I might have saved C2 from the mountain (A Bit Kaput), but I can’t be in all places all of the time, every minute of every day. What mother can? Try as we might to protect our children and keep them out of harm’s way, the reality is accidents are definitely going to happen. So how do we stop from worrying about them? We don’t… Read more
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For the last few weeks, I have had my fair share of advice on whether or not I should have surgery following my injury. (A Bit Kaput) According to one of the consultant specialists here, I am in ‘no man’s land’, which suggests that if I was 10 years older, I would not be considering surgery and if I was 10 years younger, he would strongly advocate that I have an ACL reconstruction. So what do I do?… Read more
I have just returned from what was supposed to be a glorious week away skiing during the kids’ Winter Half Term. Francophile husband (CSr), decided to try something new this year so we headed to Italy. The plan was to fly to Venice and drive north to the Dolomites, a mountain range in northeastern Italy in the South Tyrol province. Except I didn’t ski… Read more
I’ve trimmed a bit of the fat…YAY! The 6 weeks of indulgence from Thanksgiving to New Years is pretty much gone. Whoo hoo! And it has not been very difficult. Well, we all know that not drinking at all is somewhat of a challenge…especially when I host a dinner party for my mother in law’s birthday…but I did it…by choice even…since ‘no drinking’ was not officially part of this diet plan.
I am not usually one to advocate any sort of a diet plan because it just makes people grumpy, edgy and fairly miserable. So it’s not so much a diet as simply sensible eating. Dr. Michelle Harvie, award winning research dietician and Prof Tony Howell, Professor of Medical Oncology, have been advocating their 2 day diet, ‘The original 5:2 diet’ and the tremendous health benefits that are associated with their approach.
Since all proceeds of the book go to supporting their work at Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention, I wanted to see for myself what it was all about.
No doubt you’ve heard about low carb ‘fast’ dieting or 5:2 diet plans with 2 days of low carb, reduced calorie meals followed by 5 days of ‘normal, sensible’ healthy eating. At first it sounds like you may be eating cardboard or salted paper for two days but the recipes are fantastic, generous in their portions and there really is no calorie counting at all, once you get the hang of recommended ‘serving sizes’. Unfortunately I have discovered that half a tray of CSr’s award winning lasagna is NOT a recommended portion size…so it does take SOME getting used to.
After 20 days, I feel great…and I’ve lost 7 lbs and more importantly 2 inches around my waist.
Of course you could probably do that in a week but this really is easy to stick with for more than a week.
I know, I know…the challenge is always keeping it off. But it wasn’t supposed to be there in the first place so how hard can it be? Just to prove how resolute I am, my sister in law was here from Paris this week and while walking around Westbourne Grove, I manged to resist Ottolenghi’s treats,
and Daylesford Organic’s bread and cheeses
AND Gail’s Bakery muffins. In the cold, wet wintry rain. Which is VERY tempting!
SO…I am pretty sure that my steely resolve will get me through even more rainy, wet, and wintry, want to eat pasta every night, weeks. Right? Right????
By the way, as it so happens, I am not the only one with unwavering tenacity this winter to trim some fat. As I focus on getting just a wee bit more healthy and fit, CSr has been getting our finances fighting fit and tightening the belt on unnecessary spending. So while I cut carbs, CSr cuts expenses.
So far, thankfully this has also been a fairly painless exercise as he has managed to eliminate unnecessary subscriptions and memberships and cleared out a storage unit which we don’t really need anymore.
BUT… I’m suddenly more than slightly alarmed that one of CSr’s initiatives is going to wreak complete and utter havoc on my own efforts.
CSr has decided to take delivery of wine that he has had ‘in bond’, which is basically cellared or in storage somewhere else, and has been for 10 years.
Apparently the wine “is drinking now” and yes it is an opportune time so that we save hundreds of pounds by taking it out of storage, and I suppose it is also reasonable to save even more on the foregone expense of what the wine would cost us now. As CSr reminds me with such enthusiasm that, “we can’t buy it now” but also how convenient that apparently, “we can’t sell it either”, despite CSr deeming all of his wine “priceless”. Uh huh.
As far as I’m concerned now, this wine is FREE so how on earth am I supposed to resist any of the 13 cases that were just delivered and are now sitting on my living room floor?
What would you do? Hide them under the bed? Put them in the closet for a rainy day, which is every day these days? Have an open house for broken hearts on Valentine’s Day? Seriously CSr?!?!?! Geesh…
Well, so much for will power. We cracked a small crate open last night (better than one of the big ones I told myself), and tucked into a gorgeous full bodied Spanish 2001 Neo, Punta Esencia.
Rich and fruity with a subtle spicy finish…hints of a few different flavours that need another glass to clarify. Plum, chocolate, subtle spicy finish…yep, the old palette is waking up. It has been a few weeks after all. So maybe just one more glass.
I’m sure that Dr. Harvie would not recommend using up all my ‘alcohol units’ in one evening, but I’m also sure that Dr. Harvie would not possibly resist with 13 cases just sitting there glaring at her…taunting her…nah, I think she’d pop a cork as well and enjoy a beautiful glass of wine.
So today, I had that Ottolenghi cookie with my coffee. I’ll get back on track again next week.
Now, which case to open tonight…hmmm…
Happy Friday everyone!!!
So, who has weighed in and who will fess up as to how much more they weigh now compared to 2 weeks ago, or in my case since Thanksgiving?! I myself have been over eating and drinking for 4 weeks. YIKES!!! And how much exercise has there been? Uh huh…thought so… Read more
Fifteen years ago I hosted my first Thanksgiving in London. I was working full time at the time and invited 6 people for dinner and 10 more for dessert. I had my mother’s recipes, my grandmother’s recipes, a turkey from a butcher in Holland Park that cost more than 10 Butterballs, and I had absolutely no clue where to begin or what to do. Honestly… Read more
I am in the middle of writing a business plan and I need a break. It is unusually sunny outside for late October and I have an hour before picking up the kids, so I thought that I should get out and move around a bit. I’m off for a run in the park then. I’ve never been a very good runner and I don’t even particularly like running but after sitting in front of a computer all day, it is exactly what I need to do…move around, jump around, get some cardio exercise. EXCEPT… I forgot to put on a sports bra… Read more
I missed C1’s match last weekend while in Hong Kong (Wow wee), so I was looking forward to watching the team play this weekend…but wait…who is that standing on the sidelines? Oh right, it’s THAT dad…THAT famous footballer…cheering on one of his own kiddos. Read more
Wow!!! Has it really been 2 weeks since I posted ANYTHING? Ooops!!! The back to work and back to school grind has sort of set in then I suppose…either that or nobody is reading this anyway and not missing much!
Anyway, I have quite a few funny stories to tell from a weekend in Hong Kong …yes, I did say weekend. Crazy right? Sort of… Read more
Okay so I’m really not that crazy worrying about the sun disappearing as soon as summer holidays are over. (Make Hay). Whatever that was looming and lurking last week while we all gallivanted around the streets showing off our tans, has now reared and surged and summer is gone…long gone…already…and I am cold. But I tell you, it’s not just me…
Daaad, who is supposed to be as hardy as a Highland ox put the heat on yesterday…YUP…
but don’t tell him I told you…
I think it might have something to do with the fact that we were up and out the door on a Sunday morning by 9am to go watch C1’s first football match of the season. It was sunny at 9am…and since the day before had been a complete washout, I thought some SUNNY fresh air would do me some good, which is why I decided to go as well…but don’t tell C1 that.
The team we were playing was at a sports field near Heathrow. C1’s away games leave me geographically challenged at the best of times, so at 9:30 on a Sunday, I just grabbed some coffee and let Daaad work out where we were going…even though C1 and C2 agreed that I knew my way around NY and NJ better than Daaad did…but don’t tell him I told you that either!
So, cruising along the M4 we exit and drive through Heathrow Tunnel Road, but instead of going to the terminals, we turn left. Errr… not exactly the left turn I’d like to make when describing airport scenarios but anyway, I have no idea where we are now and I’m pretty sure Daaad doesn’t either. A ha! iPhone sat nav, I salute you.
Just as we pull up to the playing fields which are tucked away somewhere between Jetfuel Lane and Engineroar Drive, my old friend Nimbus shows up.
REALLY??? Now?!? Don’t you have somewhere else to be this morning? We’re good – really…thanks for stopping by but keep on moving…PLEASE. PLEASE!!!
Ol’ Nimbus isn’t going anywhere. In fact, I think he is enjoying the game so much that he put a call into his good friends Blustery and Gust and they have all come down the M4 to see how the game is going…and they have the best seat in the house…right above the pitch just a few inches from the action.
At least C1’s team is winning so I am screaming and cheering for every single player on the team like the overly competitive alpha-American soccer mom that I’m not…’cause I’m jumping up and down screaming to stay warm…not because I give a hoot about the game…really…but don’t tell C1 THAT either.
Nimbus has been taunting and teasing us the entire first half…but I think he and his friends are enjoying the match so much that they want all of their mates to come along so here comes a long layer of his puffed up friends. How’ve ya been Stratus? Not that I REALLY care…REALLY.
Well, whatever THEY decide to do, I have had enough of this nimbo limbo state and since C1’s team is winning, I am now a fair weather fan and decide to go sit in the car and read some of the paper. Good timing as here comes the rain…and A LOT of it.
Okay Nimbus, I get it. Message received…more thunderous and not clear at all but I hear you. Summer is over.
2 oz sloe gin
1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
2 oz ginger ale
Mix and garnish with lime but if you are freezing your a** off, put the heat on and just go straight for the whiskey…but don’t tell anyone!