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the lure of the sea..............

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I feel blue today

I think I'm all out of kilter due to work shifts - I've been doing some days of 14 hrs, losing sleep, then having days that start late, or start early, and I've being going to bed early, going to bed late - and I feel out of sorts generally.......... and I've lost my smile!

I live by the sea, on the north coast of West Cornwall (so the sea is the Celtic Sea - which meets the Atlantic) and I work by the sea, on the south coast of West Cornwall (so the sea is The Channel). The two seas are quite different in feeling.

I have been looking at the sea a lot lately........... I don't swim in it because I'm not a strong swimmer. But a desire is growing in me.

We did have a lovely outdoor sea-water lido in Penzance, but it was seriously damaged by the storms back in February - and it's not open this year. That was my plan to get used to swimming in the sea.

But, I do have access to an indoor pool only 10 mins from my house - and there's also one in the town where I work. There is the small matter of money........which is not insurmountable if I prioritise it into my budget! So - how about I plan to swim at least once a week?

I think my body is asking me to do this.


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SPARKINON 8/27/2014 11:37AM

    wow, what great views you must have around you! :o) my mum learnt how to swim about a year or so ago in her early 50's and loved it! she wasn't confident at first, having to take her glasses off to do so..she went from pool to beach, and ended up preferring the pool, it's nice you have those options too! :o)

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KAREN-IS-HERE 8/27/2014 11:01AM

    emoticon the best part about doing various exercises is not having to commit to any singular one.... swimming would be a nice change of pace

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HEALTHY4ME 8/27/2014 10:16AM

    Awesome thanks for the reminder. I was told by physio that the pool near me has an arthritis class in the warm pool. I called and they said the instructor had quit so they were hopeful to get another and call back. I will call as soon as I get off here!

I hope you can plan a swim once a week! HUGS

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MICKEYH 8/27/2014 8:28AM

    You are so lucky to live by the see and glance at it everyday! emoticon

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JCLJR4547 8/27/2014 8:13AM

  swimming is great workout!

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AZMOMXTWO 8/27/2014 8:12AM

  it sounds like you need to swim or at least play in the water

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Up with the lark (or the gulls!)

Monday, August 25, 2014

On Saturday night, I was at work - and was woken around 2am by a helicopter circling around - gosh they are so noisy! must have been police, or search and rescue (but I think police!) - I woke up with a headache on Sunday morning - swallowed some Ibuprofen with my coffee then worked until 4pm.

I was tired when I got home - and I wanted to watch a film on BBC iPlayer - but the site was down due to an error - so I did a walking cardio video on Spark People instead - that was good! So I slept pretty well last night - despite the sound of the rain pounding on the roof!

I woke early - and it was quite - the rain had stopped. I had a strong desire to get up and go out for a walk. When I looked at the clock it was only 5.30am! The dawn just starting to break.

I got up, made my bed (FlyLady!), got dressed, and headed out.

What a lovely walk - so quiet because there was no traffic, no people out yet, not even dog-walkers or joggers! Our town is SO busy in the summer season - it was a lovely feeling to have the place to myself - it's such a beautiful little town. I could hear the birds, I could hear the sea, I could hear the sound of the wind moving the trees - it was delightful. I could smell all the flowers, the sea air.

It just started to rain again as I was nearly back to my door - the first delivery vans of bread, beer and fruit & veg, had just started to roll into town. The first yachts were pulling up their anchors.

It was a great walk - and a great start to my day!

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BETRHO48 8/26/2014 7:28PM

    Your blog reads that you (finally) got your sleep and got your walk in on a lovely day. How wonderful that you were able to do that. Keep on Sparking!

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RAWCOOKIE 8/26/2014 3:53PM

    in case anyone else is wondering - I work in a residential care home and we do 'sleep-in' shifts - which means we work the day before, 'sleep' at night (on-call) and then get up and do the morning shift. The shift is either 9am to 11pm, or 4.30pm to 11pm - then we retire to the 'sleep-in' room. Then we start at 7am and end at either 9.30am or 4.30pm.

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MICKEYH 8/25/2014 11:52AM

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KAREN-IS-HERE 8/25/2014 11:17AM

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GIVEUP30 8/25/2014 10:42AM

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TODDERICKV 8/25/2014 9:47AM

    Your first sentence struck me as funny, you were at work at night and you were woken? I used to have a job at a shelter when I slept there at night and basically was on call if there was an emergency, but I want a job to sleep at! Haha.

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COASTAL6 8/25/2014 7:59AM

    emoticon Good Morning Friend emoticon

It sound like you had a beautiful morning, and you got your walking in, that's great!
Rooting and cheering you on emoticon

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SATCHMO99 8/25/2014 4:42AM

    Sounds amazing, what a great start to the day! I guess Bank Holiday weekends are even busier than usual.

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Planning for tomorrow

Friday, August 22, 2014

My Spark Coach task for the day is to blog my meal plan for tomorrow. I'm good on this (mainly due to FlyLady!) and I plan my meals 3 days at a time, and work them around my shift patterns.

Tomorrow (Saturday) I will be starting work at 4.30pm and doing a sleep-in shift into Sunday morning, so my cooked meal will be at home, at midday.

Breakfast: porridge with dried apricots and walnuts
Lunch: Vegetable curry with quinoa/rice (the curry will include spinach and chickpeas that need using up)
Mid-afternoon snack: apples (from my own tree!)
Dinner: Homemade smokey hummus, crispbreads (Ryvita), cucumber
Eveing snack: fat-free natural Greek yoghourt

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GIVEUP30 8/22/2014 1:45PM

    It's so much easier sitting down and planning what to eat for the whole week emoticon

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KAREN-IS-HERE 8/22/2014 10:06AM

    emoticon yummy

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MICKEYH 8/22/2014 6:22AM

    Your meal plan sounds yum and healthy! emoticon

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FERRNIE 8/22/2014 4:15AM

    Sounds delicious and healthy. emoticon emoticon

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SATCHMO99 8/22/2014 3:03AM

    Mmm, I like the sound of your home made smoky hummous. Any chance of putting the recipe on a blog?

I also meal-plan, usually a week at a time, a habit formed via the forum on Money Saving Experts website, which is great.

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the Spark effect

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Whilst I was out for a walk this morning, I had a sudden realisation.......................

The fact that I'm not putting ON weight and getting UNhealthier - is due to Sparking!

Lots of little things I do:

yesterday, I stopped before I'd eaten all my lunch and decided I'd had enough! Stop when I'm full!

yesterday, I picked up a small bag of jelly beans at the checkout - looked at the info "1/4 packet = 90 kcals" - did the math; whole bag = 360 kcals - and put the bag back on the shelf!

yesterday, I stood in the kitchen looking for that little something before bedtime - and said to myself "I'm not really hungry. I don't need to eat" and I had a glass of water and went to bed.

today, I just took myself out for a 40 min walk round the block after breakfast

These things all help me stay healthy and maintain my weight :)

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TODDERICKV 8/25/2014 9:48AM

    Yes, my daily habits have made me healthier and stronger since I have been Sparking. I still need to lose weight, but I feel so much better and my labs are great when I go to the doctor.

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KAREN-IS-HERE 8/22/2014 10:08AM

    emoticon emoticon that's what it's about- apply changed thinking to make overall quality of life optimal where and when we can-

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APRIL_V_2 8/21/2014 1:58PM

    Way to go! These are awesome healthy habits! emoticon

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WALKINGGIRL6 8/21/2014 2:34AM

    There is so many positives in your day. You must feel wonderful because of your day.

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BETRHO48 8/20/2014 8:46PM

    emoticon Just look at all the GREAT choices you are making.....AWESOME! emoticon

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MICKEYH 8/20/2014 1:12PM

    Way to go for not picking up the Jerry bean!

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GIVEUP30 8/20/2014 10:12AM

    keep it up you can do it this is the right way NO I DON"T need it.....Super girl.....

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LUG911 8/20/2014 8:45AM

    What an inspiration! Thanks for this.


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HEALTHY4ME 8/20/2014 7:45AM

    Awesome!!! you are doing great! I am doing well on this challenge too. I am committed to do so! So today I will do it anyway LOL HUGS

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MYTURNNOW2013 8/20/2014 6:17AM

    emoticon emoticon Keep on Sparking!

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trying some new things

Friday, August 15, 2014

I've started running regularly - well, three times a week in a walk/run/walk kind of way - and feeling so good about myself for doing that. I really enjoyed running in 2013 - but stopped for some reason. My weight hasn't dropped, but I'm feeling trimmer - I think running is essential for me - I need to move in that way. I am feeling firmer in my core already.

I've been trying some new recipes too - and today I had a wonderful low-fat, vegan, lunch of spinach, chickpeas, cucumber, quinoa, cherries and lemon - it was great - and there' enough left for lunch tomorrow (and possibly Sunday as well!). (from a book called 'The Everyday Happy Herbivore' by Lindsay S Nixon - quick-and-easy recipes, fat-free and low-fat. I love it. She has free recipes on her site happyherbivore (dot com).

I've been tackling my garden 15 mins at a time, and that feels good too.

I've been enjoying some Qi Gong videos and yoga on the Grokker site (which comes up on ad borders on Spark People and Karen recommended it)

What have you done that's new?

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MICKEYH 8/18/2014 9:35PM

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GIVEUP30 8/16/2014 11:31PM

    that's is good three time a week ....I can't run so I have to walk walk walk but we have to do it emoticon emoticon emoticon you keep going girl.... emoticon

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MYTURNNOW2013 8/16/2014 7:13AM

    Sounds like lots of new experiences or rekindling of favorites...way to go!

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SUSIEPH1 8/15/2014 1:23PM

    Sounds great!.
Glad you are exercising ... It's great fun .. I love my peddler .. I also love tending my garden...I love to walk bobby emoticon . He loves it and so do I ..
I do need my walking frame to get around but hey! I am moving ...
Hugs and Love Susie .... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KNITTINGNAN22 8/15/2014 1:18PM

    Thanks for sharing! I like the idea of adding and trying new things. The salad sounds wonderful!

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KAREN-IS-HERE 8/15/2014 1:06PM

    yoga, walking, housekeeping.... soon lunch- whoa! Lunchtime Now!! emoticon

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