Re-write of a song

Friday, 5 July 2013

Listening to a Paul Kelly song and I'm re-writing it for the next time I'm tempted to fall off the wagon :) With apologies to Paul for ruining a beautiful, tragic song!

If I could start today again (link to youtube of the real thing)

All the kings and queens in the bible
They could not turn back time
So what chance have I of a miracle
In this life of mine?
I only want one day
To uneat the things I ate
Undo the thing I did
Twenty-four little hours
Oh God, please wipe them all away
And I promise I will change
If I could start today again
I know I'm not the 5+ fruit and veggie kind
Today I proved it true
When the snack attack invades my brain
I know not what I do
Please give me back today
And I won't eat the things I ate
Or do that thing I did
Every minute, every hour
The replay's just the same
And I can't stand to weigh
Oh let me change my weigh in day
I only want one day
One lousy day, that's all
Of every day that's been before
Since time began
I know my prayer's in vain
But for a second I'll pretend
That I can start today again

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And, despite the song parody - I did ok this week, I'm heading back down in the right direction. This is just a little cautionary tale to remind myself with...


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BOZGIRL


6/07/2013 5:12 AM
Hahaha. Nice. I like your songwriting style. And yay that you're on the way back down. Good for you!

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Little loss, big relief!

Friday, 28 June 2013

This week is another 200g in the right direction, but it was definitely a bit of an effort staying on track. I ran through my entire spontaneity stash by day three (the joy of Friday weigh ins!) and I am not sure those were the best choices to make.

I'm at a catered conference today, as I was yesterday. Have all my substitutions and choices planned ahead of time, because I'm also going out to a dinner gathering with friends tonight and really don't want to face another week where the 49 points were spent all on one or two days!

It's a bit of a reality check on how many "just once's" and "blue moon" and "go on, a little won't hurt" foods sneak into our day to day - no wonder the figures are going up (and our figures are going out) internationally in so many Western countries!

We really don't have a good grasp of what "normal" and "healthy" ought to look like - we're far too fixated on what's going to hit the Brain Happy, Body Not So Much triggers, and keep everyone else around us comfortable...

~Mel


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First loss (again)

Friday, 21 June 2013

Well, a week of actually doing what I've previously been taught by the program to do... and a loss on the scales. It's that reassuringly chunky first loss that people will happily tell you is mostly water (THANKS EEYORE!) but it's nice. Because the first week really does draw a lot out of you. Onward and downward!

Had a great night at my skating lesson last night. In Suesie (Smersh)'s honour here's a picture of Torvill and Dean ... who, when I skate, I manage to look almost completely but not totally unlike. I mean, I am white, female, brownish blondish and short, so in the right light with a corset on, yeah, I could totally pass as Jayne Torvill's double ... right up to the point I got onto the ice rink :)

~Mel


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SIGRIST4


26/06/2013 12:45 PM
I am also a LTM who has just re joined after swaying from the program for for about 12mths.So for me its 10kg to loose but lost 1.9kg the first week.Here we go again.

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Celebrating first week back...

Thursday, 20 June 2013

A week of tracking, and I expect a good result on the scales.  A week of checking in with the Mojovation group for inspiration, and I wonder (as always) why I leave?

A change that's going to keep me on track - I have agreed with Mr Fiamme that we will cook together.  Yes, I get tired, and after a day at work I want to flop onto the futon in my room and hide from everyone, preferably with a truly trashy sci fi, fantasy or urban fantasy novel.  Reality is overrated.

Yes, if I flop down and refuse to move, Mr Fiamme will cook.  But ... then I will be grumpy about what he chose to cook. If I'm in the kitchen with him, I can sneak in any tweaks I need to to make MY meal fit the healthy guidelines I want to follow, or at least exercise damage control on portions.  And as I pointed out to him, it gives us a chance to catch up on conversation, as the kids quickly make themselves scarce if there appears to be work on the horizon.

Exercise wise, I'm walking daily to and from work (total of 60 mins), ice skating an hour's lesson on Thursdays (can't count it as an hour though, as there's all the standing still waiting to be shown how to do this, that or the other!) ... and whatever the total points one gathers in avoiding going running.  I am avoiding it with a great deal of intensity, surely that's worth something? :)

~Mel


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MEDICALSEC


20/06/2013 8:22 PM
I like to flop down too Mel - usually after tea though. If I'm home, no-one else is going to start that dinner! Good that you're going ice skating and actually doing lessons. I'm impressed!! All that walking as well - you're just too good.

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Focus, focus...

Friday, 15 March 2013

Well, the vegetarian thing has gone the way of the dodo. It ended up in the too hard basket, and I obviously slowly ran out of steam on it. Ah well.

Tracking went out the window next, but I have kept up with regular mindfulness practice ... so yay to that! Day 1 of tracking AGAIN (how many day ones can a person reasonably do? The number appears to be infinite!).

The knowledge is there, the strategies are there, the resources are there... it is the persistence that is clearly lacking at times?

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~Mel


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GRLCOOK


15/03/2013 2:13 PM
I think you can have as many first days as you can have 21st birthdays. I'm going to turn 21 AGAIN this year and heaven help anyone who argues with me. Haha! You have as many first days as you like! Just make sure you KEEP having them... ;o)

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Don't eat the noodles!

Thursday, 24 January 2013

This made me giggle, because it's so unlike the usual texts I usually have with my sis. She's joined WW and working hard!

Sister: Going 2 cafe for dinner 2night. Want cake so what is a lighter dinner option?
Mel: Do they have an online menu?
Sister: Yes. Have a look 4 me.
Sister: Please!
Mel: (several options later) Thai beef salad claims to be 6 points but think that's only with no noodles.
Sister: So, double 4 noodles?
Sister: Don't eat the noodles?
Mel: Ask for none... serve of crispy noodles is between 9 and 16 points.
Sister: OMG. No crispy noodles...about to drive now.

I'm just imagining her sad face ... no more noodles, Mel! NO MORE NOODLES!

xxx
~Mel


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AG1207


24/01/2013 12:00 PM
It is hard to get your head around at the start. I feel for your sister. However later she will wonder why she even ate crispy noodles.

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Playing with tracking visually

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

New Weight Loss Ticker

I used to have a picture of a tortoise plodding along, but for now my ticker is a runner :) Seems appropriate while I'm jogging back through the lost ground.


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BOZGIRL


2/02/2013 5:38 AM
Much better than a tortoise! You're well on the way, yahooo!

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Yummy food lately

Monday, 21 January 2013

So, I can recommend the recipe for  "spinach triangles" from the WW site (although there seems to be a missing instruction on how to get the filo into 24 pieces!) which is basically bite sized spanikopitas.

Spinach and feta triangles (2 points each)

They are terribly more-ish, so be sure to hide what you don't plan to eat!

Another yummy one I had last week was the old faithful quiche, but the fresh thyme in the recipe really lifted it from the usual, for me.  Nom nom nom! I thought it was on the site, but may be from one of the latest editions of Healthy Food guide ... If I ever find it again I'll post it!

~Mel




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Nth time's the charm

Thursday, 17 January 2013

I rejoined weightwatchers a week or so before Christmas, and decided to go vegetarian on Boxing day.  Part of that is having a lot of vegetarians in my life, and realising that I actually prefer vegetarian cuisine, but can get into a lazy rut where I just cook meat and some token veg.  This seems to be addressing that.

When I get home I will upload a picture of the charm I've just ordered, as well as a ThinkGeek charm bracelet.  I'm not usually one for bracelets, but I want a visual reminder for the "journey" (or have they found a new buzzword for it now?) this time around.  I've started with the companion cube, with its love hearts, to remind me to love myself, and love my heart with healthy choices - both food, and exercise.

So far I've had consistent losses. Yes, even over Christmas. This isn't a brag ... I know a lot of it was being with inlaws who eat really well, and exercise daily.  I need to set that same example for my little sproglets.

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~Mel


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CURVESGALORE


18/01/2013 6:53 AM
Mel that is awesome! good on you for going veg , if you have any awesome recipes pass them on!

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Minor meltdown

Friday, 8 June 2012

I had a brief detour on the road to Goal Weight this week. Gained weight through abandoning the programme half way through the week in a fit of Helpless and Pity Poor Me. Surprisingly, it wasn't that Hobbit Fiamme came to the fore, or that I was lazy, or disorganised, or anything like that. It was about me not wanting to upset the status quo.


I'd had a bad run of temptations, with my other half suggesting lots of outings around food, cooking food that wasn't that healthy, and generally taking over the role I used to have of Chief Nutrition Gatekeeper. That's because Mr Fiamme is working from home right now, and its easier to go with the flow than rock the boat. He's home before I am, so I get home around 4 and he's on his computer, the kids have scattered to Do Their Own Thing somewhere round the house, and the question of "what shall we eat" rears its head.


I woke up one morning, with a case of Regrets About the Day Before (eating, you know, not like the regrets of my teens and twenties!) and blurted out to Mr Fiamme "I can't seem to get a handle on healthy eating. I'm starting to feel like I'm being sabotaged".


Now, the tone of voice made it clear I was blaming him. He went off in a huff, and it was up to me to make peace later, backtracking, explaining why its not true, of course I Just Sabotage Myself (yes, taking responsibility is important) but backpedalling. And then he drops the "sometimes you're very dull" bomb. Yes. When I care too much about food, I do become a broken record, I do become dull, thanks for pointing it out.


This all sounds very downer, and it resulted in a few days of "whatevs" eating where I made no effort to track, or plan or do anything. But now I'm back. I'm going to stop expecting the kind of support from my family that they cannot give me. I'm going to eat what I want to eat, and let them eat what they want to eat, when the two don't match. I'm going to be a rolemodel, without necessarily trying to be a dictator, and I'm going to stop Making Nice when I'm given food I just don't want to eat.


Fiamme power! Today I made an egg white omelette, a delicious one. I made one for me and one for Mr Fiamme and didn't say a damn thing about it being healthy, because it TASTED GOOD. And avoided an "inevitable" lunch out. Then I ate the rest of the cucumber (which Mr Fiamme hates having around). I'm not being passive aggressive - I'm just doing what I want to do. Feels good.


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MARI_G


30/09/2012 1:44 PM
Lead by example...and I'm sure the family will come around...good on you lovie :)

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