Snap Crackle Pop

I have met some bloody brilliant people via this blog, and Argy is no exception. Ever since she first emailed me a year or so ago, I have always been besotted with her lush, sensual descriptions of her cooking, salads and fresh herbs. Every time she’d write about her dinner I’d ask her for a recipe. She recently sent the most killer wedding gift — a handmade recipe book. She also sent this kickass Tupperware container/salad spinner thingy that keeps your salads fresh for days and days. Then she bundled up some herbs that she’d dried herself – oregano, basil, sage, thyme, mint, dandelion – as well as homemade sundried tomatoes. Oooh delicious, I tells ya. The dried herbs you buy in the supermarket cannot compare to the ones dried by Argy on her balcony in Athens. And the tomatoes are so full of flavour, the Scottish Companion and I were just eating them straight out of the box. Thank you, foxy lady!

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My wonky knee now issues a creaking, grinding sound and plain old walking is sometimes painful, so I’m going to see a physio tomorrow. It sounds like a textbook case of Runner’s Knee and a need for new shoes but I still want to get it checked out. Consequently I’ve not run since the 5k and have become antsy and worried my new muscles will dissolve overnight. For a non-impact workout I’m using the stationery bike at the gym which bores me shitless. I’d go swimming except I don’t have any swimming gear and OH YEAH, the small obstacle that I can’t bloody swim. I am thinking of trying an RPM class, the Les Mills answer to Spinning. I’ve heard it gets you truly sweaty. Can anyone vouch for RPM?
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Dear Dieters of the World,

It has come to our attention that carbohydrates are getting all your attention lately. For example, if you fall into a bag of Doritos after work; or binge on a tub of ice cream or a family-size pizza, you have been referring to these incidents as a "bad carb binge" or "carb blowout" or similar. Sure, refined carbs are bad news but where there’s refined carbs there usually lurks US GUYS as well. It’s a team effort! Nine times out of ten we have had our finger in the pie and we want recognition for our role in keeping your ass fat!

Sincerely,
Saturated Fat

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Thank you for brilliant your comments on the last ranty ravey entry. And don’t be apologetic for any hints or tips, they are welcome! Deep down we all know that we know what to do to lose weight. Lord knows I should know that I know after four and bit gruelling years! But there are just some days when it goes tits up. For example, I know that I should stick to High Quality Chocolate, but sometimes I crave that sneaky interaction with the vending machine. I had the most brilliant, funny email from a girl named Rachel, who said on the subject of the sub-par Cadbury Twirl:

"By the time any of us has had the internal debate in our heads, no matter how good the chocolate, in those kind of circumstances it’s never going to live up to the ridiculous level of hype we have attached to it by that point. A Twirl will always be just a Twirl – not the route to world peace."

Damn straight. So what can I take from that experience?

  1. Accept that there is just going to be crazy days like that now and then.
  2. Vent about it on blog immediately afterwards. Demons begone!
  3. Get back on the wagon as quickly as possible

(I am pretty sure I have come to these very same startling conclusions on this site at least a dozen times now.)

So I am back on the wagon now. I have tied myself onto it with rope and stapled my mouth shut. I don’t know how I worked the stapler with my hands bound up like that, I guess I am more flexible than I thought. It feels good to be eating healthily. It’s this endless cycle of:

  1. Eat healthily
  2. Brief moment of eating rubbish, temporarily forgetting/ignoring how good eating healthy feels
  3. Remember how crap the rubbish eating feels
  4. Resume healthy eating.

But the upshot is the Unhealthy Eating phase get shorter and less damaging each time.

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SC is in Libya til Wednesday for work. Libya! How crazy is that? I am surprised by how fiercely I miss him. Last year between his travels and mine, we were apart for about three months, but now we’re married and I’m mopey with him only away for just ten hours thus far.

I told him I was going to eat heaps of meat while he was away, all the lamb and mince and steak I’ve been craving during the past three months. Maybe I would just put a whole pig on a spit in the backyard. But now the Meaty Moment has arrived I’ve found I’m really not that fussed. I have enjoyed the vegetarian diet, it’s much less messy to cook and I am really, really lazy, don’t you know. Plus we eat fish at least once a week so it’s not proper vegie anyway.

Still, I often think of lamb. I saw a sheep in a field yesterday, snoozing in the sun, and I thought, "Mmm, roast lamb." Perhaps it’s time for some flesh after all.

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21 thoughts on “Snap Crackle Pop

  1. I don’t know many veggies who haven’t had a bit of meat on the odd occasion…sometimes it reminds them why they gave it up…and sometimes in means the end of being a veggie…I personally will not judge you either way you go;)

  2. I too have knee problems and have done RPM, along with BodyCombat and BodyStep, for quite some time. RPM is definitely an amazing workout, like all the other Les Mill’s cardio classes it is a very high intensity (read: sweat up a storm) workout. Just make sure that, as with any new class, you get to the first one that you go to early and talk to the instructor. They will need to help you adjust the bike properly and teach you some basic technique. Mention to them that your knee has been bothering you and that it’s a concern, and you should be okay. Like with any other LM class, it’s your workout (or in this case, your ride).

  3. I have the gammiest knee out. I don’t have any tips for helping with it as I just let mine go completely to the pack. You could try some Arnica though as it may help with the ligaments.
    I am absolutely with you on the stuffing up then blogging situation. I found on Friday that I pigged out for ages, blogged it, and then, cos it was out there in internet land, felt so bad about being Porky Pig’s cousin that I stopped eating shit. And that is the first time in my life that I have ever done that, pulled the reins in before the horse went completely haywire.

  4. Great blog! I loved the story about the Cadbury Twirl. You know what? M&M’s never taste as good as they look. I think the colours are there to trick us.

  5. I am guessing a Cadbury Twirl is some yummy UK creation that us Americans don’t have to deal with… not that we don’t have enough of our own temptations.

    I like the notion of being tied on the wagon… that’s not a bad idea at all. I also think I need to make a concentrated effort to add the word “rubbish” to my lexicon… it’s far too underused here in the US.

    Welcome back on the wagon :).

  6. Oops, pardon me… I’d meant to say some UK or Aussie creation – and forgot, only to go browsing and then see you’re from Australia. Are Americans really annoying when we say Aussie? Heh.

  7. I love the letter from the Saturated Fat corporation. Trying not to snort with laughter at work here.

    I also think you must be some kind of escapologist to tie yourself up, then use a stapler… You may be back on the wagon with the eating, but you’re definitely in good form with the writing. A Good Thing.

    Sorry you are missing SC – I know the feeling…

  8. I LOVE Spinning, RPM, whatever you want to call it. LOVE it. I’m an complete addict. My early morning class was cancelled yesterday morning and last Thursday morning and there isn’t a class on Friday mornings. Man, I was pissed… 5 days without a class – severe withdrawl symptoms. Luckily it was on this morning so I’m a happy bunny now. It’s a very good workout if you want it to be – I have a pool of sweat around my bike by the end of the 45 mins. Enjoy!

  9. My knee was wonky recently. Possibly from pilates. I went for the rest + ice packs option, but see what the physio says. I doubt a week of rest will chew up all that muscle strenth, though hey, might give you an opportunity to stop denying your Australian heritage and learn to swim. Swimsuit fears aren’t a reason to hold you back now.

  10. I did once manage to make my knee hurt swimming, although it was probably my rotten style that was to blame (also my pronation-prone joints). But it is well-known for being good for joint rehabilitation.

    Jovey is right about swimsuit fears, though. This is true for anybody – you only have to have your swimsuited self on view from changing room to water (and you can wrap a towel around yourself for that bit if you’re shy). Once you’re in the other people can’t see what you look like, and besides they’re all too concerned about what they look like to care. (I speak as one who has THE least attractive thighs in the world, and does not like this bit of swimming much either.)

  11. I myself have thought about volunteering for jaw wiring shut surgery. Do they let you do that “just because”? As far as knees go, I cannot help you because mine talk to me anytime I do something exercise wise so I am sure I have issues I am ignoring too (at least for now). Keep on keeping on! Oh, my website was down for a couple of days but back up now and thanks for your past comments I have them saved but they are not on the new website since I had to start over! 🙂

  12. I myself have thought about volunteering for jaw wiring shut surgery. Do they let you do that “just because”? As far as knees go, I cannot help you there because mine talk to me anytime I do something exercise wise so I am sure I have issues I am ignoring too (at least for now). Keep on keeping on! Oh, my website was down for a couple of days but back up now and thanks for your past comments I have them saved but they are not on the new website since I had to start over! 🙂

  13. Ok, the hungry dork posted twice. Please forgive! So, in keeping with the “being a dork” tradition I thought I would post a third time “just because”! LOL I am going to eat… something!

  14. RPM rawks!!! if you get a good teacher that is! some of the music “releases” suck, but after a while the teacher can use any of the old music, and some of it is so totally fun, like dancing kind of fun. and very intense sweaty workout. went today… the teacher said “if you don’t wanna sweat, you’ve come to the wrong class” (she is full of quips like “are we going to work hard? or are we going to work harder?” that might seem obnoxious if she wasn’t *so* adorable). i LOVE these workouts and if i get there late and don’t get a bike, i am so forlorn. try it… but if your teacher is limp, boring, mousy… shop around.

  15. I am so glad your 4 step cycle no longer includes step 3a “beat self up and indulge in lengthy guilt trip about Step 2 including eating more crap to punish self”
    So you have come such a long way!! Yay for you!!
    How did you go at the physio? Do you run in orthotics? It’s worth the money to see a podiatrist, these are your KNEES, you need them, also pain sucks. You might not need orthotics but you can also talk to the podiatrist about your running style, what kind of shoes you should get and how to run them in. Hey, maybe you should enter a fun run when you’re in Oz! Just for something else to occupy your mind LOL….coolrunning dot com dot is a good site. Cheers

  16. I loved that comment about the twirl — so true.

    I hope your appt with the doc tomorrow goes well. Hahahha@ checking out sleeping lambs… oh no, that cracked me up!!

  17. You know, when a gift is so brilliantly received from the one who takes it, it makes the giver feel that actually they got the gift, for all the joy giving it gave them. Does this sentense makes sense at all? You made me blush anyway!

    I loved the saturated fat letter. Soooo true!!!

    And I totally agree with all the conclusions you made.

    *hugs*

  18. RPM is so cool. I always leave the class completely drenched. The only thing about having a sore knee is you stand up for the ‘hill climbs’. As long as you are positioned correctly (the instructor should show you) you will work your quads and not strain your knee but you’ll just need to keep an eye on it. Also the saddles are small and hard so if you’re not used to cycling be aware that your bottom will HURT for days after the first time and it took me about 8 sessions before I got used to it. On Monday I saw another woman with a slip-on saddle cover and I thought ‘fantastic’. So that might be a good investment.

  19. RPM is so cool. I always leave the class completely drenched. The only thing about having a sore knee is you stand up for the ‘hill climbs’. As long as you are positioned correctly (the instructor should show you) you will work your quad and not strain your knee but you’ll just need to keep an eye on it. Also the saddles are small and hard so if you’re not used to cycling be aware that your bottom will HURT for days after the first time and it took me about 8 sessions before I got used to it. On Monday I saw another woman with a slip-on saddle cover and I thought ‘fantastic’. So that might be a good investment.

  20. RPM is so cool. I always leave the class completely drenched. The only thing about having a sore knee is you stand up for the ‘hill climbs’. As long as you are positioned correctly (the instructor should show you) you will work your quads and not strain your knee but you’ll just need to keep an eye on it. Also the saddles are small and hard so if you’re not used to cycling be aware that your bottom will HURT for days after the first time and it took me about 8 sessions before I got used to it. On Monday I saw another woman with a slip-on saddle cover and I thought ‘fantastic’. So that might be a good investment.