So what New Years resolution is it to be then?

One of my many failings is observation, people seem to see things that I don’t notice straight away. So I shall try to be more observant.

63 Responses

  1. veggie says:

    I’m going to lose 2 1/2 stones by june 1st. My plan is to go swimming twice each week and walking 5 times of at least 1 hour as well as doing the allotment and garden.

    • veggie says:

      It’s just as well I’m not starting until 1st Jan because I just took a look in my lunchbox and have a banana,cheese and biscuits,mince pies and apple slices as well as a couple of biscuits.

  2. vegg says:

    I am going to lose weight and generally improve my level of fitness. I have a big birthday coming up in January 14 and I’m determined not to be fat at 50.

  3. gonewest says:

    Seriously, those of you who are thinking about losing weight might consider the 5:2 fasting diet. Here’s the link to the main Telegraph article to begin reading up on it. Gives the main facts and doesn’t take long to read if that’s not your bag –

    Beanstew and I have been doing it for a couple of months now as has my OH. There are also a few others on here who have been following it. We have a blog in the general discussion section. Two fasting days a week – remember two separate days, not two days together so that makes it less daunting, you choose the days to suit what will work for you, and you can alter them if you have a special event coming up on one of your usual fasting days. The fasting days you are allowed 500 calories for a woman or 600 for a man. There is no restriction on how you take your allowed calories on your fast days. You decide. Though it probably isn’t sensible, if you want 500 calories worth of choccy on fast day then you can. Some people have just breakfast or just dinner, I split it into breakfast and dinner. You can drink coffee and tea as well as water, unlimited if you drink them black. Then on the other days there is no restriction to the kinds of foods or amounts that you eat.

    To me it’s the best of both worlds, you can have your cake and eat it, and all sorts of other cliches. Although you have to restrict yourself more severely than usual on the fast days, you certainly don’t have to starve. And you don’t have to restrict your eating at all for the best part of the week. So us being lovers of our treats, it’s ideal because we can have them 5 days a week. Another good thing about it for me is that you don’t have to rethink your larder at all. Lots of diets you have to eat certain kinds of foods and others aren’t allowed. Hating waste as most of us do, I have a friend who is trying Dukan and she had to wait to start it so that she used up all the food that wouldn’t keep. Then she’s had to get geared up for buying lots of chicken, I think, which seems to be the majority of her diet now, and seeking out lots of varied (and suitable for the diet) recipes to stop it being monotonous. That seems to me quite an expensive regime on top of being restrictive, and therefore adds up the reasons not to keep it up. On 5:2 you eat what you normally would, just on 2 fewer days per week. This makes 5:2 no more expensive on food shopping and a good deal cheaper than your usual food bill because, of course, you are buying for 2 fewer days.

    Do read the article. You’ll find it gives other health benefits pertinent to today’s lifestyles too. The fact that I’ve lost a stone and a half and OH has lost about 4 stone (he had, and still has, a lot more to lose than me) is icing on the cake alongside the other factors that match with our family health histories.

    At first the fasting days are a challenge but they quickly get easier as they become routine. And yes, I do think about food quite extensively on the fasting days, but I use the thoughts to plan what nice meals I’m going to have the rest of the week knowing that we CAN have them. And of course because of the 2 days fewer food spending (I tend to use up veggies already in and soup them for dinner) we can have one or two extra niceties on the (I call them) feast days. We planned ahead that we will obviously not fast for these two weeks around Christmas and New Year. However we have a brief respite between guests departing and arriving, and while we didn’t have an official fast day we did both feel the need for a break from eating all the goodies yesterday, and will continue to go easy today – not because we think we need to, but because we actually want to. Not like in the past when I went to an all you can eat carvery and I ate 4 full roast dinners because there were 4 meat choices. Others asked for a selection of meats on one plate -not me! And I still wanted my pudding without feeling over full. I was able to eat for England. Now I actually get to a point where I want to stop eating which is a new experience for me, but I want to really enjoy what I do eat, not stuff my face, so I think it’s made me consider what I’m going to have in a more balanced way.

    I know any form of dieting can be a challenge, and we all have to go for what works for us, but if you like your food and don’t want to give it up for ages, maybe 2 days a week is manageable for you? I can see us continuing this as a regular normal routine rather than stopping when we have lost the weight we want to. And we never have a day when we get despondent and feel we’ve mucked up our diet today.

    Sorry, I’ll stop now, getting a bit evangelistic, but I suppose it is the time of year for all that…

  4. vegg says:

    Hi thanks for the link I’ve had a look and bookmarked it. I’m listening to Paul McKenna cd’s and intend to build up my walking but I will take into account what the article says. Can not wait to get back out in the fresh air and up my 2 plots. They are sandy and completely saturated at the moment. Sink when I stand on them!

  5. veggie says:

    Thanks for that Gonewest, I may very well try that after a couple of weeks if I find I’m failing with my plan.

  6. dandlyon says:

    I am not making any because I never keep them

  7. roly says:

    could agree more D/L i can’t see me sticking to a diet and any other resolutions are short lived

  8. bizzylizzy says:

    same here never stick to them so shan’t bother either can’t think of one anyway —— LOL

  9. cilla says:

    Don’t generally do resolutions but I really want to lose a stone so shall definitely look at the 5/2 diet. Want to get fitter as just carrying a stone extra makes me feel unfit.

  10. dixon says:

    Me to cilla, just a stone will do, not really overweight but know when I feel uncomfortable with it and I always put a bit on in the Winter.

  11. Miriam says:

    Am hoping to try the 5:2 thing myself, but I won’t do it before March – if I do, I’ll only come down with a cold. But Vegg, you said you don’t want to be ‘fat at 50’. I was – I started gathering weight around 45, and started losing it again the year I became 50. I can’t help thinking there’s an hormonal connection here – I got very fat from 9 to 11 years old, leading up to menarche, it all dropped off again, and then the same thing happened as menopause got going. Thin kid, slim after children, slimmish now. But my cholesterol is sky high and I don’t want to take those blasted pills, which is why I want to try the 5:2 diet.
    Course, all I’ve said only applies if you actually are female, lol! Which I think you are…

    • gonewest says:

      There’s definitely a hormonal connection to weight gain. I have always had a good appetite, that’s for sure, but I’ve also always been a skinny minny up to menopause kicking in. Because of my height, luckily I don’t look massive but I definitely got (and still am) overweight. Walking the dog for two hours a day for the past couple of years, I’m actually doing considerably more exercise than I ever have before, (the height of my activity used to be considerable paper pushing around my office) but even with reducing my portions and quantitiy of treats I had been getting nowhere until I started 5:2. I was also on the borderline of needing medication for cholesterol and have refused because I know once you start having statins you never get to stop. I’ve just received an invitation from the GP for a MOT appointment, so I will go to that and hopefully be pleasantly surprised by the reduction in my cholesterol level. We’ll see. Also being just that bit slimmer does make you feel generally better, and I can get back into most of my one size smaller clothes which means they are no longer redundant in my wardrobe. I don’t want to lose a huge amount more but would quite like one more stone to go. I’ll still be heavier than my male cousin who just visited who has a similar basic build to me. But I do remember being happy with my size and shape at that weight in the past. People still called me slim, even my kids, but in the past when I was lighter than my weight aim I felt too skinny and I used to get made fun of for that, being told if I turned sideways I disappeared etc. I’m hoping the couple of weeks off over Christmas will mean when I start again I get a little boost at the beginning of starting again.

      • Miriam says:

        Re your comment about statins that, once started, you never get to stop. You’re right if you mean the medical profession won’t give you permission, but of the people I know who took statins, even after a heart attack, all gave them up within a year to 18 months, couldn’t stand the muscle discomfort, even after reducing the dose.

        • gonewest says:

          Now that you mention muscle discomfort associated with statins I definitely don’t want to get started on them.

          I do remember that mum-in-law was on them and that her cholesterol came down very low (in fact I have a feeling there may be a too low level for this too), however when she repeatedly asked for the medication to be reduced the doctor wouldn’t let her. She lived in an area where there wasn’t the option of going to another practice to get another opinion without a longish drive when she’d got to a stage where she was only using the car locally, so had no-one else to refer to really for advice. We have no knowledge or experience in that field other than what we may have read or seen on TV so were none the wiser. I just don’t want to get involved with them in the first place.

          • Miriam says:

            Well, that’s a generational thing, Gonewest, ‘the doctor wouldn’t let her’. Sod that, I’d be making my own decision about whether to take the dose prescribed…
            The point about cholesterol is this – if your ldl level is high, thus giving you a high overall total, that isn’t, in and of itself, necessarily a problem. What IS a problem is if your blood pressure is high too – the combination of high cholesterol and high blood pressure is a deadly one. But there is a calculation that GPs can do, which I can’t do myself, but they factor in the ldl, the hdl levels, your blood pressure, age and habits (smoker, drinker) and come up with a percentage risk of heart attack stroke. Mine, last time they did it, with an overall cholesterol reading of 7.4, and adding in that I smoke, came out at a 9 percent risk – because my blood pressure was low. I’ve no doubt that, performing those tests again, and redoing the calculation now I’m five years older and probably with a bit higher blood pressure, the risk will be much greater. But unless and until my blood pressure becomes an issue, I shan’t be taking a statin. However, if it does become high regularly, I’m afraid I will have to bite the bullet and take the pills, or at least try them – I don’t fancy a stroke at all.

  12. karenp says:

    no i wont be making a new years resolution this year as usually only lasts about 2 weeks when i’ve make them in the past, but all the best to those who are going to try :D

  13. gertie says:

    Oh dear ….where to start? …..maybe not at all……….make better photos, and do something productive with the Crystal Palace Pads, and try again with the Spring-cleaning-Clearing out I began last January :-(…..and…………………
    Good luck Everybodypeops :-)

  14. Miriam says:

    Been thinking and realised the last time I made new year resolutions must be at least 25 years ago! Is it just me who totally ignores new year? And how many of us still make resolutions? Other than jokey ones like my usual one of carrying on smoking.

  15. Beanstew says:

    I know myself too well – so I will not be making any New Year resolutions either, because to do so is the Kiss of Death to any particular self-improvement I may be contemplating. I might even go so far as to say Resolutions are for the young and optimistic among us (and I take my hat off to them) while I continue unrepentently on my merry way to Perdition. I will be resuming the 5:2 regime, I will be trying to candy fruits, and I will be trying to grow my own tobacco in rain swept Scotland – but they are not resolutions.

  16. gibbon says:

    some expert on the telly at the moment saying that people that write down their resulation ,loose twice the weight as those that do not,

    • Beanstew says:

      Sick to death of telly experts – in fact, sick to death of all these bright whippersnappers (politicians, pundits, pontificating pains and statisticians) always suggesting we should do this or stop doing that. Just leave me alone!

  17. Bill says:

    Determined to spend a lot less time watching dross TV and increase my skills a lot more on my newly developing blog.

  18. Beanstew says:

    Tell us more about your blog Bill – sounds really interesting – how do we find it? Not hard to give up TV – the BBC are perfecting their own OFF switch in the guise of low cost filler programmes beloved by Management.

    • Bill says:

      Morning BS I have to say TV is getting worse in my view, or, to be honest it may designed for a younger generation than me.

      My Blog (well attempt anyway) can be found at:

      Not much on there at the moment but I hope to develop it this year. I have been writing for over a year now on Lizpot’s blog but I thought it was time to “go it alone”. Thank you for your interest.

  19. dixon says:

    Must have misheard you bill, though you were going to help around with the housework more. :-)

  20. Veggiepatch says:

    My New years resolution is not to make one (a new yrs resolution that is – LOL! Ha Ha ha

  21. AliCat says:

    Growing & Eating the right stuff and making sure work no longer takes over my life !!!

    I love healthy food, but due to a busy lifestyle with work etc I have often found myself eating rubbish, but after spending more than 4 weeks in discomfort and pain and then the following 48hrs in pure agony and the last 8hrs in A&E, it appears my New Years resolution has to be to eat the right stuff and to bin and shun the rubbish food.

    After being given a 95% certainty of being diagnosed with Gallstones today (ow oww ouch) and a 10 day wait for a scan and then a probable op to remove the gallbladder, I think my body has told me enough is enough and its time to be good to me.

    I have to admit I am just a little bit more than scared, as I have never had so much as a stitch let alone an op, but I will have to accept it and persuade hubby to buy me something garden related to cheer me up.

    No Alchohol for my New Years Celebration tonight, but I do hope that you all have some good resolutions, and that the New Year brings you everything good.

    xx Happy New Year To All You Lovely Clickers xx AliCat xx

    • Miriam says:

      Ooh, you poor thing Alicat – I know that pain really, really well, we’re old enemies my gall bladder and I. I’ve still got mine, and I know how to treat it to keep it happy most of the time, but just occasionally, I get treated to a 12 hour bout of very, very unpleasant pain. I hope having it removed does the trick and you’ll be pain free afterwards.

      • AliCat says:

        Thank’s Miriam, after all the proding and poking today the pain killers are not doing much to help.
        I have suspected I may have a gallbladder problem for a few years but last night was just unbearable, I was pacing around the house all night trying to get some relief. They think one of the stones is lodged hence the pain wouldn’t go away.
        I have to praise the doctors and hospital staff who were brilliant and very thorough but it was so busy I think it must have been national accident day with the number of emergencies that came through the door.

  22. Beanstew says:

    Just cut down on fat as much as you can Alicat, because it is fat in the stomach which stimulates the gall bladder – and don’t wear anything tight round the waist. The Op is usually key-hole nowadays, minimal intrusion, and I think you can bounce back from it pretty quickly. Alcohol won’t really affect it – speaking as One Who Knows – so enjoy tonight!

  23. AliCat says:

    I have been living in elasticated waist bands, and no bra (Blush) yes they did say that it would be keyhole, its the though of being awake whilst they do it that gives me the creeps, one big cough and whoops lol.

  24. shedsue says:

    What a start to the new year Alison…but you dont need it, and its better than been in pain..I am sure all will be lots better very soon for you, lots of hugs xxx

    • AliCat says:

      Thank’s Sue……Hope you have a lovely New Year…….. The only consolation will be the recouperation time……seed sowing sounds like a nice gentle exercise :o

      • gertie says:

        Good Luck Alison….you should be fine :-) It’s the waiting till it’s done as well. Hope it’s soon for you, then you have a happy and healthy year :-)

        • gonewest says:

          Just adding my voice to those wishing you well Alicat. I remember how Dad was suffering before he had his gall bladder removed, I don’t have first hand experience of the situation. He had his removed in the 1970s so it was a more major procedure than I hope it will be for you, and while he was left with a larger scar and probably a longer recovery time, I also remember how much better he was afterwards. So hopefully the same for you, but with a much easier experience of the actual procedure as it is done nowadays.

          • Star says:

            Hello Ali…………..I am sure they will take your gall bladder out………..I went through it about 20 years ago…..had 3 sessions of pain, 2 visits to the doctors and 3rd to the hospital…I was in so much pain they said they could operate then…I said “yes, I am not going through this again” I liken the pain to labour pains.
            But that was in the time when they gave you a scar from boobs to bellybutton.
            Nowadays they do do keyhole surgery which means the recovery time is so much quicker.

            I spent the Sunday before Christmas with my son at A&E with pain and I knew exactly what it was……he has had an ultrasound and the technician said he had quite a few stones…..he had since had a CT on his liver and Pancreas and is waiting to see a surgeon on the 23rd Jan.

            I have never hear of anyone having keyhole surgery for a gall bladder where they were not knocked out.

            As others have said, in the mean time watch what you eat and stay away from greasey and fatty foods.

            Hope you get it sorted soon.

          • AliCat says:

            Thank’s for all your kind wishes, the appointment for the scan has come through quite quickly for this Monday, so fingers crossed.
            It has calmed down a lot now, none of the horrid stabbing pains, just a constant throbbing which is not too bad.

  25. gibbon says:

    they can now give you ultrasound, which means no pain and no opp, they smash the stones up ,you do not feel a thing, and you get rid of them your self, I refused to let them take mine out I want to take as much with me as I came with, less tonsels a few teeth and half a prostrate gland , up to now ,Ho’ and two fingers, but I can still be rude with the other hand,

    • AliCat says:

      Can’t say as I balme you Cliff, I did ask about the option of them being disolved/crushed but they have said that this only works for one in ten, as once your body starts to develop stones it continues to create them. I have also read up that there are 2 different types of stones, so it may also depend on the type that are being generated.

      • Hi Ali, trying to catch up with everyone so only just read this and wanted to add my best wishes and hope that you’ll be pain-free soon. Once op is done you’ll be able to watch your garden spring into life and enjoy the season. Good luck and best wishes to you. x

  26. dandlyon says:

    Been on Lipitor Atorvastatin 20mg for 11years must be one of the lucky ones no problems with them what so ever

  27. Miriam says:

    Lucky you Dandlyon – Lipitor seems to be the only one that doesn’t cause muscle pain, but most doctors won’t give that one any more, because its a couple of pence cheaper per pack to prescribe an alternative generic, such as simvastatin.

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