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Last month I focused on what makes me happy. One of the things that are important for happiness are to CONNECT with others. This month I'm going to make a positive effort to connect with friends and family.

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 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: 20,151

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 drug' 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
'Body in Action' by Sarah Key

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  • v BETRHO48
    emoticon Hi, Gill!
    Just stopping by to say hello and to wish you a wonderful evening and a restful night.
    2 days ago
  • v BDTHOM
    I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures from my hike. The alpine landscape is very different from Cornwall. Sitting on the lake shore I was above 1300 meters (The top of Ben Nevis is 1344 meters). The moors of Cornwall are beautiful and far bigger than anything like them here.

    The trail wasn't always like the pitch in that picture :D We didn't get out our compass. We could see the trail ahead. It was the path of least resistance as the brush was pretty thick.
    2 days ago
  • v -POOKIE-
    oops it posted twice... have a bonus smile... emoticon
    3 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/28/2016 8:17:05 AM
  • v -POOKIE-
    I used to make my own chapatti, in London we had a big gas range with a flat cast iron griddle on it, so it was perfect for them, and drop scones etc. and used to puff them in the flames of the gas ring.

    We still have gas here, but little cooker and no griddle, so don't make the chapatti any more, the bread in the picture is a naan from Costco, they are absolutely amazing, so soft and fluffy, nothing like the dry and short ones supermarkets sell. They are an Asian brand, I assume thats why they are actually good!

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    3 days ago
    Thank you for the magic dust! I think I need a bucketful of it. The bad feeling stirred up in the aftermath of the Brexit vote is awful, isn't it? I'm glad your son talked it out with you. Take care Gill.
    Minnie x
    5 days ago
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