Message board topics
Reply Create A New Topic Subscribe to this Discussion
Author:
I_ROBOT's Photo I_ROBOT SparkPoints: (37,568)
Fitness Minutes: (29,208)
Posts: 2,331
11/30/20 1:08 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good for you.
My local blood banks won't let me donate because of my heart condition.

Harry - Moving along at the speed of fat loss.

The Bitter Truth About Sugar by Robert Lustig | Look for it on YouTube
Added sugar is addictive, a poison, and destroys teeth.


 current weight: 10.5  over
15
7.5
0
-7.5
-15
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/30/20 12:05 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Blood was donated!



(I look like I've just had a pint of blood taken, don't I!?! I sat there until I felt OK to move)

and it felt good to be able to do that. Of course, the advice is 'no heavy exercise' for the rest of the day - so I'm going to relax and watch a film - probably The Truman Show as I love that one! I love the way he 'wins' in the end.


Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 11/30/2020 (12:06)
Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
CHIGGERCANE's Photo CHIGGERCANE Posts: 1,153
11/30/20 8:49 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Happy Retirement (from paid work)! I hope you have a wonderful birthday and the year of being 66 is one filled with joy, happiness, adventure, peace and health!

Edited by: CHIGGERCANE at: 11/30/2020 (08:49)
Deb
Changing my life 1 step at a time.


 Pounds lost: 2.5 
0
2
4
6
8
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/30/20 5:53 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Monday

I had a lovely sparkly send-off at work last night. There is a full moon tonight. The sun is shining today!



I feel surrounded with love from friends and family - who could ask for more?

So - my main event is going to attempt to donate blood. Then I'm going to have a small bottle of prosecco and something cakey for tea!



Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/29/20 6:12 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Sunday

and I woke up knowing it was my final day of work............ and tomorrow I will be a 66yr old retired pensioner!

It was lovely and quiet out - not windy or rainy either - so, after my coffee and dither about, I put on my trainers and went out for a walk around the deserted town. It was great to be out - and I ended up walking for 30 mins.

I'm thinking about decorations for my street-side windows - some kind of winter theme, and an advent thing..............

I had to throw away the orange pomander I'd made because it was starting to go mouldy. Disappointed - I did more research, and you really need to put them somewhere to dry, and use orris powders etc to preserve them - even then they sometimes go mouldy. I've got a lot of cloves left over........ not sure what I'll do with them!

I'm feeling a bit 'droopy' today - which is probably partly an on-going 'covid lock-down' thing, and partly the approaching milestone. But also perhaps partly a cold virus which I've successfully kept at bay for weeks now............. I'm keeping fingers and toes crossed I'm ok to give blood tomorrow.

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/28/20 2:14 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Welcome to Spark People STEFF and thanks for dropping by my Journal.
emoticon

Saturday - and the LAST time I have to be up early for a work shift! It's quite an odd feeling.

I finish at 3.30pm today, after which I need to pick up a couple of things from the shop, then home. I have promised myself an exercise session (upper body) - and this evening there is some live-stream music on facebook which I'll enjoy.

I have quite a pile of birthday parcels here - I didn't expect so much! Two more parcels were waiting when I got home last night.

I have been getting almost daily texts from the Blood Donation service reminding me about my appointment on Monday - and information about the covid-safe arrangements etc. I've been taking iron and B12 since last time - so hope my haemaglobin levels are OK. I've also had a very slight head cold for ages now - which hasn't come to anything definite - and hope that doesn't suddenly fire up over the weekend!

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
STEFFIEFIT's Photo STEFFIEFIT SparkPoints: (1,134)
Fitness Minutes: (20)
Posts: 34
11/27/20 3:51 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
You got this!

SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/27/20 2:17 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Friday - and off to work for my last long shift. I'm prepared. I have someone shadowing me today - he's good, so that'll be fine. He's also vegan and very slim which is inspiring.

So - mostly work today. A Buddhist meeting this evening on zoom. AND and exercise session of some kind after work. Upper body today I think - there's a 30 min video on facebook from the phsyio with Healthy Cornwall.

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/26/20 1:32 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thursday - and I have a day off today - and I'm aware that most of my Spark friends are on a holiday for Thanksgiving.

I don't have anything I have to do today. But I'm going to visit the Community Larder and see what I can pick up in the way of fresh veg - I made good use of what I picked up last week.

I began my day quite early - around 5 am - but lay there a while listening to my upstairs neighbour, David, moving about. I got up about 5.30 and made coffee and settled down with fairy lights on and fake fire glowing. Nice. Then, my coffee mug just flew out of my hand and smashed on the floor! So - there was a clean-up job, and a fresh coffee to be made................ so here I am before 7 am on the computer!

When I was searching for NHS exercise workouts (I'm into them at the moment for their expert physio input) - I found a video in their playlist, for Team Body Project. I watched the video and was interested, so I've joined up (free). One of the things I liked was that it was an English accent (sounded SE/London) which is easier for me to listen to. However, when I got their confirmation email I was surprised to see it's from Australia. The accent is NOT Australian - so the guy who runs it must be an emigrant.

My day includes exercise, reading, recorder practice, knitting, listening to audio books, chanting, eating, learning Cornish, checking the news and social media - and getting ready for work tomorrow.

and anything else I get inspired to do!

Later: Well! I walked down to the Community Larder - got chatting to the woman who runs the project (along with the gallery and various other community hub projects) - and she DOES need a volunteer! So, before I've even worked my last day at my paid job, looks like I've got voluntary work in something I believe in, starting asap!

emoticon


What did I get in my 'haul' today? Well I seem to have picked up two small tiger bread batons (didn't intend to pick up two!), a bag of sesame bagels and a loaf of gluten-free sliced brown bread (all bread in the freezer now except one tiger baton.

I also got some organic potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Little Gem lettuce, an organic beetroot; a tin of mixed 'spicy beans', a box of broken poppadums, and a sachet of Thai seasoning. I think that's it.

Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 11/27/2020 (02:16)
Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/25/20 5:00 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
"Keep your waist less that half your height"

I was really surprised by some information I read yesterday. There is a dressmaker blogger I follow, who makes really simple patterns. She had posted a series of photos of different people wearing a t-shirt made from one of her patterns. They all look great. Then I read the details of the models (UK sizes):-

MODEL SIZES:
Kirsty (lilac stripe tee) 37'' bust, 30'' waist, 39 hip wear size 14.

Nell (grey leopard) 36'' bust, 30'' waist, 39'' hip wears size 12.

Helen (red black spot tee) 41'' bust, 35'' waist 42'' hip wears size 18.

Amy (blue floral tee) 39'' bust, 33'' waist, 42'' hip wears size wears size 16.

Cassandra (pastel shapes tee) 46'' bust, 42'' waist, 46'' hip wears size 20.

I was surprised at how BIG they all were! No-one has a waist lower than 30"! I was really, really, surprised at this. It kind of took me aback. A 30" waist seems too large to me - I was raised in a generation when women had 24" waists as 'average' - we've all got used to being too large because everyone around us is too large. It's shocking really. I'm still on my quest!
emoticon emoticon

Wednesday - and I think the window cleaner came when I was in the kitchen - he's not dried the windows off very well - all drippy - but, still, at least the dirt is washed off - and I CAN tell he's been.

Today I have a short evening shift at work (5 hours) - I'm grateful for the short shift. It is a bit strange knowing I'm working my last week.

CB and I had a nice walk yesterday, but it we missed being able to sit and have coffee and chat together. Never mind - after 2nd December the cafes might be open again down here - that will be nice. CB and another friend would like to repeat the birthday lunch they treated me to last year. What lovely friends I have!



Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 11/25/2020 (05:00)
Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/24/20 1:38 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Yes, it feels like a very smooth transition; I think the pandemic has helped to be honest - we've all had to become a bit more self-sufficient and resilient 'at home'.

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
BDTHOM's Photo BDTHOM Posts: 8,742
11/24/20 1:08 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
You sound as if you are retired already. Enjoy!



Brian
Pacific Time

"When a food thought crosses your mind, remind yourself that you don’t have to act on it." -- Linda Spangle


 Pounds lost: 16.0 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/24/20 3:56 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Yes, I wonder if they'll be fed up with them by Xmas! I admit, I'm looking forward to putting mine up on 1st December!
emoticon

Tuesday - and today I'm meeting my best mate, CB, for a walk. I've got an nice circular walk arranged for her using the old pathways through town. It's a fairly glum day - grey, cold, damp. That will be my 'walk' for the day I think.

I turned my heating up a notch because I had been feeling uncomfortably cold. It feels a lot better this morning.

Then I have a Buddhist meeting on zoom at 16.45. All good.

I'm enjoying a new knitting project - whilst listening to a Xmas ebook!



Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
BDTHOM's Photo BDTHOM Posts: 8,742
11/23/20 2:07 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
This is not a normal year. Walking the neighborhood I see a lot of trees up already. Extra lights and decorations appearing on houses too. People seem to be looking for holiday cheer to brighten the pandemic distancing.

Brian
Pacific Time

"When a food thought crosses your mind, remind yourself that you don’t have to act on it." -- Linda Spangle


 Pounds lost: 16.0 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
I_ROBOT's Photo I_ROBOT SparkPoints: (37,568)
Fitness Minutes: (29,208)
Posts: 2,331
11/23/20 11:29 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon

Harry - Moving along at the speed of fat loss.

The Bitter Truth About Sugar by Robert Lustig | Look for it on YouTube
Added sugar is addictive, a poison, and destroys teeth.


 current weight: 10.5  over
15
7.5
0
-7.5
-15
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/23/20 3:20 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Monday

I have started a new knitting project with some organic Cornish wool which was found on a rubbish heap by a friend's son (gardener) and rescued! I was able to download a suitable free pattern from the internet, and also use You Tube to check out pattern stitches I wasn't sure about. Where would we be without the internet?!

It's cold, grey and wet here today. I'm staying home to take delivery of a parcel which I think is my new radio (present from my friend for my birthday/retirement).

Monday means I have my zoom book study session this morning with my Buddhist buddy, LT.

Apart from that - there's the daily list in my Bullet Journal which reminds me of the beneficial things I want to include in my day if possible.

(ticker moved to the left after the weekend's excesses! - I ate a whole malt loaf on Sunday evening)


Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 11/23/2020 (03:56)
Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/22/20 2:39 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
They be special rocks, they be!

www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=12273


Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
I_ROBOT's Photo I_ROBOT SparkPoints: (37,568)
Fitness Minutes: (29,208)
Posts: 2,331
11/22/20 1:55 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I love pictures of green moss growing on rocks.

Harry - Moving along at the speed of fat loss.

The Bitter Truth About Sugar by Robert Lustig | Look for it on YouTube
Added sugar is addictive, a poison, and destroys teeth.


 current weight: 10.5  over
15
7.5
0
-7.5
-15
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/22/20 7:31 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Ah, it was a lovely Saturday - that good walk, a nice lunch, I made a pomander, then I watched some great music on facebook live (more Jolly Roger Band UK) - and then Strictly Come Dancing on BBC iPlayer. Nice entertainment - all cheerful stuff.

Sunday, and I woke to rain - so I am extra pleased that I made the effort to get out walking yesterday.

Today is currently a Buddhist event on zoom (just on the lunch-break) - and I'm winding wool from skeins to balls, and have downloaded a pattern to knit a jumper. It's organic locally-spun wool which a friend's son found on a rubbish pile (and rescued!)

I've made up some burger mix from a packet, and added in some grated courgette and carrot - to cook later (after the Buddhist meeting). I might make up a batch of bread from a mix I have in the cupboard too............ or not....... I might see if I can manage without it. I think I'm craving bread............. if so, probably better to make my own.

My son and his family have put their Xmas tree up. I'm holding on until 30th November to make more of an occasion of it alongside my birthday! I've never put my Xmas decorations up this early before - but it's not a normal year!

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/21/20 10:21 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon

I just got back from my walk - and it was WONDERFUL! Fresh air and space all to myself!

I've posted some photos in a blog on my Spark page

611 calories!




if it hadn't been misty, you would have been able to see St Michael's Mount in the distance

Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 11/21/2020 (10:23)
Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
I_ROBOT's Photo I_ROBOT SparkPoints: (37,568)
Fitness Minutes: (29,208)
Posts: 2,331
11/21/20 10:03 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Robins are cool birds.

Harry - Moving along at the speed of fat loss.

The Bitter Truth About Sugar by Robert Lustig | Look for it on YouTube
Added sugar is addictive, a poison, and destroys teeth.


 current weight: 10.5  over
15
7.5
0
-7.5
-15
OSONIYE's Photo OSONIYE Posts: 1,968
11/21/20 6:16 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Those robin cards are such a sweet idea! I hope your 4 days at work are a wonderful finish to a job where I know you have put a lot of your energy and heart!

Sonya
5% Fall Challenge - Cloverleafs Team
EST time zone (GMT - 5 hours)
Following a whole food, plant based diet. Trying to avoid most animal products and am minimizing plant oils.



 Pounds lost: 3.0 
0
8.75
17.5
26.25
35
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/21/20 6:00 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Friday was, indeed, craft work - she wanted to make Xmas cards - so we did. It was a sweet idea of using thumb-prints to make a robin design. Her end result didn't really look much like robins, but I'm sure her family will appreciate them!



The same thing happened with making a pomander - after a short while she was fed up with sticking cloves into the orange - so it looks a bit 'bald'! Still - it'll smell nice.

I'm going to make a pomander for myself this afternoon.


Today - I got a load of laundry done early, had pancakes and apples for breakfast - and now I'm going to wrap up and head out for a walk into the unknown - a new route for me:-

www.penwithlandscape.com/trails-and-ancien
t-sites/trail-guide-madron-chapel-and-
trengwainton-carn/


I think I might do part of it (start at 1, then go 11 - 7, and come back down the road, and avoid cattle that might be grazing in the fields. It'll be enough for me - and might be a suitable walk to share with CB on one of our outings.

I'm still wavering over the Xmas tree decision!

Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 11/21/2020 (06:04)
Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/20/20 2:43 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Haha - I think I'm going to be radical and go for the metal frame - it gives me loads of options for doing different things.

Yesterday's 1:1 session stretched out to 5 hours, after which we looked at each other and I said "Shall we call it a day?" and we agreed to stop for the day. It was full-on. In the morning we went for a walk and got a coffee in Costa - this time I bought myself a Chai Latte - which was lovely actually. It probably had some kind of syrup in it - but you know, I really wanted that hug-in-a-mug! We were able to sit on a bench and enjoy sunshine!!!

I made a lovely salad for dinner which looked so large I wasn't sure I could manage it. I can't remember the last time I used a recipe for a salad - this one was an Easy Asian Chop Salad - it included a tin of butter beans, and the dressing (which was what made it 'Asian') was tamari, onion, ginger, chilli, lime and Chinese Five Spice. No oil. It was delicious!

Today might be sewing and paper craft for a couple of hours. Then I have four days off before going back for my final four days of work!



Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 11/20/2020 (02:46)
Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
BDTHOM's Photo BDTHOM Posts: 8,742
11/19/20 10:38 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
It's a tough call on the Xmas tree. Both can be lovely in the hands of a creative person like yourself. I'm glad you are seeing that and people are sharing their appreciation with you.

Brian
Pacific Time

"When a food thought crosses your mind, remind yourself that you don’t have to act on it." -- Linda Spangle


 Pounds lost: 16.0 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/19/20 2:55 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thursday

Work was OK yesterday - nice team to work with. Today I am setting off with craft equipment and a recipe for sugar and fat-free 'cookies' that has been requested. I told her that you can't really make a cookie, like one you get in a packet, without fat and sugar, but you can make a nice cookie with bananas and flour - which is what we're doing. I've got the quintessential recipe from BOSH! which is 'thumbprint cookies' made with flour, baking powder, vanilla, bananas - with a blob of sugar-free jam in the middle. I like them - I hope she does.

I came up with an idea for my leaving 'do' as people were feeling a bit flummoxed because we cannot have cake and sandwiches as usual. I decided we could have sparklers and party poppers - hopefully out in the garden in the dark, or in the big open garage if not. That gives us an opportunity to all meet in a place where we can see each other and hear each other, and an 'occasion' that marks the event.

My friend SH has been trying hard to get me a blue (colour) radio for my birthday/retirement present and couldn't get blue anywhere (due to things not moving due to Covid) - so I've got a light grey one coming, but the company have said that if/when blue comes back into stock in Spring 2021, they'll email her and I she can SWOP the light grey one for a new blue one! Covid has some benefits, eh?! So that's coming in the post.

AND my sister (who sent me the big box of chocolate for birthday/Xmas) has messaged to say her post office has reopened and she's posted the original present which should fit through the letter-box! I said I felt over-indulged!

Good things happening for me. I'm very grateful for them - it's things to look forward to, and things which make me feel loved.

I'm going against my principles and buying a fake Xmas tree which I can keep for years. I'm torn between a VERY minimalist tree which is just a frame you can decorate, and a 'slim' tree which I can decorate. I'm tempted by the metal frame one............ but my heart also beats a little faster over the fake tree with 'branches'. Hmm..........

www.argos.co.uk/product/7993419

www.argos.co.uk/product/2698719

Which one will I buy?
emoticon

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/18/20 2:34 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Wednesday - and it's raining out there; I have to leave in 15 mins.......... I was in bed just after 8pm last night - I was so tired after going back to work!

A long shift today - 10.25 hrs, so I'm organising my mind to approach it with gentle positivity! I have loads of ideas for craft things with my 1:1 lady tomorrow.

Funny, it's taken me so long to discover some of the skills I have and that others appreciate - I'm not good at recognising my own skills. I've been the only person who took on the idea of doing a weekly exercise group. I've been coming up with really good creative craft ideas which people can do. And yesterday my friend SH phoned because she wanted to send a letter out to her customers and wasn't sure about what she'd written, so could I look through it. She emailed it to me - I copied it, edited it radically and sent it back - she was overcome with gratitude because I'd untangled her words and made it clearer. I did it really quickly too - I can do 'clarification'

I don't toot my own horn very often - but I've noticed these things recently and thought - yes, I'm good at that!

So - off to work. The scale was back down 1.5lbs this morning which is nice.

emoticon

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
BDTHOM's Photo BDTHOM Posts: 8,742
11/17/20 4:01 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good to see you got yourself out for a walk. It's no surprise that your feelings for it changed. It would be difficult to exercise in full body armor like that.
emoticon

You did a great job of staying positive and productive at work. You had enough ideas to fill the time. It's nice that you included making cards for his mum and sister. We are locking back down here too. It doesn't affect me much, but other's around me it does.

Nice work keeping up the exercise.

Brian
Pacific Time

"When a food thought crosses your mind, remind yourself that you don’t have to act on it." -- Linda Spangle


 Pounds lost: 16.0 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/17/20 2:20 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Tuesday and I lay there waiting for the alarm this morning; my brain was unsettled already knowing that I had to get up in time for work. I'm fighting that feeling of not wanting to go to work and trying to feel positive about doing my best on every one of the remaining days at work.

To do that today, I've put on my red/yellow coloured t-shirt, a red cardigan and a necklace that is made of different coloured hearts to form a rainbow necklace. My daughter-in-law made it. I also put a spritz of natural perfume on - which I don't usually do for work - to kind of lift my spirits.

Today, amongst other things, I have to work for 4 hours with someone whose father died the day before yesterday. Filling those 4 hours when we can't GO anywhere is really hard. We ARE able to go for a walk. We can buy a take-out coffee (which he always enjoys). I thought we might try making cards for his mum and sister. And I saw a fun project on the local history website about making a map - I thought we could make a map of town with all the coffee-shops on it.

kresenkernow.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/0
6/Kresen-Kernow-Creative-Challenge-2-2
.pdf


In other news, the scale was up 1lb this morning - which was expected as I had three meals with bread yesterday. I know the theory that weight gain doesn't happen overnight, but my experience has shown me that if I eat bread-type carbs the scale will be up the next day.

Later: My work shift went really well - and the man I was supporting had a good time. We made cards, we went for a walk and bought stamps, he got a coffee in Costa and we sat by the harbour while he drank it, we cleaned the fridge. I felt good about my achievements. Good conversation was had too - important conversation. He didn't warm to the idea about the creative map - I think the idea was too abstract for him.

I have 6 hour shift with someone on Thursday and we've discussed various things we might do - craft mostly.

Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 11/17/2020 (13:07)
Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/16/20 4:14 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Monday - and I started the day with 10 mins hula hooping, which was good



I am using that Cornwall Council 'get active' list to give me ideas - today there is a link to a strength and flex podcast on the NHS website. Again, it's probably well within my ability - but I'll check it out. If nothing else, it's good to know the range and modifications that are expected of/for 'older' people.

I have a zoom call with my Buddhist buddy this morning for our weekly study session. This afternoon I am supposed to be going into work to facilitate the exercise group - but I've texted my boss to ask if I have to do this wearing apron, gloves and visor (as well as my mask!)........... if so, I'm not sure I'll go ahead with it - it's ridiculous! Well, I suppose it might make them laugh - which would be good!

Not very practical for exercising!


a bit later: I had confirmation that I'd have to wear all the gear - so I've cancelled it

Later still: I went down to the Community Larder and was spoilt for choice with all the end-of-date fresh veggies. I only picked up one pre-prepared bag of stir-fried veggies (beansprouts etc) which I had for dinner. I also got some tenderstem broccoli, avocadoes, romaine lettuce, a box of Kind breakfast bars (which are a bit sweet, but not too bad and will 'do' for those mid-morning breakfast stops at work) and a couple of cans of butter beans. I also did allow myself to choose ONE bread item from the heap of tempting carbs - a tiger bread mini baguette, which will do two lovely crusty sandwich meals for me.

I also DID do week 1 of the Stretch & Flex programme from the NHS - and it felt nice to do actually. Tomorrow it's just a walk, and the next day it's chair-based Pilates.



Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 11/16/2020 (16:17)
Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/15/20 4:06 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I suddenly had the desire to get out in the fresh air after tea - went out all wrapped up in the dark, along the prom and back - about 20 mins. Very windy, but also very quiet. They've made a lot of progress on the prom regeneration and it's going to be great - there are some nice arty features built in.

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
BDTHOM's Photo BDTHOM Posts: 8,742
11/15/20 2:41 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Enjoy some time staying home. You will get out to explore. As you found clicking into the community site, you are more active and fit then most in the community.

Brian
Pacific Time

"When a food thought crosses your mind, remind yourself that you don’t have to act on it." -- Linda Spangle


 Pounds lost: 16.0 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/15/20 5:21 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Sunday - and I started the day with coffee, fairy lights, the fake fire glowing (just the light, no heat), snuggled in blankets, some ambient music playing quietly, reading. It felt really right!

The weather is really dynamic at the moment - the sun shines for a moment, then the rain lashes down; one moment it's a kind of lemon-grey, they next it's dark as night! Winter is on its way.

I have some soaked sunflower seeds ready to make another batch of that raw pate - I managed to get some fresh coriander this time, so it'll different (even nicer!). I think I'm going to leave out the fresh tomatoes as I didn't like the sharpness - perhaps I needed a bit of sweetness and salt in there. I'll experiment today.

My weight is up over the weekend due to the inclusion of small amounts of bread, sugar, oats, and a small (90 ml) glass of wine. Oh, and my weekend gluten-free, vegan jammy wheeler cookies - there are 8 in the packet and I ate them all yesterday! I stayed up late doing my jigsaw puzzle and listening to music, and finished them off with a milky de-caff coffee!

There is no good reason NOT to go for a walk today other than I don't want to go out. I'm not sure if I'm getting 'stuck' at home, or whether I just need to stay home today. I'm choosing to believe the second reason, and I am committed to putting a walk in my diary for next week.

I did, however, roll the rebounder out from behind the furniture, and did the first 18 mins of a beginners workout. I liked it - it made me sweat and got my heart pumping nicely.

youtu.be/ZDoqZUg_BSY

I had signed up for a local Council initiative to 'keep Cornwall active' and clicked on their recommended exercises - they were FAR to easy for me, and it made me realise how many people ARE stuck at home and have become inactive and unfit.

It's 10.20 am and I'm not really hungry, but I'm going to make my pate, then some pancakes for brunch - with berries and soya cream, and some maple syrup and walnuts. Luxurious, eh!!

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
BDTHOM's Photo BDTHOM Posts: 8,742
11/14/20 4:54 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I'm feeling all lazy and snug in the dark rainy weather here too. It's good to have down time.

Brian
Pacific Time

"When a food thought crosses your mind, remind yourself that you don’t have to act on it." -- Linda Spangle


 Pounds lost: 16.0 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/14/20 11:46 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon Nice to see you, and to hear your Lego story!

Saturday, and I had a strange night being alarmed by an imaginary buzzer or alarm twice in the night. The sounds were exactly like the ones I have in my house - first the phone alarm kind of sound, and secondly the door buzzer. But it was all in my head. I've had this in the past and used to get woken quite regularly by a 'bell'. A healer told me it was important to ask "why have you woken me?" and listen to the message. I forgot about that last night. It's an interesting idea. I haven't experienced this for some time, so it was very noticeable.

I started the day with coffee and a book in the bath! Not something I do very often - but it felt like the thing to do today. The sun has hardly risen today - it's been rainy and very dark.

I did manage to get to the shop up the road without getting wet somehow.

I had a very lovely video call with my grandson, and his mum and dad of course. I was quite surprised that he remembered me. He had made a little Xmas stocking a nursery and want to show me - he'd done all the stiches himself - amazing! It was lovely to talk with him - he has acquired a large vocabulary since I last saw him........... and he asked some very good questions.

I have a jigsaw puzzle on the go, and a candle burning. Nothing much is happening of great significance today. But aren't I the lucky one?! No dramas. No emergencies!

I had hoped to get out for a walk tomorrow - but it's forecast to be wet and windy again - maybe I'll feel like wrapping up and walking in the rain. The good thing about bad weather is that fewer people venture out !

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
BDTHOM's Photo BDTHOM Posts: 8,742
11/14/20 1:15 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
My 23-yearold son has kept a Lego castle (I guess) we made together years ago. He brought it to me broken apart a couple months ago and I had to fix it for him. It was a challenge. It was also funny, because he was like a little kid again.
emoticon

You can relieve your suffering, putting aside your cravings for processed sugar and flour. Leaning into your Buddhist practice is perfect for releasing suffering. J and I are doing a boot-camp with Dr Furhman. He would love you commitment and your reasons for changing. We are getting back to more raw foods, usually a big salad daily. Like your raw cooks, dressings are made from nuts, seeds and fruit not oil and sugar. J is also listening t a week long emotional eating program with Dr. Rosane Oliveira. (that's a facebook link below)

www.facebook.com/events/see-link-to-live-w
ebinar-in-the-event-details-below/free
-webinar-emotional-eating/830109080741791/


Loved your pictures of the ancient site and hearing about your week.

Edited by: BDTHOM at: 11/14/2020 (01:16)
Brian
Pacific Time

"When a food thought crosses your mind, remind yourself that you don’t have to act on it." -- Linda Spangle


 Pounds lost: 16.0 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/13/20 5:29 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Friday began with a sinus headache that I'd been aware of in the night. Where do these bugs come from when we're wearing masks most of the time?! Shows how easy it is for viruses to 'get' to us - they're amazing.

The sun is shining - it's quite cold, but the wind has dropped, so it feels less cold. I have some fresh air coming in right now, and it feels good.

Today I have to pop into work and have the weekly Covid test.

This afternoon I'm zooming in on a conference on ageing with the University of Manchester - what opportunities there are now that we're on-line more!

This evening I'm going on facebook to watch the band Jolly Roger do a live-stream gig, and they've set up a bingo game for us to do. We listen out for the words, and when we have the all, we type BINGO in the chat feed. Fun!

I started the day buying myself more stuff! Whoops! It's a Lego advent calendar which will give me a handful of action figures I can use for my other new project-in-waiting - solo Dungeons and Dragons! I've had a secret desire for some Lego for a while but couldn't justify it.......... hehe. I reckon I can justify it by it being a good hand-eye-brain game for cognitive health?

seniorslifestylemag.com/health-well-being/
legos-not-just-for-kids/


emoticon

OMG! Look at this!
amzn.to/2UmmtK6



Later: YWA 45 mins was done - extreme stretching - it was good, and I could do most of it!

Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 11/13/2020 (14:45)
Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/12/20 4:03 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thursday and the sun is trying to shine.

I am still so very grateful that I have changed my upstairs neighbour! I had a year of having drink & drug addicts congregating up there in the wee hours and keeping me awake through the night. Then almost a year of an empty flat and the worry about who might go in next. But my new neighbour, David, is very quiet - I think he has headphones on most of the time. I can hear if he has anyone up there to talk to - on the phone, or in person, but it's not often, and it's not in the middle of the night. It is SO good to be able to put my head down at night and sleep! Even if I am woken by a sudden noise up there, I go straight back to sleep.
emoticon

The chocolate is ready to take to the Community Larder, but I realised that two boxes (400g each) of sweets were not suitable for vegetarians (containing gelatine), so I took them out - hesitated - then put them in the bin; I squashed them down into my kitchen bin! I knew if I took them to work that I would be tempted to eat them.

There is a big spider's web on the outside of my window - swaying in the wind. Aren't they amazing, spiders? How delicate that web is - but how strong!
emoticon

I have a few errands to do - drop the chocolate off, pick up some groceries, post a couple of parcels. Today is a good day to do it, with the nice weather (it might rain later).

Yoga was good again yesterday afternoon. Yoga for a Bad Mood - I didn't have a bad mood, but it was good anyway.

Today my biggest dilemma is - should I turn the oven up to roast a handful of chickpeas to top my chestnut soup? Such a waste of energy .................. I guess I could roast a tray of vegetables at the same time, and make some granola - well, there's a plan!

emoticon

Later:
I did all those things - roasted the chickpeas, and the veggies (for tomorrow), and made a batch of molasses granola which will be breakfast tomorrow. Yay!

I didn't find much at the Community Larder to pick up today for my £1, but I picked up a tin of butter beans, a packet of chilli seasoning, a gluten-free loaf of seeded bread and a roll of baking paper - four things (I could have had five - I should have picked up another tin of beans!) There was lots of pasta available, and loads of bread-based products which were eat-now.

Two nice things came in the post - firstly my November pack of special teas from Bird and Blend. The first one I made was called Mr Frosty, and tasted of spearmint - a white tea base - and it turned BLUE as it brewed. It contains Blue Pea flowers - which I've not come across before. Isn't it great to be in my 7th decade and still come across new things - I love it! The second parcel was some natural perfume I'd bought for myself (Living Libations Lavish Abundance Levity Perfume - made in Canada).



Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 11/12/2020 (16:52)
Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
I_ROBOT's Photo I_ROBOT SparkPoints: (37,568)
Fitness Minutes: (29,208)
Posts: 2,331
11/11/20 4:11 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
How wonderful!

Harry - Moving along at the speed of fat loss.

The Bitter Truth About Sugar by Robert Lustig | Look for it on YouTube
Added sugar is addictive, a poison, and destroys teeth.


 current weight: 10.5  over
15
7.5
0
-7.5
-15
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/11/20 5:00 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Wednesday - and another long sleep has been enjoyed!

Today I am staying home - it's very windy out, and there are a couple of things being delivered by post today. I have a list of things I can do - which include the possibility of doing a workout on my rebounder. I did YWA Day 11 for November last night - it's so good; I don't know why I stop doing it from time-to-time! I guess I get distracted by new things.

Today, for example, instead of finishing other things off, I'm excited about making a folded book Xmas tree decoration! Of course, I have wasted hours on the internet watching very complicated versions of this amazing craft - and then scaled my expectations back to the simple version!

youtu.be/OU2gax7t2y0



now I need to put Xmas napkins on the shopping list!

Later: no I don't - I used what I had!


The hamper from Cadbury's arrived (my birthday and Xmas present from my sister)





I've decanted it all into a carrier bag ready to take to the Community Larder tomorrow. (Actually, I'm glad it's not more 'adult' chocolate, like Green & Black, which I might have had more difficulty parting with!)


Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 11/12/2020 (03:54)
Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/10/20 3:49 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Tuesday - and I'm meeting CB today for a walk. (We are currently allowed to meet up with ONE person OUTDOORS.) Yesterday, with JM, I clocked up over 16,000 steps and about 11 km - we walked slowly, but kept going - muddy, rainy walk, but fun! We each tied a 'cloutie' on the cloutie tree near the well. We couldn't get to the well as it was too boggy.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madron_Well_and_Madr
on_Well_Chapel


It felt good to get out for a longish walk. I was afraid that my bladder might not hold out - but it did.

Today, another off-road adventure up to Lesigney Round

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesingey_Round

It's a shorter walk today, so I'm planning some yoga later this afternoon. I can feel the muscles I challenged in the yoga session on Sunday afternoon!

Today I'm stepping back into my raw food cuisine and making a sunflower seed pate - it's not a difficult recipe, and I'll have to adapt some of the ingredients. I have a good easy raw food book which has a sunflower seed pate in, but Russell's recipes are very tasty and chef-y - and worth the effort. He taught me (several years' ago) about the 4 pillars of flavour and how to adjust things. If I can afford it, I might sign up for his course again.

therawchef.com/smoky-maple-sunflower-seeds
/


it was very nice! I made enough for 2, so the second portion is in small balls in the dehydrator, to make 'balls' that can be used in a wrap like a falafel



Later: a photo from my walk - it was so lovely to be up there - this is on the top of the hillfort. My friend couldn't get up there sadly because she has two false hips and can't risk the slipping coming back down again. I'm grateful for my hips!



as a reminder - this is what the hill fort looks like


Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 11/10/2020 (09:34)
Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/9/20 4:31 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Monday - and I woke quite late; partly because there's no work deadline, and partly because it's so quiet outside due to the lockdown. I feel calm - which is nice. I managed to unroll my yoga mat on Sunday afternoon and did 25 mins with Adriene. It was nice to do that in the afternoon when I'm more supple - I might stick to afternoons for yoga-before-dinner.

emoticon

Today I have a zoom session with my Buddhist buddy for some study - which is always good. This afternoon I'm going for a walk with a friend - it takes me 25 mins each way to walk to her house, then a walk from there, then back again. I will charge my Garmin to count my steps! (done)

My appetite seems to have calmed down and the scale is down this morning. I have some items on my shopping list to kick-start my raw food cooking practice.

I just read an inspiring article about the benefits of learning a language (as an older person) and that has re-kindled my desire to continue persevering with learning Cornish.

I've got ideas for making things too................... thank goodness I have oceans of time ahead!

emoticon

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/8/20 5:23 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon
Thanks for the support, Harry!

Today I found myself revisiting the raw food chef (Russel James) who I used to follow and picked up this inspiration to get more raw food back into my life:-

"Find three raw food recipes that you LOVE. They can be mine or someone else’s. It’s OK, no hard feelings.

It might take you a while to get those three.

There will be some trial and error. That’s all perfectly normal.

You’re going to master those three recipes to a point where you can shop for them and make them without needing a recipe.

That last sentence is critically important, read it again.

Being able to make three raw food recipes you LOVE (that means they are a, “hell yeah”) will give you certainty.

Knowing you can shop for the ingredients and make three different raw food recipes you love will feel really good.

It will make you feel very accomplished. It will give you confidence in yourself.

What most people go for right off the bat is variety. They try a different recipe each time. This creates an over reliance on recipes. Seeing as no one lasts long needing to use new recipes every time, the initial motivation you might be feeling now will seep away.

Doing what I’ve described here will turn your initial motivation into a system.

It’s a system that gives you energy to do more."

What great advice - I love a system - so I'm going to find those three recipes I can make without a recipe and get them into my regular meal plan.

Sunday - and the first of 8 days off from work (practice for retirement proper!?) in strange socially-isolated times. I'm so grateful for Spark People and WhatsApp for the social connection on-line.

I've got my list for the day - so no excuses! It includes doing some indoor walking with a Leslie Sansone video (thanks to a Spark friend), and also yoga (thanks to Yoga with Adriene's inspiring email this morning). I will do a foot-bath/pedicure and watch a film too. I'm going to write a letter to a friend who moved away - in fact her birthday is some time soon (she's a fellow Sagittarian)....... must check that.

I'm not sure, without looking, what my lunch and dinner plans are - but I know they're on the planner. Oh, yes, I think lunch is a cauliflower rice stir-fry.........

It's so quiet with people 'staying at home'. It's nice.

It has been a great relief to know the outcome of the American presidential election, and now the World is watching to see what DT does!

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
I_ROBOT's Photo I_ROBOT SparkPoints: (37,568)
Fitness Minutes: (29,208)
Posts: 2,331
11/7/20 11:24 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
WINNER!

KEEP PUSHING!

Harry - Moving along at the speed of fat loss.

The Bitter Truth About Sugar by Robert Lustig | Look for it on YouTube
Added sugar is addictive, a poison, and destroys teeth.


 current weight: 10.5  over
15
7.5
0
-7.5
-15
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/7/20 5:42 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Saturday - I got up and took the time to dress nicely and put on a little bit of 'natural' make-up which is my new project! I have been out to get some basics at the shop just up the road, and bought myself a bunch of really pretty roses.



It has just occurred to me - I've no idea why it has only just occurred to me - that I could decide to break my 'addictive' relationship with those carbs that cause me to suffer............ I'm not sure if it's as easy as just 'deciding'........... but it might be. I also have my Buddhist practice which supports personal change by chanting for the outcomes we desire. I think I'm going to test it out - to change my karmic relationship with "un-nutritious carbs" (sugar, baked flour products mostly). I don't want to have the determination to resist the temptation - I want to lose the feeling of even being tempted by them. To be able to look at a cookie or a cafe counter covered with cakes - and not have 'feelings' of desire for them which I have to overcome. I want to break the connections in my brain which go ' cake - want - resist - resist - resist - phew!'



I'll let you know - this is a great project before my Birthday and Xmas - what an exciting experiment. No resistance. No denial. Just inner change. Let's see what happens!

What else today? Well, I'm working this evening, which is an extra shift I picked up as it needed covering. Then I have 8 days off (annual leave).

[as I type this, on Radio 4 they are talking about the eating experience of different biscuits (cookies) and chocolate in great detail - place a square of chocolate on your tongue and let it melt - designed to melt on your tongue and make you want a second square............... should we chew or suck............ how weird that this would be on when I am typing this!] I'm going to go and chant.]




Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 11/7/2020 (05:44)
Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
I_ROBOT's Photo I_ROBOT SparkPoints: (37,568)
Fitness Minutes: (29,208)
Posts: 2,331
11/6/20 3:38 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
KEEP PUSHING! emoticon

Harry - Moving along at the speed of fat loss.

The Bitter Truth About Sugar by Robert Lustig | Look for it on YouTube
Added sugar is addictive, a poison, and destroys teeth.


 current weight: 10.5  over
15
7.5
0
-7.5
-15
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/6/20 3:37 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Once I start on chocolate I can't stop easily! The irony is that I'm retiring from work at the end of November partly because I don't want to be at work for another Xmas where we are surrounded by barrels of chocolates and cookies!!!! Seems like those temptations are not so easy for me to escape. My sister has NEVER sent me anything like this before!

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
I_ROBOT's Photo I_ROBOT SparkPoints: (37,568)
Fitness Minutes: (29,208)
Posts: 2,331
11/6/20 3:33 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Ha, Such problems!

I would wait and see if any of it is dark chocolate.
Dark chocolate is good for you.

I let folks know that if they want to gift me chocolate, make it dark chocolate.
I wouldn't worry too much about a single piece in front of company, but then haul it all off to other 'friends' after company leaves. The friends will gladly share, right? I mean, that's what friends are for, right?
emoticon

KEEP PUSHING!

Edited by: I_ROBOT at: 11/6/2020 (15:35)
Harry - Moving along at the speed of fat loss.

The Bitter Truth About Sugar by Robert Lustig | Look for it on YouTube
Added sugar is addictive, a poison, and destroys teeth.


 current weight: 10.5  over
15
7.5
0
-7.5
-15
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/6/20 2:38 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon
Friday evening, and I'm tired, but that's OK - not long until bed-time! It was a good day at work. We ALL had PCR swab tests done today - it's going to be weekly from now on (we'll see if that happens.........).

I've done nothing but made soup for dinner - that's about it this evening. I might just lay down and watch a film or something, or actually, reading is more likely. I want to be quiet.

My sister has caused me a dilemma - she is sending me a Cadbury chocolate 'hamper' for my birthday-and-xmas present. Just what I don't want! The trouble is that because of my attitude towards sugary and chocolatey gifts, I don't feel great about passing it on either! I can't bin it (can I?) - maybe I can just give it to work and let it be their problem as there are plenty of people there who eat chocolate!

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
BDTHOM's Photo BDTHOM Posts: 8,742
11/5/20 6:21 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
"I'm feeling good." emoticon

Brian
Pacific Time

"When a food thought crosses your mind, remind yourself that you don’t have to act on it." -- Linda Spangle


 Pounds lost: 16.0 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/5/20 5:13 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thursday - and the sun has come out into a freezing cold blue sky!

I've started with coffee and a minute's jumping around (aka exercise!), I've messaged family and friends. I've put on my new make up and it's good - very subtle. I can't feel it, which is different from my memory of cosmetics. The price paid for 'natural' mineral-based vegan products is worth it!

I'm going to call my friend SH on the landline at coffee-time. I'm not going out today. I am going to complete all my Xmas gift-wrapping and card-making.

Then I'm going to practise my recorder pieces. I have two nice meals to make today - one is a butternut squash soup (for tomorrow) and the other is a 'Cheater G-nut stew' which is spinach, chick peas and peanut butter - nice.

I'm feeling good.

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/4/20 1:47 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Haha - I had noticed and thought it reasonable slip given what's going on + dylexia. Precedence (unless it's spelled differently in USA). I feel so sorry for your political situation at the moment - I know that the majority of US citizens are perfectly normal people, but the media portrays the rallies and extremists. We had a more-or-less 50/50 outcome here last time, and we're a much, much, smaller country for administering a voting system.

I've got a day off tomorrow - and the first day of lockdown - what shall I spend the day doing?


Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 11/4/2020 (13:51)
Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
BDTHOM's Photo BDTHOM Posts: 8,742
11/4/20 12:42 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I just found my mental slip in my post yesterday. emoticon
We are being bombarded with shouty US election news too. emoticon

You seem to be set for the lock down. I think we just voted the pandemic out of existence. Wish it were really that easy.

Brian
Pacific Time

"When a food thought crosses your mind, remind yourself that you don’t have to act on it." -- Linda Spangle


 Pounds lost: 16.0 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/4/20 5:07 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thanks for the encouragement.

Wednesday and it's a cold, sunny morning. We are being bombarded with US election shouty news!
emoticon

My last month at work is starting to be more obvious, with people saying that they'll miss me etc. I've only got 10 more shifts to work! There are three new support workers starting - two are really bright and capable, one is a bit of a dud I think (I may be proved wrong).

Today I'm taking the last money to the bank for the library - before the closure tomorrow.

I'm going to do an exercise session at work.

I'm going to the last recorder group before the lock-down starts tomorrow.

All my Xmas parcels that need to be posted to family were posted yesterday!

So - all is well.

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
BDTHOM's Photo BDTHOM Posts: 8,742
11/3/20 1:19 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Your morning exercise will come back when the time is right. Feeling unsettled and a having the rug pulled out from under you takes presidence.

Edited by: BDTHOM at: 11/4/2020 (12:38)
Brian
Pacific Time

"When a food thought crosses your mind, remind yourself that you don’t have to act on it." -- Linda Spangle


 Pounds lost: 16.0 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/3/20 4:36 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon

Nice to see you, Brian

Tuesday - and I am working another sleep-in shift today, starting at 4.30pm. So the day is getting tasks done in down mostly. We all feel we've had the rug pulled from under us again - although it won't be as hard as last time because the local services are all now geared up for 'covid-secure' working. People have still gone into panic-mode and clearing shelves of pasta, toilet paper and hand-sanitiser etc!

I'm going out for brown wrapping paper and vegetables mostly (and coffee and oatmilk).

My morning exercises haven't happened this week - I'm unsettled too and need to keep still and read and do crafty things. The exercise routine will return, I'm sure.

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
BDTHOM's Photo BDTHOM Posts: 8,742
11/2/20 11:51 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I'm sorry the UK has shut down again. Cases are skyrocketing here …

I'm glad to read you are easing towards retirement by enjoying life and embracing creativity. I feel so far behind! I'm reading you last few weeks journal entries while eating my morning porridge trying to catch up.

Enjoy your day.

Brian
Pacific Time

"When a food thought crosses your mind, remind yourself that you don’t have to act on it." -- Linda Spangle


 Pounds lost: 16.0 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/2/20 4:50 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Monday

And I'm just home from a sleep-in at work. Got some laundry on. I'm going back to work this afternoon for an evening shift (we're struggling to cover the shifts). There is a palpable anxiety amongst staff at work (let alone the people we support).

Zoom meeting with my Buddhist buddy at 11am.

I have all my Xmas parcels ready for posting - well, I need some strong brown paper - then posting. Today is my little sister's 59th birthday.

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
11/1/20 3:51 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Sunday - and yes, we're having a 4-week national (England) lock-down until 2nd December.

I had a nice evening, but you know what - a bottle of cider and a few soul cakes, and my weight was up almost 3lb this morning - it's amazing, isn't it?! Hard not to be downhearted by that even though I know it's a fluid/temporary thing!

I didn't enjoy the story-teller on zoom last night - it was a bit too 'adult' for me and I left the meeting quite early on - not for me. But then I listened to my Hallowe'en playlist on YouTube and did some knitting in the cosy lights - it was nice.

Today I'm walking up to Trengwainton for the last time this year - it'll be shut until Spring 2021 now. The cafe has announced it will be closed due to high winds. It's raining softly - but the wind seems to have died down - but might pick up again later.

I'll take a small flask of coffee I think - and perhaps another soul cake!

Back to the freggies later!

I feel a bit stymied today - I can't get going. I'm pretty sure it's the news about the lock-down. I'm glad I cancelled my trip to Bath in November - it wouldn't have been allowed.

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/31/20 3:21 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Saturday

The live-stream band session was great fun last night - they're so talented and amusing - it really got me smiling hard!

It is VERY windy out there this morning - 60 km/hr and lashing rain - I really am not looking forward to having to go out in it!

Today I finish work at 3.30pm, and then have a few things to pick up in town - then home for the rest of the evening. I have my Samhain things lined up - Rosemary for remembrance, pine and patchouli essence, candles, mulled cider, mushroom goulash, soul cakes, and a late-evening story telling entertainment on zoom. Nice.

Looks like the UK is going back to a national lockdown - jeez!

“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”



Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 10/31/2020 (13:15)
Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/30/20 3:21 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Friday

The story-telling last night was BRILLIANT! The theatre had cabaret-style tables and there were only about 30 of us. I had a table to myself - the only single person I noticed, but I felt quite comfortable. I'm so glad I went - it was a perfect activity for 29th October.

Today I'm working all day - and I was up early, so there's time for a second coffee before I leave! It's cold. This evening a local band are doing a special set live on facebook - so I'm going to enjoy that.

I'm quite excited that Samhain and the Full Moon tomorrow, kind of coincide with my retirement, and my shift into a new period of my life. I'm letting go of the 'toil' kind of work, and am opening myself up to creative ideas for the next era. I'm even considering starting to use a little bit of 'natural' make-up!

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/29/20 4:11 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thursday

and I enjoyed a lazy coffee in bed this morning - it was dark, and I have a day off. However, I do have to be on the bus just after 9am to go and see CB; our plan is to do some Cornish study together and she's invited me to stay for lunch. Her home is spacious, so we can maintain a decent 'social distance' for the most part. We do this kind of 'hold your breath and hug with faces turned away from each other' thing!

This evening I'm going to the local theatre too - another 'first' in the pandemic. Tonight it's 'Spooky Tales'.

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/28/20 4:27 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Wednesday - and another grey, wet morning. I'm excited to know that I've planned an eventual and significant Hallowe'en evening for myself. I finish work at 3.30pm that day, so have a nice long evening for a one-person party! (I've blogged about it).

Today I have a few things to do - buy veggies, collect a book from the library (for the November read on the Spark Book Club team), facilitate an exercise session at work, go to recorder group, then go to work for the evening.

My Xmas gifts are nearly all wrapped and ready to get into boxes for posting in November. I've amazed myself!

I've got back into the groove with Fly Lady home-care routines, which include pampering/looking after oneself. Yesterday, after doing a declutter of papers, I sat with a cup of tea and enjoyed reading a 'mindful walking' book my brother gave me a few years' ago. My walk to Trengwainton yesterday left my mind with stunning images of colours - a pretty fungus that I've never seen before, like a fragile bell (a variety of cup fungi), plum-red leaves against a yellow-leaved tree, raindrops sparkling on the hedgerows, the ragged black shape of a crow in the blue sky.

Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 10/28/2020 (04:31)
Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/27/20 5:04 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Tuesday

A big sleep. A rainy, grey morning.

I walked up to Trengwainton for my penultimate visit. And had cake (g-free vegan lemon polenta - was very nice)



Did a bit of shopping for groceries.

Work on a short shift 17-21h this evening.

This afternoon working on a black cat to peer out of my window for Hallowe'en.





Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 10/28/2020 (04:20)
Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/26/20 5:44 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Monday and I've adjusted; I woke at 6.30 am (new time) which is fine.

Morning exercises are done. Sheets are changed - second duvet buttoned onto the summer one. Laundry almost done (in the dryer).

Today I have a zoom call with LT for some Buddhist book study, and this afternoon I'm going to take JM out for a walk - including muddy footpaths.

All is well.

Later: well, the book study went well. The walk with JM was interesting - I don't think she noticed where she was walking at all - talked all the way. Which is fine - at least we had time together, and she DID get a walk (very slow!). Funny how some people are seemingly unaware of their surroundings.

Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 10/26/2020 (13:34)
Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/25/20 12:08 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Sunday and I'm wide awake before 4am. Perhaps some sound from upstairs woke me.....but I'm not sleepy now, so have made coffee. And I just remembered that our clocks went back last night (so it would have been 5am which is less dramatic!)

Today I'm going to Trengwainton......probably the last visit of the year as it closes on 31st.

I need to do a menu plan. I've got a bit lazy about it. I need to reboot the habit.

I ended up getting a load of decluttering done - I went through all my cookery books and threw a lot out. I moved my bookcase from the kitchen, and have created a space where I can put a small kitchen table to eat at (leaving my living room table for craft work and studying!). That led to a re-arrangement of my living room bookshelf, and a load of old stuff thrown out too. Thrown out because I tend to write in all my books which makes them unsuitable for re-sale generally!

The sun is trying to shine. I've got two more tickets for Trengwainton (Tuesday and Sunday next week - 1st November is the last day).

I managed to do my exercises this morning too - and feel less achey.

a bit later: Trengwainton was good, and the walk there and back - muddy, but so colourful with all the autumn leaved on the ground.

I had been watching a video of Dr Rupy Aujla cooking and it inspired me to try a bit harder:



I made my own hummus, and grated veggies on top - made a dressing with soya yoghurt and tahini etc. Despite quite generous additions of spice, it could have been tastier. But I think fresh herbs is probably the lacking ingredient. At least I tried, and fed my body well at lunch-time.

Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 10/25/2020 (10:34)
Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/24/20 3:33 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Well, look at that - Friday didn't even get an update. It went OK at work. Then I made a tasty curry, kept my cravings at bay, spent the evening listening to an audio book and doing craft prep for today (Saturday).

For the past few days I have NOT got into my exercise gear as soon as I get out of bed, so have NOT done my morning exercise routine. Go figure!

I need to get back on track with that. I have a slight tight discomfort around that right scapula that I haven't felt for ages - usually stress-related I think.

Later: I really enjoyed doing the Hallowe'en craft sessions - and made at least 8 people very happy for an hour or two. I spent an hour laying on my back-massage tennis balls this evening. I think my back has got tense due to stress of being out and about in town for two days with the woman I was supporting. I can't honestly think of what else it could be.

Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 10/24/2020 (15:21)
Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/23/20 2:14 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thursday morning and I feel like I've been awake since 3 am! My head was SO busy with work dreams.......... I'm needing my break from work over the weekend. So much mental processing going on. I hope it's a good sign that my brain is de-fragging!

Today - well, the mornings start dark and cold now, so no lovely sunshine to greet the day with. The coffee is just as good.

I have a nice gingerbread chai latte recipe on the go at the moment and have had one each evening. It's 100ml tea and 100 ml oatmilk - using a concentrated tea mixture. My daughter-in-law introduced me to a company called Bird and Blend who make really excitingly tasty teas (black, green, redbush, and herbal/fruit)

birdandblendtea.com/uk_en/tea/limited-edit
ion-tea/house-of-chai/gingerbread-chai
.html?___store=uk_en


I've got a monthly subscription with them now - and get three different teas each time. This time there was a recipe for the Chai latte which involved making a strong brew of the tea (1 tsp to 100 ml) - I made up 800 ml for the fridge. The oatmilk makes is really creamy. And the addition of a half teaspoon of local honey is just perfect.

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/22/20 4:11 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I got through Wednesday and was in bed before 9pm. I set the alarm for 8am (just in case I overslept) and woke at 7.40! Big sleep. I woke with a sinus headache - OK now I'm upright and had coffee!

Another day at work - today 1:1 with someone. We have a plan I started yesterday: food shopping, bank, lunch, shopping for craft stuff and clothes. It'll be fine. But I'll be 'out there' all day.

It's grey and damp here. I'm wearing a red cardigan and my 'pearls' to cheer myself up!

Later: I had a good day, and I think the woman I supported enjoyed it too. But in the course of today I went into 11 different venues. I didn't spend long in any of them, except when we had lunch (and that was OK; well-spaced and ventilated). As far as possible, I waited outside and left her to pay at the check-out, or select the DVD she wanted to buy. She benefits enormously from these 1:1 sessions because she has lots of local connections and enjoys the 'banter' with people who work in the shops and the bank. But it's still a lot more 'exposure' than I'd chose for myself. I'm with her again tomorrow - just for 2 hours - and we have a plan. It should be just the cafe for coffee and the clothes shop for clothes.

Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 10/22/2020 (14:14)
Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/21/20 2:02 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Wednesday and it's still dark out there, and raining. I have a 10.25 hr shift today. It'll be fine. I'm in the process of handing over some of my responsibilities to someone else before I leave - that's giving me my 'teaching' role, which I enjoy.



Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/20/20 2:37 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Tuesday and I have a four-hour shift with someone who is very difficult to communicate with and motivate - very indecisive. So - it's a challenge - and I'm taking it on!

On Monday evening, I broke out of my 'not bothered' rut a little by putting some vegetables in the oven to roast (golden beetroot, parsnip and brussels) with a vegan burger, and had a hot, comforting, tasty meal. Then I had a long soak in a bath with epsom salts, eucalyptus - I could feel that my larynx was inflamed. I put Vick on my throat and filled a hot-water bottle, then curled up with a blanket and watched an 'easy' DVD with Hugh Grant in it! I have a nice collection of feel-good DVD's thanks to my son several years' ago putting a bunch together for me.

I slept well and woke up feeling a bit better. I do have a cold - but it's not debilitating. I'm grateful for the shorter work shift today, and plan to repeat my self-care routine this evening. (I have a longer shift tomorrow).

I have had an idea for an advent candle type of thing, using 25 tea-lights. That's perked me up a bit too. Not like these - just plain ones that I'll decorate in some way.



I was thinking something like this - putting a band with a number on it around each one.



Later: my day went pretty well - the weather helped being sunny and bright, if a bit breezy. And I had a very nice vegan lunch out.

I came home and had another relaxing bath. Then set to preparing for the craft activity on Saturday - experimenting with 'faces' - I'll make more of the best ones



This took me a couple of hours, listening to an audio book whilst I worked - very satisfying.

Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 10/20/2020 (13:09)
Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/19/20 1:17 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thanks, Deb x

I phoned a friend today just for a chat - and I read a few on-line resources for mental well-being during this weird time. I'm doing most of the right things. My friend and I discussed whether or not we could be bothered with Xmas ..................... we probably will............

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
CHIGGERCANE's Photo CHIGGERCANE Posts: 1,153
10/19/20 7:14 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I'm sorry you are feeling a bit lost. As you acknowledge, many people are having these feelings. But, that doesn't really help you feel less lost. I think you are helping many 'lost' people by posting your honest thoughts. thank you.

Deb
Changing my life 1 step at a time.


 Pounds lost: 2.5 
0
2
4
6
8
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/19/20 5:58 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
The Sunday outing wasn't great - I did get 2+ hours walking in the sunshine which was good, but I didn't get to the Castle - there was a queue of people waiting to get in, and I couldn't face it, so I got a coffee and sat on the sea wall a while, then walked home.

I'm getting quite down and dispirited about things with this darned coronavirus. I know there are a lot of people much worse off, but it doesn't stop me feeling blue. And I feel tired a lot. It's a kind of chronic, low-grade kind of depression that a lot of people are experiencing at the moment I think.

Today - well, I got home from work at 9.30am. David upstairs is doing some kind of DIY (there are drilling noises, music and other busy sounds) - I think his plan is to make his sitting room into a studio where he can display his photos. I don't mind the noise, but I'm feeling a bit 'lost' myself.

I think I'll put the kettle on and make another coffee, then do some chanting.

I'm going back in to work after lunch to do an exercise session with them.

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/18/20 4:52 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I woke up feeling lonely and sad this morning - covid blues!

This morning I'm going to St Michael's Mount - then work at 4.30 for a sleep-in shift.

The sun is trying to shine. It's a nice day - going out will perk me up.

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/17/20 2:16 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
The exhibition was amazing! The day was good too - no rain, just warm enough to want to take my coat off.

Today I'm prepared for my long shift. I set the alarm early so I'd have time for my exercises and chanting - which I've done. I also have a plan of how to manage the day as I have a new person 'shadowing' me who is a bit of a know-all - so I'm going to challenge her to lead - see what she's like when she has to think for herself. Teacher-mode is my favourite really - always has been - I probably should have been a teacher.

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
BDTHOM's Photo BDTHOM Posts: 8,742
10/16/20 3:15 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Celebrate these small victories, like the last long shift. You usually do a good job with that. Like taking the day off today. Enjoy the exhibit.

Brian
Pacific Time

"When a food thought crosses your mind, remind yourself that you don’t have to act on it." -- Linda Spangle


 Pounds lost: 16.0 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/16/20 5:34 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I did have the early night - and I slept late too! Started the day by skipping my exercises, making coffee and reading .......... whoops. Also skipped my chanting practice. Noted.

It's a day off - and I've got bitty things to do - collect a parcel, drop meds orders off, get shopping - then meet up with CB this afternoon to go and see the Grayson Perry exhibition at The Exchange. I have a long shift to work tomorrow and that's on my mind. I wish it didn't cloud my day - but knowing it's probably the last long shift I'll be doing makes it more manageable somehow.

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/15/20 2:09 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thursday - and nothing to report. Work happened and that's about it today. Tomorrow is a day off. I'm going to have an early night.

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
BDTHOM's Photo BDTHOM Posts: 8,742
10/14/20 1:16 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I'm glad you have a pleasant upstairs neighbor to accept and talk with about situations. I agree that knowing the sound and the person helps. It will be much easier to feel compassion towards David when you hear him walking about at 4:00.

Well done staying steady and enjoying the bus trip. I like the Kurt Jackson you shared. I can see you visiting that ancient place soon. I always enjoy your latest park pictures and what caught your eye this trip. I love trees. I was out walking the neighborhood yesterday admiring a old oak tree growing in an overgrown property on the fringes of the neighborhood. I'll take a picture next time.

Brian
Pacific Time

"When a food thought crosses your mind, remind yourself that you don’t have to act on it." -- Linda Spangle


 Pounds lost: 16.0 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/14/20 4:57 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Wednesday and I don't work until later, so didn't set the alarm - it was gone 8am when I woke. I had a horrible sinus headache and felt a bit grotty - I evidently have a cold virus. I started the day with Paracetamol and a compress of eucalyptus and lavender on my forehead! Once the drugs had kicked in, I managed to sip a coffee and eat a sliced apple.

Today I have an exercise session to facilitate at work; recorder group; then work this evening - just 5 hours, so reckon I can manage that (perhaps more Paracetamol!).

I've got my chanting practice back into my routine: approx 7am and 7 pm seems to work for me. I'm doing daily stretching, yoga, resistance training, strength etc, but finding cardio harder to make a habit at the moment. Another Sparker reminded me about indoor walking - I have a Leslie Sansone DVD which is good - maybe I will break that out.



Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/13/20 1:59 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thanks - I love the colours and patterns.

On Monday I walked along the coast path to The Range to pick up craft supplies for a work activity. It was good to walk on the beach a bit too. There are fewer people around now. It was a decent 45 mins each way.

Today was Tuesday - and it's been a work-all-day kind of a day. I spent 30 mins doing yoga type stretches and some resistance/strength work this morning. I think I'll do it again this evening - trying to keep my lower back happy.

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
I_ROBOT's Photo I_ROBOT SparkPoints: (37,568)
Fitness Minutes: (29,208)
Posts: 2,331
10/13/20 10:41 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Nice photos of trees!

Harry - Moving along at the speed of fat loss.

The Bitter Truth About Sugar by Robert Lustig | Look for it on YouTube
Added sugar is addictive, a poison, and destroys teeth.


 current weight: 10.5  over
15
7.5
0
-7.5
-15
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/11/20 2:04 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I enjoyed my excursion to Trengwainton today and took photos of different tree barks.



aren't they lovely?

I had cake and tea at the cafe, then walked home the long way, and explored another route I'd not done before; it's actually the one I wanted to take my friend JM along - and will do eventually.

One of the other places I want to re-visit is Lesingey Round - prehistoric mound up there among these trees.


Kurt Jackson has painted this view

photo from the on-line catalogue: Prehistoric Cornwall: currently on exhibition at The Jackson Foundation, St Just-in-Penwith (£8,500)

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/11/20 4:41 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I DID get out on the bus! I blogged about it on my Spark page. It was wonderful to get out and see the countryside from the top deck of the bus. I only stayed in St Just for about 40 mins - because the bus is hourly, and I didn't think I'd manage an 100 mins. I had time to enjoy the exhibition, and get a coffee to drink before I got back on the bus (no eating or drinking on the bus allowed - officially, although I'm sure some people do).

Sunday - and it's kind of sunny with cold air again. I've got a Buddhist zoom meeting this morning, and a ticket for Trengwainton Garden at 2pm - so will enjoy that. I've spent time reading my Dungeons and Dragons information - and want to get started!

I saw my upstairs neighbour - the new one - yesterday and asked him what the loud humming was that I could hear on/off. Turns out it's his orthopaedic bed. I reassured him that I was not disturbed by it - he's otherwise quiet, and once I know what it is, it won't wake me. I know he also has a lot of pain - and is often up at 4am - and that's OK too. He goes out and takes photographs of the dawn. I'm so happy to have him, David, as my upstairs neighbour - someone cheerful and communicative. If I do overhear him on the phone, or talking to someone, he's usually laughing.

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/10/20 5:34 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thursday and Friday just happened - work, then nothing much in the evening.

Today, however is Saturday - and no work today. I have been out to get washing done and do shopping. And I went past the bus stop and checked the timetable.

I am going to risk getting a bus to St Just to see the new Kurt Jackson exhibition there today. I haven't been on a bus since March as (a) we were told only to use public transport if absolutely necessary and (b) I've been too afraid to. However, as the pandemic continues, and the weather gets worse, I am going to have to venture out a bit by bus. I don't feel strong enough to cycle there and back today.

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/8/20 2:21 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Wednesday was just cancelled really - JM couldn't get away from work for our walk; I texted to say I wouldn't be at recorder group (too tired); I did get some grocery shopping done - and that's about it. However, my weight was down a pound this morning - so maybe I WAS really hungry.

Today - off to work in the dark! Nothing else has to be done today. Oh, I did do my morning exercises - which was important as my back was getting stiff.

Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 10/8/2020 (02:21)
Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
BDTHOM's Photo BDTHOM Posts: 8,742
10/7/20 5:56 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I’m pretty liberal on my definition of running. Basically an ongoing habit of hitting the road or trail involving some amount of running. What you describe fits the definition.

Brian
Pacific Time

"When a food thought crosses your mind, remind yourself that you don’t have to act on it." -- Linda Spangle


 Pounds lost: 16.0 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/7/20 5:03 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I'm hardly running............ but it's a step in the right direction.

Yes, I hope D&D might be something my son & I can connect over; that'd be nice. He's an introvert too - we don't exchange comms often, but every now and then he'll remember to tell me that he loves me - and that means a lot.

I went off the rails with brownie bites at work last night - left laying around in the kitchen (the usual 'mouse-trap' scenario!) and then finished them off with coffee at 7 am this morning. The sugar has thrown me off-kilter again, and I'm CARB HUNGRY!

Today I'm supposed to be meeting JM for a walk, but she's messaged to say she's stuck at work. Then there's the recorder group this afternoon. I also need to plan and shop at some point. And I have three loads of laundry that need doing. I have to get coins for the machines.






Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
BDTHOM's Photo BDTHOM Posts: 8,742
10/7/20 1:19 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Putting off the trip to see the family will probably make you feel less stressful. I’m sure it was a hard decision. But, you and your son have Dungeons and Dragons to Skype about. emoticon

My son is only an introvert to me. You will find something fun for your time off.

I have to go back and see what that yoga routine is like. Not that I intend to give it a try after your review. You are much more fit then I am these days.

It’s really t to see you’re running. I walked up and down the road the other day and felt it in my legs. I really look forward to getting into better shape ... I also dread putting the work into it.

Brian
Pacific Time

"When a food thought crosses your mind, remind yourself that you don’t have to act on it." -- Linda Spangle


 Pounds lost: 16.0 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/6/20 5:08 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Those yoga exercises were almost impossible - I can do a plank, and a side plank, and I can eagle-arms-and-legs but not 'crunch' much. I won't try that again - I'm better off with the four basic abs exercises I identified: Russian twist, plank, bicycle, straight leg lifts.

I was up before dawn, so got myself out for a 25 mins walk/run - 4 mins walk, 1 min run (wk 1 of the Spark challenge). The interval timer app I downloaded worked a treat - very helpful.

Today I'm off to the library to do the banking, and then meeting CB for a coffee at a cafe in town. This afternoon I'm off to work for another sleep-in shift.

My eating is on-track and moderate, but my weight up this morning due, I think, to having flour-based meals for two days in a row (home-made pizza).

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/5/20 11:58 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Monday - and of course, I woke up at work - in the dark, pressed 'snooze' once! Gosh it's harder to get up in the dark.

I had a book-study zoom meeting with LT this morning, which was good. The only slight frustration is that her husband always seems to be working in the background - on the phone, conference calls, printing etc. This is frustrating because they live in a five-storey house (three floors plus an attic and a basement which are living spaces - her DH used to hang out in the basement - but has now migrated to 'her' floor. They like being near each other, so I can't say anything, but I do find it a bit annoying!)

Then lunch, and back into work to do the exercise session. There were only two people today - the other two were in still in bed ('tired' 'not well'). But I'm so thrilled with the progress these two are making - getting stronger and more flexible - it's very rewarding.

And now I'm wondering whether or not to put the heating on - it's starting to be chilly enough to want to grab a blanket to cover my knees.

I'm going to make a nice warming lentil soup for my evening meal. I have in mind to do some yoga exercises for abs later - a Spark article:-
www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=7_y
oga_moves_guaranteed_to_target_that_6p
ack


Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/4/20 5:02 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Sunday - and I woke with a headache around 4am and opened the window, and dozed until about 6am. It was, of course, still pitch black, so I made coffee and switched on my fairy lights and the electric fake coal fire (lights only) and sat reading for a couple of hours.

I feel slow today - not done my exercises. Well, I suppose it's OK to have a day off. I'm doing a sleep-in shift today.

Working through a list of things that I had on Saturday's list and didn't do.

I've decided - I've amended my hotel booking to May 2021 - so won't be travelling in November. I've still got the week off work - so will have to plan some fun things to do.

Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 10/4/2020 (06:30)
Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/3/20 2:32 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Saturday evening - and just checking in. I've been busy at work the past two days. Going to bed early tonight with cocoa, hot-water bottle, and a film to watch.

I've been having a nice exchange with my son about Dungeons and Dragons!

youtu.be/jT3FRzEJDp8



Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
BDTHOM's Photo BDTHOM Posts: 8,742
10/2/20 6:38 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I’ve said before that we live in similar climates, living on the western coast of the continent. While many plants go through the expected growth and dormancy cycle of the seasons, many plants grow all year long. That moss covered tree could have been in the forest preserve near my house. The moss greens up about now as the fall rains return.

Brian
Pacific Time

"When a food thought crosses your mind, remind yourself that you don’t have to act on it." -- Linda Spangle


 Pounds lost: 16.0 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/1/20 12:55 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Yes, I keep changing my mind about it!

Today's visit to the gardens was really lovely - quiet, fresh, green-filled air. Today I loved the contrast between the vibrant green moss and the gold and brown of the leaves and trees.



I didn't get my long walk TO the garden because I bumped into someone I know who needed to talk. So I did the long walk home instead - which was nice. I was hungry when I was out, so I chose to have lunch in the tea-garden - under umbrellas because of intermittent rain.

Today I did something daring and bought a ticket to go to a 'spooky tales' story-telling evening at the local theatre - they can only seat 63 instead of 250 people - socially distanced, and are losing money all the time this pandemic continues. But I've chosen my seat, and was given the low-down on the systems in place - where to go in, where to get refreshments etc. All good. This will be my first indoor entertainment activity since the lockdown started back in March.

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
BDTHOM's Photo BDTHOM Posts: 8,742
10/1/20 12:01 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
You do have a tough choice ahead of you. I hate to think you miss out seeing your family. I also hate thinking you might be under stress the entire time.

Brian
Pacific Time

"When a food thought crosses your mind, remind yourself that you don’t have to act on it." -- Linda Spangle


 Pounds lost: 16.0 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
SWEETENUFGILL's Photo SWEETENUFGILL Posts: 22,193
10/1/20 4:05 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
let's see if I can so that in Cornish...................

Nyns yw gorthyp a's govyn.
"There is no answer to your question"

My son is 'into' learning Japanese in a big way.

Thursday - and I woke early - before 6 am. I got up and did my exercises, then, because I had my exercise gear on, and it wasn't raining, I went out and did Day 1 of Week 1 of the Spark 5k Walk/Jog Challenge. 4 mins walk, 1 min run - repeat. It was nice to be out early.

I have a day off. So, I'm off to Trengwainton this morning - going to walk the long way round. It's pay day thank goodness, so some menu planning and shopping needs to be done.

I'm still undecided about whether or not go go ahead with travelling to Bath to visit my family in mid-November............. or cancel it and stay home. Undecided.

Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


“Keep your waist to less than half your height.”


 current weight: 9.3  over
10
5
0
-5
-10
Page: 1 of (85)   1 2 Next Page › Last Page »

Report Inappropriate Post

Other Community Journals Topics:

Topics:
Last Post:
6/16/2020 9:14:37 AM
11/13/2020 12:10:15 AM
7/31/2020 12:01:11 AM
8/7/2020 8:32:15 AM

Thread URL: https://sparkcleveland.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=4&imparent=36336328

Review our Community Guidelines