A Few Days Off in London Town

Well, I am back after a couple of days in London where I slept lots and enjoyed the relative silence of it all. I came back on the train this afternoon and realised that yes, the children are a little on the rowdy side in my general week, but the main stresses of living my life at this point are our two Dalmatians Remus and Gracie, namely Remus. He’s just there in my face 24 / 7. I do love him dearly and now that the children have gone up to bed, he is settled with Gracie on the sofa. But when I start to prepare the grownup meal for tonight, he will spring into action once more!

Some dramas with the children in my absence, but I won’t bore you with that now. A bit more on our big family life being lived here in ‘The Shires’ at the weekend.

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The Pre – Agrarian Diet! So How’s It Going?

A third frosty start to the day, here in ‘The Shires’. Not quite the frozen tundra, but chilly enough! The rainwater in the wheelbarrow has frozen solid.

Well, regarding the diet, what can I say? Though not entirely ‘Pre – Agrarian’, we have made one or two compromises. We even ate a 70% cocoa mass Lindt chocolate bar last night (Woohoo)! That was right after a dinner of Salad Nicoise on a bed of crisp spinach leaves. Omitting the boiled potato was key to ‘de-carbing’ this amazing French classic. Didn’t miss the spuds at all! All combined with a homemade salad dressing, what’s there not to like? I de-skinned 4 tomatoes, thinly sliced a red onion, blanched some very fine green beans and boiled 5 eggs (shelled and halved). Now don’t bother with tuna in brine or oil. Spend the bit extra and buy the tinned, pre- drained tuna steaks! So much better. Bejewelled with black olives and anchovies aplenty.

Another red prawn Thermidor tonight served up with butter braised Savoy cabbage!

For me, a day of fasting tomorrow, just water for hydration.

Feeling a lot firmer, though this diet isn’t really about the weight loss as I want to replace any internal fat loss with muscle mass! This I am achieving with relatively light exercise. I don’t really do anything that would lead to a sweat. I’m not a big fan of aerobic exercise as I have had some joint pains in recent times. Sadly, the truth is that the diet isn’t really helping my elbow pain. I guess that there is not enough seal blubber in my diet (hahaha)! I have started back on the cod liver oil and glucosamine sulphate supplement tabs! Like life, you have to make a few compromises in order to make things work don’t you?

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The Quietest They’ve Been All Weekend

2 pirates, 2 ballerina’s and Caleb have finally settled down to watch Disney’s Moana. A morning spent mostly in their room, pretending to tidy up! Daddy lying down for a rest and Caleb now sat at feet playing with a stethoscope! Oops, he has just broken it! Oh dear – his capacity for destruction really is unparalleled.

Lunch was a success. The children love fried eggs and French fries. Thor’s egg has to be with a broken yolk! I remember that I used to insist on that also at his age. Daddy had 2 eggs and 3 sausages and I had a 3 egg cheese omelette and sausage. Feeling full and contented! Stir fried pork strips with onion, peppers, sugar snap peas and bean sprouts with lashings of soy sauce and a dash of sesame oil on the grownup menu tonight. I think cheese and ham sandwiches for them!

Life really does revolve around food, doesn’t it? I think that it is the least we can do to eat well, whatever the budget or type of diet one may be on!

A Bedroom or a Rubbish Tip

Although being well behaved on the whole today, I did not venture up the top floor! However, I constantly asked them if they had made a mess and if their room was tidy throughout the day and ‘Yes Dadda’ was the consistent reply from them all.

Since daddy’s return 45 minutes ago from Dublin, their behaviour has escalated to deafening decibels. Daddy has just lead them upstairs to shock, horror and disbelief of the extremely messy pig sty that was once their bedroom. All I can hear are Aaliyah and Thor’s screams and daddy raising his voice to them all ‘come on tidy up, tidy up’.

There were probably several minor flash points over the last 24 hours that I could have reported on tonight – but the here and now seems to be the reality of today’s summing up – five very messy little people with very little remorse.

Naughty Food

The carbs were very much enjoyed on John’s Birthday, though I did not gorge! Okay, there were two almond croissants for breakfast, a slice of toast with marmite at lunchtime and a dessert at the restaurant in the evening and finally a packet of crisps, though I wasn’t hungry, just before midnight. Oh, there was also that tub of Haagen Das the previous night at 12.01an…

The little people, now upstairs, our nanny Sindy off for the weekend and John in Dublin tonight. There is rather a lot of shouting coming from the top floor. No doubt it will settle in an hour or two.

I did a 36 hour fast yesterday and finished that with sausages and cheese omelette a little earlier today. A bit of light exercise, you know the score!

I’m not sure if I have lost any weight as of yet, but that’s not the main objective to my pre – agrarian diet. General health is the target and there seems to be another 30 days plus until my birthday and the end to the project. Though I do expect that I will make some serious lifestyle changes because of this experience.

Nikki our babysitter said that she would see us in 2 weeks on a Friday, meaning that I will have to factor in another ‘day off the diet’ but I imagine that I will go a low carb route and just enjoy a restaurant meal without triple fried chips! Damn, they sound good atm.

Remus and Grace are snuggled up on the sofa and I am binge watching a Netflix series called Travelers. My sneaky bit of Sci-Fi in Johns absence.

I’ve enjoyed my reassertions at anchor.fm and created 2 podcasts today, starting at the very beginning of my diary! It is so weird listening to oneself isn’t it? Now available on Spotify, just search for Andi Webb I guess! Or you could just friend me on FB! Andi Webb London should find me. And NO! I don’t have that many friends – lol, poor old me…

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