Saturday, June 30, 2012

PRECIOUS MEMORIES



COLOURED GLASS BANNERS ON THE WHARF WALKWAY KETCHIKAN, AK PERHAPS.

With the celebration of American Independence Day coming up fast on July 4th,
our memories turned to our 2009 trip to USA and our Alaskan Cruise.
Ketchikan has made a feature of fish art
and I think it was that port where the boardwalk back to the ship was lined with banners
such as these.
We had a wonderful time,
so wonderful I was often too tired
to keep my travel journal up to date
and my photos remain unlabelled.


182 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 10 DAYS OUT OF 30  EXERCISING


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 22 kg/ 48.5 lbs 

I came too close to that cheating fast day.

It has been a chilly if sunny day following a good frost. I climbed back into bed after getting half dressed this morning. I decided that was the easiest way to stay warm and....... We went to the library yesterday and I brought home 2 Dick Francis books. Easy reads and well written with enough mystery to keep me from putting the book down until finished. It must be winter. It seems ages since I've been able to do so much reading.

I dozed off a few times and finally finished getting dressed about 3 pm. I've had two meals and am drinking plenty of water. I'm not expecting to make my goal weight tomorrow morning.


Breakfast:- None

Lunch:-   Cheese and parsley omelet

Tea/Dinner:- Frittata, bacon and mushrooms

Snacks:- almonds

Drinks:- Water x 0 lost count
Flavoured teas x 0

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

? minutes cross-trainer = ? km

I aim to walk or cross-train an average of 5 km or more each day this month.

I want to do at least 3 60 minute sessions

1 x 60 min. cross-trainer or walk 6 km Done
2 x
3 x

82.5/160 km for May

I am going to do the stretching exercises in my Jenny Craig book. I did them many years ago and found them easily do-able for me. My goal is to eventually stretch every day.

Stretching 2 x week.
Week 1 x 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

I am getting fitter, stronger, improving my stamina and flexibility.
Has to be good. Right!

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75
BP 23rd May 2012 135/75
BP 15th June 2012 135/85


1ST MAY 7.30 am:-  94 kg/ 206.5 lbs
1ST JUNE 7.30 am -  92.5 kg/ 203.5 lb

Start weight check:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

Weight loss 
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_
         
Next Official Weigh-in July 1st


Friday, June 29, 2012

A CHEAT DAY .... NO! NO! NO!



181 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 10 DAYS OUT OF 30  EXERCISING


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 22 kg/ 48.5 lbs 

Feel heaps better today and guess what... it's warmer, blue sky and sunshine.

I want to cheat. Oh how much do I want to cheat! Earlier in the week I saw a certain number on the scales two days in a row. But..... I went up to a higher number.... Oh I want to cheat and fast or something to get that number again for my official weigh in. How silly is that? I'm becoming obsessed by numbers. The weight will come off as it comes off. I'm more concerned with health than what I weigh ...... well that is what I say. The thing is, weight and health are still closely interwoven as far as my body and general well-being are concerned. But I really want that number on July 1st when I weigh, which is less than 36 hours away as I write. Dare I fast. I would consider that cheating so maybe there is another strategy I can use that I feel comfortable with. I'm not on Biggest Loser! This is my simple challenge and I so want to meet it.

I will not cheat by fasting. That is part of the old crazy me. I can't believe I am so concerned about numbers. This has never happened to me before. I would read other people's Blogs and consider their angst with disdain. What a foolish thing to stress over. You are either eating healthy food and contributing to your health and eventual healthy weight or you are not. To be absolutely perfect and lose weight consistently is unrealistic and few of us have bodies that would comply anyway. Our physical bodies are extremely complex therefore it's the general trend that counts. Flash in the pan weight loss through fasting is cheating. Cheats only hurt themselves. I can't believe I even considered doing this for a second, let alone seriously.

I wonder if my preoccupation with the number on the scales is because for the first time in many years I know I am going to successfully lose all my excess weight. In the past it's been more of a vain hope. This time I know it's really, really possible. I know I will not give up until I am happy that I am at a healthy and attractive weight. I can also see an elusive but long desired goal in sight. One day in the next couple of years I will be small enough to fit into my wedding dress.

March 30th 2013 is our 50th Anniversary and there is a little voice of encouragement telling me I just might surprise myself and wear that dress on The Day. I would need to find a Merry Widow.... do they still call them that? A boned and strapless corselet with suspenders to hold up stockings. It had hooks  and zip all the way down the centre front and gave me a nice smooth shape with a neat waist. I hardly needed it but it was the most comfortable way to both have a strapless bra and hold up stockings. Very cute! And a lot easier to get into than those awful spandex body shapers.

I will go with the flow. I will eat whatever is on our menu but I will probably choose lower calorie options and I'm going to experiment with drinking 1/2 or 3/4 cup of water every waking hour from now until I go to bed Saturday night. I'm setting my phone alarm. It will drive us crazy but it's worth experimenting with. Here's hoping I'm not up all night making loo calls.

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

After my tasty and late breakfast I wasn't hungry until nearly 4 pm so I just had a snack sized piece of frittata to see me through. Otherwise it's been a lazy afternoon reading Blogs, searching for stuff on line

AND

Shopping for clothes.

If I like what I've ordered I'll post some photos with me in my new clothes. Most of my clothes are kind to my changing weight but I have to admit that some well shaped and fitting clothes would look better than much, of what I'm wearing. I have needed new winter clothes for a year or two but kept putting off buying anything until I reached a lower weight. I haven't reached that goal but I think I can afford to spend a few dollars on clothes that I will probably never wear again after this year.

Is that not a positive statement!

I prefer to buy classic styles that can be worn for years and years. I'd rather wear my clothes until they wear out than toss them because they are ridiculously out of fashion. These clothes are fairly plain but they will not be worn for more than one season.

HOW DID I DO?

I did well.

Breakfast:- Polenta based vegetable, bacon and feta something Cafe Breakfast. It was very tasty and I gave some of mine to John. We ate this after 10 am.

Lunch:-   Frittata

Tea/Dinner:- Frittata

Snacks:- almonds

Drinks:- Water x 2
Flavoured teas x 2 ...... lost count

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

? minutes cross-trainer = ? km

I aim to walk or cross-train an average of 5 km or more each day this month.

I want to do at least 3 60 minute sessions

1 x 60 min. cross-trainer or walk 6 km Done
2 x
3 x

82.5/160 km for May

I am going to do the stretching exercises in my Jenny Craig book. I did them many years ago and found them easily do-able for me. My goal is to eventually stretch every day.

Stretching 2 x week.
Week 1 x 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

I am getting fitter, stronger, improving my stamina and flexibility.
Has to be good. Right!

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75
BP 23rd May 2012 135/75
BP 15th June 2012 135/85


1ST MAY 7.30 am:-  94 kg/ 206.5 lbs
1ST JUNE 7.30 am -  92.5 kg/ 203.5 lb

Start weight check:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

Weight loss 
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_
         
Next Official Weigh-in July 1st
SPRING IS BLOOMING IN MUM'S GARDEN 


Thursday, June 28, 2012

EXERCISE PATTERN LIKE A ROLLER COASTER WITHOUT THE FUN


WHITIANGA PASSENGER FERRY

180 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 10 DAYS OUT OF 30  EXERCISING


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 22 kg/ 48.5 lbs 

Two days ago I was on a high. The last two days I have felt so fatigued that I did no exercise yesterday and only 25 minutes on the cross-trainer today. At the beginning of this month, before my 5 day marathon of baking, travelling, family gatherings and hospital and other health related appointments, I managed one 60 minute session and was comfortably managing 8km or more per session.

Somewhere recently I read a post by a younger woman who was a runner. She talked about the months she spent training seriously for a marathon and how her weight loss stopped because she stressed her body to the point of increasing her cortisole levels. She admitted to pushing herself past the pleasure of exercise to reach her goal. She called it Over-Training.

Not for one moment do I equate my efforts with hers but there must be a reason for what seems to be happening. I've been here before. I go really well for a time then comes a point where my body does not want to respond to my will. I give up.

Could it possibly be that I'm trying to do, day after day, more than my body can reasonably manage? Does my body go into some kind of 'pull-back,' or exhaustion to protect itself?

The fatigue I feel now has de-railed exercise plans so many times. I don't want that to happen again. I'm thinking of modifying my plan as though I'm starting off from zero, as I had to do in January, and slowly building up. I don't want to take what looks like a backward step. It feels like failure. I am telling myself that this new approach is not failure but discipline which it is. It is far, far better than giving in to the fatigue and giving up on regular exercise.

I don't exercise to lose weight as I see so many do. Exercise is part of my health quest. I have cells and muscles and organs that benefit when I move my body. As one becomes older you become far more aware of the need to keep your body moving. Use it or Lose it becomes a reality. Muscles become less flexible and even begin to waste away. It's far too easy to become glued to the recliner, only moving for essential tasks. As we grow older we can lose what we have gained very quickly and it seems to take twice as long to rebuild past fitness, if that is even possible. Ask any sports person.

That's where I was at the beginning of this year. Going out and shopping were an effort. I felt like a Puffing Billy and most of the time I let John do the chores while I took it easy. I was experiencing chest tightness with small amounts of exertion. I could see myself becoming as limited as my 96 year old mother who had developed serious heart disease. I was 24 years younger but grossly overweight. It was a scary place.

I'm glad I have improved my health since then but today I'm wondering how much progress I have made. The truth is lots with much room for more. I'm not ready to say the job is done because that's a lie.

!. I'm more than 25 kg/55 lbs less than on January 1st.

2. I no longer experience a tight chest.

3. My blood pressure has become stable and normalised.

4. My brain is clearer...... not so much a foggy brain.

5. I don't crave sweet and starchy foods and I'm not over-eating.

6. I am more comfortable with physical activity.

7. I'm generally happier with life.

Maybe when we get our blood test reports there will be some kind of answer there.

We have decided to go into town tomorrow so today we will have our last meal about 9.30 -10 pm. That gives us plenty of time to be at the Medical Centre in time for our 12 hour fasting blood tests.

I'll bake one of my large vegetable frittatas. We should be able to eat a large wedge late without it sitting like a lump in our guts all night.

HOW DID I DO?

I felt dizzy after a while when I was standing at the bench getting tea. I'm wondering if this happens when I haven't had enough to drink. Otherwise an OK day.

Breakfast:- Smoothie

Lunch:-   Cold roast beef, broccoli and raw carrot

Tea/Dinner:- Frittata 1/2 glass fruit wine.

Snacks:- almonds, brie, frittata.

Drinks:- Water x 2
Flavoured teas x 3

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *yes*

25 minutes cross-trainer = 4.5 km

I aim to walk or cross-train an average of 5 km or more each day this month.

I want to do at least 3 60 minute sessions

1 x 60 min. cross-trainer or walk 6 km Done
2 x
3 x

87/160 km for May

I am going to do the stretching exercises in my Jenny Craig book. I did them many years ago and found them easily do-able for me. My goal is to eventually stretch every day.

Stretching 2 x week.
Week 1 x 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

I am getting fitter, stronger, improving my stamina and flexibility.
Has to be good. Right!

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75
BP 23rd May 2012 135/75
BP 15th June 2012 135/85


1ST MAY 7.30 am:-  94 kg/ 206.5 lbs
1ST JUNE 7.30 am -  92.5 kg/ 203.5 lb

Start weight check:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

Weight loss 
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_
         
Next Official Weigh-in July 1st


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

DAY 179 JUNE 27TH


WE HAD THIS VIEW OF THE WHITIANGA HARBOUR
FROM OUR LUNCH TABLE ON MONDAY 

179 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 10 DAYS OUT OF 30  EXERCISING


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 22 kg/ 48.5 lbs 

I woke with many good intentions. First I needed to write a letter. Couldn't find my writing pad so another postcard had to do.

I meant to do some time on the cross-trainer but felt terribly fatigued. Not sure whether it's real or imagined. The exercise would have done me good. It was rather cold and it would have been a  good way to warm my hands and feet instead of snuggling under a rug in front of the heater.

It's time to do some more baking. We have eaten the last slice of flax bread. I couldn't motivate myself. What happened to 'Just Do It!'

I came close to dozing off, maybe my eyes closed a couple of times.

This is not good for me.



HOW DID I DO?

Not great. Too much snacking. Tired without cause. Bed early for me.

Breakfast:- Smoothie

Lunch:-   Left over baked frittata, brie, walnuts

Tea/Dinner:- Steak, carrot and parsnip mash, broccoli sprinkled with grated cheese.

Snacks:- almonds, walnuts, brie, dried cranberries.

Drinks:- Water x 1
Flavoured teas x 4

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

? minutes cross-trainer = ? km

I aim to walk or cross-train an average of 5 km or more each day this month.

I want to do at least 3 60 minute sessions

1 x 60 min. cross-trainer or walk 6 km Done
2 x
3 x

82.5/160 km for May

I am going to do the stretching exercises in my Jenny Craig book. I did them many years ago and found them easily do-able for me. My goal is to eventually stretch every day.

Stretching 2 x week.
Week 1 x 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

I am getting fitter, stronger, improving my stamina and flexibility.
Has to be good. Right!

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75
BP 23rd May 2012 135/75
BP 15th June 2012 135/85


1ST MAY 7.30 am:-  94 kg/ 206.5 lbs
1ST JUNE 7.30 am -  92.5 kg/ 203.5 lb

Start weight check:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

Weight loss 
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_
         
Next Official Weigh-in July 1st


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

DAY 178 JUNE 26TH


AROUND PAGOSA SPRINGS APRIL 2005

  
JOHN - A COFFEE AT PAGOSA SPRINGS

Water tank beside a once busy line

178 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 10 DAYS OUT OF 30  EXERCISING


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 22 kg/ 48.5 lbs 

 I've only just posted yesterday's Blog. I don't know whether I was tired or Blogger was doing weird things but I just got too tired to edit it to look the way I wanted it to. I think I'm back on my usual settings today

In yesterday's post I mentioned visiting Pagosa Springs, Colorado on our 2005 trip in USA. We stayed there two nights. I looked through our photos today and thought I'd put them here for others to enjoy.

I saw punnets of American cherries for $3.99, (why can't they be honest and label stuff $4.00), in the SuperMarket yesterday. Cherries happen to be a favourite fruit but are always so expensive but I thought this a fair price ... if they tasted good. Oh, Oh, Oh! Do they ever! Sweet, firm flesh with a crunch. I think they are better than any NZ cherries I have eaten. I wonder how they are able to sell this treat at this price. I'm being very disciplined and savouring a few each day. I'm even sharing them with John. I think they'll last two more days.

I'm getting excited about my weigh in on July 1st. Shhh! It's a secret until then.

HOW DID I DO?

In spite of feeling tired, fatigued in fact, I managed 30 minutes on the cross-trainer. I've managed to eat at normal mealtimes and drink enough without having to try so hard.

Breakfast:- Smoothie

Lunch:-   Salad of lettuse, carrot, red capsicum, red onion and roast beef with balsamic vinegar. Spicy hummus on a few rounds of cucumber.

Tea/Dinner:- Baked egg dish with courgettes, flax bread. Cherries.

Snacks:- almonds, brie, cranberries

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured teas x 5

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *yes*

35 minutes cross-trainer = 8 km

I aim to walk or cross-train an average of 5 km or more each day this month.

I want to do at least 3 x 60 minute sessions

1 x 60 min. cross-trainer or walk 6 km Done
2 x
3 x

82.5/160 km for May

I am going to do the stretching exercises in my Jenny Craig book. I did them many years ago and found them easily do-able for me. My goal is to eventually stretch every day.

Stretching 2 x week.
Week 1 x1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

I am getting fitter, stronger, improving my stamina and flexibility.
Has to be good. Right!

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75
BP 23rd May 2012 135/75
BP 15th June 2012 135/85

1ST MAY 7.30 am:-  94 kg/ 206.5 lbs
1ST JUNE 7.30 am -  92.5 kg/ 203.5 lb

Start weight check:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

Weight loss 
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_
         
Next Official Weigh-in July 1st


ABOUT OUR CLIMATE



A RECENT FROSTY MORNING TAKEN ABOUT 8AM

177 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 9 DAYS OUT OF 30 EXERCISING

TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 22 kg/ 48.5 lbs

A recent comment from Deb with a question about our seasons and weather provoked this post.

We are supposed to be sub-tropical and often feels more like a temperate rainforest. We can be very humid, but our summer temperature rarely reaches 30'C/86'F We have morning frosts in winter, which are usually followed by beautiful clear sunny days. Our temperatures drop at night but where we live it rarely goes below 1'C/33'F. We get a few days at a time around 9'C/48'F when the wind feels as though it's straight of the ice.When you hear me moaning about being cold it's mostly because we do not dress for really cold weather and nor are our homes designed for it.

Today is sunny with a nippy wind but my guess is our current temperature is somewhere around 18'C/64'F Might even be warmer. It's very mild and I am bare feet and short sleeves, no jersey. Can You imagine that it winter!

Being a long skinny country, an island nation, our weather is moderated by ocean influences. There is quite a variation from the far north which is definitely sub-tropical and the deep south which is directly exposed to Antarctica. Some places in the South Island get snow on the beaches but there is nowhere in New Zealand, except in the high mountains where we get deep snow that settles. A couple of weeks ago our son, who lives in Christchurch, had about 6 inches of snow around his house but it was all gone within a day or two.

When we did our big USA trip in 2005 we stopped at Pagosa Springs in the San Juan mountains of Colorado. For the first time I saw snow feet deep on roofs and banked up to the windowsill on the shady side. A whole lake was iced over. We were there in late spring on a lovely sunny day. It was all very beautiful and. We began our trip adamant that we would not go anywhere there was a risk of icy roads and had no intention of driving in areas where there might be snow. I'm so glad we took the advice of a shop owner we chatted with in Santa Fe. He directed us to the scenic road through Pagosa Springs even if I did experience discomfort from being at a higher altitude than normal.


What did I do today?

I had another session of accupuncture followed by a visit with my doctor. John and I both got requests for fasting blood tests. We wanted to have a base-line record for our blood glucose, cholesterol, liver, thyroid and so on. We had lunch at Blonde, a restaurant overlooking the Whitianga wharf. John had seafood chowder, no bread and I had pan fried fish with salad and fries. John ate about three quarters of my fries. I had been dreaming about a nice piece of pan fried fish for a week or more. Sadly my fish was overcooked and very bland. It was served with tartare sauce which was too sweet. Just as well there were a couple lemon wedges.

We had plenty of time for shopping. OOPS! That means spending money. We bought some more stuff for the garden including a few plants and spring bulbs at a reduced price because it really is getting rather late to plant them. After that we went to the SuperMarket where we spent a whole lot more on groceries. We've gone from an almost empty pantry a few months ago to a fridge and pantry that are exploding. I have a good reason. I want to stay home without needing to go out again for weeks. There's a problem with that. It doesn't work. There is always one reason or another that we have to go out again.

We were out for more than six hours. John cooked himself eggs for tea and I have not eaten since lunch. I'll grab a drink and a few almonds in a minute then it's off to bed for me.

HOW DID I DO?

Two main meals, one snack, enough drinking, no exercise and spent more than I should.

Breakfast:- Smoothie

Lunch:- Pan fried fish, salad and fries

Tea/Dinner:- None

Snacks:- Almonds and a few cherries all the way from America!

Drinks:-
Water x 2
Teas x 3
Cappuccino x 1

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

? minutes cross-trainer = ? km

I aim to walk or cross-train an average of 5 km or more each day this month.

I want to do at least 3 60 minute sessions

1 x 60 min. cross-trainer or walk 6 km Done
2 x
3 x

75.5/160 km for May

I am going to do the stretching exercises in my Jenny Craig book. I did them many years ago and found them easily do-able for me. My goal is to eventually stretch every day.

Stretching 2 x week.
Week 1 x1
Week 2 x 0
Week 3 x 0
Week 4

I am getting fitter, stronger, improving my stamina and flexibility.

Has to be good. Right!

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75
BP 23rd May 2012 135/75
BP 25th June 2012 135/85

Weight 

1ST MAY 7.30 am:- 94 kg/ 206.5 lbs
1ST JUNE 7.30 am - 92.5 kg/ 203.5 lb

weight loss for month = 3 kg

Start weight check:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

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_

Next Official Weigh-in July 1st




Sunday, June 24, 2012

LAZY SUNDAY


FLOWERS IN SPITE OF FROSTS

175 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 9 DAYS OUT OF 30  EXERCISING


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 22 kg/ 48.5 lbs 


I can't help myself. I keep running ahead. I hope I don't trip up.

 I must not trip up.

I've prepared my weight loss tickers for the remainder of the year or at least until I've lost the 14 kg/30 lbs which are my weight loss goals for 2013. I am 1 kg/2 lbs away from my goal for this year. I thought I should ramp-up the challenge otherwise I just might slack off and the job is not half done.

I thought that by doing this I would keep myself in check for the remainder of this month. There are only 6 days until my official weigh in. Will I lose the last kilogram on this stage? I am certainly making an extra effort. But we all know that our bodies do not always co-operate with our best efforts. I stalled for such a lengthy period I will do all I can to be successful

An interesting thing is emerging. I don't fast often but when I do the weight seems to stay off. In years gone by when I fasted the pounds returned mighty fast. Eating low carb seems to reduce that risk.

Now here's something scary for anyone who doesn't understand how low carb works. I've just read how Jimmy Moore went on an Egg Fest, eating only eggs and cheese for a period to settle his hyperinsulinemia. Then there is the story of an 88 year old man who ate 24 eggs a day. The video is on the same page I've linked to.

I always believed eggs are not as bad as the idiots said when they recommended no more than 3 eggs per week and told us the yolks are bad for us. I do think 24 eggs per day and Jimmy Moore's experiment are extreme but  I'm eating eggs guilt free again. We eat a lot of eggs, some weeks more than 30 between us. I like eggs. They are convenient, quick and ideal snack food and nutricious. Eggs can be used in so many ways and be complimented with almost any other food. They are the cheapest form of protein, rich in many other nutrients and low in carbohydrates too. I know a family who lived on fresh farm eggs and silverbeet for a prolonged period when their budget was decimated. They were young, starting their family, and lived in the country where the chickens were free range and silverbeet, (chard), grew abundantly. The mother said they were all very healthy during that period which included one of  her pregnancies. Eggs from chooks that live on pasture are best but unless you have space for your own it's not easy to find true free range chickens and eggs.

I will probably eat more eggs and salad greens this week than is normal for me but I'm not going to try for two dozen a day. *giggles*

HOW DID I DO?

I don't understand why I don't feel hunger. I'm having to remind myself to eat! How weird is that. At least I got on the cross-trainer for 30 minutes. It's  beginning to look as though I need a week of consciously doing things to the clock. Maybe it's winter blues except I'm not blue.

Breakfast:-  None

Lunch:-   None

Tea/Dinner:- cold roast beef, carrot, salad greens with balsamic vinegar. Almonds and a dried apricot.

Snacks:- almonds

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured teas x 4

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *yes*

30.5 minutes cross-trainer = 6.5 km

I aim to walk or cross-train an average of 5 km or more each day this month.

I want to do at least 3 60 minute sessions

1 x 60 min. cross-trainer or walk 6 km Done
2 x
3 x

75.5/160 km for May

I am going to do the stretching exercises in my Jenny Craig book. I did them many years ago and found them easily do-able for me. My goal is to eventually stretch every day.

Stretching 2 x week.
Week 1 x1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

I am getting fitter, stronger, improving my stamina and flexibility.
Has to be good. Right!

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75
BP 23rd May 2012 135/75


1ST MAY 7.30 am:-  94 kg/ 206.5 lbs
1ST JUNE 7.30 am -  92.5 kg/ 203.5 lb

Start weight check:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

Weight loss 
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_
         
Next Official Weigh-in July 1st


23RD JUNE DAY 175


VEGGIES IN OUR DECK GARDEN.

For some reason we have little success growing vegetables here.
We have the best climate but our sandy soil, ex salt swamp land, is very poor.
It lacks nutrients and is either too wet, saturated and poorly drained or too dry.
Until we can afford to build raised gardens with good dirt this is it.

175 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 8 DAYS OUT OF 30  EXERCISING


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 22 kg/ 48.5 lbs 


OOps! I'm getting slack. That's two or three times recently that I've forgotten to post until the next day.

After more than 35 hours fasting I'm taking things easy today.


There's something special in my garden.
I discovered the unexpected when taking the photo.
Weeks ago John sowed red cabbage seeds,
Tiny seeds that never germinated.
We decided the seed was too old,
having been lost and found again, 
buried in the back of a cupboard.

Today I saw that there is life, 
good germination.
Lots of tiny red leafed seedlings,
Cotyledons full of promise.

The next question is
What do we do with all these baby cabbages?

I thought how typical.
We had given up hope
And I was thinking of over-planting them.

Never give up on good seed sown.
You do not know 
when it will come to life and bear fruit.

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

What did I do Nothing!!!! Read Blogs, watched a video worked out a few sudoku puzzles. Not very satisfying. It feels like a day wasted.

HOW DID I DO?

Still procrastinating about my daily exercise. No excuse just out of the habit.

Breakfast:- Smoothie

Lunch:-   Egg Salad, pork steak

Tea/Dinner:- Roast beef with salad greens.

Snacks:- 1/4 protein bar, Almonds

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured teas x 4

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

? minutes cross-trainer = ? km

I aim to walk or cross-train an average of 5 km or more each day this month.

I want to do at least 3 60 minute sessions

1 x 60 min. cross-trainer or walk 6 km Done
2 x
3 x

69/160 km for May

I am going to do the stretching exercises in my Jenny Craig book. I did them many years ago and found them easily do-able for me. My goal is to eventually stretch every day.

Stretching 2 x week.
Week 1 x1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

I am getting fitter, stronger, improving my stamina and flexibility.
Has to be good. Right!

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75
BP 23rd May 2012 135/75


1ST MAY 7.30 am:-  94 kg/ 206.5 lbs
1ST JUNE 7.30 am -  92.5 kg/ 203.5 lb

Start weight check:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

Weight loss 
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_
         
Next Official Weigh-in July 1st


Saturday, June 23, 2012

FASTING



174 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 8 DAYS OUT OF 30  EXERCISING


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 22 kg/ 48.5 lbs 


I hadn't intended to fast today. I don't consider that ideal. I believe that fasting is something you  should plan and prepare for.

How did it happened that I fasted today?

There were no plans to go anywhere or do anything specific. That doesn't mean I don't have a million things on my 'to do' list, just that there was nothing that had to be done today.

Yesterday I went to the library and had begun to read a book last night. I picked it up to continue reading instead of getting up. I finished the book late this afternoon without getting out of bed until then.

That is when I decided I may as well continue to fast until tomorrow morning. I've had a few drinks of flavoured infusions, not real tea which I dislike.

I cooked up creamy mushrooms using some fruit wine and yoghurt cheese to make the creamy sauce. John had a 2 egg omelet with creamy mushrooms and mesculin salad with balsamic vinegar. I wasn't even tempted to taste.

For many years I didn't dare fast because I am a chaotic eater and fasting became another crazy way to lose weight rather than for health or spiritual purpose. For me it had become a mentally unhealthy.

Since becoming wheat and other grain free I don't feel as though I am at risk.

Family are commenting on how well John looks. Since he went wheat free about a month ago the rosacea, nasty red rash on his face, has cleared up. He is walking more. He has lost at least 2 kg without trying. His bad leg is not so swollen.

We both have Dr. appointments on Monday so we can ask for blood tests to check out all the health markers for vascular/heart disease, diabetes and anything else I can think of. I do hope our respective doctors are willing to help us.

Breakfast:- None

Lunch:-   None

Tea/Dinner:- None

Snacks:- None

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured teas x 3

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

? minutes cross-trainer = ? km

I aim to walk or cross-train an average of 5 km or more each day this month.

I want to do at least 3 60 minute sessions

1 x 60 min. cross-trainer or walk 6 km Done
2 x
3 x

69/160 km for May

I am going to do the stretching exercises in my Jenny Craig book. I did them many years ago and found them easily do-able for me. My goal is to eventually stretch every day.

Stretching 2 x week.
Week 1 x1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

I am getting fitter, stronger, improving my stamina and flexibility.
Has to be good. Right!

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75
BP 23rd May 2012 135/75


1ST MAY 7.30 am:-  94 kg/ 206.5 lbs
1ST JUNE 7.30 am -  92.5 kg/ 203.5 lb

Start weight check:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

Weight loss 
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_
         
Next Official Weigh-in July 1st


Thursday, June 21, 2012

DAY 173 JUNE 21ST



MUM'S SPOILT RAGDOLL CATS ARE HAPPY
JANE TAKES GREAT CARE OF THEM

I MUST TRY TO GET BETTER PHOTOS OF THEM
THEY ARE SO FLUFFY WITH THEIR WINTER FUR

166 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 8 DAYS OUT OF 30  EXERCISING


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 22 kg/ 48.5 lbs 


Seem to be very tired today. Early to bed I think.

We had to go over to Mum's house to meet the Valuer today. I arranged to have the house valued by an independent valuer so that we can discuss selling it. My brother is thinking of buying it but we need to have some guidelines and I'm not convinced he can really afford it. We would like our cash out but it's sad having to sell.

John has always wanted to do a cruise through the Panama Canal. I think there is one we can manage once that house is sold.

HOW DID I DO?

So far I've done well. My meals have been low carb and I did my exercise. I might have missed one drink. Not so good.

Breakfast:- Smoothie

Lunch:-   Egg Salad, pork steak

Tea/Dinner:- Meat and veggies

Snacks:- Camembert, walnuts

Drinks:- Water x 1
Flavoured teas x 4

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *yes*

45 minutes cross-trainer = 9 km

I aim to walk or cross-train an average of 5 km or more each day this month.

I want to do at least 3 60 minute sessions

1 x 60 min. cross-trainer or walk 6 km Done
2 x
3 x

69/160 km for May

I am going to do the stretching exercises in my Jenny Craig book. I did them many years ago and found them easily do-able for me. My goal is to eventually stretch every day.

Stretching 2 x week.
Week 1 x 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

I am getting fitter, stronger, improving my stamina and flexibility.
Has to be good. Right!

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75
BP 23rd May 2012 135/75


1ST MAY 7.30 am:-  94 kg/ 206.5 lbs
1ST JUNE 7.30 am -  92.5 kg/ 203.5 lb

Start weight check:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

Weight loss 
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_
         
Next Official Weigh-in July 1st


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

DAY 172 JUNE 20TH


THE BUILDING CONTINUES NEXT DOOR TO MUM'S HOUSE

172 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 7 DAYS OUT OF 30  EXERCISING


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 22 kg/ 48.5 lbs 


Today we went into Whitianga for groceries and a few other odd jobs. Our son and his wife have moved on to visit friends in Tauranga. As we arrived home my phone rang. It was the valuer making an appointment to visit Mum's house. We have to go out again tomorrow. Bother!

HOW DID I DO?

I felt a little hungry a couple of times today but I also feel very well. I haven't counted Carbohydrate grams or calories, nor have I done any exercise but I'm hoping this is the beginning of getting back into the lean For Life pattern. 

Breakfast:- None

Lunch:-   2 boiled eggs

Tea/Dinner:- Egg salad, celery, gherkin, olive, red onion, baby red pepper, salad dressing, yoghurt cheese, mustard mixed and served on lettuce.

Snacks:- Almonds

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured teas x 5
Coffee with a spoon of freshly whipped cream

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

? minutes cross-trainer =? km

I aim to walk or cross-train an average of 5 km or more each day this month.

I want to do at least 3 60 minute sessions

1 x 60 min. cross-trainer or walk 6 km Done
2 x
3 x

60/160 km for May

I am going to do the stretching exercises in my Jenny Craig book. I did them many years ago and found them easily do-able for me. My goal is to eventually stretch every day.

Stretching 2 x week.
Week 1 x1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

I am getting fitter, stronger, improving my stamina and flexibility.
Has to be good. Right!

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75
BP 23rd May 2012 135/75


1ST MAY 7.30 am:-  94 kg/ 206.5 lbs
1ST JUNE 7.30 am -  92.5 kg/ 203.5 lb

Start weight check:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

Weight loss 
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_
         
Next Official Weigh-in July 1st


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

HOW WE WERE GIVEN THE BIG NEWS





166 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 7 DAYS OUT OF 30  EXERCISING


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 22 kg/ 48.5 lbs 


We have been the grandparents of chickens that lay green eggs and Jake the border collie for years. When I opened my gift it was automatic to think, 'That's nice, a gift from the grand-dog and grand-chooks.' John also had a similar shaped gift and looked at Amanda who had a grin from ear to ear. He twigged while I was still thinking, how nice to have another birthday gift. They are only eight weeks so this baby will be born in the summer.

Wayne and Amanda had planned a weeks holiday north of Auckland before driving the Camper back to Christchurch where it will be their home while their house is being repaired. The confirmed pregnancy meant they changed their plans and came our way to surprise us in person. We are having a lovely visit.

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

We decided to take Wayne and Amanda out to lunch at our new favourite Cafe. Wayne took us in the Camper. John and I decided our old bus is more comfortable even though it's very old, has small wheels and sits hard on the springs. We are more certain than ever that it's worth spending ten to twenty thousand dollars on maintenance and up-grades.

We were dropped off at home while the others went on to Mum's house where they are staying tonight. We went over about 5 pm and stayed for a delicious dinner. Jane had cooked a bolar roast in an oven bag. She added Morrocan seasoning, and about one dessert-spoon each of balsamic vinegar and Worcestershire sauce and a couple of onions. The meat was so tender and the sauce made delicious gravy/jus. Jane had also made a pavlova so we had a much bigger meal than we would usually eat.

Home by 10 pm and having a final cup of tea before going to bed.

HOW DID I DO?

I'm happy with how the day went. It was special. We won't see Amanda and Wayne again until we fly down to Christchurch to stay with them sometime in September.

Breakfast:- Smoothie

Lunch:-   Castle Rock Cafe Vegetable Soup with chorizo and parmesan. We shared a big plate of fries and I had a cappuccino

Tea/Dinner:- Jane cooked roast dinner. I had beef, pumpkin, kumera, green beans and for desert we all had pavlova topped with raspberry and strawberry compote and whipped fresh cream.

Snacks:- Chocolate

Drinks:- Water x 2
Flavoured teas x 4
Cappuccino with 1 teaspoon of sugar

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

? minutes cross-trainer =? km

I aim to walk or cross-train an average of 5 km or more each day this month.

I want to do at least 3 60 minute sessions

1 x 60 min. cross-trainer or walk 6 km Done
2 x
3 x

60/160 km for May

I am going to do the stretching exercises in my Jenny Craig book. I did them many years ago and found them easily do-able for me. My goal is to eventually stretch every day.

Stretching 2 x week.
Week 1 x1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

I am getting fitter, stronger, improving my stamina and flexibility.
Has to be good. Right!

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75
BP 23rd May 2012 135/75


1ST MAY 7.30 am:-  94 kg/ 206.5 lbs
1ST JUNE 7.30 am -  92.5 kg/ 203.5 lb

Start weight check:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

Weight loss 
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_
         
Next Official Weigh-in July 1st


Monday, June 18, 2012

HANDBAGS, FORGETFULNESS AND SURPRISES


MY BIRTHDAY GIFT FROM JANE

170 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 7 DAYS OUT OF 30  EXERCISING


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 22 kg/ 48.5 lbs

 

I haven't carried a handbag for several years. Back in the 90s I had a monstrous, carry everything, soft black leather bag which I chose because it had many pockets and was big enough to carry my rather large Bible and multiple other things.

Sometime in the 2000s I bought a purposeful Bible bag which had enough room for my small coin purse, lipstick, writing pad and pen etc. On the days I didn't need the Bible bag I carried my coin purse which was just large enough for notes, cards and lipstick and my cell phone. That was all I needed. No clutter to search through. I went everywhere in the car and had no need to carry anything more. It was a great way of not having a messy bag filled with everything but the kitchen sink.

Recently the little collection of things I must have with me has increased. In addition to my small coin purse I need eye drops, glasses cleaner, lip brush, tissues, dark glasses, camera and a few other things. My family has got tired of seeing me juggle these things and of course there is the inevitably higher risk of leaving something behind.

I too, had become a little frustrated with the growing accumulation of stuff I must carry with me so I asked my daughter to buy me a handbag when she goes to Bali next month. Jane's cousin gave Jane a lovely bag when she came home from Bali, at Christmas time. I thought it was something I would not mind carrying. In fact I thought I would enjoy using it.

Jane saw the bag, photo, in a lovely gift shop in Thames and decided not to wait until her trip tp Bali but to buy this one for my birthday. Now I have a whole handbag and contents to leave behind and a whole handbag to scramble through to find things. I love it, the shape and the colour are me! I wonder how long it will take me to fill it till it bulges.

REPORTING BACK......

Tonight after we'd finished our evening meal and were watching TV we were startled by loud knocking on the back door. We don't get visitors so wondered for a moment what was going on.

SURPRISE!!!


Our Christchurch son and his wife in their hire camper had arrived. The camper, paid for by their Insurance Co. is their home for the next few weeks while the post earthquake repairs are being done on their house. We thought they were staying in the South Island so it is a lovely surprise to see them.

Our surprises did not end there. Amanda is expecting their first baby, our first grandchild. We had wondered if it would ever happen.

They announced the happy news by presenting us with Grandma and Grandpa mugs. I don't think it's quite sunk in yet.

HOW DID I DO?

I did OK

Breakfast:- None

Lunch:-   2 eggs fried in butter on flax bread

Tea/Dinner:- Half a very large pork shoulder chop with bok choy, and carrot.

Snacks:- Almonds, dried apricot, boiled egg, flax bread with yoghurt

Drinks:- Water x 1
Flavoured teas x 4
black coffee x 1

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

? minutes cross-trainer =? km

I aim to walk or cross-train an average of 5 km or more each day this month.

I want to do at least 3 60 minute sessions

1 x 60 min. cross-trainer or walk 6 km Done
2 x
3 x

60/160 km for May

I am going to do the stretching exercises in my Jenny Craig book. I did them many years ago and found them easily do-able for me. My goal is to eventually stretch every day.

Stretching 2 x week.
Week 1 x 1
Week 2 x 0
Week 3
Week 4

I am getting fitter, stronger, improving my stamina and flexibility.
Has to be good. Right!

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75
BP 23rd May 2012 135/75


1ST MAY 7.30 am:-  94 kg/ 206.5 lbs
1ST JUNE 7.30 am -  92.5 kg/ 203.5 lb

Start weight check:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

Weight loss 
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_
         
Next Official Weigh-in July 1st


TIRED OF THIS BLOGGING THING



169 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 7 DAYS OUT OF 30  EXERCISING


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 22 kg/ 48.5 lbs 


I really want to keep a record of my weight loss and health alongside a rough daily diary of activities and thoughts.

I seem to be going stale.

This could be related to the weight loss stall I have experienced for some weeks. My head says keep going, don't stop now. I know that this loss of enthusiasm is dangerous to my goals.

Today I baked another flaxseed loaf. I am pleased with it. It is very close to being as good as it can be.

I'm hoping that the next one will be the one that goes into my Recipe Blog.

See! I'm not giving up!

I need to get back to basics and count carbs again. This free eating is just not working for me. I'm not gaining weight but I still have at least 30 kg/66 lbs to lose. I've pretty much achieved the weight loss goal I set for 2012. Only my head is stopping me from exceeding this year's goal. I do not want to get stuck here maintaining for the next six months

There is a danger in relying on a low carb diet to lose weight. So many of the Low Carb Gurus say calories don't matter. Eat as much fat as you like. Many of them recommend keeping their carbs under 50 gm a day or even as low as 20 gm per day. I am happy to give up starches and to limit the fruit I eat to 1 -3 pieces a day. Eating only the lowest carbohydrate vegetables is boring, especially in winter. I am comfortable with small amounts of animal fats but I need to keep a closer track on what I eat. I envy those who lose weight by going low carb/high fat, LCHF, but it's not going to work for me.

All the people I read who are LCHF are a lot younger than I am and seem to exercise at a high intensity.

I will do what I can and that includes using the cross-trainer, walking when I feel comfortable outside, depends on my bad eye, and developing a regular pattern of stretching and later resistance exercises.

Some people who are eating low carb to lose weight are now measuring ketones in their blood as well as for blood sugar spikes. That's not me. I like to keep things low tech and as simple as possible. This blog and my Lean For Life, pen and paper, activity sheet are as complex as I want to go.

HOW DID I DO?

I did OK except I did not keep track of everything.

Breakfast:- Smoothie at mid-day

Lunch:-   2 hard boiled eggs, flax bread with yoghurt cheese.

Tea/Dinner:- Pumpkin soup, slice of flax bread with butter.

Snacks:- Almonds and dried apricot

Drinks:- Water x ?
Flavoured teas x ?

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

? minutes cross-trainer =? km

I aim to walk or cross-train an average of 5 km or more each day this month.

I want to do at least 3 60 minute sessions

1 x 60 min. cross-trainer or walk 6 km Done
2 x
3 x

60/160 km for May

I am going to do the stretching exercises in my Jenny Craig book. I did them many years ago and found them easily do-able for me. My goal is to eventually stretch every day.

Stretching 2 x week.
Week 1 x 1
Week 2 x 0
Week 3
Week 4

I am getting fitter, stronger, improving my stamina and flexibility.
Has to be good. Right!

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75
BP 23rd May 2012 135/75


1ST MAY 7.30 am:-  94 kg/ 206.5 lbs
1ST JUNE 7.30 am -  92.5 kg/ 203.5 lb

Start weight check:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

Weight loss 
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_
         
Next Official Weigh-in July 1st


Saturday, June 16, 2012

QUIET DAY


CASTLE ROCK WINERY AND CAFE
I ADORE THE FURRY BUDS ON THIS
CAMELIA STELLATA
PART OF THE 2 ACRE GARDEN AT THE CAFE











168 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 7 DAYS OUT OF 30  EXERCISING

TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 22 kg/ 48.5 lbs 



HOW DID I DO?

Not hungry.  Two meals today and one snack.

Breakfast:- None

Lunch:-   Bacon and 2 eggs. almonds and a dried apricot. Black coffee.

Tea/Dinner:- Oopsie Roll Pizza

Snacks:- Piece of dark chocolate

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured teas x 0

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

? minutes cross-trainer =? km

I aim to walk or cross-train an average of 5 km or more each day this month.

I want to do at least 3 60 minute sessions

1 x 60 min. cross-trainer or walk 6 km Done
2 x
3 x

60/160 km for May

I am going to do the stretching exercises in my Jenny Craig book. I did them many years ago and found them easily do-able for me. My goal is to eventually stretch every day.

Stretching 2 x week.
Week 1 x1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

I am getting fitter, stronger, improving my stamina and flexibility.
Has to be good. Right!

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75
BP 23rd May 2012 135/75


1ST MAY 7.30 am:-  94 kg/ 206.5 lbs
1ST JUNE 7.30 am -  92.5 kg/ 203.5 lb

Start weight check:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

Weight loss 
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_
         
Next Official Weigh-in July 1st


73RD BIRTHDAY


THE BEST COOKED CALAMARI EVER
THE CHIPS WEREN'T BAD EITHER
I LIKED THE PINEAPPLE SALSA SO MUCH I BOUGHT A BOTTLE

167 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE - 7 DAYS OUT OF 30  EXERCISING

TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 22 kg/ 48.5 lbs 

By Thursday evening I had decided I would not go to River Day. Much as I love being with other women and love worshipping with them I know my body is not coping well with long days right now. I've become a slow starter in the mornings and the days I have to speed myself up I tend to feel unwell for hours. It's nothing serious and I can cope with it if I have to but I'm not sure I should be putting my body into that kind of stressful situation just for fun.

I had a leisurely morning before showering and getting dressed to go out. John and I went to Castle Rock Winery, a Restaurant about 10 minutes drive from home. We know the chef although we haven't seen him for years. The house we live in was originally bought as an investment. Andy was our first tenant when he was chef/manager at Omara's the restaurant at the Dunes Golf Club here. It was a bitterly cold day and I was glad I had dressed warmly. John and I chose an orange fruit wine. Probably not the best choice as it was sweeter than the other one we tasted, a Black Doris Plum wine. We both had lemon calamari with fries and it was perfectly cooked. Our meal was excellent and we will definitely return there. I'm thinking that if we don't go out as often as we have been lately, maybe we can give ourselves a lunch date there once a month. We really have to go back. Andy gave me a bottle of his blackberry vinegar. He makes quite a range of sauces and things and did I say he's a good shef.

After a leisurely lunch and a good catch-up with Andy we went into Whitianga for a few groceries John thought we needed then to Mum's house. It's such a cold house on a day like yesterday, especially when empty. I turned the heater on high and we watched TV while waiting for Jane to come home from work. It was so cold we closed the curtains long before it was dark to hold the heat in.

Jane cooked us Morrocan meatballs, pumpkin mash, cabbage and carrots. We enjoyed it although I felt over full from 3 good meals I'd eaten during the day.

I was spoilt with gifts from my sister, and friends, a handbag from Jane, phone calls, emails, letters  and texts not to mention no cooking.

HOW DID I DO?

I ate too much and enjoyed my day.

Breakfast:- Left-over chicken and mushroom from Wednesday's tea.

Lunch:-   Lemon pepper calamari and fries. wine

Tea/Dinner:- Morrocan meatballs and veggies

Snacks:- Almonds. Wine

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured teas x 0

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

? minutes cross-trainer =? km

I aim to walk or cross-train an average of 5 km or more each day this month.

I want to do at least 3 60 minute sessions

1 x 60 min. cross-trainer or walk 6 km Done
2 x
3 x

60/160 km for May

I am going to do the stretching exercises in my Jenny Craig book. I did them many years ago and found them easily do-able for me. My goal is to eventually stretch every day.

Stretching 2 x week.
Week 1 x1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

I am getting fitter, stronger, improving my stamina and flexibility.
Has to be good. Right!

BP 11th May, 2012 147/75
BP 23rd May 2012 135/75


1ST MAY 7.30 am:-  94 kg/ 206.5 lbs
1ST JUNE 7.30 am -  92.5 kg/ 203.5 lb

Start weight check:- 114.5 kg/251 lb

Weight loss 
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_
         
Next Official Weigh-in July 1st