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Benfits of beach walking

Sunday, December 28, 2014

I live near the beach. I rarely walk on it! But, today I did!

I have a new pair of 'barefoot' shoes which are designed to go in and out of water - so I took them out for their 'test-run'! They were great! It was a bit cold, but not too cold - and I love to see sand on the floor of my hallway (aka front porch). My toes are glowing now, and I'm feeling good :)

I'm brewing another pot of coffee, then filling up my old foot-bath and giving myself a bit of a pamper session.

What will you do to feel good today? What will you do to pamper yourself today?


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MKBWNSUGAR 12/28/2014 1:26PM

    Enjoyed your blog. I've lived by the water for 14 yrs now and have never gone and walked on the beach. I will try it when the weather gets better. I do walk in the communities by the water all the time. I did it yesterday, hadn't done it since the weather got colder, but it was very invigorating. If the weather holds out, will walk down there again tomorrow. emoticon

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DSJB9999 12/28/2014 1:16PM

    Great thinking, nice cup of coffee and the foot cream that I've been given for Christmas sound like a great idea.

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HEALTHY4ME 12/28/2014 11:35AM

    Lol I so need a good foot soak and a scrub, also need to rub the dry skin off my legs. I can't reach my r foot well yet nor bend it to keep it up. 28 days post op and for g okay but really tired of it all.lol hubby says you have a long way to go yet.but man 4 sets of diff leg lifts with 30 reps each, 3 ex of bends with 20 each and one other stretch. Takes me about an hour each time. Lol said that is my new job.

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KAREN-IS-HERE 12/28/2014 10:14AM

    emoticon emoticon I loved the beach - It's been a while since I lived anywhere near one.

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OPHELIE 12/28/2014 8:52AM

    I have never lived near the beach, yet I find it magical to stroll by the water for hours. Enjoy!

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VEENAS1 12/28/2014 8:35AM

    I grew up in California and so miss the beach. You are lucky you live near the beach. I am glad you took advantage of it!

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So near, yet so far!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

I've just been spending some time updating my Spark Page, my tracker and goals etc.

On the face of it, it looks so easy - I only need to lose 4lbs to reach my goal. But losing that 4lbs and maintaining it is not so easy.

However, I have managed to lose about 4lbs last year, and keep it off - so another year to lose the next 4lbs will be OK. I'm looking for lasting changes in my behaviour - not quick loss tactics.

Since I began weighing myself daily (three months' ago) - I've found that my weight only varies 3lbs max. So - if I carry on doing what I'm doing - I'll maintain my current weight.

To reduce my weight I've got to be that bit more careful about what I eat and drink - and I need to be more mindful about what kind of exercise I'm doing.

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BETRHO48 12/27/2014 8:31PM

Keep on Sparking!

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VEENAS1 12/27/2014 6:48PM

    Good luck with your goals. I know you can do it.

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OPHELIE 12/27/2014 5:47PM

    You can do it!!!

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MTN_KITTEN 12/27/2014 2:06PM

    Make up your mind that you are worth it ... and DO IT!!!

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 12/27/2014 11:32AM

    That's just one pound per quarter. emoticon

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SKMINNY 12/27/2014 10:45AM

    Hi, i'm with u on maintenance! So close to goal and wanting it done... sometime this year.... I'm not so worried about any more... Keep on going is my motto!

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KAREN-IS-HERE 12/27/2014 10:44AM

    It's very hard to make a production out of loosing less than 10 pounds. I've held my goal weight for two years.... but secretly I was wishing I would take off ten. I worked so hard at getting to a healthy normal weight I can't seem to bare up to "working at" taking off anymore...two years pass. So here we are- the choice is yours, the choice is mine on what 2015 will be. You are down 4 with goal of 4, mine goal 5 for 2015 another 5 in 2016... and I can officially reset goal/maintenance number.

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It's just food!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I had a sort of epiphany today! I realised that I no longer spend all my time thinking about food.

I used to spend most of my time thinking about my next meal - or my next eating opportunity. I would feel anxious if I didn't have food with me when I was away from home. I would get desperate to eat if the clock went past a certain time. I'd be planning my next meal as soon as I'd finished the one I was eating.

I'm not sure exactly when this stopped? Maybe it has been a result of working through the 100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle. Something has definitely changed.

I now enter my kitchen thinking that I'll be able to make something to eat - and I do. I take a packed lunch and snacks to work, and sometimes bring some of them home again. I don't feel desperate if meal times come and I have to wait a bit.

It's not that I'm now perfect, and don't sometimes pick up things to eat that aren't strictly 'healthy' or anything like that - but I seem to have lost the anxiety around food. It's just food!

I don't know if this is a temporary state that I'm in, or whether it really is a lasting change - who can tell - but, for now, I'm rather pleased about where I am!

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SLENDERIZINGSUE 12/14/2014 10:30AM

That's wonderful ! You are definitely changing. Be proud!

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PENSFRIEND 12/12/2014 10:22AM

    Good news! :-)

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    How wonderful!

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KAREN-IS-HERE 12/11/2014 6:27PM

    ...just go with it!.... l have hit & misses when it comes to attitude- right now you are a "hit"

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JAXMOMMY 12/11/2014 5:11PM

    Congratulations! Food is fuel.

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HEALTHY4ME 12/11/2014 4:07PM

    Love it! I still don't have as much appetite since surgery which is fine by me. Not eating enough veggies but oh well, at least mostly healthy. DAughter in law made an awesome stew and sent over that and a great small loaf of bread and a small serving of brownies. So hubby doesn't have to make supper this eve.
Hope you continue on a great path.

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MTN_KITTEN 12/11/2014 3:21PM

    Isn't it a relief to find out that there is soooooo much more to life than ... eating, thinking about eating, regretting eating?????

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JIMA64 12/11/2014 1:10PM

    I know how you feel now. I am at that spot about food and meals. It really feels good tombe in control.

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DSJB9999 12/11/2014 1:06PM

    Fantastic news - maybe I should read the whole book and I may feel that way too! Long may it last my dear emoticon emoticon

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

It's only 9pm and I'm ready for bed - yawning and frankly bored with myself! I feel a bit 'aimless' with the 10 days break from work ahead of me - and 'afraid' of wasting it! I also feel a bit lost without the pressure of work. I've been on a steep learning-curve this last 6 weeks or so with my new role at work as an assistant manager - and I am very tired. I felt like I needed some help with this, so I googled it (!) - and found a useful article on wiki-how

1) leave work at work
2) unwind properly - watch tv, finish a craft project, walk in local neighbourhood, read a book
3) turn off the phone, limit computer time, don't look at work e-mails
4) get away - even if it's just a walk in the woods
5) keep mind occupied with puzzles, games, Sudoku, crosswords etc
6) pamper yourself, sleep
7) calm your worries: declutter, sort stuff out, get in touch with friends
8) realise the benefits; enjoy the freedom to sit, stand, lie down, move without constraint

That sounds like a plan - I'm going to go off to bed now, and not set my alarm clock!

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KAREN-IS-HERE 11/23/2014 5:52PM


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MKBWNSUGAR 11/23/2014 5:09PM

    emoticon I like that plan. emoticon

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MARGOH12 11/23/2014 4:13PM

    Sounds like good advice to me.

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Bye Bye Butterfly

Friday, November 21, 2014

The butterfly was in the same place and position this morning, so, as I was at home, I decided to move it downstairs near the garden window. Again, it keeled over - and I thought it was dead. I put it on the downstairs window sill - and, blow me, if I couldn't see it's wings vibrating very slightly! It opened it's wings briefly, then shut them again - wow! I opened the window to see what effect the air would make on it. It turned around - hopeful? and ........ nothing - just wings closed, stationary again. I shut the window - then opened the window - not sure what to do. I tried to put it onto a piece of paper (to move it outside maybe) and it opened it's wings ........... so pretty! I felt quite anxious about it - not knowing what to do for the best. I tried to encourage it onto paper again; it fluttered and 'flew' and landed on the carpet behind a dresser! I pulled the dresser out and put a jar over the butterfly: Being in the jar caused the butterfly to flutter about - so, deciding that it was (a) definitely alive and (b) it could fly - I released the butterfly into the Great Outdoors. It flew away. I hope I did the right thing............... As Susan said in my last blog, we were blessed to keep company for a few days. I am astounded at how it could look so dead, yet spring back into life - must be a survival thing I guess? I'm pretty sure they don't hibernate.

definitely a Small Tortoiseshell

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TRIM180 11/21/2014 4:17PM

    Thanks for taking pics a beautiful moment to share!!!

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MTN_KITTEN 11/21/2014 12:20PM

    emoticon let's spread our wings ... and fly today.

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 11/21/2014 11:07AM

    It is a beautiful butterfly. The next time you see a Tortoiseshell butterfly, you will not know if it's the same one coming to visit, or another one who was told what a kind and gentle butterfly lover you are.

Mother Nature gave you a sweet gift and I'm glad you took photos to add to your memories.


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KAREN-IS-HERE 11/21/2014 9:42AM

    emoticon freedom

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PENSFRIEND 11/21/2014 8:07AM

    Glad there was a happy ending!

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    Things come into our lives, stay a while and leave, that is the circle of life. Be glad you had the butterfly while you did!

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

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AZMOMXTWO 11/21/2014 7:22AM

  you are so lucky to get to see it up close and so kind to make sure it got set free

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