Lockdown Diary #42: Sponsor

Eagle-eyed readers will notice that I haven’t been mentioned my weight on this blog for a while. That’s because things haven’t been going well. But all that is about to change, because I now have a sponsor.

I’ve only ever been to one meeting of Overeaters Anonymous. It was helpful, but of course, going to a meeting during lockdown is impossible as they’re all cancelled. However, it suddenly struck me that I could still ask someone to be my sponsor.

A sponsor is generally someone who has overcome overeating and who you call when you’re tempted to binge. However, in my case, it’s someone who will FaceTime me every morning and watch me do a weigh-in.

I was hoping this daily blog would keep me accountable, but online there’s no one to object if I don’t weigh in each day – whereas with my sponsor, they’ll insist that I do a weigh-in. I really want to stay on track with my weight loss to make the process worth their while. Their time is valuable and they are awesome, so hopefully I’ll soon be slender again!

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Lockdown Diary #41: Exhausted!

Hello to Guillaume, John, Thomas, Keith and all other readers,

I hope you had a lovely long weekend. I spent mine with the nine-year-old. Looking after her has brought me so much joy, so much happiness, but it’s also exhausting! She has now gone back to her dad’s and I am knackered, so I hope you’ll forgive me for phoning in this blog before I collapse.

In the photo above, she has tucked her toy husky dog inside her beanie hat and is finding this very funny. She is adorable and hilarious and I’m very lucky, but now I have to sleep.

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Lockdown Diary #40: Graham

A very happy 43rd birthday to my best friend (and ex-husband) Graham! I think it’s fairly unusual for a divorced couple to still be best friends, but we were always best mates first and foremost.

He’s moving on now and corresponding with other women, and I hope to do the same with blokes when I get down to a weight that makes me feel confident again.

But hopefully we’ll always be in touch. We’ve been friends for 23 years, which is a very long time – nearly 3/5ths of my life.

Happy birthday Graham – have a great one!

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Lockdown Diary #39: Girls

I’m glad I had a girl rather than a boy, as I think I’m better at parenting a girl. Don’t get me wrong, I know I’d love a son just as much, and boys are great – a lot of my friends are boys, possibly because of my very juvenile sense of humour – but I’m not really that interested in dinosaurs or cars or building model train sets (shout-out to regular commenter Guillaume here – hi Guillaume!).

And I’m pretty sure Guillaume wouldn’t be that interested in hair accessories and jewellery and makeup (correct me if I’m wrong), whereas the nine-year-old and I are always painting each other’s nails and plaiting each other’s hair.

Talking about this kind of thing is an absolute minefield as people say ‘That’s gender stereotyping! Girls can like trucks and boys can like dresses!’ And of course that’s absolutely true – and if I had a boy who liked dresses I’d be happy for him to wear them, and the same is true of Lily if she liked trucks.

But thankfully for me, she doesn’t, as I couldn’t be less interested in them – and I think it’s fair to say that’s the same of most girls I know. Updos and hair accessories, on the other hand, make for a fun girly afternoon in our house.

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Lockdown Diary #38: Set

The nine-year-old is back with me today, and as well as spending the weekend playing Rummy, we’ll also be playing a card game called Set.

It’s a fascinating game all about visual perception. You have to spot sets of cards with the same characteristics – shape, colour, number and shading – or a set of cards with completely different characteristics to one another! The person with the most sets at the end wins.

Being a visual game, it’s very hard to explain, but you quickly get the hang of it and then it’s addictive. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes card games.

Don’t play the nine-year-old, though. She’s the undisputed reigning champion and will definitely beat you!

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Lockdown Diary #37: 99p

Just a tiny blog post to say: my funny and entertaining book TALK YOURSELF BETTER (which is all about therapy and medication) is only 99p right now on Kindle. And who better to tell you all about it than, er, me?!

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Lockdown Diary #36: Model house

I’m so impressed with the nine-year-old. She’s made a 3D model house out of cardboard and paper! It only has two rooms so far but it’s a great start. This is the other room:

model-house-lily-2

‘Work hard and be nice to people’, indeed. I’m proud of her for doing both.

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