Friday, August 31, 2012

SORTING OUT A FEW MORE THINGS

MORE PHOTOS FROM OLD ALBUMS
AUNTIE GLADYS AND UNCLE HENRY'S WEDDING, 1946
THE CUTE FLOWER GIRL AND PAGE BOY
ARE ME, AGED 7 AND MY BROTHER, AGED 4

244 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE

8/31 DAYS SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITY


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 23.5 kg/51 lbs


Welcome to my new readers. 

It's never too late to change your life for better.



THOUGHTS .......




A post titled Declare Your Success before It Happens on this Blog caught my attention this morning. Remember Muhammed Ali and his bold confidence. Remember the way he called himself the greatest. Regardless of what you thought of him and his sport he knew how to speak into his future with belief. Apparently he called himself the greatest long before it actually happened.

His self belief was remarkable. One thing that all motivational speakers and mentors have in common is an emphasis on self belief.

I don't think I had any real faith in my ability to be an attractive and healthy weight until I discovered that eating low carb works and is healthy. Now my confidence is growing in leaps and bounds. This new confidence stems from knowing the science behind a low carb diet and the harmfulness of wheat, for me at least. I know that as long as I stay wheat free and avoid other starchy grains I have a every chance of losing all my excess fat.

I've been 100% dairy free for 7 days. It's been so much easier than I expected, but no improvement in my skin/scalp problem. I'll continue to the end of September I think. The only hesitation I have is the two weeks we will be in Christchurch. I should be able to manage things there but it's never quite as simple when you're staying in someone else's home.

Do I believe I will lose all this excess fat?

Yes. Yes. Yes.

Do I believe I can continue to lose weight at approximately 1 kg or 2 pound a week for the next few months?

Probably. I hope so and that is what I keep working for.

Do I believe I will maintain my weight loss once I reach my target weight?

Yes. Yes. Yes.

Do I believe in myself?

I believe I do.

Am I going to do a Muhammed Ali and shout out that I'm the greatest?

I don;t think so. That's not my style. But the idea makes me want to smile.

REPORTING BACK ....... 7TH DAY DAIRY FREE

Two more drawers and my wardrobe are sorted. There's a growing pile of clothes to be boxed for the Op Shop. I have clothes soaking and clothes drying. The stack will grow tomorrow. I have a few small drawers with precious little in them then it's time to bring in some of the stuff I've been tossing in the bus. For twelve months or more the Old Purple Bus has become a storage when I want to tidy the house in a hurry. I can only imagine the treasure hiding out there.

HOW DID I DO? .......

I've done really well today. Hope it shows in my official weigh in tomorrow.

Breakfast:- 2 egg omelet with onion and mushrooms. Black coffee. I feel full.


Lunch: Salmon patties with gherkin. 2 kiwi fruit.

I turned the piece of salmon I cooked a couple of nights ago into 4 patties. I cooked up a finely chopped onion with a little garlic and added it to a bowl with one egg, coconut flour, almond flour, parsley, thyme, chopped gherkin the salmon and lemon zest. I mashed it all up together until I was happy with the texture. This made a nice firm mixture to form into patties in my hand. I had 4 small to medium patties and served them with a chopped gherkin, lemon juice and olive oil, fresh ground pepper and kelp salt. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I'm doing most of my cooking in coconut oil instead of butter when using a pan.

Dinner:- Roast beef and mixed green salad with balsamic dressing. a piece of dark chocolate.

Snacks:- None

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured Tea Infusions x 5
Black coffee x 1

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *yes*

20 minutes cross-trainer = 4 km

August Total:- 25.5/75 km

I had to end the month on a good note. I have been very slack. To vindicate this laziness I claim my body has been going through some major changes and tiredness has been a theme for months. I'm hoping that the absence of dairy in my diet is giving me fresh impetus. I don't think I'm allergic or even intolerant of dairy but time will tell. There could be many things contributing to fatigue. I'll write about it as I understand it all a bit better.

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

Weigh In 7.30 am

1st July:- 90 kg/198 lbs
3rd August:- 91 kg/200 lbs
Start Weight:- 114 kg/251 lbs

2012 Weight Loss History
January:- 10.5 kg/23 lbs
February:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
March:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
April:- 3 kg/6 lbs
May:- 1.5 kg/3 lbs
June:- 2.5 kg/5.5 lbs
July:- 1 kg/2 lbs
August:-

CUTE KIDS. AT A FANCY DRESS PARTY
ME IN MY BRIDESMAID DRESS FROM THE TOP PHOTO,
THE ELF IS MY BROTHER

Thursday, August 30, 2012

THIS AND THAT AND STRONG FLAVOURS

MY MOTHER ENJOYED PAINTING WITH WATER COLOURS
SHE PREFERRED TO PAINT LANDSCAPES
BUT SHE HAD SOME FUN COPYING THELWELL PONIES
ALL HER GRANDCHILDREN HAVE AT LEAST ONE OF MUM'S PAINTINGS

243 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE

7/31 DAYS SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITY


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 23.5 kg/51 lbs


Welcome to my new readers. 

It's never too late to change your life for better.

THOUGHTS .......

I'm tired today. Must have had too much excitement yesterday. The fact that it's raining and blustery and cold isn't helping. The sorting of clothes is on hold. I can't keep it that way for long because I've made a bigger mess tipping stuff out here and there. When I've finished my drawers will look good again but I am a messy person in the process.

This will be the first time ever, as far as I can recall, that I've disposed of clothes because they are too big!!!!!! Up until now I've either worn them out, realised that I no longer wear them or like them, they look weird or have got too small. Notice I never said I grew too big and fat for them. I have far too many clothes that I kept expecting to fit into them one day. I will be sorting through them and keeping the best. It shouldn't take more than a couple of days. I suspect that some of the clothes I've been saving I have gone right on past and they will be too big for me.

In the past I had a habit of losing weight and getting so excited about my progress I'd go out and buy some clothes in the next size down. Instead of being an incentive to stay in control it always triggered another period of weight gain. Some of those clothes were given away but as I do my sorting this time I'm hoping to find some surprises. I am the lowest weight I've been for 20 years. I'm still losing weight and that's a fact, not wishful thinking. I could need a whole new wardrobe during this summer. How amazing is that. Any smaller clothes I find and am able to wear will be a pleasant bonus.

I didn't get anything to eat until nearly mid-day. That's OK with me but it wasn't very sensible. I felt quite woozy while I was standing so I had a couple of almonds while I waited for my lunch to be hot. And hot it was. I added 1/2 a teaspoon of chilli paste. It came very close to being a BIG mistake. I still enjoyed it.

Not eating cheese has taken away one of my main flavour sources. I did buy some pesto yesterday but I meant to get jars of sundried tomatoes, roasted red capsicum and good green olives yesterday. How come I'm getting so adventurous with food after all these years?

This morning as I lay in bed, my mind wandering here and there, I realised I can probably have goat's milk and cheese. That made me smile. I will continue all dairy free for 30 days. It's just good to put a date on it. After that I will introduce various things one at a time. I won't bother with the goat's milk products until I'm going through the re-introduction phase. I did buy some almond milk yesterday. It's handy to have something in the fridge, just in case.

On our first trip to USA both John and I began to have stomach pain after eating things like tacos and I realised we were eating more chilli than we were used to. From that day on I have been a lot more careful. Currently my stomach is pretty well healed but that doesn't mean I tolerate a lit of chilli. It's definitely not an everyday food or condiment in this house.

I sneaked in an update on my tickers this morning. Couldn't wait until Friday morning when I record my official weight.


REPORTING BACK .......

It's been a quiet day. I did sort out a few things. There's a small pile to go in the rubbish bin. Another load to go through the washing machine and bag for the charity shop ans one drawer is pretty much organised. Slow progress but better than none.

HOW DID I DO? ....... 6th day Dairy Free.

I'm satisfied with how today went. I just hope the wine doesn't upset things.

Breakfast:- None

Lunch: Sir-fry of various veggies and steak left from last night's dinner. 

Dinner:- Cold roast beef, salad, dressing with extra olive oil, silverbeet, (chard) and a teaspoon of relish.  we also had a glass of red wine.

Snacks:- Almonds and dried apricot. A piece of John's licorice. I nearly forgot this one. I had a slice of John's freshly baked Gluten Free bread with peanut butter. I hope I;m not tempted to eat it again. I wasn't overseeing when he put the ingredients together and it has twice as much sugar as the last one. Yuck! It's really too sweet for me.


Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured Tea Infusions x 3
Black coffee x 1
Red wine x 1 (120 ml glass) I decided that it was time we tried drinking a little red wine because it's supposed to be beneficial to health. I drink very little alcohol and reckon there have been years when the occasional glass would not add up to even one bottle for the who;e year. I don't think I want to have a drink every night.

Daily Goal:- 1.5lt or 5 - 6 cups large *no* Somehow the day slipped by and I'm really low on water.

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

? minutes cross-trainer = ? km

August Total:- 21.5/75 km

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

Weigh In 7.30 am

1st July:- 90 kg/198 lbs
3rd August:- 91 kg/200 lbs
Start Weight:- 114 kg/251 lbs

2012 Weight Loss History
January:- 10.5 kg/23 lbs
February:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
March:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
April:- 3 kg/6 lbs
May:- 1.5 kg/3 lbs
June:- 2.5 kg/5.5 lbs
July:- 1 kg/2 lbs
August:-







Paleo Podcaster Roundtable w/ Jimmy Moore & Friends 08/28 by Underground Wellness | Blog Talk Radio

Paleo Podcaster Roundtable w/ Jimmy Moore & Friends 08/28 by Underground Wellness | Blog Talk Radio

I have listened to this podcast and recommend it in particular to anyone who is not sure where to start. They discuss the plethora of information on the internet and how often it becomes confusing.

In this podcast there is a little horsing around. The speakers clearly know one another well. Don't let that put you off. They bounce around some good ideas and give some excellent tips on getting started with eating for health. They recommend that you start with what you can do and learn what works best for you as you go along.

There are also reminders to us about the silliness of becoming a perfectionist and dogmatic follower of  a person, a plan or whatever style you choose. I think the overall message is to stay humble and accept that there are other points of view. We need to always stay teachable, willing to learn and change when that is better than what we are doing.

My regular post will come later as usual.

I hope you have time to listen and enjoy.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

SHOPPING FOR GROCERIES AND OTHER THINGS

A CORNER OF MUM'S GARDEN
I ADORE THE DELICATE LEAVES OF MAIDEN-HAIR FERN 

242 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE

7/31 DAYS SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITY


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 23.5 kg/51 lbs


Welcome to my new readers. 

It's never too late to change your life for better.

THOUGHTS .......

Our cupboards are bare, not so much the pantry but I haven't seen the fridge so empty in a very long time. We have run out of eggs and bacon. I had to get creative for breakfast and the weird thing is it felt normal.

I made a salad with the last of an iceberg heart, avocado, tomato, onion, finely chopped garlic, grated carrot and balsamic dressing with an extra spoon of olive oil. I can hardly believe I ate this and it felt like a perfectly normal breakfast. What happened to the days of cereal and milk? They were a long time ago.

I'm chosing my food more thoughtfully than usual for the next few days because I want to have a good weigh in on September 1st. I had my July gain to wipe out and need to catch up some ground for the slack winter months.

Hurray It really is spring here.

As I lay in bed this morning I was pondering my wardrobe. I do not have a great deal of storage space and I do not wear a lot of different outfits. I have definitely lost enough weight now that there are a few clothes I will never wear again even if I particularly like them. I'm going to start boxing those clothes this week. I might wait until I reach a nice round number to dispose of them. I'm thinking about 80 kg, that means losing another 6 or 7 kg, and should be a done deal by the end of October, In the meantime I can do a wardrobe check and prepare myself for a mini buying spree for the late spring/summer fashion. Disposing of those big clothes will be a kind of celebration. I might tie bells and balloons to the boxes. *haha*

I don't have a lot of storage so a clean out is a good idea. I spent about 15 minutes looking for my black socks this morning. There should be 2 or 3 pair. I found one sock and about 1o minutes later John found the other. I like my drawers to be tidy and organised in a certain order. I cannot remember ever being in such a shambles as I am now. Part of it is due to the coming and going we have been doing ever since we came to live here. Time to sort and organise.

I am getting there. Little by little, precept upon precept. At the moment I am thinking I wouldn't miss this process for anything. It's a truly joyful experience when you begin to see changes that were almost beyond your dreams. And all because I decided to give up wheat forever. It's amazing how my mind and body have responded.

I have a couple of tiny secrets but I'll share them here. I want to write a book about this experience with a focus on my age. Do you know there is very little around to give hope to the over 60s, let alone the over 70s? I want to shout from the roof tops that staying fat is not necessary at any age. I want to .... no I won't go there just yet but why not use TV and popular magazines.

I'd like to lead a support group, mentor others maybe. I never thought I would have the energy to do these things because I have had so little energy for years. Now I'm thinking anything is possible.

How could going Dairy Free for only 4 days so far, Today is the 5th, boost my confidence so much?

My eyesight is quite blurry today. I have not driven the car since late January.


REPORTING BACK .......

I'm tired now but it's been a very good day. I'm feeling better than for weeks. Is it a coincidence or is it being dairy free? Time will tell. We went into town about 10.30 am. That meant we had lunch out. Sometimes it gets a bit expensive. John was able to have his favourite pumpkin and feta frittata. I realised I would have to take more care with my choice ... no dairy for me. They had omelets on the blackboard menu and I asked to have mine dairy free. The cook came over and discussed it with me. She filled the omelet with ham, tomato and spring onions and used water instead of cream in the omelet which is what I always do anyway. I love the confidence I have developed in requesting food according to my preferences.

HOW DID I DO? .......

A truly good day. Out of curiosity I tested for ketones this afternoon. I thought I might show a very pale pink if I was lucky. Yay! deep pink. I hardly ever went into deep pink, even when I was counting carbs so this encourages me to hope for reasonable weight loss this week.

Breakfast:- Chicken salad with extra Olive oil.

Lunch: 3 egg omelet with tomato, ham and spring onions. Black coffee.

Dinner:- Steak with Moroccan spice rub, roasted yams with a touch of honey and grated fresh ginger, silver beet, (chard).

Snacks:- None


Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured Tea Infusions x 4
Black coffee x 2

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

? minutes cross-trainer = ? km

August Total:- 21.5/75 km

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

Weigh In 7.30 am

1st July:- 90 kg/198 lbs
3rd August:- 91 kg/200 lbs
Start Weight:- 114 kg/251 lbs

2012 Weight Loss History
January:- 10.5 kg/23 lbs
February:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
March:- 3.5 kg/7.5 lbs
April:- 3 kg/6 lbs
May:- 1.5 kg/3 lbs
June:- 2.5 kg/5.5 lbs
July:- + 1 kg/2 lbs
August:-

DAFFODILS ARE COMING OUT







Tuesday, August 28, 2012

AN OPTIMAL DIET IS TAYLOR MADE FOR THE INDIVIDUAL

A HOUSE THAT CAUGHT MY EYE WHEN DRIVING THROUGH MISSOURI (2005)
IT LOOKED AS THOUGH IT HAD BEEN MOVED ONTO THE SITE
AND WAS BEING RESTORED.
SOMETHING ABOUT IT APPEALED TO ME
MAYBE THE TURRET AND THE VERANDAHS

241 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE 

7/31 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITY


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 23.5 kg/ 51 lbs


Thoughts for the day..........

Welcome to my new readers. 

It's never too late to change your life for better.


I seem to have progressed from my Lean For Life weight loss program to something akin to Paleo, whatever that means. Lean for Life is a balanced low fat, low carb, moderate protein program that includes walking as the main exercise. Paleo seems to be the buzz word these days. To me it means preparing foods from scratch with whole foods. It means living life as naturally as possible without the expense of gyms and pre-packaged, over processed foods. It means choosing foods that God has already given us. I am not a purist. I believe in convenience when it suits. I believe in using manufactured sauces, spices and condiments when they're not messed up with too many chemicals..  I am thankful for frozen foods and many other things found on the Super-Market shelves. I do not want to be stuck with my Paleolithic Ancestry. I am a 21st Century woman.

Way back in 1976 I was trying to recover my health. I had been diagnosed with ME or Myalgic Encephalomyletis. Myalgic means muscle aches, pain and weakness. Encephalomyelitis means inflamation of the brain and spinal chord. There has always been controversy over the diagnosis and the naming of this chronic fatigue disease but I can assure you it is a very real condition and devastating for those who suffer. I went from a strong fit individual to someone who could barely get out of bed. I felt like a zombie. I was crippled with pain and muscle weakness. I had four children, the youngest was born not long after I developed ME, and a farming husband who worked exceedingly long hours. It was exceedingly depressing. On top of that my doctor treated me as though I was a hypochondriac and my mother told her friends I'd had a nervous break-down.. I went from healthy and active to zero. Today I wonder if I had some kind of metabolic disease.

I heard of a medical doctor who was 'outside the square' and treated the whole person as naturally as possible. He gave me a diagnosis of ME and a list of symptoms which broke my heart. There were over 80 symptoms on his list and I had more than 50%. First of all he told me to go on a Stone Age diet. This is pretty much what the Paleo people talk about. I found it quite difficult but followed his instructions only to be told that I had to do it again without the Primrose Seed Oil. At this point I lost heart but I had learned a lot about eating differently to what I had been used to. 

Roll on to the 2010s, 35 years later, and I'm discovering Stone Age diets are all the rage only with a different and more scientific name. I still think my Lean For Life program takes a lot of beating when it comes to weight loss but I am now wondering if it is a little too low in good fats. Maybe I'll write more about that as I my understanding improves.

As part of my self education efforts I am reading a number of health and nutrition related blogs. They are written by people with excellent credentials and many are highly respected right across the science and nutrition and health spheres.

This morning I read the following:- 



Third, if we are indeed asking what the optimal diet is for modern humans (rather than simply speculating about what our Paleolithic ancestors ate), there’s no way to answer that question definitively. Why? Because just as there is tremendous variation amongst populations with diet, there is also tremendous individual variation. Some people clearly do better with no dairy products. Yet others seem to thrive on them. Some feel better with a low-carb approach, while others feel better eating more carbohydrate. Some seem to require a higher protein intake (up to 20-25% of calories), but others do well when they eat a smaller amount (10-15%).

The whole article can be found here. Kris Kessler, the author, has my attention as a sensible alternative practitioner. If I had read his bio first I doubt if I would have given him credence but I came by his site indirectly and have developed a great respect for him.

I do encourage you to read the whole article but in the meantime I copied this excerpt here because I want to remind myself that the bias I have toward Low Carb, Wheat Free, and latterly Dairy Free is not right for everyone. I have become a 'health nut.' It wasn't my intention to go in this direction but it's where I am at present and I am beginning to thrive again.

Now I'm off to read what Kris Kessler has to say about Vitamin B 12 deficiency as some people have been healed from Bell's Palsy with B12 injections. I don't see how I can be deficient but it's worth knowing more.

I hope you are all have a good day. I seem to be feeling so much better after only 3 full days Dairy Free. I don't know whether to be pleased or cross about it but I'll take it as it comes.

Reporting back............

I thought we would go into town for groceries today but when it came to it neither of us wanted to go out. John mowed the lawns I was lazy.

Our fridge looks empty. No eggs, no bacon.

I dithered about breakfast for so long I decided to call it a fasting day.

4th day dairy free

How did I do?

Feel great.

Breakfast:- Fast


Lunch:- Fast


Tea/Dinner:- Fast

Snacks:- 8pm or so I decided to have a taste of the beef roast we cooked for John's dinner. I slice of beef and a crispy leaf of lettuce.

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured teas x 4
Black coffee x 1

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *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


MEDIUM PHOTO

Monday, August 27, 2012

JOHN IS GIVING UP ON STATINS


MORE MEMORIES
A COMMON BIRD IN THE EVERGLADES, FLORIDA
IMPRESSIVE WING SPAN SPREAD OUT TO DRY

240 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE 

7/31 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITY


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 23.5 kg/ 51 lbs

DAY 3 OF MY DAIRY FREE EXPERIMENT.

Thoughts for the day..........

Welcome to my new readers. 

It's never too late to change your life for better.

Good news. John has decided to give up Lipitor, the statin prescribed by the Vascular Specialist weeks ago. I never said anything much to him about taking this drug because he wanted to believe in the specialist but ..... gradually some of the side effects I was concerned about began to develop. Yesterday he admitted to aching muscles, quite different to the ache from extra exercise. I had noticed he seemed to have less energy, be less interested in getting things done. There was also another aspect to this which would upset any man. 

The Lipitor was prescribed because, according to the specialist, it would help remove any plaques that were blocking the artery in his leg. If you have been reading my blog you might remember that John sustained two serious crush injuries to his left leg during his working life. There have always been some residue problems but it is only in the past year or so that they had begun to impinge on his lifestyle. 

I have read quite a bit but had not seen this particular benefit, reduction of plaque making the artery walls more flexible, from taking statins. I am sceptical and wondered if the doctor told us this as a way of brushing off my concerns. Had the specialist been correct in his description of what the Lepitor would do one would expect the circulation in John's leg to have improved. In fact it appears to have worsened. He has to rest more often on short walks. Recently he noticed that his foot turned blue while in the shower. That suggests there is no improvement in his circulation at all even though he is also taking asprin to thin his blood. Altogether an unsatisfactory result. 


I thought he was seeing some improvement in all areas after a couple of months wheat free so it is beginning to look as though Lipitor has set him back. He is scheduled to have the Vascular Scan of his leg early October. It will be interesting to see what it reveals. He will has been wheat free for 15 weeks and on Lipitor for 11 weeks through the middle of that period. By the time he has the scan it will be 20 weeks wheat free. Five weeks to recover from the statin damage.

Talking of John's health. He has had chronic sinus most of his life. He always blamed it on smoke damage from an incident in his childhood. From time to time this chronic sinus would escalate to serious infection and he would be laid up for as long as a week with fever. The only solution the medical profession had was nose drops, sprays, anti histamines and antibiotics, none of which cured the problem. I am interested to see how he handles the privet flowering season this year. The floating pollen and perfume of the flowers triggered some serious bouts of infection. As he grew older the problem progressed until he would frequently wake in the night choking and I must admit I became thoroughly irritated by his constant hoiking. This morning I realised I have not heard that sound for, ... well I cannot remember when I last heard it.It looks as though going wheat fee has too many positives to consider putting it back in our diet in even small quantities.



Jamie's challenge and support group.Jamie said she is going all out to lose 100 pounds by New Year's Eve. That sounds like a lot of weight when there are only 17 weeks left of this year but I think she knows what she is doing. Ideally I would like to weigh 65 kg by the end of this year by losing 23 kg/50 pounds. It looks impossible but unless I try I will not know and the good news is that I will lose some weight so I'll win either way.  For Jamie's group I will record my weight every Tuesday morning. This will be in addition to my official weigh in at the beginning of each month. I look forward to making some significant progress over the remainder of the year. It should become easier as the weather warms up and green and non-starchy vegetables become more readily available and less expensive.I am laying it out here for the record.Starting weight ... August 25th = 88 kg/194 lbs. (Dairy and totally free of all grains)December 31st Goal = 65 kg/144 lbsMarch 30th 2013, Ultimate Goal = 58-60 kg or 128 - 132 lbs.I have 29 weeks to reach my Ultimate Goal and I still feel reasonably confident that this is achievable. It depends to a large extent on how much difference being dairy free makes to my general health. I have not factored in my age so that could mean the weight might come off more slowly than The Plan. Again if my goals are not met I will still be slimmer and that makes me a winner.



Reporting back............



I don't know whether you call today productive or otherwise. I've spent hours labelling the posts on this Blog.

How did I do?

A good day. I wasn't hungry tonight but I had salmon ut of the freezer. It had to be cooked today so I had a piece. I cannot get excited about salmon.

Breakfast:- Bacon, garlic and tomato with a drizzle of olive oil


Lunch:- chicken leg with lettuce, avocado and onion salad, balsamic dressing.

Tea/Dinner:- Salmon with salad left from lunch.

Snacks:- ?

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured teas x 5
Black coffee x 1

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *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

Sunday, August 26, 2012

EXPERIMENT


SPECIAL MEMORIES
SAN FRANCISCO JANUARY 2005
LOOKING ACROSS TO COIT TOWER FROM THE TOP OF THE
CROOKEDEST STREET IN THE WORLD, LOMBARD STREET
I CAN STILL FEEL THE EXCITEMENT AS WE WALKED
AROUND THIS CITY ON MY FIRST TIME AWAY FROM NZ.


239 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE 

7/31 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITY


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 23.5 kg/ 51 lbs


Thoughts for the day..........

Welcome to my new readers. 

It's never too late to change your life for better.


Changes are being made. Challenges are being embraced.

I'm just ending my 2nd day Dairy Free. 

For months I debated this step. The main reason for giving up dairy is that I have skin problems that have not responded to going wheat free. Being wheat free has reduced the inflammation in my stomach a;though it's not 100% healed yet. I suspect one reason for that is because I have been eating other starchy grains in rice crackers and gluten free bread. I don't think I've been eating too much of those things but my stomach was sick from wheat, and wheat damage in the gut can take months, even a year to heal. I guess I'm in that group because being older means there are more years of damage and older bodies don't always heal as quickly as I'd like. I need to get a fresh grip on what I eat if I want to keep losing weight. Making the change to dairy free has given me the incentive to eliminate all grains and starches completely.

Now about the dairy. I suffered from eczema as a child and teenager. I can't remember when I last had to cope with eczema. Another skin problem that has been a nuisance from time to time has been tinea and other fungal rashes under my rings and watch strap and anywhere else they could make life miserable. Often the only relief I could get was soaking in the bath. Then there is my scalp. I was told years ago I had psoriasis of my scalp. There seems to be no truly effective treatment. Currently I use a special shampoo and rinse with cider vinegar. I need to do this every two or three days and that keeps the itchiness and flaking more or less under control and bearable most of the time.  I am very disappointed that going wheat free has made no difference.

Another blogger, Jenny, gave me an Australian website for some hair products but I have decided not to purchase it for now because it is expensive.

So here begins my experiment to see if being dairy free improves my skin and I'm sure I will lose more weight. I have been cooking in butter and eating more and more cheese so the fat content of my diet had probably got a little higher than ideal. But...... we need fat for good health so I am using coconut oil for cooking along with a little olive oil and adding olive oil as a dressings whenever appropriate. I have been reading about the way some people add fats to their diet and it makes me gag. Some swallow teaspoons of coconut oil. Nut butters I can understand but still not something I would enjoy. Another thing I have read is adding butter or coconut oil to coffee. Cream I can understand but I see quantities mentioned that make me shudder. I'm glad I like my coffee black and that's how it will stay.

Giving up dairy was not an easy decision. For years I've had a smoothie for breakfast made with milk, yoghurt, whey protein powder and frozen berries. This has always set me up for a day of healthy eating and been an essential part of my low carb, ketogenic program. I was afraid that without it I would end up going all over the place with my food. This winter something began to change. I was totally unenthusiastic about starting a cold and frosty or dull, cold, wet day with this icy drink. All too often I would procrastinate about breakfast for hours and my eating would be erratic for the whole day. Other mornings I made myself a cheese omelet or a slice of gluten free toast. I was surprised I could eat omelets for breakfast because for years I have not tolerated eggs for my first meal of the day. Another sign of the physical healing that is going on. Now that I have worked out my breakfast options, eggs, left-overs from the previous day, tomato and bacon, anything really that does not have grains or dairy, I am confident I can do this experiment for a decent stretch of time.

My plan is to be dairy free for 7 days and if I feel good about it I will continue for at least a month. At the end of the month I will then add back in one dairy product at a time to see how it goes. I'm expecting to enjoy Greek yoghurt and cheese again.
Today I had an omelet for breakfast. I chopped up some thyme, parsley, garlic and half a tomato then cooked it for a about a minute in a little coconut oil. I broke two eggs into a small bowl, added a dash of water and whisked it up with a fork. I added the egg to the pan and cooked as for a classic omelet. When it was done and folded over I poured a generous splash of good olive oil onto it and served it up well seasoned with kelp sea salt and freshly ground pepper. The oil was all absorbed into the omelet so I was not left with an oily or greasy plate. Plus it was delicious and satisfying and took barely five minutes to make from go to woa!. There was had soup for lunch and I made Jamie's Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms for tea.

One of the things we talked about with Lynda and her husband yesterday was how much easier it has been to follow this lifestyle when we drew the line across Wheat. There is no doubt, no procrastination, no wavering. We have made a decision and that is that. At the same time none of us feel pressure to be utterly perfect and are able to make the occasional exception when the situation demands some flexibility. Although I am intolerant of wheat I do not have the more severe allergy, Celiac Disease, where exposure to incredibly small amounts of wheat can make you sick.

We are finding that the longer we are wheat free the more certain  become that we will never deliberately eat wheat again. I'm expecting to feel this way about dairy products.

Another challenge I have put my hand up for  is to join a support group on Jamie's Blog, Your Lighter Side. I'll write about it tomorrow. It just seems to have come up at the right time with the changes I am making this week.

Reporting back............

A good lazy day. I got ready for Church but had not been watching the time. I guess being prepared to go is progress. I will get back into the habit one of these days. I do miss the fellowship and being with friends. 

How did I do?

Good. No problems and not missing dairy. 

Breakfast:- Herb Omelet


Lunch:- Veggie bone broth soup


Tea/Dinner:- Balsamic chicken with mushrooms. 2 kiwifruit

Snacks:- almonds

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured teas x 4
Black coffee x 1

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *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

Saturday, August 25, 2012

SUNSHINE AND GARDENING AND VISITORS


THE SUN STTING ON A LOVELY DAY

238 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE 

7/31 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITY


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 23.5 kg/ 51 lbs


Thoughts for the day..........

Welcome to my new readers. 

It's never too late to change your life for better.

No rain for about 40 hours. That's remarkable after weeks of rain and very little sunshine. I was able to garden and I enjoyed it. I didn't want to stop and come back inside. I do not have a large garden and I like to weed by hand, something I haven't been able to do since January. The weeds and grass have done a good job of taking over so the patch I cleared is Very Small. I found some bedding begonias and a few self sown pansies under the weeds so they should have a head start on anything else I plant. There are many hours of work out there. John planted an olive tree and two feijoas. I planted a thornless blackberry, a raspberry cane, and four different herbs.

Not long after I came inside there was a knock at the door. Lynda and her husband are here for the weekend and decided to visit us for a minute.  We enjoyed meeting Lynda's husband and had a great time talking. It was great to catch up on their recent trip to Italy. They are still amazed by the food they were able to eat and the shapeliness of the people on the street. The men were slim with flat stomachs and the women curvy. Older women were inclined to be plump but not obese as we are becoming used to seeing.

We are all agreed the Wheat Belly book by Dr. William Davis has made a huge difference to our lives. Both men said it was the knowledge of what wheat does that made it easy to make the decision to live wheat free.  Not only does it cause blood sugar to rise faster than ordinary white sugar but it causes inflammation in the gut and upsets general health. I know that wheat was the cause of my arthritis and inflamed stomach not to mention being more emotionally stable. Wheat can be the cause of depression. Both John and I have seen changes in our mental health since going wheat free. It's hard to say what wheat does not affect in some of us.

I am delighted that our children are wanting to know more. I bought a copy of the book for us and to share but I can see that one book is not enough. Tonight I am ordering four more books from Amazon. I've never done anything like this before. I think this is probably the most important book of this generation in regard to weight and health.

My tummy was a bit upset last night. I think I ate too much frittata. It was so yummy I kept going back for more until I was overfull. I decided to fast through the day and have only had a small bowl of veggie bone broth this evening.


How did I do?

Another great day chalked up.

Breakfast:- None

Lunch:- None


Tea/Dinner:- Veggie and bone broth

Snacks:- None

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured teas x 4
Black coffee

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *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

Friday, August 24, 2012

MORE ABOUT FRITTATAS

MY FAMOUS FRITTATA
FAMOUS IN OUR HOUSE, THAT IS!

237 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE 

7/31 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITY


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 23.5 kg/ 51 lbs


Thoughts for the day..........

Welcome to my new readers. 

It's never too late to change your life for better.

Yesterday Chris wondered what I meant by an Indifferent Frittata. 


We went to one of our favourite Cafes in Whitianga for lunch. We are guaranteed gluten free food and that means we can eat wheat free without hassles. They have gluten free options to their paninis and BLTs. There are also one or two or more gluten free items either in the cabinet or on the menu. We enjoy a good frittata and the one we chose yesterday looked beautiful. I forgot to ask for salad so the Frittata came looking rather naked on the plate with a dollop of yellow chutney which was delicious. Sadly the frittata had a lot of potato in it and was not well seasoned. The relish made it just about OK. So that's what I meant by indifferent, not very interesting.

Today I felt good so have been making the most of it. I have been meaning to make one of my Famous Frittatas for the last two weeks. Today was the day. It makes 6 or 8 servings so we ate a piece at lunchtime and will eat it again tonight. I suggested I freeze some but John likes it so much He wants to eat it now. We don't mind eating it 3 days in a row. 

It's a little different each time I make it and some people may not want to call it a frittata. It's certainly not a classic frittata.

Step one. Dice as many onions as I feel like. Today I used 4 medium onions. Once diced I put them in a frying pan with a good sized knob of butter and let the gently cook, stirring occasionally, until transparent and soft. While they sat on a slow element I turned the oven on to heat to about 175C/350'F. I cut a kumera, (sweet potato), and pumpkin into 2cm/1 inch cubes tossed them in a dash of olive oil, tumeric, Morrocan spices and fresh ground black pepper.. I roasted these veggies for 10 or 15 minutes until just soft.
While this was going on I diced  some garlic and added it to the onion, diced up a heap of celery, about half a bowl full, and 4 thick slices of bacon. I tipped the cooked onion into the bowl with the celery and cooked the bacon, not too much. I also tossed a bag of baby spinach leaves with a tub of sundried tomato pesto, and beat up 12 eggs in a separate bowl. I hope you have the picture. Frying pan on stove top, small roasting dish in oven, 3 bowls of various veggies on the counter and the baking dish for the frittata lined with baking paper because it makes washing up easier.

Next I sliced a couple of tomatoes and grated a cup or more of cheddar cheese. 

I also mixed about 1 teaspoon each of tumeric, Morrocan spices, curry powder and freshly ground pepper which spread around my various bowls of food. I tossed the onion and celery and bacon into the roasted pumpkin. 

Now I was ready to assemble. 

First into the baking dish for the frittata is a layer of baby spinach tossed with pesto. This is a frittata so I ladled some beaten and seasoned egg over the spinach. Next up is a layer of the pumpkin and other vegetables mixed. I wanted to crank up the flavour a bit so I crumbled a wedge of blue vein cheese over before adding more egg. I saved enough egg for the end. Next is a layer using the remaining spinach topped with pumpkin mix. Pour the last of the egg over the lot. place the tomato slices over the top and finish with a good sprinkle of grated cheese and sunflower seeds. Sometimes I use pumpkin seeds or pinenuts. 

I baked this for about an hour at 160'C/320'F

This is good. I could have used another 6 eggs, making a total of 18 to produce a deeper frittata.

Apart from fiddling around with so many ingredients it is really easy and as I say it does us for 3 good meals with 12 eggs. Sometimes it's just as good cold so makes good picnic and lunch food.

Here's a list of the ingredients I used today.

4 medium onions
3 large cloves of garlic
2 cups cubed pumpkin
3/4 cup cubed kumera
2 cups finely sliced celery
1 bag baby spinach
200 gm pesto
12 eggs, or 18
1 teaspoon tumeric
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon Morrocan spice
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/3 teaspoon of salt
200 gm blue vein cheese
2 tomatoes
1 1/2 cups grated cheese
1 tablespoon sunflower seeds

A baking dish 25 x 25 cm (14 x 18 inches) lined with baking paper.

Knife to cut frittata into serving sized squares. Plates and forks to serve. A nice green salad doesn't go amiss either. 


That was one thing on my 'want to do' list done.

We had a slow cooked bacon hock a few days ago. Today I got the nicely jellied stock out of the fridge. Being jellied means it is good bone broth.

More vegetables to dice and I filled the slow cooker to the brim with soup. I will leave it cooking until we go to bed tonight. Tomorrow it will be perfect. I diced, onion, celery, carrot, kumera, pumpkin, and swede, (sweet yellow turnip). The stock was well flavoured so my only addition was freshly ground pepper and my favourite Tuscan seasoning. John helped me with this by peeling the veggies and chopping up the pumpkin. 

We don't have any fancy-smanchy kitchen tools and knives. A couple of months ago, when pumpkin were very cheap I bought a large one which has been sitting on the floor of the pantry until today. Our hands are worn out from cutting and peeling and I have 4 bags of ready to use pumpkin slices in the freezer.

Final job in the kitchen for me was cleaning the mushrooms for a meal I'm going to cook tomorrow from Jamie's recipes at Your Lighter Side of Life.  John, bless his heart did the dishes. It's so nice to be able to put all my energy into cooking and not have to save energy for the clean-up.

About my frittatas. I really don't think these are true frittatas but that's what we've come to call this kind of baked dish in new Zealand. It's a great way to use up all those green veggies and bits and pieces, emptying the fridge for the next lot of fresh things you bring home. When we order a frittata in a Cafe we expect it to be at least 9 cm/3.5 inches deep. Mine has a way to go but that's because I use a large baking dish, 35 x 25 cm. (14 x 10 inches).

I wanted to do some gardening today but ......  I fell asleep last night listening to more heavy rain. I did sow the sweet pea seeds in punnets and also another batch of swan-plant which is for the Monarch Butterfly caterpillars to feed on in the late summer. 

Successful day. *smile*

Reporting back............


How did I do?



Breakfast:- Smoothie


Lunch:- Frittata


Tea/Dinner:- Yummy bone broth veggie soup

Snacks:- Frittata, almonds

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured teas x 5
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

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

Thursday, August 23, 2012

TWO DAYS WORTH


 236 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE 

7/31 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITY


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 23.5 kg/ 51 lbs


Thoughts for the day..........

Welcome to my new readers. 

It's never too late to change your life for better.

Seven stress busters

* Listening to favourite music. I prefer Christian Music with good lyrics. Words touch my heart, drawing me closer to God.

* Physical contact with people you are comfortable with. I'm not good at this. I like to hug my friends but it begins and ends there. Intimacy is our marriage can work either way.

* Spending time with pets is good. My preference is for dogs or cats but we don't have any pets of our own at present.

* Humour, laughter. Don't get enough of this.

* Getting outside to enjoy natural surroundings.

* Prayer which is both comforting and and helps me remain positive.

* Creating.. OK sometimes this is frustrating but ultimately if you're not being creative in some way or another you're not fulfilled.

Something to think about.

Reporting back............

The lady from the Cancer Society called this morning so we met her at Mum's. They are very picky about the books they accept and only took a dozen or so. I guess they know which ones they can sell but I was a little surprised that they took none of the beautiful coffee table type. Now I have 14 boxes of books to dispose of. I guess my best bet is taking them to Thames next time we go. While we were out we did a few chores in town including buying more plant mix. Hopefully it will be fine enough tomorrow to to some gardening tomorrow. We have 5 daffodils in flower. Lots more but I planted them so late they might not flower this year.

Yesterday John got the brake part for the Old Purple Bus and fitted it. The next thing is to get the brake fluid in and check them for leaks. After that he can do some test driving around here. We need to be very sure they are working properly before he takes the bus to Thames to be worked on for a new Certificate of Fitness. We just might be on track to be using it again in January.

How did I do?

Food OK drinking a bit hit and miss. No exercise. I seem to be terribly tired/fatigued. I need to address that and get some fitness beck into my life.

Breakfast:- Smoothie


Lunch:- Indifferent veggie Frittata and cappuccino


Tea/Dinner:- Chicken and cauliflower mash.

Snacks:- Almonds, dried apricot, rice crackers and camembert.

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured teas x 4 or 5
Cappuccino, no sugar x 1

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

20 minutes cross-trainer = 4.5 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

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

LES MISERABLE ...... WITH A TWIST




234 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE 

7/31 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITY


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 23.5 kg/ 51 lbs


Thoughts for the day..........

Welcome to my new readers. 

It's never too late to change your life for better.

Reporting back............


How did I do?

Nothing constructive or earth-shattering happened around here today.

Breakfast:- Gluten free toast with peanut butter and honey


Lunch:- Egg and celery salad, yoghurt and honey mustard dressing


Tea/Dinner:- Slow cooked bacon hock with a mash of carrot, broccoli, kumera and cheese sauce. .
 The broth is being saved for soup.

Snacks:- ?

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured teas x 2 + ?
Black coffee x 1

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *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

MY MOST MISERABLE CHRISTMAS


FAMILY PHOTO ON MY MOTHER'S PARENTS TENNIS LAWN 1952

COME A LITTLE CLOSER


233 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE 

7/31 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITY


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 23.5 kg/ 51 lbs


Thoughts for the day..........

Welcome to my new readers. 

It's never too late to change your life for better.

Funny how some memories never fade no matter how much you wish them away.

I loved going to my maternal grandparents home for Christmas. This was possibly the last time we did so. My parents decided that the family group was becoming too large and it was time for them to do things differently. What a pity it was marred by my embarrassment and distress.

Sixty years later I can laugh about my first perm. It was meant to be a special holiday gift, very sophisticated for a naive 13 year old, small town girl. The hairdresser's salon smelled of weird chemicals like ammonia and had racks of steel butterfly clips on heated bars. I had dead straight hair. My mother dreamed of little girls with curls. She didn't get them naturally. I remember  the routine on hair wash days. Mum would comb out our hair and divide it into skinny steel rollers, pulling my hair tight against my scalp. Oh the pain of beauty. *laughing* 

As I look at that dreadful hair I wonder why no-one cut it all off. Surely it would have looked better very short. 

I do remember trying very hard to avoid the family photo. Two of my younger aunts, they were in their mid-twenties, managed to talk me around. I have no idea what they said that was so successful. It had to be good. You can see that all was not well from the concerned looks from my father and another aunt standing beside me.

I had looked forward to Christmas. I was beginning to fit in with the adults rather than among the children. Mum had sent me shopping on my own to choose my dress. It was a very grown-up thing to do. Mum had arranged for me to put it on a charge account so she could pay for later. That was extraordinary trust in those days, not the money side but to be allowed to choose my own clothes without oversight.. I loved the dress but not the hair. My special Christmas turned into a farce. The rest of the summer is a blur. I cannot remember how I fared with that dreadful hair which was so frizzed I couldn't get a brush through. 

This was the first of many perms but I think the last using that horrendous old fashioned method. When home perms became available in New Zealand Mum did my sister's hair and mine. I chose to have professionally done perms once I was earning. A strange thing happened after my babies were born. The perm fell right out of my hair after the first wash. After our second child was born I decided it wasn't worth the bother and let my hair go straight with occasional perms, maybe 6 months apart, maybe centred around special occasions.
I'm not sure when I gave up perms altogether but I'm glad I did. It took some courage and a lot of self talk to have the confidence to wear my hair as nature intended. I tend to consider my hair one of my best attributes so I do like it to look good. That doesn't mean it always looks good, These days I am blessed with a hairdresser who has become my friend and is a talented stylist, cutter, and a whizz with colour. We have fun every 6 weeks or so. It's a luxury on our fixed income but a necessary one!!


Reporting back............

We spent most of the day sorting books into boxes at Mum's. We ended up with about15  wine boxes of books to be collected by the Cancer Society for their monthly bookstall. Then there were the books we could not part with. Some had family historic value, others we simply did not have the heart to dispose of. A huge box of Royal Family book has been kept to sell on TradeMe. Apparently some people still collect that kind of thing. I have another box of photos and letters to go through and my niece has a box of Mum's diaries all written over the last 35 years. We can see the boxes we have finished with but they do not seem to have made a dent in the stuff that must be sorted and distributed.

How did I do?

All things considered I think I had a good day.

Breakfast:- Smoothie


Lunch:- chicken salad, lettuce, capsicum, onion, gherkin, tomato, balsamic dressing

Tea/Dinner:- cheese omelet

Snacks:- Almonds, dried apricot, 2 ginger chocolates

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured teas x 6
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

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

Sunday, August 19, 2012

ANOTHER PHOTO FROM THE FAMILY ARCHIVES


DO YOU REMEMBER THE DAYS WHEN NO
SELF RESPECTING WELL-DRESSED WOMAN
WENT OUT WITHOUT HER HAT!
I WAS 15 IN THIS PHOTO (1954)

232 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE 

7/31 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITY


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 23.5 kg/ 51 lbs


Thoughts for the day..........

Welcome to my new readers. 

It's never too late to change your life for better.

I'm watching the news as I write this. It's not something that absorbs ny attention except this item did.

Super Age. This is a term for older people, in their 80s and 90s who have excellent memories. Their brains may be better than when they were younger. My mother fell into this group. When it came to her finances she never made a mistake and stayed in control until the day she died. Sometimes her memories did not quite match the facts but that was probably because they were enhanced and coloured to make the story more dramatic. If we wanted to know anything from the past, be it dates, incidents, experiences, family members activities, we asked Mum. One of my nieces is blessed with this kind of brain. When Mel says something happened on a particular date or in a certain sequence we have learned not to question. She is always right. I wonder if she will one day be called a Super Aged Woman.

I am not so blessed. I have a talent for picking other peoples brains for details. Life is far too important to fill it up with unnecessary dates and trivia. I once had a talent for memorising using a mixture of rote learning and a photographic memory. I also developed a talent for deliberately forgetting stuff as soon as the need to remember, think exams, had passed. All these years later, after all I haven't needed those skills for 50 years, I have lost the talents I once had. Maybe I'd better do something about reviving those skills while I still have some brain cells. I have known older women who made a point of memorising passages of the bible. As soon as they were satisfied they had one settled in their memory bank they would begin learning another. It doesn't really appeal to me. The discipline required offends my free spirit. *wry smile*

Some things are better forgotten..... like the hat which was probably expensive. It was made of draped white silk velvet. A mushroom would have looked as good. Mum was wearing a beautiful silver fox fur stole. Very posh in the 1950s but absolutely non-PC these days.

Reporting back............

My eye was annoying me again. I managed to tape it up. Not a sight for the faint hearted. I had things to do but decided I should have a quiet day at home. More rain tonight. I walked barefoot on the lawn today. Yukk and squelch.

How did I do?

Food OK. Probably drank too much coffee.

Breakfast:- Omelet

Lunch:- rice crackers and cheese


Tea/Dinner:- A mess of stuff in the fridge turned into a stir-fry. included bacon, feta, spinach, onion, left-overs from last night.

Snacks:- None

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured teas x 4
Black coffee x 2

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *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

Saturday, August 18, 2012

MY FATHER WAS BORN 100 YEARS AGO TODAY


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..........


Welcome to my new readers. 

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
By the time I was born in 1939 Grandfather had several farms, some with share-milkers, and the Rangiotu farm where my parents lived. During the Second World War he became known as the Cattle King and sold prime beef cattle, much of it going to the US Army which was stationed here before their assaults on the Japanese held Pacific Islands.

KEILAWARRA
DAD'S SHEEP STATION IN THE TURAKINA VALLEY
In 1948 Grandfather bought 4000 acres of what we call high country hill farm in the Turakina Valley, not far from Wanganui. This was hard land, covered in scrubby manuka bush, and my father was told it was his. Dad worked exceedingly hard and paid back the purchase price to my grandfather within a few years. Although we only owned this farm for 12 years it had a huge impact on all our lives. Dad became comparatively wealthy on this difficult and beautiful land through good farming, honest dealing and a little luck. There was an exceptional wool sale in early 1952 and half his wool clip was in this sale until the wharfies ruined it all by going on strike. The price of wool had been spiked by the Korean War.

THE BRIDGE THAT DAD BUILT
THIS SWING BRIDGE REPLACED A TUMBLE DOWN BRIDGE ACROSS THE TURAKINA RIVER
GIVING BETTER ACCESS TO THE BACK OF THE FARM
THE NEW BRIDGE WAS STRONG ENOUGH TO CARRY A SMALL LOGGING TRUCK
OR THE BULLDOZER DAD USED TO BUILD FARM TRACKS

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 have wonderful memories of holidays. He worked hard and he played hard, and I don't mean drinking.  He loved to go out fishing in his 16 foot open boat with it's 100 hp Evinrude outboard motor. There were many adventures and many stories all lost as the men he fished with have gone too. One story that will survive him is this. When we got married catering for the Wedding Breakfast was quite a modest affair compared to what I see today. Dad told the caterers he would provide the meat, (from the farm), and some smoked tuna. First he had to catch the tuna. He and a friend went to the beach and the friend swears that Dad would have gone all the way to S. America in his determination to hook the fish. They caught a fairly large blue finned tuna, considered a game fish, and had it smoked before giving it to the caterer only days before our wedding.

I'm so blessed to have wonderful memories and great respect for my father.

Reporting back............

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.

Breakfast:- Gluten free toast with butter and honey, Black coffee. 2 egg omelet with brie and herbs


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