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15/01/2014 at 10:00

ok so this morning i was 'sensible' and ate a bowl of porridge with apple and pear in it with the kids. it's 10am and i am now STARVING. if i had eaten nothing, i wouldn't be hungry now. ARGH!!

15/01/2014 at 10:41

Porridge makes me hungry too CM!  Not sure why.  Toast seems to work best for me in the morning when I remember.

We change pillows quite a lot because of Alan and his eczema and dust mite allergy thing.  EF - he also has a v sweaty head!!  Bizarre.  Also contemplating changing the mattress but its a bit expensive.

Having grown up with dogs I know they are a fair bit of work, plus my Mum and her issues with dogs and keeping her house in a fit state have totally put me off.  I'm allergic to cats as well so not having them either!

Managing to get out for a run on the weekends but doing dvd's on weeknights so don't think I'm going to get anywhere with the 2014 km this year, although once Benedict starts play school in the summer my mileage will hopefully increase!

Can't remember what else I read, I would prob buy a new duvet rather than get it cleaned, ends up costing about the same.  Tesco just had an offer on pillows and duvets so I got two new pillows.

15/01/2014 at 11:36

Think our duvet is at least 15 years old, god knows about the pillows...

We did just buy our first new mattress though, after 10 years. Realise how bad our old one was now, with the two sunken outlines and brown shadows from our stinky bodies

Our cat gets kicked out at night but does spend all day asleep on our bed. If we let him stay in he only annoys us at 4am to be let outside (no catflap as renting). I have only let him stay in once so far this winter when it was really really cold! My hubby goes on about having a dog but he wouldn't look after it, it would be me shovelling shit in the garden every day and dragging it for walks and cleaning up mud. I grew up in a dog filled house and have had my fair share of cleaning up after them!

And porridge leaves me starving too! Don't understand the whole eating it before a long run, it get stomach cramps im so hungry! Toast works for me, with marmite or peanut butter when running (not much of that happening!).

Talking of sugar I made a batch of malteser cookies to bring to my presentation this morning (distracts the audience from my talk ). They are delicious and were demolished, got condensed milk in them which makes them extra gooey (just a shame that I have completely gone off chocolate )

I'm as sick as a dog over here, really finding work a struggle, and the train is just horrendous, the smell! Never felt this bad with either Mags or Rosie, hoping its a good sign that all is well. I finally saw doctor and they said I have no choice of hospital anymore and I have to go to St Peters again. Kinsey, was it you saying theres a midwife unit being built? Hope they build it fast! 

Forgotten all else said, sorry. Do remember a paragliding trip to morocco being mentioned!! Assume hes taking you and the kids too Camlo?

15/01/2014 at 11:51

i lock the cats in the kitchen overnight but they have access to outside through the cat flap. if i'm here without the kids, the cats have free-range of the house. but when the kids are here, i have to shut them in the kitchen otherwise they get in with the kids in the night and wake them up by purring in their ears! the kids won't keep their doors shut either so there's no choice!

sickness is a good thing - perhaps it's a boy, Sonya! i was sick like that with J - and oh god, the smells of things! but i wasn't anywhere near as sick with E

JT - glad George is doing well and yay to no reflux!

15/01/2014 at 14:00

I am doing EMF 3 wks b4 dirty 30, the idea being that 

Emf is a training run for dirty 30. Could u treat dirty 30 as training run for GGWU?

15/01/2014 at 14:43

I will have similar problem with EMF, I am already thinking altho it's a training run being that last time I did EMF i did it off very little training, coming back from an injury, and that my marathon pb was Strathearn which is a hilly race, maybe I could still manage a marathon pb without going too hard. I am not that bothered about time at dirty 30, so if I have to take it easyish on trashed legs that's ok. Altho I am planning to take it easy between the two races so I reckon legs should recover ok.

I may be away with the fairies hoping for a pb at EMF mind, as it's part of my training for dirty 30 I won't be tapering before it, so could just b a slow hard slog LOL.

15/01/2014 at 15:22

Did my 5 mile run, with 3 miles at sub 7 min miling, in the rain yet again, so happy with that. 

Just discovered a large box of mini toblerones in the cupboard at work, so that will keep me happy this afternoon

I too have probs with running races at anything less than flat out, definitely the competitive side of me wins every time, rather than the sensible side.

I only eat porridge once in a blue moon when I decide I should because its good for me, but I think its pretty vile stuff.

Going to sweatshop after work to hopefully buy new shoes, and maybe look at jackets if I can be bothered.

15/01/2014 at 16:49

No-one on here is fat - so enough already ladies!! But certainly sounds like some of of us (me included) could do better on the eating sensibly and healthily. I'm a total sugar junkie (will eat drinking chocolate out the tin, and thats not even a PMT thing) so am trying to cut down for 2014.

Re the porridge woes - try Ready Brek. Any other type of porridge has me hungry within a couple of hours, but Ready Brek seems to sustain me bit longer (or is it the 3 peanut butter M&Ms I stir in that are the key!). Weetabix is my breakfast nemesis - even on 3 biscuits I am hungry within an hour!

15/01/2014 at 17:09

well done, caro! i'm glad no-one else finds porridge filling. i did hold out till lunchtime and then ate an enormous bowl of carrot soup with loads of lentils and beans and things stirred in. now i've just got back from the hospital and scoffed a packet of oatcakes with pnb. sigh... i will run later. and i WILL eat something like  mackerel and veg for tea. i will i will i will

well, the assessment was interesting. in an hour we managed to go through just about everything and agree on a treatment regime. i was very open about my eating thing and because of that, she is going to recommend 12 sessions. she's going to start with some CBT to get me functioning at work, and then once i'm coping a bit better she will start on some of the underlying stuff. she said she will want me to do a food and drink diary so that we can look at what i eat and why. so it will be making me look at what triggers me to eat or not eat. she says it will be hard work for me... eeek. she's actually the ED specialist - although that wasn't why i saw her. i just saw her because she was allocated, but since i have an ED element to my issues, it's her i will see going forwards.

15/01/2014 at 17:13

Sounds very positive CM!!  Sounds like she was nice, sensible and approachable, and well done for being open about everything. 

I went thru a phase of making slowcooker porridge with lots of dried fruit that was ready in time for breakfast.  Might give it another go........the kids like it, even if I don't!

15/01/2014 at 18:14

i actually like porridge. lived on it at uni. literally. it was cheap and i used to cook it twice a day for meals! but now it just doesn't seem to fill me up.

i called into ikea on the way home and bought 4 cheap dining room chair to replace the ones i inherited from my parents. my parents' are pine chairs and cost a fortune at the time. they have a covering on them tho that is a kind of salmony-pink and is velour-ish. sounds hideous. and is pretty hideous. anyway i have never liked them and my mum always made a monumental fuss about how disgusting they got when the kids ate on them. and the cats sit on them with muddy fur. they stain really badly. they are a right mess. anyway, i have always thought about covering them but have no idea how to do it. i know how much my parents would disapprove of this but i'm going to freecycle them now and have replaced them with the cheapest ikea chairs. i no longer care. i don't owe my folks anything and my mothers' precious dining room chairs (that she gave to me when they moved to spain in 2001) will be gone gone gone gone gone! yippeeeee!

Edited: 15/01/2014 at 18:14
15/01/2014 at 19:25

I would take an axe to them CM, very therapeutic I believe


MR - I beg to differ on the not being fat, I have a bmi of 29.5 which only just puts me out of the obese category and into overweight category, so I would say that qualifies as 'fat'


I like porridge too and may well have to start eating it for brekkie more often as I think having eggs every morning is giving me an intolerance to eggs given how sore my guts were (thankfully) postrun today. Will try poached egg whites tomorrow and see if leaving out the yolk helps, I had been eating egg white omelletes with veggies without any issues (well not as bad as felt this morning).


The good news is that when I weighed myself this morning (pre bad guts episode I might add) I had finally dropped lbs, took a week and a half but weight just suddenly dropped by just under 3lb

15/01/2014 at 20:16

believe me I am not a heavily muscled athlete CC 

15/01/2014 at 20:25

Just want to say that I don't think any less of myself 

because I am overweight, it's frustrating always having to work 

at losing weight but it doesn't get me dwn too much, I am very matter 

of fact about it.

15/01/2014 at 20:44

no, i'm not heavily muscled either, tt

i suspect my BMI would put me into the overweight category at the moment. i am normally right at the top of normal but have put on weight since i stopped doing alternate day fasting.

anyway, i did run. only 4.5 miles. it was pouring with rain. so i feel virtuous

i am now eating pan fried veg (onion, mushroom, pepper, spinach, broc) with 2 eggs beaten into it. sort of a very veggy omelette. i don't like eggs much but i have shoved loads of pepper in and it's not too bad. can't taste the egg that much. couldn't eat it often but i can stomach it every now and then

i do think a lot less of myself for being overweight, though, tt. i am ashamed of myself. i hate my body and hate myself for allowing myself to look like this.

anyway at least i don't have my parents' chairs looking reproachfully at me every time i walk into the kitchen. every time i looked at them, i felt my parents' disapproval. but i stupidly had to give myself permission to get rid of them. how stupid am i? must sound utterly bonkers. but i've done it. and it feels very liberating. i also bought myself some new crockery in ikea. the stuff i was using was given to me by mum (she got it in a charity shop) when i moved out of the marital home. it was a load of random stuff. a lot of it is now badly chipped. but again, every time i got a plate out, it made me think of her. so i have just replaced it. profligate. reckless. feels good though

15/01/2014 at 20:52

Oh dear CC - my hip to waist ratio said I am at risk of heart disease and diabetes!  Can't remember if I said that Alan and I had health checks before Christmas and that was the one thing it flagged up for me apart from doing more core, more pelvic floor and more cardio.

Sonya - yes there is meant to be a midwife led bit at St Peter's and I found B's birth much more pleasant than Aidan's.  Hope you feel a bit less horrid soon.  I had different side affects with each of mine.

JT - glad there is no reflux!

CM - sounds good.  Was going to ask if you sit down and do a Sunday lunch or anything like that with the kids.  We try to do that although I still tend to give them tea and feed myself in the evening.  Maybe I should start eating with them if Alan is away.

15/01/2014 at 21:17

Och not really that fussed about s pb it's the taking part that 

really matters, will just see how it goes 


CM- I do have moments of selfloathing but I am pretty good 

at telling myself off and argueing back with my inner voice, 

my thinking being that if I do that and think positive there is 

more chance I might actually lose the weight, eventually 


My hip to waist ratio is pretty good but only cos I have a large ass lol, and in 

10-15yrs that will change as menopause will change my shape. Blood pressure and cholesterol 

good too and no diabetes in family, so I am healthy, but would b healthier if 

lost a few stone

15/01/2014 at 21:26

Yep do always eat with kids at weekend. When I have them. 

My hip to waist ratio is also ok. I have a great fat arse and a smallish waist tho lol 

15/01/2014 at 21:30

Oh god watching programme about obesity. A guy with diabetes. At 48 having leg amputated. They can't anaesthetise him because of his size so he is sedated while they amputate it. But he is conscious! Oh god how grim. 

15/01/2014 at 21:58

CM do you only have one Channel?!

a mum was telling me the other day that her perfectly normal sized daughter had got the 'your child is fat!' letter home after the kids were weighed at school.  And how patronising it was.......just shows how sometimes the way we measure ourselves or kids doesn't work.  Mum is a perfectly sensible teacher herself, and was horrified to then find herself really watching what her daughter ate and thinking oh perhaps she shouldn't have that biscuit, when really she is not over wt!

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