Finally received the bulk of my birthday cards today, just two days late though they were posted on Saturday! As is a family tradition, got some scratch cards from my youngest niece and nephew and I won eight quid! Yay. Don’t worry I won’t spend it all at once. Nor will it change my life. Very tempted to spend it on an Easter egg but I’ll stick to what I said yesterday. Only a very expensive one and only if they’re reduced.
I’ll maybe spend my tiny windfall on some decent wine. As with chocolate the higher the quality the less you need for that “hit” of happiness; the chemical endorphin rush we humans run on, well, this human does. And I bet a fair few others too.
Today I am taking what we call in the newspaper trade “an early cut”. Means finishing early. One of my clients is finishing for good today. NHS North West will shortly be no more and the nine other regional Strategic Health Authorities are all also being abolished. How regional strategy and planning for healthcare will now occur I’ve truly no idea. And I fear the government that carried out this “reorganisation” doesn’t know either. Time will tell. I’m just so grateful I grew up when care from cradle to grave meant just that. Future generations may never know it and Ken Loach’s new film The Spirit of ’45 will become ever more of a period piece, oh look what they did once but can’t it seems do again. Or can we?
Eating for health
So with falling confidence in this country’s ability to stand up for one of its most precious institutions, the National Health Service, I feel it ever more vital to take care of my health. A reminder for those who’ve just joined us, I am not on this diet for vanity reasons nor fashion nor fun. I had a Diabetes scare at the beginning of the year and I feel I’ve been gifted this one last shot at making sure I don’t get it. That’s why the Paleo/high protein diet as it messes with your blood sugar far less than carbs do. And that’s why the blog. To try to force me to stick to it.
I’m doing better today. Recovered now from my excesses over my birthday and back to normal, or what is normal for me. I now associate bread (which I love) with heartburn (which I hate). Making that psychological association will I feel be enormously helpful. In much same way that more than one glass of wine now gives me a headache not a high! Such things are all part of getting older and best to accept than fight against.
Going clothes shopping
As well as my scratch cards I received, as requested for my birthday, some M&S vouchers so I’ll be off shopping for new threads shortly. May wait till I’ve lost a little more weight but, hey what better incentive eh? I have a couple of job interviews lined up so that’s another excuse to buy a new wardrobe. And the sun is shining it’s a new morning. Have a great Easter. And if you’re trying to avoid the chocolate kind, well, all eggs are lovely aren’t they? Remember my Fillingness of eggs post about that? Enjoy the break if you’re able to take the weekend off. Or longer!