The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Tuesday, 144.2lbs, 1 Fat Duck point)

This book is the best I’ve read in ages. I feel more sorry for Toru when his cat goes missing than his wife.

Analysis: Due to the holiday nature of this week and next week, I’m not going to start fining myself for failed decisions until April 3rd.

Analysis 2: Although I cooked last night, I didn’t snack until it was ready. I think the Fat Duck challenge is working.

Breakfast: porridge with golden syrup.

Lunch: Wholemeal seeded bread with Waitrose chicken liver parfait. Most nom.

Fruit: 240g of fresh baby figs. This is 3/5 of my recommended daily amount.

Snack: Packet of mini cheddars.

Dinner: Prawn and mushroom pasta.

Drinks: Lots of tea. One coffee.

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Fat Duck Challenge – revision 2. (Monday, 144.8 lbs)

Analysis: The Fat Duck Challenge list from yesterday was unrealistic. The new Fat Duck challenge is that I have 3 meals per day, 1 snack and unlimited fruit. Before I eat each meal, I must decide what it involves. If I eat more than the original decision, this counts as a fail and I don’t get a challenge point for that day. 31 successful days means I can make the booking.  I also must update my blob with all eating and drinking to get the challenge point.

 
Analysis 2: Decisions from yesterday amended to show fines. All fines now go to charity as donations (I can’t buy goods at the shop with them).

  • 1 comment on a news website per day (usually ill-informed). 50p fine if fail.
  • 1 comment on a technology website per day. 50p fine if fail.
  • 5 minutes German per day. 50p if fail.
  • 5 minutes French per day. 50p if fail.
  • Cook something from scratch once per week. £5 to charity.
  • 30 minutes tidying every other day. £5 fine.
  • Break every hour on the hour if I’m working with computes. This must involve getting a drink (e.g. water or herbal tea). 50p if fail.
  • Bed by 11.15 per night. £5 if fail.
  • No alcohol on a work night (except when there is free champagne). £5 if fail.
  • Each week I need to look up places based on a new letter of the alphabet (e.g. Equador, Estonia, Eritrea). 50p if fail.

Breakfast: porridge with salt.

Snack: Half of BSS’s choc muffin. 1 of PB’s cakes.

Lunch: Egg mayo with cuke. Salt and pepper.

Dinner (cooked mostly by me): Rib-eye steak in mushroom and peppercorn sauce with beans and new potatoes.

Fruit: Yellow plums.

Alcohol: Shared two bottles of red wine with B.

Fat Duck Challenge (Sunday, 10st5)

Analysis: the new decision to pay £1 to charity every time I had seconds was too much and pushed me into food rebellion mode. I think the only way to sort out my eating of seconds is by rewards. The plan is that if I have 31 days of keeping the following decisions, I’ll book the Fat Duck for me, B, JW and CW. (The 31 days do not have to be consecutive.)

  • 1 comment on a news website per day (usually ill-informed).
  • 1 comment on a technology website per day.
  • 300 words on my tech blog per week.
  • 15 minutes on my CV per week. I might not be looking for a new job, but it’s important to keep it up to date as it shows me areas I need to concentrate on.
  • 5 minutes German per day.
  • 5 minutes French per day.
  • Cook something from scratch once per week.
  • No seconds. (Before I start eating something, I will decide how much I’ll have of it. If I have more, I have had seconds and the day does not count towards the Fat Duck challenge.)
  • 30 minutes tidying every other day.
  • Break every hour on the hour if I’m working with computes. This must involve getting a drink (e.g. water or herbal tea).
  • Bed by 11.15 per night.
  • No alcohol on a work night (except when there is free champagne).
  • Update my blob with everything I eat and drink (except water and herbal tea).
  • Each week I need to look up places based on a new letter of the alphabet (e.g. Equador, Estonia, Eritrea).

Analysis 2: I need to create a card to carry round my Fat Duck challenge with me.

Breakfast: 10oz porridge + milk + salt.

Lunch: Coal in Basingstoke. Small amount of cheese on garlic bread as starter. Fajitas with beef and prawns. JF complained as the food was overcooked. BF was paying & got £10 discount 🙂

Snacks: Choka Blok Billionaiers Dynamite, cashew nuts, crisps, strawberries, mini cheddars,  nutella straight from pot.

Lol – am not having seconds, but am having lots of little treats.

Drinks: Lots of tea. 1 coffee.

Dinner: Prawns. Whisky. More cashew nuts – seconds.

Climbing? (Monday)

My colleague has backed out of climbing tonight. The instructor seemed to be saying there’s not much point for me to come as I won’t be able to do any actual belaying, but I said I’d come for the climbing practice.

Breakfast: porridge with honey.

Lunch: Tongue and coleslaw sandwich.

Drinks: Tea. Latte. Hot chocolate.

Fruit: Banana.

Analysis 1: Need to eat more fruit & veg, so should go to Lidl every other day as it’s so much cheaper than Tesco’s.

Analysis 2: Need to repeat my mantra: “I’m going to be 10st2 by Friday!”

Exercise: Climbing. Was a lot of fun & good exercise.

Dinner: Salad + grated cheese + vinaigrette + mackerel

Snacks: 5 Lindor chocs. 1 sweet. 2 fingers of kitkat.

Tasty leftovers (Sunday)

Breakfast: Lush chocolate cake. 1 slices.

Seconds: 2 moar slices of choc cake. Owe charity £2.

Lunch: Big Mac and onion rings. Some of B’s nuggets.

Drinks: Lots of tea.

Snack: Tunnock’s Tea Cake. Lindor ball. 1 Maryland. 1 Ferrero Rocher.

Analysis: Am worried my £1 fine for seconds will bankrupt me. Need to stick with this and stop having seconds!

Analysis 2: Need to start chopping salad for dinner soon or will get tired and have something fattening instead.

Dinner: Lots of salad + mackerel + vinaigrette.

Snack: Remains of two bars of chocolate.

MC’s Leaving Do (Saturday)

Breakfast: Porridge with honey.

Fruit: Apple.

Exercise: CW’s Wii Zumba game.

Food: Shed loads of party food.

Seconds: £10 of fines. I’ve paid this to the United Nations World Food Programme.

Alcohol: Lager. Champagne.

Analysis: I was really good at avoiding seconds till I got a certain level of inebriated when back at home after the party. Need to buy cherry tomatoes.

Analysis: Put food away where possible.

Friday

Breakfast: Porridge with honey.

Lunch: Cream cheese and tongue sandwich.

Snack: Finished BSP’s cake off.

Fruit/Nuts: Almonds.

Drinks: Coffee x 2.

Dinner: Pickled egg. Plaice. Chips with mayo.

Second dinner: Duck and coleslaw in pitta.

Alcohol: Lots of whisky.

Analysis 1: Broke pact I have with CW of not eating a snack at work without first going downstairs and imagining what I’d wear if I were under 10 stone. Need to remember this.

Analysis 2: Need to look up how to clean the water carafe. Moar water => less snacking.