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L. Marie @ flickr

Last week I forgot to blog about weigh-in – a very creditable two pounds off. This week, I lost four. I haven’t done anything different this week, although I have stuck to the plan. I’ve had a very busy week at work, so maybe I have been burning nervous energy. :-)

A work colleague has just started Lighter Life, and she’s lost nine pounds in her first week. I’m really pleased for her – is it wrong that it’s tinged with a little jealousy, too? Not that I envy her the all-liquid diet in week one, and not much else for the rest of the time. I suppose I just feel a bit like a tortoise next to her hare. :-) I am pretty sure that, despite the faster losses, the meal replacement route wouldn’t work for me. I need to be on a plan that makes me get into a routine of eating sensibly, and embedding it. I’ve lost loads and put it on again, so I know it’s hard to stick to even when you are in the habit of healthy eating. I have no idea how I’d manage if I hadn’t had the chance to practice it all the time I was losing.

L. Marie @ flickr

By the way, the pic this week comes from a series taken of a dismantled Nixie tube. I picked the photo because it’s very stylish, without recognising the name of the thing it came from. Out of curiosity, I followed the link on L. Marie’s flickr page to find out. Once you see the photo of the four in its original setting, then of course you recognise it. This is nowhere near any of my usual fields of interest, but I did enjoy reading about it. :-)

psd at Flickr

I missed weigh-in the week before last, and I feel a bit guilty about that. I knew it was not going to be good, and I wanted to give myself a chance to redress the balance. I also knew that I would not be back on track after weigh-in, and I don’t like going to my SW Group in the certain knowledge that I am going to be heading straight off plan immediately afterwards. It just seems wrong to me … or maybe this is all just a pile of self-justifying rubbish!

I was off plan for a great reason; I had a new kitchen fitted (of which more in another post) so we had dust, chaos, and no means to cook for most of the week. Yes, we could have had salad, but there was snow on the ground, and it was minus 10 at night – not really the weather for cold collations. Or am I still making excuses? :-) Anyway, we had a curry one evening, collected from our favourite curry house and pizza delivered (with an attempt to deliver the same again about 45 minutes later, which we declined) and two carpet picnics. All delicious in their own way, and the latter at least included some of my 5-a-day – I don’t count saag aloo, though it undoubtedly is green!

I was back on track from Monday of last week, and I think that restricted the damage done, but it was not great. Plus four. To be expected. I’d forgotten that it was a taster evening on Thursday, but a text from my consultant, the lovely Lou, reminded me in time. I had a bit of a bulk-cooking fest on Sunday – any excuse to be in the new kitchen – so I had some roasted Mediterranean vegetable soup in the freezer, which did nicely. It’s from the SW Little Book of Soups, £3.95 from your local group or an eye-watering £14.99 plus delivery from a couple of sellers on Amazon. We’ve had a few of the soups, and liked most of the ones we’ve tried so far, but this is the current favourite. Now that I have a freezer that will hold more than a few loaves of bread without being stuffed to capacity, and a microwave, last-minute changes become much easier to manage. :-)

I’m going to find it hard again this week, but for another great reason. I have a week-long advanced kitchen skills course booked at Betty’s Cookery School which is the very generous gift (for Christmas and birthday) of my Dad, and my brother and his family. Very timely, as the last day of the course is my birthday. I am a little nervous that some of it will be too advanced for me, especially the bread-making, as I have never done that before, but I am sure I will learn a lot. I’ve done day courses at Betty’s before, and thoroughly enjoyed them. Each time, I have ended up tired but very happy and with some new recipes and skills tucked away for future use. Oh, and dinner for that evening, ready to bung in the oven. The school provides food during the day, and you take away what you’ve made at the end, so I imagine the same will happen again. I hope so, as I know I won’t feel like cooking, although it would be easier to stick to SW if I did. We’ll see how it goes, but I fully expect to be reporting another gain next week. The week after is an unknown quantity – I will be away for work for three days, and I am not sure whether I’ll make it home to York in time for weigh-in. It’s out of my hands, as I’m not organising the agenda for the three days, but I’ll do the best I can to stick to the plan, and get to Group. Life is what happens when you’re busy doing something else, as John Lennon didn’t say. :-)

from risensources.com

The train used to be a good opportunity to get some work done, but it is becoming harder, the more crowded the trains become. There is rarely an occasion when somebody cannot overlook what you’re working on, and people seem to have fewer inhibitions about doing so. And then there’s the problem of space – the world and his wife has a laptop now, and, seemingly, a divine right to have sufficient space for it, their papers, phone, coffee, fondue set, cuddly toy etc etc etc. The iPad is wonderful for many reasons, but the teeny footprint is definitely high on my list.

Trains have also become noisier; again I suspect that this is as much about people’s respect for others as it is the sheer numbers involved. Even in the designated quiet coaches, there’s background chatter. Today isn’t too bad, busy but relatively peaceful – partly thanks to some early enforcement work by one of my fellow passengers towards someone making a phone call. Does it count if the train has not set off yet? Probably, and the rapid intervention appears to have set the (silent) tone, so well done, sir. :-)

So here I am there I was, tapping away at my now silent keyboard, making the most of the chance to catch up on this blog. When I started, I did wonder how much time I would have to devote to it. Weekly updates on the diet aside, it’s not particularly easy. There is an inverse proportion between what’s going on in my life and how much time I have to blog about it. Probably best to be busy and behind than blogging about nothing, but I suspect more work is needed to achieve a happy balance. That might be the motto for my life, by the way. And so many others’ besides.

I wrote this last week, meaning to post it when I got home, but didn’t get a chance – makes the point for me, rather. :-)

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