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Sunday, November 13, 2011

I'be been so busy this weekend that I lost it - AGAIN! Focus, that is. This happens so easily - something in my head says 'OK there's an excuse now so I don't need to think about cardio.' I do know that's rubbish and I also know that if I don't move I won't burn the extra calories I need to. So I pulled myself together and walked by the sea in the twilight when I got home from the uni. I was rewarded however with the gift of a fairly spectacular sunset. I hope that's been enough inspiration to keep me on the strait and narrow because I'm resolved that this is my moment for getting a regular cardio habit and doing it for long enough to make it stick. Mustn't slip now.

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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 11/15/2011 4:56AM

    Beautiful scene. I got a lovely sunset view from the plane in Belfast both landing on Saturday and taking off yesterday. I love sunsets and sunrises. I don't see too many sunrises though!! emoticon

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TRENTDREAMER 11/14/2011 5:30PM

    Beautiful pictures. I love sunsets and sunrises.

Regarding cardio. Do you have light and rest days factored into your regimen. How many sessions per week is your goal?

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NEW-CAZ 11/13/2011 2:51PM

    Sonia those are pictures to treasure, what an awesome walk that must have been.
Glad you found your focus again after a hard week emoticon

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APPLEADAY2010 11/13/2011 2:00PM

    Your pics are lovely - looks like you was rewarded for putting in the effort to take the walk. I know exactly what you mean about being busy and losing focus - its easy done. I am going to try an look more at getting a balance this week xx

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And the walking continues . . .

Thursday, November 10, 2011

. . hoping it'll really become a daily habit and not an intermittent habit as it has been.
Today I went - again - to the sea at the bottom of my square - but very early when both life and Nature are very different. All the sailing boats (mostly for hire for sailing lessons) were still up on the beach altho later - wind permitting - they will be out on the sea flitting around like butterflies. It was so peaceful - few people around apart from joggers and dogwalkers - the latter with a ready smile and a 'Good morning' - the former too busy achieving their goals to un-focus and speak - 'Quite right too!' I thought.
So I watched the sea as I walked and looked at the sailing boats in the peace before the rest of the world woke up and the bustling began.

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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 11/15/2011 4:53AM

    Brilliant. I'm so jealous. I crave the sea.

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TRENTDREAMER 11/13/2011 6:55AM

    The early in the mornig feeling, ain't nothin' like it.

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NEW-CAZ 11/10/2011 6:03AM

    Hi Sonia
what a lovely way to set yourself up for the day; cardio done and dusted early and in such wonderful surroundings.
Keep that camera with you, its great coming on your walks with you.
And you will keep it up...........if I have to kick your butt daily emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

kidding! sounds like this time around you're actually ENJOYING IT!

Have an amazing day hun.

Laters emoticon

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DAV128 11/10/2011 6:01AM

    Walk yourself to fitness and enjoyment. When I started exercising and all I could do was walk, I really got into it. I enjoyed the me time (alone with my thought) or walking with a book on tape. Later when I started running (I have a running streak of almost 18 months without missing a day), I still go back out and have my evening walk (usually around 30-40 minutes) when I can enjoy the night air, a walk down nearby country rounds or a park, or an enjoyable time listening to a book. Beside the great exercise, I find I never even think about missing a walk, while missing or putting off a run creeps into my thoughts.


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Walking by the sea

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

I went walking by the sea at the bottom of my road today. It was not intended - I meant to walk on the Downs behind Brighton but for various reasons it wasn't to be.

So - determined to get in my 60 minute walk somewhere I enjoy, I just took myself down the square where I live, with my camera in my pocket to tramp along by the sea and was amazed to see that although it was overcast there were enough gaps in the clouds to allow the sun to peep through and make a pathway across the sea. I'd forgotten just how lucky I am to be a stone's throw from the sea and to be able to enjoy it in all it's moods through all the seasons which is why I've resolved to make a space to enjoy the beauty again and combine it with some healthy walks.

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NEW-CAZ 11/9/2011 11:53AM

    It's beautiful Sonia, I love how the colours change, just think you've captured that moment for posterity, the sky will never be just like that ever again, a unique moment! Love the sun coming through!

It must have been a very rejuvenating walk, oh to be by the sea!

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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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    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!!!

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!

emoticon for resisting temptation emoticon emoticon

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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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