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trishpiglet3 - Tuesday Sep 29, 2020
(DIY regular and healthy)
Weight: 160.0

Apologies for long absence. I had a bereavement... lost my Dad last year, then we had to move house at short notice, then the whole pandemic thing.  I went down to 143lbs at one point over Christmas/New Year because I was living off Pepsi Max and not eating. Things a lot better now. Sorry to have been away so long. 
Looking forward to reading up on how you all are!
And hello to anyone new 

Progress as of today: 14.6 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
Hello Trish. I joined in 2011 but was away for a long time. Sorry about the loss of your dad. I lost my son in April to Covid.

trishpiglet3 on 09/29/2020:
I'm so very sorry to hear of your loss. We expect for our parents to go before we do, we don't expect our children to. All the love to you xx

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
I see you are in London. I'm in Scotland west of Glasgow.

trishpiglet3 on 09/29/2020:
Oh wow! I've been to Glasgow - very, very long time ago now

Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
I'm sorry to hear about the passing of your father.

On a different note, I am extremely happy to see a post from you! welcome back!!

Donkey on 09/30/2020:
Welcome back!!!

I'm sorry for your loss. (((hugs)))

And also for the subsequent chaos that followed. To say you've had a hard year would be a major understatement.

legcramps on 09/30/2020:
So sorry for your loss, but happy to see you back :)

happy-1 on 10/04/2020:
Hugs. I am sorry for your loss. It is good to see you back.

trishpiglet3 - Sunday Jul 28, 2019
(DIY regular and healthy)
Weight: 166.0

Hello again lovely people!  It feels wonderful to be back.

I did some internet research, after yesterday's commitment to avoid gluten as well as dairy and sugar.  I wanted to find out whether cutting out gluten would help reduce my blood sugar/weight and here is what I found (I can provide sources if you'd like). Always open to hearing differing opinions!

  • People who are sensitive to gluten (e.g. if they eat it and it makes them very ill) should avoid gluten. For other people, they don't need to avoid it.
  • Like with some other restrictions*, whether or not I'd be healthier being gluten-free depends on what types of gluten-free things I'm eating. If I'm avoiding a load of biscuits and bread and sticking to healthier gluten-free options then I'll do OK. But if I'm going 'oh hey this gluten-free bread is great' and eating a load of it and then 'ooh lookie gluten-free pasta, let me fill up my plate', and then all the gluten-free biccies... not so much. Some sources have said I'll do worse, blood-sugarly wise, because gluten-free pasta and bread et al can be worse for blood sugar.

*(Like being vegan. You could have chips for every meal and be a very unhealthy vegan.)

So, even though I'm only on the second day of avoiding dairy, sugar, and gluten... I'm going to cross one of those out (I can effectively cross 2 out because I'm not going to eat dairy on account of I like being able to breathe and remain alive). With some helpful advice from a colleague who is so healthy I can see their halo, my healthy eating changes now look like this:

  • No Sugar (including bread because you can't make bread without sugar; well, you can and I have done but it's a real pain to do)
  • Avoid refined carbohydrates
  • Eat more fruit and veg (if you've seen yesterday's food pictures, you might agree I didn't get quite enough veg)

Post not finished, I will write more later 

Progress as of today: 8.6 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/28/2019:
I agree with your assessment. Some people MUST cut out the gluten. Some people cut out gluten to see if it helps them feel better. If not, then they go back to it, and try to eliminate something else that may be causing them problems.

It doesn't have to be a permanent decision, until you realize, "Hey (food source) bothers my system, and my well-being is much better for not having it in my life."

You are 100% spot on when you say going gluten free does not give one a license to go crazy with non-gluten products. (Love the unhealthy vegan potato chip example - YES!)

I agree with avoiding the refined carbs. If you cannot do avoiding, then try limiting, with portion control -- measure it out if you have to.

I truly think you're on the right path, with the right approach, and right attitude. (Not that I'm judging that there be a "wrong" way.) I do hope you continue to post - I would love to hear how this journey goes for you!

trishpiglet3 on 07/28/2019:
Thank you lovely

Horn_of_plenty on 07/29/2019:
yup, i have the same opinion on gluten. there'a vegetarian supermarket / restaurant by me and they actually would see stir fried wheat gluten! it tasted good, but, when i googled to see what it looked like pre-cooked, it made my stomach queasy and i no longer can eat it due to knowing how it's made. it was only gluten, so, it was a manmade process of getting all the gluten out of the wheat...man made and gross looking! LOL

like you, i do try for fruit and veggies everyday plus they make me feel better. i eat one main meal everyday that is full of veggies usually. and with fruit, i usually enjoy up to 1 piece at work (sometimes none) and another serving or 2 when i'm at home.

i have found i don't like to have fruit in the morning as it tends to raise my blood sugar a lot and it sparks my hunger...it doesn't work for me. i prefer it in the afternoon...

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/29/2019:
SORRY FOR TYPO! i meant to write the restuarant SERVES wheat gluten

Maria7 on 07/31/2019:
Hoping you are having a good day!

Maria7 on 08/01/2019:
Wishing you a good day!

trishpiglet3 - Saturday Jul 27, 2019
(DIY regular and healthy)
Weight: 166.0

Hello people!

My apologies for it having been a year (and a bit) since I last posted. I wanted to come back because, despite my weight having gone down some, I've crept back into having prediabetes again, and I've been researching changes I can make to get it sorted.  I don't want to be negative or sad about it - I just want to move forwards.
I watched a video on YouTube where 3 people (2 with prediabetes and 1 with diabetes) gave up sugar, gluten, and dairy for 3 months and all did very well - I'll link to it once I find it again. (Edit: FOUND IT) I thought I might try that myself although dubious about how much of their success would be to do with cutting out those specific things versus if you cut things out of your diet there's less available for you to eat and you eat less. The people in the video made other changes too.  I liked it because the dietician on the video accepted that there would be sometimes the people doing the diet couldn't keep to it, also because it didn't demonize all carbohydrates.

  • Dairy - will be easy to not have on account of I have had the good sense to be allergic to it in advance
  • Gluten - will be trickier, and of all of the things on the list, I think this one most likely to be a con (always willing to view evidence to the contrary) - but I do eat too much bread, I'll grab bread rather than going to the effort of making healthy food if I'm hungry so there's at least that
  • Sugar - ALL foods break down into sugars so let's be specific - they mean don't eat products where sugar has been added, and don't consume things like honey, agave, or table sugar. It was with some sadness I noted last night that my favourite California Garden brand Saudi* recipe Fava beans (in a can) has sugar in thus I can't have them (at the moment)

*Disclaimer: Eating Saudi recipe fava beans does not mean I endorse Saudi monarchist totalitarianism. California Garden products are so called because they're based in California. However!!! - my internet research on type 2 diabetes indicated that the incidence of diabetes in Saudia Arabia is really, really high.

Okies that's me done with this post for the moment - although I'm going to have a look at  some of your blog entries and say hi xx

ETA: I did food pictures!

Progress as of today: 8.6 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/27/2019:
Sugar is my difficulty. Xyitol & erthyritol (sugar alcohols) are helping, but it's not the same thing. Everything else - Splenda, saccharine, aspertame - works but not good for you. Sometimes I cave in though, with the false rationalization that they're better than sugar.

Oddly enough, bread wasn't all that difficult to give up, once I gave it up. It was a gradual process - half portions, then thinner slices (diet bread), then high fiber wraps, then, nothing. However, watching baking shows has become really difficult.

Good to hear from you, although I'm sorry you're back to being pre-diabetic. You definitely have a really positive approach to your situation, though. Just move forward - I like that!

trishpiglet3 on 07/27/2019:
We have Splenda in the kitchen. I'd be really interested to hear how it's not good. I just made a chilli and put a sprinkle of Splenda in.

Thanks for being supportive :) I applaud your reducing bread approach!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/28/2019:
i will write more - but i want to touch right now on Gluten and that in my own person research on this that if you aren't allergic or have sensitivity it's not the "gluten" per se that's the diet sabatoger rather than the amount of "wheat product" you are consuming since gluten is the protein found in the wheat grain and alone it's not something to be avoided naturally...except if you have to. however, the interesting thing is that most packaged goods have wheat and therefore gluten in them like cereals, breads, crackers, cookies, etc etc.....so gluten gets knocked but it's really those products that are not that healthy...the packaged and madmade stuff...from fruit loops to lucky charms to loads cookies to baked items to noodles made from wheat, etc, etc... i am not knocking you - just want to get my opinion out on gluten ! :) please don't take this personally!

trishpiglet3 on 07/28/2019:
Hello lovely! I think I came to some similar conclusions through internet research before I saw your comment. But thank you

And you can always, always tell me if you think I'm wrong about something because that's how we learn and grow xx

Horn_of_plenty on 07/28/2019:
that's interesting that saudi arabia has a big diabetes population...wouldn't have guessed off hand!

also, are the beans packaged in sugary water? that's interesting there's sugar.

also, it could be also worthwhile me mentioning that SERVING SIZE can be very helpful.

i by no means have the healthiest diet, but, i don't enjoy a diet of restraint from everything i like! i eat granola bars, but i watch the portion size. i pair a high calorie treat or a sugary treat with a low calorie drink...i try to balance it out so i am satisfied with my choices, even those that are considered sugary and treats, bc there's even a little good to a little sugary stuff.

sugar / carbs help us feel good...our bodies naturally release feel good chemicals when we eat carbs...lots of research online to this.

i was very depressed several years ago, also eaeting low carb and also not sleeping enough to do work pressures, ....after changing back to more carbs, i am happier and know that going too low carb isn't good for me.

but still, i watch the carbs...it's not a free for all on my end!

trishpiglet3 on 07/28/2019:
They're in a sauce, it's beans and sauce in a can. It's got spices too, and is lovely so I might have some as a treat. You sound like you have a really healthy approach to getting a balance with your eating. The balance of how we are is SO much more important than just what the scales are saying, and I need to take that on board.

I'll put a link in this post to the article with the map of which countries have high incidence of diabetes

Donkey on 07/28/2019:
Splenda is probably one of your better choices, actually. Some folks say it can cause an imbalance in the gut, oh there's some that say "maybe causes cancer" but no studies, and here in the states, it's FDA approved. For me, if I have too much of it, it can trigger more carb cravings. But I do consume products that have Splenda (sucralose) in it.

trishpiglet3 on 07/28/2019:
Good to know! Thank you!

trishpiglet3 - Thursday Apr 12, 2018
(DIY regular and healthy)
Weight: 173.0

Taking no chances on my post being deleted and composing it in a text box on my pc before I post on here :)

Been an interesting few days.  Clinic yesterday morning and then the afternoon off to go to Art Therapy, which was ...not what I had expected, because the Art Therapist is on holiday but the people who run the centre didn't cancel the class, they just made people cups of tea and sat them down in front of paper and pencils...and let them get on with it.  A few nice chats with other people who were there but otherwise... I just drew some flowers, began to wonder why I was there and then developed a headache (genuinely) that required me to escape and take some paracetamol (paracetamol, as I've mentioned before on here, is the same thing as acetaminophen).  If any of you has anxiety-reducing tips (other than exercising, which is already helping quite a lot) that don't involve taking any drugs, I'd love to hear them.

Good news towards the end of yesterday, our team hit its target for the number of people who we've helped to quit smoking.  We had to get 1,477 people off the cigarettes during the year and we currently have 1,481.  I know it's not about the money, it's about helping people, but this does mean each of us gets a cash bonus.  We're going to go out to celebrate in a few weeks' time.

Today I spent starting to get things ready for training new advisors next week including a visit to the office to pick up materials to assemble into advisor packs.  I'll take some photos to show you all of the training if you'd find it interesting.

Continuing with the exercising and my weight has stopped going up and has started gradually going down so I'm just going to keep going. :)

I haven't finished eating for today but here is most of Today's food in pictures

Big love to all xx

Progress as of today: 1.6 lbs lost so far, only 19 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/12/2018:
That was a disappointing art therapy...you could have done that at home.....

trishpiglet3 on 04/12/2018:
...and I have more colouring pencils at home

Maria7 on 04/12/2018:
Hope you are feeling better.

trishpiglet3 on 04/13/2018:
Thank you! I am :)

happy-1 on 04/12/2018:
Anxiety reducers: 1) Bedtime meditation is actually reducing my anxiety. I don't really meditate, I just fill it out. I've posted some here... 2) Exercising, 3) Long dog walks, 4) Tracking and grounding, 4) This album that if you listen to it on headphones I swear it actually works. It's a 5 song album. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2773624/Is-relaxing-song-EVER-Listen-music-scientifically-proven-send-sleep.html

trishpiglet3 on 04/13/2018:
I love your bedtime thoughts. I have a thing I sometimes do, using the alphabet, where I'll imagine a load of things that begin with A, then B etc. according to a pattern. Last night I was trying to fill imaginary rooms with lovely things for each letter (my friend Ani, with an Apple pie for if she's hungry, and surrounded by lots of Art for her to look at etc.)... the idea is that the game ends in multiple z's (i.e. zzzzzz sleep) before it gets to the actual z.

The exercise is definitely helping a lot.

WISH we could get a dog but both out of the house for a lot of the day working (plus we live on the third floor).

Tracking and grounding?

I have heard the most relaxing song ever thing. It is very soothing. I need to sort some way to play music through headphones :)


happy-1 on 04/12/2018:
Also if I am puffing on asthma meds I get more anxiety spirals even in the weeks that follow. This tea is good for puffing on the inhaler less, and also helps when I'm anxious because sometimes I don't realize I can't breathe and feel it as anxiety... so I've started just drinking it at second breakfast. I'm also trying to include fennel in salads. https://www.traditionalmedicinals.com/products/breathe-easy/

trishpiglet3 on 04/13/2018:
Yep asthma meds fire up some receptors for adrenaline. Asthma/anxiety is an annoying combo. Is the tea fennel tea? I've had that before and love the taste of it.

Really helpful, thank you! I'm going to look out for fennel next time I go to the shop

Donkey on 04/12/2018:
Lovely food pictures - I'm so glad that you post these :-)

My mother spent quite a few years working for her county's smoking cessasion program - it's really quite self-rewarding -- but a cash bonus is always nice to have, too!

I don't have any secrets for dealing with anxiety. I think I've always just lived through it. Or ate through it. Or popped a pill. I think you did best by leaving the situation. Deep breaths...

trishpiglet3 on 04/13/2018:
I wasn't anxious during the class just had a headache... but yes, sometimes you do need to just plough through.

Yay your mum :)

happy-1 on 04/13/2018:
Here- Try it for a week, see if it doesn't help... Makes me feel more in control:

3 gratitudes Efforts I can take pride in for fitness today 1 selfless act I did today Obstacles and how I will over come them My vision for what it will be like when I achieve my fitness goal My intention for tomorrow How I will work heroicly tomorrow Mantra for tomorrow

trishpiglet3 on 04/13/2018:
Thank you!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/15/2018:
it's always good when you are on the successful team at work :) good for you and on the bonus.

with anxiety, you have to "bring yourself back to reality" like concentrate on how something feels that you touch, or concentrate on something you are looking at...take your mind off the anxiety by working on concentrating on something else.

trishpiglet3 - Tuesday Apr 10, 2018
(DIY regular and healthy)
Weight: 174.0

I clicked the wrong thing and DD ate my post!

Nevertheless ...  Today's food in pictures

Big love to all xx

Progress as of today: 0.6 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 04/10/2018:
We have quorn. Tons healthier than soy, but expensive. Pea protein and garbanzo products tend to be more common.

trishpiglet3 on 04/11/2018:
Cool! On ou having it rather than on it being expensive. I think what's most likely is that Mr Trish didn't notice any Quorn when he was still living in the states

bearcountrygg on 04/10/2018:
Love the pics...it's always fun to see what others eat!!!

Maria7 on 04/10/2018:
Thank you for sharing with us!

horn_of_plenty on 04/11/2018:
this happens to me too at times...i get so upset that i have to write it all again...basically i never do!

trishpiglet3 on 04/12/2018:
Yup! I think I'm going to compose my next post just in a text box on my computer and then I won't lose it

trishpiglet3 - Sunday Apr 08, 2018
(DIY regular and healthy)
Weight: 174.0

Have been avoiding posting because my weight went up. 

I've been exercising about 30-40 minutes per day for the past couple of weeks and focusing less on the healthy eating so (I'm hoping) some of it is increased muscle weight.  But then there was also the Easter chocolate frenzy/nausea and slipping back into grabbing quick food rather than planned meals with plenty of protein and good veg.  I am confused though because even though the scales show a higher weight, people keep asking me if I've lost weight.

I might try to get back into the photographing etc.  It does take a few minutes to remember to do it and then to upload the photos but I did seem to be doing better a month ago than I am now. 

The lovely husband has started using the same exercise software, it feels nice to be doing something fun that we're both doing.

Another challenge, and one which I haven't talked about (much) here is my anxiety, especially at nighttimes trying to get to sleep.  Using things like sleeping pills or tranquilisers feels like it's avoiding the problem or could be making it worse so I'm going to try to educate myself about ways to get my anxious self to sleep.  I'm not consciously anxious *about* anything,  I think I just get into an anxious breathing pattern at nights, possibly going back to a violently abusive relationship I had in my late teens where I didn't have enough life experience or confidence to escape right away... that's just a guess though, I don't think I have a great bedtime pattern.

On happier note, I just got back from an expedition to the budget food shop with a LOT of veg so I'm going to make something super healthy.

Big love to all xxx

Progress as of today: 0.6 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

trishpiglet3 on 04/08/2018:
I just had a text conversation with one of my nephews, who is into weight training, and his opinion is that my body is holding onto water to repair muscle. He has suggested keeping my calories below 1600 (they're already below 1500) and eating more protein and more fat while reducing carbohydrates.

I don't eat meat very often so maybe I should look into doing that. Or fish, which IMHO tastes nicer.

bearcountrygg on 04/08/2018:
Eating protein and fat makes a lot of sense to me too.

Donkey on 04/08/2018:
It's far too easy to call back into old, bad habits. Keep trying! And I'm not just saying that because I love seeing yourfood pictures... well, maybe that has something to do with my comment ;-)

trishpiglet3 on 04/10/2018:
I did food pictures today and will post them in a few minutes :)

Maria7 on 04/09/2018:
Hope you have a good day.

trishpiglet3 on 04/10/2018:
I've had a great day. Thank you!

Maria7 on 04/10/2018:
It is my understanding that I have ancestors in my genealogy who were from Sheffield, England.

trishpiglet3 on 04/10/2018:
Oh Wow! That's really interesting :) I hereby bestow you with honorary imaginary UK citizenship (if you want it, the weather is usually terrible) xx

Maria7 on 04/11/2018:
Thank you! :-)

trishpiglet3 - Sunday Mar 25, 2018
(DIY regular and healthy)
Weight: 169.1

An apology for absence, also for this being a long post... and some good news

Work got very hectic as I've been training new stop smoking advisors in Kingston, which has a lot of admin and organisation around it, more than I'd usually need to do as it's somewhere I only deliver twice a year, and my clinics have also been very busy.  Healthy eating, exercising, and looking after myself, took a back seat in favour of doing a lot of work.  Last training day is this Wednesday and, since the venue we're using has a fridge, I don't really have an excuse not to eat healthily as I can bring food from home and put it in the fridge (while all the slim healthcare professionals who I'm training get cookies, catering-company food and other nice things... but then they also have to do their exam at the end of the day so it's only right that I feed them and be nice to them).  It's a 12-hour work day for me and, last week, I came home and just slept through till the morning.  This week, I'm more prepared.  I've taken the day off the day before *and* the day after.

Today I'm going to pick up some dumbbells that I bought (one of my friends informs me they are called 'dumbbells' because people used to use actual bells for weight-training, with the clappers removed, hence dumb-bells) and then I'll be having a look at my Xbox exercise game - 'Your Shape - Fitness Evolved', which I found an online video review of here

The good news?  Drumroll .............
I no longer have pre-diabetes.  I had been terrified of going back to the doctor to find out, even though they'd asked me to do so.  I was at another doctor surgery (not mine) working with one of the nurses who I trained some months ago as a stop smoking advisor.  She'd been having problems learning how to use our data monitoring tool and I spent some hours showing her, getting her a log in for the live database and helping input some of their outstanding paperwork.  We were chatting and I mentioned my fears about getting the HbA1c test done again.  She said "why don't we redo the test here and now?" and the penny dropped.  It's like if you told your friend you were scared of taking your toothache to the dentist and then you realised your friend is a dentist and you're actually sat talking to them in a dental surgery.  I let her take my blood.  The results came back.  In November it had been 44.  Now it was 41.  In the UK, prediabetes is measured as anything from 42 to 47.  I have stepped just outside of the box.  (For clarity, although I only mentioned the pre-diabetes here at the start of the month, I was given the diagnosis in November 2017... it's over the past 3 months I must have reversed it)

What's next is getting back on track.  Photographing my food.  Using MFP.  My weight has not changed that much so it must be the healthy eating and walking to all of my clinics that has got my blood sugar down.  Onwards and upwards.
And Big Love to all of you for your encouragement, good example, and inspiration!

Progress as of today: 5.5 lbs lost so far, only 15.1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 03/25/2018:
How wonderful that you are no longer pre diabetic!!! I have many family members with diabetes...Hubby included....and it's no picnic for them for sure. It sounds like you have it all together....with great plans too.

trishpiglet3 on 03/25/2018:
Hopefully can keep this going. I just did my first workout using the Xbox exercise game and, even though I did the 'Nice and Easy' workout, I feel exhausted. Yup, diabetes is a difficult thing to have to manage. Sorry to hear that, like me, you have lots of family members with it. An HbA1c of 41 is a start but I hope to be able to get it lower. I'm going to book ahead for another blood test in 3 months :)

happy-1 on 03/25/2018:
Congratulations!!!! That is amazing!!!!

trishpiglet3 on 03/25/2018:
Thank you! Onwards and upwards. Hoping I can go further with exercise and improve my asthma so I don't need to medicate it so much. Also improve my anxiety levels (I think I'll make a longer post about this at some point).

Donkey on 03/25/2018:
I feel like I could have written the paragraph about how work takes over your life, leaving your health in a distant second place. Last year, I tried not to let that happen. Check with me in July and see if I'm able to do better this year.

Congratulations on no longer being pre-diabetic - well done!

trishpiglet3 on 03/25/2018:
I will do. How do you feel your work/life balance is doing at the moment?

Thanks for the congrats. Today's been a good day with good exercise and good food (photographed but not yet uploaded onto blog) so let's see if I can keep this up

Horn_of_plenty on 03/26/2018:
That's wonderful to have your health more in line. That's really important and it's glad you worked to get rid of your pre-diabetes label! How wonderful. Keep up the good work and it's great you can bring your own food. At work I've noticed that there are plenty of people who bring their own food and they usually look fit / not fat. Planning a healthy meal is always easier when bringing it - rather than ordering too much at a takeout place.

I used to always bring my food but bc i am in manhattan, the food has been really tempting. However, i also DO BRING at least my breakfast. it's good to have a plan and stick to it. or at least plan for healthy eating and not leave it up to a moment's notice or leave it up to whatever is around / not around for you to choose from....cookies and sweets certainly have a lot of calories. lately i have more of them bc i'm in more of a maintenance phase and i guess i've been tempted, but i notice one thing for sure - they don't satisfy me and leave me just getting hungrier and hungrier after i have them!

keep up the good work at work...! and looking forward to your future entries!

Maria7 on 03/28/2018:
Glad you are feeling better.

Maria7 on 03/29/2018:
Hope you are doing well today.

trishpiglet3 - Monday Mar 12, 2018
(DIY regular and healthy)
Weight: 169.1

I am back!  And I am not going to get within 10 feet of the weighing scales until at least Wednesday.  I had a super lovely time with my family.  The only picture I took was of the dogs ...I think the flash gave one of the dogs laser eyes.  Every other picture would have had food in it!
We went to a lovely Chinese restaurant called Cathay Rendevous where everyone chose one dish but then they were put on a Lazy Susan wheel so everyone could try everyone elses... and as we know, the more variety - the more we eat.  I had the opportunity to skip dessert because it was my mum's birthday cake (with dairy, which I am allergic to) but oh noooooo I asked to be dropped off at a Sainsburys so I could buy vegan ice cream and dairy-free chocolate brownies.  I'm not a religious person but I swear there was an almost tangible dessert demon on my shoulder telling me that everyone else would be having a lovely dessert and I shouldn't be left out.  Dessert Demon: 1 / Trish: Nil

I did walk one of the dogs to get some exercise.  The oldest dog can't go on the same long walks as the younger ones so I took him for a meander to the local park and back, which took a long time even though it's only around the corner but he loves to go and meet other dogs.

Back to work and I've been very, very careful today.  I walked to and from my clinic (about an hour and ten minutes walking in total).  I have a podiatry appointment in the morning and I'm going to walk there and back also.

 Today's food in pictures

Progress as of today: 5.5 lbs lost so far, only 15.1 lbs to go!

Donkey on 03/12/2018:
Sounds like a lovely time! And why shouldn't you have some lovely sweetness on Mum's birthday? ;-) Now that you're home, you can get back on track.

trishpiglet3 on 03/12/2018:
Thank you! I guess I noticed my clothes feeling tighter when I came home and thought 'aaaargh - all that hard work! have I ruined it?'

Maria7 on 03/12/2018:
Pretty dogs. Good on the walking, too. :-)

trishpiglet3 on 03/12/2018:
They're lovely. Very different characters, all of them. The youngest (the one whose eyes are shining in the flash) LOVES to play fetch with a ball and wants to do so pretty much all the time. Oldest dog (in the middle) very loving and gentle. Other dog (large blonde in front) likes being picked up and cuddled, although this is no longer feasible due to his size... he likes to sit on people's laps, usually unasked :)

horn_of_plenty on 03/13/2018:
well i guess you enjoyed the dessert, doggies are adorable :)

trishpiglet3 on 03/13/2018:
Mixed feelings about the dessert. I went a bit overboard with it. I left the remainder of the ice cream and cake at my sisters' place.

Yup lovely dogs :)

bearcountrygg on 03/14/2018:
Love the pups!

Maria7 on 03/20/2018:
Hope you are having a good day.

trishpiglet3 - Friday Mar 09, 2018
(DIY regular and healthy)
Weight: 169.1

Just a very quick one because we're packing to go spend time in Bristol with my family.  I'm going to take a break from the photos and calorie counting for the weekend as it will be a bit tricky at my sister's place and we'll also be going for a meal out.  I will take it carefully though.

Big love and good luck to all of you and I'll be back on Monday. xxx

 Today's food in pictures

Progress as of today: 5.5 lbs lost so far, only 15.1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 03/09/2018:
Have a good time!

trishpiglet3 on 03/09/2018:
Thanks! I'll take photos :)

Horn_of_plenty on 03/10/2018:
keep on and do what you can...it's always good to be accountable even when away from here :)

Donkey on 03/10/2018:
Have fun on your trip. You will be missed!!

Maria7 on 03/10/2018:
Hope you are having a good family weekend.

trishpiglet3 - Thursday Mar 08, 2018
(DIY regular and healthy)
Weight: 170.0

Hi everyone!

I'm surprised this hasn't happened earlier but my body has gotten hold of the fact that I'm eating more healthily and I'm no longer constipated.  I ruined making my dinner by having to drop everything and run to the bathroom, and when I came back I couldn't face continuing with what I was making, hence banana and toast.  I've recycled a photo of some of my chocolate and squash, which I intend to have later.  My apologies for being indelicate but just approximately how long does this last when you begin eating healthily?

I didn't get a haircut today but I did go underwear shopping in a really nice shop.  Tried on some bras in the fitting room and was about to leave, then realised it was the men's fitting room (I had wondered why it smelled of aftershave)... and that there were suddenly loads of men around (it had been empty when I wandered in).  I was rather embarrassed and stayed in there till it was quiet enough that I could sneak out.

One bit of good news. The coach company refunded the money I lost on tickets from a trip to Bristol that was cancelled due to the snow last week. :)

 Today's food in pictures

Progress as of today: 4.6 lbs lost so far, only 16 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 03/08/2018:
Your food looked delish...all of it....and nice hearing that you got a refund.

trishpiglet3 on 03/08/2018:
They sent me an email asking for feedback on the journey and I let rip The call from them was in response to that and they were so polite... even refunded the difference between what I originally paid and the more expensive tickets I bought to travel this weekend :)

Donkey on 03/08/2018:
That was too funny about the dressing room! LOL!!

I eat very healthy and am quite often constipated. I think it's who you are.

trishpiglet3 on 03/09/2018:
I sent a text to my husband to ask for advice. His advice was to walk out with my head held high and say something like "Sorry chaps, honest mistake" but in the end I went with high speed.

Sorry to hear you're quite often constipated. It's horrible. I had the opposite problem yesterday though :(

horn_of_plenty on 03/09/2018:
i once wandered into a Men's Locker Room haha at the gym ;) by accident of course!

trishpiglet3 on 03/09/2018:
Did it smell of aftershave? :)

horn_of_plenty on 03/09/2018:
i can't give you any digestive advice bc i generally have issues always - my whole life really.

trishpiglet3 on 03/09/2018:
:( Very sorry to hear that. Digestive stuff is horrible

Maria7 on 03/09/2018:
Hope you have a good day. I really enjoy looking at your food photos. Thanks for sharing them with us.

trishpiglet3 on 03/09/2018:
You're welcome :)

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