Hopelessly Devoated

This morning I noticed I'm about 50 grams away from finishing a kilogram box of oats. That feels like a wholesome achievement. I never got that feeling from polishing off half a pound of Cadbury's, for example. Hearing that last handful of grains swooshing round in the bottom of the box is very reassuring somehow.

Feeling a little quiet and reflective this week. Hiding away with my porridge and the snow and the latest Kate Atkinson book. And also cramming like a madwoman for the kickboxing grading next Sunday. I've got a gazillion posts to write so hope you'll stick around. A huge thanks for all your comments on the Bert Memorial Post… you guys know how to bring a tear or ten to the eye. Mum and Rhi appreciated it too… thank you again!

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18 thoughts on “Hopelessly Devoated

  1. Shauna – I was one of the book winners on your blog tour, and my book arrived yesterday. I finished almost the entire thing last night, but eventually had to go to bed…I did get up early this morning to finish it, though.

    Although I haven’t busted as much lard as you, I really related to your journey & your writing.

    I am still struggling with seeing myself as a fit person and not a person who still has a few more pounds to take off…..thanks for letting me know that I’m not along – and being so FUNNY about it.

    You are fantastic.

  2. I had the same sense of accomplishment when I got to the end of a bumper bag of lentils – all that healthy proteiny goodness!!!!! Still, doesn’t quite have the same enjoyment as dairy milk, unless I shove lots of cheese with the lentils, which kind of defeats the whole object of healthiness!!!!

    Good luck on the cramming/grading – you’ll kick arse, literally!!

  3. Amy, I did the same thing. I figure that Shauna owes us both a good strong cup of coffee for keeping us up late reading her book!

  4. Thank you to everyone for your heartfelt comments. I, too, have been teary as I have read your comments re Bert.

    As Ray was away, two dear friends helped me to place Albert (also known as Bert, B and Brown Boy) in his final resting place.

    He is in our back garden near a natural rock outcrop. He overlooks our bedroom window (where he would settle each morning in the sun in winter and spring) and the Day Care Centre next door (he loved the happy voices of the kids – no doubt a reminder of Shauna and Rhiannon in their younger days).

    Hopefully, we will plant three crepe myrtles (they are blooming magnificantly here in Goulburn despite the heat) behind the rocks giving our dear campanion shade in his resting place when Shauna and Rhi are here at Easter.

    Another dear friend (male) bought around a callistemon called “Mary MacKillop – The People’s Saint” to plant in Bert’s garden. The info on the label says Mary ‘was an earthy practical woman who left an indelible mark’ – that was Bert too (but definitely male!)

    Thank you for writing this Shauna. I have printed it for inclusion in our journal.

    Love you
    Ma & Ray

  5. Aww Mum. Sniffles.

    Phillipa – Well done, I have so many 3/4 empty bags of grainy things 🙂

    Hiya Amy! Glad the book arrived safely and thank you! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

    Merry – I make a lousy cup of coffee but I’m not too bad with strong tea!

    K – You’ll have to make a huuuuuge batch of flapjacks 🙂

  6. Yep, funny how the surprise of a nearly empty box of oats and a nearly empty box of choc chip biscuits are objectively pretty much the same – but seeing one in my cupboard would give me that quietly satisfied feeling, and the other a quietly regretful feeling!

    Guess that’s why they say you should keep wrappers and used dishes etc. in view so you remember what you ate (sounds a bit untidy to me but good excuse not to clean up I guess!!)

  7. It took me two days to figure out why you spelled “devoted with an “a” in it. I thought it was the Eupopean way to spell it! Then all of the sudden, bam it hits me. Thanks for the laugh!

  8. I’m reading the new Kate Atkinson too! And I’m about to re-read you, DG, as I’ve fallen off the healthy wagon well and truly and I need a kick up the ass.

  9. Hi, I am reading your Best entries and I am halfway now. I do find it difficult to read anything on the computer screen, so I am glad you have a book out too!!
    Hope it will be released in South Africa soon.
    That said, I am thoroughly enjoying the read. And soooo jealous that my blogging isn’t as well written and entertaining as yours 🙂

  10. I just finished reading Dietgirl…literally, like just now. I loved it…every single page!! I just wish that I had watched the CBS clip before I read it so I could have “heard” you in my head. While reading I underlined the things that spoke to me…I could have underlined the entire book actually. Thank you Shauna. I feel inspired in ways I have not before.

  11. dietgirl,
    this is off topic, but I am watching the fires in Australia. Hope all is well with the Mothership.

    thanks again for your lardbusting adventures!

  12. I’m sure my comment will sound like a broken record to you by now, Shauna, but I just finished your book and I just LOOOOVED it! So inspirational, and it put a smile on my face each morning that I got to wake up and remember I could read it on the subway going to work. I often forgot that it was non-fiction, so absorbed was I, so to read entries on dietgirl.org is so exciting when I realize that you’re totally a real human being! The Mothership really is out there in orbit! You are laugh-out-loud funny, which is impressive in the written word, and I can only aspire to be as effective a blogger as you!

  13. Hi Shauna, it’s Diana again. I just wanted to thank you for visiting my blog, but since you commented on Jillian Michaels having new DVDs, I thought I had better let you know that I actually just posted a review of one of them! It was great – I’m still shaking from the exertion (from the workout, not the writing…). I anticipate (fear) trying the other DVD Thursday.

  14. Hey, I just wanted to thank you for the Jillian Michaels podcast recommendation – I’m really enjoying it! 🙂

  15. Hi Shauna

    I know you have A LOT going on right now so could I just put in a cheeky DG by request for sometime in the future? Just shelve it for now in the ginormous inbox!

    I’d just really like your take on cravings and triggers and how you cope with them.

    In the meantime, good luck with the kickboxing action and another message re the hound – what a gorgeous memory/resting place for Bert. How lovely (but of course, more tears were shed at this end when I read your Ma’s comments above).

    Big kiss. xxxx