Tuesday, 28 March 2023

Otters


My WW app gave me a round of applause this morning.
It sent me several ❤️❤️ a bit of 👏🏻 But it wasn’t the same as 14 overweight ladies giving you a standing 
ovation next to leader Irene in her pencil skirt
I’ve lost 4 .8 lbs 
An ok start.🥰

I’m reading Tarka The Otter by Henry Williamson today .
The 1927 novel I picked for Gay Book Club 
£2.99 from eBay 

I feel a bit washed out



49 comments:

  1. Well done John - That's very quick - I didn't think I was overweight until I stepped into the scales the other day which I rarely do - Horror and trembles- It said 10 chugging stones !!! I am never ever above 9 and a half of trimness - I mean business x

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    1. Join me with a weekly weigh in, lots are interested

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  2. Well done, John. How much do you want to lose?

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  3. Congrats on a great start with WW. I'll be interested to hear about Tarka the Otter.

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    1. I think most children read Tarka the otter or a similar novel from the 1960s Ring of Bright Water
      Both starred an otter …..it was the literature version of Disney’s Bambi

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  4. Anonymous10:10 am

    Good start John. Keep it up. I have often tried to read Tarka but have never got to the end.

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    1. We read it as 11 year olds in school .I vaguely remember that he was lonely

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  5. It's surprising how losing a couple of pounds really makes you feel better, mentally and physically. I can zip up my coat so much more easily now even just 6lbs down.

    Aww ... Taka the Otter, I remember watching the film when we were at school, and the collective gasp at the shock part (I'll say no more), it's stayed with me all my life.

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    1. I think you are thinking of ring of bright water with bill travers and the man digging the trench

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    2. I think you are right!!

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  6. That's not OK, it's bloody brilliant! You deserve that round of applause. Just don't celebrate with a cake! Hope the throat is easing now. xx

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    1. It’s still very sore , I’m eating 10 cal jelly

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  7. Otters. I gather that's a term... Unfortunately Williamson turned out to be a Fascist - influenced by visiting Nazi Germany in the 1930s. He tried, unsuccessfully, to turn T. E. Lawrence (of Arabia) towards his own political leanings. I've not read Tarka the Otter, but did enjoy Gavin Maxwell's Ring of Bright Water. Another interesting but less controversial character.

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    1. He sounds quite an interesting character
      I didn’t know Tarka was made into a film narrated by Peter Ustinov
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Williamson

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  8. You should write book reviews.

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    1. Anonymous5:20 pm

      Oh please no, the film reviews are bad enough. Please don't torture our passion for reading too.

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    2. Travel now there’s an idea , and a good one

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  9. I have never read Tarka but have read several of his other nature books and really loved them. Not something I would have pick for a gay book club however.

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    1. We don’t read gay books per say , the readers are gay

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  10. 4.8lbs sounds good to me. I want to lose that much but the chocolate biscuits say no.

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    1. They are not allowed over my threshold

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  11. If you are feeling a bit washed out, I suggest hanging yourself on the washing line with two extra strong clothes pegs. You'll be dry in a jiffy.

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    1. Boom boom .
      I’ve slept for most of the day

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  12. Congrats on the weight loss! I take it that "Gay Book Club" refers to the members, not the books. Nothing gay about Tanka the otter that I know of!

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    1. Oh Debra, now I’m disappointed. That’s what I thought. But if anybody wants a recommendation: Christopher Isherwood’s The World in the Evening. That man can write! Get well soon, John.

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    2. We occasionally will have a gay themed book but not often

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  13. Good for you, John. I am following along here as well. I have lost two pounds. While you're isolating, perhaps you could make a private site for your online dieting friends. We could all encourage each other privately. Your trolls make me self conscious. That book sounds sweet.

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    1. Well done Debby
      We could set up a WhatsApp group ?

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  14. I'm impressed, you've made a great weight loss start. Unfortunately, everyone I know says a period of exhaustion is typical with Covid.

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    1. I slept all day off and on then joined college on line at 6 pm

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  15. Good for you, John.
    I have heard that fatigue is common in those that have had Covid. Get lots of rest when you can. Feel better soon! xx

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  16. Wonderful start, John dear! Sorry you're feeling so wrung out. Rest, hydrate, relax... repeat as much as necessary. Hugs of congrats to you and hugs of affection for Albert and Dorothy, Mary & Roger.

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    1. I’ve been to college this evening ( on zoom)

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  17. Barbara Anne2:33 pm

    I've lost just a pound but I sit a lot due to lupus fatigue so that's no surprise.
    Feeling washed out as par for the covid annoyance and that's likel to last well past the other symptoms. Sorry about that. Do stay well hydrated, of course.

    Hugs!

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    1. Well done babs !!! Men lose weight in large amounts initially apparently so a pound is great

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  18. Is it a gay book? I've never heard of it. Congrats on your weight loss!

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    1. You are thinking of otters lol no Tarka was straight because he had a mate as I recall …
      It’s a 1927 essay on rural England Steve

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  19. Anonymous4:45 pm

    That cover - it takes me back to my adolescence when I read Tarka the Otter which I did not find very convincing. Works presenting animals as humans never are. Roderick

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    1. Anonymous5:26 pm

      What about Animal Farm? Highly recommended, especially how things are today.

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    2. I loved Boxer in animal farm

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    3. Anonymous9:25 pm

      Me too John. Makes me want to read it again.

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  20. John, I've been reading your blog for a long time now but have felt too shy for some reason to comment. I want you to know that you've inspired me to give myself the kick up the behind I needed. I re-joined Slimming World Saturday just gone. I have my first weigh in this saturday. Well done on your weight loss. Sending get well wishes, Sharon x ps thanks for inspiring me!

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    1. Good for you Sharon ,,,it’s been a problem for me for years, and it’s easily sorted once you get your head around stuff ….nice to meet you and let’s get that weight off xx

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    2. It's nice to meet you too. Been dealing with multi generational family issues for years in a caring capacity. Time to care for myself a bit more. Classic yo-yo weight loss here, but I need to keep the weight off this time. Hope your throat is feeling better today x

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  21. Anonymous10:32 pm

    4.8 pounds = a grand start. I’m giving you that ovation here in my kitchen. Llynn

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  22. Wow that's a cracking start, well done you. Sorry you are fatigued and the throat is still sore, I sucked lots of ice when I had tonsillitis recently and a cold and a cough which turned into oral thrush .... can't win but the ice helped. Never read Tarka the Otter, no idea why not.

    Jo in Auckland

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  23. I read it as a schoolboy; lovely book.

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