbs
Next Official Weigh-in September 1st