Thursday, September 29, 2005

YAY for friendly neighbours

Last night I got home and my neighbour was in the cul-de-sac with her children on their bikes so we spoke for a couple of minutes before I went in. K went out and was playing with the children and then the little girl wanted to show K her birthday presents so off they went, then the two boys followed them inside and I went into the house to do some work on my fit ball (finally !!) before starting dinner (stir fry). I was getting undressed when I heard the front gate so called out to K that the sliding door was open and this voice came back saying it wasn’t K it was my neighbour so I quickly got dressed and went to the door. She had come to see if I had started cooking or if we would like to go around to them for dinner as she had more than enough food for them and us. So I said thank you very much, went and got changed, got some drinks and went over. What a lovely evening – her husband wasn’t back from a seminar he was running, so we sat chatting and the kids were playing hide and seek and then K read them a story before they went to bed. A lovely change from having to cook and do it all myself !!!!! The down side was I wasn’t sure how to point what she had cooked – chicken stir fry with noodles, mushrooms, carrots, satay sauce and some coconut milk – so guessed at 10. Of course then the rest of the night was a mad rush to talk to Al, get K showered and ready for bed and then off to work but well worth not having to cook and clean up myself and having some good adult conversation as well !!!
I don’t know what it is but more people seem to be noticing that I have lost weight. It isn’t only people who haven’t seen me for a while – sometimes it is people who see me every day or at least once a week – very strange !!!! I was thinking about it last night at work and wondered if maybe it was because now I am wearing clothes that actually fit me rather than clothes that are 2 or 3 sizes too big for me – maybe they couldn’t see me under the bigger sizes – don’t really know but what I do know is that they are keeping me motivated to stick to my plan for the week, so YAY for that !!!!
This morning at 9.30 I went to get my morning snack and realised that I wasn’t actually hungry and that I was just eating out of habit. Since I have been having cereal/yoghurt or avo on toast for breakfast I don’t get hungry until quite a bit later in the morning but I have still been eating my dried fruit at 9.30 because I have always done that. So today I waited until I actually felt hungry at 10.40 before I pulled my morning tea out. Now I am thinking about how many other times I eat out of habit rather than because I am hungry and need to – I am sure that there are plenty of occasions when that has happened. While there are times when I open the cupboards thinking “What can I eat” even though I am not hungry, I never really thought about eating out of habit when I am at work. Will have to make a conscious effort to make sure I only eat when I am hungry. I can probably take my lunch from 12.30 or 1pm instead of at 11.30 just because I have always eaten my lunch at that time !!!!! Talk about a creature of habit and if you had asked me if I thought I was a creature of habit I would probably have said no !!!!!!!!! Well what good is this journey if we don’t keep learning about how to deal with life and ourselves along the way !!!
Tomorrow morning we will be down to single digits of sleeps left until Al gets home – YAY !!! Can’t wait to get up to see that !
Take care everyone and have a great day !

TFTD : A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.

TIAGF : Friendly neighbours


Blogger Jodie said...

Good on you for recognising the eating from habit rather than hunger thing. It's a tough habit to break but one that really should be paid more attention to. It really does help not having to cook. It free's up so much more spare time and I reckon you actually enjoy the meal more because you didn't have to slave over a hot stove cooking it!!XX

12:35 PM  
Blogger { the.Moranbah.Scrapper } said...

its good to have friendly neighbours - just make sure they dont get TOO friendly. we used to live in a culdesac like that and we had 3 kids under 10 living next to us. They used to play in our front yard and come over for chats and whatever. Anyways, one day I heard a noise in the front of my house so I went into the livingroom to see what it was, and I heard a noise in the kitchen. I walked in and there was the girl from nextdoor and she was in the kitchen eating the jam drops id just made. norty girl!!!!!!!!!

1:35 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Yep, it the clothes! You have lost the weight and now you are looking even more fab in your new clothes! I bet you look more confident and happier in general :-)

2:19 PM  
Blogger kathrynoh said...

I think some kilos lost are more noticeable than others :)

Thanks for sharing that. It has got me thinking about the other side of it too - how we don't make overtunes of friendship sometimes because it is hurtful/embarassing if we get rebuffed (I am very much like that) but it means we miss out on giving pleasure to ourselves and others.

2:24 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Wow, so many cool thing to talk about today that by the time I got to the end of your post I'd forgotten what I wanted to say about the stuff at the start!!! So I'll just say... great stuff all round!!!

4:04 PM  
Blogger Cath said...

Hey Linda,
Your posts very much describe "a day in the life of linda" - sounds like you are a busy woman.
I just realised that our goal weight and our height are practically they same, wrestling with these last few kgs can be quite hard work. How are you going with maintenance?

Enjoy the rest of your week mate!

6:43 PM  
Blogger Chubbymum said...

Isn't it great to have neighbours like that. OHHHH I so wish my neighbours were so friendly. They are quite snobby around here. We say hi but that is it. I don't know if I come across like that..OHHH I so hope I don't.


7:19 PM  
Blogger Kt said...

habit eating is soo hard to break, im currently working on not eating after dinner, just coz i seem to have done it for the last few years! YAY for lovely neighbours & nice tea :) i think people will definitely be noticing because you are dressing in clothes thar flatter your figure, rather than hide it!

8:42 PM  
Blogger M said...

Yaaa for single digit days. You are holding yourself together really well Linda. Nice to have met the neighbour and had a great evening. I think you over allowed on the points but probably a good thing to do.

Hope you had a good night at work. Have a lovely day tomorrow :)

10:30 PM  

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