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I’m Fading Fast …

This post is destined to be a bit of a ramble so, if you’re short of time:

I’ve had a busy day.  I’ve had the cold for a while and am feeling ill.  I don’t know if I have the stamina to make it to SlimmingWorld tonight.  And then I’m going to ramble about ‘real food’ for a bit before moving on to talk about Lent.

Today started at 5am.  My days are meant to begin at 6am but, lately, I’ve been waking up earlier which is kind of OK.  So I woke at 5am, snuggled with the cats for a bit and then got up.  My cleaner came this morning so we’re all spick and span.  Then Sainsbury’s delivered groceries and I put them away – I love knowing I’ve got lots of food in the house.  And having food means I’ll be cooking for the next few days till the freezer’s stocked again which is fun.  And then we’ll go on to the eating …

But moving on.  Lunch happened and then I thought about studying but didn’t actually open the books.  I wrote yesterday about bringing prayer into my daily life and to this end I decided I needed a prayer book.  Shopping or study?  Shopping or study?  Shopping won.  It usually does – just ask my Bank Manager!  So I trotted off into town and chose a really lovely (but suitably simple) prayer book.  For those that are interested, it’s this one.

Once I’d made my purchase, I realised that I was starting to feel really ill.  So I came home via a pet-sitting job (little old man called Tigger who is missing his mummy very much).  I fed myself some painkillers and had a coffee before hitting the shower in the hope that this would revive me.  It didn’t – although I now smell of coconuts which is always good.

Meds for me, meds for cats, dinner for cats, dinner for me.  And I neglected to use my new prayer book to say Grace.  Bad Laura.  I now have seven minutes before I have to leave for SlimmingWorld if I’m going.  After the recent feline interruption we’re now down to three minutes but I can have more painkillers now …

I am not going to SlimmingWorld tonight.  I’m ill.  I’m tired.  And I just want to veg out in front of the TV and then go to bed.  The diet will still begin tomorrow since I now have suitable food but I will go it alone for a week and see how I do.

OK.  So on to the other topics I’ve been thinking about.  I read a very interesting blog post last night and, unfortunately, can’t remember where it was so that I might give credit where it is due.  Ah well …  The writer was talking about her experience of ‘real food’ which she described as being unprocessed wholefoods.  She had become interested in the real food movement after reading The Maker’s Diet by Jordan Rubin and claimed various benefits including weight-loss.  And she got me to thinking:

Could my health problems (in particular the constant migraines) be connected with my diet?

So I’ve done some digging on the internets and there are mixed reports about The Maker’s Diet.  I think the basic premise:  eat what God intended a human being to eat instead of chemical-laden rubbish, is good and I’m very interested in the whole concept of ‘real food’.  I’ve just ordered a copy of the book from Amazon and we’ll see how I get on with it.

And this brings me nicely to the question of Lent.  I haven’t had RCIA instruction about Lent yet (we’re doing the Sacraments at the moment) but I believe one should give something up for it and also do something positive?  And I’ve been wondering what to do for a while.  I’ve decided I’m going to take a big, deep breath and give up caffeine.  Now, I have to confess here that I’ve done this before and felt fabulous once my body got used to it so I’m not being entirely selfless.  But it is something I will find very hard and should, therefore, turn my thoughts to Christ’s passion.

For the doing of something positive I’m going to commit to daily Mass during Lent with a ‘missed for good reason’ caveat as I can do without feeling guilty if I’m sick and so can’t go.  Again, this is something I’ve done before (although not at Lent) and it made me feel really good and behave like a nicer person.  Being in Church at 9:30am every day will also help me stay awake without umpteen cups of coffee!

Once again, the pieces are falling into place.  Life is good – even if my throat does hurt!

New Year’s Resolutions

Sharon, over at The Bird’s Nest, has been reviewing her progress on 2010’s Resolutions.  And it seems that she’s doing quite well.  Which has prompted me to go and find out what mine were …

  1. Lose 52lbs in 2010: Yes, I’m the kind of perfectionist who aims for 1lb a week for 52 weeks.  I’ve lost 2lbs so far this year so I’m already behind schedule.  But I have high hopes that SlimmingWorld will get me back on track.  If the snow stays away I’ll be starting my new class tonight.  The groceries have just arrived and I’ll be starting to cook it all up into meals this afternoon so I’ll be ready to start on the new plan from breakfast time tomorrow.  Watch this space.
  2. Attend Mass every Sunday in 2010: I’ve failed already although, as I had a genuine illness, I’m not beating myself up over it.  I’m in a cycle of migraines at the moment or I’d tell you I’d be there on Sunday for sure.  As it is, I’ll be there on Sunday if I’m not squinting in pain.
  3. Read 100 books in 2010: This one has gone awry too.  I need to read 8.3 books a month and I only managed four in January.  I’m in a real slump with reading just now and don’t know how to get myself back on track.  If any of you knows how to reignite the spark then I’d love to hear from you.

So that’s my review of 2010’s Resolutions.  And now I’m depressed.

All Change!

This is in the nature of an interim post.  And is also my effort at atonement as I failed to update earlier in the week.  I gained 3lbs.  There – I’ve said it.  And I’m going to gain some more before I’m done.  See – now you’re wondering what’s going on, just like I’ve been doing.

Let’s begin at the beginning, shall we?

Last time I posted I was delighted to have made it down to 14st 7lbs.  And then I got the cold.  Or it might have been a flu.  I don’t know, but I felt absolutely awful.  And it’s lasting for ages although I’m much better than I was.  Have you ever tried to diet and have the cold?  The diet slipped right out of my grasp and I proceeded to eat all the ‘comforting’ things I could get my sticky little paws on.  And, believe me, they were very sticky when I was done.

As the cold started getting better I started thinking about getting back on the diet.  I’ve been doing WeightWatchers and, according to the scales, have done really well on it.  Unfortunately, I’ve been constantly hungry for the past however-many weeks and, having tasted satiety, just couldn’t face the thought of being hungry again.  I must point out that I’m on a medication whose leaflet says ’causes increased appetite’ so a lot of the problem’s been caused by that rather than some deficiency with WW which has made me lose weight.  But there’s only so much hunger a food-lover like me can take.  So I tried to get back on the diet.  And failed.  And ate some chocolate.  And tried.  Failed.  Ate.  Gained weight.  Sulked.  Had a think.  And decided:

It’s time for me to go back to SlimmingWorld and do it properly.  That last phrase is key.  I know the SW diet really well and I think that’s led me to take liberties with it in the past.  So this time I will track my food.  I will go every week.  I will stay to class.  And I will exercise (when the cold finally departs).  It helps that SW has made some changes to the eating plan while I’ve been away so I will actually have to concentrate on what I’m doing.

And I’ll let you know how I get on.  My new weigh-in will be a Tuesday night so look for updates on Wednesdays.  At some point I’ll get round to changing the posting schedule in the sidebar …

Week 1 – 7lbs Lost!

Michael Finnegan, begin again.

It’s been a wee while since I updated my slimming progress here and things have changed which is why I’m resetting the weekly count.  Also, I don’t really believe I’ve lost 7lbs in one week but it makes me feel more positive to say that I have.  And I have.  Kind of.

So, since the last update, I have tried and failed to do SlimmingWorld and gained weight.  Then I tried and succeeded at SlimmingWorld and stayed the same.  Then I had my experiment with virtual vegetarianism which led me to buy a whole lot of ingredients with which to make meals and then to watch them all shrivel up while I ate Pasta’n’Sauce.  I think I lost 0.5lbs and then gained 3lbs.  Whatever.  The main problem I find with vegetarianism is that I don’t actually like vegetables.  I eat them in soups and sauces because they’re good for me but show me a carrot and a steak and I’ll choose the steak every time.  I very much begrudge paying for food that I don’t like and ultimately waste so the endeavour was somewhat doomed from the start.

Meantime, back with my life:  I was a very stressed woman during all of this as we awaited the mother’s MRI results.  In the event, there was good news – her cancer has not spread to her spine – but a Stressed Laura is a Hungry Laura and I ate accordingly.  Why is it that chocolate is a comfort food while apples aren’t?  It doesn’t take a Mastermind to work out that I gained more weight.  I didn’t weigh myself but my clothes were tighter than usual and doing day-to-day tasks was becoming uncomfortable and I knew it was time to do something about it.

And I have.  I signed up to WeightWatchers’ online offering on Thursday night at which point I stepped on the scales at found the numbers saying ’15st 11lbs’.  That’s the most I’ve ever weighed in my entire life.  But it was clothed and after a whole day’s eating and drinking.  I’ve chosen Monday as my weigh-in day and this morning, naked and on an empty stomach, I’m 15st 4lbs which gives a loss of 7lbs.  Obviously I’m not comparing like with like but, hey, I need a bit of a boost, OK?  Watch this space for a more accurate appraisal next week!