Back in the Land of the Long White Cloud


I walked my old favourite pathway beside the inner harbour again this morning – for the first time in two months. And it FELT like the first time in a while too. Sad to say, I’m still pretty stiff in the legs after all that sitting on the plane, and er, non-exercise in the States. However, after briefly touching down in Atlanta and then Houston. . .


. . . I arrived on Saturday morning at 5.30, missing Friday altogether, and spent much of the day up and about. Then out to a party for a friend that night.

CouttsieandI.JPG I’m not sure how I did it, but I’m still feeling pretty perky. The thing I’m NOT feeling is pretty fit.

Which is why I am going to start My Peak Challenge in earnest from this moment on. Yes, you read it first here. I have actually put on a chunk of weight since my sturdy footprint landed on American soil. Having a propensity to enjoy life, and all the experiences it brings, food included, I did not expect to actually LOSE weight, but I was hoping to maintain. Huh!

My main reason for taking myself in hand is that I want to continue to travel. It becomes harder and harder to do so with an expanding waistband and the ensuing health issues that come from being overweight. So, I’m putting it out there now, and you can all watch and critique my attempts. (Please – I hope you will.)

HOW am I going to do it? It’s going to be mostly about the food habits and indulgences initially: NO sugar, lower carbs, and I’m taking various aids for the digestive system. My sis makes a great Kombucha. I’m making myself some sauerkraut (sp: pickled cabbage). I’ve got digestive enzymes, good bacteria, green tea extract, and make up a turmeric-rich almond milk shake every day. The more help I can give my digestive system and liver the better I think. I am also convinced that merely cutting sugar out will be the best thing.

Aside from that, I am picking up the pace again. I don’t know why it’s so hard to do when travelling. . . but I get out of routine and start taking short cuts or end up sitting around chatting to whoever I’m with, or watching movies, or eating out. I must have very powerful dorsal muscles by now. Have charged up my fitbit, and set up Map My Walk on my new iphone, and so it’s a happening thing. I know it will all make a difference when I set off for the UK again next year (May).

It HAS been a wonderful holiday, both catching up with cousins and rellies in PA and NY, and then friends in the far south. I’ve loved every single minute, and done all I wanted to do. NEXT time it will be about meeting up with more Outlander friends, promise.


  1. Vicki Carver · November 21, 2016

    I’m so very glad you enjoyed your 2 months away cayching up with the relativie And getting back into Mpc l cant believe how much Mpc has changed for my l also cut out sugar and it dors help next year lm also going to travel over seas for the fitst time ever l m going to Scotland gor 2w so verry glad you are back Jenny🙋❤

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  2. Carol Pickersgill · November 21, 2016

    My husband is a carbaholic. He became pre-diabetic and I insisted he go to a nutritionist. She gave him the standard veggie-dense diet AND, the thing I think made the diet work, Topamax, a drug to help him manage his cravings. It’s not a diet pill – didn’t make him “speedy” or anxious – it just made him crave the carbalicious delights a bit less. (It also brightened his mood just a little bit. Nice while it lasted.) He lost nearly 100 lbs in one year. Of course, I ended up preparing almost everything he put in his mouth for that year…He was working from home so it was easier for us to control his access to food. Now he’s working in an office and has gained back/levelled off about 30 lbs, but (1) he’s still successfully changed his eating habits, so at least “bad influences” like vending machines do not call out to him anymore, and (2) he’s recommitted himself to exercise. His “numbers” are still good so we’re not concerned. Don’t know if you’d be a candidate for an aid like that, or even if you’d want to try it…Just sharing! Happy Homecoming!

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    • jennyjeffries · November 21, 2016

      I will look into it, Carol. Glad your husband won that battle.


  3. bigdoh · November 23, 2016

    Great idea, starting the challenge. Let’s do a Fitbit challenge together! I think we’re Fitbit friends! Walking is my rehab for my back and I was going great guns, but I’m slacking a bit. I’ll send an invite after the Thanksgiving holiday! Hope to see you next time you’re here. The Hobbit House awaits you with its Snisky wonders!xx

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  4. jennyjeffries · November 24, 2016

    Happy to. I’m wearing my Fitbit today, just to keep an eye on the footprints. I need to do a walk after work, since the sun stays up until 9pm these days. Send the invite! I hope to see the Hobbit House some day!

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