The Slow Go

Operation Big Sleep is coming along a treat. With my complete quota of 8 hours, I’m feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed and ready to put in the hard yards with Kathy.  I arrive at the gym and hit the ground (well, the treadmill actually,)  running while I wait for Kathy but she doesn’t show which is most out of character. You could set your clock by that woman! Then the nice gym man gives me the message that she’s had a power cut and can’t get her car out of the garage! What a bummer! However, Kathy’s trained me so well, I can almost train myself, so I get stuck into some interval training on the machines. I usually hate going on the machines but I haven’t done it for so long, it’s quite a novelty. Besides you know what they say, a change is as good as a rest!

It’s like back to the good old half days as today I leave after lunch as I have a date with my psychologist. I have some retail therapy en route and splash out on a new (pink) ice cream scoop, some super cool ice lolly moulds, some little pie tins and best of all, some really nifty baking paper liners for loaf tins! I’m feeling super satisfied, although, I’m still on the look out for some dariole moulds. I can’t seem to find them anywhere.

My appointment couldn’t have been better timed as I’m my insides are still feeling like they’re in knots. I love the way these sessions work; she asks such pertinent questions, I babble a reply and then hey presto! I have a solution to my problem and I’ve fixed it all by myself. Well, I get by with a little help from my friend in the chair opposite but it feels like I’ve done it by myself!

I finally ‘fess up to the fact that I’m not super woman and I have to slow down. Something’s gotta give before I either a) spontaneously combust from the stress or b) flake out from exhaustion or c) both! In many ways I guess I’m a victim of my own success, I’ve been so busy trying to live life to the full and not miss a minute what with the living-with-cancer scenario that I haven’t had time to slow down and smell the roses! I’ve agreed to try and relax more and rush less and prioritise all the things I need/want / have to do. I have to also accept that my body has been through an awful lot of late, and although I feel normal on the outside, inside it’s anything but. I’ve been so busy living my life in dog years, I mean, the surgery and the treatment seem like a lifetime ago, yet, in reality it’s all really recent. I’m just going to have to be patient and pace myself. Ha! Two things I’m really not good at, but hey, practice makes perfect!

I make another date with my counsellor and leave her with some of that Choc, Coconut and Cranberry No-Bake Slice. I love it that she loves it! Another satisfied customer! I’m super pooped and am so engrossed in my book on the train home that I nearly miss my stop! I make a hasty retreat just in time!

It’s Freezer Surprise for dinner again tonight. Groundhog Day for David though, it’s more Slow Roasted Mexican Lamb Shanks! We jazz them up with some tasty tortillas and some yummy Avocado Dip. This is a new recipe and it’s super easy, super healthy and super delicious. It’s our all new and all time favourite dip!

I start as I mean to go on and after dinner just veg out on the sofa with another Biggest Loser Marathon which brings me infinite happiness and, almost up to speed!