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Oh GOOD - it's raining!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Hang on and Ill explain . . .

As its raining Im sunk on the sofa in the process of preparing a blog with pics about my visit to the Day of the Dead celebrations in Brighton (UK) at the weekend but have had to interrupt myself thanks to a blog from JACKSGRAN.

First of all I loved:
*Regardless of feelings or circumstances or motivation JUST DO IT!*

Second of all I had to take notice of:
*I don't mind walking in the rian. (spelling left as it stands on her principle of forgiving ones own/others imperfections!) In fact I quite enjoy it.*

WHAT!!?? Quite enjoy it?!!! Actually I guess, on reflection, that I could too. In fact I really enjoy walking BUT . . . I always have an excuse for NOT getting going. Im a terminal procrastinator and so easily diverted. My motivation is never good I feel miserable OR I have too much to do at home OR it's too wet OR Ive been brought down by . . . whatever.

OR OR OR . . .

Neatly back to the first quote from JACKSGRAN's blog *JUST DO IT*

SO Im going to stop diverting myself on Spark put on my waterproof and go walking. NOW.

Thanks JACKSGRAN you did me a lot of good today.

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1BEACHWALKER 11/20/2013 2:27PM

    We actually walked in the rain the other day, with umbrellas...it was a nice steady light rain and it was invigorating. Got a bit damp, but hey, who cared-not us. The only time we don't is when there us lightning. But, we actually got caught riding in the rain one time and it was lightning! Yikes! Added a bit of excitement to it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 11/11/2013 2:23PM

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NHES220 11/11/2013 12:05PM

    Have a nice walk and that is the great thing about SP - we can virtually motivate each other!

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NEW-CAZ 11/11/2013 10:22AM

    emoticon I stayed out of the rain today as I had a hair appt- not much point in a stylist taking time and trouble to preen you if all you're going to do is go back out in the rain emoticon

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JACKSGRAN 11/11/2013 8:15AM

    Wow, thanks so much for reading and making this comment on my blog. I really appreciate it.

Someone else commented that I'm an odd duck emoticon I may have webbed feet, I'll check next time I put on my shoes.

Enjoy your walk - and tell us about it tomorrow.

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NANCYPAT1 11/11/2013 7:19AM

    Have a nice walk

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Another walk on the Downs

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Quite remarkable day again so off I went to the Downs again this afternoon for a walk in the sunshine. SO many people had the same idea of course and it was packed up there with people and paragliders enjoying the late afternoon sun.

I count myself very lucky to have somewhere so beautiful to take my Sparkercise.

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NEW-CAZ 11/11/2013 2:50AM

    wonderful, glad you have such spectacular scenery to enjoy, so good for the soul emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 11/10/2013 5:15PM

    What a gorgeous picture, showing that view! You are lucky!! Thanks for sharing! Keep going! You can do it!!

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CATLADY52 11/10/2013 3:52PM

    You have some lovely areas to walk in. emoticon

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JACKSGRAN 11/10/2013 2:08PM

    It was a glorious day, wasn't it. Too beautiful to miss a walk on the downs.


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Fun - and re-couping

Friday, November 08, 2013

I've been really idle for most of this week - desultory workouts and failing to get much done at all. Yesterday - thanks in large part to a Spark friend sending me emoticon galore I pulled myself together and got more done in a day than I had all the rest of the week. emoticon emoticon

I then went out for a Celebration of Autumn Game meats at a local restaurant. I knew it wouldn't be good for my Spark tracker - well for ME in fact - but I'd promised, so off I went. Very delicious food emoticon but, of course, heavy on the meat - several set courses of Pigeon - Pheasant - Venison - Grouse. Very small portions thank goodness and accompanied by delicious vegetables so all was not lost. I skipped the dessert but each course had matched wine with it so that was a bit of a disaster. emoticon
Pretty well impossible to calculate calories but I was definitely over my allowance. Still - it was fun and I really enjoyed it so I'm not going to let it bother me. However - I WAS determined to make up for it. Today I have eaten really carefully and will be at the lower end of my calories. This morning I did a thorough workout and went for a long long walk on the South Downs above Brighton.
My partner, who doesn't do much walking, drove me to one of the ancient little Downs villages - all of them built along a spring line and still mostly quite quaint and not really in the 21st century yet.

I started off along a lane lined with renovated workmens' cottages . . .

I went up the hill at the end . . .

crossed the stile on the top . . .

and then scrambled down the other side of the hill to the manor house and its church.

It was very muddy and harder than I expected - far too 'scrambly' for me to take any pictures on the way down! Too busy hanging on to handy branches so I didn't slip too much! emoticon There is also a pub which used to belong to the Lord of the manor but has since been taken over by the villagers - handy because I could meet my partner in the pub for a glass of sparkling water to keep him company while he drank local beer.

I enjoyed every minute of it and I feel quite virtuous today. emoticon Just need to keep it going and refuse any invitations to big meals for a while!!

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ZOSBOS 11/9/2013 3:29AM

    I really enjoyed your blog. I am originally from that neck of the woods so it was lovely to see the photos - thanks for sharing.

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1BEACHWALKER 11/9/2013 1:58AM

    Good for you making up for that meal the next day and what a gorgeous walk! I can imagine the history of the manor house! Love those kind of places! Anytime you want to share your walks with us, is ok by me! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JACKSGRAN 11/8/2013 6:26PM

    I know this part of the UK well, it's beautiful. I'm in Hampshire, near the Surrey border. Thanks for sharing your walk.


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GRANDMABABA 11/8/2013 1:37PM

    Beautiful! Great success to you!

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NEW-CAZ 11/8/2013 1:15PM

    emoticon emoticon proud of yers emoticon

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Dunno why I left it so long . . .

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

. . . because as always, when I drag myself back here, I instantly find help and support.

Took on board the recommendations for 'baby steps' and 'ten minutes' at a time and took myself for a walk on a remarkably beautiful November afternoon. I'm lucky to live in a beautiful green square right by the sea.

Ten minutes turned into so much more and I walked a long time in the sunshine until it went and I came back in a misty but wonderful sunset.

So I went to bed after a careful food day well satisfied with my first baby steps.

Thank you so much everyone. emoticon and all you wonderful Sparklers.

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1BEACHWALKER 11/5/2013 10:41PM

    Good to see you back! One day, one goal, one step at a time!!!!

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NEW-CAZ 11/5/2013 8:30AM

    emoticon Love the sunset! The sky here is so much more spectacular than over Harlington too emoticon

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RIDLEYRIDER 11/5/2013 6:45AM

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    Be the turtle! Never the road runner. emoticon

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Plodding on

Monday, November 04, 2013

Sadly I have little Spark enthusiasm at the moment - for weight loss or worthwhile exercise. I can truthfully say that stuff has been getting in my way but I know that really I'm just making excuse upon excuse.
I have at least managed to maintain the loss from my time on the Spark Solution Challenge and I will be forever grateful to that book which I still consult regularly - unlike the many other diet advice books gathering dust on my shelves. Plainly all I need to do is up the Spark Solution process and I should lose the remaining 10lb to reach the top of my healthy BMI range. My aim is to do that by Christmas although I'm not going to put any pressure on myself in case I put myself off the whole thing.
So no big Spark re-start - I'm just hoping to plod on with effect - and also to chase round after neglected friends whom I've missed in the past months

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CATLADY52 11/4/2013 3:56PM

    I can echo AUNTB63 and New-Caz's comments about having already done part of the plan. Now take small steps for the rest. Try the 10 minutes a day trick. I'm doing that part now. I find that getting in ten minutes is a lot easier to do. In fact I'm going to do it right now! emoticon Be back soon.

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NEW-CAZ 11/4/2013 10:33AM

    Have to agree with AUNTB63 Sonia,! You've done the hardest part and having been away a while it makes sense to make baby steps- it's surprising how little it can take to have an enormous effect.

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LOUBUG1012 11/4/2013 10:28AM

    Well said AUNTB63!

I agree, small changes do add up and help.

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AUNTB63 11/4/2013 9:40AM

    You don't need to re-start....just start from where you are. Commit to just 10 minutes a day of exercise. You could get that in just by marching in place while washing dishes or getting up at every commercial that comes on the TV while watching that Monday night program. Eat an extra fruit each day for a week.....you can build up that momentum just by making small consistent changes. emoticon emoticon FORWARD.

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