Monday, 5 March 2012

By Belinda

Yesterday, the day I usually record my weight here at the start of a new week, I was 152.4. We had a big family dinner with prime rib, Yorkshire Pudding yesterday, but I also served roasted vegetables (onions, mushrooms, sweet peppers & zucchini,) which I was going to roast for myself the night before, but suddenly had the brainwave of roasting them just before our dinner and sharing them. The family LOVED them--and there was still some left for me! :)

Yesterday I pulled a dress from the depths of my closet that I haven't worn for a year--in fact I hardly wore it at all. It felt SO GOOD to put on something feminine and "new to me again." I haven't been motivated to go shopping really for a long time, because I didn't like  how I felt and looked and hoped I could reverse the trend at some time in the near future before buying more clothes.

Oh, and on Saturday I joined our beautiful, new recreation and fitness centre in Bradford and tonight I go for my orientation and health assessment!

Friday, 2 March 2012


By Belinda

I just had to share--I'm back into my jeans for the first time in a LONG time! I've been living in my stretchy yoga pants because wearing any of my pants with actual zippers in them felt like being in an all day Heimlich Maneuver! 

I've still got a way to go, but I have the hang of the Cruise Phase of the Dukan Diet now and it isn't hard. I'm doing two Attack Days a week, on Mondays and Fridays and for special meals, such as cell group or family dinners, I am making exceptions and eating normally--just obeying the rule not to have second helpings. 

This morning my work team and I had a breakfast meeting at an all day breakfast restaurant with a not especially healthy menu. Before leaving home I had a galette, and then at the restaurant I asked if I could order a la carte. I ordered two poached eggs and peameal bacon, as it is Friday, Attack Day. Two of my colleagues ordered the same thing! It was so filling I ended up with two slices left over to package up for lunch. 

On my way home from work, I stopped at our shiny new recreation centre to check out the gym memberships and discovered that being over 60 has a discount. Bonus!!! I took the information home to consider, but I think I'm signing up this weekend as I pass by it on the way home and it would be a perfect ending to my day to pop in and get in 25 minutes or so of walking on the track or treadmill. They have exercise classes too, and all included in the membership.

Happy? Yes! Hopeful? You bet!