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Well, I'm still trundling along. Not suffering with any major cravings, which is great. Every now and then I might feel a tinge of something, but then I just resolve to move on, and it usually goes away. Did have pizza for dinner the night before last, but didn't order Coke. Was at a low ebb physically, tired, and so when I realised we didn't have all the ingredients in the house for the quicker of the two meals left before delivery day (today), I decided to opt for order-in because I couldn't face organising Dave to cook something that (on his schedule) might take more than an hour (because he does everything sequentially, instead of concurrently, argh!)...

The pants I bought to replace the pants that were falling off me a few weeks ago, are now starting to fall off me, LOL... Wore them yesterday and spent all day hitching them up. It's great, really, but one of the annoying side effects of losing weight... Luckily I have a few skirts with elastic waists and a pair of pants with a drawstring waist, so when my pants that are going to fall off me, eventually do, I don't have to and spend much on new clothes... Not that I don't like buying new clothes, I just don't like to buy new clothes that I'll grow out off in a couple of months...

Haven't weighed myself for this week, will do so on Saturday, I think, unless the boys REALLY need to get out tomorrow...

Dave really wants to lose weight too, he weighed himself the other week and just plain refused to believe what he saw. I didn't say anything at the time, but wasn't surprised with the result he got. It is like he refuses to believe he is getting older and his metabolism is slowing and there he will put on weight even if he is exercising as much as always and eating the same stuff as always. So, now he's trying to lose weight, but it seems he has picked up where I left off. We have much healthier dinners now, but then he goes and eats nearly a litre of yogurt a night, plus toast, plus an apple (his idea of eating healthy...)... I think he definitely has a carb addiction...

Our meals this week are a world away from what we used to eat only a few short weeks ago...

We used to have in a week:

hotdogs
tinned soup
frozen crumbed fish fillet with mash
spagetti bolognese
chicken tonight
pizza
fish and chips

This week's menu is:
burritos packed with lettuce, onion, tomatos, avocado, chicken and a sprinkling of grated cheese
vegie bolognese with mushrooms and zucchini
baked pumpkin risotto with salad
vegie stir fry with rice
tuna and bean salad with carrot, lettuce, tomato and corn
frozen crumbed fish fillets with salad
Fritata with salad

NB: none of our salads are served with dressing...

So, as you can see, just dinner alone has seen a huge improvement in our eating habits, more nutrients, less stuff to clog up our systems...


The Parenting Thang...

I made a promise to the boys the other day, no more smacking. Then the next day, Dave smacked Luey. I sort of lost it with Dave because I'd promised the boys... He was at his wits end (Luey seriously teases and taunts him at bedtime these days, yes, our four year old taunts his dad, and his dad bites)... So, I told him to get me to take over if he felt he couldn't cope... So, guess who got to put the boys to bed last night? Oh well, I'm determined to make this difference. I hate how our parenting has fallen apart and the affect it has had on the boys...

Parenting without resorting to threatening and smacking is hard. It takes two main things; the willingness to come at the "issue" from a variety of different angles (requiring patience and understanding), and the willingness to let go of having things your own way, or *making* the child do or not do what you want them to...

For example. The boys persist in stealing food from the fridge. We just don't have enough money for them to feed themselves at will. I know a lot of families have an open fridge/cupboard policy, and the kids self-regulate, but seriously, in this house, every item of food is carefully portioned out and accounted for in our shopping... The boys would eat all day, and what's more, they're inclined to start eating something, but not finish it, so a lot of food goes to waste, and basically we just can't afford it.

We trialed having fruit in the house, but they steal it. So, yesterday Erik ate two apples and Luey had a banana, they also stole half a loaf of bread. That meant this morning there wasn't any bread for toast, because today is delivery day. We can't seem to get them to understand that when they steal food we all miss out in the long run. So, basically we decided not to order fruit this week. It is extremely frustrating, and I do resent it being like this, but there is no way to actually stop them from stealing, so I don't know what else to do...

Spiritually...

Did a reading last night, just asking what I needed to know right now. Used the Goddess cards. Got Hathor (recent past), Madam Butterfly (present), and Lakshmi (future)...

Hathor (recent past), said to embrace my feminine side and learn to receive graciously with thanks, and to be willing to play the role of the recipient, as well as the giver...

Madam Butterfly (present), said that this change I was going through was good, and that I should not fear change or endings as they represent new and bright beginnings...

Laksmi (future), said the world is a beautiful place, generous and kind, and I and my family will always have our needs provided for...

The Angel number that came to me also, was 717, which said that I had asked the angels for wonderful things and my prayers were already answered, and that I should keep up the good work...

Both these messages cover a variety of things in my life...

The overarching message that came to me was, "Live in abundance and you will attract abundance"

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