Saturday, January 30, 2016

Birthday party


Jasmine's 12th birthday today! My little baby girl, so grown up. As usual we started the day with presents in the big bed. Her main present was an iPad, which I wouldn't have considered giving a 12 year old except she needed it for school. She said that she was one of only three people in her school who didn't have one already! (Not sure how she knew that.) Oh well, that is the world today I guess. Or the danger of moving into a fairly affluent area? A beautiful house has gone up for sale around the corner, five bedrooms and a pool! I wish. No I don't, who wants to clean all those extra rooms? You'd need a maid. Be nice to have a pool though. Maybe one day.

This morning I weighed 80.5 kg. Which means I've lost a total of 4 kgs (8.8 lbs) in just under 5 weeks. Not bad! And with a wonderful NSV (non-scale victory), when I put my new weight into my Plant Nanny app it said I have to drink one less glass of water per day than I did before! It bases it on your weight, so I've gone down a level. Awesome.

The continuing weight loss made me feel very conflicted about eating treats today. In theory, I am very much in favour of the occasional treat and celebration meal. But I am doing so well right now I didn't want to break this winning streak. Well, the plan was to eat a bit extra, not too much.

For breakfast I made the others French toast with raspberries, while I had yoghurt with raspberries. I thought this would be a bit of a struggle, but it wasn't at all, not even a tiny bit. The thought of navigating the choices for the rest of the day made me even more inclined to start the day with something light and healthy. I felt like if I had huge slabs of sourdough bread fried in sweet eggyness, then I would feel stodgy for the rest of the day. Didn't appeal.

For lunch we went out to a café.

I had the Thai beef salad. I'm not sure where the "Thai" part was supposed to come in. Mainly mixed lettuce and beef slices with a sweetish dressing, but it was ok.

Then I had a dessert, a mini lime meringue pie. It was very yummy.

But shortly after that I started to feel headachy, and tired, and heavy. My body was not enjoying the change from clean foods. I had a half hour nap. For afternoon tea had half a mango and one chocolate biscuit and felt ok.

I spent the rest of the afternoon preparing lasagne, Jasmine's favourite, for fifteen people. About an hour before they were due to arrive, another violent storm rolled in. I'd pretty much decided no one was going to be able to come! But half an hour later all was clear again, and people started arriving. Ping said her workplace had a complete blackout, which would have been scary as she is deep within a shopping centre, and she also had to drive home with the traffic lights not working in that area. Daniel showed me a photo of his street flooded. The storm was short but dramatic! But everyone managed to get here for Jasmine's birthday.

Here is Jasmine showing off her new iPad to Uncle Matt.

I had a few nibbles before dinner, a couple of crackers with cheese, not much. Then at dinner I only had half my lasagne (as usual too busy and not hungry when hosting). I forgot to take a picture. I also made a garden salad, coleslaw (actually that was bought from the supermarket), and some steamed vegetables.

The birthday cake was Jasmine's favourite ice cream cake, in lurid green, yellow and pink. I didn't have any.

But I did have half of this little piece of s'mores brownie that Veronica brought. It was rich and sticky, very nice but a couple of bites was enough.

Here is our table fully extended! Looks like the last supper.

We finished the night with a game of Imaginiff, which Jas was given as a present. The cards say things like: Imagine if (Jasmine) was a dog, which breed would she be, and gives options and you have to vote. It was fun. I had one Fererro Rocher chocolate and an alcoholic apple cider.

I definitely ate more than usual over the day, but more importantly it wasn't "clean" food and my body let me know how it feels about that! (Update, in the morning the scales showed I had put on 200 grams, which is nothing, but how I feel physically is a better indication of why I should limit sugary foods.)

I didn't like any photos of me but here is one anyway. Tim is looking weirdly protective.


  1. Happy birthday to your daughter! It sounds like it was a lovely time.

  2. Sounds like your daughter had a lovely birthday

    1. I hope so! She'll have a party with school friends in a couple of weeks, we didn't want to try to organise that first week back.

  3. Happy Birthday to Miss Jasmine! Last year before the teenage years begin!

    It looks like she had a wonderful day and what a great gift she received. I bet she will get a lot of use out of the iPad during her school year.

    It's so nice to see a pic of you, I don't recall ever seeing one since reading the blog. What a nice looking and happy family you have.

    I think you did quite well today with your eating! I wish I could say the same. I ate just dreadfully today due to stress. I admire how you can eat a small amount of something like a sweet. I can never do that without triggering off a binge.

    Lastly, the table fully extended looks just great. You were wise to select it; it works very well for family gatherings.


    1. Thanks Mollie. I don't really have a sweet tooth so eating just a little is usually ok. But if there had been chips (which I carefully did NOT buy) it would have been a different story!

  4. I've never been much of a fan of raspberries though I like the artificial flavor. Just too tart to me.

    1. They are quite tart, especially fresh ones. Frozen not so much. Definitely the best artificial flavour. Raspberry jelly babies!