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    for summer – day 2

    Our little man for breakfast, then boring but essential shopping at Asda, Metro Centre, lunch and a swimming trip. Our grandsons love swimming so we all headed off to Bannatyne’s gym in Durham. Four of us are members two weren’t but they were allowed in for Starbuck’s coffee and could come and see the children enjoy the pool. Durham isn’t our usual gym but they allow children in earlier to swim so we thought we would give it a try. The facilities in general are good, very clean but we weren’t keen on having to go down a flight of stairs to the pool with small children we thought it…

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    Days 13, 14 and 15

    Bank holiday Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday have gone by in a blur. I’ve ate quite healthy ie pastry-less quiche with salad, WW burgers, salad, Actifry chips, lots of fruit etc. I’ve also engaged in lots of housework like cleaning windows, hoovering, I’ve walked quite a lot and attended yoga and swimming at Bannatyne’s. So not a bad 3 days. However, I’m feeling it’s the quiet before the storm as I’m away with girlfriends at the weekend and I can feel lots of prosecco, crisps, afternoon tea, chocolate and hot tub time coming our way. Maybe if we keep moving around the hot tub it may burn off some calories! We…

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    Day 12

    Sunday – Weetabix for breakfast then work until 3pm setting up weddings at Lumley Castle. Home for very late lunch – ham/pickle sandwich and crisps. Nana nap late afternoon before rallying myself to go to body balance class at Bannatyne’s gym. Sunday (not every) treat – Chinese takeaway meal – delicious, only disappointing bit was there was no gin left to wash it all down we had to do with a cup of tea! Spent an enjoyable evening vegging on settee  watching Great British Painting Challenge (Oliver was my favourite from the beginning), last in the series of the fabulous Durrell’s (poor Louisa and Lesley), Who What’s  to be a…

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    Day 10

    The end of the week already. Crunch Nuts for breakfast. Pilates class at Bannatyne’s gym. Coffee and biscuit on my return. Ham bun and crisps for lunch Light house work yuk! Research for creative writing course and a little nana nap in the conservatory I think it was the heat! Walk to visit mam, hairdressers and home. Tea outdoors – delicious £10 special – ribs, asparagus, salad, bread, yogurt and fruit, Summer Fizz to drink. Ribs, bread and Summer Fizz from M &S can recommend. The Summer Fizz drink is a new addition and very tasty it was too! Rounded the evening off with a couple of g n ts…

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    Day 8

    Wednesday – Crunchy Nut Cornflakes and a cup of tea. Mid morning – a long walk around Durham to attend an appointment I had no desire to attend! Attended said appointment and embarked on the long jog back to the car as the parking meter money was running out. Was pleased to see the Traffic Warden hadn’t made it to that area yet. Lunch – bought in sandwich, crisps and cup of tea. Definitely not a healthy option! Yoga at Bannatyne’s. Swimming with grandson. Tea – sausage casserole, mashed potatoes with vegetables. Early evening – coffee, small non chocolate biscuit.

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    Day 3

    Day 3 (actually posted day 4 due to time restraints yesterday). Beat day 2’s time of walk around village 26 minutes today. Home for the usual Weetabix and Cup of tea. Pottered about house for while – mid morning snack cup of coffee, banana. Walked to son’s about half mile away. Lunch consisted of poached egg and lightly buttered toast. Mid afternoon snack coffee and 1 Jaffa cake. Gym time – 1 hour yoga following by swimming (well pool time not a lot of swimming) with my son and grandsons. Evening meal spaghetti bolognese, no garlic bread followed by fresh fruit and low fat yoghurt. Early evening coffee accompanied by…

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    Day 2

    Day 2 started much the same as yesterday. Hike/semi-jog around village (27 mins 11secs). Breakfast – 2 x Weetabix, cup of tea Housework Mid morning – Coffee, banana Housework Lunch – Yesterdays’s left over pastry-less quiche, 4 x cherry tomatoes, cup of tea, Jaffa Cake Gym – 30 minutes treadmill Mid afternoon – Cup of tea, tangerine Tea – Chicken, sweet potato, carrot, turnip, cauliflower, broccoli, green beans, small amount of onion/mushroom gravy. Glass of water, cup of tea. Creative writing course at local college. Evening snack – Cup of tea, digestive biscuit I feel today was a good day. A fair mix of exercise, down time and healthy eating.…