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I seem to have had a cough or cold on/off for several months now, despite eating as well as I can, exercising, sleeping etc. So in September I'm going to focus on boosting my immunity, and having An Apple A Day.

English apples in season in September: Cox (tick), Discovery (tick), Egremont Russet, Royal Gala (tick), Worcester Permain (tick), Zari, Delbarestivale www.loveenglishapples.com

Other apples: Cameo, Fuji, Jazz, Jonagold (US?), Kanzi, Macintosh (US?), Pink Lady (tick), Rubens, Braeburn, Spartan, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp (US?), Red Delicious, Bramley (cooker) (tick),

I've also been writing some quite long blogs during the summer, so I'm going to go on a bit of a 'word-diet' and aim for short blogs and smaller ideas!

I am 61 yrs old, 5'3" tall and weigh around 8 stone 5lbs - 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!

".. 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: 22,008

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!

August 2016: 8 stone 4lbs (116lbs) BMI 20.6 (normal range) WHR 0.86 (high risk - apple shape)

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

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

I aim to do some form of exercise every day - it changes! Usually I put it into the Spark Fitness tracker & I make that public on my Spark Page.

I sometimes run. I sometimes to Yoga with Adrienne. I sometimes do strength-training. I sometimes hula-hoop. I walk a lot. I am on my feet all day at work and very active. I don't go to the gym or do any classes.

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.

Other Information:
2016 5% Fall Challenge - Exercise Commitment

I walk for at least an hour every day to/from bus terminals. I don't have a car, so I walk a lot! I don't have a pedometer.

Yoga - for suppleness & strength - 3 times a week, 30 mins approx

Strength-training - I'm doing a progressive training programme for older people - 3 x a week

Cardio - when my feet are not injured, I will run twice a week for 20-30 mins; if I cannot run, I will do 25 mins with Jessica Smith doing indoor walking 'turbo charge' instead!; I am aiming to swim once a week - this is also on a progressive training programme - working up to 1 mile; if I get my bicycle sorted out, I'll aim to use that for a ride once a week

Nutritional Commitment - continue eating mostly plant-based diet, No S system, portion control

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 Kess

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

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  • v FISKER
    emoticon You are an amazing person! emoticon
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    7 days ago
  • v LIGHTHOUSE1954
    Thank you for your comments on my Blog "Update on Me"
    8 days ago
  • v -POOKIE-
    Aldi has some bars made from squished fruit and veg and cereal that my girl loves, and they don't break up, so I keep them as emergency snacks in my bag (she is the queen of HANGRY).

    You ever tried Nakd raisins? They come in neat crazy flavours, but they are just infused raisins with natural flavours.
    8 days ago
    I love the way sparks fly around on this site, and sometimes right around in a circle! Your mentioning the HIIT reminded me that I wanted to find something for the hand strengthening too. I've just had a root around under my son's bed and found the perfect thing - a small, round 'angry birds' toy that's just the right size and consistency for squeezing! I can even do the left hand while I type!
    8 days ago
  • v IMLOUBIE69
    Hi Gill, yes taking my son back to Cardiff was very successful and he is very happy to be back there. Thank you for asking :-)
    8 days ago
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