Monday, December 31, 2012

366 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE

WORK IN PROGRESS


PHEW! 

I MADE IT TO THE END OF THE YEAR


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 26.5 kg/58.5 lbs


Welcome to all readers. 

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

I should be happy with my weight loss result but ..... I have not lost any significant weight since August.

I need to work smarter if I want to reach my goal weight.

REFLECTIONS .....

I'm not going to pretend it's been an easy year. It began with a cloud over our heads. Two clouds in fact. My mother was clearly in failing health and at 96 we could not expect to have her with us forever. Mum died on January 28th. Our eldest son was on bail waiting the court hearing which would pronounce his prison sentence. February proved to be one of the most stress filled periods of my whole life and I got Bell's Palsy which remains a distraction and a nuisance.


We have fitted in 3 trips to Christchurch, various medical related trips to Hamilton and Thames which were often extended with visiting our son in Rotorua and a wonderful week in New Plymouth. 



MY LITTLE FLOWER FARDEN

We have adjusted to no longer having Mum to consider at every turn and enjoying a kind of freedom we haven't had in a long time. I am more and more able to call this house we live in at Matarangi, "Home." We seem to have greater financial freedom although that could be an illusion. 


LETTUCE, RED CABBAGE, BROCCOLI AND HERBS

We are working toward selling Mum's house. This is proving to be more upsetting than I expected. I thought I had accepted and chosen this would be necessary long ago. 


STANDING ON THE BEACH IN JUNE 2012

Mum's house is in a family trust and all my inheritance is tied up in this trust as is my sisters, and a considerable portion of my brother's and their children's inheritance. Letting it go is  emotional. For many of us this Beach house, where Mum lived for the last 12 years of her life, is the nearest to a permanent family place we have. My parents bought the property in 1955 and built a classic New Zealand bach on it. From that time I spent more time there than at my parents regular home as I went to boarding school and then left home to work and eventually marry. My children and all the other children of their generation spent large chunks of their school holidays there. It is a place of family gatherings and special memories. There will never be another place where family can gather in a similar way. Selling it is more than the end of an era. It is like saying goodbye to extended family gatherings and so much more. It's the intangibles that we lose and will never recover. 


DORRIAN FAMILY'S ORIGINAL KIWI BACH 1955 ON SIMPSONS BEACH
I am trying to pragmatic. Suddenly I find my emotions trying to over-ride sensible decisions. I keep running various scenarios through my mind. Win Lotto, Buy the house. Find a way of going into partnership. Buy the house and run a B & B to cover the mortgage. There are many options but either they are fantasy or impractical. I will be glad when a buyer comes and we can put all this behind us and get on with building our new lives with whatever we have left.

Personally I am very tempted to find a way to buy the house do B & B to cover costs but it would be a lot of work and while I am willing to make that sacrifice, John is not. I need to be sensible. I need to focus on God and his provision which is excellent. He is all I need. I do not need this beach house. God is giving me freedom. 


I MAY NEVER WAKE TO THIS VIEW AGAIN -
BUT THERE WILL BE OTHER WONDERFUL, AMAZING AND BEAUTIFUL PLACES

The freedom includes travel. 

2013 includes a possible 4 trips to Christchurch, a month in Hawaii, visits to Rotorua, New Plymouth and much more. We plan to get the Old Purple Bus on the road and looking good again. We can travel all around New Zealand at our leisure once we have our house on wheels sorted. Who knows what adventures lie ahead.




TARGET RATIO

1150 Calories 
95. 5 gm fat (75%) = 858 cal.
57 gm protein (20%) = 228 cal.
14.5 gm carbohydrates (5%) = 58 ca


I don't plan to be perfect. If I am close more than 50% of the time I will be happy.

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

30 minutes cross-trainer
Fats = 83.4 %
Proteins = 7.7 %
Carbs = 8.9 %
Total calories for day = 1024
 + glass red wine 126 = 1150

Breakfast:- Coffee with cream

Lunch: Frittata

Dinner:- Frittata and lettuce with balsamic and olive oil dressing

Snacks:- almonds

Drinks:- Water x 4
Flavoured Tea Infusions x 0
Cream coffee x 2
glass red wine x 1

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *yes*

31 minutes cross-trainer = 7 km

December Total:- 7 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 approximately 7.30 am

1st December:- 86 kg/189 lb
31st December:- 87.5 kg/192.5 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:- 1 kg/2 lbs
October:- 2 kg/4.5 lbs
November:- NC
December:- 1.5 kg/3 lbs




Friday, December 28, 2012

BELIEVING YOU CAN

This is a great video from Coach Dayne Gingrich to settle the mind and thoughts about 2013.

Monday, December 24, 2012

HIS NAME IS WONDERFUL







FOR UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN,
UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN:
AND THE GOVERNMENT SHALL BE UPON HIS SHOULDER:
AND HIS NAME SHALL BE CALLED WONDERFUL, COUNSELLOR,
THE  MIGHTY GOD,
THE EVERLASTING FATHER,
THE PRINCE OF PEACE.

OF THE INCREASE OF HIS GOVERNMENT AND PEACE
THERE SHALL BE NO END......
........


I love these words from Isaiah 9:6 as written in my old Authorised King James version of the Holy Bible. Warmth flows through me like a river of love, I smile and joy fills my world whatever else might be going on.

I'm home tonight, or almost home. We are staying at Mum's house, our Beach House, where Jane lives until the house is sold. Jane, our son Greg and John and I will share this house of many memories and wonderful holidays. Some years no-one made it to the beach at Christmas but my favourite Christmas memories are here. I could become maudlin thinking that this is likely to be the last Christmas anyone from our family will be here. My first Christmas Day here was in the '50s.

We are hoping for friends of Jane's to join us tomorrow but we won't know until the morning.  We dream of the Christmas days when we went for a swim after opening our gifts and snoozed after lunch before playing on the beach. Reality is that sometimes it rains. Tonight the wind whistles around the house, the waves thump and rain courses down the windows intermittently. We are experiencing the tail end of a diminishing cyclone that caused so much devastation in Fiji and other Pacific Islands. It's cooling down now but I was reminded of our first arrival in Miami when we got off the plane in Auckland earlier today. It was like walking into a sauna.

I have heard people complain for years that Christmas has been commercialised. I have always brushed the complaints aside, considering them grinch-like. Not so this year. We visited two beautifully decorated places last night. The first one had pretty lights and themed rooms full of santa dolls and other Christmassy toys. There was a small nativity scene set up in one corner inside and another outside. We drove across the city of Christchurch and out into the country until the traffic brought us to a halt. We parked and walked about a kilometre or more, (half a mile), We paid our $5 each and enjoyed the display of lights and themed spaces. None of us saw any reference to the birth of Jesus, the reason for the season. We drove into the city and became disorientated as we traversed central city streets with no familiar landmarks. It felt very strange to remember we had visited the library here, shopped there, and eaten at restaurants where no building exists now. Our driver grew up in the city, John spent his early years there and we have visited often. We all felt sad. There are many signs of new life but demolition and ground testing continue. Christchurch is a brave city struggling to find it's feet.

THIS FAMILY COLLECT DONATIONS FOR CHARITY.
THIS YEAR THEY GO TO THE BRAIN INJURY TRUST



The next photos were on a farm out in the country.

THE QUEUE TO ENTER STRETCHED A COUPLE OF HUNDRED METRES, OR MORE, ALONG THE DARK COUNTRY ROAD


Special structures designed for the light show






I stumbled over broken pavement to photograph the Christmas Tree in Latimer Square






Sunday, December 23, 2012

A LINK TO A THOUGHTFUL POST RE SENSELESS VIOLENCE

A ROSE CALLED PEACE

This is the season to be jolly BUT .....

Life is never that simple and many people are dealing with unimaginable grief. The killing of beautiful children and teachers in Connecticut will be in all our minds as we continue with our personal family celebrations. Some of us are experiencing our first Christmas without a special family member. Others are coming to terms with devastating health news. Bad things happen to the best and the worst of people.

Newton, Connecticut will be etched forever in our minds like JFK and Dallas, Columbine and for us, here in New Zealand, Aramoana.

I make no apology for putting this link in my blog in the midst of Christmas Holiday activities. This is thought provoking and I for one believe the writer has hit the nail squarely on the head.

Personally I think Americans have far too much freedom to own guns. I live in a country where it's illegal to carry a handgun, or any other concealed weapon. I think it may even be illegal to own a handgun. We have quite strict regulations on the guns people can own. That does not necessarily make NZ a safer place but it does mean we have a national mind-set about the sanctity of life. A minority of us live in the Old Testament days of an eye for and eye and a tooth for a tooth and a life for a life but most of us believe there are other ways of dealing justly. Sometimes this makes our general population look soft, other times it enables true justice and a chance for restoration.

Having explained my stance on guns, I believe we must look further than reactionary law changes to deal with an ever growing problem. The law cannot do what faith can do. The law is a shadow and a pointer to what is good and proper. We must look further into the heart if we are to make any improvement.

My God is a God of Justice. When man fails He remains steadfast. My God is a God of Mercy. When man becomes bitter and filled with hatred, God continues to be loving and deals with the heart of the matter. My God gave His life so that we could have Eternal Life, but in my mind he promises us an Abundant Life now, which as good as something way in the future.

My God has an answer and it's not in ever harsher laws, increased policing, greater use of pharmaceuticals. Personally I think that this article has some of the answers we are seeking. Will we listen and  become part of the solution by spreading the advantages of a more natural diet and lifestyle?  

I don't want to appear foolish or simplistic.  I came to my understanding of mental and physical health through my faith in God. My God is the ultimate provider and I look at all things we put in our mouths through His provision. Does that mean I have a perfect diet? Of course not. But it does make me mindful of all that I do. I have been pointed time after time to a more natural way of eating. Call it Stone-age, Paleo, LCHF, Carnivorous, or whatever, personal experience has shown me how food can affect our brains, emotions, mental stability and physical well-being in a remarkable way. Most people stay within the ranges of normal but there are those few who are demonically changed. We should be looking for alternative answers.

This link is to a blogger whose focus is on nutrition and health following his own horror medical story.

NEW DAY



Thursday, December 20, 2012

YOU NEED TO BE STRONG MINDED TO FOLLOW A LOW CARB HIGH FAT PROGRAM


CHRISTMAS LILLIES IN AMANDA'S MOTHER'S GARDEN


I have linked to an article by Tom Naughton which includes an email sent to him by a medical student. This is the first time I have heard of students being exposed in a positive way to LCHF.

I found the following edited excerpt disturbing and hope.

Our professor definitely stirred up some uneasy responses from my classmates. They expressed unease by getting up and leaving the lecture hall, by whispering in disgust to their neighbors, etc. 

Of course not all students were so negative. Many began asking questions and we can only hope that as they continue their studies they become more inquisitive and open to other ideas than those that promote fat phobia. I am surprised that students were so set in their ideas that they shut down natural inquisitiveness. I don't suppose those students will be interested in Medical Research.

As I write I cannot say that I am 100% confident I am doing the right thing but I do believe it's worth continuing with my current way of eating most of the time. As I write this I am aware that today I have not been true to the plan. I began the day with coffee and cream. Later I had a snack of olives, camembert and raw nuts. We had a late lunch at a cafe. I had a large cappuccino with sugar, gluten free Quiche Lorraine and a gluten free marshmallow and chocolate cookie/biscuit. Now we are waiting for pizza delivery. It has been a long day shopping and visiting and there's no way I was going to mess around in the kitchen although Omelets would both have been a quicker and safer option.

 TWO DAYS LATER

Currently I'm reading the  Great Cholesterol Myth by Jonny Bowden and Stephen Sinatra. There are so many conflicting theories and interpretation of research it pays to be somewhat sceptical of it all. I'm reluctant to say this is The Book, but it makes sense to me.

We are having quite a busy time in Christchurch. I am also finding time to be quiet and relaxed.

We arrived last Wednesday late afternoon. We've had two visit with our son and two to come, one this afternoon and another on Sunday. We have done our best to sort out a few problems David had and was unable to resolve. One of the most difficult things people in prison have to deal with is managing the affairs of their normal life. In NZ David has limited access to the phone, and can only contact his partner on weekend mornings if she is in the house. Lately she has been working extra hours. Some partners, and H is one of these, are so angry they are not very helpful. I have sympathy and understanding for H's position but she is also making poor decisions which cost her in the long run. This worries David. We have tried but come to the conclusion that H is determined to do things her way regardless of how senseless, wasteful, inefficient and even dangerous it might be. She is rejecting all offers and making excuses big time, not to mention whining. I have thought for some time that any efforts we make to ease the situation for her are met with underlying, hidden anger and resentment. She is always nice and accepting to my face but the aftermath is no less frustrating than if I had made no effort.

For instance ..... our Christmas gift, which is exactly the same as each of our children and Wayne's wife, are receiving, has been received with out thanks. H told David that she is not a charity. As if! We are trying to treat her as family but with her huge issues of rejection she cannot accept gifts with grace. Sad.

I have told David he is to try not to worry about her or to "fix" things because much of her winging is the result of anger and wanting to take things out on him rather than a plea for assistance. Of course he is going to continue to worry but I hope we can help him find a more philosophical attitude. I can't imagine how it feels to be helpless to make things easier for someone you care about.

While I believe there must be consequences to offending prison is a dreadful punishment on everyone.

TRILLIUM IN AMANDA'S MOTHER'S GARDEN

On a happier note I am at peace. This is at least partly because we have done all we can for H. And all the frantic rushing around to get Mum's house listed and deal with a legal issue is finished with. I have completed my shopping because there was not very much this year. Our Christmas Dinner feast on Saturday is organised. We are shopping for fresh veggies and berry fruit tomorrow.

Last Sunday we had our 2nd visit with David and we were able to sit outside in the courtyard but the sun was hot. I thought I was OK but later in the day when I felt very Blah and drained I realised I had been sitting in the sun too long. Monday was a quieter day. I went for a walk to visit with Amanda's parents who live nearby. Tuesday Amanda needed to do some shopping and took us around a few places. Yesterday John and I did some shopping and took Amanda's Dad to get his groceries. Today we have Amanda's car most of the day. We will take her Dad to work and pick him up again later. He volunteers at 0800HUNGRY a private food bank run by Christians. We have our 3rd visit with David and this one promises to be different. I've been told it is a non-contact visit in booths with glass separation and maybe a phone to talk through. Because I feel so much more relaxed I want to make it as fun as possible but that will not be easy under those conditions. I also want to get my fingernails repainted and buy Christmas serviettes for Saturday's feasting table.
REFRESHING RAINDROPS 


Food has been a bit erratic and the scales are showing a significant gain. I'm sure it won't be too difficult to get that off but it does mean December will be a wash-out as far as weight loss goes. I am not upset because to more or less in maintenance is acceptable in the circumstances. It was probably unrealistic to expect to lose weight while away from home.

BUMBLES BEES LOVING THESE FLOWERS

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

FACING UNIMAGINABLE GRIEF AND ANGER

I've thought a lot about the terrible shooting and killing at a primary school in Connecticut. I can't imagine how awful it is for all those who have any personal connection to the community. I can only guess at how it must feel to the families who have lost a loved one. I am glad that someone in the community remembered the shooter's family. Being the parent of someone who has harmed others is painful beyond description. The shame, wanting to die, wishing you'd never given birth and more. All those thoughts race through your mind higgledy piggledy. The questions , the self doubt, asking where you went wrong never end.

I read a comforting article a few minutes ago on one of the blogs I read regularly. Here's a link to a pastoral letter. There are no simple answers, no trite words of comfort.

Monday, December 17, 2012

CURE FOR CANCER?

Watch this video on YouTube.


Sunday, December 16, 2012

SEEKING TRANQUILITY


We arrived in Christchurch in time for dinner on Wednesday. That's 4 days ago I think. We are staying with our son Wayne and daughter-in-law, Amanda. Wayne has a fulltime job and they also have a small business, franchise, called Baby On The Move. The core business is hiring car seats and other baby equipment but they also sell a lot of new baby stuff. They have a showroom and office in their new purpose built garage, courtesy of the Christchurch earthquake re-builds and repairs. They had to top up the insurance money but well worthwhile. This is the busiest time of the year for Amanda as people who are visiting family call in to hire equipment for their stay.  Both Amanda's parents have serious health problems. Her mother had a stroke a few years ago and is disabled and her Dad is waiting for surgery early next year.

I have always been amazed by Amanda's efficiency and willingness to go the extra mile to help people. But she needs help right now. All the stress of the last few years has caught up with here. She copes with her business so long as she doesn't have too many frustrations and distractions so for the few days we are here we are more or less taking responsibility for housework, groceries and evening meals. John's good at the housework and pottering around jobs I'm more of an ornament but I do get meals between dealing with my own stressors.

We have had a real estate agent chasing us from the day after Mum died back in January. I would love to ignore her but my 'efficient' niece is friends with this woman and I have to admit there is not another agent in our area who is as capable of getting us the best price for Mum's house, the beach house that's right on the water. We finally agreed to list the house with her so she could do a pre-Christmas viewing. It's been stressful as none of us were quite ready and there have been some unexpected legal things to sort out. Emails were flying around the family each containing reservations, questions, more information and or explanations at the rate of knots. Pressure was mounting to get the contract signed and, in my case scanned and emailed. I still have papers which need to be signed in front of a lawyer before faxing back to the lawyer handling our family business. I have found a law office nearby so hopefully can get that out of the way first thing tomorrow.

Now the real estate agent implies that the person coming to view is an unlikely buyer. I have wondered all along if this has been a ploy to get an exclusive listing and have her foot in the door, so to speak. I don't like her tactics but when all said and done we are dealing with exclusive type of property and while it is not way up in the millions of dollars it's still at the high end of the market. The real estate agent had better come up with something worthwhile for all the stress she has put us through this last week when everyone of us were so busy and with the addition of pre-Christmas pressure.

John and I have been trying to make some kind of significant connection with David's partner but she has shut us out. This is very distressing for David as he knows H. needs help but will not accept it, especially from us. John and I have reached the point where we are annoyed by the silly games H. is playing but are not being affected as badly as in the past. Each rejection we receive we are handling more philosophically and with less anger. It's sad and we feel for our son but when there's nothing you can do to help that's IT!

We had our first prison visit for this trip yesterday. It doesn't get easier. I came out exhausted and wanted to be among normal people so we went to Riccarton Mall, one of the better Malls, and had very nice coffee and carrot cake. We shopped for a while not buying a lot but enjoyed looking and the Christmassy atmosphere. John would like a good car cam. We are very interested in a Sony Active Camera but were a little put off by the price and that it's not really built for cars. I think there may be a better one out there more suited to our needs. We have videoed some of our road trips and John enjoys, as do I, being able to replay them because as the driver he misses a lot. They bring back lovely memories but I had to hold the video camera and it's just not practical for hours so I often miss the best bits.

Today, Sunday, I am thinking about going to church this morning but it does put some time pressure on us. We also have our second prison visit this afternoon. I'll decide after breakfast.

Food wise I am ticking along. I only have coffee and cream fro breakfast although I have occasionally added a little sugar. Lunch is usually an omelet made with Amanda's backyard hens. Dinner has been fairly straightforward. It's the snacks that concern me. I nibble on almonds, 80% chocolate, a couple of figs a day and there are always a few other things added in like the carrot cake I ate yesterday. With so much going on and being out of our own home I'm feel as though I am doing badly. When I look back over the day it really does not seem so bad at all. I am able to stay pretty close to 100% wheat free although the cake I ate yesterday was not. The only guide I have are the scales and I'm hoping to maintain. The days fly by with so little time to do all the things we love to do while in Christchurch. I am longing for a leisurely visit but that will not happen until later next year.

The more I listen and read Jimmy Moore's podcasts and blogs the more I think I would like a ketone meter. I will look more into this as the week goes on. I have rejected the idea up until now because the strips for measuring blood ketones are so expensive. I thought I heard him say they are a lot less in Australia so will check that out. I reckon one week of testing once a day then once a week testing would keep me in the place I feel I should be.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

ON OUR WAY

Waiting at Auckland airport for call to board. Will be with our South Island family in a less than 3 hours.

Monday, December 10, 2012

LOVE, JOY AND PEACE.

GLORIOUS MORNING
I NEED TO LEARN TO OVERPRINT WITH WORDS.

I wanted to post photos of my Christmas puddings and the recipe, original and modified. Reality has caught up with me and I can barely keep my eyes open.


Heaps of stuff going on and I still need to do a couple of things which I am just too tired to do tonight. I'll feel a little better when i wake up tomorrow. I forgot how much pressure there is when I go away in December. One more day and we will fly south. We'll be back late afternoon and hopefully I'll have nothing to do except put a couple of parcels under Jane's tree.

We'll be up early tomorrow as I want to go to the Beach House. We also have someone who is interested in looking at Mum's house according to a Real Estate agent.  Nothing like a bit of pressure. At least I will be out of it in a couple of days facing a whole different set of things. Oh Boy! 

This morning the woman who is going to help me keep the garden in order called. She has had Bells Palsy and kept telling me to keep my life stress free. Life happens. I have no control over the things that are going on any more than I can stop Christmas coming. I can stay reasonably calm and not over organise myself. 

This is a season when we think about Love, Joy and Peace. 

What better mantra for the month.

If I post over the next few days I'll try to organise the recipe and photos. I am not going to make myself miserable and stressed because I cannot do everything I want to do. 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

PRE-CHRISTMAS THOUGHTS AND CHRISTMAS PUDDING

A PARROT IN ONE OF BILL'S AVIARIES, NEW PLYMOUTH

342 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE

TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 28 kg/61.5 lbs

No change in November

Welcome to all readers. 

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





TARGET RATIO

1150 Calories 
95. 5 gm fat (75%) = 858 cal.
57 gm protein (20%) = 228 cal.
14.5 gm carbohydrates (5%) = 58 cal.

THOUGHTS .......

I woke up with one plan on my mind. I really, really want to get my garden finished and up to date today. The weather is not great so will see if it improves later in the morning.  I need to contact my 'possible' gardener today and get things set up with her.

Ages ago I planned to make Christmas Puddings. I like to use Mum's family traditional pudding and the last few times I've divided it into cute flower pots which are about twice the size of a large muffin. I give them away to friends and family and they can save them for later or serve them on Christmas Day. There are two generous servings per pudding and it can easily be made to serve 4 although I doubt if that would satisfy me. My best plan is to get these made before Labour Weekend, about October 20th. I have never been that well organised. Some years I have left it to the last week. We are going away next Wednesday so I knew that I had to get the mixture made up today or not at all. Tomorrow morning I will begin cooking. I only have 4 flower pots so it takes me a few days to get them all cooked.

This year I "healthified" the recipe by exchanging the flour for a mixture of non-wheat flours and I halved the sugar because it really is quite sweet with all the dried fruit and fruit juices. I also halved the butter. That was accidental. I didn't convert pounds to grams properly. Have I ever mentioned I am arithmetically challenged!! I doubt if it will matter because when I rubbed the butter into the flour it was difficult enough. Another 500 gm would have been very awkward to mix and in other years I have noticed that quite a lot of butter seeps out of the baking container into the water bath. I remember that you could always see the butter Mum's puddings when they were cold. Mum used butter rather than suet because she liked to serve the pudding cold with icecream or even a small finger of pudding, as you might serve un-iced Christmas cake, with a cup of tea or coffee.

We don't have brandy and rum in the house but have lots of shiraz, (red wine). We are not big drinkers and had an open bottle which I upended without measuring properly. Typical of my cooking. I did try to record my modifications to the recipe for future reference. I will not make this again for another 11 months. It is special Christmas food and far too rich and expensive to make more often. The large bowl of uncooked pudding will perfume the house with Christmas spices, tantalises out taste buds, for the next few days. Today it sits on the floor out of the way beside the kitchen bench.

I love all the activity around Christmas ..... but .... I am not one of those super efficient well organised people. My sister delivered her Christmas gift on Thursday. I have not even begun to shop. I remember one year when I was super busy and did 90% of my shopping on Christmas Eve after 6 pm. Wow! That was a lesson in trying to do too much too late. Granted by the time I got to the shops in our town they were quiet and it was easy to see what was left on the shelves.

We have boxes of Christmas lights in a pile on the floor. I'm not sure about putting up a tree. We'll be away between 12th and 27th so there doesn't seem much point in spending time and effort. On top of that I did promise myself I'd go through Mum's Christmas list and send out Cards. That will be a mission. The last few years of Mum's life she began writing her cards before the end of November and had them mailed before the middle of December. Some years I have sent out my friendly catch-up newsletter and card around New Year as it seemed less stressful. That's because it was another thing I left to the last possible deadline and would be posting two days before the mail closed for the holidays.

That has been my pattern in so many things all my life. Never do anything too early because you will probably need to re-do it. *haha* The laugh is always on me. The amazing thing is that most times I got away with it. While I was at school I studied the night before, even immediately before exams and came up in the top 10 in my class. I have a case half packed from last time we were away early in November. Normally I would pack a few hours before we leave home. I usually write a list, make sure the laundry is completely up to date and pack in a hurry at the last minute. On this trip John and I are sharing the single piece of checked in luggage. I doubt if he'll be happy with me. I will need to have most things ready Monday night so he can see how much space he has. I will do most of our South Island gift buying in Christchurch to save weight.

REPORTING BACK .......

It became a lazy day after getting up all enthused to do something. I'm running out of time to do half the things I want to finish before we leave.

I don't plan to be perfect. If I am close more than 50% of the time I will be happy.

Fats = 67.2 %
Proteins = 20.2 %
Carbs = 12.6 %
Total calories for day = 1223

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

I had the same meals as yesterday so very little difference except for a couple of minor snacks which pushed the carb and calorie count up. I feel a little peckish tonight but I'm not going to snack anymore. I'm so close to a new low I'm determined not to spoil it.

Breakfast:- Coffee and cream

Lunch: Smoothie

Dinner:- Chicken and spinach left over from last night

Snacks:- MargieAnne's chocolate. Sounds so much better than Fat Bomb, few almonds, an olive and a sundried tomato in oil.

Drinks:- Water x 5
Flavoured Tea Infusions x 0
Cream coffee x 2

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

? minutes cross-trainer = ? km

September Total:- 8/160 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 approximately 7.30 am

1st November:- 86 kg/189 lb
1st December:- 86 kg/189 lb

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:- 1 kg/2 lbs
October:- 2 kg/4.5 lbs
November:- NC

Friday, December 7, 2012

REMAINING STEADFAST

OAKURA BEACH WHERE JOHN AND I FIRST MET
THE SURF CLUB BUILDING IS GONE. I'M STANDING IN FRONT OF THE NEW CLUB HOUSE
THE OLD SHED CONTINUES TO BE USED TO STORE GEAR BY THE SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB

342 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE

TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 28 kg/61.5 lbs

No change in November

Welcome to all readers. 

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





TARGET RATIO

1150 Calories 
95. 5 gm fat (75%) = 858 cal.
57 gm protein (20%) = 228 cal.
14.5 gm carbohydrates (5%) = 58 cal.

THOUGHTS .......

I made a decision to trial LCHF. Sometimes it feels a little scary. Most of the time I feel great and can see many benefits. There is one giant downside, the general Medical Population and mainstream thinking.

I had a fasting blood taken on Monday. Today the nurse from the medical centre called me and said my doctor wants to see me and discuss treatment because I have high cholesterol. I fobbed her off by saying I do not have any days left as we are going away. The nurse was adamant that I should give 15 minutes to discuss this and implied I need medication. What medication? Statins! That's what they do and there is no way I will take a statin without some other indicator. I'm the lady who had perrrrrfect carotid arteries earlier this year. I doubt if that has changed.

It is scary to go against your doctor's advice. I will possibly get another blood test done in 6 weeks and see if there is any change but because there is little understanding of the science I am following I know I will not get good advice from my GP. (General Practitioner) or most doctors and specialists. If anyone knows of a doctor in New Zealand who understands the value of a LCHF diet and the danger of statins please tell me.

Because I am on medication for high blood pressure I need to see my doctor fairly regularly, at least twice a year. I wish this were not so and I could walk away. I don't intend to stick my head in the sand but I don't want to get into an argument with someone who has greater knowledge than me.

I am alarmed. Is it possible I am doing damage? If I were a wealthier person I would make an appointment to see Dr. William Davis. Maybe I need to get on his Track Your Plaque Site and ask for help. I need a printout of those tests. I am not going into the medical centre before next year. In the meantime I will put this behind me and Carry On.

REPORTING BACK .......

For a while I wanted to panic over what I'm doing. Being out of step with conventional thinking is not easy. I  decided to put my fears aside and trust the science that I've been reading even if I don't fully understand it all. My nutrient balance is a little out again today and I blame the smoothies. I'm going to continue having berry smoothies for lunch on the days we are home until we leave for Christchurch on Wednesday.

I don't plan to be perfect. If I am close more than 50% of the time I'll be happy. Today I got my calories right so I'm happy.


Fats = 68 %
Proteins = 20.5 %
Carbs = 11.5%
Total calories for day = 1153


We have a very long day on Tuesday too. I would like to go to Mum's early in the morning and be there when the Hiab crane arrives to lift Mum's piano off the top deck and over the railing. The piano is going to my sister's daughter where it will find a happy home. We would need to leave home about 6.40 am and I doubt if we will come home again until late afternoon because I have a pamper appointment. I'm getting my hair styled and coloured, and having a manicure. I had a pedicure today so will be all done for Christmas. I'm being extravagant and having two more sessions over the next 12 weeks to keep myself reasonably well groomed and in shape for our trip to Hawaii.

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

In spite of a little lingering anxiety about my doctor's reaction to my cholesterol levels it's been a good day.

Breakfast:- Coffee with cream

Lunch: Smoothie I added the cod liver oil into the smoothie and it was even better. I take a Norwegian cod liver oil which has a lovely lemon flavour. That lemoniness was perfect in the berry smoothie.

Dinner:- Chicken breast with spinach in cream cheese sauce. Delicious. The cream cheese melted into the spinach and the moisture that was still in the spinach thinned it to a sauce consistency.

Snacks:- MargieAnne's chocolate.

Drinks:- Water x 3 or 4
Flavoured Tea Infusions x 0
Cream coffee x 2

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

? minutes cross-trainer = ? km

September Total:- 8/160 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 approximately 7.30 am


1st November:- 86 kg/189 lb
1st December:- 86 kg/189 lb

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:- 1 kg/2 lbs
October:- 2 kg/4.5 lbs
November:- NC

SUGAR CAN DESTROY MORE THAN YOU THINK

I'm not going to wait until the end of the day, when I can record my day's activities, to post this link. which is on the Carb Smart Blog today.

I am still in shock after reading the experience with sugar of this man and believe we all should read this. It is particularly pertinent to anyone who is pre-diabetic or diagnosed with diabetes. You can read more here on his Blog. His name is David “Wolverine” Smith

The scary thing about sugar is that it's not just the white stuff but the "healthier" raw sugar, not to mention all starches which convert to sugar. Having knowledge is power to change the way we live and live healthier and happier.


This edited quote from David Smith's article has shocked me deeply.


Arterial Damage And Inflammation

One of the more frightening prospects that I was hit with before I had even recovered from the two life-threatening surgeries to remove my bowels, was the fact that the high sugar content of the TPN was slowly killing me........
I could not be fed, and I was already grossly underweight. Rather than let me starve completely, the doctors ordered several arm peripherals be placed and PPN (Partial Parenteral Nutrition) to be infused in place of the TPN. Although the concentration of sugar was considerably less than that infused with the TPN, the veins that were accessed would typically fail within the first 24 hours.
After the first hour, the vein would begin to burn as if Tabasco sauce were being infused. By the time I could no longer stand the pain, the vein would typically blow-out and the PPN would infiltrate under the skin. This is a very painful wound and would happen every 24 to 36 hours – also accompanied by a DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis)



Thursday, December 6, 2012

WHAT HAPPENED TO HUNGER?

TO PROVE THIS REALLY IS A PORT
see yesterday's photo
AN OIL TANKER ENTERING THE HARBOUR
JOHN WAS A JUNIOR ENGINEER ON A TANKER, ABOUT THIS SIZE, BACK IN 1958
THEY SAILED FROM NEW PLYMOUTH TO INDIA, PERSIAN GULF, INDONESIA\
 AFTER 12 MONTHS HE WAS REPATRIATED FIRST CLASS ON THE RANGITATA 

341 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 28 kg/61.5 lbs

No change in November

Welcome to all readers. 

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


THOUGHTS .......

I was feeling very nervous this morning. Lunch with my sister can be a strange experience because we are on different planets, spiritually speaking. I wasn't too concerned about the food because I know the chef and he is always willing to modify anything on his menu which was just as well because my sister is vegetarian and it took two or three trips between waitress and chef to get something to satisfy her. I'm not counting calories today. Not because I think I am way over, which I probably am, but because it's just too hard to judge. I had 3 king prawns with roasted mushroom and salad which consisted of green leaves, strawberries and a creamy/cheesey dressing. We also had a glass of wine each and a cappuccino. I have chicken out for dinner but don't think I'm hungry enough to eat it.

We had great conversation. Have I learned some sense at last or am I taking the easy route? Would it be love to challenge her beliefs or am I a coward staying silent? Basically it's what she believes against what I believe and never the twain shall meet. I chose to listen and accept what she was saying without disagreeing with her or calling her delusional. I believe that was wisdom. I have no desire to alienate her or cause her to become even less stable. In every other way we are in agreement and enjoy being sisters. It was lovely to spend time with her. I'll see her again tomorrow at the Beach House, (Mum's house), before she goes home.

REPORTING BACK .......

7.30 pm and I'm still not hungry. I had my usual coffee with cream for breakfast. I enjoyed my lunch and don't expect to want anything more to eat before I go to bed, except a small handful of almonds. Those ketones must be beginning to kick in.

I don't plan to be perfect. If I am close more than 50% of the time I will be happy.

Fats = ? %
Proteins = ? %
Carbs = ? %
Total calories for day = ?

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

10 pm and still not hungry. Only one real meal today. I haven't had a fat bomb nor did I take my cod liver oil this morning so I was off plan. No over-eating too place. Now I'm going to get my almonds and go to bed.

I've just bought a wall unit on TradeMe. After it arrives I'll be able to unpack a few boxes and enjoy displaying some of the treasures from Mum's house. Fortunately we have a family member with a furniture moving business and this works into a scheduled trip for him.

Breakfast:- Coffee and whipped cream

Lunch: King prawns and salad

Dinner:- None

Snacks:- Almonds

Drinks:- Water x 3
Flavoured Tea Infusions x 0
Cream coffee x 2
glass of Merlot

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

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

? minutes cross-trainer = ? km

September Total:- 0/160 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 approximately 7.30 am


1st November:- 86 kg/189 lb
1st December:- 86 kg/189 lb

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:- 1 kg/2 lbs
October:- 2 kg/4.5 lbs
November:- NC

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE FAT BOMBS?

PORT OF TARANAKI,
VIEW FROM OUR BREAKFAST TABLE
NEW PLYMOUTH

340 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 28 kg/61.5 lbs

No change in November

Welcome to all readers. 

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




TARGET RATIO

1150 Calories 
95. 5 gm fat (75%) = 858 cal.
57 gm protein (20%) = 228 cal.
14.5 gm carbohydrates (5%) = 58 cal.

THOUGHTS .......

I don't plan to be perfect. If I am close more than 50% of the time I will be happy. Yesterday's worked out something like this.


Fats = 69.5 %
Proteins = 21.5 %
Carbs = 9 %
Total calories for day = 1187

TODAY


Fats = 74.2 %
Proteins = 15.5 %
Carbs = 910.3 %
Total calories for day = 1147



WEIGHT I'm happy with that and the scales moved in the right direction again this morning. I probably lost water weight but that's good as I knew there was some fluid retention. That means I can expect my first significant weight loss in about 5 weeks.

FOOD Somewhere recently I mentioned fat bombs. They sound very scary yet the people eating them seem to be very happy with the results. My initial reaction was that this concentration of fat could not possibly be sensible, But...... It intrigued me that some of the LCHF people talk about downing fat bombs to keep their satiety level high and it keeps them in nutritional ketosis, the fat burning zone. For the life of me I couldn't understand how they could do this. I had lost of questions.

1. What on earth is a Fat Bomb?
2. How can they be normal food?
3. Can they be healthy and safe food?
4. How can a Fat Bomb be palatable?

Then I saw a picture of a Fat Bomb here on Anne H's Low CarB Blog. She followed this up a few days later with a description of making Fat Bombs.

You've got to know that curiosity got the better of me. Last night I made my first Fat Bomb. They were not entirely carb free because I do not use artificial sweeteners. I melted 50 gm butter with 50gm coconut oil and while it was warm but not hot I grated a 15 gm slab of Whittakers Dark Ghana Chocolate into the fat and added a few chopped almonds. I lightly oiled a small plastic container and popped it into the freezer. A couple of hours  later I was able to tip out a thin slab of  "new chocolate," or   and weigh it, dividing it into 4 servings. I can't say it was fabulous but it was pleasant and am looking forward to this as a treat each day to help keep my fats high enough. I can imagine this with a couple of maraschino cherries and some finely shredded coconut flesh mixed in to make a 'safe' chocolate treat for me. What about peppermint? Now that would make one of my favourite combinations. I doubt if anyone else in our family will be enthusiastic but if they work I'm happy.

I am a little concerned about whether a high fat diet is truly healthy but so many people have been doing this for an extended time I'll take the risk for a couple of months and see. I had blood tests yesterday so have some base markers although it was a fairly basic test so there's no way to really tell if lipids are in the Danger Zone or not. My true guidelines will be how I feel within myself , both emotionally and physically, and how energetic and mentally alert I am.

One thing that has already eased off is the uncomfortable abdominal feeling. It's hard to describe but I did seem to be a little bloated and feel as though I was not digesting my food properly. I felt tight, uncomfortable with quite a lot of tenderness and some mild pain This is what bread/wheat does to me but I don't think I'd eaten much in the way of wheat so wonder what was causing the discomfort.

My eating pattern has changed again. I have coffee with whipped cream for "breakfast." Yesterday I tried a smoothie for lunch. The one I make is high in carbohydrates but has always worked for me. I think I'll stick to it unless my weight stalls again. My recipe .... 0.5 cup full fat milk, 0.5 cup full fat Greek yoghurt, handful frozen berries, 1 scoop, (15gm) whey protein powder with a little extra water if it seems too thick. It's the dairy that makes it high carb, about 20 gm, so I need to choose my veggies carefully.

GARDEN I harvested our own mesculin salad yesterday. So nice having fresh salad leaves but the harvesting bit seemed a little tedious. Maybe I was already feeling a little tired from gardening. Most of the ornamental stuff is sorted for this season. I was going to focus on veggies today and one narrow border of ornamentals which has been seriously neglected. We have rain. This has to be one of the most uncomfortable spring/early winter seasons I have experienced in many years. My eye has been up set by wind and cold and now when it's warmed up a bit it rains. I'm arranging for a gardener, maybe a couple of hours a fortnight. That should help prevent the garden going to wrack and ruin. John has been installing some irrigation pipes. They will help, but I need to get an electronic timer that will work when we are away. Our strawberries are safely tucked up under bird netting.

REPORTING BACK .......

Frustrated by the weather. No gardening.

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

OK  Stayed on plan. Tired and off to bed early for me.


Breakfast:- Coffee and whipped cream. Currently I've come to think as this as breakfast

Lunch: Smoothie

Dinner:- Spinach and bacon omelet

Snacks:- Chocolat au Anne, MargieAnne's chocolate, almonds.

Edit:- I did a google search for Chocolat au Anne. Oops! There is a blog and a Face Book page with that name all in French so I can only guess at the content. I am going to rename my little Fat Bombs MargieAnne's Chocolate. Doesn't quite have the same ring does it?

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

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

? minutes cross-trainer = ? km

September Total:- 8/160 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 approximately 7.30 am

1st November:- 86 kg/189 lb
1st December:- 86 kg/189 lb

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:- 1 kg/2 lbs
October:- 2 kg/4.5 lbs
November:- NC

Monday, December 3, 2012

SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE

CHRISTMAS IS COMING READY OR NOT

308 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 28 kg/61.5 lbs

No change in November

Welcome to all readers. 

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


THOUGHTS .......

I've been doing a little thinking and realise I felt really good when I was trialling LCHF at this level.....


1150 calories 
101 gm fat (79%)
46 gm protein (16%)
14.5 gm carbs (5%)


I'm going to do another week and see how it goes. I know it looks a bit low in protein but it was working for me. I can always add more protein in after a week or two if I want or think I need to. The biggest problem is that this is a crazy month to try to stick to a plan. We only have 8 days left before flying south. Already I see many tricky days. Thursday this week is lunch out with my sister. Friday will be lunch in town. 12 days in Christchurch with everyday a challenge of some kind including a full on Christmas Dinner then home in time for Christmas Day with Jane and Greg. Two days of driving and flying not to mention shopping and sightseeing and sending out Christmas cards. 

Tomorrow is my starting day. I don't want to begin with a negative attitude but realistically this is not going to be as disciplined as when I was trialling LCHF.  Days at home will hopefully be close to my targets other days I will do the best I can. If I'm on plan 50% that will have to do. This is a good time to find out how sustainable this way of eating will be for me. I've got a fridge full of spinach and very few root veggies. Our mesculin salad mix in the garden needs picking so that will go with my meals tomorrow.

REPORTING BACK .......

I saw my doctor for a regular check and new prescription. Forgot to check blood pressure but did get blood taken for an update test. I'll pick up the results on Friday.

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

I've done reasonably well today except that I've not had enough to drink.

Breakfast:- Fast

Lunch: Cafe

Dinner:- Sausage, asparagus, broccoli and carrot. Strawberries and cream.

Snacks:- Dries fig and almonds

Drinks:- Water x 4
Flavoured Tea Infusions x 0
Cappuccino with sugar x 1


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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

? minutes cross-trainer = ? km

September Total:- 0/160 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 approximately 7.30 am

1st October:- 88 kg/193.5 lbs
1st November:- 86 kg/189 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:- 1 kg/2 lbs
October:- 2 kg/4.5 lbs

Saturday, December 1, 2012

NOVEMBER MAINTENANCE


DECK GARDEN AND STRAWBERRIES THIS AFTERNOON

TWO MONTHS AGO

THE BEGINNING OF OUR DECK GARDEN IN EARLY SEPTEMBER

336 DAYS MAINLY WHEAT FREE

0/31 DAYS SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITY IN DECEMBER


TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS FOR 2012:- 28 kg/61.5 lbs

No change in November

Welcome to all readers. 

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


THOUGHTS .......

I'm back on the straight and narrow .....maybe!

Today is John's 77th Birthday. We had dinner out last night with our daughter and Rotorua son. Greg came up on his motor-bike. It has a side-car which enables him to ride it in spite of being a paraplegic. He has adapted it to all hand controls and uses velcro to keep his feet on the pedals just to be sure they are safe.  The first time he saw him do this I freaked out but I'm so delighted he can do something he loves I don't say anything, much.

For some reason I'm terribly tired and had a nanna nap this afternoon. My eating is not planned but I'm not doing anything unusual for me. I'm disappointed that I let things go a bit after our trip to New Plymouth and so end the month exactly where I began, weight wise. I manage well on the months when we have no big adventures. Somehow I have to learn how to manage when away from home for more than a few hours. in 10 days we are heading off to Christchurch for 12 days. That will be a challenge.

In the meantime I am going to do what? Weigh and count? I'll see how I feel tomorrow. I'm not overeating and that is the main thing. I could be eating too many carbs some days. I like to stay moderately high protein and I enjoy my veggies. I'm not so sure about the high fat though.

I have an appointment with my doctor on Monday. I don't think there is anything new but I need to renew my medication and I will get my blood pressure checked. Maybe it would be a good idea to fast so I can have blood tests done while I'm there.


REPORTING BACK .......

When we are in town on Monday we should buy some bird netting to protect the strawberries for the humans. For the last month we've been picking on average about 12 large strawberries each week. Until the last few days that is, The birds have finally discovered them and eat the berries before they even colour up enough to pick. I'd like to let the birds have their fill but our crop is too small to share.

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

Apart from the wind and not going outside to finish what I have begun in the garden it's been a fairly good day.

Breakfast:- Left-over mince beef stew from last night's tea with various veggies in it.

Lunch: Camembert, gherkin, dried fig and almonds.

Dinner:- Omelet  with bacon, onion and cheese. Icecream

Snacks:- Almonds and piece of dark chocolate

Drinks:- Water x 0
Flavoured Tea Infusions x 3
Cream coffee x 3

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

Exercise:- Walk or Cross-trainer *no*

? minutes cross-trainer = ? km

September Total:- 0/160 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 approximately 7.30 am

1st November:- 86 kg/189 lbs
1st December:- 86 kg/189 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:- 1 kg/2 lbs
October:- 2 kg/4.5 lbs
November:- 0 change I guess that's better than a gain.