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Ben Nevis Midnight Challenge for Alzheimer's Society

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Hey folks, I know this isn't the best time of year to be throwing this at you all, but I won't be doing this till June so you have plenty of time! ;) I will be doing the Ben Nevis Midnight Challenge in aid of Dementia. Even the smallest amount can make a difference, so if you can please visit my page when you have a chance, I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you :)

P.S. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and all the best in the New Year!!x

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ROADKILLBARBIE 12/26/2012 6:43PM

    Haha, I'm afraid my 'love life' is more a fantasy these days than anything else. Been trying to not let it get to me by keeping myself busy. Long story, and not one that features the 6'7" guy, just one I thought could have been more....Ah well, such is life! Oh, and thank you haha *blush*

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MIDNIGHTER1 12/26/2012 6:40PM

    Life does happen. I just hope you have been taking care of yourself. You don't need spark for that. I was not sure if you were gone for good. I thought maybe you finally captured that 6'7" man that was in your sights.( I remember that)lol. You look great in your updated pic.

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ROADKILLBARBIE 12/26/2012 6:32PM

    Same to you, good sir! I've just been really busy trying to keep myself afloat and not let other's down with drawings :( Unfortunately that meant I was away from the PC pretty much all the time!

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MIDNIGHTER1 12/26/2012 6:30PM

    Will do. I am glad to see you are back. I hope you had a great Christmas as well.

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An article about my aunt in today's Sunday paper entitled....

Sunday, July 29, 2012

..."Events boss refused to pay dying cancer mum a penny after she won unfair dismissal claim"

I don't really want to say too much about this here as it makes me angry, very angry...and sad...but the more people know about men like this, the better.

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_RAMONA 7/30/2012 6:34PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss and for the injustice shown your aunt! Regardless of whether or not your cousins see any of that money, I'm certain what goesa round comes around.... and he won't like his comeuppance.

{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}}

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Q8PRINCESS 7/30/2012 7:11AM

    Totally jerk or what! Living overseas one sees a lot of injustices and there are so many that you can do very little to make right.

Maybe there should be a tube campaign like that war criminal and maybe the shame will finally make him do the right thing.

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MIDNIGHTER1 7/30/2012 1:16AM

    I am sorry for your loss. This is terrible. She was indeed a brave woman returning to work four weeks after surgery. She was a mother and fiance' . It is a shame when people do not care about other people. Shameful.

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LINDAK25 7/29/2012 9:36AM

    I'm sorry for your loss. It's so frustrating when people act deplorably, especially when there is nothing that you can do to make it better.

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NORMANDYBREW 7/29/2012 7:59AM

    Incandescent with rage!!! My partner was sacked after nine year's service the first time he was too sick to work and provided a doctor's note to prove it. This is in France and the court case comes up in October. Some employers treat their workers like machines, when they don't work 100% they throw them out. Despicable apologies for human beings. Thanks for sharing this - not much I can do to publicise this in France, but I hope everyone in the area gets to know about this and the guy's business goes belly up.

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CAROLIAN 7/29/2012 7:02AM

    Iagree this makes me so angry too emoticon

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Out of sight out of mind. In sight, in my shopping basket?!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I'm meeting my best friend tomorrow for lunch and to catch a film. I haven't seen her in about a week and have been doing well with exercise and better eating, but I always find myself more tempted when I'm with her. Don't get me wrong, I'm not blaming my friend, I probably just use her 'influence' as an excuse. I usually pack some cut fruit and water for when I go to the cinema, but she always has a look in whatever local shop for sweets/crisps/cake/etc for when we're watching a film.....and that's when all the things I've stayed away from come into view.

What else can I do to stop myself from feeling tempted? I'm not really one for sweets, but cake and a good salt and vinegar crisp is veeeeeeeery appealing at times! It's a craving for Kettle Chips, the malt and salt vinegar kind, that gets to me but I've yet to find a good alternative to help curb the cravings without becoming completely anti-social and avoiding shops for the rest of my life!

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DOGSTARDADDY 7/13/2012 6:14PM

    Eating before you go out will help...

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Q8PRINCESS 7/13/2012 3:12AM

    It's difficult for sure. I now just get a big drink and say that I'm too full from lunch or dinner or the snack I just had. I try not to tell people I can't because of my diet, sometimes it's easier just to say it looks so good but I'm just so stuffed. It is easy to eat "bad" things with others. If you are taking your own food, maybe you can make a small size snack, like 100 calls, to take with you and savour every morsel.

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LINDAK25 7/12/2012 8:05PM

    I'm with _RAMONA on this, can't you have a serving of Kettle Chips? Well, okay, I couldn't. I'd end up eating way to much.

I've gotten to the point where I don't eat at all when I go to the movies. I figure I'd rather have something at another time when I can be more mindful of what I'm eating. Also, we're not allowed to bring food in and it's very expensive to buy there.

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_RAMONA 7/12/2012 5:47PM

    How about a super big and healthy lunch (lots of protein), so you're not actually hungry at all?

And, I may be different than most, but would a serving of the crisps be such a bad thing (I too find it hard to resist a good chip!)? Other than that, I would suggest adding some salted nuts or jerky to your snack stash... the protein and fat will be satiating, and the salt/crunch will be there, but it's still real food. And is chewing gum enough of a distraction?

Whatever happens, focus on enjoying the show and your friend's company!

(I'm glad you've decided to blog... your pictures tell me you have a lot to say)

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}

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BOB240 7/12/2012 5:33PM

    Go shopping for shoes.. clothes... soft furnishings..

Buy yourself a really expensive pair of shoes when you're with her then when it comes to the sweets/crisps.cake - declare that you've been bad enough for one day... If she forces the point then just image your ankles getting too fat to fit into the new shoes...

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CHRISTINASP 7/12/2012 2:20PM

    This is your chance to install a new habit!
Prepare yourself by deciding beforehand what you WILL have instead of the stuff you wish to avoid. Indeed pack some nice healthy treat for yourself.
And picture yourself before the meeting just ignoring the things you dont want to eat. Picture yourself coming home and feeling content for having stuck to your food plan.
Imagining it consciously beforehand will make it easier once the moment is there. Rehearse it like a job interview! Think of what you will say and do and you'll be all right!
And promise yourself you'll make yourself something that you really like but that is healthy once you're home. You can think about that should you be in the shop. It's like with a dog: if you want it to let go of a bone it picked up on the street, it works best to offer it a dog cookie so it'll drop the bone! Promise yourself you'll have something nice & healthy at home, and you won't feel (so) deprived!
Good luck!

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Men are from Edinburgh, Women are from Stenhousemuir...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I'm not one for writing blogs, but I'm that much of an anti-emotional robot on the outside that I find it easier to write! So, my problem: Dating! I'm such a massive contradiction in general; I'm full of confidence but I have none, I'm insecure but I don't care what others think of me, I think I'm awesome and an asshole at the same time. The one thing that never changes is my perception of my own appearance, hence why when it comes to dating I become the part of me I don't want to be. Oh, I'd never TELL a guy that I think I'm hitting above my weight, EVER, but I sure as heck think it! Although thankfully, nowhere near as much as I used to. I still feel I've come a looooong way from that emotionally, physically, mentally, blah blah, abused kid. So why does a guy I don't even know trip that up? For all I know, I could go on this date and he's a complete douchbag.....or so I keep telling myself emoticon

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DOGSTARDADDY 7/13/2012 6:16PM

    Not all men are dogs. But maybe some should wear collars.

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LINDAK25 7/12/2012 10:43AM

    Don't psych yourself out. Maybe if you look at this sideways--you're just going to go hang out with a friend and have a good time.

Yeah right! Dating advice from someone who has been happily married for 38 years. I was lucky. I found a geeky engineer who is supportive, dependable, honest, loving, and sweet.

One of my friends used to tell me she viewed as dating as a job interview. I just think it's nice to find someone to talk and laugh with, without having an agenda or higher expectations. If I was asked what the best part of my relationship with my husband is I would say that we talk and laugh. We're each other's best friends.

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BOB240 7/11/2012 8:45AM

    Join a gym. Do strength training three times a week (include squats).

Make sure your nutritional needs are met and have at least one protein shake and five apples a day

Drink no less than half a gallon of water a day.

Cut down on the cardio.

If nothing else the above will stop you thinking too much about dating. You're good looking. It will happen. Just relax..

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NORMANDYBREW 7/11/2012 6:58AM

    Your life, your body, your decisions, your choices, don't care about the rest of us unless we are on your side. You can change your life or your attitude or whatever you want to change. You are in charge, hen! I think we are all full of contradictions but try not to show it.
Absolutely wonderful drawings - your 'Homeless' pic brought tears to my eyes - took me back to when I lived in the East End of London.
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    It really feels like it lately emoticon

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Q8PRINCESS 7/11/2012 6:52AM

    Sometimes you just have to date a lot of douchbags to get to the real thing.

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