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Baroque and Bariatric...
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Last night, thanks to the bounty of motodraconis ,kelper and I got to attend a lovely concert of Baroque goodies at Westminster Abbey . We had no-view seats, and the music sounded rather far away (it was-) but it was still very pleasant indeed  to sit in that wonderful space soaking it all up. I also had a pootle round Poets' Corner in the interval. It really must be about 20 years since I've been inside there. Gorgeous.
We saw the instrumentalists going in, and were amused by the choirboys awaiting their turn. If we'd been that relaxed and playful in my day,Sister Anne Francis would have thwacked us upside the head with her PIUS X HYMNAL...
Unfortunately, the soloists didn't even pass our way, so Moto, you didn't miss out on any ogling of fit young countertenor Iestyn Davies. He was on nice vocal form, though. I really liked the bass-baritone (Matthew Brook) a lot, too.

http://www.westminster-abbey.org/music/concerts/2014/may/lufthansa-festival-concert

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This morning, I had to schlep out in the rush hour for my latest operation  follow-up. I was told I was probably eating a bit 'too much' on 2000 calories a day! (Ha, been more like 3000 recently, the amount of pizza I've been anxiously ramming down my gullet...) She also said I was doing very well, though, lost two stone since last time, BMI half what it was at the start, and 'glowing' (Of course I interpreted that as I must look sweaty, but I think she meant it in a good way...) Don't have to go back for a year, now.I have to try and lose as much as possible in the next six months, though. Apparently the first two years are the time when it's 'easiest'. But I'm Always. Fucking. Hungry.
Certainly can't say I'm not enjoying buying size 20 trousers & jeans, though. It's weird, just going into any department store, and finding stuff that fits me (although XL) in the 'normal' area.
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I didn't exercise this morning as I had to be off early, so I have to do it now, and I just want to sit down with a bucket of coffee and a lapful of fat cat to watch DVDs. Bum.

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Brilliant Farage - dig the trendy clothes :-)

Your BMI is HALF? That's pretty amazing going! Being hungry seriously sucks, though. I find it bad enough on my fast days, when I save my calories for the evening and descend on my five hundred calorie dinner like a one-woman flock of gannets, but that's only two days a week. My secret weapon, though, is shirataki noodles:

http://www.melburyandappleton.co.uk/shirataki-yam-noodles-white-konnyaku-noodles---170g-6882-p.asp

They're made of a very low-calorie yam (only 4 calories per half-packet portion) and are blessedly filling. They smell appalling when you take them out of the packet, so they need rinsing in hot water, and after that they smell and taste of nothing and pick up whatever flavour you've put them in. Some people don't like the texture, which is sort of gelatinous rubber bandish, but I find cutting them in small pieces I don't even notice them. And the really zippy thing is that if you cut them small enough (I use a blender) you can whack them into practically anything, you don't taste or notice them at all, and they are incredibly filling. (I find them particularly useful for adding to soup.) Reasonably priced too considering you get two meals' worth out of a packet. I couldn't have spent as long as I have on the 5:2 without them, as otherwise I'm ready to chew the furniture half an hour after dinner. I have total admiration for you powering on day after day in the face of so much hunger.

Thanks for the tip.I'll try them...AND I keep meaning to give the 5:2 a go as well.

If we'd been that relaxed and playful in my day,Sister Anne Francis would have thwacked us upside the head with her PIUS X HYMNAL...


I'm not a Catholic, although I lived next to a nunnery in my high school days, but all my Catholic school friends tell HORROR stories of getting whacked by the Nuns' rosaries when they transgressed in school. I was convinced that a rosary was like a bullwhip of steel. Then I became friends with an ex-Nun who had taught in Catholic schools and she had kept her old uniforms and accoutrements and showed them to me one day. That rosary was like a fine jewel chain. I guess that she had to give up the dominatrix rosary when she gave up her vocation. Wonder where the nun orders keep them?

Congratulations on the weight loss! How many people can lose a hundred pounds or more and keep it off for 2 years? Damn few!

I'm chuffed that you enjoyed the concert and my tickets didn't go to waste. I will try and get new tickets one day, though there'll probably be no Iestyn. :( Apart from anything else, it's a nice way of seeing Westminster Abbey for a tenner. (A visitors ticket costs 28 quid!)

I'll have to find a way to stalk Iestyn at a different concert. For a moment, I considered ringing Glyndebourne for any returned tickets for Rinaldo, (I'm in the country for the early shows but they're sold out) but its so fearsome expensive and you have to take a train with more expense to get out there. Gah!

Jesus! I thought it was 18 quid, which is shocking enough. Yes, I'd almost forgotten how lovely it is in there. Fab stained glass,and time for a nice little mosey in the interval.

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