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Counting carbs/calories is a drag. Obsessive scale stepping is a recipe for despair. If you want to count something, "days on habit" is a much better metric. Checking off days on a calendar would do just fine, but if you do it here you get accountability and support. Here's how. Start a new topic in this forum called (say) "Your Name Daily Check In." Then every N day post a "reply" to that topic as to whether you stayed on habit. A simple "<font color="green">SUCCESS</font>" or "<font color="red">FAILURE</font>" (or your preferred euphemism if that's too harsh) is sufficient, but obviously you're welcome to write more if you want. On S-days just register that you're taking an S-day. You don't have to do this forever, just until you're confident you've built the habit. Feel free to check in weekly or monthly or sporadically instead of daily. Feel free also to track other habits besides No-s (I'm keeping this forum under No-s because that's what the vast majority are using it for). See also my <a href="/habitcal/">HabitCal</a> tool for another more formal (and perhaps complementary) way to track habits.

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Post by kccc » Sat Feb 12, 2011 2:43 am

Fun, thanks so much for taking the time to write this up! I will have to check it out - sounds like something I'd like.

Isn't it amazing how frequently science finds out the equivalent of "listen to your mother" (or your elders)?

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Post by funfuture » Sat Feb 12, 2011 12:20 pm

My pleasure KCCC. And yes, it is funny the way science often backs up folk wisdom. It's a good thing. :)

Saturday = S day

B: egg, ham, corn cakes with marg. 2 milky coffees - s day treat.
L: wraps with smoked salmon and salad.
Treat: chocolate almonds
D: stir fry fish, vegetables and rice
Treat: more chocolate almonds.

Happy with that S day - I didn't go overboard - I still have half a packet of chocolate almonds in my bag after sharing them around.

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Post by funfuture » Sun Feb 13, 2011 11:01 pm

Wilder Sunday...

B: egg, croissants, rockmelon.
Morning tea - half a slice of mudcake. Skim milk latte.
Afternoon - chocolates
D: thick vegetable soup, grilled cheese on a bun, 2 glasses of wine. Bowl of chocolate icecream.
Snack. plain crackers.

Weighed yesterday - no weight lost lately. I'm going to have to find a way to exercise despite my hip.

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Post by funfuture » Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:52 am

Monday:

B: boiled egg, 2 corn cakes with margarine, coffee.
L: 4 x vita wheat crispbread, homos, artichoke heart, cucumber.
D: chicken leg casserole, noodles, fruit. 1 x wine.

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Post by funfuture » Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:36 am

Tuesday:

B: bread roll, 2 figs. Coffee x 2
L: leftover noodles and chicken casserole.
D: tacos with all the trimmings (tomato, avocado, cucumber, cheese and lettuce). Probably a bigger plateful than I needed, but at least I didn't succumb to dessert...

Am overtired today and found NoS hard. Have been hanging on by the fingertips tonight, but I know it's because I haven't had enough sleep/rest over the past few days...

Off to bed now - tomorrow is another day...

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Post by funfuture » Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:45 am

Wednesday:

Still tired - and still clinging on - not sure why. Am struggling with my mood a bit today...

B: 2 eggs, blackberries, 2 corn crackers with marg.
L: salmon wrap with lettuce. Almonds. Peach.
D: sausages, steamed potato, carrot, broccoli, raw tomato. Almonds.

Bit wobbly around the edges - finished some extra steamed potato, so broke habit - Technically a fail.

Not sure why I'm feeling a bit weird (though it's probably to do with work).
My weight is still heading downwards - though slowly - I'm under 80kgs now (though it's hard to get an exact measurement on my scales). I'll record it when it's a clear 79. (When it gets to 79, I am no longer obese - just very overweight!).

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Post by funfuture » Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:28 am

Thursday:

A better day emotionally - but still a little wobbly. Maybe hormones? Might try some vitamin B.

B: capeseed roll + blueberries. 1 x coffee.
L: lamb paratha and salad
D: chicken casserole, rice, corn, carrot, lettuce.

Woke up very sore today but managed to do quite a bit of walking at work anyway.

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Post by amake616 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:17 pm

I have no idea what capeseed or lamb paratha are but enjoy them :D Anything lamb is generally pretty excellent. I'm glad you're feeling a little better.

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Post by kccc » Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:38 pm

Fun,

I took the liberty of copying your synopsis of the Happiness show/book to my thread so I wouldn't lose it. I hope you don't mind - if so, let me know and I'll delete it.

Hope you're feeling better. I'm dealing with hormones too ("menopause weirdness" is my term), and keep having to remind myself that they do not define me.

Cheers,

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Post by funfuture » Fri Feb 18, 2011 7:47 am

Hi Amake,
I wasn't sure what a paratha was either till I had one! It turns out to be a very thin Indian pancake. In this case, it was filled with a fine layer of ground and spiced lamb and then folded into a square like a handkerchief. It was a bit greasy but very tasty. I suspect a home-made one would be delicious.

I like lamb too. Australia used to be the land of the sheep, so we ate a lot of it when we were kids. Baked lamb was our regular Sunday lunch. In fact, I've been feeling a bit down in the dumps this week so I ended up making baked lamb for our dinner tonight - my version of comfort food. IT was delicious. :)

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Post by funfuture » Fri Feb 18, 2011 7:52 am

Hi KCCC,
I'm very happy for you to post that to your thread - glad it might be of use. I'm finding the book very good. Enough to make me go out at lunchtime yesterday and buy the DVD of the TV series. I have watched two episodes so far and I'm finding it both moving and gripping (but I like that sort of thing. :) ) The program as a whole certainly has some great advice in it...lots of wisdom, lots to take in...

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Post by funfuture » Fri Feb 18, 2011 7:53 am

Friday:
B: capeseed roll, banana and coffee
L: chia roll, mayonnaise, turkey breast, tomato and lettuce
D: Baked lamb, potato, sweet potato, beetroot, parsnip, broccoli, gravy.

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Post by funfuture » Fri Feb 18, 2011 7:56 am

Amake,
I forgot to tell you what capeseed is ...

I just googled it and I think it is a type of bread that originated in Sth Africa. It's sold by a local specialist bakery here. It's basically wholemeal bread made with lots of different seeds and grains. I love the rolls because they are both nutty and filling. They taste great. They also don't have any preservatives...

Here's their webpage that gives the nutritional info.

http://www.bakersdelight.com.au/product.aspx?ID=1174

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Post by kccc » Fri Feb 18, 2011 2:01 pm

funfuture wrote:Hi KCCC,
I'm very happy for you to post that to your thread - glad it might be of use. I'm finding the book very good. Enough to make me go out at lunchtime yesterday and buy the DVD of the TV series. I have watched two episodes so far and I'm finding it both moving and gripping (but I like that sort of thing. :) ) The program as a whole certainly has some great advice in it...lots of wisdom, lots to take in...
Thank you!

I am finding more and more that setting "little intentions" goes a long way toward happiness. Even if I don't get closer to the book/series than your description, it's helpful. (I expect I will check it out eventually, but I've grown wary of my tendency to turn choices into obligations, so like to give myself permission NOT to do things.)

Something you might enjoy... I just read "29 gifts" and am thinking of making that my personal "challenge" or habit for March.
Book: http://www.amazon.com/29-Gifts-Month-Gi ... 073821356X
Website: http://www.29gifts.org/

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Post by amake616 » Fri Feb 18, 2011 2:47 pm

Thanks for telling me what they were! I'm always on the lookout for new and delicious foods...which is probably part of the reason I need to diet but hey life's too short :D Those both sound pretty excellent, I didn't realize Australia had so much lamb access...I might have to visit there now, lol. I love lamb but it's very expensive in the States, at least around here.

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Post by funfuture » Sat Feb 19, 2011 1:20 am

Thanks for the links, KCCC. The idea is wonderful. It's so simple, but I can imagine it would be very effective.

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Post by funfuture » Sun Feb 20, 2011 1:19 pm

My weekend days have been okay, but I've been hitting the sugar in the evenings. I'm really re-thinking sugar altogether.

I'm reasonably happy with my N-days and I'd like my S days to really just be a flow on of those with the occasional treat/dessert. Not quite there yet.

The stretches I've been doing for my hips and neck seem to be working - I felt well enough this weekend to exercise - not quite walking yet, but I did laps for 30 mins at the local pool on Saturday and I shugged (carefully) yesterday and today with no backlash. I've made a tentative arrangement to go back to yoga in March (though I'm a bit nervous as I think that helped kick off the bursitis in the first place...sigh...I'll just take care with the types of stretches I do to begin with).

And I haven't had any wine this week. I want to keep the weekdays alcohol free anyway - and there was no cause to have any wine this weekend as I was with teetotallers. (That makes it easy. :) )

Just watched the third of the happiness documentaries. They really were inspiring.

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Post by funfuture » Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:11 am

Feeling great today - wierd hormones, that's for sure.

Monday:
B: 2 eggs and 1 slice of capeseed bread. Coffee with lf milk.
L: roast vegetable and lettuce baguette (bought)
D: chicken casserole, rice, rockmelon.

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Post by funfuture » Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:47 pm

Tuesday::

B: On the run - capeseed roll, banana, coffee.
L: leftover chicken casserole with rice
D: steamed salmon, pasta with pesto sauce (made with basil from a friend's garden), fresh figs.

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Post by funfuture » Thu Feb 24, 2011 7:49 am

Wednesday:

B: pesto on toast/cracker. Rockmelon.
L: chicken casserole, rice, fresh figs.
D: bacon and vegetable quiche (made with stock instead of milk). Slice of bread with avocado and dressing. Fruit.

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Post by funfuture » Sat Feb 26, 2011 12:29 am

Thursday:

B: crackers with marg and vegemite. Fruit.
L: can't remember!
D: homemade quiche, fruit


Friday:

B: crackers with avocado and cheese
L: mixed salad with tuna, capeseed roll, rockmelon
D: rissoles with steamed potato and veg, nectarine.

Saturday:
B: egg, bacon, crackers with marg. LF milky coffee.

About to have Lunch : bread roll with ham. Fruit.

Going out to a birthday party for dinner...

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Post by funfuture » Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:03 am

Saturday afternoon and evening were a bit disastrous...sigh....
Sunday was more restrained, but I fell into eating chocolate and crackers after dinner, just because my precious S day was fast disappearing...Silly...

Exercise was ok, though. I swam laps for 30 mins on Saturday and cleaned the house from top to bottom on Sunday.

Monday:
B: egg, 2 rice cakes with marg and vegemite. Coffee.
L: salmon wrap with cucumber, capeseed roll. Salad vegies.
D: Rice with savoury mince, garlic bread, pork bun, green salad, fresh peach (too much food and a bit eccentric!)

My weight's not shifting - still sitting on 80kgs (wobbling up and down around that point)...just monitoring it at the moment...

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Post by funfuture » Thu Mar 03, 2011 5:44 am

Have had computer problems this week. The screen on my mac went dead (it's been threatening to for a long time). Am on a replacement Toshiba at the moment until I can get a new Mac, but it's taking some getting used to!

This week has been up and down. I was ok Monday, Wednesday and Today, but I lost it on Tuesday night and resorted to icecream as a comfort food. Tsk Tsk...

Nothing terrible happened that provoked the need for comfort - just went that day to an alternative healer for my hip and I think their treatment unleashed some stored emotion...funny how that sometimes happens with massage, etc.

We are back in the midst of industrial action this week - not much fun. Just a one-day strike for me yesterday but there are ongoing rolling strikes around the university. As one of my colleagues put it on her facebook page -the action is to try to convince someone who earns $30K a fortnight that someone on $30K a year (with a PhD and sometimes years of workplace experience) deserves some job security. In other words, we're trying to stop further casualisation of our workforce - where new appointments have huge responsibility but are on casual and short term contracts, sometimes for years - casualisation being something our vice chancellor insists on writing into the university's employment policies and agreements....sigh....

Today's food - Thursday:
B: cheese and avocado on toast at home. Skim latte at a cafe later.
L: Beef sandwich with chutney and lettuce.

Dinner will be chicken baked in the slow cooker with vegetables. Fresh local baby plums afterwards. (That's the plan...it's in the cooker... :)

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Post by funfuture » Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:16 am

Friday:
B: forgot - was in too much of a hurry to get DD early to school...Later had coffee at a cafe with a friend.
L: Leftover chicken casserole - a very hefty helping as I was starving.
D: sausages with steamed potato, sweet potato, carrot, broccoli, green beans, plus homemade pesto. Rockmelon. 2 glasses of wine (feeling like a Friday night treat...)

Am pleased with having walked most days this week - several kilometres each day.

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Post by funfuture » Tue Mar 08, 2011 12:30 pm

Haven't had a chance this week to post here. Have been all over the place - very very busy.

Am reading a book by David Gillespie called "Sweet Poison" which attributes the obesity problem to the spiralling use of fructose in our diets. He also thinks fructose may lie behind the increasing frequency of dementia in old people. The book is very clearly written and details the science behind his claim. He himself lost 40kg by cutting anything out of his diet that tasted sweet (except fruit...)

I'm only 1/3 of the way through, but so far it is a fascinating and persuasive read...

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Post by funfuture » Wed Mar 09, 2011 11:35 am

Have been a bit off track lately...

Wed:
B:egg, corn cakes with marg, cherry tomatoes, coffees
L: capeseed roll, pesto, tuna, lettuce
D: Chinese homecooking at a friend's - meat and spinach dish, cucumber, rice, clear soup, omelette.
Snack: raw almonds.

Try again tomorrow.

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Post by funfuture » Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:09 pm

Thurs:

B: egg, cracker with avocado and cheese, coffee
L: capeseed roll with avocado,smoked salmon and lettuce.
D: sushi and miso soup

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Post by gratefuldeb67 » Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:23 am

hi fun! :)
i just skimmed your last pages posts and see your dealing with a hip injury. glad to see that you are swimming.. i had a massage client years ago who totally fractured his hip and femur in a motorcycle accident when he was in his twenties... he completely rehabilitated himself by swimming for a year or two.. it's great therapy.
hey don't beat yourself up so much btw, it sounds like your "sighing" a lot.. you look like your doing very well to me.
have a lovely weekend!
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Post by funfuture » Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:26 am

Hi Debs,
nice to see you here. Yes, swimming seems to be really helping me. I'm gping agan in the morning with DD and her friends. It's the weightlessness - and being able to fully stretch out without anything hurting. Love that feeling.

You have a lovely weekend too.

B: sourdough toast with butter and vegemite. 2 flat white coffees.
L: Roll with leftover smoked salmon and lettuce.
D: cashews, half a sausage, potato, sweet potato, carrot, broccoli and corn. 2 glasses of wine (hey, it's Friday!) :D

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Post by funfuture » Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:45 am

Had a good weekend. Sugar free - and that was surprisingly easy. It was a relief really not to binge or eat more than I wanted to. I did snack - on raw almonds. And I had wine with dinner (apparently fructose isn't a problem in wine because of the fermentation process).

Monday:
B: capeseed roll and a banana. Coffee.
L: Mixed salads (bought).
D: chicken casserole, rice, egg & spinach dish, green salad. Glass of wine.
Snack - raw almonds.

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Post by funfuture » Wed Mar 16, 2011 9:09 am

Tuesday:
B: blueberries, cheese and ham roll, coffee
L: roll, ham, avocado, Asian salad (bought), grapes
D: rissoles, steamed vegies (potato, sweet potato, broccoli, carrot, corn). Fresh peach.

Wednesday:
B: egg, toast, marg, coffee
L: capeseed roll, avocado, ham. Green grapes.
D: stirfried tofu and vegies with rice. Curried pumpkin and cauliflower soup. Grapes.

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Post by funfuture » Thu Mar 17, 2011 11:38 pm

Thursday:

B: egg, tomato, corn cake with avocado, coffee
L: leftover casserole on a bread roll
D: raw almonds, fish, salad vegetables (tomato, cucumber, avocado), rice crackers.

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Post by funfuture » Mon Mar 21, 2011 2:41 am

Friday to Sunday were fine.

We had fish and chips and wine on Friday night and it was a bit rich for me.

Swam on Saturday. Sugar free weekend.

Monday:
B: 2 corn cakes with vegemite and marg. 2 coffees
L: roll with pressed chicken, cucumber, cherry tomatoes. Grapes.
D: still to come - planned meal with friends - potluck - spaghetti bolognese, chicken stirfry.

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Post by funfuture » Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:16 pm

My very elderly mother passed away yesterday - peacefully and with all the family around her, which is what she would have wanted.

It's not been an easy week food-wise (or any-wise really). With my siblings, I've been sleeping in mum's room and living on vending machine coffee and sandwiches that the nursing home very kindly sent up to us each evening. I have no idea where I'm at with food, etc, except that I have managed to stay off sugar and feel much better for it.

I'd like to stick with going sugar free and let go of the other aspects of NoS for a while. I really like that over the past few weeks I haven't over-eaten on weekends and haven't gone head first for the chocolate when things have been stressful.

Once I've pinned the No Sugar down over a few months, then I'll slot back into the other S's.

Going upstairs now to give my sleeping daughter an extra kiss.

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Post by amake616 » Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:35 pm

I'm very sorry to hear about your mother. You should definitely be focusing on just what makes you feel calmest at the moment and not worrying about what you eat. Losing a parent has got to be one of the hardest things you can go through although I'm glad for you and her that it was peaceful.

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Post by idontknow » Thu Mar 31, 2011 7:40 pm

I am so sorry to hear about your mother. I'm glad she passed away peacefully, but it must be a very difficult time for you. Take care of yourself

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Post by funfuture » Sat Apr 02, 2011 11:23 pm

Thanks very much, Amake and IDK. I appreciate your kind thoughts.

I've managed to gain weight over the last week (2kgs) - too much snacking in place of meals, but I think it must also at least partly be stress, and perhaps some fluid retention. I'm still sugar free.

No big deal, really. Will slot back into 3 regular meals and no snacks, etc, tomorrow when I get back into my work routine.

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Post by funfuture » Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:26 pm

I'm a bit all over the place at the moment. The weight gain wasn't permanent - must have been fluid retention.

Crazy day yesterday - so busy at work, plus DD needed an emergency dental appointment, I was meant to be helping my sister at the Church to work out the liturgy for Mum's funeral and then I left the lights on in the car (it had been raining heavily when I drove to work), so had to leave the car behind and catch an extremely expensive cab to make all the appointments happen. DD couldn't sleep last night. In the end, I caved and had some chocolate - misplaced self-nurturing.Interestingly though, after being sugar-free for a couple of weeks, I found it disgustingly sweet and waxy.

DD has gone off to a 3-day school camp today (sleeping over in another city). In one way, the timing was terrible (she was very anxious about leaving), but in another it's ok as it will be fun and a good distraction for her.

Back to NoS today.

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Post by NoSRocks » Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:24 am

So sorry to hear about your mother! My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Really enjoying your food diary, fun! Sounds like you are doing great!!!
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Post by funfuture » Thu Apr 07, 2011 12:54 pm

Thanks, Roxie, on both counts.

My food intake is way off key at the moment. My NoS has gone out the window. Hauling myself back in to start again.

Try again tomorrow.

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Post by funfuture » Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:24 am

We had a beautiful service for Mum on Tuesday - really lovely. I think she would have approved! :)

DD is coping well. She went to her school camp and, despite all the anxiety beforehand, she had a marvellous time. It was a very good thing for her to do while we were all sad here and making the preparations for mum's funeral. She was sad enough and benefited from some distraction with other kids.

Our lives are starting to revert to normal - my relatives have all gone home now. There are still some things to do, but I'll have a chance now to spend time with DD (10 more days of the school holidays left) and catch up on unfinished work.

I haven't been NoSing - meals have been all over the place (well that's my excuse) and I've been snacking and eating sweets. But I want to settle back into NoS as we settle back into our routines. I really enjoy the regularity of eating 3 times a day and nothing in between. I also was enjoying being largely sugar free - I suspect that long-term if I aim to be sugar free I'll end up achieving sweets as a "sometime" rather than regular thing. That's where I'm aiming.

There is no point posting what I ate yesterday (can't remember anyway), but I started today with a boiled egg and coffee with milk. Am meeting a friend for a sandwich lunch. We'll have a simple dinner. So I may as well declare this a NoS day. :)

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Post by Who Me? » Fri Apr 15, 2011 4:40 am

Sending you kind thoughts. Losing a parent is so challenging.

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Post by kccc » Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:50 pm

Fun... I only just saw this. Please accept my sympathy for you and your family.

From my dealing with grief, it comes and goes in waves... and all you can do is go through it.

Do take care of yourself - self-nurture is a good idea under emotional stress! (Genuine self-nurture, that is.)

Best wishes.

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Post by funfuture » Sun Apr 17, 2011 5:32 am

Thanks Who Me? and KCCC. I really appreciate your kind support. It's not an easy time, but it's made much easier because of the friends we have (including our online friends).
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Post by funfuture » Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:43 am

Hmm...still not quite back on habit. I was doing fine, but we ended up staying at a friend's place for dinner and she baked us individual apple crumbles for dessert - very difficult to refuse without being very rude (but then again, that's probably an excuse on my part...)

B: rice cakes with peanut butter and a pear. Coffee
L: thai beef salad and a capeseed roll.
D: roast chicken with potato, salad and bread. (And dessert!!! apple crumble and plain yoghurt).

Try again tomorrow.

I did get some exercise in though -
- Half an hour of tennis with DD after breakfast
- 50 min walk (including a steep hill) after lunch.

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Post by funfuture » Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:48 am

Tuesday: A more settled day today.
B: toast with vegemite. Coffee.
L: noodles with vegetables. Coffee
D: frittata made with frozen spinach, leftover ricotta and tuna that I defrosted thinking it was sausage. :) Also had a bread roll, banana and plain yoghurt. Wine x 2.

Exercise:
A walk to the shops to get milk (maybe a kilometre), and half an hour of tennis with DD (it's the school holidays). A few stretches for my hip, but otherwise, lots of time on the computer.

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Post by funfuture » Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:56 pm

No need to worry about exercise yesterday - spent 6 hours walking around our agricultural show with kids. Lots of fun.

B: Levtover fritatta. coffee
L: 2 tuna sandwiches with mayonnaise and lettuce.
D: roast lamb and vegetables at my brother's home. 2 glasses of wine.

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Post by funfuture » Fri Apr 22, 2011 1:30 pm

Thursday was fine - stuck to NoS.
B: roll and coffee
L: chicken and salad sandwich and coffee
D: Chinese style meal at a friend's - rice, meat dishes and greens.

Friday:
B: toast and vegemite, coffee
L: pasta with chopped tomatoes
D: fish and chips, wine. Baking biscuits (cookies) for a camping trip and have tasted 2!

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Post by funfuture » Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:43 am

Have been camping with friends over this long Easter weekend. Great fun but but too much food. Lots of exercise though. An 8.5 mile walk yesterday - slept like a log last night.

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Post by funfuture » Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:27 am

After an awful binge on Monday, have stayed on track the last two days.
I'll start tracking my food again.

B: scrambled egg, toast with vegemite, half a pear. coffee with lf milk.
L: chicken salad - leftover chicken, lettuce, cucumber, spanish onion, dill and homemade vinaigrette. 2 fuji persimmons.
D - not sure yet...

It's pouring with rain, so I will exercise at home.

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Post by funfuture » Fri Apr 29, 2011 3:04 am

The rain cleared yesterday, so I ended up going for a 50 min walk, followed by shugging and floor exercises.

Dinner was pasta with a smoked salmon, dill, lemon and caper sauce. Yum (if I may say so myself... :) )

Today - Friday:
B: rice cakes with peanut butter - coffee
L: chicken sandwich on capeseed bread. Persimmon.

Dinner - am not sure yet - will have a think about what to pick up on the way home...

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Post by funfuture » Sun May 01, 2011 1:15 pm

Dinner on Friday was a savoury mince made with lots of vegetables.

Saturday was very restrained. I don't remember eating anything outside the 3 meals, except for a handful of crisps in the late afternoon. I also walked a lot as my car is in dock.

Sunday was a bit different - I was tied to the computer for work. I snacked on crackers and, with DD, had half of a small easter egg grated over my pear after dinner.

Tomorrow's meals are already planned - probably eggs for breakfast, sandwiches made with avocado, ham and leftover mince (already made) plus fruit. Dinner will be chicken snitzel and vegetables (the chicken is thawing). We'll see how we go.

My time is very tight at the moment. I fly to Brussels next Sunday to give two conference papers. It's a long trip from here - 2 days to get there, 3 days at the conference and then 2 days home again. I'm leaving DD with friends and can't be away from her or my teaching for long (we're in the middle of semester...not great timing...ah well). Just trying to get my marking finished, my papers written ...oh, and my passport renewed...a small detail I nearly forgot. :)

It will be a nightmare of travelling, but luckily, I LOVE plane trips. I have never gotten over the excitement of airports and plane travel. Plus, I get 24+ hours uninterrupted with a book and some movies. The lack of sleep and lack of leg space are both vile, but the downtime is bliss. And I get to have a full day and a bit with a friend in Paris. (I know, I know, a full week and a bit would be better, but I'll take what I can get. Besides, these days, I miss home and DD too much to extend it beyond what is absolutely necessary to get the job done.)

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Post by idontknow » Sun May 01, 2011 3:09 pm

That is a long trip, but very exciting. I'm sure you'll have a great time. Any amount of time in Paris is wonderful - I'm very envious of you.
I'm sure your DD will be fine, but I sympathise with how you feel about leaving her. The time we have with our children is very short and needs to be treasured. Remember to take care of yourself in the hectic week ahead :)

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Post by funfuture » Mon May 02, 2011 3:08 pm

Thanks, IDK, will do. :)

Meals weren't quite what I planned today, but not far off...

B: crackers with butter and vegemite - coffee.
L: sandwiches with mince (made last night)
D: chicken stirfry, quiche made without diary.

Floor exercises and shugged. Also walked a fair bit this morning on my way to work.

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Post by funfuture » Tue May 03, 2011 9:20 am

Tuesday:
B: crackers with peanut butter. 2 coffess
L: sandwich with curried egg. Mandarin.
D: chicken noodle and vegetable soup, bread. Pear.

I haven't exercised yet, but I'm planning to shug and do exercises.

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Post by funfuture » Wed May 04, 2011 2:46 pm

B: vegemite sandwich. coffees.
L: chicken, eggplant and salad wrap.
D: Thai takeaway with friends. 2 x red wine.

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Post by funfuture » Tue May 31, 2011 12:58 pm

Have been totally off track - again. The trip to Brussels went well. Was totally exhausting as predicted, but who cares - it was wonderful to visit Paris again and to have a little time in Brugges and Ghent.

Now I'm back at work, but life is about to take another u-turn. I'm adopting another child from China and am expecting to receive notification any day now. I've been matched with a child but I don't know who she is yet. The documents have been posted from Beijing and have probably arrived here in Australia and are with our government offices who look after adoptions. They will process them and then I can expect to hear later this week who she actually is. I'm approved to adopt a little girl, 0-3 years old.

Totally exciting, but totally terrifying. No more trips to Brussels. Ever! DD is not at all sure about losing her "only child" status. But even she is getting excited at this point.

So, back to NoS....Will I ever make it stick? Yes, yes, yes....

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Post by kccc » Tue May 31, 2011 2:16 pm

How exciting!!

It's nice that you had a lovely trip just before this big news...and it is BIG news! Keep us posted as events unfold...

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Post by idontknow » Tue May 31, 2011 7:01 pm

Congratulations! Can't wait to hear more :D

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Post by funfuture » Fri Jun 10, 2011 2:59 am

At last we have some news!
Our agency finally called us last night - We are delighted to announce that we have a little girl from China joining our family. She is 15 months old and is in foster care in Jiang Xi province. DD and I will travel to pick her up in 6 to 8 weeks time.
Couldn't be more relieved or excited. :-)
cheers,
fun
xx

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Post by sophiasapientia » Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:56 am

Congratulations on your happy news! So exciting! :D :D :D
Restarted No S (3rd times a charm!) January 2010 at 145 lbs

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Post by funfuture » Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:33 am

Thank you, Sophiasapienta!

We've been home 3 months now. I adopted my littlest one on August 8. She's just gorgeous and luckily my 11-year-old is as smitten with her as I am. She's had quite a bit of catching up to do but is now starting to walk - has grown 7 cms and gained 3kgs in the time she's been with us. Eats non-stop, but I suspect that will start to ease off as she learns that food is plentiful and as she reaches her natural weight and height.

She's funny as a barrel of monkeys. And v v cute...I'd post a picture but I don't know how.

My eating has been all over the place - and not much exercise. Had a bit of a wake-up call on the weekend with a friend commenting on my weight. So starting again (sigh...)

Will begin recording meals and exercise from tomorrow.

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Post by tobiasmom » Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:25 pm

Oh, congratulations on the adoption! What a blessing!!!

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Post by funfuture » Sun Feb 19, 2012 2:09 am

Well, I'm back! ... and starting again - the serial NoSer...

I just had a look back through previous posts. My word for the year was "painless" - my goal had been to end 2011 pain-free - and magically I have. Most obviously on a physical level but in other ways too. A year ago I was almost crippled with bursitis in both hips, plus other joint pain that I was attributing to some arthritis...to cut a v long story short, the general joint pain turned out to be a consequence of low vitamin D. I knew I had low readings for Vitamin D but didn't realise that it would have such an effect. I've been taking my littlest one to the park every morning to help her gross motor skills and magically all that sunshine and fresh air has transformed my own well-being. It does't hurt that I am also taking some time off work and away from the computer! I can bend, lift, squat and pretty much do anything, whereas a year ago I couldn't even lie down for long because of the pain.

My weight unfortunately is at an all-time high. But, apart from the restriction of childcare, I'm able to exercise again. I'm really over the see-sawing weight. By the end of this year, I intend to have shed the excess and be fit again. My weight this morning (with new, accurate scales) is 85 kgs exactly.

I'm inspired now to think of a special word for this year. I'll ponder a bit and post again later.

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Post by idontknow » Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:41 am

Lovely to see you back and I'm very pleased that you are feeling better. Good luck :D
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Post by funfuture » Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:28 am

Thanks, IDK.

I think my phrase for this year is "letting go" - letting go of excess weight, of bad habits, of negative thoughts, of useless fears and counter-productive behaviours, of unhelpful people and situations, of outdated expectations and plans, of anything that no longer fits or holds me back. I don't want to battle these things - I just want to peacefully and gracefully let them go. Time to start afresh.

And I have a second word - "artistry". I wanted to include creativity, but this feels more specific and closer to what I mean.

Gearing up to keeping a food and exercise diary again...

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