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Stress is a stressy word, don't you think? I've decided on a new approach during May; I'm going to practise mellowing out! (in the sense of: to become more relaxed and calm)

I am 61 yrs old, 5'3" tall and weigh around 8 stone 7lbs - so I'm in the 'healthy' range. My issue is less being fat, and more about my relationship with food.

I am learning to manage my behaviour around food with the NoS diet which is working well for me. Three 'proper meals' a day - no snacks, sweets or seconds on weekdays - with some freedom at the weekends and on special days like birthdays. Good old-fashioned regular eating pattern! My behaviour around food is being modified very happily with this system. So glad I found it. Check out the NoS team page if you're curious!

I want to be fit, supple, happy, healthy, full of energy!

I'm keen to be lean!

I've also noticed that a lot of my status updates are about the weather - very British!

The Plan for 2016

- I am continuing to work with Spark Guy's Ultimate SparkLife Challenge by posting daily in my Community Journal.

- I am continuing to learn Tai Chi using a Beginners DVD by Christopher Pei, and attending a class when I can afford it

- I am continuing to eat according to No S rules and to blog daily & use the HabitCal tracker on the everyday systems website.

- I am continuing to try to run at least 2 miles at least twice a week and participate in a weekly 5k Park Run whenever I am able to (work permitting).

- I am continuing to pursue a mainly plant-based diet.

- I am going to establish a strength training routine into my week - I'm doing the Jumpstart Challenge.

- I want to reduce my weight from 119lbs to 117lbs by 1st July 2016 and maintain that for a few months before losing more ".. every pound of weight loss results in five pounds of stress taken off your knees, seven pounds off your ankles, and a whopping ten pounds off your spinal discs!" it's worth the effort!

And, an odd thing you might think, I've set my ticker to show how long until I retire. I was expecting to retire at 60 yrs old, but the rules changed and now I have to work until I'm 66. I am tired of working and looking forward to retiring! Having it on a ticker shows me exactly how many days - and inspires me to take on challenges and projects along the way.

Member Since: 11/17/2012

Fitness Minutes: 18,890

My Goals:
These are my physical goals: I want to have achieved the following:-

1) to keep my weight under 8 stone 7lbs

2) to get and keep my waist under 29"

3) to maintain a supple and strong body into my later years

4)To be a slim, strong, fit woman!

My Program:
for the emotional reasons for eating: Linda Spangle's 100 Days of Weight Loss programme

mostly-vegan food:-

McDougall starch-based plant-based diet

Happy Herbivore vegan fat-free/low fat recipes

NoS diet - No snacks, sweets or seconds except on days that begin with S

creating a running habit - aiming for 2-3 times a week

Personal Information:
I live by the sea in the South West of the UK. I work full-time to provide services for adults with learning disabilities. I am a Nichiren Buddhist which involves me in lots of activities.

Other Information:
Books I've found useful:
'Eating Less - say goodbye to overeating' by Gillian Riley
'The end of overeating - taking control of our insatiable appetite' by David A Kessler
'Caffeine Blues - wake up to the hidden dangers of America's #1 durg' by Stephen Cherniske
'Raw Emotions' by Angela Stokes
'100 Days of Weight Loss' by Linda Spangle
'Life is Hard, Food is Easy' by Linda Spangle

My Community Journal:
The Four Cornerstones: Focus, Fitness, Fire, Force

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    Thanks for the Goodie and the friend add. I've added you back. I agree with you about the changes. I don't yet see how it's an improvement, but I've learned after 7 years here that they rarely rescind changes. Only one time when they deleted the list of recent blogs from each team, did the outcry prompt a return to the old format.
    7 days ago
    Thank you, Gill. I need the slippers and they do look warm and cosy.
    I'll be okay soon.
    7 days ago
    No picnic this weekend or any plans as we are dealing with a sick pet but it sounds wonderful for the future.
    8 days ago
  • v AURA18
    I saw it today and it was funny to see 1000 days! emoticon
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    ~~~~The Five "W"'s of Life~~~~
    WHO you are is what makes you special.
    Do not change for anyone.

    WHAT lies ahead will always be a mystery.
    Do not be afraid to explore.

    WHEN life pushes you over,
    you push back harder.

    WHERE there are choices to make,
    make the one you won't regret.

    WHY things happen will never be certain.
    Take it in stride and move forward.

    These 5 "W"'s are "A Wonderful Way to Start your Week!!"
    So, Whatever you do, make your week wonderful, and worthwhile!
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    10 days ago
  • v SJOHNS30
    Thanks! I look forward to hearing about your guys' runs
    10 days ago
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