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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems like we are well into the cold & flu season. So many people struggling with these colds! Feel better soon!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fooled again... Wink The voice that asks for ice cream is pretty sneaky.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tuesday

Breakfast: peanut butter and banana on toast
Lunch: pizza, cucumber, grapes
Dinner: sweet potato and chickpea curry with naan bread

The coughing continues. Sometimes I think it's cold season for me from September to July Laughing But I seem (fingers crossed) to just have one symptom at a time, which drags it out but means I'm never actually that unwell. So I've had a sore throat for a week, a few days of sneezing and now I'll probably have a cough for a week. The joys of working with germ spreaders. I mean children.

Managed to quieten the voice that was calling for ice cream today.. even though I still haven't really slept properly. Cough.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monday
Breakfast: a banana
Lunch: cheese and cucumber sandwich, grapes, carrots
Dinner: fish fingers, rice, peas, sweetcorn and cauliflower

So last week was a bit of a sleep-deprived, coughing blur.
The cough continues, and has now been joined by stomach cramps. Could be period-related but also combined with pulling my stomach muscles from coughing. I can't stand up and cough without wincing, been doing some very sedentary teaching today. Wheelie chairs are amazing..

Any natural cough suppressant suggestions welcome. I can't bring myself to buy expensive cough medicine when Dr Google says honey is just as good, so I've been having a lot of honey in my lemon tea, but I really don't like honey. And it doesn't seem to make that much difference...

Anyway, today I have very sensibly chosen to medicate with plain food rather than ice cream. Probably spurred on by having put new batteries in my scales. Unsurprisingly, not lost any weight since the summer, but at least I haven't put any on.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hang in there. You sound really really sick! So sorry about the pulled muscles from coughing! Horrible!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you seen your doctor for the cough? That sounds really awful. I think if you do honey as a cough suppressant, it's supposed to be a teaspoon of honey undiluted, not in your tea. But honestly I think you may be beyond the power of honey.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tuesday

Breakfast: peanut butter and banana on toast
Lunch: cheese and cucumber sandwiches, grapes, carrots
Dinner: chicken, veg, roast potatoes

Thanks for all the sympathy! The thing is I really don't feel that ill, I just struggle to fall asleep because of coughing and then don't sleep very solidly. My throat doesn't hurt, I had a headache last week but it's gone, everything else is fine, it's just an annoying cough.
My stomach is feeling much better too, so think that was unrelated to the cough.

I'm not actually even registered at the doctor's at the moment Shocked Embarassed I'm so rarely sick that I both make a big fuss when I am a bit under the weather and completely forget that being registered with a doctor is probably a good idea. I'll look into it for if the cough doesn't get better this week - I have next Monday off work so easy for appointments if needed.

Oh and that's sad about the honey thing. I really don't like honey so not sure I could stomach a spoonful of it...
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wednesday

Breakfast: peanut butter and banana on toast
Lunch: cheese and cucumber sandwiches, grapes, carrots
Dinner: chili beans and rice

I foolishly said "wow, I haven't coughed all morning" and then proceeded to cough all afternoon....
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thursday

Breakfast: cheese pastry and a banana
Lunch: selection from buffet
Dinner: sweet potato and chickpea curry with naan bread

Had two plates at lunch time but only because everyone sat down in front of the food before I got there so I leaned over heads long enough to get a few things then had a few more later. Didn't take anything sweet though, my buffet behaviour is much improved!

There's been an illness development- been sneezing the last few hours. We'll see if it lasts or changes anything in terms of coughing.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2018 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Friday

I supplemented my very boring packed lunch with some buffet leftovers. I could maybe have been fine with keeping that green but then I solved my life's stresses with cake and ice cream after dinner. Ah well.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
then I solved my life's stresses with cake and ice cream after dinner.


Ha! That is what I did with a fast-food drive through this afternoon! Life! It's always clever at finding ways around our best intentions. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monday

Breakfast: scrambled egg in a tortilla wrap
Lunch: cheese and bacon burger and chips

And now my stomach really hurts. I'm wondering if it's connected to the cough (still ongoing) as I never really have a stomach ache usually and this is the second time in two weeks. When I woke up this morning my stomach muscles felt achey, but they seemed better during the day. I did eat a really big lunch though (had a random day off work so went out for lunch with my sister, cousin and their babies) so it could be that. I'll go back to sleeping propped up and have a nice early night...
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tuesday

Breakfast: peanut butter and banana on toast
Lunch: cheese salad wrap, grapes
Dinner: chicken soup, cheese and onion slice, slice of bread

Well, in good news, the stomach ache was just a temporary thing. However the cough is still going strong . All the doctor websites/doctor-y people I've talked to have said you've got to wait three weeks before a doctor will do anything... Counting down the days! I miss a solid night's sleep! This evening I have the added bonus of a headache - but that might just be from the stress of having to go back to work after a three day weekend... Feeling quite head-coldy generally though. Maybe it's the peak of this horrible virus and I'll feel full of the joys tomorrow. I can but hope.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope you feel better soon

Jx
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, so do I! She says, still coughing.

Wednesday

Breakfast: peanut butter and banana on toast
Lunch: cheese salad wrap, grapes
Dinner: sweet potato and chickpea curry

I'm bored of coughing and I'm bored of talking about coughing. So in other news, now I've got new batteries in my scales, my weight seems to be slowly going down again. Haven't really lost weight since May/June. Had kind of plateaud, but it was starting to creep up so I'm glad that's been nipped in the bud. Ideally, I'd like to lose another 5-10kg. And perhaps a dress size, though I haven't been a size 12 (I'm currently a 14, though I was getting towards a 16) since I was about 12.. Anyway, main aim is to eat more sensibly and at the moment that's going well.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thursday

Breakfast: peanut butter and banana on toast
Lunch: cheese salad wrap, grapes
Dinner: fish fingers, roast potatoes, cauliflower, peas, sweetcorn

In good news, I didn't wake up coughing in the middle of the night. For the first time in a fortnight, I actually slept a whole night! Still the odd cough during the day today but definitely better. Hooray! Unfortunately the disadvantage to not going to bed at 8pm (as I have been doing a lot recently) is that there's a lot of evening to be hungry in... I'm on to my third cup of tea. Probably doesn't help that I have very boring marking to do.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sitting here doing very boring marking. Confused
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm very much regretting letting it build up... Hope you've got further through your pile of marking than I have!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, so many essays to go, though I'm not looking at any tonight. They're so discouraging to read!

But in case you haven't seen my thread, these are my last essays! Retiring December 31st. It sure makes things easier.

But I remember when I couldn't even conceive of it all being over.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Friday

Breakfast: peanut butter and banana on toast
Lunch: cheese sandwich, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, grapes
Snack: chocolate biscuits
Dinner: chili beans and rice, chocolate cake and ice cream

Fridays are my nemesis. Especially when I make a stupid mistake at work at about 4pm and there's a box of biscuits in the staffroom.

At least this weekend has been reasonably restrained and I'm ready for a green Monday. And all my books are marked up to date- now just got to keep them that way and not end up with three weeks worth to slog through.

A bit jealous of your impending retirement, oolala! Still at least 30 years till I can consider that option. One of my co-workers likes to remind us that we don't have to stay in teaching our whole careers... But I can't really think of anything else I want to do even though sometimes it's so stressful!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monday

Breakfast: weetabix with peanut butter and banana
Lunch: cheese sandwich, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, grapes
Dinner: pasta with lentil sauce and cheese
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tuesday

Breakfast: toast and a boiled egg
Lunch: cheese sandwich, cucumber, cherry tomato, grapes
Dinner: chili beans and rice
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wednesday

Breakfast: croissant and a banana
Lunch: cheese sandwich, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, carrots, grapes
Dinner: fish fingers, roast potatoes, peas, sweetcorn, cauliflower
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thursday

Breakfast: peanut butter and banana sandwich
Lunch: cheese and cucumber sandwich, carrots, grapes
Dinner: mushroom risotto with kale and butternut squash and a kiwi

Christmas is hurtling towards me at an alarming rate. It's assessment week at school, so lots of data to do as well as the usual (you know... teaching... I phoned a parent at 5pm today and she told me I should go home- as if I ever go home before 6!). Real life is busy too - church craft evening, Christmas presents to prepare, dishes to prepare for joint meals. I've got no time to be hungry!


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't believe people with families teach. I couldn't have pulled it off. I can barely pull it off for myself. I"m determined to put a few decorations up this year. At least I don't have to bake.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know how they do it either!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Friday

Breakfast: peanut butter and banana sandwich
Lunch: cheese and cucumber sandwich, carrots, grapes
Dinner: chilli con carne and cous cous

Might be a bit premature in declaring it green as I'm about to go to a craft evening where there will be canapes. I'm considering making it an s-event but nibbles are dangerous...
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monday

Breakfast: peanut butter and banana on toast
Lunch: sausage, bacon and stuffing sandwich, carrots and grapes
Dinner: sausage and chips

Today's dinner is my reaction to the Ofsted call. I know another forum member had them visit recently, but in case you don't know about the English education system, they are school inspectors and we have one coming tomorrow. So I was at school till 8pm and then ravenous. Now dinner is done, time to make sure my books are marked. A week before Christmas is not ideal timing, let's put it that way! Also got to avoid the inevitable chocolate/cake/deliciousness that I'm sure will appear in the staff room once we're done..

My colleague has been teaching 20 years and this is her first Ofsted. I've only been teaching three- life's not fair! We weren't due it until next September so everyone's rather taken aback. I'm sure we'll survive though, and he's only in for a day- how much can one man really see in one day?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So Ofsted happened...

Tuesday
Wednesday


There were also many buffets... It was a series of unfortunate events! But today someone asked me if I'd lost weight, always a good motivator.

Thursday

Breakfast: bread and butter
Lunch: cheese and cucumber sandwiches, grapes, carrots
Dinner: pork pies, chicken wrap, berry smoothie

Not the best dinner, popped into the shop for bread, bananas and peanut butter (my breakfast foods all ran out!), came out with a meal deal instead. Guess it'll have to be porridge for breakfast tomorrow! Hopefully I have some bread in the freezer for lunch.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Friday

Glad this week could be rescued in the end

Breakfast: porridge with nuts and cinnamon
Lunch: cheese and cucumber sandwich, grapes, carrots
Dinner: fish fingers, roast potatoes, roast veg, baked beans

I ate a lot of dinner- I was really hungry! Perhaps because I'd eaten my lunch 40 minutes earlier than usual and then served children Christmas dinner for half an hour... Thank goodness that's over, though it was a lot more fun than last year when I didn't eat my lunch before and then ran out of time to eat it and got rather grumpy about the whole affair.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monday

Breakfast: porridge with walnuts and banana
Lunch: cheese and cucumber sandwich, red pepper, grapes
Dinner: gammon, broccoli, carrots, sweet potato, bread

Snack: cashews and caramel sauce (not together...)

I should definitely have finished my Christmas gift prep yesterday. I made a million gingerbread men (and ate a few too) at the weekend but they were no temptation compared to the caramel sauce. I would have been ok with a few cashews to check they were nice, but I ate more caramel sauce than can justifiably have been "testing". Ah well, at least I didn't eat any chocolate at school...
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, you are doing brilliantly, Flying! Coping with Ofsted and sticking to No S. Well done for getting through it! Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sticking to it that well, but thank you for the encouragement.

Tuesday
Breakfast: weetabix with walnuts and a banana
Lunch: cheese sandwich, cucumber, red pepper and grapes
Dinner: mushroom risotto with kale and butternut squash

Half a day more of school left. So ready. People keep giving me chocolate so now I have chocolate stashed in random out of the way places... I also managed to ice faces on about fifty gingerbread men this evening without eating them. Great sense of achievement.

Now I've just got to make it through a long drive to my parents tomorrow (I'm planning on saving some of my lunch to nibble on if needed - snacking is the main way I get through long motorway drives, especially when I'm by myself.) Then I've got to steer clear of all the many snack opportunities that my parents' house offers, especially at Christmas!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your post is a great reminder to me about my upcoming visit (Sunday - Thursday) at my in-laws. I need to make some clear plans ahead about boundaries, S Days, etc.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Funny, fp, long driving stints are some of the easiest times for me not to snack. I used to look forward to getting coffee when stopping for gas. (In hot weather, I'd splurge on diet soda.) That meal even farther down the road was a reward, too. I'd just go ahead and have whatever was around when the time came.

I hear ya on the problem of having the snack foods available at other people's houses. My parents had both died before I committed to No S. The few other people I've stayed with are a lot less likely to try to impose any eating on me. At one place, I've wished I got offered food more!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wednesday

Breakfast: porridge with walnuts and banana
Lunch: cheese and cucumber sandwich, carrots, red pepper, grapes
Dinner: raclette

So I survived the drive. Only stopped once in the end and just got a drink. Dinner wasn't really on one plate- raclette is cheese that you make under a grill thing in a tiny pan with bacon/veg then eat it with a potato. So you get one potato's worth of cheese at a time- slow and sociable. But I didn't stuff myself so I count it as green.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thursday
Breakfast: scrambled eggs and toast
Lunch: two slices of bread, ham, cheese, salmon, grapes
Dinner: beef stew, bean stew, a dumpling

Only had to say no to a mince pie twice. And I'd made them so at least I didn't feel guilty turning them down. My mum keeps apologising for doing meals that aren't easy to have on one plate, but dinner was fine today and lunch I plated in my head. My vague plan at the moment is to only have Christmas Day as an s day, but I am considering having birthday cake (it's my sister's birthday) tomorrow. But it would be very easy to save my slice of cake for breakfast on Saturday. We'll see.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very sane and moderate thinking and behavior.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

S is for special day
Breakfast: poached eggs and toast (my parents have chickens, and so does my sister - there are a lot of eggs!)
Lunch: quiche, salad, potatoes
Dinner: little slice of quiche, soup, bread, ham and cheese
Desert: birthday cake

I'm so impressed- I had one slice of cake and then nothing else. No snacks, no mince pies, no gingerbread men. The (food) flood gates didn't open. The cake was nice and it felt right to join in having a slice while my sister opened her presents, but mostly I'm pleased that I managed to have an s-event rather than a wild s-day.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2018 4:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done for a moderate S event.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That IS a feat.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You’re doing great, FP!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2018 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the kind words

After a weekend that was the polar opposite of moderate, but very enjoyable, today just about counts as green...

Monday

Breakfast: scrambled eggs on toast
Lunch: oatcakes (they're a bit like pancakes/crepes) with bacon, cheese and tomato and salad
Dinner: pizza and a little orange

The reason it almost wasn't green is that I ate way more pizza than I should have, but it was homemade and delicious. Also, for some reason I volunteered to get people's desserts ready (it was just leftover cake/ice cream) and I may have eaten some of the bits of cake/icing that fell off as I sliced/plated.

Ready for a non-stop food fest tomorrow but I'm sure I'll be glad of a return to normal eating patterns come boxing day.

Merry Christmas everyone!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas.

Mine was great, and I ate almost all day but I didn't feel at all guilty about it. I think that's new, I think I usually have a little voice saying "should you really have that?", but I just ate what I wanted, when I wanted.

Today was a little trickier but I'm going to count it as green...


Wednesday

Breakfast: banana (I got up late, it was nearly lunch time)
Lunch: Turkey curry and rice, a little orange
Dinner: bread, Turkey, salmon, ham, stuffing, cheese, treeselets (they're little cheesy crackers in the shape of a Christmas tree)

I probably ate more at dinner than I should have, but it's hard when there's such a lovely selection of things to have on bread. I did only have two slices of bread, but a lot of stuffing. And salmon. Maybe I need to get a bigger plate for such meals and just put it all on, but then I might eat too fast and find myself just sitting there.

What do other people do at meals that involve taking things from a selection? I'm fine with main meals, it's the meals that are, as we call them in my family, "bread and things" that I struggle with. I don't have this problem at home because I just make myself a sandwich and eat that, and I don't have 63 different delicious options to choose from...

My problem might be solved for a bit anyway as we finished quite a few bits off today and there are going to be fewer people here now until new year so next time I get to such a meal there might not be as appetizing a selection.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thursday

Breakfast: fried eggs on toast
Lunch: sausage and veg casserole with bread
Dinner: Turkey soup, bread, cheese, ham
Desert: chocolate cake and a couple of chocolate truffles

I'd walked up a big hill and then driven for almost two hours in the afternoon and it tired me out. Holiday me has no stamina... So I really fancied chocolate. But I was still tired out after chocolate and ended up going to bed early, which I definitely could have done before eating chocolate cake.

Oh well, one extra slice of cake in this weird "Twixmas" period is not the end of the world. Onwards and greenwards!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Friday

Breakfast: peanut butter and banana on toast
Lunch: veggie lasagne, lettuce, tomatoes
Dinner: bread, ham and cheese, treeselets, grapes

Once again I probably ate too much dinner, but it is a minor miracle I didn't snack. My bit of lasagne was probably too small and everyone else had seconds plus a few nibbles during the afternoon so noone else was really hungry for dinner. I was. At least it made me very proactive in helping lay the table/get things ready. My parents make their own bread and normally the slices are massive but my dad did it in a smaller tin today so the two slices of bread I tell myself are a plateful were not that substantial. I'm actually quite hungry again. Even though I ate loads of cheese. Oh well, will soon be Saturday!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This has been a hard week for moderation!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saturday and Sunday were s-days and so was yesterday (new year's eve- we had chocolate fountain).

So I've now officially done a whole year of no-S. My first ever new years resolution that has stuck! Let's see if I can make this January as green as last year's!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a HUGE deal! Yay for a successful NoS year!

Also, is a chocolate fountain what it sounds like? People actually put their cups in liquid chocolate and then drink it?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A chocolate fountain is almost what you're imagining, but you put fruit on a stick and hold that under the melted chocolate. We also had marshmallows to "dip", but my dad drew the line at chocolate cake in case it fell in and clogged up the pump.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going to say

An S Tuesday

Breakfast: croissant, banana
Lunch: rice, chicken, chilli, quiche, little oranges
Dinner: quiche, salad, humus and veggies, smoked salmon things

Really almost green, but let's set high standards for the new year. I had seconds at lunch time (my mum was dishing food out for twelve people, I couldn't exactly give my plate back saying "I need more rice please" before I'd started...) Then I asked for just rice for seconds and ended up with chilli too. Also the quiche was sitting just in front of me so I ate more than the one slice I'd virtually plated.

However dinner was all on one plate before I started eating. And I turned down so many snacks and desserts. No thank you is finally starting to become my default reaction to a biscuit.

From tomorrow it will be just me and my parents so no more busy meal times with hundreds of options. And on Friday I'm going back home to normality.


Food related things I'm considering for the new year :
-slightly more deliberate vegetarianism, or maybe even veganism (but what would I have for lunch with no cheese? And are milk alternatives really the same in tea? (plus they have their own ethical issues)). I cook mostly vegetarian for myself anyway and am quite happy to carry on eating meat other people cook for me, but can't decide how strict I want to be with myself on that occasional roast chicken or pack of bacon
- s-events rather than s days
-reducing plastic. I don't know how people do no plastic for food if they don't have loads of time /fancy shops nearby, but I'm considering giving it a go. I want to bake my own bread more often (two weeks of fresh bread at my parents' has convinced me), so that would be fine, and I'm sure I could source plastic free fruit and veg... Not sure about milk though, and apparently pasta is tricky.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wednesday

Breakfast: scrambled egg on toast
Lunch: pizza and vegetable crisps
Dinner: quiche, tomato, cashew nuts, cheese and crackers
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm very new(Day 8 today), but I think at least Saturday and Sunday should remain S days, even if you only end up having a treat or two! Having that kind of break is really a good way to balance things out. But S events instead of NWS days seems like a good idea to me! I would have probably preferred that method with the holidays, but as I'm just starting I didn't want to do much more than vanilla no S and mess myself up.

I enjoyed being vegan- it didn't help my health as much as being keto, but I still consider veganism sometimes out of general repugnance to the knowledge of where what I eat comes from. but I'm neither right now. I'd love to see how you work with vegetarianism or veganism, whichever you do!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thursday

Breakfast: cheese and ham croissant
Lunch: turkey soup, bread, humus and a tiny bit of cheese
Dinner: egg fried rice

So I've had a bit more of a think. I'm going to try not buying myself any meat (so some meat may feature, especially in the next week as I have ham from my parents (they're going on holiday tomorrow)). I don't want to go vegan though.

Milk I'll get from the milk man (not sure if it's any different for the cow but it comes in a glass bottle rather than plastic), and I'm going to bake my own bread (no plastic).

S days/events I'm still thinking about. I really just want to avoid the "I've had a piece of cake so now I can eat a packet of cookies" mentality but not sure what the best way to achieve that will be.

Part of me thinks "if it ain't broke don't fix it", but the other part of me thinks that I lost 9kg from January to March last year, and have only lost 1kg since then, so something might need to change.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wish we had a milk man in our neighborhood! I do find some great local milks though, although they are not all in glass bottles.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's natural for weight loss to be faster in the beginning, if you think you're outright stalling I see trying to mod it a little!

As of now I only plan to mod my S days if a) I consistently binge/make myself sick on them or b) I find I'm eating things out of anxiety about not being able to eat them on N days, rather than because I'm actually really wanting them. In both cases I think I'll need a couple more rules to really get myself in line, but as of right now I'm trying to trust the adjusting process since I'm so early in.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just had a sad statistics moment and worked out percentages of green days for every month this year (I've used a paper calendar to mark days green/S/red).

Perecentages are out of possible green days only and, in case anyone is interested, here they are:

Jan 91%
Feb 85%
March 77%
Apr 81%
May 75%
June 62%
July 82%
Aug 50%
Sept 75%
Oct 65%
Nov 68%
Dec 67%
Average: 73%

Quite interesting...

August makes sense - the other half of the month was holidays so all S rather than red. I didn't realise July was so good and Oct/Nov/Dec were so low in comparison! I was ill for quite a lot of Nov so that might be an explanation, and Dec is never going to be the best month. Also, there are only 20ish possible green days in a month so big percentage changes can only be a day or two.

So having considered that, I think I might not change anything about S-days until I have a few more months over 70% under my belt.

And even though I haven't actually eaten dinner yet, to save myself posting again:

Friday
Breakfast: sausage/bacon/egg sandwiches (oops - very much not vegetarian)
Lunch: cheese and ham sandwich, humus and celery, flatbread thin crisps
Dinner: lasagne (and maybe some veg/potatoes)
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love the stats! Thanks for sharing them, along with your reflections and insights on your patterns.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wise decision. In my opinion (supported by almost 9 years of experience) tampering with S-days without solid NoS habits in place never takes you where you intended to be. As a data junkie I find your stats inspiring, though - a great tool to see progress in black and white. Use it well and you I'm sure you'll succeed!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monday

Breakfast: porridge with peanut butter, banana, walnuts and cinnamon
Lunch: ham salad sandwich, carrots, little orange
Dinner: scrambled egg, beans, bread, cheese

Back to reality with a noisy (thanks to the 30 children in my class who have forgotten how to listen over the holidays) crash. But I made it. Even in the face of m&ms (kindly given by a colleague, I threw them in a desk drawer somewhere- hopefully I don't rediscover them on a day I'm feeling hungry) and a staffroom full of birthday treats. I forgot how long it is between each meal on a working day. And how dark it is at 6am! Four more days till the weekend...

In other news, my homemade bread is delicious but tiny slices (didn't seem too much of an issue with lunch - I had a lot of carrot to munch through so felt full/ran out of time to eat). I must remember to only bake it on S days because it's very hard to control myself around fresh bread. Milkman milk arrives tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tuesday

Breakfast: peanut butter and banana on toast
Lunch: ham salad sandwich, an apple, a carrot
Dinner: chickpea curry and rice

Milk arrived this morning, way more exciting than it should be. My apple didn't make my mouth itch, so I might get a couple more apples next week (I'm trying less plastic -wrapped alternatives to grapes). That's all the food news for today Razz
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wednesday

Breakfast: peanut butter and banana on toast
Lunch: cheese salad sandwich, a carrot and a kiwi
Dinner: blackbean burgers, normal potato wedges, sweet potato wedges, peas

Half the week down, only two days to go.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thursday

Breakfast: porridge with peanut butter, banana, walnuts and cinnamon
Lunch: cheese salad sandwich, carrot, little orange
Dinner: broccoli quinoa bake

My dinner was about as boring as it sounds. Unfortunately I have four more portions of it in the freezer. The joys of batch cooking-trying new recipes is a risky endeavour. It was better this time than the day I cooked it because I added a lot more salt and pepper before freezing it. Oh well, I'll just spread the portions out till they're finally finished and never make that again...
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Friday

Breakfast: pancakes, peanut butter, banana
Lunch: cheese salad sandwich, a carrot, a kiwi
Dinner: ham, parsley sauce, broccoli, carrots and (quite randomly) baked beans

Baked beans wouldn't be my carbohydrate of choice but I've run out bread (hence the pancakes for breakfast) and was too hungry to wait for anything to cook while the frozen ham/veg was microwaving. I was so hungry I may have eaten half the beans cold, out of the tin. But as I was seriously considering fish and chips, it seemed a better option.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah the weekend... Less said the better.

Saturday featured a buffet and Sunday I ate chocolate and gingerbread men for lunch and then two dinners...

Monday

Breakfast: peanut butter and banana on toast
Lunch: cheese salad sandwich, red pepper, kiwi
Dinner: bean burger, sweet potato and normal potato wedges, cauliflower, green pepper and humus, mango
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Flying! I too have been experimenting with veggie recipes. Made a spaghetti thing from a Good Housekeeping supplement - it had grated courgette, garlic, chilli, and lemon. It tasted like spaghetti in washing up liquid. Thankfully I didn’t batch cook.... Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tuesday

Breakfast: peanut butter and banana on toast
Lunch: ham sandwich, red pepper, mango
Dinner: chickpea curry and rice

Oh no, Octavia, sounds delightful! Luckily (as everything I cook is batch cooked) my other new recipes have been much more successful - particularly the black bean burgers, they almost taste meaty although they do fall apart a little once frozen and reheated.
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