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It's not about being bad.....

Monday, January 28, 2013

I am a member of an online virtual running club on which I run the weight loss group. There are about 60 members of the group, all ages and sizes, all wanting to lose for many different reasons, be it a couple of stones to improve general health or a couple of pounds to improve race performance.

One of the things that makes me cringe on an almost daily basis is when members describe their actions as "being good/bad".

"I've been really good today", or worse, "I've been bad, I ate a donut".

Life is about choices. Sometimes we make poor choices. We all do, it's part of being human. But if you were driving your car somewhere and had a choice of 2 routes and picked the one that ended up with you sat in a jam, you wouldn't tell yourself that you'd been bad! You would maybe sigh to yourself and think you chose the wrong route, next time you'll go the other way.

Healthy eating is just the same. We are constantly faced with choices. Sometimes we choose the wrong route. But instead of beating ourselves up about it, we should look forward and resolve to choose differently next time. Put the bad choice behind us, draw a line, move on.

The quote from the Best of SparkPeople email I received this morning :

Coach Nancy says:
Guilt and shame only make us feel bad, but do nothing to change our behavior.

Sums it up nicely!

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UNSWEETMAMA 1/31/2013 5:04PM

    Well said!

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ALIHIKES 1/30/2013 6:52PM

    LOVE this blog, very true! I am trying to change the way I think about food choices myself! emoticon

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WILSONWR 1/28/2013 7:53PM

    How true!! (And I enjoyed the food at New Orleans without a bit of guilt!)

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NELLJONES 1/28/2013 8:24AM

    I think what is really going on is the problem people have with finding themselves doing something they really don't want to do. If you really don't want to take that route in the car because.....you'll drive past the store you don't want to have to ignore, or the casino you just can't stay out of, then yes, you'll feel guilty. But how do we do what we really say we want to do? I know that when I put myself in temptation's way and give in, I kick myself. The better part of valour is staying away from temptation whenever possible.

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    I definitely agree. Thanks for mentioning this.

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LOVESTOWALK49 1/28/2013 7:49AM

    Very true. Great blog.

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BLUENOSE63 1/28/2013 6:59AM

  Very well said! If you make a poor choice one day, just make a better choice the next day and soon it will become second nature.

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STONECOT 1/28/2013 4:31AM

    I know people that act as if having a slice of my lovely chocolate cake is tantamount to supping with the devil! If you don't want it, don't eat it, but don't call it bad!

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GHOSTFLAMES 1/28/2013 4:09AM

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Snow, snow, go away!

Friday, January 25, 2013

"Up in the morning's no for me,
Up in the morning early;
When a' the hills are covered wi' snaw,
I'm sure it's winter fairly"

A wee bit of Robert Burns for you, seems fairly appropriate for today! Having no Scot ancestors, we are under no obligation to be dining on Haggis, neeps and tatties tonight, thank goodness.

I'm a tiny bit fed up with the white stuff now. It's been lying for almost 2 weeks and the temperatures have not risen above 0*C in all that time. Well of course it hasn't, or the snow would be gone by now, wouldn't it? It's charm and beauty is wearing a bit thin now. I have things to be getting on with, not least of all training for a half marathon.

The forecast is for a sudden rise in temperature on Sunday. They are now warning of possible flooding. Roll on Spring!

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WILSONWR 1/28/2013 7:38PM

    You do have a lot of snow. I wish we would get just a little...

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SPARKFRAN514 1/27/2013 12:13PM

    keep your fingers crossed FEB 2 is 7 days away

the tradition of using the
Groundhog to predict the arrival of spring. According to legend, if the groundhog sees his shadow (a sunny morning), there will be six more weeks of winter. He then returns to his den and goes back to sleep. If however, he does not see his shadow (cloudy days), he plays around outside of his hole for a while. If he does not see his shadow, spring is just around the corner


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1BEACHWALKER 1/26/2013 11:02PM

    So glad I live in Florida! Nice pic of the snow though! After getting a weekend of 24 inches of it back in Ohio 9 years ago-that is when we said we are moving to FL! Hope it goes away soon!!! Bring on the spring for Dawn!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 1/25/2013 4:44PM

    Send it here!!! We're stuck at 80 degrees today in flippin' January and I really wish we could see winter. The news was going on and on last night about how we're having a colder winter this year because there's been 10 FREEZES this season, compared to last year's 8...yeah. I miss Wisconsin.

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BIGTHINKER_HD 1/25/2013 3:58PM

    I am wishing enough warmth to come your way to melt that snow away. Good luch with your marathon training.


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JACKIE542 1/25/2013 3:28PM

    Wish I could send you some warmth, I do think I would be pretty tired of it by now. ((HUGS)) Jackie emoticon

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TRINJOY 1/25/2013 2:42PM

    we moved to TN to get away from all the cold and snow. I am much happier with the idea of going to the snow then it coming to me.

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Whose woods these are.....

Sunday, January 20, 2013

......I think I know
His house is in the village though
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
(Robert Frost)

I've not been on here much these last few days due to a fit of the glums. I don't know what's been wrong with me but I've not been my usual cheerful self. I did start to wonder if I suffer from SAD - I'm certainly not a fan of cold, dark, grey, miserable days. Or maybe if it was the just after effects of an especially good birthday followed by the crash back to normality....
Anyway, enough is enough. Today I told myself to stop moping and snap out of it.

I bundled up in my warmest winter wear and, with hubby and daughter in tow, set off for the local park. There's nothing like raw nature to lift the spirits (even in well below zero temperatures).

The boating lake is frozen but not enough to skate on yet....

No takers for the outside tables at the cafe today!

Little robin watching us....


Back home now and the gloves/scarves/hats are steaming on the radiators. We were out for just over an hour and walked 2.6 miles. I feel so much better - it's cold outside but inside I'm glowing!

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1BEACHWALKER 1/26/2013 10:59PM

    I do suffer from SAD and yes, it does help to get out and enjoy nature, no matter what the temp. outside! Although I applaud you for going out in that kind of weather! Hope you feel better now-if it hits again-get the coat, hat and gloves out!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
Or you could fly down and get another dose of FL sunshine! It helps with the SAD, believe me! emoticon

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CANDOK1260 1/24/2013 9:57AM

    beautiful pic emoticon for sharing

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LIS193 1/22/2013 9:56AM

    emoticon getting out there and play in the snow. Hope the ice will get thick enough for skating - so much fun!

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WILSONWR 1/21/2013 7:20PM

    Sounds like a great day! Hope you get over the glums!

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ALIHIKES 1/20/2013 11:09PM

    Thanks for sharing the photos of your lovely snowy walk!

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DR1939 1/20/2013 3:47PM

    Sometimes I just got out on the front porch and drink my coffee just to get a little sunshine. We live in a rural area so the scenery is uplifting as is the sunshine. Right now is 10F with a 20 mph wind and that's a little too bitter to walk in.

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UNSWEETMAMA 1/20/2013 2:59PM

    Beautiful, but way to cold for me!

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MICHELELYNN777 1/20/2013 11:51AM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures!

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TOMSGIRL9 1/20/2013 10:00AM

    What a wonderful outing! I love you pics!

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JACKIE542 1/20/2013 9:12AM

    Hope you feel better now, the pictures were beautiful. I know what you mean, when we had our gloomy weather for awhile and the freeze we had my normal cheerful self was gone. Now that is has warmed up I feel better. I guess I should have gotten out anyway. Have a great day. emoticon

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50, snow and starting over

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Yesterday was my birthday. As my mum likes to retell every year, I was born during the winter of '63 which made it into the history books for being a long, hard, cold, SNOWY winter. I'm told that I didn't go out in my pram until March because the snow was so deep.

I had a lovely day. I was totally spoilt from the moment I opened my eyes. Hubby took our daughter to school so I could have a lie-in. Then I was treated to a champagne breakfast. I skyped my parents and son. I read so many lovely emails and messages on Facebook. I was taken out for a surprise lunch with girlfriends where I was presented with a wonderful (cheeky) homemade birthday cake.

Then out in the evening for a celebration meal with family. It started to snow heavily during the evening and today we woke to this:

Today I'm rekindling my friendship with healthy eating and exercise. I've had a few weeks off due to the holidays and my looming birthday, but now there are no more temptations on the horizon. It's time to get back my focus - and to be honest, I'm looking forward to it!

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WILSONWR 1/20/2013 8:34AM

    Again, I hope you had a great birthday. Sounds like it was pretty good - thanks for sharing!

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JACKIE542 1/18/2013 10:37PM

    Oh, it looks like you had a great birthday, the flowers are gorgeous, looks like tulips? I am going to try and grow some this year. Love that cake, funny comment. What a magical day. emoticon

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LIS193 1/15/2013 6:30PM

It sounds like a wonderful day! Welcome to the 50's club!

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RUNGRL2013 1/15/2013 4:46PM

    emoticon dear SP friend--sounds like you had a great one! I love the pictures! It looks like Belgium has had quite a bit of snow--we had a lot of snow before Christmas and now it's green in the low lands. My kids love going out in the snow to play and I love that they come home exhausted (and quiet:)), and I get a workout running after them. Fun for everyone:). Enjoy your winter wonderland and may all your wishes for this year come true! emoticon

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IAMFRANSGIRL 1/15/2013 1:28PM

    emoticon And here's to happy, healthy 2013.
We woke to a similar sight!

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MARILYNS66 1/15/2013 1:08PM

    emoticon and many more

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UNSWEETMAMA 1/15/2013 12:01PM

    What a lovely picture of you and those fantastic flowers! Happy Birthday!
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BLUENOSE63 1/15/2013 11:58AM


I was born in the winter of 1963 as well but it was December! Way to go 1963 babies are wonderful!

Happy birthday and hope you have many more
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PJBONARRIGO 1/15/2013 11:52AM

    Happy birthday and a very happy New Year to you! It sounds like you had a lovely day. I enjoyed reading your blog and I enjoyed all those pictures, especially the cake LOL emoticon

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Ho ho ho.....

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Coming from a family that always looks for the second magpie and never puts new shoes on the table at home - and from a nation that 'religiously' ensures that its Christmas tree and decorations are gone by 6th January (to avoid bad luck all year), it always feels odd to me that here in Flanders the Christmas trees, holly wreathes and illuminated reindeer can still been seen well into the New Year.

About five years ago, I noticed an influx of Santas amongst the decorations, hanging from little ropes. Antwerp was snowed under with them... a multitude of little red Father Christmasses could be seen crawling up a rope to East Flemish window sills - I remember counting 53 of them on the relatively short journey from my home into the centre of Antwerp! There are less of them this time around, and the 2012 version has the mini Father Christmas climbing up an LED rope.

Whilst out for my walk yesterday, I noticed that many of them are still there. I don't know why decorations stay up so long in Belgium - perhaps because it's so dark and miserable at this time of year that the extended season for bright lights and sparkly deco's helps to keep the locals cheerful. Going on the experiences of past years, I expect to see the little fellas hohohoing their way into February!

PS I LOVED the home decorations in America - just like on the films! Some people had really gone to town with decorating their properties - brought a huge smile to my face. Such fun!

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LEASIM1231 1/23/2013 2:00PM

    I leave my lights up for a while, because it is so dark here. I took down the Christmas decorations the first week of January, but left my 'winter' ones.

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BLUENOSE63 1/11/2013 5:48PM

  Now that's funny emoticon

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WILSONWR 1/9/2013 7:37PM

    Traditions seem like they are changing there!

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    In my neighborhood back in the US there were at least 2 houses that hung lights outside for Christmas one year...and never took them down again. I kid you not. They left their Christmas lights hanging from the roofs the entire year. One even left other Christmas decorations up for a number of months each year as well, it was not unusual to drive past in March or April and still see Santa or reindeer in the yard.

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JACKIE542 1/9/2013 9:30AM

    Interesting. emoticon

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NAYKNITS 1/9/2013 7:40AM

    Just looking at the picture and before reading, I thought someone was might unhappy with the gifts from Santa! Thank you for clarifying that Santa was climbing a rope, lol! emoticon

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BEBOP4ME 1/9/2013 7:04AM

    Hmmm! I might just have to find one of those Santas climbing up a rope. My two girls would love that! emoticon

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DMEYER4 1/9/2013 6:46AM

  I am always one to take down the decorations the week after christmas. I guess it comes from wanting everything neat and tidy and in its place. We have people in our neighborhood who still light their outside lights in May which is totally crazy.

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LIFETIMER54 1/9/2013 6:43AM

  Hilarious... emoticon

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