I ate a box of chocolates yesterday

I turned 40 yesterday; I’m officially middle-aged. I didn’t do anything exciting other than eat almost an entire box of chocolates. I didn’t even feel sick and I’m unlikely to put on weight because a) I’m vegan and b) I’ve got Busby. The interesting thing about Busby is that there’s a positive correlation between my age and the amount of calories I burn cycling each day. This is because Daniel and Elizabeth are in the bike and they’re getting older each day too and consequently heavier. I can’t see any way to avoid this without starving them or cutting off their limbs from time to time. But I’d probably get in trouble if I did either of those things. And so with each passing month I’m burning more calories carting them around everywhere. It’s marvellous. Although I don’t think it’s very marvellous when I’m huffing and puffing up a hill.

We haven’t had any leaks with the house this week, thank goodness, and I’m starting to fall in love with it again. I’ve been sneaking out to the garden whenever I can to keep on top of the weeds and just to admire it. The house itself is also very spacious and comfortable. A couple of the bedrooms have some funky 1970s carpet going on but fortunately we don’t use these two rooms very often. One is the dining room (we eat in the kitchen mostly) and the other is a spare bedroom so my sister will get to enjoy bright blue paisley carpet this weekend. We’ll replace the carpet at some point or just rip it up and chuck it out.

Life is pretty good. I haven’t got any complaints.

25 responses to “I ate a box of chocolates yesterday”

  1. Happy birthday! I’ve known some pudgy vegans, so Busby must be giving you an amazing workout. Also I guess from the recipes you’ve posted here that you cook and eat really well and carefully. Although I am sure I have seen you getting thinner as your children get heavier.

    1. Yes, I think it is possible to be vegan and fat. Harder though, I’m sure.

  2. Happy Birthday for yesterday 🙂 Life begins at 40 – apparently 🙂
    And a Whole box of chocolates – I am impressed!!

    1. Thanks. 40 is a good age. I’m looking forward to the next decade.

  3. Happy Belated Birthday. Guess you didn’t get the memo. Middle age now starts at 50. And how many birthdays someone wants to fib about after that. 🙂

    1. I’m not so sure about that. Not many people live to be 100. But maybe 40 is too young. I’m not going to argue 🙂

      1. Its all good. Happy Belated Birthday.

  4. Happy birthday, belatedly. I’m glad that box of chocolates helped you feel better. Your house sounds wonderful except for the leak, but that’s not likely to happen again for a while. Your garden looks marvelous in the pictures.

    Although I don’t comment on very many of your posts about family, and friends, and frustrations, I certainly read them all and enjoy them. We have been without a phone service and internet for a week, so I can certainly relate to your problems with the phone company. And, I think your pictures are great as Scotland is somewhere I always wanted to visit and probably will never make it there. Best wishes.

    1. Thanks so much J.C.Moore. I’m glad you’re enjoying the pics of Scotland. We plan to do some sight-seeing tomorrow with my sister so there should be more pics then.

      Our new house is really lovely. It’s an old Victorian home built from granite in 1904. It has only had four owners. We’re the fifth 🙂

  5. Happy four o. I think that’s just middle youth in truth. And a box of chocolates? The risk of increased heart disease (for the carnivore) v diabetes (for the chocoholic)? Tricky…..! Still with busby I doubt even that’s an issue!

    1. I’m have a higher risk of getting diabetes unfortunately. It runs in my family. I get myself checked every year though and so far so good.

      1. Yes my wife has the same issue which means I see less chocolate than I’d like! Always some worry, somewhere. I’m sure your overall healthy approach will pay off, even if it means thighs like Chris Hoy!

        1. Chocolate is actually not so bad for diabetics, provided you don’t eat an entire box all at once. I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with Daniel (not Elizabeth though) and I had to take my blood sugar before and after every meal so I got to see exactly what spiked my blood sugar and what didn’t. Chocolate in small amounts had no effect. The worst thing was potato. I never drank orange juice because that’s a definite no and have not touched the stuff for 8 years now. Rice and bread are also bad. I could only handle one slice of bread at a time provided it was heavily seeded and wholemeal. Lentils and pearl barley on the other hand used to lower my blood sugar for hours.

          1. It’s fascinating what impacts an individual. Mother in law doesn’t have problem with bread unless she drinks with it, especially a diuretic like tea. And because of the in laws we are v conscious of the sugars in everything hence cooking at home and using organic. A lifestyle luxury we can afford but a lot can’t.

  6. Happy birthday. When the kids are in their teens you are going to be very fit indeed. 🙂

    1. Hopefully they’ll have their own bikes by then and I’ll have to cart a heap of bricks around instead 🙂

  7. Belated 40th birthday Rachel. Wishing you all the very best for the life ahead. I am sure you will rock it.

    You are very inspiring!

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