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Danny Diary
Tue 27-Aug-13
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Danny
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Quick update for those of you that know me.

My luck has been generally poor but it must change sometime. Soon hopefully. The job that was originally supposed to start in July and was postponed until Sep is now due to start in Nov. Apparently the client still wants me but obviously my confidence that it will happen has diminished with each delay. Nothing else materialised, to my great surprise and disappointment. So I am trying to earn a crust online but it’s too early yet to know how successful that will be.

Achievements (achievements of the year, really I guess): Lost 35 lbs and 4 inches off my waistline, quit dairy, caffeine, alcohol and nicotine (day 42 off the fags after 42 yrs of smoking), and I am still optimistic that all will come good! Of course, I will have an occasional coffee or glass of beer/wine etc. if an occasion requires it but my mindset is altered – permanently I hope.

Some of you know from my FB page that I tore ligaments in both ankles a few weeks ago and did not have it diagnosed until I went to A&E 10 days later when the pain became too much (my GP is still in Newmarket although I have switched now). Resting up was easy since I am not working and recovery has been great. I went for a slow amble down the marina here in Ipswich yesterday and ankles were fine although feet were tired. I will give them another recovery week to be sure.

Fiona is fine and working all hours on her vintage toy business on eBay with good results during these very poor summer months. Sales should pick up from Sep-Dec and she has geared up to take maximum advantage. Her mum of 93 will soon be moving into a retirement home because she has begun to fall over too frequently and is now very frail apparently. F and I speak on the phone several times a week and look out for each other.

I have been living in a little room in a shared house since Jan. It has served its purpose and now time to move on and improve my quality of life. Originally I was willing to relocate anywhere in the world for work but I am getting quite attached to this sleepy corner of East Anglia so I will stay on for a little while longer at least. When I have settled in a new abode in the next few weeks I will update again.

Still have a vague intent (not a plan) to visit some of our old friends from CSH. A grand tour. But it’s not yet crystallised into a travel plan and establishing my financial lifeline is the top priority right now.

I pop in here just now and again and it’s just great to see so many regulars still posting. It’s still as lovely a place to visit as ever, which is so good to see.

Can’t believe we are almost at the door of the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. The weeks are zipping by at an alarming rate.

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Tue 27-Aug-13
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Dear Danny, nice to meet you for the first time, and wish you luck in your venture. This is a great site, choc full of information. I have been a member since2010 but never posted, what a waste of two years. Hope everything goes right for you soon.

Tue 27-Aug-13
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Lost 35 lbs and 4 inches off my waistline, quit dairy, caffeine, alcohol and nicotine (day 42 off the fags after 42 yrs of smoking)

 

welldone That's impressive, Danny! Well done. I'm sure you'll reap the health benefits from those changes. It's always nice to know what's happening with you and Fiona. The best of luck to you.

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Tue 27-Aug-13
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waveHi Danny, nice to hear from you.  As Ruthie says, that's really impressive!  Very well done, especially as you chose to give up smoking at the same time as caffeine and alcohol - how on earth did you manage that?!surprised  I have to say I'm very envious at the apparent ease with which men seem to lose weight......my husband sometimes says he wants to go on a diet, which consists mainly of not eating cake for a couple of days, and drops half a stone just like that steam.  Buggers tonguebig_laugh

I hope the job does indeed materialise in November, although I can see why you're sceptical.

 

Danny, do try and come in more often won't you?  We need you, you know.

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Tue 27-Aug-13
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wavewavewave  Lovely to hear from you Danny, we miss you.  Congrats on your weight loss plus all the things you have given up, esp. the smoking.

Hope the work prospects improve soon.

big_hug + a bit of magic

 

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Tue 27-Aug-13
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@ Chris - thanks for saying hello. I have seen some of your posts on and off and you are settling in very well indeed! So pleased you came out of your shell and joined in. wave

 

@ Ruthie - many thanks - it does look impressive when I list them out like that, doesn't it! cool

 

@ Sue - It didn't happen all at once, Sue. Been walking a lot since Jan - was up to 6 miles a day until i tore my ligaments. staying away from KFC and the local fish & chip shop was the hardest part! Then dropped caffeine and quickly grew to love various types of tea (the pedant in me will not use "teas" eeek ) so did not need to buy milk and decided to drop the dairy. Then one day I had 3 ciggies left and I thought "wonder what it would be like to stop smoking", gave it a shot and next morning quit - for good I hope. I did feel a big determination to change my life and transform it for the better. Still only part way through though. A few months in the gym will replace the lost fat with toned muscle I hope. thanks for minding the shop big_hug I always say i will drop in more often but get distracted . . so no promises but I sure would like to.

 

@ Nadine - thanks for the sparkly magic, N. I sure could use some! All will come good and it's not really bad right now - just uncertain

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Tue 27-Aug-13
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So come on then, spill......how did you tear your ligaments?  And in BOTH feet?

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Tue 27-Aug-13
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congrats Danny on your achievements, I am sure you will keep up the non smoking, every person I have known who has given up by just quitting has suceeded , but the ones who used the patches didn't

Never give up Tomorrow is another day.

Tue 27-Aug-13
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Congratulations Danny- I lost about the same in weight, but I did continue with coffee, and some semi-skimmed milk, occasionnaly now I introduce some extra dairy fat in to my food, but only a little.

I too need to get to the gym to replace the lost fat with toned muscle, so you have spurred me on to make the effort to go and visit my local fitness centre.

 Are we having fun yet? I am!

Tue 27-Aug-13
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Welcome back, buddy, and as Sue says, do try to come in more often, as we do miss you.

Your Irish wit is often just what we need, so don't stay away for so long.

 

You won't spur me on to go to the gym though, that's for sure!  big_laugh

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Tue 27-Aug-13
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Ah, Sue, had a pair of walking shoes that I started to jog in - just short bursts because my puff is not back yet on account of the ciggies. Had them since Jan and they were breaking up so bought a new pair. Stupidly tried jogging in them on Day 1. They raised my arches, which put pressure on the ligaments in the outside of my ankles. Was a really dumb thing to do. I will stick to walking.

Hi Eileen - that is very interesting indeed. Actually, I made an incorrect statement. I quit smoking but not nicotine. My diy therapy was to OD on nicotine if required and not smoke - so NRT with patches for three days (had them since last quitting effort), as well as an oral spray and electronic cigs. Now I have dispensed with the oral spray and will wean off the e-cigs. The lesser of two evils I guess. Did try hypnotherapy @ £145 but four hours afterwards I was smoking more than ever! Let's see how true your theory holds in my case . .

Feels good, doesn't it, Martin? I took out a low cost 3 mth sub to one of the many gyms here but tore my ligaments in the first week so have only had my induction so far. Luckily they will restart my sub when I eventually do go, probably next week. I was prompted to drop caffeine when I read about the impact on my adrenal gland. Still adore a cup though, especially the new Azera instant by Nescafe.

Ah, Val, what can I say?  - a spur attached to a size 12 probaby would not persuade you to go to gym, honeybun big_laugh (example of aforementioned Irish wit? lol )

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Tue 27-Aug-13
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wave  Grrr!!!   Just written a reply to you Danny and it has disappeared ( my fault!!!! )  Anyway the gist of it was that I am so pleased to hear from you and to know that you and Fiona are well.  Please give her my love and best wishes when you next speak.  big_hug  

Well done on the fitness campaign.  star   Stopping smoking I managed but the weight I battle with constantly as you know.  I don't think it matters what you use to stop smoking as long as it works for you.  I have a friend who uses the electronic cig and she is doing brilliantly.  

I do hope things improve on the job front and the November one actually happens.  Still perhaps the online work will take off and be a success. 

Do keep in touch more often Danny.  We do need you here and we all miss you. big_hug  You are a part of us!!  ( Whether you like it or not!!!!!!  big_laugh big_laugh big_laugh  )

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Wed 28-Aug-13
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danast said:

wave  .... We do need you here and we all miss you. big_hug  You are a part of us!!  ( Whether you like it or not!!!!!!  big_laugh big_laugh big_laugh  )

Crawler....Just because you want the 'Private Messaging' fixed....big_laughbig_laugh

 

And happy birthday to the Birthday Boy....winkwink

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Wed 28-Aug-13
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I second Elsa's wishes - HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DANNY!  big_hug   big_hug

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Tsk! Size 12 indeed ......... true Irish wit !  big_laugh   big_laugh  wouldn't that be great ......  brightsparklystuff

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