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One Stone

I haven't had time for anything this week. I haven't had time to count my points as I go along, so some errors have crept into my Weight Watchers point tracker. I haven't had the time or the energy to cook the healthy and nutritious meals I would normally have, but then in all fairness I haven't had much energy to eat at all, so it all works out OK.

Weeks 5, 6 and 7 - and all is well

I've been up to my eyeballs lately so I neglected to keep you all updated on the Weight Watchers results. Don't worry - I haven't given up and all is going well.

As I wrote before, I haven't lost anything on week 4, and as predicted the weight loss did slow down afterwards in comparison to the first two weeks. Week 5 was ok - lost 0.9 kg, but week 6 was dreadful, filled with nights out and beer. I presume it was the beer that was responsible for the dire result that week; I gained 0.2 kg.

With the depressing gain over my head, I went through the tracker to identify what was different abou the weeks during which I lost little or nothing at all, or like in week 6, gained weight. The answer was plain as day: beer, beer, beer.

The story - How I broke my Western Digital MyBook Essential

Some time ago now I have purchased a Western Digital MyBook Essential. My first impressions were good: the drive was quiet, fast and did what it said on the tin. However, I only got 6-9 months of use out of it.

As one does occasionally, I was upgrading Windows on my laptop from Win Vista to Win 7. I prepared for the upgrade by backing up all my data to the WD HDD. It made perfect sense, right? Normally I would have a copy of all my important files in two places, one on the drive in the laptop, one on the external drive. However, during the upgrade, for about 2 hours, I had exactly one copy of all my important things.The moment when I finished installing Windows 7 I resolved to restore the important data back onto my laptop.

This is when the nightmare started.

Another Week, nothing this time - Week 4 Results

This week I didn't loose any weight, but I believe it's all because of the copious amounts of cake and wine I had during my birthday party. I guess, after all (and Mary, the leader of the group, agrees) it's better to maintain rather to gain, even if I didn't loose a gram.

So far my weight loss has been pretty much an every other week event. Loads on week one - hardly anything on week two; loads on week three - nothing at all on week four. Still, at this rate, I should reach my Weight Watchers goal weight by mid October and my personal perfect weight by the end of the year. Now, wouldn't this be great? I think so.

Week Three - Silver Seven!

Alas, after all the drama of the last few days, I barely made it to the Weight Watchers meeting this week. Yet, I did, and got weighed.

I lost 1.6kg (3.5lbs)

This means that since I started three weeks ago I lost total of 3.8kg (8.4lbs). Yes, that's more than a half a stone! Every time you loose 7 lbs on the weight watchers program, the leader gives you a little silver sticker in the shape of a number 7. I stuck mine inside my wallet.

I still can't quite believe that it's working. My diet didn't really change all that much - I eat smaller portions of the starchy things, such as pasta and potatoes, use a little less olive oil and butter. That's pretty much it. Seems that this is enough for one to finally start loosing weight.

Week Two Results

Well, this time it didn't go that well.

I was weighed again during the Weight Watchers meeting on Wednesday and I only lost 0.2kg, so 10 times less than the previous week.

I blame that pizza I had last Thursday.

Other than that pizza, nothing else was different that week, so that's why I blame it... but the group leader, Mary, said look, it's still a loss and not a gain. Do better next week.

Following that, on Thursday, I went out with friends for a few pints and returned home ready to eat everything in sight.

This is going to be harder than I thought....

Making Bouncy Balls - but where to get Borax in Ireland?

I have found an article on the interwebs about making bouncy balls at home.
I have always enjoyed fun home science projects and wanted to make some myself.

The recipe for a bouncy ball calls for:

  • Two plastic cups
  • Two craft sticks for mixing
  • Water
  • Measuring spoons
  • Borax
  • Corn starch
  • Glue
  • Food coloring

I have all of those ingredients except for Borax.

Celery is growing her own veggies and herbs

[Edit - first photo included!]

I have always wanted to grow my own herbs and vegetables but I never had the time and space to do so. Now that I'm between jobs and the apartment is big enough to accommodate my efforts, I have decided to start growing things.

This is not the right time of the year to be growing new plants, but I knew that if I didn't start now, I probably never would.

Weight Watchers - Weigh In and what followed

Last Wednesday I went to the Weight Watchers meeting again, got weighed in.

I was very apprehensive about the whole Weight Watchers thing, I didn't really believe it would work. But I did what they said in the booklet, stuck to my points and, surprise! I lost 2kg. That's 4.4 lbs.

(For those who never had to think about loosing weight, the general consensus is that loosing anywhere between 0,5kg to 1kg a week is healthy and good. Anything above that is awesome.)

Celery has joined the Weight Watchers

Last Wednesday I became a Weight Watchers member.

I know what you're thinking. You're imagining me, waddling from the couch to the fridge, barely fitting through the door. I promise, it's nothing like this. I wear size 12. I'm medium height. You could say that I'm pretty much average. Still, according to my BMI (Body Mass Index) I am, and have been for a while, overweight.