Wednesday, February 29, 2012

DAY 60 - 58TH DAY MAINLY WHEAT FREE - NO DAYS NO COFFEE - 3RD DAY MORNING WALK

Weight:-  7.30 am  -   - 104 kg



Start weight check was 114.5 kg/251 lbs.



Official weight loss for January is 10.5 kg/23 lbs.




Next weigh-in March 1st.


That's tomorrow!


THIS POST HAS BEEN TOTALLY MESSED UP BY ME.

I edited it in mistake and now have lost the details of the actual day. That makes me cross because it wasn't a run-of -the-mill day and now it's lost forever.



Breakfast:-  Strawberry tea.  Smoothie = 20gm carb

Snack 1:-  None

Lunch:-   Food

Snack 2:-   Water, 

Dinner:-  Steak and salad.

Snack 3:-  Water

Drinking:-  Water x 0
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 0

Daily Goal:-  1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *yes/no*

Exercise:-  15 minutes walk *yes/no*


0/90km



Reporting Back ..........

How did I do?


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

DAY 59 - 57TH DAY MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 5TH DAY NO COFFEE - 2ND DAY MORNING WALK

WE LEFT OUR PRETTY RURAL VIEW BEHIND TO STAY OVERNIGHT IN THE CITY.
OUR MOTEL ROOM OVERLOOKS THE CAR PARK AND LIGHT INDUSTRIAL.
I GUESS IT MAKES A CHANGE. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR VISIT TO THE
AUCKLAND BOTANIC GARDENS TOMORROW,
IN PARTICULAR THE SCULPTURE GARDEN.

Weight:-  7.30 am  -   - 104 kg



Start weight check was 114.5 kg/251 lbs.



Official weight loss for January is 10.5 kg/23 lbs.




Next weigh-in March 1st.


This afternoon we have to pack for an overnight in Auckland after taking Amanda to the airport. We'll go to the Botanic Gardens tomorrow for a walk but in the meantime dinner and breakfast will be restaurant meals.




Breakfast:-  Strawberry tea. water, Honey yoghurt, chopped almonds and dried apricots.

Snack 1:-  None

Lunch:-   Bacon, potato and tomatoes. Tea

Snack 2:-   Tea

Dinner:-  Restaurant:- stuffed kumera, (sweet potato), cheesecake, I left the biscuit base. Capuccino.

Snack 3:-  Water

Drinking:-  Water x 2
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 4

Diet ginger beer x 0
Cappuccino coffee x 1

Daily Goal:-  1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *yes*

Exercise:-  15 minutes walk *yes*


Walked along the street to visit my niece. We had a good chat and I felt so much better afterward.... I hope she didn't mind her auntie bending her ear. Total walk 2.3 km/1.4 miles

Reporting Back ..........

We are now settled in the Motel for the night. Glad to be able to relax.

How did I do?


Pretty good although I must admit my dinner was a little high in carbs. At least it was satisfying.


Lynda, thanks for your comment on yesterday's post. I do have reservations about taking the statin drugs and will certainly do some research. It's hard to ignore Dr's advice but I will end up doing what I think best in the long term. Partly my decision will depend on the result of scan and ultrasound but I expect a long wait for these. For now I'll take the statin and if I feel unwell or have muscle aches will cease taking it .... probably.


We have 2 more weeks of disrupted life. Starting around March 13th my plan is to go hard core Lean For Life which means between 20 and 60 gm carb per day for me and being more thoughtful about the fats in my food. I will be upping lower carb vegetables. I will also eat more silverbeet/chard and other nutrient rich greens.


I'm looking forward to my March 1st weigh in on Thursday morning so I'm planning to choose my meals with care tomorrow.

Monday, February 27, 2012

DAY 58 - 56TH DAY MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 4TH DAY NO COFFEE - DAY 1 MORNING WALK

BEACH IS STILL THERE AND ALMOST DESERTED AT 8 AM
HOLIDAY MAKERS HAVE ALL GONE HOME

Weight:-  7.30 am  -   - 104 kg



Start weight check was 114.5 kg/251 lbs.



Official weight loss for January is 10.5 kg/23 lbs.




Next weigh-in March 1st.




Breakfast:-  Peach tea. water, Honey yoghurt, chopped almonds and dried apricots.

Snack 1:-  Tea

Lunch:-   Chicken salad, strawberry tea.

Snack 2:-   Tea, rice crackers and peanut butter

Dinner:-  Roast pork and vegetables, potato, pumpkin, green beans, Peach tea.

Snack 3:-  Tea and rice crackers, butter and jam.

Drinking:-  Water x 1
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 6

Diet ginger beer x 0
Cappuccino coffee x 0

Daily Goal:-  1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *yes*

Exercise:-  15 minutes walk *yes*


A slightly longer walk than last time on the beach. About 2.8 km/1.7 miles so the last 2 weeks away have not affected my fitness. I have a long way to go to feel really fit again though. I think I will stay at about the 3 km distance for the coming month. My ultimate goal is a regular 5km/3 miles up and down hills. Currently there are only a couple of small rises.


Reporting Back ..........

How did I do?


It was a good day except for seeing the doctor and being told I've had a mini stroke. It has only affected my face a little, part of my lips and tongue. I am in shock. Now my BP meds have been increased and I'm taking cardio asprin as well as a cholesterol lowering drug. It will be next week before I have the results of blood tests and sometime in the future I will be booked for a carotid ultrasound and a CT Scan. I knew something had happened but I thought it was just a nerve thing, maybe Bells Palsy. 


Right now I just feel as though I'm coping with far too much.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

DAY 57 - 55TH DAY MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 1st DAY NO COFFEE - NO MORNING WALK

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL MORNING.
MY LITTLE GARDEN AND THE LAWN ARE OVERGROWN
A SIGN THERE'S BEEN GOOD GROWING WEATHER IN THE LAST 2 WEEKS.


Today I am dong nothing. There are so many things that need attention I am slightly overwhelmed. I will 'Blob-Out' and I  foresee a leisurely soak in a bubble bath.


We were met by a very agitated daughter last night. One of our neighbours has been planning to rebuild their old, almost tumble-down beach house for the last 3 or more years. Last year they demolished the original and did some earthwork in preparation. Unfortunateley their plans affect the neighbours either side and none of us are happy. They appear to have been given consent for things that are not in keeping with other properties and we are talking here about 1.5 million dollars plus beachfront. 


Tomorrow morning I have to get in touch with a few people and set in process a serious objection. Not something I like doing and it certainly won't promote good neighbourliness. Sadly they have negotiated in secret with the local and regional council and unless we act fast their actions could seriously spoil and even devalue our property not to mention the beach. This is the last thing I need right now. None of us can understand how they have got around the standard regulations but then one of their family is a lawyer. I would leave it to someone else but it seems that if anything is to be done I have to set it in motion because I am the senior trustee of our property.


I could swear @#$@*&^$@# but I've decided not to think about it again until tomorrow.


Weight:-  7.30 am  -   - 104 kg



Start weight check was 114.5 kg/251 lbs.



Official weight loss for January is 10.5 kg/23 lbs.




Next weigh-in March 1st.




Breakfast:-  Peach tea. water, Honey yoghurt, chopped almonds and dried apricots.

Snack 1:-  None

Lunch:-   2 egg omelet with tomato and cheese. Strawberry Tea, rice crackers.

Snack 2:-   Water and a couple of almonds 

Dinner:-  Steak, kumera, (sweet potato), carrot and broccoli, knob of butter. Strawberry tea.

Snack 3:-  Water, almonds

Drinking:-  Water x 1
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 3

Diet ginger beer x 0
Cappuccino coffee x 0

Daily Goal:-  1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *yes/no*

Exercise:-  15 minutes walk *no*

Reporting Back ..........

How did I do?


OK but I don't think I had enough drinks nor did I go for a walk but that was in my plan for today.


I have a bothersome eye. Among other things I need to do tomorrow is make an appointment to see Dr. for that and 3 monthly check for blood pressure medication. I've lost some weight since I last saw her and I do feel a lot better but this eye is a worry. I hope it's something simple.


On that note I'm ending my day. G'night.

DAY 56 - 54TH DAY MAINLY WHEAT FREE - NO DAYS NO COFFEE - NO MORNING WALK

TOMORROW MORNING I WILL PREPARE MY BREAKFAST WITH THIS VIEW OF CASTLE ROCK
I RARELY EXPERIENCE BEING HOMESICK. iT'S CURIOUS AND SOMETHING OF A NOVELTY

Weight:-  7.30 am  -   - 104 kg



Start weight check was 114.5 kg/251 lbs.



Official weight loss for January is 10.5 kg/23 lbs.




Next weigh-in March 1st.




Breakfast:-  Peach tea. water, Honey yoghurt, chopped almonds and dried apricots.

Snack 1:-  Peach tea

Lunch:-   Very small bowl left-over lamb stir-fry. Salami, pepperdew, gherkin, corn-thins, peach tea 

Snack 2:-   Water, iced coffee, jet planes, (wine gums)

Dinner:-  Restaurant: chicken and bacon salad, lemon, lime and bitters.

Snack 3:-  Peach tea, corn-thins, butter and berry jam.

Drinking:-  Water x 2
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 5

Lemon, lime and bitters x 1
Iced coffee x 1

Daily Goal:-  1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *yes*

Exercise:-  15 minutes walk *yes/no*


Only walking done was around airports with carry-on luggage

Reporting Back ..........


Weird day as I was surprised by an over-flow of emotion. A confusion of homesickness and awareness that my mother would not be there to greet us when we dropped off our daughter-in-law, who had travelled with us but on a flight one hour later. Amanda wanted to spend the weekend with our daughter, Jane, while her Wayne was away on a fishing trip. We take Amanda back to Auckland airport on Tuesday afternoon and will probably stay the night rather than do the a double drive.


At the same time as missing my Mum kicked in I was grieving for our son in prison. It will be some months before we return to Christchurch so we can visit him. We have possibly 6 years of fleeting 1 or maybe 2 hour visits when we can manage to be in Christchurch. Initially I'm aiming for every 6 months. This is all wrong but there's nothing we can do. I have to keep remembering he's an adult who did something seriously bad. My mother's heart doesn't change so I live with the pain ..... What's new? - nothing except the degree of emotional hurting.

How did I do?

Reasonable all things considered. It was about 9 pm when we arrived home, more than 8 hours after leaving our son's house.

Very tired now but I did sleep fairly well last night thanks to a drop in temperature.



Friday, February 24, 2012

DAY 55 - 53RD DAY MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 2ND DAY NO COFFEE - NO MORNING WALK

GOING HOME TOMORROW

Weight:-  7.30 am  -   - 104 kg



Start weight check was 114.5 kg/251 lbs.



Official weight loss for January is 10.5 kg/23 lbs.




Next weigh-in March 1st.




Breakfast:-  Peach tea. water, Honey yoghurt, chopped almonds and dried apricots.

Snack 1:-  Two corn thins with peanut butter

Lunch:-   Salami, lettuce, tomato, pepperdew, small piece parmesan cheese, corn thins with peanut butter.Tea

Snack 2:-   None

Dinner:-  Stir-fry - lamb, carrot, broccoli, red onion, tomato. 2 corn thins with peanut butter. Peach tea.

Snack 3:-  Water

Drinking:-  Water x 0
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 0

Diet ginger beer x 0
Cappuccino coffee x 0

Daily Goal:-  1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *yes/no*

Exercise:-  15 minutes walk *yes/no*

Reporting Back ..........

How did I do?


I did get some sleep and today is cool again. Weird weather. We are talking about autumn on the way and summer never really happened.


Finished listing all my stuff on Trademe. Stuff meaning the books and CDs left over from a little business venture which never got going.


Should be able to sleep tonight.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

DAY 54 - 52ND DAY MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 1ST DAY NO COFFEE - NO DAYS WALKING

THE QUEEN'S FLIGHT, (1952) AT N.Z. AIRFORCE MUSEUM, WIGRAM
I LOOK LIKE SOMETHING OUT OF A COMEDY SHOW


Weight:-  7.30 am  -   - 104 kg



Start weight check was 114.5 kg/251 lbs.



Official weight loss for January is 10.5 kg/23 lbs.




Next weigh-in March 1st.




Breakfast:-  Peach tea. water, Honey yoghurt, chopped almonds and dried apricots.

Snack 1:-  None

Lunch:-   Veggies, parmesan cheese, salami, lettuce, blackcurrant and apple tea.

Snack 2:-   Water, rice crackers and peanut butter.

Dinner:-  Restaurant - steak and salad, raspberry parfait. Ginger beer, water

Snack 3:-  Water, piece of dark chocolate

Drinking:-  Water x 2
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 3

Ginger beer x 1
Cappuccino coffee x 0

Daily Goal:-  1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *yes/no*

Exercise:-  15 minutes walk *yes/no*

Reporting Back ..........

How did I do?


The main task for today was to list as many books as possible on Trademe. I managed to do 18. It takes me forever to describe each book with 2 and a bit finger typing.


Had dinner with Amanda's family ... it's becoming a kind of tradition to do this before we return home.


It's stinking hot tonight here in Christchurch. We've had precious little summer and now we have these terrible hot humid nights. Yukk! I don't sleep well in this.

DAY 53 - 51ST DAY MAINLY WHEAT FREE - NO DAYS NO COFFEE - NO DAYS WALKING

ROSES IN HAGLEY PARK WHERE THERE A COMMEMORATION OF THE EARTHQUAKES WAS HELD TODAY 
On February 22nd, 2011 Christchurch experienced two major earthquakes. 185 people lost their lives. There have been 8 quakes between 5.8 and 7.1 on the Richter Scale since September 4th, 2010. The total recorded earthquakes is 10149. Even today there were 4 shakes. I doubt if many people felt these small ones. 



  • 2.4M9km18/2/201202:42
  • 2.9M8km17/2/201221:43
  • 2.2M5km17/2/201213:38
  • 2.7M11km17/2/201204:59
  • 2.5M5km17/2/201200:50
  • 2.6M13km17/2/201200:48
  • 2.7M18km16/2/201204:25

Taken off the Christchurch earthquake maps

This is one brave city.


Weight:-  7.30 am  -   - 104 kg



Start weight check was 114.5 kg/251 lbs.



Official weight loss for January is 10.5 kg/23 lbs.




Next weigh-in March 1st.




Breakfast:-  Blackcurrant and apple tea. Honey yoghurt with dried apricots and almonds. water. 

Snack 1:-  None

Lunch:-   Muffin and cappuccino

Snack 2:-   None

Dinner:-  lamb salad and water

Snack 3:-  Blackcurrant and apple tea, crackers and peanut butter. 

Drinking:-  Water x 1
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 2

A small glass of apple cider x 0
Cappuccino coffee x 1

Daily Goal:-  1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *yes/no*

Exercise:-  15 minutes walk *yes/no*


Not a walk for exercise but plenty of ambling and walking around the Mall.

Reporting Back ..........

How did I do?


I'm tired and want a complete day of nothing. It's not going to happen before next week so I trudge on and am struggling not to lose my grip.


Had nothing to eat until after midday and made that an excuse to have a Muffin and coffee about 3.30pm.


This afternoon I had a hair pamper session which was nice but I really would have been better to have stayed home. I was given a chance to have a hair treatment with 40 minute massage at a hairdressing school for $5. I really enjoyed and appreciated it but sometimes staying home is better than going out. I'm trying to make good use of opportunities we have in the city because it will be a while before we are here again. We went from the hairdressing school to the other side of town to Riccarton Mall where we messed around, ate a meal and went to the movie, Iron Lady.


I was quite disappointed in the movie although I admire Meryl Streep tremendously. The movie was about Margaret Thatcher but I also thought it was more about aging than her years of power as Britain's prime Minister. The scenes were all shot through the reminiscences and flash backs of Thatcher as an aging lady, who had early alzheimer's and was lonely and grieving for her husband. To me it was just plain sad. Margaret Thatcher was Britain's only woman Prime Minister to date and one of the most controversial and strongest politicians of recent times. So much more could have been done with the story. I guess it was all there, thanks largely to the acting but I thought the screenplay did not even come close to doing justice to the woman, Margaret Thatcher.


We are going out for dinner tomorrow but it should be a safe meal.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

DAY 52 - 50TH DAY MAINLY WHEAT FREE - NO DAYS NO COFFEE - NO DAYS WALKING

THIS CHURCH HAD IT'S BRICK WALLS REMOVED LONG AGO.
I'M NOT SURE WHETHER OR NOT THEY PLAN TO REBUILD.





Start weight check was 114.5 kg/251 lbs.



Official weight loss for January is 10.5 kg/23 lbs.




Next weigh-in March 1st.




Breakfast:-  Rose & vanilla tea. water, Restuarant, veggie roulade with tomoto & onion salsa. The roulade was a bit heavy so must have had flour in it to make it more of a pancake. Cappuccino

Snack 1:-  None

Lunch:-   Salami, crackers, dried tomato spread, water

Snack 2:-   Peach tea. 

Dinner:-  Pork chop braised in cider, potato, carrot, courgette and onion

Snack 3:-  Blackcurrant and apple tea, crackers and peanut butter. 

Drinking:-  Water x 1
Strawberry and Mango Tea, etc x 1

A small glass of apple cider x 1
Cappuccino coffee x 1

Daily Goal:-  1.5 lt. or 5 - 6 large cups *yes/no*

Exercise:-  15 minutes walk *maybe*


A little walk along the street before going to the restaurant for breakfast.

Reporting Back ..........

How did I do?


Another day of scrappy eating or meals without proper planning. We took the car we have been using to be buffed. It took 2 hours and cost $100 but looks brand new which is good as it's to be sold. I went with John but didn't get cracking quickly enough to have breakfast before we left so guess how we filled in part of the 2 hours.


I cooked dinner and will do so again tomorrow night and we have lots of lovely fresh veggies again.


I really am looking forward to going home. 3.5 days to go.


Tomorrow is the 12 month anniversary of the most damaging of Christchurch's 10,143 earthquakes. We've felt a couple while here, the first was within hours of arriving, but most of those shakes are under 4 so mostly insignificant. 


Tonight we have no plans for tomorrow. That could be good as rain is expected an I think I'm tired from all the running around. I love being in the city but there's so many thing to do I'm a bit overwhelmed.