Sunday, January 22, 2006

Starting Again ...... again

Well we are home again finally after travelling a couple of thousand kilometres over the last 10 days.

As I couldnt drive I just sat back and enjoyed the scenery. We went up Bucketts Way via Gloucester and Stroud (stayed at Gloucester the first night) stopped at Walcha for morning tea Day 2 and stayed the night at Grafton. Day 3 up the summerland way to Casino, Lismore and then on the Nimbin for lunch (that was a real experience). We then took the Hinterland Highway (not really a highway) to Bangalow, nearly got all the way there but found a bridge was closed and had to turn back and find a different way. It must only usually be used by locals as there was not detour signs but somehow we found our way to Bangalow easily and had a drink in the lovely pub there. Drove on to Queensland and picked up girlfriends husband from Gold Coast airport at 5 and all arrived back to Main Beach in time for dinner.

Up until this point I had tried really hard to make good food choices relating to the "No Count" system but I am sad to say that I fell off track again after this. We were eating out at least once sometimes twice a day and it all got just too hard. I know, I know, poor excuse.

Before we left I had reserved A.J. Rochesters book at the library and it had come in so I sent Jess in to get it for me. Turned out to be the audio copy which worked out really well when travelling. I loved listening to it and hearing about her struggles. She sounds like she has a great group of friends to support her although some members of her family leave something to be desired.

Came home via the coast just in front of the floods. They closed the road at Ballina so we were lucky to get through when we did. Stayed the night at South West Rocks and then home via Gloucester (to pick up my pillow which I left there) and arrived home at about 3 pm on Friday.

We travelled to lots of places we had never been before. Because of all the rain everything was really lush and green just about everywhere we went. Caught up with lots of people we knew and met some new ones.

I was very limited in what I could do. Had two scary falls on my crutches (crutches and wet floors do not mix) and hopefully didnt do any great damage.

Worked out how to get in and out of the pool with the minimum of help although I prefer to have my poolboy (DH) with me when I do go swimming. My friend in Queensland has found out she needs a hip replacement scheduled for March so DH was left looking after two cripples (her husband had gone back to Sydney to work).

Okay, am back on my diet again or should I say "the alfalfa zone". I am feeling really hungry and headachey. Have started to keep a written food diary with me at all times so that I can see how I am doing. Dont have to weigh in until first Thursday in February unless I go on a different day next week. I may if I have been able to throw the crutches away.

I am trying to catch up on everyones blogs. Gosh you guys write lots. Will email Margaret about lunch. Hopefully I will be mobile enough to attend.

Looking forward to spending 2006 with you all.


  1. You're back! Sounds like you had a great time. And don't worry too much about falling off the wagon - it tends to be that way when we're away from home, out of our routine. In a week or so, you'll be feeling great!

  2. Welcome Back! Falling from crutches is not good! I am sure if you fell off the wagon you will soon be back on track.

  3. It would be awesome if you could make the lunch but we certainly do understand if you can't! Take care and I'm glad you enjoyed your holiday! XX

  4. Yaaaay. Isn't it great to visit all those different places. And you know, your food doesn't sound all that bad really. Just a little different to what you have been doing. You'll be back in the swing of it in no time. :D

    Can't wait to meet you. Crutches is no excuse!!! I can't promise to carry you but I will be able to drag you for at least a few meters LOL.

    Hope you have a wonderful day :D

  5. Sounds like a great time away! It is so hard to stay on track when there is a change in routine.
    Have a great week:)

  6. Yep - I've done the falling off crutches thing too! Thanks for your comments on my blog.

  7. Sounds like you had a great time...welcome home! Hope you didn't do damage falling off those crutches!