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October 1st, 2009

Achilles Tendonitis

I managed to hurt my ankle pretty bad…
It actually first started to hurt about 2 months ago.
At the time I decided enough’s enough, I didn’t like the Chubsy-Ubsy in the mirror, so I went on a diet. – I jogged everyday & ate low calorie & healthy foods. I would read every food label for calorific content, & do a bit of maths to make sure I am within the daily set limit. (by the way, did you know that baby biscuits make a really tasty low calorie snack?)
And every time I jogged, I could push myself a little further than the previous day & I loved that feeling of accomplishment. But being an obsessive character that I am, when I decide on something, I have a tendency of doing it excessively.
Two weeks of that went by. But one morning, when I woke up, my left foot hurt. I thought that I sprained it perhaps, so I put jogging on hold (& subsequently the low-cal healthy eating too…!) but never saw a doctor about it. Besides, I am so busy with the children & then the stall work, I didn’t give it much thought despite it hurting.
I know I know, now I feel pretty silly about leaving it unattended like that. Because last Sunday morning, as I got out of my warm bed & ran to the toilets, I pulled on the sore muscle big-time. Like, BIG-time that I couldn’t walk… This finally made me go to the doctors though. I was told it’s Achilles Tendonitis, a sports injury. – I never thought I’d be suffering a SPORTS injury of all things!
So guys, no Market this week, I’ve gotta rest my feet. But hopefully next week okay?
I seem to be having a string of bad luck this year.
– Two weeks ago my iPhone got nicked in the bus which made me very upset. Like, why steal? Did they look through the family pictures on it? Don’t they have any guilty conscience? It was an invasion of my privacy & I felt uncomfortable & insecure for a while. It was also new, after having the last mobile for 8 years.
– Just before the Summer my laptop got broken by my son spilling a mug full of tea… I had that laptop for 5 years & I was proud of it.
– Our Dvd player got broken by our little one.
– Earlier this year I was pretty ill too.
– And now this.
Maybe I read too much in to this, but in terms of yin and yang, this year feels rather yin. I can only hope next year is yang.


  1. oh no that not good at all, I did the same thing :( also gym related…. good luck!

    Comment by michiko - October 1, 2009 7:05 pm

  2. I m sorry for you hope you ll get well soon.

    Comment by snooky doodle - October 1, 2009 7:54 pm

  3. So sorry to hear this — hope you have a chance to rest your foot and take it easy so it will heal quickly. I don’t know what the universe’s message is, but I’m sending feel-better vibes your way!

    Comment by clotilde - October 1, 2009 8:44 pm

  4. Thanks Michiko & Snooky & Clotilde! I just can’t believe that the ONLY time I did sport, I injure myself…! I knew I’m on the clumsier side, but… … D’oh!

    Comment by tamami - October 1, 2009 11:03 pm

  5. One:
    Give yourself plenty of time to heal completely. Be sure when you heal and return to exercising to be sure to wear high quality athletic shoes that properly support your feet (and possibly your ankles). Also take your time to fully adjust to getting the rhythm of the sport before pushing for better time or repetitions. This may take several weeks.

    Two: Calorie counts only go so far. To lose weight more effectively it is much simpler to reduce your total daily caloric intake. (instead of 1800 calories/day, try for 1600) You will know when the amount is right – when you you feel slightly hungry when you go to bed and then very empty and definitely hungry when awakening in the morning. If you start exercising lightly -then only minimally increase your caloric intake. (say 100-200 more calories/day) Another helpful tip is to consume most of your daily calories early in the day. So try to consume 1000-1400 calories before 2pm and very little after that. The idea is to have sufficient caloric energy available during your working (daytime) hours and very little in the hours preceding your bedtime. This will enhance burning of any stored fat on your body while you sleep. (on your empty stomach)

    Three: Play around with some ideas for some delicious ideas for bakery treats while you are healing. WE will benefit from this!!! LOL : )

    Too bad I’m in the USA and can’t come to your stall any time soon. I am reading at nighttime (gawking at) a cookbook called Kaffeehaus. ISBN number 0609-604-538. It’s all Austrian/Hungarian/Czech pastries and such. I wish you could see it as I am certain you would enjoy it. The photographs alone make me hungry. Reading the ingredients and the directions make me sizzle.

    Best wishes on a speedy return to good health!


    Comment by Carson - October 2, 2009 3:00 am

  6. sorry to hear you are injured and have had a stroke of bad luck.

    Comment by Esme - October 2, 2009 5:12 am

  7. Hello Carson,
    first of all, sorry that your comment went to the moderation. It must’ve been annoying to spend time writing a message only to find that it didn’t appear on screen…
    – And THANK YOU for writing a great advice! You seem like an expert in this, & I’ll take on board your advice – especially what you say about controlling the calorie intake. How I wish I had a personal trainer like the celebrities to monitor me…!!
    – As for the book, I had a look on Amazon, & I was able to ‘look inside’. It’s gonna definitely be on my wish list! But oh… you’ve done it now – now I’m craving for Continental European desserts but I’m bound at home…!
    Thank you Esme! According to Japanese custom/belief I’m slap bang in the middle of my ‘Yaku-doshi’ – which is when the Yin Yang belief says bad luck is easier to happen to you. According to this, next year will still be unlucky for me, but not as bad… Hm, although, I think I’ll take this superstition with a pinch of salt though…

    Comment by tamami - October 2, 2009 9:31 am

  8. Sweetie! I hope you get better soon, i miss you! And the little blossom.
    Lots and lots of love and rest easy. xxxx

    Comment by Angela G B - October 2, 2009 9:52 am

  9. hope your ankle heals well! i get frustrated when i can’t increase my work-outs fast enough! but moderation & the long-haul is what gets a person into shape! as for the poor luck–no self-fulfilling prophesies, please. my dtrs. cell just beat the dust when she let her 2 yrold wander in the bedroom–right in reach of a glass of water. the phone went for a swim! poor luck, maybe–lack of foresight, definately (after all, she went through this with the 3 1/2 yrold).

    Comment by jonquil - October 2, 2009 1:49 pm

  10. So sorry to hear about the ankle. :( I really hope you feel better soon! One little suggestion – once you’ve recovered, maybe try swimming instead of jogging? It’s much gentler on the body and in addition to being good exercise, makes you feel very zen (well, at least it does that to me :) ).

    Lots of good thoughts being sent your way. xx

    Comment by Rachel - October 2, 2009 7:12 pm

  11. I really hope the injury heals soon, it is so hard with little one’s. Trying to find flour here in Lyon , France so we can make your lemon drizzle cake again.

    Take care

    Comment by Trish - October 2, 2009 8:04 pm

  12. Hi Ange, I’m missing you too… Hopefully I’ll be back to my usual self next week! xxx
    Thanks Jonquil! ‘Moderation’ & ‘long haul’… – I think I was scared that the will-power on dieting might not be as strong if I did it slowly & that’s why I did it excessively! But you are right, next time I’ll plan it out better!!
    Hi Rachel – I have to confess to something – I’m not such a great swimmer…! I can just about do 3/4 of a length, & it is definitely not zen for me, rather a tiny bit scary for my fear of drowning… Although having said that, I did enjoy swimming last time I went!
    Hi Trish! Return baker for the lemon drizzle!! Nice one! Makes me happy! ;)

    Comment by tamami - October 2, 2009 8:56 pm

  13. I hope it gets better soon. LLGxx

    Comment by Liberty London Girl - October 3, 2009 8:22 pm

  14. Thank you LLG! It’s on it’s way to recovery!! ;)

    Comment by tamami - October 4, 2009 12:13 am

  15. I love to read your blog and I often use the pictures of your cakes as wallpaper .
    I hope you feel better soon and I’m sure 2010 will be a better year for you.(Don’t forget the pinch of salt to take the superstition!!!!)
    Good luck

    Comment by anne tailhefer - October 4, 2009 8:51 pm

  16. Wow! Thanks Anne! It brings out ear to ear smile to think that you are using the blog pictures as the computer wallpaper!! xx

    Comment by tamami - October 4, 2009 9:29 pm

  17. What goes up must come down. After experiencing so many ying incidents, I am sure yang will arrive soon!!! Good Luck and take good care.

    Comment by Tiramisuu - October 5, 2009 5:59 am

  18. Dear Tamami,

    Do take care and go slow on your exercise. If you start too fast you will lose that energy fast too and find that you have no motivation. Also do let your ankle heal properly. :)

    Comment by angie - October 5, 2009 8:46 am

  19. Thanks Tiramisuu & Angie! I think I’ll put exercising on hold for a while…! My ankle is still tender & now am waiting to go on physiotherapy… But my doctor says it might take 2 weeks for them to give me any appointment…! (Nhs) Oh no…

    Comment by tamami - October 5, 2009 4:37 pm

  20. sorry you have to wait to get an appt. the one time i hurt my foot, i was told to do a series of stretching exercises as i wasn’t getting any younger & my body needs a slight warmup daily! (sigh) hope your family is taking care of you..

    Comment by jonquil - October 6, 2009 2:12 pm

  21. Dear Tamami, Better times are sure to come – sending hugs and kisses :)

    Comment by Nicky - October 6, 2009 3:08 pm

  22. Thanks jonquil, I presume physio’ll tell me to do stretching excercises too… I hope they’ll give me a relatively early appt! I’ve had it with wobbling around…!
    Thank you for your lovely comment Nicky! It’s v. nice to hear from you!

    Comment by tamami - October 6, 2009 7:41 pm

  23. Hi Tamami, Just discovered and enjoyed reading your blog. Can’t wait to walk down the canal for some delicious treats and hot chocolate! Hope the ankle heals quickly. See you soon.

    Comment by Giselle - October 8, 2009 1:02 pm

  24. Thank you for checking the blog out Giselle! I hope to see you down at the market soon!

    Comment by tamami - October 8, 2009 7:28 pm

  25. Sorry to hear about your foot no fun.

    Say I am visiting London in the near future and a must to see your stand..but do you recommend any other attractions? I am a foodie. I appreciate many good food things!!

    Thank you! Really enjoy your writing! A smile always occurs when reading your site!

    Comment by Lyn - October 10, 2009 12:13 am

  26. Thank you Lyn for your kind words!!! I wrote an article on:
    which might give you an idea…
    For foodie tips, I can’t think of places that are worth mentioning… Er…, oh! I know, what about The Wolseley in Picadilly? I haven’t been in a while, but I love the place.
    And it’s on the same street as Fortnum Masons (their selection of honey is superb) & La Maison du Chocolat… And few doors down, there’s the traditional Japanese sweets store called Kamakura Minamoto Kitchoan. I always go in there when I am in the area.
    Anyway, hope this helps…!

    Comment by tamami - October 10, 2009 12:49 am

  27. I hope the yin will be over soon! Take care!

    Comment by tommy - October 11, 2009 9:41 am

  28. Tommy, cheers me dears! xx

    Comment by tamami - October 11, 2009 1:48 pm

  29. 初めてご連絡させていただきます。




    Matcha Annより

    Comment by Matcha Ann - October 12, 2009 8:47 am

  30. Matcha Annさん


    保険(Public liability insurance)はwww.nmtf.co.ukです、きっとみんなそうじゃないかしら?

    ストールを持つまでの期間はマーケットによると思います。最近はどこもwaiting listがすごそうですね。やりたいマーケットのmarket managerに連絡して今のうちにwaiting listに乗るのも手ですね。
    その間にSelf-employedやfood premises registration、後food hygiene certificateなどの手続きをされたらいかがでしょうか?


    Matcha Annさんはロンドン住在ですか?


    Comment by tamami - October 12, 2009 11:28 am

  31. 珠美さん



    Matcha Ann

    Comment by Matcha Ann - October 12, 2009 1:06 pm

  32. Matcha Annさん

    Comment by tamami - October 12, 2009 3:48 pm

  33. Could you please email me regarding a press query?
    many thanks

    Comment by mcdigby - October 16, 2009 4:20 pm

  34. Thank you. I will send you an email shortly.

    Comment by tamami - October 16, 2009 7:46 pm

  35. 珠美さん




    Matcha Ann

    Comment by Matcha Ann - October 20, 2009 1:12 pm

  36. Matcha Annさん






    Comment by tamami - October 20, 2009 9:14 pm

  37. do take care of yourself, tamami! don’t worry about the momentary downs, things will definitely turn up. and how, too (:

    Comment by kim - October 31, 2009 4:10 pm

  38. Hi Kim! Thank you for your encouraging comment! xx

    Comment by tamami - October 31, 2009 10:54 pm

  39. 珠美さん



    Comment by クリス - February 19, 2010 3:44 pm

  40. クリスさん

    Comment by tamami - February 21, 2010 1:20 am

  41. Hey! i’m an art student at queen elizabeth sixth form college and was wondering what the painting by christian ward is called, as im studying him as a part of my final essay! it would be muchly appreciated if you could let me know :)
    thanks x

    Comment by Anna - December 1, 2011 11:38 am

  42. Hello Anna! How fantastic that you are learning about Christian. – I’ve emailed him to ask about the title. I’ll let you know when I get a reply!

    Comment by Tamami - December 1, 2011 10:26 pm

  43. Hello Anna,

    the title is called ‘On the way to picnic’.

    Also, Christian has mentioned to let you know that he is now using his mother’s maiden name now – so his name is now Christian Hidaka.

    Good luck with your final essay!!!!!! I think it’s fantastic that you chose him as your subject!

    All the best,
    Tamami Haga

    (ps: I have also emailed you the same text)

    Comment by tamami - December 1, 2011 11:35 pm


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