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7 days and counting

Perhaps it's just my imagination, but I think having lived mostly on soup and salads for the last 2 weeks has had some effect on my waistline. Nothing dramatic, I swear: I'm still a long way away from reaching a perfect 10, but if I keep this up, I may get back to being a 14 (that's UK size 14) some time around Christmas. I do miss my rice, and pasta, and fruit though...Sticking to my two meals a day (one of soup, and one of salad) surprisingly has been quite easy, if a trifle boring. I'll stick with it for one more week; but once I'm in England, don't think I won't touch the scones or occasional fish suppers. I'll be on the move anyway, and something tells me it's going to be a lot easier nourishing myself with baps and baked potatoes than hardboiled eggs and greens.

My conjunctivitis seems to be clearing up nicely; just two more days of religiously applying the gel should take care of that little problem, and then I'll be right as rain and ready for my trip abroad. Now, all I need to worry about is what clothes to take: warm coat or light jacket? Sturdy boots or trainers? Skirts or trousers? And have I got enough socks? These are the sort of questions that can keep me up at night.

I've just checked the Internet for the availability of trains from Liverpool to Birmingham, and was much relieved to find that Virgin maintain a regular service well into the night (and that a 3-Day Advance Single will only set me back a tenner), which means I can take as long as I like exploring and sampling the delights of Liverpool on Monday after CoRo have gone home. I'm getting quite perky at the prospect.

Must start to stock up on kitty nosh this week.

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meko00
Apr. 11th, 2005 11:47 am (UTC)
*cheering noises* Keep up the good work. :-)

Ah. The weather. Well, I hate dressing for this kind of weather. I've just settled for being stoic and shivering. It's spring. ;-)

gamiila
Apr. 11th, 2005 12:52 pm (UTC)
Well, I hate dressing for this kind of weather.

Me, too. But I'm not as brave as you, and don't do the stoic and shivering thing very well. I'm miserable when I'm cold, and when I'm miserable, I'll make sure that everyone else is, too; so I think I'd better pack a few jumpers and/or a cardie, and at least one pair of cords, just in case.
meko00
Apr. 11th, 2005 02:26 pm (UTC)
Mmm, that'd be wise. ;-)

But the jumpers/trousers thing is easy to fix, what's worse is that I don't have a good, zippable spring jacket except for my wind breaker suit that's really for golfing. Living really close to the northern shore means that the wind just pours into my traditional jackets (with lapels) and scarves are easy to misplace (almost lost mine this morning). But the cold lets you know you're alive, at least. ;-)
gamiila
Apr. 11th, 2005 03:03 pm (UTC)
But the cold lets you know you're alive, at least.

Does it? I always tend to think you're a long time cold in your grave, so it's best to be all warm and snuggly while you're still above ground instead of beneath it. ;-)
meko00
Apr. 11th, 2005 03:07 pm (UTC)
Heh.

Well, you'll probably not feel the cold once you're six feet under. ;-)
gamiila
Apr. 11th, 2005 03:18 pm (UTC)
Maybe...but I don't plan on finding out. I decided a long time ago that I wanted to be cremated.
meko00
Apr. 11th, 2005 03:20 pm (UTC)
... and scattered? Or stored somewhere above ground?

These days I think most people are cremated here. I know my maternal grandfather was, when he died in -88.
gamiila
Apr. 11th, 2005 04:29 pm (UTC)
... and scattered? Or stored somewhere above ground?

Hmmm -- I think I'll leave that decision to my next of kin (if I have any left by then, because I'm not planning on dying for a long time yet); I have no preference either way.

I'm not sure, but I think the majority of people here still opt for a burial in the earth (like our late lamented Pope); or maybe it's half and half. We have a family tomb, but luckily there's only one more space left and the chance they'll stick me in it is remote, to say the least.
calove
Apr. 11th, 2005 11:59 am (UTC)
Good for you! Do you need me to stock up any particular diet-type necessities?
gamiila
Apr. 11th, 2005 12:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks, but that won't be necessary -- I'm looking forward to taking two weeks off from this grueling diet, and after all, the meals you cook are all tasty, well-balanced and not fattening at all!
vegmb
Apr. 11th, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC)
I'm always so confused by places that actually have seasons. [laughs] To me dressing for Spring is about the same as dressing for summer. I'd say, though, pack trousers because they will be warmer, if that is needed, and more comfortable for running around. (This from the woman who is usually in short skirts and 4" heels.)
gamiila
Apr. 11th, 2005 04:52 pm (UTC)
I could exaggerate and say that these days we only seem to have three seasons in a year: winter, the end of winter, and the coming of winter; but although it often feels like that to someone of my thin blood, it's not actually true. We do have a summer, that if we're lucky, lasts for about 2 or 3 weeks. The rest of the time, hard wardrobe choices have to be faced each and every day.

So, I'll bring a little of everything on this trip, and if I find out I lack a certain item, I'll just go out and buy it. I could do with a top-up on my M&S knickers, I believe...
vegmb
Apr. 11th, 2005 09:58 pm (UTC)
You can just about reverse that here and substitute "summer" for "winter".
magic_wanderer
Apr. 11th, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC)
I'm not a dietician so feel free to ignore me but...
Are you doing that Atkins thing? Don't fear the fruit! Dried or especially fresh! You shouldn't cut fruit out of your diet totally, although obviously there's a case to be said for there being some (good, natural) sugars there. They'll do you much more good than harm.

Forgive my passioned defence of fruit and my butting in to your diet... but I just had a very nice clementine :)

Normal service will now be resumed.
gamiila
Apr. 11th, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm not a dietician so feel free to ignore me but...
That's alright -- no, I'm not doing the Atkins thing (far too much work for my liking). I'm just cutting out all the carbs for a week or two, so no bread, no potatoes, no pasta...and no fruit, on the advice of irishabastard. Once I'm through this initial phase, I'll reintroduce fruit to my diet, because spring is here and the supermarkets are full of strawberries and pears, clementines and plums, and I love them so.

Meanwhile, I'm gorging myself on vegetables, so excuse me while I go in search of another carrot and celery stick. ;-)
irishabastard
Apr. 11th, 2005 05:52 pm (UTC)
I just wanted to make sure that you knew that the South Beach thing I suggested allows for more than you're eating. You might want to throw in some eggs in the morning, and maybe some sugar free jello or pudding at night. Nuts are ok too for a snack. Eating snacks more often, and eating small meals more than twice a day actually sort of kick starts your metabolism. I hope you're drinking lots of water. I worry I may have sent you down a hard road. Do you feel any different? It shouldn't be grueling, and if it is, it's probably not the way for you because invariably you'll just end up cheating big because you have been denying yourself so much. Luck.
gamiila
Apr. 11th, 2005 06:04 pm (UTC)
Don't worry: I didn't forget about the eggs, I treated myself to a handful of nuts only a day or two ago, and I've been munching on some cheese as well, but the biggest change has been in the not going for a chocolate fix around 4 p.m.

I know I've gone overboard a little on allowing myself to eat only twice a day, but with a full-time job, that just makes it easier for me. Next week in England, I won't be so strict.

Now with this South Beach thing, after the initial 14 days of not eating fruit are up, I can reintroduce some tasty morsels again, can't I?
irishabastard
Apr. 11th, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC)
You bet. Just don't go crazy. Some strawberries, not strawberry shortcake. I'd still avoid the pasta and bread as much as possible, especially in the evening. The idea is to sort of flush out the system, and then slowly add back in some complex carbs, preferrably in the AM. Mrs IB is a fruit addict, so a cup or so of mixed berries with a dollop of whipped cream is her dessert of choice. The amount you add back in just has to be less than what it takes to keep you losing the weight.
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