Anniversary Dinner

No challenge today, just a celebration. Tomorrow it will be our 35 year Wedding Anniversary and as our favourite restaurant is closed on a Sunday we booked a table today and celebrated a day earlier. These photos were snapped with my iPhone while enjoying the Winteringham Fields Tasting Menu. As usual we were enchanted. Such lovely inventive and exciting food from chef Colin McGurran.

Cake or fresh fruit?

When I was a kid and up to the end of my teens I ate what I liked and never had to worry about my weight. I never thought about it, worried about it or had to make decisions concerning what I ate.

As a teenager, growing up in the late sixties and early seventies, I ate what I could as money was scarcer than calories and healthy choices were not the buzz words that they are today.

In my early twenties and over the course of a few months, I fell ill with constant abdominal pain and was admitted to hospital where I started to lose weight as I couldn’t keep anything down and the use of painkillers killed any appetite I might have had.

After 5 weeks I had lost more than 20 kilos and when I was finally taken to the Operating Theatre I was just a shadow of my former self.

The surgeons were pleased with their work and proudly showed me what they had removed in a glass bottle. I was just happy to be pain free at last and looked forward, at last, to the rest of my life.

I have, rightly or wrongly, pinpointed this incident to the commencement of my problems with body weight, as since then, not only did I regain all the weight I had lost, but also I went the other way and became chronically overweight.

I’ve spent the last 40 odd years struggling to establish a stable, acceptable – to me, body weight.

At this moment I’m once again overweight. This time last year I managed, after a years effort, to drop down to a healthy BMI and went from XL to Medium.

Now I should try to take it off, again, but I can’t seem to find the motivation or the energy to embark, once again, on the weight loss quest.

It’s a constant preoccupation and a source of stress and worry.

It’s not going to go away though is it.