Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Not so bad....

So the morning after martini sipping my Scales said minus 900 gr...very encouraging. I'm doing something right!! Christmas day being Sunday, I grabbed a coffee from Joes on the way to the Metro to go to Brooklyn to meet with other friends, then another coffee on the way back. It was 2 pm before the o'dourves began: cheeses, meats, fennel dip, champagne ... And lots of other things I didn't eat :-) it was 5pm before dinner was served: roast pork, cranberry vinaigrette, carrot, parsnip, yam, and fennel salad. all very yummy. Plumb pudding brought all the way from NZ by Carolyn and Arnold van Wonderen, with brandy custard. I enjoyed a very yummy sliver!! So, I was doing really well, until some time later, still sitting around the table, I indulged in a little piece of chocolate cheese cake - then I felt yuk!! It so was not worth it! Just my eyes wanted it!
A n y w a y ~ Scales said plus 800gr. That is still minus 100 for the two days of Christmas eating and drinking!! I am exactly the same weight I was the day I started adding new foods to my diet 3 weeks ago!!!
That is the best Christmas present yet!! :D

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Help!!

I'm in New York and its Christmas!! It's so hard...the smell of chestnuts roasting on the streets, even the chillie dog vendors smell good!! Let alone the odd bakery... I have finally learned how to get a good cup of coffee, and sometimes indulge in cream with it.
The day I ate only protein, I got my weight down to where it was supposed to be again...so it pays. But it is so hard to get only protein apart from an omelette for brunch! Steak and salad at home is perfect, but we're eating out so much! Goooood food tho!
I sure hope one day I won't have to think about it all the time. Or maybe it's when I'm not as aware that I fall back to my old habits of wanting to eat randomly! I need to keep my resolve... It's weakening :-/. as I sit here sipping a martini !!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Barbados

Staying with June in Barbados was even harder to keep to my program!  She was alway wanting to make sure I was eating!  And she went to the trouble to make special things for her guests.   She wanted us to try local food like Pudding and Souse!  The Souce was cold pork cooked a special way, in a dish with finely chopped cucumber in lime juice, and the pudding part was a sweet potato, grated and steamed, to become a clear glump that was sweet and yummy!  Well, it made Pete vomit before the night was out, and gave me diarrhea!!  So that is one way to keep within range!
Another night we went to a local to listen to the steel drums being played.  They are awesome to listen to, and watch, as we sat by the sea, and sipped rum punch....that stuff is So good!  A tiny slice of warm coconut pie was brot for us to sample. . . It was so delicious, in a weak moment we all ordered a piece!  Need to support the local community you know!
So... I'm at the top end of the allowance of 900 grams over my weight at the end of my magic drops. At 900 grams over you are supposed to have nothing to eat all day, and then have a steak for dinner... Wonder if I can do that tomorrow??

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

St. Lucia ~ we have loved you!

I know the weight loss doesn't count when it's caused by being sick...but it's sure fun to see those numbers!! Something didn't sit well and decided to come out in a hurry!
Pete hired a mini bus and driver to show us the sights of the island, fishing villages, roadside stalls with a great view but also hawkers trying to make a living, water falls, a drive in volcano that is steaming and the landmark Pitons...all on a very curvy steep narrow road!
We chose the new fabulous Chocolate Hotel for lunch!! First up were little breads to dip in chocolate and vinegar, or cocao and butter, or cocao and oil all very yummy! I ordered a tuna steak salad and it had a taste of chocolate in the dressing, and little balls of chocolate rolled in hazelnuts along with the local leaves!! Pretty unique flavors!!
We saw the cocao growing on the trees, tasted the raw cocao ~ not sweet, not bitter. The whole place is open the the awesome jungle view of the Pitons! Checked out the rooms too!
Anyway...my system decided it wasn't ready for all those unique flavors and we had to make an emergency stop on the way home...
Today is our last day in St.Lucia...I sit here watching the changing moods of the sea with a variety of craft, the parade of tourists, AnD the black ripped bodies of the locals!! Some pretty interesting hair do's too! Fun fun!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Ahhhhh....Paradise!

This little tiny Caribbean Island of St.Lucis is a tropical paradise. I went out to the end of the wharf to wave Happy Cat in as it finished the race and came into harbor. They came over and picked me up! So I got in on the official welcome island style! The welcome drink is rum punch ~ feels very potent when I have not drank for a month, and my stomach is pretty empty!! Makes one wobbly pretty quick!! The crew were all So happy to be on land again, and have loved hanging out at our beach today!
I have found a good light lunch is a Caesar salad with chicken and dressing on the side - here that is just lettuce and yummy island style chicken. Lots of fresh sea food for dinner, but must some how get a salad that is not smothered on mayo. Lots of cabbage in a garden salad here. I have been maintaining my weight with in 400 gram of goal so far. I read it's important to stay within 2 pounds.
Rum is the drink of choice here. This is where the rum trade began, way back when. Sugar plantations produced precious commodities ...worth fighting wars over!! My one drink for the day was rum sour! Tastes pretty good, after that sparkling mineral water is the treat!
So far so good.
Some of you wanted to see Pete's face when he saw me thinner. Well he was just so happy to see me after so long...I don't think he noticed! The next day he asked me if I had lost weight? every one is so jubilant to be finished, absolute party mode...must go watch the sunset over the bay. Dinner on the sand with torches burning, balmy evening. Awesome. !!!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

21 days ~ a challenge!

 Yesterday was my first taste of new foods since the beginning.  A little oil on my mixed salad - with some avocado, just tasted so good. 
Last night I had a turkey dinner with my girls and family, a little Christmas celebrating before I depart today.  The  b i g   challenge is to maintain while resorting it in St Lucia, Barbados, and Mexico !!  The thot is daunting!  But, my revealing scales are coming along with me and will help to keep me on track every day.   Will I be celebrating my husband's safe journey sailing across the Atlantic, with sparking mineral water??  No Mexican tortillas ooooozing with cheese??
My initial challenge is what to eat  in the next two days while hanging around airports and flying!  Must go get some emergency foods ready._______________________________really recreating myself now.    :-)

3 days....

...with out Magic Drops  were easy!  And the weight continued to fall off.  So my grand total before introducing new foods is 11.5 kg or 25.3 pounds.  24 days ago I could not have imagined!! whoohoo!!
So now I am trying to pack and clothes I thot would be good for this holiday are just too big.... so going back to my older small clothes.  Yes, its wonderful,  just taking more time to work out.
You know...I think my brain was clearer while on the drops.  Wish that was a permanent change!  But now for a permanent change of cell attitude toward storing future fats! _______________________________

Sunday, December 4, 2011

21 Days...

Completed... My last weigh in reveals a grand total of 10.3kgs released and burnt up! I set out to be 10 kgs lighter in 3weeks and I won!! (that would be a pleasing result for 3months normally)

Today is my first without the magic drops! I still eat only 500 calories a day for three days without their help. This will be interesting!
But I have grown accustom to the growlies and no longer fear I might starve if I don't eat something quick. Growing up in a family of 6 must have developed an urgency to jump in to get my share.
It's amazing how satisfying 100grams of protein plus one vege has been. Eating too much, until too full, is a bad habit of mine.
Note to Self : p o r t i o n c o n t r o l
I must admit, I am really looking forward to a mixed salad!! Perhaps some avocado!?!