Yes! I had a birthday this week! And with birthdays there are always birthday treats. My daughter bought the beautiful orchid and wine decanter that you can see in the picture and my husband insisted that we dine out for dinner. This whole week I was eating cake, dining out and generally consuming food and drinks that I wouldn’t normally eat and drink.
At the office, I bought a dozen cupcakes, a half dozen apricot slices and a half dozen brownies – for 6 people. Some weren’t shy to take a couple home for after dinner treats! I brought two apricot slices and a brownie home and because nobody wanted to eat the apricot slices, I ate both! Delicious they were too.
Then the next night my husband treated us to a Korean barbecue dinner. It was a great night out even though I was a little disappointed by the fare. I have had Korean barbecue in London and it was so much nicer there. Nonetheless, it was a treat to try the various dishes and the shaved ice with condensed milk, matcha ice cream and red beans was the highlight of the night.
And I watched a little nervously as my weight on the scale crept upwards. But I resolved to celebrate freely and to cast worry aside for a little while. I was able to continue fasting although there were two days when I cut the time short by two hours. Although I didn’t stick to my usual 16 hour fasts, there are still some benefits to fasting for 14 hours.
This weekend I returned to normal and ate a little more carefully. I made a large prawn salad and was just a little surprised when the whole thing was wolfed down by my family. I have also discovered a new Herbalife shake flavor that smells and tastes like strawberry milkshake. Summer Berries! It’s my new favorite. And I love it with a half glass of almond milk, a half glass of water and topped up with lots of ice. I cannot describe how delicious it is. You will have to try it for yourself.
I didn’t have a good run on Wednesday and I skipped my run on Saturday. So today I was out on the road early and ran an 8km, only the second so far. Although it didn’t feel like I had run well, my time was the same as last week Wednesday, so at least I am running consistently. Next week Sunday I will be running another 10km race and this time I am looking forward to it.
This coming week I will have to be more disciplined. I will have to train on Wednesday and Saturday, otherwise I will struggle with the 10km on Sunday. Sunday is also my weigh in and photo day to mark 16 weeks of my Herbalife and running program. My goal is to drop another 500g by next Sunday. This week I will have to go back to my normal eating plan if I wish to achieve that. It’s certainly doable, it just needs discipline.
I am a 60-something year old South African of Chinese descent. Although my heritage is Chinese and I cannot live without rice, I feel more connected to South Africa and the diverse South African culture than I do to China.
I have lived all my life in South Africa. South Africa is a beautiful country, with wonderful coastlines and beaches, incomparable wildlife and some beautiful mountains. We have long, hot summers and tolerable winters, with snow only in a few places. We seem to have it all.
I am fortunate to have travelled a little. I have travelled to London and Scotland in the UK; Sidney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast in Australia; New York, Boston and Colorado in the US; Beijing, Shanghai, Canton and Xi’An in China; Hong Kong and Mauritius. I would like to travel more and on my bucket list is Japan, Italy and the Northern Lights. At some point, I would like to visit China again, I was last there more than twenty years ago.
I have worked for a large organization nearly all my life. I have been fired once, nearly fired twice, and as recent as last year, I was retrenched. But I have also been promoted, won excellence awards with monetary awards and once awarded with a trip overseas. I think I can claim to have experienced it all!
The retrenchment that I recently experienced was bitter sweet because I had already reached retirement age. So theoretically I should have been sitting at home by my pool anyway. But it was still a shock to find myself with no reason to get out of bed every morning for more than six months.
So yes, I am still on the wrong side of 60, that won’t change, but I am no longer unemployed. I am not certain how long my current employment will last, but I am content for now. And should I find myself unemployed for any length of time again, I think I would do things differently. For example, I will make those plans to travel and tick a few more desires off my bucket list.
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