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Fireworks

Sunday, November 06, 2011

I took some students to a fireworks display at the Sussex County Cricket ground near my home in Brighton last night. It's a great night - whole families from grandparents down to tiny children who run around madly until the display starts - young people with their arms wrapped round each other - middle aged couples who have been coming to the display since they were young. Also, of course, my students who find our Guy Fawkes celebrations novel, exciting and, I suspect a little mad. They tramped around amongst the crowds chewing on burgers or hotdogs with or without little trays of chips and drinking beer or soft drinks depending on their preferences. I'm happy to report that I resisted all that and just really enjoyed their pleasure and the fireworks emoticon
All in all a really great evening.





  
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TRENTDREAMER 11/8/2011 7:44PM

    Glad you had a good time!

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APPLEADAY2010 11/6/2011 3:44PM

    Lovely pics an sounds like a great night! Well done for resisting and just enjoying the night - your doing great spark hero! Xx

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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 11/6/2011 2:26PM

    Wonderful evening you had. Terrific photos. emoticon emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/6/2011 10:16AM

    What an exciting evening!!! So glad that you took your students to enjoy it!!! How thoughtful of you!!!
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Great pictures...thank you for sharing them.

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NEW-CAZ 11/6/2011 4:14AM

    Hi Sonia'
I can hear all the oooohhhhs and arrrrrrs now emoticon

Glad you had a great evening, I can imagine it does seem a strange tradition to visitor to our shores. Heard the other day of talk of banning it as it was "anti Catholic",,,,,,,,it's been going since 1605!

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60 minutes by a Saltwater Lagoon

Friday, November 04, 2011

In my quest to gee myself up into some worthwhile cardio I’m starting to do some long walks in beautiful places that I enjoy – not hard here in Sussex in the UK. I’ve been trying to remember why I stopped doing that – but there is no ‘why’ really. Familiarity breeds contempt, they say, and despite my resolution when I moved down here to the South Coast that I would never stop being a ‘tripper’ and continue to enjoy the lovely surroundings here, it all just faded away. So – a new resolution – feast my eyes on the beauty spots here and get healthier into the bargain.
Today was a trip to Widewater Lagoon, a (man-made) saltwater lagoon right by the sea, that has been allowed to naturalise and attracts endless birds and water creatures and a huge variety of saline-tolerant plants. I also love taking photos so I had a great time on both fronts – tho I had to keep reminding myself that this was intended as a cardio opportunity and NOT a photo opportunity!

  
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MEDDYPEDDY 11/6/2011 4:27AM

    Good thinking! I have been out biking with dog - since I use RunKeeper on my Iphone I might take a phot on each excursion as well...

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TSEWARD 11/4/2011 11:27PM

    What beautiful Pics! And thank you for the blog recommendation...I will be revisiting it often. It is very inspiring and reminds me that every little bit I have progressed counts, and I can't give up!!!

Thank you for your support! emoticon

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CHRYS13 11/4/2011 6:01PM

    Beautiful....thank-you for sharing; and best wishes in continuing the lovely walks!

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NEW-CAZ 11/4/2011 5:57PM

    What a wonderful area Sonia, great pics.
Must have so tranquil and rejuvenating for you, thanks for taking us with you

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CATLADY52 11/4/2011 10:39AM

    Great shots of a great area! I have seen a couple of marshy areas here in the states that have been allowed to return to nature. More of us in the world should have a care for what is being passed down to our grandchildren and beyond.

I'm curious as to the building in the background of the last shot. It is obvios that it doesn't disturb the birds. emoticon

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Good days

Thursday, November 03, 2011

I am very happy to look back on a good week so far. I have woken early, got out of bed immediately and done a 15 minute warm up on the exercise bike – a selection of strength exercises which a Spark friend sent me to help the sciatica that is currently bothering me. Then some yoga stretches, a decent breakfast and I’m good to go.
I was bemoaning the fact – to another Sparkfriend – how much I really dislike the whole business of exercising because I HAVE to even tho I know I should and the gist of her reply was – don’t do stuff that you don’t enjoy because you think you should but rather something you enjoy – however unusual it is.
So I have been going to Brighton Marina this week in what remains of the rather watery sunshine we still have here. I have really enjoyed tramping round looking at the yachts moored there and at the fishing boats back from their working day and all the tackle and pots..

Seems like I’ve found something to make me move at a reasonable rate for an hour or two – Hoorah!

I’m thinking of exploring mall-walking when the weather gets bad if I can get any sort of speed up among the crowds.
SO – a good time at the moment – moving about – eating carefully and actually enjoying it

AND – sneaked onto the scales this morning – yeah I know I shouldn’t! – and they are being kind to me.

HOORAH again – and thanks to those two Sparkfriends – indeed to all of you.




  
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MEDDYPEDDY 11/6/2011 4:31AM

    Mall-walking - what a good idea... but I would need "mall-biking" and that is not possible. I also think the hard floor would be painful fo my feet... but it is an inspirational thought though - we have a big mall tha I could go to and see how far it is to walk from one end to another ... requires very good shoes!

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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 11/3/2011 4:08PM

    I love going to where Dad lives because he is by the sea with a harbour, a lighthouse and a lifeboat so it is a lovely area to walk. So much nicer than our immediate area. To get anywhere interesting we would have to drive to the like of Henley on Thames or Windsor. Though I suppose there are various places along the Thames. It's just not as nice as the sea.
I'm so glad your are finding an enjoyable way to exercise. Well done you dear friend. Enjoy. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROJAKHAN 11/3/2011 11:41AM

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NEW-CAZ 11/3/2011 10:56AM

    Good for you Sonia, if something is pleasurable you're far more likely to stick with it.
I love the pics, makes me SOOOo envious that you're near water, so therapeutic.

Glad the scales are being friendly, keep up the good work emoticon emoticon

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MZLADY77 11/3/2011 9:31AM

    Nice pictures! emoticon

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JOHNMARTINMILES 11/3/2011 9:27AM

    It is important to take time to do the things you enjoy doing

Make it a great week!

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Re-igniting my Spark

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

I have been trying to do it for some time – on and off. Firstly I lost heart with myself. Secondly there’s been a bit of hiatus in my life – two weeks working away - which always involves meals out and hotel living generally - and then a collection of pieces of bad news. My longest standing friend, in Cumbria in the north of England, is in the last stages of emphysema, another treasured friend is undergoing chemo at a London hospital. A valued colleague of my partner and good friend to both of us had a stroke in Corfu and had to be transferred to London by air ambulance – an extremely complicated procedure it seems. He and his wife are considerably older than we are and when I hear what his wife had to go through to get him the attention and help he needed I can’t imagine how either of them got through it. Currently he is in hospital in London and is stable. So I’ve been driving around a fair bit visiting these friends, helping with the chemo runs and in the other case saying a definitive goodbye which was, of course, extremely harrowing. But it’s time to kick myself into a frame of mind where I stop complaining and count my blessings. ALSO I have to get on with this weight loss journey which I keep stalling.

In the meantime I have been discharged – finally – by my cancer specialist after the five years it takes to be considered clear. Definitely a plus.

Thanks to the great food tracker here on Spark – the best as far as I have found - I am happy to find that the accountability that it gives means I have lost a few pounds - another plus. In my gratitude for that I am finally finding the motivation to get going on Spark again in the hopes that I can actually lose a serious number of pounds. My current aim is to lose 30lb by my birthday in the first week in March 2012.
I would ask everyone to wish me good luck – but we all know it’s hard work and not luck that gets us to where we need to be.

  
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MEDDYPEDDY 11/3/2011 12:02PM

    Nice to se you again! I have missed you! I think your goal is tough but doable... 30 pounds is almost 14 kilos, I think I will try to join...

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TSEWARD 11/2/2011 9:54PM

    Love the new profile pic, and I am saddened by the trials you are experiencing, but encouraged by your positive outlook! My thoughts and prayers are with you. emoticon

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TRENTDREAMER 11/1/2011 7:04PM

    "and then a collection of pieces of bad news. My longest standing friend, in Cumbria in the north of England, is in the last stages of emphysema, another treasured friend is undergoing chemo at a London hospital. A valued colleague of my partner and good friend to both of us had a stroke in Corfu and had to be transferred to London by air ambulance – an extremely complicated procedure it seems."
* Sorry to hear emoticon emoticon emoticon

"But it’s time to kick myself into a frame of mind where I stop complaining and count my blessings. ALSO I have to get on with this weight loss journey which I keep stalling. "
* It's above all else time to mourn a loss though. Not saying that you don't have to address the weight loss issue. Being able to process your impending loss of your dear friend is extremely important. If you don't address it and grieve it, it can haunt you.

"In the meantime I have been discharged – finally – by my cancer specialist after the five years it takes to be considered clear. Definitely a plus. "
* emoticon emoticon emoticon . Didn't realize that you had cancer. Glad to hear you're cleared!

"I am happy to find that the accountability that it gives means I have lost a few pounds - another plus. In my gratitude for that I am finally finding the motivation to get going on Spark again in the hopes that I can actually lose a serious number of pounds."
* Glad ur back

"My current aim is to lose 30lb by my birthday in the first week in March 2012. "
* One pound at a time. One step at a time.

Again, glad ur back

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APPLEADAY2010 11/1/2011 1:33PM

    Sending loads of hugs - you have been through such a tough time. Really glad to have you back and well done for losing weight in the middle of it all. Looking forward to sparking again with you xx emoticon

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ROJAKHAN 11/1/2011 11:27AM

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IDLETYME 11/1/2011 8:51AM

    You are such a caring person to look after your friends. I'm sure they know and appreciate you too. It's wonderful that you have passed the five year cancer free date. Now is the time to set" little" goals to get your weight down by your birthday. You can do it, just set small goals.

With all of your Spark friends sending good thoughts and prayers your way, it will happen!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon


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4DOGNIGHT 11/1/2011 8:35AM

    I have heard it said that God only gives challenges to people who can handle them. ANd you certainly seem to be one of those people. Why do we let stress dictate the food we eat? If we could figure out the answer to that question, we would all be skinny. Congrats on 5 years cancer frees! What a blessing.

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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 11/1/2011 7:49AM

    Welcome back dear friend. You have had such a trying time and have emerged on the other side with vigour and motivation. Well done and congratulations on getting the all clear. Wonderful news. Wishing you all the luck and happiness in the world. emoticon back again. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 11/1/2011 6:30AM

    emoticon on getting the all clear Sonia. I am so sorry so many of your friends and those close to you have health issues and that it's been stressful for all concerned.
But now you have the opportunity to take care of number one for a change. Welcome back and good luck.
Small steps hun, small steps emoticon emoticon

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Progress made

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

I seem to have a change of attitude - long may it last!

I was obliged to go out to supper last night – unavoidable – a longstanding arrangement - and I really didn't want to go because I've had a few pretty good Spark days and didn't want that to change.
SO - I gave myself a good talking-to and I actually wrote a note to myself: -


'IF I CAN’T BE CAREFUL EATING AND DRINKING (WATER RULES!!) TONIGHT AFTER ALL THIS EFFORT AND RECENT SUPPORT FROM MY GOOD SPARK FRIENDS, THEN I JUST DON’T DESERVE TO LOSE ANY WEIGHT. JUST DO IT RIGHT!'

i felt rather stupid doing it but I'm pleased to report that it worked and I stayed within calorie range and had only TWO glasses of wine – DEFINITELY a first!!

Further because I have a very bad habit of coming home and diving into the fridge even when I've already eaten - some long ago childhood habit that I can't rid myself of - I left a low-fat yoghourt by my bed with some water and some juice and by-passed the kitchen altogether. That worked too. Ate the yoghourt - drank some water and went straight to sleep.

All in all I'm feeling pretty pleased with progress made in my change of attitude - now I need find ways to keep that new attitude in place.

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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 9/23/2011 4:46AM

    Brilliant. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 9/9/2011 5:54AM

    Precious moments - whatever happens you did this great!

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MOSTMOM1 9/7/2011 10:27PM

    Good for you! That's some tenacious Sparking!
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BABYTUXXY 9/7/2011 10:06PM

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GRANDMABABA 9/7/2011 7:11PM

    emoticonAwesome!

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MTULLY 9/7/2011 5:02PM

    I am going to have to try that note to self. What a great idea!

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BEATLETOT 9/7/2011 9:00AM

    That's great! Congratulations! I love your note to yourself...never thought of it that way before, but it's so smart!

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I'm proud of your accomplishment. and I will gain strength from your Ideas. emoticon

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TSEWARD 9/7/2011 6:09AM

    Very Nice!!! You set yourself up to succeed and you went above and beyond! Your determination is inspiring.

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NEW-CAZ 9/7/2011 5:37AM

    emoticon Sonia, replacing a new healthy habit for an old unhealthy one is def the way to go...it'll soon be second nature.
Well done for the positive self motivation note too.
I keep some motivational quotes on my back bedroom (gym) wall to keep me inspired. Got the idea from SP and it DOES work.

SO pleased for you that you're fired up emoticon emoticon

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WALIDGAZALA 9/7/2011 4:47AM

    Well Done

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