After a busier than usual summer with a lot of ground covered and even more friends and family visited, it’s back to work, back to school and back to daily routines. One thing I’m looking forward to is getting the chance to exercise a bit more by walking in London’s beautiful parks. But first, I’m having breakfast with LYN to catch up on our summers… Read more
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Fashionista rang this morning as she usually does…oh at about 8:45…just as I am not so patiently at all trying to get C1 and C2 out (of) the door so that we can get to school when the first bell rings. 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
CSr (Daaad) needs a new coat. CSr has always had great taste, although I am of course biased, but the last few years his fashionister self has slipped a bit…quite a bit. Sorry darling but it’s true… Read more
Trendy Friend (TF) owns a salon here in London and is thinking about making some changes. Ironically, I am considering getting involved in a beauty business (maybe!), so when TF told me about Salon International, I thought I should go have a crash course. Besides, despite how many goals C1 may score this weekend, there is probably no topping last week’s match with THAT dad around, so I’m headed to ExCel London Exhibition and Convention Centre… 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
Last year while standing at a bus stop with C1 and C2, one of London’s Double Decker Open Top Routemasters came down the street full of ‘Hot Lifeguards’. I can’t confirm if they were ‘hot’ (I know, shame on me), because I was immediately distracted by both C1 and C2’s wanting to know, ‘why those naked men were throwing pants off the bus.’ I looked up and can confirm that they were not exactly naked, but it was difficult to see with the hailstorm of hipsters, bikinis and thongs thrown from atop the big red bus, along Kensington Church Street… Read more
As much as I would never choose retail therapy for any ailment, I can definitely admit that I like a good treatment. Alternative therapies really made a difference after a serious injury 2 years ago. As part of my recovery, I went to a reiki massage therapist, a homeopath, an acupuncturist, an osteopath, and a physiotherapist (physical therapist). Manicurists and pedicurists fall under those ‘ists’ that I’m not really interested in but today, I have an appointment to have a facial…with a facialist (is that even a word?) Read more
Most London schools have 3 terms. Perpetual pregnant parents on this side of the pond. Of course they don’t call it that in school but that’s what it is. Trimesters. Threes. Kids clubs, school activities and academic calendars all follow the same rule of thumb, or maybe the first three fingers.
Now that the kids are at school full time, only a few clubs have been scheduled outside school hours. Yet, every time I finally write that check and confirm registration, it seems I trip a wire to notify the termkeepers and before I know it, a text and email reminder arrive requesting me to book ‘next term.’ Really? Already? But I just got THIS TERM sorted! I have figured out why I just can’t get the hang of it. Read more