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It’s all in the planning August 31, 2010

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A few times since moved house I have tried to restart weight watchers and each time I have failed miserably and ended up back in the cycle of bad habits that I had tried to leave.  2 weeks ago was no different.  Each time I would cut out the junk and start pointing all in the same day and needless to say I would be all over the place, inconsistent and I would be off the wagon as soon as I tried to get on it.  And then I would delay starting again until X had happened but in the interim I would be back eating jelly snakes, dark chocolate rice cakes and sugar popcorn, or even worse BAKING!  Man alive, who knew that there would be so many points in a coffee cake?  It’s all the fat and then all the flour that adds up to 40 points for a tiny cake.  One day I bought a 600g box of Cheerios and ate 2/3 of the box IN THE CAR that day!

So 2 weeks ago I decided to just cut out the sugar.  Not bothering to watch what I was eating, write it down or try to stick to a set number of points.  It took me 5 days to get over the sugar seeking.  I would find myself in the kitchen hunting for something that wasn’t there that I didn’t actually need to eat.  By last weekend I was feeling better and had lost 5.5lbs in the week.  Last week I just lived in that space knowing that starting yesterday I would get back to pointing.  I wasn’t sticking to points and was probably touching 30 points a day but that was way better than 45 or 50 a day.

Yesterday I started tracking and man, I had forgotten how hard it was to get back into the groove of remembering everything and also resentful of how many points are in so many of the things that I had become accustomed to eating.  With an allowance of 22 points I finished the day on 23.5 which is not bad.  Officially I have 27 points because I still get 5 bonus points for nursing J but I gave them up a long time ago.

I weighed myself this morning and I am 12 stone even.  It is quite some time since I saw 11 stone something but I know I will be there by the weekend J  It is time to get back to the odd WW meeting too but most importantly it is time to make time to exercise.  Even if I take the boys out for a walk, it has to be done.

Quotes August 24, 2010

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Is it just that I don’t like writing any more or that I don’t think I have anything interesting to say?  Or even better that I don’t make the time to write?  I think it is a little of all of it.  While we are in a time of great change it is happening over such an extended time frame that I feel if I try to record each bit it will become and exercise in coma induction.  I will, however, give a synopsis of where we are now.

Planning permission has been granted with 10 conditions.  The 10 conditions are standard stuff like “native hedge at the front, build the house like you said you were going to, have a parking bay at the front, treat the waste water according to the way you said you would…” etc.  nothing out of the ordinary or that would stop us going ahead.  The decision wasn’t supposed to come through until today but it was made on Friday 13th!  We were caught a little by surprise by it and we weren’t as far along with the mortgage application process as I would like but then I discovered that we cannot apply for the mortgage until the final notice comes through 3 weeks tomorrow so I still have plenty of time to get stuff together.

Right now the plans are with 5 building contractors.  The first quote is due in this week and to be honest I am dreading it.  I don’t want to know how much it is going to cost to build this house! The other 4 quotes will come in over the next 3 weeks and at that point we will decide what we are going to do.

It is a good time to build.  Builders aren’t busy and therefore can’t charge what they were charging 3 or 4 years ago BUT and it is a very big BUT it is a LOT harder to get finance now than it was 4 years ago.  Heck, it is harder to get finance now than it was a year ago and that was hard.  But we will fill in the paperwork and send it in and hold our breath.  I know what they offered us a year ago based on not too dissimilar figures and have to hope that they will give us at least that this time around.  The fact that we don’t have to pay for the land will, hopefully, go in our favour.

The boys are both growing like weeds and J is in the middle of a language explosion.  Every day there are new words, new things to say.  Last week the things that are worn on your feet (outside your socks) were just shoes.  Now they are shoes, slippers, crocs, runners or sandals!  A month ago clothes were clothes.  Now they are tshirt, trousers, socks, pants, cardi(gan).  There are places to go, people to see, and lots to talk about.  This is not a good, or cute, thing at bedtime though when he just.won’t.shut.up!

The man from Del Monte said yes August 20, 2010

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And so did the local planners so now we have plans and permission to use them.

The plans are out with 5 builders and we should have a set of quotes by Sept 10th and then we have to apply for a mortgage!

It’s all in the planning August 1, 2010

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A few times since moved house I have tried to restart weight watchers and each time I have failed miserably and ended up back in the cycle of bad habits that I had tried to leave.  2 weeks ago was no different.  Each time I would cut out the junk and start pointing all in the same day and needless to say I would be all over the place, inconsistent and I would be off the wagon as soon as I tried to get on it.  And then I would delay starting again until X had happened but in the interim I would be back eating jelly snakes, dark chocolate rice cakes and sugar popcorn, or even worse BAKING!  Man alive, who knew that there would be so many points in a coffee cake?  It’s all the fat and then all the flour that adds up to 40 points for a tiny cake.  One day I bought a 600g box of Cheerios and ate 2/3 of the box IN THE CAR that day!

So 2 weeks ago I decided to just cut out the sugar.  Not bothering to watch what I was eating, write it down or try to stick to a set number of points.  It took me 5 days to get over the sugar seeking.  I would find myself in the kitchen hunting for something that wasn’t there that I didn’t actually need to eat.  By last weekend I was feeling better and had lost 5.5lbs in the week.  Last week I just lived in that space knowing that starting yesterday I would get back to pointing.  I wasn’t sticking to points and was probably touching 30 points a day but that was way better than 45 or 50 a day.

Yesterday I started tracking and man, I had forgotten how hard it was to get back into the groove of remembering everything and also resentful of how many points are in so many of the things that I had become accustomed to eating.  With an allowance of 22 points I finished the day on 23.5 which is not bad.  Officially I have 27 points because I still get 5 bonus points for nursing J but I gave them up a long time ago.

I weighed myself this morning and I am 12 stone even.  It is quite some time since I saw 11 stone something but I know I will be there by the weekend J  It is time to get back to the odd WW meeting too but most importantly it is time to make time to exercise.  Even if I take the boys out for a walk, it has to be done.