Sunday, September 30, 2012

FOOD IS MORE THAN FUEL

MARGIE, MARGIE, FULL OF FUN,
HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?
DAFFODILS AND SCALLOP SHELLS
AND PRETTY PLANTS ALL IN A ROW.

274 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 27 kg/59.5 lbs


Welcome to my new readers. 

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


I've had this post sitting as an unedited draft for a few days.

Our life is not particularly easy these days. Family stuff keeps happening. Sometimes I wonder what we did to deserve it all. Other times I am able to be more positive and see current events in a positive manner. Stuff is coming out of the closet, so to speak. It's good to have things out in the open where they can be dealt with. We cannot enjoy this happening but we can be hopeful that we are not stagnating. Sometimes the process is painful, like surgery, but the end result should be an improvement.

We continue to plod on. Some days are harder than others and some nights I don't sleep as well as I'd like. When that happens we get tetchy with each other and I struggle to maintain my normal activities including tracking and blogging. My eating is OK my weight stays stable. I want to do better.

For a few weeks I have been thinking about tweaking my food again. I went dairy free and that made no apparent difference to my skin problems, so after a month I relented. I have been impressed by Jimmy Moore's n=1 experiment. I do think n=1 is a ridiculous expression for a personal experiment just as I think calling a basic seminar or program dadada 101 makes no real sense. This is a culture cringe on my part.

I am reading and learning and listening to podcasts. The term LCHF, meaning eating a low carbohydrate and high fat diet, makes more and more sense. I am slowly getting my head around the idea and learning to understand what are the ideal proportions between the macro-nutrients, carbohydrate, protein and fat. I think it is worth doing a trial. I probably do not need to change very much at all. I do need to pull my head in a bit on carbohydrates. I am struggling to visualise appropriate serving sizes of protein and fat so a couple of days of measuring is in my future.

This has been a strange year. Too much family stuff, a lot of grief and now a lot of sorting and organising. We have so many dreams and plans but they all remain on hold until Mum's house is sold. John and I went wheat free and I have lost a lot of weight and now I'm re-assessing things. I've also coped with medical things including Bells Palsy which remains a flaming nuisance. My blood pressure medication has been changed 3 or 4 times and sometimes the adjustment was problematic.

I am often frustrated but as I look back I can see that I've done well. I've done better than I could have expected of myself.

A few days ago I made a comment on Lynda's Blog about having an enjoyable relationship with food. You might want to read Lynda's post first.

Here is an edited copy of my comment.


ON MY SOAPBOX


I have an issue with people who are critical of re-making recipes and using alternative flours or any other so-called substitution. Is that not how new recipes are often devised?

Being a purist or perfectionist is not necessarily healthy.

Finding what suits you and eating with a healthy attitude is the key.

Recently we had a delicious gluten free cake made with almond flour and flavoured with orange. It probably had plenty of sugar resulting in a blood sugar spike but that is not something that bothers me so long as it is an occasional thing. This was followed up by eating a ton of pavlova with lashings of whipped cream two days in a row. It will be months before we eat like that again.

To me almond and coconut flours are as valid as any other food. We are winners because we have discovered new flavours and textures and they don't have the serious consequences that come with wheat and other starches.

So what constitutes junk food? In my book artificial sweeteners are high on the list along with artificial flavours on chips and corn and crackers. We have discovered that modern wheat is nothing like the wheat of the Bible. Nor is it wise to eat huge amounts of modern fruits because they are high in fructose, fruit sugar, which triggers cravings. It's too easy to overdose on fructose, not to mention HFCS, high-density fructose corn syrup which is found in too many manufactured and packaged foods. I have also learned that exchanging carbohydrates for a high protein diet has hooks. Apparently excess proteins are converted to glucose raising blood sugar.

In other words there are so many variables in how we metabolise food we can only read and learn and decide what works best in our personal situation.

Remaking recipes with healthier ingredients is challenging, creative and worth the effort when the end result is delicious and non-addictive. I love that we can be creative in the kitchen.

Lynda was concerned that she had altered a dessert recipe to serve at a meal with guests. She made a delicious dessert that she was able to enjoy alongside her guests. Her friends and family are very fortunate that Lynda cares enough to provide food they can all enjoy without the word 'diet' being mentioned.

In spite of some things I have read food is also for fun. We are meant to enjoy food. We are meant to celebrate and socialise with food. We are more than a mechanical thing that needs fuel. We are not inanimate objects like a car that has to be topped up with petrol to run.

We are highly complex beings that need complex feeding. Food is part of life, part of feeding the mind, soul and spirit. I love Nigella Lawson for her thoroughly honest enjoyment of good food. There are a few blogs I read purely for the pleasure of reading their love and respect for good food and joy in cooking. One of my favourites is Gluten Free Girl and the Chef by Shauna and Danny Ahern.

Lynda's post was triggered by a comment about being a hostage to food. The only way food can take us hostage is if we use it in unhealthy ways such as happens in eating disorders. Sadly some of us fell in a trap caused by the addictive properties of wheat and sugar while others learned to use food to manage unmanageable emotions. 

We can always continue to learn and tweak responses and reactions around food but I would question anyone who tried to lower their interest and pleasure and excitement around food. You cannot dumb down one part of yourself and not dumb down other aspects.

Not everyone is a foodie but if you are interested in nutrition and food then I say go for what you love to do. Let your enthusiasm rise up and keep you within your healthy parameters.

I hope that all my readers have freedom to have fun and pleasure with food. I am passionate about freedom to enjoy this basic pleasure of life.

LYNDA'S LUSCIOUS DESSERTS
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Breakfast:- Cheese omelet with mushroom garlic and onion

Lunch: Rice crackers and camembert, pesto

Dinner:- Roast beef, kumera, pumpkin, onion and cabbage

Snacks:- Almonds, dried apricot. Licorice

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

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



BP:- 11th May 2012, 147/75
23rd May 2012, 135/75
15th June 2012, 135/85
17th July 2012, 137/75
3rd September 2012, 125/75 ... Meds changed. Accuretic becomes Accupril.

Weigh In 7.30 am

1st August:- 91 kg/200 lbs
1st September:- 87 kg/191.5 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:- 4 kg/8.5 lbs
September:-
SUGAR SNAP PEAS
CAN'T WAIT TO PICK AND EAT

Thursday, September 27, 2012

HOME SWEET HOME

CHRISTCHURCH WILL BE MANY YEARS IN RESTORATION AND REBUILING

270  DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE

1/15 DAYS SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITY


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 27 kg/59.5 lbs


Welcome to my new readers. 

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

THOUGHTS .......

It's a grey old day but that's OK with me because I am vegitating today. Yesterday was a very long day. We were out of bed before 7 am and at the Christchurch Airport by 11 am in plenty of time for our 12.30 flight. We had the most comfortable flight I have ever had. Granted it is only 1 hour and 15 minutes but we have never had so much leg space even on an International flight. I think we were on a new Air Bus. It was lovely and fresh with no scuff marks, and as I said, there was more seat room than in other planes. We have both lost some weight and that too makes a difference. I sat in the middle of three seats both ways. I would never have done that willingly in the past. John gets the window seat because it is easier on my eye, especially if we are on the sunny side of the plane.

It was after 2 pm when we picked up the car and we'd had nothing to eat since breakfast so we stopped at the Autobarn Restaurant about 30 minutes south of the airport. I had a salad and gluten free almond cake and hot chocolate. John had a bacon with bubble and squeak and toast. He forgot to order gluten free so left the toast and ate a gluten free chocolate slice.

By 6.30 pm we were shopping at New World, Whitianga. We had emptied the fridge of all perishables before we left on the 13th so it was quite a big shop, certainly expensive even though the only meat we bought was a packet of bacon and some smoked chicken nibbles to snack on for our tea. We then called in on Jane. We go right past Mum's house where she lives. It was great to see her and catch up and collect our mail too. Not that there was anything we really needed.

It was close to 9 pm by the time we had the car unpacked and groceries away. I was so tired I couldn't be bothered getting up to go to bed. Finally I moved my body from recliner to bed just after midnight.

Daylight Saving begins here in a few days and I was just beginning to enjoy getting up between 6 am and 7 am. Being retired means that, except on rare occasions, our time is our own and we are accountable to no one except ourselves so it doesn't really matter what time we begin our day. But I do like the early morning as the weather warms up.

We have a rates bill for Mum's house which must be sorted out ASAP and it seems that our tiny bit of cash from Mum's estate is due to be paid out very soon. That will be good. We have waited 8 months already and I feel as though the lawyer has been very slow but then there was no reason for him to hurry things along. We have been waiting for this to be sorted out so that we can establish an account to make the rates, insurance and maintenance payments from. It has felt very Mickey Mouse up to now with some accounts going to the lawyer and others of us paying as we go until we can be reimbursed.

Now we are home our priorities shift. John's focus will be getting the Old Purple Bus on the road and legal. He is also talking about painting it himself. There is a lot of preparation but he has all the time in the world and it will be good for him to have a special project. My focus is now on de-cluttering Mum's house and where and how we will store the things we are keeping for now. It is time to decide how we are going to market it too. We have a choice. We can go with a local Real Estate Agent or we can go it alone using TradeMe. I suspect the latter is the preferred option by most of the family. It does mean extra work for Jane and I as we will have to organise viewings. This will all sort itself out in the next three weeks.

We both remain mainly wheat free. John is being much firmer than I. The only deviation I can remember is the day we visited David and H's neighbours when we were offered home-made biscuits. Ordinarily I would have refused but it had been a hard week and neither of us were in the mood to tactfully decline. I have eaten a lot more gluten free products than I normally would but John doesn't need to worry about starches at this stage. In spite of being away from home and the food routines we have established and some very stress filled days we were surprised to find neither of us have gained weight. I feel a little bloated but that's not unusual after a long day of travel. My weight is up on the beginning of the month but that gain came over a couple of days after I stopped taking a diuretic. I do think I have a genuine gain but I don't think it will be too hard to pull it back over the next week as we get back into eating as we normally do.

The dairy free experiment ended a few days ago. I didn't find it made any difference to my skin and I have not noticed anything different with resuming dairy.

For the next few days I need to be mindful of what I eat. I sense a tendency toward a desire for sweet food and crunchy rice crackers. I am going to keep my meals as carb free as possible for a couple of days. Says me, who has a fridge full of fresh veggies and cauliflower in our garden which needs to be harvested.


REPORTING BACK .......

I did exactly what I said I would do. I've caught up with reading Blogs but not posted many comments, but then I never do. My typing is incredibly slow. It will be an early night. I am struggling a little with the desire to snack. I'm not being too hard on myself because this will pass in a another day or two.

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




Breakfast:- Bacon and Parsley  Omelet using coconut oil

Lunch: Smoked chicken nibbles and mixed veggie salad. Rice crackers

Dinner:- Steak, cauliflower and grated cheese. Small piece of dark chocolate.

Snacks:- Almonds, dried fig, apricot, rice crackers

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured Tea Infusions x 3 +
Black coffee x 2

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

? minutes cross-trainer = ? km

September Total:- 4.5/60 km

BP:- 11th May 2012, 147/75
23rd May 2012, 135/75
15th June 2012, 135/85
17th July 2012, 137/75
3rd September 2012, 125/75 ... Meds changed. Accuretic becomes Accupril.

Weigh In 7.30 am

1st August:- 91 kg/200 lbs
1st September:- 87 kg/191.5 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:- 4 kg/8.5 lbs
September:-

AROUND CHRISTCHURCH TWO YEARS AFTER THE FIRST EARTHQUAKE.
DEMOLITION
ROADWORKS
SPRINGTIME BLOSSOM
REBUILDING 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

We Are Hungry Video

Regardless of your political persuasion I thought this was very funny and a great comment on Nanny States and the way they try to make one size fit all.







Tuesday, September 25, 2012

ON OUR WAY HOME


We have a pleasant morning to complete packing and go to the airport.

I'm ready to get back into our home environment.

The last two days I've eaten slightly different food from normal. Lunch out yesterday included  dessert. Pavlova meant a huge sugar hit. I can feel the fluid retention.

We have enjoyed our stay here. I completed most of the things on our "to-do" list. We didn't do as much sightseeing and fun stuff as I'd hoped but we have kept fairly busy so I'm satisfied we did our best.

We will be back in December for 12 days just before Christmas. Hopefully there will be no dramas. We have definitely taken a step back from helping David's partner financially.


PICNIC LUNCH ON SUNDAY AT COES FORD

Saturday, September 22, 2012

SATURDAY


GOING SOMEWHERE WITH A PURPOSE


266 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE


The sun shines on us.

Only 3 full days left in Christchurch and many things we still want to do while here.

Today we are booked to visit the farmlet this morning and a prison visit this afternoon followed by going back to the farm to see H and support her when the birds are collected.

Tomorrow we are booked for another prison visit and we will probably all go out to dinner at our sons favourite pub restaurant.

Monday we have lunch with Amanda's family, her parents and sister. This is becoming something of a tradition when we visit and I always look forward to it. Our rental car has to be returned before 4 pm.

Tuesday we catch our flight home and need to be at the airport before 10 am.

I have completely lost the plot foodwise, or at least feel as though I have but my weight seems to have stayed stable and I can still wear my denim capris with greater comfort that any other time. I have still not eaten wheat but we are eating gluten free products like delicious pancakes and last night we had a gluten free pizza. Personally I did not like the crust but we all felt like takeaway. It's been a busy and stress filled week.

We did get something crucial sorted out late yesterday afternoon. We went to the place H works and John and John pretended we had arranged to take her out to tea. Of course she didn't remember any such thing and wasn't interested but she was as nice as pie to his face as though none of the nasty stuff had happened, The nasty stuff was an email to Amanda and a letter to David, her partner, our son. This is typical of her behaviour. She will not stand up for herself face to face but vents her anger in other ways which are much harder to deal with. Anyway, as a family, we have agreed we will do nothing more to help without written confirmation from both our son and H. 

Amanda has put a LOT of time and effort into trying to sort things out that H couldn't or wasn't capable of doing. She has our support and approval but we do not have her energy or negotiation skills. We are very grateful for what she is willing to do in spite of the anger that is often directed at her. We all understand that some of this anger stems from H's embarrassment and inadequacy to manage alone. False Pride is a terrible thing.

About the birds. ... We phoned so many people trying to work out the best way to re-home them. They are worth on average $20 each but we don't have the time to hang around selling them 1 x 1 or even in pairs or groups on TradeMe. We listed them as a Give Away and were surprised to get a response within a few hours. The people who are coming today have a large private aviary and all the gear required to handle the birds safely. Edit. The birds were collected without fuss and everyone is happy. They will have a better home than the original.

Slowly, but not without pain, things are falling into line. Today is crucial for the good of future relationships.


10 pm

The day is over. We watched the final of Australian Master Chef and will go to bed in a few minutes. Today went as well as it could. Tomorrow is another full day. We will leave about 10.30 to pick up H and we will all go to visit together. It's extra driving for us, probably an extra 45 minutes each way, but well worth the effort. It will also give us a chance to catch up with the folk on the next door farm. They look for us when we are down and they are lovely people.

EMPTY...
WHAT NEXT?
MAYBE PLANTS
H LOVES HER GARDEN

Thursday, September 20, 2012

STRESS IS TAKING A TOLL





264 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE

1/15 DAYS SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITY


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 27 kg/59.5 lbs


Welcome to my new readers. 

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

THOUGHTS .......

I last posted on Monday night, it's now Thursday morning. Tuesday Amanda took me to Funky Glass, a mosaic shop. I needed at least one cutting toll so I could start a project I have back at home which involves a beautiful, but cracked, cake plate from Mum's house. Naturally I bought much more. I walked out considerably lighter in pocket and heavier in baggage. Amanda had a we spree too and she has already been gluing away.

Another little thing on out list was dealt with when I took an embroidered silk jacket to a drycleaners which specialises in Wedding Gowns and other formal wear. My jacket was ruined when a different drycleaner used the wrong solution to remove  stain. It seems as though I am unlikely to be able to find someone to restore it which leaves me with two options. The first is to contact an expert in fabric art for her advise. The second is to buy a length of silk and get a dressmaker to make me a new jacket and appliqué the embroidered butterflies onto it. I haven't looked at this jacket for a while because I am so disappointed by the damage done to it. It really is beautiful and he more I think about it the more I think I should accept the second option. I could wait until my my weight, shape and size have stabilised. It will be something to look forward to wearing.

My to-do list for this trip is almost complete and we still have 5 days here in Christchurch. John and I will probably hire a car for the weekend. That will give us freedom to do something without depending on family. I think we will buy ourselves a cheap small car and keep it here. Wayne and Amanda can use it in between our visits.

Yesterday was beautiful outside but  the #&^*#%$^%&* hit the fan inside and I had a wee cry. Amanda received an email from H. which seemed quite rude. Amanda was very gracious. After we had vented over it for a while she deleted the first few replies, sending the 4th or 5th reply which was very calm and should sort that out. David was upset because we are doing what he wants and to have his partner turn on us is difficult. David really struggles. We are selling off stuff that to us looks like worthless junk but he has accumulated and collected at no small cost over 20 years. I am so grateful to Amanda who seems to enjoy the process of dealing. That's something neither John nor I are good at. At the same time she has the comfort of knowing she can discuss things with us before a deal is finalised. We are trying to get enough cash into David's bank to cover expenses for at least two years. After that who knows how things will be managed.

It must be hard to hand over your affairs and trust someone who does not have your attachments to your treasures. While our ultimate goal is the same our priorities are not. He sees 20 years work going down the gurgler. We see a situation that must be resolved now and short term gains are the best way. David will be over 50 years old when he is free to resume his life. Things should look somewhat different to him by then and he still has a lifetime ahead of him. It will be different from what he planned. Many people have major changes in their middle years. I told him he has time to rethink and plan his future but it's all a bit raw at the moment.

I was struggling to deal with the contrast between our version of a successful day on Monday and the email from H. when David called early in the afternoon. He wanted to know where we were. Apparently the hoped for extra visit had been scheduled but no one told us. David was all togged up in the ghastly orange security overalls they have to wear for visiting and we didn't arrive. Grrrrr! We could easily have kept that appointment had we had a couple of hours warning. Thinking of David anticipating our visit and waiting for us was the last straw for me.

I can't complain too much. This was a special, extra visit and we are probably going to be given another chance to visit on Saturday as well as the regular time on Sunday. That's it until we come down again in December. I need to write to the prison somebody so we can pre-schedule our visits during the 10 days we have then.

I have had a good sleep and feel somewhat better this morning.

My food has been a bit off the last few days. Nothing really bad but I've had a little dairy and some gluten free bread. Amanda bought a delicious almond and orange cake, (gluten free), from a cake shop. OOHHH! it was good.

I'm trying to talk John into going to the Palms Mall today. Amanda can drop us off and we can bus back. It might even be the day we take in a movie and go into the CBD for a Cafe experience.

REPORTING BACK .......

Things got worse this afternoon. If only H would communicate with us. It's possible that all the work we have done has been for nought. I'm sure we are dealing with a nut case. The good news, maybe, is that we found a home for all the birds. They sound like lovely people who have a large aviary and want the birds for their own enjoyment. They will pick them up on Saturday providing H doesn't change her mind.

We didn't go out and it will be after 3 pm before we pick up the rental car tomorrow. At least we will have our own wheels for the weekend.

There was a huge amount of cream going to waste in the fridge. I made some kind of little cakes or buns with crea, 2 eggs, roughly ground almonds, coconut flour baking soda and baking powder. No quantities because I did it by feel and the first lot ran sideways and were thin and stick to the tray. I find them very moorish but at least they are not starch.


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

Eating is getting a bit chaotic. I'm no longer dairy free.

This is what I ate on Tuesday

Breakfast:- Spinach omelet

Lunch: Chicken soup, rice crackers

Dinner:- Food

Snacks:- Almonds, dried apricot

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured Tea Infusions x 2
Black coffee x 1

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

? minutes cross-trainer = ? km

September Total:- 4.5/60 km

BP:- 11th May 2012, 147/75
23rd May 2012, 135/75
15th June 2012, 135/85
17th July 2012, 137/75
3rd September 2012, 125/75 ... Meds changed. Accuretic becomes Accupril.

Weigh In 7.30 am

1st August:- 91 kg/200 lbs
1st September:- 87 kg/191.5 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:- 4 kg/8.5 lbs
September:-

Monday, September 17, 2012

A DAY AT THE FARM

EIGHTEEN COCKATEILS NEED NEW HOMES

260 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE

1/15 DAYS SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITY


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 27 kg/59.5 lbs


Welcome to my new readers. 

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

THOUGHTS .......

I'm sleeping well. That's good. I am so thankful to Amanda who we are staying with. We are working through a list of things to do including accountants, vets, Solar installer, pets that need to be re-homes and more. It's complex when we are not the owners. Sadly David's partner has gone into a shell and unable to deal with stuff or even communicate with us. I understand but it makes everything more stressful for us. Where do you draw the line between interfering and supporting in a helpful way?

I feel strong but also wiped out at the end of each day. My goal is to save his lifestyle block because I believe he needs something to come home out to when his prison term ends. The small piece of land gives him hope and will help keep him going. If he loses that too he could slip into heavy depression and that serves no purpose. Everyone needs a purpose to live. We can hopefully avoid a mortgagee sale by selling off what we can. We have a few ideas kicking around to make the block self-sustaining but right now we are in emergency mode.


We are hamstrung to some degree until H. communicates with us properly.  I see all the signs of someone who has allowed herself to be victimised and I know that at some point she has suffered damaging abuse. She had a disastrous marriage but too my mind there is more. She does not see herself as a person worthy of help and at the same time is too full of pride to admit she cannot cope. Mix all this up with what I'm guessing is clinical depression and she's too closer to a complete breakdown than I like to think about.

I feel a little guilty because it might have been better if I had phoned her at least once a week but I didn't because she exhausts and depresses me. We have time and opportunity to be helpful this week so we are just doing it. If H. gets upset because we have taken over temporarily it's too bad. We will simply shrug off her complaints and bitterness because someone has to do something and the only people willing to do so are ourselves.

We do not desert our family. Tough love has it's place and picking up the pieces also has it's time.

REPORTING BACK .......

An amazing day. We achieved everything we set out to do. The weather stayed fine although it was quite misty at times. We arrived home and unloaded the car as a thunderstorm let loose. Amanda is cooking tea and I am being lazy.

We stopped at Leeston so Amanda could fit someone's baby seat in their car. John and I bought our stuff for lunch at the little supermarket and I bought new poloroid sunglasses to fit over my regular glasses. They help protect my wonky eye when outside too.

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

I'm more than ready for my bed. Food stayed OK I drank enough and I did more walking than usual. Sadly I'm horribly unfit.


Breakfast:- Mushroom omelet

Lunch: Cold meat from the deli section, mixed bean salad.

Dinner:- Beef mince stew and

Snacks:- Rice crackers, almonds, apricots.

Drinks:- Water x 2
Flavoured Tea Infusions x 4
Black coffee x 1

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

A little walking around at David's

? minutes cross-trainer = ? km

September Total:- 4.5/60 km

BP:- 11th May 2012, 147/75
23rd May 2012, 135/75
15th June 2012, 135/85
17th July 2012, 137/75
3rd September 2012, 125/75 ... Meds changed. Accuretic becomes Accupril.

Weigh In 7.30 am

1st August:- 91 kg/200 lbs
1st September:- 87 kg/191.5 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:- 4 kg/8.5 lbs
September:-

Sunday, September 16, 2012

ANOTHER DEMANDING DAY


259 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE

1/15 DAYS SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITY


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 27 kg/59.5 lbs


Welcome to my new readers. 

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


TODAY ..... Started out fairly relaxed but glad the day is over. So many things to sort out my head is sore. Had our first prison visit. I guess I could write more but I'm going to bed. Food and drink OK all considered. No photos. Just don't seem to have the heart to get the camera out. Tomorrow we have a few business things to deal with. I doubt if we can do enough but every little thing helps. Not a good idea to write at this end of the day.

THOUGHTS .......YESTERDAY

Starting to feel a little better after another good night's sleep. It is like recovering from a marathon. I do not have the stamina I would like to have,. Lovely warm sunny morning turning sour. It started out so nice I had thoughts of a walk and taking lots of photos. That is not going to happen as the clouds come down lower and rain threatens. The temperature is also dropping fast from a guessed 15 or17'C to 10'C. (59-62'F down to 50'F.) It feels very chilly with a south easterly  breeze. I hadn't realised until we were talking on Thursday evening that Christchurch had snow as well as ice earlier in the week. One of the women with us said she was unable to go to work, (night shift at the police call centre), because she lives in the Port Hills and the road is steep and twisty. It was too dangerous to drive at night.

I want to get out and about but I don't think we are going to have suitable weather for most of our time here.

REPORTING BACK .......

Too tired to write this up properly tonight. Don't know what is going on with me but I'm off to bed now.

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

An OK day but did nothing interesting.


Breakfast:- Handful of mesculin salad mix with balsamic vinegar, 2 egg, (Eggs from the chooks in the back garden),  omelet with fresh cut asparagus from Amanda's garden. Here we are right in the city and there is space for a lovely veggies garden and 6 hens. My omelets taste very different. I wondered if I would notice the taste difference and am pleased to say I do. The natural colour is great too. I Haven't had eggs this good for many years.

Lunch: Left-overs, mashed potato reheated like a pancake with minced beef stew.

Dinner:- Roast pork with roast pumpkin and yam and steamed broccoli.

Snacks:- Almonds, dried apricots, Lindt chilli chocolate ... this chocolate could become addictive even though it's 70%

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured Tea Infusions x 6
Black coffee x 1

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

? minutes cross-trainer = ? km

September Total:- 4.5/60 km

BP:- 11th May 2012, 147/75
23rd May 2012, 135/75
15th June 2012, 135/85
17th July 2012, 137/75
3rd September 2012, 125/75 ... Meds changed. Accuretic becomes Accupril.

Weigh In 7.30 am

1st August:- 91 kg/200 lbs
1st September:- 87 kg/191.5 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:- 4 kg/8.5 lbs
September:-

Friday, September 14, 2012

CHRISTCHURCH


258 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE

1/15 DAYS SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITY


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 27 kg/59.5 lbs


Welcome to my new readers. 

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

To tired to think straight. Also cold. The fire is not going. I've got loads of clothes on and wrapped in a rug. I was warm enough through the afternoon but the rest of the day my feet and hands were like ice.  I'll go to bed in a few minutes. It has an electric blanket.

Breakfast:- Mushroom omelet

Lunch: Mixed vegetable salad with 2 HB eggs and dressing made from mashed avocado mixed with mayonaise.

Dinner:- Rotisserie chicken and mixed veggie salad with balsamic vinegar

Snacks:- Rice crackers.almonds


Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured Tea Infusions x 6
Black coffee x 1

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

? minutes cross-trainer = ? km

September Total:- 4.5/60 km

BP:- 11th May 2012, 147/75
23rd May 2012, 135/75
15th June 2012, 135/85
17th July 2012, 137/75
3rd September 2012, 125/75 ... Meds changed. Accuretic becomes Accupril.

Weigh In 7.30 am

1st August:- 91 kg/200 lbs
1st September:- 87 kg/191.5 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:- 4 kg/8.5 lbs
September:-

Thursday, September 13, 2012

QUICK NOTE

We are nearly ready to leave for our drive to Auckland airport. It's only 8.30 am but we have a 3.5 hour drive and need to be at the airport about 2 pm and we'll stop somewhere for lunch. It's going to be a long day as we have a birthday party to go to this evening.

I'm a little put out. Have gained 3 kg/6 pounds since stopping the diuretic a week ago. I might need to take it every 3rd day for a while. I certainly feel 100% better. I'm sure I was dehydrated most of the time. I think my lack of energy, interest in food and not drinking enough all stem from this medication. I think I'll just listen to my body. I will get my Blood Pressure checked tomorrow maybe! I should have done it yesterday but once I had my nails painted all I wanted to do was come home.

We have a beautiful morning here after a really white frost. Have our thermal undies on. It will be warm in the car. Hope Christchurch weather is kind to us softies.

Food not bad yesterday but a bit all over the place. Today will be the same but I'm not going to get upset about food .... such a small thing in the overall scheme of life. My only condition is NO WHEAT. I will also stay dairy free so no cappuccinos for me. Black coffee all the way today so I had better be careful how many I have if I want to sleep tonight.

I have packed my swimsuit and hope to go to heated pools in Chch. I am amazed by how good I look. I am thinking I feel brave enough to post the eye watering photos sometime soon. When I say I look good it is only in comparison to what was. But I am amazed by the slimmer belly and smaller bottom. I have pulled out some never before worn clothes because I bought them on the small side and now they are bordering on too loose. It's not just weight loss it's the loss of belly fat that is so amazing. Another amazing fact is that my skin does not have a deflated balloon look. I don't know how that works but I'll take it.

Blessings to all my readers and may you all have a brilliant day.

Make today the best you possibly can even if you have to go to Plan B,   C,  ....and end up on Plan F or G

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

ABOUT OUR OLD PURPLE BUS

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A GOOD SLEEP MAKES

BESIDE THE CLYDE DAM
AUTUMN 2007

255 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE

1/15 DAYS SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITY


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 27 kg/59.5 lbs


Welcome to my new readers. 

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


THOUGHTS .......

A new day and a good sleep does wonders. I feel like a new person. Peace and joy are restored.

I began my day with watching this video. What a blessing Catch The Fire has been in my life. I am so excited to be able to watch on YouTube. Carol Arnott is a Christian hero and one of my favourite people. I tried to set my phone to vibrate every 15 minutes but it only has ring tones on the alarm. I am going to order a worship timer. I've been thinking about it a lot since I first heard of the idea about a year ago. It's a cool gadget and could be used as a reminder to get up and move too. In fact that's probably the original intention for it's use since it's called a GymBoss.

When I first discovered videos of their meetings back around 1998 John and I were living in separate towns. I would often watch through the long nights. It was something I missed once he retired. Since then changes to their website and changes to our life have meant it is not always quite as convenient to watch videos. Now all I need is a land-line and almost unlimited broadband internet and I can watch to my heart's content. My current wireless is limited and last month I exceeded my limit by $100. Not a fun bill to get.

I've been doing the maths. Now that we have decided to make this house our permanent home it is worth the cost of getting a land-line put on. We decided against it in the first place because of the cost. Telecom NZ have a monopoly on lines and charge nearly $700 to set up a new account in rural areas. It's day-light robbery. We believe we can now justify the cost and will organise it when we return from Christchurch. Sometimes I still have doubts about it because we do expect to be away from home a lot over the coming 6 years but we will be here at least 50% of the time so that just about makes it economical sense. My main reason is that I will have access to at least 30GB of internet. That means I can watch videos on line without fear of going over our plan. It also means John can have ready access to the internet. On our current plan he doesn't get a look in.

The Old Purple Bus



The Old Purple Bus has languished in our back yard, (or front yard depending on your perspective), for several years now. I cannot remember when we last took it on the road. Possibly 5 years ago. I know we had it down south for 6 months in 2007. John has done the brake repair but they have not yet been tested. Our weather has not been conducive to working outside. He has to lie on the grass to do the next stage and our lawn is very wet. The weather will eventually co-operate and the job will be completed. The next step is to drive the bus to Thames where all the mechanical stuff will be thoroughly checked and any repairs made and the old bus will once again be certified road worthy.

A few months ago we sat in it contemplating what to do with it. Our choices are limited. We can call the wrecker and get whatever he is prepared to pay which is likely nothing. We can list it for sale on TradeMe but because it's not drivable and we are in such an out-of-the-way place I doubt if we'd get any offers. We can keep it as a spare room and titivate the garden around it until it looks decent. Or we can get it up to scratch and get it back on the road.

We looked at each other and asked the questions. There is absolute agreement. We are not ready to give up on our dream of travelling in it yet. It is very comfortable inside although it needs a few upgrades, especially around the driver and passenger seats in the front. The bathroom could be improved. The electrics need attention. It may need re-wiring. Other than those things it is set up to suit us for full-time living and we find it very comfortable.

The outside is another story. It has been sadly neglected. The paintwork has had it's day. It needs a new grill in the front. We should do something about hub covers. That's all cosmetic stuff. But it's important  to feel proud of your wheels and more so when they are your home too. Mechanically we think it's probably in pretty good shape once the brake issues are sorted out. It has a fairly new diesel engine and as far as we know the chassis is sound. I would like to change the back door, originally the emergency exit and also replace most of the windows and the sky lights. That can be costly but well worth it. I reckon $10,000 will change the old bus from something that's worthless to something we can be proud of.

The old bus is a 1968 Austin which was originally used as a school bus, we think. The body was build by a coach builder in Oamaru. The grandson of the man who built it now builds sports cars at the same address. It's not the prettiest of shapes but we like it's history and think it's well worth restoring for our own use. It is certainly cheaper to restore this bus than go out and buy another motor home.

It's simply a matter of time, money and motivation. I get cross because John and I have different priorities. John could have had the painting done any time in the last few years but he's been full of excuses. The painting will now be a fairly expensive professional job. It would serve John right if I get a real Hippy design on the paint job. Nothing is going to happen until I take control of the process. I will leave the mechanics to John but I handle the budget. In essence we are waiting to sell Mum's house before we can do anything much.

In the meantime the poor Old Purple Bus sits forlornly in our back yard, which John calls the front yard because it is the road side of the house.

REPORTING BACK .......

My first attempt at a collage of photos is a bit feeble. I may edit this and improve it sometime. Most of my pre-trip laundry is done and ready to sort for packing. I think we will need all our warm clothes. There have been fresh snowfalls in many places and Christchurch is freezing, I have a book to finish reading before it goes back to the library tomorrow.

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

Ok except the frittata went wrong and I didn't like it although John said he does. I guess it doesn't matter if he likes it and I don't. I was trying to empty the fridge of perishable food.

Breakfast:- Mushroom omelet

Lunch: Almond pancakes with red capsicum pesto

Dinner:- Egg bake

Snacks:- Almonds, dried apricots, finished of the Lindt chilli  chocolate

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured Tea Infusions x 4
Black coffee x 1

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

? minutes cross-trainer = ? km

September Total:- 4.5/60 km

BP:- 11th May 2012, 147/75
23rd May 2012, 135/75
15th June 2012, 135/85
17th July 2012, 137/75
3rd September 2012, 125/75 ... Meds changed. Accuretic becomes Accupril.

Weigh In 7.30 am

1st August:- 91 kg/200 lbs
1st September:- 87 kg/191.5 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:- 4 kg/8.5 lbs
September:-

Monday, September 10, 2012

A STORY OF LOST AND FOUND

Another two for one day


254 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE

1/15 DAYS SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITY


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 27 kg/59.5 lbs


Welcome to my new readers. 

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


THOUGHTS .......

If you haven't worked out by now that I read a variety of Blogs then you haven't been around this one for long.

Every now and then I do a clean-up of my reader list. The questions are, 'Do I need to keep this on my list and will I miss it if I delete it?' The answer is usually a hard one and I have a few that fall into the 'not sure' category.

There is one that has become 'never delete this!' and it's all because of this story and the wonderful way the internet can work with the right attitude.

The story begins with Sue from RV Sue and the Crew meeting a military vet out in the dessert of Arizona. I'm not going to tell the story here so go visit Sue's latest post and I hope you have time to watch the video and news items she has linked to. I'm willing to bet you will end up with tears in your eyes.

I went to church yesterday and stayed in town for the evening service as well. There were guest speakers, from Natchez Mississippi. Today I am suffering with a headache and sinus from my offending eye. Was it worth being out for the whole day. 9.30 am to 9.30 pm. I guess so.

Excuse my doubts today  as I struggle to get back to what is reasonably normal for me.

I had a wonderful time. I love to worship in the sanctuary. I got a little emotional catching up with friends for the first time in months. It should not be so long between visits. But there is also the background knowledge that John is being put out by all this. Not that he complains about having to drive me everywhere. He stayed with our daughter while I was in town with friends to avoid the double drive from home.

For the first time ever I had to battle with the attitude of friends. They did not understand the way I eat or if they did understand did not want to accept it as right for me. I deliberately kept things simple and low key but my hostess, a dear sweet friend, is also dutiful and anxious. For some reason she thinks she is failing if you are not constantly being fed or being fussed over in some way. I got questioning looks about not eating bread .... yet she is the very person who warned me off bread a few years ago. She served soup and when I said it was deliciously satisfying she couldn't believe me. I was offered fruit. I really did not want to eat a mandarin yesterday. I knew I was vulnerable to the sugars. I would not always turn down fruit but I was protecting myself. I was offered lollies and chocolate so many times it was embarrassing and in the finish I caved in.  No great damage as it was only 2 small squares but I was annoyed because I did not find a way through. I was being killed with kindness.

It was not an easy environment. Normally I would have been more assertive. I had already said that I was on an experiment, cutting out wheat and dairy because I had developed some health problems which meant I needed to take drastic action. I explained that when I decided to become wheat free I lost a heap of weight during the first month and continue to slowly lose more weight.

The people in the house believe they walk by faith and had I been more outspoken I was fairly certain I would have been bombarded with 'all things being OK for those who are in Christ Jesus.'  I would have been told that Christians should not have allergies or at the very least it would have been implied. I was not being listened to. No one, not even my friends, supported me. I felt most uncomfortable and tried to keep the conversation away from food. My friends are quite health conscious. The American pastor is not. He thinks he can expect God to do it all by faith with little respect for his own responsibility, ... or at least that was my reading of his attitude. My friends were strongly influenced by the American, who was a lovely, fun man except for this thing of healing. He bossed me about over my face. There was something just off-key. I know they all cared and wanted to see me healed but I got the feeling that if I wasn't healed it would be because I failed to have enough faith. Grrrrr!

To top it off when he prayed for me later he treated it as a stroke and not straight out nerve damage. Of course I hadn't told him what was wrong with my face but nor did he ask. He thought he knew it all. This morning with a little distance between yesterday and today, the thought that came to mind was arrogance. I hate feeling that critical but I feel as though I've been in a battle all day to get balance back in my life.

I believe the bible when it says in Isaiah 53:5  'By His stripes we are healed,' which is part of a prophecy declaring the complete work of the death of Jesus.  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. I believe that people are healed by God, sometimes by the laying on of hands by another believer. I know God heals. I believe he created us. He has the master plan. He is all powerful. He is compassionate and more loving than any earthly parent. I don't need other Christians, no matter what their authority, implying that I do not have faith and am out of order in some way.

Is this little rant because I feel guilt? Yes of course. I don't like the season I am in. Often I am unsure of whether I'm backslidden and/or lazy. I do wonder if they are right and I am wrong.

The one thing I am 150% confident of is, that whatever the answer, my God loves me as much today as at the very beginning.

Today has been a day to restore my body soul and spirit.

I do apologise for airing my concern in a public place. I don't want sceptics picking up on this. I would rather that you accept none of us are perfect and within the 'church' we are well aware we are all flawed. It is possible to have respect for people and their faith and ministry but still be disappointed by aspects of their character.

It would have been so nice to receive a miraculous healing. Can you imagine how cool it would have been to post a photo today of my face completely healed? I know it's possible but this was not the time. That I was not healed instantly does not change who God is.

REPORTING BACK .......

I wanted to eat outrageously today. Somehow I've got through without too much damage. I'm glad there was no bread in the house. I debated removing my rant. It can stay because it involves aspects of faith faced by all Christians. I want my Blog to be real.

Coming to terms with yesterday would be enough but we are preparing to Fly to Christchurch on Thursday. We look forward tp seeing our family there but it's not going to be easy.There will be prison visits and time helping sort out the affairs of our eldest son and his partner. Talk about a mixture of dread and pleasure. We love going to Christchurch but it's not a fun trip these days.

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

Not great but not bad.

Yesterday I ate left over beef casserole and cauliflower mash, bacon hock soup, HB egg, small piece of cheese, 2 squares of chocolate, 3 or 4 rice crackers, rotisserie chicken, more cauliflower, and when I got home I was hungry as a horse. I had the remaining cauliflower mash with a homemade sausage and egg followed by almonds and a piece of dark chocolate. My servings were generally small so no harm done.

Today

Breakfast:- Mushroom omelet

Lunch: Rice crackers, salami with red capsicum pesto. Almonds

Dinner:- Pork steak, pineapple relish, carrots and broccoli


Snacks:- Lindt chilli chocolate


Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured Tea Infusions x 4
Black coffee x 1

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

? minutes cross-trainer = ? km

September Total:- 4.5/60 km

BP:- 11th May 2012, 147/75
23rd May 2012, 135/75
15th June 2012, 135/85
17th July 2012, 137/75
3rd September 2012, 125/75 ... Meds changed. Accuretic becomes Accupril.

Weigh In 7.30 am

1st August:- 91 kg/200 lbs
1st September:- 87 kg/191.5 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:- 4 kg/8.5 lbs
September:-

Saturday, September 8, 2012

TWO DAYS IN ONE

THESE GORGEOUS FLOWER GIRLS ARE MY MOTHER'S YOUNGER SISTERS
Everytime this photo comes up on my screen saver I want to share it.
I'm not sure who made the dresses. It could have been my grandmother who was a talented home dressmaker or an aunt who was a professional dressmaker and tailoress.
My bet is on Grandma.

MY PARENTS WEDDING PARTY
I LOOK ON IT WITH WONDER AS THIS WAS 1937
AND MY GRANDPARENTS WERE FAR FROM WEALTHY
MY MOTHER HAD GREAT STYLE

251 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE

1/15 DAYS SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITY


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 27 kg/59.5 lbs


Welcome to my new readers. 

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


THOUGHTS .......

Not feeling very energetic. It may have something to do with adjusting to changing my meds. I have gained 1 kg/2 pounds and it will all be water weight from not taking the diuretic for 2 days.

I hate seeing the scales go backwards but it's important for my mental health and general wellbeing that I persist with the change. Next time we are in town I will probably pop into the Medical Centre and get my Blood Pressure taken. That will probably be Wednesday afternoon when I am booked to have a little pamper session. I'm getting my eyebrows, toe and finger nails shaped and painted. Hmm! I will not be painting my eyebrows.

I'm reading the diet cure and I can see a few things I can do to optimise my health. I need to think on them for a while. I am still dealing with skin problems that could well be yeast related. Being dairy free is making no difference. I also am a match for adrenal fatigue. I know I'm eating well but there's nothing wrong with a tweak here and there. Maybe amino acid  supplements like  GABA, Glutamine and Tyrosine could be in order for a trial period. Are they worth trying? It depends how expensive they are.

REPORTING BACK .......

Yesterday was Friday ... where did the week go, and I did not feel like eating until late afternoon. I made John and I omelets with a yummy filling of finely diced onion, garlic, sliced mushrooms and chopped bacon. There was more filling than we could eat lasy night so I repeated the omelet for my breakfast today.

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

Today has been good but also lazy. It's raining again and windy. We've had noisy blustery wind for the last few days. The wind makes me feel tired. I've washed my hair so that tomorrow all I need to do is have breakfast and get ready for church.

Breakfast:- Mushroom omelet


Lunch: Egg and celery salad with homemade beef and apple sausage seasoned with mild cajun spices and Italian herbs.


Dinner:- Remaining casserole with cauliflower and broccoli

Snacks:- Food


Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured Tea Infusions x 5 or more. No problem drinking now that I'm off the diuretic.
Black coffee x 1

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

? minutes cross-trainer = ? km

September Total:- 4.5/60 km

BP:- 11th May 2012, 147/75
23rd May 2012, 135/75
15th June 2012, 135/85
17th July 2012, 137/75
3rd September 2012, 125/75 ... Meds changed. Accuretic becomes Accupril.

Weigh In 7.30 am

1st August:- 91 kg/200 lbs
1st September:- 87 kg/191.5 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:- 4 kg/8.5 lbs
September:-
AUNTIE GLADYS
I AM SUPPOSED TO BE LIKE HERs

Friday, September 7, 2012

CHOOSE TO BE THE VICTOR, NOT THE VICTIM

OUR DECK GARDEN GROWS

GARLIC, CAULIFLOWER, FREESIAS, GAZANIAS, DIANTHUS, HOROZONTAL ROSEMARY, SHELLS, PARSLEY, KALE, STRAWBERRIES, VARIEGATED PITTOSPORUM,TO BE PLANTED, AND OUT OF CAMERA, ONION, OTHER HERBS, LETTUCE, MORE CAULIFLOWER, CYCLAMEN, AND IN THE SEED TRAYS SWEET PEAS AND SWAN PLANT, THE LATTER FOR  MONARCH BUTTERFLIES.
We are gardening up a storm. Not really but this is the most planting I've dared to do in years. We also have pots of broccoli, red cabbage, snowpeas, silverbeet, rhubarb, passionfruit and other herbs along the fence. There are my two small native plant gardens, one has been 'enhanced' with feijoa and olive trees, and my birdbath garden with flowers. It all sounds very extensive and grand. The truth is that while we have a nearly perfect climate we have useless soil. In about 5 years time, if I keep working at it, we might have fertile soil of good texture.

In the absence of a shade house one of our bedrooms has become a plant nursery. I have a row of seed trays with Lebanese cucumber, 2 varieties of courgette, 3 varieties of peppers and 6 varieties of heritage tomatoes. Today I will sow some carrot, red beet radish, mesculin and two varieties of lettuce seeds, all outside in tubs. I have a passion for sowing seed and potting or planting them out as and when appropriate. I get that far but they do not always yield the desired harvest. It's still fun.

Once we decided not to sell this house and instead make it our permanent home, I wanted to grow a garden. I thought we would manage better now that I am not exhausted 90% of the time. I did not factor in being away for 2 weeks this month at a critical time for nurturing the seeds and baby plants. I did not consider that we could be away during the main harvest season. Our plan is to have the Old Purple Bus on the road and in the South Island semi-permanently from mid-January to May. It is more than likely we will fly backwards and forwards and just use the bus for accommodation rather than live in it permanently. In our lives, next year is too far off for detailed planning.

250 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE

1/15 DAYS SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITY


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 27 kg/59.5 lbs


Welcome to my new readers. 

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


THOUGHTS .......

Defeat is a state of Mind. No one will be Defeated unless the Loss is Accepted as Reality. Bruce Lee.

Let's get this right from the start. I'm not a fan of Bruce Lee. But this quote from him and the whole message on Coach Your Mind is too important for me to pass by.


REPORTING BACK .......

I enjoyed pottering around sowing seeds this afternoon.

I think I messed up by fasting on Tuesday. It was not a good idea. I don't feel quite right. I am tired, feel oddly stressed and have signs of lacking in Vitamin B. I have taken extra. I am also adjusting to a slightly altered medication. I guess it will take a few days to get my body used to the change.

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

I enjoyed today and sowing seed felt productive. Food OK. No planned exercise.

Breakfast:- A bowl of Casserole

Lunch: About 10 Rice crackers with sundried tomato pesto.


Dinner:- Bowl of Casserole


Snacks:- Almonds, dried apricot


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 *no*

? minutes cross-trainer = ? km

September Total:- 4.5/60 km

BP:- 11th May 2012, 147/75
23rd May 2012, 135/75
15th June 2012, 135/85
17th July 2012, 137/75
3rd September 2012, 125/75 ... Meds changed. Accuretic becomes Accupril.

Weigh In 7.30 am

1st August:- 91 kg/200 lbs
1st September:- 87 kg/191.5 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:- 4 kg/8.5 lbs
September:-

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

RECOVERY DAY


249 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE

1/15 DAYS SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITY


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 27 kg/59.5 lbs


Welcome to my new readers. 

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



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

Good ordinary day but tired.

Breakfast:- Omelet with cauliflower mash and bacon. I mashed the caulie with sundried tomato pesto for added flavour


Lunch: Gluten free sausage, remainder of caulie, 1 egg


Dinner:- Beef casserole, lots of veggies, tomato, kumera, carrot, onion, celery, broccoli. Small piece of gluten free bread with peanut butter, not because I was hungry but I felt the need for something starchy and chose the bread instead of a few crackers.


Snacks:- Almonds, dried apricot


Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured Tea Infusions x 4
Black coffee x 1
Red wine x 1 small glass

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *yes/no*

? minutes cross-trainer = ? km

September Total:- 4.5/60 km

BP:- 11th May 2012, 147/75
23rd May 2012, 135/75
15th June 2012, 135/85
17th July 2012, 137/75
3rd September 2012, 125/75 ... Meds changed. Accuretic becomes Accupril.

Weigh In 7.30 am

1st August:- 91 kg/200 lbs
1st September:- 87 kg/191.5 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:- 4 kg/8.5 lbs
September:-

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

FASTING .... FOOD ON MY MIND



248 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE

1/15 DAYS SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITY


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 27 kg/59.5 lbs


Welcome to my new readers. 

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


THOUGHTS .......

Maybe I get easily excited these days but already today two things have caught my attention and I want to pass them on. They both come courtesy of Andreas Eenfeldt's Blog, Diet Doctor. Andreas Eenfeldt is a Swedish doctor who specialises in family medicine. Dr. Eenfeldt is a strong advocate for Low Carbohydrate High Fat (LCHF) diets which also apparently have official recognition in Sweden. The first is a link to an article in USA Today. I am have never been excited by the Atkins Diet for myself. Maybe I've been influenced by all the negative press. At the same time I realise that the way I eat is probably very similar to Atkin's guidelines and I read many articles by people who have great respect for Dr. Atkins and who do follow the Atkins diet.

I thought this edited quote from the article very significant in light of current mainstream attitudes toward low carb eating.

Gary Foster, director of the Center for Obesity Research and Education at Temple University in Philadelphia has this to say. 

"We have passed the time where we would say the Atkins diet is bad for you. That's an outdated position. This is a viable alternative for weight loss." 

The Diet Doctor also posted a link to an experiment being carried out by identical twins in South Africa. This will not be a regarded as a proper scientific experiment but I will be interested to see how the measurements of the health markers of two women respond to their different diets. One is going to follow a high carbohydrate diet while the other will get most of her energy from protein and fats. I think their eating plans are unexceptional so any changes will be due to the different emphasis on energy sources.

The world of food nutrition fascinates me. My first inclination, career wise, was to get a diploma in Home Economics. It is the course I shuld have followed. I thoroughly enjoyed my Home Ec. classes at Intermediate School level when I was 11 and 12 years old. Later I enjoyed maths and chemistry. From that time I have maintained some interest in the science of food and nutrition. It's too easy to look back and have regrets. Genuinely I have none ..... but I recognise that at a time when I needed guidance and someone to speak into my life there was no-one. Instead I drifted through life and into marriage. My marriage became a commitment for life.

If I was a young woman, (17 or 18 years old), in today's world my future would look entirely different. I was brought up in an atmosphere where all girls got married and stayed home to look after their husbands and children. This expectation did not always eventuate but our society was geared to it. Careers for girls were acceptable but they were always secondary to the main purpose of marriage and bearing children. Many people still considered it offensive and a waste of time and money for girls to become career women. Working outside the home once you had children was not an option. Working darned hard to support you husband in his career was all that mattered. For Rural women that often meant working as hard as any man outside as well as maintaining the inside jobs and almost total responsibility for bringing up the children.

In New Zealand in the 1950's girls were at a kind of cross-roads. I went to a private school that gave girls an excellent education with hints of wonderful opportunities that could be in our future. At the same time the school was an anachronism. There was an unspoken expectation that we would make good marriages and live a well-to-do 'upper middle class' lifestyle. We were better prepared for entertaining ladies to afternoon tea in our homes than for a career in scientific research although some did just that.

Sometimes I envy the choices available to young people in today's world. Each age has it's own challenges so it's all relevant to the times. I have no regrets but I do wonder where my life would have gone had I had good and wise counselling when I was 15 or 16 years old. That's too long ago to be concerned about now. After my doctor's appointment yesterday I have an entirely different purpose although it's not totally removed from all the above.

Not many people have the opportunity or the will to turn their health around after reaching 70 years old. I am doing exactly that. This time next year I should be at a stable and healthy weight with all the health markers looking good. The book I write is going to be full of hope for everyone who struggles with obesity and its associated health problems. I'm not a confused teenager any longer. I am a focussed mature adult with a good story to tell. What's more the story improves as I go along.


REPORTING BACK .......

I felt hungry for a while this afternoon and wondered if I wanted to complete this 36 hour fast. I made a cup of 'tea' and forgot about food,

We went into town this afternoon so I could get my hair cut and coloured. We also shopped for a few groceries. Whenever we go into the supermarket John looks longingly at sausages and because I don't like them he has reluctantly walked away from the display empty handed. Since I am fasting today it was a good opportunity for him to have sausages for dinner. John was happy to cook his own meals today so I was able to ignore food preparation all day. The smell of sausages cooking does not tempt me at all. The fatty smell is not delicious. I prefer my own homemade sausages made with minced beef and my choice of seasoning and flavours rather than commercially prepared sausage meat.

The main purpose for entering the supermarket was to get some bottles of roasted red peppers and sundried tomatoes. They will give me more dairy free options. I am used to using cheese to flavour many things especially omelets and frittatas.

HOW DID I DO? .......11th day dairy free ......

It's been a good day and I'm beginning to look forward to having breakfast tomorrow.


Breakfast:- FASTING

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 *no*

? minutes cross-trainer = ? km

September Total:- 4.5/60 km

BP:- 11th May 2012, 147/75
23rd May 2012, 135/75
15th June 2012, 135/85
17th July 2012, 137/75
3rd September 2012, 125/75 ... Meds changed. Accuretic becomes Accupril.

Weigh In 7.30 am

1st August:- 91 kg/200 lbs
1st September:- 87 kg/191.5 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:- 4 kg/8.5 lbs
September:-
LONELY BAT AND COOKS BEACH TAKEN FROM SHAKESPEARE CLIFF