Thursday, October 30, 2008

Day 53

Well - a difficult PCP week with kids at home and trips out and about. This W/end will be interesting - we are off to Shimoda to stay with friends who LOVE their food & drink. At least I will be able to work out on the beach.
Have at last managed to get the V- sits, now have to contend with those Kung-fu things.  I managed 2 ..... then had to do some other abs ( more v-sits!) Maybe in 2-3 weeks they will suddenly click?????
Had a hair cut today , so I think that will be my only weight loss this week!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Day 52 and all's well

Wed. morning, and my throat is raw from all the screaming on Thunder Mountain, and my legs ache from all the queuing. I'm a big wuss when it comes to roller coasters. I can't believe I actually spent 12 whole hours with 4 kids at Disney. Normally I would have lost the plot after 2! It actually turned out to be a great day, though the food on offer was definitely not PCP quality. I watched as everyone devoured greasy slabs of pizza, and made do with a very sad salad with no dressing, and some soggy pasta. I find myself being VERY critical of what everyone is putting in their mouths - a bit like an ex smoker harping on at those who choose to continue the filthy habit!
I  had taken fruit for the kids yesterday, but only managed to get my own to eat it. They have come to realize that Mummy  is not to be messed with when it comes to junk food.
Ahh - sun is shining, the kids had a fantastic day yesterday, everyone's happy, so today must be a good food day for the whole family I think. 
I 'm finding the new timed jumping much easier. I'm doing a lot more jumps, with no problem, and I don't have to count - just set the timer and sing along to the music!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Another lapse in blogging. Had a busy weekend which involved entertaining, so I feel I must count it as my indulgence, then I don't have to spend ages deciding what to have. Had a glass of red wine on Sat. and it was enough to give me a buzz, and a slight headache in the morning. No more of that - the after effects are not worth it. The friends we were with were a bit surprised. I used to be able to handle a lot more!
My sweet tooth has disappeared -yipee.... I have no desire for chocolate cake this time round. I hope this lasts for a long time because that was my real weakness, and I don't want to slip back into old habits.
Off to Disney tomorrow with my children , and probably half of Japan. Not my idea of fun, but the things we have to do for our children. I may be a gibbering wreck by tomorrow night......

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Half way!

Well it's been fairly smooth going so far. I've had a few moments over the past few days when I've really felt like eating something indulgent, but have made do with dry crackers! Also had quite a bit of negative comments from mostly women, about why am I bothering when I look fine, and why don't I just come out & have a glass of wine, it must be so boring, etc etc. It's taking some will power to ignore it all. After all we are half way through, and it's gone really quickly - for me anyhow.
Missed my eggs tonight as my lovely Georgie managed to break all of them - mostly on the floor -whilst creating some ginger bread. She did manage to rescue 2 for her baking.  I didn't really miss them, though I know they serve a purpose....
My children demonstrated the v-sits to me tonight. They do them perfectly, and cannot understand why I can't. Me neither.
And so to bed........

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Nearly half way -wow

At last - moment to sit and contemplate. Time is flying by, and we're nearly half way through. It really hasn't been so bad. There has been the odd day when I just haven't felt like doing any exercise, but once I start it's fine. For the first time I did my jumps before breakfast this w/end. That doesn't mean I got up early -just we had a very late breakfast! It felt much easier than my usual evening jumping, so I will try harder to get it done in the mornings.
Still finding those v-sits difficult. Munisha seems to have the rhythm, and looks good doing it. I think I need some lessons because  I just end up in a heap, and then have to do some other form of abdominal torture to make up for it. It's my weakest bit I guess.
I became an Aunty again yesterday - my poor sister has at last popped out her little girl. She's been ready to go for 2 weeks. Can't wait to see her in a couple of weeks. The kids are all waiting to go shopping for cute girly stuff for me to take. Not sure how spending a week with my family in the UK is going to go with the PCP. As my darling children keep reminding me - how am I not going to be tempted with all that yummy food.  I'll take my rope & bands with me, and stock up on fruit & veg when I arrive. Give everyone a shock when I turn up loaded with eggs and bananas!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Day 38 and the going's good -kind of

Thanks for the great class this morning Corry. I can already feel my backside protesting, especially after doing the jumps this evening. Left them a bit late again, as I 've been busy all day, so it's now 11.30pm and I'm done in for the day.  Must go & rest my aching limbs. Actually the bit that really hurts are my ankles. I think jumping on hard surfaces is wearing them down, so I'm in the garden again tomorrow.
And so goodnight....

Monday, October 13, 2008

Happy Monday:)

I quite agree Munisha. I didn't learn anything new about my children after spending 31/2 hrs at conferences today. I did run up & down the stairs about 20 times in the Middle School, so at least I got some exercise! But I too will be back next year, just in case something momentous happens that I don't notice.
Had a frantic search of Monday night Yokohama for bananas and apples, which made Darren laugh. Still, when a banana is the highlight of your dinner it becomes of great importance to have a fresh one! And yes Corry - I didn't think about it too much, but I have never before considered a grilled fish as a treat. How things have changed.
 Did my jump rope around an empty tennis court while everyone played tennis this evening. It was most refreshing,  looking at the moon from various angles, and jumping my way round the court. I think I will do that more often.
Thanks Maki for delivering the new exercise sheets. I did find those wicked kick squat things VERY difficult - major thigh burn!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Small lapse

Had a slight lapse last night as Darren came home relatively early and we all went out to dinner. Haven't seen him all week due to him being completely swamped at work . He was a bit stressed I think. Anyhow, I had grilled fish with Thai spices and veggies, so not too bad. Loved the burning mouth  spicey -ness. It made a wonderful change from my delicious egg whites!
Back on track today, and feeling re energised. Managed to put together some IKEA drawers without cursing, so I must be feeling relaxed....

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Have cake and ate it!

Yee Haa I got up this morning & decided to do many things, the first of which was making my cake. So there I was at 9am mixing up a storm in the kitchen. I even finished my curtains while it was baking. Sat down later with a nice cup of tea and a moderate slice and enjoyed it soooo much. Can't believe it took so long to get my act together.
Actually I felt a bit stuffed, but I coped well. Had a game of squash this evening to work it off, and now my legs are a bit sore, but it was great fun.I do love thrashing that little ball round the court!
Late again - ho hum.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Give me cake!

Oh no- it's late again. I can't seem to get to bed early. Darren's not home ( some financial crisis going on ), dog's at my feet after enjoying his egg yolks. Just spent 1 1/2 hours talking to my sister who is about to give birth. It was so funny listening to all her gripes and groans.She was on the couch, with major back ache, eating a piece of cake - which by the way is what I should be doing.
Missed Corry's class this morning because  I was at a class coffee morning & didn't realise how time flies when you're having a good chat.Anyhow, it was good fun, and the cakes looked wonderful, but I'd just eaten my huge breakfast, so wasn't tempted.
Just figured out how to add pictures! This is my lovely Oliver winning the cross country race yesterday  - He's so proud of himself.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Aching legs....

Painful thighs this morning thanks to our new double legs routine. Oh and my tennis session, which was not gentle. Couldn't even do my usual 2 lap run of Negishi with the kids for cross country.
Still can't do those v-sits without crumpling, but we will persevere....
I am now so full of fruit and egg white that I can't sleep, so I'll have to talk to Darren who has just come home!
Can't wait for more fun thigh burn with Corry tomorrow - except I have a class coffee morning first  at one of the major bakers of Yokohamas house - I'm just going to have to eat my big breakfast at the crack of dawn, so I can't fit anything else in.
Still no indulgence - maybe my time has run out??? Didn't have any eggs left yesterday when I felt a baking urge.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

One Month gone...

Oh dear, another weekend gone and I haven't even sat near the computer. It's a fight with all these children claiming priority - mine, and all the waifs and strays who slept over this w/end!
I feel great after the workout this morning, but I think I'm going to have difficulty climbing the stairs tomorrow, with all those lunges and jumps. Just cleaned  my disgusting house (come back Cora....)so that's another workout.
Haven't even had my treat - how sad is that. I didn't get time to make my cake, and now the urge has gone. Maybe later.... oh maybe I'll go & do it right now.
Put on my very old and a bit tight jeans today - and wow - I have  excess fabric on the backside. That made my day - something is working!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Weird super Mum

Missed a few days- not sure why, but I seem to be doing stuff all day, then kids activities, dinner, homework - no time left. I just read Makis post, and weirdly I have become demon Mum in the kitchen. Homemade granola bars, full of natural goodness, lots of veggies and freshly prepared delicacies for dinner, even if I can't eat it myself. It's become a pleasure rather than a chore. My kids think it's great. Even the bars were popular in the lunch boxes.
Also just read the email about having a treat. I haven't really felt like eating anything too gooey, but I might just have to make my fav. chocolate cake tomorrow, and have 1 slice with a cup of tea. Aahh - now that is worth waiting for! Martha Stewart eat your heart out. I'm even making curtains - is this really me????