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Book Club – Chapter 9

Last week was “International Book Club”.  However, before you start thinking grand thoughts, I should explain.  Six of us are from the village, and one is from the town on the hill, only about 2 miles away.  For “Chapter 9” we all piled into a Range Rover and ventured up the hill.  We did get slightly lost, but made it in the end.

We should have been meeting up before now, but as we in the South West, are not used to an excesses of snow, it was decided to postpone.  Having been there, down the steep drive to the farm, I can say that this was a wise choice!

Although this meant it was a book club on 4-wheels, rather than 2-wheels, there was only one driver.  Last time we discussed the book in depth, and then the conversation turned to Spanish History!  Were we becoming a proper “grown up” book club?  This time the wine flowed, the book was discussed and it was another very enjoyable evening.

As there was a Christmas gap since our last gathering, we treated ourselves to two books “The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson and “Is it just me?” by “Miranda Hart.

The first book I really enjoyed, it was about a man who was recently moved into a old people’s home, but did not want to be there, nor celebrate his 100th birthday there, so he jumped out of the window and let events take their course.  The book tells of the present day and also how he had spent the majority of his 100 years!  As an explosive expert he ends up in all sorts of amusing and historical situations; the book is funny, easy to read and I would certainly recommend it.

The second book “Is it just me?” by Miranda Hart, I did not do so well with.  I found it quite tricky to read, as at the start it is written exactly how she speaks in her TV programme.  This one was not for me, and I was not alone, although others did enjoy it.

Our book club is now one year old and we have decided that we will change the way we choose our books.  So far they have been by mutual agreement, and now we’ve decided that the host chooses.  This should lead to a greater variety of books chosen, and so stretch us, rather than stick to our comfort zone.  There are several books in the last year that I would not have picked, and only two that I could not finish.

goldNext on the list “Gold” by Chris Cleave.  This one was a surprise choice by the host, and one that I’m really looking forward to.  It is about two female track cyclists preparing for the Olympics, their competitive history together, mixed with their personal lives and their friendship.  As a keen follower of cycling generally, I’m really looking forward to it.

BOOK CLUB HISTORY: “One Day” by David Nicholls; “Before I Go To Sleep” by S J Watson; “Ship of Brides” by Jojo Moyes; “Vanishing Point” by Danielle Ramsay; “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E L James; “Unaccustomed Earth” by Jhumpa Lahiri; “Sworn Secret” by Amanda Jennings; “The Seamstress” by Maria Duenas; “The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson and “Is it just me?” by “Miranda Hart


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Going down

A quick post, to say really, that the downsizing has hit a bit of a snag – I’m hungry, we’ve had visitors and the wine and yummy food has been flowing….

Monday is a new week, back to work and I think I need to make sure I write  down EVERYTHING, rather than “forgetting” a couple of bits here and there…..


5:2, Weight Watchers, Calorie Counting, Atkins or whatever!

OK, so I need to lose a few pounds, and I’m not alone.  I’ve tried Weight Watchers and was successful, but now I’m full time at work, getting to the meetings is very tricky.

As with many people I’ve heard all about the 5:2 diet and have been reading up about it.  There are articles which are very pro the diet, and some that have concerns.  In very simple terms it seems that lots of protein can speed up your body’s cells like a  “fast car”, but fasting, or seriously reducing calories twice a week, give’s your body a chance to slow down and repair.

So, all those years ago when the Atkins diet was “the thing” and carbohydrates became the evil food and was avoided by millions.  My thoughts at the time were that you should not ban an entire food group.  Yes, I am slimmer, more energetic and less lethargic without carbs, but I don’t avoid them.calorie counting

Last week, my “downsizing” attempt took a turn for the worst and I was 2lbs heavier!  Very disappointing after only a couple of weeks, but a 7th birthday party, 2 cakes and 2 parties certainly counted against me.  Now that I feel a little disgruntled with the whole calorie counting idea, I’ve been digging around to find out more about the 5:2 diet.

Currently, I’m sitting on the fence.  I just don’t think I like the advice of when it’s a fasting day you eat half a ready meal for lunch and the other half for supper – it makes me feel hungry just thinking about it.  That’s not much food.  However, my great pal is attempting it and has some cunning ways to make it a bit easier.  There is definitely the 5p’s (proper preparation prevents poor performance) about it and I would need to plan the fasting days carefully.  I also have my Weight Watchers experience of “fuller for longer” to help me out too.  On the plus side, it does seem easy and I would not miss the constant weighing and counting that is an every day occurrence.

If anyone has any experience or views, then I’m interested to hear them.  Until them, I’ll carry on as I am and maybe. just maybe take the leap into 5:2….

This blog is part of The Monday Club with Sarah Miles – have a look and join in.