Growing Old Gracefully

I was standing at the kitchen sink on Sunday peeling potatoes and carrots for our roast when it hit me….I’m a grown up! I’m 39 years old, married, have a child, run my own company, have a mortgage, own a car, have a private pension plan and most noticeably I’m cooking a roast! So, why don’t I feel like a grown up? On the inside I still feel about 18 or 19 although a wee bit more confident,

Will I ever feel grown up? Is there a ‘switch-like’ mechanism that goes off? Does it happen at 40, 50, 60 or 70? Or will I always feel like this on the inside (if I manage to keep my faculties) and my body will start to fail me? Quite frankly this thought scares the sh*t out of me.

‘The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven’t changed in 70 or 80 years. Your body changes, but you don’t change at all.’
— Doris Lessing

Off to the Salon

As it was my birthday last week I thought I’d treat myself to a bit of pampering.  Before I had Madame I used to take better care of myself, with monthly trips to the salon, but now I’m lucky if I get to the hair-dressers twice a year!

So, I started with a bit of threading, an Indian technique for brow taming.  I’d really recommend it.  It’s like having a mini-facelift without the cost or scalpel.

I also splurged on a bikini wax as well, but for obvious reasons I didn’t take any photos or video.  Maybe I should have taken some audio!  You should have heard the woman yelping in the next room!

Then in an attempt to rescue my aging hands, you’d think I was 80, I had a manicure.

And to finish the look I had my hair done.

The damage:

  • Threading £11.50
  • Bikini Wax £17.00
  • Manicure £22.00
  • Lip Gloss £12.50
  • Mascara £20.00
  • Hair (Cut, Half head highlights and blow dry £115.00

I may not look like a million dollars but I do feel like it!  Well, at least I feel £198 lighter!!!  Another reason why I only go twice a year.

The Secret to My Weight Loss (or not)!

I started a diet a while back and was a bit reluctant to share which one until I worked out if it was a fad or not.  I’m still undecided.  It was going great guns and I lost 7lbs in 10 days but then I had a weekend away with friends and all hell broke loose around here so in honesty I’ve gained 5 back.  So, not that impressive really.

I’m no stranger to low carb diets and am aware of the pitfalls (bad breath, loss of muscle tone, insufficient nutrients, etc) but I don’t have a huge amount to lose (10lbs), I was limited on time and I’m impatient so I thought I would give it a go.  I’m not sure if I would recommend the diet to people who have a lot to lose.  I’ll leave it to you to decide if it’s for you.

So, what is the diet I hear you ask?  It’s the Dukan diet.  Basically, it has 4 stages.  You can work out how long you are in each stage here.  Here is a brief summary of each.

1) The Attack Phase

A quick blast where you only eat protein for 2-10 days where you eat only meat, fish, poultry, eggs, non-fat dairy products and loads of water.

2) The Cruise Phase

You can now have vegetables but alternate between, pure protein days and protein + vegetables.

3) The Consolidation Phase (I didn’t make it this far!)

The time to stabilize the weight loss and you can gradually add in fruit, bread, cheese and can have two celebration meals a week.

4) The Stabilization Phase

For the rest of your life, Thursdays (or another day you choose) will be a pure protein day.

I’m off on holiday next Friday so going to give it another quick blast.  Probably a bit pointless as I will be eating and drinking myself silly!

I’ll keep you posted.

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