I more or less managed my goal (weighed myself shortly after midnight and despite a very rich new year's eve dinner, the scales showed my goal, give or take a few 100 g - my scales aren't very precise, they are the oldfashioned type) ... Now setting a new goal for the end of this year ...
That is awesome Rikita! I did manage to gain a few pounds, oh well, but I did have one of my busiest holiday seasons in the past 10 years so it was a little difficult to control. The treadmill work begins in earnest again tomorrow and I am so very happy to return to a regular diet and rest pattern. I wish everyone success in reaching their goals along with peace, health and happiness for 2016!
if you return to normal life i am sure you will lose the holiday-pounds pretty quickly ... i decided to reward myself today by having a tartufo for dessert at the restaurant (we were eating out, as we had forgotten to shop for today, and the shops are closed), and some nice sweets at home ... tomorrow it is back to a stricter diet for me, too ... that is, it's mr. r's turn to cook, so i have not so much control over what i will have for dinner ...
Our nanny state is now turning to drink, or rather, having a campaign against the demon. Coincidentally I had decided to cut down on my daily red wine ration, I knew it meant calories and my waistbands had been shrinking. Currently I weigh 180lbs so will have to gauge progress, if any, in a few weeks time.
Man is not lost, only temporarily uncertain of his position
managed another 6 in the climbing gym today (so, a climbing route slightly more difficult than what i had been climbing usually - though i suppose easy by most people's standards). wonder if that is an effect of having to carry a few kilos less up the wall ...
I've stopped chocolate, alcohol and charcuterie (google translates this word into 'delicatessen ?' ). I've reduced it end of the year and lost nearly 2 kgms (i was fat like a pig). Now I aim at losing 4 kgms till end of jan. I'll still be as fat as a pig, but a smaller one...
Those scare campaigns bother me, and it certainly isn't because I want people to binge-drink or pig out on charcuterie. The "time-bomb" stuff is ridiculous; boomers are living longer than any previous cohort of our age.
Usually, after vacation, I have a hard time getting back into the routine of eating normally again. But after this last trip to London, just the opposite is true. The better, more interesting restaurants there are either booked up or closed during the holidays (and are also usually more than I can afford), and the grocery stores were pretty limited (except for the astonishing array of potato chip flavors which I just had to try - "sage stuffed turkey", "steak and kidney pie", "prawn cocktail"), so I ended up eating very poorly while I was there.
Now that I'm home again, I've only gone to the market for salad, fruit and vegetables. My goal is to clean out the freezer and eat most of the canned stuff and beans, rice, pasta etc I already have before I buy anything else substantial. I'm facing about 12 cans each of sardines, tuna and "rillettes de canard", vegetable soups that are dated 2013 but still taste fine, all kinds of pasta, and enough dry beans to have me "poot-pooting" well into next year. Trying to keep things low-fat and low calorie but still interesting, and just keeping an eye on portions. Frozen eggplant is my new best friend, though I'll probably get sick of it soon. I baked the dozen apples that had been withering in the fridge - just put a little bit of honey and lemon on each, and they taste good. Had a glass of wine yesterday and am having a hot toddy tonight, but don't miss drinking - and glad to save on the calories.
Chexbres, it does sound like you've got an organized plan for cleaning out your freezer and cupboards. I have about seven different bags of rice right now; all opened and used just a bit for some special dish that required something different. I should make a rule that no more rice is allowed in my house until what's here is used up!
Yes, I did try those chips. The equivalent is in Paris, too, though they go by different names which I can't remember right now because I've had too much beer this evening No matter what they call them in any country, most of them taste approximately like BBQ potato chips - at least, to me. The exception is the salt and vinegar flavor, which I am prone to eat way too much of. Never tried the wasabi chips kerouac mentioned, but might look for them.
i must admit i find it hard to keep up with my calorie counting right now. i keep jumping at the opportunity to take a "break" for a day (like today we were invited for dinner at my dad's, so i was not sure how much i ate and did not want to annoy them with questions, so afterwards at home i had sweets without spending attention too, because "i wasn't counting for the day anyway" ...
i like salt and vinegar chips (though i don#t see them here often), but they make my lips hurt.
htmb - "This video is not available". Was the language that strong?
I finally had to stop my stress-induced eating rampage, because my pants absolutely do not fit anymore. I refuse to buy anything in the "grande taille" shops, because it's mostly polyester stuff with elastic waistbands which will only allow me to keep eating inappropriately. So, slowly...back to eating less, more green stuff, and cleaning out the cabinets - instead of gorging on Haribo and chips. No alcohol - saving that for when the sale goes through and I get finished moving somewhere.
chexbres, how about portion size? This isn't about you; it is about a lot of us as we get a bit older, including me. I eat out of tapas dishes now - the full-sized plates are on a top shelf, for guests who insist on them.
I don't like sweets, so haribo has no influence on my life. I do like crisps/chips but of course those have to be an occasional indulgence; they are really unhealthy. Is there any healthier way you can cope with stress?
I'd never banish "alcohol", as you put it, unless I had to for physical or mental health reasons. I'd not be happy to be in France and not be able to have a bit of wine.
I'm not a calm person, but I can hypocritically tell you to calm down, think of healthy AND PLEASANT things to eat (not hard in France) and avoid absolutes.
By the way, it is not your fault that the "grande taille" shops are such crap in France. "Grande taille" starts very small there and some people who are simply heavy-set and not overweight for their body types (alas) have to shop there.
Hi lagatta - normally, I'm fine and pay attention to eating healthy food and not too much of any one thing. Unfortunately, my life is far from normal at the moment. I really don't think it will kill me to eat whatever helps me make it through this brief period, and it's much better than taking up heroin or jumping off the nearest bridge. I've just given up drinking for the moment because I know I'll suffer too much from the hangovers and I have way too much to concentrate on.
I am confident that I will get back to my sensible eating and drinking habits when my life makes more sense - hopefully, that won't be too long from now - Inch'Allah...
Well, if you have hangovers, that probably means you are overdoing it, so taking a break is very wise. I'd never advocate substance abuse! And cutting out sugar entirely would also be a good idea - I don't mean never again enjoying a pâtisserie, just once again a break. And no heroin!
I do hope you are getting enough exercise. That is really a problem for a lot us here in the wintertime, when it can even be hard to walk enough because of icy streets and pavements. It is the only thing that really helps me when I'm feeling the way you are now.