Happy St. George’s Day to my English readers. Can’t say there have been any crosses of St. George displayed where I live in the heart of Middle England but never mind. We Englishers don’t tend to wear our nationality on our sleeves as much as our Welsh, Scottish and Irish cohabiters. For which I admit to a touch of envy but there you are. Maybe our ancestors caused so much pain to said celtic countries that it’s best we don’t dance around the flag too much.
That said, I’m only English for two generations of my family. All my grandparents were born in Poland. But I feel very English and I like being English. I like living in England too, though must confess that the pull of Wales (see my last post) grows stronger every time we visit Portmeirion. But an Englisher who doesn’t speak Welsh living in North Wales? Not sure how that would work. And I’m too old to learn a new language now.
So what do you eat on St. George’s Day to celebrate the patron saint of England? (And a fair few other places too). No idea. Should you care though I did have a full English breakfast this morning and a BLT sans bread but with avocado instead at lunchtime. Tea is tuna niçoise without any pasta or carbs. So basically tuna, green beans, bit of salad and two hard-boiled eggs. The perfect store cupboard meal. Loverly. See! I did tell you Paleo dieting needn’t cost a tiny fortune. My breakfast I costed out at £1.14! That was two sausages, two rashes of bacon, one fried egg, mushrooms and a tomato.
I eat well on this diet which is why I’m enjoying it (see also yesterday’s post about need to enjoy dieting). However am feeling bit frit right now because I’m not only weighing in next week – the three month point of the diet at which am hoping to have registered a full stone off. I’m weighing in at the doctor’s! Under supervision. No cheating. No peeling off layers of clothing saying, nah, that can’t be right! I’m sure my tights weigh at least three pounds. Per leg.
I rang the surgery yesterday to ask if I could do a supervised weigh-in every now and then so I’m always weighed on the same scales and the results are written down and may be used in evidence against me. Why on earth did I request this? Because I mean it. I want this diet to work. And if I just go off and weigh myself on the Boots scales, I might be tempted to cheat a little. This way, I can’t!
What amazed me was the doctor’s receptionist – those poor things who get such a mean press – was perfectly understanding about it. I said I had an odd request to make and she said didn’t think it was odd at all! Come in any time you like to be weighed.
Doctor’s slimming club
So I’ve sort of turned my health centre into my own version of a slimming club! Which they probably run there anyway. My doctor and the practice nurses have told me I need to lose weight to try and ensure I don’t get Diabetes. Good that they’re really helping me in this and being very supportive. Have also given me 12 weeks free gym membership.
Maybe if you’re trying to lose weight for health reasons see what help is available at your doctors’ practice? Good luck and happy St. George’s Day whether you keep it or not!