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daily parcels * tied up in string *

daily musings of a vintage addict * I am totally obsessed with all things vintage * trying to keep up with my past...and sometimes ordinary everyday life

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Location: Katoomba, NSW, Australia

here I am in a little cottage that evokes the energies of my ancestral lands - a cottage on the moors of Cornwall, or on the cliff tops of Ireland or Scotland. It has a hearth. I am a hedge witch {of sorts}. I wear upcycled clothes, patchouli oil and Redback boots. I am a gypsy; an eccentric and a mystic [I often live with a foot in two worlds]. I serve my guests, tea from an old silver teapot. I love Vervain, yarrow, chamomile & mint. Star watcher and Moon gazer. story cloth weaver. keeper of family dreams and wishes. good friend and creator of life. herbal tea drinker and potion maker.

Plan ahead and dream of all the beautiful things that life has to offer

September 15, 2005

watch that weight !

yes dear ladies - I am a weight watcher.
Don't know why though as I was just about voted the least likely to ever put weight on in high school. My dear Pa called me lolly legs as they were sooo very thin and in my teens, I was so embarrassed by my 'thin-ness' that I wrote away to a company that would guarantee weight increase with their product ( which consisted of drinking copious amounts of milk, mixed with powdered full fat milk and malt). Even when I was pregnant, I was thin, I could eat cherry ripes every day and not put one ounce on .....so what happened? Age ? or gluttony? or just enjoying the good life? - all of these I guess.

I knew I was putting weight on but was so sure it would just slip off if I didn't eat my tim tams or if I went for leisurely stroll after dinner once or twice a week. Then one morning I woke and I saw my dear nan's arms staring at me in the bathroom mirror. Now don't get me wrong, I adored my Nan - she was cuddly but she was also diabetic and not a good one at that.

So that day, off to the gym I went * and I definately do not have time to be going running on a treadmill to nowhere... I joined, paid my money and went into the assessment room feeling very smug....thinking that he will say that I just needed a little tone up.... well, he weighed and measured and tut tutted... until I asked him what he was going on about. My blood pressure was up and I was way over my recommended body mass index (BMI - to people in the 'know').. I promptly told him that I was menopausal and that my dear Nan had big arms....which he quickly replied to with ' oh, don't blame her'..... I grabbed my bag and sneaked out...going home howling....
so I joined weight watchers that night! Not me to do things by halves, so I joined Joe up as well... and we were going along really well...it is actually a wonderful way to lose weight as it is all about healthy eating.... I lost quite abit and dropped a few sizes in clothes. eventually reaching my goal early this year and am now what they call a 'gold life member'

However this past month or so, I have noticed that my jeans are a tad tight..so off I go last night to the meeting and I have gained 1.8kgs in a month.... that is about 6 weeks of following the weight watchers diet.... I have no one to blame but myself.... one tim tam won't hurt, a few potato chips, dessert with cream ? yes please...... that has to stop and I have to start walking again........ Up bright and early this morning, dragged Joe out of bed, told him we were walking and off we went..... how lucky I am to have a man who doesn't complain about my obsessiveness with anything I tackle!


Blogger Peggy said...

I am working on my weight every day. William being retired military still runs at least 3 times a week. When he is home I speed walk while he runs but alas when he is on the road I don't walk. I really must get back to walking every morning. Hope you gave yourself a pat on the back for the weightloss!

8:31 am  
Blogger Shell said...

1.8 kgs? I put that on during the course of a day, lol! Seriously! My mum has always liked weight watchers too - she uses it to keep her in check all of the time.

I've gone up and down all my life - finally lost about 18 kilos over the last two years - yes, I was a boomba! I think it had something to do with all the rum and coke I was drinking in my party days - ugh! I'm not thin, but my bmi is now within good range (just!) and I'm a hell of a lot healthier. I find that diets don't do it for me. I eat like a horse and I'm only a little over 5 foot. Therefore I have to walk my booty everywhere. And I do, except for those days where I really can't be bothered (and boy don't I feel guilty about it).

Yesterday I walked for about an hour, but had a big brown snake cross my path and now I'm all scared to even step outside the door. I think I'll have to stick to main roads and wide paths during the coming summer.

Anyway, enough about me....=)

10:52 am  
Blogger Maggie Ann said...

What an honest and encouraging post ms*robyn. I too have looked in the mirror and seen a miniature of my dear Mum and have been losing weight too. I think when you get a certain age, probably different for all of us, things just slow down and the weight goes on more quickly than ever before. I admire you for being so committed. I know I need to walk on the treadmill but keep putting it off. Thanks for the encouragement!

11:39 am  
Blogger Amy said...

I'm a weightwatcher too Robyn, I started losing weight doing that diet etc last year and lost over 8kg. I just want to encourage you to get determined and stick with it, it can be done if you really are in the right frame of mind

11:56 am  
Blogger Amy said...

Sorry I meant to say 18kg not 8....

11:56 am  
Blogger dolly said...

Thanks for the encouragement. I sit here in my workout clothes ready to go on a power walk/run with #3 in the stroller. It's pouring down with rain and a dreary, dreary day (not quite like running by the ocean in Sydne) but your post has given me the push to still go. I play netball and now I am 35 find I *need* more and more to keep my fitness levels up rather than relying on talent! sigh

keep it up Robyn, think about how wonderful you will look on your daughters wedding day to keep you motivated

dolly xxx

6:34 pm  
Blogger Amy said...

EXCELLENT Robyn! Keep it up!

11:19 pm  
Blogger Lady Laurie said...

Your doing great Robyn,and how wonderful that your hubby goes along!!

2:51 am  
Blogger Gina E. said...

I just put a comment on Robyn's other post about Breakfast, where I rambled on about my weight (or should I say lack of weight!). But as for blood pressure...my mum had her first stroke when she was 37 and died 20 years later. I have been warned for years that high BP is hereditary, and I should be on medication, but I ignored it until earlier this year when I did a reading on myself and found it was 200/110...a tad high, even for one as sceptical as me! So, now I am on tablets...bleah.

2:09 am  
Blogger ms*robyn said...

gina E - that blood pressure reading was more than high! gee, what a worry - good to hear you are on tablets for it. stay healthy!

8:05 am  
Blogger Shirley said...

I think it's always easier and nicer to do something with your other half, hubby and I have been working on healthy eating since August, which I must say the food is really lovely a great way to loose weight, also we are walking an hour with the dog every night, the dog is loving it!

8:34 pm  

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