With the occasional exception of course.

Yesterday evening.

This isn´t a morning when one longs to go to the nearest lake to take a nice cooling bath. It´s rather cold actually and even though it´s after 9 am the temperature refuses to climb over 15C (59F). The sun is shining most of the time but every now and again huge clumps of clouds stops the heat from reaching the little village by the outskirts of the world. Well at least the flies stays calmer then 🙂

Around two months ago I took the decision to stop eating cookies, pastry, chocolate and all other sorts of candy (including ice cream). I do need to loose a lot of weight because the heavier I am the more my rheumatism destroys my joints. I feel that it is enough with two hip implants and don´t feel the urge to replace my knees  🙂 🙂 🙂 and I also want to reduce the risk of getting diabetes because of to much weight.

We have very little spiderwebs this summer and those we have looks like this. Where are all those wheel shaped ones?

The Altar.

I didn´t weigh myself the first two weeks but from when I did and until now I´ve lost 14kg (30,9 ponds) 🙂 I do need to loose at least 10 more kilos (22 pounds) but that won´t go as fast as these first 31 has 🙂 🙂 🙂 I have done the occasional exception when we´ve gotten cake or ice cream and strawberries at work but that´s it.

I didn´t have the time to adjust my camera but this way to bright photograph actually shows the hare so much better 🙂

The Fire weed that You can see on the middle right grows everywhere here. I´ve tried to remove it from my garden but given up. Now I only remove it from where I really don´t want it 🙂 All lying photographs will get bigger and hopefully better when You click on them.

This naturally means that I really never (with some few occasions) can start to eat all those things again. because whan I start I really never stops again 🙂 🙂 But I haven´t made any changes to my food though, I mean one has to live not only survive 🙂 🙂 🙂

My lemon tree 🙂 It looks much healthier now after I replanted it in a bigger pot and sprayed it with soap solution. I´ve placed it in the shadowiest place I have because it hasn´t seen the sun in ages. By next week I´ll place it in direct sunshine. For those of You living in areas where lemons can grow outdoors all year long this is tiny 🙂 🙂

Today will be a perfect day for mowing the lawn and perhaps I´ll cut down some more lilacs by the entrance too, I still have the right side to cut down totally. But then again I might just take it easy and do nothing, after all I have vacation now 🙂                                     Have a great day!


24 thoughts on “With the occasional exception of course.

  1. Ja du, det är inte bara du som har viktproblem! Jag gick ner 22 kg för två år sen och skulle behövt gå ner 20 till, men…..nu har jag gått upp dom där 22 plus ett par till så nu ÄNTLIGEN pratas det om operation. Fast nu är jag visst för gammal!!!
    Jag har alltid varit överviktig TROTS att jag inte äter kakor (jag dricker varken kaffe, te eller choklad), vi äter inte snask – har aldrig det hemma utom en (1 st) chokladask till jul – eller andra sötsaker, dricker inte alkohol – förutom några glas vin 2 gånger i veckan . Jag äter helt enkelt för mycket vanlig mat, men gubben min som vräker i sig har inte några som helst problem med vikten. Jäkligt orättvist!
    Och äta bara grönsaker vågar jag inte för då får jag gallstensanfall, i alla fall om jag äter gröna grönsaker! *knäppt*

    • HHejsan Susie!
      Mitt är ju helt självförvållat, äter helt enkelt alldeles för mycket godis 🙂 Egentligen bryr jag mig inte om hur mycket jag väger heller om det inte hade varit för mina ledproblem. Plus det faktum att jag har mycket lätt för att gå ned i vikt dessutom. Så hade jag bara haft lite koll på vad jag åt skulle jag inte väga såhär mycket nu. Nu rör du ju en hel del på dig i och med trädgården så du har ju helt andra problem när det gäller vikten. Jag hoppas verkligen att det finns något sätt att hjälpa dig!

      Förr tränade jag ju väldigt mycket. Sprang minst en mil om dagen sex dagar i veckan och på sommaren cyklade jag minst 45 mil i veckan (Till och från jobbet och till och från hundgården bland annat). Nu är det ju mycket jag inte får göra på grund av mina implantat i höfterna (är ju opererad med en experiment metod för att jag är för ung för höftproteser). Men snart skall jag börja använda min roddmaskin ordentligt igen 🙂

      Ha det gott!

  2. hi christer! wow! that is a lot of weight to lose in 2 months! you must have been eating lots of goodies before! do you need new clothes now? your lemon tree is cute. i had one for a couple years but it died. mine had big thorns on it. i sure wish we would get some of your cool weather. at 5:00am it was already in the 70’s and the humidity is 90%. i feel like i am in the tropics! joyce

    • Hi Joyce!
      It´s so easy to buy some chocolate on the way home or a cookie or two if hungry 🙂 🙂 But it has always been easy for me to loose weight to be honest, the problem is that I haven´t cared these last ten years 🙂 🙂 🙂 But I felt it was time to do something about it now. Well I do need to buy some new trousers but The rest can be a bit big, I like it when clothes doesn´t sit to tight 🙂

      This lemon has thorns too and very sharp ones I felt yesterday 🙂 🙂 🙂 I really doesn´t know much about lemons but yesterday I read that they root if watered to frequently. So I´ll keep it on the dry side.

      It was a bit to cold this morning but now I enjoy it 🙂 I read about the draught in many of the states in the US and here we have more than we need. But this is a normal summer for us, some days hot and dry, others cold and rainy.

      Have a great day!

  3. 14 kg skulle jag vara överlycklig om jag tappat:)) Vad duktig du är. Jag gick ner endast 4 kilo med LCHF och förväntade mig att de resterande kilona skulle försvinna så småning om men nu äter jag kortison och har gått upp de 4 igen:( Hoppas att jag snart kan sluta med kortisonet . Ha det gott/Monne

    • Tjänare Monne!
      Jag har alltid haft lätt för att gå ner i vikt om jag brytt mig, problemet är att jag inte brytt mig de senaste tio åren 🙂 🙂 Det gäller bara att jag kan hålla mig borta från godis och kakor!

      Ja kortison har ju tyvärr den egenskapen, fast det är ju mest vatten det handlar om. Så fort du slutar med det kommer de kilona snart att vara borta. Jag har inte behövt ta det ännu tack och lov, men det är väl bara en tidsfråga trots allt.

      Ha det gott!

  4. Christer, good for you on your weight loss, that is terrific. Also, you walk a lot too, which is helpful. It’s good to have dogs (and a cat) that walk with you. The photo of the hare: really nice, and the hare looks enormous. I always enjoy the scenic photos you take, especially of the wooded areas. Good luck with the lemon tree, fresh lemonade would be delicious, or a nice slice for your tea.

    • Hi Robin!
      I finally decided to do something about it. But to be honest I have always lost weight easy when I´ve needed to. I do walk a lot but it´s at work I get most exercise to be honest 🙂 🙂

      I thought that photograph of the hare became really good even if it is a bad photograph 🙂 Hares are as big as big cats here unless it is a forest hare, they are a bit smaller.

      I have one lemon on that tree 🙂 Won´t be much lemonade but I´ll love it when it´s finally ripe 🙂 🙂

      Have a great day!

  5. Hey Christer!
    so glad to see all the wildlife in your photos, your flower pictures are incredible! I love your turn of phrase about the spiderwebs ” where are all the WHEEL ones?” i truly have never thought of spiderwebs like wheels before, they do have all those lines like spokes. Little things like this difference in our languages amuses me greatly! You make me think about things differently! THANK YOU!~
    oh and Kudos on your weight loss!

    • Hi Splendid!
      We do have a lot of wildlife here but to be honest, I think they have even more in the big cities 🙂 🙂 🙂 They sort of knows that its so much harder to shoot them in there 🙂 🙂 🙂

      I think I bring a lot of my swedish thinking in to my english writing 🙂 🙂

      Have a great day!

  6. I would love to have your weather, right now. It is sooooo hot and the air-quality index is RED! Aaarrgghh! Love the flora and fauna pix, today. Congratulations on the weight loss. You must be feeling so much better. Have a great day, now.

    • Hi Sharlene!
      It was a bit too cold yesterday morning and its even colder today, but I can´t do anything about it so why complain 🙂 🙂

      I don´t feel any different to be honest.

      Have a great day!

  7. Five years ago I asked my Cardiologist what a heart healthy weight was for me, thinking the heart can take you out before cancer can or some other disease. That’s the weight I keep within two pounds and I check it weekly. So I still eat ice cream, once a week, donuts on a Sunday morning, and pizza which is a favorite food. The rest of the time is mostly fruits and veggies with chicken or pork but portions the size of my fist. Find out what your heart healthy weight is and stick to it. Is that rabbit running in third gear?

    • Hi Z&M!
      I have so good test results so there has never been any risk for my heart but my joints didn´t like my weight at all. Well I don´t feel any different now but in the long run it will be better.But I feel that 20 more pounds would be great to loose. I´m only skipping candy and cookies the rest I continue to eat 🙂

      Oh yes that rabbit was running fast 🙂

      Have a great day!

  8. Hi Christer,
    Congratulations on your weight loss.
    I call them wheels, too. Some years there are a lot of wheel-web makers and some years there are the tunnel-web makers. Every now and then there is one, and one only, giant spider that makes a wheel web that takes up an entire window. Fortunately they have always been outside the window. 🙂 They are very sturdy and live well into late fall only succumbing when the weather gets very cold and there are absolutely no other bugs around to eat. I have always given them names. It seemed the right thing to do.
    Love the hare photo. He does look a bit like he’s in a shooting gallery at the carnival, though. 🙂

    Have a great day.

    • Hi Caryn!
      Thank You 🙂

      I do like those web wheels but the only place I can see any is by my kitchen window and those are really small. Last year we had big ones all around the area.

      I have these big spiders indoors but their nets looks like if they were on drugs 🙂 🙂 🙂 All spiders are called Charlotte here 🙂

      Have a great day!

      • One was Philippa. She was black, grey and white pin stripes. The other was Agata. She was pale brown and cream like cream being swirled into coffee. They were both about 2 inches across and their webs were huge. The other wheel web spiders are much smaller. They would all be Charlottes.
        Enjoy your vacation from the internet webs. 🙂

      • Hi Caryn!
        To be honest I call them by Charlottes swedish name Charlotta 🙂 The ones making the best wheel webs here are the different Cross spiders. They all have white spots on their backs in the shape of a big cross. I think I have a photograph of one somewhere.

        Have a great day!

  9. Christer, we too have been fighting a weight loss battle and cut out treats, except for ice cream. I am also going to the local YMCA at least 5-6 times a week and taking exercise classes which have been helping. It takes me longer to lose weight then Grenville, which I hate! I enjoyed the moon shot and the flowers and butterflies from the past couple of days. Haggling is a good thing too. People do it all the time at yard sales. Like you I am not very good at it, but have done it a bit and been successful which does make you feel good. ENjoy the break from the Internet cause it IS vacation time and you might just get some things done or just relax.

    • Hi Beatrice!
      Women do have it a lot tougher to loose weight than men do! That´s nature´s way to show who´s important in the long run for the continuing of the species 🙂

      I just feel sick when I try to haggle 🙂 🙂 so I seldom tries it. But I did feel a bit happy when they actually agreed to a lower price 🙂

      I doubt I´ll get anything done to be honest 🙂 🙂 But it is good to have a break even from the internet every now and again 🙂

      Have a great day!

  10. If you weren’t such a nice person, I would hate you out of envy for losing some much so fast!
    But it does seem that guys always lose faster than women.
    I know what you mean about just not caring. I used to weigh myself 3 times a day because I was terrified of gaining. But things changed and the weight slowly added on. I used to ride my bike so much that I didn’t have to worry too much. I need to start again because I don’t want to worry about my heart or diabetes either….It’s Hell getting older! LOL!
    Working out in this current HEAT and cutting and clearing my backyard “hill” is helping a bit with the weight! I’m too HOT to eat!
    Anyway! Good luck with cutting out the goodies but make sure you enjoy your vacation!
    😀 – Cindi

    • Hi Cindi!
      I have always had it easy when it comes to loosing weight 🙂 If I only decides to stop with the sweet stuff I love so much the pounds drop. Women do have a much harder time than men though. It´s nature´s way to show who´s important when it comes to the future of the species 🙂

      I have that temperature and humidity when I work too so I know what You mean 🙂 🙂 🙂 I´m to exhausted to even think of eating then 🙂 🙂

      Have a great day!

  11. You know, that hare is just about the right size to go in the stew pot!

    Rabbit stew! Along with some fresh bread it would make a nice snack!

    Really like the pictures, as always!

    • Hi Jim!
      They are 🙂 I like hare stew but it´s very easy to make it chewy.
      Most people avoid it though so one needs to know a hunter to get one.

      Have a great day!

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