Phase 2 Week 18 Day 2 New Years Eve

Dateline Wuxi, China, Monday December 31, 2012

It’s New Years Eve in China.  I think I shall eat and drink this evening.  Tomorrow we get strict.

And despite sleeping until eleven this morning, I did not give up completely.  614 calories on the elliptical in my 31 minutes.  Not bad.

I was watching the end of the movie “The U.S. vs. John Lennon”.  So sad that John is gone, but what a legacy he left behind.  I’m always happy that I can never remember the name of the man who shot him.  That non-entity deserves to be denied the thing he wanted, fame.

A third of a bottle of spiced rum later and I got to bed.  Tasty stuff that.  Now to stick to my intention of going strict until I lose the Christmas pudge.

Phase 2 Week 18 Day 1 Sunday for Recovery

Dateline Wuxi, China, Sunday December 30, 2012

As another year winds down, I struggle with my food demons.  I really want to get a bit more of this belly gone before Ruth’s mom shows up here.  So I start New Years Day being super strict.  Today I haven’t been too bad, except for some more of those delicious macadamia nuts.

591 calories on the elliptical this morning in the usual 31 minutes.  Good enough.

Phase 2 Week 17 Day 6 Weigh in Friday

Dateline Wuxi, Friday December 28, 2012

No post nor exercise on Christmas Day, Tuesday, nor on Boxing Day, Wednesday.  We had a visitor sleeping in our living room and that was my excuse.

Yesterday I did 617 calories on the elliptical machine.

Today it was 578 calories in my 31 minutes.

Ruth weighed in this morning at 63.3kg, up from her low of 62.2 over the past couple of months.

I weighed in at 94.7.  Yikes.  That’s up a kilo and .7 from my low of 93.0  and that low was just last week.  So I’ve gained about three pounds in just a week.

Not surprising.  Alcohol.  Cream and egg nog.  Shortbread cookies and sherry.  So who is surprised that I’ve gained weight?  Still it freaks me out that I can gain it as fast as I can take it off, or faster.

I’m still on holiday mode until New Years Eve, and then I’m going strict again.  You hear me, glutton monkey on my back.  Strict I say.

But until then… today I was really bad.  Ate most of a large box of shortbread cookies washed down with sherry. Went out to dinner and ate deep fried pork and other oily Chinese food along with white rice. Finished off the last of the macadamia nuts.  Yikes.  I’ll be a tank by the time New Years Eve gets here.

Phase 2 week 17 Day 2 Christmas Eve

Dateline Wuxi, Monday December 24, 2012

Don’t know what happened to yesterday’s post.  I did get on the machine and did, if I remember correctly, 574 calories in my 31 minutes while watching TED talks.

Yesterday evening was the teacher’s dinner.  A strange feast at the Sharaton, with a troup of Egyptian dancers entertaining us.  Ruth and I managed to get in our medley of Christmas carols on the erhu and penny whistle.  But then the Egyptians started in again and we let them have the rest of the night.

This morning I did 585 calories in 31 minutes.  Feeling pretty good today.


Phase 2 Week 16 Day 7 Cheater Day Indeed

Dateline Wuxi, Saturday December 22, 2012

Cheater day.  No elliptical trainer this morning.  Started the day with one slice of peanut butter and banana with butter.  Then biked to Wanda Plaza to Starbucks where I had the Caesar wrap and a venti latte, then a second venti latte and a raisin scone.  Then to Auchan for a soft ice cream cone and shopping.  After shopping it was Papa John’s pizza for a 12 inch half and half, all meat and something Ruth ordered.  When we got home we took the dog for a run and I got a caramel machiato heavily laced with scotch.  Had french bread and butter while watching Total Recall and eating French bread with butter. and drinking a Breezer.

Feeling fairly buzzed and toxic now.  But I’m going to do a taste test between my two cheap scotches.  Pretty sure the 55 yuan Glen Colt (aged 3 years)from Metro will beat out the 75yuan Great MaCaulay from Auchan.  Pity because Metro is so much further away.

Yep.  The Glen  Colt is much smoother, though the Great MaCaulay has more depth of flavour.  Both are drinkable, but I think the Great MaCaulay goes in the eggnog this weekend.

Phase 2 Week 16 Day 5 Christmas Party Aftermath

Dateline Wuxi, Thursday December 20, 2012

564 on the elliptical trainer this morning in 31 minutes.

I was baaaad last night.  Too much alcohol.  A whole bag of salted peanuts.  Several fingers of year old shortbread.  Amazing the shelf life of commercially made shortbread cookies.  I think the machine may be the only thing that is saving me from utter decadent decrepitude.

I’ve been having leg and knee pain lately.  And yesterday, or maybe it was the day before, I was having pain in the left side of my chest.  I wish I could get my heart checked out easily.  I’m pretty sure it’s good, and that what I’m feeling is just acid indigestion.  But it would be good to know.  And then what would I do if I knew?  Change my diet and finally go full vegan?  Why don’t I do that now?  Sigh.