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Looking back....

Sunday, May 16, 2010

...the last couple of weeks have been very good.
I'm back into my weightloss routine and thoroughly enjoying it again, so much so it makes me wonder why I went off it in the first place!

I'd forgotton how delicious fruits and veggies can taste, I'd got into eating rubbishy processed stuff and was bypassing good wholesome ingredients telling myself it was for convenience.
Convenience no...I was still cooking for my DH so it wasn't really true!
I'd lost my willpower!
I couldn't say 'no'.....I felt deprived if I did!!
I was still walking, exercising and drinking my water so it wasn't all bad and I didn't gain weight so that's a positive but I was definitely kidding myself.

Two weeks later I feel fitter, less sluggish, with more energy.
I'm sleeping better too, just the odd blip but that's usually through my painful knee.
I feel energised, like I've just renewed my batteries and could go on forever!

People say 'Don't look back' but I'm glad I have, it's made me realise I'm on the right path again and I want to stay on it!

Diet and exercise is the key...

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CANDY251 5/18/2010 7:52AM

    Good job on calling yourself out! It's easy to just make excuses for yourself... I find myself doing that from time to time as well. But you caught yourself in the act and put a stop to it! Great job =)

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CAROLYN0107 5/18/2010 3:16AM

    WooHoo! You're back on track!

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MARTHA-ANN 5/17/2010 4:59AM

    Thanks everyone, I feel so much better now I'm back on track, and hopefully for good!! emoticon

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LISALIVING1980 5/16/2010 1:13PM

    good for you! sometimes you have to look back and see how far you've come. It makes the journey all worth it.

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JEWITCH 5/16/2010 12:01PM

    Good for you to get back on track. Keep up the good work.

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SPIRITSEEKER2 5/16/2010 11:03AM

    great !! keep up the good work

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LOOZINITNOW 5/16/2010 10:35AM

    Great job! emoticon

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DOLLBABE56 5/16/2010 10:19AM

    Good for you. Hopefully I am back with motivation too. You are right, diet and exercise do work.

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NEELOJ 5/16/2010 9:27AM

    You go girl!!!
You sound just like me! I have been blowing it for the last couple of weeks. But I think I have gained! grrrrr
How can we be at our age and still not know any better! LOL

Oh well, like you said, we do need to look back once in a while to see the good and the bad.
We CAN learn from our mistakes!! We may be "older" but we aren't dead!!!! LOL

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No more Mrs. Dormouse!!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

I've been reading back through my blogs and streaks etc. and it's finally sunk in that I've been stuck at a seventy pounds loss for a fair while now.
So last week I decided enough is enough and went for it big time.....
The result: four pounds loss. YAY! I'm on the move again.

I suppose I was lucky I didn't put any weight back on, I was ''sort of'' doing all the right things so at least I know I can maintain if I ever get to the stage where I need to...LOL...

I feel as if I'm in the right frame of mind to lose now and not just use this site as a pleasant place to chat to friends as I seem to have been doing just lately.
I know I've had illness to contend with every now and again but that shouldn't make any difference at all and I really think frame of mind is the key, that and determination, and at the moment I've got both, in bucket loads!

I always get weighed in a little old fashioned chemist shop in town.
It's a revelation in that it has a smart up to the minute digital printout weighing machine.
Luckily it's also in a dark corner of the shop where no-one can see you.
You stand on it with your back to the shop and a little screen which no-one but you can see shows your progress and gives you a small white paper printout sheet similar to a cashpoint printout but with your weight loss on.
It's worth the twenty pence it costs as I only weigh there and only once a week.

I was feeling a bit apprehensive when I took off my coat and shoes and carefully put down my shopping bag.....I once got weighed with it in my hand and nearly fainted when I saw how much I'd put on in one week!!...LOL..

The little paper printout confirmed the details on the screen.....
Four pounds loss!! Yay!
I know the lady in the shop so she wasn't surprised when I did a little wiggly happy dance, she just laughed and said 'good result?'
It sure was!

The only thing I'm doing differently is recording my foods in a notebook as I get so frustrated with the tracking on here which seems to take up a lot of time. I'll still do my fruit/veg and water totals and my fitness minutes.

Anyway I'm back on track and chugging more Mrs. Dormouse!!!

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KAT573 5/6/2010 4:35AM

    WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT! I am with you, lady! I have had to put some thought into what I need to do, and I think I am on the way toooooo! emoticon

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MARTHA-ANN 5/6/2010 3:31AM

    Thanks everyone I was hoping it would be a biggish loss as it was like starting afresh, it'll mostly be water though emoticon

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HVMBRU 5/4/2010 9:26AM

    Wow! That's just great!! I've been maintaining too and getting a bit tired of it.

Good luck on your journey!


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MAINLADY 5/4/2010 7:02AM

    emoticon Martha-Ann.. A four pound loss is HUGE! Good for you. I agree that it's all in the mind. When we are in a good place we know exactly what to do and it pays off. Have a great rest of the week.


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CANDY251 5/4/2010 6:48AM

    Whoop whoop 4 lbs GONE FOR GOOD! Congrats!!!

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    Congratulations on the 4 new!

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Family matters...

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The last couple of days have been a highlight.

Last week a cousin who I haven't seen since I was fourteen, that's fortyseven years ago though we have corresponded every now and again, rang to say she'd be in the area. So we arranged to meet midway in a seaside town she hadn't visited in thirty years.
We met on Tuesday.
She rang and gave me details of when her bus got in and I arranged to meet her at the bus station.
I duly arrived and waited for her.

Five buses pulled in almost together and I was surrounded by people when I suddenly realised I had no idea what she looked like and she had no idea about me either!
Gradually the crowd dispersed and I was left sat on my seat at one side of the station whilst a lone lady was sat on another seat at the opposite side of the had to be her!
I walked across as she slowly got up and tentatively said 'Alma?' she nodded and it was like the forty seven years had never gone past.

We had a wonderful day by the seaside doing touristy things.
Riding the little minature land train, visiting the local stately home gardens, walked the spa, the promenade and the pier.....and with the fresh air giving us an appetite we also, rather naughtily, ate fish & chips and icecream!

The morning was sunny and warm but the afternoon turned dull with a chilly north wind so we sat in a little cafe with a hot drink while we looked at photographs we'd both brought and of course we talked and talked and talked.....

I'd been worried it would be a long day as I'd had to set off at 7.30am to be there in time and her bus wasn't leaving until 4.45pm which meant we wouldn't be back home until around 7.30 pm.
I was also worried it wasn't quite the season for the seaside and things would be closed but we managed well, it went so quickly and we walked a long way without realising.

Then yesterday a distant cousin I'd met for the first time only a few weeks ago through my love of genealogy arranged for us to go and find out about a brave relative who'd fought in WW1.
We didn't really know each other as I'd never met her until I spent a day with her and her dad when they'd come to visit me a few weeks previously but we got along really well and had a very enjoyable day.

We found our mutual relative's war discharge papers and his service record which even gave a description of his eye & hair colour, height, weight etc. but sadly no photograph.

We finished up with afternoon tea in a beautiful little tearoom near the picturesque little village where he'd been born, found the house he lived in and the school he was taught at, visited the churchyard and found his grave with it's headstone that gave us more details of his life.
Sadly there are no other descendants living there now.

I've really enjoyed those two days, both different but both family matters.
And I've forged new links for an old friendship and a new friendship.

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MARTHA-ANN 5/1/2010 8:11AM

    thanks everyone, I had two thoroughly enjoyable days and met two thoroughly nice people into the bargain emoticon

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MAINLADY 5/1/2010 8:06AM

    Martha-Ann, what a lovely story about meeting with Alma after all these years. Your detail of the day left me feeling like I was right there with you. Being at the seaside is like heaven to me and DH and I will be going to Maine soon. The first place we will go to is our beloved Popham Beach.

I'm not into genealogy-yet-but I've been browsing about and have found a few relatives on my dad's side. I'm glad that you got to spend some time with your other relative and found the gravesite of your family member who had died during WW11. Great memories for you.

Have a wonderful weekend.


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MOM2ACAT 4/29/2010 6:36PM

    I'm glad you were able to reconnect and had a good time!

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LILSUNFLOWER 4/29/2010 8:18AM

    What a wonderful experience! I love your day at the seaside with your cousin Alma. The season was just right. Had there been tourists there, the crowds and noise might have interfered. Your descriptions are so clear I felt as if I were with you. Congratulations on being brave. To arrange those meetings showed courage.

Have a great day - enjoy the week end coming up.

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DOLLBABE56 4/29/2010 7:52AM

    This is so special for you. I'm happy that you have forged new bonds of friendship.

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MUSYCLAU 4/29/2010 7:50AM

    Wonderful story! Thanks for sharing.

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Housework schmowshwork...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Housework schmowshwork....

I've been feeling really off it this last week or so with a Gilberts flare-up and of course the weather's been beautiful when I didn't feel well enough to garden and still is now I'm finally feeling a lot better and ought to do some housework!

I kept looking at it yesterday and finding bits of dust, a fingerprint on the door, a smear on a window so this morning when I got up and felt much more myself I decided enough is enough and to get down to it.....that was at eight's now twelve ten and as yet I haven't started!

When I think about it logically I've really been quite busy.....
reading the paper, watching the birds on the feeders, wandering around the garden to see the new spring growth, talking to my friend on the telephone, washing the breakfast pots, reading a couple of chapters in my current book, I've done a bit on my computer too, e-mailed a friend, added some names to my family tree, Sparked (still on it!!) but sadly no housework!!

The sun's warm, the wind's light, the garden's calling me..... Martha-Aaaann..... Martha-Aaaann.... Martha-Aaaann.....

I've actually written on my Spark feed I'm going to do some housework!!
I've still got hours left to this day and my new rockery plants need bedding in, the borders need a shim and the the seat near the pond, under the cherry tree boughs profuse with blossom and buzzing with bees, has my name on it.....I think I'll have my lunch there and see how things pan out after that.....

My favourite seat by the pond.....well what would you do?

The cherry tree's awash with blossoms and bees

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MARTHA-ANN 4/14/2010 9:03AM

    Sorry kat, I forgot you were American!!
It just means busy in our Yorkshire dialect...LOL emoticon

I've still a bit more housework to do, mainly in the kitchen but I'm taking it slow and not bothering. The parts visitors see are clean now!! emoticon

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KAT573 4/14/2010 8:28AM

    WELL now, I am gonna have to look up the word "throng" or is that some brit slang only the wise and britty folk know? LOL

HOPE you got some of that housework done; I still have too much on my list for YESTERDAY but so it goes! LOL! It will be here after I am gone so I aint gonna worry too much.

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MARTHA-ANN 4/13/2010 6:31PM

    Thanks Dollbabe you're right of course another day won't matter.
Kat you sound more thrang than me!!

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KAT573 4/13/2010 7:34AM

    hahahahahah! you naughty woman you! I know exactly how you feel PLUS two! Matt has pulled his bed, his drumset out into the Living Room I had JUST been reclaiming from Chris' keyboard, and drawers and piles of things he needed to MOVE out, and we are having to "finish" the holes every fourteen inches top and bottom in Matt's and Chris' room, from the blown in insulation last that we can GET to them! This on top of JUST CLEANING LOL! ew.

AND the SUN is BECKONING to us HouseworkSmowsworkShirkers! We have to re grade and lay in the patio stones that now front the new door, weeds are challenging my newly landscaped garden and the top of the yard is a mess thanks to our friendly contractors paid out of our generous tax dollars! AH!!!!!!! SPRING in the air!
(and as Grouch Marx would reply, from his seat in the canoe........"WHAT? ME? Spring in the air and fall in the Lake! NO thank you!") emoticon emoticon

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DOLLBABE56 4/13/2010 7:30AM

    House work can wait, but health can't! Let your body heal. Another day or so won't matter with the housework. In other words, love yourself!

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Glad to be alive..

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Today is one of THOSE know the kind when you wake up full of the joys of Spring and glad to be alive.
I'm sure you've all had them.
Well, today is my 'Glad to be alive' day.

We'd a good hard frost again last night so the early morning air was chilly. Everywhere was clothed in a crisp white layer.
I looked back at my footprints across the lawn, showing black against the crispy whiteness.
I wandered near the pond watching the fish gliding around flashing glints of silver, gold and orange.
As the sun rose and warmed everything, shining it's golden glow around the garden the crisp white frost melted.
Flowers opened, the bees came buzzing in and even a butterfly graced the first open flower of my magnolia.

Two swallows arrived here from Africa way yesterday afternoon and they were busy building up the front entrance of last years nest that winter has ravaged, swooping down for the soft mud in my bog garden and flying with beaksful to rebuild their nest under the eaves.

A loved up pair of collared doves were billing and cooing to each other before mating precariously on the top of the fence and the frogs were singing love songs in the pond and laying great clumps of transluscent spawn.

I stood amongst all this, in my night attire, steaming cup in hand, and drank in the beauty of the day.
Nature's wonderful and I'm so glad to be alive.

The loved up collared doves

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LILSUNFLOWER 4/29/2010 8:21AM

    The title of this blog grabbed my attention.

Great! Glad you shared. Love the picture - what camera/lens? How close were you for the shot?

Take care.
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MARTHA-ANN 4/13/2010 6:22PM

    Good morning to you and thankyou!

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STILLPOINT 4/13/2010 9:05AM

    Well, good morning! What a wonderful Blog. Thank you!!!

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MARTHA-ANN 4/13/2010 8:42AM

    thanks Spirit and Kat, life's good! emoticon

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KAT573 4/13/2010 7:37AM

    What a lovely written passage celebrating LIFE, a gift beyond compare!

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SPIRITSEEKER2 4/8/2010 7:54PM

    I can't read long things, sorry- but your picture is fabulous !!! Happy you had a great day !!

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MARTHA-ANN 4/8/2010 6:20PM

    Thanks everyone, it was a beautiful morning. I love it now it's lighter and tend to get up and go out into the garden early when it's peaceful and no-one else is yet up.
I don't feel too good this week due to an hereditary complaint but to stand out there is so refreshing emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 4/8/2010 5:43PM

    Days like that are truly a gift!

I love that picture of the doves. They look very similar to the mourning doves that are in my area; I love to listen to them coo also.

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NEELOJ 4/8/2010 10:57AM

    Such a happy day!! Isn't it great!!!
Thanks for sharing your morning! I felt like I was walking around with you!

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MARILYN1260 4/8/2010 10:23AM

    Martha-Ann, reading your Blog post gave my day a happy start too. I'm looking forward to hearing more and seeing pictures of your beautiful grounds and gardens. Continue to enjoy this wonderful day.

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