Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Stolen fruit

I am going out to lunch today with friend S, who is collecting me at 12.30 - it is a while since we met so there is bound to be plenty to catch up on.

Now to the stolen fruit.   My physiotherapist advised me to lose a stone in weight in order to help my arthritic knee and arthritic ankle (not on the same leg to complicate matters), so for the last couple of months I have eaten no potatoes, no bread, no cake and almost no fried food.   And I have achieved the weight loss.   And unless the weather is damp there is definitely an improvement in my mobility.

But this morning after clearing the breakfast things, loading the dishwasher, making the bed and generally tidying round, it was still only eight thirty and I felt like a sit down by the Aga.   I also felt like a round of Aga toast with butter and marmalade - correction - I craved a round of Aga toast with butter and marmalade.

So I made myself a whole pot of 'proper' coffee (Taylor's Lazy Sunday, my preferred blend), popped the Aga toaster under the lid and made myself a round of toast, spread it thickly with butter and marmalade, sat in the chair with the Times crossword and indulged myself.   I don't think toast has ever tasted so good.

Do you have secret indulgences (the farmer was down the fields so I knew I wouldn't be caught out)?   If so I would love to hear what they are (and John, you needn't tell us about yours - I think the whole world now knows that Scotch eggs were created entirely to tempt you). 

**Back from lunch - a delicious ham and cheese wrap with salad.

25 comments:

Derek Faulkner said...

I don't really have any secret indulgences, mainly because I don't really believe in secrets, I find life much easier without them. Tell the farmer that you've had a little, one off indulgence, I'm sure he'll probably say, good for you.
As for losing weight to better arthritis, well this last year, despite eating everything and lots of it, I've still lost weight and yet my arthritis has worsened.

A Heron's View said...

On being given dietary advice by my Doctor she told me that it was ok to break out once a week providing that it was only once a week!
So Pat, I really don't believe that your one slice of richly buttered toast and marmalade will do you any harm.

Andie said...

I was about eight years old and I met my mum in Leeds one Friday after school. She worked in town and we used to do some shopping in Leeds market and the pork butchers. No supermarkets in those days, we went into the pork butchers and there were the sausage rolls, all warm and steaming. I knew not to ask for anything as money was tight; but, oh, those sausage rolls made my mouth water, I whispered my request to my mum, and the butcher heard me, and said, " Here love, a little of what you fancy does you good" and passed me a sausage roll. No payment! what bliss. So I think of that butcher when, like you, I just really fancy something. Love Andie xxx

Rachel said...

Peter was advised to lose weight some time ago so we both gave up bread and potatoes. Neither of us have lost any weight.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Rachel - did you give up all cake and biscuits too? I did and now find that I have no craving for sweet things at all. AlsoI gave up eating things just because they were left over (the cook's downfall - the odd potato etc which actually adds up to quite a lot in the course of the day).

The Weaver of Grass said...

Heron - thanks for the comforting advice.
Andie - sausage rolls could easily become an indulgence for me too. Thanks for calling by. I popped over to chat to you only to find that you don't actually run a blog

The Weaver of Grass said...

Sorry to hear about your arthritis Derek - mine has definitely improved since I didn't have that extra stone to carry around (my arthritis is in my knee and ankle, both weight bearing).

donna baker said...

Well, I am proud of you Pat as it isn't such an easy task. I think if you would just skip every other day from carbs, then the other days eat a few, you'll keep that stone (I don't have a clue what that is) off. I'm glad the arthritis improved.

Librarian said...

Weight loss has never been a problem for me - or if so, then the other way round, that I lost too much, especially (and hardly surprising) after the very sudden death of my husband 6 1/2 years ago.
I run and walk and have plenty of exercise in my daily life, and so I can afford to eat carbs as much as I want to - I simply can't eat very much in one go, and so I rarely feel the discomfort of having eaten too much.
My big love - and no secret to anyone who knows me - is chocolate! I sometimes go without a hot meal for a week or more, and without meat for weeks on end, but I can not make do without chocolate for more than a day or two. Also, I love cheese; bread, butter and cheese are staple foods for me.
I don't know what I'd do if I suddenly had a medical condition forcing me to give that up!

Congratulations to achieving your goal and feeling the positive effect. You must get up really early if you had so much done already by 8:30!

Dawn McHugh said...

I love custard tarts, when I go to Tesco which is only about every six weeks now I a box of 4 custard tarts, I eat one when I get back to the car another when I get home with a cuppa and the other two I save to for the next day a little of what you fancy does you good :-)

Terra Hangen said...

I like your secret indulgence while the farmer is working. I buy bars of dark chocolate (they have little sugar) and have a piece maybe 2 days a week. The bar lasts a long time, two or three weeks, and dark chocolate is a favorite of mine.

galant said...

Once or twice a year I crave a pork pie. Once I've had one, and it needn't be a large on, just a picnic size one, four small ones to a packet, I'm happy.
Our weekly indulgence is one bar of dark chocolate between us (i.e. husband and myself). We have four small squares each in the evening which is about 4cm square, not a huge amount, but once we have eaten the bar we don't have another until we go shopping again the following week.
Margaret P

Heather said...

I should probably cut down on bread and potatoes but I love both and kid myself that they are giving me the energy to cope with the house and garden while my husband is recovering from double pneumonia. There are certain aisles in the supermarket that I avoid but every now and then I come home with a pack of sour cream and onion flavoured crisps, or those round Dutch caramel waffle biscuits. Naughty but oh so delicious.

Gwil W said...

Keep up the good work. A little lapse now and again is perfectly normal. I eat what's put in front of me. It's the way I was brought up.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Gwil - the farmer too.
Interesting to hear of all your indulgences.
Dawn - the farmer has a liking for Tesco's custard tarts - nobody else has anything as good.
Luckily I don't like chocolate!!

Thanks for calling in everyone.

angryparsnip said...

So many things I love but don't eat. I think I will do a blog post on mine.
I haven't completely given carbs up but they are strictly limited, mostly eaten with Japanese food.
My indulgences are lemon bars that I make, creme caramel, and bacon lettuce and tomato on sourdough toast.
I also don't care for chocolate.
Funny story,
I had a small piece of pumpernickel toast with my olmet this morning I only have one piece of dry toast. but today I had my dry toast with the egg and had a second one with butter ! So fabulous ! What a treat, much like your toast this morning.

cheers, parsnip and thehamish

Bovey Belle said...

Well done on your weight loss. My secret indulgences aren't really secret as everyone knows I like a chocolate bar now and again. One thing I love but don't eat very often is Tesco's (I know) Finest Sicilian Lemon Tart, I think it is. Scrummy and probably a million calories.

jinxxxygirl said...

I'm sure this is entirely an American thing...lol but i LOVE peanut butter and jelly sandwiches..toasted so the peanutbutter is all gooey...um... yeah.... what can i say... its a childhood thing... :) Hugs! deb

Midlife Roadtripper said...

Congratulations on the weight loss. I'm trying to do the same. Your toast actually made my mouth water. I do like a scone or coffee cake. And, wine. Doesn't bode well with weight loss though.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Well done on the weight loss - lots of people try but few succeed. A little of what you fancy....

The Weaver of Grass said...

These all made my mouth water - especially that lemon tart BB (daren't even think about it thesw days)

Elizabeth said...

Well done losing all that weight!
But what bliss your toast sounded!
As someone commented - a little of what you fancy does you good -
but not too much.
I love sweet things - and cream and cake.
Vegetables are fine to look at - but carbs are really the best.
Cheers.

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

I always crave sweet over savory. If I had to narrow it down, probably chocolate covered peanuts or almonds would be my biggest downfall. Well done losing the weight. I do not know precisely how much a stone is, but it sounds big!! -Jenn

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks for the comments everyone - seems we are all open to temptation!

Yorkshire Pudding said...

I am a devil for salted peanuts. I love them but why must the packets scream out to me in supermarkets "Buy me! Buy me!"? They are like modern day sirens and it is all I can do to push my trolley past them. Are there clinics one can attend to combat salted peanut addiction?